Easy Summer Salad

with watermelon and cucumber

Corn-free / Dairy-free / Egg-free / Gluten-free / Nut-free / Peanut-free / Sesame-free / Soy-free

Easy and delicious Strawberries, watermelon, and cucumber salad
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THE STORY BEHIND THIS RECIPE

Have you already thought of how you will show your appreciation to you mom on Mother’s Day?

Why not this easy summer salad?!

There are hundreds of ways you can make your mom (or any mom) feel appreciated. However, the most meaningful gifts are usually the small gestures and attentions. They don’t cost anything and usually bring you closer together. Continue reading “Easy Summer Salad”

Grape Berry Smoothie

Corn-free / Dairy-free / Egg-free / Gluten-free / Nut-free / Peanut-free / Sesame-free / Soy-free

Glass of Grapes and berry smoothie
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The story behind this recipe

I have to confess something…
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Purple Carrot and Red Cabbage Slaw

Corn-free / Dairy-free / Egg-free / Gluten-free / Nut-free / Peanut-free / Sesame-free / Soy-free

Red cabbage coleslaw on corn arepa
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The weather is finally getting warmer and barbecues are in fashion again, so get ready to eat more coleslaw!

The story behind this recipe

I really like coleslaw, but it always tends to disappoint me… It is either too sweet, too acidic, too greasy (aka tons of mayo), or apple-y. and I am seriously not in the mood to play Snow White… ever!

So what do I do when I can’t have what I want the way I want it? I make it happen! Continue reading “Purple Carrot and Red Cabbage Slaw”

Pecan Banana Bread

Corn-free / Dairy-free/ Egg-free / Legume-free / Peanut-free / Sesame-seed-free / Soy-free / Vegan / Oral Allergy Syndrome safe
Note: contains PECANS and ALMOND MILK (tree nuts), but can be made nut-free

Pecan banana bread loaf just out of the oven
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The story behind this recipe

One thing we love doing on the weekend is to wake up and have coffee with something sweet while watching the news or planning our day. While this is a relaxing and pleasant way to start the day, it usually involves processed food (this girl loves her imported French biscuits!), and therefore those little bits of eggs and dairy that I should be staying away from, as well as added sugar…

Although the amount of eggs and dairy in a single cookie would not get me sick, buying packaged food means that we cannot be certain of everything that has been involved in the making of those cookies. This is very important to me as I have been trying to use more produces and natural products, and minimize the amount of artificial substances that I put in my body. In addition, since we cannot control the number of allergens that processed food has been in contact with, we cannot always safely share this little weekend routine with every friend or family member who might visit us.

So I had been looking for the best of both worlds, sweet while safer and healthier, and decided to give banana bread a try… Continue reading “Pecan Banana Bread”

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

So good you will want to eat them straight from your baking sheet!

Corn-free / Dairy-free / Egg-free / Gluten-free / Nut-free / Oral Allergy Syndrome Safe / Peanut-free / Soy-free / Vegan

Roasted Brussels Sprouts on a white plate
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THE STORY BEHIND THIS RECIPE

Brussels Sprouts have never really been my thing.
In fact, I truly disliked Brussels Sprouts for the longest time until, back in 2012, when some friends ordered a side of roasted Brussels sprouts and other weird appetizers at Happy Hour… Continue reading “Roasted Brussels Sprouts”

Stuffed Butternut Squash

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Vegan gluten-free baked stuffed butternut squash
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Last week, I decided to tackle another cooking challenge:
stuffed butternut squash.

The story behind this recipe

My mom had already made stuffed butternut squash quite a few times before I got to try it. Every time, she had sent me beautiful and appetizing pictures of that dish, even told me how to make it, but I always felt it was too time-consuming and way too much work for just two people. Little did I know that I was depriving us from a delicious picture-perfect meal… Continue reading “Stuffed Butternut Squash”