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HEALTHY VEGAN

Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala

I had a group of friends over for dinner on Saturday night. One of the guests was vegan, which I actually love because it’s always a bit of a challenge.
As I was planning the menu, I knew right away I wanted to make my super delicious Easy Pumpkin Masala that wins rave reviews and sometimes even a standing ovation (seriously, I am not kidding!)
I also wanted to make some tikka masala. But I couldn’t make my award-winning chicken tikka masala. Because, you know, chicken and THEN the gravy (made with yogurt or cream) – so yeah, not vegan at all.
But then I thought that it’s such a shame that vegans miss out on something delicious like tikka masala.
So I got down to it and made this delicious and vegan Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala.
Chicken is replaced with chickpeas (the meatiest legume ever) and coconut milk is used instead of heavy cream.

Now I understand that chickpeas are NOT paleo-friendly; but I decided to cook this dish anyway because I wanted to serve some sort of heart-healthy protein to my guests.
Plus, I figured since hummus is not a paleo-diet killer (or is it?), the chickpeas themselves are okay for the occasional consumption of legumes. Not to mention that even the paleo Almighty Chris Kresser believes that “eating a few servings of legumes a week is fine as long you tolerate them well.”
Last — but definitely not least — not all of you guys follow the paleo diet. Actually, I think that just a fraction of my readers are cavemen.
So, why not chickpeas, for once…

Here’s the lowdown about this dish: rich, spicy, curry, delicious. That’s it. So good. You might even say that this Chicken Tikka Masala is fleek.
If you love my Chicken Tikka Masala, I’m sure you’ll love this one too.
The gravy is delicious and works perfectly with the chickpeas.
All of my guests forgot they were eating vegan as they polished this off. You might just do the same.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Garam Masala
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 (15 oz / 425 gr) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (14.5 oz / 410 gr) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (I used BPA-free Natural Value)
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh chopped cilantro

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, a pinch of salt, and sautè until translucent, about 6 minutes stirring every now and then. Add garlic and sautè for 1 more minute.
  2. Add ginger and spices and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add chickpeas and diced tomatoes, bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in coconut milk and simmer for 5 more minutes.

You can find complete recipes of this Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala in bloglovin.com

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HEALTHY

SPICY VEGAN BLACK BEAN SOUP

There’s nothing better than a warming bowl of your favorite soup on a cold, dreary night. Not the kind of soup from a can, but the easy homemade kind that’s comforting and good for the soul, with enough leftovers for days.

Hello, Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup. You have been a favorite of mine since um, forever?

The first bowl of Black Bean Soup I ever had was from Panera, way back in high school during my senior year. How I remember that? I’m not sure ha. I wasn’t vegan then but lightly dabbled with the vegetarian thing on and off and also the non-dairy thing here and there – even back when almond milk was unheard of and not as mainstream as it is now!

Back then (about 9 years ago… eek) Panera didn’t offer many meat-free or dairy-free options EXCEPT black bean soup and a couple salads, at least from what I remember. Now they have a handful of vegan-friendly options but I also remember choosing Black Bean Soup because it was low-fat and low-sodium but high in fiber. Guess I’ve always been into nutrition.

It’s taken me a while to share this recipe… mainly because, while Black Bean Soup is absolutely DELISH and comes with nutrition facts from the nutrition gods, it’s not as photogenic or colorful as my Cleansing Detox Soup, (a major hit here on the blog) or as vibrant as my recipes in general.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, right?!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup water (or 2 tablespoons olive oil; if not oil-free)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3-1/2 jalapeño, finely chopped, to taste (optional)
  • 2 medium-sized carrots, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped (or any color)
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)
  • 1 15 oz. can organic sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 3 15 oz. cans organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • sea salt & pepper, to taste
  • toppings: avocado, crushed tortilla chips, jalapeño, cilantro, dairy-free cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the water (or oil, if preferred) in a soup pot or large dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in the onions and garlic, with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent.
  2. Stir in the jalapeño, carrot, red bell pepper, cumin, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Cook until vegetable are soft, about 7-9 minutes.

You can find complete recipes of this SPICY VEGAN BLACK BEAN SOUP in theglowingfridge.com

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HEALTHY VEGAN

STICKY SESAME VEGAN CAULIFLOWER WINGS

These Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings are the best veggie wings I’ve ever had! Loaded with a maple sesame flavor and spice, they are the perfect game day snack for vegans!

Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings? YES please! Confession time: there would’ve been way more wings in the pictures, but I kind of devoured them seconds after they came out of the oven. Happily so, burning the roof of my mouth and smiling in deep satisfaction. You see, this isn’t the first time I’ve made vegan cauliflower wings, so I knew to expect delicious, flavourful bites of pure sticky goodness. I was SO right. Shall we?

With Super Bowl Sunday around the corner, no doubt you’re preparing snacks even if you’re not that into the actual game. Personally, I just go along with the team my husband chooses. It’s pretty ironic since I played basically every sport under the sun from karate to football (soccer) to my all time favourite synchronised swimming. I can watch and get ANY sport within 10 minutes, but for some reason when it comes to American Football I get so wrapped in all the delicious food that it’s been explain to me about four times but all I hear is “crunch crunch”. Oops.

I doubt this year will be any different, especially if I’m nibbling on these babies. Vegan cauliflower wings are what have been “missing” from the vegetarian world for years, but are definitely here to stay. They taste JUST like regular wings. Without sauce, they are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and with sauce they are EVEN better.
I decided to go with a sweet and spicy sesame sauce for these wings, and they are sticky, soft on the outside, and unbelievably divine. The spice has just the right amount of kick, and the sweet sesame flavour takes it completely over the top. They are great for a meal or as a snack, and the best part? You can show down basically a million of these without any guilt. It’s also completely gluten free, so you can serve these to all your guests despite their dietary specifications. PRETTY sure that qualifies as a touchdown!

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower

Cauliflower Wings

  • 1/2 cup AP gluten free flour*
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (½ if you want it very spicy)
  • 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs (seasoned with salt and pepper)

Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons liquid aminos
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • chopped scallions & sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone baking sheet or foil.
  3. Remove florets from the cauliflower (aka don’t use the stem).
  4. Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces to resemble the size of wings.

You can find complete recipes of this STICKY SESAME VEGAN CAULIFLOWER WINGS in jessicainthekitchen.com

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HEALTHY VEGAN

roasted veggie pitas with avocado dip

Top o’ the Roasted Veggie Pita with Avocado Dip Monday to ya!
Bleh. Do you just want to kick me sometimes?
There is only one reason that it is a Top O’ The Monday kind of morning, and it is not the fact that I’m battling a throat-attacking cold, or the fact that we are embarking on some travels in just a few days for which I still have no hotels reserved, or the fact that our second bedroom/office is currently door-less because of a home fix-up project gone bad. Anti-inspiring Monday Things, I hereby banish you to another day. Or another life. Be gonesies.
Today there’s a new kinda Monday in town today and it involves spicy roasted cauliflower, semi-crispy roasted chickpeas, and velvety-creamy avocado dip all wrapped up in a super soft whole wheat pita and dollop-ed with Greek yogurt like a champ.
Things are looking wayyyy up.In addition to the beauty of these Roasted Veggie Pitas with Avocado Dip on a Monday, we have some other happy news on the horizon: soon and very soon, we are going to be in Florida! I can’t even tell you how excited this makes me. The South. The warmth. The sun and palm trees and green life all around. But then I remember that it’s currently zero degrees in Florida. Like, what? HOW. WHY. This is such a crime of nature.
Packing for the trip, which is already a personal struggle of mine, just went from Regular Bad all the way to Red Alert Overboard Zone Bad. Sandals, shorts, tanks, plus all my thickest sweaters and scarves. Maybe a blanket? Plus sunglasses and sunscreen, but don’t forget mittens.
The good news is that one of my most favorite things to do on vacation is EAT. And you can do that in any temperature. And you can especially do that in Charleston, which, as you’ve told me time and again, is a Foodie Paradise. Yes, friends, we officially made the decision that for our Florida-conference-weekend-travel-extension, we’re going to drive north to spend a few days in Charleston. Ugh. This is all your fault. THANKS A LOT.
I’m not telling you because I’m expecting you to comment with your detailed restaurant recommendations so we can eat the best of the best of the best while in Charleston, buuuut if that happened, I wouldn’t be mad about it.

