Vegan Chili Dogs: VIDEO

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Hey y'all, this is a 2 for 1 recipe post so I hope you enjoy it because it's going to blow your mind! I am going to show you how to make both a vegan chili and a vegan hot dog, which is made from believe it or not... a CARROT (if you couldn't already tell from the photo)! Yes, you heard correctly! We are using a carrot as a hot dog, and when I tell you the texture and flavor of the carrot-dog really do mimic that of a meat hot dog, it is truly amazing and delicious! (NOTE the serving amount of the chili is 8)

Vegan "Crab" Cakes

vegan crab cake recipe

I've been making my vegan crab cakes for some time now, but this recipe has to be the best one I've created thus far! This is a quick and easy recipe that will have you overly satisfied! The texture mimics real crab meat pretty accurately, and flavors are on point. It tastes just like real crab cakes!

Check out my step-by-step recipe video! You can also find all the detailed ingredients and directions below! 

Spicy Chipotle Chili Hummus VIDEO

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I remember the first time I had hummus was back in 2007; and although I was a foodie then, I was still a little skeptical of new (healthy) things to try. I remember being at work, and my manager was going IN on a tub of hummus, which at the time did not look that appealing to me. Honestly back then I wasn’t a fan of food that was mushy with the exception of mashed potatoes, thick and creamy like yogurt or gelatinous like pudding. It was just something about the textures back then that did not sit right with me. So of course when my manager offered me some of her hummus, I gave her the classic “eww” face, but I still tried it because I didn’t want to be rude… And surprise, I’ve been hooked ever since!

Now in 2017, and have tried almost every cuisine, recipe, and different textures under the sun; my viewpoints are a lot different. I love hummus and I love the texture… surprising right? I love the variety of different flavors you can create, and if you’ve been following me for a while you know about my Cilantro Hummus recipe that I love to make. I also love the health benefits of hummus, because it is made solely of chickpeas, a little oil, seasonings, and Tahini sauce. It is loaded with protein, helps with weight loss, helps control blood sugar levels, it’s high in fiber, and it helps to protect against heart disease and cancer! Amazing right! Who knew that a little legume like chickpeas would be so awesome for your health?

Although you can find hummus premade and packaged at your local grocer, there is just something about making your own that takes the experience to a new level. You can customize it to fit your own flavor pallet, and you can make however much you want without breaking the bank!

So with that having been said, check out one of my all-time favorite hummus recipes that I enjoy making for my family. It is spicy… and y’all know we love spicy food in la casa Guerra… it is savory, hearty, and it kind of has a nutty undertone that makes for a great dip, topping on a salad, or as a spread on a sandwich!

How to be PERFECT

How to be perfect

Hey y'all I finally made another YouTube video!! Explaining my absence from YouTube! But now I am back, with one new video a week! I hope this video inspires some of you who may have gone through the same dilemma of being  Perfectionist as I have.

Once I was told that "people that are perfectionist, tend to be people, who at one point in their life did not feel that they were good enough"... Being a perfectionist is not a good thing. You are perfect the way you are, flaws and all. Your "flaws" are the things that make you different, unique, relatable, and human. Own and love every "flaw" that you have, because nobody is perfect, and to be a perfectionist is a waste of time and energy.

VIDEO BELOW!

Coconut Curry Creamy Grits

Coconut Curry Creamy Grits

Grits have been a staple in my family's breakfast since I was a child. My mother would make fried eggs and bacon, chop them up and serve them over some classic butter grits with salt and pepper, and cheese every now and then. And that was my way of eating grits for... oh... let's just say the past 29 years of my life... oh and let’s not forget shrimp and grits, which was my thing too!

It actually wasn't until we went vegan 4 years ago, that I decided to create different recipes to a classic dish, that at the time I could no longer savor in the way that I truly wanted. I mean, I tried scrambled tofu and the vegan sausage patties, but I still couldn't get the flavors right... which is something that most people fail at when converting to a vegan lifestyle; you purchase processed foods that are supposed to mimic the taste of meat and dairy, and it still isn't satisfying enough.

Creamy grits recipe

Having gone through all of that only inspired me to view the grits differently, instead of looking at them as the base of a dish; I decided to make it the star. Because I honestly had never looked at eating grits by itself without some sort of filler mixed in, until now.... or rather a few years ago, but you get my point.

This recipe is great for those who are vegan, or for those who just want to try something new and different. These grits are creamy, savory, and definitely full of unique flavors that you wouldn't necessarily associate with breakfast. And in a way, the Pico de Gallo topping lightens the dish up with its refreshing flavors mixed with the savory grits. It really is an awesome combination... Seriously, have you ever had a bowl of grits and felt heavy afterward? Well, I can say you definitely won't get that same feeling after having a bowl of this!

Coconut Curry Creamy Grits