Monthly Archives: February 2022

Muffaletta Chip Dip

This Muffaletta Olive Spread can be used any day of the year, but is delicious in this baked plant based creamy chip dip.

The rich and creamy take on this olive spread is a hot party dip that is great for dipping chips or spreading on toasted slices of Italian bread. Great for a Mardi Gras Party!

Baked Creamy Muffuletta Dip

Recipe by Leslie Indigo AlisonDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Ingredients

  • Olive Muffuletta Spread (see recipe)

  • 12 ounces Vegan Sour Cream

  • 7 ounce bag Monterey Jack or Mozzarella Vegan Cheese shredded

  • 1/2 cup sauerkraut (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon Garlic minced

  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning

  • Chips or crackers for dipping

Directions

  • Make or Use reserved Muffuletta Olive Spread
  • Set aside 1/2 cup of shredded cheese for topping.
  • Mix everything together in a large mixing bowl and transfer to a baking dish.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375, or until heated through and bubbling on top.
  • Add shredded cheese to the top of the dip and put back in the oven for 5 minutes with broiler on, carefully watching to make sure cheese melts on top to golden color.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs and serve immediately with chips or crackers.

Notes

  • This reheats well and leftovers or divided portions can be put in the freezer for another day.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

All the Muffaletta recipes can be made using the olive spread.

Muffaletta Trio : Olive Dip for Sandwiches, Chips & Salad

This Muffaletta Olive Spread can be used any day of the year, but is delicious served traditionally on Italian bread with vegan provolone.

I also made a spinach salad and topped with this olive spread. Delicious and nutritious!

The rich and creamy take on this olive spread is a hot party dip that is great for dipping chips or spreading on toasted slices of Italian bread.

Olive Muffuletta Spread

Recipe by Leslie Indigo Alison
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Calories

200

kcal

Traditional Muffaletta Olive Spread has meats like salami and ham added in for a salty flavor. Here I have added Veggie Dogs to give a sense of the traditional Muffaletta but this recipe could be made with out and will still have a strong salty flavor that works great as a dip, spread, or topping.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Varioius olives – green, kalamata, black

  • 2 tablespoons Garlic minced

  • 2 tablespoons Creole seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil (optional if oil-free)

  • 1/4 cup Roasted red peppers

  • 1/4 cup Veggie Dogs (optional salami like variation)

  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until well integrated and covered in seasonings.
  • Cover and put in the fridge for a few hours to to allow all flavors to marry.
    Best to make the night before you plan to serve.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mardi Gras Party Salsa

This delicious pineapple salsa add a fresh and nutritious side for a Mardi Gras party or just for a bright salsa any day of the year. The pineapple adds a sweetness and adding a jalapeno can also add a little spice if you like!

Mardi Gras Salsa

Recipe by Leslie Indigo AlisonDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Calories

100

kcal

This delicious pineapple salsa add a fresh and nutritious side for a Mardi Gras party or just for a bright salsa any day of the year. The pineapple adds a sweetness and adding a jalapeno can also add a little spice if you like!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chopped

  • 1 cup avocado chopped

  • 1 cup yellow pepper chopped

  • 1/4 cup red onion diced

  • 1 Lime

  • 1/3 cup cilantro

  • 1 Jalapeno sliced (optional)

Directions

  • Chop all ingredients and mix together in a bowl. Yes, Salsa is easy.
  • Serve with chips, or as garnish for other Mardi Gras recipes in our blog.
  • Share with friends and have a Mardi Gras good time!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ya never know what the fruits and veggies are gonna do around here. Alligator is scouting for some one to give him some THROWS!
Just a bite of Beignets and some beads!

Have some fun with the pineapple leftovers and create
a gator to give your party guests a giggle.

Creole Remoulade Sauce

It is ALL about the SAUCE, baby!

Here’s a very easy Creole Remiulade for all your favorite Mardi Gras recipes or just dipping with a spicy creole flavor.

I use this in the Creole Slaw I serve with the Hearts of Palm Chickpea “Crab Cakes”

Enjoy!

