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Panzanella

Panzanella

Panzanella. Translation-Tuscan salad with bread and tomatoes. Translation-uh, yum.

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Do I adore panzanella? Yes and I think that you will too. Panzanella won’t break your bank either. It’s quite a cheap meal. All it entails is 1 small loaf of bread (I used a baguette) , 1 tomato, 1 cucumber, 1 bell pepper, 1/3 of a red onion, kalamata olives, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. I don’t know about you, but I definitely had a few of those ingredients just lying around in my pantry. 

Now, you can add whatever veggies you want to, but traditionally, panzanella is made with bread that is going stale, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and sometimes basil. Since I am a very niceeeeee Greek girl, I put a Greek twist on mine. I basically took a Horiatiki Salata aka Greek Village Salad, added toasted bread and swapped out the feta. It. Is. Divine.

I get a lot of my cooking inspiration from Ina Garten’s recipes. She makes a fabulous Greek panzanella! Just don’t include the feta if you’re making it vegan.

The ingredients are so clean and simple yet you won’t believe how bold and scrumptious the flavors are once they mesh together. I toast the bread in the oven for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Then, I add the bread to the salad and pour the vinaigrette over it while the bread is still warm so it absorbs all of the flavors.

 

Enjoy my friends!

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Panzanella
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large cucumber
  2. 1 large tomato
  3. 1 large bell pepper
  4. 1/3 large red onion
  5. 1 cup pitted kalamata olives
  6. 1 small baguette of choice (I used whole grain)
  7. 4 tbsp olive
  8. 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cube the bread, drizzle with light olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 20 minute at 375 degrees
  3. Chop the vegetables into medium sized pieces so that they are around the same size as the bread
  4. Whisk the olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper together
  5. When the bread is done, add to salad and pour olive oil and vinegar on top
  6. Mix and serve at room temperature
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My 3 Daily Tips For A Happier Stomach

My 3 Daily Tips For A Happier Stomach

Oh stomachs, how you can be so miserable, upset and all around moody. I don’t do anything too crazy or out there to keep my stomach happy and regulate my digestion, but there are a few tips I would love to share with you. The tips that I am going to share with you work for me and it’s all around a pretty simple routine! Now, lets have at it.

  1. CHAMOMILE WITH LAVENDER 

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 Fabulous scent. Chamomile is a fragrant and caffeine free tea that has been known to calm upset stomachs and alleviate menstrual cramps. I definitely think that chamomile is great for an upset stomach and it is much easier to take down than ginger ale or sugary sports drinks. I usually drink chamomile twice a day, once in the early morning and usually before bed. It’s quite calming to drink before bed, especially with soothing infused lavender.

 

3. COCONUT OIL

 

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So, here is my favorite! I LOOOOOOOVE coconut oil. I use it for EVERYTHANG. I put it in my hair, on my skin (not my face though), on my nails, in my coffee and on my toast. You get the point. I heart coconut oil. Sure this is a fat and all fats in moderation. I either suck it up and down a tbsp of this in the morning or add it to my coffee. Once in awhile I use coconut oil as a cooking oil, but I prefer to just sneak it into my smoothies or coffee. I have been using coconut oil in my diet ever since I read that coconut oil has been found to fight bad bacteria.

4. WARM LEMON WATER

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You’ve probably heard about this. It seems to be a trend. Celebrities looooooove to say that they wake up and drink warm lemon water. Well, I have to agree with them. I feel the digestive benefits from consistently drinking warm lemon water every morning. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and helps maintain the pH levels in your body. I drink this before my breakfast and so far so good! 

Vegan Cookies and Cream Pancakes

Vegan Cookies and Cream Pancakes

I scream you scream we all scream for cookies and cream.

Who doesn’t love this classic combo? And the good news is that these pancakes are sans dairy. Woop Woop.

If you are wondering how I was able to achieve the “cream,” I used tofutti! It is perfect for making frostings on occasion. 

Ok ok, so the pancakes aren’t exactly filled with chocolate cookies, but you can definitely add them instead of the chocolate chips. I just love the chocolate chips in this recipe because the pancakes take on the flavor and texture of a big, fluffy and delicious chocolate chip cookie.

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Sunday morning pancakes are kind of becoming a staple for me and I am loving new pancake combinations. Although I adore any type of pancake, this is definitely one of my favorites.

 

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Ah, there is nothing like the sound of chocolate chips gracefully falling onto a soft bed of cream atop a fluffy bed of pancakes. Truly music to my ears. Yet more like music to my tastes buds. 

I made these for my little brother who was home from college for break and he thoroughly enjoyed them. I always consider a recipe a winner if your family members truly enjoy your food because they are your biggest critics after all. They will be honest with you, of course.

This will also be on the menu to make for anyone who wants to indulge in some guilt free pancakes with me on a lazy Sunday morning. I don’t think anyone would turn down cookies and cream. Throw the word pancake in the mix and people will be flocking to your kitchen table. 

