Avocado Benedict

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My boyfriend loves egg benedict so I decided to make him one, only I veganized it. He hates tofu (and I avoid soy) so I used a beautiful ripe avocado from the farmer’s market instead. The avocado egg is rich, creamy and it makes a perfect bite along with the english muffin, fresh tomatoes, garlic spinach & hollandaise sauce.

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Open-faced Tomato, Mozzarella & Habanero Pesto Sandwich

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I just made these sandwiches for me and my boyfriend and they were so good I thought I’d share. This one is more of an idea than a recipe- I bought all of the ingredients at the farmer’s market in Santa Monica (minus the vegan mozzarella) but you can buy these same ingredients are your local grocery store if you don’t have a farmer’s market nearby.

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Electrolyte Fruit Smoothie

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I have been feeling dehydrated lately, so on a break from work I stopped by home really quick and made this delicious fruit smoothie packed with electrolytes. All four ingredients in this smoothie contain potassium + the coconut water is filled with sodium, magnesium & phosphorus too.

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B.A.L.T Wrap & Spicy Yam Fries

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This was super yummy & only about $5 for the entire meal per person (at a restaurant you would pay double that). Plus the sweet potatoes, avocado & lettuce are all in season! Yum, yum, yum. I wanted to share this because it was so delicious and easy to make.

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Blood Orange + Cucumber + Ginger Juice

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Blood oranges & cucumbers are both in season and oh-so-delicious. The blood oranges can be a bit tart, so I added the cucumber to cut down on the tartness in the juice. I also added a little fresh ginger to give it an extra zing (plus ginger is a wonderful anti-inflammatory). All three ingredients are very cleansing for your body.

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Pistachio Sugar Cookie With A Chocolate Drizzle

I entered these cookies in a bake-off and unfortunately they did not win (darn) but every person that taste tested them when I created the recipe said they were (and I quote) the BEST cookies they’ve ever had.

I purchased the pistachio flour at my local farmer’s market in Los Angeles from the  Santa Barbara Pistachio Company (they sell at a few farmer’s markets in Southern California, here’s the full list and also at select Whole Foods) and I’m obsessed with their products. You can also look up recipes to make your own pistachio flour (all you need are pistachios! it’s pretty easy)

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Makes: Approximately 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups pistachio flour (For the pistachio flour,
  • 1.5 cups cane sugar
  • 1 cup earth balance buttery spread, melted
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks (dairy-free)
  • 1/4 cup rice milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar Green & red sprinkles
  • Red colored sanding sugar

To Make:

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all purpose flour, pistachio flour, cane sugar and baking soda and mix thoroughly. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine melted earth balance buttery spread, vanilla extract, 1/4 cup rice milk, corn starch and cream of tartar and whisk together until it’s a smooth, even consistency.

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Pour mixture intro the larger mixing bowl with dry ingredients and mix together. Make golf ball sized dough balls and place on nonstick cookie sheets. You want these to be the shapes of golf balls so when they bake down, they’re crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside (they’re delicious).

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Bake for 12 – 14 minutes (mine took 14 but check at 12 to avoid burning, ovens can vary). Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. While the cookies are cooling down, measure 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks and place in a small sauce pan. Heat for approximately 5 minutes over low/medium heat, consistently stirring to avoid burning until it turns into a nice melted chocolate sauce.

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Put your cookies on wax paper or plates. Drizzle chocolate sauce over cookies. Top with sprinkles and red sanding sugar. Serve with your favorite non-dairy milk. Happy Holidays 🙂

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Last weekend I experimented with cauliflower hot wings & a homemade ranch dressing. While my wings were good, they were definitely not blog-worthy but the homemade ranch dressing was REALLY good 🙂 This ranch dressing is super easy to make and is perfect for salads and a dip for chopped vegetables.

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Easy Mexican Tortilla Pizza

This is so easy to make and one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. The best part? You only need 5 ingredients to start and it costs TWO DOLLARS to make. Who says eating healthy & vegan is expensive?! I often eat this pizza on weeknights after a long day of work but I once made a whole batch of these, sliced em’ up and served them as snacks to friends during movie night (they didn’t know they were vegan bwah-haha).

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My 5 Favorite… Cookbooks!

I’m starting a new section on the blog called “My 5 Favorite…” where I can share some of my favorite things, from cook books, to kitchen tools, natural beauty products I’ve tested, restaurants, cities, recipes & more.

First up? Cookbooks!

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