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01.17.17

VEGAN NACHOS

vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest

we’re on a real cauliflower kick over here and have no plans of ditching it anytime soon! this time we prepared it in a cast iron skillet over the stove and it was delicious on its own but maybe even better paired with nachos. these vegan nachos really hit the spot and making the cashew cheese was super simple. i’ve avoided making it in the past because it seemed complicated but i was wrong, it couldn’t be easier. and i now want to add pickled vegetables to everything i make! follow this tutorial if you’re curious on how to make them! – joanie

vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest
vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest

vegan nachos
what you’ll need:
• 1 head cauliflower
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/2 tablespoon paprika
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• salt to taste
• 4 tablespoons olive oil
• a few sprigs of cilantro
• 1 lime to garnish
• pickled red onions and jalapeños
• 1 can of whole kernal yellow corn, drained and rinsed
• 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
• tortilla chips
• 1 avocado diced

cashew “cheese”:
• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 4 cloves of garlic
• 1 1/2 cups of soaked cashews 

vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest
vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest

cashew “cheese”:
• place all of the ingredients in your blender (we used a vitamix) and blend on high until smooth and creamy. taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

cauliflower: 
• using a cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium heat. place the corn on the skillet and let them roast for about 5-6 minutes; moving them occasionally so that they can char on all sides. remove and set aside. cut the cauliflower up into florets. using the same heated cast iron, roast the cauliflower with an additional 3 tablespoons of olive oil. season with the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder and salt to taste. roast for about 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.

vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest
vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest
vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest

the rest: 
a while back we shared with you this pickling recipe and had a batch from the night before of red onions and jalapeños. our jalapeños came out a bit spicy but so good!

to assemble, place in a large platter with a layer of chips, then add the roasted cauliflower, corn, black beans, avocado, cilantro, pickled red onions, pickled jalapeños, and cashew cheese. spritz with a squeeze of lime and enjoy!

vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest
vegan nachos recipe | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis

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01.12.17

PACKABLE LUNCHES + VITAMIX GIVEAWAY!

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

happy 2017! we’re feeling excited and ready to share another year of recipes with you. in 2016 we really worked to make our recipe collection approachable and balanced and that’s something we’re committed to continuing in 2017. we want to present ingredients, ideas, recipes and companies that we’re currently using in our own kitchen and hopefully inspire you to keep creating on your own. we’re always looking for input and suggestions so please feel free to leave a comment!

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

this post is extra exciting because as a thank you for following along with us we’ve partnered with Vitamix to giveaway one of their new new A3500 blenders to a reader! it’s a staple in our kitchen and used to make all three of the recipes below.

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

one of my intentions for the new year is to try to pack my lunch for the office. it’s more economical, healthier and also helps to avoid skipping meals (which always leaves me tired and grumpy). we came up with three items that are simple to make, hold up well in the refrigerator and can be kept for a few days so you can make a bunch and eat it throughout the week. we hope you enjoy! p.s. you can buy the eco friendly lunch box, here

riced cauliflower bowl:

this was the first time that i made cauliflower rice on my own and i was SHOCKED at how easy it was and how well it turned out. i know people always say things like this but it’s true – you won’t miss real rice with this recipe.

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
• 1 head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
• 1 red bell pepper sliced and deseeded
• quarter red onion sliced
• 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
• 1 cup canned whole corn drained and rinsed
• half avocado diced
• 3-4 kale leaves de-stemmed and chopped
• 1 lime
• 1/2 teaspoon cumin
• 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
• salt to taste
• 2 tablespoon olive oil

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

heat olive oil on medium heat in a medium sized skillet. Sauté the red bell pepper, red onion, and kale. squeeze half a lime and salt to taste. set aside.

in your Vitamix, set on level 4 gradually drop small cauliflower florets until all the pieces have been finely riced. this step is important, don’t put all of the cauliflower in at once!

In a saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat, once heated toast the riced cauliflower for about 4-5 minutes. mix in the cumin and chili powder, and 1 teaspoon salt.

to assemble, place the diced avocado, corn, black beans, sautéed veggies and cauliflower rice in a food safe travel container. place the remaining lime to garnish. we also served ours with a side of salsa and chips.

As an option, you could also use the light jalapeño ranch dip as a dressing for the riced cauliflower bowl.

light jalapeño ranch dip:
we used the jalapeño dip with both the collard green wrap and the cauliflower rice bowl. it’s also great as a dip for your corn chips!

