Vegan Sausage & Peppers with Upton’s Naturals

There is a lot of cooking that goes on in the Keith and Christine compound. Seriously, we’re always cooking SOMETHING. We love to entertain and we really like spending time in the kitchen together…even though our food ideals don’t match up completely. We rarely go out to eat, and to be honest, why would we when when we’ve got some much deliciousness going on right here at home? Because we are a “multivore” household, a lot of our recipes have to work with an interchangeable protein. I am becoming a seitan worshiper (hah!), and Upton’s Naturals sent me coupons so I could experiment with their AMAZING product at home. So far, I’ve been working with the Italian Style Seitan and Keith and I developed this Vegan Sausage and Peppers sandwich that will make your Nonnie’s proud!

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When it looks pretty when it’s cooking, you know you have a winner!

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Topped with delicious, Daiya Mozzarella Shreds!

Vegan Sausage & Peppers
Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
91 calories
11 g
11 g
3 g
5 g
2 g
183 g
101 g
7 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 11mg
Sodium 101mg
Total Carbohydrates 11g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 7g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 pckg. Upton's Naturals Italian Seitan
  2. 1 green bell pepper (medium)
  3. 1 red bell pepper (medium)
  4. 1 small white onion
  5. 1 1/2 c. tomato sauce (we used our homemade marinara!)
  6. 1/2 c. Daiya Mozzarella Shreds
  1. Roughly chop your peppers and onions. Saute them in some EVOO until tender.
  2. Add Upton's Naturals Italian Seitan and gently break up.
  3. Cook until lightly browned with a bit of crisp to the seitan.
  4. Add tomato sauce (make your own or use the canned stuff), and cook down until consistency is thick enough to hold up on a sandwich.
  5. Pour on your favorite whole grain bun, top with Daiya Mozzarella shreds and Mangia!
The first thing that happened when I went vegetarian was researching how to keep our multivore household simple. I researched all of my favorite recipes (Dad’s meatballs, Mom’s broccoli rabe, etc…) and found simple ways to make them suitable for me and anyone else who happens to be eating at our home. This recipe is a true favorite for all types of eaters and Upton’s Naturals makes a great product that is versatile and tasty. Keep an eye out for more of my Upton’s inspired recipes and let me know if you want to see my transform your favorite Italian dishes!

Upton’s Naturals provided coupons for complimentary products. No other compensation has been provided and all opinions are honest and my own.

Nubian Heritage Soap & Body Wash Review

Last month, my good friends over at Nubian Heritage hooked me up with some amazing items to try!  Last month I was all about hydrating the skin and now I’m all about keeping it clean as I begin my new job, a new crazy gym schedule, and a whole bunch of Fall adventures. Once the weather changes, my skin revolts! Since going cruelty free I was able to find some amazing soaps and body washes that keep my skin happy all year long. Secret: even my burly grave-digging fiance loves this stuff. It keeps him clean, too! So…enough about me! Let’s talk about these amazing, packed with shea butter goodness products, shall we?

Two body washes for ultimate skin happiness!

Two body washes for ultimate skin happiness!

These body washes rocked my shower every morning! 

The Coconut and Papaya smelled amazing. I loved how tropical and fun it was for the summer months. During the past few weeks it’s been great to use something that reminds me of beach days (especially that I’m back to work now). The great thing about this body wash are the shea butter and the natural papaya extract which exfoliates as it moisturizes. I loved how my skin felt! 

The second body wash was the Goat’s Milk and Chai with Rosewater blend. I also got a chance to try the same soap which we’ll talk about later. :) The Frankincense and Myrrh inside this soap gives an amazing scent. It’s sexy and heady. Definitely a scent for a night out. Whereas the Coconut and Papaya is light and fresh, this scent is a bit heavier and stays for much longer. The formula is thick and the lather is super rich. I loved using this body wash after shaving and after the gym! Spa in the shower at home? I think so! Best of all? Both of these items are cruelty free.




Love the packaging, too!

The next set of products from Nubian Heritage were their soaps.

I want to start off by saying that Nubian Heritage Soaps last forever! They don’t melt and break down like some other soaps (especially natural and cruelty free brands) that I’ve tried in the past. That’s always a deal breaker for me! I was able to try the Carrot and Pomegranate, Goat’s Milk and Chai, and Mango Butter soaps. All of these are created with ethically sourced, natural, cruelty free ingredients! No animal testing here! :)

The Carrot and Pomegranate soap smells amazing and earthy. I love the shade, too. The bright orange is fun and adds some sunshine to the early morning showers I take. This soap is also peppered with cranberries. I love the calendula extract, too. This soap is soothing, fruity, and fun. 

