Mini Apple Crisps (Vegan/GF)

sum•mer (n): the existential struggle between wanting to be in shape and wanting to shove ALL THE FOOD INTO YOUR FACE

You know the feeling. Summertime finally hits, and you’re ready to hit the beach and show off that bod you’ve been working on. But two weeks in, you’ve had a few too many margs and entirely too many s’mores and then you realize you haven’t even hit the vacation part of your summer vacation yet and you’re like “HOW DID THIS HAPPEN” and then you end up eating more s’mores and it’s all just kind of a mess. 

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I know this feeling well. A week ago, I got back from spending over two weeks in San Francisco (um, hi, TONS of amazing food) at the American Bach Soloists Academy. It was a wonderful experience, but I definitely ate WAY too much. As in, I literally ate ice cream every day. And I mean literally, literally.

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Mango Avocado Summer Rolls with Miso Sesame Ginger Sauce

Raise your hand if you’re from the Northeast and have officially turned into a human prune!!! *both hands up*

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Did YOU know it was possible to feel both dehydrated AND saturated at the same time? Heat and humidity are the latest power couple, and it is getting rough out there. I just got back from an incredible week in Connecticut at the Amherst Early Music Baroque Academy, but it wasn’t always fun and games for my fiddle… Let’s just say when working with a period instrument with gut strings in 95% humidity, the name of the game is “What The F#*! Just Came Out of My Instrument?!” 5 points every time a string goes a whole step out of tune. 10 points when two consecutive strings go out of tune in opposite directions. 15 points when you play a note and nothing comes out… You don’t really want to win.

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In this heat, my second love (cooking) also becomes not-so-lovely. When the mere thought of turning on an oven drowns me in my own sweat, I often resort to “un-cooking.” Luckily, the summer season offers us a huge selection of delicious produce, so filling up on raw fruits and veggies is hardly boring. And, not to diss salad, but there are plenty of creative ways to enjoy your raw produce, which was precisely our challenge at The Recipe ReDux this month.

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This month’s theme, “Get Your Fruits and Veggies in Shape,” challenged us to transform summer produce using creative cuts. My spiralizer is one of my FAVORITE tools in the kitchen for this, and summer rolls are a go-to meal for me during the warmer months – oven-free, fresh, crunchy, light, healthy, and filling! What could be better than combining the two?! 

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While making this recipe, I was pleased with how quick and SAFE spiralizing was as an alternative. Julienning veggies with a knife or special peeler is fine, but it takes forever… Plus, I will take any chance I can get to keep my fingers away from blades.

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To “wrap up” this delicious dish (hehe) I made an easy miso sesame ginger dipping sauce. Miso is a relatively recent addition to my repertoire of ingredients, but I am in love with it. It automatically lends an explosion of flavor to whatever it’s in, and I am always looking for new ways to incorporate it. This was a home run as far as I’m concerned – miso obsessed with this recipe, and I hope you will be too 😉

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Mango Avocado Summer Rolls with Miso Sesame Ginger Sauce
Yields 12
Fresh, crunchy summer rolls with spiralized veggies and an addictive miso sauce.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Rolls
  1. 12-24 sheets rice paper
  2. Warm water
  3. 1 large carrot
  4. 2 large (or 3 medium) cucumbers
  5. 1/2 purple cabbage
  6. 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  7. 1 mango, thickly sliced
  8. 1 cup cilantro or Thai basil leaves
Miso Sauce
  1. 3 Tbs. light miso
  2. 4 Tbs. seasoned rice wine vinegar
  3. 1 1/2-inch knob ginger, grated (about 1/2 tsp)
  4. 1 Tbs. sesame oil
Instructions
  1. Spiralize carrots using the "spaghetti" blade, or thinnest blade possible. Set aside.
  2. Spiralize cucumbers using the "spaghetti" blade. I like to drain my cucumber noodles after spiralizing by squeezing them through a cheesecloth or a stack of paper towels. Set aside.
  3. Spiralize purple cabbage on the "ribbon" blade, or thickest blade possible. Set aside.
  4. Prepare your avocado, mango, and cilantro and arrange them alongside your other prepared veggies for easy assembly.
  5. Submerge a sheet of rice paper in a bowl of warm water for 5 seconds. Immediately lay the wet sheet on a cutting board or large plate.
  6. Fill your roll (careful not to overfill!) with veggies. I like to start with cilantro so you can see the leaves laying flat through the roll, and then add the veggies from thinnest to thickest. I also like to add more cilantro on top before rolling.
  7. Roll each summer roll delicately while keeping it as compact as possible.
Sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.
Notes
  1. Work as quickly as possible to prevent your rice paper from sticking to your surface!
  2. If necessary after rolling, double up with another sheet of rice paper.
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Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Cookies with Maple Icing (Vegan)

I’m REAALLLYY excited this week, people. Why? Because one of my FAVORITE people is moving back to New York City!! I’ve known my friend Neil for almost a decade (what), so he is an incredibly important person in my life. 

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Neil is the friend who gives me the BEST advice that I usually choose not to take – but it’s cool, because I know he doesn’t take mine either.

