St. Patrick’s Day Vegan Spirulina Chocolate Chip Oven Pancake Recipe

Some holiday’s seem to be begging for some fun food recipes. In feel like St. Patrick’s day is one of them so I decided to create a fun recipe of my own. In our usual style, the requirements were that it has to be healthy, delicious and obviously vegan. I am happy to say that the recipe turned out to be a complete success! Make this one as a surprise for your loved one(s) on St. Patrick’s for a fun little guilt-free breakfast. I’m actually starting to like oven cakes better than pancakes because they take less time and there is less clean up!

1 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons Spirulina
1 1/3 Cups unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Mashed up Banana
1 Tablespoon Avocado oil (olive oil should work fine too)
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Hello Fresh Thoughts and $40 Discount/Coupon Code- with Pics!

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The subscription box industry has exploded lately with probably over a dozen different players joining. Everyone from Hello Fresh to Blue Apron to Home Chef and many more all wants to get in on the action. All have their pitch to sell and have their pro’s and con’s. Home Chef is actually one of our favorites (Our thoughts on it Here) but another solid box that is vegetarian friendly with easily veganizable recipes (for those meals that are not already vegan) is Hello Fresh.

Hello Fresh meals tend to be simpler, more common ingredients and the meals are very recreatable for those who like to get inspired in your day-to-day cooking. A number of our current staples that we make weekly originally came from a Hello Fresh meal. The portions tend to be smaller/less caloric than some of the other boxes so if you are big eaters, I would consider some other boxes like Home Chef. However, if you don’t want to overeat and have more portion control, this is a plus. Continue Reading…

Home Chef Thoughts and $30 Discount/Coupon Code- with Pics!

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Thoughts: Wifey and I love cooking, we love eating well and we love trying new things to eat. Unfortunately, between having two kids, jobs, furry animals and everything that has to do with the joys of owning a house, we tend to inevitably cook the same few quick (but yummy!) meals all the time. This is where food delivery boxes come in like Home Chef come into the picture.

For at least 3 meals every week, more if we order a larger box from them, we eat 3 new great meals. Like anything else, some dishes we like more than others but for the most part we have a blast learning new recipes and eating new delicious meals all the time. One great thing about Home Chef is they often use ingredients that are either harder to find in our local supermarket, or we flat out never knew about, so we get to explore that way too.

Vegan Home Chef? Home Chef actually used to have a Vegan menu to choose from each week but have since limited their options so that those ordering 3 meals a week need to pick a mix of vegan/vegetarian meals (at least one meal is usually fully vegan and you could always order multiples of that meal instead of the vegetarian options). We simply swap any dairy items for vegan alternatives we keep stocked at home. I know this really bothers some vegans but the more interest the vegan/vegetarian meals get, the more likely they are to increase those options and offer excursively vegan ones. We just give the non-vegan items to a local food pantry or to someone who would better appreciate them.

Long story short, it’s totally worth it, I highly recommend them. Anyway, enough talking, let the pictures speak for themselves. Here is just a sample of some of the deliciousness that we enjoyed thanks to Home Chef:

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Zitriom Dog Bowls 32 Ounce- Stainless Steel Review

Our lovely model Sheila

Food. Dogs eat a log of it. Big dogs eat a LOT of it. Why not get a bowl that matches the appetite? Lucky for me I was able to get the Zitriom set of two dog bowls and I don’t regret getting them for a second. Here’s why:

Product Features:

  • Set of two stainless steel dog bowls
  • Non skid rubber bottom to help keep the dog bowls from sliding all over
  • They are large and hold up to 32oz of liquid
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 5 year money back guarantee

My Thoughts:

  • I  liked the matching set of two shiny bowls, they look nice
  • These guys are BIG so they will hold enough food and water for even the biggest dogs
  • I’m a big fan of anything that’s dishwasher safe, ESPECIALLY dog bowls
  • I like the stainless steel, much better than plastic bowls that can break so much easier
  • I doubt much can happen to these bowls but in case anything does, they are backed by a money back guarantee, which is always nice

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Baby Tips: Getting Prepped (Food-Wise) for a Newborn

Food is such an important part of pregnancy. And as your due date approaches you want to be thinking more and more about getting your home stocked with food for when the baby comes. Mind you, the newborn does not need the food as they just need their mother’s breastmilk for the first 6 months, but the parents definitely do.  Seeing as both parents will not be sleeping a ton, they will be burning off more calories just by being awake more. Add to that the stress of caring for a newborn and breastfeeding (which burns about 500 calories extra each day!) and you will have very hungry parents who have little time to cook or shop. Now this is where the prepping comes in handy, very handy!
Stock the Freezer as if it were doomsday

Kale Rice Casserole - Easy, Vegan, and Delicious!

Kale Rice Casserole – Easy, Vegan, and Delicious!

Editors Note: This was written right after the baby was born but is being posted 7 months later because babies. You. will. have. no. time. Make the food! 🙂

Okay so I exaggerate, but you still get the point. One awesome thing that we did was get a stand-alone freezer. Even though our refrigerator is relatively large, it was still extremely limiting in terms of how much food we can store. We would shed a rueful tear every time we were in Costco and couldn’t get a bunch of the frozen goodies because we knew we didn’t have enough space in our freezer. Now we are able to take much better advantage of sales on frozen foods since we have room for them. Pro tip: get an upright freezer instead of the chest freezer. Reason being is everyone I’ve talked to who owns one says that you end up “losing” lots of things at the bottom of the freezer because you can’t see or reach them easily. Having a vertical opening freezer allows us to see everything we have effortlessly and also just makes it much simpler to use each time.
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Kuuk Silicone Ice Cube Tray (Twin Pack) Blue and Green Review

Kuuk Silicone Ice Cube Tray

I have always found ice cube trays to be profoundly frustrating. The ice cubes always seem to either fly out of the tray at the lightest tough (onto the floor of course) or you need a chain saw to get them out. No fun either way. Now I got to try something infinitely easier to use, the Kuuk Silicone Ice Cube Tray. Now I’m not going to say that this has changed my life but I will say that this tray completely took out the frustrating aspect of ice cubes for me. I am SO glad I got these.

Seltzer with Kuuk Silicone Ice Cubes

Seltzer with Kuuk Silicone Ice Cubes

Product Features:

  • The ice mold makes perfect 1 inch cubes, and I mean perfect
  • Great for storing baby food
  • Comes in a twin pack, two fun colors
  • Mold  is made from high-quality food-grade silicone that will never crack or break the way plastic ones constantly do
  • 100% BPA free
  • Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
  • The two trays stack neatly in your freezer
  • Great to put into both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, or smoothies like me 😉

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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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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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