Easy Guacamole

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Today is National Guacamole Day! This delicious green dip, featuring avocados, comes together easily and quickly with a few ingredients. Beyond using as a dip for chips, guacamole pairs well with cut up or cooked veggies and makes an excellent topping on salads.

Check out this simple, versatile recipe!

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Start With Fresh Avocados

Amazing guacamole starts with fresh avocados. This fruit, often referred to as the mother fruit, possesses a textured inedible skin and a smooth and creamy yellow-green flesh.

Avocados, with their healthy fats, offer wonderful health benefits. They are easy to digest, making them helpful for soothing and healing the digestive tract. Plus their anti-inflammatory properties behave like aspirin, without thinning out the blood. This reduces narrowing and swelling in the linings of the stomach and intestines.

Because of their healthy omega-6 fatty acids, avocados help to heal the brain and central nervous system, alleviating dementia and Alzheimer’s. They also reduce the effects of aging on the skin.

Avocados are high in fiber, nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and contain more potassium than bananas. Combined with other plants, this amazing fruit increases the nutrient value and absorption of those foods.

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Start with fresh avocados for easy guacamole.

Easy Guacamole

For this easy guacamole recipe you need:

  • 2 ripe avocados, cut in two, seed and skin removed
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered or 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin

Mash avocados with a fork or potato masher. Add remaining ingredients, stir gently to combine and serve with gluten free crackers, non GMO corn chips or veggies. Double recipe if needed, for a larger gathering.

Add sliced jalapeno peppers, if desired, or 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper if you enjoy a spicier dip. Or omit the cilantro. To some, cilantro tastes bitter or soapy. If you like it, add it in for the powerful health benefits.

Include a dollop of guacamole in a cooked veggie bowl or on top of a salad. Or for a fun treat, spread guacamole on gluten free toasted bread for a twist on avocado toast.

Store left over guacamole in the refrigerator, with a sheet of wax paper or plastic wrap pressed down snugly against the dip. Exposure to air turns guacamole brown.

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Easy guacamole served with oven fried zucchini.

Extremely Easy Guacamole

And, here is my super easy guacamole recipe. Sometimes, I don’t have a red onion on hand. Or I don’t have time to chop everything up.

For the simplest guacamole ever, mash up one avocado, add a tablespoon of fresh or store bought salsa and stir to combine. That’s it. Add more or less salsa, as desired. Sometimes I add a dash of garlic powder as well.

This is a quick, healthy snack or small meal, served with gluten free crackers or non GMO corn tortilla chips or an assortment of cut up veggies.

Do you have a favorite guacamole recipe? Tell me about it in the comments!

 

National Days, Weeks and Months

I enjoy celebrating unique holidays through out the year. Every day offers multiple holidays or national days to participate in. Plus, there are national weeks and months. Many of these unusual or playful holidays provide fun opportunities to try new things.

Would you like to celebrate these quirky holidays too?

Check out National Day Calendar for lists of holidays associated with each month, week and day.

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Vegan Ramen Noodles

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Most of us have prepared ramen noodles from a package. A staple food of college kids and those new to adulting, ramen noodles make a quick and inexpensive meal. My eleven year old granddaughter loves them!

And I’ve certainly eaten my share of ramen noodles. The thing is, those packaged chicken, beef or shrimp flavored noodles pack a lot of sodium into a serving, along with other not so wholesome ingredients such as MSG and artificial flavors.

Since embracing a plant based lifestyle, a healthier version of ramen noodles ranked high on my list of recipes to try. These easy vegan ramen noodles, adapted slightly from a recipe from The Vegan 8 are amazing!

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What Do You Need to Make Vegan Ramen Noodles?

Let’s start with the basics. What ingredients do you need to make these delicious noodles?

This easy recipe requires only eight ingredients plus salt and pepper. It’s important to include miso, a soy bean based product. I found organic, non GMO mellow white miso in the refrigerator section at Natural Grocer’s.

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Vegan Ramen Noodles – miso and pad Thai noodles

Other essentials include minced ginger and garlic, dried parsley, vegetable broth, Bragg Liquid Aminos or low sodium soy sauce and noodles. I could not find gluten free ramen noodles so I substituted brown rice pad Thai noodles and they worked well. I’m ordering gluten free ramen noodles HERE.

