Hearty Lentil Soup

Hearty Lentil Soup

Hearty Lentil Soup

What’s more perfect than a big bowl of warm lentil soup to comfort you through those cold wintry days. The best thing about this soup is how minimal the recipe is without lacking on the flavor. Serve it up with some rustic bread that’s been slightly toasted and enjoy with your family and friends.el

Hearty Lentil Soup

Yield 4

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. avocado oil

1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into rounds

1 celery stalk, sliced

1 yellow onion, fine chop

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp. whole cumin seeds, pan toasted for 1 minute or until fragrant

1 cup lentils

8 cups vegetable stock

1 tsp. Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a large pot on medium-high heat, add the oil, onions celery, and carrots. Sauce for 5 minutes and add the garlic.
  2. Combine the cumin, lentils, vegetable stock, salt, and black pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Serve with a slice of toasted bread and drizzle of lemon juice.

 

Chef’s tip: Instead of cumin seeds, you can use cumin powder- just season to taste.

Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield 32

Ingredients

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup light brown sugar

1 Tbsp. egg replacer + 2 Tbsp. filtered water

1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Directions

  1. In a bowl, beat together peanut butter, and brown sugar until creamy. Stir in the  egg replacer and baking soda. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drop rounded teaspoon onto uncreased pan. Space the cookies about 2-inches apart.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cookies are puffed and slightly browned.
  4. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Chef’s tip: 

Applesauce Bars

Applesauce Bars

Applesauce Bars

When you have to make a dessert that is easily shareable, these bars are your go-to  dessert. With a simple glaze that covers the top, these homemade applesauce bars are the perfect treat! The best way to enjoy these bars are when they come out of the oven and have slightly cooled. The warm sensation with Fall flavors and cinnamon glaze is a finger-licking good recipe.

Applesauce Bars

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Ingredients

1 cup organic cane sugar

1 cup applesauce

1/2 cup avocado oil

2 cups all-purpose organic flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp Himalayan fine pink salt

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1 cup raisins

1/2 cup  walnuts nuts

Glaze:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1-2 Tbsp. hot water, use as needed

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. Himalayan salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the sugar, apple sauce, and oil. Mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a separate bowl and add it to the wet mixture. Stir until combined. Fold in the raisins and nuts.
  3. Grease and flour a 13×9-inch baking pan and add the cookie bar mixture.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before topping with glaze.
  5. Enjoy

 

Chef’s tip: You can swap the raisins for another type of dried fruit of your choosing.

Simple Breakfast Oats with Fruit

Simple Breakfast Oats with Fruit

Simple Breakfast Oats with Fruit

When breakfast rolls around in the morning, this oatmeal with berries and chocolate granola is the best. Drizzling the warm oatmeal and toppings with some agave gives a perfect sweetness to the meal that isn’t over powering like maple syrup can tend to be. Topping your oatmeal with my homemade granola is a great way to add some extra crunch!

Simple Breakfast Oats with Fruit

Yield 1

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats

2 cups oat milk

1/4 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/4 cup berries of choice

1/4 cup granola

Drizzle of agave

Directions

In a small sauce pan, add oats, salt, and oat milk. Bring to a boil and reduce heat too low. Cook for 2 minutes.

Top with agave, granola, and berries.

Serve hot!

 

Chef’s tip: Add some blueberries to the oatmeal while cooking!

 

5-Minute Moringa Guacamole

5-Minute Moringa Guacamole

5-Minute Moringa Guacamole

If you think you’ve seen it all, let’s just say you haven’t yet. This superfood guacamole, made with Moringa powder, has a mild earthy taste that enhance the natural avocado flavor. Since taco Tuesday isn’t just about tacos, this recipe will be a great way to elevate your meal.

5-Minute Moringa Guacamole

Yields 3-4 servings

Ingredients

3 Haas avocado, mashed

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

1-1/2 Tbsp. onion, small dice

2 Tbsp. fresh tomato, diced

2 tsp. lime juice

Pinch of Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

Pinch of ground pepper

1 Tbsp. Moringa powder

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine the mashed avocado, garlic, onion, tomato, lime juice, salt, pepper, and Moringa powder. Mix until well combined.
  2. Serve with chips, tacos, enchiladas or your choice of food.

 

Chef’s tip: Top with extra tomato, onion, cilantro or any other toppings you’d like.

