Muscato Grapes from Melissa’s Produce



Which fruit are you enjoying most right now?  I’m really loving these green  Muscato Grapes from Melissa’s Produce!!

They’re plump, a good amount of juicy, not terribly sweet or sour, a perfect cooling snack for this warm #LosAngeles weather, and as Goldilocks would say, these are “just right!”. If you see them at the market, make sure to pick some up! You’re gonna love ‘em!

Bracelets are from The Veggie Republic. For every bracelet sold, The Veggie Republic donates 5lbs of fresh produce to families in need! #FarmToArm

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New Video and Giveaway with Emily Turner of Gluten-free With Emily




Emily Turner of Gluten-free With Emily and I made my Chocolate Truffle Cake recipe together in a new episode on her YouTube channel, Gluten-free with Emily. Mind you, it is my VERY FIRST live-ish video. There are some awkward moments where I struggle to find the right words, but I’m workin’ on it!  ;)

We want you to experience just how delicious the Chocolate Truffle Cake is, so we are going to give away not 1 but 2 prize packs. Each prize pack includes all of the ingredients to make the decadent yet simple Chocolate Truffle Cake! We’re even including a few cooking tools for your cooking pleasure.

Here’s what will be included in each prize pack:

Navitas Naturals Raw Cacao Powder, Cacao Nibs, Raw Almonds

Melissa’s Produce Dates, Vanilla, Pecans and Fresh Toppings

Big Tree Farms Coconut Nectar

Kelapo Coconut Coconut Oil

Fat Daddios 6-inch round Spring Form Pan


To enter our contest in Instagram, simply:

1) Like this giveaway post

2) Follow @GlutenfreeWithEmily and @yvonne_deliciously_vegan

3) Tell us something about yourself

4) Tag 3 friends


You may enter ONCE A DAY!

You may even enter on YouTube to double your chances to win!

To enter on YouTube, simply:

1) Leave a comment on the YouTube Video. Tell us what you are doing to keep healthy this summer!


Contest is open worldwide and ends on Tuesday, July 21 at 11:30pm PST. Good luck!


Find Emily of Gluten-free With Emily Everywhere:

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Instagram @glutenfreewithemily

Twitter @emilyglutenfree

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Whole Foods Market Torrance – Live Cooking Demo and Hands-on Wrap-Making Class


Have any plans for this Thursday?!

Thursday, June 18th at 6:30pm, I’d like to invite you to join me at Whole Foods Torrance for a live “cooking” demonstration and hands-on wrap-making class! I  will be teaching how to make nutrient-dense, plant-based vegan wraps perfect for lunch and Summer picnics!

Learn how to make quick, delicious, and satisfying wraps!

What’s on the menu?

1⃣ Savory Wraps

2⃣ Dessert Wraps

Space is limited, so reserve your space today!

All participants will get to make their own wraps.  They will also receive a goodie bag filled with a baked treat made by yours truly, free recipes, and goodies from Navitas Naturals and Melissa’s Produce!

Click here to register,

Hope to see you there!!!

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Hands-on Cooking Class – June 27, Comfort Food LA in Sherman Oaks


What are you doing on Saturday, June 27th? Join me in a hands-on cooking class at Comfort Food LA in Sherman Oaks!  I will be teaching students how to make 3 courses.

1) A starter cheese course with gluten-free crackers and farmers market veggies

2) A comforting “meat”loaf with cauliflower purée, gravy, and a side vegetable

3) A delicious and easy dessert, chocolate chai cookies

I will not only teach you how to make the food, you will be able to make the food yourselves, and learn how to plate it, too.  At the end of the class, we can all enjoy the fruits of our labor together and/or you can pack whatever you don’t eat home with you.

Attend the class on your own or make it a date with a special someone–a fun activity while learning some cooking skills from trained chefs!

I teamed up with some of my favorite culinary instructors (Chef Caren Watts and Chef Andy Pastore) from my time at Le Cordon Bleu to bring this special organic, plant-based, whole foods, vegan class to you!

The skills you learn can be applied to your next dinner party or just in your every day life in the kitchen.  I hope you will join me!

Space is limited, so sign up today!  Sign up using this link here,

Hope to see you there!!!


