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Crock Pot Lentil Taco "Meat"

It is FINALLY cool enough to dust off the crock pot and get to making my favorite crock pot recipes.
I love me some lentils. They can be very versatile if you find the right recipe! 
And they are so beneficial! Full of fiber, iron, protein, and zinc!
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1 cup onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon EVOO
1 cup dry lentils, rinsed
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 cup salsa
14 ounces water+ 2 vegetable bouillon cubes OR 14oz of vegetable broth
(I used Better the Bouillon Vegetable Broth which I dissolved in 14oz of water)

Put everything in the crock pot and cook on high for 8-12 hours.
If you are at home, check on it from time to time and stir or add water if need be.
I left it in while I was at work and it turned out fine. I just made sure to check on it right when I got home.
Throw it over some nachos, wrap it in a tortilla or lettuce wrap! Have fun and enjoy!
Yummy Vegan, Gluten and Dairy Free Lentil Taco Meat - Crock pot! -

5 *Healthy* Tips For Stocking up for the Storm

If you didn't already know, I live in the lovely state of Florida. Known for beautiful beaches, Mickey Mouse, and Hurricanes.
We live close enough to the beach that our town was hit pretty hard during the hurricane. No as hard as they expected but hit nevertheless.

This was the first major storm that I had to prepare for as an adult, on my own, with my husband and our pup. It was a little daunting to say the least. Add in my healthy and gluten free lifestyle and I was a little overwhelmed. 

We made sure we had the essentials and were ready to go when the storm hit. 
So here are some of my own tips for preparing for the storm, whether it will be a snow storm, hurricane, or just stocking up just in case. 

5 Healthy Tips for Stocking up for the Storm

1. Fill up those jars!
Fill up those mason jars with water! We lucked out being on city water that we had easy access to water but I still made sure we had water just in case. I filled up every mason jar I owned. Kept some on the counter and some in the fridge.
NOTE: do NOT put them in the freezer. I lost two mason jars because they broke when we lost power and the freezer lost its coolness :( 

2. Hit the local health food store
When everyone hears a storm is coming, they head straight for the big stores. But don't forget about the little guys! My local health food store had so many items I could use and needed and was running special deals for the storm.
Also don't forget some veggeis and fruits don't have to be stored in the fridge. So you can still have those whole foods with no power

3. Food for Gas
For GAS STOVE OWNERS. You can still use gas without power. You have to kind of McGyver it by holding a lighter to the burner, but you can run the stove. So, I thought of everything I could make on the stove. Gluten free ramen, pasta, and quinoa. All stuff I picked up at the health food store. I ate Lotus Food Ramen for lunch for 3 days straight. I have no regrets.

4.Coffee Coffee
I know coffee can be tricky for those that don't have a gas stove so I have two tips. 
Gas Stove: Make sure you have a single cup coffee maker (like this one) so you can make at least one cup to get you through the day. I love mine, it was so helpful.
No Gas Stove: Get a thermos! Right before the storm hits make a full pot and throw it in a thermos! Don't forget about the cold brew!

5. Splurge
Its hard to stay healthy with no power. So don't be afraid to splurge on easy, non-cooking items. I made sure I grabbed some snack bars and treats. Well not healthy, they made me feel better during the storm.

I hope none of you every have to experience a big storm. But if you do, I hope these tips help! 
Do you have any other tips?? I'm always curious to hear others tips! Always on the lookout for something new! 

Fall Chili and Cornbread - Dairy and Gluten Free

Fall is finally here! Though it won't feel like it here in the south for another couple of weeks.
Even so, I'm breaking out the crock-pot and getting back to those warm delicious fall meals I love.

Cornbread and I haven't had the best of experiences before. It was always my doing. Messing up the recipe or using too deep of a pan. But, I was determined to make a new and easier recipe. And guess what?? It was a success!
Gluten and Dairy Free Chili and CornBread
I also spiced up my original Crock Pot Chili recipe and now it's better then ever!
Vegan Bean Chili

Bean Chili (Vegan/Vegetarian)
  • 2 15.5oz Cans of Red Kidney Beans, drained
  • 1 15.5oz Can of White Kidney Beans, drained
  • 1 14.5 oz Can of Diced tomatoes, not drained (may need a second if it's the chili is to thick)
  • 1 15oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 15oz can of corn
  • A Chopped up Onion *optional*
  • 1-4 TBS Chili Powder (add as much or as little to taste)
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • Sprinkle of Cayenne powder
  • Hickory Flavored Liquid Smoke
  • 1 bag of Beyond Beef crumbles *optional but HIGHLY recommended*
Add everything to a crock-pot, set, and forget! 4 hours on high to 6 hours on low.
You can also make it on the stove too! 
Whatever you fancy!

Dairy and Gluten Free Cornbread
Sweet Southern CornBread
  • 1 Cup of GF Cornmeal
  • 1 cup of gluten free flour (I used this)
  • 1/4 cup of organic sugar (or honey)
  • 1 TBLS of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup of oil (I used EVOO)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of dairy free milk (I had two cartons of unsweet and sweet cashew milk in the fridge. So I used 1/2 cup of unsweet and 1/2 of  sweet vanilla cashew milk)
Mix all together!
Pour into a greased 8x8 (or closest size pan you have just make sure it isn't to deep)
Bake at 400 degrees for 22 minutes

Happy Fall Friends!

