Oh The Variety of Recipes :)

Vegan Healthy Pumpkin Muffins!

Vegan Lunch: Sprouted Grain Bread w/ Pumpkin Butter, Lemony Tempeh Chunk, Raw Salad 

Vegan Red Quinoa Chickpea Protein Bowl

Raw Fennel Chickpea Salad w/ Brown Rice & 2 Ingredient Vegan Avocado Ice Cream!

For lunch yesterday, I made a big batch of raw fennel chickpea salad with a bunch of vegetables and spices I found in my pantry and mixed it with some brown rice! Simply throw all the ingredients together and enjoy as a hearty, colorful lunch – easy to make and easy to take on the go 🙂 And, then, for dessert I made a two-ingredient avocado ice cream to satisfy my craving in the hot weather – you won’t even believe that the ice cream is vegan when you taste it (caution: you should like avocados before you try this recipe)! Also, I apologize for the poor photo quality – had to deal with just an iPhone camera.


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The Recipe

Yields 2 servings

1 cup chickpeas

1 cup brown rice, cooked

1 cup argula leaves, diced finely

1 tbsp oregano

1/2 green bell pepper, diced

1 cup broccoli, pureed (to make salad creamy)

1 cup blueberries, washed

1/2 lemon worth of juice

30 cherry tomatoes, diced

1 cucumber, diced

1 small onion, diced

2 tbsp fennel seeds

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)

1 tsp salt (optional)

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I tried to be adventurous for my dessert and pureed 1 pitted avocado with 1/2 a frozen banana and 1/2 a cup of almond milk. It made a creamy texture, which I froze and then enjoyed as ice cream 15 minutes later!! It’s so tasty, especially if you like avocados. If you aren’t a huge fan of avocado alone, blend 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 2 – 4 tbsp of sugar (your choice) with the puree.

pureed avocado ice cream

frozen ice cream !

Sweet Treats & Easy Indian Recipes

Methi Thepla (Indian Fenugreek Flatbreads)

Quinoa Dosas (Indian Crepes Made Healthy)

Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Muffins (Trader Joe’s)

Cinnamon Coffee Crumb Cake (Trader Joe’s)

Most Decadent Vegan Raspberry “Cheesecake”

I went to Hangawi with my family in New York City a week ago. I have to say, best vegan/vegetarian food ever. The portion sizes were really small, but the food was just phenomenal. Anyway, I’m not trying to write a restaurant review. The reason I am bringing this restaurant up is because that night, for dessert, I had a soy tofu cheesecake that was made in-house. Oh my god, I cannot even describe to you how delicious it was, especially for a vegan cake! I ended up having two despite the large dinner I had already had 😛 And, I’ve been craving to have another slice ever since so I decided to experiment with making my own version of a homemade tofu “cheesecake”! I wasn’t sure how this would come out, but man, was it delicious. I made a raspberry flavored “cheesecake” because I just love that fruit. Ah, this recipe is to die for honestly. I made this cake for a family dinner. Everyone loved it, which was surprising! And the guests didn’t even believe it was vegan and made out of tofu! When I told them, my mom’s friend first reacted with hesitation, afraid that it wouldn’t taste that good. She told me after eating it that she loved the crust, the creaminess, the texture, and the sweetness. Both her husband and her as well as my parents agreed that it wasn’t too sweet and just perfect that they wanted to surprise others with this cake without telling them first that it is vegan and made out of tofu. I couldn’t find a recipe online that I liked so I tried to make my own and used all natural sugars and increased the amount of cashews and tofu I used instead of using vegan cream cheeses or sour creams like most recipes. This way, the cake was healthier and more guilt-free – in fact, each slice is only ~ 200 calories, has a whooping 10g of protein, and only 2g of saturated fat, which is so low compared to your typical cakes or even store-bought vegan cakes! 🙂 Let me know if you like it! I was overjoyed when I had my slice and so were the guests so I really hope you are too.