Vegan Ramen Noodles

These fast and easy vegan ramen noodles are so much healthier than the packaged variety.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 8 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp mellow white miso
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup chopped green onions, separated
  • 9 ounces gluten free ramen or pad Thai noodles
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth to a large pot. Saute minced ginger and garlic in broth over medium heat. Bring just to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine another 1/2 cup vegetable broth with the miso. Whisk until smooth. Make sure miso is completely dissolved.
  • Add remaining vegetable broth to soup pot along with miso/broth, parsley, Bragg Liquid Aminos or soy sauce, 1/2 cup of the sliced green onions, salt and black pepper. Bring back to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add ramen noodles and cook for 3 minutes more, stirring frequently or add pad Thai brown rice noodles and cook for 4 - 5 minutes, or until noodles are soft.
  • Remove from heat and let noodles sit for a couple of minutes. Serve up ramen noodles in a bowl, topped with sliced green onions and sesame seeds, if desired. Makes 4 - 6 servings.
Keyword Ramen Noodles, Vegan

 

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Vegan Ramen Noodles – sauting ginger and garlic
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Use mellow white miso in Vegan Ramen Noodles.
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Whisk miso and vegetable broth until smooth.

Serving Up Vegan Ramen Noodles

This recipe came together so quickly! I loved the aroma wafting through the kitchen as the noodles simmered.

Here are my tips:

  • I used minced ginger and minced garlic from a jar. It’s easier than mincing them myself however mince your own if desired.
  • Make your own yummy vegetable broth. It’s a great way to use leftover vegetable scraps. Or use low sodium organic veggie broth from the store.
  • I buy dried parsley in a small bag at Natural Grocer’s. You can find it in the spice section as well.
  • Bragg Liquid Aminos is available at stores like Natural Grocer’s or in most regular supermarkets.
  • To stay gluten free, I used brown rice pad Thai noodles. Any gluten free noodle could be used.

And….how did these freshly prepared vegan ramen noodles taste?

They were SO GOOD! Less sodium than packaged is a plus, especially when combined with such a delicious flavor. The ginger gives the noodles a bit of heat. Reduce amount to one tablespoon if you desire less zing. I found the spice level perfect.

I enjoyed these noodles so much that I’ll make them again soon…like this week.

Let me know if you make these yummy noodles and what you think!

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Ready to eat these Vegan Ramen Noodles…with chopsticks of course!

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Vegan and Gluten Free Applesauce Cake

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This Saturday, June 6, is one of those unique holidays. National Applesauce Cake Day offers the opportunity to bake a homey, comforting treat.

Applesauce cake is extremely easy to create, using a few basic pantry items. The recipe adapts well to adding extras such as nuts, raisins and grated apples and tastes great with or without icing.

I accepted the invitation to bake a cake, that this holiday presents. Or, perhaps the correct word is challenge.

Rather than baking a regular cake, mine are vegan, due to my choice to live a plant based lifestyle. And not just vegan…my cakes are gluten free as well. And not just vegan and gluten free…I prefer not to use refined sugar either.

Could I meet all those challenges and create a delicious cake?

Check out this vegan and gluten free applesauce cake. And oh yes, it is refined sugar free as well.

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Vegan and Gluten Free Applesauce Cake

This fragrant and flavorful cake is adapted from a recipe from the blog, Veggie Balance. Check out the original recipe HERE. It’s helpful for me to start with a gluten free recipe, and adapt it to meet my other diet restrictions.

For this particular recipe I eliminated eggs and refined sugar, swapping them out for flax eggs and organic, unrefined coconut sugar. For the gluten free flour, I chose a 1-1 blend, meaning 1 cup of gluten free flour equals 1 cup of regular flour.

You can find gluten free flours in a special section in most supermarkets. I picked up a bag at Natural Grocers.

