Herb Falafel and Tzatziki {vegan}

Since it’s officially spring, my mind and body instantly start to crave and gravitate towards recipes that are portable, great to share at potlucks, bring to BBQ’s, and take to picnics. Herb Falafel and Tzatziki is absolutely perfect for all of the above, but especially for sharing with friends. If you’ve never tried falafel let alone make it in your own kitchen, I promise you the name sounds a lot more fancy and intimidating than it actually is to make. I pair the fresh yet crunchy Herb Falafel with a zesty creamy vegan Tzatziki Sauce to be used as a condiment, dip or dressing.

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Pictured // Herb Falafel + Tzatziki + saffron olive oil dipping

What is falafel? Falafel (fah-la-fell) is a traditional Middle Eastern recipe made with ground fava beans and chickpeas into a flour with a mix of fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil, spices formed into a patty or ball and often paired with a sauce containing tahini and wrapped in a pita/flat bread. It’s often deep-fried but can be baked, for my recipe I’m choosing to bake the falafel, which still tastes amazing! Tzatziki sauce is another traditional Middle Eastern recipe typically containing sheep’s yogurt, fresh herbs, lemon juice, spices, and seasonings to create a refreshing dressing for the falafel. Being dairy-free here on Nutrition Stripped, I’m opting to use good ole’ cashews and hemp seeds for the creamy sauce.

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Pantry Organization like a Pro

As many of you request to see what’s in my pantry, today I’m going to show you a sneak peek of how I store things around here! I have many of you ask me about what my pantry looks like and how to organize everything for easy access, but also how to organize to keep your health habits in full motion. I’ve posted many times on instagram over the years on what some of my pantry looks like, today I’m going to show you a little tour plus my top 5 tips for organizing your pantry like a pro!

Pantry Organization like a Pro // nutritionstripped.com

I’ve also included an entire PANTRY page dedicated to specific ingredients I always have on hand in my pantry and in the fridge. Check that page out for more detailed nutrition and health benefits on those goodies, but for now, let’s talk DIY and organization skills. You know you’re a organization nerd when you get realllllly excited about organizing things… yeah, I’m totally that person. I love organizing anything from my office, home, to the pantry- it keeps my type A personality happy and also well prepared for whenever the mood strikes for a new recipe to create!

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A Nutrition Stripped Easter Menu!

The Easter holiday weekend is just before us and I thought it would be great to share some of my personal spring recipe favorites that are perfect for sharing with your family and friends this weekend. All of these recipes not only taste amazing, but are also simple to make leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the day and evening with your families rather than cooking all day long! Also, these recipes celebrate the produce of spring; without further adue here is a sample of meal ideas for breakfast, main, starters, and dessert.

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Coconut Sugar Lip Scrub // Natural Beauty Series

It’s officially spring and we’re not only shedding our winter weight, but also our winter skin; prepping our skin radiant, glowing, and ready to show off this season! Exfoliating is so important when it comes to getting rid of dead skin cells, it primes cells to turnover and regenerate new skin cells, allows the skin to “breathe”, and of course let’s that all natural radiant glow shine through.

Coconut Sugar Lip Scrub // Natural Beauty Series | nutritionstripped.com

I don’t know about you all, but my lips are the first area of skin that get dried out or chapped from the winter and dry months- I routinely use lip scrubs to keep them exfoliated as well as hydrating from the inside out. Today I wanted to share with you all my personal favorite lip scrub I have on hand to use, especially coming out of the winter months into the spring/summer!

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Rainbow Vegetable Slaw

This Rainbow Vegetable Slaw is sure to not disappoint all my veggie and salad lovers out there, it’s loaded with raw crunchy veggies and topped with a creamy sauce made from all whole food ingredients (vegan friendly). I’ve always had a thing for salads, seriously, ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved fresh big bowls of salads. Anything where I can mix several flavors and textures from vegetables is always a win in my book. I especially love slaws nowadays and in the spring and summer months for a quick side dish or meal. Rainbow Vegetable Slaw is also perfect to bring with you to work, school, picnics or parties to serve all your lovely friends and family.

Rainbow Vegetable Slaw // nutritionstripped.com

I have fantastic memories of my mother cutting up fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and squashes from our little garden and putting them into salads, it was always a rainbow of beautiful vegetables. One of those vegetables being red cabbage, which I particularly didn’t like growing up, but nowadays I can’t picture a salad bowl (especially slaw) without it! Slaws inheriting are a fantastic concept for a salad, crunchy julienned vegetables, mostly cabbage with a sauce combining it all together for a delicious crunchy salad.

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