Vegan Green Goddess Buddha bowl
Vegan Green Goddess Buddha Bowl

Vegan Green Goddess Buddha Bowl

Hey Mamas, welcome back to the blog! Today I am sharing one of my favorite and most versatile recipes that our family enjoys; the buddha bowl! There are a million different ways to make these bowls and today we are sharing the Vegan Green Goddess Buddha Bowl version. I could eat green goddess dressing every single day if I could!

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Social Distancing Blues
Got the Social Distancing Blues? Here are 10 simple ways to care for yourself during these unexpected times.

Got The Social-Distancing Blues? Here are 10 Simple Ways to Care For Yourself during these unexpected times.

Welcome back, Mamas. Gosh…more than 3 weeks under this lockdown madness has me feeling some Social Distancing Blues. It kinda crept up out of nowhere. For 23 days I was positive, enthusiastic, ready to help, smiling and waving at all the faraway people walking past my tiny balcony, and even filling my feeds with blog posts, stories and all of the ideas to make it through. Read more

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50+ productive things to do while practicing social distancing
50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home (Social Distancing and Quarantine Ideas!)

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home (Social Distancing/Quarantine Ideas!)

Welcome back to the blog! Our family is currently on day number 20 of the lockdown here in Italy and we have compiled a list of 50+ things you can do while staying at home to keep yourself and others safe! It was extremely helpful to jot these down in my journal and check them off one by one these past 3 weeks when boredom struck and I was tempted to grab the phone or the remote once again (I’m not a big screen fan and too much screen time really has a negative effect on me!).

If you are in need of some practical, simple, fun, mindful, and productive things to do while at home, try these out!

A Simple Story of Our Ikea Kitchen

Become Your Own Repair Man/Woman!

50+ things to do while staying at home

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

2. Turn old/ragged clothes into makeshift cloth wipes, handkerchiefs, headscarves, or even a makeshift quilt?!

3. Look for an old appliance (usually stored somewhere in the garage or attic) and attempt to fix it! Take it apart, go crazy. Teach your kids how things work. Teach yourself how things work. Nearly every appliance has a youtube series!

4. Go through your closet and check for any clothes with snags, holes, buttons missing….we all have something to repair! Try your hand mending the clothes. I promise, the more you do it, the better you will get at it!

5. Unclog all of your drains. Yuck. I know. But better now than a year from now when you have a huge bill. You can also youtube how to do this at home too!

6. Think about all the times you have called someone to come fix/repair something. Now, I want you to learn the basics of that skill. For us, we found that we always called our friends to come to help us with simple drilling/nailing/fixer-uppers. After just 4 days of youtube videos, Martin and I became pros! Now we are running around trying to revamp everything in the house haha.

Create Your Own Cleaning Supplies!

50+ things to do while staying at home

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

8. Stock up on some castile soap, baking soda, distilled white vinegar, and even essential oils to become the master of DIY cleaning!

9. Just use a few drops of castile soap and clean your dishes in no time!

10. For a household cleaning spray, fill a spray bottle with a quarter of vinegar, fill nearly all the way with water and then squirt some castile soap inside. Add a few drops of essential oils (like lemon) if you wish. Shake up and spray away!!

11. Clean your tub: Mix together 1 part castile soap with 2 parts water. Shake up. Sprinkle baking soda around the rim of the tub and then spray and wipe clean! I use this every time!

12. Infuse your distilled white vinegar (to kill that smell) with lemon peels, orange peels, rosemary, lavender, grapefruit peels, or whatever else you wish! A few drops of essential oils are also great too. Let sit in a cool and dark place for 6 weeks and then be amazed at the amazing smell! Dilute with water before spraying.

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

Re-Organize those Messy Zones

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

14. Completely clear out the pantry and start from scratch. Recycle, sort, and organize nice and slow with intention. Every single thing in your pantry can be organized in a few different ways. I like to sort by beans/lentils, flour/oats, spices/herbs, condiments, sweets/baking supplies, and the bottom I use for plant-based milk and randoms (random but organized in my own way).

