Key Lime Pie Tartlets! {raw,vegan}

Let’s talk rabbit food. 

I think that when people think of plant-based, they think of tofu. And foliage. Maybe even some tree bark. Just rabbit food in general. 

And yet…I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a rabbit eat a Key Lime Pie ;)

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Or a tartlet to be exact. Is that a word? 

But first- story time. The other day I was babysitting, and the little boy I watch LOVES to cook. 

He also loves to garden. Seriously I will spend 2 hours soil-mixing, planting, and watering and nothing happens. And then he will haphazardly throw a handful of seeds out and BAM. Things start sprouting lol.

So I pretty much give him free reign in the kitchen. He wanted to make key lime pie, so I grabbed dates, limes, almonds, coconut oil, agave, oats and avocado <3 Because avocado can fix literally any kitchen disaster!

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And then these were born! 

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Rich, creamy, lime-y amazingness. And definitely kid approved :D

Key Lime Pie Tartlets {raw, vegan}
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Crust
  1. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  2. 2 dates
  3. 1/3 cup raw almonds
  4. 1 T. coconut oil
  5. 1 tsp. agave
  6. Pinch of salt
Filling
  1. 1.5 ripe avocado
  2. 1 heaping tablespoon agave
  3. Juice of 2 big limes
  4. 1 tsp. coconut oil
  5. (add more agave to taste)
Instructions
  1. Place the oats and almonds in blender and pulse until they are in small pieces. Add the rest of the crust ingredients and blend until mixture is sticky.
  2. Set dough aside.
  3. Blend filling ingredients until super smooth. Sweeten to taste. Place in a bowl in the fridge.
  4. Roll out the dough (you still want it pretty thick though)
  5. Take a small glass ( I used a shot glass) to form circles. Push your thumb down in the middle to turn it into a pie crust.
  6. Add about tablespoon of the filling to each crust.
  7. Place in freezer for ten minutes before serving. Store in fridge.
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These didn’t last two days in my house, and that’s always a good sign! 

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XOXO

Sunnie

Strawberry Banana Superfood Smoothie & San Diego!

Strawberry and banana should get married. Just sayin’ ;)

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 This past weekend we went to California and it was amazing as always. I am too in love with the beach, the sunsets, and the weather. Especially with temps at home around 112 degrees!

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 The water was really clear and the waves were huge- and there was no sharks so that’s always a plus haha ;)

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 On Saturday we visited family and then pretty much beach bummed from sun up to sun down. This sunset was worth the wait …

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 I fell in love with this place called Choice Superfood Bar and Juicery. It took about ten minutes to walk there from where we were staying and OHMYGOSH best smoothies in the world. 

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 My friend Leah got the Strawberry Zen and it was bananas, strawberry, sprouted almond milk, coconut butter, date, and Choice protein. At $8.75 per smoothie, I vowed to re create it at home..

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 And ta-dah! This happened. It tastes like ice cream and is super healthy. Bam.

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Frozen bananas give it the consistency of a milkshake.. 

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And dates make it taste like caramel..

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and strawberries to make it an Instagram worthy color ;)

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Strawberry Banana Superfood Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 and a half frozen bananas
  2. 1 handful organic strawberries
  3. 1 cup almondmilk (I made my own by blending almonds and water and straining)
  4. 1 T. maca powder
  5. 1 large date
  6. 1 T. coconut butter (optional)
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Have a great day guys!

Asian Style Tempeh Bowl with a Peanut Sauce {vegan, gluten free}

Wow. Say that title ten times fast lol.

I’m in love with this new Asian Peanut Sauce thing- it’s good on everything! 

Since it was chilly for like 2.1 seconds, I figured I had an excuse to make this warm bowl of amazingness again.  It actually stormed yesterday! Summer storms are amazing.

There’s seriously something about a desert storm. Wet sagebrush. The smell of rain and pavement. The weather being hot and cold all at once.

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But back to the recipe- I had tempeh, veggies, brown rice, and a good peanut sauce and BAM. This happened.

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Also, I went to get some lettuce from my garden and look what I found growing! A bone! Must have been all that rain ;) #gottalovezazu

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If you haven’t tried tempeh, it’s just like tofu except way better and way more protein/fiber. It’s super good in stir fries and recipes like this.. 

