A recipe for vegan Parmesan is a must in any vegan kitchen! After all, one of the things that turns a lot of people away from veganism is the lack of cheese. I’m not vegan anymore, but when I was considering trying it years ago, I couldn’t picture myself abstaining from parmesan on my pasta or pizza. Vegan cheese has come really far since the 90’s, I mean cashew cheese like changed everything. Meltable vegan cheese?? Yes, please!
Oftentimes with veganism the thing people miss is the consistency or texture that comes from cheeses and creams. Furthermore, in a lot of cooking cream based sauces can be a vehicle for other spices and flavors. Vegan cheeses with a cashew base have revolutionized raw and vegan cooking. This recipe for vegan Parmesan is no exception!
Use it to top salads, rice bowls, pasta, and in your raw vegan creations! I love to use it on a vegan Caesar or even to garnish a soup. Again, the possibilities are endless.
Wow your naysayer guests with this recipe for vegan parmesan.
This DIY Ritual Bath Bomb is ideal for a ritual soak/ cleanse. With the New Moon today, I thought I’d share this recipe to aide you in any intention setting and spellwork you might do. It’s a New Moon in Pisces/ Solar Eclipse and it’s a perfect time to set intentions rooted in emotion and honesty to oneself. Furthermore, you can take advantage of the new moon’s energy for a couple of days afterward, so please do! You’re not too late.
I recommend charging some amethyst or citrine under the new moon tonight for use in your future DIY Ritual Bath Bomb. You can use the charged stones as part of your rituals throughout the month. Oftentimes I strategize what color, essential oil, and crystal are best suited to my intention before making a bath bomb that reflects those things.
When I first attempted to make my own DIY Ritual Bath Bomb I was filled with such feelings of grandiose, it’s embarrassing. Like all of us, I’ve seen at least a dozen tutorials for bath bombs over the years. I figured they were missing something, though. As a witch and budding herbalist, I had a ton of ideas for bringing more intention and herbal remedy to the notion of a bath bomb.
I want to be 100% real with you here, I was certain that I was on the cusp of starting my DIY Ritual Bath Bomb empire—before I’d even tried to make a single bath bomb. The problem was in the execution.
I think I used a recipe that had too much moisture, which resulted in my bath bombs drying up and cracking and generally crumbling apart. I was pretty devastated. In the end, I used a recipe that makes smaller batches (2 large mold or 4 small molds) bath bombs. I’m so happy with the result! This is a perfect device to help you clear yourself of negative energies and to activate your intentions, inviting the things that you want into your life. Enjoy!
You’ll need round metal bath bomb molds, mixing bowl(s), a whisk, and a foil wrapped cookie sheet for drying.
Start by mixing all of your dry ingredients in a bowl. If you’re using dry herbs, you can mix those in with your dry ingredients or create pockets later. If you’re using powder color pigment, that counts as dry. However, if you’re using food coloring, that will go with your wet ingredients. Use your whisk to combine all the ingredients until it’s pretty uniform
Mix your wet ingredients in a separate bowl. That’s your essential oil, almond/ coconut oil, water, and optional food coloring. Use a spoon to slowly add drops of your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients. Whisk as you do this to combine them. If it starts to fizz a lot, slow down.
Once all your ingredients are combined you add any flower petals or herbs you’re using. Then you can begin to make the molds.
Press a handful of your mix into a mold until it’s flush with the top and smooth. Smooth around the sides of the rim to eliminate a rim from the final product. Each half should be just a tiny bit heaping.
Press each half together firmly. Flip so that one-half is sitting on top of the other. Carefully take the mold off the top half and set the bottom half down so the ball can begin to dry. That should take 15 minutes or so. After the DIY Ritual Bath Bomb has been drying a little bit, carefully flip it over so the exposed half of the bath bomb is down and carefully take the other half of the mold off.
Allow the totally exposed bath bombs to dry overnight for at least 8 hours before using or wrapping them.
