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Meal Plan Mini: Creamy Black Bean Bowls, Cauliflower Tacos, Raspberry Brownies

yesterday 14:52 Golubka Kitchen 

Meal Plan Mini: Creamy Black Bean Bowls, Cauliflower Tacos, Raspberry Brownies So happy to come out with another mini meal plan! This series is one of my absolute favorite things to work on. It definitely takes a lot of planning and energy, but making interconnected recipes that flow into each other is endlessly inspiring and satisfying. This kind of work reminds me that home cooking doesn’t need to be complicated to be good, that leftovers are a true gift, and that food waste is not a necessary part of life (though it’s so hard to avoid!). This mini is even more fun than usual, since it includes a wholesome treat recipe among the savory ones. The whole thing is centered around black beans – a magical ingredient that will make its way into tacos, bowls, and brownies. As usual, we walk you through some simple prep steps and provide a shopping list for all the ingredients. If you enjoy this mini, check out this more wintery black bean meal plan we did a few months ago, as well as all our meal plans. Let’s get started :) Menu - Creamy Black Bean Bowls - Refried Black Bean and Cauliflower Tacos - Black Bean Raspberry Brownie Bites *all recipes are vegan and gluten-free, see the recipes for serving sizes Shopping List (Print) Bring this list with you when you go food shopping, its got all the ingredients youll need for the recipes in this meal plan mini. All the items are separated by category, to make the shopping easier and more efficient. Take the time to look over this list beforehand and cross out any items you already have. The hope here is that you own some of the pantry staples, spices, and maybe even some of the produce required, which will help minimize the list. Add whatever other ingredients you’ll need for the week here, if doing shopping for the whole week. Produce - 1 1/­­2 yellow onions - 1 medium red onion - 1 head of garlic (7 cloves) - 2 jalapeno peppers - 2 limes - 1 very large or 2 small heads of cauliflower - pint of cherry tomatoes - about 4 avocados - about 6 oz fresh or frozen raspberries - 1 bunch cilantro - 1 bunch scallions Bulk and Spices - 3 cups dry black beans - 2 cups rice of choice or quinoa - 1 cup untoasted cashews - 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds - black pepper - smoked paprika - chili powder - cumin seeds or ground cumin - bay leaves Staples - sea salt - olive oil or other cooking oil of choice - coconut oil - brown rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar - tahini or other nut butter - vanilla extract - cocoa powder - coconut sugar - baking powder - hot sauce (optional) Other - corn tortillas or other tortillas of choice Basic Prep 1) Cook the beans and make the Creamy Black Beans Pot of Black Beans + Creamy Black Beans   Print inspired by the Mama Eats Ebook Ingredients 3 cups dry black beans sea salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 yellow onion - sliced in half 1 jalape?o - slit down the side 5 cloves of garlic - smashed and peeled 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 2 teaspoons chili powder 1½ teaspoons ground cumin freshly ground black pepper 2 bay leaves juice from 1 lime Instructions Soak the beans overnight or up to 24 hours in plenty of purified water with a splash of apple cider vinegar. Drain and rinse the beans. Place them in a large soup pot and cover them with purified water by about 2. Add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 30 minutes. Taste for doneness. If the beans are not completely soft, continue to cook until fully done. Salt at the last 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove 1½ cups of the beans to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to make the brownies. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion halves, face down, and the jalape?o. Let sit on the heat for about 4-5 minutes, flipping the jalape?o halfway through, until the vegetables are slightly charred. Add the garlic cloves and let them get fragrant for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove some water from the pot with the cooked beans, so that the beans are just covered by the water (by about 1). Add the charred onion, jalape?o, garlic, and the oil from the pan to the pot. Add the paprika, chili, cumin, another generous pinch of salt, black pepper, and bay leaves, mixing everything in. Bring the beans up to a very strong simmer over medium heat. Let simmer, with the lid askew, for 30-45 minutes, until the bean liquid has reduced and become creamy, and until the beans are buttery soft. The liquid will thicken more once it cools. Turn off the heat and mix in the lime juice. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust if needed. Remove the jalape?o, onion, and bay leaves. Remove 2 cups of the creamy beans to an airtight container, catching some of the liquid but not too much. These will be used for the Refried Black Bean Cauliflower Tacos (recipe below), so keep them refrigerated until ready to make the recipe. Use the rest of the creamy beans in the Creamy Black Bean Bowls (recipe below). 3.5.3226     2) Cook the Rice or Quinoa Pot of Rice or Quinoa   Print Serves: 6 cups Ingredients 2 cups rice of choice or quinoa sea salt freshly ground black pepper (optional) olive oil (optional) brown rice vinegar (optional) Instructions Cook the rice or quinoa according to the instructions on the package (if your rice came in a package), or any other cooking method you prefer, like in a rice cooker, etc. We like to cook our rice with a generous pinch of salt, a grind of black pepper, a glug of olive oil, and a small splash of brown rice vinegar, which makes it infinitely more flavorful. Use in the Creamy Black Bean Bowls (recipe below). 3.5.3226   3) Make the Quick Pickled Onions Quick Pickled Onions   Print adapted from Simply Vibrant Ingredients ½ cup brown rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar 1 cup warm purified water 1½ teaspoons sea salt 1 medium red onion - thinly sliced Instructions Combine the vinegar, water and salt in a large glass jar. Close the jar and shake to dissolve the salt. Add the onion and shake once again to mix. Let the onions marinate at room temperature for at least 1 hour. The onions will become more flavorful as more time passes. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 3.5.3226   4) Make the Cilantro Jalape?o Crema Cilantro Jalape?o Crema   Print Serves: about 1½ cups Ingredients 1 cup untoasted cashews - soaked in water for at least 15 minutes ½ cup purified water juice from 1 lime ¼ - ½ of a jalape?o handful of cilantro (tender stems included) sea salt Instructions Drain and rinse the cashews. Place them in an upright blender, along with the purified water, lime juice, jalape?o, cilantro, and sea salt to taste. Blend on high until smooth, adding small splashes of water if the sauce seems too thick. Taste for salt and adjust if needed. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container. 3.5.3226   5) Roast the Cauliflower Roasted Cauliflower   Print Ingredients 1 very large or 2 small heads of cauliflower - chopped into bite-sized florets olive oil or other cooking oil of choice sea salt freshly ground black pepper ½ teaspoon cumin seeds 6 scallions - sliced into ½ pieces Instructions Preheat oven too 400° F (200° C). Prepare 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Distribute the cauliflower between the baking sheets, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cumin seeds. Mix to coat. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, flip the cauliflower on both trays and add the scallions, mixing them into the cauliflower. Roast for 10-15 more minutes, or until the cauliflower is very soft and caramelized and the scallions are slightly charred. 3.5.3226     Recipes These bowls are all about the creamy black beans, which make the best case for cooking beans from scratch. They turn out so velvety and flavorful, and you can change up the spices and aromatics based on your preferences. They’re delicious simply served over something starchy like rice or quinoa. But a few of our punchy, colorful toppings from prep day take them to that completely next level. Best part? These bowls come together in no time since you’ve done all the prep. Creamy Black Bean Bowls   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients about 5 cups creamy black beans (recipe above) about 6 cups cooked rice or quinoa (recipe above) quick pickled onions (recipe above) cilantro jalape?o crema (recipe above) other topping suggestions cubed avocado sliced cherry tomatoes fresh cilantro leaves sliced green onion Instructions Serve the warm creamy black beans in individually portioned bowls, over warmed rice/­­quinoa, topped with quick pickled onions, crema, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, and/­­or green onion. 3.5.3226   We’re so obsessed with these tacos! They repurpose the creamy black beans in a refried bean scenario, which gives them a totally new life. In addition, the tortillas get loaded up with our roasted cauliflower and scallions, quick pickled onions, crema, tomatoes, cilantro, and/­­or any other toppings you like on your tacos. The result is a perfectly filling and flavorful package that we crave constantly. Refried Black Bean and Cauliflower Tacos   Print Serves: 4 Ingredients for the refried beans olive oil or other cooking oil of choice ½ yellow onion - diced sea salt ½ teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon smoked paprika freshly ground black pepper 2 cloves of garlic - minced 2 cups creamy black beans (from above) for the tacos refried black beans (recipe above) warmed corn tortillas or other tortillas of choice warmed roasted cauliflower and scallions (recipe above) cilantro jalape?o crema (recipe above) quick pickled onions (recipe above) cubed avocado sliced cherry tomatoes fresh cilantro leaves hot sauce (optional) Instructions to make the refried beans Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of sea salt, and sauté until translucent, about 7 minutes. Add the chili powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, and garlic, and mix everything in for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Mix in the beans and let them warm through. Mash the beans with a potato masher or a fork right in the skillet, until most of them are mashed, with some whole pieces remaining throughout. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, adding small splashes of water if the beans seem too dry. Taste for salt and adjust when needed. Serve warm in the tacos. to make the tacos Spread a generous amount of black beans in the bottom of each tortilla. Top with the roasted cauliflower and scallions, dollops of crema, quick pickled onions, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, and hot sauce, if using. Enjoy right away. 3.5.3226   We consider these brownies to be in the snacking category as opposed to being a full-on dessert. They still feel like a treat, but definitely not your most decadent treat in the world. They’re great for lunch boxes, and it’s always a good idea to keep a batch in the freezer for a wholesome dessert option. The raspberries are pretty crucial here. They contribute to the moistness of the brownies, and their tart berry flavor just goes so perfectly with the chocolatey brownies. Black Bean Raspberry Brownie Bites   Print Serves: 12 brownies Ingredients 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 1½ cups plain cooked black beans (from recipe above) 3 tablespoons soft coconut oil, plus more for oiling the tin 2 tablespoons tahini, almond butter, or other nut butter of choice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/­­4 cup cocoa powder ½ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar 1 1/­­2 teaspoons baking powder pinch of sea salt about 6 oz fresh raspberries (or frozen but not thawed) Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F (175° C). Prepare a 12 hole muffin tin by oiling each hole with soft coconut oil. In a small bowl, combine the ground flax with 6 tablespoons of water. Whisk together and let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. In a large bowl, mash the black beans until smooth. Add the oil, tahini/­­nut butter, vanilla, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt to the bowl. Mix everything together until smooth. Fold in the flax mixture, which should be thickened to a raw egg-like consistency at this point. Carefully fold in the raspberries. You can also do all this mashing and mixing in a food processor if you prefer. Distribute the brownie mixture in the oiled muffin tin, patting it down into the muffin holes somewhat evenly. I like to use slightly dampened hands for this, but you can also use a wetted spoon. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the brownies are dry to the touch on the outside and fudgy on the inside. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before removing the brownies from the pan. Keep refrigerated or frozen in an air-tight container. 3.5.3226 The post Meal Plan Mini: Creamy Black Bean Bowls, Cauliflower Tacos, Raspberry Brownies appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Paul McCartney’s Super Vegetable Salad

