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Cooling Summer Quinoa Kitchari

There’s a new recipe at Vegenista’s Kitchen!

Oh, kitchari, a.k.a. “Comfort in a Bowl,” has become a staple in my diet, as evidenced by the many different variations I’ve shared over the months. Why do I love it so much? Well, it is one of the primary healing foods in Ayurveda. Easily digestible, packed with protein, fiber, & balancing spices, kitchari is the preferred food when one is not feeling their best, out of balance, or recovering from illness. Kitchari can be adapted to the seasons, situations, or personal imbalances by using a variety of different oils, spices, & accoutrements. Endless variations are possible, but traditional kitcharis begin with split mung dal & basmati rice.

This recipe uses quinoa instead of the usual basmati rice, giving the meal a lighter texture & additional boost of protein. I added detoxifying lacinato kale & cooling zucchini, both from my CSA, & flavored with a cooling summer spice blend. This delicious & light version of my favorite comfort food has become a summer staple!

Get the recipe here: http://vegenistaskitchen.com/summer-quinoa-kitchari/

Massaged Kale Salad

There is a new post at Vegenista’s Kitchen! A light & summery kale salad with the most delicious, yet simple garlic-tahini-lemon dressing. When the weather heats up & the body starts to feel a bit sluggish & lethargic, nothing tonifies & detoxifies quite like a kale salad! This one is packed full of summer veggies straight from the local farms, massaged with a flavorful mix of roasted garlic olive oil, tahini, lemon juice & sea salt. Perfect for summer, summer, summertime…(best summer song ever!)

Get the recipe here!

Gingerberry Smoothie
There’s a new post over at Vegenista’s Kitchen,but I’ll be kind & share the recipe here too! 


"Gingerberry Smoothie" 
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS: 
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
¼ cup plain coconut yogurt
1 cup mixed summer berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries)
1 large handful of chopped kale
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
A few sprigs of mint
A drizzle of raw honey (or agave) for sweetness, if desired
INSTRUCTIONS:
Put all ingredients into a high speed blender & blend until smooth.



Enjoy!

Gingerberry Smoothie

There’s a new post over at Vegenista’s Kitchen,but I’ll be kind & share the recipe here too! 

"Gingerberry Smoothie" 
Serves 1
INGREDIENTS: 
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ¼ cup plain coconut yogurt
  • 1 cup mixed summer berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries)
  • 1 large handful of chopped kale
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • A few sprigs of mint
  • A drizzle of raw honey (or agave) for sweetness, if desired
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Put all ingredients into a high speed blender & blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

Health Nut Muffin | Lemon / Chia / Strawberry Jam Grammy’s Birchermuseli | Coconut Yogurt / Local berries / Oats Breakfast Panini | Gluten-Free Sourdough / Tempeh Bacon / Avocado / Basil Aioli / Roasted Bell Peppers / Savory Potato Hash / Wilted Greens Minty Sundae | Quinoa Brownies / Mint Chip Ice Cream / Raw Chocolate Sauce

Sunday Pop-up Vegan Brunch with Katie’s Healing Kitchen!

Holy Yum!!!! What a way to spend a Sunday ~ with good friends & delicious food at the Wine Vault & Bistro for Katie’s Healing Kitchen’s"Vegan Pop-up Brunch." 

Today, Katie took over this typically omnivorous restaurant & prepared an all out awesome vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, & refined sugar-free brunch! She delighted us with 4 courses of amazing eats, mimosas, fair trade coffee & more. Check out this menu: 

Sip ~

  • Morning Jolt | Fair Trade Coffee / Coconut Cream 
  • Superfood Green Tea | Goji Berry / Pomegranate
  • Citrus Mimosa | Champagne / Orange 

Eat ~

  • Health Nut Muffin | Lemon / Chia / Strawberry Jam 
  • Grammy’s Birchermuseli | Coconut Yogurt / Local berries / Oats
  • Breakfast Panini | Gluten-Free Sourdough / Tempeh Bacon / Avocado / Basil Aioli / Roasted Bell Peppers / Savory Potato Hash / Wilted Greens 
  • Minty Sundae | Quinoa Brownies / Mint Chip Ice Cream / Raw Chocolate Sauce

Yum! Right? The proof is in the pictures! And all of this deliciousness for only $30!

