World Bride Magazine Feature

I’m so honored to be featured in the latest digital issue of World Bride Magazine. The profile highlights my journey to becoming vegan, my passion for cooking that began at a young age, and my time in culinary school. See some of my favorite wedding cakes that I’ve created and read the full story for how I engage my clients’ senses with my food (and special occasion cakes!)

“For Yvonne, it’s important to make food memorable to elevate your mood and evoke feelings of trust, enjoyment and relaxation making life rich.”

Click here to read the full article.

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Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen at The Honest Beauty Launch Party

When Jessica’s personal assistant and PR rep contacted me to let me know Jessica was a fan of my cheese and treats and asked me to prepare treats for her Honest Beauty launch party, I was so thrilled and, of course, could not pass on the opportunity.

Our companies are both transparent about what we put in our products and listing ingredients on our packaging, and are made with our customer’s health & wellness in mind, and we agreed it was a good fit.

Sweets, treats, and beauty care items are more affordable luxury items, and there are so many of them on the market to choose from. What I love about our companies is that we make them so you have freedom to indulge, whether it be in having fun with makeup or stuffing your face with cookies. Of course, natural beauty and beauty from within is the best kind of beauty, and drinking green smoothies and eating massaged kale salads will bring you optimal health, but enhancing your beauty with beneficial skincare and makeup, as well as eating healthier and delicious alternatives to donuts and cookies is just icing on the cake—it makes life a little better and more enjoyable.

For the Honest Beauty Party, I had free reign. I could make whatever I wanted, as long as the cheese was on the menu, and I had a whole counter to fill. This was for about 100 people. I decided on…

1) A 3-cheese platter (black truffle, roasted garlic, onion and chive, and cranberry dill vegan cashew cheese) with my superfood crackers, grapes, dried fruit, and toasted nuts.

2) Chocolate Pot de Creme

3) Chocolate Covered Donuts

4) Chocolate Chai Cookies

5) Vanilla lemon with raspberry

6) Fruit Tarts

I not only made a dessert table, I was also invited to stay to enjoy the party.  I loved that they served vegan savory items for me to enjoy. They also had beautiful (vegetarian) geode cookies by Good Vibes Cookie Co, had great music, delicious cocktails, a tarot card reader, the most gorgeous flower arrangements, and some amazing ladies—lots of moms, social media and lifestyle influencers, and entrepreneurs.

I had the pleasure of getting my make-up touched-up by a glam team and tried the new Honest Beauty color palette, and other newly-branded and packaged beauty products. It was a great night.

Before transitioning to the vegan lifestyle in 2013, I was very conscious about products I used on my body and, of course, those that I put into my body, like vitamins. I told my 5 sisters about Honest’s different product lines, and we all subscribed. They sell natural and eco-friendly biodegradable diapers, baby wipes, and other non-toxic wellness, personal hygiene, household cleaning products, and now, beauty products!

Honest Beauty does not test their products on animals. They rely on a combination of scientific literature, non-animal testing, raw material safety testing and/or human testing to ensure product safety as an alternative to animal testing. Since my audience is very diverse, I will tell you which products I’ve tried that are vegan, which are beegan (contain honey or wax), and vegetarian.

They are extremely transparent about their products and lists all of the ingredients on their packaging and website. Some of their products contain beeswax, lactoperoxidase (an enzyme derived from milk), and carmine (a pigment derived from insects) for coloring. You can find the complete list of products below… I find this information incredibly helpful and I hope this allows you  to use Honest Beauty products with complete confidence!

The Honest Beauty “Beegan” Products include:

Detox Mud Mask – Manuka Honey

Magic Balm – Beeswax

Y+C Nourishing Lotion – Beeswax

Creme Blush – Beeswax

Cream Foundation – Beeswax

Eyeshadow – Depending on the color, Carmine

LipCrayons – Beeswax +  depending on the color, carmine

Mascara – Beeswax

The Honest Beauty Vegetarian Products include:

Deep Hydration – Beeswax +  lactoperoxidase

The vegan products I have tried include:

1) Everything Primer Matte

2) Magic Balm

3) Makeup Remover Wipes

4) Gentle Gel Cleanser

5) Organic Beauty Facial Oil

The Everything Primer Matte, which I use under my concealer, is light, buildable, & breathable. It’s oil-free and matte, long-lasting and smooth for makeup coverage that is even!

