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Your Ultimate Vegan Gift Guide

before yesterday Happy Cow veggie blog 

Whether youre gifting a vegan friend, family member, or youve decided you just want to gift compassionately this year (a wise choice!), you probably need some help. Surprising animal byproducts have found their way into popular gifts from wine to soaps, accessories to home-care products, making it tricky to know whats actually considered vegan and what isnt.  Weve made this list to help you out.  1. A Cookbook A cookbook is a beautiful present for anyone, loving or learning to cook! Theres no better way to support the work of hundreds of creative, innovative vegan chefs out there. Here are 3 great cookbooks we recommend every kitchen have: Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner, Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook, and Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking. 2. A Bottle Of (Vegan) Wine Did you know? Not all alcohol is vegan. Some beers and wines are filtered through a substance called isinglass, made from fish bladder! Luckily, many brands dont do this, and their wines make for a classy vegan gift! Here are some useful resources that will help you find and identify all kinds of vegan wine: Vegan Wines in UK, Vegan Wines in US, Vegan Wines in AUS  3. Artwork […] The post Your Ultimate Vegan Gift Guide appeared first on HappyCow.

Best Easy Vegan Recipes of 2021

December 31 2021 Vegan Richa 

Best Easy Vegan Recipes of 2021The best easy vegan recipes of 2021 from breakfast to dinner. These reader favorites are so good you’ll be making them in 2022 and beyond. It’s a wrap – the best recipes of 2021 are in.  From tofu wings to teriyaki fried rice down to hot & sour ramen soup, these are the best recipes I have shared this year. Trust me, these recipes are so good you’ll be making them in 2022 and beyond. This recipe roundup includes many modern vegan takes on classic dishes, like my skillet lasagna or my apple pie baked oatmeal. Delish recipes that everyone will love, whether you are in your 20s or 50s. Now is the time to mix up your old routine and add a variety of new foods and recipes and maybe even incorporate some different cooking techniques. Cooking at home is healthier but also more affordable than ordering take-out and you may even discover a new favorite dish. Youve got this in 2022! Pick an unknown recipe from this collection of vegan favorites and start preparing a delicious plant-based meal! What were your favorites from the blog ! Best Easy Vegan Recipes of 2021 Restaurant Style Aloo Gobi An easy healthy spin on restaurant-style aloo gobi that has all the flavor of the authentic Indian potato and cauliflower curry we love ordering at our favorite takeaway but is way lower in fat.  TRY THIS RECIPE Lentil Curry Casserole Make this easy Vegan Curry Lentil Casserole whenever that craving for restaurant-style creamy Indian lentil dishes hits. Brown lentils simmered in a fragrant coconut curry broth, served over rice! So easy, so delicious. Gluten-free, too.  TRY THIS RECIPE French Onion Skillet Lasagna Vegan French Onion Skillet Lasagna - thats sweet and savory caramelized onion, spinach, and vegan bechamel cooked on the stove alongside lasagna sheet pasta! No baking required! An easy one-skillet dinner your family will love! TRY THIS RECIPE Pakora Waffles - Savory Chickpea Flour Waffles Pakora Chickpea Flour Waffles are a fun savory vegan breakfast treat or snack! Veggie Pakora fritters are a staple at most Indian restaurants and now you can have them for breakfast - unfried! Gluten-free too! Soyfree Nutfree. Makes 8-9 mini waffles or 4-5 regular size TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal This easy Vegan Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal features a layer of baked oatmeal with crunchy nuts, chia seeds, and warming spices topped with delicious homemade apple pie filling.  Plenty of cinnamon, and some maple syrup for sweetness - this baked oatmeal is perfect for a cozy morning TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Firecracker Tofu Wings Sweet and Spicy Crispy Baked Firecracker Tofu Wings - an addictive vegan appetizer that will leave you wanting more. This is a super easy and delicious Asian-inspired tofu recipe that's perfect for Game Day, parties, movie night, or any occasion that calls for crowd-pleasing snacks. TRY THIS RECIPE Baked Onion Pakora/­­ bhajji These Baked Pakora are every bit as crispy and delicious as restaurant-style Onion bhajis just baked instead of fried! Make them as an appetizer for an Indian dinner or as a party or TV snack. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried Rice This Vegan Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried rice is packed with colorful veggies, sesame seeds and a sweet and salty teriyaki sauce. It makes a delicious Asian one-pot dinner! An easy Japanese restaurant-style fried rice that is ready in 20 minutes making it family-friendly for busy weeknight dinners. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Caramelized Onion Butternut Squash Lasagna This Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna with Caramelized Onions and Spinach features a creamy tofu cashew bechamel sauce and lots of melted vegan cheese. A vegan lasagna recipe perfect for feeding a crowd during the fall holidays. Soyfree option Nutfree option TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Spinach Alfredo Skillet Lasagna Vegan Spinach Alfredo Skillet lasagna makes the perfect weeknight dinner ! An easy vegan pasta recipe that is family-friendly, uses just 1 skillet, and is ready to eat in about 45 minutes! TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash with Lentil Apple Filling Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash with Lentil & Apple filling is a hearty and satisfying plant-based main course for any winter dinner and makes for a showstopping holiday meal! Easy to make ahead of time! TRY THIS RECIPE Vegetable Balti This easy Vegetable Balti is a really delicious way to get the family to eat healthy veggies like bell pepper and cauliflower, as the Balti Spices add a fantastic Indian flavor to them. 1 Pan, Baked Balti Casserole. A wonderfully rich and hearty Indian Balti sauce that is packed with veggie vitamins . Glutenfree Soyfree and Nutfree. TRY THIS RECIPE Mushroom Stroganoff This Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff recipe is packed with earthy flavor and umami from mushrooms and so creamy you wont believe its dairy-free. Made in just 1 skillet! Paired with pasta or mashed potatoes, its the ultimate vegan comfort food. TRY THIS RECIPE Baked Vegan General Tso Cauliflower You will love this Baked Vegan General Tso Cauliflower  - it is so quick and easy to prepare even on a weeknight and the flavor is better than anything from a Chinese restaurant or take-out joint!  TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Almond Burfi Keep this vegan almond burfi recipe at hand for whenever you need an easy yet special treat for the holidays! This 4 ingredient Indian Almond Fudge is totally fool-proof to make within minites and makes for a great gift too. Gluten-free, soy-free.  TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Eggs Benedict Casserole This Vegan Egg Breakfast Casserole is loaded with veggie goodness baked in one pan along with an easy vegan "egg" sauce made from tofu. Mushrooms add a touch of earthy flavor and savoriness to this vegan breakfast casserole. TRY THIS RECIPE Easy Vegan Almond Flour Crust This easy Vegan Almond Flour Pie Crust is naturally gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free, and made with just a few simple ingredients. No chilling needed! No shortening. The perfect healthy pie crust for practically any pie or tart! Allergen Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy, gluten, grain. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Butter Chicken Lasagna Bake Vegan Butter Chicken Lasagna Bake - an easy Indian Italian Fusion recipe the whole family will love! This easy vegan lasagna bake is made in one pan with simple pantry ingredients. Can be made in the skillet, too. TRY THIS RECIPE Baked Veggie Curry Casserole Up your weeknight dinner casserole with this easy vegan vegetable curry casserole loaded with Indian spices and creamy tomato gravy! All in 1 dish! TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Hot and Sour Soup with Ramen For a hearty Indo-Chinese meal full of veggies and tofu try my Vegan Hot and Sour Soup with Ramen! The perfect Asian-inspired comfort food thats ready in under 30 minutes! 1 Pot No added Oil! TRY THIS RECIPE   For more recipe round-ups, check out my Vegan Spring Dinner Recipes or my for65 Beginner recipes for veganuary! The post Best Easy Vegan Recipes of 2021 appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Curried Chickpeas and Rice in a Jar (Instant Pot)

