Easy Tofu Scramble
Easy Vegan Tofu Scramble; Moist, Fluffy and Delicious!

Easy Vegan Tofu Scramble

Sunday mornings are pretty special around here; it’s usually the one day a week that Martin has off from work. As many of you already know, he is a police officer in our little Italian town and he works very hard; always running around trying to save a cat from a tree or helping an old nun cross the street (haha – ok, this only happens SOMETIMES).

When his alarm goes off in the early mornings, the boys and I do not even notice. He carefully and quietly slips out of the bed and proceeds to get ready for work at 6 a.m. Each morning he tiptoes back into the room, fully clothed in his uniform, to give each one of us a kiss on the forehead before heading out for the day.

By the time the afternoon comes, I have already heard “Daddy” over a million times and all three of us are anxious for him to come home and give us all of his love.

And he does….every single time.

So, of course, when that one day a week comes when there’s no alarm, no tiptoeing and no slipping out….we make it special. The boys and I gather around the stove (each one of us with a wooden spoon in hand) and make Daddy his favorite breakfast of all time…

The Easy Vegan Tofu Scramble

Easy Vegan Tofu Scramble

I have tried many tofu scrambles in my life….and this one is the BEST.

Benefits of Tofu and Turmeric

Tofu: Don’t let the rumors get you down, tofu is amazing!

  • An excellent source of iron, calcium and the minerals manganese, selenium and phosphorous. In addition, tofu is a good source of magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1.
  • Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids.
  • It contains a very small amount of fat, but a large amount of protein. Furthermore, it has very low levels of sodium and almost no cholesterol.
  • The health benefits of tofu include its ability to help lower cholesterol levels, prevent anemia and manage weight, among others.
  • The organic compounds in tofu, namely isoflavones, are instrumental in managing the symptoms of menopause in women.
  • Tofu has also been associated with a reduction in breast, lung, and prostate cancer.
  • To be honest, I could go on forever here. You can check out more information on the benefits of tofu here!

Turmeric

  • Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence!
  • Curcumin…
    • is the main active ingredient in turmeric.
    • It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
    • Can suppress many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation.
    • Boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in your brain.
  • So many additional benefits that you will just have to feel for yourself!!
  • **Always pair turmeric with a pinch of black pepper for the best nutritional boost.

So now that we have talked about some of our amazing ingredients, let’s get cook’n!

EZ Tofu Press

P.s. If you are curious what a tofu press looks like, here is a great one from Amazon. Now, before you go and purchase one, be sure you actually need it. Many tofu brands now press their tofu before selling (you will be able to tell once you open the package and feel the tofu in your hand). Every single tofu package that I have tried in Europe has already been pressed. However, I absolutely needed a tofu press when living in Chicago and Hawaii!

Easy Tofu Scramble

Easy Vegan Tofu Scramble

This is one of our absolute favorite recipes to have every Sunday morning!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, family friendly, quick
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 92kcal

Ingredients

  • 8-12 oz firm tofu if not pressed, be sure to squeeze out all the liquid you can and press for a minimum of 15 minutes
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2-1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼-1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk

To serve

  • Toast with Jam
  • 1 cup berries
  • Sliced avocados
  • Sliced tomatoes

Instructions

  • Open the tofu package. If it is not firm in your hand then you need to drain the liquid via pressing. If it is firm, go ahead and begin to crumble the tofu with your hands into a skillet.
  • Heat the skillet to medium-high heat and allow the tofu to heat up for 2-3 minutes. Add in the non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, and seasonings. Mix well.
  • Heat the scramble until the tofu begins to brown just slightly. Taste test and adjust. I like to add in another splash of non-dairy milk if it needs more moisture.
  • Serve as you would with scrambled eggs: I like to go with toast and jam/jelly, a handful of berries, sliced avocados and sliced tomatoes.
  • Kids: Children LOVE this scramble. As do adults; it’s delicious!

Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg

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A Simple Story of Our Ikea Kitchen
A Simple Story of Our Ikea Kitchen

The first kitchen that I had as a new mother cost us 300 bucks on Facebook marketplace. It actually came with our bed and closet included. To be honest, that still hurt us financially at the time. We were that broke. I distinctly remember Martin going from a head of dark brown hair to a head of grey from the stress.

