Epic Road Trip 2017

 

Many of you know I spent most of the month of August on the road and returned to NC in early September. Here are the stats for this year’s epic road trip:

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Lentil Loaf with Spicy Barbecue Sauce

This recipe was inspired by The Vegan 8’s Oat-Free Spicy Barbecue Lentil Loaf. I made a few minor changes to make it more like the traditional “meatloaf” I knew growing up – and I have to say, this is DELISH! Very flavorful and filling – it will satisfy veggies and omnis alike, I promise!

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Summer Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic, and Basil

This is a wonderful way to use those beautiful, fresh summer tomatoes that are just bursting with flavor. (And it’s so simple, it’s more a process than a recipe!) Don’t let the amount of garlic worry you – it mellows as it cooks.

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Kale with Tahini Garlic Dressing

This dish is similar to the kale that you find on the cold bar at Whole Foods, and it was inspired by a recipe on eatingbirdfood.com. I just increased some of the amounts and changed some of the proportions of the dressing ingredients a bit for a saucier dish…those who know me know IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SAUCE (or dressing) – I am the sauce QUEEN!

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Everyday Essentials: DIY Razor Relief Potion

Summer is still in full swing, and that means a lot of things – including sun, sand, surf, swimwear…and SHAVING. It’s no fun, but we have to do it (or risk being ridiculed at the beach, lol). Razors may be inevitable, but razor burn is not. This easy Razor Relief Potion will soothe even the most sensitive skin and make razor burn a thing of the past.

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Mediterranean Tofu Scramble

Breakfast used to be my favorite meal – I loved eggs, but it was never really about the eggs. It was about what I put on or in them! I usually have a smoothie for breakfast these days, but I’ll splurge on the weekends and make something like this scramble. I enjoy it with toast and Nutritional Yeast Cheesy Sauce. (Like I said – it’s all about the sauce!) I sometimes double this recipe for a big batch because the leftovers reheat well and are excellent in tortillas or taco shells for a quick and easy hot breakfast.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This banana bread is easy, decadent, gluten free…and this is one of the ways I use over-ripe bananas. (The other thing I do with them is peel and freeze them for use in smoothies.) It’s a perfect snack, topped with some vegan butter, or it’s a great breakfast/brunch item. As with most breads, it is best when it’s hot from the oven!

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Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

This is a really simple, basic barbecue sauce. I don’t see any need to buy bottled sauce when making it myself is so easy – this recipe uses typical pantry and fridge ingredients, and it tastes fantastic. Use as a glaze or dip for veggie burgers, chickenless nuggets, or – my favorite – grilled vegetables!

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Everyday Essentials: DIY Body Scrub

Making your own body scrub at home with quality essential oils is easy as pie…easier, really. (I’m SO not a baker.) Just three simple ingredients + an airtight container, and voila! Simple sugar scrub. Here’s a tip, though – using a scrub like this this can make the tub or shower especially slippery. Take Sheldon’s advice and don’t break a leg – or dislocate a shoulder – due to lack of adhesive ducks.

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Red Lentil Dal

Lentils are packed with protein, and they tend to be one of the staples of my diet. Red lentils are the sweetest and the nuttiest of the lentils, and they tend to get mushy when they are cooked – which makes them a great choice for curries and dals, or for thickening soups.

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