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

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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, http://comfortfoodla.com/product/vegan-cooking-class/

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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Live Cooking Demonstration at Whole Foods Torrance

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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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Healthy Valentine’s Day Giveaway

 

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In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I partnered up with my lovely friend Jen, of My Beauty Bunny, for a Sweet and Healthy Valentine’s Giveaway!!! ❤

MyBeautyBunny is THE number one cruelty-free beauty blog in the world.  Jen and her team of writers write about cruelty-free beauty, fashion and lifestyle products and services!  I recommend perusing through her site!

Jen and I teamed up to give away some wonderful superfoods and treats as well as 100% natural and vegan beauty products–all valued over $130!  Big thanks to all the companies mentioned, below, for making this giveaway happen.

We are giving away the following to one lucky participant:

1) 100 Percent Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

2) 100 Percent Pure Pink Grapefruit Hydrating Body Wash

3) 100 Percent Pure Pink Grapefruit Body Butter

4) MyEclecticKitchen iTunes App or eBook

5) MyEclecticKitchen Organic Cotton Tote Bag

6) Melissas Produce #GojiBerries

7) Melissas Produce #WhiteChiaSeeds

8) Melissas Produce Cacao Nibs

9) Melissas Produce Red Quinoa

10) MelissasProduce Quinoa (regular)

11) 2 One Coconut Guava Coconut Waters

12) Chicza natural chewing gum (petroleum-free!)

13) Natures Bakery Fig Bar

Yes, all these products are vegan and beautifying!

Super easy to enter. Simply in Instagram:

1) Like the giveaway post

2) Follow @mybeautybunny and @yvonne_deliciously_vegan

3) Tell us why you’d like to win

4) Tag 3 friends

You may enter Once a Day here and/or on @mybeautybunny’s giveaway post.  Contest is open to US residents only. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. Ends on Tuesday, February 17th, at 11pm.

Good luck! ❤

 

 

 

 

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Whole Foods Demo / Engine 2 Challenge Graduation Dinner

 

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On February 12th at 6:30pm, I will be having a live cooking demo and dinner  to celebrate the completion of the 28-day Engine 2 Challenge at Whole Foods Market in Torrance, California.

I will be preparing 4 recipes:

1) Green Smoothie

2) Simple Massaged-Kale Salad

3) Vegan “Meat”loaf and Garlicky Cauliflower Puree

4) Triple Chocolate Cake

All attendees will enjoy a full dinner (not just samples) and a My Eclectic Kitchen Goodie Bag!

To reserve your seat for only $5, click here.

This event is a graduation celebration for participants of the 28-day Engine 2 Challenge, based on Rip Esselstyn‘s Engine 2 Diet book, but anyone who enjoys healthy nutritious food is invited to attend!  All recipes demonstrated and served will be Engine 2 diet compliant, meaning they will be whole-foods, plant-based, low in sugar and salt, and free of oil and refined ingredients.  That said, I promise the menu will be delicious!

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Again, don’t forget to reserve your seat before the event fills up!  The cost is only $5.  What a deal!

Whole Foods Market is one of my favorite places to pick up produce, specialty flours and grains, snacks, plant-based milks, personal care, home cleaning supplies, and ready-made foods.

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I took a tour of Whole Foods Market in Torrance recently and learned a great deal, and I compiled a list of things that you might be able to benefit from!

Did you know…

1) If you need only half of a cabbage or watermelon, they will cut half of it for you to purchase.

2) On Wednesdays, at the salad bar and hot bar, get $2 off per pound.  Some locations only offer $1 off  (like Arroyo, Pasadena)

3) Get 10% off if you purchase one case of produce.

4) Whole Foods Market has a Health Starts Here Program to guide wise nutrition choices.  When foods are marked with the Health Starts Here symbol, as pictured below, those items have no added oils, they’re low in salt and fat, and they are made with whole-foods.  Unfortunately, not all of them are vegan and gluten-free, so make sure to read the list of ingredients to ensure they are aligned with whichever diet you follow.  