INGREDIENTS :
For the Avocado Dip

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (go for one clove or less if you’re sensitive to strong garlic tastes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water (more as needed)
  • a handful of cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • half of a Serrano pepper (more or less depending on how much heat you want)
  • juice of one lime

For the Roasted Veggies

  • 2 heads cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 14-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper if you want spicy
  • oil oil for drizzling
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 small whole wheat pitas
  • Greek yogurt for topping

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Veggies: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Pat the cauliflower and chickpeas dry with paper towels.
  2. Arrange in a single layer on one large baking sheet or two baking sheets.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with spices. Give the pan a gentle shake to sort of mix things around.
  4. Roast for 15-20 minutes, stir, and roast for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  5. The cauliflower and chickpeas should be golden brown and the chickpeas will be semi-crunchy.
  6. Avocado Dip: While the veggies are roasting, puree the avocado dip ingredients in a food processor. Set aside.
  7. Assembly: Spread each pita with a spoonful of avocado dip and top with roasted veggies.
  8. Sprinkle with extra salt, pepper, cilantro, and a dollop of Greek yogurt

You can find complete recipes of this roasted veggie pitas with avocado dip in pinchofyum.com

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HEALTHY VEGAN

SMOKY TEMPEH VEGETABLE AND RICE BOWL

Smoky tempeh with fresh vegetables and sprouts over rice and topped with an egg makes for a healthy, and delicious meal.
No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you: today’s recipe sounds like a healthy dish, looks like a healthy dish (and tastes fabulous), right smack in the middle of December, with Christmas hot on our heels.
I know you all are positively drooling over the all the Pinterest sweets in your feed (which stubbornly won’t show me soups and grains and salads, no matter how many times I clear my search or refresh the page or change preferences. I get it, Pinterest, the peeps want the sweets, so you’re giving everyone sweets.)
But I … and I guess this makes me a weirdo … I’m sweeted out. Thanksgiving is the focus of all of my winter carb and sugar cravings, and once that holiday is in the rear view mirror, I’m ready for greens and light soups and lots and lots of veggies (even though, technically — and a little depressingly — it’s not even calendar winter yet).
So, I’ll understand if you have to bookmark this recipe and come back to it in January. But maybe — just maybe — there are a few of you out there who are ready for desperately need some lighter fare leading up to next week’s celebrations. Come and sit next to me!
And that’s where this winter vegetable rice bowl with savory smoky tempeh comes in. In case you haven’t noticed, I love food in bowls. There’s just something so cozy and complete about a meal in a bowl. (In fact, I’m really excited to be teaching a cooking class next spring at a local culinary school with the theme, “Food in Bowls.”) Food in bowls are versatile.
They can be liquids or solids. Or both. Slung low with twirly pasta and marina sauce, or piled high with grains and vegetables. They can be neat … or messy. The photos here? Totally styled, so that you that you can see how pretty and vibrant winter vegetables are. The first time I made this = one big confetti mix of textures and colors.
And hey, let’s talk about those textures and colors for a sec.
First, we have the cooked rice, the cooked eggs (soft and yolky, yessirree), and pan-fried smoky tempeh. Then we have the raw: freshly grated carrots and beets — I love beets, raw, roasted, pickled, I don’t care — newly sprouted sprouts, green onions, and lots of chopped cilantro. And when you mix them all up and take a forkful, it’s an experience: crunchy, savory, chewy, yolky. And the colors. Folks complain about the dull, brown foods of winter, but I think the colors here are pretty fabulouso.
It’s vegetarian – leave off the eggs, it’s vegan. Also gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free. But completely delicious, healthy and energizing. And who couldn’t use a little extra energy going into the last crazy two weeks of the year?
If you’re just dying for cookies — and truthfully, while I’ll be doing just minimal cookie-making this year, I wouldn’t say no to a home baked morsel if offered one 🙂

INGREDIENTS :
for the tempeh marinade

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tamari, soy, or shoyu sauce
  • 1 or 2 drops liquid smoke (optional)
  • 8 ounce package tempeh, sliced

for the rice

  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 or 2 kaffir leaves (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves

assemble

  • 1 heaping cup sprouts
  • 1 heaping cup grated or julienne carrots
  • 1 heaping cup grated or julienne beets
  • 2 green onions, sliced diagonally
  • 2 soft cooked eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Additional tamari or hoisin sauce for dressing (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS :
marinate the tempeh overnight

  1. Whisk together the hoisin sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, tamari, and liquid smoke (if using) until smooth.
  2. Arrange the tempeh slices in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over the slices.
  3. Turn each slice to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for several hours, preferably overnight.