15. Clean out the junk drawers! Recycle, sort, organize, etc each item. I noticed that a lot of items in the junk drawers were just items that were displaced from their proper space in our home. Lighters belong with the candles, broth bouillons belong with the spices and herbs, random jar tops belong in their cloth bag that hangs in the pantry, etc. Give each item its proper place.

16. Check underneath the beds. What’s going on under there? If completely empty, you may be able to store extra sheets/blankets underneath in a small bin and make room for other items in your closet space. If full, start organizing and clearing the dust.

17. Other obvious places: Storage room, attic, garage. I mean….these could go on forever haha. Pace yourself and just do a little at a time.

Get Set for the New Season

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

19. If you have ever been interested in a capsule wardrobe, now is the time! You can check out my full blog post on it here.

20. When an item no longer works for your closet, take the time to find it a new home. We have plenty of time now to ask our friends and family if they would like the piece of clothing (I love to give my old clothes to my god-daughter!) or you can even throw it up on Facebook marketplace! You can list it for free as first come first serve if you do not want to deal with all of the back and forths too!

21. Get to know some new local, slow, sustainable and mindful brands around your home! You will be surprised at how many amazing local shops there are around the world. I have had the pleasure of working with so many and would never go back to the department stores.

22. Second-hand online shopping: no need to shell out major cash for items that you need. You can easily shop at the many second-hand online shops and have a ball!

All Of Those Forgotten Things

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

24. Register your appliances! And all that other stuff you bought 🙂

25. Go through your e-mail inbox and unsubscribe from anything that does not serve you.

26. Check your paper mail and ask to longer receive paper bills to help our amazing tree friends.

27. Sort out all of your receipts from the previous year for taxes. Maybe you can make up a new system!

28. Create a new budget for the rest of the year. You now know that you can live without SO many items, get to saving!

Create Your Own Skin Care Line!

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

30. Make one of the millions of DIY beauty recipes online! Face masks, face washes, oils, serums, etc. The lists never end.

31. I love to combine castile soap, distilled water, and a mixture of essential oils for an amazing face wash.

32. Mixing together bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar makes a brilliant mask that I use weekly!

33. You can also add some bentonite clay to your next bath for an amazing detox.

34. Coconut oil can work wonders for certain types of hair and skin. Try it out (I would start with a little at first) to see if you are one of the lucky ones! I love to use it on my legs.

35. Add sweet almond oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil to your next bath to wind down and relax from all of your hard work!

Clean Up the Forgotten Items

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

37. For the makeup brushes, I like to use 1 part castile soap and 2 parts water. Wash the brushes, bristles down, until the water runs clear and then lay flat on a towel to dry.

38. Gather up all the toys around the house and give a good wash with 1 part distilled white vinegar and 2 parts water. You could also use the Castile soap mixture for this too!

39. Grab a chair and get to the top of your kitchen shelves. Do a quick rinse on all of those forgotten glasses/vases/random odds and ends.

40. Using a 1 part vinegar and 2 part water spray, do a quick clean of all of your framed photos. They will look like new!

Organize All The Libraries

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

42. After you have sorted through your hardcover books, take a dabble at your digital library. I found books that I purchased over 8 years ago!

43. Be sure to go through the music and movie library as well. I had an absolute blast finding old iTunes music that I purchased when it first came out. It was full of Jewel, Alanis, and smashing pumpkins. Best day ever! haha

44. Create a new wishlist of books, movies, and music. I’m big on not impulse buying and instead, sitting on the things that I want for a while. I also love to look for the items in second-hand shops or some other way. For digital goods, I usually just use a service like Spotify or pandora.

45. For any physical goods that you no longer want, you can add them to free public outdoor libraries or simply place them in a box with a sign saying “FREE BOOKS!”. I only do this when I can keep an eye on the box. We don’t want them to get accidentally thrown away!

46. Lastly, go through your photo libraries. This could take you years! haha

Organize All The Libraries

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

48. Cooking classes online are great for anyone to learn some new skills. You can learn how to glaze, saute, and whip like a pro!

49. If you have any musical instruments in the house (forgotten guitar, harmonica, etc), learn how to tune and play the instrument all from the comfort of your living room!