December 15 2021 Vegan Richa 

Curried Chickpeas and Rice in a Jar (Instant Pot)This Curried Chickpea Fried Rice in a Jar is the perfect homemade food gift that can be made with pantry staple ingredients you might already have! This One Pot recipe be made in the Instant Pot in less than 10 minutes. Gluten-free & refined sugar-free. Need a homemade gift but don’t want to resort to the old hot chocolate or chocolate chip cookie mix? For a creative and different homemade gift, make my  Curried Fried Rice in a Jar. These cute mason jars filled with rice and a special spice blend are amazing for gifting and especially great for those who don’t love sweets. This is a dump and done recipe. Dump everything in the instant pot with water/­­stock and salt and close and pressure cook! The best thing? You might already have most ingredients in your pantry. Just fill your jar with some basmati rice, then grab a small empty spice dispenser and layer the spice mix in it. Then place the little jar with the spice mix into the big mason jar with the rice. With the jar, you want to include a list of ingredients that are needed to be added along with the instructions for making this Dump and Done Instant Pot Recipe.  If you want, you could even include a can of chickpeas in the gift bag. There you are: you basically just gifted an amazing dinner or easy lunch that comes together in minutes. Trust me, people will call to let you know how delicious it was. You can copy and paste the instructions from the blog or, write them out yourself. Handwritten always feels more special. About the recipe: This curried chickpea fried rice can be made within minutes using an Instant Pot. You can also make it in a saucepan. Instructions are in the notes. If you like this Dump and Done Instant pot recipe, Pre-Order my Instant Pot cookbook! If you already Preordered, then claim your Bonus #1 that dropped yesterday. It includes a Sneak Peak inside the book, 2 recipes with videos on how to make them, and Instant Pot COOKING TIME CHARTS! You need these extensive charts for quick reference for cooking beans, grains or veggies. To get the bonus, enter email and order number on the email sign up box on the Book page here and instantly get bonus materials. You need to do this only once. Other bonuses till release will keep dropping into your email automatically. More Rice Recipes: - instant pot teriyakj fried Rice - Instant pot Kitchari – Indian lentil and rice porridge - Instant pot pumpkin chipotle rice  - Peanut Sauce Fried Rice - Masala Fried rice with Turmeric Raita - thai basil fried rice - Springroll Fried Rice Continue reading: Curried Chickpeas and Rice in a Jar (Instant Pot)The post Curried Chickpeas and Rice in a Jar (Instant Pot) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Date Nut Cookie Mix in a Jar

December 13 2021 Vegan Richa 

Date Nut Cookie Mix in a JarIf youre short on time but want to give handmade gifts for the holidays, this date nut cookie mix in a jar is a snap to make. Can also be turned into a cake mix. This homemade date nut cookie mix in a mason jar makes a great holiday gift, hostess gift or party gift for New Year’s Eve. It takes less than 5 minutes to throw together and costs less than $5! Everyone loves a good homemade cookie, and this date nut cookie mix with pistachios is more interesting than a simple chocolate chip cookie. Oh, and you can easily make this mix into a date nut cake! Who doesn’t like a homemade multipurpose gift from the kitchen and this one is definitely gonna be a hit as this jar mix makes it so easy to get freshly baked holiday cookies ASAP! Canning jars are a very cute option here, but you dont need to go out and buy new jars to make cookie mix. As youre not actually sealing the ingredients in the jar, this is a great opportunity to repurpose random glass jars you have in your pantry. As long as they have a volume of one quart, these cookies in a jar will fit.   The recipe is pretty adaptable. Use any nuts you like. If you’re not huge on dates, add in some cranberries or raisins.   MORE COOKIE RECIPES: - Chocolate Tahini Cookies GF - Cinnamon Roll Cookies - Best Palm oil free Chocolate chip cookies - Pistachio Cookies - Lemon Chia Cookies - GF molasses cookies  - Ginger Tahini Cookies  Continue reading: Date Nut Cookie Mix in a JarThe post Date Nut Cookie Mix in a Jar appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Gingerbread Chocolate Fudge Vegan

December 4 2021 Vegan Richa 

Gingerbread Chocolate Fudge VeganSoft and Fudgy Vegan Gingerbread Chocolate Fudge perfect for Christmas. Made with pumpkin puree, molasses, chocolate and topped with candied ginger and brown sugar, its a simple but oh-so-tasty festive vegan treat. Gluten-free. Nutfree 8 Ingredients! This Easy Vegan Gingerbread Fudge is filled with warming spices along with a good dollop of molasses - it tastes just like your favourite gingerbread cookie but is soft fudge form. Perfect for gifting. This recipe uses pumpkin puree instead of sweetened condensed milk to reach the same fudgy texture. You can also use mashed sweet potato. No butter or sugar in this healthier chocolate gingerbread fudge! Convert this into Gingerbread chocolate Truffles! Scoop the mixture after Cooling for a bit using cookie scoop and roll into balls. Roll in cocoa powder and store To make these taste like gingerbread, we add some molasses along with gingerbread spices. For some crunch and an extra boost of cozy Christmas flavor, I sprinkled on some brown sugar and chopped crystallized ginger on top. Christmas Central, y’all This vegan gingerbread fudge is perfect for when you want to satisfy your gingerbread cookie and chocolate fudge cravings without having to go through the effort of making and rolling out cookie dough. Homemade fudge makes for the sweetest Christmas treat to give to family and friends. Quick, easy and perfect for gift-giving! Try this easy fudge recipe this holiday season. More Vegan Fudge Recipes: - Easy Vegan Chocolate Fudge - Avocado Freezer Fudge  - Vegan 7 Cup Burfi -Indian chickpea flour fudge - Hazelnut Fudge Bar Some Gingerbread recipes - Gingerbread men cookies - Glutenfree molasses cookies - Gingerbread latte - Gingerbread cake mix in a jar GF - easy gingerbread cake  Continue reading: Gingerbread Chocolate Fudge VeganThe post Gingerbread Chocolate Fudge Vegan appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix in a Jar - A DIY Edible Gift!

November 16 2021 Oh My Veggies 

This Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix in a mason jar makes for an awesome (and delicious) DIY holiday gift! This simple pancake mix is easy to make, reasonably healthy, and the addition of mini chocolate chips makes it a sure crowd pleaser too. Simply prepare the dry pancake mix, pack it in mason jars,... Read More This article was written and published by Oh My Veggies. It may not be reproduce or republished without permission of the author. The original article can be found here: Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix in a Jar - A DIY Edible Gift!.

