365 Project: Recipes 166-180

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Kicking off the week with another batch of 15 recipes. Enjoy!

166. Pasta with Lemon Saffron Kale

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Source: Orginal

Notes: File this under another under 15 minutes from start to plate wonder. Cook the noodles of your choice according to the directions on its package.  In the meantime saute some kale in grapeseed oil and once it starts wilting add the juice from a lemon and some strands of saffron and mix till the ends of the kale blacken a little. Drain the pasta and put it back into the still warm pasta bowl. Add the kale mixture and toss in some parmesan before mixing. I throw some red pepper flakes to the top.

Rating: LOVED

167. Tropical Mocktail

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Source: Orginal

Notes: This was sparkling water, coconut, and pineapple. If you wanted to make it a grown up cocktail I’d recommend adding vodka or rum.

Rating: Liked

168. Chicken Casserole with Cauliflower Rice

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Source: Orginal

Notes: This is a throwback to the various chicken casseroles, my mom made when I was a kid. I wanted to make a low carb version so I mixed a cup of cauliflower rice and cream of mushroom soup in a 9X13 pan. I threw in some carrots and snow peas and boneless chicken thighs that I had coated in paprika and pepper. I baked at 400F for 45 minutes.

Rating: Liked

169. Amaretto Shake

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Source: Original

Notes: I’ve done other variations of cherry protein shakes and this has been my favorite to date. I did 1/4 a cup of fresh cherries, 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract, almond milk, and chocolate protein powder.

Rating: LOVED

170. Garlic Tahini Dressing

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Source: Vegan Richa

Notes: If you want this dressing thinner you can add more liquid. I liked the chunkier texture though.

Rating: Liked

171. Ethiopian Berbere Chickpea Pizza

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Source: Vegan Richa 

Rating: I used the tahini sauce I made with this recipe. I didn’t make the crust from scratch. I used Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough.

Rating: LOVED

172. Citrus 11

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Source: Juice

Notes: The berries in this were a nice compliment to the citrus.

Rating: Liked

173. Whipped Cream

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Source: Blue Apron 

Notes: This was another case of someone giving me their Blue Apron box. I didn’t really want to make any of the dinner recipes that were in that week’s box so I recycled the ingredients into other recipes I made. Blue Apron has started including cards with dessert recipes now so I did take a stab at that. Homemade whipped cream knocks store bought varieties out of the park.

Rating: LOVED

174. Ice Box Cake

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Source: Blue Apron

Notes: This was easy. You just need time to let it chill overnight. This is a great dessert to serve at a summer dinner party.

Rating: Liked

175. Lemon Thyme Bars

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Source: D. M. R. Fine Foods 

Notes: I could have eaten the whole pan so it’s a good thing I took these to the office to share.

Rating: LOVED

176. Apple Ginger Protein Shake

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Source: Original

Notes: This was a Granny Smith apple, spinach, celery, a teaspoon of ground ginger, a scoop of plant protein powder, and water.

Rating: LOVED

177. Snow Pea and Citrus Salad

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Source: The Yummy Life 

Notes: This was easy to make in the morning and take to work. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Rating: LOVED

178. Sriracha Egg White Salad

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Source: Original

Notes: This was two hard boiled egg whites mixed with a tablespoon of vegan mayo, two tablespoons of dijon mustard, and a teaspoon of sriracha. I served it on Ezekial bread with watercress.

Rating: Liked

179. Zoodles with Homemade Pesto

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Source: Original

Notes: This was another quick to make in the morning and take to work for lunch recipe. I spiraled a zucchini into noodles and cooked them in boiling water for about five minutes and then drained them. In a separate saute pan I toasted pine nuts in a tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of basil. I tossed them into the drained zoodles and added sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese.

180. Super Human Breakfast

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Source: Laura Hames Franklin

Notes: My yoga teacher told me about Laura’s Super Human Breakfast challenge and how she was enjoying it so I thought I would give this try.

Rating: Liked.

 

365 Project: Recipes 151-165

We’re at another milestone in this challenge. I’m a little ahead of the 165 mark now so less than 200 recipes to go. Life has been busy but I’m determined to finish this challenge in time. Here’s the latest crop of recipes with my notes and ratings.

