Rawnola is a delicious, quick and easy vegan breakfast that’s loaded with healthy fats, probiotics, antioxidants, fiber, protein, and it’s naturally sweet! Vegan, gluten-free.
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I loveee an easy vegan breakfast that I can get on the table quick.
I just don’t have time in the morning to make complicated meals and I’m definitely not getting up any earlier so I can cook!
My go-to super fast breakfast is avocado toast, my version has 26 grams of protein so it’s a great way to start the morning. On cold days, I switch it up with a big bowl of warm oatmeal that’s piled high with bananas, pecans, blueberries, and maple syrup.
For some strange reason, my husband doesn’t like oatmeal! Weird, right? So, he starts to grumble when he sees me pull out my big jar of oats from the pantry. He’ll eat it but he’s not happy about it.
I’ve been trying to come up with another easy vegan breakfast that both of us would enjoy. One that I could rotate with avocado toast and one that would still be appealing during the heat of a Florida summer.
Easy Vegan Breakfast: Superfood Stone Fruit Rawnola
Rawnola is the raw version of granola! It’s so easy to make and you can make a big batch on the weekend so you have an easy vegan breakfast that’s ready to go all week. Good news, it’s husband approved! Travis loves it and says it’s a 100x better than mushy old oatmeal.
I love rawnola too, the texture of the chopped nuts, seeds, and oats mixed with sticky dates and dried fruit is so delicious! I like to eat it like cereal with ice cold coconut milk and tons of fresh fruit! Plus, it’s jam-packed with wholesome ingredients!
It’s loaded with healthy fats:
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are healthy fats that are good for your heart, they help to lower cholesterol, and they help fight inflammation in your body.
Rawnola also has plenty of superfoods:
Superfoods are specific foods that are nutrient-dense and high in vitamins and minerals that your body needs to thrive. I always try to work in a few superfoods to each meal. I want to feel the best that I can!
Rawnola Has Probiotics Too!
I use a mixture of pitted dates and Mariani probiotic apricots or prunes to give rawnola its natural sweetness and the chunky granola-like texture that I love.
Plus a big bonus!
Just one serving of Mariani probiotic apricots, prunes, or berries per day delivers active cultures that are 10x more effective than yogurt! Plus, a healthy dose of fiber!
I try to remember to take my probiotic supplement every day but sometimes I forget, so I love that this easy vegan breakfast rawnola already has probiotics in it. Just remember that you have to eat the probiotic prunes, apricots, or berries cold, if you heat them then it will kill the good bacteria that your body needs!
You could also blend the Mariani probiotic apricots, prunes, or berries into a smoothie if you want a delicious snack on the go.
My favorite rawnola combination is a mixture of stone fruits and superfoods: juicy probiotic apricots, fresh plums, blueberries, and a kiwi for color! It’s such a great day way to start your day!
Decadent plant-based dark chocolate Easter eggs filled with a truffle-like carob peanut butter dessert hummus. Kids and adults (vegan or not!) will love this treat! Vegan, gluten-free.
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Easter is less than one month away!
This year is kind of strange– Valentine’s Day was on the same day as Ash Wednesday, and Easter falls on April 1st which is also April Fools Day! Strange.
I’ve always wondered why Easter doesn’t have a set date? Why does it change every year? If you know the reason, please tell me!
Something else Easter-related that has changed is the type of candy that I buy for Easter baskets. I use to by allllll the crappy candy– the high-fructose-corn-syrup-loaded jelly beans, the hundred ingredient candy bars, the artificially-flavored creme-filled eggs. That was back when I didn’t know any better.
Now, if I don’t make the treats myself (like these dark chocolate mango coconut candy bites) then you’ll find me reading labels like a hawk in the candy aisle at a natural market looking for safe treats. I look for goodies that are:
Low sugar (not always possible)
Contain NO artificial colors or dyes
Contain NO additives or preservatives
I need to know exactly what every ingredient is on the label, no exceptions!
When I was younger, I used to love-love-love candy-filled eggs. Whether it was peanut butter, truffle, nougat, or creme…I loved them all! I would look forward to them every year and eat wayyy too many. That’s really the only candy I haven’t found a store-bought replacement for yet.
I’ve seen other egg-shaped recipes where they just use their hands to mold an egg shape candy and then they dunk it in chocolate but the result is usually lumpy and dull. The egg mold makes the candy eggs perfectly smooth so they have a brilliant sheen to them without having to add any oil to the chocolate!
If you use a silicone mold, the eggs will come out perfectly every time! They look professional, artistic, and like something you would buy from a real bakery. I guarantee that your family will be impressed if you make these dark chocolate Easter eggs for Easter!
What’s in the Dark Chocolate Easter Eggs?
I really wanted a treat that tasted similar to the candy-filled eggs that I used to love but I didn’t want them to be sugar bombs either.
I knew my naturally sweet carob peanut butter hummus would be the perfect filling for these dark chocolate Easter eggs! It doesn’t have any refined sugar, it’s easy to make, and it’s so creamy!
I used vegan dark chocolate chips for the candy egg shells because I wanted the dark chocolate Easter eggs to taste like real chocolate. By the time you get to the delicious carob peanut butter chickpea center, you don’t even know that you’re eating a healthish treat.
