No Bake Vegan Chocolate Pomegranate Cheesecake

I haven’t written a blog post in a while because it’s been crazy busy around here! I have created tons of recipes but can’t find the time to post them! I’m hoping after graduation it will get much easier to post more often.
I think the reason I’ve been so busy is because I’m consulting a few hours a week while trying to finish up a few projects and write my thesis. The good news in all of this is that I have finished the first draft of chapters 1 and 2 of my thesis. I usually leave things until the last minute so I think this is great progress.
Aside from working and writing I also try to take a breather every now and then and read a few pages of a fun book or watch a movie. Last July Eric and I bought season tickets to the Pantages theatre to see musicals. It has been really fun to go to musicals every now and then and just relax.

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Vegan Healthy Caramel Apple Bites

Caramel Apple BitesThese caramel apple bites are an awesome healthy dessert! We have gotten used to having something sweet in the evenings and we really need to reel this in a little bit. Instead of having super sugary desserts I’ve been trying to think of healthier ways to satisfy that sweet tooth. I got the idea to make caramel apple slices from domestically blissful (hers look so tasty!). I wanted to make these vegan so that Eric and I could enjoy these together, so I decided to make a raw date caramel instead of using traditional caramel. These were super easy and very yummy. We originally planned on only eating two each….but….we ate them all.

To make the raw date caramel just add 15 pitted medjool dates to a food processor along with 2 tbsp of almond milk and 2 tbsp of coconut cream (alternatively add almond milk in substitute for the coconut cream). Process the dates until a creamy paste forms. Continue reading

Day 1: Nepalese Cuisine – One Country a Day

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Day 1 on our journey was Nepal. We actually picked which countries would be on our menu about a week before the Nepal earthquake. The devastation in Nepal right now is heartbreaking so I really wanted to start the week off with Nepal while I still had all of my energy.
Nepal Day Menu:
Breakfast – Khir
Lunch – Momo
Dinner – Dal Bhat
Dessert – Kaju Peda
For breakfast we had khir, a nepalese rice pudding/porridge (also called kheer in parts of India). I have actually been craving rice pudding for a couple weeks now so this was nice to have thrown in the mix. The khir (recipe below) was a little different from the rice pudding I grew up with. I’m used to cinnamon and nutmeg, but khir is seasoned with cardamom and cloves. It was really tasty, but not quite what I am used to for breakfast. I think that is going to be a trend throughout this week. I am so used to American breakfasts being large and dense, I think we will find the simplicity of breakfasts from other countries refreshing.

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