Vegan Snickers Peanut Butter Cups

October 29 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Snickers Peanut Butter CupsHomemade vegan snickers peanut butter cups made with homemade peanut nougat, peanuts, dates and chocolate  – a simple gluten-free treat that you will love. Perfect for the holidays! Peanut-free option included. Looking for a sweet vegan treat that is great for gifting during the holidays or for putting on your Halloween treats table? Vegan Snickers Cups is where it’s at! I don’t think I need to explain the concept of Snickers at great length. Let’s just say that if you love chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter then these Vegan Snickers Peanut Butter Cups are the way to go! Homemade snickers cups are made with an easy peanut nougat, peanuts, dates which act as caramel layer, and chocolate  – a vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free homemade treat that you will love. Traditional nougat for chocolate bars like mars or snickers bars is made with egg whites, sugar and vanilla. To make these Snickers Cups extra flavorful, I opted to make vegan peanut butter nougat using peanut butter as a base and adding maple syrup for sweetness and oat flour as a thickener. It works like a charm and only takes minutes. Instead of caramel, we add halved, pitted dates, nature’s caramel! Obviously, these are an amazing food gift but are also ideal for anyone who like Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups but find them a tad too sweet these days. More vegan treats and candy: - Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark - Pumpkin ginger snaps  - Chocolate dipped sugar Cookies. GF - Ginger tahini cookies - Gingerbread Biscotti  - Vegan Snickers Bars Continue reading: Vegan Snickers Peanut Butter CupsThe post Vegan Snickers Peanut Butter Cups appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Whole Wheat Date Ladoo

October 17 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Whole Wheat Date LadooFor a sweet festival treat that is naturally sweetened, try my Whole Wheat Date Ladoo recipe. A wholesome vegan twist on a traditional Indian sweet made with whole wheat flour, almond flour, nuts, and dates! Soy-free + Gluten-free option. Try these Date sweetened Wheat ladoo (atte ka laddu) for the festive season without all the ghee and cups of sugar! They are quick and easy to make and are great for gifting, too. What is Laddu or Ladoo? The term laddu or ladoo stands for sweetened round balls usually made from flour, sugar/­­ jaggery, and ghee or oil! As for flavorings, nuts and spices like cardamon, saffron tend to be included and as you can imagine, Indian cuisine offers a variety of laddu recipes for all occasions. Some using besan, others semolina (Rava), whole wheat flour, or various millet flours, rice flours, etc! Just here on the blog, you actually already find many different types, made with a variety of flavors, like these coconut ones. YUM! Today we make atta ladoo.  Traditional wheat ladoo recipes call for ghee and wheat flour.  I have previously even made oil-free Ladoos using a maple syrup and those work out amazing as well. For this date ladoo recipe, we use a blend of whole wheat flour, almond flour, and flax meal which makes these taste nutty and wholesome. I like flavoring these with cardamom – a spice which you should always use sparingly and work your way up if need be. Some chopped cashews make these richer and melted vegan butter is added for moisture and texture but these would actually even work with oil instead of butter or no oil at all.   MORE DIWALI SWEETS - Coconut Ladoo - Vegan Rabri Recipe – Indian Milk Pudding - Vegan Malai Burfi - Mango Sheera /­­ Halwa  - Mango Burfi  - Kesar Peda - Rasmalai Cake Also make sure to check out my round-up post on Vegan Indian Sweets for more inspiration.Continue reading: Vegan Whole Wheat Date LadooThe post Vegan Whole Wheat Date Ladoo appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Almond Burfi

September 8 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Almond BurfiKeep this vegan almond burfi recipe at hand for whenever you need an easy yet special treat for the holidays! This 4 ingredient Indian Almond Fudge is totally fool-proof to make within minutes and makes for a great gift, too. Gluten-free, soy-free. Keep this almond burfi recipe ready for whenever you need a sweet treat for the holidays and Indian festivals. It is quick and easy to make and needs just 4 ingredients. What is Burfi? Burfi, also called barfi, is an original Indian dessert similar to fudge. It belongs populat  Indian sweets which are united under the name mithai. Various Burfis are traditionally made using ingredients like milk solids, condensed milk, milk powder, sugar, and ghee (clarified butter), nuts etc. My vegan Badam Burfi is made with ground almonds or almond flour, vegan butter, sugar & a touch of saffron.  I love it for its delightful balance of mild and sweet notes and its signature light fudgy texture. It’s a bit like almond fudge. These little bites of bliss are not only unbelievably easy to make but making burfi at home also leaves your kitchen smelling like heaven! What’s not to love about the fragrances of almond, and saffron wafting through your house? Trust me, this delicately flavored almond burfi will win your loved ones over with its melt-in-the-mouth texture. I like making these for celebrations like the Indian Ganesh festival or Diwali, but they also make an amazing gift any time of the year. The best part is that this recipe is super forgiving and totally fail-proof which gives us one less thing to worry about during the holidays. You ca change up the flavors and use cardamom, or vanilla instead. You can serve these Almond Burfi as a snack or a dessert and kids love these too! Such a great alternative to store-bought candies. MORE INDIAN SWEETS TO TRY: all Veganized - Rasmalai Cake - Gulab Jamun  - Coconut Ladoo - Almond Halwa, 2ways and Almond Ladoo GF - Malai Burfi  GF - 7 Cup Burfi - GF, Nutfree - Gajar Halwa, skillet, Instant pot - Wheat Ladoo - Sooji Halwa - Kaju Katli Continue reading: Vegan Almond BurfiThe post Vegan Almond Burfi appeared first on Vegan Richa.

German Chocolate Cookies

December 31 2020 Vegan Richa 

German Chocolate CookiesThese Vegan German Chocolate Cookies are like small individual German Chocolate Cakes! A soft, chewy chocolate oatmeal cookie with a rich caramel coconut pecan filling in the middle! Trust me, these wont last long on the cookie plate. No added Oil! These German Chocolate Cake Cookies have become a delicious household staple in no time. Think of them as little vegan German chocolate cakes that have all the flavor of German Chocolate Cake but are gone in two bites! I love all things pecan and chocolate! Especially around the holiday season! Have you tried my Pecan Chocolate Pie? SO good! In my book,  German Chocolate Cookies would make a perfect snack year-round, but with that festive nut & chocolate combo they are an especially great gift during the holidays! If you love German Chocolate Cake these little chocolate cookies are the perfect treat to add to your baking list! They have that classic winning combination of chocolate, coconut, and pecan all piled up on top of soft, rich, and chocolatey oatmeal cookies with no added oil! More Vegan Desserts for the Holidays - Chocolate Pumpkin Tart with Almond Crust. GF SF Grain-free. - Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie. GF No Bake - Classic Baked Pumpkin Pie with Rustic Crust. Cashew-free SF - Dark Chocolate Silk Pie. GF SF  - Sweet potato Pie Bars. GF option You often see German chocolate cookies that are frosted or topped with a caramel filling after baking. These are slightly different from your regular German Chocolate Cake Thumbprint cookies, as these are baked with the caramel coconut-pecan filling already in the cookies.  I find these are way easier to store and less messy to eat that way.Continue reading: German Chocolate CookiesThe post German Chocolate Cookies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Churro Biscotti

December 19 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Churro BiscottiThese Vegan Churro Biscotti with Cinnamon Sugar are perfectly crunchy for dunking in a hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa, or on their own. Impossible to eat just one! Continuing with more gift table holiday goodies with these Delicious Vegan Churro Biscotti just in time for the holidays! After your first bite memories of childhood carnivals will bring a warm smile to your face and nostalgia and happiness to everyone you share them with. I love these Cinnamon Sugar Biscotti! They are crunchy, with loads of sweet cinnamon flavor and theyre perfect dipped into tea, cappuccino, or coffee. But who’s stopping you from enjoying them as a holiday-themed breakfast on the go, or after dinner for a light dessert? Seriously I cant get enough of these. Now, Biscotti are crispy, and they are supposed to be like that, not soft or chewy. Biscotti – as the name implies – means twice baked, and double baking these dainty Italian cookies is the secret to their crunchy texture. Their signature texture makes them perfect for dunking into your hot drink, or even some sweet dessert wine. To make vegan biscotti or any biscotti recipe, the dough is shaped into a loaf and then baked. The baked loaf is then again cut into slices that are baked again until they become crispy. Once youve mastered making a traditional biscotti, your variations are endless. This churros version is my favorite and a love declaration to the Spanish streetfood classic “churros”! More DIY gifts from the blog - kitchari mix in a jar  - Indian Lentil soup in a Jar - Dal tadka - Coconut Macaroon mix in a jar - Gingerbread Cake for 1 in a jar - GF - Brownie Mix in a Jar.  Other giftables - Chocolate Peanut butter cup bark - Tiramisu truffles - Easy Chocolate Fudge  - gingerbread biscotti  Lets make these crispy cinnamony biscotti!Continue reading: Vegan Churro BiscottiThe post Vegan Churro Biscotti appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Tiramisu Truffles

