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Matcha Steel Cut Oatmeal

February 18 2021 Oh My Veggies 

Matcha Steel Cut Oatmeal The matcha and coconut combine for a creamy, earthy oatmeal that is packed with antioxidants, protein, and fibers while detoxifying the body and boosting the metabolism. Then, to make it even better, I top the oats with some of my favorite super foods such as cacao nibs, goji berries, pistachios, and coconut. Recipe and photos contributed to Oh My Veggies Potluck by My Darling Vegan.

Vegan Blueberry Muffins

February 7 2021 Oh My Veggies 

Vegan Blueberry Muffins Head into the kitchen and whip up a batch of these easy Vegan Blueberry Muffins. These blueberry muffins bake up light and fluffy, and every bite is studded with fresh blueberries.  Suppose you are looking for a simple breakfast to serve your family or a dessert to have on hand when you get a sweet craving.

Brown Rice Pilaf with White Beans, Shiitakes, and Spinach

January 19 2021 VegKitchen 

Brown Rice Pilaf with White Beans, Shiitakes, and Spinach This homey brown rice pilaf is loaded with nutritious flavor from white beans, shiitake mushrooms, and fresh spinach. This simple dish makes a delicious vegan dinner or hearty lunch. This brown rice pilaf is: A hearty vegan meal – comfort food at its best! Packed with protein and fiber Ready in under an hour Easy to make ahead, so it’s perfect for meal prep. Variations This recipe is infinitely versatile. Instead of rice, you can swap in your own favorite grains like quinoa, wheat berries, or bulgur. You can also swap out the white beans for cooked lentils, black-eyed peas, or chopped seitan to add an extra dose of protein. Or add some heat with a minced jalape?o chile! One-Dish Vegan This recipe is from the amazing vegan cookbook, One-Dish Vegan by Robin Robertson. You can find it listed in the book as Brown Rice with White Beans, Shiitakes, and Spinach. It has been shared with permission of The Harvard Common Press. For more ways to use brown rice, explore these Classic Rice Dishes. This article was first published in 2013. It has since been updated. The post Brown Rice Pilaf with White Beans, Shiitakes, and Spinach appeared first on VegKitchen.

Easy Vegan Bran Muffins

January 15 2021 VegKitchen 

Easy Vegan Bran Muffins Traditional all bran muffins have been given a plant based makeover, in these easy vegan bran muffins. This healthy and delicious breakfast muffin can be even more fun with the addition of your favorite mix-ins. Try adding raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, chocolate chips, or diced apples. Your imagination is the limit! I loved the traditional All Bran Muffins that I had growing up. So of course, I had to do my best to make a vegan-ized version of that very special treat. The easy vegan bran muffins are one of my favorite make-ahead breakfast recipes. They’re quick and simple to throw together over the weekend, and have breakfast ready all week long. These vegan bran muffins are: Super healthy! Packed with fiber Ready in just 30 minutes Kid-friendly And did I mention that they’re totally delicious too? Tips & Tricks Wheat Bran – I used this wheat bran from Bob’s Red Mill. But you can use your favorite brand. Flour – I used a whole wheat flour for my vegan muffins, as it’s a bit healthier. But you can also substitute all purpose flour and the recipe works just fine. Ground Flax Seed – Don’t skip the flax seed […] The post Easy Vegan Bran Muffins appeared first on VegKitchen.

Vegan Almond Coconut Granola

December 7 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Almond Coconut GranolaThis Homemade Baked Almond Coconut Granola is super easy to make and so delicious with the perfect amount of sweetness and the ultimate crunch from nuts, chia seeds and rolled oats! You will want to sprinkle it on everything! Vegan Glutenfree So much better than store-bought granola mixes. Homemade granola – I just LOVE that it is so easy to make and so customizable. You can make it plain, or add in all your favorite dried fruits, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, spices, etc. This vegan recipe for crunchy coconut almond granola has just about everything I love: crunchy granola with big flakes of coconut and whole almonds mixed in.  I also add some chia seeds and assorted nuts for extra crunch. The “glue” that holds this vegan baked granola together is a blend of coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter, coconut sugar and a dash of cinnamon too. So this is basically refined sugar-free and provides a rounder, more caramel-y sweetness than storebought granola. Youll pour the wet ingredients over the dry granola ingredients to make it all sticky, and allow for it to bake up all nice and crunchy! Take your time here  -as it bakes youll get those nice big clusters of granola throughout. Did I mention that it will make your kitchen smell amazing? MORE GRANOLA FROM THE BLOG - Date Caramel Granola  - no Oil- no refined sugar - Sunbutter or pb Granola Bars - Maple pecan Cardamom granola  - Lentil Cranberry Granola - candied pecans  - Sriracha Orange Quinoa Peanut Granola - Quinoa Chivda - savory  Indian Trail mix Lately, my favorite way to enjoy this coconut almond granola is on a bowl of coconut yogurt – my favorite breakfast these days! It’s just so crunchy and tasty with the perfect amount of sweetness. Also a wonderful snack. Of course, you can also just enjoy it with your favorite plant-based milk like a bowl of cereal – maybe with chopped up fruit on top. But honestly, it is so good I could just eat it by the handful.Continue reading: Vegan Almond Coconut GranolaThe post Vegan Almond Coconut Granola appeared first on Vegan Richa.

7 Tips for Shaking Sugar

November 7 2020 Vegetarian Times 

1. Rethink breakfast and afternoon treats Many people who decide to eat less sugar face two immediate challenges: what to eat for breakfast and finding a non-sweet afternoon treat, says Amy Chaplin, author of Whole Food Cooking Every Day (2020, Artisan/­­Workman Publishing Co., Inc.) which includes many sugar-free recipes. For breakfast, Chaplin suggests making your own muesli or granola using yakon syrup, a natural sweetener that is low on the glycemic index (GI) scale (meaning it doesnt bombard your body with sugar because it is digested slowly). Other options: tofu scrambles and steel-cut oatmeal. For snacks, go for apple slices with peanut butter, plain yogurt with blueberries or carrots and hummus. Instead of soda or fruit juices, drink chilled sparkling water with a slice of lemon or herbal teas. 2. Know what you are eating There are at least 200 other names for sugar on food labels, says Uma Naidoo, MD, director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of This Is Your Brain on Food (2020 Little Brown Spark/­­Hachette). Fructose, dextrose and maltose are just a few. And look for added sugars Dr. Naidoo advises. Foods like ketchup, pasta sauces and salad dressings often have more added sugars than sweet foods where you expect sugar. 3. Mind your carbs Choose to eat complex carbs that are low on the GI scale such as apples, oranges, bran cereals and black beans, which are slowly digested, and skip simple carbs such as potatoes, French fries, white rice, white pasta and refined breakfast cereals which are high on the scale. 4. Try new ingredients When cooking, use naturally sweet ingredients in place of sugar. I like using freshly squeezed orange juice, berries and berry powders, beet juice powder, vanilla, coconut butter or dried coconut flakes, says Chaplin. Medjool dates are another good choice, and spices such as cinnamon add extra flavor. Related: 8 Way to Improve Your Gut Health & Mood 5. Be fruit-wise Because fruit contains fiber and nutrients, it is digested slowly and its sugar is absorbed slowly too. Still, its wise to limit fruit. I prefer lower glycemic fruit such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and Bing cherries. These options contain less fructose, the natural sugar in fruit, says Dr. Naidoo. Two to three servings of fruit eaten throughout the day should be OK for most people, she adds, unless you are diabetic or have fructose intolerance in which case you should consult with your doctor. 6. Remember why its important Sweet cravings are hard to resist. Sugar-laden foods increase serotonin in the brain and make you feel good, explains Dr. Naidoo. The calming effect of serotonin may often be felt shortly after eating a candy bar, cake, or other foods high in simple carbs--this is a reason why these foods can be so addictive. Remind yourself that consuming too much sugar can raise the risk of life-threatening illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease when overwhelmed with a craving for a sugary sweet, 7. Enjoy dessert! Dont deprive yourself of luscious desserts. Start to replace those sugary treats with healthier options that still taste good, says Dr. Naidoo. Another option is to switch to baking with erythritol--sold as Swerve--in recipes, says Dr. Naidoo. Even when using artificial sweeteners, however, moderation is key. She also suggests making your own fruit-based ice cream. Amy Chaplins new cookbook features fruit-based desserts such as Berry Chia Pudding--A crowd pleaser for sure! Chaplin says. Click here for the recipe. The post 7 Tips for Shaking Sugar appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

