Peanut Butter Jelly Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars are where it’s at.  Your favorite childhood snack made into one tasty dessert bar.

This recipe came about because I accidentally contaminated a jar of jelly.  My youngest daughter is allergic to tree nuts and I used a spoon that had touched cashew butter in the jam. So I needed to use it up in a recipe.

I made these bars for my husband to take to work for snacks.

 

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

 

These delicious bars are packed with peanut butter flavor.  They also happen to be vegan, gluten free and oil free!  I used raspberry jam, but you can use any jam flavor you like.  You can also use sunflower butter if you need a nut free option.

 

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Green Lentils Mushrooms & Onions (Vegan)

This Green Lentils Mushrooms & Onions recipe is a must try!  Marcus and I recently got back from vacation and we wanted to get back on track with healthy eating.  So we are trying to follow the Eat to Live plan.  That is how this healthy meal came about.

 

Green Lentils Mushrooms & Onions

 

This recipe is super easy, budget friendly, vegan, gluten free and oil free!  It really only calls for a few simple ingredients. It didn’t last long in our house at all.  I wish I had doubled the batch!  I will definitely be making it again in the near future.

 

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Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions

Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions.  This easy recipe is big on flavor even though it has a small ingredient list.

 

Every Christmas Day, we have lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant.  Our family celebrates on Christmas Eve, leaving Christmas Day free.  This recipe is inspired by a dish we have there.  Since my mother in law is Turkish, she gave us her version.

 

Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions

 

This healthy recipe is vegan and gluten free.  I cooked the lentils and rice separate, but I bet you can cook them together to save a step. If anyone tries in the instant pot, I’d love to know the results!

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Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup

I had some cabbage I needed to use up, so I decided to make this Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup.  It was very easy and came out great!  The best part is it only calls for simple ingredients you probably already have on hand!  This healthy soup is made in the slow cooker so it can cook even when you leave the house!

slow cooker cabbage soup

The other day when I sent Marcus to the store to get some diced tomatoes, he accidentally bought tomato sauce.  This soup was the perfect use for that sauce.  Plus, the house smelled so good when this was cooking!

This soup recipe makes a ton, but it freezes great.  I like to freeze it in serving sized containers so I can just grab and defrost what I need.  If you wanted to bump up the protein in this recipe, I think adding chickpeas or white beans would be good.

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Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup (Vegan, Gluten Free)

My husband LOVES spicy food and he created this Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup.  I am a huge wimp when it comes to all things spicy, so this recipe is all his.

He loved the way it came out too!  It’s also a super cinch to make.  If you love spicy recipes, you should definitely check out his homemade sriracha recipe and also his green curry with chickpeas.

 

slow cooker tortilla soup

 

I know traditionally, tortilla soup is made from toasted tortilla strips, but we had some tortilla chips leftover from a party, so we decided to use those.  If you like the strips better, you can use those instead.  Either way is fine.

This recipe literally takes a few minutes to throw everything in the pot, then you just walk away and let it cook.  The house will smell so good too! Next time, we will be sure to try it with my vegan sour cream on top.  Yum!!

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