Category: Vegan

Spicy Kale Hummus with organic radish

Simple n’ Spicy Kale Hummus

Ode to Kale.

 

This recipe takes the classic loved hummus dish and makes it fun to look at almost as much as it is fun to eat.

 

I was recently thinking back to when kale first made it’s way into the proverbial foodie world. I am not even sure when it became so popular, but all I know is that it’s like the grandfather of superfoods. It’s the Gandalf to the acai, spirulina,  goji berry, maca world. I have admittedly fallen into that category of foodie obsessed. I love kale. I love it because I know it’s healing and nutritious but also because it just looks so darn interesting. Anything that is interesting to eat is well, interesting to eat. But above the health benefits, it can make food the coolest color. Just like most all other categorized “superfoods.” Really! If you haven’t thought about it, here’s your chance. Kale makes the most brilliant green. Acai makes the brightest purple that you can’t get from beets or blueberries. Beets though… beets make a brilliant magenta, goji berry makes red, blueberries with some baking soda actually make blue, and spirulina is just the deepest forest green by nature. I love dying foods with nature’s gifts. I fall more and more in love with food because of its magnificent powers. And kale, well, kale makes the color green which is my favorite color so I am already biased to kale.

 

Spicy Kale Hummus

 

I just spent far too long looking up random facts about kale. It’s a powerful curse to have Google right at your fingertips. You can pretty much find the answer to any question imaginable. But if you are like me, you find yourself getting lost into surfdom and spending hours (which seem like minutes) researching random information like facts about kale, for instance.

 

Fact:

Did you know? In 2008, 539 babies in the US were named kale.

National kale day is October 2nd.

 

O, I have one more for you… Bon Appetite deemed 2012 as the year of the kale.

 

So does this mean that kale has peaked? Like it’s on its way to some kind of midlife crisis with beets or turmeric? I think I disagree. Perhaps 2012 was the year that kale made its grand entrance. But kale is still winning in my book. And it definitely makes this spicy hummus a win.

 

Spicy Kale Hummus

 

I grew up with the motto, “Eat something green with every meal.” I can still hear my mom saying it to me. When I end up with something like fruit for breakfast, I get that little voice in my ear that makes me go downstairs to my lanai and grab some greens to sauté up alongside my fruit. And now, whether by force, guilt, or because I actually love all vegetables, I love anything green. So much so that I try to sneak it into anything. Like hummus. And why not? Why not make boring old mashed chickpeas be bright green with some Omega 3s and Vitamin B tossed in?

 

Spicy Kale Hummus

 

This hummus dish is every radish or pita chip’s dream. It’s slightly lemony with a bite, and it’s packed full of nutrients that regular old hummus doesn’t have. I have made this for countless dinners and appetizers, and everyone loves it. It’s interesting. It tastes like hummus. And it’s green. What more could you want?

 

Spicy Kale Hummus

 

So dig in :).

 

Yields About 2 cups

Spicy Kale Hummus

Classic hummus dish spiced up with some color and fun that even the non veggie eaters with love. Perfect for the kiddos.

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups kale, rinsed and stemmed
  • 1 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup kale, stem removed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. If you need a little more liquid to help it move, add more olive oil by the tablespoon.
  3. Drizzle a little more olive oil on top to serve and sprinkle some cayenne pepper for an extra kick.
Recipe Type: Side Dish

Notes

Keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Enjoy with pita, veggies, chips, falafel, or by the spoonful 🙂

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Calories
162 cal
Fat
12 g
Carbs
10 g
Protein
4 g


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Vegan Cottage Pie with Beet-Sweet Potato mash topping

Vegan Cottage Pie

 

Vegan Cottage Pie. It’s the lamb loving version of the traditional comfort dish, Shepherd’s Pie.

Vegan Cottage Pie

 

I just got back from a California Christmas. I spent a little over a week in Carlsbad and San Diego. It was cold. Like trying to go for a run at 9 am and getting a brain freeze / lungs frost over cold. Okay, I know southern California is nothing like North Dakota on a sunny December morning but for me, it was cold. Mind you I am now an official Hawaiian. Tropic searching, sun seeking, sweater wearing on a 75 degree winter evening Hawaiian. I like to think that I would bounce back to my tough skinned mountaineering self, but this recent trip was not very reassuring. I was bundled in all sorts of layers from yoga pants… 🙂 yea I said it, to flannels, wool socks, jean jackets and puffy Patagonia wear. I loved it. I sound like I can’t handle the cold. I can’t, but I still love it.