I use the Magic Balm on my lips, and if I have any dry spots it’s perfect for those… even on my elbows. It soothes and softens.

The Makeup Remover Wipes are gentle on my skin and leave me feeling fresh.

The Gentle Gel Cleanser gently cleans and removes makeup and dirt without over-drying. The chamomile and calendula extracts leave my skin feeling calm and refreshed.

I use the Organic Beauty Facial Oil on my fine lines and as a moisturizer. My sensitive skin seems to enjoy it! I also use it on my neck. Remember to moisturize your neck, ladies and gents!

What I love about the new packaging is that it’s so lovely, simple, and clean that the products look great on the counter, left out, and not stored away… you want to showcase them!

Big thanks again to Jessica and her crew for welcoming me into their headquarters and for allowing me to feed your guests, a few who are now my good friends. It was such a pleasure!

More on the Honest Company…

They manufacture their own natural products and sell them on their site. Or, find them at Target or health-focused markets. The company offers subscription delivery services, wherein you pay a monthly fee to have an assortment of products delivered to your home on a monthly basis, like a “Family Essentials” bundle. You can also buy products at your own pace.

They do NOT test on animals, and they even use renewable or recycled materials in all of their packaging, shipping, and office products. They donate money to good causes, too! Read about their extensive sustainability efforts on their website! In addition to their 100% plant-based baby care, cleaning, and personal care products, their “Honestly Free Guarantee” promises that their products are free of:

phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, PVC, parabens, benzene, chlorine, synthetic fragrances, triclosan, formaldehyde-based preserving agents, nanoparticles, TEA, MEA, phosphates, polyethylene glycol (PEG), quaternium 15, DMDM hydantoin, 1-4 dioxane, bisphenol-A (BPA), alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs)/nonylphenol, BHA, benzalkonium chloride

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My Chocolate Truffle Cake Featured in LiveKindly

I’m honored to be featured on LiveKindly, where I share my Chocolate Truffle Cake recipe…. one of the featured recipes in my cookbook app!
View my recipe here!

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Enchanted Fairy Garden Party

Natasha, (click here to visit her incredible Instagram!), hired us to create another themed dessert table. This time, for her daughter… an enchanted fairy garden party!

Enchanted Fairy Party

As always, she requested that everything be made with organic, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free ingredients, natural colors and flavors, and to have a reduced amount of sugars while using primarily Whole Foods. We used Harry’s Berries Gaviota Strawberries – the best strawberries in the world – and India Tree colors, turmeric, and blue spirulina to color the treats.

Coming up with ideas for food using Pinterest really helped bring this dessert table to life. Here is what we came up with…

Birthday cake 
6” 2-layered Carob Cake with Chocolate Frosting & Strawberries
9” 2-layered Carrot Cake with Walnuts
12” 2-layered Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Frosting & Strawberries
3-tiered Pink Ombre & Flowers Birthday Cake
Nut-free Carob Log Cake, Chocolate Strawberries

Used all Harry’s Berries – Gaviota strawberries

Twigs & Berries 

Magic Fairy Drops Donut Tower – baked donuts dipped in housemade white chocolate and vegan sprinkles.

Pixie Dust Popcorn – coconut oil popped corn, drizzled with housemade white chocolate and vegan rainbow sprinkles.

Vegan donut tower

Moss Cookies  – sugar cookies with a hint of lemon, coated with a thin icing, covered with pulverized and green-colored coconut shreds.

Flowery Fruit Bites – kiwi, raspberry, & mint.

Magic Wands – blueberries and watermelon.

Magic Mushrooms – vegan marshmallows, strawberries.

Forest Logs – fruit leather strips.

Chipmunk Chips in Basket with Moss – plantain banana chips.

Enchanted Forest Seeds – bliss balls: hazelnut chocolate truffles, goji cranberry coconut truffles (recipes here and on my app!)

Vegan bliss balls

Gnome Made Granola Cups with Honeysuckle Cream – my granola recipe with more date paste to stick the cups together, baked in mini cupcake pans, with spooned in yogurt, berries, and mint.

vegan gluten free granola

Mud and Dirt Cups – avocado, banana, date-based chocolate pudding with dirt made from carob, date, almonds, and vanilla, and topped with a mint leaf.

vegan mud dirt dessert cups

Morning Dew – cucumber mint spring water & Pixie Punch – strawberry lemonade.

