Healthy Happy Life

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!..

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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!..

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I'm Having a Moment.

I am having a moment. A cookbook kind of moment. A wow-this-is-all-really-real moment. A moment I had to share with you guys. So I captured it on film! Like any good blogger :) Check it out!..

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10 Amazing Discoveries in Florence, Italy - Vegan in Swiss + Italy, Part 2

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The adventure continues! I am so glad you all enjoyed my first part of this Vegan in Italy and Switzerland Travel Feature. Read part one here. Now I leave the land of snow-tipped mountains, cobblestone castles, swans, mist and fairy dust and move into Italy! Wine, food, art and drama. Florence here we come..

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Fairytale Land: Switzerland -- Vegan in Swiss + Italy Trip, Part 1

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My favorite thing about how I have crafted my blog over the years is that I am able to write about more than just food and recipes. You guys are receptive and welcoming to all sorts of posts from me, from restaurant reviews, book reviews, wellness tips, videos and even a few stories, reflections and experiences from my personal life. And of course, travel.

I adore traveling, and food and travel go hand in hand so it all kinda works out for a food blogger and author like me. Plus I think many people are curious to read about how I stay a healthy, happy vegan when I travel. Especially traveling overseas!

Well for this travel feature, I have a fabulous journey to share with you all. Spread through 3-4 posts I will share with you the European trip I took with my husband last November to Switzerland and Italy, and of course all the amazing vegan food I found in those far off places. (I will warn you that there is more vegan food in my Italy posts than this one, but if you ever dream of or plan on visiting Switzerland, I hope this story inspires and motivates you!) I hope you enjoy this journey, my photos and my adventures.

First up, the fairytale land I fell in love with aka, Switzerland.. I took lots of photos to share with you!

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Plantain Black Bean BBQ Wraps


These Plantain Black Bean BBQ Wraps make a delicious handheld dinner. Crispy, caramelized, sticky-sweet plantains mingle with black beans and a spicy, flavorful shiitake mushroom-onion BBQ sautè. Add in some lively greens, buttery avocado and some optional add-ins like salsa, citrus and vegenaise and you have yourself a very cravable meal. Wrap up dinner! ... or not, actually all these filling ingredients make a delicious "burrito bowl" too!..

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Chocolate Cake with Avocado Frosting


Since Valentine's Day is coming up, the chocolate is flowing. Perfect excuse to indulge, whether or not you are doing so in the name of love. And who can resist that antioxidant-rich, totally amazing smelling, rich and creamy stuff we casually call c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e.

Just turn your head and it will surely seduce your taste buds. Melty chocolate drizzled over top berries, shiny melted chips beaming from inside of cookies, deep dark ripples of chocolate mousse or simply a giant platter of the stuff looking all devious and sinful as a fluffy double chocolate cake. Like this one. My Vegan Chocolate Cake with Avocado Frosting. Vegan dessert for Valentine's Day!..

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Easy Vegan Garlicky Pea Soup.


This Easy Vegan Garlicky Pea Soup is warm and comforting, thick and flavorful. Using split peas and just a few simple ingredients you can be enjoying a delicious bowl of this soup on under a few slow-cooked hours. I am loving this soothing soup that is a good source of plant-based protein - 30 grams in one large bowl!..

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Veggie Girl Power Series: Rika


My Veggie Girl Power Series Interviews, continue.. Every so often I will pop in with a new feature on an inspiring plant-based lady. Girl power galore.

Today I chat with Rika, one of my fave vegan bloggers. Her blog, VeganMiam.com (VM) is not just about recipes and food, but also travel. I am always amazed by the exotic and awesome places Rika travels to. I wish I could shrink myself down in size and hop in her carry-on for a few months. She travels, runs her amazing blog and inspires us all alongside Doni her VM partner in crime. Check out my interview with Rika and learn about some amazing vegan travel destinations, recipes and more!..

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Creamy Polenta Grits Hot Cereal with Berry Swirl. New Breakfast Fave!


Polenta for breakfast is my new thing. It cooks up quickly, has a nutty-amazing texture and can be jazzed up with a variety of toppings. It is a fabulous break from oatmeal boredom.

But before I share today's toasty warm, super cozy recipe, I want to dedicate this post to all of you who are wearing snow boots, puffy coats, double socks, scarves and/or long sleeves. Because after a birthday trip to New York City last weekend, I was reminded of what a real winter feels like. And how warm tea, hot soup and steamy bowls of breakfast cereal mean so much more when you are coming in from grey, icy weather. Red noses, frosty fingertips. So today's recipe is for you guys. May your commutes be short and your kitchens warm, welcoming and filled with delicious aromas. Warm up your morning with my Creamy Polenta Grits Hot Cereal Bowl with Berry Swirl...

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