entrees

Homemade Vegan Chorizo

When I first became vegan 11 years ago I did what I had to do and what I teach my clients today, I started doing research. I researched what my options were in plant based eating. There were some options but not nearly as many today. Tofurky was one of the first that I can remember with deli meats, etc.

I remember finding this brand that made a Soyrizo and thought, “Well, I have never tried chorizo, but I guess I’ll check it out since it’s on the plant based menu…” I loved the flavor of it. So I would buy it and from time to time put in my tacos when I wanted to switch it up from buying faux ground crumbles and adding taco seasoning to them. It is interesting to me today that I’ve never actually had the real thing, but I imagine from all the spices I needed to use in this recipe that it’s super flavorful. By the way, that is what cooking and especially plant based cooking is ALL ABOUT, Flavor and how you season a dish!

As I grew on my vegan journey and learned more about how I could nutritionally fuel myself, I began realizing most of the vegan meats were made with Wheat Gluten. At that time I didn’t really know much about wheat or gluten but it was starting to pop up in health journals that I was reading. I was aware of it and trying to learn more about it, but I personally wasn’t trying to avoid it. I was learning just a few of the many side effects were depression, anxiety, bloating, and IBS.

Also, a year into being vegan, I went through a pretty tough breakup and instead of going out to drown my sorrows around people, booze, and partying (yes I had done that in the past too), I just started cooking up a storm. I was making vegan cheesecakes, vegan cookies, vegan Caesar dressing, vegan pasta, vegan lasagna, vegan taco salad, ANYTHING I COULD THINK OF to turn vegan!! Then this girl moved in next door and shortly after meeting her, I found out she had to be gluten and soy free but wasn’t actually listening to her allergies. She would still eat them all and eat the food I cooked & shared with her and then she would call me most mornings telling me she didn’t feel good, she was super depressed, she couldn’t get out of bed, and she was overweight and bloated. To me, because I had already seen my body and mind change so much, it seemed like a no brainer that if something doesn’t make you feel good you should eliminate it. I told her she needed to stop eating the food she was allergic to but I saw that she wasn’t doing that. So I felt a responsibility, to at least in my home, start cooking vegan AND gluten free since she was allergic to these items and I most likely was going to be sharing with her. This upped my level of research, learning, growth, and mastery of cooking vegan and gluten free.

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What I didn’t realize or make the connection to until a year or two later, was that I too needed to be eating Gluten free!! After cooking next door to her and sharing my abundance of food for a year, I decided to go to Europe and backpack alone for 6 weeks! You bet your bum I tried all the vegan breads, croissants, pasta, vegan Gelato, that I could. I came home from that trip, no joke, 20 lbs heavier. But I knew I could get that weight off by going to the gym and eating on track again. Or could I..? The weight wasn’t coming off and I was beginning to become frustrated and felt super bloated. I was back to eating my healthy vegan veggie sandwiches and pasta but my weight and my bloating wasn’t leaving. After 3 months I finally realized what I was doing differently before I had left to travel Europe that I wasn’t doing at that point anymore. I WAS EATING TONS OF GLUTEN! I finally made the connection. Isn’t that crazy? This is why I try to be so kind and unjudgmental to others and what they eat. Some of us just aren’t making the connection like I did many years ago. Many of us HAVE NO IDEA we can change our sickness through food. WOW. We’re not taught to question or take a look at our plates in depth. We’re just fine medication for being sick, as I was when I use to have bronchitis most months of the year in my early childhood.  (Coughing up Phlegm most of the year wasn’t a cute thing for a girl… you know? Ugh… but I though I had to accept it and did)

I told you this story so that you could not only learn a little more about me and my journey but also why I’m so passionate about finding homemade and as close to the whole food as possible. This way, I know what’s going into my food, it’s as minimally processed as possible, there are no harmful chemicals, and it’s vegan & Gluten free.

Actually, this recipe is even soy and nut free. I get what it’s like to have allergies and I want us all to be able to eat and enjoy food. I am Italian, FOOD IS PERSONAL. 😂😂  Anyway, please enjoy this recipe. You can put it in tacos, on top of a salad, on a sandwich, in your marinara sauce, in a sauté, or your burritos. Raw or cooked you can enjoy this flavorful substitute.

