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  • Bev21/01/2015 - 4:15 am

    Definitely apple crumble!ReplyCancel

  • Liz S.21/01/2015 - 4:45 am

    The dessert I would love to see in drinkable form = Butterscotch Blondies.ReplyCancel

  • Mel21/01/2015 - 6:13 am

    the day someone invents a truly amazing tiramisu smoothie will be one of the greatest days of my lifeReplyCancel

  • Patty21/01/2015 - 6:17 am

    A dessert in smoothie form….carrot cake, for sure and certain :)ReplyCancel

  • Dana21/01/2015 - 6:32 am

    chocolate chip cookies (in a vegan drinkable form!)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie G21/01/2015 - 6:34 am

    Liquid peanut butter cheesecake of course!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy21/01/2015 - 6:50 am

    Tiramisu pleaseReplyCancel

  • Dina C21/01/2015 - 6:55 am

    I’d love tiramisu in drinkable form. Chocolate chip cookie would be good too!ReplyCancel

  • mardi21/01/2015 - 6:58 am

    i would like a refreshing key lime pie in drinkable form…a little tart and a little sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Tuulia21/01/2015 - 6:59 am

    Aaahh, it looks so pretty and yummy, love your photos Laura. I’ve also been making all kinds of nut milks for a while, but have never tried to make it with walnut. Now I’m definitely adding it to my to-do list, thanks for inspiration :)ReplyCancel

  • Laryssa21/01/2015 - 7:05 am

    White chocolate chunk cookie dough omg.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie21/01/2015 - 7:05 am

    Would love to see a tiramisu.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole21/01/2015 - 7:21 am

    Peanut butter blondies would make a great smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Lea21/01/2015 - 7:26 am

    I’m a big fan of rice pudding for dessert, that would be doable I think.ReplyCancel

  • Liesel21/01/2015 - 7:31 am

    A Key Lime pie smoothie sounds pretty good to me… tart and creamy at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa21/01/2015 - 7:58 am

    mint chocolate chip brownies… yum ;)ReplyCancel

  • Anna Lee21/01/2015 - 8:12 am

    Rhubarb and strawberry tart… or black forest gateau…sweet and sour please!ReplyCancel

  • Shoshana21/01/2015 - 8:23 am

    I would love to try a carrot cake smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • karen21/01/2015 - 8:24 am

    I always loved the pumpkin pie frosty at dairy queen and now that I have given up dairy and processed foods I really miss that taste.ReplyCancel

  • Kris21/01/2015 - 8:25 am

    a baklava smoothie!

    My family uses walnuts to fill the phyllo, so I’d imagine walnut milk would work nicely in a baklava smoothie.ReplyCancel

  • I love your “resolution.” And I’m pretty excited to try out that app. Also…This shake! Walnut milk is incredible — have you tried making pecan milk? Divine, I tell you. Absolutely divine.

    A vegan version of french silk pie would be tops.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie21/01/2015 - 8:34 am

    Oh this sounds delicious! I’d love a drinkable carrot cake :) and I think this walnut milk would go great in that. Can’t wait to give this a go!ReplyCancel

  • Marsha A.21/01/2015 - 8:37 am

    Gingerbread pumpkin trifle. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy21/01/2015 - 8:41 am

    Carrot Cake (WITH frosting…frosting is key!)ReplyCancel

  • Janet21/01/2015 - 8:43 am

    Chocolate chip cookies! Love my vitamix.ReplyCancel

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  • Branka21/01/2015 - 8:47 am

    Back forest cheesecake. Yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Jan Griese21/01/2015 - 8:54 am

    Cherry cheesecake would be delish!ReplyCancel

  • Laura W.21/01/2015 - 8:56 am

    Black forest cake, absolutely.ReplyCancel

  • Margeau21/01/2015 - 8:58 am

    Wow! You’re photography really is inspiring me to go make this shake for breakfast! How about a red velvet cake smoothie? I would love to try making a quick fix velvet cake for vegans! Thanks for your delicious recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Christina coghill21/01/2015 - 9:20 am

    Chocolate lava cake would be awesome in a drinkable smoothieReplyCancel

  • Kimberly21/01/2015 - 9:28 am

    I’d love to see birthday cake! Yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Gina Guthrie21/01/2015 - 9:34 am

    carrot cake. yumReplyCancel

  • Glenda Alexander21/01/2015 - 9:36 am

    I would like to try a carrot cake smoothie.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay21/01/2015 - 9:40 am

    blueberry pieReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha21/01/2015 - 9:45 am

    These photos are so warming and your kitchen seems so cozy in them ^_^ Btw, the shake is perfect for those gloomy mornings – oh yes, I live in Italy but we have a lot of them!ReplyCancel

  • Julie21/01/2015 - 9:45 am

    Would love serious business pineapple upside cake – maybe with a few toasted pecans on top? Mmmmmmm.ReplyCancel

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites21/01/2015 - 9:50 am

    Banana cream pie. MMM. With whipped cream, of course.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Green21/01/2015 - 9:54 am

    the first dessert that jumped into my mind was carrot cake……I make my carrot cake with pineapple which would be deliciousReplyCancel

  • suzanne21/01/2015 - 9:55 am

    strawberry shortcake! in the 70’s I made strawberry milk for my toddler with fresh raw milk,a sprinkle of wheat germ our organic strawberries & our own honey. no vitamix then but it was still heavenly. would like a vegan/gluten free one right now-maybe hemp or bee pollen for the wheat germ.ReplyCancel

  • Ginny B.21/01/2015 - 9:58 am

    Oooooo, yummy key lime pie!ReplyCancel

  • Mardi21/01/2015 - 10:01 am

    Almond Joy or blueberry pie… Ooh, or chocolate peanut butter brownie…ReplyCancel

  • Andrea21/01/2015 - 10:04 am

    My favorite oatmeal date cookies. Two thin wafery oatmeal cookies with date filling. This topic is good day dreaming material for the rest of the morning… Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • elle21/01/2015 - 10:04 am

    Wow…I wouldn’t have thought of German Chocolate cake. Sounds amazing! But until then, Banana Bread will have to do!! hahaReplyCancel

  • Amanda21/01/2015 - 10:11 am

    I am a huge fan of strawberry rhubarb pie! I really enjoy your thoughtful blog. Your writing is unique.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Love21/01/2015 - 10:12 am

    definitely a Reesee’s!ReplyCancel

  • Emily21/01/2015 - 10:15 am

    Black forest cake for sure – chocolate and cherries are a smoothie goldmine!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie21/01/2015 - 10:19 am

    Carrot Cake smoothie?? Not a big dessert fan, but I do love carrot cake every once in a great while!ReplyCancel

  • Maria21/01/2015 - 10:24 am

    Cherry pie would be my first choice! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Megan Bridges21/01/2015 - 10:24 am

    How about chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies!? Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Asha21/01/2015 - 10:30 am

    Mmm a toss-up between apple pie and carrot cake. YumReplyCancel

  • Allegra Young21/01/2015 - 10:32 am

    I’m a sucker for carrot cake! Would love a carrot cake smoothie with a coconut “cream cheese” topping. I feel like we could get creative there!ReplyCancel

  • Laura21/01/2015 - 10:51 am

    S’mores!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jill M21/01/2015 - 10:53 am

    i don’t know how good it would be but I would love a drinkable butter tart!ReplyCancel

  • allison21/01/2015 - 10:53 am

    this sounds delicious, especially with the walnut milk, I have been a fan of This Rawsome Vegan Life for about 3 years, since I found it, in addition to Emily’s fabulous sweets she makes some awesome savory dishes as well, I love her salad dressings too. I’m in the mood for a blueberry pie smoothie, with some coconut whip cream or coconut vanilla ice cream, dried coconut flakes…ReplyCancel

  • Heidi21/01/2015 - 10:53 am

    A smoothie dessert delight i’d love to make sometime would be inspired from a pear crumble. :ReplyCancel

  • Shaun21/01/2015 - 10:53 am

    I would like to see “turtles” in drink form – pecans, caramel and chocolate!ReplyCancel

  • ali21/01/2015 - 10:55 am

    mmmmmmmm…… hot fudge sundae with coffee almond ice cream :)ReplyCancel

  • Ada21/01/2015 - 10:57 am

    My two favorite desserts: Key Lime Pie and Carrot Cake! That would be delicious in a smoothie form <3ReplyCancel

  • Rachel21/01/2015 - 10:58 am

    Spiced perssimon!ReplyCancel

  • Tea21/01/2015 - 11:03 am

    Raspberry S’mores!ReplyCancel

  • Monika21/01/2015 - 11:09 am

    Mint brownies! Or mint chip ice cream. :)ReplyCancel

  • Madeleine Pasquariello21/01/2015 - 11:14 am

    I would love to see either some kind of apple pie smoothie, or a tiramisu smoothie! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kerianne21/01/2015 - 11:17 am

    this looks delicious! Tiramisu would be so good in drink form!ReplyCancel

  • Gail21/01/2015 - 11:18 am

    Yummmm…triple berry pie!ReplyCancel

  • oooh… apple pie in drink form!ReplyCancel

  • Ross Delomel21/01/2015 - 11:24 am

    A Gingerbread Shake would be PHENOMENAL with walnut or almond milk. Yes, I’m still on a Gingerbread kick from the holidays, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Muriel21/01/2015 - 11:25 am

    Well also banana bread, but a close second choice would probably be pumpkin pie! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra21/01/2015 - 11:36 am

    I would love to see a decadent creme brulee in shake form – which I’m sure could be done, with some tinkering from a delicious vanilla shake recipe. I just don’t have the patience to do it myself. :)ReplyCancel

  • Hannah R.21/01/2015 - 11:48 am

    gorgeous photos!
    hmm, I’d love to see tiramisu in smoothie form :)ReplyCancel

  • Lane | Green Spirit Adventures21/01/2015 - 11:56 am

    This looks incredible! I adore Emily’s blog and her endlessly creative ideas. And your photography is gorgeous, as always! :) Dessert in drink form… hmmm, carrot cake would be pretty amazing. And anything chocolate-y/minty as well.ReplyCancel

  • Yoojin21/01/2015 - 11:56 am

    hmm… i’m wanting a blueberry cheesecake in drinkable form right now :)ReplyCancel

  • Beth E.21/01/2015 - 12:04 pm

    Probably either a chocolate chip cookie or a dark chocolate peanut butter cup!ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming21/01/2015 - 12:05 pm

    chocolate peanut butter :)ReplyCancel

  • Colleen21/01/2015 - 12:08 pm

    This looks so delicious! I’d love to see carrot cake in liquid form – I bet it wouldn’t even be that hard!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie21/01/2015 - 12:26 pm

    Good Morning…I *love* Vegan Brownies….so….maybe that fab. dessert! Thanks for the excellent giveaway! Cheers, Valerie.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea21/01/2015 - 12:27 pm

    Cinnamon fig bar!!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Voss21/01/2015 - 12:32 pm

    Would love to experience a drinkable carrot/applesauce/banana cake with cream cheese frosting– my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Carey21/01/2015 - 12:39 pm

    Ooooh, this is a fun question! I’m going to say it’s a tie between oreo cheesecake and apple crisp.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren21/01/2015 - 12:39 pm

    Thin Mint-inspired smoothie, all the way!ReplyCancel

  • Abby21/01/2015 - 12:39 pm

    Okay… these photos are perfection, Laura! So, so lovely.

    As for a dessert I’d like to see in drinkable form… peanut butter cups. ooh, or maybe white chocolate peanut butter cups? yesssss.ReplyCancel

  • Sarahh21/01/2015 - 12:42 pm

    My mind ran to strawberry cheesecake… must be thinking of my days eating blizzards from the DQ.ReplyCancel

  • Alaina21/01/2015 - 12:43 pm

    Carrot Cake!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney21/01/2015 - 12:47 pm

    First off, I always love the vibe of your photos. Everything is so beautiful, bathed in natural light and shadows. I’m pretty sure I was hooked at the mention of walnut milk, but then you went and made a banana bread shake! Definitely going to try this as soon as possible. As for what dessert I would love to see in drinkable form…I think I’m going to go with pumpkin pie or hell, maybe even apple pie :)ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Sauers21/01/2015 - 12:50 pm

    I’d love anything Creme Brulee flavored in drinkable form!ReplyCancel

  • Tessa | Natural Comfort Kitchen21/01/2015 - 12:50 pm

    Cheesecake or creme brulee smoothie all the way! And I’m pretty sure I say this every time I comment, but your photos are so dang beautiful and inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Marlee21/01/2015 - 12:57 pm

    Drinkable dessert….
    Fudgy brownies please!ReplyCancel

  • cynthia21/01/2015 - 1:09 pm

    OMG this is speaking to me. Your photos are seriously mindblowing and banana bread in a SHAKE?! Yes, please. Just beautiful, Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Claire T21/01/2015 - 1:10 pm

    Not sure how this would work but… pecan pie! Or oatmeal raisin cookies.ReplyCancel

  • Suzan21/01/2015 - 1:14 pm

    I would like to drink a baklava smoothie! :)ReplyCancel

  • Nayanna Holley21/01/2015 - 1:15 pm

    Though Patty’s carrot cake idea sounds delish, I think I could actually faint if Sticky Toffee Pudding was made into a shake. All that caramel-y, ginger-y, goodness coming rapidly to me up a straw! Heaven!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie21/01/2015 - 1:16 pm

    I adore carrot cake!I adore your posts and lovely photography and have learned so much from you! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Serena21/01/2015 - 1:25 pm

    Ummmmm, and thick and cold, coconut cream pie!!ReplyCancel

  • RJ21/01/2015 - 1:28 pm

    I’d love a tiramisu! –healthy version, of course.ReplyCancel

  • Joelle21/01/2015 - 1:29 pm

    For me, it’s a tie between apple pie and carrot cake – both of which I have made (and make fairly regularly) in smoothie form!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa21/01/2015 - 1:30 pm

    Sticky toffee pudding, please!ReplyCancel

  • Dani21/01/2015 - 1:35 pm

    I would love turtles chocolates in raw-shake form. They are one of greatest guilty pleasures!!ReplyCancel

  • Anne21/01/2015 - 1:43 pm

    With the walnut milk I would love a lemon bar flavorReplyCancel

  • Lee Ann Kinzer21/01/2015 - 1:48 pm

    Bananas Foster — without the flaming, of course!ReplyCancel

  • leslie21/01/2015 - 1:53 pm

    For sure I would love a straight up cinnamon shake.ReplyCancel

  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats21/01/2015 - 1:56 pm

    Walnut milk! Yessss. I want to try to make a buckwheat walnut milk for this…ReplyCancel

  • Lauren E21/01/2015 - 1:57 pm

    I would love, love, love to have a plum and fig tart in drinkable form. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Jen21/01/2015 - 1:58 pm

    Drinkable Oatmeal Scotchies, please!ReplyCancel

  • Josianne Assignon21/01/2015 - 1:59 pm

    To be totally indulgent… I think a pancake with a chocolate filling and some strawberries in the form of a smoothie would be quite the treat! :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Hummingbird High21/01/2015 - 2:01 pm

    LAURA! These shakes are everything I want! <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • Kittee Bee21/01/2015 - 2:12 pm

    Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Chorazy21/01/2015 - 2:17 pm

    Oh yum!!! Going to make this ASAP!!!
    I would love to try a drink version of red velvet cake. The slight hint of cocoa and richness of the cream cheese frosting would knock anyone’s socks off!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy21/01/2015 - 2:30 pm

    How about a sugar cookie shake? That would be so yummmm…ReplyCancel

  • Sara21/01/2015 - 2:38 pm

    Lemon meringue pie, fo shizzle. That would be the best. Multi-season. Refreshing in the warmer months and brightening with some citrus sunshine in the colder months.ReplyCancel

  • Maggie Pitts21/01/2015 - 2:46 pm

    Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream!
    [Also: can’t wait to try walnut milk + this shake!]

    I’m also going to second any comments that suggest anything cheesecakey.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer21/01/2015 - 2:46 pm

    Salted caramel anything!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria21/01/2015 - 2:48 pm

    Healthy oreos?? Is it possible??!?ReplyCancel

  • Sophie21/01/2015 - 2:48 pm

    Drinkable gingerbread… hubba hubba…ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca21/01/2015 - 2:50 pm

    I’d love to see tiramisu in drink form or Derby Pie!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah21/01/2015 - 2:54 pm

    Tiramisu! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Emily21/01/2015 - 2:56 pm

    Love the flavor combo going on here! And garnished so beautifully too. When summertime comes, I want a peaches n cream pie smoothie. :)ReplyCancel

  • Georgia21/01/2015 - 3:03 pm

    Red Velvet Cake would be divine!ReplyCancel

  • Perel21/01/2015 - 3:04 pm

    I’d love to taste a gooey chocolate fudge smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • Chris T21/01/2015 - 3:06 pm

    I would love to drink double chocolate brownies everyday!ReplyCancel

  • MBridges21/01/2015 - 3:07 pm

    Peach cobbler for sure!!ReplyCancel

  • Tasha21/01/2015 - 3:07 pm

    speculoos eclairs!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation21/01/2015 - 3:25 pm

    OMG these shakes look amazing! I want a copy of the book. I loved her first book and by the looks of this recipe her second book will be amazing too.ReplyCancel

  • Julia21/01/2015 - 3:26 pm

    oh mama, i am SOOOO making this for my lunch date with a gal pal on monday. (if i can wait that long?! walnut milk!! say WHHAAATTT) dessert: tiramisu would be genius, ’cause you would make it healthy + cool.ReplyCancel

  • --anu21/01/2015 - 3:34 pm

    I just made a dutch baby the other day, I think the flavor would be lovely as a smoothie though I can’t even begin to imagine how to make it :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica J21/01/2015 - 3:38 pm

    Red Velvet Cake!! without the food coloring of courseReplyCancel

  • Katherine Call-Morin21/01/2015 - 3:42 pm

    I think a shake would lend itself well to my favorite glazed kiwi and grape tart in ground almond crust.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon21/01/2015 - 3:43 pm

    Key lime pie smoothies would be dangerously delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren21/01/2015 - 3:49 pm

    I’m currently obsessed with the chocolate macaroons from Whole Foods. We used to call them chocolate haystacks because they are made primarily of coconut. They’d make a great smoothy flavour.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle21/01/2015 - 3:57 pm

    I would love to see smores in a smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • Liz K.21/01/2015 - 4:10 pm

    Mint ice cream sandwiches! I’m going to distract myself with a loose-leaf tea now.ReplyCancel

  • Cori21/01/2015 - 4:11 pm

    hummingbird cake! Or…lemon barsReplyCancel

  • Mary21/01/2015 - 4:16 pm

    I would LOVE to see a vegan strawberry Cheesecake in drinkable form!! (my favorite vegan crust is made with pecans, almonds and dates…sprinkled on top would be yummy!)ReplyCancel

  • Sue21/01/2015 - 4:42 pm

    I’d love to try a liquid lemon bar!ReplyCancel

  • Karlie21/01/2015 - 4:50 pm

    Pineapple upside down cake smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • stacey s21/01/2015 - 4:50 pm

    Can’t agree more with all the other Tiramisu lovers!ReplyCancel

  • michelle21/01/2015 - 4:53 pm

    How about your dark chocolate and fig cinnamon rolls in drinkable form? Or maybe a slurpable sugar plum……ReplyCancel

  • Rachel21/01/2015 - 5:16 pm

    Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the ‘dessert as a smoothie’ concept – that said this recipes looks like it could win me over!

    I love, love, love lemon desserts so I think it would be awesome to try a lemon bar smoothie – tart, sweet and refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • Emily von Euw21/01/2015 - 5:35 pm

    Ah, you da bomb. Gorgeous recipe + photos as usual. This post made me smile. Thanks so much, Laura <3ReplyCancel

  • Heather Lee21/01/2015 - 5:45 pm

    oh, girl. my sweet tooth can be seduced in any consistency for sure. my pick would be a blackberry-peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream on top, in all of its tart, creamy, cinnamonny, vanilla-ey, glory.ReplyCancel

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  • jaime21/01/2015 - 6:05 pm

    oh gosh, i’d love to hear more people talking about healthy eating and healthy ideas about gender and identity and other important things. why do these types of things seem to swim in such isolated currents?

    i’m so into drinkable desserts. i used to make a banana bread smoothie with butter. now i’d probably use a teeny bit of refined coconut oil + salt in its place, but i like the touch of silky fat and tenderness it gives to the smoothie to make it really feel like dessert. the walnut milk sounds incredible, too. i like using flaxseed in my dessert/bready-inspired smoothies for its grainy taste. i used to do a blueberry maple pancake smoothie, too. ahh. i could smoothe for the rest of my life forever. i really want to invest in a high powered blender, too.

    i think i’d want to see something totally decadent like a double chocolate brownie smoothie. it seems challenging because there are so many distinctive elements to the brownie taste — the crunchy caramelization on the corner pieces, the warm, creamy, definitely not raw chocolate flavor, and the slight bitterness from chocolate cut with the richness of fat.

    another dessert i’d totally love to see smoothinated is cheesecake. the tang! oh, the tang. the dense creamy sweetness. oh god! would it be disgusting to put gluten-free graham crackers or pretzels in a smoothie? i think i’d try it.ReplyCancel

  • Gloria21/01/2015 - 6:16 pm

    Someone already mentioned some form of Pumpkin Pie. But that would be delectable. If I were to choose a second.. Maybe a Pecan Pie smoothie? Yum.

    Kay bye, gotta go not eat either of those things.ReplyCancel

  • Daniela Uribe21/01/2015 - 6:21 pm

    Carrot Cake! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Akshaya21/01/2015 - 6:21 pm

    TIRAMISU !!! Ofcourse :-)ReplyCancel

  • Annie21/01/2015 - 6:23 pm

    I would love to have the shake form of cannoli ? or anything with figsReplyCancel

  • Mickie21/01/2015 - 6:35 pm

    Dark chocolate and cheesecake brownie shake!ReplyCancel

  • Abby21/01/2015 - 6:44 pm

    I’ve love a big glass of french silk pie.ReplyCancel

  • Emily21/01/2015 - 7:05 pm

    Chocolate peanut butter cheesecake!ReplyCancel

  • Kim21/01/2015 - 7:28 pm

    Doubletree Hotel cookies! Chocolate chips, walnuts, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Missy LeDuc21/01/2015 - 7:36 pm

    A crazy yum shake to me would be an apricot almond with vanilla bean paste and possibly cardamon? Worth a try at least!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Henrichs21/01/2015 - 7:49 pm

    I would love a drinkable tiramisu!ReplyCancel

  • Marisa21/01/2015 - 7:54 pm

    Vanilla Bean Cheesecake would be a delicious smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • Michele21/01/2015 - 8:02 pm

    Apple pie? I want to go home & make walnut milk now too.ReplyCancel

  • Becca F21/01/2015 - 8:03 pm

    I think tiramisu would be great!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl21/01/2015 - 8:12 pm

    Carrot cake smoothie sounds delish! I so enjoy everything about your blog, the photography, your writing and food/life philosophy and every recipe I’ve tried has been a hit! Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia21/01/2015 - 8:31 pm

    I really love smoothies with parsley. It makes them smell so wonderful. Green smoothies are the best!ReplyCancel

  • Thia21/01/2015 - 8:39 pm

    Hey, Laura.
    Yummy banana bread shake!

    Let’s see…a liquid form of a favorite dessert…
    I’d love to come up with a version of an old Martha Stewart recipe…It’s a honey and pinenut tart, with a shortbread crust. I adore pinenuts!!!

    thanks for the giveaway opportunity…always fun!ReplyCancel

  • sarah21/01/2015 - 9:57 pm

    almond joy!ReplyCancel

  • Chris21/01/2015 - 10:45 pm

    Pineapple upside down cake!!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie @ Veg Fiend21/01/2015 - 10:52 pm

    I would say Black Forest Cake, which I already make and is actually one of my favorites smoothies. Other than that, anything else mind-blowingly chocolatey!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel B21/01/2015 - 10:57 pm

    Drinkable apple pie, please! My dream!ReplyCancel

  • Tricia21/01/2015 - 11:10 pm

    I would love a mint brownie in drinkable form!ReplyCancel

  • Jill21/01/2015 - 11:18 pm

    I’ve been missing the flavors of home, so I’d love a drinkable Tres Leches Cake!ReplyCancel

  • Robin21/01/2015 - 11:18 pm

    I would love a pistachio burfi smoothie!!ReplyCancel

  • tori brannigan21/01/2015 - 11:22 pm

    I would love a shake that taste like those peanutbutter cookies that are shaped like peanuts :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura Lungstrom21/01/2015 - 11:24 pm

    How about chocolate,pistachio and marzipan–like a Mozart truffle.ReplyCancel

  • Christina21/01/2015 - 11:44 pm

    I would love to see strawberry shortcake in a healthy, drinkable form- filled with healthy fats and vitamin C!ReplyCancel

  • Trish22/01/2015 - 12:08 am

    Oh man….. definitely strawberry shortcake. My favorite!
    Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Katie22/01/2015 - 12:23 am

    Best dessert in drinkable form is Carrot Cake. No question about it. Second may be a pumpkin brownie, or perhaps tiramisu. But Carrot Cake wins hands down!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Johnson22/01/2015 - 12:45 am

    Peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream flavored smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens22/01/2015 - 12:45 am

    Banana bread in liquid form sounds like heaven. Can’t wait to make some in my own kitchen! Gorgeous photos, as always!ReplyCancel

  • Karolina22/01/2015 - 1:06 am

    lemon meringue pieReplyCancel

  • kelli22/01/2015 - 1:08 am

    peanut butter cupsReplyCancel

  • Ariela22/01/2015 - 1:20 am

    Tough decision…but, I’d have to go with oatmeal raisin cookies!ReplyCancel

  • Clare W22/01/2015 - 1:38 am

    Nanaimo bar! But how…?ReplyCancel

  • Val22/01/2015 - 1:42 am

    Carrot cake would be delicious!! I’ll definitely be trying this smoothie — banana bread is a fav too.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan22/01/2015 - 2:03 am

    “Anyone that mentions a Vitamix and gender equality in the same breath gets endless high fives from me” may be the best thing I’ve read all year, if not ever. Also, as a long-term daily yogini, I am in LOVE with the Headspace app.

    Anyway, this smoothie looks incredible. I love the addition of walnut milk! And I’m thinking a black forest gâteau smoothie would be pretty sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Jan Scholl22/01/2015 - 3:28 am

    This is so not fair! I don’t like anything sweet!! So I can’t remember the last time I actually ate a dessert. Can we make a carrot cake without the frosting? and without sugar? So maybe just a carrot something. I know, I am pathetic. I don’t even like chocolate.ReplyCancel

  • Lee Anne22/01/2015 - 4:43 am

    Sticky toffee pudding shake oh myyyy! :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily DeFelice22/01/2015 - 5:52 am

    Hmmmm it would have to be Eton mess, a concoction of juicy strawberries, cream(this could be the inventive bit, cashew would work)and vegan meringue. Nom nom.ReplyCancel

  • […] crumble. Sounds so simple and delicious. I need this mocha muffin bread pudding in my life ASAP. Banana bread shakes. MY FAV. These sweet potato quinoa muffins sound SO cozy. Vegan caesar salad, get in my belly. […]ReplyCancel

  • Victoria22/01/2015 - 8:00 am

    Tiramisu sounds good.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Morrison22/01/2015 - 9:03 am

    My very first thought was key lime pie. I’m going to stick with it!ReplyCancel

  • Marie-Hélène22/01/2015 - 9:11 am

    Mmm, this drink looks so good!

    A baklava in a drinkable form would be THE BEST THING EVER I think <3ReplyCancel

  • Ayan22/01/2015 - 9:53 am

    A lemon and lavender scone!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Skewes22/01/2015 - 10:09 am

    Tiramisu in a drinkable smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah22/01/2015 - 10:43 am

    Tiramisu, please! (And can it be vegan?)ReplyCancel

  • Jean22/01/2015 - 10:49 am

    Coffee cake would be great as a smoothie.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well22/01/2015 - 11:21 am

    These shakes are glowing!! Insanely gorgeous. Plus this book sounds wonderful. I’d have to say I would love to drink a s’more!! (favorite dessert of all-time)ReplyCancel

  • Leigha @ The Yooper Girl22/01/2015 - 11:42 am

    I want Emily’s book so bad!! This shake sounds amazing. I made something similar this morning, just added a lil’ peanut butter :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristina N.22/01/2015 - 11:45 am

    Some of my favorite desserts might seem a bit odd in drinkable form, but the one that immediately came to mind to try is carrot cake!ReplyCancel

  • Martine22/01/2015 - 12:02 pm


  • Lauren P.22/01/2015 - 12:53 pm

    Hi :) I would love to see Strawberry Shortcake in juice form. Mmm <3ReplyCancel

  • Anise Thorogood22/01/2015 - 1:50 pm

    Dessert for breakfast?! This pregnant lady is in!ReplyCancel

  • Natalia M22/01/2015 - 1:55 pm

    Hazelnut chocolate tart!ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ Kitchen Domination22/01/2015 - 2:19 pm

    These look tasty, and your post provides a great foundation for creating all kinds of goodness in liquid form. As far as what dessert I’d like to see in drinkable form, I can’t think of anything more appealing than a good peanut butter cookie smoothie. I’m thinking maybe take your recipe, then replace the walnut milk with almond milk and the maple syrup with peanut butter.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie22/01/2015 - 2:52 pm

    key lime pie, or a passion fruit cake!ReplyCancel

  • Tori22/01/2015 - 3:27 pm

    I think a Hazelnut Torta. So basically, it would taste like liquid Nutella!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen22/01/2015 - 3:29 pm

    Carrot cake forsure!ReplyCancel

  • Brianna Pattyn22/01/2015 - 3:48 pm

    My mom made the most fantastic lemon squares and Black Forest cake. I don’t think I could choose one over the other but I would be pleased to have either of those in liquid form!!!ReplyCancel

    • Julia Graham25/05/2015 - 11:59 am

      Oh my gosh Brianna! Either of those would be sooo good in smoothie!! xxReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth22/01/2015 - 4:01 pm

    Cherry pie!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra22/01/2015 - 4:05 pm

    Yum! This looks so good. I need to get a better blender. After some thought, I think a lemon vanilla cake in liquid form would be awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Trisha22/01/2015 - 4:14 pm

    I’d love a carrot cake, or angel food cake smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • Phoebe22/01/2015 - 4:53 pm

    if your salted coconut caramel fudge brownies could be made into a smoothie, and i can pretend it’s all part of this complete breakfast, the world will be a better place.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie22/01/2015 - 5:37 pm

    French Macarons!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna22/01/2015 - 5:37 pm

    pavlova pleaseReplyCancel

  • Monika J22/01/2015 - 5:50 pm

    Sounds awesome! I made the walnut milk. Smoothies for breakfast tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Becky M22/01/2015 - 5:58 pm

    creme brulee!ReplyCancel

  • Tammra22/01/2015 - 6:04 pm

    My fave, Coconut pie!ReplyCancel

  • Aaron D.22/01/2015 - 6:28 pm


  • cel22/01/2015 - 6:30 pm

    caramel rolo!ReplyCancel

  • Mary22/01/2015 - 7:07 pm

    coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolateReplyCancel

  • marie-eve22/01/2015 - 7:15 pm

    JUST MADE IT! the whole family loved it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Karnitz22/01/2015 - 8:23 pm

    My favorite dessert of all time is asian mango sticky rice. That combination of mango, jasmine rice and coconut milk would be amazing …ReplyCancel

  • jeanne22/01/2015 - 10:32 pm

    I’m with you on the banana bread, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Abby22/01/2015 - 10:34 pm

    Carrot cake might be good, but chocolate chip cookie would be my first option. If any beverage of mine were to taste like a milkshake but also be healthy, I would be happy.ReplyCancel

  • Tina22/01/2015 - 11:13 pm

    Not sure what I would do without my vitamix! Would love to have a drinkable sticky toffee pudding :)ReplyCancel

  • Tamara22/01/2015 - 11:28 pm

    Strawberry rhubarb pieReplyCancel

  • Allison22/01/2015 - 11:44 pm

    Pie is my dessert weakness. Banana cream pie in smoothie form would be pretty amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Christine23/01/2015 - 12:03 am

    key lime pie would be delicious!ReplyCancel

  • beth23/01/2015 - 1:09 am

    I’d love to see a vegan funfetti vanilla cake shake! (One that doesn’t use cashews – I’m allergic!) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate23/01/2015 - 1:22 am

    I’m craving apple pie!ReplyCancel

  • Phanie Pack23/01/2015 - 2:48 am

    God, I love it when I find a new recipe which i have all the ingredients for! Going to soak walnuts overnight and make tomorrow morning for me and my fam!

    What a fantastic book! I can honestly say that a fresh strawberry rhubarb ice cream smoothie would hit the spot right about now. It was a summer special a local ice cream shop Earnest Ice Cream and it was the last time they made it for the season. I’ve been in painful withdrawl ever since.ReplyCancel

  • jane23/01/2015 - 2:50 am

    I think it would be interesting to drink a cherry cheese cake.Yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Payal23/01/2015 - 9:00 am

    Chocolate chip coffe icecream. I could probably just let it melt.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette23/01/2015 - 10:56 am

    Butterscotch pudding!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca23/01/2015 - 11:33 am

    Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah23/01/2015 - 12:22 pm

    Ooooh definitely tiramisu…or anything involving graham cracker crust goodness.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth23/01/2015 - 1:09 pm

    I’d love to have an apple pie smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • Jaz23/01/2015 - 2:02 pm

    Baked apple with all the fixings: dried fruit, nuts, spices and possibly some ice cream to top it off!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann23/01/2015 - 3:41 pm

    German Chocolate Cake for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Christina23/01/2015 - 3:44 pm

    Key lime pie in smoothie form would be amazing! Something sweet, sour and with a little tang (maybe with cashews added in, too?)!ReplyCancel

  • marie23/01/2015 - 4:41 pm


  • Laura23/01/2015 - 6:44 pm

    I would want to see blackberry poundcake turned into s smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • jessica z23/01/2015 - 10:52 pm

    I would love bananas foster or creme brûlée in drinkable formReplyCancel

  • Tess Bundy23/01/2015 - 11:47 pm

    I would love to see either carrot cake or a chocolate flourless cake in liquid form!ReplyCancel

  • Jade Sheldon-Burnsed24/01/2015 - 12:10 am

    Give me coffee cake in drinkable form!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca24/01/2015 - 1:03 am

    I want drinkable Nutella!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenifer Smith24/01/2015 - 6:03 am

    How about Banana Foster drink:)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley24/01/2015 - 1:10 pm

    I would love to see chocolate chip cookies (my all time favorite sweet treats!) Thanks so much for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • hilary24/01/2015 - 3:06 pm

    Lemon sponge cake! Or zucchini bread/cakeReplyCancel

  • Becca24/01/2015 - 3:23 pm

    A key lime pie smoothie would be a dream come true!ReplyCancel

  • katie boyd24/01/2015 - 3:36 pm

    First thought was tiramisu…that has many votes already, so i will have to go for baked alaska. Mostly because i think the process of creating it would be fun.ReplyCancel

  • Jess24/01/2015 - 4:31 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies!!!ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food24/01/2015 - 5:55 pm

    Oh my gosh… I just don’t even make NY resolutions anymore. Why put that on myself? I’m not going to listen. Drink less? Eat better? What’s that?

    This is one awesome sounding shake. I love banana bread and could totally see those flavors in a shake. I’d go with the cheesecake smoothie as well. That just sounds so darn good.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette24/01/2015 - 6:01 pm

    Lemon meringue pie would be my choice for drinkable dessert. Looking forward to drinking some banana bread soon, the recipe looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa24/01/2015 - 6:28 pm

    Baklava would be fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Jane24/01/2015 - 8:57 pm

    I would love to drink pecan pie, chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread, or anything chocolate. But this banana bread is a must try too!ReplyCancel

  • Ursula24/01/2015 - 9:24 pm

    I’d have to say key lime pie!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda25/01/2015 - 12:47 am

    How about a simple but oh-so-yummylicious ‘dark chocolate truffle’ smoothie?ReplyCancel

  • CL25/01/2015 - 1:03 am

    I’d love a drinkable pavlova! xReplyCancel

  • thefolia25/01/2015 - 1:40 am

    Yummy, I would have loved to have been there to help down this shake. I would never refuse a chocolate chai tea treat in a shake. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • rachel25/01/2015 - 2:04 am

    French Macarons! Or lemon meringue pie!ReplyCancel

  • Millie l Add A Little25/01/2015 - 3:18 am

    This looks incredible!! SO tasty!ReplyCancel

  • […] This raw banana bread milkshake – breakfast for dessert? […]ReplyCancel

  • Kim Bucke25/01/2015 - 7:40 am

    Black forest Cake! I make on every year from scratch. Just once. A lot of work. But, how awesome would it be to whip a single serving up in my Vita-mix!


  • […] Och något ännu snabbare – raw banana bread shake! […]ReplyCancel

  • Amy25/01/2015 - 12:19 pm

    definitely some sort of raspberry coconut crumble!!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie25/01/2015 - 1:11 pm

    I would love to have chocolate mint pie made into a drink! I absolutely love anything that is chocolate with a hint of mint.ReplyCancel

  • Isadora25/01/2015 - 8:41 pm

    I never really made any resolutions either. If you don’t make them then you can’t break them, right?! I am now thinking I need to make a resolution to drink more smoothies though, because I don’t drink nearly enough! This banana bread shake sounds like the perfect way for me to start :)ReplyCancel

  • Teresa25/01/2015 - 8:54 pm

    ooh something like Almond Cake/Marzipan in smoothie form please!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel25/01/2015 - 9:32 pm

    Yum! I will definitely be making this with the cashews I currently have soaking for milk!

    I would love to drink a liquified carrot cake, I love the idea of creamy nut milk with tasty spices.ReplyCancel

  • valerie sobus25/01/2015 - 10:28 pm

    absolutely beautiful photographs! so lovely to look at. and i would say red velvet cake :)ReplyCancel

  • Hmmm..maybe some tiramisu in drinkable form? Loving your photos more than ever on this post!ReplyCancel

  • Sondi25/01/2015 - 11:37 pm

    Chocolate chip muffins!ReplyCancel

  • Andreas N25/01/2015 - 11:45 pm

    Chocolate Chip Cookies in drinkable form! My brain and stomach would explode all in once!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn26/01/2015 - 12:53 am


  • Carla26/01/2015 - 5:47 am

    Gingersnaps, Snickers or something dark and fudgy!ReplyCancel

  • kimberly joy trathen26/01/2015 - 6:28 am

    i’d love to see a chocolate chip ice cream cookie sandwich in drinkable form!ReplyCancel

  • Carter26/01/2015 - 10:20 am

    Would a sweet southern cornbread smoothie be weird? Probably. But it would probably also be delicious.ReplyCancel

  • amalia26/01/2015 - 10:23 am

    Linzetorte! Delicious raspberry and hazelnut goodness.ReplyCancel

  • Annik26/01/2015 - 10:50 am

    Apple pie!ReplyCancel

  • Annik26/01/2015 - 10:51 am

    Chocolate browniesReplyCancel

  • Jenalle26/01/2015 - 10:56 am

    Lemon meringue pie! I’m imagining a tart smoothie with a whipped but creamy texture. Like lemons and cream. And an almond streusel on top for some crunch. Spoon vs. straw.ReplyCancel

  • Beth R.26/01/2015 - 11:38 am

    Hmmm…That’s a tough one…Maybe Italian cream wedding cake? Or samoa cookie? Or brownie…ReplyCancel

  • Ally26/01/2015 - 12:15 pm

    Pecan pie or gingerbread for sureReplyCancel

  • Grace26/01/2015 - 12:25 pm

    Lemon Meringue Pie would be AWEsome as a smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • Linzy26/01/2015 - 3:19 pm

    If I had to pick one dessert to have in vegan drink form, it would be maple chestnut cake. It’s not super popular, but it tastes like rich, nutty, dense pancakes. Topped with some roasted pears and maple cream, I really can’t control myself.ReplyCancel

  • john c.26/01/2015 - 5:29 pm

    What a great recipe! I would enjoy chocolate cream pie in a drinkable form.ReplyCancel

  • Judith26/01/2015 - 5:31 pm

    Carrot cake sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Sara26/01/2015 - 6:05 pm

    I really, really , really would like to be able to drink a healthy version of carrot cake. Favourite cake since I was little!ReplyCancel

  • Marta26/01/2015 - 6:30 pm

    vegan brownie smoothie!just for chocoholics, topped with banana, nuts or… MORE CHOCOLATE OMNOMNOMNOM :DReplyCancel

  • Jeanette26/01/2015 - 8:07 pm

    Grasshopper cookies!ReplyCancel

  • Dan N26/01/2015 - 10:43 pm

    I love French macarons, and my most favorite flavor is a honey lavender!! That would be an amazing smoothie let me tell ya!!ReplyCancel

  • Leah26/01/2015 - 11:51 pm

    Lemon meringue!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia27/01/2015 - 12:15 am

    I would LOVE to try carrot cake or lemon meringue pie in shake form!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn27/01/2015 - 1:07 am

    I’d love a drinkable form of a twix bar, yum!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki N27/01/2015 - 1:14 am

    I would love to drink red velvet cake or carrot cake!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine27/01/2015 - 9:22 am

    Chocolate-mint chip ice cream or after eight chocolates!ReplyCancel

  • lynsey | lynseylovesfood28/01/2015 - 8:22 am

    I should also mention that it has been a week since I read this post and I have thought about this smoothie every single day now. xoReplyCancel

  • […] Raw Banana Bread Shake from The First Mess: […]ReplyCancel

  • […] came across this recipe from The First Mess blog a few weeks ago for a banana bread shake. The idea is genius and […]ReplyCancel

  • […] used this, this and this recipe as guides. It serves one and is easy enough to make as breakfast. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Even the name of this banana bread smoothie makes my mouth start watering- and with ingredients like maple syrup, sliced bananas and cinnamon I bet it tastes even better than it sounds. Learn how to make it here. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] raw banana bread shakes » The First Mess // … – this sounds delicious, especially with the walnut milk, I have been a fan of This Rawsome Vegan Life for about 3 years, since I found it, in addition to Emily’s … […]ReplyCancel

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  • Kathryn14/01/2015 - 7:37 am

    Yes! Absolutely with you on the need for a little warmth at this time of year but still wanting to find ways to get enough of those leafy greens into my body. This sounds like the prefect compromise + that pine nut “parm” is totally inspired.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar14/01/2015 - 8:41 am

    Such a stunning salad!! Craving every piece of this!ReplyCancel

  • lynsey | lynseylovesfood14/01/2015 - 8:43 am

    Heart-eyes emoji indeed! xoReplyCancel

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness14/01/2015 - 8:56 am

    This is dang prettiest slaw that I ever did see!! I love that you used so much different greenery and a little cabbage for the crunch!
    Seriously though. Still oogling these photos!
    Pinned :)ReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha14/01/2015 - 9:03 am

    I’va just eaten a lacinato kale salad :) I usually massage it with lemon juice, a pinch of salt and flaxseed oil..
    Btw : I totally agree with you about salads in winter and I will try your recipe for parmesan – I make mine with cashews, wheat germ, nutritional yeast and a pinch of salt ^_^

  • Grace14/01/2015 - 9:39 am

    Cruciferous slaw for the win! The ultimate winter salad right here – everything my body/tastebuds needs/want. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey14/01/2015 - 10:32 am

    Yes, girl! Salads with bits of warmth and heart dressings/sauces is totally the way to go this time of year! Love how you found such a lovely balance between pine nuts + sesame seeds for your parm, and lemon zest mixed in there sounds so so good! (can’t wait to make it!) And I meant to tell you last week, your new gal sounds like an absolute gem! We’re celebrating a year with our little guy soon, and it’s been the absolute best having him around, so I can just imagine the feelings you’re basking in! xo!ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan14/01/2015 - 10:37 am

    That parm! (heart eye emojis times 100!) Also, that dressing looks beyond amazing and I could get down with this salad in the winter. There is something about salads with lots of toppings and creamy dressing that makes them feel juuuust a bit hearty, ya dig?ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well14/01/2015 - 10:38 am

    Goodness these photos are gorgeous. And Scott is going to be ECSTATIC about this recipe, caesar salads are his fave. Thanks for the awesome creativity and spruce you gave an otherwise typically boring recipe to me! I love all the ingredients, especially those sunflower seeds. And congrats on getting shelves! Woot woot!ReplyCancel

  • Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen14/01/2015 - 11:28 am

    Ceasar slaw? Damn, girl! I actually think that it’s hard to find a really good Ceasar salad as they’re often too heavy with dressing that doesn’t even taste that good. So normally I’m quite careful with where I order one. This slaw, however, looks heavenly! What a comforting, good-to-you winter salad. I’ve never eaten nutritional yeast; maybe I should give it a try? Or I use parmesan instead. Anyway, I love this. I seriously do, Laura.

    Hope you have a great week,

  • Brian @ Kitchen Domination14/01/2015 - 12:21 pm

    This slaw looks like something I need to get into, particularly if I want to improve my veg game this year. Do you think that substituting ground up raw cashews for the nutritional yeast would work?ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright14/01/2015 - 12:23 pm

      Hi Brian, the nutritional yeast has a really distinctive, cheesy, well-rounded flavour that I don’t think can be replicated by anything other than real-deal cheese. If you can’t get a hold of some nutritional yeast, you might have better luck replacing the it with some chopped up olives instead.

  • Caitlin14/01/2015 - 12:43 pm

    i love the way you write about food. this salad looks fabulous. i completely agree with you on salads this time of year. they just don’t fill the warmth that soups, stews, and roasted veggies do.ReplyCancel

  • erin {yummy supper}14/01/2015 - 12:57 pm

    Oh my Laura, of course I’m always drawn in by your photos, and today once I read your description of this tasty ceasar/slaw action and I found myself drooling. Seriously lady. Drooling.
    xoxox to you,

  • Sarah from Soymilk + Honey14/01/2015 - 1:21 pm

    This looks fantastic! Yes please to anything with kale and brussels sprouts. Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • dana14/01/2015 - 2:37 pm

    Major DROOL! WANT WANT WANT!ReplyCancel

  • sarah b.14/01/2015 - 2:47 pm

    First time I ever had a kale caesar was at a fun little spot in nyc back in the day, it had roasted chickpeas like this and it was such a memorable one. You are a salad goddess Laura! This looks SO delicious, super inspired to use up my big bag of costco pine nuts now, seriously! Loving that first shot too. Cheers babe!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi14/01/2015 - 4:01 pm

    I don’t think there is ever such a thing as too many vegan kale ceasar recipes! And girl, yours looks absolutely divine! Gorgeous as always xxReplyCancel

  • Deryn @ Running on Real Food14/01/2015 - 4:40 pm

    Wow, that is one beautiful, stunning salad! It’s going on my must-make-very-soon list! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • […] pizza with, oh i dunno, butternut squash ribbons and arugula-pepita pesto with a sprinkle of this brilliant plant parm made from pine nuts and sesame […]ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Griffith14/01/2015 - 10:39 pm

    Your photos are so beautiful! Do you use lightroom or photoshop to edit your photos?


