Blood Orange Chocolate Mousse Cake

While I’m more of a savoury girl, I do have a soft spot for mousse tarts and cakes. One of my favourite combos is a lovely blood orange and chocolate mix, think Terry’s Chocolate Orange that pops up at Christmas time, but a fully veganized version… in cake form!

I’m all about simplicity, yet there is something to be said for quality and presentation. This cake truly has it all, quick and easy to prepare, delicious gourmet flavour, and easy to garnish. I especially love this cake for an afternoon tea with the ladies as it’s always a crowd pleaser.

Enjoy,

Holly xoxo

Blood Orange Chocolate Mousse Cake

The Base

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Peacans
  • 5 Soft Medjool Dates (pitted)
  • 1/8 Cup Water

Method

  • Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until a smooth dough ball forms
  • Remove dough and press into the base of an 8″ spring form cake pan
  • Use oil on fingers from pressing to grease the side on the pan

Chocolate Blood Orange Mousse

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 3/4 Cup Dairy-free Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Blood Orange Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tsp Blood Orange Rind

Method

  • Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy
  • Pour over base and place in freezer or fridge to set (30-45 minutes)
  • Garnish with Blood Orange, Flowers, Fruit, Seeds

Delicious Vegan Creamy Cashew Alfredo

Who doesn’t love a delicious bowl full of pasta smothered in a creamy sauce? This was one of the dishes I missed the most when going vegan and I spent a long time trying to create the perfect vegan hack to a stellar Alfredo. Now, after much trial and error I am so excited to share this recipe with you and hope you will love it as much as I do! This recipe is 100% kid approved and totally gluten free if you used a gluten free pasta.

Enjoy, Holly xoxo

Creamy Cashew Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Raw Cashew Pieces (I don’t soak, but you can ?)
  • 2 Cups Of Water
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Salt (I use Himalayan pink salt)
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Pepper

Method

  • Toss it all in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour over your favourite pasta of choice, its amazing over gluten free pasta too!

Savoury Heirloom Tomato Rosemary Cheese Cake on an Almond Truffle Crust

Spring is in the air, and I’m beyond excited for all of the fresh local produce on the way! I am fortunate to live in a community rich with orchards and organic farms, but above all, I look forward to the delicious heirloom tomatoes that make their appearance each summer.

Someone once told me that you have not truly tasted a tomato until you’ve experienced a fresh off the vine heirloom tomato, the uglier the better! There is a mysterious magic to this contorted and vibrant fruit, a flavour like no other and a fresh burst that will have you craving more!

Today I’d like to share with you my favourite way (other than just eating them off the vine) to enjoy heirloom tomatoes. This recipe is always a summer favourite of guests that stop in for a visit, and I am so proud of this creation. I sincerely hope you will love this recipe as much as I do and add it to your collection to enjoy for years to come.

Holly xoxo

Savoury Heirloom Tomato Rosemary Cheese Cake on an Almond Truffle

Vegan, Gluten Free                            Serves 6                              Bake at 350

The Crust

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Almond Milk
  • 1 1/4 Tbsp Truffle Oil
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

Method

  • In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix until a moist dough forms
  • Press dough into tart pan
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes

The Cheese Filling

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Method

  • Soak Raw Cashew Pieces for 15 minutes in warm water to soften them.
  • Add all ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy
  • Pour over warm Crust and return to oven to back for 20 minutes at 350 to set.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool before adding heirloom tomato topping.

Heirloom Tomato Topping

Ingredients

  • 2 Heriloom Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Fresh Dill
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Sea Salt Flakes
  • Ground  Pepper

Method

  • Arrange tomatoes and avocado on top of cheese cake.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs, sea salt, and ground pepper.
  • Enjoy!

Raw Mexican Cream Of Corn Chowder

After severely burning myself making breakfast this morning I decided that the rest of the days is going to be a raw day! I recall taking a Raw Vegan Challenge a year ago and thinking it was going to be torture; surprisingly, I discovered that raw vegan foods are bursting with flavour and can leave you feeling satisfied if done correctly!

During the month I took the Raw Vegan Challenge I realized I needed to adapt some of my favourite comfort foods to combat my cravings. This Mexican Creamy Corn Chowder was one of my most tasty combinations and was inspired by a base recipe by The Rawtarian! If you’re planning on going Raw Vegan her website is amazing!

