Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crisp

Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crisp

The heat of the summer is already upon us, at least over here, and I am all for a 10 min prep, no-cook, vegan, gluten-free, chocolaty, peanut buttery, playfully crunchy dessert treat snack 🙂 Seriously for a dessert, these are pretty healthy besides being incredibly delicious. Peanut butter and pistachios add a nice bit of protein and healthy fats. No other oil is added, and only a bit of maple syrup is used for sweetening. So go ahead and indulge. I love keeping these, and other variations, in the freezer for a quick fix when I need my sweet. They can be enjoyed right off the freezer or thawed a little. It’s great either way. The recipe is below:

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Tandoor Tofu Scramble

Tandoor Tofu Scramble

This tofu dish is a protein power house that leaves no room for blandness sometimes associated with unfortunate tofu cooking 🙂 One of the best ways to enjoy tofu is to break it down to crumbles, season it well with spices and combine it with more textures and fresh elements. Crumbling increases the surface area so that all that yummy seasoning is well infused into the tofu. I used a spice blend called tandoor from spicemode. It is a wonderful blend using paprika, cumin, clove and cardamom and it has that signature spicemode freshness and fragrance that I came to love. The dish came out with great flavor, warmth and depth. The lightly cooked vegetables and kale enhance the taste and texture while bringing in freshness, and the beans add to the power and fiber of the dish. This is a new family favorite and it works so incredibly well in tacos! The recipe is below, following a sort recipe video:

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Double Chocolate Granola

Double Chocolate Granola

One of my favorite breakfast options is a healthy, deliciously crisp granola served with either your favorite plant milk or yogurt. Oats are awesome sources of fiber and protein and make an excellent base for a nutritious start to the day. This granola makes it so much better and turns the breakfast into a chocolatey treat that you can feel great about. The recipe is below:

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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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