Neil is also the friend who traveled 2 hours to Philly in freezing rain one time to hear me play a recital. He later got stranded with my parents in Trenton. Never complained. Seriously, not even in TRENTON. 

Neil participates in my ridiculousness, calls me on my crap, and attempts to help me understand men (key word being “attempts”). Honestly, this kid is awesomesauce. AND NOW HE’S GONNA LIVE HERE.

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And so, in honor of Neil moving here, I made cookies. You see, I LIKE cookies, but Neil LOOOVES cookies. Neil loves cookies more than anyone I know. He actually said to me today that once he moves here, he’d like to start guest-writing on my blog. His column, as he put it, would be called “Uncle Neil’s Cookie Corner.” LOL. I think it’s hilarious and fantastic and I’m actively considering it. Please weigh in. 

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DIY Frozen Meal: Vegan Red Curry and Rice

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I’ve been re-watching “How I Met Your Mother” lately, and have been impressed all over again by just how real it gets sometimes.

Remember that time you had no idea what your life was about so you moved somewhere else on a whim, thinking it would fix all your problems? But then it didn’t? Lily did that! And remember when you dated that person who you stayed with against ALL your better judgment? Ted did that – like, seven different times! Or maybe you didn’t do either of those things, but I bet you know someone who did! It’s as if they know. 

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But you know what I find totally unrealistic about HIMYM, though? They’re always at the bar. I get that it’s their social hub, and I guess if I lived right over a bar I’d go there a lot too. But it really just seems like they are always freakin’ there. Tell me, real world humans, who seriously has the time to sit around drinking beers and acting ridiculous on a regular basis? Not me. Well, maybe I act ridiculous, but many nights, I don’t even have time to make my own dinner. That’s when I end up calling in a favor from my friend Amy.

Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking for myself (probably obvious given the food blog). But whether you like to cook or not, sometimes the time crunch is real and a frozen meal is the best way to go, especially if you’re trying to save money and eat what you have in the house. Yes, some frozen meals can be considered “healthy’ – Amy makes a killer vegan mac and mattar paneer! – but what if there were a way to combine the convenience of a pre-bought frozen meal with the peace of mind that comes with preparing your food from scratch? Surprise! THERE IS!

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Gooey Cookie Pie for One (Vegan!)

I have a confession to make… I’m boycotting Valentine’s Day. *cue dramatic gasp*

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may even recall last Valentine’s Day, when I officially dubbed February 14th  “Violin-tine’s Day.”  (Note to self: Totally making that more of a thing again this year.)

 

 

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. Sarah, you’re just a crotchety ol’ Scrooge because you’re single on Valentine’s Day. Well, OK, that last part might -technically- be true. In reality though, I’m actually a huge romantic. I’m a total sucker for the cheesiest things! Eating my food and telling me I’m pretty usually does the trick too, though. I’m not difficult to please. (Edit: I can actually be pretty difficult to please. Maybe that’s why I’m single on Valentine’s Day…)

 

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For me though, true romance is unconditional, and there’s something about having a holiday specifically for it that just feels forced. You know wha’m sayin’? I truly believe that showing someone else how much you care should be an all-the-time thing, and needs no occasion. Regardless of how you show it, every day should be like Valentine’s day.

 

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Not to mention, the holiday does kind of put a lot of undue pressure on single folk. I have friends who really dread Valentine’s Day, and THAT makes me sad more than anything. I also get it, because I used to feel the same way.

So that’s why I say, celebrate self-love this Valentine’s Day! Regardless of who you choose to date, marry, etc., only you get to spend your whole life with you. Just like only you get to eat this cookie pie.

 

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Aaaand so, that was my long winded way of explaining why I made you a recipe for one. And it is a reallllly good one. This is the gooiest cookie pie ever, and you’ll never know it’s egg and dairy free.

So I say, make and eat a whole freakin’ cookie pie by yourself this Valentine’s Day (or, any day). Then top it with some dairy-free ice cream, because why the heck not. This cookie pie will be there waiting just for you, because you deserve it. Also, because it’s vegan (and gluten free), that pretty much means it’s healthy by default. Right? Usually wrong. But today, right.

 

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And if you are planning to spend your Valentine’s Day with someone special, you could just as easily double the recipe. Why split a dessert when you can each have your own? Everybody’s happy, and nobody has to fight over who gets to eat what part or who gets the last bite. See? I’m saving relationships everywhere.

 

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Gooey Cookie Pie for One (Vegan)
Serves 1
Because you deserve a dessert all to yourself.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup oat flour
  2. 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
  3. 2 Tbs. dairy free chocolate chips
  4. 1 Tbs. chopped pecans
  5. 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  6. 1 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  7. 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 Tbs. melted coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Combine flour, salt, pecans, and chocolate chips in a medium bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut oil.
  4. Mix wet ingredients into flour mixture.
  5. Grease a wide, shallow ramekin. Pour batter into ramekin and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until set in the center.
  6. Serve with a small scoop of dairy-free ice cream of your choice, if desired. (And trust me... You desire.)
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