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Vegan and gluten free applesauce cake – cup4cup gf flour and wholesome organic coconut sugar

Vegan and Gluten Free Applesauce Cake Recipe

Vegan and Gluten Free Applesauce Cake

This moist and delicious cake is vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3/4 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp aluminum free baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup organic unrefined coconut sugar
  • 4 tbsp melted plant based butter Or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 flax eggs (1 tbsp + 3 tbsp water = 1 egg)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8X8 inch pan with olive oil or coconut oil. Make flax eggs by combining 3 tbsp ground flax seeds with 9 tbsp water. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, sea salt and coconut sugar. Whisk to blend.
  • Make a well in dry mixture. Add melted butter, olive oil, applesauce and flax eggs. Stir with spoon or spatula until combined.
  • Pour batter (it will be thick) into prepared pan. Bake 30 - 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before cutting. Makes 9 servings.
  • Serve plain, with fresh fruit or with icing of choice.
Keyword applesauce cake, vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free
Vegan and Gluten Free Applesauce Cake batter
Batter ready to push into the prepared pan
Vegan and Gluten Free Applesauce Cake baked
Cake fresh from the oven. The rosy glow created by the setting sun coming through the kitchen window.

Enjoy This Cake

This vegan and gluten free applesauce cake smelled amazing as it baked. The spices produce a fragrant, cozy scent and an equally wonderful flavor.

I served slices of applesauce cake with fresh strawberries and blueberries. Sugar free whipped coconut topping is another excellent choice.

Whether you serve this luscious cake Saturday for National Applesauce Day or pop it into the oven for a gathering of family or friends, you’ll enjoy the simplicity of this recipe and the wholesome ingredients.

I savored mine this evening, with a cup of hot peppermint tea.

Vegan and Gluten Free Applesauce Cake plated

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Strawberry Banana Bread

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This strawberry banana bread is the perfect treat for anyone, whether you are vegan and gluten free, or not. I appreciate the wholesome goodness in this luscious and delicious loaf. As a bonus, it is sweetened with pure maple syrup and a couple of tablespoons of coconut sugar.

Check out this easy to prepare recipe, from Anthony William, and let me know if you enjoyed it!

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Benefits of Strawberries

I’ve added different fruits to banana bread, from wild blueberries to apples to raisins, however I’ve never included strawberries before.

Strawberries are a natural to pair with bananas. These berries are an excellent source of vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, manganese, iron, zinc and potassium.

Strawberries supply important antioxidants and plant compounds that benefit heart health and control blood sugar levels. And they are rich in phenols, which have anti-inflammatory properties that help people suffering from autoimmune disorders.

Plus, strawberries boost the immune system and support eye health.

Curious about the health benefits of bananas? Read more about them here.

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Health boosting strawberries.

Strawberry Banana Bread Recipe

This quick bread comes from Anthony William. I’m always excited to try one of his recipes, as I know he’s carefully tested it and avoids additives and foods on my “no” list.

Strawberry Banana Bread

Easy to prepare quick bread featuring the goodness of bananas and strawberries.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 cups mashed)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plant based milk
  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup strawberries, roughly chopped
  • 2 strawberries, thinly sliced, for topping optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9X5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Mash bananas in a bowl, with fork or potato masher. Add maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla and plant based milk. Mix well.
  • In another bowl, combine oat flour, sea salt, baking powder and baking soda. Whisk until lump free. Add banana mixture and fold in gently until batter is uniformly combined. Add chopped strawberries stirring just to incorporate.
  • Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 45 - 55 minutes, until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes. Then lift loaf from pan by parchment paper and cool completely on wire rack. Makes 8 slices.
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Mashing bananas
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Dry mixture
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Adding chopped strawberries

Enjoying Strawberry Banana Bread

I admit, I didn’t wait for the bread to cool completely. After brewing a cup of herbal tea, I cut a couple of slices of slightly warm strawberry banana bread.

I love this bread! The strawberries add a hint of tartness, complementing the sweetness of bananas. For a breakfast treat, after school or work snack or for afternoon tea, strawberry banana bread is perfect.

Check out this blueberry banana bread too!

Do you have a favorite banana bread recipe? Share it below in the comments.

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Strawberry Banana Bread with Tea

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Vegan Pot Pie Soup

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Traditional pot pie, topped with a flaky crust, is not on my plant based diet. I haven’t really missed it. However, when I found a recipe on social media for a vegan pot pie soup, I looked forward to trying it. This crustless pot pie version offers a mix of fresh veggies in a rich, dairy free broth. It is so delicious and ready to eat in about 35 minutes.

Vegan Pot Pie Soup

Vegan Pot Pie Soup

Unfortunately, when I snapped a photo of the recipe, I didn’t get the name of the person who created it. Actually, the woman shared that her husband prepared this yummy soup. If I ever find that social media post again, I’ll update with the info.