Meanwhile, the Mango Butter soap is soothing and simple. This is a great soap for anyone (my Keith) which sensitive skin. If you’re wild about scents, start here. This soap boats Mango, Cocoa, and Shea butter (moisturizer TRIFECTA!), and honey and cornmeal for a gentle exfoliater. 

Overall, these soaps and body washes are high quality, ethical, natural products for anyone looking to remove some toxins from their homes and skincare routines. I love the philosophy of this company and I love their products. Tweet them and ask them which products you should check out first…but trust me. Any of these are a great place to start!

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. I was not in any other way compensated for this post. All reviews are 100% honest and of my own opinion.

Crazy for Crazy Rumors Lip Balm

Wow, this summer has truly been a whirlwind! For those of you in non-teacher land, summer doesn’t really mean relaxing and sunbathing every day. It means planning, designing lessons, and OCCASIONALLY sunbathing and relaxing. I swear! Since I definitely spend more time outdoors in the summer, my skin feels it…especially my lips! And, since converting to a cruelty free diet, I found out (through my lips and skin) that I was lacking in essential B-vitamins. So, once I fixed up my supplements, my lips needed some serious TLC. Enter, Crazy Rumors, the experts on all things Vegan, Natural and Lip Balmy. 

Yes, that says Red Velvet...

Yes, that says Red Velvet…

Those sweet, sweet, lip balm aficionados sent me a tasty care package with these three balms to try. The Red Velvet and Be My Honey take on the more traditional lip balm traits. The shea butter is soothing and moisturizes my lips perfectly. And if you’re wondering, yes, they do taste like their names. The Red Velvet has a subtle chocolate flavor and the Be My Honey tastes sweet like honey would…except this is bee free my friends!

I love this shimmery touch!

I love this shimmery touch!

I also received the HibisKiss Lip Color in Breeze to sample.  I usually don’t wear a lot of lip colors, so I was excited to try something that seemed more subtle. Breeze was the perfect bronzy pink color that smelled AMAZING! 

The scent reminded me of tropical paradise. This is going to be my go-to for summer color on my lips when it’s just too hot for a complicated makeup look. Pair this with your favorite cruelty free bronzer and you’re good to go. In November, my students will probably see me rocking this shade to remind myself that summer will come again soon, haha!

Overall, these lip balms have gentle ingredients like Macademia, Olive, Shea, and Jojoba and they are sentenced with NATURAL essential oils. There is nothing synthetic about these lip treats. If you’re looking to add some more natural goodness in to your beauty routine, start here!

And, on a completely unrelated note, if you follow Crazy Rumors on Twitter, they actually chat with you when you tweet at them. Call me Crazy (lol), but I love conversating with a brand. Happy almost school season, ya’ll! Before the Fall comes make sure your lips are pampered! :)


Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. I was not in any other way compensated for this post. All reviews are 100% honest and of my own opinion.

July 2014 Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Review

It’s been a blast finding new beauty products this summer, and one of my favorite ways to try out new items are cruelty free and vegan beauty subscription boxes. When Vegan Cuts and I connected for the July Beauty Box I was psyched on all levels, but especially because this box was being curated by Sunny Subramanian of Vegan Beauty Review one of my favorite blogs to browse. I love Sunny’s videos and posts, and she is one of the lovely ladies who inspired me to go cruelty free and vegan with my cosmetics and dietary choices. Yes, I have a total blog crush if you couldn’t tell! :D

So, once I found out Sunny was picking the goods for this box, I was stoked to try it. When it arrived on my porch I immediately opened it (and then arranged everything neatly. :P)

Love these great summer picks!

Love these great summer picks!