5) Engine 2 Diet products, which are plant-strong, low in sugar and salt, and oil-free can be found all over the store, from frozen burger patties (which are delicious), to almond milk, hummus, cereal, and crackers.  The list goes on.

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6) Almost every Whole Foods location has an on-going or upcoming Engine 2 Diet Challenge.  Call your local Whole Foods location for details.  Some challenges are online and there are a few that have weekly meet-ups.

Hopefully this list was helpful to you.  I hope you learned a little more about Whole Foods Market and about the Engine 2 Diet, and I hope to see you on Thursday, February 12th at 6:30pm!

 

 

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Giveaway with Tastes Happy :)

 

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It’s giveaway time!  One of my family friends, Amanda Kim, recently opened an organic and gluten-free bakery in Washington state, called Tastes Happy! They sell food you can feel good about, using local, organic, non-gmo ingredients.  All of their goods are free of refined ingredients and they have allergy-friendly options, too.  An added bonus, they use eco-friendly packaging and labels!

I teamed up with Tastes Happy to give away the following to one lucky participant:

1) Toasted Coconut Granola

2) Chocolate Chia Granola

3) Cinnamon Raisin Granola

4) Pear Cranberry Spread

5) Pear Spread

6) Apple Cranberry Spread

7) My Eclectic Kitchen iPhone App or eBook

8) My Eclectic Kitchen organic cotton tote bag

(Yes, they are vegan!)

The granola is really yummy and perfect to top your nana ice cream, smoothie bowls, banana crunch pops, #cocoyo with! The spreads are perfect for toasts, crackers, to enjoy with vegan cheese, or to add to cocoyo, or #parfaits.

Super easy to enter. Simply:

(In Instagram)

1) Like this post, http://instagram.com/p/ynSTKXAjhV/?modal=true

2) Follow @tastes_happy and me,  @yvonne_deliciously_vegan

3) Tell us something about yourself

4) Tag 3 friends

Contest is open worldwide and ends on February 9, at 11pm.

For those who cannot wait to get their hands on Tastes Happy goodies, visit their website, www.tasteshappy.com to check out their product line, and use coupon code, ECLECTIC for 10% off your order!

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Raw Superfood Truffles demo at LA Cookie Con with Melissa’s Produce

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On Sunday, January 25th, Los Angeles debuted its very first LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show.  When I was invited to give a live “cooking” demo at the West Coast’s biggest baking and pastry party, I could not turn down the opportunity.  As many of you know, it is my mission to prove to all that vegan and gluten-free food can be absolutely delicious while still being nutritious.  I had two demos—one in the morning and one in the afternoon, so I was happy to have broadcast my message twice!  I was also thrilled that vegans and non-vegans alike loved my Superfood Truffles and came back for seconds and thirds!

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Many thanks to Nancy Tei, the organizer of the event, for inviting me to demonstrate how to make a raw vegan and gluten-free dessert to the public, and a big thanks to my friends at Melissa’s Produce for providing all of the delicious and nourishing ingredients to make my Superfood Truffles.  Additionally, I want to thank all those who stopped by to watch my cooking demos and asked great questions about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle and eating raw until 4 o’clock.

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Melissa’s Produce made this such a positive experience for me.  The Friday before the event, I met up with Nancy Eisman and Sara De Leeuw at the Melissa’s Produce test kitchen to prepare samples and prizes to give away at the convention.  Nancy works on various projects at Melissa’s Produce and writes for the Melissa’s Produce blog, Plantbased411 blog as well as her own blog, Adventures with Nancy Rose.  Sara is a Master Preserver, instructor, and the creator of the My Imperfect Kitchen blog.  One thing I miss about working in a professional kitchen is having coworkers and getting to know one another as we complete our tasks.  I had so much fun rolling my hundreds of truffles while getting to know these lovely ladies at the test kitchen.  I felt that we clicked right from the start, so that was a great feeling.  On the day of the convention, Nancy and Sara were some of my biggest cheerleaders–I cannot thank them enough for their support!

