appetizers, entrees

Pasta Salad

97C40395-84C4-4B85-9858-3EA2C9596699Im going to be quite frank with you… I LOVE PASTA!! I could eat it with an oil based sauce, such as vegan butter or olive oil, I could do red sauce, pink sauce, cheezy sauce, pesto sauce, etc… So which genius decided to make it cold and add vegetables and serve as a lunch or side??!! I’m going to say, probably a wonderful Italian woman! Maybe I’m wrong, correct me, contact and tell me!!

Anyways, pasta salad… It is a great side dish or even served as lunch! I had it for lunch today and it was super satisfying. It’s been really hot in Southern California and I am not seeing the fun in cooking and baking during the day, so most of my dishes during the day are left overs from the night before, salads, or smoothies and nice cream, hehe.

I made this pasta salad last night and let it sit in the fridge to develop all of the flavors. Sitting overnight with any food is truly my favorite, it soaks up the flavor more and it’s always so easy to place out to eat or warm up, in this case, just get it out of the fridge, it’s suppose to be cold.

The flavors of the Italian dressing and crispy raw vegetables go together so great! The slight tang from the vinegar and flavor from the Italian seasoning is wonderful! I suggest you try this recipe and if you’d like to add anything you’re more than welcome. I mean, at the end of the day, this is a salad and who is to yell you exactly what you can or can’t put in it…???

I love olives and I messed around with a few different kinds. I think my favorite combo was black olives and kalmata olives. Either or would be fine too! If you’d like to add a little vegan cheese or some garbanzo beans for extra protein, GO RIGHT AHEAD! Create that shizzzz!

 

Pasta Salad

-1/2 package Spiral pasta

-3 Green onions or 1/4 white onion

-1 small can Black olives or 1/2 jar Kalmata olives

-1/2 Bell pepper (any color you want)

-5 Tablespoons Italian dressing

-Salt & pepper to taste

*Optional: vegan cheese, kidney beans or garbanzo beans.

Method:

-Cook pasta to package directions, then let it cool down or run it under cold water. 

-While the pasta cooks, chop all the ingredients and place in a bowl and toss with the dressing.

-Once your pasta is cold, toss it with the other ingredients and if you can’t wait, then serve it right away, ORRR for better results, let it sit for 4 hours or overnight.

***If you decide to add the other options I listed, make sure you add those as well! Beans add healthy nutrients and protein!

AND remember: Tag me with your creations, I LOOOOOVE seeing your recipe creations! Peace and Love my friends. ❤️💜🌱🥦💋

 

 

Smoothies // Smoothie bowls

Homemade Almond Mylk

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I have always heard of making dairy free milks but it just seems like such a process…  Right???? It does, util you actually do it. Then you actually realize, other than having to plan a tiny bit, it isn’t that hard after all. By planning, I mean, soaking the almonds 6-8 hours before. The blending and everything else takes like 10 minutes…

What is really amazing about making anything homemade, especially milk, you know what is going into it. You know that there aren’t any chemicals or harsh additives being put in. I also always feel so align and so good about pouring my time, love, and energy into my homemade goods! there are so many additives and sweeteners and preservatives now a days, that I just wish we could stop and get back to our grounding roots, which is why I try harder each and every day to make most of my meals. It isn’t as time consuming as you think, ONCE YOU GET THE HANG OF IT!

So here we go…… Almond milk!! Unsweetened without refined sugars, lightly flavored with vanilla, and VIOLA!! It is easy and it will last a few days fresh and honestly, thats all it would last in the household anyways… I mean if you like smoothies, lattes, and oatmeal…

Almond Milk (Vanilla)

-4 Cups water

-1 Cup Almonds (soaked for 6-8 hours)

-3 Dates (soaked if possible)

-1 Tablespoon Coconut oil

-1 teaspoon Vanilla
-Pinch os sea salt
Method
-Allow Almonds to soak overnight or for at least 6-8 hours. Place almonds in high speed blender with water and blend on high. For about 2 minutes.
-Strain milk in a mesh nut milk bag. Throw the milk back in the blender with coconut oil, salt, vanilla, and dates, and blend for about a minute.
-Place in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

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appetizers, entrees

Indian Nachos!!

