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How a Plant-Based Diet Can Affect Your Mood

before yesterday Vegetarian Times 

When most people hear the phrase, You are what you eat, they think about it in terms of body size or physical medical issues -- such as being overweight or underweight or having Type 2 diabetes. But research shows your food choices also affect your mental health, mood, and temperament. Eating a healthy diet containing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds --with the addition of fortified foods and supplements when indicated -- can support mental well-being, says Reshma Shah, M.D., a plant-based pediatrician and coauthor of Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families. Phytonutrients, which have a protective effect, and fiber, which is responsible for the health of our gut microbiome, are exclusive to plants and have been associated with improved mental health outcomes. Mental Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet Theres no shortage of research being done on the mood-boosting and mental health effects associated with the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based fuel. These include: - Anxiety and stress. The arachidonic acid, found only in animal products like eggs and chicken, sets off multiple chemical reactions in the body that eventually lead to an increase in inflammation, says Dr. Kasey Nichols, NMD, licensed physician and member of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA). When this inflammation reaches the brain, it subsequently can cause feelings of anxiety and stress, as well as depression. People who avoid foods with arachidonic acid typically report a more positive mood and improved mental health. One survey-based study found decreased rates of stress and anxiety in those eating a vegan vs. omnivorous diet, and that vegetarians had reported better mood than non-vegetarians. - Depression. Research suggests eating more plant-based foods can improve quality of life, mood and reduce symptoms of depression. A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry analyzed the dietary patterns and risk of depression in 3,486 participants over a five-year period. Individuals eating whole foods reported fewer symptoms of depression compared to those who ate mostly processed foods. - ADHD. Although diet isn’t the driving cause or cure for ADHD, Dr. Nichols says some research has shown that switching to a plant-based diet could help with its symptoms. One study showed that preschoolers who chose processed dietary patterns were significantly and positively correlated with ADHD symptoms, while those who chose vegetarian dietary patterns were negatively correlated with ADHD symptoms. Cognition. Some research has shown that eating more plant foods can prevent a cognitive decline later in life, says Dr. Nichols. One study found that those who consistently ate more plant-based foods were 18-33% less likely to develop cognitive impairment than those who didn’t. - Focus. Looking to improve productivity in the workplace? One study showed that employees who ate plant-based foods reported improved job performance and missed fewer workdays. Related: 8 Ways to Improve Your Gut Health & Mood 2 Things to Watch on a Plant-Based Diet While eschewing animal products is a healthy lifestyle choice, it requires a thorough understanding of how to create balanced and complete meals. There are a couple areas youll need to pay special attention to, to ensure youre reaping all of the healthy benefits: - Nutrient deficiency. If done improperly, a plant-based diet could lack important nutritional needs that can negatively affect mental health. A deficiency in nutrients found in animal products -- like choline, vitamin B-12, folate, omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids -- have been linked to depression, poor mood regulation, poor metabolism, low energy, as well as memory and attention span difficulties. Plant-based eaters in developed countries need to be the most concerned about lacking brain-healthy nutrients like DHA, vitamin B12, vitamin K2, zinc, iron, riboflavin, and vitamin D3, says Dr. Nichols. It is usually common knowledge that vegan diets need to be supplemented with B12, but many people are under the impression that colorful fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of most other vital nutrients. Dietary supplements are a great way counter any deficiency. - Caloric deficiency. Switching to a plant-based diet may end up resulting in a significant reduction in calories. Many find that they lose a few pounds, but if the reduction becomes too extreme and lacks key nutrients and carbohydrates, you may become more irritable, or hangry, and easily distracted, says Dr. Nichols. If youre losing too much weight, add some more healthy fats (such as coconut oil and avocados) into your diet. Related: Plant-Powered Brain Health Boost Your Mood with These Plant-Based Must-Haves Its easy to fall into a rut during meal prep and planning -- many people are creatures of habit who gravitate toward the same menu week after week. But if your go-to meals arent well-rounded, this could leave you lacking in essential nutrients. In order to ensure youre getting the full spectrum of nutrition your body and mind need to thrive, make sure youre including the following: - Omega 3s. Omega 3 fatty acids have been implicated in improved mental health outcomes, says Dr. Shah. Plant-based diets generally limit or exclude fish, which is a major source of omega 3 fatty acids, so they may be low in this key nutrient. Instead, youll find your omega 3s in foods such as chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seed, and walnuts. - Tryptophan. The brain uses the amino acid tryptophan to produce serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter. Its found in chicken, eggs, cheese and fish, but plant-based sources of tryptophan include leafy greens, sunflower seeds, watercress, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, broccoli and peas. - B vitamins. Known to boost mood by increasing such neurotransmitters as serotonin, dopamine, and gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), B vitamins may be the key to boosting your spirits, too. Choose from beans, legumes and lentils, fortified cereals and sunflower seeds. The effects of going plant-based vary from person to person, so it’s best to consult your doctor first to make sure it’s the right move for you, says Dr. Nichols.   The post How a Plant-Based Diet Can Affect Your Mood appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

The Ultimate Wellness Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

December 1 2020 Vegetarian Times 

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

Vegan Pumpkin Chipotle Fried Rice (Instant Pot)

November 28 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pumpkin Chipotle Fried Rice (Instant Pot)Smoky Vegan Pumpkin Chipotle Fried Rice made within minutes using the Instant Pot! A seasonal twist on restaurant-style fried rice your whole family will love! Glutenfree soyfree Nutfree, stove top option in notes Pumpkin Chipotle Fried Rice – a seasonal twist on traditional Chinese Fried Rice Pumpkin Chipotle Fried Rice is definitely not the traditional fried rice. It’s not even fried per se as we prepare it in the Instant Pot but let me tell you, this seasonal twist is amazing. Its what I call, use up the veggies and remaining pumpkin fried rice! Its so finger-licking good, I might have made it several times even when I didnt have any pumpkin to use up! The best thing – it’s all made in the Instant Pot within just 5 minutes of cooking time and 10 minutes of natural steam release. The prep work is minimal – just remember to soak the rice before you add it to the Instant Pot to get the perfect “fluffiness”. The slight heat from the chipotle chili powder goes to well with this dish. I use a chipotle chili blend and also add some cumin and thyme to seal the deal – all spices that pair beautifully with the sweet pumpkin puree, FOR MORE VEGAN RICE DISHES CHECK OUT THESE RECIPES: - Turmeric Lemon Rice - Vegetable Carrot Fried Rice - Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Rice Pulao - Masala Fried Rice with Turmeric Onion Raita - Peanut Sauce Fried Rice Which rice shall I use for making fried rice? Use long grain rice for making this fried rice recipe.Why? Because long-grain rice holds its shape better and stays separate when cooked. Basmati rice is my top choice but you can also go for Jasmine rice which has a delicate and light floral aroma. You can also use long grain brown rice. Pressure cook for 20 mins and use hearty veggies as otherwise they will be too soft and overcookedContinue reading: Vegan Pumpkin Chipotle Fried Rice (Instant Pot)The post Vegan Pumpkin Chipotle Fried Rice (Instant Pot) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

