Vegan Cuts February 2015 Snack Box Review

Who doesn’t love receiving packages in the mail (when it’s not electricity bills)!?  Nowadays, there are several monthly subscription packages that you can sign up for, and it’s really something affordable and exciting to look forward to each month.  I was delighted when Vegan Cuts sent me their February Snack Box to review.  If you have never heard of them before, Vegan Cuts is a 100% vegan company that has a fantastic online marketplace and monthly snack box and beauty box subscriptions.  A snack box subscription costs $19.95 for 1 month (free shipping to USA, and $8 to Canada), and you receive 7-10 vegan goodies straight to your door.  Some are trial size, and some are full size.  All are unique, vegan, mostly gluten-free and from what I saw in my snack box, exceed the value of $19.95.  Also, there’s no pressure; you can cancel anytime (though I doubt you would want to).

The February Snack Box is curated by the super witty blogger and cookbook author The Sexy Vegan.  Here’s his quirky video giving you a sneak peek at the February Snack Box.  We even received a coupon code in this box, FEBSNACKS gives you $5 off Vegan Cuts purchases if you spend a minimum of $25.  The offer expires on March 31st, so get over there and check it out!

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Let’s have a closer look at what a typical snack box looks like, and the goodies I received this month.

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Asparagus & Mushroom Quiche with Herbed Almond Meal Crust (GF, Vegan)

Vegan Asparagus Mushroom Quiche Gluten Free

I seriously dance around in my kitchen when I come up with healthy, delicious alternatives to much-loved less healthy counterparts.  Take this quiche for example.  Usually, we see quiche filled with tons of eggs and cream, on a buttery crust.  The sound of that wreaks havoc in my belly, but I still want and must have quiche!  Are ya with me?

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Forelle Pear Green Smoothie

I could bet that today, four days after New Year’s, millions of people are starting their day off with a green smoothie of some sort.  Green smoothies are always associated with cleanses or detox or optimal health, but you know what, they can also be darn delicious.  Today I am sharing a very kid-friendly green smoothie that is sweet and fruity, and although green, no weird flavours here.

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I used forelle pears for this smoothie, as they are cute and adorable and bite-size.  Okay fine, not only because of that, also they are quite sweet and have a bit of a cinammon spice flavour making them perfect for kid-friendly snacks or smoothies.  This variety is only available from about September until December.  I call this smoothie my winter blend; because of the pear variety and also because it’s not a freezing cold drink.  If you want to make it colder, go ahead and add a few ice cubes.

This smoothie is so easy to whip up and makes for a great addition to your healthy eating goals.  Let’s get blending.

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Forelle Pear Green Smoothie

Yield: 1 large smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain almond milk
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 forelle pear (or any small pear will do)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 a small apple (I used gala)
  • 1 medjool date, pitted

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients into your blender and blend at high speed until smooth.
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green smoothie with pear and apple

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A Nice Infographic About My Favourite Seed!

Did you know if quinoa is not harvested, it would sprout into a leafy green vegetable?

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Double Chocolate + Rosemary Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Double Chocolate Vegan Cookies

Do you have a plant-based hero?  One of mine is Isa Chandra.  This woman is incredibly witty, creative, and a powerhouse in the kitchen.  I’m always cracking up when watching her cooking videos or reading her posts.  For those of you who are vegetarian or vegan, you can probably agree that you have her book Veganomicon on your bookshelf.  I love the simplicity of her recipes, always using familiar ingredients and no complicated kitchen tools.  Right up my alley…

I got the idea to add rosemary into cookies from Isa Chandra.  She uses it in her chocolate chip cookies.  I thought it was a nutty idea, but the more you think about it, herbs and chocolate have been used together before, more commonly with mint.  I love rosemary so much, so I knew I would love these.  My husband said they were ‘interesting’.  I adored them!  You can watch her video here.  I’d love to know what you think if you’ve tried adding this lovely herb to your cookies.

Double Chocolate + Rosemary Cookies Recipe

Makes approx. 26 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sunflower oil or coconut oil
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1/3 cup room temperature applesauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all purpose baking flour)
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, applesauce, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, flax meal, baking soda, and xanthan gum.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and combine until a dough is formed.
  • Gently fold in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed throughout the dough.

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  • Scoop the dough onto the prepare baking sheets using a teaspoon.  Space the dough 1″ apart.  Gently press down on each with the heel of your hand to help them spread.
  • Bake the cookies on the center rack for 13 minutes.  The cookies will be crisp on the edges and soft in the center.
  • Cool cookies on a wire rack completely before storing in an airtight container on the counter for 2-3 days.
  • Enjoy!

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Double Chocolate Vegan Cookies