Who doesn’t love pesto? I actually don’t know anyone! Pesto can be made in so many plant based ways. I have now created four different kinds of pesto, and all delicious. This is one of my favorites! The edamame adds a protein punch, while the avocado makes it deliciously creamy. This pesto is great in pasta, stuffed into baked potatoes, or topped on a salad. With less than 10 minutes prep time, this nutritiously quick and easy recipe will definitely leave you wanting more. Oh, and it is oil-free making it heart healthy. Of course you can add some olive oil if you prefer, it is entirely up to you. Enjoy!
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup shelled edamame
1 garlic clove minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 smal avocado
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp plant milk (I used oat)
Place all ingredients in a food processor, and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Serves 2.
These delicious little chocolatey fudge bites of energy will curb any craving for sweetness, and you don’t have to feel guilty afterwards! They are high in fiber, plant protein, and antioxidants. Rich in magnesium and vitamin A, making them nutritiously scrumptious, and healthy little treats.
1 cup of sweet potato peeled and cubed
1/3 cup all purpose gluten-free flour
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut, almond or walnut butter
1/4 cup cacao butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tbsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pink salt
Preheat oven to 325 F. Boil 1 cup sweet potato on stovetop until tender (about 10 minutes), strain, mash, and set aside.
Sift flour, baking soda and raw cacao powder into a medium sized bowl. Add salt and mix well.
Boil 2 cups of water in a small saucepan, turn off heat. Place cacao butter into a small glass or stainless steel bowl, and place bowl into saucepan allowing butter to melt.
In a food processor place sifted dry ingredients, add sweet potato, coconut sugar, nut butter, and pulse until well mixed.
Once cacao butter is melted, add maple syrup and vanilla extract to the bowl, and mix well. Add this to the food processor and pulse until mixed well. Finally stir chocolate chips into the mixture, and spoon mixture into a lined 8 inch baking pan, and bake for 20 minutes. Allow brownies to cool before slicing into 24 two-bite pieces.
Growing up and consuming the typical western diet of high animal protein, processed foods, some fruits, and a low intake of vegetables, Caroline suffered the usual symptoms of intermittent constipation and digestive upsets that affect a lot of children that consume this typical diet. She studied cookery in high school for 4 years where she was taught a typical curriculum focused on preparation of high animal protein/high saturated fat dishes. When hormonal and gynecological symptoms began to affect her health in her mid-teens she had to rely on the usual conventional/pharmaceutical approach to disease. After enduring over 10 years of treatment and surgeries with no real resolution of her condition, she began to educate herself, and look at her body as a whole and not each symptom in isolation.
Caroline obtained a degree in natural health and a doctorate in naturopathy with a concentration in nutrition, and became certified in plant based nutrition and yoga. Caroline has almost 30 years of experience in fitness, health and nutrition, and has been a successful educator in holistic healthcare. Caroline realized through her natural health and naturopathic education and practices, that food was the most important component to preventing and reversing disease. Choosing to adopt a healthy plant-based vegan lifestyle is by far the most important health related lifestyle change she has ever made. Therefore, because of the positive health benefits of adopting this change, educating people on the importance of using foods as medicine became extremely important to her.
Caroline believes in building the immune system from the inside out to optimize health. We have total control over what we choose to put into our bodies. Through food, we can choose to either prevent disease or to feed it. We must learn to boost our immune system naturally by feeding the body the nutrients it requires through the consumption of whole plant foods. Using whole plant foods to assist your body to obtain as close to perfect health as possible should always be the first line of treatment for the prevention and/or reversal of symptoms of disease.
A vegan diet when followed as a whole food plant based diet is by far the healthiest diet on the planet, and for the planet. Learn to lose weight naturally, increase your nutrient intake through the consumption of whole plant foods, and boost your immunity. Begin to speed up your metabolism as you increase energy levels, and allow Caroline to assist you in this process through her book as you begin your transition to Live Simply Plant Based.