Asparagus has been considered a medicinal vegetable for thousands of years and contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It's rich in A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as folate, iron, copper, calcium, protein, and fiber.

One of my favorite ways to eat asparagus is tossed in a little almond meal (I get mine at Trader Joe's - it's the best!) and salt and pepper. It's a great way to up your asparagus game in a matter of minutes. Bake in the oven for a quick toast and pair it with a yummy sauce such as a lemon-tahini sauce. A fast and healthy side dish to go with lunch or dinner!

Almond Coated Roasted Asparagus with Lemon-Tahini Sauce

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 tsp salt, separated

1/2 tsp black pepper, separated

8 oz. fresh asparagus (ends cut off)

1/2 of a lemon

1/4 cup tahini

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp cashew milk

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

4 tsp pure maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl combine the almond meal, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper.

3. Place asparagus on a large plate and squeeze the lemon juice all over. Add a few asparagus to the almond mixture and coat evenly. Transfer to the baking sheet allowing space between each. Repeat with the remaining asparagus.

4. Bake for 10 minutes or until tender but still firm.

5. Make the sauce. In a small bowl, combine the tahini, mustard, milk, lemon juice, syrup, and remaining 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve on top or on the side with the roasted asparagus.



Updated: Jun 11, 2019



Good morning friends! Popping in to share one of my recent favorite breakfast sandwiches that I've been loving lately! It's so healthy and easy to put together...and it has bacon! Well, the vegan version of bacon of course! COCONUT BACON!

Last Fall I went to Charlotte Veg Fest which is a very popular vegan festival that travels all across the country and there was a booth selling Coconut Bacon by the vegan company, Phoney Baloney. I had never tried it before but I thought it might be delicious on salads and stuff so I purchased a bag to take home. O.M.G. It is incredible you guys! I could not believe how much it tastes like bacon. It's smokey, salty, crispy and so flavorful! Matt absolutely loves it!


I'm a big big fan. If you like bacon you have to try this. It's a lot healthier and has a ton less fat. And not to mention, cruelty free.

Real bacon might be tasty to most, but it's a processed meat. And we know that in 2015 the WHO listed processed meats (bacon, lunch meat, salami, hot dogs, etc.) as a Level 1 Carcinogen (known to cause cancer) right on up there with tobacco and asbestos. It's not good for you and does not promote health and vitality.

It's no wonder more and more people are jumping on a whole food plant based diet and lifestyle. The Standard American Diet is deadly. A whole food plant based vegan diet is good for our health, the animals, and the environment. It's also more satisfying and nutritious. I love this lifestyle so much!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and get inspired to try something a little more healthy and vibrant in the mornings to kick start your day!


Avocado & Coconut Bacon Breakfast Sandwich on a Toasted Ezekiel Bread English Muffin

English muffin (I use Ezekiel sprouted grain bread by Follow Your Life)

Avocado

Vegan mayo

Lettuce or Spinach

Tomato, sliced

Red onion, sliced

Coconut bacon

Pepper

Toast the bread, then add some vegan mayo to one side and the smashed avocado and ground pepper to the other side. Top with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a sprinkle of coconut bacon. I also like to add sriracha at the end too for some extra spice! I love this sandwich with a side of chopped fruit like fresh nectarines or fresh plums. It's a great way to get in more fruit and it adds even more nutrition to your day. A healthy well balanced meal!



Updated: Jun 11, 2019


Over the weekend I made these delicious oatmeal raisin cookies. They are so tasty! Husband approved too!

Matt and I even packed a few in our snack bag and enjoyed them on our hike around Lake Norman on Sunday. After a lot of exercise, these really hit the spot.

For this recipe I used organic whole grain flour (I love Bob's Red Mill flours the best!) and they came out so good! I always like to use whole grain flours as much as possible since it has more fiber and nutrients but sometimes it can make things a little more dense but these came out light and fluffy! I was pleasantly surprised at how well it all came together.

They are chewey and soft with some chunks of walnuts (a great source of Omega-3's) throughout. And lightly sweet. A perfect cookie to dunk in some unsweetened almond milk! Yum! I hope you enjoy this recipe!


Oatmeal Raisin & Walnut Cookies // Vegan

1 cup organic whole grain flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup vegan stick butter - room temperature or slightly melted (I like Earth Balance)

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup organic cane sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened regular almond milk

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup raisins

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

3. In a large bowl or kitchen aid mixer, beat the butter (make sure it's softened), brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the almond milk and vanilla. It might look a little curdled at this point but it's okay. Lastly, beat in the flour until well combined.

4. Gently fold in in the oats, raisins, and walnuts.

5. Use heaping tablespoons to portion out the cookies onto the baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between each cookie. Bake one sheet at a time until cookies look dry and are browned on the edges. About 15-17 minutes. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes or so before transferring them to a cooling rack. Enjoy warm with some plant milk!



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