Watermelon House – fairy house made of watermelon.

Click here to view the paper art from @craftytude — the cute other decor was from Etsy…

For each party and project, I like to include a sketch in my proposal. From merely an idea to Instagram-ready…

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Hazelnut Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Hazelnut Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Hazelnut Chocolate Coconut Truffles

As many of you requested on Instagram, here is my Hazelnut Chocolate Coconut Truffles recipe (a vegan & gluten-free dessert!).

Ingredients:

1 cup hazelnuts, toasted

1 cup almond meal

1/2 cup cacao powder

3/4 tsp sea salt

1 1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted

1/4 cup filtered water

3 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp maple syrup

1 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Hazelnut Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Method:

Note: If you can’t get medjool dates that are caramel-like in texture and only ones that are pretty dry, soak in filtered water overnight then drain before using in recipe.

In a food processor, add in toasted hazelnuts, almond flour, sea salt, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, cacao powder, and process until finely ground, for at least a minute.

Add the pitted dates and water, and process until it comes together.

Taste. If it needs more sweetness, add more dates (or maple syrup one tablespoon at a time).

Line a quarter-sheet pan with parchment paper.

Place the coconut shreds in a bowl. Scoop a tablespoon of the truffle mixture, roll them into balls, dropping them into the coconut. A few at a time, then toss the balls in the bowl to coat. This is so easy, it’s silly!

Should make about 2.5 dozen. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate and enjoy later. Best when chilled and shared with the homies. ☺❤❤

Voila! A sophisticated and deliciously satisfying treat made with whole foods . Happy weekend, my friends. 🧚‍♀️✨💫

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Fire Truck Themed Dessert Table & Snacks

Fire Truck Themed Party

When Nastaha, (@dr.organicmommy on Instagram) entrusts me to help create a firetruck-themed dessert table and snacks, you know it’s all going to have to be plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, naturally colored, eco-friendly, and, of course, delicious and memorable!

Natasha’s account is an incredible resource for pregnancy, parenting, and all things clean living… she specializes in Pediatric Neuropsychology, and I just find her content and knowledge to be fascinating, and even great for those who aren’t moms.

I had a blast making this epic Firetruck-themed dessert table come to life.  Thanks to Pinterest for all the design inspo, and to my amazing team who helped make this happen!

We made:

Match Sticks – pretzels with housemade white chocolate, and naturally colored red sprinkles

Firetruck Tires – chocolate dipped mini donuts

Cakes – firetruck themed multi-tiered cake and Flame Cake

Cookies – sugar cookies in the shape of flames and the number 4

Fire Balls – housemade white chocolate-dipped marshmallows with naturally-colored sprinkles

Great Balls of Fire – date, nut superfood bliss balls in varying flavors: Lemon Coconut, Hazelnut Chocolate, Goji Cranberry Almond.

Fiery Fruit – kabobs of cantaloupe, pineapple, and strawberry

Burning Embers – beet chips with rosemary

Veggie Train – Veggie Crudite. Artiscly cut and arranged like a train

Flaming Fruit Cups – vegan jello with fruit

Firetruck Fuel – watermelon juice

Pumpkin Pie Bites with Coconut Whip

3-Cheese Platters – Cranberry and Dill Goatless Cheese, Black Truffle Cheese, Roasted Garlic, Onion and Chive Cheese, Superfood Crackers, Grapes, Nuts

I even made the back splash (don’t ask me how, it just came together), cake stands, food and ingredient labels, and a match stick box.  It was so much fun!  Thanks again to Natasha and family for allowing us into your home to feed your family more wholesome sweets and snacks.  It was a true pleasure!

Truly a labor of love – from design concept to the finest details in execution. Joy. Love. That’s why I do what I do. That’s what life’s about. Well, to me at least. And I give everything my best to spread this love and joy. It’s the best feeling.

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Savory Char Sui Maitake Bao & Sweet Ube Siopao featured on VegNews

Very thrilled to be a contributor in VegNews‘ May-June travel issue.  In this issue, I veganized recipes I grew up loving, mixing a few popular flavors from my Filipino-Chinese heritage.  I ended up with Savory Char Sui Maitake Bao and Sweet Ube Siopao.  Steamed buns, also known as bao and siopao, are stuffed with sweet and savory fillings, making it a common and portable snack eaten every day and originally found all over South East-Asia.  Growing up, we ate these for breakfast or as a snack.  It was such a treat.

Since my friends at VegNews were so kind to feature my recipes, I am going to hold-off on giving the fillings recipes for now, so you can subscribe or pick up an issue at your local health food store.  I am going to wait about a month to give out the entire recipe.  So, please hold tight if you’re not able to get a hold of the issue right now.  For now, since I made a version in the magazine that uses regular wheat flour (which is just like the original bao I grew up loving), for my gluten-free readers, I have a bun recipe for you, below.

After several attempts at making a bouncy gluten-free bao bun, I unfortunately wasn’t able to achieve the signature bouncy, spongy attributes the original wheat flour version possesses, BUT! When eaten minutes after steaming, it does have more of a bounce, so make sure you eat them minutes after steaming to get somewhat of a bouncy feel. Otherwise, if you wait and let them sit, they will feel heavier and dense.

In preparing for the feature, I was asked a few questions about my recipes and how they are relevant to my multicultural background.  They ended up not making the cut, but that’s ok.  This is why I have a blog!  I share the questions and answers, below.

 

What’s your personal relationship to this recipe? 

As a child, going to Woo Chee Chong Market, which at that time was the only Asian market in my hometown, was definitely a treat for me and my sisters. While my mom shopped for her essentials, my sisters and I would slowly peruse every aisle with wonder–inspecting, observing, and smelling all the foreign and exotic ingredients, spices, beautifully packaged and prepared foods.  Our favorites were the red and green boxes of Botan Rice Candy that melted in our mouths, and watching the part-time teenage workers in the kitchen use a super sharp cleaver to slice the most delicious bright red char siu pork, and packaging it in a to-go box with chow mien for us to take home. I don’t have a memory eating it at home because once we would get home, it would be gone in .03 seconds.  It was so delicious—tender, sweet, savory, and spiked with spices I couldn’t even name or identify.  Char siu is definitely ingrained in my taste bud memory.

Around this same time, my grandmother would make the most delicious steamed buns called siopao.  We would eat them piping hot right out of the bamboo steamer. They were beautiful little, bouncy, sponge-like pillows filled with juicy, flavorful shredded meat, and egg.

I created a vegan version of it without her direction, as she has since passed.  I decided to create a char siu-style siapao.  Instead of using pork I used maitake mushrooms, which create a meaty texture and hold flavor quite well. I made this in classic Yvonne-style, making it gluten-free, vegan, low-glycemic, and yet very flavorful.  The sweet ube bao recipe is reminiscent of all the Filipino desserts I ate growing up–ube ice cream, ube cake, and the blob of ube on top of my halo-halo dessert!

Both recipes are reflective of my childhood and Filipino-American heritage.

Why is this recipe special in the culture it represents?
Every culture seems to have some sort of small, succulent parcel encased in dough and wrapped. Mexicans have tamales. East Indians have samosas. Filipinos have lumpia, empanadas, and siopao. Chinese have eggrolls, wontons, and bao, which actually means “wrapper” and is referred to being steamed stuffed buns.  In ancient Chinese history, bao went by different names, and was said to be created by different people for many reasons–to help keep the poor warm and fed in the winter, and to cure soldiers from plague.  Today it is definitely a popular food.  Bao is a common and portable snack eaten every day mostly for breakfast and found all over South East-Asia.

How is this recipe originally made and how did you veganize it?
These recipes are originally made with shortening, meat, dairy, sometimes egg, and lots of refined sugar.  I veganized it by replacing the meat with maitake mushrooms, ube, and using vegan milk and coconut sugar.

Cha Siu Maitake Bao

Makes 10 bao

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Ingredients

Dough:

1 ½ cups unsweetened vegan milk, lukewarm (100- 110 degrees F)

3 tablespoons plus 1 ½ teaspoons coconut sugar

1 package dry yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)

3 tablespoons grapeseed oil

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons oat flour

1 cup potato starch

3 tablespoons plus ½ teaspoon arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)

½ teaspoon xanthan gum

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

 

Filling: 

2 maitake mushrooms (8 ounces)

1 tablespoon minced garlic

¼ teaspoon minced peeled ginger

2 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce)

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons coconut sugar

2 tablespoons mirin (or rice wine, dry sherry)

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 ½ teaspoons ketchup

1 ½ teaspoons hoisin sauce

½ teaspoon sesame oil

½ teaspoon 5 spice powder

1 teaspoon arrowroot powder

Directions:

  1. For the dough, in a large bowl, whisk together warm vegan milk, coconut sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes or until bubbly and bloomed. Add the grapeseed oil.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients then add to the yeast mixture. Stir until a soft dough forms, then turn dough out onto a lightly oat-floured surface. Knead until smooth. Return dough to large mixing bowl, coated with cooking spray, and lightly spray the dough. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside in a warm place (85 degrees F) for 1 hour or until doubled in size. As it rises, prepare the filling.
  3. For the filling, in a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except maitake mushrooms and arrowroot powder, and stir to combine. Break maitake apart from the roots, to pieces, and into the sauce, and stir to coat. Place covered saucepan over medium-low heat for 17 minutes. Remove from heat, mix in arrowroot powder, and set aside uncovered to cool.
  4. Divide dough in half. Cut each half into 8 equal portions, forming each into a ball. Cover dough balls while working with one dough ball at a time. On a lightly dusted (with oat flour) surface, roll ball into a 4-inch circle using a rolling pin. Place 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the dough circle. Bring up sides to cover filling and meet on top. Pinch and twist to seal in filling. Place each bun onto a 2 ½-inch parchment square with the pinched seal at the bottom while you finish the rest of the buns.
  5. Spray a multi-layered bamboo steamer with cooking spray. Place the steamer on top of a large saucepan, and pour in water to several inches below the steamer. Bring water to boil.
  6. Working in several batches, place 3 or 4 buns into each steamer layer without letting buns touch each other or the edge of the steamer, about an inch apart. Cover steamer. Let buns steam over medium-low heat until puffy and the dough is springy. About 15-20 minutes per batch. Cool for at least 5 minutes and serve warm.

 

Ube Siopao

Makes 16 siopao

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For the Dough:

Use dough recipe, above.

 

For the Filling:

1 ¼ cups steamed ube (purple yam)

¾ cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup monkfruit sweetener (or 1 cup sugar)

1 cup shredded young coconut

¼ cup sliced jackfruit (optional)

 

Directions:

1. Prepare dough as explained, above.

3. For the filling, in a blender, combine all ingredients except for shredded young coconut and jackfruit, adding the coconut milk first, and blend completely using a tamper or spatula to ensure a smooth blend.  Do not blend for too long or the filling will become pasty. Stop blending once thoroughly combined.  Fold in shredded coconut and jackfruit. 

4. Divide dough in half. Cut each half into 8 equal portions, forming each into a ball. Cover dough balls while working with one dough ball at a time. On a lightly dusted (with oat flour) surface, roll ball into a 4-inch circle. Place 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the dough circle. Bring up sides to cover filling and meet on top.  Pinch and twist to seal in the filling. Place each bun onto a 2 ½-inch parchment square with the pinched seal at the bottom while you finish the rest of the bun.

5. Spray a multi-layered bamboo steamer with cooking spray. Place the steamer on top of a large saucepan, and pour in water to several inches below the steamer. Bring water to boil.

6. Working in several batches, place 3 or 4 buns into each steamer layer without letting buns touch each other or the edge of the steamer. Cover steamer. Let buns steam over medium-low heat until puffy and the dough is springy. About 15-20 minutes per batch. Cool for at least 5 minutes and serve warm.

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Blueberry Muffins with Mia

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It took the Florida hurricanes to bring my whole family together–my mom, my 5 older sisters, their 17 kids, and me!  For 2 weekends, I was blessed to be able to see my family in San Diego for an impromptu family reunion.

Aside from being a top student, amazing tennis player, singer, guitarist, and artist, Mia, my oldest niece who lives in Florida is a skilled baker and avid YouTube recipe video watcher.  We thought it would be fun to bake together and to collaborate on a baking video.  Since her grandma’s (my mom) favorite morning pastry is a blueberry muffin, we decided to make grandma a healthier muffin, Auntie Bon Bon-style, which means the muffins were vegan, gluten-free, free of refined sugar, and organic!  I showed her how to make my special muffins, we took turns filming each other, and Mia painstakingly chose the music and edited videos for both YouTube and Instagram.  I think she did a mighty fine job. #ProudAuntie

I missed her this Thanksgiving, and can’t wait for her to get back to California around Christmas so we can film more fun recipes together!

