The Perfect Banana Nut Muffin (That happens to be vegan!)

This recipe has been a long time coming. My kids love banana bread and banana muffins – and amazingly this is just one of very few items that all 3 kids like the same. I have had a go to recipe for years, that is fail safe and produces the perfect muffin, moist with the perfect texture and banana flavor. It also happens to not be a vegan recipe, so I have spent some time experimenting to get to what I can very boldly describe to you as THE Perfect Banana (Nuts Optional) Muffin that IS vegan.

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Cheesy Basil Vegan Lasagna

Cheesy Basil Vegan Lasagna

So it’s been a minute since I have had the opportunity to write a post. Maybe closer to 2 of those minutes. Blogging is a hobby of mine, where I can bring together my love of cooking and photography and to share recipes that I have made and truly loved. Most often, this means planning my menu so that I can write a post around the most special dishes on the weekend, after my work week has ended. Well last weekend was just a little nuts – and that is the only excuse that I have. Our youngest daughter attended the Glozelle Festival in Orlando, where she was able to meet Miranda Sings and Frankie Grande – a couple of her favorite youtube stars. And, my favorite reason for the lack of a post….I talked my husband into building my indoor herb shelving.

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Creamy Crunchy Chocolate Torte

How is it possible to have a creamy AND crunchy dish you ask? With a crust made from crispy chopped pecans, sweetened with cacao and maple syrup, and a topping made from creamy avocado – hidden among more cacao sweetened with maple syrup – you can’t go wrong. I love this dessert. Like love love. And again – the secret ingredient happens to be avocados…and you would never guess if I didn’t just tell you!

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Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas

When I first began researching vegan recipes – I happened to find this amazing blog – Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon. I don’t doubt that you have already visited or follow it, because it is amazing! If you haven’t checked it out – don’t wait. Her recipes are amazing, her photography gorgeous, and she has a wide variety of dishes that are perfect for any occasion. She recently published The Oh She Glows Cookbook and it was the very first vegan cookbook I owned. Of course I sent the preorder link to my husband, and as the wonderful man that he is – it was delivered promptly upon release.

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Creamy Vegan Alfredo with Peas

Let me be honest – I love cheese. I do. I ate cheese my entire life and enjoyed every ounce of it. When I started my vegan diet it was for the diet. I wanted to feel better – and it worked. While I was in my trial stage I started to educate myself on more of the ethical side of veganism, and the more that I learned, the more that I knew I wanted to pursue a vegan diet for more reasons than that it made me feel good. And that is when I had to have a serious talk with cheese. Like we need to break it off, but it’s not you it’s me…or actually it is you, and it’s me too. Whatever. I struggle with wanting to eat cheese on the daily and I am first to admit it. Hello Cheesy Vegan .

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Rich Vegan Chocolate Tiramisu

This past week flew by so fast that on Friday afternoon, at about 4 pm – I actually realized that it was Friday…and that my weekend was about to start. It also went so fast that my menu planning was more last minute versus my usual planning that includes browsing pinterest, reviewing the post it note marked pages in my cookbooks and scouring the cabinets to inventory what I have on hand. The one thing I knew for sure – I was making this Tiramisu.

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Almond Joy Snack Mix

I love Almond Joy candy bars. Like love, love. Even when I was a teenager, and most teenagers would think Almond Joy’s were for old people, I still liked them. Now, here I am – what I would have considered to be old way back in the day – and I am making Almond Joy Snack Mix to satisfy my sweet tooth.

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Stuffed Mushrooms from Main Street Vegan

Mushrooms and I have been working on our relationship. There was a time that I despised them. There was a time that I could tolerate them on pizzas. There even came a time that I actually chose to order my pizza with them. And then there’s today. My tastes have evolved so much over the years that I almost felt like I was punking myself when I added Stuffed Mushrooms to this weeks menu.

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Dark Chocolate Cake with Choco-Avacado Icing – Vegan Dessert

I’m curious to know if I am the only person whose son has come home from a friends house and found his mom standing on the dining room table taking pictures of food? I think the first time that this happened he didn’t even say a word and just walked upstairs. As the weeks have passed, he has become more comfortable with finding mom on chairs/tables/stools with the blinds pulled open as far as they will go. In fact, the other day he offered to hold up my reflective board. I was amazed! So amazed in fact that when I started to plan our Sunday night family dinner, I thought I would reward him with a delicious chocolate cake. But it couldn’t be just ANY chocolate cake, it had to be one that would be non-vegan, teenage boy approved. Done.

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Spinach and Artichoke Biscuit Bake – Vegan Dinner

Spinach and artichokes are both pretty much main staples in our house. With the exception of Jonathon (who would rather eat ramen noodles vs vegetables), everyone loves both of these delicious veggies! I’ve found many great recipes that incorporate both spinach and artichokes, but most seem to be lunch-y or snack-y. This recipe is a great combination of that snack like taste, but makes for a filling dinner.

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