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AMAZING Vegan Dip Recipes

Irresistible vegan dip recipes for parties or any day of the week! Easy to prep, these vegan dips are made with plant-based whole foods. Plus, they're oil-free, gluten-free, and nut-free.

Here are some irresistible vegan dip recipes to serve for a special occasion – or any occasion.

Vegan dip recipes to impress!

Initially, I created this post to offer a collection of vegan dips to ring in the new year.

However, why focus on one day of the year when these easy vegan dip recipes are a win any day of the year!

And, if you have a special occasion to plan for, these are most definitely party-worthy, wow-factor dips. So, let's get going:

8. Romesc-oat Sauce

This recipe comes from Let Them Eat Vegan. It's rich and velvety, and the lightly-toasted oats and nuts give it an exquisite flavor along with the smoked paprika.

If you need a nut-free recipe, try this Roasted Red Pepper Dip instead.

Print Romesc-Oat Sauce This is my version of the classic romesco sauce that originates from Spain, which can be thick enough to be called a dip or spread. There are plenty of variations on the recipe, though most include white bread to add structure. My adaptation uses healthier rolled oats that are lightly toasted until golden to give an earthier flavor to this sauce, along with just a hint of smoked paprika. It is versatile and delicious kept thick, or thinned as a sauce. Bonus: My friend Heather Nauta (www.healthyeatingstartshere) has a demo of this recipe for you! Course Appetizer, dips, saucesKeyword almonds, gluten-free, oats, oil-free, red pepper Ingredients
  • ½ cup toasted rolled oats use certified gf for gluten-free version, see note
  • 1 ¼ cups roasted red pepper about 1½ medium/large red peppers, see note
  • 1 medium-large clove garlic
  • ½ cup toasted almonds
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ tbsp red wine vinegar see note about peppers
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2-5 tbsp water as needed to thin as desired (use lesser amount for dip, see note)
  • In a food processor, combine all ingredients, starting with about 2 tablespoons of the water, and puree until smooth, adding more water to thin as desired. Season to taste with additional salt and/or pepper (if using the sauce straight as a dip or spread or to top vegetables, and so forth, you probably won't need extra seasoning, but if tossing into pasta, you may want to add extra salt to the sauce or add it when mixing with the pasta).
  • If This Apron Could Talk: When thinning, add the water about a tablespoon at a time, until you achieve the desired consistency. Keep in mind that when using for pasta, you can thin later by adding some pasta cooking water, rather than dilute the sauce when first pureeing it. If you chill the sauce, it will thicken more as it refrigerates, as the oats continue to absorb any moisture.
  • Ingredients 411: Place the oats on a baking sheet lined with parchment, and bake in a preheated 425°F oven for 7 to 10 minutes, until golden, tossing once or twice. Watch closely, as the oats can burn quickly. You can use roasted red peppers from a jar, or roast them yourself; see "Plant-Powered Pantry," page xxxviii of Let Them Eat Vegan. If using jarred peppers, check the ingredients for vinegar. If they are marinated in vinegar, you may want to omit the vinegar altogether or reduce, adjusting to taste.
  • Serving Suggestions: Kept thick, this sauce can be used as a spread or dip. It is like a roasted red pepper dip but with more texture and a deeper flavor profile. Try it as a base for your next pizza! It can also be thinned slightly to use as a sauce to kick up unseasoned tofu or beans, and of course, to toss with pasta.
7. White Bean Hummus

This is one of those 'oldies but goodies'. It's from my hummus chapter in ed&bv, and readers have loved it for a long time. Me too!

Serve it up with crudite, or some veggie crackers, or pitas, chips, whatever you like!

Of course, I have quite a few other hummus recipes on the blog and in my books if you want to check those out.