I love the carob peanut butter hummus by itself (or with strawberries) but it’s really fantastic as a candy filling. It’s so smooth and creamy, it has a truffle-like consistency and flavor. Nobody would ever guess that it’s actually carob peanut butter hummus! No way-never!
These vegan dark chocolate Easter eggs easily rival the store-bought eggs I enjoyed when I was a kid. Honestly, I think they’re super delicious and kids and adults (vegan or not) alike will love them too.
Where Do You Buy Vegan Sprinkles?
You can leave the eggs plain or you can drizzle a little bit of chocolate over the top and then sprinkle these organic vegan sprinkles over each egg for extra pizazz!
I used these vegan sprinkles to decorate the dark chocolate Easter Eggs. I will say that the colors aren’t super vibrant, it’s more of a range of pastels. However, I prefer pastel colors for Easter anyway, so I was happy with how it turned out.
These are the sprinkles I used –>
If you want a brighter-colored vegan sprinkle that doesn’t have any artificial colors or dyes, try these vegan sprinkles.
Decadent plant-based dark chocolate Easter eggs filled with a truffle-like carob peanut butter dessert hummus. Vegan, gluten-free.
Carob Peanut Butter Hummus
2 cups vegan dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp vegan sprinkles
Silicone egg mold
This carob peanut butter hummus recipe is the filling for the eggs. Double it so you have enough filling to make 16 dark chocolate Easter eggs, you might have a little leftover.
Melt the dark chocolate chips in a medium bowl over a double boiler or in the microwave.
Spoon 1 1/2 tsp of melted chocolate into each egg mold and swirl it around to cover all sides of the egg mold. Hold the egg mold up to the light to see if you missed any spots.
Turn the filled egg mold upside down on a parchment-linedtray and put it in the freezer to set (about two minutes).
Take the egg mold out of the freezer and spoon 1 1/2 tbsp of carob peanut butter hummus into each egg. Be sure to leave enough room at the top of each egg to put another layer of melted chocolate on top.
Spoon enough melted chocolate over each egg to completely seal the filling in and fill the mold to the top. Use the back of a spoon to smooth the chocolate to the edges. Put the filled egg mold in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Remove the eggs from the freezer and carefully pop them out of the egg mold. Lay them on a parchment-linedtray and use a fork to drizzle melted chocolate over each egg. Quickly, add the sprinkles so they stick to the melted chocolate. (If you wait too long, the sprinkles won’t stick to the cooled chocolate drizzle.)
Keep the eggs on parchment paper in an airtight container in the fridge.
I only have one egg mold, so I did 8 eggs at a time. If you want to make all 16 at once, you’ll need two egg molds.
My husband has a major sweet tooth and he would eat dessert every night if I had it in the house. So I wanted to have something easy and healthy that I could give him that I wouldn’t feel bad about him eating.
We rarely eat dessert at home for two reasons…
I’m not the best baker, desserts just aren’t my forte.
I try to watch our sugar intake and reduce it as much as possible.
Helloooo dessert hummus recipe!
Carob Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus Recipe
This carob peanut butter dessert hummus recipe is exactly what I wanted— It’s a sweet treat that’s easy to make in a (the BEST blender ever!) blender, it’s high in protein (from the chickpeas), and it doesn’t have any refined sugar. Perfect!
Note – You can use canned chickpeas for this recipe or you can cook dried chickpeas (cover by 2-3 inches of water) in your Instant Pot on high pressure for 35 minutes and then let it naturally slow release for 20 minutes.
This carob peanut butter dessert hummus recipe is…
Thick and creamy
Chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite dessert flavor combos, is it yours too?
Buttt did you notice that the title of this recipe isn’t “Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus Recipe, it’s “Carob Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus Recipe?”
I bet you’re wondering what carob is, right? Is it as yummy as chocolate?
What is Carob?
Carob is a delicious chocolate substitute that tastes similar to chocolate but not exactly the same. Carob is chocolate’s healthy and yummy cousin. It has more of a rich and nutty flavor than a sugary chocolate flavor, but the color of carob is almost identical to chocolate.
I like this brand of organic carob powder –>
Carob powder comes from a carob pod that grows on a carob tree in the Mediterranean. Carob pods contain a sweet pulp that is dried, roasted, and ground into carob powder. You can buy carob in powder form or chips.
Chocolate also has health benefits, but what I really love about carob is that it’s stimulant-free.
Lately, I’ve been watching the amount of caffeine that I consume because I’ve noticed that it increases my heart rate. I’ve cut my coffee down to 1 cup in the morning or I switch it out altogether for caffeine-free camomile tea if I just want a hot drink to sip on.
I honestly think that with the addition of the unrefined organic maple syrup for sweetness, the color of the hummus (it looks just like chocolate hummus) and creamy peanut butter, you won’t be able to tell that the dessert hummus recipe is made with carob instead of chocolate. I really don’t think that kids would notice either.
What Should You Dip in Carob Peanut Butter Hummus?
I’ve been known to eat this by the spoonful because it’s so rich and creamy but dippers are great too! It would also be tasty as a spread on bread with banana coins!
Any fruit would be delicious but we specifically love strawberries to dip in this dessert hummus recipe. There’s just something about chocolate– I mean, carob and strawberries! So yummy!
Carob peanut butter dessert hummus is a wholesome treat that tastes decadent and indulgent! It’s free of refined sugar, gluten, and dairy. Vegan.
