Recipe for Vegan Creamy Butternut Pasta

Butternut squash may be in almost every recipe during this time of the year – but for good reason! It’s very versatile (butternut squash sandwiches, anyone?) and good for you, too. I came across this recipe for creamy butternut pasta in the Vegan Cuts fall harvest e-book and knew I had to try it. And the recipe didn’t disappoint!

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Ingredients: 

1 lb. butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)

1 T. tamari

1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

Dash of ground nutmeg

8 oz.

1 cup arugula

Directions: 

1. Preheat your oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the cubed butternut squash over the baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until the squash is tender.

2. Once the squash is done, place it in a blender with the non-dairy milk, tamari, garlic powder, onion powder and nutmeg. Blend until very smooth.

3. Next, fill a large pot with water to boil the pasta. Follow the instructions on the package to cook the pasta.

4. Once the noodles are cooked, drain the hot water and rinse them with cold water. Drain again.

5. Place the pot back on the stove over low-medium heat. Pour the butternut squash sauce over the noodles and stir until evenly combined.

6. Fold the arugula into the pasta and cook until wilted. Add salt and pepper if needed. Serve warm.

Enjoy! 

Recipe for Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

Fall is HERE! And you know what that means, right? Pumpkin spice, all the things! Unfortunately, the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks is NOT vegan, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious cruelty-free pumpkin spice latte. Hope you enjoy this easy recipe!

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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 Tbsp. soy creamer
2 Tbsp. canned pumpkin
1 Tbsp. agave nectar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, plus more for garnish
Instant coffee granules equivalent to 1 serving size
Cinnamon and/or nutmeg for garnish

Over medium heat, mix the almond milk, soy creamer, and canned pumpkin until it begins to steam.
Reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the agave nectar, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and instant coffee and whisk well.
Transfer to a mug and garnish with your favorite fall spices.

Makes 1 to 2 servings

Four Ingredient Recipe for Banana Avocado Smoothie

Two of my favorite foods: banana and avocado! So why not combine them? Hope you enjoy this healthy recipe for a banana avocado smoothie:

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Ingredients

1 banana, peeled and frozen
1/4 avocado
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy!

Attention cheese lovers: Top reasons to quit eating cheese

First off, if you want to quit eating cheese, that’s wonderful news! Like most vegans, I wasn’t born vegan. I grew up eating meat and dairy products, and that included a lot of cheese. Once I gave up cheese, I felt so much better and had much more energy too. You’re making the right decision by cutting out cheese from your diet. Cheese can be a tough one to drop but once you learn the reality of cheese, you won’t have any problem cutting it out.

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If you find yourself hung up on cheese, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Cheese is one of the hardest products to ditch and for a good reason: cheese is addictive. No really, cheese has opiates in it. Cheese is packed with amphetamine-like chemicals called phenylethylamine. Good rule of thumb: if you can’t pronounce a word, much less spell the word then you shouldn’t risk putting it in your body.

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DIY Nail Stain Treatment

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Even if you use a top coat when painting your fingernails or toenails, darker colored polish will often leave a stain. You can remove that stain with this great DIY recipe. You just need baking soda, olive oil and lemon juice (things you probably already have in the kitchen). Combine the ingredients and then rub into your hands and nails – you can also use this on your toenails. Leave it on for about five minutes and then rinse clear with warm water. Not only will this remove stains, the olive oil will help to moisturize cuticles which will make your nails healthier and stronger!