DIY Summer Sun Repairing Hair Mask


natural DIY hair mask

Dear Diary,

It’s kind of funny that my first summer back in NY, and I’m tanner than I ever was living by the beach in Los Angeles.  Ha!  I think it’s a combination between the east coast humidity and having a pool only steps away from my front door.  While I love outdoor living, I am no less than a control-freak when it comes to skin care– whether its 20 minutes or 4 hours of fun in the sun, I’m wearing layers of organic sunscreens to protect my skin.  While skin care is a routine must– I some how forget to nourish my hair.  Sun exposure, plus chlorine can really damage the hair, and it’s about time I start repairing it before the fall season hits.  NYFW is coming up, and I am so excited to have my SFG gal pals in town to enjoy the festivities.  And you know, we want to feel our best!  So Damaged Summer Hair?  No more, thanks to a DIY Summer Sun Repairing Hair Mask.  This mask is simple, natural, and will provide your hair with the nourishment it needs!



combine these moisturizing ingredients for shiny, soft, health hair:

  • 1 avocado (moisturizes)
  • 2 tbsp honey (adds shine)
  • 1 tbsp of jojoba oil (protects and nourishes)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil (nourishing and moisturizing)
  • 1-2 tbsp of rosemary/chamomile “tea water” (rosemary stimulates hair growth– thicker hair? Yes, please. Chamomile soothes a sun burned scalp)


(steep chamomile tea bag and 1 tbsp of rosemary in hot water.  After 10 minutes, drain the liquid)

optional: add lemon grass to your rosemary/chamomile concoction– it is great for nourishing the scalp if you suffer from dandruff)

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Once all the ingredients are combined into a soft paste, apply to damp hair, and then let the hair “marinate” in a warm (slightly damp) towel for 30 minutes.  Then rinse out!  Afterwards, your hair should feel healthier and softer!


Enjoy SFG’s!  Will you try this at home?  Let us know!

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DIY Cake Platter


Dear Diary,

How good did Jackie’s no-bake brownies look?! Well, I’ve got the perfect DIY Cake Platter display for them!

All you need are some old candle stick holders, plates, and a glue gun! (Paint – optional). If you don’t have these around your house, I bet you could source some pretty cool ones at your local thrift store/Goodwill. Nothing more thrilling to me than treasure hunting at bargain prices!

This dessert table set up will give your little sweets corner so much extra character! Who doesn’t love a personal touch?




1. Plug in your hot glue gun and set it on something safe and unimportant.

2. Fit the desired plates to the corresponding candle stick holder.

3. Apply the hot glue to the candle stick holder and place the middle of the plate onto the stick.

4. Hold it down until the plate is secure.

5. Add treats to the top of the plates and display as you wish!


You can even paint the candle stick holders to better match the plates or the theme of the party…

What’s your favorite party DIY you’ve seen us do?! What project ideas do you have for us? Let us know in hte comments below and we might create it for you…


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no-bake Brownie Treat


sfg diary no bake brownie

Dear Diary,

It is my birthday week! Whoop wooo!  Sorry to burst any non-August birthdays out there, but August birthdays are simply the best!  I might be slightly biased, but think about it… August has gorgeous weather and relaxed vibes; the perfect backdrop for a festive atmosphere.   This  year I’m keeping it more low-key though, no crazy parties or epic getaways– just me, family, friends, and of course good food.  I’m meeting up with friends all week to celebrate, and there will be plenty of pretty cocktails and indulgent dishes… a few close girlfriends are coming over tomorrow night, and one sweet dessert I have up my sleeve to please the crowd is an easy no-bake Brownie Treat!  It’s only a few simple, all natural ingredients that comes together in a snap!  It’s fudge perfection!

