Category Archives: Party Food

ROASTED HATCH CHILE SPINACH & ARTICHOKE DIP

It’s that time again…GAMEDAY!!! We (REDKSINS) made it to the playoffs and that’s good enough for me. I’m also happy to say, seeing the Broncos making to Superbowl for another season is going to be pretty exciting. Peyton deserves another ring before his last shindig.

I have a love-hate relationship with peppers, chiles and anything that is “spicy” but mostly, LOVE. When I discovered the infamous Hatch Chile, I could not stop adding them to all my recipes. The chile has a nice little kick at the end of every bite, but so worth it. The best way to serve them is to roast the chile. What better way to impress your guests  than by bringing on your A-game with this Hatch Chile spinach and artichoke dip.

Ingredients:
3 Hatch Chiles, roasted, seeded and minced
1 1/4 cup cashews, soaked overnight
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pack frozen spinach
1 cup artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
vegan mozzarella shreds, **optional
salt and pepper, to taste

Steps:
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thaw frozen spinach and squeeze excess water and place on paper towel to dry. Set aside.

2.) In a high process blender, blend cashews and almond milk until creamy. Add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper (to taste.) Add more milk one tablespoon at a time if mixture is too thick.

3.) On medium-high heat, saute spinach with coconut oil for about 1 minute. Add in artichoke hearts and minced roasted Hatch Chile and stir for another 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4.) Lower heat and stir in cashew cheese mixture and carefully mix to combine for about 5 minutes, until mixture has slightly thickened. Transfer to a regular or 2 mini casserole dish and top with vegan mozzarella cheese (optional).

5.) Bake for 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted and edges are slightly brown. Serve with crackers, fresh vegetables or use as pasta sauce.

Enjoy!
xoxo Sarah

 

VEGAN THANKSGIVING 2015 MENU

VEGAN THANKSGIVING 2015 MENU

We are finally in full holiday mode and I’m so happy  and thankful to share this experience with my friends and chefs Yvonne from MyElecticKitchen and Jasmine from SweetSimpleVegan !  We’ve teamed up and made a full collaboration of healthy, satisfying and obviously delicious 2015 Vegan Thanksgiving menu. This is the best menu I’ve ever tasted thus far! Please make sure to tag us @ahnestveggie, @sweetsimplevegan @yvonne_deliciously_vegan and use #YSJThanksgiving so we can see all you’re amazing creations next week!!

Menu Round-Up:
Fall Quiona stuffed Acorn Squash (GF)
Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese w/ crispy sage (GF)
Arugula and Persimmon Salad (GF,)
Herbed Biscuits w/ Mushroom Gravy (GF)
Kabocha Squash w/ Rajas Gratin (GF)
Sourdough Stuffing (GF)
Coconut Mushroom Gravy (GF)
Holiday Sausage (GF)
The Best Vegan Creamed Corn (GF)
Vegan Green Bean Casserole w/ Cashew Cream (GF)
Pumpkin Pie w/ homemade coconut whip cream (GF)
Persimmon Galette w/ Toasted Coconut covered Crust (GF)
Apple Cider Doughnuts w/ date caramel glaze

Vegan Thanksgiving 2015 Menu

Vegan Thanksgiving 2015 Meu
Enjoy!
xoxo Sarah

VEGAN LEMON POPPYSEED DOUGHNUTS

Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Doughnuts

Today is the day. The day we break the internet with the endless love and gluttonous photos of #nationaldonutday! What is the difference of a “donut” and “doughnut”? The only difference is the way the cake is made. A traditional (the best and most sinful way of eating a donut) would be fried where a doughnut (the more classier and “healthier” version) are baked.

Personally if I’m going all in I will have a full on fried, yeasty piece of heaven, but today is a special day dedicated to all those that will be recovering from the donut hangover so why not a much easier and less greasy version of a DOUGHNUT?

Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Doughnuts

Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Doughnuts

Ingredients:
1 flax egg (1 tbsp flaxseed meal+3 tbsp warm water)
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp coconut oil
zest of one lemon
1/2 lemon, juiced
3-4 tbsp agave
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp poppy seed

Vanilla Raspberry Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup fresh raspberries, roughly chopped

Steps:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease doughnut pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix flax egg, milk, lemon juice and zest, and coconut oil until combined. In a separate bowl whisk dry ingredients. Carefully add wet ingredients to dry mixture making sure not to over mix. (folding mixture if needed)

Fill batter into a pastry bag and cut tip to release batter into the baking pans. Fill  a little past half full. Bake for about 12 minutes until cake is light and fluffy.

Set aside to cool.

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk powdered sugar, milk, and extract until glaze forms. Carefully fold in raspberries, making sure not to crush them so the red color does not bleed. Dip each doughnut and set on cooling rack to have excess glaze drip down.

Optional: Stack 2 doughnuts together filling each with more glaze and fresh raspberries.

Enjoy!
xoxo Sarah

 

 

 

PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BALLS

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Food makes us happy. Food gives us energy. Feeding our hungry bellies will determine how our mood will be for the rest of the day. Give me food or die that’s my motto. Living in Los Angeles can get a bit hectic and time will be your worst enemy. To maintain a lifestyle of good health and happiness, fueling your body with nourishing foods is key. If you have a slight (slight is an understatement) obsession over peanut butter, these quick and simple energy balls will not only give you life but will forever be your best friend. They are packed with protein, healthy fats and a great post-workout recovery snack.

Superfoods all jam packed into one bite size ball to take on the go for the more busy days. No excuses, just results!

Peanut buttery, chocolate and crunchy goodness all in one little bite size piece of heaven. YOU ARE WELCOME. Recipe inspired by my friend Ariana (Grande) Taylor;)

Peanut butter energy balls

Peanut butter energy balls

Peanut butter energy balls

(Recipe makes about 10-12 peanut butter energy balls)

Ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup golden raisins (or dried fruit of choice)
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut flakes, finely shredded
1/2 heaping cup peanut butter, unsalted and room temperature
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp agave
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt, optional

Steps:
Mix ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined with a spatula.

Prep a large plate and cover with parchment paper. Roll mixture into desired bite sized balls and coat with extra coconut shredding. You may always leave them as is or coat with more dried fruits, nuts or any other toppings of your choice.

Let the prepared peanut butter balls sit in the refrigerator for about 12-15 minutes to set.

Enjoy! also remember to #ahnestveggie so I can see all of your wonderful creations on social media!

xoxo Sarah