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Pumpkin Oatmeal Bites

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bites

About this Recipe – Pumpkin Oatmeal Bites

2020 has been one of the weirdest years of my life and probably the majority of peoples’ lives. I didn’t think that anyone would bother celebrating the holidays this year. I guess I was wrong because slowly I am starting to see Halloween candy in the grocery stores, holiday recipes pop up on my Pinterest feed, and pumpkin spice everything.

So I don’t feel that I will be coming out with a lot of holiday recipes this year but I do have a few good ones in-store. These pumpkin oatmeal bites are good for breakfast or just to have sitting out for a quick and healthy snack. They are also gluten-free and oil-free.

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To Start

My goal was to make this recipe healthy, quick, and most importantly easy to clean up. So, you only need one large bowl to mix all of the ingredients.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).

The most important step in this recipe is preparing your chia eggs. One chia egg is 1 tbsp of chia seeds mixed with 2 and a half tbsp of water. The chia egg will then need a couple of minutes to sit so that the chia seeds can expand. For this recipe, you will mix 2 tbsp of chia seeds with 5 tbsp of water. Once you have done this you can set it aside to sit.

Combine all of your dry ingredients; oat flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

I always make my oat flour by putting rolled oats through a food processor. So my oat flour is not as fine of texture as if you were to buy it from the grocery store.

Pumpkin oatmeal bites batter

Once the dry ingredients are blended, add all of the wet ingredients; pumpkin, nut milk, and the chia eggs.

Distribute the batter between 10 to 12 baking cups depending on how big you want the bites to be. These will not rise too much.

Pumpkin oatmeal bites batter

Bake for 20 minutes, let cool, and they are ready to eat! There is no need to store these in the fridge. They can be left out or stored in Tupperware.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bites

Course Snack
Keyword breakfast, gluten-free, oil-free, snacks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Equipment

  • Cupcake/Muffin Tin
  • Large Bowl
  • Standard Cupcake Cups

Ingredients

  • 2 Chia Eggs 2 tbsp chia seeds, 5 tbsp water
  • cup Oat Flour I blended rolled oats to make flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • tsp Cinnamon
  • pinch Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 cup Pumpkin from a can
  • ½ cup Nut Milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius)
  • Prepare chia eggs by combining chia seeds and water. Set aside.
  • In a big bowl combine oat flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Add pumpkin, chia eggs, and nut milk. Stir until all ingredients are combined.
  • Line a muffin/cupcake tin with 10 to 12 standard baking cups.
  • Fill baking cups evenly with batter.
  • Put in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

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10 Vegan Pantry Staples on Amazon

10 Vegan Pantry Staples on Amazon

With all that’s happening in the world right now, going to the grocery stores can be stressful. If you’re anything like me your anxiety level is at an all-time high. Or it might be that you just don’t have the time to search the aisles for vegan staples and goodies. Whatever your reason may be, Amazon offers a variety of vegan options. These are 10 of my favorite vegan pantry staples on Amazon.

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1. Lotus Foods Organic Ramen Noodles

Normally I buy this at Costco. But if you don’t have a Costco card or you don’t feel like making the trip this can be found on Amazon. I love ramen noodles and I go through these so quickly. This is why I buy the 12 pack.

I am not strictly gluten-free but it is convenient that these noodles are both gluten-free and vegan. Plus, they are really easy to cook and you wouldn’t guess that they were gluten-free. I have an easy ramen recipe on the blog where I use these noodles. They are also really good in a stir fry with veggies and a vegan meat replacer.

2. Larabar

I like to bring these on hikes or pack them for trips. What’s great about Larabars is that they are usually less than 6 ingredients and every ingredient is recognizable (meaning you can easily buy all of the ingredients at a grocery store).

There are also a variety of flavors all made with dates, fruit, nuts, and/or chocolate. Not to mention they are delicious and a lot of the flavors even taste like dessert.

Larabar, Gluten Free Bar, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Vegan (16 Bars)

3. Birch Bender’s Pancake and Waffle Mix

I like this company because you just add water and cook. So easy! I also added bananas to mine but they do cook differently when you do that and they are on the sweeter side.

