All posts filed under: Vegan

Mediterranean Bowl with Roasted Red Pepper Chutney

Oh, this bowl is HEAVENLY. Just close your eyes and imagine taking a bite into the cool cucumbers, tangy olives, smooth avocado, sweet cherry tomatoes, chewy couscous, herbed zucchini, crisp pita triangles, and roasted spicy opo squash. This bowl makes for an eclectic array of textures, flavors, and colors. But the most magical ingredient of them all is the incredibly flavorful and nutty, roasted red pepper chutney. It impeccably ties all the ingredients together to create the ultimate tastebud experience. You could even use the chutney as a spread on toast, or as a dip for savory crackers and veggies. Loaded with protein, healthy fats, complex carbs, and vitamins–could there be a more perfect way to eat a wholesome and delicious meal? This recipe makes enough for about 3 hearty bowls. I’ve broken up the ingredients and directions for each component of the bowl below. Feel free to add or substitute different types of salads or dips. Maybe try some pickled cabbage, labneh, dried fruit compote, or falafel? Mmmm. Mediterranean Bowl with Roasted Red Pepper Chutney: Roasted Red Pepper Chutney: Makes about 1.5 …

Mistletoe Chia Pudding Parfait

It’s Christmas morning! What better way to start your day than with a Mistletoe Chia Pudding Parfait. A perfect detox from all the holiday party sugar and also a great snack for kids–especially the naughty ones (see throwback below). Chia pudding makes for a fun, low calorie, filling breakfast or snack. It is packed with protein, fiber, anti-inflammatory omega 3s, and probiotics to keep you energized and boost digestion. Feeling bloated? It may even help decrease bloating and abdominal cramping. This recipe is so easy and quick. You can even make it ahead of time and assemble the parfait when ready to eat. With the chia pudding, just mix together the ingredients and store it in the fridge! You can enjoy the chia pudding layer on its own, but I love assembling it parfait style. A must for any parfait is some toasty granola. Since many store bought granola contain honey or high fructose corn syrup, I opt to make my own homemade granola. It’s cheaper, healthier, and only takes 5-10 minutes! Parfait layers make this recipe so versatile. You can customize …

Winter Wellness

Wintertime sure is the season of sickness, whether you are in the snowy midwest or sunny California. The change in season sure accompanied by bugs and viruses, but the cold temperatures aren’t entirely to blame. The common cold rhinovirus is not caused by the cold. Rather, what we do when it gets cold is the cause. Chilly weather draws people indoors, building air is recycled, and viruses or bugs are circulated between people in close proximity–whether it is in the workplace, classroom, or gym. Essentially, we are all sneezing, sniffling, and coughing on each other through shared air or items. Not to fear! While it may seem impossible to avoid, there are so many ways to naturally boost your immunity– or if you’ve already come down with something, to ease the symptoms while you recover. Although no one cure kills off all strains of cold viruses, your best bet is to incorporate immunity boosting preventative methods to decrease your susceptibility to the cold. Let your body’s immune system serves as a front line defense against the nagging cold virus, …

Asian Lettuce Wraps with Chili Peanut Sauce

Cool and crisp–lettuce wraps are a fantastic way to get your daily serving of veggies and more! These healthy wraps are high in protein and totally vegan. They are so simple to make and are perfect as a lunch or appetizer item. Ingredients you’ll need: Dice the following ingredients for the filling: 3/4 cup purple cabbage 1 medium red bell pepper 1 medium orange bell pepper 1/2 cup water chestnuts 1/2 cup bamboo shoots (optional) 1 bulb of fennel (sliced like in the picture above) 3/4 cup of baby corn 2-3 stems of celery handful of cilantro handful of pea sprouts or bean sprouts 1 block organic extra-firm tofu organic coconut oil Sambal Oelek Chili Paste low sodium soy sauce sesame oil rice vinegar juice of 1/2 lemon salt and pepper to taste chopped roasted peanuts (optional) For the Chili Peanut Sauce: 2 tablespoons Sambal Oelek Chili Paste (NOT the Garlic Chili Paste–make sure you read this correctly!) 2-3 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce lemon juice to taste To …

Avocado Corn Salsa

Did you know avocados are a berry, not a vegetable? Here are some quick stats on the lovely fruit: Avocados are high in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, unlike most fruits which are high in carbohydrates. They are low in saturated fats (unhealthy fat). They contain more potassium than a banana! Potassium is essential for blood pressure regulation. The are abundant in Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E A quick trick to know if your avocados are ripe: Gently peel off the stem and look for a bright green color like below. Then your avocado is ready to go! Ingredients: 2-3 ripe avocados, diced 2 diced medium roma tomatoes or 1 cup cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper 1/2 cup corn kernels fresh green chilli, diced (for spicier version) 1/2 cup black beans (optional, but adds a good source of protein!) handful of cilantro 1 tsp cumin juice of 1/2 lemon (or to taste) salt to taste 1-2 tsp paprika How to make: Simply toss all prepped ingredients into a bowl …

