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August 20, 2019
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These Teriyaki Seitan Skewers are a throwback to my childhood when my mom made a similar recipe using flank steak. I loved the smell of this marinade as it broiled over the skewers, which my mom lovingly twisted every couple of minutes under the broiler. We ate them over steamed white rice and alongside broccoli.

I’ve reinvented the recipe with seitan to create these Teriyaki Seitan Skewers that I think are better than what I grew up with (sorry, Mama!). I love it when I can veganize a recipe from my childhood with delicious results! A big bonus for me with this recipe is that my oldest daughter, Gaby, loved them and she’s not a seitan fan at all. Now, I just need to figure out a way to get her (and the rest of my kids) to eat tempeh!

This recipe is all in the marinade. It’s oil-free and and I boil it after to serve alongside the skewers. The longer the seitan marinates, the tastier these Teriyaki Seitan Skewers become! I’d love to hear what you think of them so drop a note in the comments below. I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine did.

Teriyaki Seitan Skewers

Teriyaki Seitan Skewers

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Shoyu (or soy sauce)

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

2 1/2 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (such as Annie’s)

1 cup chopped red onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

2 Tbsp maple syrup

24 ounces seitan

10-12 skewers

Directions:

1. Combine all the ingredients except the seitan in a sealable container or bag (I used my gallon reZip bag).

2. Cut or break apart the seitan into skewer-like pieces or chunks. Add the seitan to the marinade. Marinate at least 2 hours.

3. When ready to cook the seitan, soak the skewers in water (if not using metal) and slide the seitan pieces onto the sticks.

4. Broil for 3 minutes on each side.

5. Meanwhile, bring the marinade to a boil. Remove from the heat and serve alongside the skewers.

Makes 10-12 skewers.

 

 

 


August 14, 2019
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Forget Taco Tuesday. I’m all about Tostada Tuesday with these Pinto Bean and Potato Salsa Verde Tostadas! The secret sauce is the jarred Salsa Verde from Trader Joe’s (it’s the best!). With layers of guacamole and crunchy, shredded romaine, the whole fam will go crazy for these.

Some habits die hard and my family comes to expect homemade pico de gallo so I made a batch for topping these Salsa Verde Tostadas. I love this alternative for Tuesday nights. It’s fresh, flavorful and surprisingly just as easy as tacos. I don’t know why I haven’t put tostadas in the rotation sooner. I kept things lighter than our usual fried taco shells by baking the tostadas.  

So much to celebrate with these Salsa Verde Tostadas. Here’s to Tostada Tuesday!

Salsa Verde Tostadas

Pinto Bean and Potato Salsa Verde Tostadas

Ingredients:

2 Russet potatoes

2 Tbsp olive oil (divided)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped onion

1 14.5 ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 jars (10 ounces) Salsa Verde (such as Trader Joe’s)

12 corn tortillas

3 avocados

1 lime

2 cups shredded romaine lettuce

Pico de gallo (optional, for serving)

Lime wedges (optional, for serving)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, scrub the Russets and cut into a small dice.

2. Spread on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and salt. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through the cooking time.

3. When the potatoes are done cooking, heat a large pan over medium heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion and cook until translucent (about 4 minutes).

4. Add the drained beans, potatoes and the Salsa Verde. Simmer 10 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

5. Meanwhile, brush the tortillas lightly with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

6. While the tortillas bake, make the guacamole: Mash the flesh of the avocados in a bowl with the juice of 1 lime. Season with salt to taste.

7. To serve, spread a layer of guacamole across the tostada. Top with lettuce and 2-3 generous tablespoons of the pinto bean and potato topping. Top with more Salsa Verde and / or pico de gallo. Serve with lime wedges.

 

 

 


August 6, 2019
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This sounds super fancy but it’s really nothing more than a braise. It’s a one-pot meal (woo hoo!) and very simple to make. I served it with crusty French bread for sopping up the delicious juices. It pairs great with a crisp green salad drizzled with a light vinaigrette.

 

Artichokes and Chickpeas with Tomatoes in White Wine Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive oil

5 shallots, thinly sliced

1 tsp kosher salt

5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 bay leaves

1/2 cup dry white wine

3 cups yellow cherry tomatoes

1 15-oz can artichoke hearts, drained and sliced in half

1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 Tbsp chopped fresh tarragon

1/4 tsp black pepper

Crusty bread, toasted (for serving)

Directions:

1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pan. Add shallots and cook until soft and golden (about 2 minutes). 

2. Add garlic and bay leaves. Cook until garlic is golden (about 2 minutes). Add the wine and simmer for 30 seconds.

3. Add the tomatoes and cover. Cook 8-10 minutes until tomatoes are almost bursting.

4. Add the artichokes and chickpeas. Cover and cook 4-6 minutes until heated all the way through. 

5. Remove from heat and sprinkle with the fresh tarragon.

6. Serve alongside toasted French bread.

 

 

 

 


July 30, 2019
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What’s better than a vegan BLT? How about BLT Avocados? These stuffed avocados are inspired by my love for the all the flavors in a traditional BLT: smoky tempeh bacon (Lightlife is my go to brand), juicy tomato, crunchy lettuce, creamy avocado and tangy mustard. 