no bake brownies


  • in a mixing bowl combine 1/2 cup of cacao powder with 1/4 cup of honey and 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • combine until it is a thick fudge-like texture
  • then smash up 1 banana and add to the mixture– it should appear even more glossy and fudge-like when fully combined
  • to this mixture add 2 tbsp of peanut butter (I went for crunchy)
  • Next, taste test.  If you like, add another sprinkle of cacao for an even more indulgent chocolate flavor
  • Optional:   add flax seeds for fiber, crunch and anti-oxidants (about 1 tbsp)
  • Lastly– in a parchment lined container (for easy removal), scoop and mold in brownie mixture
  • sprinkle on top: organic dark chocolate chips and crushed almonds
  • place in freezer for at least an hour

vegan brownie

Enjoy!!  Whether it’s a birthday treat or just a girls night in treat– we’ve got you covered with this easy and delicious recipe!  What’s your birthday plans this year?!  Let us know!

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The Perfect Summer Lemonade


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Dear Diary,

Growing up in Chicago’s humid summers, nothing beat the heat like an ice cold glass of lemonade. I’m not talking about a packet you mix with water, that wouldn’t fly in my household… My mom is a perfectionist in the kitchen and she stands for nothing less than the real deal; freshly squeezed lemons, sugar and water shaken, and served over crushed ice. Our lemonade stands were legendary in the neighborhood – people actually drank the goods and came back for seconds.

Now that I live in the drier climate of Los Angeles, the summers bring a different kind of heat and unbearable at times in a different way  – especially when I travel inland for work (oh man! the Valley). While I drink enough water to fill a kid’s swimming pool, sometimes water isn’t enough to quench my thirst. So to be “beat the heat,” in my adult life, I’ve come up with a healthier version of my Mom’s Lemonade. It’s perfect for girl’s gathering, a day party or when you need a serious cool down. Now, if you are using this recipe to entertain and really want to turn the lemonade into a showstopper, you can add vodka or tequila to it. Sweet, spicy and spiked – there is nothing better in my opinion!

Summer Lemonade

Here’s what you need to make a blender full of this lemonade recipe (serves 4 – 6 people)


10 medium sized lemons

15 – 20 ice cubes, basically fill the blender with ice

Liquid Stevia, at least 10 drops

1- 2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper

handful of mint for garnish

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Fill the blender with ice. Squeeze the juice of the 10 lemons into the blender, add at least 10 drops of Stevia. You can sweeten to your liking, but remember Stevia is sweeter than sugar! Blend till it becomes a slushy consistency. Sprinkle cayenne on the top of each glass, for a little kick and a mint sprig. Serve immediately and enjoy. As the summer winds down, this is recipe that you simply must try!

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summer pizza SFG Diary

Dear Diary,

Ya’ll know that I’m obsessed with the Cauliflower Pizza–we’ve shared the recipe here and on… but I’ve decided to switch up the dish a little with some summer fresh favorites!  This All Veggie Pizza elevates the original, thanks to my favorite homemade pesto sauce, and some Mediterranean flavors.

cauliflower crust

It was quite a lazy weekend, but I made sure to get plenty of sun by the pool and even found the time (while I was couch-sitting) to enjoy a bike ride (how’s that for lazy!)  But after the bike ride, I indulged in 2 bagels (packed with everything), and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s all by myself, thank you very much.  No shame in my game… but this morning, I’ll admit that I felt slightly sluggish.  I knew that a comfort worthy, but vitamin-rich meal was the ticket to feeling like myself again.  And while this dish does take a little prep time– I love spending time in the kitchen.  So when you need a veggie kick-  Try it for yourself! ;)

SFG Diary summer pizza


For the Crust:

  • combine in a processor a head of cauliflower (chopped and steamed), with 2 large scoops of greek yogurt, salt/pepper and 1 egg)
  • when smooth– pour on a baking sheet, and create a pizza pie shape
  • then place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes

For the sauce and toppings:

in a food processor create pesto: 3 garlic cloves, salt and pepper, handful of basil, handful of spinach, 1/3 cup of pine nuts, & olive oil until smooth

when the crust is starting to form into a crust, pour the sauce on top, place sliced grape tomatoes, halved greek olives, handful of red onion, and a few pine nuts

BROIL until crispy and then add arugula on top!

summer pizza

A perfect summer meal… fresh, full of vegetables, healthy and satisfying!

