Hey there! I am Melissa, a Boston transplant living in Dallas, Texas. I am a mom, wife, vegan, cookbook author, yogi, lover of almond butter and a Disney fanatic.  Welcome to my blog!  My husband Marcus and I are very into eating and living as healthy as possible to set a good example for our girls, Olive (5) and Meadow (7)


You will find a lot of sweets on my blog because I love to bake. This is my most favorite cookie recipe.   Most of the savory dishes are Marcus’s creations. This is his most popular recipe.  I also have a passion for creating homemade healthy versions of unhealthy snacks. The blog is not really about being vegan. It’s more about adapting a healthier lifestyle in what ever way that may be. If you wish to work with me, you may contact me at I can provide a copy of my media kit upon request. If you like my recipes, you may also enjoy my cookbook!  You can order it here. I am also working on a second cookbook due out in Sept. 2016.

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  1. Hi Melissa. I really enjoy your site. I have a question for you…..I am thinking about getting into juicing. Which one do your recommend?


          1. Why juice and ‘throw out’ the fiber, esp. w/ the higher fructose/ sugar fruits. Wouldn’t throwing everything into a regular blender and drinking it make more sense, and is much faster and easier to clean up.

          2. I actually don’t through out the pulp anymore. I use it in making vegetable broth for soups.

  2. I have been enjoying your blog this summer. I wanted to take a minute to say thank you. I look forward to all your emails and enjoy Facebook also. I love to eat well and make my own food. Your recipes are fresh new ideas for me I have made just about all the muffin recipes I freeze them and enjoy one in the morning with my cappuccino . Keep blogging!
    Thank you

  3. Hello! I am a big fan of healthy and clean living, and I am a large supporter of what you and your blog are doing. I am a current student, and eating healthy as well as cheaply is a priority for me personally. I will have to personally try your juicing methods and recipes! Have a blessed day!

  4. Hi Melissa…. Thank you for all the great recipes! Do you and your family eat out? What types of restaurants do you go to ? Thank you!

    1. We rarely eat out, but when we do, it’s either Thai food, Indian food or the local vegan restaurants. We also like to eat a Whole Foods since ours has an amazing lunch section.

  5. I’ve been following you for a long time now and I just want to say what a delight your blog is and I love reading about how amazing you and your family are. Thank you for a box full of recipes xoxo

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    1. Hi Darren! Feel free to use a photo and a link to my recipes, but please do not post the full recipe on your site. Thanks for asking. 🙂

  7. Hi Melissa! I made the oatmeal cream pies and they were so tasty!
    What’s the difference between regular dates and the medjool dates?
    I used my biscuit cutters for a little scalloped edge (I knew there’d be a way to use my mother in laws Christmas present!)
    I only had enough dough for 9 cookies but maybe because my dates were smaller?
    PS: I can’t figure out how to attach a picture of mine otherwise I would 🙂

    1. Hi Angie! Glad you liked them! Medjool dates are the largest and most caramel-like dates. If you used another kind, you definitely have to use a few extra. 🙂

  8. Now a day, many people’s want to lose their weight as well extra fat. Some people are successful and some people are failed to lose their weight. Your blog is very informative. You are giving a very good message for faileurs. I hope they read your message and try again to lose their weight.

  9. Melissa,

    My sister-in-law just gave me your website. I recently visited my, soon to be ex, doctor and was told due to my symptoms of extreme exhaustion and body aches I either had sleep apnea or cancer. I had the blood work I requested and found out I have a Vitamin D deficiency and low BUN and Creatinine. That partnered with my being over weight and not setting a good example for my kids, plus having a child with autism, I decided that I needed to be healthy and work with less processed foods.

    I read through all the information about you and this site and your kids and think I will really like your site and recipes. I can’t wait to try some homemade granola bars. I look forward to checking everything out. So glad there are sites out here that really show you how great whole foods and good living can be and not be too hard.

    1. Hi Danielle! So glad you found me and I hope you enjoy the recipes. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you ever have any questions. 🙂

  10. Hi Melissa,

    I was wondering about your thoughts on soy/nut milk making machines. I made the most delicious almond and cashew milk last weekend, but squeezing out the nut bag was my least favorite part. I have arthritis as well as carpal tunnel/RSS, so I try to limit certain actions so I can continue to do the things I love.

    I was disappointed that the milks didn’t even last five days, but am not discouraged. But to continue making them, I’ll need to purchase a soy milk maker. Any recommendations (from anyone)?

  11. Hi Melissa,
    I found your blog from an article on Buzzfeed Community where your avocado toast was featured along with one of my recipes. It’s always nice to find other bloggers who live in the Dallas area, I actually live in West Plano area. I’ll be bookmarking your site.

    1. Hi Celeste! Thanks so much for reaching out. I don’t know any bloggers in the DFW area, so I appreciate it. 🙂 I will check out your site too.

  12. I am happy to try some of your recipes (the overnight oatmeal and baked options are simple and great). Can you let me know if we can use a few of your recipes for our site? We are a doctors office, and our patients like to have access to the healthy recipes we find for them. We would link back to your blog with full credit from the recipe page. Let me know if that is agreeable. Have a great day.

    1. Hi Laura,
      You are more than welcome to use links and photos to recipes on my site, but please do not copy and paste the full recipes onto your site. I hope that helps. Thanks!

  13. Hi Melissa, Your site looks amazing!
    Silly question (sorry) regarding the Chocolate Pistachio Mousse – when you say “scoop out the fatty white part” of the coconut milk….are we using that part of the coconut milk, or are we discarding that part and using the rest of the milk in the can? I am assuming we are using the fatty white part of the milk?

    1. I don’t call for stevia in any of my recipes, but I do think you can use it in place of my sweeteners in most recipes.

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