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This creamy potato soup is feel good, comfort food to keep you warm and bring a smile to your lips.

This soup is comfort food at its finest. Rich & velvety, dairy-free potato soup. Crazy Oklahoma weather!  Last week it was "puffy coats, layers & boots" kinda of weather and this week, it's been hitting the 70's!  Is it like that where you live?  Although I love the warmer weather and the way the sun feels on my face, I do like to take advantage of the cold days by making foods that are extra rich & comforting, that warm you from the inside out, like this Creamy Potato Soup

Zesty, fresh & nutritious vegan Pad Thai. It’s a little bit of sweet, a little bit of sour, and slightly nutty without the nuts.

  Nut allergies suck!  There's no other way to say it. Although we have multiple life-threatening allergies in our home, this nut allergy is my least favorite for Xander to have.  I can avoid having nuts in my home, I can avoid baking with it, but it is so incredibly difficult to avoid coming into contact with it elsewhere.  Think of all the PB & J sandwiches out there! Or crackers, or cookies, or smoothies, not to mention the oil people fry their stuff in.  It's endless, especially when you include the variety of foods from other cultures such as Indian, African and Asian. Although I love the experience of trying these different global cuisines, but many are prepared in ways that are uncommon to us and if you throw in language barriers, then it can be even trickier.  Asian dishes (Korean, Japanese, Chinese & Thai) vary in ingredients but contain many of the top eight allergens, including peanuts.  Recently, I found out that fried egg rolls or spring rolls can be sealed with peanut butter!  I never would have thought that.  But of all the Asian cuisines, Thai food is heavy in peanut rich dishes. Nuts are incorporated for adding flavoring, thickening the sauce or garnishing, such as in Pad Thai. But don't give up hope! This Pad Thai recipe is to show you that you can easily recreate the dishes you loved without using nuts or any of the other top allergens.

Happiness is fresh food, like these Buddha Rolls from Pei Wei. Diced cucumber, creamy avocado, sweet red bell pepper, and scallions all tightly wrapped in sesame covered white rice.

  A friend of mine recently asked me to check out Pei Wei's brand new menu and share my opinion of the dishes I tried.  Quite honestly, you don't have to ask me twice. This was the perfect opportunity to grab my family and enjoy a night out. Pei Wei had recently introduced quinoa as an option to replace rice (YAY!), and now they've increased their menu to include even more hand-selected ingredients to maximize nutrition and flavor, keeping with traditional Asian cuisine. 

Eggless Cover

A little over 9 years ago,  I found the hope I needed, that I could still cook wonderful foods and delicious desserts without the use of dairy or eggs.  There weren't very many "allergy-friendly" books or information available back then, but what I did find, was some amazing Vegan books that changed my way of thinking and also changed how my family eats now.  Although we changed our diet out of necessity for the most part, it was still difficult in some ways because there were foods I had grown up with and loved that were now, literally, "off the table". 

A few weeks ago I took my son, Xander on a fun little date night to celebrate my birthday.   My oldest was working, my daughter was at tumbling and the hubby, well, he was out of town and I just didn't feel like cooking, soooo, the little guy and I went out to celebrate,,,at WholeFoods. If you're thinking it's a pretty lame place to go, it really wasn’t.  We got to hang out, walk around, and pick exactly what we wanted to eat from a large selection of healthy foods.  The options were so much better than most restaurants we could have gone to.   X-man decided on the salad bar and loaded his plate high ($15 salad anyone?) and myself, I picked to eat from the Ramen Station and had their chef make me this amazing, spicy, bowl using tofu instead of chicken. The food was absolutely wonderful. Since that night, I’ve been craving their ramen bowl, in fact, I could probably eat it every night. The veggies were so fresh, the broth nice & light and that spice was a fun little treat to my palate.   Seeing that it'd be a little silly to go there for dinner everyday, I thought I'd give it a go and make it myself.  I am so glad I did! 

Thai Green Curry with Cauliflower

As I was making my menu for the week, I realized just how crazy busy my week actually was.  There is not even 1 night free, which isn’t unusual anymore.  Instead of freaking out, I remembered that I prayed for all of this.  The healthy kids, a wonderful husband, a job, a church we love, friends, etc.  Each of those bring much happiness, and much busyness.  There are athletic practices, music practices, church group, fundraiser dinners, church and even a Bieber concert thrown in there this week.

Instead of feeling defeated before the week has really begun, I go back to my menu and start trying to figure it out. I need to make dinners that are delicious, healthy, plant-based & easy.  Keyword here, EASY!   

I know I’m not the only one with busy nights, in fact, many of my friends and those I coach are constantly telling me how they eat out most nights and just can’t find the time to make a good “home-cooked” meal.  But trust me, but with a little planning, you can make a good-for-you meal just as quickly as it’d take you to drive somewhere and grabbing something to go.  And just in case you need a little extra help, here's my downloadable Weekly Menu Planner to make dinners a little easier for you. 

As for a recipe, well I have that too!  Whether you have had Thai food or not,  this Thai Green Curry with Cauliflower will take you on a little culinary adventure and is a perfect start to your meal planning. This is a wonderfully, rich & creamy dish, with just enough heat to make you smile.  Best of all, it's so, so easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes!