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Cardamom Crème Brûlée with Candied Blood Oranges

Cardamom Creme Brûlée with Candied Blood Oranges

I think 2 years is long enough to wait for another iteration of my awesome vegan Vanilla Crème Brûlée, don’t you? If you haven’t seen that post or read the story behind the recipe, I highly recommend it. It’s filled with stress, tight deadlines, high expectations and success! This was mostly due to my friend, Chef Olivia Hernandez, who at the time was the head chef at El Cid in Silverlake, CA.

Making Creme Brûlée

Now, I’ve finally made a different flavor of this tasty dessert, and yet again it’s Olivia’s fault. We had been talking about this recipe a couple of weeks ago and she had been raving about it to some vegan friends of hers in Austin, TX. (where she’s located now). Then she challenged me to do a cardamom-flavored vegan Crème Brûlée, and of course I said, Yes!

Making vegan creme brûlée

But, I couldn’t just add some cardamom and call it a day; that wouldn’t be right. I changed up the ingredients a bit, tested out a new starch, added some other flavors and decided a complimentary garnish was in order. It’s citrus season, and coming up on Valentine’s Day, so blood oranges seemed like the perfect companion to this dessert. Not only did I candy them, turning them into sticky, delectable, orange gummies; I also used their zest in the Crème for a subtle citrus undertone.

How to make Candied Blood Oranges

So, you have a couple of textures within this treat: smooth and thick custard-y Crème, the quintessential crunchy sugar brûlée, and the soft but chewy candied blood orange slice. If that doesn’t get you drooling, you may need to get your pulse checked, or go look at some chocolate desserts.

You’re probably thinking, “I don’t have the time to put in the effort for this dessert”. You couldn’t be more wrong. Aside from the setting time, you spend 5 minutes prepping and 25 minutes cooking, most of that being pretty idle. Many people have had success with the first recipe that I created, and this one is just as easy.

Brûlée-ing the creme

One thing that I really tried to showcase with the step-by-step photos that tripped a couple of people up last time, was how thick you need the crème to be when it is heated in the pan. You want it to be gravy-like, but very smooth; dip a spoon into it and it should coat it with a thick layer then slowly drip off. Hopefully that helps!

Vegan Cardamom Crème Brûlée with Candied Blood Oranges

This dessert is great for Valentine’s day, because you can make it the night before and have it in the refrigerator overnight, then take the Crème Brûlées out when you’re ready to serve them. Sprinkle fine sugar over the top and get to torchin’ with your loved one, friend or yo’ fine self.

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Healthy Recipes for the New Year!

Healthy Vegan Recipes

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that y’all are doing okay now that the holidays are over and most people are returning to work and school. After all of that blogging/giveaway mayhem, I had to take a break and I’m so glad that I did. The holidays were crazy! Working at Whole Foods during the holidays is a special type of hell, so balancing that with visiting friends and family was a bit tiring. I guess when I say break, it was really just from blogging and nothing else. Ha!

Here are some of my highlights from the past couple of weeks:

  1.  #TristanLAfoodtour: Where one of my best friends, Tristan, came home from the Army for a bit and we ate many awesome vegan things in LA. Plus, went to the Griffith Observatory and MooShoes!
  2. Cooking Christmas dinner for my family and friends.
  3. Biscuits and gravy New Year’s Day.
  4. Many naps.

Super exciting, right? ha ha

Anyhow, it’s a little too late for a round-up of 2014’s most popular recipes, so I’ve decided to show everyone some awesome, healthy recipes to start off the year. Here are some of my favorites, including some from awesome guest bloggers! Check them out and be amazed at all of the deliciousness. <3 (Click on the picture to go to the recipe!)

Quinoa Cauliflower Bowl with Almond Sriracha Sauce by Vegan Richa

Banana Cacao Recovery Smoothie

Southwestern Kale Salad

Cream of Asparagus Soup – Keepin’ It Kind

Deconstructed Falafel Bowl – The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado

 

Veggie Frittata Bites

Fruity Roasted Fennel Salad

Vanilla Latte Chia Parfait

Grilled Eggplant Spring Rolls

Slow Cooker Potato Curry Chili

Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas – Pickles & Honey

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Warm Smoky Tempeh Salad

Vanilla Fig Cake

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Veggie Frittata Bites and a Giveaway!

Boo-yah! Can you believe all of the blogging that’s been going on around here this month? I barely can, especially with the holidays going on; but I’m stoked to host the third, but not last, giveaway on the blog for the month. This time I’m giving you the chance to when an assortment of vegan/gluten-free Massel Bouillon products! Yes, the ones that I’ve used for vegan beefy tacos, skewers and butternut garlic bisque. Plus, I even have another recipe to show you what you can do with them.

I’ve played around with frittatas before, but I’m SUPER happy with how these adorable frittata bites turned out! Plus, they are low in oil, gluten-free, soy-free and obviously, vegan. I guess the fact that they are full of tasty veggies is a selling point, as well. These mini-frittatas are great for serving at potluck brunches, and are kid-friendly!

I used chickpea/garbanzo bean flour as the base for this recipe, along with some cornstarch to thicken a little more, Massel’s salt-reduced vegetable bouillon granules (my favorite!), Black Indian Salt (Kala Namak) for eggy flavor and nutritional yeast. You could add a little ground turmeric for a more yellow color, but it is not necessary.

As far as the veggie stir-ins go, the possibilities are endless! To be honest, I went with what was in my fridge that I knew would go well together, but you can use your favorite diced veggies however you’d like to combine them. Keep the measurements the same and you’re good to go. Easy recipe, easy execution, easily found ingredients and easily eaten. Eating them is obviously the best part. ;)

Before I get to the fantastic recipe, I’d just like to mention that I can’t believe that there is still another giveaway (THIS WEEK, EVEN)! You guys are damn lucky, if I do say so myself. I don’t know how January is going to fare compared to all of the fun happening on the blog this month.

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YumUniverse Giveaway and Super-Veggie Pot Pies!

I’ll get right to the point: today and for the following week, you’ll have a chance to win your own copy of YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle by Heather Crosby, of YumUniverse! Exciting, right? The answer you’re looking for is, “Hell yeah!”

This book is more than a colorful and eye-catching cookbook, it is a thorough guide to gluten-free, plant-based eating. Heather starts out with explaining WHY you should try out a plant-based diet, listing off the benefits (there are many!) then spends a while teaching you HOW to achieve it talking about pantry staples, prep, appliances and social situations. 

After all of that comes the stuff that I’m into, beautiful breakfasts (banana pancakes!), baked goods, toppings/sauces/spreads, entrees (fig & caramelized onion tart!), desserts (Mexican unfried ice cream!), and more. You may want to grab a napkin or bib before looking through this book, because I’m pretty sure that you’re going to drool on it.

I do have to point out that there are a few recipes where she uses honey, and I’m sure that’s why they call this book “plant-based” instead of “vegan”, just make sure to use agave nectar or maple syrup instead!

Now, you lucky readers get to see one of the tasty recipes that I made from the book, the Super-Veggie Pot Pies! I made these into larger containers than listed in the recipe and they came out to a perfect 4, filling, servings. Making gluten-free crust was fun and I’ll definitely have to try it out again. After the recipe, you’ll find where to enter the giveaway for a copy of YumUniverse! (US residents only, sorry!)

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