Moroccan Carrot Salad with Tagine Sauce

I love carrots, love their vibrant color and the texture. But by themselves, they can be a little boring to be honest 🙂 That’s why I get excited when come across a simple way to transform them.

I have used Mina Harissa sauces extensively in the past and I was itching to try their newest additions to their product line, namely the tagine sauces. With Moroccan carrots in mind, this sounded like a perfect fit and it lived up to all the expectations.

The fish tagine sauce (vegan) is quite flavorful, you can definitely pick up the herb flavors alongside well balanced spices. So it delivers a mild heat, a bit of zestiness and lot of deliciousness. This worked so well to round out the sweetness of carrots and transform them into treats. This is going to be a favorite appetizer for me. The recipe is below:

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Vegan Matcha Zebra Cheesecake

I am definitely a tea person, and of all the varieties, matcha has a special place in my heart. One reason, of course, is that it is super high in anti-oxidants. Actually it is much more potent than regular green tea. But another, perhaps more important, reason is it’s smooth and delicious flavor. Lastly, that pretty vibrant green definitely needs a mention. This all makes it a great ingredient, not only for drinks, but for desserts!

Merging my love of the matcha tea with that of vegan cheesecakes, I set out to make this vanilla matcha zebra cheesecake. I used the Carrington Farms Matcha Tea Powder and I couldn’t be happier with the result (as expected with my experience with other Carrington Farms products so far). The dessert turned out creamy but light, absolutely delicious and flavorful, and very pretty 🙂

See below for the full recipe and a video description of the zebra layering.

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Pina Colada Protein Smoothie

The best way to look forward to a workout is to have a delicious treat ready for after. This pina colada smoothie bowl definitely feels like a celebration while delivering a good kick of protein, thanks to Carrington Farms organic coconut protein blend. The blend actually has only 3 wholesome ingredients: Organic coconut powder, organic pumpkin powder and organic pea powder. Note the lack of sweeteners! This simple combination is certainly clean, but it is also potent, delivering the 20g protein from 3 different plants with complementary amino acid profiles.

Every protein powder has a certain taste, and most of the protein powder products take the unfortunate route of masking that taste with a heap of sugar and artificial flavors. While this particular protein powder chooses to stay clean and simple, the taste is not overpowering. The use of coconut powder is actually a welcome addition in many ways, and the pumpkin and pea taste is minimized in a fruity smoothie (or a chocolate one? I will be trying that as well). Carrington Farms has an array of clean and wholesome products; oils, seeds, grains, superfoods. I am glad they added a protein blend option that I can feel good about.

The recipe for the smoothie bowl is below:

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Garbanzo Bean Flour Omelette

Garbanzo bean flour omelettes are my new breakfast addiction. Besides the fact that they are packed with protein, and that they are amazingly tasty, they are also so very easy to make using just a handful of ingredients whisked together. Feel free to craft the flavor to your liking of course using your choice if spices. I personally went with one of my all time favorites, the Spicemode Tikka seasoning. You have heard me mention Spicemode before, I am so grateful to have discovered this company every time I crack open the lid of one of their spice blends, so fragrant, fresh and flavorful <3

The recipe, along with a video 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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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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