Exciting News! Plus, The Nourish + Glow Miracle Bowl

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A couple weeks after Christmas, I presented Eric with a small box wrapped in Christmas paper.

“I have a Christmas gift for you that wasn’t ready in time!”

He was a bit confused at first, but any confusion quickly faded at the proposition of another gift. Who doesn’t like a random gift in the dead of winter?

“Did you make it?”

“umm, part of it….just open it!”

I propped myself on the couch beside him with a nervous grin on my face, trying to calm the heart beating out of my chest. No such luck. My heart was about to explode.

He unwrapped the box – carefully and painfully slow as he usually does – and then opened the lid and lifted out a piece of clothing covered in tissue…

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“Ange, are you pregnant??”

Tears were already streaming down my face and I could barely choke out, “We’re having a baby!”

And then he passed out. Just kidding!

After we screamed/hugged/celebrated, I showed him not one, not two, but four positive pregnancy tests because I’m a bit neurotic like that.

We’re simply over the moon with excitement and can’t wait to be parents! We have so much love to give this little one. And Sketchie is going to be the coolest big brother ever (obviously). I’m 14 weeks today, due on September 22nd…which feels so soon! I still can’t believe my body is growing a baby in there. Seeing tiny arms and legs wiggling around on the ultrasound and hearing a heartbeat is just the most unbelievable experience. I already love this little one more than I could imagine.

It’s been a wild start to 2014 in the Liddon household. We got pregnant, bought a house, my first cookbook launched, Sketchie had surgery and was diagnosed, I came down with the flu, taped two TV segments, worked on a new business venture, and we’ve been doing major renovations on the new house and packing for a move early April. Ok, scratch the packing part because I’ve only packed 2 boxes so far (oops). I’m hopeful that the second trimester will be less eventful, but knowing we got through all that makes me feel like we can handle whatever comes our way. Sometimes you just gotta take it day by day and keep the faith that it will all work out in the end. I’m counting my blessings every day and trying not to worry about things out of my control. Like pregnancy hormones…ha!

Today, I’m celebrating our baby-to-be with this multi-vitamin-in-a-bowl. Talk about a nutrient-packed salad. I need all the energy I can get these days. This recipe won out over a triple layer celebration cake, but I still think that cake might have to make an appearance at some point. Despite the wicked all-day nausea of the first trimester, I’ve still had an appetite for most vegetables which I’m so grateful for. Well, except mushrooms. I still can’t do mushrooms! Some day, I’m confident we will reunite. For now, Eric is having fun saying, “I told you mushrooms were gross!”

Groan.

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This recipe has a few things going on because I wanted to make it extra special. The homemade hummus and salad dressing can be made in advance to save prep time and cut down on dishes. You can always use store-bought versions too. I’m going to share the hummus and dressing recipes in separate recipe cards and then share the salad at the end.

Don’t worry that the dressing in the salad photos looks a bit different than the dressing I’m sharing below. I initially made a balsamic tahini dressing (the darker dressing in the photos), but I ended up not loving it. This creamy lemon dill dressing that I made after compliments the salad much more so it’s the one I’m sharing today. I took a picture of it below so you can see what it looks like.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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A quick and easy flavourful hummus that comes together in minutes! If you don't have any sun-dried tomatoes on hand, feel free to make it without.

Yield
1 1/4 cups
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0 Minutes
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Ingredients:

  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Mince garlic in a food processor.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the salt) and process until smooth. Add salt to taste and process again until combined.

Tip: For a super-smooth hummus, pop off the chickpea skins (and discard) before beginning.

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Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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This creamy lemon-dill dressing comes together in seconds and it's such a fresh compliment to a spring salad. If you aren't a dill fan, feel free to leave it out. It's still tasty either way! I recommend making this dressing the day before you plan to use it (or at least a few hours before if you can) because it thickens up in the fridge when chilled (however, it's not absolutely necessary to chill it first). This dressing is adapted from Vegan Yumminess.

