Vegan Black Eyed Peas

Vegan Black Eyed Peas PinThis Vegan Black Eyed Peas recipe is one of my favorite dishes, even though I didn’t like black eyed peas before switching to a plant-based diet. Along with cucumbers, beets and onions, they’ve joined the growing list of foods that I didn’t like before, but love now.

Black eyed peas are loaded with protein, fiber and iron. One serving (about 1 cup) has 18 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber and 42% RDV of Iron with only 263 calories. That means this recipe is not only nutrient dense and filling, but it’s also relatively low calorie. That makes it a great weight loss recipe, too!

Black eyed peas are a staple in southern cooking. My mom’s side of the family comes from a small Missouri (pronounced Missour-a in my family) town so we know southern cookin’.

When I was a kid, mom always made black eyed peas on New Years day. It’s an old southern tradition that’s said to bring good luck throughout the year. Even though I hated black eyed peas back then, she still made me eat a spoonful…just in case.

Well, now I love them and Amelia is kind enough to make them for me on the regular. We normally eat them with a salad, but they would also pair well with another southern favorite, our Vegan Cornbread.

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Oven Fried Okra

Oven Fried Okra PinThis oil-free gluten-free Oven Fried Okra recipe is savory and delicious. We made it for Amelia’s non-vegan, southern family and they ate every last morsel! And then asked for more!!!

Cooking okra without oil means they aren’t quite as crispy (or greasy) as traditional fried okra, but they’re just as flavorful and oh so much healthier. You can actually taste the okra and cornmeal, not just the oil.

We served them with some Sweet and Spicy Sauce and our amazing Cajun Red Beans & Rice for a real taste of the south. Some Vegan Cornbread would make the perfect southern dinner.

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Vegan Grits

Vegan Grits PinThis Vegan Grits recipe is super fast to make, it’s filling and it’s delicious. Amelia’s mom made grits for us when we were visiting her last year and since then, they’ve become one of our regular plant-based breakfast meals.

Grits are a popular southern breakfast and side dish.  They’re made from coarse ground cornmeal or polenta, and Amelia’s southern family loves them. They like to mix in vegan butter (they actually use vegan butter!), but we prefer them oil-free with a little salt, pepper and some Tabasco or hot sauce.

Some people like their grits to be sweet, mixing in a sweetener like sugar, maple syrup or jam. You can give them a cheesy taste with some nutritional yeast. Or use soy sauce in lieu of salt. The serving options are quite plentiful.

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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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Vegan Summer Peach Cobbler

Vegan Summer Peach Cobbler PinThis amazingly delicious Vegan Summer Peach Cobbler recipe comes to us from Kristie Middleton, Senior Director of Food Policy for the Humane Society of the United States. She’s also the author of the widely popular book, “MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live – One Meal at a Time.”

Amelia and I had the pleasure of meeting Kristie at a Humane League Gala here in Denver, and also at her book signing at the Tattered Cover. Her mission in life and with the Humane Society is to help people transition to a “meatless” diet.

With tons of recipes like this Vegan Summer Peach Cobbler in her book, she’s doing a great job of showing people how to eat a more humane diet without sacrificing any of the flavor they’re used to with more traditional, less humane ingredients.

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If you’re concerned about your oil and salt intake, you can reduce the vegan butter by half and eliminate the salt. We made it both ways and it was delicious both ways.

Note: This is not a health food recipe. It’s meant to be a rare, special occasion treat. If you’re trying to lose weight or lower your cholesterol, just eat the peaches and skip the cobbler.


MeatLess by Kristie Middleton

Kristie-Middleton-Meatless_cover_lo A great resource to have in every transitioning vegan kitchen!

This book is loaded with concrete rationale for reducing or eliminating meat from your diet, as well as showing you how to make the transition easier. Kristie provides substitutes for common animal ingredients and dozens of plant-based recipes that will tease the tastebuds of any standard American food eater.

You don't have to sacrifice flavor for compassion. You can have both!


Healthy Red Beans and Rice

Healthy Red Beans and Rice PinThis Healthy Red Beans and Rice recipe is full of color, flavor and texture. With only 209 calories per serving, it packs 12 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein, 89% RDV of Vitamin A, 174% Vitamin C and 25% Iron. This traditional Creole dish is a nutrition powerhouse!

Amelia’s mom gave us this recipe that she found in the American Diabetes Associations’ Diabetes & Heart Healthy Cookbook. I think it’s interesting that the original recipe calls for sautéing the veggies in olive oil when several studies suggest that added fat such as olive oil is a leading cause of Type II diabetes. Needless-to-say, we replaced the oil with vegetable broth as we generally do to remove the added fat.

This is a nice one-pot recipe that makes a great stand-alone dish, but it also pairs well with a healthy Side Salad or a slice of multigrain bread for dipping.

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Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings PinThese Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings are simply amazing! Amelia doesn’t like cauliflower, but she loves these and constantly asks me to make them.

The cauliflower absorbs the flavor of the batter and wing sauce, and it has the consistency of chicken so it’s almost like the real thing without bones. The only downside is it takes a bit of time to prepare and one batch doesn’t last too long (because they’re so d**n delicious).

We prefer thicker wing sauce that we found at Whole Foods, but Frank’s Red Hot is what most people are used to so you might prefer that. Frank’s is a little thinner so the cauliflower might be a little soggy if you use too much. You can also thicken it up with 1 tsp of cornstarch.

The Vegan Ranch Dressing is the perfect dipping sauce for these Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings. Prepare the dressing while the wings are cooking.

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