It is important that you know that not all of their products are vegan. So, remember to check the labels!

Birch Benders Plant Protein Pancake & Waffle Mix

4. Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats

I love Bob’s Red Mill! They have a variety of products meant for vegans and celiacs (or if you just have an intolerance to gluten). A lot of the products are meant for cooking but they also have items like oatmeal cups, energy bars, and protein powders.

I pretty much use oats for everything; baking, pancakes, oatmeal. So for me, it’s better to get in bulk because I go through it so quickly. Check out my pancake recipe I make with oat flour!

Bob’s Red Mill Resealable Organic Extra Thick Rolled Oats (Pack of 4)

5. Modern Table Vegan Mac & Cheese

Before I became vegan I didn’t actually care for pizza or pasta too much but I did love mac and cheese. In my past five years as a vegan, I have tried my fair share of vegan mac and cheeses from boxed to homemade.

The first boxed mac and cheese I found that I really loved is by Daiya. But unfortunately, for me, Daiya can be heavy on my stomach. I also love Annie’s Vegan Mac and Cheese, but it doesn’t taste like traditional mac and cheese. My cousin introduced me to Modern Table and I fell in love. It is vegan, gluten-free, and has minimal ingredients. The bonus is it tastes like the mac and cheese I am used to.

If you love mac and cheese as much as I do then you might as well buy it in bulk to keep in your pantry.

Modern Table Classic Cheddar Vegan Mac & Cheese 6 Count

6. Edward and Son’s Bouillon Cubes

It is worth it to keep vegetable broth or bouillon seasoning on hand. I recommended this particular one because they have vegetable, beef, and chicken flavoring. All vegan!

Soup seasoning can be used for so much more than soup by the way. Let me explain.

I took a six month abroad program where I lived with a large group of people. Almost every night we would cook together but we didn’t have a large variety of food. I ended up stir-frying a lot of veggies and sauces (including curries and tomato sauces). Everyone loved most of what I made. My secret was soup seasoning and sugar in everything! I admit it is not the healthiest but at the time it worked.

Not-Beef + Not-Chick’n + Garden Veggie Edward & Sons Bouillon Cubes, Variety Set

7. Rice Cakes

I don’t have much to say about this one. I included rice cakes because they are an easy snack to grab and a good alternative to bread if you’re gluten-free.

Some examples of foods you can put on rice cakes would be avocado, jam, or hummus. Basically anything you can put on toast you can most likely put on rice cakes.

Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cakes, Lightly Salted, (6 Count),Whole Grain Brown Rice

8. Spices Starter Set

I think that this is the most beautiful starter spice set!

Before I became vegan I didn’t really cook and there wasn’t really a reason for me to use so many spices. When I started really cooking I experimented with spices a lot. I definitely encourage you to do the same.

Spices are expensive in general so it is sometimes better to buy them in packs if possible. If you are going to start cooking your own tofu and sauces spices are key.

Spicewalla Kitchen Essentials Spices and Seasonings Set | 18 Spices

9. Butler Soy Curls

I thought this was a fun one. Amazon offers package deals for soy curls. The only ingredient in soy curls is whole non-GMO soybeans. That’s it.

Okay, but what are they? I know this is what you are asking. They are vegan a meat replacer. You can season them to taste like beef or chicken. Use them in stir-fries, soups, or tacos. The options are endless with soy curls.

Butler Soy Curls, 8 oz. Bags (Pack of 3)

10. Non-Dairy Milk

I don’t know if this is true for everyone but I don’t like having to buy (non-dairy) milk every single week. It is more convenient to me to buy multiple of the boxed ones that you don’t have to store in the fridge until opened.

I usually purchase almond milk or oat milk from Costco but Amazon offers it too.

Silk Shelf-Stable Almondmilk, Unsweetened1 Quart (Pack of 6)

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Raw Frozen Strawberry Dessert

Raw Frozen Strawberry Dessert

My goal this past month was to make a really good raw vegan cheesecake. That hasn’t happened yet. But in the process, I did make this delicious raw frozen strawberry dessert!