June 17 2019 Meatless Monday 

This is a fantastic salad that can accompany whatever you fancy -- here it’s served with tofu, but you could just as easily serve it with veggie burger or vegetarian sausages, as well as chips and new or mashed potatoes. You can also vary the steamed vegetables according to whats in season. This recipe comes to us from Sir Paul McCartney and our friends at Meat Free Monday . It’s featured in The Meat Free Monday Cookbook . Foreword by Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney. Published by Kyle Books. Photography by Tara Fisher. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 - 28 cherry tomatoes - 1 head of broccoli - 12 green beans, cut into 2cm lengths - 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into 2cm pieces - 1 head of lettuce -- I like Romaine - 3 spring onions, finely chopped - 100g polenta - a handful of chopped herbs of your choice - 250g tofu, cut into slices - olive oil for frying   - FOR THE DRESSING - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar - 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional) - 1 teaspoon maple syrup (if you like a bit of sweetness)   Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) and roast the cherry tomatoes for 10 minutes. Cover the bottom of a pan with cold water and place a steamer above it. Put the broccoli, green beans and carrots in the steamer, turn the heat on quite high and steam for about 15 minutes, occasionally prodding the carrots with a fork to see if they are done. Some people like them slightly crunchy, others prefer them a little softer. While the vegetables are steaming, make a salad with the leaves and spring onions. Combine the polenta and herbs in a bowl. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan. Dip the tofu in the polenta mixture, then fry until golden. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing, but only pour over at the last minute. Assemble your meal by first putting the salad on the plate, then the warm vegetables and finally the tofu. Pour over the dressing then add a little seasoning sauce such as Braggs or a sauce of your choice. The post Paul McCartney’s Super Vegetable Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Banana Bread Protein Pancakes

June 17 2019 Meatless Monday 

The comforting flavors of cinnamon spiced banana bread are reinvented for morning in these fruit flapjacks. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are given a touch of extra sweetness when glazed in agave nectar to top these hearty pancakes. This recipe comes to us from Lindsay of Naturally Lindsay. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 For the Banana Bread Protein Pancakes: - 2 bananas, mashed - 1 1/­­4 cups unsweetened almond milk - or - 1 1/­­4 cups nonfat milk - 1 teaspoon vanilla - 1 tablespoon canola oil - 1/­­2 cup whole-wheat flour - 1/­­2 cup all purpose flour - 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder* - 1 teaspoon cinnamon - 2 tablespoons baking powder - 1 teaspoon baking soda - pinch of salt For the Agave Glazed Fruit Topping: - 1/­­2 cup strawberries, sliced - 1/­­2 cup blueberries - 1/­­2 cup raspberries - 3 tablespoons agave nectar *found in health food stores or the health section of most grocery stores.   To make the Banana Bread Protein Pancakes: Preheat a griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Blend the mashed bananas, milk, vanilla and canola oil together in a small bowl until only a few chunks of banana remain. Whisk the whole-wheat flour, all purpose flour, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour the banana milk mixture into that well and stir together. Add a little more milk if you prefer your pancakes thin. Prepare the preheated griddle or frying pan with a light coating of nonstick cooking spray or oil. Drop 1/­­4 cup of batter per pancake onto the griddle. Cook 3-5 minutes on the first side, or until bubbles start to form. Flip and cook 1-2 minutes on the other side, or until the pancake is cooked through. To make the Agave Glazed Fruit Topping: Place the sliced strawberries, blueberries and raspberries together in a medium bowl. Toss with the agave nectar until all the fruit is thoroughly coated. To complete the Banana Bread Protein Pancakes: Top each pancake stack with a generous portion Agave Glazed Fruit and enjoy. The post Banana Bread Protein Pancakes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Easy Rhubarb Mango Crisp

