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Stuffed Bell Peppers

39CF5BD5-16F0-4217-8F85-88F07F8C5309I am a strong believer in flavorful cooking. Yes I said it, I will not eat grass, I will not eat something that doesn’t make my tastebuds go wild! Ok, wait, I take that back… a little… I do eat things that are good for me nutritionally and that perhaps don’t taste the total best. Sometimes I am lucky enough to have a wheatgrass shot or some fresh algae, and that to most doesn’t seem tasty, but to me I’m so use to these wonderfully nutritious items I’ll take em down knowing the benefits. It takes time to get there, don’t worry, and meanwhile I still eat really yummy spiced up foods!! I recommend starting to work on your spice cabinet pronto! Try to Grab organic when you can. I know it’s a little more expensive but it’s worth it. Your health is worth it. Buying all the spices upfront can get pricey, but with each recipe, you might find one new spice you need to purchase and it won’t seem so crazy expensive buying one or two at a time.

So back to the recipe. I actually never had a stuffed bell pepper when I was a child. Is that crazy? Did you eat them a lot when you were growing up? Once I got older and I realized how much fun it was to put a bunch of ingredients together and stuff them in a vegetable, I did! The possibilities are endless! You can flavor and add ingredients basically however you’d like, this is just one of my versions.

I always love to do Cajun or taco seasoning with my bell peppers, but I am also a huge Italian flavors fan!! So you could absolutely use Italian season and fresh basil and even a little tomato sauce to give those flavors. Though I might use garbanzo or white beans instead of black beans with an Italian version, which this recipe calls for. I also like to add a whole grain such as brown rice or quinoa to add nutrients and quinoa packs some protein. I also have a version of this recipe where I just used more beans and vegetable without the quinoa. Hit me up if you want that recipe.

I have made stuffed bell peppers a ton of times. They look fun and taste great. They are pretty dang hearty too. You can serve them with a side of salad or if there is something else you prefer, do that! Do what makes you feel good and what tastes good to you. Share these yummy suckers with your friends and family as well!! They’ll thank you for it.

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Stuffed Bell Peppers 

4 Bell peppers (top cut off, de-seeded and baked for 10 minutes at 400)

1 1/2 C Quinoa cooked (or rice )

1 small Onion

2 cloves of garlic

8 Mushrooms

1 Medium zucchini (chopped)

1/2  Package Taco Seasoning

1/2 Rounded Cup of Daiya cheese, any flavor your heart desires!   OR You can use half a cream cheese tub

1/2 can of Black Beans (BPA free can or box or soak and boiling your own is even better!)

Optional: instead of beans, you can grab a meat substitute like “ground meat” or another favorite. (I just try to stay away from processed as much as possible which is why beans are such a great low fat protein option).

Method:

-Cook the Quinoa according to package, make sure you rinse it properly before cooking. Set aside to cool until it is ready to mix with the other ingredients.

-If you want your bell peppers to stand, Cut the tops off and take the inner seeds out of the bell peppers. If you would like to lay them on their side, keep the tops on and cut the peppers in half lengthwise and take the seeds out, spray oil on the the bell peppers and bake them at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Then take them out and let them cool to the touch before stuffing.

-Sauté the chopped onions and garlic (about 5 minutes), then add zucchini (cook 3-5 minutes, then add the mushrooms and sauté (for 3 more minutes).

-Once the veggies are sautéed and the quinoa is ready, place them and the black beans in a food processor and pulse a few times to mix together. Add the cheese and pulse one more time.                                 ——-If you’re adding cream cheese, you can spoon that in with these ingredients to the food processor as well. ——————-If you don’t have a food processor, cut the vegetables into very small pieces and just mix the cheese into the other ingredients in a bowl.

-Spoon the mixture into the bell peppers and place on the baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. If desired, at 15 minutes, place some vegan cheese on top.

-Then, please enjoy.

love, Stephie xoxo

 

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7 Layer Bean Dip

374E99E3-0479-44B1-A91C-C8073EDB5079Ok, So I’m going to be real honest here. Growing up, dad wasn’t really around. So football parties and get togethers weren’t a huge thing around our house. BUTTT for whatever reason… Superbowl parties always took place at our house! If I had to work during the game I found myself so bummed! I realized shortly after this behavior that it wasn’t that I was bummed to miss the game, but I was bummed to miss the party and eat food. LOL. Yes, it bummed me out to miss the food. I want good food too ok?! I was always in charge of making the dips. Bean dip, Onion dip, and Ranch dip. Of course, as you can probably imagine, 7 layer bean dip isn’t traditionally made vegan. So naturally I had to veganise it.

I am pretty sure I ave said this to you all before. When you are first transitioning, find a few of your favorite dishes and make them vegan! When your comfortable making something its so much easier to make it healthier with different swaps. So that is exactly what I did. I think Tofutti Brand makes a nice “sour cream” and for the cheese on top, Earth Island, formerly known as Follow your heart, makes a good shredded cheese. You do need to check your refried beans and make sure that they are also vegan. I was actually surprised that many refried beans still contain lard or other animals fats in them. I get it, they make it taste better, i guess… But they have been time and time again been called out for being unhealthy. But whatever, not trying to call anyone out here right now. I am just saying, check your beans at every meal.

If you wanted to keep it super wholesome and real, you could make a sour cream out of nuts, homemade, and you could take some black beans and spices and blend them into a dip to make “refried” beans. That is totally fine with me and I actually encourage it, I just know not everyone has the time to do that or learn it, at least perhaps not at this present moment.

