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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bites + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bites + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

TREAT YOURSELF

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I'm sure we can all agree that temptations are running rampant around this time of the year between holiday parties and Grandma's baked goods. Treating yourself should be enjoyable, before, during, and after! Whenever I go to a holiday gathering, I don't show up empty-handed--instead, I use these festive times as an opportunity to take on a new challenge in the kitchen. I get the satisfaction of creating a new and delicious recipe, plus I don't have to worry about what to eat at the party! These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bites are completely raw vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and they taste absolutely amazing!

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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

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Caramel Apple "Cheesecake" Bites

These bite-size delights are full of raw, whole-food goodness, and they make for the perfect holiday treat! Honeycrisp apples, cinnamon spice, and ooey-gooey caramel drizzle make for a festive combo, and cheesecake made with raw nuts makes for a healthy dairy alternative!

raw vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, cinnamon-spicey + delicious

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crust ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2/3 cup dried mulberries (or raisins)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 4 teaspoons water

method:

  1. Grind almonds in a food processor. 
  2. Add mulberries and ground flax and continue grinding.
  3. Add water and pulse to incorporate. Dough should hold together when molded and shaped, if not, add more water.
  4. Press crust into mini cupcake or tart pans, and place into freezer while making creamy, apple cheesecake filling.
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

apple cheesecake filling ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced, peeled apples (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 1 cup raw, soaked cashews
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

method:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Spoon the apple cream into each of the tart crusts, and place back in the freezer to chill while making the caramel apple topping.
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

caramel apple ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lucuma powder (optional)
  • 1.5 tablespoons raw almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 large apple, peeled and diced small

method:

  1. Whip all ingredients together except the apple to make caramel sauce. 
  2. Fold in the apple until evenly coated and place on top of the cheesecake tarts to serve!

 

note:

  • To brighten up your cheesecake bites, try adding pomegranate arils to the top of each! 
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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Feed Your Soul

EatMoveRest is all about finding balance between the three things we all do every day. To me, a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing home, or nest, is essential to overall well-being. There's nothing I love more than to get creative with the placement of special pieces throughout our home, especially around the holidays, and I very much consider the process not work, but Rest for my soul.

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

a white christmas

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor

Deck The Halls

We are Christmas elves, through and through! Dusty and I purchased our first home in the fall and moved in over Thanksgiving weekend, and immediately decked the halls for Christmas. We always feel that our humble abode is the most alive during the winter months, when we can embellish our surroundings with all of the decorations that made our house a home that very first year! 

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor

Have a sweet holiday

This holiday season, I pray that you all take the time to do whatever it is that gives your soul Rest--whether that be creating something with your hands, crafting a new recipe, going on an outdoor adventure, or simply spending more downtime by the fireside with loved ones. 

'Tis the season to practice self-love, self-care, and embody a spirit of Joy! 

I hope that all of you have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

 

See you in 2018!

 

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

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Hearty Holiday Kale & Sweet Potato Veggie Chili

Eat, Food + Nutrition, RecipesErin Stanczyk4 Comments

Chilly Outside, Chili Inside

It's a Saturday morning as I write this scrumptious blog post from the warmth of my bed, Home Alone 2 and Christmas music playing simultaneously in the background, two small trees fill the room with a glow, and then it happens--I look up, and all of a sudden, great big snowflakes are falling from the sky! 'Tis the season!

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We are now well into the holiday season, and a chill has swept over the plains. When the temperature drops, nothing tastes better than a big bowl of hearty stew. Growing up, Mom's homemade chili was a Christmas Eve tradition that I always looked forward to. Since switching to a whole foods, plant-based diet a few years ago, I've taken a handful of my favorite childhood recipes and translated them into colorful, plant-powered renditions that are equally as satisfying.

Arm your immune system with a generous helping of vitamins and minerals to help combat the cold and flu bug this season! The vitamin C in this veggie-loaded recipe is off the charts, thanks to two superstars: sweet potatoes and kale, not to mention, all of the other rainbow veggies you're going to add in, as well! 

