Happy National Hot Cocoa Day! Yep, that's actually a day (look it up if you don't believe me). To celebrate I finally recorded my new vegan hot chocolate recipe, which I've been perfecting over the last few weeks. I've experimented with different nut milks and flavors and this one is the richest and tastiest yet! Plus, it's free of gluten, soy and sugar and you can use all bulk ingredients. Enjoy!

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Monday, 26 September 2011 13:23

Healthy, Guilt-Free French Toast

 
Is it possible to make vegan french toast that is gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free, salt-free and even oil-free? Absolutely! In fact, here are 3 recipes from different sources so you can choose one that sounds most appealing or based on ingredients you have on hand - you could even mix and match ingredients from each recipe. No matter how you do it you'll have a delicious breakfast in under 10 minutes and for less than $3 a serving.
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I found this recipe while searching for a pasta and butternut squash dish. With a few modifications I made it vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free, low in oil, and no added salt. It's a very hardy dish with flavors reminiscent of a dish you'd have for Thanksgiving, due to the thyme and nutmeg. You can play around with the seasonings to give it a taste suitable to your palette, but I think it's fantastic the way it is.
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Last week Christy Morgan, aka The Blissful Chef, was in San Francisco as part of her book tour. Christy and I became friends while living in L.A., so we made sure to squeeze a video in before she left my new town. I did a poll on the EVG Facebook page and I was surprised that the recipe chosen by the majority featured Brussels sprouts, a vegetable few people seem to like. However, I was thrilled because I love Brussels, butternut squash, and almonds.
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In a video I did on Easy, Cheap Vegan Meals I mentioned Chickpea "Tuna" Salad, which costs about $1.50 to make per serving. A reader named Lindsay asked if I could share the recipe, so I thought I might as well do a video too!
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These recipes were the result of not having a lot of food in the kitchen - I found some recipes on Food.com and Epicurious and adapted them a little. They each cost less than $1.50 per serving and took less than 10 minutes to prep. You can change up the ingredients a little based on what you have on hand in your own kitchen. Both recipes are gluten, soy, and sugar free, and low in salt and oil.

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There is a lot of talk about the scrumptious food at Vida Vegan Con this past weekend, but I was especially excited to hear about the chia seed pudding, a dish many attendees experienced for the first time. Yesterday I posted my favorite recipe for it, Mint Chocolate Coconut, and today I decided to try making the version from the conference, despite it's lack of chocolate. I found a recipe from The Svelte Kitchen and adapted it a little based on my dietary preferences - replaced the agave nectar with stevia powder, the almond milk with cashew butter, skipped the salt, and added in a little coconut oil - pure bliss! Whether you were at VVC and want to mimic the incredible dessert you had or are just looking for something new to do with chia seeds, you're gonna love this!
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Sunday, 28 August 2011 23:34

Mint Chocolate Coconut Tapioca Pudding

 
I've been trying to perfect chia seed pudding and have fallen flat so many times...until recently. I was inspired by my friend Vanessa's recipe on The Green Girl Next Door, and with a few little adjustments to fit my diet and palate I came up with something insanely heavenly! As Vanessa mentions in her post, chia seed is not just a great thickener, it's also very nutritious and contains: omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
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This is one of those recipes that I kinda made up as I went along and didn't expect to taste very good, so I didn't measure anything. Low and behold it was really tasty, so I'll make a guess how much of each ingredient I used but would recommend that you taste as you go along. It's free of: gluten, soy, sugar, salt, and is anti-candida diet friendly. I suppose it could be made oil-free as well. 
 
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