Meatless Monday 8/7/2017

 

I am totally a soup person and starting in September, I usually cook a pot of soup a week.  My main reason for doing this is that during the fall and winter months, my family needs the extra boost of vitamins to ward off any winter illnesses.  We don’t receive the flu shot which is why I make sure that we up our vitamin C.  It’s pretty easy to do when you can throw herbs and veggies high into a pot and make a yummy soup.

Gone are the days of chicken noodle soups (or not) since we now live a plant based lifestyle.  However, I will not allow the absence of meat to stop up us from indulging in soups.  There are plenty of plant based meat options to add.  Field Roast has an amazing sausage.  Beyond Meat has crumbles that would go perfect in a lasagna soup.  Gardein has plant based chicken strips so that you technically will not miss out on those beloved chicken noodle soups.  If you are interested in those products, check out Amazon Fresh.  They have a great selection of plant based meat options.

I have been scouring the internet in search of some fun soups where I stumbled upon a cool site called Straight Up food.  There are so many plant based recipes, and I am sure that I will be posting lots of them from this site.  While peeling through all the plant based goodness, I came up with a recipe for beefless stew. This recipe is straight forward and super easy.  If you are a mushroom person (I totally am not), you will love it.  While there are herbs listed in the recipe, you could totally add your own as well. Dried strawberry leaf is high in Vitamin C and would be a great addition to this recipe.

So, without further ado, you can click here to get this feel-good recipe!

Insanely Easy and Delicious Vegan and Dairy Based Ranch Dressing

Have you ever had vegan mayo?  Trust me when I tell you that it tastes just the same as its dairy counterpart.  I was truly shocked that I could not tell the difference. With this easy  vegan ranch dressing recipe, vegan mayo is the main ingredient.  I prefer Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo brand which you can get at most grocery stores or on Amazon.  There are other brands, but the second runner up for me is Follow Your Heart’s Original Vegenaise. Both are really good brands, so you can’t go wrong with either of them.  This recipe will literally take less than 10 minutes to prepare. So, let’s get started.  Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1.5 cups your choice of mayo
  • 1/4 of non-dairy milk (I prefer Almond)
  • 1.5 tsp apple cider vinegar (optional but it does help preserve the dressing longer)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika

Here is what you will do with them:

  1. Mix together in a bowl, KitchenAid, food processor, blender, or Nutri-bullet (basically whatever you have that will mix things).
  2. Pour into a mason jar and cap.
  3. Store in the refrigerator.  You want the ingredients to come together.  I would suggest storing overnight.  You can totally use it right after making though.  But be warned, you can tell the difference in taste if it’s stored at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  4. Use within one week.

This is the base recipe for the dressing.  You can totally make this your own recipe.  Once you get accustomed to making it, you can switch up the ingredients.  Add more dill if you like dill.  Add less garlic if you are not a fan of garlic. Perhaps add avocado. I like adding turmeric to my dressing.  Play with this recipe.  Just remember you may need to add a little more milk just in case your dressing becomes a little too thick for your liking.  Add a little at a time until you have the consistency you want.

You can also make this a dairy based recipe as well.  Whole milk and buttermilk work just as well.  You can even use your favorite dairy based mayo along with almond milk.  The best part about this recipe is that it is totally interchangeable.

So, there you have it.  Simple, easy and so delicious.  Let the dipping party begin!  Sooooo…..what are some extras that you plan on adding?  I need ideas!

My Top 5 Favorite Plant Food Based Instagram Accounts

Did I ever mention how much I love Instagram?  Well, if you didn’t know, now you know.  I use Instagram as an educational tool.  If I need a recipe, I check out Instagram.  If I need to learn how to grow a plant in the garden, I head over to Instagram.  I find so much inspiration due to the visual aspect of it all.  I mean, who does not like looking at pretty pictures, right?

Needless to say, when I first became vegan, I tried to follow as many vegan Instagram accounts as possible.  My fear was that I would get bored with fruits and veggies and I wanted to make sure I stayed excited about my journey.  Instagram totally gave me my Vegan life!  I have been able to find tons of recipes to try simply scrolling down some cool feeds.

I am one who loves sharing the knowledge, so I thought it would be a great idea to pass along some insanely inspiring Instagram accounts that I absolutely love.  Pull up a seat with a cup of dandelion tea and enjoy!

