Category Archives: Recipes

“how to get your blood tested” ASL Interpretation of Yoga Podcast Episode 248

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I have been really into listening to podcasts lately, and some of the information is just so useful. So, I decided I am going to start interpreting random health related podcasts that I listen to.  You know, make this world a more accessible place!! So much easier than reading an entire transcript of a show, IF there even is one.

I am not doing to get all done up to do these, it’s just going to be when I have time, and likely after yoga or the gym, like it was today.  Hope you find the information useful.

 

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting

I had some organic peanut butter, without any palm oil, and was really in the mood for something chocolate and peanut butter, but different than the usual “peanut butter chocolate chip cookies” or something of the like. Mini donut maker joins the party and BAM! Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free mini donuts.
I personally could have had the donuts themselves be chocolatier, but with the mini chocolate chips added on as decoration at the end, it was a nice balance. Sidenote: I very much adore chocolate, so basically everything can have more chocolate and be good by me. hahaha.





Donut Batter
3/4 cup GF Flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 baking flour)
3 TBS vanilla protein powder (I used Vega Vanilla)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum (if you don’t have it, it will be ok without)
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or cane sugar)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
3 TBS natural peanut butter (mine had no palm oil, so it was runny)
6 TBS nondairy milk

Frosting
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons vegan butter (I used Earth Balance, Soy Free)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons nondairy milk

Donut Directions:
Mix all the donut batter ingredients together and spoon out over a preheated donut maker. Cook according to donut maker’s instructions, I left mine in for at least 1 min after the light turned green. You could easily bake these in a donut pan or turn them into cupcakes, but I don’t know exactly what temperature or for how long you would need to cook them.

Frosting Directions:
Melt the butter at least half way, or have completely room temperature. Add the peanut butter and milk, mix until completely combined then mix in the powdered sugar.

Allow the donuts to cool for 5-10 min. Take donut and dip into frosting, twist and lift up. Frosting should cover half of the donut. You will have left over frosting. I pressed in some mini chocolate chips on some of the donuts for visual affect and to have a bit more chocolate.

Happy Donutting!!

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P.S. This is what I had to do with them, so I didn’t eat them all. I see and have a taste in my mouth = I want to eat. Hide them from sight makes it a lot easier not to keep stuffing in your mouth. 

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I started putting up some recipes of things you can make or ideas for you for food during this Liver Gallbladder Flush.  Scroll through and click on the pictures and it should come up in another window.

Remember to eat clean and minimally processed. Fat isn’t to be demonized, just don’t want to be having stuff with tons of fat especially oil. So, having nuts and seeds is good is a good thing, just not any on the 6th day.

Eat apples. Drink water.

Hummus and veggies is always good.  A smoothie. A green juice of some sort. Kombucha. Fruit. A Salad.

Make you salad a bit heavier (more filling) by adding avocado, nuts, coconut bacon, beans, or sauteed veggies. Or even a veggie burger on top. Hilary’s is a good brand, Beyond Meat Beast Burger has a really meaty taste, Dr Praeger’s TexMex or Bombay Burger, or Trader Joe’s Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burger.

Send me a message if you are at a loss. Love helping out! I respond fastest on IG.

http://www.instagram.com/veg.terp or http://www.instagram.com/limitlesslifegirls

Vegan Soy Free Ricotta

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1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 30 min, then drained
1 cup coconut flakes, soaked for 30 min, then drained
2 garlic cloves
2 tbs nutritional yeast
juice of half a large lemon
1/4 cup plain non-dairy milk (I used coconut almond)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
5-8 fresh basil leaves
1 tsp dried minced onion
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions:
Place all ingredients into blender or food processor. Blend on medium-low for about 3 min, scraping down the sides as necessary.
Will thicken after it has been refrigerated for an hour or so.

Great to have with pizza, lasagne or eggplant stacks/rolls.

 

-Amber

Homemade Vegan Gluten Free Oreos

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Homemade Vegan Gluten Free Oreos

I have to start this by saying, this isn’t a healthy recipe. I’ve veganized and made gluten free a childhood favorite that was OFTEN made around Christmas time. I loved these things! The last several years I have made them during Christmas time and always get very positive feedback on them.
What can I say, they are really good! Again, not healthy, just uses ingredients that are a bit better for you, edible by people with gluten sensitivities and no animals had to get hurt in the process. Wins all around!


So, I’m FINALLY posting the recipe!