Creole Remoulade

Recipe by Leslie Indigo AlisonCourse: SuaceDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Calories

200

kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Vegan mayo

  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon Mustard

  • 1 tablespoon Garlic minced

  • 1/4 cup Dill pickles diced

  • Hot sauce to taste

Directions

  • Dice up the pickles and Garlic
  • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until well integrated
  • Enjoy!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hearts of Palm Chickpea “Crab Cakes” + Creole Remoulade Slaw

On my recent visit to New Orleans I had some delicious traditional crab cakes. They were served with fresh lemon and hot sauce. I of course started thinking up ways to make these plant based back in the Divine Life Kitchen. I also knew I wanted to whip up a remuolaude that used plant based ingredients so I could dip the “crab cakes” and make up a slaw with the remuoluade.
I used hearts of palm and chickpeas with a generous dash of dulce flakes and creole seasining to create this plant based “crab cake” at home.

I made up several for each person having dinner and then froze the remaining for a quick dinner another day. Enjoy and let me know how you get Creative in the kitchen with your ingredients when you make up this seafood like feast.

Next time I make them I will also make up some creole seasoned potato fries! I know those would taste great dipped in the remoulaude!

Hearts of Palm Chickpea “Crab Cakes”

Recipe by Leslie Indigo Alison
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks Heart of Palm

  • 2 cups Chickpeas cooked

  • 1 lemon

  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon Kelp flakes
    (for seafood flavor)

  • 1/4 cup Red pepper chopped

  • 1/4 cup Celery chopped

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs (gluten free used in this recipe)

  • Optional : Fresh parsley, Green onion, Jalapenos

Directions

  • Add hearts of palm to blender and pulse to break into large pieces
  • Add chikpeas into blender and pulse until well blended into a chunky mixture
  • Add in celery, red pepper, generous squeeze of lemon juice, salt and pepper and pulse until eveyrthing is integrated
  • Pour mixture into a bowl for easy handling. Form into patties and place on a piece of parchment paper.
  • Roll in the Panko crumbs to coat the outside
  • Fry in oil or air fryer until brown and crispy on both sides. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Creole Remoulade Slaw

Recipe by Leslie Indigo Alison
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking timeminutes
Calories

150

kcal

Ingredients

Directions

  • Make or Use Saved Creole Remoulade
    https://divinelifekitchen.blog/2022/02/28/creole-remoulade/
  • Add chopped cabbage to a large bowl and stir in Creole Remoulade
  • Garnish with fresh herbs (parsley or cilantro) and dash of sweet paprika or creole seasoning
  • Enjoy with some of the other Mardi Gras recipes in our blog!

Easy Beignets

Beignets

Recipe by Leslie Indigo AlisonCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

1

minute
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday are not complete with out little beignets! If in New Orleans these sweet treats are deep fried and covered in loads of powdered sugar. Here we have a very simple variation using a can of store bought organic biscuits for ease. If you feel inspired, stir up a simple batch of dough from your own biscuit or bread recipe. I cut the dough into small bite sized chunks and either air fry or deep fry them before tossing in powdered sugar or refined sugar. I love a dash of cinnamon even though its not traditional to the Café du Monde style of beignets. Remember, you can be creative in the kitchen and do you your own way! As they say in New Orleans : “Do want you wanna!”
Enjoy making up this sweet little treat for Mardi Gras Celebrations.

Ingredients

  • Biscuit Dough
    easy way is a can of biscuits – or make homemade dough

  • 3 cups cooking oil OR air fryer

  • powdered sugar and/or refined sugar

  • cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees
    (or begin to heat the oil on the stove top if deep frying)
  • Cut the dough into 2 inch bite sized pieces
  • Arrange on a baking sheet and air fry for 5-8 minutes in the air fryer or until golden brown (or oil fry 3-5 minutes or until golden brown)
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and Enjoy!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

TikTok Remix : Vegan Cheese & Tomato Pasta Bake

The Pasta Recipe that filled TikTok in 2021 got a remix in our kitchen since grocery stores were out of feta and basil because of the demand. We used nondairy plant based almond ricotta instead of fetat and it was delicious!! Either Feta or Ricotta would work well in this recipe.

We also added some heat with red peppers and jalapenos!

You can mix it up in your kitchen too, and add in your favorite ingredients. Enjoy!!