Stuffed avocados are one of my favorites. I mean, c’mon! Stuffed – avocado! I worship the avocado and could easily eat one a day (I actually did at one time in my life!) so turn it into a meal with a savory stuffing and I’m in!

These BLT Avocados are simple to make and are delicious alongside a big green salad or cup of soup. I added quinoa to the “stuffing” to make these stuffed avos even heartier. Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think.

 

BLT Avocados

Ingredients:

For the Avocados:

1/4 cup quinoa

1/2 cup water

2 cups romaine

6 ounces tempeh bacon

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

4 large avocados

 

For the Mustard Vinaigrette:

2 Tbsp mustard

1 Tbsp red wine vinegar

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp grapeseed (or olive) oil

 

Directions:

1. Combine the quinoa and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes until quinoa is cooked through. Set aside to cool.

2. While the quinoa cooks, finely chop the lettuce and bacon, and quarter the tomatoes. Add everything to the quinoa and stir to combine.

3. Slice the avocados in half and remove the pits.

4. Whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients.

5. Using a spoon, slightly hollow out each avocado half by scooping around the sides and middle of it. You want to create enough space for the filling to be able to sit inside. Chop the scooped out avocado flesh and reserve.

6. Spoon the filling into each of the avocado halves. Top with the reserved chopped avocado and drizzle the vinaigrette on top.

 

 

 

 


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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 14, 2019
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I start every morning with a green drink.  It’s my secret weapon for keeping my energy up, my body clean, and staying healthy (I rarely get colds). 

Green, alkaline juices are the best and quickest ways to reduce inflammation, while keeping your body hydrated.  Your skin will sparkle like nobody’s business.  Your energy level will jump to overdrive.  You will feel amazing!

Kris Carr is my juicing goddess.  Her motto is “Make juice, not war.” Don’t you love her already?!!  She turned me onto juicing in her book Crazy Sexy Diet and she took my juicing game up a notch Crazy Sexy Juice, a fantastic resource full of juice and smoothie recipes.

Fruits and Veggies:

Choose organic fruits and veggies as much as possible. Cucumbers make a great base for juices with all of the vitamin C and cleansing properties it possesses.  Let’s hear it for the cucumber!  

This is a great veggie to start with.  Add in some celery stalks and broccoli stems for sweetness.  Work your way up to stronger tasting plants like kale, chard, fennel, cabbage or spinach.  You can also add in ginger, garlic and parsley for added zing, (just remember a little goes a long way those guys.)

As for fruit, I like to keep it all green and use a green apple.  I have tried pear too.  It’s not my thing, but could be yours, so have fun experimenting.

This is your super fuel.  Play around and try out different veggie/fruit combos until you find the one that takes you over the edge.  Sometimes I’ll add lemon to the mix. (I like my juice tart).

They say to keep your ratio of fruits to veggies at 1:3 (for every one piece of fruit, add 3 veggies).  For my kids, I use oranges, red apples and strawberries to sweeten things up and give it a citrus zing.

Equipment:

Finding your perfect juicer can be a bit overwhelming, as there is a lot at stake…this big, bad boy is going to become your juicing mate.  You’ll be making juice love daily, sometimes twice or more!  

Choose wisely – these guys are not cheap.  I did a lot of research on the various juicers and blenders before I tied the knot with my Breville Ikon

Prep:

In order to make juicing time efficient with the morning hustle and bustle of getting my three kids ready for school, I buy all my fruits and veggies once during the week and wash and prep everything when I get home from the store.

When I go into the kitchen in the morning, all I have to do is grab the veggies and fruits out of the fridge, lay them on the cutting board, and get juicing.  (Note: I don’t wash my berries until right before I use them to avoid them becoming mushy.  And I cut and peel my apples and oranges that morning as well.)

As for cleaning, I wash my juicer immediately after using it and let it air dry on the counter until I put it away later in the day so it’s all ready to go for the next round of juicing the following morning.

When to drink it:

It is best to drink your juice on an empty stomach to get the most out of your digestive system.  It’s a great way to break your fast (aka breakfast!).

I typically serve it with a toast bar or some muffins for my family.

The recipe below is the juice I go to again and again (hence, the name!). I hope you love it as much as I do. Cheers!

Jumpstart your morning with my Go-to Green Juice recipe plus get my green juicing guide with tons of tips!

Go-to Green Juice

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 organic cucumber

1 organic broccoli stalk (some times I use the head too, depending on the size of the stalk)

1 organic celery stalk and leaves (if my stalk is lucky enough to be sprouting any)

2 fistfuls of organic kale (I also mix in chard and spinach from time to time)

1-2 slices of fresh ginger root

1 organic Granny Smith green apple

Directions:

  1. Push each ingredient through the juicer chute in the order listed.
  2. Stir and chill before drinking or serve over ice.

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.

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