10 Dietitians Share Their Tips to Add More Plant-Protein to Your Diet

November 19 2020 Vegetarian Times 

With the new year just weeks away, the media is honing in on the top nutrition trends we can expect to see in 2021, and to no surprise increasing plant-protein remains at the top. Whether youre eating more plant-based for sustainability, health, or just because, rest assured there are a variety of whole food options you can choose from to meet your protein needs. But, before you head straight into the freezer department at your local grocer to pick up the latest faux meat product, lets take a look at 10 whole food sources of plant-based protein you may just want to toss into your cart instead! Reader beware, you may end up saving a few bucks once you realize how convenient and affordable many of these options are. Lentils Just one cup of cooked lentils provides nearly 18 grams of plant-protein and 16 grams of fiber for just 225 calories. Lentils also contain many important nutrients, like iron, potassium, zinc and choline (a nutrient that 90% of Americans arent getting enough of!) Plus, theyre budget-friendly with a 16-ounce bag of dried lentils coming in at just $2.99.  Registered Dietitian Kim Rose of www.kimrosedietitian.com recommends making a pot of seasoned lentils on the weekends. Divide them into individual 1 cup servings, and then add them to different meals throughout the week!  Youll find me turning lentils into meatballs, or for a really quick fix, adding a little bar-b-que sauce to them to make tasty, vegan sloppy joes. Hummus This plant-based spread can be made from a variety of beans and legumes, not just the traditional garbanzo bean you may think! Depending on the bean used, the protein content will vary slightly, but a standard 1/­­4 cup serving (or about 70 grams by weight) has roughly 6 grams of protein for just 180 calories. Plus, it often packs heart-healthy unsaturated fatty acids that help keep you fuller for longer too! Brynn McDowell, Registered Dietitian and cookbook author of The Mediterranean Diet Made Easy recommends using hummus in place of mayo on sandwiches or spreading it on bagels or toast! She suggests thinning it out and using it as a creamy salad dressing to add more plant-based protein to meals. Pistachios Pistachios are a good source of plant-based protein with a 1-ounce serving of the nut (shelled) providing 6 grams of it! Plus, they pack dietary fiber, potassium, and antioxidants that help keep your body in tip-top shape. While the shelled variety tends to be a tad pricier, you can still pick up a 10-ounce in-shell bag for about $5.49 at most markets. Lauren Manaker, Registered Dietitian, and author of Fueling Male Fertility, recommends to use shelled pistachios as a salad topped in place of grilled chicken or shrimp. The plant-based protein boost that also gives you fiber and healthy fats for staying power. You can also toss pistachios in trail mixes and in oatmeal as a topping for added nutrition and crunch! Related: Healthy Late-Night Snacks Chickpeas One of the most common forms of plant-based protein on the market is the good ole chickpea (aka, the garbanzo bean!) With nearly 7.5 grams of protein, 6.5 grams of fiber, and 3.7 mg of iron in just 1/­­2 cup serving of cooked chickpeas, its a great way to increase the total nutrient density of your diet. The best part: a pound of chickpeas (dried) often comes in at less than $3.00! NYC-based Registered Dietitian, Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, is a big fan of adding chickpeas to both meals and snacks! From grain bowls to veggie burgers, or roasted as a protein-filled snack, chickpeas offer a convenient and affordable plant-based protein to nearly every diet. Edamame (Soybeans) Edamame is the immature form of the soybean that is often eaten from the shell (or shelled) alongside traditional Asian dishes. Regardless of the form of soybean you eat, they can easily be incorporated into a balanced diet with two servings being a reasonable goal for adults. A half-cup of shelled edamame packs nearly 9.5 grams of plant-based protein and 4 grams of fiber, as well as iron, potassium, folate, and choline! Sarah Koszyk, Sports Nutritionist and author of 25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin, recommends pureeing edamame in a hummus, dip, or pesto. Spread the edamame purees on a sandwich or wrap, add it to a burrito, or toss it with a salad, pasta, or rice dish. If youre looking to venture into the other forms of soybeans (like tofu), Registered Dietitian Sylvia Klinger of Hispanic Food Communications suggests blending silken tofu with oil, spices and herbs makes for a delicious high protein dressing, or adding a soy-based curd to pancakes to boost the protein there as well! Tempeh Tempeh is a fermented product made from soybeans in addition to some whole grains, seasonings and other flavorings. A 4-ounce serving of this soy-based protein packs nearly 20 grams of protein, in addition to a host of nutrition benefits. For starters, tempeh is filled with nutrients like manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins in addition to its role as a probiotic. Jenna Braddock, Florida based at MakeHealthyEasy.com recommends spending a little bit of time prepping it to make the perfect dish! Braddock suggests crumbling the tempeh, then marinating it and finishing with a sear in a hot pan to add instant protein to salads, wraps, bowls and tacos. Pill Nuts Pronounced peel-y, this nut is native to the pili tree often found in Northern Australia and the Philippines. While lower in protein comparatively speaking per serving size (a 1/­­4 cup serving provides 3 grams in comparison to some of the other nuts), it packs a nutritional punch in that it contains essential amino acids the human body needs. This nut is harder to find at local markets, and you will need to likely shop online and be willing to spend about $16.99 for a one-pound bag. Maya Feller, nationally recognized nutrition expert and author of The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook, recommends enjoying this mildly flavored nut in yogurt form (yes, brands are now popping up incorporating this nut into their yogurts!) smothered over a stack of pancakes or in their raw form as a crunchy snack. Hemp Seeds Three tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds provide nearly 10 grams of plant-based protein to your meal for just 170 calories. Plus, theyre full of iron and unsaturated fats while offering a great nut-free alternative for crunch. While a bit more pricey than other seeds (a 12-ounce bag is roughly $12.99), theyre an easy addition to boost plant-protein on simple foods. Plant-based sports dietitian, Kelly Jones of kellyjonesnutrition.com recommends adding them to oatmeal, sprinkling them onto pancakes, using as a topper for soups and salads, and incorporating into homemade energy bites! Lupini Beans Lupini beans are a staple of the Mediterranean diet and making a name for themselves in the US due to their high protein content. In just a 1/­­2 cup cooked serving of the bean it packs nearly 13 grams of plant-based protein. But, where it packs in protein it lacks in fiber, with that same 1/­­2 cup serving providing only 2 grams. Found traditionally in the jarred food section of the market, there are a few ways you can cook with them! Amy Gorin, a plant-based registered dietitian and owner of Plant-Based Eats recommends draining and rinsing the beans as you would do with any other canned beans. Then, use them in your favorite dishes, like her delicious plant-based lupini salad! Quinoa One of the only whole grains that is a complete source of protein (containing all 9 essential amino acids), this is an excellent (and affordable) gluten-free, plant-based protein addition to nearly any diet! One cup of cooked quinoa contains nearly 8 grams of protein for just 220 calories (plus nearly 5 grams of fiber.) Quinoa also contains many important B vitamins as well as potassium and antioxidants. Registered Dietitian Tamara Hoffman of Unbeetable Nutrition and Wellness recommends adding quinoa to your taco Tuesday menus with a spicy Mexican seasoning or sauteing it into your stir-fry dishes with a soy sauce. The post 10 Dietitians Share Their Tips to Add More Plant-Protein to Your Diet appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Alternative Meats: A Convenience or a Curse?

