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Maple Almond Butter Overnight Oats

Lately, I’ve been making a ton of overnight because it’s been too cold to make smoothies. I find the warmth comforting on cold mornings and they are very tasty and easy! I’ve been playing with various ingredients, but this one is definitely a winner! They are filling, and I love the nutty banana maple flavor with a touch of cinnamon.

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Maple Almond Butter Overnight Oats

  • Servings: 4 oz
  • Difficulty: easy
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These Maple Almond Butter Overnight Oats have a nutty banana maple flavor with a touch of cinnamon. They are naturally gluten-free, vegan and gluten-free.

Credit: My Real Dish



  1. Mash one banana.
  2. Add gluten-free quick oats to a 4 oz jar.
  3. Add almond milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, almond butter, and maple syrup in the jar.
  4. Stir well, add mashed banana, and stir again.
  5. Put the lid on and put the jar in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. Heat them for 50 seconds in the microwave in the morning or serve them cold. I prefer them warm.
  7. Serve with a fruit, nuts, or muesli on top.

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Peach Mango Rice with Chipotle Lime

Tacos are a staple in our house. I once read about a lady who went on a taco diet – I could easily do it. Every taco needs some rice, and this Peach Mango Rice with Chipotle Lime is tasty with any taco or taco bowl, and sometimes I add a cup of canned black beans and have a complete meal!

This Chipotle Lime Rub from Wildtree is my favorite spice. I’ve been putting it on everything from tacos to butternut squash. This is the fourth dish in my Wildtree Chipotle Lime Rub Series, you can find the other dishes here: Chipotle Lime Chickpea Salad and Southwestern Chopped Ranch Salad. and Chipotle Lime Roasted Sweet Potato Salad.


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Peach Mango Rice with Chipotle Lime

  • Servings: ~8
  • Difficulty: easy
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This flavorful peach mango rice chipotle lime is a perfect side-dish for tacos or can be eaten as a main dish with black beans. It features Wildtree chipotle lime seasoning.

Credit: My Real Dish

Tips: you can use frozen or fresh mango, if you use frozen just sauté them a little longer with the bell peppers, for approximately 4 minutes.


  • 2 ¼ teaspoon Wildtree Chipotle Lime Rub (You can buy it here.)
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 mango (~1 ⅓ cup chopped mango)
  • ½ peach (½ cup chopped peaches)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • 2 cups rice


  1. Prepare rice per instructions.
  2. Chop red onion, mangos, peaches, bell peppers, and slice cherry tomatoes.
  3. Heat olive oil in medium skillet.
  4. Sauté onion and bell peppers over medium heat for 6 minutes until slightly tender.
  5. Add mango, peaches, and tomatoes and sauté for 2 more minutes if fresh (see tips about frozen fruit)
  6. Stir in cooked rice, chipotle lime seasoning and serve.




Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Pie (Vegan & Gluten-free)

This is the second pie that I have posted this week for my vegan Thanksgiving Pie series. You can check out my first pie here: Pumpkin Pie with Pears and Cranberries.

Dulce de leche is probably one of my favorite flavors, other than chocolate. It brings me back to Argentina and my study abroad time there. I put the thick caramel spread on everything from bananas, apples to ice cream; I also gained 5 pounds that semester! HAHA!

Dulce de leche means sweet milk in Spanish, and it’s similar to a thick caramel. Click here for my vegan recipe. So when I was planning Thanksgiving, I thought, “why not use it in a pumpkin pie too?!” The dulce de leche adds a rich caramel flavor to this creamy vegan pumpkin pie.


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Dulce de leche Pumpkin Pie (Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: two 9-inch pies
  • Difficulty: easy
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This vegan creamy caramel flavored pumpkin pie is an indulgent twist on a traditional pumpkin pie.

Tips: If you do not have a Wholly Gluten Free Pie Crust or another gluten-free vegan crust available near you, you can make a crust from scratch. Click here for a gluten-free and vegan recipe.