 

Vegan Cookies and Cream Pancakes
Yields 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of gluten free flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder-aluminum free
  3. 1/4 cup pure cane sugar
  4. 1 flax egg-1 tbsp flax meal and 2.5 tbsp water
  5. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  6. 1/2 cup vanilla coconut milk
  7. Earth balance or coconut oil to coat pan
  8. Dairy free chocolate chips-found in healthy or organic foods section in grocery store
  9. Frosting
  10. 1/4 cup tofutti
  11. 1 tbsp agave
  12. 1 tbsp vanilla coconut milk
  13. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Coat the pan with earth balance or coconut oil. Pour the batter into the pan, top with chocolate chips and let the pancake cook for a couple of minutes on low until it's ready to flip. For the frosting, combine the ingredients with a fork until a smooth consistency forms.
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Vegan Cookie Dough Muffins

Vegan Cookie Dough Muffins

Oh happy day.

Because you can have vegan cookie dough MUFFINS made and in your stomach within a matter of 25 minutes. Sounds like a good day to me. 

Let me tell you a little bit about these muffins.

Well, first of all, they are made with Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa Flour. You mean that stuff Mary uses in like 95 percent of her dishes? Yes, that stuff. Quinoa aka my main grain contains B-vitamins, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiberrrr our best friend. Vegs I’m talking to you now-quinoa contains PROTEIN! Yes! Just what we need, complete with nine essential amino acids and all.

You can purchase Quinoa Flour on Amazon, yay! If you want to make quinoa flour your new baking staple, you could try the pack of 4.

So, I hope that you are a wee bit more convinced to cook with quinoa.

Lets get to the muffins. I know you want to see the muffins.

I call them cookie dough because they are doughy in the middle but baked to absolute perfection. My secret weapon to the moist inside of the muffins? 1/2 cup of Barney Butter Smooth Almond Butter. Need I say more?

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You bet that half of this didn’t make it to the oven to bake. I’m talking eating this by the spoonful. No shame necessary.

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I may have sort of definitely for sure added more chocolate chips on top of the ones I added to the batter. Oops.

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I’ll take 10,000. 

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Is she not the prettiest model you ever did see?

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You’re probably like “alright, alright lady enough muffin pictures.” And you’re right that was plenty. Enough viewing because you need to get to baking and eating.

Ps. I used large muffin tins so you may have to cut your baking time a bit if you’re using smaller ones!

Enjoy these ones 🙂

Vegan Cookie Dough Muffins
Yields 6
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of quinoa flour
  2. 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  3. 1 flax egg-1 tbsp flax meal and 2.5 tbsp water
  4. 1/2 cup almond butter
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  7. 2 tbsp soy free earth balance melted
  8. 1/2 cup pure cane sugar
  9. 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips and more to top if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Sift and combine the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and combine with a whisk
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips
  4. Take an ice cream scoop or a spoon and evenly distribute the batter
  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes
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Raw Vegan Chickpea Salad And Baked Fries

Raw Vegan Chickpea Salad And Baked Fries

Happy lunching! 

With the easiest vegan salad recipe that ever did exist.

I am a HUGEEEE sandwich lover. Especially for lunch. There is nothing like a feel good sandwich with a side of baked french fries. Except red wine and dark chocolate. But we will save that for another time.

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The photo looks like me in the morning before I put on my makeup. Realllllll messy. What is the beauty of this recipe? A healthier and meatless alternative to chicken salad.

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Oh hey french fries. Dogs may be man’s best friend but you are definitely a woman’s best friend. French fries+nexflix+red wine=bliss.

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Ever had Vegenaise? It’s a vegan’s alternative to mayonnaise….and it tastes just like mayonnaise. Crazy right? You can find it at your local grocery store typically in the healthy food’s section!

The chickpea salad is complemented by sweet raisins, crunchy cashews, and celery. Yum. A little bit of paprika and a dash of garlic powder make for the perfect combination of spices. Not too strong but they do the job. 

As for the french fries, I used 5 Yukon Gold Potatoes. They were medium in size. I cut them into narrow yet semi thick slices. They take 40 minutes to bake, so not too shabby time wise.

Enjoy this awesome sandwich!

Raw Vegan Chickpea Salad
Serves 3
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. For Sandwich
  2. 1/2 cup chopped cashews
  3. 1 can rinsed and drained chickpeas. Pat them dry
  4. 1/2 cup chopped celery
  5. 1/3 cup raisins
  6. 1/3 cup vegenaise
  7. 1/4 tsp paprika
  8. Dash of garlic powder
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
  10. Bread of choice
  11. For fries
  12. 5 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes
  13. Olive oil
  14. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Slightly mash the chickpeas in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine.
  3. Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper over the potatoes. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Pull out the potatoes, flip them and bake another 10-15 minutes depending on size
  4. This recipe will serve 2-3 people
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