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April 17, 2020

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Splendid Spoon plant-based meals

Want in on one of my favorite meal discoveries? I’ve been taking some help from Splendid Spoon and am loving the ease it’s giving me for breakfast and lunch.

If you’ve been with me a while, you know that I cook just about every meal EVERY day for me and my family of 5. I love the benefits of home cooked food – fresh ingredients, delicious flavor and healthy nutrition. That’s why I’m so excited to discover Splendid Spoon and their flavorful plant-based meals. Their smoothies, bowls and soups are made just the way I cook for myself with only whole foods and plant-based ingredients.

I plan my Splendid Spoon meals into my meal plan just like I do the rest of my meals. I have found their prepared smoothies, bowls and soups to be the perfect meal solutions for busy days when I have limited time to eat (or meal prep) or when I need something easily portable that I can eat on the go. (Try for yourself here and get $25 off.)

Splendid Spoon plant-based meals

Take a look at some of my favorites from their selections:

Blueberry Coconut
Cacao Almond
Blackberry Basil
Raspberry Cacao
Banana Flax
Moroccan Spiced Buckwheat
Lemon Wild Rice and Broccoli
Moroccan Lentil
Cauliflower Tikka
Broccoli Hempseed

This is just a small sample of what they offer. (See more here.) These are the only prepared meals that I purchase and I eat out only about once a week so the convenience of having some ready-made meals to go each week has been such a gift to myself. I’d love you to experience the same! My friends at Splendid Spoon are offering my followers $25 off when you register. Just follow this link for delicious, plant-based meals delivered to your door!

Have a question or want to learn more? Drop me a comment below or send me a note at



January 8, 2018

Have you seen the new vegan Trader Joe’s dressings? I am super excited about this trio of bright sauces! Bursting with fresh flavors and all-natural ingredients, plant lovers now have 3 ready-made options. I typically like to make my own dressings so I can control the fat and sugar, but each of these salad dressings has 0-2g in sugar and are only 20-60 calories for 2 tablespoons. They are a gift from the vegan gods!

If you have no idea what I am talking about, let me introduce you to the latest and greatest on the refrigerated produce shelf at Trader Joes:

Carrot Ginger Miso Salad Dressing (carrot, ginger, white miso, rice vinegar, shallots) – There’s incredible flavor in this one, guaranteed to perk up anything that it dresses.

Almond Butter Tumeric Salad Dressing (lemon juice, ginger, turmeric, black pepper) – This tastes like a lightened version of a traditional peanut sauce to me.

Green Goddess Salad Dressing (avocado, green onion, cold pressed lemon juice, chives, basil, garlic) – This dressing is everything you’ll find in a traditional Green Goddess – creamy with flavorful herbs throughout.

The new vegan Trader Joes dressings are for so much more than topping salads. Try this inspired list of healthy and flavorful meal ideas #vegan #dressing

These are labeled as salad dressings, but they are so much more! As we start a new year, I am keeping things healthy this month with vegetable focused dishes that are low in calories and carbohydrates. But, I love food and am not the type to eat bowls of steamed veggies and legumes all month. I need flavor and variety, and these vegan Trader Joes dressings are a great choice for adding zest and color to your dishes. Below are a few of my favorite ways to slurp up these dressings.

Change up your favorite meals by deconstructing them! Keep them same flavors you love in lasagna, but turn them into a soup. Layer your favorite enchilada ingredients in a casserole for a change of pace. Sometimes, all you need is a change in perspective to add interest in a tried and true dish. #TuesdayTip #mealplan #mealtip #healthyeating #healthyfood #deconstructed #whattoeat #recipeplan #mealhelp #cookinghelp #cookingtip #inthekitchen

1. Vegan Bowls

The options are limitless when it comes to a vegan bowl, but these dressings will take whatever you pile into your bowl to new levels.

2. Asian Stir-Frys

Dress your wok creations with either the Carrot Ginger Miso or Almond Butter Turmeric dressings for an enlightened twist on a traditional weeknight go-to meal.

3. Grill Marinades

Marinate and grill your favorite plant proteins to change up your usual seasoning routine.