12 Road Trip-Worthy Snacks

September 25 2020 Vegetarian Times 

If the walls of your home feel like theyre closing in, youre not alone. Two-thirds of Americans (67%) say that staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has made them want to take a vacation, according to a survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Shell.  But with so many travel restrictions and concerns about health safety while flying, its no wonder that many people trying to scratch their travel itch are turning to good, old fashioned road trips -- 36% of Americans say that they are more likely to take a road trip now than they were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and 61% of Americans are now more interested in taking a local road trip to explore areas close to home.  Before you hit the open road, theres plenty to do: packing, creating a playlist that captures the vibe of your destination, planning your itinerary and, of course, stocking up on car-friendly snacks. While vacation may seem like the perfect excuse to indulge in junk food, those snacks could leave you feeling lethargic and bloated during a time when youd much rather feel energetic and carefree.  Thankfully, theres no shortage of vegan-friendly snacks that are mess-free, nutritious, and tasty. Weve rounded up some of our favorites: Quinn Grain-Free Pretzel Chips Nothing beats the crunch of a pretzel -- and everyone living a gluten-free lifestyle knows that grain-free pretzel replacements typically leave a lot to be desired. Not the case with Quinn Grain-Free Pretzel Chips; youd never know it was grain-free thanks to its near-identical texture (they are made from cassava flour, a gluten-free root vegetable) and spot-on flavoring (shout out to the Cracked Black Pepper variety!). Theyre non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and the shape makes them perfect for dipping into your favorite condiment (but maybe not in the car, okay?). Shop now Pans Mushroom Jerky Beef jerky is a classic road-trip snack -- but who needs the beef? Pans mushroom jerky is made from shitake mushrooms, which is one of the meatiest mushrooms. Plus, mushrooms impart that beloved umami flavor everyone craves. These fiber-filled snacks are rich in vitamin D, vegan, gluten-free and theres flavor for any mood youre in: Zesty Thai, Applewood BBQ, Salty & Pepper and Original.  Shop now SkinnyDipped Nuts When you cant decide if you want salty or sweet or chocolate, reach for a bag of SkinnyDipped Super Dark + Sea Salt almonds -- these almonds are dipped with extra dark 73% artisan cacao, and sprinkled with a hint of sea salt. A serving size of these vegan goodies offers 5 grams of plant protein and less sugar than an apple. The whole line is vegetarian, including the SkinnyDipped Cashews in Dark Chocolate Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel. Shop now Undressed Salad Bar Salads arent exactly considered a portable snack, which is why Anne Klassman founded Undressed to throw in her purse or glove compartment -- its a salad in a bar form, with 5-7 grams of protein from its toasted almond base and a full serving of vegetables. Choose from Chipotle Cranberry, Cilantro Lime, Honey Mustard and Sesame Ginger depending on your craving. Theres no sugar added, and these vegan bars are gluten-free, too. Shop now Omnom SuperChocoBerryBarleyNibblyNuttylicious Nope, that wasnt a typo -- when something is this tasty, it deserves a name that stands out from the crowd! Picture a delicious, nutritious dark chocolate bar made from organic Tanzanian cocoa beans thats sprinkled with cranberries, salted almonds, puffed Icelandic barley and cacao nibs. And voila, you have a SuperChocoBerryBarleyNibblyNuttylicious bar. Hot tip: Theres no need to relegate Omnoms superfood creation to your car -- its also a great way to boost your energy on a hike. Shop now Natures Garden Omega-3 Deluxe Mix No road trip is complete without a healthy dose of trail mix, but traditional peanuts and granola dont hold a candle to Natures Gardens Omega-3 Deluxe Mix. This blend of ingredients was thoughtfully chosen for its nutritional qualities: almonds for vitamin E, pecans for fiber, walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids, cranberries for adding more fruit to your day, pistachios for protein and vitamin B6, and pepitas for magnesium and iron. Bonus: The bag is resealable, so you wont have any messy spills in the car. Shop now LesserEvil Veggie Sticks A salad you can eat with your fingers? Its not rude, its LesserEvils new Grain Free Veggie Snacks! The two flavors -- Himalayan Pink Salt and Vegan Ranch -- offer up grain-free goodness made with organic olive oil. Organic veggies are the first ingredient (a blend of vegetable flours and powders), and they are certified USDA organic, vegan, paleo, non-GMO, grain-free, gluten-free and kosher to boot. Pro tip: Your kids will love them and have no idea they are ingesting an extra helping of veggies. Shop now Seven Sundays Muesli While road trips may evoke fond memories of your childhood, the sugar-laden and gluten-packed muesli of your formative years are best left behind. Instead, choose Seven Sundays Muesli, which is chockfull of nutrient-dense superfoods. The Rise & Shine Strawberry Banana Nut Mix -- a cereal/­­trail mix hybrid, so feel free to add almond or oat milk as desired -- has only 5 net carbs, and is grain-free, gluten-free, and keto-friendly. Plus, you can easily pronounce every ingredient: Almonds, coconut, sunflower seeds, dates, Bing cherries, pecans, chia seeds, sesame seeds, bananas, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, strawberries, cinnamon, and pure vanilla extract.  Shop now Biena Chickpea Snacks Chickpeas to go? Yes please! Bienas Chickpea Snacks are light, crispy roasted chickpeas that boast 5-6 grams of plant protein and fiber. The vegan varieties include Barbecue, Habanero, Ranch and Sea Salt -- and they are non-GMO, grain-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. They are perfect to pop in your mouth on the road, and back home they work well as salad and soup toppers. Shop now CaPao Smoothie Balls Missing your morning smoothie while on the road? CaPao Smoothie Balls may help keep your routine intact. These plant-based snacks are made from zesty cacao fruit pulp, nuts and seeds. Choose from Apricot, Plant Protein and Golden Berries, Golden Berries, Apricot and Chia Seeds, and Mango, Cashew and Coconut. Cacao is the same magical plant that gives us chocolate -- but 75% of the cacaofruit is underutilized or simply thrown away after the cocoa beans are extracted for making chocolate, leaving behind husk, pulp and cocoa butter. So, CaPao uses the wasted nutrition found in the pulp and husk in its products, as these components contain magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, fiber and many essential B vitamins. Shop now ZENB Veggie Bites Veggies are one of the healthiest snacks, but who has time to peel and prep a bunch of produce before a road trip? When youre away from home, rely on ZENBs Veggie Bites. They offer a full cup of vegetables in each pouch and use the whole vegetable -- stems, skin, seeds and all -- so you get extra nutrition, like fiber. The vegan, non-GMO, organic and gluten-free bites come in a resealable package with five flavors: Edamame, Red Bell Pepper, Summer Beets, Sweet Potato and Sweet Corn. Shop now The Goods Mart Vegan Snack Box Dont have time to shop for individual snacks? Want to try something new? Let The Goods Mart -- a socially conscious convenience store in Soho, NYC -- curate and ship a vegan snack box especially for you. Simply choose the size of your box, let them know whether youre craving salty, sweet or savory, and alert them to any allergies. All the snacks are non-GMO, contain no artificial colors or flavors, and are sure to satisfy any craving that pops up during your travels. Shop now The post 12 Road Trip-Worthy Snacks appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Strawberry Lemonade Slushie

