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I get asked a lot how I change up my salad from day to day and my answer is always with dressing.
Dressing, Dressing, Dressing.
If you're not careful the more dairy based dressings are not the healthiest and take away the nutritional value of your salad. 
I love a good DAIRY FREE salad dressing. They tend to be less calories, healthier, and perfectly light for the salads! 
I collected together 5 of my favorite Dairy Free Salad Dressing Recipes. Two are my personal recipes while the other three are from some of my favorite food bloggers! 

Ingredients
1/2 cup of any type of Mayo
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dried Dill
1 Tablespoon Dried Chives
1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
to taste Salt and Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
as needed, to thin Almond Milk

Instructions
Mix all the ingredients together except the milk.Add almond milk and thin to you get he consistency you want. I tend to like mine thin for salad dressings but if you want it a little thicker for a more dip consistency add little to no milk.

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)
Honey Mustard from Eating Bird Food
1 lemon, juiced
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons honey (or maple syrup for a vegan version)
2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until combined or add to a mason jar and shake to combine.


Creamy Balsamic from Hot For Food
1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
3 Tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp of dijon mustard
1 tsp of coconut nectar or agave
1/4 tsp of garlic powder
sea salt and pepper to taste. 

Ingredients
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Instructions
Add everything to a clean jar, screw on the lid, and shake like crazy until mixed well.

What are some of your favorite dairy free dressings?? 

I'm always looking for a new recipe to try! 

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Does your house heat up like mine in the summer? Do you dread running the oven and adding to the heat? Me too!
I hardly ever turn on my oven in the summer. It is just to dang hot out for my little house to take any more heat from our oven.
I've complied quite a lot of stove-top (even crock pot) recipes over the past couple of months that are helping us get through dinners during the summer.
Below are some of my personal favorites and some from my dear blog friends who were so kind as to share their favorites!
As always these are gluten free (or can be made gluten free), and mainly plant based (with a few healthy meat based meals)
photo from Pexel

Meaty and Meatless Dinners




  • StoveTop Tuna Casserole 
  • Black Bean Taco Skillet
  • Gluten Free Skillet Chicken
  • Sweet Potato BBQ Burgers
  • Cannellini Bean Salad with Basil and Sun Dried Tomato
  • Chicken and Rice Casserole
  • Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
  • Crock Pot Lentil Taco Meat

  • Noodles Noodles Noodles




  • Sticky Garlic Noodles
  • Pad Thai
  • Creamy Tomato Avocando Pasta Sauce 
  • Kung Po Spaghetti 
  • Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

  • And for desert




  • Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups with Bananas and Dark Chocolate
  • 3 Ingredient Vegan Fudgesicle Bites
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter POWER Bite's 


  • THANK YOU Happy Helper Blog, Food Pleasure and Health , Summer Price, and Abbey's Kitchen for sharing your recipes!
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    *Disclosure: I received these products in exchange for a review. Opinions are 100% my own*
    Let's talk about my favorite household cleaning brand, Grab Green!
    Actually, let me show you!




    Like I said in the video, Grab Green makes eco friendly, safe for your home, products that are naturally derived from plant and mineral ingredients.

    What I love in particular about these products is their use of essential oils to scent the products. I have sensitive skin so essential oils are my only way of getting scented products without the hard side effects of fragrances.
    Let's be real too, essential oils smell way better!

    I showed in the video some of my favorite products, but there are more! One that is becoming a quick favorite is their dishwasher pods. I've used some in the past but the scents were just too much for me (and my husband). 
    However, this particular scent, Thyme and Fig Leaf is calmer, subtle, and the pod left my dishes squeaky clean!

    They also have these great new StoneWorks Laundry pods which have more earthy scents that are so unique!
    They have MANY more products which you can find here.

    WHERE DO I GET THEM?
    Depends on where you live. You can use their store finder here. My local health food store actually carries them but I find myself ordering off of Amazon too. 
    But your best bet is grabbing one of their bundles directly from their website! 
    This way you can try all the products at once!
    (also don't you think they would make a great house warming gift??) 


    Need some inspiration on what products to try?
     Here are my top 3 favorite Grab Green Products! 
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    I love our little tiny old house. Its cute, perfectly sized, and is starting to hold a lot of memories for me, my husband, and pup.
    However, the summer time is brutal in our house. It's small so it heats up with every run of the stove. I've found stove top meals don't heat the house up as fast so those are my "go-to's" in the summer.
    My husband loves a good Tuna Casserole and I've made them quiet a few times, trying to tinker with a recipe that still gave off that nice cheesy taste but without the cheese.

