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Smoky Avocado Roll

Smoky Avocado Roll – a smoky veggie “lox” so astonishingly similar to the real thing – in flavor and texture – when paired with classic flavors you remember.

Avocado Veggie Lox Roll

You know how so many say “I could be vegan except for cheese?”

That was never my statement – mine would have been “vegan except for smoked salmon” and “vegan except for bagels and lox.”

That smoky flavor paired with briny capers and a cream cheese bagel? What I always ordered from hotel room service. What was often my brunch choice, along with my mimosa.

Well, that is still my brunch choice.

At a sushi counter, I’d look for and order the salmon.

This was before going vegan, of course. If I am honest I do still give the lox a wistful look on the menu, wishing for a plant based version of that flavor.

My wishes have been answered, my friends.

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Double Cream Chive Mushroom Pie

Double Cream Garlic Herb Mushroom Pie satisfies your hearty, cheesy vegan comfort food cravings, perfect for Pi Day or a Friday!

Double Cream Mushroom Pie

Longtime readers of spabettie know I love my pie. I also love Pi.

I make a Pi tribute pie every year, and those years I have had a blog, I have shared them with you.

This year, Pi Day is extra nerdy special – not only it is the year ’15, this year we can also take Pi out a few more decimals at 9:26 am, and 53 seconds.

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Tangy Cheese Sauce on a Beastly Pretzel Slider

I have been sitting on this cheese sauce recipe for a while.

I first made it last summer, then got a bit distracted from any kind of cooking. I did think about making some while the Hawaii Honeymoon Hurricane Hit the Horizon. We grocery shopped for all the essentials before that one day storm.

I am realizing I still need to share wedding details with you. We had some tasty vegan food, and the groom’s cake was fun.

I started making this recipe again around the holidays – I am generally the maker of the appetizers and snacks for the holiday day – everyone loved it.

Tangy Cheese Sauce Recipe

I recently got my hands on the Beyond Meat Beast Burger, in slider form. They were sold out of the burger size, I am still wondering if they are the same. I have heard mixed reviews, but Jason and I both liked the flavor. You know how you [click to continue…]

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Avocado Kale Florentine with Smoked Paprika Hollandaise

Avocado Kale Florentine with Smoked Paprika Hollandaise – this is perfect for a weekend brunch at home – fresh avocado, greens, and a smoky hollandaise – delicious!

But I Could Never Go Vegan!Brunch is my favorite thing.

When asked to review Kristy Turner’s gorgeous new book, But I Could Never Go Vegan!, I knew immediately this florentine would be the recipe I made first.

This recipe is made with all of my favorite things – crispy crunchy creamy avocado, garlicky sautéed kale, gloriously rich hollandaise. Brunch perfection, for a lazy weekend morning at home.

I have made this recipe three times since receiving this book, and the second and third times? I doubled the hollandaise portion so I could have leftovers.

That saucy goodness is tasty over many things.

Avocado Kale Florentine with Smoked Hollandaise

This florentine is just one of many brilliantly creative and flavorful recipes to [click to continue…]

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Mom's Red Chicken

Total nostalgia for me, this dish. As soon as I pour the vermouth in the skillet and the sauce comes together, I am transported back to childhood. My kitchen smells so good, and I can envision Little Kristina making a big plate of buttered rice, and pouring a big ladle of this red sauce over the top.

Sometimes I ate a small amount of chicken, but even back then as you know, I was not all that fond of the meats.

It was what my mom did with chicken that I loved. The flavors in this dish – tangy smoky sweet – instantly remind me of mom’s cooking.

Classic Red Chicken Recipe

Now that there are decent plant based versions of chicken, I am reworking some of mom’s recipes. This was the first dish I wanted to make – I have cravings for this one often. Aside from the chicken, the only other ingredient that is not naturally vegan is Worcestershire.

But I found this sorcery, and all was right in the world again.

