Healthy Happy Life

California Sunshine Grilled Rice Tacos. Veggie Stuffed!


Today's great kitchen discovery: my favorite new crispy taco shell is made by grilling rice tortillas on my panini press! Magically (because amazing food is always magic) - magically they turn into crunchy yet chewy, slightly puffed, grill marked, crispy taco shells. Then for these beauties, I filled each giant taco shell with some very California girl (or boy) approved ingredients. Buttery avocado, creamy hummus, baby spinach, grilled bell pepper, sweet citrus and more. Gluten-free California Sunshine Grilled Rice Tacos were born. A new fave for sure! Dive into sunshine with this easy, gluten-free, go-to meal!

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Farmer's Market Cobb with spiced chickpeas and sweet potatoes.


Hello beautiful. Hello Farmer's Market Cobb Salad. I have the talented California farmers to thank for this beautiful display.

One of my favorite ways to use fresh farmer's market produce is to make a giant, beautiful salad displaying some of the goodies in a plating style that is similar to a Cobb Salad. The beauty of this idea is that you can easily use whatever seasonal produce your market is selling, and change up the selections as seasons and your tastes change.

Make Ahead Meal Approved. I love to make this salad early in the day, place it in the fridge and pull it out at dinnertime. Add some toasted bread slathered in easy hummus or vegenaise, maybe a side of broth-y soup and dinner is done. If making ahead of time just be sure to use hearty greens like kale, collards or chard.

I have a basic formula for how I like to make this salad, so I hope you pull out all those goodies in your produce drawer and join me in making this one-bowl wonder plant feast!..

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Lifting Lemon-Garlic Rice & Lentil Soup: Zingy Spring Meal!


Need a lift? Here you go. This Lifting Lemon-Garlic Rice & Lentil Soup was our Sunday-night Easter dinner and it was amazing! Bright lemon tones mingle with perky garlic and plentiful spices including black pepper, turmeric and a hint of cayenne. Nutty brown rice creates body and texture as super swoon-worthy, peppery and firm-style Le Puy lentils add depth, protein and heartiness. Some nutritional yeast (optional) adds thickness and a cheezy savory flavor. You will love this lemon-y one-bowl meal! And yes you can pair this bowl with a side salad featuring roasted chili-maple beets and orange hummus, like we did, if you'd like. Spring soup is on..

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Coconut Oil Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Spices Optional.


This will be one of your new favorite ways to prepare sweet potatoes. I promise you that.

Sure, these Coconut Oil Roasted Sweet Potatoes are pretty gosh darn simple. Like insanely basic. This post barely qualifies as a recipe.

But.

The aroma will knock you on your feet when it hits your nose. And you my friend, will understand why this is a must-try, had-to-post-this recipe.

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3-2-1 Hummus!


You will never forget this easy, go-to, easily customizable hummus recipe! Make this dish a staple in your healthy, happy, vegan kitchen! 3-2-1 Hummus!..

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Spring Round-Up: 36 Vegan Easter Recipes via Finding Vegan!


Easter is this weekend and I wanted to share a few amazing Vegan Easter Recipes I found for you over on my other site FindingVegan.com. Check out these bunny-filled, veganized, spring-y, yummy, Easter-basket-approved, Easter-Bunny-approved recipes!...

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Ginger-Peanut Power Up Greens Salad Rolls. Brown Rice Wraps!


These tasty Ginger-Peanut Power Up Greens Salad Rolls are all the loveliness of a peanut-ginger kale salad, rolled up into a grab-n-enjoy brown rice roll! Super refreshing for warmer weather, these greens and carrot wraps can be served as a healthy-delicious snack, appetizer or alongside most any meal. I made these rolls using a new kale-infused product from Dole!..

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Easy Vegan Vanilla Bean Custard.


This easy vegan Vanilla Bean Custard can be whipped up in a few minutes, chilled and ready to enjoy in just under an hour. Simple. Subtle. Sweetly satisfying. Because sometimes the simple flavors are the best..

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Curried "Eggy" Scramble Toasts! Vegan Brunch-wiches.


I was headed into cooking oblivion without a clue what I was making. I had some leftover brown rice and some amazing cooked chickpeas. Protein. I wanted a protein-rich vegan recipe that would be easy to make and bold on flavor. Well somewhere in my kitchen play and fumbling through my spice cabinet and pantry I made these Curried "Eggy" Scramble Toasts happen. And at first bite I was a bit suprised how much I LOVED them. Seriously, this is a new fave in the Patalsky household! Get the recipe..

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My New Vegan Mattress. Essentia.


Wellness. Sleep. Beds. Mattress. OK, so lets talk mattresses! And this one is vegan..

A few weeks ago my Essentia mattress arrived in a cardboard box. We yanked it out of its brown shell, unwrapped it from its cocoon and let it spread its fluffy natural, vegan, latex wings in our bedroom. In about an hour it was perfectly fluffed, fresh and cloudlike. Our new (vegan) mattress had been a LONG time coming, so I was incredibly excited to see if it performed well and lived up to all the hype! Hear my "mattress tale," my quest for the perfect vegan mattress and learn more about the Essentia brand!..

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Green Sunshine Dip. Asparagus, Lemon, Avocado, Chickpeas.


Spring was simply made for smart snacking. And this Green Sunshine Dip made using fresh spring asparagus, sunny lemon juice, creamy avocado and nutty chickpeas is just the thing your snack platter needs. Serve it as a munch-as-you'd-like dip or slather it on top of sprouted grain toast for open-faced sandwiches. Any which way you serve it, those crisp green flavors shine through. And just pause, smile and inhale that sunny spring feeling that can only be experienced this blossoming time of year!..

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