Healthy Happy Life

Double Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes (gf)


It was just past midnight. I couldn't sleep. I stumbled into the kitchen and pulled open the fridge door, the blinding glare of the yellow light sliding across my face, my eyes squinting in the glow. Up and down I scanned the fridge, as if I didn't already know what was in there. As if I didn't already know each and every nook and cranny, every item hidden behind other items, how long that bottle of kombucha had been open, and how many lemons lay in the fruit bin. I knew all too well that what I craved was nowhere to be found. "Wouldn't it be nice if..." I though to myself.

Wouldn't it be nice. If there had been a tall, glittering platter of these Midnight Snack Double Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes. I would have grabbed just one and stood there in the kitchen nibbling its rich chocolate layers, the accents of vanilla, coconut and hazelnut infusing my groggy mind with sweet dreamland thoughts. And back to bed I would have stumbled, a happy happy girl.

Well, at least I will be prepared tonight if the midnight snack, insomnia munchies strike again! Be prepared guys, be prepared. And you could even ring in the New Year with a chocolate cupcake toast! Brilliant idea Kathy, brilliant idea. Get it..

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Almond Oat Apple Cinnamon Muffins. Vegan Baking.


Last night I watched Crossroads on Netflix. And this morning I am in my red sequin slippers baking these Vegan Almond Oat Apple Cinnamon Muffins and sipping a homemade mint matcha latte. So lets talk about that..

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Roadtrip Bars


If you are headed "out" this holiday of anytime or year, these vegan, gluten-free, amazing Roadtrip Bars just may save the day or weekend. You can whip them up in about a half hour, I promise, I just did!..

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Butternut Apple Maple Pecan Salad with Tahini Dressing + Giveaway!


So you have a vegan entree, my mushroom tart, and a holiday dessert, my peppermint stick shake, and an amazing Christmas morning breakfast recipe, my vegan pancakes. Now we need some Season's Green-nings happening on the holiday feast table. So today I am sharing a creative spin on a plain old cold salad. My HOT + COLD Butternut Apple Maple Toasty Pecan Holiday Salad with Tahini-Ginger-Citrus Dressing. This salad recipe is perfect for a feel good entree or holiday feast side dish.

So countdown to a healthy 2015 with plenty of greens. And there is a nice #SeasonsGreenings giveaway to go along with this post! Yup, holiday recipe + giveaway season rolls on..

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Vegan Holiday Main Dish: Mushroom-Chickpea-Hazelnut Tart


This Mushroom-Sage-Hazelnut-Chickpea Tart is your vegan main dish for your holiday season dinner. Christmas-approved recipe. The number one question I have been getting lately is "Kathy! I really want an amazing vegan main dish for Christmas dinner, any ideas for me?" My usual answer is to refer you guys to my entrees section of my recipe index, or this holiday menu, or the holiday section of FindingVegan.com or other amazing recipes online. But this year, I have to suggest this recipe, I made it last week and after one bite I was swooning. With green veggies and red pepper on top, this Christmas-y recipe is your vegan main dish solution to holiday feasting!..

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Christmas Morning Pancakes. Pecan-Citrus-Spice. Gluten-Free.


These are them. These are the pancakes you want to make on Christmas morning. I should know because I just taste tested them for you today, on a non-holiday morning, and they were blissful. So I can only imagine how much better they will taste (if possible) in between opening presents, listening to holiday music and feeling that cozy, happy Christmas morning feeling.

Flavors. Citrus. Spice. Vanilla. Pumpkin. Pecan. Maple. These Christmas Morning Pancakes are a big warm hug from me to you. Oat flour-based, and packed with festive flavors. Totally gluten-free, yet still fluffy and delicious. And ps. If you want to use regular flour in place of oat flour, you can do that too. Get my recipe, plus my THREE tips to gluten-free pancake-ing..

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Peppermint Stick Shake + My 4 Steps to a Cozy Night In. Video!


It is all twirling by so fast. This holiday season thing. I want more Santa hats, mulling spices, marshmallows, candy canes, Christmas cookies, holiday music and jolly parties. More holiday-ing. So far, I will confess to you, that I have barely spent half a day Xmas shopping, but I have spent more hours than I can count laughing with friends. I have been lucky to cross paths with so many groups of my girl and guy friends these past few weeks. Forget Christmas cookies, those experiences, giggles, long chats, smiles and hugs are food for my soul, I tell you. My mug is full.

So as 2014 fades away, I am going to embrace this happy feeling that has been buzzing around me lately. Lets call it joy, just to be all festive.

And I hope you are living it up with me. Are you? I mean, really, are you? You deserve more than shopping stress, frazzled nerves and omg-I-am-way-too-busy feelings this season. You deserve something magical. Special. You deserve COZY. So lets..

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Spicy Tomato Pasta Stew. Easy Vegan Dinner + 3 secret ingredients


This past busy week I have been having hearty vegan stew for dinner just about every night. I love stews this time of year for a few reasons:

* Stews are warming.
* Stews are very customizable based on ingredients on hand.
* Stews are vegan-friendly and easily healthy!
* Stews taste amazing! Comfort food bliss...
* Stews are fuss-free.

