Monday, September 1, 2014

20 Vegetarian Lunchbox Ideas for Adults- Food Bloggers Recipe Roundup


There's an undeniable excitement in the air.  And all of this back to school talk has got me in the mood to buy Hello Kitty pencil cases, bubblegum erasers, and Sergio Valente jeans... which were just as fashionable at the roller rink as on the playground, by the way.  

And don't forget grocery shopping with Mom, to stock up on Wonder bread, b-o-l-o-g-n-a, and chocolate chips for her 7-layer bars.  Yes, it was the 80's, and looking back, I'm thinking that some of those less than desirable lunchbox items were surely balanced out by our daily nutritious, homemade breakfasts and dinners.

But now, fast forwarding 30 years, I'm still wanting a fun, fast and flavorful lunch... but a little more healthy.  A little more filling.  And full of fresh veggies and whole grains.

So, today some of the best bloggers around, and I, are giving you ample ideas and beautiful vegetarian recipes to help you get motivated to make more homemade lunches. Lunches that you can take to work, or simply have ready in the fridge to help you make healthier choices, when you're busy or on the go.

Vegetarian Dish - Brown rice with lentils, cucumbers, tomatoes & feta

Edamame Feta Salad with red peppers, onions, and a light lemon-herb dressing.



Kale Slaw with Lemon Sesame Dressing

The View From Great Island- Kale Slaw


Mango Spinach Salad from Diethood Mango Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Dressing


Radish and Cucumber Salad by Diethood Radish and Cucumber Salad with Garlic Yogurt Dressing


Pistachio Cherry And Feta Quinoa Salad - Crunchy, sweet and tangy this is SO easy and delicious! |www.foodfaithfitness.com| #Recipe #Quinoa #Salad


Spaghetti Squash Primavera {GF, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Carb + High Protein} - Food Faith Fitness

Food Faith Fitness- Spaghetti Squash Primavera

Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus | cupcakesandkalechips.com | #glutenfree #vegan #hummus

Cupcakes and Kale Chips- Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus 

And since I couldn't resist adding one of my own recipes... here's a bonus one for you, from me!


A Spoonful of Luxe- Lemony Spinach Cilantro Stuffed Summer Squash



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Matthew Kenney's Online Raw Food Academy Week 2- Thoughts, Photos and Spicy Beet plus White on White Salad Recipes

Kimchi Dumplings

Just half way there, and I already feel like I can confidently put a fully raw food meal on the table... for an everyday meal, or even a special occasion.  And considering I was totally inexperienced in raw food cuisine just two short weeks ago, this, is a foodie miracle. 

So, in case you haven't heard, I decided to take a four-week online raw food culinary class with Matthew Kenney's Culinary Academy out in Santa Monica (read more about week 1 here).

And there are several things that I can say have become my truths at this point... two weeks in.

Shitake Anchovies

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Matthew Kenney's Online Raw Food Academy Week 1- Thoughts, Photos and a Mango Smoothie Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie


Raw food cuisine is the most beautiful culinary expression of food in its purest and truest form.  As art, creativity... and mainly for health. 

To me, there's nothing more challenging, more enriching and more fun, yes, I said fun, than going to school... especially if it involves food. And especially later in life, as I've gotten so much more out of my classes now. Yes, it is never to late to find and live in your true passions... and calling.

Surfing the cookbooks on Amazon about a month ago (what else is new!), I came across one of Matthew Kenney's raw food books. I was immediately drawn in. I couldn't believe how colorful and beautiful his food is... it especially spoke to the designer in me. And after doing more research and watching his TEDx Talk, I knew I wanted to learn more. And I knew I had to learn from the best.

So, I found Chef Kenney's website and was thrilled to learn he has an online program. Now don't get me wrong, I would have loved to take the program in person (Santa Monica!)... but this online thing made it so much more cost-effective, convenient, and allowed me to start right away.

And I did. I began the program the very next week, and I've been loving every minute since.

Kale Chips

The thing I love most about this program, is that you are provided with detailed shopping lists, lessons that include videos and printable materials. Plus constant input from your instructors (even Chef Kenney), and your fellow classmates. And my classmates are from all over the world. How exciting to see the interpretations of the dishes from people with such diverse backgrounds.

And then there are the recipes. And I'm not talking your run-of-the-mill raw food recipes, but recipes so beautiful and delicious, that even the pickiest gourmet meat-eater, would be pleased... and satisfied with them.

So, our first recipe was this Beet Ravioli. And, yes, I am a serious raw beet lover now (I'd only had them roasted before... and didn't know what I was missing).

Beet Ravioli

 Followed by this Heirloom Tomato Lasagna, that made me never want to make cooked tomato sauce again.  No really... when it's made raw there's a sweetness and freshness that just can't be beat. And seriously... just look at those colors.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Vegan Parsnip Date Cardamom Tea Bread #SecretRecipeClub


When I first heard about The Secret Recipe Club, I knew I had to be part of it.  It kind of reminded me of my favorite Nancy Drew Mysteries books growing up... but with food.  And what could be better than that?  Yes, this month, my first month, was an extremely tasty month.

And today, the mystery finally unfolds.

This club is just like it sounds. You're secretly assigned a fellow blogger each month, and you get to try out one of their recipes of your choice.  And the best part is that you don't know who's making your recipe, or which one they'll pick, and vice versa.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

{Video} Petit Vour Unboxing July 2014- Luxury Vegan and Cruelty-free Beauty Products


I think I've found my subscription box soul mate.

It's elegant... and pink.  It contains amazing products, that I don't have to think twice about what's on their ingredient list.  And it was named after one of my favorite confections ever... petit fours.

I stumbled across a blog post a few weeks ago reviewing this box, and my first thought was... all this for just $15?  And my second thought was... I need to check this out, now.

And a week later, a box of "small & temptingly luxurious cruelty-free products" (just like the small and decorated petit four dessert- with the F changed out for V for vegan) arrived at my door.  And yes, it was love at first sight.

Watch on to see my unboxing and even more tips and thoughts on the products...






Petit Vour Luxury Vegan Beauty Box- $15/mo.
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