Find the full recipe, below!

 

Blueberry Muffins

Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 – 9  muffins

Muffin Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients

1/4 cup oat flour, gluten-free

2/3 cup potato starch

1/4 cup arrowroot, ground

 

1 tsp xanthan gum

1.5 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup coconut palm sugar

lemon zest from 2 lemons

Wet Ingredients

2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup almond butter

1/2 cup water

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp flax meal

1 tsp vanilla extract

Other Ingredients

2 cups fresh organic blueberries

Crumb Topping Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats

2 Tbsp oat flour

1 cup coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/4 tsp sea salt

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, add in the dry ingredients and whisk together to combine.
  3. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and in a separate small bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until almost combined.
  5. Add in the fresh blueberries and with a rubber or silicone spatula, fold into the muffin batter.
  6. Take 2 cupcake molds and line, in a staggered fashion, cupcake liners. Spray with coconut cooking spray so the muffin and crumb do not stick to the pan after baking and at removal.
  7. Using an ice cream scoop, fill the liners with a heaping scoop of blueberry muffin batter.  Then press on the crumb.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees F (all ovens vary, but stick a toothpick in it to check for doneness.  If it comes out clean, it’s done).
  9. Allow the muffins to sit for at least 10 minutes before removing them from the pan.  Enjoy!

 

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Nutiva Liquid Coconut Oil – Sweet Potato Fries with Tikka Masala Sauce

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I’m really excited about the Nutiva Organic Liquid Coconut Oil Garlic I used to make these Sweet Potato Fries with Tikka Masala Sauce! What I really like about this new coconut oil is that it stays liquid and is extracted from organic coconuts and has a neutral flavor. Unlike many non-organic coconut oils that utilize harsh chemical solvents such as hexane, Nutiva uses a certified organic process to remove the fats that remain solid at room temperature. It’s perfect in salads, sautéing, coffee, baking, and in smoothies!

I love roasting vegetables, especially sweet potatoes.  Recently, to spice up my sweet potato fries a bit, I decided to make a rich creamy sauce to compliment my favorite roasted potato.  I thought you might enjoy the recipe, so here it is.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

Sweet Potato Fries with Tikka Masala Sauce

Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 2-4

 

Sweet Potato Fries Ingredients

6 small sweet potatoes

2 Tbsp Nutiva Organic Liquid Garlic Coconut Oil

1/8 tsp sea salt

1/8 tbsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Wash and cut sweet potatoes into fries, leaving the peel on
  3. Line a cookie sheet tray with parchment paper
  4. Toss fries with cool, sea salt, and pepper. Spread evenly on cookie sheet.
  5. Place in oven for 20 minutes. Toss
  6. Place in oven for an additional 20 minutes or until crisp. It won’t be super crispy. Be careful to watch for burning. Remove from oven when desired crispness is reached.

While sweet potatoes are roasting, make tikka masalas sauce

 

Tikka Masala Sauce Ingredients: 

1 cup cashews, soaked overnight

1 ½ cups filtered water

1/3 cup frozen peas, thawed (optional)

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets (optional)

20 crimini mushrooms, cut into quarters (optional)

cooking spray, as needed

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp grated ginger

2 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground garam masala

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

½ tsp sea salt

½ tsp Nutiva Organic Liquid Coconut Oil

½ onion, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp tomato paste

3 cardamom pods

1 dried arbol chile (can substitute with ½ tsp red pepper flakes)

filtered water or vegetable stock, as needed

1 14oz. can whole peeled tomatoes

1/3 cup cilantro (including stems), chopped

 

