healthy food Archives - Plant Based, Family Friendly Meal Planning by Stephanie Dreyer, Los Angeles

September 20, 2017
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I love, love, love Sunday brunch!  Unfortunately, as a mother of three active kids with weekend games and religious school, I rarely have the opportunity to indulge in it.  An eggless frittata is one of my favorite ways to get my brunch on! Tofu stands in for the eggs in this dish with the same substantial texture and protein power.  Artichoke hearts, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes add delicious flavor and color to this festive breakfast frittata.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Vegan Artichoke, Asparagus and Sun-Dried Tomato Frittata

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 12 ounces asparagus , tips cut in ½ inch pieces
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes , chopped
  • 1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts in water , coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 14 oz block of firm tofu , drained
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper , to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a spring pan.
  2. Heat the broth in a medium sauté pan. Add the onion and garlic. Stir in the
  3. asparagus, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. In a food processor, add the tofu, water, and yeast. Blend until smooth. Stir into the
  5. saucepan with the vegetables.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Spoon the mixture into a spring pan. Bake for about 30-40 minutes.
  8. Cut into wedges and serve.

Artichoke hearts, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes add delicious flavor and color to this festive breakfast eggless frittata.


September 6, 2017
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We’ve had a few cooler days the last week or so and although, I am not quite ready to give up summer, my body has been craving heartier salads than the usual bowls I tend to throw together. The Harvest Grains blend from Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite side dishes, but I was inspired to turn it into a salad for a beach outing last weekend. The grain medley includes Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans, and red quinoa. It’s all kinds of awesome and makes a great alternative to pasta in a traditional pasta salad, which is what I was craving when I created this Kale Harvest Grains Salad recipe.

The grains blend is tasty on its own but I added more flavor with some cubed dairy-free mozzarella, sliced baby tomatoes and chopped basil. When it comes to dressing, any vinaigrette will do. I made a homemade Greek style dressing with Penzey’s Spices Greek seasoning blend. It wouldn’t be a salad without some greens! I started with the Power to the Greens blend from Trader Joe’s (kale, chard, and spinach) and topped it with the grains salad mixture and drizzled it all with my dressing. It’s a simple yet satisfying recipe that I have been enjoying all week. I hope you do too!

If you try my Kale Harvest Grains Salad, please be sure to tag me. I love to see your creations with my recipes!

Kale Harvest Grains Salad

The grains mixture stores well for about 3 days. Store your greens and dressing separately until you are ready to eat it. It also makes a great lunch to pack for work.

 

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Kale Harvest Grains Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 package Trader Joe's Harvest Grains Medley
  • 2 cups Imagine No-Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup chopped basil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 ounces dairy-free mozzarella, diced
  • 2 cups mixed greens (such as kale, chard and spinach)
  • Greek or Italian Salad dressing vinaigrette (such as red wine or balsamic)

Instructions

  1. Prepare grains medley according to package directions, using the broth. Set aside to cool.

  2. While the grains cook, chop the basil, slice the tomatoes and dice the cheese. Prepare the salad dressing if not using store-bought.

  3. Fluff the grains medley with a fork and add the basil, tomatoes and cheese.

  4. Place two cups of greens on a plate, along with a 1/2 cup of the grains salad mixture. Toss with 1-2 tablespoons of dressing.

  5. Store leftover greens, dressing, and grains salad separately for additional servings.

Kale Harvest Grains Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 


August 30, 2017
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If you like to batch cook your snacks for the week, you are going to love this recipe!  With school back in session next week, this will become part of my weekly Sunday prep. I will pack it in my kiddos’ school lunches all week long. My husband loves it too! This is a savory blend, but you could also make it sweet by using Cinnamon Sugar.  This is also easily made this gluten-free by using gluten-free pretzels.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

Snack Mix
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Snack Mix

Ingredients

  • 6 cups pretzels
  • 6 cups rice “Chex” style cereal
  • 6 cups Earth Balance Buttery Popcorn
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance Butter Spread, melted
  • 1 1/2 tbl seasoning mix of your choice (I use Penzey’s Spices Sandwich Sprinkle)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread pretzels and cereal in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
  3. Pour Earth Balance melted spread over the mix. Sprinkle your seasoning on top and toss until well combined.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool about 10 minutes. Stir in the popcorn.
  6. Store in an airtight container for about a week.

Snack Mix

 

 

 

 

 

 


August 23, 2017
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August 24th is National Waffle Day. Let’s celebrate with breakfast pizza waffles! This recipe can be as easy or as complicated as you want to make it. Use frozen waffles or make your own from scratch. Whichever way you go, choose a neutral flavored waffle that can either go sweet or savory. If you’re in a waffle mood, top your pizza with an extra waffle and make a waffle sandwich.

Breakfast Waffle Pizzas

There’s really no right or wrong way to make these. Heat up the toaster or waffle iron, spread out your toppings and sauces and have some delicious, breakfast fun with the family!

 

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Breakfast Waffle Pizzas

Ingredients

  • Your favorite vegan toaster waffles (or homemade waffle batter)
  • Sweet and/or savory toppings
  • A variety of sauces

Instructions

  1. Toast the waffles until they are half way done. While they toast, prepare your sauces and toppings. Slice and chop your fruit. Cook your veggie meats and hash browns, if using. If making homemade waffles, prepare your waffle on a waffle iron and continue to step two to add your toppings.

  2. Once the waffles are semi-toasted, place them on a baking sheet. Spread desired sauce and toppings on top of the waffles. Place the baking sheet under the broiler for 2-3 minutes.

