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S'mores! Can I have me some more please? I wonder if that's how it got its name? When marshmallows, chocolate & graham crackers are combined, who wouldn't want s'more? I know I do and now that I've added SunButter (my favorite nut-free spread), this Summer treat tastes like a melted allergy-friendly Reese's cup, I really want s'more! How about you? 

"Sriracha cauliflower wings are my Bae",  or at least that is what my daughter says.  This is HUGE as it is coming from my not completely vegan child who has labeled herself as a "chikatarian" (she likes Chik-fil-a basically).  I know, this is technically a vegan food blog, but to be perfectly honest, I just cannot make everyone eat as I would.  Now, when we are home, I only make 1 dish and everyone eats that 1 dish, but when we go out, they are all free to make their own choices.  Thankfully, they no longer go crazy when they order and have realized how certain foods make them feel as well as realize how eating foods affects other creatures, but chicken, I can't quite get her to give up yet.

Thankfully, my kids all LOVE vegetables and so getting them to eat veggies is really easy.   Cauliflower is one of their favorites, whether its raw or cooked and we've used this veggie as a substitute for rice or mashed potatoes and even in shrimp cocktail.  It also works well as "chicken" for making wings.   I mean, it's better than eating "fake" meat made of weird ingredients, right?

This fluffy treat will AMAZE you! The secret ingredient ...chickpea brine. V & GF

Whipped marshmallow fluff, completely Egg-free made with a secret ingredient (chickpea brine)

This recipe is going to amaze you!

Marshmallow fluff made without eggs, how awesome is that?  I couldn't figure out just how to duplicate this much desired treat and then some genius discovered that you can use the whipped brine from chickpeas to mimic the consistency of whipped egg whites.  Pretty, stinking amazing, right?

I think so!

cranberry sauce

Everywhere I turn, Christmas is already happening.  The store aisles are full of decorations, neighborhood homes are all lit up in beautiful twinkling lights and every toy catalog has found its way into my living room.  It is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas,,,,,although Thanksgiving hasn't even happened yet. 

Mixed Berry Pepper Jelly There is an abundance of peppers growing in my garden, so much so, I can barely keep up with using them.  I've frozen some, made salsa, incorporated them into sauces and meals and even-handed them out in little brown bags to the adults during Halloween (I seriously have that many!). I felt like I was running out of ideas on how else to use these Serrano, until I ran across a jar of pepper jelly in my fridge and was inspired to make my own homemade jelly. 

Dragonfruit Strawberry Jam

I think I am obsessed with chia seeds.  I throw them in smoothies, sprinkle them on sunbutter & banana sandwiches, use it as an egg replacer, make puddings and overnight oats with them but not once have I tried using them to make jam, until NOW! 

 If I only knew just how easy this was, I really would have done this a long time ago.  

No boiling water, no canning, no tools. Simply fruit, maple syrup and chia seeds.  That's it!