I adapted the recipe slightly, adding extra veggies and creating DIY Spike seasoning, rather than purchasing it. That original seasoning contains a few ingredients that I avoid. The recipe for this simple yet flavorful blend of spices is listed below the recipe for the soup.

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Vegan Pot Pie Soup

Vegan, gluten and dairy free pot pie soup.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp DIY seasoning blend or Spike Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked for half an hour
  • 1 16 oz can cannellini beans
  • 1 cup plant based milk, such as almond or coconut
  • 2 cups frozen or canned peas

Instructions
 

  • Add cubed potatoes to a large pot along with the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil
  • Add carrots, celery and onion. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add seasoning and simmer another 10 minutes.
  • Combine cashews, cannellini beans and plant based milk in blender. Blend on high speed for 60 seconds, or until smooth. Add cashew mixture and peas to soup. Stir well and simmer for 5 more minutes. Serves 6.
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Veggies simmering, on their way to becoming vegan pot pie soup.
Rich, dairy free broth
The cashews, beans and plant based milk create a rich broth.

DIY Seasoning Blend

This blend of spices contributes to the soup’s amazing flavor. And it is easy to make with spices you probably already have on hand.

In a small bowl combine 2 tbsp sea salt, 2 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp cayenne pepper (reduce amount for less heat), 2 tsp onion powder, 1 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp dry mustard, 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme and 1 tsp dried basil. Combine well. Store in a cool area.

I combined the spices in a small mason jar and then capped it for storage. The vegan pot pie soup recipe calls for two tablespoons of the seasoning.

Use this DIY seasoning blend in soups, sauces, stir fries, salads or on roasted veggies.

DIY Seasoning Blend
The blend of seasonings is an important ingredient in vegan pot pie soup.
Mason Jar Storage
A small mason jar is the perfect size for storing seasoning.

Enjoying Vegan Pot Pie Soup

Admittedly, I love all kinds of soup, year around. However, this one is incredibly good. The seasoning adds a bit of a kick to the broth, making this vegan pot pie soup better, in my opinion, that those others with the crusts. For even more richness and health benefits, use DIY vegetable broth instead of purchasing it.

The freshly prepared vegetables contribute nutrients along with goodness. The soup adapts easily. Add whatever vegetables are on hand. I had left over carrot and celery sticks from my Oscar night snack tray. Chopping them up for soup prevented wasted. Throw in an onion, peas, non GMO corn, turnips, green beans…the only limit is imagination.

This warming soup is so good, Greg and I each had another half a bowl. And there is still plenty left over for lunch tomorrow. Let me know if you try this healthy version of a traditional favorite.

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Vegan pot pie soup ready to eat.

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Vegan Gluten Free Spice Cake

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Is there anything that smells better than a spice cake baking in the oven? I love the rich scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. When Anthony William posted a recipe for vegan gluten free spice cake, I saved it to try. I so appreciate Anthony, author of the Medical Medium books. He continually shows me, and the world, that eating plant based isn’t dull or bland. I love the recipes that he offers.

This evening provided the opportunity to bake this incredibly delicious and healthy dessert.

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Healing Cake

This luscious cake is not only vegan and gluten free, it’s oil free as well. Plant based milk keeps it dairy free and applesauce replaces the eggs. And instead of refined sugar, the recipe uses coconut sugar.

The health benefits from vegan gluten free spice cake come from its spices, cinnamon especially. Cinnamon eases nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and indigestion. It helps to prevent the flu or shortens its duration if you catch it, lowers cholesterol and regulates blood sugar levels. Cinnamon soothes arthritis, increases circulation and contains anti-clotting compounds, making it beneficial in preventing strokes. And did you know that cinnamon boosts memory and cognitive functions? Just smelling the spice increases focus and alertness.

Vegan Gluten Free Spice Cake Recipe

I made this recipe exactly as Anthony specified. Check out the recipe here, on his website. For convenience, the recipe is listed below as well.

Vegan Gluten Free Spice Cake

Anthony William
This aromatic spice cake is vegan, gluten and oil free.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups gluten free oat flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

Cashew Icing

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice or water

Instructions
 

Spice Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine oat flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder and spices. Mix well and set aside.
  • In separate bowl, combine plant based milk, maple syrup and orange juice or water. Mix well and add to dry ingredients, stirring to combine.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50 - 60 minutes, until toothpick or knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes then carefully remove from pan to cool completely.

