What is better than Chocolate Covered Strawberries? Chocolate Filled Strawberries. With only 4 ingredients and in a mere 10 Minutes you can be biting into a moist, juicy berry with a chocolate filled center. When you are making them, make a couple extras, pop one in your mouth before refrigerating for a shot of chocolate, yum! Then place them in the fridge for 10 minutes and eat them or serve. How easy, delicious and appealing. My husband and I had these alongside the chocolate covered strawberries and decided these were the winners. We both liked them even better! I didn't know that was possible.
Imagine having a gathering and you walk out with a plate of chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate filled strawberries, can you see the eyes lighting up with excitement as they reach for one? Or you surprise your most loved person in the whole world with them! I made them for my husband and I was surprised at how happy he was to be greeted with the plate of beauties and to "test" them for you all!
“One love, one heart, one destiny.”
― Bob Marley
Having a healthy dessert around can make such a huge and happy difference in ones life. Creamy coconut, raspberries, a pinch of salt and hint of vanilla come together harmoniously. When poured in a heart mold they create pretty pink hearts that are so desirable it is hard not to pop one in your mouth! Gluten-free, grain-free, oil-free, dairy-free with no baking required and a sugar-free option these little hearts have my #!
Makes 14 Hearts - 44 Calories per Heart
Cozy socks, warm clothes, snuggles, hugs, family, loved ones, cheerful people, a giving spirit, these are a few things I love this time of year. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, are enjoying your holidays and were able to spend time or catch up with family and loved ones. We caught up with our families and it was such a nice heart warming treat. We enjoyed a relaxed day with lots of good food. A homemade baguette, a hearty lentil loaf infused with gravy vegetables with a crust made of rice....
...scalloped potatoes with a vegan cheesy topping
and a Inca quinoa salad.
I surprised my husband with our vegan feast. It was so much fun to have a variety of delicious plant-based foods gracing our plates and a home filled with love.
It's hard to believe this year is already coming to a swift end, the countdown is on and 2016 is inching closer and closer. The world in many places is in turmoil yet has pockets of peace. May the peace and love arise as we go into this next year, unknowing what will come. I do know one thing, sharing home-cooking with your loved ones is a simple way to show your love and bring people together happily no matter what's going on. It's kind of magical that way.
These potatoes are so hard to resist you may find yourself asking for another spoonful. Creamy, "cheesy" and so wonderful they nearly melt in your mouth.
Happy Holidays with love from my heart and kitchen to
Adapted from the great recipe at Canadian Living.
Create a simple yet savory meal this holiday with mashed potatoes and gravy with a side of steamed asparagus. Enjoy them as sides or as a simple meal. The gravy has so much flavor from freshly minced garlic, diced red onions and button cap mushrooms with hints of pepper. It accompanies the mashed potatoes infused with dill and a side of asparagus like no other. I love to pour a little gravy on top of the asparagus with a little salt and pepper, it is so good! Roasted vegetables are equally as good, green beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, garlic and onions.
This meal is:
Savory Mushroom Gravy:
Enjoy this plant-based, heart-healthy meal this season! Happy Holidays!
If you look at a standard Thanksgiving meal and skipped the Turkey, there are a lot of vegan options out there. Have Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Cranberries, Rolls, Salad, Green Beans and Stuffing, modify slightly as needed to avoid dairy, gluten, oil and sugar. I released an e-Book last year, free when you subscribe, that focuses on having a vegan holiday meal. It has a delicious lentil loaf, cheese ball, winter salad, divine cheesecake with caramel sauce and more!
This year I'm making recipes from my new book The Artistic Vegan Cookbook, An Alchemical Transformation. I'm choosing options that are plant-based, low-fat and won't hurt my figure. I just lowered the PDF to $9.99 so you can have access to over 150 vegan + gluten-free recipes not released on this site. I've had wonderful feedback and hope you get a copy too!
Thanks-Living Menu from The Artistic Vegan Cookbook: An Alchemical Transformation (on Amazon!)
For Dessert, pick your favorite, here a few options:
Plus here are some new ideas!
Breakfast - World Fusion Tofu Scramble with House Fries and Biscuits
The Main Course - Homemade Vegan Sausage
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy with a Brussels Sprouts Salad.
I hope you found this helpful and you are able to enjoy a variety of vegan options this season! Thank you SO much for subscribing, following and trying my recipes.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and is a big holiday for foodies and non foodies a like in America. Gerald and I used to both enjoy the traditional thanksgiving growing up and now enjoy a vegan variety of delicious food!
In 2010 we shared our first vegetarian thanksgiving together! This was pre-blog life in our little studio. Here are some old pictures I found of our scalloped potatoes, green been casserole, creamy potato soup with a veggie platter, pumpkin bread, pies, stuffing, fruit-salad and cranberries not featured.
Here was one of our yummy pies from 2010.
In 2011 we shared a non-traditional vegan Thanksgiving with all of our favorites! Hummus with Pita Bread and Veggies, Vegan Pesto Pasta with Tofurkey and dessert. Another pre-blogging event right before I started the blog! No pics.
This is what we had in 2012 for our Vegan Thanksgiving!
Our 2012 Menu was:
Homemade Wheat (Yeast Free) Bread
Vegan Tempeh Loaf
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Vegan Mushroom Gravy
Fresh Healthy Green Bean Casserole
Pumpkin Pecan Pie & Cherry Pie
In 2013 we enjoyed an Aloha Style thanksgiving! Pic of one of our dishes we enjoyed in Hawaii below.
