vegan Archives | Plant Based, Family Friendly Meal Planning by Stephanie Dreyer, Los Angeles

April 15, 2018
Cruciferous-Salad-with-Tangy-Tahini-Dressing-Hero-min-1280x720.png

Get your cruciferous veggies on with this crunchy and tangy salad. I used a salad mix from Trader Joe’s as the base, but you can also make your own from scratch using cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale.

Try this Cruciferous Crunch Salad for a zesty lunch option. The tangy tahini dressing gets better the longer it marinates, so make it in the morning on Monday and enjoy it all week long.

The salad dressing is everything in this salad. Its tangy and salty – full of umami flavor. I have to hold myself back from eating the whole bowl! My 12 year-old daughter loves the taste too – a great way for me to get her to eat kale and cabbage!

Try this Cruciferous Crunch Salad for a zesty lunch option. The tangy tahini dressing gets better the longer it marinates, so make it in the morning on Monday and enjoy it all week long.

This salad gets better the longer it “marinates,” so I typically make it in the morning while I am prepping breakfast and lunches for the kids. I refrigerate it until lunch so that the flavors have time to meld.  Slice in the avocado just before serving.

Cruciferous Crunch Salad with Tangy Tahini Dressing

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Stephanie Dreyer

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch Blend (or 3 cups chopped curly kale, 3 cups shredded red and green cabbage, and 3 cups shaved Brussels sprouts)
  • 1 jar capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 6 teaspoons tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 2 small organic avocados, chopped

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the vinegar, tamari, tahini and nutritional yeast.
  2. Stir in the vegetable mix and combine well.
  3. Add in the capers and the garbanzo beans. Mix well.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Stir in the avocado just before serving. Stores well in an air-tight container (without the avocado) for 3-4 days.

Try this Cruciferous Crunch Salad for a zesty lunch option. The tangy tahini dressing gets better the longer it marinates, so make it in the morning on Monday and enjoy it all week long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 18, 2018
Mediterranean-Tofu-Scramble-Hero-min-1280x720.png

How do you like to scramble? This Mediterranean Tofu Scramble is a great breakfast option. Use this recipe as a template and add in your favorite mix-ins. Serve it as a protein packed breakfast with fresh fruit and hashbrowns, or enjoy it for dinner with roasted potatoes and a side salad.

This Mediterranean Tofu Scramble is a great breakfast option. Use this recipe as a template and add in your favorite mix-ins. Serve it as a protein packed breakfast with fresh fruit and hash browns, or enjoy it for dinner with roasted potatoes and a side salad.

Tofu scrambles are a quick and easy meal option, and a delicious plant-based take on scrambled eggs. Tofu scrambles easily to create the same look and texture as eggs without the animal products. I love this recipe blend, with all of the flavors of my dream destination, Greece. Try adding bruschetta for an Italian taste profile, or taco seasoning and pico de gallo for a Latin flavor.

https://stephaniedreyer.com/2017/05/30/italian-bruschetta-tofu-scramble/

Mediterranean Tofu Scramble

Ingredients

  • 1 package firm tofu drained
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives finely chopped
  • 1 14.5 ounce can artichokes in water, drained and chopped
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 cups fresh spinach loosely packed
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 2 tablespoons Italian or Greek seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl with hot water. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then drain, (squeeze out as much water as possible), and chop.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add in the garlic and shallots. Cook until soft and fragrant.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, olives, and artichokes, as well as the Greek (or Italian) seasoning and salt. Saute for 3 minutes.
  4. Crumble the block of tofu into the pan, to resemble the look of scrambled eggs. Cook for another 5-7 minutes until the tofu is slightly golden.
  5. Combine the hummus with 2 tablespoons of water and stir well so that it has the consistency of a dressing. Add the hummus to the tofu and vegetables. Stir well.
  6. Slowly, stir in the spinach and allow to cook until wilted, about 3 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.

 

This Mediterranean Tofu Scramble is a great breakfast option. Use this recipe as a template and add in your favorite mix-ins. Serve it as a protein packed breakfast with fresh fruit and hash browns, or enjoy it for dinner with roasted potatoes and a side salad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 15, 2018
Pasta-and-Broccoli-Bake-Hero-min-1280x720.png

This dairy-free Creamy Pasta and Broccoli Bake is a great recipe to batch cook on the weekend to have ready to pop in the oven when it’s time for dinner. Plus, it serves a crowd – great lunch leftovers for the rest of the week! I use cashews for the silky delicious sauce in this pasta and broccoli bake. I layer it with a homemade vegan parm cheese that has more cashews – nut protein! My family prefers penne but use whatever tubular pasta makes your family say, “Yum!”.

