Oil Free Grilled Plantains

Oil Free Grilled Plantains PinThis Oil Free Grilled Plantains recipe is exceptionally delicious! Unlike most fried plantains, these are much lower fat due to a little trick Amelia thought up.

We bought some plantains and I was standing there staring at them while Amelia was making some hummus. I was complaining to her that without oil, it’s hard to get the browned look that we take for granted when cooking with oil, especially with traditionally fried items like plantains.

She had reserved the aquafaba from the chickpeas (aquafaba is chickpea juice) and suggested I use that as a browning agent. It was a eureka moment!

So I took 1/4 cup of the aquafaba and put it in a bowl. Then I added some brown sugar, fresh squeezed orange juice, a little water and a little cilantro to the bowl and stirred it up. Then I added the sliced plantains to the bowl and stirred to coat them. When I put it on our electric griddle, it browned just like it had oil on it. It was even crispier than I expected.

Plantains have a lot of calories: over 200 for one plantain. That’s twice the calories of a large banana. So with the added sugar, this isn’t a very low calorie treat, but it is pretty healthy otherwise. If you’re a sugar-phobe, you can try it without the brown sugar or replace it with another type of sweetener. However, the brown sugar did caramelize on the griddle, helping to brown the plantains and seal in the flavors.

Remember, brown sugar in the States is only vegan if it says it on the package, or if it’s organic. Otherwise, it could have a variety of animal derived products in it.

This Oil Free Grilled Plantains recipe works well as a snack (it’s very filling) or as a dessert with some vegan ice cream. You can also use it as a sweet and savory side dish. Yum!!!

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant-based eating.


Peanut Butter Hummus

Peanut Butter Hummus PinThis Peanut Butter Hummus recipe was inspired by a freak weather event in Atlanta. Amelia had travelled back to Denver for her day job and on the day of her return flight to Atlanta, we had 8 inches of snow, which cancelled hundreds of flights.

She was able to fly back the next evening, but the roads were slushy from all the melting snow and the temperatures were predicted to drop below freezing after sunset. Since her flight wasn’t scheduled to arrive until 8PM, we decided to get a hotel room near the airport so we wouldn’t have to drive back to Marietta on icy roads.

Amelia has tons of Marriott points from her years of travelling for sales, so we reserved a room at the Renaissance Hotel. It’s still not easy to eat vegan at hotels (or on airplanes), but they did have a few options for us.

One of them was a version of hummus made from a local culinary favorite: boiled peanuts. We had never heard of boiled peanuts before our stay in Atlanta, but it’s a popular appetizer on area restaurant menus. We ordered some at a restaurant with some friends and Amelia loved them, but I didn’t like them. They were too messy for me. I’d rather eat them as nature (and ballparks) intended…out of the unboiled shell.

Or in delicious hummus! Rather than go through the hassle of boiling peanuts and deshelling them to match the Renaissance Hotel’s Boiled Peanut Hummus, we decided take the easy route by using peanut butter.

Basically, we used our Classic Vegan Hummus recipe and swapped out the tahini with peanut butter, and it’s absolutely delicious! It goes really well with pita chips, apples, celery or your favorite hummus delivery device.

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant-based eating.


Vegan French Toast

Vegan French Toast PinThis vegan french toast is just what your morning routine needs. It’s sweet and cinnamon-y, and only takes a few minutes to prepare.

French toast was a special occasion treat in our house when I was a kid. Mom usually made it on Saturday morning while I watched cartoons, but only a couple times a year. The nice thing about this recipe is that it’s fast and easy to make so you can eat it as often as you want.

Non-vegan french toast is made with eggs, but we used the 3 tbsp of aquafaba (aka garbanzo bean juice), which is the equivalent of one egg. And this recipe achieves the same taste and deliciousness of regular french toast.

We’ve tried a few different types of bread, but we found that denser bread works better. It doesn’t fall apart when you dip it in the batter. The bread in the pictures and video is Dave’s Killer Bread – Blues Bread with Blue Cornmeal Crust. It’s organic, non-GMO, has 5g protein, 4g fiber…and it’s delicious!

We used maple syrup and a little powdered sugar, but your favorite fruit spread would also taste great. If you like this recipe, you’ll probably love our Vegan Pancakes or Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes.

HINT: Refrigerate your bread overnight to give it some extra rigidity so it holds together better when you dip it in the batter.

Bon Appétit!

Vegan French Toast Instructional Video

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Beet Hummus

Beet Hummus PinThis deliciously pink Beet Hummus is not only nutritionally dense, it tastes amazing! You won’t be able to stop eating it!

Amelia and I took a plant based cooking class offered by a very talented local chef, Kelley Williamson. She’s known as the Plant Based Kitchenista and her version of this tasty Beet Hummus was there for us to eat as we cooked.

This recipe is Amelia’s version of Kelley’s recipe with a few changes. Amelia wanted to make more, so she doubled the ingredients for everything except the garbanzo beans. That made the hummus a little more moist like the texture of traditional hummus making it easier to dip our crackers and pita chips in it.

We absolutely love this Beet Hummus recipe. The beets give it a little bit of sweetness while the lemon and tahini give it some zest. You might also want to make your own Homemade Pita Chips to go with this delicious hummus.

If you like this recipe, you might also enjoy our classic Vegan Hummus or our Lentil Hummus with Roasted Garlic.

Beet Hummus Cooking Video

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Vegan Hummus

Vegan Hummus PinVegan hummus is a mainstay on our snack list. You can make a batch and eat it throughout the week with pita chips, bread, carrots, celery, sliced peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, or any other veggie of choice. It even works well as a condiment for your veggie burgers and sandwiches.

Classic hummus is made with chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), which are packed with protein and fiber. One serving of this recipe has 9 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber. When you pair it with raw veggies, you’ll not only get tons of healthy nutrients, you’ll also feel fuller from all of that fiber.

In addition to protein and fiber, hummus is packed with other healthy nutrients like calcium and iron. It has even been shown to lower cholesterol and sugar levels, reduce your risk of cancer, help with weight control, and many other benefits. Check out “15 Health Benefits of Hummus, According to Science (+8 Delicious Hummus Recipes)” over at JenReviews.com for more info on this super delicious food.

Hummus tastes great with pita chips or bread, but if you’re trying to lose weight, you might want to stick with the raw veggies for awhile. In fact, hummus is very high calorie so you might want to skip it until you’ve reached your weight loss goals. This recipe has over 200 calories per serving including the veggies used for dipping.

This vegan hummus recipe is super easy and very tasty, but you will need a food processor.

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant-based eating.