These grain free almond butter cookies are the result of my love for almond butter. I’m loving almond butter these days. Well, I love almond butter most days but because I’m currently on a zero to little grains diet, almond butter has become a staple in my pantry.
I was heading over to a girlfriend’s house and told her that I would bring dessert. I had plenty of almond butter in the fridge so decided to experiment with these grain free almond butter cookies. They turned out fabulous!
This is how this vegan chicken strips recipe came about: It was a lazy Sunday morning. We hadn’t had breakfast yet and my brah (i.e. my partner) asked if we wanted to go to Hogtown Vegan in for some waffles and eggs (oh the pearls of living in Toronto! We can literally go to a restaurant 5 mins away and get “chicken” and waffles, I love this city!). Then I had a brilliant idea! I thought, “We have a waffle maker. We have tofu. We have (gluten-free) breadcrumbs. Omigod, I can make my own chicken and waffles!”
Needless to say, the vegan chicken strips recipe was born. 🙂
I’ve always wanted to know how to make a curry pie. I never made one before and have been curious. My friend has recently had baby number 3 (that’s right folks, THREE babies!!) and so I wanted to bring her over lunch. She also asked to make her some super healthy food that she could freeze for later (she also has IBD issues!) and so I was on the search for healthy freezable meals. I made her some hearty soup, dal (indian lentils), both of which is easily freezable, and then decided to experiment with a curry pot pie. It was a success! Plus, it freezes so well. 🙂 Check out my recipe below for how to make a curry pie.
1 can mung beans (or 1 cup dried, soaked overnight and cooked)
1 cup chopped veggies (carrots, celery, peas, etc.)
1 handful of chopped kale (or other greens), optional
1 tomato, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2-1 tsp chilli powder
81 fresh chilli, optional
freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste
Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat.
When hot, add the chopped onion and sauté the onions until translucent.
Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant.
Add the spices and cook for 2 minutes (add more oil if spices are sticking to the pot).
Add all the veggies and cook for another 2 minutes (remember we are going to be baking them again so we don't want them overcooked).
Add the mung beans, lemon juice, salt and mix.
Adjust spices to taste.
Pour the mixture into an oven safe dish and cover with a pie crust.
*If you want the taste of the chilli but not the spice of the chilli, you can simply add a whole chilli when you add the spices. For a little spice you can hit the chilli in half, or for even more spiciness you can chop up the chilli.
This amazing chickpea pattie recipe comes from my Mama (thanks mama!). The recipe is an adaptation of a traditional Punjabi dish made with potatoes called “Aloo Tikkis” (meaning potato patties). I try not to eat too many potatoes and so I asked my Mom to make it with chickpeas. She did and it was delicious. 🙂 This chickpea pattie recipe is filled with indian spices so get ready for your mouth to explode with spicy amazingness!
Ingredients for Chickpea Pattie Recipe
1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight (or 2 cans of 15 ounce chickpeas)
2-3 green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp of chat masala, optional
1/4 tsp of chilli powder, optional
1/2 of a fresh green (or red) chilli, optional
1-2 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
salt, to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp)
3 tbsp of ground chia + 1/2 cup water
4 cup greens (baby spinach, kale, etc.), optional
Directions for Chickpea Pattie Recipe
Combine the 3 tbsp of ground chia with the 1/2 cup of water in a bowl and set aside.
Wash & cook the chickpeas until they are super soft (you will have to mash them by hand, so the softer they are the easier it will be for you).
Once the chickpeas are cooked, drain any excess water and set aside.
Grease a baking sheet and preheat oven to 400.
Chop the green onion, fresh cilantro and greens, if using, and set aside.
Now it’s time to use your mom arms, yoga arms or if you are like me, your slightly weakling arms. 🙂 With a potato masher (or fork if you don’t have a masher), mash the chickpeas. You want to mash them just until you can’t see any more whole chickpeas. You still want them to keep their form. You don’t want to use a food processor because they will get too soft and won’t form properly into patties.
Add all of the spices and the chia mixture to the chickpeas and mix with a spoon until everything is nicely combined.
Using a 1/3 measuring cup, scoop up the chickpea mixture and place onto your greased baking sheet. Use your fingers to flatten your patties until they are about 2-3 inches thick.
Bake at 400 for about 30-40 minutes, flipping them mid-way through.
Enjoy them in your salad, in your burger, in a wrap or on their own!
You can pan fry them right before you eat them so that they are nice and crispy.
These freeze really well, so feel free to wrap them up and freeze them once they are cool.
