Mermaid Sushi *Raw Vegan*

Wow, that 2-week holiday was the longest school vacation ever. Like, EVER. I was all like, “What day is it? Who am I? Where are we? Why are you still here?!”

Well, we’re here now. We’ve made it to the other sides moms — mums? — and now, we miss them. Admit it. We do. I probably said that to Caleb like 25 times today. *Sigh*

However, if you follow me on Instagram (I mean, of course you do… right?) at pb_n_julie, you noticed I was still able to post some homemade deliciousness that only looks — ok, and tastes — fancy and magical. Mermaid sushi. Yum! Inspired by these gorgeous Australian beaches and crashing-one-day, smooth-as-a-lake-the-next, ocean, this gorgeous plant-based roll was actually pretty simple to make. And, even easier to eat ;)

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Tangled Miso Sesame Salad with Veggie Noodles *Vegan, Gluten Free, Raw*

Woohoo! It’s April and life is good, am I right? Spring Break has just begun (and by Spring Break I, of course, mean Fall Break because #Oz) lol Honestly, I’ve been calling it Spring Break this whole entire time, and it is only now I realize, “Whoops, you’re not in America anymore, ToTo.” Palm to face! When Emma Kate and Caleb do silly things like this I say, “At least you’re cute.” With myself, it’s, “At least you know your way around a veggie.” Ok, I don’t really say that. But, I really do have a way with veggies. Some even call me the “Veggie Whisperer.” (No, nobody calls me that.) But, after tasting today’s tasty Asian-inspired sesame “noodle” salad, I bet SOMEBODY finally will! :)

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Hemp Caesar Salad with Smoky "Parmesan" Crumble

Making the switch to a plant-based diet can feel overwhelming. You might be wondering, but what will I eat? How will I ever be full eating rabbit food? If I love animals so much, then why am I eating all of their food?! (haha) Or, the classic, “But where will I get my protein?!” Have you seen the gorilla? That big ol’ jungle beast didn’t get ripped eating animals — he did it on plants. And, I’ll show you how you can too by cutting out the middle man — er animal.

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Becoming Plantbased

Hey hey friends! As you may or may not have seen on Instagram (in this post), I opened up and allowed myself to become completely vulnerable. I shared my “why” for this blog – for embarking on this journey. Ultimately, it’s for you. For your families. For love. Because, isn’t that what this life is all about? More and more, I think it is. It’s about connecting. Not hiding our “scars” or perceived “imperfections,” it’s about laying it all out there – this is me. And, I’m perfectly imperfect. There’s light and there’s dark. I’m an “and” not an “or.” And, so are you.

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"Be Happy" Raw Cookies {Goji and Cacao Nib!}

Hello lovelies! Today, I have a beautifully easy and delicious recipe to share with you. My little lovebug and I decided it was time to make cookies. It had been far too long. However, that has had a lot to do with it being summer in Sydney. So hot, you guys. Regardless, when you need cookies, you need cookies #amiright?! So, there was just one solution — no bake cookies. With benefits, of course.

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Selfie Smoothie {from Kimberly Snyder's New Book!}

Did you know that our skin completely rebuilds itself every 27 days? How amazing is that?! You could literally start your “healthy-skin” diet right now, and by the end of next month, see incredibly noticeable differences! Wowza! And, I have just the thing to help you sparkle, shine and glow.

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LOVERS Truffles *Raw Vegan Sexy*

Being happy isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’d be nice if it were, of course. Sunshine is definitely a big part of it – the best feeling part of it maybe. But feeling good is ALL of it. Embracing all of it — darkness too. It’s the moon. It’s the stars. And how beautiful is that? How beautiful that the whole world is inside of you? Inside of me. Inside of us.

And, how beautiful that we live in the only world with chocolate?!

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*EAT PRETTY* Citrus & Beet Salad with Fiery Avocado Tahini Dressing

Hello lovelies! Sorry to keep you waiting for a new post this week — I was up to my ears writing for my “real” job. But, now I’m back with this stunning salad that’s a real crowd pleaser. It’s so visually appealing and the bursts of flavors and varying textures in every bite really elevate this dish. This is a fabulous summer salad as it is summer here in Oz, but for all my friends back home in the cold, the {addictive} fiery avocado tahini dressing is sure to warm you up!