August 7 2020 Vegan Richa 

Strawberry Lemonade SlushieStrawberry Lemonade Slushie with mint - A refreshing homemade 4 ingredient drink ready in just minutes! Naturally sweetened! All you need is strawberries, lemon, mint, maple syrup, and ice to have this refreshing summer drink!  Jump to Recipe Something I just love to make during the summer are homemade fresh fruit slushies.  If you have never made one, do it NOW! You will love how easy they are to throw together, kids love them and they are just perfect for sipping by a pool or in your garden while reading a book. My current favorite is this Strawberry Lemonade Slushie - It’s fruity, cool and refreshing with just the perfect amount of sweetness from the strawberries and acidity from the added lemon juice! This Vegan Lemonade Slushie is the perfect drink to serve at your next backyard bbq or to just enjoy as a sweet snack on a hot summer day.Continue reading: Strawberry Lemonade SlushieThe post Strawberry Lemonade Slushie appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Roasted Berry Sorbet

July 29 2020 Golubka Kitchen 

Roasted Berry Sorbet Few desserts embody summer as well as a lush, fruity sorbet. This one is very straightforward in ingredients and preparation. We roast the berries to concentrate their sun-kissed juiciness, blend them up with lemon juice and maple syrup, strain out the skins, and churn. The result is incredibly refreshing and stunningly beautiful in color. You can use any combination of berries, too. Even if your berries aren’t great in taste or on their way out, roasting them really gives them a new life. Hope you’ll give this one a try! Roasted Berry Sorbet   Print Serves: about 1 quart Ingredients 2 lbs fresh berries of choice - hulled if needed and quartered for larger berries like strawberries ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup - divided, or more to taste juice from 1 small lemon Instructions Preheat the oven to 350° F (175° C). Put the berries on a large, parchment-covered baking sheet. Drizzle the berries with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and mix to coat. Roast for 20-25 minutes, or until the berries are soft and beginning to release their juices. Let cool for a few minutes. Transfer the roasted berries to an upright blender, along with all their juices. Add the lemon juice and remaining ⅓ cup of maple syrup. Blend until smooth. Taste for sweetness and add more maple syrup if preferred. Strain the blended mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Cover and chill the mixture very well in the refrigerator, for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight. Remember to put the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer as well if needed. Turn on your ice cream maker and pour the berry mixture in with the machine running. Churn for 20-25 minutes, or according to the manufacturers instructions. Transfer the sorbet to a shallow dish. Enjoy right away as soft serve or place in the refrigerator for a few more hours, covered, to harden further. Scoop and enjoy. Notes Ive had this ice cream maker (affiliate) for years, and it makes me very happy every summer. If you dont have an ice cream maker, check out this method. 3.5.3226 The post Roasted Berry Sorbet appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Tie-Dye Purple Cauliflower Alfredo

July 17 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Tie-Dye Purple Cauliflower Alfredo Serves 6 The world is a nightmare, dinner doesnt have to be. What if pasta could be a fantasy dreamworld where our alfredo was tie-dye purple? But this alfredo is not just pretty, its so, so tasty! Purple cauliflower is braised just until tender, keeping its color somewhat intact and bringing a deep, cruciferous flavor, plus lots of creaminess, to the sauce.  Note, I said it keeps its color somewhat intact. I had to throw in a non-conventional ingredient to make the lavender pop a bit. Dont hate…its frozen blueberries! But you really cant taste them and you know you have some laying around for the apocalypse.  So youll be left with a pretty lavender sauce to coat your noodles in. But it doesnt stop there! Take a lemon and squirt it over the plate, then watch your lavender deepem into fuschia and magenta streaks, splotches and ribbons of color. You are the greatest artist of your generation. Make sure to do this tableside and get a video of it.  OK, now get yourself on an app, order some purple cauli and whip this up! Its good wholesome entertainment for the whole fam (or your cats) and a relaxing escape that will make you think of a better possible future. Right? Recipes Notes ~ Some serving ideas: grilled or breaded tofu, tofu balls (recipes for all of those exist on this site, I’m just too world weary to link to them), toasted pine nuts, springs of fresh basil, your favorite fake chick’n. ~ Bottled lemon juice will work, but fresh will taste better! ~ If you dont have purple cauli this wont work out but it will still be a tasty cauliflower recipe.  ~ For best results, trim the white parts of the cauliflower away as much as possible so that you are left with mostly purple floret. ~ Dont use too dark a veg broth. The lighter you go, the less muted your sauce will be. ~ If you dont have a high speed blender, do not despair. Just soak the cashews for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight) and proceed with your regular old blender. You can also boil them for 20 minutes if you are super short on time and didnt plan ahead. Ingredients 2 tablespoons refined coconut oil 1 cup sliced shallot 6 cloves garlic, minced 3 cups vegetable broth 1 head purple cauliflower in small florets (about 6 cups) 3/­­4 cups whole unroasted cashews 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (plus extra for squeezing) 1/­­4 cup nutritional yeast 10 frozen blueberries 3/­­4 teaspoons salt 1 pound fettuccine, cooked according to package directions in salted water Directions 1 – Boil salted water for pasta and get that whole thing going. By the time youre done making the sauce sauce the pasta should be drained and ready.  2 – Preheat a large pan over medium heat. Sauté shallot in coconut oil with a pinch of salt for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic to the pan and spoon a little dab of oil on it. Mix in with the shallots and cook another 2 minutes.  3 – Add the broth, cover pan and bring to a boil. Place the cauliflower in the pan in as much of a single layer as possible. Cover and steam about 4 minutes. Mix cauliflower in the liquid, cover and steam another 4 minutes. It should be fork tender. Remove a few florets to place on the individual pasta plates later, if you like. 4 – In the meantime, place the cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, blueberries and salt in a high speed blender (see note if you don’t have a highspeed blender). When the cauliflower is done, transfer it to the blender. Let sit for 10 minutes or so just to stop steaming. At that point, blend until smooth, scraping down the sides 5 – When pasta is ready, drain and pour the sauce over it. Reserve a little bit for dolloping over the plates of pasta. Taste pasta for salt. The saltiness with vary depending on your salted water and the saltiness of the broth. 6 – Place pasta in bowls, spoon additional sauce over noodles. Now take a seeded lemon and squirt it all over the pasta. Voila! Tie dye alfedo.

