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These Falafel Burgers might just be my favorite Trader Joe’s meal hack yet! Using their falafel mix as a base, I added in some of my favorite Greek condiments to make a tasty burger (that tastes like an oversized falafel). I topped it with a quick DIY garlic dill aioli and easy pickled red onions for a Mediterranean burger that is bursting with flavor. I’d serve these with homemade steak fries, seasoned with Penzey’s Spice’s Greek seasoning and a drizzle of red wine vinegar. Yum! 

But these Falafel burgers aren’t just for inserting between buns or pita pockets – crumble them on salads, chop them in Mediterranean bowls or layer them in a Greek casserole. I’m excited about all the ways to use these in all kinds of ways! This recipe makes a big batch and they freeze well so store them to reinvent into new recipes again and again.

Falafel Burgers with Garlic Dill Aioli & Pickled Onions (Vegan)

Servings 30 burgers

Ingredients

For the Falafel Burgers

  • 1 box Trader Joe's Falafel Mix
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup spinach chopped
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives coursely chopped
  • 15 pita bread rounds

For the Garlic Dill Aioli

  • 1/4 cup dairy-free mayo such as Wildwood Garlic Aioli
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 clove garlic grated

Pickled Onions

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 red onion sliced in rings

Instructions

For the Falafel Burgers

  1. Combine the falafel mix and water. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. If batter is too thick, slowly add in up to a half cup more of water until desired consistency is reached.

  2. Stir the remaining ingredients into the burger "batter".

  3. Using a cookie scoop, spoon a full scoop onto a greased baking sheet. Flatten the scoop so that it looks like a hamburger patty. The patties will be looser than traditional veggie burgers, but they should stay together and not be runny. Continue with the rest of the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 

  4. To serve, slice a pita in half. Spread with the Garlic Dill Aioli. Insert a falafel burger and a few of the Pickled Onions. 

For the Garlic Dill Aioli

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well.

  2. For the Pickled Onions

  3. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside for at least 20 minutes (the longer, the better).


June 25, 2019
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As much as I love a good veggie burger, I love to change it up on the grill. Vegetable steaks are one of my go-to foods to cook up for a crowd. I keep it simple with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of a good salt and pepper. But, the magic happens in this chimichurri. My brother-in-law is from Argentina, where this is served tableside on everything. When he taught me how to make it, he didn’t use measurements. It was “a little of this and that.” I’ve refined the recipe just a tad so I can share it with you! My brother-in-law chops everything by hand but I suppose you could throw everything in a blender or food processor if you want to save yourself some prep time. I personally love the process of the chopping as the chimichurri all comes together. For maximum flavor, make it a couple of hours in advance to allow everything to meld together.

I love this on everything – grilled tofu, Portabello mushrooms, cauliflower steaks, roasted vegetables, grilled bread, corn on the cob…there really isn’t anything that isn’t delicious with chimichurri on it!

Chimichurri Sauce

Servings 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch parsley finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the parsley, garlic and lemon juice in a bowl.

  2. Pour in the olive oil and salt. Stir to mix.

 

Tell me how you’re going to serve this Chimichurri Sauce in the comments below!

Chimichurri


June 19, 2019
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We didn’t have a pool when I was a kid but my aunt had a friend who did. We spent many summer days splashing inside and lounging poolside. My aunt always brought a huge round Tupperware of pasta salad – raw chopped veggies, sliced olives and rotini tossed with Newman’s Own Italian dressing. Simple but delicious. I still think of that salad today whenever I’m at a pool party. It’s synonymous with summer living and pool fun for me.

A poolside pasta salad is easy breezy for summer fun. I fancied things up in this Italian Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad that takes things back to my Italian roots. I roasted the vegetables to pack a powerhouse of flavor into the pasta without adding in a heavy or greasy dressing. Except for roasting the vegetables, the rest of this recipe comes together quickly. And it’s portable and can sit out for a bit without worry so you can have your poolside fun in between bites!

 

Italian Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baby bell peppers chopped
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • 1 can artichoke hearts in water drained and sliced in half
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Italian herb seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 package orecchiette pasta
  • 1 can white beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free mozzarella cheese (such as Follow Your Heart) cubed
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup basil sliced in chiffonnade

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set a pot of salted water to boil.

  2. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and spread peppers, olives, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and garlic cloves on top.

  3. Drizzle the vegetables with the olive oil and sprinkle with the Italian herbs, garlic powder and salt. Roast for 30 minutes.

  4. While the vegetables roast, add the pasta to the boiling water. Cook according to package directions. Drain and add to a large serving bowl.

  5. When vegetables are cooked, add them to the bowl with the pasta. Stir in the white beans and cheese.

  6. Toss with the vinegar and fresh basil.

  7. Serve at room temperature or store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

What’s your favorite food to eat poolside? Tell me in the comments below!

 


June 12, 2019
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Caesar Smashed Potatoes!!! I’m so excited about this easy and delicious recipe. It’s the perfect side dish for all your summer grilling.

I’m not sure what inspired the vegan Caesar dressing on top of these smashed potatoes but it’s delicious drizzled on top (although my kids said they loved them plain). You be the judge!

I microwaved the potatoes first instead of boiling to save time so adjust your prep by about 20 minutes if you plan to boil instead. The longer you roast the potatoes after smashing, the crispier they get. I used olive oil to “baste” them, but I bet Miyoko’s dairy-free European Cultured Butter would be equally delicious. The process for the smashed potatoes is simple so you can top these a thousand ways for a variety of fun side dishes – or alternatively, you could set up a bar with various toppings and sauces and let your fam make their own. I love a tasty DIY food bar!

Vegan Caesar Smashed Potatoes

Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

For the Smashed Potatoes

  • 6 medium Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley chopped

For the Vegan Caesar Dressing

  • 1 1/2 cups cashews raw and unroasted
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 Tbsp capers
  • 2 Tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 2 cloves garlic

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Clean and pierce the potatoes with a fork. Microwave for 20-25 minutes until fork tender. Alternatively, set potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes until fork tender.

  3. Place potatoes on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Drizzle with the oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes until desired crispiness.

  5. Meanwhile, make the Caesar dressing. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

  6. To serve, drizzle the potatoes with desired amount of dressing and top with the chopped parsley.

I’d love to hear what you think of these vegan Caesar Smashed Potatoes. Tell me in the comments below!


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I’m obsessed with the Roasted Garlic Chipotle Salsa at Trader Joe’s. It’s smoky and garlicky in all the right ways. It’s one of my favorite snacks alongside limy tortilla chips. Yum!

I created my own homemade version of TJ’s salsa with delicious results! Mix up the tomato blend for variety in flavor. Play with the texture by how much you process the ingredients. The flavors gets better overnight so make it a day ahead to allow the flavors to “marinate”.

I love serving my Roasted Garlic Chipotle Salsa on a snack platter with homemade taquitos, chips, guacamole and cucumbers. 

Roasted Garlic Chipotle Salsa

Ingredients

  • 12-16 small garden tomatoes
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt or more to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the tomatoes and garlic cloves on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Roast for about 30-40 minutes until the tomatoes slightly burst and are juicing.
  3. Transfer the tomatoes along with their juices into a blender or food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Pulse until you get the salsa to your desired consistency.
  4. Refrigerate the salsa for at least an hour before serving.

Photo: Canva


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I love gazpacho any time of year but it’s even more delicious around May when the tomatoes are beautifully in season. My recipe below is super simple and tastes even better with heirloom tomatoes.

Top with chopped avocado and cucumber before serving.

Easy Vegan Gazpacho

Ingredients

  • 2 plum tomatoes quartered
  • 1 English cucumber or 2-3 Persian cucumbers sliced in chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into chunks
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Chill for 2 hours or more.
  3. Serve cold topped with freshly chopped avocado and/or cucumber.

Photo: Canva


April 24, 2019
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Take your taste buds on a trip to the islands with this recipe for Tropical Tempeh Kebabs.  The best part?  You can feel like you are on vacation because you barely have to cook.  This homemade-ish recipes uses a store bought marinade, saving you time and energy in the kitchen.

