The MOST Delicious Vegan Mozzarella Pizza From never Scratch

K never ordering pizza ever again because nothing will top this pizza that we made for lunch today (except maybe a pizza from Italy, they probs have me beat).

I came to realize that I was stressing myself out trying to eat too healthy all the time, so this year this girl is gonna treat herself when she wants to. AND I just got a fantastic new job so today we had to celly, obviously. And this really isn’t even too bad for you if ya think about it because I made the dough from scratch so I knew exactly what was going into my body. Boom.

All the dough has in it is organic unbleached flour, yeast, EVOO, water, and and then we topped this beautiful babe with tomato sauce, tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, For The Love of Cheese dairy free plant based buffalo motzahrella (SO GOOD), arugula, and a little bit of fresh grated parmesan. Then we baked it in a cast iron skillet at 550 F for about 15 minutes and then bam: heaven on the tastebuds!

Happy Sunday my loves!

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The Bread-less Breakfast BLT

Ok so I absolutely DIE for a good BLT, but as I get older I find that the more bread I eat, the less my joints work. Sounds weird, but I’m telling you every time I eat bread I ache in my knees and all the places where I’ve broken bones.

So naturally, like I do with most things that don’t make me feel great, I decided to do something about it and create a BREAD-LESS breakfast BLT that’s just as amazing and delicious and easy but doesn’t make me feel like a 100 year old woman.

And the best part about this is it’s so freakin easy to make! You don’t even need to eat it as a sandwich. Chop up those tomatoes and eat it as a breakfast bowl! The deliciousness is endless. So next time you’re craving a BLT and have 10 minutes to spare, make this bad boy. You’ll thank me later.

The Bread-less Breakfast BLT

  • Servings: 2 BLTs
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced into about 1/2 inch slices
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 2 slices bacon, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add your bacon and cook, flipping occasionally, until crispy.
  2. Remove the bacon pieces to a paper towel and add the eggs to the same pan with bacon grease. Scramble the eggs and stir occasionally until the eggs are cooked.
  3. Layer your eggs, bacon, and avocado onto your tomato “buns,” season with salt and pepper, and enjoy!


Tropi-Cali Pitaya Bowl

Tropicali pitaya smoothie bowl

Every year the fam-jam vacations in California and every year I look forward to it more and more because of the plethora of options I have for smoothie bowls here hehe. As you guys probably already know, I’m absolutely out of my mind obsessed with smoothie bowls (for good reason, might I add) so obviously I’ve gotta give you a Cali inspired smoothie bowl while I’m here!

Now you can make smoothie bowls with just about anything you can freeze,  but my absolute FAVORITE types of smoothie bowls are either made with acai or pitaya (or both, which the Mad Beet in Pacific Beach so graciously has on their menu) because for starters, I la-la-la-loooove the taste, but also because they’re both superfoods containing loads upon loads of health benefits in each scrumptious spoonful.

This particular smoothie bowl that you’re feasting your eyes on happens to be a pitaya bowl, which is not only a treat to look at, but also a treat for your insides. Let me drop some nutrition facts for ya here:

  • Low cal but high in nutrients like fiber, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium, and Iron (to name a few)
  • Contains prebiotics which are crucial in maintaining a healthy gut (aka a healthy everything because gut health is life)
  • High amounts of fiber help maintain a healthy digestive system too
  • Loads of antioxidants help combat effects of free radicals and unstable molecules which could potentially cause inflammation and thus chronic disease
  • Vitamin C and other antioxidants help boost your immune system
  • Did I mention it’s, like, really pretty?

Okay so now you know how good this stuff is for you and you can see how nice is it to look at, go and make your own! You can order frozen pitaya online through Pitaya plus or I usually can find it at Whole foods (and sometimes Safeway). Enjoy 🙂

Tropi-Cali Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1 bowl
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen pink pitaya
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp granola
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 medjool date, pitted and chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh berries
  • 1 tsp unsweetened, shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Add the pitaya, coconut water, and honey to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and thick.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy!


Easy 7-Ingredient Flourless Banana Pancakes

Easy Banana oat toaster pancakes

Happy Monday everyone!!!

