Diane's Vintage Zest!

Spicy Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

A spicy spin on my Cornbread Stuffing that EVERYONE loves!

Sweet Potato Souffle for Thanksgiving

One of my most popular recipes EVER, and just in time for Thanksgiving!

DIY Painted Photo Backdrops

Super easy backdrops for your photo, plus a few tips!

Golden Sweet Corn Bread Mini Muffins

A sweet spin on traditional cornbread!

Easy Sweet Potato Pie (without a crust!)

The easiest (and healthiest) pumpkin pie recipe ever!

Giveaway with Good Karma Foods' Drinkable Yogurts and Flaxmilk!

Happy March everyone! This year is flying by so quick, can you believe it?!

Two months into 2017 and I have to confess something... I didn't stick to my New Year's resolutions. Not even one bit.  :(  With my new business (yay!) and moving the last of my sites to Wordpress (double yay!), I am so pressed for time lately. Hmmm... is it time for a vacation yet? :P

Luckily, I just discovered the delicious Dairy Free Drinkable Yogurts from Good Karma Foods and it's helping to get me back on track! When I am drowning in work, the last thing I am thinking about is prepping breakfast and having to clean up afterwards. So thank goodness that these came my way, and I am so excited to be sharing some goodies with you today...

a giveaway and a coupon to try it for yourself!!!
(but more on that later)

First of all, let me explain another reason why I love the Dairy Free Drinkable Yogurts. Yes, they are convenient and yes they are delicious, but I love that they are dairy free! Some years ago during grad school, I was uber-busy and I would drink another brand of drinkable yogurt for breakfast. I loved it at first, but found that after a while it didn't sit well in my stomach. I am not typically allergic to lactose, but apparently drinking it in large amounts for breakfast every day started to affect me for some reason. So sadly, I thought I wouldn't be able to make it a normal part of my morning... until Good Karma's Drinkable Yogurts came along!

Not only are the yogurts (and their delicious Flaxmilks) dairy free, they are soy free, gluten free, nut free, and vegan too! Yay for basically everyone on the planet being able to enjoy these! :P

As for the nutrition, there are so many benefits I could list out, but I'll hit the biggies for you. Per serving you get:

Gift Guide: For Him!

This holiday season is flying by so quickly, that I cannot believe we are just two weeks away from 2017! Before that, I put together yet another Gift Guide of presents for all the men in your life, which I updated from last year's, with some help of course.  :)  You will find plenty of fun things to add to your shopping list, and afterwards make sure to take a peek at this year's Gift Guide for Her to inspire your own wishlist!

Happy browsing!

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Look and Feel Fresh

Gift Guide: For Her!

Can you believe it's already nearly November, which means the holiday season is in full swing!  Last year, my Gift Guides were so popular that I decided to do them all over again!  I wanted to be able to include a "Gift Guide for Her" this year, even though I basically had four gift guides revolving around a girl like me: a Travel Bug, Crafty Gal, Tech Geek, and Home Chef!

Well, this guide is chock full of pretty and practical items for you or the girl in your life.  I included gorgeous items to wear, self-care items that smell heavenly, and adorable things for around the house that I have had my eye on.  Enjoy looking through the guide, and I hope you find something to add to your list!

Gift Guide For Her on Diane's Vintage Zest!

To Wear

Berry Frozen Yogurt Cake

Happy Sunday!  It's that time of year where the days still feel as hot as the summer months, but it gets busier and busier with school, work, and family.  The last thing I want to do is get stuck in a hot kitchen baking a cake for dessert, so I came up with this deliciously easy Berry Frozen Yogurt Cake!

In about five minutes, with no special equipment or fancy techniques, you can throw this dessert in the freezer lickety-split.  However, the final product looks like it took a lot of time and effort, even though it is super easy.  :)  The cake is easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but so pretty that you could serve it to party guests.

It is light and refreshing, like an ice cream cake, but made with tangy frozen yogurt instead!  So it is sweet, but not too sweet, especially with the addition of tart raspberries.  The blueberries are my personal favorite, but you could add blackberries or boysenberries instead.  Add to that a crust made with crushed ice cream cones, and you have a pretty dessert that is both colorful and delicious.

Berry Frozen Yogurt Cake ~ Vintage Zest | A quick, easy, family-friendly dessert that is gorgeous enough to serve at a party and healthy enough to gobble up after any weeknight dinner!

The bonus is that these are ingredients you can keep on hand all year round in the freezer and pantry.  Yes, only 5 simple ingredients, and you have a lovely dessert!  Just two flavors of my favorite protein-packed yogurt, ProYo, two kinds of berries, ice cream cones, and that's it!  By the way, you could use fresh berries, but I used frozen ones since I already had them on hand.

Basically, this is a dessert that requires no prep, a handful of ingredients, looks gorgeous, and can be made from ingredients available in your freezer or pantry year-round.  You're welcome!  :)

Berry Frozen Yogurt Cake ~ Vintage Zest | A quick, easy, family-friendly dessert that is gorgeous enough to serve at a party and healthy enough to gobble up after any weeknight dinner!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of ProYo.  All opinions are mine alone.

Berry Frozen Yogurt Cake
A Vintage Zest original recipe

Tip: 5 Easy Ways to Maintain a Healthy Meal Plan During the Week

This year, I am getting a lot of things back on track including my meal plan!  As you know, I have a food blog that keeps me busy with events out and about almost every day.  Recently, I decided to scale back because I want to take care of myself better, and eat better too!  That means a lot more eating at home and making sure that I have a well-thought out plan.

Today, I have five simple tips that will help you keep your meal plan on track, even if you are a busy bee like me!

Tip: 5 Easy Ways to Maintain a Healthy Meal Plan During the Week on Diane's Vintage Zest!#ad #LiveHealthyChoice

Five Easy Ways to Maintain a Healthy Meal Plan During the Week

1.  Meal Plan!

A plan isn't a plan until you write it down.  Scout out recipes that you want to eat during the week that fit into your goals.  Plan out every breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack for the week.  Then, go ahead and write down all the ingredients you need, so you are fully stocked up at home with everything you need!  A bonus is that you will not be tempted to overbuy or pick up something extra, if you stick to your list.

2. Schedule "Off" Days

Roasted Tomato & Pesto Toast

Today's second recipe is a hearty toast with roasted tomatoes and pesto that I make for a quick lunch or snack.  From start to finish, it takes less than 10 minutes, and you have something warm, satisfying, and fresh.  Actually, I think it looks pretty gourmet if you ask me, so you can even make it for a party appetizer as well!

Also, you may have come over from my California Fresh Avocado Toast recipe that I eat for breakfast.  Basically, every meal can be made on toast, don't you think?  ;)

Roasted Tomato & Pesto Toast recipe on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Once again, I used one of my favorite San Luis Sourdough® Bread varieties because it is perfect to top with all the different ingredients and still hold up!  Their Sourdough Cracked Wheat Sliced Bread has the perfect flavor to go with all the pesto, tomatoes, and delicious seasonings!

Now are we ready for the recipe?  Scroll down for more!

Roasted Tomato & Pesto Toast recipe on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Roasted Tomato & Pesto Toast
A Vintage Zest original recipe