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Say what??!! Indian inspired nachos. Yes, I said what you read, Indian Inspired nachos!! As some of you may have noticed by now, I WILL do whatever I can for an excuse to make and enjoy nachos! I also like to be different, and I like a challenge. So of course, why not take so many of our favorite dish, nachos, and use different flavors? I recently found this fantastic company Maya Kaimal, who I will be doing a product review in more depth shortly on another post, and I thought, “I am going to use one of their wonderful simmer sauces and flavor some yummy veggies, then throw them onto chickpea chips with vegan cheese!!! Whoo hoo!!

The first year of becoming vegan, I was holding onto some of my favorite meals pretty strong. So you can bet that Plant based nachos, caesar salad, pizza, burgers, and mac & cheese were constantly in the mix. Of course, all of these things are still highly processed. So once I got use to being plant based and I felt more knowledgable, I felt more comfortable to branch out and try less processed meals. I started using more whole foods and beans or lentils to substitute for “meat.” Beans and mushrooms have a meaty like texture, or at least the firmness some of us crave in a meal. I find when it looks and feels similar with colors & texture and it has a great seasoning and flavor, it makes it easier to be satisfied with meals we are use to eating.

I took some vegetables that I am use to eating with Indian food, like cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and garbanzos and sautéed them with Maya Kaimal’s Simmer Sauce! It is so easy because the flavor is already all there in the sauce, SO DELICIOUS! All you have to do is chop the vegetables, add the simmer sauce, cook, and then plate over the chips and cheese. It is just a fun spin on your usual Indian dish with just rice or potatoes.

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Indian Nachos

Ingredients:

-1/2 Medium Onion

– 2 Cloves Garlic

-1 Tablespoon Coconut oil

-1/2 Cauliflower Head

-1/2 Broccoli

-1/2 Bell Pepper

-1 Yellow Zucchini

-1 Can Garbanzo beans

-1 Jar of Maya Kaimal’s Madras Curry Simmer Sauce (or if you find another flavor of their many flavors, use that)

-Shredded Mozzerella (Or any other dairy free cheese you like)

-1 Bag of chickpea chips

Method:

-Chop all the veggies in smaller portions so they fall over the chips better. Start to sauté the Onions until translucent (about 3-5 minutes on medium heat). Then add the garlic to the onions and sauté for 2 more minutes. Add the broccoli and cauliflower and sauté for another 8 minutes.

-Add Zucchini, Simmer sauce,  bell pepper, beans and sauté for another 10 minutes.

-While the vegetables and sauce are simmering, in between stirring every 2 minutes, start plating them chips. Get a nice pile of chips and either sprinkle the cheese on top of the chips, so that when you put the hot topping on it melts, or just add it to the mix of vegetables. Either way is fine and up to you. Own it! Enjoy it. Be proud you made something new and fun!

Love, Always, Stephie <3

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appetizers

Coleslaw

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With the Fourth of July coming up, I thought it would be appropriate to post a healthy recipe of Coleslaw. It is pretty straight forward. Coleslaw is great alone, with your BBQ items, on sandwiches, and even a topper on some yummy tacos. Traditionally coleslaw uses mayo and sometimes buttercream as well. This is still a creamy version but it leaves out the cholesterol and other unhealthy features. Instead of using sugar, I used date Syrup! Dates are full of antioxidants, they’re  less sugar than honey, they’re vegan, gluten free, and rich in potassium and minerals. I really enjoy D’vash brand

I recently made some pulled jackfruit sandwiches and I added the coleslaw on top. It added a nice, light, creaminess to the sandwiches and just all around flavor. Let me know when you try this and how you like it, I am interested to know what you use it on or eat it with. -Happy eating!! And Happy Fourth Loves!!

