Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad – Vegan and GF

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

With the temperature heating up I want recipes that don’t require a lot of cooking.  Quinoa tabbouleh salad is so refreshing and perfect for hot summer days.  It is full of fresh herbs and veggies and tossed in lemon vinaigrette.  The tabbouleh can be made ahead of time and is perfect for a summer picnic, BBQ or potluck.

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Bittersweet Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the awesome Mamas.  Motherhood is such an amazing and exhausting journey.  It’s full of extreme highs and lows all at the same time.  I think we all deserve more than one day to be celebrated. I’m sure a lot of us really would just love a nap and someone else to cook.  A plate of cookies wouldn’t hurt either.

vegan oatmeal raisin cookie
Vegan Oatmeal raisin Cookies

For many of us Mother’s Day is bittersweet.  It is a day filled with a mix of happiness and grief.  We can snuggle up our babies and a enjoy all their little gifts all while trying not to cry for the one we can’t hold. I wish that we can all find a little peace today and try to enjoy the sweet parts of the day.

I hope that all you mamas have the amazing Mother’s Day you deserve so much and it is filled with lots of happiness and lots of good food too!

 

Bittersweet Mother’s Day

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Vegan Kale and Sweet Potato Salad

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Vegan Kale and Sweet Potato Salad

This is my new favorite way to eat kale.  I have always cooked it, but it is so much better raw.   I thought the kale would be more bitter, but it really has a great flavor when its raw.  My son just wants it raw now too (unless I am making kale chips).  He ate 3 huge servings of this salad.  It is so colorful and it is packed full of nutrients and the quinoa gives the salad a little more protein.

I have been trying to eat more raw foods lately in an attempt to detox after the holidays.  Some things, like kale, are great raw.  Other things, like sweet potatoes, not so much.  I have also greatly reduced my coffee consumption, which was really scary for a family for a few days, and given up refined sugar.   I am feeling much better already, so hopefully I can stay on track this time.

 

 

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Vegan Macaroni and Cheese (with Cauliflower, but don’t tell)

vegan macaroni and cheese

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?  My kids are always asking for it and it is one of those things that I don’t like to give them on a regular basis just because it is not very nutritious.  I have found a way to make all of us happy.  The base of this cheese sauce is cauliflower.  It comes out super creamy and cheesy tasting.  I feel a lot better about the kids eating this version of mac and cheese and the kids are happy because I let me have it a lot more.

 

 

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Best Fast Food Ever – VegHeads Drive Thru

Normally going to a fast food restaurant is not an option for my family.  There really are days though that I would just love to be able to go to a drive thru for a quick meal that I don’t have to cook.  I found the perfect place in Asheville, NC.  It is VegHeads Drive Thru.  The food was amazing and the prices were reasonable.  It is probably good that we live over and hour away or I amy go there more than I should.

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This is the mountain Burger that my husband had.  It was delicious!  He had seaweed cucumber salad on the side.  Kind of a weird combo, but he was happy.

 

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My daughter has the mini mountain burger from the kids menu.  It was really cute.

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I had a baked falafel wrap, which was unbelievable, with tabbouleh on the side.  The falafel was baked instead of fried, so it wasn’t greasy at all.

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This is the Veggie Stack that my Mom had.  It is not actually vegan because of the feta cheese and the bread, but my Mom said it was delicious.

 

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Celebrate Earth Day

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Earth Day is April 22nd and it is a great time to think about ways we can be kind to our planet.  My kids decided that they want to pick up all the trash around our house for Earth Day.  Even though we live in the mountains, there is an unbelievable amount of trash left on the roads near our home.   Here are a few things that you can do on a daily basis to help conserve our resources.

Following a plant based diet makes a huge positive impact on the environment.  Raising livestock creates a lot of pollution and meat production uses a huge amount of water.  It takes about 2500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat.  Eating plants uses only a fraction of the water.

Recycle what ever you can.  Most of us are really good about recycling our trash, but try to find ways to recycle or upcycle all your unwanted items.  Donate all your old clothes, electronics, sports equipment and other useable household items.  Reuse as much as you can.  Also, try to buy products that contain recycled materials.

Buy used whenever you can.  Buying something used saves resources and saves you a lot of money as well.  There are tons of great consignment shops and thrift stores everywhere now.

All the little things we do each day really add up, so just making small changes makes a big impact and creates hope for our future!

 

 

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