Lavender Chocolate Breakfast Cake

I call this lavender chocolate cake a breakfast cake for a few reasons; it’s not very sweet, it’s not very oily, and it’s extremely light. The chocolate flavor is subtle and the lavender is refreshing. A slice of this goes perfect with a coffee or espresso, and a few minutes to relax and savor every bite. If you don’t have culinary lavender, then you can use almond or vanilla flavoring, but I do recommend getting some lavender at some point if you like to make baked goods. This cake is healthy and you can top it with anything you like, although I really prefer berries or sliced bananas.

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Broccoli-Cauliflower Cream Quiche

Decadent, delicious, creamy, fluffy, moist. The list of adjectives could go on for this quiche. It is one of those meals that, despite how indulgent it tastes, you could eat two or three slices and still feel like it’s not weighing you down. This recipe is pretty easy, too. And, it has a very cheesy flavor from the nutritional yeast and sunflower seeds. You’ll see why this quiche can top the non-vegan quiches any day of the week.

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Stracciatella Nice Cream

Stracciatella is a popular, traditional gelato variety in Italy. It is a lot like chocolate chip ice cream, but smoother. Melted chocolate is poured into the churning gelato and produces long ribbons that solidify in the cold then get broken up in pieces. Here is my nice cream version, and it only takes a few minutes to prepare, has no sugar, and no need to melt chocolate (unless you like), we’re just going to use cacao nibs. It tastes so much like the stracciatella in Italy due to the shreds of cacao that are in every bite.

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Tomato Walnut Pesto and Spaghetti

Experimenting with different pesto ingredients is my specialty. Tomato walnut pesto is creamy, rich, succulent, raw, low in oil, high in healthy fats from the walnuts, and spreads beautifully on sandwiches, over pasta, and as a dip. I love this pesto so much and I always run out of it too fast. It takes a minute to make…let’s start now.

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Nut-Free V Parmigiano

Now that I’ve discovered this vegan Parmigiano I can’t go without it. I used to love hard Italian cheeses so much. When I was growing up we always had an entire wheel of Parmigiano and Pecorino and my mother shaved it off fresh for our meals. I’ll admit that it was something I missed when I first went vegan, especially because of the saltiness, but I used nutritional yeast flakes to replace it which I also love. This recipe is perfection. The ratio blend lends to cheese flavor and does not taste like sunflower seeds or nutritional yeast. It is soft, healthy and high in good fats, great on all foods, from pasta, salads, rice, to asian dishes as well. There are no rules, use this on everything. If you have 3 minutes, make it, now. You’ll see how good it is…and please leave a comment how you like it 🙂

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