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

• 1 cup greek yogurt
• 1/4 cup chives diced
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 teaspoon salt:
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/2 jalapeno seeded
• 1/2 lemon squeezed
• quarter cup buttermilk
• crack of pepper

In the Vitamix, add all the ingredients minus the buttermilk. Put the blender on a low setting until the mixture is smooth, then as the Vitamix continues to run pour the buttermilk in a slow steady stream, stopping to scrape the sides with a spatula. mix until incorporated.

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

cashew butter:
make this at home and keep a jar in your work fridge to pair with sliced apples, on toast with bananas or to eat by the spoon when you need something to tide you over. it’s the perfect snack!

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
• 2 cups roasted and salted cashews
• 1/4 cup of coconut oil (melted)
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon raw honey

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

start by placing your cashews in your Vitamix and slowly increase the speed from 2 – 8 stopping every now and then to scrape the sides. this will take around 5 -8 minutes, once it has a slightly creamy texture add all remaining ingredients except for the coconut oil and blend again. if the consistency is dry slowly add the oil while the Vitamix is running. store in an airtight container.

collard greens wraps:
this recipe is killing two birds with one stone – eating more veggies and packing a lunch! blanching the collard greens makes them easy to wrap and the creamy avocado and the spicy jalapeño dip bring it all together nicely (and guilt free).

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
• 2-3 large collard greens leaves, de-stemmed
• 1/2 cup sprouts
• 1/2 cup chopped purple cabbage
• 1 yellow bell pepper sliced
• half an avocado sliced
• 1/2 cup lettuce diced

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest
packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

blanch the collard greens for a few seconds to soften them a bit. to assemble, place your ingredients on one side of the collard greens and tightly roll from one end to the other. slice in half (we wrapped ours using parchment paper). serve with the light jalapeño ranch dip.

and now for a giveaway! leave us a comment on this post telling us your current go-to packable lunch and we’ll randomly select one winner to receive the new Vitamix A3500!

packable lunch recipes | designlovefest

here’s how to win… 

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1) leave a comment below telling us your current favorite go -to lunch recipe!

one winner will be chosen at random on thursday january 26th. open to US residents only. this price is valued at $600+. by entering this sweepstakes you agree to the official terms and conditions. one entry per person, multiple commenters will be disqualified. 

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12.19.16

FAVORITE HOLIDAY RECIPES

winter recipes | designlovefest

are you getting excited for holiday eating?! because we are! we’re taking a real break around here at studio DLF to spend time with our families, sleep in, lounging around in our sweatpants, not go to the gym and generally just chill. looking forward to eating lots of good food and enjoying the company of people we don’t get to see often. we rounded up some of our favorite cozy recipes, ones that have a holiday flair or are good for hosting. hope you make something delicious this week! Xx

recipes:
winter soup

roasted chicken
apple tart
spiked egg nog
holiday cocktails
baked french toast
peppermint chocolate cake
pizza bites
loaded oven fries
carrot ginger soup

12.13.16

WEEKNIGHT CHILI

weeknight chili | designlovefest

i have a soft spot for family recipes. things that have been made generation after generation, passed down on food stained index cards and lovingly reminisced over. my grandmother’s homemade bread and her ginger snap cookies, my mother in-law’s jam, my own mother’s cinnamon rolls and the list goes on. i really love how the memory of someone can live on in the food they use to make for you. how smell and taste can bring back moments long passed. if you have a family dish you hope to carry on i urge you (and myself!) to watch as it’s made, learn the in’s and out’s so that some day, when it falls on you to make it, you’ll know the family secrets. today’s recipe is chili from my great-grandmother. i never knew her but my aunt passed me the recipe and i like thinking about her as i make it. it’s such a simple but satisfying recipe. easy enough for a weekday dinner! – joanie

weeknight chili | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
serves 8

• 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
• 2 medium onions sliced
• 2 teaspoons minced garlic
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons chili powder
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 can kidney beans, in its juice
• 2 stalks of celery thinly chopped
• 1 14 oz can stewed or diced tomatoes in their juice
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper
• 2 cups of water
• optional garnishes: onion, avocado, cheese, sour cream, jalapeño, corn chips.  

weeknight chili | designlovefest
weeknight chili | designlovefest

• start by browning the meat, onions and garlic together in a pan. don’t stop until the onions are nice and caramelized! transfer to a medium size pot, add all of the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 1 hour. adjust seasoning to taste and serve! can also be frozen and reheated. if you like the soup to be thinner add a bit more water.