Back to this fantastic soup! It’s absolutely delicious and will leave you craving more… thankfully it takes less than ten minutes to whip up so if you are looking for another bowl it won’t take long to make some more!

Enjoy!

Holly xoxo

Raw Mexican Cream Of Corn Chowder

Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free                 Prep Time: 10 Mins                     Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Fresh Corn
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Smokey Paprika

Method

  • Toss everything into a high-speed blender and blend until warm and smooth.
  • Garnish with spices, peppers, tomatoes, corn, onion
  • Enjoy!

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Wild Berry Maca Smoothie Bowl

One of my favourite words at breakfast is “EASY”, this is partly because I have six kids to feed but also because I’m really not much of a breakfast person and usually can’t be bothered to make a big production out of making myself something to eat in the morning. 

I love a breakfast that I can make by simply tossing everything into a high-speed blender and hitting liquify! My Wild Berry Maca Smoothie Bowl is a simple yet nutrient-packed breakfast that will kickstart your day the right way!

Have kids at home? This recipe is absolutely kid approved and will leave their tummies happy and their brains ready for a busy school day! Leave me a comment and let me know how you enjoyed this recipe!

Holly xoxo

Wild Berry Maca Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 3 Small Over Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Cup Wild Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 Cup Black Cherries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp Maca Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Cups Almond Milk

Method

  • Toss everything into a high-speed blender and liquify until smooth and creamy!
  • Pour into large bowl and garnish with nuts, berries, edible flowers and seeds if desired.

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Raw Vegan Cream Of Mushroom Soup

I always try my best to give my digestive system a break and eat raw at least one day out of the week. The problem for me is that I like cooked foods and found myself dealing with cravings after a day of raw eating. This being the case I realized I need to get creative in try to hack some of my favorite cooked dishes.

A big bowl of creamy mushroom soup has always been a comfort to me and I was easily able to create a delicious and very filling raw variation! Trust me when I say you won’t believe it’s not cooked, plus this recipe is as simple as tossing everything into a high-speed blender and pressing liquify!

I hope you enjoy this healthy spin on comfort food as much as I did! Leave me a comment below and let me know how you enjoy my Raw Cream of Mushroom Soup!

Love to you all!
Holly

Raw vegan Cream Of Mushroom Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 C Mushrooms (I used brown crimini, portobello, shiitake, and brown shimeji mushrooms)
  • 3/4 C Raw Cashews
  • 1 C  Water
  • 1 Tsp Diced Shallot
  • 1 Small Garlic Clove
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Raw Sauerkraut
  • 2 Large Sage Leaves Chopped
  • 1/4 Tsp Chopped Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 Tsp Capers
  • 1 Tsp Coconut Aminos ( if you want a more salty flavour)

Method

Toss it all in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and warmed.

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Vegan White Chocolate Tart

When I went vegan, I thought my white chocolate days were far behind me, and all that remained was a fond memory… until this morning when I decided enough was enough! I needed to hack white chocolate and veganize it!

The key to a lovely vegan white chocolate is cocoa butter, lightly sweetened with a creamy base. As many of you know, I’m a savage for raw cashews and knew immediately where I was going to find that creamy structure to support the delicateness of cocoa butter, so it was experiment time… it’s always experiment time in my kitchen!

Recipes? Where I’m going, I don’t need no recipes!… Unless I make something amazing, in which case I write it down to share with all of you. So without further ado here is my marvellous morning creation that is not only delicious but also super low maintenance and pretty foolproof!

Enjoy!!

Holly xoxo

Vegan White Chocolate Tart

 

Crust

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup or Agave
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • Pinch of Salt

Method

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until a dough forms.
Press into tart pan and chill.

White Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa Butter Melted
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup or Agave
  • 3/4 Cup Dairy Free Milk
  • 1 Tsp Maca Powder (Optional)
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt

Method

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour into crust and chill in freezer or refrigerator for 45 minutes.
Garnish with fruit, chocolate, flowers.

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Vegan Chocolate Maca Mousse Tart

My husband Mark and I recently bought our first patio set, we had been dreaming of one ever since we moved into our home three years ago, but as life tends to go, we always had more pressing expenses to consider. As the parents of six children, we desperately needed our own little relax space and finding a moment of peace in our home to recharge our batteries was becoming scarce.

