Marinara Alfredo Whole Wheat Gnocchi

The best way I know to impress at a dinner party is to make homemade gnocchi! It's been a trick up my sleeve since high school. I think I might have made it for every boyfriend or boyfriend potential over the years. Naturally this was the dish I made Jason for our first valentines dinner together. ❤ I don't think words can express how rewarding it feels to sit down to a nice big bowl of potato pasta... potato pasta that you made from scratch! This delicious gnocchi is made with whole wheat flour, potatoes, and salt. It takes longer then most recipes I post but when you need a treat or want to impress someone special then why not? It goes really nice with roasted balsamic zucchini, San Pellegreno, and your very own Jason! 😉

Roasted Balsamic Zucchini

Recipe Adopted: food.com Also make sure to try Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Baked Sweet Potato Fries Preheat oven to 450°F. Wash and slice zucchini (and/or summer squash) into spears. Combine zucchini spears, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar in a large mixing bowl, and toss until everything is evenly coated. Spread zucchini spears out onto a large baking …

Vanilla Almond Cashew Milk

...By making our own nut milk we are saving big time in our food budget. This makes me more and more excited about making almond cashew milk from scratch. It's easy, healthy, and tasty! I love having fresh frothy milk to drink...

Breakfast Tacos

These Breakfast Tacos are definitely culturally confused what with using Fiesta Scrambled Tofu, Sweet Potato Fries, sriracha sauce, and sauerkraut!!! The meal sounds a bit crazy, but do you trust me? These tacos are well worth it! Dig out the forgotten contents of your refrigerator and whip up these bad boys for Mother's Day! Tacos up!

Fiesta Scrambled Tofu

For all the savory breakfast lovers out there, here's a new treat! I made Culturally Confused Breakfast Tacos last weekend and directions for that delicious feast will be coming soon, but first you need to know how to make the Fiesta Scrambled Tofu! Scroll down to the bottom of the recipe for a sneak peak at the Culturally Confused Breakfast Tacos! 😉 A delicious recipe to brighten your day!!!

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries are not only DELICIOUS but they're powerhouses of nutrition and longevity. According to the Blue Zone Study the Japanese centenarian's (people who live to be 100+) diet consists predominantly of orange and purple sweet potatoes (along with other vegetables, tofu, and minimal amounts of meat). The antioxidants, fiber, and cancer-fighting properties in sweet potatoes are only some of the reasons we should eat them...

Turmeric Latte (Golden Milk)

Most people know that ginger and turmeric are really good for you and it's recommended that you eat some everyday! Ginger is known to help with cramps, nausea, pain relief, IBS, migraines, viral infections, etc. Turmeric is known to be beneficial for things like inflammation, cancer, lupus, pre-diabetes, IBS, etc. Have you tried eating either spice plain? Not so good on their own, but they enhance foods in delicious ways! If you're wanting a hot drink but don't want that nasty sugar-coating left on your tongue (after drinking a Starbucks) or maybe you don't want to spend 37 dollars at the local cafe (Lego Movie?) or maybe you're not into the caffeine buzz well then, try out this Turmeric Latte and get your turmeric/ginger game on!

Whole Wheat Vegan Corn Bread

Who doesn't like cornbread? everybody loves corn bread. Especially with apple sauce and honey and almond milk (ok, maybe that's just me). Northerners like their cornbread sweet! This honey-sweetened-cornbread recipe is from the north.

Popcorn: Nutritional Yeast, Flax Seed, and Beyond!

Todays recipe is my tried and true combination for seasoning popcorn. It's the collection of toppings I've been using for years! I like to try out different combinations from time to time (like the za'atar popcorn I posted a few weeks ago--link on the blog) but this combination has stuck out as my favorite...

Simple Hummus

Everybody loves hummus. That tangy smooth concoction that exists in almost any grocery store in America. Hummus is very procurable and liking it no longer makes you exotic or cultured (unless, of course, you don't like it then you're just the opposite). I'm obsessed with hummus and I feel like I'm pretty good at making it. The only problem is that I make it so flavorful that you enjoy it for one meal and have zero desire to finish the leftovers. I decided I needed to find a plain recipe that was tasty but not so overpowering that you need to brush your teeth 6 times! So, like many people, I went to google. I found a recipes titled Better Then Store Bought Hummus. In my opinion store-bought hummus isn't that good but I figured it was worth a shot! I've made it 3 times in the last 6 days. Does that answer your question? Simple hummus FTW!

Oil-Free Hash Browns

Hash browns are not usually an item I'd choose from a restaurant menu because they're likely dripping in oil, but this recipe side steps that issue in a way that is super easy and yet still scrumptious!

Tempeh Fake’n Bacon

...All cultures around the world have their own form of fermented foods that they consume regularly! In Korea they eat kimchi, in Japan they eat miso, Greece has its yogurt, Germans like their sauerkraut, and that's just the beginning.(links for more information below). So start consuming fermented foods (in moderation), it could save your gut. The first fermented food on your list could definitely be, TEMPEH!

Za’atar (زَعْتَر) Scrambled Tofu

I had been tempted to add za'atar all along, but thought I would shy on the side of caution since this was a new recipe for me. I pushed my inhibition aside and sprinkled on the za'atar... folks you will probably see a lot more recipes in the future highlighting this fantastic condiment! It is definitely my go-to seasoning when a recipe needs a little extra punch of goodness! This recipe is still great if you don't have the za'atar, but if you have it... shake it one!

Za’atar (زَعْتَر) Popcorn

Za'atar is the name of a condiment made from several dried Middle Eastern herbs that include oregano, thyme, and marjoram mixed with sesame seeds, dried sumac (a NON-poisonous red berry that is dried and ground and gives a tart lemony flavor to foods), and often salt, as well as other spices. The exact recipe really depends on which region of the Middle East you are currently in. I was given some as a gift but you can find it in your local middle eastern shop or the international section of a large grocery store.

