Black Beans and Hash Browns


For the past two weeks this has been my favorite breakfast.  We eat this almost everyday.  It’s very filling and the good thing about this dish, is that you can add different toppings everyday to switch things up.  I’m going to share with you the recipe for the very first day I made this dish.  Without further ado, here are the ingredients you will need:

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Zucchini Noodle Stir Fry with Citrus Almond Sauce


Last week I made THE BEST zucchini noodle stir fry.  I’ve made other Asian-inspired zucchini noodle dishes before, but this one definite takes the cake for the best. It was so good that I re-created it on Saturday so I could share this recipe with you. The first time I made this, I wasn’t as strict with the measurements because I was having fun experimenting.  Luckily, on Saturday, I was able to recreate this dish with exact measurements of everything so that I cool write this blog post.

Like all of my dishes this is vegan, gluten free and just so happens to be raw and paleo.  I hope you enjoy this dish!

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Whole30 Recipe: Post Workout Snack


Back in September, we were on this whole running kick. Also at the same time, from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 we completed the Whole30 program.  One Saturday, Tasha and I had an intense workout where we ran 3-4 miles, and did 2 hours of interval training.  Needless to say, when we got home, I was starving.  So I created this delicious post workout snack.  It’s high in protein and antioxidants.  I hope you enjoy!


  • 1 pint of blackberries
  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • 1 handful of almonds
  • 1 handful of walnuts
  • sprinkle of cinnamon


  1. Rinse your berries.
  2. Combine the berries and nuts into a medium bowl
  3. Mix together and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.
  4. Enjoy!

This made two servings–one for me and one for my sister.  Eating this gave me a much needed energy boost after burning so many calories during my workout.


I’ve shared some of the other recipes I enjoyed while doing the whole30 such as potato tacos, red and green salad, and vegan creamy tomato basil soup.  What is your go to post workout snack?  Let me know if you tried this or any of my other recipes.  Comment below.


Be happy, healthy, and eat good food!
Love always,
Tanika Monique

Always & Forever

Forever & Always

Whole30 Recipe: Red and Green Salad


Photo Credit: Tanika Richardson Red and Green Salad

If you couldn’t tell by my post Lesson #2: Apples and Oranges, I love food.  In particular I am extremely passionate about healthy food.  In order to live the life you want and deserve, you have to be healthy.  In November, Tasha and I will celebrate three years being vegan and gluten free.  Though this has been a very beneficial way of eating for us, we wanted to challenge ourselves to break our dependence on beans and grains.  So on September 15th, we embarked on our Whole30 journey. If you aren’t familiar with the program, it helps you to cut out foods that have negative effects on your body.  We have successfully given up sugar, grains, legumes, and processed foods for over 30 days now.  Though this program is a stricter version of the Paleo diet, it has been fun applying the principles to our vegan lifestyle.

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