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New Cookie Devi Retail Locations!

Cookie Devi Cookies are now being sold in 6 different retail locations, and in new flavors, all vegan and gluten-free! 

New Locations:

Sustainable NYC, Avenue A b/t St. Mark’s & 9th St.; Flavors available: Lemon Poppyseed, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Lavender

Pushcart Coffee, 2nd Avenue & 21st St.; Flavors available: Lemon Poppyseed, and Berry Chocolate

Other Locations:

The Bean
Broadway & 12th St.; Flavors available: Chocolate Chip, Chili Chocolate, Lemon Poppyseed, Peanut Butter
1st Avenue & 9th St.; Flavors available: Chocolate Chip, Chili Chocolate, Lemon Poppyseed
2nd Avenue & 3rd St.; Flavors available: Chocolate Chip, Chili Chocolate, Lemon Poppyseed, Peanut Butter

Jivamuktea Cafe, Broadway b/t 13th & 14th St.; Flavors available: Chocolate Chip, Chili Chocolate, Chocolate Lavender, Peanut Butter, Double Chocolate Walnut (flavors rotate)

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The Yogi’s Nutritional Guide to a Clean Diet

Join myself and Donnalynn Civello at this amazing workshop! Details below!Yogi's Guide to Nutritional Diet

The Yogi’s Nutritional Guide to a Clean Diet
Tips on Eating Well and Cooking Better
Lecture, Cooking DEMO & Chef Tasting Menu
Saturday, April 20, 2013
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

What is a clean diet? How do you know if you are eating the right foods? Why do certain foods drain you of your energy and negatively impact your emotions? Why is it so difficult to control your weight these days? Join Ayurvedic Nutritionist, Donnalynn Civello CHHC, AADP and April DeChagas, Vegan Chef as we explore and learn how to easily integrate cleansing and high vibrational foods into our diet. In this interactive workshop, we will learn simple ways to prepare some basic clean meals while learning about the role of food & mood (bad mood foods), acidic & alkaline balance (for maintaining healthy ph), the stress cycle & weight gain, natural healing with herbs & amino acids (natural anti-depressants, stimulants, etc..), organic foods, the merits of a vegan diet, principles of cleansing & detoxing, the world of raw & superfoods and the future of nutrition. Chef Tasting is included. Bring your appetite!

Chef April’s Tasting Menu: Raw Kale-Beet-Peach Salad • Watercress Quinoa Tabouli • Thai Tempeh • Devi Vegan Gluten-Free Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies

SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration is required. Please reserve your space by calling Jivamukti directly at 212.353.0214. Registration deadline is April 18th. Cost: $70/person. Early-Bird special – $65/person by April 1st.

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Valentine’s Day Special!

I will be a offering a special limited edition Chocolate Lavender cookie for Valentine’s Day! $20 for a box of 4. Order yours today!

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Introducing Cookie Devi

Introducing my new line of cookies:

Cookie Devi

Featuring the following three flavors:
 

Sukham Dukham
 

Sukham Dukham
(or for you non-Sanskrit-philes, Sweet suffering 😉

Chocolate Chip
 

 

Samsara Sensation
 

Samsara Sensation

Double Chocolate Chip Walnut
 

 

Sweet Moksha
 

Sweet Moksha

Oatmeal Raisin
 

 

Thank you to Tamar Samir, Ximena Savitch, and Melissa Mahoney for your creativity and humor 🙂 I owe you guys some cookies!

Cookie Devi cookies can be found at all three locations of The Bean in NYC, and at the Jivamuktea Cafe, or by private order. Additional flavors available for private orders.

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My cookies now available at The Bean in NYC!

Beginning tomorrow you can purchase my vegan, gluten-free, soy-free cookies at all three locations of The Bean in NYC!

Flavors currently available are Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip Walnut and Oatmeal Raisin. Peanut Butter coming soon!

Locations are:

2nd Ave & 3rd Street

1st Ave & 9th Street

Broadway & 12th Street

Double Chocolate Chip

 

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December Food Swap – Hereditary Holidays!!!

For this month’s food swap, we were each supposed to make a traditional holiday dish from the country of our ancestry. My assignment was to cook a protein. Now while my ancestors from Austria were Jewish, I decided to go with a traditional Christmas meal. (To be honest, I’m kind of tired of potato latkes…)

While researching Austrian Christmas, I kept coming across fried carp as their traditional Christmas Eve dinner. I was not too keen on attempting a vegan fish meal, so decided to keep looking.  The next most popular Austrian holiday dish: wiener schnitzel. Most people think wiener schnitzel comes from Germany, but it is in fact Austrian. To go along with it, it seemed German potato salad was the best side dish, so to make it a bit more fun, healthy and colorful, I went with something else.

