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!

 

 

 

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

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If you are a Pinterest junkie like me you’ve probably seen all of these pins on building a capsule wardrobe. So what exactly is a capsule wardrobe? Capsule wardrobes are the idea around minimizing your closet. If you’re like me you suffer from the problem of a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. I’m trying to accomplice a few things with a capsule wardrobe. I’m trying to save money by spending less on clothing every month, simply my day by not having to rummage through my closet to find what I’m going to wear, and feel confident knowing that I love everything in my closet.

When it comes to building a capsule wardrobe I’ve seen anywhere from 15-30 items. Some people who live in a climate where the weather is the same all year may only have 1-2 capsules per year. Since I live in NYC and we have four distinct seasons I’m trying out four capsules. Your capsule wardrobe can also be dictated by your job and other activities. If I were still working in a career where I needed to wear suits or dress in business attire my capsule would look different. Since I work in a creative industry and casual clothing is acceptable in the office so that played into my choices. I went through my old summer clothes and the rule was I had to love it and it had to fit. Items I didn’t care for anymore were donated and I filled in the rest of my items with new clothes that would work well together. The items you chose for your capsule wardrobe should be able to be mixed and matched so you can have different top and bottom combos so choose colors and prints that you love and are versatile. In summer I’m more likely to wear color. My winter wardrobe will probably skew more towards black.

So here’s what I build out for my summer wardrobe: (26 Items Total)

Tops (9 Total)

-1 Tank (green)

-5 Short Sleeve Shirts (white, navy, Tiffany blue, black, and one black and pink print)

-3 3/4 Sleeve Shirts (navy, orange with a floral print, navy and white print)

Bottoms (6 Total)

-1 Pair of Shorts (green)

-2 Pairs of Pants (gray, pink)

-1 Pair of Jeans (boyfriend cut)

-2 Skirts (1 navy midi, 1 black maxi)

Dresses (2 Total)

-1 Casual Floral Printed Sundress

-1 Dressy Tiffany Blue

Outerwear (2 Total)

-2 Open Cardigans (black and gray)

Shoes (7 Total)

-2 Flat (tan ballet, black penny loafers)

-2 Sneakers (gray and green)

-2 Heels (tan t-strap, faux snakeskin)

-1 Sandles (navy and white print)

Most people including myself do not count their workout clothes towards their capsule. I store those separately from my regular clothes including my running shoes. Some people include other accessories in their capsules but I don’t. At some point, I may reduce my jewelry but it has more sentimental value than anything else. We’ll see how this works out and if I can stick with this I’ll report back on my fall wardrobe.

 

 

365 Project: Recipes 91-105

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Reaching the 100 recipe mark seems like a milestone, but I still have over 250 recipes to finish by the end of the year. I’m still pumped about this project and excited to see what the next 100 recipes will be. Here is the latest batch of 15 recipes.

91. Blistered Shishito Peppers

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Source: Original

Notes: I’ve made this before in the broiler but made these in a saute pan on the stove top which is much better on a hot day. Just through them in hot oil till they blister and cover with sea salt to serve.

Rating: LOVED

92. Berries and Greens Protein Shake

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Source: Original

Notes: I don’t mind green juice by itself but sometimes you want a little sweetness to your morning shake. This was half a cup of mixed red berries with celery, spirulina, cucumber, and kale.

Rating: Liked

93. Goddess Salad

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Source: 21 Day Goddess Workout

Notes: This recipe was part of an amazing 21-day fitness and meal program I recently completed. I’ll be publishing a post about this program next week.

Rating: Liked

94. Cauliflower and Egg Crust Pizza

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Source: 21 Day Goddess Workout

Notes: I’ve posted about other low carb pizza crust options in the past. This one is different. It has more eggs and you cook it on the stovetop like a pancake before putting on the toppings and baking it in the broiler.

Rating: LOVED

95. Raw Protein Balls

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Source: Original

Notes: I had some extra golden lakanto (monk fruit sweetener) and cocoa mixture from another recipe that I rolled into balls and rolled flax seeds over. This was my first time using golden lakanto instead of sugar and I do find it very sweet so I would try this again but halve the amount of sweetener. For a better texture, I’d use hemp seeds next time too.

