I have tried a lot of vegan macaroni and cheese recipes in my day. Let's be honest...in the vegan mac & cheese department, there are a lot of losers out there. Still, I persisted. Vegan cheese R&D will not be stopped! With each recipe, I found something that made a big difference in the flavor and made a mental note for next time. After many years of testing them out, I've finally pieced together a mac & cheese recipe that I LOVE. It's easy to make a gluten free version as well. Just use your favorite gluten free pasta, and you'll be all set. The best part about this recipe is that it is made up of whole food ingredients. No creepy thickeners or heavily processed vegan cheese products here! It's absolutely packed with veggies (secret ingredient!) and nutrients...with amazing flavor.
I know it's late October and we are all ramping up for Halloween...but this time of year also marks the beginning of soup season! There are so many beautiful, fresh vegetables everywhere, the chill is settling in, and warm food finally sounds good again after a summer of smoothies and salads. This vegan cream of mushroom soup with toasted seeds and sage makes an amazing Fall meal.
Fall has arrived! It's October, there is a chill in the air, and pumpkin spice mania is in full swing. This season fills us with inspiration and anticipation for all the amazing things to look forward to in the coming months. Fall fashion, trips to the pumpkin patch, crisp air, fresh cider, Halloween costumes...and obviously the annual screenings of Hocus Pocus! Simply put, it is the most wonderful time of the year (to us). We are kicking it off with a special treat. These vegan, gluten free pumpkin pie nice cream squares are the absolute perfect fall dessert. They are creamy, flavorful, and decadent.
I've been hitting the farmers' markets around town a lot lately. Truth be told, I wish I could fast forward through the rest of Summer, dust off my sweaters & boots, and get on with the tradition of Fall pumpkin patch visits and Hocus Pocus viewings. Still, I'll admit that there is something special about the end of summer produce. Stone fruits and berries are everywhere, and they pair perfectly with Summer's (hopefully) final punch in the face....a long stretch of super scorching, 100 degree days. This smoothie is the perfect whole foods refresher for the last hot days of summer. It's vegan, gluten & refined sugar free, and insanely delicious.
Your complexion provides a window into your overall health. As the body's largest organ, our skin absorbs what we put on it, making it important to choose makeup and skincare products carefully. It seems ironic that many products marketed to accentuate our beauty, from lipstick to face wash or body lotion, contain toxic ingredients that interrupt hormone function, which often leads to skin problems in the first place!