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Restaurant Highlight: Full Circle Coffee In Ghent, Belgium

yesterday 05:44 Happy Cow veggie blog 

Ghent is the Belgian city for plant-based eaters. The charming historical town has an exciting culinary scene that pleases every foodie–especially the vegans that dont usually find that many options when it comes to eating out. Along the canals, the old medieval flemish houses remind you of the fascinating history that constitutes the richness of Ghent. Most of the architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved and restored. The city has created a magical blend between history and comfort of living. Many talented chefs, conceptual cuisine and high end restaurants are to be found when you stroll around the old center. In the treasure hunt for vegan restaurants, we found a charming little cafe that is completely dedicated to serving plant-based products. Full Circle Coffee is the first 100% plant based coffee bar in Belgium. They are specialized in filtered coffee, they work with small plantations, and they roast their coffee grains themselves in the workshop by Koffie Mortier. Their mission is to offer a quality coffee that respects the environment and the populations living on the harvest of the coffee grains. To support this mentality, everything is of natural origin–you drink your latte with plant milk, you savor […] The post Restaurant Highlight: Full Circle Coffee In Ghent, Belgium appeared first on HappyCow.

7 Squash Recipes You Absolutely Need to Make This Fall

October 14 2019 Meatless Monday 

7 Squash Recipes You Absolutely Need to Make This FallSquash come in many different shapes and sizes, with each possessing their own unique composition, color, taste, and nutritional profile. Some are ideal for savory sides, salads, and appetizers (squash blossoms, chayote, pumpkin); others are destined for a long, slow roast in the oven (acorn, butternut, delicata), while a select few can even replace our favorite carbohydrate -- noodles (spaghetti squash, zucchini). But what these recipes all share in common is that they are the perfect accompaniment or star of your Meatless Monday menu. So whether youre a loyal Meatless Monday fan or a new adopter, weve compiled a list of some undeniably dynamite seasonal squash recipes that will have you running/­­driving/­­rollerblading to the nearest farmers market.     Spicy Spaghetti Squash Ramen with Homemade Vegan Kombu Dashi Swapping spaghetti squash for ramen noodles adds extra veggies to this flavorful dish, which also features crispy pan-fried tofu, caramelized onions, broccoli, mushrooms and fresh ginger.     Pomegranate-Smashed Butternut Squash Need something festive for the changing of the seasons? Pairing the tart pop of pomegranate seeds with the inherent creaminess of butternut squash makes for a dish fit for any holiday table.     Butternut Squash and Apple Veggie Burgers Your grill may be closed for the season, but that doesnt mean you cant enjoy a delicious meatless burger! These baked burgers combine the sweet and savory flavors of autumn produce for a comforting seasonal dish.     Golden Pepper and Parmesan Zucchini Pasta No gluten is required to create this luscious bowl of pasta. Strips of zucchini replace traditional noodles, while diced golden peppers are used instead of the classic canned tomato. The result is a burst of light and bright flavors.     Roasted Delicata Squash Boats Delicata squash is just as its name suggests; its delicate exterior makes for a tender and creamy bite that is both rustic and decadent. These roasted delicata squash boats are the perfect vehicle for tender mushrooms and hearty stalks of kale.       Maple Date Pumpkin Porridge Coziness in a bowl. Hot cereal is simmered with cinnamon, dates, and maple syrup for a combination of flavors that just scream autumn. Pumpkins earthiness is a great match for the porridge grain farina. This breakfast will undoubtedly keep you full until lunch.     Butternut Squash Spinach Alfredo If you think youre looking at an ooey gooey cheese sauce, look again! That luscious coating is made from a combination of butternut squash, olive oil, onion, garlic, lemon juice, and a dash of dried sage. This one is truly an Alfredo fit for fall.     Invite your friends and family to try the flavors of fall with these plant-based recipes. If youre looking for other meatless recipe inspiration, check out our recipe gallery. Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! The post 7 Squash Recipes You Absolutely Need to Make This Fall appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Dr. Kristi Funk, Board-Certified Breast Surgeon, Explains the Importance of Plant-Based Eating for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 7 2019 Meatless Monday 

Dr. Kristi Funk is a board-certified breast surgeon and co-founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles . She helps her patients, including Sheryl Crow and Angelina Jolie, prevent and navigate breast cancer. Her science-backed strategy for cancer prevention includes whole food plant-based eating and starts with Meatless Monday. She explains that consuming a plant-based diet protects the body from cancer cells, noting that over millennia, plants have developed weaponry to ward off disease and other predators. Let me ask you this: if you were to eat plants, would their protective powers extend to you as a human? Of course they would! Dr. Funk prescribes Meatless Monday because small changes translate into long-term health benefits. Last year, we had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Funk and ask about her thoughts on Meatless Monday and how reducing meat consumption promotes an overall healthy lifestyle. And since October is breast cancer awareness month, we feel it is the right time to reiterate Dr. Funks message. Watch Dr. Funks video below to learn about why Meatless Monday matters. Let us know your thoughts! Tag us @MeatlessMonday and use #MeatlessMonday when sharing on Facebook , Twitter , or Instagram   The post Dr. Kristi Funk, Board-Certified Breast Surgeon, Explains the Importance of Plant-Based Eating for Breast Cancer Awareness Month appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Overnight Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal

October 7 2019 Meatless Monday 

This apple peanut butter oatmeal is made with whole grains, healthy fats, and fruit – what better way to start your day? Plus, using a slow cooker to make multiple servings saves time every morning of the week. This recipe comes to us from Oldways and The Peanut Institute . 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 cup steel cut oats - 1/­­4 cup light brown sugar - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cinnamon - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 cup creamy peanut butter - 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/­­2-inch pieces   Coat the inside of a 5-6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Combine the oats, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, and 3 1/­­4 cups water in the slow cooker. Add the peanut butter and whisk to incorporate. Stir in the apples, cover, and cook on low heat for 8 hours. Incorporate the somewhat crusty oatmeal stuck to the sides and bottom by stirring for 2-3 minutes. Serve warm. Active time: 10 minutes Total: 8 hours The post Overnight Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Mushroom and Onion Cauliflower Bake from Whole Food Cooking Every Day

