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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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3 Ingredient Vegan Waffles! 

Oh the tastes of fall! I am simply in love with these waffles topped with spiced apples and roasted butternut squash! These are so simple and no added fats or sugars required, so tasty!! Since giving up dairy, I have been delighted to discover the creaminess of so many starches and fruits! Pumpkins and squashes are among the best 🙂

Blend:

One banana 

2 cups oats 

1 cup mineral water (sparkling water gives these fluffiness naturally)
Makes 4 hearty filling wholesome waffles! Served 2 🙂
Feel free to top with These perfect baked apples!

Creamy Dreamy Eggplant Hummus

If you haven’t had it yet, this was inspired by TJs amazing oil free eggplant hummus! I keep going through that stuff too fast, and decided it would be way more economical to make my own! Not that this is an exact replica, but it did come out quite tasty!  The texture from the eggplant makes this hummus super creamy, without needing to add any additional liquids. You could use chick peas or really any legume of choice, but I used some black eyed peas for their iron and calcium boost and for variety. I like to rotate my beans to make sure I am getting a wide array of nutrients!  

You need:

1 cup oven roasted eggplant

4 cloves oven roasted garlic

1 cup cooked black eye peas

Pinch salt

1 tablespoon tahini

1 sprig thyme

1 sprig fresh parsely

1 lemon juiced
I began by chopping and eggplant into 1 inch cubes in a baking dish with about 1/4in water in the base. To this I simply added 4 cloves of smashed garlic and baked them at 375F x 20min or until golden brown. Then set aside to cool.  Once room termperature, combine all ingredients into a high speed blender until very creamy. Garnish with fresh parsely and/or sesame seeds, and enjoy!

Low Fat Vegan Ice Cream!

True life, I thought I could NEVER be vegan for this simple reason: ICE CREAM.  Frozen yogurt, pudding, cheese, but mostly ice cream has always been my favorite food, my number one food to overeat, and the number one treat holding me back from full veganism. Then I discovered “nice-cream”.  Took 4 frozen bananas from the freezer, added a tsp of vanilla extract and a splash of unflavored/unsweetened soymilk, and 2 minutes later, I had 4 servings of deliciousness. Seriously, the texture is out of this world. And wihile mildly banana-y, not in an overpowering way. If you add vanilla, it tastes like vanilla, cocoa powder, tastes just like a chocolate soft serve. I have NO idea how simply freezing a banana turns it into the fluffy, stiff-peaked, soft-serve of my dreams, but it DOES!  I chop my bananas before I freeze them just for ease of blending, and fortunately I invested in a vitamix, ready with a tamper to keep bananas in the line of blending, so it is quite easy. You will not believe this is dairy free (and also low fat!).
You need:

Bananas, frozen

Non-dairy mild to aid blending

A strong blender or food processor
Flavors optional:

Vanilla extract

Cocoa powder

Frozen fruit of choice
Blend, serve, add toppings if you like, and enjoy!!!  Ooh now I need to buy some vegan ice cream cones!

Creamy Cauliflower Broccoli Soup

Deliciously thick and creamy!  This recipe is crazy simple, and could be applied to ANY vegetable of your choice. I could definitely see doing a carrot/squash/sweet potato version simply subbing an orange veggie for the broccoli!  Just choose a vegetable that you enjoy. This feels really substantial and thick and filling, meanwhile it is straight up vegetables you are consuming (with a little soymilk for extra protein). I love the taste of broccoli and I love the superfood qualities of broccoli.
You need: 
1 lb broccoli, steamed

1/2 head cauliflower, steamed

1 onion, chopped

4 clove garlic, chopped

1 cup soymilk

Black pepper 
Simply sauté your garlic and onion in a pan with either nonstick spray or water, then throw your steamed veggies and sautéed veggies in a blender along with soymilk and pepper. Blend slightly vented until thick and creamy, serve immediately!
Garnish ideas:

-salt if you desire

-sunflower seeds

– plantain chips
Serve alone, with some whole grain bread, or a salad! Or all three if you eat like me!

Enjoy!

PB Chocolate Cheesecake

Peanut butter, chocolate, cheesecake 🙂 and loaded with protein but not sugar or fate eat it for dessert, eat it for breakfast. Eat the whole thing if you are very hungry 🙂

You could double everything and make a full 8in cheesecake, but I used a little 5in pan with these quantities.

You need:

4oz low fat coffee yogurt

1/2 container ft cream cheese

1 scoop choc protein 

Vanilla 1tsp

1tbs cocoa powder 

1/2 cup egg whites

10 drops stevia

Whisk or blend all ingredients together. Pour into a pan that has been sprayed with oil then dusted with cocoa powder.

