Asian Kale Salad


Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

Garlic Ginger Dressing: 

  • 3 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 1 inch ginger (grated)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/2 cup tamari 
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar 

Instructions: 

1. Prepare salad by washing kale, and tearing the leaves off the stem. Roughly chop and place in salad bowl.

2. Thinly slice the carrot, and dice the yellow pepper and avocado. Add to the kale. 

3. Mix together all of the ingredients for the garlic ginger dressing. Add as much dressing as you would like and message kale. 

4. Sprinkle seasame seeds on top. Enjoy!





Nut Milk Recipe

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You may be thinking to yourself, why didn't I think of this sooner? Thats what I thought when I made my first batch of nut milk. Its super easy and simple to make, and you really don't need that many ingredients. So why do we keep buying store-brand nut milks?! Because its right there when you shop for your groceries? Okay I get it. Its "easier." But let me break it down for you. How much are you spending on nut milk? My boyfriend and I were going through 1-2 half gallons of nut milk a week, and in New York City it costs $5 per half gallon. Equalling $5-$10 of nut milk a week. A half gallon equals 8 cups.

Heres an example of what is costs to make almond milk. 1 pound of raw almonds from trader Joe's cost me $6.99. 1 pound of almonds yields 4 cups. With 1 cup of raw almonds I can make 4 cups of almond milk, so with 4 cups of almonds I can make 16 cups of almond milk! Thats twice the amount of almond milk that I would get for a half a gallon of store brand almond milk that used to cost me $5. Lets compareStore brand almond milk filled with harmful chemicals and additives cost me $5 for 8 cups. My homemade, pure, all-natural almond milk costs me $3.50 for 8 cups. WIN! Yes, different nuts vary in price, but I'm sure you will make almond milk the most, because it's super versatile. However, I tried experimented with making pistachio milk! I know right?! Sounds amazing, and it was! Super creamy, with a hint of pistachio flavor, and it came out a beautiful creamy pastel green. Many almond milks contain a harmful ingredient that you should look out for called carrageenan. Carrageenan, which has no nutritional value, has been used as a thickener and emulsifier to improve the texture of ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, soy milk and other processed foods.  

Research has shown that exposure to carrageenan causes inflammation and that when we consume processed foods containing it, we ingest enough to cause inflammation in our bodies. All forms of carrageenan are capable of causing inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a root cause of many serious diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's diseases, and cancer. When laboratory mice were exposed to low concentrations of carrageenan for 18 days, they developed a "profound" glucose intolerance and impaired insulin action, both of which can lead to diabetes.

This is extremely scary to learn, when carrageenan is being added to so many processed products on the market and it being consumed unknowingly. We think almond milk, a great milk alternative, yes. But companies still find a way to sneak in harmful ingredients into our products and body's. Would you consume something that could potentially cancer or diabetes? I didn't think so. If you do have to buy store brand almond milk, I recommend buying Silk's Unsweetened Original Almond Milk, because this does not contain carrageenan. But if you have the time, make it yourself! It tastes so much better, is better for you, and cheaper! Really can't go wrong!

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Yields 4 cups

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup nuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts,  or hazelnuts)
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or 1 large date  (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
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1. Soak 1 cup of nuts for at least 12 hours in water.

2. Drain water that the nuts were soaked in.

3. Boil 4 cups of water.

4. Add the soaked nuts and 4 cups of boiling water to blender with salt, and sweetener (maple syrup or date), and vanilla extract if you like.

5. Blend until nuts have been liquified.

6. Strain mixture in a bowl with a fine strainer or cheese cloth to separate milk from the nut meat.

7. Store nut milk in mason jar, and use within 3-4 days.  

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Nice-Cream Sundae

1622246_10154462444155085_7125828081516435754_n In the summer I take advantage of as much seasonal produce as I can. Since strawberries and cherries are in season I figured why not create a nice-cream sundae jar of amazingness?!

Theres many ways you can take advantage of buying seasonal produce. Farmers markets are becoming more popular then ever, which is a great thing! However, those that can't make it to the farmers market on time may want to opt for something called a CSA. This is when you purchase a share in a farmers crop for a certain period of time. This allows you to receive a box of fresh fruits, vegetables, and sometimes even eggs. You have a set pickup point close to your home where you pick up your bounty and it should last you while! Here's more information about CSA's available in New York City. It not only provides you with extremely fresh local food but also switches up what you would normally buy every week, so you are forced to be more creative! Which I love!

There are also other organizations in New York City that deliver organic produce straight to your door. This organization called Go Organic NYC emphasizes on organic produce. If it's available and in season locally then thats where it comes from but if you order tropical fruit like bananas and pineapple they are still organic but haven't been grown locally of course.