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Tempeh Rice Bowl with a Peanut Sauce
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups cooked brown rice
  2. 2 mushrooms
  3. 1 zucchini, diced
  4. 1 package tempeh
  5. 1/2 cup healthy peanut sauce (I got some at Whole Foods)
Instructions
  1. In a pan over medium heat, saute the zuchinni and mushroom in a little bit of Soy Sauce or Braggs. Add the tempeh and half of the peanut sauce. Cook together for about 10 minues, until tempeh looks done and is hot all the way through. Put toppings over brown rice and drizzle over more sauce.
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It seriously took ten minutes to make. Lately I’ve just been buying the cooked frozen brown rice because ummm…I forgot to add water to the rice cooker last time and it did not end well lol.

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 Easy as pie. Only about 10x easier. ;)  

Happy Wednesday!

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Fashion on the Fourth

Sometimes I wear other things besides yoga pants and barn clothes …

It’s a rare occasion though, so I felt it was worth documenting ;)

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{Shirt: Plato’s Closet- $6.00} {Shorts- hand me downs from a friend! American Eagle I think?} {Shoes: Barefoot, free} ;)

I love this owl necklace from Aeropostale! Not sure why it only has one ear but whatever haha. 

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 It was the perfect outfit for Fourth of July night- hanging out with this pup, BBQing (vegetables ;) ), and swimming. Zazu’s such a weirdo- he actually sat outside with us and watched the fireworks and liked them! He’s a strange one.

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But I love him ;)

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 And of course, plenty of bloopers. So incredibly awkward lol.

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Haha have a great day guys!

Sunnie

 

 

Wednesday in Pics

 

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

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Yesterday I managed to remember to take a few pics throughout the day. It was a perfect and pretty relaxing day off! The day started way early {why does 4:00 even exist?!} since I was taking a friend to the airport :) Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 11.22.44 PM

 Thank goodness for alarm clocks and coffee! 

Smoothies every single day! This is 3 frozen bananas, 1 packet of frozen organic pitaya, almond milk, and raw protein. It made a tonnnn and was so good!

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 Best part of the day :D

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COCONUTS are life. Seriously so good and cheaper than a lot of packaged coconut waters! 

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I posted the above coconut on instagram, and 5 seconds later got this text from my friend. It’s a long story ;)

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Look at that guilty face! #diggingtochina 

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 The making of an awesome salad…

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 and Asian Tempeh Stir Fry with peanut sauce- recipe coming soon!

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  Feeding the horses and hanging out with friends:) And apparently Socks loves watermelon…

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Sun finally started to go down…

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Writing this post and homework- I’m taking Psychology over the summer and it’s not bad at all!

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Is it time for bed yet?

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 Haha have  a great day guys!

Sally’s Smart Almonds! {review and giveaway!}

The whole roasted and salted deal is pretty cool. But let’s face it- flavors like Raspberry Vinaigrette, Orange Ginger, and Key Lime Jalepeno covering enzyme rich nuts is a whole lot cooler :D

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Sally’s Smart Foods is a awesome company in Santa Monica, California that’s obsessed with good quality almonds. They sent over each of their flavors. My favorite was the Key Lime Jalepeno, which was just a little spicy.

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 Orange Ginger was awesome too…

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 The Raspberry Vinegarette wasn’t my favorite because the flavor was so subtle, but they were still good overall.

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 And last but not least- lemon. These were just a little tangy and a little sweet.

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And the nutrition- hard to beat that ingredient list!

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They were super generous and offered four bags (one of each flavor) to one of you guys! 

To enter, just leave a comment below.

For extra entries, follow @moderngirlnutrition on Instagram or like Sally’s Smart Foods on Facebook.

I’m picking a random winner next Monday!

Happy Monday and Good luck!! :D

MIMM: Dragonfruit!

Happy Monday!

Long time no {blog} talk! Here’s whats happening.. 

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Marvelous is… PITAYA. Pitaya (dragonfruit) is my absolute new favorite. It’s high fiber, low sugar, full of antioxidants, and has this amazing color…

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 Marvelous is… horizontal running ;) Look at that lighting fast speed…

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At least this guy is a lot less lazy than Zazu! Marvelous is… not going home to change before work in order to have a few more minutes of this…

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 and then smelling like a horse my entire shift :D

Marvelous are… vegan eats. Especially when they involve copies amounts of sweet potato ‘fries’ (no oil, no salt), avocado, and healthy ketchup. Swoon.

