Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Of all the cookies, chocolate chip with pecan is my favorite. I really, really love them. When I was a kid, my dream job was working at The Cookie House, a store in the mall that’s still there today. I would order three dollars worth of cookies and eat them while I shopped. Come to think of it, my friends did most of the shopping. I think I just went for the cookies. Continue reading “Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies”

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Toasted Almond & Sea Salt Chocolate Bark

Toasted Almond and Sea Salt Vegan Chocolate BarkSince my first chocolate testing experience using cacao butter, I’ve created quite an extensive repertoire of delicious treats. I mean, what can’t you cover in chocolate? But of all my creations, the toasted almond and sea salt bark is my favorite. The salt adds another dimension by enhancing the sweetness, and toasting the almonds brings out their natural oils, which adds more flavor. The first time I made it, I didn’t add enough toasted almonds (in my opinion), and so I would break off the pieces without almonds and put them back in the container for Justin. Ha! So the next time I made this, I was sure to cover every inch of the bark in toasted almonds. This chocolate is smooth, rich, and nutrient dense. It rivals chocolate sold in lavish boutiques, because after all, the handful of ingredients used to make this are of the finest quality. No artificial or processed fillers here! Continue reading “Toasted Almond & Sea Salt Chocolate Bark”

Vegan Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

vegan fudgy black bean browniesI’ve made these brownies now about a gazillion times, and every time people are shocked to learn that they’re made from beans. When I make them and sell them at festivals, curious passersby will always stop and sample them. There are usually three groups of people I encounter when this happens. The Yes, I’ve heard of bean brownies before but I’ve never…; then there is the Beans? Oh wow I’ve gotta try these group; and then there is the third group, those who have tried them in the past and wave somebody new over to try them. Those people are my homies. They know a good thing when they taste it. Continue reading “Vegan Fudgy Black Bean Brownies”

Curried Split Pea Soup

This soup is a classic. It’s hardy, comforting, and healthy. It’s also pretty simple with ingredients you probably already have. Perhaps it’s the kind of soup you might pass up, but then you try it and you’re sold. I made it last night, so the thought of eating it for dinner again didn’t excite me too much. But I was warming it up on the stove for Oliver, tasted it, and you guessed it, ate it again. And I think it tasted even better today! Continue reading “Curried Split Pea Soup”

Twice Baked Garlic Crusted Smashed Potatoes

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Oh, these are fun. They’re super easy to make and can be the perfect side to a hearty meal or a perfect little scooper to pair with a dip or spread. I’ve made these to go with wintery soups, guacamole, veggie proteins like tempeh, and each versatile meal shared one commonality – these potatoes were the best part! Continue reading “Twice Baked Garlic Crusted Smashed Potatoes”

Stuffed Peppers

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My mom had given me the idea to create a stuffed pepper recipe. Last Tuesday she was over helping me with the baby as I cooked falafels for my weekly meal pick-up and she said I should do a stuffed pepper for next week’s meals. Only thing was I never actually made a stuffed pepper before. So together we bounced ingredient ideas off each other and with the help of some delicious spices, these heavenly rainbow clouds of goodness came to be. Continue reading “Stuffed Peppers”

Banana Nut Muffins

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It’s the last day of 2016 and what a crazy year it has been. There have been some highs and lows; the highs would have to include the birth of our baby boy and buying our first home together, and the lows have been learning experiences which have only strengthened me and my family. I used to always say this next year Is going to be the best yet! However, now I am taking it day by day, with the confidence of knowing that life will have many more highs and lows. It’s all about the attitude one chooses to have towards them. On our refrigerator we have a short piece titled ATTITUDE, and it states: The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people say or do. It is more than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a house of religion…a home. The remarkable thing is you have a choice every day regarding the attitude you will embrace for the day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable…The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…because YOU are in charge of your attitude.  Continue reading “Banana Nut Muffins”