October 4 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Mushroom and Onion Cauliflower Bake from Whole Food Cooking Every Day Happy October! Today we’ve got the coziest recipe for ushering in the first full month of fall – a cauliflower bake from Amy Chaplin’s beautiful new cookbook, Whole Food Cooking Every Day. This recipe has everything we ever want in a comforting, fall dish: mushrooms, caramelized onions, chickpeas, and hearty greens, all covered by a fluffy, almost cheesy blanket of vegan cauliflower souffle. We’ve been so excited for the release of this cookbook, being huge fans of Amy’s work. Her first book is a true bible of whole food cooking, filled with kitchen wisdom and an incredible variety of plant-forward recipes. We learned so much from that volume, like the fact that it’s best to cook beans with a sheet of kombu for better digestion and that making a curry spice blend at home is very much worth it for the unbelievable flavor. Much like Amy’s first cookbook, Whole Food Cooking Every Day is monumental and thorough, with beautiful photography woven throughout. The book is organized in a brilliant way – each chapter presents a base recipe, which is then elaborated on with different ingredient variations. The Cauliflower Bake chapter that we worked from features a recipe for a fluffy cauliflower topping, which can go over a number of different fillings. Here are some examples of other base recipe chapters: Genius Whole-Grain Porridges, Gluten-Free Breads, Simple and Healing Soups, Baked Marinated Tempeh, Seeded Crackers, Easy Cakes. Don’t all of those sound amazing? If you’re ever in the market for a trusted resource on colorful, everyday whole food cooking, look no further. We hope you’ll enjoy the cozy bake Mushroom and Onion Cauliflower Bake from Whole Food Cooking Every Day   Print recipe from Whole Food Cooking Every Day by Amy Chaplin Serves: 4-6 Ingredients for the cauliflower topping 1 large head (2½ lbs) cauliflower - cut into 1½ florets ½ cup raw pine nuts, cashews, or macadamia nuts 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast, plus more to taste ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste for the mushroom and onion filling 3 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil 1½ lbs shiitake mushrooms - stems removed and caps thinly sliced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 3 medium onions - quartered and thinly sliced lengthwise ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste 6 cups (6 oz) sliced Swiss chard - tough stems removed 1½ cups cooked chickpeas (1/­­4 cup cooking liquid reserved) or 1 15 oz can (drained) 1 tablespoon tamari 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar ¼ cups filtered water if using canned chickpeas 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder 1 tablespoon filtered water freshly ground black pepper Instructions to make the cauliflower topping Set up a steamer pot with about 2 inches of filtered water in the bottom (the water shouldnt touch the bottom of the basket) and bring to a boil over high heat. Arrange the cauliflower florets in the steamer basket, cover, and steam for 10-12 minutes, until the cauliflower is cooked through but not falling apart. Remove from the heat and set aside. Put the nuts, olive oil, yeast, and salt in a high-powered blender and add the steamed cauliflower. Starting on low speed and using the tamper stick to help press the cauliflower down, blend, gradually increasing the speed to high, until completely smooth and thick; use the tamper stick to keep the mixture moving and to scrape down the sides as you go. This will take a couple of minutes. Season with more nutritional yeast and salt to taste and blend to combine. to make the mushroom and onion filling, and assemble Preheat the oven to 375°F (190° C). Warm a large skillet over medium-high heat and pour in 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add half the shiitakes and the thyme, stir to coat with oil, and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring only every minute or two (to allow the mushrooms to brown), until the shiitakes are golden brown. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Repeat with another tablespoon of oil and the remaining mushrooms. Wash and dry the skillet if there are blackened bits on the bottom. Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the pan, then add the onions and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes, or until the onions are soft and lightly browned. Remove the lid, add the salt, and cook uncovered for another 5 minutes, or until the onions are caramelized. Add the chard, cover, and allow to steam for 3 minutes, or until tender. Add the chickpeas, cooked mushrooms, tamari, balsamic vinegar, and chickpea cooking liquid or ¼ cup water, raise the heat, and bring to a simmer. Dissolve the arrowroot in 1 tablespoon water, stir, and drizzle into the simmering mixture, stirring constantly. When the mixture has returned to a simmer, remove from the heat and season to taste with pepper and more salt. Transfer the mixture to an 8-inch square or equivalent baking dish and smooth the surface. Spread the cauliflower topping evenly over the filling. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the topping has begun to set. Turn on the broiler and broil the bake for 3 to 6 minutes, until the topping is golden and browning in parts. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for a few minutes before serving. Once cooled, leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. To reheat, put the bake in a baking dish, cover, and warm in a 400° F (200° C) oven until heated through. Notes Here are some modifications we made while making the recipe based on what we had on hand. It turned out delicious this way as well. - We used half shiitakes and half crimini mushrooms. Crimini take a little longer to brown but otherwise work well here. - We used sage instead of thyme and also topped the bake with some crispy fried sage. - We used coconut aminos instead of tamari - those two are pretty interchangeable. - When baking, the filling tends to bubble up and drip out of the dish, so its helpful to set the baking dish over a baking sheet, to catch the drippings and avoid a smoking oven. 3.5.3226 The post Mushroom and Onion Cauliflower Bake from Whole Food Cooking Every Day appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Behind the Scenes with Facebook HQ’s Plant-Based Chef, Anthony Moraes

