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ALMOND & CINNAMON MARSHMALLOW TREATS

Oh what fun! I can not believe Christmas is next week. When I think of the holidays, I think of cookies, sweet and treats. Why be the norm and bake sugar cookies for your cookie swap? This season, make my holiday flavored rice krispie treats to impress your friends and family. The secret to this unique treat, is the coconut oil instead of vegan butter. It’s kid/adult friendly, satisfying, and I bet you can’t just have one… (I promise you.)

The flavor of almond and cinnamon brings out the flavor of a Christmas sugar cookie, minus the hassle of baking a cookies.

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Ingredients:
2- 10 oz. bags mini vegan marshmallow
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp +1/4 tsp almond extract, divided
5 cups rice cereal
2 cups vegan chocolate chips
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Other Tools Needed:
Holiday cookie cutter of choice

Steps:

1.) Prep chocolate sauce topping. In a small saucepan, melt 2 tbsp coconut oil and chocolate chips on low medium heat. Add 1/4 tsp almond extract. Stir until fully melted and silky smooth. Set aside.

2.) On medium heat, melt 2 tbsp coconut oil in a large deep pot. Add in marshmallows and melt completely. Make sure to continuously stir so the marshmallow and coconut oil does not burn.

3.) Add nutmeg, cinnamon, 1/2 tsp almond extract and stir until well incorporated. Once ingredients are all melted together, fold in rice cereal 1 cup at a time. Make sure each cereal is fully coated with melted marshmallow.

4.) On a large sheet pan, line with wax paper and roll out rice krispie to about 3 inches thick. Set aside to cool for about 15-20 minutes. Cut the shapes with your holiday cookie cutter of choice and dip each with a little chocolate sauce pre-made from earlier.

Optional: sprinkle a little confectioner sugar to mimic snow or add a little raw almond to let guest know it’s almond flavored.

Merry Christmas!
xoxo Sarah

 

 

MUSHROOM MEDLEY & CHESTNUT TARTLETS {THANKSGIVING RECIPE COLLAB}

mushroom medley & chestnut tartlets
Photo by: Jasmine Briones

Thanksgiving is next week… where has the time gone? Last year, I collabed with my home girls Jasmine of  Sweetsimplevegan and Yvonne of Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen (formerly  My Eclectic Kitchen). This year, we each made a dish for you to share at your vegan Thanksgiving feast with your loved ones. They are not only simple, satisfying and delicious, but all cruelty-free so you can enjoy a compassionate Thanksgiving meal.

For my contribution to our Thanksgiving spread, I wanted to make something easy for guests to enjoy. I love puff pastry in both sweet and savory foods so I went in that direction. A great alternative to meat are mushrooms so I used a mix of portobello and crimini.

mushroom medley & chestnut tartlets Buttery
Flaky
Delicious
Satisfying Goodness

Jasmine created a spin on the traditional stuffing and used an everything bagel! Yeah you read that right…EVERYTHING BAGEL STUFFING!!  Full of veggies, love and everything nice. You can find the full recipe to Jasmine’s Everything Bagel Stuffing on her blog sweetsimplevegan.com or simply click on the photo below.

Everything bagel stuffing
Photo by: Jasmine Briones

Yvonne created something sweet for us and made a Mixed Berry Cobbler with Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Crust. Now that’s a Thanksgiving dessert! You can find the full recipe to Yvonne’s cobbler on Yvonnes Vegan Kitchen or simply click on the photo below.

Mixed Berry Cobbler w/Pumpking Cookie Crust
Photo by: Jasmine Briones

Makes about 24 tartlets.

 Ingredients:
1 pack puff pastry (2 sheets)
2- 8oz crimini mushrooms
2 portobello mushroom caps
6 oz. cooked chestnuts, finely chopped
1 shallot, minced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
1 tbsp Tamari (optional)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely minced
salt and pepper, to taste

Tools Needed:
Maple leave (or any autumn themed) cookie cutter

Steps:
1.) Fully thaw puff pastry in room temperature for 35-40 minutes. Do not attempt to unfold until full thawed out.