Pineapple chunks, mushrooms and bell pepper are skewered along with the tempeh and basted in a teriyaki sauce. I used a store bought sauce to make these Tropical Tempeh Kebabs quick and easy, but you could have some fun creating your own tropical sauce blend.

They cook quickly on the grill, making it a perfect destination dinner! Check out the recipe below!

 

Tropical Tempeh Kebabs

Ingredients

  • 2 packages soy tempeh
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into bite-sized "squares"
  • 16 button or cremini mushrooms cleaned
  • 1 pineapple core removed and cut into chunks
  • 1 jar Soyaki Teriyaki sauce available at Trader Joe’s
  • 8 bamboo skewers soaked in water at least 15 minutes
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Cut each tempeh block into about 16 cubes. Place in a bowl along with the bell pepper and mushrooms. Pour half the bottle of marinade over the tempeh pieces and vegetables. Allow to marinate at least an hour.

  2. Divide the tempeh, pineapple and veggies among 8 skewers and stack them in any combo you please.
  3. Heat oil on a grill or in a grill pan on the stove. Grill the skewers on each side, approximately 3-4 minutes. Baste with reserved marinade before turning the skewers.


April 9, 2019
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A bounty of asparagus landed in my lap, along with a big, beautiful watermelon radish in my Imperfect Produce box…and this salad was born. With all the crunchy, bright vegetables, it sings Spring to me!

Layers of veggies are tossed with a simple red wine vinaigrette and topped with a sprinkle of the delectable Kite Hill Ricotta cheese.

Simple, fresh and delicious. It makes a great side dish to grilled tofu but would also make a great addition to an Easter or Passover menu.

 

Chopped Asparagus Chickpea Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches asparagus trimmed
  • 1 watermelon radish chopped
  • 1 English cucumber chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives sliced in half
  • 1 cup chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup Kite Hill ricotta crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced

Instructions

  1. 1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Insert the asparagus and blanch for 3 minutes.

  2. 2. Remove the asparagus from the boiling water and transfer to an ice bath immediately.

  3. 3. Chop the asparagus into bite-sized pieces.

  4. 4. Combine the asparagus, chickpeas and olives with the rest of the vegetables.

  5. 5. Whisk the vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice together. Pour over the salad and toss to combine. 

  6. 6. Sprinkle the ricotta on top. Serve immediately.

This Asparagus Chickpea Salad is beautiful display of crunchy, bright vegetables. Tossed with a simple red wine vinaigrette, it's a fresh and easy side dish for your Spring menus.


April 3, 2019
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Homemade vegan ramen is a labor of love so I’m super excited about this Easy Vegan Miso Ramen that is ready in 5 minutes. Five minutes!!! Thanks to Trader Joe’s, you can put together this soup with just 5 ingredients. And if you have instant hot water like I do, all you need is 5 minutes to make this meal. Oh and it’s delicious…so so so good! It’s also very healthy and low calorie. Miso soup for everyone!

It all starts with the Vegan Instant Miso Ramen from Trader Joe’s. Yep, that’s right – instant soup! I use pre-cooked and pre-shelled edamame so it will take a little longer if you buy frozen. To make this recipe, you’ll chop your vegetables while the water boils or the soup steeps. Then, it all gets stirred together and this Easy Vegan Miso Ramen is served!

This is supposed to make 1 serving (which I eat all by myself every time), but realistically, this could easily serve 2 (or more if you’re serving it as a first course and not a meal). 

Easy Vegan Miso Ramen

Ingredients

  • 1 container Trader Joe's Miso Ramen
  • 1 stalk baby bok choy chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced on the diagonal
  • 4 shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • 1/3 cup edamame beans shelled and cooked
  • Dash Trader Joe's Umami seasoning (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add boiling hot water to the contents of the Ramen cup along with the seasonings. (I toss the oil packet).

  2. While the soup steeps, prep the vegetables.

  3. After 5 minutes, stir in the vegetables, edamame and Umami seasoning, if using.

  4. Add more boiling water if desired. (I like to add a little more because the broth is so delicious.)


March 27, 2019
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I’m fairly new to the world of pressure cooking. I’ve become a fast fan of my Breville Fast Slow Pro! As a working mama with three meals to get on the table every day, this handy dandy appliance takes prep and cook times down to under 15  minutes. It’s my secret weapon on busy evenings or on nights when I’m working late. This Tofu Salsa Verde can be on the table in minutes!

