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Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Good things are bound to happen when you combine a Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen with My Dancing Kitchen! Recently my friend Kathy Patalsky came over to share this easy, delicious vegan chocolate pudding recipe. It’s SO SO SO freaking good. My  fam and I love this guilt free treat. Kathy is one of the top (if not THE TOP) vegan influencers on the internet and dare I say the WORLD. She has a vegan cookbook with killer recipes and multiple websites about all things vegan. She’s such a pleasure to collaborate with and her dance moves are always on point. Check out all her info below including this fabulous recipe.

CHECK OUT KATHY:
Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen
Smoothies Book
Finding Vegan
Instagram: @kathyPatalsky
Twitter: @LunchboxBunch
Facebook: Lunchboxbunch
YouTube: Little Lost Grape

Here is the RECIPE:

Double batch Easy Chocolate Avocado Pudding

4 avocados (medium), peel removed
1 cup maple syrup (add about another 1/3 cup to taste if desired)
1 cup vegan chocolate chips (add 1/3 cup more for extra chocolate-y results)
2 Tbsp Virgin coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or vanilla bean pod, scraped) – optional
Salt to taste (1/8 tsp is minimal)

Add avocado and maple and vanilla to blender.
Melt chocolate and coconut oil together in microwave until silky smooth (heat at 30 second intervals and stir).
Add chocolate mixture to blender.
Blend until silky smooth.
Salt and add additional sweetener to taste.

Serve warm and freshly blended or chilled!
Consume within a few days – slight darkening will occur next day as avocado oxidizes.



3 Vegan Holiday Treats

On the latest episode of My Dancing Kitchen I created 3 Vegan Holiday treats that are perfect gifts for the special people in your life. I also paired the goodies with adorable, festive Holiday Cards from Hallmark. Click the picture below to see me in action!3 vegan holiday treats

The first recipe was Maple Chili popcorn that I got from MyRecipes.com. I substituted coconut oil for butter to keep it vegan. I loooove the way it turned out.
The Rice Crispy Treats were from Detoxinista. I also want to experiment with Vegan marshmallows next time. Last, but not least my Roasted Rosemary nuts. This dish was inspired by Meg from What’s Up Moms.

Let me know if you try any of them. Have a beautiful day!



Sweet Potato & Pomegranate

Happy Friday! As some of you know I have a new YouTube series called My Dancing Kitchen where I create easy, healthy, mostly vegan dishes and of course, bust out dance moves. My latest recipe would be the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table-it’s bursting with Fall flavors and totally guilt free. Watch the episode below to see how I create my Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Salad. Be sure to subscribe to my channel so you can be notified when new videos go live. Click the photo to watch!

Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Salad

Here is the ingredient list:
1 Cup Roasted and Diced Sweet Potatoes
Arugula (as much as you want!)
1 Cup Cooked Quinoa
1 Cup Pomegranate
1/2 cup Chopped Pistachios
Dressing
1 Tbsp Agave
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp White Wine Vinger
A few tablespoons Olive Oil
1-2 Cloves Raw Garlic
1 Small Raw Shallot
Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix everything together and enjoy!



Cooking With My Mom!

Have you heard of Blue Apron? You may remember me talking about this amazing meal planning and grocery delivery service a few months ago. Michael and I are huge fans and have been religiously using it. Once a week we get a shipment of perfectly proportioned ingredients to make fresh, unique, tasty meals three nights a week. We’re on the Pescatarian plan and each meal takes 25-45 minutes to prepare and cook and they are anywhere from 500-700 calories. You can stay on track with healthy eating and learn a TON of cool cooking tricks. I feel so much more confident in the kitchen and using Blue Apron really got me out of my cooking comfort zone. I’ve experimented with veggies and grains I never knew existed. I’m talking to you Einkorn. Want to know a little secret? One of the things my hubby and I usually argue about is what to eat for dinner. I know that sounds lame- but it’s true. Planning meals, grocery shopping and cooking can be a bit stressful from time to time. With a service like Blue Apron all the dumb bickering about dinner is eliminated and we get to enjoy the process together. In today’s video I decided to shake things up and cook with my mom since we were visiting her last week. She’s clearly a fan as well! Watch as we make Parmesan Ratatouille.

Blue Apron

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*Thank you Blue Apron for sponsoring this post.