1 1/2 cup chickpeas, (cooked)
3 tbsp peanut butter
5 tbsp carob powder
5 tbsp maple syrup ((or agave))
2 tbsp unsweetened coconut milk ((or water))
1/4 tsp pink sea salt ((more to taste))
Add the cooked chickpeas, peanut butter, carob powder, maple syrup, coconut milk, and sea salt to a high powered blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
Garnish with a dollop or drizzle of peanut butter and serve with strawberries, pretzels, or crackers. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can use canned chickpeas for this recipe or you can cook dried chickpeas (cover by 2-3 inches of water) in your Instant Pot on high pressure for 35 minutes and then let it naturally slow release for 20 minutes.
You can use coconut milk from a can or carton, either will be fine.
If you only have sweetened coconut milk, adjust the amount of maple syrup you use.
You can substitute cocoa powder instead of carob 1:1.
If you make this vegan dessert hummus recipe, please share your picture on Instagram and tag @StaceyHomemaker so I can see your delicious creation!
I also can’t believe that we went on our Disney cruise honeymoon almost a year ago too! We had such a blast on that cruise that we booked a placeholder so we could get a discount on our next Disney cruise.
Disney Fantasy Cruise Honeymoon! - YouTube
My big 3-0 birthday is coming up, so we decided that would be the perfect time to book our second cruise!
Most of our friends don’t understand our love for all things Disney, they think of it as a brand– not an experience or a feeling that you get when you’re immersed in the magic. They just don’t get it because they haven’t experienced it like we have. They also seem to think that everything Disney related is geared towards kids and that’s just not true!
We especially loved going to The Tube to see comedy acts, game shows, and to dance! Europa stays open late and it’s kid-free.
2 – Play Bingo
There were so many people playing bingo on the cruise. Not just for fun bingo either, there were huge jackpots! We didn’t play because we didn’t want to pay to play, but if you’re big into bingo then you could win some big money!
3 – Swim in the Adult Pools
There are two adults-only pool areas (18yrs+) on the Disney Fantasy: Satellite Falls and Quiet Cove Pool.
We checked out both adult pools but mainly stayed at the Quiet Cove Pool (Deck 11, Forward) because they have a swim up bar connected to the pool.
Satellite Falls was nice too but it was really quiet. If you want to take a nap in the sun or read a book in peace, Satellite Falls is perfect for that.
Note – There is a specialty coffee shop right next to Quiet Cove Pool that would be perfect for grabbing a fancy coffee and lounging by the pool if you don’t drink alcohol.
4 – Relax at Serenity Bay
Every Carribean cruise stops at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. Once you’re on the island, you can hop a tram to beautiful Serenity Bay, the adult-only (18yrs+) beach!
There’s a bar (the frozen banana drink is delish!), live music, and a gorgeous tropical beach with plenty of chairs for everyone! When we went, there was a sandbar you could walk out to and look for starfish, it was so cool!
You don’t have to go back to the ship for lunch, they have two restaurants right on the island. One is located on the family side of the beach and the second, Cookie’s BBQ, is on the Serenity Bay side of the island.
We snorkeled a little bit in the morning, went down the slides on the family side and then spent the rest of the day relaxing, looking for starfish, and enjoying frozen drinks in the crystal clear water of Serenity Bay. It was heaven!
5 – Eat Brunch or Dinner at Palo or Remy
There are two adult-only restaurants onboard the Disney Fantasy: Palo and Remy.
We were lucky enough to get reservations for brunch and dinner at Palo on our last cruise. Hopefully, we’ll get reservations for Remy on our next cruise. Make sure you book as soon as your window opens up so you don’t miss out– these reservations are hard to get and this was one of our favorite adult Disney cruise activities!
Make it a date night, go have a romantic dinner at Palo and catch a flick after!
There are two movie theaters on the Disney Fantasy; the Walt Disney Theatre and the Buena Vista Theatre. All of the Broadway-style shows are shown at the Walt Disney Theatre while movies are shown all day at the Buena Vista Theatre.
If there is a big movie release (on our cruise we got to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie the night before it was released) it will be shown in both theatres to accommodate all guests.
7 – Watch the Sunset
I wish we had done this every night on our Disney cruise!
On the last night, we went to the bow on the top deck and watched the most beautiful sunset we’ve ever seen. Up until then, I thought the sunsets from our verandah were the best. Nope.
Watching the sun dip below the vast, endless ocean, was breathtaking– and windy!
Seriously, don’t miss it. I’ll never forget it!
8 – Experience an Exciting Excursion at Each Port
There are plenty of adult-only excursions to do at each port!
While at St. Thomas, we went zip lining at Tree Limin’ Extreme Ziplining and loved every second of it! Kids can also go ziplining there but we didn’t have any kids in our group and I didn’t see any in the other groups around us.
If you’re not an adrenaline junkie then the spa will be the perfect kid-free place for you to relax and unwind in peace.
Visiting the spa was one of the only adult-only Disney cruise activities that we didn’t get to do, we just ran out of time! I think…
Travis isn’t really a lay down and relax kind of person, he always wants to go-go-go. So, maybe he made sure that our days were action packed so we wouldn’t have time for the spa. I’m not sure but I’m definitely going to schedule time for it on our next Disney cruise.
10 – Attend Mixology Classes and Beverage Tasting Seminars
We attended a few of the beverage seminars and one of the mixology classes…they were so much fun!