 

California Christmas

 

The scenery was simply amazing. I loved getting to see vast open skies and brown meadows that lead to snowy mountains in the distance. I turn around and see grassy cliff sides towering over deep blue ocean. I felt a sense of being home. It was comforting, especially being Christmas time without my family. This was the second Christmas of my 26 years around the sun that I was not with the Vernon clan. It never quite feels like Christmas when you are playing grown up and not with your parents and siblings, but it was wonderful nonetheless. That feeling of homesick I take as a reminder of being appreciate of what you have in life. Of all the love that greets you every morning from near and far and the potential each of us holds to give back, to make the world a litter brighter.

O, and lest I forget, the Mexican food. So many tacos. Soooooooooooooo many. I had shrimp tacos, veggie tacos, rolled tacos, taquitos, ahi tacos, breaded mahi tacos, and lots of guacamole. It tasted out of this world, but man when you aren’t used to eating that many tacos at once, you feel a little weighed down. Those are heavy little suckers. So I am feeling happy to be home in my own kitchen and whipping up some cozy meals packed with veggies of all kinds to recuperate from the Holidays. Can anyone else relate?

The Holidays definitely inspired this Vegan Cottage Pie. I have been craving the winter comfort foods and hearty vegetables but still wanting to have lighter meals as Christmas can mean a lot of pies and apparently, for me, tacos.

 

Vegan Cottage Pie

 

This one pot dish is packed with flavorful lentils, grounding vegetables, a little tangy zip of sumac, and deliciously creamy sweet potato on top. I even added roasted then pureed beet to the sweet potato mash to add that punch of color. I can’t help it. I love colors and beets. This has all the favorite parts of Shepherd’s Pie just a little more veggie friendly.

 

Yields 4-6 Servings

Vegan Cottage Pie

A comforting vegan friendly, one pot rendition of the traditional Shepherd's Pie. Loaded with vegetables and spiced lentils with a delicious sweet potato topping.

20 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups green lentils
  • 1 bunch of beets, quartered *optional
  • 2 lbs sweet potato (okinawan for color)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil or garlic oil + 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 small leek
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon sumac seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degreed F.
  2. Boil sweet potatoes in a pot until fork tender. Set aside.
  3. *If you would like the pop of color with a little extra nutrients, roast beets in 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until very tender. Let cool then peel outer skin.
  4. Blend beets in a blender until pureed. Set aside.
  5. In a large saucepan, add the lentils and vegetable broth and bring to boil. Simmer on low heat until lentils are tender but not too soft, about 30 minutes. Check after 20 minutes to make sure they do not overcook.
  6. There will be extra liquid in the pan. Do not drain.
  7. While the lentils are cooking, sauté the vegetables in 3 Tablespoons olive oil or garlic oil for 3 minutes.
  8. Add the seasonings to veggies and continue to sauté for another 2 minutes. Continue to stir so as not to burn the sumac and garlic.
  9. Add the lentils and remaining broth into veggies.
  10. Stir in the tomato paste. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Remove pan from heat and pour into a lightly greased 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 4-6 ramekins depending on size.
  12. Mash sweet potatoes (don't worry about removing skin of potatoes) with 2 Tablespoons olive oil and optional beet puree until creamy. You can leave it slightly mashed if desired.
  13. Spoon mashed potato puree onto top of cottage pie filling then spread with spatula to completely cover. You can use a fork or knife to make a design on top.
  14. Place in oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until nice and bubbly.
Cuisine: Vegan Cottage Pie |
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Calories
382 cal
Fat
8 g
Carbs
57 g
Protein
23 g


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Chewy Holiday Oatmeal Cookie. Vegan and Gluten Free

Chewy Holiday Oatmeal Cookie

Since discovering this oatmeal cookie recipe I have made it, recreated it, and made it time and time again mostly for selfish reasons so that I could always have oatmeal cookies around the house and partly because the recipe is perfect and should be shared with everyone. There is something so soul searchingly comforting about oatmeal cookies around the Holidays. This cookie recipe is gluten free, vegan, and chewy. Say that again? Yes, gluten free, vegan, AND chewy. Hoorah! Folks, finding a a chewy oatmeal cookie that’s not packed with brown sugar and egg is rare to come by. So Happy Holidays to you and be sure to make this one for all your loved ones this week.