November 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

Have you started swinging through the drive-thru more frequently since fast-food chains decided to hop on board with plant-based burger options? Sure, Burger Kings Impossible Whopper and Carls Jr.s meatless Beyond Meat burger may seem like enticing options after a long day -- heck, even Ikea is rumored to be working on a meatless version of its famous Swedish meatballs. And of course, its an encouraging sign that a plant-based lifestyle is becoming more mainstream, especially when its accepted in restaurants known for their beefy offerings. But could racking up too many fast-food visits mean youre sacrificing some of the positive health benefits associated with a plant-based diet for the sake of convenience? Meat alternatives are taking center stage because more and more people are recognizing that taking meat off our menus is an imperative if we are to preserve the planets life support systems for future generations, says Brenda Davis, R.D., a world-renowned expert in plant-based nutrition and coauthor of Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families. Aside from being better for the planet, her coauthor, Reshma Shah, M.D., a plant-based pediatrician, notes the many health attributes with this lifestyle. Plant-based diets have been associated with longevity, a decreased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and a healthy gut, she explains. Studies suggest the people eating a plant-based diet have a lower risk of being overweight or obese. Additionally, plant-based diets have been shown to be an effective strategy for treating many of the chronic diseases that make up the leading causes of death in the United States and throughout the world. 5 Pros of Alternative Meats First, lets explore the benefits of adding alternative meats to your diet: - Easy protein source. Some people may benefit from these concentrated, and very bioavailable protein sources. For athletes who struggle meeting protein needs, these foods can rapidly boost protein intake, says Davis. Also, for seniors who have higher protein needs, and lower calorie intakes, it can be tough to meet recommended intakes. Meat alternatives can help boost protein intakes in a way that is simple and palatable for seniors. - A non-threatening way to transition to eating less meat. New to the world of plant-based eating? Or simply trying to replace a few meat-based dishes each week? Plant-based meat alternatives can offer convenience for busy families, provide an alternative in social situations, and make the transition to a plant-based diet more enjoyable and sustainable in the long run, says Dr. Shah. You may find that you rely on these foods more at the beginning of your plant-based journey. As many people become more comfortable cooking and enjoying a variety of whole, plant foods, they may end up eating these foods less often. - Cleaner fuel. Plant-based meats are lower in persistent organic pollutants that are most concentrated in products at the top of the food chain, such as meat, fish and dairy products, says Davis. Also, plant-based meats cannot form heterocyclic amines, which are carcinogenic compounds formed when meat, poultry or fish are cooked at high temperatures. - Lesser inflammatory response. Plant-based meats are much lower in endotoxins (also known as lipopolysaccharides) than ground meats, which Davis says are associated with chronic inflammation and several disease states. - Reduced risk of food poisoning. Plant-based meat alternatives don’t carry the risk of foodborne disease from bacterial contamination in the same way that animal-based foods do, says Dr. Shah. Related: Tofu: The Unsung Hero of Coronavirus-Related Meat Shortages 5 Cons of Alternative Meats There are some downsides to alternative meat consumption, too: - Processed food is still processed food. While it might be tempting to skip purchasing whole ingredients and making your meals from scratch, the tradeoffs may not be worth it. Most plant-based meat alternatives tend to be higher in calories, fat, sodium, and additives compared to whole plant foods -- like beans and rice, says Dr. Shah. While plant-based meat alternatives are higher in fiber -- animal foods contain no fiber-- and are devoid of cholesterol, they certainly would not be considered a health food when compared to a homemade burger made of black beans, quinoa, and veggies. - Budget-buster. Currently, meat alternatives are rather expensive, sometimes even more expensive than meat. As the demand increases, this may change. - Quality depends on the brand. Meat alternatives vary in their quality, but are generally fairly highly processed foods, says Davis. Some are made from extracted plant proteins, fats, seasonings and preservatives, while others are made from black beans and quinoa. Consumers who want minimally processed foods need to read the label. - Allergens abound. Are you sensitive to gluten, soy or nuts? Meat alternatives are often based on ingredients that are associated with common allergens, so be sure to read labels carefully to avoid a reaction. - Nutrient deficient options. Davis says that meat alternatives are not always fortified with vitamin B12 or zinc, both of which are relatively high in meat. Make sure youre getting enough of these nutrients via the rest of your diet or through supplements. Related: 8 Must-Try Alternative Milks How to Shop for Alternative Meats A simple ingredient list with recognizable foods is always a good place to start. Next, Dr. Shah says to consider the amount of fat (especially saturated fat), sodium, and other additives. One particular additive that has gained scrutiny is the addition of heme iron in certain plant-based meat alternatives, she says. Heme-iron is added to enhance the meaty flavor and appearance of these foods -- but its thought to be pro-inflammatory, cause increased body iron stores, and provide an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. How Often Should You Consumer Alternative Meats? As with most things in life, moderation is key. Eating plant-based meat alternatives from time to time can certainly be a part of a healthy diet, but relying on them on a regular basis -- especially if they are taking the place of whole, plant foods -- would not be considered health-promoting, concludes Dr. Shah. Its also important to note that the consumption frequency may depend on your overall state of health. What is safe and appropriate for one individual may be quite different for another, explains Davis. If you struggle with hypertension or cardiovascular disease, you will want to minimize intake of the high sodium, high-fat meat alternatives. The post Alternative Meats: A Convenience or a Curse? appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Vegan Snickerdoodles – Soft, Chewy, and Oil-free Cookies

October 29 2020 FatFree Vegan Kitchen  

Vegan Snickerdoodles – Soft, Chewy, and Oil-free Cookies No one will believe that these chewy vegan snickerdoodles have absolutely no added oil. They bake up puffy and soft and taste just as good the next day. Try them and see why they’re the best oil-free cookies! Something about the nip of fall in the air has had me craving cinnamon. Or maybe it’s just October on the internet. Every time I turn around, it’s Pumpkin Spice this and Pumpkin Pie that. Maybe I should concentrate on the pumpkin, but it’s really baked goods full of cinnamon and sugar that I’m craving. I try not to give into the temptation too often because as I always say, Baking sweets is easy; not eating the whole batch in one sitting is hard.(...) Read the rest of Vegan Snickerdoodles – Soft, Chewy, and Oil-free Cookies (776 words) (C) svoisin for FatFree Vegan Kitchen, 2020. | Permalink | 9 comments Post tags: Nut-Free, Soy-free The post Vegan Snickerdoodles – Soft, Chewy, and Oil-free Cookies appeared first on FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

Members Only Vegan Meatloaf

October 25 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Members Only Vegan Meatloaf Serves 6 to 8-ish Autumn for Gen X means Member’s Only jackets and meatloaf This is for our elite members ONLY. Member that can handle lentils, TVP (textured vegetable protein) and seitan. And if it makes you think of Members Only jackets, that means you are over 40. So lets talk the 80s. It was a time where the only thing we were allowed to eat was meatloaf. And it was specifically this kind of meatloaf: hearty and meaty, not dry but not tooooo juicy, a smoky, sweet glaze (ok sometimes it was just ketchup), and delicately seasoned, straight off the 80s spice rack – paprika, thyme, onion and garlic. We literally had no other spices. And although this very meal was the punchline in lots of Sunday comics, who doesnt crave the hell out of this meatloaf? Its amazing in a sandwich the next day. Its the perfect accompaniment for peas and mashed potatoes. And its still as comforting as ever, which is just what we need right here and now in 2020. Recipes Notes ~ The lentils should be overcooked and bordering on mushy! Canned lentils that are drained will work just perfectly. ~ This recipe is easy, but does require some attention so that it cooks correctly. There’s about an hour and 20 minutes of baking time total. So just read the directions carefully when it comes to flipping. Basically, you’re gonna bake for a bit, flip it once, then flip it again. Then, you’re gonna unwrap it and bake for a bit. THEN you’re gonna transfer it to parchment, glaze it and bake it again. It’s easy but your eyes might GLAZE over while reading the directions. ~ I really suggest storebought breadcrumbs here because moisture content is going to be key. You can try homemade but don’t say I didn’t warn you. ~ I used Bob’s textured vegetable protein and wheat gluten. If you have a wheat and/­­or soy allergy, this isn’t the recipe for you! I love making wheat and soy-free recipes but this just isn’t one of them. If, however, you are part of a cult that believes that soy is part of the deep state, please find yourself another chef to harass. Ingredients 3/­­4 cup textured vegetable protein 2 bay leaves 1 cup overcooked brown or green lentils (see note) 1/­­2 cup vegetable broth 2 tablespoons tomato paste 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (not spicy) 1 1/­­2 teaspoons dried thyme 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/­­2 teaspoon black pepper 1/­­4 teaspoon salt 1 cup vital wheat gluten 3/­­4 cup grated or very finely chopped yellow onion 1/­­2 cup storebought breadcrumbs For the glaze: 1/­­3 cup tomato paste 3 tablespoons water 1/­­4 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon smooth dijon mustard 1/­­8 teaspoon nutmeg Pinch salt Directions In a small pot, bring 3 cups of water to boil with 2 bay leaves. Turn off the heat, mix in the TVP and let it sit for about 10 minutes until soft and spongy. Pour into a fine mesh strainer and let cool. Remove bay leaves. Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a mixing bowl mash the lentils into a puree then add the vegetable broth. You can also, if you prefer, simply puree lentils with vegetable broth in a blender then add to the bowl. Mix in the tomato paste, tamari, and olive oil and beat until the tomato paste is incorporated. Add the smoked paprika, rub the dried thyme between your fingers and add along with the onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and salt.  When the TVP is cool enough, press it against the strainer to release as much moisture as possible. Add it to the mixing bowl and mix well, mushing it up to make sure it soaks up the liquid.  Lightly mix in the chopped onion and breadcrumbs. Add vital wheat gluten and use your hands to knead for about 2 minutes, then form into a ball. You might want to wear kitchen gloves for that to keep your hands fresh and clean.  Spray an 18-inch sheet of tin foil with cooking oil. Place the ball of meatloaf in the center of the tinfoil, and form it into an 8×3 inch loaf that is rectangular and as flat as you can make it on all sides. Wrap the tin foil around the loaf and transfer to a baking sheet.  Ok, now comes an important part about flipping so pay attention. Bake for 30 minutes then flip upside down and bake for another 20 minutes. Then flip again to the original position. This time, unwrap the tin foil. Bake for 10 more minutes just to get it a little crusty.  While all this baking is happening, make the glaze. Simply vigorously mix all ingredients for the glaze together in a mug, using a fork to do the mixing. Set aside.  After the loaf bakes with the tin foil open, you are going to transfer it to parchment. So place the baking sheet somewhere safe where it wont burn you or anything (on the stovetop works for me) and layout a kitchen towel as close as possible. Use oven mitts or towels to lift the loaf in the tin foil onto the towel. Now line the baking sheet with parchment and spray it with cooking oil. Use a wide spatula to get the loaf back onto the parchment lined sheet. Pour the glaze all over and use the back of a spoon to make sure you get it good and coated.  Place back in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly before slicing serving!

