Vegan Oreo “Blizzard”

Oreos are vegan. I didn’t say healthy, but I did say vegan. Take some frozen bananas, some vanilla beans extract and make regular banana nice cream. Then crush up some Oreos and mix em together. Truly that is all it takes for this decadent delicious treat. Seriously easy and indulgent 🙂  And hey, if there was ever a day to eat junk like Oreos, it’s Halloween!  👻 🎃 
You need:

3 frozen bananas

1tsp vanilla extract

4 Oreos (or more)
That’s it, ejnoy!!!

Savory Butternut Hashbrown Waffles

Just put some of my favorite foods in a waffle maker, no big deal. The fresh thyme and basil really take this to the next level. Happy fooods.
You need:

2 small steamed Yukon gold potatoes

1cup cooked butternut squash

1/4 cup almond milk

1tsp ground flax

Thyme

Basil

Pepper

Green onions, chopped 

Garlic 
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and then leaving pretty chunky, press into a greased waffle maker. In order to warm this through fully, you will need to leave it in longer than the standard waffle cycle. You want to wait until the edges are nice and crispy! Then you must feast! Serve alone or maybe with a side of greens/beans. Enjoy!!!

Pasta al Garbanzo ;)

I’ve seen a lot of vegan recipes out there for alfredo sauce, and while that is not exactly what I would call this recipe, the creamy-not tomato based sauce in this recipe is pretty close. Plus you get the added protein of garbanzos. The fresh tomatoes and fresh basil really complement this perfectly as well 🙂

You need:

Whole wheat angel hair pasta, lightly cooked

About 8 Campari tomatoes quartered

4 cloves garlic, chopped

6 oz mushrooms, sliced

1 can chickpeas (15oz)

Oregano, 1tbs

Basil, handful fresh, chopped 

Black pepper to taste

Almond milk, 1/3 cup

Steamed kale (to serve on the side)
Blend garbanzos, almond milk, pepper and oregano until creamy.
Sauté garlic and mushrooms in water over moderate heat until just softened. Then add sauce and mix until until well heated, and turn off heat. Lately toss in tomatoes, basil, and pasta. Then serve and enjoy!

Butternut Mashed Potatoes

Yummm! What is better than mashed potatoes? Mashed potatoes with creamy butternut squash!  

You need:

Yellow potatoes cubed

Butternut squash cubed

Almond milk to mash

Salt/pepper to taste 

Onion/garlic powder

Green onions, chopped
Steam squash and potatoes until soft. 

Mash all ingredients together in a large bowl with almond milk until your mash reaches the desired texture. Season and top (or liberally mix in) with green onions. Enjoy as a side or a min dish. I recommend using as a wrap/burrito filler with either tortillas or romaine lettuce leaves!  Feel free to drizzle with hot sauce 🙂
Enjoy!

Lentil Adobo Stew

I have made chicken adobo before and suggested you could make it with tempeh, but this is a totally low fat, veggie and lentil based version that is so tasty and nourishing. You could have additional broth for a stew/soup, or if you want it dryer like mine in the photos, you can serve in romaine lettuce leaves as is, with added avocado, or with hummus and steamed potatoes as I did. Sounds weird, but tastes so good. The crunch plus creaminess is fantastic.

 

You need:

Carrots

Bay leaf

Garlic

Celery

Vegetable broth

Brown lentils

Peppercorns

Vinegar
I used the instant-pot to make these, simply combining all ingredients and putting it on the bean/lentil mode. Alternatively, combine all in a pot on the stove and simmer for 15-20min until lentils are soft, that is it! 

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pudding

So this is definitely cheating more than usual in terms of laziness and processed junk! But I had some sugar free instant jello pudding packets lying around and had just assumed they had dairy in them and forgot about them. But then I took one down and read the ingredient list, and while I don’t recognize everything in there 😛 I don’t see any animal products either. So I went for it, and the results were downright tasty!

Simply blend together :

1oz cheesecake flavor jello mix sugar free

3/4 cup purée pumpkin 🎃 

1/2 cup almond milk 
Then pour into containers, let refrigerate for about 2 hours, and top with mini vegan chocolate chips (pictured here enjoy life). Enjoy!!!