    • Laura Wright15/01/2015 - 8:53 am

      Hi Jenny, I use Lightroom mostly. And I’ll add that I have VSCO film installed into Lightroom and play around with that quite a bit too. Thanks! :)

  • Jessica DeMarra15/01/2015 - 10:12 am

    Love this dish, from the salad to the bowl itself. Sometimes to eat a huge bowl of raw veggies in the dead of winter, you just need a really good dressing and I think this one sounds wonderful. I am jealous of all your beautiful sunlight photos. If I were to take a shot like these the photo would just be bright orange (I am on the sunset side of my building). Just all so lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Heather15/01/2015 - 11:38 am

    Laura, I got so excited about this I changed up the salad I was bringing over to a friend’s house last night to make this! (well, just the parm and dressing because I already had a mega-pack of baby greens in the fridge). I scaled back the number of garlic cloves to 1 large one because I’m sensitive to raw garlic, and used a heaping tablespoon of sesame seeds because somehow (gasp!) I was out of tahini. This may be the only caesar dressing I eat for the rest of my life. Everyone at my friends’ house loved it so much they were mad I didn’t make a bigger salad. I can’t wait to make the full blown recipe for my man this weekend :) Thanks for sharing your talents with the world!ReplyCancel

  • The VegHog15/01/2015 - 12:49 pm

    This is a very good and healthy looking dish, a salad after my own heart.


  • […] fresh: Kale + Brussels Sprout Caesar Slaw w/ Pine Nut “Parm”. I had a kale caesar salad at a neat restaurant over a year ago and I still think about it […]ReplyCancel

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  • Millie l Add A Little16/01/2015 - 12:03 pm

    This looks so amazing!! I love how hearty and delicious this looks Laura!ReplyCancel

  • […] kale and brussels sprouts caesar. umm […]ReplyCancel

  • kristie {birch and wild}17/01/2015 - 11:51 am

    The photos drew me in, the ingredients made me super interested in making this salad right now. Damn, you always make me want to up my game.ReplyCancel

  • Anna17/01/2015 - 3:13 pm

    OMG these pictures are to die for!! Now I’m hungry!! Can’t wait to try it at home!! :)


  • […] caesar with roasted chickpeas (fave) for lunch sounds like a […]ReplyCancel

  • All I have to say is YUM!! I don’t like a lot of cold salad much in the winter either, but this looks just delicious.ReplyCancel

  • […] dressing, and a vegan caesar salad are all excellent for the days coming off of that fast (this Kale & Brussels Caesar Slaw is freaking delicious by the […]ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey @ hart & garnet19/01/2015 - 7:46 pm

    Couldn’t agree more! All winter long I keep churning out “a warm salad”, or something tossed in “a warm vinaigrette” not realizing how much I’m avoiding the New York chill. I can’t even handle cold condiments these days, put everything at room temperature! My bones are chilly! Great recipe, especially the chickpeas!ReplyCancel

  • cynthia21/01/2015 - 1:12 pm

    Dude. YES. You’ve just put what I couldn’t articulate into words — it’s the water content! Water-heavy salads just feel so not-right this time of year. There’s something so much more satisfying about hefty, toothsome kale and collards these days. This slaw looks a-mazing — I can just imagine the satisfying crunch and the creaminess of it all. Totally perfect.ReplyCancel

  • elanan23/01/2015 - 1:35 am

    This is on my must-make list this weekend! Wondering how long the dressing would hold up for if refrigerated, having a batch on hand would make week night salads so much more appealing!ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright23/01/2015 - 8:11 am

      Hi Elenan, I kept my dressing in the fridge for about 4 days. I had it in a tupperware and put a layer of saran wrap directly onto the surface of the dressing before I put the lid on the container. This was just an extra cautionary kind of move against any skin forming on the surface.

  • thefolia25/01/2015 - 1:01 pm

    Beautifully described, magnificently captured…happy feasting!ReplyCancel

  • 10 Kale Salad Recipes30/01/2015 - 4:03 pm

    […] Kale + Brussels Sprout Caesar Slaw with Pine Nut “Parm” {Gluten-Free, Vegan} […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Speaking of Laura Messy, did you see her recipe for this kale & brussels sprout caesar slaw with pine nut parm on The First Mess? Better yet, have you made it yet?! Run to your […]ReplyCancel

  • David01/02/2015 - 9:29 am

    Wonderful blogReplyCancel

  • […] the kale pesto – a known love in our home. And ever since I saw Laura’s recipe for pine nut parmesan a few weeks back I had been dying to make it and it is downright magical. Throw some dried oregano […]ReplyCancel

  • […] dinner though, I’ll be doing a light olive oil-based sauce with cooked vegetables, chickpeas, pine nut parm, greens etc., just to make it more special (is it normal to feel guilty if a dinner doesn’t […]ReplyCancel

  • […] serve, sprinkle with vegan parmesan cheese, herbs of choice, and serve with Sriracha aioli or preferred dipping sauce. These would also […]ReplyCancel

  • Anna01/03/2015 - 9:31 pm

    Hi Laura, This was absolutely delicious!! I subbed the garbanzos for polenta croutons which were out of this world. The vegan cheesiness game is strong here–amazing flavors. What a treat. This definitely gets saved for a remake! Thanks :) AnnaReplyCancel

  • […] reinvent the wheel here with this vegan parm. I was inspired by this classic recipe + this zesty little guy too. But with the addition of the fresh herbs + a wee bit olive oil things got pretty […]ReplyCancel

  • […] all effing vegan despite the fact that it very clearly states that on the home page. I made these two both this week and: yup. […]ReplyCancel

  • Jenny25/03/2015 - 4:25 pm

    Hi Laura –
    Just made the dressing and pine nut crumble for a party this weekend. I was wondering how you store the crumble?

    • Laura26/03/2015 - 8:52 am

      Hi Jenny, I just place the pine nut parm in a tupperware and refrigerate it if I have some leftover or I’m prepping it in advance.

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  • Kathryn07/01/2015 - 5:51 am

    The happiest of new years to you Laura! I’m glad you got some downtime over the holidays and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for you (and for us!). Plus that cute pup = the best way to start the year ever. This sounds like a perfect comforting and nourishing bowl of food – that mustard/lemon combo with its warmth and brightness just feels so right doesn’t it?ReplyCancel

  • Soupe | Pearltrees07/01/2015 - 6:05 am

    […] Dreamy winter vegetable chowder w/ mustard, lemon + crispy cabbage. Happy new year to you! […]ReplyCancel

  • Lucy @SupergoldenBakes07/01/2015 - 7:21 am

    Glad to have discovered your blog – beautiful photography and inspiring recipes! I see I have a log to catching up to do. Happy 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Lynsey | lynseylovesfood07/01/2015 - 8:20 am

    Puppies, soup and beautiful winter light.. So much goodness in this post!! Happy New Year!!! xoReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar07/01/2015 - 8:26 am

    Oh man. This makes me want to go outside in the cold so that I can come back in with rosy cheeks and a bowl of this!ReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha07/01/2015 - 9:03 am

    This soup seems so creamy! Weather here is not so cold as in Canada – thankfully – but I am a cold-hater…hot soups could be my daily food :)
    Ps : Cleo is too pretty ^_^

  • Arlene07/01/2015 - 9:56 am

    This is perfect for me to make right now, my frig is always full of some kind of soup/stew make a new batch every Sunday for my lunch all week! Need a change from Quinoa/lentil (I love cabbage). Thank you! Your new baby is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Sini07/01/2015 - 10:39 am

    What a chowder! I’m really looking forward to making a big pot of this goodness. And hello there, Cleo! Furry pals bring so much joy and peace to one’s life. We adopted a little kitten over a year ago so I can totally relate to your feelings. Wishing you a glorious 2015, Laura! May your wishes come true and may your hearth be free of anxiety and fear. (Gosh, I know that feeling; I should start trying to eliminate fear in my life. It’s a grueling companion.) xxReplyCancel

  • Ashley07/01/2015 - 10:53 am

    As beautiful as ever. I always find comfort in your words, but you know this. I took time off but kind of feel like I need a re-do because part of me couldn’t fully relax for about 85% of the time. Still had an absolute lovely time with my parents while they visited and definitely gave my eyes a break from the screen, however, I just haven’t been hit with that “fresh–new year” feeling yet. Maybe next week? ;) Your pup is adorable. So glad she’s keeping you calm. The texture contrast of this soup looks AMAZE. Hearts, girl.ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth07/01/2015 - 11:02 am

    What a darling, sweet dog! It’s always nice to have a little helper in the kitchen. Love love love this soup!ReplyCancel

  • KittNoir07/01/2015 - 11:08 am

    Looks so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder07/01/2015 - 11:12 am

    This whole post is beautiful. I love your words and this gorgeous recipe. Especially the kitchen photo where you can see the snow outside! YAY snow :). Congrats on your new pup and a merry happy 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Grace07/01/2015 - 11:35 am

    Puuuppy!!! Such a cutie! That picture of her is adorable – warms the heart right up, even on the coldest of days! Happy new year to you Laura, you beautiful grown-ass lady! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth07/01/2015 - 11:38 am

    Yeses all around. That pup!!!!! Love the call on fear –– I’ve totally been having a few grown-ass lady talks like that with myself lately. And hurray for not being de-toxy.

    Sending New Year’s love from VA––this feels like a big year and I totally can’t wait to see all the great stuff coming next for you.ReplyCancel

  • Malin07/01/2015 - 12:03 pm

    Looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea07/01/2015 - 1:06 pm

    Your pup is breakin’ my heart. Can’t imagine not having rescued my little ragamuffin a few years ago. They’ll change your life with that unconditional love. You can see it in her eyes already :)

    And the soup– so wonderful to feel renewed inspiration with wintery produce. Can almost feel it cutting through the cold-ass weather ’round here.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin07/01/2015 - 1:19 pm

    cleo is adorable. there is nothing like the companionship a pup brings into your life. their love is unending and unconditional.

    in other news, this chowder looks so good and i’m totally making it. one problem- i don’t care much for parsnips. will i be able to taste them in here?ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright07/01/2015 - 1:26 pm

      Caitlin! I’m honestly not crazy for parsnips either, but felt like I needed to use some up that I had leftover from a freelance job. They didn’t seem as cloyingly sweet in this soup/stew to me, what with all the mustard and nutritional yeast. And the simmering time makes them nice and tender for sure. You can always just sub in the same amount of cubed potatoes, more celery root etc. if you’re weary :)

  • Libby07/01/2015 - 1:37 pm

    This soup looks like hearty perfection. What a great way to use those CSA veggies that I am less familiar with! Your new dog looks so sweet and tugs at my heart to get a little pup for myself.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen07/01/2015 - 3:16 pm

    Yes please! This looks like the most delicious and warming soup for a chilly winter night. I just want to climb into the bowl and roll around. :)ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Whole Nourishment07/01/2015 - 3:35 pm

    Yep, this is the epitome of the perfect winter meal. Love the crispy cabbage and that sweet pup!ReplyCancel

  • Blaine Arin07/01/2015 - 4:14 pm

    “Detox” in air quotes. Ha, love it. Looks incredible! And your pup is adorable. Those soulful eyes!ReplyCancel

  • Your posts always make me smile and salivate! The soup looks delicious, and just what we need this week in Ontario. Happy New Year + congrats on your new pup!ReplyCancel

  • Trang's corner07/01/2015 - 10:04 pm

    I’m so excited to try this recipe. So delicious! So inspirational!

    Happy new year!

  • Trish08/01/2015 - 12:07 am

    This soup does look dreamy! I love the addition of mustard. And congrats on your puppy!