More on Comfort Food…

Comfort Food’s classes are taught by industry professionals with a background in culinary education.  Our goal is for everyone to improve their skills and have a better understanding of food and cooking.Comfort Food is a modern cooking school for the home cook and the professional alike.  Our classes appeal to cooks of any skill level.  But one thing remains the same: the caliber of education you will receive is on par with the culinary education at some of the top culinary schools in the country.

Our industry-trained chefs teach hands-on classes in a variety of time schedules to appeal to the busy, yet serious cook.

Our step-by-step approach brings the professional kitchen to you, to build skill level and confidence in whatever you are cooking.

Fully interactive classes allow you to get your hands on every aspect of the day’s lesson with guidance from the instructor.

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Grocery Outlet Bargain Market – NOSH section.



One of my favorite places to buy food, health, and beauty products is the Grocery Outlet. You don’t need to cut costs on daily essentials, like healthy food. You can eat organic, healthy food cost effectively.  Grocery Outlet offers consumers high-end, name-brand products at a fraction of the cost. See what deals I got during my recent trip! Click the photo, above, to watch!

There are several locations throughout the United States. Click here to find a store near you.  Unfortunately, a Los Angeles location will not open until the end of this year, so I have to stop in whenever I visit Northern California or San Diego.  On my most recent trip to San Diego, I stopped in at the Grocery Outlet where they have an expanding NOSH section. NOSH is Grocery Outlet’s acronym for Natural, Organic, Specialty and Healthy foods.  If you’re not familiar, let me fill you in.  The NOSH section doesn’t only include food.  It also includes health and beauty products, such as organic lotions, shampoos and conditioners. Other top selling products are the organic protein powders and fitness supplements.  What I love most about the NOSH section is the organic produce and how they always carry my essential kitchen staples: organic quinoa, chia seeds, kale chips, organic tortilla chips (for the hubby), coconut oil, shredded coconut, nut milks, coconut water, and nuts.

If you shop at Grocery Outlet - an extreme bargain retailer – rather than pricier natural food stores, you can save up to 70% more on groceries and other products compared with shopping conventional retailers exclusively.  I love that because it creates a lot of savings for me!  How is this possible?  Grocery Outlet is able to provide huge savings to its customers because product manufacturers often sell overstock products or products with packaging changes to Grocery Outlet.  For example, some brands may roll out holiday packaging for a limited time during that season.  However, once that season is over, they may have an overstock of items with the holiday packaging that are still high quality and are looking for a home on store shelves – that’s where Grocery Outlet would come in.  At Grocery Outlet you don’t have to wait for the sales, they are continual and customers always know they are going to save 40-70% off on the same brands and products featured at traditional stores, including natural, organic, specialty and healthy items.

More about Grocery Outlet in general. They carry refrigerated and frozen foods, fresh produce, organics, dry groceries, beer and wine, health and beauty care, over- the-counter drugs, household products, toys and gifts.  I recommend stopping in and checking them out!

Notable deals:

Item                                               Grocery Outlet      Elsewhere

Quinoa Milk                                $1.49                       $ 2.99

Oat Milk                                         1.29                         2.49

Walnuts                                         3.99                         4.99

Pecans                                           3.99                         8.19

Coconut flour                               3.99                         11.99

Maple Syrup                                6.99                         9.99

French Green Lentils                3.99                         7.99

Jug of Maple Syrup                  12.99                        17.99

Chia Seeds                                  4.99                         14.99

Nature’s Path Qia Bars            2/$1                        2.29

Kale Chips                                  2.99                          6.99

Glutenfree Pancake Mix        3.99                          6.99

Glutenfree All-Purpose Flour 3.99                        6.99

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta 1.79                    3.19

Gratify Gluten free Crackers 1.99                          4.99

Organic Dried Cranberries 1.49                            3.99

Organic Tropical Fruit Sauce 1.99                       4.99

Coconut Water                       1.99                           3.99


As a treat for my followers, I will be holding a giveaway for 2 $50 dollar gift cards from the Grocery Outlet.  See my Instagram account for details!  Username @yvonne_deliciously_vegan.

I hope you learned more about the Grocery Outlet and make a visit soon!


Disclaimer: This post was courtesy of the awesome people at the Grocery Outlet, who provided me with gift cards for my shopping experience.  Of course all the opinions are of my own and I wouldn’t share those opinons unless I truly loved it.

