I am shocked it took me this long to write another cupcake recipe. After all, I am the self-proclaimed king of cupcakes! What flavor pairings do I crave? What kind of frosting would I want? How do Dark Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes sound!? (Now I just have to figure out how to stop myself from eating them all!)
I was always hesitant to try cooking Spaghetti Squash in the oven. Having worked in a health-food store for years, I constantly heard how delicious it was, but refused to believe it! The thought of a vegetable trying to replace my all-time favorite carb was eerie. HOWEVER! I’m here to assure you that if you haven’t yet tried spaghetti squash, you’re seriously missing out!
As much as I love wheat-based pasta, I can’t really stuff my face with it everyday.. I was amazed to find how well Spaghetti Squash satisfies my craving when it becomes too much to handle! Unsurprisingly, this vegetable quickly became a staple in our dinner-recipe repertoire!
Our household goes through bananas at an alarming rate. With Cameron and I munching a couple a day, and Athena getting the occasional bite or two, we end up running out quite often. I will sometimes even make a trip to the grocery store just to replenish our stock! (*Insert “dad joke” here about our consumption being “bananas”).
But, what happens when you overstock and they start to turn brown? Don’t throw them away! Mash those babies up into Vegan Banana Bread Muffins!
When I brainstorm new recipes to try, the first thing I look at is what produce is in season. Aside from testing me with ever-changing ingredients, buying in-season also happens to be cheaper, easier on the environment, and healthier for us!
Grapefruits are in season now and they look amazing. Even better, they were on a great sale! I ended up buying a four pound bag, reminiscing of the delicious taste.. Unfortunately, I quickly discovered that the happy memories were completely made-up. The first bite reminded me how much I reaaally don’t like the fruit. Oh no!!
Determined, I tried broiling grapefruit with a cinnamon-sugar topping. People keep claiming it “reduces the tartness”, yeah right! It was basically just extremely hot (just as bitter) grapefruit.
And thus, the Tangy Grapefruit Smoothie Recipe was born!
Even though it’s only February, it has already been in the upper 80ºs here in Arizona, perfect smoothie weather! I love using smoothies as a way to sneak healthy, (semi-unappetizing) food into my diet! Whether it’s Kale, Beets, Spinach… or even Grapefruit.
Speaking of, everyone here seems to be getting this weird “end-of-season” cold/flu thing, so I am loving the impressive nutritional profile. One medium Grapefruit alone provides more than 100% of your daily Vitamin C! I was amazed to find how delicious the grapefruit becomes when paired deliciously in a smoothie. When naturally sweetened with organic frozen fruit (never sugar in a smoothie!), the bitterness becomes more of a slight tang! This tasty grapefruit smoothie is absolutely irresistible way to kick off smoothie season!
- No matter what kind of smoothie, always include an omega source, greens, healthy fats, and a protein source (isolated, or whole-food)
- Place the greens on the bottom of the blender to ensure smoothness
- I prefer to use frozen produce, as it eliminates the need for ice. (Contrary to popular belief, freezing produce actually preserves nutrients, rather than deteriorating during shipping and aging.)
- You can save your fresh greens from spoiling by freezing! Simply wash, tear into large chunks, and freeze (storing in a ziplock). These pre-frozen bits are just as good as the fresh variety!
Before we get to the Jalapeno Mac and Cheese recipe, I want to get one thing straight… I never thought I would live a completely plant-based lifestyle.
That being said, vegetarianism was easy-peasy! I never enjoyed the taste of meat. I simply switched out proteins, dressing the meal up exactly the same. I felt renewed! Digestive woes had begun to subdue, and I lost some excess body fat.
Unfortunately, it was still normal for me to binge eat entire boxes of Cheez-Its (sorry mom!). Each time being reminded of why I never wanted to be a vegan. I grew up smothering cheese on everything!
I’m talking about the giant bags of Costco brand “Mexican Blend” in our fridge 100% of the time!
Turns out, cheese is chock full of naturally occurring chemicals called Casomorphins. These cause a “morphine-like addiction” with symptoms of “sedation, sleep induction, and depression“. This completely explains the feeling of physical addiction. It feels like deprivation at first, but after a few short weeks I was free of the strong desire to smother it on everything.
Going vegan would have been way less intimidating if I had known beforehand!
Long story short…
I still love the taste of cheese, especially if I have the munchies 😉 ! Nothing is worse than a bad Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe makeover. It’s practically an insult to call the that typically bland, goopy mess “Mac N Cheese”!! This is why I am completely ecstatic to share this Vegan Jalapeno Mac and Cheese recipe. The creamy, cheesyness of this recipe has yet to be beat! The nutritional yeast and spices do an excellent job turning the soaked cashews into a thick, creamy “cheese” sauce. Jalapenos complete the recipe by adding the perfect amount of heat!
The recipe is actually my partner’s, and luckily the heat is completely adjustable. His recipe originally included one Jalapeno (seeds included) and I could barely tolerate the heat. He stealthily increased the amount each time. Months later I asked why it seemed to be a tad bit hotter, he informed me that a full six jalapeños were used. Woah!
Also, despite the hesitation, I just celebrated my five-year veganniversary. I have never been so happy in my life 🙂