I created my first cooking video in that kitchen; surrounded by my infant twin sons in bouncy chairs, a 12-year-old laptop that somehow still turned on and hope. I don’t know why really….but I had hope that I could do this. I taught Martin how to be Vegan (although, to be honest, he is a vegetarian) in that kitchen. He was introduced to smoothies, hummus, my trusty seeds, beans and nuts that I crushed, blended and whipped into meals that he devoured.

He always made sure to tell me how yummy it all was.

My sons taught themselves how to eat in that old kitchen and their love of food grew and grew daily: with every green drink, blended dip, and steamed veggie.

A Simple Story of Our Ikea Kitchen

Story of Our Ikea Kitchen

To this day, they let me know how yummy it all is with loud moans and YUMMMMMs that makes my heart smile.

I took recipe photos with my used and abused iPhone and posted them with such excitement: to me, they looked just as good as those fancy ones you see all over Pinterest. We may have upgraded our kitchen during our move from one apartment to another but the food tastes the same. It’s all the same. No amount of fancy can change that.

It took us 2 full years to save for this kitchen and we are grateful for it every single day….but we never once spoke ill of our first kitchen.

the old kitchen

The first kitchen will always be super special to us

She was, and will always be, our first. ♥️

To anyone out there who is stuck in a comparison trap: the heavy burden that social media puts on our self-worth….I just want you to know that wherever you are, you can do it. You can dream. You can have hope. I promise you.

You can ask the universe to grant your wishes. You can manifest and see the positive.

I hope you enjoyed this super short and simple story of our Ikea Kitchen!

Ikea Kitchen
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Broccoli and Mashed Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl
Vegan Broccoli and Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl

Vegan Broccoli and Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing

It’s been a serious minute since we roasted some delicious broccoli florets in this house and we need to fix that! About three months ago, I went on a broccoli crazy shopping spree at the market and came home with 10 huge heads of the most gorgeous greens. I chopped them, froze them on a baking sheet and then transferred them into 4 large silicone bags (because screw plastic) to use later in the week……

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How to Juice Ginger for the Month!
How to Juice Ginger for the Entire Month!

How to Juice Ginger for the Month!

My secret weapon. My liquid gold to survive the chaos that is two toddlers who love to keep me on my toes every second of every day.

Ginger. Pure ginger baby.

You can probably already tell by our feed that I’m not the biggest fan of juicing. While I love to drink a fresh juice, I absolutely dread the dishes of my juicer. But…alas…I discovered a magical short cut to fresh juice each day without the bells and whistles. Ginger infused water 😍

How to Juice Ginger for the Month!

Pick up an extra-large chunk of organic ginger, toss in the juicer and juice! Be sure to juice the entire chunk of ginger (I like to juice about 8 inches).

Grab a huge pitcher or 2 extra-large mason jars and fill them 90% with water. Squeeze in a lemon and lime and then 1 tsp – 3 tsp of ginger juice (depending on your taste). *I go with 1 tsp. You will have lots of ginger juice leftover from the bulk juice, so just pour that into tiny ice cube trays and save.

You will be set with your ginger for the entire month!!!

I drink a ginger juice a day (or even two depending) and it has helped me so much with my water intake in the heat and keeping my energy levels up without any crash. You can also add brown sugar, maple syrup or whatever else you like into the water mix. Have fun with it!

How to Juice Ginger for the Month!

Ginger Juicing in Bulk

My little trick for enjoying fresh ginger juice every single day without all the work!
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Course: Drinks, how to
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bulk, easy, juicing, quick
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 1kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Chunk of Ginger Juice as much as you wish!
  • Cucumber slices
  • Lemons
  • Water
  • Maple Syrup

Instructions

  • Set up your juicer and dice the ginger into small pieces to fit into the juicer without issue.
  • Juice as much ginger as you wish (this all depends on how much room you have in the freezer!).
  • Pour the ginger juice into ice cube trays and freeze.
  • When ready, add the ginger cube into a large pitcher of water and mix with a bit of maple syrup, a squeeze of lemon, a few cucumber slices and whatever else you wish!