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Chorizo

By The Superfood Goddess

(Makes 6 Servings)

 -3 Tablespoons Coconut oil (melted) or Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

-1 small Onion (chopped)

-2 Garlic Cloves (minced)

-2.5 Cups Watermelon Seeds

-1/2 Cup Sun-dried Tomatoes in oil

-2 Tablespoons Coconut or Braggs aminos

-1 Tablespoon Date syrup

-1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

-3 Tablespoon Ancho Chili Powder

-2 Tablespoons Paprika

-1 Tablespoon Chipotle 

-2 Bay leaves

-2 teaspoons Tablespoon Pink Himalayan Salt

-1 teaspoon Coriander

-1/2 teaspoon Cumin

-1/2 teaspoon Cayenne 

-1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper 

-1/2 teaspoon Liquid smoke (about 14 dashes of liquid)

Method:

-Chopp the Onions and Mince the garlic. 

-In a large pan, on medium heat, heat the onions with a tablespoon of oil. Sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. 

-Add Garlic and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Then turn off heat and let the onions and garlic cool while you get your food processor out and measure your seeds.

-Measure out the seeds and pour into a food Processor. Pulse the blade a few times through the seeds. You just want to chop the seeds up a little, not quite to a powder.

-Add the sautéed onions, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes to the food processor and pulse once or twice to Mix them in with the seeds.

-Now that the seeds, onions, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes are mixed in the food processor, you can add all the other ingredients, including the last bit of oil.

-Pulse the food processor a few times to mix all the ingredients and then Turn the food processor on and process for about 10-20 seconds. You want it all to mix & Chopp really well, but it’s ok if it’s slightly grainy still, it will give a little dimension and texture to the chorizo.

-You can use the mixture right away or place in a glass jar and store for later. Letting it sit for a day will allow the flavors to develop. This can be consumed raw or your can cook it. If needed, freeze it in portions up to 3 months.

When you eat well, you will feel well. And as always, Please, Enjoy.

xoxo, Stephie 💋

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 😍🙌🏼☘️
appetizers, entrees

Lunch wraps that ARE DELICIOUS

88173D04-E8D4-4659-A1CC-6E5C822C4959I am always trying to come up with creative ways to eat healthy, taste to be super yummy, and it fuel my body nutritionally. This way I can use all the nutrients going into my body to heal my from everyday toxins that it comes into contact with! So, I love burritos, tacos, and any kind of wraps. Being gluten free, other than corn tortillas, this can be somewhat challenging. Not impossible, just a little, tiny bit, more challenging…

I found these raw wraps that I enjoy so much, as well as, trust their ingredients. They’re made with veggies and flax seeds! I had the pleasure of finding out about this company while at a huge healthy expo. I got to speak with some of the people behind the brand, which solidified why I wanted to keep eating the wraps! They have a sweet wrap for breakfast type recipes and a savory and spicy one for more lunch and dinner items.

Aside from the wraps, I truly love making the filling colorful, nutrient dense, and creamy, while boasting added protein. I’m all about taste and texture. I added sprouts, raw carrots & beets for some crunch, some avocado, hummus & Kitehill cream cheese for creaminess, and then tomatoes and bell peppers for flavor! I made this for other vegans and I was surprised to hear two of them say they didn’t enjoy beets much and were slightly scared of me putting them in the wrap. Once they tried the wraps, they realized the creaminess hid the taste! I made it for a non vegan and they said it was really good and tasted healthy and light, while still being filling. When you add nutritionally strong ingredients, they  fill you up quite nicely!

So here’s the recipe. Please be sure to comment what you think when you make them. Don’t forget to tag me with you photos so I can see what you’re doing as well! Happy Monday loves! Xoxo!

 

Raw Lunch wraps 

By The Superfood Goddess

Serves 6

Ingredients:

6 Raw Wraps (I like Wrawp brand, you can also use your favorite tortillas)

1 8oz Tub Kitehill Chive Cream Cheese 

1 8oz Tub Hummus (I used Magestic sprouted hummus)

2 Raw Beets peeled and shredded

3 Carrots peeled and shredded

2 Packages of Sprouts (sunflower, broccoli, etc)

3 Tomatoes

1 Red Bell Pepper

2-3 Avocados 

6 Cups Arugula

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Juice of half a Lemon 

Pinch of pink Himalayan salt 

Pinch of Black pepper 

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Method:

-Toss the Arugula, lemon juice, olive oil, pink Himalayan salt, pepper, and cayenne together. Set aside while you prep the other ingredients.

-With a vegetable peeler, peel the carrots and then the beets. With a shredder shred the carrots and then the beets. Working with the carrots first will help keep the beet color separate from mixing in with the carrots.