Dairy Free Creamy Caesar Dressing

I posted a photo of this dressing a couple weeks ago and I had so many people ask for the recipe.
Well... it's hard to measure a recipe for a dressing that you just made out of thin air. However, after two or three try's, I think I've finally narrowed down the measurements but please take this recipe with a grain of salt and make it you own if you think it needs something more! :)

Dairy Free Creamy Caesar Dressing

Dairy Free Creamy Caesar Dressing
1/2 Cup of Vegan Mayonnaise (I used Just Mayo)
1/4 tsp of Worcestershire Sauce (this is the only NON-Vegan ingredient, you can easily use a substitute)
2 tsp of Dijon Mustered
1 1/2 TBLS of Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper To Taste (heavier on the pepper)
Dairy Free Parmesan, as much or as little as you want (see below)
Dairy Free Milk (cashew is preferred but soy and almond milk is fine. Just make sure its not flavored)

  • Mix all the ingredients together except the milk. 
  • Use the dairy free milk to thin it into the consistency that you'd like.
  •  I usually end up adding a tad bit more worcestershire and lemon to get that tangy taste.
To make the dairy free parmesan: Chop up 1/4 cup of cashews in a food processor and add nutritional yeast to taste (start out with 1tsp just to be safe and then add more to get the cheesy taste)

Dairy Free Caesar Dressing Dressing

Game Day Recipe Round-Up

It is that time of year... football season is upon us!! Which means time for delicious foods and snacks to make for those Saturday and Sunday's on the couch or at a party.
Below are some of my own recipes that I think would be perfect for your game day party for 2 or 10! I also included some of my other favorite recipes from fellow bloggers!

Bean Chili
- Come October, this chili will become a staple in our house! It's super easy and cheep to make that you can't pass it up! Plus it can feed a ton on a small budget!
Healthy Game Day Recipes

Potato Salad - Dairy Free -
This recipe is my husbands personal favorite. It's tangy with big chunks of potatoes that I love. One 3 pound bag can feed a good group of friends!
Potato Salad
We are having these this week for dinner and I can't be more excited! I love these burgers! Just two sweet potatoes (white or regular) makes enough for 4 people! 

Taco Chicken Bowls-
A great crock pot recipe for those days the craving for mexican food is real!
Game Day Recipes

From Others:

Healthy *Plant Based* Layered Dip
-I loved this recipe! It was so good! You wouldn't even know the ground "beef" wasn't beef at all! 

Cauliflower Wings
-I was hesitant to make this recipe. Mostly because I was turned off by the words Buffalo. But in a live QandA video Lauren did, she encouraged me that I could use BBQ sauce instead of buffalo and make BBQ "wings". They turned out so good! I want to make them again cause they were so simple and tasty! 

I've made this recipe before. Its not super "Dairy-Free" friendly but I can see you using dairy free sour cream to lessen the dairy! Its a great game day dip!
(sorry no photo ;) )

Have any other good game day recipes??? I want to hear them!

Game Day Recipes

Lentil And Cauliflower Tacos

Cauliflower is one of those vegetable I think a lot of people are afraid to make meals with. The smell isn't the greatest, it can have some "side-effects" for some that aren't so pleasant (.. cough cough *gas* cough cough....) But regardless it is a very beneficial vegetable. It is anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamins, full of fiber and can boost your brain health!

Lentil and Cauliflower Tacos
I highly suggest prepping a head of time before making this meal. Cook the lentils according to the bag's directions and if using frozen cauliflower, warm up, and leave out to dry a so you don't have soggy tacos!

1 cup of dry lentils, cooked according the bag
1 large head cauliflower (about 2 cups of florets). You can use frozen as well. Just cook it before hand.
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons mild chili powder, divided
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or cayenne pepper (to taste)
Generous grating black pepper
Salt to taste

Lentil and Cauliflower Tacos

Grate the cauliflower using a tool of your choice. I used a chopper attachment for my mixer. Just don't grate it too much, you don't want it finely chopped.
Once the cauliflower is grated, heat a large skillet with some EVOO.
Add your chopped onion and garlic and cook till brown.
Add in your cauliflower and saute for about 3-4 minutes.
Add 1TBLs of chili powder and cook some more till cauliflower is tender
Add you lentils (drained) and add the remaining spices. I found leaving out the other TBS of chili powder and just a SPRINKLE of cayenne pepper made it less spicy. But add more if you like your tacos spicy.

Make tacos with your favorite soft or hard tortillas. I LOVE to make mine "nacho style" with some great Late July chips!
I also like to top mine with some yummy vegan sour cream!

Wow Summit 2016! | Discount Code |

Hey Y'all! I am excited to announce that I will be attending the 2016 WOW Summit by Mom's Meet!
I am THRILLED to be going to this conference again! If you remember, I attended about 2 years ago when it was hosted in Orlando (see that blog post here).
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Well, now the conference this year is being hosted in D.C.!
 For those that do not know I am originally from Maryland, just an hour north of D.C. So to say I'm a little excited for this trip is an understatement. 
Not only am I looking forward to enjoying the crisp Maryland fall air (that I miss here in Florida), but I am excited to network and learn alongside likeminded bloggers and moms! I learned SO much from the last conference that I can only imagine what I'll learn this year.

There are going to be some great sponsors this year! I'm personally excited for So Delicious seeing I use their coffee creamer in my coffee every morning!
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Oh and don't forget about the amazing speakers! You will learn so much! :

Want to join me!!?? I have a special code JUST for you. Take 15% off the ticket price with this code:
Register Here!
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I hope to meet some of you there!! 

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