Herb Falafel and Tzatziki {vegan}

Since it’s officially spring, my mind and body instantly start to crave and gravitate towards recipes that are portable, great to share at potlucks, bring to BBQ’s, and take to picnics. Herb Falafel and Tzatziki is absolutely perfect for all of the above, but especially for sharing with friends. If you’ve never tried falafel let alone make it in your own kitchen, I promise you the name sounds a lot more fancy and intimidating than it actually is to make. I pair the fresh yet crunchy Herb Falafel with a zesty creamy vegan Tzatziki Sauce to be used as a condiment, dip or dressing.

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Pictured // Herb Falafel + Tzatziki + saffron olive oil dipping

What is falafel? Falafel (fah-la-fell) is a traditional Middle Eastern recipe made with ground fava beans and chickpeas into a flour with a mix of fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil, spices formed into a patty or ball and often paired with a sauce containing tahini and wrapped in a pita/flat bread. It’s often deep-fried but can be baked, for my recipe I’m choosing to bake the falafel, which still tastes amazing! Tzatziki sauce is another traditional Middle Eastern recipe typically containing sheep’s yogurt, fresh herbs, lemon juice, spices, and seasonings to create a refreshing dressing for the falafel. Being dairy-free here on Nutrition Stripped, I’m opting to use good ole’ cashews and hemp seeds for the creamy sauce.

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Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce

You won’t find a cranberry sauce “in a can” on my holiday table this year (or ever for that matter), and you don’t need to either! Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce is incredibly simple to make, nutritious, and equally affordable to store bought canned cranberry sauce. My cranberry sauce recipe contains orange, orange zest, pomegranate, apples, warming spices, and of course loads of tart cranberries!

Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce | nutritionstripped.com

Cranberry sauce used to be a side dish that I routinely passed on during the holiday season because I never enjoyed it, even though my mother makes a delicious one. Over the years, I’ve grown to love and adore this side dish not only for the nutrient benefits, but also the sweet and slightly tart flavors. Now I love serving this cranberry sauce alongside all the other delicious veggie sides and entrees for Thanksgiving, dolloping on top of BanaNO Cream, spreading it on my Nourishing Nut & Seed Bread or simply as is!

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Savory Mushroom and Herb Gravy with Cauliflower Potato Mash

Savory Mushroom and Herb Gravy with Cauliflower Potato Mash is like Thanksgiving party in your mouth. It’s another beautiful side dish I wanted to share with you all this holiday season, hands down this may be a new favorite side dish in my household- even for my mashed potato lovin’ man. What I love most about this mushroom gravy is the deep, earthy, bold flavors of the mushrooms and herbs paired with the light, creamy, and fluffy Cauliflower Potato Mash, which is mostly cauliflower and a small amount of potatoes. This veggie side dish is a perfect addition to any holiday table.

Savory Mushroom and Herb Gravy with Cauliflower Potato Mash | nutritionstripped.com

You all know I love sneaking in vegetables, especially cauliflower into recipes just like my Cauliflower Pizza Crust. Today the focus is on mashed potatoes getting lower carb and lower fat makeover in comparison to traditional mashed potatoes; and without sacrificing any of the flavor or texture. Literally, throughout this recipe development and massive taste testing (I know, it’s such a hard job right?), I kept saying to myself “wow, this is good!”. Hopefully you, your friends and family will agree and have the same reaction to this deliciousness!

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Apple Butter and Pumpkin Butter

There’s nothing better than having a piece of warm gluten-free toast with creamy Pumpkin Butter or deliciously sweet and tangy Apple Butter spread all over the top in a thick layer. Both Pumpkin Butter and Apple Butter are types of fall recipes that come alive again this time of year- it’s almost as I forget it’s even available until the smell of fall rolls in the air or after my first visit to the pumpkin patch of the season. Either way, these two recipes are sure to please your fall taste buds and also perfect to share with your pumpkin and apple lovin’ loved ones!

Apple Butter and Pumpkin Butter | nutritionstripped.com

Today, you’re all getting two recipes for the price of one, lucky you :). Late summer I shared with you all a couple of my favorite summer fruit chia jams that celebrated my favorite fruits, peaches and raspberries (revisit that blog post to read more about why I love chia seeds for jams and jellies). It’s now time for the fall fruits and flavors to shine and Pumpkin Butter and Apple Butter are go-to’s in my kitchen this season. Both are incredibly simple to make, nutritious, and so delicious. Apples and pumpkin both contain great amounts of fiber on their own, but combine it with the fiber found in the chia seeds, and this makes one high fiber fruit butter in comparison to store bought jams and jellies.

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Raw Caramel with Apples

Raw Caramel with Apples. A raw, sweet, ooey-gooey, caramel dip perfect for those of you wanting an alternative to traditional caramel which involves cooking, refined sugars, and dairy. This Raw Caramel is so simple to make that you may start making only this caramel recipe and not bother with the other time consuming recipes…bold statement, I know! My Raw Caramel is made with only wholesome, raw, natural ingredients and takes no more than 5 minutes to make!

Raw Caramel with Apples | nutritionstripped.com

Traditional caramel is made of heavy cream, refined sugar, and vanilla and also takes hours to cook which requires a certain finesse, but of course tastes delicious. Since we’re dairy free here on Nutrition Stripped, I wanted to make an alternative to one of my favorite fall desserts and treats, caramel apples! Caramel is a sweet treat that I missed when first going dairy free many years ago- that was until this recipe was accidentally discovered in my kitchen.

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