Healthy Happy Life

Super Dreamy Medjool Date Salted Caramel Sauce, in a Vitamix. Fat-Free!

I am always trying to use Medjool dates in more of my recipes because I love them so much. They are so sticky-sweet and amazing all on their own - they don't need much! I love blending them for raw crusts for pies and tarts, stuffing them with cashew cheese, slicing them over top salads or nibbling them just as they come, as a super healthy dessert treat. But my absolute favorite thing to do with dates is to make this Medjool Date Salted Caramel Sauce. It is fat free, super simple in ingredients and blends up in about a minute. Slather it on pancakes, toast, over top cakes and brownies, on top of vegan ice cream or use it as a dipping sauce for fruit and even veggies! Natural sweetness for just about anything. Raw recipe, no heating involved. Get the recipe and check out my new blender review video which compares the Vitamix S30 to the NutriBullet Magic Bullet!..


Easy Vegan Queso in Minutes! Warm, Spicy + Creamy Dip or Sauce.

I am currently obsessed with this super easy Vegan Queso Dip. I made it in minutes (soak free version!) and drizzled it on just about everything last night at dinner. Cheezy, with loads of spice, a hint of lime and fresh cilantro on top. This silky, cashew-based dip or sauce is a versatile, boldly flavored recipe that I hope you try!..


How to Start a Blog in 5 Easy Steps!

Since you already love reading blogs, and hooray for that! What about YOU starting your own blog. If you love being in the kitchen, trying and sharing recipes and exploring the ever-curious world of food (or another blog topic!) lets chit chat..

"How Do I Start a Blog?" ..I am often asked this question. Well, this post is your starting point. Start a blog today with my 5-Step Quick Start Guide. Also read my Guide to Successful Blogging for bonus blogging tips for long-term success. (read on for both)

Start telling your story, documenting your adventures and sharing your own raved-about recipes. You never know what might bloom from your blogging journey. Let me show you how!..


Peanutty Celery Apple Edamame Salad with a spicy kick!

One of my favorite snacks as a kid was "ants on a log." Creamy peanut butter slathered on crisp, crunchy sticks of celery, juicy raisins nestled on top. It was the perfect combination of rich and nutty, fresh and hydrating, creamy and crunchy, salty and sweet, healthy and indulgent. Well if you are like me, you probably love that classic combo of celery and nut butter, and maybe even apple and nut butter. So good! Well today's recipe is inspired by my love of all those kid-approved snacks, whipped up into a very adult-approved side salad, snack or meal! Get my Peanutty Celery Apple Edamame Salad recipe. And yes, you can substitute with almond butter, sunflower butter or another favorite nut or seed butter!..


Vegan Blackberry Cheesecake

I was craving vegan blueberry cheesecake, but somehow ended up with this silky Blackberry Cheesecake with a hint of sweet orange citrus. And that turned out to be quite a delicious tweak in my plans. This easy cashew cheesecake with sweet-tart, deep vibrant purple blackberry accents makes a wonderful no-bake, dairy-free dessert!..