Enjoy SFGs! Who will you be making this recipe for?  Let us know!

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GIRLS BBQ Chicken Salad


Dear Diary,

The summer heat is NO JOKE.  This week in NY we’ve had two days of heat advisory– but even that can’t stop me from being outdoors.  California living does that to some people; even now that I’m back on the east coast, I can’t help but want to spend as much time outside in the sun (while the summer heat lasts).  Luckily, I have a pool close by to keep me cool– otherwise it might be a different story… But with the summer sun, comes summer cravings– like fresh fruit and vegetables, light salads, and BBQ filled afternoons with family and friends.  We went to a friends place for a BBQ yesterday, and I was in charge of a side dish… and the Girls BBQ Chicken Salad was just the ticket!  This dish is filling, but light tasting– similar to a traditional chicken salad except for one important difference– greek yogurt dressing.  This keeps the meal light and healthy, while still satisfying my regular BBQ cravings.  It’s summer in a bowl!  Try it for yourself!



For the salad, combine:

  • Cooked organic chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken– so easy to find at the local health market, and the work is done for you!)
  • Two corn on the cobs (clean the corn, and place into boiling water to “steam” cook and remove from the husk)
  • 5 sticks of celery (chopped)
  • half of a red onion (chopped)
  • cup of cranberries (they provide such a sweet tang that balances the dish so well)
  • spinach for garnish

For the dressing, combine in a separate bowl:

  • 2 cups of greek yogurt
  • plenty of salt and pepper (to taste)
  • half of a squeezed lemon (to enhance the flavor)
  • 1-2 tbsp of honey (honey is a great natural sweetener that is SO good for the body– enough salt will balance out the sweetness)
  • optional: hot sauce for a little heat

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Mix together and then pour over the salad and mix until it is thick, creamy and ready to enjoy!

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Summer Wedding Fashion


Dear Diary,

Fashion can be like music… It can take you back to a time and place in an instant. No one ever forgets what they wore to the prom, or the dress that ended up being glow-in-the-dark. (That only happen to me?!) Wearing something you feel amazing in can make the event you’re attending even more memorable!

We’re only halfway through wedding season and I’m already over my go-to wedding attire selections. And if you’re anything like me, you never want to be pictured in the same thing twice (Oh heavens, no!). But the reality is, I’m on a budget and I’m at a max with using my friend’s closets as my own.

So for special events, I’m constantly trying to get creative and rework pieces already in my closet so I’m excited about what I’m wearing and it feels new (sometimes that means Febrezing it a couple extra times…). Occasionally I’m successful at this, but mostly I just end up looking homeless. The struggle is real.

Enter The Stylist LA. Your dreams just came true! This is a fashion house that rents out their designer pieces and styles you for every occasion. Their dresses, rompers, etc… are perfect for anything from a casual brunch with the girls to a red carpet event. If you’re in LA and want to try everything on in person, you can visit their studio in Mar Vista or just directly from online.

Here are a couple of our selects from The Stylist LA for both day and night events…

Brunch/Cocktail Party/Daytime Event/Wedding

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Evening Event/Red Carpet/Beach or Black Tie Wedding

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Green Revival Smoothie…!


Blog Green Shake Re-sized 4


Dear Diary,

Lately, I have been traveling so much and it’s really been taking a toll on my health. Airplane snack boxes are the worst things for you, but they taste so good at 30,000 feet. Am I right? However, my skin has been looking lack luster due to my poor diet. So while I’m home for the next 4 days, I’m trying to cram fresh vegetables into all my meals, as much as, possible!! Nutritionist, trainers and doctors all alike praise the power of vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables. Packed with fiber, anti-oxidants and vitamins…spinach, kale and Swiss chard are just I need. Although, those Keebler Peanut Butter Crackers are still calling my name.

