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Dijon Salmon & Mango Salsa

Dijon Salmon & Mango Salsa

My Dijon Salmon & Mango Salsa is the perfect Summer dinner or lunch for families, especially since it only takes 16 minutes to make! The salmon is perfectly cooked through and the marination pairs beautifully with the mango salsa. A just combo of sweet and […]

Food Hacks w/ Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Food Hacks w/ Extra Virgin Olive Oil

If you are a true A Bright Moment fan, than you now by now how much we love our extra virgin olive oil! Olive Oil is an ingredient of many wonders, since you can use it in such versatile ways, such as a healthier substitute […]

Summer Squash, Mushroom & Basil Pasta

Summer Squash, Mushroom & Basil Pasta

There is something so special about creating a meal solely from my local Farmers Market! Summer Squash, Mushroom & Basil Pasta is an easy meal that will satisfy your savory cravings.

Making this dinner for a family of four took little to no effort, yet looks like your time was spent in the kitchen… aka it tastes luxurious!

Once again, you could always switch out a few of the vegetables for your favorites or seasonal vegetables at your local Farmers Market! For example, you could switch out the mushrooms for summer zucchini. However, I will say that this combination of vegetables and herbs hits the ball out of the park!

One of my favorite reasons to cook pasta is the fact that there is SO MUCH that you can do with it! Whether you choose to make it a sweet dish or a savory dish, bake it or cook it, plus there is so many ingredients that pair so well with a high-quality pasta!

Summer Squash, Mushroom & Basil Pasta
Basil, Summer Squash & Mushroom Pasta

While cooking the summer squash and mushrooms in the extra virgin olive oil, the flavors are released to create this buttery, heart-warming taste that is too good not to enjoy!

The touch of fresh, chopped basil adds back this earthy flavor that was lost while the vegetables were cooking. Adding a bright touch to the dish and bringing it in for a home run!

Although this meal is light on your palette, it is very hearty and satisfying… making it perfect for a family dinner! Especially since it can be made so easily and within 20 minutes!

Summer Squash, Mushroom & Basil Pasta
Basil, Summer Squash & Mushrooms Pasta

I think it is time to grab our aprons and begin cooking!

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5 from 3 votes

Summer Squash, Mushroom & Basil Pasta

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 5

Ingredients

  • 8 Cremini Mushrooms, about 2 cups when quartered
  • 2 large Yellow Squashes, about 2 cups when sliced
  • 6 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Dried Italian Herbs
  • 13.2 oz Paccheri Dry Pasta
  • 1 cup Fresh Basil, lightly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions, until al dente.
  • In the meantime, add 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil to a large pan over medium heat. Add in the sliced squash and quartered mushrooms. Stir in the dried Italian herbs, sea salt, and black pepper to the pan. Cover the pan and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the pasta is cooked and drained, add it to a large bowl with the remaining 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil. Add in the cooked vegetables and chopped fresh basil. Stir to combine ingredients. Serve warm.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! xxL

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Healthy Cherry Hand Pies

Healthy Cherry Hand Pies

My Healthy Cherry Hand Pies are not only absolutely adorable, but super scrumptious! + Keep scrolling down for a special Cherry Pink Lemonade recipe that I have thrown into this post for you all! This past week, my family and I went cherry picking up […]

Summer Peach & Caramelized Walnut Salad

Summer Peach & Caramelized Walnut Salad

Call me a rabbit, because I would pick this Summer Peach & Caramelized Walnut Salad any day! It is the perfect sweet & salty combination that will send your taste buds to Heaven! This lightly sweet, peachy salad is perfect for family gatherings or summer […]

Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Glazed Donuts (Vegan)

Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Glazed Donuts (Vegan)

Can I just say, YUM! I could literally eat the whole batch! My Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Glazed Donuts (Vegan) are hands down one of the BEST (cake) DONUTS I have ever eaten in my life!

VEGAN Lemon Poppy Seed and Blueberry Glazed Donuts

Now, I know that intro is a lot to live up to, but trust me I have faith in your cooking skills! And honestly they are seriously easy to make with low sugar, so there are no excuses!

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Glazed Donuts
Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Donuts

I am absolutely OBSESSED with these lemon poppy seed and blueberry cake donuts!

They will melt in your mouth as they are super soft and sweet! The blueberry glaze is not overpowering, yet balances the lemon poppy seed donut with its blueberry compote!

Since the donuts are super soft, I recommend spooning the blueberry glaze on top of each donut, versus dipping the donuts in the glaze. It will help give you nice drips down the side, as well as prevent any cake donut from breaking in the process. It will leave you with a mouthwatering, aesthetically-pleasing cake donut!

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Glazed Donuts
Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Donuts
Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Glazed Donuts
Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Donuts

All it takes is ONE BITE into one lemon poppy seed and blueberry cake donut & BAM! you will never be able to walk away the same. Not only will these cake donuts capture your eye’s attention, but will capture the attention of your taste buds!

These cake donuts are PERFECT for a little girl’s party, bachelorette party, baby shower, bridal shower, girls night in, family gatherings, and any other time you want to make a lasting memory!

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Glazed Donuts
Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Donuts

I can completely imagine a baby shower with these donuts alongside small mason jars of milk, plant-based or regular. The fun part is you can make them more blue or more pink depending on how much powdered sugar you mix in the glaze, so you can have a mix of naturally-colored baby blue and pink donuts for a gender reveal party/baby shower!

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Glazed Donuts
Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Glazed Donuts

Now, let’s grab our aprons and dig into deliciousness!

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Glazed Donuts
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5 from 1 vote

Lemon Poppy Seed & Blueberry Glazed Donuts (Vegan)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For (V) Lemon Poppy Seed Donut:

  • 1 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 3 tsp. Poppy Seeds
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Cane Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Full-Fat Coconut Milk, canned
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon Zest, about 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

For (V) Blueberry Glaze:

  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions

For (V) Lemon Poppy Seed Donut:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a mixing bowl, add together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, lemon zest, poppy seeds, and granulated cane sugar. Mix until all ingredients well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the white cream of the canned coconut milk, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Using a hand-mixer or stand-mixer, add the coconut milk mixture into the flour mixture. Beat on medium speed until combined, about 1 minute. (Fold in 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil if you feel the batter is too thick)
  • Place the batter into a icing bag for an easier distribution. Evenly distribute the batter among 6 donut cavities that have been lightly greased with olive oil.
  • Bake the donuts for 10-12 minutes. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

For (V) Blueberry Glaze:

  • In a small pot over medium heat, add together the fresh blueberries and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Using a fine-mesh strainer, pour the blueberry compote through it and press down with a spoon to release the liquids.
  • In a small bowl, place in the powdered sugar. A teaspoon at a time, add in the blueberry juice until it forms your desired thickness/color.
  • Once the donuts are cooled, either dip the donuts in the glaze or spoon the glaze on the donuts.

I truly hope you all enjoy! xxL