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Greens & Broccoli Salad

This salad is a mashup of a greens salad and a broccoli salad. I had brought this salad to a gathering at church and came home with an empty bowl. I love to bring things I know I can eat that is delicious, plant based and good me and the others that will partake. I do not usually advertise that the dish is plant based, but I love seeing their reactions when they taste my food, and then I give them the whammy – It is plant based.

Dressing:

  • 1/2 c almond yogurt
  • 1/2 c vegan mayo
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sweetener (I used coconut sugar)

Combine all of the dressing ingredients and set aside.

Note: You could replace the almond yogurt with Cashew Sour Cream. Also, you could leave out the vegan mayo and just go with 1 c of almond yogurt or Cashew Sour Cream.

Salad:

  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries
  • 1/2 carrots, matchsticks
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 scallions, chopped

Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer. Blanch the broccoli florets in the simmering water. When the broccoli begins to turn a deep green and has softened slightly, remove the broccoli from the simmering water and place it into the ice bath. This will stop the cooking of the broccoli.

Remove the broccoli from the ice bath and let drain on a dry cloth. You do not want the broccoli wet. It will dilute the dressing and make the romaine leaves soggy. No one wants a soggy salad.

Combine all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl. Stir all the ingredients together so that they are all coated with the dressing.

Chill salad for at least 1 hour.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Jackfruit-Cranberry Salad

Before WFPB/Vegan eating, I would make a Chicken-Cranberry Salad quite often. This is my WFPB Vegan version that is just as good.

The key to the jackfruit, is to rinse it really well and then roast it in the oven.

  • 2 cans of jackfruit, brined, rinsed, drained, shredded
  • All-Purpose Seasoning + more for seasoning
  • 1/2 c cranberries, dried
  • 1/2 c pecans, toasted, chopped
  • 1/4 c dried onion, minced
  • 2 tsp spice brown mustard
  • Vegan mayonnaise or Cashew Sour Cream
  • 1/2 c celery, diced (optional)
  • Himalayan salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Spread the shredded jackfruit onto the the prepared baking sheet. Generously sprinkle the All-Purpose Seasoning on the shredded jackfruit.

Roast jackfruit for 20 minutes; stirring the jackfruit after to minutes. Remove jackfruit from oven and transfer to a large bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl of jackfruit and stir. Add as much vegan mayonnaise or Cashew Sour Cream as you need to achieve the desired creaminess. Taste for seasoning.

Chill Jackfruit-Cranberry Salad for at least an hour to let the flavors meld together.

Note: I have served this in lettuce cups, on gluten-free bread, in a salad with assorted greens. There are so many ways to serve this wonderful bite.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Layered Southwestern Salad

I made this salad for a gathering at church this past Sunday night. I have been dubbed the salad queen now.

  • 4 corn tortillas, cut into strips
  • 2 c corn, frozen, thawed
  • 1 recipe Tofu Sour cream of Cashew Sour Cream
  • 1/4 c cilantro + more for garnishing
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning + more for garnishing
  • 2 limes zested, juiced, divided
  • 6 c romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 4 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/2 c favorite salsa, divided (We like Newman’s Peach or Mango)
  • 1 15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed, drained
  • 3 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the tortillas into 1/4 inch strips. Bake the tortillas strips for 7-10 minutes, until they are crispy. Set aside.

Make Cashew Sour Cream Dressing by combining Cashew Sour Cream, cilantro, garlic, Smokey Southwestern Seasoning, zest of 2 limes and the juice of one lime in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

In a 4 quart glass bowl, layer the romaine lettuce and then the tomatoes.

In a medium bowl combine the black beans and 1/4 c of the salsa. Stir the ingredients together so that the beans are completely covered by the salsa.

Layer the black bean mixture on top of the tomatoes.

Layer the corn on top of the black bean mixture. (You can use the same bowl you used for the black beans.)

In a medium mixing bowl stir together the pinto beans and the remaining salsa. Layer the pinto bean mixture on top of the corn.

In a medium bowl toss together the avocado and the juice of half a lime together. Coat the avocado with the lime juice. (The lime juice not only adds flavor, but it also keeps the avocado from oxidizing and turning brown.)

Layer the avocado onto the pinto bean mixture.

Layer the Cashew Sour Cream Dressing onto the avocados.

Sprinkle some Smokey Southwestern Seasoning on top of the Cashew Sour Cream Dressing.

Garnish the Salad with the corn tortilla strips and some fresh cilantro. Also, sprinkle some of the Smokey Southwestern Seasoning on top of the tortilla strips.

Note: You can also make Tofu Sour Cream by combining 14 oz package of extra firm tofu, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of white/red wine vinegar into a food processor and process.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Strawberry and Quinoa Spinach Salad

This salad is packed with lots of goodness. It has plenty of protein and different textures to delight the tastebuds. I had made a batch of quinoa and a batch of roasted chickpeas, which made assembly super simple.

Assemble salad and dress with the Strawberry-Vanilla Vinaigrette.