  • Nissrine08/01/2015 - 3:45 am

    Happy New Year! Love the sound and look of this and I’m all over your suggestion to go the Orange route, will be trying it for sure. Thanks for the inspiration as always. We were in Canada visiting my family for the holidays and left just before temps hit Antarctic levels. Thankfully it’s warmer in Italy, but the dampness here really gets inside you, so I’m all about hot soups and chowders this time of year.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer @foodprocessor0708/01/2015 - 7:22 am

    Love this recipe. Simple but at the same time would not mind having that for lunch every day this week.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica DeMarra08/01/2015 - 11:07 am

    I am always try to convince my boyfriend to eat more soup with me. He is weird and doesn’t enjoy pureed soup since he claims to like “solid” food better. I think this recipe will make a soup-lover out of him. All the best in the new year with your new furry friend!ReplyCancel

  • Christine08/01/2015 - 2:47 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one! I just saw chowder while watching food tv and have been craving hearty, warming soups since. Perfect timing :)

    Also – big happy congratulations on your adoption! She looks like such a sweet heart! My family adopted a 2 year old boxer last year and it’s like she’s always been there now. It’s amazing to see them become comfortable after sometimes really sad pasts. Happy 2015 Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Emily08/01/2015 - 9:44 pm

    Looks heavenly. I’ve always wondered about roasted cabbage, but never actually tried it myself. What a wonderful garnish to such a beautiful soup!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Murphy08/01/2015 - 10:31 pm

    This is perfect. I remixed this one a bit, went the mustard/white wine/smoked paprika route and after taste-testing I couldn’t help but dose it with heavy cream. But yes.ReplyCancel

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  • Sherrie09/01/2015 - 2:09 pm

    Dearest Laura, I find solace in these words. Cleo is the cutest little thing I ever did see!! I’m so happy for you guys, how much fun is a new family addition. And dreamy this bowl of chowder is indeed, wowza that light. xo sherrieReplyCancel

  • Julianne | Radishes on Toast09/01/2015 - 10:06 pm

    Wow, this is packed with my favorite things and looks exactly like what I’d want to serve my friends on a chilly night!ReplyCancel

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  • Liren10/01/2015 - 1:30 pm

    Happy New Year, Laura, and welcome home to your sweet new pup! What a lucky one (both of you!) – I imagine there will be some delicious scraps going her way. This bowl of chowder is just my kind of thing in the new year, hearty and comforting.ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen10/01/2015 - 3:50 pm

    Ohhh….that pup. Adorable! Congrats! I adopted my Sheri-dog from a shelter 4 years ago and it was pretty much the best decision I ever made. I can’t imagine my life without her and I can’t imagine ever buying a dog now. She loves me in a way that no other animal ever has. And this soup – gorgeous! I’m freezing my bum off over here, so I’m in need of a big bowl of this!ReplyCancel

  • Nik@ABrownTable11/01/2015 - 10:12 am

    Happy belated New Year, Laura! Your new pup is adorable and I am sure you guys will have wonderful time together. The best thing about winter is looking forward to delicious bowls of soup like this one, love it.ReplyCancel

  • Active Vegetarian11/01/2015 - 4:18 pm

    Your site is beautiful!! Love all the recipe ideas and more :) Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • Shaun11/01/2015 - 9:08 pm

    I made this tonight and it’s great! I really enjoyed the addition of the crispy cabbage. Next time I would add half the lemon juice and then later add more to taste, since the mustard is already tangy. It was fun to use an array of winter produce!ReplyCancel

  • Abby12/01/2015 - 11:37 am

    I made this last night and it was delicious! Perfect for a chilly winter night. I have never used celery root before! Delicious!ReplyCancel

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  • rachel13/01/2015 - 12:55 pm

    this was delicious! did it with more of all the vegetables and it turned out wonderfully. added a dollop of greek yogurt on top of each bowl. yummmmy!ReplyCancel

  • Soups/Salads | Vegetal Matters14/01/2015 - 8:57 pm

    […] Winter Vegetable Chowder with Mustard, Lemon, and Crispy Cabbage – I’ve been drooling over this soup since Laura posted it last week. Such interesting vegetables and flavor combinations! It did not disappoint, with brightness from the lemon and mustard that we need on chilly days. The cabbage topping was my favorite part, which I can foresee on many a future soup. Pairs very well with white wine. […]ReplyCancel

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  • allison17/01/2015 - 4:49 pm

    Happy New Year to you and so great about Cleo, I have 3 rescues now and I wish you all the best with her. They rescue you right back. I love this chowder! It’s simmering now on the stove, smells delicious( also love the hint of lemon and grainy mustard flavor) and I have the cabbage cooking up with Old Bay, a good crusty bread and I’m all set! Thanks so much again, I’m so glad I found your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Kate23/01/2015 - 1:44 pm

    Oh gosh this looks so good! So creamy and comforting, yet dairy-free (hubba…)ReplyCancel

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  • Shannon27/01/2015 - 10:53 pm

    Dear Laura, I just discovered your blog through my friend and I think it’s my new favourite. I browsed all your soup/stew posts today at work (plus your gorgeous photos)…There are so many recipes I want to try. Tonight, I cooked this chowder and ……it is delicious! Thanks so much. And congrats on your puppy… Best from Toronto… ShannonReplyCancel

  • […] week. And I definitely want to make this butternut squash soup before spring arrives too. OH and this winter chowder! I made this mushroom soup yesterday for dinner this week… REALLY excited about […]ReplyCancel

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  • jen18/04/2015 - 3:25 pm

    I made this a few weeks ago and it was sooo yummy I hid it from my boyfriend because I wanted it all to myself! Making it again tonight :)ReplyCancel

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  • valentina - sweet kabocha18/12/2014 - 5:34 am

    I have loved so much the flavor bible and I bought the vegetarian one ten days ago – as ebook, to have it always with me :) It is really the bible for a cook! :DReplyCancel

  • Gina18/12/2014 - 7:31 am

    Don‘t think I have ever left a comment here before, but today I just decided to let you know that a lot of the time to me coming to your blog is like coming into a cozy living room with an open fireplace after a long walk through a snowy forest. Reading your words feels often like warming your ice cold/wet feet by the fire and getting handed a cup of hot chocolate and having a really nice conversation. Thanks for that!

    Wishing you all the best for your upcoming ventures & so excited for what you are going to create within the new year! <3ReplyCancel

  • FoodCrafters18/12/2014 - 7:50 am

    Very interesting post AND recipe. I’m often scared to make carrot/pumpkin/sweet potato pastes like this one – feels like they’re just too sweet to go well in a “hummus” configuration. Or maybe it’s just that I just love hummus with loads of lemon and garlic a little too much…

    Will need to try this!ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen18/12/2014 - 9:58 am

    I can’t get over how gorgeous this dip is! We used to make something very similar at the restaurant and we used it as a veggie sandwich spread. But minus the harissa, which is a shame because HARISSA! So good. Can’t wait to try this. Looking forward to hearing about all your new adventures in 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan18/12/2014 - 10:16 am

    I adore the Flavor Bible! I met the authors when they were here in Milwaukee for a signing and talk about the sweetest people EVER. Karen shook my hand and said ‘You are a baker, aren’t you? I can tell by the muscles in your hands’. Adore your words lady, they always bring me comfort and make me think : )ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth18/12/2014 - 10:26 am

    Just ordered my copy of The Vegetarian Flavor Bible! I love what you created here. Just the kind of inspiration I’m looking for. Such a gorgeous dish!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Pickles & Honey18/12/2014 - 10:37 am

    “If it doesn’t add, it subtracts.” <–I love the simplicity of that statement. That's been my giant learning experience these last few months. I'll have to check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I just finished Essentialism along those same lines–highly, highly recommend it.

    Gorgeous writing and photos, as always.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley18/12/2014 - 11:12 am

    Do you know how much I love you + your words? I’m not sure there is anyone else who I’ve related too so much with work/home/life ever before. So I can only say I am SO so so happy you have this space here on the interwebs and that I found it. I can’t wait to see how 2015 unfolds for you. I have a feeling it’s going to be better than great. xoReplyCancel

  • michelle18/12/2014 - 12:02 pm

    GORGEOUS! So going to make this, soon. Your lentil sriracha dip was a big hit at a pot luck last year. Also, J and I are HOOKED on Mary’s Crackers. All about that Costco box.ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food18/12/2014 - 1:22 pm

    I have been a fan of The Flavor Bible for quite some time. Need to get my hands on The Vegetarian Flavor Bible because I have no doubt I’d use that thing at least once a week.

    Beautiful flavors here. It’s always so nice to see a vegetarian dip that doesn’t load in the cheese and cream.ReplyCancel

  • Emily18/12/2014 - 3:19 pm

    This is so completely stunning and gorgeous! The bright colors, the freshness, the combination of flavors… love everything!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar18/12/2014 - 3:48 pm

    This is such a comforting looking meal! So much colour! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen18/12/2014 - 3:56 pm

    This dip sounds so good, and I love its vibrant color! So beautiful! And those endive boats are a brilliant idea. More vegetables!ReplyCancel

  • S Lauren | Modern Granola18/12/2014 - 4:03 pm

    Oh my goodness! This looks so incredible! I am always on the lookout for fun ways to eat veggies, especially around the holidays, and this is perfect! I cannot wait to try this.ReplyCancel

  • Francesca18/12/2014 - 4:37 pm

    Might have to try this one- it looks so colourful.ReplyCancel

  • in love with those garnishes!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn18/12/2014 - 7:25 pm

    This dip looks amazing! Cant wait to give it a try.


  • Nicola18/12/2014 - 7:42 pm

    I totally relate to your comment about houses vs homes. None of us live in a magazine. Each home is individual, and that individuality takes time to develop. We’ve been in our new/old house 10 months and there are still plenty of blank white walls. Enjoy the nesting, its more than half the fun.ReplyCancel

  • dorota @ plants on the plate19/12/2014 - 5:58 am

    what wise words. thanks. i’m at this point of life where all still seems an open possibility and i can’t focus on anything, jumping from one thing to another… i know it’s time to assess what i’m really good at and what i enjoy as opposed to just adding new skills which are now so many it’s impossible to “level up” – less would indeed be more. for now. i must keep that in mind!

    i made a mash of roasted carrots with tahini and dukkah the other day and it was so good, so i roasted another bag of carrots – i think i’ll make this instead, seems like a fuller flavor with the heat and lemon.

    thanks! happy holidays and all the best, d.ReplyCancel

  • lynsey // lynseylovesfood19/12/2014 - 8:58 am

    the brightest of dips for the darkest of days. perfect! can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of that book! xoReplyCancel

  • Millie l Add A Little19/12/2014 - 11:16 am

    I love the look of this dip Laura – so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly19/12/2014 - 2:12 pm

    So excited about this! I’ve been making food & wine’s carrot Harissa dip in the winter for awhile now. http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/carrot-harissa-hummus but I’ve got to switch to your delicious dip instead! I bet roasting the carrots brings in an awesome taste, verses boiling them. The flavor bible is one of my favorites but you tell me that there is a veg version? Music to my ears! Love your blog!ReplyCancel

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  • Agnieszka20/12/2014 - 9:38 am

    This recipe looks delicious. I love all the bright colors! I can’t wait to make this for my family.ReplyCancel

  • kristie {birch and wild}20/12/2014 - 10:20 pm

    Crazy beautiful colors and words in this post. I love everything about it. All the best to you in 2015!ReplyCancel

  • […] Dips 5ever, especially if they contain roasted carrots and chickpeas! […]ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ Soymilk + Honey21/12/2014 - 12:13 pm

    There’s Harissa in it? I’m in! This looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Mahee Ferlini24/12/2014 - 9:00 pm

    Gorgeous dish!ReplyCancel

  • amy26/12/2014 - 4:55 pm

    This looks so stunning! The color, the garnish, everything! It also sounds really good!
    Thanks for sharing Laura.ReplyCancel

  • Traci28/12/2014 - 3:18 am

    It is hard to find balance, isn’t it? Sounds like you are on the right track with the greens, and eats like this. So vibrant. I plan on coming back to this recipe, thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Deryn @ Running on Real Food28/12/2014 - 4:48 pm

    Your photos are so beautiful and that dip looks so lovely! I think “If it doesn’t add, it subtracts.” is a good mantra to keep in mind this coming year. We are all being pulled in so many directions, sometimes you just have to say no and do what’s best for you at that time! Thanks for the recipe and always gorgeous photos, improving my photography is on my to-do for 2015 so I’m always stopping by to be inspired by your shots. Have a great new years!ReplyCancel

  • Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen30/12/2014 - 10:44 am

    A post that put into words so many important things I’ve been wondering myself this past year and a truly stunning, festive looking dip. Wishing you an exciting 2015 filled with love, new projects (both personal and professional), and happy moments!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Phoebe30/12/2014 - 3:17 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts Laura, I love your writings so much! 2015 can and will be a warmer, compassionate year, I feel more people are becoming aware if self love and forgiveness. I am trying to curate it, I’ve decided to embrace my full name – Hannah Phoebe – and my full self, flaws and all. Like homes, the best people grow slow.
    Hope my ramble makes sense, now is this raw tahini or did you go traditional for hummus (I’m a big fan of a cheap Yemeni brand atm for really authentic stuff!)
    hp xxReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright04/01/2015 - 4:27 pm

      Hi Hannah! I used roasted sesame tahini for this one, but I do really love the raw stuff when I can get a hold of it. Peace and blessings to you in the new year!

