Maple Nut Brittle is a scrumptious dairy-free confection that is super easy to make and hopelessly addicting. Crunchy, slightly sweet, and incredibly delicious, Maple Nut Brittle is made with 9 ingredients:
- macadamia nuts
- coconut flakes
- cacao nibs
- maple syrup
- sorghum syrup
- canola oil
- coconut sugar
When I was young and first saw The Nutcracker, I was fascinated with the Sugar Plum Fairy who ruled over the Land of Sweets. I remember thinking she had the best job in the world (what could be better than ruling over a Candyland?). Forget about the Prince and Clara, I wanted the Sugar Plum Fairy’s job (until I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then I wanted Willy Wonka’s job but that’s another story).
Although I wasn’t a fan of sugarplums when I was a child (they reminded me of fruitcake), I grew to appreciate how sweet, delicate, and delicious a home-made sugarplum is, especially when I made them myself with the top quality ingredients. Read more
Anything with the word “rebel” appeals to me so when I was shopping last week, a container of Organic Girl “Rebel Greens” caught my attention. Upon closer look, the container also said ” “not kale. not sorry.” Chuckle, Chuckle.
Someone at Organic Girl has a good sense of humor and has decided to address the elephant in the room: kale, that dark green leafy vegetable known for being a powerhouse of nutrients that also tastes like a dose of bitter. The dilemma is often how to get the greens and enjoy the meal. After all, eating is supposed to be pleasurable and satisfying, right? Read more
Ordinary tacos or bowls can become ho-hum so when it’s time to spice things up a bit, consider making soft tacos or bowls with black beans, kale, and plantains. Add the usual toppings – chopped, sweet multi-colored tomatoes and chunky guacamole – for flavor, color, and pizzazz and consider sprinkling pumpkin seeds on the tops of the bowls or tacos for an added crunch (I use activated sprouted salted pumpkin seeds but some people prefer the unsalted variety and that’s just fine). Read more
Every Autumn (in most states), the leaves on the trees seem to explode in a rainbow of reds, yellows, oranges, and browns. But, enjoying the array of color is not limited to outdoors. Vegetables – particularly root and squash varieties – are plentiful so consider making a Harvest Veggie Roast in your kitchen. Golden potatoes and orange carrots combined with purple cauliflower adds just the right amount of boldness in color and flavor to this roasted vegetable dish. Read more
Shiitake Mushrooms and Pasta with Pesto is a dish that has both Asian and Italian influence which may seem like a strange combination but the flavor is rather brilliant. Shiitake mushrooms are often used in Asian dishes along with toasted sesame oil and Chinese 5-spice powder (a combination of cinnamon, star anise, peppercorns, ginger, and cloves although some blends contain fennel instead of ginger) to add flavor while pesto – an Italian sauce with a foundation in olive oil, basil, and nuts – is an Italian favorite whether used in pasta or on a pizza.
In Shiitake Mushrooms and Pasta with Pesto, the vegetables (mushrooms and brussels sprouts) are seasoned and roasted with a bit of toasted sesame oil (a small amount goes a long way) and Chinese 5-spice powder while the pasta is covered in a very light pesto sauce. When combined, the complex flavors all come together for a delicious, creamy, and very satisfying meal. Read more
The Purple Carrot meal kit service continues to inspire me with the weekly delivery of ingredients and recipe cards to make delicious plant-based meals with three noteworthy changes: I use less oil than the recipes call for, omit the jalapeño or hot peppers, and add more vegetables which generally turns a meal meant for two persons into four servings, or as a side dish for 6-8. The meals rely heavily on spices which add flavor to the dishes (which is why I leave out the jalapeño or hot peppers) and is a great way to introduce plant-based dishes to carnivores and vegetarians as a side dish. Read more
Quinoa and Vegetable Salad with Tempeh Croutons is a protein and nutrient packed salad that contains a variety of vegetables (green beans, kale, red cabbage, red pepper, cucumber, and scallion) along with quinoa and nutty roasted tempeh. Drizzled with a homemade orange mustard vinaigrette, the salad is cornucopia of flavors and textures. Serve for dinner on a warm summer evening or as a side salad on a cool evening with a hot bowl of soup. Read more
When making a vegan or plant-based dinner plate, there are four things to consider: color, texture, nutrition, and flavor. Starting with color, think multi as in orange and green (although there are infinite combinations). Bright orange sweet potatoes and green broccoli florets look fantastic together.
For texture, consider mushy and crisp because a combination of textures is simply more appealing. Nuts and seeds add crunch and flavor to steamed, baked, puréed, and roasted vegetables. A well-balanced meal will contain protein, carbohydrates, and fats along with vitamins and minerals. But, the most important factor is flavor. Choose plant-based food that tantalizes your taste buds and satisfies your appetite. Know that tofu – a bland high protein soy bean based food – needs seasoning (usually a sauce). Read more
If you’re longing for creamy pasta without the dairy, then Pasta with Roasted Vegetable Sauce and Broccoli is just the dish. Roasted butternut squash, sweet potatoes, onions and corn mixed with low-sodium vegetable broth and unsweetened cashew milk form the foundation of a thick sauce that goes perfectly with pasta and steamed broccoli. Read more