Clean Eating Magazine Feature

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I am honored to have been recognized by Clean Eating Magazine as a chef who is dominating the web!  Your support, positive feedback, and moments like this make what I do so worthwhile.  Thank you to my readers and a big thank you to Clean Eating Magazine for the feature and interview.

Click here to read my full interview and to get the recipe for one of my favorite desserts, the decadent Chocolate Truffle Cake!  Yes, it is vegan and free of gluten, soy, and refined sugar!  If you haven’t tried it, I recommend you soak raw cashew now!

Pick up a Clean Eating Magazine at a Whole Foods Market near you!

 

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Live demo at 1st Annual LA Cookie Convention

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Join me on January 25th at Los Angeles’ first-ever LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show!  I will be showing the non-vegans and those who eat gluten just how delicious vegan and gluten-free sweets can be!!

I will be doing two raw vegan dessert demonstrations using ingredients from Melissa’s Produce at 10:30am and 3:30pm!

The LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show–the West Coast’s biggest baking and pastry convention, will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Don’t miss out on samples of cookies and sweets galore!  Get your tickets today by clicking here.  Hope to see you there!

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What’s Up? Magazine Feature – Morning Tonic Recipe & App of the Week

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I am delighted to have my Morning Tonic recipe featured in What’s Up Magazine’s Food Newsletter Column by Rhea Torreon, and named Drink of the Week!   This special hot beverage is something I enjoy almost every morning.  It’s my version of warm lemon water, but cranked up a notch with the addition of turmeric and cayenne pepper.  There are so many benefits to drinking warm lemon water.  In doing so, it initiates the production of digestive juices and gives my digestive process a nice kick start for the day.  Learn about the many benefits one can receive from my special concoction in her article, and get the recipe too!  Click here for the article.

Another exciting tidbit.  With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I failed to notice that the My Eclectic Kitchen App was also featured as the App of the Week in December by What’s Up? Magazine!  I was very pleased about the write up. See why the My Eclectic Kitchen App was named App of the Week in the article, here!

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Photos by Rhea Torreon.  To subscribe to Rhea Torreon’s Food column, go to www.whatsupmag.com, click on the subscribe link at the top, then click on the E-Newsletter link, and finally enter your email and check the box for What’s Up Food.

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Ka’Chava Giveaway

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Happy Monday!  

I have another Instagram Giveaway for you, and good news, no re-posting necessary!

I teamed up with my friends at Ka’Chava to give away a 30.95 oz. container of Ka’Chava valued at $69.95!

When I’m short on time or am out and about, Ka’Chava is a real timesaver. What I love about Ka’Chava is that it’s all-in-one nutrition and it tastes great.  It contains a protein blend, fiber blend, omega 3 efa, antioxidants, probiotics, super-greens, adaptogens, and essential vitamins and minerals.  It is also vegan, gluten-, soy-free, and free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and preservatives.  I’ve enjoyed Ka’Chava in a delicious chocolate, peanut butter, and banana shake twice for lunch, and it was so good.  Not only did it taste like a decadent chocolate malted milkshake, it sustained my energy levels, I wasn’t hungry until dinner, and I experienced great mental focus.  I posted my creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ka’Chava Shake recipe on my blog last week, if you’d like to try.  I know you’ll love it.  Finally, here’s how to win.

In Instagram:

1) Like my giveaway post and follow @kachavatribe & @yvonne_deliciously_vegan
2) Tag 3 friends
3) Tell us why you’d like to win!

You may enter once a day! The contest is open for one week, until Wednesday, January 14, 11pm PST.

Good luck!!!

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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana Ka’Chava Shake

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As a blogger, I receive many requests from companies to sample products.  Believe me, I have been sent many a protein and shake powder.  The honest truth is, I never enjoyed a powdered protein or shake until I tried Ka’Chava – The Whole Body Meal chocolate shake powder.  It truly is delicious!

With my busy schedule, I sometimes don’t have time to make lunch.  Although I do prefer eating whole foods, sometimes I don’t have time to hit the market, prepare a meal, chew on a ton of fruits and vegetables, especially when I’m on the go!  What I love about Ka’Chava is that it’s all-in-one nutrition and it tastes great.  It includes a protein blend, fiber blend, omega 3 efa, antioxidants, probiotics, super-greens, adaptogens, and essential vitamins and minerals.  It is also vegan, gluten-, soy-free, and free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and preservatives.  I’ve enjoyed Ka’Chava in a delicious chocolate, peanut butter, and banana shake twice for lunch, and it was so good.  Not only did it taste like a decadent chocolate malt milkshake, it sustained my energy levels, I wasn’t hungry until dinner, and I experienced great mental focus.