September 30 2019 Meatless Monday 

Behind the Scenes with Facebook HQ’s Plant-Based Chef, Anthony MoraesFacebook has always been a pioneer in the world of technology, but thanks to Anthony Moraes, Head Wellness Chef at Facebooks headquarters in New York City, the company is now a shining example of how plant-based eating can be integrated into corporate dining services. Meatless Monday had the opportunity to speak with Chef Moraes about Facebooks fully plant-based café, Ceci et Cela, and how people simply cant stop talking, tweeting, and Instagramming about the innovative meatless meals he and his team are cooking up. What was the motivation behind having an entirely plant-based cafe in Facebooks HQ? Do other cafes at Facebook also serve vegetarian options? The motivation for having an entirely plant-based café came from our desire to provide interesting and innovative plant-based concepts that complement our mainstream cafes.  We always have our finger on the pulse of what is happening in the world of food and drink, and as more people switch to alternative diets, we wanted to accommodate those preferences by creating a place that offers food that is healthy, cutting edge, and suitable for all eating lifestyles. Our daily menus incorporate vegan, vegetarian, Meatless Monday, keto, paleo, juicing, and healthy-living options. How have employees reacted to Ceci et Cela?  Ceci et Cela opened up to rave reviews from our employees, and it continues to receive amazing feedback after nearly two years in operation. How do you entice employees to choose a plant-base option over a meat-centric dish? We post some mouthwatering pictures of the food on our internal Facebook page, and these photos tend to draw in both plant-based diners and meat eaters, but most of the time its word-of-mouth that gets the line started. Whats the most popular dish at Ceci et Cela? Its hard to say, since our menu changes weekly and we try to never repeat a dish. But I guess if we had to pick, there is one salad that I created for our opening menu that is so immensely popular that someone created a Fan Page for it; its called All Hail The Kale.  Lol... It has many followers. So funny... Plant-based has become more popular, what plant-based cuisine trends or insights can you share from your success with Cecis? Have you seen more traffic on Mondays? Running a plant-based café allows us to be creative, but it also enables us to see which types of plant-based foods outshine the others. Currently, theres a trend towards trying different varieties of nut milks. We make all of our own nut milks in-house, and Ive noticed a growing interest in other plant-based milks beyond the common almond and soy. Oat milk has grown in popularity, but we also experiment with walnuts, macadamia nuts, various dried legumes, and seeds.   I also see that more people are concerned with their gut health. We offer kombucha on tap as well as house-made probiotic foods and drinks. As for a traffic boost on Mondays, we do have a healthy Monday service due to our steady flow of plant-based eaters and our committed Meatless Monday diners. Ironically, we see an even bigger spike on Tuesdays, as all of our Monday guests go back and tell their friends and co-workers about their incredible meal at Ceci et Cela. A third trend that started off as more of a feeling is the correlation between clean nutrition and beauty (I believe theyve coined a word for it now, Nutraceuticals). So, I put together a Beauty Bar within our café that is set up like a makeup station complete with a lighted mirror, compact cases, perfume bottles, blush brushes, etc. But instead of makeup, I filled all of these cases and jars with superfood additives like, acai powder, maca, chlorella, camu-camu, pine oil, and matcha so that guests can come up to the bar and add an extra boost of super foods to their food or drink. At the Beauty Bar, Ive also included a nicely-framed legend explaining what additives are good for your hair, your nails, your skin, eyes, etc... It has become immensely popular and is a very Instagram-able station. Have employees started eating more plant-based meals as a result of trying new foods at Cecis? Any stories you can share? There are so many stories of employees coming to us and thanking us for re-introducing them to the delicious potential of vegetables. Our team does such an incredible job at making all of our offerings attractive and appealing to everyone, not just the vegans and vegetarians. I am grateful for the many stories and accolades we receive each week. One employee came to me and said that he has strictly only eaten at Ceci et Cela for the past 6 months and lost 30 pounds. A few employees have brought in their personal trainers and nutritionists to see everything we do. Another employee said that Ceci et Cela was an official part of her wedding plan this summer! Follow the Facebook plant-based food trends via Chef Anthony Moraes on Instagram . Keep us posted on your #MeatlessMonday meals by posting your favorite plant-based dishes and tagging @MeatlessMonday .   Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! 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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

September 30 2019 Meatless Monday 

Theres nothing more comforting on a cool autumn day than a heaping scoopful of shepherds pie. This recipe is a blessing for those who want to recreate the decadent taste and texture of this classic dish without using any animal products. A layer of creamy mashed potatoes sits atop a rich filling of diced cremini or baby Portobello mushrooms, lentils, and vegetables. This recipe comes from Anne Hernandez, co-founder of Urban Homestead, an online magazine that focuses on holistic remedies and healthy eating, and one of the finalists of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging 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! Serves 8 - Mashed Potato Topping - 5 Pounds Russet Potatoes peeled & cut into 1-inch cubes - 1/­­2 Tablespoon Salt - 2-4 Tablespoons Vegan Butter - 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard Powder - 1/­­2 teaspoon Pepper or to taste - 1 1/­­2 teaspoons Salt to taste   - Filling - 2 1/­­2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1 Medium Onion diced - 3 Cloves Garlic minced - 1 Cup Baby Portobello/­­Crimini Mushrooms diced small - 2 Tablespoons Flour - 1 teaspoon Parsley dried - 1 teaspoon Thyme dried - 1/­­2 teaspoon Rosemary dried - 1 Bay Leaf - 1 Cup Red Wine - 2 1/­­2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste - 1 1/­­2 Cups Vegetable Broth or Stock - 1 Pound Lentils cooked - 28 Ounce Frozen Mixed Vegetables - Salt & Pepper to taste   Instructions Mashed Potato Topping Cover the peeled & cubed potatoes with cold water in a large saucepan. Sprinkle with 1/­­2 Tablespoon of salt and turn the heat to high. Once the water starts to boil, partially cover with the lid, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Put a colander over a heat-proof bowl and drain the potatoes, reserving the potato water. Return the potatoes to the saucepan and mash with a potato masher. Stir in the dry mustard, salt, pepper, and vegan butter. Add the potato water 1/­­2 cup at a time, mixing thoroughly with each addition, until the mashed potatoes have a slightly loose consistency (but not runny). Set aside. Filling Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large oven-proof skillet, heat olive oil until shimmering over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a minute longer. Add the mushrooms, season all with salt & pepper, and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir the flour, parsley, thyme, and rosemary into the mushroom mixture until evenly coated for at least a minute to cook the flour. Add the wine and cooked lentils (I used Trader Joes). Cook until most of the wine is reduced and absorbed. Whisk the tomato sauce into the vegetable broth and add with the frozen vegetables and bay leaf, stirring to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes then remove from the heat. Discard the bay leaf. If youre feeding a large crowd, leave the mixture in the skillet. If youd rather split the recipe into 2 pie plates, now is the time to do it. Follow the recipe but only bake one of the pies and freeze the other for another day. Top the filling with the mashed potatoes. You can spoon it on and spread carefully as to not mix in the filling or gravy, or use a piping bag to get fancy. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are lightly browned. Remove the pie from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before serving. The post Vegan Shepherd’s Pie appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cashew Sour Cream & Pineapple Avocado Salsa

