Gnocchi & Sausage Chimichurri ~ Vegan

Gnocchi & Sausage Chimichurri ~ Vegan
(Serves 8-12)

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Again it’s all in the sauce. The chimichurri sauce is so bold but marries so perfectly with the gnocchi and Tofurky Italian sausage.

Speaking of marriages…Seth the artist is always creating something. As I always say my artistic expression is cooking, but him… if he’s not photographing, writing or painting you’ll find him always creating something. 😊 Recently he began making music – amazing work too. He’s been creating drum and bass, trance, lounge-type music. Check out his YouTube channel, here is his latest song if you’re interested: https://youtu.be/G5ud12LJCMg . He also tweets them find him @nsanity777.

My eclectic music selections can range anywhere from Miles Davis to Tool or some TripHop…a little Massive Attack/Portishead. As of late, my music sessions end up with anything Electronica/Drum & Bass. Seth turned me onto Goldie, good stuff. Oh to live in England, I’d love to even visit for that matter, the UK seems to have it going on. They’re about ten years ahead of us in music, he says. I can envision the nightclub scene out there, whew.  Good music and timeless, in my opinion. Artists and songs from ten or fifteen years ago, are still hot if you listened to them today. Drum and Bass…there’s no barricade between genres. Drum, the walls come down between jazz, reggae, house, classical, electronica and fuse into a great sound, bass. Seth is always teaching me something… He not only looks up an artist, but the artist that influenced those artists or ones that are similar. It probably started with him with that old-school ‘jungle’ music and his collection just grew. Joey Beltram, Omni Trio, The Prodigy, Goldie, Tricky, Massive Attack, Pendulum…and some popular US favs– Deadmau5, Gridlok, Skrillex, DJ Craze. We saw RL Grime in Vegas a couple years ago A-Mazing time! Maybe one day we’ll visit Bristol…

Ingredients:
Cooked Gnocchi (about 3-4 17oz pkgs)
Fresh Basil, chiffonade (about 7 pieces)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (drizzle to toss in pan before adding sauce)
Salt/Pepper to taste
1 (15oz can) Diced Garlic Tomatoes
2 Tofurky Italian Sausages, sliced (sautéed in olive oil over med-high heat for 3-5 mins.)
1 Cup Chimichurri Sauce

-Toss all ingredients to combine – adjust seasoning to taste.
Enjoy!

Lentil Vegetable Soup

Lentil Vegetable Soup
(Serves 12-18) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

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Maybe I just don’t have it in me to make a small pot of soup or something. So I’ll just warn you now that this recipe makes an enormous amount of soup! Lol – feel free to cut it down or just go crazy and make the large pot like I did, it freezes great too. I typically go with the large pot of soup since it will last for several days – lunch and dinner. Not only is this vegan soup hearty with veggies it is wholesome too. Lentils are packed with nutrients and are high in protein and fiber – great for lowering cholesterol! I hope you try this great weeknight dinner, sample it with your favorite veggies. Enjoy!

Vegan Lentil Soup

  • Servings: 12-18
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Large Sweet Onion, chopped
2 Large Russet Potatoes, diced/cubed
4 Scallions, chopped
7 stalks Celery, chopped
5 Carrots, diced/cubed
1 Tbsp Salt
2 Tsp fresh ground Black Pepper
1 ½ to 2 Tsp Cumin
1 Tsp Chili Powder
2 Bay Leaves
1 (28oz can) Diced Tomatoes
4 Cups dry Lentils, picked/rinsed (I used Bob’s Red Mill – the entire 27oz pkg)
3 Quarts Vegetable Broth (about 12 cups)
3 Cups Water
3 Tbsp Tomato Paste (I used tomato/basil paste)
10oz fresh Green Beans, trimmed/cut (about 2 ½ cups)
4 stalks Kale, stems removed/chopped
1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

Directions:
-Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. You’ll need an extra-large pot! Add onions, potatoes, garlic and scallions then heat for 5 minutes. Then add carrots and celery continue to sauté for another 3 minutes.
-Next, add seasonings: salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and bay leaves. Stir to combine before adding tomatoes.
-Add your vegetable broth and water to the pot and heat to boil. While stock is boiling remember to pick through your lentils check for any rocks for example before rinsing.
-Add lentils, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 40 minutes.
-During the last 10 minutes of cooking add your green beans and kale. Enjoy!