cook the rice

  1. Bring the broth or water to a boil in a medium sauce pot.
  2. Add the rice and kaffir leaves (if using), reduce heat to maintain an active simmer, and cover.
  3. Cook the rice for the time indicated on the package directions (I simmer the rice for 20 minutes,
  4. then turn off the heat and let the rice steam, untouched, on the burner for 20 to 25 minutes more).

cook the tempeh

  1. Heat a skillet over medium, and cook the tempeh slices in a single layer, turning once, until nice and brown on both sides.

assemble

  1. Divide the rice among two serving bowls, layering each with half of the tempeh, sprouts, carrots, and beets.

You can find complete recipes of this SMOKY TEMPEH VEGETABLE AND RICE BOWL in soupaddict.com

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HEALTHY VEGAN

CRISPY PEANUT TOFU & CAULIFLOWER RICE STIR FRY

One bite in and I knew I hit the jackpot with this one. If you’ve been in search of the perfect crispy, baked tofu recipe, this is the one for you! I’m so excited to share this with you guys I can hardly stand it. Let’s do this!
For starters, this dish is served over cauliflower “rice” instead of regular rice because 1) Cruciferous veg for the win, and 2) You can eat an ENTIRE head of cauliflower instead of 1/2 cup of rice and STILL only consume a fraction of the calories and carbohydrates, so why not?!
Cauliflower rice is SO simple and you absolutely must try it! It doesn’t pass completely as rice since the textures and flavors are slightly different. But it looks just like rice and in my opinion, tastes even better as it absorbs the sauce perfectly and takes WAY less time to cook.
You guys know the deal: My favorite way to crisp up tofu is pre-baking it before sauteing – a little trick I picked up at a vegetarian cafe in San Antonio (Yes, I hounded the waitress for the technique – you’re welcome). This gives it that crisp outer edge and perfectly tender center.
Once your tofu is baked, add it to your sauce, which acts as an all-in-one marinade and sauce for the cauliflower rice, veggies and for serving! It wears many hats and it’s oh-so delicious and Thai-inspired. Once your tofu is marinated, it’s ready for a quick stir fry to give it that perfectly golden brown, crisp, mega-flavorful coating. Then all that’s left to do is saute up your veggie of choice – baby bok choy for the win – and your cauliflower rice!
All in all this dish takes around 1 hour 30 minutes, which is a little longer than I prefer. But the pay off is so worth it! Plus, it only requires 9 ingredients – many of which you likely already have on hand. I made this dish and ate half, then reheated the leftovers the next day and I swear it got better! I love it when that happens. Hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS :
STIRFRY

  • 12 ounces (340 g) extra firm tofu, organic & non-GMO if possible*
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) Toasted sesame oil
  • 1 small head cauliflower (~ 580 g)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp or 6 g)

SAUCE

  • 1.5 Tbsp (15 ml) Toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) low sodium soy sauce (gluten free for GF eaters)
  • 1/4 cup (55 g) light brown sugar (or honey if not vegan)
  • 1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 2.5 Tbsp (40 g) peanut butter or almond butter (natural, salted)

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Veggies (baby bok choy, green onion, red pepper, broccoli)
  • Toppings: Fresh lime juice, cilantro, sriracha

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Begin by draining tofu 1.5 hours before you want your meal ready. If your block of tofu is larger than 12 ounces, trim it down. You don’t need a full pound for this recipe (see notes).
  2. Roll tofu in an absorbent towel several times and then place something heavy on top to press.
  3. I use a pot on top of a cutting board and sometimes add something to the pot to add more weight. Do this for 15 minutes.
  4. Near the end of draining, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and cube tofu.
  5. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and arrange in a single layer.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes to dry/firm the tofu. Once baked, remove from oven and let cool.
  7. Prepare sauce by whisking together ingredients until combined. Taste and adjust flavor as needed.
  8. I often add a little more sweetener and peanut butter.
  9. Add cooled tofu to the sauce and stir to coat.
  10. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes to saturate the tofu and infuse the flavor.
  11. In the meantime, shred your cauliflower into rice by using a large grater or food processor. You don’t want it too fine, just somewhat close to the texture of rice. Set aside.
  12. Mince garlic if you haven’t already done so, and prepare any veggies you want to add to the dish (optional).
  13. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat (6 out of 10), and if adding any veggies to your dish, cook them now in a bit of sesame oil and a dash of soy sauce. Remove from pan and set aside and cover to keep warm.
  14. Use a slotted spoon to spoon tofu into the preheated pan.
  15. Add a few spoonfuls of the sauce to coat. Cook, stirring frequently for a few minutes until browned.
  16. It will stick to the pan a bit, so don’t worry. Remove from pan and set aside and cover to keep warm.
  17. Rinse your pan under very hot water water and scrape away any residue. Place back on oven.
  18. Add a drizzle of sesame oil to the pan, then add garlic and cauliflower rice and stir.
  19. Put cover on to steam the “rice.” Cook for about 5-8 minutes until slightly browned and tender, stirring occasionally.
  20. Then add a few spoonfuls of sauce to season and stir.

