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The Last Bowl of Soup

📸 : Shaughn Cooper

I know… I know spring is here, but this soup just couldn’t wait until next year! It doesn’t get any better than a nice soup on a rainy spring day. The weather in Maryland is still chilly, but the days are a bit warmer. The super star in this soup are the Kovi Kai raw cold pressed elixirs 🙌🏾

Kovi Kai is the most convenient way to enjoy fresh Ginger or Turmeric in your meals and drink creations.

This soup was super easy to make because it’s a slow cooker recipe. I love a hearty & filling slow cooker meal. This one is the truth and with the fresh bite of the Ginger and earthiness of the Turmeric it makes a flavor packed meal.

After a quick Sauté of the onion, garlic. Browsing the jackfruit… all you do is add to the slow cooker and let it slow roll until you are home free.

Taking the time to separate your jackfruit is a key component in the preparation of jackfruit. Fully draining and dicing yields the best results. My favorite jackfruit brand is here
Prep all veggies ahead for a even quicker meal prep time.
Pro Tip: I sautéed 1/2 of my onion and left some raw. So as the slow cooker works it’s Magic, you have some different textures within the soup. I recommend red onion do no other reason than I love the color variety it provides.
📸 : Shaughn Cooper

Be sure to let me know how you like this yummy recipe! If you make it be sure to tag @iamcryscarey on IG 🖤

I measure in melanin so you don’t have to!

-Crystal Carey

-Crys 🖤

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Happy National Meatball Day!

Today in honor of National meatball Day I’m sharing my Amaze•Balls recipe for Lentil Meatballs! These yummy morsels come together in 30 minutes with less than 10 ingredients and I promise you, no crazy ingredients like unicorn milk 🦄 🥛

With these simple Whole Food Plant-Based ingredients you can have a yummy “meatless” balls great with your favorite pasta or pasta substitute like carrot or zucchini noodles 🤤

The secret to this yummy recipe is the Nola creole spices lentils created with Chef Gone Mad Creole Smokehouse & Cajun Nola for a little heat 🔥You know what they say if you can’t stand the heat 👩🏾‍🍳 “Stay out the kitchen”

Be sure to checkout Chef Gone Mad Spices from this dope & Black owned business bringing the heat!

The second part of this recipe that yields a meaty and flavorful ball is not over pulsing the mix so there are some chunks left but not large chunks. Also taste testing your mixture is a secret to assuring it’s high on the flavor meter.

You want flavor you can see!! 👀

These meatballs pack an awesome 10 mg of protein per 4 meatballs and the recipe yields 12 meatballs. So when they ask you where you get your protein you can say “I pack it in my balls” 🤣🤷🏽‍♀️

Vegan Parmesan Cheese makes life better! 📸 : Shaughn Cooper
I put mine over a plant-based garlic pesto pasta 🤤 📸: Shaughn Cooper
The fresh Basil adds an element of color and the flavor is insane it’s optional but I definitely recommend💯👌🏾 📸: Shaughn Cooper
Be sure to checkout Otamot today!

Let me know what you guys think about this super awesome recipe! It’s a super tasty, fun and easy weeknight meal.

Ways to celebrate National Meatball Day:

•Make some meatballs 👌🏾

•Make a meatball sub! These are tasty in a sub too btw 😋

• Throw an Amaze•Balls party! Tons of meatless balls and dipping sauces 😚 YES PLEASE!

• Singing: On top of Spaghetti all covered with cheese 🧀 is always a good idea! Tradition never dies.

Whatever you do today to celebrate be sure to have fun and allow the food to connect you to friends and family. My boys love meatballs, and they satisfy even the pickiest eaters!

“Good food choices are good investments.”

-Bethenny Frankel

-Crys 🖤

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Viral TikTok Pasta Goes Plant-Based! 🌱

Don’t you just love the vibrant blue LeCruset? 📸: Shaughn Cooper

So unless you are living under a rock then I’m certain that you have seen or heard about the viral feta pasta that is sweeping the Internet. I actually created a Tiktok Here. This pasta is legit one of the best things since sliced bread 🍞 and ironically it tasted amazing with sliced baguettes 🥖🤷🏽‍♀️

This is one of my favorite shots from this shoot! 📸: Shaughn Cooper

My recipe utilizes store bought vegan feta cheese which is absolutely amazing and very identical in flavor and texture to traditional Feta! An easy weeknight meal that will have you legit licking your bowl.

I have tried this with Feta & Gouda cheese both are amazing. One notable difference is the Gouda did not melt completely while the feta turned to straight melty goodness. 📸: Shaughn Cooper

One thing for sure two things for certain. This pasta is definitely a crowd pleaser for kids and adults alike. It’s cheesy tangy flavor gives cheese pizza pasta vibes. Which is right up my kids alley! Because I mean kids love pizza! Mine have never met a pizza they didn’t like.