Print White Bean Hummus with Fresh Basil and Thyme The fresh thyme and basil add a fresh and vibrant taste to this hummus. The pureed cannellini beans are creamy white, which together with the green flecks from the fresh herbs, make this hummus pretty to look at… and scrumptious to eat! Course Appetizer, dips Servings 2 cups Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked cannellini beans (white kidney beans) (drained and rinsed if using canned beans)
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 small to medium clove garlic sliced
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar see note
  • ½ tsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2½ – 3 tsp fresh thyme roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh basil torn or roughly chopped
  • 1-3 tbsp water as needed, to thin dip as desired
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • In a food processor, combine all ingredients except water, thyme, and basil. Purée until smooth, gradually adding water as desired to thin dip and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add thyme and basil and purée briefly to incorporate ingredients. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.
  • This dip tastes lovely even with just 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. But, you can omit it altogether for an oil-free version. I have used a raspberry-flavored red wine vinegar in place of the lemon juice in this dip, and it adds a beautiful flavor.
  • You can make this dip look very elegant. As described in the chapter introduction, pipe the dip into mini-bell peppers (cut in half), halved grape tomatoes, or endive leaves. Alternatively, spread it thinly on slices of bread with a layer of "shaved" cucumber (using a vegetable peeler to remove thin strips lengthwise off cucumber, before reaching the seedy portion). Cut crusts off bread and slice in strips or cut in shapes with cookie cutters
6. Rawesome Nut Dip

As vegan dip recipes go, this one is rawesome! I hear from readers saying they are scraping the food processor clean, it's so more-ish.

Serve it a bowl with crackers (raw or otherwise), or tucked into mini bell peppers, endive leaves, or cherry tomatoes. Or, use it as a filling for rolls for finger food (ex: baked mini phyllo rolls). This past Christmas, I layered it with roasted mushrooms as a phyllo main dish. It was exquisite!

Print Rawesome Nut Dip Made entirely with raw ingredients, this dip will knock your socks off. It's a snap to prepare and is perfect for summer picnics, to nibble with raw veggies, or as a spread on crackers and breads. Course Appetizer, dips Servings 1 cups Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw pistachios
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raw pine nuts or more walnuts or other nuts like cashews
  • 1/2 cup red or orange bell pepper chopped
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 very small clove garlic sliced, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 to 6 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • In a food processor, combine nuts, bell pepper, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper, and water (starting with 4 tbsp), and purée until fairly smooth, scraping down sides of bowl several times. Add basil and thyme, and purée again until well combined and to desired smoothness. Add more lemon juice to taste and/or water to thin dip if desired. Makes 1 3/4 cups.
  • You may change the proportions of nuts in this recipe or substitute with other nuts or seeds. Note that nuts differ in natural sweetness and bitterness: cashews, almonds, and pistachios have sweeter flavors, whereas walnuts and pine nuts have more savory and bitter tones. Since substitutions will affect the overall flavor, you may want to adjust lemon juice or salt to taste.
  • This dip has a slight "cheesy" taste, and is a good cheese replacement, such as a layer for lasagna, filling for ravioli, or sandwich spread. For a cheesier flavor, you can add 1–2 tbsp nutritional yeast, although nutritional yeast may not be considered "raw."
5. Red Lentil Hummus

This quickly turned into one of the 'hot' recipes from Plant-Powered Families. I have quite a few vegan dip recipes in this book, including a few hummus recipes and that ever-popular artichoke dip.

I've heard readers say that this is the only hummus they've enjoyed, or their kids will eat. I think it's the combination of the very mellow, smooth lentils along with the smoked paprika. Do not skip that smoked paprika!

