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March 2017

Vegan Spicy Zucchini "Meat"balls & Pasta
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Vegan Spicy Zucchini “Meat”balls & Pasta

I am ZERO Italian, just confessing this up front.  In fact, I remember my childhood and my dad making spaghetti and meatballs with a side of MASHED POTATOES.  I kid you not!  How I ended up loving the food I do now?….I have no idea.  Pretty sure I never had a Zucchini during my entire childhood either!

However, fast forward and I’m still not Italian BUT I think my Vegan Spicy Zucchini “Meat”balls & Pasta way outdoes my father’s idea of “Italian” LOL!

The Spicy Zucchini “Meat”balls have a great texture and hold up amazingly.  Of course you can serve this with the pasta of your choice, we just happen to love Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa Pasta….and it’s what my husband bought at the grocery store.

Zucchini I heart YOU

Did you know, Zucchini squash is one of the most popular summer squashes in Americas and Europe?  Zucchini is one of the very low-calorie vegetables; provide only 17 calories per 100 g. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. What’s not to love about that?  Zucchinis can be available all around the year, but they are at their best during late spring and summer seasons.

Zucchinis make great appetizers (served with hummus), used in stir-fry, served over an eggless chickpea omelette, used in bread recipes or even in brownies! Oh, zucchini i do “heart” you!

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Here comes Peter cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail!!

Who doesn’t love all of the pastel colored isles at the grocery store this time of the year?!?  Peeps, chocolate bunnies, chocolate covered eggs, jelly beans…I think you know what I’m talking about. LOL!

Thank goodness eating a vegan diet SAVES me from those isles!!   However, there are days that I crave something sweet and oh so bad for me! I use to LOVE Reese Peanut Butter eggs this time of the year and have really missed them.  Nothing like peanut butter and chocolate together.  Pure sugar heaven!

Chickpea Salad Wraps - A Rainbow of Health!
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Chickpea Salad Wraps – A Rainbow of Health!

With Spring here and the weather warming up it’s time for a cool and refreshing lunch!

Chickpeas have to be one of the most amazing beans around!

Heck, you can make breakfast with them…lunch with them…of course dinner AND dessert!  But healthy for you?  Chickpeas may have more health benefits than you even realize.  Stop it already!!

One cup of cooked chickpeas contains 269 calories, 45 grams of carbohydrate, 15 grams of protein, 13 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of fat and 0 grams of cholesterol.

Besides being an excellent vegan and gluten-free source of protein (enter here: “Where do you get your protein from??”) and fiber, chickpeas also contain exceptional levels of iron, vitamin B-6 and magnesium.  Each cup of cooked chickpeas (also known as – garbanzo beans) contains 15 grams of protein.

Buffalo Chickpea Sweet Potato Pizza
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Buffalo Chickpea Sweet Potato Pizza

The taste of buffalo wings and pizza brought together – only healthier and meatless!

A couple of weeks ago I shared my recipe for Vegan BBQ Chickpea Sweet Potato Pizza, and today I want to share that same sweet potato pizza crust BUT add a buffalo twist to the whole thing. You can find my past post for my Sweet Potato Pizza Crust here.

I have talked about my love for sweet potatoes, but what is there NOT to love?!? Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus.  Vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses, but also that this crucial vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and is essential to helping us cope with stress!  Again, what’s not to love about this potato?!?

Pulled Sweet Potato and Mango Slaw
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Pulled Sweet Potato and Mango Slaw

Hello Pulled Sweet Potato!

Before going to a vegan diet I use to love pulled pork, or maybe it was just the sweet BBQ sauce that did it for me!  I thought my BBQ loving days were over until I came up with this little beauty!

This can be served a little fancy like mine or old school pulled BBQ sandwich style.  Perfect for Spring family BBQ’s!

Pulled Sweet Potato and Mango Slaw

Pulled Sweet Potato and Mango Slaw

There are four parts to this recipe:

  1. Homemade BBQ Sauce (you can use store bought if you’d rather)
  2. Mango Slaw
  3. Pulled Sweet Potato
  4. Authentic Italian Chickpea Flat Bread (or other options from below)

The sweet of the pulled sweet potato, tangy BBQ sauce and spicy/sweet mango slaw all topped on the chickpea flat bread – just go together like PB&J!! Pure heaven!