Yield
2/3 cup dressing
Soak time
2-8 hours
Prep Time
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0 Minutes
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I used 4 tbsp)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill (see note)
  • 1/2 small garlic clove
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

  1. Soak the cashews in water for 2-8 hours before starting (to soften). You can skip this step if you have a Vitamix. Drain and rinse cashews before starting.
  2. Add all the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until completely smooth. Adjust ingredients to taste if desired.

Notes: You can use dried dill weed instead of fresh dill. Add it in small amounts at a time, to taste (I would start with 1/4-1/2 teaspoon and add from there).

I prefer my dressing tangy, so I opt for more lemon juice. For a less tangy dressing, you can reduce the amount I used or you can add a touch of sweetener to taste.

For a nut-free dressing, try my Lightened-Up Lemon Tahini Dressing.

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The Nourish + Glow Miracle Bowl

Vegan, gluten-free, no bake/raw, refined sugar-free

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This bowl is packed with so many nourishing ingredients, you'll be glowing in no time! It's filled with a homemade chickpea "tuna" salad, homemade sun-dried tomato hummus, sliced avocado, hemp and petpita seeds, and and creamy lemon-dill dressing to top it all off. When you need a major energy boost, this salad is for you! Feel free to use your own hummus and dressing to save time.

Yield
1 large salad
Prep Time
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0 Minutes
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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups Mixed Power Greens (or green of choice)
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1/3 cup julienned carrots or beets
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • Half avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Sun-dried Tomato Hummus (link below)
  • Large scoop of Perfected Chickpea Salad (from OSG cookbook) or Flaked Almond Tuna Salad (link below)
  • 1/2 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepita seeds
  • Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing (link below)

Directions:

  1. Add greens into a large bowl. Layer on your desired toppings and drizzle on the dressing and garnish with hemp/pepita seeds.

Note: If you need a nut-free dressing, try my Lightened-Up Lemon Tahini Dressing.

For the Flaked Almond Tuna Salad recipe, see this post.

For the Sun-dried Tomato Hummus, see this post.

For the Creamy Lemon-Dill Dressing, see this post.

With a full heart and joyful belly,

mama-to-be and my lemon-sized little one

XOXO

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Lauren @ la dolce pita March 24, 2014

Ahh congratulations!!!! So exciting… Very happy that so many good things are coming your way :)

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Leanne March 24, 2014

Congratulations! A wishes and prayers that any morning sickness will go away soon (I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy!).

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Stephanie March 24, 2014

Congratulations! Babies are so exciting! :)

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Julie March 24, 2014

Congratulations! So excited for you both!

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Danielle March 24, 2014

Eee… CONGRATULATIONS on your growing family! Oh, I’m sure s/he is going to be so beautiful, especially with all these vibrant nutrients you’re providing :)

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Karen March 24, 2014

Danielle, I read your comment as “glowing family”! Angela, congratulations!

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Danielle March 26, 2014

“Glowing” works, too, Karen :) wish I would’ve thought of it!

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Monica March 24, 2014

Congratulations! That is quite an eventful few months. I can’t wait to hear about your pregnancy journey. I’m selfishly hoping those hormones trigger lots of peanut butter filled recipes. :)

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Kath March 24, 2014

Yayyyyyyy! So happy for you!

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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy March 24, 2014

Congratulations!!

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRuns March 24, 2014

Congratulations!!! That is so exciting! :)

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Brittany March 24, 2014

Ahhh… what an exciting announcement!!! I’m so excited for you and Eric. Congrats!!!!!!!

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Manuela March 24, 2014

Congratulations :)

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Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa March 24, 2014

Congratulations! That’s so exciting :)

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Ali G March 24, 2014

I barely read the recipe in my excitement to see the photos at the bottom. My feed reader used one of them as the cover photo so I admit to cheating a bit.

Congratulations to both of you!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 24, 2014

Omg I just started crying tears of joy for you!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After reading every post of yours and all our emails the past 5 years, I am absolutely ecstatic and thrilled for you guys! And I cannot believe how you pulled such an amazing surprise over on Eric! I didn’t have the any ability like that to wait to blurt it out! So happy for you both :) xoxoxo

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Néha March 24, 2014

Congratulations!!! So happy for you both!

