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Famous Taco Salad

D03E79B6-868F-4490-8FAE-50B826B3F395I remember the day I first had a taco salad. I was 15 working at an office job, under the table and we had a lunch party one day. A few of the managers brought food and one of the meals was a t o salad. What an awesome concept. I mean, I LOVE burritos and Tacos! So why not throw it all on top of a salad with a creamy ass dressing and mix it all together!?! 😍😍

This was, of course, before I was plant based so I would use ground turkey, because I thought that was the healthier choice of Meats. I started making this taco salad a lot for my family because it was the one thing I knew how to cook well and knew everyone would enjoy it. This actually makes me realize now that at 15 I found my love of being able to feed my loved ones with a super delicious meal. There’s something really satisfying about feeding others by putting your love, hard work, and creative energy into their meal.

Once I figured out to Veganize this recipe by using a meat crumble substitute with taco seasoning and a vegan mayo based dressing I was set. Because I was still learning different recipes, this was my GO TO! I also thought it was SO good I started making it for any friend I could. I wanted to show them that vegan was super yummy.

Ok, I actually am about to let you in on a little secret… I TOTALLY use this recipe to pull a quick one on everyone and share how tasty plant based life is! Ha ha!! Now I have a big pot to fill huh? I promise, this salad is that good!! Make it for yourself a few times. See what works for you and then, do me and yourself a favor, don’t keep this recipe to yourself!! Invite your friends and family over and share your knowledge of health! To be honest, I don’t even think you need to mention that it’s plant based….? Let them figure that out later. Most of all, have fun making this and Enjoy eating and sharing it.

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Taco salad

By The Superfood Goddess

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Organic Mixed Greens

Salad Topping-

-1/2 Onion

-1 clove Garlic

-1/2 head of Cauliflower

-1 Large or 2 small Zucchini

-1/2 Bell pepper

-6 Mushrooms

-Pinch Salt

-Spray oil

-1 Package Taco seasoning

-3 Tablespoons Nutritional yeast

-2 Tomatoes

-1 Avocado

-14 tortilla chips (I like Siete brand)

Optional: Shredded cheese

Dressing:

-1/2 Cup Mayonnaise or 1 Cup Cashews (soaked 4-6 hours)

-1/4 Cup Ketchup

-1 Tablespoon Hot sauce

-1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method:

-Chop the onions and place them in a pan, on medium heat, with some spray oil. Sauté!for about 5 minutes until translucent.

-Add minced garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.

-Add chopped cauliflower and taco seasoning and sauté for about 8-10 minutes, stirring every minute.

-Add zucchini and keep stirring for 5 minutes.

-Add the red bell pepper, mushrooms, nutritional yeast and sauté and stir for another 5 minutes.

-OPTION: to add shredded cheese, to give it a little bit more creaminess, you can add some Daiya or follow your heart shredded cheese

-For The Dressing: Put all ingredients in a small bowl and stir together until it resembles a dressing. If you’re using the soaked cashews, drain the water and throw all ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy! You will need 1/4-1/2 Cup water to help blend

-Take whatever salad amount you want and place it into a large mixing bowl. Top with some dressing and toss to evenly soar the lettuce leaves. Then place the salad in a bowl or on a plate and then top with the taco topping. For some texture and added crunchiness, crumble a couple tortilla chips on top, I recommend Siete brand.

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breakfast

Superfood Waffles! They’re green 😍

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 These green Superfood waffles are so tasty and nutritious!! I came up with the idea for st, Patrick’s Day and went with it. These are basically the same ingredients as my matcha pancakes but a little change in measurements and cooking…
Matcha is a ceremonial grade green tea powder that boasts tons of antioxidants and gives you a subtle kick of energy. Matcha also helps with mental wellbeing. Always big organic teas!! Teas have the most dirty practices out of any crop and here the leaf is ground up and you’re taking it all in.
Spirulina is high in protein per teaspoon and gives you a nice kick of minerals and energy as well. Spirulina is detoxifying and a great addition to your daily diet! I added spinach because it also boasts nutritents and high in iron and it added some extra green color to the waffles!!
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Here’s the recipe! Enjoy loves!
•Green Superfood Waffles!!
-1 cup (200g) GF/Vegan pancake mix (Arrowhead Mills has a great one)
-2 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
-1 Large banana
-1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
-1 1/2 tsp matcha (Navitas brand)
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
-1tsp stevia
**If the consistency is too thick as you’re working with the mixture, you can always add a tiny more liquid.
-In a blender, combine all ingredients but the pancake mix. Then transfer to a medium size bowl and add the pancake mix. I like to put it through a sifter to ensure even mixing.
– I used my Dash mini waffle maker. Let it heat up accordingly and then spray some coconut oil on the hot plates. Scoop out about 1/4 cup of the mixture and close the lid. Let cook for about 3-3.5 minutes and Viola!!
These are so tasty and very nutritious! Please enjoy and let me know what you think! Tag me in your posts and I will share your photos! I love seeing what you create 😍🙌🏼☘️
dressing, dips, and sauce

Pesto! Delicious Vegan Pesto!!

