Kitchen Treaty http://www.kitchentreaty.com Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:12:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Spinach Hummus http://www.kitchentreaty.com/spinach-hummus/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/spinach-hummus/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14465

If green smoothies can be all the rage, then why not green hummus?! Okay, so one is sweet and the other is savory. One is a drink and the other is a dip. But one thing they do have in common? You can’t taste the spinach! The spinach does, however, add a nice verdant hue and a ton of nutrients. Whether smoothie or dip, it’s a worthy addition.

This Spinach Hummus recipe tastes like classic hummus, but it boasts a boost of nutrients - and a prettier color too.

Green is my favorite color, so I’m especially down with this Spinach Hummus recipe. It truly tastes like the unparalleled classic hummus, but it’s way more fun.

I like it with rice crackers, pita chips, or red bell peppers. Hummus also makes a fine substitute for cheese in grilled cheese sandwiches (try it!) I’ve been eating so much hummus lately, in fact, that I’ve dreamed up a name for a new blog: HummusIsMyButtercream.com. Yes? No? Hummus is just, just, so freaking spatula-licking good, you know?

This Spinach Hummus recipe tastes like classic hummus, but it boasts a boost of nutrients - and a pretty color too.

Proof positive: It actually is easy being green.

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Vegan Tropical Muffins with Crunchy Coconut Streusel http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-tropical-muffins-with-crunchy-coconut-streusel/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-tropical-muffins-with-crunchy-coconut-streusel/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14432

Swaying palm trees. White sand. Shockingly blue water. It’s been too long since I’ve been to a tropical isle, and every year right about now, my cravings for paradise only intensify. This year, though, we’re staying put in the Pacific Northwest again – so I’ll have to remain satisfied with Vegan Tropical Muffins instead. The good news? They’re a surprisingly effective reminder of the tropics!

Vegan Tropical Muffins with Crunchy Coconut Streusel recipe

With tropical flavors like banana, pineapple, and coconut, when I’m eating one, I can almost feel the sand on my toes. Okay, not really – that’s taking it a little far. But they do taste tropically delicious, for sure. So there is that.

These muffins have a dual personality. Just out of the oven, they’re light and crumbly with a satisfying crunchy streusel topping. After they’ve sat for awhile in an airtight container – and especially the next day and beyond – they moisten up and really become the delectable gems I love.

Vegan Tropical Muffins with Crunchy Coconut Streusel recipe

I’ve made these with and without the pineapple, and they’re plenty good without. But with the pineapple?

Lu-wow.

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Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-black-bean-mango-caribbean-chili/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-black-bean-mango-caribbean-chili/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14560

If there were Academy Awards for recipes, I would nominate this for “Best New Chili in a Slow Cooker.” Can you nominate yourself for the Oscars? In my little fantasy recipe awards world, you totally can.

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili recipe - A savory and sweet taste of the tropics, this vegan chili will shake up your Crock Pot chili rotation. In a good way.
I might be biased, but seriously, this Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili is top-notch. I’ve made my share of chili recipes (and adore every single one of them, being a chili fiend and all) – but in my book, this one is right up there with the best of them. It’s just different enough to be special, yet familiar enough to qualify as serious comfort food.

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili recipe - A savory and sweet taste of the tropics, this vegan chili will shake up your Crock Pot chili rotation. In a good way.

What makes this vegetarian Caribbean chili so different? Well, it’s Caribbean! Okay, so it’s not actually Caribbean, but it’s infused with Caribbean-influenced goodness. Black beans and peppers, for one. And we’ve got mangoes, of course, along with (yup) golden raisins thrown in. Trust me. The fruit adds this wonderful sweet contrast that melds wonderfully with the savory components.

And then there are the familiar chili spices – chili powder, cumin, even some smoked paprika. But then we’ve got cinnamon and allspice. And it so, so works.

I never thought I could be quite so excited about chili, but seriously. New fave right here.

I’d like to thank my Crock Pot. I couldn’t have done it without you! And black beans. Oh, and mangoes! You’re the secret ingredient, my friend!

Okay, so I need to work on my acceptance speech.

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Sticky Coconut Rice with Scallions and Goodness and Light http://www.kitchentreaty.com/sticky-coconut-rice-with-scallions-and-goodness-and-light/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/sticky-coconut-rice-with-scallions-and-goodness-and-light/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=12601

One tough thing about being a food blogger is having to come up with names for your recipes. But a great thing about being a food blogger is having to come up with names for your recipes. I can call stuff anything I want. I feel so powerful! (Not really, though it’s fun to pretend while practicing my evil laugh.)