Creamy Pasta & Broccoli Bake

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces penne or other tubular style pasta
  • 5 cups broccoli florets about 12 ounces

For the cream sauce:

  • 2 cups cashews soaked for 2 hours or overnight and drained, if not using a high powered blender
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup lemon juice about 1 lemon

For the vegan Parmesan cheese:

  • 1 cup of cashews
  • ¼ nutritional yeast
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  3. While the pasta cooks, make the sauce and Parmesan. For the cream sauce, combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix until smooth. For the cheese, combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it resembles crumbs.
  4. Drain the pasta and combine with half of the sauce and all of the broccoli florets.
  5. Spread ½ of the pasta and broccoli mixture into a 13x9” casserole dish.
  6. Sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese over the pasta. Spread the remaining pasta on top.
  7. Pour the remaining sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  8. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until heated through and the broccoli is crisp, yet tender to the fork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 15, 2018
Thin-Mint-Milkshake-Hero-min-1-1280x720.png

Girl Scout Thin Mints are the secret ingredient in this chocolatey minty frozen treat. This Thin Mint Milkshake can be enjoyed all year round if you freeze a few boxes of Thin Mints after cookie season is done. So Delicious!’s Mint Chip ice cream is my dairy-free pick. This shake is a mint lover’s dream come true!

Girl Scout Thin Mints are the secret ingredient in this chocolatey minty frozen treat. Make this Thin Mint Milkshake with just 3 ingredients!

Thin Mint Milkshake (Vegan & Dairy-free)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups dairy-free mint chip ice cream (such as So Delicious)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 8 Thin Mint cookies
  • Suggested toppings: crushed Thin Mints, So Delicious Coco Whip, mini vegan chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a blender combine ice cream, milk, and thin mint cookies. Blend on high speed until completely combined and cookies are crushed.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with desired toppings.

Girl Scout Thin Mints are the secret ingredient in this chocolatey minty frozen treat. Make this Thin Mint Milkshake with just 3 ingredients!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 26, 2018
Vegan-Beef-and-Bean-Chili-Hero-min-2-1280x720.png

This Vegan Beef and Bean Chili is hearty and kicking with flavor! Loaded with 3 kinds of beans, and two types of Beyond Meat, (one of my favorite plant-based proteins), this chili satisfies! Make a big pot on Sunday and eat it all week long.

I like my chili smoky, so I started with some of Lightlife’s Fakin’ Bacon (tempeh) for that hickory flavor. After the tempeh, I loaded in the vegan “beef” with some help from Beyond Meat. I used a combination of their Beyond Burger and Beefy Crumbles for a variety of texture in the chili.

This Vegan Beef and Bean Chili is kicking with flavor! Packed with 3 types of beans and Beyond Meat's plant-based protein, this hearty chili satisfies!!

I am not the greatest at handling spice and wanted this to be edible for the kids, so I didn’t add too much heat to this Vegan Beef and Bean Chili recipe. If you like it spicy, feel free to heavy up on the chili powder. I found a half a tablespoon to be perfect for my family, but 1-2 tablespoons is probably more on par with spicier chilis.

Vegan Beef and Bean Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 red bell peppers diced
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 25 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 Beyond Meat Beyond Burgers
  • 1 package Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles
  • 1 package Lightlife Fakin' Bacon chopped
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Liquid Smoke
  • 1 25 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 12 ounces light beer
  • 2 cups vegetable broth such as Imagine's No-Chicken Broth
  • 2 15.5 ounce cans pinto beans
  • 2 15.5 ounce cans kidney beans
  • 1 15.5 ounce can black beans

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot over high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil.
  2. Add bell pepper and onion and cook until caramelized, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and saute a minute longer.
  4. Add Fakin' Bacon, and all of the Beyond Meat. Stir together and cook until the meat is cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add in the garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add in the crushed tomatoes and stir for 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in beer and vegetable stock.
  8. Add beans and Liquid Smoke. Stir together.
  9. Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes to an hour.

For extra smoke, I added a splash of Liquid Smoke at the end before simmering. To serve, cut up some lime wedges for squeezing on top. Dairy-free sour cream and diced avocado are some of my other favorite toppings. Don’t forget the chips! I highly recommend a handful of Trader Joe’s restaurant-style chips. Enjoy!

Please prepare an hour presentation on the two subjects listed above. I. Highlights for 2017 a. What did we achieve b. What did we learn? (Best practices and failures) c. What would we do differently and how? II. Key trends a. What are the latest trends? (Respective to your industry & functions) i. Please evaluate around luxury brands vs mass b. How could we implement efficiently and with a lean strategy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 21, 2018
Cauliflower-Steak-with-Black-Bean-Relish-Hero-min-1280x720.png

I love a good steak – vegetable steak that is! Portobello steaks were my go-to when I first went vegan. They are chewy and “beefy” like a regular steak, and can be seasoned and marinated similarly too. However, recently cauliflower has taken the main stage as the power ingredient in cauliflower rice and pizza crusts. Sliced and grilled, cauliflower also makes a hearty steak.

