Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Chocolate Avocado Mousse 

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Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! I hope we are all enjoying the day and spreading love throughout. I made a healthier version of a chocolate mousse that feels decadent but is made from healthy fats.

 

What You Need:

1 Ripe Avocado

1/4 cup Cocoa Powder

1/2 cup Melted, Dark Chocolate Chips

1 Tablespoon Honey

1/4 cup Coconut Milk

Pinch of Salt

Raspberries or Strawberries

Whipped Cream

What To Do:

In a food processor, pulse all the ingredients until you get a creamy consistency. Put into prepared mini cups and put in the refrigerator until cold. I left mine in the refrigerator over night. When chilled, top with whipped cream and your favorite berry. You won’t believe how decadent and rich this tastes!

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Enjoy xoxo

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Vegan Heart Pancakes

Vegan Heart Pancakes

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Everywhere you go, all you see is a massive amounts of hearts and roses, etc. The cool thing would be if we celebrate love all the time and not on one designated day. Either way, I love anything love related and played around with my pancake recipe to try and make them fluffier and vegan.

It sounds a little crazy to add vinegar to pancakes. I was a little nervous at first. I didn’t want the flavor to affect the pancakes. I used apple cider vinegar because it is a sweeter vinegar and really good for you. A little chemistry lesson here (sorry it’s the teacher in me). When you mix an acid (vinegar) and a base (baking powder), a chemical reaction occurs. You have heard of the volcano experiment where you mix together baking soda and vinegar, the chemical reaction happens right away and forms carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide produces lots of bubbles and boom, volcano. Well, baking powder has baking soda in it but needs to be heated to form that chemical reaction with the bubbles. When you mix in the vinegar, you will see some bubbles (that’s the baking soda) but what you won’t see is the pancake mix getting air bubbles incorporated into it. When heated, it will produce fluffier pancakes. Okay lesson complete… back to baking.

What You Need:

1 cup Gluten Free Baking Flour

1 tablespoon Organic Cane Sugar

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/8 teaspoon Salt

2 tablespoons Coconut Oil

1 cup Soy Milk

1/2 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

Organic Red Food Dye (4 drops)

Coconut Spray

What To Do:

In a mixing bowl, combine all your dry ingredients. Mix to incorporate the ingredients. Then add all your wet ingredients and mix. You will notice when you add the vinegar, it will bubble a bit. Don’t worry! We have had our chemistry lesson 🙂

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In a skillet under medium heat, spray with coconut oil. I made my pancakes into hearts but you can make any shape you want. I didn’t have any heart cookie cutters so I free-handed it. The first  ones were lopsided but I eventually got the hang of it.

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I topped mine with vegan butter and real maple syrup, not the processed kind that is just chemicals.

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Enjoy xoxo

Gluten Free Margarita Pizza

Happy National Pizza Day!

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So I know yesterday was National Pizza Day but I had no power due to the massive snowstorm in Massachusetts.  So for me and my friends, today is National Pizza Day!

What You Need:

Pizza Dough Mix

Tomato Sauce (check out my easy tomato sauce under Sunday Dinner)

Fresh Mozzarella

Fresh Basil

What To Do: 

Make your pizza dough according to the mix.  I used Bob’s Red Mill pizza dough. First I had the yeast mix, then stirred in eggs and oil.  I let it sit for 20 minutes.

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After your dough has rested, put a little gluten free flour on the counter and roll out the dough.

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Put the dough on top of a baking pan sprayed with olive oil.

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Put a layer of tomato sauce on the dough.  Then top with fresh mozzarella and basil.

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Bake in the oven for 425 degrees for 20 minutes or until the top is bubbly.

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Enjoy with friends and a nice glass of wine xo

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Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Dip

Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday!! Although my team isn’t playing in the Super Bowl this year, it is still fun to go to football parties and watch the game. I am more excited for the commercials and the half time show.

This quick buffalo chicken dip is a crowd favorite and sure to please at any party.

