Category Archives : Kid Friendly


Vegan Chorizo Nachos with Pickled Jalapeno Relish

Simple, devilishly delicious and 100% vegan, my Vegan Chorizo Nachos with Pickled Jalapeno Relish will tame your inner junk food junkie. Layers of flavor with fresh lime, zippy jalapenos, spicy chorizo and a variety of textures from crunchy tortilla chips to creamy avocado come together in this recipe to satisfy […]

Grilled Corn Onion and Black Bean Salsa

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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe with Four-Ingredient Creamy Cocoa Frosting

My semi-homemade Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with 4-ingredient creamy cocoa frosting is simple enough for even non-bakers (like myself) to make and is absolutely scrumptious!   This post is for any of my last-minute types out there. If you want to make a dessert but they all sound too complicated, run out to your […]


Sugar Free Oats with Nut Butter and Coconut Oil

Stick-to-your-ribs filling, my all natural and sugar free oats with nut butter and coconut oil are full of healthy fats, fiber, zero cholesterol and only 3 grams sugar. A perfectly delicious way to start your day! My Nana always told me white sugar and white flour is the devil. Back […]

Sugar Free Oatmeal

Caramelized Banana Cookie Cake

Caramelized Banana Cookie Cake Recipe

My warm Caramelized Banana Cookie Cake is vegan, gluten free, refined sugar and refined oil free ~ perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert when paired with a delicious scoop cashew ice cream. Way back when, in my past life, I made a career choice that may surprise you. After graduating from […]


Fresh Salad with Superfruit Mangosteen Dressing

We’re all hearing about the benefits of superfruits ~ in this post I’ll review the mangosteen and share a delicious recipe for Superfruit Mangosteen Dressing! It’s all over Dr Oz, the internet, health blogs – you name it – superfruits are hot. It is hard not to buy into the hype […]

Superfruit Mangosteen Dressing

Avocado and Sea Salt Toast

Creamy Avocado and Sea Salt Toast ~ Perfect for Busy Mornings

Move over eggs ~ there’s a new perfect protein for breakfast. My Avocado and Sea Salt Toast has a healthy, balanced blend of fat, FIBER and protein with zero cholesterol. What’s not to love? If you are an avocado lover, like me, you may not have thought of using it […]


Behold the Eggless Breakfast Taco ~ Soft and Deliciously Egg-y without Tofu!

This Eggless Breakfast Taco is a simple and flavorful twist on a traditional breakfast burrito. Get your new year started off on the right foot – with an easy, healthy, delicious and light breakfast. If you are tired of the same old oatmeal, this recipe will knock your socks off! Plus […]

Eggless Breakfast Taco ~ Made with Chickpea Flour

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Ultra Gooey Peppermint Brownie Cupcakes

Serve these Ultra Gooey Peppermint Brownie Cupcakes straight from the oven and delight the guests at your next dinner party. (Shh don’t tell them these are from a box and are vegan!) It has been said that the fastest way to win a girl’s heart is through peppermint and chocolate. (Or […]


Sweet and Tangy Walnut Cranberry Acorn Squash is full of holiday cheer!

This Sweet and Tangy Walnut Cranberry Acorn Squash recipe is full of holiday cheer and is the perfect side dish. This recipe was born from the boat load of fabulous, organic acorn squash I got with my CSA at KyV Farm. Though they do make a superb Christmas-y centerpiece, I decided to […]

Cranberry Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

Roasted Eggplant Stacks

Roasted Eggplant Stacks with Creamy Mustard Sauce

Roasted Eggplant Stacks with Creamy Mustard Sauce features warm, caramelized vegetables and cool, tangy-creamy mustard sauce. It is sinfully delicious, yet light enough to be added to your weekly rotation ~ go ahead and indulge, guilt free! We are all involved in social media nowadays, in one form or another; […]


Spicy, Sweet and Savory Raw Thai Noodle Salad ~ Easy, Gluten Free and Vegan

. This sweet, spicy and savory Raw Thai Noodle Salad is easy to make and as an added bonus is also naturally gluten free and vegan. Walking through Native Sun last week I stopped and did a double take. Kelp noodles. Hmm. Interesting. I’m embarrassed to say I have never […]

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Basic Vegan & Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Buttery Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe

You will love this light, buttery, vegan and gluten free sugar cookie recipe made without butter!  They are cute, yes? It is the holidays and we all want to spend time with family and want our comfort foods.  After talking with my mother in law about her yearly cookie ritual and […]


Drool-Worthy, No-Bake Passionate Pumpkin Pie ~ Vegan and Gluten Free

 Drool-Worthy, No-Bake Passionate Pumpkin Pie ~ Vegan and Gluten Free…..it’s what I’m making for Thanksgiving dinner (along with a chickpea, quinoa loaf with mushrooms and sundried tomatoes.) What are some of your holiday traditions? Do you make the same thing every year or try new dishes? As I was scrambling […]

Passionate Pumpkin Pie

Sensational Seasonal CSA Soup

Sensational Seasonal Lentil Soup with a Surprising Ingredient – Radishes!

 Utilize all your farmers market produce in this Sensational Seasonal Lentil Soup with a Surprising Ingredient – Radishes!  Step into my day dream of a Utopian world with an organic farm at the center prompted by my first installment of veggies last Wednesday. What a variety it was! 1) KALE 2) […]


Three Ingredient Vegan Ranch ~ Tangy, Creamy and Easy to Prepare!

This “Three Ingredient Vegan Ranch” is tangy, creamy and super easy to throw together. Your kids will love you (and their veggies) for it! I’m “the Garden Mom”. This means that when volunteer requests came around at school I put my hand up to help fill the garden beds at […]

Three Ingredient Vegan Ranch

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Warm Harvest Apple Breakfast

Warm Harvest Apple Breakfast features warm apples, pie spices and lots of healthy seeds over a bed of any grain you choose. In this case I chose my favorite grain – oats – but in their purest form. The oat groat. Can you feel it in the air? The cooler […]


All Natural Kale and Flax Cornbread Muffins

Gently sweet, soft, moist and comforting – these kale and flax cornbread muffins are supremely satisfying. They are perfect for breakfast or as a great accompaniment for dinner (and your kids will love eating kale and flax). Imagine that! There is something comforting about cornbread – it’s a little sweet […]

Soft and Moist All Natural Kale and Flax Cornbread Muffin

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Autumn Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Lentil Soup with Aromatic Fresh Sage

Today is my three year bloggiversary! To celebrate I am posting a creamy Autumn Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Lentil Soup with Aromatic Fresh Sage will put you in the mood for fall. Savory and comforting with all the traditional holiday flavors will have you giving thanks that Thanksgiving is right […]


Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

This Italian Panzanella is full of fresh veggies, dressed perfectly in a rich, tangy dressing, and topped with the crunch of toasty bread. What’s not to love? Sometimes I just want to be a little naughty. I am not an individual that suffers from celiac disease or even a wheat […]

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All Natural Banana Bread

All Natural Banana Bread ~ Moist, Gluten Free, Vegan and 100% Delicious!

This fall twist on all natural banana bread is sure to please with it’s moist texture, warm cinnamon, tart dried cranberries and lots of nuts and seeds. The traditional banana breads call for at least a cup of sugar, a stick of butter and an egg or two to round […]