vegan

Same old tart; new and improved food photography

The reason for the title of this post: I made this tart over Thanksgiving and posted earlier about it, but I used frozen raspberries instead of fresh that time, so although it still tasted delicious, it wasn’t quite as picture- perfect! The good thing about this tart is that it is extremely rich, meaning that a little sliver goes a long way! Also sugar- free, gluten- free, and raw, although you would never ever guess how healthy it happens to be. 

Without further ado, bring on the foodporn!ImageImageImage

step 1: the crust

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step 2: chocolate filling

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step 3: after refrigerating; pile on the fresh raspberries and DIG IN :’)

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Cooking Close- ups

Before I get to the good stuff (pictures of some yummmmy food), just a little disclaimer. Not that anyone really cares, but just so that I’m not too much of a hypocrite! 😉 Since my last post I have in fact been staying away from instagram and it’s been great, but I realized that with some pretty exciting plans to travel the world in my near future, I will be taking a lot of neat pictures and I will want to document my adventures and keep in touch with friends. So while it has been a welcome break, and definitely a most- needed wake- up call when it comes to prioritizing, I am not going to be deleting/ refraining from one of my only means of communicating with loved ones in a little while here. So like I said, just wanted to make my point so I’m not acting like I’m above certain social networking sites while I still continue to use them… just a little follow- up on what was on my mind the other evening. 🙂 

If you can’t tell, 90% of this blog is food. Namely vegan, plant- based, whole foods, and often desserts & treats. I’ve been spending a decent amount of time in the kitchen recently so I snapped some pictures of some yummy recipes- in- progress. If nothing else, this is a sneak peek into the world of “what vegans eat” 😉 

First off: Time to give credit where credit is due! My all- time favorite blog is deliciouslyella.com. I am in love with every single recipe on there.. and I am so impressed at the nutritional value of everything on there! So fabulous. 

The other night I wanted a little treat, and of course for me that means, a treat that tastes like a treat but is, in fact, very healthy. So I made deliciouslyella’s apple/ pear/ raisin cake. Yum! Topped with frozen banana soft serve and a dollop of crunchy natural peanut butter? The perfect way to get away with eating dessert for breakfast. Or as a midnight snack. Or every hour… 

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I put the pears and apples in a saucepan with some cinnamon before adding to the batter… this on it’s own would make a wonderful treat! 

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pecan and almond flour (gluten free say what?) 

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Raise your hand if you have a special place in your heart for the Vitamix!

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into the oven… 

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link to the original recipe is right here: 

http://deliciouslyella.com/apple-pear-and-raisin-cake/

 

Those Cookies Doe…

Of course we made those grain- free peanut- butter chocolate- chip cookies because they are the best ever and so easy, and the DOUGH…!! Mmmm

(If you don’t happen to be a frequent reader of my blog, just scroll back a few posts and you’ll easily find the recipe.)

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Most photogenic recipe right?

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Impossible NOT to eat by the spoonful… confession time: Sometimes when I make these, they never make it to the oven… (Sometimes = often)

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you get the idea… 

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shoot this dough is so good it deserves a black’n white pic 😉

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That Dough Doe,,, 

Slowly converting the world to Veganism, one friend at a time;)

It’s no surprise that Friends + Food = A Great Time. 

I love to talk about, love to make, LOVE to eat plant- based whole foods.(Vegan always; gluten- free and sugar- free preferably). I get so excited when friends share my excitement and want me to share recipes and tips and get together for a little healthified (yep, that is a word..)- dessert girl’s night. So fun. 

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Here’s what was on the menu the other evening, with links/ references to the recipes because they are all soon- to- be regulars in your kitchen! Like most of my recipes on here, these are ridiculously tasty for how nutritious they are, and ridiculously easy to whip up at that.

*mock “mint chocolate- chip ice- cream milkshakes” or, as blogger Katie, whose recipe this is, calls them, “shamrock shakes”. (your St. Patrick’s day celebrations will never be the same!)

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/02/24/raw-mint-chocolate-chip-milkshake/

Appetizing, no? 😉

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mmhm, my compliments to the chef 😉

 

 

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Action shot!

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(this was at my friend’s house so this isn’t my ninja but lemme just say that this is a fabulous blender and I highly recommend! I do use a ninja food processor, the “mini chopper”.)

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This little cutie approved! Told her mom she was giving up junk food from then on. So cute, love it 🙂

the other 2 menu items are:

*BEST COOKIES OF MY LIFE (the grain- free, chickpea- inclusive peanut- butter/ chocolate- chip ones I posted about the other day)

*Best Hummus of My Life. Which gets a blog post of it’s own because I snapped some quality shots of this delicious little bean dip on a bed of fresh spinach, garnished with cherry tomato, rosemary, and (pink!) Himalayan salt. (… Just call me Chef Madi.) So, more to come on that one. 🙂 

Sneak preview: (Cute right!)

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RAW BROWNIES

This recipe will change your life. Haha. But really.. soo simple and NUTRITIOUS and DELICIOUS.. what more could you ask for!? 

Here’s how ya make em:

In a food processor, blend up 1 Cup pecans. Add 1 1/2 Cups dates (pitted if you care about your food processor) + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder + 3 Tablespoons Agave nectar.

Press “dough” into a brownie pan and either refrigerate for 3 hours of freeze for one. Then cut em up in squares, and voila! You got yourself some raw, vegan, gluten- free, sugar- free, but definitely not FLAVOR/indulgence/dessert- free brownies. 🙂 

Guilt- free pleasure, what’s not to love!? 😉 

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Banana Sushi

Bananas+ Peanut Butter: favorite food right there. Which is saying something, considering the vast array of foods that I love!
I came across the idea for this “breakfast sushi” online (actually I think it was proposed as a fun way to get kids excited about healthy foods…lol!) so I can’t take credit, but it was too cute, had to recreate. Plus, I love an excuse to eat this banana/ peanut butter/ raisin combination… Why not make it look pretty while I’m at it?;)

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Goodness in a glass

Usually I wake up pretty ready to go (probably because I can’t wait to get up and make me some new tasty oatmeal variation!). Actually, a lot of times I wake up surprisingly alert, especially given the lack of sleep I’ve been getting on this no- school, working- late summer schedule.
This morning however, was not one of these mornings. It was one if those push- the- snooze- button- roll- over- “just a few more minutes” kinda mornings. But, I had to make sure the little bro got off to school so I hopped outta bed and decided to start the day off with a fresh Orange Julius.

My basic orange Julius recipe:
>banana, broken into chunks
>large scoop of frozen orange juice concentrate
>handful of ice cubes
>1/2t pure vanilla extract
>water (amount varies; depends on how runny you like your smoothies)

So simple, and never fails! {My favorite is adding about 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries to this as well..too bad we were out of those this morning!}

I realized I had a huge bag of fresh kale just chillen in the fridge, so I decided to go green and added a heaping handful to my Orange Julius. It turned out delicious; to quote my 7th grade brother, “that’s actually really good!”, and he’s not necessarily the spinach- in- a- glass type. 🙂

So tell me, what are some of the craziest concoctions you’ve created with your blender? Obviously this one’s nothing extreme, but still, I’m sure to plenty of people think it’s weird to drink something so.. Green!🌱

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{oops my glass isn’t too full in the pics.. Hey, I guess that’s good though, proof it was good! Anyways you can still see that beautiful green color! Gotta love!}