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Acai Berry Smoothie

Acai is a healthy long reddish-purple fruit that has antioxidants, fiber, monounsaturated fats, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin A, and anthocyanins. You can read about anthocyanins here. Honestly, if it weren’t for the health benefits of acai and the fact that I bought a bag of packets from Trader Joe’s, I probably would have given up. That would have been a shame because today I succeeded in creating a great flavor! Sometimes it takes me awhile to get a recipe just right.

Acai Berry Smoothie

  • Servings: 11 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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This easy acai berry smoothie is loaded with antioxidants, is dairy-free, has ingredients from Trader Joe's, and a hint of cinnamon.


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Tips: (1) The Trader Joe’s frozen Organic Berry Blend has strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Feel free to find a similar berry blend if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you. (2) Using Young Living Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil brings a warm flavor to this smoothie that goes well with the almond butter. Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil as a dietary supplement can support healthy digestion and help maintain a healthy immune system. If you don’t have this oil, you can buy it here. Or, you can substitute 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon instead (taste to preference).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3.52 oz of acai ( I used 1 packet from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 cup Organic Berry Blend from Trader Joe’s
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 drop Young Living Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil (see tips for alternatives)


Directions

  1. Run the acai packet under warm water to dethaw.
  2. Put all the ingredients in the Vitamix, purée and serve.

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Mayan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

I had never made Chia Pudding. So when I was considering the flavor that I wanted to make – I had a flashback to one of the best coffees that I have ever had at Coffee & Art in San Diego; it was called a Mayan Mocha. This special coffee inspired this dish, and I wish that this chia seed pudding could bring the beach and perfect weather with it. Anyway, you will savor the flavors of cacao, agave, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut cream in this pudding – it’s just a special combination.Chia Seed Pudding

  • Servings: 3
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This Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is a healthy, easy, delicious, gluten-free, and vegan dessert or breakfast.


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Ingredients

  • 1 can or 2 cups of full fat coconut milk (I used Thai Kitchen)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Blue Agave Syrup 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder


Directions

  1. Put all ingredients into your Vitamix or blender in order to make it smooth.
  2. Stir in your chia seeds.
  3. Put in a container and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  4. Optional: top with a coconut whipped topping (you can find my recipe here) and drizzle with the Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce.
  5. Makes a great breakfast or dessert.


Creamy Curried Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

Potlucks. They are a nightmare for people with food allergies or dietary restrictions. For two years, I didn’t eat at our World Language Department potlucks – I was the party pooper that brought her own meal. One Spanish teacher always used to bring a broccoli cheddar soup made from a mix; however, I can’t eat that obviously because I don’t eat wheat, dairy or eggs. I decided that the broccoli cheddar soup tradition needed a healthy refresh since another colleague would get migraines from the MSG in the soup mix and couldn’t eat it either.

Something that I have missed since changing my diet is a creamy broccoli cheddar soup. I realized that I used to go to Panera Bread A LOT when my 3 year-old suddenly blurted out my phone number at the drive-through window for their rewards program!!! So I decided to make a gluten-free vegan plant-based creamy broccoli soup in a slow cooker not only to keep our potluck tradition, but also to satisfy my cravings! Somehow my vision changed into a Creamy Curried Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup!

Creamy CauCreamy Cauliflower & Broccoli Curried Soupliflower & Broccoli Curried Soup

  • Servings: 15
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This Creamy Curried Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup is spicy, vegan, and gluten-free with flavors of lime and ginger; adjust the cayenne spice to meet your preferences.



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Ingredients

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 cups baby potatoes (I used red and yukon from the Dynamic Duo Little Potato Company)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons garlic or 3 large cloves
  • 1 can coconut cream or full fat coconut milk (I used Thai Kitchen)
  • 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 7 oz soft tofu
  • 1 leak
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (or less for less spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2  teaspoon yellow curry
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 lime (juice of 1 lime)
  • 8 oz cauliflower – use this recipe to bake your own baked cauliflower or use frozen grilled or roasted cauliflower; I’ve used 1/2 of this bag from Trader Joe’s:IMG_1544
  • 8 oz of frozen broccoli
  • 4 drops Young Living Ginger Vitality Essential Oil (you can also use 2 tablespoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Redmond Real Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper (and extra salt and pepper to taste)
  • 16 ounces gluten-free veggie stock  (I use Kitchen Basics because it’s the only brand here in the US that is both gluten and MSG free).IMG_1555

