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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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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Blueberry Oat Pancakes

Blueberry Oat Pancakes

Vegan pancakes made with rolled oats, peanut butter, blueberries and plant milk (veggemo!). I love how delicious and fluffy these turned out, and the texture due to the rolled oats add yet another dimension to be excited about. The recipe is below, right after a brief review of my plant milk of choice for this recipe.

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Curried Red Lentils

Curried Red Lentils

I love spicy food and that  very much reflects on my cooking. I just think spices hold almost magical powers to absolutely transform recipes, develop deeper lingering tastes and open up entirely new possibilities. But that potential is only realized when you come across a flavorful batch of spices. That, in my experience, has been very hard to find consistently.

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Naked Protein Smoothie

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Meet my new best post-workout friend: Naked Nutrition Clean Protein Smoothie, with bananas, strawberries, dates and a ton of protein. Ready for the mad gains! lol

It is the summer and all I want to do is workout, drink my smoothies and get my protein too. So I was so excited to find out about the Naked Pea Protein and Naked Brown Rice Protein (organic & sprouted no less). I highly recommend checking out their bare naked ingredient list (hint: nothing but peas or brown rice!), nutritional info and the amino acid profile. I had been intrigued about pea protein for a while now, particularly in combination with brown rice. Even the bodybulding.com was raving about it here. So when Naked Nutrition offered their samples, I jumped on it. One huge plus for me was that they offer unflavored, pure versions. While I am sure their flavored options are delicious and wholesome, I like the freedom to infuse my own flavors depending on the mood. And even play around with savory options (there is an example at the end of the post).

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Spicy Sunflower Burgers

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Summer is about to be in full force – meaning there are bound to be one or more food-oriented parties in your future. Whether they’re graduations or cookouts, if you’re following a plant-based diet or just trying to eat a healthy, you probably have the desire to switch up the standard summer vegan-friendly menu of fruit-salad, veggie plates, and store-bought veggie burgers. Luckily, we’ve got other options.

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Dill Cream Cheese

Dill Cream Cheese

I love seeing ever widening options for plant-based food products in my favorite grocery stores. They increase the possibilities of practical home cooking. One such recent discovery was the vegan cream cheese at Trader Joe’s! I don’t know for how long they had been offering it, since I don’t spend much time at all staring at their cheese section. But when I found this out, I immediately grabbed one and started experimenting with it as a recipe component, for both savory and sweet options.

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