Hiii Magical People!

I am so excited to be here with you and am so excited to be sharing my very first blog post on the Move with Truelove Blog! Let me start by introducing myself, my name is Jesse Ariss, (soon to be Truelove, as my fiance’s last name is Truelove! How special is that?!). My fiance and I have been together almost 10 years and it has been anything but easy.  It has been exciting, surprising, full of love, sometimes anger, respect, lessons, trials, growth, awakening, openness, tears and laughter. Through it all, like any good relationship, it has all made us stronger, and everyday we chose each other. We are both Leos so you can imagine our fire for life and each other. It has been quiet the roller coaster since we met but it’s one we both don’t want to get off ever!


I have been a certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine for 4 years and have trained women and run boot camps in a few studios, gyms and even states! I obtained my Associates in Kinesiology in California, and continued to get my Bachelors in Business Management in Oklahoma. I have so many ideas for different businesses I want to open with my fiancé.


IMG_0964The Tribe and I (I will explain who the “the Tribe” is later) are from California and have been residing is Oklahoma for the last three years. During this time we have traveled the Midwest some, gone to Europe, gone vegan, added 2 dogs, 3 cats and 2 turtles to the tribe, and this fall we will be welcoming our very own human baby!

Currently I am the only female trainer at Snap fitness in our town and also run a women’s group fitness class called, “Move with Truelove” which is named after the basis for this blog. Move with Truelove…for your body, for your mind, for your ideas and dreams and everything in your life. Being a woman in our time can be hard but it can also be immensely empowering, and that’s what I want to bring to the table. I want to bring women empowerment to the conversation. Here we will share self-love, self-care and truelove for yourself. Although I don’t have it all figured out and I am not the perfect example of complete self-love, I want to make this a platform for authenticity and growth.


IMG_9966My idea for this blog was strong at the end of 2017; my ideas revolved around fitness, wellness, spiritual “universy” things, yummy vegan food, travel and being outdoors and of course my tribe! But since finding out we were welcoming baby truelove, a huge dynamic of my vision has changed. All of the original ideas will be the same but additionally I will be going through a very magical time but also a challenging one as I will be training and teaching classes but now while having this extra weight packing on and then shedding off. This is a journey I am so grateful to go on and take you all along with me. I am so excited to share my “mama” experience during and after pregnancy along with all things fitness, wellness, vegan, travel and Truelove Tribe. It’s only a few months into 2018 and it has been a wild ride so far!


Photography: @cameoashleerenee @lisamelyn

A Vegan Thanksgiving…Dun Dun Dunnnnn

Literally was so stressed out about this holiday for some reason. The whole day is dedicated to roasting a big giant bird and all the yummy deserts and just everything that goes along with the tradition. Well I decided it was about time our tradition changed. I just whipped up and the favorites but minus all the animal parts…little gruesome but if you think about it, its actually less gruesome than actually eating the little fellas.

Thank goodness for Tofurky! A sentence I never thought would come out of my mouth. But it really did tie the whole meal together and it really felt like Thanksgiving.


You know changing over to this lifestyle was something I decided overnight and just never went back. But I can say that I understand the stress of trying to fulfill a holiday for someone who supports your choices but isn’t as committed as you are. My husband has been vegan in the house only, for as long as I’ve been completely vegan. He is so supportive of all my choices and supports us being a 100% vegan household. I wanted to make sure this day was just as yummy as all his past Thanksgivings. I was a little nervous to say the least. He will eat whatever I make but that wasn’t the point, I wanted him to love it. So my day begin with the Tofurky. I did vegan gravy and cauli-tatoes, veggies and acorn squash rings. My day was full and so were our bellies.
I roasted some Brussel sprouts and green beans and also baked some Japanese sweet potatoes. These are the only sweet potatoes I love and if you haven’t tried them, they are a must! The sweet potatoes topped with vegan marshmallows, brown sugar and vegan butter. They were so delicious!


The Tofurky!!

As you can see, I am very proud! I basted with olive oil, soy sauce, pink salt, pepper, garlic minced, onion powder, basil leaves. Surrounding the little guy is parsnips, green beans, onions and fresh rosemary. I covered the Tofurky and put it in the oven set at 350 degrees and for 1 hr., then uncover and let cook for 15 minutes longer. Remember to refrigerate for 24 hrs. to de-thaw if frozen.


Clean and cut an entire head of cauliflower, chop and set aside.
Clean and chop 4 medium red potatoes your favorite potatoes.
Put potatoes in a large pot with water and bring to a boil. After 20 minutes, add the cauliflower. Cook both until soft.
When soft, drain the potatoes and cauliflower. In the big pot mash the potatoes and cauliflower until smooth-ish, like mashed potato texture. Add 2 tablespoons of your favorite vegan butter, and ½ c of your favorite non-dairy milk. Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and mix until combined. Sprinkle in pink salt, crushed black pepper, garlic and onion powder. Add more of whatever you want to make it yummy.


1 head of cauliflower
4 red potatoes
2 T vegan butter
½ C non-dairy milk
1 T minced garlic
garlic and onion powder
salt and pepper


Vegan Gravy

1/2 t Garlic powder
1 t Onion powder
2 c Vegetable broth, low sodium, or you can use a protein broth(I love using this)
1/2 t Mustard
2 T Liquid coconuts aminos or Soy sauce, low sodium
1/2 t Black pepper
2 ½ T Nutritional yeast
1/4 c Whole wheat flour

Combine into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, bring down to a simmer (low heat) and the gravy will get thicker.

Maple Acorn Squash Rings

Maple Acorn Squash Rings

The really surprise of the whole day was Maple Acorn Squash Rings. Holy smokes were they delicious. I have walked by the acorn squash my whole life in the produce section. I looks like just one of those weird squash or fruits or who knows but yeah you just don’t mess with it. Boy was I wrong! It was the sweestest surprise. It was my first time working with the acorn squash and first time eating it.

Stuffed Squash Rings

Stuffed acorn squash rings 🍁
The Rings

This was for two people so this is what I used for 1 Squash
1/4c dried cranberries
¾ c cooked quinoa
1c finely chopped spinach
1/2c chopped pecans
8oz chopped mushrooms
1tsp curry powder
4tsp vegan butter
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
Pink salt and pepper
Take this mixture and put in pan and sauté down until mushrooms and garlic and spinach is wilted and shrieked.
Then cut slices of your acorn squash into rings, clean the middles and fill your centers with the quinoa mixture.

Maple Glaze

Maple Glaze

Mix together two tbs olive oil and dark maple syrup and brush the rings and pour excess over the centers.
Place on foil lined baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes at 345
Remove from oven, let cool and enjoy!
These were the perfect addition to our vegan thanksgiving and we will definitely be making these more often. They are also so versatile you can add whatever you like to the middles of the rings!

Shane loved everything I made for this dinner and I hope your family does too. The day of thanksgiving if nothing else is a day to get together and celebrate your family. The true history of thanksgiving isn’t a pleasant one and the modern day rituals of killing big beautiful birds aren’t going to be apart of our home anymore. However you celebrate, how ever you decide to feed your family, maybe choose one vegan substitution and don’t tell anyone and see how they react. You may be surprised at how yummy it is to be cruelty free!

All my recipes are vegan! Be kind, and enjoy!