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Quinoa and Veggie Spring Rolls

This was the first time I have made Spring Rolls. By the time I finished I surprisingly got pretty good at rolling these out. I have always liked spring rolls. They always seem to be a bite of freshness to me. Especially, since these are not fried. They are light yet fairly filling.

I made these with quinoa cooked in vegetable broth. I like to think I am adding nutrients and more flavor to the quinoa by cooking it in vegetable broth. The reason for the quinoa is that I wanted to pack in more protein into the Spring Rolls. I also add edamame, for the same reason as the quinoa – protein. Then some greens and crunchy vegetables. You cannot forget the mango for a sweet little bite. These Spring Rolls are packed with a nutritious nibble of delectable goodness. By combining all of these ingredients you get your, sweet, crunchy and a little heat all in one bite.

  • 1 package of Spring Roll Wrappers
  • 1 c baby greens, stems removed
  • 1 c cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 c edamame, shelled
  • 1/2 c carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 c red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 c mango, diced
  •  Sweet Chili Sauce, for dipping

Note: Use a large bowl/pan to dip the wrappers. Just dip them long enough to make them slightly pliable. They tend to continue to soften. If you soak them too long they will tear and fall apart. There is no need to warm the water, room temperature works just fine.

Also, dipping your fingers in the water helps to work with the wrappers.

Make sure you have all your ingredients in place ready to assemble your spring rolls.

I made my Spring Rolls on a cutting board. Sprinkle some water onto the cutting board.

Soak one Spring Roll Wrapper at a time, as you assemble each Spring Roll. Remember it only takes about 5-10 seconds, just enough so they are pliable. Lay out flat onto the work surface.

Layer some leaves of the greens into the center of the wrapper.

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Spoon quinoa on top of the greens.

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Layer carrot shredded, pepper, edamame, and mango.

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Fold sides into center of wrapper.

Fold bottom of the wrapper over the filling. The wrapper should overlap onto top of wrapper. Roll as tight as you can so that it looks like a stuffed tube. This takes some practice.  It is okay if they are not perfect, they taste great and they will be gone in a flash.

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Serve with some Sweet Chili Sauce. The first bite we dipped into the sauce, then we would spoon the sauce into the roll so it dripped into the filling – Yum!

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Oatmeal Apple-Cranberry Cookies

I have been craving cookies for about a week. Then I started thinking about the Apple-Cranberry Crumble I made recently and decided that the crumble would make a phenomenal cookie.

So here you go, this is my take on and Apple-Cranberry Crumble in cookie form. The cookies are cooling as I write this – Oh, they smell so good. Just a couple more minutes and they will be mine. I am a happy girl right now.

These cookies are gluten-free (of course) and vegan. I have been doing a lot of experimenting and cooking/baking with plant based ingredients, as you will notice by my blog. I am really enjoying the challenge of coming up with scrumptious eats and treats that are plant based.

  • 1/3 c almond butter
  • 1/2 c applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/2 c maple sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 c oat flour
  • 1/3 c sorghum flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/8 tsp ginger, ground
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 c oats, rolled
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries

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

In a large mixing bowl mix together almond butter, applesauce, maple sugar and vanilla.

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Add oat flour, sorghum flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Stir until well mixed.

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Mix in apple, oats and dried cranberries.

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Spoon out into mounds onto sheet pan.

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Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes. The longer they are baked the crisper the cookie. I prefer soft chewy cookies.

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Remove from oven and cool on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooking rack. Let cook completely.

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Greens, Fruit and Nut Smoothie

I have always liked smoothies, but I am not a big fan of drinking my calories. So I do not make them very often. I now consider them more of a treat or if I am not really hungry, but I want something light and refreshing for a quick meal.

This smoothie is nutrient dense, flavorful and surprisingly filling. I like that it has a clean, not overly sweet taste. You can always add sweetener of choice if you like yours a little sweeter.

  • 1 c Cascadian Raspberry, Cherry & Berry Blend
  • 1 handful of Baby Kale Blend (Chard, Baby Kale, Spinach)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Almond butter
  • 1 c Almond milk

This is so easy. Put all the ingredients into your blender.

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Blitz on proper setting for your blender until smooth and creamy.

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Serve. Drink. Enjoy.

 

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Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Meatballs and Pasta

I had made a large batch of vegan meatballs for our Super Bowl gathering. I kept some back just for this dish. This meal is a big plate of delicious comfort. The meal was easily put together by utilizing already prepped or cooked items: Meatballs, sliced mushrooms and my Alfredo Sauce. By doing this I had the meal ready in about 30 minutes.

Oh, and by the way, I made this all in one pan.

Cook pasta in a large dutch oven according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Reduce heat to medium. Add mushrooms, all-purpose seasoning along with 1 tbsp of vegetable broth. Stir. Add meatballs and more vegetable broth (1 tablespoon at a time) if the mushrooms or meatballs start to stick to the pan.  Stirring frequently until meatballs have warmed through.

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Add cooked pasta back into the dutch oven. Stir.

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Pour Alfredo sauce into pan and stir. Cook until all the ingredients are completely heated.

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Top with a garnish of fresh parsley.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Note: You could serve these without the meatballs (if you do not have any made) and it would still be incredible.