2 oz. of sea salts or Epsom salts (sea salt is more mineral rich while Epsom salt is just magnesium. Both will aide aches and pains, sea salt is better for clearing negative energy as you would before a ritual)
1-1.5 tsp. of water
1 tsp. essential oil (10-15 drops)
1 1/4 tsp almond/ coconut carrier oil
Molds or cookie cutter shapes
Optional: Color pigment or food coloring and dried herbs
You'll need round metal bath bomb molds, mixing bowl(s), a whisk, and a foil wrapped cookie sheet for drying
Start by mixing all of your dry ingredients in a bowl. If you're using dry herbs, you can mix those in with your dry ingredients or create pockets later. If you're using powder color pigment, that counts as dry. If you're using food coloring, that will go with your wet ingredients. Use your whisk to combine all the ingredients until it's pretty uniform
Mix your wet ingredients in a separate bowl. That's your essential oil, almond/ coconut oil, water, and optional food coloring.
Use a spoon to slowly add drops of your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients as you whisk to combine them. If it starts to fizz a lot, slow down.
Once all your ingredients are combined you can begin to make the molds. Press a handful of your mix into a mold until it's flush with the top and smooth. Smooth around the sides of the rim to eliminate a rim from the final product. Each half should be just a tiny bit heaping.
Press each half together firmly. Flip so that one-half is sitting on top of the other. Carefully take the mold off the top half and set the bottom half down so the entire ball can begin to dry a bit (15 minutes or so). After the DIY Ritual Bath Bomb has been drying a little bit, carefully flip it over so the exposed half of the bath bomb is down and carefully take the other half of the mold off.
Allow the totally exposed bath bombs to dry overnight for at least 8 hours before placing them into a bath, cellophane, or packaging/ wrap.
Once, I had a vegan caesar salad at the Springs LA. It changed my liiiife! I wasn’t even vegan at the time (I’m still not), but I became obsessed with the salad. Of course, they don’t just give out their recipes, but I was ambitious and made a few attempts to recreate their masterpiece.
A good Caesar is hard to come by as an omnivore but as a vegan or vegetarian? Forget about it.
The ever elusive “good” vegan caesar salad only surfaces every once in a blue moon. You better believe when it does, many vegans pounce on it! The thing that’s best about this Vegan Caesar Salad recipe is that you have a significant opportunity here to offer something substantial, delicious, and vegan at your next dinner party.
I remember while planning my wedding my husband and I lamented over what to offer our vegan guests. The fare was traditional American BBQ. Since they were to be surrounded by the smell of meats all weekend, I strongly felt like we needed to offer the vegans and vegetarians something amazing. I hope the guests were satisfied with their choices—I think veggie kabobs, salad, veggie burgers, and couscous?— but had I developed this recipe for Vegan Caesar Salad then, I would have definitely passed it along to our caterers.
Personally, what I fell in love with about this Vegan Caesar Salad is that it has seaweed in it. The seaweed gives it that oceany flavor without harming any little fish.
I’m proud to bring you my version of a Vegan Caesar Salad! I hope you love it as much as I do.
1/2 cup hummus (if you don't like hummus, don't have any, or you can't eat it you can sub in 1/2 pre-soaked cashews, 1 tsp. of capers, and 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce)
1 1/2 tbsp. spicy mustard
1 tbsp. evoo
3 cloves of garlic (this makes it kind of garlicky spicy, so use less if you aren't a huge fan)
1 tsp. lemon zest
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 pack dried seaweed snack
1/2 tsp. sea-salt
2 loosely packed cups of Spring Mix Lettuce's
2 cups of chopped romaine
1 1/2 cups of loosely packed massaged kale (to massage kale, you literally massage it. I threw on about a tablespoon of EVOO and massaged it with my hands, kind of like washing your hair)
1/2 cups of alfalfa sprouts
2-3 packs of snack dried and salted seaweed, sliced lengthwise into strips
1 cup Garbanzo Bean Croutons
3/4 cup of Vegan Caesar Dressing
2 avocados, sliced
Throw all of your dressing ingredients into the blender and blend it until smooth and creamy. I like to blend everything except the evoo first, and then throw in the evoo for one last whirl
Chop your lettuces and massage your kale (chop your kale and put a tbsp. of evoo on it. Massage it around like you're washing your hair or kneading dough until it becomes softer. Super easy and makes a big diff!)
