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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Garlicky Cauliflower Puree

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Thanksgiving is fast approaching and my lovely friend, Jasmine Briones, and I want to make your Thanksgiving one to remember!  We created a bountiful feast for our readers to enjoy, which consists of 13 deliciously tantalizing recipes that will make everybody’s taste buds dance for joy!  We’re referring to this collection of recipes as our Sweet Eclectic Thanksgiving celebration!

This recipe is a great healthy vegan take on garlic mashed potatoes.  Garlicky Cauliflower Puree dressed with Mushroom Gravy is a wonderful side dish for any holiday meal.  It is so easy to make and can be enjoyed year-round!

When trying to eliminate or reduce carbs like rice or potatoes from your diet, using cauliflower is a perfect substitute.  I use cauliflower to make cauliflower “rice”, a couscous substitute, and to make cauliflower puree or mash.

This garlicky cauliflower puree feels and tastes very similar to mashed potatoes, but is so much better for you.  This recipe contains no cream, butter, fake butter, or oil.  Roasted garlic gives this a lovely full flavor.  I enjoy my garlicky cauliflower puree with “Meat”loaf and Mushroom Gravy.

What are some benefits of eating cauliflower?  This cruciferous vegetable is naturally high in both fiber and B-vitamins.  One cup of cooked cauliflower equals 2.28 grams of protein.  It also contains antioxidants and phytonutrients that can protect against cancer, fiber that helps with satiety, weight loss and a healthy digestive tract, choline that is essential for learning and memory, omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation, as well as many other important nutrients.

We hope you enjoy this recipe during the holidays and throughout the year!

Note: This recipe has already been shared on my blog and is a client favorite. Hope it will be one of your favorites, too!

 

Photo Credit: Jasmine Briones

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Garlicky Cauliflower Puree

Servings: 6-8

Time: 40 minutes

 

Ingredients

1 large head of garlic

1 head of cauliflower

2+ cups vegetable stock

½ tsp sea salt

 

Garnish

¼ bunch chives

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Slice off the top of a large head of garlic to expose the cloves inside. Place the head of garlic on a piece of foil, cut side up. Drizzle about 2-3 Tbsp vegetable stock and wrap it tightly in the foil. Roast until cloves are lightly browned and tender, about 30-35 minutes.

3. Clean the cauliflower, removing the outer leaves and base. In a medium saucepot, add 2 cups of vegetable stock, ¼ tsp sea salt, and the cauliflower. Set the pot over medium heat.  Bring it to a boil, then down to a simmer. Cover and cook until tender, about 20-25 minutes.

4. Once the garlic has roasted, let it rest for at least 5 minutes.  It will be hot.  Carefully open the foil, pick up the bulb, and push the garlic cloves from the skin (peel), starting from the bottom up, pushing the roasted cloves out and into a blender.

5.  Strain the cauliflower and reserve the vegetable stock.  Transfer the cauliflower to the blender.  Add the remaining ¼ tsp sea salt. Add ½ of the reserved liquid. Blend and adjust the consistency. If the cauliflower is too thick, add more stock. If it’s too thin, try cooking the liquid out on the stovetop.

6. Season to taste and top with chopped chives.

 

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Cranberry Glaze

_MG_2421Thanksgiving is fast approaching and my lovely friend, Jasmine Briones, and I want to make your Thanksgiving one to remember! We created a bountiful feast for our readers to enjoy, which consists of 13 deliciously tantalizing recipes that will make everybody’s taste buds dance for joy!  We’re referring to this collection of recipes as our Sweet Eclectic Thanksgiving celebration!

Thanksgiving is such a special holiday.  Every household carries on their own unique family traditions.  Jasmine grew up in an Ecuadorian/Filipino household, where it has been a long-standing tradition for her Ecuadorian grandmother to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Her grandmother uses a Cuban marinade for the turkey (Jasmine being vegan does not partake, of course) and the rest of the meal consists of Equadorean dishes.  It was not until Jasmine and I joined forces in the kitchen that she had her first taste of cranberry sauce. She loved it so much that she ate it by the spoonful!  I was surprised because I only have about 2 tablespoons at most during my holiday meals.  With my Grandpa Floyd being from the Midwest (Missouri), it has been my family’s tradition to enjoy the standard American Thanksgiving feast.  In my home, cranberry sauce is an essential side dish.  It is a must-have at the dinner table.

With that, I present to you the first of 13 Thanksgiving recipes for you to enjoy.

This is a new and improved Cranberry Glaze. It’s improved because it contains less sugar than my Cranberry Sauce recipe. Cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, orange juice and orange zest make this sauce very festive and flavorful.  The blended dates make the consistency thicker, easily spreadable, and perfect to top onto a Thanksgiving “Meat”loaf. It also can be served as a side or eaten in a lettuce wrap stuffed with Raw Stuffing and Candied Yams.

To make your holiday a more enjoyable one, I suggest making all of the sides besides the Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon a day in advance.  Spend quality time with your family and just heat and serve (or remove from the fridge) on the actual holiday!

We hope you love it!

 

Photo Credit: Jasmine Briones

 

Please make sure to tag us on 

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Cranberry Glaze

Servings: 8-10

Time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds (or 5 cups) fresh cranberries, washed and dried

3/4 cup medjool dates, pitted

2 cups filtered water

½ cup coconut sugar

1/2 + 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp ground allspice

1/4 + 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 small orange:

½ tsp orange zest

4 Tbsp orange juice

 

Directions

Note: Best made a day in advance:

1. If your dates are too hard, soak them overnight in filtered water.

2. Add the filtered water and dates into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. If it’s a little chunky, that’s fine.

3. Wash and dry the cranberries.

4. In a medium saucepot, combine the coconut sugar, date/water mixture, and cranberries.  Mix.

5. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Add the cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Stir to combine and simmer for about 7-9 minutes.  You will notice that some cranberries will remain whole and some will burst.

6. Add orange zest and juice. Taste and add zest and juice to taste.

7. Cool.  Blend half of  mixture.  Add the blended mixture back to the pot, mix it well, store in a glass container and chill to thicken.  As the sauce chills, the natural pectins in the fruit will thicken the sauce/glaze.

8. Serve chilled and enjoy!

 

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