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Soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

These were great, so chewy and chocolatey and easy to just keep eating! Fortunately they are pretty healthy overall with a relatively small amount of sugar and  shortening considering how many cookies his recipe yields! Cookies are just so easy to transport and eat without needing a plate or fork, but you can still have your pumpkin taste 🙂  I got the idea for these from CheapLazyVegan, one of my fav vegan youtubers:

https://youtu.be/_O2KZ3v5Suw

You need:

1 can pumpkin purée

1.5 cup blend of oat and buckwheat flour

3/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup melted vegan shortening

1 cup coconut sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup soymilk

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1+ cups choc chips (my fav brand is Guittard)

1tsp each baking soda and powder

1tsp apple cider vinegar

Mix wet ingredients well, then stir in dry ingredients, adding chocolate chips last. Roll into little balls (mine were about gumball sized). This made about 30 little “two bite” cookies, baked at 350 for 15 min. When cookies came out of the oven, I pressed each one down with a fork to flatten and make the chocolate all mushy gushy 🙂 Which  is a technical baking term;) Enjoy!!

Butternut squash risotto

I love the holidays as an excuse to try out and come up with new recipes! I know that most of the Fam doesn’t eat plant based, so I wanted to bring a couple vegan dishes to share. I love love love all the squash/pumpkin options this time of year, and what better than a creamy comfort food dish as the weather cools off! So savory with classic thanksgiving herbs like thyme, sage, and rosemary, and a little sweet with the butternut squash and nutmeg! I got the basic idea for this recipe here, but then added a bunch! : https://youtu.be/PvJeAzk_6-0

You need:

1 large butternut squash, roasted in the oven on 350Fx 50 minutes

2 cups dry brown rice

4cups veggie broth

2cups unsweetened soymilk

3 small onions chopped

8 small cloves garlic chopped

Garlic olive oil for sautéing

1tbs each fresh thyme, rosemary, and sage

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1cup nutritional yeast

I used a blender and and a instantpot for this recipe

First I sautéed the onions in my instantpot with the garlic olive oil until sight caramelized, added the chopped garlic and sautéed a couple more minutes. Then I took my roasted squash and scooped out about 2/3 of it and set it aside with 3/4 of the garlic/onion mixture. The remaining squash I cubed and set aside too. Next I threw the brown wife into the pot and covered in vegetable broth and cooked the brown rice on manual for 22 minutes with sow natural release setting. Alternately, just cook your rice as you typically would, just use broth instead of water! Next put your set aside squash/onion/garlic mix into your blender with the soy milk, nutritional yeast, and salt/pepper/nutmeg to taste. Once blended and creamy, add to your cooked rice and continue cooking on low/medium heat. Next throw in your chopped fresh herbs, and lastly your cubed squash. Combine well and serve in a pretty casserole dish. Enjoy!!

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Crispy Tofu Nuggets

Wow, I just realized I eat these at least once a week and yet the last tofu nugget recipe I posted had eggs in it, which i no longer use! So here is my standby version, my weekly staple recipe! What I love about this recipe is the crispy texture, the ease of making, and the downright comfort food nature! PurĂ©ed chicken parts be gone, I’m much more comfortable eating smushed soybeans instead 😀  The other great thing about using tofu, is that its already moist nature means you don’t need an egg wash or any other kind of coating to make your breading stick. Just gently blot the sliced tofu rather than pressing out all the moisture, and you are ready to press it into the breading!
You need:

-Firm to extra firm tofu, cut into your favorite nugget size/shape

-Masa harina flour or fine cornmeal

-Seasoning (I use an all-purpose seasoning mix that includes onion/garlic/pepper/parsely/basil/thyme etc..)

-(optional) Panko bread crumbs

-(optional) Crushed red pepper flakes.
Preheat oven to 375F and cut your tofu into little nuggets. Gently blot off excess moisture but don’t press all the liquid out; you need some to make your breading stick!  Next, mix your herb seasoning with your masa harina, I recommend a 1:2 ratio of herbs to cornmeal. Sometimes I mix in a little bit of panko crumbs and crushed red pepper flakes, so feel free to play around with your favorites, but I find this works best if the the fine cornmeal or masa harina flour is the breading ingredient you have the most of!  Place breaded nuggets on a lined baking sheet (parchment paper or silpat recommended so you don’t even need an oil spray) and bake for 20 min. If you like extra crispy, you can then flip and bake another 5-10 minutes, but I usually just take them out after cooking for 20 minutes on one side only. This results in crispy edges but a soft inside!

