Cacao Overnight Oats Recipe

Hello everyone,

I hope that you are having a great week!  It has been extremely hot in San Diego and I have been craving nothing but cold food.  This breakfast recipe helped brighten my summer mornings and is still doing the trick in October.  Whether it is hot or cold where you live, Cacao Overnight Oats are a perfectly, delicious way to start your day.

Here is a quick video demonstration on how to make this breakfast.  You absolutely do not have to be vegan to enjoy this one!

Enjoy the video and please tag me on social media if you recreate this simple dish!

 

Potato Nacho Cooking Demonstration

Hello everyone,

Happy Food Friday!!  If you are looking for a delicious dish to make this weekend, look no further.  This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, vegan and is comforting!

Please click on the video below for the full cooking demonstration on how to make potato nachos.

I hope that you enjoy and have a great weekend!

Easy to Make Breakfast (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Hello everyone,

The question that I get asked the most is, “What do you eat on a vegan and gluten free diet?”  In today’s video, I will show you just that.

I am starting a mini-series on easy to make breakfasts: food for real, busy people!  Today’s video is the first in this collection.

Please check it out when you have a chance….there may even be a small cameo from my dog 🙂

Have a great rest of your week and I will be back with even more food next week!

<3, April

The Easiest Vegan and Gluten Free Dessert Recipe

Hello everyone,

We are just days away from Thanksgiving and you may still be wondering what amazing, vegan dessert you can bring to your holiday meal.  Well, look no further!  This recipe is incredibly easy to make, involves no baking, and is gluten free.

*This recipe has been modified a bit.  The original is from Fresh Creations.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes (12 servings)

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups Raw Pecans
  • 1 cup Medjool Dates (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes)
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

 

  • 1 cup Cashews (soaked in hot water for 1 hour)
  • 1/2 cup Light Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Canned Pumpkin Puree (BPA free can preferred)
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice

Directions:

  1. Soak the cashews for one hour and soak the dates for 10 minutes.
  2. Line a muffin tin with plastic wrap or liners.
  3. Make the crust in a food processor: blend the pecans until ground, then add the soft dates (without the pits), and sea salt.  Pulse well until combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture into the muffin tin and press down until crust is formed.  The crust is really sticky and it helps if you use your fingers to press it down.
  5. Place tin in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, prepare the filling.  In a high speed blender, blend all of the ingredients for the filling until smooth and creamy.
  7. Remove tin from the freezer and pour the filling over the pecan crust.
  8. Freeze the cheesecakes for about 3-4 hours, or until firm.
  9. Let them thaw for a few minutes before eating.
  10. Enjoy!

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“Cheesy” Kale Casserole (Great for Thanksgiving!)

Hello all,

Yesterday we discussed why I think it is important to leave turkeys off of our tables (on Thanksgiving and always).  You may be wondering what to make for your holiday meal instead.

This was one of the many recipes that we made during our cooking class last week and it is incredibly delicious.  Plus, it is comforting, warm and perfect for this time of year with its’ main ingredient being pumpkin.

I hope that you will give it a try and let me know what you think.

*This recipe has been modified from Fresh Creations.  For more information, check out @freshcreationssd on Instagram.

“Cheesy” Kale Casserole

(4 servings)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 lbs Pureed Pumpkin (*we used organic, pureed pumpkin from cans instead of whole pumpkins. The directions below are for the canned option)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (small dice)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1 can Organic Coconut Milk (15 oz can)
  • 2 cups Kale Leaves (removed from stem and leaves cut thin)
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Sage (minced)
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/3 tbsp Bread Crumbs (*we used gluten free)
  • 1 Bag of Macaroni (*again we used gluten free)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In an extra large sauce pan or skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook onions for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add minced garlic and sage and continue cooking until onions are carmelized.
  2. While onions are carmelizing, cook pasta of choice using directions on package. Strain and set aside.
  3. Add pureed pumpkin, coconut milk and nutritional yeast to carmelized onion sage and garlic mixture. Stir/mix together. Cook 4 minutes.
  4. Add shredded kale leaves, stir everything together and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Combine pasta with pumpkin and kale mixture.
  6. Scoop into individual ramekins or a 9×9 baking dish. Top with bread crumbs of choice. Bake for 10 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown.
  7. Garnish with green onion or chili pepper flakes (you can also add some tempeh bacon).

 

I truly hope that you enjoy this recipe!  Please remember that it is absolutely possible to have an amazing, and satisfying, holiday meal without consuming animal products ❤

 

 

 

Quinoa Power Bowl with Tangy Lemon-Herb Dressing

Hello everyone,

A few months ago I took a wonderful class in San Diego with a business called Veg-Appeal.  It was incredibly informative and we ate ahhhh-mazing food!  This was one of my favorite recipes from Veg-Appeal and I wanted to share it with you (with their permission, of course!).  It may look like a lot of work, but it really isn’t, and it is SOOOO worth it!

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Quinoa Power Bowl with Tangy Lemon-Herb Dressing

(serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Mixed baby greens, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Red cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Cooked great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp Smoky Maple “Baco Bits” or your favorite nut or seeds, toasted or raw
  • 2 cups Anti-inflammatory Quinoa, cooled
  • 1/2 Avocado, cubed or sliced
  • 2 tbsp Pomegranate seeds (if in season) or chopped apple or soaked/drained dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Tangy Lemon-Herb Dressing (see below)

Smoky-Maple “Baco Bits”

  • 1 cup Raw Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or chopped nuts
  • 1/2 tbsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2 tbsp Tamari, Braggs Liquid Aminos, or soy sauce
  • 1-1-1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Anti-Inflammatory Quinoa

  • 1 cup Quinoa, rinsed, drained well
  • 2 cups Low-sodium vegetable broth, or water
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • Black pepper, to taste

Tangy Lemon -Herb Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Dates, pitted and soaked (about 3 large or 6 small)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 small Zucchini, chopped (this thickens and extends the dressing without adding additional fats and calories)
  • 2-4 medium cloves Garlic
  • 1/3 cup Lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Salt or 1 tbsp light miso
  • 1/4-1/2 cup loosely packed Fresh herb, or a mix of herbs (parsley, cilantro, basil, scallions, oregano, for example, going lighter on stronger flavors like oregano and basil)

 

Directions:

Prepare the Smoky-Maple “Baco Bits”

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add all of the ingredients in a small bowl.  Marinate the nuts/seeds for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Place them on a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.  Remove from oven, stir and place back in the oven to bake for 3 more minutes, or until getting a little browned and crispy-they will crisp up further as they cool.

Prepare the Anti-Inflammatory Quinoa

  1. Bring all of the ingredients to boil in a medium saucepan.  Stir well. Reduce the heat to a low-simmer. Cover and continue to cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, replace the cover and let cool.

Prepare the Tangy Lemon-Herb Dressing

  1. Soak the dates in the water for about 1/2 hour, using warm water if you are in a hurry.  Do not drain.
  2. Add the water and dates to a blender along the rest of the ingredients, and blend.
  3. Add more liquid (water or lemon juice) to achieve the desired consistency.

Serve, or refrigerate for up to one week, adding more lemon/water as it thickens over time.

Assemble the Power Bowl

  1. Toss the salad ingredients well in a large salad bowl.  Drizzle on the dressing and toss to mix.
  2. Divide into two large salad bowl.  Serve immediately, or chill for about an hour.
  3. Enjoy!!!!

 

Click here for more information on Veg-Appeal.