September 30 2019 Meatless Monday 

Want a tastier taco? The combination of lentils and toasted walnuts in place of animal-protein makes for a cleaner, more complex bite. For the filling, lentils are seasoned with a blend of chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika and tossed with toasted walnuts. The mixture is topped with a cool, tart cashew sour cream, and a bright pineapple salsa. This recipe comes to us from Carly Paige, founder of FitLiving Eats , author of Simply Swapped Everyday , and one of the finalists of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging 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 8 tacos - 1 15-ounce can cooked lentils - 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped - 1 tablespoon tomato paste - 1 tablespoon chili powder - 1 tablespoon cumin - 1 tablespoon smoked paprika - 1 teaspoon oregano -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 8 romaine lettuce leaves   - Pineapple Avocado Salsa: - 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced - 2 avocados, diced -  1/­­2 jalapeno, seeds removed and diced -  1/­­4 cup red onion, diced -  1/­­4 cup cilantro, chopped - 1 lime, juiced -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt   - Cashew Sour Cream: -  3/­­4 cup cashews, soaked for 4 hours -  1/­­4 cup water - 1 tablespoon lemon juice -  1/­­2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar -  1/­­4 teaspoon salt   To make the lentil walnut taco meat, toast the walnuts in a sauté pan for about 5 minutes on medium-low heat. Add the lentils, spices and tomato paste. Stir to combine and sauté for a few more minutes to let the mixture dry out a bit and become crumbly. Meanwhile, combine the salsa ingredients in a bowl and set aside. To make the cashew sour cream, drain the soaking liquid from the cashews and add the cashews to a blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until creamy. To assemble, spoon the taco meat into the romaine leaves. Top with salsa and cashew sour cream. The post Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cashew Sour Cream & Pineapple Avocado Salsa appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Pumpkin Soup with Millet

September 23 2019 Meatless Monday 

Easy pumpkin soup with millet served in pumpkin bowls is nourishing and comforting while being gluten-free and vegan! This recipe doesnt require a blender! This recipe comes to us from Happy Kitchen Rocks . 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 4  small baking pumpkins (such as sweet dumpling) to use as bowls  optional 1  medium-sized sweet dumpling or small Hokkaido pumpkin 1/­­2  spaghetti squash 1/­­2  butternut squash 2  tablespoons  olive oil  divided salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1  shallot  finely chopped 1  clove  garlic  minced 1  tablespoons  fresh sage  chopped 1  teaspoon  turmeric 1/­­2   teaspoon  ground paprika 1,5  l or 6 cups  water or vegetable broth 5-6  tablespoons  millet pumpkin oil, fresh sage, pumpkin seeds to garnish   Directions: If you plan to use sweet dumpling pumpkins (or any other medium-sized pumpkins) as serving bowls, you’ll need one pumpkin per serving. Cut the tops off and scrap the seeds with a measuring spoon. Skip this step if you dont plan to use pumpkins as bowls. Preheat the oven to 200 C or 400 F. Cut the medium-sized sweet dumpling (or small Hokkaido pumpkin), spaghetti squash and butternut squash in halves and scrap out the seeds with a measuring spoon. Arrange your pumpkin bowls (if using), 1/­­2 of a spaghetti squash, 1/­­2 of a butternut squash and a sweet dumpling (or Hokkaido) halves on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with a little salt and black pepper, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and roast for about 30 minutes. Take the butternut squash out of the oven after 20 minutes, let it cool a bit, then peel and chop it. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a medium-large heavy-bottomed pot and sauté finely chopped shallot, minced garlic, chopped sage and butternut squash chunks for a few minutes. Add turmeric, ground paprika and water and bring to a boil. Add the millet, reduce the heat, cover and cook for 12-15 minutes. Once the other pumpkins are ready, scrape the flesh of the spaghetti squash into strands using a fork. Scrap the sweet dumpling or whatever pumpkin you are using for the puree with a spoon and mash it with a fork. Add to the soup. Serve the soup in roasted pumpkin bowls (optional). Season with salt and black pepper to taste and garnish with pumpkin oil, fresh sage and pumpkin seeds. The post Pumpkin Soup with Millet appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Broiled Persimmons with Greek Yogurt

September 23 2019 Meatless Monday 

Broiled to perfection, these persimmons are then topped with creamy greek yogurt and toasted walnuts. Perfect for breakfast or dessert. This recipe comes to us from The Domestic Dietitian . 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 - 2 persimmons, sliced into rounds - 1-2 tsp sugar (or honey) - 1/­­3 cup plain, greek yogurt - 1/­­4 cup walnuts, chopped   Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spread the walnuts out on a sheet pan, in a single layer and roast in the oven for about 5-8 minutes, until lightly toasted. Remove and set aside to cool Set the oven to the broil feature Lay a sheet of foil on a baking sheet and spray with non-stick cooking spray Lay the sliced persimmons on the sheet pan, in a single layer Sprinkle lightly with sugar (or honey if you prefer) Broil in the oven for about 4-5 minutes, until tops are golden brown Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly Place about 2 tbsp greek yogurt on each plate, add 2 slices of broiled persimmons and top with toasted walnuts The post Broiled Persimmons with Greek Yogurt appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Ten Flavorful Fall Recipes for Your Meatless Monday Autumn Menu

September 23 2019 Meatless Monday 

Ten Flavorful Fall Recipes for Your Meatless Monday Autumn MenuIt’s officially fall! And the perfect time for apple picking, visiting the pumpkin patch and exploring the local farmers markets for seasonal vegetables, like broccoli and eggplant. Trying new meatless recipes is a great way to utilize all of the ripe fruits and vegetables coming into season. Weve gathered delicious plant-based recipes from our Meatless Monday bloggers  and influencers featuring fall produce . Enjoy the hearty tastes of fall! Vermont Maple Breakfast Muffins from The Healthy Voyager Grilled Sweet Potato & Herb Salad from Jackie Newgent Pumpkin Soup with Millet from Happy Kitchen Rocks  Broiled Persimmons with Greek Yogurt from The Domestic Dietitian Maple Roasted Acorn Squash from Eat Healthy Eat Happy Candied Yams from Yummy Plants Vegan Butternut Squash from Mango Tomato Vegan Pumpkin Is Pudding from Real Food For Life Coconut Wasabi Potatoes with Miso Gravy and Crisped Sage from Robin Asbell Harvest Apple Cake with Maple Glaze from The Kitchen Docs Invite your friends and family to try the flavors of fall with these plant-based recipes. If youre looking for other meatless recipe inspiration, check out our recipe gallery . Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! The post Ten Flavorful Fall Recipes for Your Meatless Monday Autumn Menu appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Supercharged Baba Ganoush (Eggplant Dip with Chickpeas)

September 18 2019 FatFree Vegan Kitchen  

Supercharged Baba Ganoush (Eggplant Dip with Chickpeas) This supercharged baba ganoush recipe is not your standard eggplant dip. Enriched with chickpeas and vegan yogurt, it makes a delicious plant-based appetizer or sandwich filling.(...) Read the rest of Supercharged Baba Ganoush (Eggplant Dip with Chickpeas) (707 words) (C) svoisin for FatFree Vegan Kitchen, 2019. | Permalink | 3 comments Post tags: Chickpea Recipes, Eggplant Recipes, Weight Watchers Points The post Supercharged Baba Ganoush (Eggplant Dip with Chickpeas) appeared first on FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

baingan bharta recipe | baingan ka bharta | smoky eggplant stir fry mash

September 16 2019 hebbar's kitchen 

baingan bharta recipe | baingan ka bharta | smoky eggplant stir fry mashbaingan bharta recipe | baingan ka bharta | smoky eggplant stir fry mash with step by step photo and video recipe. indian cuisine has a myriad curry recipes made with different types of vegetables and ingredients. to add to the permutation, the same vegetables can be used to make different curries by adopting different cooking techniques. one such simple and easy smoky flavored mash recipe is baingan bharta recipe. The post baingan bharta recipe | baingan ka bharta | smoky eggplant stir fry mash appeared first on Hebbar's Kitchen.