Everyone has their own pizza favorites, but below are some ideas to inspire delicious creations.

For savory waffles, try these toppings and sauces:

  • Chopped or crumbled veggie bacon
  • Veggie breakfast sausage
  • Shredded hash browns
  • Soyrizo
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Capers
  • Salsa
  • Dairy-free cheese shreds or slices
  • Dairy-free cream cheese or spreads

Breakfast Pizza Waffles

For sweet waffles, try these toppings and sauces:

  • Sliced berries and fruit
  • Toasted coconut
  • Chopped nuts
  • Dairy-free mini chocolate chips
  • Mini Dandies vegan marshmallows
  • Hemp, chia, and/or flax seeds
  • CocoWhip
  • Nut butter
  • Jam
  • Agave or maple syrup

 

Breakfast Pizza Waffles

How are you celebrating National Waffle Day? If you make one of these pizzas, please be sure to tag me. I love seeing your creations with my recipes!!

 

Breakfast pizza waffles

 

 

 

 


August 16, 2017
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I created this vegan caprese sandwich for my eldest daughter, Gaby, who loves everything Caprese! It’s her favorite and her go-to whenever we are anywhere that offers one on the menu. I went straight to Miyoko’s Kitchen’ VeganMozz for the perfect vegan mozzarella. It’s soft, salty, and creamy – everything a mozzarella should be! They now offer a Smoked VeganMozz! Dairy-free cheese dreams do come true!!

Vegan Caprese Sandwich

This vegan caprese sandwich is perfect for summer with bright juicy tomatoes, fresh fragrant tomatoes, and creamy dairy-free mozzarella cheese. My family is big on its bread, so don’t under think this ingredient. I chose a Ciabatta roll and toasted it before I layered it with the VeganMozz, basil leaves and fresh tomato slices. Heirloom tomatoes are gorgeous this time of year, so if you have those available, I highly recommend using those. I added a little something extra by spreading some vegan pesto on each slice of toasted bread. I make mine with basil leaves, garlic, walnuts, olive oil, and some nutritional yeast.

Vegan Caprese Sandwich

To kick this Vegan Caprese sandwich up further, don’t toast the bread, but layer everything onto the bread slices and press on a panini maker for a gourmet sammie! If you go the panini route, try swapping sun-dried tomatoes for fresh for a whole other flavor kick. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Vegan Caprese Sandwich
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Vegan Caprese Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 Ciabatta roll , sliced
  • 4 slices plum tomato (or sun-dried tomatoes)
  • 3 slices Miyoko's Kitchen VeganMozz
  • 4 basil leaves , rinsed and dried
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegan pesto (purchased or homemade)

Instructions

  1. Toast the bread.
  2. Spread each slice with the pesto.
  3. Layer the bottom slice of bread first with the VeganMozz, then the tomato, and last with the basil.
  4. Place other slice on top.

Recipe Notes

* For a variation, don't toast the bread at the beginning, but compile the sandwich and press in a panini maker.

Vegan Caprese Sandwich

 

 


August 2, 2017
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During these warm summer days, all I want to eat is salad! But, sometimes I crave something a little heartier from the salad family…which takes me back to my days by the pool as a kid. My aunt would fill a huge Tupperware bowl with a delicious pasta salad. It was full of raw veggies and my favorite – olives! She’d toss it all with Paul Newman’s Italian dressing and we’d feast on it all day.

This salad is my Mediterranean twist on the traditional pasta salad. I don’t need many reasons to whip up a spread, but give me some guests (even if they are impromptu), and you can guarantee that I will use it as an excuse to throw together a few appetizers or a meal for everyone to enjoy. That is exactly what happened when I created this recipe for Mediterranean Pearl Couscous Salad.

Mediterranean Pearl Couscous Salad

It was a weekend of busy. Wonderful busy – seeing friends, family popping in during an out-of-town visit, other family coming over to watch a movie. So much fun! We had just gotten home the night before so I knew I was going to have visitors for lunch, but had not thought about what to make. I settled on paninis (my favorite go-to lunch for feeding a crowd) and thought I would make my roasted vegetable orzo salad to go with it. I had a few zucchinis to use thanks to the bounty I was gifted from my dad’s best friend, which was one of the key ingredients. After checking my pantry, I realized I was missing a key ingredient – orzo – so I used pearl couscous instead. I also realized I had an abundance of cherry tomatoes to use (also from my dad’s best friend), and decided to roast those with the zucchini.

As I roasted those, I saw some artichoke hearts and kalamata olives calling my name, so the dish instantly transformed into a whole other recipe altogether. One of my favorite moves is the shredded parmesan cheese from Follow Your Heart. I use any excuse to sprinkle it on everything! That was the final touch to this recipe, and my Mediterranean Pearl Couscous Salad was born. I hope you enjoy this salad doing something fun this summer with lots of friends and family!

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Ingredients

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 can quartered artichokes, in water (drained)
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup basil, sliced in a chiffonade
  • 8 oz pearl couscous
  • 1/2 cup shredded vegan Parmesan cheese, (such as Follow Your Heart)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Greek seasoning blend
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread the zucchini, tomatoes and garlic on a baking pan. Drizzle on the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Mix the vegetables so that they are thoroughly covered with the oil and seasonings. Roast for 30 minutes.
  3. While vegetables are roasting, prepare the couscous according to package directions. Drain and cool when cooked.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the lemon juice, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and the Greek seasoning blend. Whisk together until well blended.
  5. Stir in the couscous, artichoke hearts, roasted vegetables (with juices), basil, and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Mediterranean Pearl Couscous Salad

 


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