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Five vegan staple meals everyone will love

This post is dedicated to a friend who took control of her life and decided she wanted better for herself and her children. I hope this helps your transition.

Pulled BBQ “Beefy” mushroom and onions
You’ll need
1 package of Baby bella mushrooms
1 large red onion
your favorite BBQ sauce
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
salt & pepper to taste
cooked white or brown rice, or quinoa
*preheat oven to low broil*
This one is my absolute favorite vegan meal. It’s healthy, it’s savory, and it’s comfort food.
Super easy to make too. Slice up mushrooms, I use either baby bellas or oyster mushrooms. Baby bellas are more affordable in my opinion, and they cook up nicely. slice up a yellow or red onion. I like to use red onions because they are colorful, and being vegan you want to try to eat the rainbow. Saute the mushrooms and onions in a pan on medium heat until soft. While sauteing add a mix of paprika, onion and garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Go easy on the salt, you’ll be adding BBQ sauce next. Saute for five minutes stirring frequently. Turn the heat down to low. Add BBQ sauce of your choice, Make sure it’s vegan. Once everything is mixed all together move to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Pace into oven and broil until there is a light char on the mixture. Serve on top a bed of rice or quinoa and enjoy.

Vegan mashed potatoes
What you’ll need for a family of 4:
6 medium large yellow/white potatoes
1 cup coconut milk original unsweetened
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp vegan butter (hey its mashed potatoes, you’re allowed to indulge)

Peel potatoes and cute into chunks. There is absolutely no reason to cut potatoes into small pieces. It’s unnecessary work you don’t need to be doing. Boil on medium high until they are fork tender, about 20 minutes, drain and set aside.
In a small sauce pan add the milk, butter, and seasonings but not the salt & pepper. Cook on medium low until warmed and just steaming, no need to boil this mixture.
Using a potato masher slowly add the mixture to the potatoes and mash until you get the consistency you like. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Pizza!! who doesn’t like pizza
What you’ll need for 2 pizzas:
2 store bought pizza dough (Pillsbury makes a “accidental” vegan dough also some store brand make them too)
1 glass jar of tomato sauce
3 packages of vegan cheese shreds ( a bit pricey but worth it as long as you’re not making pizza everyday)
Preheat oven according to dough instructions
Place dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet and using a rolling pin roll the dough out to fit the pan. Add sauce enough to cover the pizza, now place a layer of the shreds. Follow the heating directions on the dough packaging. If you like cheese extra crispy you can broil the shreds a bit. Allow to cool a bit and serve.

Breakfast cookies
What you’ll need
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (unbleached)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 
1/4 cup raisins 
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup date sugar
Pinch of salt 
1 tsp baking soda 
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 
1/2 cup vegan butter softened 
3 tbsp agave nectar 
1/2 cup peanut butter 
1 1/2 tsp plant milk 
splash of water (helps with mixing
Preheat oven to 350, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and go to town mixing. Use an ice cream scoop to place onto the cookie sheet. Once the mixture is on the cookie sheet use a fork to push it down a bit. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes. Edges should be golden brown. Wait a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.  Package up into compostable baggies or reusable baggies and you have a quick go to breakfast.

Lazy “chicken” nuggets and french fries.
You’ll need:
1 package of vegan chicken nuggets (Whole foods brand is very affordable)
1 bag of lightly processed frozen french fries

okay this is a seriously easy and a lazy day meal. Follow the heating directions on the bags. This is Vallettas favorite meal. The one she request the most actually. If you don’t have a whole foods I’m sure your local grocery store has a version of vegan nuggets. Also almost all fries are vegan but I have found a couple that have milk products in them for whatever weird reason. I’ve also found some frozen onion rings that contain milk products.. Just be sure to read the label, them more you do this the quicker you’ll get.

I hope these recipes help y’all transition to vegan, and remember vegan doesn’t have to be expensive but can be affordable as well as tasty. Also you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these recipes. I encourage everyone to try them.








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Breakfast cookies

Vegan dark chocolate chip, and peanut butter oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies. Phew that’s a mouth full.. we absolutely loved these cookies. They are sweet, savoury, with just the right amount of vegan goodness. Y’all need to make these ASAP.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup whole wheat flour (unbleached)

1/2 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup date sugar

Pinch of salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup vegan butter softened

3 tbsp agave nectar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 tsp plant milk

splash of water (helps with mixing)

Doubling the recipe

Preheat oven to 350°, line a cookie sheet with compostable parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and go to town mixing. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop onto the cookie sheet. Once the mixture is on the cookie sheet use a fork to push it down a bit. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes. Edges should be golden brown. Wait a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Thats it.. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. This recipe can also be doubled, and made into granola bars. Kid tested, kid approved.

So tasty

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Holy moley vegan granola


No but seriously..

Okay y’all you have to try this granola. I think I’m legit in love. Just one more thing I’m no longer buying, one more thing I no longer will have waste for, and one more thing I finally have taken the risk to make. I am so glad I tried making my own granola.