We excitedly made the purchase not really considering the size of the box it came in and were sad and felt pretty silly when we realized there was no way we would get it into the car with all of the car seats… yes, things we should have thought of in advance. So home we went to empty the Explorer, and Mark headed back to Sears to pick up the box as I scrubbed down the front balcony and hung the string lights that I purchased three years earlier. We managed to assemble the two chairs, love seat, and table before dinner as Sophia and Aston played dress up, then excitedly waited for the kid’s bed time when we could enjoy the space in peace and quiet.

In honour of our new found space, we opened up a bottle of Summer Hill Winery’s Alive Blend along with some fresh fruit and settled in to enjoy the warm summer night. Omara Portuondo played in the background, and the string lights twinkled against the dusky sky, but one thing was missing.

Mark is a savage for chocolate, and I knew the second I saw the little cheeky glimmer in his Irish eyes that he was thinking of something sweet. “You know what would be great with this wine?” he asks, “Let me guess… Chocolate?” I reply, and his smile widens. “Fine,” I say and head into the kitchen pantry, but the chocolate was gone! (One of the mysteries of having a large family is trying to figure out who the chocolate caper is.)

Not wanting to disappoint my sweet toothed husband I decided to quickly whip up a new recipe, and boy did it ever work out! Thankfully I wrote down the ingredients as I went along, (which is something I often forget to do) and I now have what I would consider the perfect Vegan Chocolate Maca Mousse Tart!

I hope you enjoy this decadent dessert as much as we have! Let me know in the comments below what garnishes you used on your tart.

Vegan Chocolate Maca Mousse Tart

Ingredients

Prep Time: 10 mins

Chill Time: 1 Hour

Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free

The Crust

  • 1/2 Cup Raw Pecans
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cashews
  • 4 Soft Medjool Dates (pitted)
  • 1/8 Cup Coconut Oil

Method

  • Toss all ingredients into a food processor and blend until a paste forms.

  • Press paste into tart pan, making sure to press the crust up the edges. (Wet hands if the paste is too sticky)

Chocolate Maca Mousse

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Cashews  (I buy raw cashew pieces as it’s usually far cheaper than whole cashews)
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 1/3 Cup of Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Cacao Powder (You can use Cocoa too)
  • 1 Tbsp Maca Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Sea Salt

Method

  • Throw all ingredients into blender and blend on high speed until a smooth creamy mousse develops. About one or two minutes.

  • Pour over crust in tart pan and place into the freezer to chill for an hour.

  • Enjoy with your choice of garnish, fruit, coconut whip cream, and cinnamon are some ideas!

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Risotto

One of my favourite dishes as a vegetarian was a nice creamy risotto, and like many, before me, I was one of those people who said ” I’d go vegan, but I could never give up cheese, ” and with that, I believed I could never give up risotto. Giving up dairy initially felt like a major sacrifice but after learning more about the dairy industry, and the adverse effects dairy has on the human body it became easier.

I recall a year after going vegan I was at a Sunday brunch at a popular winery where I live, and I came across a massive plate of cheese. Smoked gouda…. one of my past favourites was calling to me, so after a year dairy free I figured what would one cheese cube hurt and I had love smoked gouda so much. So I took a small piece much to the surprise of my also vegan husband who asked if I was sure I wanted to break a year of solid veganism. I decided I just had to have that one little piece and I popped it into my mouth; the flavours startled me. The cheese that I had enjoyed for years tasted nothing like I remembered and had a more oily texture and to be honest really grossed me out.

That was my moment of confirmation, I no longer needed or wanted dairy. A funny thing happens when you go vegan, your taste buds change and natural flavours start to appear that are of such a beautiful quality it leaves you wondering how you’ve lived so long with a blind tongue. I always find it funny when I hear people refer to a vegan or plant based life style as bland when it is quite the opposite!

You don’t need to sacrifice your health or flavour to enjoy a beautiful risotto, this recipe has been a labour of love for me, and I have spend years trying to get it just right. I’m so excited to finally share it with you!

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Risotto

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook time: 22 mins

Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Ingerdients

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Small Onion Diced
  • 2 Cups Chopped Mushrooms (mix a variety for a gourmet flair)
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove Pressed
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Thyme or Basil
  • 3/4 Cup Arborio Rice
  • 2 Tbsp Wine (any kind will work)
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Milk (I use Cashew Milk)
  • 1/8 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Method

  • In a pot fry the diced onion in olive oil until it is clear.

  • Add pressed garlic and mushrooms and cook on med/low until the mushrooms have softened.

  • Add Arborio rice and fry on low until the rice is evenly coated in oil, then add wine and stir.