Throw it in a bowl
Top with the alfalfa sprouts, seaweed strips, and pepitas
Toss with the dressing
Garnish with avocado
Using GF Worcestershire Sauce should make this meal 100% GF, if you have a serious aversion, though, please check all your labels. Grey Poupon doesn't contain gluten ingredients but could have cross contamination. Beware celiacs!
Do you ever look at a complicated recipe and just say “fuck it,” and order pizza instead? Been there…many…many…times! But it doesn’t have to be that way! Cooking can be easy, fun, and no longer something you dread. With this in mind, I bring you, Cauliflower Rice for Lazy People!
When I first heard of cauliflower rice and cauliflower mash, it involved a lot of boiling and steaming.
It was just too much, and I feel like I always ended up with a watery, piss poor excuse for my favorite starches. This Cauliflower Rice can be used as a rice replacement in almost any rice dish. You can add butter, cheese, or a vegan alternative like nutritional yeast to flavor it.
This is such a fantastic option because it’s a simple way to take in fewer calories and carbs. Especially serving it at night, it’s hugely beneficial to lower your carb intake after 3:00 pm or so. I for one always feel like total shit if I eat something heavy for dinner. My husband and I eat at like 7:00 pm usually and it’s close enough to bedtime to make me feel like crap, plus I hate sleeping on a full stomach. You can incorporate this recipe for cauliflower rice into most fad diets! Keto or Atkins, add some butter! Eating “clean,” don’t add a thing! I’m sure even your Weight Watchers coach would approve!
I’ve been playing around with basic rice bowls and root vegetables lately. If you’ve seen my recipe for Butternut Squash Soup then you know I’m pretty much obsessed with fall foods and roasted veggies. Don’t get me wrong, I love a fresh summer salad, but Fall will always have my heart.
This Roasted Root Vegetable Over Cauliflower Rice is quick and breezy to prep. I love the ease of walking away from a meal, cooking it that is. Especially relevant, roasting is great for the house person or stay-at-home mom/dad because it allows you the freedom to do a ton of other stuff as you wait to plate. Furthermore, seasonal veggies are so accessible to almost any region. Hit up your local farmers market and see what they have seasonally. Many of the proprietors will be able to tell you what they stock, and when, so you can prepare menus a couple weeks out.
Cauliflower rice is simple and quick to make. Once you get these simple steps down, the possibilities are endless. Most of all, food in bowl form is such a relief. It plates beautifully and it’s often the easiest style to prepare.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for Roasted Root Vegetable Entrée Over Cauliflower Rice.
Roasted Root Vegetable Entrée Over Cauliflower Rice
This recipe wins for meal prep because—if it's just you and a roomie/ spouse—this can be lunch for a week! Bring it to spice up your bland side-salad at the office! I absolutely love sending my husband to work with additions like these. A side of roasted veggies can go a long way, and your pocketbook will notice too! Waaaay better to spend $6 on lunch every day than $15!
This Dill and Parsley Cashew Sauce will save almost any meal.
It’s so tangy and herby it will literally make dry toast taste good. I love to do special sauces because usually, they’re so quick—like throw a bunch of shit in a blender—quick! Furthermore, they can take a dish from basic to extraordinary.
So often with cooking, the thing people are missing is seasoning or sauce. I didn’t use a pinch of salt in anything until I was 25 and it opened up my eyes to the endless possibilities in my kitchen. This Dill and Parsley Cashew Sauce is great as an addition to a Meatless Monday, or anywhere you find the need for some tangy, herby goodness.
I usually use this Dill and Parsley Cashew Sauce in a rice bowl recipe. It’s great over roasted root vegetables, rice, or even (especially) tacos! Just imagine this delicious mix on a veggie taco with some mango, um…yes, please?!? Here’s a link to a recipe I featured using this Dill and Parsley Cashew Sauce.