This Cauliflower Steak with Black Bean Relish is an elegant choice for entertaining - as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to eat!

It’s an unsuspecting choice for entertaining that will impress your guests. Make a pesto, cream sauce, or this Black Bean Relish and you’ve got an elegant meal that is as beautiful to look at, as it is to eat!

Pan roasting the cauliflower steak is another alternative to grilling, or pan fry it. I like to slice and cook a whole head ahead of time for the week. The relish is very simple and is oil-free, making this dish even healthier.

This Cauliflower Steak with Black Bean Relish is an elegant choice for entertaining - as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to eat!

Cauliflower Steak with Black Bean Relish

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 steaks

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower sliced into steaks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley finely chopped
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 lime juiced (+ more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • freshly ground sea salt (to taste)
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 avocado, sliced (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Coat the cauliflower steaks with the olive oil and either pan fry, roast at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, or grill.

  2. Combine the tomatoes, onions, parsley, black beans, lime juice, and cumin in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add more lime juice, if needed.

  3. To serve, place the cauliflower steak on a plate, and generously spoon the black bean relish on top. Garnish with sliced avocado, if desired.

This Cauliflower Steak with Black Bean Relish is an elegant choice for entertaining - as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to eat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 15, 2018
Lentil-Walnut-Meatballs-Hero-min-1280x720.png

I hope your family enjoys these Lentil Walnut Meatballs as much as mine! As a vegan Italian, plant-based meatballs are a staple in my house. There are some great ready-made options at the store by Gardein and Trader Joe’s, but my family prefers homemade. My Beyond Meat vegan Italian meatballs are always a win, but I recently played with my lentil burger recipe to create an Italian meatball that is free of faux meat.

These Lentil Walnut "Meatballs" are a delicious plant-based alternative for topping spaghetti and/or vegetable noodles. Top them with my easy marinara.

These lentil walnut meatballs start with a saute bath of mushrooms in garlic, onion, and olive oil. The smell is insanely delicious. There is nothing like the aroma of onion and garlic in my opinion! That’s the most “strenuous” part of the recipe. After that, you just combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Make them gluten-free by swapping out the breadcrumbs for a gluten-free option.

These Lentil Walnut Meatballs are a delicious plant-based alternative for topping spaghetti and/or vegetable noodles. Top them with my easy marinara.

I used a cookie scoop to form these lentil walnut meatballs. Make sure the oil is hot enough and covers the bottom of the pan well before placing your meatballs inside. You don’t want to walk away from these or be multi-tasking (I have tried and burnt them!). Monitor your meatballs and keep rolling them so that they get crispy all around.

I have also included a recipe for a quick and easy marinara sauce. I throw all of the ingredients for the sauce in a pot before I start the meatballs so that it can simmer, allowing the flavors to be enhanced.

I like to serve these meatballs over a combo of zoodles (zucchini noodles) and spaghetti. I toss the raw zoodles with the spaghetti and it blends in nicely. It’s the only way I can get my kids to eat zucchini!

These Lentil Walnut Meatballs are a delicious plant-based alternative for topping spaghetti and/or vegetable noodles. Top them with my easy marinara.

Please try these Lentil Walnut Meatballs, and let me know what you think. My non vegan kids aren’t always fans of the faux meats so having whole foods plant-based option like these is a great go-to recipe for our family. For more Italian recipes that my family loves, try my Dairy-Free 3-Cheese Rigatoni, my Vegan Beef Lasagna Rolls, or Italian Stuffed Ricotta Burger.

Lentil Walnut "Meatballs" with Marinara Sauce

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

For the "meatballs"

  • 1 14.5 ounce cans lentils or 1 3/4 cups cooked lentils
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms about 8 ounces
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce:

  • 2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • ½ onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the mushrooms and cook about 10 minutes.
  3. Combine the mushrooms, walnuts, lentils, breadcrumbs, garlic powder and onion powder in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Form into small golf-ball sized meatballs.
  5. Heat olive oil in a pan. Place the meatballs inside and cook, turning often until golden brown and crispy all around.
  6. For the sauce, the onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the tomatoes, oregano, salt, and balsamic vinegar. Simmer for 15 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  7. To serve, cook 8-16 ounces of spaghetti, spiralize 2-4 zucchinis, or use a combination of both. Top with the sauce and "meatballs".

These Lentil Walnut Meatballs are a delicious plant-based alternative for topping spaghetti and/or vegetable noodles. Top them with my easy marinara.