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Live Cooking Demonstration at Whole Foods Torrance


On Thursday, April 30th at 6:30pm, join me at Whole Foods Torrance for a live demonstration!  I will be teaching participants how to make fool-proof, plant-based vegan recipes perfect for Spring and Summer picnics and potlucks!  Jump into Spring and be ready for Summer with these nutrient-dense, tantalizing, and simple Spring delights!

What’s on the menu?

-Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

-Cranberry and Dill Vegan “Goat Cheese”

-Snackers Crackers

-Chocolate Chai Cookies


Space is limited, so reserve your space today!  Click here to register for the free class!  All  participants will receive a My Eclectic Kitchen organic cotton tote bag, filled with a baked treat made by yours truly, free recipes, and goodies from Navitas Naturals and Melissa’s Produce.  In addition, every participant will receive another exciting surprise gift.  Find out what it is when you get there.  Hope to see you!!!

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Vitamix Giveaway!

vitamix giveaway

Hello everyone! My Instagram friends @ilovetoeatplants,@plantstrong_mom, and I teamed up for an Amazing giveaway contest!  We are all Huge fans of our Vitamix blenders and use it daily to make our healthy staples, so this contest is especially exciting!

We are giving away a Vitamix 200 Professional Series, 11-Speed Blender! That’s right, a Vitamix!

How can you win? Enter the contest via Instagram.


1) Like and Repost this photo
2) Follow and Tag:
3) Tell us why you’d like to win
4) Add Hashtag

The contest is open worldwide and you may ENTER ONCE A DAY! Contest ends Sunday, March 29, at 11pm PST. Reminder: you will need to repost this photo and tag it. We will select the winner randomly via the hashtag #PlantstrongGiveaway

Get posting and good luck!


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Giveaway Contest!


My friend Gina Ragnone owner of vegan restaurant Falabar and Gigi’s Remix, and I partnered up with some of our favorite brands to bring you this amazing giveaway! (No re-posting necessary!)

One lucky winner will receive:

- $150 Carbon 38 Gift Card

- $50 Whole Foods Gift card

- 5 bags of our favorite snack, Gigi’s Remix

- Yvonne’s MyEclecticKitchen iTunes recipe App or eBook


Here’s how to win. In Instagram, simply:

1) Like this post

2) Follow:






3) Tag 3 friends

4) Tell us why you’d like to win!


The contest is open worldwide and you may ENTER ONCE A DAY! Enter here or on granolabitch’s posts. Contest ends Wednesday, March 18 at noon, PST.


Good luck!

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Huffington Post Feature!

I woke up this morning to discover that I was featured in today’s The Huffington Post as one of “17 Vegan Instagram Accounts You Should Definitely Be Following”!  I love reading The Huffington Post, so this is such an honor.  Thank you!!!  To read the article, click here.  To follow me on Instagran, click here.


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Happy Chinese New Year!



My great grandfather on my paternal side of the family was full Chinese and my great grandmother on my maternal side was Chinese as well.  Being a quarter Chinese, you would think Chinese New Year is something I get excited about.  Unfortunately, the Chinese culture was lost through the generations and I was raised culturally as a Filipino-American.  I grew up seeing Chinese New Year as something pretty foreign–sort of how a Chinese-American would view Cinco de Mayo.  Interestingly, being raised in San Diego with my classmates being predominantly Mexican-American, I feel stronger ties to the Mexican culture than I do the Chinese culture.  In retrospect, I think that’s kind of sad.  As an adult, I want to learn more about my heritage and introduce and practice more Chinese cultural traditions with my family.  I think my Chinese ancestors would be proud.

I was fortunate to have attended an event recently at Melissa’s Produce, where I received a quick lesson on Chinese New Year traditions.  I was also able to taste and get inspired by some of Martin Yan‘s Chinese cuisine.  Martin Yana Chinese-born Hong Kong-American chef and food writer, has hosted his award-winning PBS-TV cooking show “Yan Can Cook” since 1982.  He is the longest-standing chef on PBS and will be airing a new show on PBS called “Taste of Vietnam” and Melissa’s Produce is sponsoring the show.  That means all of the produce on the show is from Melissa’s Produce.

Back on the subject of Chinese New Year– traditionally, Chinese New Year is a time for families to gather for an annual reunion dinner.  It’s also a time to cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and make way for good luck.  Homes are adorned with red decor, symbolizing good fortune and joy.  The new year represents a new start, with best wishes and hopes for continued good fortune, happiness, wealth, and longeivity.  There isn’t a specific date that Chinese New Year is celebrated every year; it all depends on the lunar calendar.  However, it always happens after Valentine’s Day and around Super Bowl Sunday.  This Chinese New Year is the year of the Sheep and starts today, February 19 and ends March 5.