 

Chewy Holiday Oatmeal Cookie

 

This cookie was inspired by the Texanerin’s original “The Best Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookie” recipe. I have searched high and low for inspiration to the perfectly soft and chewy oatmeal cookie, and I found it. This one I added coconut sugar, cardamom, orange and vanilla, cranberries, and it’s vegan. It’s Christmas in a cookie.

 

Chewy Holiday Oatmeal Cookie

 

Aruyveda teaches that the winter season is characterized by feeling grounded, slow movement, cold weather, increased moisture like snow or rain and these qualities represent kapha or vata dosha (two of the three functional energies in nature that are found in body and mind). The doshas are like a blueprint for the human experience – providing information about physical and mental processes. Pitta being the third. In aruyvedic medicine, it is said that we have characteristics of all three doshas but have more qualities of two that ideally balance one another. Our daily routine, sleep, diet, the seasons and much more all have an effect on kapha, vata, or pitta alike that then give profound insight into our daily mental, emotional, and physical experience.

I find Eastern medicine to be fascinating. How it relates to our gut, diet, cravings, and nutrition is even more fascinating. Winter is the season where our digestive fire is the strongest. It seems intuitive that the winter requires more fuel to stay warm and healthy. At least it is for me. This time of year I crave all things comfort – from soups, to stews, to root vegetables, mostly cooked foods, potatoes, warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and ginger, and oatmeal cookies. These foods and the nutritional value they hold actually better support our digestion in the winter months. Certain foods are characteristic to each dosha and can support the balance or in turn, the imbalance of each.

It just so happens that orange is actually a fruit to favor in the winter. I added vanilla and orange because I love those two paired with cranberries, but it’s pretty cool how those cravings can actually be associated to a greater meaning of health and mindfulness.

 

Chewy Holiday Oatmeal Cookie

 

I hope you can enjoy this recipe even more now knowing that you are supporting your body. I have said this before, and I am going to say it again, “You can literally have your cake and eat it too” with this one. Don’t you just love when that happens?

 

Yields 16 Cookies

Chewy Holiday Oatmeal Cookie

5 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups gluten free oats (not instant oats)
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 2 Tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 teaspoons cardamom spice
  • 3/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ground chia seed + 4 Tablespoons water
  • 4 drops Orange Bliss DoTerra oil or 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract with zest from one orange
  • 1/2 cup choice of nuts (I used macadamia nuts)
  • 1/2 cup dried, unsweetened cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Combine ground chia seed and water in small bowl and let coagulate
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients stirring well with a wooden spoon or using a mixer with paddle attachment
  4. Add ground chia seed mixture and mix well until fully incorporated into dough
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until the kitchen smells like Christmas
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely. *These will set more as they cool and become nice and chewy.
Cuisine: Cookie Recipe |

Notes

Store in an airtight container from up to five days for best quality or freeze for up to two weeks... if they last that long.

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Calories
551 cal
Fat
17 g
Carbs
88 g
Protein
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Hannah holding an Acai Sorbet topped with an aspired sesame granola from the North Shore, Oahu

Salted Sesame Granola

I cannot believe that it’s December 13th. Christmas is next Sunday. Where has 2016 gone? Where have my college years gone? Where did the past four years post college go? I mean does anyone else feel like time is just flying by and there are just not enough hours in the day to do everything you want to do? I am having a moment of nostalgia mixed with a little panic along with joy and some excitement. This can be very confusing at times. I feel better writing out these emotions as I have no one around me at the moment to express them to. So thanks, my readers out there. Thank you for enjoying my recipes along with listening to my moments of overwhelmed-ness and emotional word vomit.

I look back on the past four years, or rather the past eight years and I’m amazed at where life has taken me. For those of you who do not know me personally, I did not grow up in Hawaii. I grew up in a very small town in West Virginia. Well, compared to Oahu, any town in West Virginia is going to seem very rural. Morgantown (I have to give a shout out to the good ole Mo-town), is a college town and is actually considered very hip. Who knew. But in all seriousness, West Virginia is a gorgeous state with some of the best mountain biking, bluegrass, and moonshine around. The trees will make your jaw drop come October, and one piece of advice, takin a dip has nothin to do with the water.

