Smoothies are a really great way to start the day, although I can have one anytime. There’s nothing wrong with smoothies for dinner! Depending on what you put in them, they can also be very “dessert-y”, like this vanilla peanut butter version. Sweet but healthy, this is a treat that definitely makes you feel like you’re indulging.
The vanilla in this recipe comes from both vanilla extract and vanilla protein powder. I use Terrasoul Foods Vanilla Protein Powder (they also have Chocolate, Turmeric, Deep Green and Unflavored). The vanilla is not overpowering; if want to heighten the flavor, you can add more extract or protein powder to taste, or use vanilla soy or almond milk instead of plain.
I like to freeze bananas – once they’ve ripened I’ll break them into pieces and store them in the freezer in a bag. Bananas add an extra creaminess and sweetness to the smoothie, but it’s very important your bananas are at the proper stage of ripeness to make sure they’re sweet. It turns out I was eating them way too soon. If you’re like me and aren’t sure when to eat your bananas, I recommend this post on how to tell if a banana is ripe by Veronica Grace of Plant Based U.
As I usually do with my smoothies, I added ground flaxseed. It’s optional, but I like to include it as flaxseed is an excellent way to get both fiber and Omega-3. I also use all natural peanut butter, such as Justin’s All Natural.
This makes two 12 oz. smoothies, or one 24 oz. smoothie.
Ahh, Caesar salad. There’s just something about it. It seems so indulgent and decadent, like the cheat meal of salads.
In my pre-vegan days, if there was a Caesar salad on the menu I most likely would get it. Fortunately it’s so easy to veganize this with the right ingredients to give it that zesty, creamy flavor.
Since most Caesar dressings have anchovies in them, the use of capers makes a great replacement. A bit of lemon adds a nice zing as well.
To me, croutons in a Caesar are imperative! We make our own using the ends of bread loaves or bread that’s gone a bit stale. All you have to do is cut the bread into crouton-sized squares, toss them with olive oil, garlic and onion powder, and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes, turning once, until they are nice and browned.
Store them in an airtight container and they will last quite a while – plus you end up with delicious little crouton crumbs when you get to the bottom, which you can top your salads with like we did here. Yum!
You can bake some tofu to add as your “chicken”, but we also like to use store bought like the Beyond Meat strips, or even Boca chick’n patties for a less traditional version. Here we used Morningstar Chik’n strips, grilled in a pan, and just threw them on top.
Chick’n caesar salad is also delicious in wraps for those times you’re not in the mood for just salad!
I’ve often though deviled eggs were the perfect party food – bite-sized, suitable for all types of toppings, soft and delicious. I could easily put away five or six at once (if not more!).
Being vegan doesn’t mean that type of appetizer is a thing of the past – not when you have little potatoes! The idea of eating cold potatoes may seem a bit weird at first, but it honestly works perfectly to replicate deviled eggs.
This recipe is a little time-consuming, mainly in the amount of time it takes to peel and cook the potatoes, and then waiting for them to cool down enough to be handled. It’s also a bit fiddly to fill them – you can use a piping bag to pretty them up, or just fill them in with a spoon like I did here.
I used kala namak in this (which I also use in my Tofu Eggless Salad), to give it more of an egg flavor. It’s optional, but I do like the extra “eggy-ness” it adds.
You’ll want to use young, small potatoes for this recipe, and I recommend trying to find ones that are as uniform in size as possible for the “egg” illusion. You will also want to peel the skin for the same reason, but if you’re okay with them looking less like eggs you could definitely skip that step and eat them with the skin on – I haven’t tried them that way but I’m sure they would still be delicious!
These are great to bring to potlucks and barbecues, or to make as a nice appetizer for holiday gatherings. You can add toppings to them, or just eat them plain (like I usually do!).
These potatoes are an awesome substitute for deviled eggs and the perfect appetizer for a potluck or barbecue.
6young small potatoes
2Tbsp.onion, diced(white or yellow)
Dashof Kala namak(optional)
Paprika, as needed(for sprinkling on top)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Peel the potatoes and cut them in half length-wise. Coat them in olive oil and place on a pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, until they are soft (if you cook them too long they may brown a bit on the edges, which is fine but will make them look less egg-like). Once they are done, allow them to cool for a while (they will be very hot!).
Combine all other ingredients (except paprika) and mix thoroughly, then set aside.
Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop out the middles (from the flat side) to make little cups where the filling will go. Add the scooped-out potato to the mayo/mustard/onion mixture and combine well.
Fill the potatoes with the mixture using a spoon or a piping bag. Sprinkle the paprika over the tops of the potatoes.
