I’m going to be straight up with you. Thanksgiving is notorious for being a brown food holiday. And, as much as I love food that is in that color family, sometimes you have to bring in a gorgeous dish to brighten up that plate! Ya know, for social media. 😉 Because veggies, when cooked, can be pretty blah-looking, even if they are tasty. So, I thought that making this Brussels Sprout Butternut Squash Salad would be great for some vibrancy!
Cooking with color can be fun and delicious, plus you’re going to get a wider variety of nutrients from your ingredients. Between the base of fresh spinach and peppery arugula, topped with roasted brussels and butternut squash, lightly sugared cranberries, and roasted pistachios, you’ve got a bounty of vitamins and minerals! The contrasting colors and textures also make this a stand-out dish.
Now, top it all off with an insanely creamy, oil-free dressing made with Silk’s Unsweetened Almond Milk, and you have yourself a winner! Raw cashews thicken the dressing, while the nutritional yeast, dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar give it a savory tang. I added a little agave for subtle sweetness and turmeric for color.
I’m pretty in love with this dressing, especially because it’s not like much that I’m used to. I doubled the recipe so that it would be a little easier to blend, and so that I could have extra to put on all of the things. 😀 Using unsweetened almond milk gives you more flexibility in seasoning it to your liking, which is why it’s pretty much all I use. To find products nearest to you, use this locator, and sign up to this newsletter for recipes and discounts!
What a week it has been, eh? After processing it all, I decided that it was time to get back in the kitchen and bake some delicious treats. I super-love when persimmons are back in season, and I haven’t made a recipe with them in a long time. Enter these delectable Mini Persimmon Coffee Cakes! And, because they’re mini, they’re perfect for sharing, and cheering up others, at the same time.
This recipe is based on coffee cakes that I’ve made in the past. Basically, I like making them for every season: Mixed Berry, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberries and Cream, and now this Persimmon version! In this recipe, I cut out some ingredients, lessened the amount of sugar, and switched from vegan butter to coconut oil, to simplify things. What’s awesome is that these cuties turned out great! I think I’ll try a gluten-free one in the future to see how it holds up.
I feel like I made these to retaliate against the warm weather I just left in Miami, only to get back to California and have it be in the 90s. Craziness! This hot weather is no good for baking, but at least you all can enjoy your oven pleasantly warming up your home. 😉
As for an update on the cookbook tour, I have two events coming up next week! I will be working with Harvest Hands in Dallas, TX. on a menu tasting, with local vegan vendors, for which you can buy tickets ahead of time. The second event is with The Vegan Nom in Austin, TX. where we will be hanging out, eating Vegan Fish Taco Bowls, signing books and eating ice cream from Sweet Ritual. RSVP on Facebook!
I’d also like to congratulate Erin H., who won the giveaway for Homestyle Vegan by Fettle Vegan, featured last week. If you missed that holiday nog recipe, make sure to check it out! Now, finally, let’s get to that recipe for Mini Persimmon Coffee Cakes.
I’m so excited about today’s blog post! I’ve known Amber St. Peter from Fettle Vegan for a couple of years now, and am elated that her cookbook, Homestyle Vegan, is out as of November 1st! Because she is amazing, she is letting me share this delicious recipe for Holiday Nog with you. Not only that, I’m also giving away one copy of the cookbook to a lucky reader!
Upon my first look through Homestyle Vegan, it became very clear to me that the title was dead-on. Page after page is filled with glorious, comforting recipes and with so many photos throughout! Amber has included chapters like “Meals that will stick to your ribs”, “Crowd-pleasers”, “Bake-sale worthy baked goods” (my personal favorite), and “Stock your pantry”.
And, if you’re not into tofu or faux meats, she has prominently displayed on the cover that you will find none of that in this book! Not to mention, many recipes include soy-free and gluten-free options.
While I picked the Holiday Nog because it’s seriously easy-to-make, and perfect for this time of year, I had my eye on some other recipes as well. How good does a Lobster Mushroom Bisque sound? Or Biscuits with Mushroom Gravy? Unnfffff. Maybe the next recipe I make will be the Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, for Thanksgiving? There are tons of great recipes to choose from in here!
Now, before you drool all over your keyboard, let’s get you that Holiday Nog recipe! Under the recipe, you will find how to enter the giveaway to win a copy of Homestyle Vegan. <3
What a whirlwind few days it has been since my last post! But, I’ll get into that after I tell you a little bit about these Pecan Pumpkin Pastries with Maple Glaze. I made this recipe while staying with that same, very generous, cousin that I mentioned before. Nothing in the pantry = being resourceful without buying too many new items to fill the cabinets. More importantly, having it still be very delicious.
So, I relied on ol’ faithful: frozen puff pastry! (Vegan of course, there are a couple of brands but Pepperidge farm is easiest to find) And after I saw some beautiful squash, I knew it was time for me to finally make a pumpkin recipe, for this fall season. Of course, I cheated and bought pumpkin puree; but like I said, I’m trying to make this easy!
All you have to do for this dessert is cut pastry, stir up a simple pumpkin filling made with Silk Organic Soy milk, bake, and make a maple drizzle! Overall, after you thaw the puff pastry (which you can do in the fridge over night), it takes about 30 minutes to whip these up. So, when you’re worried about making a dessert for the holidays that people will enjoy, check these Pecan Pumpkin Pastries out!
Now, to summarize this past weekend, SO MUCH DRIVING. My cousin and I drove from Detroit to Boston, so that I could do cooking demos at Northeastern University’s Xhibition Kitchen, and Boston Vegfest. I had a good time doing them, and feel a little less nervous being in front of crowds, considering they were my first live demos! Then we drove back to Detroit, stopping in Syracuse to hang with the guys from the Vegan Zombie, as well as Niagara Falls (which was BEAUTIFUL).
‘Twas a jam-packed weekend, and now I’m in a plane flying home, eager to sleep in my own bed, tonight. Time to work and get a little rest before getting back to the book stuff. If you’re in Orange County this weekend, come by the So Cal Vegfest to see myself and many awesome people do cooking demos, and sign some books!
When in doubt, bowl it out! At least, that’s what happened while I’ve been staying with my gracious cousin in Michigan for the start of my book tour. She has just moved into a new home and lacks literally anything kitchen or food-related. So, as a housewarming gift I got her a few necessities, but still needed to blog a recipe or two. Enter this filling, Fall Farro Protein Bowl.
I have to say, the contrast between my possibly overfilled kitchen and my cousin’s empty one is stark. It’s like a whole new world to me! That being said, I had to think quite differently about what I was going to put together. Simple ingredients, different textures, but with limited ingredients and limited ways to prepare them. To give you an idea of what I was working with, I had to run out to the store to buy a can opener in the middle of making this recipe (which is no easy feat when you’re carless).
So, this has been pretty enlightening and a little fun for my brain. Yes, I took a couple of shortcuts that I might not usually take for the blog, but still kept it accessible and delicious. The plant-based protein combo of black pepper chickpeas, smoky tempeh, and roasted almonds is filling and nutritious. If you can’t find smoky tempeh is a store near you, use this recipe. Farro adds a chewy texture, nutty flavor, fiber and even more protein! I feel like it’s one of my favorite grains to cook with in the cooler months.
Plus, everything is better with roasted veggies, am I right? Roasted sweet potatoes and carrots add some sweetness, while fresh mixed greens lighten this Fall Farro Protein Bowl up a bit. I used store-bought avocado hummus for flavor, but you could mix it with lemon juice and water for more of a sauce. Equally as tasty!
Lastly, enjoy this recipe as two big bowls, or four small ones, if you’re looking for a snack or light lunch!