So instead of calling this a cheesecake failure I decided to call it something else and make it a recipe post.

To Start

The very first thing I would do is prep. Start by soaking cashews. You can soak these overnight but I think I only soaked them for 10 to 20 minutes. I suggest soaking the cashews while making the crust.

You will also pit and soak the dates. You don’t need to soak these for very long. Maybe 10 minutes? You just want them to be soft. It’s also helpful to soak them in warm water.

Blend the dates and walnuts in a food processor. It doesn’t need to be perfectly blended. There can still be date and walnut pieces

Spread evenly on an 8 by 8-inch pan. The crust layer will be thin. If you want a thicker crust double the recipe.

Crust for raw frozen strawberry dessert

Place in the fridge to cool while you make the filling. Also, no need to be wasteful and use parchment paper like I did. Dates are surprisingly easy to clean off, so I don’t know what I was thinking.

To make the filling drain the water form the cashews and add to a food processor with all other ingredients. You have the option to wait to blend in the strawberries if you want more strawberry “chunks”. I used 10 strawberries but you can also use more.

strawberry filling from raw frozen strawberry dessert

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Spread the filling over the crust and freeze. Thats really it.

This recipe is easy to make with minimal mess. It just takes a little extra waiting time. Waiting for the dates and cashews to soak and then waiting for the dessert to cool down in the freezer for a couple of hours.

Raw Frozen Strawberry Dessert

Keyword gluten-free, oil-free, Strawberry Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Cashews
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk
  • 10 Strawberries
  • ½ Lemon Juice of the lemon

Crust

  • 15 Dates
  • 1 cup Walnuts

Instructions

Crust

  • Soak dates for 10 minutes and remove pits.
  • Blend dates and walnuts in a food processor.
  • Spread crust evenly in an 8 by 8 pan.
  • Place crust in the fridge while you make filling.

Filling

  • Soak cashews for 10 to 20 minutes. You can do this while making the crust.
  • Drain water.
  • Blend all ingredients in the food processor until creamy.
  • Spread over date crust.
  • Keep in the freezer.

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If you liked this raw frozen strawberry dessert try this Vanilla Coconut Chia Pudding Dessert

Vegan coconut vanilla chia pudding
Easy Vanilla Coconut Chia Pudding

3 Ways To Eat Raw Zoodles

3 Ways To Eat Raw Zoodles

About This Recipe

Sometimes you just need a break from hot meals. I love to eat raw foods because the meal is usually fresh and light (raw meaning that the food is uncooked). One of the best foods to eat raw, in my opinion, is zucchini. So this is why I am giving you 3 ways to eat raw zoodles (plus a bonus recipe at the end).

Zucchini noodles or “zoodles” are a great gluten-free and vegan alternative to pasta. The best part is that you can eat them hot or cold. Of course, you have the option to heat up the three sauce recipes I am providing.

Spiralizing Zucchini

So obviously you need some sort of vegetable spiralizer. I personally don’t think that you need to spend so much money on a fancy spiralizer, unless you are using it every day. I use this one shown in the picture below. It’s compact, does the job, and doesn’t break the bank.

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kitchen supreme spiralizer
Click here if you would like to use the same one

Final Note

Having dietary issues and food intolerances myself, I am consciously making an effort to consider most diets when curating my recipes. So all three of these sauce recipes are vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free. Okay, here are 3 ways to eat raw zoodles!

Tahini Tomato

The tahini tomato sauce, as shown in the first photo, can be stored in the fridge and heated up.

If you do not like garlic, I suggest leaving out the garlic altogether. If you are okay with garlic, be careful not to use too much. I used a very small clove and that was enough.