Spring Berry Salad with Lemon Verbena Vinaigrette

June 1 2020 Oh My Veggies 

This light salad recipe is made with fresh spring berries and a lemon verbena vinaigrette. It’s the perfect way to use lemon verbena from the garden! All I Want is Salad We got back from Georgia on Monday night and I’m now ready for my next vacation. I think after you travel, you’re supposed to feel well-rested and satisfied, but traveling only makes me want to travel more. I spent most of the car ride home Googling hotels in Hawaii and the cost of airfare to the Florida Keys. So I guess I haven’t had my fill of travel this summer. But I did leave Georgia with my fill of fabulous desserts, courtesy of my Aunt Darlene. (You’re watching her on The American Baking Competition, right?!) She made mini-cheesecakes and gorgeous stenciled cookies and brownies topped with gold leaf for my cousin’s wedding. Oh, and there was cake too, of course. And then the next day, we got to eat the rejects--more cookies, more brownies, and orange blossom macarons. So! Much! Food! Bingeing on sweets is always the best motivation for getting back on track with my diet. When we were leaving Savannah, I told Chris that all I wanted […]

Plant-Based Instagram Influencers You NEED to Follow

April 27 2020 Meatless Monday 

Plant-Based Instagram Influencers You NEED to FollowFood and Instagram go together like strawberries and chocolate. To satisfy our appetite for mouthwatering meals, a number of amateur and professional cooks are creating and sharing amazing plant-based recipes that you recreate from the comfort of your own kitchen. This Monday, check out our list of favorite plant-based Instagram influencers to follow; theyve got tips for everything from cashew cheese to no-bake coconut cake to basil risotto. Remember, many of these influencers also have websites and YouTube channels as well, so say hello to your new virtual cooking companions! @alphafoodie Samira Kazan, the creator of the @alphafoodie Instagram and alphafoodie.com , is dedicated to showcasing beautifully vibrant ingredients and finished dishes. Her videos are a beautiful blend of technique and presentation. Check out her creative recipes for plant-based Cheddar cheese and gluten-free banana bread. @deliciouslyella A queen of plant-based meal preparation, Ella Mills is an icon when it comes to making simple and delicious food without using animal products. Breakfast bowls, smoothies, sweets, savory grains, and delectable veggies, Ella can do it all, and you can too; check out her Instagram page and blog deliciouslyella.com for step-by-step instructions on how you can recreate her edible masterpieces. @minimalistbaker The mantra of the Minimalist Baker is clear: simple recipes that make you feel good, 10 ingredients, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less -- all eaters welcome. With creative ideas for plant-based cakes, brownies, soups, breads, and so much more, youll be using the Minimalist Bakers Instagram as both a source of cooking insights and artful inspiration. @frommybowl Caitlin Shoemaker, the creator of @frommybowl , develops easy-to-follow, vegan recipes that actually taste good. Her food is health-forward, and many of her recipes incorporate a variety of nutritionally-dense ingredients. But most importantly, Shoemakers food looks, well, fun; shes got recipes for no-bake toasted coconut cheesecake, vegan strawberry shortcake, and a gorgeous feel-good red lentil soup. And while her Instagram page doesnt include many videos, you can always check out Shoemakers YouTube channel and website to see her in action. @hotforfood If you want a virtual cooking buddy, look no further than Lauren Toyota, the foodie philosopher behind the Instagram @hotforfood . Charisma and a whimsical approach to food, makes Toyota an excellent source for plant-based cooking. Shes got tons of videos on her Instagram and website , which makes her more of a culinary coach than Instagram influencer. @pinchofyum With over one million followers, @pinchofyum is doing a lot of things right. They have recipes for all of your comfort food favorites -- gnocchi, macaroni and cheese, banana-oat pancakes -- many of which use only vegetarian-friendly ingredients. Scroll through their feed or look at some of their instructive cooking videos and website recipes . @vanillaandbean To satisfy your need for elegant images of food, look no further than @vanillaandbean . This Instagram feed is full of rustic plates, counter tops, and casserole dishes teeming with beautiful meals and ingredients, many of which are plant-based. For full recipes, check out vanillaandbean.com , and let your appetite run wild. @veggie_­inspired Jenn Sebestyen, creator of @veggie_­inspired and author the Meatless Monday Family Cookbook, is a master at coaxing delicious flavors out of plant-based ingredients. Her recipes are easy to follow and appeal to all varieties of eating lifestyles, also available on her website . @woon.heng Woon Heng is a wonderfully inventive home cook (and Meatless Monday contributor) who focuses on cooking up plant-based meals with an Asian flare. Her dishes are unique and easy on the eyes; one look at her Instagram feed will have you stocking up on soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh chile, and udon noodles. Click here  for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. The post Plant-Based Instagram Influencers You NEED to Follow appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Power Smoothie (Romaine and Superfood Seeds)

March 27 2020 VegKitchen 

Power Smoothie (Romaine and Superfood Seeds) Typically in raw circles, expressions like power food refer to Himalayan berries and maca powder and deep sea algae. What I mean by it is pretty simple: foods that are nutrient dense, easy to assimilate, and that give a boost of energy and focus. The post Power Smoothie (Romaine and Superfood Seeds) appeared first on VegKitchen.

Pretty in Pink Smoothie

March 13 2020 VegKitchen 

Pretty in Pink Smoothie This raw, vegan, gluten- and soy-free strawberry-banana smoothie was contributed by Gena Hamshaw, from Choosing Raw. Serves: 2 2 large, frozen bananas 1 1/­­3 cups frozen strawberries 1-1 1/­­2 cups almond milk (vary this depending on how thick you like a smoothie) 1 tbsp coconut butter (I use the Artisana brand--you can substitute another nut butter if you like) 1/­­2 tsp vanilla 1 tsp cinnamon 2-4 ice cubes Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. The post Pretty in Pink Smoothie appeared first on VegKitchen.

