In Pinning News…

So every few weeks I thought it would be fun to catch you up with my latest Pinterest obsessions because, as it turns out, I'm a superiorly talented pinner. I wish I could make it a job… Does that mean I should be an editor?! I think yes. Anywho, a few years ago I even won a Rachel Zoe Pinterest contest and besides my wedding day and the birth of my child, it's my proudest moment. You think I'm joking. I'm not.  My handwritten note from Rach is most definitely framed on my dresser… No shame. She's Bananas. BA- NAN- NAS. Moving on, here are my top pins from last week!

sloppy joes[I never actually had a sloppy joe when I was a kid. I mean, ew. But lately they sound delicious. I'm gonna share my own red lentil sliders recipe later this week.]

snickers[Vegan Snickers Ice Cream Bars, literally one of my favorite things in the world pre-veg!! Can't wait to try these. The Minimalist Baker is my hero]grey jacket[This is my top repin of the past 2 weeks. I love the all white with the boxy gray coat. The black bag and nails are perf.]subway[I'm currently obsessed with moving and buying a house. A house, hopefully, full of subway tiles]

diy[How much fun is this!? I want to make one in a fun color to hang on the all white walls of my new imaginary home!!]

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Taco Bowl Tuesday

IMG_9261I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am the luckiest girl alive because I have brilliant friends and family! After I had Rocco my bestie from 3rd grade, yes you read that right 3rd grade, came to visit! While she was only here for a few days her stay was so insanely helpful it still makes me cry to think about. Lucky for me she and her family of 7 [did I mention my bestie is also a superhero!?] often eat raw and vegan so with just what was in my fridge/pantry she made the most delectable dinner I had in ages. And because the cravings don't stop after you have your nugget I wanted it again and again, so I did my best to recreate her awesome meal! What I love about this bowl is that you can keep everything in the fridge and just throw it together when you are hungry! There are a few components, but I swear it is so quick and easy, soon you'll be craving it too!! IMG_9260[The Greens] Romaine [chopped]

Avocado Dressing [Avocado, pinch of salt, juice from 1 lemon, minced garlic if you have time]

Mash avocado until it's guacamole then toss the lettuce in the mixture, instant dressing!

[The Grains]

1 cup quinoa

2 1/2 cups water or veggie broth

1 can of black beans, strained and rinsed

Pinch o salt

Either cook quinoa, liquid, and salt like rice or throw into the rice maker and press on. Add the beans to the cooked quinoa.

[The Veggies]

Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Zucchini, Red Onion. Chopped nice and thick.

Toss in a pan with some olive oil or water to sauté. You only need to toss them around for a just a few minutes. You want them still crunchy and fresh tasting. Toss in a pinch of salt and black pepper.

[The "Meat"]

1 cup of raw walnuts

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

pinch of salt

pinch of cumin and chili powder, optional

Toss in the walnuts, paste, salt, and optional ingredients in a food processor. Start slowly adding the evoo. You don't want it too oily. Pulse until it looks like the texture of taco meat. Done.

Now it's time to layer your salad. Add your greens, then quinoa, then veggies, and top with your taco meat!! This dish is magical and super healthy.

Enjoy!!!

That's a Spicy Potato

potato-vegan-lunch-veggiesA few weeks ago I attended a Pinterest party... A party inspired by food and projects found on Pinterest. We made holiday crafts, ate fun treats, downed jello shots... just your basic Tuesday night with my crew. We were all tasked to bring a recipe discovered on Pinterest. I found a dip that I thought sounded tasty, so I made that... welllllll it wasn't great. It was super bland and just didn't do what I was thinking that it should, so I made a few changes and kicked up the heat factor quite a bit and it was a hit!!! Everyone loved it. We all agreed that it would taste brilliant on top of a potato or smothering a veggie burrito. 1 organic russet potato

1/2 cup broccoli [frozen heated or fresh steamed]

1/4 cup black beans

2-3 tablespoons of your favorite salsa

A ton of spicy cashew cheeze sauce [recipe below]

I flatten my potato out... I think that's a family thing. Sandy flattens her potato; therefore, I flatten my potato. Instead of using any butter I smother it with salsa and smush that into the potato, then sprinkle on black beans, broc, and cheeze and super easy, super quick, super healthy meal!

Spicy Cashew Cheezey Sauce

1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight if not using a Vitamix

1/2 cup of veggie broth [water will also work]

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 full teaspoon cayenne pepper [less if your a wuss]

1 teaspoon sea salt

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth!

If spicy isn't your thing, this potato rocked my rocks. Inspired by, Jyoti Bihanda, a hippie joint in Normal Heights. I quickly sautéed some fresh broccoli with veggie stock. Once it's cooked through, add some thick chopped onions. Flip about for a minute or two then douse with tamari. Bam. Smoother a smushed potato with the whole pan of goodness. WINNING! baked potato-vegan-quick-warm