Not only will buying locally support local farmers and your community but it will also allow you to eat a more plant-based diet. Buying organic is important as well, because the more we learn about how harmful pesticides are the more we realize we shouldn't be consuming them whatsoever. And lets face it, fresh fruits and vegetables that haven't been sprayed with pesticides just taste better! We shouldn't withhold flavor from ourselves!

Whenever I roam through farmers markets upstate I get inspired by all the colorful imperfectly shaped produce and the fresh jams, baked goods, and breads that all the vendors bring! Food should feed your creative juices as well as your body. Food is nourishment, but when we make that nourishment tasty and delicious, that's what keeps us coming back for more.

I see a trend in organic local food spreading, and the more we develop new tasty recipes and show people how delicious real food is, the more people won't be able to deny that fact, that fruits and vegetables taste good! I don't blame people who have eaten bad quality or poorly prepared vegetables and think that they all taste that way. But when they discover that cauliflower can be roasted, or made into a pizza crust and see how delicious it tastes, thats success!

Buy fresh bounty, spread the bounty, and get creative with your dishes! Maybe incorporate a different cuisine once a week, like Indian night, or Thai night, and from there discover different spices and flavors that you may not normally cook with.

Hope you enjoy this sundae recipe! Its creamy, naturally sweet, chocolatey and won't have you craving ice cream anytime soon!

Yields 1 Serving

Ingredients:

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding:

  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 to 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP cocao powder

Banana Date Nice-Cream Layer:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 dates (chopped)
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened almond milk

Black cherry Banana Nice-Cream Layer:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 frozen cherries
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened almond milk

Layers in between:

  • 3 fresh or frozen cherries
  • 4 freshly sliced strawberries

Assembly:

1. Mix all chia seed pudding ingredients together well. Make chia seed pudding night before or allow mixture to sit for at least 3 hours.

2. Place chia seed pudding in bottom of jar and a layer of sliced frozen or fresh cherries on top.

3. Blend banana date nice-cream ingredients together and place on top of cherry layer.

4. Add in freshly sliced strawberries.

5. Blend black cherry banana nice-cream ingredients together. Add on top.

6. Top sundae off with dates, shredded coconut, and almonds. Enjoy this delicious masterpiece!

 

Chocolate Overnight Oats With Peanut Butter Crunch Nice-Cream

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Being a foodie and following a plethora of health and food related Instagram accounts, always gets my creative juices flowing. When I first began my journey into eating a plant-based vegan diet, I realized there are so many recipes to create out there! I even realized how much more I enjoyed the taste of veggies compared to meat. Everyone is different, this is just my own personal preference at this point in my life.

By following all these foodie accounts I not only became inspired to try new ways of cooking, but I also re-discovered my love for cooking! It also pushed me to mix up my daily menu. You know when you get in the rhythm of cooking the same 3-4 staple meals almost every week for a while, and then you feel as if there are no other simple recipes on the planet to make? An then become overwhelmed with cooking all together? Yeah…it happens to the best of us. The best thing I can recommend in times like this, is to look online and see was inspiration is out there!. It doesn’t have to be a grand meal, it can be a simple 4 ingredient meal. You can even type in to your search engine what ingredients you have in your kitchen to see what you can make out of them. Or just type in something that you are craving.

I’ve following other accounts for a while now, posting decadent vegan desserts and breakfast jars, and my mouth has been watering and waiting to create a recipe similar!  So I grabbed inspiration from a few pictures and recipes I saw, and tada! A masterpiece was born! I have to warn you, once you make these layered jars once, you will never go back! That’s the thing I love MOST about cooking with whole foods, you don’t have to do much to make the food taste good, because your ingredients will shine through no matter what! (As long as you pair flavors together well, of course).

This is a great breakfast for in the summer time, or as dessert! The overnight oats are creamy, rich, and chocolaty, and the banana-nice cream mixed with peanut butter is the perfect mixture! The toppings add a crunchy chewy texture and will have you scooping around for more! Have fun, and mix up whatever flavors and toppings you have in your kitchen!

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Yields 1 Serving

Ingredients:

 Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal:

  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP cocao powder

Peanut Butter Nice-Cream:

  • 1 ½ frozen banana
  • 1 ½ TBSP unsalted peanut butter
  • 3 TBSP unsweetened almond milk

Chocolate sauce:

  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 TBSP cocao powder
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup

Layers and toppings:

  • Dates
  • Shredded coconut
  • Cocao nibs
  1. Make chocolate oatmeal night before. Mix together ingredients and store in fridge overnight.
  2. Add layer of shredded coconut on top of oatmeal.
  3. Blend together peanut butter nice-cream ingredients. Add on top.
  4. Mix together chocolate sauce ingredients. Pour on top.
  5. Sprinkle on top cocao nibs and sliced dates. Enjoy this gooey heavenly jar!