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Macaw! Foods

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*I was sent these products by Macaw Foods in exchange for a review - Opinions are 100% my own. 

If you loved my post about the Bar Shack, you are going to love this posts about their other brand Macaw Foods!

Macaw Foods Review - Natural Protein Bars and Snacks

Everything at Macaw Foods is made from scratch and not a third party. They make everything in-house and made right in Orlando Florida.

I love the flavors of these bars! They are the perfect decadent bar to bring to events if you are like me and need a little snack! I took a cinnamon roll flavor (my personal favorite) to the local baseball game. It was the perfect in-between inning snack.
Macaw Foods Review - Natural Protein Bars and Snacks
Other flavors include cookie dough, banana bread, coconut husk, chocolate brownie, and much more!

The husband has taken one to work every day. We both agreed these bars have the perfect amount of protein, calories, and nutrients to get you through the day.

There are 8 Delicious Flavors (3 of them are vegan) and each flavor is...
  • gluten-free
  • 10-11g of protein
  • 240-250 calories (A BIG plus for me)
  • No added sugar
  • No GMOs 
  • No Artificial Flavors. 
I also got to try a mixture of some of their Snacks and Goodies. And Oh Em Gee. The DARK chocolate covered cashews were my jam. I don't think they are gonna last much longer in my house!
Macaw Foods Review - Natural Protein Bars and Snacks
To order your own box (which you should, you can check out their website 

Thanks for the goodies Macaw Foods!
*I was sent these products by Macaw Foods in exchange for a review - Opinions are 100% my own. 

Bailey's Almondmilk

Vegan Baileys ButterCream Frosting

9:00 AM

One of my favorite holidays is almost upon us! 
I am SO excited to whip up some Irish meals and celebrate my heratiage with family and friends! 
#Vegan Baileys Buttercream frosting - Perfect for St.Patricks Day
I may be biased but I love my super easy Dairy Free (and vegan) ButterCream I made for my Valentines Day Cupcakes which spurred on this recipe.
Baileys new Almond milk liqueur is a gift from the Dairy Free Irish gods!
It's also gluten-free so perfect for making into a frosting and topping on some gluten free cupcakes for your St.Patricks Day party.
Just dye them green and call it a day!
#Vegan Baileys Buttercream frosting - Perfect for St.Patricks Day
#Vegan Baileys Buttercream frosting - Perfect for St.Patricks Day
#Vegan Baileys Buttercream frosting - Perfect for St.Patricks Day

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Vegan Baileys ButterCream Frosting
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan frosting, perfect for your St.Patricks Day themed Cupcakes
  • 1 Cup, softened (2 sticks) Earth Balance Vegan Butter Sticks
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Baileys almande almondmilk liqueur
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
In a mixer, blend butter and slowly add in powdered sugar. Add more powdered sugar to mix if you feel the taste is too buttery.Once blended, slowly add in Bailey's slowly. Follow with the 2 tsp of vanilla extract.Top your cupcakes immediately. If serving later, store icing in the fridge.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: approx 3 cups

Do you have any fun St.Patricks Day recipes planned?


Gluten Free and Vegan Irish Colcannon

9:21 AM

I really tried to come up with a unique Irish recipe for one of my favorite holidays, St. Patricks Day. You'd think after actually going to Ireland I would be able to think of something uniquely different to make. But the classics, like bangers and mash, are tried and true. In Ireland and here in the U.S. 
#Gluten#Free and #Vegan Irish Colcannon
I love this recipe and the greeny goodness that is mixed in there! 
#Gluten#Free and #Vegan Irish Colcannon
This classic Irish potato dish is a staple for any St.Patricks Day party!
And its more on the healthy side so you won't feel bad going back for seconds ;)
#Gluten#Free and #Vegan Irish Colcannon

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Gluten Free and Vegan Irish Colcannon
A classic Irish dish with a gluten-free and vegan twist. Perfect for St. Patricks Day
  • 3lbs or 6 large Peeled Yukon or Russet Potatoes*
  • half, shredded Small head of cabbage
  • 1/4 cup Green Onions or Chives
  • 1/4 cup Vegan Butter
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 3/4 cup Almond Milk
Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut into large chunks and place into a large pot of water and bring to boil.While the potatoes are cooking. Shred cabbage and place into a medium pot and cover with water and bring to boil. Once at a boil, reduce the heat for the cabbage and simmer till cabbage turns a darker color. Once the potatoes are done the cooking (soft enough to mash) drain the water from the pan.Add in your vegan buttery spread and mash. Then add in your almond milk (starting with 3/4 cup and adding more if needed)Then add in the cooked (and drained) cabbage, salt and pepper, and chives (or green onions).Serve immediately.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 Servings