Another Note: You can always double the the Alfredo Sauce and put some aside for another meal.

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Meatballs – Vegan

I made these so I could have the Game Day Meatballs that I have made for many Super Bowls or special occasions with the rest of my family. I usually make the meatballs for parties, Super Bowl, Christmas Eve and when I need to make a dish for a large group.

Instead of the usual beef or turkey used for meatballs I decided to make a vegan meatball with portobello mushrooms and brown rice. The recipe is easy and can be finished in the oven.

In a large dutch oven add onion and portobello mushrooms. Cook over medium-high heat until onions are soft and lightly browned. Add broth as needed to keep from sticking.

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Add garlic and cook 3 minutes more.

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Transfer onion mixture to food processor.

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Add rice, bread crumbs, flour and all purpose seasoning.

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Pulse until the mixture makes a dough like consistency.

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Form into meatballs. Let meatballs rest for about 30 minutes so that they firm up.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. You can spray the meatballs with some oil if so desired.

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Bake for 15 minutes. Turn meatballs over and bake for 15 more minutes.

Remove from sheet pan and drain on some paper towels.

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Serve with your favorite sauce.

 

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Creamy Roasted Vegetable Soup

This soup came about because I had been reading a lot of posts about soups. I had all the right ingredients in my refrigerator to make this rich and hearty creamy soup.  Roasting vegetables is one of my favorite ways to cook vegetables. By roasting the vegetables all there natural goodness and flavors are magnified to utter deliciousness. You cannot go wrong with that.

There is always time for a big bowl of nourishing comfort. This soup actually can be partially prepped ahead of time. You can even use leftover veggies from previous meals to pull this off without a hitch.

  • 2 c carrots, chopped
  • 8 oz assorted bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 sweet potatoes, cubed (mine were already cooked)
  • 15 oz. butternut squash, cubed
  • vegetable broth, to toss vegetable in
  • 1 tbsp All-purpose Seasoning, plus 2 tsp 
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
  • 2 c almond milk
  • 2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/8 tsp ginger, ground
  • lemon. zested, juiced
  • Vegetable broth, if needed for the puree
  • Chili Sauce, garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Arrange vegetables: carrots, bell peppers, onion, sweet potatoes and butternut squash onto sheet pan.

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Drizzle vegetable broth on top of vegetables. Sprinkle seasoning onto the vegetables.

Roast vegetables until veggies are fork tender. This takes about 20-25 minutes. Stir vegetables halfway through the roasting time.

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Remove sheet pan of vegetables from oven and transfer to dutch oven. Add remaining ingredients to the dutch oven. Cook all the ingredients over medium heat until heated through.

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Using an immersion blender or your regular blender puree vegetables. Add the vegetable broth as needed to get the soup to your desired consistency.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Carrot Cake Oats

This is a take on a something I saw in a magazine article. The article had this in an overnight oats version, but I wanted oatmeal for breakfast so I made some changes that resemble some of the ingredients I usually put in my carrot cakes.

Besides, there is nothing like combining vegetables, dessert and breakfast all in one dish. You really cannot go wrong with this healthful and filling breakfast to start your day off full of energy to tackle whatever comes your way.

This is a hearty recipe for one, yet, if you do not want such a large portion you could divide up for a future breakfast for another time.

  • 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c carrots, shredded, plus more for garnish
  • 2 dates, pitted and diced
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed, ground
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, grated
  • 1/8 tsp ginger, ground
  • 1 tbsp walnuts, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 c almond milk, unsweetened, vanilla, plus more for garnish

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients, except those for garnish. Cook over medium heat until oats start to bubble. Stir frequently.

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Spoon into bowl and garnish with carrots, walnuts and a splash of milk.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Quinoa and Garbanzo Bowl

This meal was put together in just a couple of minutes. I had prepared quinoa and garbanzo beans in the instant pot earlier in the day. Because most of the prep was already done I was able to put this together in a flash.

Layer in your favorite bowl starting with the quinoa. Add the remaining ingredients.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Instant Pot Quinoa

Today was an instant pot day. I made perfect garbanzo beans in 30 minutes. Since they came out so good I decided to make quinoa in the instant pot. This is another quick, easy and flavorful meal.

Like the garbanzo beans there are only a few ingredients.

Combine all ingredients into instant pot.

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Cook according to your instant pot directions. Mine cooked in only 6 minutes.

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Make a batch of quinoa to use in salads, bowls or as a filling. The possibilities are endless.

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Instant Pot Garbanzo Beans

This is probably the easiest and quickest way to make garbanzo beans, or any type of beans. It only has two ingredients. How easy is that?

I made this small batch because it was just me and I wanted a neutral flavor so I could add the garbanzo beans to any flavor profile.

  • 1 c dried garbanzo beans
  • 2 1/2 c vegetable broth

I first soaked the garbanzo beans overnight, almost 24 hours. To soak them I start them in hot water.  I learned the hard way that starting the soak with hot water helps to tenderize them.

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Rinse beans.

Add beans and vegetable broth to instant pot. Cook according to your instant pot directions. I cooked mine for 30 minutes. They came out perfect with just the right bite to them, and in only 30 minutes.

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