Directions

  1. If you are going to bake the cauliflower and not use frozen, heat your oven and start preparing it first. Follow the recipe here.
  2. Chop carrots, red pepper, leaks (minus the stalks, just the white bulbs), celery, onion, garlic, and potatoes.
  3. Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan & sauté vegetables with ¼ teaspoon Redmond Real Salt and ¼ teaspoon ground pepper. Sauté for 5 – 7 minutes until veggies are tender.
  4. Move vegetable mixture to the crock pot. Add the nutritional yeast, turmeric, curry, dried parsley, juice of 1 lime, 1/2 teaspoon Redmond Real Salt, and 4 drops Young Living Ginger Vitality Essential Oil.IMG_1540 updated
  5. Pour in the vegetable stock.IMG_1548
  6. Purée tofu and coconut cream in the Vitamix or blender until smooth.
  7. Pour tofu cream mixture into the crock pot and combine the cauliflower and broccoli.IMG_1551
  8. Cook in the slower cooker on low for 6 hours.
  9. After it is done, scoop portions into the Vitamix or blender. You will have to purée it in sections and transfer it to a big serving bowl.
  10. Salt & Pepper to taste.
  11. Serve and Enjoy!


Tipes for this recipe:

  1. You can read about my dish on cooking with essential oils here, and can purchase them here. Let me teach you how to use them in many ways, both in and out of the kitchen!
  2. Curry – if you are using yellow curry and it’s not coming out the way you like it – an easy fix is with ginger, coconut cream, or lime! These ingredients will help your curry taste just right! So if it’s not the flavor you want in your soup, play around with a little more with those three ingredients to get your dish just how you like it!

Side-note to my vegan followers:

Advice! So I have now been stopped eating meat. I slowly started to decrease my consumption over time. But I was really pushed by friends and some other bloggers to go 100% meat free – I’ve enjoyed reading your posts Violet, Powdered By Mangos, and the Veggie Expat! You’ve inspired me! What are your favorite gluten-free vegan recipes, bloggers to follow, tips or groups to join? Thanks in advance!

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Xylitol Powdered Sugar

Although I’ve substituted cane sugar out of my diet as much as possible in my baking, I still have been using traditional powdered sugar (until today). I love coconut cream whipped with powdered sugar. I’ve given up dairy, but I won’t give up whipped cream!

I used my Vitamix to make xyilitol Powdered Sugar, and it worked! I’m going to use it to make Chocolate Wafer Cookies & Ice Box Cake and Banana Chocolate Boston Cream Cake (Vegan and Gluten Free) too.

What is xylitol? It’s sugar derived from a birch tree. I’ve talked about its benefits in this post about Vegan Broccoli Carrot Slaw With Cranberry Dressing. It’s ideal for low carb & sugar controlled diets. I bought the XyloBurst Brand at swansonvitamins.com.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups xylitol (you can also use coconut sugar too!)
  • 1 Tbsp Arrowroot (to make it more like processed cane sugar).

FYI – Xylitol is very sweet, you don’t have to use as much as regular powdered sugar to get the sweetness you desire; you will need to play around with it while baking.

Directions:

  • Put the xylitol and arrowroot in the Vitamix, and blend for 30 seconds, until it’s blended to an even consistency.
  • Store in a plastic bag or glass container.new xylitol cover.jpgIMG_1455.JPG

 

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Source: Google is a powerful thing – I followed this recipe from the Whole New Mom, and didn’t re-invent the wheel.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse (Vegan, Gluten-free, & Paleo option)

Chocolate Avocado Mousse (Vegan, Gluten-free, & Paleo option)

It is difficult to make a vegan pudding that doesn’t taste weird. After an unfortunate incident with a Hershey’s pudding mix, it is not gluten-free – look out for a label that says modified food starch, I went to the Enjoy Life website in order to find an allergy friendly recipe to make. They have awesome recipes! I made it my own, by changing it slightly. This is my go-to recipe when I want a pudding or mousse, or use my Easy Chocolate Crumb Crust recipe to make a chocolate pie or even a chocolate lasagna.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Foods Mini Chips for vegan or  Lily’s Baking Chips to make them Paleo) 
  • 4 very ripe large (8 ounce) avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 3/4 cup agave
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or non-dairy milk)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Redmond Real Salt

Directions:

