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Mushroom Stroganoff

Ingredients:

1 spaghetti squash

2 cups arugula

1 bag of sliced cremini mushrooms

2 shallots or 1 onion

3 cloves garlic

1 tbs avocado oil

2 cups veggie broth

Garbanzo bean flour

Salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste

2 tbs vegan butter

Instructions:

Preheat oven 350 degrees

Cut spaghetti squash in half, deseed, and place face up on baking sheet. Bake 350 degrees for 45min

Put 1tbs avocado oil in skillet on medium-low. Add garlic, shallot, and mushroom. Sauté 2-3 min then add arugula sauté until soft and arugula wilted.

In sauté pan, sprinkle top of veggies with garbanzo bean flour and mix in.

Add 2 cups veggie broth and bring to a simmer. Use a whisk to break up chunks of flour. Add more garbanzo bean flour to thicken as desired, remove from heat.

Salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste

Pull squash out of oven and use a fork to separate and place in a bowl. Mix with 2tbs vegan butter, salt and pepper to taste.

Place spaghetti squash on plates and top with veggies.

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Vegan BBQ & Slaw

I like quick and easy vegan food. Got 10 minutes?

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans Trader Joe’s jackfruit
  • 1 jar of your favorite vegan BBQ sauce (mine’s from Central Market)
  • 1 bag of your favorite vegan slaw mix (mine’s from Trader Joe’s)

Recipe:

Open and drain jackfruit. Shred jack fruit (I used my hands) and discard hard pieces. Place into a medium sauce pan and pour BBQ sauce over the top and mix. Place on medium-low stove top and heat through.

Mix slaw together in mixing bowl. Plate and serve.

Eggplant bacon taquito

A true Texan must eat taquitos from time to time. I was LONG past due for one so here’s my vegan version!

Ingredients

  • Half of an eggplant VERY thinly sliced
  • One smashed avocado with salt and pepper to taste
  • One brown rice tortilla (I used Trader Joe’s)

Eggplant sauce

  • 1 Tbs vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs Gluten free soy sauce (Tamari)
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbs Pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbs melted Coconut oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Mix together sauce ingredients in large mixing bowl. Add eggplant and toss until coated
  • Place in single layer on parchment covered baking sheet (may need more than one)
  • Bake for 10-20 minutes until dark golden brown.

*baking time is highly variable due to oven types, eggplant thickness, and desired crunchiness

  • Remove from oven and let cool
  • Place mashed avocado in warmed tortilla, top with bacon, fold over and enjoy!

Savory Breakfast Plantains

I love plantains and in my opinion, they are best done savory instead of sweet.

Ingredients

  • 1 plantain sliced or chopped
  • 1tbs garbanzo flour (or other GF flour)
  • 1tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 flax egg (1tbs ground flax mixed with 3tbs hot water)
  • 1/4th cup chopped kale
  • 2tbs grape seed oil
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe

In skillet over low/medium add grape seed oil and plantain, mash. Next add all ingredients except kale and mash again. Add kale on top and cook 3-5 minutes, gently break apart with spatula and flip. Cook another 3-5 minutes. Break apart with spatula again and serve!

Pumpkin Almond Milk

Just in time for the holidays! Here’s a little spin on my homemade almond milk.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds soaked minimum of one hour
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1/4th cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 T honey or agave
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp of fresh nutmeg or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon or to taste

Recipe

Place all ingredients in high speed blender, then run liquid through a cheese cloth to remove almond meal. Store in fridge. Mine typically stays good about 5 days. Shake before serving.

*for plain almond milk simply eliminate the cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin.

Breakfast Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster entered my life as a college student and ignited my tastebuds for warm bananas and cinnamon! Here’s a healthy breakfast version.

Ingredients

  • One banana diced
  • 2 small apples or one large apple diced
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey or pure maple syrup

Recipe

  1. Cover bottom of small sauce pan with water.
  2. Add apples and a dash of cinnamon and set to boil. AS SOON as the water starts to bubble remove from heat (we want to quickly heat without losing too many nutrients)..apples should still be fairly crunchy.
  3. Place in bowl and toss in bananas.
  4. Top with honey or maple syrup and cinnamon to taste (you can totally skip the honey or syrup if you want).

Vegan Pizza

I make vegan pizza all the time using a variety of ideas for crusts. I like to maintain gluten free as much as possible and found an amazing crust mix while shopping last weekend, check it out!

I simply followed the instructions on the Simple Meals box…simple enough!

For the toppings:

Balsamic garlic glazed onions–

  • Slice a small onion cutting and separating into strips.
  • Mince 2 cloves of garlic
  • Cover the bottom of a pan with balsamic vinegar and cook on med-low for 10min until soft and fragrant, set aside to cool.

Chop about 1/2 cup fresh basil

I cooked one Hilary’s quinoa burger and crumbled it for the “meat,” which is totally optional

Dairy Free Parmesan cheese

Assembly:

  • After the crust is cooked, use a spoon to put a layer of organic tomato paste on the crust.
  • Next layer the onion mixture and top with quinoa crumbles and basil
  • End with a light layer of Parmesan cheese

Bake 350 degrees an additional 15 minutes and serve!

Vegan Black Bean “Sausage”

I had full intentions to make vegan sausage using whole, canned black beans; however, the distractions of a busy super market got the best of me, and I grabbed canned refried black beans.  I've outlined how I made the best out of my purchase.  I have to say…they turned out pretty darn good!

Free of gluten, dairy, soy, and animal products.

Recipe:

1 Can refried black beans

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup sesame seeds

Onion powder, garlic powder, sage, smoked paprika, cracked red pepper, salt and pepper to taste (because I hate following recipes)

About 1 tbsp fennel seeds (less if you prefer, but I really like fennel, this is what gives sausage the taste of sausage)

Spray skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium.  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and form small patties.  Cook on medium until the top is dark brown or slightly charred.  Makes about 15-20 small patties.