• Featured PP15 Recipe: Umami Almond, Quinoa, and Sundried Tomato Burgers (vegan, gluten-free, oil-free)

    Featured PP15 Recipe: Umami Almond, Quinoa, and Sundried Tomato Burgers (vegan, gluten-free, oil-free)

    It's been couple of months since I released my Plant-Powered 15 ebook, and I've been getting emails and FB comments from so many of you about the recipes. (Can I pause a moment to thank you for that? I LOVE hearing your recipe feedback, favorites, suggestions, modifications, etc. Very rewarding and inspires my creativity!) There are a few recipes from the PP15 that are getting a LOT of buzz. One of the savory stars are these Umami Sun-Dried Tomato and Almond Burgers. Personally, I also love this recipe. Since it's the season of grilling and picnics and BBQs, I want to share it with all of you! This burger uses raw almonds and pre-cooked quinoa for the base, along with a number of seasonings that ignite that umami essence. Those flavors, along with the richness of the almonds, are what makes these meat-free burgers irresistible! What's that sauce on top, you say? Well, it's a very simple 3-ingredient sauce: tahini, ketchup, and water! I don't have the proportions on hand right now, but just work with it yourself and give ...

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    Vanilla Bean Almond Butter Fudge (vegan, whole foods plant-based, gluten-free)

    Vanilla Bean Almond Butter Fudge (vegan, whole foods plant-based, gluten-free)

    I think you've all waited long enough! As promised in my 12 days of Christmas Cookies post, today you can enjoy (and gift) that Vanilla Bean Almond Butter Fudge. Before you scroll down, I must mention that until creating this recipe I'd never made a vegan fudge. :-O "Dreena, that's crazy-talk!", you say. I know! My sweet tooth is lecturing me. While I've always loved sweets, fudge has never been on my recipe radar. I love the idea of fudge - something dense and sweetly-satisfying - but it's always been too sweet. You know what I mean? Too sugary, gritty, and sickly and yet not a lot of flavor. Almost makes that sweet tooth hurt! So, I didn't have much interest in creating fudge recipes. Until now. I was thinking about the frostings for my raw brownies and raw chai squares. With a few switch ups, I knew I could create a dense, sweet fudge-like square. Like fudge, but using whole-foods ingredients and healthier, lesser processed sweeteners. I wanted some beautiful images of this healthy fudge, and Emma of Coconut and Berries was kind enough ...

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    Vegan Pumpkin Muffins (with chocolate chips!)

    Vegan Pumpkin Muffins (with chocolate chips!)

    Welcome December! Any other moms feeling just a little overwhelmed? It's not even shopping for the kids, right? It's all the other stuff that comes with being a mom and the holidays. Cue: bake sales and craft fairs and field trips and projects and concerts and gingerbread houses and school parties and activity parties and decorating and secret santas and... etc etc. Run-on sentence fully intentional. Whew. This fall has been particularly busy for our family. Busier than any other year. So, I'm further behind this December than any other year! No decorations up, no lights, no tree, have some of my gifts but overall - not ready. Plus, our 4-year old has had a witch of a cold this past two weeks. Not sure if it was one cold that morphed into some awful beastly secondary life of the first, or two separate viruses. I always found the start of four-year preschool and kindergarten hit our kiddos' immune systems the hardest. She sure had a tough run these past couple of weeks. Where was I going ...

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White Bean Hummus with Fresh Thyme and Basil

Recipe from eat, drink & be vegan
wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free option

The fresh thyme and basil add a fresh and vibrant taste to this hummus. The pureed cannellini beans are creamy white, which together with the green flecks from the fresh herbs, make this hummus pretty to look at… and scrumptious to eat!
2 cups cooked cannellini (white kidney) beans (drained and rinsed if using canned beans)
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini
1 small to medium clove garlic, sliced
1 – 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (optional, see note)
2 tbsp red wine vinegar (see note)
½ tsp dijon mustard
½ tsp sea salt
2½ – 3 tsp fresh thyme, roughly chopped
¼ cup fresh basil, torn or roughly chopped
1-2 tbsp water (may not need, just to thin dip as desired)
freshly ground black pepper to taste
In a food processor, combine all ingredients except water, thyme, and basil. Purée until smooth, gradually adding water as desired to thin dip and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add thyme and basil and purée briefly to incorporate ingredients.  Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

Notes:
1) This dip tastes lovely even with just 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.  But, you can omit it altogether for an oil-free version.

2) I have used a raspberry-flavored red wine vinegar in place of the lemon juice in this dip, and it adds a beautiful flavor.

3) You can make this dip look very elegant. As described in the chapter introduction, pipe the dip into mini-bell peppers (cut in half), halved grape tomatoes, or endive leaves. Alternatively, spread it thinly on slices of bread with a layer of “shaved” cucumber (using a vegetable peeler to remove thin strips lengthwise off cucumber, before reaching the seedy portion). Cut crusts off bread and slice in strips or cut in shapes with cookie cutters