Gingerbread People

December 20 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Gingerbread People Makes around 16 cookies Photo by James Walmsley Whether youre going all out with your decorating or you’re a part of the gingerbread minimalist movement, this recipe is a surefire winner that will have you singing Christmas carols to your cat. Or at least that one Pogues song. This recipe has been on the site since the dawn of time, so let me take this moment to suggest that you color your icing with natural stuff simply because its fun and pretty. There are certainly vegan food colorings out there, too. But its nice to have these ingredients on hand for other baking projects when you want to slay Instagram. Pink: beet powder, freeze dried strawberries grated with a microplane  Hot pink/­­fucscia: dragonfruit powder Orange: freeze dried mango (its more peach, not very saturated) Green: matcha powder Purple: freeze dried blackberries or blueberries grated with a microplane Blue: spirulina, butterfly pea flower powder (turns purple with acidic ingredients) Ingredients For the cookies: 1/­­3 cup canola oil 3/­­4 cup granulated sugar 1/­­4 cup light molasses 1/­­4 cup plain unsweetened vegan milk 2 cups all purpose flour 1/­­2 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­2 teaspoon baking powder 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1/­­2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 1/­­2 teaspoons ground ginger For the icings: 2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted if clumpy 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/­­4 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons warm water Directions In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar for about 3 minutes. Add molasses and milk. The molasses and milk wont really blend with the oil but thats ok. Sift in half the flour, all the baking powder, soda and salt and all the spices and mix until relatively smooth. Add the remaining flour. Mix until a stiff dough is formed.  Form the dough into a disd, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for an hour or up to 3 days in advance. If you chill longer than an hour you may want to let it sit for 10 minutes to warm up a bit before proceeding. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray two parchment lined baking sheets with cooking oil.  On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out to a little less than 1/­­4 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters and use a thin spatula to gently place on cookie sheets. If you are using them to decorate a tree or something, remember to punch a hole in their heads (!) before baking. Bake for 8 minutes if they’re small and up to 12 minutes if they’re large, but be careful not to overbake. They should be lightly brown on the bottom but still soft. Remove from oven and let them cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet then move to a cooling rack. Wait until they are completely cool before icing. Meanwhile, make the glaze: Mix everything together until there are no lumps. Let it sit for 30 minutes or so to set up a bit. If it is too stiff to pipe, add water a teaspoon at a time. Decorate with a piping bag fit with a small, round tip. Be adorable. Look at Pinterest first for ideas Let set for at least 30 minutes.