  • Kasey31/12/2014 - 6:32 pm

    Laura, your posts continue to inspire me. I love the honesty here, and I can relate to so much of it. I can’t wait to hear about your new adventures, and I hope you remain kind to yourself — I want to do more of that, too. Happy New Year! xoReplyCancel

  • Patricia04/01/2015 - 3:13 pm

    This looks gorgeous! Great taste combination and thanks for the introduction to the Flavor Bible. Sounds like a fun read!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate05/01/2015 - 6:11 pm

    Those photos are so gorgeous. The light, the color combination, all so stunning. Happy New Year, I can’t wait to make this!ReplyCancel

  • The Gilded Sprout05/01/2015 - 6:37 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I am a fan of hummus but always on the lookout for new ways of spicing it up both figuratively and literally in this case. Beautiful post!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria06/01/2015 - 12:00 pm

    That looks so amazing !! One of my goals this year is to do more cooking so this is something that I really want to try and have a go at making ! It look delicious !

    Victoria @ http://alfandemilio.co.ukReplyCancel

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  • Sarah @ Soymilk + Honey09/01/2015 - 8:28 pm

    This looks so delicious! I’m a huge carrot fan, so this is a must-try. Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • […] z hummusem / pastą lub po prostu dip. Szukając czegoś co mnie przekona wpadłam na stronę thefirstmess. Nie ukrywam, że zdjęcia mnie powaliły na kolana, dlatego poszłam w tym kierunku. Przepis […]ReplyCancel

  • skinnyrunning18/06/2015 - 3:56 pm

    This looks so good and perfect for a post-run or pre-run snack. Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

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  • valentina - sweet kabocha11/12/2014 - 5:09 am

    This plate is sunshine in a winter and grey day! Sweet potatoes are not so common here in Italy, but luckily they are almost alway present in my organic food store…and I love them so much!ReplyCancel

  • Liz S.11/12/2014 - 5:44 am

    During this busy time, I practice self-care by granting myself daily “me time” (exercise, meditation, and reading a good book).ReplyCancel

  • lynsey // lynseylovesfood11/12/2014 - 7:42 am

    There is so much goodness in this post that gives the means to practice self care – warming comfort to, easy go-to meals to take the stress off, cookies, and of course wine. with the snow this morning this is all i want to eat! xoReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine11/12/2014 - 7:53 am

    What an incredible combination of flavors! I always think dal looks so good- but I am allergic to lentils! Anything you can think of that would make a substitution?
    Laura: Hey Michelle, Can you eat dried split peas? That would be the easiest one-for-one substitution. Otherwise, some par-cooked little cannelini beans might be do-able. You would have to adjust and play around with the water amount though.

  • Carol11/12/2014 - 8:45 am

    This looks perfect for dinner any night! One question…the “carrot” bit of the recipe is missing? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright11/12/2014 - 8:49 am

      Hey Carol! That was a teeny mistake. I originally planned to do this as a sweet potato AND carrot dal, but changed my mind last second. All fixed now. Good eye on that :)

  • JESSIEMARCEL11/12/2014 - 9:06 am

    Wow… i often make dal w/ red lentils, so comforting and warming and filling. But I’ve never thought of adding sweet potatoes to the mix!!!! Think i got dinner covered! My self-care these days is subbing herbal teas istead of my morning coffe durring the week(coffee makes me go nutts in so many ways its not even funny! But sooo good!!!) and treating myself to one single delish flavored (hommemade coconut milk creamers!) on sunday mornings!ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming11/12/2014 - 9:46 am

    a nice calming morning coffee or a refreshing run!ReplyCancel

  • Meg11/12/2014 - 9:52 am

    I’m a pediatric nurse, so self-care is hugely important, and sandwiched in between 12 hour shifts and all the other things I have on my to-do list. It usually involves a long run or yoga, but equally as often, a glass of wine and a netflix marathon. Plus I never say no to a little chocolate!ReplyCancel

  • Nik@ABrownTable11/12/2014 - 10:09 am

    Isn’t dal the best and red lentils are delicious! I love the flavors you used in this recipe, it reminded me of all the good things that make it so comforting. By the way, where did you get that little bowl, it is beautiful?
    Laura: Hey Nik, thanks so much! The bowl is from a Canadian book/gift store chain called Indigo. Although I’m not sure if they sell that particular one anymore. Link’s here anyway!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole11/12/2014 - 10:30 am

    What a fabulous giveaway! My husband grew up in Ontario’s wine country also and my in-laws still live there. I would love to win this prize and spend a night at the Oban Inn!

    This time of year, it’s essential for me to practise self-care by sticking to my exercise routine – that means making it to the gym as much as possible, even if it means stopping there on my way to a family get-together. It makes a world of difference both physically and emotionally.

    Happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • liz11/12/2014 - 10:54 am

    I do tai chi and draw. I also bake bread.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley11/12/2014 - 11:26 am

    My simple, go-to meals never look quite this pretty. Definitely need to try this!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Fontes11/12/2014 - 11:27 am

    Looks delicious! This time of year, I’m taking care by slowing down and cooking something everyday (the soba noodle soup was great). I used to waitress in NOTL, so this giveaway sounds fantastic!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda D11/12/2014 - 11:36 am

    Thanks for this yummy recipe!

    How do I practice self-care? By sitting on my cushion as often as I can to meditate, whether for 3 or 30 minutes, no matter. I also just signed up for a 3-day silent treat over NY’s. A gift to myself where I create space to reflect on the past year and let it go, and ground myself for the year ahead. Yum. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Gaudet11/12/2014 - 11:47 am

    What kind of rice was prepared in this recipe?
    Laura: Hi Patricia, I used black japonica rice from Lundberg, which can be found here. I bought a big bag at my local Costco.ReplyCancel

  • Erin11/12/2014 - 12:06 pm

    Making time for daily exercise and making lots of the recipes from your blog helps keep me trued this time of year! And the occasional jacuzzi tub beer doesn’t hurt either. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan11/12/2014 - 12:19 pm

    Diggin this so hard! Girl, your photos are always on point annnd I need some of those reusable bags, stat. Self care usually comes in the form of pizza, cat cuddles and lots of tv.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime R11/12/2014 - 12:37 pm

    I practice self-care by getting a CSA box most weeks which encourages me to eat whole, healthy foods and experiment with new recipes without even having to head to the grocery store…plus it feels good to buy local and eat seasonal foods!ReplyCancel

  • Alex11/12/2014 - 1:29 pm

    Taking time to cook, go for extra long walks and getting some solid cardio!ReplyCancel

  • Shawna Green11/12/2014 - 1:39 pm

    My favorite self care routine is to attend my Pilates class regularly! I always feel centred and energized after a work out. I adore the Oban Inn!ReplyCancel

  • Saniel11/12/2014 - 1:46 pm

    Food looks very yummy and easy to assemble.
    I practice self care by standing on my porch and taking deep breaths Inhale-taking in all the world is offering me and Exhale out all negative thoughts I put on myself. Curling up with a good book and calming tea helps too. Thanks great giveaway getaway.ReplyCancel

  • Marlee11/12/2014 - 2:11 pm

    The store was out of leeks. Do you think Bok choi would be a fine substitute?
    Laura: Hi Marlee, I just use leeks because I like the mild, sweet onion-ish flavour they provide. I would go for thin slices of a sweeter onion, such as vidalia, and just sauté them a bit longer in the coconut oil. Just until they’re a bit soft. Shallots would work too! Or even some chopped up green onions/chives sprinkled on top of the dal at the end would be fine.

  • Christina11/12/2014 - 2:23 pm

    There are so many ways I practice self-care as we near the holidays; hot tea, freshly baked snacks, and relaxing on the sofa. I think the most important one for me (which is harder to actually do) is getting in that cardio as well!ReplyCancel

  • CdnSyl11/12/2014 - 2:28 pm

    Eeek! I was just recipe dreaming about sweet potatoes and lentils but hadn’t yet figured out how to go about it. So excited to give this a try! I’m Niagara-bound for the holidays so I’ll put in my two cents on self-care: cooking, playing piano, curling up with a good book, and getting as much as exercise outside as possible!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen (@905Foodie)11/12/2014 - 3:01 pm

    Thank you for that recipe. I am starting to experiment with legumes. It looks really good!

    Self care can be tough. I took an unusual twist on it this year. I am completing tasks super early. All my shopping and wrapping is already completed. I still need to clean and decorate – and that will be done tomorrow.

    That means I get to relax in the lead up to Christmas – it’s a pretty amazing gift to me! LOL

    I will be enjoying glasses of wine on the sofa with a kitty on my lap. I will borrow my BFFs dog and take her for walks. My hubby and I will go for a drive out to our favourite cidery for drink, dinner and convo and we simply won’t be stressed! Who knew this could be possible?ReplyCancel

  • SUMMER PLEWES11/12/2014 - 3:31 pm

    I am actually not taking very good care of myself right now. I am mentally exhausted. I try to take baths though and read and I just recently bought a relaxation meditation for mindfullness cd that I need to be listening to.ReplyCancel

  • Ania11/12/2014 - 3:38 pm

    I get together with friends and family as much as possible, because being together is what really makes this season festive!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca@Figs and Pigs11/12/2014 - 3:46 pm

    What amazing colours just beautiful.I need to use more fresh tumeric.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle11/12/2014 - 4:04 pm

    Sweet potato dals have always been one of my favourite base recipes; thanks for a gorgeous variation.