Tahini Tomato Zucchini Noodles

Keyword gluten-free, oil-free, raw zoodles
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Zucchini small to medium
  • ½ cup Diced Tomatoes I used canned
  • cup Tahini
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 clove Garlic optional
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Spiralize zucchini and set aside.
  • Place all ingredients (except zucchini) in a food processor or blender.
  • Blend until liquid.
  • Pour sauce over zucchini noodles and serve!
  • Optional: If you rather eat this meal hot you can sautee the zoodles and sauce of your choice in a saucepan for a couple of minutes.

Avocado Pesto

3 different ways to eat raw zoodles - avocado basil

Unfortunately, because this is an avocado based sauce, I found that it does not do well in the fridge. It is best to eat this one fresh.

This is also the one sauce that I did not test to see if it can be heated up so I recommend eating it raw. I am assuming this because the base is avocado.

I also gave different options for seeds and nuts. You can leave out the cashews all together if you prefer.

Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Keyword gluten-free, oil-free, raw zoodles
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Zucchini small to medium
  • ½ Avocado
  • 1 cup Fresh Basil
  • cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 10 Cashews optional to replace with sunflower seeds or pine nuts
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Spiralize zucchini and set aside.
  • Place all ingredients (except zucchini) in a food processor or blender.
  • Blend until creamy.
  • Pour sauce over zucchini noodles and serve!
  • Might need to add a little water depending on your food processor.

Cheesy Spinach and Mint

3 Ways to Eat Raw Zoodles - Spinach and cheesy mint raw zucchini noodle recipe

This one might be my favorite. It is really cheesy and you can barley taste the spinach. It is a great way to sneak some extra greens and iron in! Also, the mint is very light but definitely worth including.

This recipe can be stored in the fridge and heated up.

Cheesy Spinach and Mint Zucchini Noodles

Keyword gluten-free, oil-free, raw zoodles
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Zucchini small to medium
  • 1 cup Soaked Cashews
  • 1 handful Spinach I used a spinach and kale mix
  • cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 3-4 leaves Fresh Mint
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Soak the cashews (for about 10 minutes). Set aside.
  • Spiralize zucchini and set aside.
  • Drain cashews and place in food processor/blender.
  • Place all other ingredients (except zucchini) in a food processor/blender.
  • Blend until creamy.
  • Pour sauce over zucchini noodles and serve!
  • Might need to add a little water depending on your food processor.
  • Optional: If you rather eat this meal hot you can sautee the zoodles and sauce of your choice in a saucepan for a couple of minutes.

Bonus Recipe!

This recipe is already on my blog and I definitely recommend it on zoodles!

Click the photo below for my No Oil Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe!

No Oil Vegan Cheese Sauce
No Oil Vegan Cheese Sauce

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Vegan Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

Vegan Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

About This Recipe

This recipe is going to be a little unconventional. I made this vegan zucchini lasagna recipe using two of my other recipes. The “I can’t believe it’s tofu turkey meat” recipe, the “no oil vegan cheese sauce” recipe, and I used some leftover storebought pasta sauce I had in the fridge.

I wasn’t planning on posting this recipe because of this reason. It was just a creation from the leftovers I had in the fridge. But, the lasagna turned out so good that I had to make a blog post about it and share it.

Fortunately, even with the extra steps, it is all very easy to make. It just takes some time including prep, cooking, and baking. So this is great for a family dinner or a get together with friends. Even just for yourself if you have time to kill. But I promise you that the result is worth the extra time and work.

To Prep

Start by making the tofu turkey meat and cheese sauce. Let the cheese sauce sit in the fridge and it’s okay to just leave the turkey meat in the pan you cooked it in until you need it.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 degrees Celsius). I used an 8X8 metal baking pan. I did not use any non-stick spray or butter and I didn’t have a problem with clean up.

To Start Vegan Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

Slice the zucchini as thinly as you can. I happened to have this handy tool that you see in the photo but you can just use a knife or potato peeler if you have one. Keep in mind the thicker the zucchini is the longer it will take to bake.

I had half of a very large zucchini from a neighbor’s garden for this recipe. I would say it was the equivalent of two large zucchinis you would find at the grocery store. So I think two large zucchinis will be sufficient for this recipe.

