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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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Slow Cooker Potato Curry Chili

It’s that time again, where about once a year I get a weird sinus infection that eliminates clear-headedness (ha!) and a good night’s sleep. I guess it’s a good thing that I promised you guys a soup recipe in my last post, right? ;) I’ve been tossing around this idea for a day or two, for the Curry Chili I mean, and I’m so glad that I decided to do it! Originally I just wanted to do something Curry-ish, then I found out that yesterday was National Chili Day and I couldn’t resist fusing them together.

The result is a savory, spicy, comforting slow cooker stew of sorts; with potatoes, different beans, lots of onion and some garlic (to battle the sickness), bold curry flavor combined with chili powder and some citrus to round it out. I actually read in Fine Cooking magazine that one of the key components to the perfect chili was making sure that you add an acidic note, in this case I used lime juice which went perfectly with the curry flavors!

With all of this water raining down from the sky, there’s nothing more that I want to do than curl up with a big bowl of this, some hot tea and a blanket.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the bowl that I used! So, this story is kind of random, but just follow me here. One of my mom’s quilting friend’s mother unfortunately passed away a few months ago and she had to go out to Palm Springs to clean out her house. She had no intention of keeping anything from there, so my mom asked her if she would bring some bowls back for me to maybe check out. Well, apparently the communication didn’t happen fast enough because her friend ending up tossing everything in a dumpster (WHAT?!), breaking a lot of dishes in the process.

Then, some man went through the dumpster and left some of the dishes out next to it that he didn’t want. So, my mom’s friend brought the remaining dishes back; a cup & saucer (pictured below) and three vintage Whole Wheat pattern pieces that I took a liking to. Basically, I’m really glad that I could give these few dishes a great home and I also wanted to say that if you are ever in her position DONATE that shizz! I am not trying to judge, but I couldn’t believe that she just tossed them out; so yes, definitely donate old belongings to thrift stores, etc.

Now, find a special bowl and fill it up with this delectable and easy Curry Chili! :)

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Raw Mango Banana Cakes

Apparently, I’m feeling pretty Spring-y over here! First, it was the Berry Pineapple Waffles, now these beautiful Mango Cakes? A girl can dream, right? Although I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t excited for the rain we’re supposed to get, this weekend. Drought-be-damned! Maybe I’ll put together a tasty, warming soup..

But, until then, check out these easy, healthy, sweet and supremely tasty raw cakes. Of course cake is a bit of a stretch, but it’s cake-shaped so just go with it. ;) This recipe gives you a chance to use up some of that great Winter citrus to add some sour to this sweet dessert. An added plus is that this isn’t a totally nut-based, raw dessert; I did put coconut it in for some creaminess and texture, but not enough to make it high-fat (in case you’re worried about that type of thing).

These mango cakes would be a great ending to a weekend brunch, and are terrific when paired with a mimosa. So, if you’re looking for a low-effort, delicious, naturally sweet dessert, make these Raw Banana Mango Cakes and let me know how it goes! :D

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Mushroom Lentil Spaghetti Squash Casserole

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!

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