Who else is obsessed with the new vegan salad dressings at Trader Joe's? They are so much more more than salad toppers. I am using them on everything! Get all of my ideas for what to do with these flavorful gifts from the vegan gods today at my blog. Link in bio. #traderjoes #saladdressing #vegan #whatveganseat #mealideas #cookingtip #inthekitchen #healthyfood #healthyeating #recipeideas #mealplanning #whattoeat

4. Dipping Sauces

I love dipping my nori wraps in the Carrot Ginger Miso dressing, but pot stickers, spring rolls and veg sushi would be equally delicious dunked in any of these sauces.

Where else would you pour these vegan Trader Joes dressings? Head over to your local store stat, pick up a bottle (or two) and let me know!

Who else is obsessed with the new vegan salad dressings at Trader Joe's? They are so much more more than salad toppers. I am using them on everything! Get all of my ideas for what to do with these flavorful gifts from the vegan gods today at my blog. Link in bio. #traderjoes #saladdressing #vegan #whatveganseat #mealideas #cookingtip #inthekitchen #healthyfood #healthyeating #recipeideas #mealplanning #whattoeat

August 21, 2017

This summer has flown by for my family. My incoming high schooler, Gaby, and middle schooler, Alex, both start school next week, and my youngest, Jake, starts the following week. As every other parent out there, we have been busy organizing backpacks with shiny, new school supplies, and stocking up on new lunch box containers. I love the tidiness that comes with a new school year! I use these last few days as an opportunity for the kids to clean out their rooms and backpack cubbies, hoping this will be there year that my kids learn to keep their things organized!

I am also starting to shift my head back to the idea of packing school lunches. I savor the respite from that daily grind during the summer! I actually enjoy packing lunches. Many of my friends have their kids pack their own lunches. I just can’t bring myself to let go of the control! I like that I know what they are eating – and that it is well balanced. I also like the opportunity to show them a little love and pack a note. Food is love where I come from and I guess, the lunch box is an emotional extension for me.

As much as I enjoy packing lunches (once I get back into the groove and routine), the part that I tend to dread is deciding what to make. I create a weekly meal plan to come to the rescue. If I can think it out ahead of time and not have to think about it when it is time to pack the lunch, it is easy and painless.

With just a week away, it’s time to start thinking! I have a few fun ideas in mind for the kids, but my first back-to-school idea is lunch box bowls. I love bowls. Take some grains, pile on veggies and a protein, and top it all with a delicious sauce. Yummy! I eat them several times a week for lunch. Lunch box bowls also make a great meal for the kids at school. Pack rice or noodles that you want to keep warm in a thermos, along with a separate container full of toppings, and another with a sauce or dressing. Your kids can put it all together how they like it. It’s fun and delicious! Below are just a couple of ideas for some lunch box bowls to pack the kids. I hope they give you some great options for mixing into your school lunch menus. Happy back to school!

Back To School Lunch Box Bowls

Taco Salad Bowls

Taco Tuesday is a standard in my house, so this lunch box bowl is even easier and quicker to make if you prepare extra taco filling the night before and use it for Wednesday’s lunches. Pack the filling and some Spanish rice in a thermos, along with another container of chopped lettuce, tomatoes, onions, olives, or whatever taco toppings your kids like. Include a separate container of salsa, guacamole, and lime wedeges to dress it all on top.

Side snacks: Blue corn or black bean chips, cucumber/carrot sticks with lemon and chile lime salt

Lunch Box Bowls

Sushi Bowls

My kids get super excited when they see this on the lunch menu! Pack sushi rice in thermoses. This cooks in 10 minutes while I am making breakfast and packing the rest of the lunch box. Fill a lunch container with shredded carrots, chopped cucumber, and avocado, along with chopped, baked tofu or shelled edamame. Include a container of soy sauce.

Side Snacks: Seaweed snack sheets, crispy rice rolls (available in Asian markets) 

Lunch Box Bowls

Big Fat Greek Bowls

I have some great salad lunch containers that work great for this lunch bowl. I set chopped lettuce in the base of the container, along with some chopped falafel. I place the divider on top, and fill with chopped tomato, cucumber and kalamata olives. Pack separate containers with tzatiki, hummus and/or tahini sauce.

Side Snacks: Pita triangles, roasted chickpeas

Lunch Box Bowls

Have you packed lunch box bowls before? Tell me your favorite in the comments below.

Lunch Box Bowls

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