Protein Packed Kale Salad

Saturday, August 12, 2017


I'm back.....sorry for the pause! Sometimes life gets in the way. 
America's obsession with protein is a bit silly, we really don't need that much to thrive. Guess what, all plants provide protein...bonus! The focus in our every day diet should really be fiber. Here is a delicious, hearty, protein packed, fiber rich, plant based salad. 

Ingredients 

1 large bunch of Dino Kale (my favorite kale)
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
2 tsp of chopped fresh garlic
2 cups of cooked quinoa, cooled 
1 cup of toasted walnuts
1 cup of Craisins
2 ripe avocados
Salt and Pepper, to taste 

Directions
Wash and remove the kale leaves from the stem. The stem is very bitter so you defiantly do not want to eat this part of the kale leaf. Chop up your kale leaves and place them in a large bowl, I use a wooden bowl because I swear it makes the salad taste better. Add the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. With a clean hand massage all of these ingredients into your kale for at least 3 to 5 minutes. This step is very important you want tender yummy kale leaves.  Next let this mixture marinate into the kale leaves for a good hour before adding the extra cooked, chopped, and toasted ingredients on top. Toss and serve!

Enjoy and remember to always be mindful and eat with compassion! 

The Best Cruelty Free Mac & "Cheese"

Friday, November 27, 2015





Before I became vegan I was an expert on Mac & Cheese. I am a true starchavore. I will pick savory over sweet any day and this dish was high on the list. Here is a non dairy, cruelty free, and healthy option that squashes all of those strong cravings. This recipe does not disappoint, its rich, creamy and full of that sharp, tangy cheddar flavor. 


Ingredients

5 small white potatoes
1/2 of a yellow onion
6 baby carrots
1 cup of unsalted roasted cashews
1 tsp of fresh garlic, chopped
1/2 of lemon, juiced
4 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast
1 Tablespoon of yellow mustard
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 box of brown rice elbow pasta


Directions

One hour before you make this Mac & Cheese soak one cup of cashews in water to soften them. In a small saucepan boil the potatoes, carrots, and onion until soft. I keep the peel on the potatoes for extra fiber. In another saucepan cook your elbow pasta until al dente, drain and return to saucepan. Pour the vegetables and the remaining water from the boil to a Vitamix or a high powered mixer. Add to the mixture, the drained but softened cashews, garlic, lemon juice, Nutritional Yeast, mustard, and salt. Blend all of these ingredients on high and until the mixture is smooth. Taste and add more of any other spice you would like. Sometimes I add more garlic, or nooch (nutritional yeast) depending on the day. 
Pour the hot creamy sauce over your freshly cooked noodles and stir to coat. This is when I add the freshly cracked pepper. 

Enjoy and remember to always be mindful and eat with compassion!   



Dino Kale Salad...Rawr!

Saturday, November 21, 2015





Lots of people turn their nose up to kale because they don't prepare it correctly.  I crave this salad and find myself eating it at least three times week, it's that good. This recipe is my version from the restaurant True Food, my recipe is a bit spicier and minus the cheese of course.


Ingredients

1 large bunch of Dino Kale
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
2 tsp of chopped fresh garlic
1 tsp of red pepper flakes
2 slices of Ciabatta bread, toasted
Salt & pepper to taste


Directions

Wash and remove the kale leaves from the stem. The stem is very bitter so you defiantly do not want to eat this part of the kale leaf. Chop up your kale leaves and place them in a large bowl, I use a wooden bowl because I swear it makes the salad taste better. Add the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, & salt and pepper. With a clean hand massage all of these ingredients into your kale for at least 3 to 5 minutes. This step is very important you want tender kale leaves.  Next let this mixture marinate into the kale leaves for a good hour before adding the chopped toast on top and serving. 

Enjoy and remember to always be mindful and eat with compassion! 

Butternut Squash & Sage Risotto

Thursday, October 29, 2015








 My favorite season is here and I'm excited to start cooking comfort food. This rich healthy dish will warm you from the inside out. I love the nuttiness of roasted butternut squash and when paired with sage the flavors pop and really compliment each other, perfect on a cozy fall evening. 


Ingredients


1 1/2 cups of Arborio rice
1 yellow onion chopped
2 cups of cubed butternut squash
2 Tablespoons of chopped garlic
1 Tablespoon of chopped fresh sage
1 bunch of asparagus, chopped
2 cups of white wine
4 cups of vegetable broth 
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste


Directions


On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper lay out your cubed butternut squash and dry roast it in the oven at 425ยบ until soft and starting to get golden brown. Take the butternut squash out of the oven and set aside. Next in a large saucepan on medium high heat add olive oil and the chopped onion let this cook until the onion is caramelized. At this point add the dry Arborio rice and lightly toast the rice in the sauce pan stirring constantly. When the rice is lightly toasted turn down the heat to medium and add 1 cup of white wine to deglaze the pan, stir the rice mixture constantly until all the liquid is absorbed. 

