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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Pesto Pizza with Rice & Lentil Crust

Pesto pizza with a green lentil and brown rice crust
Pizza as a high-protein, high-fiber, gluten-free, soy-free vegan power food? Absolutely! That is if you can set aside the bread and cheese for a moment 🙂

Brown rice and green lentil combination is a great powerhouse with a great balance of high-quality protein, fiber and complex carbs. And that makes the duo a very attractive option for a worthy pizza pie crust. I love the how this turned out, the crust held of really well without crumbling away, it had a great flavor and a delightful texture.

The pesto sauce hardly needs any advertisement 😉 And it complements this crust brilliantly with that delicious fragrance. The recipe is below:

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