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Double Chocolate Smoothie with Salted Pepitas

Smoothie Saturday !

This post contains my astonishment that it is almost February, and a secret about my preferred dinner time. That and my Time Passing Astonishment? I am an old.

Happy weekend, and welcome to another Smoothie Saturday!

Last summer I was contacted by the folks at Ka’Chava, a superfood shake they call Tribal Superfood – The Whole Body Meal. I told them the same thing I always tell brands who want to send me product to review – that I will only share products I actually like and would use. I asked for a quantity that I could use for a month or more, to see if this would fulfill my expectations of a protein powder, meal replacement, second breakfast recovery, or snack.

They sent me tubs of both flavors, and I used it exclusively until it was gone.

I bought more.

I had Ka’Chava with me while traveling, it makes a great hotel breakfast. I often make a half serving in the afternoon, if I know we will be having dinner later than my preferred time of Early Bird Senior Discount Dinner In The Afternoon.

Ka’Chava boasts a long list of benefits: digestive health, sustained energy, mental focus, hunger control, lean muscle, and did I say sustained energy? The ingredient list is also impressive, with more than 60 nutrient-rich plants and super-foods, including chia, maca, amaranth, camu camu, and sacha inchi.

Ka’Chava is vegan, and free of gluten, dairy, soy, artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and preservatives.

Ka'Chava Nutrition

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Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

My friend Ricki has another book releasing in a few days, a book that is important and life changing! Living Candida Free has 100 recipes, but it is so much more than a cookbook. Ricki shares her vast knowledge of the anti-candida diet, including sample menus, detailed information and a plan about acceptable foods and foods to avoid, detoxification and restoring digestion, stages to reintroduce foods, pantry lists and so much more.

Then come the recipes. Ricki’s flavor packed techniques are also good for those wanting to reduce sugars in their diet, and is the first all vegan anti candida guide. Vegan, sugar free, gluten free – there are recipes for everyone!

Living Candida Free

From a Classic Green Smoothie and Whole Grain Waffles in the morning, to a Creamy Broccoli Soup or Tangy Cashew Cheese, the recipes are varied and satisfying. I have made the Whole Grain Waffles twice, and the Fennel, Brussels Sprout and Edamame Salad was part of my lunch this week!

Some of my other favorites from this book are the Garlicy Avocado Sauce and the Emergency Fudge. Because yeah, we all know about those chocolate emergencies.

Ricki’s Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles – another recipe I have already made twice – everyone I have shared them with loves them!

and today I am sharing them with you!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles

If you like raw cookie dough, you’ll love these truffles. The texture and flavor of cookie dough, combined with a high-protein “secret ingredient,” means this sweet snack provides a hefty nutritional punch, too! The recipe offers two variations: plain cookie dough balls or, for a richer treat, truffles dipped in chocolate. Either way, you will love them! [click to continue…]

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Bright and Vibrant - 12 Nourishing Smoothie Recipes

Smoothie Saturday !

Smoothie Saturday is back!

I am back from business trip / vacation, and all I want are All The Vegetables. I just spent a week in San Francisco, and while I ate some awesome freshness, I also spent several days walking the Fancy Food Show, sampling, eating, sampling, drinking!

I also made some new friends.

In the days since I have been back home, I have made some glorious salads. Some veggie stuffed wraps. And a smoothie or a juice every morning.

My slideshow for January is just that – twelve nutrient packed smoothie and juice recipes.

Flu Fighting Red Grape Cooler

Flu Fighting Red Grape Cooler

 

Candy Bar Smoothie

Candy Bar Smoothie

 

Piña Colada Breakfast Smoothie

Piña Colada Breakfast Smoothie

 

 

Click through the  Smoothie Slideshow here:

Check out Bright and Vibrant – Nutrient Packed Juice and Smoothies

by Kristina at Foodie.com

 

 

 

or click here to see the whole collection.

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

 

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