Print Red Lentil Hummus I've been known to use kidney beans, white beans, and black beans in hummus, and this recipe gets even more experimental with the incorporation of red lentils. They have a very mellow flavor, and this dip, while unassuming at first, becomes quite irresistible after a bite or two! Course Appetizer, dips, hummus Servings 3 cups Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried red lentils rinsed (see note)
  • 2 cups water for cooking lentils
  • 1-2 medium-large cloves garlic see note
  • 3½ – 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon lemon zest see note
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Place lentils and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to very low. Cover and let cook until all the water is absorbed and the lentils are fully softened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 1/2 hour or longer. In a food processor, add the cooked lentils, garlic, tahini, sea salt, coriander (start with 1/2 tsp), lemon zest, paprika, vinegar, and lemon juice. Puree until smooth. Add more garlic, coriander, or salt to taste. This mixture is much looser than a traditional hummus. When refrigerated, it thickens considerably. So, you can enjoy it a little thinner, or wait until it is chilled. Serve with whole grain pitas or tortillas.
  • Lentils Note: You can make the lentils a day or two in advance, and then refrigerate until ready to use. They will already be chilled for this dip, and therefore the puree will be thicker.
  • Garlic Note: Adjust garlic to taste. I use one clove when serving for the family, but you can use more for adults.
  • Lemon Zest Note: While zest may seem like an unusual addition here, it truly adds some lovely flavor.
  • Ideas: Try adding 1/2 teaspoon of cumin to this puree for extra spice. You can bump up the garlic quotient for adults, and also try adding a punch of heat with hot sauce.
  • If you want to add fresh herbs like cilantro, basil, or parsley, wait until the dip is cooled and then puree through.
  • Kitchen Tip: You can always make a double batch if you think you'd like to store portions of this dip in the freezer!
4. Nut-Free Ranch Dressing

Dressing, yes, but this recipe is also easily a vegan dip. Just make it with a touch less water, and it will be spectacular for a dip with tender baby potatoes (or potato wedges), chips, or veggies.

This recipe is from my Plant-Powered Dressings ebook, and is vegan, oil-free, nut-free, soy-free, and gluten-free. If you don't have it or don't want to pick it up, try this Ranch version.

3. Sour Cream 'n Onion Cream Cheese

One of the recipes from The Cheese Trap, this is a wonderful dip/spread for breads, crostini, and crackers for any party!

2. Vegveeta Dip

Let Them Eat Vegan Absolutely one of my most popular vegan dip recipes from.

This is your go-to hot cheesy dip, try it as a fondue or drizzled on nachos, or stir in some salsa for dipping.

Serve with some tortilla chips, and this one will be a true winner!

Vegveeta Dip Print Vegveeta Dip This warm 'cheesy' dip has a mild flavor that can be used to accompany many foods… and also combines very well with salsa to mimic the velveeta/salsa dip from years ago. I make this without nutritional yeast, but if you like it, feel free to add in the nooch! Course Appetizer, dipsKeyword cashews Servings 1 cups Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp tahini or 1/8 cup pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup + 1-3 tbsp plain unsweetened almond milk see note
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 tsp little scant paprika
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp turmeric for color
  • optional: 1 ½ -2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until very, very smooth (start with 1 cup + 1 tbsp milk). Transfer mixture to a small/medium saucepan, and heat over low/low-medium heat for 5-8 minutes, until mixture is starting to slowly bubble and thicken (stir frequently through heating). To thin sauce slightly, stir in another 1-2 tbsp of milk. Avoid thickening sauce over high heat (or increasing heat too quickly), since this sauce can scorch easily. Once sauce has thickened, transfer to a serving dish… and get dipping! Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
NotesMilk Note: I prefer to use plain unsweetened almond milk or soy milk in this recipe. Cooking Note: The color of this dip will deepen with heating. When first blended, it is quite light without much color, but with heating, more yellow/orange color develops. Options: For a nacho "Vegveeta"-style dip, try stirring about 1/3 – ½ cup of your fave salsa into the heated sauce. Other add-in's to consider (add after blending/warming sauce): – a handful of sliced green onions – chopped sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed, drained) or fresh chopped tomatoes – sliced olives – chopped parsley or cilantro. – for heat-lovers, a few tablespoons of chopped jalapeno peppers or a few dashes of hot sauce. 1. Creamy Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

Coming in at #1 for a reason! This recipe is often imitated, never duplicated. I've seen many iterations of it online, this is the original that readers have loved for years.

