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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vegan Delish App Winners – congrats!

Congratulations to Emily (It Bakes Me Happy), Marcus Pizzorno, and Dr. Joe Pizzorno! You won a free download for the tasty recipe app, Vegan Delish. I highly recommend checking out their recipe for Lemon Pistachio Bites. Swoon.

Spiced Curiosity Giveaway

For more info on the helpful meal-planner, find the info here on iTunes.

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Vegan Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream – Spiced Curiosity #vegan #icecream #veganmofo2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

vietnamese coffee ice cream – what, it’s vegan?

makes

    1 1/2 tasty pints
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews (soaked overnight, or 8 hours)
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or preferred sweetener
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup ground coffee

Let me just stop and say, here sits the tastiest recipe ever. This is half celebration, half warning. Unless you’d rather spend a Saturday morning indulging in half a pint of coffee-entrenched, creamy ice cream, then move along, and I’ll see you next time. No lie, this dessert is good stuff.

The tasty method involves cold brew coffee. In my life I’ve never cared for a steaming cup, but I adore the aroma and flavor incorporated into dishes. Tiramisu, espresso-dipped biscotti, and coffee rubs are all fantastic and give your tastebuds a spicy, earthy taste. But these treats pale in comparison to the real star: coffee ice cream.

Vegan Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream – Spiced Curiosity #vegan #icecream #veganmofo2013

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Summer Squash and Green Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette – Spiced Curiosity #salad #veganmofo #veganmofo2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

summer squash and green bean salad with basil vinaigrette – vegan app giveaway!

    serves 3
  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 lb green beans
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 lemon’s juice (about 3 Tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • salt to taste

Good evening! I’ve got some great news: I’m participating in the annual Vegan Month of Food. Every post in September will not only be the usual vegetarian and dairy-free, but also egg- and honey-free. I’m excited to see what changes this will bring in my diet, and what new ingredients I’ll try over the next 26 days.

An app I’m loving that helps me discover new vegan dishes is Vegan Delish, by sweet Carrie at Carrie on Vegan. I’ve already tried two of the recipes: Avocado Chocolate Pudding and Zesty Tomato & Almond Butter Dressing. Both were delicious, and I’m psyched to try more. If you’re interested in using the app, just leave a comment below by Monday, September 9th at 12pm EST! Three lucky winners will get a redemption code for a free download. Two small requirements: you must reside in the U.S. and have an iPad or iPhone for the code to work. For more information, check out the Facebook Page.

So whilst preparing and planning meals recently, I realized September is my favorite month. The late summer, early fall period yields crisp breezes and wonderful produce. I was in love with the bounty of tomatoes coming in, but I’ve got extra room in my heart (and stomach) for fresh zucchini and green beans, too. Combine both veggies with peppery basil, and you have the makings of a flavorful, hearty salad.

Summer Squash & Green Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette – Spiced Curiosity #vegan #veganmofo #veganmofo2013

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Homemade Tomato Sauce & Whole Wheat Pizza Dough – Spiced Curiosity #vegetarian #healthy

Monday, September 2, 2013

fresh tomato sauce with whole wheat pizza – long island wine country

Fresh Tomato Sauce – makes 3 cups

  • 4 lbs very ripe heirloom or roma/plum tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 large yellow onion
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough – makes two pizzas

  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 packet active yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups very warm water (110°F)
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp organic cornmeal

Awesome Pizzas – makes two 10-inch rounds

  • 3 cups fresh tomato sauce (above)
  • whole wheat pizza dough (above)
  • 10 white mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 large yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp organic cornmeal
  • 10 basil leaves

I love the city, but sometimes it’s great to get out. Removing myself from the hustling chaos clears my mind and always gives me a newfound appreciation for the city when I return. What is beauty without contrast? Anywho, a weekend trip to Long Island with my boyfriend, his brother, and his sister-in-law was perfect. Smack-dab in the middle of wine country, we drank in the greenery and skyscraper-less fields with peace and reflection. And a goat or two.

Wine Country Trip! – Spiced Curiosity #travel

Wine Country Trip! – Spiced Curiosity #travel

Wine Country Trip! – Spiced Curiosity #travel

Wine Country Trip! – Spiced Curiosity #travel

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