Healthy Happy Life

The Best Sunflower Butter! (for People Who May Not Like Sunflower Butter...)

I recently chatted with a friend about how her five year-old daughter who is deathly allergic to peanuts, is now also allergic to almonds. My mind quickly went to "What will she have on her sandwiches and in her nut butter cookies??"

I felt awful for this sweet, wide-eyed, feisty little girl especially because I have always, always hated the go-to nut butter alternative: Sunflower Seed Butter. Well, until now that is. This stuff in insanely yummy, and I share both a silky, light, oil-free version -- and a thicker, chunky, richer version. Blend up some yummy Sun Butter today and fall back in love. Fun in the sun..


THAT Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Chef: Vegan Version! + giveaway!

This is not your everyday, kinda-cheezy-but-still-mostly-healthy, vegan grilled cheese sandwich. This vegan grilled cheese with toasty, buttery layers of bread hugging melty, swirling American and provolone cheeses is a grilled-cheese-sandwich-lover's kind of sandwich. Your nutritional conscience might be wagging its finger at you, but I promise that after your first bite of this toasty bliss, you will not care. Get my recipe and WATCH me make it in a how-to video! Plus, see what movie inspired this post! ... AND enter a giveaway to win a HUGE sampler pack of the vegan cheese I used..


Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins

Break into a warm, steamy, fluffy, homemade, melty-chocolate-chip-filled, vegan Chocolate Chip Muffin and I promise your day will be a little bit cozier. Fresh from the oven, these classic muffins are delicious as a snack or sweet treat. I love one paired with a steamy mug of chai tea or a frothy soy latte. Let the aroma of vanilla, nutty oats, chocolate chips and a hint of peanut butter says hello to your senses. Plus get my parchment paper jumbo muffin trick..


My First Time at SXSW in Austin!

Last week I had an amazing experience traveling to Austin Texas to attend South by Southwest 2015, aka SXSW. I submitted my "vegan meetup" session to the panel picker and I was thrilled when it was chosen to be an official SXSW event. So having never been to Austin or SXSW before I packed up a bag and flew out to Texas for an adventure...


Peanut-Ginger Curry Chickpeas over Fluffy Brown Rice

peanut ginger curried chickpeas and rice
Back from a busy long weekend at SXSW in Austin, hosting the official vegan meetup, I was craving comfort food! And before I post my SXSW wrap-up post, expect that later this week, I was just dying to post a recipe. So I pushed my giant pile of papers off my desk, they crashed onto the floor as I tossed my head back and laughed sinisterly, while concurrently ripping up my long to-do list as I strolled over to my kitchen and clicked on the stove. Ok, ok so I didn't really do that, I did hop in the kitchen, but the desk-side destruction part was all in my quite active imagination. But cooking on a Monday afternoon just feels so good, it had to happen. I hope YOU can hop in your kitchen tonight or sometime this week and inhale the lively aromas from this recipe and feel the same sense of "Ahhhhhhhh, home-cooked food, yes. This." That I did.

This Peanut-Ginger Curry Chickpeas over Fluffy Brown Rice is so incredibly yummy, I seriously cannot wait to eat more of it for dinner tonight! Peanut buttery, spicy curried ginger, chickpea bliss, fluffy rice, sweet and sassy goodness...