Notes

**I highly recommend using small silicone ice cube trays like this one!
**This is our recommended juicer for the best juice 🙂 
Yes, you can absolutely juice ANYthing that you want and store in the ice trays for the future. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g

If you dig this, check out our amazing juice recipes:

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Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce
Homemade Vegetable-Packed Pasta Sauce: Two Ways!

My Favorite Homemade Vegetable-Packed Pasta Sauce that I make…

Every Single Week (x2)!

This is it: this is the recipe that will save your butt in a jiffy. I think the best thing about this recipe is that you can substitute AS MUCH as you wish. You can use absolutely any variety of vegetables, fresh or frozen, in this recipe. As long as it blends, you can add it.

Each and every week our family tries out a brand new recipe version of this basic recipe. Some of our favorite vegetable swaps include:

  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Bell Peppers
  • Sun-dried tomatoes

And, while we are on the subject of substituting, I also love to add in the following on any given day:

  • Hemp seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Pecans
  • Cashews
  • Pepita seeds

While I urge you to have as much fun with this as possible, I also encourage you to try to stick to the ingredient amounts for best taste. If you substitute the cauliflower for broccoli or zucchini, I advise you to stick with the 1 cup amount. The same goes for the seeds and nuts.

If you are a big spice lover like me, get crazy and add in 2 jalapeno peppers if you wish!

Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce

If it blends, you can toss it into this homemade vegetable-packed pasta sauce recipe!

P.s. I highly recommend this Food Processor as I am a bit in love with it at the moment (and for the next 15 years).

Benefits of This Sauce

  • Easily allows you and your children to reach the recommended daily amounts of vegetables by blending! It’s like a smoothie in a pasta dish (in all the good ways – I promise).
  • Picky Eater Approved! I have yet to meet a child who does not love a blended pasta sauce. Even better if you let the child participate in the creating of this magical sauce. Let them toss in the veggies and the ingredients! (FYI: You can also turn this into a soup with just 2 cups of vegetable broth).
  • Turns a simple Pasta dinner into the most nutritionally packed dinner of the week: There is almost no way that any other meal can beat this one once you have added all of the amazing ingredients. Feel free to add any extras like…
    • Turmeric
    • Moringa
    • Rosemary
    • Kale
  • Allows even the most hectic and stressful day to become a nutritionally conscious one. Parenting is HARD. Heck…just living is hard sometimes. I promise that this meal will check off all of your boxes and allow dinner to come together in under 10 minutes.
  • Budget-friendly: This is about as budget-friendly as you want it to be. Some pasta sauce, a can of beans, random veggies (on sale perhaps?) and some spaghetti? It’s a winner!

Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce

Kid-Approved Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce

This is one of my sons absolute favorite versions of this homemade sauce!
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Course: how to, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy, Easy Pasta, homemade nut butter, quick
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 49kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 30 oz Jar Pasta Sauce
  • 1 can cannelini beans
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 cup spinach loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil
  • Any additonal seasoning that you wish to add

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to food processor and process until well blended.
  • Cook pasta according to package direction.
  • Once pasta has finished cooking, drain well and then mix with homemade pasta sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce

Spicy Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce

While my children love the mild version of this sauce, I am all about the spice!
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Course: how to, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy, Easy Pasta, quick, spicy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 119kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 30 oz Jar Pasta Sauce
  • 1 can cannelini beans
  • 1 cup spinach packed
  • 3/4 cups walnuts (any nut/seed will do)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed If sensitive to spicy foods, use a small amount of jalapeno at a time
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 pinch sea salt and black pepper

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to food processor and process until well blended.
  • Cook pasta according to package direction.
  • Once pasta has finished cooking, drain well and then mix with homemade pasta sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg

p.s. If you dig this recipe, try out these other hits!