I was excited to see some brands that I already adore like Ellovi and Emani. I am obsessed with Ellovi’s 6 ingredient body butter and Emani lipsticks make my lip feel amazingly smoochable. Of course, the fun of this box is trying new stuff, so here’s the run down on what July had in store: 

  • Nouveau Organica: This organic eye cream shadow, cheek, and lip stain was great! I loved the smooth consistency and I enjoyed using it in lieu of a powder blush. During the summer I love using products that can do double or triple duty and this one hit the mark! The color was peach and fun and blended well with my primer and complemented my skin tone. I liked how light it felt on my skin. No heavy eyes here!
  • Emani Vegan Cosmetics Lipstick in Temptress: This lipstick was amazing! I absolutely adored the color. I actually wore it to my bridal shower last weekend. The packaging is sleek and sexy and I loved the formula of this lipstick. I’ve had some lipsticks that were dry or often dried out my lips, but this one had staying power (it lasted through my champagne toast and lunch), and felt soft and smooth. 
  • Ellovi: You already know how I feel about this raw, vegan body butter. I love the 6 ingredients and I love how it feels on my skin. I HATE forumulas that have filler and junk in them. Looking to go raw? This is the butter you want to slather on your skin! 
  • Just the Goods: I cannot say enough about this brand! I had the chance to try their peppermint hand and body lotion and their lavender hand and body lotion. I loved them both! The formulas is natural and the ingredients are simple. You can find them on Etsy as well. I love that Vegan Cuts supports small brands, too!
  • Original Sprout: This was a new brand for me, but I really enjoyed using their hair and body baby wash even though I don’t have any little ones in my house…yet, haha! I really loved the scent of this wash. It was light and clean and left me smelling as new as a baby! I also loved the rich lather and the gentle ingredients. For someone with sensitive skin, this would be a Godsend!
  • Savvy Boheme: Anything that sounds like a Starbucks drink is good in my book which is why the Tall Americano body oil has a very special place in my heart. I adored the scent and loved using this as an after shaving balm on my legs and other areas. :P It was gentle, hydrating and soothing after shaving. I also love the name of the brand because I like to think of my self as Savvy, too. 

I loved this month’s beauty box! Want to sign up? It’s simple and it’s only $19.95 a month for amazing cruelty free and vegan products! Sign up today and let me know what you’re looking forward to trying!

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. I was not in any other way compensated for this post. All reviews are 100% honest and of my own opinion.

High Street Soap Company Review & Giveaway

It’s my bridal shower weekend, so I thought what better way to spice up your shower time with a giveaway? I love High Street Soap Company because they use all natural, handmade ingredients and are completely cruelty free and use eco-friendly packaging. I got hooked on High Street Soap when my friend Jessica bought me a gift package for my birthday. I knew this was a brand that was going to have a permanent home in my bathroom. High Street Soap Company sent me a care package with soap, lotion, and scrubs to sample. You’ll be winning all of the goodies that I’m reviewing, so kick back and enter to win! I got to try all of the following! You’ll get to win three soaps and a funky eco-friendly soap dish!

Can we talk about how pretty these are?

Can we talk about how pretty these are?

Charcoal and Tea Tree Soap: I loved this soap after a long, hot day! Charcoal is an amazing natural ingredient that clears up the skin and gently exfoliates. This Tea Tree Soap helped to calm some of my summer breakouts and left my skin feeling clean and detoxified. The oils and charcoal clean while keeping your skin soft. This soap also lathers well! At first, it’s a little strange to rub black suds all over your body, but it rinses clean. This soap is also Vegan.

Morning Mint Soap: The morning mint soap wakes up your skin! The scent is fresh and the mint is intense. I adored this soap. The soap is marbled green and white and looks like a giant mind candy. With olive oil as one of the main moisturizers, my skin felt pampered and cleansed. This soap is also Vegan. 

Forever Apprentice Soap: I really liked this scent because it was unexpected. This soap brought me back to the days of burning incense in my room and listening to Veruca Salt. With patchouli and lavender, this soap smells musky and would be one I would get for Keith! It has a “manlier” scent, but it made me smell great, too. Like the others, this soap has the best oils and moisturizers. However, it is only cruelty free and not Vegan. I still loved the scent and enjoyed the switch from the mint and tea tree. 

Lavender and Orange Sugar Scrub: This scrub was amazing! The scent was fabulous and the sugars and oils literally melted in to my skin. I tend to need extra exfoliation love on the backs of my arms and legs, especially during the summer and this stuff did the trick. The cool thing about this soap is SEEING the ingredients. I loved that there were actual lavender buds that I could smell and feel. 

Revitalizing Foot Lotion in Tea Tree and Peppermint: I live in flip flops all summer long so my feet get a little…rough. This lotion packs a bunch with shea, olive, rice bran, and coconut oil with a refreshing mint scent. I used this before bed and the formula was thick and absorbed quick. 

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Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. I was not in any other way compensated for this post. All reviews are 100% honest and of my own opinion.

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