Carrot Noodles with Vegan Garlic Cream Sauce

Did daylight savings hit anyone else like a brick? Cuz it definitely hit me like one. Between the darkness, the cold, work, and school, I’ve been crunched for cooking time lately.

BUT.

That will never stop me from getting my healthy meals in. Especially when I’ve got this recipe in my toolbelt.

I’m absolutely OBSESSED with making carrot noodles lately because literally all you do is take a giant carrot and peel it up until there’s nothing left. Then, throw it all in a pan, pop the lid on, and a few minutes later: BOOM. Noodles. Anddddd, pair them with this vegan garlic cream sauce (that also takes 2 minutes to make) and you have an instant delicious and nutricious meal. Need I say more?

And who doesn’t love a good vegan cream sauce? I can never pass it up. I always make extra and keep it in a jar in the fridge so whenever I’m hungry but feeling lazy I’ll just pour it on whatever veggie noodles I have on hand that day! Easy. As. Pie.

Enjoy, my peeps, and have a spectacular Tuesday!

Carrot Noodles with Vegan Garlic Cream Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 large carrots, peeled
  • ½ cup soaked cashews
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • pinch paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp tapioca flour
  • sliced tomato and basil (optional)
  • Sliced chicken (optional)

Directions

  1. To make the carrot noodles, I use a carrot peeler and just peel the carrots until I have nothing left to peel.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add your carrot noodles and cover. Allow them to steam and cook for about 2-3 minutes (until tender). Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a high-powered blender, add your cashews, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, nutritional yeast, onion powder, paprika, and salt. Blend for about 30 seconds, until completely smooth.
  4. Transfer the sauce to a pot and whisk in the tapioca flour. Heat over medium-low while whisking until it barely comes to a simmer. It should have thickened by this point. Remove from the heat.
  5. Add your sauce to your carrot noodles and top with tomatoes, basil, and/or chicken if you’d like. Enjoy!

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DF and GF Peanut Butter and Banana Chunk Pancakes

Today my morning consisted of a sprint workout, weights, yoga, laundry, and cleaning my entire apartment top to bottom SO yes I made the most massive breakfast of all time and YES I’m gonna eat every last bite cuz ya girl deserves it.

Breakfast is what motivates me to get through my morning every day (since I don’t eat until noon usually, check out my post on intermittent fasting for more deets on that) so this morning to treat myself I made scrambled eggs with avocado, sliced strawberries, and peanut butter banana oat pancakes. Breakfast. Of. Freakin. Champs. And it did not disappoint.

These pancakes, more specifically, were the actual bomb. I might make them again for dinner because yeah, I deserve breakfast for dinner too! Anyways, they’re tasty, filling, good for ya, and dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free so it doesn’t get much better than that!!

Happy Tuesday my peeps!

DF and GF Peanut Butter and Banana Chunk Pancakes

  • Servings: About 4 Pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 smashed banana, still kinda chunky
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour (plus more if batter seems runny)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • Extra peanut butter and/or banana for on top (optional)
  • Maple syrup for on top (optional)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat a large non-stick pan or non-stick griddle over medium high heat.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, add your banana, eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla together until combined.
  3. In another bowl, combine your oat flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Add the batter in your ideal pancake sized amounts to the pan or griddle and cook until there are lots of bubbles on top (about a minute) then flip and cook for another minute or so on the other side.
  6. Remove to a plate once the pancakes are fully cooked and add your toppings if you choose to. Enjoy!


Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls

I may or may not be the only person in the world like this, but growing up (and to this day) I’ve actually always prefered cinnamon raisin cookies to chocolate chip…. Anyone out there crazy too or just me?

Anyways, not only is the actually cookie better in my opinion, but oh my… the cookie dough? MMMMMM. Impeccable. I can’t get enough of the stuff! So when I decided to make a healthy version of it, I was a little hesitant because I knew how dangerous it would be. I may lose all self control and start eating the stuff by the batch. Yikes.

When I was little I was the same way with cookie dough, I was always eating it by the spoonful at Christmas-time while Mom was doing her best to fend me off and make Christmas cookies. But one fateful day I actually got salmonella poisoning from eating raw cookie dough and had to be hospitalized for a week. Yeah, so now you know it’s not just some made up story parents tell you to scare you off. That stuff actually happens. And it is NOT a good time.

But nowwwwww, since this recipe is dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free (and egg free), I can eat all I want without having to worry about another trip to the hospital! TBH I’ve made this, not even bothered to roll it into balls, and brought it with me in a jar to a movie and I ate the whole darn thing. The only repercussion was I was very full. But that I can definitely handle.

Okay that’s enough rambling from me for one day, I’ll letcha get on with your lives. And I promise I’m working on a chocolate chip cookie dough recipe too for everyone out there who isn’t like me BUT do yourselves a favor and give this one a try too because it’s da bombbbbbb.

Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls

  • Servings: 8 Balls
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • ¼ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp MCT oil (or virgin coconut oil)
  • 1 Tbsp no sugar added applesauce
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp raisins

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a bowl and mix together until everything is thoroughly combined.
  2. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon worth of dough and roll into a ball. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  3. Store in the fridge and enjoy!


Cashew-Based Vegan Ranch Dressing

Have you ever know anyone growing up who literally put ranch dressing on everything?

Yep. That was me.

I kid you not if it was dippable I was dipping it in ranch. Carrots, pizza, chicken, you name it. I ranched it.

Anyways, flash forward to now. It has been years since I ranched anything 1. due to my wonderful dairy intolerance and 2. because ranch dressing on everything isn’t exactly the best thing for you.

BUT. I recently decided to embark on a Bailey-friendly version of ranch dressing to dip my veggies in because I’ve been eating way too much hummus and frankly I’m just ready to have ranch dressing back in my life. Soooooooo, I introduce to you, the MOST delicious and easy cashew-based ranch dressing EVAAAA!!!!!

Not even being dramatic guys, this is so good. I made a whole batch and we finished the entire thing that night. There wasn’t even time for a picture. Oh well, that just meant I had to make another batch to photograph (and then eat soon afterwards). So, my fellow ranchies out there, please enjoy this delicious healthified dip and have a fantastic day.

Cashew-Based Vegan Ranch Dressing

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup raw cashews
  • ¾ cup cashew milk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¾ tsp onion powder
  • 3 Tbsp fresh dill

Directions

  1. Soak your cashews in hot water for 30 minutes.
  2. While your cashews are soaking, add the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to the cashew milk and let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse the cashews three times, then add to a blender with the milk mixture, water, salt, garlic, and onion powder. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add the dill and pulse to gently blend it in, but be careful not to overdo the blending or your sauce will turn green!
  5. Store in the fridge 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!