151. Greens 14


Source: Juice

Notes: One of my favorite things about the Juice cookbook that I have been obsessed with lately is that there are recipes for additional veggie drinks that they don’t carry at the Pressed Juicery locations. I’ve said it before but if you’re thinking about getting into juicing this is a really good cookbook to start with. There aren’t any weird ingredients that are hard to find or over priced. You can do this on a rice and beans budget.
Rating: Liked

152. Chocolate Date Protein Shake


Source: Juice

Notes: I adapted this recipe from the almond milk section in the Juice cookbook. I’ve attempted to make nut milk in the past and it has never gone well for me. I’d like to try the Juice recipe for almond milk in the future, but I honestly haven’t had the time to plan ahead for it. Lately, my go to store bought non-dairy milk has been Flax Milk from Good Karma. I love the taste and it has much more protein than the majority of milk alternatives out there.

Rating: Liked

153. Detox Salad


Source: Juice

Notes: There are a few solid food recipes in the Juice cookbook. This was a great salad to take to work. I did add some hemp seeds for a little protein. If you’re making a salad and don’t want to add meat or soy protein, nuts and seeds are great alternatives. I tend to use walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, or chia seeds.

Rating: Liked

154. Greens 11


Source:  Juice

Notes: During the summer I tend to want to eat lighter. These green juices are great snacks because it’s like having a salad in liquid form. Since I use a NutriBullet I have to add liquid to anything I’m blending as a drink so that additional water helps me stay hydrated.

Rating: Liked

155. Pan Seared Tempeh


Source: Original

Rating: LOVED

Notes: This was great for something a little different. I heated up some coconut oil in a pan and lightly coated the tempeh in some coconut flour and a spice mix of pepper, coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon. I seared it for a minute or two on each side and then drizzled a little honey on top.

Rating: LOVED

156. Coconut Lime Basil Corn


Source: Original

Notes: I cooked some frozen corn as directed but threw in some basil and the juice of a lime as it started to heat. When I took it off the burner I added some unsweetened coconut flakes.

Rating: LOVED

157. Street Fair Inspired Corn on the Cob


Source: Original

Notes: I live in an apartment so I don’t have access to a grill. I love to broil ears of corn as an alternative, but sometimes it’s just too hot to want to run the oven. I boiled these ears on the stove top and to give it more flavor I coated them in a mixture of butter, paprika, parmesan, and dried tarragon.

Rating: Liked

158. Citrus 2


Source: Juice

Notes: Orange juice isn’t my favorite thing. I love all of the citrus options in Juice because they incorporate lemons, limes, or grapefruit. They do have some that are orange based which I will try in the future because I have a feeling the other ingredients in each blend will make it less over powering and acidic.

Rating: Liked

159. Cherry Coconut Sorbet


Source: Aim True

Notes: I love Kathryn Budig’s book. It’s not just a cookbook. She goes through yoga routines, meditation, and tips for your home too. This recipe is an easy and healthy dessert if you’re craving a little something sweet after dinner.

Rating: Liked

160. Greens 7


Source: Juice

Notes: This one had fresh mint which added some natural sweetness.

Rating: Liked

161. Roots 2


Source: Juice

Notes: I like beets but love trying other root based juices too. This one was carrot based.

Rating: Liked

162. Apple Cinnamon Chia Pudding


Source: Original

Notes: I made this with coconut milk, chia seeds, fiji apples, and cinnamon. This flavor combo didn’t work for me.

Rating: Pass

163. Summer Buddah Bowl


Source: Oh She Glows

Notes: I used edamame instead of lima beans.

Rating: Liked

164. Golden Beet Salad


Source: Original

Notes:  I love yellow beets. I make this with baby spinach, goat cheese, grilled tempeh, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Rating: Liked

165. Chocolate Mint Protein Shake


Source: Orignal

Notes: This was fresh mint, chocolate protein powder, chia seeds, and flaxseed milk.

Rating: Liked

 

 

Morning Rituals

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How you start your morning can determine the rest of your day. We all have good days and bad ones, but I’ve found if I try to begin the day with a positive outlook and take a little time for some self-care I tend to be in a better mood than I am on days when I’m rushed and flustered in the AM.

Here are a few things I try to fit into my morning before I head out the door.

1. Sun Salutations: I used to be envious of people I knew that either didn’t work a full-time job or had a large disposable income because they seemed to have the luxury of multiple daily trips to a fancy yoga study. While sixty minutes of daily yoga at my favorite studios isn’t something I can always fit into my schedule or budget I can start off the morning with five or ten minutes of sun salutations.

If you’ve taken a Vinyasa yoga class you’ve probably done this repetitive sequence of positions which are known as sun salutations. I have taken to keeping my yoga mat laid out next to my bed so I can hop out of bed, throw on some gym clothes, and face the window for some morning flow. There are different sun salutation routines out there and sometimes I do follow a video to switch it up. But if I don’t want to spend too much time thinking about what I’m going to do for a sequence my standby is: Mountain Pose, Arms to the Sky, Forward Fold, Lunge, Plank, Downward Facing Dog, Cobra, Upward Facing Dog,  Downward Facing Dog, Plank, Cobra, Opposite Lunge, Foward Fold, Arms to the Sky, Moutain Pose with hands in prayer position to heart.

