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Monday, May 26, 2014

Roasted Buddha Bowl

Roasted Buddha Bowl
Vegan; Gluten Free; Soy Free

For roasting and serving
1 head broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 head cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp Oil, divided
Salt & Pepper
Cooked grains, for serving (optional)

For the dressing
1/2 cup cashews, soaked
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini
1 large garlic clove
1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
6 tbsp water, or as needed to thin out

1. Soak cashews in a bowl of water overnight or for 8 hours. For a quick-soak method, pour boiling water over cashews and let sit in the bowl for at least 45 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 400F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

3. Place chopped broccoli and cauliflower onto one baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tsp oil and mix with hands until coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside.

4. Place a couple paper towels on the other baking sheet and spread out the drained and rinsed chickpeas. Place 2 more paper towels on top and roll the chickpeas around until completely dry. Drizzle with 1 tsp oil and roll around the chickpeas with your hands until they are all coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

5. Roast the broccoli, cauliflower and chickpeas for 15 minutes at 400F. After 15 minutes, give the chickpea pan a gentle shake to roll them around in the pan. Roast both pans for another 10-15 minutes or until the broccoli and cauliflower are cooked through and the chickpeas are golden in color.

6. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by adding all dressing ingredients into a blender and blending on high speed until smooth.

7. When the vegetables and chickpeas are ready, remove from oven and place into a large mixing bowl. Add your desired amount of dressing on top and toss until coated. Season to taste. Serve over a warm bed of grains with more dressing drizzled on top.

Notes: The leftover dressing will keep for 5-7 days in the fridge in a sealed container. The dressing will thicken as it stands (especially when chilled) so you can add more water to thin out as necessary.

Found: Oh She Glows

Raw Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Raw Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Gluten Free; Vegan; Soy Free; Raw

This is a REALLY great recipe to use the pulp that's leftover from juicing your carrots. This recipe was inspired by a dear friend, I hope you enjoy these super dense little gems!

3 cups shredded carrots
1 cup pitted dates (soaked overnight, save the water)
1 cup raw walnuts
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
pinch of salt
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1. Pulse together all ingredients in a food processor until well-blended, adding up to 2 Tbs. of date water.

2. Press mixture into a lined muffin pan. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes to set and top with Raw Cashew Vanilla Frosting just before serving (see blog).

Raw Cashew Vanilla Frosting

Raw Cashew Vanilla Frosting
Soy Free; Gluten Free; Raw; Vegan

This recipe makes 4 cups. So, knowing that there will be leftovers you can double the cupcake recipe or cut this in half. Or, use on a bowl of fresh fruit for a sweet and simple dessert :)

2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup date water (use more or less to achieve desired consistency)
1/3 cup ginger syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
pinch of salt

1. Blend all of the ingredients in a high powered food processor till smooth and creamy. Chill for a 10 minutes to allow to thicken. Frost cupcakes or scoop on fresh fruit .