Recipe: Fall Harvest Soup (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Fall Harvest Soup- Squash, Apple, Carrot, Ginger, Coconut Milk

Fall Harvest Soup Sprinkled with Cinnamon

Ingredients:

One large acorn squash, peeled and cubed (butternut or kabocha squash would also work great)
One large yam, peeled and cubed
Two large carrots, chopped (about 1/3-1/2 cup chopped)
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Recipe: Coconut Almond Hazelnut Butter (Using a Vitamix)

Fresh almond hazelnut coconut butter made using a vitamix

 

Ingredients:

Two cups of raw almonds
One cup of raw hazelnuts
One third of a cup of dried unsweetened coconut flakes
Pinch of sea salt
One teaspoon raw local honey

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping the almonds and the hazelnuts separated, place them on a baking sheet ensuring that they are not overcrowded. Place them in the oven and roast for approximately 10-15 minutes (I took my hazelnuts out a few minutes before the almonds). At the same time spread the dried coconut onto a baking sheet and place in the oven for only 3-4 minutes (It will toast fast so keep an eye on it!). Once the hazelnuts are complete the skins must be removed. Wrap them in a tea cloth and rub them so that the skin comes off as much as possible. Place the almonds, hazelnuts and coconut into your Vitamix (or a food processor or other high speed blender). Add a pinch of salt and then begin to blend. Start your Vitamix at a 1 and slowly increase to a 10. Use the tamper to scrape down the edges as needed. It will take a minute or two for the nuts to start releasing their oils. Once the desired consistency is reached, stop blending. Add in the honey and stir in with a spoon. Transfer to a jar for storage in the fridge (the best way is to use a spatula to scrape all of the nut butter out).

Enjoy on your favorite fruits, toast, etc!

xo domestikatie

Recipe: Frothy Almond Coconut Chai

Ever since I spent the weekend at Salt Spring Centre of Yoga I have been hooked on the idea of fresh chai in the morning. There are so many benefits to the combination of spices used in chai and you can enhance the nutritional value by blending it with organic coconut oil and  organic raw honey. Cardamom is great for enhancing digestion. Cinnamon helps to relieve morning congestion and increase circulation, Ginger  and clove aid to reduce inflammation and ama (built up undigested food residue in your digestive system. No your body is not as efficient as you think!). You will need a blender to make the chai.

Almond Coconut Chai Recipe

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Recipe: Raspberry Dark Chocolate Brownies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

This recipe is based on a recipe that I saw on MindBody but I didn’t have all of the correct ingredients so I made it my own.

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Ingredients:

One and one quarter cups of gluten free all purpose flour
Half a cup of cocao powder
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Living Gluten Free: Victoria’s Best Gluten Free & Vegetarian Options

I am blessed to live in a city that offers so much choice for those of us with limited diets. I also happen to live mere minutes from most of these amazing restaurants and cafes. Here are some of my favorite places offering gluten free and vegetarian options.

1. Be Love Restaurant (1019 Blanshard Street): The entire menu at this restaurant is gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar free and it isn’t gluten free because they use food product substitutes. Its gluten free because they cook with whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible and gluten products don’t fit that category. It is amazing to be able to go and order anything I want off the menu. They are so extremely creative with every meal they offer and the menu changes seasonally. My favorite sweet so far s the karma bar.

2. Bubby Rose’s Bakery (1022 Cook Street) & Bubby’s Kitchen (355 Cook Street): Bubby’s is definitely a guilty pleasure. They offer some of the best gluten free treats in the city. On the top of my list are the chocolate quinoa cupcake and quinoa sandwich, as well as the banana rice loaf and espresso brownie. All of them are filled with sugar but sometimes you just have to say f*ck it and enjoy yourself!  Their menu also includes fabulous gluten free pizza with creative toppings and you can buy the dough to make pizzas at home. They also offer gluten free buns and bread for any menu item that requires it. Continue reading

Recipe: Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients:

One head of cauliflower
Two tbsp extra virgin olive oil
One tbsp turmeric
One tbsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
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Recipe: Avocado Cashew Cream

Avocado Cashew Cream with Quinoa Black Bean Stew

Ingredients:

One cup of raw cashews, soaked for 2-8 hours and drained
Half of a ripe avocado
One tsp apple cider vinager
One tsp fresh lemon juice
Half tsp onion powder
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Recipe: Cashew Cream Veggie Rice Bowls

Cashew cream with yams, broccoli and veggies. Vegan and gluten free.

Ingredients:

Cashew Cream
One cup raw cashews, soaked for 2-8 hours
One tbsp apple cider vinegar
One tbsp fresh lemon juice
A pinch of each: paprika, garlic powder, cayenne, onion powder
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Warm water, approximately 1/2 a cup to 1 cup depending on desired consistency

Rice Bowl
Two tbsp organic coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
Two cups yams, pealed and cubed
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Recipe: Thai Green Apple Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Green Apple Salad

Ingredients:

Salad
4 Green apples, cores removed
One red bell pepper
One red onion
One english cucumber
1 Cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Cup roasted cashews, chopped

Dressing
One cup of sesame tahini
One clove of garlic
Juice from one small lemon
Water, 1/2 cup to 1 cup depending on desired thickness
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Recipe: Black Kale Chips

Organic Black Kale Chips Recipe

I like to use black kale instead of green kale as it isn’t as tough as green kale and is not as bitter. Great option for people who are still a bit iffy about eating kale!

Ingredients:

1 Bunch of organic black kale
1 Tsp olive oil
A pinch of sea salt
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