It is believed that those born on the years 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1992, 2004, and 2015 are and will be “artistic, sensitive and king, people born in the Year of the Sheep (often called the year of the Goat or Ram) tend to be generous and just.  While often very shy, once Sheep people open up they make devoted companions.”  Coincidentally, I was born on the year of the Sheep.  However, I am proud to say I am an Earth Sheep–the strongest, most determined, practical, grounded, and stable of all sheep types.  I point that out because some very superstitious Chinese don’t want to have a child during the “dreaded Year of the Sheep” as they usually are shy, not ambitious, and are too idealistic.  I must say that I defied all those characteristics, but then again I am an Earth Sheep.  That said, my husband and I were planning on having a baby this year.  After reading more about the sheep, I may want to hold off for 3 more months so my child can be born in the Year of the Monkey.  Just kidding.  If it happens, it happens!  I am not superstitious anyway.

Back to the subject of food.  Chinese New Year is China’s most colorful and important holiday.  Foods take on symbolic meanings.  Round fruits are a symbol of fortune since the round shape mimics the shape of a coin, money.  Here a short list of symbolic food.

Symbolic vegetables, fruit, and other foods:

Bananas: success in education and work

Bean Sprouts: positivity

Bok Choy: Prosperity

Seaweed: luck and extreme wealth

Snowpeas: unity (2 peas in a pod)

Kumquats: gold, good fortune

Mandarins: wealth

Tangerines: luck

Oranges: wealth, good fortune, gold

Melons: family unity

Coconuts: togetherness

Dried Apricots: wealth, gold

Noodles: long life

Egg rolls: money, wealth, gold

Wontons: togetherness

The list goes on..

This year, we have so many different types of citrus, bananas, dried apricots, actually everything listed above in my household, and tonight I’m making my potstickers and bok choy to celebrate the new year.  Thanks to my friends at Melissa’s Produce, I received some ingredients to make my recipe.  If you don’t already know, Melissa’s Produce is the largest distributor of Specialty Produce in the US.  You can find their produce at major supermarkets, from Ralphs, to Whole Foods and Trader Joes.


Have you noticed that almost every culture has some sort of small, succulent parcel encased in dough that everyone goes gaga for?  Living in Los Angeles, which is one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the country, it is possible to drive down a street and easily pick up a samosa from an Indian spice shop, wontons or potstickers from the many Chinese restaurants, a gyoza from the Japanese ramen shop, and rolled tacos from one of the thousands of taco shops.

I grew up in a Filipino-American household where my mother served her 8-member household a mix of Filipino and “American” dishes.   On special occasions, my mom would make lumpia, a Filipino egg roll, from scratch.  I’ve loved them since I was a child and now the children (my 15 nieces and nephews) in my family love them too!   I don’t know what it is about these little packages of goodness that we can’t get enough of.   We just love them!  Unfortunately, as I live a gluten-free, vegan lifestyle I don’t have as many options to choose from when it comes to enjoying the little packaged treats.  That is, if I don’t make them myself.

I created a delicious potsticker that is appropriate for the holiday, and they are vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free.  I like potstickers because I feel closer to my Chinese roots when I make them, and I don’t feel as guilty eating them.  They are not deep-fried and only a tablespoon of oil is used to brown them.  My potstickers can be made even lower in fat.  To do so, simply add them to a pot of boiling vegetable stock or water for a few minutes and voila!

To avoid soy (tofu), I use mushrooms and walnuts.  This way, I get my protein along with vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, copper, iron, potassium, and a nice, long list of other minerals and health benefits.  Other ingredients include ginger, garlic, scallions and cayenne pepper, dijon mustard, and ketchup.  If you’re against using ketchup, you can substitute the ketchup with finely chopped unsweetened dried cranberries.  Believe you me when I say that all the listed ingredients make a difference in that they add richness and more depth of flavor.

This recipe can take about 1.5 hours from start to finish and maybe even longer depending on how quick you are in the kitchen.  If you have a friend to help you out with the rolling while you wrap, that’ll save a lot of time!  These would be perfect to make on a weekend when you have a lot of time.

