dairy free

EASY Tofu Popcorn Chick'n

8:00 AM

Y'all, there is a lot I miss due to my food allergies/intolerances. One of those is fried food. Like good old fried chicken. Back in the day, nothing was better than those little-fried popcorn chicken nuggets you could pick up in the deli at the grocery store.

EASY Tofu Popcorn Chick'n. Gluten free and Dairy Free
I don't use tofu often. Mostly because I am the only person in my household that will touch the stuff. The dog won't even eat it 😕
I got the inspiration for this recipe from my fried chicken cravings and also many long hours on Pinterest one day (who doesn't get inspired from Pinterest?)
EASY Tofu Popcorn Chick'n. Gluten free and Dairy Free

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EASY Tofu Popcorn Chick'n
These little nuggets are so easy to make and taste just like the traditional meat-filled ones! You won't even know the difference!
Ingredients
  • 13oz (1 container) Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1/3 cup Gluten Free All purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon Poultry seasoning (most are vegan)
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
  • to taste Salt and Pepper
  • 3 tablespoon Olive Oil
Instructions
Press Tofu for about 10 minutes to make it as dry as possible. While Tofu is being pressed. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients (flour to garlic powder) Slowly add in your 1/2 cup of water so the dry mix then resembled pancake batter. Add mustard and salt and pepper. Take your tofu and break (or cut) into pieces and put it into the batter. Heat oil in your non-stick pan. Pour the entire bowl (batter and all) into the pan spread the tofu into a single layer. Cook each side till golden brown. Sometimes the batter doesn't stick to the tofu well or sticks to the bottom of the pan. I find using a spatula helps turn over the tofu.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 Servings

*ChickPea flour will work just as well as All Purpose GF flour.
*All-purpose flour is thicker and may require more water
EASY Tofu Popcorn Chick'n. Gluten free and Dairy Free

Curcumin

Summer Care with Solgar + Giveaway

8:42 AM

Disclosure: As a #VitacostVip I received compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. This post may also contain affiliate links.

Summer is going to be here before you know it!

Or if you are like me and live in the south, it's kind of already here. 

Summertime is full of fun, sun, vacations, and relaxations!
But while you are enjoying all that fun it's important to remember to take care of our bodies! 
When people ask me for a simple tip for being healthy, I ALWAYS suggest getting on a good supplement regimen. Sometimes due to food allergies, health issues, or deficiencies, our bodies need a little help getting the nutrients it needs.
Summer Care with Solgar. Solgar Curcumin

Curcumin, specifically Solgar Full Spectrum Curcumin, needs to be an addition to your vitamin cabinet. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory but can sometimes be hard to absorb. But Solgar changed that and has made this curcumin supplement body ready for fast absorption. 

But what about other Curcumin supplements? How is this better.
As mentioned before, the absorption is WAY better than other supplements. Solgar has found a way to delivers the equivalency of nearly 75 (100 mg) capsules of standardized curcumin extract into ONE supplement. Also a recent clinical study of this supplement found it stayed in the bodies system for a full 24 hours. Giving your body all the nutrients it needs for a longer period of time.

Why should I take it? 
It's not only the best natural anti-inflammatory you can take (in my opinion) it is also a powerful antioxidant.
It will help you move and move faster.
My husband suffers from knee pain from his military service. Surgeries have come and gone but he still suffers from arthritis and frequent pain. So finding alternatives for traditional OTC anti-inflammatory is so important to us. This Curcumin has been a Godsend. He has mentioned that it has taken some of the daily pain away (though he has some severe arthritis which is very hard to touch).
Summer Care with Solgar. Solgar Curcumin

This supplement is Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Wheat & Dairy Free. Their packaging is one of my favorite aspects of the Solgar brand. (from their website) "Most Solgar products are packaged in amber glass bottles, which protect against heat, light, and moisture. Our recyclable glass bottles are nonleaching, non-porous, and odorless."
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Vitacost is the perfect place to purchase this amazing product to add to your vitamin regime!