I made these flourless chocolate cupcakes with cocoa powder for my brother-in-law’s birthday last weekend (Happy Birthday Mufee!! :)) and they were a hit! Mufee has recently turned the big 4-0 (is it okay that I mention your age Mufee? :P) and so this birthday was a big deal. The family had conspired together to get Muf 40 gifts for his birthday and I was go get 6 of those 40! Yikes! That was stressful as my “love language” is definitely not gifts.
Aside: Have you guys heard about love languages? It’s very interesting! It basically says that people express love in 5 different ways – gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service and physical touch. People express love in these different ways and, in turn, often expect to receive love in the same way. I, for instance, express love predominantly through acts of service (I like doing things for people, like making food! Hence, the food blog :P). After service, I probably express love through (ranking from most important to least) quality time, physical touch, words of affirmation and then gifts would be last. Because acts of service is most important and gifts is least, I am not a gift giver (or not a good one, at the very least). This also means that rather than valuing gifts myself, I would rather have people do things for me (like the dishes Irfan!).
There, now you know about love languages, I just saved you a million dollars on relationship therapy. 🙂 Just joking! I love therapy, I think everyone should go to therapy! 🙂
Okay, sorry for the rant, back to the cupcakes! Anyhow, it was Mufee’s birthday and I was to get him six gifts. As gifts is not my thang, I decided (actually Jemila, my sista from anotha motha, suggested) to make cupcakes instead. I also try to eat grain free and had some cocoa powder and so I experimented with flourless chocolate cupcakes with cocoa powder. They.were.darn.tasty. Even the unhealthy eaters liked them.
Makes 6 cupcakes
Ingredients for Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes with Cocoa Powder
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
generous pinch of salt
2 chia eggs (2 tbsp ground chia combined with 1/4 cup of water for 5-10 minutes) – or you can use 2 eggs if you’re not vegan
1/3 cup maple syrup (you can add 1/2 cup if you like, I don’t like things too sweet but if you are making for kids 1/3 cup maple syrup may not be sweet enough)
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp dairy free milk (I used almond milk)
Directions for Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes with Cocoa Powder
Preheat oven to 350.
In a food processor, combine the coconut flour, cocoa, baking soda & salt
Slowly add the chia mixture, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and dairy free milk
I’ve been on the search for a vegan chocolate frosting no margarine recipe for a while now! Many of the vegan frosting or icing recipes I have come across include some type of vegan margarine or butter. The thought of having a frosting with vegan margarine or butter wasn’t terribly exciting for me and so I wanted a healthier and yummier alternative.
I love coconut and try to add it to anything I make when it makes sense. I had some coconut milk handy and decided to experiment with a frosting recipe. The result? Amazingness. 🙂
This vegan chocolate frosting recipe is so good you can eat it by itself (I definitely did!). I made this to go along my flourless chocolate cupcakes with cocoa powder recipe which I made for my brother-in-law’s birthday. It was a hit!
Makes enough for 12 small cupcakes
Recipe for Vegan Chocolate Frosting No Margarine
1 can full fat coconut milk
1/4 cup maple syrup (you can add more maple syrup if you like but I found 1/4 cup of maple syrup amount to be the perfect amount of sweetness, although I don’t like things super sweet)
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
Directions for Vegan Chocolate Frosting No Margarine
Place coconut can in the fridge overnight (or for at least 2 hours)
Remove the coconut “meat” from the can (this is the solidified white part of the coconut milk) and place into a medium sized bowl. You can save the rest of the coconut liquid (I usually freeze it to use in other baked goods) or you can drink it!
Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and whip it up with a hand mixer until completely smooth.
Spread on your goodies / eat alone.
Note that the frosting melts quickly so keep it in the fridge until right before you are ready to eat or serve it.
Are you ready for this? Vegan butter chicken sauce? Ahhh my gawdd! It was so so so delicious and so so easy! I will be making this again again! My only regret is that I didn’t make more! I had a number of friends stroll in the day I made this vegan butter chicken sauce and everyone of them loved it (and none of them are even vegan). 🙂
I want to make this again and eat this right now. 🙂
The picture here doesn’t look super saucy but not to worry! I’ve adapted the recipe to double the sauce and that’s what I have shared below.
