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Getting out of bed early isn't awesome, but this breakfast recipe from the new book Vegan Bowl Attack! by Jackie Sobon of Vegan Yack Attack IS!

  Bowl food. It's the latest craze! But while I was creating a Pinterest board for vegan bowl food, Jackie Sobon went ahead and created an awesome cookbook.  Darn it!  :)  Actually, I LOVE this cookbook.  It is filled with more than 100 one-dish, plant-based bowls that everyone can enjoy, vegan or not.  They're hearty, nutritious and delicious, and sure to please anyone.  Just take a look at that Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl, doesn't it look fun?.

Protein bites that taste like Heaven in your mouth. No bake, loaded with only "good for you" ingredients & Top 8 Free.

Have you ever just wanted something to eat? You don't know what that something is, but you've got to find it and will eat through the pantry in an effort to satisfy it.  Well friends, this is what your stomach has been longing for! This little blissful bite of protein, not only satisfies any sweet tooth, but it's perfect for all you snackers, breakfast-skippers, people on-the-go, non-cooks, protein junkies, food-allergy friends, & vegan foodies,,,,,REALLY! SunButter Craisin Protein Bites will satisfy any craving and you won't feel guilty if you eat 2 (because you will).

Sweet & nutty, rich & creamy, warm & toasty, THIS is what breakfast is made of.

  Who has time to make a big elaborate breakfasts every morning?  I know I don't.  Those are for weekend mornings or when we go out (let someone else make the mess!), right? But sometimes, I want to feel like I'm eating a fancy breakfast without putting in all the work and you know, it is possible! That's how these Banana Berry Sammies came to be. I originally called them Lazy Girl Waffles because I was too lazy to make waffles, but Banana Berry Sammies sounds a little more delightful, doesn't it? 

Rise and shine! You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to enjoy fresh free-from muffins. Just add water and oil to Enjoy Life's ready-to-use mix, and breakfast is looking pretty delicious.

Baking on a restricted diet can be difficult at times... especially in the beginning. I remember how overwhelming it seemed when I had to learn how to read labels,  learn to bake all over again with substitutions, and then learn how to shop find new & safe brands to buy! Thankfully, I found Enjoy Life Foods early on. Enjoy Life Foods is one of my favorite allergy-friendly brands!  Their whole philosophy is about forfeiting the bad stuff without giving up taste or texture. Love that!  I always have in my pantry a few bags of their chocolate chips, a box or two of cookies and my son, Xander, loves their bars!   They recently came out with a few boxed mixes and so I just had to try them out. Typically, I would bake from scratch but sometimes, it's nice to have a mix handy (just in case), especially when you're new to baking allergy-friendly.

 

Eating dirt won't hurt you! Really!

Thanks to my friends at Enjoy Life Foods & So Delicious, you too can make your own allergy-friendly Dirt Cups. Trust me, this is quite a treat for the kiddos and if you don't have kids, that's ok too.  Nothing like making a dessert to make you feel young again. 

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!   

Chocolate Sunbutter Crisp Pops

This winter, we took the kids to see the movie Creed and it's been non-stop, all things Rocky since then. We have all watched & re-watched, every single movie over the past 2 months and even now, I’m sitting here with my daughter, watching as Rocky admits to Adrian that he is afraid to fight & lose everything shortly after Mickey's death. As always, Adrian ends up encouraging him, telling him that she believes in him which leads to a more intensely driven training sequence. Enter “eye of the tiger”……..

This is seriously such a great movie series (Rocky V included)!  

Do you know what else is seriously good?  Nestle Crunch candy bars, or at least they use to one of my favorites when I was younger.  Something about the sweet chocolate with crispy rice in each bite, had me running to the corner store to spend what little money I had as a kid.

Sweet mango & mashed avocado is heavenly, especially with the added crunch of jicama in these delightful spring rolls.

Spring Rolls

I absolutely love looking out to my back yard through our bay window.  Although the trees are bare and the grass is brown, the site of beautiful red cardinals grazing off the bird feeder, all but makeup for the lack of color due to winter months. And although it is still a little chilly some days, the sunlight warms the room and reminds me that Spring isn't too far off.

This sunlight, not only makes this the perfect sitting area for gazing, but it also makes this the perfect place for ripening those stone fruits not quite recipe ready.  The mango and avocado I recently purchased from the market have patiently been sitting on the table, just waiting for the sun to ripen & sweeten them up for the perfect recipe. Meanwhile, as the sun was doing its thing, there was this wonderfully, crunchy jicama just waiting to join the party as I had something wonderful in store for them.

Mango Avocado Spring Rolls with a Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce.