Who loves pizza? I do! It is up there on my most cherished comfort foods. Make it vegan, gluten, yeast and oil-free and now you can can not feel bloated or like you had junk food. I call this a Powerfully Healthy Pizza Crust as it is filled with plant-powered goodness. You will not find cholesterol, dairy, oil or gluten in this crust. What will you find? 6 grams of protein in each slice, healthy carbs, high amounts of magnesium and phosphorus, "a critical component of every cell." When you top the crust with spinach pesto (or regular pesto) and vegetables it makes a vibrantly bright and inviting pizza pie! So sit back, eat a slice (or two) of pizza and let the plant based goodness do the work for you, bringing you to greater health!
With love, Christa
Nutritional Information based on 8 Slices
1.5 Cup Almonds
1/2 Cup Quinoa
1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
2 Tbsp Corn Flour
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1/2 cup Water
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
Top as desired, I used:
Pesto (I used Spinach Pesto)
2 Small Roma Tomatoes - Chopped
1 Small Bell Pepper - Chopped
2-3 Mushrooms - Sliced
Few Onion Slices
I went to the market Saturday to pick up some fresh fruit and veggies and some of our favorite dry goods (cashews, almonds, dates, coconut milk and so on.) The fruit store I went into was restocking their shelves and I noticed fresh spinach in a huge bag. I asked if I could have some since the spinach that was out was wilted. They said I could but offered it as a HUGE bundle, I mean it was like a bouquet of flowers but spinach. I excitedly took it and knew we'd find a way to eat it. After making fresh batches of V10 and a big salad I still had quite a bit left. I decided it would make a nice pesto, I looked up some inspiration and decided oil-free was a must. I used my recipe as a base and replaced the basil with spinach and added all of the dried basil I could find in my cupboard, 1/2 cup, turned out nice!
Spinach, lemon, garlic, dried basil create a delicious flavor base added with water and pecans for extra creaminess, with cashews and a tiny bit of mustard for that "somewhat cheesy" flavor. How is it? Creamy, smooth, tasty, you can place it in the fridge or freeze it in cubes for later. We had it on pizza tonight and it was ammmmazzing, I'll share that next!
Much love, Christa
3 Cups Spinach
1 Cup Pecans (Walnuts or Pine Nuts)
1/4 Cup Cashews
1/2 Cup Dried Basil (1+ Cup Fresh)
1/2 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
3-4 Cloves Garlic (1/8 Cup Chopped Rough)
1 to 1 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Dijon Mustard
Combine ingredients in a blender, blend until completely smooth. Use it on your favorite dish, store in a sealed container (lemon juice on top helps prevent darkening.) You can also freeze in an ice cube tray, silicone cups or as desired.
Red bell peppers, red onion and garlic are roasted in a steaming hot oven bringing out a fragrance so heavenly hunger instantly looms. Pasta is prepared on the stove while the peppers are roasting. The peppers are then blended with a few ingredients creating a savory meal in 45 minutes. This meal is full of flavor and comfort. No oil or dairy is found in this sauce, just 5 healthy ingredients + salt and pepper. Enjoy! Love, Christa
Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 30 Minutes | Total Time: 45 Minutes Servings: 4
5 Red Bell Peppers
1/2 Red Onion
1 Small Head of Garlic or 5-6 Cloves
1 1/2 Cup Dairy Free Milk (I used Homemade Cashew)
1 Tbsp Corn Starch
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
OPT: Serve with 400 grams or 14-16 oz Spaghetti
Vibrant colorful vegetables create a natural pulsation of energy through your body as you eat this salad. Colorful rainbow hues bring positive clean energy to your chakras, cleansing and rejuvenating your body and spirit. Bright red tomatoes, deep red beets, bright orange carrots, sunshine yellow bell peppers, leafy greens, cooling cumber, deep green jalapeño, diced white onion, rich purple cabbage and big artichoke hearts create a palette of colors, textures and flavors to be enjoyed instantly!
