Guest Post: Love Veggies and Yoga

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 30, 2011

Happy long weekend to my fellow Canadians! Please welcome Averie from Love Veggies and Yoga sharing her most-loved vegan recipes today! Averie and I met through our blogs and she is one of the most positive, upbeat, and supportive women I know. Her specialty is quick & easy recipes that can fit into just about any schedule, so I’m sure you will find something to try out yourself. Please enjoy the tempting recipes she’s sharing today!

I’m Averie from Love Veggies and Yoga and when Angela asked me if I could help her out with five of my favorite vegan recipes, I was honored.  Angela is one of the hardest working women I know and I am glad she has some fun things going on today other than blogging.  So you’re stuck with me instead.

These are some my favorite recipes and everything here is:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Easy
  • Fast
  • Minimal dishes and cleanup
  • No fancy, exotic, or expensive ingredients

 

It’s my goal to feed myself and my family awesome tasting food that’s easy to make, plant-based, and without sacrificing one ounce of the taste and drool factor.  If it tastes “healthy” I really don’t want it. I want food porn.  I want drool.  I want to be wowed.   But I also don’t want to be in the kitchen for hours and hours.

That said, here are five recipes I make over and over again:

1. Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing

If you’ve never had raw pasta, i.e. zucchini noodles, you are missing out!  Even if you don’t “have to be” gluten free, many people find they feel better when avoiding gluten.  Although my husband thought raw vegetable “noodles” sounded crazy once upon a time, and so did I, I couldn’t imagine eating any other kind of noodle now.  They are filling without being heavy and I find raw zucchini pretty neutral so you can get creative with the sauces and dressings.

I toss these noodles with peanut sauce and with raw marinara sauce, too, for variety and other flavor options.  Everything is better in peanut sauce anyway.

If you don’t have a spiralizer, simply use a vegetable peeler and make “ribbons” for your noodles.  And while you’re at it, you can include cucumber or carrot ribbons, too in the salad.

2. Taste of the Tropics Smoothie

During summer months and warmer weather, I crave lighter fruits and foods and also love to quench my nonstop thirst.  This is a favorite smoothie of mine to whip up and as is the case with almost all of my recipes, there is lots of wiggle room for substitutions, tweaks, improvisations and changes without sacrificing the final product.  Use what you have on hand.  And if you happen to have a little rum on hand, throw that in, too. [ <—yessssssss]

3. Apple Glazed Vegetable & Edamame Stirfry

I love throwing whatever vegetables I have on hand or that may need using up into a skillet and creating ad lib stirfries.  This one happens to pair sweet with savory.  I have a huge sweet tooth that I always like to honor.  This recipe is a one-skillet complete vegan meal that comes together in about 15 minutes.  And if you make extra for planned leftovers you can get two meals out of it.  Cook once, eat twice.  That’s my motto as a fulltime working mom.

4. Vanilla Avocado Banana “Ice Cream”

My husband loves ice cream and used to think that avocados were just mushy, worthless green things.  Until I made him this ice cream. Now, he begs for it.

The avocado imparts creaminess and richness and you will never miss real ice cream.  Nor can you “taste” the avocado in it.  It just disappears and you’re left with really satisfying, creamy, smooth “ice cream”.

And no, you don’t need an ice cream maker for this recipe.  I don’t have one.  I’m sure they’re great and all but I don’t have the storage space.

5. Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter

Finally, I love nut butters of all kinds.   I used to be scared to make my own but not anymore.  Just blend, blend, blend. And even though you may have lost your hearing, you won’t have lost your tastebuds and I promise, this is worth the blend, blend, blending. 

A perfect dip for any fruit, a topping for toast, crackers, a dip for vegetables (and yes, I make Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips using a very similar dip and coating mixture because everything, including kale, is better with chocolate on it).  And really, you can just insert spoon into jar if you’re like me when it comes to nut butters.

So, there you have Five Favorite Vegan Recipes of mine.

Wait, I have a P.S. because I just can’t help myself!

6. High Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Everyone loves these.  Period. They are every bit as good as real cookie dough, they take 5 minutes to make, and I always have a stash of these on hand in the freezer. 

Tip: These store well in the freezer so you can make it all ahead and just pull out what you want, as needed, when you have company come over, you need a midnight snack, your child needs a quick snack, or you’re PMS’ing. [<—yesssssss]

Thanks again to Angela for having me and thanks to you, all of her lovely readers, who are reading.  I’d love to “meet” you and if you do happen to make anything, please stop by my blog and tell me about it!

This weekend is the last weekend you can vote in Chatelaine’s Women of the Year contest (it runs til July 31). I’ve been nominated in the Hot 20 Under 30 Category alongside some kick butt Canadian women. Check out the nominees and vote for your favs in all the categories!

Have a great Saturday!

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Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing July 30, 2011 at 9:39 am

That ice cream looks so good — especially as the heat is quickly building up this morning :) Congratulations on the nomination! So cool!

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Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy July 30, 2011 at 9:40 am

All of these dishes look amazing!

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Jen July 30, 2011 at 9:47 am

Voted for you Angela!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Thanks Jen!