Directions

  1. Soak cashews in filtered water overnight in refrigerator.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Remove peas from freezer and leave them out at room temperature to thaw.
  4. Wash and cut cauliflower into florets.
  5. Clean mushrooms and cut them into fourths.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. Place the mushrooms and cauliflower on the baking sheet, spreading them evenly in one layer, and sprinkle with 1/8 tsp of salt (optional), and 1/8 tsp of freshly ground black pepper. Spray the vegetables quickly with cooking spray and place them in the oven for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, continue with the rest of the directions as follows.
  1. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews and place them in a blender with 1 ½ cups of filtered water.
  1. Make the cashew cream. Blend on high until it becomes a cream-like consistency. Set aside.
  1. Make the spice mixture. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, ginger, turmeric, garam masala, coriander, cumin, and ½ tsp sea salt. Stir to combine and set aside.
  1. Heat a large, 3-quart saucepot over medium heat. Add oil, wait 20 seconds, then add the onion, tomato paste, cardamom pods, and arbol chile until the tomato paste is darkened and the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. If the onions are not yet translucent but the bottom of the pan starts getting browned bits, add a little filtered water or vegetable stock to deglaze and scrape the bits that are sticking to the bottom of the pan. Make sure it doesn’t burn. Add about 2 Tbsp or more at a time.
  1. Add the spice mixture and stir well for 1 minute.
  2. Add the canned tomatoes and their juices and mash, break apart the whole tomatoes with your cooking utensil. I use a silicone spatula. Mix well and make sure to scrape any browned bits at the bottom of the saucepan.
  1. Add the cashew cream and mix.
  2. Add the cauliflower, mushrooms and cilantro, and mix.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, stirring often and scraping any browned bits until the sauce thickens for about 8-10 minutes.

Assemble

  1. Place fries on a plate and pour sauce over and top with fresh cilantro. Serve immediately.

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Photography and Editing by Darin Kendrick

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Arugula and Persimmon Salad

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When I was a kid and my mom gave me a persimmon to try for the very first time, I was surprised it didn’t taste like a tomato, as persimmons very much resemble tomatoes. As I observed closely, there were specks of brown in the fruit—almost as if God/theUniverse had sprinkled the fruit with cinnamon and it was naturally occurring, embedded into the fruit. Hence, my initial childhood conclusion that cinnamon derived from per”cinnamon”s—hello, it’s in the name, duh! As I grew perplexed and analyzed that it was probably a silly idea since we had cinnamon sticks to stir hot apple ciders and Mexican hot chocolates with, and we actually had to ground cinnamon sticks to add into recipes I thought, “what a coincidence” and how beautiful of God to just sprinkle fruit with cinnamon and make a star shape design for us to see (when slicing the fruit horizontally). I just left it at that—a coincidence and viewed them as two separate things. Besides, how in the world would one be able to extract specks of cinnamon from the persimmons. Oh silly, silly me!

Fast forward 30 years when I had my twin nephews try persimmons for the first time, I told them the story I just shared with you, and they asked where cinnamon came from. Since I never looked it up, I turned to one of my fave instructional learning tools, @youtube 🙊🙈😁, and we learned that cinnamon is made from the barks of trees, rolled up by people in a forest (well at least the people in a forest in the video we watched). It’s a very timely process and I could not believe how much effort it takes to make and how cheap and available it is to us. I will never look at cinnamon and persimmons the same again, especially knowing now that they are mutually exclusive.

Moving on, although persimmons and cinnamon are both in season right now, this salad only contains persimmons. It’s a family and friend favorite this time of year. Make it for the holidays, for your parents when they come to visit, for a date, or treat yourself. It is super super simple, and contains the following ingredients: arugula, ripened and crisp persimmons, dates, shallots, #marconaalmonds, an easy soft cashew cheese, #saba, and sea salt and pepper.

I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it!

Arugula and Persimmon Salad

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 20 minutes (not counting the time it takes to make the cheese. With cheese, one day.)

Ingredients

2-3 bags pre-washed baby arugula

4 crunchy fuyu persimoons, peeled, stem removed, and sliced into 8ths

1/2 cup marcona almonds

1/2 shallot, sliced very thin

3 dates, sliced very thin

handful crumbled goat cheese (you can use this vegan goat cheese recipe sans the cranberry and dill, and when you blend it, add 3 Tbsp agar agar flakes)

2 super ripe and juicy persimmons, stem and peel removed

saba (aged balsalmic), as needed

sea salt, as needed

freshly ground black pepper, as needed

Directions

1. Spread the arugula onto a serving platter.

2. Season with a dash or two of sea salt and pepper.

3. Tuck into the leaves bits of shallot, dates, marcona almonds, persimmon wedges.

4. Sprinkle on vegan goat cheese.

5. In a bowl, place the super ripe and juicy persimmon flesh.  Stir it up a bit as if you are going to use it as a sauce.  Using a spoon, in a circular motion, add the persimmon flesh as you would a dressing.

6. Finish off with a drizzle of saba.

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