December 5, 2017

Vegan Corn and Potato Chowder

One of my husband's favorite recipes! Creamy, cheesy, smoky Vegan Corn & Potato Chowder 💛 I posted the recipe years ago but wanted to revive it with some fresh new photos because we love it so much. I always have fun veganizing old comfort food favorites - I find I enjoy them even more with healthier, fresh ingredients. This creamy chowder only has 8 simple ingredients, is super easy to assemble, and rich with cozy, comforting flavors. (I love that golden/cheesy broth!) Hope you enjoy it too!

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Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free
Serves about 4-6

1 onion
8-10 small red potatoes (about 2 lbs. or 4-5 cups diced)
3-4 cloves garlic
3 cups corn (frozen or fresh)
3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups plain almond milk, unsweetened
2/3 cup nutritional yeast (I use this brand)
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
Salt/pepper to taste
Optional: fresh chives or green onions for garnish

Dice onion. In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, saute onion in 3 Tbsp. broth/water for about 7-8 minutes.
Meanwhile, mince garlic and cut potatoes into about 3/4" chunks.
Add potatoes and smoked paprika to pot. Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add broth, milk, corn, and nutritional yeast. Increase heat and bring to a light boil.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Salt/pepper to taste, and add more nutritional yeast if desired.
Leave as is, or blend some for a creamier texture. (I like to blend about half with an immersion blender.)
Garnish with fresh chives, green onion, etc. if desired.

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November 30, 2017

Orzo Salad with Spinach & Tomato

I love color-coordinating food with the holidays! This dish makes me think happy Christmas thoughts with that beautiful red & green on a white orzo backdrop. It's a fun way to change up your holiday meal game - even though it may be a bit non-traditional, the color burst makes it feel so festive! 💗💚  It's an easy dish to make (only 7 ingredients and 30 minutes!) and is actually even better when made ahead of time, giving the flavors a chance to blend and intensify. Hope you love it as much as we do! Wishing you happy (bright & colorful!) holidays! 🎄

Vegan, gluten-free (with gf orzo), oil-free
Makes about 4-6 side servings

1 cup uncooked orzo
3-4 cups fresh baby spinach
8 oz. grape tomatoes
3 green onions

{For the dressing}
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. dried basil
1/8 tsp. salt, more to taste

Cook orzo: boil 2 cups water with some salt. Add 1 cup orzo, and let cook for 10-15 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, make the dressing. Mince garlic. Add garlic, vinegar, basil, and salt to a small bowl. Whisk/stir to combine. Set aside.
Halve/quarter the tomatoes. Slice green onions. Roughly chop spinach if desired.
In a large bowl place spinach, tomatoes, and green onion.
When orzo is cooked, drain and immediately add to bowl. Stir well for a minute. (The heat from the orzo will lightly wilt the spinach.)
Pour dressing over top and toss to combine.
Recommended: cover and let sit in fridge for an hour before serving - the flavors get a chance to blend and intensify!

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November 28, 2017

Giving Tuesday: Awesome Ways To Get Involved!

We're hot off the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a couple of the biggest shopping days of the year. It's a perfect time to reset with Giving Tuesday - where charities, families, businesses, etc. come together to celebrate and encourage giving. I love it because anyone, anywhere can get involved and give back in a way that's meaningful to them. It doesn't have to be monetary donations either - giving your time, offering your services or expertise, and simple acts of kindness are all fantastic and meaningful ways to get involved. Everybody has something they can give, and every act makes a difference! 😊

There's an awesome search tool on the website, where you can find local nonprofits within your own community. See the search page here and enter your city/state to find out what's going on near you. It's a really cool way to learn about and get involved with causes right in your own community!


There are so many incredible organizations out there doing amazing things. (Hooray!) Two that are especially near and dear to my heart:

 The Barn Sanctuary (in my beautiful home state of Michigan) 
Heartland Farm Sanctuary (located in Madison, WI)

I had the privilege of visiting Heartland Farm Sanctuary with my husband and daughter a couple years ago and it was an absolutely unforgettable experience. (You can see photos from our farm tour here.) I highly recommend visiting a farm sanctuary and would love to hear about it if you do!


On each farm sanctuary site linked above, you can find options to donate, sponsor animals, volunteer your time, and often other creative ways to get involved. One of my favorite ways to help is through their Amazon wish list! (Because how cool is it to buy a Christmas gift for a cow or goat?!) The sanctuaries make a list of the exact items needed so you can browse, purchase, and have it shipped right to them. So awesome! See their wish lists here:


Also quickly worth noting is the Amazon Smile program. When you sign up and shop through Amazon smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchase to your selected charity. There are almost 1 million charitable organizations to choose from (and both these farm sanctuaries I mentioned are eligible). It's an easy way to give back just through purchases you make (you know, if Amazon's your thing) 😉

I'd LOVE to hear your favorite nonprofits and how you celebrate #GivingTuesday! I encourage you to find your passion and put it to work to make the world a better place, today and everyday 🌍💖 -Kaitlin