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Vegan Recipes

»Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When there are sooo many restrictions on a diet it can be hard to find food that tastes good. Eating the same thing over and over can get really boring. I have found a couple recipes that are delicious and easy to make, while adhering to the strict restrictions on a vegan diet.

Here are a couple recipes I have found to help you mix it up.

 

Pesto Pasta

I am a HUGE fan of Pesto!! This recipe works for non vegans as well, all you need to do is add chicken!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 2 ears corn, shucked
  • 1 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/2″-thick slices
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2″-thick slices
  • 1 small bell pepper, seeded and cut into sixths
  • 4 green onions, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 c. store-bought refrigerated pesto
  • 1 pt. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 c. packed fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

  1. Heat grill on medium-high. Cook spaghetti as label directs. Rinse, drain well and let cool completely.
  2. In large bowl, toss corn, squash, zucchini, bell pepper and onions with oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper until well coated. Grill corn, turning, 10 minutes or until charred in spots. Grill squash, zucchini and bell pepper 4 to 6 minutes or until tender and grill marks appear, turning once. Grill onions 2 minutes or until tender and slightly charred, turning occasionally.
  3. Into large bowl, from lemon, grate 1/2 teaspoon zest and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice. Whisk in pesto and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  4. Chop squash, zucchini, pepper and onions; add to bowl with pesto. Cut kernels from cobs; add to bowl along with tomatoes, parsley and cooked pasta. Toss to combine. Serve at room temperature.
Nutritional information (per serving): About 370 cals, 12 g protein, 54 g carbs, 12 g fat (2 g sat), 5 g fiber, 435 mg sodium.

 

Spring Minestrone

Soup is so easy and so delicious! Another recipe that can be used in a non vegan diet bu adding chicken!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium leek, thinly sliced
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme, tied together
  • 3 large red potatoes, chopped
  • 2 qt. lower-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 bunch asparagus, sliced
  • 1 can (15 oz.) navy beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill

Directions

  1. In 8-quart saucepot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium. Add carrots, leek, fresh thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 8 minutes, stirring. Add red potatoes, chopped, and lower-sodium vegetable or chicken broth. Partially cover and heat to boiling on high; reduce heat to simmer. Cook 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  2. Add asparagus and simmer 3 minutes or until tender. Discard thyme. Stir in navy beans (optional), fresh dill, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper.
Test Kitchen Hack: When you’re slicing the asparagus, leave the stalks rubber banded together. Trim the ends and cut through the rest of the stalk with a few quick strokes to slice all of your asparagus in seconds.Nutritional information (per serving): About 330 cals, 7 g protein, 62 g carbs, 7 g fat (1 g sat), 7 g fiber, 1,030 mg sodium

 

 

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What is a Vegan?

»Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A vegan is a person who chooses to live a life that excludes cruelty and exploitation of animals.

In short, they do not eat anything that would “harm” an animal. So, unlike vegetarians who only abstain from eating meat, vegans do not eat any animal products i.e. cheese, milk, eggs, butter, even honey.

People choose to live a vegan lifestyle for a variety of reasons such as health or ethical.

Health benefits can include weight loss and there was a study that states it can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dying from heart disease and cancer. There’s also studies that have shown on a vegan diet you can lower your body weight and mass, people will use this diet to lose weight.

Ethical reasons are usually people who are against animal cruelty. They do not want anything to do with consuming animal meat or products made from animals. They also avoid wearing animal products such as fur and leather.

Whatever the reason, being a Vegan has risen by more than 250% in the past 5 years with several celebrities jumping on the band wagon.

 

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Save time and money at the grocery store

»Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I hate food shopping. I always end up running to the store on a Saturday with no plan of what we are going to need for the full week and end up leaving with the same old meals we do every week. This also leads to having to run to the store for little things through out the week. My husband and I both work full time and we have two kids so these extra trips are annoying. We are trying to get better but it’s not always so easy when you have little to no down time.

I researched online on the best ways to save time and money at the grocery store and these suggestions seem to be the general consensus.

Fist and foremost: PLAN!!  Pick what meals you want to make and write down the ingredients you will need.

Go through the items that you already have. This will save the most money as you won’t be buying items you already have!

Group items on your list to where they are located in the store. I don’t know about you, but I know my local store pretty well since I go there like 40 times a week. Grouping items together on your list will save time by preventing you from going back and forth from the front and back of store.

Do some research online for new ideas. In the age of information a new recipe is just a click away.  This is especially helpful when you and your partner can not agree on what to make. Just sit down for a few minutes in front of your computer and pick out meals together.

Keep your schedule in mind. Plan quick meals that can be made on your busy days and save the ones that are more involved for the nights you have more time.  You can also prepare meals in advance and freeze them for quick heat up.  You can also make larger meals and use leftovers as a second meal.

It really seems super simple, it’s just a matter of implementing it.

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What about Bacon?

»Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As surprising at it may seem, being vegan doesn’t mean you have to stop eating bacon.

OK, that’s a lie. As a vegan, you can not eat regular good ole pig bacon. There are however other “bacon” options.

There are options made of, Tofu, something called seitan (I looked it up, it’s made from gluten), veggie bacon, coconut bacon, soy bacon etc. You get the picture.

If you’re craving a BLT do not fret! If you want bacon and eggs (vegan eggs made from algae or potatoes of course) go for it!

Or you can just be a regular american and go down to the meat market and pig up some fresh from the pig normal bacon!

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Meal Train

»Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whenever someone is sick or has a baby etc the women at my church start a meal train. Signing up and bringing the family dinner for a couple weeks. Recently, a young lady at my church has a baby and we all got together to bring her some meals for her first couple weeks home. Normally this is an easy task as you can just make double of what you would normally make for your family and drop it off. This was not the case this time. The couple who just welcomed a bundle of joy are vegan with other dietary restrictions as well. I am not vegan, I love meat and really have never considered cutting it out of my diet. Because of this I have no idea what vegans can and can not eat so making a meal was not something I was looking forward to. Luckily, we live in the age of information where anything can be found with a few clicks of a mouse.  I found more than I could have even thought of on the internet and was able to bring them a meal meeting all their restrictions without having to cook all day or breaking the bank. Surprisingly some of the meals sounded good! Still going to stick to steak and tacos though.

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