Vegan Tacos

“Meat” Ingredients
1 cup of walnuts
1 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
2 small pearl onions
1 tbsp taco seasoning

“Cheese” Ingredients
1 cup of peeled chopped potatoe
2 small carrots
2 – 3 tbsp of olive oil
2 tbsp of nutritional yeast

Additional Ingredients
Tomato
Kale

Directions
1. Soak walnuts overnight in water
2. Boil potatoes and carrots until soft enough to mash
3. Add cheese ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth and the consistency of nacho cheese
4. Drain walnuts
5. Add meat ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth but crunchy
6. Put together your taco topped with chopped tomatoes and Kale (or toppings of your choosing)

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Homemade Red Pepper Hummus

Ingredients
• 1 cup of dried chickpeas
• 3 tbsp tahini
• 1/4 cup chopped red pepper
• 1 lemon fresh squeezed
• 4 tbsp Olive oil

Directions
1. Soak chickpeas in water overnight. Water should cover chickpeas
2. After soaking,  bring medium pot to boil
3. Drain chickpeas,  there shouldn’t be much excess water
4. Place into pot and cook about 10 minutes or until chickpeas can be squished between fingers
5. After cooked add all ingredients to blender and mix until smooth
6. Serve with veggies of your choosing

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Sriracha Tofu on Rosemary & Sage Crackers

Cracker Ingredients
• Almond pulp (I had this left over from making almond milk)
• Rosemary to taste (I used about 1 tbsp)
• Sage to taste (I used about 1 tsp)
• 3 – 4 tbsp Olive Oil

Directions
1. Mix together well,  should be a wet consistency but not runny
2. Put pulp mixture in between two sheets of parchment paper
3. Use rolling pin over the parchment paper and roll pulp out to thin layer
4. Place in dehydrator for about 10 hours (according to mine)
5. After dehydrated, you can break the pull into cracker like shapes

Tofu Ingredients
• Extra firm tofu
• Vegan mayonnaise
• Sriracha sauce
• Pepper to taste
• Salt to taste

Directions
1. Mix all ingredients together,  where consistency looks like egg salad
2. Pick a garnish
3. Top crackers with garnish and tofu mixture

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Mung Bean Bulgar Soup

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Ingredients
Half a container of vegan vegetable stock
1/4 cup bulgar
1/4 cup mung beans
1 Roma tomato diced
1 tbsp of garlic salt
1 tbsp of celery seed
1 tbsp of peppercorns
3 pearl onions peeled and diced
1/2-1 cup water

Directions
1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours
2. Add water based on your preference for the thickness of the soup (the bulgar soaks up the stock).
3. Cook on high for an hour
4. Serve – if thicker consistency the soup is good with garlic crackers for dipping.

Quinoa with Green Peppers and Tomatoes

Ingredients
2/3 cup of quinoa
1 1/4 cup of water
Half green pepper diced
Half tomato chopped
2 pearl onions chopped
1/4 cup of cumin
1 tsp red curry paste
1 tbsp earth balance butter (I used preflavored with garlic)
Pinch of saffron
Black pepper to taste

Directions

Add all ingredients to medium size sauce pan
Cook on medium heat for 20-30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed (stir occasionally)
Serve!

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In the mood for a sandwich?

Well it’s been too long but I’m planning to get back to cooking and posting (I swear!). I’ve just gotten back from a couple trips out of town, one international, which it’s on my to-do to do a posting about eating vegan while traveling. Anywho… I wanted a good sandwich tonight and was too lazy to go to my favorite staple Ike’s Lair. So I threw together this bad boy. But who cares about a sandwich right?! Well this was my first time using tempeh bacon and I’m a fan!

Ingredients
Daiya cheese cheddar slices
Vegenaise
Kale
3 slices of tempeh bacon
Mack’s Flax Sprouted Bread
Sliced tomato

Directions
Heat the bacon according to package
Slap it together as you like
Nosh!

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Breaded Eggplant

PicsArt_1395010397236 (1)So I’ve never really liked eggplant, which is naturally why I attempted to cook it. I keep cooking something until I find a way I like it, if possible.

About Eggplant – As well all know, or most of us, it is a purple glossy item. They are at their very best from August through October when they are in season.

Fun Fact: Eggplants belong to the nightshade family of vegetables, which also includes tomatoes, sweet peppers and potatoes.

Health Benefit: Eggplant also contains important phytonutrients, many which have antioxidant activity. Phytonutrients contained in eggplant include phenolic compounds, such caffeic and chlorogenic acid, and flavonoids, such as nasunin.

Ingredients

  • Eggplant
  • Breading
  • Ener-G Egg Replacer
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oil
  • Dill

Directions

  • Follow Egg Replacer directions (1 1/2 teaspoon of mixture + 2 tbsp of warm water) – I used two servings of this, as it equals two eggs
  • Slice Eggplant longways
  • Pour breading into bowl
  • Dip eggplant into egg replacer
  • Coat with breading
  • Slice tomatoes and potatoes
  • Place everything on a baking sheet/dish
  • Drizzle olive oil on potatoes
  • Season tomatoes and potatoes with salt, pepper, and dill
  • Bake on 350 for 20 minutes – Turn eggplant and stir potatoes – Cook an additional 10 minutes

Mung Bean & Bulgar

So here’s two ingredients I haven’t really cooked with. I wasn’t sure what to do with them, so this is what I came up with! Hope you enjoy my cooking experiment.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Bulgar
  • 1/4 cup mung beans
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 3 stalks of asparagus chopped
  • White onion to taste
  • 1/4 cup Low Country Spice
  • Pepper to taste

Directions

  • Start with 1 cup of water in slow cooker
  • Place all ingredients in the cooker
  • Cook on low heat for 1.5 hours – add 1/2 cup of water continue to cook on low heat for another 1.5 hours

Ideas for serving

  • Eat just as is
  • Use as filling for taco or tortilla with additional fixins’
  • Form together and fry in pan to make patties

Spring Rolls

PicsArt_1393726148665So I’ve been on an Asian food kick and wanted to take a stab at spring rolls. FYI – the package of wrappers comes in like a 24 pack. So unless you plan on making mass springs rolls, you’ll have to repurpose them. I’ll be making some type of ravioli to post, as a possible suggestion.

Ingredients

  • 3 Spring Roll Wrappers
  • 1 to 2 Mushrooms chopped
  • Bamboo Shoots chopped (4 to 5 shoots from a can)
  • Water chestnuts chopped (6 to 8 rounds from a can)
  • Kale (2 leaves chopped)
  • Peanut Sauce of choice (I have the Whole Foods brand)

Directions

  • Place wrapper in warm water and let soak for a minute or two
  • Place on dry plate and place ingredients inside
  • Wrap roll like a burrito folding the ends inside while continuing to roll
  • Viola!

Mushroom Red Pepper Soup

The color of the soup doesn’t come out looking very appetizing but it’s really delicious (if I say so myself)

Ingredients (I was hungry so I only made one serving of soup – for larger batches just increase your veggies)

  • 1/4 chopped red pepper
  • 1 portobello mushroom steak chopped
  • about 5 stalks of asparagus chopped
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • about 1 1/2 cup of Almond milk
  • pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
Directions
  • Saute veggies for about 5 minutes in the oil
  • Add 1/2 cup of Almond milk, cover, and cook for about 20 minutes
  • The milk should be almost absorbed by the veggies
  • Transfer to blender and add the additional 1 cup of Almond Milk
  • Puree veggies and milk until smooth – add in pepper and salt to taste at this time
  • Serve!