Kick Off Climate Week NYC with Meatless Monday

September 16 2019 Meatless Monday 

Kick Off Climate Week NYC with Meatless Monday Climate Week NYC, (led by The Climate Group ) takes place this year from September 23-29. The summit is held alongside the UN General Assembly and brings together international leaders from business, government and civil society to showcase global climate action and to discuss solutions. While complex issues are being discussed, there is a simple action we can all take to have a big impact: participate in Eat for Climate Week. Eat for Climate Week seeks to raise awareness of the climate benefits of shifting to a more plant-based diet, as well as highlighting how delicious plant-based foods are. Start the week off with Meatless Monday on September 23rd and keep your climate-friendly eating going all week long. If you happen to be in NYC during Climate Week you can attend summit events and show your support for Eating for Climate Week  by eating at one of the participating restaurants  showcasing delicious and climate-friendly dishes. This week-long restaurant campaign is in partnership with Meatless Monday and the Food and Climate Alliance. Another great option for Meatless Monday on September 23 during Climate Week NYC is to stop by Cinnamon Snails  food truck and try their delicious and FREE plant-based samples made with plant-based Gardein products. Keep an eye out on @veganlunchtruck  on Twitter to see its location status. Cant make it to New York? Dont worry, you can still support the event and fight climate change by going Meatless Monday at home or in your office. If you dont already observe Meatless Monday , what better week to start? If you already go meet-free once a week, then how about going meatless for all of climate week? Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram . The post Kick Off Climate Week NYC with Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Bell Pepper Bisque with Giant Croutons