June 12 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Easy Rhubarb Mango Crisp Keeping the rhubarb content coming these past few weeks. No regrets :) Crisps are the ultimate lazy dessert. They are messy by nature, which makes them very hard to get wrong. All you need to make a crisp is a layer of fruit, almost any fruit, mixed with a bit of sweetener and maybe some aromatics, and topped with the usually rolled oat-centered crisp element. Time in the oven will take care of the rest. The fruit will get jammy and bubbly, while the topping will become golden brown, mostly crispy, and a bit soft where it interacts with the fruit. Served warm with ice cream or yogurt, it’s pure heaven. Our version features rhubarb and mango, both of which are still going strong where we are. They make a really special pair – we’re very excited about this one! The beautiful, floral tartness of rhubarb really shines next to the jammy sweetness of mango, especially when they melt together in the oven. Ginger offers a little sunny sparkle, but you could skip it and still get delicious results. The pistachios in the crisp bring their beautiful savoriness and color, but again, you can easily sub them out with other nuts like almonds, pecans, etc. This dessert is low maintenance and takes very little active cooking time as far as baking projects go, and the mango-rhubarb marriage is truly something worth experiencing at least once! Hope you enjoy this one :) Mango and Rhubarb Crisp   Print adapted from Simply Vibrant Serves: 4-6 Ingredients for the filling 1 lb rhubarb - sliced into 1 pieces 3 yellow mangoes - pitted and sliced into ½ pieces ¼ cup coconut sugar 1 tablespoon ginger powder or grated 1 piece of fresh ginger 1 teaspoon vanilla for the crisp 1 cup rolled oats (gf if needed) ¾ cup almond flour ¼ cup pistachios or other nuts of choice like almonds, pecans, etc. - chopped 1 teaspoon baking powder pinch of sea salt ¼ cup maple syrup ¼ cup coconut oil - chilled, plus more for oiling the baking dish Instructions to make the filling Preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C). Put the rhubarb and mango in an oiled 7 x 10 baking dish (or a baking dish of a similar size) and mix together with a spoon. Add the coconut sugar, ginger, and vanilla, and mix everything through. Set aside while you make the crisp. to make the crisp Combine the oats, almond flour, pistachios/­­other nuts, baking powder and salt in a large bowl, tossing to combine. Add the maple syrup and stir to incorporate. Cut the chilled coconut oil into small pieces and add it to the bowl. Mix everything together with your hands, pressing the mixture between your fingers to incorporate the coconut oil into the crisp. Sprinkle the crisp mixture on top of the rhubarb and mango, and transfer the baking dish to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, until the topping is golden. Cover the baking dish with a piece of parchment paper and bake for another 10 minutes, until the filling is jammy and bubbly and the rhubarb is cooked through. Remove the baking dish from the oven and let it cool slightly. Serve as is or with a scoop of ice cream/­­coconut yogurt on top. Enjoy! 3.5.3226 The post Easy Rhubarb Mango Crisp appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

mango burfi recipe | mango barfi | mango coconut burfi recipe

June 11 2019 hebbar's kitchen 

mango burfi recipe | mango barfi | mango coconut burfi recipemango burfi recipe | mango barfi | mango coconut burfi recipe with step by step photo and video recipe. summer season india is very colorful and is full of tropical fruits. these fruits are not just relished by itself and is used heavily in indian cuisine to make beverages and desserts. one such popular indian sweet recipe is the mango coconut barfi known for its combination of mango and coconut flavor. The post mango burfi recipe | mango barfi | mango coconut burfi recipe appeared first on Hebbar's Kitchen.

bread malai roll recipe | malai bread roll | instant rabri malai roll

June 7 2019 hebbar's kitchen 

bread malai roll recipe | malai bread roll | instant rabri malai rollbread malai roll recipe | malai bread roll | instant rabri malai roll with step by step photo and video recipe. bengali sweets or desserts are known for it creamy and rich taste it has to offer. having said that, the traditional bengali sweets can be time consuming or overwhelming for a novice cook. but there are quick cheat recipes made with bread and bread malai roll recipe is one such recipe which should satisfy the traditional quench. The post bread malai roll recipe | malai bread roll | instant rabri malai roll appeared first on Hebbar's Kitchen.

Vegan Churro Scones – No Oil

June 4 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Churro Scones – No OilThese Vegan Churro Scones need just 1 Bowl, 8 Ingredients and have No Added Oil! Crisp Vegan Cinnamon Scones for breakfast or Dessert. Soyfree Recipe Nutfree option Glutenfree option Jump to Recipe Scones are the sweet breakfast of choice in our house. No one seems to like pancakes much. Insert surprise emoji :). Some buttery, just lightly sweet scones, with fruits and masala chai however are Perfect. These Scones need just 8 ingredients and 1 Bowl. Mix all the dry, add some chilled coconut cream and apple and mix to make a dough. Shape into a disc, brush with coconut cream so that the cinnamon sugar stays put. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture generously. Then slice and bake! There is no added Oil in these scones. The chilled coconut cream is enough fat for the amazing buttery flaky texture. Chill the coconut cream for longer for best results! For a lower fat scone, sub half of the coconut cream with chilled lite coconut milk. Lets make a double batch of these cinnamony scones.Continue reading: Vegan Churro Scones – No OilThe post Vegan Churro Scones – No Oil appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Charred Romaine Salad

June 3 2019 Meatless Monday 

These vegan gluten-free black bean burgers are perfect for busy weeknights when you need something nutritious and satisfying quickly. Ground oats give the burgers structure and amp up the fiber content. In the flavor department, weve got sweetness from a sautéed onion, smokiness from smoked paprika, and freshness from lime and cilantro. In the summer, you can serve the burgers on a crunchy purple cabbage slaw. You can also plop them on a whole grain bun with all the regular fixins. This recipe comes to us from Alex of The New Baguette. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 For the Burgers: - 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided - 1 small yellow onion, finely diced -  1/­­2 teaspoon sea salt, divided - 2 medium garlic cloves, minced - 1 14-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed (1 3/­­4 cups cooked beans) -  3/­­4 cup rolled oats -  3/­­4 teaspoon ground cumin -  3/­­4 teaspoon smoked paprika -  1/­­4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - 2 handfuls cilantro leaves, roughly chopped - 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice   For the Guacamole and Salad: - 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and mashed - 1 tablespoon minced red onion - 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro - Freshly squeezed lime juice, to taste - Sea salt, to taste - 2 small heads of Romaine lettuce, cleaned thoroughly, halved lengthwise and patted dry - About 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil - 1 1/­­2 cups grape tomatoes, halved   Burgers: 1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and 1/­­4 teaspoon salt. Stir and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Set aside. 2. Place 1/­­3 cup of the beans in a medium bowl and mash lightly with a fork. Set aside. Place the oats in a food processor and grind into a fine meal. Add the cumin, smoked paprika, black pepper, cilantro, lime juice, the remaining 1/­­4 teaspoon salt, the onion mixture, and the whole beans. Puree until smooth. Transfer the pureed mixture to the bowl with the mashed beans and stir to combine. 3. If you prefer thicker patties, divide the mixture into 4 pieces; for thinner patties, 5 pieces. Roll each piece between your palms and flatten into a patty. Place on a tray or platter. Wipe out the skillet where you cooked the onion and heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Cook the burgers about 4 minutes per side, until browned and crisp, flip and cook for another 4 minutes. Serve with charred romaine salad (below) or as desired. Guacamole and Salad: 1. In a small bowl, stir together the avocado, onion, and cilantro. Season to taste with lime juice and salt. Set aside. 2. Heat a large skillet or grill pan over high heat. Lightly drizzle the cut sides of the lettuce with oil and place cut side down in the skillet, gently pressing down. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until nicely browned, then flip and cook for another minute. Transfer to a cutting board and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium and add a bit of oil to the pan. Add the tomatoes and cook for 1 minute, just until softened. Set aside. 3. Slice the lettuce into thin strips and toss in a bowl with the tomatoes, lime juice, and salt to taste. Divide the salad among 4 plates and top with burgers and guacamole. The post Vegan Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Charred Romaine Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich

May 30 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich It seems like we come back every year with a bean salad idea similar to today’s buffalo chickpea variation (see this sandwich and this salad). Beans do so well when combined with all kinds of sharp, punchy ingredients, like pickled items, herbs, and spices. Dressed up like this, they make for a flavorful and satiating component to include in sandwiches, bowls, salads, etc. They last a while in the fridge, which makes them great for meal prep and generally for thinking ahead. This buffalo chickpea version features a balance of spicy, savory, sweet, and briny. It’s especially delicious in a sandwich format, but it can definitely be enjoyed a bunch of different ways. The chickpeas are mashed and dressed with buffalo sauce, lemon juice, mustard, etc., and bulked up with pieces of roasted red pepper, olives, red onion, celery, and dried cranberries (which provide perfect little pockets of sweetness). Most of the ingredients here are pantry items for us/­­things that we almost always have in the fridge, so this type of lunch-saver is always at an arm’s reach. Maybe that’s the case for you as well? We hope you’ll give this one a try :) Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich   Print Serves: around 6 sandwiches Ingredients 3 cups cooked chickpeas (2 15 oz cans) 3 roasted red bell peppers - cut into bite-sized pieces juice from 1 lemon 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup Buffalo hot sauce 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon olive oil ¼ cup olives and capers or just olives - chopped packed ¼ cup dried cranberries - chopped 1 large celery stalk - finely chopped ¼ of a red onion - finely chopped 1½ teaspoon garlic powder 1½ teaspoon onion powder handful of herbs of choice like dill, basil, parsley, chives - chopped salt and pepper - to taste Instructions Put half of the chickpeas and all of the roasted red pepper in a large bowl and mash with a masher until fairly smooth. Add the rest of the chickpeas and mash them in, leaving some pieces intact for texture. Add the lemon juice, hot sauce, mustard, olive oil, olives/­­capers, cranberries, celery, red onion, garlic powder, onion powder, herbs, and salt and pepper. Mix everything through, taste for salt and adjust if needed. You can also do all of the mixing in a food processor. Keep the buffalo chickpea salad refrigerated in an airtight container. Serve in sandwiches with fixings like lettuce, cucumber/­­tomato slices, or in salads, bowls, etc. Enjoy! Notes Buffalo hot sauce varies greatly in hotness from brand to brand, so taste as you go when you add it, until you have the desired level of heat. 3.5.3226 The post Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Kiwi Basil Smoothies

May 27 2019 Meatless Monday 

The complexly flavored kiwi pairs beautifully with sweet banana, tart grapefruit juice and the unexpected herbal basil finish. This tropical smoothie can serve as a light dessert or a breakfast to refresh you as you begin your day. This recipe comes to us from Kathy of Healthy, Happy Life. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 2 - 6 kiwis, cut into cubes and frozen - 2 bananas - juice from 2 pink grapefruits - 2 tablespoon agave nectar* - 1/­­2 cup fresh basil - handful of ice cubes *Found in health food stores or the health food or sweetener section of most grocery stores.   Place the kiwis, banana, grapefruit juice, agave nectar, basil and ice cubes together in a blender. Puree, pour into 2 glasses and enjoy! The post Kiwi Basil Smoothies appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Crispy Sweet Chili Zucchini with Lime-Almond Dipping Sauce

May 20 2019 Oh My Veggies 

We love zucchini! Even more we love breaded zucchini that tastes like fried! And then because you can’t have breaded zucchini without an accompanying sauce, we upped the snack ante with a spicy, tangy Lime-Almond Dipping Sauce on the side. Kind of like a peanut sauce, but with almond butter instead. The result is an Asian-inspired twist on breaded zucchini that will satisfy even the pickiest of snackers. And the best news? Rice cakes aren’t boring anymore! Disclosure: Brandfluential sponsored the development of this recipe and asked me to share Lundberg’s Rice Cake Double Take contest, but all opinions are my own.

Cabbage, Apple, and Raisin Slaw

May 17 2019 VegKitchen 

Cabbage, Apple, and Raisin Slaw This colorful and naturally sweet slaw is a medley of cabbage, apples, and raisins with an appealing crunch. It’s great for everyday as well as holiday meals. Photos by Evan Atlas. The post Cabbage, Apple, and Raisin Slaw appeared first on VegKitchen.

Golden Chai Mix for Turmeric Chai Latte

May 10 2019 Vegan Richa 

Golden Chai Mix for Turmeric Chai LatteGolden Chai Mix for Turmeric Chai Latte. Golden Milk Mix + Chai Spice is a perfect start to the morning. This mix is caffeine-free, great for gifting, and use in curries, dals, stews, with veggies. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe. Jump to Recipe I’ve been trying to change up my morning Chai to be caffeine free. Don’t ask me how that is going (it is hard!). I’ve been reducing the masala Chai and subbing a portion of it other options. This cup of this Turmeric Chai works the best. The warm spiced drink feels cozy and the refreshing spices remind me of the brewed spiced masala chai. Success! My favorite Indian Chai spice mix gets a makeover with the addition of Turmeric and some optional saffron. This potent and flavorful mix makes amazing golden chai latte, minus the chai(tea, caffeine). Mix up this golden chai mix, change up the amounts of spices to preference. Boil in a small amount of non dairy milk then add some frothed non dairy milk and done! You can add a tea bag to it for tea, serve it cold over ice or make a golden ice cream shake or smoothie! You can also use this mix in dals, veggie stir and curries! Try it in my peanut butter chickpea curry, lentil soup, and aloo gobi. Lets make some!Continue reading: Golden Chai Mix for Turmeric Chai LatteThe post Golden Chai Mix for Turmeric Chai Latte appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

May 3 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut SauceEasy Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce. Rice paper Fresh Rolls with Marinated Tofu and Peanut Dipping Sauce. Gluten-free Recipe. Can be Nutfree with Sunbutter or Sweet Chili sauce.  Jump to Recipe These refreshing fresh rolls are perfect for the warm weather. Tofu is marinated in a simple marinade, noodles are cooked and tossed with some peanut sauce, veggies are sliced or julienned, the fresh herbs such as mint and cilantro, chopped up, rice paper wrappers assembled and then stuff and roll. Change it up by changing the marinade, add in a fruit, change up the dipping sauce to my sweet chili sauce.Continue reading: Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut SauceThe post Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Brioche Bagels