Options for serving the Pulled Sweet Potato and Mango Slaw – of course you can use a bun, you could serve over a bed of lettuce or even on crackers.  I love BREAD, but it’s one of those things we try not to eat.  I found this recipe for Authentic Italian Chickpea Flat Bread from In Pursuit of More. It is quick and simple to make while your Pulled Sweet Potato is cooking.

The BBQ sauce can be made up to a week before and stored in the refrigerator.  I almost think sitting for a couple of days really enhances the flavor.

Healthy Vegan Breakfast Nachos
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Healthy Vegan Breakfast Nachos – Breakfast Brought to a Whole New Level!

Suffering from breakfast burn out?  Today I am going to help you take breakfast to a whole new level!  Hello Healthy Vegan Breakfast Nachos!

Woot-Woot!! It’s hump day!!  Time to start thinking about the weekend and breakfast!!

If tofu is something new to you let me share a few “getting to know tofu” facts:

  • Tofu is a food made of condensed soy milk that is pressed into solid white blocks. It originated in China, and the process is quite similar to how cheese is made.
  • Looking for more protein in your diet? Tofu is high in protein!!
  • Tofu a highly nutrient-dense food.
  • Studies show tofu may reduce the risk of heart disease, some cancers and reduce the risk of diabetes.

Tofu can be purchased in bulk or individual packages, refrigerated or not. You can also find it dehydrated, freeze-dried, jarred or canned. Once opened, tofu blocks need to be rinsed prior to being used. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered with water. Stored this way, tofu can be kept for up to one week — just make sure you change the water often. Tofu can also be frozen, in its original package, for up to five months.

Pressing Tofu

A lot of firm and extra-firm tofu—the kind you want for stir-fries because it won’t fall apart—comes packed in water. Because I cook with tofu quite a bit, I purchased a Tofu Press for about $20 and love it!  Pressing the tofu will help remove all of that extra water and help absorb the flavors when cooking.

If you do not own a Tofu Press, here’s how to press tofu: Take a plate and line it with paper towels. Place the tofu block on the paper towels and put another layer of on top of the tofu. Put another plate or a cutting board on top of the paper towels and then weigh it down with heavy books or cans.  You want to press your tofu for 15-30 minutes.

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Easy Oil Free Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

Have you ever bought hummus at the grocery store? I’m pretty sure you have, but have you ever read all of the ingredients in that hummus?  For something that is suppose to be healthy for you, what’s with all of the crap in it?!  Especially all of the oil!

Que The Oil Free Hummus!

Just because oils like Olive Oil are suppose to be good, doesn’t mean they are good for youJust two tablespoons of Olive Oil packs in 240 calories! Most fundamentally, olive oil, like all oils and fats, are a concentrated source of calories. With over 4,000 calories per pound, olive oil is far more calorie dense than even pure refined sugar, which has 1,725 calories per pound. Because of its extremely high calorie density, adding olive oil to any food or meal will dramatically increase its calorie density. Crazy!

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Hands-down The Best Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

When we stopped eating dairy products a few years ago one of the first things I searched for was a GOOD Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce recipe.  I played with several, had some bad fails, but in the end found the perfect recipe – perfect for mac and cheese, nachos, dipping sauce, basically if you love a good Nacho Cheese Sauce this one is for YOU!

“NOT”cho Cheese!

This recipe is really easy to make.  Who knew using veggies you could make awesome creamy cheese?!? I have made amazing mac and cheese recipes using this – added in some roasted Brussels Sprouts – OMG yum! Super Bowl we use the cheese sauce and add diced tomatoes and soy Chorizo again – OMG yum!  The possibilities are endless I promise you.

I have served this Nacho Cheese recipe to my non-vegan family members and NO ONE guessed that it was packed full of veggies, a great way to get your young picker eaters to fill up on veggies!