Now you can start to layer the zucchini pieces, the tofu turkey meat, and the pasta sauce. I used Roa’s Marinara Sauce but you can use your favorite pasta sauce. This is not sponsored by Roa’s but the sauce is pretty good if you want to give it a try. It’s also in a variety of grocery stores and easy to find hence why I chose to link it.

Note: Leave out the cheese sauce until the end because this cheese sauce does not bake well.

Place in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes. The time depends on how thick your zucchini is. When you can easily pierce the zucchini with a fork then the lasagna is done baking. I accidentally had some thicker pieces so it did take a little longer to bake.

Turn off the oven. Take out the lasagna and put the cheese sauce on top. Then put the lasagna back in for one to two minutes for the sauce to heat up.

Take it out and it’s finished. This lasagna is good hot or cold and you can freeze it and just reheat it in the microwave too.

Vegan Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

Vegan Zucchini Lasagna

This recipe is a little unconventional and requires that you use two other recipes from my blog. I Can’t Believe it’s Tofu Turkey Meat and No Oil Vegan Cheese Sauce. SCROLL DOWN FOR THESE RECIPES.
Keyword gluten-free, zucchini lasagna
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Zucchinis
  • 1 cup Of Your Favorite Pasta Sauce I used Roa’s Marinara Sauce
  • No Oil Vegan Cheese Sauce
  • I Can’t Believe it’s Tofu Turkey Meat

Instructions

  • Prepare turkey tofu and vegan cheese sauce. Place the cheese sauce in the fridge while preparing lasagna.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 degrees Celsius).
  • Slice the zucchini into thin strips.
  • Layer 8X8 metal baking pan with zucchini, tofu turkey, and pasta sauce. Do not use the cheese sauce yet.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the zucchini is soft.
  • Turn off the oven.
  • Remove the lasagna and add the cheese sauce layer.
  • Place lasagna back into the oven for 1 to 2 minutes to heat the cheese sauce.
    Serve and Enjoy!

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No Oil Vegan Cheese Sauce

Perfect on vegetables or your favorite pasta noodles!
Keyword gluten-free, oil-free, vegan cheese sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cashews
  • ¾ cup Water
  • cup Nutritional Yeast
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • ¾ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 pinch Tumeric
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper

Instructions

  • Soak the cashews in water for about 10 to 20 minutes or soak overnight for a smoother texture. I wait 10 minutes because I am impatient.
  • Save 3/4 cup of the cashew water and drain the rest of the cashew water.
  • Put the cashews in a blender/food processor with the 3/4 cup of water you put aside.
  • Add all spices to the blender.
  • Blend until sauce is creamy and has no bumps.
  • Eat right away or store in the fridge. If stored in the fridge the sauce will be even smoother and tastier the next day!

I Can’t Believe it’s Tofu Turkey Meat

An easy and delicious way to make tofu meat crumbles. Great on tacos, pasta, and salads!
Keyword gluten-free, meatless, Tofu recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Extra Firm Tofu
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • ½ cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Vegetable Oil enough to cover the base of the pan

Instructions

  • Press tofu. This takes about 30 minutes.
  • Crumble the tofu with your hands or with a fork.
  • Line the pan with oil and heat at a medium-high heat.
  • Add the tofu and spices into the pan.
  • Cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Occasionally stir with a wooden spoon or wooden spatula.
  • Finished once light brown and crispy. Enjoy!

Notes

If you substitute oils or spices this will most likely affect the flavor of the tofu.

I Can’t Believe it’s Tofu Turkey Meat

I Can’t Believe it’s Tofu Turkey Meat

About This Recipe – Tofu Turkey Meat

When I was younger my mom would buy turkey meat as an alternative to red meat. I guess it’s healthier? Usually, she would buy ground turkey meat to use instead of ground beef and turkey bacon because we didn’t eat pork.

She would always make a really good baked ziti with the ground turkey that I have been thinking about “veganizing” for a while. So now this tofu turkey meat takes me one step closer.