For topping drizzle either melted peanut butter or mix some pb2/powdered peanut butter with milk of choice until you reach a nice drizzle-y consistency. Then using a knife to make criss cross lines across the top to make a cute pattern.

Bake at 250 for 20 min then 300 for 15min

Cool, chill in the fridge overnight, then enjoy!

Yogurt Chicken Salad

I think maybe it’s a Southern thing, but I LOVE a creamy chicken salad. Especially on a sandwich 🙂 Grapes, walnuts, and celery, these comprise the magical triad for and ideal flavor/texture combo when it comes to chicken salad. I always prefer shredded chicken to chopped, and the creamiert he better! Fat free Greek yogurt allows ultra creamy texture without making this heavy!
You need:
Cooked shredded chicken 5 oz

Walnuts 1 oz

Grapes about 1 cup

1/4 Red onion chopped

Greek yogurt, about 4tbs

Black pepper to taste

Celery, about a cup chopped

Mix it all up and enjoy on bread, crackers, on a wrap, or on a bed of greens! So tasty and yet so nourishing!! 
Makes 3 servings at 205 cal, 9fat, 2 fiber, 18 protein each 🙂

High Protein Pizza

I’ll admit, I prefer the doughy goodness of regular pizza crust any day, but you simply cannot argue with these macros! And my guy ate half the pizza in one sitting, so that is one taste teste approval! You don’t taste the turkey in this, and it holds together really well, no falling apart crust here! One little slice packs a whopping 15g of protein for a mere 100 calories. If you are trying to watch your calories or simply build muscle, this is the pizza for you!! Would you believe that all that bubbly cheese is nothing but low fat cottage cheese? It bakes up well, not just a cold side dish with fruit!
Crust:

1 lb extra lean ground turkey

1/4 tsp each onion/garlic powder

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

1/2 tsp each oregano and basil
Mix well and press onto parchement paper in pizza shape of choice

Bake 375×15 min. Remove from oven and blot off extra moisture that accumulates in cooking.
Top with :

2/3 cup marinara sauce

1 large minced garlic clove

1/2 cup fresh spinach

1 small zuccini sliced, steamed, patted dry

1/2 can sliced black olives

1/2 can quartered artichoke hearts

About 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
Bake at 375 x 12 min then broil on high for 2-3 min.
Parchement paper burned a little on broil, but the pizza was perfect!
2 filling pieces are only 202 cal, 4.5 fat, 3.5 fiber, 9 carb, 31 protein!
Enjoy!
   
 
  
   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Spinach Mushroom Crustless Quiche

Yum! A little spicy, very flavorful, hard to believe it is so healthy!  This one is vegetarian, not vegan, but you could totally subs tofu for egg whites if you are vegan, just blend before mixing with everything else! (Links to prior vegan quiche recipes Here and Here.) Today’s recipe happens to be low carb, low fat, gluten free, and incidentally low calorie.

You need:
2 cups egg whites

5oz mushrooms sliced

3 cloves garlic minced

3 green onions sliced

4 oz fresh washesd spinach

1tsp olive oil

1.5oz cheese (trying out lifetime fat free sharp cheddar as 40cal per oz, 8g protein, 1 carb) grated

1/4 cup unsweetened Soymilk

Salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, oregano, parsley to taste 
Begin by sautéing your garlic, mushrooms, and spinach in olive oil until wilted. Set aside to cool and drain off any excess fluid. I cooled mine in a metal colander and shook off the extra liquid.

Then add your egg whites, spices, and soymilk to a large bowl and whisk vigorously. Then mix in your veggies, both cooked and the raw green onion. Add 2/3 of your cheese (1oz) and mix in as well, reserving last 1/2 oz to sprinkle on top!

Spray your pie tin to prevent stickage, then turn into your tin, sprinkling the last of the cheese on top.
Bake at 375F for 35 min.

Let cool slightly before slicing and removing from pan. Mine slid out easily no issues sans-crust!
This is crazy low cal for its protein punch, so really, eat half the recipe if you choose!  Enjoy 🙂

Sliced into 8 pieces (approx 2.oz each), the macros are:

54 calories

0.7 gram fat

 0.5g fiber

 1.6g carb

8.9g protein! 
   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Treat Tuna Salad

I never been one to put mustard in my tuna, but I knew I wanted to avoid the oiliness of mayo. Thus plain yogurt! But the combo with a hint of Dijon mustard plus a bunch of red onions makes a killer flavor. I love the adds texture of the garbanzo beans as well.

You need:

1 packet albacore

1/2 cup nf organic plain yogurt (of choice)

1 tbs dijon mustard

1/2 red onion large

1/4 avocado

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 can garbanzo beans
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, reserving avocado to serve on the side. Eat a a sandwich, on top of a salad, or scooped up with crackers, celery, or salt and vinegar potato chips!

Enjoy!