Peppermint Holiday Dip

Peppermint Whip Dip
(Makes about 1 ½ Cup) ~ Vegan and Gluten-Free

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I hope everybody has been enjoying this holiday season! We have certainly been taking it easy and light these days as we spend time with family while giving the kitchen a bit of a break. With food surrounding each of our family and holiday gatherings; this year I decided to prepare meals and desserts that were very quick to pull together. While in the grocery store last week, I came upon a new vegan item in the freezer section. I found “Coco Whip” by So Delicious it is similar to a Cool whip and the ideas began to flood. I came up with this idea in minutes and it took less than 10 to prepare. Enjoy this peppermint dessert with cookies, graham crackers as a dip or between cookies like a sandwich. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
1 (9oz) container CocoWhip
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1 (8oz) container Vegan Cream Cheese (Tofutti’s brand)
3 (full-size) Peppermint Candy Canes, crushed
1 (3oz) bar Dark Chocolate Mint (Endangered Species brand), crushed
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2 Tbsp Powdered Sugar

Directions:
-In a large zip bag combine broken pieces of Chocolate bar with Candy Canes and crush both together with a rolling pin or mallet.
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-With a hand mixer, whip together Coco Whip, Cream Cheese and Powdered sugar until smooth.
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-Stir in candy cane and chocolate pieces to combine. Serve cold.
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-Keep frozen unused portions and remove from freezer about 30 minutes before serving.
You can serve with ginger snaps or graham crackers, for example.

Peppermint Holiday Dip

  • Servings: 1 1/2 Cups ~ Vegan and Gluten-Free
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/

Ingredients:
1 (9oz) container CocoWhip
1 (8oz) container Vegan Cream Cheese (Tofutti’s brand)
3 (full-size) Peppermint Candy Canes, crushed
1 (3oz) bar Dark Chocolate Mint (Endangered Species brand), crushed
2 Tbsp Powdered Sugar

Directions:
-In a large zip bag combine broken pieces of Chocolate bar with Candy Canes and crush both together with a rolling pin or mallet.
-With a hand mixer, whip together Coco Whip, Cream Cheese and Powdered sugar until smooth.
-Stir in candy cane and chocolate pieces to combine. Serve cold.
-Keep frozen unused portions and remove from freezer about 30 minutes before serving.
You can serve with ginger snaps or graham crackers, for example.

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Hearty Tortilla Soup

Hearty Spicy Southwestern Tortilla Soup
(Serves about 8-10) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free

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This soup is hearty, flavorful and mildly spicy. Upon waking up this morning and peeking outside to see the frost on the car, I knew at that moment that it was going to be a warm filling soup kind of day. The ingredients in this tortilla soup take this southwestern style soup to another level with the added rice and two types of beans! Couple this with cilantro and lime for added freshness. As with all of my recipes feel free to adjust seasoning to your liking, but I think it’s superb as is. 🙂 I received many compliments on this one. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
1 Large Sweet Onion
3 Ribs of Celery, sliced
1 Red Pepper, diced (divided)
1 Jalapeño, diced
3 Carrots, sliced
1 (28oz can) Crushed Tomatoes
2 (14.5oz can) Fire Roasted Tomatoes
2 (15.5oz can) Black Beans, drained/rinsed
1 (15.5oz can) Pinto Beans, drained/rinsed
½ a bunch of Fresh Cilantro, divided
2 stalks Kale, stems removed, chopped
2 Quarts (32oz) Vegetable Broth
1 pinch (or about ¼ Tsp) Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tsp Chili Powder, divided
1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
½ Tbsp Salt
½ Tbsp Oregano
1 Tsp Cumin, divided
1 Bay Leaf
1 to 1 ½ Tbsp Sugar, divided
½ Cup Brown Rice
1lb (16oz) Frozen Corn
3 Scallions (Green Onions), chopped/divided
Juice and Zest of ½ Lime

Toppings:
Tortilla Strips (homemade or store-bought, you can find this in the salad topping area)
Avocado
Cilantro
Scallions
Red Peppers
Lime Juice

Directions:
-In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add Garlic, Onions, ½ of the diced Red Peppers, Celery, Carrots and Jalapeño. I added each of these in one at a time and cook for about 5-7 minutes.
-Add Beans, diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes. Add ½ of the Sugar, Bay leaf, Oregano, ½ Tsp Cumin and 1 Tsp Chili Powder then stir to combine. Simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
(I used these Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes)
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-Add vegetable broth and bring to boil. Add rice and allow to boil for 5 minutes then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. (This is a good time to chop cilantro and prep kale – while rice is cooking)
-In a small bowl, add ½ of the fresh lime juice + zest and massage into fresh chopped kale.
–Set aside for about 20 minutes.
-During the last 10 minutes of cooking, add: Corn, Kale, ½ of the Cilantro (about 1/3 Cup) and remaining Rep Pepper (reserve some for garnish if you wish). -Then add: Cayenne Pepper, Salt, Scallions, remaining Chili Powder and Cumin stir to combine.
-After 30 minutes has elapsed cover and turn off heat (keep lid on!) and let stand for another 15 minutes before serving.
-Garnish with your toppings of choice. I added: Scallions, diced Red Peppers, Tortilla Strips and fresh Cilantro.

