Grab some chips because I got the dip! Vegan Queso! It'll have you sayin' "it's nacho cheese, it's my cheese". Slather it on your favorite dishes and watch as it melts fantastically and makes a beautiful addition to your meal. It's also packed with flavor. I have a girlfriend who is allergic to nuts so nut-free options like these are great to have on hand.
Vegan sharp cheddar cheese, that truly tastes like cheese. It is unreal. We used to have sharp cheddar cheese, crackers and wine when I first met my husband. We moved from vegetarian to vegan together and while I was sad to let the cheese go, recipes like this, make me not even miss it. I love that you can slice into the cheese ball have it on a cracker, what a treat. The spread or sauce is so gooey and delightful. Pizza, pasta, a drizzle here, there, everywhere. I think you'll love both varieties, step into vegan cheese heaven.
This happened today: Jalapeño Garlic Hummus. We worked out hard and I knew just the trick to refuel our bodies. White beans, freshly squeezed lemon juice, garlic, spicy jalapeño slices were just the ticket. Imagine this dip with pita bread, vegetable sticks, veggie chips, paired with a Greek salad...how will or would you eat it? I used to buy a tub of hummus from the health food store and would be shocked at how we'd eat it all in one sitting, this batch was no different, it's all gone! This could easily serve 4 as a snack, we just couldn't stop! Enjoy. Love, Christa
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.
In our travels we once stayed on a property owned by a sweet Mexican family. One bright morning we looked out and saw the mom making handmade tortillas. She had a station set up outside, her dough in a bowl, would take some out, press it in her hands and make her family the tortillas needed for that day. It was such a warm archetypal motherly feeling when watching her. I've tried my hand at tortillas and have had success but they are typically not very circular. Thankfully, one day, I was buying fruits and vegetables and my husband said he'd be back. Later that day he surprised me with a tortilla press made in MX! It makes the process so much easier and they turn out perfectly! You can find the recipe on the back of bag usually, the simple recipe I use is below. I can't help but think of that family and that fine morning when I make tortillas!
16 Handmade Corn Tortillas:
See the Enchilada Recipe to put these to use! :)
Strawberries and peaches are bound to entice your taste buds as you bite into your very own homemade fruit roll up! I've tried varieties in the past but I must say the strawberry peach flavor is a new favorite. I love how easy it is to make fruit roll ups or fruit leathers. Puree your favorite fruit in a blender or food processor and create a fruit roll up. They are a great way to use slightly overripe fruit when you aren't sure how to use it or if you are in need of a healthy snack.
Strawberry Peach Fruit Roll Ups:
Enjoy a taste of the tropics with mango infused granola bars that are full of healthy ingredients bound to make your heart shine this Valentines Day! With an oil and oil-free option you can choose how you'd like to prepare these treats. They are raw and vegan, vibrating with health leading to a more vibrant you! These were designed with tender, love and care with hand selected ingredients to create a bar with protein, fruit and a little bit of salt and sweet. Pecans, cashews, puffed amaranth, oats, mango, dates, cinnamon and raisins with sweetener are combined together and dehydrated making a delicious treat for on the go or around the home.
Pecan butter is a new favorite nut butter in our home. It blends up incredibly nicely as it has a high content of healthy fats that once released create a luxurious buttery spread. The flavor is so good it's hard not to test it along the way. With a high speed blender or food processor homemade pecan butter can be yours! Add it to sandwiches, smoothies or have a spoonful for a nice healthy treat full of protein and fiber!
Creamy Pecan Butter:
Optional Flavor Boosters:
Adapted and methodology: Blendtec Lifestyles Recipe Book - Fresh Peanut Butter
Strawberry Jam! Fresh or Frozen Strawberries Chia Seeds blended in a blender or food processor = Jam! Add sweetener or lemon/lime juice as a preservative if desired. I added a touch of stevia for sugar free! Place in freezer for freezer jam or fridge to thicken. Super easy, incredibly empowering, healthy and delicious!
Total Time: 5 Minutes
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