No Bake Brownies

No Bake Brownies

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup almonds (blended)

2 tablespoons almonds (slices)

1 cup dates

1/4th cup shredded coconut

3 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoon maple syrup

1/4th teaspoon vanilla

1/4th cup cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. Blend almonds in a Vitamix or food processor.
  2. Blend in dates, coconut, coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup, and cocoa powder.
  3. Mold mixture into baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle coconut shreds and almond shreds on top.
  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours then cut into squares and serve.

Cauliflower Corn Chowder

Cauliflower Corn Chowder 

My mom found this recipe in Follow Your Heart’s Vegetarian Soup Cookbook. Throughout the years we changed and substituted different ingredients. This is my dairy-free adaptation of the soup.

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Ingredients:

5 c. water

2 potatoes (diced)

1 large onion (diced)

2 c corn (fresh, frozen, or canned – I’ve used all three)

2-3 stalks celery

1/4 head cabbage (thinly sliced, I used purple cabbage but any kind is fine)

1 large head cauliflower (dice the core, reserve the florets)

4 Tbs butter

2 tsp basil

1/4 c. minced fresh parsley (I often omit this)

2 Tbs Spike

2 tsp. granulated garlic

1 tsp dill weed

1 c coconut cream from can

1/2 c soy milk or milk

1 Tbs nutritional yeast flakes

2 Tbs. dried chives

sea salt or more Spike, to taste

To make the traditional dairy version use sour cream instead of coconut cream and add ½ block of cream cheese. Blend together sour cream, cream cheese, and milk. Mix into the soup.

Directions:

1. In your largest soup pot bring to a boil: water, the diced potatoes, onion, 1 cup corn, celery, cabbage, the cauliflower core, butter, and basil. Cook for 1/2 hour or until potatoes begin to dissolve.

2. Add remaining corn, potatoes, parsley, Spike, garlic, and dill weed. Simmer about ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add reserved cauliflower florets and cook another ten minutes, until they are tender but chewy (almost like clams).

4. Add coconut cream and soymilk. Add the nutritional yeast and chives. Heat gently without boiling.

Zesty Coconut Slaw

Zesty Coconut Slaw + Lime Coconut Dressing 

Make it for a party appetizer and eat the leftovers the next day. The slaw will last in the fridge for 2-3 days.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head purple cabbage
  • 1/2 head regular cabbage
  • 4 green onions
  • 1/4th cup cilantro (plus more for garnishing)
  • 1/2 cup coconut shreds
  • 1/2 cup almond sheds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • Juice of 1 lime

Directions:

  1. Toast almonds and coconut shreds on the stove for a few minutes.
  2. Cut the cabbage into thin slices.
  3. Combine all the ingredients and toss with the dressing.

Dressing:

  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1/4th cup coconut cream (from a can)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of chili flakes
  • Cilantro

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers 

I served these burgers on a whole wheat bun with Trader Joe’s Sweet Indian Relish and caramelized onions. Sharp cheddar also goes well with this burger. If you do not like a lot of seasoning I would leave out the curry powder and paprika.

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1 cup cooked quinoa

15 oz can (almost 2 cups) black beans

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1/3rd cup almond meal

½ of an onion (minced)

½ teaspoon garlic (finely chopped)

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4th teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon curry powder

1/4th teaspoon ginger

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Boil the quinoa with two cups water. Reduce to simmer and cook until all the water is absorbed.
  2. Mix the quinoa and black beans together. Mash.
  3. Stir in the yeast, almond meal, onion, garlic, and the spices.
  4. Mold the mixture into 4 patties.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and fry.

Sweet & Sour Rice Noodles with Collard Greens

Sweet & Sour Rice Noodles with Collard Greens

This is an extremely easy recipe to throw together. Rice noodles cook in 1-2 minutes and are healthier than regular whole-grain pasta. The sweet and sour sauce masks the flavor of the greens so even my little brother (who’s 7) enjoyed these noodles.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of rice noodles (I used Trader Joe’s Fresh Rice Noodles)
  • 1 bunch of collard greens
  • olive oil

Boil water and cook noodles for 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook, otherwise the noodles will get mushy and stick together. Sauté the greens until wilted. Combine the greens with the noodles.

Sweet & Sour Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon tamari sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ginger (fresh or powder)
  • Chili flakes (optional)

Combine ingredients and pour over the noodles. Sprinkle chili flakes on top.

Chocolate Almond Date Truffles

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S/o to my little brother for being my hand model!

1 c old fashioned oats

1/2 c dates

3/4 c dates (chopped)

1/3 c flaxseed

2/3 c shredded coconut

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 c agave or honey

1/4 c coconut oil

Preferred Toppings (Pictured: matcha, black sesame seeds, cocoa powder, coconut shreds, flaxseed)

  1. Mix the dry ingredients (oats, cashews, flaxseed, coconut, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg) together in a food processor or Vitamix.
  2. Once the dry ingredients have reached a flour consistency, add the wet ingredients (chopped dates, vanilla, honey, and coconut oil). Blend together. The mixture should resemble cookie dough. If the mixture is too dry, add a splash of soy or almond milk.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

Chocolate No-Bake Macaroons

Chocolate No-Bake Macaroons (makes 12 cookies)

1 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¾ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)

¼ cup cocao powder

¼ cup honey or agave

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup coconut oil (melted)

  1. In one bowl combine the oats, cinnamon, and coconut, and cocoa powder. In another bowl combine the honey/agave, vanilla, and melted coconut oil.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Roll into balls and freeze for at least 2 hours. I rolled the dough into balls and wrapped the cookies in aluminum but you can also freeze the cookies on a baking sheet.