50. Dancing classes (ballet, jazz, tap) are all available online and SO MUCH FUN!!

51. You can take a language class (or use an app like Duolingo) and impress on your next vacation.

52. Anything your heart desires, take that class. Sewing, knitting, felting, crochet, ballet, yoga, hip hop, handstands, hair styling, make up tutorials, movie making, code writing….it’s all there and you can learn! Have a blast!

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Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Simple and Easy At-Home Ideas for Toddler Play!

Got Toddlers at Home? Here is our list of Simple and Easy Indoor Activities for Toddlers!

Welcome back to the blog! Our Instagram page has been blowing up with questions and wonderful input for how we can keep our toddlers creative, inspired, imaginative, and active. With the current shut-down of daycares and preschools around the globe, we are thrilled to share this list with our community.

I absolutely love this stage in my children’s life. They are big balls of energy and activity and soak things up like a sponge! No need for homework, tests or any of that boring stuff. We can literally just play ALL day! Woop Woop!

So, without further blabbing (like always), I’m just gonna get into it because my toddlers are currently destroying my house and I need to get off this computer to avoid permanent damage hahaha.

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Sensory Play

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Probably one of our all-time favorites from around 6 months of age! All you need is a low dipped bucket/container/washing basin of some sort (not too tall or it’s super uncomfortable for the little ones), a sheet to lay on the floor for all the spills (super easy clean up), the sensory choice (sand, polenta, chia seeds, water, beans, etc), tools to help them play (scoops, cups, bowls, old plastic bottles from whatever, etc), and freedom! Freedom is key here. Let them explore and imagine whatever they wish!

Some great, SIMPLE sensory ideas

  • Polenta (this is a bright yellow and kids love it)
  • Chia seeds with water and food coloring (You can choose any food color you like – or make your own with beet powder/turmeric powder!)
  • Water (Probably the cleanest option and kids always love to play with water. I like to keep water play outside)

Some fun additions

  • Old muffin tins for the kids to fill up
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Toy cars/Hidden toys in the sensory bins for them to find
  • Cookie cutters (only use the ones without the sharp edges)
  • Flowers (I love to add flowers and leaves to our bins)

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Building

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Toddlers can build with anything. ANYTHING. My sons use their actual building blocks very rarely and instead like to build with sticks, yoga blocks, cans, old cardboard boxes that I have saved, and whatever else they can get their hands on.

I love to show them how they can tear the building down without fear or sadness and then make a really fun game out of it. Then I retreat to the corner with my book and let them go at it for a good 45 minutes haha.

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Sing and Dance

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

I have never met a child who does not like to sing and dance. If you have a good amount of energy, put on some fun music and dance with your kids! This is where the most magical memories are made, in my humble opinion. We absolutely sing and dance at LEAST once a day. Sometimes up to 10 times a day. It’s always a wonderful break to take after a meltdown or a sibling fight as well.

I love to sing and dance to kids’ songs. You can simply type in “Super simple songs” or just “Kid Dance Songs” into your Spotify or amazon music. The playlists are great! Try to keep the TV off for this time and just use the music to keep the kids moving and shaking!

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Imitate Mom and Dad

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

This is Martin’s favorite thing to do with the boys when he gets home! He asks the boys to come over to him and then says…..

Ok Guys, can you do…..THIS?! (and he kicks his leg or jumps up and down)

And then the boys try to copy daddy!

This goes on for 30 minutes sometimes haha and it’s hilarious.

Some fun things for imitation:

  • Honestly, any workout move. Pushups are always HILARIOUS
  • Pretend you are a bird, dog, cat, mouse, etc
  • Clapping, stomping, jumping, spinning
  • Pretend nap and then make loud alarm songs to get up!
  • Imitate clean up. This works like a charm for littles to learn how to clean a mess of toys up.
  • Balance: Balance on one leg, balance sitting on your butt with one or two legs up, etc.
  • Numbers: Can you copy daddy jumping three times? How about four times?

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Tape A Track

This is the one we are actually doing today! All you need is some painters tape and your imagination.