December 13 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Tiramisu TrufflesThese vegan tiramisu truffles are a bite-sized spin on the classic Italian dessert – so rich and creamy. Made with Fudgy almond vegan cream cheese mix inside, espresso coffee and chocolate coating, and rolled in cocoa powder, these are so easy to make and they are the perfect gift for the holidays! If you like classic tiramisu you will surely love these vegan tiramisu truffles. Tiramisu – who doesn’t love the deep, rich flavor of a real Italian tiramisu! A coffee lover’s dessert dream. This Tiramisu Truffles recipe is a great way to combine the flavors of tiramisu to create a dainty bite-sized treat that makes for the perfect gift for the holidays. To get those classic tiramisu flavors, we use almond extract and espresso as well as some good old chocolate. In place of mascarpone cream cheese, which is traditionally used to make tiramisu,  I use a bit of vegan cream cheese with almond flour for a Fudgy middle. Then the chocolate. All chocolate lovers will be delighted to hear that we double-dip into chocolate here. The soft almond-scented center gets dunked in a coffee-flavored chocolate mixture. Twice! Double-dipping for the win! Double dipping creates a thick Fudgy chocolate layer on the truffles! Dont want to deal with the messy double dipping? , make them into bars. Even put half the chocolate mixture on parchment lined loaf pan, Freeze for 30 mins, then even out the almond mixture on top. Then the remaining chocolate, dust with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings and freeze for an hour, slice and refrigerate. By using high-quality ingredients you can create delicious homemade chocolates that taste as amazing as the pricey little truffles from the chocolate boutique. You will love these vegan coffee truffles!Continue reading: Vegan Tiramisu TrufflesThe post Vegan Tiramisu Truffles appeared first on Vegan Richa.

The Ultimate Wellness Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

December 1 2020 Vegetarian Times 

The Ultimate Wellness Gift Guide for Everyone on Your ListTis the season to update your naughty or nice lists and start holiday shopping. With health and wellness remaining center stage amidst a new surge of COVID-19 cases, everyone could use an extra dose of TLC throughout the holidays and into the new year. Weve curated a collection of 25 wellness gifts at a variety of price points that are sure to fill your lucky recipients with the warm fuzzies this season is all about. Broglie Box Curated Wellbeing Kits Help a loved one on your list keep his or her anxiety or stress in check with a BroglieBox. Co-founder Julia Broglie was inspired to create the company after experiencing her own mental health challenges as a young adult and losing her older brother, Justin, to suicide. She offers a wide variety of boxes -- such as Grief Relief, Stress Less and Focus Kit -- but were partial to the Alleviate Anxiety Deluxe Box, which comes with therapy dough, a massage rollerball, mindfulness cards, a workout band, hydration reminder, journal, medication reminders and a magazine full of articles from mental health experts. BroglieBox, $40 Nap Bar Better Sleep Box Good things come to those who nap, including reduced sleep deprivation and increased productivity. Houston residents adore pay-by-the-snooze facility Nap Bar, and you can now give the same luxurious napping experience to anyone on your nice list, no matter where they live. Nap Bars Better Sleep Box features everything you need for the perfect napping environment: an aromatic soy-based candle, a vegan aromatherapy pillow mist, a blackout sleep mask, and a downloadable theta brain wave audio file. Nap Bar Better Sleep Box, $69 Dazzle Dry Mini Kit Its not as easy to get a mani/­­pedi these days, so why not gift a quick-drying, non-toxic, humane, and long-lasting manicure system that brings gorgeous nails right to your recipients house? Developed by bio-organic chemist Dr. Vivian Valenty and backed by over 30 years of research, Dazzle Dry is a unique line of naturally advanced, high-performance nail care. Its award-winning four-step nail system is vegan, never tested on animals, and dries in just five minutes without UV light. DazzleDry, $75 Landia Skincare Mens Care Starter Set No doubt, theres a man in your life who could really use his own skincare products, and the Mens Care Starter Set from Landia Skincare is the perfect choice. The whole vegan skincare line is toxin-free, and made in Oregon from organic local ingredients that are responsibly sourced. This set includes a shave cream, face cream, and beard and hair oil in two scents -- and, best of all, it comes luxuriously packaged in a wooden box complete with a wooden button. Built Marketplace, $20 Lord Jameson Dog Treats Whether your pup celebrates Christmas or Hanukkah, Lord Jamesons got you covered. Choose from Holiday Cobbler (crisp green apples and oats), Gingerbread (peanut butter and oats), or Hanukkah Gelt (blueberries) -- the entire collection is vegan, cruelty-free, plant-based, allergy-friendly, and made without any preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, or GMO ingredients. Lord Jameson, $12.99 The Dry Challenge Book If 2021 is the year someone in your life has vowed to cut back on their alcohol consumption, help support their healthy lifestyle choice with a copy of, The Dry Challenge: How to Lose the Booze for Dry January, Sober October, and Any Other Alcohol-Free Month. The Dry Challenge is ideal for anyone who wants to complete a dry-month challenge, giving up all forms of alcohol for 31 days -- it walks you step-by-step through one drink-free month, from sharing the news with friends and family to getting back on track if you slip up and have a drink (or two). Amazon.com, $14.99 Puritize Home Sanitizing System Sanitize everything was 2020s slogan, and all signs are pointing to 2021 requiring the same vigilance with hygiene. Help protect your loved ones with a Puritize Home system, an ultraviolet light home sanitizing system that kills more than 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses -- in just 10 minutes. Put your cell phones, masks, glasses, keys, remote controls, headphones, toothbrushes, and electronic devices in and wait for it to work its magic. Puritize, $199.99 Vellabox Candle Subscription Do you know what really sets the mood this holiday season? Heavenly scented small-batch candles-- especially ones that are made by American artisans, are vegan and cruelty-free, use 100% natural wax with cotton wicks, and are phthalate- and paraben-free. Vellabox ticks all those boxes, with an expertly curated candle subscription box. With three sizes to choose from, your recipient will receive a candle and surprise gift each month all year long. Vellabox; starting at $10/­­month FINEX Cast Iron Skillet Set Theres no more prized culinary tool than a cast iron skillet -- you can pretty much cook anything in it, it lasts literally forever, and it even fortifies food with iron. FINEX is designed by a small team of Portland-based craftspeople who are grounded in the belief that cooking should be genuine. The Holiday Starter Set comes with a 10-inch skillet and lid (the most versatile pan youll ever own) perfect for cooking holiday meals, and a custom three-piece care kit to ensure the cookware is preserved and performs perfectly for generations to come. Finex, $229.00 Blissd Happiness Planner They say it takes 30 days to break a bad habit or create a healthy one. But what if it takes just a bit longer? Blissd will give you 100 days of goal setting, self-reflection and inspirational quotes all wrapped up in its beautiful Happiness Planner. This planner uses the power of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development to help you discover and create a life in alignment with who you truly are. Bliss’d, $29.00 Saltworks Gourmet Salt Gift Set Dont get salty this season; give salty! 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Kick things up a notch for the CBD-lover on your list with Martha Stewarts new 15-flavor CBD gummy sampler. With this special gummy sampler gift box, I was inspired by flavors from my garden, said Stewart. So, she included raspberry, rhubarb, passionfruit, Persian lime, black raspberry, strawberry, grapefruit, calamondin, green apple, black currant, blood orange, kumquat, quince, Meyer lemon and huckleberry in this 60-count box with 10mg CBD per gummy. Shop Canopy, $64.99 Moodygirl Chocolate Bars Its easy to rationalize eating dark chocolate -- its full of antioxidants, heart-healthy flavanols, and even a little brain-stimulating caffeine. But what about a chocolate bar that boosts your mood, too? Moodygirl chocolate bars contain vitamins and adaptogens designed to help women through PMS symptoms, low libido and stress relief. Plus, they are organic, vegan, gluten-free and free of refined sugars. These are the most delicious and guilt-free stocking stuffers around. Moodygirl, $9.99 Hurom Easy Clean Slow Juicer Juicing is a great way to pack more fruits and vegetables into each day, but cleaning up can be such a chore. Enter the Hurom Easy Clean Slow Juicer, which eliminates the mess thanks to a larger pulp outlet and elongated strainer grooves that rinse clean -- no scrubbing required. Its slow squeeze technology mimics the motion of squeezing fruit by hand, and youll be left with bone-dry pulp. Bonus: it can also make smoothies, nut milk and ice cream. Hurom, $499.00 The post The Ultimate Wellness Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Spicy Namak Para (Masala Paras)

