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Meatless Mondays | Healthy Walnut Meat!

Hello everybody!

It has  been way too long, but I am going to make an effort to get back in the blogging game.

Tomorrow is Monday (boo) so I thought I could share with you a DELICIOUS new recipe that I am obsessed with, which you can try tomorrow for meatless monday!

My dad and I had a nice trip together to California last month & we went to a cute little restaurant in Long Beach called Steamed. This is where I discovered that you can use walnuts to make a fab meat substitute. When I came back home, I decided to try and recreate the walnut-taco-meat-salad concoction I ate at Steamed, and boy was I impressed. I’m thrilled by this because Zach and I used to always buy Morningstar’s soy meat crumbles until we found out Morningstar does some bad things (think Monsanto). Anyway… here is the very easy and nourishing recipe!

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Sweet Treat: 5 Ingredients Under 5

This recipe is actually so awesome, I just couldn’t wait to share it with you! This is like, the perfect dessert because it has the trifecta – healthy, quick & simple to make. You can literally throw this together in less than five minutes.

Raw Chocolate-Date Bites

Ingredients:

1 bag of whole, pitted dates (or about 2 cups)

1/3 cup almonds

1 tbsp. coconut oil

2 tbsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened, 100% cocoa)

1 tbsp. flax seeds (optional)

Instructions:

Soak the dates in hot water for 1-2 minutes, until softened.

While the dates soak, process almonds, flax seeds & coconut oil in a food processor.

Add the dates and cocoa powder to processor and grind until everything is combined well.

Pinch off about 1 tbsp. of mixture at a time and roll into balls using the palms of you hands. The mixture will make about 20 balls.

Place the balls onto a lined baking sheet and freeze until hardened.

These bite-size treats can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 weeks, and longer in the freezer.

2 pieces are approximately 145 calories. They are so rich and filled with nutritious & yummy ingredients, 2 will definitely be enough to satisfy a sweet tooth.

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These may not be the prettiest sweets left as-is, but they taste fantastic – almost like a super-moist brownie bite. You could roll each ball in shredded coconut, chopped almonds or dip them in melted chocolate before freezing & give them as gifts during the holidays (as all the stores are reminding us the season of giving is swiftly approaching).

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Tricks & Treats

Keeping with the Halloween theme, I decided to share a little post about the fun & easy treats we made this year. I know Halloween is over 😦 , but these can be great for any theme parties, potlucks, or just stash the ideas away until next year!

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These are my english muffin mummies – they were ridiculously easy to make, and even though Zach & I are not kids anymore, we had so much fun making them. Obviously, actual kids would also have a blast putting these little guys together. All you need are the following ingredients:

– English muffins (we used whole wheat)

– Marinara sauce

– String Cheese

– Sliced black olives

Once you have all of the above ingredients, you just split all the muffins, layer with sauce, strips of cheese (so that it looks like mummy wrappings) and two olives for eyes. Bake in the oven until the cheese is bubbly and golden & enjoy!

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If you ever are in need of a fun, festive dessert, these are the way to go! My mom and I actually made a whole graveyard cake one year for Halloween, and these are my improvisation on that. I like cupcakes more than cake because they’re already individually sized and easier to eat. For these, you just need:

– Cake mix of your choice

– Chocolate frosting

– Oreo cookies

– Gummy worms

– Milano cookies

– Icing to pipe onto the cookies

Once you have these ingredients its just a matter of baking the cupcakes as the box instructs, letting them cool, then decorating! To decorate you simply frost the cupcakes, cover with crushed Oreos (so it looks like dirt), stick on a worm or two and then add your Milano tombstones.

Do you have any favorite Halloween treats?