The Ultimate Wellness Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

December 1 2020 Vegetarian Times 

The Ultimate Wellness Gift Guide for Everyone on Your ListTis the season to update your naughty or nice lists and start holiday shopping. With health and wellness remaining center stage amidst a new surge of COVID-19 cases, everyone could use an extra dose of TLC throughout the holidays and into the new year. Weve curated a collection of 25 wellness gifts at a variety of price points that are sure to fill your lucky recipients with the warm fuzzies this season is all about. Broglie Box Curated Wellbeing Kits Help a loved one on your list keep his or her anxiety or stress in check with a BroglieBox. Co-founder Julia Broglie was inspired to create the company after experiencing her own mental health challenges as a young adult and losing her older brother, Justin, to suicide. She offers a wide variety of boxes -- such as Grief Relief, Stress Less and Focus Kit -- but were partial to the Alleviate Anxiety Deluxe Box, which comes with therapy dough, a massage rollerball, mindfulness cards, a workout band, hydration reminder, journal, medication reminders and a magazine full of articles from mental health experts. BroglieBox, $40 Nap Bar Better Sleep Box Good things come to those who nap, including reduced sleep deprivation and increased productivity. Houston residents adore pay-by-the-snooze facility Nap Bar, and you can now give the same luxurious napping experience to anyone on your nice list, no matter where they live. Nap Bars Better Sleep Box features everything you need for the perfect napping environment: an aromatic soy-based candle, a vegan aromatherapy pillow mist, a blackout sleep mask, and a downloadable theta brain wave audio file. Nap Bar Better Sleep Box, $69 Dazzle Dry Mini Kit Its not as easy to get a mani/­­pedi these days, so why not gift a quick-drying, non-toxic, humane, and long-lasting manicure system that brings gorgeous nails right to your recipients house? Developed by bio-organic chemist Dr. Vivian Valenty and backed by over 30 years of research, Dazzle Dry is a unique line of naturally advanced, high-performance nail care. Its award-winning four-step nail system is vegan, never tested on animals, and dries in just five minutes without UV light. DazzleDry, $75 Landia Skincare Mens Care Starter Set No doubt, theres a man in your life who could really use his own skincare products, and the Mens Care Starter Set from Landia Skincare is the perfect choice. The whole vegan skincare line is toxin-free, and made in Oregon from organic local ingredients that are responsibly sourced. This set includes a shave cream, face cream, and beard and hair oil in two scents -- and, best of all, it comes luxuriously packaged in a wooden box complete with a wooden button. Built Marketplace, $20 Lord Jameson Dog Treats Whether your pup celebrates Christmas or Hanukkah, Lord Jamesons got you covered. Choose from Holiday Cobbler (crisp green apples and oats), Gingerbread (peanut butter and oats), or Hanukkah Gelt (blueberries) -- the entire collection is vegan, cruelty-free, plant-based, allergy-friendly, and made without any preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, or GMO ingredients. Lord Jameson, $12.99 The Dry Challenge Book If 2021 is the year someone in your life has vowed to cut back on their alcohol consumption, help support their healthy lifestyle choice with a copy of, The Dry Challenge: How to Lose the Booze for Dry January, Sober October, and Any Other Alcohol-Free Month. The Dry Challenge is ideal for anyone who wants to complete a dry-month challenge, giving up all forms of alcohol for 31 days -- it walks you step-by-step through one drink-free month, from sharing the news with friends and family to getting back on track if you slip up and have a drink (or two). Amazon.com, $14.99 Puritize Home Sanitizing System Sanitize everything was 2020s slogan, and all signs are pointing to 2021 requiring the same vigilance with hygiene. Help protect your loved ones with a Puritize Home system, an ultraviolet light home sanitizing system that kills more than 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses -- in just 10 minutes. Put your cell phones, masks, glasses, keys, remote controls, headphones, toothbrushes, and electronic devices in and wait for it to work its magic. Puritize, $199.99 Vellabox Candle Subscription Do you know what really sets the mood this holiday season? Heavenly scented small-batch candles-- especially ones that are made by American artisans, are vegan and cruelty-free, use 100% natural wax with cotton wicks, and are phthalate- and paraben-free. Vellabox ticks all those boxes, with an expertly curated candle subscription box. With three sizes to choose from, your recipient will receive a candle and surprise gift each month all year long. Vellabox; starting at $10/­­month FINEX Cast Iron Skillet Set Theres no more prized culinary tool than a cast iron skillet -- you can pretty much cook anything in it, it lasts literally forever, and it even fortifies food with iron. FINEX is designed by a small team of Portland-based craftspeople who are grounded in the belief that cooking should be genuine. The Holiday Starter Set comes with a 10-inch skillet and lid (the most versatile pan youll ever own) perfect for cooking holiday meals, and a custom three-piece care kit to ensure the cookware is preserved and performs perfectly for generations to come. Finex, $229.00 Blissd Happiness Planner They say it takes 30 days to break a bad habit or create a healthy one. But what if it takes just a bit longer? Blissd will give you 100 days of goal setting, self-reflection and inspirational quotes all wrapped up in its beautiful Happiness Planner. This planner uses the power of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development to help you discover and create a life in alignment with who you truly are. Bliss’d, $29.00 Saltworks Gourmet Salt Gift Set Dont get salty this season; give salty! Any foodie will love the curated selection of six signature salt fusions from SaltWorks -- including Black Truffle Sea Salt, Wild Porcini Mushroom, Vintage Merlot, Espresso Brava, Lime Fresca and Spanish Rosemary. Its housed in a limited-edition recipe box, along with six different recipes. The bold flavors absolutely come through, since SaltWorks uses a proprietary process to bind natural ingredients to each sea salt crystal. Saltworks, $49.95 Green Chef Meal Delivery Know someone doing keto? Paleo? Living a plant-powered lifestyle? No matter their dietary preference, Green Chef delivers. Literally. All of the premium ingredients you need to cook a delicious meal for two or four comes pre-measured and prepped -- all you have to do is follow the step-by-step instructions to enjoy a gourmet meal. These days, skipping the grocery store is the best gift of all. Green Chef, starting at $11.99 per serving Mala Collective Mala Bead Necklace Long-time meditators and those wishing to start their practice will appreciate receiving mala beads from Mala Collective this holiday season. Whats a mala? A string of 108 beads (an auspicious number in Buddhism) used as a tool to help count mantras. It also acts as a tactile guide as you sit in silence in a meditation practice. Each necklace is made from different gemstones (each steeped in its own symbolism) and Rudraksha seeds (which provide inner calm and peace), and is hand-knotted and blessed in Bali. Mala Collective, $96.00 Mission Farms CBD Goat Milk Soaps Sure, soap can clean, but the right soap can also heal. Thats why Mission Farms crafts soaps made from more than 25% fresh goat milk (goats milk naturally contains specific enzymes to reduce dry skin and psoriasis, such as alpha-hydroxy acid and MCT oils), coconut oil, and olive oil -- and infuses it with full-spectrum CBD and other essential oils. The goats milk comes from a farm outside of Bend, Oregon, and theres a formulation for any need: Deepen Your Sleep (lavender blossom), Ease Your Comfort (spearmint eucalyptus), Cam Your Stress (honey grapefruit) and Enhance Your Well-Being (oatmeal and honey). Mission Farms CBD, $20.00 Dr. PAWPAW Skincare Balms Is it a lip balm? Color for your cheeks? Eyeshadow? The answer is yes! Dr.PAWPAWs Hello Gorgeous Gift Set is whatever you need it to be, including the perfect stocking stuffer. This set of vegan-approved, cruelty-free, ethically sourced multipurpose natural skincare balms jazz up and nourish lips, skin and hair. They harness the power of pawpaw or papaya and contain vitamins A, C, and E, plus iron, potassium and magnesium. Ulta, $12.99 Apollo Neuro Wearable Wellness Device Since stress is at an all-time high, it makes sense to fight it with technology never seen before. A team of physicians and neuroscientists at Apollo Neuro recently developed a wearable wellness device that uses gentle vibrations (low-frequency, inaudible sound waves you can feel but not hear) to help your body recover from stress. Apollos scientifically proven technology improves heart rate variability -- a key biometric of stress -- so you can feel more calm, balanced, and perform at your best. Apollo, $349.00 NAMAR Sustainable Cutlery Set Single-use plastic is ruining the environment, so why not give a gift that will help the future of our planet? This sustainable stocking stuffer is ideal for coworkers who bring their lunch to work, frequent travelers, picnickers, or anyone leery of germs on restaurant silverware. Made from 100% wheat straw, yet gluten-free, NAMAR is biodegradable, reusable and easy to clean -- and it doesnt get soggy in soups or salads. The set includes a fork, spoon and set of chopsticks placed inside a travel-friendly wheat straw case. Namar, $12.00 White Elm Vegan Leather Tote Bag For the woman who always has her hands full, give the perfect vegan carry-all: a White Elm Aquila vegan leather tote bag. Not only does it feel like high-quality leather, but the well-thought-out design is also a favorite among traveling mothers, nurses, teachers and working professionals. It was created by a busy mom who wanted to stay organized and look good, so the super spacious bag features an adjustable shoulder strap, carry handles, three exterior pockets, five interior pockets, and a secure zip closure. White Elm, $129.00 Slumber CBN Sleep Aid Youre probably familiar with CBD, but CBN is another compound found in the cannabis plant thats primarily used as a natural sleep aid. For anyone on your list whos struggling with getting enough shut-eye, CBN may be the most priceless gift of all. This THC-free formula is made in Colorado and derived from organically grown hemp, plus its vegan and GMO-free. Slumber, $44.95 Sanabul Womens Boxing Gloves Theres no such thing as punching like a girl, but that doesnt mean she needs to wear mens boxing gloves while doing so. Sanabuls Womens Easter Egg Boxing Gloves feature a narrower silhouette that contours the female hand for a comfortable fit. And dont let the feminine array of colors (mint, coral, ice blue, and lavender) fool you -- these gloves are made for performance and durability. Amazon, $49.99 AncestryHealth Genetics and Health Kit Wouldnt it be helpful to have a little crystal ball that provides insights into your risk for commonly inherited health conditions? Well, it exists -- but in the form of a DNA kit, not a crystal ball. Simply use the AncestryHealth kit to provide a saliva sample, and your recipient will learn his or her risk for some commonly inherited conditions (such as breast cancer). By knowing this risk, users are able to work with their healthcare provider to get the screenings they need for early detection and chart a healthier path forward. Plus, AncestryHealth also includes all of the features of AncestryDNA, which allows one to discover their origins and connect to living relatives. Amazon, $119.00 OLIKA Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Clip Ons Help your loved ones maintain clean hands on the go with OLIKA hydrating hand sanitizers. These thoughtful vegan and gluten-free stocking stuffers are refillable, recyclable and come in six essential oil-based fragrances (such as mint citrus and cucumber basil). Plus, theres aloe vera in the formula to help keep frequently sanitized hands moisturized. Clip one to your purse and another to your childs backpack. Olika, $29.99 Martha Stewart CBD Holiday Sampler Sick of the CBD gummies that taste like unsophisticated kids candy? Kick things up a notch for the CBD-lover on your list with Martha Stewarts new 15-flavor CBD gummy sampler. With this special gummy sampler gift box, I was inspired by flavors from my garden, said Stewart. So, she included raspberry, rhubarb, passionfruit, Persian lime, black raspberry, strawberry, grapefruit, calamondin, green apple, black currant, blood orange, kumquat, quince, Meyer lemon and huckleberry in this 60-count box with 10mg CBD per gummy. Shop Canopy, $64.99 Moodygirl Chocolate Bars Its easy to rationalize eating dark chocolate -- its full of antioxidants, heart-healthy flavanols, and even a little brain-stimulating caffeine. But what about a chocolate bar that boosts your mood, too? Moodygirl chocolate bars contain vitamins and adaptogens designed to help women through PMS symptoms, low libido and stress relief. Plus, they are organic, vegan, gluten-free and free of refined sugars. These are the most delicious and guilt-free stocking stuffers around. Moodygirl, $9.99 Hurom Easy Clean Slow Juicer Juicing is a great way to pack more fruits and vegetables into each day, but cleaning up can be such a chore. Enter the Hurom Easy Clean Slow Juicer, which eliminates the mess thanks to a larger pulp outlet and elongated strainer grooves that rinse clean -- no scrubbing required. Its slow squeeze technology mimics the motion of squeezing fruit by hand, and youll be left with bone-dry pulp. Bonus: it can also make smoothies, nut milk and ice cream. Hurom, $499.00 The post The Ultimate Wellness Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