Rating: Okay

96. Protein Brownies

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Source: 21 Day Goddess Workout

Notes: Again next time I’d cut the sweetener in half on this one but I did like this.

Rating: Liked

97. Vegan Bolognese

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Source: My Year in the Kitchen

Notes: I tweaked this recipe from Ruth Reichel by using ground seitan instead of meat. I also replaced the butter with oil to make this vegan. This has a nice kick to it thanks to the red pepper flakes.

Rating: Liked

98. Green Goddess Salad

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Source: Original

Notes: I blanched asparagus and cooked edamame. I added raw cucumbers, avocado, celery, and hemp seeds. I used a homemade balsamic vinegarette for the dressing.

Rating: LOVED

99. Three Ingredient Nut Butter Cookies

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Source: Original

Notes: I used half a cup of natural peanut butter, 1/3 a cup of golden lakanto, and an egg. I formed these into 1 inch balls and baked at 350 for about 10 minutes. This makes about 15 cookies.

Rating: Liked

100. Smoked Salmon Sushi with Cauliflower Rice

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Source: 21 Day Goddess Workout

Notes: This was such an easy lunch to make for work.

Rating: LOVED

101. Avocado Protein Pudding

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Source: 21 Day Goddess Workout

Notes: This was an easy, sugar-free dessert. I blended this in my Nuetrabullet.

Rating: Liked

102. Loaded Baked Sweet Potato

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Source: 21 Day Goddess Workout

Notes: This is a great flavor combo if you like something that’s both savory and sweet.

Rating: Liked

103. Cherry Almond Protein Shake

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Source: Original

Notes: I blended half a cup of cherries, 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract, Chocolate Plant Power Protein, and hemp milk.

Rating: Liked

104. Vegan Mac and Cheese

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Source: 21 Day Goddess Workout

Notes: I was shocked how yummy this was.

Rating: LOVED

105. Mexican Pizza

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Source: Original

Notes: I made a cauliflower crust and baked. On the stove top, I mixed red enchilada sauce with ground tofu and tomato paste. I poured that on top of the crust and sprinkled with vegan cheddar, olives, and mushrooms, and baked for 10 minutes at 375.

Rating: LOVED

365 Project: Recipes 76-90

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I’ve been negligent about posting the most recent batch of 15 recipes completed. Here they are.

76. Vegan Chopped “Liver”

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Source: Silk Road Vegetarian 

Notes: While the texture isn’t the same as my uncle’s traditional chopped liver the flavor is surprisingly similar. Instead of liver and eggs, this recipe uses zucchini and toasted in walnuts.

Rating: Liked

77. Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

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Source: Tastes Lovely 

Notes: I stopped buying packaged salad dressing years ago. Making your own salad dressing is easy, less expensive, and healthier. This was a perfect dressing for early spring salads.

Rating: Liked

78. Strawberry Pecan Salad

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Source: Original

Notes: During the winter I fill up on soups and hearty dishes. Once spring hits I crave greens. This was a bed of baby spinach topped with brie, raw pecans, and strawberries.

Rating: LOVED

79. Roasted Beets and Balsamic Carrots

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Source: Original

Notes: I made this for Passover as an appetizer. I roasted the beets with a little Rosemary at 375 for about 45 minutes. I put the carrots in on a sheet drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I put them in about fifteen minutes after the beets because the carrots cook a bit faster.

Rating: Liked

80. Roasted Asparagus and Baby Artichokes

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Source: Cooking Light via My Recipes 

Notes: I also made this for Passover. This was a side dish for the main meal and was delicious.

Rating: Liked

81. Asparagus Mimosa

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Source: Plenty

Notes: This is a yummy way to have spring veggies for breakfast.

Rating: Liked

82. Pistachio Orange Blossom Salad

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Source: Plenty

Notes: I couldn’t find good watercress so I used mustard greens instead. They are both stronger greens with a more peppery flavor so I often substitute them for one another.

Rating: Okay

83. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Source: Original

Notes: This was so easy just melt good bittersweet chocolate on the stove and dip the strawberries. Place them on parchment paper to let them harden. We learned the hard way that white chocolate and milk chocolate cook doesn’t melt evenly without burning so if you want to use those types of chocolate make sure you use a double boiler.

