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Green Monster Dip

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This Green Monster Dip is a Chickpea Avocado Hummus in disguise.  It’s vegan and free of gluten, oil, nuts, monster snot, and sticky goo.   It’s actually quite nice.  It feels light, tastes bright and delightful, yet it’s filling and goes perfectly well with vegetable sticks, chips, or as a spread in sandwiches and wraps.  It adds a spark of color to the table and will help you feel more satiated with the protein content from the garbanzo and good fat from the avocado.  We hope you add this appetizer to your boo-ffets this Halloween.  And just a side note, I don’t recommend putting plastic toys on the dip as they are a choking hazard.  However, since it is National Cat Day and Halloween is right around the corner, we thought we’d salute the black cat in this photo. :)

Cheers to healthy-eating this Halloween!

 

Green Monster Dip, aka Chickpea Avocado Hummus

Servings: 6-8

Time: 10 minutes

 

1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

1 large avocado

1/2 cup arugula

1/3 c parsley

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 clove garlic

3/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

few shakes cayenne pepper (optional)

2 Tbsp filtered water

 

Directions:

Blend everything until smooth.

 

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How To Make Monster Cookies YouTube Video

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads that we know and remember.

On this special day, I made a new YouTube video.  I made it so that everyone can see just how easy it is to make Monster Cookies.  Monster Cookies are chunky and chewy, and loaded with oatmeal, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, and coconut.  They  are vegan, gluten-free, and oil free, and are sure to take the monster out of anyone and set them in an oh-so-good mood.  Click the photo, above, to watch the video and for the complete recipe, click here.

Also, I invite you to subscribe to my new My Eclectic Kitchen YouTube channel and to ‘like’ my videos. ;-)

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

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Chunky, Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts, Pecans and Coconut aka Monster Cookies

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Looking for a vegan and gluten-free cookie recipe that’s hearty, easy to make, and won’t leave you feeling guilty for popping 3 or 4 cookies in your mouth? Well, you are in for a lucky treat!  My chunky, chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with walnuts, pecans, and coconut (also known as Monster Cookies) will most definitely do the trick!

This marvelous cookie contains no oil, refined sugars, or flours.  Rather, it is packed with fiber, protein, and omega-3s!  You will love the texture of the oats, the crunch from the pecans and walnuts, the slight sweetness of the apple and coconut, and the punch of sweetness and creaminess from the chocolate chips.  These are truly heavenly. I hope you love them as much as I do!

 

Chunky, Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts, Pecans and Coconut aka Monster Cookies

Time: 25 minutes

Makes 16 cookies

V, GF, DF

 

Ingredients

2/3 cup rolled oats (gluten-free)

2/3 cup oat flour (gluten-free)

1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp coconut sugar

1/3 cup shredded coconut

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp fine sea salt

1/8 tsp xanthan gum

2 heaping tbsp pecans, roughly chopped

2 heaping tbsp walnuts, roughly chopped

1/3 cup semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips

¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce

1tbsp almond butter

½ tbsp flax meal

1 ½ tbsp filtered water

1 tsp vanilla extract (no alcohol)

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. In a small bowl, mix together apple sauce, almond butter, flax meal, filtered water and vanilla extract. Mix well and set aside.

3. In a medium-large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly to combine.

5. Scoop out balls onto a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper or a silpat mat, using a 1-ounce ice cream scoop or by measuring out 2 tbsp balls. Flatten the tops of the cookies with your hand or a spatula.

6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden. Allow them to sit on the baking sheet for at least 2 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

Enjoy!

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Cooking with Friends! Halloween Party Food Collection 2015

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Halloween’s just a few days away, and my girlfriends Ashley Diana and Cindy Jakubowski collaborated with me to create recipes as part of our annual Halloween tradition!  Ashley is a vegan lifestyle blogger, nutritionista, and a great cook, and Cindy is a vegan holistic nutritionist and my right-hand gal at my Whole Foods Market demos.  We had so much fun hanging out with Ashley in Las Vegas and can’t wait to do it again!  (If you missed last year’s Halloween recipes, check them out HERE)!

