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Vegan Whole Wheat Date Ladoo

before yesterday Vegan Richa 

Vegan Whole Wheat Date LadooFor a sweet festival treat that is naturally sweetened, try my Whole Wheat Date Ladoo recipe. A wholesome vegan twist on a traditional Indian sweet made with whole wheat flour, almond flour, nuts, and dates! Soy-free + Gluten-free option. Try these Date sweetened Wheat ladoo (atte ka laddu) for the festive season without all the ghee and cups of sugar! They are quick and easy to make and are great for gifting, too. What is Laddu or Ladoo? The term laddu or ladoo stands for sweetened round balls usually made from flour, sugar/­­ jaggery, and ghee or oil! As for flavorings, nuts and spices like cardamon, saffron tend to be included and as you can imagine, Indian cuisine offers a variety of laddu recipes for all occasions. Some using besan, others semolina (Rava), whole wheat flour, or various millet flours, rice flours, etc! Just here on the blog, you actually already find many different types, made with a variety of flavors, like these coconut ones. YUM! Today we make atta ladoo.  Traditional wheat ladoo recipes call for ghee and wheat flour.  I have previously even made oil-free Ladoos using a maple syrup and those work out amazing as well. For this date ladoo recipe, we use a blend of whole wheat flour, almond flour, and flax meal which makes these taste nutty and wholesome. I like flavoring these with cardamom – a spice which you should always use sparingly and work your way up if need be. Some chopped cashews make these richer and melted vegan butter is added for moisture and texture but these would actually even work with oil instead of butter or no oil at all.   MORE DIWALI SWEETS - Coconut Ladoo - Vegan Rabri Recipe – Indian Milk Pudding - Vegan Malai Burfi - Mango Sheera /­­ Halwa  - Mango Burfi  - Kesar Peda - Rasmalai Cake Also make sure to check out my round-up post on Vegan Indian Sweets for more inspiration.Continue reading: Vegan Whole Wheat Date LadooThe post Vegan Whole Wheat Date Ladoo appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Thai Pumpkin Curry Vegan

October 14 2021 Vegan Richa 

Thai Pumpkin Curry VeganCelebrate pumpkin season with this easy Vegan Thai Pumpkin Curry! Tender fresh pumpkin and tofu simmered along with vegetables in a spicy red curry coconut broth! The perfect vegan fall dinner! Gluten-free + Nutfree, soy-free option. In the middle of pumpkin season, I am cooking ALL the pumpkin recipes right now, like my Pumpkin Bread or these Pumpkin Pancakes.  But why stop at dessert and breakfast? I found an amazing way to put pumpkin to good use come dinner time! Enter this delicious Thai Pumpkin Curry! This easy vegan curry recipe is truly simple and totally doable for beginners! Trust me, nothing can go wrong here. This Thai red pumpkin curry comes together in less than 30 minutes, and is a total breeze to prepare. You can serve it with rice, flatbread or as it is, as a stew. Hearty, deliciously filling, and serves 2 for a fantastic plant-based meal – even 4 depending on what you serve as sides. If you want to really save time on this, then buy your pumpkin already peeled and chopped. If you do this, then you cut down prep time to a mere 5 minutes, and can have dinner ready in under 30 minutes! This pumpkin dinner is perfect for those first cold fall nights  and  will make you warm up from the inside! A total mood changer, especially if you finish your dinner with a homemade pumpkin coffee cake !  Usually, Thai curries are seasoned with fish sauce. In this vegan curry recipe, we use a mix of miso, soy sauce and powdered mushroom act as a substitute for fish sauce. More curry recipes: - Red lentil sweet potato Curry - Chickpea coconut curry  - Cauliflower pea Curry - Potato Eggplant Curry - Chickpea Sweet Potato Spinach Curry - Massaman Curry Veggies Continue reading: Thai Pumpkin Curry VeganThe post Thai Pumpkin Curry Vegan appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Stovetop Meat Lasagna (Skillet Lasagna)

October 11 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Stovetop Meat Lasagna (Skillet Lasagna)Vegan Meat Lasagna made in one skillet - a vegan spin on classic Italian Lasagna cooked on the stove! No baking required! An easy One Skillet pasta dinner your family will love! Gluten-free option included. Pasta lovers,  this easy Vegan One Skillet Meat Lasagna is going to be a new fave dinner for you. Im obsessed with one skillet dinners like this Stovetop Lasagna! Easy preparation and quick clean up – check and check. This vegan spin on classic lasagna bolognese makes the perfect weeknight meal. It is family-friendly, uses just 1 skillet, and is ready to eat in about 45 minutes! Preparing Lasagna on the stovetop is a lot quicker than making a regular lasagna in the oven and there will be way fewer dishes to clean than with a traditional lasagna as we skip the bechamel part. This also means that there is no layering needed which cuts down on prep time dramatically. Those lasagna sheets just go in with all the other ingredients. All the other ingredients being simple pantry staples like marinara sauce, Italian herbs, onions and garlic. After the popular French onion skillet lasagna  and the spinach Alfredo skillet lasagna, this is your classic red sauce and meat skillet version! If vegan meat crumbles or veggie crumbles arent your thing, you can easily substitute with cooked lentils. I prefer the crumbles as they make the dish feel like totally authentic Italian comfort food, but both options work nicely. MORE VEGAN SKILLET LASAGNA OR PASTA RECIPES: - French onion skillet lasagna - Spinach Alfredo skillet lasagna - Butter Chicken lasagna bake or skillet  - Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta - Creamy Mushroom Spinach Pasta  Continue reading: Vegan Stovetop Meat Lasagna (Skillet Lasagna)The post Vegan Stovetop Meat Lasagna (Skillet Lasagna) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Baked Gobi Manchurian – Cauliflower Manchurian

October 8 2021 Vegan Richa 

Baked Gobi Manchurian – Cauliflower ManchurianIn this lightened-up take on the Indian-Chinese restaurant-favorite Gobi Manchurian, cauliflower florets are baked up until crispy, then drenched in a sweet and spicy delicious manchurian sauce! Serve it as an appetizer or main dish. Gluten-free option.  I’m always excited when I can present you with an easy spin on a restaurant favorite and today I have a good one for you! One of those special-occasion restaurant menu items that we all love to order when eating out but never considered making at home. Cauliflower Manchurian! This makes a great addition to the festival menu! What is Cauliflower Manchurian? Gobi Manchurian, or Cauliflower Manchurian, is a super popular take-out and restaurant menu item. This  Indo-Chinese dish is typically fried but I prefer to bake the florets in the oven. Baking gives cauliflower an amazing texture; you won’t miss the greasy, fried coating. The crispy oven-baked florets are then tossed with a delicious sweet, spicy, and tangy Manchurian sauce! This easy vegan dish makes for the most delicious appetizer but it can also be served as a main  when paired with rice. The ingredient list for making cauliflower manchurian is on the longer side but don’t be intimidated by that. Most ingredients are pantry staples and the preparation is so easy so it’s so worth it! Manchurian sauce is a very versatile sauce. You can add some Crisped tofu,  veggie meatballs or vegan chicken to the sauce or add in some noodles. MORE CAULIFLOWER RECIPES - Taco Spice roasted Cauliflower - Spicy Pepper Cauliflower Bites - Mango Sriracha Cauliflower - Aloo Gobi - Baked - Nashville Cauliflower Bites - Kung Pao Cauliflower More Indo Chinese dishes - Tofu 65 – tofu with curry leaf infused sweet and sour sauce  - Hakka Noodles - Noodles with cabbage, carrot, veggies and an easy sauce Gf option - Tofu Paneer Chilli - Sweet and spicy sauce with crisp tofu GF Continue reading: Baked Gobi Manchurian – Cauliflower ManchurianThe post Baked Gobi Manchurian – Cauliflower Manchurian appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Wild Rice and Butternut Blessings

October 5 2021 My New Roots 

Wild Rice and Butternut Blessings Hello friend. Its been a while. I sincerely hope that these words find you getting by as best you can in this strange world we find ourselves in. Staying centered and grounded these days is no small feat, and Im grateful to find myself here again, with the energy and space to share.  This post is actually two years in the making. The experience Im about to tell you about deserves thought, healing, and humility, and though I made a delicious recipe, I needed ample time to learn from, and honour the situation. Almost like with rich decadent food, your body and mind needs time to digest emotion and experience, and over the past 20 months of intense turmoil, discovering and uncovering, and worldly change, there is no better occasion or cultural climate than this moment to share one of my lifes most potent experiences. I hope youll join me on the entirety of this journey and take the time to read and digest it for yourself too. I welcome conscious comments and will receive your words gracefully and with humility in regards to my personal history and ask kindly that the inevitable missteps, mistakes, and /­­ or insensitivities in my story shared below are highlighted with respect and with the intention of learning, inspiring community and healing, and are supportive of a better and more just future.   The People Ill begin by introducing the people of the story that span many generations, many places of origin, and many cultures: The Anishinaabeg – an Indigenous community made up of the Ojibwa, Odawa, Potawatami, Chippewa, Mississauga, Algonquin, and Delaware peoples who stewarded the Great Lakes Basin before and through the late 1600s. A man named James Whetung of the Black Duck clan, Anishinaabe who has called this land home for his lifetime and the many generations before him. My European ancestors who arrived in this same area (Upper Canada then, and what is now known as Southern Ontario) in the early-to-mid 1800s. A young man named Mossom Boyd, my great-, great-, great-grandfather, who landed in 1833. He purchased 100 acres of land and cleared it himself in the hopes of building a prosperous life. After farming for a few years, he wasnt making the income hed hoped for, and sought work at a local sawmill, eventually taking it over, on the site which is now Bobcaygeon, Ontario.   As Boyd continued to work the land, benefitting from the abundant natural resources, he experienced great success with his lumbering enterprise. He later went on to cut forests in great swathes across Ontario, then moved out west to Vancouver Island with his son, Martin Mossom Boyd, who eventually took over the business. Needless to say, the familys enterprise had an indelible impact on the Canadian landscape and the Indigenous peoples. Me, a white, privileged woman who benefits from this history in seen and unseen ways with a mission to inspire health to the people of this world through conscious choices. Heres one of my many stories...  My Family I spent my summers in the Kawartha Lakes, just 12 kilometers upstream from the reserve where James lived and lives. My grandparents lived on the canal at the mouth of Pigeon lake, on the Trent-Severn Waterway. My grandfather owned a substantial portion of the land there (how we understand owned in our modern world), and a 1085-acre island just off the shoreline.  I was a very lucky kid to have so much wild land to explore, play with, and learn from. To say I feel connected to nature, to the earth and water, to the elements there, would be an understatement. That forest and lake are inside of me, just as much as I am inside of it – I knew every rock, nook, cranny, and crevice. I knew the plants, the poison ivy, the lichen, the cedar; the shallow soil, dry and bare rocks, the limestone; I can evoke the alchemical aroma of it all in an instant. My hideaways along the shoreline in giant rock fractures were coated in moss and gnarled cedar roots, and there I would live in worlds of my imagination, connected to natures creations and its magnetic energy. The sensation of being there, on every level, is burned into my being. It is cellular memory.    Mossom Boyd 1814-1883 /­­ My father and I canoeing on Pigeon Lake /­­ Fishing on Pigeon Lake, 1990 There is a museum in town, named after my great-great-great grandfather Mossom, honouring his vision and entrepreneurial genius (as our culture recognizes). This history was one to celebrate, an empire that spanned the country, a legacy to be proud of. We would visit the museum almost every summer when I was growing up, so that I could better understand where I came from. These truths coexisted within me — nature and empire. As I began to see the complexities of this place that is deeply a part of me, I sought out a way to understand the same land, water, air, forest through the eyes, hands, and hearts of the people with a completely different history to the shared nature and to the empire of my lineage.  The Whetungs James family has been living with the land known as the Michi Saagig Anishinaabeg territory for approximately 4,000 years, dated by wild rice fossils found by geologists. This being the same land, that Mossom Boyd purchased 3,780 years later.  When I drove up to Curve Lake First Nations to experience a wild rice (known as manoomin) harvest two years ago, I met James Whetung and his family. The man whose name I had heard before, but was admittedly afraid to come face to face with, as I had some idea of how my lineage had impacted his. At least I thought I knew. When the group of us had all arrived and settled, James introduced himself, and told his story – the side that I had never heard before. They cut all the trees, floated them down river using the highways of my people. They needed clearer waterways, so they dredged the lakes and removed the rice beds that had provided our food. The First Nations peoples were forcefully moved to reserves, and confined there, needing written permission to leave, and only in order to work for local farmers at slave wages. You had to be Christian to live on the reserve, and Natives were not allowed to practice their own spirituality or pass it on to subsequent generations. The people were starving. Listening to James, and hearing first-hand what his ancestors had gone through because of my ancestors, was heartbreaking, and it filled me with bitter shame and confusion. What was once a celebrated history of my family, became tainted and disgraceful. When he was finished, I raised my hand to speak, compelled to admit that I came from the family he was talking about. The lineage and industry that changed the landscape of his ancestors’ home. That I was deeply remorseful. He responded graciously by inviting me to canoe out with him to harvest manoomin. He said that those on the reserves eventually were able to take the remaining rice seeds and plant them. By 1920, the yields were up but only until the 1950s when destructive colonial farming practices began using chemicals (many of which still are in use today), which created chemical run-off causing imbalances in the lakes, soil, air, and water, further affecting the aquatic grasses; the nutritious, traditional food source.   Wild Rice on Pigeon Lake Canadian cottage culture took off in the area around this time as well, motor boat traffic increased destroying the rice beds, and leaked oil and gas into the water. Septic beds were added for sewage treatment, but none were regulated and leaching into lakes was a regular occurrence. In the years between 1950 and 1980, the Trent Severn Waterway underwent a weed eradication program using agent orange (a highly toxic herbicide) to make swimming more enjoyable for the cottagers. Shortly after, James started planting seeds to feed his family and community despite the many cultural and environmental concerns out of his control. Wild rice as a traditional food source is highly nutritious and is known to help prevent diabetes — a huge problem within Indigenous peoples due to a forced disconnection from their traditional practices and nourishment sources. James started sowing seeds on Pigeon lake, where his grandfather had seeded and harvested for many generations. He was healing his people, and as demand increased, he started to invent technologies to make his work easier and faster. The increased production meant that he could not only feed his community, but start selling his wild rice at local farmers markets.  Unfortunately, not everyone is as enthusiastic about the wild rice increase in Pigeon and surrounding lakes. Since 2007, a group of cottagers have been fighting against Whetungs seeding of wild rice, claiming that the shoreline is their property and that the rice beds impede recreational boating. Theyve gone so far as to form a protest group, called Save Pigeon Lake, which asks James to harvest without the use of a motorboat (he did this to increase efficiency) and to stop seeding the rice.  Canada and Curve Lake First Nation are both signatories to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This Declaration states that Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and develop their political, economic and social systems or institutions, to be secure in the enjoyment of their own means of subsistence and development, and to engage freely in all their traditional and other economic activities (Article 20). And further, that Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions, as well as the manifestations of the sciences, technologies and cultures, including human and genetic resources, seeds, medicines, knowledge of the properties of fauna and flora... (Article 31). The rice beds run along the TSW in the tri-lakes area, which includes Buckhorn, Chemong and Pigeon lakes. Despite the concerns of waterfront property owners, Whetung says the land falls under Treaty 20 and is therefore not under the jurisdiction of the TSW, which is operated by Parks Canada.  About James Im going to keep doing what I am doing. Why would I stop? Our people have starved for thousands of years. This is food; this is a livelihood, says Whetung. And personally, as an advocate for healthy food access for all, for a thriving world, and supported communities, I whole-heartedly agree. For more about James and his community’s work, please visit the Black Duck Wild Rice website. I am deeply grateful for James time, energy, heart, perseverance, and spirit. This is a forever healing journey and one I intend to continue with the peoples intrinsically linked to my own familys history here in Canada. Wild Rice Harvesting and Preparation Let’s talk about this beautiful offering, manoomin, or wild rice. Having always been drawn to this remarkable plant, I knew that when I moved back to Ontario, Canada, I had to learn more about it firsthand, and perhaps even how to harvest and process it. That is what led me to James and Black Duck Wild Rice. Every year around the September full moon, the manoomin harvest takes place, and he and his community welcome those who want to join and learn. Harvesting James taught us the traditional way, in canoes, all by hand. With two people per boat, one navigates and steers, while the other uses two long, thin sticks (bawa’iganaakoog); one to bend the rice into the canoe and the other to beat the grasses until the rice seeds fall into the hull of the canoe. Once you get the hang of it, it’s rhythmic and meditative, but still a physical and time-consuming ritual that requires community. As with most traditional food cultivation practices its a closed loop cycle, for whatever rice that doesnt fall into the canoe to be processed falls into the water, planting next years crop at the same time! Curing Once on shore, the canoes are emptied by hand onto large sheets which are transferred to a cool dark place so the rice can cure. Two or three times a day for a week or so, the rice is turned and aerated, left to dry.  Toasting /­­ Parching The rice was traditionally toasted in a cast-iron cauldron over an open fire. James showed me how to use an old canoe paddle to turn the rice constantly so as not to scorch it — its texture and scent slowly transformed. This takes about an hour of constant stirring with a keen eye on the fire so it remains at the perfect temperature for toasting. If you stop for even a second, the rice will burn. James could tell from the smell, and how the rice felt between his fingers when it was ready the mark of a true artisan, energetically connected to his craft. Nowadays, James uses a machine that he designed and built himself, that stirs the rice automatically over open flames and gets the rice toasty faster and with less manual labour. Toasting the rice increases the flavour, and helps preserve it. If properly toasted and dry, wild rice can last in storage for five years or more (a necessity to help balance the yearly ebbs and flows of the harvest).  Dancing /­­ Jigging This was my favourite part of the process because it involved several people working together, and having the pleasure and honour of wearing beautiful, specially-designed moccasins just for this process. The toasted rice is put into another large cauldron (or sometimes a hole in the ground lined with leather cloth or a tarp) while three people sit around it, with our feet in the center. Once we had our soft shoes laced all the way up, we vigorously twisted and swooshed our feet around on the rice to loosen some of the chaff from the rice kernels — this was extremely hard work! We rotated through the group as people got tired, and eventually we were ready for the last step. Winnowing The danced rice is then turned out onto a large fabric sheet, with everyone holding the edge with both hands. Count to three and up the rice goes into the air, the breeze blowing the chaff away. This needs to be repeated countless times to separate the rice from the chaff completely. This is unbelievably time-consuming work and experiencing it first hand made me appreciate every grain so much more! At the end of a grounding day of traditional work, you are gifted a few cups of cleaned wild rice. The appreciation I felt to see the yield of the countless hours by many people, not to mention the effort and contribution of this Earth truly became overwhelming. The experience solidified how food has the unparalleled ability to bring people together — requiring many enthusiastic, hard-working hands (and feet!) to get the job done, start to finish. At the end of the journey, everyone is rewarded with delicious food, straight from the Earth, her waters, her people. It is so simple, and so powerful. Wildly Nutritious Wild rice is not related to true rice nor is a grain at all in fact, but the seed of aquatic grass that grows along the shores of freshwater lakes in Canada and the Northern US. Its a little more expensive than other varieties, as it is often harvested by hand.  Wild rice is also, of course, wildly nutritious and is no surprise that Indigenous peoples made a point to cultivate this true super food. Containing high levels of protein, fiber, iron, and calcium, wild rice is also gluten-free. It is extremely high in folic acid, an essential B-complex vitamin lacking in many peoples diets. Just half a cup of cooked wild rice yields 21.3 mcg of folic acid – necessary for cardiovascular support, red blood cell production, brain and nervous system health, and of particular importance during pregnancy – where brown rice by comparison offers only 3.9 mcg. The niacin content of wild rice is also notably high with l.06 mg for every 1/­­2 cup cooked rice. Potassium packs an 83 mg punch, and zinc, which is usually available in trace amounts, registers 1.1 mg. Wild rice is a wonderful alternative to any grain that you would use in either hot or cold dishes. My favourite is to enjoy it in veggie bowls, soups and stews, as well as hearty salads. Its rich, nutty flavour pairs well with other earthy-sweet foods like beets, sweet potato, pumpkins and squash, making it the perfect ingredient to add to your fall recipes, already full of abundance and gratitude. It lasts for about a week after cooking, so making a large batch at the beginning of the week will give you the honour to grace your meals with a serious boost of nutrition and spirit with every grain! Wild Rice & Butternut Blessings This recipe was born from the desire to combine the elements that James and I had a hand in growing: wild rice from his lake, and butternut squash from my garden, coming together for one beautiful meal. Stacking the squash rounds makes for a grand, dramatic, and eye-catching presentation where the simple ingredients are made into something very special. This would be the most stunning main dish for a harvest celebration meal, or even into the winter holidays. It has the perfect balance of flavours, textures, and nutrition, so youll feel satisfied on every level. Try to find a butternut squash with a long and hefty neck. Since we are after nice big rounds, the longer your neck, the more rounds youll have! And try to source your wild rice from a local reserve or farmers market, if possible. There are several components to this recipe, but Ive written it in a way that you can juggle all the elements with seamless management of your time.    Print Wild Rice and Butternut Blessings with Mushrooms, Toasted Walnut Garlic Sauce, and Sumac Author Sarah Britton Ingredients4 lb. /­­ 2kg butternut squash about 1 large, try to find one with a long neck! 1 cup /­­ 175g wild rice soaked for at least 12 hours 9 oz. /­­ 250g mixed wild mushrooms or any mushroom of your choice 3 cloves garlic minced a couple sprigs fresh thyme and rosemary 1/­­2 cup /­­ 13g chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 batch Toasted Walnut Sauce recipe follows 1 Tbsp. sumac divided freshly cracked black pepper handful of walnuts for garnish if desired Toasted Walnut Garlic Sauce1 cup /­­ 125g raw walnuts 1 garlic clove 2 Tbsp. cold-pressed olive oil 4 tsp. apple cider vinegar 2 tsp. pure maple syrup 2 generous pinches of fine sea salt plus more as needed InstructionsStart by cooking the wild rice: drain and rinse the soaked rice well, place in a pot. Add 3 cups /­­ 750ml of fresh water, a couple pinches of sea salt, then bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer. Cook until rice is chewy-tender - about 45 minutes. While the rice is cooking, preheat the oven to 350°F /­­ 180°C. Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast for 7 to 10 minutes, watching them carefully so they do not burn, until they are golden and fragrant. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Turn the oven heat up to 400°F /­­ 200°C. Give the butternut squash a good scrub, making sure to remove any dust or dirt. Leaving the skin on, slice the squash neck into rounds about 1 /­­ 2.5cm thick. Place on a baking sheet, sprinkle with a little salt, and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, flipping once halfway through cooking, until the squash is fork tender. Remove from the oven and drizzle with olive oil and a little more salt, if desired.  While the squash is roasting, make the Toasted Walnut Sauce. Place the toasted walnuts, garlic, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup in a blender. Blend on high, adding up to 1 cup /­­ 250ml of water to thin the dressing as needed--you are looking for the consistency of melted ice cream. Season with salt. Store in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Lastly, prepare the mushrooms. Clean and cut the mushrooms as desired (I used king oyster mushrooms, sliced in half lengthwise and scored diagonally). Add a knob of your favourite cooking fat to a large skillet, and once melted add the mushrooms and a couple pinches of salt. Cook the mushrooms without crowding them, and do not move them about in the pan too much. Youre looking for a nice sear and that comes after the mushrooms have been in constant, direct contact with high heat. Once golden on one side, flip, and continue cooking until golden on the other. In a large bowl, combine the wild rice and parsley. Drizzle a touch of the sauce and about 1/­­2 Tbsp. of the sumac, a few grinds of black pepper, and fold to incorporate. To assemble, drizzle or puddle some sauce on the bottom of your serving plate. Add a round of butternut squash, followed by the wild rice mixture, a couple mushrooms, then repeat the layers of squash, rice, mushrooms. Drizzle remaining sauce over top, sprinkle with additional sumac and black pepper, and a handful of walnuts. Say thank you and enjoy each bite, each grain. NotesServes 4 Makes approximately 1 cup /­­ 270ml of Sauce In Closing I would love to hear your thoughts about how we can better respect and heal our pasts culturally, together. I wanted to open up the conversation here, not try to offer some kind of solution. This is a complicated, complex, deeply layered issue that has deep roots, well beyond us here today. I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to be in a canoe with James himself, to witness how to harvest with intention and gratitude. It felt deeply meaningful to be there with him, the place our two family lines have crossed in many ways for many years, finally converging in a peaceful, cooperative, and hopefully reciprocal way. This extends far beyond James and I, and takes many more hands and hearts. The first step of many, I am forever grateful to James for sharing the story of his family and community as it has been silenced for too long. Thank you for taking the time to read this today. Id also like to add for those who havent seen Canadian news over the past few months, that there has been uncovering of more extreme darkness in this country in relation to the Indigneous people of this land. The residential school system removed children from their Indigenous culture, communities, families, and ways of being. These Anglo-Saxon, Christian boarding schools are sites of mass unmarked graves where thousands of children’s bodies were found, taken from their families. There are many agencies working towards healing, remediation, and reconciliation in response to these unfathomable atrocities in our history. One of them is the Downie Wenjack Foundation, which aims to to aid our collective reconciliation journey through a combination of awareness, education, and action. This link will take you to their page about Reconcili-ACTION, and a list of ways to catalyze important conversations and meaningful change, recognizing that change starts with every one of us and each person can make an impact. The post Wild Rice and Butternut Blessings appeared first on My New Roots.

Pumpkin Energy Balls – Pumpkin Snack Bites

October 1 2021 Vegan Richa 

Pumpkin Energy Balls – Pumpkin Snack BitesPumpkin Energy Balls are a fun vegan snack perfect for the cozy season. These snack bites are naturally sweetened, gluten-free, soy-free and the perfect healthy treat both kids and adults will love. Its getting to be that cozy time of year where candy, desserts and all the comfort food start showing up. I can pass on most store-bought candy, but a piece of my pumpkin pie or vegan pumpkin bread are things I look forward to all year and cannot say no to. This is the time of year I also start stocking the fridge and freezer with healthy fall-tastic snacks and mini treats that taste like the fall desserts I so love. These Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls or Snack Bites are the perfect replacement for when I’m craving a slice of pie but really just one bite – not the whole slice. These vegan pumpkin energy balls are packed with cozy pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, and healthy nuts and seeds. So as you can imagine theyre also great as a pre or post-workout snack. These should be stored in the fridge until you are ready to eat them. Keep them no longer than 3 hours at room temperature. You could, however, coat these in melted, tempered dark chocolate to make them less sticky to handle.   More Vegan Snacks - Blueberry Muffin Energy Bites - When you want a blueberry muffin without baking. - Carrot Cake Bites - They taste like Carrot Cake! - Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls with Rice Krispies- Cannot get any better than pb and choc - Seedy Chocolate Snack Bars - no dates! - Golden Sesame Balls - Because turmeric - Mojito Energy Balls - so fresh and zesty! Continue reading: Pumpkin Energy Balls – Pumpkin Snack BitesThe post Pumpkin Energy Balls – Pumpkin Snack Bites appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

September 24 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin PancakesDitch the pancake mix and make a stack of fluffy Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes from scratch with this easy recipe. A quick vegan buttermilk pancake batter swirled with a mix of pumpkin puree, brown sugar, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice. Fall-tastic! Gluten-free option + Nutfree + soy-free. The first crisp fall mornings have arrived. Time to gather in the kitchen for cozy breakfasts. These fluffy vegan pumpkin pancakes are just the thing to make on a grey fall morning. A light and fluffy vegan buttermilk pancake batter swirled with a mix of pumpkin puree, pumpkin spices, maple syrup and brown sugar. Fall Central! These pumpkin pancakes look, feel and taste oh so special, but are quick to stir together. Trust me, these are so much better than Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake Mix . The recipe features a quick homemade vegan buttermilk batter and  a pumpkin pie spice swirl that gives the batter a pretty orange color and that signature pumpkin pie taste. I dont mix the pumpkin purée directly in the batter. The purée is cooked with the pie spice and maple syrup and thickened to a pumpkin butter which is swirled into the batter. This adds bursts of pumpkin flavor in the pancakes! Feeding a crowd of more than 2 or three and don’t feel like sweating over that skillet while everyone else is chatting at the breakfast table? Turn these into sheet pan pancakes! That’s right – no stressing over first batches getting cold while trying to get everything on the table at the same time. You can easily double the recipe! The instructions for sheet pan pumpkin pancakes are at the bottom of the step-by-step instructions. More pancake recipes to try: - Banana Oat Pancakes -  Chocolate Pancakes with ganache.  - Tiramisu Pancakes.  - Cinnamon streusel Pancakes - Samoa Cookie Pancakes - Cinnamon Swirl Cake - Banana French Toast Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin PancakesThe post Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Sesame Shallot Soy Curl Stir Fry

September 19 2021 Vegan Richa 

Sesame Shallot Soy Curl Stir FryThis Sesame Shallot Soy Curl Stir Fry makes for an amazing weeknight dinner! Chewy, marinated chicken like soycurls and broccolini in a sweet, salty and sticky Asian sesame stir-fry sauce! Nutfree Recipe Gluten-free option! This Sesame Shallot Soy Curl Stir Fry makes for an amazing weeknight dinner that rivals any takeout meal. Soy curls marinated in a sweet-salty-spicy marinade, then stir-fried in sesame oil along with shallots and garlic. Chinese broccoli and Thai Basil are added along the way for that authentic flavor, and the rest of the marinade is also added to create a delicious stir-fry sauce. Serve this easy soy curl stir fry with rice, broccoli rice, zoodles or noodles! Soy curls are one my favorite meat subs. They are made with whole non-gmo soybeans and you can find them in some stores or order them online on amazon. Thai Basil vs Sweet Basil For this recipe, we are using Thai basil! While you could use sweet basil I recommend you try and find the Thai kind. How to distinguish them? Thai basil has a purple stem while sweet basil has a green stem. Also check the leaves:  unlike the delicate, floppy big leaves you see on sweet basil, Thai basil leaves are smaller and sturdier. This means they hold up better during cooking making this basil ideal for stir-fries. Lastly, the taste: Thai basil is spicy with an anise, or licorice-like flavor, while sweet basil has a more mild peppery and sweet taste. On cooking with soy curls: Soy Curls come dry and need to be rehydrated and cooked in order to enjoy them. They will increase in size quite a bit as they soak. You need to soak them in the marinade for only about 10 minutes. I marinade the soycurls in the sauce for the extra flavor and then toast them before adding the rest of the ingredients. This improves the texture! Youve got to try them this way as this stir fry or my General Tsos soy curls! Soy curls are not same as soy chunks that are chewier and take much longer to cook. Soy curls can be found in some grocery stores or online on amazon. More Asian stir-fries: - Sticky ginger Sesame Tofu Veggie Stir fry - Hoisin Noodles and Tofu stir fry - Cashew Tofu and veggies - Soy-free tofu stir fry with sunbutter sauce - Lemongrass Tempeh with sesame noodles - Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Continue reading: Sesame Shallot Soy Curl Stir FryThe post Sesame Shallot Soy Curl Stir Fry appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Chickpea Breakfast Pinwheels

September 12 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Chickpea Breakfast PinwheelsThese Chickpea Breakfast Rolls are perfect for your next brunch party! Flour tortillas filled with vegan chickpea scramble and spinach, then rolled up, sliced and fried into crunchy golden pinwheels! Serve with my hashbrowns and some fruit. Nut-free & gluten-free option. Coming at you with a full vegan breakfast platter! Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Pinwheels, Hashbrowns, and fruit! That alongside a cup of good coffee and the day is already pretty perfect. Think of these Chickpea Breakfast Pinwheels as a fun spin on a vegan chickpea scramble burrito or a wrap. But here, instead of just rolling it all up and biting right in, we slice the  breakfast wrap into little breakfast pinwheels. Chickpeas are mashed with some secret ingredients into a chickpea scramble salad which you can also serve on bread! We roll that up in a tortilla, slice it and pan fry for a crisp bite! These also make a great packed breakfast or snack. Once we have prepared our scramble filling, we just take some extra-large flour tortillas and add the chickpea scramble plus some greens. I went with spinach but you can use herbs, arugula, kale, whatever you want. Roll it up then slice it into rounds. These are delicious as they are but to take them to the next level of golden crunchy chickpea breakfast deliciousness, fry the pinwheels in the pan just a couple of minutes to brown them on both sides. Serve them as a complete vegan breakfast platter along with my quick homemade hashbrowns and some fresh fruit at your next brunch party. Or pack it all and take it to work, school, or university for an easy lunch. This recipe is nut-free and can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free tortillas. MORE Savory VEGAN BREAKFAST OPTIONS - Breakfast Burritos - Chickpea Flour Frittata GF Soy-free - Vegan Omelet with Mung bean GF Soy-free - Savory Oats Hash GF Soy-free - Indian Tofu Scramble - Bhurji GF - Chickpea Chilaquiles Gf Soy-free - Sweet Potato Hash GF Soy-free - Lentil Frittata GF Soy-free - Sprouted Lentil Avocado Toast Soy-free Continue reading: Vegan Chickpea Breakfast PinwheelsThe post Vegan Chickpea Breakfast Pinwheels appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Gochujang Noodles Stir Fry

September 5 2021 Vegan Richa 

Gochujang Noodles Stir FryFor an easy weeknight dinner, look no further than this easy gochujang noodles stir-fry.  Rice Noodles are tossed with sauteed veggies and a sweet and spicy gochujang sauce. A vegan Korean noodles stir-fry that is quick and easy to make. Gluten-free.  For an easy stir fry recipe look no further than this Korean Gochujang Rice Noodles stir-fry! With bold flavors coming from the Korean red pepper paste, this rich and saucy noodle stirfry will be a new favorite come dinner time. The sauce uses Gochujang, a  bright red fermented Korean chili paste thats sweet, a bit spicy, and savory. Korean Gochujang is used as a condiment or in sauces in many Korean recipes so don’t hold back from buying that jar. I promise you will find so many ways to use it. I use pad thai style rice noodles for this recipe which are the perfect noodle for any saucy stir fry recipe because they grab ahold of any sauce you toss them with. This also makes the recipe Glutenfree. For a low-carb version, you could use konjac noodles or zucchini noodles. More quick dinners from the blog - 1 pot Peanut Butter Noodles and Veggies GF - Lo Mein Noodles. GF option - Sweet And Sour Chickpeas and Broccoli GF - Kung Pao Lentils GF - Lentils & Veggies in Thai Peanut Sauce GF Soy-free - Sticky Sesame Ginger Tofu and Veggies. GF - Curry Ramen with Miso Maple Lentils. GF Continue reading: Gochujang Noodles Stir FryThe post Gochujang Noodles Stir Fry appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Baked Tofu Curry

September 1 2021 Vegan Richa 

Baked Tofu CurryThe easiest, simplified and hands-off version of butter tofu curry! No tempering spices, no sauteeing onions, no frying tofu. The oven takes care of everything for a fabulous silky Baked Tofu curry! Serve with rice for a delicious vegan dinner. Glutenfree Nutfree. Soyfree option. If you are adding ONE more tofu curry recipe to your collection of easy dinner recipes, let it be this vegan baked tofu curry. Why? Because it is the easiest, simplified and most hands-off version of butter tofu curry! No tempering spices, no sauteeing onions, no frying tofu. The oven takes care of all of these steps for us. Even better, we get all of this done within the same casserole dish. Fewer dishes = more time to relax. This Indian tofu curry is vegan and baked version of tofu makhani. Tofu/­­paneer makhani and tofu butter masala are often used interchangeably. Though very similar sauces, makhani is silkier and smoother than butter masala. This version uses canned tomato purée and coconut milk to get that creamy silky sauce! You can add other proteins such as veggies and chicken, soycurls or chickpeas to the sauce. The gravy is rich and creamy thanks to coconut milk and it is flavored with aromatic warming spices. Your home will be filled with a tantalizing aroma while your curry is baking. Yes, I repeat, this curry is baked in the oven. All in all, this vegan dinner took less than 45 to make, and trust me, you will be going back for seconds when you sit down to enjoy this delicious meal. Maximum flavor with minimal effort. Serve this curry with rice and mop up all that delicious gravy with some hit roti or naan until the last drop is cleaned off your plate. MORE INDIAN COMFORT FOOD - Baked Madras curry Tofu - Baked Balti Veggies - Veggie curry casserole  - Butter Tofu- GF - IP Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce GF - Tofu in Spinach Curry - Saag Tofu - Vegetable Jalfrezi Continue reading: Baked Tofu CurryThe post Baked Tofu Curry appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pistachio Cookie Recipe

August 21 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pistachio Cookie RecipeAn easy vegan pistachio cookie recipe ideal for cookie swaps and the holidays. These pistachio cookies are made with almond flour and spiced with cardamom and saffron, then topped with slivered almonds! GF option Coming at you with a Vegan Pistachio Cookie recipe – because one can never have enough vegan cookie recipes and these are one of the best cookies you will ever try! Well, along with my Pistachio Apricot Thumbprints. Those are pretty amazing as well. These almond pistachio cookies are a sweet and simple little treat you can bake all year long but they are also great for the holidays because anything with pistachios in it is automatically festive and special.  A touch of cardamom and saffron takes these to the next level! Try them. Trust me, you will love this pistachio cookie recipe for its simplicity! I don’t even bother rolling out the dough and just scoop up 1 tbsp at a time and shape it into a flat disk. The cookies do not have to look perfectly round. They will spread in the oven as they bake and be just perfect. The cookie dough is really straightforward. We start by grinding the raw pistachio nuts, sugar and spices in a food processor or blended to make our own pistachio flour.  These are so amazingly good! Bake them 15 minutes for softer cookies and a couple of minutes longer for crunchier. The exact baking time always depends on the oven, size of the cookie etc. These cookies are a modified version of Nankhatai(Indian shortbread like cookies). They have vibrant flavors that work really well together , pistachios, cardamom and saffron. You can use just vanilla if you dont have cardamom or saffron. GF option More Cookie Recipes from the blog: - Tahini Ginger Cookies - PB J thumbprints - Coconut Oil Shortbread. - Almond Butter Snickerdoodles. - Oatmeal Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies. GF oil-free - Ginger Molasses Crinkle cookies. GF. - Triple Ginger Molasses Soft Cookies - Tiramisu Cookies. GF Continue reading: Vegan Pistachio Cookie RecipeThe post Vegan Pistachio Cookie Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Korean BBQ Soy Curls Crunchwrap

August 7 2021 Vegan Richa 

Korean BBQ Soy Curls CrunchwrapTry this vegan crunchwrap recipe – a veganized and fusion version! Completely homemade with Korean BBQ Soy Curls, vegan cheese shreds and veggies for the filling. Vegan Crunchwraps have been on constant rotation at my home. These are just SO GOOD! Anyone who loves tacos, wraps and tostadas needs to try this vegan and fusion spin on a Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme! If you have not tried or even heard of crunchwraps, think of it as a soft tortilla packed with layers of some kind of protein & cheese and other layers and a crispy tostada shell. Then all is folded into a neat bundle and pan-fried until crisp. Like most homemade versions of fast-food chain favorites, Crunchwraps taste even better made using fresh, wholesome ingredients! The secret ingredient to a Crunchwrap is a crunchy tostada placed right in the center, separating the cooked from the fresh fillings. As for my fillings, I went with soy curls marinated in a spicy Korean BBQ Marinade with Gochujang. You can use sambal oelek  if you cannot find the Korean chili paste. You can adjust the toppings to make these a bit healthier (low-fat vegan cheeses and up the veggies) and even swap out the white flour tortilla for a whole wheat tortilla or a gluten-free one! Everyone can build their own crunchwrap. These are totally customizable and you can add whatever filling you want. This is where I want to mention that these are also great to use up leftover taco fillings of any kind! MORE VEGAN WRAPS FROM THE BLOG - Samosa Wraps with Spiced chickpeas - Vegan Breakfast Burrito - Caribbean Black Bean Wraps - Spanish Rice, Buffalo Tempeh Wraps - Cauliflower Sweet Potato Chickpea Wraps with Coconut chutney Continue reading: Korean BBQ Soy Curls CrunchwrapThe post Korean BBQ Soy Curls Crunchwrap appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Glutenfree Lemon Blueberry Waffles

July 25 2021 Vegan Richa 

Glutenfree Lemon Blueberry WafflesThese easy vegan gluten-free Lemon Blueberry Waffles are crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside and perfect for brunch or breakfast! Super simple to make in one bowl. Lemons and Blueberries – the best combination ever and especially in waffles! These gluten-free lemon blueberry waffles are my latest obsession. The lemon zest adds a nice lemony, refreshing, mouth-watering flavor, while the fresh blueberries add little fruity bursts of sweetness. Kids and adults alike will love these vegan waffles! And yes, you can FREEZE these gluten-free waffles so you will have them ready every time youre craving them! I used a mix of almond flour, oat flour and potato starch and find this yields at waffles just how we love them: cripsy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. MORE VEGAN BREAKFAST OPTIONS - Vegan One Bowl Waffles  - Carrot Cake Pancakes - Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes - Samoa Cookie Pancakes - Tiramisu Pancakes - Pizza waffles - Chickpea flour veggie waffles  Continue reading: Glutenfree Lemon Blueberry WafflesThe post Glutenfree Lemon Blueberry Waffles appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Rabri – Vegan Indian Pudding

October 6 2021 Vegan Richa 

Rabri – Vegan Indian PuddingFor an easy yet impressive holiday dessert try my vegan spin on Indian rabri,  a thick, creamy milk pudding. My vegan rabri recipe is made with nut milk and flavored with cardamom and saffron.  Gluten-free and soy-free. Craving a sweet treat that is simple yet impressive and will soothe the soul? I have just the thing: this dairy-free Rabri recipe is everything you need in your life right now and perfect for Diwali, holidays and the cozy season. This month is all about Diwali festival sweets and treats! What is Rabri? Rabri is a divine Indian milk pudding. This traditional dessert is made by heating milk until a big part of the liquid has evaporated, and only a thick, creamy pudding remains. The slow cooking adds gritty milk solids to the texture as well as the Malai – drying milk skin which is folded into the pudding. This Milk Pudding is then sweetened and flavored with cardamom and saffron. My vegan spin on the classic Indian rabri recipe has no dairy. We are using homemade nut cream for thickening and almond flour for the texture. The vegan milk pudding couldn’t be easier to make, and it is every bit as delicious as the dairy version-probably even more!. Our homemade nut milk has the perfect thick and smooth consistency and creaminess. Ideal for this rabri recipe, and what I love most is that this dairy-free pudding doesn’t need nearly as much time as milk to reduce because the added blended nuts already act as a thickener. Rabri Pudding is usually flavored with cardamom and saffron and I stick to these traditional flavors. If you want to add one more thing, go with almond or pure vanilla extract. You could also add a splash of culinary rose water but be very careful. Rosewater can take over the flavor profile very quickly. I like to garnish this pudding with chopped pistachios, but any nut or a combination of nuts and culinary rose petals will look pretty. Serve the Rabri chilled as is in small portions or over other desserts such as a hot jalebi or warm gulab jamuns! More Indian Desserts to try: - Almond Burfi - Vegan Rasmalai Cake - Almond Halwa - Coconut Ladoo - Vegan Gulab Jalum Continue reading: Rabri – Vegan Indian PuddingThe post Rabri – Vegan Indian Pudding appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Blackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ Onion

October 3 2021 Vegan Richa 

Blackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ OnionBlackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ Onions are packed with delicious flavor and exciting textures! Gluten-free. Nutfree  Taco Tuesday just got a lot better! These Blackened Tofu Tacos are the BOMB! Thanks to a generous coating of spices like paprika or cumin, the tofu gets a nice golden crust thats packed with smoky flavor. Pair that with some crunchy veg, vegan sour cream and sweet and spicy caramelized bbq onions and youve got a real good taco on your hands. Im telling you, if youve never tried blackened tofu, forget everything you thought you know about tofu and give these blackened tofu tacos a try! Feel free to play with the spices to suit your personal preferences, such as adding some cayenne pepper if you want some heat! You can serve these as burritos or too a seasonal salad with the blackened tofu and bbq onions. So much texture and flavor and works well in any format More Vegan Taco Recipes: - Carrot Walnut Taco Meat - Mango BBQ Soycurls - Barbacoa mushroom Tacos - Berbere Spiced Jackfruit Tacos -  Chipotle Shredded Butternut Tacos Continue reading: Blackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ OnionThe post Blackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ Onion appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Diwani Handi Vegetables

September 27 2021 Vegan Richa 

Diwani Handi VegetablesLearn how to make restaurant-style Diwani Handi Vegetables at home with this easy handi veg recipe. Mixed vegetables and cashews simmered in a rich tomato-based sauce. Gluten-free & soy-free, Nutfree option. Diwani Handi is a popular order in many Indian restaurants and I know you will love it, too! Veggies cooked to perfection in a thick, rich and creamy slightly spicy gravy. This traditional Indian dish also known as Diwani handi veg is a traditional Hyderabadi style dish that exists in many different versions. The most popular variations to this recipe feature either an onion tomato or a nut-based gravy, or a combination of both. For this recipe, I use a tomato-based gravy enriched with non-dairy yogurt or cream. This diwani handi recipe is a simple homemade version of the restaurant-style vegetable dish. This simple vegetable curry is traditionally cooked in a clay pot (handi) but any pot will work. I use a regular skillet. Indian recipes often get translated as veggies or protein with some creamy sauce. But they are not all the same. The spices used, the time at which they are added to the recipe, alter the flavor profile significantly. In this recipe the whole cumin seeds get toasted really well to add amazing flavor, the spices cook with the caramelizing onion, then yogurt adds a creamy base and onion and tomato add volume. Veggies are cooked with garlic and fenugreek to infuse a layer of flavor before simmering in the sauce.l! Use up any veggies you have and elevate them with this wildly flavorful curry. Serve your handi veg with rice, naan, roti, kulcha, plain biryani or jeera rice. More Indian veggie dishes to try: - Butter Tofu GF - IP Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce , with Cauliflower. GF - Tofu Amritsari Masala.GF - Madras chili tofu and mushrooms - Balti sauce veggies  - Mushroom Matar Masala GF - Bombay Potato and Peas GF - Tofu in Spinach Curry - Palak Tofu GF Continue reading: Diwani Handi VegetablesThe post Diwani Handi Vegetables appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Easy Vegan Almond Flour Pie Crust (Low-Carb, Gluten-free, Grain-free)

September 21 2021 Vegan Richa 

Easy Vegan Almond Flour Pie Crust (Low-Carb, Gluten-free, Grain-free)This easy Vegan Almond Flour Pie Crust is naturally gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free, and made with just a few simple ingredients. No chilling needed! The perfect crust for practically any pie! There’s something intimidating about making your own pie crust – especially when it comes to rolling out a pie crust. For some reason, we all tend to prefer graham cracker crusts, where you simply crush store-bought crackers together with vegan butter and press the mixture into a pan. If you feel the same way, I am here to tell you that with the right recipe, everyone can make their own vegan pie crust from scratch! Give this easy pie crust a chance and you will be pleasantly surprised. This almond flour pie crust is so easy to make. Its only made with a handful of simple ingredients that you probably already have stocked in your gluten-free pantry. But there’s more to this vegan pie crust! Apart from being simple, this is also a gluten-free and grain-free pie crust recipe. Due to the absence of gluten, you dont need to worry about overworking the dough and ending up with a tough crust. As we are using oil in this vegan pie crust, you dont need to worry about chilling and cutting in butter. Also, theres no need to chill the dough so not only is this an easy pie crust but also a quick one! I have used variations of this almond flour pie crust in several of my favorite recipes, like this Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie.  It is so versatile and you can season it with your favorite herbs and spices. Continue reading: Easy Vegan Almond Flour Pie Crust (Low-Carb, Gluten-free, Grain-free)The post Easy Vegan Almond Flour Pie Crust (Low-Carb, Gluten-free, Grain-free) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies Gluten-free

September 16 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies Gluten-freeFor a fall-tastic breakfast treat that is easy to make, look no further than these vegan pumpkin breakfast cookies! Gluten-free, refined sugar-free, refined oil-free and packed with nutritious add-ins like pumpkin puree, chia seeds, chopped nuts, and rolled oats. If youre looking for an easy, one-bowl cookie recipe that the whole family will get excited about, these pumpkin breakfast cookies are it! Trust me, they are going to bring your on-the-go breakfast game to the next level. These perfectly crispy yet chewy oatmeal cookies are made with gluten-free oats, almond flour sunflower seeds and a handful of especially healthy add-ins like chia seeds! But you can customize the recipe to your familys preferences and use any seeds you have. My pumpkin breakfast cookies are chock full of nutritious oats, unsweetened pumpkin puree, nuts, dried fruit, and seeds, and they are naturally sweetened with maple syrup. No Flouf, no Oil! With all those add-ins, these oatmeal cookies are definitely wholesome enough to eat for breakfast! I like packing these pumpkin breakfast cookies as a lunchbox snack for the kids and make them for my own on-the-go breakfast. Leftovers keep for days so make lots and stash them away for snacks. More pumpkin recipes - 1 Bowl Pumpkin bread  - Pumpkin Carrot Bread  - Gluten-free Pumpkin Bread  - Pumpkin Cinnamon rolls - 1 Bowl Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins - Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal ! Gf Continue reading: Vegan Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies Gluten-freeThe post Vegan Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies Gluten-free appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Almond Burfi

September 8 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Almond BurfiKeep this vegan almond burfi recipe at hand for whenever you need an easy yet special treat for the holidays! This 4 ingredient Indian Almond Fudge is totally fool-proof to make within minutes and makes for a great gift, too. Gluten-free, soy-free. Keep this almond burfi recipe ready for whenever you need a sweet treat for the holidays and Indian festivals. It is quick and easy to make and needs just 4 ingredients. What is Burfi? Burfi, also called barfi, is an original Indian dessert similar to fudge. It belongs populat  Indian sweets which are united under the name mithai. Various Burfis are traditionally made using ingredients like milk solids, condensed milk, milk powder, sugar, and ghee (clarified butter), nuts etc. My vegan Badam Burfi is made with ground almonds or almond flour, vegan butter, sugar & a touch of saffron.  I love it for its delightful balance of mild and sweet notes and its signature light fudgy texture. It’s a bit like almond fudge. These little bites of bliss are not only unbelievably easy to make but making burfi at home also leaves your kitchen smelling like heaven! What’s not to love about the fragrances of almond, and saffron wafting through your house? Trust me, this delicately flavored almond burfi will win your loved ones over with its melt-in-the-mouth texture. I like making these for celebrations like the Indian Ganesh festival or Diwali, but they also make an amazing gift any time of the year. The best part is that this recipe is super forgiving and totally fail-proof which gives us one less thing to worry about during the holidays. You ca change up the flavors and use cardamom, or vanilla instead. You can serve these Almond Burfi as a snack or a dessert and kids love these too! Such a great alternative to store-bought candies. MORE INDIAN SWEETS TO TRY: all Veganized - Rasmalai Cake - Gulab Jamun  - Coconut Ladoo - Almond Halwa, 2ways and Almond Ladoo GF - Malai Burfi  GF - 7 Cup Burfi - GF, Nutfree - Gajar Halwa, skillet, Instant pot - Wheat Ladoo - Sooji Halwa - Kaju Katli Continue reading: Vegan Almond BurfiThe post Vegan Almond Burfi appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Baked Tofu Curry (Easy Tofu Makhani)

September 1 2021 Vegan Richa 

Baked Tofu Curry (Easy Tofu Makhani)The easiest, simplified and hands-off version of tofu makhani (butter tofu) curry! No tempering spices, no sauteeing onions, no frying tofu. The oven takes care of everything for a fabulous silky Baked Tofu curry! Serve with rice for a delicious vegan dinner. Glutenfree Nutfree. Soyfree option. If you are adding ONE more tofu curry recipe to your collection of easy dinner recipes, let it be this vegan baked tofu curry. Why? Because it is the easiest, simplified and most hands-off version of butter tofu curry! No tempering spices, no sauteeing onions, no frying tofu. The oven takes care of all of these steps for us. Even better, we get all of this done within the same casserole dish. Fewer dishes = more time to relax. This Indian tofu curry is vegan and baked version of tofu makhani. Tofu/­­paneer makhani and tofu butter masala are often used interchangeably. Though very similar sauces, makhani is silkier and smoother than butter masala. This version uses canned tomato purée and coconut milk to get that creamy silky sauce! You can add other proteins such as veggies and chicken, soycurls or chickpeas to the sauce. The gravy is rich and creamy thanks to coconut milk and it is flavored with aromatic warming spices. Your home will be filled with a tantalizing aroma while your curry is baking. Yes, I repeat, this curry is baked in the oven. All in all, this vegan dinner took less than 45 to make, and trust me, you will be going back for seconds when you sit down to enjoy this delicious meal. Maximum flavor with minimal effort. Serve this curry with rice and mop up all that delicious gravy with some hit roti or naan until the last drop is cleaned off your plate. MORE INDIAN COMFORT FOOD - Baked Madras curry Tofu - Baked Balti Veggies - Veggie curry casserole  - Butter Tofu- GF - IP Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce GF - Tofu in Spinach Curry - Saag Tofu - Vegetable Jalfrezi Continue reading: Baked Tofu Curry (Easy Tofu Makhani)The post Baked Tofu Curry (Easy Tofu Makhani) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Mexican Egg Casserole

August 28 2021 Vegan Richa 

Mexican Egg CasseroleThis Vegan Mexican Egg Casserole gets a delicious Mexican flair with layers of roasted potatoes, onion and bell peppers, spinach, tomatoes, vegan cheese, and fluffy tofu eggs seasoned with taco spice.  Your whole family will gobble this easy brunch recipe up! Nut-free + gluten-free option. I love me a good breakfast casserole and today we are adding a Mexican twist to it! This easy Vegan Mexican Casserole is my new favorite weekend brunch recipe. I guess you could call it Mexican Egg Casserole or Mexican Egg Bake. Essentially, it is vegan tofu eggs mixed with some pre-baked veggies, some bread, and some vegan cheese shreds then all baked in a casserole dish. It is almost like a vegan egg souffle dish packed with vegetables. You can also add in some cooked beans if you like to make it even more hearty. Now let’s talk about the seasonings because that is where we get the Mexican flavors in. Taco seasoning and chipotle chili powder are your best friends for whenever you want to add a pinch of fiesta to any dish. I make my own taco spice using this taco seasoning recipe but storebought is fine as well.  Making your own is quick and easy and takes mere minutes using common spices you probably already have, so it’s worth checking out the recipe. When made at home, you can also adjust the flavor and heat to preference. Back to the vegan Mexican casserole – we use a mix of pre-roasted veggies and veggies as add ons. Pre-roasting the potatoes, onion and bell peppers before adding to vegan tofu “egg” mixture is necessary to allow for them to cook. And we all love that aroma of roasted bell peppers and charred onions, don’t we? It makes this vegan egg casserole taste a bit like fajitas. MORE SAVORY BREAKFAST OPTIONS - Vegan Breakfast Potatotes - Tofu Scramble Wrap. - Savory Oats Hash - Chickpea Chilaquiles - Tofu- Bhurji (Indian Scramble) - Sweet Potato Hash  - Lentil Frittata - Sprouted Lentil Avocado Toast Continue reading: Mexican Egg CasseroleThe post Mexican Egg Casserole appeared first on Vegan Richa.

New Ebook: Weeknight Magic Vol. 2

August 11 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

New Ebook: Weeknight Magic Vol. 2 We are so excited to tell you about Volume 2 of our Weeknight Recipe Ebook! It’s a collection of more straightforward and plant-based recipes for busy people who love to cook. Each recipe was developed to be weeknight-friendly, with shorter cooking times and easier prep. Whole, plant foods are featured prominently throughout the ebook and make up the bulk of these vibrant, weeknight meals. We are also launching the Weeknight Magic Ebook Bundle, which includes both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of our weeknight ebooks for $4 off the total price. You can check out a few sneak peek photos from the ebook, plus the full recipe index below. We hope that these recipes will bring a little joy to your everyday :) Buy Weeknight Magic Vol. 2 /­­ Buy the Weeknight Magic Bundle ($4 Off) Recipe Index *all recipes are vegan and can be gluten-free if needed -  Coconut Lentils and Greens -  Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Green Beans -  Thin Crust Tortilla Pizza with Broccoli Rabe and Shiitake Sausage -  Summer Curry -  Roasted Peach and White Bean Bruschetta -  Miso-Tahini Ramen with Corn and Tempeh -  Baked Sweet Potatoes with Curried Chickpeas and Green Goddess Sauce -  Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Orzo -  Potato and Red Cabbage Tacos with Green Crema -  Eggplant Kale Lasagna -  Creamy Tomato and Red Lentil Soup with Hummus Grilled Cheese -  Vegetable Chickpea Stir Fry -  Herbed Tofu Egg Salad -  Roasted Eggplant and Broccoli Hummus Bowls -  Beet Coconut Oven Risotto with Baked Tofu or Tempeh -  Stewed Cauliflower Burrito Bowls -  Lettuce Cups with Crispy Tofu and Almond Butter Sauce -  White Beans with Smashed Summer Squash and Walnut Cream -  Spiced Roasted Carrots, Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas with Creamy Kale -  Pesto-ish Quinoa with Zucchini and Peas -  Basic Hummus -  Cashew Ricotta -  Rice/­­Quinoa -  Vinaigrette Dressing (for the Perfect Side Salad) -  Garlic Bread Buy Weeknight Magic Vol. 2 /­­ Buy the Weeknight Magic Bundle ($4 Off) The post New Ebook: Weeknight Magic Vol. 2 appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Vegan Yellow Squash and Corn Casserole

July 25 2021 FatFree Vegan Kitchen  

Vegan Yellow Squash and Corn Casserole Golden slices of summer squash and kernels of corn are baked in a creamy sauce and topped with bread crumbs in this Southern-style vegan squash casserole. It’s the perfect summer side dish. Hi, my name is Susan, and I’m a vegan. It’s been so long since I updated this blog that I only half-humorously feel like I need to introduce myself again. For those of you who don’t know me, you can find my real introduction on my About page. For those who do know me and worried that I had fallen off the planet, I’m happy to report that I’m alive and well and now living in Louisiana.  My husband and I had been thinking of moving back to our home state to be closer to family, but when the pandemic hit, we put that idea on hold. So we hadn’t been actively looking for a house when, in January, we practically stumbled on the perfect house just a mile from my parents. Of course, there were complications–someone else had a contract on it–but when that contract fell through, we had to act fast to make sure it didn’t get away from us. Since we hadn’t really been expecting to move, we had a lot of packing up and cleaning out to get 21 years of accumulated junk out of our old house and a bunch of repairs, painting, and sprucing up the yard to get that house ready to sell. It all seems in retrospect to have happened so quickly–all except the unpacking. It took months of emptying boxes, but we’re finally settled into our house in the country. And we love it! The boxes have been recycled, the ancient stove and dishwasher have been replaced, and I’m starting to feel like my old self again, the self that likes cooking food and writing about it. The thing I love most about the move is that I get to spend more time with my parents. After living in other states for the past 30+ years, it’s a joy to be able to get to know them all over again. It was with that family connection in mind that I chose this squash and corn casserole as my first “coming back home” recipe. Its based on the squash casserole my mother often made when I was growing up. I’d always considered it her recipe, but she says she got it from my grandmother. I’m happy to put my own twist on it and hopefully pass it down to my daughter for further adaptation. In its original incarnation, it was made with canned creamed corn. In my updated vegan version, I created a cream using frozen organic corn, vegetable broth, and nutritional yeast and herbs for added flavor.  How to Make the Best Squash Casserole Squash casseroles are a great way to use up some of the abundance of summer squash. You can even make them with zucchini or patty pan squash instead of the traditional yellow squash. While it’s a fairly simple dish, there are a few things you need to know to be sure that it comes out perfect every time: - First, and most importantly, you need to pre-cook the squash before mixing it in with the other ingredients and baking it. If you don’t cook it first, the squash will exude all of its moisture into the dish and your casserole will be watery. You also would have to bake it longer, heating up your summer kitchen for longer than is necessary. I prefer to sauté the squash and onion first (without oil), which not only cooks them but also adds flavor. - The creamed corn you buy in cans doesn’t usually contain any cream and is often completely vegan. But I like to make my own with organic corn and add creaminess and flavor to it by including cashews or tofu. Use the cashews if you can, but if they are too high in fat for your diet, light silken tofu or even regular tofu makes an acceptable substitute. - If you’re using the cashews and don’t have a high-speed blender, soak them first in water for a couple of hours and drain them completely before blending. - Seasoned panko makes the best casserole topping; look for an oil-free brand (Whole Foods makes one) or use gluten-free panko or bread crumbs instead. But feel free to omit the topping if you want. Im happy to report that the vegan squash and corn casserole was a big hit with the family. I served it with cornbread and pink-eye peas for a southern meal befitting our new country home. Print Add to Collection Go to Collections Vegan Yellow Squash and Corn Casserole Golden slices of summer squash are baked in a creamy sauce and topped with crunchy panko bread crumbs. It's plant-based and oil-free, too! Course Side Dish, Vegetable Cuisine Southern Keyword oil-free, plant-based casserole, southern squash casserole, vegan squash casserole Allergen Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 55 minutes Servings 6 Calories 158 kcal Author Susan Voisin Ingredients1 medium onion chopped 4 medium yellow squash sliced into 1/­­4-inch rounds 2 cloves garlic minced 1 1/­­2 cups organic frozen corn divided 3/­­4 cup vegetable broth 1/­­4 cup raw cashews or 1/­­4 cup tofu 1/­­4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 teaspoon salt omit or reduce for lower sodium 1/­­4 teaspoon ground black pepper Optional Topping1 cup panko (or gluten-free bread crumbs) 1/­­2 teaspoon dried basil 1/­­2 teaspoon dried oregano InstructionsUsing a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat, sauté onion for 2-3 minutes, until it begins to soften and brown on a few edges. Add squash and garlic and cook, stirring, until squash is softening. Add 1 cup corn and remove from heat. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 1 1/­­2 to 2-quart baking dish with parchment paper or oil it lightly. Blend 1/­­2 cup corn, vegetable broth, cashews/­­tofu, salt, cornstarch, and seasonings (nutritional yeast, oregano, basil, black pepper) in a blender until smooth. TIP: If you don't think your blender will blend raw cashews, soften them first by soaking in water for 2 hours and then draining before use.) Place half the squash mixture in a single layer in the casserole dish; spoon half of the sauce over it. Repeat with remaining squash and sauce. Sprinkle the top with seasoned panko, if desired. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. If the top isn't completely browned, heat it under the broiler for a minute or two but watch it carefully to make sure it doesn't burn. Serve hot. NotesFor gluten-free, use gluten-free bread crumbs or omit the topping. Nutritional Info below includes cashews and salt. When made with firm tofu instead of cashews, these are the correct values: 119 Calories 1.3g Total Fat .24g Saturated Fat WW points (Blue plan):  - With cashews and panko: 3 points - With cashews but no panko: 1 point - With tofu and panko: 2 points - With tofu and no panko: 0 points Points vary on other plans.   NutritionServing: 1 serving | Calories: 158 kcal | Carbohydrates: 24 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 4.35 g | Saturated Fat: 0.9 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 492 mg | Potassium: 396 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 6 g Please pin and share!   The post Vegan Yellow Squash and Corn Casserole appeared first on FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

Vegan Date Nut Cake (Eggless)

July 18 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Date Nut Cake (Eggless)This easy vegan date nut cake is moist, fluffy, and packed with chewy dates and crunchy pecans and walnuts! So simple to make and the perfect sweet treat to bring to a potluck or bake sale. Gluten-free option. Tired of making banana bread over and over again? Try this Vegan Date and Nut Cake instead. It’s moist yet light and fluffy and packed with dates and nuts. You could probably get away with calling this a vegan date and nut bread, or snack cake. I love this date cake with a mix of pecans or walnuts and pistachios but you can use any nut you have in your baking pantry – or a mix of nuts and seeds. Think hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, pumpkin seeds – anything you want!  The batter is so wonderfully moist thanks to the addition of almond flour.  I used AP flour for this and while I did not design this to be a gluten-free cake, you could totally change this by using a gluten-free flour mix of oat flour, almond flour, and potato starch. This is one of those easy cake recipes you can make whenever there is a “cake emergency” – meaning your kids let you know they need to bring something to school the next day. Or you have spontaneous visitors and want to whip up something sweet and easy. As this cake travels really well, you can also bring it to any potluck or picnic. Everyone will love it so keep the recipe ready! MORE VEGAN CAKE RECIPES - Eggnog Pound Cake - 1 Bowl Banana Apple Bread. Can be made into muffins - Peanut Butter Chocolate Marble Cake - Lemon blueberry pound cake - GF Cashew Butter Chocolate Marble Cake.  - Gluten-free Cinnamon Roll Bread yeast-free. - Carrot Banana Bread - Also grain-free. - Sweet Potato Crumb Cake. GF Continue reading: Vegan Date Nut Cake (Eggless)The post Vegan Date Nut Cake (Eggless) appeared first on Vegan Richa.


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