Crockpot Vegan Mexican Stuffed Peppers


First of all I'm not a photographer, and in all honesty I would be a much better "vlogger" (video). BUT I love having this space for favorite recipes that I want to share with you guys.  So look past whatever you see and KNOW if it's here, it's a winner and worth a go at your table.  ----> So about these stuffed peppers, they have lot's of flavor and are "meat eating man" approved!  An adventure for the palate, filling, and HEALTHY!!!!  What more could a girl want....?  Oh yea, the ease of the crockpot.

Did I mention the flavor?  These are bursting with it, and you can make them as S P I C Y as you want.  The best way to have people fall in love with plant based eating is to show up with the flavor.  There is such an abundance of plants and spices, it makes cooking F U N!!!  I love the lime juice and cilantro in these stuffed peppers.  The perfect pair and two of my absolute favorites.  Let's talk about the 1 cup of riced cauliflower - you CAN replace this with corn if you like, but personally I much prefer the nutritional value of the cauliflower over the corn.  And choose your salsa wisely, that determines much of the flavor.  I prefer a fire roasted salsa for this recipe.

Add the cumin, ancho chili powder, along with the smoked paprika (another favorite) and bam, everything comes together beautifully.  Add don't forget to pick up what you need for the avocado sauce for topping - trust me - SO much better than sour cream could ever be.  Get yourself a nice avocado and go to town.  Don't skip it.  Ok here you go...

What You Need:
  • 2 cups quinoa - cooked
  • 2 1/2 cups of your favorite salsa
  • 1 cup riced cauliflower
  • 1 can of black beans (15 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 4 large bell peppers, remove tops, seeds, veins, and cut in half long ways (you can use any color, I had red so that's what I used)
  • 2 small avocados
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce (you can use - or leave out up to you)
  • water
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 
  • lime wedges for serving

How to Prepare:

1.  In a large bowl mix the first 9 ingredients together, making sure everything is mixed well.
2.  Fill each pepper with the quinoa mixture.
3.  Place each pepper in the crock pot and cook on high for 3 hours.  This makes a double layer in my crockpot.  These generally do well on low for 6 hours as well.
4.  Prepare the avocado topping.  Mash the avocado really well in a bowl.  Add the lime juice, hot sauce if desired, and the salt.  Whisk together until very smooth.  Add water to thin to the consistency you desire.  Start with adding only 1/2 - 1 teaspoon at a time.  (or you can use a little more lime juice - depends on your flavor preference)
5.  Serve with the chopped cilantro, avocado sauce, and lime wedges.

AND - let me know what you think.  We LOVE these.

THIS!!!!!  Did you miss my Facebook Live video about my favorite SAFE self tanners? Well just in case you did, I'm giving it a "take two" here on the blog.  You guys know me as that plant lovin, chemical hatin natural chick, BUT did you REALLY know that I am just as passionate and vigilant about what I put ON my body as what I eat? Did you know we absorb 60 - 70% of what we put on our skin right into our bloodstream?  And that some areas of our body are an astounding 100%?  I have been on a mission over the last couple of years to eliminate chemicals from my personal care regimen and household entirely.  The negative effects of this long list of chemicals is way more lengthy than the list of chemicals themselves! Ugggghhhhh - and so unnecessary as well -  as you can see - as I read over the ingredients in the video.  Let's hear it for the good ole radish! Some things have been more difficult to replace than others for sure.  Replacing the self tanner was tricky....we all know the perils of a BAD one.   The two I have settled on leave a beautiful color that I get so many compliments on.  Every. Single. Time.  Both of them are SO easy to apply. They are not overly drying, and do not have that awful offensive odor like virtually every other one I tried.  (one smells a little minty to me, and the other like almonds and coconuts YUM)  I use the My Skin's Friend spray for my face and hard to reach areas. I spray a good amount on, but no so much that it will run, and I don't rub it in. Sometimes I will use two layers depending on the amount of color that I want.   I use Beauty by Earth for the body.  I do one layer one day, and if I want more color do another layer the next.  I have included a link for purchase through Life With Nikki. I'm so pleased to share these with you, and I'm confident that you will love them just as much as I do.  Now - safely go get your tan on gorgeous girl!!!! xoxo

Chia Pudding With Blueberries And Granola


This is one of my favorite things to make and keep on hand for breakfast and snacks. The pudding has such a nice flavor - sweet- but not too sweet.  And this is so easy to make it's almost ridiculous!  This is definitely a recipe that works well with kids! Let them make their own.  Assemble some different ready to add fruits for them to choose from, and get some cute labels they can write their name on for storing in the refrigerator.

I ALWAYS store my parfaits in glass jars.  The glass jars make it so easy to grab and go, whether it's in the car, working at your desk, or just walking outside for a minute.  It's much easier than a big bowl or one of those plastic containers.  Not to mention it's better for the environment and Y O U!

Use any granola you like, and get creative with the fruit.  You can use anything.  If you follow me, you know by now I usually don't have a shopping list.  I buy what looks good and fresh.  I do love following a new recipe, BUT shopping intuitively is my favorite. It's exciting to see what you end up with, and it's fun figuring out what you are going to make with it!  Honestly some of my home run best recipes have come about this way.   The recipe calls for 2 - 4 dates.  Personally I believe 4 is too sweet, but you decide what you like best.  And you do not have to soak the dates. The pudding is delicious, and the texture is great either way.  Try both.

Have F U N making these, and share your fruit combinations and pictures with me! About the only thing I don't care for IN the parfait is banana because it turns brown and doesn't hold up well. However, I love slicing banana on top with a sprinkle of cacao nibs, unsweetened & unsulfured coconut, or toasted nuts.  A drizzle of blackstrap molasses for some extra iron for us Plant Based babies is a G O O D thing too.  Enjoy! xoxo

What You Need:

  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk (full fat in a can)
  • 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 2 - 4 Medjool Dates, Soaked & Pitted
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Granola & Blueberries For Layering

How To Prepare:

Step 1:  Combine everything in a high speed blender and blend until completely smooth.

Step 2:  Pour a layer of the pudding, followed by a layer of granola, followed by a layer of blueberries, and repeat until the jar is full. Saving room for finishing with the blueberries.  Makes 2 servings and stores well in the refrigerator.

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Crockpot Vegan Mexican Stuffed Peppers

First of all I'm not a photographer, and in all honesty I would be a much better "vlogger" (video). BUT I love having thi...