All posts filed under: Vegan

Masala Cakes (“Uttapam”) + Coconut Cilantro Chutney | PA School!

Happy Sunday my beautiful friends! I hope that you have been enjoying the recipes from my YJA  webinar on Compassionate Cooking! If you haven’t tried them yet, check them out here and here. I know it has been awhile since I’ve updated the blog, and I’m sure many of you can understand why if you have been following my Instagram. Last summer, I committed myself entirely to my education as I began my masters degree program as a Physician Assistant (PA) student. A PA is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional who practices medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. PAs can practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the uniformed services. “With an education modeled on the medical school curriculum, PAs learn to make life saving diagnostic and therapeutic decisions while working autonomously or in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team. PAs are certified as medical generalists with a foundation in primary care. Over the course of their careers, many PAs practice in …

Who wants a hot date? | Raw Vegan Superfood Energy Bites

Yeah, you read that right. A pretty incredible date, in fact. I mean, what else can provide you with calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium AND vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K? 😉 Dates are an amazing source of energy, natural sugar, and fiber! You know you want one, so… Don’t worry, it wont be a: Let me introduce you to a super easy way to prepare and make some incredible goodness out of your dates below! Dates are one of the most versatile and tasty staple ingredients to stock in your kitchen. You can eat them raw, filled with nut butter, soaked in water to create a sweet syrup, dipped in chocolate, or chopped in a salad…seriously, they are amazing in every way! Raw Vegan Superfood Energy Bites: Crunchy. Sweet. Nutty. Chewy. Protein-packed perfection. If you’re craving something sweet, give these guilt-free, superfood packed, protein energy bites. They ONLY take 5 minutes to make! Aaaand, they basically taste like raw cookie dough!  These could also make for a “healthy” twist on mithai (Indian sweet), which are …

Vegan Tofu Scramble & 5-minute Roasted Corn Salsa | Breakfast Burritos!

Happy Memorial Day! So maybe you’re sleeping in on your extra day off, or getting ready for a lunch picnic with friends. Here is a super easy, quick, and protein-packed recipe from the live webinar I did with Young Jains of America on Compassionate Cooking (video tutorial coming soon on my YouTube channel, so subscribe here!) that will help you kickstart your day: Vegan Tofu Scramble with Roasted Corn Salsa Prep Time: 10 minutes & Cooking Time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 Tofu Scramble: 1 8-oz block tofu, extra firm- drained and crumbled olive oil ½ green chili or jalapeno ½ red/yellow/green bell pepper, sliced thin 2 cups greens (kale or spinach) ½ cup black beans 1 small zucchini chopped 2 stalks chopped celery A handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half ½ cup chopped cilantro (or parsley if you don’t like cilantro) Juice of 1/2 a lemon Hot sauce (Choluda and Tabasco are Jain-friendly!) Spice Paste ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp paprika ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp sea salt Dash of Asafoetida powder (Hing) ~3 tbsp water to make sauce Sliced …

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 …