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    StoveTop Tuna Noodle Casserole | Dairy + Gluten Free |
    A quick, healthy alternative to the classic Tuna Casserole
    Ingredients
    • 8oz GF Noodles (any kind)*
    • 2 cups Frozen Peas
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons Dairy Free Butter
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons GF All Purpose Flour
    • 2 1/2 cups Almond Milk (or other dairy free milk)**
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
    • to taste Ground Pepper
    • 1 cup Dairy Free Cheddar Cheese**
    • 2 6oz Cans Tuna
    • 3 tablespoons Parsley
    • 1/4 cup Dairy Free Parmesean
    Instructions
    In decent sized pot, bring water to a boil and cook noodles according to box directions. When the noodles are just about done, add frozen peas. Drain and set aside.While the noodles are cooking, add the butter and cook till melted. Stir in the flour and whisk for 2 minutes. Continue to whisk and slowly and gradually pour in the almond milk. Stir until smooth and bring to a simmer. Keep whisking while you do this as to not let the flour mixture stick to the bottom and burn. Cook for a minute or two until the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat, stir in the salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Gradually blend in the cheddar until melted, and then stir in the drained tuna and the parsley.Add the noodles to the cheese mixture and mix. Add Parmesan cheese on top if desired.
    Details
    Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 Serving

    *Notes*
    *I used Ancient Harvest Noodles
    **If dairy ISN'T a problem, just put regular milk and cheese in place of the dairy free



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    *Disclosure* I am a part of StonyField blogger program and received coupons for these products in exchange for a review. Opinions are 100% my own.

    I eat salads every day for lunch. And when I say every day, I mean EVERY DAY.

    Because I eat them every day, I tend to spruce up my salad with a change of leafy green's and even a unique dressing. 

    Taylor Farms has some great leafy greens to change up any salad. I personally love a good spinach salad! Spinach is low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamine, vitamin B6, foliate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. 
    Phew that's a lot. 

    Taylor Farms is a family owned and run operation in California. They believe in providing consumers with wholesome fresh foods all year round! 
    I picked up my Taylor Farms organic goodness from my local Health Food store. But they also can be found at your local Kroger, Target, or Meijer! 

    I whipped up this great poppy seed dressing with some ALWAYS amazing StonyField Greek Yogurt. 

    This dressing is perfect for a cold summer salad. I could even see this tasting amazing over a nice broccoli salad too! 


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    Greek Yogurt Poppy Seed Dressing
    A lovely light and sweet dressing. Perfect for the cold summer salad.
    Ingredients
    • 1/2 Cup StonyField Greek Yogurt, plain
    • 1/4 cup Water
    • 1 tbsp Honey
    • 1 tbsp Poppy Seed
    • 1 tsp White or Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
    • 1 tsp Onion Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Salt
    • to taste Ground Pepper
    Instructions
    In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients!
    Store in refrigerator for up to 7-10 days!
    Details
    Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 cup




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    *Disclosure* I am a part of the Mambo Sprouts blogger program and was sent this mayo in exchange for a review/recipe creation. Opinions are 100% my own. 

    I live by two main southern staples, Sweet Tea and Ranch. But, if I made ranch the way God intended I'd probably be about 20lbs heavier. I'm always searching for alternatives to make my homemade ranch better.
    Leave it to Chosen Food to make mayo for my ranch dressing way better! Their new light and airy coconut oil mayo was perfect for a light and healthy ranch!
    Chosen Foods is a great company that believes that real food provides true nourishment through healthy fats, plant based proteins and ancient super foods and are committed to never using artificial flavors, preservatives or GMO's.

    Why is their new Coconut Oil Mayo so good??? 

    • Wholesome source of MCTs
    • Non-GMO Project verified 
    • Gluten Free
    • Soy and Canola free
    • Made with cage free, organic eggs
    • aka ALL THE GOOD STUFF

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    Homemade Ranch Dressing
    Made with amazing Chosen Coconut Oil Mayo
    Ingredients
    • 1/2 cup Chosen Coconut Oil Mayo
    • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon Dried Dill
    • 1 Tablespoon Dried Chives
    • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
    • to taste Salt and Pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
    • as needed, to thin Almond Milk
    Instructions
    Mix all the ingredients together except the milk.Add almond milk and thin to you get he consistency you want. I tend to like mine thin for salad dressings but if you want it a little thicker for a more dip consistency add little to no milk.
    Details
    Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6


    “Available at select Kroger stores locations as well as online at chosenfoods.com
    Coconut Oil Mayo is the 5 th clean-label mayo in Chosen
    Foods’ condiment collection. Check out the rest here:
    https://chosenfoods.com/collections/condiments
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    Watch the video for my review of the oils they sent me along with what I used them for!
    I wanted to make sure I accurately talked about Aroma Foundry which is why I waited to share their information here in typed out words. Because like I said in the video, I type better then I talk.. most of the time.. ;)

    About Aroma Foundry (from their website)

    Aroma Foundry was created to bring the scents of the world into your home and end any debate over what each essential oil varietal should smell like. By focusing on sourcing NATIVE OILS, we eliminate questions of whether each scent smells like it should. We source oils where they are first known to have appeared, therefore they represent the true essence of the plant ingredient. We do not source from China and India, where it's hard to verify the question and supply chain of the ingredients. Much of our collection of high-end oils was grown in USA and acquired at a premium price. We do not pass on this cost to the consumer. Our sourcing, warehouse, and supply chain efficiency experience to sell high-end oils at prices competitive with the low-to-medium end of the market. 


