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Sweet Potato Toast

Here is a new way to make sweet potatoes, and it takes a lot less time that it usually does when making sweet potatoes. Top with your favorite nut butter and jam, or even some hummus.

  • 1 sweet potato, sliced in 1/2 inch thickness.
  • favorite toppings

Place sweet potato slices into toaster. Toast sweet potato slices 2-3 times at the highest setting.

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Top sweet potato toast with your favorite toppings.

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Mexican Fiesta Pasta

This dish is a nice change from the regular pasta dish. A little smokey southwestern seasoning, black beans and few others ingredients give you a completely different flavor profile

I made this all in one pot. That means less dishes to wash and more time doing more pleasurable things.

  • 16 oz. brown rice spaghetti
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 15.5 oz. can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 c corn, frozen
  • 1 tbsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • 1 c vegetable broth, plus more as needed for sautéing
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • cilantro,chopped, garnish
  • lime wedge, garnish

Prepare spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain. Rinse. Set aside.

In same pot that you cooked your pasta in add onions and sauce. Add vegetable broth if needed to keep the onions from sticking to the pan.

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Add garlic to onions and cooks until fragrant.

Add tomatoes, black beans, corn and Smokey Southwestern Seasoning. Cook until heated through.

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Add pasta to veggies and stir.

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Whisk vegetable broth and cornstarch together to make a slurry. Add slurry to pasta and stir until pasta is coated. This is a light flavorful sauce.

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Plate pasta and add avocado cubes. The cubes add so much more flavor and creaminess to the pasta when you smash them. Garnish with a lime wedge and cilantro.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Roasted Vegetable Stew over Brown Rice

Batch Cooking is the way to cut your time in the kitchen significantly. So far I have made the following meals out of the batch cooking of vegetables I made recently. There was some Buddha Bowls and a salad. This recipe is using the last of the veggies to make a hearty Roasted Vegetable Stew that I will serve with homemade GF Bread.

  • Roasted Vegetables from the batch cooking, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1c White Beans, leftover from the salad
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 1/2-2 c Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp All-purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Coconut Aminos
  • 1/4 c Nutritional Yeast
  • 1-2 c Short Grain Brown Rice, Cooked

Combine veggies, beans, tomatoes, 1 1/2c vegetable broth, bay leaves, all-purpose seasoning and coconut aminos in a large Dutch oven.

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Simmer until flavors have melded together and the stew is heated through.

Stir in nutritional yeast and add more broth if needed.

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Ladle the veggies over the brown rice.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy

Note: Short grain brown rice is my favorite brown rice. It is also called sticky rice. It has a wonderful chew factor. I have been using this in place of long grain brown rice.

Note: You can make this in the slow cooker. Just set on low and add the slurry just before you are ready to serve.

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Batch Cooking – Vegetables

Batch cooking is one of my favorites ways to get a lot of variety into my meals throughout the week. By chopping and dicing one time during the week I can get a lot of my meals half way finished before it is time to eat.

This is just a sampling of what I do. I try to vary the vegetables every week, so it does not get boring.  This is what was in my refrigerator at the time.

  • Green Beans
  • Eggplant
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Sweet Potatoes

There really is no rhyme or reason to the ingredients, it is just what caught my eye when I went to the grocery, and what I had not yet used.

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I chopped all the veggies. Then I tossed them in some vegetable broth and All-purpose  Seasoning.  Then I roasted them at 425 degrees until the veggies were fork tender.  Each veggie is a little different, depending on its density. The key is the hot oven.

What to do with all of these? Well, Buddha Bowls are always good. Use brown rice, millet or quinoa for a base and go from there. There is also wraps. Use a gluten-free tortilla, some greens, the roasted veggies and your favorite sauce and you have a fabulous meal in minutes.

Soups are great for using up the remnants of the veggies. You could make it chunky or creamy by using a blender. Throw in some type of grain and greens and you have something different.

Quesadillas are a fun way to use the roasted veggies. Maybe, a tofu scramble or breakfast burrito. There are so many possibilities, and you do not have to eat the same thing over and over.

Just by adding a few seasonings or some fresh items you can transform any meal.

I mentioned sauces. Everything tastes better with a sauce. Here a few I like to use.

I hope I gave you some fresh ideas to help your meals come together. There is no need to spend the whole day or evening in the kitchen if you do not want to. Let it not be a chore, but a culinary adventure.

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Mushrooms & Peas Pasta

Luscious, flavorful and delicious is what this pasta is. This meal was a last minute inspiration. I had nothing planned, opened the refrigerator and mushrooms jumped out at me. – use me, use me. The sauce is light and silky. I am looking forward to the leftovers.

  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 16 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c frozen peas
  • 1 tsp All-purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 1/2 c marsala wine
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 c vegetable broth, plus some for sautéing
  • 12 oz brown rice pasta
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

In a large dutch oven dry saute shallots. If they begin to stick add a tablespoon to the pan. Saute shallots until translucent.

Add mushrooms, garlic, peas, all-purpose seasoning and miso paste. Stir so that the veggies are all coated with the seasoning.

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Add marsala wine, and stir.

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Cook until mushrooms become tender to the fork.

Add cooked pasta and stir well.

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Mix 1/2 cup of vegetable broth with the cornstarch and make a slurry. Pour slurry over pasta and veggies. Stir pasta and veggies well so that the sauce coats the pasta.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

 

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Asian Noodle Bowl

I love Asian Noodles, but I can only have them when I make it at home due to gluten issues. This is such an easy recipe. I already had some sauce prepared, and some packages of veggies and baked tofu.

