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Last night we tried our hand at Vegan Vegetable Enchiladas.  The difference between these enchiladas and “traditional” enchiladas is the lack of meat and dairy.  We substituted both with vegan alternatives.  I’ll admit, the end result doesn’t look very pretty but it tasted amazing! These are packed full of vegetables and have incredible flavor.  We replaced ground beef with chopped mushrooms, added additional vegetables, and used a vegan cheese that tastes very similar to provolone.  If you did a blind taste test, I don’t think you would be able to tell the difference! The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.  Add about ½ cup of the enchilada sauce to the bottom of the pan and spread around.  I used canned enchilada sauce but feel free to use a homemade recipe if you have one. Next, … Continue reading

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Vegan Lasagna is a flavorful and hearty dish that’s packed with protein.  Yes, it is vegan but even meat lovers will enjoy it!  It’s layered with tender noodles, cashew ricotta cheese, marinara, spinach, and topped with mozzarella cheese. The recipe can be found here. The ricotta cheese is thick, creamy, and is a great recipe to use in lasagna, pasta, pizza, and more.  I was skeptical when making the ricotta because this was my first attempt, but it did not disappoint.  I didn’t know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised and admittedly didn’t know vegan cheese could taste this good!  It was also very easy to make and only requires a few ingredients, most of which are pantry staples if you lead a vegan lifestyle.  It has a lovely texture and amazing cheese flavor. The mozzarella is stretchy, creamy, and very smooth.  It’s a wonderful substitute to dairy mozzarella!  … Continue reading

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Potato Tacos with Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce are a delight!  They are vegetarian as well as vegan, so they make the perfect meal for Meatless Monday (or any day of the week).  Plus, they are delicious!  And who doesn’t love tacos? The Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce is a wonderful condiment for these tacos.  It add a citrusy, tangy, flavor to the tacos.  You’ll have plenty of leftover sauce as well to enjoy later in the week on more tacos, rice, chicken, salad, etc. The recipe can be found here. Start by making the Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce.  Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend on high until smooth; jalapeno, cilantro, garlic cloves, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, avocado oil, vegan mayo, and salt. I like to lightly chop the jalapeno and cilantro, and mince the garlic before adding it to the food processor so it’s easier to blend.  I … Continue reading

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Vegan Vegetable Noodle Soup is packed with fresh vegetables and is incredibly tasty and healthy.  It’s a spin on traditional chicken noodle soup but without the chicken.  Don’t let the word vegan scare you away.  Yes, this is a vegan dish, but it is also vegetarian, meatless, and delicious, so give it a try! If you are missing the chicken texture in each bite, add some chickpeas.  You can also mix and match the vegetables to your liking or to use up anything you have on hand. The recipe can be found here. Start by prepping the vegetables.  I like to chop everything ahead of time to make assembly easier once I start cooking.  Slice the carrots, celery, onion, and potatoes.  Mince the garlic.  You can also play around with quantities.  If you like carrots but not celery, add more carrots and less celery.  You want to enjoy the soup … Continue reading

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Fresh Vegetable Soup is vibrant, hearty, and full of fresh, wholesome flavors.  It’s perfect for lunches, cold winter nights, rainy nights, or anytime you are looking for a delicious homemade meal!  This soup will fill you up without the “heavy, too full” feeling. The recipe can be found here. I like to use frozen corn because I think it tastes better than canned corn, but you can use either.  If you are using frozen corn, start by cooking the corn according to package instructions.  If you are using canned corn, drain and set aside. Next, chop the onion, carrot, tomato, bell peppers, and zucchini.  Peel and chop the potato.  Mince the garlic.  I like to do all my prep work before I start cooking so it doesn’t slow me down once ready to assemble! Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  You will be … Continue reading

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Creamy Hummus Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes is something we tried recently.  We both like pasta and we both like hummus, so why not try them together, right? It’s savory, delicious, and light.  You’ll be satisfied without the heavy feeling of being too full.  The hummus replaces traditional pasta sauce, so you have a creamy and slightly nutty flavored sauce.  The sun dried tomatoes are roasted with garlic so they are tender and give off great flavor.  This recipe is a winner in our house! The recipe can be found here. Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil and cooking the pasta according to package instructions.  Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining, then set the reserved water and noodles aside. In a large skillet, heat the sun dried tomato oil over medium heat.  Add the sun dried tomatoes and garlic, and sauté for about … Continue reading

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Looking for a warm, healthy, and filling breakfast on a cold winter morning?  Look no further than Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal!  It cooks up perfectly in little to no time, only takes one pot, and will leave you feeling very cozy 🙂 It’s the perfect combination of warm and fluffy oatmeal, apples, and cinnamon.  Even better, the recipe is vegan, if you lead a vegan lifestyle. The recipe can be found here. Start by chopping the apples into small pieces.  You essentially want to dice the apples.  A portion of the apples are going into the oatmeal to cook in the Instant Pot.  The rest of the apples will be used as topping. Add the oats, almond milk, 2 of the chopped apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg to the Instant Pot (this is where the one-pot concept comes in).  I use old fashioned oats, but you … Continue reading

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Vegan Vegetable Pot Pie is my new favorite dish!  It’s a great comfort meal that’s packed with vegetables and a wonderfully flaky crust.  Very cozy and delicious 🙂 The recipe can be found here. Start by making the Vegan Pie Crust.  The recipe can be found here. Add the dry ingredients to a food processor and pulse a few times to mix together.  Then add the butter and shortening to the food processor and mix together for about 10 seconds.  The dough will be pretty flaky at this point. Slowly pour in the cold water while the food processor is running.  The dough should start to clump together.  Remove the dough to a flowered surface and use your hands to form the dough into a ball.  Use a rolling pin to roll out a piece of pie crust large enough for a 12-inch pan. Place the crust in a pie … Continue reading

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Cabbage rolls are a delicious dish consisting of cooked cabbage leaves that are wrapped around a variety of filling.  They do require quite a bit of work to make so I thought why not make the same delicious dish in casserole form.  No rolling, no stuffing, just mix and bake… This leaves you with Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls. I also wanted to make the dish vegetarian or vegan.  In the case of this recipe, it is vegan, not just vegetarian.  However, you can add ground meat to the recipe if you aren’t looking for vegan or vegetarian. The recipe can be found here. The first step is to cook the rice according to package instructions. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9×13 pan with olive oil spray. Cut the cabbage into quarters.  Remove the core and slice into strips.  Also chop the onion and bell pepper. Drain and … Continue reading

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We recently committed to a vegan diet for about 2 weeks and have to admit, it was delicious!  We had done this once before, but enough time had passed that we wanted to try some different foods and see how we could handle meals without any meat, once again.  We both lost weight, our bodies felt great, and we enjoyed creating recipes. It might be surprising, but some types of food you already eat are vegan, like pasta, if you skip the cheese and use a red sauce.  If you’re up for the challenge, I recommend starting with a week of vegan eating.  If it works out well, try for another week.  Baby step your way into it!  We don’t plan on going vegan by any means.  We love food too much and would miss some of our favorite meals!  BUT… we do plan on incorporating more vegan meals into … Continue reading

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