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Hey y’all! Got a new shipment in and I wanted to share! Oh and I have been using the little brush and soap bowl that I showed in this video and I loooovveee it! All you need to do is add soap and a little water to the dish and press down whenever you want to use. The bamboo and sugar cane toilet paper is really awesome and is very durable. The vegan floss is working great also! Definitely will be buying it again. Below is a code for you to use to get a free 5 piece Mrs. Meyers cleaning kit with your first $20 or more purchase!! Don’t forget that the fall scents are coming out! Sign up for Grove now and I promise you will love it! The products are great, they price match, and the customer service is exceptional! Here is the code to get your free gift! https://www.grove.co/referrer/10910172/

XOXO

Erica

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Protein Bites

Want a quick healthy snack that is a little ball of energy and protein? Look no further! These little bites, which can be done plenty of ways, will give you all you are looking for in a good healthy snack. Plus, they will make you think your eating cookie dough and only take 5 minutes to make!

Below I will provide how to make these bites three ways, but you will see that all you have to do is really switch out the protein powder flavor for more creative flavoring =) So for these awesome energy and protein packed bites you will need:

1 1/2 C of flour of your choice

1/4 C of protein powder

2 Tbs of chia seeds

1 Tbs of ground flax

1/4 C of agave or maple syrup

1/4 C of coconut oil

1/4 C of almond or other plant milk

This is all you will need for any flavoring. I used Vega Plant Protein Powder in the Salted Caramel flavor, so I didn’t add anything else, except some sea salt to sprinkle on top of the bites when they were done. To make you simply put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk until blended. Add the wet ingredients and mix well (you may need to add one or two more tablespoons of nut milk, but you want it to be a crumbly dough mixture). Once well mixed, knead and squeeze dough so that it forms, and then roll into little balls and store in the freezer. Viola!

Other yummy flavors is lemon poppy seed and chocolate. For the lemon just use vanilla plant protein powder, replace the chia seeds with poppy seeds (or stick with the chia) and the  1/4 C of nut milk with 1/4 C of lemon juice and add 2 Tbs of nut milk. For decadent chocolate bites, use chocolate plant protein powder and then roll in finely chopped peanuts, cashews, or coconut flakes. Enjoy!

XOXO

Erica

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Eating More Raw

Hello beauties! So I know I told you on my last video that I was transitioning to more raw eating (still vegan of course), and would share with you how my week typically has been going. I am not eating 100%, more like 60-80%. I am feeling better and you definitely can feel a difference in mood and energy even with just the short time, and not a full transition. Eating raw vegan has been shown to diminish signs of depression, increase energy and stamina, create healthier glowing skin, cure illness and disease, and many other wonderful things, and honestly why wouldn’t it? We are eating power packed nutrients that the earth herself is providing. My face has not really broken out, and I have not worn foundation at all the last couple weeks because of it. My hubby and others keep complimenting on my skin, so these little things help me want to continue to stay raw.

So, what have I been eating for my raw meals? I start my mornings off with soaked steel cut oats. I love these because not only are they packed with protein and fiber and extremely versatile, but they are so easy and excellent for me to grab on the mornings when I coach and have to be out the door at 4 a.m (yes leaving my house at 4)! These, well actually my lunch meals too are all super easy and can be changed up in so many ways, even though the base is the same. For the oats all you have to do is get some steel cut oats, place them in a jar with your favorite raw nut milk, and then add your favorite fruits, seeds, nuts, and spices. Close the jar and store in the fridge until ready to eat (note that it takes about 5 hours for them to soften, I make a whole weeks worth at the end of each week that way I always have some ready). My staples to all my morning oats are of course the oats and nut milk, along with chia and hemp seeds, and usually cinnamon. I like to add apples and raw walnuts or almonds, bananas with raw cashew (a little bit of raw carob powder is good too), blueberries with my favorite raw nut butter (tastes like pb&j Sammy), and papaya with raw sunflower seeds and some agave. The creativity is endless.

For lunch or dinner I have been doing a green smoothie which I mix up between kale and spinach and some kind of fruit, along with chia and hemp seeds. If I don’t do the smoothie I have been doing kale salads, which I am currently obsessed with. These too, can be super versatile and delicious as well as very easy to make. I add kale, a fruit, a nut, and other raw veggies and alway season with cayenne pepper, and either lemon juice, a balsamic and/or EVOO or raw agave. A few of my fave varieties are the kale with red onion, tomatoes, carrots, celery, apples/pears, and almonds with a coconut balsamic and a habanero EVOO, or a mix of the kale, raw sunflower seeds and raw cashews, cinnamon, a little cayenne, and raw agave. These salads are superfoods packed with nutrients and lots of fiber as well keep you full. Note that kale must be chewed in its entirety for it to fully digest properly, otherwise it can sit heavy in your stomach. For this reason I chop it in the food processor after I chop it up by hand. Most of us are always in a rush and are never on a slow mode in life, my husband is like this and eats his food super fast and doesn’t thoroughly chew it. So make sure you chop the kale really good and chew completely =)

Snacks are easy, I just nosh on some fresh fruit or veggies with my favorite raw nut butter, or have some seeds and nuts. Try these out and make them your own! Let me know which is your favorite morning oat, green smoothie, or kale (or green) salad!