This recipe was an accident. Do you know when you find yourself in a situation where you have tofu but no sauce? So you kind of just throw every spice in the pantry on it? Well, that’s pretty much what happened. But, what makes this recipe work are the exact spices and measurements that I put into it. Unfortunately, if you waver from the recipe, your tofu will not taste like ground turkey meat.

To Start

I recommend pressing your tofu first so it will fry in oil easier. This is when you squeeze out the majority of the liquid from the tofu. A lot of people will use a tofu press to do this. Luckily, you do not need a tofu press to press tofu.

I have a post on how to press tofu without a tofu press here:

After pressing the tofu, crumble it up so it resembles ground beef. You can use your hands or a fork to do this. Reference the photo here. I left some big chunks because when you fry the tofu those chunks will get broken down even more.

Spices and Oil

Now we can talk about spices. You will be surprised to find that this recipe does not require a big variety of spices. For this recipe, I use Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cumin, Nutritional Yeast, Salt, and Pepper. That’s it!

Line the bottom of your pan with vegetable oil. I cannot stress this enough but it has to be vegetable oil. I tried it with olive oil and it changed the flavor. However, I have not tried it with any other oils. So, if you happen to use a different oil and it works for you that’s great!

And don’t be shy, leave a comment and let me know…

What also might affect your tofu is the pan you use. Here I use a cast iron. It worked well for this recipe but it is annoying to clean. Also, I am aware that not everyone owns a cast-iron pan. So, maybe use a non-stick? The tofu just might take a little bit longer to cook. Oh, and it’s best to use a larger pan when frying!

Once the oil is hot enough (I put the burner at medium-high heat) add the tofu and spices together.

To see if the oil is hot enough you can hover your hand a couple of inches (Maybe five inches? Just be safe!) over the pan and if you can feel the heat on your hand then it is hot enough.

Just stir the tofu and spices around occasionally with a wooden spoon. Like you would with ground beef. It’s important to keep your eye on the stove.

Tofu Turkey Meat - Tofu and Spices

You cook it until the tofu is brown, dry, and crispy. You can reference the first photo at the beginning of this article. Cook time took me about 5 to 10 minutes.

Now it’s ready to be enjoyed. A great meat substitute for taco and pasta recipes!

I Can’t Believe it’s Tofu Turkey Meat

An easy and delicious way to make tofu meat crumbles. Great on tacos, pasta, and salads!
Keyword gluten-free, meatless, Tofu recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Extra Firm Tofu
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • ½ cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Vegetable Oil enough to cover the base of the pan

Instructions

  • Press tofu. This takes about 30 minutes.
  • Crumble the tofu with your hands or with a fork.
  • Line the pan with oil and heat at a medium-high heat.
  • Add the tofu and spices into the pan.
  • Cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Occasionally stir with a wooden spoon or wooden spatula.
  • Finished once light brown and crispy. Enjoy!

Notes

If you substitute oils or spices this will most likely affect the flavor of the tofu.

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How to Cook Fluffy Quinoa

How to Cook Fluffy Quinoa

About This Recipe

Before becoming vegan I didn’t eat a lot of different foods. I had never tried kale or tofu, let alone try to cook them. I bought the same items at the grocery store in college consisting of frozen chicken, the same veggies, ice cream, white rice, and microwave dinners. So I pretty much bought whatever was the easiest to cook and what was compatible with soy sauce. Maybe you can relate?

When I made the change to a vegan lifestyle I had no idea what to eat. It was easiest to just buy a ton of vegetables and order salads at a restaurant. I lost 10 pounds because the only thing I was eating was vegetables. I had to start getting creative and also, leave my comfort zone.

So, me buying new foods led to me having to learn how to cook. And trust me, I was not good at it. I burnt a lot of pans and made meals that did not taste good at all. Sometimes I still do. So this leads me to the mystery of how to cook (fluffy) quinoa.

How to Cook Fluffy Quinoa - Dried white quinoa

To Start

The rule that I follow is the 2 to 1 ratio. What does this mean? For every part quinoa, you use 2 parts of water. So if you use a 1/2 cup of quinoa you will put in a cup of water or if you use 1 cup of quinoa you will use 2 cups of water. I don’t know if you noticed but it’s the same rule when cooking rice.

