Everything Cookies

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I’m reuniting with a friend that I met in South Africa this weekend and cannot wait! To make the day extra special, I made some awesome “everything cookies.” I call them everything because, well, it has a bit of everything in them; somewhat resemblant an everything bagel. They turned out a little crispy and crunchy, which is normally not my style of cookie (I’m a firm believer that all cookies should be soft and chewy), yet I love the complexity of each bite. You never know what you’ll get, maybe a piece of pretzel or perhaps a bite of granola… Forget all of those boring, generic cookies. Have fun and get creative with these everything cookies!

Ingredients

– 1 1/2 c flour
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 1/2 sticks softened butter (I used Earth Balance)
– 1 c sugar
– 1/2 c packed brown sugar
– 1 flax egg (1 Tbls flax + 3 Tbls water)
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1 c chocolate chips
– 1/2 c crushed pretzels
– 1/2 c pecans
– 1 c granola (highly recommend this one)

1. Whisk together the dry ingredients, set aside
2. Cream butter and sugars. Once they are well mixed, add the flax egg and vanila. Stir for a minute or two then slowly add the dry mixture.
3. After the flour has been added, fold in the remaining ingredients. Use a small ice cream scooper to measure out cookies. Roll into balls and place an inch or two apart. Freeze for about 20 minutes (or, if you live in a frozen tundra such as myself, let them sit outside for 10-15 minutes)
4. Preheat oven to 375F and bake for about 13 minutes
5. I made about 32 cookies with this recipe!

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Thai Cucumber Salad

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The flavors of this cucumber salad are amazing. And the best part? It is light and healthy! You simply need a few ingredients that are listed below and your cucumber salad will be ready in just a couple of minutes.

Ingredients

– 2 cucumbers, peeled, sliced
– 2 roasted red peppers, diced
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 Tbls tamari
– 2 Tbls vegan fish sauce
– 1 Tbls lime juice
– 1/4 tsp cayenne
– 1/4 c cilantro, chopped
– 1/4 c cashews
– 1/4 c green onion, chopped

1. Slice cucumbers and dice peppers, set aside
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, tamari, fish sauce, lime juice and cayenne. Add to sliced cucumbers. Top with cilantro, cashews and green onion

Danielle’s Dilly Pasta Salad

I don’t normally name dishes after myself, but, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I will undoubtedly make it again and again. The chickpeas give the salad protein packed goodness which makes it all the more satisfying. Also, by using oil, it is much lighter than pasta salads that are heavy cream based. You can easily make this vegan by omitting the feta or using a vegan cheese, Daiya is a great vegan cheese brand.

Ingredients

– 2 1/2 c fusilli pasta
– 6 oz feta
– 1/4 c capers
– 1/4 c chopped kalamata olives
– 2 roasted red peppers, diced
– 2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed
– 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced
– 1/2 c olive oil
– 1/4 c white wine vinegar
– 1/2 shallot, finely minced
– 1 tsp dried dill (use fresh if you can)
– salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water once it’s done
2. Stir remaining ingredients in a large bowl, add the pasta. Enjoy!

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Marinated Cauliflower Salad

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I had the pleasure of making this dish at the Green Scene in Walker, Minnesota. It is light, refreshing and extraordinarily delicious! I suggest making a batch of this on a Sunday night and you’re set for lunch for the week.

Ingredients

– 2 c sliced cauliflower
– 3 roasted red peppers, diced
– 1 tsp oregano
– 1 tsp marjoram
– 1/4 chopped green onions
– 3 Tbls lemon juice
– 1/2 c kalamata olives, sliced
– 1/4 c olive oil
– Salt and pepper to taste

1. Add everything together and let sit for 20 minutes before eating

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Roasted Broccoli with Tempeh Sausage

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I sometimes forget how delicious tempeh is. This sausage recipe is really simple and satisfying. I think it is way better than the funky processed crumbles you can buy in the store. Homemade is the way to go! These sausage bites would go perfect on a pizza or in a pasta sauce, too. I was lazy and paired it with some roasted broccoli. I encourage you to get more creative.

Roasted broccoli recipe here.

Tempeh Sausage

Ingredients

– 8oz package of tempeh
– water
– 1 Tbls olive oil
– 1 Tbls tamari
– 1 tsp dried basil
– 1 tsp marjoram
– 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
– 2 cloves garlic, minced

1. Crumble tempeh in a pan and add enough water to cover pieces. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until water has dissolved
2. Add remaining ingredients. Cook until tempeh begins to brown

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

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This is perhaps the best brownie recipe I have tried to date. With that being said, it is unfortunately not vegan friendly. The recipe calls for 4 eggs and a lot of butter. Granted the butter is an easy substitute. Usually anything over 2 eggs gets to be tricky when subbing with flax or Ener-G powder. It’s definitely worth a try though! Until then, the recipe will be vegetarian.

Ingredients

– 1 1/4 c unsalted butter
– 2 1/4 c sugar
– 1 1/2 c cocoa powder
– 2 tsp vanilla
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 Tbls water
– 4 eggs, chilled
– 2/3 c flour
– 1 1/2 c walnuts
– handful of chocolate chips

1. Melt the butter, stir, and keep butter heating until brown specks start to form
2. Remove from heat, add sugar, cocoa, vanilla, salt, and water. Let cool for 5 minutes
3. Preheat oven to 325F and line cupcake tin with liners
4. Whisk eggs one by one into the cooled mixture until you have a glossy, unified consistency
5. Fold in the flour and stir for 1-2 minutes
6. Next, add the walnuts and scoop into cupcake liners
7. Top with chocolate chips and push the chips into the center of the cupcake
8. Bake for 15-20 minutes
9. Let cool before removing from the tin

Paleo Dessert Bites

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I was skeptical about these bites for some reason and yet they turned out wonderfully. Next time I will try using a different nut, perhaps a pecan or cashew. I would also encourage add-ins such as coconut or peanut butter.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

– 1 c raw walnuts
– 1 1/3 c pitted dates
– 3 Tbls cocoa powder
– 1 tsp vanilla
– dash of salt

1. Blend everything together in a food processor
2. Roll into bite sized pieces