Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Symptoms

I try to take really good care of myself all the time, but it still seems inevitable that I get a cold every winter season. Over the years I’ve found several natural remedies to be the best way to shorten the length of time I have cold and flu symptoms. Even if you can’t stop a cold or the flu, there are ways to make it a little less awful when you are sick.

Throughout the year I make sure to eat a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits, eat local, in-season and organic produce whenever possible, and for the most part, stay away from foods that don’t offer much nutritional value. This ensures that most things I eat will serve a purpose and give me the energy to do what I love most. So when I do get that inevitable cold my body is ready to fight back. Instead of relying on drugs to keep symptoms at bay, try these healthy, natural remedies for cold and flu that have served me well for years. Continue reading

Vegan Pho-Style Soup

Easy Vegan Pho-Style Soup | Using premade mushroom and ginger broth you can have an easy vegan pho-style soup in no time at all! [gluten free, vegan, vegetarian]

Sometimes all you want is an easy, light and comforting lunch and this vegan pho-style soup checks all those boxes ✔️✔️✔️. With a tasty local mushroom ginger stock it couldn’t be easier to put together, and you can customize it with your favorite toppings, which, in my opinion, is the best part about pho!

It’s also an excellent meal if you happen to be on the mend, and it’s one of my suggestions for natural remedies to pesky cold and flu symptoms.

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Vegan Chorizo Nachos with Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce

Chorizo is so hot right now. Amirite?! Chipotle added it to its menu and even vegan chorizo is a thing. I’ve been in love with chorizo since my former boyfriend’s abuelita made it for breakfast with eggs when we visited her in Texas.

Vegan Chorizo Nachos recipe with spicy Pepper Jack cheese sauce and all the best toppings!

Being vegetarian, I typically try to avoid fake meats because many of them don’t provide much nutritional value, but this soy chorizo from Trader Joe’s actually has a decent amount of protein, so we let ourselves indulge every once and a while.

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Vegan Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce

Dang this vegan pepper jack cheese sauce is good! I could slather it on anything. I based this recipe on my vegan Alfredo sauce and it may be my favorite variation yet!

My favorite way to eat it is on my vegan chorizo nachos, but it’s also good in a vegan grilled cheese sandwich (it makes it spicy and extra cheeeeezy), and it is an excellent oozy, melty addition to a chickpea omelet.

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Gluten Free French Toast

Gluten-Free French Toast (Dairy-Free)

French toast is just so good. Isn’t it? It’s sweet and a little savory with the egg so soft and custardy. Quite delicious! This gluten free French toast is even better and has an additional layer of flavor because I used cinnamon-raisin bread. Bonus: It’s super duper easy to make. Perfect for a holiday brunch or just a cozy weekend breakfast. It’s lovely served alongside an over easy egg for extra protein.

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Krumkake (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Gluten-Free and Vegan Norwegian Krumkake recipe

No matter that Thanksgiving is still a few days away … I’m ready for krumkake. Why? Because up until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t eaten it in 5 years. This Norwegian waffle cookie is a staple of my grandmother’s Christmas cookie baking and I’ve always loved the flaky, delicate rolled cookies. And in case you didn’t know, the main ingredients are gluten and dairy. Last year after Christmas I begged my grandma to let me borrow her krumkake iron so I could test a gluten-free and dairy-free recipe, and she happily obliged, providing me with not one, but two irons to choose from. Continue reading