October 4 2019 My New Roots 

Bell Pepper Bisque with Giant Croutons Hey friends! Im coming in hot, to drop this stellar soup recipe on you, while the weather is still fine and early fall produce is at its peak. The bell peppers in my region are bountiful and beautiful, and because I am the biggest sucker for roasted pepper anything, I came up with this dish to celebrate a seasonal favourite. But first, can we take a moment and please talk about how I just invented giant croutons? I think it might be my personal opportunity to break the internet. How is this not a thing yet?! Sure, I guess you could look at the cheese toast on French onion soup and say that is a giant crouton, but in my opinion, its merely an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich. Pfff. Not even close to this. My crouton is a cube of sourdough (important shape-distinction), kissed with garlicky oil and seared to toasty, golden perfection. The outsides are caramelized and crisp, while the center is fluffy, creamy and studded with nooks and crannies for the soup to slide in to. Guh. Too good to be true! Honestly guys, Im pretty proud of this. But I also need you to know that this soup is darn good too, even without the crouton. The recipe is loosely based on the North African Sun-dried Tomato Soup in my second cookbook, except I left out many of the warming spices, which felt prematurely winter-y. Its still t-shirt weather here, so the ginger and cinnamon had to go. Plus, I doubled the pepper count, added a teeny splash of balsamic (to round out the flavor), and made it bisque-y without the cream. Guess what I used?! Lentils!! Mic drop. But instead of bulking it up and putting the soup on legume-overload, I was conservative in my approach and just used half a cup. This made the soup rich and creamy without the cream, but in a very hush, hush way, so that you literally have no idea that theyre there. But their presence can be felt, because this soup is the real meal deal, not just a bowl of blended up veggies that will leave you hungry again in 20 minutes. With the bonus lentils, youre getting way more protein and fiber that youd normally expect from a pepper soup, and they will fill you up, and keep you energized for hours. This suddenly feels very infomercial-y. Did I mention there is a giant crouton? Moving on! Lets talk about peppers because they are in the nightshade family and that is a hot topic, if I ever heard one. Nightshade vegetables are a part of the Solanaceae family, and include tomatoes, peppers (and chilies), eggplant /­­ aubergine, and all potatoes except for sweet potatoes and yams. Originally cultivated in South America, nightshade vegetables were brought to Europe and Asia by Spanish explorers. Their name supposedly comes from the fact that they grow at night (as opposed to mushrooms, which grow in the shade). You may have heard rumors that Nightshade vegetables are toxic, that they can cause inflammation or that theyre linked to autoimmune disorders. While it is true that edible nightshades contain high levels of glycoalkaloids, specifically solanine, which at very high levels is toxic, it only seems to trigger reactions in individuals who are sensitive to it. Those with pre-existing inflammatory conditions may experience worsening of their symptoms when they consume these foods, but an elimination diet would be the only way to determine if nightshades are in fact, causing the issues. For people who do not suffer from chronic inflammatory ailments, enjoying ratatouille, a pizza, or a baked potato is likely just fine, and certainly not going to cause you to get these conditions. As far as autoimmunity is concerned, alkaloids from edible nightshades have been shown to irritate the gut, since solanine is effectively natural insecticide produced by this plant family. Gut irritation can contribute to intestinal permeability, which can set off an autoimmune reaction when proteins that should remain in the digestive tract leak into the bloodstream. The level of irritation depends on the amount consumed, and how sensitive the individual is. The highest amounts of solanine are found in green potatoes, and sprouted potatoes, but we should avoid eating those anyway.   Lets review: if you have an autoimmune disorder, leaky gut, or you exhibit symptoms of discomfort (digestive or otherwise) after consuming nightshades, try eliminating them from your diet for at least 6 weeks and see if you notice a difference. Then, re-introduce them one at a time and be aware of how you feel within a 24-hour period after eating them. If you dont have these issues, dont worry about it! There is absolutely no reason to limit your intake of these highly nutritious vegetables if they seem to do your body good. Bell peppers contain an astounding amount of vitamin C, high levels of A, and B6, with very good levels of folate, fiber, and vitamin E. They also provide flavonoids, and carotenoids. Remember to buy bell peppers that have fully ripened - anything other than the greens ones, which are typically unripe red, orange, yellow, or purple peppers. Their nutrient profile will be at its peak, and the natural sugars will be fully developed, easing their digestion. Let’s get to the recipe! If youre really pressed for time, skip roasting the peppers in the oven, and just dice them up, and add them to the pot along with the garlic in step 3. The overall flavour will be less rich, but still incredibly delicious. When Im in a crunch, Ill pull this move and have dinner on the table in 30 minutes. If you want to change things up, try orange or yellow peppers instead of the red ones. As far as sun-dried tomatoes go, I like organic, dried ones, instead of the oil-packed ones, but either would work here. With the canned tomatoes, go for whole, since they tend to be of higher quality than the diced ones. Lets talk bread. If you have access to a bakery where they make the real thing (sourdough), please use that. If you dont, find an unsliced loaf at your supermarket; bonus points if its made with wholegrain flour, organic, yeast-free, or all of the above. The bread should be cut into cubes with the serving bowl size in mind (youll want to see some of the soup around it), but if you have a huge bowl, go crazy and make that crouton as gargantuan as you want! And dont throw the offcuts away - I put them in the toaster and slathered them with hummus for my son. He was stoked about the oddly-shaped chunks.       Print recipe     Bell Pepper Bisque with Giant Croutons Makes 8 cups /­­ 2 litres /­­ Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. coconut oil or ghee, divided 2 medium yellow onions, diced 1/­­2 tsp. fine sea salt 3 large garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp. ground cumin 2 tsp. ground coriander 1/­­2 – 1 tsp. hot smoked paprika (depending on how spicy you like it) 4 large red bell peppers (stems, seeds, and ribs removed) 5 - 7 cups /­­ 1 1/­­4 – 1 3/­­4 liters vegetable broth 1 14.5-oz. /­­ 400ml can whole tomatoes 1/­­2 cup /­­ 45g sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped 1/­­2 cup /­­ 100g dried red lentils, soaked for 1 – 8 hours, if possible 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar Directions: 1. If you have time, soak the lentils in water overnight, or for up to 8 hours. Drain and rinse very well. If youre starting from dried, that is okay too, just give them a very good wash and drain before using. 2. Preheat oven to 400°F /­­ 200°C. Prepare the peppers by cutting each of them in half, scooping out the seeds, and rubbing with a little coconut oil. Place peppers cut-side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the oven. Roast for 25-30 minutes until the skins are totally wrinkled and charred in places. 3. In a large stockpot, melt the remaining coconut oil over medium heat. Add the onions and salt and stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions soften and begin to slightly caramelize, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, coriander, and smoked paprika, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add a little broth to the pot if the mixture becomes dry. 4. Add the whole tomatoes and their juices along with the sun-dried tomatoes, lentils, and the rest of the broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and break up the whole tomatoes with your spoon. Simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Stir once or twice during cooking to prevent sticking. 5. The peppers should be done by now, so take them out of the oven, transfer all of them to a bowl with a lid or plate over the opening, making sure there are no gaps (this technique steams the peppers so that the skins will just slip right off, without using plastic wrap). Once cool enough to handle, remove the skins from the peppers, and place the peeled peppers in a blender. 6. Remove the soup from the heat and take off the lid to let cool just for a minute. Transfer to the blender, and blend on high until completely smooth. Add balsamic vinegar, and broth or water to thin, until your desired consistency is reached. Season to taste. Transfer back to the pot and keep warm. 7. Make the croutons (recipe below). 8. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls, top with fresh herbs, edible flowers, a drizzle of good olive oil, and of course place one giant crouton in the middle of each bowl. Enjoy! Giant Croutons Make as many as you want! Ingredients: 1 loaf of good bread (wholegrain sourdough is preferred) 2 Tbsp. expeller-pressed coconut oil (the unscented kind - very important!) or ghee, divided 1 clove of garlic, finely minced flaky salt, to taste Directions: 1. Cut the bread into 2 1/­­2 (6cm) slices - mine weighed 1.25 oz /­­ 35g per piece. Cut off the edges and make a cube (save the off-cuts for snacks). 2. Spread a little coconut oil on each side. 3. Heat remaining coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for a few minutes, just until the garlic is starting to turn golden. 4. Lower the heat to medium-low, and add the bread cube. Rub each side in the oil to coat with some of the garlic and sprinkle lightly with salt. Let cook on each of the six sides for a couple of minutes until golden brown. Remove from heat and enjoy immediately. I hope that wherever you are on this earth, youre enjoying the seasons shifting and embracing the changes that come with that. When I started writing this post, it was a very hot day, and now, just 48 hours later, I can feel a significant shift in temperature and weather. Here we go, fall! Im happy youre here. Big thanks to my friends at Foragers Farms for letting me crash the greenhouse at the crack of dawn to get these pics. Love to all, happy fall! Sarah B The post Bell Pepper Bisque with Giant Croutons appeared first on My New Roots.

Vegan Mac and Cheese Blog Tour

October 2 2019 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Vegan Mac and Cheese Blog TourTo celebrate the release of Vegan Mac and Cheese, I’m having a blog tour! Over the next few weeks, you can visit some fantastic blogs to check out some sample recipes, photos, and reviews of Vegan Mac and Cheese. You’ll also be able to enter giveaways for a chance to win a copy of the book. Heres a list of dates and locations of the blog tour, beginning with Spabettie, where youll find my recipe for Mom’s Baked Mac & Cheese. Check back here frequently for changes, updates, and direct links to the posts as they happen.  Thanks in advance to everyone participating in this blog tour to celebrate the publication of Vegan Mac and Cheese! Vegan Mac and Cheese Blog Tour: October 1 - Spabettie October 2 - Thyme & Love October 4 - Vegan Atlas October 4 - Vegan Street October 7 - The Real Vegan Housewife October 9 - V Nutrition October 10 - StephanieDreyer.com October 11 - My Pure Plants October 14 - Lisa’s Project Vegan October 15 - This Healthy Kitchen October 16 - Vegan Mos October 17  - Go Dairy Free October 21 - Chic Vegan October 23 - FranCostigan.com October 28 - Bad to the Bowl November 4 - Veggie Fun Kitchen November 1 - Kelli’s Vegan Kitchen The post Vegan Mac and Cheese Blog Tour appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Meet the Winner of the 2019 Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge in Orlando, Florida