I love this recipe for Dill and Parsley Cashew Sauce because it’s so easy to make.
Furthermore, if you’re used to cooking vegan like I am, you know to keep cashews on hand. The great thing about this Dill and Parsley Cashew Sauce is that it’s also raw. Your omnivore guests would never guess this scrumptious, creamy sauce was vegan.
You can substitute lemon if that’s what you have on hand, you do you. Honestly, any variation of this sauce is gonna be delish.
I hope you enjoy the versatility of this vegan Sauce!
I’ve seen concepts for DIY Rope Baskets a lot—on Pinterest and various blogs—with people using laundry baskets (the standard, dollar store plastic ones with holes). These baskets are perfect for beside a sofa or living room setting to have blankets and other items of comfort on hand. I have my blankets stored elsewhere and what I really needed was something cute to store my dog’s toys in. So I came up with an idea to do a DIY Rope Dog Toy Basket.
I had a leftover IKEA wastebasket—sans holes— so I thought I’d give my version a try. My wastebasket is much smaller than a laundry basket. I had a lot of extra sisal rope from Home Depot, in two different sizes that had been sitting outside in the rain for almost a year (eek, I know). So I finally freed it from its wet prison and draped it over my porch railing to air dry a bit. Once it was mostly dry, I threw it into the dryer for 30 minutes to finish the job. My original vision was to use the thicker kind of sisal on the bottom and try to taper up into the thinner twine. Sounded easy enough!
In the end, for my DIY Rope Dog Toy Basket I chose to begin with the thicker sisal, braid in the thinner sisal halfway up for three rows, and end with just the small sisal. I’m super happy with the result, and so is Tallulah (she’s the cute one in black).
DIY Rope Dog Toy Basket
Step One: Collect Your Supplies
10 ft. of natural sisal rope
Cloth/ textile of your choice
Hot glue gun & Glue
Step Two: Cut your fabric
For this step, lay the fabric inside the wastebasket so that it is touching the bottom and all the sides. This way, if something heavy is put in, the weight won’t tear the fabric or make the hot-glue come undone.
Step Three: Cut off the fabric that’s overlapping the lip of the wastebasket on the outside.
Give yourself about an inch to overlap. Once you’ve cut around the outside, you can begin to hot glue the fabric so it overlaps the lip of the wastebasket by about 1″. I wasn’t bunching my fabric enough when I started gluing, so I ended up with a bunch of fabric spilling out when I reached the end. However, I liked the effect and decided to keep it! The best part about DIY is that sometimes your mistakes can inspire you 🙂
Step Four: Begin gluing the sisal rope, starting at the base.
Once you’ve secured the fabric to the outside lip of the wastebasket, you can start to glue your sisal on. I used all the glue pictured (about 12-13 sticks), so have a lot on hand if you need it. Apply the glue directly to the basket and pressed the sisal into it for ten seconds to dry. Glue about 5″ at a time.
Step Five: Continue
Now you’ll basically continue gluing and wrapping the sisal all the way around until you’re finished. If you want to do a braided effect start it once you reach the second tier/ halfway point. Begin to twist in the thinner sisal. Do this for a few rows. Then, cut the thick sisal rope and continue in a straight line all the way around with the more lightweight sisal. This is the end result and I’m super happy with it. If you’re good at needlepoint or embroidery the excess cloth would be great to add a monogrammed initial or a little heart.
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for a DIY Rope Dog Toy Basket! Let me know in the comments how it turned out and tag me on Instagram in your creations! I’d love to see <3
This Easy Homemade Chia Pudding is one of my favorite things to meal prep! It has so many uses and it’s an easy and economical choice. Furthermore, despite their small stature, chia seeds are actually nutritional heroes. Most noteworthy, they’re packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and protein. Therefore, this easy homemade chia pudding recipe will set you straight on your health goals and even the kids will like it!
I’ve found that chia pudding is great on it’s own or as part of a bigger picture. Chia pudding can be paired with anything—hot oatmeal, breakfast quinoa, or grits to jello, fresh fruit, smoothies and more.