For 2 Servings - 168 Calories
For 4 Servings - 84 Calories
3 Heaping Cups Leafy Greens
1 Heaping Cup Purple Cabbage - Diced
1 Cup Cucumber - Peeled & Diced
1 Cup Carrot - Peeled & Diced
1 Cup Tomato - Diced
1-2 jalapeño or serrano peppers - Diced
1/2 Heaping Cup White Onion - Diced
1/2 Cup Yellow Bell Pepper - Diced
1/4 Cup Beet - Diced
1 1/2 Cups Artichoke Hearts
Combine all of the ingredients except for the artichoke hearts in a large bowl. Gently toss together. Surround with the artichoke hearts. Serve with your favorite dressing. I found it paired wonderfully with stuffed green olives and Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Look at the Nutritional Benefits of eating this salad. This image lists 14 good points about how eating this Light & Bright Spring Salad brings direct benefits your body!
I can eat to that!
Love, love, love!
I am really excited to announce you can all have early exclusive access to One Green Planet's Food Monster iPhone app. I downloaded it last night to give it a try and absolutely love it! It is extremely user friendly and intuitive. I love the link feature, when you are on a recipe you can click the link button and related recipes appear. For instance, I was looking at a chocolate cheesecake and upon clicking the link button raw desserts, vegan, cheesecake and more options appeared. Neat! It has a lot of browsing possibilities, from latest recipes, by ingredient, features, seasonal, collections, themes like dairy-free cheese, sandwiches, chocolate and more. I personally love the collections. Look at some of these:
I thought I'd give it the ultimate test and make a new recipe from it. After browsing mouthwatering recipes...I decided the featured Blueberry Cheesecake was a must do!
The crust blew me away, it is made with sunflower seeds, who knew? It was cookie dough like, stuck together brilliantly and tasted wonderful. It was topped with healthy blueberry cashew cheesecake. All using few ingredients that are really good for you! How were they? Amazingly soft, some of the creamiest cashew cheesecake I ever did taste. My husband and I both really loved it. Thank you OGP and Lucie Javorska for the great recipe! I made cupcake size because my freezer is full of sorbet. Here is how they turned out!
I was able to download the app, browse thousands of recipes that are truly extraordinary, make and eat amazing cheesecake within 24 hours or less! You can join me or make whatever your heart pleases as One Green Planet is offering Artistic Vegan followers exclusive early access before their release date of 4/22 on Earth Day! Click this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/food-monster-5000+-recipes./id1052988561?mt=8. One Green Planet and their new Food Monster iPhone app offer a plethora of vegan recipes showing you how anyone can go vegan. Look at this plant-based burger!
You do need a premium subscription to have full access but I think it is well worth it giving you access to 5000+ vegan recipes with 10+ added daily, wow. Why download it? It is like a vegan library of the best of the best recipes. If you don't have the funds, you can still browse their selection, including the free sections. It is exciting to see how many people already are vegan or are turning to this lifestyle. I hope to see millions more transition to a plant-based lifestyle.
Here is a fun video featuring the new app, showing how it works and what to expect - access to delicious, mouthwatering, vegan food in an easy, organized way!
I am really excited to be apart of the Food Monster movement with One Green Planet and to have the opportunity to share with such a large growing audience. You can can find my recipes on their app or website! Take a look:
Join me in congratulating One Green Planet on their success in bringing this app to life. I can only imagine the amount of time and effort that went into creating this new and exciting app!
With lots of love and light,
A bed of greens are topped with glowing gold sweet potatoes, corn and chick peas with salsa on top for a sweet and spicy experience. This recipe left me feeling light as a feather yet satisfied through and through. We all know how healthy it is to eat a salad, add sweet potatoes which are loaded in fiber making them great for digestion, rich in vitamins A, C, E, B6, and manganese helping to keep your appetite at bay for hours. Sweet potatoes are even diabetes friendly. So hop on board and get you glow on with a Glowing Gold Salad which is sure to make you feel like gold too! Enjoy! Love, Christa
Makes 2 Large Salads
Glowing Gold Salad
2 Cups Salad Mix / Spinach or Greens
1/2 Cup Steamed Sweet Potatoes (Peeled and cubed)
1/2 Cup Chickpeas (Pre-cooked)
2 Organic Corn on the Cob - Cooked and Removed from Cob
Salsa to taste for dressing
Place 1 cup of salad greens in each bowl. Divide the steamed sweet potatoes on top, divide the chickpeas on top, top with salsa and corn.