November 21 2020 Manjula's kitchen 

Spicy Namak Para (Masala Paras) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Print Spicy Namak Para (Masala Paras) Spicy Namak Para is a crispy and savory snack that's perfect for the holiday season. Not only is this a popular snack, but it is also easy to make. This particular recipe is a twist on traditional Namak Paras with added spices to make it even more flavorful. You can always experiment with different variations by adding your choice of flavors! Spicy Namak Para taste especially delicious with a hot cup of chai. They also make for a simple but special homemade gift. It's also an easy road trip snack when traveling with your family! Hope you enjoy this recipe! This recipe is good for 10 people. Course Appetizer Cuisine Indian Servings 10 people Ingredients2 cup All Purpose Flour Maida 1/­­4 cup fine semolina sooji 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper crushed, kali mirch 1 tsp chili flakes lal mirch 1 tsp cumin seeds jeera 1 Tbsp dried fenugreek leaves Kasuri Methi 4 Tbsp oil 3/­­4 cup chilled water approx InstructionsIn a bowl mix all the dry ingredients well, all-purpose flour, sooji, salt, black pepper, red pepper, cumin seeds, and methi. Next add the oil mix it well. Add the chilled water slowly, mixing with your fingers as you pour. Do not knead the dough. The dough should be soft. Cover the dough and let it sit for at least fifteen minutes. Knead the dough and divide into two equal parts. Take each part of the dough and make a flat ball shape. Roll them into about 10-inch circles, it should not be very thin. Prick them with a fork all over the rolled dough, on both sides. This helps paras not to puff while frying. Cut each of the rolled dough into about 1/­­2-inch-wide and 3-inch-long pieces. Note: you can cut them in your desire shape. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. The frying pan should have at least 1-1/­­2 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should make the oil sizzle and come up slowly. Make sure to place just enough paras so you can turn them over easily when frying. Fry the paras until both sides are light golden brown. This should take about 8 minutes. After Spicy Namak Paras come to room temperature they should become crisp. NotesExperimenting and making the recipes to your taste is the best part of cooking. Try different variations by adding your choice of flavors. The post Spicy Namak Para (Masala Paras) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

16 Plant-Based Food Gifts on Goldbelly You Still Have Time to Send for the Holidays

December 9 2021 Vegetarian Times 

16 Plant-Based Food Gifts on Goldbelly You Still Have Time to Send for the Holidays Sending food is the next best thing to being there in person (or something) The post 16 Plant-Based Food Gifts on Goldbelly You Still Have Time to Send for the Holidays appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Tofu Scramble and Scramble Seasoning

November 29 2021 Vegan Richa 

Tofu Scramble and Scramble SeasoningMake this versatile tofu scramble seasoning and then The best vegan tofu scramble that is fluffy yet creamy and tastes just like eggs thanks to my secret tofu scramble seasoning. Gluten-free. Come breakfast time,  this tofu scramble really hits the spot for me, and Im sure it will for you as well. It has the perfect texture- fluffy and creamy thanks to a perfected ratio of blended and crumbled up tofu. But there’s more! With the recipe for the scramble, I give away the secret of my favorite tofu scramble seasoning. What is tofu scramble seasoning you ask? Well, why regular eggs might only need salt and pepper, with vegan tofu scramble, we need to reach a bit deeper into the spice drawer to get to flavor town.  The scramble seasoning is what will make the tofu taste like eggs. There are a couple of secret ingredients at play here. The key players are nutritional yeast and Indian sulfur salt (kala namak) as well as garlic and onion powder.  The Indian Sulfur salt is what adds the egg-y taste and nutritional yeast adds umami. To make it not only taste but also look like eggs, we add a small amount of turmeric. Paprika and pepper add some spice and smoky notes. This tofu scramble seasoning lasts for months in a spice jar. It makes for a great gift as well! The tofu scramble made with the seasoning is best served fresh! More Vegan Breakfast Options: - Vegan quiche - Vegan Chickpea Flour Scramble - Vegan eggs Benedict casserole  - Vegan Frittata - Broccolini White Bean Chickpea flour Frittata - Vegan Bhurji- indian egg scramblee - Mung Bean Omelettes - Chickpea flour pancakes - Savory Oats Veggie Turmeric Hash  Continue reading: Tofu Scramble and Scramble SeasoningThe post Tofu Scramble and Scramble Seasoning appeared first on Vegan Richa.

50+ Vegan Gift Ideas

November 10 2021 VegKitchen 

Its easy to share your love with animals and your friends and family with these 50+ vegan gift ideas! From food to apparel to cosmetics, you can find a vegan gift for everyone on your gift list. The post 50+ Vegan Gift Ideas appeared first on VegKitchen.

Diwali 2021 – 10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Diwali Eco friendly with your kids

October 25 2021 hebbar's kitchen 

Diwali 2021 – 10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Diwali Eco friendly with your kidscelebrating diwali festival does not have to be all about spending huge amount on crackers and expensive gifts, but instead one can always use innovative and homemade ways to do the house! it can be completely eco friendly and it can be fun too. The post Diwali 2021 – 10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Diwali Eco friendly with your kids appeared first on Hebbar's Kitchen.

