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Vegan, Gluten-Free West African Peanut Stew for the Win!

There’s nothing quite like stew on a chilly fall night. It warms and comforts you, fills your belly, and gives you the vitamins you need to fight off colds. Really — what’s NOT to love about stew? This hearty West African peanut variety is packed full of vitamins and protein, since it contains peanut butter, collard greens, sweet potatoes, garlic, and other nutritious ingredients. On top of that, it’s delicious! Try it, we feel confident you’ll agree.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 medium-sized sweet potato
1 medium-sized red onion
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup peanut butter (natural, please! No sugar!)
6 cups vegetable broth
1/2 bunch fresh collard greens
dash of sea salt

OPTIONAL GARNISHES

cooked brown rice
chopped peanuts
chopped cilantro
drizzle of sriracha

STOVE-TOP INSTRUCTIONS

Grate fresh ginger. Chop onion into small chunks and mince the garlic. Place ginger, onion, and garlic into a large soup pan. Place the pan on stovetop and cover the bottom with the olive oil. Fry the mixture at medium setting for about 2-3 minutes until the onions become translucent. You’ll love the aroma! Chop the sweet potato into 1/2 pieces and add them to the pan. Sprinkle in the cumin and red pepper flakes.

Continue frying for approximately 5 minutes. Do not burn! Add more olive oil if necessary. Add the tomato paste, sea salt, vegetable broth, and peanut butter, and stir everything together until thoroughly combined. Turn the heat up and allow mixture to boil. Then turn the heat down again and cover the pot.

Let the mixture simmer for 20-25 minutes until the sweet potato chunks soften. Meanwhile, remove the ribs from the collard green leaves and cut the leaves into strips. Add to the broth and continue simmering for approximately 5 more minutes. Finally, take a wooden spoon or a spatula and press the sweet potato pieces against the inside of the pot, allowing them to turn into pulp and fall back into the broth. This will add thickness to your stew.

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS

Follow stove-top instructions, only use the saute function on your Instant Pot until the ginger, onion, and garlic are done (onions become translucent), then add the chopped sweet potato, cumin, and red pepper flakes and saute for another 4-5 minutes.

While this is sauteing, remove the ribs from the collard green leaves and cut the leaves into strips.

When the sauteing is done, turn the Instant Pot off, add the collard green strips, tomato paste, sea salt, broth, and peanut butter, and cook on manual (high pressure) for 10 minutes. Let natural release

WHEN SOUP or STEW IS COOKED:

Serve with a scoop of cooked brown rice, some chopped peanuts, a dash of sriracha, and/or chopped cilantro. You can add more sea salt if necessary. Divine! This dish serves 4-6 guests, depending upon how hungry they are. Cover any leftovers and keep them in your refrigerator. Your stew will taste even better tomorrow. Stay warm, and happy autumn!

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Absolutely Delectable Vegan, Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

If you’ve been following this page, you’re probably aware that vegan, gluten-free desserts are much tastier than the poor rep they so often receive. They are way more delicious and complex than the nut and seed bars you probably ate when you were first exploring vegan cuisine. This incredible carrot cake contains no gluten or animal products whatsoever, and you’ll be in heaven at the first bite. Granted, the recipe calls for two different kinds of sugar. But sometimes, you just have to live on the wild side.

CAKE INGREDIENTS
I cup unsweetened applesauce (organic is best, as always)
2/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup plant-based milk (we used a mix of coconut and almond, sensational!)
1/3 cup tapioca starch
2 ½ cups oat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda (aluminum-free, please!)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger powder
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ cups grated carrots
½ cups crushed walnuts and/or pecans

FROSTING INGREDIENTS
¼ cup vegan butter or margarine (the good kind, like Earth Balance)
4 ounces (approximately ½ store-sized plastic container) vegan cream cheese
2 ½ cups organic powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, stir together applesauce, coconut sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and milk. Combine thoroughly, then add tapioca starch, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Continue stirring everything together until your batter is thick and creamy. Add carrots and walnuts.

Grease 8X8 pan with vegan butter or coconut oil. Pour in batter and slide pan into your oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Be sure to employ the fork or toothpick method to make sure your cake isn’t runny in the middle. The aroma will make you drool with anticipation! Remove from oven and let cool.

Meanwhile, prepare your frosting. Mix vegan butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar together in medium-sized bowl and beat until creamy. Remove cake from pan and place on large plate. Swirl the frosting evenly across the surface of the cake. For an extra bit of dazzle, sprinkle crushed walnuts on top of the frosting.

Serves 6 guests. Please refrain from consuming this entire cake by yourself at one sitting. Obviously, this is not a diet dessert, so utilize caution. You’ll be astonished by how good a vegan, gluten-free carrot cake can taste, and your friends will be, as well. Enjoy!

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins That You Can’t Stop Eating

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Now that pumpkin spice season is officially here, you might be feeling great despair, thinking you won’t be able to partake of any delicious goodies. Fear not, because when you try these amazing vegan, gluten-free muffins, you’ll wonder why you put up with the conventional kind for as long as you did.

Beware, however – once you bake a pan of them, your family won’t stop begging you for more. If you don’t mind opening that Pandora’s box, here’s the recipe:

10 oz pumpkin puree (that’s about ¾ of a small can)
½ cup olive oil
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
¾ cup real maple syrup (NOT pancake syrup!)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups gluten-free flour (there are many varieties, but Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 flour is our favorite)
2 teaspoons baking powder (make sure it’s aluminum-free)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger (for a treat, try fresh ginger, and use a fine grater)
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon sea salt

Optional ingredients:
1 cup walnuts and/or pecans
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
½ cup poppy seeds

Mix together the wet ingredients in one large bowl and the dry ingredients in another. Beat wet ingredients to a thick froth and combine with dry ingredients. Grease muffin tin with olive oil or natural, organic vegan margarine. Pour batter directly into compartments, filling almost to the top. Place the entire concoction into a 395 degree, pre-heated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. If you can stand additional bliss, brush the tops of the muffins with maple syrup about five minutes prior to removing them from the oven. Your house will smell so divine that you won’t want to leave for hours!

Makes one dozen muffins. You can eat them as is or slice them open and put a bit of natural margarine (like Earth Balance) in the center. Or try it with some vegan cream cheese (Kite Hill is the absolute bomb). The possibilities are endless, really. We don’t recommend that you devour all twelve of these muffins at once, but we won’t try to stop you, either. They’re great for breakfast, snacks, or even for dessert. You’d better invite all your friends over, if the aroma emanating from the windows isn’t enough to lure them to your door. Be aware: this is not a diet food. Bon Appetit, and happy autumn!

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Review of the Conscious Cleanse and Sherpa Spinach Dip Recipe

We’ve been excited to get our hands on the Conscious Cleanse book ever since we heard about it. The Conscious Cleanse isn’t the kind you may be used to, where you feel deprived, and end up hungry and miserable. What it does do is take certain foods out of your diet that you may not even realize you are reacting to, so that you have a full picture as to how your body reacts to those foods.

Forbidden foods on the list may surprise you, such as oranges, strawberries and tomatoes. Many people react to foods like these without even realizing it. The good news is that there are a ton of options on the foods that are allowed.

Before you start thinking that this is going to be a book that just tells you what you can and can’t eat, worry not – it is so much more than that. The Conscious Cleanse gives you a rounded way to take care of yourself in every way, body and mind. It is a commitment to build up to slow change, and includes ways to slowly remove foods and beverages from your diet, rather than shock your system.

Full disclosure, we were a little daunted at the thought of giving up caffeine while on the cleanse, but we transitioned slowly off of it. We were surprised at the difference we saw just from reducing caffeine: *more* energy, more calm, less stress and less stress eating.

Here is a recipe that is the perfect example of the delicious dishes that fit within the cleanse.

Sherpa Spinach Dip

4 cups spinach
1 large avocado, halved and pitted
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 small clove minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon curry
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon fresh peeled and chopped ginger
A dash of cayenne
Sea salt to taste

Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Serve immediately with carrot sticks.

Get your own copy of the Conscious Cleanse, and let us know what you think!

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