Peach Ice Cream

Another 5 minute dessert for the books! As you know I have a love/hate relationship with peaches... and sometimes peaches don't love me back. If that's the case then I freeze the subpar devils and try to figure what else to do with them! When I was about 8 or 9 years old my family spent 5 weeks traveling around Australia and New Zealand. We spent 1 whole week at a college while my dad was teaching a class (or something... it was a long time ago). We ate at the school cafeteria everyday and the one thing that sticks out the most to me about that whole trip (besides the beaches, koalas, and kangaroos) was that this cafeteria had peach soft serve ice cream. I had a delicious cone everyday and it was divine. I'd never heard of peach ice cream before! I'd tried plenty of varieties that included chocolate, but peach ice cream? What is this? Well, I don't eat normal ice cream anymore... but I still make my own version of peach ice cream. Easy and creamy the way ice cream should be!

100% Whole Wheat Pancakes

Some days are pancake days. Try out this 100% whole-wheat pancake recipe with zero sugar or oil added. If you have a hard-anodized pan then you don't even need to use oil in the pancake frying process (we have a great pan from Costco)! This breakfast is high in fiber yet just as tasty as traditional pancake recipes. Eat these pancakes with berries, bananas, unsweetened applesauce, raisins, nut butters, date paste, or fruit compote for a special treat that is also good for you. Start (or finish) your day with a meal that gives you energy instead of zapping it from you! Make a double batch and store in the freezer for a quick meal or snack later on. Just pop one or two frozen pancakes in the toaster, spread with peanut butter and date paste (my favorite combo) and head out the door!

Chocolate Avocado Frosting

Avocados are fiber powerhouses! 1 cup of guacamole gives you 15 grams of fiber! That same cup of guacamole also has 35 grams of fat so it's important to eat avocados in moderation! That fat content, however, is what makes avocados perfect for chocolate frosting...

Vegan German Chocolate Cake (sugar and oil free)

Every year when I was growing up I asked for the same birthday cake. I wanted the German Chocolate Cake Frosting (and pecan glaze) on a yellow cake instead of chocolate! My mom faithfully made a Betty Crocker yellow cake mix and layered it with rich chocolate butter cream frosting and made that infamous coconut pecan dream to coat the top. Sweetened condensed milk, gobs of sugar, and a few very hyperactive children later... you get a birthday coma of happiness (and I loved my mom MORE for it). Flash forward a few years my sister said I should make a German Chocolate Cake that she could feel good about giving to her kids (what a good mommy). One day while killing time at Costco (as my husband went up and down each aisle excitedly searching for a specific extension cord he decide we needed ❤ I absolutely love my nerd) I started looking at the cooking magazines and after seeing a recipe for caramel chocolate cake I got an idea to use date paste as the binder and sweetener for the coconut pecan frosting (which means zero risk of burning the frosting because you don't have to heat it. Yes, I've done that before)!

Carrot Zucchini Slaw

Some days I don't want to eat a salad. I know I should eat salads and that raw vegetables are good for me, but so are cooked vegetables so I eat a big plate of steamed green beans or zucchin instead. Other times I make a salad a bit more creative...

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

These brussels sprouts are crispy and delicious! Rich in nutrients and fiber. Cruciferous vegetables (the umbrella term for vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, etc.) have been shown to help fight cancer (check out the links in the post for more health information).

How To: Make Fruit Compote

There is something so inviting about warm cinnamon peaches poured over whole wheat pancakes or waffles. A lot of recipes online use sugar to sweetened the fruit, I don't think you need it! This recipe only uses fruit, cinnamon, and water. Fruit compote is easy, fast and healthy, my favorite combination! Just start with whatever you have and get cooking!

How To: Make Almond Milk

This easy recipe will take you less then 5 minutes to prepare and is 4 times cheaper then purchasing at the grocery store (not to mention the time it would have taken to drive to there). You also know 100% whats inside your milk, no mystery necessary! This recipe produces 8 cups (2 quarts) of unsweetened almond milk which translates to about 40 calories a cup and 2% calcium (which comes naturally from the almonds). I bought my almonds from Costco and did my own price analysis. It is about...

Baby Greens Beets and Pumpkin Seed Salad

I bought one of those HUGE bags of organic baby greens from Costco and it's my favorite salad mix to date! I also picked up a pack of pre-boiled organic beets. I LOVE BEETS and I've really enjoyed combining the baby greens with beets, fresh oregano (what????), red peppers, and pumpkin seeds (my most favorite salad topper). Then I like to drizzle some tahini lemon dressing all over the top! It's true, I love tahini lemon dressing. I'm constantly coming up with new excuses to eat it! It's good on hot foods or cold foods. You choose, it won't matter, it will always be yummy! If you're sick of eating tahini, then stop by next week because I'm going to post a spicy oil-free salad dressing recipe made from tofu! Get creative and make some dressing!

How To: Crockpot Beans

If eating beans causes you stomach distress then it is because you aren’t eating enough beans! Your gut bacteria changes with the foods that you eat so if you regularly consume pizza and ice cream and you aren’t regularly eating beans and broccoli or kale then your gut will be lined with pizza and ice cream bacteria and it won’t like the new bacteria associated with beans and broccoli or kale. This will lead to stomach distress. If you’re having issues with stomach indigestion then it’s probably because you are not eating enough beans and broccoli or kale! Start changing your food slowly and your gut bacteria will transition over to being used to healthy foods and soon enough the beans won’t be the issue any more. Here are 3 tips to help your stomach adjust to beans...