You can find complete recipes of this CRISPY PEANUT TOFU & CAULIFLOWER RICE STIR FRY in minimalistbaker.com

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DESSERT

VEGAN RHUBARB CHEESECAKE

Rhubarb season is coming to an end but I think there’s juuust enough time to squeeze in one last recipe. This vegan rhubarb cheesecake looks beautiful, tastes delicious and is surprisingly simple to make with just a few ingredients.
Rhubarb isn’t an ingredient that we can easily get our hands on in Spain. On the rare occasion that I do manage to find it at an organic market, the price is exorbitant as it’s imported from Germany and usually well past its freshest.
We flipped out one day when I saw a rhubarb and strawberry tart on the menu at a local “gourmet” flexitarian restaurant but, alas, it was all wrong. They put waaaaay to much sugar in it and all the lovely sourness of the rhubarb was lost.
What’s the point of putting rhubarb in at all if you’re going to smother it in sugar? It’s all about the balance of sweet and sour.
So ever since I’ve been determined to give my Spanish husband a true rhubarb experience. We arrived in Canada just in the nick of time to pick up some healthy-looking, locally grown pink stalks from the market before they’re gone for the year.
I was somewhat surprised that he didn’t make a sour-puss face when taking his first bite from a fresh stalk without sugar, I certainly did. He seems to like it, which is a good thing because I love experimenting with ingredients that are not usually readily available to me. So this vegan rhubarb cheesecake recipe is my first creation.
This dessert is so simple: a basic cashew cheesecake on a date-graham base and strips of rhubarb first softened in sugar water and then latticed on top.

Ingredients:
For the base

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs or crushed digestive biscuits
  • 10 dates

For the filling

  • 1 3/4 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight or in hot water for a couple of hours
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • the juice of two lemons
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping

  • 5-6 rhubarb stalks
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions:

  1. Line the bottom of an 20 cm / 8 inch tart pan with a removable bottom or a springform pan with parchment paper. Grease the sides.
  2. If your dates are not very sticky, soak them in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. Place the dates and graham crumbs in a food processor and blitz until sticky. Press this mixture into the bottom of your pan.
  3. Place all the filling ingredients into a food processor or blender and process to a smooth cream, scraping down the sides as necessary. Pour into your pan, smooth the top and place in the freezer.

You can find complete recipes of this VEGAN RHUBARB CHEESECAKE in cilantroandcitronella.com

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DESSERT VEGAN

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT CRINKLE COOKIES

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies.
So when my mom, Eden, and I began our Christmas baking last weekend, I figured this was a good chance to snap some new pictures of probably the best cookie ever and give this old post a much-needed makeover.
This crinkle cookie recipe is inspired by a recipe I used at my last baking job – just veganized and with a seasonal twist. Using both peppermint extract and crushed candies, these cookies have an amazing peppermint-y flavor with a nice little crunch in between fudgy chocolate-y bites. Ever since creating this recipe a couple years ago, it’s become a Christmas cookie staple and one more reason that Christmas is quickly becoming my favorite time of year.
I also learned a great little trick, thanks to my mom and Cook’s Illustrated. By coating the cookie first in granulated sugar you allow the cookie surface to dry out quickly before the interior sets, creating more of those beautiful crinkly cracks.
The extra layer of sugar also prevents the powdered sugar from melting into the cookie for that stark white on black visual. You can read about the science behind all that here. It’s pretty cool stuff and I was thrilled to see the difference when testing it out.  Welcome in the season with a couple of these cookies, cup of cocoa, and a warm fire. You’ll be glad you did.

