Vegan Cajun Red Beans and Rice with Field Roast Sausage

Vegan Cajun Red Beans and Rice with Field Roast Sausage PinThis Vegan Cajun Red Beans and Rice with Field Roast Sausage recipe was inspired by an old non-vegan recipe I used to cook for my daughter and me before I went vegan. Cajun red beans and rice with sausage was a favorite on our regular rotation and I’m sure this veganized version will be a new regular meal. It’s absolutely delicious and packed with flavor!

We used the Mexican Chipotle Vegetarian Sausage from Field Roast Grain Meat Co. to give it some extra zing, but you can use pretty much any type of spicy or smoked, flavorful sausage.

If you’re an oil-free or reduced sodium eater, you can skip the sausage, but double the cajun spices to compensate.

This recipe uses dry red beans instead of canned. Dried beans take more prep work, but they’re a lot cheaper and we think they have a lot more flavor. They’re also more environmentally friendly due to reduced processing and packaging.

If you’re in a hurry or don’t want to mess with dry beans, you can use three 16 oz cans of red beans with the juice and reduce the vegetable broth to 1 cup.

This Vegan Cajun Red Beans and Rice with Field Roast Sausage dish pairs well with Vegan Cornbread and a Hearty Side Salad.

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Potato and Cabbage Soup

Potato and Cabbage Soup PinThis delicious Potato and Cabbage Soup was created from spare veggies we had lying around our refrigerator. At only 126 calories for roughly 2 cups, this also makes a great weight-loss recipe.

One of Amelia’s pet peeves is the sheer volume of broccoli stalk that comes on a relatively small head of broccoli. For years, we’ve been throwing the stalks in the trash even though they account for almost 70% of the weight charged by the grocery store.

We’re really striving to be less wasteful, so we’ve been figuring out how to eat the parts of veggies we’ve been throwing away, like broccoli stalks and Beet Greens. That’s why Amelia invented this recipe…mainly to use the broccoli stalks we didn’t want to waste.

She cut the tough nubs off the stalk, chopped it up into small pieces and threw them in this tasty Potato and Cabbage Soup. Since broccoli stalks have the same nutritional content as broccoli florets, we’ve been throwing away most of the broccoli’s nutrition! But not anymore!

We also use our spare veggies to make Easy Vegetable Broth from Scraps. That recipe puts our veggie scraps to good use and saves us at least $20/month in store-bought veggie broth.

This recipe is very low calorie, but pretty filling. However, you should still pair it with a Hearty Side Salad, some Steamed Broccoli or a slice of Whole-Grain Bread.

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Lentil and Brown Rice Stew

Lentil and Brown Rice Stew PinAmelia’s mom made this Lentil and Brown Rice Stew recipe for us when we went to visit her. She was very excited to integrate more plants into her diet and made good use of the time she had with us. This recipe was absolutely delicious and the whole family thoroughly enjoyed eating it.

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s very filling, but relatively low calorie with only 257 calories per serving. It’s also high protein and high fiber with 20 grams of each. Adding a tbsp of Vegan Cashew Sour Cream gives it a creamier texture and a lot of extra flavor.

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Vegan Cabbage Soup

Vegan Cabbage Soup PinThis Vegan Cabbage Soup is fantastic for your weight loss goals. It’s delicious, and two cups has 8 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein, but only 112 calories! It also has 138% RDV of Vitamin A and 78% RDV of Vitamin C. How can you beat that?!

Cabbage is full of nutritional benefits. It’s often used “as a treatment for constipation, stomach ulcers, headaches, obesity, skin disorders, eczema, jaundice, scurvy, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, eye disorders, heart diseases, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease.” [source]

Everyone could use a little more cabbage in their diets and this recipe is a delicious delivery system for it.

To boost up the calories and make it a little heartier, try adding 3 or 4 diced potatoes when you add the cabbage. This soup will also go well with a nice Side Salad or a Vegan Baked Potato.

Vegan Cabbage Soup Cooking Video

Note: We increased the seasonings to improve the flavor after we published the video. We recommend using the recipe instead of the video.