Credit: My Real Dish


Pie Filling

  • 4 cups puréed pumpkin (or 1 can of pumpkin purée)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 8 tablespoons vegan dulce de leche
  • 3 tablespoons almond extract (optional)
  • 8 ounces of vegan cream cheese (I used 1 container of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese)
  • 4 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice

Optional: 2 Gluten Free and Vegan pie shells (I used Wholly Gluten-Free)

Optional: vegan coconut whipped topping


  1. Begin preparation of vegan dulce de leche or use one purchased from the grocery store.
  2. Take pie crusts out of the freezer.
  3. Heat oven to 375.
  4. Using a mixer, cream until vegan cream cheese, pumpkin purré, coconut milk, non-dairy milk, coconut sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and almond extract (if desired) are smooth.
  5. Add cornstarch and tapioca starch; mix until well combined.
  6. Add filling to pie crust and bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until the filling is set.
  7. Serve warm or cold. If warm, let the pie cool for 30 minutes on the counter. If served cool, let the pie cool in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  8. Serve with vegan dulce de leche whipped cream. To make the coconut whipped topping, take 1 can coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk that has been in the refrigerator overnight, 1 tablespoon vegan dulce de leche, and 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Blend until it forms fluffy peaks. If you don’t feel like making it from scratch, Soyatoo Soy and Rice Whip are both very tasty.
  9. Serve drizzled with dulce de leche.

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What is on the menu for your Thanksgiving dinner?




Liebster Award

Exciting news! Recently I got nominated for the Liebster Award. I would have never expected to be recognized! I’ve enjoyed cooking, sharing, traveling, and blogging this year, and it has inspired me to continue on this blogging journey.

Thank you to Crafty For Home for the nomination! Check out her blog with recipes, crafts and travel inspiration! I love reading about places that I’ve never been and she gives great travel trips! Follow her on Facebook here.

What is the Liebster Award:

This is a popular award on the Internet that is designed to recognize new and upcoming bloggers. It is a way for newer bloggers, like me, to get discovered, since it attracts interest to your site.

How to be eligible:

In order to be eligible, you must have 200 or fewer followers. For more information about the rules, here is the link:

The Official Rules for Liebster Award 2017


10 Random Facts about Me:

  1. I’ve traveled through 17 countries (all Spanish-speaking except 3).
  2. I danced ballet, tap, and jazz growing up. I danced 20 hours a week in the studio in high school, danced on the dance team in college, and I even danced ballet during my pregnancy with my daughter.
  3. Fall is my favorite season because of the cool temperature and the trees.
  4. My undergraduate degrees are in International Business and Spanish with an emphasis in economics and management. I used to work at an investment firm before getting my Masters in Education and becoming a Spanish teacher.
  5. My favorite foods are chocolate and avocados.
  6. I’m not comfortable riding a bike.
  7. I hate horror movies, but my husband loves them. I refuse to watch them.
  8. I’m a sucker for sitcoms (like Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy) and HGTV home renovation programs.
  9. I wear glasses. Since 2004, I almost always have worn cat-eye glasses.
  10. I love to paint and color. I do it with my kids a lot.

Questions for me:

  1. What is the most extreme thing you have ever done?  After college, I left Argentina, where I was studying abroad, and moved to cold and snowy upstate New York for an ex-boyfriend. I didn’t have a job there and I didn’t know anyone. 
  2. What did you want to be when you grow up as a kid? Why? I went through phases of wanting to be a hairdresser or a dancer. 
  3. How did traveling change your life? Traveling inspired me to become a Spanish teacher and share what I learned about Spanish-speaking countries and cultures. I also learned Spanish while traveling, and have a strong knowledge of different dialects from various cities and countries. It made me a better teacher because I can share all of that with my students now. 
  4. Do you like breakfast or dinner? Breakfast! Pancakes, hashes, tofu scrambles, and smoothies are some of my favorites.
  5. What is your favorite music? Bachata and cumbia. I love latin music.
  6. Name the top 3 beautiful beaches you have visited: Aruba, Hawaii, and Barney’s Joy MA.
  7. Who are your favorite actor and actress? Javier Bardem and Meryl Strep
  8. Would you plant roses or tomatoes? I currently have roses in front of my house.
  9. Chocolate bar, yogurt or ice cream? Chocolate bar – give me all the chocolate!
  10. Formal dress or casual? Casual. I could live in yoga pants and tank tops.
  11. What genre of movie do you like? Foreign and action