I can definitely tell you that “goodness” and “light” aren’t actually in the list of ingredients for this Sticky Coconut Rice recipe, but I can promise you’ll understand once you take your first bite of this savory side.

Sticky Coconut Rice with Scallions and Goodness and Light - an easy vegan rice recipe that everyone will love. Only 20 minutes and 5 ingredients to make.

Why is it amazing? Well, first of all, the taste is shockingly, like, almost transcendent. I mean, I know us food bloggers like to say “YOU GUYS BEST THING EVER!!!” about every single thing, but seriously. It’s a little creamy, a lot sticky, slightly sweet, but definitely savory. It’s coconutty without being overtly so. And it goes equally well with Thai cuisine, Chinese, or Caribbean-inspired fare like an also-fab chili recipe I’m excited to share later this week.

Sticky Coconut Rice with Scallions and Goodness and Light - an easy vegan rice recipe that everyone will love. Only 20 minutes and 5 ingredients to make.

What else is so great about this stuff? It only takes 20 minutes, most of which is hands-off. And the number of ingredients? Five. If we don’t count the water. Four if we don’t count the salt. Three if we don’t count the rice, but I suppose that would be pushing it.

Sticky Coconut Rice with Scallions and Goodness and Light - an easy vegan rice recipe that everyone will love. Only 20 minutes and 5 ingredients to make.

Goodness, light, scallions, and rice. And coconut milk.

Can you hear the magical tune as the sun turns its angelic rays toward this magical marvel?

“Laaaaaaaaa!”

Sticky Coconut Rice with Scallions and Goodness and Light - an easy vegan rice recipe that everyone will love. Only 20 minutes and 5 ingredients to make.

I know, I know. Too far.

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25-Minute Comforting Veggie Soup http://www.kitchentreaty.com/25-minute-comforting-veggie-soup/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/25-minute-comforting-veggie-soup/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14367

Veggie Soup for the Soul. That’s what we’ve got right here. And also veggie soup for our taste buds, our bellies, and our frazzled nerves. Veggie soup for every-darn-thing, basically.

25-Minute Comforting Veggie Soup recipe

Conveniently, this Comforting Veggie Soup comes together in just under 25 minutes – because on those frazzled days when you need comfort the most, usually you’re a little short on time. And patience. And energy. So, perfect!

25-Minute Comforting Veggie Soup recipe

This soup is light yet satisfying; it’s super-simple yet full of flavor. It tastes like it simmered all day, but it takes 25 minutes from that first chop of veggies to the last ladle into your bowl. That’s my kinda soup.

25-Minute Comforting Veggie Soup recipe

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How to Make Cashew Milk Coffee Creamer http://www.kitchentreaty.com/how-to-make-cashew-milk-coffee-creamer/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/how-to-make-cashew-milk-coffee-creamer/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:15:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14410

Can’t do black coffee? Me either! As much as I would love to, straight-up black coffee – even the really, really high-quality stuff – is borderline vile to me. It’s weird (and awesome) how a splash of cream can transform it into a dreamy wonderland of morning goodness.

For years, my creamer of choice was half-and-half. But every once in awhile, I would venture away from half-and-half in search of something healthier. Almond milk coffee creamer is a remarkable substitute; I really like canned lite coconut milk in coffee, too. But lately, all of the other options – and half-and-half too – have taken a backseat to my new love: Cashew Milk Coffee Creamer.

How to Make Cashew Milk Coffee Creamer - rich, creamy, and unbelievably easy to make.

Why do I love it so?

  • Homemade cashew milk coffee creamer is exceptionally rich and creamy – the closest thing I’ve found to half-and-half so far
  • Cashews already have a touch of natural sweetness, so no additional sweetener is needed
  • It’s so (so!) easy to make – you don’t even need to strain it
  • It’s about as whole-foods as it gets – no weird chemicals or unpronounceable ingredients
  • It’s rich and creamy and utterly divine in coffee. Wait – did I already say it’s rich and creamy? But seriously. It is.

How to Make Cashew Milk Coffee Creamer - rich, creamy, and unbelievably easy to make.

Ready to try it for yourself? Here’s How to Make Cashew Milk Coffee Creamer. Honestly, though, it’s so easy, it really doesn’t even warrant a tutorial!

Soak Your Nuts

How to Make Cashew Milk Coffee Creamer - rich, creamy, and unbelievably easy to make.

