Busy Holiday Week Recipes!
It's Christmas week! Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE Christmas... The holiday decorations, christmas lights, festive trees, gatherings with friends, and even Christmas music! I love it all. I'm a total Christmas nerd.
In the days leading up to the big day, I'm always a busy bee making holiday gifts for friends and family. Even though it's a significant amount of work, I much prefer making gifts than buying them. To me, it feels more thoughtful and heartfelt. Tomorrow begins the big gift making shenanigans! So, today I thought I'd post some of my favorite recipes that I will surely be making this week to help keep this yogi healthy and happy amidst the holidaze... Try them out for yourself! They're quick, easy, and oh-so-yummy.
Merry merry Christmas and happy holidays! Love, Nikki.
Mason Jar Vanilla Chia Pudding:
• 1 1/2 cups almond milk (homemade if possible)
• 1/3 cup chia seeds
• 2 Tbsp maple syrup
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp vanilla
• 1/4 tsp salt
Add all ingredients together in a bowl and mix with a whisk until combined. Pour into a 16oz. mason jar and shake thoroughly. Let is sit overnight and violà! You can eat it plain, add fresh fruit, or even granola!
Nikki's Favorite Spinach Lentil Soup:
• 1 large yellow onion diced
• 3 carrots peeled and diced
• 3 ribs of celery diced
• 1 large bunch of spinach
• 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
• 1 large piece of fresh ginger peeled and finely minced
• 1 cup brown rice
• 3/4 cup lentils
• 12 cups vegetable stock
• 1 Tbsp paprika
• 1 Tbsp cumin
• 1 Tbsp oregano
• salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot add 2 Tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. When warm, add onions, carrots, and celery and sauté until soft. Add garlic, ginger, paprika, cumin, oregano and stir for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic. Add vegetable stock, brown rice and lentils. Raise the temperature to high. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for one hour or until the rice and lentils are cooked. When soup is finished, add spinach. Salt and pepper to taste. We love to eat this soup with fresh cut avocado on top... It's HEAVENLY!
Nikki's Hot (or cold) Cacao:
• 16oz. almond milk (homemade if possible)
• 2 Tbsp cacao powder (not cocoa powder)
• 2 dates
• 1/4 tsp vanilla
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp sea salt
Add all ingredients into a Vitamix blender and blend on high for 1 minute. The cacao drink can either be added to a mason jar, refrigerated, and enjoyed cold or warmed on the stove top for a toasty treat. If you're feeling wild, add vegan marshmallows or coconut whip cream!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!