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Vegan Pomegranate Pistachio Cheesecake

I’m so happy December is here, y’all. It’s inspired me to start cooking again! First thing, Pomegranate Pistachio Cheesecake ūüėä

2016 has been a doozy of a year and it’s finally coming to an end…but it’s ultimately left me feeling contemplative. I’ve been thinking even more about human nature and our sheer existence. Why are¬†we here? What is our higher purpose on this planet? Do we even have one? Why do we seem to be okay with destroying our precious Earth? I get discouraged because I want so badly to help facilitate big changes here on this planet, but sometimes I feel so lost it’s like I don’t even know where to start. I dream of a world where all of us as humans can empathize with the suffering of others, and in reaction, attempt to relieve that suffering. I like to think of my veganism as a simple and easy form of everyday peaceful protest against the violence and oppression on this planet. So that’s a pretty cool thing, the fact that with every meal we have the opportunity to stand in opposition to all this violence we see going on today. Obviously, it’s not going to solve all of our problems…but hey, it’s a start!

So anyways, I’m praying for all of us Earthlings today. I pray for peace, love, compassion, awareness, and forgiveness. I’m sending out so much love to you all and remembering that together we can be a powerfully changing force for peace.

So moving along to the food… here’s my recipe for a vegan Pomegranate Pistachio Cheesecake. I hope you get to share these upcoming holidays with people you love. If you do, go ahead and share this cheesecake with them too! It’s smooth, creamy, light, tart and sweet. The pistachio crust is crumbly, nutty and crunchy. You will need to plan ahead in order to soak the cashews overnight. You’re also going to need a high-quality food processor or blender to get the right creamy consistency for the filling. If you don’t have a springform pan, any similar size cake pan should work fine.

Happy December! Enjoy the cheesecake!

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We miss Mendocino already

10 Tips for Vegan Road Trips and a Giveaway Announcement!

Following a series of unfortunate events I have decided to move away from¬†one of the most magical places on Earth: Mendocino, California. It’s bittersweet to leave that gorgeous piece of coastal land, but I’ve decided to drive¬†back home to hot and sunny Atlanta, Georgia. I miss my friends and I miss my family, but I just left Mendocino and my heart already aches for the coast too. Will I ever feel settled anywhere? Ironically, I sometimes feel the most at home while on the road so¬†this trip is, for me, a celebration of this little bit of summer we have left.

As a seasoned vegan road-tripper I can show you how easy it is to eat healthfully and compassionately while traveling with the help of a just a little planning ahead.

As I travel across the country I’ll be collecting a prize pack full of my favorite vegan and organic goodies to send off to one lucky winner! My hope¬†is to inspire whoever wins to go out on their own grand adventure and explore this beautiful planet we live on together!¬†There are three different ways to enter:

  • Sign up for the Eat Love Now mailing list (if you’re already signed up, congratulations you already have one entry)
  • Follow @Eat_Love_Now on Instagram
  • For ten bonus entries, make any recipe from the blog and post a photo¬†on Instagram with the hashtag #EatLoveNowRoadTripGiveAway

It’s that easy! You have until I make it to Atlanta to enter!

Now for my list of the 10 Ultimate Vegan Road Trip Tips:

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Being Grateful

It seems like these days, many of us are forgetting to be thankful for what we have. ¬†We are distracted, focusing on things we want, instead of what we already have at that single time and instance. ¬†This is happening in all aspects of our lives, and it leads to many people disregarding¬†the simple fact that we are here and living on this beautiful could-be-paradise called Earth. ¬†But what an¬†amazing and humbling thing that is to consider! ¬†Right now though, let’s focus on being grateful for what we have on our plates.

In this modern society, with our busy schedules, we don’t seem to be finding enough time to sit down and really think about where our food comes from. ¬†If you consciously invest some thought into everything that has gone into your meal, you can’t help but be grateful for it. ¬†It’s incredible¬†to think about! ¬†Next time you eat, follow the chain of events that brought that¬†food to your plate. ¬†Think about all the hard work that has gone into it, who cooked and prepared it, and where it came from before that. ¬†Think about who cleaned it, who harvested it. ¬†Think about the farmers who nurtured it, and all the time it took to grow out there in the earth¬†and sunshine. ¬†All of this, ultimately just for you! ¬†It’s basically the miracle of life right on your plate, and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing. ¬†If you can develop this awareness every time you eat, then you are surely on the right path towards a healthy mind, body, and soul. ¬†The whole idea is, as we foster this appreciation for food and where it comes from, our relationship with ourselves and our relationship with this wonderful, tiny planet we are trying to survive on will also evolve.

I’d like to use this blog to talk about just being aware and conscious of everything that goes into your food and your body. ¬†I want to talk about how great it feels to be able to sit down and have a meal, that when you really think about all those things, you really will feel good about it and it will really make you feel good to eat!

Welcome to EatLoveNow!  Enjoy!

-Melissa