This recipe is under 30 minutes to make. Great for a nutritious weeknight meal. What takes the longest is making the pasta. You could actually make the pasta ahead of time. Then you just have to warm everything up.

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  • 12 oz. brown rice noodles
  • 10 oz. stir fry veggies
  • 8 oz. snow peas
  • 8 oz. water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 package of baked teriyaki tofu, cubed
  • Chinese Brown Sauce, 1 recipe
  • sesame seeds, garnish

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

Add the stir fry veggies and snow peas to the pasta during the last two minutes of cooking time.

Drain pasta and veggies. Return to pot.

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Add water chestnuts, tofu and Chinese Brown Sauce to the pasta mixture. Stir.

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Cook until heated through. Only 2-3 minutes.

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Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Away from Home: What to Eat???

This week we are traveling for my husband’s work. It has been over a year since I wrote anything about eating when traveling, so I thought it was about time to let you see what I do when we are traveling. I have to be very careful of what I eat since I am very sensitive to gluten and other items. Trying to find places to eat and stay on your meal plan can be a challenge, if you do not have these tips.

  • Stay at a place that has a kitchenette
  • Make a quick grocery run

Staying at a hotel that has a kitchenette can make all the difference for you staying on plan. By utilizing the kitchenette you will save yourself a lot of frustration, especially if you are in a location that does not have a variety of options for your WFPB(Whole Food Plant Based) or Vegan way of eating.

After getting off the plane and getting our car we hit the grocery store to get some basic items:

  • Berry tray
  • Veggie tray
  • Salad greens
  • Bottled water
  • Almond milk

These were a few things to have on hand to make eating healthy easier. The hotel we stay at offers breakfast and evening snacks. I usually just do the breakfast.

My choice: Oatmeal from the hotel and added berries from the store, and you cannot forget the coffee. I packed some packets of ground flaxseed and (sometimes) almond butter packets.

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These few tips help me every time I travel or I am away from home to keep myself healthy and energized.

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Baked Macaroni & Cheese – WFPB

Macaroni and Cheese is a favorite comfort food of mine. There is just something about it, that I cannot even put into words – mmmm. This recipe is veggie packed, nutritious and delicious. Waiting for it to come out of the oven is a task in itself.

This recipe does require a blender to blitz the sauce. Be careful when blending, because the ingredients will be hot off the stove when you blend the sauce. Make sure you leave an opening to let out the steam. I would not want you to get burnt.

Serve with your favorite green vegetable and a side salad. Now your set for a fabulous meal.

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Bread Crumb Mixture:

Combine all the crumb mixture ingredients and stir. Set aside.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sauce – First Part:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 1/2 c yellow potatoes, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 c raw cashews
  • 2 1/2 – 3 c water

Combine ingredients into a large dutch oven. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.

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Pasta:

While veggies are cooking, prepare macaroni according to package directions.

Drain pasta. Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish. Stir in all-purpose seasoning and nutritional yeast.

Sauce – Blending – Part 2:

  • Ingredients from dutch oven, including liquid
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp Savory Spice Blend

Blend until creamy. Taste for seasoning.

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Mix sauce in with the pasta. Make sure you use plenty of sauce. The macaroni will absorb some of the sauce as it bakes.

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Top pasta mixture with bread crumbs.

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Bake for 30 minutes, until sauce is bubbling.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Forbidden Rice Salad Spring Rolls

The last Spring Roll recipe I brought to you was made with Quinoa. This new recipe uses Forbidden Rice or Black Rice. Forbidden has a wonderful unique flavor. I also used the Forbidden Rice on a salad. Anyway you serve it it is delicious.

These are easy to assemble once you get the feel of the rice paper wraps, and you do not over soak or fill them. Spring Rolls are a favorite in my house. Once you try these I think they will be in yours too.

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  • Rice paper wraps
  • Baby Spinach leaves
  • Forbidden Rice Salad
  • 1 yellow squash, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • Asian Dressing, one recipe, for dipping

Lay out your ingredients for easy assembly of Spring Rolls.

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Soak each rice paper for about 15-20 seconds (just so that the rice paper is pliable) as you make each spring roll.

Lay out spring roll unto work surface. Layer ingredients.

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Fold sides inward (like the sides of an envelope).

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Start from the bottom, tuck and roll ingredients, making a tube. Set aside. Repeat.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Asian Forbidden Rice Salad

This is another recipe from my cooking class (with adaptations). Mix the rice with some fresh spinach or kale and you have a fresh nutritious salad that your family will be wanting more.

I have made Forbidden (Black) Rice before. It has such a wonderful unique flavor, compared to any other rice.

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Rice:

  • 3 c cooked Forbidden (black) Rice
  • 3 tbs chives, minced
  • 2/3 c carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 c bok choy, shredded
  • 3 tbsp cilantro, fresh, chopped

Mix ingredients in a large bowl.

Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp miso paste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger, fresh, grated
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (optional)

Whisk together all the ingredients in a measuring cup with a pouring spout.

Combine rice mixture and dressing together in a large bowl. Stir until mixture is well incorporated.

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Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. By doing this step the rice soaks up the dressing and the flavor.

Garnish:

  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds

Serve rice mixture over some greens. Eat. Enjoy.

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