June 12 2019 Vegan Dad 

Brioche Bagels I recently saw brioche bagels at the grocery store and, quite frankly, they looked terrible. I was pretty sure I could make a vegan version that was so much better than whatever Loblaws was peddling. I was right! These are tender and absolutely delicious toasted with jam, or as a sandwich. They are the perfect addition to any brunch or lunch. The recipe is a Reinhart adaptation and mashup. You can also make two 1 lb sandwich loaves if that is more your thing.  INGREDIENTS Makes 8 large bagels Sponge - 2.25 oz bread flour - 8 g instant yeast - 4 fl oz lukewarm plain soy milk Dough - 2 oz cooked sweet potato - 4.5 fl oz plain soy milk (cold), or aquafaba* - 14.75 oz bread flour - 1 oz sugar - 1.25 tsp (10 g) salt (or generous .25 tsp (4 g) if using salted butter) - 4 oz vegan butter, at room temperature** Poaching Liquid - enough water the fill your pot about 1.5 high - 1 tbsp baking soda - 1 tbsp brown sugar * I did not find any difference between soy milk or aquafaba in a blind taste test. **You need a butter that will firm up when cold. I used home-made and Melt with great results. METHOD 1. Whisk together the sponge ingredients in a stand mixer bowl until smooth. Cover and let rise for 45 mins. 2. Blend together sweet potato and milk (or aquafaba) with an immersion blender in a small container (I use a pyrex 1 cup liquid measuring cup) until very smooth. Whisk into the sponge. 3. Add the flour, sugar, and salt, Use the dough hook to bring the ingredients together into a rough dough. Make sure all the ingredients are incorporated. Let rest for 5 mins. 4. With the dough hook running on medium speed, add the vegan butter about 2 tbsp at a time, waiting for it to be incorporated into the dough before adding more. The dough will start out tough but will soften as it takes on more fat. 5. Once the butter is incorporated, knead the dough for 5-7 mins, or until smooth.  6. Shape into a ball, place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for 60 mins.  7. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball.  8. Line a large baking sheet with lightly oiled parchment paper. 9. Pinch though the centre of the ball with your thumb and forefinger, then shape into a ring. (I find this method best because the final bagel is delicate and this allows it to withstand the poaching process without breaking apart).  10. Place the shaped dough rings on the prepared sheet, mist with oil, cover with plastic wrap, and immediately refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight. The bagels will have risen and firmed up in the cold. 11. When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Get the poaching liquid simmering in a large pot.  12. Add as many bagels as will comfortably fit in your pot (usually four), top side down (they should float). Poach for no more than 30 seconds, then flip over. Poach for no more than 30 seconds more, then transfer back to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bagels. 13. Bake for 8 mins, then rotate the pan. If the bottoms of the bagels are browning too much, you can at this time place the baking sheet on top of an empty baking sheet to insulate the bottom. Bake for another 6-8 mins until golden.  14. Let cool and serve!

Potato and Fennel Hash Skillet

June 8 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Potato and Fennel Hash Skillet This potato and fennel hash skillet meal makes for a very special breakfast/­­brunch, but it also works nicely as a wholesome lunch or dinner. And the leftovers taste like a really special potato salad! So it’s pretty versatile. We’re obsessed with the combination of potatoes and fennel. Potato fennel soup is a staple (maybe we should share that recipe too?), and our love for that pairing definitely doesn’t stop there. Fennel is a polarizing vegetable, but I think that mostly has to do with its crunchy, anise-forward raw form. Cooked fennel takes on a completely new life – it’s sweet and silky, with a toned down anise flavor. If you’ve never tried it, you’re in for a serious treat :) We’ll be making this whole dish on our Instagram stories later today, so you can see exactly how it comes together. The main chunk of time is dedicated to getting the fennel and potatoes golden and crispy. From there on out it’s just about topping it with all your favorite things. The caramelized fennel provides a beautiful sweetness, and the bell pepper gives this hash a crucial dose of juiciness. We included beans and spinach to make this a complete meal, but you could also omit them if you’re looking for a hash to accompany other, more filling breakfast dishes. Wishing you a nice weekend and hope you’ll give this a try

How to Make Cashew Mayonnaise

June 7 2019 Oh My Veggies 

I feel like I need to clarify the title of this post a little bit. Maybe it would be better if I called it “How I Make Cashew Mayo.” I don’t make cashew mayo the traditional way, so this isn’t THE definitive cashew mayo recipe. It’s MY cashew mayo recipe. It’s a little bit different from others because: 1) A lot of cashew mayo recipes are raw. Mine is not. 2) My recipe isn’t raw because I use vegetable broth in it. This adds a little boost of extra flavor. 3) I don’t add anything to sweeten my cashew mayo. See? It’s different. And I can’t promise you that it tastes exactly like real mayo (because it was the 80s when I last had real mayo), but it makes a mean sandwich spread and it’s great on crackers or as a dip for veggies too. Are you ready to get started? Here’s how to make cashew mayo! Put one cup of raw cashews in a bowl and cover them with water. Let them sit for a few hours–about two to four is a good amount. Drain and rinse the cashews, then pop them in your blender or food processor with […]

10 Restaurant Chains that Will Satisfy Your (Meatless) Burger Cravings

June 3 2019 Meatless Monday 

10 Restaurant Chains that Will Satisfy Your (Meatless) Burger CravingsJune 5th is National Veggie Burger Day! Whether youre celebrating or always on the lookout for a quick and easy way to satisfy your burger craving, there are plenty of places to do so across the U.S. Below, weve rounded up some of our favorite fast food joints that are serving plant-based goodness. Bareburger  Bareburger has your favorite, whether its the Beyond Burger, the Impossible Burger or a veggie packed black bean or sweet potato burger, they serve them all. The restaurant chain also serves plant-based eggs, tempeh bacon and the Beyond Bratwurst. Its pretty much plant-based heaven here.   Burger King When the news first dropped that Burger King launched its very own Impossible-Burger-Based Whopper , it became the largest chain to embrace plant-based meat. And, at least according to this video taste test , self-proclaimed carnivores are just as wild as the plant-based option. The Impossible Whopper is served with tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, ketchup, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun.   Red Robin At Red Robin , you can order the Impossible Burger patty in place of any beef patty on the menu - itll cost you an extra $3.50, which, when you think about all of the promising benefits of the plant-based option, could very well be worth. Red Robin also makes its own custom veggie burger that is quinoa-based, with both vegan and vegetarian options available.   White Castle If you want an Impossible Burger in slider form, White Castles your spot. White Castle is an OG plant-based supporter, as it was the first fast food chain to feature the Impossible Burger on its menu.     Carls Jr. The Beyond Burger has a home at Carls Jr. in the form of whats called the Beyond Famous Star. Their signature Beyond Burger comes with cheese, but you can also substitute the patty in for any of Carls Jr. beef burgers for an extra $2.     TGI Fridays At participating TGI Fridays , the Beyond Burger comes grilled and topped with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles and Fridays sauce. Of course, you can also order it in place of other burgers. Check out Meatless Mondays visit to TGI Fridays to help launch their Beyond Burger.     Wahlburgers Get yourself the Impossible Burger at Wahlburgers . Here, its a 4oz patty topped with smoked cheddar, lettuce, caramelized onions, chili spiced tomatoes and Wahl sauce. Paul Wahlburger said that its the best vegetarian burger out there.     BurgerFi BurgerFi was the first national burger-chain in the U.S. to put the Beyond Burger on its menu, so make sure to give credit where credits due. Here, you can order it in two ways: a traditional style, with onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese, or 100% vegan, which you can get wrapped in lettuce or served atop a vegan bun. They also serve a Vegefi Burger made from crispy quinoa, veggies and cheese.   Fatburger Its now possible to get the Impossible Burger at this chain. You can dress it up however you like, whether thats with cheese and 1,000 island sauce or bun-less, packing tomatoes, onions and relish. Fatburger also serves a Boca veggie burger, so youve got options, including the recent addition of plant-based Daiya cheese being tested in their LA market.   McDonalds (International) In the U.S., Mickey Ds has been slow to hop on the plant-based bandwagon. It does serve the McVegan in Finland and Sweden, which is a soy-based patty served with vegan toppings. Fingers crossed that it drops by our country sooner than later.     Get in on the action. On June 5th post your favorite veggie burger using #VeggieBurgerDay. Want more veggie burger inspiration? Weve got tons of plant-based burger recipes on our site. Check them out here . Head over to the Meatless Monday Summer Cookout Pinterest Board , where youll find plenty of tasty, plant-based BBQ ideas. Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! The post 10 Restaurant Chains that Will Satisfy Your (Meatless) Burger Cravings appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Artichoke-Spinach Dip

