Can you believe we are in the very last day, very last minutes and seconds of 2015? I can hardly believe it! "Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' Into the future." I thought it would be fun to take a look at the past year and see what you all liked the most. I was surprised to see the AM Detox Smoothie and Tropical Smoothie were the top two, a healthier crowd than I realized!
Our most memorable moments in the past year were surely publishing new books! My husband published his second book, The 7th Planet Mercury Rising and held a conference in Chichen Itza, Mexico! Exploring ancient sites together from Chichen Itza to Teotihuacan and the Anthropology Museum were some of my favorite moments. Plus I love traveling as a vegan, it is fun to explore local fruits and vegetables at the market as well as other cultures. I also published my second book, The Artistic Vegan Cookbook: An Alchemical Transformation! I am so happy with how it turned out! We adopted a little kitten, practiced yoga, I blogged and cooked my heart out, edited photos and videos and loved one another a whole bunch! I hope your 2015 was fantastic and this New Year is looking even better.
Thank you all so much for viewing, baking and creating with me. I can't wait to see what 2016 brings! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!
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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.
Mandarin oranges are juiced creating a tangy base full of vitamin C, an entire cup of raspberries brighten the bowl and are blended with bananas for added creaminess. I added a tsp of moringa for a natural source of vitamins for the day. If that weren't enough it is then topped with fresh banana slices, raspberry chia jam and fresh raspberries creating one irresistible breakfast, snack or dessert. My husband said he should feel guilty for having ice cream for breakfast yet since it is created with smoothie ingredients of bananas, berries and moringa it creates one guilt-free delicious meal. Why did I used Moringa? Moringa is rich in minerals and vitamins boasting 25 times for Iron than Spinach, 15 times the potassium of bananas and 17 times more calcium than milk. It has vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B7, C, D, E and K with calcium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc to name of a few reasons why I think it is a great edition to your kitchen! The benefits go on and on, read more here if you are interested in learning more.
Total Time: 10 Minutes | Servings: 2 Smoothie Bowls
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!
Take your senses to their maximum with layers of divine flavors for a must have experience. Transcendent Raspberry Cream Bars have a base made of amaranth that is mixed with dates, agave, vanilla, and a pinch of sea salt for a grounding, earthy, sweet yet salty base. Topped with homemade raspberry chia jam, sweet cashew frosting and fresh raspberries it creates an exceptionally beautiful dessert and protein bar in one! These are sweet, creamy, delicious, fantastic, light and layered with flavors bursting in each bite you take. Enjoy these positively delightful dessert bars!
Servings: 6 Bars
Combine the ingredients together in a food processor, taste, adjust as needed. Create the night before so the chia seeds thicken the jam.
Sweet Cashew Frosting:
Combine the ingredients together in a food processor, taste, adjust as needed. Place in fridge overnight so the chia seeds thicken the jam.
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Infuse your holiday season with warm banana gingerbread muffins straight from the oven. These moist little muffins are packed with health and are absolutely sensational! With no gluten, dairy, oil or even sugar you can "have your cake and eat it too!" These were created specifically for all of you this holiday season with an extra dose of love. I find it so appealing to have healthy treats around the house this time of year. Plus, sharing with others is really wonderful, I love hearing about how much they love them! These would be great to bring into the office as a surprise, for a holiday party or for your loved ones as a nice treat to enjoy through out the day. Our favorite is with a cup of coffee. My husband definitely approves of this recipe saying "mix 'em, bake 'em, sell 'em, ship 'em."
These muffins are:
I hope you love this recipe!
This recipe was created after not going to the grocery store for 2 weeks! I was down to my very last jalapeños, tomatoes and lime with nothing else but dry goods to choose from. What would I make? I find in those moments where I feel like I don't have much to work with comes the most divine creations. Inspiration at its finest. I love those moments in life when you think you have nothing and are reminded of how rich you truly are, rich with love, inspiration, happiness and joy. I was flipping through my new cookbook, which I really love cooking from, each recipe is fantastic and makes me feel good about what could be on your dinner table. I took a couple different recipes and created a new one. Jalapeño Cheese Hot Pockets!
A gluten-free, oil-free dough is rolled into 8 balls, pressed, stuffed, baked and topped for an "mmmm" yummy meal! We love it spicy so I used a whole jalapeño in the cheese but feel free to skip it or use less to suit your needs. These are so satisfying, easy to pick up and eat, I love finger foods! My husband loves them "delicious honey"... "MMMM!" on first bite, "these are so good" etc. saying it makes a wonderful lunch!
When I was growing up I loved a hot pocket! My best friend and I would grab one from the freezer, plop it in the microwave and eat it promptly after school. Now we can have our very own hot pockets in a way that makes our bodies smile! These are sooo good that we ate them ALL the first time. The second time we were able to save 3 for later. >:) I hope you love this fabulous creation from my heart and kitchen to yours! ~ Christa
For the Pockets:
Here is a picture of the process from mixing the wet to dry, kneading the dough, rolling into 8 balls, pressing in my hands, flattening out in the tortilla press, stuffing with cheese, folding over and finally pressing shut.
From there they are transferred to a greased baking sheet. So simple yet so inviting!
After they have baked for 25 minutes they'll come out with golden edges, nice and crisp all around!
Top with the remaining cheese, tomatoes and jalapeños.
Bake for 5 additional minutes and they'll come out warm and golden, ready to consume!
Have you ever had that chocolate craving sneak up on you, yet you don't have anything prepared and are not really in the mood to bake or make something glorious? If you do, this recipe may be just for you. It was created in such a moment of intense desire for chocolate with no desire for baking. A raw, no-bake, healthy dessert was ours in no time. Blend, Pulse, Scrape, Roll, Freeze and in 30 minutes eat. Okay, sold! Plus the flavors of nut butter, dates, agave, cacao and a dash of salt had my craving scratched especially with the fun outer coating with hints of cacao nibs. This is a great recipe for any time of the year during any time of the day.
Total Time: 45 Minutes | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Freeze Time: 30 Minutes +
Cosmic Chocolate Balls:
*I used a small handful of each, I'd say 2 Tbsp. up to 1/4 cup of each.
I was having one of those moments wondering what I could make us and then inspiration hit. Curry! Offering extreme healing powers and a home for a mixture of vegetables. What a wonderful way to avoid soy on rice too, wonderful curry envelops the rice making a fantastic meal. Plus, the smell! Oh my, the wonderful smell of a curry dish makes your home smell fabulous. My husband had big eyes when I served him his meal and he loved it! This meal is relatively easy and is done within 30 minutes - less chopping time and is comforting, memorable and desirable.
Adapted and veganized from cookingandme.com
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