Sweet Potato and Apple Quinoa Salad

Sweet Potato and Apple Salad

Sweet Potato and Apple Quinoa Salad

Did you think colorful lunch bowls were just for summer? Think again! This sweet potato and apple quinoa salad is full of spinach and walnuts with a bright dressing. Call it a Buddha bowl, hippie bowl, goddess bowl – whatever you call it, make sure you give this a try! Continue reading

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Mushroom and Leek Rice

Leek and Mushroom Rice

mushroom and leek rice recipe

I grew up eating risotto often and I totally took it for granted! Lately, I’ve been making it more but sometimes risotto can be too demanding and time-consuming. This dinner takes about 1 hour and the results are a creamy delicious dish that can be served by itself or with a protein. Continue reading

Mango Papaya Smoothie Bowl

Vegan Mango Papaya Smoothie Bowl

Mango Papaya Smoothie Bowl

If you’re on Pinterest or Instagram, by now you have seen those beautiful smoothie bowls! Some are filled to the brim with colorful fruit, others have intricate designs, while others are simple but drool-worthy. Thanks to the new cookbook, Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking, I finally gave them a shot.  Continue reading

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Apple Cider Vinaigrette The Urben Life Blog

By now we all know the benefits of apple cider vinegar, but if you don’t or need a refresher give this post a read and find out my new favorite way to get my intake!  Continue reading

Frugal Vegan Cookbook + Falafel Bowl with Israeli Couscous

Falafel Bowl with Israeli Couscous

Frugal Vegan

I love vegan cooking and baking! It’s easy, inexpensive, and healthy. You heard that right! Eating vegan is a frugal and tasty lifestyle change–even if you only support Meatless Mondays or cut out meat a few meals per week. I’ve been stocking up on cookbooks because they bring me so much inspiration and I had to share this awesome recipe with you. If you love simple and delicious recipes as much as I do, you’ll love FRUGAL VEGAN by Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee of Well VeganContinue reading

Taco Quinoa Skillet

Taco Quinoa Skillet

Taco Quinoa Skillet

I’ve been on a real quinoa kick lately! It’s such an easy and versatile base to many of my favorite lunches and dinners. This recipe is the perfect way to eat lighter and healthier when you’re craving tacos… Which I do at least once a week!  Continue reading

Spicy Garlic Peanut Noodles

Spicy Garlic Peanut Noodles

Spicy Garlic Peanut Noodles

Something I don’t have enough of – noodles!! Why? I couldn’t tell you because I love them! I used to have noodles all the time, on their own, with veggies, or with a protein. This recipe was inspired by an awesome bowl of noodles I had while out to dinner several months ago. It’s savory with a little kick and a whole lot of crunch!  Continue reading