 

 

 

 


February 8, 2018
Rice-Crispy-Treat-Hearts-Hero-min-2-1280x720.png

My family and I are huge fans of rice crispy treats.  These vegan Rice Crispy Treat Hearts use Dandies marshmallows (the only vegan marshmallow to eat in my book!) and Earth Balance butter.  I used a heart shape cookie cutter (perfect for Valentine’s Day), dipped them in melted dairy-free chocolate chips, and decorated them with sprinkles.  These Rice Crispy Treat Hearts are a fun recipe to make with the kids!

 

Vegan Rice Crispy Treat Hearts

Servings 10 hearts

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Dandies
  • 3 tablespoons Earth Balance
  • 6 cups Brown Rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or chunks
  • Assorted sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a pan and add the marshmallows. Keep stirring until melted, slow at first (about 10 minutes).
  2. Stir in the cereal 1 cup at a time until combined.
  3. Press into a greased 13×9 inch pan.
  4. Use parchment paper to press it down and spread it out.
  5. While it is still warm, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts. Set on a parchment paper to harden.
  6. Rice Crispy Treat on Parchment
  7. While the treats are cooling, melt the chocolate chips in a saucepan or microwave. While it is still warm, dip one side of the treat into the chocolate and set back on the parchment paper.

These Vegan Rice Crispy Treat Hearts are a fun one to make with the kids! Full of animal free ingredients, these treats are perfect for Valentine's Day.

 

 

 

 

 


February 8, 2018
Vegetable-Wellington-Hero-2-min-1280x720.png

One of my favorite ways to show my love is through a home cooked meal. This Vegetable Wellington is a sexy meal to please vegans and carnivores.  Filled with leeks, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes, it is big on flavor, but not too heavy to weigh you down – perfect for a romantic evening for two!

Vegetable Wellington

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olives, pitted
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 1 can artichokes in water drained
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 package cremini mushrooms
  • 1 sheet vegan puff pastry dough I use the brand, Aussie Bakery, available at Whole Foods
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Thaw puff pastry according to package directions, about a half hour before starting.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Place the garlic cloves, olives, and all the vegetables on a roasting pan. Toss with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven.

  4. Unwrap dough on a non stick cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Stretch and roll dough out slightly to give more length to the pastry.
  5. Spoon half of the vegetables into the middle of  the pastry dough lengthwise, leaving about a 1/2 inch border all around. Reserve the rest of the vegetables to serve on the side.

  6. Take each side of the dough and fold them together forming a seam in the middle. Carefully, flip the Wellington over so that the seam is faced down.
  7. Pinch the open ends together to seal the sides.
  8. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Slice into pieces for serving.

http://www.worldofvegan.com/vegan-mom-omni-family/

 

 

 

 


February 8, 2018
Sun-Dried-Tomato-Alfredo-Sauce-Hero-min-1-1280x720.png

I love a good creamy sauce to pour over my family’s favorite pasta. This Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce is smooth and luscious with just a few ingredients — and your blender. Make it in minutes. Instead of milk, this dairy-free sauce uses cashews to achieve its silky velvet texture. It all comes together in just minutes, and is easy clean up with only the blender to wash!

My kids love this over farfalle, jumbo shells, or regular spaghetti. Sometimes, I will cook penne, toss it with broccoli and the sauce and bake for 20 minutes for a baked dish that has some extra plant power.

You won't miss the dairy in this creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce - perfect for pouring over your family's favorite pasta! #vegan #dairyfree

This Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce is my go-to cream sauce for my recipes. Leave out the sun-dried tomatoes and add roasted red peppers for a twist or leave out the tomatoes all together for a creamy white sauce that is delicious in its own right. Enjoy!

Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce

Servings 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cashews soaked for 2 hours or overnight and drained
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil drained
  • ¼ cup lemon juice about 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix until smooth.

You won't miss the dairy in this creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce - perfect for pouring over your family's favorite pasta! #vegan #dairyfree

 

 

 

 


February 7, 2018
Jackfruit-Noodle-Soup-Hero-2-min-1280x720.png

This Jackfruit Noodle Soup recipe is the product of a lot of testing! I have been experimenting with jackfruit for about a year, ever since it started popping up in vegan recipes. Back then, I had to order it online. Today, you can find it at Trader Joe’s! Jackfruit is a fast-growing tropical Asian tree related to the breadfruit. It’s found mostly in India and has a texture that is similar to hearts of palm or artichoke hearts. It doesn’t smell fantastic or taste like much straight from the can, but once you rinse and flavor it, jackfruit is a fabulous substitute for shredded chicken, pork, or beef. You can find lots of recipes for it in vegan pulled pork, sloppy joe, and faux fish dishes. I have used it in enchiladas with great results, but have been hankering to try it as a chicken sub in the classic Chicken Noodle Soup.

