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Farro Salad with Pistachios Apricots and Herbs

This Farro Salad with Pistachios Apricots and Herbs is my go-to meal prep lunch. It can be made in under 30 minutes and lasts several days in the fridge when tightly sealed. The chewy farro balances perfectly with salty pistachios, a bright citrus dressing, and sweet apricots pieces. Hiii! I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving week (if you are US based)![...]

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Apple Cider Gravy From Now and Again

This Apple Cider Gravy recipe from Julie Turshen's Now and Again cookbook is both savory and tangy. It's a perfect gravy for a special occasion like Thanksgiving or a lazy morning with biscuits and eggs. Thanksgiving is officially a week from today - are you ready? This is the first year we will be hosting at our new home and I'm beyond excited / nervous / overwhel[...]

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20 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes You Should Try This Year

Thanksgiving is less than a week away - do you know what you are making yet? Whether you are planning the whole menu or just looking for a dish or two to bring to the party, I've got 20 Vegetarian Thanksgiving that are perfect for the occasion.   Quick Starters and Appetizers This Roasted Beet Hummus with Hazelnut Oil & Rosemary recipe is a bright an[...]

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Marinated Goat Cheese with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Olives

This Marinated Goat Cheese with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Olives recipe is an easy appetizer that can be made ahead of time and is a great starter to serve at your holiday parties! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Day Owl Rosè. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible. Msg 4 21+[...]

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Chai Spiced Apple Cider Cocktail

This festive Chai Spiced Apple Cider Cocktail recipe is a delicious fall drink that can be easily made with booze or as a mocktail. I seem to be on a roll with chai-spiced apple recipes this season which I am not at all sorry about (because both of these makes your house smell A M A Z I N G and oh so fall). Ever since my mom moved into her beach home near Lak[...]

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10 Vegetarian Soup Recipes To Get You Excited For Cooler Weather

10 Vegetarian Soup Recipes To Get You Excited For Cooler Weather featuring chilis, stews, dumpling soup, minestrone, and more! Here in the Midwest, we are at that point in the year where I'm just so ready for cooler weather and comfort food in the form of easy and flavorful soups. Any else with me? Well here are 10 vegetarian soup recipes to add to your dinner menu[...]

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Spiced Carrot Soup with Green Tahini Swirl

This Spiced Carrot Soup with Green Tahini Swirl recipe is full of vegetables and topped with green tahini dressing. A perfect soup for cold weather meals. Happy New Year! Hope you all are having a wonderful 2018 so far. I usually start off the year with a bang here at VV with a plethora of new healthy recipes to get your year going. To be honest thought, thin[...]

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Roasted Grape Crostini with Chevré and Rosemary + Scenes From Fox Island

This Roasted Grape Crostini with Chevré and Rosemary recipe is the perfect accompaniment to your next cheeseboard or appetizer table. This post was made in collaboration with and sponsored by the generous folks at La Brea Bakery but all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible. I've had a lot of 'pinch me' mome[...]

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Cranberry Molasses Mulled Wine + A Giveaway

This Cranberry Molasses Mulled Wine recipe is perfect for chilly winter evenings or big holiday events. Serve it with a few orange slices and fresh cranberries for a stunning presentation. First off, I didn’t post yesterday because I was with family but I just want to say that I am so thankful for all of you here! So many of my favorite opportunities would[...]

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Tapenade Tarte Soleil with Pine Nut Marscapone

This elegant looking Tapenade Tarte Soleil with Pine Nut Marscapone recipe can actually be whipped up in under an hour and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your holiday feast or cocktail party! Please note that this post was sponsored by Alessi Foods. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible. A Tarte Soleil what with[...]

Pumpkin Farro Risotto with Roasted Winter Vegetables

This Pumpkin Farro Risotto with Roasted Winter Vegetables is a great vegetarian holiday entree option or the perfect dinner for a chilly winter evening. DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by Nuts.com but all opinions are, of course, my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make VV possible. I'm extra excited about collaborating with Nuts.com tod[...]

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Potato Grape and Rosemary Pizza

This homemade Sweet and Savory Vegetarian Potato Grape and Rosemary Pizza Recipe is the perfect meat-free weeknight dinner! Anyone else beyond excited for spring produce? I feel like a little kid anxiously waiting for their birthday that is still weeks away. The weather feels like spring and my body is begging for a crisp spring salad but my garden is still a[...]