The beverage tasting seminars are each based on different type of liquor, wine, or beer. For example, at the tequila tasting, they had three different types of tequila for us to sample, plus a dessert tequila and a margarita. While you’re sampling the tequila there is a tequila specialist giving you a little background about each tequila.
At the mixology class, you get to try 4-5 different cocktails and they show you step-by-step how to make each one. It’s more hands-on, you can volunteer to go up to the bar and make the drinks for the people in the class. Travis really liked doing that.
You can now book these classes online once your window opens!
11 – Enjoy the Stage Shows
Every night on the cruise, we went to the Walt Disney Theatre to watch the show after dinner. It’s relaxing and a fun little night cap before heading up to your room for the night.
All of the shows are family friendly but they’re not geared towards kids. We especially loved the Broadway-style Aladdin show, magic show, and the comedy acts.
After the show, head up to the gelato shop and grab a scoop!
I hope this list helps you to see that there are so many fun Disney cruise activities for adults too! Ignore anyone who tells you that..
This tomato salad is loaded with juicy cherry tomatoes, spicy arugula, and creamy avocado tossed with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. It’s the most flavorful healthy side dish! Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free.
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I found the most beautiful local organic rainbow cherry tomatoes at the market last week!
I used the larger red cherry tomatoes to make hearts with for our Valentine’s day avocado toast! It turned out so adorable that I made the love-inspired breakfast again on our anniversary too!
After our heart-shaped tomato breakfast, I was left with two pints of plump cherry tomatoes. Travis doesn’t really care for them, he says he doesn’t like how they burst in your mouth when you bite them.
I can’t be too hard on him though because he really isn’t a picky eater. He always tries all of the crazy concoctions that I come up with, even if he doesn’t love the ingredients. In case you were wondering, his all-time favorite meal is bomb ass buffalo cauliflower tacos— can you tell that he named the recipe?! Ha!
So, I really made this avocado tomato salad for me, I love cherry tomatoes…and avocado…and arugula! Ok, I love everything in this tomato salad!
What’s Else is in This Tomato Salad?
There are so many healthy ingredients in this tomato salad– it’s LOADED!
I love the combination of tomatoes and balsamic vinegar, I used to love Caprese salad. In the past, I would’ve put mozzarella balls in this tomato salad but I thought big chunks of soft and creamy avocado would be the perfect substitution!
What Kind of Dressing is on the Tomato Salad?
This is my go-to easy salad dressing recipe. Depending on what ingredients I’m using in the dish determines which type of vinegar I use.
The basic recipe always includes a combination of the following ingredients:
Vinegar: balsamic, white wine, or red wine
Since tomatoes and balsamic go so well together, I chose to use balsamic vinegar for this tomato salad recipe. If you don’t like or have any balsamic vinegar on hand, white wine vinegar would be tasty too!
What Goes Well With This Tomato Salad?
I often eat a big bowl of this tomato salad all by itself for lunch, it’s so fresh and tasty! I’ve also used it as filling for wraps or put a couple big scoops on top of a giant salad. If you want to make it for dinner, try mixing it with a cup of quinoa or orzo to make it even more filling.
Recently, I served this avocado tomato salad as a side to a vegan BLT sandwich! It was such a colorful and flavor-loaded meal! You can’t beat a 10 minute easy side dish!
Avocado Arugula Cherry Tomato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Juicy cherry tomatoes, spicy arugula, and creamy avocado tossed in a tangy balsamic vinaigrette is the perfect healthy side dish! Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free.
Tomato Salad –
1 pint yellow cherry tomatoes, (sliced in half)
1 pint red cherry tomatoes, (sliced in half)
2 generous handfuls of baby arugula, (roughly chopped)
2 avocados, (cut into chunks)
1/4 cup red onion, (diced)
6 large basil leaves, (thinly sliced)
Balsamic Vinaigrette –
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp maple syrup
1 garlic clove, (minced)
1/4 tsp pink sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Put the sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped arugula, diced red onion, basil leaves, and avocado chunks into a large mixing bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined. Pour the dressing over the tomato salad. Gently mix the salad until the dressing has been evenly distributed.
Garnish with fresh basil.
It’s best to make this salad right before you want to serve it. If you prep it too early, the juice from the tomatoes will make the arugula soggy and the avocados will turn brown.
You can prep the dressing early if you want to.
Spinach or kale would be an easy substitute for arugula.
If you make this vegan tomato salad, please share your picture on Instagram and tag @StaceyHomemaker so I can see your delicious creation!
Pandora is stunning; the giant floating rocks, the beautiful waterfalls, other-worldly creatures, and exotic foliage were out of this world! It’s just like I remember it looking like in the movie.
Pro Tip – Make sure you see Pandora during the day and at night. After the sun goes down, all of Pandora starts to glow and its bioluminescent flora comes to life. It’s magical!
We went straight to Avatar Flight of Passage ride because we wanted to ride it before our lunch reservation at Tusker House.
Luckily, we had fast passes but now that we went on the ride and experienced how amazing it was, I would happily wait in line to go on it again!
It was next level– AMAZING. I described it to my mom as being like Soarin (at Epcot) but on steroids!