Simply tape a carpet or the floor with the painter’s tape to create your very own maze or race track for the little’s cars! You can make walkways, zig-zag race tracks, a simple village, or whatever else you can think of. Have fun!

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Painting (in the tub!)

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Tape some large pieces of paper to the bathtub wall (or let them paint the tile, it’s up to you) and place the kiddos in the tub with brushes and paint! They can finger paint, face paint, body paint….honestly it does not matter because you can easily clean them up when they are finished. Woo hoo!

I love finger paints for this activity but any will work. You can also use our favorite Stabilo crayons for this for a mixture of paint and crayons with an easy grip for the kids. Whatever you feel like!

Toddler Play at Home: Cloud Gazing

toddler play at home

I didn’t even realize how much of a hit this was until we were under quarantine for 7 days and the boys kept laying on the balcony and staring at the clouds. It was so sweet and heartwarming. If you are stuck at home with just a balcony, try this out for sure. It’s really fun to make up characters and figures in the clouds with the littles!

Toddler Play at Home: Crayon on a string or in a box

toddler play at home

This was a super cute idea from one of our amazing followers! Tie a string around a crayon or marker and attach it to a box. The little can then color and you won’t’ have to worry too much about them running to your walls and going nuts while you use the bathroom haha. Another great idea is to get a huge box and then sit you little inside and just let them go wild with a bunch of crayons and markers!! I like to cut out little holes like windows so they can feel like they are in a house built just for them!

Toddler Play at Home: Toilet Paper Tunnels

Save all your paper rolls (from wherever) and then make fun tunnels for cars or balls! Simple tape the rolls onto the floor and make a super fun track for the kids to go wild with.

You can even color them and tape them vertically on a wall and make it a color game. Color one red, one blue and one green. Give the babes a bunch of toys/balls in those colors and have them drop the color matches down the chute into a bucket!

Toddler Play at Home: Build A Box

toddler play at home

Take all those boxes from deliveries and create the kid’s favorite spaces!

You can make a car wash, fire station, police station, dollhouse, and whatever else your child’s heart desires! One of our followers built an amazing fire station for her little and we cannot wait to get started on our own!

Toddler Play at Home: Gardening

kids gardening

My children are obsessed with watering plants and the entire concept behind gardening. Each morning we water something new (even if a fake plant hahaha) and talk about vegetables and fruit. It is truly a wonderful experience and I think your little will love it as well!

Toddler Play at Home: Cooking

cooking with kids

Our children started to help me cook in the kitchen at just 1 year old and I could not recommend it enough! They learn so much about safety, vegetables, spices, herbs and so much more. Leo MUST help me make dinner each night – it’s not even a question anymore haha.

How my children help in the kitchen

  • They add all of my pre-measured spices into the pots for me
  • Mix all of the mixtures (hot or cold) with their large wooden spoons
  • Both kids love to peel the vegetables (carrots and potatoes are their favorites) and help me dice.
  • They collect the vegetable scraps and place them in the compost.

Toddler Play at Home: Frozen Prizes!

Another idea from our followers! So for this one, you will need to freeze items like candy, little toys, or even leaves/sticks/whatever you got. Freeze them into cubes and then place into a bowl and give the children sea salt and water to melt them down to find the prize! Such a cute idea. Our follower told us that this gives here a solid 20 minutes of time to do her yoga :). I Love it!

Toddler Play at Home: Dress Up!

dress up with kids

Dress up time! This was probably my favorite activity as a child; I would dress up every single day and play all sorts of imaginary games.

My mother sent over a bunch of fun dress-up outfits for the boys but you can honestly make up whatever you wish with old clothes, some markers, string, and lots of imagination! Have fun!

Toddler Play at Home: Any Sort of Drop in a Box

toddler play at home

Kids will drop rocks or objects down holes forever if you let them haha. This photo was taken yesterday in our driveway and Leo sat here for 30 minutes, just as happy as can be! You can make something like this out of boxes, paper, with old crates….pretty much anything you can think of!