My Nominees:

I love art and blogs that inspire my creativity so I had to include some of my favorite DIY blogs. Eclectic Kristal and A Little Mad Smith make me wish that I had all the time in the world for crafts and making pretty decorations for my home! I also enjoy their travel posts.

I often follow blogs that are vegan, My Conscious Kitchen has great recipes that are vegan AND gluten-free! Her story speaks to me because I also have thyroid issues and have been hoping to improve my health through food as well. Plus, did I mention her dishes are yummy?!

I am health conscious and Rise and Discover has great blurbs about health and some yummy food recipes. I love learning and having people teach me new things! Be Forever Healthier not only has food recipes but also has weekly challenges. They aren’t always about food, often they make me think about how to live a more well-rounded healthier life. One week she had a great stretching challenge where we were to stretch every day. My muscles had been sore and needed some TLC. Her challenge got me into the habit of stretching every morning and night again like I used to before having kids. I feel so much better. It’s little things that make a difference that you wouldn’t think about, but she reminds you to try. Sometimes good habits can stick after a week of plugging along. Congratulations to all of my nominees!

Questions for my nominees:

  1. Do you have a favorite quote or words to live by?
  2. Where is one place you haven’t been, but you would like to visit?
  3. If you could give someone $1,000,000 who would you give it to?
  4. What is your favorite movie or tv series?
  5. If you were going to be a character in someone’s book, who would you like to write it?
  6. If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?
  7. What is your favorite food?
  8. Who has been an inspiration in your life? Why?
  9. Salty or Sweet?
  10. How did you pick your blog’s name?

Again, congratulations, keep being awesome, and I wish you success. XOXO.

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You can read read more about me and my blog here.





Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew with Goda Masala

If you want to curl up on a cool fall day with a nice hearty lentil stew, this dish is for you. During my pregnancy with my daughter, I craved Indian Food. My friend Melanie and I always used to eat Indian Food, but since she moved to Kansas City, I haven’t had anyone to go with me. So I decided to head to a local Indian market by my home in order to find some delicious spices. I always used to order Tikka Masala at a restaurant, but I decided to switch things up and purchase a goda masala spice blend instead. It’s a spice often used in Maharashtrian cuisine, the third largest state in India located in the west. If you would like to make your own goda masala spice, you can find a recipe here. Maybe one day I will learn to make an authentic Maharashtrian dish with the goda masala spice.

While I was at the Indian market, I also picked up 24 Mantra Organic Mixed Lentils / Pancharatna Dal. They are a mix of mung bean split, black gram split, lentils hulled split, pigeon pea hulled and chickpea hulled split. Supposedly they are easy to digest and do not require soaking. However, I do have a very sensitive stomach and didn’t want to risk the upset. In case you are a newbie to making lentils, here’s what I did to successfully avoid tummy troubles. First, I boiled water. Then, I poured the legumes into a pot and covered them with a few centimeters of the boiled water, the warm water helps break down indigestible starches. I added 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons for each 1 cup legumes). You can also add another acid such as lemon juice. I soaked them for 8 to 12 hours, drained them, rinsed them again, and returned them to a clean pot. I went here online and read about what to do with lentils and followed the instructions.