The Plant-Based Slow Cooker

October 27 2020 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

The Plant-Based Slow Cooker The Plant-Based Slow Cooker is my latest book and it comes out just in time for slow cooker season. There’s something cozy about the wonderful fragrance of food simmering in a slow cooker on a cold winter day. (Of course, if you’re like me, you use your slow cookers all year long.) If you’re a fan of my earlier book, Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker, then you’ll love this new edition, revised and updated with new information and tips and featuring 225 recipes — including many all-new ones such as: - Thai Coconut Soup - Oyster Mushroom Bouillabaisse - Seitan Spezzatino - Spice-Rubbed Whole Cauliflower - Jackfruit and Black Bean Chili - Portobello Pot Roast - Ful Medames - Indian Eggplant Curry - Korean Bugogi-Inspired Jackfruit - Artichoke-Spinach Lasagna   - Chocolate Oatmeal with Raspberries and Rose Petals - Carrot Cake Oatmeal Due out on November 10, you can pre-order The Plant-Based Slow Cooker on Amazon or wherever you buy your books. The post The Plant-Based Slow Cooker appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Easy Gooseberry Bundt Cake with Strawberry Lemonade Glaze

August 8 2020 seitan is my motor 

Easy Gooseberry Bundt Cake with Strawberry Lemonade GlazeThis gooseberry bundt cake very is easy to make and filled with fresh gooseberries. It is topped with a delicious strawberry lemon glaze. The post Easy Gooseberry Bundt Cake with Strawberry Lemonade Glaze appeared first on seitan is my motor.

Marinated Grain Salad with Black-Eyed Peas

August 7 2020 VegKitchen 

Marinated Grain Salad with Black-Eyed Peas This tasty Marinated Grain Salad recipe features whole grain berries with wild rice and black eyed peas. A feast of flavor and texture! Whole grain berries are simply the intact kernel of the grain. The post Marinated Grain Salad with Black-Eyed Peas appeared first on VegKitchen.

Two Minute Fruit and Cracker Dessert

July 21 2020 Manjula's kitchen 

Two Minute Fruit and Cracker Dessert (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Print Two Minute Fruit and Cracker Dessert One evening while playing cards with my husband, Alex, and my sons mother-in-law, Alex suddenly asked for something sweet. I didnt have any dessert prepared and all we had in the house was ice cream and some chocolate. Alex has always been super innovative with his food combinations, and this recipe is just that, a product of desperation. At first, my kids and grand-kids made faces when they heard what it was made of, but with a little bit of tweaking, it has become a simple dessert that our entire family has been preparing during this quarantine. When I say it only takes two minutes, I truly mean it. And it is so easy to make, that even my youngest grandchild can put it together in no time. The graham cracker pairs well with the creaminess of the cream cheese while still giving a nice crunch. The fruit adds natural sweetness and the drizzle on top of either chocolate or caramel is the perfect cherry on top. Just bring out the ingredients and everyone can help themselves. Today I have a very special guest star my grandson Shaan who is helping me out with todays recipe. Behind the scenes, I also have my granddaughter, Rhea, helping to film the video. We will be making a Fruit and cracker dessert, that is kid friendly and simply delicious. For this recipe, there is no cooking involved, and the ingredient measurement I am providing only as a guide. Recipe will serve 2. Course Dessert Keyword 2 Minutes Dessert, Banana, Carmel Sauce, Chocolate Ganache, Cream Cheese, Crispy, Fun Dessert, Gram Crackers, Home Made, Hot Chocolate, indian sweet, Kid Friendly, Kiwi, Mango Cheese Cake, Mango Salsa, Quick And Easy, Strawberry, Sweet, Vegetarian Prep Time 2 minutes Cook Time 0 minutes Total Time 2 minutes Servings 2 people Ingredients8 graham crackers 8 Tbsp cream cheese approximately 8 strawberries thinly sliced 2 Tbsp chocolate ganache 2 Tbsp almonds thinly sliced InstructionsSpread the cream cheese over all the graham crackers Next spread the slices of strawberries. Now cover them with another graham cracker to make them into sandwich. Drizzle with chocolate ganache. And garnish with almonds, that gives a nice crunch and beautiful look. Fruit and Cracker Dessert has nice crunch when it is eaten while making after 5 minutes crackers start getting soft. NotesThis dessert can be made with any other fruits and toppings of your choice. I also love making these with bananas and kiwi, and I also like topping it off with caramel sauce. You can buy caramel sauce and chocolate ganache they are readily available. I generally keep homemade chocolate ganache and caramel on hand. They are easy to make and have a long shelf life. The post Two Minute Fruit and Cracker Dessert appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Honoring Diversity Through Plant-Based Cooking

June 8 2020 Meatless Monday 

Food is a universal language that we all speak and understand, with many of our favorite dishes, meals, ingredients, and recipes resulting from years of cultural collaboration and shared experiences. And thats why so many of us love food; because cooking and eating together is a way to celebrate diversity -- of tradition, of history, of background, of ingredients, of ritual, of technique. Meatless Monday is an international movement, and we are proud to shine a spotlight on some of the amazing plant-based dishes and recipes being developed by people from all walks of life. Let us honor the diversity and importance of food by paying respect to the diverse group of individuals making plant-based eating accessible and delicious to all. Tex-Mex Tater Tot Casserole One of our favorite culinary mashups, Tex-Mex cooking ties together the best of southwest comfort food with Mexican flavors and ingredients. This recipe for Tex-Mex vegan tater tot casserole by Larisha Campbell from Make it Dairy Free , is completely plant-based, using black beans, walnuts, and a homemade vegan cheese sauce to recreate that taco taste and texture. Source: Make it Dairy Free Chickn and Waffles Comforting soul foods star is definitely chicken n waffles. Thanks to this chickn and waffles recipe by Jenné Claiborne from Sweet Potato Soul , now plant-based eaters can relive the sweet, savory, crispy, crunchy magic of everyones favorite brunch dish. Source: Sweet Potato Soul Risotto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Shitake Bacon So many universally loved ingredients and flavors come together in this plant-based dish. Sweet Potato Risotto Stuffed Boats by Haile Thomas brings together rich and creamy risotto, hearty sweet potatoes, and topped with savory, umami-packed bacon. Finished with vegan cashew crema and dried cranberries, this is a Meatless Monday masterpiece. Source: Haile Thomas Spicy Chicken-Fried Cauliflower The name of this dish is enough to make your mouth water. This recipe for spicy chicken-fried cauliflower from I Can You Can Vegan uses a homemade, plant-based buttermilk as well as a seasoned flour mixture to give these nuggets of cauliflower a decadent, crunchy breading. Serve these up as an appetizer or plate them up with a side salad for a main course. Source: I Can You Can Vegan Vegan Crunch Wrap Supreme The original Crunch Wrap Supreme from Taco Bell is a discus of meat, cheese sauce, tortilla, sour cream, lettuce, and tomato; not exactly Meatless Monday fare. But thankfully, this recipe for a homemade vegan crunch wrap supreme from The Geneus Life captures all the grandeur of the original, while using only plant-based ingredients. Spicy tofu sofritas and cashew queso are a welcomed departure from their fast-food animal-based counterparts. Source: The Geneus Life Vegan Cheeze-Its One of the ultimate snack foods, the Cheez-It possess a perfectly toasty, cheesy flavor thats hard to decipher, but easy to recognize. The Ashleys, creators of the blog Eat Figs, Not Pigs , have captured the enigmatic taste of the Cheez-It without using any cheese or dairy at all. Their recipe for vegan Cheeze-Its   uses vegan cheese shreds, nutritional yeast, and a diverse array of spices and seasonings. Source: Eat Figs, Not Pigs Click here for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. The post Honoring Diversity Through Plant-Based Cooking appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

