Garlicky Rosemary Potato Soup

Hello everyone and happy Friday!

This is an old recipe but is still one of our favorites.  It is delicious, comforting and is perfect for those upcoming Fall evenings.

We found this recipe in The No Meat Athlete Cookbook and it has quickly become one of our favorites.  It’s easy to make and is incredibly filling.  Enjoy it with a warm piece of vegan toast 🙂

Garlicky Rosemary Potato Soup (The No Meat Athlete Cookbook)

Serves 4-6

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (Optional. Or use ¼ cup/120 ml of the broth listed below)
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 1 celery rib, chopped fine
  • 8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and minced
  • 2 pounds waxy potatoes, such as Yukon Gold, peeled and diced
  • One 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup Cashew Cream: 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 1 hour, then drained, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ to 1 cup water….blended together Click here for quick demo on how to make Cashew Cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

 

Directions: 

  • Place a medium stockpot over medium-high heat.  Add the oil, then add the onion, celery, garlic, and rosemary.  Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.  Add the potatoes, beans, bay leaf, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and stir to combine.  Add the broth, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in cashew cream.  (If you prefer a smooth texture, puree half the soup in a blender).
  • Add ¼ teaspoon salt and season with more pepper. Discard the bay leaf before serving.

 

Click here to purchase your own copy of The No Meat Athlete Cookbook.

How to Make “Cheese” without the Dairy

Hey everyone,  happy Wednesday!

I will keep this one short and sweet, because looking at this picture has me hungry 🙂

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There are some amazing, plant based cheeses on the market.  However, sometimes I want something that isn’t processed and is whole food plant based.

This is by far and away our favorite, dairy free “cheese” sauce.  We use it on Mac, as a dipping sauce for veggies, or even as a spread on a sandwich.  It is delicious!

*Note: this is not my recipe.  I found this recipe here.  However, I wanted to share it with you because through all of the cheese recipes we have tried, this one was the yummiest (is that a word?!)!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peeled/diced yellow potatoes (or russets)
  • 1/4 cup peeled/diced carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup water (preferably use liquid from pot of boiled veggies)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 pinch paprika

Directions:

  1. Boil several cups of water in a small pot. Place chopped potatoes, carrots, and onion in the boiling water, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and soft enough to blend. Cooking time will vary slightly, based on how small you have chopped your veggies.
  2. When veggies are soft enough to blend, use a slotted spoon to remove them from cooking water, and place them in your blender. Add 3/4 cup of that cooking water to your blender, along with your remaining ingredients (including cashews).
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Enjoy!

I hope that you enjoy this recipe.  Please let me know what you think!

Is it Possible to get Protein Without Eating Meat?

I always knew that I loved animals and never, ever wanted to eat them.  However, being a personal trainer, I often worried about not getting enough protein as a vegan. I would go a few months without eating meat and then someone would ask me, “But where do you get your protein?!”  I would let my mind convince me that I was dying from a protein deficiency and would start eating chicken again.

Because eating meat did not align with my morals, I finally took time to do some research and I found that it IS absolutely possible to get protein without eating meat!  And two years later, I am still feeling great and will never go back to eating animal protein again.IG image 1.png

Here is the good news!  Every food that we eat (minus oils) contains protein, so if you are eating enough calories you will absolutely get enough protein.  And protein from plants doesn’t contain all of that yucky stuff that meat does: no saturated fat, no cholesterol, no hormones that increase IGF-1.  Plus, plant protein contains fiber (something that meat doesn’t contain at all) and isn’t inflammatory!  In addition, plant protein doesn’t increase your chances of getting heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, or kidney issues like meat does.  It’s an all around WIN!!!!!

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So, how much protein does a person need?  The recommendation for adults is 0.4 grams of protein per pound of healthy body weight.  It is absolutely easy to satisfy this need with a plant based diet.  Simply make sure to eat enough calories and to load up on whole plant based foods.  In addition, here are some foods that contain more protein than their plant based friends:

*Black beans: 7.6 grams of protein (per 1/2 cup cooked)

*Garbanzo beans: 7.5 grams of protein (per 1/2 cup cooked)

*Kidney beans: 8.1 grams of protein (per 1/2 cup cooked)

*Lentils: 8.9 grams of protein (per 1/2 cup cooked)

*Seitan: 22.5 grams of protein (3 ounces)

*Tofu: 10-20 grams of protein (firm usually contains more protein but varies from brand                 to brand)

*Peanuts: 8.6 grams of protein (1/4 cup)

*Almonds: 7.3 grams of protein (1/4 cup)

*Quinoa: 4.0 grams of protein (1/2 cup cooked)

*Potato: 4.5 grams of protein (1 baked)

*Peas: 8 grams of protein (1 cup)

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Other sources include edamame, nuts and seeds, nut milks, plant based protein powders, whole grains and vegetables.

I hope that helps a bit and shows you that it IS absolutely possible and beneficial to get protein without eating meat.

For even more information, I recommend reading Proteinaholic by Garth Davis, M.D.  It is also available on audio book and is absolutely GAME CHANGING!

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Have a great day and I would love to hear from you!!!

What is your favorite plant based source for protein??? Leave a comment below.

 

 

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Chickpea Salad Sandwich

And just like that summer has disappeared…..

Hello, my wonderful friends!

I just realized that it has been almost an entire summer season since I posted last.  I had a summer full of activism, sanctuaries, fitness, friends and of course, food!  And I wanted to share our favorite, summer recipe, that we ate time and time again.  Honestly, we probably still make this recipe 2-3 times per week and never get sick of it!!

It is delicious, easy to make, packed with protein, and is great to share at parties, barbecues or even just with a friend for lunch.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.

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Chickpea Salad Sandwich

(3 servings)

 Ingredients:

  • 1-15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 ½ Tablespoons Vegenaise (or other vegan mayonnaise)
  • 1 ½ celery stalks, chopped
  • ¼ red onion, chopped finely
  • ¼ red apple, chopped finely
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dill
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 small dill pickle, chopped finely
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 6 Vegan Bread Slices, preferably Sourdough

 Directions:

  1.  Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  2. Put the chickpeas in a mixing bowl and mash them with a fork.
  3. Add the Vegenaise and stir well.
  4. Add the other ingredients, stirring periodically.
  5. Toast the bread.
  6. Add the chickpea salad to your bread and enjoy.

 **Feel free to include any additional sandwich ingredients including:  avocado, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers. 

Click here for a cooking demo for this recipe!

Easy to Make Pesto Recipe

Hello everyone,

Happy Wellness Wednesday 🙂

Here is a quick and easy to make pesto recipe that is truly delicious.  I love it on pasta, as a veggie dip or as a spread on sandwiches.

I hope that you enjoy it! Click below for the full video demonstration.

How to Make Vegan Sausage

Hello everyone,

Who knew that as a vegan I would eat more sausage than I did as a meat eater???  Over the last few months, we have found a delicious, vegan sausage product and have now perfected the recipe.  This recipe is great by itself, with some bread, pasta or even with tacos.

Here is a quick video demonstration.  Give it a try!  Your vegan and even meat eating friends will thank you.