I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season so far and are enjoying yourself wherever you may be! My husbands birthday is 2 days before Christmas so I tend to be more focused on his big day than on the holidays. I ensured he was pampered all day long. We enjoyed a beautiful hike together with the most beautiful views. It was very nice to get in nature and work some different muscles that hadn't been used in a while. :)
We started his big day with Sweet Potato Lattes and a Smoothie Bowl!
It was a strawberry, banana, pineapple smoothie infused with beet powder, served with fresh mango and cranberries on top. He said it was better than cake. Success!
We enjoyed "cheese" and crackers on the trails and it was so special, what a treat for vegans. The recipe is featured in my new e-Book that you get upon subscribing!! :)
When I was growing up it was tradition that we'd get whatever our heart desired for our birthdays for dinner and dessert. I asked my husband what he would like and he asked for a vegan omelet! I responded "with home fries and a biscuit with jam?" He smiled and said yes! I knew I was up for a challenge but thankfully Richa with VeganRicha.com came to the rescue. If your an omelet lover like my husband then you must try her incredible recipe, click HERE. It came out PERFECTLY! My husband declared it was the best one I've made yet and raved about how good it was. I HIGHLY recommend her inventive recipe. The home-fries recipe can be found HERE and the gluten-free nice and easy biscuit recipe HERE. The meal can be yours too!!! :) We ended the day with a special cheesecake creation that I'll gladly share soon.
Now, back to the sweet, warm, soft, moist cookies!
Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that are out of this world, hard to stop at two, unbelievably good cookies!
We shared them with our friends on Christmas Eve and I was asked "YOU made these??" I proudly said yes! Knowing they're gluten-free, vegan, refined-sugar-free and oil-free!!! Healthy cookies that taste like your having a guilty treat but wait - no guilt here!! Only a couple cookies remained when we left and everyone raved about them even asking for the recipe. Fortunately I modified a recipe of mine so I was able to easily share on the spot. So here it is!!
Makes 24 cookies
*TIP: My favorite way to make sweet potatoes is to peel, cut and steam for about 20-25 minutes until soft and then proceed to blend in the blender or food processor until nice and creamy. Proceed to use or store in the fridge or freezer for future recipes.
To plant based living!
Refresh and reset your system with a Winter Glow Smoothie filled with leafy greens and fresh fruit to boot! Don't let the green scare you away it actually tastes very delicious. Gerald was surprised at how green it was yet how great it tasted. With everything finely blended into a smoothie it's incredibly easy on your digestive system and offers an immediate energy boost!
The smoothie is filled with bananas, papayas, lime juice, water and 2 cups of dark leafy greens with enough nutrition to have your body smiling back at you for being so kind to it.
This smoothie fills my HEART CHAKRA or Anahata up with LOVE! The dark leafy greens provide the vibrational rate needed to balance our love chakra helping us start our day out right...in love. The heart chakra relates directly to the Thymus Gland. We chose Bak Choy a Chinese Cabbage, a cruciferous vegetable, which appears to enhance thymus function. Some say a life without love can negatively effect your Thymus gland. Join me and feel the love with this smoothie!
Serves: 2 Time: 5 minutes Calories per serving: 176 WW Points: 5
BLEND - SLURP - VIBRATE! :)
Our garden has been very kind to us! We planted it a bit late but with a little sun and water it is thriving. We harvested such a big harvest yesterday that the picture below is not the complete harvest but a portion of what was shared! Everyone loves food, especially fresh from the garden including us. We are so thankful!
I wish we could have captured the moment when we shared the fresh dill. Three woman gathered around with bright eyes smelling the fresh scent and examining how nice it was. As the farmers who grew it, Gerald and I were both proud like parents. It was a nice moment in time and we are thankful for the harvest!
We saved some for ourselves and had an incredible lunch. The inspiration came from MommyTang on Instagram who taught me how to eat Bok Choy - blanch it! This is turning into one of our favorites and it is time to share it with you all.
This meal is so flavorful you would never know you just ate an entire bundle of Bok Choy! Mix all of those greens with quinoa and lentils and it is a well balanced meal.
Servings: 2 Calories per serving: 293 Weight Watcher + Points: 7
Spicy Bok Choy with Beet infused Quinoa and Lentils
I hope you had a great start to the week and have an even better finish!
This dessert is so moist and decadent it's hard to believe it has sweet potatoes in it! It is so good we had it for dessert last night and breakfast this morning with a latte. :)
These are shockingly scrumptious and almost fudge like. A blond brownie with ingredients picked with lots of love. It is hard not to go back for more. I personally love the corner pieces.
The ingredients and flavor couldn't be more timely for the upcoming winter. If you can share... it would be a great treat for all to enjoy! We'll surely be making more and until then I'll be dreaming of them.
Total Time: 35 Minutes | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes | Servings: 12-15+ Bars
From my kitchen to yours,
UPDATE 2016: I re-made these in a 9 x 13 pan after feedback, and they are perfect! The recipe has been updated to reflect this. In this version I subbed the mashed banana with more mashed sweet potato, used coconut oil as I didn't have the butter, and was out of cacao wafers so passed and added chocolate chips to half. They were GORGEOUS! Baked quicker than 20 minutes, were the consistency of a perfect brownie yet blonde. My husband and I LOVE THESE!!! They are incredibly hard not to eat. The 9 x 13 yields much more bars so it is technically less calories! Yeah! Enjoy!
This morning we wanted something smooth that was easily digestible and would make us feel on fire! I decided to take a little bit of this and that and ended up with a taste bud tingling flavor sensation! 2 bananas, 5 mandarin oranges, 1 lime, 1.5 cups frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup aloe very juice (opt or water), 1/2 cup filtered water and as much superfoods as I could find. Flax nopales protein mix, spirulina powder, moringa powder, our homemade Popeye powder, beet powder and more! Halfway through my husband said he could feel it pumping up his veins and was just what he needed.
Here is a glimpse in my world today. A little blogging, painting, smoothies, good vibes and more. I love Saturdays, don't you??
I've been busy working on a new e-book! It is my holiday gift to ALL of YOU! Featuring 10 must-have recipes that are all FREE for subscribers. I wouldn't be able to do what I do with out you. It's an honor to be invited into your home. Thank you! The e-book is a teaser of what's to come in my new cookbook due 2015!!! The new books will have awesome new features like a nutrition report card with calories and weight watcher points. I grew up in a home with cupboards that had points listed on boxes. I am happy to report I no longer count my calories or points but know how important it is for those who do!
With out much further ado- let's get our smoothie on so you can feel great too!!!
Mandarin Strawberry Banana Superfood Smoothie
Best wishes for a beautiful and blessed day!
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