Toddler Play at Home: Bubbles

Toddler Play At Home

I save bubbles only for emergencies haha. My arm seriously gets tired blowing these bubbles because kids will want you to do this for hours before moving on. I keep a little bottle of bubble solution in a secret spot for when we are truly in need.

Toddler Play at Home: House Hold Chores

Watering plants, putting clothes away, folding, washing dishes, sorting, drying dishes, sweeping, mopping….you name it and kids can do it. We keep our house free of any harmful chemicals and toxins so they boys can truly help us with every single chore. They love it, we love it, and my semi-clean house is happy!

Toddler Play at Home: Bonding with Furry Friends

Staying home with children is such a treat for our furry friends. Our cat likes to sleep a lot during the day, but when he is awake he wants all of the attention. The boys help me to feed him, brush him, play with him and they love watching as I clean his kitty litter!

That’s all for today, loves! I hope you are staying healthy and happy out there and that these tips can help you find more joy and sanity at home:).

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I never in a million years thought I would have to write a post about this. A pandemic? Preparing for one? Welp, as Italian citizens, we are now living in the middle of one and what better way than to help others around the world than to share exactly how we prepared for the Corona Virus?

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Our Favorite Vegan Probiotics
Our Favourite Vegan Probiotics and Prebiotics for a Healthy Gut and Immune System

Our Family Favourite Vegan Probiotics and Prebiotics for a Healthy Gut and Immune System

Welcome back to the blog! Today we are chatting all about probiotics and prebiotics to get everyone’s gut happy and healthy. As a family, we make sure to include at least one of our Favourite Vegan Probiotics in our bellies each day along with their partnering prebiotic friends. If you are new to adding either of these to your diet, then you may be super surprised at how many of these you are already intaking!

Vegan Probiotic & Prebiotic foods for a healthy gut and immune system

What are probiotics? Why do I need them?

They are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your digestive system and your overall health. Live bacteria may not sound good, but in fact, these are good bacteria that are super helpful because they keep our guts healthy. I am a firm believer in our gut being the basis of our health – so you bet your butt we ensure that we reach our daily requirement for them!

Another great benefit of probiotics is that they help your body to fight the good fight when you are on antibiotics. Antibiotics are great for fighting infections but you do lose a lot of good bacteria during this fight. By adding probiotics to your daily routine while also taking antibiotics, you are ensuring that your body is well armed for the big battle.

Probiotics also help to balance your good and bad bacteria to feel as good as you should. SO many of us have no idea how good our bodies can feel; we are so used to feeling sluggish and tired all the time. By listening to our bodies and taking the proper precautions, we can find out how amazing life can truly be.

Our Family Favourite Vegan Probiotics: Unpasteurized Sauerkraut

This fermented cabbage dish is an amazing source of the probiotic Lactobacillus. Sauerkraut is available at most stores around the world and can even be made in your own home. I absolutely love to add sauerkraut to sandwiches and salads; it is a real treat over here where we live! Don’t worry if you are not a fan of this fermented dish, we have plenty of others on our list.

Our Family Favourite Vegan Probiotics: Tempeh

sliced tempeh

This is probably one of the easiest to add to our family’s diet because the boys are obsessed with tempeh. If you haven’t tried this amazing fermented tofu yet, then you absolutely must! It has a delicious nutty flavor and cooks so beautifully with a simple blend of soy sauce and maple syrup.

Here is my favorite way to cook tempeh:

A block of tempeh, sliced into strips

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 cup vegetable broth

Simply slice the tempeh into strips and add to a skillet with 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1/2 cup of vegetable broth. Bring to a quick boil and then simmer on low to allow the tempeh to soak in the yummy goodness of the sauce. Feel free to add in any extra spices or herbs as you wish. I love to play around with spices – so many options! Once the broth has evaporated, flip and cook on the other side until brown. Serve in anything and everything!

Our Family Favourite Vegan Probiotics: Sourdough Bread

If you follow our weekly meal plans, then you know we are all about the sourdough bread. This bread is such an amazing probiotic and can even be made at home. Traditionally, sourdough bread begins with a sourdough starter where one allows the flour and water to ferment over several days. This is when the good bacteria are formed and turns into your delicious probiotic bread!