-Julienne the Tomatoes and bell peppers into smaller slivers. (You can google how to julienne a Tomato. I also recommend cutting or pulling the seeds out of the tomatoes, this is more for looks and a little less wet, but it won’t break the recipe if you don’t take the seeds out, so no worries).

-Take a wrap and spread the left side with the vegan cream cheese and the right side with the hummus. Start to layer the veggies on top of the wrap, layering on the left side of the wrap. Leaving more room on the right hand side so you can roll it at the end. Start with the bell pepper, tomato, then beets and carrots, then sprouts, avocado, and finally the arugula.

-Roll the wrap tightly, hugging the ingredients closer into the roll if needed so that the last little rolling stretch is just the wrap with spread on it, this will hold it in place!

-Then the wraps are ready to eat, don’t forget to chew and Enjoy!

appetizers

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

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I love cauliflower! It is so healthy and so versatile in cooking. So many people have gotten crazy creative with how to use it in cooking and baking. It is so great!!! You can steam it and then throw it in a blender in order to add creaminess to a non dairy soup. You can also make rice or mashed potatoes out of it. Some people are using cauliflower as a pizza crust and many vegan restaurants are making buffalo cauliflower appetizers, which is probably one of my top favorites out there! If you haven’t tried buffalo cauliflower bites, that is a total must!

Cauliflower yields some great nutrients and antioxidants! It is very high in vitamin C! One medium size head is more than your daily intake of Vitamin C needed and is about 11g of protein! It is also high in Vitamin B-6, Potassium, Magnesium, and calcium. Cauliflower contains a good amount of fiber. Fiber is important for digestive health and can even reduce the risk of several chronic diseases, especially those relating to your bowels. It is also high in fiber and antioxidants which are great in helping your body and cells combat disease, such as cancer.

To be completely honest, growing up, I did not care much about cauliflower. I thought it smelled bad and when I grew up it took me a while to get around to cooking it. I had memories from childhood and was slightly scared of it because I didn’t even know where to start in trying to cook this awkwardly hard and  rough plant. Once I got over the hump and cooked it once, I decided it wasn’t so bad. Moral of the story, if you’re like me, and have never cooked with it and are a little frightened, just try making it once or twice and you’ll get the hang of it. The first time I attempted to cook it, I steamed in for about 9 minutes and then threw it into my high speed blender to make a creamy soup. Now, I also enjoy baking it in the oven or chopping it up small and sautéing it. The other night, I finally tried the cauliflower pizza from Trader Joe’s, AND IT CAME OUT BOMB!!! Anyways, we’re talking about baking it, so shall we get to that portion??

Recently, I went to this really great Italian restaurant with some friends. The Cauliflower appetizer, minus the butter it normally would be cooked in, was one of the things I could eat on the menu. Normally it’s made drizzled in butter so I asked the waiter if he’d mind asking the chef to use oliv oil instead. He said, “YES!!!” So the way they prepped it was with chili, oil, and capers. Myself and my non plantbased friends thoroughly enjoyed it. My friends even said they thought it was the best thing out of everything on the table they had eaten! Win! Well… Naturally, I had to make this at home, IMMEDIATELY!! And I did. It’s pretty simple. Here’s the recipe. Enjoy my beautiful friends!!

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Spicy Roasted Cauliflower: 
-1 Head Cauliflower
-3 Tablespoons olive oil
-1 Tablespoon Chili Sauce (I used sambal) you can also use 2 Tablespoons for you spicy lovers!!
-1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt
-1 teaspoon Black Pepper
Method:
-Preheat oven to 425.
– While oven preheats, wash and cut the cauliflower. The way I do it, is by sticking a knife slightly slanted at the base where the root is, almost as if to cut a hole in the bottom. You’re basically trying to take the root out. Once you’ve done that, you can break the pieces off and cut the big pieces into smaller pieces.
-Throw all the pieces into a bowl adding all the ingredients and mix it well to evenly coat the cauliflower. Sometimes adding half the ingredients and mixing, and then adding the rest works a little easier for coating!
-Once the cauliflower is coated, oil a baking pan or dish and put in the oven. Roast for 25 minutes.
-Cauliflower should feel a bit softer. If you like it crunchier, check it at 15-20 minutes.
-Take it out and let it cool. Then top it with capers for an added flavor burst.
-Enjoy.
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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. ❤️💜🌱🥦💋