Double Chocolate Vegan Brownies

Good evening friends,

These brownies are perfect for non-vegans and vegans alike! I think they are the best brownie recipe I have ever made. They are super easy and can be made with everyday ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of mashed avocado (about 1 small avocado)
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup of white or whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees F). Grease an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pureed avocado and applesauce until smooth. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, maple syrup, baking soda, salt, coffee, and water.
  3. Stir until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and spread the batter evenly throughout the pan. Sprinkle with an additional 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips on top. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. If you over-bake, the brownies will have a cake-like texture.
  5. Remove and let the brownies sit out for at least 20 minutes before serving. Cut and serve, or cover and store for up to 3 days.
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Cauliflower Wings

Ola everybody!

My dad bought a lovely cauliflower yesterday and I just had to enjoy it while it was still nice and fresh! I was debating roasting it, steaming it, stir frying it, but then it hit me! I decided to make cauliflower wings! I decided to do a vegan version with “honey” garlic sauce, they can easily be made non-vegan, it’s your choice!

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 large head of cauliflower

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 1 tbsp of sriracha
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp of soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp of flour (gluten free can be substituted)

Breading

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of vegan milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tsp of cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 2 cups of breadcrumbs, I like panko

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Cut cauliflower into large chunks, try to keep it into its own pieces, clean, and dry very thoroughly.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together (except flour) in a bowl for the sauce, place in a saucepan and simmer.
  4. Mix all of the ingredients together for the breading (except the breadcrumbs), start with 1/4 cup of vegan milk and 1/4 cup of water to ensure the batter is not too runny.
  5. Dip the cauliflower in the breading, then into the panko breadcrumbs, place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, flip and 15 minutes more.
  6. Once the wings have about 2 minutes left, add the flour to the sauce and allow it to simmer.
  7. Coat the wings in the sauce once cooked and enjoy!

Fathers Day Carrot Cake

Hello, all!

Today I decided to bake this carrot cake for fathers day, my first time baking a carrot cake and I was so nervous! This cake turned out so good my grandma even asked for the recipe! Follow the recipe as you wish, you could reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup but its your call!

Ingreidents 

  • 1 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of ground flax seed or ground chia seed, or a mix
  • 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg and ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil (I used avocado)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 cups of grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup of your choice of raisins, walnuts, sunflower seeds, or chocolate chips

Intructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F, grease the pan of your choice, two 9′ rounds or 1 large sheet pan.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together flour, ground flax seed, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and ginger, and salt.
  3. Beat together pumpkin, sugar, buttermilk, vanilla, oil, and eggs.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Fold the carrots, coconut and other ingredients of your choice.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan of your choice and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Once a toothpick comes out clean, allow the cake to sit in the pan for 10 minutes to cool, once the 10 minutes is cool, transfer to a cooling rack.
  8. Cool completely before icing.

 

Twice Baked Potatoes

Good evening everyone!

The thunderstorms on my end of town have been crazy, the weather has been up and down. Hot in the morning, the storm rolls in and the temperature drops 10 degrees. My family scored a huge bunch of fresh chives from the farmers market this week and it inspired me to make these twice baked potatoes.

Ingredients (serves five)

  • 1/2 cup of chives
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • five large sized potatoes

Instructions 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F, pierce the potatoes with a fork and rub the potatoes with oil, bake for 45 minutes.
  2. Once the potatoes are cooked through, cut a slit through the center of the potatoes, scoop out the flesh of the potatoes and add to the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix the potato mixture and add bake into the flesh back into the shells.
  4. Bake the potatoes for 15 more minutes and enjoy!

 

Shakshuka

Holy cow!!

Sorry I have been MIA! I am starting a new job next week and I am been scrambling to prepare for it! Anyways, this recipe is a delicious Middle Eastern dish. It is surprisingly easy and has such a wonderful flavor. This recipe is great if you want to impress your guests with a “fancy” dish at a low cost with little cooking knowledge! The best part about this dish is that it can be served at brunch or at dinner!!

Ingredients (serves four)

  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp of chili powder
  • ½ cup of veggie broth
  • 1 28 ounces can of tomatoes
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 cups of kale or spinach, finely chopped
  • ½ cup of feta

Note: The number of eggs can be adjusted depending on your crowd, I normally do 4 but you can fit up to 6 eggs with this recipe!

