Monthly Archives: October 2012

I Heart Trader Joe’s

I love Trader Joe’s. I love it when Trader Joe’s has new treats. Here is the latest goodness:

T.J.’s has KALE CHIPS?? Excitement. I hesitated when I saw them thinking they might have some questionable ingredients but I was pleasantly surprised: kale cashews, sunflower seeds, carrot powder, red bell pepper powder, onion powder, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, salt, garlic powder, chipotle powder.

I spent all last Fall searching for an herbal pumpkin spice tea and eventually had to order online. Thankfully that is no longer the case and I’m so excited to begin my Autumn pumpkin feasting this way!

This doesn’t seem at all seasonal but I couldn’t pass up a new dark chocolate bar: 70% dark chocolate with coconut and caramel. I absolutely love the other flavors from this series of filled chocolates so my expectations are up for this one as well!

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Filed under coconut, Dessert

Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers


2 large sweet potatoes, baked and peeled
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp maple syrup or Nature’s Hollow Sugar Free Maple
1/2 an onion, diced
nama shoyu
salt and pepper to taste
avocado slices, for topping
sprouted grain bread (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Heat a pat of coconut oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and nama shoyu and saute until soft. Combine sweet potatoes, quinoa, coconut oil, maple syrup and onion mixture in a bowl and use a potato masher to mash until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mold into 4-6 patties, place on parchment paper and bake for 40 minutes- flipping halfway through. Top with avocado slices and serve with sprouted bread, if desired.


Filed under Potatoes, Squashes, and Starchy Things, Recipes

It’s Vegan MoFo time again!

Last year’s Vegan Month of Food was when I really started blogging regularly so it’s a special memory. Not so special memories from that time included trying out foods and recipes I wouldn’t have normally eaten because they had the “vegan” label and I was curious how my body would react. I learned that (and I really probably knew better) tofu, processed/packaged vegan treats, and too many vegan baked items were NOT friendly to my body which appreciates very simple foods. Overall though I had a great time and am looking forward to some more vegan creativity to kick off Autumn. Here are a few favorites that came from my kitchen during Vegan MoFo 2011:

Spiced Avocado over Veggies and Romaine

Sweet Potato Tacos with Smoky Cilantro Veggies and Guacamole Cream

Pumpkin Pie Kombucha

Asian Inspired Slaw with Wasabi Peas and Miso Dressing

Sweet Potater Tots with Creamy Cumin Guac


Filed under Avocado Based, beverages, Potatoes, Squashes, and Starchy Things, Recipes, Salad, veggie side dishes