Healthy Happy Life

Cheezy Quinoa, Marinated Tomatoes, Skillet Chickpeas. Make-Ahead Meal.


Dear quinoa, long time no see. So a few days ago when I saw a shiny new bag of organic quinoa staring me down at the grocery store, I grabbed it and the dinnertime dreams started spinning....

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31 Vegan Wellness Tips from Bloggers!

31 vegan wellness tips from bloggers
I had so much fun sharing 47 Ways to Get Fit - from bloggers, that I wanted to do another round-up of quotes and advice from bloggers and from my own adventures as a vegan. These 31 Vegan Wellness Tips are for vegans, or anyone looking to add more plant-based meals to their life, flirt with veganism (as Alicia Silverstone would say), and embrace their own health, happiness and overall wellness...

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Hosting: Banana Split Day Twitter Party!


disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the #BananaSplitDay Twitter Party

When was the last time you made a banana split? For me, it had been a while! But over the weekend I made this Jumbo Vegan Banana Split. I scooped creamy, melty spheres of vanilla bean, rich chocolate and strawberry dairy-free ice cream on top of silky-sweet banana halves, and loaded on the sauces, toppings, soy whip and even a few naturally-colored cherries on top. Midway through my banana split build I shouted out to my husband, "Hey, this is FUN!"

And it was! The colors, the flavors, the textures and the "wackiness" of it all.

Tomorrow, August 25th, is National Banana Split Day and I am so excited to be co-hosting a Twitter Party celebrating healthy, veganized makeovers on this all-American dessert. Ahead, get the details on the party, fun facts, a few recipes and a giveaway!..

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4-Ingredient Vegan "Snickers"

vegan snickers bars
I have these adorable candy molds that I bought on Amazon. Perfect for DIY mini candy bars. And my favorite candy in my pre-vegan days ... Snickers. So today, a veganize-this recipe!..

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Avocado Toast with Spiced Skillet Chickpeas


My goal with my blog (and my cookbooks) is to bring you guys recipes that you will actually make. Not just gawk at. Or dream about. Or gaze at from beyond your shiny, bright computer screen. But recipes that you will be able to see, smell, taste and experience in person. In your own kitchen. In true real, reality color. Recipes that you get to eat! Isn't that the whole point of all this cookbook-ing, food blogging, Instagram-food-photo beautiful mess we find ourselves in every day?

So today a truly simple and very user-friendly recipe. My Avocado Toast with Spiced Skillet Chickpeas is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Yup, this is a anytime of day kind of dish. But first, get my chickpea nutrition tip!..

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Peanut + Jam Bars! with Whole Grain Oats.


These jam and nut-filled bars are the perfect after-school snack, fiber-ful dessert or anytime treat. Packed with whole grain oats, sweet fruity jam and chopped peanuts (though you could use any nut), these Peanut & Jam Oatmeal Bars, aka PBJ Bars, are a fun and easy baking recipe. Bake these bars, share them with your friends and have a very sunny snack time!..

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Make Ahead Meal: Sweet Potato, Bok Choy, Maple Tempeh Hearty Salad


This is a make-ahead, hearty salad meal you have to try! My Sweet Potato Bok Choy Maple-Tamari Tempeh Salad is loaded with complexity, flavor and for lack of a better word, OOMPH! Oomph in the way of protein, fiber, healthy complex carbs, greens and some seriously addicting flavor. Nibble this salad and you won't want to stop...

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2015 Veggie Award Nominations + More!


The 2015 Veggie Awards are well underway and I have all the details on my three nominations, and how you can enter to win a Vitamix, year's supply of vegan ice cream and more! Plus my SXSW 2016 submission I hope you check out. (And don't miss the end-of-post bonus happy video I wanted to share..)

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Ginger-Peach Oat Muffins


Just as I was pulling these fluffy, steamy, Ginger-Peach Oat Muffins out of the oven this morning, the fire alarm in our building went off. Not the annoying little squeaky smoke detector in our kitchen, but like the building-wide, hurts your ears, cats-run-under-the-bed blasting loud fire alarm. It sounded like a screeching fork over a chalkboard times a million...

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50 Sochi + Mr White Instagrams for International Cat Day


In honor of a very serious and important holiday in our house, International Cat Day, my two kitties Sochi and Mr.White asked (er, demanded) that I post a blogpost chronicling their most fur-tastic and famous kitty cat Instagram photos and videos.

I, of course, happily agreed to comply with their request.

However, I did point out that most of the photographs would emphasize their frequency of napping in odd positions, chasing inanimate objects and being overall silly-cute-and-weird at the same time. They did not oppose this point and authorized me to move forward with the assignment.

So without further delay, let me share (in collaboration with my cats) the Top 50 Sochi + Mr White Instagrams for International Cat Day..

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Chickpea Flour Pancakes by Vegan Richa


I am so happy to be celebrating my friend Richa's amazing cookbook today by sharing her recipe for "Mom’s Chickpea Flour Pancakes." Richa writes for one of my favorite vegan blogs Vegan Richa. If you love Indian food you do not want to miss this review!..

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Weekend in Cabo at The Cape Hotel.


Last weekend my husband and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. We stayed at the brand new Thompson Hotels property, The Cape Hotel.

The Cape is located on Monuments Beach, which is a popular surfing spot with loud, crashing, whitewater waves that melt into a crystal aqua ripple of sea. Nothing but blue ocean and the famous Land's End cliffs and rocks out in front of you. Let me share the food, the views, our adventures, allllllll my photos and a video in this travel feature of Cabo!..

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Top 50 Summer Recipes from HHVK. Guide!

50 Summer Recipes from Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen
Come August, we tend to get a bit worried about the fact that fall looms and our blissful, sun-drenched, firefly-speckled, starry night, rainbow-sunset, sweet daydream-filled summer season adventures will soon be ending.

Well before you put your beach umbrella back in storage, lock up the pool toys and cram your bikini into the back of your underwear drawer, have no fear, we actually have until September 23rd until fall is "officially" here. That leaves you with exactly fifty days to embrace summertime. So I am giving you a recipe for each one of those days - each found in my book Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen.

For this post I flipped through every page of my over 220 recipes and plucked out my top 50 favorite summer-perfect recipes. So grab your copy of HHVK and put these recipes on your "Must Make Before Summer Ends" list!

Plus, some cool cookbook award news and I do a quick video chatting about my fave summer breakfast recipes from the book, complete with plenty of kitty cat cameos. Yes, you heard me right. Kitty. Cat. Cameos. Must see YouTube-ing.

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