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EASY COCONUT BROWN JASMINE RICE RECIPE

Looking for a quick, exotic, healthy meal?  Try this filling vegan recipe packed with iron and vitamin B.

-2 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
-1 cup brown jasmine rice
-1 TSP coconut oil
-1 pinch sea salt
-1/2 lime
-Optional: beans, peas, and cilantro garnish

Boil coconut milk in a large pot.  Add one cup of brown jasmine rice. Mix in one teaspoon of coconut oil and a pinch of sea salt. Simmer for 35-40 minutes.  If the liquid seems to be drying too quickly, add extra coconut milk- you don’t want the rice to burn! Remove the pot from the heat and let it stand for five minutes. Add fresh squeezed lime juice, fluff the rice, and garnish with cilantro. If you would like a more colorful version, top it off with cooked red kidney beans and peas.
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A FAUX CARAMEL DIP FOR YOUR NEXT VEGAN BASH

By Chloe Mulliner, Guest Blogger

No eggs? No dairy products? No problem? Well, not exactly. While I’m all for experimenting with the vegan lifestyle, I run into a problem when it comes to whipping up a dessert for a vegan-inspired party. I’m no chef in the kitchen, so when my friends have hosted vegan bashes this year, I’ve panicked without my go-to dishes. From blueberry pies to chocolate chip brownies, all my signature recipes entail beating eggs and whisking butter.

However, come my second or third round of health-conscience party invitations, I discovered just because I’m creating a dairy-free concoction doesn’t mean a lackluster arrangement of veggies and fruit. After a lot of investigating and a little bit of experimenting, I found a simple, yet impressive, vegan caramel dip. Sans the cream, sugar, and butter, this faux caramel sauce just may fool your junk-food loving friends.

-2 cups dates
-½ cup almond butter
-5 TSP fresh lemon juice
-1 ½ TSP vanilla extract
-1 TSP sea salt
-1 TSP raw honey

Remove the pits from the dates and soak them in a bowl of water overnight. When the dates are soft, place them in your blender, but keep the leftover date water on the side. Blend all the ingredients together and add the date water in at your discretion to create the desired consistency. Less date water will make more of a thick dip, while more date water will yield a sauce. Serve chilled with some sliced organic apples, and surprise everyone with this caramel counterfeit.

Chloe Mulliner is a writer and dabbler in the healthy living scene. She vows to try everything three times before forming an opinion, and that includes tasting green juices and sweating it out in hot yoga. Look forward to more guest blogs from her in the future, but in the meanwhile, find more of her musings here.