2. Hot Water: Before coffee and breakfast I have a cup of hot water with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice to aid digestion and open up the esophagus. I don’t mind the taste, but if you want to try this and find it too tart you can add a little sweetener to your cup.

3. Bunny Love: I feed Milo and clean his space before going to work, but I also spend a little time giving him some pets and if he’s in the mood playing with him. If you have a pet I recommend having time to show them a little love before you head out.

4. Morning Pages: This comes from the book The Artist’s Way. The idea is to write three pages of anything and just put it aside. This way you’re not stressing about the words on the page being perfect but it’s a way to open up your creativity.

5. Quick Check In: I do a quick email check after I’ve gone through my other rituals. This way I can respond to anything that needs immediate attention and I can have a good sense of anything I need to be prepared for when I arrive at the office.

What are some of your favorite morning rituals?

365 Project: Recipes 136-150

Here is the latest batch of 15 recipes. This round is juice and protein shake heavy.

136. Zoodles with Sundried Tomatoes and Mozzarella


Source: Original

Notes: I hate when I see recipes that say 20 minutes and it never is really ready that fast. Will this was seriously about a 10 minute from prep to table dinner. I put a zucchini through my Veggetti and then sauteed the noodles for five minutes in 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. I threw in some basil, sundried tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella.

Rating: Liked

137. Algae Berry Smoothie


Source: Original

Notes: This was half a cup of mixed berries, natural flavored protein powder, 1 kale leaf, 1/2 tsp of spirulina, and almond milk.

Rating: Liked

138. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos


Source: She Likes Food

Notes: This is probably the best vegetarian version of a taco I’ve ever had.

Rating: LOVED

139. Kapha Detox Juice


Source: Recapo

Notes: As you can probably guess from my recipes I am trying to slowly adopt an ayurvedic lifestyle. There are three doshas and we all have elements of each dosha. Most of us have one or two doshas that are more dominate. I am Kapha-Vata because my body has predominately Kapha traits and my mind is very Vata.

Rating: Liked

140. Chocolate Greens Protein Shake


Source: Original

Notes: This shake was a combo of chocolate vegan protein powder, kale, romaine, parsley, spirulina, half a banana, and water. As I’ve mentioned before I don’t mind drinking straight up green juice but if you want to switch the taste up the chocolate powder and banana make this a treat without being overly sweet.

Rating: LOVED

141. General Tso’s Tofu


Source: Minimalist Baker

Notes: I did some ingredient swaps with this one.  I used stevia instead of maple syrup and I don’t use corn starch anymore. I use potato starch as a substitute.

Rating: Liked

142. Greens 3


Source: Juice

Notes:  Pressed Juicery is one of my favorite places to get juice if I’m on the go. I just got their cookbook and am obsessed. If you are thinking about juicing this is a great book to start with because the ingredients aren’t anything that’s hard to come by.

Rating: Liked

143. Almond Buttercup Smootie


Source: Juice

Notes: I added vegan protein powder so this was a meal vs a snack.

Rating: LOVED

144. Roots 3


Source: Juice

Notes: This was a beet based juice.

Rating: Liked

145. Carrot Bread


Source: Juice

Notes: This was good but a little dry as I find many gluten free baking recipes.

Rating: Liked

146. Almond Chia Smoothie


Source: Juice

Notes: The avocado makes this so creamy that you don’t need milk or a milk substitute, I just used water.

Rating: Liked

147. Lime in Coconut


Source: Juice

Notes: So refreshing and perfect for summer.

Rating: Liked

148. Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh


Source: Juice

Notes: I used raisins instead of pomegranate seeds.

Rating: Liked

149. Lentil Dal


Source: Juice

Notes: I cooked this five minutes longer than the recipe called for and I still should have kept the lentils on the stove longer. The weren’t quite soft enough. Split lentils should get mushy if they are cooked through.

Rating: Okay

150. Peaches and Cinnamon


Source:  Juice

Notes: This is another one I added protein powder to and had for breakfast.

Rating: Liked

365 Project: Recipes 121-135

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Hope you are having an amazing summer. Here’s the latest batch of fifteen recipes I’ve tried.

121. White Asparagus Soup

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Source: Bitter Sweet Blog 

Notes: I didn’t serve this chilled. I made this ahead of time and reheated on the stove top for a dinner party. It was a nice change from traditional gazpacho to start of a summer meal.

