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Banana Chakra Blend

Banana Chakra Blend
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Vegan
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Total time: 
Serves: 1 smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • Bottom layer:
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup almond milk blended.
  • Top layer:
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
Instructions
  1. Blend the layers separately and then layer in a jar or glass.
  2. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Vegan Banana Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cardamom Bread

Banana bread with butter has always been one of my favorite breakfast treats or comfort desserts. I wanted to add a twist to the typical banana bread with walnuts & think its pretty delicious. I have a thing for cardamom & try to add it into recipes often. It reminds me of shopping at the Indian markets when I lived in nyc & would get the cardamom pods to crush open to make fresh chai tea. The flavor in the bread is very light so don’t be fooled by the powerful smell of it in the batter.

Vegan Banana Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cardamom Bread
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Cuisine: Vegan
 
Ingredients
  • -4 ripe bananas
  • -1/2 cup soaked dates
  • -1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • -1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • -2 tsp vanilla extract
  • -1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • -1/2 cups crushed hazelnuts
  • -2¼ cup all purpose flour
  • -1¼ tsp baking powder
  • -1 tsp baking soda
  • -1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • -1 tsp cinnamon
  • -1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • -1/2 tsp pink salt
  • I used a 9x5 glass loaf pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Soak your dates in hot water (not boiling) for 15 mins then drain.
  3. Blend all your wet ingredients together (including the dates) in a high speed blender for 30 seconds.
  4. In a large bowl stir together all dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips & hazelnuts) with a large spoon until well incorporated.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry & stir until completely combined with no lumps!
  6. Gently fold in chocolate chips & hazelnuts.
  7. Spray the loaf pan with cooking spray or brush it with a little oil.
  8. Pour in the batter & top with more chips & nuts.
  9. Cook for 45-60 mins (mine took 60 mins it depends on the pan)
  10. Let cool & enjoy with your favorite plant based butter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evolution Salt Co New Spice Line + Recipes

I’m back and with some exciting news from Evolution Salt Co! They’ve come out with a delicious new line of spice blends and finishing salts! All infused with their high quality pink Himalayan Salt. I’m such a fan of their gourmet salts and cooking tools (salt slab fan here) so I couldn’t wait to try these out! The spice blends come in Vegetable, Red meat, Seafood & Poultry. While the finishing salts come in Basil, Rosemary and Garlic. We all know I’m plant based but you can definitely use their meat spice blends in any plant based dish. Their Red meat blend is actually one of favorites & contains Himalayan salt, garlic, shallot, parsley and thyme-yum!
I’ve had these for a couple weeks now and loved experimenting with them in pretty much all my dishes! I wanted to share 2 of my favorites recipes today-pizza with homemade marinara sauce and summer pasta salad.  Eat them together or save the pasta salad for your next BBQ! First up-lets get saucy.
Homemade Marinara Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Vegan
 
Ingredients
  • -3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • - 1 Tbs Evolution Salt Co Red Meat spice blend
  • -5 garlic cloves minced
  • - Small sweet onion chopped
  • -28 ounce can of whole tomatoes 0r 3.5 cups fresh tomato puree
  • -1 tsp sugar
  • -1 tsp Evolution Salt Co pink salt
  • -handful of fresh basil
  • -Sprinkle of basil & rosemary Evolution Salt Co finishing salts
Instructions
  1. Heat oil on medium heat and cook onions and garlic until slightly browned. Add all other ingredients except for the fresh basil and cook on medium low for 10 mins, stirring frequently. Lower heat to a simmer and left cook down to a sauce consistency about 20 mins. If it gets too thick add a little water and stir. Add basil leaves and finishing salts at the end. Serve over pasta or make your own pizza!
 
Homemade Pizza!
-Pizza dough (you can make your own or if you want it to be fast get a premade frozen crust. Trader joes has organic pizza crusts in their frozen aisle with just one ingredient: wheat)
-Your homemade sauce (about 1/2 cup per pizza)
– Toppings of choice I used:
-cherry tomatoes
-basil
-bell pepper
– zucchini
-vegan mozzarella
-Evolution Salt Garlic Finishing Salt
Heat oven to 350. Top your pizza crust with sauce first then add all your toppings. If you like your veggies super soft you can cook them for a few mins with some olive oil before putting on the pizza. Place pizza in oven for 10-15 mins. Sprinke your finishing salt of choice & enjoy!
So good!
Perfect Combination!
Next up is a quick & fresh pasta salad using Vegetable Spice Blend plus finishing salts
Summer Pasta Salad
– 16 ounce box of macaroni of choice
– 3 carrots chopped finely or shaved (I used rainbow carrots)
-1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
-3 radishes sliced
-1/2 small onion sliced thin
-1/2 cup vegan mozzarella crumbled
– 1/3 cup olive oil
-1 tsp Dijon mustard
-1 tsp sugar
-juice of 1 lemon
-1.5 tsp Evolution Salt Vegetable spice blend
-Sprinkle of Basil & Garlic Finishing salts
Cook pasta according to directions. While pasta is cooking combine the olive oil, mustard, sugar, vegetable spice blend, lemon juice & whisk together. Prepare all veggies. When pasta is done cooking run it under cold water & strain. Toss all ingredients together & top with finishing salts. Delish!
Come back next week when I will have a summer potato salad recipe posted using more Evolution Salt Co spices!
Check them out at www.evolutionsalt.com

Sky Vibes

I’ve had an obsession with the sky, clouds, moon etc for as long as I can remember! I have a memory of being 8 or 9 & asking to use my grandmas camera to take some pics of the pink sky as the sun was setting & used the entire roll of film (remember rolls of film??) I’m pretty much the same now except my iPhone tells me I’m out of storage. Since I have way too many sky photos in my photo I’ve decided to do a weekly sky post to show off my favorites of the week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evolution Salt Company//Salt Lamps


Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing awesome & getting into the holiday spirit! Today I wanted to share one of my favorite things-salt lamps! I have been a lover of salt lamps for years now. My go-to brand is Evolution Salt! They have the highest quality lamps (& pink himalayan salt) in the world.

Tons of people ask me why get a salt lamp?? Well, besides the fact that I just love their vibe & how beautiful they look in any room, there are a bunch of benefits! Here’s a quote directly from www.evolutionsalt.com :

“Salt lamps emit negative ions, which work like natural ionizers keeping the air clean. Negative ions attach themselves to dust, pollen, mold, fungus and odors. This is known to be very beneficial for respiratory health. Salt lamps also minimize the effect of positive ions from EMF’s and electronic devices, while the natural color of the lamp reinforces the rejuvenating and healing influence.”

And because I love them so much we’re doing a giveaway! You must enter on Instagram! Check out @Organicveggiemama & @EvolutionSaltCo for details!