Zesty Vegan Nacho Cheeze

Over the weekend we held a birthday party for my son Logan who was turning 11, Logan is an appies kind of guy so he asked me to create something special for his party. I had just returned from shopping for the party when his request came in and I was not keen on having to leave the house again so I pulled open the cupboards in search of ingredient to create something new.

Cashews, spices, nutritional yeast… it looked like the makings of a great cheeze sauce! I had the tortilla chips so I figured I could try and pull together a vegan nacho cheeze, little could we have known that it would turn out amazing! Once the guests arrived this last minute nacho dip became the talk of the party… next to the birthday boy of course!

I’m absolutely thrilled to share this recipe with you! It’s truly one of my best creations and I hope you will love it as much as we did!

Holly xoxo

Zesty vegan Nacho Cheeze

Vegan                Gluten Free                  Oil Free               Sugar Free                Prep: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Red Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Shiro Miso
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Salt  ( I used Alder Smoked Sea Salt by The San Francisco Salt Co.)
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Smokey Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice

METHOD

  • Place all ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy
  • Serve room temperature or warmed in a mini crockpot
  • Great for dipping tortilla chips and veggies in!

Cinnamon Peach Summer Scones

As summer comes to a close and the smoke from the second worst fire season British Columbia has ever seen finally starts to clear, I realized how much I have been neglecting my blog. This Summer has been a mix of bittersweet for me, from lazy days with the kids playing in the back garden in the early weeks; to having to put our beloved dog ‘Deefer’ to sleep in mid-July which left me a wreck for weeks and still hurts my heart every time I glance at his favourite spot on the floor next to the fireplace.

Then I was off to Europe for a little over two weeks which was just what I needed at the time, I made some fantastic new friends, saw some of the most beautiful places in the world, and knocked a few experiences off of my bucket list. Then I returned home feeling full, yet empty and missing the new friends I had made. It has taken me a week to get back into the swing of things, and I finally found my motivation start creating recipes for you again thanks to my Mum who brought me a beautiful box of peaches.

So here it is, a sweet Summer creation just for you!

Holly xoxo

Cinnamon Peach Summer Scones

Vegan          Prep Time: 10 mins             Bake Time: 25 mins           Bake Temp: 400 F

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Cane Sugar
  • 3 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 3/4 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup Vegan Margarine (I used Earth Balance)
  • 3/4 Cup Dairy Free Milk
  • 1 Large Peach Cut in small cubes

Method

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 F
  • In a large bowl combine Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder,  Sea Salt, and Cinnamon. Whisk to mix evenly.
  • Add Vegan Margarine and cut in with pastry cutter or hands until fine granules appear.
  • Make a well and add Dairy Free Milk, mix with hands until mix comes together.
  • Add Peach Pieces and mix with hands until evenly dispersed.
  • On a baking pan lines with parchment and dusted with flour place ball of dough flattening it into a large pancake shape. Cut creating 8 triangular pieces. Spread the pieces out so they are at least an inch away from each other to allow for growth during baking.
  • Bake for 25mins at 400F, check on the scones at 20min to make sure they do not over bake.
  • Enjoy!

Cheezy Broccoli Asparagus Sun Dried Tomato Vegan Quiche

When I was young I was never much of an egg fan so when I went vegan I didn’t really miss them… except in the case of a nice quiche. Unfortunately quiche is quite heavy on cholesterol and not the best choice if you’re trying to eat healthier. But fear not! My Cheezy Broccoli Asparagus Sun Dried Tomato Vegan Quiche ( wow that was a mouth fun… or it will be when you try out this recipe, I crack myself up LOL) is free from harmful cholesterol and full or protein due to the chickpea flour! Now that is a pretty darn good trade I think!

One quick note to those of you new to using chickpea flour, it is a wonderful and versatile ingredient but has the tendency to dry out a little as it cools so my recommendation to you if you plan to re-heat this quiche is to sprinkle a little water over the quiche before you reheat to add moisture back in. Either way it will still taste great but that is just a little chickpea flour pro tip for you!

Enjoy! Holly xoxo

Cheezy Broccoli Asparagus Sun Dried Tomato Vegan Quiche

Vegan         Gluten Free        Sugar Free        Prep Time: 15 minutes      Bake at 475 for 30 minutes

Serves 8 (155 Cal per serving)

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Grape Seed Oil
  • 1 Cup Broccoli Chopped
  • 1 1/2  Cup Asparagus Chopped
  • 1 Small Red Onion Diced
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove Crushed
  • 3 Tbsp Sun Dried Tomatoes Chopped
  • 2 1/2 Cups Chickpea Flour
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Black Salt
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Black Pepper

Method

  • Pre-heat oven to 475
  • In a large cast iron pan fry Onion, Broccoli, and Asparagus in Oil on medium for 2 minutes
  • Add Garlic and Sun Dried Tomatoes and fry on low for 5- 10 minutes
  • As veggies are frying mix remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, whisk until smooth.
  • Pour batter over veggies and stir
  • Place cast iron pan into the oven for 30 minutes
  • Pierce with a toothpick, if toothpick comes out clean then quiche is ready
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving
  • Enjoy!

Smokey Cheedar Mac and Cheeze

Last week I gave you my Raw Mac and Cheeze so this week I’ve decided to take it back to the traditional comfort food and share with you my Smokey Mac and Cheeze Sauce recipe! My family goes mad for this recipe and the kids are literally licking their plates to get every last bit of this amazingly delicious sauce!

