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Monday, November 28, 2016

Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

I love making cookies and treats for the holidays. I used to make 15 different kinds of cookies, fudge, candy's and breads every December and give them as gifts to my family and friends. These Peanut Butter Balls were enjoyed by everyone. They are really easy to make too. Let's get started.

Here is what you will need. 
1 cup of organic peanut butter
1 24 ounce bag of vegan powdered sugar minus about 1 cup
2 sticks of vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
1 1/2 tbsp vanilla
1 12 ounce bag of vegan chocolate chips

In a medium stock pan, melt the butter and peanut butter. Once they are melted, remove from the heat. Add the vanilla. The liquid is super hot so please be careful. Slowly add the powdered sugar about a cup at a time. Do not add to much or it will not roll into balls properly. It will just crumble. Once you have added most of the powdered sugar, it should be cool enough to touch. Take a little and give it a test roll. If it rolls like play dough, you are good to go. If it is to greasy, add a little more powdered sugar. Just do not add too much.

Before you continue rolling, melt the chocolate in a double broiler and let it sit. 

Using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough and roll into a ball. Place it on some waxed paper. You do not need to use a cookie scoop but it does help keeping them consistant in size. If you do not have a scoop, measure about a tablespoon for each ball and continue rolling.

Get a tall drinking glass and put a piping bag or a storage bag inside the glass. Pour the melted chocolate into the bag. Then pull up the sides of the bag and twist. Cut the tip of the bag and begin piping or squeezing the chocolate on to each peanut butter ball while keeping the end twisted and closed.

Let them sit until the chocolate hardens. You can enjoy them now though. Yum, Yum, Yuuuuummmmm!!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

I have to admit I never really understood the point of a smoothie bowl. Then I thought, let me try one so I can understand it. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it and it doesn't even need to be cold. So if it is about to be winter where you live, you can still enjoy a smoothie bowl during the cold winter months. It really is a nice way to have breakfast or even a treat. In my opinion, it's all in what you put on top of the smoothie bowl. I prefer something with crunch.

Some benefits of pumpkin:
Helps boost your immune system
Cancer fighting
Aids in weight loss
Great source of fiber and zinc
Lots of vitamin A and cartenoids
Can help prevent Alzheimers
Supports bone and heart health

Here is what you will need to get started. 
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 banana
1/2 cup oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
1/2 cup almond milk
6 pitted dates

Blend these all up until smooth and creamy. Pour into your favorite bowl and add some toppings you think you might like. I added some more banana, raw slivered almonds, raw hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds. You can also add some granola and dried fruit.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Vegetable Fried Quinoa

Here is another quinoa dish for you. Yes, I eat a lot of quinoa, but it's so versatile and easy to make. It's a complete protein, full of vitamins and minerals, high in fiber, weight loss friendly and it's gluten free. 

Cook up a batch of quinoa. In a large pot with a lid, add three cups veg broth and one cup of rinsed quinoa. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, cover and let it cook for about 15 to 20 minutes

Here is what you will need for #VegetableFriedQuinoa
1 cup of cooked quinoa
1 cup of carrots diced
1 cup of peas
1 bunch of green onions
1 garlic clove minced
a pink size piece of ginger minced
1 tbsp of evoo
2 tbsp of tamari or soy sauce
optional riced cauliflower and broccoli
also optional, a strip or two of seaweed

Start by heating up the oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger. Stir for just about a minute or until the garlic and ginger is heated through.

Add the carrots. If using raw carrots, cover for about five minutes. This will help them get tender faster. If using frozen cooked carrots, continue by adding the peas, the optional cauliflower and broccoli, quinoa and green onion. Stir until everything is heated through. Add the tamari. Taste to make sure it's to your liking. Enjoy!!!