15 recipes for a long weekend stay-cation or easter entertaining

another big lull between posts, my apologies! BUT it’s pretty exciting actually because i wrote my final exam in my final class in school. this meals following handing in my last assignment next week, i will be a holistic nutritionist! cue the applause, *takes a bow*

in all seriousness though, thank you all for sticking through the spotty posting while i’ve been in school. it’s been a juggling act but i have loved writing this blog the whole time and it wouldn’t have been the same without all of you!

while i don’t have a new recipe for you this week, i promise next week i will! for now, i leave you with suggestions for the coming weekend. 

whether you are celebrating easter or are just using the weekend to catch up on sleep and lounge around for an extra day, i have you covered. 

15 recipes for a long weekend stay-cation or easter entertaining

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guests deserve a special breakfast. so why not these fluffy pancakes made with chickpea flour! they’ll never know you got all healthy on them.

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ranch hummus

ranch hummus - the veggie nook #vegan #glutenfree

a few weeks back, my coworkers and i threw our bosses a wedding shower because they’re pretty much the most amazing bosses ever. and since i work with foodies. nutritionists, a culinary school grad and health nuts, the spread was amazing

gluten-free mocha cupcakes, rice paper wraps with peanut sauce, fresh fruit and veggies, roasted chickpeas in multiple flavours, punch, bruschetta, mini pitas, gluten-free crackers and this hummus.

i volunteered to make the hummus and i wasn’t in the mood to make the traditional fare. and since i know most of my coworkers eat hummus on a fairly regular basis, i figured they would appreciate a bit of a mix-up as well.

then somehow, this happened. and it was a very very fortunate occurrence.

this hummus tastes just like cool ranch doritos. the best kind of doritos. or kind of like you mixed half ranch dressing and half hummus. either way you put it, this hummus is the bomb. in fact, it’s so good that when you taste it, you miiiight just start dancing around your kitchen to this song while you eat spoonfuls of this straight from the food processor wondering what magical forces came together to allow this hummus to be made. i sure did. 

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building up to the big one: raw apple sauce

raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake

hope you all enjoyed the raw caramel recipe! and i hope it's whetted your appetite for the big finish. for those of you who follow me on instagram, you've already seen it. but let's just keep it on the down low for the rest of them shall we? ;). in case you missed the first component, check it out here

raw apple sauce

we continue with my blog’s 2 year anniversary today with the second component of our big dessert: raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares. mmmm, i cannot wait till friday to show you how it all comes together!

today we will continue with a raw apple sauce or butter which is completely delicious eaten by itself as a snack or dessert. it’s spiced with cinnamon, sweetened with dates and thickened with flax seeds. it’s fiber-rich and because it’s raw, all the vitamins in the apples are retained. the same recipe is used for apple sauce and butter except for a little extra sweetness from maple syrup for the apple butter. mmmmm. 

raw apple sauce/butter (vegan, gluten-free, paleo, raw)

by gabby ouimet

Prep Time: 10 min

Keywords: blender raw dessert snack nut-free paleo raw soy-free gluten-free vegan sugar-free apple dates

ingredients (2 cups)

  • 2 cups chopped apples*
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (if making apple butter, omit if making apple sauce)

instructions

if your dates are dry, soak them in some water for about an hour to soften.

add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. store in the fridge until ready to eat.

* you can keep the apple peels on (i did) unless your apples aren't organic, then you should peel them as they are part of the dirty dozen!

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hempy halvah

hempy halvah

halvah was a fairly recent discovery on my end, but once i tried it, i was hooked. there’s just something about sesame that i am completely obsessed with. but you could probably tell that from this, this, this, this and this. oh and this

so when north coast naturals asked me to make another recipe using their products, i decided to try and create some healthier halvah using hemp seeds! and it was such a success, i’ve been asked for the recipe from quite a few people who i let try them!

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sesame crispy rice treats

sesame crispy rice treats - the veggie nook   

i was having a seriously hard time debating what to post here today. for the first time in quite a while, i have a little stockpile of recipes, just waiting to be shared. when i looked at what i’ve been sharing recently, there were a lot of breakfasts and some main dishes. which is great since i have been trying for more of a balance between sweet and savoury recipes. buuuut there was a distinct lack of sweet treats that fit the dessert bill. so here i am today to share a recent recipe obsession.

when i was in high school, i went through a phase where i made rice krispie squares almost every week. this was smack dab in the middle of my serious body image issue period and i realized that rice krispie squares were actually fairly low in calories compared to other desserts. forget that they were devoid of nutrients (and packed with sugar and gelatin), i could eat one and wouldn’t blow my calorie limit for the day. score!

so anyway, i made them all the time- there was always a box of kellog’s in the pantry with snap, crackle and pop beaming down at me and a bag of marshmallows. i remember i got snobbish with my rice krispie treats too- they had to be a certain thickness and with the right marshmallows. i’ll never forget the time i tried to make them with those weird flavoured multi-coloured marshmallows (disgusting) or the anger i felt the year that for some reason no grocery stores had the christmas coloured boxes of rice krispies. how was i supposed to make my favourite treats and be merry??

i’m getting to the point soon, i swear guys.

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