The day I made this recipe, using Applegate chicken sausage (which is a personal favorite), I made a "beefless",  gluten free, and dairy free, bangers and mash. It's not very pretty to photography but it was so tasty.
It's fairly simple to make. Just heat up any sausage (even VEGAN sausage) you prefer and use this recipe for the gravy!
#Gluten#Free and #DairyFree Bangers and Mash
Do you celebrate St.Patricks Day? 
If so, what's your favorite dish to make or eat? 

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Creamy Italian Pasta Salad - Vegan + Gluten Free

9:00 AM

When people hear I am gluten free and dairy free one of the most common responses is

"what do you eat?"
My Response?
Pasta, lots of pasta.

Ok, not really, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't one of my favorite dishes to make and eat.
Pasta can be so versatile!
As the weather here in the south starts getting warmer (we are set to have the warmest February ever y'all!), the pasta cravings have turned into cold pasta cravings.

This recipe came out of just happening to have both items on hand and thinking "hmm, this might taste good". If you are a fan of my Dairy Free Creamy Italian dressing recipe you'll love this!

Creamy Italian Pasta Salad - #Vegan and #GlutenFree

Creamy Italian Pasta Salad - #Vegan and #GlutenFree
Creamy Italian Pasta Salad - #Vegan and #GlutenFree

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Creamy Italian Pasta Salad
This will be a hit at you at any springtime picnic!
  • 16oz Gluten Free Pasta*
  • 1 cup Vegan Mayo
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • Vegan Parmesan Cheese (optional)
  • chopped Red Onion
Make pasta according to box/bad instructions. Drain and run under cold water tossing the pasta so it doesn't stick.While pasta is cooking/or cooling, mix together all the other ingredients to make the dressing for the pasta. Once pasta is cooled to a decent temp, add your dressing and red onion and mix until well incorporated. You can add other veggies to your choosing! I think some tomatoes and peas would taste amazing in this dish!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6 Servings

*You could use any pasta, however, I feel Penne or Elbow works and holds best!

Do you like cold pasta salads? 
I feel like its such a spring/summer staple here in the south! The creamier the better! 


Build-a-bar with The Bar Shack

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*I was given a gift code to make the bars in exchange for a review for Bar Shack. Opinions are 100% my own

I personally love a good protein bar. Having food allergies has turned my purse into a mom purse as I always have a snack on hand. My go-to is good protein bar that helps fill me up when I need something to snack on!

I was contacted by the team at Bar Shack and they asked if I wanted to make my own bar. 
I was super intrigued! 
Before I tell you about my experience. Here is a little about the company from their website: is the one-stop-shop for custom, high quality, personalized protein bars. Made to order…just how you want ‘em. 

Yup, that’s right, if you’re looking for a high-quality protein bar, you don’t have to waste your time messing around in the kitchen and eating bars out of ziplock baggies. Using our advanced online “Bar Building” tool, you can just tell us which ingredients you want, and we’ll make them for you, package them, and ship them right to your doorstep. Pretty cool, huh? 
Keeping an eye on your macros? We got you. Watch your nutrition chart update LIVE as you add or remove ingredients from your custom recipe. That same nutrition chart gets printed onto the back of all your individual protein bar packages.

Cool right! I have 2 things I REALLY loved about this experience -
1.The site is SUPER user-friendly. Each ingredient has a great description and even tells you if the ingredient has gluten in it or not (which is so important for me).
2. The macro counter on the site is genius! It will show you all the calories, protein, etc etc.. as you build your bar. I pay attention to that stuff (I'm a professional label reader) so having it there was so helpful in creating the best bar for me!

I didn't plan on making them for my husband but he loved them so much I've thrown one in his lunchbox every day this week! It's the perfect power snack for him in the afternoon.
My bar has a nice chewy and soft base with some cashew butter and peanut butter added in there. My favorite additions were the cacao nibs for a chocolaty taste along with some dried apple and banana for a nice crunch. 

I highly recommend The Bar Shack if you are interested in creating your very on bars! This would be a great way to have a fun snack, promote your brand, or even make them as a gift for your foodie friend! 

For more information check out their website:

What kind of bar would you make!? 
I'd love to know! 

*I was given a gift code to make the bars in exchange for a review for Bar Shack. Opinions are 100% my own