Now here it is 2014 and I am planning a delicious meal for me and my honey. I went to the market today and am ready to go! I typically toss tradition out the window and just have fun so don't expect anything different. ;) I will be sharing soon! In the mean time...
Here are hand-selected recipes that I think would be great for Thanksgiving!
Vegan Cream Cheese Filled Tomatoes with Spices and Green Onions
GF Nut 'N Seed Bread
If no concern with gluten: Homemade Vegan Wheat Bread - Yeast Free
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Pan Fried Pepper Jack Veggie Potatoes (My husband's middle son LOVED these!!)
Steak Fries (My hubby's fav!!)
The Main Course:
Grab n go BBQ Tempeh Bites (Make into a Tempeh Loaf!!)
Pecan Carrot Cake (Raw)
I hope this helped provide some ideas! May our family and yours be blessed with an abundance of thanksgiving and love!
“One kind word can warm these winter months” Japanese Proverb
When I was working in corporate we had a curious visitor from Japan that asked how we celebrated holidays. My co-worker replied "With a BBQ!" and went on to say "they typically have burgers, hot dogs, beer and drinks, lots of food, people and music" it seemed to be the response for most celebrations! Since the 4th of July lands in summer, a BBQ is a typical way to celebrate. This year, instead of meat what if you changed up it up and celebrated in health! Here is a fun meal plan for the day! It starts with a Red, White & Blue Smoothie, has an afternoon pick-me-up with a Zen Chakra Salad with Asparagus and ends with Lentil Zucchini Burgers and a Tropical Blossom Cherry Banana Cream Pie! Click on the picture or title to go to the recipe. From my heart to your kitchen ~ Christa
Breakfast: Red, White & Blue Smoothie
Dinner:Lentil Zucchini Burgers
Fresh cranberries make a sensational splash at the dinner table during the holiday season! Plus they're loaded with antioxidants to keep your body happy. Cranberries are high in vitamin C and low in calories! Did you know that only one cup of whole cranberries has 8,983 total antioxidant capacity!
The cranberry sauce turned out so good we even enjoyed it on our homemade Jerry Berry "ice cream"!
Fresh, sweet yet slightly tart, quick, easy and tasty!
E N J O Y ! ! !
Happy Thanksgiving wherever you are! We have so much to be thankful for. One of many would be sharing a meal with Jia Patton and her husband Michael in Kauai, Hawaii! What a honor! She had just shared her beautiful inspirational cookbook "Celebrate Life" with me. Within the book she talks about kitchen yoga where the most important ingredient is you. I took her advice, and did some yoga as I chopped the vegetables thankful with each chop, singing a bit. I let my heart flow and a new recipe was created! :) Brussels Sprouts Salad! I'd never had raw Brussels Sprouts before, turns out they're delicious!
Take 1 lb of Brussels Sprouts, chop them up, add raisins, nuts, fresh and candied ginger for a spin, salt, pepper, olive oil and some balsamic vinaigrette. Mix 'er up and top with fresh red grapes to create added flavor and an artistic flare!
Brussels Sprouts are great for the holiday season, having them raw provides a new spin that will surprise your guests and your taste buds! I hope you enjoy! I'm so thankful for all the sweet blessings that overflow this season, what are you most thankful for?
Thank you all for your wonderful support!!! I'm so thankful to be sharing with you!
With love and gratitude,
What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Last year we had a Thanksgiving Dinner to remembert! Click here for pics!
Here are some recipe ideas, maybe you'll be in the mood for something different like a Spicy Kale Quinoa Crustless Quiche.
Happy Thanksgiving or Thanksliving as vegans like to say!
With Love & Light!
Are you looking for something healthy and delicious to eat this Memorial Day? I know I am! Here are some recipes I recommend so you can have a herberiviffic time!
Why not start out with something light and satisfying? Here are some great options!
Start out with a fresh organic salad or hummus dip!
Bursting with life this raw summer salad will make your mouth water and your belly smile. The sweet peas, sweet peppers, fresh berries and grapes make for a divine treat.What a great way to wow your friends, family or yourself! :)
The Amazing Fantastic Vegan Salad!
Hearty, healthy and delicious this salad will keep you coming back for more! Why not eat to impress with a visual sensation! This salad is loaded with protein and organic vegetables.
Roasted Vegetable Hummus Dip
Hummus is a great appetizer and always welcomed! With roasted eggplant, garlic and onions the dip is loaded with flavor!
Maybe you'll head to the park and have a BBQ or go to a potluck? I always come prepared to potlucks with my own veggie patties so I don't feel left out!
Blackened "BB" Burger with Homemade Wedge Potatoes
Nothing says Memorial Day like a burger! This tempeh black bean burger will have you coming back for more and offers plenty to go around!
BBQ Pulled "Chicken" with Corn on the Cob
The smell of BBQ is yours with a BBQ pulled "Chicken" sandwich!
BBQ Tempeh "Cheese" Burgers
I can't get enough BBQ "cheeseburgers"! Probably because I grew up eating meat, it's feels like I'm cheating but I'm not! Try these bad boys out and you'll be in for a real treat!
For Dessert why not keep it healthy! Cool off with a Soy Yogurt Parfait
On Memorial Day nothing says it like red, white and blue! Fresh cool berries, over your favorite yogurt mixed with granola.
Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Growing up my mom always made a rhubarb crisp! To me, nothing says summer is here like a strawberry rhubarb crisp! This is a nice gluten free alternative and is super satisfying!
Heavenly Vegan Carrot Cake!
Heavenly vegan carrot cake topped with cream cheese frosting!
Wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day!
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