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Italian Bean Soup, because winter is not over yet

Italian Bean Soup, because winter is not over yet

This week, thanks to warmer temperatures, even if we’re still one month away from the actual arrival of Spring, I really started feeling vernal. Blame it on the birds just outside our windows that wake up in the morning the same time as me – making me feel like in an old-school Disney movie; blame it on the daylight that starts to linger a little longer before giving in to twilight… Anyway, today I was about to share with you my most colorful, flower-filled, spring-themed smoothie you’ve ever seen… And then this happened.   I don’t usually share soup recipes, even though we cook and eat at least one each...

Last minute gift idea: homemade Vegan Irish Cream Baileys + freebie

Vegan Irish cream Baileys

Booze is not something you’ll find anywhere else on this blog, nor in my life. I don’t know exactly why, but somewhere during my life I made the unconscious decision of simply not liking spirits, wine, beer nor any other alcoholic drinks. Some people think that’s kind of lame, or boring – but those are not my kind of people so I don’t mind. I often joke that my taste buds haven’t evolved much since when I was 12, as it’s pretty much the case (besides the fact that now I like things like garlic which I used to hate during my childhood). But there is one exception, and that...

Easy Vegan lasagna

Easy vegan lasagna

You guys, it doesn’t get easier than this. Who doesn’t love lasagna? Lasagna is such a festive dish to me, perfect for family gatherings, holiday meals, lazy Sunday lunches and so on. My mom used to make it during the holidays, when “pasta al forno” (baked pasta) is always a pleasurable main dish, hearty, yummy, and whenever it was brought to the table you could hear many “ohhh!” “ahhh!” from everyone. Traditionally, this type of tomato-sauce based lasagna wasn’t a meat-less version, but so many versions exist even in the Italian cuisine! For example, zucchini lasagna, or mushroom lasagna are implicity meat-less. In that case you can just sub the...

Lunch in 10: Vegan Alfredo with hemp seeds and tomatoes

Vegan Alfredo with hemp seeds and tomatoes

Now that the days are getting warmer, simple, quick lunches are a must in our household. This is the perfect example of a balanced meal packed with proteins and that will keep you full for hours: a creamy pasta dish loaded with tomatoes complete with super-healthy hemp seeds. The “Alfredo sauce” is ridiculously easy to make and delicious, too – it’s rich, flavorful and velvety: it’s made from a packaged organic rice cream for convenience, garlic powder and nutritional yeast. The idea for this recipe came from an amazing soy-based Swedish fettucine pasta. Fettuccine are probably among my favorite types of pasta, but as the Italian tradition wants, they often contain eggs,...

Cruelty-free Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Cruelty-free Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Whether you’re the daughter to a mom, a friend to a mother, or a mother yourself it’s always fun to spoil the special moms in our lives the cruelty-free way. To help you with your gift giving for that extra special mom that probably has everything and who’s interested in living a more compassionate lifestyle, this Mother’s Day I’ve created a list of my favorite Cruelty-free Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to spoil that beautiful Vegan mama in your life :) Girl Meets Voyage Vegan Travel Wallet – $44.99* from: ModCloth plus get your goodies by 5/8 with Free Express Shipping on $150+ Orders! | Vegan Snack Box – $25* from:...

Rich and creamy Vegan coffee ice cream

creamy and rich Vegan coffee ice cream

  One thing that you’ll find out once you go Vegan, is that you will want to experiment with food much more than before, most people agree on this. Your taste buds get “detoxed”, you become curious in the kitchen and you’ll try ingredients you’ve never tried before. In this sense, a Vegan diet is much more varied than a “standard” one. I could give you hundreds of examples, but I’ve never thought I’d make my own version of a Vegan cream cheese (super easy, too, stay tuned for the recipe soon) or my own Vegan ice cream at home. And yet here I am, happily churning away to my...

Welcome Spring smoothie

Welcome Spring smoothie

Welcome Spring smoothie It’s in honor of the days that get longer and the sweet vision of flowers blooming that I’ve made this healthy and delicious Welcome Spring smoothie. I just love its color! As I’m writing this, it’s not Springtime yet: we’ve just had 4 or 5 days of non-stop snow. Rooftops are still covered in morning frost, and most fields are still under a white coat, but you can feel Spring approaching, in some particular moments, when the wind carries the scent of distant flowers and the sun rays caress your hair in the delicate light of the early mornings. And especially because I’ve finally had such a...

Valentine’s Day Vegan recipes roundup ♥

Valentine’s Day Vegan recipes roundup ♥

So Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Love it? Hate it? I so want to hate it (and I do dislike the commercial/cheesy side of it) but I always end up preparing at least one special dish, usually a dessert, not because it’s a special day (when you’re in love, everyday is a special day) but because cooking is a way to express my love (again those Italian roots, you know?). Whether you love it, hate it, loathe it, if you love vegan foods, and you want to spoil someone (your other half, your best friend, yourself?) I’m sure you’ll find one good reason to spread some Vegan love...

Vanilla custard pots

vegan custard

Custard is one of the most famous desserts of the world, and it can be easily declined in many flavors: classic lemon, sweet vanilla, naughty chocolate, sophisticated green tea and so on. The majority of people still thinks you need eggs and dairy products to achieve that perfect luscious texture, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth! Just like you don’t need eggs to make a perfectly fluffy cake (ladies and gentlemen, proof 1 & 2) you don’t really need any animal-derived ingredients to cook just about anything, in this case you only need to take advantage of what ingredients such as cornstarch can make for you in order...

Free printable: Santa’s Vegan Cookies and Milk

Santa's vegan cookies and milk - free printable

Do you (or your kids) leave out a little snack for Santa and his Reindeer the night before Christmas? I remember I used to leave out a little dish with a few cookies and a glass of milk for Santa when I was a child. The best part of it, was getting up in the morning and finding out that he indeed ate all the cookies, only a few crumbles were left behind! So today I am sharing some fun Christmas Printables for Santa’s Vegan Cookies and Milk, so that every household can carry out this tradition. This will be a wonderful midnight snack for Santa, because of course he’s...

My favorite skincare oils

My favorite skincare oils

Today I’m very happy to talk to you about something that has been requested many many times: my favorite skincare oils. I’ve been using oils in my skincare for the past few years, way before the whole “coconut oil frenzy” started, as I’ve always known that pure, natural oils like olive oil was used in very simple beauty routines by my own grandmothers – extra-virgin olive oil being the jewel of the Mediterranean area. A little dab of olive oil was used to moisturize face and hair already a long time ago, when skincare creams were a luxury. The products I’m going to show you are 100% natural, cruelty-free and...