  • Once the wine has mostly evaporated add the veggie broth, dairy free milk, and nutritional yeast, and herbs.

  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer on low for 22 minutes.

  • Add salt and pepper to taste, serve and garnish with vegan parmesan.

ENJOY!

Super Simple Coconut Curry with Cardamom Basmati Rice

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As a mother feeding a family of eight a simple yet delicious dinner is always appreciated, the problem is there aren’t many recipes out there that are super low maintenance but will satisfy even a fussy one year old in the process. I always try my hardest to avoid anything processed if I can and spend a good part of my day cooking to ensure I know exactly what my babies are putting into their bodies. My concern over what my children were consuming kick started my journey into recipe creation and has since become a passion of mine.

Since my transition from a vegetarian to a fully plant-based lifestyle which happened a little over three and a half years ago, I have been trying to recreate my favourite vegetarian recipes in a more eco-conscious and cruelty free manner. You see, when I went vegan I had zero support aside from my husband Mark who made the change with me. I had no idea what I was doing only what I desired to accomplish and I truly felt like a fish out of water.

I had always been known for my baking and cooking skills and now I felt like I no longer could create the fun and unique dishes I once had. Boy was I wrong! I was shocked to discover as many other who have made this transition will say that I had never really understood the beauty of food until I became a vegan. The flavours, true natural flavours of vegetables and fruit untainted by artificial chemicals were out of this world!

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The culinary world was at my finger tips and my kitchen was about to become my sanctuary of creation. I poured myself a glass of red wine (vegan, of course) put on my playlist of crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett and would pour my heart and soul into creation! Cooking is really quite simple once you develop a passion for it and make the decision that you are willing to try new things and forgive the times when recipes fail… that will happen at times and its okay!

This recipe that I’m about to share with you was a recipe of instinct and intuition. I believed that the ingredients would combine beautiful and simply on the rushed evening I threw this dish together for the first time and it came out perfectly! I was tickled to discover that such simple recipe could taste so lovely and be prepared so easily and quickly. All of the kids loved it and ask for it time and time again. I can always tell when a recipe creation is a success when there is utter silence at the dinner table because all six children are enjoying their meal.

So here it is just for you from my kitchen to yours, I hope your family will love this recipe as much as mine does!

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Super Simple Coconut Curry

Prep Time: 10-15 mins                                                         Serves 4-6 (Depending on tummy size)

Cook Time: 30 mins

Vegan, Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium to Large Onion Diced
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Large Garlic Cloves Crushed
  • 1 Tsp Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1 Tsp Himalaya Pink Salt or Sea Salt
  • 1 Can of Coconut Milk
  • 4 Cups Chopped Baby Potatoes
  • 1 Cup Corn (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1/2 Cup Rasins
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces

Method

  • Add Diced Onion and Olive Oil to a pan and fry until golden.

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  • Add Crushed Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Cumin, Curry Powder and Salt to Fried Onion and mix.

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  • Add Coconut Milk to Spiced Onion mixture and stir until combined.

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  • Add Chopped Baby Potatoes, Corn, Raisins, and Cashews to Coconut Milk Spice mixture and cook (stirring frequently) on medium/high for 25 mins until potatoes are soft.

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  • Once cooked mix thoroughly as the oil in the Coconut milk may separate a little and sever over rice.

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  • Enjoy!

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Cardamom Seed Rice

Prep Time: 2 mins                                                                                                                         Serves 4-6

Cook Time: 18-22 mins

Vegan, Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 2 Cups Basmati Rice
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cardamom Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Vegan Margarine (I use Earth Balance)

Method

  • Add Rice, Water, Onion Powder, Cardamom Seeds, Salt and Margarine to a large pot.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 18-22 mins.
  • Fluff rice with a fork once its ready.
  • Enjoy!

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There you have it, a simple yet delicious dinner in less that 40 mins. I always get the sauce going then start the rice and find that they will both be ready at the same time. This is a very light curry that is great in the summer with a glass of white wine or in the winter with a glass bold red wine. I always garish with Watercress or Pea Shoots for a nice finishing touch just to add a little flair.

This dish has also been a guest favourite on the nights we decide to entertain and has received rave reviews. I guess the secret is out as this dish is far less effort to create as the flavour would have you believe. I hope you enjoy this simple and quick dinner on those rushed nights when you’d prefer not to be cooking at all.

Warmest Regards,

Holly 😉

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