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Beet Apple Ginger Juice
Must-Have Energizing Juices for a Productive Morning

My Must-Have Energizing Juices for a Productive, Healthy and Loving Morning

I have been craving juices like mad the past week and filled my body with gorgeous beets, apples, celery, parsley, lemon, ginger and carrots. I have always listened to my body when she speaks to me. When she wants a certain something or even requests it in my dreams. Last week I dreamed of drinking juices and bathing in lavender.
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I woke up and made it a point to grant the requests from my soul and, in return, she has gifted me with the most amazing amount of energy, beautiful uninterrupted sleep, and an all-around better mood. I am so thankful. Don’t forget to listen. To perk up your senses to what your body is telling you.

She never lies.

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The Tote Project
The Tote Project: Fighting Human Trafficking with Each and Every Purchase

When did we allow fashion companies to have the power to destroy our home? Allow them to secretly (and not so secretly) deny basic human rights to our fellow human beings?
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When did we, as a collective society, go blind?
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Child slavery, human trafficking, sexual abuse and even death….all for a 5 dollar t-shirt? All so that we could fill our homes with more and more cheap crap.

When did we forget our values??
When did we forget that we are all equal?
How could we forget that we ALL deserve fair wages, safe working conditions, basic human rights, and the right to work of our own free will?
The Tote Project

The Tote Project: Fighting Human Trafficking with Each and Every Purchase

What is Human Trafficking?

According to antislavery.org, Human trafficking involves the recruitment, harboring or transporting people into a situation of exploitation through the use of violence, deception or coercion and forced to work against their will. In other words, trafficking is a process of enslaving people, coercing them into a situation with no way out, and exploiting them.

People can be trafficked for many different forms of exploitation such as forced prostitution, labor, begging, criminality, domestic servitude, marriage, and organ removal.

Contrary to a common misconception, people don’t necessarily have to be transported across borders for trafficking to take place. In fact, transporting or moving the victim doesn’t necessarily define trafficking.

Many people who fall victim to trafficking want to escape poverty, improve their lives, and support their families. Often they get an offer of a well-paid job abroad or in another region. Often they borrow money from their traffickers in advance to pay for arranging the job, travel, and accommodation. When they arrive they find that the work they applied for does not exist, or the conditions are completely different. But it’s too late, their documents are often taken away and they are forced to work until their debt is paid off.

Human Trafficking is a $150 billion dollar industry with well over 20 million victims; 26% of those victims are children.

One of the scariest things about human trafficking is that it happens right in front of our eyes but many of us have no idea what to look for. For a full list of way to sight human trafficking, check out this very educational page.

If you think you’ve encountered a victim of human trafficking, call the NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE NUMBER:
1-888-3737-888

How Fay Grant and Michelle Chavez Fight Back

the tote project creators

The creators of The Tote Project, Fay and Michelle, have continuously fought back against human trafficking by putting the workers FIRST. They partner up with only those who ensure no slavery exists in the supply chain and DEMAND ethical manufacturing. When businesses put a demand for better working conditions and better treatment of their workers, change DOES happen. When we, as consumers, support those who take these steps to secure a better future, WE are also demanding change!!

To top it all off, these women work with the outstanding organization Freeset Global, which is a fair trade business that offers employment to the survivors of the West Bengal’s sex trade. Through Freeset and The Tote Project, these brave women finally get what they deserve; fair wages, pension plans, occupational therapy, health insurance, and literary and budget lessons.

Every single worker on this planet deserves to be respected, paid fairly and work in a safe environment of their own free will. We must demand this.

The Factories

the tote project factories

If you thought these ladies were done demanding change, just wait until you hear about their sustainability practices!

First off, the factories are in partnership with Oasis bags and are dedicated to empowering women in Kolkata, India. Many of these women go on to become full-time seamstresses and some have even opened up their very own tailoring businesses!

Sustainability practices include fairtrade certified cotton, solar panels, energy-saving LED lights, high promotion of cycling to work (70% of workers cycle!) via interest-free loans from the company, and atriums/ventilators installed for energy savings.

The Tote Project

The Products

The Tote Project

I have been using my Free to Explore Tote since September of Last year and the Free to Grow Tote and Free to Inspire Pouch since a few months ago. I can, without a doubt, say that these are the BEST totes and pouches that I have ever come across (and I come across a ton of totes in my line of work!).