Wild Rice and Butternut Blessings

October 5 2021 My New Roots 

Wild Rice and Butternut Blessings Hello friend. Its been a while. I sincerely hope that these words find you getting by as best you can in this strange world we find ourselves in. Staying centered and grounded these days is no small feat, and Im grateful to find myself here again, with the energy and space to share.  This post is actually two years in the making. The experience Im about to tell you about deserves thought, healing, and humility, and though I made a delicious recipe, I needed ample time to learn from, and honour the situation. Almost like with rich decadent food, your body and mind needs time to digest emotion and experience, and over the past 20 months of intense turmoil, discovering and uncovering, and worldly change, there is no better occasion or cultural climate than this moment to share one of my lifes most potent experiences. I hope youll join me on the entirety of this journey and take the time to read and digest it for yourself too. I welcome conscious comments and will receive your words gracefully and with humility in regards to my personal history and ask kindly that the inevitable missteps, mistakes, and /­­ or insensitivities in my story shared below are highlighted with respect and with the intention of learning, inspiring community and healing, and are supportive of a better and more just future.   The People Ill begin by introducing the people of the story that span many generations, many places of origin, and many cultures: The Anishinaabeg – an Indigenous community made up of the Ojibwa, Odawa, Potawatami, Chippewa, Mississauga, Algonquin, and Delaware peoples who stewarded the Great Lakes Basin before and through the late 1600s. A man named James Whetung of the Black Duck clan, Anishinaabe who has called this land home for his lifetime and the many generations before him. My European ancestors who arrived in this same area (Upper Canada then, and what is now known as Southern Ontario) in the early-to-mid 1800s. A young man named Mossom Boyd, my great-, great-, great-grandfather, who landed in 1833. He purchased 100 acres of land and cleared it himself in the hopes of building a prosperous life. After farming for a few years, he wasnt making the income hed hoped for, and sought work at a local sawmill, eventually taking it over, on the site which is now Bobcaygeon, Ontario.   As Boyd continued to work the land, benefitting from the abundant natural resources, he experienced great success with his lumbering enterprise. He later went on to cut forests in great swathes across Ontario, then moved out west to Vancouver Island with his son, Martin Mossom Boyd, who eventually took over the business. Needless to say, the familys enterprise had an indelible impact on the Canadian landscape and the Indigenous peoples. Me, a white, privileged woman who benefits from this history in seen and unseen ways with a mission to inspire health to the people of this world through conscious choices. Heres one of my many stories...  My Family I spent my summers in the Kawartha Lakes, just 12 kilometers upstream from the reserve where James lived and lives. My grandparents lived on the canal at the mouth of Pigeon lake, on the Trent-Severn Waterway. My grandfather owned a substantial portion of the land there (how we understand owned in our modern world), and a 1085-acre island just off the shoreline.  I was a very lucky kid to have so much wild land to explore, play with, and learn from. To say I feel connected to nature, to the earth and water, to the elements there, would be an understatement. That forest and lake are inside of me, just as much as I am inside of it – I knew every rock, nook, cranny, and crevice. I knew the plants, the poison ivy, the lichen, the cedar; the shallow soil, dry and bare rocks, the limestone; I can evoke the alchemical aroma of it all in an instant. My hideaways along the shoreline in giant rock fractures were coated in moss and gnarled cedar roots, and there I would live in worlds of my imagination, connected to natures creations and its magnetic energy. The sensation of being there, on every level, is burned into my being. It is cellular memory.    Mossom Boyd 1814-1883 /­­ My father and I canoeing on Pigeon Lake /­­ Fishing on Pigeon Lake, 1990 There is a museum in town, named after my great-great-great grandfather Mossom, honouring his vision and entrepreneurial genius (as our culture recognizes). This history was one to celebrate, an empire that spanned the country, a legacy to be proud of. We would visit the museum almost every summer when I was growing up, so that I could better understand where I came from. These truths coexisted within me — nature and empire. As I began to see the complexities of this place that is deeply a part of me, I sought out a way to understand the same land, water, air, forest through the eyes, hands, and hearts of the people with a completely different history to the shared nature and to the empire of my lineage.  The Whetungs James family has been living with the land known as the Michi Saagig Anishinaabeg territory for approximately 4,000 years, dated by wild rice fossils found by geologists. This being the same land, that Mossom Boyd purchased 3,780 years later.  When I drove up to Curve Lake First Nations to experience a wild rice (known as manoomin) harvest two years ago, I met James Whetung and his family. The man whose name I had heard before, but was admittedly afraid to come face to face with, as I had some idea of how my lineage had impacted his. At least I thought I knew. When the group of us had all arrived and settled, James introduced himself, and told his story – the side that I had never heard before. They cut all the trees, floated them down river using the highways of my people. They needed clearer waterways, so they dredged the lakes and removed the rice beds that had provided our food. The First Nations peoples were forcefully moved to reserves, and confined there, needing written permission to leave, and only in order to work for local farmers at slave wages. You had to be Christian to live on the reserve, and Natives were not allowed to practice their own spirituality or pass it on to subsequent generations. The people were starving. Listening to James, and hearing first-hand what his ancestors had gone through because of my ancestors, was heartbreaking, and it filled me with bitter shame and confusion. What was once a celebrated history of my family, became tainted and disgraceful. When he was finished, I raised my hand to speak, compelled to admit that I came from the family he was talking about. The lineage and industry that changed the landscape of his ancestors’ home. That I was deeply remorseful. He responded graciously by inviting me to canoe out with him to harvest manoomin. He said that those on the reserves eventually were able to take the remaining rice seeds and plant them. By 1920, the yields were up but only until the 1950s when destructive colonial farming practices began using chemicals (many of which still are in use today), which created chemical run-off causing imbalances in the lakes, soil, air, and water, further affecting the aquatic grasses; the nutritious, traditional food source.   Wild Rice on Pigeon Lake Canadian cottage culture took off in the area around this time as well, motor boat traffic increased destroying the rice beds, and leaked oil and gas into the water. Septic beds were added for sewage treatment, but none were regulated and leaching into lakes was a regular occurrence. In the years between 1950 and 1980, the Trent Severn Waterway underwent a weed eradication program using agent orange (a highly toxic herbicide) to make swimming more enjoyable for the cottagers. Shortly after, James started planting seeds to feed his family and community despite the many cultural and environmental concerns out of his control. Wild rice as a traditional food source is highly nutritious and is known to help prevent diabetes — a huge problem within Indigenous peoples due to a forced disconnection from their traditional practices and nourishment sources. James started sowing seeds on Pigeon lake, where his grandfather had seeded and harvested for many generations. He was healing his people, and as demand increased, he started to invent technologies to make his work easier and faster. The increased production meant that he could not only feed his community, but start selling his wild rice at local farmers markets.  Unfortunately, not everyone is as enthusiastic about the wild rice increase in Pigeon and surrounding lakes. Since 2007, a group of cottagers have been fighting against Whetungs seeding of wild rice, claiming that the shoreline is their property and that the rice beds impede recreational boating. Theyve gone so far as to form a protest group, called Save Pigeon Lake, which asks James to harvest without the use of a motorboat (he did this to increase efficiency) and to stop seeding the rice.  Canada and Curve Lake First Nation are both signatories to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This Declaration states that Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and develop their political, economic and social systems or institutions, to be secure in the enjoyment of their own means of subsistence and development, and to engage freely in all their traditional and other economic activities (Article 20). And further, that Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions, as well as the manifestations of the sciences, technologies and cultures, including human and genetic resources, seeds, medicines, knowledge of the properties of fauna and flora... (Article 31). The rice beds run along the TSW in the tri-lakes area, which includes Buckhorn, Chemong and Pigeon lakes. Despite the concerns of waterfront property owners, Whetung says the land falls under Treaty 20 and is therefore not under the jurisdiction of the TSW, which is operated by Parks Canada.  About James Im going to keep doing what I am doing. Why would I stop? Our people have starved for thousands of years. This is food; this is a livelihood, says Whetung. And personally, as an advocate for healthy food access for all, for a thriving world, and supported communities, I whole-heartedly agree. For more about James and his community’s work, please visit the Black Duck Wild Rice website. I am deeply grateful for James time, energy, heart, perseverance, and spirit. This is a forever healing journey and one I intend to continue with the peoples intrinsically linked to my own familys history here in Canada. Wild Rice Harvesting and Preparation Let’s talk about this beautiful offering, manoomin, or wild rice. Having always been drawn to this remarkable plant, I knew that when I moved back to Ontario, Canada, I had to learn more about it firsthand, and perhaps even how to harvest and process it. That is what led me to James and Black Duck Wild Rice. Every year around the September full moon, the manoomin harvest takes place, and he and his community welcome those who want to join and learn. Harvesting James taught us the traditional way, in canoes, all by hand. With two people per boat, one navigates and steers, while the other uses two long, thin sticks (bawa’iganaakoog); one to bend the rice into the canoe and the other to beat the grasses until the rice seeds fall into the hull of the canoe. Once you get the hang of it, it’s rhythmic and meditative, but still a physical and time-consuming ritual that requires community. As with most traditional food cultivation practices its a closed loop cycle, for whatever rice that doesnt fall into the canoe to be processed falls into the water, planting next years crop at the same time! Curing Once on shore, the canoes are emptied by hand onto large sheets which are transferred to a cool dark place so the rice can cure. Two or three times a day for a week or so, the rice is turned and aerated, left to dry.  