I love the tangy goodness of tomatillos so salsa verde is one of my favorites. The super firm tofu from Trader Joe’s is perfect for this recipe. If you want things a little soupier, add another 1/2 cup of salsa or don’t drain your beans. 

I like to serve this with tortilla chips to scoop everything out of the bowl. Enjoy!

Tofu Salsa Verde

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 16-oz super firm tofu (such as Trader Joe's)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa verde
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 lime juiced and zested
  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice

To serve:

  • avocado sliced
  • lime wedges
  • cilantro chopped

Instructions

  1. Cube the tofu into bite-sized pieces.

  2. Add olive oil, onion, garlic, spices, broth, salsa, beans, corn, rice, lime juice and zest to the pressure cooker.

  3. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes, then do a quick release of the pressure. It will take about 10-15 minutes to come to pressure, then 5 minutes to cook.

  4. Remove lid and let rest for 5 minutes.

  5. Divide among bowls and top with cilantro, avocado and lime wedges.

This Tofu Salsa Verde is a Mexican inspired green rice bowl featuring tomatillo salsa, black beans and extra firm tofu. Topped with avocado, cilantro and lime wedges, this is delicious comfort food served straight from the slow cooker or instant pot.


March 19, 2019
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We all have our favorites and Beyond Meat and Kite Hill are two of my go-to plant-based brands. Beyond Meat is taking the plant-based meat world by storm and with good reason. I’ve used their Beefy Crumble to make tacos and chili, and their Beyond Meat burger to craft my grandmother’s Italian meatballs. Equally, Kite Hill is my cream cheese of choice – not only for schmearing on bagels, but also for my homemade spreads and dips (especially this Caramelized Onion household fave).

In this Vegan Sausage, Kale and Ravioli Stew, Beyond Meat and Kite Hill are a perfect pair. This isn’t the first time I’ve paired this dynamic duo. My Stuffed Ricotta Burger insists on Kite Hill’s ricotta for the filling and the Beyond Meat Burger for the surrounding patty.

In this recipe, Beyond Meat’s tasty sausage is the perfect complement to Kite Hills pasta pillows. I combined the two to make a hearty meal for when you want a bowl of comfort – and this Vegan Sausage, Kale and Ravioli Stew is just that. Easy to make, but full of flavor, you’ll enjoy every last spoonful of this  robust soup.

This hearty Italian stew is pure comfort in a bowl. Featuring the dynamic flavors of artisan products by Beyond Meat and Kite Hill, this plant-based soup bursting with robust flavors.

Vegan Sausage, Kale and Ravioli Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 package Beyond Meat Italian Sausage
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 8 cups kale chopped
  • 10 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 packages Kite Hill Spinach Ravioli
  • 1 can Great Northern Beans drained and rinsed
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook 3-5 minutes until translucent.

  2. Crumble in sausage and cook 5 minutes until "browned." 

  3. Stir in the broth, kale and Italian seasoning. Cook 10 minutes.

  4. Add in the ravioli and beans. Cook covered 4 minutes.

  5. Season with salt to taste.

This hearty Italian stew is pure comfort in a bowl. Featuring the dynamic flavors of artisan products by Beyond Meat and Kite Hill, this plant-based soup bursting with robust flavors.

 


March 12, 2019
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OMG! This vegan Thin Mint Ice Cream Pie is soooo good.

I was a Girl Scout leader for six years when I learned that Thin Mints are vegan. I could have been eating Thin Mints for years!!! These crunchy, chocolatey sandwich cookies are the inspiration for my Thin Mint Milkshake and are also the key ingredient in this recipe for Thin Mint Ice Cream Pie.

You’re going to love how easy it is to make. There’s no baking involved – my kind of recipe!

