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Homemade Chicken and Jackfruit Enchiladas

Homemade Chicken and Jackfruit Enchiladas

It's more fun when you bring more people into the kitchen to share a meal with you.

My sister brought over some jackfruit a few days ago and I thought to myself, "What the hell do I want to do with this?"

I wasn't in the mood for BBQ since I had that the night before and I didn't want it Asian style since I'm making bahn mi pizza later this week.

After a few minutes on Google for ideas, the idea of enchiladas came up.

But not just any enchiladas...

Easy Cheezy Vegan Zoodles

Easy Cheezy Vegan Zoodles

Winter is near in Chicago, which means lots of pizza, pasta, soups, and stews are eaten. This is when a lot of people tend to gain weight because it’s cold out, dark earlier, and with the holidays coming up, it’s easy to lose sight of a healthy diet. People start going outside less, so they aren’t getting as much physical activity. Instead, it gets to be an opportunity for exploration and creativity of cooking healthier options. The good thing is that all pizza, pasta, soups, and stews don’t have to be heavy. Why not try lightening up your pasta dish with this Easy Cheezy Vegan Zoodles?!

Easy Vegan Pesto

Easy Vegan Pesto

Pesto is such an amazing and versatile food. I can seriously put it on almost everything. From eggs to pasta to pizza, pesto is a great sauce to add to make any dish taste even better! Unfortunately, there are more and more people that are becoming sensitive to dairy. Lucky for you, thanks to the help of Minimalist Baker, I found this delicious recipe that tastes almost identical to the dairy version. Check out this tasty recipe for easy vegan pesto!

Vegan Ramen

Vegan Ramen

All this talk about making me feel like a kid again has reminded me on how much we truly are those kids we thought we lost. I remember being a kid and playing outside in the cool, breezy weather almost daily. I went out for a bike ride with my friends feeling the wind blow through my face and hair. I felt like I was so free and like I was flying. I would come back home to the smell of Ramen noodles awaiting me for dinner! So warm and cozy after a day outside! I would cuddle by the fireplace, eat my Ramen, and watch cartoons on a regular basis.

Lentil Stew

Lentil Stew

It’s been quite a rainy day today in Chicago. All I’ve wanted to do is stay inside, cuddle, and read a good book. Maybe a bit tempted to go dance in the rain! While I love doing all those things, it can be really easy to get into a lazy funk on these days (I’ve been there), it can also be used as a great opportunity to make a delicious home cooked meal with your family to enjoy on a night in like this one. With some help from Radical Root Farms, I prepared a fresh veggie and lentil stew. It has all fresh, organic veggies straight from their garden like swiss chard, potatoes, fennel, and scallions. Mix in some spices and some veggie broth to have yourself a delicious, easy, healthy lentil stew. The recipe is as follows:

Vegan Mac & Cheese

Vegan Mac & Cheese

Who doesn't love mac & cheese?! I personally grew up on that stuff as a kid and in college with it being a huge part of my diet. I’m sure most of us can say the same. However, with all of the food sensitivities we're seeing in our society in this day and age, we can’t eat the same foods we used to anymore without feeling bloated, heavy, and miserable. Luckily, this doesn’t have to be the case anymore. Give that old story a rest with this delicious recipe that is not only gluten and dairy free, but contains tons of veggies and protein. Who says you can’t eat your old childhood favorites anymore?! Now, you can enjoy this delicious vegan mac & cheese with my recipe below:

Smoky Butternut Squash Pasta and Greens

Smoky Butternut Squash Pasta and Greens

Mac & cheese with veggies? Yes please! Who would have ever thought we could have our same childhood staples transformed into a healthier, lightened up dish?! With butternut squash pasta sauce, now you and your children can enjoy this delicious dish without even realizing you are eating vegetables. Take a look at this recipe for butternut squash pasta with greens below: