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Plant-Based Power Chef Charity Morgan on Fueling The Tennessee Titans with Plants

September 16 2019 Meatless Monday 

Plant-Based Power Chef Charity Morgan on Fueling The Tennessee Titans with PlantsThere are plenty of reasons to eat more plant-based foods. For NFL linebacker Derrick Morgan, who most recently played on the Tennessee Titans, the reason was clear: He wanted to become an even better athlete. [Derrick] wanted to have a competitive edge for training on and off the field, Morgans wife, Chef Charity Morgan , said. After doing extensive research on using plant-based foods as fuel, Derrick decided to fully commit to plant-based eating — cold turkey — back in 2017. His wife Charity and two young kids, soon followed his lead. Now, the whole Morgan clan eats all plant-based, all the time. But this is hardly where their plant-based story ends. The Morgans new approach to eating soon made its way onto the football field. Charity, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained professional chef, gradually transitioned her cooking style to plant-based and, with that, began to serve meals to other Tennessee Titans. For me, it was just re-educating the guys about what food looks like. Once they realized they could have lasagna, enchiladas and mac and cheese in plant-based form, they were so stoked , she said. Charity cooks up plant-based dishes for many of the players, whove found that the meals leave them energized and ready to play. A lot of them tell me they feel faster on the field, they feel more energetic , Charity said of the players, adding that many said they didnt feel sluggish like they normally do after a big lunch.  Chef Charitys recipes are always evolving, but there are a few staples she said the players request on the reg. Her plant-based truffle mac and cheese is by far the players most beloved recipe, and her tacos, which she makes with soyrizo, black beans, bell peppers, onion and garlic are another favorite.  While there is a wealth of information around plant-based eating, Chef Charity said protein is often the players first concern when they sign up for her meals. She said being an educator comes as part of her job as a chef: Once she breaks down the beneficial nutrients in foods like vegetables, lentils and legumes, she said the players worries are easily quelled. The chef labels all of the players meals clearly so they know what to expect before digging in, and every dish is protein-packed. Her Pro-Bowl, a mix of lentils, chickpeas, hemp seeds, kale and spinach, is incredibly protein-dense.  While many of the Titans have incorporated plant-based eating into their lives (and their training), not all have committed as wholly as the Morgan family has — and, as Chef Charity put it, thats completely OK. I tell people all the time, even if you start with Meatless Monday, thats great. I encourage that , she said, adding that Meatless Monday often ends up being a gateway to even more plant-based eating. People realize they create their own [unnecessary] barriers, but once they try [to eat a little less meat], they start to realize that its really not so difficult. We create our own roadblocks that dont really exist in reality, she said.  So while conventional wisdom may tell us that professional football players need a meat-heavy diet to perform their best, the real proof is in the Titans.  Learn more about plant-based athletes from the experts - check out Game Changers the movie . A UFC fighter discovers an elite group of athletes proving everything he’d been taught about protein was a lie . This documentary breaks down the stereotypes, myths and realities of protein and strength around plant-based eating for professional athletes. Check it out in your local theaters. The post Plant-Based Power Chef Charity Morgan on Fueling The Tennessee Titans with Plants appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Carrot and Broccoli Salad with Green Olives

September 9 2019 VegKitchen 

Carrot and Broccoli Salad with Green Olives Green olives, fresh herbs, and crunchy seeds embellish the pairing of baby carrots and broccoli for a simple, savory salad.This is the kind of salad that has good staying power, as long as you take care to cook the broccoli just until it’s barely tender-crisp and still bright green. It’s even better the next day, and is a nice little side  to include in your lunch. The post Carrot and Broccoli Salad with Green Olives appeared first on VegKitchen.

Beet Salad with Chopped Endive and Arugula

September 9 2019 Meatless Monday 

Slices of roasted red beets with chopped endive and baby arugula dressed with orange champagne vinaigrette, topped with pistachio and garnished with honey calamansi gel and golden beet puree. This recipe comes to us from chef Mark Angelo Crisostomo , one of the finalists in the Western Foodservice Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! - Beet Salad - 4-6 (1lb to 2lbs) Medium size red beets - 5 oz (4-6 cups) baby arugula, rinsed and dry - 12 oz (6-8 pieces) of Endives - 4 ounces of raw pistachio   - Orange Champagne Vinaigrette - 2 Fresh Oranges - 1 Tbsp Sugar - 1 Small Red Onion - Rough chopped - 2-3 Ounces of Champagne Vinegar - 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard - 4 -6 Ounces Oil (Avocado or Avocado Oil) - Salt and pepper to taste   - Honey Calamansi Gel - 4 ounces of Calamansi juice - 4-6 ounces of honey - Super Agar and Xanthan Gum - Steps: Blend Honey Calamansi and Agar (1% of the total volume) thoroughly and simmer it for 2-4 minutes. Pour it to a cup and place it in a fridge or ice batch until it sets then blend it again add water to thin it or xanthan gum to thicken.   - Golden Beet Puree - 2-3 (about a 1lb) Medium golden beets - 2 ounces of Red beet juice/­­water and Squeeze of lemon - Xanthan Gum (follow label instructions) - Salt to taste - Steps: Combine all ingredients in a blender and squeeze until consistency is achieved.   Steps: 1. Preheat the oven to 400?F. Wash beets and wrap each beets with foil tightly and line them up in a baking pan. Bake for an hour or until its done. Peel and cut the red beets into thin slices (use mandoline slicer for consistent slices) and dice the golden beets. 2. While beets are baking, make the vinaigrette, in a small pot add the champagne vinegar, sugar and chopped red onions and reduce into half, s and blend it. Add orange juice and Dijon mustard. Add oil slowly while blending until desired consistency is achieved. Add salt and pepper to taste. (use Xanthan Gum, if available to achieve desired consistency). 3. In a mixing bowl add the chopped endives and baby arugula and drizzle vinaigrette. On a plate, lay red beets slice and top it with the Endives, Arugula and Pistachios. Add honey calamansi gel and beet puree around the plate. Be creative. The post Beet Salad with Chopped Endive and Arugula appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Mushroom Tofu Scramble

September 9 2019 Meatless Monday 

Mushrooms and onions are seasoned with Indian spices and sautéed with crumbled tofu. This quick breakfast scramble is easily edited to incorporate whatever veggies you have in the fridge. This recipe comes to us from Amy of Mmmunch On This. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1 onion, chopped - 2 cups mushrooms, sliced - 2 pounds firm tofu, drained and crumbled - 1 teaspoon ground coriander - 1/­­2 teaspoon paprika - 1/­­2 teaspoon chili powder - 1 tablespoon ground cumin - 1 tablespoon ground turmeric - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - black pepper, to taste - 1/­­2 of cup nutritional yeast* *optional. Found in health food stores. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and mushrooms to the pan and cook 5-7 minutes, or until softened. Add the crumbed tofu to the sauté pan. Season tofu mushroom mixture with coriander, paprika, chili powder, cumin, turmeric, salt and pepper to taste. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Sprinkle scramble with nutritional yeast, serve and enjoy! The post Mushroom Tofu Scramble appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Baked Lentil Empanadas

September 9 2019 Meatless Monday 

Lentils, cremini mushrooms, and pimento-stuffed olives give these baked empanadas flavor to spare. This recipe comes to us from chef Jodi Taffel , one of the finalists in the Western Foodservice Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Makes 24 empanadas - 7 eggs - 1 cup yellow onion, roughly chopped - 1 cup sliced carrots - 1/­­2 cup diced celery - 8 oz sliced cremini mushrooms - 2 tbl olive oil - 1 tbl minced garlic - 2 tsp Kosher salt - 1 tsp cracked black pepper - 1/­­2 tsp paprika - 1 cup dry green lentils - 2 tsp dried tarragon - 4 cups vegetable stock - 1 cup martini olives (green with red pimentos), roughly chopped - 24 empanada wrappers - 2 tbl water, divided - 1/­­2 cup toasted garlic & avocado finishing oil   Directions 1. Submerge 6 eggs in a pot of water set over medium heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover with a tight fitting lid and let sit 12 minutes. Remove eggs and place in an ice bath. When cool enough to touch, peel and roughly chop. 2. While eggs are cooking, set a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat and sauté onion, carrots, celery and mushrooms the olive oil until softened. 3. Add the garlic, salt, pepper and paprika and cook 1 additional minute, or until fragrant. 4. Add the lentils and toss with the vegetables, then add the tarragon and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. 5. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes, or until lentils are tender and all the liquid has been absorbed (if lentils are still a bit crunchy after liquid is absorbed, add another cup of stock and continue to cook until they are tender). 6. Transfer lentil mixture to a large bowl and allow to cool 15 minutes while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 7. Fold eggs and olives into lentil mixture. 8. Working with 1 at a time, place 3-4 tablespoons lentil mixture in the center of each empanada wrapper. Dab your finger in water and moisten all around the outer edge of the empanada wrappers. Fold empanadas in half, seal the edges with the tines of a fork, and place on a parchment or silicone lined sheet pan. 9. Beat remaining egg with remaining tablespoon of water and paint the tops of the empanadas with it. 10. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until beautifully browned. 11. Remove empanadas from the oven and pain tops with finishing oil while still hot. The post Baked Lentil Empanadas appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegan Eggplant Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes and Olives

August 30 2019 VegKitchen 

Vegan Eggplant Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes and Olives Make a simple vegan eggplant pizza special by adding fresh tomatoes and olives to the topping. It’s a perfect pizza to make on cool summer evenings, though you can enjoy it year round as long as you can find decent tomatoes. Use tomatoes that are ripe yet firm, and dense and fleshy rather than seedy. The post Vegan Eggplant Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes and Olives appeared first on VegKitchen.

No-Cook Marinara Sauce

August 21 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

No-Cook Marinara Sauce We became obsessed with this recipe back in our raw food days and have been making it every summer since. It’s the epitome of August cooking – effortless and completely reliant on the sun-fed brightness of peak season tomatoes. This marinara goes well with zucchini noodles for a totally raw meal, but if you’re over zoodles, it’s great tossed with real pasta as well. It also makes for an amazing cold pasta salad dressing. We hope you’re enjoying these toasty days of late summer. We’ll be posting a little less frequently until September, just to soak it all in. Sending you all the love and hugs! P.S. Click here for a bonus recipe for the easiest, most satisfying Summer Curry that we posted over on Instagram. No-Cook Marinara Sauce   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 3 large heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes, or the equivalent in cherry tomatoes - cut in chunks 2-3 halves sun-dried tomatoes - soaked in hot water for a few min if not oil-packed 1-2 soft Medjool dates - pits removed 1-2 garlic cloves - roughly chopped 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice ¼ cup olive oil 1 packed cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish 1-2 leaves or 1 teaspoon of fresh oregano (optional) sea salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste more halved cherry tomatoes - for serving (optional, we love using Sun Golds here) Instructions Combine the tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, dates, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, basil, oregano (if using), sea salt, and black pepper in a food processor. Process in short pulses, so as to not whip too much air into the marinara, until smooth. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust if needed. Serve the marinara over pasta or noodles of choice, garnished with more basil and halved cherry tomatoes, if using. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 3.5.3226 The post No-Cook Marinara Sauce appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Strawberry Rhubarb Hemp Breakfast Bites

August 15 2019 My New Roots 

Strawberry Rhubarb Hemp Breakfast Bites This post is a long time coming! And Im so excited to finally be sharing my bedroom with you all. Weve now been in our home for a year and a bit, and although its (still!) not complete, were enjoying working on the finishing details here and there. Honestly, I dont think we will ever be done, and that is okay. This entire experience has made me way more patient, realistic, and Ive learned to set my expectations super low on every project so that instead of being disappointed, Im often positively surprised! We moved with just boxes, zero furniture, and essentially had to start over in that department. That meant a new bed, a new mattress and all new linens, since we decided to make the jump from a queen size mattress to a king (literally one of the best life decisions, ever). My husband and I are both DIY-ers, and serious thrift store shoppers, and we knew that we wanted to build a bed ourselves, then find the rest of bedroom furniture second-hand. The one place where we knew we wanted to really take our time considering was a mattress and the bedding. If you read this blog, you probably care about your health to some degree. Like me, you may prioritize buying organic produce, splurge on environmentally-conscious clothing, and look to sustainable skincare and beauty products. But have you ever thought about your bedroom environment? We spend a third of our life in bed (at least we should), so its just as important to consider the things that we interact with in our homes, not just what goes in and on our bodies. In fact, the greatest exposure to chemicals you can have in a day, could be while youre sleeping. When I started looking into buying a mattress, I found the options were totally overwhelming. And with so many retailers moving to online platforms and selling directly to consumers, prices have been slashed considerably, and the deals are tempting. Mattresses are one of those things that seem pretty innocuous, and maybe even a place to save a few bucks. But dig a little deeper and youll see that the thing you spend so much time on, is not the thing you should spending less money on, as youll be paying for cheaper materials with your health. Modern, conventional mattresses are made with a laundry list of harmful substances that can be affecting you and your family. One of the most offensive ingredients found in conventional mattresses is memory foam made from polyurethane; a highly flammable, petroleum-based material. Polyurethane foam emits Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, and can also damage the liver, kidneys and central nervous system, according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Un-ironically referred to as solid gasoline, polyurethane foam is typically wrapped in or treated with fire retardant chemicals to meet the Federal and State flammability standards in the US, otherwise it would be totally unsafe. Which brings me to the second thing to watch out for in mattresses, and that is chemical fire-retardants (CFRs). These are compounds added to the materials in a mattress to protect you, and they are an inexpensive way to meet safety standards. The issue is that CFRs do not fully bind to materials, and are released into the air through the mattress, then build up in the body causing some people lifelong health issues.   Formaldehyde, antimony, boric acid, and halogenated flame retardants are some of the most damaging CFRs found in modern mattresses, and the frustrating thing is that companies are not required to disclose which ones they are using. Unless a mattress company is explicitly eliminating these chemicals from their production and using a natural material alternative, they are likely using one of the harmful chemicals listed above. I looked at a number of organic /­­ natural mattress companies in my research, and the one that stood out to me was Naturepedic. They are made with certified organic cotton, wool, and latex. For heavy-duty support without any health or allergy concerns, Naturepedic only uses the highest quality innersprings available made from recycled steel.. , and steel, with Naturepedic ensured  the purity of every material used, along with fair labour practices. I reached out to Naturepedic, to see if they would be open to me trying a mattress out and blogging about it. They agreed, and sent me their EOS  (Ergonomic Organic Sleep) mattress that allows for fully customized layers for finding the exact right amount of firmness (you can even choose different support styles from your sleep partner, or swap out the layers down the line in case your preferences change). Id never heard of anything like that before, and though it was so brilliant! I went to the showroom in Toronto to try out the mattress in person, which was very helpful, but you can also just order online if you know what kind of consistency you like. The mattress components were delivered to my door, and it was easy to assemble, as everything gets zipped into a giant, certified organic cotton casing. After spending the last twelve months on this bed, I can confirm that its been the best year of sleep in my entire life (even post-child, haha!). Besides the fact that I love going to bed knowing that I am breathing completely clean air, and that the materials that went into the mattress were made with a deep commitment to protecting the environment, its simply the most supportive and comfortable mattress Ive ever tried. Period. I cannot recommend this mattress enough! The other thing to consider when outfitting your bedroom is the bedding itself. Because we come into direct, skin-to-product contact with these textiles, its essential to choose something non-toxic. Most bedding on the market is made with cotton, one of the most chemical-laden crops grown. According to Pesticide Action Network North America, Conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other single crop and epitomizes the worst effects of chemically dependent agriculture. Each year cotton producers around the world use nearly $2.6 billion worth of pesticides -- more than 10 per cent of the worlds pesticides and nearly 25 per cent of the worlds insecticides. If youre going to sleep in cotton, choose organic whenever you can. Linen is a great alternative material because it is a much lower impact material on the environment, and requires very little intervention to be grown. Coyuchi is a brand recommended to me by my dear friend Elenore, who has the highest standards I know of Coyuchis textile line is not only 100% organic, but also consciously processed, meaning that they use low-impact dyes for colour that is kind to the planet and our sensitive skin. Coyuchi offered to send me some bedding to try out and I was instantly obsessed. Their textiles are beyond delicious, super soft, and incredibly comfortable. For a duvet cover, I chose the Crystal Cove pattern in white. I loved this choice since its reversible - a textured weave that looks cozy in the winter, and a crinkled cotton underside, which I like to face up in the summer. I also love their Topanga Matelasse blanket, shown here in warm stripe, which is also reversible (super convenient if you want to change up the look of your bedding with a quick flip!). For winter, their Cloud Brushed flannel sheets are super luxurious, and especially enjoyable its very hard to find organic flannel! Words cannot describe the feeling of slipping into these on a chilly night. The giant back pillows in the bed are also from Coyuchi, and are perfect if you have an open-frame bed without a headboard. I like to sit up and read in bed, and these pillows are firm enough to act as a headboard itself. When youre shopping for any kind of textile (bedding, furniture, or clothing), the most important mark to look for is the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification. GOTS is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Unlike most textile and mattress companies, both Coyuchi and Naturepedic are GOTS certified and adhere to their strict standards for agriculture and labour. Okay, lets get to the recipe! I experimented with these breakfast bites for a long time. At first, I was blending up cashews to make flour, but that got expensive, and ultimately I wanted the recipe to be allergen-free (so the nuts had to go!). As an alternative, I opted for hemp seeds, which worked beautifully. Its easy to make your own hemp flour in a food processor in a few seconds. Ive been using it baked goods lately and love how moist and tender the results are! I used strawberries and rhubarb for these nuggets of joy, but since were moving into stone fruit season, Ill soon be switching it up and using peaches, plums, pluots, apricots, and cherries in their place. Any fruit will work as long as its not super moist (like melons). Raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries would be lovely here too. Simply use 1 cup of chopped fresh fruit in any combination that tickles your fancy. To change up the flavour even more, add orange zest, warm spices like cinnamon and cardamom, or even some cacao powder for a chocolate version. Yum! I really wanted to make a successful vegan version of these, so I tried using banana in place of the egg. The results were decent, but a little too moist. If I made these again, I would use the banana plus a tablespoon of ground flax seeds. If any of you do that, please let me know in the comments!     Print recipe     Strawberry Rhubarb Hemp Breakfast Bites Makes 12 Ingredients: 1 1/­­2 cups /­­ 215g hemp seeds 1/­­4 cup /­­ 35g arrowroot 1/­­4 tsp. flaky salt, plus more for garnish, if desired 1 tsp. baking powder 1 egg (or 1 ripe banana, mashed) 1/­­4 cup /­­ 60ml pure maple syrup 2 tsp. vanilla extract (or 1/­­2 tsp. vanilla powder) 1/­­2 cup /­­ 85g chopped strawberries 1/­­2 cup /­­ 60g chopped rhubarb (2-3 slim stalks) expeller-pressed coconut oil for greasing (or use muffin liners Directions: 1. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin with coconut oil. Preheat oven to 350°F /­­ 175°C. 2. Wash the strawberries and rhubarb well. Slice the rhubarb into small discs, and cut the strawberries into small chunks. Reserve 3 strawberries for topping the breakfast bites, if desired (remove greens, then slice them top to bottom). Set fruit aside.  3. In a food processor, blend hemp seeds until theyre a fine powder (dont go too far or youll end up with hemp seed butter!). Add the arrowroot, salt and baking powder and pulse a few times to combine. 4. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg or banana, maple syrup, and vanilla extract together. Add the hemp seed flour blend, and stir to combine. Fold in the rhubarb and strawberries. 5.  Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the batter into each prepared muffin tin. If desired, place a slice of strawberry on top of each bite. Set in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly golden. 6. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. 7. Enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for five days. Aside from getting the chemicals out of your space, here are five other ways to improve the health of your bedroom, and your sleep! Add plants - having a couple of living things in your sleeping space keeps the air clean and fresh. Snake plants, areca palms, aloe vera and orchids are especially helpful, since they absorb CO2 at night, even when they are not photosynthesizing.  Consider airflow - keeping a window cracked at night is a good way to get some fresh air while you sleep. If its noisy outside, keep your window open during the day to ensure full air exchange, and close it right before bed. It’s very important to keep the air in your space fresh and moving. Salt rock lamps - these are said to purify the air by omitting negative ions. I cannot confirm this in any way, but I can confirm that the light they give off is incredibly soothing and helps me wind down at the end of the day. Overhead lighting is very stimulating (and let’s be honest, not overly sexy). Keep the devices out - dont work in bed, and avoid using your phone before snoozing. Blue light from screens inhibits our bodys ability to make melatonin, our sleep-wake hormone. If you choose to keep your phone in your room overnight, set it to airplane mode while you sleep so youre not exposing yourself to radiation from EMFs (Electromagnetic Field).  Beeswax candles - yes, its cozy to burn candles before bed, but paraffin candles pollute the air, full stop. Soy is a better alternative, but beeswax is my favourite since it actually helps purify the air by omitting negative ions, and removing dust and dander. Show me your Hemp Breakfast Bites on Instagram: #mnrbreakfastbites Special thanks to my dear friend Sara for taking these photos of me (and putting up with my awkwardness for at least two hours!). http:/­­/­­matandsara.com/­­ The post Strawberry Rhubarb Hemp Breakfast Bites appeared first on My New Roots.

Lettuce Wrap Salad with Three Sauces

August 9 2019 VegKitchen 

Lettuce Wrap Salad with Three Sauces This lettuce wrap salad is satisfying and quick to make. The three different sauces to serve with these leafy wraps makes them extra tasty. Recipe contributed by Mimi Kirk, from Live Raw: The post Lettuce Wrap Salad with Three Sauces appeared first on VegKitchen.

Green Bean Salad

July 31 2019 VegKitchen 

Green Bean Salad This simple Green Bean Salad showcases fresh seasonal vegetables and is perfect as a side dish on a BBQ night.   Save Print Green Bean Salad Serves: 8   Ingredients 1 lb green beans 25 cherry tomatoes, cut in half 1 bell pepper 3 French shallots, finely chopped 50 mL olive oil 25 mL balsamic vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp honey 1/­­4 cup fresh parsley salt and pepper Instructions Strain the beans and steam for about 6 minutes. The post Green Bean Salad appeared first on VegKitchen.

Meat Free Cottage Pie

July 29 2019 Meatless Monday 

A meat free twist on a British classic, this hearty cottage pie gets its meatiness from the fusion of brown lentils and shiitake mushrooms. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Meat Free Monday . See below for a video with step-by-step recipe instructions! Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves: 4 – 6 For the filling: - 1 medium onion, finely chopped - 2 medium carrots, diced - 2 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped - 250g/­­9 oz/­­1 1/­­4 cups uncooked brown lentils, rinsed and drained - 900 ml/­­3 3/­­4 cups vegetable stock/­­bouillon - 2 tsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme - Freshly ground black pepper, to taste - 2 tbsp red wine (optional) - 2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil - 200g /­­7 oz/­­2 cups shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and quartered (other mushrooms will be OK if you cant get these, but shiitake mushrooms work particularly well) For the topping: - 1 kg/­­35 oz/­­5 3/­­4 cups potatoes, peeled and quartered - 1 tsp plant-based margarine or olive oil - 4-5 tbsp unsweetened plant-based milk - Salt and pepper, to taste Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onions and garlic until lightly browned - approx. 5 minutes. Add the lentils, stock and thyme, then stir. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue cooking until lentils are tender (approx. 45 minutes). In the last 20 minutes of cooking, add the chopped carrots, salt, pepper and wine (if using). Add extra water if needed, to ensure the lentils dont stick to the pan. Stir and cover to allow the flavours to blend. After you have started cooking the filling, get the potatoes going by placing them in a large pan and filling with water until they are just covered. Bring to a low boil on a high heat then reduce the heat to medium. Add salt, cover and cook for about 25 minutes or until they feel soft when prodded with a fork. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain away the water then add them back to the pan ready to mash. Use a masher or large fork to mash until smooth. Add the margarine or oil and milk, and season with salt to taste. Set aside until needed. While the lentils and potatoes are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a small frying pan and add the mushrooms. Lower the heat and cook for approx. 5 minutes. Set aside. Once the lentil/­­carrot mixture is cooked, add the cooked mushrooms to this and then transfer the filling to a large lightly greased oven-proof dish. Put the mashed potato on top of the filling, in the centre, and smooth across with a fork so it covers the filling completely. Use the fork to create a criss-cross pattern. Cook the cottage pie in the oven at 180°C/­­350°F/­­gas mark 4 for 15-10 minutes, or until it gets brown on top. Allow to cool briefly before serving. Serve with steamed broccoli, peas or a green salad. Mmm, Meat Free Cottage Pie. Get Meat Free Monday’s recipe –> http:/­­/­­bit.ly/­­1QY46ke Posted by Meatless Monday on Monday, March 14, 2016 The post Meat Free Cottage Pie appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegetarian Biryani

July 29 2019 Meatless Monday 

This recipe comes to us from or global partners at Meatless Monday India . Their founder, Advika Gupta, says Biryani is a traditional dish usually made with chicken or lamb. However, vegetarian biryani is absolutely delicious and really wholesome! Most ingredients can be substituted depending on local availability. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4   - Ingredients: - Rice (white or basmati) - 1 cup - Oil - 2 tsp - Water - 2 cups -  - For the Paste: - Please note, these ingredients can be substituted depending on local alternatives available. - Tomato - 1, chopped - Ginger - 1, grated - Garlic - 7 pods - Green chili pepper - 1 - Onions - 1, chopped - Cinnamon - 1 stick -  - Sautéed Vegetables: - Please note, these veggies can be substituted for any local and seasonal veggies easily available in your area. - Onion - 1, chopped - Cauliflower - 1/­­3rd, chopped - Peas - 1/­­4th cup - Potato - 1, chopped - String beans - 10, chopped -  - Spices: - Cloves - 4 - Bay leaf - 1 - Coriander powder - 1/­­2 tsp -  - Garnish (optional): - Coriander leaves - 1/­­4th bunch   Directions: - Grind the paste ingredients together. - Heat the oil in a wok. Add in the cloves and sauté the onion in the wok. - Add the ground paste into the wok and fry for 5 minutes. - Add the rest of the spices and vegetables, and fry for 10 minutes. - Add the water and rice into the wok. - Let the rice and vegetables cook through. - Serve the hot biryani, garnished with coriander leaves! The post Vegetarian Biryani appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Recipe | Peach Dutch Baby

July 26 2019 Oh My Veggies 

Head cheese. Liverwurst. Clotted cream. The names of these foods are anything but appetizing. But clearly the most disturbingly named food in existence, even worse than head cheese, is the Dutch Baby. It’s not so much the name itself–I mean, Dutch Baby sounds kind of cute, right? But then when working on a post for your food blog about said Dutch Baby, you find yourself writing (and then scratching out and rewriting) sentences like, “I always cook Dutch Babies in a cast iron skillet” and “Some people like to top Dutch Babies with butter and sugar, but I prefer fruit.” Oh, the horror! So when my husband and I were grocery shopping for the week and he asked me what we were having for dinner that night, I was a little bit self-conscious about telling him in public. I looked around to make sure no one was within earshot and then I whispered, “A Peach Dutch Baby.” Which, you know, I’m sure wasn’t suspicious at all! Not one bit! Because really, when you’re trying not to arouse suspicion, the best thing to do is dart your eyes back and forth and say things under your breath. The first time I […]

Southwestern Tempeh Stir-Fry

July 19 2019 VegKitchen 

Southwestern Tempeh Stir-Fry Heres a lively tempeh stir-fry with Southwestern/­­Mexican flavors. The tempeh absorbs a soy-lime flavor as it simmers, and is livened up with bell peppers, zucchini, cilantro, and chili peppers. Basmati or Texmati rice is a perfect accompaniment. The post Southwestern Tempeh Stir-Fry appeared first on VegKitchen.

Quinoa Tamales with Sarza Criolla

September 9 2019 Meatless Monday 

These tamales, a variation of the popular Peruvian dish, incorporate quinoa, a staple grain of the region, and are served with sarza criolla, a Peruvian sauce of marinated onions, and topped with aji verde, a Peruvian green hot sauce. This recipe comes to us from Karla Flores-Ybaceta, Executive Chef of Mikhuna Authentic Peruvian Cuisine , and was the winner of the Western Foodservice Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox!   Makes 12 tamales - For the Dough: - 2 cups of Quinoa rinsed -  1/­­4 cup rice flour - 2 tbl salt - 1 tsp black pepper -  1/­­2 tbls turmeric or 2 tblsp aji panca paste - 2 tsp ground garlic -  1/­­4 cup grapeseed oil or oil of preference   - For the filling: - 1 tsp turmeric - 1 tsp garlic -  1/­­4 cup of grapeseed oil - 1 small size yellow onion diced - 1 medium size zucchini diced small - 1 medium size gooseneck squash diced small - 1 pint diced mini portabella mushroom - 2 roasted and diced poblano or hatch peppers   - For the Sarza Criolla: - 1 med size red onion thinly sliced and rinsed - 1 large lime - Salt to taste   - For the wrap: - Softened banana leaves - Or - Soaked corn husks   Preparation To make the dough: Cook the quinoa until soften making sure not to overcook about 15 minutes. Drain but do not rinse. In a pot heat the oil and add the turmeric or aji, and the garlic and sauté lightly being careful not to burn the garlic. Add the cooked quinoa, add the salt and pepper and continue to cook together for about 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and incorporate the rice flour.   For the filling: Heat a medium size pot and add the oil. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Incorporate the rest of the ingredients and cook until tender but careful not to overcook. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. To assemble the tamales place about a 1/­­4 of a cup of quinoa in the center of the husk or banana leaf and put a spoon full of the filling in the center. Carefully wrap the husk to form the tamale and wrap them individually tightly in aluminum foil and set aside. Once all the tamales are done place them in a pot and cover them in water and place the lid on the pot. Cook the tamales for 30 minutes and remove them from the water. Allow the to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving them. To make the sarza simply put the onions in a bowl and add the salt and lime juice and allow them to cure for about 5 minutes. If you prefer to make spicy add a slice of pepper to the onions. Plate the tamale out of the wrap on a plate and top it with the sarza. Enjoy! The post Quinoa Tamales with Sarza Criolla appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Savory Tomato and Onion Jam

September 4 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Savory Tomato and Onion Jam We’ve been making this lush, jammy spread on repeat lately. It’s been such a hit! This is a more low-maintenance version of a true jam that lasts a long time. This one comes together with more speed, doesn’t require too much sugar, and is meant to be enjoyed within a week or so (we think you won’t have a problem with this!). The reasonable amount the recipe makes reflects that as well. It’s no secret that things on toast make for the easiest, laziest, and most satisfying weeknight meals. This savory jam, spread over toast with a layer of cashew cheese (we’ve been loving Treeline) has been just that for us – a comforting weeknight lifesaver for a particularly busy time in the life. We hope it will be the same for you :) This jam looks like it’s all about the tomatoes, but it’s really about the marriage of slowly cooked, sweet red onion and the umami bomb that are late summer tomatoes. Both are cooked gently on the stovetop, melding their flavors and caramelizing until thick, glossy, and sweet. Punchy white wine vinegar and a little bit of coconut sugar help take all the flavors to their peak, but in the end it’s really all about these two magical vegetables. Here’s to late summer, its still vibrant produce, longer shadows, cooler evenings, and balmy days

Arugula Pesto Mac UnCheese

August 23 2019 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Arugula Pesto Mac UnCheese Just a few more weeks until Vegan Mac & Cheese hits the shelves.  To make the wait a bit easier, I’m sharing a recipe from the book that’s perfect for late summer: Arugula Pesto Mac UnCheese.  In addition to a fragrant and delicious pesto, the recipe features chopped fresh tomatoes which are now in abundance.  If you’re not a fan of arugula, you can swap it for spinach or go with a more traditional all-basil pesto. BONUS RECIPES:  If you pre-order Vegan Mac & Cheese, you can receive Bonus Recipes.  Here’s how.   Arugula Pesto Mac Uncheese Makes 4 to 6 servings This recipe is from Vegan Mac & Cheese by Robin Robertson (c) 2019, Harvard Common Press. Pasta 16 ounces ziti, or other small pasta Sauce 3 tablespoons vegan butter 1/­­4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 4 cups plain unsweetened nondairy milk, or more 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon white miso paste 1 teaspoon almond butter 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/­­2 teaspoon onion powder 1/­­2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/­­4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/­­2 cup nutritional yeast 1/­­2 cup Arugula Pesto (recipe follows) 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes 1/­­2 cup Nut Parm (recipe follows) 1/­­2 cup chopped fresh basil To make the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions until just al dente. Drain the pasta well and return it to the pot. Set aside.To make the sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk, salt, miso, almond butter, garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric, and pepper. Cook, whisking, for 1 to 2 minutes to blend.Whisk in the lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and pesto. Add more milk or pesto to achieve desired flavor and consistency. Pour the sauce over the pasta.Add the tomatoes and toss to combine. Place the pot over low heat and cook for 2 minutes, or until the pasta is hot. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with the nut parm and basil Arugula Pesto Makes about 1 1/­­2 cups Arugula makes a flavorful pesto that can also be used on pizza or in salads, dressings, or soups. Portion and freeze any leftover pesto for later use. 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1/­­4 cup toasted walnut pieces 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 2 cups coarsely chopped arugula 1 cup fresh basil leaves 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/­­4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Warm water, as needed In a food processor, combine the garlic, walnuts, and salt and process to a paste. Add the arugula, basil, olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper and process to a paste. If needed, add a little warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach the desired consistency. If not using right away, transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid, cover, and refrigerate until needed.   Nut Parm 1 cup unsalted blanched almonds, or unsalted raw cashews 1/­­3 cup nutritional yeast 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1/­­4 teaspoon onion powder Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture has a fine crumbly texture, stopping to scrape down the sides, as needed. Transfer to a shaker jar or other container with a tight lid. Store in the refrigerator. The post Arugula Pesto Mac UnCheese appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Edamame Burgers with Grilled Pineapple & Crispy Green Onions

August 16 2019 Oh My Veggies 

A few years ago, I thought it was a good idea to go to school full-time while working full-time as a librarian and almost full-time doing contract work for a search engine. (In case you now think I live in an alternate universe with 36 hour days, you should know that both my classes and my second job were online.) I just wanted work experience! I was in a competitive field! Also, if you have two full-time jobs, if you lose one, guess what? YOU STILL HAVE A JOB! While the schedule was just a wee bit of a drag, the bonus was that having 3 full-time incomes in a household with no children and very few expenses meant that our fun money budget was huge. So when I checked airfares to Osaka on a whim one day and found a crazy good deal, we booked ourselves some tickets and went to Japan. Japan! Best trip ever! I have loved Japan for as long as I can remember. I think it’s because I love absurdity and the people of Japan have a deep appreciation for the absurd. Japan is a place where you can buy vegetable juice-flavored Kit Kats. It’s […]

Recipe | Sweet Potato Mug Cake

August 9 2019 Oh My Veggies 

Even though our next vacation is months away, I’m already in planning mode. Where are we going? What should we do there? Where should we stay? I totally have the travel bug right now. This is pretty much me in a nutshell–I’m a planner. I get ahead of myself. It’s kind of my thing. When I was graduating college, I wasn’t as excited as everyone else was because I was focused on grad school. We’ve lived in this house for two years, and I’m already looking at real estate listings for the next house. People sometimes take this as me never being happy with things, but it’s really just that I like having something to look forward to. It’s like with desserts. No matter how much you’re enjoying your meal, you still anticipate dessert. I always need a little something sweet after dinner–usually it’s just a piece of dark chocolate or something small like that, but sometimes if I have a light dinner, I have room for something more. But not too much–I don’t want a big slice of cake and I don’t want to do all the work involved with making a batch of brownies or cookies. That’s why […]

Cape Towns Vegan Food Scene

August 7 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

Cape Town, South Africa vegan food scene is alive and thriving. If you plan to visit the city you will find a plethora of vegan dining options and it might be hard to narrow down the choices. Below are some personal recommendations based on a week long visit in July 2019. Plant is a vegan restaurant on Buiten Street with a lengthy menu of nutritious food made without any harmful ingredients or preservatives. Their mushroom burger comes with homemade chips, and is actually a breaded patty of vegan cheese top with sauteed mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and vegan mayo on a sesame seed bun. They also offer enchiladas made with sweet potatoes and black beans, topped with a cashew cream sauce. Plant periodically offers a special Sunday brunch buffet, which is nothing short of amazing. A recent buffet menu included bagels, cream cheese, carrot lox, hollandaise, crispy bacon made from rice paper, baked beans, homemade sausages, potato rostis, cauliflower scramble, sauteed spinach with mushrooms and onions, muffins, and a fruit salad. And the buffet is all you can eat! Included on any vegan food tour of Cape Town should be Lekker Vegan, a fast casual restaurant on Kloof Street that serves […] The post Cape Towns Vegan Food Scene appeared first on The Veggie Blog.

Recipe | Green Beans with Lemon-Almond Pesto

July 29 2019 Oh My Veggies 

I don’t know what’s up with my green beans this summer. The plants themselves are looking nice and lush (despite a few brown leaves here and there), but they’re not producing many beans. This has been my harvest so far: Sad, right? Whenever I attempt to grow beans, I end up having to buy more beans to supplement what I grow. Because dinner with 5 beans to split between my husband and me as a side dish? That’s just not going to work. So when I made this Green Beans with Lemon-Almond Pesto recipe, I used my 5 beautiful, perfect, delicious heirloom beans and then bought the rest from the farmers market. The beans from the farmers market were delicious, but they definitely weren’t as pretty. Green beans and almonds are a classic combination, so I thought I’d try making a pesto with almonds to put my own twist on Green Bean Almondine. Green Bean Almondine is one of those dishes that I find myself loving sometimes and loathing others. When it’s done right, it’s so good! When it’s done wrong, those soggy little slivers of almonds bring absolutely nothing to the table. Unlike the soggy buffet version of Green […]

To Honor International Day of Friendship, Let’s Celebrate Those Coming Together to Reduce Meat Consumption

July 29 2019 Meatless Monday 

To Honor International Day of Friendship, Let’s Celebrate Those Coming Together to Reduce Meat ConsumptionJuly 30th is International Day of Friendship . To celebrate the occasion, were highlighting how our meatless friends, global partners and businesses around the world are working together to reduce the amount of meat we eat. From schools bringing millions of Meatless Monday meals to students to fast food restaurants launching plant-based items, people and business from all walks of life are making sustainable meatless options more mainstream. Please feel free to share any examples below with your friends and followers. Global Meatless Monday partners came together for the NYC Climate March Meatless Monday in Cities and Countries Cities are increasingly including meat reduction initiatives in their health and climate policies. The citizens and leaders of Ghent Belgium worked together to declare a weekly meatless day in 2009, and were seeing more and more cities get on board: Sacramento, CA: Sacramento adopted Meatless Monday in 2016. The citys Golden 1 Center (home court for the Sacramento Kings) joined the initiative and launched Meatless Monday in 2019. Taiwan: Green Monday founder David Yeung, along with Mary McCartney (Sir Paul McCartneys daughter), recently attended the launch of Green Monday in Taiwan . France: Thousands united to sign a petition called Lundi Vert , or Green Monday, which has unified 500 public figures and calls on consumers to avoid eating meat and fish every Monday. Israel: Israels Miki Haimovich, who launched Meatless Monday in her country in 2012 , recently became one of the 29 women to become a Knesset staff member .   Students celebrate the announcement that all NYC public schools will go Meatless Monday Meatless Monday in Schools Student activists, parents, city officials and school boards around the world are working together to launch Meatless Monday school programs. S?o Paulo, Brazil implemented Meatless Monday lunches for 1.1 million students. A school in Bulacan, Philippines has been a pioneer in promoting Meatless Monday for almost a decade. Meanwhile, in England, more than 100 primary schools introduced a Meat-Free Monday program and will offer meat-free meal options every day of the week. By the start of the 2019-2020 school year, all New York City public schools will serve Meatless Monday lunches, reaching 1.1 million students every week.   Quick service chain, Del Taco launched plant-based menu items using Beyond Meat(R) and markets to customers for Meatless Monday. Photo: Del Taco Businesses Joining the Plant-based Movement Meatless products are crowding both supermarket aisles and restaurant menus , and consumers are grateful. Beyond Meat recently went public, while mega meat company Tyson launched its own meatless “chicken” nuggets earlier this summer. Tesco, the largest supermarket chain in the United Kingdom, officially moved its vegan products to the meat aisle. Fast food chains are also doing their part: Burger King now offers a meatless Whopper. Red Robin added the Impossible Burger to its menu. Del Taco now serves meatless Beyond Meat options across all 580 of its stores. Qdoba announced that Impossible meat will be served at its restaurants nationwide. McDonalds is now selling a vegan burger in Germany.     This International Day of Friendship, recruit your friends and family to join you in cutting out meat one day a week to benefit their health and help the planet. Celebrate together with a friendly meatless meal, and check out our recipe gallery for new plant-based inspiration. The post To Honor International Day of Friendship, Let’s Celebrate Those Coming Together to Reduce Meat Consumption appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Tofu and Mango Tacos

July 27 2019 VegKitchen 

Tofu and Mango Tacos These tacos are colorful, delicious, and perfect for summer!   Save Print Tofu and Mango Tofu Serves: 2   Ingredients 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp cumin ¼ tsp chili powder 1 block firm tofu, cut in small cubes 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small mango, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 1 tomato 8 corn tortillas ½ cup red cabbage, grated 2 tbsp coriander leaves 2 limes Instructions Mix the spices together in a bowl. The post Tofu and Mango Tacos appeared first on VegKitchen.

Recipe | Caramelized Onion & Eggplant Puff Pastry Tart

July 22 2019 Oh My Veggies 

There are a few ingredients that improve just about any dish you add them to: Truffle Oil Caramelized Onions Olives Roasted Red Peppers Basil Unfortunately, this Caramelized Onion & Eggplant Puff Pastry Tart does not have truffle oil. (Although I suppose if you really wanted to, you could add some. I mean, it’s a free country, right? Do what you want!) But! It does have caramelized onions, olives, roasted red peppers, and basil. It’s a veritable quadrifecta of deliciousness. After I made this Leek & Olive Tart from Rikki Snyder’s food photography blog, I had a leftover puff pastry sheet sitting in the freezer, just begging to be made into something awesome. My little finger eggplants have been producing like crazy, so I roasted two of those, along with a small rosa blanca eggplant from the farmers market, as a topping. Everything else was simply what I had in the refrigerator that needed to be used. With a thrown-together recipe like this, there’s usually a high failure rate (at least in my kitchen, there is), so I piled on the toppings and crossed my fingers. I try hard to make most of my recipes really easy, but this one does […]

The Field Shelter B&B – A Cozy Modern Vegan Guesthouse In Perthshire

July 18 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

Almost exactly a year ago I hung up my backpack and moved to Scotland with dreams of opening a vegan business and micro sanctuary at the forefront of my mind. Id never lived in Scotland before and the flat we rented was in Perth–a city that, at the time, had no 100% vegan or veggie places listed on HappyCow. They now have a lovely vegan spot called 269 Vegan Cafe which I visit as often as possible! Lets rewind a few years, back to the summer of 2014, before I continue. I was living in Brighton and writing a food and travel blog called Vegan in Brighton. Id started to feel unsettled and living in the city just wasnt right for me anymore. After 7 years of living together I convinced my partner to go on an epic journey with me. Wed travel, do voluntary work, and take house sitting jobs until we either ran out of money or wanted to come home. He thought wed last four months, but in total we were away for three and a half years. Our travels took us all over Asia, Europe, North America and Australasia. We ate delicious vegan food everywhere. I […] The post The Field Shelter B&B – A Cozy Modern Vegan Guesthouse In Perthshire appeared first on The Veggie Blog.


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