Enjoy immediately or chill in the fridge to save for later.
You can dress these up with toppings like olives, green onions, even sun-dried tomatoes or capers.
Like a lot of people, I’m a huge fan of cookies, and chocolate chip ones are definitely my favorite (anything with chocolate is a win in my book!). They make the house smell amazing while they’re baking, and there’s nothing quite like having them hot out of the oven.
I used flaxseed meal for this recipe – usually the ratio for one flax egg is 1 Tbsp. flax to 3 Tbsp. of water, but I used less water and more meal to make a denser “egg”. Alternately you could also use ground chia seeds to make a chia egg, or Egg Replacer.
The chocolate chunks I used in this recipe were Enjoy Life Mega Chunks, which were indeed quite huge! You can also use chocolate chips for these instead if you prefer, like these Mini Chips that are also by Enjoy Life.
When I made these I formed them into little balls so when they baked they ended up a bit rounder; if you want flatter cookies, once they’re on the baking sheet just flatten them down a little with the palm of your hand before putting them in the oven.
I really enjoyed these cookies and I plan on trying a future batch with a mixture of vegan white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, or peanut butter and chocolate chunks. Yum!
Sloppy Joes – hearty, filling and oh-so-messy. What’s not to love?
Sloppy Joes were actually one of the few things I cooked on multiple occasions before going vegan. Granted, my recipe at the time consisted only of browning some meat and combining it with a pre-made can of sauce, but still – it was a form of cooking!
Since then, Sloppy Joes have always been a favorite of mine, and fortunately it’s a recipe that is super easy to veganize.
Any type of meatless ground will work for this – I tend to use either Boca Veggie Ground Crumbles or Gardein Beefless Ground, but you could use TVP as well; note that if you do use TVP, you will need to rehydrate it first. To rehydrate one cup of TVP, add 1 cup of water and let sit for about 10 minutes (one cup of dry TVP yields about 2 cups of ground meat replacement once it’s been rehydrated).
I love Sloppy Joes so much I can just eat them plain with a fork, but the traditional way to enjoy this recipe is on soft hamburger buns. You could even make little Sloppy Joe sliders! This is also a very quick meal to prepare, and is sure to be a hit with friends and family.
These meatless sloppy joes are delicious, easy to make and healthier than the traditional kind with ground meat.
¼ cupwhite onion, chopped
½ cupgreen pepper, chopped
½ tsp.brown sugar
½ tsp.garlic powder
3-4soft vegan rolls or hamburger buns
Heat a pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once it’s at temperature, add the white onion and saute for a few minutes, being careful not to brown.
Add the meatless ground and mix together with the onions until heated. (Meatless ground is usually kept in the freezer so it may come out in frozen chunks that you’ll need to gradually break up.)
Add all other ingredients and mix well, allowing to simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring periodically.
Once the sauce has cooked down and the mixture is thoroughly heated, spoon liberally onto hamburger buns.
You can dress these up a bit by adding some lettuce, coleslaw or pickles for an added crunch, or you can top the buns with vegan cheese and pop them under the broiler for a few minutes until it’s nice and melted.
I love tofu. It’s just so versatile, and the fact that you can do an abundance of things with it, including easily turn it into a mock egg salad, is pretty awesome if you ask me!
This is a very basic recipe which you can add whatever you want to (similar to my Chickpea No-Tuna Salad). Although it’s not necessary, I really like the addition of Kala namak – if you don’t have this in your kitchen, I definitely recommend you get it! Kala namak (also called Himalayan black salt) is a salt that contains sulfur, which gives it a distinct “eggy” smell and flavor.
I love this salad on sandwiches, bagels and wraps, and it’s also great on crackers as a nice snack. When I put it on a sandwich or bagel I’ll usually add lettuce, tomatoes and vegan bacon (anytime I can add bacon to a sandwich I’ll do it!).
You can never really go wrong with bean salad. It’s easy to make, inexpensive, and quite good for you – full of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. It’s perfect to make in advance as it keeps well in the refrigerator for several days. Plus it’s just so colorful and pretty!
Richard started experimenting with bean salad dishes during the weekends, and this recipe is one of his creations. He makes a big batch of it so we can bring it to work as lunches, or have on the side with dinner (some days we do both!). This also works great as a snack with some pita chips. It’s a nice light dish, which makes it perfect for summertime barbecues, potlucks and picnics.
This recipe is readily customizable – you can add more or less Italian dressing or parsley as desired, and can even omit the salt and pepper (which we often do) and still have it turn out delicious. I recommend blanching the green beans; it not only softens them up a bit, but brightens their color as well.