Warning! – Ginormous pot of soup below!

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Stuffed Tomatoes ~ Vegan

Sundried tomato and Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes
(Serves 4) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

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You may find this hard to believe, but in all my years of cooking it never occurred to me before to stuff tomatoes, lol. I’m sure I’ve had to at least see them before at some point in my life, right? Not until a few months ago when I was perusing through blog posts and saw that one of my fellow bloggers stuffed tomatoes. This was literally the moment when the light bulb went off in my head. Why? My husband does not like stuffed peppers, maybe it’s the way the flavor of the cooked peppers permeate throughout the filling. He loves raw peppers just not cooked/baked. I’ve made them in the past for myself and really do like them, guess I never just thought to stuff tomatoes. Stuffed squash is pretty good too. This recipe is very flavorful, filling and heart healthy. The sundried tomatoes, sunflower seeds and quinoa offer a great texture.

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Ingredients:
4 Large Tomatoes
3 White Button Mushrooms, wiped clean/chopped
3 large Cauliflower Florets (about 1 cup), raw
7 Basil leaves, chiffonade
1 handful fresh Parsley (about 1/3 Cup), chopped
7 Pieces Sundried Tomatoes, chopped
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ Cup Cooked Quinoa
½ Cup Sunflower Seeds (I soaked the seeds for about 30 minutes)
1 Garlic clove, minced
½ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp fresh Ground Pepper
¼ Tsp Chili Powder

Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
-In a large bowl combine all ingredients. [except for the large tomatoes of course J ]

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-Carefully cut around the top of each tomato to core. Scoop the inside of your tomatoes with a spoon to core. (I used my ice cream scoop to core out the insides. Only because my scoop comes to a slight point. I don’t have the traditional disher style scoop with the mechanical lever which I suppose could be bulky and get in the way.)

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-Fill each tomato with stuffing mix – I used my measuring cup so I can give you all a pretty accurate measurement. I was able to fill each tomato with about 2/3 Cup of the mixture. (I used my 1/3 measuring cup – make sure to pack it down with each scoop).

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-Place tomatoes on baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle again with a dash of salt/pepper and chili powder.
-Bake for 25 minutes @ 375. Enjoy!

Tip: In this recipe I used jarred sundried tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil. Instead of using EVOO from my pantry – I used 3 Tbsp of the olive oil that the sundried tomatoes were packed in! Extra flavorful. J -I also used curly parsley in this recipe you flat leaf should work well too.

Sundried tomato and Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: veganrescue.com

Ingredients:
4 Large Tomatoes
3 White Button Mushrooms, wiped clean/chopped
3 large Cauliflower Florets (about 1 cup), raw
7 Basil leaves, chiffonade
1 handful fresh Parsley (about 1/3 Cup), chopped
7 Pieces Sundried Tomatoes, chopped
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ Cup Cooked Quinoa
½ Cup Sunflower Seeds (I soaked the seeds for about 30 minutes)
1 Garlic clove, minced
½ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp fresh Ground Pepper
¼ Tsp Chili Powder

Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
-In a large bowl combine all ingredients. [except for the large tomatoes of course J ]
-Carefully cut around the top of each tomato to core. Scoop the inside of your tomatoes with a spoon to core. (I used my ice cream scoop to core out the insides. Only because my scoop comes to a slight point. I don’t have the traditional disher style scoop with the mechanical lever which I suppose could be bulky and get in the way.)
-Fill each tomato with stuffing mix – I used my measuring cup so I can give you all a pretty accurate measurement. I was able to fill each tomato with about 2/3 Cup of the mixture. (I used my 1/3 measuring cup – make sure to pack it down with each scoop).
-Place tomatoes on baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle again with a dash of salt/pepper and chili powder.
-Bake for 25 minutes @ 375. Enjoy!

