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Summer Salad: Chili-Lime Mango Avocado Quinoa Power Salad

Chili-Lime Mango Avocado Quinoa Power Salad
Well I have to say my Summer 15 Challenge (15 new summer recipe posts in 30 days!) has been harder than I thought. Only because come summertime, posting gets harder and harder simply because there is so much more to enjoy outside, under the blue sky than in front of a computer.

But hey, a girl has to eat, right?

So on this busy Friday, I returned home from a quick beach morning with a friend, and I knew I had to post something to keep to my schedule. And I was also hungry for a late afternoon lunch. So, as often happens, lunch became work! This Chili-Lime Mango-Avocado Quinoa Power Salad is so flavorful, cravable and energizing with juicy summer mango and buttery avocado, all soaked in zesty lime juice and a hint of smoky paprika. Protein and fiber-rich quinoa tosses with yummy spinach and a few black bean tortillas on the side. I loved this easy vegan lunch and hope you do too!..


Creamy Vegan Cheez Sauce! For Kale Mac 'n Cheese, Potatoes and More.

Comfort food in summer? During a heatwave? Yes!

This is actually a really great recipe for summertime because it only requires some stovetop cooking for a complete meal. Plus it can be whipped up in minutes leaving more time for ping pong playing, summer sprinklers, pool splashing, beach adventuring, sunset strolling and firefly frolicking.

This recipe for Creamy Vegan Cheez Sauce is perfect for a wide variety of dishes. I used it to make vegan Mac and Cheez with kale. It was such a delicious dinner that combined loads of leafy greens with creamy, dreamy, cheezy pasta.

The next day, I used the cheez sauce leftovers on top of some vegan chili with skillet plantains and hot sauce. Yum!

You could also use this sauce as a topping for baked potatoes, steamed or roasted broccoli or cauliflower and much more. Get it!..


DIY Pink Drink. Naturally Sweet.

"Pink Drink! Pink Drink!" I don't know why I have to say it like that when I serve this drink (twice and enthusiastically), but I do.

Happy first day of summer to you. We are having a bit of a heatwave here in Los Angeles, with temps creeping into the triple digit range. And that has me reaching for tall frosty drinks all day long. Like this simple, sweet, refreshing, summer berry DIY Pink Drink, inspired by a hashtag..


Almond Butter S'mores! Easy. Vegan. Plus, 10 Summer-Fun Activities.

S'mores and summer are best buddies. The summer sun slides down the fading blue sky and sinks into the horizon, allowing twinkly stars to perk up their sleepy heads and spin into the cool evening sky. Then comes a crackling summer bonfire and a big cozy blanket to huddle under. A platter of s'mores ingredients, and instant smiles appear. "S'mores!"

I actually don't think you can say s'mores without having a bit of excitement in your voice. "S'mores!"

So today's vegan s'mores have a dreamy nut butter spin: Almond Butter S'mores. Plus, get my ideas for 10 summer fun activities + a cool summer footwear giveaway!


Mother of Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl

I almost called this a Blueberry-Pitaya Smoothie Bowl. I mean, that would be the safe, obvious, descriptive choice, right? But what fun would that be? Especially during GOT season!

Put a little Mother of Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl power in your morning smoothie bowl with this super delicious and nutrient-rich vegan, gluten-free recipe. The only spoiler ahead, is that this smoothie bowl is delicious.

To somewhat quote Tyrion Lannister, I eat smoothie bowls and I know things...