    I love their oils. They are reasonable priced and I found many of the scents were stronger and better then ones I had in my essential oil cabinet already.

    You can purchase their essential oils here! 
    If you order some let me know what you think!?
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    I'm a firm believer in "dairy in moderation". Granted this is not applicable if you have an tolerance or allergy to dairy.
    But for those like myself that can have dairy, I'm a firm believer that dairy is great, in moderation.

    This recipe is one of those moderation recipes. The ravioli, from La Pasta, is gluten free but not dairy free. I didn't want to overdue the dairy since I planned on eating the entire package during my Nashville binge session (my heart is still recovering from the finale).
    So, I decided to use the package of Daiya cheese I had leftover from pizza the night before to make a new alfredo sauce. Many of you know I've made an alfredo sauce in the past with Cauliflower, which is still good, but I almost think this one is better!

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    Dairy Free Alfredo - No Nuts or Cauliflower
    An easy and simple recipe made with Daiya cheese
    Ingredients
    • 2 Tablespoons Earth Balance Spred
    • 1 clove, minced Garlic
    • to taste pepper
    • 1/2 a package Daiya Mozzarella Shreds
    • 3/4 cup   Silk Almond Milk
    Instructions
    Melt the butter with minced garlic and a some pepper (to your taste)
    Add your almond milk and let it heat up for a couple minutes. Then add your Daiya cheese shreds and whisk. It will be watery but it will thicken, just keep stirring.  Once thickened turn the heat down just so sauce bubbles for a few minutes. Take it off the stove and serve!
    Details
    Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1ish cup

    Look at me moving up in the world and getting a recipe plugin so you can print the recipe!
     I finally found one that works for blogger. Praise Him!
    Also I never really measured the sauce. I assume it makes about 1ish cups. It may make more. It was enough to cover my ravioli though!
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    A recipe post!? Say it ain't so!
    Yes friends, I am back with a recipe post. My spring semester is over with a summer class just beginning. A week ago I managed to whip up this great little recipe and knew I had to share it with you. It's a simple and filling recipe that will make you sad when there are no leftovers.
    Ingredients
    Serving: about 2-4 
    • 16 oz of gluten-free noodles. I personally love the texture of White Rice noodles from Tinkyada
    • 6 tablespoons of Earth Balance Butter
    • Green onions
    • 3 diced garlic cloves
    • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar (or coconut sugar if you have that, I've used both and don't see the difference so either will work)
    • 4 tablespoons of a gluten free soy sauce

     Directions

  • Cook noodles according to directions. Just be careful not to make them too early as they tend to clump.
  • In a sauce pan (or a wok), melt the butter.
  • Add the green onions and cook till fragrant
  • Next, stir in the sugar and keep siring till dissolved.
  • Then add in the soy sauce and mix all together.
  • Toss in the noodles and mix till sauce covers the noodles.
  • Top with your favorite protein or veggies. My personal favorite is marinated cooked tofu with broccoli.
  • If you are curious I throw some soy sauce, brown sugar, and sriracha in a bowl with my tofu in the morning and let it marinate all day. Its super tasty!

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    If you head over to my instagram, you can see I've been doing a bit of traveling. And while I'm sitting here in the airport as I type this, I figured it was about time to reflect on the trip and how it has effected me.


    My husband and I are very relaxed travelers. We don't like to rush to then next stop if we don't have too. We like to slow down and see the sites not everyone is seeing, and we avoid tourist traps at all cost. This helps us stay present on our trips. There was one instance this trip where we went to see a very famous natural site.. and so did every one else on the island. While the site was beautiful, I didn't feel like I could enjoy it or be present because there were so many distractions, people, and noise.
    Sometimes it's good to take it slow, enjoy the life, be present, even in a place where you've never been. You never know what you might miss if you don't weed out those distractions.
    It can be as simple as taking a small break during a busy work day to go outside and enjoy a nice snack (like a bowl of Stonyfield Grassfed Yogurt ;) ).
    I know for me, the place where I find less distractions and be the whole me, is at home with my pup, bed hair and no makeup, in a comfy dress, with the windows open.

    By the way, I love this Amelie Dress from PrAna! Its light, airy, and can pair it with a nice jean jacket! If you want to grab one for yourself you can use WHOLES17SRS to get $15 off your order!

    as a part of the StonyField clean plate blogger program, I was given products in this post in exchange for a post. Opinions are 100% my own.
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