Vegan Feta/Manicota & Tomato Pasta Bake

Recipe by Leslie Indigo AlisonCourse: MainDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

2

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

350

kcal

Ingredients

  • 1c. Almond Milk Ricotta (Kite Hill brand)

  • 2c. Tomatoes (any kind)

  • •1 Tb. oil of your choice

  • 1c. Roasted Red Peppers, chopped

  • 1 bx. Pasta(shells)

  • Salt/Pepper, to taste

  • Crushed Red Pepper, to taste

  • 2 Jalapeños, sliced

  • 1 1/2 cup water (as needed)

Directions

  • Pre-cook pasta to directions on box and set aside.
  • In a sauté pan, heat oil. Add tomatoes and stir while cooking until they start to pop. Add roasted red peppers and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in ricotta. If needed, add a 1/2 cup water to desired creamy consistency.
  • Add cooked pasta. Add salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste.
  • Move to a serving dish and garnish with jalapeños, if you like it hot and spicy.

    This dish reheats well! If you would like, transfer to a baking dish to heat up in the oven another day!

Valentine Vegan Pistachio Honey Cheese Truffles

Special small bite snacks that are perfect for sharing. These are made with almond nut 🌱 cream cheese & rolled in chopped pecans, pistachios, and dried cherries. Delicious with clover honey drizzled on top and served with crackers. Enjoy! Slow and easy style… some things are best when we go nice and slow.

Valentine : Vegan Pistachio Honey Cheese Truffles

Recipe by Leslie Indigo Alison
Truffles

10

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Calories

150

kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan cream cheese – daiya works great for this recipe

  • 1/2 cup roasted pistachios – I used spicy for extra flavor

  • 1/2 cup pecans

  • bunch fresh parsley

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries

  • 1/4 cup honey to drizzle

Directions

  • Stir vegan cream cheese to soften and roll into small truffle balls
  • Chop nuts, dried fruit, and parsley into small pieces for topping
  • Roll cheese in toppings until well covered and set aside in fridge to stay cool until ready to serve
  • Drizzle with honey and share these special finger foods with someone or create for your own self love date night. They are indulgent and so delicious.

Recipe Video

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Vegan Cheese Truffles

Valentine : Oreo Truffles

Cookies & Creme Truffles with plant based cream cheese & beet powder for the chocolate. These are like little art projects in the kitchen.

The pleasure is in going slow and playing. I had the music playing and I was dancing my way slowly through the afternoon… enjoying all the sweet flavors. Definitely treats to share…

Valentine Oreo Truffles

Recipe by Leslie Indigo Alison
Servings

15

Truffle
Prep time

30

minutes
Calories

100

kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 package Oreo – Newman’s Own is actually my favorite!

  • 1 package vegan cream cheese – daiya is excellent in this recipe

  • 1 pacakge white chocolate chips – mini is easy to melt

  • Optional : beet powder for pink color, coconut flakes

Directions

  • Put entire package of oreo cookies in blender (save one to eat yourself! just to smile)
  • Blend cookies until finely chopped
  • Pour cookie crumbs into a large mixing bowl and blend in all the cream cheese until well blended. Chill mixture in the fridge until firm to make it easier to roll into truffle sized balls.
  • Spoon 2 tablespoons out and roll into small balls – lay out on cookie sheet and then chill until ready to dip in chocolate
  • Melt white chocolate in a double boiler or in a metal bowl sitting in a pot with several cups of near boiling water. Stir until smooth and melty creamy. Add in a teaspoon of beet powder for pink color if you like.
  • Dip each truffle in the melted chocolate until fully covered and set aside to cure
  • The fun part is putting these out on a plate or cake stand and serving up with a little Valenine flare. Sprinkle with hearts, coconut flakes, and beet powder if you like.
    Enjoy the fun of sharing these with someone you love!

Recipe Video

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Valentine : Lunch Box : Spicy Chix Sandwiches

Hey Sweetie pie! Here’s a cute little lunch idea for yourself or your Valentine.

Every now & then packing a cute little lunch just brings a smile. Here’s plant 🌱 based chix sandwiches with pickles, tomatoes, greens, and vegan mayo. The berries, coconut cookies, and chocolates make it extra sweet.

Valentine : Lunch Box : Spicy Chix Sandwiches

Recipe by Leslie Indigo AlisonDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

200

kcal

Ingredients

  • Small Sandwich Buns

  • Vegetarian Chicken Patties or Tenders

  • Vegan Mayonnaise

  • Pickles

  • Spinach

  • Tomato slices

  • Goodies for lunch box : berries, chocolates, cookies

Directions

  • Toast sandwich buns
  • Bake chix patties according to package directions
  • Spread mayo on buns and add spinach, tomato and spicy sauce as preferred
  • The fun thing about this lunch is packaging it up Sweet with treats and a Heart!
    Enjoy.

Recipe Video

Rating: 5 out of 5.