 

 

Vegan Thin Mint Ice Cream Pie

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes Girl Scout Thin Mints
  • 2 Tbsp dairy-free butter melted
  • 2 pints dairy-free mint chip ice cream thawed on the counter for 30 minutes
  • 1 8-oz tub So Delicious Coco Whip thawed 4 hours in the fridge
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp almond or coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Combine 1 box of cookies and the melted butter in a food processor. Combine until smooth.

  2. Press the mixture into the bottom of a cake pin or pie tin.

  3. With a knife, chop 1 sleeve of cookies from the remaining box.

  4. Scoop the ice cream and the cookies into a bowl and stir to combine.

  5. Spread the ice cream and cookie mixture over the crust. Smooth it down.

  6. Spread the Coco Whip on top.

  7. Cover and freeze at least 3 hours.

  8. When ready to serve, melt the chocolate chips and milk together. Whisk until it is glossy and smooth. (Add more milk, if necessary.) Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate sauce on top of the pie.

  9. Decorate with the remaining cookies.

There's no baking required for this vegan Thin Mint Ice Cream Pie - featuring my favorite vegan Girl Scout Cookie!

 


February 9, 2019
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Experimenting with ingredients in the kitchen is one of my favorite things to do! I didn’t intend to create a recipe when I was making this Rainbow Minestrone Soup. I was just “playing” at my stove, craving something warm and cozy. I threw a bunch of veggies together that sounded good and voila! This recipe for Rainbow Minestrone Soup was born.

I’m calling it Rainbow Minestrone Soup because it has all the colors of ROYGBIV: RED tomatoes, ORANGE + YELLOW carrots, GREEN spinach and beans, and PURPLE cabbage (well, almost..BLUE stumped me!)

This vegan Minestrone Soup has lots of veggies going on! It's simple and quick to make. Just let it simmer on the stove until you're ready to spoon in. Serve with freshly grated vegan Parmesan cheese and a chunk of crusty Italian bread.

When it comes to soup, I always start with onions and garlic. That’s actually the first step in most of my recipes! Quality ingredients are key so I insist on Imagine No-Chicken Chicken Broth and San Marzano tomatoes. These two ingredients really do make a difference in the taste of the recipe (in my opinion!).

I serve this Rainbow Minestrone Soup with freshly grated Violife Parmesan cheese and it’s heaven. A chunk of crusty Italian better would take this meal to nirvana! I hope you enjoy it. Tag me (#veegmama) if you do try it. I love seeing your versions of my recipes.

Vegan Sausage, Kale and Ravioli Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 package Beyond Meat Italian Sausage
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 8 cups kale chopped
  • 10 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 packages Kite Hill Spinach Ravioli
  • 1 can Great Northern Beans drained and rinsed
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook 3-5 minutes until translucent.

  2. Crumble in sausage and cook 5 minutes until "browned." 

  3. Stir in the broth, kale and Italian seasoning. Cook 10 minutes.

  4. Add in the ravioli and beans. Cook covered 4 minutes.

  5. Season with salt to taste.

This vegan Minestrone Soup has lots of veggies going on! It's simple and quick to make. Just let it simmer on the stove until you're ready to spoon in. Serve with freshly grated vegan Parmesan cheese and a chunk of crusty Italian bread.

 


January 6, 2019
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You don’t have to cook everything from scratch or spend hours in the kitchen to make a delicious, homemade meal. I’d never be able to get a home cooked meal on the table every weeknight if I followed those “rules”!

This Zoodles with Roasted Chickpeas & Pesto recipe is an example of just that. I used a store bought pesto and roasted the chickpeas on Sunday during one of my batch cooking sessions so the total meal was on my table in less than 20 minutes!

The zoodles store well for 1-2 days so I always spiralize a big batch and eat the leftovers for a quick and healthy weekday lunch.

Try this recipe for Zoodles with Roasted Chickpeas & Pesto for an uber healthy and homemade meal that you can make in 20 minutes or less with a little help from the store.

Zoodles with Roasted Chickpeas & Pesto

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 cup of store-bought pesto (such as Trader Joe’s Vegan, Kale & Cashew Pesto)

1 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 tablespooon olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon Italian Herbs blend

4 zucchini squash, spiralized

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, such as Violife

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread the chickpeas on a baking sheet lined with a parchment paper. Toss with the oil, salt and herbs. Roast for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Divide the zoodles between 4 serving plates and top each pile with 1/4 cup of pesto, 1/4 cup of chickpeas and 1/4 cup of sliced tomatoes.
  4. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.
Try this recipe for Zoodles with Roasted Chickpeas & Pesto for an uber healthy and homemade meal that you can make in 20 minutes or less with a little help from the store.