VT Tried It: ALOHA Protein Drinks

October 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

ALOHA’s creamy organic plant-based protein drinks provide 18g of protein and 160 calories. These are sweetened with monk fruit extract, and the protein blend comes from pea and brown rice proteins. They also skip over common allergens--ALOHA’s protein drinks are soy-free, vegan, nothing artificial, no stevia, gluten-free, dairy-free, and no sugar alcohols, Coconut: Very creamy, monk fruit flavor was mild. Chocolate Sea Salt: This drink is chocolate-forward, almost like a thick chocolate milk that was very welcome on a rather warm day. Vanilla: I’m a big fan of anything vanilla-flavored, and this drink is no exception. I meant to just take a sip or two to take notes, but found myself drinking it throughout a meeting.  The post VT Tried It: ALOHA Protein Drinks appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

September 15 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes Makes 6 six-inch pancakes The most pumpkiniest pancakes Autumn is so bittersweet in the midwest. The bitter part: knowing In a few weeks youll be underdressed in your denim jacket no matter how many flannels youve got on. How all the therapeutic lamps in the world cant replace the feeling of a walk on the beach. And this winter there will be no escape as the pandemic rages on. But the sweet part, at least in the midwest right now: the earthy autumn breeze that somehow feels like it’s the beginning of something, the way it forces you into the moment, and really, the moment is all weve got. Well, except for Ive ALSO got a 6-pack of canned pumpkin puree and a bulk amount of Penzeys Pumpkin Spice. So I am going to make this pumpkin moment count. Today, with pancakes. Recipes Notes ~ If you have an allergy ok, use a different milk (obviously) but I have to admit that soy milk works best for me in pancakes! ~ This recipe uses 1/­­2 of a can of pumpkin puree. I did this so that it’s easy to double by simply just using the full can! I will also post some recipes for using the other 1/­­2 of the can, so stay tuned. ~ I have so many “alternative” flours that I got at the start of the pandemic and now need to use. If you don’t have spelt flour, AP flour will be just fine. Probably even better, honestly. Ingredients 1 3/­­4 cup unsweetened soy milk, divided 2 tablespoons ground flax seed 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 3/­­4 cup canned pumpkin puree 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup 1 1/­­2 cups spelt flour 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/­­4 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­2 teaspoon salt Directions 1 – In a large mixing bowl, use a whisk to vigorously mix 1/­­2 cup of milk with the flax seeds and apple cider vinegar for about a minute. It should be thick and viscous. Add the remaining milk, pumpkin puree, olive oil and maple syrup and whisk until smooth.  2 – Sift in the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk until relatively smooth, some lumps are okay, be careful not to overmix. 3 – Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes. Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Lightly spray the pan with cooking oil. Scoop scant 1/­­2 cups of batter into the pan, and then, you know, make pancakes.

Ridiculously Easy Vegetable Fried Rice

August 18 2020 FatFree Vegan Kitchen  

Ridiculously Easy Vegetable Fried Rice Leftover brown rice becomes a healthy meal in minutes with this whole foods plant based Vegetable Fried Rice recipe featuring frozen stir-fry vegetables and riced cauliflower. Time during a pandemic does funny things. Individual minutes and hours can seem to crawl by, but whole days, weeks, and months pass by so quickly that I often have to stop to remember what month it is. August? August. It’s really hard to believe that most of the summer is gone without me going anywhere.(...) Read the rest of Ridiculously Easy Vegetable Fried Rice (1,359 words) (C) svoisin for FatFree Vegan Kitchen, 2020. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: Air Fryer, Ridiculously Easy, Soy, Sugar-free, Weight Watchers Points The post Ridiculously Easy Vegetable Fried Rice appeared first on FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

Potato and Soy Goulash

July 18 2020 seitan is my motor 

Potato and Soy GoulashEasy to make and very flavourful protein-rich potato goulash. No tofu! The post Potato and Soy Goulash appeared first on seitan is my motor.

Tofu in Creamy Black Pepper Tomato Sauce – Dum Tofu Paneer Kali Mirch

June 17 2020 Vegan Richa 

Tofu in Creamy Black Pepper Tomato Sauce – Dum Tofu Paneer Kali MirchTofu in Creamy Black Pepper Tomato Sauce is a weeknight dinner your whole family will love! This easy Indian tofu recipe treats pan-fried firm tofu pieces to a bath of deliciously aromatic and creamy peppery gravy.  Serve over rice or with naan or roti. Oil-free, soy-free and nut-free options included. Jump to Recipe I know, tofu may not seem like the most exciting food to some of you. But hey, when you wrap it in a blanket of flavors it turns into a thing of beauty! I mean, what’s not to love about crispy fried tofu cubes in a fragrant creamy sauce? While I do already have some pretty amazing tofu curries on the blog, this one is special in so many ways. Dum Tofu Paneer Kali Mirch, you guys! A lip-smacking delicious creamy vegan tofu curry that is packed with vibrant flavors and so easy to make that it could be dinner on any given weeknight. As the name suggests this dish has a good amount of Kali Mirch ( black pepper ) which really livens up the gravy so don’t skimp on it. This one-pot dish is perfect as a warming main course on a rainy day. The signature-orange tomato gravy wraps itself silkily around your the tofu cubes and is sure to wow your tastebuds! This is a chunky sauce,  for smooth sauce, purée tomatoes in a blender and add to the skillet.Continue reading: Tofu in Creamy Black Pepper Tomato Sauce – Dum Tofu Paneer Kali MirchThe post Tofu in Creamy Black Pepper Tomato Sauce – Dum Tofu Paneer Kali Mirch appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Apple Pie Oatmeal

May 22 2020 VegKitchen 

Apple Pie Oatmeal This voluminous Apple Pie Oatmeal will remind you of delicious apple pie but will leave you feeling energized and ready to tackle the day ahead. I like to use Gala apples in this recipe, but feel free to use any variety that you wish. This recipe is gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, and soy-free! The post Apple Pie Oatmeal appeared first on VegKitchen.