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Vegan Pot Roast with Portobello

Vegan Pot Roast with PortobelloThis Vegan Pot Roast with Portobello is hearty and delicious…perfect for a cold winter day. The portobello mushrooms have a meaty texture to compliment the carrots and potatoes. They’ll keep your mouth busy and happy.

With only 158 calories per serving, this dish is perfect for your weight loss goals. The potatoes and carrots are very filling, providing 4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per serving. You’ll also get 139% of your RDV of Vitamin A.

According to Dr. John McDougall, author of “The Starch Solution,” we should be eating a lot more potatoes and root veggies. They’re loaded with fiber and proteins so they keep us full longer, which means we won’t feel the need to snack as much between meals.

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Vegan Jambalaya with Black Beans

Vegan Jambalaya PinThis Vegan Jambalaya with Black Beans recipe is like a little taste of Naw Luns (that’s Cajun for New Orleans). This dish is hearty, filling, a little spicy and oh so flavorful.

This jambalaya is also a great recipe for your weight loss plan. With only 200 calories per serving, it packs 11 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein, as well as 31% RDA of Iron. With a delicious recipe like this, you don’t need to punish yourself with a bland weight loss diet.

I ate the first bowl plain without any toppings. For the second bowl, I put a dollop (about 1 tbsp) of unsweetened So Delicious Plain Yogurt on top. It tastes a bit like sour cream so it gave it a little extra tanginess. Cashew Cream Cheese would be delicious, too. You can also add some hot sauce (Tabasco or Red Hot) and stir it in to give it more kick.

We originally made this recipe with Beefy Crumbles, but now that we don’t eat oil anymore, we removed them. You could add some oil free Lightlife Gimme Lean Sausage to give it even more flavor, but we don’t have that in Ecuador. Booo! 🙁

This pairs well with our Vegan Cornbread recipe (unless you’re an oil-free eater).

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Vegan Chili

Soy Free Vegan ChiliA hot bowl of vegan chili on a cold day is the best way to warm your bones. This vegan chili is a traditional tomato chili with “meat” and beans. The taste and texture of the Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles is just like ground beef, so you won’t be able to tell any difference.

We used fire-roasted chopped tomatoes for a little extra flavor in our vegan chili. However, you can use regular chopped tomatoes or you can even cut up some fresh tomatoes.

If you’re in a hurry, you can buy a chili seasoning packet, but making your own chili tastes so much better.

It’s a challenge finding vegan crackers, but if you can locate some, they’ll go well crumbled up in the bowl.

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Vegan White Bean Chili

Vegan White Bean ChiliMy mom made this vegan white bean chili for Amelia and me when we went to visit. After a long drive from Denver to Kansas City, it was nice to have a hot vegan meal waiting for us. And it was delicious, too! It was even better as leftovers!

Mom slow cooked this in her crockpot for 10 hours, but you could just as easily cook this on the stove for an hour if you’re in a hurry.

With 151 calories, 6g protein and 5g of fiber, you can’t go wrong with this delicious vegan white bean chili.

Check out our more traditional Vegan Chili for a “meatier” tomato based version.

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White Bean Soup w/ Garlic and Basil

White Bean SoupThis hearty, delicious white bean soup with garlic and basil is full of flavor and nutrition. It can stand on it’s own with a slice of bread, or it pairs well with a side salad. With 14 grams of fiber, 13 grams of protein and 33% RDV of potassium in each serving, it’s packed with nutrients that your body craves.

This white bean soup is very filling but only has 231 calories so it’s a great soup to help with your weight loss goals. It only takes 30 to 45 minutes to prepare and cook, so you can whip it up quickly when you get home from work.

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Vegan Miso Soup

Vegan Miso SoupVegan Miso Soup is so delicious, and this version is very hearty with the kale, mushrooms and lentils. This soup goes well with a half sandwich or a side salad for lunch, or as a side dish with your dinner.

We used organic cremini mushrooms, but you can use baby portobellos, button mushrooms or your favorite mushroom. We found the miso in the cold section near the vegan ingredients. We prefer the Miso Master Organic Chickpea Miso to make it a soy free soup.

If soy free isn’t important, you can add 3/4 cup of cubed extra firm tofu to give it even more texture and protein.

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