Posts tagged recipe
Sweet Potato Blueberry Chocolate Cake (New and Improved Recipe!)

I know I've probably said this before, but there are just some recipes in which I feel some strange muse got into my body while I was sleeping and decided to take me over to the kitchen and pre-heat the oven. I start writing and choosing ingredients, I measure, whisk and bake, and what comes out is something completely unexpected. This cake is a total example of that because you would never guess from the ingredients that it could be delicious. It's practically entirely made out of fruits and vegetables, it's gluten free, vegan and it uses gluten free oats or gluten free oat flour for the base.

It also happens to be one of our most viewed videos and recipes to date! It became so popular that I decided to go back to the drawing board and make the recipe even better and easier. I’m so glad I get to share it with you today.

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"Chupe": Vegan Corn and Potato Chowder

Every New Year's Day, at my mother-in-law's, they make chupe. It's the perfect comfort/hangover/post-late night food on the planet, but it was only when we moved from Venezuela to Spain when I truly understood the reason this soup was meant to be eaten in January, and why it's a dish originally created in the mountains of Peru, it's the perfect hearty and filling soup for those winter blues or for whenever there's a little chill in the air.

Although this is a Peruvian specialty, many families across Latin America prepare this dish, with multiple variations, meaning they make chupe in a completely different way at my grandfather´s house than they do at Carlos's grandfather's house. I love it when dishes start changing in small ways to create even more delicious creations.

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Stuffed Provençal Tomatoes

My mother was the queen of stuffed tomatoes. She had so many recipes for them. Stuffed with meat, rice, beans, you name it she stuffed 'em, but no recipe was as delicious as her Provençal tomatoes. Her version was stuffed with lots of breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, a ton of herbs and garlic, mine is vegan of course, and a total healthy treat.

What I love most about this recipe is that it takes almost no active cooking time, almost all the magic happens in the oven with minimal fuss, it's easy to make a ton for a dinner party AND people think you slaved over this delicious side dish... and no one EVER knows the truth (insert Little Mermaid Ursula laughs here).

When it comes to eating a healthy meal at home, part of the secret to have it be delicious, filling and fun, is to feel like you've made something special, that your plate looks beautiful and like you took your time to make it. This recipe fits all those bills.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a Vanilla and Walnut Topping

My mother in law makes the best carrot cake on the planet. Yes... on the entire planet. She is the carrot cake master and coming from someone who always loves to order carrot cake whenever it's on the menu (me!), this says a lot. I've seriously never tried one as good as hers. 

She's constantly making it for friends' parties, family barbecues, birthdays. The cake became so popular that she even started a mini business selling it to people in her gym, friends of friends, her husband's running buddies. She couldn't keep up with the orders. 

There was only one little issue with her cake. It wasn't vegan! So the second I went vegan I made it my mission to use what I had learned from watching her make her famous carrot cake, and make it into the perfect vegan recipe for carrot cake cupcakes I'm about to teach you today. Why cupcakes? Because when it comes to desserts I always feel that I'm still four years old, and I want a special little treat that is just for me. Although I have to admit I can never eat just one.

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Herby Cilantro Miso Dressing

One of the reasons I always find people give when they start skipping the salad, is the dressing. On the one hand, most of us make the same salad and dressing every single day. They're uninspired, very basic in flavor, and they get boring... fast! Another reason people start skipping salads is the fact that although a salad is possibly the easiest meal to assemble, the making of a good flavorful dressing always makes us skip it. 

This is one of the reasons I always recommend including a salad dressing in your batch cooking session (if you don't know what that is check out our FREE video series here!), and this recipe I'm sharing with you today is one of my favorites. You add everything to a blender, and the result is bright, bold, beautiful and so tasty. Perfect for almost any kind of salad. 

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Crispy Oven Sweet Potato Fries

This post is all about the story we've all been through to try to get our sweet potato fries crispy. The potato, I mean the regular spud, set us up for failure many moons ago. Why is it so perfectly crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside every single time? Even when you make them in the oven?

Let's face it, potatoes rock. I was a total meat and potatoes kid growing up, and after I went vegan my love of potatoes remained. Sweet potatoes are no exception, I love them to death and eat them much more frequently than regular potatoes now because they are so ridiculously packed with nutrition! We have become frenemies on occasion though, every single time I tried to make oven fries with them and they came out soggy. Sigh...

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Southwestern Kale and Black Bean Bowl with Sweet Potatoes

Today we're cooking up yet another delicious quick fix that is full of color, nutrients, protein, beautiful greens and the best part, it's so easy and quick to make it's sure to start making a weekly appearance in your kitchen.

Just in case you're new to our quick fix recipes, this is your opportunity to hone your "cooking by instinct" skills, since we give you step by step instructions but no measured amounts! Don't worry, I know many of you prefer to follow an exact recipe and we've got so many of those here, but when people ask me what they can start doing today to really improve their cooking, I always mention cooking by instinct.

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Chickpea Crepes with Nut Butter and Banana

It's finally time for me to share one of my go-to healthy weekly snacks with you. I'm talking about delicious and high protein crepes made with... wait for it... chickpea flour! That's right! These are refined flour free, and we're adding some healthy fats in the form of nut butters for that perfect protein+healthy fats combo that is so important for feeling satisfied and especially for hormonal health in women. 

I simply love these crepes because they totally hit the spot when you're craving something sweet but you want to avoid a richer dessert. These can be made sweet with the nut butter, banana and a drizzle of agave or maple syrup, or you can also make them savory! At the end of the video I'm giving you a ton of delicious ideas for serving these, from tacos to hummus and veggie wraps and more.

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