Chia Bar Recipe

Jessica Blackman’s Creamy Vegan Raspberry Chia Bars

We’re not even close to being vegan, but I like variety and am all about moderation. Especially with kids. I make these vegan raspberry bars that are such a treat that no one in my family knows they are vegan, or even healthy. It’s not that they wouldn’t like it if they knew, but it just makes me feel better about them eating it. And then I can save the real sugar for when absolutely necessary. Like birthdays and holidays and Tuesdays. (oops)
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Vegan Mac and Cheese

Helen’s Vegan Mac & Cheese

Of all the dinners I remember having as a kid, mac and cheese night was always the best night. Ever. Even if we had to eat spinach and roasted tomatoes with it, I would not be deterred: it was always good, no matter what.

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raw vegan pecan pie

Lizzy’s Raw Vegan Pecan Pie

My entire family is from the deep south, so you can imagine our food delicacies. Growing up, my family gatherings were centered around Carolina style barbecue, decadent pies, and game-time boiled peanuts. My grandma was known for her pecan pie – chalk full of butter, white sugar, and corn syrup. I never met my grandma, but I’ve been told she was an incredibly grounded, honest, whip-you-into-shape kind of gal. I steer clear of pecan pies these days, but I’m honored to strive towards my grandma’s sense of strength and kindness.

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Goat Cheese Broccolini Eggplant Sandwiches

Goat Cheese Broccolini Eggplant Sandwiches

When I was growing up, my mom and I spent every Tuesday night together because my dad worked late. For years, we watched Full House and ate goat cheese broccolini eggplant sandwiches (a recipe she invented), and as the ritual developed, it came to feel like a special treat during the school week. I’ve probably eaten this sandwich more times than any other meal, yet I’m still not sick of it!

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crunchy vegan carrot recipe

Michael’s Crunchy Vegan Carrots

This is an old family recipe from my aunt who passed away when I younger. She was such an inspiring women and was always the one pulling our family together, especially with her crunchy cheese carrots. My sister has been making this recipe every year in her memory. I’ve tweaked it so it’s S.W. friendly—i.e. gluten and dairy-free. Half the recipe for a family smaller than 4!

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sourdough pancake recipe

Adina & Adam’s Sourdough Pancakes

Adam and I just celebrated our 10 year anniversary, which is to say that we’re most definitely family at this point. Though we’re thinking about having kids soon, right now we’re pretty obsessed with our sourdough starter. We feed it, hire a babysitter to tend to it while we’re out of town (my sister or Adam’s brother), and do a lot of fun things together. And it doesn’t cry…so should we just leave it at three? Our most recent experiment was sourdough pancakes, and we think they turned out pretty flippin’ great (get it?). Here’s the recipe for you:

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vegan banana bread recipe

Vegan Banana Bread

Let’s talk about those overripe bananas that are sitting on your kitchen counter. Come onnnnn. You know they’re there, sitting there, taunting you, talking smack about the smoothies they could have become. (Okay, there’s still time for that. Pro-tip: cut those bad boys up, toss them in a freezer bag and whenever you’re looking for something to toss in the blender, boom: bananas.)

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Three Luxurious DIYs Just In Time for Valentine’s Day

So, there’s this old adage that if you don’t love yourself, it’s hard to love someone else. Listen, I don’t want to sound like a corny Pinterest board, but there’s something to that nugget of wisdom. Self-love begets real love.

And there are a million ways to practice self-love and its cousin, self-care. Some of them are rather profound, such as surrounding yourself with positive people or seeking out therapy. But there are other, less profound ways, too: Taking a long bath, cooking yourself a healthy dinner, laughing your ass off with your best friend.

Skincare may fall into the “less profound” route, but it’s fun, easy, and just so happens to be our expertise (though we’re happy to go to a therapy session with you, too). Here are three ultra-luxurious DIYs to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day and, well, any day.

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S.W. Recipe: Galentine’s Day Edition

Even though it is plagued by a brutally hokey name, I still consider Galentine’s Day a worthy holiday for two reasons.

One, even though I’m happily married, I think Valentine’s Day is kind of a joke. It’s basically a kinda-makes-you-feel-bad holiday invented by 1-800-FLOWERS and only celebrated in earnest by newly minted couples (the ones that don’t fart in front of each other yet), “smug marrieds” (term courtesy of Bridget Jones), and/or sugar-high third-graders. So, any holiday that attempts to subvert the sanctimonious vibe of V-Day is good by me.

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