Pesto Hummus

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cans or 3 cups of Chickpeas (save of the juice).
  • 3 tbsp Pine Nuts
  • 3 cloves of Garlic
  • 6 tbsp of Basil Paste (or fresh basil if you have it in)
  • 1 tbsp of Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (optional)

*Makes 6 servings

**Use vegetable broth if you don’t use canned chickpeas.

Directions:

  1. Add 1 can of chickpeas into a  blender with the chickpea juice until smooth.
  2. Add in the pine nuts, garlic, basil/ basil paste, olive oil and lemon juice. Blend.
  3. Strain the second can of chickpeas and add to the blender. Add the juice until the right texture is reached.
  4. Keep blending until a smooth consistency is reached.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Enjoy with whole wheat pita, add to a wrap, use in a salad or dip your favorite veggies in it.
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Chunky Vegetable Gravy

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Portabello Mushroom
  • 2 Tbsp of Earth Balance
  • 2 cups of Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Tbsp of Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1/6 Cup of White Flour

*Makes 6 servings

**Ingredients adjustable to personal preference

Directions:

  1. Chop veggies into small pieces.
  2. Cook onions and carrots in a wok with the Earth Balance.
  3. Once the carrots and onions somewhat cooked, add the mushrooms.
  4. Once the mushrooms have cooked decently, add the broth and soy sauce.
  5. Finally, add the flour until desired texture is reached.

Review: Vega Protein & Greens Powder (Vanilla)

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Recently I tried out Vega’s protein powder out of curiosity. Normally, I stick to whole foods and get my protein from beans, nuts and seeds. While it is relatively easy to meet protein recommendations on a vegan diet, protein powders are a convenient way to give your protein a boost if you are looking to do that.

What I Like About Vega Protein & Greens:

  • Gluten-free, soy-free and vegan. This makes Vega a good option for people with allergies as well as vegans.
  • Decent percentage of calories from protein. 72% of calories come from protein.
  • Contains 2 servings of greens.
  • Good source of calcium and iron.

What could be better:

  • I thought there was way too much stevia in this. I would have preferred much less or none at all. The sweetness part may be because I blended it with a banana.
  • I would prefer if Vega listed all of the micronutrients. While it says it contains 2 servings of Vega’s greens blend, it doesn’t list all the micronutrients on the nutrition label. I also didn’t see any products on Vega’s site selling just greens, so I couldn’t figure out the micronutrients from that either.

Overall, I think this is a good option for anyone looking to boost their protein intake in a convenient way. This is especially good for vegans and people allergic to ingredients in other protein powders, like dairy and soy.

Vega’s website

Chickpeas with Mustard and Capers Sauce

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cans or 3 cups (cooked) of Chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp of Earth Balance or Olive Oil
  • 4 tbsp of Dijon Mustard
  • 4 tsp of Capers
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 4 cloves of Garlic
  • 1/4 cup of Vegetable Broth
  • 1 cup of Unsweetened Soy Milk
  • 1/8 cup of White Wine
  • 2 cups of Spinach

*Makes 4 servings.

Directions:

  1. If using dried chickpeas, cook ahead of time.
  2. Cook onions and garlic with Earth Balance or oil in a large pan.
  3. Once the onions are somewhat cooked, add all remaining ingredients except the chickpeas.
  4. Once the spinach has reduced in size, add the chickpeas.
  5. Cook until chickpeas are adequately heated.
  6. Serve with brown rice or more vegetables.

Tempeh and Black Beans Fajitas

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can of Low Sodium Black Beans (or 1.5 cups cooked)
  • 1 package of Tempeh
  • 8 Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • 2 Bell Peppers (any color)
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Portabello Mushroom
  • 1 tbsp of Coconut Oil
  • Cayenne Pepper Powder
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder

*Makes 8 servings

Directions:

  1. Chop veggies and fry in a pan with coconut oil.
  2. Once veggies are close to being ready, add black beans and tempeh.
  3. Add spices to taste.
  4. Serve on a whole wheat tortilla.
  5. Add hot sauce, salsa, avocado or other toppings if desired.

If you want to save yourself some calories, try swapping the tortilla for romaine lettuce.