Out of all my vegan dip recipes, I'd probably choose this one for an omni crowd – for that WOW factor! And, for a nut-free artichoke dip, try this recipe.

A creamy vegan artichoke dip made withOUT vegan cheese substitutes, all whole foods! Artichoke Spinach Dip - by Dreena Burton, Plant-Powered Kitchen #vegan #glutenfree

Which one of these vegan dips your favorite? Let me know in the comments! x Dreena

This post was originally published in December 2018, and updated for February 2021.

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переводить | Fri, 19 Feb 2021 22:17:00 +0000

Healthy Chocolate Pie (vegan, gluten-free)

Does a healthy chocolate pie exist? Yes! Delicious, rich, made with whole foods plant-based ingredients, this pie is vegan and gluten-free.

Healthy Chocolate Pie? Yes indeed!

This chocolate pie is made with such wholesome ingredients that it can be enjoyed for breakfast.

Yet it's rich and delicious, with a velvety filling and nutty deep-chocolate base.

Who's in? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️

I thought so. 😬

This recipe comes from my 3rd cookbook, Let Them Eat Vegan. Before moving into this recipe, I'm veering off briefly to talk about that book.

A few weeks ago I posted a video about how my publisher has now printed LTEV in black and white. 👎 I'm disappointed, to say the least. It's important I let you know, in case you order the book – it might be in b&w, sorry.

Now, back to this delicious vegan chocolate pie!

For this chocolate pie I use a food processor to make the crust, and a blender to make the filling. A very frequently-asked-question: Dreena, what blender and food processor do you use?

sliced chocolate pie with raspberries

Of course, many of you know that Blendtec is my blender of choice. I use it every day – sometimes 2-3x/day.

I especially love the Blendtec twister jar, though I use the larger jar for this pie filling. I've just picked up the new mini-wildside jar (will be excellent for salad dressings). Check them out

Furthermore, if you want to purchase a Blendtec OR any accessory, use my code: YAY-BLENDTEC at checkout for 20% off!

Healthy Chocolate Pie: Prep Work

Now, there are a couple of steps to this healthy chocolate pie. It's not difficult, but there are a couple of steps:

  • prep the pie base (I use a food processor) and press into a pie plate
  • chill base while making the filling
  • make the filling
    • if using a Blendtec or other high-speed blender for the filling, it works fast whether using soaked or unsoaked cashews – I like using unsoaked cashews, because then the filling sets up a little more firm with chilling!
    • if using a standard blender, you will need to use soaked cashews to get a silky-smooth puree 
    • puree until silky smooth
  • pour the filling into the base, then chill to serve
front view of sliced chocolate pie, flowers in back

For serving, this vegan chocolate pie is delightful with fresh berries or a simple berry sauce. If you have LTEV, you'll find both a fresh berry sauce and warm berry sauce. If you don't have LTEV, try my Natural Berry Jam.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, friends! x Dreena