BBQ 5-Spice Tempeh Mushroom Tacos

May 8 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

BBQ 5-Spice Tempeh Mushroom Tacos Serves 2 hungries Tempeh and mushrooms get all sticky and charred, burnt ends and everything, in an easy to throw together sauce that is smoky, sweet (but not too) and a little spicy. Some slaw to cool it down and lend some fresh crunch, some sliced avocado for creaminess and because avocado on everything always. Now youve got yourself a taco tuesday on a friday because you dont know what day it is! Recipes Notes ~ I marinate the tempeh for up to an hour (but not longer than that) but if youve got 15 minutes, no problem, it will still be yummy, just a little less soaked through. ~ This marinade it soooo good for a million things. Try it on baked tofu or even veggies like cauliflower or brussels. Ingredients For the tempeh marinade: 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce 1 tablespoon sriracha 1 tablespoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon canola oil (plus additional for cooking) 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 1/­­2 teaspoon 5-spice For cooking: 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced thin (about 1/­­8 inch thick, not paper thin) 1 8 oz package tempeh, diced For slaw: 4 cups thin sliced red cabbage (tough core removed) 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon agave Small glug olive oil 1/­­4 cup finely chopped cilantro Pinch salt To assemble: Sliced avocado 6 8-inch tortillas warmed up Directions 1 – Vigorously mix all tempeh marinade ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the tempeh and toss to coat. Let marinade 15 minutes to an hour.  2 – Mix all the slaw ingredients together and taste for seasoning. Let wilt.  3 – Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. When good and hot, cook mushrooms in canola oil until moisture is released and theyve browned a bit, about 7 minutes.  4 – Add the tempeh, reserving some marinade. Cook for about 10 minutes, flipping often, until caramelized on the edges.Add more marinade as needed.  5 – Heat tortillas your preferred way and assemble. Slaw on bottom, then tempeh, then tuck in sliced avocado. Sprinkle avo with a little lime juice and salt if you like. Serve asap!

Vegan Rasmalai Cake

November 3 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Rasmalai CakeVegan Rasmalai Cake is a dairy-free spin on the popular Bengali Dessert rasmalai that is typically served for Diwali! Moist almond and cashew flour cake squares immersed in a rich and creamy cashew pistachio “milk” scented with saffron and cardamom. It basically is Vegan Malai burfi soaked in Ras malai milk! Soyfree Glutenfree Jump to Recipe Diwali is coming up and that means Boxes of sweets and desserts being whipped up to share and celebrate. A festival that celebrates a win of goodness, knowledge, kindness over negativity. This Diwali we need that magic.  This vegan Ras Malai Cake is a simple dairy-free spin on one of the most delicious Indian sweets out there – the traditional Bengali Dessert Ras Malai /­­ Rasmalai. What is Rasmalai? Bengali Rasmalai consists of small soft cheese curd/­­paneer balls or cakes immersed in saffron and cardamom-scented sweetened thickened milk. This Indian dessert is usually served with plenty of chopped pistachios and as you can imagine, it’s a pretty popular dessert for the holidays! Vegan Rasmalai Cake – the perfect Diwali treat Vegan version of rasmalai is tricky. The chewy cheese balls are hard to mimic with non dairy cheeses. I have a soy based version in my cookbook. That is chewy and cheesy and almost perfect, but has a slight soy after taste. Today I bring you this variation. This Vegan Ras Malai Cake consists of a moist vegan nut cake which is like malai burfi/­­milk cake immersed into a rich sweetened cashew pistachio cream. We make the burfi cake, we pour cream on top, we let the cake soak up some of that goodness and it’s ready to serve. No fuss, no stress! The flavors of rasmalai all come from the amazing malai cream sauce and  satisfy that ras malai craving. More Vegan Diwali Recipes From The Blog: - Almond Halwa, 2ways and Almond Ladoo GF - Malai Burfi  GF - Basundi - 7 Cup Burfi - GF, Nutfree - Malai Ladoo - Brown Rice Kheer - Gajar Halwa, skillet, Instant pot - Gulab Jamuns - Easy Kaju Katli  Some Savories - Maida Papdi - Moong Dal samosa Rasmalai is a decadent Indian treat served for special occasions like weddings or for Diwali. Due to its richness, it’s not an everyday kind of dessert – which doesn’t mean it’s overly difficult to make – and this vegan version is even easier. You can whip this Vegan Rasmalai Cake up pretty effortlessly and you’ll even find it quite relaxing during the stressful holiday season.Continue reading: Vegan Rasmalai CakeThe post Vegan Rasmalai Cake appeared first on Vegan Richa.