 

Easy Cheesy Biscuits

Easy Cheesy Biscuits

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.

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.

CBD Infused Guacamole

CBD Infused Guacamole
CBD Infused Guacamole

With the recent trend in CBD product, I thought now would be the perfect time to create some recipes with this oil infused. Guacamole is the best appetizer or snack in my opinion and has lots of healthy fats and flavor. This taco Tuesday, give this recipe a try with the added benefits of CBD oil. Personally, I’m creating this and a few other recipes for cancer patients that are trying to reduce the symptoms they endure with the pain, treatments, nausea, and mental coping. Now I know this may not be for everyone, and that’s simply okay- feel free to omit the oil and you’ll still enjoy this amazing guacamole dip.

CBD Infused Guacamole

Yields 2-3 servings

Ingredients

3 Haas avocado

1 tsp. CBD oil of choice

1 tsp. garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup red onion, diced

1/4 red chili or jalapeño, diced (optional)

1 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

1-2 tsp. fresh cilantro, minced (optional)

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mash up until desired consistency is met.
  2. Serve with chips or other sides.

Chef’s tip: This recipe can be mad with or without the CBD oil.

Balsamic-Ketchup Glazed Mushroom “Meatloaf”

Balsamic-Ketchup Glazed Mushroom “Meatloaf”
Balsamic-Ketchup Glazed Mushroom “Meatloaf”

This is an easy no-fail meatless “meatloaf” recipe smeared with a homemade balsamic-ketchup glaze. Being thst it doesn’t take long to make, you’ll be ready to eat in no time. This flavorful recipe is one of my old favorites growing up- minus the meat, egg, and dairy products that are normally used. My favorite part about “meatloaf” is slicing it for leftover sandwiches the following day. Sometimes if you’re feeling creative you can top it with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, some extra sauce, and cook it on a grill pan for the perfect crunch!

Balsamic-Ketchup Glazed Mushroom “Meatloaf”

Yields 8-10 slices

Ingredients

1 (8 oz. container) baby Bella mushrooms

2 cups cooked lentils

1/2 cup steamed carrots

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1-1/2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped

1 tsp. fresh parsley, minced

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp. tamari sauce

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup organic flour

1/2 cup cooked potato or sweet potato

Sauce:

4 Tbsp. ketchup

1 tsp. siracha

1 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Directions

  1. Prepare sauce ingredients by combining in a small bowl and whisking until mixed. 
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. In a food processor, combine all ingredients and pulse until chunky and well combined.
  4. Pour mixture into a bowl, add the flour, oats, and mix until mixture comes together.
  5. On a baking sheet lined with foil, lightly oil and place mixture on to the baking sheet. Shape into a loaf shape and wrap sides up.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven 5 minutes before it is done and add the sauce on top.
  7. Serve with mashed potatoes or choice of side.

Chef’s tip: Feel free to opt-out of the sriracha sauce if you are not looking for a spicy sauce.

Tomato Basil Soup

This Tomato Basil Soup is perfect for those indoor days when you just want a big bowl of soup! Combing an array of herbs, spices, tomatoes, and coconut cream makes for a delicious and flavorful recipe. Tomato soup is a great comfort food alone, but an even better one when paired with a well-toasted grilled cheese sandwich or French bread rounds. Taking the time to get fresh ingredients and boiling them down to release all of their flavors is really something you don’t get out of a can which is why I highly suggest to always make your own food as much as possible. I hope that you enjoy this recipe with your friends and family!

Yields 4-6 servings

Ingredients

Soup:

8 vine ripe tomato

4 cup vegetable broth

1 medium onion, diced

1-1/2 Tbsp. tomato paste

7-9 fresh basil leaves

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/2 tsp. ground white pepper

1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1/8 cup coconut cream

Grilled Cheese:

4 slices white bread 

3 Tbsp. vegan butter

6-8 slices of vegan cheese

1/4 tsp. black truffle oil, optional

Directions

  1. In a sauce pan, combine all soup ingredients except for the coconut cream. Bring to a smaller and cover with a lid for 10 minutes.
  2. Using a blender or hand Emerson stick, blend soup until smooth in texture. Add the coconut cream and mix to combine. Turn to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until desired consistency is achieved.
  3. Serve with parsley or croutons

Chef’s tip: In a hurry? Combine all ingredients into a blender, heat for 10-15 minutes, and enjoy!