The great thing about this recipe is that this sauce is totally gluten free so if paired with a gluten free pasta even those of us with intolerance or celiac can enjoy! Its super quick and easy but tastes like you slaved away cooking for the day!

Completely picky kid approved! Enjoy!

Holly xoxo

Smokey Cheedar Mac and Cheeze Sauce

Vegan                Gluten Free                  Oil Free               Sugar Free                Prep: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Salt  ( I used Alder Smoked Sea Salt by The San Francisco Salt Co.)
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika

Method

  • Place all ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy
  • Pour over your choice of pasta
  • Use gluten free pasta for completely gluten free meal!

 

 

Zesty Raw Mac and Cheeze with Zucchini Noodles

On January 1st of 2018 I made the decision to go raw vegan for 30 days. I expected this to be a major challenge, that I would be hungry all the time, and suffer cravings. All of those worries could not have been further from what I ended up experiencing during my month raw.

I felt energized, my skin looked amazing, and I had a blast inventing new raw recipes ! Today as I was cleaning out my junk drawer (we all have one!) in the kitchen I discovered the Mac and Cheeze recipe I created during my experimenting with raw foods! I just had to share it with you because it is so so good!!

I made this beautiful dish for mine and the kids lunch today and was about to take photos when I discovered my daughter took the good camera to school for a project! ACK!!!! WHY!!!!!….. Anyway, I’ve since recovered from the fact that I had to use my iPhone for these photos #firstworldproblems LOL!

Anyway!! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do, my kids go crazy for this dinner!

Holly xoxo

Raw Vegan Zesty Mac and Cheeze with Zucchini Noodles

Vegan         Gluten Free           Raw           Sugar Free           Oil Free           Prep Time 7 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Raw Corn
  • 2 Tbsp Bell Pepper (I used Red)
  • 1 Tbsp Sun Dried Tomato (Softened in warm water for 10 mins)
  • 1/2 Tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Brown Rice Miso
  • 1 Tbsp Red Onion
  • 1/4 Small Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1 Medium Zucchini

Method

  • Toss everything in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Spiralize Zucchini and place into large bowl
  • Evenly coat Zucchini Noodles with Zesty Cheezy Sauce
  • Serve right away!
  • Enjoy 🙂

 

Traditional Vanilla Strawberry Cheeze Cake

One of my pre-vegan favourites was a nice slice of New York Cheese Cake, but now that I’ve opted for a more healthy and compassionate lifestyle I’ve had to create a hack for some of my old favourites!

Now don’t get me wrong, this delicious cheeze cake recipe isn’t the healthiest thing you could eat, but it’s certainly better for you than a dairy based cheese cake. As with most of my recipes this one is super easy and quick as a a whip to pull together, no cooking and very little mess.

The delicate vanilla flavour is perfectly paired with the tang of a good cheeze cake due to the apple cider vinegar that gives rich taste of a dairy based cake. Even my ‘meat and potatoes kind of guy’ brother loves this cake, as a matter of fact the cake in the photos is for his birthday later this evening!

I hope you all have a beautiful week and Happy June to you all tomorrow!

Holly xoxo

Traditional Vanilla Strawberry Cheeze Cake

Vegan             Gluten Free          Refined Sugar Free          No Bake

 

Pecan Cacao Crust

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Raw Pecans
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1/8 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 6 Medjool Dates (the plumper the better)
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

Method

  • Toss all ingredients into a food processor, process until a smooth ball forms
  • Press dough into the base of an 8″ spring form cake pan
  • Chill in freezer while you make the cheeze cake

Creamy Vanilla Cheeze Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

Method

  • Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender
  • Blend until smooth an creamy
  • Pour over Pecan Cacao Crust and tap to remove any bubbles
  • Place in freezer or fridge for at least an hour to set
  • Garnish with fruit and flowers

Enjoy!

Holly xoxo

Basic Tofu Scramble

There are so many complicated tofu scramble recipes on the internet these days but very few base recipes. With that in mind, one of the best things about cooking is the opportunity to be creative! With my base tofu scramble recipe the sky is the limit, you can take it South and make a beautiful zesty Mexican scramble, or East if you add a little curry powder for a rich Indian flair.

No matter your taste, there are so many options available when making a tofu scramble. So I encourage you to take the base and make it special, I’d love to hear about the creations you come up with!

My scramble today is just the base recipe topped with heirloom tomatoes, asparagus, sea salt flakes, pepper, almond feta, and sprouts!

A quick note about black salt, for me this is an essential ingredient in a tofu scramble as it gives a true egg flavour, I encourage you to try it!

Enjoy 🙂

Holly xoxo

Basic Tofu Scramble

Vegan              Gluten Free    Oil Free      Serves 4-6     Prep and cook time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Block of Firm Organic Tofu
  • 1/4 Cup Water (or 1 Tbsp of oil)
  • 1 Medium Shallot
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 3/4 Tsp Black Salt

 

Method

  • In a frying pan cook Onions and Garlic in Water until Onions are soft and translucent, you can use oil over water for more flavour if you like.
  • Add Turmeric and Black Salt, mix and evenly Coat onion and Garlic mixture
  • Crumble tofu into small pieces and coat with spices and veg
  • Add more water if drying out or starting to stick to pan
  • Add any additional spices or veggies of choice
  • Cook on medium/ low until tofu has absorbed most of the liquid
  • Serve and garnish with veggies, spices, vegan cheese
  • Enjoy!

 

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!