Rating: Liked

122. Nordstroms Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad

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Source: San Antonio Magazine 

Notes: I have some odd food interests including regional snacks and sodas, famous restaurants, and department store eateries. I have some cookbooks from existing and defunct department stores. For this recipe, I used Trader Joe Veggie and Flax Seed Chips.

Rating: LOVED

123. Sweet Potato Brownies

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Source:  Healthy Spirit Body 

Notes: I love this recipe but I wish there were more instructions about pan sizes and measurements in some cases. I used an 8X8 square pan but honestly, I could have used a smaller mini pan.

Rating: Liked

124. Madelines

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Source: Lavender and Lemonade 

Notes: I made this gluten free by using rice flour in place of all-purpose flour.

Rating: Liked

125. Strawberry Poppyseed Madelines

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Source: Adore Foods

Notes: I also added 1/2 a tsp of poppy seeds to this recipe.

Rating: Liked

126. Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

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Source: Savory Nothings 

Notes: I used ground meatless instead of sausage.

Rating: Liked

127. Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding

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Source: Babble

Notes: I loved the last chia pudding I made but this one not so much. I think the difference is the nondairy milk. This time I used flaxseed milk. Last time I used canned coconut milk which makes the pudding more solid in texture which I prefer. I also felt this was too sweet for my taste.

Rating: Pass

128. Chai Tea Latte Pops

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Source: Jessica Gavin 

Notes: Like the recipe above I think I would like this better if I used coconut milk from a can. It’s a much thicker consistency. This tasted more like flavored ice than something creamy.

Rating: Okay

129. Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

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Source: Mel’s Kitchen 

Notes: I used baby kale instead of basil.

Rating: LOVED

130. Parpadelle with Butter Sauce

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Source: Huge in Japan 

Notes: I added fresh spinach to the sauce which sauteed while cooking.

Rating: Liked

131. Lavender Lemon Green Iced Tea

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Source: Original

Notes: I steeped five bags of green tea in a pitcher with juice from 1/2 a large lemon, 1 tsp of lavender, and ice. I let it chill in the refrigerator till it was cold.

Rating: Liked

132. Dutch Oven Popcorn

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Source: Food 52

Notes: I added parmesan and ground peppercorns as a topping.

Rating: Liked

133. Frozen Banana Nut Butter Bites

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Source: Not Enough Cinnamon 

Notes: I used a nut butter blend and dark chocolate.

Rating: Liked

134. Summer Fruit Protein Smoothie

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Source: Original

Notes: I used almond milk, 1/2 a peach, 1/2 a nectarine, and strawberry protein powder. I don’t like fruit flavored powder (I had this in a variety pack and didn’t want to waste it). Artificial fruit flavor tastes like children’s chewable medicine to me. I would try this again with natural or vanilla powder and fresh strawberries.

Rating: Okay

135. Slow Cooker Sole

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Source: Original

Notes: I’ve made fish in the slow cooker before. I would have given this a higher rating but I felt I had over cooked it. I put fresh spinach on greased foil sheets and placed a sole filet on each spinach pile and seasoned with lemon, dill, salt, and pepper before wrapping the foil packs and placing in the slow cooker for 2 hours on high. That time has worked out well for me in the past but I should have put it in for an hour checked and then cooked in 30-minute increments until it was done. Live and learn!

Rating: Okay

 

365 Project: Recipes 106-120

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Here’s the latest batch of recipes.

106. Tofu and Zoodle Stir-Fry

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Source: Original

Notes: I sauteed tofu in a pan with garlic and coconut oil. In another pan, I sauteed zucchini noodles and added sugar snap peas and snow peas till they were tender.

Rating: Liked

107. Red Beans and “Rice”

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Source: Original

Notes: I sauteed riced cauliflower with kale, the juice from one lime, and cilantro. I served with cooked red beans.

Rating: Liked

108. Pan Seared Tuna

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Source: The Enchanted Cook 

Notes: I used yellowfin instead of ahi tuna and it worked well.

Rating: Liked

109. Avocado Sauce

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Source: Original

Notes: I mixed half an avocado with 1 tablespoon of spicy dijon mustard, and 1 teaspoon of vegan mayo.

Rating: LOVED

110. Chocolate

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Source: 21 Day Goddess Workout 

Notes: I didn’t love how this tasted. Honestly, there are some great low sugar dark chocolate bars that most grocery stores carry so that’s where I’ll get my chocolate fix.