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7 Layer Bean Dip

-1 can refried beans

-1/2 package taco seasoning

-1/2 package of sour cream (I like Tofutti)

-Home made or store bought guacamole 

-1/2 package of vegan cheese (I like Earth Island or Daiya)

-6oz Can of sliced olives 

-3 tomatoes chopped 

-4 scallions finely chopped

Method:

-Mix almost the entire half package of taco seasoning, save a little to sprinkle over the sour cream later, then save the other half package for next time you make this. 

-It’s a pretty easy layering game. Put the ingredients into a square Pyrex dish in the order the list goes. 

-Serve immediately, or cover and place in the fridge to set for a few hours. You can keep this dip up to 3-5 days. Bring this to a party and don’t say it’s dairy free, see if anyone says anything…

appetizers

Mexican Pan Corn

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Have you ever had Mexican Street Corn?? It has such a nice flavor and it has just a little more complexity than seasoned corn with seasoning salt or garlic salt. I had only had it once, a while ago. I was recently asked to recreate it, so I was up for the challenge of trying something new, that I had never personally made before. I looked up a few non vegan recipes and came up with my own version.

You can totally use canned corn in this recipe, but make sure you look for BPA free cans. Whenever possible, I try to cook with fresh ingredients. So I used fresh corn on the cob from the local farmers market. I do realize that canned corn is slightly faster and easier, so please do whatever feels best to you. At the end of the day, I want to provide yummy and helpful recipes to get you to the next level of health. Lets make this fun and easy!

One note I would like to make about this recipe, is to play around with the different vegan cheeses. I used a store bought shredded cheese because I didn’t have anything like Cotija cheese, which most recipes call for. I am sure there is something similar in the stores, something more dense and crumbly. Or I’m sure that there is a way to make something like the cheese, but for this recipe I just wanted to create something similar to enjoy. Again, you are the creator now, you can play and change as you see fit.

Corn is high in fiber and rich in Vitamin A, B, E and minerals. Because corn is nutrient dense and full of antioxidants and fiber, it can help prevent disease and keep a healthy lifestyle. Corn is so versatile, we eat it in stir fry, tortilla chips, and tacos. I love plain old corn on the cob, with a little drizzle of Vegan butter and salt. Changing it up and making Mexican corn will add some awesome flavor to your life. I don’t mind eating the same things over and over, especially when they’re tasty, I know they’re nutrient dense, and that they’re good for me. But, why not make something slightly different every once in a while? Go ahead, try this one out. Take your taste buds for a little ride!

When creating recipes try to be aware of what cookware you are using. There are so many toxic chemicals that can be leached into our foods, using the right utensils can help in one aspect of chemicals finding their way into our body. Traditional non-stick coatings are manufactured with chemicals harmful to you and the environment. I like to use //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=thesuperfoodg-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00JXOA59U&asins=B00JXOA59U&linkId=dd93763cb3d6c257bb4b54a72a4979d9&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>Ceramic non-stick cookware, because it is high heat resistant, it doesn’t chip, and it will not leach toxins into your food. The Pan I am using currently is //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=thesuperfoodg-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00N5F9NMS&asins=B00N5F9NMS&linkId=e48dfa1c73d37cb15136c6abce2259dd&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>GreenLife.

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Mexican Pan Corn

4 Cups Corn (Cut from about 4 ears, or canned)

Tablespoon butter

1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon chili Powder

Pinch of cayenne

1 Tablespoon Lime Juice

2 Tablespoons finely chopped Red onion

1/4 Cup cheese

1/4 Cup Cilantro

Method:

-If using fresh corn, remove the kernels and set aside.

-Heat the butter in the pan, then add the Corn, Mayonnaise, chili powder, cayenne, and salt. Stir on and off for 3 minutes.

-Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. Add the lime juice, red onion, cheese, cilantro, and toss.

-Serve with extra lime wedges and cilantro for garnish.

Enjoy!!

Love, Stephie XoXo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 sautĂ©ed 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!

 

 

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entrees

Labor Day and Summer BBQ

Summer lovin’ happened soooooo fast! And I’m havin’ a blaaaast…. something like that?? Haha.

Labor Day is upon us. I know that means get togethers, BBQs, fun, laughter, and tons of food. Yum! My favorite, FOOD, and good food that will nourish me in the correct way as to fuel me through the day. Why not try something new this year and dabble with some plant based products and add them to the mix. Many people are starting to eat more consciously so if your hosting or adding to a party, it’s not a bad idea to get your plant based options in line.

Everyone loves a great grilled burger right?! I really enjoy the, Beyond Meat, patty, which grills nicely and packs a 23 grams of protein punch. Make it a cheese burger with, Follow Your Heart, sliced cheese. I don’t mind if you even grill up some onions & mushrooms, sliced tomatoes, and avocado for the win. I mean, bye, you can find me in heaven after that.

I also really enjoy, Lifelight, hotdogs if your hot like that. Again, grill those up and top em with you favorite toppings, like grilled onions, bell peppers, or sauerkraut, if your into a little probiotics while you party. If you want gluten free hotdog or hamburger buns you can go to a specialty store like Whole Foods, or sometimes Sprouts and Trader Joe’s will have them too. I’m happy to help this grilling season, you can message me and ask for other tips if you need them. I’m happy to help! Happy summer loves.