Tips for Making it Easy:
Some of the fondest memories of my grandma include her homemade zucchini bread. I had a couple extra zucchinis lying around and decided to make a loaf. I made a unique version that is free of gluten, dairy, oil and even sugar! I couldn't believe most zucchini bread recipes call for 1 cup of sugar, I always thought it was healthy since it had the word zucchini in it. Now, it really is healthy as cranberries or raisins are used instead of refined sugar to naturally sweeten the loaf. The results are better than I hoped for, it naturally puffs up while baking and then gets a nice golden crust. The inside was baked through and through. My husband and I found it extremely hard not to eat more than a serving, especially knowing how good it is for you. You are going to love this recipe!
1 Cup Packed Shredded Zucchini
1 Cup Cranberries or Raisins
1 Cup Dairy Free Milk
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
6 Tbsp Aquafaba
1/4 Cup Mashed Ripe Banana
1 tsp Vanilla
2 cup All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
Recipe of the day:
Four ingredients are all it takes to create a mouthwatering mango lime sorbet. Sweet honey mangoes, freshly squeezed lime juice, a pinch of salt and drizzle of agave create a sorbet that is bright and inviting with its vibrant color. We started with the bowl featured in the pictures and soon polished off the remainder. We couldn't resist it. The magical touch? Ataúlfo mangoes, also known as honey or champagne mangoes are naturally very sweet so you can use little sweetener. I added agave lime syrup at the end to pour on top and it makes your taste buds go wild! I still have a tingling tongue. I hope you love this recipe! Love, Christa
Makes 4 Small Servings or 2 Large
Mango Lime Sorbet
2 Cups Sweet Ripe Ataúlfo Mango - Chopped
1/8 Cup Lime Juice
1/2 tsp Salt
1/8 Cup Agave or favorite sweetener
Combine the ingredients together in a bowl, marinade for 20 minutes. Blend until smooth. Pour into a freezer safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap, freeze until halfway frozen. Remove, blend, transfer back to the bowl, re-cover. Freeze until halfway frozen, repeat and then place in the freezer overnight or until solid. Serve with Agave Lime Syrup!
Agave Lime Syrup:
2 Tbsp Lime Juice
1 Tbsp Agave
Combine ingredients in a measuring cup and mix together vigorously. Serve over the sorbet.
Take a trip around the world with a combination of spices from different corners of the globe. Quinoa, fresh tomatoes, spinach, cilantro, a touch of parsley, onion, cucumber, jalapeno and lime juice are tossed together to create the base. It is then covered in a homemade Lemon Turmeric Oil-Free Dressing made with mint, fresh turmeric, ginger, lemon juice, agave, balsamic vinegar and a touch of salt and pepper. This salad is unbelievably healthy and well-balanced, it serves as a delicious meal or side. When placed in the fridge for a couple hours to overnight the natural colors from the turmeric brighten up the entire salad, it is equally as good fresh. This recipe makes four healthy servings and is wonderful for warm days.
A few weeks ago I made a magical strawberry blackberry sorbet. I dreamed of going to the market for more fresh berries to make it again. I didn't write it down, tried again and it was completely different. As soon as I had more freezer space, I tried it a third time and it was delightful. This sorbet is incredible. It has a naturally sweet flavor from the strawberries and blackberries and a little agave to help it freeze just right. Now you can learn an easy way to make homemade sorbet using only 5 healthy ingredients! Plus it uses 1/4 of the amount of sweetener found in most recipes. Enjoy a mouthwatering non-fat frozen treat in the comfort of your home. Get the recipe below or in this new video!! Love, Christa
2 Cups Blackberries
2 Cups Sliced Strawberries
1/2 tsp Salt
1/8 Cup Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Agave or favorite sweetener
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