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Goda Masala Lentils

  • Servings: ~8
  • Difficulty: easy
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This Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew with Goda Masala is in a creamy coconut tomato sauce; it's delicious and naturally gluten-free and vegan with cauliflower, green beans, peas and flavorful spices such as cumin, turmeric, and curry.

Credit: My Real Dish


  • 2 cups lentils (I used 24 mantra organic mixed lentils
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons (~7 cloves) garlic 
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)
  • 1 can coconut milk (I used Thai Kitchen)
  • 3 tablespoons Goda Masala
  • 15 grinds of pepper (or pepper to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons (or salt to taste)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon yellow curry
  • optional: fresh cilantro for serving
  • English peas (10 oz / 1.25 cups)
  • green beans (12 oz / 1.5 cups)
  • cauliflower (12 oz / 1.5 cups)


  1. See tips above about preparing the lentils. If you don’t soak the lentils, this dish is an easy dump in the crockpot meal with little prep!
  2. Chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  3. Add all of the ingredients (except the peas, cauliflower, and green beans) to the crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. Remove bay leaves.
  5. Heat a 3 inches water in a large pot to boil. Once the water boils, put in cauliflower, peas and green beans in a steam insert into the pan and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Gently fold in the vegetables into the lentil dish.
  7. Optional: top with cilantro when served.



Kiwi Raspberry Salad

Today I wanted something different when I was making this Raspberry Kiwi Salad. So I experimented with some fruit! I love hemp hearts on my salad. Did you know that 3 tablespoons of Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber?! They are so healthy for you!

Kiwi Raspberry Salad

  • Servings: 1 lunch
  • Difficulty: easy
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This Kiwi Raspberry Salad is light, refreshing and sweet!.

Credit: My Real Dish



  1. Prepare veggies and fruit: clean, peel, and slice/chop. I like to clean my cucumbers with Thieves Fruit & Veggie Spray and Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak for my raspberries and lettuce. You can buy them here.
  2. Place lettuce in the bowl, and add ingredients.
  3. Top with Hemp Hearts and drizzle Trader Joe’s Organic Red Wine & Olive Oil Vinaigrette Dressing on top.
  4. Enjoy!



Southwestern Chopped Ranch Salad (Vegan)

This summer I discovered Just.Ranch – it’s a fabulous vegan ranch dressing. I’ve been indulging in it a lot! I love combining ranch with flavors that you wouldn’t expect!

Recently I’ve been trying to meal prep by roasting vegetables ahead of time for salads, bowls, and pasta. This week I marinated 18 ounces of chopped butternut squash in agave syrup, olive oil, and Chipotle Lime Rub by Wildtree. You can buy it here. I’ve been using this rub in soups, on tacos, and even veggies. This salad has so many of my favorite flavors! I’m going to use the rest of the quinoa and chipotle lime butternut squash for some other dishes this week.


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Southwestern Chopped Ranch Salad

  • Servings: 1 full meal
  • Difficulty: easy
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This Southwestern Chopped Ranch Salad is filling and flavorful with chipotle lime butternut squash, quinoa, black beans, avocado, and cherry tomatoes.

Credit: My Real Dish

Tips: (1) Prepare quinoa per bag. I made 1 cup in order to use it with the Roasted Butternut Squash in another vegan bowl this week. (2) I purchased 18 oz of butternut squash, roasted it with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Lime Rub, 1 tablespoon agave syrup for 25 minutes in a 425-degree oven.


  • 5 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 a red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 3 tablespoons of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons quinoa
  • 5 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 2/3 cup Roasted Butternut Squash (Chipotle Lime Rub, agave syrup, and olive oil – see tips)
  • Vegan Ranch Dressing (I used Just.Ranch)


  1. Prepare quinoa and Butternut Squash per tip recommendations. Or the desired equivalent.
  2. Chop vegetables, drain and rinse the beans.
  3. Place romaine lettuce in the salad bowl and top with ingredients.
  4. Serve with Vegan Ranch Dressing.

What are your favorite salad combinations? Let me know in the comments!