Archive for plant-based

Creamy Avocado Citrus Dressing

This is a lovely, thick, flavorful dressing that doesn’t use much oil. The avocado thickens it while the citrus juices, cilantro, and jalapeno add plenty of flavor. This recipe was inspired by a recipe in the Raw Food, Real World book – with a few minor adjustments!

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Lentil Loaf with Spicy Barbecue Sauce

This recipe was inspired by The Vegan 8’s Oat-Free Spicy Barbecue Lentil Loaf. I made a few minor changes to make it more like the traditional “meatloaf” I knew growing up – and I have to say, this is DELISH! Very flavorful and filling – it will satisfy veggies and omnis alike, I promise!

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Summer Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic, and Basil

This is a wonderful way to use those beautiful, fresh summer tomatoes that are just bursting with flavor. (And it’s so simple, it’s more a process than a recipe!) Don’t let the amount of garlic worry you – it mellows as it cooks.

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Kale with Tahini Garlic Dressing

This dish is similar to the kale that you find on the cold bar at Whole Foods, and it was inspired by a recipe on eatingbirdfood.com. I just increased some of the amounts and changed some of the proportions of the dressing ingredients a bit for a saucier dish…those who know me know IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SAUCE (or dressing) – I am the sauce QUEEN!

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Mediterranean Tofu Scramble

Breakfast used to be my favorite meal – I loved eggs, but it was never really about the eggs. It was about what I put on or in them! I usually have a smoothie for breakfast these days, but I’ll splurge on the weekends and make something like this scramble. I enjoy it with toast and Nutritional Yeast Cheesy Sauce. (Like I said – it’s all about the sauce!) I sometimes double this recipe for a big batch because the leftovers reheat well and are excellent in tortillas or taco shells for a quick and easy hot breakfast.

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Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

This is a really simple, basic barbecue sauce. I don’t see any need to buy bottled sauce when making it myself is so easy – this recipe uses typical pantry and fridge ingredients, and it tastes fantastic. Use as a glaze or dip for veggie burgers, chickenless nuggets, or – my favorite – grilled vegetables!

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Red Lentil Dal

Lentils are packed with protein, and they tend to be one of the staples of my diet. Red lentils are the sweetest and the nuttiest of the lentils, and they tend to get mushy when they are cooked – which makes them a great choice for curries and dals, or for thickening soups.

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Pasta Salad with Fresh Dill

This is the IDEAL summer picnic or potluck recipe – it makes a ton of food, and there’s no mayo in it – so less chance of spoilage as it heats up outside! I was looking for a great way to use fresh dill, as our herb garden has been producing TONS of fresh dill, sweet basil, purple basil, mint, and cilantro. (That’s not a complaint, mind you – I’m loving the access to fresh herbs!) Anyway, I was inspired by this recipe from the Minimalist Baker to make a pasta salad. I made a few tweaks to suit my tastes and to utilize the ingredients I had on hand. Let me tell you – the dressing is divine!

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Instant Pot Black Beans

Beans are a staple of my diet, and black beans are one of my favorites. I used to buy a lot of canned beans, but not anymore. I LOVE LOVE LOVE dried beans, and the Instant Pot makes cooking them a breeze. You don’t have to soak the beans first, but I usually do (and pour off the soaking water). This is my new favorite black bean recipe, and it was inspired by this post on www.apinchofhealthy.com. Enjoy!

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Easy Vegan Cream Gravy

I am a Southern girl, and every once in a while…I MUST have a biscuit and gravy fix. I’ve searched Wilmington for good vegan biscuits and gravy, to no avail. No worries, though. I just make my own! I love the “Best Damn Vegan Biscuits” recipe from Minimalist Baker, and this is my go-to gravy recipe. (Not that it’s vegan health food, but it sure is tasty!)

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