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Ya’ll, pesto doesn’t HAVE to have dairy in it to taste good. But do be advised, most pesto sauce does have Parmesan in the mix. I mean, we’ve put cheese and dairy in so many things for a very long time. So for most of us, it’s so natural. But we don’t need the added cholesterol or hormones and ricin’s that go into our milk in order to enjoy pesto! In this recipe I use nutritional yeast and cashews to add a little creaminess.

Pesto is so flavorful and very healing. Basil is great forminflammation, digestion, and even helps with depression. It is high in many vitamins in minerals, iron, phosphorus and vitamin K to say a few. The beautiful green color makes me want to eat it up right away and you know when someone is working with pesto because the aroma is beautiful!

I am not huge in using oils but do realize that extra virgin olive oil gives such a nice flavor and consistency to this sauce. If you are oil free or watching your oil intake, you can try avocado instead. I haven’t done it with this exact recipe and measurements here but I have made it before with a previous pesto and it worked just fine and was super creamy. I like creamy sauces so any chance I get I’ll make it that way.

I do recommend a high speed blender or a small food processor since this isn’t a huge ingredient list and you don’t want your blade spinning in the air or to have a frustrating outcome. My Vitamix just barely did the job with the last bit of water being added. This recipe is healthy and tasty and you are going to be sure to love it. Bon appetite  my loves!

Pesto

By The Superfood Goddess

(Makes enough for 4 servings)

-3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (you could use half to a full avocado instead)

-2 Tablespoons Water

-1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice 

-1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt

-1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper 

-2 Garlic Cloves

-2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast 

-1/4 Cup Raw Cashews

-2 Cups basil

Method:

-In a high speed blender or small food processor combines all the ingredients except the last two. 

-Once blended (about 1 minute of processing) add the last the ingredients. Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes. You will probably need to scrape the sides down of the blender or food processor and if needed, add a little more water.

This recipe is pretty quick and easy. Make some pasta alongside it and toss together when the pasta is ready. Then practice your best accent while tossing and eating the pasta. Ok, that last part was just to make you laugh… I love my Italian relatives and listening to their banter! Don’t forget to let me know what you think and tag me in your posts so I can share it too!! Bon Appetite 💋❤️

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Cheezey Kale & Broccoli Casserole

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As the holidays approach, we begin to revisit some of our old time favorites! Right? I love looking back at recipes from my childhood and revisiting them. I always enjoy making some of my old favorites part of my new favorites list by switching a few ingredients to make it vegan and gluten free. I have always been a huge cheese and creaminess person. It was seriously the worst part of my transition, in my mind at least. Finding what my other options would be was so helpful. I really recommend taking some of your favorite recipes and creating them with new swaps you find.

Daiya came out with an awesome array of boxed macaroni cheese to make cooking and the transition even easier at home. I thought that it would be fun to create macaroni and cheese casserole with one of the boxes and it came out fantastic. I always love asking my non vegan friends to taste test so I can get a good read on it as well as share with them how good eating vegan can be. One of my friends who eats dairy free most of the time, due to allergy, took a bite and said it wad good but that he really could only have a few bites because he then reminded me he was dairy intolerant. I had to laugh, because that mean he thought what I had made was full of dairy and gluten. So I did really well this time, wahooo!!

I always have to find a way to get some greens in, so you bet that I was able to do it here. I thought that kale and broccoli would go great with the four cheese flavor. I also wanted to add a little protein and flavor so I grabbed some Beyond Meat chicken strips and cubed those up and threw them into the mix. It was really simple and took no time to prepare the mac and cheese and then add the other ingredients together and pop it into the oven to add some crispiness. You can use some Gluten Free bread crumbs or some crumbled up chips, for some extra crunch. It is always important to add texture to a dish. For example, when I am eating something soft and creamy like yogurt, a crunchy granola adds a nice touch to the experience. Here, you have a warm and gooey cheesy dish that would go great with a little crunch.