** If you want to make a raw cake, follow steps 1 – 8 and then simply place your cake covered with some saran wrap into the fridge and it will harden and you can enjoy it in a few hours!
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The Recipe

Yields 9 ” cake (~ 10 – 12 servings)

3/4 cup cashews, soaked either overnight or for about four hours till soft

3/4 block extra firm tofu (~12 oz)

1/2 – 3/4 cup agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, or barley malt syrup

1 cup fresh raspberries

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup almonds (you need a total of 1 cup nuts so I used half of almonds and half of walnuts, but you may choose to use your own blend of pecans, almonds, walnuts, etc.)

1/2 cup walnuts 

12 deglet noor dates or 8 medjool dates, pitted

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 cup shredded coconut

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Directions

1. Soak the cashews overnight or for ~ 4 hours till they are expanded and soft.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Soak the dates in some water for a few minutes.

3. In the meantime, as the dates are soaking, grind your choice of one cup of nuts, cinnamon powder, and coconut together.

4. Throw in the dates and grind the entire mixture again. It should become sticky.

5. Spray a 9″ inch pan slightly and press the nut and date mixture onto the pan to form a nice crust layer.

6. Drain the cashews. Blend them together with the tofu, your choice of natural sugar sweetener (I used agave nectar), vanilla extract, and lemon juice.

   

7. Once you have a creamy texture, throw in your raspberries and blend together. 

8. Using a spatula, pour the blended “batter” into the pie crust and spread evenly, making a swirl pattern. 

9. Bake for ~ 20 minutes at 350 F and if you want to bake the crust some more (but be sure to periodically check to make sure it doesn’t get burnt), you can bake for an additional 10 – 15 minutes at a lower temperature – I used 250 F. 

10. Store in the refrigerator by covering with some saran wrap or in an air tight container.

11. The delicious raspberry “cheesecake” is ready to serve the next day! Just cut and yummmm!!

DOLE Challenge: Very Berry Cookie Crumble Banana Split

For TasteSpotting’s DOLE challenge, my sister and I decided to make a very berry, chocolate chip cookie crumble, banana split. Now, that’s a handful to say haha. We used the homemade whole wheat chocolate chip cookies we baked just yesterday. The challenge guidelines recommends you make a dessert that is less than 350 calories so when I looked back at past submissions, individuals used less servings of ice cream and chocolate to reduce the calorie count. Well, my sister had a bright idea to make it healthier and less calories by using greek yogurt instead of ice cream! She personally doesn’t like greek yogurt alone (whereas I do but I know other individuals may not), so we decided to use the strawberry goji fruit flavoring as well and make the banana split a berry flavored one! It’s the perfect recipe to enjoy as a breakfast or as a dessert any time of the day since it has a healthy dose of protein, carbohydrates, and delicious chocolate that you cannot feel guilty eating because its (1) homemade, (2) made with healthy carbohydrates and (3) the cookies are low-fat since they are made with no butter!! Enjoy 🙂 We encourage you to celebrate National Banana Split Day next week as well by making your own banana split recipe or enjoying ours! 

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The Recipe

Yields 1 Serving

1 medium or large very ripe DOLE banana

3 walnut halves, broken into pieces

10 fresh blueberries

1 container of Strawberry Goji Flavored Greek Yogurt 

1 homemade whole wheat chocolate chip cookie – recipe is here

1 tbsp chocolate syrup (optional)

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Directions

1. Slice the banana in half and place on a plate or in a bowl.

2. Scoop out the greek yogurt and top the center of the two bananas with it.

3. Drizzle with the strawberry goji fruit flavoring.

4. Crumble the cookie with your hand and drizzle over the yogurt and bananas.

5. Top with the walnuts and blueberries.

bon appetit!

6. Enjoy right away. If you want, drizzle a little chocolate syrup on top as well (just be warned that that would add ~ 40 more calories depending on which syrup you use so you would just be hitting the 350 calorie mark).

banana split w/ chocolate drizzle

my sister gobbling up our creation