close up of creamy chocolate pie slice overhead photo chocolate pie Print Healthy Chocolate Pie Creamy, chocolatey, luscious.  Yet no sugar, no flour, no oil.  Yes, chocolate dreams do come true—this one, with the help of avocado and dates for extra creaminess and sweetness. The filling is adaptable and can be accented with other flavors, such as orange zest (or orange oil), almond extract, or mint (leaves or extract). Course DessertKeyword almonds, avocado, cashews, chocolate, gluten-free, oil-free, pecans, pie, raw Servings 8 people Equipment
  • food processor
  • blender
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 3/4 cup raw pecans can substitute walnuts
  • 1 cup lightly packed pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp scant sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract see note
  • 1 cup avocado flesh cut in chunks or slices roughly 1 large or 1 – 1/2 medium avocados; be sure they are soft and ripe, not hard
  • 1/2 cup soaked raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup nut milk or other non-dairy milk if non-raw
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 -1 tsp pure vanilla extract see note
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
InstructionsPrepare the crust:
  • Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse briefly until fine and crumbly. Add the crust remaining ingredients and process until the mixture becomes sticky. Stop to scrape down the bowl, if needed. The mixture should hold together when pressed with your fingers. If it's still a little dry or not sticking, pulse again, add another date (or two, if small honey dates) and process again. Use 1⁄2 to 1 teaspoon of water, as well, if not using vanilla extract.  Transfer the mixture to a glass pie plate (helps to wipe the surface of the plate with a little coconut oil, or line with few strips of parchment paper, just for easier removal). Press the mixture evenly into the pan.
To prepare the filling:
  • Place all the filling ingredients in a high-powered blender and puree for a minute or so on at medium-high speed, until completely smooth and no texture of the cashews remains. Stop to scrape down the blender and redistribute the ingredients. Puree again until very, very smooth—like a velvety pudding. This will take a few starts and stops for scraping down – even with a high-powered blender. Once the mixture is readily churning and smooth, it's ready. 
  • Pour the filling into the crust, and tilt and smooth with a spatula to evenly distribute. Refrigerate for a couple of hours to set. (Optionally, you can also freeze the pie and serve at a later time, thawing most of the way before slicing.) Slice and serve.
NotesSavvy Subs and Adds: If you'd prefer not to use vanilla extract, use the seeds from one vanilla bean, using half for the crust and half for the filling.  Also try adding a little orange zest to the filling, the orange/chocolate flavor combo is a winner!  Serving Suggestion: Serve as is, or topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries, or a ladleful of Fresh Strawberry Sauce.

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переводить | Fri, 12 Feb 2021 02:21:10 +0000

Apple Lentil Dal

Apple Lentil Dal is not complicated or overly spicy, making it perfect for busy and young families. A whole foods plant-based recipe, this Apple Lentil Dal is the perfect start to your year!

Apple Lentil Dal served in bowl with roti bread on the side. Apple Lentil Dal: a go-to recipe

In fact, this easy vegan dal is the perfect dish just about anytime. Even though it's considered good fortune to eat legumes for new year's day, I'll offer that it's good health and fortune to eat legumes every day of the year!

And, this apple lentil dal is so easy and delicious, it's one of those recipes you can make regularly through the year.

This recipe originates from Plant-Powered Families. I have thought about posting this recipe many times. Many times! Why?

Well, it's… (1) easy – really easy (2) family-pleasing (3) as delicious as it is healthy and (4) easy – really easy!

Now, this dal is not exactly traditional. I've been known to stretch traditional definition of a recipe.

Dal: Breaking Tradition

This apple lentil dal isn't particularly traditional in that it doesn't use oil to saute spices, and it doesn't include much in the way of whole spices or 'hot' spices like chiles.

I love the complexities of flavors in Indian cuisine. When we've ordered out, I often find the heat of the spice is too much for family members – even when we request mild.

Also, since beginning to cook oil-free some years ago, many of the takeout dishes are now quite rich for me. Our palates and stomachs really adjust to minimizing oil in cooking.

lentil dal served with roti

The muted heat level of the spices is what makes this vegan dal especially family-friendly. I have been making this one for years and our girls have always loved it – even when our youngest (Hope) was a wee girl just a few years old!

Moreover, what is quite untraditional about this apple lentil dal is that it includes chopped apples! AND that is one of the elements that makes it especially delicious.

The apples add a natural sweetness against the earthy cumin and turmeric. And, they offer a slight fresh quality in the lentils. Altogether, it's beautiful and an element you won't want to skip!

Enjoy this recipe, friends, and enjoy the start to our new year. About that – I shared a personal story on youtube today and hopefully some helpful and inspiring tips for creating sustainable change in your own life.