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Summer Care with Solgar. Solgar Curcumin

What are some of my Summer Care essentials from Vitacost?
PopLight Hot Air Popper - Popcorn is my FAVORITE go-to snack. I like to make it on the stovetop but good lordy in the summer it is WAY to hot to do that. Thank goodness for this air popper, its perfect for popping that perfect bowl of popcorn!
ArtDiffuser - I love this diffuser because not only is it a perfect size but it is also Bluetooth capable so you can blast some tunes through it while your oils are diffusing (perfect to have running during a party).
Acure Organics Simply Unscented Body Wash -Acure just rebranded many of their products and I LOVE this body wash. It leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed after being in the hot summer sun.
Barsmith Simple Syrup - You can't have summer without some lovely drinks! While this simple syrup is perfect for making that tasty summer cocktail, it is also great for mocktails, or just a good old jar of sweet tea
Reviva Labs Mascara in Brown - One of my goals this year was to have most of my makeup products switched over to non-toxic clean products by the end of the year. Vitacost makes this so easy! This mascara was so impressive and I LOVE using it every day.


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gluten free

Vegan + Gluten Free Recipes For Cinco De Mayo

9:06 AM

I really wanted to come up with a new fun recipe for this week in honor of Cinco De Mayo on Saturday.

But you know, school, term papers, life, blah, blah, blah. 

However, I realized that I had a plethora of gluten-free and vegan Mexican recipes that I could put together for your weekend fiesta! 
Vegan + Gluten Free Recipes For Cinco De Mayo

Below are some great, simple, easy, vegan, and gluten-free Mexican recipes for Cinco De Mayo!




Vegan + Gluten Free Recipes For Cinco De Mayo
Every good fiesta needs some amazing queso! I have a quick 3 ingredient recipe for a vegan queso that will surely be a crowd pleaser.

Vegan + Gluten Free Recipes For Cinco De Mayo
Both are perfect sides for your tacos! Tastes just like the Mexican rice you get at the restaurant (if not better). 

Vegan + Gluten Free Recipes For Cinco De Mayo
This recipe is great for a party as they make a lot with only a few ingredients. Plus, who doesn't love a recipe you can set and forget?

Vegan + Gluten Free Recipes For Cinco De Mayo
For those veggie lovers in your life, this recipe will be right up their ally. The sweetness of the butternut squash helps balance out the spiciness from the enchilada sauce.

Vegan + Gluten Free Recipes For Cinco De Mayo
I haven't made this recipe in a while (that needs to change for sure!) I love a good pasta recipe.  This is perfect for a meal for two on Cinco De Mayo. Packed with flavor!

Doing anything fun for Cinco De Mayo? 
I don't think we have many plans but I love any excuse to eat Mexican food ;) 


Exterior Paint

5 Tips For Choosing a House Color

8:00 AM

Recently we had some construction done to our house due to Hurrican Irma last September. While we weren't quite ready for any sort of remodeling on our home, it was a nice push to get us to do some things we've been wanting to do for a while.
Such as painting the exterior of our house.

During the process of painting, I had a lot of people ask me how I decided on what color to paint our exterior.
First off, it wasn't easy. But I found some different tactics that helped me narrow down a color.
So, if you are in the process of exterior painting and need some help on finding the right color, I got you!


1. Swatches. All the Swatches.
What really helped me narrow down my choices were having those huge color swatch books and fan decks. Our contractor had some on hand for me but if you don't have access to one I suggest going to a paint store and see about getting one. The smaller 3 color swatches you get from Lowes or Home Depot will work too but if you can get a hold of one of the big books I highly suggest it.

Tip:
 Take the swatches outside and stand a good couple feet from your house and hold up the swatch.
This will allow you to see the color in the sunlight which will look different then if you hold it inside.

