Simple One Bowl Vegan Brownies

Vegan. One Bowl. Chocolatey. Fudgy. Ooey Gooey. Brownies!

Now that I’ve got your attention, join me in my excitement. There’s really nothing better (in my books) than super quick, easy, healthier alternatives to our loved favourites.  Take the brownie, for example.  You’ve eaten boxes and boxes of the packaged ones, right? Just me? Hope notโ€ฆ. ๐Ÿ˜‰  Well, those were my younger years, and now that I’m older (and a bit wiser), with a little human who’s under my care, I like to create homemade versions.

Vegan One Bowl Simple Brownies

The little one was asking for a chocolatey treat, and I can’t deny that I was also craving something sweet.  So, I got in the kitchen and whipped up a bowl of dairy and refined sugar-free brownies.  They were pretty awesome, but not perfect.  Not fudgy enough.  As a blogger (and a bit of a perfectionist), I went at it again the very next night and really nailed it. Chewy edges, fudgy centers, lots of chocolate, chopped nuts, all combined to make a sweet little brownie indeed.

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Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

So, we’re literally 5 days away from Christmas!  I wonder if you’ve all finished your shopping, or handmade gift-making, or baking?  Well, this is what I have been making in my kitchen for friends and family this year, and besides being totally irresistible, they are so unbelievably simple to make!

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 There are several options you can use when making these delectable truffles; you can use semi-sweet chocolate instead of bittersweet if you choose, but I personally love dark chocolate.  Then you have so many options for your coatings.  Toasted coconut, chopped nuts, cocoa, icing sugar, whatever your little heart desires!

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

This is also a really fun activity to do with your kiddos.  I liked to do the rolling of the truffle balls and let my little guy dip them in the bowls with the coatings.

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

Yield: 20-22 truffles

Ingredients

  • 300 grams bittersweet baking chocolate (I like to use Camino)
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • Assorted Coatings:
  • 1/2 cup toasted shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces then place into a small saucepan. Melt the chocolate over the lowest heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Whisk in the coconut milk, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer for approx. 30 minutes. Remove from freezer, stir with a spoon, breaking down any hard pieces, then place in the fridge for another 30 minutes. If it's not firm after this time, you can place it in the fridge for 10-20 more minutes until you have a firm texture that is easy to mould.
  4. Place your coatings into separate shallow bowls. Have a baking tray ready to place your truffle balls on.
  5. With your hands, roll chocolate into little balls. Roll balls into coating of your choice, pressing in and covering the balls completely. Repeat until all chocolate is used, alternating between coatings.
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To finish off, you can package these cuties in mason jars, mugs, or even little ramekins and give them to your friends and family for the holidays.  Have fun with it.  Remember to keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to gift them or eat them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing holiday season.  I know it can get quite hectic this time of year, but cherish the time with your loved ones and friends, enjoy the food, the wine, and the holiday spirit.  

Best wishes xx

Sophia

Potato & Grilled Corn Salad with Fresh Dill

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Summer is pretty much in full swing in most parts, which means picnics, family bike rides, BBQs, and lots of dinners on the patio.  A popular summer salad which I was never really able to get behind is the traditional potato salad.  I just find it too heavy with mayo and much too creamy for my liking.  I do, however, love the idea of grilled corn, fresh dill and tangy mustard in my potato salad, and that’s just what I did to recreate this classic dish.  IMG_5441-2 We just planted our vegetable and herb garden last weekend.  I get so excited about this every year, digging up the dirt for our baby plants with my husband and nurturing them in the early mornings.  It’s such an amazing thing to do if you have the green space.  I really really do not have a green thumb (as my indoor plants can attest to), and we’ve had success every summer over the last three years.  If I can do it, you can, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ This year we planted red and yellow cherry tomatoes, big beef tomatoes, Lebanese cucumbers, jalapeรฑos, purple and red bell peppers, and romaine hearts.  In our herb garden we have chives, basil, thai basil, oregano, cilantro, and fresh dill.  There’s really no better feeling than going right into your backyard to cut fresh herbs at the moment you need them.  So, that’s what I did for this salad, and coming from a potato salad loving hubby, this statement was a big one: “This is the best potato salad I’ve ever had. Totally. The best.” ๐Ÿ™‚ vegan potato salad

