Vegan Kale-Rice Casserole Recipe

Kale Rice Casserole Recipe on The Vegan Wifey

Casseroles are amazing because oftentimes you can double a recipe, adding two minutes to prep time, and have another full meal ready for later. We love to freeze one batch and have a delicious dinner ready by just popping a casserole right in the oven. This recipe we like in particular because of its ease, short prep time, incredible nutritional value and awesome flavor. We’ve given many non-vegans this dish to try and they all LOVED it! Try it out, you will not be disappointed.

Kale Rice Casserole - Easy, Vegan, and Delicious!

Kale Rice Casserole – Easy, Vegan, and Delicious!

1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons EVOO
2 14 ½ cans organic diced tomatoes
Basil, Oregano, Garlic powder, Salt and Pepper to taste
1 packet of tofu, drained
4 cups cooked brown rice
1 10-ounce package of fresh chopped kale
1 cup nutritional yeast
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X-Shade Car Windshield Sunshade Jumbo Review

X-Shade Car Windshield Sunshade Jumbo Review

I am SO looking forward to the nice summer weather coming up soon! I am SO NOT looking forward to burning my hands and any exposed extremity after getting into my car that’s been sitting in the sun for a couple of hours. This year, however, I have a sweet little new gadget to help keep all that burning to a minimum- the Jumbo Windshield Sunshade.

X-Shade Sunshade Jumbo Case

X-Shade Sunshade Jumbo Case

Product Features:

  • Easy to set up, easy to fold back down sunshade
  • Opens up to cover even large windshields (59 inches by 31 inches)
  • Made from reflective polyester nylon
  • Blocks 99% of UV rays
  • Folds down to a mere 9 inches in diameter for when you’re not using it
  • Comes with a convenient little carry pouch
  • Money back 100% satisfaction guarantee

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Epica Hand Held Shower Head with Extra-Long Hose Review

Epica Hand Held Shower Head with Extra-Long Hose

I never knew just how important it is to have a hand held shower head with a long hose until I got a dog. Then I knew. Washing our dog became infinitely easier once we got one of these so I was pretty happy to try out the Epica shower head with the extra long hose. My to my dog’s dismay, it made it that much easier to bathe him and therefore allows me to bathe him more often, much to my nose’s approval.

Epica Hand Held Shower Head with Extra Long Hose Packaging

Epica Hand Held Shower Head with Extra Long Hose Packaging

Product Features:

  • 3 spray settings: narrow, medium and wide streams
  • 80 inch (over 6.5 feet!) long non-kinking hose
  • Pretty and durable chrome-plated metal
  • Includes holder for use as a fixed shower head
  • Easy installation, no tools required
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Epica Hand Held Shower Head with Extra Long Hose Close Up

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Ice Ball Maker & Sphere Ice Mold by Bar Brat Review

Bar Brat Sphere Ice Mold MAIN

I believe that one needs to have fun in every area of their lives. So it should be no surprise that I want to have a bit of fun even when I make assorted beverages. It might sound a little silly but it can be pretty surprising just how much enjoyment I get from putting even a slight spin on a conventional activity. In this case I used the Bar Brat Ice Ball Maker and Mold to add a fun (but practical!) element to my smoothies and various drinks. I even got extra creative and did some less conventional things with the ice spheres.

Bar Brat Ice Sphere

Bar Brat Ice Sphere

Product Features:

  • The ice mold makes 4 by 4.5 cm spherical ice balls
  • Mold  is made from high-quality food-grade silicone that will never crack or break the way plastic ones constantly do
  • Stacks neatly in your freezer
  • It is super easy to fill and is leak free so you don’t have to worry about getting frozen water all over your freezer
  • Great to put into both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • 100% money back guarantee- full refund if you don’t like it in any way
Bar Brat Sphere Mold

Bar Brat Sphere Mold

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Why My Stroller is Collecting Dust…

Real Men Wear Babies

I love my Britax stroller – it’s sturdy, easy to unfold, and baby’s car seat clips right in. I (almost) never use it. Am I a hermit who never goes outside? Only when a new version of Civ comes out. Hubby, baby and I take daily walks with the dog, go grocery shopping, and even hit up the occasional festival or restaurant (ah, the crazy social life of the new parent). So how do we do that with a baby in tow and no stroller? Baby-wearing.

