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:
#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!
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
Straight up, Richa from Vegan Richa is one of my favorite vegan bloggers. She is insanely talented as you can see by her beautiful photos and her creative recipes, and I’m pretty sure that she enjoys spicy food as much as I do (Hello Sriracha!). In short, I am super thankful for her being able to guest blog for you all to see; and if you don’t go over to her site you are seriously missing out!
Thank you for having me over for the guest post today, Jackie!
Ok, so its January. and everyone seems to be talking about cleanses, eating healthy and what not. And I am like, let me just stop some of that sugar craving that I picked up over the holidays and I am good to go. I think it is a bit easier for me and most Indians in general because we are more addicted to salt and spice! Savory food hell yes.
Any which way, I digress. When people ask me or hubbs about what we eat, most times they auto-complete the answer to Salads. This is quite odd, because I eat hearty salad meals probably less than once in a month and hubbs probably once a week at work. That is quite infrequent, no? Raw leafy greens is something I rarely enjoy in huge quantities. They just do not agree with my tummy. So this is what I do with them and the way I love them. This delicious bowl of roasted cauliflower (croutons!), grains or lentils(protein!) and lightly cooked greens is my idea of a salad.:) Oh yes, did I forget to mention Sriracha almond coconut sauce (Spice!).
I only have a few more guest bloggers left to feature, but I’ve definitely been excited to share this one with you. Cadry of Cadry’s Kitchen is an easy-going, fun, creative, and honorable blogger. I was very pleased to meet her in person at VVC last year, and like she says below, we hung out for dinner recently in LA! Her and her husband are freakin’ adorable and make the best videos, so make sure to take a look at her beautiful (and funny) videos as well as her homemade ceramic pieces!
Thank you to Jackie for having me here today on Vegan Yack Attack! I have been following Jackie’s gorgeous blog for a long time now, salivating over every variation of mac and cheese just like everyone else. (Deep dish mac and cheese pizza? Oh, yes!) I also had the pleasure of meeting the hilarious Jackie in person last year at Vida Vegan Con in Portland. Then last week while I was in Los Angeles on vacation, we caught up again over vegan sausages and buffalo fries at Tony’s Darts Away.
Man, you’ve got to love travel. Seeing friends, thawing from the Polar Vortex, and scoping out vegan options at restaurants… It’s the best! Plus, it seems like wherever I go, I get ideas for new things I want to make at home. Once I’m back in the kitchen, I like to put my own spin on something delicious that I ate while I was away.
Today’s dish was inspired by a trip I took last year to Florida, where I visited Dandelion Communitea Cafe. Dandelion is a vegetarian restaurant with loads of vegan options. While I was there I had a chili cheese burrito called the Giddyup that was filling and flavorful without being overly heavy.
This time of year while it’s still crazy cold in much of the world, people want entrees that will keep them warm and fill them up, but also fit the guidelines of all those newly formed resolutions.
This chili cheese burrito is made with that super food quinoa, spicy Southwestern Bean Chili, and one of my all-time favorite recipes, my Creamy Cauliflower Queso. Instead of being a vat of heavy, weigh-you-down dip, this light, whippy queso gets its creaminess from Great Northern beans and cauliflower. Then you add in cheesiness from nutritional yeast flakes and miso, smother it over spicy chili and good-for-you quinoa, and wrap it up in a whole wheat tortilla. (You can find the Cauliflower Queso recipe and a brand spanking new video demonstration today on my blog!)
Not feeling like something handheld? The chili is also great on its own with crackers, tortilla chips, or a crumbly loaf of cornbread.
With Thanksgiving looming around the corner, I have a serious centerpiece to offer you. Now, this was inspired by the Great Isa’s Seitan Roast, but is really only the same in that it’s stuffed, seitan and a roast. This roast, right here, is filled with quinoa and roasted vegetables, plus herbs that really give it that “stuffing” flavor.
Honestly, the recipe for that came from a happy accident a week or so ago. When I had some lady friends over for dinner, same night that I served the Smoky Pumpkin Bisque, I made roasted veggies atop savory quinoa as a dish and one of my friends said that it tasted like stuffing. Hmm.. I ate a few bites more, yup, it certainly did! That was when I thought to mix that all up and stuff it into a moist Seitan Roast.
Now, you can split the stuffing so that there is some as a side for your gluten-free friends, which would also make it easier for you to roll up the roast. Of course, I like to make things slightly harder for myself so I packed that baby full with all of it! Plus, I saved the remainder of the roll in the freezer so that I can thaw and bake it next week, when I go out to the desert for Thanksgiving.
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