Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Vegan Mashed Potatoes from Vivian & Me

Creamy Vegan Mashed Potatoes -- the perfect Thanksgiving side for all those picky eaters in your life!

I know you love it when I use words like creamy on an allergy food blog because it usually means I’m posting something really good that is hard to find in our world of eating.

And with that lovely intro, I present to you these tasty vegan creamy easy-to-make mashed potatoes. Woot woot.

If you’re looking for that last minute side dish that won’t take up much space on your stovetop and also won’t deter from your focus on that coconut milk caramel you’ve been making all morning, then this is the recipe for you. It could be a game changer to your level of Thanksgiving enjoyment.

Or, if you’re anything like Lindsey from Pinch of Yum and you’re still in the young people’s club where you don’t have to bring anything complicated, then say hello to the mashed potatoes that your gluten-free cousin and nut-free, soy-free aunt and anything green-free grandfather will enjoy.

These potatoes might be small, but they pack a punch. [Read more…]

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Creamy Broccoli Soup

It’s creamy! It’s broccoli! It’s soupy! Drumroll please… it’s creamy broccoli soup!

So first things first. This soup. It’s got a creamy thick base involving non-dairy milk and veggie or chicken stock layered with delicious tender broccoli and long carrot strips just like in the movies, kids. It’s topped with a fake cheesy concoction of nutritional yeast and lemon juice and it slurps its way into your heart.

This soup totally brings back my Panera love memories of their cheesy broccoli and cheese smothered cheese soup that gave me bathroom probz for days. Looking back, it wasn’t my fondest of memories. But that soup was good stuff.

I definitely wanted this soup to have that thick consistency so I searched high and low for ways to make it thicker. I also blended half of it up because nobody likes their broccoli pieces to be too big. When your broccoli is bigger than your spoon it’s not good. Ya feel me? [Read more…]

Pretzel Crusted Chicken with Peach Honey Mustard

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I think I’m in love with this little stick food. Any type of food that tastes great, looks adorable, and is able to be eaten in a painless fashion is a winner in my book. And peach honey mustard? Goodbye summer on a high note. Because I am kickin’ it with my chicken on a stick. I picture myself taking these to lazy sunday barbecues with friends, or to a little child’s birthday party, or over to my neighbor’s house while we sip on mimosas in the backyard. When did I become a 30-year-old housewife?

I love it. [Read more…]

Lunchbox Monday: The Breakfast Box

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Warning: this lunchbox is dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and can’t-keep-your-pants-on-so-let’s-party flavorful! Consumers of this lunchbox might be so excited to eat it that they just can’t stop dancing. Viewer discretion is advised. 

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Happy Monday! We are starting off fresh here on Vivian & Me with a new post series called Lunchbox Monday! I’m so excited to share with you some great and extra delicious lunchbox ideas each Monday to add to your weekly school lunchbox repertoire. I encourage you to try these lunchbox ideas even if you don’t have an allergy, because trust me, they pack a punch!

I’ve decided to start off strong with one of my favorites: the breakfast box. Because who doesn’t love breakfast for lunch?

Not me! Not me! Not me! [Read more…]

Superfood Kale Salad

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I am going to let you in on a little secret. The key to the kale’s success inside a salad. This is a secret tale as old as time (like what I did there?). The secret to the kale is this.

Kale needs to be massaged.

I’m not talking like a quick two finger rub down. I’m talking about a full-blown, hands only, deep tissue massage. And that, my friend, is the secret to delicious kale.

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4th of July Orange Pork Sliders with Homemade Buns

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Heyo! Happy 4th of July Week!

This is an interesting holiday for me considering that I’ve only actually spent a handful of 4th of July’s in the United States. My family is like the super-travel family. My mom’s birthday is July 5th, and her favorite thing in the whole wide world is to travel. So most of our 4th of July’s have been spent looking out the window of an airplane at the fireworks as we fly out of JFK or Hartsfield-Jackson airport. And this year will be no different. We will be celebrating the 4th of July in Paris!

How patriotic of us! Ha!

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Summer Corn Salad

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There are two types of people in this world.

1. salad people.

2. non-salad people.

In my vegetarian/vegan days, I was a total non-salad person. All the way. When you get offered salads like 90% of the time you ever eat out, it can definitely put you against the salad. But once I started eating meat again, salads came back into my life as a joyous food order.

Bacon on salad = winning.

My favorite type of salad is cobb, but I might just have a new favorite with this corn salad.

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Mini Watermelon & Cucumber Stack Salad

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For your weekend enjoyment…

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You know when you feel like a week has just thrown you under and you’re drowning? Yeah. That’s been my week.

I’ve been working on a super exciting project all week, and I’m now totally ready to crawl into my bed all weekend and get through the next season of Bones (I’m on season 5, can it get any more exciting than this? Booth and Brennan = the best couple on tv).

But before I do that, I am going to reward myself by devouring this cutie of a salad.

Fresh arugula, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, tangy creamy vegan dressing, what? Is it possible to have a salad that amazing?

Yes, yes it is.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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Am I on a health kick or something this week? Two spinach posts in a row. Whattt?

Anyway. I have a serious bone to pick with all you meat eaters. No one told me what I was missing with BACON! You tried to keep the delicious smell and amazing taste from me while I sauntered through the (almost equally yummy. almost.) vegetable world, and didn’t even bother to tell me how bacon literally can make life complete.

Shame on you.

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