I haven’t wanted to share it for a few reasons. One would be that I haven’t found a good vegan store bought cream cheese that doesn’t use soy. Daiya makes one but it makes your frosting taste weird. I’ve tried it. I’m really hoping that since Follow Your Heart has been making so many things soy-free lately, they will change their cream cheese recipe as well. Not at this point.


So, remember, this is a conversion recipe (not my favorite thing to do) so, there are a few things that if you happened to be an egg eater because maybe you have your own chickens and wanted to use those, you could. If you don’t want it to be gluten free, you don’t have to. But I know the consistency would change. I will make some edit notes at the bottom, so if you look at the recipe and don’t want to follow it, check out my notes at the bottom.

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Cookie:
2 Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mixes (I like to use 2 different brands, just to give it a little depth. Bob’s Red Mill is a good one)
3/4 cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance soy-free sticks)
3/4 cup unrefined coconut oil, softened
*6 Tbs aqua faba (Chickpea liquid)
**2 tsp The Vegg Egg Replacer
**1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cookie Directions:
I highly recommend using a stand mixer. Mix the vegan butter and coconut oil with the aqua faba, The Vegg & water for at least 3 min until they are blended. Slowly add in half of one cake mix and blend it in before going on to the rest of the mix and onto the next one. This helps it so you don’t get a puff of chocolate powder all over the kitchen.

Scoop dough into 1-2Tbs balls and place on a cookie sheet, flatten down slightly. They will flatten out using the ingredients in the recipe, so make sure there is space between them.

Bake at 350F for 8-10min.  If you have a gas oven it will be much closer to 10 (with 2tbs of dough for each cookie) whereas of you have an electric oven, less time is needed.
Allow to cool for several hours minimum. I’ve found it best if I let them cool for an hour, pair them off and put them in the fridge to sit for a day before I frost them. The cookies respond very well to being in the fridge, they are firmer and hold together better.

Frosting:
1, 8oz container of plain vegan cream cheese (Tofutti or Follow Your Heart I’ve found to be the best) left out to soften for at least 20 min
1/4 cup vegan butter (like earth balance) also left out to soften
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (if you want to make mint frosting add 2 tsp peppermint extract. I usually split my batch and add 1 tsp and some red food coloring)
–1 Tbs nondairy milk, if needed only if frosting is very dry (I’ve never needed it while making the vegan version)

Frosting Directions:
In a mixer using a whisk attachment OR using handheld beaters mix together the vegan cream cheese and vegan butter. Once they are completely blended, slowly, and I mean slowly, add in powdered sugar. I usually do it about 1/4 cup at a time, let it mix in completely and then add in another 1/4 cup and repeat.
Frosting should be thick enough than it doesn’t all drip off the beater. Refrigerate for 30+ minutes.

Cookie + Frosting (Combination) Directions:
Take the paired off cooled down (preferably cold) cookies and use 1-2 tbs frosting between the two cookies. Press down on the two cookies slightly to make the frosting slide most of the way toward the edges. When the cookies sit and warm up, they will spread more. If you aren’t eating them immediately, I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend storing them in the fridge, even if it’s just for 30 minutes. It will help the cookies set up and make it so the frosting doesn’t squish out quite so much. Helps them travel much better if you are bringing them somewhere.

NOTES: 
GLUTEN FREE: If you don’t want to use gluten free chocolate cake mix, you can use it’s gluten counterpart, but will likely have to make HALF the fat (butter/coconut oil) be from plant based shortening so that it will hold up better. Otherwise the cookies will spread more.

*AQUA FABA: I like using 2 different types of egg subs to have it hold together in different ways. I promise it won’t taste anything like beans by using the chickpea brine, don’t be afraid of it! But if you really don’t want to, you can use whatever your other favorite egg replacer is.

**THE VEGG: swap easily for a flax egg (1 tbs ground flax blended with 3 tbs warm water). I haven’t tried, but would imagine VeganEgg would work as well, but I believe you will have to cook the cookies a lot longer. All of my experiences with VeganEgg have required 1.5-2x’s the normal cooking time

**For those of you that prefer to use eggs, you can skip the Aqua Faba & The Vegg and use 4 eggs in their place.

 

Happy eating!!

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Vegetable Soup

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Vegetable Soup

It’s a rare rare thing when I get the desire for soup. I’m not a soup gal, never have been. However I do love my veggies and something nice and warm. This isn’t really the traditional soup. It has a bit of a curry flair to it since it has turmeric in it. You know how good turmeric and ginger are for inflammation? Excellent!! Plus all these veggies?! Can’t go wrong. The taste is great too!

