December 17, 2014

Black Bean Salsa

This is an awesome make-ahead salsa, as it tastes even better after it marinates for a few hours. It'd be a great addition to your Super Bowl party - fresh, but hearty! I love this flavor profile so much. Just can't seem to get enough of the cilantro-lime-cumin combination, especially when it's paired with black beans. Go ahead and spice it up with some cayenne or smoky chipotle powder if you wish, or top it off with some diced avocado right before serving!

Vegan, gluten-free
Adapted from Fresh Every Day Cookbook
Makes 2 1/2 cups

15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tomatoes
2 green onions
Optional: red bell pepper, jalapeno, etc.

{For the dressing}
3 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. agave/honey
1 tsp. cumin
Salt to taste

Make the dressing: place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
Dice tomato and slice green onion.
In a medium bowl, combine tomato, green onion, and black beans.
Pour dressing over top and toss to combine.
Can serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Stir before serving as juices settle. Also great topped with avocado!

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December 9, 2014

Spread Cheer and win a Target gift card!

Sometimes even the smallest acts of kindness can be immeasurable. I love to think of good deeds as the ignition for a chain reaction of smiles and positivity; a seed of joy that spreads and grows exponentially. A single act of kindness can quickly become a beautiful, intricate network of people connected through positive vibes. What's magical is that it doesn't have to be something grand. Even the seemingly smallest actions can have a substantial impact. So let's get out there and spread joy and positivity during the holiday season and beyond!

A Few Ideas
Give to child in need (Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, etc.)
Visit a nursing home or retirement center
Write a simple note of thanks to someone you appreciate
Send a surprise gift in the mail
Take a meal to someone in need
Volunteer or donate to an animal shelter
Pay for a stranger's bill in a checkout line, restaurant, etc.
Donate to food or clothing drives
Host a vegan holiday dinner ;)

After igniting your own chain reaction of cheer, come back and tell me about it to win a $25 Target gift card. I'm so excited to hear all the joy you're spreading!

Entry Details
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Tell me about your good deed
Entry deadline is December 26 at 12:00 AM (eastern)
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December 2, 2014

Lentil Spinach Soup

It's no secret I have an insatiable appetite for soup year round, but in the winter somehow my cravings kick into even higher gear. I make at least one giant batch a week, so I'm always sure to have some on hand. Lentil soup is always a favorite, and definite crowd pleaser. Hearty and flavorful enough for meat-lovers, but still vegan and every bit delicious - this one spiked with cumin and smoked paprika. I love that it's so simple yet nutrient-dense. Lentils are inexpensive and such a healthy option, packed with fiber, protein, and iron. Not to mention the small mountain of spinach which adds vitamins, calcium, and folate. If you like preparing freezer meals, this is an awesome choice to stash away for a busy night. Soup for you!

Vegan, gluten-free
Serves 6-8

1 onion
3 carrots
4-5 cloves garlic
2 cups dry lentils (green or brown)
15 oz. can diced tomatoes (or fresh)
4 cups vegetable broth
3 cups water
4-5 oz. spinach
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. salt, more to taste

Dice onion and carrot.
In a large stockpot over medium heat, saute onion and carrot for about 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, mince garlic and rinse lentils.
Add garlic, cumin, paprika, and salt to stockpot. Saute 1 minute.
Add broth, water, tomatoes, and lentils.
Increase heat and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes or until lentils are tender.
Meanwhile, roughly chop spinach.
Add spinach during last couple minutes of cooking.
Salt to taste.

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