So apparently, greens are the first thing you should put in your body because they are high in fiber and have a lower glycemic index; kicking your metabolism into high gear and slowly raising your blood sugar level. However, the thought of eating just veggies the morning, doesn’t really work for me and who has time to make an omelet?! So, I’m heading to the Vitamix the next four morning and proving when veggies are in a shake… you can eat veggies anytime.

Blog Green Shake Sized 3

1/4 Medium Size Avocado

1 1/2 cups of loosely packed spinach or kale

6 oz.. – 8 oz. almond milk

1 scoop chocolate vegan protein

1 scoop of micro greens

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup of frozen berries

4 ice cubes

Blog green shake re-sized

Blend all the ingredients together in a Vita-mix, start with the ice cubes, milk and greens. Then add the rest of the ingredients. I’m feeling better already…If you are feeling sluggish, trust in this blended smoothie to kick things back in high gear.


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Secrets to Glowing Summer Skin


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Dear Diary,

My secrets to Glowing Summer Skin?  Blueberries on my face, and cucumbers in my water. Ha, I’m serious!  Moving across the country, took a toll on my skin; crazy humidity (that I had completed forgotten about while living out west), has taken a toll on my skin; And summer wedding, after summer wedding, with caked on make-up and sun exposure galore has taken it’s toll as well.  It took a couple weeks of sleep and a few summer secrets in order to get my skin back into tip-top shape!

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The key to perfect summer make-up– is to look make-up-less. This means keeping make-up simple.  The only way that works, is to have radiant, balanced skin.  This felt near to impossible during my first few weddings of the summer…  I wanted to look fresh, youthful and glowing, but a few days before the first big event, I started to panic.  My skin was red and irritated, and in no shape to be “make-up-less.”  Even worse, the summer heat and humidity would make any caked on make-up sweat right off, leaving me looking more like a drag queen than a sophisticated bridesmaid.  Something had to be done:

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Glowing Summer Skin Secrets revealed:


Add some extra vitamins, and keep your water tasty, by adding my favorite (spa-like) ingredient: CUCUMBER.  this refreshing vegetable has kept me hydrated all season long!

2.  SPF, SFG’s.   This is an easy one.  We all know to use SPF, but before a long day of wedding photos and festivities, I noticed a lot of my girlfriends skipped the step of summer sun protection.  This is an important step that you should never forget!  And it is the only summer skin secret that will keep your skin healthy and radiant for summers to come.

3.  BLUEBERRY TONER.  Those few days leading up to the weddings, I mashed some blueberries, and then gently pat the goo onto my clean face.  I then gently removed it with a slightly moist towel. Blueberries tone your skin so what is revealed over time is balanced skin… Perfect for summer make-up-less looks!

4.  OLIVE OIL & SUGAR SCRUB I used this scrub to moisturize and exfoliate the night before each wedding.  The result was radiant skin.  I love homemade scrubs because you know exactly what’s in it.  Don’t over-exfoliate ladies– once or twice a week (depending on your skin type) will do.  This was a great tool in order to remove some dry skin and reveal some new, glowing skin underneath!

All you do is add equal parts olive oil and sugar (you don’t need more than a couple of tablespoons of each), and mix together.  What you want is a slightly thick paste that you can gently massage into your skin (face & body!)

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Now you are Summer Ready– be confident, feel beautiful, and look healthy this summer!  These tips have been a skin-savor for me this season, and I’m happy to say the red, irritated, dry skin is GONE!  What is your pre-wedding routine?


Let us know SFGs!

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Dear Diary,

It’s the best of both worlds– coffee and chocolate ice cream… enough said.  Kind to my waist-line?  Why yes, thanks for noticing!  Because when I use halo top (protein) ice cream and only a small (okay– medium size) scoop of whipped cream, it’s as close to a guilt-free summer treat as it gets.  Chocolate coffee floats are not a novel idea, but they’re a classic and almost adult take on a root beer float.

