Recipes

Plant Based Cheese Sauce

I love finding someone else's recipe and trying it out. The process of trying to figure out another chef's creation and customizing the recipe to my preferences (something I hope you do when you try out my recipes) is fun for me. That's exactly what I did when I tested Lauren Toyota's Nacho Cheese Sauce from… Continue reading Plant Based Cheese Sauce

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Transitions, Veganism

Top 5 Tips to Slowly Transition to Veganism

As I've shared more of my story, I'm approached by people who are interested in trying some new recipes and experimenting with a more plant-based diet. When I share recommendations based on my own research and experiences, the same thing always comes up: There's no way I can be fully vegan. Truth is, you can,… Continue reading Top 5 Tips to Slowly Transition to Veganism

Recipes, Veganism

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

I love a good veggie burger. Anytime Kyle and I go out to dinner, that's the first thing I look for on a menu. Now that we live in a new town, it's like a game trying to find the best veggie burgers. The problem is, very few of the restaurants (only 2 so far)… Continue reading Black Bean and Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

Fitness, Recipes

Baked Oatmeal Varieties

A few weeks back I posted this recipe for Baked Berry Oatmeal. I am mildly obsessed with this baked oatmeal and have made it every Sunday for the last four weeks. No joke. It's that good. This oatmeal is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. I bake one batch on Sunday and that's enough to get me… Continue reading Baked Oatmeal Varieties

Recipes, Transitions, Veganism

Meal Preparation- Setting Yourself up for success

It's no secret that I love to cook. There's just something about taking ingredients and combining them in ways that make delicious meals that soothes my soul. It's therapeutic for me and it's also the way I show those that I cook for that I care. What can I say? I'm Italian. Feeding people is… Continue reading Meal Preparation- Setting Yourself up for success

Transitions, Veganism

Small changes

This week I decided it's time to make a few more small changes. Since my show, I've been steadily gaining weight which is a good thing. The leanness achieved for the stage is not maintainable. As much as I love the cuts and being able to see the vascularity, I don't feel healthy and nourished… Continue reading Small changes

Veganism

Prepping for the storm… Vegan style

I live in Florida. I love living in Florida. I even enjoy the hurricanes. Probably because I'm not a homeowner yet.  Kyle and I are currently living with my parents. Our lease was up at our apartment and it was insanely expensive to go month to month while we are still house hunting. So for… Continue reading Prepping for the storm… Vegan style

Recipes, Veganism

Fun Food Friday in First Grade

I teach first grade in a Title 1 school. I absolutely love my job. Teaching littles to read, write and become mathematicians is incredible. Our class has a 'late' lunch (by first grade standards) at 11:00 and many of my littles like to have a snack in the morning. During the first few weeks of… Continue reading Fun Food Friday in First Grade