    Self-care for me is returning home to St. Catharines, waking up before the rest of my family, brewing a pot of coffee and heading out for a run in the Escarpment. And then warming up with a cup of said coffee and chatting with my mom on the couch upon return :)ReplyCancel

  • Riley11/12/2014 - 4:07 pm

    That recipe looks deeelicious! During this time of year I try to maintain my physical and mental health by getting good rest, fitting snuggle time in with my man and guinea piggies, and by going to the gym regularly. Bean and veggie soup is also a great pick-me-up. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie11/12/2014 - 4:21 pm

    This post is gorgeous — and I especially loved all your links at the end, you’ve been busy girl! That interview was fun to read through, I love your philosophy and outlook and overall personality, and wish I could go grab a cup of coffee with you! Have a great weekend – xoReplyCancel

  • Margaret Brady11/12/2014 - 4:24 pm

    I would love to winReplyCancel

  • Brooklynn11/12/2014 - 4:34 pm

    I love to bake for self-care. Following the structure of a recipe when everything else around me is hectic helps to calm me down.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann11/12/2014 - 4:35 pm

    I am so looking forward to making this dal! But first, time on the floor with my 7 collies, that’s right, just 7 and then, why of course, a bubble bath, then more time on the floor with our collies. Bliss, sweet bliss!ReplyCancel

  • Matt11/12/2014 - 4:37 pm

    I practice self-care through my woodworking. I love getting lost in the details.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany11/12/2014 - 5:23 pm

    This past year I’ve been struggling with eczema and trying a bunch of methods to soothe my skin, one of them being eating better. I find it very rewarding to spend time alone in the kitchen or at my computer, search for and discovering new recipes or new takes on old recipes. I’ve really cleaned up some of my favourite foods and I love discovering new ways of making a food I’ve always eaten even better for me!
    For me this kitchen-therapy has been a two fold for self-care, feeding my body and my soul=)ReplyCancel

  • Eileen11/12/2014 - 6:33 pm

    This dal looks so blissfully orange and warming! You have to love it. Also, as the proud owner of something like six leeks, I am looking forward to the coconut leeks especially! I’m not Canadian, so best of luck to the winner!ReplyCancel

  • Susi Brust11/12/2014 - 6:46 pm

    I will definitely try this dal recipe very soon. During stressful times, I try to get outdoors for a run or at least a brisk walk. Healthy eating helps as well. Susi.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly11/12/2014 - 7:07 pm

    I like to sit back with a glass of red wine for a little self care and relaxation.ReplyCancel

  • Marlee11/12/2014 - 7:55 pm

    Made this tonight and I licked the bowl clean. Don’t be afraid to try this- it’s officially a weeknight regular on my meal planner. This dish is good for the soul. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Brown11/12/2014 - 9:01 pm

    At this busy time of year, I make sure to go to a weekly yoga class, as well as putting aside a little time every night to read the novel on my bedside table!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cormier11/12/2014 - 9:01 pm

    For self care I’ve been starting my mornings with a smoothie made from kale, frozen berries, almond milk and a bit of protein powder. I’ve been trying to walk more and have been keeping track of my steps and sleeping patterns with my Jawbone Up.ReplyCancel

  • Leahanne Alexander11/12/2014 - 9:06 pm

    I schedule time for Christmas movies on the couch with the hubby. Gets us in the spirit, while keeping us from being Grinches. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Elena11/12/2014 - 9:44 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight :) Exactly what I wanted! Bonus – picked up some naan from the indian restaurant to make it even more comforting for this freezing cold night! Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda11/12/2014 - 11:24 pm

    Self care I go to hot yoga or take a relaxing epson salt bath with candles & soft music.ReplyCancel

  • Jess R.12/12/2014 - 3:00 am

    The best self-care for me has to involve laughing – I sometimes need call my sister for some giggle/self-care therapy. Thank you for creating this wonderful blog!ReplyCancel

  • Teffy @ Teffy's Perks12/12/2014 - 7:28 am

    Oh wow this looks so delicious! Just showed this to my partner and we are both drooling! This has to happen in my kitchen soon!!

    {Teffy’s Perks} XReplyCancel

  • I’m not eligible for the giveaway, but I’ll chime in anyway. I can identify with eating healthy most of the time (like, really healthy in comparison to most people I know), but feeling like it’s not focused or conscious enough (maybe because I broke down and ordered a pizza this week?). Looking forward to more posts on that, as I turn the big 3-0 this year as well!ReplyCancel

  • Dillon Tisdel12/12/2014 - 10:09 am

    This is my kind of meal. It looks absolutely perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Stephen12/12/2014 - 11:32 am

    I like to go for a run at night when all is quiet and peaceful for self careReplyCancel

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  • Sheila Lavell12/12/2014 - 1:07 pm

    My self care routine now includes your Green Drink. I find if I know i have a busy, stressful calendar I have the ingredients in the house to do a wonderful favour for myself. It energizes me and reminds me that I need to take care of myself. As a proud Niagara native too I love your wine country give away and enjoy seeing all your well deserved success.ReplyCancel

  • Suzan12/12/2014 - 1:31 pm

    On days when I would like to relax, I practice self-care by creating my own home spa at the end of the day (facials, manicures, meditative music, etc.).ReplyCancel

  • jennifer12/12/2014 - 8:47 pm

    The sauteed leeks are brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Siren12/12/2014 - 9:14 pm

    Why must you tempt me with the chance of winning fancy lady time? If only Boston were in Canada. My favorite thing to relax with this season is making paper. I collect flowers and leaves over the fall to make them into greeting cards. I love the feeling turning what would be trash into something beautiful.
    The dal looks amazing though. I love the contrast between the dark purple rice and the sunshiny lentils. I’m so making that tonight for dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Cristina12/12/2014 - 10:20 pm

    Beautiful recipe.
    When in feeling super indulgent I take a bath with a bath bomb from Lush.ReplyCancel

  • Craig Green12/12/2014 - 10:34 pm

    Self care over the holidays involves running outdoors- fresh air and some daylight always raises spirits! Love the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie13/12/2014 - 9:21 am

    Christmas self care – watching a classic movie (or two or three)….ReplyCancel

  • Yemie13/12/2014 - 10:10 am

    I practice self care, with my yoga practice. Pranayama, Aasana, and then Meditation. This balance my body and mind and soul.ReplyCancel

  • Laura13/12/2014 - 11:00 am

    I get some fresh air….snow shoeing, hiking, etc. :)ReplyCancel

  • mar13/12/2014 - 12:23 pm

    I will make myself a cup of organic hot chocolate and spices :) i’ll try this recipe sounds deliciousReplyCancel

  • jodye @ whole pure recipes13/12/2014 - 8:26 pm

    It’s a good thing I have plans to go to an Indian restaurant tonight, because I am seriously craving these flavors! The photos are beautiful but, I’m sure, don’t even do justice to how wonderful this dish must be!ReplyCancel

  • Marisa Coyne14/12/2014 - 1:16 am

    I head over my local self-care studio for a sauna. Love the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen14/12/2014 - 7:36 am

    This is such an unbelievably beautiful dish, Laura! Comfort in a bowl without being loaded with fat and sugar. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Justyna14/12/2014 - 10:55 am

    Beautiful recipe, a must-try for me. Practicing self-care involves taking the time each morning to prepare a tasty breakfast and enjoy it while counting my blessings and being eternally grateful for what I have.ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin14/12/2014 - 11:16 am

    Love Ontario wine country!
    My self care this time of year includes saying no, getting enough sleep, going to yoga and eating the extra cookie.ReplyCancel

  • Kris14/12/2014 - 11:52 am

    Exercise is my go-to self care strategy. It has the amazing benefit of making you feel good in the moment and keeping the stress lower over the long-term. Add to that the occasional glass of wine, lots of veggies every day, lemon water in the mornings, big belly laughs, and 8 hours of sleep on the regular, and it’s a dream life.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Christine14/12/2014 - 6:25 pm

    I practice self-care a few different ways. I eat well – smoothies almost every morning. I like to mix it up using various fruits and vegetables. And I like to add turmeric to my smoothies like you do! :) I also do yoga – I find it both relaxing and rewarding. And my favourite – massages! I love pampering myself at the spa with a swedish or hot stone massage!ReplyCancel

  • TOva14/12/2014 - 9:24 pm

    Reflective…and significantly important…thank you for sharing. I too, am working to improve my self care and I find that keeping it at the forefront, on a daily basis has been instrumental in helping me to staying on track. Although it may sound boring, I choose to take a bath/have a quick shower every evening. While bathing, I always reflect on my day, and remind myself of my goals, focusing on my intentions and behaviours on the past day, and the next. I think about and visualize my next day, and set little goals that help me achieve self care. Some days it’s intentionally planning my menu, or focusing on ensuring I make an exercise class. Having a daily shower/moment of reflection helps me stay focused and intentional.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry15/12/2014 - 12:15 am

    Laura – what a lovely post (well, as always from you!), and an amazing giveaway too: I can’t resist entering with a comment – my husband and I spent a couple of nights at the Oban Inn last fall for our wedding anniversary and it was so delightful! You’re right about the potential craziness of this time of year, and also about the means for making it all go a bit better: for me it’s taking time to spend with important people – always the right thing to do, but it can still slip by the wayside when the mentality of that “busy” thing takes over. My husband and I hopped the train to visit my family for a couple of days last week, and last night he and I sat down to a film together (first time in a while!) … these small things (or not so small sometimes) can really give us back our perspective, can’t they? Thanks for the wonderful spirit your blog always conveys.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne15/12/2014 - 11:05 pm

    this was amazing. i just made it. it is exactly my style of meal. you’re great and i will be back again and again for more of your words and combos. thank you for dinner. :)ReplyCancel

  • Austin Bay17/12/2014 - 6:53 pm

    Love this recipe! I need another week night meal to add to my list + the idea of sweet potatoes + coconut oil sounds delicious to me. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Mahee Ferlini17/12/2014 - 9:08 pm

    This looks colorful and delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Kim17/12/2014 - 9:24 pm

    Made this a few nights ago – simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • Jaclyn (Cinnamon Street)18/12/2014 - 7:26 pm

    These photos are amazing! Recipe looks right up my ally. YUM.

  • Kimberley19/12/2014 - 2:19 am

    I am always so smitten with your clever combos. This is my kinda comfort right here.ReplyCancel

  • Maggie @ Veg Fiend21/12/2014 - 4:06 pm

    So elegant and simple. Jaw-dropping photography. I am utterly inspired by your blogging!ReplyCancel

  • Ava28/12/2014 - 7:26 pm

    This recipe is so perfect for a cold Chicago night. I have to thank you for opening up this former “obligate carnivore” to a world of inspiring and simple vegan dishes. I used the green lentils I had on hand, and tossed the leeks with a little quinoa flour and deglazed the pan with a bit of coconut milk to enhance the coconut flavor. It’s perfectly warming and delicious, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany31/12/2014 - 10:29 am

    FYI: you can make this with or without the garam masala. We made it once while looking at the recipe on our tablet (and so it’s not listed on the ingredients list there). And when we made it again I had printed it, and it’s in those instructions.
    Both ways were very tasty!ReplyCancel

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  • Izzy11/01/2015 - 4:13 pm

    Do you have to soak the lentils beforehand??ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright11/01/2015 - 11:19 pm

      Hi Izzy, If you’re using red lentils you don’t need to soak them. A little rinse never hurt, but they cook up so fast that a soak isn’t necessary–definitely one of the reasons I like them so much :)

  • jim11/01/2015 - 4:17 pm

    Great recipe again. Just wondering if it’s OK to freeze and how long it would keep?ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright11/01/2015 - 11:19 pm

      Hi Jim, you could definitely freeze this. When I freeze soup/stew of any kind, I always aim to eat it within 2-ish months.

  • Jenny Griffith13/01/2015 - 6:58 pm


    You choose the most beautiful ingredients. Please keep making wonderful recipes. You inspire me.

    -Jenny from Wild Vedic LivingReplyCancel

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  • Julia19/01/2015 - 1:57 pm

    this is such an awesome cheap, easy & nutritious weeknight meal! making it for the 2nd time tonight. rock on Laura!ReplyCancel

  • M25/01/2015 - 6:01 pm

    I’ve made this twice now and it’s phenomenal. So easy to put together and honestly one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Missweb18/04/2015 - 3:04 pm

    can’t stop making this… so good… so, so good. added a can of full fat coconut milk. again, still really good.ReplyCancel

  • Renee21/04/2015 - 8:53 pm

    Been wanting to make this for a while now, and just finished my second bowlful. It is. so. good. Followed pretty much verbatim except for my choice in rice; used basmati. Fantastically easy and cheap, it will definitely be in frequent rotation. My almost 4 year old wolfed it down like nobody’s business. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • Gabrielle28/07/2015 - 9:15 pm

    What is served in the bowl alongside of the dal and rice? It looks like cherries, cranberries, walnuts? Whatever it is, it looks delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Laura05/08/2015 - 11:56 am

      Hey Gabrielle,
      I think you might be referring to the actual rice! I use the black rice from lundberg and when it’s cooked up, it looks all glossy and dark like dried fruit almost!

  • Amy07/10/2015 - 12:48 am

    I made this over the weekend for the week and ate it tonight with forbidden rice. In a word? Yummy, Amazing, Fantastic, Heavenly–take your pick! I can’t wait for the other servings and i will definitely be making this again!ReplyCancel