Since my move to NYC, I’ve noticed some positives and some negatives traits of this beautiful city.  The positive is that I am walking a TON.  I love to walk, and feel one with the city… as beautiful as Los Angeles is, I have to say, I don’t miss spending time in my car in bumper to bumper traffic.  Plus, it’s nice to get in some extra cardio.  The negative-  it is so HUMID outside, I literally have to keep myself hydrated all day long… So it’s nice to take a sip break from my H2O, and indulge in something sweet (and caffeinated) to keep me going mid-day.

me and icecream SFG


  • 1 scoop of chocolate ice cream in a glass (Halo Top ice cream for less calories and more protein!)
  • pour some warm coffee on top to melt that ice cream!!
  • finish it with a scoop of whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon (to boost your metabolism ;))


Enjoy, it’s THAT easy!! This is a summer treat I’ll be indulging in all season long!

Will you try this SFGs?!  Let us know!

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Red, White & Blue…!


Dear Diary,

Happy 4th of July!!! It’s a day to celebrate America and we felt like a photo shoot to celebrate the red, white and blue was in order. It’s all about 4th of July Fashion on the blog today. While, we have some suggestions for things to wear. We also want to pay tribute to America’s Birthday with some sweet treats. Our strawberry shortcake recipe or granola parfait are perfect items to bring to any party and are oh, so festive! C’mon America deserves some sweets for turning 239 years old.

Hopefully, you are barbequing today and indulging in some adult beverages. We, at SFG, could use a few or seven if you want to be exact. Let’s us know your fashion picks for the summer. XO


Lauren is wearing an Anthropology skirt, a Free People Top. Perfect for daytime soirees, where you don’t know everyone, but want to be comfortable and look like you aren’t trying too hard :) . Jackie is wearing a fitted red dress from Unique Vintage, a perfect dress to go from day to night. Valorie, is wearing a chic floral dress  from BCBG that’s great for a cook out, paired with ankle boots and a Janessa Leone hat.


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Imnotangel campaignDear Diary,

I applaud the Lane Bryant #Imnoangel campaign and the others like it; Target did an ad with real women in bathing suits and you can’t forget Dove, who really started it all. They have called into question America’s unrealistic portrayal of women’s bodies and beauty in ads and isn’t it about time for some variety?

These models and most models, are genetic anomalies. This was told to me by freshman year science teacher and I’m paraphrasing here because it’s been awhile, “their height to weight ratio is on the extreme end of the bell curve for the population.” We are seeing ads with clothing modeled on bodies that are nowhere near how the average women is built. Under this logic, clothing ads could be considered false advertising and should have a disclaimer, “clothing does not typically look like this on most women.” This would explain why, I’m returning four out five of the bathing suits I purchased from Nordstrom.

I have come to terms, with no matter how may chicken salads I eat, “with the dressing on the side” and miles I run, I will never weigh 120 pounds and be 5’11 with a 24 waist…it’s not in my genetic make-up. However, as a young girl, I thought these goals were achievable and it led to some unhealthy behaviors. I was not alone among my peers when it came to struggling with body images issues.  I’m not suggesting these ads are the cause, but maybe they are the seed. So, when companies  started marketing a different narrative, I found it refreshing. It felt like a celebration of all different body types rather than putting certain ones on display.

At the end of the day, ads are about companies are about increasing their brand awareness and selling more of their products. Let’s be honest, models look better in clothing and a lack there off. So why would a company not want their clothing represented to a consumer on a body that’s perfectly proportioned? And as a consumer, are we more likely to buy clothing modeled by a model?

This was a very meta afternoon and I thought I would share…any thoughts?



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Light, Summer Pasta


light, summer pasta SFG

Dear Diary,

Pasta is good ALL THE TIME.  But when summer heats up, I crave lighter dishes– the kind that won’t make me feel sluggish in the humidity, and helps me to feel nourished and full without feeling heavy.    This Light, Summer Pasta dish is full of fiber, vegetables, and flavor– without the extra calories.  It is creamy and tangy (kind of resembling alfredo sauce), but with none of that heavy cream and butter.  Thank goodness for ricotta– it’s sweet and creamy and full of protein! The thought of eating pasta during the summer months, used to scare me– but I love that today I was sitting by the pool– and tonight, I can eat some delicious pasta and know that it is actually a well-rounded and healthy dish!   Bikini season, here I come!