December 15, 2018

These Black Bean and Potato Enchiladas are my favorite Mexican food! I love me some tacos, and tamale pie was a special treat as a kid, but these enchiladas are my comfort food.

With both red and green sauces, they look especially festive for the holidays, but they’re tasty enough to eat all year long.

One of the reasons I love these black bean and potato enchiladas so much is that they use one of my favorite meal prep tips: Repurpose leftovers. That’s actually how this recipe originated.

I had made roasted potatoes for dinner as a side dish one night and had tons leftover. I jazzed up some canned beans and folded them into a batch of these enchiladas.

The whole family loved them so much that I knew I had a winning recipe. I hope you and your family enjoys them!

Black Bean and Potato Enchiladas

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

2 cans black beans

4 cloves garlic, chopped

Juice of 1 lemon

2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons salt

3 cups baby potatoes, quartered

12 corn tortillas

2 jars salsa verde (plus additional for serving, if desired)

1 can red enchilada sauce

To serve:

Avocado, sliced

Lime wedges

Cilantro, minced

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt and a ½ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper. Roast for 30 minutes.
  3. When potatoes are done cooking, empty the black beans and their liquid into a large skillet. Stir in the garlic, lemon juice, cumin, and salt.
  4. Add in the potatoes. Cook for about 10 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Coat the bottom of a casserole dish with the salsa verde.
  6. Heat the corn tortillas on each side until pliable (about 20-30 seconds). Take each one and spoon a heaping amount of filling into it and roll seam side down. Continue with all tortillas.
  7. Pour the enchilada sauce on top of the tortillas. Use a spoon to spread the sauce evenly across the enchiladas.
  8. Add the remaining salsa verde on top and swirl to combine.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes until heated through.
  10. Serve with more salsa verde, sliced avocado, lime wedges and chopped cilantro.

These Black Bean and Potato Enchiladas are Mexican comfort food. Batch cook the potatoes in advance for an easy weeknight meal.

December 9, 2018
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Can you believe I never made a Sloppy Joe until last month when I was experimenting with Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger?

My kids loved them. In fact, Jake loved them so much that he told me he’d eat a Beyond Burger the next time we made hamburgers. I’ve been trying to get Jake to replace his hamburger with a Beyond Burger forever.

He finally did after these Sloppy Joes and I’m grinning ear to ear. Major vegan mama win!

My favorite part of these burgers was the vegan brioche bun (that I purchased from Milk and Eggs. (Use this link at get 20% off your order.)

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup onion, chopped

2 packages Beyond Meat Beyond Burger

2 cups baked beans

½ cup BBQ sauce

 

For serving:

4 vegan hamburger buns

BBQ sauce

 

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a saute pan and add the onion. Cook until golden brown.
  2. Crumble the Beyond Meat Beyond Burger in the pan. Continue cooking about 5 minutes until the “meat” is brown.
  3. Stir in 2 cups of vegetarian baked beans. Continue cooking 5-7 minutes until heated through.
  4. Add in the BBQ sauce and stir to combine. Taste and add more sauce as desired.
  5. To serve, slice the hamburger buns in half and spread BBQ sauce on each slice. Top with a heaping ladle of Sloppy Joe filling.

 

These Vegan Sloppy Joes are made with Beyond Meat Beyond Burger and baked beans nestled between artisan vegan brioche buns.

December 2, 2018
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Latkes, (aka potato pancakes), are a traditional Hanukkah food fried in oil and topped with sour cream or applesauce. My family wants these crunchy treats all eight nights of the “Festival of Lights” so I challenge myself to get creative each year with lots of ways to eat them.

Traditionally, I make them with Russets or Yukon potatoes, but my family also loves my egg-free Sweet Potato Latkes.

My kids love nachos so I created this Latke Nachos recipe as a fun twist of the traditional Jewish holiday favorite.