Quinoa & Peas (2x) with Citrus Dressing

Quinoa & Peas (2x) with Citrus Dressing
(Serves 4-6) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

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Nope, this is not another peanut butter dish instead let us swap one great source of protein for another. Cue in the Quinoa! Fluffy quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids and has been deemed a complete protein. This recipe is filling and refreshing and great for the summer. I have two kinds of peas in this recipe (I ❤ peas) but you can swap for so many other recipes like another love of ours, broccoli. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
(16oz) or 2 ½ Cups Peas, steamed
(12oz) or abt 2 ½ Cups Sugar Snap Peas, steamed
1 Cup Quinoa, cooked
7 Scallions (white/light green parts only), chopped
½ Tsp Course Ground Pepper
½ Tsp Salt
1 small handful Fresh Curly Parsley, chopped

Citrus Dressing:
Juice of ½ Lemon
Juice of ¼ Grapefruit
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (good quality)
½ Tsp Course Black Pepper
½ Tbsp Sugar
¼ Tsp Salt

Directions:
-Prepare quinoa according to package or see directions here. During the last 5 minutes of cooking add scallions – during steaming.

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-For Dressing: whisk ingredients together to combine and toss with quinoa and peas.
-Add salt/pepper, parsley and optional (coconut bacon) – [see recipe here] to taste. Enjoy!

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Quinoa and Peas with Citrus Dressing

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: http://www.veganrescue.com

Ingredients:

(16oz) or 2 ½ Cups Peas, steamed
(12oz) or abt 2 ½ Cups Sugar Snap Peas, steamed
1 Cup Quinoa, cooked
7 Scallions (white/light green parts only), chopped
½ Tsp Course Ground Pepper
½ Tsp Salt
1 small handful Fresh Curly Parsley, chopped

Citrus Dressing:
Juice of ½ Lemon
Juice of ¼ Grapefruit
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (good quality)
½ Tsp Course Black Pepper
½ Tbsp Sugar
¼ Tsp Salt

Directions:
-Prepare quinoa according to package or see directions here. During the last 5 minutes of cooking add scallions – during steaming.

-For Dressing: whisk ingredients together to combine and toss with quinoa and peas.
-Add salt/pepper, parsley and optional (coconut bacon) – [see recipe here] to taste. Enjoy!

Spinach & Bean Enchiladas with White Mushroom Sauce

Spinach & Bean Enchiladas with White Mushroom Sauce
(Serves 6-8)
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Enchiladas come in so many varieties with different fillings and sauces. My first enchilada experience was when I was a teenager. A cousin’s ex had made them and her version was the popular shredded chicken with the Campbell’s condensed soup mushroom sauce. My veganized version was a play on my original experience. This recipe is creamy and absolutely delicious and a must try. It may seem complex but is fairly simple, I utilized my nutribullet for the sauces and the Cilantro-Lime Jasmine rice was very simple to make, recipe included. Top with creamy avo-crema sauce. Enjoy!

 

Filling Ingredients:
1 (15.8oz can) Great Northern Beans (or White Kidney)
1 (15.5oz can) Chickpeas, crushed/chopped
1 (15.25oz can) Corn
4 Scallions, chopped (Light Green/White parts)
8 ½ oz Diced Green Chilies (2 – 4.25oz cans)
4oz White Button Mushrooms, chopped (divided)
4oz Baby Bella Mushrooms, chopped (divided)
3 Cups Baby Spinach (3 handfuls)
3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 ½ Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Course Black Pepper
¼ Tsp Cumin
2 Tbsp Oil
8 Flour Tortillas

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Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees F and grease 13x9x2 glass-baking dish with earth balance (vegan butter).
-Heat oil in large pan over medium-high heat and sauté beans, corn, chilies and scallions for about 4-5 minutes.
-Turn off heat and fold in baby spinach and mushrooms. Add salt/pepper and cumin then set aside until ready to use.
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-Divide filling evenly among 8 tortillas. Roll and place seam side down in greased baking dish.
-Pour White Mushroom Sauce (recipe below) over entire dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil then bake an additional 10 minutes. Enjoy!
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White Mushroom Sauce Ingredients:
2 Cups Cashews, soaked (about 30 minutes)
½ Cup Non-Dairy Sour Cream
1 (13.5oz can) Coconut Milk
3 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
2 Garlic Cloves
½ Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Course Black Pepper
4oz White Button Mushrooms, chopped (divided)
4oz Baby Bella Mushrooms, chopped (divided)
2 Tbsp Flour

