Make Something Monday: Eggplant & Cream “Cheese” Wraps [Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free]

Sometimes I forget to post a recipe after making it. It becomes buried in my extensive collection of photos of food, in danger of being lost forever.

Thankfully, there are certain occasions where something jogs my memory, making me re-live how delicious a former creation tasted. In this case, the catalyst was a recent trip to Karyn’s Cooked. Faced with only a few gluten-free options on their delicious vegan menu, I chose the Stuffed Eggplant.

It wasn’t until my first bite that I flashed back to one of Nick‘s amazing kitchen creations from a dinner party months ago: Eggplant & Cream “Cheese” Wraps.

vegan eggplant wraps with cashew cream cheese

Technically a joint creation, it was my idea to make a cashew cream cheese from one of Kris Carr’s recipes to keep things soy-free in addition to gluten-free & vegan. These wraps were addictive!

Ingredients
For cream “cheese” [altered slightly from Crazy Sexy Kitchen recipe]:
2 c raw cashews, soaked for a few hours [optional since this is clearly not a raw recipe]
1/2 c water
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp onion powder
1/4 c parsley, minced
1 1/2 tbsp red onion, minced
1/2 tsp sea salt
ground pepper to taste

In a food processor, blend cashews, water, & lemon juice until smooth & creamy.
Transfer to a medium sized bowl & stir in all other ingredients.

For wrap:
1 large egglpant
olive oil
salt & pepper

Slice the eggplant into thin, vertical slices about a quarter of an inch thick.
Drizzle slices with olive oil & sprinkle with salt & pepper.
Grill until eggplant become flexible & slightly soft. [approx. 5 minutes]
Slather one side of the eggplant in cream “cheese” mixture
Roll slices lengthwise into a spiral before placing in an oven-safe pan.
Top with your favorite homemade or store bought tomato sauce.
Cook for approximately 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy.

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Wellness Wednesday: Hidden Greens

One of the first tips I give my health coaching clients is to increase their consumption of dark, leafy greens like spinach, broccoli, & kale. Kale especially has special magical super powers when it comes to health & wellness. One former client wowed her coworkers with her healthy glow & svelte figure after only 3 days of eating more greens. Granted, in this case she was consuming kale at every meal, but every little bit helps.

Yesterday, I decided to take my own advice and hide kale in everything I consumed. I felt alert, healthy, and clean all day long and my skin had already started to glow by evening.

kale in everythingPictured Kale Keepers:

center – Green Juice w/ cucumber, celery, kale, lemon & green apple
left heart – a slightly altered Aztec Spirit smoothie from Crazy Sexy Kitchen w/ kale, cacao powder, cacao nibs, peanut butter, frozen banana, So Delicious coconut milk, vanilla & a shot of espresso
right heartAmy’s Alphabet Soup w/ torn up pieces of kale added

How many places can you sneak kale into your daily diet?

Thankful Thursday 9/27-10/4

This week, I’m thankful for:

? Living in an exciting city where movies & TV shows [like The Mob Doctor] film on my street.
? Booking last minute trips to Indianapolis that include sushi dates with my BFF.
? Returning home to the beautiful skyline of the city I love.
? Making it to Chicago Veganmania just in time to grab some free food from closing vendors.

More things that make me smile:

? Mayim Bailik’s adorable new PETA ad. I love what she has to say about answering the “but what do you eat?” question.
? My ad* for Health Happiness & Hula Hoops is running on Gala Darling’s website this week.
? Speaking of Gala Darling, I love what she has to say about creating your dream online personae in her keynote for NEPABlog Con.
? I’m so excited for Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kitchen that I might even pre-order it to gain access to her equally exciting Crazy Sexy Cooking Classes.
? One of my favorite food docs, Hungry for Change, is available to watch online for free until Saturday. Go watch it!

*Want to help support my health coaching & put an ad on your website? Here’s the code:
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