Cashew Icing

  • Drain cashews. Combine cashews, maple syrup and orange juice or water in blender. Blend on high, scrapping down sides as needed, until icing is smooth.
  • Spread icing evenly over cake. Top with walnuts or pomegranate seeds, if desired. Serves 6.
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Vegan Gluten Free Spice Cake Ingredients
Spice Cake Ready to Bake
Ready to bake.

Enjoying Vegan Gluten Free Spice Cake

Scent is important to me. And oh my, I enjoyed the aroma wafting from my kitchen as this cake baked. I love spice cake and I anticipated trying a slice with a cup of hot herbal tea.

I was not disappointed. This vegan gluten free spice cake is tender and so delicious with its blend of spices. I like the cashew cream icing as well. Another tasty option is to top the cake with non-dairy whipped topping. I added a couple of walnut halves to my slice of cake. Pomegranate seeds or berries are wonderful alternatives.

Preparing the spice cake tonight gave it a trial run for Sunday’s Super Bowl festivities. I’ll have healthy snacks and foods on hand as I cheer for the Kansas City Chiefs. This cake is perfect for any occasion and special enough for birthdays and events such as baby showers and afternoon teas.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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My slice of cake, topped with walnuts.

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Apple Crisp Vegan & Gluten Free

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In honor of National Pie Day, I celebrated with a healthier option. This apple crisp is vegan and gluten free and absolutely delicious. Packed with red skinned apples, this crisp is also easy to make. It’s perfect for a chilly winter evening. Add a cup of hot herbal tea to experience bliss!

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Apple Crisp Without the Guilt

This yummy dessert comes from blogger friend Rebecca. I adapted her recipe slightly. Check out her blog Strength & Sunshine for lots of vegan and gluten free recipes. And see the original recipe for her apple crisp here.

Apple crisp, the vegan and gluten free version, uses simple ingredients such as red skinned apples, gluten free oats and flour, cinnamon and plant based butter. It comes together in minutes and the result is a hot, fragrant, good-for-you dessert.

For the best health benefits, leave the peeling on the apples.

Apple Crisp
Apple Crisp starts with red skinned apples and fresh lemon juice.

Apple Crisp Recipe

I left the peeling on Gala apples and sliced them fairly thin after coring them. Next time I’ll slice the apples a bit thicker. Any apple is fine for the crisp, however red skinned apples have more health benefits.

Although oats are naturally gluten free, they are usually processed in facilities that also process wheat flour. If gluten free is desired, make sure the package of oats says “gluten free”. For this recipe I used oat flour. Use any gluten free or regular flour. And I only use plant based butter. More and more options are available at the grocery store for plant based products. I’m so happy about that! Find plant based butter in the refrigerator section, next to dairy products.

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp Vegan & Gluten Free

This delicious apple crisp is vegan and gluten free.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large red skinned apples, sliced or apples of choice
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

For Crisp Topping

  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, organic, non GMO & sulphur free
  • 1/2 stick plant based butter, cubed (1/2 stick = 4 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

For Apple Filling

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a large bowl, combine apple slices, coconut sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Stir to coat. Place apples in a greased 2 quart glass baking dish.

For Crisp Topping

  • In another bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, plant based butter and vanilla. Use hands to to incorporate butter into mixture.
  • Sprinkle topping over sliced apples in baking dish.
  • Baked uncovered in oven 40 - 50 minutes, or until crisp topping browns. Makes 4 - 6 servings. Serve warm topped with dairy free ice cream or whipped topping, if desired.
Keyword Apple Crisp, Gluten Free, Vegan

 

Apple Crisp apple filling
Apple filling
Apple Crisp
Ready to bake.

Enjoying Apple Crisp

The apple crisp tasted as great as it smelled while it baked. I love simple desserts like this for an occasional treat, especially during winter. As I stated above, next time I’ll slice my apples a bit thicker. And I’ll shorten the baking time by five minutes. I left my crisp in for 45 minutes and the topping got a little dark. It tasted wonderful though! And I will make this special treat again.

Do you have a favorite winter treat?

Ready to Eat Apple Crisp
Ready to eat.