Rating: LOVED

84. Spring Veggie Hash

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Source: Original

Notes: This was inspired by a dish I had at a restaurant. I served an over easy egg on top of roasted potatoes, fresh peas, and asparagus.

Rating: LOVED

85. Rosemary Potatoes

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Source: Pocket Change Gourmet 

Notes: Easy Peasy!

Rating: Liked

86. Strawberry Rhubarb Salad

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Source: Bon Appetit 

Notes: Strawberry and Rhubarb are one of my favorite spring combos and this salad was a great way to spice up a brown bag lunch.

Rating: LOVED

87. Bavarian Deviled Eggs

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Source: Original

Notes: I mixed dijon mustard and vegan mayo with the egg yokes and topped them off with Caraway Saurkraught from Hawthorn Valley Farm.

Rating: Liked

88. Coconut Cardamom Seitan and Veggies

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Source: Orignal

Notes: I cooked seitan on the stove top in Calcutta Kitchen’s Bengali Coconut Cardamom Simmer Sauce.Once the seitan started to cook I added spinach and snow peas to the saute pan and served them over cauliflower rice.

Rating: Liked

89. Strawberry Rhubarb Pocket Pie

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Source: Original

Notes: I took strawberries and the leftover rhubarb in sugar and lemon from the salad above and wrapped them in puff pastry. You can make four, four-inch pies from one sheet. Next time I’d paint the puff pastry in egg so it would get more golden when it bakes. Make sure to cut vents in the puff pastry so the pies don’t explode.

Rating: Liked

90. Puy Lentil Galettes

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Source Plenty

Notes: I used labneh instead of greek yogurt for the sauce.

Rating: LOVED

365 Project: Recipes 61-75

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Here are the latest 15 recipes. Less than 300 to go. It finally feels like I’m making a dent.

61. Greek Salad with Cumin Seitan:

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Source: Family Circle Magazine

Notes: This recipe calls for chicken but I replaced it with seitan. Seitan is a great substitute for poultry if you want to make a recipe vegetarian or vegan.

Rating: LOVED

62. Ginger Lime Roast Carrots 

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Source: Whole New You

Notes: This can be served as a snack or a side dish.

Rating: Liked

63. Orange White Chocolate Cookies

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Source: Landeelu 

Notes: This was one of my favorite cookies as a kid. You’ll notice that I haven’t been rating the baking recipes as high as the savory dishes. That’s because I’ve been attempting to make them semi-healthy. Replacing butter with apple sauce works for me taste wise but replacing all purpose flour with alternatives hasn’t worked well for me unless the original recipe was written using a flour substitute. The lesson is when I do bake I should use the less healthy ingredients.

Rating: Okay

64. Orange Tumeric Protein Shake

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Source: Nutritionist Meets Chef 

Notes: This may be healthy but tasty it was not.

Rating: Pass

65. Creamy Hummus Pasta 

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Source: The Savory Vegan

Notes: For pasta recipes, I’ve replaced white flour pasta with Explore Cusine brand pasta. They are high protein and low carb which are great for people who are trying to get more protein from plant sources. They are also gluten free and tasty.

Rating: LOVED

66. Sundried Tomato Pesto

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Source: Greatest

Notes: This source has multiple variations on classic pesto. I liked this because the sundried tomatoes gave it a lighter flavor.

Rating: Liked

67.  Baked Salmon with Pesto 

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Source: Cooking Classy 

Notes: I love that this was so easy to make and to clean up.

Rating: Liked

68. Mexican Lasagna 

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Source: Foodie Fiasco 

Notes: This was yummy. Carb smart tortillas make this dish semi-healthy. I used a mix of seitan and tofu for the protein.

Rating: LOVED

69. Espresso Chocolate Mousse 

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Source: Supergolden Bakes 

Notes: Finally I dessert that I loved.

Rating: LOVED

70. Lavender Lemonade 

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Source: Ritely 

Notes: I have since made this without the honey as a type of spa water.

Rating: Liked

71. Tumeric Lime Chickpeas 

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Source: Pulse Pledge 

Notes: I’m excited to try some of the other varieties of this dish.

