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Chickpea Salad with Golden Beets and Mint

This recipe was a random test and it turned out delicious; I decided to cube the beets before roasting them and it gave a nice char and added flavor!

beet and chickpea salad

Ingredients:

Golden beets, 2

Chickpeas, 1 can

Mint

Curry Powder, 2 tsp

Pomegranate Vinegar or Lemon, 1 tsp

Olive Oil, 2 Tbsp (one for roasting, one for salad)

Salt and Pepper

1. Peel and cube beets. Add to a baking tray (one even layer) with olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast at 375 until cooked–about 15 minutes.

2. Rinse chickpeas, chop mint, and add to a bowl with the roasted beets.

3. Add curry powder, vinegar, olive oil then salt and pepper to taste.

4. Mix until well combined. Can be served immediately or good for several days in the fridge.

This is a great side salad for a meal, added to a grain: rice/quinoa etc, put atop a greens salad, or eaten as is.

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Coconut Vegetable Soup with Crispy Tofu Gremolata

It is too cold out! This soup definitely helps cope with this inconsiderate weather!

coconut soup

Ingredients:

Onion, 1

Garlic, 2 cloves

Ginger, 3 tsp grated

Jalapeno, 1/2 thinly sliced

Coconut Milk, 1 can

Carrots, julienne

Red Pepper

Mushrooms

Broccoli

Green Beans

Spinach

Sea Salt

Water

Tofu Crumble (Gremolata):

Tofu

Tamari

Olive Oil

Sesame Oil

Mint, fresh chopped

Cilantro, fresh chopped

1. Add a can of coconut milk to a soup pot with 3-4 cans of water and 2-3 tsp of sea salt.

2. Add sliced onion, diced garlic, sliced jalapeno, and grated ginger to the coconut milk broth and bring the broth to a low boil.

3. Slice all other vegetables, thinly. Then add in the carrots, then mushrooms. These are the heartier veggies and can cook longer. I HATE overcooked greens so the green vegetables are ALWAYS the last to go in! They only need MAX 2-4 minutes in the hot broth to cook.

5. In the meantime, cube the tofu and let it marinate with 1 TB of tamari. In a hot pan, add the tofu then sautee. I added some oil after the tofu cooked for about 5 minutes. Then sprinkled Japanese chilli flakes on it. Cook the tofu until it gets nice a crispy edges on it. Then add to a bowl with chopped mint and cilantro, and add on a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil.

6. Once the vegetables are cooked to your liking in the broth, it is time to eat! I put spinach in the bottom of the bowel. The hot soup will cook the spinach perfectly. Add the crispy tofu-herb gremolata (we’re fancy!) on top. I loved the texture that this added to the soup–rather than those bland soft tofu cubes that are usually in coconut soup—blehhh!

EAT IT ALREADY!

The best thing with this soup is it’s potential for versatility: All you really need is the coconut milk and whatever veggies you have on hand. The aromatics (onion, garlic, ginger, and jalapeno) are pretty important for developing flavor but use whatever combination works for you: got lemongrass? USE IT! got lime zest? USE IT!

The other best part? It takes NO TIME to make this! Cutting all of your veggies is the most time intensive part–so get on it! Make this!

Zucchini-Carrot Fritters

It is that time of year when zucchini is bountiful and one can have only so much zucchini bread! This recipe is simple and tasty and not heavy like most fried foods. Give it a try for your next cocktail party or just because you want it NOW! πŸ˜‰

Β Zucchini Carrot Fritter

Β The following recipe made about 20 fritters.

Ingredients:

1 Zucchini, large

1 Carrot

1 Red onion, small

2-3 cloves Garlic

1 Tb Ginger, grated

1/2 Jalapeno, grated

Mint, fresh, chopped

3 tsp Salt, to taste

3 tsp Curry Powder, to taste

1 Egg

1/2 cup Chickpea Flour

Coconut Oil, as needed to fry the batch

1. Grate zucchini, carrot, and onion using a box grater. Add some salt and allow the ingredients to sit for 5 minutes. You’ll see a lot of liquid released from the vegetables. Grab a handful of the grated vegetables are SQUEEZE the water out then put that handful into an empty bowl. Repeat until remaining vegetables are drained.

2. In a bowl with grated (and squeezed) vegetables, add grated ginger, garlic, and jalapeno, curry powder, mint, salt, and egg. Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Taste for seasoning: do you want it spicier? add more jalapeno or curry powder! does it need more salt? add some!

3. Add chickpea flour to mixture and mix until it is all absorbed into the vegetables. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes before starting to fry.

4. In a fry pan, add coconut oil and with a medium heat, add in drop of the batter. Cook about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

5. Remove from pan, allow to cool on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt.

6. Serve with a mint chutney or crema.

Herbed Crema:

Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt

Herbs, fresh (mint, parsley, cilantro, dill etc)

Lemon zest and juice

Pepper/jalapeno/crushed red pepper flakes

Oil

1. Blend herbs, lemon, and pepper with some oil until a pesto like consistency.

2. Mix herb blend with sour cream/yogurt. If you don’t prefer dairy, simply use the herb blend as-is to dress your fritters.

3. Done! Now EAT!!! πŸ˜‰

Lemon Cheesecake with Rhubarb Sauce

cheesecake
Look how creamy!!!!

lemon cheesecake

It is vegan. It is raw. It is oh so delicious!

I loved sharing this and seeing people really enjoy it and be surprised when I told them the ingredients.

Cashews and dates are magical.*.*.*.*

Ingredients:

Base:

1/2 cup:

Walnuts, raw

Pecans, raw

Almonds, raw

Dates

1/4 cup coconut oil

Himalayan Sea Salt, fine

Filling:

3 cups, Cashews, raw, soaked

1/2 cup agave/maple

1/2 cup hemp milk

4 Tb lemon juice

1 Tb lemon zest

Himalayan Sea Salt, fine

Rhubarb Sauce:

Rhubarb

Water

Sugar

Coconut Milk

Find recipe here!

1. Soak cashews.

2. Crust: In a food processor, combine nut and blend until ground, but not a flour (unless you want it that way). Add coconut oil and salt to mixture. Sprinkle coconut flakes on a springform pan then press the crust into it, then put in freezer while you prepare the batter.

3. Rinse soaked cashews and add to food processor. Add all ‘filling’ ingredients and blend for several minutes until a smooth, creamy consistency.

4. Remove crust from freezer and pour batter on top. Return to freezer.

5. Once the filling is firm, pour the rhubarb sauce on top and freeze some more.

6. When you’re ready to serve, remove cheesecake from freezer, separate from springform and let it defrost for 5-10 minutes before serving.

I recommend small slices as this cheesecake is RICH! Yes, it IS that easy and amazingly delicious, decadent, and perfectly satisfying.

*IF there are any leftovers, put in a freezer friendly container and refreeze.