The seasoned jackfruit is delicious on its own. I might make a batch in the future and use some of it in burritos or spooned over rice. I use two forks to shred it apart, which reminds me of what my mom used to do when she'd make shredded chicken for enchiladas. Yep, definitely going to have to try an enchilada recipe with the jackfruit!

My first attempt at this Jackfruit Noodle Soup was in a slow cooker with mediocre results. The jackfruit got too mushy and the seasonings weren’t right. I kept working at it, and found the best results came when I seasoned the jackfruit separately and added it at the end, right before serving. My Dutch oven also turned out to be the best way to make the soup instead of using a slow cooker.

The seasoned jackfruit is delicious on its own. I might make a batch in the future and use some of it in burritos or spooned over rice. I use two forks to shred it apart, which reminds me of what my mom used to do when she'd make shredded chicken for enchiladas. Yep, definitely going to have to try an enchilada recipe with the jackfruit!

The seasoned jackfruit is delicious on its own. I might make a batch in the future and use some of it in burritos or spooned over rice. I use two forks to shred it apart, which reminds me of what my mom used to do when she’d make shredded chicken for enchiladas. Yep, definitely going to have to try an enchilada recipe with this jackfruit!

The seasoned jackfruit is delicious on its own. I might make a batch in the future and use some of it in burritos or spooned over rice. I use two forks to shred it apart, which reminds me of what my mom used to do when she'd make shredded chicken for enchiladas. Yep, definitely going to have to try an enchilada recipe with the jackfruit!

I am finally pleased to share the fruits of my Jackfruit Noodle Soup labor with you! I shared it with my family and my kids  gave it a thumbs in the middle, while my husband gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up. I hope you’ll try it and let me know what you think. I want to give a special shout out to Denise B. for the encouragement with this recipe – you inspired me to keep at it. I hope you enjoy it!

Jackfruit Noodle Soup

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

Ingredients

For the jackfruit:

  • 1 20- ounce can of green jackfruit in brine or water
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 ½ teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

For the soup:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 large carrots diced
  • 2 stalks of celery diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 12 cups vegetable broth preferably Imagine No-Chicken Vegetarian Broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups of rotini or other curly noodle
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes until softened and slightly golden. Add in the garlic, thyme, oregano, and salt.
  2. Stir in the jackfruit, lemon juice and water. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Using a fork, smash and shred the jackfruit.
  4. While the jackfruit is cooking, heat the oil in a Dutch oven or medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The vegetables should be lightly browned and tender. Stir in the garlic and cook for one more minute, until fragrant.
  5. Add the broth, thyme, bay leaves, and salt. Bring to a boil and add the noodles. Cook about 12-14 minutes, until the noodles are al dente.
  6. Turn off the heat and remove the bay leaves. Stir in the jackfruit and parsley.

The seasoned jackfruit is delicious on its own. I might make a batch in the future and use some of it in burritos or spooned over rice. I use two forks to shred it apart, which reminds me of what my mom used to do when she'd make shredded chicken for enchiladas. Yep, definitely going to have to try an enchilada recipe with the jackfruit!

 

 

 


January 29, 2018
Hot-Chocolate-Hero-min-2-1280x720.png

January 31st is National Hot Chocolate Day and I realize I rarely drink hot chocolate, although it’s one of my favorite hot beverages. Dairy free hot chocolate at a coffee house is so hard to find, but making it homemade is simple…and only takes about 5 minutes. This Vegan Vanilla Cinnamon Hot Chocolate recipe was inspired by some fresh vanilla beans I had laying around – and my daughters’ obsession with Once Upon A Time (they put cinnamon in their hot chocolate!).

I used almond milk as my dairy-free base, and several squares of the 72% dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s (in the green box). This recipe couldn’t be simpler. Just heat all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk.

This Vegan Vanilla Cinnamon Hot Chocolate only takes 5 minutes and 6 ingredients. You won't miss the dairy with all the sweet flavors in this cup!

What’s hot cocoa without the whipped cream? I topped mine with several dollops of So Delicious! Coco Whip.

This Vegan Vanilla Cinnamon Hot Chocolate only takes 5 minutes and 6 ingredients. You won't miss the dairy with all the sweet flavors in this cup!

With this recipe, I’ll be sipping hot chocolate more than just on National Hot Chocolate Day!

Vegan Vanilla Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Recipe

Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 vanilla bean (seeds removed from pod)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbl maple syrup
  • 5 squares Trader Joe's dark chocolate (72%)
  • CoCo Whip, for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1. Whisk all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat, continuously until thickened (about 5 minutes).

    2. Top with CoCo Whip. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

This Vegan Vanilla Cinnamon Hot Chocolate only takes 5 minutes and 6 ingredients. You won't miss the dairy with all the sweet flavors in this cup!

