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How to Make Almond Milk Coffee Creamer

How to Make Almond Milk Coffee Creamer

Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Beverages, Foundations

Fact: I need cream in my coffee. I cannot drink it black. For the most part, I find plain black coffee vile, watery, and bitter. But a nice splash of half-and-half transforms it into a creamy, warm, soothing, comforting elixir of the gods.

So yeah. I need my cream. But my thighs do not need it. And so that’s why we’re here. That’s why I figured out how to make almond milk coffee creamer, a healthier, non-dairy alternative to half-and-half. And I’m so excited about it, now I’m going to share with you!

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Thai Green Curry Lentil Soup

Thai Green Curry Lentil Soup

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I had a different recipe planned for today, but it was going to involve some work this weekend … and an evil little stomach bug had different plans for me. But you don’t want to know anything more about that.

I was actually going to save this Thai Green Curry Lentil Soup for March. Even though it’s not really all that green, with its green lentils and green curry, I thought it would still be perfect for the holiday that’s all about green – St. Patrick’s Day. But I’ve been eager to share it with you for awhile now, so this ended up being a great excuse.

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Crock Pot Buffalo Cauliflower Chili

Crock Pot Buffalo Cauliflower Chili

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I really want to have a cute little anecdote to share or some sort of spin to take on this story, but so far I have found myself typing about 1) Our trip to the zoo yesterday and how my daughter was most excited to see the spiders and how I am borderline arachnophobe and 2) The fact that we cancelled DISH Network last year, and what with the Seahawks and the Golden Globes this past weekend, well, no live TV kind of sucked. But otherwise we are a happy Roku family.

Neither subject, clearly, is particularly scintillating, so … backspace, backspace, backspace, chili. I’ll just talk about this Crock Pot Buffalo Cauliflower Chili, because I’m just plain out of any other good ideas. Writer’s block: it’s a real thing.

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Toasted Coconut Smoothie

Toasted Coconut Smoothie

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Beverages

I am a walking cliche. It’s a brand new year, I have vowed to eat healthier, cleaner, less overall, and just plain better this year. I’ve re-joined a gym, I’m ready to start up Couch to 5K (ahem, again), and, boy. Am I ever on a serious smoothie kick.

After enjoying smoothies that are every color of the rainbow (and loving every second of it), I think this pure white Toasted Coconut Smoothie is oh-so refreshing. Both in the looks department and in the taste department. Is there a taste department? If there was, I’d totally go there. Except then I might have a problem with my 2014 resolutions.

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Roasted Winter Vegetables in Thai Red Curry with Optional Chicken

Roasted Winter Vegetables in Thai Red Curry with Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

Did you know that folks in Thailand generally don’t use chopsticks? Yeah, I didn’t either – not until after I took these photos. D’oh.

But you know what? I think that’s okay. This recipe for Roasted Winter Vegetables in Thai Red Curry (with optional chicken for the meat-eaters!) isn’t super-duper authentic Thai, either, and I like both the photos and the recipe just fine. Okay, truthfully, I was pretty happy with the photos … and I love the recipe. So hopefully nobody else takes offense.

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Super Moist Vegan Banana Bread Muffins

Super Moist Vegan Banana Bread Muffins

Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 in Popular, Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Lately, I’ve been getting into vegan baking. I have to admit, until recently, I associated words like “dry,” “tough,” and “cardboard” with vegan baked goods. But as it turns out, leaving out eggs, milk, and butter really doesn’t have to render a recipe tasteless. Vegan baking can result in a marvelous outcome – and you don’t even need crazy, exotic ingredients to make it happen.

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Power Berry Smoothie

Power Berry Smoothie

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 in Beverages

The holidays are upon us, and dang, did Christmas come fast this year, or what?! I thought I had it together, but today, I’m a little stressed. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I need an extra boost (or two, or three) to get me through my endless to-do list.

Oh, and hey! A Power Berry Smoothie (or two, or three) should fit the bill just fine.

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Easy Vegetarian Crock Pot Refried Beans (without Lard!)

Easy Vegetarian Crock Pot Refried Beans (without Lard!)

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

When I first saw Crock Pot Refried Beans making the internet rounds a while back, I got kind of excited. I mean, I’m a fiend for the Crock Pot, surely I’ve made that clear by now. But the first time they really truly landed squarely on my radar was when the wonderful Simply Scratch posted a great-looking recipe for them. And even though they look terrific, unfortunately, they have lard. No-go for a vegetarian.

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Crock Pot Vegan Black Bean and Brown Rice Soup

Crock Pot Vegan Black Bean and Brown Rice Soup

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

You know, I have to admit, I’ve always been a little torn on black bean soup. Yes – it almost always tastes delicious, but as far as aesthetics go? Let’s just say it’s not the most attractive soup out there. It can tend toward … sludge-looking tendencies. Delicious sludge, but sludge nonetheless.

So I decided to make a black bean soup recipe with a little more oomph to it and a little less sludge. I pureed it like your traditional black bean soup, but then I add some whole beans and a couple of cups of brown rice at the end. Prettier! Though … okay, fine, still a little sludgy.

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Lava Flow Smoothie (Vegan Strawberry Coconut Smoothie)

Lava Flow Smoothie (Vegan Strawberry Coconut Smoothie)

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Beverages

Today, I have no story. The kid and the dog are playing on the floor, sort of throwing the tennis ball back and forth. It’s cute. My guy and I have just started house shopping and my brain is reeling a bit from our first excursion out looking yesterday evening. We’ve started packing up this house and it’s already mayhem. And then the daycare I had just started taking my little one to a couple of mornings per week – the daycare that took me months to find, that took me even longer to wrap my brain around, the daycare that my little one was loving, the daycare that allowed me to have a few blessed uninterrupted hours to work on Kitchen Treaty – just fell through.

And so I’m processing. Lots of processing. No story, but there is a smoothie.

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