  1.  @Rawspirations You will totally fall in love with the beautiful pics of sunsets and fruit on this plant based, gluten free, and refined sugar free account.  When I am not in the mood to get in my vitamin C, I just head on over to get a little inspired. You can also check out Rawspirations website here.
  2.  @therawboy When I first became vegan, I watched Neto’s videos on Youtube for major inspiration.  He has such an infectious personality and his recipes are very simple to make.  If you are interested in becoming a raw vegan, or at least getting more raw plant material into your body, his account is a must follow.  You can also catch him on Youtube here.
  3. @veganfoodshare  While their account may not be what is considered “healthy” vegan food, there is absolutely no reason why we can’t indulge a little, right?  To say that this account is vegan food porn is an understatement.  They post tons of vegan restaurant foods from all over the world so they would be a great account to follow to find out where  all the hip vegan food spots to hit are.
  4. @gangsterveganorganics Fresh cold pressed juice, plant based food and cool tees.  It can’t get any better.  Gangster Vegan Organics is a restaurant based out of PA with locations in Norristown and  Phoenixville.  I would highly suggest purchasing a cool tee here and making a visit to this amazing restaurant to meet the owner while having some good and wholesome vegan fare.  Vinny (the owner) loves to give back to the community and he is so passionate about people getting the rights foods into their body.  How gangster is that?  Even if you can’t make it to the east coast, the website has plenty to offer. Vinny’s account was one of the first accounts I followed on Instagram which inspired me to keep the pace with my juicing journey.  I am so happy for Vinny’s success story!
  5. @buddha_bowls I could not round out this list without mentioning an amazing buddha bowl account.  A bowl full of wholesome goodness made just how you like it.  OMG!!!!  Heaven!!!!!  Buddha bowls are great options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Easy to make and perfect for meal prepping.  There are so many options that it is hard to get bored with it.  This account truly gives you tons of inspiration and I am talking inspiration for days, Honey.  They also feature these lovely creations in really neat coconut bowls that are eco-friendly.  If you are interested in those, click here.

So there you have it.   My top 5 favorite plant food based Instagram accounts.  Post below some of your favorite plant food based accounts.  I can never get enough Instagram!

Meatless Monday 7/24/2017

 

Courtesy of The Full Helping

Today I present to you the first post in our Meatless Monday series.  Every Monday you will find a recipe completely devoid of meat yet easy to make with the least amount of ingredients as possible. My goal is to make your Meatless Monday as easy and tasty as possible.

I am always on Instagram (you can follow my Instagram here ), Pinterest and different blogs looking for something that looks and sounds tasty, so that my family and I won’t get bored with our meatless meals.  The best part is that I get to satisfy my inner desire to be a chef.  Sometimes I don’t always follow the recipe to the letter, but I always use the base of the recipe and then play with it a little.  Basically, some of the smaller ingredients you may be able to omit without totally destroying the recipe.

This week’s Meatless Monday meal was found via Instagram.  I came across a really cool Instagram page,  The Full Helping.  You can visit the page by clicking here. While visiting, I saw this recipe for Curried Tahini Pasta Salad. I am a fan of curry but let me explain.  I am a fan of mild curry.  And I do mean mild.  I can’t handle major spice.  I have tried.  It is just not in me.  However, I still like the taste of curry.  I have even made a curried hummus before.  Roasted chickpeas with curry spice are pretty tasty as well. Another spice included in this recipe is turmeric.  Turmeric is by far one of my favorite spices.  I cook with it almost every day, which may explain why most of my food has an orangish tint.  Turmeric is a known cancer fighter so it is good in my book.  I would highly suggest getting to know turmeric and making it a permanent home in your spice collection.

What I like about this meal is that there are not a ton of ingredients that you need to run out and get.  I think the only item you will probably have to put on your shopping list would be Tahini.  Once you have it though, you will have it for a while.  It is considered a vegan food staple.  It’s a simple mix of sesame seed and oil.  Totally doable if you want to make it yourself.  What is really awesome about Tahini is that you could add to it to make it your own.  So if you like spice, you could add that to it.

You can click here to find the full recipe on The Full Helpings blog.

I hope you enjoy!  Leave a note below if you decide to try this recipe!

If you are in search of turmeric, click here.