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Creamy Quinoa Jalapeño Poppers with Coconut Bacon

creamy quinoa jalapeno poppers with coconut bacon

What if I told you that these jalapeño poppers were not only SUPER delicious, but also healthy, gluten-free, protein-filled and easy-to-make? Basically, this recipe is a dream come true! I was inspired by an assignment that I currently have, where I have to come up with 10 great quinoa recipes, but lucky for you guys the publisher wasn’t super into this idea. Now, we win because I get to post it on the internet for everyone to enjoy. ;)

fresh jalapeños

Maybe you’re wondering how something so magnificent-looking is also nutritionally well-rounded? The creamy filling is made of a mixture of cooked quinoa and silken tofu, plus a little coconut oil and some seasonings. These ingredients mean that there is a fair amount of protein (instead of just fatty cream cheese), and you have all of your essential amino acids from the quinoa. At this point, the coconut bacon on top is a flavorful bonus!

slicing fresh jalapeños

Speaking of coconut bacon, I used Phoney Baloney’s Chipotle BBQ flavor, but you can definitely make your own like I have in the past for these Mexican Twice Baked Potatoes! It gives the right amount of savory, smoky, crunchiness to the creamy popper. I’m serving these at a potluck tomorrow and so far have had good feedback from the interns (my omnivore folks), but I can’t wait to hear what a bunch of vegan bloggers have to say about them!

Creamy Quinoa popper filling

In other popper-unrelated news: the book contract has been SIGNED! Wheeeee! The due date for my manuscript is September 1st with photos due sometime in September. I feel like this year is going to be gone and over before I know it, but what a good problem to have in this case. From what I was told, the book will come out sometime in 2016! Before then, I will put out a calling for recipe testers, but I don’t need all y’all awesome people just yet. :D

creamy quinoa jalapeno poppers

Now, back to popper-heaven AKA the recipe!

Creamy Quinoa Jalapeno Poppers with Coconut Bacon

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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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Quinoa Cauliflower Bowl with Almond Sriracha Sauce

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!).

All healthy, light and delicious.


2014 is also going to be the year of the cauliflower. Some fantastic cauliflower creations from my blog include
this tall Lentil Cauliflower burger of awesomeness
this whole roasted Cauliflower in makhani gravy
this Cauliflower Crust  – Deconstructed Gobi Paratha
and this Cauliflower Broccoli Masala Pie with Potato Black eyed pea crust 

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Southwestern Chili Cheese Burritos

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!

Southwestern Chili Cheese BurritoThank 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.

Southwestern Chili & Cauliflower QuesoToday’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.

Quinoa for Chili Cheese BurritosSouthwestern Bean ChiliThis 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.

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