Potato & Grilled Corn Salad with Fresh Dill

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 organic cobs of corn, husked
  • 2 pounds small white potatoes, washed
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Place corn on grill over medium-high heat. Grill until tender and slightly charred, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, let cool slightly before handling, then cut off kernels using a sharp knife. Place into a large bowl.
  3. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and slice in half. Add to the bowl of corn, along with green onions, mustard, salt, pepper, vinegar and dill. Toss all to combine well.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
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This recipe makes for excellent leftovers, and it’s so easy to whip up to bring along to a lunch or dinner party.  It won’t leave anyone feeling weighed down by heavy mayo, and you can proudly say it’s vegan! If you’re new to Love and Lentils, hello ๐Ÿ™‚ and thank you for being here – feel free to join me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Thanks so much for reading, sophia   

Very Berry Raw Pie – Guest Post on Girl Eats Greens

I don’t know why, but I was always a little apprehensive about raw baking.  I thought it would be complicated, time-consuming and that I wouldn’t really wow anyone with my creation.  Then I started seeing so many mouth-watering recipes online, which not only looked delectable, but were also so much healthier than a typical dessert.  So, this past Easter, I decided to challenge myself and make a raw pie to serve as dessert for our family.  My father-in-law, who tells it as it is, went crazy over this pie! He had seconds, and thirds.  The pie plate was practically licked clean, and I was super proud to say that it was completely raw, and sugar-free.  Between you and me, it was also SO easy to make.  No baking, nothing you can possibly overcook or burn, not time-consuming, and no crazy kitchen tools required.

Very Berry Raw Pie

So, this recipe became a keeper, and I made it again and again for more friends and family.  It’s really one of those crowd pleasing desserts.  You’ve gotta give it a try!

Today I am sharing the recipe over at Girl Eats Greens.  Jamie, the one behind the blog, is off on an amazing adventure in Southeast Asia.  If you’ve never checked out Girl Eats Greens, I encourage you to – Jamie shares delicious vegan recipes and she is a very talented photographer.   Jamie got in touch with me to guest post while she’s away, and I couldn’t be happier to help her out and share this Very Berry Raw Pie with all her readers and of course, you. ๐Ÿ™‚

So head on over, and do tell me what you think! 

Very Berry Raw Pie 

Hearty Lentil, Carrot + Potato Soup

If you’re new to Love and Lentils, I don’t only post recipes that include lentils although it may seem so if you’ve been seeing my last few posts.  That’s because I am participating in Canadian Lentils Recipe Revelations Challenge! (wish me luck!)  But today, I am sharing my husband’s recipe.

Vegan Lentil and Potato Soup

 I don’t know what’s going on, but I’ve been battling colds and the flu for the last couple of months.  I rarely get sick throughout the year, but this winter (and daycare germs) have taken their toll on me!  I was finally feeling better over the last couple of weeks, and then boom – I got this awful cold once again.  

To rewind a little, I grew up in a Greek household and I had my fair share of Greek lentil soup, or ‘fakes’ (fah-kehs).  I never got sick of it, and to this day, we ask my mom to make some for us and we all go over to indulge in a bowl or two.

Maybe that’s why this was the only thing I was craving today in my feeling sorry for myself state.  My husband came to the rescue with his delicious version of lentil soup.  When I started my blog last year, one of the first recipes I shared was my hubby’s lentil soup.  I was just having a look with him and I know we were thinking the same thing – those photos need to be retaken! Check it out here. Ha! Link with embarrassing photos has since been removed, sorry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Vegan Lentil and Potato Soup

He cooks for an army, so feel free to cut this recipe down, or go for the large portion and freeze it!  It tastes great reheated later and it will make for quick and easy weeknight meals.

Hearty Lentil, Carrot + Potato Soup
Serves 8
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 4 onions, chopped
  3. 6 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 5 small carrots, sliced
  5. 6 cups vegetable stock
  6. 2 cups green lentils, rinsed and picked through
  7. 2 large Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  8. 2 bay leaves
  9. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  10. 1 teaspoon dried coriander
  11. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  12. Kosher sea salt and pepper to taste
  13. 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  14. Fresh parsley to garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, and carrots. Cover and cook until the onions have softened, stirring often, for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable stock, lentils, potatoes, bay leaves, oregano, coriander, and cayenne. Turn the heat to high and bring all to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 30 more minutes, or until lentils and potatoes are cooked through.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, and vinegar.
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Notes
  1. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for longer.
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Vegan Lentil and Potato Soup

Vegan Lentil and Potato Soup

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