Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Broccoli & mushroom chickpea tacos

I know it sounds pretty strange right?  Broccoli in a taco?  All I can tell you is that the flavors of this dish meld into a mouth watering fiesta that will be a hit with anyone you make them for!
Ingredients:
•Finely chopped broccoli florets (about 1 cup)
•Finely chopped green onions (2 shoots)
• Finely chopped mushrooms (about 1/4 cup)
•Cilantro (optional but adds to the flavors! )
Seasoning:
• 2 tbsp Chickpea flour
• 1 tbsp cumin
• 1 tbsp onion flakes
• 1 tsp vegan bouillon
• 1 tsp garlic salt
• 1 tsp paprika
• 1 tsp chili powder
• 1 tsp onion powder
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
• 1/4 tsp sugar

Pan fry broccoli, musrooms, and onions on med/ high heat  stirring occasionally until broccoli is par cooked.
Mix seasonings together, sprinkle on top of veggies,  add 1 cup water and cilantro. Mix until thoroughly coated.  Cover and let cook for 5 minutes. If sauce has not thickened up, stir over med/high heat until nice and thick.  Serve on crispy tortillas with tomatoes and olives and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bacon? Eggs? This can't be vegan?!? ;)

Oh yes my friends,  I have discovered the deliciousness of the perfect vegan egg.  It tastes like the yolk of an over medium egg with salt and just a touch of pepper,  I call it the avo-egg, so spot on delicious that  even non-vegans will love it!  Pair it with some cheezy baked potatoes and delicious tofu bacon and you've got yourself a breakfast fit for kings!

Let's start with the more time consuming aspects of the plate:

Tofu bacon:

1 pkg firm tofu,  drained and pressed (my favorite is the sprouted organic,  but any will do)
2 tbsp cooking oil (grapeseed oil is my favorite but again any of your preference with little flavor will do)
3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1.5 tsp liquid smoke
.5 tsp onion powder (optional)

Add oil to a large pan,  with a very sharp knife gently slice very thin pieces lengthwise down the tofu. Add tofu slices to the oiled pan and cook on medium heat  until the bottom is golden brown.  It is important that you do not touch the tofu too much while it is cooking to prevent it from falling apart.  I usually leave it for about 10-15 minutes before needing to flip them.  You want the tofu to end up looking slightly shriveled and very dry,  once this is achieved mix liquid smoke with soy sauce and onion powder and pour into pan, reduce heat slightly and stir tofu around in mixture, flipping as needed.  Cook until tofu is brown with a caramelized look  (All the moisture should be gone from the pan.)

Cheezy baby potatoes:

1 package (about 3 cups ) of rinsed and quartered baby potatoes
2 tbsp oil (or enough to evenly coat potatoes when tossed)
Salt,  basil, oregano, onion powder,  nutritional yeast to taste (enough to cover each potato)
Just a splash of lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400° in a bowl, toss the potatoes in the oil and lemon juice,  arrange on a baking sheet and season. Cook until golden brown and you can easily poke with a fork.

Avo-egg:

1 avocado
1 pinch of black mineral salt to taste (sulpher salt actually kind of pink or red looking)
Black pepper to taste (optional )
Just enough water to make mixture smooth and creamy. Mix together and enjoy!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rainbow rice




Now this is a fairly easy recipe, and if you have multiple pots, it shouldn't take that long. I used gel food coloring, but if you're freaked out about the occasional artificial dyes you can use natural food to dye your rice.
What you'll need:
6 pots (or 1 pot and a lot of patience)
1/4 cup of rice rinsed in each of the 5 pots
enough water to successfully cook each pot of rice
1-2 drops of each color according to each pot.
(if you are using one pot only, cook from lightest to darkest, washing in between each cook time to guarantee color)
rinse rice, add water, add color, stir, then cook.
 While the rice is cooking, steam cook the cauliflower until just cooked, you don't want it soggy!
When rice is done, let sit for ten minutes before plating, there will be less mess that way.
Arrange rice by preference (I did my son's in a half moon as pictured above, but I just mixed all of the rice together for my plate and it still looked good)
add the cauliflower to the dish and serve with your favorite sauce! (my son got soy sauce, I got gravy, this would be delicious with a nice mandarin sauce or sweet and sour though!)
Pictures:







Saturday, December 14, 2013

Creamy garlic sauce (with a surprising ingredient!)



I'm back! A lot has happened in the past couple months, some bad stuff, some good stuff, and oh yeah, I'm an Oregonian now! =) Oh God how I love it here!

Anyways, you know the sucky part about moving 400 miles away to a new state? It cost A LOT of $$$$! but you know what's kind of great about not having $ to spare? The inspiration I get to be creative! So without further ado:
  Creamy garlic sauce (with a surprising ingredient!) 

What you'll need:
Salt ( to taste) 
Garlic (minced,dried, or powdered to taste)
Water (anywhere from 1/4-1 cup) 
Oh yeah, and the thing that pulls it all together, one crushed bag of: 
Yes, that's right, this amazing, melt in your mouth, creamy delicious alfredo-like sauce is created from one small bag of kale chips! 

Throw it together:
In a medium sauce pan, (over medium heat)  combine the crushed kale chips and water (adding 1/4 cup at first, then 1 tbs more as needed) gently stir until sauce begins to thicken. Add salt and garlic to taste. toss with cooked pasta noodles or spread on sourdough and add some vegan cheese for a gourmet style pizza! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Chocolate Fertility Shake





















A lot of my friends have started TTC and a few have asked me what I think about eating healthy before conception so I thought I'd make a nice power-shake for all the mommas! 
I've been reading up on different things that can increase your fertility and realized a lot of the vitamins and minerals are in my fridge right now! 
Things I've read help boost fertility: 
  • Folic acid
  • Calcium
  • Vit C
  • Iron
  • Soy isoflavins
This chocolate "shake" has all of those! What you'll need:
(Preferably Organic)
  • 1 glass of chocolate soy milk
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 banana or avocado (to make it thick and creamy)
blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy! 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

vegan beef ramen

I have been searching for a beef top ramen recipe for sooooooooooooooooooo long,  simply because top ramen is one of the things I grew up eating and I miss the salty spicy flavor of it.  Apparently I was the only one on the internet who wanted a vegan recipe or something because I have never once found one.  I did however,  find a perfect noodle for the ramen and a beautifully flavored bouillon.

vegan beef ramen:

1packet of sun luck chucka soba chow mein noodles, boiled al dente and strained
1 tsp better than bouillon vegan beef flavor + 1 cup hot water

mix bouillon and noodles together and enjoy!  ^_^

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Homemade tinted lipstick cream

If your like me,  you tend to have waaaaaay too much makeup and not enough variety.  I have a ton of nice makeup pallets but most of the colors just don't look well enough to wear on my eyes,  I noticed though that usually when they look horrible on my lids,  they look amazing on my lips!  To make this simple lipstick,  all you need are two ingredients:
Vitamin E oil (about 5-6 capsules worth )
A nice colored eyeshadow you'd like to turn into lipstick
You will also need a clean container to put it in,  scissors,  and a scraping tool
For this tutorial I took step by step pictures instead of having to write about it...  enjoy!