Thursday, July 30, 2015

Current Vegan Eats & Winner Announcements!

Hello there!  Before we get into all of these vegan eats - even some RAW Vegan Eats...I wanted to announce the winners of my last contest which was the NuNaturals $70 Prize Pack!

Linda K from the USA

Brenda P from Canada

Suituapui from Malaysia

Ashley R from USA

Thanks so much to everyone for participating the feedback was AMAZING!  Congrats to all of the winners!

In the first photo you will see a dip that I did a while back!  My thought behind it was to incorporate Mesquite Powder because I recently received a slew of it in an order from The Raw Food World and I wanted to start experimenting with it.

In this dip I used Cashews, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Red Bell Pepper, Garlic, Apple Cider Vinegar, Mesquite Powder, and Parsley.

Check out the entire recipe HERE it's one of the featured recipes over at The Raw Food World NEWS Recipe Section.

In other news I recently acquired like 20 pounds of bananas for FREE from a local produce stand! How awesome is that!?  They had a SLEW of over ripe bananas and they were due to get more in the following day and asked me if I wanted them!  Of course, I jumped at the opportunity even tho I'm not a fan of bananas I have been trying to incorporate more and more of them in my smoothies because I know how GOOD bananas are for you!  I shared a few pounds with 2 of the girls at work and went home to freeze the rest of them!

I also found a new-to-me flavor of Naked Smoothie at a nearby store.  I REALLY liked this flavor and grabbed it while traveling for work the other day!

Not too long ago I threw together a Farro Dish!

It was similar to the one I did HERE but I didn't have any artichokes or pine nuts to add to it this time around.

Before I get to my next few photos I wanted to let you know that this weekend my sister and I are going to the WNY Veg Fest in Buffalo!  We had so much fun last year we decided to make it a priority to go again this year.  I've already contacted Chis from The Vegan Zombie and he and Jon will both be there again!   This year I think I will make up some cards to pass out for my site!  I really want to start networking more with people in the Tri-State area and more online!

Here's a Mediterranean Chickpea Salad of sorts I did this past week!   Here's what's in it...

2 C Chickpeas
1 C diced tomatoes
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1/4 C Parsley
1/4 C Chives
1 T Oregano
3 T Balsamic
Sea Salt/Pepper to taste

I loved the way this turned out!  It was so yummy!

Question of the Day...what's the last dish you made using Chickpeas?

And FINALLY...some raw vegan ice cream...

What it contains:

4 Frozen Bananas
5 T Almond Milk
1 C Frozen Strawberries
3 to 4 T Nut Butter of your choice

For the Nut Butter I used Jem Organic's Super Berry Maqui Camu and it was wonderful!

I blended the Frozen Bananas first (with the Almond Milk) and then added half of the nut butter.  I blended the strawberries separately and added both mixtures into a large glass dish and mixture by hand because I wanted chunks of fruit.  I then added the remaining nut butter.  It was great!


  1. Everything looks delightful, especially the chickpea dish. I love garbanzo beans.

    Congratulations to the winners.

    1. Thanks! I thought you might like that dish :) I was surprised with the outcome of the mesquite dip, too! Yummo!

  2. That dip looks AMAZING! I have to use faro more. I usually use it in lentil soups. I love banana ice cream. I used chickpeas in my hummus pasta dish the other night. Love them!

    1. Thanks! Yes...I was pleased with the outcome of that dip! I enjoy farro! My favorite is with sun dried tomatoes and artichokes with a splash of balsmaic thus far! Hummus! Can't get enough Hummus!!!!!!

  3. Oh man! Free bananas! So jealous!

  4. Oh these all look so delicious but I especially like the looks of that ice cream!!

    1. Thanks! I hope to be doing more non-dairy ice creams soon!

  5. I won??? Oh my!! Thanks, will look out to hearing from them.

    I wonder what bananas those are. There is a variety here that turns black when ripe but still very nice and edible inside. Other varieties, when over ripe, they use to make banana cakes. They say the cakes are nicer with those.

    My girl love the chia seed bread I get at a local bakery. Over RM5.00 a small loaf, not cheap but as long as she enjoys it, it is worth it. I bet she would love that chick pea salad you made. We go not use chick peas much here, usually boiled with a little salt added and eaten as a snack.

    1. Yes, you won! What's your email addy!? I tried sending you one yesterday but I think I had the wrong email addy.

      Those are just our common bananas here we get at the stores here in the US.

    2. Oops!!! Sorry! I don't check my emails, this one that I use for my blog, all that regularly. I've replied though - on July 30. Sent you my other email add.

  6. Agreed, everything looks wonderful! Love the raw ice cream and chickpea dish!

    1. Thanks! I thought you might like those two :)

  7. Your chickpea dish looks great and sounds super yummy. THe last thing I made with chickpeas was a big batch of hummus!
    Those smoothies look very convenient thing to grab on the way to work :-)

    1. You can never go wrong with Hummus! Yup! That's exactly what I was going for on those smoothies! I'm so rushed before work and these are great!

  8. Hi Jennifer,
    I am so delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious vegan eats including your tasty Mediterranean Chickpea Salad and awesome vegan ice cream recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I'm pinning and sharing.

    1. Thanks for visiting, commenting, and sharing :)