Mexican Quinoa Bowls

Mexican Quinoa Bowls are a healthy Vegan Mexican inspired dish! |The Local Taste So as I am typing this I’m watching The Voice. It’s my guilty pleasure! There really aren’t many current TV shows I have to watch, but I can’t get enough of this show! Blake Shelton seriously makes me laugh hysterically every single show. Ahh.. so, on to some FOOD! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned how obsessed I am with Mexican food, but it’s pretty ridiculous. I’m pretty sure in college I ate Mexican almost every day.

Mexican Quinoa Bowls are a healthy Vegan Mexican inspired dish! |The Local Taste Quinoa is definitely one of my favorite foods to cook with. I love how versatile it is. Quinoa really takes the taste of whatever it’s mixed with, which I love! It’s perfect for dishes like this or in pancakes,  stir fry or salads. Can’t get enough of this high protein food! What I love most about these quinoa bowls is that you can add toppings that you love. I’ve chosen black olives, black beans, tomatoes, salsa, avocado, and freshly squeezed lime juice. There are so many other toppings you could add though!… 

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PB & J Bread (Vegan)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bread. Requires no bread machine and is Vegan! | The Local Taste I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! This weekend was FULL of friends and family for us. We stayed with my in laws back home and went to a baby shower for two of our close friends on Saturday, and Sunday I got to catch up with friends from college and one of my friends I used to teach with. So thankful for forever friends! How was your weekend?

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bread. Requires no bread machine and is Vegan! | The Local Taste So this is one of those recipes that is not pretty, but the taste totally makes up for the not so pretty look. It’s my childhood favorite made a little more “grown up.” I have always been totally obsessed with PB & J sandwiches. Clearly I have a peanut butter obsession. I promise I will post some recipes soon that don’t involve peanut butter (okay, maybe I can’t promise that). For this recipe I used another one of my favorite Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butters. Ya’ll I’m obsessed with this stuff! This is their “white chocolate dreams” and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. You can of course use any creamy peanut butter, but this is definitely my favorite!… 

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5 tips to get you prepared for the holidays

Today’s Fab Friday post is brought to you by Amanda of Gates Interior Design Blog. She’s sharing tips on how to get prepared for the upcoming holiday season!

For most of us, the thought of entertaining can turn us into a tail spin, but the thought of holiday decorating and entertaining plummets us into a nose dive of stress. Thanks in part to the perfection seen in magazines and websites we have become conditioned to strive for perfection, forgetting entirely that the purpose for holiday gatherings is to have fun and enjoy the festivities.



The biggest trend for this fall/winter season is getting back to basics. Carried over from last year, it is all about blending old with new, getting away from mass produced products, and focusing on homemade.To help make your holidays effortless be sure to have a few staples on hand that will be getting used over and over for the next few months. Whether that be dishes, napkins, or staple foods, have those items in close proximity and ready to use.


The art of effortless decorating is in the planning stages. Plan ahead. And I don’t mean Martha Stewart planning. I’m talking normal people planning. For those of you who don’t know, normal people planning is a legitimate quick list on a posty note (that is sure to get lost, buried in your purse, or stuck to your pant leg) but will eventually get you going in the right direction! A quick list is made by filing through everything you have, or may not have, creating a list of what you need and then trying to make do with as little purchasing as possible…. 

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