WORLD 2.0 vegan cookbook on Kickstarter

November 2 2020 The Lotus and the Artichoke 

WORLD 2.0 vegan cookbook on Kickstarter Visit Kickstarter to pre-order: http:/­­/­­kck.st/­­2TE62bO  My first book has been a bestseller for almost eight years, but ever since the sequels came out, I’ve wanted to go back and massively upgrade the visuals on the original book: to re-do the cover artwork and re-shoot most of the food photos. After publishing 5 other books and spending additional years in the kitchens of the world, I knew I could improve the recipes, add outstanding dishes that didn’t make it into the first versions, and bring more culinary authenticity and cultural awareness to the entire book. The newly updated, re-photographed and freshly illustrated edition of The Lotus and the Artichoke – Vegan Recipes from World Adventures is my classic, first journey in the world of vegan cookbooks reimagined and upgraded. Its my tribute to powerful memories, awesome individuals, and fantastic meals that Ive made, found, and shared with countless others like you. I’ve wanted to re-create my first cookbook for years, but the opportunity didn’t really arise until the surprises and challenges that have been this monster of a year, 2020. Yasai Izakaya Genki, Tokyo 2019 You see, I’d planned to return to Japan and continue my adventures from late 2019. Ultimately, now, Id be wrapping up The Lotus and the Artichoke – JAPAN. But when Corona hit, not only did it cancel nearly all my events and most of my income, like for so many people, lockdowns and border closures meant drastic changes not just daily life but to our travel plans as well. The struggle to return to a form of life that is more predictable and free has been different for all of us. As life has become more routine and restricted, our travels have been more in our minds and through the eyes of others-- through art, music, video and social media. A big part of my own escape these last months has been getting into the kitchen and diving back into my first cookbook - revisiting the intense dishes, unforgettable places and global flavors that shaped my life and projects over the last eight years. Ive cooked for the family, for friends, and for neighbors. Hopefully opportunities for more lunch and dinner parties and big cooking events will shape up soon! updated world map & photo collage for WORLD 2.0 edition NEW in Vegan Recipes from World Adventures 2.0: - brand NEW cover art & illustration! - NEW introduction & kitchen info! - more travel stories! - 8+ totally NEW recipes (not found in earlier editions!)  - 70+ newly photographed dishes!  - 100+ updated & improved recipes!  - better recipe names with respect to cultures & inspirations - 8+ additional pages of adventures & travels! As with all 6 of my cookbooks, I have written, illustrated, cooked, photographed and designed this book myself. The Lotus and the Artichoke is the ultimate combination of my passions: art, travel, vegan cooking, and photography. - My fully updated and re-envisioned first cookbook of vegan recipes inspired by my travels, stays with families, and cooking in the kitchens of restaurants worldwide -  224 pages with 100+ recipes and over 90 full-page color photos  - Personal stories, art, and recipes inspired by my travels and culinary adventures in over 50 countries.  - Great for cooks of all levels, from beginner to advanced: Recipes use easy-to-find ingredients  - Delicious, easy-to-follow recipes designed to satisfy and impress eaters of all ages, tastes, and minds - Available in ENGLISH... und auch auf DEUTSCH! Palak Paneer – North Indian spinach with tofu paneer Pad Thai – rice noodles with tofu, crushed peanuts & lime Omelette *NEW RECIPE* Mombasa Red Curry – with sweet potatoes & tofu Buka – Nigerian stew & Jollof – Senegalese rice *NEW RECIPES* Koshary – Egyptian pasta, lentils & rice with red sauce & fried onions *NEW RECIPE* Mini Meat Pies – made with lentils & vegetables Lasagna – with smoked tofu, cashew cheese, zucchini & mushrooms Recipes in Vegan Recipes from World Adventures 2.0 AMERICAS -  Salade a la Montréal arugula, pears, walnuts & lemon dressing -  Lower East Side Salad avocado and tomatoes on quinoa & carrot ginger dressing -  Jersey Summer Salad spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, walnuts & raspberry dressing -  Pancakes American breakfast classic -  Waffles *NEW*  -  French Toast another American breakfast classic -  Tofu Scramble with mixed vegetables -  Omelette *NEW*  -  North End Pasta Spaghetti & Vegan Meatballs with red sauce -  Ithaca Mac & Cheeze baked casserole -  TLT Tempeh Lettuce Tomato sandwich -  Black Bean Burgers 90’s style classic burgers -  Three Bean Chili with assorted vegetables -  Mango Pear Crumble with ginger & cinnamon -  Roasted Walnut Brownies double chocolate delight -  Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut Cookies American classic -  Guacamole Latin American avocado dip -  Salsa Latin American spicy tomato dip ASIA -  Cold Sesame Noodles Chinese dim-sum classic -  Wontons Chinese steamed dumplings with soy ginger dipping sauce -  Congee savory rice porridge *NEW*  -  Horenso Goma-ae Japanese chilled sesame spinach -  Miso Soup Japanese classic with tofu -  Teriyaki Tempeh Japanese stir-fry with vegetables -  General Tsos Chicken Cantonese classic -  Sesame Ginger Tofu Chinese fusion -  Tom Kha Thai coconut soup with tofu & vegetables -  Pad Thai rice noodles with tofu, crushed peanuts & lime -  Pad Horapa Makua Thai stir-fry with eggplant, basil, tofu & cashews -  Bai Cha Cambodian fried rice with smoked tofu & vegetables -  Gói Cuôn Vietnamese fresh spring rolls with ginger peanut sauce -  Pho Vietnamese noodle soup with smoked tofu & vegetables -  Banh Mi Vietnamese seitan sandwich -  Mirza Ghasemi Persian eggplant -  Gajar Masala grated carrots with pineapple, dates & cashews -  Aloo Raita Indian potatoes and cucumbers in yogurt -  Poha Indian flattened rice with potatoes & spices -  Gobi Tikka Indian baked marinated cauliflower -  Pakoras Indian spinach fritters with apple tamarind chutney -  Masoor Dal North Indian red lentils -  Chole Bhature Indian chickpeas with fried flatbread -  Hyderabadi Biryani South Indian rice dish -  Dhokla South Indian savory steamed chickpea cake -  Masala Dosa South Indian cr?pe with spicy potato filling -  Sambar South Indian vegetable & lentil stew -  Coconut Coriander Chutney South Indian condiment -  Paneer Makhani North Indian tomato curry with tofu paneer -  Mutter Paneer North Indian peas with tofu paneer -  Palak Paneer North Indian spinach with tofu paneer -  Navratan Korma North Indian creamy vegetable curry -  Vegetable Jalfrezi North Indian spicy mixed vegetables -  Dal Makhani North Indian creamy bean curry -  Sindhi Bhindi Masala North Indian okra -  Bengan Bhartha North Indian eggplant -  Chilli Paneer Indo-Chinese tofu paneer -  Vegetable Manchurian Indo-Chinese dumplings -  Halva Indian semolina sweet -  Saffron Mango Lassi Indian yogurt shake -  Naan North Indian flatbread -  Nariyal Chaval South Asian coconut rice -  Haldi Chaval North Indian golden rice with turmeric -  Jeera Chaval North Indian rice with cumin seeds AFRICA -  Plasas & Fufu Gambian spinach peanut stew with mashed cassava -  Koshary Egyptian pasta, lentils & rice with red sauce & fried onions *NEW* -  Tanjine Moroccan stew with couscous *NEW* -  Mombasa Red Curry with sweet potatoes & tofu -  Ful Medames North African spicy bean dip *NEW* -  Hummus North African & Middle Eastern chickpea spread -  Buka Nigerian stew mushrooms and soy meats *NEW* 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smoked tofu -  Spinach & White Beans with sun-dried tomatoes & herbs -  Vegan Meat Pies with lentils & vegetables -  Turkish Bulgar Pilaf with Tofu-Feta & fresh herbs -  Grah Balkan bean stew with seitan -  Gibanica Balkan cheese pie -  Bratäpfel baked apples stuffed with dates, figs & walnuts -  Apfelstrudel Austrian-German apple pastry -  Lebkuchen traditional German Christmas cookies -  Tarte au Citron French lemon pie -  Mandeltorte German-Swedish almond pie Dal Makhani – North Indian creamy bean curry Masala Dosa – South Indian cr?pe with spicy potato filling, sambar & coconut chutney Pad Horapa Makua – Thai stir-fry with eggplant, basil, tofu & cashews Borscht – Russian beet soup Blintzes – Russian-Ukrainian tofu cheese cr?pes with jam Beaner Schnitzel – Austrian-style breaded bean cutlets Käsespätzle – Swiss-German noodles with leeks & cashew cheese sauce Pasta Famiglia – Spaghetti & Vegan Meatballs with red sauce Teriyaki Tempeh – Japanese stir-fry with vegetables Hyderabadi Biryani – South Indian rice with vegetables Chilli Paneer – Indo-Chinese spicy stir-fry with tofu paneer Vegetable Manchurian – Indo-Chinese dumplings The Lotus and the Artichoke – World Adventures from World Adventures 2.0, my updated, re-photographed & illustrated original cookbook is only available for pre-order on Kickstarter for 21 days!

Gluten Free Buckwheat Waffles

October 27 2020 Vegan Richa 

Gluten Free Buckwheat WafflesThese Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Buckwheat Waffles are a chocoholic’s breakfast dream! Light, crispy, and nutritious and made with a blend of naturally gluten-free buckwheat flour and oat flour! 7 ingredients and 1 Bowl. Wholesome, delicious and so easy to make. Vegan Glutenfree soyfree Nut-free Recipe Jump to Recipe These Chocolate Buckwheat Waffles are light, crispy, and nutritious. You will love how easy they are to throw together and how wholesome these are while still tasting super chocolatey and decadent. The unique blend of buckwheat flour and oat flour will keep you full for hours. Trust me, you will want to make a double batch!  Chocolatey, rich, and nutty as they are, these gluten-free waffles taste excellent as they are, but why not take them to the next level with some toppings? You can top these any way you like, but let me just mention that a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of syrup is a superb choice for sure.Continue reading: Gluten Free Buckwheat WafflesThe post Gluten Free Buckwheat Waffles appeared first on Vegan Richa.

VT Tried It: Nomad Nutrition meals

October 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

Nomad Nutrition is the culmination of the pursuit of wild places and good food. Founder Denis Mikhailov, an avid climber, spent years looking for the best food to fuel his body and his adventures. Nomad Nutrition promotes a healthy, organic lifestyle with adventure meals geared towards backpackers, hikers, climbers, paddlers, hunters, and anyone on the go or venturing on overnight excursions. Nomad Nutrition has tweaked their recipes to contain the right ratios of healthy fats, lean protein and complex carbs. And theyre packed with nutrient-dense calories to keep the stoke high. They do their best to use organic, non-GMO, whole food ingredients, and all meals are gluten-free, with vegan and paleo options. These small batch meals are made in the Pacific Northwest, not in a lab or some factory overseas, and the company is working on becoming more and more sustainable. But how do they taste? Hungarian Goulash To be honest, Ive never had goulash, but its been the punchline for plenty of jokes, so I was quite surprised at how much I liked this! First of all, Nomad Nutritions meals are super low-effort: boil a cup of water, add to pouch, seal, and let cook. I suspect the potatoes and smoked paprika were my taste allies here, but there are beans to slip in some protein and nutritional value for even a carb-loving hiker like me. GF/­­dairy free, soy free, palm oil free, non GMO. Kathamandu Curry Ive been craving rice, and this is made with tiny rice noodles to stand in for the rice. Well spiced, and chickpeas for protein (20g per pouch). I love the coconut milk, but would have skipped the sundried tomatoes. Id still pick up a pouch of this over Mountain House in a heartbeat. GF/­­dairy free, soy free, palm oil free, non GMO. Try them out > The post VT Tried It: Nomad Nutrition meals appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