All you need to do is mix 2 scoops of the powder with non-dairy milk or filtered water and it makes a great meal.  The times I made a Ka’Chava shake, I had enough time to throw ingredients into a blender.  I decided to add more ingredients to the mix because I had this after an hour-long workout and wanted to add a wee bit more protein, plus I enjoy the peanut butter chocolate combo and the texture of frozen banana.  Boy, was it a perfect post-workout treat/lunch!

Ka’Chava was designed for athletes and health purists and is loaded with plant-based proteins and powerful superfoods.  If you find yourself on the go a lot, but want to still maintain good health, I hope you give Ka’Chava and my shake recipe a try.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy the taste and health benefits!

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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana Ka’Chava Shake

Servings: 1

Time: 5 minutes

 

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

1 cup filtered water

2 scoops chocolate Ka’Chava

1 Tbsp peanut butter

1 1/2 frozen bananas

1/2 cup ice

 

Garnish (optional)

1 Tbsp dried mulberries

1 Tbsp cacao nibs

1 Tbsp dried coconut shreds

1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses

 

Directions:

Combine all of the smoothie ingredients and blend until smooth.  Top with garnishes if you desire.

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Happy New Year!! Let’s start it with a Raw Revolution Giveaway!

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Thank you for helping make 2014 an incredible year for me! I am so grateful for all the love, encouragement, comments, positive energy, interest, and inspiration.  It was my readers and followers in social media that inspired my biggest project yet—the My Eclectic Kitchen app!  With your help, since its release in late June, the My Eclectic Kitchen app has consistently ranked in the top 100 food and drink charts on iTunes, out of about 5,000 apps!   That is a great achievement for me and I am so thankful!!!

The last part of the year was such a whirlwind. I can’t wait to get back into my test kitchen and come up with even more delicious vegan, gluten-, and soy-free recipes for you to try and share with your loved ones.  also currently working on a few other projects and am excited to share them with you in 2015!

May you have a fun and safe new year!  Wishing you and your loved ones all the best in 2015!

To kick off the new year, I want to give away one of my favorite things right now.

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I teamed up with my friends at Raw Revolution to give away an amazing sampler pack of my favorite Raw Revolution bars!!!  I will also throw in an organic cotton My Eclectic Kitchen tote bag!

Raw Revolution bars saved me during the holidays when I ran around town and needed some quick and clean energy!  Their bars are raw, all organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher, and vegan.  Even better, they contain NO preservatives, artificial ingredients, refined sugars, or proteins!

Here’s how to win this giveaway contest.  In Instagram:

1) Like the Raw Revolution giveaway post and follow @rawrev & @yvonne_deliciously_vegan.

2) Tag 3 friends

3) Tell us why you’d like to win!

The contest is open worldwide and until Sunday, January 3rd, 11pm PST. You may enter once a day.

If you can’t wait until Sunday to get these bars, you can order via the Raw Revolution website and use coupon code MEKsave to save 15% on your entire purchase!  My favorite bars are the Chocolate Crave bars, by the way, so don’t forget to order a few of those!

I hope you enter the contest, try these bars, and enjoy them just the same!

Once again, may you have an amazing 2015!  May it be filled with everything you dream of and more!  Can’t wait to share so much more with you in 2015!!!

 

Much Love,

Yvonne

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Happy Holidays with an App Update!

 

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Seasons Greetings!!!

I have wonderful news for My Eclectic Kitchen App users!  An update was made last week!  As a gift from me to you, I added 17 new recipes, and they are all perfect for the holiday season!  This means you now have 158 delicious vegan, gluten-, soy-free recipes to choose from!  All of the new recipes are perfect for the holiday season, and still can be enjoyed throughout the year!

Since this is the season for making sweet treats, I’m featuring some of my new and old favorites for you to see.  All of these recipes can be found in the app, in the sweets section.  Do not fret, I have a quite a lot of new savory recipes for you to enjoy as well!