The totes are LARGE. As most of you know, I bike ride vs drive a car and these totes are my go-to for bulk product buying at the markets and lugging it all back home in the bike stroller. With just my two totes I can carry an entire crate of fruits and veggies (I’m talking a LARGE crate that Martin has trouble walking up the steps haha). These totes will never fail you. They are super thick, super durable and just absolutely gorgeous. I used my free to explore tote for my primary purse until the free to grow one came in and then I switched!

the tote project tote

The pouch is a dream; it holds ALL of my products. Not just my makeup….but my makeup, face wash, lotion, oils, brush, and toothbrush. ALL in one bag. It’s a must-have item for anyone who needs their products in one fits all bag ( like me!). It’s been a big time-saver for camping, travel and just day to day organization.

Giving Back

Last but not least, The Tote Project donates 10% of all profits to the Two Wings Foundation. 

“At Two Wings, our mission is to empower survivors of sex trafficking to identify and pursue their dream vocation through mentoring programs, life skills classes, and career training workshops, creating the path for a life of financial and physical independence. “

I had never heard of this organization until The Tote Project came to our doorstep and I am so thankful for that day for so many reasons. Watching the videos of the survivors of the human trafficking industry really lit a fire under my butt to get to work on spreading awareness. This needs to stop. It MUST stop. We have to take a stand.

the tote project

We are so honored to have Tote Project Goods grace our home. I am so thankful to have come across this brand through deep research into sustainable living and, of course, so excited to share them with our community today.

**Fay and Michelle were kind enough to gift our family with the following totes and one makeup bag. I cannot even begin to tell you how many uses we have gotten out of these gems. I use them EVERY single day!! Although the items were gifted, the review is all my own and I only ever share items that we cherish in our own home. 

The Free to Grow Tote

Free to Explore Tote

The Free to Inspire Pouch (I use this 5 times a day!)

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busting the perfect motherhood myth
Perfect Motherhood Myth BUSTED

Whoa now hey now….what makes you think I have this mom thing and/or life thing figured out?? 🤣😅

Sometimes I receive messages from moms or teens from around the world that just lights up my soul. They are full of thank you’s and stories of how our family inspired them to produce less waste, shop sustainably or even give some plant-based recipes a try.

While these messages make me swoon over my followers and motivate me to carry on, I am also met with so many “perfect” comments that I just must address today.

“How do you make it look so easy!?” Or “How are you not losing your mind with two toddlers?” and even “Sometimes I feel so useless when I see women like you pulling it all off”. Ah. Ahhhh. My heart. I have failed you.

Let’s bust this Perfect Motherhood Myth once and for all!

busting the perfect motherhood myth

So….I have a new promise.

Not one of sustainability, zero waste or veganism…..this new promise is about checking in with reality.

Each week I am going to share 10 truths with you from my week: I hope this not only gives you a deeper insight into my reality, but also the realization that social media 100% NOT the full picture.

😍Here we goooooo!

1. I haven’t had a proper shower for longer than 4 minutes in over 10 days. Send help.
2. I gave my children 4 popsicles today to shut them up for just a few minutes so I could think straight.
3. Martin and I do not sleep in the same bed in the summer. I need a fan when I sleep and he gets sick instantly. Sorry, bro.
4. I keep vegan pizzas in my freezer for mom emergency situations and somehow that emergency situation happens every single week 😅
5. As soon as the boys turned 2, my sex drive went from 60 to 0 overnight.

busting the perfect motherhood myth

6. Sometimes, when the boys are being so insane and I have lost all hope of my parenting skills, I make them sit next to me while I read parenting books until we figure it out 🤣🤣🤣🤣.

7. Mom Facebook groups scare me.
8. I haven’t worked out in 3 weeks and I don’t feel bad at all.
9. I just found out that I over water my plants. 😭😭
10. Yesterday I ran out of clean cloth diapers so the boys went naked for 6 hours until they dried in the sun. 😆

So there you have it! Thursday Truths.

What are your truths?? How would you bust the perfect motherhood myth?

busting the perfect motherhood myth
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