Instructions 

  1. SAUCE: Saute onions until translucent, add garlic until fragrant, 2 tsp of chili powder, veggie broth, and tomatoes, simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, blend until smooth in a blender.
  2. POTATOES: Saute the potatoes in the same pan the sauce was in with 1 tsp of chili powder, until brown on the outside. Add the sauce to the pan (be careful of splatters) and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  3. EGG/SPINACH: Stir in the greens, use a spoon to make little holes for the eggs on top of the sauce. Crack the eggs directly into the warm sauce and cover. With the heat on low (sauce barely bubbling) and the cover on, cook the eggs for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and keep the cover on for another 5 minutes. This should give you medium-soft yolks. Top with goat cheese and serve with crusty bread for sopping up that sauce.

Mexican Millet Salad with Chili Lime Tofu

Hello all, I tried this recipe yesterday on my family and it was such a hit I had to share it with all of you! Great for a BBQ as a side or a lunch for work. The tofu can be substituted for shrimp or chicken.

Millet salad with chili lime tofu (serves four)

  • ½ tsp of dried chile flakes
  • 2 tsp of grated lime zest
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 cup of hulled millet
  • 20 slices of tofu
  • 2 large ears of sweet corn
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 firm ripe avocado, peeled pit removed and diced
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Chile flakes
  • ½ tsp of sugar
  1. Add the chile flakes, lime zest and 1 tbsp of olive oil in a shallow glass or ceramic bowl, add the tofu and stir to coat then cover and set aside.
  2. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the millet and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until fragrant
  3. Add 2 cups of water to the millet and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Removed from the heat and set aside, covered, to steam for 10 minutes. Fluff the grains with a fork and transfer to a large bowl to cool completely.
  4. Heat a large skillet over high heat, drizzle the corn and asparagus with the remaining oil, cook the corn, turning 6-8 minutes, or until lightly charred and tender. Remove and set aside to cool slightly, then cut the kernels from the ears. Cook the asparagus and tofu for 2 minutes each side until tender crisp and to tofu is crisp. Add all but the tofu to the millet.
  5. Make the dressing, add to the salad and top with the tofu.

Blueberry Banana Muffins

Wow! How has a week gone by since I posted last?! I spent the week working and helping a friend prepare to leave for an opportunity of a lifetime. I decided to create the individual a “care package” encasing these muffins, and oatmeal cookies which will be posted tomorrow!

I always like to make recipes healthier, adding my own tweaks, I tried to make these as healthy as possible, my family loved them, they were very moist! If you do not like large quantities of sugar in your diet you can reduce the sugar within this recipe.

Ingredients (makes 15 muffins)

1 egg, 3 very ripe medium bananas, 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 1/2 cup of sour cream (fat content does not matter), 2 cups of flour (all-purpose or whole wheat), 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1 tbsp of baking powder, 1/2 tsp of salt,  2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries.

Instructions 

  1. Preheat the oven 350 F
  2. In a large bowl mash the bananas, add the egg, applesauce, and sour cream, blend well
  3. In a medium bowl mix all dry ingredients
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well until all incorporated
  5. Add 1 tsp of flour to the blueberries, ensure that all the blueberries are coated in flour, add to the mix, fold in lightly
  6. Add the mixture to greased muffin tins or lined muffin tins, bake for 25 minutes, check and bake until a toothpick comes out clean and brown on top

Note: In step five, flour is added to the blueberries to stop them from sinking to the bottom of the muffins, it is very important you do this if you do not want your blueberries sitting in the bottom of the muffins!

Super Easy Veggie Stir Fry

It’s Monday?! That’s how I feel every week because I’m lucky enough to work weekends. Today was such a gorgeous day and I spent it inside at work, that’s when I decided to make this veggie stir fry so I could enjoy the beautiful gifts of the Earth inside! I love to make this with rice or noodles, but my favourite is quinoa! Did you know quinoa has 10g of protein for just a 50g (1/4 cup) serving size, this is a great alternative to animal products (chicken 12.5g/50g, beef 18g/50g, pork 15g/50g) and is filled with vitamins and minerals so you can enjoy your meatless Monday without sacrificing nutrition!