Directions:
-Blend all ingredients except mushrooms until smooth.
-Once smooth, stir in chopped mushrooms.
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Notes: For the mushrooms I just buy 2 (8oz) containers – 1 of each. Wipe clean, remove stems and chop once, then divide for filling and topping.

 

 

Avocado Crema Sauce

Avo-Crema Sauce
(1 ½ Cup) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free. Dairy-Free

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This sauce was absolutely refreshing over top my creamy enchiladas and cilantro-lime rice. The perfect addition. Let me know what else you decide to add it too? Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Large Haas Avocado, pitted
½ Cup Non-Dairy Sour Cream
Juice of ½ Lime
1/3 Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
½ Tsp Cumin
½ Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Course Black Pepper
¼ Cup Water

Directions:
Blend together to combine until smooth. Store in airtight container.
(May change color if avocado oxidizes, however, mine was still a vibrant green the following day).
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Easy Cilantro-Lime Rice

Easy Cilantro-Lime Rice
A very quick recipe added to serve aside my delicious creamy enchiladas. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2 Cups Jasmine Rice
3 Cups Water
2 Tbsp Earth Balance (Vegan Butter)
1 Handful Fresh Cilantro, chopped (about ½ cup)
Juice ½ Lime
2 Scallions, chopped

Directions:
-Prepare rice according to package: Combine rice with water and earth balance. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes (keeping lid on).
-Fluff rice with a fork then squeeze in lime juice and add cilantro and scallions. Enjoy!

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Ultimate Protein Bowl!

Ultimate Protein Bowl!
(Serves 8-10) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free ~ This recipe serves 8 but can be adjusted accordingly +/- your favorite veggies.

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This recipe is packed with protein and an innumerable amount of other nutrients, vitamins and macro minerals. This nourishing bowl was great warm the first day but also amazing the next day cold, like a salad. If you need a boost or are simply in the mood for something fresh, this bowl has it! I served this family style and we enjoyed this delicious meal two days in a row for dinner (I snuck a small bowl in for lunch too). Enjoy! 🙂

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Ingredients:
Roasted Beets
Sweet Potatoes
Broccoli
Edamame
Mushrooms
Tempeh
Quinoa
Chickpeas
Almonds
Dill

Immune Boosting
Protein
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Potassium
Fiber
Riboflavin
Calcium
Etc. Etc. So many countless essential vitamins and minerals

My Plate 🙂
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Ultimate Protein Bowl

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
3 Roasted Beets, roasted (Check out how I roast my beets here)
2 Sweet Potatoes (or 1lb), roasted
8oz Mushrooms, roasted
16oz Broccoli, steamed
16oz Shelled Edamame, steamed
8oz Pkg Tempeh
2 Cups dry Quinoa, prepared according to package (yields 8 servings)
1 (15.5oz can) Chickpeas, pan roasted
1 Cup Sliced Almonds, lightly toasted

Sriracha Peanut Sauce Ingredients:
1/3 Cup Peanut Butter
½ Cup Hot Water
½ Tbsp Sesame Oil
½ Tbsp Tamari/Soy Sauce
¼ Tsp Course Black Pepper
½ Tbsp Sriracha