This recipe makes two servings.

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Tropics Bowl

I’ll be honest I had a hard time coming up with a name for this dish. The ingredients reminded me of the Bahamas and the Southwest. I think the mango is what put it towards the tropics. It is perfect for a light and refreshing meal, and so nutrient packed.

  • 1 c quinoa, uncooked (I used the trick-colored quinoa, but any will do)
  • 1 c vegetable broth
  • 1 c water
  • 1 can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 c corn kernels, frozen, thawed
  • 1 c tomatoes, seeded, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 ripe mango, skinned, pitted, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, zested, juiced
  • 8 oz. baby spinach

Cook the quinoa according to package directions. I used 1 cup of vegetable broth and 1 cup of water for my liquid.

When the quinoa is done cooking, add the black beans, corn, tomatoes, bell pepper, mango, avocado, garlic and lime. Stir all the ingredients together and cover with a lid for about 5 minutes. This resting time is good to let the ingredients meld together and the raw veggies soften a little.

While the quinoa mixture is setting, layer the spinach into a bowl. Spoon the quinoa mixture on top of the bed of spinach.

This recipe makes 4-6 servings. It depends on the appetite.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Glazed Tofu and Asparagus Salad

I had some of the Glazed Tofu and Asparagus with Brown Rice & Millet Ramen leftover from dinner. Actually, it was the Glazed Tofu and Asparagus that was leftover. It was just enough to make a salad out of it for lunch the next day. It just goes to show just a few changes can make leftovers something new and refreshing.

Spread chopped zucchini and pepper rings onto a baking sheet. Drizzle some of the Chinese Brown Sauce onto the vegetables. Stir the vegetables until they are completely coated. Place sheet pan in oven and turn oven to 350 degrees.

Roast vegetables until tender.  Check the vegetables when the oven comes to temperature. Stir the vegetables and roast longer if needed. Remove from oven and set aside.

Layer salad starting with the greens. Finish the salad with a sprinkling of the sesame seeds and a drizzle of the Chinese Brown Sauce.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Note: This salad recipe is 1 serving, but easily multiplied.

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Greek Falafel Salad Bowl

This bowl is a mashup of a greek salad and falafels. I had made a batch of Easy Falafels GF/Vegan. I did not want to serve them the same way, so I did a mashup – Greek salad meets falafels – YUM! It took just minutes to assemble because the Easy Falafels GF/Vegan were already made.

It makes meal planning and assembling easy when you batch cook. Double up on the Easy Falafels and you can make a variety of different meals.

Assemble salad, beginning with the greens as the base. Continue to layer with the ingredients. Drizzle the Creamy Citrus Cilantro Sauce/Dressing.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Warm Asian Quinoa Salad

This Warm Asian Quinoa Salad was so simple to put together because I had everything already made. I had done some batch cooking sometime ago and had quinoa in the freezer. Also, I had an Asian vegetable mix in the freezer and my Chinese Brown Sauce in the refrigerator. That is basically how I came up with the salad. It pays in time saved to batch cook.

Cook vegetables according to package directions. Warm quinoa, and Chinese Brown Sauce.

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until the ingredients are well incorporated.

Note: This salad is also good served cold or at room temperature.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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JB’s Two Bean Pasta Salad

I made this pasta salad for JB (one of my clients) who has limited food choices. It is protein packed with pinto and kidney beans. Also, I used chickpea pasta. It is lightly dressed with lemon, tahini and some fresh herbs.

This pasta salad would be great to bring to a gathering. For a pop more color add some multicolored tomatoes or some corn. You will be taking home an empty bowl.

  • 8 oz. shell pasta (I used Banza)
  • 1/2 c celery, sliced thin
  • 1/2 c peas, frozen
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c pinto beans
  • 1 1/2 c kidney beans
  • 1 tbsp, chives, minced
  • 1 tsp thyme, fresh

Blanch the celery in boiling water for about 2 minutes. The celery’s green color will brighten.  That is when you take it out and shock it in ice water. Remove the celery from the ice bath. Set aside.

Cook the shells according to the package directions. I always cook the Banza pasta at its lowest suggested cooking time. This keeps it from falling apart so easily.

Combine pasta, veggies, beans and herbs in a large bowl.

Dressing:

  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/2 tsp mustard, ground
  • salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together dressing ingredients into a large measuring cup. Drizzle over pasta mixture and stir to coat pasta.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Note: This recipe makes a large bowl. It would be great for food prep for your lunch during the week.

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Spinach Quinoa Herb & Chickpea Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

I love to take base ingredients and put them together and make something new. By adding some fresh greens and the Green Goddess Dressing I turned the Quinoa Herb Salad into something incredibly tasty and different from its original form.

This recipe is for one salad. All you have to do is increase the ingredients to increase the servings.

In a medium/large bowl layer Quinoa Herb & Chickpea Salad, baby spinach and tomatoes. Dress the salad with the Green Goddess Dressing.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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