Easy 30 Minute Vegan Yellow Curry

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Gosh, I love curry. And when I say I love curry, I mean I really love curry. Do you ever wake up in the morning and think, “Dang, some curry sounds good right about now?” Ok, maybe I don’t think this when I wake up for my 6 AM workouts, but it definitely crosses my mind before lunchtime.

I’m visiting my sister in San Fransisco for the weekend which means I luckily have full access to a real live kitchen, a.k.a one step up from my appliance-heaven dorm room. Cha-ching!  My first order of business? Make some lovely curry, of course!

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Five Minute Black Bean Hummus

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For being such a huge hummus believer, it’s a real shocker how long it’s taken me to post one of my hummus recipes. My most common hummus consumption method is using it as a salad dressing replacer, which is genius by the way because it really complements all the veggies on my plate and adds an extra kick of flavor to any kind of protein I may choose to throw into the mix.

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Vegan Superfood Peppermint Hot Cacao

Whelp, ’tis the season to be FREEZING my butt off because I’m still not used to cold weather! (Says the Hawai‘i girl living in SoCal…) Haha I know, I know- I have no reason to complain about cold weather what-so-ever because I really don’t know what it’s like to live in a frigid winter wonderland. But still! I don’t think I could ever get used to the cold no matter how small a change it may be; I’m just a sunshine girl to the bone. The good news is this drop in temperature has got me in the warm-beverage drinking spirit more than usual. I have been clutching my hot lemon water-filled thermos this week like there’s no tomorrow scurrying to class, but tonight I was in need of something a little more sweet and spirited.

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Pumpkin Protein Balls

Like I mentioned yesterday in my Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Seed Waffles post, this Pumpkin Week idea of mine was a little more of a commitment than I had originally anticipated. But, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Blogging is a huge passion of mine and I love being able to share my thoughts and recipes with others interesting in bettering or expanding their knowledge on health and cooking wholesome, good-for-you foods. I hope you’ve enjoyed this past week of pumpkin overload as much as I have enjoyed sharing my various recipes with you. I also hope that I’ve changed some of your possible previous perspectives that pumpkin is only good for lattes and pies. This ingredient really is a force to be reckoned with, both in heath and cost, and I encourage you to further entice your imagination and try using it in everything. I’ve made pumpkin pasta, flatbread, pancakes and nana ice cream soft serve (just to name a few others) and would suggest you take advantage of this fall season staple by creating other recipes of your own!

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Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Quinoa

There really isn’t anything like a warm bowl of hot cereal in the morning. Warm breakfasts help to kick start your digestion and brain function, especially when paired with a cup of hot lemon water or tea. This recipe is perfect for a quick and hearty warm breakfast you can take on the go, and you never want to skip the most important meal of the day!

Now let’s talk a little about quinoa. Quinoa is considered a superfood and packs a large punch in its health benefits. It is a  grain by most (others consider it a seed), therefore it’s not a component of the Paleo diet. However it is gluten-free and should not be a carb you wave out of your diet easily. Quinoa is filled with protein, anti-inflammatory components, lots fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron and so much more. Brown rice does put up a good fight against this amazing grain, but I personally like Quinoa’s crunchy texture and higher fiber benefits. If you’d like to read more about the amazing benefits of quinoa, check out this article. But unfortunately, it isn’t the cheapest ingredient out there. Costco sells a large 3 lb bag of Ancient Grain Mix that goes on sale for $9.99 from time to time, but Trader Joe’s Tri-Colored Quinoa will suffice if you’re cooking for one like me.

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Vegan Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ahhhh, the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. I know what you might be thinking, “Not another white girl blogging about #psl’s.” Hey, whether we like to admit it or not this drink is a trademark of the fall season, and don’t lie- it’s still really damn good. The spiciness of the cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with the subtly sweet flavor of pumpkin can get anyone excited, and then you mix it with coffee? How does anything stand a chance against that?

However, I have to start off by acknowledging the scary reality of a typical, “unhealthy-fied” Pumpkin Spice Latte. Most people don’t consider a morning cup of coffee like this to be a healthy diet foe, but it can be one of the worst for you if you’re not reading the fine print. For example, here are the nutrition facts for a tall 12 oz. Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.

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Spicy Pumpkin Hummus & Quinoa Veggie Stir-Fry

I’m sorry for such a late post, but just in time for a late dinner is this delicious Spicy Pumpkin Hummus and Quinoa Veggie Stir Fry! This recipe is filled with mega-healthy ingredients including pumpkin, radish, quinoa and cayenne pepper. It packs a pretty big punch from the spiciness of the hummus and the flavorful blend of spices in the stir-fry, so if you’re not a huge fan of spicy, flavorful things then this mix may not appeal too heavily to your taste buds. However, if you’re afraid of sweet pumpkin and savory spices coming together, please don’t be. I promise this stir-fry will bring something new and exciting to your pallet while fueling your body with wholesome ingredients.

Also, if you’re not on the cayenne pepper trend, then you need to get on it quick. Cayenne pepper has so many health benefits including boosting your immune system, removing toxins from the blood, healing side effects from the common cold and so so much more. I plan on writing a post on the amazing cayenne pepper, but if you’d like to read more about it now check out this site.

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