You don’t want to miss this recipe!

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Hello everyone, I am so sorry that I have been MIA for a little bit but I am back! And I am back to bring you one of the best vegan recipes that I have ever tried (don’t worry meat eaters, you’ll love this one too 🙂 )

This recipe is from the latest cookbook Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did and don’t wait to go purchase this amazing book!!!!

Mac and Peas

Ingredients:

-8 ounces dry pasta (such as macaroni or fusilli)…I personalize use gluten free pasta

-1 1/4 cups frozen peas, thawed

-1 batch All-Purpose Cheese Sauce (see below)

-White wine vinegar (start with 1/2 teaspoon/2mL and add from there, if desired)

-Sriracha or other hot sauce

-Fine sea salt

-Freshly ground black pepper

-Sweet paprika

-Garlic powder

Directions:

  1.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.  Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  Drain.
  2. Return the pasta to the pot and add the peas and the cheese sauce.  Stir and heat over low until heated throughout and slightly thickened.
  3. Taste and season with vinegar, Sriracha, sea salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder to taste.  Serve immediately.

For the All-Purpose Cheese Sauce:

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup raw cashews

-1 1/4 cups diced peeled potatoes

-Heaping 1/3 cup diced carrots

-2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast, to taste

-2 tablespoons refined coconut oil or other neutral-tasting oil, such as grapeseed oil

-2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons water

-1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, or more to taste

-1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste

-1 medium clove garlic

-1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar, to taste

-Sriracha or other hot sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1. Soak the cashews in a bowl of water overnight or for at least 1 hour.
  2. Put the potatoes and carrots in a medium pot and add water to cover.  Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes, until fork-tender.  Drain.
  3. Transfer the cashews, potatoes, and carrots to a blender, add the nutritional yeast, coconut oil, water, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, garlic, and vinegar and blend until smooth.  If it’s too thick, you can add another splash of water or oil to help it along.  Taste the sauce and add Sriracha and more salt, if desired.  The sauce will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Vegetable Medley Coleslaw

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Part of my treatment was to eliminate some of the foods that I loved and I wondered, “what am I going to eat now?” I am a creature of habit and have been eating the same lunch and afternoon snack for about a year (No wonder my body felt so fatigued, it wasn’t getting the nutrients from a wonderful variety of foods)!

Layla and I came up with this delicious side dish (and I am trying hard not to let her just eat all of it). I should state that I am not a chef! I also don’t tend to measure, so go ahead and put in as much of each vegetable as your palette desires:)

-Green cabbage (I did half of a head)

-Rainbow carrots

-Fresh mint (I used about 6 leaves)

-Parsley

-Green Onion

-Hemp seeds

-Zucchini (I used zoodles cut with our veggie spiralizer)

-Apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste

*It would probably be delicious with some lemon juice added as well, but they are on my “NO” list.

*Also, this recipe is great on a toasted brown rice tortilla with a little bit of vegan mayonnaise.

Enjoy 🙂

Asparagus with a Twist

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I don’t know about you all but as much as I love vegetables, sometimes I can get a bit bored with the same ol’ meals. Here is a slight twist on asparagus and it only takes 3 ingredients (okay, five if you count salt and pepper)!! 🙂

Ingredients:

-half bunch of asparagus

-bread crumbs (I used gluten free)

-Vegenaise (or other vegan mayonnaise)

-salt and pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash and dry asparagus. Cut the ends off.
  3. Take a spoonful of Vegenaise and spread it on a flat surface (plate, cutting board, etc.)
  4. Pour some bread crumbs on a separate plate or paper towel.
  5. Roll each asparagus in the Vegenaise, followed by the bread crumbs. Be sure to cover the entire surface.
  6. Place the asparagus on a greased baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper (if desired).
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!!!

 

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A vegetable recipe that even the kids will love!

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These cauliflower tots are amazing and taste like the real, potato version.  Don’t tell the kids….they are healthy and vegetarian!  We love this recipe and normally pair it with spaghetti squash to make it a full meal.  I do not take credit for this recipe.  Enjoy!

A vegan recipe that is made with only 5 ingredients!

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Here is another one of my favorite, vegan, gluten-free, recipes from The Oh She Glows Cookbook.  It is originally intended for a breakfast meal, but I prefer to eat it as a warm, comforting dinner.

Loaded Savory Oatmeal & Lentil Bowl

-1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats

-**1/4 cup red lentils (see note below)

-1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth

-1 small clove garlic, minced (optional)

-1 small shallot, chopped, or 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped onion (optional)

Optional toppings:  Salsa, chopped green onion, hummus, crackers, avocado, salt and pepper

Instructions:

**I prefer to soak my lentils for a day beforehand to promote healthy digestion.

1.  In a medium saucepan, combine the oats, lentils, broth, garlic (if using), and shallot (if using).  Bring the mixture to a low boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 12 minutes, or until thickened.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2.  Spoon the oatmeal into a bowl, add your desired toppings, and enjoy!

3.  Store any leftovers in an airtight container  They will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.  To reheat, simply combine the oatmeal and a splash of vegetable broth in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until warmed through.

Why I don’t eat dairy products…

Why I don’t eat dairy products……

Over the last few days I have had a few clients ask me why I don’t consume dairy products.  This is an informative article that states the reasons much better than I could:  The Negative Effects of Dairy-10 reasons why you may want to eliminate dairy products from your diet.

For me, when dairy left my life, my allergies, asthma and acne left as well.

***If you still aren’t convinced, check out the documentary Forks Over Knives.