My favorite dish of the day? Hmmmm, it’s a tough call, but if I had to choose…I really loved the "Breakfast Panini" ~ some of my favorite things wrapped up in a sandwich! Contrary to popular belief, when grilled or toasted, gluten-free bread is not bad at all! Of course not all are created equal, so I asked Katie which brand she prefers. She uses Cook’s GF Sourdough Bread which you can find at the co-op if you’re local. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the "Minty Sundae" knocked my socks off, come on! Ice Cream for brunch? Don’t have to twist my arm. But honestly, in true Katie fashion, everything was fantastic!

So, if you are in San Diego & you have not been to a pop-up or cooking class with Katie you are missing out! Katie has an upcoming dinner pop-up on July 22nd that you do not want to miss. The theme "LONGEVITY." Who wants a bit more of that? I know I do!! Check out Katie’s lovely website for more information & to RSVP. And to learn more about Katie, be sure to read my extensive review of her Thanksgiving Cooking Class & her Superfood Breakfast Guest Post

Be sure to sign up for her mailing list & newsletter. Hope to see you at a future event!

Miyoko to Launch Vegan Cheese Company!
Did you guys hear this miraculous news?? Miyoko Schinner, queen of the vegan cheese & author of "Artisan Vegan Cheese" is launching a cheese company, & eventually opening a vegan cheese shop. Whoop! Whoop!
I’ve got the book, but let’s face it…I don’t wanna spend all that time trying make it, I just want it to magically appear so I can eat it! Soon it will be possible! Eeeeeeeeee!
vegansaurus:

MOTHEREFFING HIGH ALERT, Y’ALL:
MIYOKO SCHINNER IS STARTING A VEGAN CHEESE COMPANY. This is huge news because her vegan cheese is litereally the best vegan cheese in all the land. THE. GD. BEST. 
From her Facebook page:

Vegan cheese! I’ve kept it fairly quiet about my cheese company, & I’m not quite ready to blast all the details to the world, but here’s the initial scoop: Construction is well under way at our facility in Fairfax, California, & the package design is just about to start! I can’t announce yet what the brand name will be, but will do so soon enough. We will have a range of 5 to 10 cheeses available both online & in stores, & will eventually have our own retail store. For more news or to get updates, sign up at http://miyokoskitchen.com/wordpress2/

YES!!!!! I repeat: YES!!!! True story: I went to a holiday party that she catered & ate an entire brie wheel. And half of another entire brie wheel. Then I drank a carafe of fondue & fell asleep on a chunk of cheddar. It was digusting/the best night of my life. 
SO EXCITED.

Miyoko to Launch Vegan Cheese Company!

Did you guys hear this miraculous news?? Miyoko Schinner, queen of the vegan cheese & author of "Artisan Vegan Cheese" is launching a cheese company, & eventually opening a vegan cheese shop. Whoop! Whoop!

I’ve got the book, but let’s face it…I don’t wanna spend all that time trying make it, I just want it to magically appear so I can eat it! Soon it will be possible! Eeeeeeeeee!

vegansaurus:

MOTHEREFFING HIGH ALERT, Y’ALL:

MIYOKO SCHINNER IS STARTING A VEGAN CHEESE COMPANY. This is huge news because her vegan cheese is litereally the best vegan cheese in all the land. THE. GD. BEST. 

From her Facebook page:

Vegan cheese! I’ve kept it fairly quiet about my cheese company, & I’m not quite ready to blast all the details to the world, but here’s the initial scoop: Construction is well under way at our facility in Fairfax, California, & the package design is just about to start! I can’t announce yet what the brand name will be, but will do so soon enough. We will have a range of 5 to 10 cheeses available both online & in stores, & will eventually have our own retail store. For more news or to get updates, sign up at http://miyokoskitchen.com/wordpress2/

YES!!!!! I repeat: YES!!!! True story: I went to a holiday party that she catered & ate an entire brie wheel. And half of another entire brie wheel. Then I drank a carafe of fondue & fell asleep on a chunk of cheddar. It was digusting/the best night of my life. 

SO EXCITED.