One recommendation, because the chicken comes in a frozen package. When you use the chicken strips, let them thaw for about 15-20 minutes so that you can chopped them a little easier, or you can run them under warm water really quickly. Get excited to create something really yummy and flavorful that everyone will love. You can’t make a mistake here, there is so much flavor and texture, you just have to take the time to make and try this recipe out. Also, adding your other favorite veggies would be absolutely fine as well. Have fun and be assured that bringing this to any party will work wonders on everyones tastebuds.

 

 

Cheesy Kale & Broccoli Casserole

Casserole Ingredients:

•1 box Macaroni cheese

•1/4 Large Onion finely chopped

•1 Tablespoon coconut oil

•1/2 bag Beyond Chicken strips (defrost out of the freezer for 20 minutes OR run under warm water quickly to defrost and chop into smaller cubes)

•5 Dino Kale stalks – de stemmed and chopped.

•1/2 Head large broccoli cut into small pieces.

•Salt and pepper to taste

•1 Cup Daiya mozzarella

Method:

-Pre heat oven to 400.

-Boil water and Make macaroni and cheese according to package.

-Steam kale and broccoli for 7 to 10 minutes, to soften.

-Cut onion into small pieces and sauté for 3-5 minutes with coconut oil then add chicken cubes to warm for another 5 minutes.

-Then add greens and sauté for another five minutes. (Salt & pepper to taste).

-Add 1/2 Cup mozzarella shreds. Let the cheese melt and then add the Daiya Mac and Cheese to mix thoroughly.

-Add remaining mozzarella on top and bake at 400 for 8 minutes, then broil for 5 minutes after adding bread crumbs or crumbled chips for the last 3 minutes.

-Let cool for 10 minutes and then serve immediately or let sit overnight and the warm up. The flavor gets even more yummy and cheesy!

 

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dessert

Pistachio Ice Cream

EAA295F1-F697-42DE-BA53-C13BE70C9E57I love ice cream!! Don’t hate, appreciate. I am sure you can even relate!!I was never really a sweets or ice cream person, but I have always had a love for ice cream. It was either strawberry or peanut butter flavors, that I would get st the shop. Actually, side story, this local place in my hometown would rotate flavors and I’d call each week to ask if strawberry was in the mix, of so, I’d be there! True story! I have always loved fresh fruit and the sugar from fruit. I grew up in a household where we didn’t really get a lot of sugary or artificially sweetened foods. I am so thankful now that I was taught at an early age to stay away from artificial ingredients. Though I’m sure you can imagine, I wasn’t too stoked back then about not having all the sugary sweets.

After graduating college I traveled to Europe on a solo backpacking trip. Yep, SOLO! I’m crazy…. or cool, however you wanna look at it, and as you get to know me I’m sure you’ll understand. On this Euro trip, I had vegan gelato at some small cafe and it was pistachio flavor. My world was changed forever! FOREVERRRR. I now had a want and need for pistachio gelato in my life, though as some of you may know, gelato is definitely not vegan. After that if I ever got the chance to find a vegan pistachio gelato or ice cream, you bet your buns I got it!

Fast forward to now, well, I have been craving pistachio ice cream for a while now and have been meaning to make it. I finally had time and this is what I came up with. I have been making “nice cream,” as a healthy and non guilty treat, with bananas for a while now. It’s great! But this time, especially because I wanted the ice cream to be as green looking as possible, I decided to use avocado. Avocado has healthy fats, potassium, and other really great nutrients, so why not try it in an ice cream? It worked! It was fantastic and I can’t wait to make it again! I used setton farms pistachios and then chopped up one of their really yummy chewy bites and topped the ice cream with that for a little added sweetness and flavor.

I hope you enjoy the ice cream as much as I did. It’s pretty easy to make. The hardest part about this dang recipe is that you potentially have to wait over night for it. I know, so sad… OOOORR if you’re like me, you place it in the freezer for four hours and hope it’s mostly frozen and then dig in, haha. It’s your creation, you get to do whatever you want!

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Yummy Pistachio Ice Cream

2 1/2 Cups Oat milk (or any other non dairy milk)

1 large Avocado (or 2 small Avocados)

1 Cup pistachios – I used Setton Farms pistachios (get ready to peel them, or you can go find shelled ones too…)

1 Cup soft medjool dates

Optional for color and added nutrients: 1/4 teaspoon spirulina (highly recommended for color), and or a handful of spinach. You can also use 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder from navitas for more color and added nutrients.