For National Pie Day Try These:

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Raw Wild Blueberry Pie

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Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice

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The fresh pineapple I bought yesterday inspired this oh so simple recipe, Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice. I’d never bought and prepared a fresh pineapple before. The experience came about as a result of my 62 outrageous birthday activities. Check that post out here. It proved remarkably easy to cut up that pineapple.

I intended to use my delicious pineapple in a fruit salad today. However, a new idea arose. What about creating a simple pineapple fried rice, free from egg and soy? I liked that idea!

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Cutting Up a Pineapple

I love pineapple. I’m one of those that used to request it on pizzas and mix it in with cottage cheese. Currently I add frozen pineapple chunks to smoothies most mornings. And for good reason. Pineapples reduce inflammation in joints and muscles and protect against constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. They prevent infections while wounds heal and improve oral and eye health. Pineapple boosts the immune system and helps to prevent arthritis, cancer and heart disease. And finally, this fruit reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

When I purchased a pineapple yesterday, I did so knowing I don’t own a corer. I do own a knife, and that was good enough. Fortunately, the tag on the pineapple offered four easy steps for preparing the fruit. Cut off the top of the pineapple. Divide it in two and then divide those halves again so that you have four sections. Slightly trim away the center and then slide the knife between the outer skin and the fruit. Cut down through each section of pineapple and slide the segments into a bowl. See the photo collage below. Easy peasy.

Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice Cutting the Fruit

Pineapple Fried Rice

I frequently prepare stir fried veggies, without a recipe. I adapted what I know to create this simple dish. It’s perfect for a quick evening meal. Use any veggies that you have on hand. Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice is also a great way to use leftover brown rice. Prepare brown rice with water, or use this veggie broth recipe.

Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice

This easy to prepare recipe is adaptable. Use whatever veggies you have on hand.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Non stick skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cups pineapple chunks, fresh or canned
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tbsp Bragg liquid aminos
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp raw organic honey
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together liquid aminos, sesame oil, ginger, honey and red pepper flakes (if using). Set aside.
  • In a large non stick skillet, saute onion, garlic, carrots and celery in coconut oil until veggies are crisp tender. Add pineapple and cashews, stirring and cooking until heated through.
  • Add cooked rice and liquid mixture. Stir well, simmering for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat and serve. Makes 4 servings.
Keyword Fried Rice, Pineapple, Vegan

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Adapt This Recipe

The Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice was so good! The recipe was the perfect use for my fresh pineapple. The beauty of this simple recipe is that it is so adaptable. Use whatever veggies you have on hand…peas, non GMO corn, fresh tomatoes, snow peas, broccoli. Saute the veggies first and then add the pineapple and cashews and the cooked rice. Leave out the red pepper flakes, for a no spice dish. Or add more if you like the heat!

I enjoyed the Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice. Grabbing a set of chopsticks, I savored this delicious meal. It goes into my meal rotation.

Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice with Chopsticks
Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice with chopsticks

 

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Aloo Matar Soup

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If you enjoy Indian food, Aloo Matar is a delicious meal, robust with potatoes, peas and tomatoes in a garam masala and curry sauce. However, have you ever tried Aloo Matar Soup?

Over on my other blog, Cindy Goes Beyond, I’m sharing 62 Outrageous Things to Do for My 62nd Birthday…in January. Pop over there and see what the adventure is all about. The short version is, I wrote 62 fun and outrageous activities on slips of paper, folded them up and dropped them into a jar. Every day I draw a piece of paper, randomly, and do what is written there. It’s fun. It pushes me beyond my comfort zone. And I’m learning and growing from the experience.

Last week one of the activities I drew out was this: Create a New Recipe

One of the perks of a plant based lifestyle is that I cook at home most of the time. I’ve enjoyed learning new ways of cooking along with new ways of eating. As a first born perfectionist type, I heavily rely on recipes, so that the dish turns out right. The past couple of years, though, I’ve experimented with recipes more, followed my intuition while cooking and just had fun.

Creating a new recipe sounded fun…and it challenged me to rely on what I’ve learned and what I know. No peeking at recipes allowed.

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Aloo Matar Soup

As the day progressed, I considered what recipe to create. Suddenly, into my head popped an idea…Aloo Matar Soup. The original easy to make recipe came to me by way of Anthony William. It’s a favorite of mine. I wondered how making Aloo Mater into a soup would be? I could use the pressure cooker and create dinner in minutes.