Pro Tip – Bring an antibacterial wet wipe with you so you can wipe down the glasses they give you to wear for the ride. You never know who wore them before you…
The ride simulates flying on the back of a banshee through the enchanting world of Pandora. You sit on a machine the way you would sit on a motorcycle, you get strapped in, put your goggles on, and you connect with your Avatar. Once connected, you take off flying through Pandora!
Some parts of the ride are a little intense but it’s all so beautiful! They do warn you before you board that you shouldn’t go on the ride if you’re prone to motion sickness, which I am. However, I didn’t get motion sick at all. I closed my eyes for a few seconds when the banshee was jumping around really fast but I felt completely fine besides that.
Pro Tip – If you’re also prone to motion sickness, do not go on Mission Space at Epcot! We did and I was woozy for a solid hour after the ride.
You even feel the banshee breathing between your legs, it really feels like you’re riding on the back of this massive dragon-like creature. It’s the most immersive ride I’ve ever been on.
We also went on the Na’vi River Journey. While extremely beautiful and immersive in its own way, we definitely preferred the exciting Flight of Passage. The river ride is very calm and would be great for little kids or if you want a relaxing break from the heat.
Pro Tip – If you plan on visiting Pandora but can’t get fast passes for the rides, arrive at the park as soon as it opens and head directly to Pandora and get in line for Avatar Flight of Passage. That will be your best shot at getting on the rides without having to wait in line for 2-3 hours.
It was pretty warm by 12pm, so I put on my life-saving necklace fan and we ordered a refreshing, frozen, non-alcoholic Night Blossom drink from the Pongu Pongu quick service beverage stand. Surprisingly, the drink is vegan but it’s definitely not healthy.
I wish they would lose the artificial food dye buttt it was delicious and a fun Pandora-themed treat. See below for a picture of the ingredient list for the Night Blossom drink from the allergy menu.
We didn’t eat at the Satu’li Canteen that day because we made lunch reservations at Tusker House. I’ve always loved Tusker House but I haven’t been in a few years.
Now that Travis and I are vegan we wanted to see what options they had for us.
What’s the Tusker House Restaurant Like?
The Tusker House in Animal Kingdom is definitely a casual, laid-back restaurant. Don’t worry about dressing up, most of the guests have been hanging out at the park all day too. The whole restaurant is decorated to look like a rustic African market and the food is also African-inspired fare.
There were tons of kids, probably because it’s an interactive character meal. Don’t let that stop you from making a reservation if you don’t have any kids or don’t want to interact with the characters.
We don’t have any kids and we didn’t want to take pictures with Mickey, Goofy, Donald, or Daisy, so we just waved hello but didn’t make any move to get up for pictures when they stopped at our table. They got the hint and moved on pretty quick.
What Can Vegans Eat at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom?
When I made the reservation online, I checked the allergy box because they didn’t have a vegan box to check. When we checked in, we were automatically given an allergy menu that clearly listed all the food on the buffet. I thought that was a nice touch.
Travis and I were looking specifically for vegan options, so we were a little concerned when we only saw vegetarian options on the list. However, our waitress assured us that everything labeled vegetarian was actually vegan.
I found that to be a little strange. I wish they would just label it vegan if it’s vegan– not vegetarian because they definitely don’t mean the same thing. I asked our waitress to have the chef come over to our table so he could show us what we could safely eat on the buffet.
Chef Dennis was awesome! We really appreciated him taking us through the buffet and listing all the ingredients in the vegan dishes.
Surprisingly, there were a ton of vegan options on the buffet!
Almost half of the buffet is vegan!
On the allergy menu, two of the buffet items that are marked “vegetarian” also had checks next to the dairy box. Chef Dennis explained that that meant that those items might not be 100% vegan due to cross contamination.
The hummus balls are made in a shared fryer.
The tofu might have contact with dairy.
However, Chef Dennis right away offered to make us our own plate of tofu to share that was definitely dairy-free. We accepted and he brought a huge platter to our table! We were thrilled because it ended up being my favorite item on the buffet!
Did We Like the Food at Tusker House?
After we toured the buffet with Chef Dennis, we grabbed our plates got a little bit of everything vegan on the buffet so we could report our findings.
Overall, everything was very tasty. Each dish had a lot of flavor without being too salty. The following items were our favorites:
Tandoori Tofu with Basmati Rice
Roasted Vegetable Couscous
Black Eyed Pea Salad
Roasted Cauliflower Salad
Sauteed Green Beans
We didn’t care for the collard greens, the hummus, or the corn medley– they were just meh.
We were going to start with a salad but we saw two young boys fighting over the tongs and touching the part that touches the food, so we skipped that station. Gross!
Please, please, please go up with your kids to the buffet so you can help them. I don’t want to get sick because of germy hands touching the food. Let’s keep it sanitary!
Unfortunately, there are no vegan desserts on the buffet. However, if you ask your server, they can bring you a bowl of Toffuti chocolate ice cream and chocolate chip cookies! Travis loved the ice cream so we were happy with that.
It would be nice if they had at least one vegan dessert on the buffet. Hopefully, one day more options will be added to the dessert bar!
A drink is included in the price of your meal, so I ordered coffee with our ice cream. However, they don’t have any dairy-free creamer available. Our server brought me a juice box of vanilla flavored soy milk (not organic).
I asked if there was anything plain available because I didn’t want vanilla flavored coffee. She said no but went to the kitchen to check anyways and came back with an insulated creamer container of “coconut milk.”
