Vegan Meal Ideas 3/23/14

This weekend was one of those crazy “nesting” weekends where you just want to bake and clean and organize. It could also be my response to all of the March Madness going on — SO MUCH BASKETBALL! I’m staying up until after midnight only to see my bracket fall to pieces… I guess that’s the beauty of March Madness.

So in the midst of all the games, I had some fun in the kitchen. Here’s what I came up with:

1. Coconut Oil Honey Almond Granola

2.  Homemade Salsa

  • http://www.kimshealthyeats.com/fresh-homemade-salsa/
  • We tried this in the Vitamix. I may or may not have started on too high of a setting and created some V8 juice with the first batch 🙂 That batch got turned into black bean and salsa soup, which was delicious!

3. Ancho Lentil Tacos

4. Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

PB brownie bites

Hopefully these brownie bites and delicious recipes from awesome bloggers will help get you through all the basketball. My absolute favorite part of the games happened earlier today when Kansas lost. This poor young boy kept being put on TV because he was crying so hard over Kansas’ defeat. Your moment of TV stardom will forever be known for your tears. Every boy’s dream. It was pretty hilarious though and got me through the realization that I picked Kansas to win it all.

Happy basketball watching and vegan cooking!

Until next time,

Anna

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The Best Brownies

Last summer we had no air conditioning. When you sign a lease in March you can easily convince yourself that you don’t need central air. I mostly felt bad for people like my brother-in-law who stayed with us mid-summer for a week. He and David spent a lot of time at the art museum basking in their cooler temps and interesting collections.

Another clear response was to eat ice cream all the time.

We actually lived by this amazing ice cream place called Churned. The owner makes all of her own ice cream from local and mostly organic ingredients. She has killer flavors, too. Peanut butter and jelly, Carrot Cake, Maple Bacon and French Toast, Vegan Sorbets. She rocks my world. If you are ever in Tremont, check it out!

Life has gotten a little cooler for us this summer and we don’t really eat dairy anymore. So for picnics, parties, and dinner guests, our dessert options have gotten a little more diverse. We are also not using ice cream as a means of survival anymore.

Meet The Best Brownies. These brownies are chocolate bliss in your mouth.

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These brownies are so gooey and delicious. They are packed with flavor, and have no added fat! Wahooo.

If you are headed to a cookout and need a quick dessert, check these out.

If you are craving chocolate and want a healthy solution, these are for you.

Enjoy!

Recipe:

Based on the Decadent Brownies recipe from Happy Herbivore Abroad

1 c Oat Flour

1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 c light brown sugar

1 tsp instant coffee

1/3 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 c unsweetened applesauce

1/3 c drained and rinsed black beans

3/4 c blueberries

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make oat flour, blend oats in the blender until they are in a flour-like consistency.

Mix together all dry ingredients in a bowl.

In a blender, add chocolate chips (soften chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute), applesauce, black beans, blueberries, and vanilla.

Puree until smooth. The more the mixture is pureed, the better.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.

Pour into a greased 9 inch square pan.

Bake for 22-24 minutes.

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I hope you love these as much as I do!!

Until next time,

Anna