May 30 2019 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Artichoke-Spinach Dip Artichoke-Spinach Dip I love anything with artichokes: grilled fresh baby artichokes are the beyond compare.  When I can’t get fresh artichokes, I satisfy my craving with frozen, jarred, or canned.  I like to put marinated artichoke hearts in salads and that the creamy and delicious artichoke-spinach dip is a longtime favorite.  In fact, Im such a fan of that dip that Ive developed a few other ways to use it such as a pasta sauce, or as a tasty filling for palmiers. First, the dip itself.  Sometimes I make it with a homemade cashew cream cheese (see Veganize It!), but more often than not, I opt for saving time and use a commercial vegan cream cheese.  The dip is quick and easy to make and can be made ahead of when you need it.  You can pop it in the oven just before serving time or do what I usually do:  heat it in a small slow cooker. Artichoke-Spinach Dip 1 (10-ounce) bag baby spinach, lightly steamed, then squeezed dry 1 cup vegan cream cheese 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/­­4 cup nutritional yeast 3/­­4 teaspoon onion powder 1/­­2 teaspoon garlic powder 3/­­4 teaspoon salt 1/­­4 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 (12 -ounce) jars marinated artichoke hearts, well drained and blotted dry Preheat the oven to 400 degrees °F. Lightly steam or microwave the spinach for 1 minute or until wilted.  Allow to cool. Combine the cream cheese, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Blend until very smooth. When the spinach is cool enough to handle, squeeze any liquid from it and add it to the mixture in the food processor.  Add the artichokes and pulse to combine, leaving some texture. Do not over-process. Transfer to an ovenproof baking dish, and bake uncovered for 15 minutes, or until hot. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Serve with toasted French bread slices or your favorite crackers. Makes about 3 cups Slow Cooker Variation:  Instead of baking in the oven, transfer the dip to a small (1 quart) slow cooker and cook on High for about 2 hours, or until hot.  As a pasta sauce: To transform this dip into a great pasta sauce, simply thin it out with your favorite unsweetened plant milk until its the perfect consistency.  Then, add a little more onion powder, maybe some more nutritional yeast, and a little extra salt and pepper.  Heat until warm and toss with freshly cooked pasta.  Palmier filling: Another favorite way to enjoy the creamy goodness of artichoke-spinach dip is to use it as a filling for these light and flaky palmiers, made with vegan puff pastry, available in the freezer case of most supermarkets.  Best of all, these palmiers freeze well, so if you only need enough for a few people, you can freeze the second roll (unsliced) and thaw when needed. Artichoke-Spinach Palmiers  1 recipe Spinach-Artichoke Dip (see above) 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed (Pepperidge Farm brand is vegan) Unfold one sheet of puff pastry onto a flat work surface. Spread half of the artichoke-spinach mixture onto the pastry sheet, spreading to within 1/­­2 inch of the edges. Roll up one long side of the dough to the middle of the dough, then roll up the other side of the dough so the two rolls meet in the center. Repeat with the remaining dough sheet and filling mixture. Refrigerate for 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Using a serrated knife, cut each roll into slices, slightly less than 1/­­2-inch thick. Place each slice, cut-side down, on parchment-lined baking sheets, allowing about 1-inch of space in between each slice.  Use a metal spatula to flatten the palmiers to 1/­­4-inch thickness.  Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.   The post Artichoke-Spinach Dip appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Curried Tofu Banh Mi Vegan Recipe

May 29 2019 Vegan Richa 

Curried Tofu Banh Mi Vegan RecipeThis Curried Tofu Banh Mi is Delicious, refreshing and comes together within 30 mins. Easy Vegan Banh Mi Sandwich with coconut curry sauce! Vegan Nutfree Recipe. Can be glutenfree. Jump to Recipe Start the Summer with this refreshing Banh mi Sandwich! Baguette or bread, pickled veggies, seared tofu with curry spices, coconut curry sauce, all made from scratch! assembled as you like and served. What is Banh Mi ? A banh mi sandwich is Vietnamese snack sandwich with many textures and flavors, spicy, sweet, herby, tangy and a mouthful. there are many variations of banh mi with various proteins, marinades and such. A common banh mi consists of a baguette filled with pickled carrots, cucumber, radish/­­daikon, cilantro, mayo/­­other creamy dressing, and a protein. I use tofu for my protein and marinate it with curry spices and coconut cream. Instead of mayo, I use a creamy coconut curry sauce. You can use vegan mayo and veggies and herbs that you have. Lets make this amazing Tofu Banh Mi!Continue reading: Curried Tofu Banh Mi Vegan RecipeThe post Curried Tofu Banh Mi Vegan Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

energy bar recipe | protein bar recipe | dry fruit energy bars | nut bar

May 24 2019 hebbar's kitchen 

energy bar recipe | protein bar recipe | dry fruit energy bars | nut barenergy bar recipe | protein bar recipe | dry fruit energy bars | nut bar with step by step photo and video recipe. indian cuisine is known for it s wide range of sweets recipes which are prepared for different occasions. but lately the cuisine has been influenced by other neighbouring countries cuisines resulting in a fusion recipe. one such hugely popular chikki or dry fruit and nut based barfi recipe is energy bar recipe. The post energy bar recipe | protein bar recipe | dry fruit energy bars | nut bar appeared first on Hebbar's Kitchen.

Tri-Color Coleslaw

May 20 2019 VegKitchen 

Tri-Color Coleslaw This colorful and crunchy slaw combines massaged kale with both green and red cabbage. It goes with just about every kind of meal, and you can vary it each time with different dressings (see suggestions following the recipe). You can also add a little dried fruit or apple for a sweet twist, as suggested in the variation. The post Tri-Color Coleslaw appeared first on VegKitchen.