I’m guessing it was the type of coconut milk from a can that is used for curries because it was very thick and it separated before rising to the top of my coffee cup. Definitely not a good option for coffee creamer. Bleh!
Would We Go Back To Tusker House Again?
Well….let me break it down to help explain our decision.
Tusker House has a ton of vegan options on the buffet that you don’t have to special order (more than any other Disney buffets that I’ve been to).
The food is adult and kid-friendly, there’s something for everyone to eat.
The food is delicious and youdefinitely won’t leave hungry.
Upon request, a chef will walk you thrugh the buffet and show you what’s safe to eat based on your allergy or food preference.
If you are worried about cross contamination, certain dishes can be made to order and brought directly to your table.
The restaurant has a fun atmosphere and if you have kids, they’ll love the character interaction!
If you’re an annual passholder, you get 10% off your bill. Make sure you tip on the original amount!
Tusker House is located inside of Animal Kingdom so..
Avocado toast with heart-shaped cherry tomatoes is the easiest and quickest love-filled Valentine’s day breakfast! It’s perfect for kids and adults! Vegan.
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My love for avocado toast runs deep. It’s true love, people.
Sometimes I switch it up but my favorite variety is this –> 26 gram Three Seed Avocado Toast. A close second would be avocado toast topped with rainbow cherry tomatoes, basil, and balsamic glaze. Ermagerd, it’s soooo good!
Speaking of love, Valentine’s day is almost here!
When I was little, my mom always made us Valentine-themed treats; heart-shaped pancakes and strawberry milk for breakfast, heart-shaped PB&J’s and a love note in my lunch box. Holiday-themed food is the best!
Also, February 19th is our first wedding anniversary, so we decided that we’re going to celebrate a whole week of love! This love-loaded avocado toast would be perfect for Valentine’s day breakfast or an anniversary breakfast!
Why is This Avocado Toast Perfect for Valentine’s Day Breakfast?
This festive avocado toast is perfect for Valentine’s day breakfast because:
It’s made with love!
It has hearts on it and it’s stinkin’ adorable.
It’s quick and easy but still special!
If you don’t have a lot of time in the morning before the kids go off to school or before you or your partner leave for work but you still want to make something special then this is the recipe for you!
It only takes a few minutes to mash the avocado (make sure you use an avocado knife!), toast the bread, and slice up the tomato hearts. Bingo-bango, you have a Valentine-themed breakfast on the table for your loved ones that will make them feel extra special!
Are the Heart-Shaped Tomatoes Difficult to Assemble?
The heart tomatoes are simple– I promise!
All you need is medium-sized cherry tomatoes (multi-color is optional) and a sharp paring knife.
At an angle, slice the side with the stem off.
Turn the tomato so the sliced end is resting on the cutting board and cut the tomato in half down the center.
Turn the two pieces so they fit together like a heart and place them on the avocado toast. The mashed avocado acts as the glue and holds them in place.
That’s it! Isn’t that so easy?!
Note – You can use the smaller cherry tomatoes but I prefer the medium-sized cherry tomatoes because they give the heart a better shape.
Is This Valentine’s Day Breakfast Recipe Just For Kids?
I would love it if my hubby made this love-filled avocado toast for me on Valentine’s day!
If you make it for your kids, I would stick to seasoning the mashed avocado with just sea salt and a tiny bit of pepper.
However, if you want an adult version– I like to use:
Don’t waste valuable park time searching for vegan food at Epcot! We did all the research and taste testing to find the best vegan food at Epcot for you! Make sure you save this list so you can reference it while you’re at the park!
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Travis and I just got back from a last minute trip to Disney World!
We found a fantastic deal to stay at the Coronado Springs Resort and we just couldn’t pass it up. We absolutely loved the resort; the pool was amazing, our room was gorgeous, and the hotel grounds were stunning! We can’t wait to go back!
We planned a full day at Epcot to go to the Festival of the Arts so we could try all the tastes at each of the booths. Unfortunately, once we arrived at Epcot and got our hands on a festival book, we realized that there was only one vegan option (a rice panda) for us to try.
You can find the vegan vegetable wrap and hummus vegetable platter in the grab n’ go section at Sunshine Seasons in The Land Pavillion. Both are delicious, filling, and under $10.
5 – Katsura Grill: Vegetable Sushi Roll
We shared the vegan vegetable sushi roll as an afternoon snack while we walked around the world showcase. The Katsura Grill is hidden at the top of the winding pathway in Japan. You can eat your sushi in the air-conditioned restaurant or outside in the gorgeous courtyard.
We chose the lantern-filled courtyard, you can’t beat the ambiance!
The vegetable sushi is prepackaged in a small container with fresh shaved ginger and little packets of wasabi and soy sauce. The vegetable roll consists of cucumber, carrots, and avocado wrapped in seaweed, rice, and sesame seeds.
I enjoyed the sushi but I don’t think it would be enough for a full meal. We’d definitely get it again as a snack!
4 – Sunshine Seasons: Vegan Korma with Gardein Meatless Chik’n and Cashews
I was excited to try the vegan korma because we recently tried Gardein products for the first time and really enjoyed it.
The vegan korma consists of two large scoops of white rice and two large spoonfuls of the vegetable korma mixture. The portion size is great for the price and I enjoyed all of the vegetables in the korma. There was a fair amount of meatless chik’n in the mix but it was a little skimpy on the cashews.