Next add the chopped garlic and sage along with another cup of white wine. When you add liquid to the Arborio rice you have to stir constantly until all the liquid is absorbed, this will be an arm workout but well worth it. Next add the dry roasted butternut squash and 1 cup of vegetable broth. Stir and repeat adding the vegetable broth cup by cup 3 more times. At the end add the chopped bunch of asparagus and stir in. At this point your mixture should be thick and creamy and your rice should be fully cooked. If your rice isn't cooked all the way through add another cup of vegetable broth and repeat the process of stirring until the liquid is absorbed. The rice should be completely done at this time. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve. 

Enjoy and remember to always be mindful and eat with compassion!



Coconut Curry Squash Soup

Friday, June 26, 2015


I know its summertime but a big bowl of butternut squash soup sounded so good. This recipe is so simple but so creamy, rich, and delicious. This soup would be a great dish to whip up when guests stop by unexpectedly. I'm going to be making this soup a lot this fall.


Ingredients

2  butternut squash, whole
3/4 cup of light coconut milk
1 tablespoon of curry powder
1 1/2 cups of hot water
1 tsp of salt
Basmati rice
Broccoli



Directions

Skin and chop your butternut squash into small cubes. Place cubes on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and roast in a 425 oven for 30 mins or until tender. (your house will smell amazing at this point)
While the squash is roasting put the basmati rice on to cook. Scoop all of the cooked butternut squash into a high speed blender like a Vitamix. At this point add the coconut milk and half of your hot water and blend until smooth. Then add the curry spice and the salt, along with the rest of the hot water. Blend on high for several minutes until the soup is smooth and soup consistency. You might want to add more water if you like a thinner soup. Steam the broccoli last so it remains warm. Serve like pictured. 

Enjoy and remember to always be mindful and eat with compassion!


Red Potato Salad

Sunday, May 3, 2015



Anyone who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with potatoes. When I was little I would eat them raw, that's how much I love them. The classic potato salad recipe just spells comfort food, maybe it's the German in me. Being vegan of course we do not eat your traditional mayonnaise made with eggs. Instead I used Just Mayo an all plant based mayo which is heavenly, in fact Just Mayo is better than the traditional mayo. Just Mayo is tart and sweet all at the same time giving this salad an awesome plant based kick. 



Ingredients

3 tbsp of Just Mayo
2 tbsp of organic extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp of grainy Dijon mustard
Juice and pulp from one lemon
2 tbsp of white wine vinegar
6 medium to large red potatoes
4 stalks of celery, chopped 
2 green onions, chopped
3 tbsp of fresh parsley, chopped
Sea salt & freshly ground pepper


Directions

Wash and chop your raw potatoes into bite size chunks. Add your potatoes to a pot of boiling water with about 2 tablespoons of sea salt. let them boil until tender. Meanwhile in a large bowl add your Just Mayo, olive oil, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and vinegar. Whisk all of these ingredients until its almost fluffy. Then add the chopped celery, sliced green onion, and parsley. When the potatoes are done cooking drain and add them to the Just Mayo mixture. Stir until all the ingredients are well mixed. Then season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Refrigerate until the salad is cold and then serve. 

Enjoy and remember to always be mindful and eat with compassion!

Vegetable Dumplings

Thursday, April 16, 2015




This recipe is a little time consuming but easy enough for kids to make. Who says vegans don't eat delicious foods, these dumplings are really yummy and so flavorful. They go great with fried rice, stir-fries, salads, or even in soups.  



Ingredients

3 cups of shiitake mushrooms, chopped 
3 cups of green cabbage, chopped
2 cups of shredded carrots
5 Tbsp of chopped garlic
3 Tbsp of minced ginger
5 green onions chopped
1 cup of bean sprouts, chopped
1 package of vegan wonton wrappers
2 Tbsp of sesame oil
3 Tbsp of low sodium Tamari sauce  
2 Tbsp of rice wine vinegar 


Directions

Chop all of your vegetables and combine them in a large bowl. To the vegetable mix add the Tamari sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic, and ginger mixing well. In a large saute pan add one tablespoon of the sesame oil turn the pan to medium high. Add all of the vegetable mixture to the pan and stir just until the mixture starts to wilt then take off the heat. Next lay out ten sheets of wonton wrappers and fill with a little more than one teaspoon of the vegetable mixture in the center of the wrapper. If you over fill them they will break. 

Dip your finger in water and wet the edges of the wrapper, this is so the sides will stick together. Fold the wrapper into a triangle pinching the edges together, then take the two long edges of the triangle and bring them together dab with water so they stick together. 

I cook my dumplings 10 at a time, again I add a little sesame oil to the pan at a medium heat so they do not burn. Gently add your dumplings to the oiled pan and let them brown on both sides. Then carefully add a couple of tablespoons of water to the pan. Be extra careful the oil will pop up. Place a lid on the pan and let the dumplings steam for a couple of minutes. With tongs gently take the dumplings out of the pan and place on a cutting board to cool. Repeat the process until you have used all of the wrappers. This recipes will make a bunch of dumplings but they will go fast!

Enjoy and remember to always be mindful and eat with compassion!

 
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