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Sylvia @ The Running Advocate July 30, 2011 at 9:54 am

Wow, my hubby isn’t a big dessert fan but he loves avocados. If that’s not a compromise than I don’t know what is :D I can’t wait to try the cookie dough too! Thanks Averie :D

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Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

I already read Averie’s blog– but if I didn’t I would be heading in that direction right now haha

Great recipes! Happy Saturday!

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DORIS @vanillacocoberry July 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

I just made the cookie dough balls for my host family when I fly over to the US to visit them next week. Yayyyyyyyyy

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Let me know how they like them!

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Sam July 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

Sweet post! I loved reading about averie’s top favorite recipes! I really have to try the avocado ice cream :) & congrats to angela on the nomination, too cool!

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Luv What You Do July 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

I am super excited to try the apple glazed vegetables. They look delish and I am always looking for something to do with left over root veggies in the fall. Thanks!

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katie July 30, 2011 at 10:14 am

Averie rocks! Love the yummy recipes she has on here and she always features on her blog! She is beautiful and she knows how to make people drool with the yummies she creates! Great guest post Averie! How awesome to be doing a guest post on Angela’s site, she is a rock star!!!!

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Girl in the pink July 30, 2011 at 10:15 am

I need to try the zucchini noodles, great idea!!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 30, 2011 at 10:17 am

Ahhhhh those dough balls need to be in my belly. Itsmahbirthday and I’ll eat what I want. <3

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Courtney July 30, 2011 at 10:40 am

I would love to try making that banana ice cream! Im already a huge fan of banana soft serve—I cant imagine how it good it would be with a little extra creaminess! :)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

Love Averie’s blog! I can attest to the yumminess of the avocado ice cream – easy and so satisfying! :)

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Thanks Laura for the kind words and field report on the avo ice cream :)

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Bev Weidner July 30, 2011 at 11:08 am

That apple glazed veggie saute just made me faint. Once I regain my vision, I’m all over it.

w.o.w.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

Congrats on the nomination! love looking at these recipes and your blog :)

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kelli July 30, 2011 at 11:23 am

averie is a sweetheart and her photos are stunning! nommy!!!

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Lindsey @ Why Just Eat July 30, 2011 at 11:28 am

That ice cream looks amazing!! I’m thinking about asking for an ice cream machine for Christmas – and this is going on my list of ice creams to make for sure :)

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Amber K July 30, 2011 at 11:28 am

Averie and her blog rocks! I can definitely attest to the tastiness of smoothie and especially the cookie dough balls. And I might have convinced my husband to try the raw pasta with me!

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cathy July 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm

“Welcome to canada,” averie!
Thanks for sharing five of your favourites – l also enjoyed reading your sidenotes and stories about them!

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Brooke July 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I love that you guys team up on here, it’s so exciting to see so many women as passionate as I am about whole plant based, vegan food. You’re recipes are amazing, and so are Angela’s!! It’s so inspiring looking at all of your guys’ blogs every day. I want to make my own blog here soon if I ever get the time (I know, no excuse, I will have one soon). I am also having trouble trying to talk my fiance into believing that a plant based diet is the best diet out there. He is a vegeterian but eats fish that he catches every once in awhile. I need some encouragement ladies!! Any ideas?

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Just keep serving and eating lots of plants! Lead by example, not by words; celebrate the small steps and victories, something is better than nothing, and just lead with quiet confidence, have patience, and keep offering/making delish plant-based food.

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Brooke July 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Thank you Averie! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Sometimes repeated exposure is all it takes…that’s what I found with Eric. Once he tried some stuff a few times it just clicked with his tastebuds. Also, it helps sometimes not even saying ‘oh this is vegan’ until they try it out. A lot of ppl shy away from it just because it’s vegan, but if they try it first they might have less judgment. :)

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Brooke July 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm

okay sounds good, repeated exposure it is! Thanks so much Angela and thank you for having such an amazing blog.

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[email protected] July 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

everything looks great! thanks for sharing!

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laura July 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Awesome recipes!
Congrats on the nomination :)

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Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine July 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I was waiting and waiting for those cookie dough balls, fearful that they would not appear.

And then, BAMMMMMMMMM!

Happiness :)

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Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Great guest post Averie! I’ll pop over to your blog now :)

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Living, Learning, Eating July 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I’m not a pasta person, but the veg pasta looks amazing! And avocado ice cream???? How have I not eaten that before? I’m an ice cream fanatic (haha, as anyone who knows me knows) and need to get on that asap ;)

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Thank you, Angela, for inviting me to guest post on your blog. And thanks to all your readers for reading my post!

And I hope today, Angela, you are off doing something awesome with your family and you all are having a wonderful weekend! :)

xo

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Thanks Averie!! Love your post :)

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Sarah W July 30, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I am loving all of these guest posts! It’s a great way to find new, AMAZING blogs! Thanks Angela for introducing me to new places!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm

For anyone trying to access the recipe link on the first picture the CORRECT RAW PASTA SALAD LINK IS:
http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2011/03/raw-pasta-salad-with-creamy-lemon-herb-dressing.html

Angela will get it changed soon in the post!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm

ok will change this!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for changing it :) Who knows how it happened. It’s a minor miracle that all the links, pictures and everything DID work. Getting a post from one blogger to the next, and having it all come together, is a minor miracle anyway…haha :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm

ummm I blame blogging at 630am this morning after a late night! haha…I was not in great shape. ;)

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Oh I wish I could have joined you! Sounds like a blast :)

And I wish you could join me at Food & Light! Blogged about it today that I am leaving for it on Monday. I wish you were going!!