So many possible jokes when writing about nuts, eh? Anyway – ahem – soak those bad boys. You want raw, unsalted, whole cashews. 1/2 cup of them. Place them in a jar or container of choice with an airtight lid (I use a pint-size mason jar) and add water – about 1 1/2 cups or so. Let them sit at room temperature for 4-6 hours, or place then in the refrigerator if you’re going to soak overnight.

Make Your Coffee Creamer

How to Make Cashew Milk Coffee Creamer - rich, creamy, and unbelievably easy to make.

Drain and rinse the soaked cashews and add them to the pitcher of a blender along with 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional), and a pinch of salt (also optional). And puree! Whip those nuts into submission. If this is your first time, you might look at the soaked cashews floating in the water and be all … Huh?! How will this become milk? But keep on blending, because soon – in about a minute – you’ll have milky, creamy goodness. Promise.

You’re Done

How to Make Cashew Milk Coffee Creamer - rich, creamy, and unbelievably easy to make.

That’s it! You’re done! Add a splash to your next mug of coffee and you’ll be a happy camper.

You’ll want to keep your Cashew Milk Coffee Creamer in an airtight container in the fridge. Shake it before using it as it may separate a bit as it sits. Your cashew creamer should last a good 5-6 days – make some on Sunday for creamy coffee goodness all week long.

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Toasted Coconut Green Smoothie http://www.kitchentreaty.com/toasted-coconut-green-smoothie/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/toasted-coconut-green-smoothie/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:15:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14452

Well, 2015 is moving right along, isn’t it? Somehow we’ve already passed Valentine’s Day and we’re heading straight for St. Patty’s. Bring on the “St. Patty’s” vs. “St. Paddy’s” arguments (I still have no idea which is correct), the green beer (and the anti- crowd), and all the green foods!

Toasted Coconut Green Smoothie - a creamy, dreamy, coconutty vegan smoothie

If there’s any time of year to drink green smoothies, this is it. And if you’ve yet to dip your toe into green smoothie land (please know I only mean this metaphorically, dipping your toe into a smoothie is weird), then this is not only the time and the place, but it’s also the recipe.

Toasted Coconut Green Smoothie - a creamy, dreamy, coconutty vegan smoothie

This smoothie tastes like straight-up toasted coconut. Which is a good thing, because it’s called a Toasted Coconut Green Smoothie. So we’ve got our bases covered there.

This super simple smoothie has a creamy coconut milk base (I like the lite canned stuff for way less calories and fat but all of the flavor) along with a banana for heft, vitamins, sweetness, and more creaminess.

Then we’ve got, of course, toasted coconut, both blended into the smoothie and a little more on the top if you like. Why not? A little vanilla and, of course, a generous handful of spinach for the green that you can only see, but not taste.

I also like to add a handful of flaxseeds or chia seeds for some omega action, but that’s totally optional.

Yup, this smoothie totally (sham)rocks.

Sorry. I had to.

Toasted Coconut Green Smoothie - a creamy, dreamy, coconutty vegan smoothie

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Vegetable Lasagna Soup http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegetable-lasagna-soup/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegetable-lasagna-soup/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14487

It’s Monday! The start of a new week, and possibly the restart of eating healthy. Which can only mean one thing: Lasagna!

Wait. Something’s not computing, right? Okay, so this isn’t a heavy, oozy-cheesy lasagna. Instead, it’s lasagna in soup form!

Vegetable Lasagna Soup

This irresistible soup is loaded up with lots of veggies (mushrooms, spinach, and more), some white beans for protein, and all the flavors of classic lasagna – including, yeah, a big dollop of cheesy goodness. Even with the cheese, Vegetable Lasagna Soup is a great lightened up lasagna option whether you’ve been doing a little lightening up yourself or not.

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Chocolate Cherry Scones http://www.kitchentreaty.com/chocolate-cherry-scones/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/chocolate-cherry-scones/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:11:08 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14193

Truth: It’s really hard to photograph scones – they’re just kind of inherently ugly, even when they’re utterly delicious. And it’s really hard to photograph brown food. So these scones were a challenge. Please try to use your imagination? I appreciate it.

Chocolate Cherry Scones recipe
Okay, so close your eyes and imagine … oh, I suppose you can’t read with your eyes closed. Well, I’m in a pickle, aren’t I?! Stay with me … keep your eyes open and imagine a flaky, tender beast of a scone. A chocolatey scone. Uber-chocolatey. Studded with tart dried cherries. And then drizzled with dark chocolate. The beauty is in the taste, even if the beast is in its looks.

Chocolate Cherry Scones recipe

Hey, it’s important not to judge a book by its cover, right?

