Pumpkin pie protein shake

It’s that time of year where pumpkin-flavored items are dominating the grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, and coffee shops. You can’t escape it. And you don’t want to, because it’s delicious. Call me basic, I don’t care.

Most of those delicious pumpkin treats are loaded with sugar, and have little nutritional value.

Here is where I step in, introducing you to a thick & creamy shake that tastes like pumpkin pie. It’s also loaded with protein and fiber to keep you full, and doesn’t contain a ton of added sugar. Oh, and it’s also vegan. You’re welcome.

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Lemony black bean salad

Cilantro has been growing like a weed lately out in the backyard. Since I don’t use it too often in my cooking, I tried giving some of it away. A friend of mine agreed to take some, but then forgot to grab it on her way out the door. Now I have handfuls of cilantro that I need to use.

The humidity has been so overwhelming. I still don’t want to have to turn on the oven, or stand over a hot stove. So this cilantro needed to find its way into a salad.

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Sweet & sour slow cooker cabbage rolls

sweet & sour slow cooker cabbage rolls
comfort food at its finest!

 

This summer has been unbearably hot and humid as of late. I like the heat, but when coupled with this extreme humidity it has been almost crippling. I also only have air conditioning in two rooms of my house, leaving the other rooms sweltering when I walk through the door. The humidity practically smacks you in the face. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do on such a hot and humid day is keep my oven on.

Enter: the slow cooker.

I am completely obsessed with my crockpot. I received it as a gift for my bridal shower two years ago, and I have probably used it (at least) once a week since then. It is perfect for busy work days, when I just toss some ingredients in and let it work its magic. Boom, a home cooked meal that is ready to be devoured once I get home. Another big perk to using the crockpot is that it doesn’t heat up the house. And that is something I definitely did not want to do.

But what was I going to make?

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Lemon basil gelato with blackberry jam swirl

lemon basil gelato with blackberry jam swirl
Big bowl o’ yum.

 

We don’t have a large backyard, but the space we have is occupied by my husband’s “farm”.

He is a city kid with the soul of a country boy.

When we moved in to our house two years ago, he immediately started making plans with what should be done with the back yard space. He basically wants to grow every type of fruit and vegetable that can survive in the northeast.

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Summer time = ice cream cravings

ALMOND COCONUT ICE CREAM
                     ALMOND COCONUT ICE CREAM

 

Actually… if you are anything like me, you have ice cream cravings year-round.

However, there are two problems I face:

  1. I am lactose intolerant, and
  2. I am trying VERY hard to eat healthy.

Here is a little background on myself, and this current dilemma I’m facing…

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