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Carb Up

Despite what some health gurus may say, carbohydrates are your friend! Food is fuel, and carbs are energy. The body prefers glucose as its primary fuel source, and we get it most readily from carbohydrates. There are only three macronutrients: carbohydrate, fat, and protein. When we get too much fat in our diet, we're susceptible to heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes; when we get too much protein, our kidneys and other organs have to work overtime to process and expel the excess, which also steals our body's energy in the process. Simply put, when we get the majority of our calories from carbohydrates and fewer fats and proteins, our bodies can easily digest and use the food as fuel to energize us and help us to thrive.

For more info on how awesome carbs are, check out this 2-minute video from Dr. John McDougall and a few other articles on Forks Over Knives!

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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | Hearty Holiday Kale & Sweet Potato Veggie Chili

Can't Beat Sweet

Stick to whole food carbohydrates, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and beans, and steer clear of refined sources like donuts, bagels, white pastas, and table sugar. Sweet potatoes are a staple around the Stanczyk household--we love to roast them, mash them, blend them, and steam them. Potatoes, both regular and sweet, are one of the most ideal healthy carbohydrate sources, which is why we tossed them into this hearty chili recipe. Starchy carbs are great because they give you the calories you need to keep you full, without taxing your digestive system like meats and cheeses would. This stew will give your body an abundance of all of the nutrients it requires to thrive, without the incorporation of acidifying foods likes ground beef or being topped with loads of cheese.

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The Holy Kale

Kale is a must! I love to de-stem and tear up a few leaves of dinosaur (lacinato) kale and toss it on top of just about any soup or stew. It adds a nice pop of dark green and tons of vitamin K, A, and C, as well as magnesium and folate. 

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Hearty Holiday Kale & Sweet Potato Veggie Chili

vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free, vitamin-packed

serves: 6-8 // time: 1 hour

Trim the tree, deck the halls, and dish up a hearty bowl of this vitamin-packed, cold weather favorite. This colorful, veggie-loaded chili is the perfect wintertime stew to warm you up and keep you full. Root veggies are all the rage in the fall and winter months, and sweet potatoes are ripe with vitamin C to keep your immune system in check and add a slightly sweet spin on this classic!

 

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ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups kidney beans
  • 1.5 cups cannellini beans
  • 2 very large sweet potatoes
  • 1 very large heirloom tomato
  • 2 bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup frozen sweet corn
  • 4 large leaves de-stemmed kale
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • or I used 2 roma tomatoes and handful sun-dried tomatoes blended
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper
  • sea salt and/or cracked pepper to taste
  • 4 cups water

method:

  1. Place all chopped veggies into a large pot. 
  2. Add tomato paste and spices, cover with water, and stir.
  3. Bring pot to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover with lid. Check and stir frequently.
  4. When sweet potatoes are thoroughly cooked, add torn up kale, cover with lid, and let steam for a couple of minutes.
  5. Remove lid, give one last stir, and dish up!

options:

  • Feel free to add more tomatoes--you'll note above, I blended some of mine to make my own thick, tomato paste/sauce.
  • Add red split lentils or green lentils to thicken up the stew.
  • For a slightly cheesy, (non-dairy) flavor, top with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.
  • Crunch up whole grain crackers or croutons on top.
  • Leftovers for days! This chili tastes even better second day! I don't know what it is about stews and soups, but this one is no exception to the rule! 
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You can also find this hearty chili recipe, as well as a sneak peek into our holiday home decor on the EatMoveRest YouTube channel below!

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Where To Go Next:

The holidays are supposed to be the most joyful time of the year, but do you ever feel like they're also the most stressful? For more helpful tips and tricks for staying sane and loving every minute of Christmas time, check out:  7 Holiday Hang-ups & 7 Simple Solutions Day 1 Here

Also be sure to sign-up for my monthly In The Raw newsletter for a dose of inspiration, deals, and fun facts you won't find anywhere else! Here's a glimpse of my December Newsletter!

Until next time, enjoy your hearty veggie chili, and Happy Holidays, from mine to yours!

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

Erin Stanczyk