I decided to head west after high school and went to college at a small liberal arts school just south of Seattle. I fell in love with the PNW – the misty days, smell of roasting coffee every other store front, the evergreen, all of it. A piece of my heart will forever be somewhere lost in the PNW no matter where I decide to be right now. And right now, I am in Hawaii. Something I never thought I would say growing up in the hills of good ole WV. And I’m stoked to be here. I have always been a mountain kinda girl with the plaid wearing, bearded lumberjacks… I’m kidding (not really).  The water here, the water will melt anyones heart, the sun, and the food. Don’t even get me started on the food here. Acai bowls. I mean have you had one? I am not talking about smoothie bowls (which are a great alternative when Costco doesn’t have acai) with mostly berries and like a tablespoon of acai powder. I’m talkin full on all acai. Say what? Like no fillers to make you think it’s acai, but it’s mostly blueberries and raspberries? Nope. Just pure Acai. With the most delicious sweet and salty granola to serve with it. Then the cherry on top – raw honey. I see the heavens every time I get my hands on one.

 

Acari Bowl

 

Not to dangle the carrot in front of all you lovely non Hawaii dwellers. Costco has acai! You can even get it at most supermarkets nowadays. Then you can use this granola recipe I’m about to share with you to make your very own acai bowl.

Hooray!

Which brings me to granola… and acai (I will keep throwing the word acai in there just so you give in and make yourself one). There’s a coffee shop on the North Shore of Oahu, the Coffee Gallery, that has the BEST EVERRRRRR acai bowl in all of Hawaii. Hands down, do not try to argue this one with me, you will not win. So if you live on Oahu then I expect you to make a trip up there ASAP, right now you can even check out Pipe Masters with your acai bowl in hand ;). And if you don’t live in Hawaii, but have this little island on your bucket list of destinations, you can now list the Coffee Gallery as number one on tourist to do list. I am currently feeling inspired to start a page of all my favorites in Hawaii from food to hikes to acai bowls to swimming holes and back to more food.

Okay back to the granola. This recipe is completely mimicked from the Coffee Gallery’s granola they top with their delicious acai bowl. One of my girlfriend’s and I took a trip up the coast last week to just feel the sea and have a day with no plans or agendas. We of course, stopped at the Coffee Gallery for… how’d ya guess? An acai bowl. And were just totally dreamy and lost in conversation as we ate. I was so careful with every bite. Trying to pick apart exactly what was in the granola that makes it taste so darn good with that perfect salty crunch followed by the sweet of the acai. So, in my eagerness to have that acai bowl just about everyday without driving up to the North Shore (everyday), this recipe is my attempt at recreating their granola (FYI, you can also buy it by the bag if you ever visit the shop, but I like the challenge).

 

Salty_Sesame_Granola_1

 

This granola is super simple. There’s no fluff. It’s salty with a hint of sesame, and like most granola you can spice it up any which way your heart desires. It’s also beegan.

Beegan [Bee-guh n] Adjective.

  1. Coined from the Coffee Gallery’s clever description of claiming a product is vegan aside from the very nutritious natural sweetener, raw honey, which is produced from responsible farms without the harming of bees.
  2. I am using this keyword because it is so fitting and awesome.

Sweet.

Salty.

Simple.

Crunchy.

Slightly chewy.

Nutty.

Beegan.

Salty_Sesame_Granola_3

Perfection.

Yields About 3 cups

Salted Sesame Granola

5 minPrep Time

23 minCook Time

28 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups Gluten Free Rolled Oats (not instant)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1/8 cup Raw Honey
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Salted Sesame Seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Place parchment on baking sheet
  3. Combine the first 6 ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir making sure all oats get nice and coated
  4. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes (keep an eye on the oats as they can burn quickly). *All ovens heat differently so you may need to stir the oats about halfway through
  5. Remove pan from oven and add sunflower seeds
  6. Continue to bake for 8 more minutes
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle sesame seeds over top
  8. Let cool completely before mixing or putting into container to allow the oats to form small clusters and become fully crisp
Cuisine: Granola |

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days for quality crispness. Or longer and simply reheat in oven to allow the oats to crisp back up.

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Calories
377 cal
Fat
8 g
Carbs
68 g
Protein
13 g


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