Oh and speaking of turmeric, if you use a spoon that isn’t metal or stain resistant, you will have a spoon that is orange on the bottom. Consider yourself warned!

Also, if there are some vegetables you don’t like in this, don’t add them! It’s a really flexible recipe. I’ve made it with butternut squash in, also with no cauliflower or broccoli. I’ve tossed in some lentils or quinoa or even bean sprouts. Have fun!!

My picture is after I had let the soup sit for several hours and I had it again for dinner. So the colors started meld together a lot more.



1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 Tbs coconut oil (if you don’t have any, I’ve used olive oil in place & its fine)
1 large zucchini, diced
2 carrots, diced
2-3 cloves of minced garlic
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 cup cauliflower broken in small pieces
4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 cup broccoli broken in small pieces
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded collard greens or kale
1 cup almond-coconut milk (or coconut milk beverage)
3 Tbs coconut butter
1/2 lime, juiced
2 tsp cumin powder
1 Tbs coconut aminos or soy sauce
2 tsp turmeric powder
1 inch fresh ginger, finely chopped (or 3 tsp ginger powder)
dash of cayenne pepper
1 tsp sea salt
2 green onions, finely sliced, divided in half
3 Tbs fresh mint, finely sliced (you can use fresh basil or cilantro instead)

In a medium-large pot saute onion, garlic carrot and red pepper in coconut oil.
Cook until onions become clear, then add the broth, heat to a low simmer.
Now add the zucchini, celery, and cauliflower simmer (low) until they are only slightly tender.
Next put in the almond-coconut milk or whatever nondairy milk you prefer to use, along with the coconut butter.
Now add in the broccoli, cabbage and whatever green you chose. Shortly after it’s time for the lime juice, cumin, salt, aminos, turmeric, ginger and half of the sliced green onions. Stir all together until spiced are dissolved.
Mix in well, then turn off the heat, sprinkle in cayenne pepper. If you like it hot, you can add more cayenne.
Allow to sit for 5 min. Serve and garnish green onion and mint.

Hint: If you like something to taste more like garlic, add the garlic closer to the end. The longer it cooks, the less potent the taste is. Same goes for if you are using fresh gingerroot. Sometimes I do the majority in the beginning and then add another little bit before the ending.

-Amber

Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding

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Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding

Can’t let some good (not cheap) plant based gluten free bread go to waste! Plus since the first time I tried some of this bread as toast, I thought about how it would be perfect for a bread pudding. So I did a good amount of bread pudding research, both vegan and not. I discovered, most traditional ones had way too much oil and way too much sugar for my liking. Luckily when I looked into pumpkin bread pudding, the oil was reduced. But I did it with minimal oil. I think you could almost omit it if you were trying to do things oil free.

I found this awesome plant based gluten free bread from Little Northern Bakehouse at Sprouts in the refrigeratorated bread section, it’s also at Mother’s Market if you are in Southern California. The best vegan gluten free bread I’ve had from a store. 



6 pieces of stale bread, ripped into small chunks

3/4 Cup Pumpkin (cooked)
1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
2 TBS Coconut Oil (softened)
*4 TBS Aqua Faba (chickpea water)
1/2 TBS Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
3/4 Cup Nondairy Milk of choice

Optional Chocolate Drizzle
1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/2-1 TBS nondairy milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

*Aqua Faba is the water/liquid that is drained from a can of chickpeas, it works as an excellent egg replacement that has no taste.

Directions
Heat oven to 350 F.
Place bread chunks into a glass pie container or square pan, a brownie (rectangle) pan will likely be too big. If the bread it’s stale, you can leave it out for a few hours and it will help it get stale, or you can stick it in the oven for 8-10 min (at 350) to help dry it out some.
In a separate bowl combine ingredients from pumpkin through cinnamon. After they are combined then add the maple syrup and nondairy milk. This just makes it so that the coconut oil doesn’t clump up.
Once all mixed, pour over the top of the torn pieces of bread. I like to make sure all of the bread has been coated with the pumpkin liquid, but isn’t all underneath it.
Bake for 45-50 min or until top has sufficiently browned.