-XoXo, Stephie

 

ColeSlaw

-14 Oz Package of Cabbage

-1 Carrot Shredded

– 1/2 C. Vegan Mayo

– 1 Tablespoon Date Syrup (d’vash)

– 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

– 1 Tablespoon White Wine Vinegar

– 1/4 teaspoon Salt

– 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, except the cabbage. Once you’ve made a dressing, add the cabbage and toss well, about 2-5 minutes. Then set aside and let marinate in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours, OR BETTER YET, overnight!

 

 

breakfast

Breakfast Nachos!!!

 

Who doesn’t like Nachos?? And don’t we all enjoy a good breakfast meal or brunch?? Well, I do, thats for sure! So often I am asked how breakfast can ever be the same again after going plant based, or how it is even possible to have a good breakfast meal. I PROMISE you, it can happen. There are loads of options, you just have to get creative. Breakfast, especially a good scramble, has always been my favorite meal. So naturally, I figured out how to make a breakfast scramble pretty quickly. Once I had that covered, I felt like the next step was to get even more creative and add a twist… I could have nachos at least once a day. I don’t know if it has something to do with the crunch of the chips, or perhaps the creaminess of the sauce and all the flavors coming together, BUT I LOVE THEM!! Heck, I would even order loaded veggie nachos without cheese or sour cream, ADD ALL the guacamole and still be a happy camper at a non vegan restaurant. Though lets be real, the creamy cheesiness makes me pretty happy.

So I decided I would make breakfast nachos! DUH! It was one of those spur of the moment decisions I made for mothers day Brunch last year and it was a hit!! Get ready though, these aren’t just regular nachos with salsa, guac, and cheese… I like to add ALLLLL the toppings. K, BYE! Just kidding, I’m not going anywhere yet, I still have to write the recipe. Here is the thing that is beautiful about nachos, you can add and subtract whatever you please to the dish. I am only writing an outline to you, it’s your decision if you want to go out on a limb and get creative and magical and substitute anything else you would like. Or maybe this time you make it ingredient for ingredient and then add a spin to your next batch..? Life is about creating! Get creative, Be creative! Happy Tuesday loves.

 

Breakfast Nachos

For the Queso:

-1 Cup White Beans

-1/4 Cup Water
-1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
-1/4 Red Bell Pepper (cut into 4 pieces)
-1 Tablespoon Jalepeno
-1 Tablespoon Lemon
-1 teaspoon Salt
-1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
-1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
-pinch of Cumin
  • Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until creamy; for about a minute.
For the scramble Topping:
-1/2 Large Onion
-3 Cloves Garlic
-1 1/2 Zucchini
-1 1/2 Cups Broccoli
-1/2 Bell Pepper
-10 Mushrooms
-1 package extra firm tofu
-1 Handfull of Spinach
-1 Package of Soyrizo
-Taco seasoning
Optional Toppings:
Guacamole (make your own, or use my recipe in the dips section)
Sour Cream (Tofutti brand is great)
  • Chopp the onion and sauté with a pinch of salt on medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until translucent. Then add the garlic and sauté another 2 minutes. Add zucchini and broccoli and sauté for about 5 minutes, add taco seasoning or salt+black pepper+cumin+cayenne to season. Then add bell pepper and mushrooms and sauté another 5 minutes. Take the tofu out of the package, drain the water, (if you have time, press the tofu inbetween a towel or paper towels for 30 minutes to drain the water out even more. You can place a pan on top to give some weight) once drained, crumble the tofu with your fingers over the pan to give it a “Scrambled” look. Add more seasoning and cook another 5-10 minutes to allow the tofu to soak up all the flavors. At the end, I like to add a heaping handful of spinach, which will look like a lot at first, but it will wilt down pretty quickly. Once the spinach is wilted down the scramble topping is ready.
Towards the end of cooking the scramble, empty the soyrizo into a different pan on low heat and add a little water to break up the mixture. Let it warm up for about 5 minutes and it will be ready to serve.
Option to add black beans as well. Warmed up or straight out of the BPA free can. BOO-YA.
After you have all of the components ready, THROW THAT ON A PLATE AND PILE HIGH!!! Well, if I were you, I would pile high. That means more nutrients and more food. Not that I am advocating to over eat, but ya know, I am sure you’ll want to eat now… Enjoy Beautifuls!