Herbs & Spices are the key all recipes on of my favorite staple seasonings is Dacy Dash ‘s Salt and pepper blend! 💪🏾🙌🏾🖤 Another Favorite Shot! 📸: Shaughn Cooper
Plated and ready to eat!! Can’t get enough of this beautiful Wooden Bowl 📸: Shaughn Cooper

So I did a recipe guide that features this super yummy weeknight & kid friendly meal! 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

I must pay homage to the original creator of the viral feta pasta. It did not just start with the viral tiktok video. The pasta actually originated in 2019 on Grilled Cheese Socials website.

My recipe actually is nut free & dairy free. Give it a try today and let me know what you think!

Perfection comes in many forms pasta is one ♥️🌱
Here are some fun facts about Feta Cheese! Did you know You can buy Vegan Feta online shipped to your door Shop Now!
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-Crys🖤 (Always Measured in Melanin so you don’t have to!)

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Happy National Pizza Day 🌱🔥

Today’s the holiday we’ve all been waiting patiently for. I don’t know about you but I’m seriously a pizza lover. So any excuse to eat pizza in celebratory fashion… I’m totally here for it.

My Vegan Skillet Deep Dish Pizza is always a hit! 📸: Shaughn Cooper

The unique thing about this pizza is that it’s made upside down in a cast iron skillet and it’s super easy to make. Utilizing fresh plant-based ingredients to bring this palate pleaser to life!

You have not had pizza until you have made it with fresh dough! 📸: Shaughn Cooper
Tip: When using frozen dough thaw and then sit dough in bowl with infused oil. This give so much more flavor to the crust!
Rolling out the dough is my favorite part!
📸: Shaughn Cooper

Pizza is so customizable. Add as many or as few toppings as you desire. No rules just great no fuss Deep Dish Pizza.

Fresh ingredients are always the best!

Here are a few fun facts about pizza that are mind blowing!

Did you know that approximately 350 slices of pizza are eaten every second and that only here in America?!?

On this past Sunday during the Super Bowl, the franchise Pizza Hut sold more than 2 million pizzas! Now that’s a lot of cheese 🤑 Pun Intended.

The worlds most expensive pizza named ‘Louis XIII’ as prepared by Chef Renato Viola master pizza chef 🧑‍🍳 the cost is $ 10,006.81 USD 😳

Finding yummy Plant-Based pepperoni was a happy moment for me. I get so excited when I can show the boys that literally everything can be made vegan!
Note how this pizza is easily assembled right in the skillet upside down! Who knew right!?
Pro Tip: To melt vegan cheese better, wet the cheese this helps it to melt more evenly and doesn’t affect the flavor profile.
I used almost a whole jar of Spicy Otamot for this but they have flavors so take your pick @otamot & Save!
Topped with oil infused dough and then brushed with a bit more oil for good measure 😋 Fresh out the oven!
Everything tastes that much better when it’s “Measured in Melanin” ✊🏾 checkout my new embroidered aprons Measured in Melanin

Without further adieu I will give you this coveted recipe. I hope you enjoy it ♥️ checkout this video of me making the pizza here for all my visual learners Vegan Deep Dish Pizza

Celebrate today with your favorite pizza! Whatever you like even if it’s pineapple and vegan ham 😆😑 lol

Random Fact: I detest pineapple on pizza. I’ll never forget the day my husband and I had a huge fight when he thought it was a good idea to add pineapple to our shared pizza. Needless to say, he never did that again 🙄😬

“Say no to drugs, say yes to pizza”


Share this with anyone who needs a little love and a lot of cheese 😁🍕🤑

-Crys ♥️

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•Snackin’ September Beyond•

This weeks feature!

Every week on Instagram I share a Snackin’ September Reloaded post on Wednesday that features a fun, tasty and kid-friendly recipe.

This week’s feature item is the Amazing iamcryscarey’s Deep Dish Skillet Pizza 🍕😋

This was one of the best pizza’s I’ve ever had like seriously 🤔😳

This week’s Line up includes:

🌱 Iamcryscarey’s Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

🌱 This weeks fun facts is about Basil 🌿

Checkout my recipe here and head 👇🏾 to my IG to checkout the reel on how it’s made!Check it Out!

I topped mine with fresh Basil 😋 That is my favorite herb currently. What is your favorite pizza topping? My secret ingredient is the Otamot Sauce it’s creamy, thick, and packed with veggies!! Use Code BONVIVANTVEGAN10 to save today 😊

Let me know how you enjoyed this recipe 🖤