Plant based Recipes for the heart, body and soul

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Plant Based recipes for the heart, body and soul


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Spicy Jerk Jackfruit Tacos

Spicy Jerk Jackfruit Tacos

Ingredients: 2 cans (20 oz) young green Jackfruit in Brine (I use a Trader Joe’s brand) drained, and “shredded/pulled” apart using your hands in a large colander. 1 large white or yellow onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 to 3 tablespoons olive, grape seed […]

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

This is a vegan variation of the original Vitamix recipe for Cauliflower Pizza Crust, which calls for eggs and cheese. Here I’ve veganized it and topped it off with my favorite combo~ Caramelized onions, figs, walnuts and arugula.  Yum!  This crust is gluten free, Vegan […]

Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This is a healthier version of broccoli cheddar soup.  So delicious.  I love to pair this dish with Ezekiel Bread toast.  Please refer to my Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce recipe for the ‘cheese’ sauce garnish, along with chives (as pictured.) This satisfies picky kids and adults alike.  Simple, hearty, healthy and delicious.  One of my favorites.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 large yellow onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

5 cups broccoli floretes

4 large (or 6 sm/med) Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and diced

6 cups vegetable stock/broth.  (Dissolve 2 tablespoons of Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base with 6 cups of boiling/hot filtered water.)

1 cup non dairy, unsweetened milk (I use my homemade cashew milk, omit sweeteners) then add:

1 tablespoon lemon juice (juice of about 1/2 a lemon) Add to cashew milk to make a ‘vegan buttermilk.’

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Cheese Sauce (see my Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce recipe!)

Chives (optional)

Directions:

Melt coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook/sauté for about 5 minutes until translucent.  Add broccoli, potato and vegetable broth.  Raise heat to high until mixture boils, then lower heat, cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes until the broccoli and potato soften.  Add 1/2 teaspoon pepper, stir, then remove  from heat and let cool.  Transfer to a Vitamix blender container, secure lid, and purée on high for a few minutes until creamy.  Return soup to saucepan, and reheat if necessary.  Add vegan ‘buttermilk’ (1 cup of non dairy milk plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice.)  Mix together and heat well.

Divide into soup bowls, and garnish with a generous amount of cheese sauce and chives.  Bon Appétit!

Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

This recipe was featured on the Vitamix Feed Feed website!  So honored!  If you have a Vitamix or equally powerful blender, this recipe will blend together beautifully!  Please don’t attempt this with a regular blender.  It just won’t work or get creamy enough.  :-/  I […]

Crispy Tostadas

Crispy Tostadas

Easy formula for making crispy tostadas with a delicious, healthy and flavorful combination of fresh toppings.  Simple perfection! First, start with the tortillas.  Use fresh corn tortillas (not the kind made with guar gum) If you don’t press your own tortillas (who has the time?) […]

Spicy Cilantro Cream Sauce

Spicy Cilantro Cream Sauce

This recipe definitely requires a Vitamix or equally powerful blender.  You want this sauce creamy, not chunky!  If you try to attempt it with a regular blender, it won’t turn out right, trust me!  This sauce is great on any number of Mexican style dishes.  Here I’ve paired it with a burrito bowl, but it gives a fantastic bit of kick and presentation to tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, tortas, etc.  I store mine in a chef’s squeeze bottle in the fridge.

Ingredients:

1 cup raw cashews

1 cup filtered water

1 bunch cilantro, long stems removed (from bottom)

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Juice of 1 lime

2 jalapeño peppers, top stems removed

2 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon celery salt

Directions:

Add all ingredients to your Vitamix container, and secure lid.  Blend on high for 1 1/2 minutes until creamy.  You may need to scrape the sides down with a rubber spatula, then blend for a few more minutes.  Should be a perfect creamy consistency.  Done.