For the optional chocolate drizzle:
While pumpkin pie bread pudding is in the oven, get a cereal size bowl half way full of water and microwave it for 1 min. Don’t worry, you aren’t going to be using it for anything other than a heat source. In a smaller bowl (to fit inside the cereal bowl) place chocolate chips and other ingredients. Take that bowl and allow it to be surrounded by hot microwaved water, just make sure there isn’t too much water that it will come into the smaller bowl. If there is, pour some out. Let the chocolate mix sit for a couple minutes to give the chocolate time to melt. You may want to even just set it on the stove while the bread pudding is cooking. After a few min, softly stir the chocolate around so it starts to mix together. If you have to take it out of the larger bowl so water doesn’t get in, that’s fine but know it will cool it down, so you will have to put it back quickly. I make sure there isn’t too much water but that my small bowl is surrounded, and then just keep stirring. Takes like 2 min (maybe more if you have big chocolate chips) and you have a chocolate sauce that you didn’t have to worry about burning on the bottom of a pot.

After you take the pumpkin pie bread pudding out of the oven, allow to cool for at least 5 min and then add drizzle if you are adding it. If not, it would be served will with coconut whipped cream or nondairy ice cream. But I happen to think it’s great alone as well!!

-Amber

Cherry Watermelony Cocktail

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🍉 There was a Watermelon eating contest at work last week and there was one melon leftover, so I took it home! 🍉

I decided to make Watermelon (ball) Salad. In it was Quiona, cucumbers, purple onions, squeeze of lime, some mint and drizzle of balsamic reduction. I still ended up having leftover watermelon after that salad! Then I thought, juice ’em! Then I can enjoy it tomorrow after yoga.

Watermelon, lime and chia seeds.

Then… another idea popped up…

Use that juice to make a Cherry Watermelony Cocktail?!

I say YES! 🍉

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 Ingredients

16 oz Watermelon Juice (I made my 36 oz. of juice from 1/2 of a watermelon, 1 lime and several mint sprigs)
3 Lime Wedges
Several of sprigs of mint
2 shots of 360 Cherry Vodka
Ice

 

To assemble:

If you don’t make the watermelon juice yourself with mint, take a few mint springs and muddle them in your cup. Then squeeze of two lime wedges, toss in 4 ice cubes with two shot of cherry vodka. Fill the rest of the way with Watermelon Juice. Garnish with Lime Wedge and Mint. See picture below 😍

 

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Copycat Suja Fuel Juice

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Copycat Suja Fuel Juice

This juice is one of my husband’s favorite juices. Any time we buy Suja’s juices, this one has to be in the mix. So, of course, a copycat was in order. I changed it a tiny bit from their recipe, just because I like to do a little less sugar, although it’s not super crazy. Sometimes I am not able to find fresh turmeric root, so I go with just ginger. Suja’s Fuel uses turmeric and no ginger.

Yield 30 oz juice

10 medium-large carrots
1 large orange, peeled
½ large green apple
½ large lemon, peeled
chunk of pineapple, about ¼ cup
1 inch piece of ginger root and/or turmeric root

 

Send all the stuff through your juicer and enjoy!!

 

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Beet Dip

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I want to share with you what I’ve learned about Beets…. My mom and I went to the Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning. I had to purchased some beets to satisfy my insane craving for Beet & Walnut Dip like they make at Zest. (http://www.zestslc.com/) I had it over Mother’s Day weekend.

We talked with a farmer who was selling beets.  We asked why they all are different sizes and if that made any impact or difference.  He told us that the small beets are sweeter than big beets. The big beets are more tart and earthly.

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Preheat oven at 400 degrees

6 small/medium beets: washed, peeled, and dried. Wrap them in foil and bake for an hour till they are tender and easy to poke with a fork.

3/4 cup of walnuts: toast them on medium heat, keep eye on it so they don’t burn!

In your blender:
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
3 Garlic Cloves (4 if they are small)
3 Tbsp fresh squeezed of Orange Juice (I used my juicer! But, Any orange squeezer works)
1/4 tsp of Pepper and Salt
4 TBSP Tahini
1/2 tsp of Cane Sugar, Optional

Black and White Sesame Seeds, Sprinkle.

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My work provided lunch from Apple Spice Junction, so I ordered Vegetarian sandwich and omitted the cheese and mayo. I remembered that I have Beet Dip in the fridge, I knew that I had to use it as spread to add more flavor and exciting color… oh my, it was amazing!

My mama ate it straight out of the bowl with spoon like she does with hummus.

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Not only that, I also created Sushi and Pizza with it!

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