(Said no one ever)

Except with these pancakes in your belly it very much will be a happy Monday! These pancakes are one of my favorite go-to recipes during weeks where I know I’ll  be super busy and will need quick breakfast options becauseeeeee what you can do is whip up a big batch of these guys on Sunday and throw ’em in the fridge and then whenever you want one (or one fat stack) you just throw ’em in the toaster and viola! Instant mouthwatering-ly tasty healthy pancakes! No more need for frozen toaster pancakes or waffles that are full of junk ingredients like sugars and preservatives. You really can’t beat that.

ALSO. These sneaky little devils have all the health benefits of any breakfast you could ever dream up.

  1. You’ve got your oats in there which are a whole grain, healthy source of carbs that are rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein, and so many other nutrients AKA they are going to give you loads of sustainable energy all day long (and also keep you feeling fuller longer so you don’t have to resort to a mid-morning snack).
  2.  You’ve got your bananas which contain loads of potassium AKA a powerful electrolyte which helps maintain the balance between acids and bases in the body and is KEY in maintaining healthy muscles and bones as well as fighting fatigue and regulating your blood pressure.
  3. Egg whites. Egg whites are just incredible. They contain TONS of protein while being super low in calories, fat, and cholesterol PLUS they’re loaded with a bajillion crucial vitamins and minerals essential to healthy living.
  4. Last but not least, we’ve got some cinnamon in there. Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices because besides adding a unique sweet-spicy flavor to whatever you put it in, it’s packed with antioxidants which help fight off damage caused by free radicals and it’s great for fighting inflammation.

So basically if you want the easiest, healthiest, tastiest breakfast ever that lasts you all week, then this is the recipe for you. I GOTCHU. Enjoy 🙂

 


Easy 7-Ingredient Flourless Banana Pancakes

  • Servings: 10 Pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup organic free-range egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch sea salt
  • Maple syrup and fresh fruit to add on top (I personally LOVE strawberries with this recipe)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the maple syrup and fresh fruit to a blender and blend until everything is just combined.
  2. Meanwhile, heat up a non-stick griddle over medium heat.
  3. Pour your batter on to the griddle in about 1/3 – ½ cup sized amounts.
  4. Cook each pancake until the top looks bubbly and firm. Flip and cook for about 45 more seconds on the other side, or until you feel the pancakes is cooked throughout.
  5. Remove from the griddle and top with maple syrup and fresh fruit. Enjoy!
  6. * You can store these pancakes in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for 3 months and then just pop one in the toaster whenever you want it!



Fresh Fish Tacos with Sweet Grilled Plantains

Okay you guys. So my boyfriend and I are on vacay right now on the Oregon Coast and the other day we went deep sea fishing and caught WAY TOO MUCH TO HANDLE.

Like seriously, we caught 13 Dungeness crabs. 13. HOW ARE TWO PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO FINISH THAT ON OUR OWN?!? Oh, and on top of that? 7 rockfish. Yeah. So we’ve had ourselves quite the seafood-y past couple of days.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely la-la-la-lovin’ it! My only concern is it going bad on us before we can finish it all! You could say we bit off a little more than we could chew, to say the least.

But anyways, all this fresh seafood has been a welcome gift for the tum-tum because it’s so lean and full of protein anddddd I know there hasn’t been any weird alterations to it since it came right outta the ocean and into my belly. And I promise there will be crab recipes to come as well BUT this has been by far my favorite thing we’ve made thus far: FISH FRIGGIN TACOS 🙋🏻‍♀️

So even if you don’t have access to the ocean, go and get the freshest fish you can get your hands on and whip up some of these babies for Taco Tuesday. I promise, you’ll be thankin’ me for it.

Fresh Fish Tacos with Sweet Grilled Plantains

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh firm white fish of your choice (I used copper rockfish that we had caught earlier that day)
  • salt and pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 plantains, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 Tbsp melted virgin coconut oil
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup guacamole (you can find my recipe here)
  • chopped green onions to garnish
  • 8 corn (or cassava flour if you want grain-free) torillas

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your grill (or skillet) on medium heat. Spray or wipe on some coconut oil so your fish and plantains don’t stick.
  2. Coat your plantains in melted coconut oil then sprinkle on some salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the plantains to the grill and cook for about 15 minutes, or until tender, flipping once about halfway through.
  4. Meanwhile, season the fish with lemon juice, salt, and pepper and add to the grill. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through, flipping once about halfway through.
  5. Heat up your tortillas in the microwave or on the grill and then add your fish, kale, carrots, tomatoes, black beans, guac, and green onions to them.
  6. Serve with plantains on the side and enjoy!