Vanilla Bean and Lavender Rice Pudding

Hello Friendly Foodies,

Though I realize the words “comfort food” and summer do not tend to go hand in hand, skipping down the street with one another (winter being more synonymous and close companions with all things comfort foody), for this dish, I guarantee you will gladly make an exception 😉

This dish can be a breakfast, snack, or dessert.  Its dairy free, with no refined sugar, yet filling, sweet, deliciously lovely.

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The Life Changing Power of Prehistoric Eating: Grains

Hi all,

Why are so many of us (a vast majority of citizens, with the number continuing to climb) overweight?  Perpetually lethargic?  Despite dieting and maybe losing some weight temporarily, continuing to gain it all back and then some?  According to a lot of compelling research, the reason is because there is a major mismatch between our genes and the lives we lead today.

Want to change your body, increase your mood and energy, and alter your life?  Read on.

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4 Ingredient Chia Berry Pudding

Good morning, all!  Do I have the most awesome light, easy to make, totally tasty and super healthy breakfast (and/or snack) for you.  Chia pudding.  Never heard of chia seeds?  Its time you did.  Chia seeds are AWESOME for you.  They provide your body with (to name a few compelling benefits): omega 3 fatty acids, are rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, calcium, and iron to your body.  Plus, they can reduce risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and lower overall mortality risk.

How bout that for a super food? 😉

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Roasted Cauliflower with Vegan Cheese Sauce

Ever heard of a comfort food dish that’s…

  1. low in calories
  2. a light meal
  3. ultra healthy
  4. easy to make
  5. vegan, gluten free, and nearly raw
  6. yet homey, delicious, and satisfying, totally masquerading as something calorie laden and tasty.

Not so much?  Well, now you have.

Behold, the summer dinner of your dreams.  Fitting in nicely with all the criteria above.  Get excited, foodie friends.  This is one of the better dishes Ive whipped up in a while.  Man oh man, you just might find yourself eating this weekly.  I know I may.

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Vegan Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Nostalgia, a smidge of rebellion, and the most delicious of sweet treats are what’s behind the eating of raw dough, if I say so myself.  Come on, so many of you can recall as a child sneaking spoonful’s of the raw dough (brownies, cookies, you name it) of whatever mom or dad was baking up, just before they slid it into the oven.  “Raw eggs!”  Your alarmed parent would most certainly caution loudly.  To which, as a child, you rolled your eyes and snorted, “who cares?  Ill be fine,” and continued spooning the raw dough into your mouth.  Yes, that was me 😉

Well, with this cookie dough, get excited.  There are: no dairy products, its low in sugar, gluten free, and low in calories.  Doesn’t get much better than that, folks.  Actually wait, it does.  You can whip this up in 5 minutes flat.  And yes, it tastes like actual raw chocolate chip cookie dough.  Dont believe me?  Try it yourself.  You’ve been warned though, this stuff is awesome and thus, quite addictive.

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Pistachio & Fennel Kale Salad

 

Get excited, the next installment in Brooke and Maxxs Culinary Crafts.  This is, hands down, the best salad I have ever eaten.  Yes, ever.  Incredible.  Be careful, after trying it once, you’ll be hooked.  Speaking of which, a grocery store run will be made in the next few days so I can snag the ingredients myself and make it yet again.  While it may sound plain, being a salad and all, this one is anything but.  Packed with flavor (garlic, a bit of oil, nuttiness, man oh man), this recipe is sure to become a fast favorite.

Onto the rest of the entry, as told by Maxx:

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Get Glowing Power Muffins

Who would have thought there was such a thing as 100% healthy, energy infusing, get-glowing-skin muffins?  Packed with antioxidents, omega 3 fatty acids, protein and fiber, these guys offer a lot of bang for your nutritional buck.  Dense, slightly crunchy and lightly sweet.  And.  Low in calories as well as filling.

Sound like a dream?  Its not.

Here’s the recipe.  And its an easy one at that, so get excited!

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Cocoa Quinoa Brownie Bites

Do you love the taste of raw brownie batter?  Or fudge?  Or Crunch bars?  If yes to any of the previous questions, then this dessert is for you.  However unlike brownie batter, Crunch bars or fudge, all of which are loaded with sugar, calories and dairy, these are grain-free, dairy-free and sugar-free.

They also take just 5 minutes to make.

How bout that 😉

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PS.  Sometimes I just pour the chocolatey brownie-like batter onto the puffed quinoa and eat it like that straight out of the bowl.  Tastes EXACTLY like brownie batter, but without all the bad-for-your-body ingredients.  No guilt and major deliciousness.

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Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites

Hi, all you health conscious folks!  And even those who aren’t.  Banana + peanut butter + chocolate = deliciousness and childhood nostalgia, am I right!?

So, the only three ingredients needed for these yummy guys are:

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Four Ingredient Chocolate Muffins

Happy Sunday, all!

An exciting lazy afternoon prospect isn’t it?  A chocolate muffin to go with your steaming mug of coffee or tea.  With only four ingredients needed, its likely you have them already on hand.  These babies are grain-free, lactose-free, and sugar-free.  They also take just five minutes to whip together.

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