All posts filed under: Vegan

7-Grain Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes with Orange Blossom Honey and Coconut Butter

Big juicy blueberries are in season right now and there’s no better way to enjoy them than first thing in the morning with these moist and fluffy Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes. I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic 7-grain Pancake mix mix which uses stone ground whole grain flours and whole ground flaxseed meal to create a delicious earthy blend. You can find it at natural food markets or online. Fresh rosemary adds a fragrant herbal element and orange blossom honey adds a sweet floral note. Finish them off with creamy coconut butter and you have next-level blueberry pancakes that you can make in just minutes. They are made perfectly moist and fluffy thanks to aquafaba – the liquid from canned beans that can be used in place of eggs in lots of recipes. If you are unfamiliar with aquafaba you can check out this Facebook page to learn more about it and check out all of the crazy inspiring things people are doing with it. These Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes are perfect for: when you need a quick, but extra …

Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats (Vegan)

Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats

This Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats recipe is my favorite that I have come up with so far during my new overnight oat obsession. The flavors are inspired by those chocolate-coconut candy bars that I used to love as a kid, but made with pure healthy ingredients that make it a deliciously nutritious way to start the day. I love that it really fills you up and satisfies any morning sweet tooth. Since it has a great balance of whole-grain carbohydrates, plant proteins, and healthy fats it keeps you feeling strong and energized all morning! It takes only a couple of minutes to throw together at night and in the morning you have a nutty, chocolatey breakfast to enjoy at home or on the run. These chocolate pecan overnight oats are great fuel for a workout and also make a fabulous healthy snack or dessert. They keep a few days in the fridge so it’s nice to double or triple the recipe so you have them ready to enjoy anytime. Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats Ingredients: Serves 1 1/4 …

Golden Green Goddess Overnight Oats

These overnight oats are full of so many feel good ingredients, you can’t help but feeling all powerful after eating them! Both spirulina and hemp seeds are plant-based sources of complete proteins, meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids your body needs to repair tissue and to keep running like a well oiled machine. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that comes in powder form and has been used as a superfood dating back to the ancient Aztecs.  It is about 60% protein and has a earthy, green taste. Hemp seeds are one of the best balanced sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and have a rich nutty flavor. Both can be found in the superfood or supplement section of your health food market. The  savory flavors are balanced with the sweetness of banana and honey and the tartness of  golden berries. Indigenous to Peru, golden berries have recently gained wide popularity thanks to their high nutrient and antioxidant content, tangy sweet flavor and chewy texture. If golden berries are not available you can …

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

Peanut butter and jelly are one of those flavor combinations that is never a bad idea! I love them together so much I ate PB&J sandwiches for lunch every day for years growing up. There’s no reason such a classic pairing should be limited to the confines of a brown paper bag. Here they move into the morning sunshine to dress up a hearty and heart-healthy serving of overnight oats.   Once I posted this on my Instagram it quickly became a breakfast staple for my whole family not only because it is so tasty, but also because it’s so easy to make. In fact, you may even have all of the ingredients on hand, so why not put it together tonight? I promise you’ll have something delicious to wake up to in the morning. Enjoy! Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats Ingredients: serves 1 1/3 cup Old- Fashioned Rolled Oatmeal 2/3 cup Cashew or Almond Milk 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds 1 Tbsp Raisins Pinch of cinnamon Toppings: 1 heaping tsp Peanut Butter 1 heaping …

Superfood Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Feel Good Chocolate Covered Superfood Strawberries

When I was a little girl I used to look forward to going to the shopping mall with my mom on occasion. I loved smelling the perfumes at Macy’s and looking at the latest fashions worn by mannequins with expressionless faces. The highlight of these outings, however, was a trip to the chocolate shop near the food court. There, alongside the truffles and bark, they sold big, juicy strawberries in a thick coating of dark chocolate for what I considered to be a small fortune. Looking forward to that melt in your mouth pairing of bittersweet chocolate and fresh berries would keep me on my best behavior all day. It wasn’t until years later that I found out how easy chocolate covered strawberries are to make, and for a fraction of those shopping mall treats. The best part about making them at home is you can use a variety of superfood toppings that dry into the chocolate. These add flavor, texture, and color resulting in berries that are as beautiful as they are delicious. Now …

Spicy Buffalo Tofu Fingers with Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing

Spicy Buffalo Tofu Fingers with Avocado Ranch Dressing

 I made these Spicy Buffalo Tofu Fingers for Super Bowl last year and they were a big hit with vegetarians and meat eaters alike, so I wanted to share the recipe before the big game this Sunday. Now, you don’t have to be watching a sporting event to enjoy these, but they do happen to have a spicy kick that stands up nicely to a cold beer and a loud television. I like to use Wildwood Organic Tofu made with sprouted soybeans because it is vacuum sealed rather than packed in water, but any extra-firm tofu will work. I use an organic Jalapeño Hot Sauce, but you can use any hot sauce you like, Just make sure vinegar is listed as an ingredient, to ensure that you get the right flavor. My favorite Sriracha comes from Organicville.  All of these ingredients are available at Whole Foods or other natural foods markets. Try them with my creamy Avocado-Herb Ranch Dressing.  It’s the perfect cooling compliment to these spicy treats. Nutritional Highlights: Tofu is a complete protein, containing all …

6 Easy Veggie Swaps to Cut Calories and Boost Nutrition

10 Easy Veggie Swaps to Cut Calories and Boost Nutrition

We know by now that eating a diet rich in vegetables is good for our health, our mood and even our looks. Here’s a list of the veggie swaps you can make to get more of them into your meals while lightening up on calories. If you’re worried about feeling deprived, don’t. Because they’re so nutritionally dense, you may actually fuller with the veggie versions! 1. Instead of Flour Tortillas use Collard Greens- Swap out the refined flour for a crunchy collard greens next time you make a wrap and save over 100 calories while getting the anti-inflammatory benefits of vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids. How-to: Cut off the thick stem and carefully slice the rib so that it is flush to the leaf. That way it won’t break when you roll it up. Remember to always cut with the knife cutting away from your hand to avoid accidents. Add your filling in the center of the leaf, perpendicular to the stem, then fold in the sides and roll it up like a burrito. Try a …

Your New Favorite Weeknight Dinner- Veggie Tempeh Bolognese

My aunt recently told me she had tried to make tempeh, but thought it tasted like cardboard. I had to agree with her, on its own it can be pretty bland. However, when prepared the right way it can be a savory, hearty, protein filled base for a delicious meal. She was skeptical, but willing to try a dish that might redeem it for her, so I shared this Veggie Tempeh Bolognese recipe that is one of my weeknight favorites. Later that night she messaged an adorable picture of her toddler gobbling it up with spaghetti and my uncle with an empty bowl and a big smile on his face. Now, he is not what you would call an adventurous eater, so a little white lie was in order. She let him think it was a turkey Bolognese until after he had cleaned his plate. Now it is one of their favorite easy dinner recipes and hopefully it will be one of yours too. This recipe is perfect… When you want a quick, filling, delicious …

Spinach Pasta with Roasted Pumpkin, Pomegranate and Pecans in Sage Garlic Oil

Spinach Pasta with Roasted Pumpkin, Pomegranate and Pecans in Sage Garlic Oil

I came up with this recipe as a way to make the best use of the pumpkins that had been  decorating my front entryway. I bought a couple of varieties that were new to me this year rather than the traditional jack-o-latern type. When I cut into them with plans to make toasted pumpkin seeds, the color of the flesh inside told me that these pumpkins were made for more decorating doorsteps. I’ve tried cooking those regular pumpkins before and they were flavorless and fibrous, but these brightly colored pumpkins have a smooth, sweet flesh similar to butternut squash. The types to try are Cinderella, Fairytale, Hubbard or Sugar Pie. All you have to do to bring out their rich, sweet pumpkin flavor is roast them with a few spices. You can serve roasted pumpkin as a hearty seasonal side, but here it is paired with earthy spinach pasta, meaty pecans and sweet-tart pomegranate seeds to become a main dish that is not only beautifully balanced in flavor, but also beautiful to look at. This recipe …

The Perfect Vegetarian Main Dish for The Holidays- Stuffed Maple Glazed Acorn Squash

Feel Good Thanksgiving Roundup- Recipes for an Easy, Healthy and Delicious Holiday

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and of course good food! Here is a roundup of our favorite fall dishes that are full of flavor, but simple enough to keep the holiday stress-free…at least in the kitchen. I can’t make promises about where the conversation at the post-election dinner table will go, but I can promise at the very least, everyone can have a happy belly. Now that’s something to be grateful for. A festive aperitif-  The Big Sur Spritz  is just right for the season. A little sparkling wine with a splash of persimmon juice, a sprinkling of fresh pomegranate seeds and a sprig of lavender or thyme is a lovely way to start off the meal. For a hearty and beautiful meat-free main dish try Stuffed Maple Glazed Acorn Squash with Dried Cranberries and Pecans.  Serve it with a delicious, velvety Spiced Sweet Potato Puree than you can whip up in a blender or food processor. and some quick cooking Greens Agrodolce with Marcona Almonds and Crispy Fried Shallots.  A little Roasted Curry …