*** As a sweet and yummy topping, I used Setton Farms Pistachio bites, which I chopped up and threw on top. Ok, Yum.

Method:

-First grind the pistachios into a powder, then set aside in a bowl.

-Then pour the milk into a blender and if your add any of the powders or spinach blend that together first. Then add the pitted dates and blend until they are all the way blended. It should be a very thick milky mixture now.

-Then blend in the avocado and once it’s become smooth, add in the pistachio powder.

-Pour the mixture in a container to place in the freezer for st least 6 hours, but preferably overnight.

-Take the ice cream out of the fridge and let it thaw for about 15-20 minutes. Then use and ice cream scoop to make perfect scoops. It will be slightly icy and may not scoop in all in one piece. That’s ok, I had to scratch the ice with my scoop a good few times and then pack it into the scoop to really get a nice ball formed, then repeat with as many scoops as you’d like. This makes enough for 3-4 people to have two scoops.

enjoy my loves!!

XoXo, Stephie

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Creamy Alfredo Sauce

39A6CA8F-130B-4AEB-BFB6-52975BA9AD27I am a sucker for anything creamy! Cheese, dips, sauces, anything. Unfortunately so many options today have dairy in them. I love Italian food and when I first started eating plant based, the easiest things for me to create and cook were things I was use to eating and making . I suggest any of you looking for healthier plant based options, to just find a few dishes you really love and then veganize them! Stick to what you know and are somewhat comfortable with! I think my first few recipes I learned how to make over and over again we’re Caesar salad, pasta recipes, taco salad, and tacos! There are so many possibilities.

Nuts are really the star in cheesy and creamy recipes. Cashews and macadamia nuts are the creamiest, but almonds, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, etc., work just as well. As you dive into using different nuts to make different meals, you’ll start to get use to which ones work best for you and the many recipes you’ll be making. You’ll notice which ones have certain consistencies that end up working better for different recipes as well…. In this recipe, cashews take the win. If you or a loved one have a nut allergy, you can try raw and soaked sunflower seeds in place of cashews!

As much as I tell you about what brands have great dairy free options, I like to try eating as close to the source and as homemade, if possible. Even though plants are healthier, by over processing we sort of miss the point as well. So eventually, after you find your swaps and get comfortable with what you can use instead of actual dairy, I urge you to try getting even closer to Whole Foods like using nuts for creaminess and using beans or lentils instead of fake meats. But that is for another time, for now let’s just make some really yummy Alfredo sauce!

So as I said, there are so many options that you can exactly swap for another, especially in the dairy department. For example, to make a traditional Alfredo sauce that uses butter, cream, and Parmesan cheese as the main ingredients, you can find the vegan versions of those and be fine. I took it a step further to make it from unprocessed and whole food ingredients to bring you an even healthier version. Let’s get cooking towards some yummy and creamy goodness, shall we????

Creamy Alfredo Pasta

-1 package of Store bought Zoodles or spiralize 2 large zucchini. (You can spiralize other squash 94 sweet potato too)

-1/2 medium onion (chopped)

-1 Garlic Clove (minced, I put mine through a garlic press)

– 12-14oz package of Brussels sprouts or 1 head of broccoli, or really any veggie you would like to add (chopped)

Creamy Decadent Alfredo Sauce

-1/2 C Cashews (soaked for 2-4 hours)

-1-2 Cloves Garlic (I used my garlic press)

-1/2 C Water

-1/3 C nutritional yeast

-1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt

-1 teaspoon lemon juice

-1/4 teaspoon pepper

Method:

– Place chopped onions in a pan and heat on medium for about 3 minutes with a pinch of salt. Then add the minced garlic and stir for 2 minutes.

-Add your veggies and sautée them until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the zoodles and let them warm with the veggies for about 4 minutes.

-While stirring and sautéing the veggies, you can make the Alfredo sauce by placing all the ingredients in a high speed blender or if you don’t have a good blender, a food processor should work just as well. The consistency should be somewhat thick. If you like your Alfredo a little more runny, add a little more water.

-Then add the Alfredo sauce and coat all the zoodles and veggies and let it warm together for about 3-5 minutes and Viola!!! Now please don’t burn your mouth as you hurriedly scoop the pasta onto your plate and devour!!

***Optional: You can use gluten-free pasta noodles or any other zoodle pasta instead of zucchini, such as sweet potato or carrots, etc…too. And you can use any variation of veggies or no veggies at all if you want to keep to just a simple Alfredo pasta.

***Remember, my recipes are just a guideline to the magic you can create in the kitchen. 😍😍😍😍