Recipe: Zucchini Cream Cheese Tart

Hello everyone,

I don’t know about you, but for me, it is a summer of squash! I’ve eaten more zucchini and yellow squash the past two months than I had in two years. Contributing to my massive increase in squash consumption is the fact that I planted a plethora of zucchini in my garden, and my parents brought me some beautiful vegetables from a relative’s garden in West Virginia.

I’ve also been eyeing the “just so happens to be vegan” puff pastry from Pepperidge Farms. I put two and two together and decided to put a vegan spin on a classic cream cheese tart. Admittedly, I had no idea what I was doing with the puff pastry, and it was nothing short of a miracle that this recipe worked out. It was quick, it was easy, and if I could do it, you can, too!

There is something so comforting about a flaky crust smothered in faux cream cheese and  olive oil lightly drizzled over zucchini with herbs. Ahh. This really is a perfect recipe for your next summer get together. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

Cheers & happy eating!

Jocelyn

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July Savings: Rewards on Earth Balance, Gardein, Udi’s and more!

Hello everyone,

Happy July! I hope the holiday treated you well. I’ve scoured the internet for the best deals and I found a new cash back update on a variety of vegan-friendly brands.

Right now you get a code for a $7.00 virtual prepaid MasterCard when you purchase any (3) Glutino, Udi’s, Earth Balance, Gardein, or Evol on a single receipt and e-mail a picture to boulder@uploadreceipt.com. The best part – you can submit three receipts from now through September 30, 2017. That’s $21 cash back!

Be sure to checkout my full savings round up below! Cheers & happy shopping!

Jocelyn

PS – As always, in case you missed them, check out my top ways to save and other recent savings posts.

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Summer Party Ideas & Recipes

Hello everyone,

Are you busy preparing for the long holiday weekend? If you’re like me, that means three trips to the grocery store to pick up all the items you keep forgetting and hours in the kitchen obsessing over which side salad to make for your guests. Well I’ve got a helping of 4th of July Party Ideas & Recipes ready to go. And the one thing I know I don’t have to worry about is which faux meat to grill.

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My hands down, favorite veggie dog is the LightLife Jumbo Smart Dog. This slightly larger dog actually fits the length of traditional hot dog buns, and it has the perfect texture + taste combo. Try it topped with a little mustard, ketchup, red onion and vegan cheese.

It’s so good and without the guilt—it’sonly 100 calories with 3.5g of fat and 4g carbs, plus it has 13g of protein! Even better, they are vegan and non-GMO. Healthy and hot dogs don’t exactly go together like pb&j, but this veggie dog seems to do the trick!

These veggie dogs are especially good if you lightly char them on the grill. And I do mean lightly. If you let them go too long, they’ll blacken and get a little “rubbery.” However, if you cook them just long enough, it makes for the perfect summer snack! If it’s a rainy day youcan also use a griddle. As you head to the store this weekend, remember to pick some of these up. Right now you can save $2.00 off any two LightLife products through Mambo Sprouts.

Okay. So now you know which veggie dog to cook. What else? Well for me, I’ll probably whip up a creamy, vegan old-fashioned coleslaw or maybe opt for an asian-inspired slaw. Of course, I have to make my signature macaroni salad, and maybe a summer bean salad, too. Plus, you can’t forget dessert! Perhaps I’ll go with vegan Rice Krispie Treats or maybe some melty, satisfying s’mores if the weather is just right for a fire.

Tell me, what are you planning for your holiday weekend?

Cheers!

Jocelyn

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Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream

Hello everyone,

Looking for a place to grab an iced soy latte, vegan-friendly lunch, or perhaps a sweet treat? Check out my updated list of my favorite vegan-friendly places around Northeast Ohio under Vegan Cleveland. Just added—Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream.

Mitchell's Homemade Ice CreamAh, summer. A time to relax, spend time with friends, and enjoy ice cream on a hot day. Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream serves up summer treats using only the best locally sourced organic ingredients. Plus, they generally have two vegan flavors, currently vegan salted caramel pecan and chocolate. Looking for a fruiter option? Mitchell’s also makes sorbet (lemon, mango, and raspberry) without dairy and it’s fat free!

I highly recommend getting a single scoop of the vegan salted caramel pecan on a sugar cone! The rich coconut milk flavored with homemade toasted pecan butter, caramelized brown sugar and sea salt is delicious! You’ll fool all your dairy loving friends with this sweet treat! Next time you’re in Northeast Ohio be sure to give this local ice cream parlor a try!

Cheers,

Jocelyn

*Disclaimer – I received these products free for testing. All opinions are my own. I only work with companies and brands I personally support.

Vegan in Warsaw

Hello fellow travelers,

In May, I was lucky enough to head to Warsaw, Poland for a few days. While I didn’t have much time to sightsee, I made sure I was able to visit a few baroque palaces and gardens, the Uprising Museum, and of course, eat at a few vegan-friendly restaurants. Being vegan in Warsaw, I was expecting to find vegan versions of Polish staples like dumplings and perogies. Instead, I found a wealth of Italian, Mediterranean, and asian vegan cuisine. And it was excellent! Below is a brief collection of restaurants and mouth watering photos to go with them!

Enjoy, fellow vegan travelers!

Jocelyn

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