Vegetarian Paradise

When I first moved to LA (over 13 years ago) the thought of going downtown repulsed me. Fast forward to now and I’m dying for excuses to make the trek. Sexy restaurants are popping up everywhere and I have a long list of places I’m desperate to try. I’m happy to report that I can cross Zinc Cafe & Market off my list. I went twice actually, once for dinner and once for brunch. Holy shizballs. It’s a vegetarian paradise. ZInc Cafe & Market

I’m really into lists right now, so I’m going to make a list of all the things I love about Zinc.
1) The outdoor patio. It’s so airy and chic with a fire pit and twinkling lights. I could spend hours there.
2) This place is 100% Vegetarian and the food is delish.
3) The menu is unique and offers things like Mushroom Nut Loaf, Stuffed Peppers and an Asparagus Sandwhich. (YUM to everything)
4) There is a variety of fresh cocktails and a great beer and wine selection.
5) The service is friendly and welcoming. No snobs up in here!

ZInc Cafe

ZInc Cafe
ZInc Cafe

Gotta Go!



Zucchini Pasta

I’m constantly looking for ways to make healthy versions of my favorite foods. Allow me to introduce you to zucchini pasta. I promise it’s delish, especially when served with the right toppings.  Today I decided to go with vegan walnut pesto, organic cherry tomatoes and a fresh farm egg. Keep scrolling for the vegan/raw version. zucchini pasta
Vegetarian 
You’ll need 2 medium sized zucchini’s sliced into “pasta” using something like this.
1 Fresh Farm egg per person
1 cup organic cherry tomatoes
For the Vegan Walnut Pesto you’ll need
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups basil
2-3 cloves raw garlic
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of one small lemon
Salt & pepper to taste
Blend all the pesto ingredients in a food processor
Lightly sauté the zucchini with olive oil spray (or leave it raw)
Slice several cherry tomatoes and top everything with a fried egg and salt & pepper

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Vegan & Raw
Use all the ingredients except the egg and don’t sauté the pasta. BAM. Healthy, fresh and colorful! Enjoy.



I Froze Myself!

Right around 7-8 months pregnant I noticed some serious joint pain happening, especially in my wrists. I figured it was due to the fact that I gained a ton of weight. (Hi 55 pounds) Fast forward to now, I’ve lost a decent amount of weight (still 15 to go) but my wrist pain has gotten worse. After multiple trips to the doctor I decided it was time to freeze myself. Wait, what!?! I know, so random right? Apparently freezing yourself is great for inflammation, arthritis and a ton of other ailments. I headed to the Cryo Health Care Clinic in West Hollywood and hopped in a machine that was set at 220 below. Repeat -220 degrees. You’re going to have to watch the video to see what happens!

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Gotta Go!



Mom And Baby WORKOUT

This past Saturday I headed to San Diego to film an easy, quick mom and baby workout with two of my besties. IFBB Figure Pro Victoria Adelus, (aka one of my besties) demonstrated how to workout our upper body with three easy moves, the best part it, we use our babies as weights! In the video you will notice I’m wearing some awesome yoga pants, well they are from YogaOutlet.com.  YogaOutlet.com is offering my readers 15% off their first purchase, just use the code “bridgepose” when checking out. There are tons of great deals on the site. Enjoy the video below. Sharzad Kiadeh

Gotta Go!



3 Years of LuxLyfe + A Giveaway!

I truly can’t believe it’s been three years since I started my online journey! When I began my blog my makeup career was in a transitional place and I knew I no longer wanted to do it professionally.  I longed for something more exciting….but I wasn’t sure what or how or when. In high school I wanted to host a show (specifically one like Wild on E!) and somehow along the way that dream seemed like it would never come to fruition.  Doing makeup allowed me to be part of the exciting world of entertainment without really putting myself out there… but it wasn’t my true passion.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the beauty industry, but I wanted to be on camera! It took me a really long time to admit that to myself.  Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.44.08 AM
Sharzad Kiadeh

I am so thankful EVERYDAY that I started chasing my dreams when I did. I can’t imagine not doing what I do. It’s opened up doors and opportunities I truly only dreamed about. I’m not trying to toot my own horn, I’m trying to encourage people to go after what they want. There is a saying in farsi “Whenever you get the fish out of the water, it’s fresh” basically to me that means that no matter where you are in your life, it’s not to late to start something new and go after what you want. Sharzad Kiadeh

I love my job and have worked harder than ever. I have no clue where I will be next year or in five years and that’s what is so exciting about what I do. There are endless possibilities and the sky truly is the limit. Sharzad Kiadeh

I want to take a minute to say a sincere THANK YOU to everyone who has followed my online journey with me. Without your support I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.

Sharzad KiadehLast thing before I end my rant- I am giving away ONE ticket to come hear me speak on October 7th in LA with a ton of other major movers and shakers online. To qualify, just send me an email telling me what your dream job is and why you want the ticket.  It’s that simple. I will pick a winner by Friday!

Gotta Go!

Email Me For A Chance To Win: Sharzad@LuxLyfe.com
*Must be able to get to Los Angeles! I can’t fly anyone in yet… sorry! One day!