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Jennie July 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Haha…you totally made me do a double-take. I have several of my favorite blogs on my bookmark list…including Loves Veggies and Yoga. I had scrolled down the list and *thought* I chose “Oh She Glows” …but then this post popped up. At first, I was like, “Oops…I guess I chose Loves Veggies.” :) It’s so cool how interconnected you all are. Peas and Thank You, Healthy Tipping Point, and KERF are other favorites and I it’s funny how often you all refer to each other – and I think you’ve ALL done book review’s on Mama Pea’s new book. :) Such a great community!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Im throwing ya for a curve ball this week, right? ;)

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Eat Hike Sleep Repeat July 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

The apple glazed veggies look positively fantastic. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your nomination!

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Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm

It’s great to have new recipes to make for those who are scared of “vegan”…The avocado banana ice cream looks delish!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm

It IS really good. It passed the raised-eyebrow-from-husband and the 4 yr old test with flying colors :)

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Sarah @ veggie-kids.blogspot.com/ July 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Two great blogs together in one! Yay! I love both of your blogs (OSG & LV&Y) so what a treat to read your post today. Thanks so much for sharing the great recipes and inspirations!!

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Ann July 31, 2011 at 12:58 am

WOW, these look so delicious! Ive always thought about giving vegan foods a try, but I’ve been too scared to give up my chicken nuggets but these look amazing! Must try them tomorrow!

btw- Just discovered your blog and its so inspiring. I have a similar past (long distance running and had eating disorders throughout highschool) and got out of that hell hole about 2 years ago. Glad to see your achivements and I’ll keep you on my reading list :)

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Olya July 31, 2011 at 4:26 am

They are wonderful looking recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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Living, Learning, Eating July 31, 2011 at 5:41 am

ANGELA! I ate a vegan meal it and it was AMAAZING. One of the best meals of my life (http://livinglearningeating.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/vegan-dinner/) and under $10! Rice Dream Mocha Pie + Me = Happiness :P If I could find a good vegan sub for plain yogurt and plain greek yogurt, I’d probably be so sold on this vegan thing! ;)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 31, 2011 at 7:18 am

Awesome guest post Averie! I love your easy approach to cooking. But you definitely prove that easy doesn’t mean boring – these recipes all look fantastic! I’m really excited to try that apple glazed stir fry.

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kaila @ healthy helper! July 31, 2011 at 7:42 am

These looks fabulous! Love all the vegan recipe lovin’ on the blog lately!

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Colleen July 31, 2011 at 8:06 am

Thanks for sharing Averie! I too was afraid you wouldn’t include the cookie dough balls but there was a p.s. :) I love how your recipes are so simple without weird ingredients, you’re amazing

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Beach Bum Beauty July 31, 2011 at 9:13 am

My husband is addicted to icecream and avocados so what a great idea to make avocado icecream. It looks scrummy and reassuring that I don’t need an icecream maker. Thank you :-)

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Helen July 31, 2011 at 9:31 am

Yum yum! Thanks for sharing, cant wait to get cooking!

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Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 31, 2011 at 9:59 am

Acocado Ice Cream?! That sounds amazing!

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[email protected] July 31, 2011 at 11:02 am

oh mann Averie! The apple glazed stir fry sounds delicious! And pretty appealing to mine eyes…:)

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mi-an July 31, 2011 at 11:57 am

heyy it’s averie!! i already read averie’s blog so i know all of these recipes! i love the raw vegan cookie dough balls! :)

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Michaela July 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm

so excited to see you hear :) Love your top 5!!

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Michaela July 31, 2011 at 12:40 pm

*here

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Katrina July 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm

This stuff is so yummy looking! Awesome.

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Katie July 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm

These are some of my favorties from the blog, Averie! I’ve made several of these recipes, and you never fail me!

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Marla July 31, 2011 at 11:39 pm

It is so fun to see Averie over here. Great food & wonderful guest post :)

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kt August 1, 2011 at 12:53 am

Such beautiful pictures and amazing looking recipes! I can’t wait to try the avocado ice cream.

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LizAshlee August 1, 2011 at 7:50 am

I lUV chocolate chip cookie dough balls!! I have tried them with almonds & walnuts too..delicious!!

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Kim August 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I tried the ice cream but addedd some cocoa powder to it- delish!! I will have to try waiting and freezing it next time!

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Beth August 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

Fantastic guest post by Averie. I’m a big fan of her creations.

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

AVERIE!!!!!!!! Awesome to see you posting on Angela’s blog :-)

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Amanda (Tomboy That Wears Makeup) August 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

it’s so cool to see one of my favourite bloggers on another one of my favourite bloggers site! Nice work ladies!!! Ow OW OWwWWW!

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