INGREDIENTS :
Crinkle Cookies

  • 1 cup dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon peppermint candies, crushed

Sugar Coating

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a small bowl combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl or stand up mixer stir together cocoa powder, sugar, applesauce, oil, and extracts until well blended. Fold in crushed peppermints.
  3. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 4 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Place the granulated and powdered sugars in two separate bowls.
  7. Remove chilled dough and roll into balls about one tablespoon each.
  8. Toss first in the granulated and then second in the powdered sugar, coating fully.
  9. Bake for 12-13 minutes (cookies should be slightly underbaked).
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely.

You can find complete recipes of this CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT CRINKLE COOKIES in mydarlingvegan.com

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GLUTEN FREE HEALTHY VEGAN

BAKED PARMESAN ZUCCHINI FRIES

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a tasty, healthier option for fries. And they’re made with less than five ingredients. Gluten Free & Vegetarian.
Hey Everyone! Hope your weekend and Holidays have gone well thus far. And you’ve had lots of quality time with the FAM. It’s been a busy weekend but has been nice being able to hang out with family and friends.. just kind of chilling and eating lots of good food.
As we are slowly approaching the New Year though I know a lot of people start thinking about trying to make healthier food choices. Hence I hope I’m able to help you some with this by sharing these Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries. Super easy to prepare and I promise taste AWEsome!! Anyway I know sometimes it can be hard… Especially this time of year. Since we are surrounded with all the tempting goodies.
Moderation, moderation and more moderation is really the key. Not that I have it all figured out but I can say I Enjoy of lot of my favorite foods just in smaller portions. And fries are really one of those things you can make Healthier and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS :

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • ¾ cup crushed gluten free crackers
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbps. fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees
  2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Rinse zucchini and trim both ends and cut zucchini into fry shape pieces and set in colander.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and set aside(this allows them to release liquid while you’re preparing coating)
  5. Meanwhile pulse crackers in food processor until they are fine and put in medium bowl.*
  6. Grate parmesan cheese with box grater using the finest grate and add to cracker crumbs.
  7. Finely chop parsley or could do it in food processor and add to cracker mix.
  8. Add salt & pepper, & dash of cayenne pepper and mix well.
  9. In separate bowl add 2 eggs and beat well.
  10. Rinse zucchini fries and pat dry.
  11. Then dip them in egg, then cracker mixture and place on baking sheet.
  12. Bake in preheated oven 15-20 minutes.
  13. Checking after 15 minutes and flipping them over.
  14. Remove from oven and can enjoy plain or with favorite dipping sauce.

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DESSERT VEGAN

Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip

These Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip from Favorite Family Recipes are a must make this fall! The apples slices get lightly battered, fried and sprinkled with your favorites — cinnamon and sugar! Then add in the creamy caramel infused dip and you have one heck of a sweet treat that your family is really going to LOVE!
These Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip are the perfect warm dessert for a crisp Autumn evening. It made our house smell like apple pie. My husband and I dreamed these up while driving home from a family hike and couldn’t wait to get home to try them out. We both love apples but have a weird allergy where we can’t eat them raw, it makes or throats itchy and tight I know, it’s super weird and started when we were living in California, we can’t figure it out.
As long as they are cooked, we are fine. But we have missed being able to eat raw apples dipped in caramel, so we came up with this delicious creation. The apples slices are lightly battered and fried in a shallow pan, then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. The caramel dip is creamy and caramel infused, and oh so yummy.

INGREDIENTS :
For the Apples:

  • 4 to 5 tart apples, we used Pink Ladies
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • wondra flour
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • cinnamon and sugar, to taste

For the Dip:

  • 1 (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 1 small container cool whip (or 1 cup whipping cream with 1/2 cup sugar- whipped until stiff)
  • 1 cup caramel sauce

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a fry pan, or deep fryer heat vegetable oil for frying.
  2. Mix together the buttermilk and sugar in a medium size bowl.
  3. Peel and slice apples and add them to the buttermilk mixture as you go to prevent browning.
  4. In a shallow dish, put a layer of wonder flour.
  5. Pull the apples out of the buttermilk mix, one at a time and lightly coat all sides in the flour.
  6. When oil is nice and hot, gently place coated apples into the oil so they are not touching, when the bottom side begins to turn golden, flip over and brown the second side.
  7. Quickly remove to a tray lined with paper towels to soak up excess grease and cool.
  8. Sprinkle immediately with cinnamon and sugar while they are hot.

For the dip:

  1. Mix together the the cream cheese and cool whip until completely blended then stir in the caramel sauce.
  2. Place into a bowl for dipping and drizzle a little extra caramel sauce over the top.

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