I absolutely love granola, I love everything about granola.. I LOVE GRANOLA!! I hate buying granola, I hate the packaging I know I will have to throw away eventually. So I would just leave a little in the bag, and keep it in the cabinet until I can no longer put it off. Thus throwing it away. So I stopped buying granola. Having to walk buy all the yummy flavors was plain hard, but I wasn’t buying packaging. Then it dawned on me.. JUST MAKE IT YOURSELF!! Uhhh duh, what took me so long to think of it?? Yes I still have to buy ingredient, but most in bulk. So less packaging, much less packaging..

So here we go..

Ingredients you will need:

  • 4 cups rolled oats – not quick cook
  • 1 1/2 cups melted nut butter – I used almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup – buy in glass
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped – buy in bulk
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds – buy in bulk
  • 1/2 dried cranberries – buy in bulk
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries – buy in bulk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract – buy in glass
  • pinch of salt
  • **see less waste**

This is rather simple to make.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with recycled (brown) parchment paper

Put the oats and other dry ingredients into a bowl. Next add the nut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix until everything is coated.

Spread evenly on the cookie sheet and put into the oven. Cook for 15 minutes and turn the granola. Put back into the oven for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Move to an air tight (glass) container.

You can put it on yogurt, ice cream, or just eat by the handfuls. I just eat by the handfuls..

Enjoy.

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Finally vegan bread

Whole wheat homemade vegan bread..

Real life cooking.

I have wanted to make my own bread for so long, I cannot even beginning to tell y’all how long I have been thinking about, and putting this off. I am not a baker by any means. Like I seriously cannot bake, or so I thought. I am now convinced that I cannot bake non vegan, this is a legit thing. When I was baking with eggs and milk I would fail and burn everything. Once I removed the non vegan items things worked, everything came out beautiful and tasted amazing. This started with cookies, I made cookies and I didn’t burn them. So I tried banana bread, came out stunning and tasted amazing.. So Saturday I put all my reservations aside, I found a vegan bread recipe. I stunned myself when the bread came out perfect, and tasted amazing.

So here is the recipe.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 11g instant yeast
  • pinch of salt
  • 2.5 cups warm water
  • 2 or 3 tsp pure maple syrup

Greased bread pan – line the bottom with parchment paper.. Trust me on this. I didn’t and I wish I had.

In a bowl mix the flour, the yeast, and the salt. Next in a measuring cup; measure out the warm water, then add the maple syrup, and stir to dissolve it. Now you want to add the liquid to the flour – yeast mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until you get a sticky dough texture. You don’t need to kneed this but you can. I just moved it straight to the greased bread pan.

Cover with a towel and let rise for 20 minutes. If it needs more rising time let it sit for five more minutes but not much more than that.

Preheat the oven to 390 degrees

Once the bread has risen and the oven is preheated – put the bread into the oven. Bake for 40/50 minutes. Being careful not to burn the bottom.

*Hint* I turned my oven light on so I could watch it, looking every ten minutes or so. This way I don’t keep opening the door, I’m sure I’m not the only person who does this. You don’t have to admit it to me *wink wink*.

Let the bread cool. Cut with a serrated knife, or an electric knife.

Enjoy.

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Apple cinnamon oats

Perfect for a chilly Sunday night.

What you will need –

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 apple – peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp date sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp brown sugar

First you want to melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Once it has melted add the apples, stir to coat. Next add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and date sugar. Stir to coat the apples, let the apples soften. I used a potato masher to mash them up a bit. This is an optional step, but for me it is a necessary step for the little people.

Next you want to get your water going. Bring the water to a boil, next add the oats and turn the heat to medium. Cook for about five minutes, or until the oats begin to thicken. Stirring occasionally. Once the oats have thicken but are still kind of loose, add the apple and stir to combine. Now is a good time to add the brown sugar and maple syrup. Stir stir stir.. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes before serving.

This was on the lower end of sweet for us. I try to keep things less sugary for my girls. Since both have ADHD I don’t like to over due it. ADHD is also the reason they don’t eat candy. They do get things like vegan cookies and cupcakes every once and a while. So if you like things more sweet just tweak this to your liking.

Also.. You can serve this with some granola on top or just plain.

Enjoy.

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Spanish rice

1 cup basmati or jasmine rice

2 cups water or vegetable stock

1/2 cup traditional tomato sauce

1tbsp oil (I used my homemade garlic oil)

1 packet Sazon Goya packet

1tsp cumin

1/2 tsp dried cilantro

1/4 tsp paprika

A pinch of chilli powder

1 medium shallot diced

1/2 Roma tomato diced

1 clove of garlic minced

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a sauce pan, once oil is ready add the shallots. Cook for 4 minutes. Next add your garlic and tomato. Cook for five minutes.. Now add the rice, seasoning packet, and spices. Stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes constantly stirring. Add stock and stir.

Bring to a boil and reduce to low. Cook until all water is evaporated. About twenty minutes or so. Make sure you stir every couple minutes.

Once done remove from burner and keep covered for 5 minutes. Serve warm -enjoy-