It is crucial to understand that not all sourdough bread of today contains probiotics. I highly recommend finding a baker that you trust (think a little shop bakery) or creating your own. Always check the ingredients before purchasing sourdough bread to ensure that it has been fermented!

Our Family Favourite Vegan Probiotics: Miso

This is another super easy addition to any diet. One could add miso to dressings, broth, marinades and so much more. Miso comes in a powder or paste form that can easily be turned into a delicious broth for the cold and flu season. I remember growing up and everyone telling me that miso soup was so much better than chicken noodle soup and now we know why! It’s all about those probiotics.

*Be sure to keep the miso soup water warm when mixing in the paste or powder. Hot water can kill some of your much need probiotic magic!

Our Family Favourite Vegan Probiotics: Vegan Probiotic Yogurts

Not all yogurts are created equal, so be sure to read the labels and find a yogurt brand that boasts about their probiotic cultures. Be sure to check the label for Lactobacillus. You can also purchase probiotic tablets from your local health food store and add these into a homemade yogurt recipe! We love to make our own yogurt with the following recipe;

Homemade Vegan Yogurt

1 package silken tofu

1 pineapple, diced

Juice of one lemon

probiotic tablet, opened and powder added to the mix

Maple syrup as needed to sweeten

Simply blend and store in the refrigerator until the yogurt has set.

Just a little tip, if you are a yogurt lover, I would suggest going with a vegan culture starter like this one here. It will give you a much more store-bought yogurt version. 

Our Family Favourite Vegan Probiotics: Kombucha

SCOBY starter kit

Kombucha has definitely made a come back in recent years. This fermented tea can be made at home for a very inexpensive beverage or store-bought for a very expensive one. It’s your pick!

To create your own, you will need a SCOBY starter kit like this one here. 

I really like making our own kombucha because other than the benefits, it’s just really fun to watch. The kids love it!

**Kombucha does contain a small percentage of alcohol. I would test your homemade batch to be sure the levels are low enough if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Our children do not drink kombucha; they have plenty of other probiotic foods to snack on. Just a helpful tip!

Our Family Favourite Vegan Probiotics: Pickled Veggies

Pickled foods are amazing for probiotics (and sodium too – so eat in moderation). You can pickle your own veggie or purchase them at farmers’ markets or health food shops. Some amazing vegetables to pickle are cucumbers, green beans, radishes, cauliflower, and bell peppers.

Our Family Favourite Vegan Probiotics: Kimchi

This is another fermented cabbage dish but with a real spicy kick. I LOVE kimchi. You can make your own kimchi at home, which I highly recommend.

Homemade Kimchi, click here for the recipe!

Our Top 10 Favourite Vegan Probiotics: Supplements

If none of these options float your boat, then you can always opt for vegan probiotic supplements. 

The Easy List of Prebiotics for a Healthy Gut and Immune System

Prebiotics are not as popular as their buddy, the probiotics, but please do not forget about these powerhouses! Ensuring your proper intake of prebiotics is very important to support the grown of healthy bacteria, which fights off pathogenic or disease-promoting bacteria.

  • Mushrooms
  • Whole Oats
  • Barley
  • Leeks
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • CHicory
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Legumes

Additionally, here are a few of our favorite prebiotic brands to get you started

Vegan Probiotic & Prebiotic foods for a healthy gut and immune system

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Vegan Chicken-less Noodle Soup
Vegan Chicken-less Noodle Soup (My favourite soup for the Cold and Flu Season!)

Vegan Chicken-less Noodle Soup in 30 minutes!

Welcome back to the blog, loves! I am so excited to share my absolute favorite soup of all time with our community. This soup comes together in just about 30 minutes and can even be frozen for batch cooking. The key to this soup is to split the broth base (vegetables and beans) and the pasta noodles. I like to keep them seperate to avoid a slimy noodle that comes from just tossing them all in together. As always, we love to batch cook, so separation is key! If you will having the entire pot of soup for dinner, then you can just toss all together, no problem. Read more

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