I like to put the quinoa and water in the pot and then heat it up, opposed to heating up the water and then adding the quinoa.

So in this recipe, as an example, I am using a cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water. I add the quinoa and water to the pot along with salt and 3-4 tbsp of olive oil. Oil is optional but I feel that it adds more flavor to the quinoa.

I am also using a small to a medium-sized pot. You don’t want to pot to be too big but also leave enough space in order for the quinoa to cook properly.

Place it on the stove and set the heat to high. Once the water starts to boil turn the heat down to simmer and cover the top.

Leave it for 20 minutes. I found that 20 minutes exactly works every time for me.

Note: I am also cooking 1 cup of quinoa every time. If you are cooking more or less just be sure to check on it every couple of minutes. You will know it’s done when the water is completely gone.

After 20 minutes your quinoa will be ready. It should look like all the water has been absorbed but the quinoa isn’t burnt or stuck to the sides of the pot. Turn off the heat and fluff it with a fork. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

How to cook fluffy quinoa

How to Cook Fluffy Quinoa

An easy way to cook the quinoa and get it right every time!
Keyword gluten-free, quinoa
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 cups Water (use vegetable broth instead for more flavor)
  • 3-4 tbsp Olive Oil optional
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add Quinoa, Water, Olive Oil, and Salt to a small to a medium-sized pot.
  • Place the pot over high heat to bring to boil.
  • Once water is boiling, lower heat to a simmer and cover pot.
  • After 20 minutes, turn off heat and fluff quinoa with a fork. The water should be gone and the quinoa should not be sticking to the sides or the bottom of the pot.
  • Add more salt and pepper to taste and serve!

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How to Press Tofu Without a Tofu Press

How to Press Tofu Without a Tofu Press

What Does This Mean and Why Do We Press Tofu?

Tofu is like a Sponge. It holds a lot of water. So when we are making a recipe that requires us to fry tofu in oil, we press the tofu first.

This will get rid of a lot of the water. As a result, the cooked tofu will come out dry and crisp.

Should I buy a Tofu Press?

No, you do not need to buy a press. You can if you would like to but it’s not necessary. All you need is a towel and a heavy household item.

For example, a book or a pan. Or a pan with a book on top of it. I found that a medium size cast iron pan worked best for me, but not everyone owns a cast iron so just use what you can find around the house.

Note: The item should be light enough as to not break or crush the tofu, but heavy enough so that there is still enough pressure to get rid of a lot of the moisture.

What Kind of Tofu Should I Use?

In my opinion, it is best to use firm or extra firm tofu when you plan on frying it. Here I use extra firm tofu.

To Start

Wrap the tofu in the paper towel. (The paper towel is optional. You can just use a clean cloth towel if you are okay with it touching your tofu.)

Then, wrap that in the cloth towel.

Now, put the wrapped tofu on a surface that you do no mind getting a little wet. For example, I am using a cutting board.

Place your heavy item on top of the wrapped tofu. Reference the picture below. It is a little odd to look at, but it does the trick!

And let that sit for about 30 minutes.

How to Press tofu without a tofu press- cast iron pan on top of towel wrapped tofu

Then you can carefully unwrap the tofu.

You will see that the tofu is flatter and denser and that the towel has soaked up a lot of the water.

How to Press Tofu Without a Tofu Press - Tofu

Now it is ready for frying!

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How to Make Hummus 5 Different Ways

How to Make Hummus 5 Different Ways

Here are 5 different ways to spice up your hummus! I use my original hummus recipe as a base for these different flavors linked below.

Red pepper hummus dip in white plate on wooden surface

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Use three small red peppers or one regular sized red pepper. I just happened to have the small peppers on hand.

First you will want to set the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit (246 degrees Celsius) and then loosely wrap the peppers in aluminum foil.

Let them sit in the oven until they are soft and starting to brown. Check them frequently until they looked ready. You can reference the pepper in the photo above.

