Phew! It seems as though I’m done with the photography for the latest Happy Herbivore book, and now I’m just waiting on the shot list for the next book that I’ll be working on! Exciting stuff, and in the meantime I’m happy to get a blog post in. Since I haven’t done a ton of my own recipes in the last month or so, it’s almost feeling a little foreign. Almost.
I was glad to be in the kitchen, playing around with a waffle recipe from my past (AKA last year), and wanted to simplify it and change the flavors around. As much as I love making a production of breakfast dishes, occasionally, I tried to make this a quick waffle recipe that is a crowd pleaser. Whenever I want to make sure the general public would like something, I feed it to my S.O., mostly because he’s not vegan and has no filter when it comes to his opinion.
The end result was delicious! Corey ended up having 3 waffles for the first test-batch and he really liked them. The pineapple flavor is really subtle and the cool, fresh berries pair wonderfully with the warm, crunchy waffles. Top it off with a small drizzle of maple syrup or agave nectar and you have a winning breakfast.
Of course, you can add some pineapple chunks to the berries on top, to really pump up the tropical flavor of these, I just didn’t have any on hand. Feeling fancy? Add some orange or lemon zest to the waffle batter!
Kristy from Keepin’ it Kind is an amazing blogger with heartfelt writings to pair with her delicious dishes and her husband’s gorgeous photography. So, of course I had to have her be a part of my healthy guest-blogging series! Don’t these parfaits look incredible?! (Yes, is the obvious answer) Without further ado, one of my favorite vegan power-couples!
Happy Monday Vegan Yack Attackers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I am pretty thrilled to be here today because Jackie is just one of my absolute most favorite bloggers. Period. Jackie was kind enough to participate in my Vegan Cookie Swap Party last year and she brought the most beautiful cookies! I had to repay the favor with something almost as pretty.
I used to make granola all the time. Like, every week. A big bowl of granola and almond milk is one of my husband’s favorite breakfasts and since granola is so expensive, I would make our own. Plus, it’s a super easy and somewhat relaxing task that makes your house smell like heaven.
Why did I stop, you ask? Well, life. You know. It just happens and the little things you enjoy doing kind of get pushed to the wayside. You stop doing things like folding laundry, looking at cute animal videos on YouTube, and making your house smell lovely with homemade granola in order to make time for things like recipe testing, writing grocery lists, and a little more exercise (to balance out all of the recipe-testing).
When my husband recently asked if I could pick up some granola at the store (rather than the shredded wheat he’s been so keen on lately), I realized I needed to get some priorities in place. Rather than buying him a bag of granola, I got working and came up with this very vanilla-y granola studded with sliced almonds and chunks of dried figs. I did not mess around in the vanilla department, either. One whole tablespoon of vanilla extract and the seeds from 2 vanilla beans give this a powerful vanilla flavor while the tiny bit of almond butter with the agave syrup help create those lovely little clusters we all love. And then there’s the figs…
While it was in the oven, making my house smell like a vanilla-scented wonderland, I treated myself to some cute animal video time. I suggest you do the same. Once the granola was out of the oven and cooling on the counter, I had the impulse to treat myself to something else I hadn’t had in ages: Granola Parfaits. Some plain coconut milk yogurt and some blood oranges I had on the counter did the trick.
I know you’re all expecting me to tell you how delicious this parfait was and I wish I could do something different to surprise you but I can’t. This parfait was one of the best little afternoon snacks I’ve had in a long time. It was so light and refreshing, yet bursting with flavor. Figs and blood oranges were born to be eaten together. In order to keep these parfaits in my life, I have a new motivation to bring back the weekly granola-making.
Another week, another stellar guest blogger, and today I’m thrilled to have Nicole from A Dash of Compassion share a recipe with all of us! She takes beautiful pictures, plus has some mind-blowing recipes on her blog. Not to mention, Lisa Pitman and her have put together some great eBooks, like Edible Gifts (all vegan)! So, without further ado, here is her tantalizing recipe for Cauliflower Fried Rice.
Ah, January, the first month of the year is already drawing to a close. As completely amazing as 2013 was, I have big plans and long lists to accomplish for this year. It’s a fresh new start and I’m excited about what’s to come.
With so much going on, I’m embracing 2014 with simplicity on the food front. I adore one-pot meals that are delicious yet realistic and achievable with busy schedules. Brown rice with colourful stir-fried veggies is a staple in my house, but I’ve recently discovered grated cauliflower to replace rice for a more nutritious and vegetable-packed meal. Have you tried it yet? I have to say, it is incredible and super simple.
If you own a food processor, this is the time to use it. Simply pulse the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces and then throw it into a pot with other stir-fried veggies and you’re good to go! This particular “fried rice” recipe also makes use of smoked tofu, shiitake mushrooms, edamame and kale, along with the fresh flavours of ginger, tamari and sesame oil to round out the dish. To cut down on the oil for frying the vegetables, I prefer using veggie broth to add more flavour.
Thank you to the wonderful and talented Jackie for allowing me to share this recipe with you today!
Remember last week, when I said that I’d give you a delicious, healthy recipe? I’m sure you’re looking at the title and photos and thinking, “Creamy Mushroom Casserole? Healthy? Seriously, lady?” My answer to those is, “Yes, Yes and most definitely.”
This recipe brings the comfort of homemade casseroles to the table, while being filled with protein, fiber and little-to-no fat! I love using spaghetti squash in place of pasta, because it’s low-calorie, very filling, has potassium and all of the other nutritional benefits of winter squashes. Soft tofu takes the place of heavy cream to keep the protein count up in a semi-sneaky way. Mushrooms, lentils and kale are simple ingredients that give the dish excellent flavor!
Basically, it’s too cold for most of the country to be eating cold things (or wanting to at least), but you still want to spring back from the decadent meals of the holidays. That’s what makes the casserole perfect for this time of year!
Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that I’m going to have some FABULOUS bloggers guest posting on Vegan Yack Attack this month! These people are all amazing and I truly can’t wait to show you what recipes they have to offer. No to mention, the recipes will all be healthy to help us start the new year off right!
This is a vegan food blog, run by Jackie Sobon, that covers everything from indulgent desserts, to healthy dinners, and even raw recipes! I also write up restaurant reviews and am sort of a beer snob. You'll find that there is something for everyone, here!
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