Mediterranean Hummus Pizza

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After a long week of parent-teacher conferences and tons of work, I felt like I deserved to treat myself to my favorite foods. Honestly, I’ll make up nearly any excuse to prepare my faves. “I’m exhausted. I think I need some No-Bake Nutella Pie to perk me up”……”I was coughing all day. I bet Quinoa Pizza would make me feel better”……(and my personal favorite) “_______ hurts (insert any body part). It’s a good thing chocolate heals everything!”  Yep, it doesn’t take much for me to convince myself that I need a good dose of foodie therapy–aka, time spent playing in the kitchen and eating non-stop. 

I think it’s probably no secret that I’m obsessed with the Quinoa Pizza. I mean, seriously? Pizza that’s super easy, vegan, AND gluten-free? How could I not make it constantly?!! Over the years, I’ve probably tried hundreds–if not thousands–of variations of this yummy pizza. I don’t think I have a favorite, but there are a few tried-and-true versions that I eat pretty regularly. Yesterday, exhausted from work and conferences, I decided that I was too tired to put much effort into the pizza that I was desperately craving. Instead, I used the hummus that I had on hand along with some fresh veggies and dubbed it my Mediterranean Hummus Pizza. The end result: a light, fresh, and completely healthy pizza that cured my cravings and left this pooped girl with a very content smile on her face.  

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Papaya & Strawberry Smoothie

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I’m having a hard time believing that it’s that time of year already! That’s right, it’s my favorite time of year. Today marks the first official day of Spring!

It’s the time when the weather finally begins warming up, the earth comes alive after the long and frosty winter, and vibrant fruits and veggies are in abundance! Honestly, what’s not to love?!? Ok, if I’m going to nitpick, my allergies tend to take a beating in the Spring, but otherwise I have a hard time finding anything to complain about.

This is also the time of year when I absolutely crave smoothies! So light and refreshing, they just seem to hit the spot. I’ve already begun cramming my fridge and my kitchen counters full of every kind of beautiful fruit and veggie that graces the grocery aisles. Lately, I’ve had a huge hankering for papaya
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Peppermint Pattie Cups

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With St. Patty’s Day just around the corner, I knew I had to celebrate the holiday the only way I know how–with dessert, of course! (Ok, and maybe with some green beer or Guinness, too). 
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Carrot Cake Cupcakes (gluten-free, vegan)

20140308-172642.jpgI don’t know how it almost passed me by unnoticed, but I’ve been so crazy busy lately that I nearly forgot that this is a very special week…..

Almonds & Avocados officially turns 2 Years Old!!

And because last year I celebrated the blog’s birthday with Chocolate Caramel-filled Cupcakes, it only seemed appropriate to celebrate this birthday with cupcakes too! That’s right, Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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Butternut Squash Tostadas with Avocado Crema

20140301-093408.jpgThere’s not a single day that goes by that I don’t crave Mexican food. I could eat tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and never tire of it. Even though Mexican food isn’t known for being particularly healthy, I believe everything is OK in moderation. The problem with that: I just can’t control myself! I’ll eat several veggie tacos and an entire bag of tortilla chips and still crave more. And don’t even get me started on the guacamole….

It’s for that very reason that I like to make my own Mexican-style meals when those pesky cravings strike. That way, at least I know all of the ingredients that are going into my food and I’m able to cut out as much of the unhealthy and fatty elements as possible. Yes, I still eat a lot, but it’s a lot of healthy, whole foods. 

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