2.) Wash and de-stem mushrooms and finely mince. In a large pan on medium high heat, add oil and saute mushrooms, shallot and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add chestnuts, rosemary and sprigs of thyme and give a light stir. Add Marsala wine and bring to a light simmer for another 5 minutes until most of the liquid is dissolved.  Mixture should reduce in size by half. Discard thyme sprig. Set aside.

3.) Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll puff pastry out to 1/2 inch . Cut 3X3 squares and place each square in a cupcake pan. Fill cups with 2 heaping tablespoons of mushroom filling and press down mixture to secure.

4.) Cut out maple leaves using extra puff pastry. Place one on top of each tartlet cup. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and flaky. Best served warm.

**Note: There will be extra mushroom mixture.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!
xoxo Sarah

TOFU CHILAQUILES (V+GF)

Tofu Chilaquiles

Who else loves brunch as much as I do?! Chilaquiles are hearty, filling, satisfying and the perfect crowd pleaser.  This recipe is healthier and quicker than most recipes since we will be using my all time favorite chip company Beanfields instead of fried tortilla chips (cheers for shortcuts!)  Beanfields is corn and gluten free, made from brown rice and beans so you get double the fiber and protein. They are continually creating different flavors which can now be found at Whole Foods. You can thank me later for introducing you to this amazing product!

Tofu Chilaquiles

Tofu Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles are usually served with an egg on top but this recipe is vegan friendly and most importantly full of deliciousness and packed with flavor. The crispy tofu crumble gives a nice texture and of course added protein. Yes, this dish is packed with PROTEIN.

Tofu Chilaquiles

Cashew Creme:
1 cup cashews, soaked overnight
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt

Ingredients:
1 8oz. bag White Bean Beanfields Chips
1/2 block firm tofu
1 tbsp nutritional yeast (nooch)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-15 oz. tomato sauce
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste

Steps:
1.) Blend all the ingredients for cashew creme in high speed blender until creamy. Set aside. Prepare tofu by removing/draining excess water by covering with a paper towel and placing a heavy item on top.

2.) In a medium pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on medium high heat and crumble in tofu. Add in garlic powder, nooch, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Stir and cook until tofu is slightly crispy for about 5-7 minutes. Set aside.

3.) In a separate large skillet, saute garlic and onions for about 2 minutes until soft. Add paprika, chili powder, liquid smoke, salt, pepper and stir. Add in tomato sauce and vegetable broth, cook for 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced. Reduce heat and add in Beanfields (or tortilla ) chips. Gently toss chips to generously coat with salsa and simmer for about 5 minutes until chips are softened.

4.) Transfer chilaquiles to serving plate, top with crispy tofu crumble, a few pieces of avocado slices, pico de gallo, drizzle with cashew creme, fresh cilantro and lime wedges. Best served immediately.

Tofu Chilaquiles

Enjoy!
xoxo Sarah

ESPRESSO HORCHATA

Espresso Horchata

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Let’s get the party started with a treat that will satisfy  everyone. Not only is horchata quick and simple to make, it is also very versatile. Add in chocolate sauce, use as coffee creamer, blend with your favorite smoothie recipe in place of milk, use in your favorite cocktail recipe and the list goes on.

Espresso Horchata

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups hot water
1 cup long grain white rice, uncooked
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut nectar
4 tsp espresso, cooled (or 1 cup strong coffee)
1 cup SILK Cashew milk (or any nut milk)
ground cinnamon, optional

Steps:
1.)  Soak rice, water and cinnamon stick overnight.

2.) Blend rice mixture with the cinnamon stick on high for about 2-3 minutes, or until mixture is very thin. Add vanilla extract and blend for another minute.

3.) Pour rice mixture through a cheesecloth or sieve. Squeeze to get as much rice milk as possible and discard any pulp left from the cheesecloth. Transfer to a large pitcher and add the remaining ingredients: coconut nectar, espresso and cashew milk. (Add more coconut nectar depending on the level of sweetness preferred.)  Stir until the nectar has fully dissolved.

4.) Serve with ice and a dash of cinnamon on top. Best served chilled.

Enjoy!
xoxo Sarah