 

 


January 24, 2018
Carrot-Noodle-Bowl-with-Almond-Butter-Turmeric-Dressing-Hero-min-1280x720.png

I am kinda obsessed with the new vegan salad dressings at Trader Joe’s. The Almond Butter Turmeric dressing has me experimenting in the kitchen with lots of different dishes to pour it over. This Carrot Noodle Bowl is my latest.

This Carrot Noodle Bowl with Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing is crunchy and satisfying - and all you need is 10 minutes and 5 ingredients! #veganbowl

Vegetable noodles are a great replacement for pasta if you are watching calories or just want to add more veggies to your diet. I used my spiralizer to make my carrot noodles for this bowl, but you could also easily swap shredded carrots if you don’t want to spiralize (but it’s so much fun!).

Snap peas and peanuts are crunchy toppings that taste great with the dressing. I piled it all on top of a bed of kale, because I can never get too many leafy greens.

This Carrot Noodle Bowl with Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing is crunchy and satisfying - and all you need is 10 minutes and 5 ingredients! #veganbowl

Now, for the dressing. All you have to do is shake and pour for this one. It’s all natural and plant-based with just a few ingredients: almond butter, cold-pressed lemon juice, ginger, turmeric, and black pepper. I usually like to make my own dressings to control the sugar, salt and fat, but with only 60 calories for two tablespoons and 2g of sugar and 4g of fat per serving, I am taking some help from Trader Joe’s and enjoying it!

Carrot Noodle Bowl with Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 bowl

Ingredients

  • 2-3 carrots spiralized
  • 2 handfuls of kale chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar snap peas
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons Trader Joe's Almond Butter Turmeric salad dressing

Instructions

  1. Layer all ingredients into a bowl, starting with the carrots and adding the rest on top in piles around the bowl.
  2. Drizzle the dressing on top.

 

This Carrot Noodle Bowl with Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing is crunchy and satisfying - and all you need is 10 minutes and 5 ingredients! #veganbowl

 

 


January 17, 2018
Italian-Roasted-Vegetable-Bowl-Hero-min-1280x720.png

Roasted vegetables are one of my favorite things to batch cook each Sunday. I eat them all week long as a dinner side dish, tossed in tofu scrambles… and my favorite, piled into vegan bowls. This Italian Roasted Vegetable Bowl is a delicious way to eat up leftover veggies or roast a pan especially for this bowl like I do! I prefer plump, juicy tomatoes and cauliflower for the veg mix, but sub your favorites. The key is to roast them with whole garlic cloves and herbs. I use the Italian seasoning blend from Penzey’s Spices (my favorite local spice store).

A good bowl is full of layers, so in addition to the roasted vegetables, you’ll find a mound of lacinato kale, cannellini beans, and orzo. I sauted the canned beans with garlic, olive oil, and thyme for taste bud pleasing results. Sure, you could just rinse and drain a handful of beans directly into the bowl, but I find that it’s the bursts of flavor from each component in the bowl that take an average bowl to wow status. Lentils would also be a great sub for the beans. I used orzo instead of a grain in this recipe because of its Italian status and similarity in texture to rice, but risotto would be a nice swap if you want a grain.

This Italian Roasted Vegetable Bowl is full of flavor. Topped with a creamy, dairy-free dressing, it's a complete meal to lunch on all week long.

Drizzled on top is a luscious, dairy-free Caesar dressing that adds just the right amount of tangy to each bite. Soaked cashews are the creamy base for this otherwise, quick and easy sauce that comes together in less than 5 minutes in your high-powered blender. Dijon mustard and capers add bright, vibrant flavors to this traditional recipe.

This Italian Roasted Vegetable Bowl is full of flavor. Topped with a creamy, dairy-free dressing, it's a complete meal to lunch on all week long.

You can cook and prepare all of the ingredients, as well as the dressing ahead of time and store them for the week, making it quick and easy to throw this meal together all week long. Lunch is served! Give it a taste and let me know what you think.

This Italian Roasted Vegetable Bowl is full of flavor. Topped with a creamy, dairy-free dressing, it's a complete meal to lunch on all week long.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Creamy Caesar Dressing:

  • ¼ cup cashews soaked for 2 hours or overnight and drained
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon shoyu or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

For the Bowl:

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 head cauliflower broken into florets
  • 10 garlic cloves peeled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 6 leaves lacinato kale chopped
  • 1 cup orzo dried

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss the vegetables, garlic cloves, olive oil, and herbs on a sheet pan until coated. Roast for about 30 minutes until the cauliflower is fork tender.
  3. While the vegetables are roasting, bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook the orzo and drain.
  4. Heat a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the minced garlic and saute for 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in the beans and thyme. Cook for 3-4 minutes until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix until smooth.
  6. To assemble the bowl, start with a layer of kale on the bottom. Top with the orzo, beans, and vegetables. Drizzle the dressing on top.