Vegan and Gluten-free Latke Nachos

The holidays are a time to indulge and these Latke Nachos do just that! The crispy fried tastiness of the latke makes it an easy swap for the traditional tortilla chip used in nachos.

Instead of sour cream or applesauce, I drizzled these Latke Nachos with a dairy-free nacho “cheese” sauce and lime crema…because nachos aren’t nachos without cheese and sour cream!

Top these crispy nachos with all your favorite toppings. I chose sliced olives, homemade pico de gallo and guacamole! Yaaassss!!

Vegan Latke Nachos

Ingredients

For the latkes:

  • 1 ½ pounds russet potatoes 2 medium to large potatoes
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • ½-¾ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Canola oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup sliced olives

For the lime crema:

  • 1/4 cup dairy-free sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chile lime salt such as Trader Joe's or Tajin

For the nacho "cheese" sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup chipotle salsa
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • Salt to taste

For the guacamole:

  • 4 avocados
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt to taste

For the pico de gallo:

  • 4 roma tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro minced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt to taste

Instructions

For the latkes:

  1. Slice the potatoes and onion into wedges to fit into a food processor feeder tube, and process with the shredder blade. Using a kitchen towel, squeeze out any excess liquid from the potatoes and onions.
  2. Place the onion and potato mixture in a bowl and add ½ cup of the flour, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Add more of the flour if the batter is too wet and not sticking together.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat a thin layer of oil. Take a heaping tablespoon of batter and flatten it with your hands, patting it into a pancake, before gently placing it in the hot oil. Continue doing this for as many latkes that can fit in the pan without crowding. Fry until golden brown on both sides, turning once, about 8 minutes total.
  4. Repeat with the remaining potato mixture, adding more oil as necessary. Remove the cooked potato pancakes to paper towels to drain.

For the nacho "cheese" sauce:

  1. Heat the flour and nutritional yeast in a saucepan for about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Stir in the almond milk and whisk continuously to avoid getting any lumps.
  3. Continue whisking for about 5 minutes, until the mixture thickens. Whisk in the chipotle salsa.
  4. Add salt to taste.

For the lime crema:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

For the pico de gallo:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine. Add salt to taste.

For the guacamole:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mash with a fork (or avocado masher).  Add salt to taste.

To assemble the Latke Nachos:

  1. Place the latkes on a serving dish. Sprinkle with the black beans.

  2. Drizzle the nacho "cheese" sauce over the latkes.
  3. Spoon the pico de gallo and guacamole on top.

  4. Sprinkle with the olives.

  5. Drizzle more nacho "cheese" sauce on top and add a dollop or two of lime crema.

 

Put a twist on traditional Hanukkah latkes with these vegan and gluten-free latke nachos, complete with a dairy-free cheese sauce, pico de gallo and lime crema.

How are you going to top your latke nachos?

A gluten-free variation of this recipe first appeared on Vegan Chickpea.


November 25, 2018
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These stuffed crescent rolls were inspired by one of my favorite appetizers: Stuffed Mushrooms. Fragrant garlic sauteed in extra virgin olive oil gets the party started (and the kitchen smelling oh so good!). Chopped cremini mushrooms are added to the mix, followed by heaping cups of baby spinach. Why does so much spinach always look like nothing once it’s cooked?!! Season the filling with salt and pepper before spooning into vegan crescent rolls. (I found mine at Trader Joe’s.)

Flavorful and elegant, these stuffed crescent rolls can do double duty as a side or appetizer. I think they’d make a beautiful addition to the holiday table this year!

These Stuffed Crescent Rolls are my doughy take on a stuffed mushroom! Stuffed with a garlicky mushroom and spinach filling, these rolls are an elegant addition to the holiday table.

Spinach & Mushroom Stuffed Crescent Rolls

Servings 8 rolls

Ingredients

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, finely minced
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package vegan crescent rolls
  • 3 tablespoons vegan Parmesan cheese (such as Violife)
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan.

