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Purple Dinosaur Smoothie

Even though my kids aren't in Barney's target audience anymore, the purple dinosaur is the first thing I thought of while working on a name for this recipe.

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For whatever reason, #thesekids are over green smoothies for the moment, so I came up with a simple fruit one to get them back on the smoothie train.

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Purple Dinosaur Smoothie

by Brown Vegan

Keywords: breakfast dessert snack vegan

Ingredients (Serves 3 kids)

  • 2 cups soy or almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

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Zaalouk Recipe

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On the same day Lisa and I recorded the Asian tofu salad video, she made us zaalouk--one of her favorite Moroccan dishes.  Like a lot of other wonderful cooks, Lisa isn't one to measure her spices and other ingredients.  She relies heavily on color, taste, texture and smell to guide her in the kitchen. 

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Being that I was working on my 2nd glass of wine, I failed to take notes myself. #thestruggle

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Anyway, I didn't want to leave this post with just pictures, so here's a list of all the ingredients Lisa used in her recipe:

1 large eggplant

Diced tomatoes, canned

Olive oil

Garlic, minced

Dried parsley

Cumin

Paprika

Salt

Pepper

Vinegar (red wine or champagne)  or lemon juice or sumac  (something acidic)

Saute aromatics in olive oil, then cook everything until soft, and mash it up with a potato masher.

Drizzle olive oil on top.

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Eat with pita bread scooping the zaalouk in with your fingers--in true Moccorran style.

Have a great weekend!

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Easy Chocolate Pudding

All I need in this life of sin is a bowl of anything that includes chocolate. 

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You know what annoys me about food blogs? When a recipe claims to be easy but has a trillion steps and a trillion more fresh ingredients that need to be chopped. I love to cook and don't mind the extra work, but even I look at some of these recipes and find that language so darn condescending.  It's like me saying this cinnamon roll recipe is easy.  Easy to who?

Anyway...I can say with confidence this chocolate pudding recipe is easy and guess what else? It's pretty darn good, too. 

All you need is 4 ingredients and a blender.

The avocados don't initially give the pudding an overwhelming flavor, but after 24 hours the taste is bitter (likely from the combination of avocado & cocoa powder) and the avocado flavor more pronounced.  

Be sure to update me when you try the recipe and watch me make it below on Youtube

If you have some leftovers avocados, a banana, and olive oil around make yourself a facial mask to moisturize your situation. 

Chocolate Pudding

by Brown Vegan

Prep Time: 10

Keywords: dessert vegan

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 5 avocados-peeled & pitted
  • 1 cup of raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of agave syrup
  • 1 cup of almond milk (you may want to start with 1/2 cup and increase as needed)

Instructions

Add all ingredients into a blender and mix well. Add a little more almond milk (1 tbsp at a time) if your blender needs help combining the ingredients.

Eat immediately or serve chilled a few hours later.

Best if enjoyed within 24 hours

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Song playing while pitting the avocados...

Pleasure P-You Did Me Wrong

Y'all know there's always a song playing  :-)

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Veganize it! Rice Krispies Treats

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This is an example of a recipe that is easily made vegan with a couple of changes.  I couldn't believe how similar the taste was to homemade Rice Krispies treat from when I was a kid.  All three of my kids gave it a thumbs up!

Some tips:

The marshmallows will take longer to melt down in comparison to conventional ones.

This treat is best enjoyed immediately because the squares will harden up after a few hours.

I used Dandies vegan marshmallows and you can order them online or pick them up at a health food store.

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!

Did you make Rice Krispies Treats as a child? Let's discuss in the comments.

Vegan Rice Krispies Treats

by Brown Vegan

Cook Time: 10

Keywords: snack dessert

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Ingredients (10 square bars)

  • 2 tbsp vegan margarine
  • 2 ½ cups vegan marshmallows
  • 3 ½ cups Rice Krispies cereal

Instructions

Melt margarine in a medium pot. Add in marshmallows and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently. Turn off heat and mix in cereal. Transfer to a square or rectangle shaped dish and press down with a rubber spatula.

Cut into squares. Eat immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Song playing while cooking....

Wrecks N Effect - Rump Shaker Radio Edit

 Theo asked if the song was made by Chris Brown. lol #thesekids

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