Easy Spice Mix Guide

A huge misconception that people have is that healthy food is bland or unsatisfying or just plain boring… Not true!!

Spices really elevate a dish into something fantastic. These spice mixes can serve as a base for many dishes. They’re great to add to ROASTED VEGETABLES, mashed potatoes, SOUR CREAM (makes a great dip), pasta, and more.

Cajun Spice Blend

2 tbs cumin + 2 tbs coriander + 2 tbs paprika + 1 1/2 tsp salt + 2 tsp pepper + 1 tbs oregano + cayenne pepper to taste

Chili Seasoning

2 tbs chili powder + 1 tsp cumin + 1 tsp coriander + 1 tsp garlic powder + 1/2 tsp onion powder + 1/2 tsp salt

Taco Seasoning

@ tbs + 2 tsp cumin + 1 tsp onion powder + 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder + 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper + 1 tsp salt + 1/2 tsp oregano

Greek Spice Blend

1 tbs garlic power + 1 tbs dried basil + 2 tbs oregano + 1 tsp salt + 2 tsp pepper + 2 tsp dried sparsely + 2 tsp rosemary + 1 tsp dried thyme

Pumpkin Spice Blend

1/4 c ground cinnamon + 3 tsp ground ginger + 2 tsp nutmeg + 1 tsp ground cloves

Chicago Diner

Chicago Diner is heaven on earth. The menu is all meat-free (since ’83)! Tons of options are gluten-free and all of them are easily made vegan.

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Reuben and Sweet Potato Fries (V) My all time favorite. The flavorful corned beef seitan, grilled onions and peppers, tangy sauerkraut, vegan creamy thousand island and cheese, on marbled rye make this a knock-out. ($12.00, served with pickle and side) (5/5)

Terrarium Tutorial

 Add a little green to your indoor space with an eye-catching terrarium! Living in apartments in Chicago for 4+ years really made me miss greenery and fresh air. These little guys were a great solution (along with a whole windowsill of herbs but that’s for another day..).

 Making your own terrarium is fun and easy! They should be equally as easy to maintain (however, if you run into issues with mold or growth – don’t feel bad! It’s happened to me before too!) No matter the climate in your home, when given a healthy dose of indirect light and a light spritz of water now and then, your terrarium will be happy as a clam.  Continue reading

What’s Your Why?

Let your vision drive your transformation. Create the life your imagine.

Goals are important. They give you the action steps, the ‘how’. Vision, on the other hand, is the ‘WHY’. Create your own vision that embodies your values.

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Be specific and clear. Identify your core values, your passions, your purpose, and how you envision your life. This vision may shift over time and that’s okay. The aim is to always have one so you know WHY you’re doing what you do and keep moving forward.

What’s your why?

Chia Seed Egg

When you think about it, most baked goods are just different combinations of the same few ingredients. Puddings, cakes, cookies, pies, and breads are all made from a few versatile ingredients (primarily flour, sugar, eggs, milk).

Vegan baking is made much easier by the variety of milk alternatives and the ease of making flax and chia eggs. Continue reading

Cashew Sour Cream

I love the creaminess of sour cream and this dairy free, homemade version doesn’t disappoint. Depending what I’m using it for, I like to add spices (cayenne, dill, dried green onions, etc) to mix it up! From chili to carb cakes, I use this on everything.


 

Vegan Sour Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews

  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup water

Directions

  1. Place 1 cup cashews in a cup or small bowl and cover by about 1/2 inch with boiling water. Let soak 30 minutes.
  2. Drain cashews and place in a blender with
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1/4 cup water.
  1. Blend until very smooth, adding more water as required to purée the mixture. It takes a while so keep going until smooth.

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