578 posts tagged food
Fig, Kale & Almond Smoothie
Good Morning! There is a brand new & beautiful smoothie recipe over at Vegenista’s Kitchen! am back to work this week, & with early mornings & a busy schedule, I need something quick, easy & nourishing that I can pour in a mason jar & drink on the go. My friend Shelly gave me some delicious figs from her tree & I decided to add them last minute to my favorite basic kale & almond smoothie. The result was rich, creamy deliciousness!
There are many ways to enjoy a fig beyond the iconic “Newton” cookie. Fresh summer figs make a beautiful accoutrement on a vegan cheese plate, are lovely tossed into a green salad, delicious sliced over a bowl of oatmeal, tasty atop flatbread with greens & vegan “goat” cheese, & perfectly wonderful on their own too. I’d never thought to add them to a green smoothie & so glad the mood finally struck me!
This smoothie is wonderfully luscious & delicious. The flavor is subtly sweet, which I prefer, but if you like added sweetness, a date would be perfect. The combination of homemade almond milk, figs & frozen banana makes the smoothie rich & thick ~ like a healthy milkshake! My new morning favorite.
Watermelon, Peach & Mango Panzanella Salad
There is a new recipe at Vegenista’s Kitchen! A unique spin on a popular bread salad is incredibly summery, delicious, cool & refreshing. This mouthwatering melange of watermelon, mango & peach is a definite winning combination. The kale gives it a bit of substance, the rosemary croutons & pecans add a nice bit of crunch, while vegan mozzarella adds a nice salty bite. The salad is tossed with a zesty lime & honey dressing which adds a lovely sweet & sour balance of flavor. Pure summer in a bowl! Yummy :)
Lemony Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
I made up this salad a few weeks ago when I was busy with my yoga teacher training weekends. It was the perfect protein packed lunch to get me through the long & rigorous days. It is an absolutely delightful combination of summer colors & flavors. This recipe features all of the usual suspects one might find in a Mediterranean inspired dish ~ cucumber, pepper, tomato, olives, basil, fresh lemon juice. I added chickpeas for extra protein, & a handful of chopped spinach for some extra greenery. It’s a super light, refreshing, flavorful summer salad that kept me (& a few yogi friends who had a nibble) going strong all weekend long.
Vegan Chocolate Giveaway!
Hey y’all! Who wants a chance to win a copy of the Fran Costigan’s "Vegan Chocolate ~ Unapologetically Luscious & Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts"???
This amazing book, by the acclaimed “Queen of Vegan Desserts,” offers recipes for an abundance of chocolate delights ~ cakes, brownies, truffles, puddings, ice creams, & more! It’s no question that these recipes will appeal to every chocoholic – vegan or otherwise! Dedicated vegans will likely agree that it can be challenging to find truly indulgent desserts that accommodate their cruelty-free diets, but this breakthrough book will delight them & unite everyone who truly, madly, deeply loves CHOCOLATE. Raise your hand if you love chocolate! You, & you, & you, & you….oh, who am I kidding, do I really need to ask?
In Vegan Chocolate, you will find better-for-you interpretations of 120 classic beloved chocolate desserts: chocolate truffles, Brooklyn Blackout Layer Cake, Eclairs, White & Dark Chocolate Cheesecake (oh, yeah!), Black-Bottom Cupcakes, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Mocha Creme Brulee, Brownie Crumble Ice Cream, & even Moon Pies made with homemade vegan grahams. There is even an entire chapter dedicated to Chocolate Beverages (adult-friendly included!). All of the recipes are plant based, some are gluten-free & some are raw, but every single one is absolutely chocolate & made with quality, easily sourced ingredients, sans dairy, eggs & refined white sugar.
This book is a chocolate lovers dream. From set up & cooking to storing & keeping, Queen Fran’s fool-proof recipes & detailed instructions make for perfect results everytime. With full color mouthwatering photographs by the talented Kate Lewis throughout, Vegan Chocolate is a beautiful must have for any cookbook collection, & will fill your recipe repertoire with pure chocolate love. What’s that you say? Oh you haven’t yet added it to your cookbook-shelf? Well, fret not dear ones, I am giving one away to one lucky reader (open to US residents only, sorry my lovelies).
Just visit click on this link to head on over to the giveaway at Vegenista’s Kitchen. And while you’re there you can get your hands on the recipe for "Very Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies." They’re to die for!!!
Cooling Summer Quinoa Kitchari
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!
Starting the day off well with a nourishing bowl of “Raw Bircher Muesli,” another gem from the Choosing Raw Cookbook! I added fresh figs from my friend’s garden, making this an extra special treat! (at vegenista’s kitchen )
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!
There’s a new post over at Vegenista’s Kitchen,but I’ll be kind & share the recipe here too!
"Gingerberry Smoothie"Serves 1INGREDIENTS:
- 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 desiredINSTRUCTIONS:
- Put all ingredients into a high speed blender & blend until smooth.
Sunday Pop-up Vegan Brunch with Katie’s Healing Kitchen!
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:
- Morning Jolt | Fair Trade Coffee / Coconut Cream
- Superfood Green Tea | Goji Berry / Pomegranate
- Citrus Mimosa | Champagne / Orange
- 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!
Beet & Carrot Noodles with Lemon Tahini Sauce
Think zucchini is the only veggie suited for spiraling? Think again. Beets work too! Get the recipe here!