September 30 2019 Meatless Monday 

Meet the Winner of the 2019 Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge in Orlando, FloridaOn Monday, September 16, three finalists competed to be crowned the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Champion. Finalists were chosen from a pool of chefs who submitted original meatless recipes and videos. The competition was judged by a panel of experts including (from left to right) Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C., Executive Chef & Co-Owner, Cress Restaurant; Kristine Palkowetz, Chief Wellness Officer, Joyful Goodness; Kendra Lott, Publisher, Edible Orlando; and Dana Smith, Campaign Director, Meatless Monday. The three competing finalists were: Carly Paige, Founder, FitLiving Eats ; Author, “Simply Swapped Everyday” Chris Dancesia, Owner/­­Chef, Nick’s Bistro Anne Hernandez, Founder, Our Urban Homestead Chefs had 20 minutes to prepare their dishes while discussing the ingredients, flavors, and health benefits. Each chef prepared their favorite meatless dish for the panel of judges. Carly Paige kicked off the competition by preparing her Lentil Walnut Tacos , which she said she knows are good because even her meat and potato loving brother enjoys them. Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cashew Sour Cream & Pineapple Avocado Salsa Anne Hernandez then prepared her Vegan Shephards Pie , a recipe that isnt giving up anything by going plant-based, as it allows you to enjoy a lighter version of a traditional comfort food. Vegan Shepherds Pie Finally, Chef Chris Dancesia prepared Summer Squash and Rice Noodles with Caribbean Gremolata and Coconut Oil , a favorite vegetarian dish at his restaurant. Rice Stick Noodle with Caribbean Gremolata Although a tough decision, the judges awarded Chef Chris as the winner of the Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge. Judges enjoyed the variety of flavors in his dish, as well as the presentation. Growing up in a Slovak Ukrainian family, Chris learned how to cook from a young age. Starting at age 15 as a dishwasher, Chris has spent his career working in restaurants, learning all aspects - from bar back to waiting tables to eventually moving into the kitchen. From 2008 to 2012, Chris worked in a restaurant in Belize before returning to Florida. Earlier this year, his lifelong dream came true as he and a business partner opened Nicks Bistro. Congratulations to Chef Chris! Try all the chefs’ recipes this Meatless Monday and let us know how they came out on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter . The post Meet the Winner of the 2019 Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge in Orlando, Florida appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Rice Stick Noodle with Caribbean Gremolata

September 30 2019 Meatless Monday 

This squash and rice noodle with Caribbean gremolata hits all the right notes: sweet, tart, crisp, and spicy. Julienned squash, zucchini, carrots, and cooked rice noodles are quickly sautéed together with onions and sambal oelek (chili paste). The Caribbean gremolata -- made with a combination of crushed garlic, ginger, and minced cilantro -- is folded into the mixture just before serving. Top with some chili oil and youre ready to eat. This recipe comes from Chef Chris Dancesia, chef and co-owner of Nicks Bistro in Bradenton, Florida, and the winner of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging 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! Serves 4 - 14 oz package of Rice Stick Noodles - 2 Zucchini - 2 Yellow Squash - 1 Carrots - 1 Red Onion - 3 Garlic Cloves - 2 Ginger, peeled - 2 Limes - 1 bunch Cilantro - 2 tbsp Sambal Oelek - 1 tbsp Coconut Oil - 2 tbsp Canola Oil - Chili Oil (Recipe below) - Salt and Pepper   Cook noodles according to directions on the package. I generally place noodles in a non-reactive mixing bowl for 5-7 minutes. The noodles should be al dente. Strain noodles and coat with canola oil to avoid sticking and transfer to a sheet pan or cookie sheet to cool. Using a mandolin julienne the (flesh only, no seeds) zucchini, yellow squash, and carrots lengthwise to match the rice stick noodles. Using a chefs knife, julienne the red onion as thin as possible, not more than 1/­­8 thick.   Gremolata: Crush and mince the garlic and ginger, transfer to a mixing bowl.  Rough chop the cilantro and add to garlic ginger mix. Zest Limes into bowl and mix.   In a large sauté pan over med to medium high heat add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Stir in Sambal Oelek. Add onions and sweat until translucent. Add carrots and cook until they just start to soften. Add zucchini and yellow squash and cook just until softened. Add rice stick noodles and mix. Add more canola oil to coat if pan gets too dry (the oil acts as the sauce in this dish). Fold in gremolata and lime juice (Approximately one lime). Season with salt and pepper.  Add more coconut oil if desired. This is where the dish can vary depending on individual palates.  The oil should coat the rice stick noodles without being over oily.   Chili Oil: Combine 3 tablespoons of Sambal Oelek, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 cup of canola oil in a sauce pan.  Heat over medium heat to incorporate flavors without the oil hitting smoking point.  Strain into non-reactive bowl and allow to cool.  Once cool, place in a squeeze bottle.   Plating: Place pasta on the center of a plate, drizzle chili oil on the plate around the pasta, garnish with a sprig of cilantro and lime wedge if desired. The post Rice Stick Noodle with Caribbean Gremolata appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Chocolate Granola Clusters from 5-Ingredient Vegan

September 24 2019 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Chocolate Granola Clusters from 5-Ingredient Vegan When I heard my friend and fellow vegan cookbook author, Nava Atlas, had come out with her first cookbook in five years, I was excited to participate in the blog tour for the book.  Especially so, since this book, 5-Ingredient Vegan:175 Simple, Plant-Based Recipes for Delicious, Healthy Meals in Minutes consists of my favorite kind of recipes: FAST and EASY! Nava has developed these delicious recipes especially for people who are busy and dont want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but still want to enjoy delicious vegan food. As these recipes show, with a few well-chosen ingredients, a simple meal can be just as delicious as a more elaborate one, with the added convenience of getting easy 5-ingredient plant-based meals on the table quickly. For this post, I chose an easy-peasy dessert recipe for Chocolate Granola Clusters. I love this recipe not only because its simple, quick, and delicious, but also because its made with ingredients I always have on hand.  As Nava says, Sometimes, when Im making a fairly elaborate meal (and for me, elaborate is a relative term) for company, I lose momentum when it comes to dessert. Thats when I turn to this clever dessert that results my culinary genius proclaimed by guests. This needs just ten minutes of prep, no machines, and no baking -- just a short time in the fridge to re-solidify the chocolate.  I hope you enjoy this recipe (and Navas new book) as much as I do!   Chocolate Granola Clusters Serve with pears or apples in fall, oranges in winter, strawberries in spring, and raspberries in summer.  Reprinted with permission from 5-Ingredient Vegan (C) 2019 by Nava Atlas, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky.   1 cup vegan chocolate chips 2 tablespoons vanilla or plain nondairy milk 1 1/­­2 cups granola (see note)   To cook on the stovetop: Combine the chocolate chips and nondairy milk in the top of a double boiler or in a bowl perched over a saucepan in which water is gently boiling. Cook over very low heat until the chocolate is melted, stirring often. Remove from the heat and stir in most of the granola, reserving a little for topping. To cook in the microwave: Combine the chocolate chips and nondairy milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Start with 45 seconds, stir, and add 15 seconds at a time until the chocolate is melted. Stir in most of the granola, reserving a little for topping. Line a large plate with wax paper or baking parchment. Spread the chocolate mixture onto it fairly evenly, to a thickness of no more than half an inch. Sprinkle the reserved granola over the top. Refrigerate for an hour or so, or until the chocolate has completely solidified. Break the mass into bite-sized chunks, and arrange on an attractive platter to serve. Store any not eaten at once in a covered container in the refrigerator, where theyll keep for at least a week. Note: Use a variety of granola that has a nice mixture of oats, seeds, nuts, and dried fruits. Its best to use granola thats fresh and crisp for better texture.   The post Chocolate Granola Clusters from 5-Ingredient Vegan appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Grilled Sweet Potato & Herb Salad