Blessings, everyone… x Dreena

Print Apple Lentil Dal The preparation for this dal-like dish is unfussy, yet the flavor is something morecomplex. Just a few subtle herbs and spices combined with sweet apples and earthyred lentils make this puree simply delectable. It is flavorful without being spicy-hot,so is quite kid-friendly! Course entree, Main CourseCuisine IndianKeyword beans, lentils, stew Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups + 1 tbsp water divided
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 – 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 cups red lentils rinsed
  • 1 medium apple peeling optional, cored and cut into cubes about 1/2" (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Crushed red pepper flakes or hot sauce to taste optional; see note
  • In a pot over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of the water, onion, sea salt, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, mustard, and turmeric. Stir through, cover, and cook for 4–5 minutes (keep an eye on it, and add another splash of water if the spices and onion are sticking). Remove the cover and add the lentils and remaining 3 1/2 cups water. Turn heat up to high, and bring the mixture to a boil. Once at a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes. After 12–15 minutes, add the apple and lemon juice, stir through, and cook for another 5–7 minutes, until the apple has softened a little but isn't entirely mushy. Season with additional sea salt or lemon juice if desired, and serve.
NotesApple Note: An apple that is not entirely sweet (ex: Braeburn or Honeycrisp) is preferable, but use what you have on hand! Spicy Note: For adults, you can kick up the spice by either adding hot sauce at serving or adding crushed red pepper flakes (1/2–1 teaspoon) with the other dried spices at the beginning of cooking. Serving Suggestions: This is delicious over brown short-grain or basmati rice, quinoa, or millet. When cooled, try spreading on tortillas or collard leaves for wraps.

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переводить | Fri, 01 Jan 2021 23:00:16 +0000

Home Sweet Home Chili: Sweet Potato Chili

This Sweet Potato Chili will become your new favorite chili recipe! Hearty yet not heavy, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free.

bowl of sweet potato chili with accents of avocado, sour cream, lime wedges, and cilantro

The only thing better than a good chili recipe?

A great sweet potato chili recipe!

Sweet potatoes work so beautifully in chili. The spices and flavors in the chili are balanced by the bites of tender, sweet, and comforting sweet potatoes.

I created the original version of this recipe over a decade ago. It first appeared in my 3rd cookbook eat, drink & be vegan. It's different from the original sweet potato chili in that it's just a little heartier and denser with the components of beans, lentils – and of course sweet potatoes!

Plus, I have some beautiful new food photos (thank you Angela). 😋🙏

bowl of sweet potato chili with sliced avocado on top

What I especially love about this chili is that it's hearty as you'd expect with chili, but not heavy.

Chili is delicious, but can feel so heavy after eating. Even a plant-based chili.

But this chili is lighter with red lentils, and the sweet potatoes also give it a lightness. Because even though they are hearty, they digest easily.

bowl of sweet potato chili with accents of avocado, sour cream, lime wedges, tortilla chips and cilantro

Moreover, the spices in this chili are really well-balanced. Flavorful without being too hot-spicy. Of course, you can amp up the hot-spicy if you want. I keep the heat level fairly mild, to begin with. That's always an easy tweak you can make, adding hot sauce or other extra heat before serving.

Definitely try the chili with guac, avocado cream, or cashew cream, as in the recipe notes.

Enjoy, enjoy my friends! I wish you delicious eats and blessings… x Dreena

sweet potato lentil chili served with avocado slices Print Home Sweet Home Chili This sweet potato chili is made with a base of red lentils, and the spice profile is complemented perfectly with the tender sweet potatoes. This will be a family favorite! Course Main Course, soups, stewsKeyword black beans, chili, lentils, sweet potatoes Servings 6 Ingredients
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • 1 – 1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika or sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 4 cups peeled and cubed about 1" orange or yellow sweet potatoes
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • cups dry red lentils rinsed
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14-oz can black or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Place a large pot on medium heat. Pour in 2 tablespoons of water and add the onions, celery, salt, pepper, and spices, and stir through. Cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are slightly soft; reduce heat if the onions are sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the sweet potatoes and garlic, and stir through, adding another splash of water if needed. Add the lentils to the pot along with the 2½ cups water, tomatoes, beans, and bay leaf, and stir to combine. Increase the heat to bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes or until sweet potatoes are softened, stirring occasionally. Stir in lime juice, remove bay leaf, and serve.
NotesServing Suggestions: Serve topped with a dollop of guac, or Cashew Cream.