Vegan Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

May 13 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Carrot Cake Baked OatmealThis Vegan Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal has roasted carrots,, spices, nuts, dates and Oats! Crisp on the outside and spiced, delicious carrot cake like inside.  No Added oil. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Easily nutfree, gluten-free with glutenfree oats. Jump to Recipe You know whats not the iffy texture of oatmeal? Baked oatmeal!! (We clearly aren’t gluey oatmeal fans over here :D) And to the baked version, you add all the fix ins of carrot cake. Bliss. Shredded carrots are baked to make them sweeter, then the oats, nuts, spices, dates and coconut mixed in. Then some non dairy milk and maple to bring everything together, and bake. This oatmeal is flexible to additions, Add some pineapple, some chia seeds, some lemon zest for variation. Top with pecans or streusel. This baked oatmeal doesnt use any added oil, or flours. Use certified gluten-free oats to make this gluten-free.Continue reading: Vegan Carrot Cake Baked OatmealThe post Vegan Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett

May 5 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett Rachelle Robinett is an Herbalist, Holistic Health Practitioner, and founder of Supernatural, a company dedicated to real-world plant-based wellness. Rachelle has been studying the relationship between plants and people her entire life – be that on a farm in the Pacific Northwest (where she grew up) to time with healers, specialists, and shaman in farther-away places. She now provides functional plant-based wellness services, products, and education to empower people to understand their health, and lean into it, naturally. Routine -- Is routine important to you or do you like things to be more open and free? This has changed a lot for me since launching my company and having total control of my schedule. I do schedule every thing, but also move through life very intuitively. For example, on a day off Ill plan to ride my bike but once Im on it, it doesnt matter to me where I go. There are things I do routinely (meal preparation, exercise, rituals, sleep) but I never ignore instincts or anything my body is telling me. I love to be surprised but also care so much about how I spend every moment that planning is a big part of my life. -- What do your mornings look like? If they differ from day to day, describe your ideal morning. No more alarm clock! Or, infrequently, which isnt something I would have predicted for my life. Ill wake up to open windows and the sounds of birds on a breeze. A glass of water with a tincture and probiotics. If its a day off, Ill skip caffeine and head out for a run while Im still sleepy. I love waking up while I run. A work day means a small cup of cold-brew with MCT oil and (currently, though it changes as I work with different herbs) mucuna pruriens and L-theanine. I practice intermittent fasting daily so dont typically eat until 11am or later but in the morning Ill make a broth or giant green juice and also a smoothie, which becomes brunch. A meditation ritual with some South American plants Ive come to love and then its off to the races. -- Do you have any bedtime rituals that help you sleep well? Getting away from blue light! If Im near screens, they have physical filters and apps (like flux) installed to reduce the effect. Dimmed lights, incense, my Zen Spa Stuff playlist, and something to drink. There are always herbs at night as my energy tends to run very high, naturally. I cycle between kava kava, skullcap, valerian, poppy, lavender, and more. Also very in love with a relaxing face-washing routine. :) -- Do you have any kind of mindfulness practice?  Im working diligently at becoming a more regular meditator. Its most days now, but Id like to deepen it. Otherwise, yoga, running and long bike rides silence my mind. I can practice yoga (ashtanga) for hours a day and be thrilled. Sustenance -- Describe your typical or ideal meal for each of these: Breakfast – A giant smoothie made with fresh tropical fruits and fats, ideally picked from a jungle farm that morning. Lunch – All the vegetables, fresh and raw and local. Amazing olive oil, avocado, or coconut. Maybe some seeds. Seaweed too. Every color of the rainbow. Snack – 100% cacao. Local. Dinner - See lunch. -- Do you do caffeine and in what form? If not, what is your drink of choice in the morning? Currently I have about 1/­­2 cup of cold-brew coffee that we make at home. Im so high energy naturally that I often dont finish it. Green juice is my favorite energy support. Otherwise I use water, food, sunlight and breath to adjust my energy. -- Do you have a sweet tooth and do you take any measures to keep it in check? Dark chocolate – often homemade but if bought its 92 – 100%. Ill eat that for breakfast, honestly. My sugar intake is so low that sweets cravings are rare but if they get aggressive Ill have extra cacao in smoothies or elixirs, or eat more fruit, sweet potatoes/­­yams, etc. Chocolate chip cookies are dear to my heart though. -- Are there any particular supplements, herbs, or tinctures/­­tonics that you take regularly and find to be helpful with your energy level and general wellness? This evolves as I learn and grow too but ... – An excellent probiotic – Personalized herbs. For me those are mood-supportive and nervous-system soothing. I use a combination of herbal teas (infused overnight), tinctures (HerbPharm are my favorite!) and well-sourced powders. – Supplements depending on bloodwork, body composition and lifestyle. – Im seeing the greatest overall health changes in my clients who are working on gut health. It just affects so much! Exercise -- Do you exercise and do you have a particular exercise routine that you repeat weekly?  I live to move. Every single day if possible! If I skip more than two days, I get really restless. Running and yoga are my favorite, but I need both. I joke that running is my church; I treasure it and find it extremely cathartic. Yoga keeps everything balanced and I hope to have the practice for life. Weather permitting, Ill ride my bike for hours but that just feels like play. Im also into strength training (aka lifting weights at the gym, which surprises people). Overall, I consider exercise as essential as good food, water, and sleep. My preference for high-intensity exhaustive stuff comes from my high-energy personality but isnt necessary for everyone. Ive seen some of the fastest changes in my body with a daily yoga practice, some walking, and an excellent diet. -- Do you find exercise to be pleasurable, torturous or perhaps a little of both? How do you put yourself in the right mindset in order to keep up with it? Absolutely heavenly. Excellent playlists are essential! Also, just do it. ;) Beauty -- Are there any foods, herbs or supplements you find to be helpful to your skin/­­hair/­­general glow? I think people doubt me when I say greens, and especially green juice, are responsible for the glow but I really mean it. Veggies veggies veggies, healthy fat, tons of water, and sweat! -- Do you have any beauty tips/­­tricks you’ve found to be especially useful throughout the years? Aside from food, water, rest, and sweat, I find that a consistent routine of gentle exfoliation and good quality rehydration (topically, that is) work best for me. Continually renewing the surface, allowing skin to breathe, and keeping it nourished with really simple ingredients (I love Egyptian Magic and fruit enzyme or honey-based masks) gives really great face. That said, Im not an esthetician and have increasingly more respect for what I dont know about skincare (thanks to spending more time with the professionals at CAP Beauty, especially) and it will differ for everyone. What wont differ is the value of a right diet to help reduce inflammation, increase circulation, maintain hydration, and provide enough energy for both exercising and rest. :) Stress, etc. -- Do you practice any consistent routines in order to avoid stress? Exercise and sleep have always been stress-reliefs for me. Ive recently integrated more meditation, and herbs of course (especially nervines). Whats making the greatest difference, though, is - as with most things - addressing the root cause or source of the stress. Rather than just trying to breathe between emails, Im looking at how to reduce email overall. Setting timers, limits on the number of meetings Ill take each day, inbox pausing, and scheduling (and sticking to) more time truly offline. Personal days, screen-free evenings or weekends, etc. If doing this, its important to prepare for there to be more to address when you return to it, so another part of the practice may be letting go of how much we want to engage with and choosing quality over quantity. Much harder said than done. -- What measures do you take when you sense a cold/­­general feeling of being under the weather coming on? Heat and spice! I completely eliminate all sugar including fruit and yes, honey too. I put on three extra layers to get warm and stay warm. Garlic, ginger, and all sorts of spice. And rest. Essentially, Im aiming to help my body reach a sort of break-point with the cold/­­flu, or to sweat it out before it even reaches a peak, which Ive had a lot of success with. Medicinal mushrooms can also be great for cold/­­flu season. -- How do you reconcile work-time with free-time? Do those things overlap for you or do you keep them distinctly separate? Im working on this. (See above regarding stress avoidance!) My work is my play is my passion is my love so whats not work is sometimes very hard to determine. My hypnotherapist friend suggests that if it makes me happy, perhaps its not important to distinguish. My partner has inspired me to take in information from sources entirely outside of my usual bubble, which is great for play, and avoiding a filtered or algorithmic existence. This is a new practice for me. I grew up in a home that didnt allow for play so its something Im creating space for and learning how to do as an adult. Motivation -- Describe the actions you take or mindset you try to tap into in order to stay on track with your self-care practice and being nice to yourself? Ive found that its just impossible to be my best self when Im not taking care. Its really priority number one (and two, and maybe three) at this point. That said, there are times when life when its worth compromising different things. Like, in my twenties when I worked my ass off (and loved it) in order to achieve certain things. Now, I feel freer to play and rest. These bodies are our only homes in this life. I am so grateful to have one; I really think of it like my best friend and partner in existence. -- What do you consider to be the single most important change youve made to your routine or lifestyle in terms of wellness? Learning how to eat entirely plant-based, and well. -- How do you deal with periods characterized by a lack of inspiration or procrastination? Thankfully, I dont have these. But, the opposite side of that spectrum is overworking, under-socializing, or burnout. And, existential crises which seem to strike when things are best. Rest and changes of scenery can do wonders. (Lately, I have been exploring procrastination from the perspective of mindfulness, though. This is an enlightening talk on it.) -- A book/­­movie/­­class that influenced your view of self-nourishment or self-care. Instead Ill choose a couple of people: My mom, who as a Dietician gave me the greatest start in understanding nutrition, but more importantly taught me how to listen to my body. Rather than bandaging symptoms, she showed us how to ask why and follow the clues to root causes. My dad, an Anaesthesiologist who - much the opposite of Mom - taught us about medicine yes, but of more value he gave me the travel bug and experiences with wild nature that started and perpetuate my relationship with earth. And, Wendy Green, who I met at the perfect time in my journey. She helped direct my then multitudinous health practices into a more singular approach, which Ive honed and deepened since we met years ago. She also showed me how much I love ashtanga yoga, which is the gift of a lifetime. Ill be back to her retreat for the third time this summer. Knowledge -- Do you have any recommendations for those thinking of taking their career in a similar direction? Where does one start, where to find the education, how important is certification, etc. This is one of the most common questions I receive! I appreciate Mountain Rose Herbs list of resources for those looking into schools, teachers, or even just books. Its worth knowing which certifications are recognized by The American Herbalists Guild, though many people disregard the value of that and choose to study from great herbalists or schools that exist outside of the system. Id recommend as much exploration and direct experience as possible in the form of classes, workshops, and apprenticeships before then committing to a longer-term study. Find someone whose approach you respect and identify with and learn from them in whatever ways are available. -- Tell us about HRBLS, your beautiful herb infused chew line! Woo, HRBLS! These are my babies! Long story short, I wanted to give people an easy, delicious, beautiful but still very effective form of herbs. The HRBLS are gummies, or chews, that are equivalent to a dose of a tincture, a strong cup of herbal tea, or some capsules. Theyre a marriage between functional food and herbal remedies. A snack medicine or treat with benefits. Nerve Less is the first flavor (honeyed lavender tarragon) and includes my favorite herbs for daytime stress and anxiety relief, which so many folks come to me for help resolving. In the near future, well announce the next flavor – okay flavor s. :) -- And a last, fun one: what are your three favorite plants for the spring season and why? – Nettle! Because its my bff (we grew up together) and the coolest combination of edible green, super-green plant medicine, and a natural antihistamine. – Dandelion: I love the multi-taskers and like nettle, dandelion is an edible flower and bitter green (great for digestion), and medicinal top to root. – Mimosa. The tree of happiness which blooms more in the summer than spring, but close enough. Aside from looking magical, its full of medicine – everything from antioxidants to DMT. Fun and Inspiration -- What do you do to unwind or treat yourself? Deep massages – two hours with the strongest hands I can find please! Acupuncture. Running, yoga, riding. TRAVEL. The post Self-Care Interview Series: Rachelle Robinett appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

