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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Soy-Free Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

Soy-Free Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s so-called flu season, right?

Nope! Not if you’re taking the proper preventative measures to keep that nasty bug at bay…more to come on that soon. The key to keeping the common cold, the flu, and other ‘seasonal’ viruses away is not found in a plastic bottle with a child safety cap. Maintaining your health throughout the year, no matter the season, is an ongoing process and definitely a full-time job.

For those moments when a cold still gets the best of you, or you just feel like having chicken noodle soup for the sake of nostalgia, you can make this soy free vegan chicken noodle soup. I promise you this version tastes better than any overly salted canned version, and no chickens had to be stuffed with antibiotics or killed for it. We will be using jackfruit in place of soy chik’n strips, so this recipe is au naturale, baby 😉. All you need is veggies, (jack)fruit, noodles and veggie broth. Isn’t it interesting that in American culture we think a soup using one of the most disease-ridden animals and antibiotic resistant animals (thanks to factory farming) is a remedy for a cold?

Check out this recipe for a healthier, cruelty-free version of ‘chicken’ noodle soup after the jump!

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Jackfruit Tortilla Soup

jackfruit tortilla soup

It’s that weird time of the year in Los Angeles where you go to bed in full fall pajama regalia, grab a sweater on your way out of the door in the morning, but by lunch time, you are sweating bullets. The high may have been 100 degrees in Los Angeles today, but it’s still officially fall so I am working on my soup arsenal.

I’ve been testing out more recipes using jackfruit this year and I know I always say this, but this one is definitely the best so far. This jackfruit tortilla soup hits all of the marks of fall comfort food. If you haven’t cooked with jackfruit before, you can think of it as a shredded chicken replacement. Canned jackfruit comes in medium-sized wedges so you have to tear them apart and take out any hard pieces or seeds. What you’re left with is something eerily similar to shredded chicken. I usually marinate the jackfruit overnight to make sure it’s super flavorful.

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Tendergreens’ The Happy Vegan Recipe

Tendergreens The Happy Vegan

Fortunately for us, vegan restaurants have been popping up all over the place lately. When I am craving something packed with flavor and nutrients, Tendergreens‘ The Happy Vegan is one of my go-to’s. There aren’t too many vegan options on the menu, but in this case, quality wins over quantity. The cool part about this dish is it’s unique ingredients, it features three different types of grains, green hummus (!), dried cranberries, hazelnuts, and a big pile of leafy greens, oh…and garlic bread! What more could you ask for?

Popsugar partnered with Tendergreens to bring us The Happy Vegan recipe. Unfortunately, the recipe is for servings of 8-12. Now, unless you’re prepping for a dinner party or you have a Full House style family situation, 8-12 servings is waayyyy too much. Being the fast-moving Aries that I am, I failed to realize this until my fridge was packed with four huge bowls of this stuff that I can’t possibly finish so I am going to tweak their recipe into smaller serving sizes. The good thing is that most of the tweaks can be made in regards to how much of each grain that you use so it’s not too involved. The photos below for each of the salads are for larger servings than the ones detailed in the recipes. You can tweak the grain amounts for each recipe but the veggies, oils and nut amounts can stay the same.

Disclaimer aside, the recipe is pretty spot on. If you boxed up my version and asked someone to point out the dupe or the real thing, they would be hard pressed to tell the difference. I advise splitting this recipe into two days, meaning make the quinoa, farro, bulgur wheat, and green hummus the night before and store in the fridge. The next day, you will cook your beets and hazelnuts, chop your veggies, and make the green puree to go over the bulgur wheat. Your final mission will be to mix the veggies to their grains, toss together some ‘tender greens’ and toast your bread. This recipe can be an excellent meal prep and if you get bored of it, you can add in some tempeh bacon or roasted plantains, get creative!

Check out the recipe after the jump!

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Ways to Eat Your Greens Part 1

For many people, that picky child-eater still resides somewhere deep inside of us and for many Americans, pushing veggies to the side could be an Olympic sport. With a bit of practice and technique, you can master the art of cooking, creating and flavoring leafy greens.

Incorporating greens into my diet has been somewhat challenging at times. My go to is to just juice them or shove things into a blender and call it a day and I suspect that I am not alone in this. Did you know that there’s actually more than 300 different types of leafy greens? That’s A LOT of recipes to incorporate so I’m sharing with you my first installment of Different Ways to Eat Your Greens. I decided that this will be an on going series that I will do my best to update every month because we could all use more greens in our diets since they are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on this planet.

For the first installment of Ways to Eat Your Greens, we have Vegan Pesto which can be used in a variety of different ways, Green Hummus which can also be multi-purpose, Collard Wraps, a Greens + Matcha Smoothie, and a Greek inspired Cabbage and Rice recipe. Enjoy!

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