Toasting /­­ Parching The rice was traditionally toasted in a cast-iron cauldron over an open fire. James showed me how to use an old canoe paddle to turn the rice constantly so as not to scorch it — its texture and scent slowly transformed. This takes about an hour of constant stirring with a keen eye on the fire so it remains at the perfect temperature for toasting. If you stop for even a second, the rice will burn. James could tell from the smell, and how the rice felt between his fingers when it was ready the mark of a true artisan, energetically connected to his craft. Nowadays, James uses a machine that he designed and built himself, that stirs the rice automatically over open flames and gets the rice toasty faster and with less manual labour. Toasting the rice increases the flavour, and helps preserve it. If properly toasted and dry, wild rice can last in storage for five years or more (a necessity to help balance the yearly ebbs and flows of the harvest).  Dancing /­­ Jigging This was my favourite part of the process because it involved several people working together, and having the pleasure and honour of wearing beautiful, specially-designed moccasins just for this process. The toasted rice is put into another large cauldron (or sometimes a hole in the ground lined with leather cloth or a tarp) while three people sit around it, with our feet in the center. Once we had our soft shoes laced all the way up, we vigorously twisted and swooshed our feet around on the rice to loosen some of the chaff from the rice kernels — this was extremely hard work! We rotated through the group as people got tired, and eventually we were ready for the last step. Winnowing The danced rice is then turned out onto a large fabric sheet, with everyone holding the edge with both hands. Count to three and up the rice goes into the air, the breeze blowing the chaff away. This needs to be repeated countless times to separate the rice from the chaff completely. This is unbelievably time-consuming work and experiencing it first hand made me appreciate every grain so much more! At the end of a grounding day of traditional work, you are gifted a few cups of cleaned wild rice. The appreciation I felt to see the yield of the countless hours by many people, not to mention the effort and contribution of this Earth truly became overwhelming. The experience solidified how food has the unparalleled ability to bring people together — requiring many enthusiastic, hard-working hands (and feet!) to get the job done, start to finish. At the end of the journey, everyone is rewarded with delicious food, straight from the Earth, her waters, her people. It is so simple, and so powerful. Wildly Nutritious Wild rice is not related to true rice nor is a grain at all in fact, but the seed of aquatic grass that grows along the shores of freshwater lakes in Canada and the Northern US. Its a little more expensive than other varieties, as it is often harvested by hand.  Wild rice is also, of course, wildly nutritious and is no surprise that Indigenous peoples made a point to cultivate this true super food. Containing high levels of protein, fiber, iron, and calcium, wild rice is also gluten-free. It is extremely high in folic acid, an essential B-complex vitamin lacking in many peoples diets. Just half a cup of cooked wild rice yields 21.3 mcg of folic acid – necessary for cardiovascular support, red blood cell production, brain and nervous system health, and of particular importance during pregnancy – where brown rice by comparison offers only 3.9 mcg. The niacin content of wild rice is also notably high with l.06 mg for every 1/­­2 cup cooked rice. Potassium packs an 83 mg punch, and zinc, which is usually available in trace amounts, registers 1.1 mg. Wild rice is a wonderful alternative to any grain that you would use in either hot or cold dishes. My favourite is to enjoy it in veggie bowls, soups and stews, as well as hearty salads. Its rich, nutty flavour pairs well with other earthy-sweet foods like beets, sweet potato, pumpkins and squash, making it the perfect ingredient to add to your fall recipes, already full of abundance and gratitude. It lasts for about a week after cooking, so making a large batch at the beginning of the week will give you the honour to grace your meals with a serious boost of nutrition and spirit with every grain! Wild Rice & Butternut Blessings This recipe was born from the desire to combine the elements that James and I had a hand in growing: wild rice from his lake, and butternut squash from my garden, coming together for one beautiful meal. Stacking the squash rounds makes for a grand, dramatic, and eye-catching presentation where the simple ingredients are made into something very special. This would be the most stunning main dish for a harvest celebration meal, or even into the winter holidays. It has the perfect balance of flavours, textures, and nutrition, so youll feel satisfied on every level. Try to find a butternut squash with a long and hefty neck. Since we are after nice big rounds, the longer your neck, the more rounds youll have! And try to source your wild rice from a local reserve or farmers market, if possible. There are several components to this recipe, but Ive written it in a way that you can juggle all the elements with seamless management of your time.    Print Wild Rice and Butternut Blessings with Mushrooms, Toasted Walnut Garlic Sauce, and Sumac Author Sarah Britton Ingredients4 lb. /­­ 2kg butternut squash about 1 large, try to find one with a long neck! 1 cup /­­ 175g wild rice soaked for at least 12 hours 9 oz. /­­ 250g mixed wild mushrooms or any mushroom of your choice 3 cloves garlic minced a couple sprigs fresh thyme and rosemary 1/­­2 cup /­­ 13g chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 batch Toasted Walnut Sauce recipe follows 1 Tbsp. sumac divided freshly cracked black pepper handful of walnuts for garnish if desired Toasted Walnut Garlic Sauce1 cup /­­ 125g raw walnuts 1 garlic clove 2 Tbsp. cold-pressed olive oil 4 tsp. apple cider vinegar 2 tsp. pure maple syrup 2 generous pinches of fine sea salt plus more as needed InstructionsStart by cooking the wild rice: drain and rinse the soaked rice well, place in a pot. Add 3 cups /­­ 750ml of fresh water, a couple pinches of sea salt, then bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer. Cook until rice is chewy-tender - about 45 minutes. While the rice is cooking, preheat the oven to 350°F /­­ 180°C. Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast for 7 to 10 minutes, watching them carefully so they do not burn, until they are golden and fragrant. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Turn the oven heat up to 400°F /­­ 200°C. Give the butternut squash a good scrub, making sure to remove any dust or dirt. Leaving the skin on, slice the squash neck into rounds about 1 /­­ 2.5cm thick. Place on a baking sheet, sprinkle with a little salt, and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, flipping once halfway through cooking, until the squash is fork tender. Remove from the oven and drizzle with olive oil and a little more salt, if desired.  While the squash is roasting, make the Toasted Walnut Sauce. Place the toasted walnuts, garlic, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup in a blender. Blend on high, adding up to 1 cup /­­ 250ml of water to thin the dressing as needed--you are looking for the consistency of melted ice cream. Season with salt. Store in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Lastly, prepare the mushrooms. Clean and cut the mushrooms as desired (I used king oyster mushrooms, sliced in half lengthwise and scored diagonally). Add a knob of your favourite cooking fat to a large skillet, and once melted add the mushrooms and a couple pinches of salt. Cook the mushrooms without crowding them, and do not move them about in the pan too much. Youre looking for a nice sear and that comes after the mushrooms have been in constant, direct contact with high heat. Once golden on one side, flip, and continue cooking until golden on the other. In a large bowl, combine the wild rice and parsley. Drizzle a touch of the sauce and about 1/­­2 Tbsp. of the sumac, a few grinds of black pepper, and fold to incorporate. To assemble, drizzle or puddle some sauce on the bottom of your serving plate. Add a round of butternut squash, followed by the wild rice mixture, a couple mushrooms, then repeat the layers of squash, rice, mushrooms. Drizzle remaining sauce over top, sprinkle with additional sumac and black pepper, and a handful of walnuts. Say thank you and enjoy each bite, each grain. NotesServes 4 Makes approximately 1 cup /­­ 270ml of Sauce In Closing I would love to hear your thoughts about how we can better respect and heal our pasts culturally, together. I wanted to open up the conversation here, not try to offer some kind of solution. This is a complicated, complex, deeply layered issue that has deep roots, well beyond us here today. I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to be in a canoe with James himself, to witness how to harvest with intention and gratitude. It felt deeply meaningful to be there with him, the place our two family lines have crossed in many ways for many years, finally converging in a peaceful, cooperative, and hopefully reciprocal way. This extends far beyond James and I, and takes many more hands and hearts. The first step of many, I am forever grateful to James for sharing the story of his family and community as it has been silenced for too long. Thank you for taking the time to read this today. Id also like to add for those who havent seen Canadian news over the past few months, that there has been uncovering of more extreme darkness in this country in relation to the Indigneous people of this land. The residential school system removed children from their Indigenous culture, communities, families, and ways of being. These Anglo-Saxon, Christian boarding schools are sites of mass unmarked graves where thousands of children’s bodies were found, taken from their families. There are many agencies working towards healing, remediation, and reconciliation in response to these unfathomable atrocities in our history. One of them is the Downie Wenjack Foundation, which aims to to aid our collective reconciliation journey through a combination of awareness, education, and action. This link will take you to their page about Reconcili-ACTION, and a list of ways to catalyze important conversations and meaningful change, recognizing that change starts with every one of us and each person can make an impact. The post Wild Rice and Butternut Blessings appeared first on My New Roots.