This Italian Roasted Vegetable Bowl is full of flavor. Topped with a creamy, dairy-free dressing, it's a complete meal to lunch on all week long.


January 10, 2018
Green-Goddess-Zucchini-Noodle-Bowl-Hero-min-1280x720.png

Vegan bowls are one of my favorite lunch meals. They are easy to prepare and quick for the lunch rush I am inevitably juggling as I race to get my work and to-do list completed before I pick up the kids from school. Most times I make a bowl, I just pull together whatever ingredients, leftover veggies, or legumes I have in the fridge or pantry (it’s a really great way to eat up your leftovers!). Sometimes, I will put a little more thought into my bowl obsession and plan my veggies and proteins ahead of time, like my BBQ Tofu Bowl. Today’s Green Goddess Zucchini Noodle Bowl recipe is one of those bowls, but it won’t take you more than 15 minutes to throw together.

This Green Goddess Zucchini Noodle Bowl is light, fresh, and ready in just 10 minutes with 4 ingredients! #dairyfree #veganbowl #greengoddess

In my opinion, the secret to any great vegan bowl is the dressing or sauce. The new Green Goddess Salad Dressing from Trader Joe’s is the inspiration for this bowl. It’s all natural and vegan, containing just a few ingredients: avocado, green onion, cold pressed lemon juice, chives, parsley, basil, garlic, water, apple cider vinegar, and an olive oil blend. Two tablespoons are only 20 calories so indulge in a generous pour over the rest of this bowl’s ingredients.

This Green Goddess Zucchini Noodle Bowl is light, fresh, and ready in just 10 minutes with 4 ingredients! #dairyfree #veganbowl #greengoddess

I chose spiralized zucchini noodles for the base of this bowl and topped them with sliced radishes, chopped chives and tomatoes (I was out of cherry, so I used roma instead). That’s it! Super easy. Super healthy. Super delicious! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Green Goddess Zucchini Noodle Bowl

This Green Goddess Zucchini Noodle Bowls is light, fresh, and ready in just 10 minutes with 4 ingredients! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini, spiralized
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 radish, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp chives, snipped
  • 2 tbsp Trader Joe's Green Goddess salad dressing

Instructions

  1. 1. Layer all ingredients into a bowl, starting with the zucchini and adding the other vegetables and herbs on top.

  2. 2. Drizzle dressing on top.

This Green Goddess Zucchini Noodle Bowl is light, fresh, and ready in just 10 minutes with 4 ingredients! #dairyfree #veganbowl #greengoddess


December 8, 2017
Latke-Slider-Hero-min-1280x720.png

Each year during Hanukkah, my family participates in a friendly latke competition with 5 other families. Everyone goes all out with out of the box creations, like “bagel and lox” latkes, mu shu latkes, taco latkes, sushi latkes, and more! It’s always a culinary adventure. This year, I am excited to present this Vegan Latke Slider for entry.

You'll be eating these vegan latke sliders long after Hanukkah is over! #dairyfree #eggless #Hanukkah #latkes #vegan #plantbased

A seasoned Beyond Burger patty is sandwiched between two of my traditional crispy vegan potato latkes. It’s a burger in paradise right there, but no latke is complete without toppings! This Vegan Latke Slider is up for the challenge with a Bubbies pickle slice and dollop of Follow Your Heart’s Thousand Island dressing.

You'll be eating these vegan latke sliders long after Hanukkah is over! #dairyfree #eggless #Hanukkah #latkes #vegan #plantbased

These sliders are sooooo good that you’ll be eating them long after Hanukkah is over.  Wish me luck in the competition!

Vegan Latke Sliders

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
  • Vegan Thousand Island dressing such as Follow Your Heart
  • Bread and butter pickles such as Bubbies

For the sliders:

  • 2 packages Beyond Meat Beyond Burger 4 patties
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon seasoned salt

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. Makes 12 latkes

For the sliders:

  1. Combine the patties and seasonings in a bowl. Mix with your hands until fully combined.
  2. Divide the meat in half and then in half again, and in half again so that you have 8 portions.
  3. Roll each portion into a ball and flatten slightly in your hand to make a patty.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan and swirl to completely coat the pan.
  5. Add the patties once the pan is hot. Cook about 5 minutes on each side until brown and crispy on each side.
  6. To assemble, place 1 slider on top of a latkes. Top with a dollop of dressing and a pickle slice. Top with another latke.

 

You'll be eating these vegan latke sliders long after Hanukkah is over! #dairyfree #eggless #Hanukkah #latkes #vegan #plantbased


December 6, 2017
Traditional-Vegan-Latkes-min-1280x720.png

The secret to these traditional vegan potato latkes is to squeeze out as much liquid from the shredded onion and potatoes as possible before making patties. The result is a crispy, crunchy latke that doesn’t need any egg to bind it together! Be sure to have bowls of dairy-free sour cream and apple sauce ready for topping these savory potato pancakes!

