In Mid-November, the awesome Kristy of Keepin’ it Kind invited me to contribute to the virtual Vegan Cookie Swap Party that she would be hosting the whole month of December. Not only is this a great idea, I’m a huge fan of cookies; so, it really didn’t take much thinking for me to answer with a “definitely”! For this festive cookie party, I decided to make some cookies that border on healthy and use one of the season’s best fruits, persimmons. Below is an excerpt from the post over on Kristy’s blog, check the recipe out there!
When the weather gets cooler, there’s no better way to warm your home than to turn on the oven and get to baking. Plus, when the holidays come around, cookies, cupcakes and the like make fantastic presents! Take for example, these delicious Persimmon Oatmeal Cookies; I brought these to my hairdresser as a small gift and she loved them! Well, the one that she tried. You see, she had set them in the back and kindly offered them up to a few coworkers, but they were gone within minutes. I guess you snooze you lose!
I hope that everyone has had a terrific weekend! I won’t lie, mine was a little crazy, but in a good way. I think. First, my friend Michelle and I did a Tour de Gluttony starting at Healthy Junk in Anaheim and then went down to San Diego for Balboa Park December Nights. We didn’t eat at December Nights, but did go into the Science Center and the Natural History Museum, where we proceeded to get a little goofy. Below is my impression of a whale skeleton, that yoga sure is paying off!
We (both being vegan) were in luck, because right down the street from us was Evolution Fast Food. I haven’t really been to any vegan restaurants in San Diego so I was very excited for this. I ended up getting the Mushroom Swiss Burger which was good, and some chick’n strips (which I asked for as buffalo but was given original). I enjoyed the strips with a chipotle dip, but was not done yet. We had walked quite a bit and I needed to end this meal the right way- with dessert, naturally. We shared some peppermint soft serve, and I’m telling you, this stuff was incredible. I would contemplate making the 2-hour trip down to SD just for that soft serve; it’s that good.
Saturday was filled with running errands and going to a cowboy bar. Have you ever been to a place like this? It’s actually pretty fun; even if you’re terrible at line dancing (ME). Now, it’s Monday and time to get to work! I have a big project that I’m working on for someone, that I’m incredibly excited about. That being said, I’ve kind of put my cookbook on hold for now. But, this is great for you because the recipe that I’m sharing was going to be in it!
What great timing, right?! It’s the holidays, where there is no shortage of sides for family meals, and this recipe is perfect for that. What we have here is a combination of buttery walnuts, roasted Brussels sprouts, toasted coconut and a sweet raisin vinaigrette. Just scoop the roasted veggies onto your plate and drizzle a little sauce on top. It has great colors, and is as easy to make as it is to serve.
I actually made my own seitan!! And wow, it is much easier than I could have ever imagined. I used a recipe from Delectable Planet for reference and for the spices in the seitan I used garlic powder and coriander. After I boiled it I left it in a teriyaki marinade for an hour or so and then grilled it slightly for 2 minutes on each side. Served with grilled pineapple spears and grilled cauliflower.
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