VT Tried It: ALOHA Protein Bars

October 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

ALOHA’s organic plant-based protein bars are a tasty (and largely chocolate-based!) addition to your backpack or office snack drawer. They are soy-, stevia-, gluten-, dairy-, and sugar alcohols-free! The texture is pleasantly soft--no need to gnaw on cardboard here!, and offer 14g of protein, made of a mix of brown rice and pumpkin seed proteins.  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip: The soft texture of the bar is a pleasant contrast with the chocolate chips. I just ate lunch, yet I kept nibbling on this bar! Caramel Sea Salt: As a huge fan of caramel sea salt ice cream, I was wary when biting into this flavor. Rest assured, somehow ALOHA has magically found the right balance of flavors, with just a little sweet. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Again, a masterful balance of replicating the flavors, but without trying to make a protein bar into a dessert. Chocolate Fudge Brownie: This flavor even comes with a chocolate coating (so maybe save it for your cooler-weather hikes). Chocolate Mint: One of my favorite sweets growing up were these mint chocolate meltaways, and this protein bar took me back! You can pick up your favorite flavors at Trader Joe’s, Amazon, or Sprouts. The post VT Tried It: ALOHA Protein Bars appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Spicy Bbq Cauliflower Salad Bowl

September 12 2020 Vegan Richa 

Spicy Bbq Cauliflower Salad BowlThis Spicy BBQ Cauliflower Salad Bowl is a medley of exciting textures and bold flavors, and so fun to eat! Oven-roasted sweet, spicy and smokey cauliflower on a bed of iceberg, apples, pecans, drizzled with creamy Vegan Ranch. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free recipe. Jump to Recipe Just in case you cannot decide what to make for lunch today, give this BBQ Cauliflower Salad Bowl a try. Its sweet, smoky, and spicy, a little creamy, a little crispy  – you will see it has got something for everyone! A delicious  vegan oven-roasted cauliflower bowl that makes for an easy, flavorful salad and that is filling enough to be served as a main!Continue reading: Spicy Bbq Cauliflower Salad BowlThe post Spicy Bbq Cauliflower Salad Bowl appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Baked Rigatoni with Vegan Meat Sauce

August 2 2020 Vegan Richa 

Baked Rigatoni with Vegan Meat SauceVegan Baked Rigatoni is an easy weeknight meal the whole family will love! This comforting one-dish pasta is made with rigatoni, lentil bolognese, and cheesy tofu mozzarella topping. Gluten-free & soy-free &  Nut-free options.Jump to Recipe Youre going to love this recipe for Vegan Baked Rigatoni! Its basically a lazy lasagna! Absolutely perfect for when company comes over and you want to please everyone, vegans and carnivores alike. super easy to make this as a busy weeknight dinner because its so quick. It can be made gluten-free if needed or whole grain. For that cheesy topping I went with non-dairy tofu mozzarella cheese which is just blended up tofu and is quick and easy and creamy! You make it in the blender and it takes just seconds to make. For the “ragu” I went with a simple vegan lentil bolognese that is basically just marinara, lentils, Italian herbs! DONE. How easy is this?Continue reading: Baked Rigatoni with Vegan Meat SauceThe post Baked Rigatoni with Vegan Meat Sauce appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Malai Kofta Recipe ( Baked or Pan-Fried)

July 5 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Malai Kofta Recipe ( Baked or Pan-Fried)This Restaurant-Style Vegan Malai Kofta recipe is the ultimate Indian comfort food. Picture crispy potato and chickpea dumplings in a creamy, spiced Indian gravy that will make your tastebuds sing! Soyfree. Glutenfree option. Nutfree option. Jump to Recipe Malai Kofta! If you’re a fan of Indian cuisine and this isnt one of your top 5 Indian dishes you probably just have not tried it yet. What is Malai Kofta? Malai Kofta is a special occasion dish that has its origins in northern India. Kofta are meatballs, and there are variations of them – some from the Balkans and the Middle East, others coming from South Asia. In India, they are typically vegetarian for malai kofta, made with potatoes and paneer cheese. Malai simply means cream. So creamy meatballs. In this recipe, we make easy swaps for all non-vegan ingredients using potatoes and chickpeas as a base for the “meatballs”  or “vegan kofta”. The result is the most delicious, richest tasting, better-than-restaurant style vegan malai kofta. This vegan malai kofta will quickly shoot up to one of your favorite dishes. Malai (cream) gravy is super rich, so the best substitute for it is cashew cream. We also add some plant-based milk to the gravy but you can use water instead of the milk and it will still be quite creamy. The acidity in the tomatoes helps to balance the heat of the chili powder, ginger and cayenne. There are several variations of this recipe and you can make it with all the spices for a really elaborate process or shorten it like this one with a few spices and garam masala. This recipe is adapted from my cookbook version which is completely Nutfree in the book.Continue reading: Vegan Malai Kofta Recipe ( Baked or Pan-Fried)The post Vegan Malai Kofta Recipe ( Baked or Pan-Fried) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

The Absolute Best Recipes You Can Make with Your Forgotten Pantry Staples

May 25 2020 Meatless Monday 

The Absolute Best Recipes You Can Make with Your Forgotten Pantry StaplesYour pantry is full of forgotten treasures: the can of kidney beans hiding behind the rigatoni; the unopened pouch of quinoa tucked off in the corner; the lonely tin of canned corn... But these ingredients, along with other overlooked pantry staples, can be used to make some pretty marvelous meals -- if you know how to prepare them. As more people are cooking at home, the Meatless Monday team set out to ask our followers which of their pantry items theyve found to be the trickiest to cook. Our surveys have revealed that people arent quite sure what to do with canned corn, quinoa and canned kidney beans. We sought the assistance from some of our favorite chefs, bloggers, and Instagram influencers to help us compile a list of superb plant-based recipes featuring popular, yet underutilized, pantry staples. Check out the list below and get cooking! Corn Recipes   TexMex Chickpea Corn Fritters from Kevin Curry - Fit Men Cook When it comes to plant-based patties, fritters always have more fun. These Tex-Mex chickpea corn fritters from Fit Men Cook become nice and crisp after a quick spin in the air fryer (or oven). Canned or frozen corn work for this one, but the big spice blend -- smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, oregano -- is definitely a must. Source: Fit Men Cook Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad from Rachel Paul - The College Nutritionist Want something a little lighter for the summer season? Try this corn, avocado and tomato salad from the College Nutritionist . Source: College Nutritionist Garlicky Corn and Tuna Pasta from Lenny Wu - Vegamelon This isnt you moms tuna casserole. Pairing a vegan protein with sweet corn and spices makes this garlicky corn & tuna pasta from Vegamelon a must try. Source: Vegamelon Easy Vegan Jalape?o Cornbread from Jenn Sebestyen - Veggie Inspired This recipe for vegan jalape?o cornbread from Veggie Inspired uses canned corn and jalape?o for a sweet punch of heat. Source: Veggie Inspired Crockpot Chili from Makenna Hale Corn and chili were meant for each other. This crockpot chili from Makenna Hale is vegan and free of both soy and gluten. Source: Makenna Hale   Vegan Lentil Shepherds Pie from Naturally Zuzu Hearty and delicious, this vegan lentil shepherds pie from Naturally Zuzu will keep your taste buds craving more. Source: Naturally Zuzu Pro tip from Karla Dumas and the Humane Society Culinary Team: Roast canned corn to naturally caramelize it and bring out the sweetness. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice; add beans and cilantro for a quick side dish. Quinoa Recipes   Instant Pot Vegan White Bean Quinoa from Nisha Vora - Rainbow Plant Life You can never have enough chili recipes. This recipe for instant pot vegan white bean quinoa chili from Rainbow Plant Life uses coconut milk and cannellini beans, making it extra creamy and delicious. Source: Rainbow Plant Life Sweet Potato Quinoa Latkes from Joy Bauer Holidays, brunch, late-night snack, doesnt matter; these savory sweet potato latkes from Joy Bauer are the perfect place to put that quinoa. The original recipe calls for egg whites, but to make these latkes completely plant-based, use one of these vegan egg replacements . Source: Joy Bauer Fig and Raisin Quinoa Couscous from My Organic Diary Completely gluten free, this recipe from My Organic Diary marries the flavors of North Africa with protein-packed quinoa. Golden raisins, cinnamon, and figs makes this flavorful side dish perfect for pool-side dining. Source: My Organic Diary Cherry Mint Quinoa Salad from Lisa Drayer In addition to her cherry mint quinoa salad , Lisa Drayer covered the Meatless Monday pantry challenge in her recent CNN article, How to eat less meat and more plants , that also featured Chef Adam Kenworthy s quinoa recipe suggestion and physician and chef Dr. Robert Grahams advice on the health benefits of plant-based eating. Source: Lisa Drayer Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies from DJ Blatner These peanut butter quinoa cookies from DJ Blatner are seriously inventive and delicious. By using a combination of quinoa, oats, and flax seeds, youre getting a solid helping of fiber packaged in a sweet, nutty cookie. Source: Dawn Jackson Blatner Teriyaki Fried Quinoa from The Foodie Takes Flights Skip the takeout and sauté your own version of fried rice, or, in this case, teriyaki fried quinoa . Throw in a colorful collection of vegetables: corn, carrots, peas, purple cabbage, and youve got yourself a rainbow of a meal courtesy of The Foodie Takes Flight . Source: The Foodie Takes Flight Kidney Bean Recipes   Easy Pantry Pasta Bake from Delicious and Healthy by Maya Clean out the pantry while making a filling family dinner. Use kidney beans (but any can of beans will do), spinach, tomato sauce, and a spice racks-worth of seasonings for this better-for-you easy pantry pasta bake from Delicious and Healthy by Maya . Source: Delicious and Healthy by Maya Comforting Black and Kidney Bean Chili from James - Healthy Living with James Cocoa powder? Cinnamon? Coriander? The unique blend of spices makes this comforting black and kidney bean chili  from Healthy Living with James a unique spin on the classic. Source: Healthy Living with James Zucchini Oat Veggie Patties from Sharon Palmer With a base of kidney beans, shredded zucchini, oats, and seeds, no two bites of these spicy zucchini oat veggie patties from Sharon Palmer will be the same. Source: Sharon Palmer Best Vegan Chili from Hannah - Two Spoons CA Is it really the best vegan chili ? Try this recipe from Two Spoons CA and decide for yourself! Source: Two Spoons CA BBQ Kidney Bean Kale Burgers from Jenn Sebestyen - Veggie Inspired These kidney bean kale burgers from our friend Jenn Sebestyen at Veggie Inspired develop a nice crunchy crust after 40 minutes in the oven. A mixture of tahini, apple cider vinegar, molasses, and liquid smoke give these patties that beloved barbecue flavor without the grill. Source: Veggie Inspired Click here  for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. The post The Absolute Best Recipes You Can Make with Your Forgotten Pantry Staples appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Plant-Based Swaps to Recreate Classic Comfort Food Dishes