XOXO

Erica

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Raw Nut Bars

This recipe was inspired by Sasha Fraser’s Raw Food Recipes and Preparation. It super easy, little cleaning, no cooking, and delicious. The recipe makes 6 good sized bars (you could always cut them smaller or larger). They are good for a quick take on the road breakfast or snack, and provide energy. For these bars you will need the following:

  • 3 large bananas
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 C of raw nuts of choice (I use pistachios and cashews)
  • 2 C of rolled oats
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 C of melted C of extra virgin coconut oil

Line a shallow tray with parchment or cling wrap (8×6 is a good size if you have it), mix bananas and lemon juice in a blender, process nuts and oats until they are finely chopped, then add salt, banana purée and coconut oil and process until combined. Spatula the mixture in your tray until it is flat. Sprinkle with cinnamon, cover and place in fridge for at least an hour. When mixture is set, remove and cut into bars. Enjoy or store in an air tight container in the freezer for up to a month.

XOXO

Erica

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Walnut Tacos

Hey y’all!!! So I have been getting a lot of questions on how to make the walnut tacos, and have been meaning to post it! Sorry!!! So let me just say, this is probably the easiest meal you can make! Like super easy, and it tastes like you were in the kitchen forever. A few things first… you can make the consistency of these tacos chunky or fine. I make mine more fine because I like that they will stay in place and when they are in a dough like mixture, they are perfect not only for tacos, but for also making nut burgers. If you prefer to have a little more crunch, just pulse the nuts a couple times, then add your liquid and spices, and pulse a little more.

Here is how I made this version: About three cups of walnuts (seriously just eyeball this, you can always have leftovers), 1tbs (or so) of olive oil, squeeze of a fresh lemon (or you can just use lemon juice), garlic; braggs BCAA (or soy sauce); pepper to taste. Blend the walnuts first to almost the consistency you want, add all of your liquids and spices and continue to blend until mixed. The olive oil and lemon juice will make the walnuts almost paste like (which is why this could be perfect for burgers…yes the paste doesn’t look very pretty but I promise its so yummy), so its easy to spoon in your tortillas. I placed mine in the air fryer for literally 3 minutes and they were crispy and delicious (don’t have an air fryer? Just pop them in the oven, or microwave for like 30-60 seconds).

These are great because the possibilities are endless! I made another version with lime juice and peppers with salsa and they were my favorite. So, let your imagination run wild with these! Don’t be afraid to really test your taste limits! Don’t forget to share what you put in your tacos! These will be a family fave! Enjoy!

XOXO

Erica

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Fudgey Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are super moist and yummy, and even better…easy to make! For these delish sweets, you will need the following:

2 C of your favorite plant milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond)

2/3 C of vegetable oil or melted coconut oil

2 tsp of vanilla extract

2 1/2 C of your favorite flour (I used organic all purpose)

2 C of coconut sugar (can substitute other)

3/4 C of cocoa powder

1 tsp of salt

1 tsp of apple cider vinegar

2 tsp of baking soda

Preheat your oven to 350 and mix the oil and sugar together. Next add the vanilla, flour and cocoa. Blend well, and then add the vinegar and baking soda. Mix just enough until blended. Grease your cupcake tin and bake for 20-30 minutes. As ovens vary, I suggest looking at the 20 minute mark and if not done adding 5 minutes. I always pull out if there is just a spot of batter on the knife because it will solidify while it cools. These are yummy without frosting (I frosted some and left some bare), but if you want to add frosting, I used the one from my Coconut Lemon Cake (which you can find on here). If you would prefer a healthier frosting, mix 1/2 C of coconut oil, 1/2 C water, 1 Tbsp of vanilla extract, 2 C of avocado, 1/2 C of cocoa powder, 1 C of powdered sugar, and a couple pinches of salt. Wait until cupcakes are cool, then frost (or not) and enjoy!

XOXO

Erica

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Grove Shipment #2

Y’all I am still loving being a part of the Grove Collaborative community! Got my second shipment and again I was not disappointed! Still have great prices and love that it all gets shipped to my door! Plus I yet again got some freebies thrown into the mix! Don’t forget to check them out! You will get some awesome gifts in your order too! And lets be honest, who doesn’t like shopping from their pj’s sans bra or brushed teeth, and getting the items delivered to your doorstep with some free stuff!?!?!

XOXO

Erica

Use this link to get your free 5-piece gift set!