These 8 Self-Care Gifts Are Exactly What Your Mom Needs In Her Life

April 28 2021 Vegetarian Times 

These 8 Self-Care Gifts Are Exactly What Your Mom Needs In Her Life Get the perfect gift for the health-minded mom in your life. The post These 8 Self-Care Gifts Are Exactly What Your Mom Needs In Her Life appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Vegan Gingerbread Banana Bread

December 27 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gingerbread Banana BreadThis Vegan Gingerbread Banana Bread recipe combines soft and moist Banana bread with Spiced gingerbread for the ultimate holiday treat. If you like gingerbread and bananas, you will love this vegan gingerbread banana bread! This banana bread recipe is perfect for the holidays and like any banana bread recipe, it is ideal for using up those brown bananas at the bottom of my freezer! If you are like me and have a treasure trove of frozen bananas or overripe bananas, this easy loaf cake recipe is for you. Make one big gingerbread banana loaf for yourself, and a couple more for gifting! I love this delicious loaf cake just slightly warm from the oven with a dollop of vegan butter – but I like it equally well a day or so later when it has had a chance to sit for a while. The flavors are out of this world and get ever more pronounced with time. That gingerbread spice, the banana and that touch of malty molasses. DELISH! Especially around Christmastime, I try to add molasses to as many recipes as I can. I used classic thick and dark cooking molasses, which is what you use in regular gingerbread for that magnificent warming molasses flavor. If you want a lighter flavor, use fancy molasses. It will make the loaf sweeter and lighter. MORE VEGAN BREAKFAST BAKES FROM THE BLOG - Marbled Banana Chocolate loaf - Banana Walnut Breakfast Loaf. Gluten-free - Banana Apple Bread - One bowl Pumpkin Bread - Turmeric Pumpkin Chocolate Marble Loaf.  - Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins I like that this banana bread is super flavorful but not overly sweet, and it wakes you right up in the morning with its bold gingerbread spices and the round molasses flavor! An added bonus: little bursts of candied ginger, that we add to the batter.Continue reading: Vegan Gingerbread Banana BreadThe post Vegan Gingerbread Banana Bread appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Bark

December 16 2020 Vegan Richa 

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate BarkVegan Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Bark- you only need 4 ingredients to make this heavenly vegan chocolate bark! It makes a great holiday gift for friends and family and kids love it too! These days, Im all about gifting edibles. Something delish that I made myself that will put a smile on someones face. Gifting consumables is always a win! And should you be looking for an especially simple treat to gift to and share with your friends and family this holiday season, I have the perfect recipe for you! Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Bark! Say what? This Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Bark is SO easy to make! And can you really ever go wrong with the classic All-American chocolate and peanut butter combo? I don’t think so! It is a match made in heaven! Add some chopped peanuts on top for some crunch and you have a divine snack that tastes even better than the popular candy. And it’s so forgiving! You can make big pb swirls, small pb swirls, and you can even let the kids help. It’s a fun little weekend project. You can package the vegan peanut butter cup chocolate bark in cute bags and give it to your friends and family for a delicious holiday treat! They will LOVE it!Continue reading: Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate BarkThe post Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Bark appeared first on Vegan Richa.

100 DIY Food Gifts for the Holidays

December 10 2020 Oh My Veggies 

100 DIY Food Gifts for the Holidays Do you need some last minute gift ideas? Well, I have 100 DIY food gifts for the holidays listed here for you--plus a recipe for whole wheat pancake mix, too! Last Minute Christmas Shopping I think it is safe to say we have officially entered last minute territory when it comes to Christmas gifts.

Holiday Cookbook Giveaway

November 27 2020 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Holiday Cookbook Giveaway Its time for my first annual Holiday Cookbook Giveaway! I will be giving away a set of four of my recent titles to three lucky winners during the next three weeks. Each book bundle will include a copy of: Vegan Mac & Cheese The Plant-Based Slow Cooker One-Dish Vegan The Plant-Protein Revolution Cookbook The first winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 1st; the second winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 8th; and the third winner will be chosen on Tuesday, December 15th. The winners will be chosen at random. Whether you add the books to your personal cookbook collection, or give them away as gifts, this giveaway is my way of saying thank you and Happy Holidays from me to you. To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment at the end of this post.  For example: What are you grateful for? What makes you smile?  Why do you want to win these books? What’s your favorite vegetable? TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD! Enter now! Leave your comment at the end of this post and check back on the next three Tuesdays to see if youve won a cookbook bundle! The post Holiday Cookbook Giveaway appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry Mix

November 10 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry MixLearn how to make Vegan Gulab Jamun using my simple gulab jamun dry-mix as a starting point to make this festive Indian sweet consisting of soft cardamom-scented donut balls soaked in saffron/­­rose water syrup. Dairy-free and with a gluten-free option! Jump to Recipe DIY Gulab Jamun Dry Mix for gifting to yourself and others Get ready for one of my favorite Indian treats ever – Gulab Jamuns! The ultimate indulgence for special occasions. Small, bite-sized syrupy donut balls of bliss! And with this Gulab Jamun Dry Mix, you will be able to make them all.the.time. If you are new to Indian food or Indian Diwali sweets, you might be wondering what I am talking about. Let me explain: What are Gulab Jamuns? Gulab jamuns are like a rich donut, flavored with cardamom and saffron and soaked in sugar syrup to make a soft and melt-in-your sweet syrupy Indian dessert. A favorite around the festival season, The traditional version uses milk powder or mawa (milk solids) or other forms of dairy. Every few years I try to improve my vegan gulab jamuns. This version (also a slight variation in my indian kitchen book) makes amazing jamuns. But just getting all the ingredients together can add up to the cooking time. I made them simpler and tastier! Just blend up the ingredients and store as a diy donut mix so that you can make quick vegan jamuns as needed. You can also gift this mix to people as it is shelf-stable for a couple of months! This recipe uses some flour, cardamom, baking soda, sugar, and nuts such as almond and pistachios to add a mawa (milk solids or milk powder) effect. A little bit of breadcrumbs ensures that the mix has a bit of air. Just blend everything up. Add some nondairy milk, make dough and pan fry or deep fry, soak in warm sugar syrup and ready! Lets make this right now!Continue reading: Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry MixThe post Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry Mix appeared first on Vegan Richa.


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