May 1 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies I consider these to be snacking brownies, rather than full-on dessert brownies. They’re vegan, gluten-free, flourless, and pretty lightly sweetened. They depend on steamed sweet potato for much of their fudgyness and even some of their sweetness. In other words, they’re pretty virtuous as far as brownies go. But not too annoyingly so, since they’re still plenty delicious. They’d make for a great lunchbox snack for kids or a midnight bite for students. They freeze well, too, so it’s good to keep a batch in the freezer to satisfy any kind of sweet tooth emergency. We are huge fans of using sweet potatoes as an ingredient for good vegan desserts – see these truffles, this pudding, and this nougat. They do so many things: they bind, contribute moistness, add a bit of sweetness, but also largely act as a blank flavor slate. We are currently obsessed with steamed sweet potatoes and found that that method of cooking works beautifully for these brownies. Sweet potatoes come out incredibly silky when steamed, and the process also hydrates them quite a bit, which is crucial for that fudgyness in the brownies. Steaming generally cooks sweet potatoes faster than roasting them, so that’s another little bonus. Just a note that we used a Japanese, white-fleshed sweet potato for this photoshoot because that’s all they had at the store somehow. You can definitely use a regular, orange sweet potato. Hope you’ll give these a try! Have a great rest of your week :) Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies   Print inspired by Minimalist Bakers black bean brownies Serves: 12 brownies Ingredients 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 1 medium sweet potato - steamed until fork-tender and peeled 3 tablespoons olive oil or soft coconut oil, plus more for oiling the tin ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¾ cup cocoa powder ¼ cup + 3 tablespoons coconut sugar 1½ teaspoons baking powder generous pinch of sea salt dairy-free dark chocolate chips - for topping optional: nuts, and/­­or coconut flakes - for topping (we also used rose petals, which should be added after baking) Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F (175° C). Prepare a 12 hole muffin tin by oiling each hole with olive oil or soft coconut oil. In a small bowl, combine the ground flax with 6 tablespoons of water. Whisk together and let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. In a large bowl, mash the sweet potato until smooth. You should have about 1¾ - 2 cups of sweet potato flesh. Add the oil, vanilla, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt to the bowl. Mix everything together until smooth. Fold in the flax mixture, which should be thickened to a raw egg-like consistency at this point. You can also do all this mashing and mixing in a food processor if you prefer. Distribute the brownie mixture in the oiled muffin tin, patting it down into the muffin holes somewhat evenly. I like to use slightly dampened hands for this, but you can also use a wetted spoon. Top each brownie with some chocolate chips and any other topping of choice, if using. Place in the oven and bake for 28-30 minutes, until the brownies are dry to the touch on the outside but still quite fudgy inside. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before removing the brownies from the pan. Keep refrigerated or frozen in an air-tight container. Notes These brownies are very mildly sweetened. If you prefer a sweeter brownie, I would recommend adjusting the amount of sugar to a full ½ cup. Since this is vegan batter, you can also safely taste it for sweetness before baking and adjust as needed. 3.5.3226 The post Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.


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