2. Get inspired.
Look around! Look around! (sorry not sorry for the Hamilton reference).
Think back to your travels. Dive into some designer books and magazines. 
The inspiration of our house came from our trip to Ireland. What many consider a "beachy" look here is more of a traditional look over there. We would drive through these small Irish towns and each building was a different color. And the colors weren't always the traditional tan, white, or grey. Some of them had colors that popped without being overbearing. 
That's how I came up with our house color. I didn't want it to be too dark and to make our house look smaller then it already is, but I wanted it to have that nice color without making our neighbors question our sanity. ;)
Get inspiration wherever you can get it! 
Tip:
Don't forget about your roof! 
Sometimes it's not possible to find the "right" color to match your roof but try to get something that doesn't look too off.
(Waterford, a small harbor town filled with so much color!) 

3.Don't rely on Pinterest
I LOVE Pinterest and it definitely helped me along color wise but don't always trust how it looks on there. Lighting effects color A LOT. So what may look good on Pinterest may not look good in the sunlight.

4. Hire a professional... if you can.
We went back and forth on whether or not we wanted to hire a painter. However, our house is old with a lot of details so we decided to hire a professional. It's not cheap but its worth it if your house is going to require a lot of effort.
Tip:
If there are small things you can paint yourself that may help you save money.
We decided we could paint our small backyard shed by ourselves and our porch railing. 
That saved us a couple hundred dollars

5. Be Confident in your choice
I struggle with this so much! I am the second-guessing queen! But when it comes down to it, if you love the color, don't second guess it! Be confident in your color choice! 

I know all those tips are very simple but when it comes down too it, chose the color your love and the color that looks good on your house. A new paint job really gives a house new life.

So you are probably wondering. What color IS our house? Our house color is called Jasper Stone (SW9133) with a white trim and Charcoal Blue (SW2739) accent color on the Shaker shingles. The Front Door color is called Polished Mahogany (SW 2838)

I know this post is a little different then what I typically post.
One of my goals this year is to share more Lifestyle and Social Media content here on the blog! Don't worry, I'll still be posting recipes! 

broccoli

Broccoli Crunch Salad

8:00 AM

Y'all it's starting to warm up and be downright hot here in the sunshine state.
 Meaning the hot dishes are rotating to colder crisper dishes.
You know salads are kind of my forte. Pasta, lettuce, and veggie.  I love a good crisp salad. 
Broccoli Crunch Salad - #Vegan and #Gluten Free!
So where is the crunch in this Broccoli CRUNCH salad? Well, it comes from a few things.
1. The Broccoli is not cooked. Just rinse, cut, and throw into a bowl. 
2. Corn - Yes, not the most nutritionally based veggie but it gives some extra sweet crunch.
3. Fakecon (Fake Bacon) Bits- Yup, you heard that right. Frontier has a great vegetarian bacon bits perfect for this salad - or you can make some homemade with this recipe.
Broccoli Crunch Salad - #Vegan and #Gluten Free!
Broccoli Crunch Salad - #Vegan and #Gluten Free!

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Broccoli Crunch Salad - Vegan and Gluten Free
Crunch, tangy, and packed with veggies
Ingredients
  • 3 cups chopped Broccoli Floretts
  • 1 cup Shredded Carrot
  • 1 can Sweet Corn
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Mayo
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • to taste Salt and Pepper
  • to taste Fake Bacon Bits *Optional
  • to taste Poppy Seeds *Optional
Instructions
Throw all your veggies in a large bowl and set aside (broccoli, corn, and carrot). In another bowl make your dressing for the veggies. Mix together the mayo, lemon juice, sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper.  Pour the dressing over your veggies and mix until all the veggies are coated. Spinkle over some fake bacon bits and poppy seeds (if desired). Throw it in the fridge till you are ready to serve
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 Servings


Broccoli Crunch Salad - #Vegan and #Gluten Free!
Do you have a favorite cool and crunchy meal for when the weather gets warmer?