May 1 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Maybe you have some strawberries burning a hole in your pocket? And maybe you desperately need cupcakes? And something bright and pink? Well, I got you. Lemony cake with the most strawberriest (that’s a word) fruitiest buttercream. And it’s pretty easy, too! Also, maybe a nice mother’s day treat. These are originally from I Can Cook Vegan. If you buy that book I promise to do only good things with the money. Recipes Notes ~ Make sure you use refined coconut oil for this because otherwise it will taste coocnutty. You can also use vegan butter, if you prefer. You may need to play with the ratios a little, though. ~ I’ve only done these with fresh strawberries. I would imagine that frozen would retain too much moisture so if you are experimenting, thaw and drain them first, maybe? But again, I haven’t tried it. Ingredients For the cake: 3/­­4 cups granulated sugar 1 cup vegan milk at room temperature (or favorite non-dairy milk) 1/­­4 melted coconut oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/­­4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest 1 1/­­2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/­­4 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­2 teaspoon salt For the strawberry buttercream: 3/­­4 cup coconut oil, softened at room temperature 3 1/­­2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped, stems removed 6 strawberries cut in half for decorating Directions 1 – Make the cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a muffin pan with paper liners. 2 – Vigorously beat together sugar, milk and coconut oil until it resembles applesauce. Mix in vanilla, lemon juice and zest. 3 – Sift in about half the flour, all the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until relatively smooth. Add the remaining flour and mix until smooth and no large lumps remain. 4 – Lightly spray the liners with cooking spray and pour batter into liners, filling 3/­­4 of the way. Bake 16 to 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely. 5 – Make the buttercream: First, puree the strawberries in a food processor. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the coconut oil and strawberry puree and gradually add the powdered sugar, scraping the bowl as you go. Add the vanilla and mix until smooth and creamy. If it seams loose then place in the refrigerator to set up a bit, then fluff with a fork. 6 – Spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes using the back of a spoon (or your preferred method). Top with a strawberry half!

Strawberry Mimosa Cupcakes

April 3 2020 Oh My Veggies 

These cupcakes have a slight tartness from the strawberries, the citrusy taste of orange, and yes, a little hint of champagne. You won’t get drunk from these cupcakes, but you will get a sugar high.

Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie

March 23 2020 Oh My Veggies 

The day after we got back to Raleigh last week, I woke up with tonsils so swollen, I could barely swallow water, a non-stop hacking cough and I sounded like Big Ang when I tried to talk. (Yes, I realize that exactly two of you get the Big Ang reference, but I’m okay with that.) I immediately picked up my iPhone and Googled to find out the symptoms of SARS and I was relieved to find out that I did not seem to have SARS. But then I realized that could only mean one thing: I must have consumption. So since I have consumption and all, this weekend seemed like a good opportunity to revisit this Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie recipe. I started working on it about a month and a half ago. You’d think a smoothie recipe would be pretty straight-forward, but for some reason it took me a lot of tries to get this one right. Seeing as my tonsils are about the size of golf balls right now, I wanted it to be a little bit thinner than I usually make my smoothies, so I decided to add fewer raspberries this time around. I think that was […]

Boosting Your Immune System with Plant-Forward Eating

March 10 2020 Meatless Monday 

Boosting Your Immune System with Plant-Forward EatingThe recent COVID-19 outbreak has caused concern across the world, and many people are taking measures to make sure they do not fall sick. Besides washing your hands and staying home if youre sick, theres a lot you can do from a nutrition standpoint to boost your immune system  – eat more vegetables and fruits, legumes and whole grains .  Vegetables and fruits especially, have nutrients and special natural compounds called phytochemicals that serve as antioxidants to neutralize damage to cells and fight nasty pathogens like COVID-19, the flu and the common cold. Will they prevent you from getting sick? Maybe not. But a healthy diet can help strengthen your immune system to help fight the virus and recover quickly. Below are some nutrients found in plant-based foods that are vital for a strong and robust immune system: Vitamin C An antioxidant that increases production of white blood cells, is key to fighting infections. Citrus fruits, papaya, dark green and yellow vegetables, red bell pepper, strawberries, tomatoes and watermelons are great sources of Vitamin C. Try this recipe.  Vitamin E An antioxidant that protects your cells from free radical damages, enhances the immune system to fight off bacteria and viruses. Foods high in vitamin E are sunflower seeds, nuts and green vegetables. Try this recipe. Vitamin A Functions mainly by keeping the skin, vision, and tissues of the mouth, stomach, intestine, and respiratory system healthy. Its anti-inflammatory properties enhance the immune system. Good sources of vitamin A are sweet potatoes, spinach, pumpkins, carrots, peppers, cantaloupes. Try this recipe. Zinc An important mineral that helps in wound healing, functions in the development of immune cells, which is needed for the immune system to work properly. Food sources of zinc are legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Try this recipe.  Dietary protein Plays a major role in the bodys immune response. They activate cells that help fight off infections in the body. Good plant sources of dietary protein are: legumes, beans, peas, soy, and nuts. Try this recipe.    Overall, if pondering about which vegetable or fruit to eat, think of colors – purple, blue, red, yellow and orange, because it usually means they are packed with antioxidants that are great for your health and immune system.     Resources: 1. Zinc in Human Health: Effect of Zinc on Immune Cells. https:/­­/­­www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/­­pmc/­­articles/­­PMC2277319/­­ . Accessed March 5, 2020 2. Health Professional Fact Sheet. NIH, Office of Dietary Supplement. https:/­­/­­ods.od.nih.gov/­­factsheets/­­VitaminA-HealthProfessional/­­ . Accessed March 5, 2020 3. Li P, Yin YL, Li D, Kim SW, Wu G. Amino Acid and Immune Function. Br J  Nutr, 2007 Aug:98(2):237-52.  4. Protect your Health with Immune-Boosting Nutrition. https:/­­/­­www.eatright.org/­­health/­­wellness/­­preventing-illness/­­protect-your-health-with-immune-boosting-nutrition . Accessed March 5, 2020 The post Boosting Your Immune System with Plant-Forward Eating appeared first on Meatless Monday.


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