It’s official. With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, it is finally barbeque season. For those of us on perpetual diets (or just health-conscious), Memorial Day weekend can be the start of a downward spiral. We break out our fatty, sauce-drenched meats, mayo-based sides and greasy chips in the name of summer. Those of us on a plant-based diet can be just as guilty. Soaking jack fruit in a vegan-friendly sauce and slapping it on a burger bun might have less saturated fat than pulled pork, but it definitely isn’t low in carbs. 🙂 Even junk food classics like Frito’s and Oreo’s make the “accidentally vegan” list.
If you are looking for some last minute healthy recipes for a potluck or a barbeque this weekend, look no further. These 10 healthy Memorial Day recipes are all under 350 calories per serving. I’ve included entrees, side dishes and hearty appetizers. No boring salads or veggie trays here!
With June right around the corner, it is time to start thinking about summer home decor. I’m really loving the pink and matcha green tropical boho look, but I can’t imagine my house looking like a luau all year long. I love decorating with pineapple accents because it can look chic and simple no matter what season it is.
This collection of 15 diy pineapple crafts should inspire you to create some unique accents for your own living space. Stamp some towels or pillows with a hand-cut potato stamp, make an easy lamp, or check out my free svg pineapple cut files for your Cricut Explorer.
One of the hardest parts of getting older is dealing with aging skin. Fine or expression lines seem to creep up out of nowhere and over time grow deeper. While there are certainly treatments like Botox that freeze expression marks, there are many things you can do at home to remove fine lines, smooth wrinkles and prevent further damage.
If there is anything that I miss about dairy products, it is definitely cream cheese. I am completely content with a cold, cashew based cream cheese on a bagel, but when it comes to hot recipes, it’s just not the same.
There is one ingredient that I have found that cures my cravings for hot creamy dishes– hummus. As strange as it sounds, hummus really mimics the zest and texture of hot cream cheese, especially when its mixed with other flavors.
The hardest part about dieting is always cutting back on the snacking. When you are trying to count calories, meals between meals are usually the first thing to go. These seven plant-based snacks are high in fiber, packed with nutrition and guaranteed to fill you up.
I do have to admit, I feel a little strange sharing this recipe because I started a plant-based diet recently. And by recently, I mean very recently- like a week ago. Originally I decided to cut out meat and dairy as a way of cleansing. After only a week, I feel great and am really thinking about continuing long-term. Either way I will still be cooking for my picky meat eater who is horrified by the thought of vegan cheeses and flax eggs. My goal is to find a meal planning balance where I can easily swap one item on my vegan-esque plate for something with meat on his. It has taken a lot of planning so far, but I am hoping it will become easier with time.
I will still share a variety of recipes– dairy-free, meat-free and full-on omnivore meals. I bet I am not the only person out there who is still cooking meat at home and not eating it!
Anyway, back to leftover pot roast. 🙂 In my meat eating days, I loved me some pot roast. Mostly I love it because it only takes a little bit of work to get everything ready for the crockpot. What I don’t love about making a roast is all of the leftovers. Even if I can find a small roast, it’s still a minimum of 2.5 pounds. At my hungriest, I could eat maybe a half of pound– especially with the added vegetables and potatoes. When you are only cooking for two that leaves you with a lot of extra food.
Rosehip oil is a powerful natural oil loaded with antioxidants and essential nutrients. This oil is harvested from the fruit of a rose flower and used in many ways. It can be consumed as a food, ingested as a supplement or applied cosmetically. There are many varieties of rosehips and the oil can be extracted from the skin of the fruit or the seeds.
It is unclear whether the oil extracted from the seeds has more nutrients or benefits than the rosehip fruit. Some people assume that rosehip oil pressed from seeds is more beneficial than rosehip oil from the fruit’s skin because it is more expensive. There is little evidence to support that this is true for cosmetic purposes. It appears that there are more antioxidants in the skin of the fruit than in the seed. Because of this, some brands like Kosmea extract oil from the seeds and use the fruit’s skin in their formula.
The variety of rosehip and the way the oil is extracted seems to be the most important factor for effectiveness. Rosa Mosqueta grows wildly in Chile, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. This type of rosehip contains essential fatty acids, vitamin A, and vitamin C. These fatty acids and the natural tretinoin (think Retin-A) found in vitamin A are the reason rosehip seed oil is so effective for skin care.
With all of the craziness that goes on in our lives it can be difficult to get a real dinner on the table during the week nights. Some nights I dread coming home and cooking, simply because I have so many other things I need to get done. Prep time, cooking, and clean-up can take a large chunk from your week night down time. Save your sanity this week with this curated list of easy week night dinners.
This round-up of 5 easy week night dinners are all easy to cook meals that take 30 minutes or less. Spice up your week night with a vegan recipe for Meatless Monday, 10 minute shrimp tacos, one-pot ziti, 15 minute lemon pepper chicken, and the quick version of Asian take-out.
This monthly round-up of Meatless Monday recipes includes filling dinner options. No soups, stews or chili — hearty vegetarian dinners for real families.
Eliminating meat from your weekly meal plan is a great way to save some money on groceries. There are so many options for meat-free dinners that are easy to make and family friendly, especially in this day and age where food bloggers dominate social media. Meat substitutes like black beans, eggplant and chickpeas can provide a good source of protein without sacrificing taste.
This month I am sharing a round-up of ten recipes for vegetarian dinners that have some substance! Don’t get me wrong– I love soup, but sometimes vegetarian-friendly soup recipes are not very filling. These recipes are all main entrees and can easily replace a full dinner any night of the week.
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Holy cow! It is March 1st already and spring is just around the corner. With St. Patrick’s day in less than 3 weeks, it’s time to get decorating! Today I have a printable design to remind you of how lucky you are (Irish or not :-)) complete with a sparkly four leaf clover. Simply follow the directions below to print out your décor and get ready to celebrate!