Rating: Pass

111. Slow Cooker Millet

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Source: 8 Week Whole Body Makeover 

Notes: This is an easy breakfast that will stick to your ribs and keep you full all morning. This is from another Daily Om course that I decided to take after I completed the 21 Day Goddess Workout.

Rating: LOVED

112. Tempeh and Veggie Stir Fry

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Source: 21 Day Goddess Workout 

Notes: I did cauliflower rice with this. If you wanted to use meat or seafood you could easily substitute chicken or shrimp for the tempeh.

Rating: LOVED

113. Lemon Beauty Smoothie

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Source: Eat Pretty 

Notes: I am becoming used to green juices that I don’t really mind the taste or lack of sweetness. The lemon in this recipe is great though if you’re still trying to get over the hurdle of these types of juices being as sweet as a fruit smoothie.

Rating: Liked

114. Pumpkin Pie in a Jar

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Source: 8 Week Whole Body Makeover

Notes: I love the breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes in these Daily Om classes but the desserts honestly aren’t that satisfying. I’d rather eat a piece of fruit (which you can do) if I want something sweet after dinner.

Rating: Okay

115. Slow Cooker Vegan Enchellata Bowels

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Source: 8 Week Whole Body Makeover

Notes: This took about five minutes to throw everything in the slow cooker and made about four meals for me throughout the week. An easy one to add to my work lunch rotation.

Rating: Liked

116. Cinnamon Macha Chia Pudding

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Source: 8 Week Whole Body Makeover

Notes: Using the Vitamix this was another one that took five minutes. I set it in the fridge overnight and it was four ready made breakfasts for me. There are different recipes for variations on this that I plan to try in the future.

Rating: Liked

117. Hazelnut Pecan Butter

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Source: Love & Lemons

Notes: You can buy this nut spread premade. Honestly, the cost of making it at home is about the same because bulk hazelnuts and pecans aren’t cheap. You are saving yourself from added sugar and something that is overly processed though.

Rating: Liked

118. Strawberry Chia Jam

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Source: Love & Lemons

Notes: This was easy to make and again you don’t have any added sugar. The only downside is this jar will only last you a week. As someone who lives alone, I can’t get through a jar of jam that fast but I’ll make this again as a gift or when I have people staying with me for a weekend.

Rating: Liked

119. Sweet Potato Fries

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Source: Center Cut Cook 

Notes: These were baked and not fried. This was easy and the best homemade fries I’ve ever made.

Rating: LOVED

120. Sweet Siracha Mayo

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Source: Original

Notes: I used vegan mayo. This was a great dip for the fries because I don’t really like ketchup.  I blended 1 teaspoon of golden lakanto (you could sub honey, maple syrup, sugar, or stevia if you like), 2 teaspoons of sriracha, 7 teaspoons of vegan mayo (you could also use regular mayo or miracle whip).

Rating: Liked

 

 

 

 

Favorite Cruelty Free Beauty Products

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A couple of years ago I started paying more attention the products I was bringing into my home. I was surprised that many of my favorite brands of beauty products still tested on animals. That didn’t sit well with me so I began replacing cosmetics, cleaning items, and household items with brands that don’t test on animals. I wanted to share some of my favorite cruelty-free beauty products since I’ve been focusing on ways to be a little kinder.

Besame Lipstick: I love this company because the lipsticks are modeled after colors that were popular in decades past. My personal favorite is Cherry Red from the 1930s. It adds a vintage feel your look.

The Body Shop Moisturizer: I’ve been a fan of this company for years. Their skin care products are fantastic.

ELF Mascara: I’ve tried a few different mascaras and honestly if you don’t want to drop a ton of money these will give you the same results as other brands that will cost you two or three times as much.

Kiss My Face Deodorant: I switched to deodorant that doesn’t have aluminum in it because there are some health concerns around it. When your deodorant has fewer chemicals you will need to apply it more often which is a small price to pay. I do find that if I’m not working out or if it isn’t I really hot day this brand will really last the whole day.

Lush Bath Bombs: These make great gifts but you’ll probably want to keep them for yourself.

NYX Finishing Powder: I use finishing powder to keep my makeup lasting longer. If you apply after your done getting ready in the morning you won’t have to reapply as much throughout the day.

OGX Shampoos and Conditioners: By far my favorite brand of shampoos and conditioners and they have tons of great fragrances if you want to switch it up. Some of my favorites are Cherry Blossom, Coconut Water, and Macadamia Oil.

Queen Helene Face Scrub: These scrubs and face masks are great and affordable. I like the apricot scrub and the mint julep mask best.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation: I really just need a light foundation and this is perfect coverage and the fair shade matches my complexion.

Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste: Minty fresh and cruelty-free!