The best part about this easy homemade chia pudding is that it’s foolproof! If you ask me, any recipe that you can stir and walk away from for eight hours is a win!
What will you create with this easy homemade recipe for chia pudding? Tell me in the comments 👇
This nutty Pear Mango Banana Smoothie Bowl with Chia Pudding bowl is perfect for a quick breakfast! Additionally, it’s a cheap and delicious snack to offer your guests. Who would say no when presented with such a thing? If they do, don’t trust them!
It’s always a nice thing to be offered a treat or beverage when you visit someone’s home. Not only a gesture of hospitality, it also gives a clear picture of your host. There are so many great ways to impress guest or simply add some fun to your usual dishes. Garnish and presentation are paramount and usually don’t cost a thing!
I came up with this Nutty Pear Mango Banana Smoothie Bowl with Chia Pudding one day when my husband had some of his friends and band mates over to help move in to his recently renovated studio space.
I get so much joy from cooking and preparing meals for others. This was a simple and easy way to show my appreciation.
Enjoy this Pear Mango Banana Smoothie Bowl with Chia Pudding!
If you’re reading this, like me, you probably love to cook. Something about this time of year calls me to fill my home with the smell of fresh, fall foods. They always say that “A key to a man’s heart is through food,” a fallacy because the key to everyone’s heart is through food. During our fall and winter months, I often find myself cooking up imaginative and hot meals like this Recipe for Butternut Squash Soup for my family and friends. I show my love through food because really, what’s better than a warm, full belly after a shared meal?
This isn’t the only recipe for butternut squash soup that I’ve made over the years, but it’s by far my best. Every year I tweak the recipe a bit, adding some spices here, some veggies there. This recipe for butternut squash soup can easily be made vegan and is delicious. This year was the first time I’ve added cream to my recipe, but it certainly isn’t a requirement. What I love about recipes like this is that you can make a big batch in your stock pot and serve it all week long. In my case this year I also portioned some out to take to a sick friend.
3 butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes (don't stress over the cube size, cooking is intuitive!)
1-3 white onions thinly sliced (I used 2)
3 small apples or pears sliced
5 cups of veggie broth (use chicken broth if you nasty and use less of either for a thicker soup)
1/2 teaspoon of ginger (use more if you like the flavor, but tread lightly, it can be strong)
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of salt (add more to taste)
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper (add more to taste)
Add a dash of cinnamon if you're feeling wild
Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground clove (optional)
2 tablespoons of butter OR oil of your choice
1 cup of heavy whipping cream (sub skim milk or milk alternative if you're vegan, or ditch altogether)
Shaved apples or pears
Start by warming your butter or oil in a LARGE stock pot. Add the onions to the pot and cook over medium/ high heat until tender.
Stir in the sliced fruit, veggie broth, squash, salt, black pepper, coriander, nutmeg, ginger and optional cinnamon. Heat until boiling and then cover and reduce heat. Cook until the squash is tender (15-20 minutes). I judge the tenderness by seeing if I can break the squash apart with my bamboo spoon.
Once the squash is tender, transfer 1/3 of the soup into a blender or food processor. Cover and process/ blend until smooth. Transfer it back into your other pot or bowl and repeat with the remainder of the soup.
If you're adding cream, now is the time! Stir the cream into the soup and heat a bit more until hot.
I hope you enjoy this Recipe for Butternut Squash Soup. It's a great addition to Holiday Parties and get-togethers, or as a simple meal prep to approach your week with ease.
Carminatives (ginger, clove, cinnamon) help to increase circulation and relieve gas and other intestinal issues. Promote better digestion and elimination. Coriander is also a carminative that will help if you tend to get headaches from overeating
Digestants (black pepper) help with digestive function, appetite, and the elimination of toxins
Nutmeg to relive and cough and assist in the aid of Rheumatism (inflammation) relief
Salt for protection and purification
Onion high in flavonoids and antioxidants known to prevent disease in the body, also used as a diuretic and expectorant so it could help with a cold.
Butternut Squash helps with digestion issues and helps aid you in healing your gut