 

Traditional Vegan Potato Latkes

Servings 12 Latkes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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 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 remaining potato mixture, adding more oil as necessary. Remove cooked potato pancakes to paper towels to drain. Serve with dairy-free sour cream or applesauce.


December 6, 2017
Breakfast-Pizza-Hero-min-1280x720.png

Pizza for breakfast? You bet! This fun recipe couldn’t be quicker or simpler. Prep it the night before or bake it on Sunday for a quick, no fuss morning meal on Monday. This breakfast pizza recipe is a great template for your breakfast pizza fantasies. I used my kids’ favorite toppings, but customize with your favorite tofu scramble, coconut bacon, or cream cheese and carrot lox…get creative!

This vegan and dairy-free breakfast pizza is a fun way to serve up the first meal of the day. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan #plantbased #breakfast

I took some help from the store with a pre-made pizza dough, but make your own on the weekend if you’ve got the time. Kids love this cheesy breakfast pizza. I hope you’ll give it a try and tag me in your pizzeria creations so I can see the fun!

This vegan and dairy-free breakfast pizza is a fun way to serve up the first meal of the day. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan #plantbased #breakfast

Breakfast Pizza (Vegan & Dairy-Free)

Ingredients

  • 1 roll refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 package soyrizo
  • 1 cup thinly sliced Yukon Gold potatoes with skin
  • 2 cups dairy-free shredded cheese such as Daiya

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Roll out pizza dough and place on a pizza sheet or stone.
  3. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese.
  4. Lay out the potato slices across the pizza dough.
  5. Crumble the soyrizo over the potatoes.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the pizza.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.

This vegan and dairy-free breakfast pizza is a fun way to serve up the first meal of the day. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan #plantbased #breakfast


November 30, 2017
Quick-Easy-Savory-Gravy-Hero-min-1280x720.png

This quick and easy vegan gravy is mushroom free! It tastes delicious drizzled on top of my Sourdough Stuffing Meatloaf, Dairy-Free Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, or 3 Layer Vegan Holiday Meatloaf!

Vegan Gravy (Mushroom-Free)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan on high heat, whisk the yeast and the flour together.
  2. Whisk in the soy sauce and garlic powder and continue until smooth.
  3. Slowly pour in the broth. Whisk constantly until smooth.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer 3-5 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

November 4, 2017
Sourdough-Stuffing-Meatloaf-Hero-min-3-1280x720.png

Crisp and cool Fall weather this time of year makes me crave heartier food. This rich and savory Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf is a delicious option for a weeknight dinner or special Friday night meal. It’s also a great plant-based alternative to turkey on Thanksgiving. Mixed with an herb and mushroom sourdough stuffing, it tastes like Thanksgiving.

A savory stuffing is combined with the Beyond Meat Beyond Burger for this Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan #plantbased

Traditional meatloaves combine breadcrumbs and meat. I experimented by swapping out a traditional stuffing for breadcrumbs, and used Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger instead. I loved the results and hope you will too.

A savory stuffing is combined with the Beyond Meat Beyond Burger for this Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan #plantbased

I am also sharing a quick and easy golden gravy recipe that tastes divine drizzled on top. Make a pot of mashed potatoes and roast a tray of Brussel Sprouts for a holiday-esque meal to celebrate!

A savory stuffing is combined with the Beyond Meat Beyond Burger for this Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan #plantbased

Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 2 celery stalks finely diced
  • 2 garic cloves minced
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup cremini mushrooms finely diced
  • 5 slices sourdough cut into ½ inch cubes
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 3 packages Beyond Meat Beyond Burger 6 patties total
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste

Quick and Easy Gravy:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute the celery, garlic and onion for about 5 minutes until slightly translucent and aromatic.
  3. Stir in the cremini mushrooms and cook for 3 more minuts.
  4. Add in the seasonings. Stir to combine.
  5. Add the bread cubes to the vegetables. Stir to combine and pour in the vegetable broth. Stir well until the broth is mixed throughout. Remove from the heat.
  6. Combine the meatloaf and the stuffing in a large bowl. Mix well with your hands. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if necessary.
  7. Spread the meat/stuffing mixture into a loaf pan.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes. Slice and serve with gravy.

Quick and Easy Gravy:

  1. In a saucepan on high heat, whisk the yeast and the flour together.
  2. Whisk in the soy sauce and garlic powder and continue until smooth.
  3. Slowly pour in the broth. Whisk constantly until smooth.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer 3-5 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

A savory stuffing is combined with the Beyond Meat Beyond Burger for this Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan #plantbased

 

 

 

 


Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On GooglePlusVisit Us On YoutubeVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Instagram




Sign Up for The Newsletter