Chunky Veggie Pasta Sauce


If you follow me on Instagram stories, you may have noticed that I have been on a pasta kick the past month. My go-to dinner being pasta - all fluffy and tender with rich yummy tomato sauce coating every pasta-y crevice - vegan Parm on top and served in my fave cozy bowl. And on the side, some sort of veggie or giant salad. I will sometimes add veggie meatballs or sausage to my pasta too.

Homemade Sauce. And on those super busy nights, a bottle of pre-made marinara sauce is easy and great. But when I have the time, like anything, I much prefer to make my sauce from scratch. And today's Chunky Summer Veggie Pasta Sauce is my go-to tomato sauce when I want a chunky texture and a few veggies in every bite.

For this recipe, I am using in-season zucchini as my veggie, but you could easily swap with mushrooms, carrots, bell pepper or whatever veggies you have on hand.

So boil some pasta and simmer this sauce for a one-bowl meal worth turning on the stove for...

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Let's Chat Rothy's


Three fave improvements in the 'vegan scene' in the past five years. One, vegan cheese. I mean, there are SO many options these days. Two, vegan ice cream. Same thing. And so many mainstream brands now have vegan options. And three, vegan shoes!!

I spent many early vegan years feeling shoe shopping deprived. I wandered the shoe section at Bloomingdales or wherever and every single boot or heel was made from leather. I left, with empty arms and a sad face. Shoes are overrated anyways, right? But flash forward to today, I proudly have an over-stuffed vegan shoe closet and a big smile on my face when I look down at happy feet! From boots and heels to ballet flats and loafers, vegan shoes are diverse and sophisticated these days. I'll include a list of my favorite vegan shoe brands ahead, but....

But today, I really want to talk about Rothy's. Basically because they are the shoes I am living in right now and I think shoes like these could save the world. I mean, not really, but small steps, right? Maybe steps in some ballet pink Rothy's...

So ahead, check out my ten things to know about Rothy's - and snag a $20 off coupon code. And just to be clear, this post is not sponsored in any way. Just fan-girling here....

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Beer Brat Salad


Hope you all had a happy, chill, fun long holiday weekend! My cooking schedule has been filled with easy, hearty breakfasts followed by smoothie or sandwich/toast lunches and either summer-y dining out or an easy dinner. Lots of big salads to match the warmer weather and mood to not want to turn on my oven unless I'm baking cookies.

Well this plant-based Avocado Candied Nut Beer Brat Salad fits very nicely into that schedule. I have made this salad about three times now because I love it so much! And there are plenty of ways to tweak the ingredients. But really the special ingredients are those quick candied nuts and the beer brats. If you have never tried vegan beer brats, I hope this post entices you!...

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Summer Bean Tacos


Quick, easy and satisfying meals are the name of the game this time of year. And those meals are best when you have minimal cooking or turning on of the oven or stove. And these Summer Bean Tacos are the perfect fit for your summer eating mood. Whipped these up today using my leftover baked beans...

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Cowgirl Baked Beans


New fave bean recipe right here. This recipe for my Cowgirl Baked Beans was inspired by my love of traditional baked beans. Soft and sweet, but usually pretty watery and even a little too sweet at times. Well I played in the kitchen a bit and came out with this recipe. Hearty beans, spices, tons of texture and a nice dose of sweet too. If you love baked beans, but are looking for a recipe with a bit more oomph and soul, spice and body, give this recipe a try...

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