Friday, November 30, 2012

CHEESY KALE CHIPS

     Got the munchies? Munch on these! These guilt free, nutrient-filled chips will blow your mind. I have made basic kale chips in the past with olive oil and sea salt and they were yummy, but these are irresistible
     The nutritional yeast gives the chips a cheesy flavour along with B vitamins, protein, iron, zinc, magnesium and many more minerals! Nutritional yeast is one of the very few non-animal sources of B-12 and an adult can get their full daily dose of B-12 vitamins from only 1 tbsp of nutrional yeast! ---goodbye B-12 supplement pills!!!

INGREDIENTS
- 1 kale, large bunch
- 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp sea salt 

PREPARATION - Dehydrator

1. Wash and dry kale.
2.Pour 1 tbsp olive oil on kale and mix with hands.
3. Mix nutritional yeast with sea salt and remaining olive oil in bowl.
4. Dump yeast mixture on kale leaves and mix with hands until all kale leave have been glazed.
5. Place kale on dehydrator.
6. Dehydrate at 115F for 3 hours.

PREPARATION - Oven 
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Wash and dry kale.
3.Pour 1 tbsp olive oil on kale and mix with hands.
4. Mix nutritional yeast with sea salt and remaining olive oil in bowl.
5. Dump yeast mixture on kale leaves and mix with hands until all kale leave have been glazed.
6. Spread kale pieces on baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes then move leaves around and bake for 10 more minutes, or until crisp.


***NOTE***
 For extra cheesy flavour add more nutritional yeast. 
Do not be afraid to pile it on!
Kale after it is dehydrated.
THESE ARE FANTASTIC!!!
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EXTRA 'CHEESE' PLEASE 
 *Add more Nutritional Yeast* 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

ALMOND HILLS

     No need to toss out the almond pulp after making almond milk. Here is a simple recipe that you could eat right away with a spoon or you could dehydrate yourself some cute little cookies to eat whole or crumble on coconut ice cream!

INGREDIENTS
- 1 cup almond pulp
- 3 tsp agave nectar
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut

PREPARATION
1. Mix ingredients in bowl.
2. Make small 'hills' on parchment paper.
3. Put in dehydrator at 115F until crispy.(3-5hrs depending on how thick they are)


This morning I decided to crumbled the cookies on top of my cereal and have it with almond milk. It was YUMMY! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

ALMOND MILK

    Almond milk is delicious and it could not be easier to make! You can serve it with your favourite cereal, blend it into your smoothies and even use it to make vegan ice cream. I only make small batches of almond milk because it only lasts for approximately 3 to 4 days in the fridge,so I suggest you make less or drink up! Do not throw away the almond pulp because you can use it in other recipes.

INGREDIENTS
- 1/4 cup almonds, soaked
- 1 cup fresh water 

 PREPARATION
1. Soak almonds overnight.
2. Drain almonds and add almonds to blender with the fresh water, blend for 1-2 minutes. 
3. Use nut milk bag to drain the almond pulp from the almond milk. 
4. Refrigerate almond milk. 

 SOAK ALMONDS OVERNIGHT
 DRAIN WATER FROM ALMONDS
ADD FRESH WATER
BLEND FOR 1-2 MINUTES
 DRAIN ALMOND PULP WITH NUT MILK BAG
 FRESH ALMOND MILK  
 Almond pulp - do not toss away. Use for cookies :) 
(see recipe in "desserts") 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

HEALTHY SNACKS & TREATS

     Love to snack? Good news, snacking is healthy! Eating around 200 calorie snacks throughout the day helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, speed up metabolism and decrease the chance of hunger. Snacking is only healthy if the snack itself is healthy (duh?) Below are some of my favourite, super healthy snacks! Some of the options below are treats rather than daily snack options, but they are healthier alternatives to most treats on the market!
 CHUNKY MONKEY SMOOTHIE
(see recipe in "Vegan Recipes")
 CASHEW COOKIES  

Almonds, cacao nibs, sliced apple with sprinkled cinnamon!
 Ruth's bars - all natural, GMO-free, no refined sugar, 
no artificial preservatives, colours or synthetic vitamins
180 calories, 5g protein 
 Spicy vegan hummus and veggie chips
 You can get these veggie chips at Winners! 

CARAMEL PECAN BAR 





 Hot chili flavoured seaweed
 Almond Yogurt

Apple & Peanut Butter sandwiches or just to dip
(sprinkle with cinnamon for extra flavour)

LUCY'S COOKIES
COCOA QUINOA CRUNCHIES

Yummy Rice Ice Cream :)

More snack options:
- veggies and hummus
- trail mix (nuts, dried fruit and cacao nibs or carob chips)
- almond butter and apples
- banana and peanut butter
- rice cakes with peanut butter and jam
       

Monday, November 26, 2012

CHOCOLATE SNOWBALLS

    
    If you are looking for an incredible brownie recipe then you have hit the target! These Chocolate Snowballs are delicious, easy to make and are made with only 5 ingredients. This recipe is very rich and recommended for chocolate lovers.

INGREDIENTS
- 1 cup pecans
- 8 medjool dates
- 5 tbsp cacao powder
- 3 tbsp shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp agave 
- extra shredded coconut for rolling 

PREPARATION
1. Soak dates for 10 minutes. 
2. Chop the pecans in a food processor. 
3. Add dates, pitted, and all other ingredients to food processor. 
4. Shape raw brownie dough into balls.
5. Roll balls in shredded coconut.
 MINI CHOCOLATE SNOWBALLS
Have a thing against balls? Just press raw batter into rectangular pyrex container, refrigerate for a couple hours and cut into squares/rectangles. 
LOVE COCONUT? Chop up a handful of pecans and mix with shredded coconut for a mouth watering brownie topping.