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переводить | Sun, 29 Nov 2020 04:14:39 +0000

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Despite the challenges and stress we've had this year, I'm grateful for a number of things. Personally, I had a transformative year with deep life work. I hope to have the courage to open up about it with you all one day.

Beyond that, though, there are other things I'm truly grateful for through these past 9 months:

  • Hope (11 yrs) began playing ukulele, and now takes lessons via zoom with a pro in Hawaii!
  • I was able to finish my manuscript for Dreena's Kind Kitchen on time!
  • We've enjoyed simple times as a family at home.
  • My yoga studio now offers classes in-person and via zoom, so when I teach I have students in class and also in their homes!
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Vegan Gift Guide: wellness, beauty, fashion, cooking & more

I've compiled a vegan gift guide for the last couple of years. This year includes a few favorites, few newbites, and a discount code ONLY for you!

Vegan Gift Ideas

This year's list is segmented into wellness gifts, fashion and beauty gifts, as well as food and cooking gifts. So let's go!

Wellness Gifts Dohm Sound Machine

This is the sound machine I have and use nightly. I like to have diffused noise, but don't love the white noise sound that most machines offer. This one has soothing ambient sounds of rushing air, rather than that electric-sounding white noise. Here is the same model on, just not available in black.

Bloom Daily Planner

Last year I began a daily gratitude journal, and did so in a simple, inexpensive calendar. It's made a big difference for me. We know that gratitude has a powerful impact on our thoughts, beliefs, and daily lives. Moreover, I have found using my daily planner helpful to connect my daily gratitude with my activities and appointments for the day. I prefer a tangible journal to my phone or any other digital option. I'm sharing this Bloom version (Cdn link), but you may want to shop around on amazon for another that suits you, and that might be an even better deal.

Complement: ESSENTIAL Vegan Supplement (and 10% OFF!)

Personal story: Last year I had a blood test. The first one since my last pregnancy 12 years ago. That's shocking enough, I know (this is what happens with moms, right)?!

My vitamin D levels were woefully low. Then, more recently seeing my naturopath concerning stiffness/pain in areas, she advised I increase my EPA intake. I was mistakenly taking a DHA product, since my Complement stock ran low and I haven't been able to get shipments through my US mailbox. Very long story made short: I've placed an order to get my Complement to Canada, because it truly is the most comprehensive vegan supplement.

When I interviewed Julieanna Hever recently, she explained how we need to be mindful of notable nutrients: B12, D, DHA/EPA, iodine, Vitamin K2, and zinc. Complement formulates all of these in their "plus" capsule (and the spray will soon include it as well)!

And guess what? You get a discount code on this too! Purchase here for 10% off, using code WELLNESS10 at checkout. Offer ends December 5th.

Fashion Gifts Vegan Necklaces

I worked with Christy Robinson to bring you these two beautiful necklace designs. Either would be a lovely, affordable gift!

1) Vegan Plant-Power in recycled sterling silver

Vegan Gift Guide

2) Vegan Gem Necklace in recycled sterling silver with real natural gemstones

Lululemon Align Joggers

These aren't a typical pick for a vegan gift guide, but guys, they are dreamy!

I did a video about the align leggings, and they are still my first pick for yoga. Soon after I discovered the Lululemon align joggers.

vegan gift guide: lululemon joggers

They are loose on the legs, have pockets, and are dreamy soft! I wear a size up from the leggings, because I like a looser fit for joggers. I love them for yin and restorative classes, but also just for casual wear. Get yo'self a pair!

And if the traditional leggings are what you need, you can't go wrong with the Align Leggings.