  • pasta (I go with barilla protein pasta)
  • 3 handfuls of spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bundle of string beans
  • container of grape tomatoes (cut into halves)
  • 4 tbsps (big tablespoons) of fat free ricotta


  • boil the pasta until cooked (set aside)
  • in a large sauce pan add the olive oil and garlic cloves (minced) on a low heat
  • steam the string beans
  • when the garlic becomes translucent add the string beans, tomatoes and spinach cook until the spinach begins to welt
  • add in the ricotta and salt and pepper (a couple pinches worth)
  • mix together and add the pasta!
  • eat it all… :)

sfg diary summer pasta

Feel free to experiment/substitute with any vegetables your body is craving.  This pasta is so delicious and rich– but guilt-free for summer! You’re welcome SFG’s!  Tell us-  what are you craving this summer?!

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Ranch Cauliflower “Fries”


ranch cauliflower fries

Dear Diary,

Craving Fries?  Welcome to the club… I feel like since my move to NY, I’ve been eating out A LOT… while I’ve been busy celebrating, catching up with old friends and indulging just a little too much, I have been less healthy than I’d like to admit.  But SFG’s it’s time to get back on track!  I want to have an exciting, fun, and delicious summer, but most of all I want to feel good and CONFIDENT.  That’s where these Ranch Cauliflower “Fries” come in!

I’m craving the flavors, but could do without the excessive fat and calories– these cauliflower “fries” are so tasty– I’m always learning new ways to enjoy this diverse vegetable!

baked cauliflower fries


head of cauliflower (cut into small bite-size pieces)

packet of ranch flavoring

salt/pepper (duh)

handful of finely chopped parsley

olive oil (& if around, olive oil spray)


  • on a large sheet pan (line with parchment so it doesn’t stick!)
  • coat the cauliflower with a couple drizzles of olive oil, a tablespoon or so of the ranch, a dash of salt and pepper, and tbsp or so of chopped parsley
  • after mixing well, spray on another layer of olive oil and drizzle on some more of that ranch seasoning
  • place in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes and then flip cauliflower
  • add another layer of olive oil spray with some more of that ranch seasoning! (CAN’T GET ENOUGH ;))
  • place back in the oven for another half hour or so (until crispy)– flip the cauliflower occasionally
  • ENJOY!… with some ketchup perhaps!

SFG Diary ranch cauliflower fries


What summer flavors are you craving?  Let us know!  :)

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Walnut MEAT(LESS) Tacos



Dear Diary,

walnut taco SFG Diary

Week 2 in NY… and all I’m craving is some california-grown avocados!  For some SFG inspiration this week, I asked my brother what he would like me to cook for him, and fortunately he said, “any kind of tacos.”  The challenge was gladly accepted, and after Beyonce’s advertisement (oops, I mean, BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!) on GMA this past week, I decided to follow her lead, and stick to a vegan dish… and I have to say, this dish was surprisingly AMAZING.  Who knew Walnut Meat(less) Tacos could be good!? I hadn’t even heard of walnut tacos before this week– but the walnuts completely disguise themselves with taco meat flavor, and pairing it with a simple acidic purple cabbage “slaw”, makes this a winning summer dish!  Don’t believe me?  Try it for yourself ;)

walnut tacos (meatless)


walnut meat:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 5 sun-dried tomatoes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil drizzled in
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder





for the purple cabbage slaw:

  • 1/2 purple cabbage
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • 1 carrot
  • salt & pepper to taste

vegan tacos


for the meat: combine all ingredients in a food processor until combined (a little coarse in texture)

For the slaw:  chop all ingredients and let sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before serving to allow all the ingredients to marry

place all ingredients on a slightly toasted (in broiler) whole wheat tortilla and enjoy!

SFG diary walnut (meatless) taco

Thanks for the inspiration, bro!  What else would you guys like me to make this summer?  Let’s inspire each other SFGs!  Let us know in the comments below :)

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