Avocado-Mango Pudding

I was a little skeptical about using avocado to make a “pudding”. I was strictly avocado=guacamole, avocado=salad topping…and that’s it. When I thought about making this pudding, I wanted to add another flavor to the recipe…some sort of fruit. I love to eat avocado and mango together on salads, so I chose mango, but you…

Carrot-Cinnamon Muffins

I mainly buy carrots for juicing, roasting, eating raw, and souping. I love carrots, but I always struggle to find more ways to use them. This is a pretty simple recipe that I like to make when I need to use up some leftover carrots or when I’m craving a muffin and want to make…

Fresh-Pressed Creamy Orange Smoothie

This is my fresher, happier, lighter version of an old school Orange Julius…you know, back in the day…the citrusy, creamy goodness  from the mall. I used Minneola tangelos. Tangelos are a tangerine-grapefruit hybrid. The peak season for tangelos is January through March. Fresh-Pressed Creamy Orange Smoothie juice from 3 tangelos (or oranges) 1/2 cup unsweetened…

Cherry Strawberry Chia Smoothie

My new favorite smoothie of the moment…cherries and strawberries, with some great accoutrements like chia seeds, honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Cherry Strawberry Chia Smoothie Serves 1 3/4 cup of frozen cherries 4 medium-sized strawberries 1 cup of coconut milk 1 tbsp. honey ½ teaspoon chia seeds ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon 1 splash of vanilla…

Lemon Cashew Ancient Grain Granola

I recently picked up the Grain Power cookbook written by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming. It’s a great “everything you need to know” resource about ancient grains/seeds. Grain Power is definitely helpful for the ancient grain beginner, like me, because it describes each grain in detail, provides recommended ways to cook each grain, and of…

Kale Salad Bowl with Avocado-Lime Cream

This is not a nosh. This is not a side dish. This is not a cute, little light salad. This is a meal. One of the things that I love about a Salad Bowl is that you can throw in your leftover rice (or another grain) from last night’s dinner…and whatever fruits, vegetables, and legumes…

Purple Dragon Carrot Juice

This was my first time trying purple carrots. There are different varieties of purple carrot… “Purple Dragon”, “Purple Haze”, “Cosmic Purple”…and according to the World Carrot Museum (who knew one existed!), the origin of the cultivated carrot was purple. Apparently, purple carrots have more beta-carotene benefits than their orange counterparts and also contain a high…

Chicken Soup to Feed a Cold

Starting the New Year off with a cold isn’t fun, but I have one…c’est la vie. There’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of chicken soup when you’re sick. I make my soups from scratch these days, but feeling nostalgic for those cans of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup that I used to slurp whenever I…

Ginger-Lime Tonic, Afro-Vegan Eats 3

After the Thanksgiving cornbread stuffing, macaroni and cheese, candied sweet potatoes, chocolate cupcakes… the list goes on…a Ginger-Lime Tonic is the perfect cleansing drink. This is my last post from the Afro-Vegan Eats cookbook and a drink that I definitely plan to make again and again. In Afro-Vegan Eats, the tonic is a Ginger-Lemongrass mix,…

Sweet Potato Granola, Afro-Vegan Eats 2

I have NEVER made granola before, but the recipe in Afro-Vegan sounded so easy that I had to try it. Inspired by the sweet potatoes in the granola, I added more classic fall elements by way of fresh cranberries and pecans to construct a layered yogurt, granola, and fruit moment, so here it is… The…

Collard Greens and Grits, Afro-Vegan Eats 1

What do you think of when you hear Afro-Vegan? I think of vegan food full of flavor and spice. That’s exactly what I discovered when I picked up Bryant Terry’s Afro-Vegan cookbook. Because I’m so in love with this cookbook, I’m featuring one of my three favorite recipes over the next month. Things that I…

Pumpkin Spice Latte…with Coconut Milk

I know that this is so cliché, but I’m not sorry…I love a pumpkin spice latte (PSL) moment. Especially on a chilly (not cold), rainy morning like today. We all know the coffeehouse brand that made PSL an obsession and although I love their skinny PSL, I also love a DIY…and saving money. One can…