What You Need:

2 large chicken breasts, halved

salt and pepper

red pepper

coconut spray

1/2 cup to 1 cup of buffalo sauce (I love Franks Red Hot)

1/4 cup Greek yogurt

1 package of light or half fat cream cheese, room temperature

1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (save 1/2 cup for top)

What To Do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and spray a baking pan with coconut spray.  Season the chicken breasts with the salt, pepper, and red pepper mixture.  I didn’t included a measurement because everyone likes different combinations of spices.  Cook for about 20-25 minutes, depending on how thick your chicken is.

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Let the chicken cool and when it has cooled off, shred the chicken breast in a bowl, add in the hot sauce and Greek yogurt.  Mix until incorporated.

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Mix in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese.

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Spray a baking pan with the coconut oil spray and put in the dip.  Spread the rest of the cheddar cheese on top and bake for 20ish minutes -you want the top to be melted and bubbly.

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enjoy xo

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Gluten Free French Toast Bake with Apple Compote

Gluten Free French Toast Bake with Apple Compote

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This recipe is perfect for brunch gatherings or for a special breakfast.

 

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What You Need:

1/2 loaf of gluten free sour dough bread, cut in 1 inch pieces

3 eggs

1/3 cup of soy milk

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon apple pie spice

What To Do:

Mix all your ingredients together, except the bread. Soak the bread in the mixture overnight.

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In a casserole dish, layer the soaked bread. Overlap the bread and pour the rest of the mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

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While it is baking, prepare the Apple Compote.

Apple Cinnamon Compote

What You Need:

1 Apple, cored and diced

1 Tablespoon Water

2 Tablespoons Honey

2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon

2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar

1 Tablespoon of Vegan Butter, melted

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What To Do:

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the apples are soft and the liquids are thick.

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Top the French Toast with the Apple Compote and enjoy! xoxo

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Shrimp Two Ways

Shrimp Two Ways

Hope everyone had a lovely New Year! This quick and simple dish reminds me of the shrimp I had when I was in Hawaii at one of the famous shrimp food trucks on the North Shore. My favorite flavors were the spicy shrimp and the lemon pepper shrimp. So this is my quick and simple version of them.

 

What You Need:

1 bag of fresh, unpeeled shrimp (you can use cooked but it won’t soak up the flavors as well)

Lemon Juice

Garlic (4 cloves, chopped)

Vegan Butter

Salt and Pepper

Hot Sauce

What To Do:

Peel and devein the shrimp. Place them on a baking pan with vegan butter in mini chunks (I just put a few blobs around so that it would melt while the shrimp are cooking). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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On half the tray, cover the shrimp with lemon juice, garlic, and extra pepper. On the other half, cover the shrimp in hot sauce. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, flip and cook for 5 more. Depending on the size of your shrimp will determine the cooking time.

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Lemon Pepper Shrimp

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Buffalo Shrimp

Enjoy! xoxo

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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I am so happy to close the door to 2016. This year has been one of the most difficult years of my life. Between my mom’s sudden passing and dealing with the emotions with that to my uncle’s passing after he had made so many milestones since the accident. Being with my ex who had brain surgery to us making the difficult decision to not be together anymore. I can’t forget the lessons I learned or how strong I realized I was.

There were happy things that happened too. My cousin got married and two more of my cousins got engaged. The love and bond of my family becoming closer that united us more than we could ever imagine. To the “fierce five” as my aunt calls us who have been through more tragedies than a person should have to endure in a lifetime. To my amazing friends and family who have supported me throughout this difficult year has shown me that I can get through anything. To all my lovegfreelife friends who have helped make my blog successful with their support.

There will always be challenges in life but it is how you react to them that either makes or breaks a person. I have learned this past year to love more, to not hold grudges because you don’t know when it will be the last time you speak to them. Life is precious. It is short and can be taken away at anytime. As I go into 2017, I am choosing love to guide me. “Love is love is love is love”. Happy New Years! Xoxo