Ahead, I share one of my favorite stew recipes for a Spicy Tomato Pasta Stew, as well as a video featuring my three favorite not-so-secret ingredients for making any stew, stew-pendous! Or, just really yummy....

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50+ Vegan Holiday Recipes, by FindingVegan Bloggers. Roundup!


As you guys might already know, when I am not in the kitchen, I spend a lot of time online, not only working on my own projects, but also supporting my fellow food bloggers out there on the web. One way I do that is by running my other website FindingVegan. I am so in love with all the creative bloggers that submit their delicious vegan recipes for that site. Well this year I wanted to round-up a few of their favorite recipes, and share them with you. But instead of choosing my faves, I asked bloggers to email me their favorites! It is a FV Link Love Party.

Check out the over 30 bloggers that contributed and over 50 blogger-favorite vegan recipes for the holidays and beyond! From vegan eggnog to raw vegan cinnamon rolls and even a vegan gingerbread house, check it out..

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Vegan Rice Crispy Treats (Snowmen) - Day 3 Video!


It is Day 3 in the 12 Days of Vegan Christmas YouTube Series! And I am excited to finally share my first of four videos contributing to this series and giveaway. Today, I teach Cobi and Whitney how to make my favorite kid-approved, super easy and fun Snowman Rice Crispy Treats! Watch us giggle our way through this recipe. (And do not forget to enter this amazing giveaway!)..

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Cocoa Candy Cane Cookies! + vegan cookbook giveaway!


My gluten free and vegan Cocoa Candy Cane Cookies are ready for your cookie platter! If you love rich chocolate and fresh pepperminty candy cane flavor, these chewy, holiday vegan cookies are worth a try. Perfect for a festive party. Get the recipe and check out a cool vegan cookie party online!..

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Butternut Squash, Cranberry, Maple Tempeh Holiday Brown Rice Bowl


One of my favorite meal prep things to do is to make a giant pot of fluffy-amazing short grain brown rice. With that pot, I can whip up a wide variety of meals in a flash! Fluffy brown rice absorbs flavors beautifully and it is so soothing and satisfying.

This festive, vegan Butternut Squash Cranberry Tempeh Brown Rice Bowl has flavors of cinnamon, orange, maple and rosemary. It is simply dreamy! And perfect for the holiday season with those perky red cranberries adding a tart punch of flavor. Get my recipe and I have a fun holiday announcement for you..

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12 Days of Vegan Christmas YouTube Series + EPIC Giveaway


Hi guys! Today I am officially announcing a super amazing project that starts tomorrow! I teamed up with Whitney from EcoVeganGal and Cobi from Veggietorials to film a 12 Days of Vegan Christmas YouTube Series + EPIC Giveaway. Get the details of this massive $2600+ prize featuring some of my favorite brands..

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Cara Reed's Gingerbread Men Cookies from her Book! (giveaway)


A few weeks ago I opened the pages of my friend Cara Reed's new book, Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking. It is gorgeously filled with loads of dreamy dessert photos, cravable gluten-free baking recipes, tips and advice. So today I am sharing Cara's recipe for Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men Cookies, just in time for those holiday parties on your calender.

Gingerbread Men. Hot Holiday Dates. Or gifts! These little men are even adorable and delicious enough to double as a homemade gift! So start baking, grab some red cellophane or gift boxes and check everyone off your holiday gift list. I mean, who wouldn't smile at a plate of these delicious little fellas? And if all else fails, you can bite off a few heads to squash holiday season stress. Right?

Get Cara's recipe, and my recipe that I tweaked a bit because I was out of a few things, some holiday baking advice and a GIVEAWAY of Cara's book..

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Frozen Hot Cocoa. North Pole Style.


Even if gentle snowflakes are silently falling outside your window. Or a brisk cool chill nips at your nose when you step outside. Inside, you may have a hum of warmth and light. Twinkly lights and a crackling fireplace, or even a cozy giant sweater and fuzzy socks to bundle up in. Sometimes, yes, sometimes, you may crave a cool treat even during these winter months. So here is how I whip up my favorite vegan Frozen Hot Cocoa, North Pole Style..

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Tuscan-Style Creamy White Beans with Mushrooms and Fresh Herbs


One of my most favorite dishes on my recent trip to Italy was the beans! Simple bean side dishes were divinely amazing in Italy. So I knew that when I returned home, a big pot of beans would be the first dish I would try to replicate. For these Tuscan-Style Creamy White Beans with mushrooms and fresh herbs, I wanted soothing warmth and flavor to come through in each bite, and I wanted the texture to be rich and creamy, just like I had tasted at a few amazing restaurants, specifically those in Tuscany...

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How to Deal with Jet Lag and Life After Vacation: 10 Tips


Goodbye Europe. Hello Jet Lag. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may already know that I just returned from a beautiful nine day trip in Europe. Now I was hoping to dive right back into work by blog-posting all my adventures, but alas, those posts will have to wait a few days until I am back on my normal sleep schedule, I mean 17-hour snoozes, really jet-lag, really?...

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