Here is the recipe I came up with:

Aloo Matar Soup

Aloo Matar Soup

Wonderful soup featuring peas, potatoes and tomatoes in a curry flavored broth
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 Servings

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cans peas, drained
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp raw organic honey
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 4 cups vegetable broth may substitute water
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • In uncovered pressure cooker, saute onions and garlic in coconut oil on high heat, 3 minutes or until softened.
  • Add potatoes, peas, tomatoes, honey, sea salt, garam masala, curry powder, ginger and vegetable broth.
  • Lock on lid and bring to pressure on "soup" setting. Cook for 15 minutes. Use quick release. Makes 6 servings.
  • Can make on stove top as well. Saute onions and garlic in large soup pot, in small amount of coconut oil. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through.
Keyword Aloo Matar Soup

Aloo Matar Soup Cooking

Enjoying Aloo Matar Soup

I enjoy soup and I can eat it every day. It’s especially nice to have a big container of soup ready to go in the fridge, for a quick and healthy meal. This wonderfully flavored Aloo Matar Soup is perfect! I love the blend of spices and the simplicity of the recipe.

It’s Aloo Matar, eaten with a spoon. That’s a win/win for me.

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Vegan and Gluten Free Gingerbread

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Today is National Gingerbread House Day. This celebration recognizes a Christmas tradition for many, creating a house out of gingerbread. An Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis, brought gingerbread to Europe around 992 AD. Gingerbread, cut into shapes, sold in Christmas markets and shops during the holidays.

It was the Brothers Grimm who introduced the gingerbread house though. In the classic and somewhat dark fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, the witch in the story lives in a house made of gingerbread. After the publication of Hansel and Gretel, inspired German bakers created and sold ornamental gingerbread houses. The holiday tradition came to America by way of German immigrants.

I love spicy, fragrant gingerbread. My grandson Dayan and I made gingerbread last Christmas for gifts, which prompted me to adapt a recipe. The result is a vegan and gluten free gingerbread that is delicious, with all the feels of the tradition version.

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Vegan and Gluten Free Gingerbread Recipe

Whether you make a house, a man, bars or cutout cookies with your gingerbread, this easy recipe supplies the perfect foundation for creating. The key ingredient in gingerbread is…ginger! This warm spice creates the subtle, distinctive flavor. Ginger also offers a host of health benefits. It relieves indigestion and nausea, contains anti-inflammatory properties, cuts the risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol levels.

Vegan and Gluten Free Gingerbread Baked

Vegan and Gluten Free Gingerbread

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This delicious treat is vegan and gluten free.
Prep Time 15 mins
Chill in refrigerator 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup olive oil spread or 1 1/2 sticks plant based butter
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 flax egg (1 T ground flax + 3 T water. Set for 5 min)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups gluten free flour

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In large bowl whisk together olive oil spread, coconut sugar and molasses. Stir in flax egg. Add salt, spices, baking powder and baking soda.

  • Using a wooden spoon add flour, half a cup at a time. If baking as bars, don’t allow dough to form into a ball. Chill mixture for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

  • Press dough into baking sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes, until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean and edges are slightly browned. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Makes 12 - 16 servings.

  • Or for cookies, add enough flour so that dough forms into a ball. Chill for 30 minutes. Then roll dough out, between two sheets of parchment paper, to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes and bake 8 – 10 minutes. Cool completely. Makes approximately 30 cookies.

Keyword Gingerbread, Vegan and Gluten Free Gingerbread

 

Vegan and Gluten Free Gingerbread batter
Whisking together ingredients for Vegan and Gluten Free Gingerbread.
Vegan and Gluten Free Gingerbread ready to bake
Ready to bake.

Enjoying Vegan and Gluten Free Gingerbread

The whole house smells wonderful as gingerbread bakes! And the flavor is amazing. You can add icing to the bars or cookies or cut out shapes and assemble a house with icing and a variety of candies.

My favorite way to savor the deliciousness of fresh gingerbread is with a cup of hot peppermint tea. Truly, this is bliss.

Enjoy vegan and gluten free gingerbread during the holidays…and beyond. And if you make a gingerbread house, send me a photo. I’d love to see your creation.

Vegan and Gluten Free Gingerbread Baked
Fresh gingerbread, warm from the oven.

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