Baby More Co. Wrap Details

Baby More Co. Wrap Detail View

I started wearing baby from the day after she was born. Wearing her around the house for a couple of hours each day gives her some skin-to-skin contact and gives me some hands free time to do the dishes, write a blog post, or give the furbabies some love. For the first couple months of her life, the only way she would take her morning nap was snuggled up to her papa or me. Once we started going out for walks  and on more outings after the winter-to-end-all-winters finally ended in CT, we quickly realized that wearing baby had great advantages while out and about too. She’s more likely to sleep, I can keep a closer tab on her moods and needs (and keep the paci in when needed), and most well-meaning but potentially germy strangers won’t touch the baby without permission when she’s snuggled against my boobs (although not all — this is a social no-no people!). With some mommy-ninja skills, I can even breastfeed on the go with baby in the carrier.

When Baby More Co. offered us the change to try out their Baby Wrap Carrier, we jumped at the chance. The more carriers we have, the better the chance that there will be one nearby when baby needs some carry time. One in the bedroom, one by the door, one in the car, and one in the diaper bag (different kinds).

General Baby-wearing Features:

  • Keeps baby nearby so you can easily attend to his wants/needs
  • Gives baby just enough view of the world to observe and learn without sensory overload
  • Skin-to-skin contact has amazing benefits for babies
  • Babies who are worn cry less (I can attest to this one!)
  • Keeps your hands free to do much needed adult things, like cooking, cleaning, working on the computer, etc.
Baby More Co. Tag Detail

Baby More Co. Tag Detail

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Vitamin D Gummy Bears: For Kids & Adults (Vegan/Vegetarian) Review

Vitamin D3 Vegetarian Gummy Bears

Living in the New England means a few things: people are very serious about their clam chowder, real estate prices are high and most people do not get enough sun to get maintain the necessary amount of Vitamin D in their bodies. I have been trying to get my own Vitamin D #’s up but have had a hard time remembering to take supplements. Remembering to eat something yummy and delicious, however, I tend to remember quite well. This leads me to the perfect solution, Vitamin D gummy bears!

Nutrabear Vitamin D3 Gummies - Cherry and Peach Flavor!

Nutrabear Vitamin D3 Gummies – Cherry and Peach Flavor!

Product Features:

  • The gummy bears are 100% Gluten Free and Gelatin Free
  • They are made with natural flavors and colors, nothing artificial
  • Completely vegan! No milk, egg or even peanut or soy
  • Delicious for both kids and adults
  • Made in the USA in a GMP certified facility

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Bamboo Crib Mattress Protector by Swaddlez Review

Bamboo Crib Mattress Protector by Swaddlez

Babies are just about the cutest little creatures known to man. Fact. Babies are also some of the messiest creatures known to man. Also fact. And as fun as it can be to wash out a full baby crib mattress from a humungous poop explosion, it’s infinitely easier to just have on a mattress protector that you can throw into the washer. We always have a mattress protector on our crib mattress so let’s how the bamboo crib mattress protector by Swaddlez held up.

Bamboo Crib Mattress Protector by Swaddlez Detail

Bamboo Crib Mattress Protector by Swaddlez Detail

Product Features:

  • This mattress protect is made from super soft bamboo, which is a naturally hypo-allergenic and antibacterial material
  • Prevents (smelly) bacteria, dust mites and mold from growing on the baby’s mattress
  • It is extremely absorbent!
  • The bamboo viscose is a highly breathable material, which is good on many levels
  • It’s perfect for both hot and cold out since it helps keep the baby at a more stable temperature
  • Easily fit my crib mattress- made to fit any 52” by 28” mattresses- while still being snug
  • Machine washable
  • Water (and other baby liquid) proof
  • 100% satisfaction money back guarantee

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Amazon #Giveaway + Home Chef Review and $30 Off Coupon Code!

