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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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Roasted Butternut Garlic Bisque with Grilled 3-Cheese Sandwich Sticks

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring… Well, you get the idea. It’s finally raining in Southern California and we all know that means it’s grilled cheese weather! But, I couldn’t make just any ol’ grilled cheese, these tasty grilled cheese sticks have three different vegan cheeses in them and are cut to a size perfect for dipping in some creamy bisque. 

The bisque is made up of roasted butternut squash, sweet potatoes and garlic, plus some rich coconut milk and subtle spice from cayenne and white pepper. Mmm! If you need an easy recipe for bisque that’s tasty and kinda fancy, I recommend trying this one out. All you have to do is roast the veggies, blend them up and warm the soup on the stove before serving. Not that the soup needs any help in the taste department, but dipping crispy sandwich sticks in it kicks it up a few notches.

Aside from this awesome soup/sandwich combo, there has been a lot of stuff going on in my world. Mostly freelance photography projects, including work for Chicago Vegan Foods, Vegan Cuts (as always) and some Happy Herbivore stuff. After speaking with a few people, it already seems like 2015 is going to be crazy, in the best way possible. So, apologies for leaving y’all hanging for most of the month of November, but believe that I’m making it up to you this month with a FEW giveaways.

You read that right. I’m thinking at least FOUR giveaways! Some food, maybe an appliance, and definitely a cookbook or two. One is instagram-exclusive, even. ;) Keep your eyes peeled for those so you can celebrate the holidays early.

 

Before I forget, I must mention that I used Massel’s No Salt-Added Vegetable Bouillon Granules for this recipe! I love this product because you can adjust the sodium content of the recipe to your liking, easily, and it comes in a cute paint can-like package. Not to mention, it dissolves really easily, unlike more commonly found bouillon cubes. I definitely recommend it!

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Roasted Cauliflower Tomato Soup

Hello beautiful people! I hope that you all survived the holidays without too much stress, and have a great plan for New Year’s. I don’t have anything in mind at this point, but I’ve always been one to wait until the last-minute. So far, the holidays have treated me fairly well. I spent Christmas Eve with Corey and his family, where I got to watch all of his adorable (very young) cousins tear apart wrapping paper and dance around with their presents. Christmas Day, was more about making dinner for everyone, which led to me quickly opening my (amazing) gifts then getting right to work at cookin’ my butt off.

As you may have seen on my Instagram, my Christmas Menu went something like this:

  • Golabkis (my recipe)
  • Deviled Tofu (Recipe adapted from Vegan Crunk)
  • Green Bean Casserole (Recipe adapted from Fat Free Vegan)
  • Mashed Potatoes (Potatoes, Earth Balance, Soy Milk, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Salt)
  • Sweet Potato Casserole (Crunchy Oat Topping, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Cranberries, Pineapple, etc.)
  • Persimmon Cheesecake Shots (Like this recipe but in smaller glasses)
  • Plus, my mom veganized her recipe for Spinach Dip (breakthrough!) and it was freakin’ amazing.

Overall, lots of awesome eats. Kinda glad that I decided not to make stuffing because that would have been entirely too much food.

After all of the eating and belt-loosening Corey, my friends and I played a few rounds of Uno! Who doesn’t love Uno? Don’t answer that question if you don’t like it, you’ll hurt my feelings. But, seriously, I didn’t win once! My friend Caroline won 4 times, clearly the Uno Champion; I don’t believe for a second that she hadn’t played the game for 15 years. ;) Then, there was Duchess, totally tuckered out from the excitement of the day.

Now, we are almost to the new year and I wanted to offer up a recipe that you can make in around 30 minutes, that tastes great, but is also healthy. Basically, this soup is the perfect winter, weekday meal! Roasted cauliflower adds a little more flavor to the severely underrated veggie, while the chickpeas fill you up and the chard touts its deep green veggie nutrients. I’m a huge fan of tomato soups, so I’m surprised it has taken this long for me to post another one; but I feel that this dish is a huge success!

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Loaded Enchilada Soup with Creamy Tomatillo Sauce

Finally, another soup post! If you missed the soup recipe that I made earlier this month, you may not know that this month’s Love bloghop theme is #souplove. This means that I’ll be sharing a few soup recipes throughout the month of February, including this incredibly flavorful one, right here. I’m pretty excited about it, I must say; enough to have run to Sprout’s to grab some ground cumin in the middle of making it! I mean, who runs out of Cumin? Clearly, that person is me, so I bought a bigger jar this time. :D In case you were wondering, it was SO worth it.

Way back in my freshman year of high school, I used to hang out in a little shopping center across from school with a group of punker kids after class was out. I basically had four options of places to eat at, mind you this was pre-veganism, there was Subway, a Donut Shop, a Mexican Food place and a Pizza spot. For the longest time I would always get the cheese enchiladas from the Mexican restaurant; cheese wrapped in a tortilla, topped with cheese and red sauce. Looking back at it, I cringe thinking of all of the greasy dairy in that thing. So, I set out to replace that memory with a lighter, more awesome spin on an enchilada.

The soup has a smooth tomato base, dotted with onions, corn, black beans and spinach. While the spices fill it with flavor, the tortilla strips add a different texture, and then there’s the creamy tomatillo avocado sauce on top. DELISH! Squeeze a little lime over it and garnish with cilantro and some baked tortilla strips to perfect the dish.

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