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Hearty Tortilla Soup

  • Servings: 8-10 ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: http://www.veganrescue.com

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
1 Large Sweet Onion
3 Ribs of Celery, sliced
1 Red Pepper, diced (divided)
1 Jalapeño, diced
3 Carrots, sliced
1 (28oz can) Crushed Tomatoes
2 (14.5oz can) Fire Roasted Tomatoes
2 (15.5oz can) Black Beans, drained/rinsed
1 (15.5oz can) Pinto Beans, drained/rinsed
½ a bunch of Fresh Cilantro, divided
2 stalks Kale, stems removed, chopped
2 Quarts (32oz) Vegetable Broth
1 pinch (or about ¼ Tsp) Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tsp Chili Powder, divided
1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
½ Tbsp Salt
½ Tbsp Oregano
1 Tsp Cumin, divided
1 Bay Leaf
1 to 1 ½ Tbsp Sugar, divided
½ Cup Brown Rice
1lb (16oz) Frozen Corn
3 Scallions (Green Onions), chopped/divided
Juice and Zest of ½ Lime

Toppings:
Tortilla Strips (homemade or store-bought, you can find this in the salad topping area)
Avocado
Cilantro
Scallions
Red Peppers
Lime Juice

Directions:
-In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add Garlic, Onions, ½ of the diced Red Peppers, Celery, Carrots and Jalapeño. I added each of these in one at a time and cook for about 5-7 minutes.
-Add Beans, diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes. Add ½ of the Sugar, Bay leaf, Oregano, ½ Tsp Cumin and 1 Tsp Chili Powder then stir to combine. Simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
-Add vegetable broth and bring to boil. Add rice and allow to boil for 5 minutes then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. (This is a good time to chop cilantro and prep kale – while rice is cooking)
-In a small bowl, add ½ of the fresh lime juice + zest and massage into fresh chopped kale.
–Set aside for about 20 minutes.
-During the last 10 minutes of cooking, add: Corn, Kale, ½ of the Cilantro (about 1/3 Cup) and remaining Rep Pepper (reserve some for garnish if you wish). -Then add: Cayenne Pepper, Salt, Scallions, remaining Chili Powder and Cumin stir to combine.
-After 30 minutes has elapsed cover and turn off heat (keep lid on!) and let stand for another 15 minutes before serving.
-Garnish with your toppings of choice. I added: Scallions, diced Red Peppers, Tortilla Strips and fresh Cilantro.

 

Olives & Dipping Oil

Herb Infused Olive Oil with Olives
(Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free)

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An unlikely breakfast probably for many but a couple days ago I had the taste for olives! So, I woke up made some coffee and served up some olives along with some good olive oil that I infused with herbs. I must say there is truly a difference in taste when you savor a good quality olive oil. I don’t really have a recipe to offer I used Bellucci Extra Virgin Olive Oil in it I added: Italian seasoning, Red pepper flakes, Salt, Pepper and Fresh minced Garlic. Let the oil stand for about 15-20 minutes before dipping. Dip with Italian bread or a baguette. We enjoyed with Kalamata Olives, Garlic stuffed Green Olives and spicy Hot Pepper stuffed Olives. I felt like a Grecian Goddess, delicious. Enjoy!

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Yummy Olives!
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Vegan Omelet

Vegan Omelet
(Makes about 3 Omelets) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Egg-Free

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Last week Seth and I had a discussion about IHOP and we talked about how we used to frequent the restaurant for breakfast (pre-vegan) and he mentioned their omelets. Then I said, ‘next week, I will make you an omelet!’ I’ve attempted the vegan omelet several times over the years and continue to try and perfect it. Since we both had the day off and better yet, it was my hunny’s birthday – I made Omelets yesterday! This recipe is very flavorful in my opinion and you can add any filling(s) you’d like. I had spinach, onions and garlic on hand so that was today’s filling. Don’t get discouraged in your attempts to make your vegan omelet, sometimes they break or it can get tricky to flip. Just be patient, stick with it and enjoy!

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Ingredients:
1 lb Silken Tofu
2 Tbsp Chickpea Flour
¼ Tsp Turmeric
¼ Tsp Curry
2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
¼ Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Potato Starch
½ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp Pepper
½ Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Filling ideas:
Spinach
Onions
Garlic
Broccoli
Daiya (Vegan) Cheese
Mushrooms
Peppers (Green/Red)
Tomatoes etc.

Directions:
-Heat nonstick pan over medium-high, I add a small amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to the pan (about 1 Tbsp).
-Combine all ingredients in food processor until smooth.
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-Pour about ½ Cup of Omelet batter in center of the pan. Be sure to pour evenly, you can try a circular motion.
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-Gently smooth out the omelet batter from the center and pulling outward until batter is evenly spread throughout the pan. (if there are any holes smooth the batter over to cover).
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-Heat through about 3-6 minutes until lightly golden brown, gently flipping halfway through.
-Prepare your toppings ahead of time or in a separate pan. Add filling to omelet, then fold over before serving. Enjoy!

Vegan Omelet

  • Servings: about 3 ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Egg-Free
  • Difficulty: easy-med.
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Credit: http://www.veganrescue.com

Ingredients:
1 lb Silken Tofu
2 Tbsp Chickpea Flour
¼ Tsp Turmeric
¼ Tsp Curry
2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
¼ Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Potato Starch
½ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp Pepper
½ Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Filling ideas:
Spinach
Onions
Garlic
Broccoli
Daiya (Vegan) Cheese
Mushrooms
Peppers (Green/Red)
Tomatoes etc.

Directions:
-Heat nonstick pan over medium-high, I add a small amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to the pan (about 1 Tbsp).
-Combine all ingredients in food processor until smooth.
-Pour about ½ Cup of Omelet batter in center of the pan. Be sure to pour evenly, you can try a circular motion.
-Gently smooth out the omelet batter from the center and pulling outward until batter is evenly spread throughout the pan. (if there are any holes smooth the batter over to cover).
-Heat through about 3-6 minutes until lightly golden brown, gently flipping halfway through.
-Prepare your toppings ahead of time or in a separate pan. Add filling to omelet, then fold over before serving. Enjoy!

Wishing Seth a very happy birthday! – I hope you enjoyed the cookie cake.

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 Birthday man and I              Cake cutting ceremony.

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