Vegan Meal from HomeChef

Wifey and I are slowly but surely getting hooked on the awesome convenience of subscription food boxes like Home Chef and Hello Fresh (see our Hello Fresh Review and $40 off discount code). I can’t stress how awesome it is getting fresh food delivered to us saving us the trip to the grocery store with a newborn. Home Chef has an interesting spin on the subscription box too, you get a lot more customization with them including options like vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and paleo to name a few. If you like eating restaurant quality food, you’d enjoy this one! Use the link below for the $30 discount!

Sage and Brown Butter Pumpkin Gnocchi  With Kale and Sweet and Spicy Candied Walnuts

#Vegan Sage and Brown Butter Pumpkin Gnocchi
With Kale and Sweet and Spicy Candied Walnuts from HomeChef

Features:

  • Choose the number of meals you want each week on their website
  • All ingredients needed for those meals come straight to your door with free delivery on orders over $50 and no sales tax!
  • Flexible subscription so you can skip any weeks you want
  • The recipes are pictured and explained on color cards with step by step instructions, making even tricky meals seem easy to make
  • All ingredients are pre-measured so you only have to chop and toss in, no guesswork required
  • Choose what day of the week you want your food to arrive
  • You can choose from specific diet options, including vegan- something other subscription boxes don’t do
Asian Hot Pot With Rice Noodles, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Sesame Oil from HomeChef #vegan

Asian Hot Pot With Rice Noodles, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Sesame Oil from HomeChef #vegan

My Thoughts:

  • At less than $10 per meal, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than going to a restaurant to eat
  • For just $5 per person you can also add a nice bunch of fruits to your box!
  • It saves us from going to the grocery, which is SO nice
  • You basically make restaurant quality meals with Home Chef so it can save money from going out
  • We have actually learned a ton of interesting new cooking techniques and have recreated many of the recipes on our own already
  • Feels like a date night every night we make one of these
  • Totally worth a try for $30 off- 3 free meals basically

$30 Discount:  simply follow the link Here


Bottom Line: 
Signing up to Home Chef has been a ton of fun and I highly recommend it. This may just be our favorite subscription box yet I’ve already got my parents hooked on it! You can skip or cancel at any time so it’s a great idea to have a little fun and at least try it out for a week, especially for 3 free meals using the discount code! Warning: you may get addicted 😀 Continue Reading…

Sentey Headphone FLOW Review

Sentey Headphone FLOW Review

I am always finding myself in need of new headphones for one reason or other. Either the quality is not good enough or they don’t quite fit my ears or I just can’t find them. Luckily for me I got a chance to get the Sentey FLOW headphones, which rectifies all of the complaints listed above. They came in a very stylish box that had me at “hello”. Let’s see if my initial impressions were accurate.

Sentey Headphone FLOW In Use

Sentey Headphone FLOW In Use

Product Features:

  • Comes in a beautiful box that would make for a great gift!
  • The headphones themselves look really nice
  • Noise canceling foam covers
  • The headphones are foldable for easier storage
  • In-line mic allows for voice calls and gaming
  • In-line control allows for one button call answer or song play/pause
  • Flat cable design prevents tangles and knots in the chord
  • Works on any standard 3.5mm device (i.e. iPhones, Tablets, gaming consoles, etc)

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GIVEAWAY! KitchenGizmos Deluxe Diamond Knife Sharpener

Deluxe Diamond Knife Sharpener Review and Giveaway

There’s an ancient saying about knives: a dull knife makes for a dull kitchen experience. It’s deep stuff, might take a while to sink in. Thankfully, due to the marvels of modern technology we have devised a way to make sure that your kitchen knives never go dull again. The technology I am speaking of is, of course, the KitchenGizmos Deluxe Diamond Knife Sharpener. I had the pleasure of testing one of these guys out this past weekend.

Deluxe Diamond Knife Sharpener

Deluxe Diamond Knife Sharpener

Product Features:

  • 2 stage sharpening system: course and fine
  • Fixed angle slots
  • Professional grade quality sharpener
  • Large handle with a safety bar that makes sure you never get harmed while sharpening
  • Silicone anti-slip bottom
  • Super fast sharpening in just a few swipes
  • Lifetime Guarantee

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