Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mousse

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I couldn't let the year come to an end without a chocolate recipe.  So, here it is.  Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mousse with Goji Berries & Hemp Seeds.  This is by far THE simplest, creamiest recipe that you can put together.  Once you make it, you'll always make it AND it's healthy AND it will look awesome on your holiday dessert table.   

Enjoy your holiday's and Happy New Year!!!

 

 

 

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chocolate mousse
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup Cacao powder
2 teaspoons espresso powder
1/4 cup coconut nectar sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup plant-based milk (I used almond milk)

In a food processor or blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into individual serving bowls. Garnish with goji berries and hemp seeds. Serve immediately.

Avocado Toast w/ Sun Dried Tomatoes, Poached Egg & Dukkah

Part IV: On-The-Go Breakfast Series 

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Avocado Toast w/ Sun Dried Tomatoes, Poached Egg, & Dukkah

Yes, it’s Avocado Toast and I’m in love with it!  It’s not only my go-to breakfast food but it’s my go-to lunch on the weekends and a quick snack whenever.  This is a breakfast food that should definitely be in your on-the-go breakfast rotation.  I encourage you to make this on your own as Avocado Toast has grown in popularity so much so, that you can order it at the trendiest of restaurants and pay the trendiest of monies for it.  How do I know?  Because I have…. for research purposes only though!

To make this ambrosia, food of the gods as it has been euphemistically referred to, you need just avocado, toast and your imagination.  My avocado recipe consists of sun dried tomatoes, a poached egg, grain bread, and my new favorite seasoning, dukkah.  It’s a party in your mouth with a wonderful marriage of flavors.  It is packed with the nutrient potassium and it contains those heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.  The good fats. 

Avocado toast is customizable.  You can go plain avo, toast and sea salt or as I said, let your imagination take over by adding thinly sliced cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, feta cheese, corn and so on.  It’s an empty palate waiting for you to go wild.

So, tell me, how do you avo your toast?  Let me know.

Enjoy!

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Avocado Toast w/ Sun Dried Tomatoes, Poached Egg, & Dukkah//serves 1

2 pieces whole grain bread
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 eggs, poached
½ cup sundried tomatoes, packed in oil
1 large ripe avocado, sliced or mashed
2 tablespoons Dukkah, optional
Kosher salt and ground pepper

Fill a large sauce pan with water and add vinegar.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Once boiling, reduce the heat to simmering.  Crack in both eggs and cook for 2 ½ minutes.  The eggs should be oval and still loose in the middle due to the yolks not being set.   Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Toast your bread.  Spoon the sun-dried tomatoes onto each slice of bread.  Next, slice or mash your avocado and arrange on the toasted bread.  Place the poached egg atop of each slice and sprinkle with dukkah, salt and pepper. 

My Summer Power Kale Salad w/ Creamy Avocado-Lime Hemp Seed Dressing

My Summer Power Kale Salad w/ Avocado Lime Hemp Seed Dressing!

Summer is here and I’m overjoyed.  Why?  Because it’s that time of the year where I get to enjoy THE best fruit and vegetables this season offers.  Juicy fruits such as apricots, plums, figs, yellow and white peaches (white peaches are so awesome), and so on.  I made this Summer Power Kale Salad as I wanted something refreshing.  The weather here in LA has been a bit tempestuous.  This past Saturday I enjoyed beach time with my little ones and it was 72 but the water felt like 60’s.  It was an awesome time as usual, but then Sunday rolled around, and the heat showed up as if it had a score to settle.  It was HOT!!!   So, I sought to make something refreshing with juicy summer fruits added. 

This salad is definitely a good for you salad that’s loaded with massaged kale, chickpeas, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, blueberries, nectarines and good for your tummy raw cultured vegetables by Healing Movement.  This is not a sponsored post, but I just love Healing Movement’s products.  Their raw cultured vegetables come in different varieties such as the Green Blend (green cabbage, daikon, cucumber), Red Blend (red cabbage, carrots, celery, sweet potato), Orange Blend (broccoli, carrots, cucumber - this is the one I used for the salad) and Spicy Blend (green cabbage, daikon, cucumber, cayenne).  I am all about tummy health and this is one of the products I use regularly to help with my digestion.  Probiotics rule!!

I topped this baby off with a Creamy Avocado-Lime Hemp Seed Dressing, which was so tasty.  I'm definitely using this dressing for my burgers and veggie fries during the week.  Can't wait! Feel free to experiment and add other toppings such as walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, cheese, you name it.  The key to a great salad is to load it up with fiber rich ingredients such as dark green leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.  Just make sure you add a healthy dressing loaded with good fats.  Let me tell you that this is a quick salad that you can throw together in less than 20 minutes. Eat this with some whole grain bread and you are set.

Good food for your body, mind and soul.

My Summer Power Kale Salad w/ Avocado-Lime Hemp Seed Dressing//serves 4

salad
1 bunch kale (large), rinsed with stems removed, and shredded
Juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup oil (I used coconut oil)
Kosher salt and pepper
2 medium sized nectarines, rinsed and cut into wedges
1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
½ cup sunflower seeds
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 cup Healing Movements raw cultured vegetables (optional)

Creamy Avocado-Lime Hemp Seed Dressing (makes 2 cups)

dressing
1 large avocado
Juice of one lime
½ cup hulled hemp seeds
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup water, plus more to achieve desired consistency
salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing, place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

To prepare the salad, in a large bowl, add shredded kale, lemon juice and the coconut oil.  Massage the kale until all the leaves start to soften and wilt. The greens should look dark and shiny.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl. Toss and serve with the Creamy Avocado-Lime Hemp Seed Dressing.