Mexican Pasta Salad

Mexican Pasta Salad

Mexican Pasta Salad

In the summertime when the weather is hot, this chilled Mexican-inspired pasta salad is the perfect go-to dish for a picnic, pool day, or just because! It may be a mild dish, but rest assured each bite is loaded with a fiesta of flavors!

Mexican Pasta Salad

Yields 7 servings

Ingredients

3 cups mini farfalle pasta, cooked

2 (14.75 ounce) cans roasted corn, drained

1 large avocado, diced

10.5 oz cherry tomatoes, cut in half

4 green onions, sliced

1 medium red bell pepper, diced

2 Tbsp. cilantro

1 Tbsp. jalapeño, optional

1/2 cup black beans, optional

2 Tbsp. hemp seeds

Sauce:

3/4 cup vegan mayonnaise

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika 

3/4 tsp. Chili powder

1 tsp. hot sauce, optional

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a well salted pot filled with water, cook the pasta according to the box instructions. Remember to drain, rinse, and cool the pasta once done cooking; Set aside. 
  2. Add the drained corn, diced avocado, green onions, cilantro, bell pepper, jalapeño, and black beans. 
  3. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and stir until well mixed.

Chef’s tip: Add sriracha to spice it up!

 

Citrus Infused Israeli Couscous

Citrus Infused Israeli Couscous

Citrus Infused Israeli Couscous

This spring should be filled with light, flavorful, and most importantly- tasty food! If you’ve never had couscous pearls before, I highly suggest giving this grain a go! (Or grain-a-go) It is a great dish to accompany any picnic, barbecue, or any party. If you wanted to liven it up any further, you could always add some arugula and sliced cherry tomatoes.

Citrus Infused Israeli Couscous

Yields 2 servings

Ingredients

1 cup couscous

1-1/2 cup filtered water

1/2 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

2 tsp. lemon juice

1/4 tsp. ground pepper

2 tsp. vegetable broth or avocado oil

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil; add the couscous and salt.
  2. Cover for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally; set aside.
  3. Once cooled, transfer to a bowl. Add the parsley, pepper, lemon juice, and vegetable broth.
  4. Serve immediately.

 

Chef’s tip: Feel free to dice up cucumber and mint leaves!

 

Roasted Broccoletti

Roasted Broccoletti

For as long as I can remember, broccoli has always been something I’ve enjoyed. My Roasted Broccoletti is the best alternative if you are looking for a different kind of broccoli at dinner. The mix between the crunchy stems and the fluffy florets are what I love about this vegetable the most.

Roasted Broccoletti

Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients

1 (8 ounce) package brocoletti

1/2 Tbsp. avocado oil

1 tsp. garlic, minced

1/8 tsp. Gustus Vitae Smoked Salt

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place your broccoletti onto the baking sheet and drizzle with avocado oil.season with garlic, smoke salt, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Roast broccoletti for approximately 15 minutes; flipping halfway through.
  4. Serve immediately or serve on top of my Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Polenta.

 

Chef’s tip: Slice a medium shallot and add it to the brocoletti before roasting it.

Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Polenta

Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Polenta

Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Polenta

If you haven’t had the chance to make polenta or even try it, this recipe will surely urge you to do so. This dish is made by a handful of ingredients and takes minimal effort to make. Polenta itself is made from coarsley ground cornmeal and gives a light, fluffy, and creamy texture. Feel free to give this a go and pair it with some roasted broccoletti! Recipe to come soon.

Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Polenta

Yields 4 servings

Ingredients

4 cups filtered water

1/2 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/2 cup vegan Parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp. garlic, minced

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Polenta

1/8 cup nutritional yeast

2 Tbsp. vegan butter

Parsley for garnish, chopped

Directions

  1. In a pot on medium-high heat, bring the water and salt to a boil. Add the polenta while continuously whisking to prevent lumps from forming. Once polenta has thickened, roughly 2 minutes, reduce heat to low.
  2. Cook for 10 to 14 minutes, stirring occasionally being careful to not get splattered on. Once you are finished cooking the polenta, add the butter, nutritional yeast, Parmesan, pepper and more salt to taste.
  3. Serve topped with roasted brocoletti.

 

Chef’s tip: If polenta becomes too thick, you can stir in a splash of vegetable broth or oat milk for a more creamy approach.

Easy Cheesy Biscuits

 

Turn plain biscuits into something special with this Easy Cheesy Biscuit recipe! It is 100% plant-based, dairy free, and insanely delicious. Whether you are enjoying biscuits and gravy in the morning or having a family dinner, these biscuits will do the trick.

 

Yields 24 biscuits

Serves 10-12 people

Ingredients

2 cups King Arthur organic flour

3/4 cup oat milk

1-1/2 Tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese

1/2 cup avocado oil

1/4 cup green onions, chopped

1/2 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/8 cup nutritional yeast flakes

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, oat milk, nutritional yeast, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and baking powder.
  3. Once dough-like consistency forms, fold in the cheese and green onions.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray it with oil.
  5. Remove dough from the bowl on to a lightly floured area. Roll dough into 1/2″ round and use a biscuit cutter to cut the dough. Place onto the lined baking sheet until all dough is used.
  6. Baked for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately

 

Chef’s tip: Pair this with my Sunflower Haché “Sausage” and Gravy.

SunflowerFamily Haché "Sausage" Gravy

Gravy Recipe, click here.

Plant-Based Taco Burger

Plant-Based Taco Bureger

Plant-Based Taco Bureger

This taco “burger” topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and onion is 100% plant-based and extremely tasty! If you’re in a jam for a quick meal, then I have the perfect thing for you made by @neatfoods. Their original burger mix is delicious and perfect if you’re like me and want to use your own spices. They also have their own Mexican style mix, which is also delicious, if you’re looking for something unique and tasty! Feel free to give this one a go. It’s super easy and something your family or friends will enjoy.