I did think that the flavor was lacking a little bit to be called a curry but at least it wasn’t overly salty or processed tasting. I would definitely get it again.
3 – Sunshine Seasons: Vegan Flatbread with Grilled Vegetables, Black Bean Spread, Tofu, and Chia Seeds
There was only one vegan flatbread wrap left on the counter, and to be honest, it looked a bit dried out.
Surprisingly, the flatbread was delicious and filling and not dried out at all! I think it was just the way that the black bean sauce was thinly spread on the wrap. I enjoyed the flavor of the black bean spread, all the roasted veggies, and the way the tofu was chopped made it look like feta.
The vegan potato salad was excellent too!
Travis said next time he would ask for it to be warmed up a little bit but we would definitely order this flatbread again.
Travis loves the Beyond Burger and orders it everytime we find it on a restaurant menu. For some reason, on the liberty Inn menu, the burger is listed as a vegetable burger but it’s really the Beyond Burger.
The Beyond Burger is served with crispy onions, BBQ sauce, and a side of french fries or broccoli. I’m not 100% sure if the BBQ sauce is vegan, so make sure you ask if you want it.
Also, when I make the Beyond Burgers at home, I like to sear them a little bit so they get lightly browned on both sides. Next time, we’re going to request that they cook the patty a little bit longer so it has some color.
This quick service meal ranks high on our list of the best vegan food at Epcot because it’s consistently delicious at every restaurant we order it at.
1 – Tangerine Cafe: Vegetable Platter
The vegetable platter at the Tangerine Cafe has been my go-to vegan spot for a while now. Sometimes the falafel can be dry (if you go at an off hour) but most of the time it’s pretty delicious! I find that the falafel is freshest around the dinner rush, usually around 6pm-7pm.
You can’t see the falafel in the picture but it’s hiding under the pita.
The vegetable platter is #1 on my list of the best vegan food at Epcot because of the variety, the portion size, and the flavors!
The vegetable platter is served with:
Tangierine Couscous Salad
The platter is huge and super filling! I like to put the falafel, salad, tabouleh, and hummus in the pita bread and eat it like a wrap. It’s sooo good!
Where Else Can You Find Delicious Vegan Food in Disney World?
There are so many places in Disney World to find delicious vegan food!
This is a copycat recipe for the Whole Foods TTLA sandwich. Crisp butter lettuce, juicy tomatoes, tangy tempeh bacon, creamy avocado, and zesty garlic aioli in a pressed ciabatta roll will be your new favorite sandwich! Vegan.
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Have you heard all the hype about the life-changing vegan TTLA sandwich at Whole Foods?
Everyone has been raving about it!
I really wanted to try it but it’s hard for me to pay $8-$9 for one sandwich when I know that I can make an even better sandwich at home. Actually, if you buy all the sandwich ingredients, you could make three sandwiches for the price of one! You can’t beat that deal!
I’ve also heard from multiple people that they can’t even get the sandwich at Whole Foods right now because it’s so popular that they keep running out of the TTLA sandwich ingredients! Have no fear, you can make the best TTLA at home right in your own kitchen!
What is a TTLA Sandwich?
The TTLA is a vegan twist on the classic BLT sandwich. It’s everything you love about a BLT, with the addition of avocado, on a toasted ciabatta roll.
I use this press to get the perfect crispy sandwiches! –>
This is what’s in the TTLA sandwich:
T – Tempeh (Lightlife Organic Fakin’ Bacon is what Whole Foods uses)
T – Tomato (I like to use a ripe beefsteak tomato)
L – Lettuce (Butter lettuce or romaine would be best)
A – Avocado (I prefer a Hass avocado over a Florida avocado)
The tangy tempeh bacon, crisp butter lettuce, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, and zesty garlic aioli go so well together, I can definitely see why the TTLA sandwich is so wildly popular!
Many people have said they like to add pickles and red onions too. I think pickled red onions would also be delicious!
What Does Fakin’ Bacon Taste Like?
The TTLA is a vegan version of a BLT. That means that the TTLA doesn’t have animal-based bacon in it, it has delicious tempeh bacon!
When you cook the tempeh bacon, it really smells like animal bacon but without the cruelty. Even my hubby wandered into the kitchen while I was cooking and asked what I was making that smelled like bacon!
After he ate the TTLA sandwich, he said that the only difference he noticed was that the tempeh bacon wasn’t as crispy as animal bacon. You could easily remedy this by sauteeing the tempeh bacon longer or by roasting it.
I haven’t had bacon in a few years but I do remember what it tastes like. I wouldn’t say the tempeh bacon tastes exactly like animal bacon– but it’s close. The flavor is great, the color is spot on, and texture is delicious. It’s definitely close enough to be a great substitute in a BLT.
What I think gives the fakin’ bacon its bacon-like flavor is the soy sauce, cider vinegar, beet powder, and smoke flavor. The tempeh bacon does have a fair amount of sodium so I wouldn’t make this an everyday meal but it’s great when you have a craving for something indulgent!
Garlic aioli is garlicky, lemony, creamy goodness that you’re going to want to put on everything, it’s freakin’ delicious! Try this recipe, it’s so easy to make and it’s way better than store-bought sauce.
Don’t skip the sauce, it’s what makes this sandwich so delicious!
