Omega VSJ 843 Review + Recipes

Omega VSJ 843 Review + Recipes

Omega VSJ 843 Review + Recipes

Is the Omega VSJ 843 really worth the money? There are a few kitchen appliances that we lust over for months before pulling the trigger. I pined over the Vitamix for about a year before I took advantage of one of their end of the year sales. We became fast friends.

Smoothies, açai bowls, almond butter, almond milk, pasta sauces, we did it all. Clean up? Just throw some soap and hot water into the pitcher, fire it up, rinse, and you’re done. The Vitamix could do no wrong in my eyes and I seriously thought I’d found my forever.

However, there was one arena where trouble arose:

Juicing.

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Butternut Squash Pasta w/ Fried Sage

Vegan Butternut Squash w/ Fried Sage

You don’t have to wait until the fall to enjoy squash recipes. You may even find that they are cheaper this time of the year so you can experiment with them to your heart’s content. After tasting this, i think that a good addition to the sauce would be almond milk and some nutritional yeast to make it creamier. If I ever try this again with more ingredients, I will update the steps here 🙂

Creamy, rich, and fully of body, this butternut squash sauce can impress even the staunchest of foodies.

Check out my recipe for Butternut Squash w/ Fried Sage after the jump!

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Easy Vegan Falafel Recipe

easy vegan falafel recipe

Back in high school, one of my first jobs was as a hostess at a small Greek chain restaurant. Ever since then, mediterranean cuisine has been one of my favorites. Mediterranean cuisines balance of proteins, herbs, rich dips and cool, crisp salads will always have a special place in my heart. Falafel is a very versatile protein that can be used in salads, wraps, power bowls, or by themselves with homemade hummus 😋 .

This was my first time making homemade falafel and it was by far the best falafel I’ve ever had. Being able to control the texture and spiciness of the falafel made it so much more enjoyable.

The hardest part? Trying to keep the falafel ball together. Initially, I rolled the falafel into balls but when I would transfer them to the skillet, they would crumble a bit. Adding more flour might help to keep the balls together, but I noticed that flattening the balls a little bit helped to keep them intact.

Another difficulty was avoiding burning yourself with the hot oil. You need to move verrryyyyy carefully when placing the falafel onto the skillet and when turning them to brown the other side. You should use tongs and a pot skimmer to place the falafel into the skillet and make sure to only heat your oil on low heat, otherwise, you run the risk of oil popping onto your skin.

Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, check out my recipe for easy vegan falafel after the jump!

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Vegan Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Vegan Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Why patron fast food places that serve us garbage in a paper bag when you can make it your self?

Taco Bell is known for making ‘Mexican’ food concoctions that the world did not ask for. Now I’m inspired to start a series on veganizing recipes from chain restaurants and fast-food places like Olive Garden, Chili’s etc. so stay tuned for that. My first crack at this are a Vegan Taco Bell Nacho Fries brought to us by the same people who gave us the crunchwrap supreme.

This recipe pings a whopping 2 on the difficulty scale and is a great last minute snack idea or lazy lunch. If you use frozen french fries in place of homemade fries, you’ll be sitting down to enjoy your meal in no time.

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Vegan Jackfruit Tuna Melt (soy-free)

vegan tuna melt

Before I went vegan, and even when I was pescatarian many years ago, I’d probably eaten a tuna melt mayyybe once in my life. In elementary school, tuna sandwiches were always the last to be picked and I’m sure most were thrown away. What a waste of precious life 😔. [Check out my post on importance of making the switch to vegan seafood here]

When I think of a tuna sandwich, I think of spongy bread filled with yellowish-grayish mush wrapped in 10 layers of saran wrap.

Honestly, they just never appealed to me.

Fast forward many years later, and after the kindling of my love affair with jackfruit, I decided to turn this once repulsive sandwich into something that’s not only yummy, but cruelty free, cholesterol free, mercury free, and soy free. 

Vegan Jackfruit Tuna Melt Recipe

vegan jackfruit tuna melt recipe

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Vegan Game Day Snacks (Super Bowl)

vegan game day snacks

Vegan Game Day Snacks

For many vegans, going to Super Bowl parties means munching on french fries, dry crudités and downing copious amounts of alcohol to help you deal with all the corny vegan jokes.

After you scroll through these vegan game day snack recipes you’ll be able to sneak your own delicious vegan food onto the food table and….

FOOL. EVERYONE.

Seriously though…I highly doubt anyone will complain when they find out that the delicious macaroni, fried ‘chicken,’ ‘bacon,’ buffalo and lemon pepper wings, and the loaded cheese fries that they just ate were all vegan. If they do, tell them to send their complaints to me 😉.

Check out recipes for vegan mac & cheese topped with bacon, vegan air fried cauliflower, buffalo cauliflower wings, lemon pepper cauliflower wings, and loaded cheese fries after the jump.

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Jackfruit 5 Ways

Jackfruit 5 ways

Jackfruit was definitely my holy grail ingredient of 2017. It’s kind of a blank slate until cooked and it definitely gives 95% of all soy-based meat recipes a run for their money. There’s a jackfruit recipe for anytime of the year and for any mood, so today I will be highlighting how to make jackfruit 5 ways.

The texture when raw is hard to describe, but it’s definitely tougher raw than when cooked. When cooked, jackfruit softens and it takes very well to marinades. When used in soups, jackfruit can keep in the fridge (inside the soup) for a few days without turning into a stringy mess.

If you know anyone who’s having a hard time going vegan because they are wary of soy products, then I definitely suggest that you try all of these recipes. From tacos, to soup, to quesadillas and even crab cakes, the possibilities are literally endless.

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