Ingredients for Vegan Butter Chicken Sauce
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup soaked cashews
2 tbsp olive oil (or vegan butter)
2 tsp freshly ground/grated ginger
2 tsp freshly ground/grated garlic
1 tsp garam masala
4 green cardamom pods
6 black peppercorns
2 inch piece of cinnamon
1 cup tomato puree (from the can)
1/2 – 1 tsp red chilli powder
2-3 fresh green chillies, optional
salt, to taste
fresh coriander to garnish, optional
1 block tofu
1 tsp of sugar, optional (I didn’t add this but “traditional” butter chicken often includes this)
Directions for Vegan Butter Chicken Sauce
Soak the cashews (you can do this for however long you like. I have a high powdered blender so I usually skip the soaking process entirely but if you don’t have a high powdered blender, you can soak the cashews overnight or for a minimum of 30 minutes). Place the soaked cashews in a food processor / blender, add the coconut milk and blend them until they are completely smooth. Set aside.
Drain tofu and prep tofu. I usually do this by placing it between 2 plates, putting something heavy on top, and letting it sit for about 10-20 minutes. If you would like a “meatier” tofu texture, you can then bake the tofu after it’s drained on a greased baking sheet/parchment paper. Bake it for in about 30 minutes on 400 degrees, flipping mid-way through.
Heat the olive oil (or vegan butter) in a large pan over medium heat.
Add the green cardamoms, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon.
Sauté for a couple of minutes then add the ginger and garlic paste and cook for a couple of more minutes.
Add the tomato puree, red chilli powder, garam masala, salt, and fresh chillies, if using.
Increase heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil (you can add more water if you find the mixture sticking to the pan. I did not do this though).
Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add the tofu and simmer for another five minutes or so. Add the coconut milk & cashew mixture.
Alright folks, this recipe for chocolate pudding made with avocado is a good one! It was my brother’s birthday this past Friday (Happy Birthday Zeshan!) and so I wanted to make healthy dessert (God knows there was going to be a sugar-filled cake). Irfan, my partner in life and crime, is also currently on a paleo-ish diet. I say “ish” because he’s a vegetarian and so he’s doing paleo without the meat but with the addition of beans and lentils. I wanted to make something that he could eat as well.
I bought avocados, cocoa and added some maple syrup. BAAM! A delicious avocado pudding! My brother, who is not known for his healthy eating ways loved it! So did my 11 year-old nephew. A healthy dessert for all friends! 🙂 So many exclamation marks!!!
Ingredients for Recipe for Chocolate Pudding Made with Avocado
Meat from 2 large avocados (or 3-4 small)
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup maple syrup
optional: tsp of vanilla, tsp of cinnamon
a few splashes of dairy free milk if needed (I used almond milk)
Directions for Recipe for Chocolate Pudding Made with Avocado
Throw all ingredients into your food processor and go to town!
Add more maple syrup if desired (1/2 cup maple syrup was the perfect amount of sweetness for me, but you may like more)
This vegan apple crisp coconut oil recipe is a keeper friends! My cousin Saarah, aka my sista from another motha (my aunt actually!) came over during the winter holidays for our annual sleepover.
Seeing as Saarah is my cousin, I’ve known her for her whole life (I used to change her diapers!). She is 10 years younger than me and so we have only recently become close. The deal was sealed when me, my Mom, Saarah and my aunt (Saarah’s Mom) all took a mother daughter trip to Dubai. It was so much fun!
Saarah and I shared a hotel room the for the whole 2 week duration of the vacay and so we basically learned everything about each other. She is super cool! Way cooler than I was at 20. Anywho, Saarah and I learned that we love each not only because we are family! Woohoo! It’s always a pleasure when you genuinely like your family.
I genuinely like Saarah. 🙂 Haha, this post is basically devoted to my love for Saarah! You’re welcome Saarah. 🙂
Anywho, back to the sleepover and the vegan apple crisp. Saarah is currently in her 3rd year of undergrad at McMaster University, in Hamilton, ON. She studies way to hard if you ask me (just joking! 😛 she will do something amazing in life!) and so we barely see each other during the school year. She was off for the winter break and so we had a sleepover. This is how our winter sleepovers go: make fire, make food, eat food, drink tea, make more food, eat more food, drink more tea. 🙂
For dinner we had my Vegan Tempeh Sandwich and had this vegan apple crisp for dessert. It was a hit! Super quick, easy and incredibly satisfying! Some vegan coconut ice cream on top would also be a super delicious addition. 🙂
Ingredients for Vegan Apple Crisp Coconut Oil – Apple Filling
6 apples, cored and chopped
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Ingredients for Vegan Apple Crisp Coconut Oil – Crumble Topping
pinch of salt
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
Directions for Vegan Apple Crisp Coconut Oil
Preheat oven to 350
Combine all apple filling ingredients in one bowl
Combine all crumble topping ingredients in another bowl
Oil an oven safe pan with coconut oil
Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the crumble is browned.