Chocolate Cherry Scones recipe

So make your loved one something ugly for Valentine’s Day breakfast! It just, um, makes sense?! I don’t know. But they’re delicious, I promise.

Oh, one thing that’s nice about this scone recipe is that it’s free of refined sugar – I use pure maple syrup instead! It also calls for white whole wheat flour for a little added nutritional boost (all-purpose totally works too, though, if you desire).

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Super Creamy Vegan Stovetop Mac & “Cheese” (Made with Sweet Potatoes & Butternut Squash!) http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-stovetop-mac-cheese/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-stovetop-mac-cheese/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:05:57 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14400

I love this recipe. And I’m way, way too excited about it.

Tender pasta. Drenched in a smoky, creamy, goldenrod sauce that makes its way into every nook, cranny, and tunnel of pasta. Sounds a lot like mac & cheese, doesn’t it?!

And it looks like it, too.

Vegan Stovetop Mac and "Cheese" recipe - made with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and other mainstream real-food ingredients. No weird stuff here - just pure vegan macaroni and cheese-like deliciousness!

But it’s not! Because there’s no cheese! Or milk, for that matter. This Vegan Stovetop Mac & Cheese is made with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, coconut milk, and a few other veggies, spices, and dashes of this and that until it achieves creamy stovetop mac & cheese perfection. All sans dairy. Oh, and at just under 400 calories per serving!

Vegan Stovetop Mac and "Cheese" recipe - made with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and other mainstream real-food ingredients. No weird stuff here - just pure vegan macaroni and cheese-like deliciousness!

Vegan Stovetop Mac and "Cheese" recipe - made with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and other mainstream real-food ingredients. No weird stuff here - just pure vegan macaroni and cheese deliciousness!

This vegan macaroni and cheese recipe came about for a few reasons.

  1. As I’ve alluded to here and there lately, I’ve been making some dietary changes lately, the most notable being I’ve eliminated dairy. Which also seems to have almost completely eradicated some weird health problems (namely, heart palpitations) that I’d been having. Physically, I feel much better without dairy. Mentally, well. I miss it quite a bit. See #2.
  2. I love, love, love macaroni and cheese. It’s been my favorite foodstuff since as long as I can remember. This mac and cheese recipe is, in fact, far and away the most popular I’ve shared on Kitchen Treaty. Not that I ate it constantly, but, dang. I miss the stuff.
  3. I recently learned that butternut squash is the best thing to add to mac & cheese since, well, cheese (Exhibit A). But, as much as I love the recipe linked in Exhibit A, I have some guilt over just how fattening it is. It’s, like, pretty dang fattening. So I sought to make a lighter version.
  4. This Sweet Potato Nacho Cheese. I tried it and I loved it and I kept thinking of everything I should try it in, mac & cheese included. This recipe ended up being a far cry from the original sweet potato nacho cheese, but it definitely inspired my use of sweet potato in this recipe.

So! We’ve got butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Then we saute up some onion and garlic. Smoked paprika and dry mustard make an appearance, plus a little veggie broth to keep things light (and add flavor). We puree it all with some coconut milk, soy sauce, and a few other flavor-enhancers. And that’s the uber creamy dreamy sauce!

Know another thing that’s cool about this recipe? This is a vegan macaroni and cheese recipe without nutritional yeast. I know many – okay, most – vegan “cheese” recipes call for nutritional yeast – it adds an uncanny “cheesy” flavor (not to mention vitamin B12), after all. I tried it in this recipe, and I did like it. But I wanted to make this a recipe that feels accessible to everyone. I’d like to think I’m fairly adventurous in the kitchen, and I only just last month convinced myself to try nutritional yeast (affectionately known as “nooch,” which sounds worse than “nutritional yeast” in my book). I just thought it sounded weird. And gross. And weird. (By the way – I’ve since decided I love the stuff). And if you want to add it nutritional yeast, you should! But ultimately, I just decided it really wasn’t necessary in this recipe.

Vegan Stovetop Mac and "Cheese" recipe - made with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and other mainstream real-food ingredients. No weird stuff here - just pure vegan macaroni and cheese-like deliciousness!

For the photos here, I used white pasta. But whole wheat pasta (particularly penne) is also great. And I’d imagine that rice pasta would also be pretty swell, if you desire.

Creamy, dreamy, easy stovetop mac & cheese without the cheese. I’m completely in love, and I would like for it to be my Valentine.

Vegan Stovetop Mac and "Cheese" recipe - made with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and other mainstream real-food ingredients. No weird stuff here - just pure vegan macaroni and cheese-like deliciousness!

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