3-step Vegan Thai Coconut Curry

Vegan Thai Coconut Curry Behold the mighty coconut. Full of vitality, nutrition, and sustainable practices, coconuts are incredibly versatile from providing nutrition, to fuel and shelter. As the main ingredient of this recipe, coconut milk provides a savory and creamy base for vegan curries (also check out this recipe) and for those who are lactose intolerant. It makes for a great substitute for not only milk, but heavy whipping cream in many soups or Indian curries. You can also try adding a splash into smoothies, oatmeal, or to hydrate chia seeds into a pudding. With just 3 easy steps, create this savory curry in no time! Makes 5 servings Ingredients: 2 cups chopped mixed bell peppers (about 1 medium size pepper of each color: red, yellow, orange, green) 2 cups broccoli 2 cup yellow corn firm tofu cubes (optional) 1 can coconut milk 2 green chili’s (Serrano or Thai) juice from half of lemon freshly ground sea salt and black pepper green chili paste, optional handful of chopped fresh cilantro coconut oil Directions: 1. Heat 1-2 …

Almond Crusted Tofu with Roasted Red Pepper Fusilli

Almond Crusted Tofu with Roasted Red Pepper Fusilli Almond Crusted Tofu: Ingredients for Almond Crusted Tofu: 1 block extra-firm tofu 1 cup raw almonds ½ tsp salt ground black pepper, to taste ½ tsp paprika 1 tsp Italian seasoning 2 tsp soy sauce 1 tsp lemon juice ½ cup water olive oil oat flour, for dusting 2 tbsp flax meal + 4 tbsp water, mixed To make the Almond Crusted Tofu: Drain and press tofu. Slice extra firm tofu into 1/2 inch slices and then in half to form triangular pieces. Marinade tofu slices in a shallow dish with soy sauce, lemon juice, and water for 1 hour. Use a food processor to grind 1 cup of raw almonds into tiny crumbly, pieces. Fold in spices, seasonings, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove marinated tofu and dab off any excess marinade with a paper towel. Quickly dust in flour, dip in a dish of flax-meal water mixture, and coat with almond+salt+pepper crumbs. The flax-meal water mixture will help adhere the almond crust. Add each …

Raw Cardamom Cashew Cream Tartlets

Raw Cardamom Cashew Cream Tartlets During my last semester at Pepperdine, I had enrolled in a Regent and Seaver Scholars Colloquium course on Eastern and Western Philosophy and Science. We covered some awesome topics in ethics and philosophy from Confucius, Yoga and Meditation, Chuang Tzu, Desedimentation, Chinese Calligraphy, and Ikebana. When my professor, Dr. Thompson asked our class for topic suggestions that we were interested about, I quickly sent him an email regarding my interest in Ayurvedic Medicine. Just as quickly, I received a reply: “Would you be willing to teach us about Ayurvedic medicine on February 11?” What. I was about to teach my first university lecture. I was honored, excited, and also nervous. While I am no expert on Ayurvedic medicine, I have always been intrigued by herbal medicine, and how eating right depends on your body type. With some research, I composed a quick run down on Ayurveda (of course, including a simple Ayurvedic recipe 😛 ). After my lecture, I shared the part I find most interesting about Ayurvedic medicine–that is, how different foods react in certain ways with …

Vegan Breakfast Burrito Bowl

Vegan Breakfast Burrito Bowl What does your morning look like? 5 am gym sessions aren’t for everyone, but there are still ways you can improve your morning healthy habits. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as you refuel your body with the energy it missed overnight. We all love that large bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but truth is, sugary, processed cereals will not keep you filled for long. You’ll end up reaching for more than one serving or be hungry again within an hour. It is much healthier to start with something full of vitamins, protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Who says veggies aren’t for breakfast? With a recommended 3 cups/day, this recipe will give you a head start on your veggie count. The Vegan Breakfast Burrito bowl is a savory, filling, and high protein option for breakfast. This colorful breakfast will jumpstart your day with a boost of long-lasting energy from the right kind of fuel. Best of all, it is so easy to take on the go, without the “splish-sploshing” of …

Danish Strawberry Koldskål + Cardamom Kammerjunker

Kold-what? Here’s the scoop. One of the greatest things about living in Boston was that the city is filled with young, diverse, and bright people from all over the world. One afternoon my Danish friend, Joe, and I were both craving a snack and found ourselves digging through the fridge to make some concoction from the random ingredients I had left over from my last Whole Foods haul. Some almond milk, strawberries, and Fage later, Joe had made what I called a half-blended smoothie, yet he claimed it was different. He had pressed the ripe strawberries into a creamy mixture of greek yogurt and almond milk, with a dash of sweetener. It was incredible, and he was right–not the same as a half blended smoothie. The sweet strawberries bled into the tart yogurt mixture. It was like a whole new take on cereal, only better. He explained that in Denmark, they make something similar, however with buttermilk and heavy cream. Curious, my Danish delicacy research lead me to discover a recipe for what Joe attempted to recreate …