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Lasagna Rolls

I am a carb person! I love hearty dishes with pasta, garlic bread, and pastries. Just because I went Vegan doesn’t mean I have to give up on these comfort foods of mine. I always get excited when I can have a soul warming dish that tastes good and is heathy too, not only for me but for the animals who weren’t harmed for the meal as well! These lasagna rolls are so delicious and my 5 year old gobbled them up! For this recipe you will need:

Whole wheat lasagna noodles

8 oz of sliced mushrooms

1 clove of garlic minced ( or dry garlic to taste)

1 Tbsp of olive oil

1 15.5 oz jar of marinara sauce (or make your own by blending up some tomatoes, onions, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper)

10 oz of fresh or frozen spinach

8 oz of vegan nut ricotta cheese ( I used mozzarella because I had it on hand)

1/2 Tbsp of nutritional yeast

1/4 tsp of salt and pepper

2 Tbsp of fresh basil

Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees and cook noodles according to package. Put your oil in a pan and sauté the garlic and mushrooms until browned. Add in your marinara sauce and bring to a boil and then simmer until the sauce is thickened. Stir your spinach, vegan cheese, salt, pepper, and yeast until blended in a big bowl. Take your noodles and spoon the spinach mixture onto the noodles and roll up and place them seam side down in a greased 9inch baking dish. Poor the mushroom sauce over the rolled noodles and any extra spinach mixture you have on top and place in the oven

for about 20 minutes or until its bubbly. Sprinkle with basil, serve, and enjoy!

:Recipe provided by emeals

XOXO

Erica

Baked Eggplant with Quinoa

This recipe is so delicious I can’t even explain it! It is healthy, filling, and of course vegan. But to all lovers of food, vegan or not, you will want to cook this recipe time and again! It may look complex, but it is super easy to make. Inspired by emeals, this is now a favorite in our house! To make this delicious meal you will need:

1 eggplant

olive oil (you will use 1tbs for the eggplant and 1tbs for the quinoa)

1 C of quinoa ( I used red)

1 can of garbanzo beans

1/2 of a large cucumber

1 can of fire roasted tomatoes

3 tbsp of parsley (fresh or dried)

2 chopped green onions

2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice

Bottle of vegan dressing to drizzle (I used Annie’s Goddess dressing)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and cut your eggplant in half lengthwise. Place cut side faced up on a pan and brush 1 tbsp of olive oil on each half of the eggplant. While you are waiting for the oven to preheat, put two cups of water and the 1 cup of quinoa in a pot. Pop the eggplant in the oven, wait for your quinoa to boil and when it does, turn it down to a simmer and cover. Both the eggplant and the quinoa should take about 20 minutes (just check to see if they are both tender every 10 minutes or so). While that is cooking, chop your green onions, and your cucumbers into half moons. Drain your fire roasted tomatoes, and drain and rinse your garbanzo beans. When the quinoa is done, add your onion, cucumbers, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, parsley, and your two tablespoons of lemon juice and stir. I also added a little salt and pepper. Plate your eggplant and spoon on the quinoa mixture and then drizzle with dressing and enjoy! Remember this recipe is for 2 people, so double if you are making for more (although if your eggplant is big enough you could half each side).

XOXO

Erica

 

Vegan Lemon Coconut Cake

I made this the other day for my husbands birthday and it was super yummy. Note this is a very tasty cake, I went all out on this one! It is sweet and sugary and not meant to be healthy lol. Usually I do not use a lot of sugar in my recipes but hey, ya gotta live every once in a while. I will say that I did substitute stevia (sweet leaf) in place of sugar. For this recipe you will need the following:

Cake:

2C of flour

1  1/2C of sugar

3/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 C of banana or apple sauce (to replace 3 eggs)

2/3C oil

2/3C fresh lemon juice

3/4C tofutti sour cream (or another vegan sour cream

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add your egg replacement, oil and lemon juice and beat until smooth. Finally add the sour cream and mix until smooth (I added coconut flakes in here as well, so this is optional). Place in two 8 inch pans for 20-25 minutes. While that is baking, make your frosting and curd if you are making it. When the cakes are done and cooled, cut each in half put the lemon curd on the first layer and then place the next cake on top, layer with the lemon butter cream, and then put the next cake on top with the lemon curd. Place the last cake on top and frost.

 

Filling:

One jar of lemon fruit filling, or you can make your own. I already had the jar on hand and it was one less step to do. But if you are making your own curd;

1/4C lemon juice

2 tsp of lemon zest

1/3C sugar

3 tbsp of earth balance butter (or other vegan butter)

about 8tbs of apple sauce to replace 4 egg yolks ( you can also use the juice from a can of garbanzo beans).

Cominine all ingredients in a metal or glass bowl above a boiling pot (or in a double boiler), heat while constantly whisking. It’s done when it is thick enough to coat a spoon. Refrigerate while baking cake.

Frosting (this is the best frosting ever)!!!!!

1 1/2C of vegan butter

1 1/2C of vegetable shortening (I used coconut)

12C (about 1 bag) of confectioners sugar

3tsp of lemon zest

6 tbsp of lemon juice

3/4 tsp of vanilla

Combine shortening and butter and beat until smooth. Add half of the powdered sugar one cup at a time until combined. Add lemon juice, zest, and vanilla until combined. Add the remaining powdered sugar until smooth. If needed, add a tablespoon of water until desired consistency.