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Still not finished with your holiday shopping?!  Have you not downloaded the My Eclectic Kitchen App yet?  Pick up an iTunes or GooglePlay giftcard for your friends and family so they can download the My Eclectic Kitchen App and eat nutritiously yet still deliciously in the new year!  Or just download it yourself!

 

Photo credit: @anja_fit on Instagram

Photo credit: @anja_fit on Instagram

Believe me when I say this app is one of the best deals for a vegan cookbook, especially because it updates with new recipes regularly!  It costs less than a regular chai tea latte, a green smoothie, and is comparable in cost to a bunch of organic lacinato kale.  It really is a deal!  I hope you download it and see the value yourself!

I hope you and yours have the happiest of holidays and a blessed new year!

Much Love,

Yvonne

 

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Organic Cocktails with LO Fruit Beverage

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Getting ready for the holidays?  What drinks are you serving at your holiday parties?

I’d like to introduce you to LO Fruit Beverage.  LO is a tasty, low glycemic juice alternative made with premium organic ingredients and sweetened with Stevia extract and organic blue agave.  It contains no preservatives, no artificial ingredients or sweeteners.  When LO sent me bottles of their juices to try, I was a bit hesitant because their juices contain a little agave and I NEVER use agave in my cooking since it has high fructose levels.  However, I thought a small taste wouldn’t hurt.  Heck, I’ve been testing holiday cookies all season-long, how much damage can a drop of agave do at this point?!

If you’re like me, during the holidays I’ll have a glass of champagne at a party.  When thinking of how to incorporate this juice into my holiday recipe repertoire, I recalled that I’ve made bellinis with Prosecco (Italian sparkling white wine) using fresh fruit in the past.  It can also be done with LO!  Simply make fancy bellinis by adding one part LO juice to a champagne glass, then add 2 parts Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine).  Going this route is cost-saving because champagne can be expensive!

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There are four LO flavors that you can choose from, Mango Mojito, Acai-Blue, Pomegranate, and Pomegranate Mojito.  Each bottle has under 45 calories, with the Mango Mojito having the lowest at 30 calories a bottle.  They are naturally delicious, made with premium fruit juice, and have been clinically tested as being low glycemic.  Find LO at Walgreens, Rite Aid, Amazon.com, A&P, HEB, and Merijer stores.  These are great for the holidays, especially if you’re going to be mixing drinks.  If you’d like to pick up a bottle or two, try the recipes, below!

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For those who don’t drink alcohol, you can make mocktails, like I usually do.  I love using homemade kombucha in place of hard liquor or champagne!  If you don’t make kombucha at home, I recommend Health-ade’s original or ginger-lemon kombucha flavors in place of the liquor.  Beware, though, as kombucha contains alcohol (but very little), depending on how long it has been fermented.   The ones I buy from the store seem to be much lower in alcohol content than the kind I brew at home for some reason.  Anyway, I love kombucha in place of alcohol because it is alkalizing and packed with beneficial probiotics, making it great for digestive health.

I hope you try LO juice, kombucha, and the recipes below this holiday season or anytime you have a party!  Happy holidays!

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Poinsettia 

Servings: 1

 

Ingredients

2 parts LO Pomegranate Mojito Juice

1 part white tequila or kombucha

Directions

Shake all with ice, strain into a martini glass

Top with a splash of pineapple juice

Garnish with a mint leaf

 

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Red-Nosed Reindeer

Servings: 1

 

Ingredients

2 parts LO Pomegranate Mojito Juice

1 part vodka or kombucha

Directions

Splash crème de menthe

Shake all with ice and strain into a glass

 

 

 

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Green Smoothies and a Holiday Giveaway with JUNIEblake

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I love the holidays and I am loving my new Laura dress by JUNIEblake, a clothing line designed and manufactured in Arizona!

This dress is perfect for holiday parties, where I plan to sip on green smoothies or vegan no-egg nog.  I also plan on devouring lots of vegan sweets and savories, of course.  I can’t wait!

This is my favorite time of year because it’s the one time of year that my huge family of 5 older sisters, our husbands, their 16 kids, my mom, and our extended family get together.  I love my family and how we carry on our holiday traditions, so it’s something I look forward to every year.  Can you imagine how busy I am this time of year?  With recipe development, buying holiday gifts, and attending party after party, I barely have time to brush my hair!  Luckily, green smoothies are a cinch to make–you’ll see when I share my recipe, below.