Plant-Based Taco Bureger

Yields 4 patties

Serves 2-4 people

Ingredients

1 pouch Neat Original Mix

1/2 cup filtered water

1/4 cup diced red bell pepper

3 Tbsp. yellow onion, minced

2 Tbsp. yellow corn

2 tsp. Chili powder

1/2 tsp. cumin powder

1/4 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. smoked paprika

1 garlic clove, minced

Pinch of Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

Pinch of ground black pepper

Directions 

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the pouch contents with the water and mix accordingly to the directions.
  2. Add red pepper, corn, onion, oregano, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined and form into 4 patties.
  3. In a skillet on medium-high heat, and about 2 tsp. vegetable broth (or water) for an oil-less approach. Add the patties once hot and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.
  4. Place the patties onto toasted buns with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and onion.
  5. Serve immediately

 

Chef’s tip: Feel free to make a sauce with vegan mayo and sriracha!

 

 

SunflowerFamily Haché “Sausage” Gravy

SunflowerFamily Haché "Sausage" Gravy

SunflowerFamily Haché "Sausage" Gravy For some of us, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Instead of de-fueling your body with processed cereals or sugary doughnuts, fuel it with nutritious, plant-based options like what you see here! Using @sunflowerfamilyusa sunflower haché to replace meat in this recipe, I’m able to recreate the perfect texture for the plant-based sausage and gravy.SunflowerFamily Haché "Sausage" Gravy

Yields 4 cups

Serves 3-4 people

Ingredients

1 (9 oz) package sunflower haché 

2-1/2 cups oat milk 

1/4 cup King Arthur organic flour

1/2 tsp. white pepper

1-1/4 cup water

1/4 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

Directions

  1. In a frying pan on medium heat, and water and haché. Cook for 2-3 minutes until water has soaked into the textured protein.
  2. Add the flour and mix around to coat. Slowly pour in the oat milk, mixing while the gravy thickens. Season with pepper.
  3. Serve with Easy Cheesy Biscuits

 

Chef’s tip: This recipe is also great for a veganized country fried steak using my “chicken” Milanese recipe located on Vitacost.com #VitaVibes Blog, click here.

Sweet Cucumber and Onion Salad

Sweet Cucumber and Onion Salad

Sweet Cucumber and Onion Salad

One of my favorite things I recently acquired a taste for are my grandmothers cucumber and onion salad, which is marinated in vinegar and sugar overnight. The sweet taste and tangy flavor from the two ingredients give this side dish the perfect touch it needs.

Sweet Cucumber and Onion Salad

Yields 2 cups

Serves 2-3 people

Ingredients

1 medium onion, sliced very thin

1 English cucumber, sliced thin

1/4 cup vinegar to start then 1/2 cup of more

1-1/2 tsp. organic cane sugar

Directions

  1. Thinly slice the onion, cucumber, and add to a mixing bowl.
  2. In another bowl, add the vinegar, sugar, and stir combined. Pour over cucumber and onions and give a good toss.
  3. Place into the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight for best results.

 

Chef’s tip: Allow the cucumbers, onion, and “brine” to meld overnight for maximum flavor.

Orecchiette Pasta Aglio e Olio

Orecchiette Pasta Aglio e Olio

Orecchiette Pasta Aglio e Olio

One thing I learned during my first few cooking classes growing up was this amazing dish, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio. This traditional pasta recipe comes all the way from Naples and is made by lightly sautéing sliced garlic, red pepper flakes, and Parmesan cheese. In my plant-based version, you will still get the authentic flavors that this amazing dish brings to the table. I highly suggest giving this recipe a try for this weekends Sunday dinner.

Orecchiette Pasta Aglio e Olio

Yields 8 ounces

Serves 2 people

Ingredients

8 ounces orecchiette pasta, cooked

1/3 cup avocado oil

4 garlic cloves, sliced thinly

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 cup parsley, chopped finely

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup vegan Parmesan cheese, grated

1/2 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a large pot with salted water, cook the orecchiette pasta according to the directions on the box. Drain and reserve 3/4 cup of pasta water.
  2. Next, in a frying pan on medium heat, add your oil. One hot, add the sliced garlic and sauté until slightly browned (be sure not to burn the garlic).
  3. Stir in the crushed red pepper flakes and toss in the pasta, coating it completely. While stirring, slowly add the pasta water until you have achieved your desired consistency.
  4. Add the Parmesan, parsley and lemon juice.
  5. Serve immediately.

 

Chef’s tip: Be sure not to brown the garlic slices too much.

The Best Vegan Fajita’s

The Best Vegan Fajita's

The Best Vegan Fajita's

Its sizzlin’ and leaving a trail of smoke from your kitchen to the table where you and your hungry guests await the best vegan fajitas ever! This all time favorite is a sure winner that you should give a try. Packed with tons of flavor, nutrients, and color, this plant-based fajita recipe is a fun way to treat yourself this evening.

The Best Vegan Fajita's

Yields 2-1/2 cups

Serves 2-3 people

Ingredients

1 (8 ounce) package extra firm tofu

1 medium red bell pepper, sliced

1 medium yellow pepper, sliced

1 medium orange pepper, sliced

1 poblano pepper, de seeded and sliced

1 medium onion, sliced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. smoked paprika

1-1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

 

Directions

  1. Combine seasonings together and set aside.
  2. In a frying pan on medium high heat, add oil, peppers, onion, garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add cubed tofu, seasoning, water and toss until well combined.
  3. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until tofu is warmed through.
  4. Serve immediately with tortilla, salsa, guacamole, and cheese.

 

Chef’s tip: For extra heat, add a slice jalapeño pepper when sautéing! 

 

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