So…introducing:

Vegan Schnitzel and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad!

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Vegan Schnitzel

Vegan Schnitzel

  • 5 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Soy Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoons Pepper
  • 4 Tempeh Patties (4 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup Bread Crumbs unseasoned
  • 1/2 cup Organic Parsley chopped
  • Lemon slices to squeeze

Combine 2 tablespoons oil with the soy milk and half the salt and pepper. Marinate the tempeh in this mixture for 15 minutes.

Combine the bread crumbs with the remaining salt and pepper and mix well.

Remove the patties and dip in the bread crumbs until evenly coated on both sides.

Heat the remaining oil and sauté the patties 3 minutes per side until brown. Remove from heat, drain on paper towels, and serve.

Variation:

Preheat oven to 375°F and place coated tempeh on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes on each side.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons mango chutney
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, cumin, and ginger directly on baking sheet. Roast, stirring occasionally, until sweet potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine vinegar, chutney, mustard, honey, garlic, and olive oil in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

Let potatoes cool slightly, then toss them with the cranberries, scallions and chutney dressing. Transfer to serving platter and scatter almonds over top. Serve warm or room temperature.

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Place Your Cookie Orders Now!

Place your cookie orders now!

$15 for an assorted box of 4

$25 for an assorted box of 8

$40 for an assorted box of 12

$50 for an assorted box of 24

Cookies available: Cherry Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Walnut, Almond, Pumpkin Spice Balls, Oatmeal Raisin (the best you’ll ever have!)

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This is happening next Saturday, December 8th! Join us!

april dechagas

NEXT SATURDAY!!

Join two of my favorite teachers, Monja Mani & Tamar Samir  for this special event at Jivamukti Yoga School , taking place on Saturday, December 8th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., to support women’s higher education in India. Suggested donation is $25.  All levels are welcome.

In addition to what will definitely amount to an amazing yoga class, I will be providing some yummy vegan baked goods for the event! You don’t want to miss it!

About NIA – It all started over 10 years ago with a small, but timely donation that enabled one girl to realize her dreams through education. Her empowerment and success motivated Arun Mani, NIA’s founder and president, to continue this cycle of generosity. At the moment, NIA supports roughly 50-60 girls each year with their higher education in India. NIA believes that the best way to empower a young girl without means…

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This Month’s Food Swap Theme: Squash It!

It’s squash season! So this month’s food swap theme was called “Squash it!” Each of us were assigned a different type of squash and a meal. My assignment: Delicata squash and dinner.

I wanted to go with something that is quite filling, suitable for a main course, or a stand-alone meal, and decided to go with a chickpea, spinach and squash gnocchi dish. I followed the recipe pretty closely, adding some chopped nuts to the dish as well. I had almonds in the house, but think walnuts would go really really well. I also think next time I make it, I might roast the squash first:

 

 

Chickpea, Spinach & Squash Gnocchi

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound shelf-stable gnocchi
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced unpeeled delicata squash (1- to 2-inch-long slices) (can also use butternut squash)
  • 1/2 cup sliced shallots (1-2 medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 oz. vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons currants
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried rubbed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar reduction
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, squash, shallots and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in broth, currants, sage and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring, until the squash is almost cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Add spinach, chickpeas and the gnocchi and cook, gently stirring, until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes more. Serve drizzled with balsamic reduction.

 

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HOLIDAY SPECIALS THROUGH DEC. 31ST!!!!!

Need a great gift for the holidays? Hosting a holiday get together? Or maybe the holiday season is so busy you would like to have already-prepared meals to come home to?

  • $150 for a meal for 2 – includes appetizer, main course, sides and dessert – inclusive of groceries!! Meals cooked on-site at your home, price includes menu planning, shopping, cooking, and clean up. (Savings of 25% plus!!) ($30 for each additional person)
  • 25% savings on all meal delivery options
  • Up to 30% off of catering options (prices and options vary, please contact for more information.)

No more room in your closets and on your shelves? Nothing beats getting your loved one an experience gift rather than more stuff, and it’s environmentally friendly!! Private chef services and meal deliveries make a great gift!

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE.

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED VIA CASH, CHECK OR PAYPAL.

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