weeknight chili | designlovefest
weeknight chili | designlovefest

garnish and serve! hope you enjoy! Xx

weeknight chili | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis

12.08.16

HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHT

holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest

my first real tree! i decided to go for it this year when it came to holiday decorating and it’s putting me in such good spirits. i had a little movie night at my house with a few friends and we watched home alone on the couch under tons of blankets and just the lights from the tree. we made a few easy recipes in the vitamix that we are sharing with you too! healthy hot chocolate and festive beet hummus. real crowd pleasers!

healthy hot chocolate | designlovefest
healthy hot chocolate | designlovefest

in my mind, it cannot be the holidays without hot chocolate. growing up, my mom would make it for us after we’d go sledding and we’d come inside with freezing cold hands and frozen toes wanting to warm ourselves quickly and the hot chocolate was always a highlight. this year i wanted to focus on a more healthy version of a classic hot chocolate recipe using homemade almond milk and raw cacao powder. i’m going to be a real hippie for a minute and urge you to make your own almond milk. there is no comparison between homemade and store bought and it really brings the beverage up a notch. to make the almond milk, soak 4 cups almonds overnight, rinse them and then blend them with 4 cups filtered water in your Vitamix. strain using a nut milk bag (i own this one!) and then store the milk in your refrigerator.  – joanie

what you’ll need: 
• 3 cups almond milk
• 3 tablespoons raw cacao (we use this brand).
• 3 tablespoons maple syrup
• 6 pitted dates
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt

– the bonus of making this in your vitamix is that it heats it for you. to make – add the almond milk to your vitamix, throw in the rest of the ingredients and then turn to your hot/soup setting. blend until you start to see steam rising out of the blender. if you don’t have a vitamix, blend all of your ingredients and then pour into a sauce pan and heat until you hit your desired temperature.

healthy hot chocolate | designlovefest

• we topped ours with coconut cream which we made by chilling a can of full fat coconut milk, opening it and taking out and using just the thick layer at the top, and then blending it with a table spoon of maple syrup. yum!

beet hummus | designlovefest
beet hummus | designlovefest

and now for the beet hummus. i almost never buy hummus from the store because it’s so easy (and inexpensive) to whip up at home and there are so many variations that you can experiment with. we wanted to use beets because they are both healthy and have the most beautiful color. if you’re not a big fan of the flavor of beets but love the color you can cut down on the quantity. we experimented with using two and three roasted beets and both versions were great.

here is what you’ll need: 
• 3 roasted beets (oven at 400 for 35-45 minutes, until tender with a fork).
• 3 gloves of garlic (you can either roast this or leave it raw, use less if you’re planning on kissing someone later)
• the juice of 1 lemon
• 1/4 cup olive oil (this is my favorite brand)
• 1 can rinsed chickpeas
• 1 teaspoon salt

• add all of your ingredients to the vitamix and blend on level 2, slowly moving to level 6 until the consistency is creamy.  transfer to a bowl and serve with veggies and crackers!

beet hummus | designlovefest
beet hummus | designlovefest

no holiday party is complete with out a cheese plate! i go to my in-laws for christmas and the entire holiday meal is based around appetizers which is one of my favorite ways to eat. everyone brings something to share and the table is filled with all sorts of snacks, our contribution being a cheese plate. i like to do a mix of meats, cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, veggies, nuts, dips and then 2-3 different types of breads or crackers. i like the plate to look abundant so i always lay everything out and then fill in the cracks so that you can barely see the plate.

do you have traditional recipes that you make every year or a food item that you can’t go without during the holidays? we’d love to know!

holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest

and let’s talk about that garland!! that thing made me happy for days straight. jenn sanchez made this beauty and stuck in real flowers for the event. even after the flowers bit the dust, the greenery is gorgeous in my living room.

holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest

the splatter tumblers are by chris earl, aren’t they cool!?

holiday movie night | designlovefest

and i decided to keep it minimal this year and just decorate my tree with white lights. it matches the room and still feels sparkly and pretty. after everything was prepared, we sat and waited for everyone to arrive and the sun to go down…

holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest
 
holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest

what are your favorite holiday movies that you watch every year?? here’s ours!

holiday movie night | designlovefest
holiday movie night | designlovefest

what a fun night!!

photos by: ivan solis 
sponsored by: viatmix 

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