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 the steps to 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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Vegan Pizza 4 Ways

In my four years of being vegan, I’ve had my share of mediocre pizzas. I’ve been subjected to slimy, greasy ‘cheese,’ paper-thin crusts, and even pined a little bit for the days of stuffed crust pizza. To put it plainly, I’ve been generally underwhelmed. That’s not to say I haven’t had a few vegan pizzas that hit spot over the years. Hard Times Pizza in Echo Park has a slammin’ pizza menu. The kind of vegan pizza that looks like incognito, authentic New York style pizza.

Very, very tasty.

Whole Foods’ salad bar area has fresh vegan pizza but, unfortunately, Whole Foods is in deep with the canola oil industry. They put that (expletive) in EVERYTHING. Nothing is sacred :/

Naturally, I wanted to take a crack at it myself. I came up with recipes for vegan pizzas 4 ways. I made Supreme Pizza using Gardein’s Beefless Ground for the ‘meat’. You can definitely sub out the ‘meat’ crumbles for quinoa taco meat if you’d rather go soy-free. You can find the quinoa taco meat recipe in my Vegan Tacos 4 Ways post.

I also made a Green Goddess Pizza, a White Garlic Pizza (my favorite) and of course good ol’ Cheese Pizza. Before we get into the recipes, I have to say that Minimalist Baker’s Vegan Mozzarella Cheese recipe was a key part of this process. I altered her recipe a tiny bit but I was super pleased with the outcome. I also borrowed her Vegan Parmesan Cheese recipe so you can use that on a topping for your pizzas or pasta, salad, whatever you’d like. Click the ‘Read More’ button for the topping recipes and for vegan pizza 4 ways 🙂

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Vegan Air Fried Chicken

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After three attempts, I finally cracked the code. I figured out how to make the best vegan air fried chicken ever, and it’s oil free.

Let’s start from the beginning…

I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz around air fryers, so I watched a few videos and perused a few blogs so that I could figure out my plan of attack. My first attempt was pitiful, a waste of cauliflower lol. My second attempt was a bit better, but I still wasn’t satisfied.

I got the idea to marinate the cauliflower beforehand (4 hours or overnight if possible) and I knew that this was going to be a game changer. I also separated the wet and the dry batter because, well…duh! I’m not sure what I was thinking when I combined the two, that was the super bland 1st attempt.

I bought my airfryer on Amazon. It’s generic, the instructions are in terrible English, and the box sat in my apartment just for two weeks just in case I hated it. Vegan fried chicken was my air fryer’s final exam and it passed with flying colors. It cost me $56 and you can purchase it here. Air fryers work by circulating air at extremely high temperatures in order to fry foods without using oil. Air frying uses 80% less fat than traditional frying and there’s less waste and easier cleanup.

The results were a-maze-ing! Marinating the cauliflower made the ‘meat’ so juicy and tender and it even pulled apart the way chicken tenders do. The aifryer perfectly crisped all sides of every piece. However, please, please, please make sure your shaking off-excess-batter skills are on point so you can avoid having random mushy pieces. Also, tongs! You will definitely want to use them for this recipe instead of getting thick, sticky batter all over your fingers. I will definitely be doing more airfryer recipes, so stay tuned!

Check out the final recipe below. I promise it will be the best you’ve ever tasted.

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Vegan Tacos 5 Ways

Vegan tacos are the perfect way to add some variety into your meals if you are newly vegan It is also a great dish to use for weekly meal preps because you can pre-cook various fillings, toppings and sauces and simply store them away in the fridge for easy access through out the week.

Today, I am showing you how to make 5 different vegan taco recipes that are as delicious as they are simple. Battered cauliflower tacos, jackfruit tacos, quinoa as taco meat tacos, and finally, black bean and potato tacos are all listed below for your tastebuds’ pleasure. There’s also a video tutorial at the end of this post.

The best things about vegan tacos? The possibilities are so vast that I can assure you I will probably do a part two to this recipe so I can try out more combinations. You can make the various fillings simultaneously for the sake of variety. If you do that, these servings will last you 2-3 weeks but you can increase or decrease the servings as necessary.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, try any of these out, or let me know if you have your own go-to vegan tacos recipe you’d like to share.

Let’s get started!

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Jackfruit Quesadillas (Dairy-free)

easy vegan jackfruit quesadilla recipe

Easy Vegan Jackfruit Quesadillas

So…Jackfruit. Ever heard of it? This fruit is a vegan GAME CHANGER. The possibilities are literally endless and the taste and texture will make you side-eye meat for the rest of your life. After you cook with it, you’ll realize (if you haven’t already) that meat is utterly obsolete.

Trust me 😎

Do you miss shredded chicken? Pulled pork? Fish tacos? No matter what meat you’re Jonesing for, there’s a jackfruit for that. Easy vegan jackfruit quesadilla recipe after the jump.

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Cauliflower Wings 5 Ways

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When I went vegan, I assumed I’d never eat anything resembling a chicken wing ever again. When I learned that cooked cauliflower has a similar consistency to cooked chicken, I had to judge for myself. When I tasted the buffalo cauliflower wings from Sage Vegan Bistro in Echo Park, I was sold. Not only can you re-create delicious buffalo wings using cauliflower, you can also make ANY kind of chicken wing flavor using cauliflower. Check out my recipes for cauliflower wings 5 ways below.

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Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Course Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

Batter

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Buffalo Sauce

  • 3/4 cup Tabasco buffalo sauce (purchased at Sprouts)
  • 1 tbsp Earth Balance butter

Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup Veganaise (or any vegan mayonnaise)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dill
  • 1 tsp chopped parsley (preferably dried)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees

  2. Cover cauliflower in batter, shake off excess batter and place on a non-stick baking sheet or parchment paper

  3. You can turn over the wings and bake for another 20 minutes if desired. 

  4. In a sauce pan, combine the vegan butter and buffalo sauce and bring to a slight boil, remove from heat and set aside. 

  5. Once wings are cooked, toss wings in buffalo sauce, cook for an additional 6-8 minutes. 

  6. Remove from heat and let cool. 

  7. Mix ranch dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

  8. Serve

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Vegan Mexican Food Meal-Prep

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Did you know walnuts can be used as a substitute for meat? I am not taking crazy pills, I swear. When you throw walnuts into a food processor along with certain spices, you end up with a taco meat-like consistency that is an EXCELLENT source of protein, 12 grams to 1 cup, to be exact. If you’re someone who wants a creative and cholesterol-free way to get your protein, then I highly suggest you try walnut meat tacos.

I’ve also cooked up some other Mexican-inspired recipes to compliment the walnut meat and these recipes can also double as a meal prep for one week. Mexican quinoa salad, and spicy potatoes au gratin after the jump.

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Walnut Meat Tacos

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Walnut Meat

  • 2 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 tbsp Bragg's liquid aminos
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cumin

Toppings

  • 3 portobello mushrooms (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper

Instructions

  1. Satuee mushrooms in olive oil for 5-7 minutes on low heat. Sautee bell peppers on low heat for 3-5 minutes. Drain. Mix in with mushrooms

  2. Mix walnut meat ingredients into a vitamix or food processor on the low setting. Drain.

vegan mexican food meal prep

vegan mexican food meal prep

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