Rating: Liked

72. Beef Tips in Honey Bourbon Sauce 

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Source: Spicy Southern Kitchen

Notes: I used seitan instead of beef to make it vegetarian.

Rating: Liked

73. Balinese Green Bean Salad 

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Source: Asian Inspirations 

Notes: This has a nice sweet and spicy kick to it.

Rating: Liked

74. Slow Cooker Pineapple Black Bean Rice 

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Source: Real Life Dinner 

Notes: Once again I used seitan to replace the chicken.

Rating: Liked

75. Kale and Lemongrass Protein Shake

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Source: Original

Notes: I used Plant Fusion natural protein powder, two celery stalks, 1/2 a cup of pineapple, a kale leaf, a tablespoon of lemongrass, and a tablespoon of hemp seeds

Rating: LOVED

 

365 Project: Recipes 46-60

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Here’s the next batch of 15 recipes. 60 recipes seems like a lot but I’m only 1/7 of the way to my goal…time to step it up.

46. Mutter Paneer 

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Source: Subbu’s Kitchen 

Notes: I was inspired to make my favorite Indian dish after visiting an Indian grocery store and finding they had paneer cheese.

Rating: LOVED

47. Broiled Citrus Salad 

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Source: Eat Pretty 

Notes: This is part cookbook and part beauty guide. This is a great source for seasonal recipes and learning about plant sources for different vitamins and minerals.

Rating: Liked

48. Blood Orange Lavender Protein Shake 

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Source: Original

Notes: Two small blood oranges peeled, a tablespoon of lavender, two tablespoons of orange blossom water, hemp seeds for garnish, natural flavor protein powder (I used Plant Fusion) and filtered water.

Rating: LOVED

49. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies 

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Source: The Chunky Chef 

Notes: I used applesauce instead of butter which is a great baking swap if you’re looking to reduce fat and calories.

Rating: Liked

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50. Zucchini Hazelnut Salad 

Source: Plenty 

Notes: Seriously I can’t endorse this cookbook enough! The recipes are simple yet creative. I love it. I added hard boiled quail eggs for extra protein.

Rating: LOVED

51. Salmon and Apple Farro 

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Source: Blue Apron

Notes: The farro with cooked apples was amazing. The salmon was a bit too rare and didn’t have a lot of flavor even with the addition of fresh rosemary.

Rating: Okay

52. Falafel Salad with Sweet Potatoes 

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Source: Blue Apron

Notes: This was great and easy to reproduce. It was falafels in pitas with salad, tzatziki sauce, and baked sweet potatoes slices.

Rating: LOVED

53. Mint Spirulina Smoothie Bowl 

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Source: Exploregram 

Notes: I didn’t do the dried strawberries. Fresh fruit would have also worked with this.

Rating: Liked

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54. Bird Nests 

Source: Cookstr 

Notes: The recipe said this makes six nests but I had enough pasta to bake nine.

Rating: LOVED

55. Roasted Pepper Salad 

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Source: Plenty 

Notes: I added hemp seeds for some protein since I served this as a meal instead of a side.

Rating: LOVED

56. Beet Soup with Pumpkin Seed Pesto 

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Source: French Market Cookbook 

Notes: This cookbook is a great source for vegetarian French recipes.

Rating: Liked

57. Chicken Tikka Sandwich

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Source: Upstairs Downstairs Cafe

Notes: I studied abroad in Ireland and was obsessed with this sandwich at the local cafe so decided to recreate it. I grilled chicken in tikka spices and served it on bread with red pepper, lettuce, cheddar, and vegan Mayo.

Rating: LOVED

58. Aglio Olio e Peperoncino

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Source: Audrey at Home 

Notes: This cookbook is also a memoir by Audrey Hepburn’s youngest son and features recipes she loved.

Rating: LOVED

59. Chocolate Cake

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Source: Nellie Bellie

Notes: Even with buttering the pans the cake was very hard to remove.

Rating: Okay

60. Blackberry Sage Protein Shake  

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Source: Original

Notes: A scoop of Vanilla Protein (I used Vega One), half a cup of blackberries, 1 tsp of chia seeds and more for garnish, and four sage leaves blended with filtered water.

Rating: LOVED