Earl Grey & Berry Granola from Pantry to Plate Cookbook

Hello friends!

Heather Crosby / Yumuniverse’s new book Pantry to Plate is full of plentiful plant forward recipes and she provides a unique layout in her cookbook. If you fall under the category of “what should I make?” or “how do I make this?” then Pantry to Plate is the book for you. It provides templates for basic recipes like cereals, sushi (yes, sushi), and this hearty citrus + berry granola. Full of gluten free grains + seeds + tea, it’s definitely worth it to make it yourself and add whatever your heart desires

This is the first time I have made granola! I’ve never had much of a fancy for granola (which was typically store-brought) so when I decided to go the homemade route my curiosity was piqued. Oh my goodness does it pay off and the best part is that granola is so quick and simple to make. The longest part is the baking portion. The best part is nibbling it by the handful. Homemade granola + tea has my heart. In my humble opinion (when it comes to granola) nothing can best the fresh flavor and texture from preparing it yourself and savoring it moments after..

When I saw that this recipe uses tea, I wanted to make it even more. Tea can add so much flavor and versatility in the kitchen. I also had a lone orange nestled in the fruit bowl that was promptly zested and elevates the citrus fragrance in this granola. It adds such beautiful color and vibrancy to the granola + easily swappable with whats in your pantry!

I veganize this recipe by swapping out honey and using Grade B Maple syrup. I had bulk dried cranberries + cherries in my own pantry that I used in place of freeze dried strawberries. In place of olive oil I used coconut oil. The final swap was buckwheat for sunflower seeds!

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The First Mess Cookbook + A Review

The First Mess cookbook is a plant-based symposium by Laura Wright. For the past few years she’s created a repertoire of decadent vegetarian and vegan recipes accompanied by lyrical writing and exquisite photography on her award winning blog.
Nourishment and sensory-overload (in a good way) is what comes to mind when I think of Laura’s food philosophy. Like many, I first discovered her blog  a few years ago when I was in search of more plentiful plant recipes to fill keep variety flowing in my life. Because of my own need to avoid gluten and wheat based recipes, her website was (and is) a ripe source of information and produce based goodness.

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The Best Damn Plant Based Lasagna from then One Part Plant Cookbook GF/V

I know this is a pretty huge claim but let me tell y’all, Jessica Murnane nails the damn thing in her cookbook One Part Plant. Naturally its plant based so its essentially vegan and with the addition of gluten free noodles its safe for those with the common allergies and autoimmune conditions.

I managed to make this lasagna zero waste, thus I gave myself a huge pat on the back for it. The Tinkyada lasagna noodles come packaged in cardboard with no plastic or filler. I was ecstatic to find these at my local Whole Foods and while I have tried other brands of gluten free lasagna noodles in the past, I didn’t like them. To the point this was my first attempt in say 3 years to make lasagna. Yes that long. I purchased the veggies in reusable cotton bags and we happen to have fresh thyme growing outside. I still dream of the day gluten free pastas are available in bulk form. I’m giving you some side eye Whole Foods & Sprouts

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One Part Plant Cookbook Feature + Jessica Murnane’s Journey with Endometriosis

There are plenty of reasons why someone may become interested in eating well. For Jessica Murnane the focus stemmed from her personal health issues. After years of struggling with physical ailments, misdiagnosis’s, and the emotional grind of not knowing what was “wrong with her”, a doctor (out of many) properly diagnosed her with Stage 4 Endometriosis. Though she was headed for a hysterectomy at the age of thirty-three, a friend emailed her some information about adapting a healthier, realer way of eating to improve her condition.

Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of endometrial cells outside of the uterus. This can be very painful for woman and There is no cure for Endometriosis and the accurate diagnosis is most commonly identified by laparoscopy which is what Jessica underwent.

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I  feel we talk about health topically but we don’t often discuss the real story behind it. Because often its not “pretty” and it may involve us becoming vulnerable to the reality of it all. Jessica took a different approach and opened up about her journey with Endometriosis. She’s had surgeries; she’s adopted a precious kid, and she’s not scared to open up about the lows on her popular podcast One Part Plant. I have spent the past year listening (and re-listening) to the One Part Plant podcast.  (notable faves include Amanda Chantal Bacon, Mckel Hill, and Laura Wright)

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