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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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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Recipe: Vegan Zucchini Roll Ups

Hello everyone,

If you know me, you know that I love pasta, but sometimes I want something a little lighter with drastically less carbs. Spiralized carrot or zucchini is certainly on trend, but for whatever reason I simply want my noodles to taste like noodles. I can’t help it! Not to worry – there are many other healthy pasta alternatives, and my new favorite is a hearty helping of vegan zucchini roll ups.

This recipe includes all the flavor you seek in an Italian dinner, but no heavy pasta. You simply use finely sliced zucchini, sort of like a lasagna strip. The dish also includes my new favorite nut cheese which uses a mixture of pepitas, tofu, and Daiya mozzerella. It’s so, so good, and it’s much better for you than traditional ricotta cheese. Aside from the rich flavor, the best part of this recipe is that it has a quick cook time, and the “rolling” is actually quite fun.

I think this would be the perfect dish to make with your loved ones help! Please give it a try and let me know what you think!

Cheers and happy cooking!

Jocelyn

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Summer Gardening: Easier than you think!

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Ah, progress. There is no better feeling than making progress on a project that takes your time, energy and true dedication. In February, I planted 100 little seedlings. I didn’t think there was any chance that anything would come of them—I don’t have a very green thumb. Summer gardening has never been my forté.

But I was wrong. Very wrong. Two heating pads, many sprinklings of warm water, and few months later, and my basement and yard are filled with baby plants! I did learn one lesson. Don’t plant too early! I sowed some seeds a few weeks prematurely so I had to pot my squash/ zucchini outside before my garden beds were ready. Otherwise, everything is going according to schedule (or at least so says my coworker and the Farmers Almanac). 

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