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Healthy Cardamom Banana Bread Pancakes

These Healthy Cardamom Banana Bread Pancakes pack an extra punch of flavor! Perfect for a quick breakfast or lazy brunch any day of the week. I've felt a bit torn lately. To be completely honest, between writing the book, traveling, freelance, keeping up with VV, building a magazine, and working at the music distro, I've been really busy the last few years. I[...]

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Matcha & Blood Orange Tiramisu Cups

These Matcha & Blood Orange Tiramisu Cups are an earthy and citrus twist on the classic! This dessert is layered with creamy matcha custard and orange soaked ladyfingers. St. Patrick's Day is next week and I have your green dessert (that doesn't revolve around green beer) all ready for you! Some people see holidays as an excuse to hang out with friends an[...]

Creamy Quinoa and White Bean Risotto with Crispy Brassica Florets
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Creamy Quinoa and White Bean Risotto with Crispy Brassica Florets

This Creamy Quinoa and White Bean Risotto with Crispy Brassica Florets is from The First Mess cookbook. This healthy plant-based main dish is chocked full of protein (from the quinoa and white beans) and satisfyingly creamy. A perfect cozy meal for chilly evenings or to serve to for a crowd. Today's recipe comes from Laura Wright's new cookbook, The First Mes[...]

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Blood Orange Sorbet with Red Wine Hot Fudge Sauce

This Blood Orange Sorbet with Red Wine Hot Fudge Sauce recipe is perfect for Valentine's Day or to make after a romantic dinner at home. Let's talk about Valentine's Day! I'm obviously not the super cutesy, deck the house out in pink kind of person (as you can tell by my somewhat normal photos for this post). I do, despite not getting super into the spirit of[...]

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Healthy Vegetarian Lentil-Walnut Meatballs

These Healthy Vegetarian Lentil-Walnut Meatballs are the perfect meat-free meal. Serve them with spaghetti and your favorite tomato sauce for a hearty main. Hiiii! I've got ANOTHER veg main for you all today (BOOYAHH - take THAT New Year's resolution). I've been spending a lot of my free time this month cooking up homemade meals (hellooo irresistible chili an[...]

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Blueberry Citrus Sour Cream Coffee Cake Loaf

This Blueberry Citrus Sour Cream Coffee Cake Loaf is perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack. It's naturally sweetened with maple syrup and dried blueberries. Hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend! You may have noticed that I kept my intro pretty short in the last post and it may not be much here either. It's not that I don't like sharing with you guys.[...]

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Creamy Vegetarian White Chili

Creamy Vegetarian White Chili recipe that is cozy and filling (with vegan option). Ideal for healthy weeknight meals or chilly afternoons. First post of 2017 - woot woot! How are you all feeling? Refreshed? Excited? Or overwhelmed at the thought of all the things you put off at the end of 2016? I'm honestly feeling a little bit of all three. Instead of gettin[...]

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Pumpkin Eggnog Oatmeal

This Pumpkin Eggnog Oatmeal recipe is an easy seven-ingredient vegetarian breakfast that takes less than ten minutes to whip up. Perfect for a healthy fall breakfast before work for to serve the whole family during the holidays.  It's almost Christmas (less than a week away!) and if you are anything like me, it's probably getting pretty busy in your neck of[...]

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Cranberry Orange Champagne Mimosa with Candied Rosemary

This simple two-ingredient Cranberry Orange Champagne Mimosa (plus garnish) cocktail is perfect for holiday parties or Christmas morning. Dress it up with an orange slice and candied rosemary or keep it simple with just the juice and champagne. Ever since I've been old enough to drink (almost a decade), it's been a holiday tradition to wake up on Christmas da[...]

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Almond Toffee Shortbread Cookies

These Almond Toffee Shortbread Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie to fill out your cookie tray! Made with a hefty helping of butter, almond meal, and chocolate drizzle, these cookie bars are irresistible. I'm in full-on unapologetic holiday mode. We put our beautiful tree up last weekend but it looks a bit lacking without any gifts under it. I poked[...]

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Vegetarian Gift Guide + A Giveaway

A vegetarian gift guide with holiday kitchen, home, fashion, and stocking stuffers ideas for the vegetarian in your life. And here we are again - already at the last month of the year. Seriously, 2016, where in the world did you go? Last year's vegetarian gift guide focused on cruelty-free brands and shopping locally. I, of course, included some of my favorite[...]