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Shannon March 24, 2014

Ahh congratulations! You guys are gonna have the most beautiful vegan baby EVER. I hope that you feel just as amazing as you look!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! March 24, 2014

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you Ange!! I am so happy for you! Eric and you will be such wonderful parents!!

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Kim March 24, 2014

Congratulations! You look gorgeous!

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Kate March 24, 2014

Congratulations! That’s so exciting :) I love that you needed four pregnancy tests to convince yourself.

That power bowl looks amazing, too — so healthy and delicious. I’m going to have to at least try that sundried tomato hummus, and it’s another excuse to make the chickpea salad from your book. Thanks so much for sharing!

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The Vegan Cookie Fairy March 24, 2014

Congratulations, Angela! This is so exciting and wonderful! Are you planning on telling us about your vegan pregnancy? I’d be interested to know how you’re doing. xoxo

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Suzanne @ hello, veggy! March 24, 2014

OH MY GAWWWWDD!! I am beyond excited for you!! My nursing placement has made me a bit baby-obsessed; I can’t wait to see you and baby grow!!

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Lisa March 24, 2014

A big congrats to you Angela!! Also, love love love the cookbook!!

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Julia Kent @ The Domestic Blonde March 24, 2014

YAY!!!! Congrats. Are you finding out the gender? Also, did NOT know about the new house. How did I miss that?! xo

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Heather March 24, 2014

Congratulations to you and Eric – so happy for you guys :)

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Alison (Fueling for Fitness) March 24, 2014

Such WONDERFUL news!!! Congratulations!!!!! My wedding anniversary is Sept 20, and my dad’s birthday is Sept 21 so that time of the year is very special (and magical). ;)

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Caroline March 24, 2014

Congratulations!!!!

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Karissa March 24, 2014

Congratulations on your little chickpea!

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Amanda March 24, 2014

Congratulations! Pregnancy is such an amazing experience and we were so very fortunate to experience that wonderful feeling twice! Enjoy all the wonderful things pregnancy has to offer :-)

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Meg March 24, 2014

Congrats! That’s so exciting! Hopefully the eventfulness settles down soon so you’re able to relax and let that baby grow grow grow!

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Sara March 24, 2014

I am so, SO excited for you. I got chills when I read your news- congratulations to your sweet family. Thanks for letting us share this journey with you! <3 You're going to be great parents!

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Marina March 24, 2014

Oh my gosh congratulations Angela!!!!! :) That’s so exciting! Your baby has a whole lot of love waiting, not to mention the best food ever. ;) Thank you for yet another amazing recipe!!

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Erin @ Erin's Inside Job March 24, 2014

OMG congrats! That is amazing news I’m so excited for you!!

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Karly March 24, 2014

SO SO SO SO SO THRILLED FOR YOU TWO!!!!!!
And could you possibly be any more glowing as a mama-to-be?! You look amazing Ange! So excited to follow your journey! xoxo

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Shannon March 24, 2014

Oh, congratulations! What an exciting year for you (and Eric)!

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Anna B. March 24, 2014

Congratulations! How exciting! :]

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Jaclyn March 24, 2014

So exciting! I have to admit, when I saw “Exciting News!” I started to hear “I’ve got a feeling…” in my head and I quickly scrawled down to confirm the news!
I really hope you plan to share your experience with your readers. I LOVE following along! xo

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Dee March 24, 2014

Yay!! Another vegan baby in the world!
Can’t wait to read all about this stage! Congratulations.

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Angela March 24, 2014

Congrats Angela!!! I’m so happy for you!! I am 18 weeks and find out the sex of the baby today *^_^* love from Michigan.

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Abby March 24, 2014

GAH! I am so thrilled for you and your (growing) family and honestly, a little jealous of how well this kid is going to be able to eat ;) Congrats and so much health and happiness to you and yours in the coming weeks and months!

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Beth E March 24, 2014

Oh my goodness, Angela! So excited for you both! You look beautiful!

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Linda B. March 25, 2014

Congratulations! I’m thrilled for you and Eric!

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