September 23 2019 Meatless Monday 

Serve this plateful of goodness with a bowl of vegetarian chili or black bean soup. Its a delightfully hearty meal thats ideal for fall. This recipe comes to us from Jackie Newgent .   Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 1 - 1 (8- to 9-oz) sweet potato, unpeeled, cut into 1/­­2-thick rounds - 2 teaspoons avocado oil or high-oleic sunflower oil - 1/­­8 teaspoon sea salt - 1/­­8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - 3 tablespoons spicy avocado dressing (see below) - 1 scallion, thinly sliced - 1/­­4 cup loosely-packed fresh herb leaves, such as small basil leaves and cilantro leaves - 1 tablespoon pan-toasted pine nuts or roasted pumpkin seeds   Directions: Add the sweet potato rounds to a saucepan and cover with cold water. (Hint: Salt the water for extra taste.) Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until nearly tender, about 8 minutes. Drain the sweet potato rounds well. Brush both sides of the sweet potato rounds with the oil. Grill or pan-grill the rounds over medium-high heat until rich grill marks form on both sides, about 8 minutes total. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Set aside to cool. Arrange the grilled sweet potato rounds* on a plate. Drizzle with the spicy avocado dressing. Sprinkle with the scallion, herb leaves, and pine nuts. Adjust seasoning and serve.   If you’d like to make the spicy avocado dressing that goes with the salad the recipe is: 1/­­4 of a large avocado 1/­­4 cup chilled unsweetened (jasmine) green tea 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 teaspoon cider vinegar 1/­­8 teaspoon each sea salt ground cayenne pepper Blend all ingredients together. Adjust seasoning. Makes 2 servings, about 3 tablespoons each.     The post Grilled Sweet Potato & Herb Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vermont Maple Breakfast Muffins

September 23 2019 Meatless Monday 

Warm maple muffins are the perfect breakfast for a cool fall morning. This recipe is totally plant-based and best enjoyed with family and friends over a hot cup of coffee or tea. This recipe comes to us from The Healthy Voyager . 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 muffins 3 cups  all purpose flour, gluten free if desired 1 tablespoon  baking powder 1/­­2 teaspoon  salt 1-1/­­2 cups  pure maple syrup 12 tablespoons (1-1/­­2 sticks)  unsalted vegan butter, melted 1/­­2 cup  non-dairy milk 1 vegan  egg (flax, chia or egg replacer of choice) 1  vegan egg yolk (such as Just Egg or Follow Your Heart vegan egg) Softened unsalted vegan butter, for greasing the pan   Preheat to 400°F . In a large bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and melted butter. Whisk in the milk, followed by the egg and egg yolk. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk until just smooth. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, grease the muffin pan generously with softened butter, wells and top. You may want to also use muffin liners. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan. The cups will be almost full. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 375°F  and bake for about 15 minutes more, or until the muffins are golden and a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove muffins from the pan. Serve warm with butter, or place on a rack to cool. The post Vermont Maple Breakfast Muffins appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Impossible Burger Hits Grocery Shelves

September 22 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

From restaurant menus to store shelves, the world is seeing plant-based meat substitutes explode. Impossible Burger is a top contender in the meatless industry, and is finally available for the at-home chef to enjoy. Since the Impossible Burger debut in restaurants in 2016, fans have been inquiring when they can expect to prepare the burger at home – with plenty of hints from Impossible Foods that they heard fans, loud and clear. Gelson’s Market will carry the 12-ounce product package in 27 locations throughout California (retail value: $8.99). Gelson’s is also putting a limit on individual purchases at ten per customer, rightfully curbing us all from another potential shortage. Get ready, East Coast: Impossible Foods says they’re coming for your stores later this month. The company aims to be available in stores nation-wide by mid-2020. You will find the Impossible ground “meat” packages available in the frozen section, next to the beef. The Impossible Burger is currently available at 17,000 restaurants, according to the company, including Burger King and White Castle. The post Impossible Burger Hits Grocery Shelves appeared first on HappyCow.

Restaurant Highlight – Rasoterra In Barcelona, Spain

September 17 2019 Happy Cow veggie blog 

No veggie burger, no pizza and no wraps? What do you offer then? Rasoterra isnt a typical vegetarian restaurant, this is precisely why it has deserved the title of best vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona. Dont expect to find veggie burgers, burritos or salad bowls. You will only get creativity and art in the form of healthy dishes. Surprising compositions made of the best local ingredients–that is their leitmotiv. They approach a plant-based cuisine with the eyes of a real gourmet and the skills of a master chef. As a gastronomic bistro, their mission is to reinvent the vegetarian and vegan cuisine and prove to the world that this cuisine is everything but boring. They want to be part of the local Slow Food chapter and that is why the kitchen uses organic, local and seasonal products with which they continuously reinvent their menu. Tucked away in the historical Gotico district of Barcelona, Rasoterra is a high end restaurant that provides a unique experience to its visitors. Decorated with taste, the relaxed light-filled dining room combines contemporary arts with natural materials and little details brought back from here or there that makes the atmosphere cozy and welcoming. Chiara, Daniele and Guillem […] The post Restaurant Highlight – Rasoterra In Barcelona, Spain appeared first on The Veggie Blog.

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.

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.


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