Want to offer your guests something new this year? These three simple Holiday Appetisers will help you spread some holiday cheer and is very easy to prepare and takes only a few ingredients!
1. Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Stars
“These Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Stars make a super easy appetizer for your holiday parties. Something I love about this recipe is you need only 5 ingredients: puff pastry, brie, cranberry sauce, egg and fresh thyme to garnish.”
“These crab stuffed mushrooms are mushroom caps filled with flaked crab and three types of cheese, then baked to golden brown perfection. An easy and elegant appetiser that can be assembled ahead of time!”
3. Spinach, Chickpeas and Sweet Potato Sausage Rolls
“These sensational ‘sausage’ rolls made with spinach, chickpeas and sweet potato are a fantastic healthy take on a classic. You honestly won’t miss the meat because these tasty pastry rolls are so full of flavour.”
“Cotton Candy Vegan Ice Cream 2 cups seeded watermelon
1 can full-fat coconut milk (freezing into cubes using an ice tray will make the process go way faster!)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 packet pitaya (Optional) If you don’t use, add 1 cup more watermelon
1 dash vanilla or 1/2 tsp vanilla bean
3 frozen ripe bananas (optional)
Freeze coconut milk into ice cubes and use that. Blend all ingredients together and put into a freezer safe container and let sit for 2-4 hours. Use ice cream scoop and wala!!! that easy!!” Cashew-based recipe and 2nd method
“Chunky Monkey Banana Ice Cream 1 cup pitted dates
¼ cup oat flour*
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
Pinch of salt
4 frozen bananas
¼-1/2 cup non-dairy milk, plus more if needed
Dash of cinnamon
½ cup walnuts, chopped”
“Sea Salt Caramel Coconut Ice Cream Recipe COCONUT ICE CREAM
1 1/2 cups raw cashews (soaked for 4-6 hours in cool water, or 1 hour in very hot water, then drained)
1 15-ounce can full fat coconut milk (sub light with less creamy results)
3 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup or agave nectar (sub up to half with cane sugar)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
SALTED DATE CARAMEL
14 dates pitted (if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1-3 Tbsp warm water (optional – for thinning) OPTIONAL: 1 Tbsp bourbon”
“With all the heavy foods on Christmas is nice to have an easy dessert. When I make my Raw vegan chocolate I always end up with chocolate left in the bowl. Instead of eating it from the bowl, this time I decide it to put it on some mandarins. I like this fruit – chocolate combination and is also very healthy.
You can use mandarin, clementine or orange for this recipe. If you want to be bold try it with lemon or lime. A banana is a must especially if you use peanut butter and chocolate. This is also an excellent snack and very healthy to eat between meals or after effort.”
I was scrolling through my Instagram and saw this image!
I have been storing black been pasta in my kitchen for a while now but it never got me thinking of endless possibilities out there. Personally, all black food sounds delicious to me… and looks even better!
Ps. I won’t focus on vegan only foods here because everything can be prepared with vegan ingredients.
Now, feast your eyes…
Could we have a recipe for black ice cream, you say?
Well, here you go!
I will be reinventing this recipe in a very near future! #charcoalordered
Spring is here and days are getting warmer and warmer. That calls for a good, berry-rich smoothie full of summer flavors – to make the waiting for the best season of the year a little bit easier!
All you’ll need is some bananas, strawberries, raspberries, coconut sugar and I also recommend adding some concentrated goodies, like baobab powder or flax seeds, just to make it a super smoothie.
My smoothie for two, packs:
2 tablespoons of coconut sugar,
2 teaspoons of baobab powder
and a couple of glasses of water (you can use coconut water or any of milk alternatives as well.
I usually make double portion smoothies, if my boyfriend is around, I share it with him, if I’m on my own, I make it a meal and drink it all by myself! In case it’s too much, just store it in the fridge or freeze it and later enjoy it as a sorbet/nicecream.
Now, how about nutritional values? According to cronometer.com, a double portion (if you manage to drink it!) boosts your vitamin C levels through the top! As well as fiber, vitamin B6 and Manganese. Most vital vitamins and minerals are around 50% of your daily requirements, energy: 761.1kcal (44%), protein: 10.3g (24%) carbs: 190.3g (55%) and Fat: 3.8g (20%).
Not bad, huh? More detailed breakdown and relation to daily requirements, click here. Please note, the parameters for daily requirements are based on vegan high-carb-low-fat diet*.
If you start your day with a smoothie like this, it will give you all the energy you need for the day and then some! I usually have a mono meal** for breakfast and then a smoothie for lunch, about an hour before going to the gym. But it is really your choice and you need to do what feels best for your body!
*I follow this diet quite loosely but keep it as a reference. I’m planning on writing a whole post about plant-based diet/lifestyle soon!
**A meal consisting of 1 type of food, usually fruits like apples, bananas, oranges, etc.