Skip going to the store, you can make the best TTLA sandwich right in your own kitchen! Pressed ciabatta, crisp butter lettuce, juicy tomatoes, tangy tempeh bacon, creamy avocado, and zesty garlic aioli will be your new favorite sandwich!
1 tbsp olive oil
3 slices tempeh bacon
2 slices tomato
2 pieces butter lettuce
3 slices avocado
2 tbsp vegan garlic aioli
1 ciabatta roll, (sliced in half)
In a pan over medium heat, saute 3 slices of tempeh bacon in olive oil until brown and crispy, about 5 minutes (flip halfway through).
Slice the ciabatta roll in half and layer the butter lettuce, tomato, tempeh bacon, and avocado on one half of the bread. On the other half, generously slather the vegan garlic aioli.
Use a misto to spray a tiny bit of oil on the top and bottom of the press so it will help the bread get perfectly crisp. Press the sandwich for two minutes, or until it’s toasted to your liking.
If you make this vegan TTLA sandwich, please share your picture on Instagram and tag @StaceyHomemaker so I can see your delicious creation!
This flavor-loaded bok choy mushroom barley soup will be your go-to recipe during cold and flu season! It’s filled to the brim with immune system boosting ingredients and you can get it on the dinner table in 35 minutes! Vegan, dairy-free, nut-free.
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Lately, it seems like everyone around me is coming down with the flu.
Ughhh…yuck. Unfortunately, I still have to go out into the world and be around all the sickies even though I’d rather just stay in my safe little bubble at home.
I refuse to get a flu shot so I try to focus on naturally boosting my immune system by taking supplements (vitamin c, zinc, elderberry, oil of oregano) and eating whole foods that are immune system boosting.
The easiest way for me to get a boat load of immune system boosting foods into our diets is by putting them all into one delicious and hearty soup!
Which Ingredients Will Help to Boost Your Immune System?
Pretty much all of the ingredients in this bok choy mushroom barley soup will help to give your immune system a massive boost! This bok choy mushroom barley soup is loaded with vitamins and nutrients to help you feel better!
Bok Choy – Bok choy is one of the best anti-inflammatory foods you can eat! It’s a cruciferous vegetable that’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
Barley – Barley contains beta-glucan which is a type of fiber that has antimicrobial and antioxidant components that are more potent than echinacea.
Mushrooms – Mushrooms are selenium,beta-glucan, and antioxidant-rich.
Onions – Onions are a great source of vitamin C, zinc, and phytochemicals that are very beneficial to your immune system.
Miso – Miso is antiviral and helps to alkalize your system.
Garlic – Garlic fights infection and bacteria in your body.
Ginger – Ginger is antiviral and antibacterial.
Lemon – Lemons are naturally rich in flavanoids, vitamin C, and antioxidants.
Bok Choy Mushroom Barley Soup is Healthy but Does it Taste Good?
So, it’s pretty obvious that this bok choy mushroom barley soup is REALLY good for you, it’s ready in 35 minutes and it’s easy to make…buttt does it taste good too?!
Yesssss! This bok choy mushroom barley soup is so delicious that I could eat it for days and days without tiring of it!
Actually, I did eat it for days and days when I was testing this recipe out for the blog and I’m still craving it. The flavors of the sweet bok choy, sauteed mushrooms, and mouth-watering broth go so well together that I’m sure you’ll love it too!
Ohhh, the broth is so flavorful, I could drink a bowl of it just by itself!
The broth is easy to make and it’s darn delicious! I just love the combination of fresh ginger, garlic, white miso, and lemon. It tastes so nourishing, you just feel really good eating it.
To me, there is nothing better than food that tastes amazing but it makes you feel amazing too.
What Type of Bok Choy Should You Use?
We loveee baby bok choy!
It tastes like a sweet cabbage and it goes so well with many different recipes. You could put it in a stir-fry, cut it in half and serve it in pho, slice it and mix it with cauliflower fried rice, or bake it as a side dish. Just make sure you get the right type of bok choy.
My local market only had the larger “adult” bok choy for the longest time, and it’s just not the same. I prefer the baby bok choy for this recipe because of its sweet flavor and crisp texture in the soup.
This is what you should look for when you pick out baby bok choy:
Look for the medium-sized heads, don’t pick the biggest ones in the bunch.
Pick the baby bok choy that have the most dark green leaves on top.
Check the outer layers of the bok choy for brown or wet spots, that’s a sign it’s starting to go bad.
I’m sure you’ve seen the gorgeous pictures of pho with the half piece of perfectly cooked baby bok choy floating on top, right?
The first time I made pho at home, I served the baby bok choy that way. It was a really pretty presentation but not realistic for us. You can’t cut the bok choy up in a soup bowl, so you try to take a bite and it doesn’t really come apart so you have to gobble up the whole piece in one bite. Plus, Travis wants a huge mountain of bok choy in his bowl.
Nah, it’s just easier to wash and eat the bok choy by slicing it into ribbons.
To prep the baby bok choy:
Slice and discard the end (root).
I like to thinly slice (a little bit less than 1/4 inch) the stems and cut the greens a little bit thicker (about 1-1 1/2 inch thick).
Put the sliced bok choy into a large bowl with cold water and a few splashes of vinegar. Let it soak for 10 minutes and then drain, rinse, and dry well.
It might look like a lot of bok choy but, like spinach, it wilts down to practically nothing when you cook it.