 

Here are the recipes that we came up with this year:

Green Monster Dip (aka Chickpea Avocado Hummus!)

Mysterious Marinara

Crime Scene Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Blood Splatter

Witches Drizzle Candy Apples

 

Each recipe is vegan and free of refined sugar, gluten, and oil!  We hope these recipes make your Halloweens a much healthier and memorable one with your loved ones!  Have a safe and fun Halloween, everyone!

Much Love,

Yvonne

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 How to Make Monster Cookies

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How to Make Banana Crunch Pops

 

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How to Line a Loaf Pan with Parchment Paper. Baking 101

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Glowing Green Smoothie – hers and his to-go

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I threw my sister, Marie, a French bebe-themed baby shower in San Diego.

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May 2012, at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego for Yvonne’s wedding tasting with mom and sister.

Plums at the farmers’ market. Peyman’s favorite are very firm plums. Riva’s(Yvonne’s sister), favorite tart is Yvonne’s plum tart.

Morning pastries at Tavern, Los Angeles. Baked these off starting at 5am!

Stephanie, former Sous Chef, and Yvonne at work making croissants and Euro chocolate sauce. Tavern – Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

 

Since 2010, Lucques Catering has catered the SAG awards. This is always a fun event to work. (Funnest events are the Oscar parties because stars visit the kitchen :)) Picture was taken after approx. 1,300 plates had been completed. Shrine Auditorium, USC campus. Yvonne is on the right. Pre-vegan days.

 

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GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN, and SOY-FREE recipes.

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APPETIZERS/ SNACKS/ SPREADS/ FILLINGS

Buffalo Cauliflower / Vegan Buffalo Wings with Avocado Dill Dipping Sauce

“Caramel” Candy Apples

Chickpea Fritters with Cucumber Dill Sauce

Curried Chicken-less Salad

Grape Snakes

Green Monster Dip – aka Chickpea Avocado Hummus

Italian Quinoa Meatballs

Latkes with Chunky Applesauce and Sour “Cream”

Quinoa Meatballs

Red Pepper Puree

Potstickers/Gyoza

Roasted Curried Vegetables

Stuffed Mushrooms

Sweet Potato Crabless Crab Cakes

Sweet Potato Fries with Tikka Masala Sauce

 

BEVERAGES

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana Ka’Chava Shake

Cranberry Pomegranate Cider

Green Smoothie

Witch’s Kombucha Brew

 

BREAD

2-Minute Miracle Oat-Flax Bread

3-Minute Miracle Bread (English muffin, hamburger bun, sliced bread)

Quinoa Oat Pizza Crust (no soaking!)

 

BREAKFAST

Apple Pancakes

Chocolate Sauce for Pancakes and Waffles

Coconut Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce and Fresh Berries – my very first-ever vegan and gluten-free pancake recipe

Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce  – 2nd favorite pancake recipe

Green Smoothie

My Favorite Gluten-free and Vegan Pancakes and Waffles 

 

SIDE DISHES/ VEGETABLES

Basmati Rice and Tadik (Persian-style)

Buffalo Cauliflower with Avocado Dill Dipping Sauce

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Candied Yams (or Sweet Potatoes) – new and improved!