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 And vegan eats means no limit on fruit…mangoes are proof of God. ;)

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 Marvelous is…hanging out with these two crazies…

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Not marvelous are… carts. I love work, but Carts are the bane of my existence haha. They never seem to want to cooperate with me, especially when I’m in a hurry…

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I’ve had a cart nightmare, complete with Bill Ray Cyrus belting “My Achy Breaky Cart”. Lol I shouldn’t have sugar before writing blog posts.

 Just popping in, have a great day guys!!

Sunnie

Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce? Not just for 5 year olds :D

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 It’s amazing over oatmeal, yogurt, almond butter toast, and a million other things!

The barn sent me home with a GIANT bag of apples and I had no clue how I was going to use them up.

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3 jars of applesauce, 3 bags of apple chips, and a pitcher of apple juice later I think I only have about 20 more apples. The horses would probably love to help out with that problem ;)

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Homemade Applesauce
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Ingredients
  1. about 15 apples
  2. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  3. 1.5 cup water
  4. 1 tsp nutmeg
  5. 2 tablespoons honey or agave
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice the apples, leave out the core
  2. In a large pot, combine apple slices, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey.
  3. Heat over medium high heat and cover. Cook for about 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, and Let cool for about 15 minutes
  5. Transfer to blender or food processor, and blend until smooth (or leave chunky)
  6. Store in refrigerator
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 and wala!

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Happy Monday! 

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32 pictures. 32 pictures later and these are the best selfies I get with Zazu. 

We’re a little dysfunctional ;)

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 Breakfast anyone? I’m hooked on this Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie. The protein is awesome- you can get that brand at Whole Foods for 2.99- not too shabby!

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And speaking of Whole Foods, I got a job there! :D I love it. Everyone there is so so nice, and the time flies because it’s a super busy job. 

The customers are pretty awesome too :)

There’s always something going on and you have to be thinking, which I love. The other day I got asked for vegan, gluten free, and soy free low-sugar whipped cream. 

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Bless Whole Food’s heart, they had like a million non-whipped-cream whipped creams ;)

And there’s always a millisecond of panic when someone asks you if you know where something is and you’re like “Of course!”               

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  *tries to remember where thing is*

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But all in all, all my coworkers are so funny and there’s great energy in the store :D

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And obviously…

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I’ve been really good about trying to pack dinner, etc, but yeahhh….

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*when my mom asks where my paycheck went*

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Hehe just kidding!

Anyways just wanted to pop in for a minute, have a lovely day guys! 

XOXO

Sunnie

Salted Caramel Apricot Recipe Base {raw, vegan, gf}

The happiest place on Earth is Disneyland the barn. :D

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The smell of hay, the sound of horses breathing, all of it. 

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Anddd… there’s apricots! Like seriously…how? I have trouble growing flowers. (I need help in the remembering-to-water department) ;)

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Guess who else loves organic apricots? The birds, caterpillars, and definitely the horses, so they go fast. 

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 Right as I was finishing up this recipe, my camera died. So I whipped out my trusty ol’ phone and about 0.36 seconds later it decided it was done for the night too. Soooo – change of plans. This recipe is a base for a crust and filling- and after that you have to be creative and make them into whatever you want :) Thumbprint cookies, raw pies, or energy bars- it’s up to you!

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And the dates in this recipe taste exactly like caramel, especially mixed with salt and almond butter. They really are candy nature’s candy… (That’s an excuse to eat copious amounts of them, right?) ;) I already expressed my love for them once on here before…

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And if you’re still not convinced to try it, this recipe is jam-packed with fiber, healthy fats, and also protein. Winning.  :D

Salted Caramel and Apricot Recipe Base
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Crust
  1. 1 cup almonds
  2. 10 dates
  3. 1 heaping T. almond butter
  4. 2 pinches of salt
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla
Filling
  1. about 2 cups apricots, very ripe
Instructions
  1. Place almonds in the blender and pulse until they are broken down.
  2. Add dates, almond butter, vanilla, and salt, and pulse until combined- it should be very sticky, if not, add some more almond butter or another date.
  3. Set mixture aside.
  4. Split apricots in half, put in your empty blender
  5. Pulse unitl broken down, like a jam
  6. Get creative!
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Have a great week!

XOXO

Sunnie

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