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Glowing Green Smoothie {GGS} Bowl

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I am now an official 2019 Solluna Ambassador. *Woohoo!* What does that mean? Well, Solluna is the work of nutritionist, author and celebrity fav Kimberly Snyder (remember her? She’s been monumental in my switch to a happier, healthier plantbased lifestyle. LOVE her) who first popped into my life with The Beauty Detox Solution. If you haven’t purchased this book yet, I urge you too RIGHT NOW. My copy is about 8 years old now and you can tell I use it often. I am always turning to it for more inspiration and quick and healthy recipes to get back on track… including the famous Glowing Green Smoothie. It’s Kimberly’s trademark, and you’re going to love it!

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Bikram Bowl *Raw Vegan*

I love smiling. Laughing. And any opportunity I have to do it, I will. So, anyway, go to yoga. Find your smiling happy self and make this bowl of goodness after. It’s loaded with juicy fruit, antioxidants and real-food goodness to make you glow from the inside out. The perfect whole-body hydration you will need! Especially for a Bikram yoga practice in the hot hot summertime like we now have here in Sydney.

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Tropical Chia Glow Bowl *VEGAN AND RAW*

Hello my lovelies and happy New Year! Even though the New Year started a week ago, I’m just now catching up. So, I’m celebrating today. And what better way to celebrate than with a bowl of nourishing sunshine, am I right?!

One thing I decided on this year was upping my intake of chia puddings because of the skin-loving benefits. My face is always smoother, plumper {in a good way!} and glowy-er when I do. Combine that with my craving for sunshine since this dreary summer Sydney weather isn’t giving me any, and BAM! This tropical chia bowl of good mood food was born. Grab a bite of summer with the recipe below!

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Festive Rudolph-Surprise Lamington Bites *RAW VEGAN*

Lamingtons are an Aussie classic. Traditionally a vanilla sponge cake of sorts, this down-under favorite is coated with chocolate sauce and coconut shreds and sometimes found filled with jam.

Since this dessert is rarely a vegan treat, I decided to get my nom on with a comparable and easy-to-make — running on limited time here as a busy working mom — bliss ball variation.

Coming together with a handful of ingredients, this Christmas-y bite of Oz is just “too easy, mate.”

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Santa Hat Brownies **VEGAN GLUTEN FREE**

Ho ho ho! I’m dropping in today to help take some stress out of this silly season by sharing with you this easy-to-assemble and cute-as-can-be holiday treat 🎄 You’ve probably seen them around before — the idea is nothing new. However, my execution is. Using my go-to brownie recipe and super fluffy cream, this recipe has been elevated with good-for-you ingredients giving your body just what it’s craving without all the junk.

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Red Thai Curry in a Hurry {Vegan, Gluten Free}

Hi friends! While it’s summer here in Australia, {fun fact: The first day of a new season is always on the first day of the month it falls in here. So, December 1st was the first day of summer. My friend says they do it so it’s easier to remember. Ha!} we’ve still had some pretty cool nights. That’s when I whip up this easy curry. It’s hearty, grounding and like a cozy hug on a chilly evening. Plus, it’s ready in no time, and the whole family actually loves it. Win win and win.

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5-Ingredient Berry Bliss Balls (Vegan, gluten-free)

Hi everyone! December is seriously one of the busiest months. #amiright?! Besides Christmas, it’s also the end of the school year here in Oz. So, not only am I getting the Christmas prezzies, decorations and Elf on a Shelf ready for the onslaught of mistletoe madness, I am also packing my calendar full of end-of-the-year performances and picnics, dance concerts and plays for the kiddos — which, seriously, I’m so excited about. Like, really.

But between all of that, taking on some extra articles at work and working on my fitness, I’m pretty much left running on fumes. Umm… hello, Hangry! Looking for something quick, healthy and made with real food (and a craving for muffins), I decided to try my hand at whipping up some easy bliss balls. And, not that I ever doubted myself, but they turned out amazing. So, you should make them too.

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Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Kale Summer Salad *The Boathouse at Shelly Beach Inspired Recipe*

As promised in my last post, here is a more traditional Thanksgiving dish to serve up for your family and friends. This recipe is based on the “Summer Salad” from the iconic Boathouse at Shelly Beach. I thought I could never fully recreate this simple salad because it was just too perfect and served up beautifully next to the sandy shoreline. Turns out I was wrong. I TOTALLY NAILED IT.

Think piles of kale and quinoa mingling with roasted sweet potato chunks, dressed in a simple vinaigrette and topped with a mountain of crunchy almonds, pretty-in-pink pickled red onions and juicy pomegranate arils. This simple, yet statement-making, salad is all you need for a taste of summer “Straya” style.

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