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Curried Chickpea and Carrot Salad + Choosing Raw Giveaway!

Gena Hamshaw's Choosing Raw

Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing Gena Hamshaw’s Choosing Raw a beautiful cookbook with photos from the talented Hannah Kaminsky. I remember when I started my blog, back when it was only on Tumblr, and I looked up to many awesome and successful vegan bloggers. One of the first people was Gena, and really, why wouldn’t she be? She has recipes that nourish your body but that aren’t intimidating and her narrative is supportive, informative and comforting. You will find all of her greatest attributes in this book!

One of the things that I love about the layout is that it’s broken down by ease of dishes and familiarity. This is great for the vegan-curious or new vegans out there that don’t really know where to start. There is a balanced mix of cooked vs. raw recipes, and plenty of ideas for snacks (I LOVE snacks!). Gena uses wholesome ingredients and has a variety of substitutions for you to use in dishes to make them healthier but not compromise on flavor.

I ended up making two recipes from her book, the Curried Chickpea & Carrot Salad and the Mango Chia Pudding. That may seem obvious seeing as how I love curry and have made many chia puddings for this blog! Both dishes were very good and came together in no time at all. I won’t even lie when I say that I was picking recipes based on what I had on-hand, further more, I had a hard time choosing because there were a lot that used everyday ingredients! I can’t wait to try more recipes from this book and share them with friends and family.

That Curried Chickpea & Carrot Salad really hit the spot, for me, so I’m sharing the recipe with you! Pro Tip: Make a wrap using the salad with spinach, green onion and sriracha; SO GOOD. Also, because Gena and her publisher are awesome, I’m giving a copy of Choosing Raw to one lucky winner! Just go to the Rafflecopter Widget at the end of the post to enter the giveaway.

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Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chia Parfait

Hey, everyone! I’m back from Miami (actually I’m in a plane so I am not home just yet), and I’ve been looking forward to sharing this post with you for weeks! You probably didn’t know this, but right before Expo West the dudes from The Vegan Zombie and I collaborated on a cooking video and it’s finally ready for you eyes.

When first speaking with Chris and John about what recipe to make, we talked about something that was easy to make, would keep you feeling full for a while and obviously it had to be way delicious. That’s when chia pudding came to mind, but with a fancy, parfait twist. Plus, you cannot go wrong with the combination of peanut butter, chocolate and banana!

Like the Zombie guys have Indy, the German Shepherd, I have my own zombie-fighting dog, Bandit. Look at him, just rearing to go! 😉 Okay, so maybe he just needs a nap to get ready for the apocalypse.

Make sure to watch the (hilarious) video for directions on how to make the parfait!

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Vanilla Latte Chia Parfait

Sometimes it’s just a latte type of morning. Hot, dark espresso mixed with frothy, slightly sweet (non-dairy) milk creates a combination that really gets my mind-set for the day. Luckily, I received an at-home espresso machine from the bearded one for Christmas a couple of years ago, so I’m able to obtain one without overpaying. I find the whole process of making one very methodical but at the same time, beautiful and therapeutic.

Because of that, I made a little instagram video of my making some for my friend and I yesterday morning. What’s exciting about that is that he’s working on my new logo and site! I can’t wait until we work out some kinks and finally get it live, which may happen within the next couple of months.

A sneak peek at some designs!

I’ve been really into breakfast foods lately, and it has been a long time since I’ve made and chia pudding, and an even longer time since I’ve combined my love of coffee and food into one. Now is the time! I’ve taken what really makes a latte special and added some nutritional value to it, and possibly made it prettier; although I’m a total sucker for latte art and I just can’t do it.

When Carie, one of my IG followers, suggested that I do a post on making lattes it really affirmed my want for this recipe. I guess you can thank her for this, then? 😉 As far as the espresso machine goes, I absolutely love it and have definitely gotten my money’s worth from it. That’s also after researching different ones for WEEKS. Phew.

Come alive with this caffeinated chia pudding! I imagine that it would be great for a Monday morning. :)

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Banana Cream Chia Pudding & A Tribute

Before I show you this amazing recipe, today, let me talk about last year for a moment. As I’m prepping myself to write this, is still feels like I have a pit in my stomach, but this will end in a positive light! Some of you may have read about my grandmother last year. I very briefly mentioned that she would be moving in with my family because she wasn’t doing well and had lung cancer. After that, I didn’t say anything else about her, and it wasn’t for no reason.

Soon after she moved in, she mentioned that she had felt bloated and never hungry, and really couldn’t eat much. I would give her a tiny smoothie and she would be full. I felt like I couldn’t help her nourish her body, so that she could heal, even just a little bit. But, two weeks or so after she came to California, we had to take her to the ER; turns out that she had a perforated ulcer (basically a hole in your stomach) and needed to be operated on. While doing tests on her, they found out that the cancer had already spread to her liver; which was, in a word, terrifying.

They decided to go through with the operation, and everything was going well for a couple of days. Then liquid started to build up in her lungs, they couldn’t stop it, then everything started falling apart. She ended up on life-support with failed kidneys and so many things wrong with her. And I’ll never forget the way she looked, and I would never wish that upon anyone. When it was clear that she would not be coming back from this, our family said our goodbyes and her soul left her body. It was a terrible day, less than a month before her 80th birthday. All of us were deeply affected by her passing, and as I type this, I am realizing that this still weighs very heavily on my heart.

My grandmother was a crafty woman, she’s the one that taught me how to crochet; but she was also an avid quilter. She had tons of quilting fabric, yards and yards of it in so many colors and patterns. Plus, some awesome kitchen ware, which her, my mom, and I share the same passion for. Support was something that my grandma often offered, with the turn of events in my life, which led me to where I am today (photography/blogging/etc.). She would tell me that I was capable and creative, which helped me immensely through some tough times. But, I don’t think she knew just how much she would help me.

Soon after we sorted through the fabrics, I got the photo gig with Happy Herbivore. Knowing that I would need to photograph 80 different recipes gave me a bit of anxiety. How would I make these shots so different? Then the light went on, Grandma’s fabrics! Without those, it would have been 80% harder for me to do what I did, and I just wish that I could thank her now. I’ve chosen this post to tell you all this, because three of the items in the photograph belonged to her. Two of the fabrics and this delightful dish, used for cooling food to be served. I’m so glad that I can have her continue to help me in my quest to become a better photographer, and I dedicate this post to her. <3

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