Aqua-Faba is Aqua-Fabulous

Aqua-Faba is Aqua-Fabulous

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By Michele Roger, Food Writer at

Aqua-Faba is Aqua-Fabulous

As the holidays approach, the family cook begins to roll their eyes and wrack their brains.  Checking over the growing list of RSVP’s, you begin to wonder who is gluten intolerant?  Was it Uncle Bill who had the great shellfish allergic reaction of 2012?  Just about the time you have a list of dishes that avoid all of the pitfalls of dietary requirements, the phone rings.  Your favorite niece is bringing her newly engaged fiancé to meet the family, could you please add one more?  “Oh, and by the way,” she adds, “we have both become vegetarians.”


Before you cancel dinner, set your oven on fire or skip making a trifle and just pour yourself a fishbowl glass if the sherry, stop and think.  Most vegetarians (people who eat vegetables, dairy and often eggs) and vegans (people who eat only vegetables and plant based products) are not out to ruin your family holiday.  They often understand that they will be eating the side dishes.  Nice person that you are, you want to make something nice for them, a nod to their chosen dietary way of life.


While the savory dishes are fairly easy, you can roast any vegetables in olive oil and garlic and pretty much make a vegan happy.  Vegetarians will happily enjoy the sweet potato casserole and the mashed potatoes.  The trouble is surprisingly in the dessert department.  If your dinner guests are vegans, they won’t be able to enjoy pumpkin pie (eggs), ice cream or whipped cream (dairy).  This is where Aqua-faba comes in.


It sounds mysterious or genetically modified, but ironically, the average cook has probably been throwing it out for years.  Aqua-faba is the liquid from cooked chick peas.  If you’ve ever made hummus from canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), you probably poured the liquid down the sink and proceeded with your recipe.  No longer!  Aqua-faba is a thickener and better yet, an egg replacement.  For you, holiday host, that is great news.  Meringue Cookies are now in your future.


In my recipe, I’ve added rum for flavoring.  You could add, vanilla, powdered cinnamon, peppermint extract, the sky is the limit!


Vegan Meringue Cookies


3/4 cup (roughly) of juice from one can of cooked chickpeas (aquafaba)


1 cup of sugar


1 Tbs rum

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.  Beat aquafaba in a mixer until it begins to form soft peaks.  Add sugar slowly.  Once the meringue is glossy and stiff peaks form when the beater is removed, stop the mixer.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Drop teaspoonfuls of meringue onto the sheet, leaving a dollop or curl at the top.  You could also pipe the meringue with a pastry bag and tip for a fancier look.  Place in the over with the door shut for 15 minutes.  Turn off the oven after 15 minutes and leave in the oven for another 5 minutes.  Remove and cool.

Michele Roger is a Senior Food and Travel Writer for SEARCH magazine (  She writes the food blog, “Oui, Michele”  When she isn’t writing or cooking, she is a harpist who teaches and performs in the Detroit area.

Halo Top Creamery Review

halo top creamery review

I received coupons for ice cream in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. This blog contains affiliate links. Halo Top Creamery Review

Recently, I’ve been seeing posts from friends on Facebook enjoying Halo Top Creamery ice cream. I noticed right away that it was low calorie and high protein. When I’m eating a high protein diet, I usually feel deprived of my sweet treats which usually leads to cheating on my diet. Well, I have found a new friend in Halo Top, so there is no need to cheat on my diet! So, watch out! My six-pack abs are on the way! LOL!

Halo Top Creamery Review

I headed up to my local Kroger store to find my protein ice cream treasure. I selected black cherry, lemon cake, and chocolate mocha chip.

 The first ice cream I tried was lemon cake. The first bite did not grab my attention, but with each mouthful, I wanted more. Lemon cake had a very buttery taste. I liked it!

Next, I tried chocolate mocha chip. Oh my, I was head over heels in love. The chocolate, chip, and mocha blend perfectly together. I added a dab of the fat-free ready whip to make it even better. Shh, I devoured the whole pint in a few days. I need to head back to the store to pick up some more before I grab an unhealthy treat.

Finally, I checked out the black cherry. It was okay. After, falling in love with the chocolate mocha chip, black cherry could not compete!


Halo Top Flavors

  • Vanilla Bean
  • Chocolate
  • Lemon Cake
  • Strawberry
  • Mint Chip
  • Chocolate Mocha Chip
  • Birthday Cake
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Peanut Butter Cup
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Sea Salt Caramel
  • Smores
  • Pistachio
  • Oatmeal Cookie
  • Chocolate Almond Crunch
  • Black Cherry
  • Red Velvet

Halo Top Nutritional Info

Each Halo Top pint varies in calories. If you devour the whole pint, you’re only looking at 320 calories or less and lots of protein. These amazing ice creams sweetened with Erythritol and organic Stevia. These are two ingredients that I’ve been using when I’m eating low carb. Just be careful, Erythritol is very deadly to dogs. No letting them lick your spoon.

Where to buy Halo Top Ice Cream

You can find Halo Top Ice Cream at your local Kroger store. To find the closest location to you, please visit!

Which Halo Top ice cream would you like to try?

Java Factory Roastery Choconut Review


Java Factory Roastery, Java Factory Roasters

I received coffee in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This blog contains affiliate links. Java Factory Roastery


Nothing says good morning like a nice hot cup of joe in the morning. I have to wait an hour every morning because of my thyroid medication, so it’s like a countdown to sweet coffee filling my mind, body, and soul. This month, I was able to review Java Factory Roastery Choconut

Java Factory Roastery Choconut

Jave Factory Roastery Choconut is a crazy fun blend of chocolate, coconut, and coffee. Oh my, I bet I have your attention. I love all three. So, I was excited to give it a try. I found this blend of coffee to be very light in flavor, meaning that chocolate and coffee were kind of hard for me to detect. If you like a hint of these flavors, this coffee would be PERFECT for you. Since I love chocolate and coconut, I wanted to taste a little more of it. This coffee is good, but I would enjoy it more if it had a stronger flavor. I even did a sniff test before I added my creamer and didn’t smell much other than coffee. 

A month or two ago, I tried the Java Factory Roastery Smooth Caffeinator, and like Choconut I found it to be a smooth coffee. I felt Choconut was the same way just lacking the stronger flavors that I was seeking.

Java Factory Roasters

Java Factory Roasters has a broad range of coffee’s to satisfy every palette. The Java Factory Roastery does sell K-Cups, but the Java Factory is not affiliated with Keurig in case you were wondering. Also, coffee by nature is gluten free. Coffee is one of nature’s gems!

Below are some fabulous Java Factory Roasters coffee’s for you to try! 

Java Factory Roasters Products

 Java Factory Single Cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, Choconut, 40 Count Java Factory Variety Pack Single-cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 80 Count Java Factory Single Cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, Da Bomb Extra Bold Double Caffeinated, 80 Count Java Factory Single Cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, Wakey Wakey Light Roast, 80 Count Java Factory Holiday Seasonal Single Cup Coffee, Jingle Java, 40 Count


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