Chickpea Fritters with Cucumber Dill Sauce

Cranberry Glaze

Cranberry Sauce

Creamy Mushroom Rice

Garlicky Cauliflower Puree

Garlic’d Cauliflower Puree

Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon

Herb Roasted Potatoes

Kabocha Squash Gratin

Kelp Noodles with Asian Peanut Sauce

Latkes with Chunky Applesauce and Sour “Cream”

Mushroom Gravy

Quinoa Meatballs

Quinoa Stuffing

Potstickers/Gyoza

Raw Stuffing

Roasted Curried Vegetables

Savory Pumpkin Pie

Stuffed Mushrooms

Zoodles with Kale Pumpkin Pesto

 

SALADS and DRESSINGS

Arugula and Persimmon Salad

Cilantro Lime Kale Salad

Curried Chicken-less Salad

Kelp Noodles with Asian Peanut Sauce

Mock Tuna Salad Sandwich

My go-to vinaigrette, sauce, marinade

Oriental Cabbage Salad

Quinoa Kale Salad

Raw Parsley and Kale Tabouli with Hemp Seeds

Red Pepper Puree

Spinach and Parsley Pesto

Zoodles with Kale Pumpkin Pesto

 

SOUPS

Asparagus Soup

Gazpacho (Cold)

Italian Lentil Soup

Kabocha Squash and Ginger Soup

Spicy Red Lentil Dahl

Spicy Tomato Soup

 

MAIN COURSE

Chickpea Fritters with Cucumber Dill Sauce

Curried Chicken-less Salad Sandwiches

Gnocchi with Roasted Butternut Squash

Holiday “Meat”loaf

Holiday Sausage

Kelp Noodles with Asian Peanut Sauce

Latkes

Pasta with Tomato-Cream (Pink) Sauce

Potstickers/Gyoza

Quinoa Meatballs

Quinoa Oat Pizza (no soaking)

Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Raw Stuffing

Red Pepper Puree with Zoodles

Roasted Curried Vegetables

Savory Indian Pancake

Savory Pumpkin Pie

Spinach and Parsley Pesto with Zucchini Noodles

Spicy Red Lentil Dahl

Stuffed Mushrooms

Sweet Potato Crabless Crab Cakes

Sweet Potato Fries with Tikka Masala Sauce

Veggie Burgers

Yellow Curry

Yvonne’s Lasagna

Zoodles with Kale Pumpkin Pesto

 

SWEETS

Almond, Cherry and Chocolate Biscotti

Black Bean Brownies – Best Brownies. Ever.

“Caramel” Candy Apples

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chai Cookies

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Mousse Pecan Tart

Chocolate Sauce for Pancakes and Waffles

Chunky, Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts, Pecans, and Coconut aka Monster Cookies

Coconut Whipped Cream

Creamy Pistachio Rose Dreamcake

Dreamy Creamy Vegan Berry and Vanilla “Cheese”cake

Fig and Frangipane Tart

Fudge Brownies

Garam Masala Cookies

German Chocolate Truffle Cake

Goji-, Cranberry and Coconut Truffles

Monster Cookies

Nutty Creamy Chocolate Cake aka Chocolate Truffle Cake

Persimmon Cookies

Persimmon Muffins

Persimmon Pudding (Persimmon Bread Pudding)

Pistachio-Orange “Blood” Splattered Cupcakes

Pumpkin Pie

Raw Pumpkin-Spiced Mamey Cheesecake

Thin Mint Cookies

Strawberries and Cream with Figs Cheesecake

Sunshine Cookies (Sunbutter Cookies)

Superfood Truffles

Vanilla Bean “Cheese”cake with Mixed Berry Compote

Yayfair Chocolate Candy– Chocolate candy with dried cherry, walnuts, hemp seeds and vegan “caramel”

SUBSTITUTES

Flaxseed Egg – Vegan and Gluten-free Egg Substitute

SONGS

Alice, by Avril Lavigne

Gold Dust, by John Newman

O-bla-di O-bla-da – Life Goes On, by The Beatles

The Moldau, by Bedrich Smetana

 

 

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Below are recipes posted before my transition to the gluten-free vegan lifestyle.  You will notice I did not post much back then.

*Beware: most of these are not vegan or gluten-free. This section is for my non-vegans friends, family, and visitors….

 

BREAKFAST

Strata

SWEETS

Apple Tart

Erica’s Green Cake – minty, chocolately, moist green cake!

 

 

 

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