#30DAYSVEGAN: Date Caramel Sauce

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For some reason September has become my month of change. Last September I challenged myself to a full 30 days of yoga. This September it's eating a vegan diet for a full 30 days. So far it really hasn't been too bad, I find myself cooking more and preparing meals ahead of time in the week. If you want to know more about my decision to go vegan check this post.

This is a recipe for a yummy caramel sauce that can be used for dipping, or even as a topping. I've been using it as a sweetener to my oatmeal. It's so good I also just eat it by the spoonful :)

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Ingredients:

  • 12 onces Medjool or Halawy dates
  • 1 1/2 cups of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut cream (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional.....but it makes it takes really good)

You are going to need a food processor of a blender

Directions:

  1. Soak the dates in hot water for 5-10 mins.
  2. When they are ready you are going to peel the skin off with you fingers and remove the pit. This can take some time. I used two types of dates and found the Medjool dates where easier to peel. Save some of the water they were soaking in.
  3. In the food processor blend the dates until they are smooth and creamy. Here is where you add your ingredients. Add the Vanilla, and 2 table spoons of the sweet water you saved. process until smooth and add water as needed it its too thick.
  4. Add coconut cream. Do this at the end and blend until it is mixed in ( maybe 10 pulses)
  5. Taste! and added ingredients as needed. Lastly add in the lemon juice and salt, add more as needed to suit your taste.

This recipe was inspired by simplyrecipes.com

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#30DAYSVEGAN: Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

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This is a typical breakfast for me. It's mostly all the veggies I can find at the time sauteed, seasoned and served on top of quinoa. This is a usually my meal after I workout in the morning. Being a long time vegetarian I am always asked how I am able to get enough protein. Quinoa is a great source of protein, is fulling and can be season and flavored so many ways. So its a great after workout meal.

So there you have it!!

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Ingredients:

  • Quinoa
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Snap peas
  • Avocado
  • Olive Oil
  • Himalayan Salt

Directions:

1). I cook a large pot of quinoa early in the week that way I have it as a side for most of my meals. So it might be a good idea to do that ahead of time if you are making this in the morning and are headed out the door

2) I saute all the veggies placing them in the skillet from what will take the most time to cook, to the least time. Season to taste.

3) I scoop about a cup of quinoa and top it with my veggie mix and a sliced avocado.

BON APPETIT!! 

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