Bath and Beauty Pacifica Liptint

I have posted about Pacifica perfumes before. Our daughters love those.

And I love these new liptints! They go on smooth and aren't sticky – you know, when your hair gets glommed on to your lip gloss? #nothanks 🤨 These give a moisture-rich touch of color with a light natural fragrance. I wear mine daily! (Pacifica products on


More of a splurge than the liptint, because it's an investment in your precious skin. And I'll tell you, I've heard from some of you that did take advantage of the OCosmedics bonus offer and loving the products.

Also, I've heard from people that are so impressed with the kind customer care that Jackie provided. She consults with you online, sends the products with extra notes, and offers follow-up. That's rare when purchasing skincare – or anything. Gift yourself or someone else you love. (Pssst: tell Jackie that Dreena sent you and she'll give you a bonus treat!)

Love Beauty & Planet Gift Box

These bath products are lovely and this set is very affordable. With shampoo, conditioner, and dry shampoo it's a sweet, simple gift for teenagers or anyone!

Dr. Hempster Bath Bombs

Vegan and fragranced with essential oils, these bath bombs would be appreciated by anyone that loves a good soak! (Here are natural vegan bath bombs on

vegan gift guide: bath bombs Treats & Snacks That's It Dark Chocolate Fruit Truffles

I wish I could try these! I found them on amazon but they cannot be delivered to Canada. 😫 These look quite delicious, using just fruit and dark chocolate, with a touch of sea salt. If you are fortunate enough to try them, let me know how they taste, k?!

Pumpkin Seeds

Indeed an unexpected entry for a gift guide! But I love these pumpkin seeds, and have been having a darn hard time finding them in Canada recently. 😫 I never cared for raw pumpkin seeds until these. They have 2 ingredients: pumpkin seeds and sea salt. They taste roasted, yet are sprouted and raw – and also oil-free. To buy in stores they are usually pricey, usually $22. has the best price I've seen, and I haven't yet found them on

Home Cooks Self-Sharpening Chef's Knife

Wait, cooks should want a fancy-schmancy knife, right? Well, yes, but then we have to keep it sharpened. Not all of us have the interest or time to do so. Make it easy for your vegan home cook, get them a self-sharpening knife! ( link)

vegan gift guide: self-sharpening knife Eco-Friendly (and odor-free!) Cutting Board

I have had this cutting board for over a decade. I'ts simply the best cutting board – evah! ( link) Read this post for more details.

Vegan Yogurt Starter

While I don't make yogurt at home, I know many of you do. So, here's a vegan starter for you savvy DIY'ers! (and here's one on

vegan gift guide: vegan yogurt starter Instant Pot

Natural follow to the yogurt starter is the Instant Pot, because homemade yogurt-making is one of its functions. But, you'll use it for far more! ( link)

Instant Pot

Now, once you have an IP, you need a couple of extra sealing rings. Don't make the same mistake I did, 😭 get yourself an extra sealing ring – or two! Another idea great gift is an IP steamer basket. ( sealing ring).

vegan gift guide: instant pot accessories Breville Food Processor

The investment piece in this vegan gift guide: a food processor that will get the job done!

I have recommended the Breville food processor and toaster oven in my previous posts. And repeating the food processor this year! Why? Because I have heard from some of you that have picked it up and really, really love it. You might consider it a splurge, but it's actually an investment. You will get your money back many times over making batches of hummus, dips, burger mixtures, and more.

Breville Sous Chef Food Processor: Vegan Gift Guide


Of course I will offer up my cookbooks as a lovely vegan gift! And, even though it won't be released until next year…

…my next title, Dreena's Kind Kitchen, is already available for preorder (here is link) 🤩

I hope this roundup gives you some gift inspiration – and that you take in the discounts for yourself as well. Happy shopping! x Dreena

This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you buy through my link, your price is the same and I receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting my work. This post was originally published November 2019 and revised for 2020.

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