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Sara also demo’d at the convention.  She made the most amazing Chocolate Chile Bark with Pepitas and Blood Orange Zest.  It is the Best chocolate bark I have ever tasted!  The recipe can be found on her blog or in the Melissa’s Produce The Great Pepper Cookbook.

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Meanwhile, Nancy distributed Melissa’s Produce Clean Snax to the public.  They come in four flavors: almond, coconut, cranberry, and pumpkin.  They are bee-gan (which means they contain honey).  My husband, who considers himself plant-based, enjoys this snack.  He usually picks up the snack at the Staples Center when we attend Clippers games, and he enjoys the pumpkin flavor most.

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Now, let me tell you about my Superfood Truffles.  The recipe is actually a collaboration.  When Nancy Eisman and I discussed ingredients I needed in order to make my Goji-, Cranberry, Coconut Truffles recipe, Nancy suggested I add some cacao nibs to make it a little chocolatey.  At first I was not keen on the idea, but Nancy really believed that it was a great idea since so many people who love cookies and pastries also love chocolate.  We gave it a try—added it into the recipe and, oh my, they turned out even better than the original.  So delicious.  The cacao nibs add a nice crunch factor and deep chocolate flavor to the truffles.  That is how the Superfood Truffle was born!  I’m so glad I met Nancy.  Not only is she down-to-earth and fun, without her I wouldn’t have my Superfood Truffles recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as a snack or dessert!

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Melissa’s Produce and goods can be found in the US, in major grocery stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Vons, Ralphs, and the list goes on.

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Superfood Truffles

Servings:  15

Time:  20 minutes

Diet: V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, R

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/2 cup for rolling

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup dried goji berries

3/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup coconut nectar

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

2 tsp vanilla extract

a pinch fine sea salt

1/4 cup cacao nibs

Directions

1.  Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the cacao nibs to a food processor.  Pulse a few times to combine until you reach a texture of your liking.  More texture is better than being over-processed.  You still want to see chunks of the dried fruit.

2.  Pour the mixture into a medium bowl.  Add the cacao nibs and stir to combine, using clean hands or a silicone spatula.  Make sure the cacao nibs are evenly distributed!

3.  Line a quarter-sheet pan or tupperware with parchment paper.  Scoop out 1.5 Tbsp-sized truffles, round them out with your hands, then roll into coconut flakes and place them onto the lined sheet tray or plate.  You should make about 15-18 truffles.  Refrigerate immediately until hardened, about 15-20 minutes.

Note: These truffles are best eaten cold, right out of the refrigerator. Enjoy!

 

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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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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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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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Cyber Monday – My Eclectic Kitchen App Sale!

 

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Exciting news!!! For Cyber Monday, December 1st from 12am to 11:59pm PST, the My Eclectic Kitchen app will be on sale!

For one day only, the app will be sold for a steal–25% off the regular price!!!

In the app, you will receive 141 delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes.  Search for recipes by food-type (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, sweets, condiments), diet (raw, nut-free, soy-free), ingredients, or by photo. Updates will be made regularly, which means that you will receive recipes as I create them!  You can find useful resources and tips, such as how to properly soak nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes; vegan and gluten-free substitutes for common cooking ingredients; most commonly used kitchen equipment; kitchen staples; and suggested articles on family, home, garden, food and drink, mind, and body.  You can even watch my cooking videos, index your favorite recipes, and shop for kitchen equipment and ingredients!

The app is not only for those with vegan and gluten-free diets, but also for those who are looking to eat healthier, plant-based foods without compromising flavor.

It has been a true pleasure creating and sharing my recipes with you. Thank you so much to all of my readers for your continued love and support!  You help make my job of developing nutritious, gluten-free, and vegan recipes a labor of love!

To download the My Eclectic Kitchen App in Google Play or iTunes, click this link!

 

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