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Oil Free Mustard Dressing

Oil Free Mustard Dressing

This is my go-to dressing.  If you don’t eat honey for ethical reasons, brown rice syrup is a great alternative. If you prefer a less tangy flavor, use less apple cider vinegar and more brown rice syrup.   Ingredients: 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard 1/4 cup […]

Grilled Peaches

Grilled Peaches

This is a Summer classic at my house.  Such a delicious treat, and so easy to make!  Great on the BBQ but an indoor grill should work just fine.  Pair with coconut whip cream or non dairy vanilla ice cream (My fav is “So Delicious” […]

Sprouted Rye Bread

Sprouted Rye Bread

I created this super easy rye bread after much experimentation, using only sprouted rye flour and zero wheat flour. The loaf pans I use are not a conventional 1.5 qt size (6 cup) but a slightly smaller/taller 5 cup glass container. Anchor Hocking makes a “bake and keep” glass storage container that’s a perfect 5 cup size. Amazon sells them in pairs (which is perfect for me as I like to bake two loaves at a time) Just don’t use the lid for storage, as the loaf puffs up slightly above the rim. Great flavor for rye lovers and makes a wonderful toast.

Sprouted Rye Bread

Ingredients:

4 cups sprouted rye flour
1 packet active dry yeast (1/4 oz.)
2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
2 teaspoons Himalayan pink salt

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix flour, yeast, caraway seeds and salt together.
Mix warm water and molasses together separately, then fold into dry mixture.
Mix well with a wooden spoon until sticky dough forms.
When thoroughly combined, cover bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough sit and rise for 1 1/2 hours.
When ready, grease loaf container with vegan butter, and scoop dough out of the bowl with wet hands and work into a ball. Spread evenly into loaf container, smoothing the top with wet fingers if necessary.
Pre heat oven to 400 F
Let sit and rise for another 30 minutes, then place in the oven on middle rack, and bake for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool completely before slicing.

Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Creamy Cashew Sauce

Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Creamy Cashew Sauce

This cashew sauce is delicious.  Super creamy and a bit like Alfredo.  It’s also great paired with Fettuccine.  This is a simple, healthy and truly satisfying pasta dish.  I generally use gluten free pasta when I want to cut back on wheat, and my favorite […]


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Coconut Bacon

Coconut Bacon

Coconut Bacon

You will need coconut wraps for this recipe. Two brands that are easy to find are Paleo Wraps or Sunfood Superfoods raw vegan coconut wraps. Cut them into strips and lay flat in one layer in a rimmed baking sheet or glass casserole dish with the marinade for about 30 mins or so.. Just a good soak before baking.

Marinade:

3 tablespoons Tamari
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 F
Whisk together marinade and pour over strips, making sure each one gets saturated.
Once done marinating, carefully place each strip on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for another 3-5 minutes. Remove promptly from oven, and let cool completely. They will crisp up after cooling. Do not let these strips burn! If looking dark brown, they might be burned and will taste yucky! Remove from oven when slightly golden.

This is a perfect vegan bacon for BLT sandwiches (Hampton Creek ‘Just Mayo’ is my favorite eggless vegan mayonnaise)
And if you’re gluten free, Bread Srsly makes delicious sourdough sandwich rolls (like the one pictured, which is slightly toasted.. Yum)


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Spicy Jerk Jackfruit Tacos

Spicy Jerk Jackfruit Tacos

Ingredients: 2 cans (20 oz) young green Jackfruit in Brine (I use a Trader Joe’s brand) drained, and “shredded/pulled” apart using your hands in a large colander. 1 large white or yellow onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 to 3 tablespoons olive, grape seed […]

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

This is a vegan variation of the original Vitamix recipe for Cauliflower Pizza Crust, which calls for eggs and cheese. Here I’ve veganized it and topped it off with my favorite combo~ Caramelized onions, figs, walnuts and arugula.  Yum!  This crust is gluten free, Vegan […]

Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This is a healthier version of broccoli cheddar soup.  So delicious.  I love to pair this dish with Ezekiel Bread toast.  Please refer to my Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce recipe for the ‘cheese’ sauce garnish, along with chives (as pictured.) This satisfies picky kids and […]

Crispy Tostadas

Crispy Tostadas

Easy formula for making crispy tostadas with a delicious, healthy and flavorful combination of fresh toppings.  Simple perfection! First, start with the tortillas.  Use fresh corn tortillas (not the kind made with guar gum) If you don’t press your own tortillas (who has the time?) […]

Spicy Cilantro Cream Sauce

Spicy Cilantro Cream Sauce

This recipe definitely requires a Vitamix or equally powerful blender.  You want this sauce creamy, not chunky!  If you try to attempt it with a regular blender, it won’t turn out right, trust me!  This sauce is great on any number of Mexican style dishes. […]