Healthy Vegan Friday & Vegan Portland Adventures

Hiya from beautiful cold and rainy Portland, Oregon! No worries, this traveler is all bundled up and braving the elements.

Healthy Vegan Friday:

I’m excited to share another round of vegan awesomeness today with our weekly link-up party, Healthy Vegan Fridays (you can read about it here). Essentially, this is a way for bloggers to post their favorite whole food, plant-based recipes for everyone to enjoy in a central location. To enter your recipe or to see all the submissions, just go to the thumbnails below this post. To see a listing of every single Healthy Vegan Friday blog post, you can click here.

The most popular submissions from this week were these:

1. Drink This, Lose Weight from Gluten Free A-Z Blog:

Drink This; Lose Weight from Gluten Free A-Z Blog

2. Dark Chocolate Brownies from Tessa the Domestic Diva:

Dark Chocolate Brownies from Tessa the Domestic Diva

3. Vegan Budget Project from My Healthy Chef:

Vegan Budget Project from My Healthy Chef

My favorites (I select my personal faves each week that are on the “healthier” side made using little to no oil, salt, or added sugars):

1. Healthiest Easy Meal – Green Power Soups from Green Reset:

Green Power Soups from Green Reset

2. Most Inspiring Vegan Yogurt – Raspberry Yogurt from Almost Skinny Vegan Food:

Raspberry Yogurt from Almost Skinny Vegan Food

3. Most Beautiful Seasonal MealSummer Vegetable Soup from Purely Nourished:

Summer Vegetable Soup from Purely Nourished

Honorable Mention for a Healthy Alternative to Guacamole & Chips – Easy Guacamole with Chile Lime Jicama Chips from Veggie Quest:

Easy guacamole with chile lime jicama chips from Veggie Quest

Yum! Now I can’t wait to get home and start cooking again.

Vida Vegan Con:

In the meantime, I’ve been all around town enjoying the vegan yumminess that Portland has to offer. I got things started off right yesterday morning with a yoga class at Yoga Pearl, a green juice at Prasad, and then an amazing feast at Blossoming Lotus including the Masala Bowl that had tons of steamed kale and chickpeas in a coconut sauce and then a wildly indulgent slice of German Chocolate Cake:

Pictures from lunch at Blossoming Lotus in Portland.

Kale balances out sugar and chocolate, right? Yeah, okay, maybe not. 🙂

Thursday festivities also included a “meet and greet” at a cool bar where I got to meet some new and old friends and then a trip to the infamous vegan mini-mall where I picked up some goodies including this t-shirt, a sticker “Veganism is for lovers,” and some soy curls (I have never eaten these, but decided to get all crazy and buy some):

Goodies from the Vegan Mini-Mall in Portland.

So. Much. Fun!!!

Healthy Taste of Los Angeles:

As I experience everything that this blogging conference has to offer in Portland, I also wanted to remind you of an event happening on June 23rd in Los Angeles. It’s called The Healthy Taste of LA and it’s going to be fabulous. There will be several very influential speakers from the healthy plant-based movement, along with a catered lunch. You can check out the details here, please come!


This is going to be an incredibly busy weekend and I can’t wait to share more of it with you. I’ll be blogging again on Monday, but you can keep up-to-date this weekend by following me on Instagram here, Facebook here, or Twitter here. And, if you’re in Portland at the conference, please do say hi!


  1. says

    I love soy curls! I don’t buy them too often but my omnivore husband likes them too, and I do what I can to get him to eat vegan meals! I like to add them to jambalaya in place of the meat and I also have a Chipotle Chickin Mac n Cheeze recipe of my own that uses them. It’s my ultimate vegan comfort food and it’s really not bad for you! No oil, nothing fried. Anyway, here it is if you’re interested:

  2. Madeleine says

    I’m heading to Portland on Sunday. Will definitely have to go to Blossoming Lotus. I’ve been to Portland several times and never made it there. Thanks for the reminder!!

  3. says

    Yum, I get why those dark chocolate brownies are so popular, they look scrumptious!

    Enjoy yourself, have lots of fun and taste the good food!

  4. says

    Wow… I am slightly jealous you are in Portland right now. How fun!
    That kale bowl & chocolate cake looks like a great combo to me haha ;p
    I’m actually going to Portland next month so it’s great to see you are there ahead of time to let me know all the great places to check out =)
    Enjoy your weekend there!

  5. says

    I am the world’s WORST cake decorator, but my cakes cannot be beat in taste! This week I shared a recipe for chocolate ganache frosting, made with coconut oil and no refined sugars. Rich and delicious, the easiest and healthiest chocolate frosting you’ll ever make. I also shared a post from my current series on carbohydrates as we work through Nourishing Traditions. Enriched flour is found in a huge variety of both homemade and store-bought baked goods and it’s not as healthy as the food industry claims it to be. Read the post to find out what you’re REALLY eating. And as always, thank you for hosting!

  6. says

    It’s cold and rainy over in the UK too 🙁 but there’s some gorgeous food here today to cheer me up! Thank you for hosting!

  7. says

    So many great ideas in the linky. I want to try them all.
    I was glad to see that my detox drink from last week was so popular. It’s so easy and so beneficial. This week I linked a simple recipe for roasted baby zucchini ( I bought mine at Trader Joe’s) in fresh herbs.. They are tender, flavorful, and succulent. Thanks for hosting.


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