Directions:
-Steam Broccoli and Edamame.
-Follow directions for Roasting Beets here.
-Toss Sweet Potatoes (cut into 1 ½ inch cubes) with 2 Tbsp Oil of choice + ½ Tbsp Agave Nectar + ½ Tsp Salt and ¼ Tsp Course Black Pepper. Mushrooms – cleaned and stems trimmed, toss with 1 Tbsp Oil of choice. Roast for 30-40 minutes – I tossed these into the oven during the last 40 minutes of my beets roasting.
-Prepare Quinoa according to package. (2 to 4 ratio) combine quinoa and water – bring to boil, lower heat, cover and allow quinoa to cook for about 20 minutes until quinoa spirals out.
-Tempeh: Heat about 2-3 Tbsp Oil in pan over medium heat. Cook tempeh for about 5-7 minutes until golden – add ¼ Tsp Salt & Pepper or to taste during cooking. During the last minute of sautéing I add 1 Tbsp Tamari/Soy Sauce + ½ Tbsp Agave Nectar – toss to combine.
-Remove tempeh from pan – to the same pan I add the chickpeas (I did not add any additional oil). Add ¾ Tsp Curry Powder + ¼ Cup Water – toss to combine for about 5 minutes to toast up chickpeas.
To a dry pan toast up Almonds lightly.

Directions for Sauce:
Blend ingredients together – I used my nutribullet or you can whisk ingredients together to combine.

Day 2 – Leftovers!
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Corn Salsa

Corn Salsa
(Makes about 3 ½ -4 cups) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free

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A few days ago I mentioned this post to follow. Since the plan was to keep it simple last weekend. What could be easier than a quick 5-minute salsa over top blackened pepper crusted tofu? The tofu is not listed here as a recipe, given that I literally just pressed then seasoned the hell out of each side with pepper, basil, garlic powder and a little salt. Sauté each side for a few minutes in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkle with a little salt after frying, then I topped with corn salsa. That’s it…that was the recipe! 🙂 Enjoy your day and weekend.

Corn Salsa

  • Servings: About 3 ½ Cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/

Ingredients:
1 (11oz can) White Shoepeg Corn, drained/rinsed
1 (15.25oz can) Corn, drained/rinsed
1 (15.5oz can) Black Beans, drained/rinsed
1 Red Pepper, diced finely
½ Red Onion, diced finely
1 small Handful Fresh Cilantro, chopped (or to taste)
Juice of ½ Lime
2-3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tsp Sugar
1 Tsp course Black Pepper
½ Tsp Chili Powder
½ Tsp Fresh Garlic
Salt and Cumin to taste

Directions:

-Very simply put – drain and rinse canned ingredients. Chop: Pepper, Onion, Cilantro and combine all ingredients. Adjust seasonings to your liking. Enjoy!

Fresh Tomato, Sundried & Angel Hair Pasta

Fresh Tomato, Sundried & Angel Hair Pasta
(Serves 6-8)

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I hope everybody enjoyed their Valentine’s Day this year. This year I put this recipe together for its simplicity and burst of flavors. A savory dish that you can make in 10 minutes or less so you can enjoy the majority of your evening with the ones you love. Last year I made: Rooted Basmati Rice with Herb Infused Broth and Effortless Chocolate Cake on Valentine’s Day and spent a lot of time in the kitchen roasting, infusing and baking. So this year I decided to take it light and I hope you did too! Enjoy. 🙂

Ingredients:
1lb Angel Hair Pasta
2-3 Tsp Fresh Minced Garlic
½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, good quality
1 Handful Fresh Parsley, chopped
Salt/Pepper to Taste
½ Cup Pine Nuts, toasted
1 (2.8oz) Sun-Dried Tomato Paste
1 Medium Vine-Ripe Tomato, chopped (or 2 Small)

Directions:
-Prepare Angel Hair according to package (boil in salted water for 4-5 minutes until al dente).
-In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat then add Garlic. Heat garlic for a couple minutes then add tomatoes, sun-dried tomato paste and toss in drained cooked pasta.
-Toss in fresh parsley and pine nuts before serving. Enjoy!

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(Notes:)
-My teaspoons of garlic are ‘heaping’ and the better the quality of evoo the better the flavor.
-Instead parsley try using basil. Basil pairs nicely with tomatoes and garlic and would work lovely in this dish also.

I also made black pepper crusted tofu with corn salsa and earth balance garlic bread. Blog post of corn salsa coming soon. My amazing husband pictured below ready for dinner. I love him so…. Happy Valentine’s Day! Xoxo

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