Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Wedding Soup + $700 Amazon Giveaway!

Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Wedding Soup is a delicious and satisfying plant-based alternative to this classic comfort food. Plus, it’s super easy to make in the slow cooker.Steve and I have gotten into a nice pattern these past few weeks – it’s called slow cooker Sundays. Every Sunday morning/afternoon, we throw ingredients in the slow cooker, move on with our day and then have dinner ready for us in the evening as well as plenty of leftovers for the week ahead. As much as I enjoy cooking, I certainly don’t enjoy cooking everyday. That’s why I love batch cooking – making large quantities of meals to have leftovers for lunch or dinner for the week or to freeze for another time when we’re in a dinner pinch.

I’m really looking forward to spring-like temperatures around the corner but I’m going to shed a tear when it comes time to bid adieu…

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Butternut Squash and Kale Slow Cooker Lasagna

Butternut Squash and Kale Slow Cooker Lasagna is a game changer – saves you so much time and hassle! You’ll never want to boil noodles for lasagna again. This version is packed with my favorite seasonal vegetables – butternut squash and kale. Is winter over yet? My body and brain are confused. One minute Boston’s getting hit with a snow storm that puts the city on hold (and my husband stuck in Kansas City) and the next it’s 50 degrees outside and I’m enjoying a leisurely walk outside without my parka. It’s a strange winter with lots of up and down temps. As much as I’d like to hope that this string of warmer weather is a sign that spring is around the corner, I’m playing it safe and taking proper precautions that another snow storm is imminent. Precautions = cooking up all the warming comfort meals, like this slow cooker lasagna.

There’s nothing…

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Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl

Treat yourself to a red velvet smoothie bowl and start your day off right. Naturally dyed and naturally nutritious thanks to the addition of beets, this breakfast is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day you want show yourself a little extra love.Alright, I guess this year’s theme for Valentine’s Day is red velvet. First, the red velvet beet cupcakes. But that only covers dessert. I wanted to make a Valentine’s Day breakfast to start your day off on a red, festive note. And because we all deserve a little love in the morning to treat ourselves to a delicious, nutrient-packed breakfast. Plus, red velvet in the morning just sounded like the best idea ever. And if we’re being real, I had some leftover beets from the cupcakes that I needed to use up! If you’re making my cupcakes and you wind up with extra beets, you know what to do.

Not…

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Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes (no food coloring!)

If you’ve ever had a red velvet cupcake then you know why it’s my fav. This Valentine’s Day, #treatyoself to red velvet beet cupcakes with no food coloring or dyes used! That beautiful red? It’s au natural, baby. I’m not a cake girl. I’m really not a cupcake girl either. I’d much rather eat a pie (hence my wedding dessert decision), cookie or brownie than a piece of cake. However, there is one exception to this rule: red velvet cupcakes. I remember the day that I found our Georgetown Cupcakes was opening up in Boston and I remember counting down the days after that until it finally opened its doors (to ridiculously long lines that I waited in cause…cupcakes). I’m in love with their red velvet cupcakes. There’s nothing better than getting a cupcake, walking a block over to the Boston Commons with your cute, all-telling little pink box, sitting on a…

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Winter Fancy Food Show Trend Spotting

A few weeks ago I attended the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco (I was granted a press badge for a free registration). Also, Steve was exhibiting with his company and I had to be in San Diego a few days later anyway so I decided to tag along. More time in sunny California? Yes, please! OK although it wasn’t that sunny, at least I didn’t have to wear a winter jacket and gloves! 55 degrees and partly cloudy  never felt so good ;).

Unfortunately, I could only attend the show one day because my back injury flared up while I was in San Fran, causing me to bed-bound for the better half of a day. But turns out one day was just enough for me to spot trends and discover new companies. I’m excited to share some of these trends and brands with ya’ll so you can keep your…

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Vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower Wing Dip

A deliciously indulgent vegetarian and nutritious spin on a classic game day appetizer, this vegetarian buffalo cauliflower wing dip is about to take your Super Bowl party to the next level. Growing up in Buffalo, New York, there are a few guarantees:

  • You will freeze every winter.
  • You will suck up freezing because that usually means at least a week off from school every winter (#SNOWDAY!)
  • You will eat your fair share of wings (in Buffalo, we call them wings, not Buffalo wings cause that’s all there is).
  • You will find Buffalo chicken wing dip at every single party and gathering you attend.
  • I was fine with the first two guarantees and more than fine with that second one. One winter, we had an entire week off of school (5 days straight) because of a blizzard – it was the best week ever. However, as someone who decided to go vegetarian at a…

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    DIY Healthy Guacamole Bar and Giveaway!

    Wow your friends at your Super Bowl party with a DIY healthy guacamole bar. It’s super easy to set up and totally delicious.This post is sponsored by Peapod. Thanks for supporting the brands and organizations that make TFD possible! As always, opinions are my own.

    Less than 2 weeks out from the Super Bowl and already my brain is thinking up delicious snacks and dips for the big game. Actually more like a month ago I was thinking about it cause…#bloggerproblems. But I’ll take any excuse to experiment with appetizers, snacks and dips. Because next to breakfast, my favorite meal of the day, snacks are a close second. And snacking still kinda has a bad rep but without merit. Snacks help keep our hunger in-check in-between meals and long stretches of not eating. They prevent us from very real HANGER. They prevent us from overating at our next meal and most importantly…

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