  2. Add garlic and mushrooms. Saute for 2 minutes until fragrant.

  3. Stir in the spinach. Using tongs, toss the spinach into the mixture until slightly wilted.

  4. Sprinkle in freshly grated vegan Parmesan cheese.

  5. Taste and season with salt and pepper, as needed. 

  6. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling into the center of a crescent roll.

  7. Wrap the dough around the filling so it forms a twist shape.

  8. Continue with the rest of the filling and rolls.

  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

These Stuffed Crescent Rolls are my doughy take on a stuffed mushroom! Stuffed with a garlicky mushroom and spinach filling, these rolls are an elegant addition to the holiday table.

 


November 11, 2018
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These Butternut Squash Fajitas are a Fall twist on one of my family’s favorite meals. It’s a great way to introduce young tastebuds to the seasonal flavor of butternut squash in a sweet and savory way.

I also love how these filling and crema for these butternut squash fajitas can be batch cooked ahead of time, making it a quick and easy meal for busy weeknights.

These Butternut Squash Fajitas are a mouthful of flavor. With roasted mushrooms, garlic and sauteed spinach and topped with a Butternut Squash Crema, they are a taste of Fall!

Butternut Squash, Spinach & Mushroom Fajitas (with Butternut Squash Crema)

Ingredients

For the Fajitas:

  • 3 cups butternut squash peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms cleaned stems removed and quartered
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning basil, thyme and oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 mini corn tortillas or 6 regular size

For the Butternut Squash Crema

  • 2 cups butternut squash 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cashews soaked overnight if not using a high speed blender
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butternut squash
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Toss the squash, mushrooms and garlic with the olive oil and herbs. Spread on a baking sheet.
  2. On a separate baking sheet, place the 2 cups of butternut squash for the crema along with the olive oil and garlic cloves. Toss to combine.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until the squash is fork tender.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium sauce pan and add in garlic. Cook 2 minutes until fragrant.
  5. Add the spinach. Using tongs, saute the spinach until slightly wilted. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Stir in the roasted squash and mushrooms and cook for 4-5 minutes until heated through.
  7. Heat the tortillas on a stove burner, about 30 seconds on each side until the tortilla is pliable.
  8. Combine the roasted squash and garlic cloves in a blender, along with the broth and remaining ingredients for the crema.
  9. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. To serve, spoon the filling onto the middle of the tortillas and top with a dollop of the crema.

These Butternut Squash Fajitas are a mouthful of flavor. With roasted mushrooms, garlic and sauteed spinach and topped with a Butternut Squash Crema, they are a taste of Fall!


November 5, 2018
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These Tofu Lettuce Wraps are an easy weeknight dinner and an instant hit with the kids. I mean, what kid doesn’t like to eat with their hands?!!

Serve the filling and lettuce leaves family style and let the family go to town making wraps and stuffing their faces 🙂

These Tofu Lettuce Wraps are an easy family friendly weeknight dinner. Serve alongside steamed rice and let the family have fun wrapping and eating!

Got a busy week and can’t even spare the 20ish minutes to get the filling made? Batch cook it on the weekend.

I serve these alongside veggie potstickers (frozen from Trader Joe’s) or vegan egg rolls. My kids love rice so a steaming bowl typically makes an appearance too.

Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Trader Joe's Organic Tofu Super Firm minced
  • 2 celery ribs minced
  • 2 small carrots (or 1 large) minced
  • 2 inch piece of ginger peeled and finely minced or grated
  • 8 ounce can of water chestnuts drained and minced
  • lettuce leaves (such as romaine, Bibb, or iceberg) for serving
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup shoyu (or soy sauce)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 6 green onions (white and green parts) finely sliced and minced

Instructions

  1. Heat sesame oil in a large saucepan.

  2. Add all vegetables except the green onions, the ginger and garlic. Cook 5-7 minutes until vegetables are tender.

  3. Add tofu, shoyu and rice vinegar. Cook 10 more minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and stir in the green onions.

  5. Serve with lettuce leaves.

These Tofu Lettuce Wraps also make a great appetizer for a destination Asian meal. Enjoy!

 

These Tofu Lettuce Wraps are an easy family friendly weeknight dinner. Serve alongside steamed rice and let the family have fun wrapping and eating!

 

 

 

 

 


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