The peppers should cool down before you blend them into your hummus.

Avocado hummus dip in white plate on wooden surface

Avocado Hummus

Can you guess that this one is my favorite? It’s super simple to prepare too!

Just add about half of an avocado to the original hummus recipe and a little bit more salt to taste. Then that’s it!

I would recommend putting this one on sandwiches or toast.

olive pits and hummus on white plate on wooden surface

Kalamata Olive Hummus

For this one I removed the pits of kalamata olives and blended them in. Don’t over blend the olives, just enough so there are still chunks of the olives in the mixture.

I used about five olives because they pack a lot of flavor, but you can also try different types of olives too if you’d like. Even blend in a vegan tapenade. I am sure any type of olive will be equally delicious.

Orange hummus and basil on white plate on wooden surface

Pizza Hummus (Tomato and Basil)

I am calling this one pizza hummus, but really, it’s just sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil.

Use a couple of leaves of fresh basil and sun dried tomatoes from a jar. I was surprised when I had to use a good handful of them. Start with a third cup of sun dried tomatoes, then go from there.

Once again you can keep adding ingredients until you are happy with the flavor.

lavender and hummus on white plate on wooden surface

Lavender & Rosemary Hummus

This hummus flavor is definitely the weirdest one I came up with. I most likely will not eat this on a daily basis but it is a fun one to bring to parties.

A couple of mistakes I made that I don’t want you to make:

  1. Only use like 1 tsp of lavender, because he flavor is crazy strong.
  2. Grind the lavender before you put it in the hummus, but don’t worry about it if you don’t have a food processor.
  3. I didn’t use fresh rosemary and I wish I had because the flavor didn’t come through enough.
  4. Finally, just skip all of these steps and blend in some herbs de province. Then, call it a day.

I hope that you enjoyed these recipes on how to make hummus in 5 different flavors. If you liked the recipe please pin it, share it, and subscribe to get email updates on my latest recipe posting! Also, let me know if you make one of these flavors!

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How to Make Hummus from Scratch

How to Make Hummus from Scratch

About This Recipe

So you want to learn how to make hummus from scratch ? Don’t worry, because hummus is as easy as it gets! You can eat it with bread, veggies, or spread it on a sandwich. It is also super healthy and a great source of protein.

This recipe in particular is meant for you to use as a base, so that you have the freedom to experiment and add what you would like to it. It’s also delicious on its own. Just top it with some olive oil and paprika!

To Start

I always rinse my beans! I am not sure if it’s scientifically proven but it is suppose to help reduce gas. You might notice that this is a problem for you when you start incorporating more beans and plant based foods into your diet, but don’t worry, because this usually goes away as your body gets used to these foods.

Tip: You can also save the chickpea water from the can and use it as an egg replacer in other recipes. This liquid is called aquafaba.

how to make hummus from scratch

I then like to remove the skins of the chickpeas in order to have smoother and creamier texture.

They are really easy to remove and just slide right off. This step can be a little tedious, though. Because this takes some time, this step isn’t necessary if a bumpy texture doesn’t bother you.

chickpeas - how to make hummus from scratch

After you’ve removed the skins go ahead and add all of your ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. You’ll notice that I don’t include tahini as an ingredient. This is because I personally don’t like tahini in my hummus but definitely try it out yourself. You might like it!

Chickpeas in food processor with lemon and garlic - how to make hummus from scratch

And that’s pretty much it. Once your ingredients are fully blended it’s done. Once again you can top it off with more olive oil and salt!

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How to Make Hummus from Scratch

A classic and healthy recipe great as a snack or side dish!
Keyword gluten-free, homemade hummus, hummus from scratch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Chickpeas
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 3 tsp Olive Oil
  • 2 ½ tsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  • Remove the skins from chickpeas.
  • Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Serve with extra olive oil and spices. Enjoy!

Notes

You can taste as you blend and add more of a specific ingredient if you like. I put these specific measurements because I always end up serving hummus with more olive oil and spices on top.

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