May 18 2020 Meatless Monday 

Plant-Based Swaps to Recreate Classic Comfort Food DishesAnimal products -- whether beef, pork, chicken, dairy or seafood -- are often thought to be necessary for a balanced diet, and, as a result, these ingredients have typically played a prominent role in home cooking.  But meat is not required for good health or good food, and the characteristics that make our favorite meals special -- the texture, the flavor, the spice -- can all be easily replicated with plant-based ingredients. Swapping out meat for plant-based protein enables you to find the essence of a dish and really consider why that BLT is so refreshing and tasty or how that peanut satay finds the right balance of spicy, nutty, and sweet. Because its usually not the animal protein that makes a dish unique or exquisite, but rather the harmony of ingredients and specific techniques that make for the best eating. Below is a list of classic comfort meals that have had their meaty ingredients swapped out for plant-based alternatives. Try a few this Monday, and gain a new appreciation for your favorite foods. Cauliflower Buffalo Wings Capture the spicy kick of Buffalo wings without the bones (and the chicken). This super simple recipe for cauliflower Buffalo wings is a definite crowd pleaser. No need to wait for gameday, whip up a batch this Monday.   Chickpea Meatloaf Meatloaf is the iconic comfort food, a centerpiece of many family meals. But you can easily recreate the tang and texture of meatloaf sans the meat. This recipe for vegan meatloaf from Nora Cooks uses a base of chickpeas to mimic the density and richness of traditional meatloaf. Photo & Recipe: Nora Cooks Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Garlic Mayo You wont be missing ground beef after tasting this grilled portobello burger . The mushrooms are marinated in a homemade barbecue spice mix and grilled until tender. When served, they are loaded up with sweet grilled red onions and savory garlic and chive mayonnaise. Lentil Bolognese Everyone loves one-pot cooking. Swap out ground beef for lentils in this hearty recipe for lentil Bolognese from Tasty. Serve over pasta or zucchini noodles. Photo & Recipe: Tasty     Mushroom Stroganoff Impress an Eastern European mother-in-law or stubborn eater with this cozy and comforting (and completely plant-based) version of beef stroganoff. Mimic the flavor, texture, and creaminess of beef stroganoff by using succulent baby portobello mushrooms, soy sauce, and your favorite brand of plant-based sour cream. Try this mouth-watering recipe for mushroom stroganoff from Vegan Huggs . Photo & Recipe: Vegan Huggs Quinoa Chili Fries Sometimes youve just got to cave to what you crave, but this recipe for quinoa chili fries doesnt have to be a guilty pleasure. By baking your own French fries and making your own chunky vegetarian quinoa chili, youll still feel light as air even after eating second helping.   Seitan Peanut Satay The perfect balance between nutty, spicy, and sweet: enter the seitan satay with spicy peanut sauce. Swap out traditional chicken breast for oven-roasted seitan; you wont be able to tell the difference. Follow this yummy recipe from seitan peanut satay from Sunnyside Hanne . Photo & Recipe: Sunnyside Hanne   Tempeh BLT Crisp, clean, and classic, who doesnt love a BLT? Marinating the tempeh overnight in a mixture of apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, liquid smoke, maple syrup, and spices gives it the flavor of bacon, while baking it in a hot oven recreates its crisp-yet-chewy texture. Check out this recipe for a tempeh BLT from The Curious Chickpea and get ready for next weekends brunch. Photo & Recipe: The Curious Chickpea Vegetable Paella Paella is known for its copious amounts of seafood, chicken, and chunks of chorizo, but you can replicate the delicate flavors of Spanish paella with roasted red peppers, artichokes, kalamata olives, and a variety of spices. Try this tasty vegetable paella from Cookie and Kate . Photo & Recipe: Cookie and Kate   Veggie Meatballs You wont miss regular meatballs after youve tried these better-for-you veggie meatballs . Featuring hearty lentils, mushrooms and walnuts, this recipe is sure to hit the spot next time a meatball craving hits. Serve with your favorite pesto or marinara sauce with some sautéed broccoli rabe, pasta, or polenta with spiraled greens.     Click here  for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation.   The post Plant-Based Swaps to Recreate Classic Comfort Food Dishes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Non-Dairy Cinnamon Vanilla Cashew Milk

May 8 2020 Oh My Veggies 

This recipe for Non-Dairy Cinnamon Vanilla Cashew Milk is so simple. If I only knew how easy it was to make my own non-dairy milks, I would have started doing it years ago. Why did it take me so long to discover this?! Okay, it’s still not as easy as picking up a carton of almond milk at the store. But it’s easier than I thought it would be. After learning about carrageenan, I decided that I wanted to avoid non-dairy milk made with it. This is not a lecture-y blog, so don’t take this as me telling you what you should or should not eat, but I decided that for me, I’d rather seek out products that don’t use carrageenan. There are plenty of carrageenan-free nut and soy milks out there, but I started to get curious about whether I could make my own. I started with my friend Kelly’s tutorial on how to make your own coconut milk. It was easy and delicious and I wanted to make more. MOOOORE! So then I tried making the cashew milk recipe that came with my Vitamix. I love almond milk, but I think I love cashew milk even more. (Side […]


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