Another reason why I love this recipe is that you can use really any set of vegetables you have in your fridge and are not limited to what is listed below, when in season I also love to use zucchini, eggplant, and cauliflower!

Ingredients (serving size: 6 people)

1 bell pepper chopped, 1 onion diced, 2 cups of sliced mushrooms, 1 cup of sliced cabbage, 1 cup of chopped carrots, 2 cups of chopped broccoli, 1 cup of snap peas, 2 cups of fresh spinach, 2 cups of a grain of your choice (quinoa, rice, noodles, etc.), 1 tbsp of oil

Sweet Garlic Sauce: 1/2 soy sauce, 2 cloves of mined garlic, 1 tbsp of minced ginger, 1 tbsp of honey (maple syrup if vegan)

Note: This recipe can be made with or without an added protein, I like to enjoy it with stirfried tofu, for non vegans/vegetarians chicken, fish, beef, etc. would all go well with this vibrant dish

Steps 

  1. Prepare all vegetables as stated above, heat a large skillet on medium heat and add oil, at the same time, prepare grain of your choice to package specifications
  2. Add onions to pan, cook for 5 minutes until translucent, add mushrooms, cook for another 5 minutes, add all the other vegetables except the spinach and cook for 10 minutes, until vegetables soften and brown slightly
  3. While vegetables are cooking add soy sauce and honey/maple syrup to a small sauce pan, bring to a gentle boil stirring often, add garlic and ginger, simmer for 10 minutes, taste sauce adjust sweetness by adding more honey/maple syrup
  4. Once the vegetables are cooked, add the spinach, cook for 2 minutes until wilted, add the desired amount of prepared sauce ontop of the vegetables, simmer the vegetables in the sauce for two minutes
  5. If desired add grain to the vegetable mixture, serve ontop of the grain, or serve along side the grain

Note: Omit step 3 if you are using your own store bought sauce, if this sauce does not appeal to you, plain soy sauce works great as well.

 

 

Lasagna Roll-ups

Hello, friends!

I have just recently explored the world of Lasagna roll-ups and I was very impressed! They are a great substitute for lasagna on busy nights because they are fast to prepare and only take 30 minutes to bake! They were a hit at our dinner table so hopefully, they will be at yours too!

Ingredients (serving size: 5, 1 lasagna roll-up per person, if hungry, two lasagna rolls per person and double cheese mixture) 

1 package of lasagna noodles, 2 cups of ricotta, 1 tsp of lemon zest, 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, 2 cloves of garlic (minced), 1 tbsp of oregano, 1 tbsp of rosemary, 1 tbsp of basil, 1 tbsp of thyme, 1/2 cup of parmesean, 1 cup of cooked spinach, 1 cup of mozzarella, 4 cups of tomato sauce

Steps 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Celcius
  2. Cook lasagna noodles according to directions, some require to be boiled, some required to be soaked
  3. While lasagna noodles are cooking mix together ricotta, lemo zest, nutmeg, garlic spices, spinach and parmesean cheese
  4. Once noodles are cooked lay them out flat and add 2 tbsp of the cheese mixture, spread evenly across the noodle and roll
  5. In a baking dish, spread 1 cup of tomato sauce into the bottom of the pan, put the rolls into the dish, top with the rest of the sauce and mozzarella
  6. Bake covered for 30 minutes, bake uncovered for 15 minutes
  7. Enjoy!

Baking Soda Shampoo

The sun is finally shining and I am trapped inside at work…go figure! Yesterday I tried a DIY baking soda shampoo and I was very impressed! I have used lots of “no poo” shampoos before and have always enjoyed the soft sensation they leave on my hair. The baking soda shampoo left my scalp slightly drier than I wished but I just compensated with a touch of coconut oil! 

Instructions

1. Mix 3 tbsp of baking soda with 1 tsp of water, the consistency must be a paste, add more water if needed 

2. Fully wet hair and apply baking soda paste as if you were washing your hair, remember, there will be no bubbles! 

3. Let baking soda paste sit in your hair for 5 minutes 

4. Rinse baking soda out with water, then rise with diluted apple cider vinegar (1 cup of water, 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar) 

5. Once finished in the shower apply 1/2 tsp of coconut oil to ends and work your way up to your scalp