Pecan Pie Butter

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Unsalted Roasted Pecans
  • 3 tbsp of Coconut Oil
  • 4 tbsp of Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp of Cinnamon
  • A few dashes of Salt

*Makes 10 servings

**Check with the capabilities of your blender/ food processor before making this recipe.

Directions:

  1. Microwave coconut oil if it is in a solidified state.
  2. Measure out pecans (2 cups) and put in blender or food processor.
  3. Once blended into a flour like consistency, add in coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon.
  4. Blend until desired consistency is reached.
  5. You may need to periodically use a spatula to scrape the nut butter from sides to bottom of blender/ food processor.
  6. Bon Appetite!

 

 

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Veganism for People Who Love Eating

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One of the questions I am most often asked about a vegan diet is “What do you eat?”. My immediate answer is usually “Plants.”, although to many that means a sad boring salad.

It is easy to focus on what you can’t have rather than everything you can have when it comes to any restrictive diet. Here are just a few examples of delicious vegan foods.

  1. Bean or Sofritas burritos
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Chipotle Vegan Burrito

2. Chips and Guacamole

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3. Cheese-less pizza (it’s actually really delicious!)

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4. Oreos (really)

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5. Pad Thai

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Recipe here.

6. Sweet Potato Fries

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Recipe here.

7. Sushi

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Recipe here.

8. Fruit Smoothies

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9. Hummus

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10. Chana Masala

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Recipe here.

 

These are only a few examples of delicious vegan foods. There is more to a vegan diet than just salads, green smoothies and rice and beans. The amount of delicious plant based recipes out there are endless.

 

Vegan Onion Dip

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This is a good option for when you feel like having a snack for your meal. It can also be used as dip for get togethers with friends and family.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. of Silken Tofu
  • 1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Lemon juice

*Makes 4 servings.

Directions:

  1. Blend silken tofu with onion soup mix.
  2. Add in spices and lemon juice.
  3. Pair with your favorite veggies or whole wheat bread.

 

Vegan Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Ingredients:

  • 8 Potatoes
  • 4 cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp of Vegan Butter
  • 1/2 cup of Plant Milk (I used unsweetened soy)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

*Serves 6

Directions:

  1. Fill large pot about 1/2 – 2/3 full of water and boil.
  2. Peel potatoes.
  3. Cut potatoes into quarters (so it will cook faster) and put in water once it is boiling.
  4. Boil until soft enough to mash.
  5. While potatoes are boiling, roast garlic in olive oil.
  6. Once potatoes are boiled, drain water and add in the plant milk.
  7. Mash.
  8. Add vegan butter and garlic.
  9. Mash until desired consistency is reached.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Goes well with my chunky vegetable gravy.

 

 

Chickpeas and Corn Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can of Chickpeas (low sodium)
  • 1 can of Corn
  • 2 stalks of Celery
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1/2 of an Onion
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • Ground Pepper
  • Oregano
  • Salt (optional)

*Makes 2 servings

Directions:

  1. Cook chickpeas and corn in a pan for 5-10 minutes at medium heat.
  2. Chop celery and onions and shred carrots.
  3. Combine chickpeas, corn and veggies into a bowl.
  4. Add the juice of 1/2 of a lemon and the spices.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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.

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.