Five Seed and Tahini Granola Bars

Five Seed and Tahini Granola Bars

This incredibly easy home made vegan protein bar is powered by five different superfood seeds, packing a serious amount protein as well as fiber, good fats and carbs. In a plant protein world largely dominated by soy, other beans, peas, gluten and nuts, the nutritional powerhouse seeds are often overlooked. But they are potent, and they are a nice alternative for those who wish to avoid or lessen soy, gluten or nut consumption.

This recipe is quite minimal, the only cooking involved is the toasting of the oats and the seeds but the bars themselves are not baked afterwards. The sweetening comes largely from dates and there is no added refined oil! And the result is a delightfully fresh and chewy consistency with an almost addictive texture due to all the variety of seeds.

I almost always have some of these available in the fridge or freezer and they are a life saver and an absolute treat. The recipe is below:
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Easy Biryani with Madras Sauce

Easy Biryani with Madras Sauce

You know I love my spices as much as I love fresh, wholesome, nutritious food. Marrying the two to arrive at a deeply satisfying meal can sometimes require the kind of time you may not always have though. That’s when a little cheating is in order!

Ever since I discovered spicemode, my spice game found new heights. I mentioned them before, because having a consistent source of fresh and fragrant spices and expertly crafted spice blends can make a world of difference in the kitchen. Recently I starting trying their cooking sauces and my mind was blown. Highly recommended!

I used their madras cooking sauce for this dish and the result was extraordinary. Read more for the full recipe and a short recipe video 🙂

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Chocolate Mini-muffins

Chocolate Mini Muffins

Quick and easy chocolate mini-muffins with a light and fluffy structure, and a rich, lingering taste. These made the perfect little companions to go with a hot drink. They are not heavy on oil or sugar, well at least they weren’t until I topped some of mine with coconut whipped cream but I am entitled to turn my muffins into cupcakes on heavy workout days 🙂

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Asian Noodle Salad with Maple Glazed Tofu Steaks

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This powerfully delicious and nutritionally balanced bowl of goodness was as simple to make as adding a bit of carb and protein to an already yummy salad, thanks to the Earthbound Farm Asian Chopped Salad Kit . The salad already came with a fresh mix of organic kale, lettuce, cabbage, carrots and cilantro, along with a vegan tahini dressing, sunflower seeds and crunchy toppings.

Most of you in the US are already familiar with the Earthbound Farm as their fresh organic greens are widely available in the grocery stores. I love that they started out so small, with 2.5 acres of farmland in the Carmel Valley of California, and they grew big through their big commitment to organic farming.

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Polenta Pizza with Avocado Pesto

Polenta Pesto Pizza

Polenta pizza with avocado pesto! Another delicious and powerful variation of the gluten-free pesto pizza, and I love the ease because it is a dish pizza and doesn’t involve rolling out the crust! Polenta has a way of absorbing lots of flavors so feel free to experiment with your own favorites too, it will reward you 😉 Here is the recipe:

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Easy Lo Mein

Easy Lo Mein

I am a noodle kind of girl, but the typical oil and sodium loaded noodles from restaurants don’t exactly whet my appetite. As always, homemade version wins! This easy, delicious and nutritious lo mein is what I will stick with when the cravings hit. Here is the recipe:

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Caramel Vanilla Cheesecake

Caramel Vanilla Vegan Cheesecake

Two layer vanilla and date caramel cheesecake with a chocolate topping, kind of an explosive combination of my recent dessert experiments. This is insanely delicious, but an even more interesting feature is the super convincing cheesecake texture while keeping things all vegan 🙂 The recipe doesn’t use any exotic ingredients, doesn’t involve any cooking, and it is really simple. It can be stored in the freezer and can be enjoyed right out without the need to thaw.

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