When JUNIEblake sent me the Laura dress, I was so ecstatic because I haven’t had time to shop for myself.  It was such a wonderful gift–just what I needed!

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I partnered up with my friends at JUNIEblake to give a special gift to one of you.  If you’d also like to own this dress or any of their other modest holiday dresses or clothes, enter our giveaway to win a $30 gift card in time for the holidays!  You can even give the $30 gift card to someone special as a holiday present!  Here are all of the details.

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This is mainly an Instagram contest, but you can also enter on Facebook and Twitter.  The contest is open worldwide and ends on December 20 at 11pm PST.  The winner will be chosen randomly via the #MEKGiveaway hashtag!  Get posting and good luck!

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More on the Laura dress.  What I love about it is the fabric.  The gold shimmers and shines, making it very festive.  I also like the pleats in the front and back of the dress.  If you happen to overeat at a party, like I will sometimes do, the pleats can hide any sign of belly bulge.  Speaking of bulge, when I’m away from home, I will sometimes accidentally  consume gluten, which makes me severely bloated (I can look 5 months pregnant), so the pleats can help hide a bloated belly, too!  As you can see, this dress is a win all around–it’s a comfy, warm fabric, it’s stylish, and it just screams holiday party!  If you prefer more color, search JUNIEblake‘s website for more styles!

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Now, here is my green smoothie recipe.  My husband and I have 16 ounces of it every morning for breakfast, at least 30 minutes after we enjoy our warm lemon water.

There are so many health benefits that we can reap from these green smoothies.  Just to name a few– beautiful skin, less puffiness around the eyes, calcium, iron from the dark leafy greens; parsley and cilantro pulls heavy metals out of fat cells; fiber and electrolytes from the celery; and lemon is packed with vitamin C, which helps the body absorb the iron in the greens and  helps support the liver, our main fat-burning organ

My green smoothies will keep you full in the morning or afternoon and will give you all the nutrients you need.  Just a note, I also have another 16 ounces as an afternoon snack on some days.  It is like fuel, so energizing!

This recipe is my adaptation of Kimberly Snyder’s glowing green smoothie that Peyman likes best.  I hope you try it and love it as much as we do!

Cheers!

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Green Smoothie

Servings: 4

Time: 7 minutes

Diet: V, GF, DF, SF, SRF, NF, CF, R

 

Ingredients (all organic). 

2 cups of filtered water

1 handful of cilantro

1 head of romaine lettuce, base cut off

2-3 big handfuls of spinach or kale

4 stalks of celery

1 gala apple

1 ripe pear

1 ripe banana (spotted)

juice from 1/2 a lemon

1 tsp of turmeric, optional

1 tsp spirulina, optional

Directions

In a blender, add 2 cups of water, cilantro, romaine and spinach.  Cover and blend from medium to high just until it is completely blended.  Add more spinach and water if it looks too thick.  Blend from medium to high speed.  Add the celery, apple (seeds removed), pear (seeds removed), banana, turmeric, spirulina and lemon juice.  Blend from medium to high speed until smooth.  Enjoy!

I hope you’ll try this recipe and get inspired to start your days with my green smoothies!

 

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Photo Credit: Riva Takahashi

 

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Fruit Basket Giveaway with Melissa’s Produce

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Did you know that Melissa’s Produce sells a large variety of gift baskets on their website (search their Gifts page) and they supply fruit for companies such as Harry & David and Williams Sonoma for their gift baskets?!  I didn’t know this until recently myself!  Best gifts for vegans, ever!!! ❤

Just in time for the holidays, I have a special GIVEAWAY for all you fruit-lovers!  I teamed up with my amazing friends at Melissa’s Produce to give away a Deluxe Exotic Tropical Fruit Basket!!!

SUPER SIMPLE contest rules:

1) Like & repost this photo

2) Follow & tag @melissasproduce & @yvonne_deliciously_vegan 

3) In the caption of your repost, hashtag #MEKgiveaway & #vegan

That’s it!

The winner will be selected randomly via the #MEKgiveaway hashtag! This contest runs until this Sunday, December 14 at 11pm, PST.  You may enter once a day on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Get posting and good luck! ❤

 

Sorry, this contest is only open to those living in the lower 48 states in the US.  However, I still have another #VegGenGiveaway going on with @raisingvegans that my International friends can enter! See previous post for details!! I just love the season of giving!!! ❤❤❤

 

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