I’m thankful that these potstickers sort of bring me closer to my Chinese heritage.  Chinese New Year is a lucky time of year, one thing we can do is create our own luck by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diets.  Cheers to a happy new year, plant-based eating, and to longevity!



Prep time: 1 1/2 – 2 hours

Makes about 20 potstickers

Diet: V, GF, DF, SF




1 cup walnuts

1 heaping cup shiitakes (3.5 oz., approximately 13 shiitake mushrooms)

1 cup green cabbage, shredded

1/4 cup green onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp ginger, minced

2 Tbsp red bell pepper, chopped

1 Tbsp flax meal

3 Tbsp vegetable stock

2 Tbsp ketchup

1 tsp dijon mustard

2 tsp vegan worcestershire sauce

1 tsp coconut sugar

1 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp tapioca flour



1 cup tapioca starch

1 cup brown rice flour

1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

2 tbsp sunflower oil or grapeseed oil

3/4 cups filtered water


Dipping Sauce:

2 Tbsp coconut aminos (or tamari)

1 Tbsp rice vinegar (or coconut vinegar)

1 Tsp minced ginger

sriracha, to taste




1. Place all the filling ingredients into a food processor and pulse 10 times.  Do not over process.  You want a chunky texture, not a fine mush.

2. Taste and adjust the heat. If you want more heat, add more cayenne pepper.

3. Place the filling in a bowl and mix well.



1. In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, mix all of the dry ingredients until completely combined.  Add the filtered water slowly while it is mixing, until it forms a ball.  You don’t want this to be sticky.  If it is too sticky, add a little more tapioca and brown rice flour. If it’s too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until the dough forms a ball.


2. Divide the dough in half. Roll one half of the dough into a rod on a clean surface until it is about 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Cut 10 pieces equally and set aside in a bowl that’s lined with a damp paper towel (not dripping). Each piece should be approximately 1 tablespoon. To avoid the dough from drying out, cover the pieces with a damp paper towel.  Repeat with the other half of the dough.


3.  If you have a tortilla press, this will make your job so much easier. Use it to make thin, circular wrappers. Alternatively, if you don’t have a tortilla press, between 2 pieces of parchment paper (not wax paper), place one round piece of dough towards the center and press down with a small saucepan or with the palm of your hand.  Flatten further with a rolling pin, making sure to keep it circular by rotating the dough as it’s being rolled.

4. Assemble the potsticker right after rolling out the wrapper.


1. Place 1 tablespoon of the filling mixture onto the center of the wrapper. Fold over, press to seal the edges, and shape as desired. I like to slightly fan the edges. Set on a half sheet pan, lined with parchment and cover with a damp cloth. Repeat this procedure until all of the filling is gone.

Makes about 20 potstickers.



1. Heat a 10-inch saute pan over medium heat. Brush with 1 tbsp of sunflower or grapeseed oil once hot.

2. Add about 7-8 potstickers at a time to the pan.  Brown all 3 sides. May take 1.5-2 minutes to brown on each side.


3. Once all sides are browned, with the cover of the pan in hand to cover immediately, gently and quickly add 1/3 cup water or vegetable stock to the pan and cover. Step back and be careful as there will be a lot of steam (and steam can give you a nasty burn).  I hold down the cover so it doesn’t explode off of the pan in the beginning.  Turn the heat down to low, and cook for another 2 minutes or until the water has cooked off. (You can also use veggie stock for more flavor)

4. Repeat until all the potstickers are cooked. Serve immediately, garnished with chopped green onion and with dipping sauce on the side.

**Alternatively, you can boil the potstickers in a pot of vegetable stock or filtered water, as you would pasta. Bring the water or stock to a boil and cook them until ready.


Dipping Sauce:

Mix all ingredients together and serve on the side.



If you wish to freeze your potstickers to enjoy on another day, place the sheet tray of potstickers in the freezer first. Allow them to freeze for at least 30 minutes, then place them in your freezer storage container of choice (ie. Ziplock or glass tupperware). Placing them in the freezer first will avoid them from sticking to each other.

When you’re ready to enjoy them, follow the cooking directions above.  You can cook them frozen. Just don’t move the potsticker once you place them in the pan.  Let them sit in the oil for at least 1.5 minutes or until browned. Once they are browned, they will release from the pan with ease. If you move them too quickly, the wrapper can tear.




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