I love to bake some sliced potatoes or sweet potatoes simultaneously for a wonderfully healthy fast food-esque meal, that is quick, easy, and best served with ketchup!

FYI, my favorite ketchup brand to have with these is Muir Glen. I also like to put the tofu nuggets (and potato fries) inside butter lettuce leaves like little crunchy comfort food tacos!  Simple, satisfying, done. Enjoy!!

Vegan Pumpkin Waffles! (with spiced apple compote)

Whether or not you had pumpkin pie yesterday, there is never a bad time for pumpkin waffles! The spices of fall combine with creamy pumpkin and a crunchy waffle bite, for a heavenly brunch food.   I cooked some chopped apples with vanilla extract, a little water, blackstrap molasses, and pumpkin pie spice on the stove until the apples became soft, for a spiced apple compote topping! Also pictured is serving simply with syrup and spiced pumpkin seeds. You could even add some cacao nibs or chocolate chips! So good!

You need:
1/2 cup pumpkin purée

1 banana, mashed

1tsp apple cider vinegar

2tbs ground flax

1.5 cup rice milk

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp each baking powder and soda

1/2 cup chickpea flour

1/2 cup oats

1 cup buckwheat flour
Simply mix all ingredients well in a bowl, then scoop into a hot greased waffle iron. Because of the thickness of the batter and the moist texture of the pumpkin, I let these stay in the waffle iron longer than typical waffles. When the green light would come in signifying they are ready, I checked and each time they were still doughy in the middle. So I closed it up again and let it cook until the green light came on again after a few more minutes. You can just check periodically until they are cooked to your liking!  Top with fruit, pumpkin seeds, syrup, cacao nibs, spiced apples, and enjoy!!!


Mango Banana Nice Cream

I know it’s the middle of fall, but thanks to frozen fruit, take yourself to the tropics any time of year 🙂 This is like a creamy sherbet made of mango, banana, and avocado! Strange right? You don’t taste the avocado, only the velvety creaminess it affords this treat!
You need:

2 cups cubed frozen mango

2 frozen bananas

1/3 avocado

1/2 cup plant milk of choice đŸŒ± 
Simply blend on high.
Unbelievably creamy and delicious!

Banana Chip Nice Cream

The election is finally over! Let’s celebrate with a classic treat! While there are endless variations on making ice cream from frozen bananas, this one is classically awesome. The texture is simply perfect, and for whatever reason when frozen, the banana flavor is less dominant. You can amplify this not-banana-y feature by adding vanilla or other flavor extracts, and other flavors!  Today, a classic. I simply love the texture of the creamy base with the crunch of chunks of dark chocolate. Never gets old 🙂

You need:

2-3 frozen bananas

1/3 cup almond milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 dark chocolate bar of choice

1 high speed blender
Blend all ingredients together on on high, adding the chocolate last– and enjoy!!

Creamy Leek and Peanut Soup

Creamy, warm, savory comfort food. Nourishing sweet potatoes, creamy leeks, warm turmeric and ginger plus crunchy peanut butter make this an awesome cold weather soup! Hibernating from the rain and watching the wind gusting across the street, I concocted this one:)

You need:

2 leeks, sliced

3 cloves smashed garlic 

About 3/4 cup rinsed split peas

1/2 large cabbage, ribboned

3 stalks chopped Celery

3 medium sweet potatoes, cubed

2tbs turmeric

1tbs ginger

1 tbs blackstrap molasses

1 tbs dijon mustard

1 tbs liquid aminos

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2tbs fresh thyme

8 cups water

2 Zucchini sliced

2 tbs Pb

Black pepper and avocado to garnish
Sauté your leeks, garlic, and celery with a dash of sesame oil until just softened.

Then add in your turmeric, ginger, molasses, dijon, aminos, crushed red pepper, ground black pepper, thyme and sauté a couple more minutes.

Turn off heat and add your sweet potatoes, split peas, cabbage, and water.

Then simmer for about 15minutes, until split peas and potatoes are softened. If you have and instantpot, use the bean setting for 15minutes!  Then add in zuccini and PB for the final 5 minutes of simmering, or for intstantpot just throw these in and replace lid on warm setting for about 10minutes.

Serve with rice or farro and enjoy!