  1. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until melted. You can also put the bowl over a pan of boiling water and stir to melt or use a double boiler.
  2. Peel and pit your avocados, and place them in your Vitamix or food processor.IMG_1258.jpg
  3. Add the melted chips, avocados, agave, cacao powder, non-dairy milk, vanilla, and salt.
  4. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.IMG_1259.JPG
  5. Spoon into container and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (it can be prepared a day in advance).
  6. Garnish with fresh raspberries or strawberries and serve, use the perfect chocolate pie crust and make a chocolate mousse pie with the chocolate crumb crust, or save for to make the Chocolate Lasagna!
  7. I served it in small rice bowls that I got from Pier One Imports. chocolate mousse cover.jpg

 

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Mashed Garlic Roasted Cauliflower (Vegan & Paleo)

I’m on a cauliflower kick. Last night, I made Baked Cauliflower and Cauliflower Pizza. Well, I had this idea for a cabbage dish tonight, but my husband picked up an extra cauliflower instead of cabbage at the store; I had to change my plans. I wanted to  make a Shepard’s pie, but I only had three potatoes. I did have cauliflower. Here’s how creations are born – lack of ingredients!

I’ve never tried mashed cauliflower before, but I hear everyone talking about it. The simple baked cauliflower is so delicious, so I figured that it would be as equally delicious mashed. And, I was right. It does have a hummus-ish taste. I’m obsessed! Now, whether or not it’s good on my Shepard’s Pie is another question. I shall report back.

Ingredients

  • Baked Cauliflower 
  • 1 cup vegetable stock (I used Culinary Treasures Organic Vegetable Broth from Costco. It has awesome flavor!)

Directions:

  • Follow directions for the Baked Cauliflower img_8984
  • Once completed, put baked cauliflower in the Vitamix or high-powered blender along with the remaining olive oil, garlic, and onion / shallots from the cookie sheet. IMG_1083 updated.jpg
  • Add 1 cup vegetable stock.IMG_1081.JPG
  • If cooking in the Vitamix, set on high power. Start on low speed and turn up to high.
  • Once blended, pour in a bowl and devour! Or, be like me and attempt a Shepard’s Pie!IMG_1084 mashed caulilfower.jpg

 

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Broccoli Carrot Slaw With Cranberry Dressing (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Ever wonder what to do with the extra cranberries in your fridge from Thanksgiving? Here’s your answer! I’m a Trader Joe’s fan, because I feel like they make it easy for me to throw together something that is quick and healthy to eat. I was inspired by the recipe on the back of the bag, but I modified it to make it my own and tried to use some of the fresh cranberries from my fridge! I’m always searching for ways that I can veggies a full meal. This slaw is so filling that I can eat it a huge bowl of it for lunch, and it’s healthy and delicious. Plus, it’s a hit with my daughter that loves the color pink, and it adds a nice punch of color to the table.

Vegan Broccoli Carrot Slaw

  • 1 bag Organic Broccoli Slaw from Trader Joe’s
  • 2 small apples
  • ½ cup nuts optional – (I did Candied Walnuts from Trader Joe’s)

Cranberry Dressing

  • ¾ cup vegan mayo (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar (I used Bragg Organic)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Xylitol (I use the XyloBurst brand. You can sweeten to your preference with the sweetener of your choice. Stevia is another good option, or just regular sugar works.)
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Let’s talk about Xylitol. I try to avoid sugar when I can. Although, sometimes I make a quick gluten free box cake, brownies, or cookies when I’m stressed for time. However, when I cook from scratch, I skip the sugar if possible. Why did I use Xylitol?

  1. It is a natural sweetener derived from the birch trees (check the label to make sure that it’s not from corn).
  2. It has 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbs than sugar
  3. It is just as sweet as sugar
  4. It’s what they put in natural chewing gum, because it can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth and it prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth.
  5. It’s better for your teeth and health, and tastes great!

Directions

  1. Prepare your vegan cranberry dressing. Put cranberries, vegan mayo, apple cider vinegar and xylitol in your Vitamix or blender / food processor.
  2. Puree until blended and smooth. If you do not have fresh cranberries, don’t worry, just skip them and include ½ cup dried cranberries in with your slaw. Pour ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Cut your apples into small chunks
  4. Combine broccoli slaw and cranberry dressing and combine until evenly distributed.
  5. Mix in apples and nuts (if desired). If you are using dried cranberries, mix them in now. Stir until evenly coated in dressing.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. Serve and eat!

What do you like to do with your thanksgiving leftovers?

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