Vegan Avocado Toast

Vegan Avocado Toast PinThis Vegan Avocado Toast recipe is fast, simple, savory and satisfying! I never had avocado toast before making this, but everyone seems to love it, and now I know why!

Some people thinly slice their avocado and lay the slices on their toast topped with seasonings, but I smashed it up and mixed in some lime juice and seasonings to give it more flavor. The guacamole texture makes it easier to spread on your toast, too. And I topped it with a little red pepper flakes to give it some spice!

If you’re an avocado lover, you’re no doubt familiar with the avocado’s temperamentality. It can go from green to overripe in about 5 minutes. And once you cut it open, it turns dark quickly. However, you can preserve it longer by submerging the unused portion in water. We seal ours in a container and put it in the fridge.

Vegan Avocado Toast

The best way to peel an avocado is to use the knick and peel method. Cut the avocado in half and remove the seed. Then cut the halves in half again making 4 quarters. At the small, pointy end of the avocado, knick the peel and pull it off. This ensures that you get all the dark green goodness closest to the skin. That’s where most of the critical phytonutrients live.

We ate ours with a cup of fruit: bananas, strawberries and blueberries. What an amazing breakfast!

Vegan Avocado Toast Cooking Video

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Vegan BBQ Sauce

Vegan BBQ Sauce PinThis Vegan BBQ Sauce is thick, sweet, spicy and a little sweat inducing. It reminds me of the BBQ sauce I grew up eating in Kansas City. I guess that makes it a Kansas City style BBQ sauce.

We made this specifically for our BBQ Jackfruit, but it’ll go well on any type of BBQ dish if you like KC-style BBQ. It even tastes great as a topping on Baked or Boiled Potatoes, or as a dipping sauce for your Vegan French Fries.

We like our BBQ sauce thick, but you can add a little extra water if you like yours thinner. If it’s too spicy for you, cut back on the black pepper a little.

We used our Vegan Ketchup recipe to minimize the calories, preservatives and potentially non-vegan ingredients.

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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 Burrito Bowl

Vegan Burrito Bowl PinThis Vegan Burrito Bowl is another quick lunch that you can assemble ahead of time so you can take it to work or school.

Canned refried beans are pre-cooked so you just need to warm them up and add some salt and pepper to make them taste delicious. You can stir in the seasonings straight out of the can and heat the beans on the stove or in the microwave.

Or if you’re more ambitious and have time, try making our Vegan Refried Beans from either dry soaked beans, or canned pinto beans. These taste delicious and don’t have oil or any mystery ingredients.

You can serve this over romaine lettuce or your favorite leafy green if you feel like it, but this recipe serves it over brown rice. You can get creative with this recipe by adding onions, peppers, corn, fresh cilantro, black olives, tofu, pico de gallo, jalapeños or your other favorite veggies.

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Vegan Creamed Spinach

Vegan Creamed Spinach PinThis Vegan Creamed Spinach is easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. A great side-dish on its own or a tasty base for your Vegan Sardou.

Spinach is loaded with iron and other healthy nutrients, but it can get tiresome eating it raw all the time. This is a nice alternative that’ll help you add more greens to your daily routine.

This recipe makes about 2 servings and doesn’t reheat well so you’ll want to finish it in one sitting. If you’re cooking for one, just cut the ingredients in half or double them if you’re cooking for four.

Vegan Creamed Spinach Instructional Video

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Easy Tofu Scramble

Easy Tofu Scramble PinIf you’re in a hurry or if you need an Easy Tofu Scramble for your Vegan Sardou, this is the perfect recipe. It only takes a couple of minutes to prepare once you’ve pressed the tofu and it’s a great substitute for any scrambled egg recipe.

Contrary to what the dairy industry will have you believe, tofu and soy are very healthy foods. They’ve been consumed in asian countries for millennia and are strongly associated with positive health outcomes.

Most of the negative publicity soy gets was created by the dairy industry to protect their profits from soy milk. All of those myths have since been proven false, but that doesn’t keep them from being perpetuated.

My favorite myth is that the estrogen (actually phytoestrogen) found in soy will cause gynecomastia (aka man-boobs or moobs). In psychology, this is called projection, which occurs when “humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.”

Phytoestrogen is different than mammal estrogen. Phytoestrogens have been shown to help prevent or reduce diabetes, several forms of cancer, blood cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

Plant estrogen doesn’t behave the same way as mammal estrogen, but you know what has loads of mammal estrogen? Cow’s milk. Unlike phytoestrogens, cow estrogen found in dairy looks just like human estrogen, which may actually cause moobs, as well as male infertility, several forms of cancer, osteoporosis, erectile disfunction, and heart disease. Dairy also exposes us to toxic chemicals that make their way up the food chain and get stored in the fat in milk.

When the dairy industry started the myth that phytoestrogens cause moobs, they were actually projecting the real negative qualities of dairy onto a naturally healthy food, soy. But when a competitor like soy milk threatens your bottom line, you do whatever it takes to protect the interests of your investors even if that means funding false or misleading studies, as well as organizations that promote them.

Rant over…

Our regular Tofu Scramble recipe has a higher nutritional content because it’s loaded with mushrooms, hearty greens and colorful bell peppers. If you have the time and ingredients, you might like that even more.

Easy Tofu Scramble Instructional Video

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Sauteed Kale

Sauteed Kale PinEnjoy this delicious and nutritious Sauteed Kale as a side dish with your favorite main dish or bowl of soup.

Kale tops the list of superfoods because it’s loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and a good amount of Protein. It helps fight and prevent some forms of cancer, and it even promotes urinary tract health [source].

Sautéing the kale softens it up and removes the bitterness that some people don’t like. Personally, I could eat kale everyday, sautéed or not. And I don’t like bitter foods. When prepared correctly, it tastes great and your body will thank you for feeding it all that nutrition.

Try mixing up your kale recipes by using Dinosaur Kale or Red Kale when it’s available.

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Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff PinThis Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff is rich, creamy and absolutely delicious! The portobello mushrooms and the seitan give it a nice meaty texture while the Vegan Cashew Sour Cream lends the richness. No one will know it’s vegan!

Mushroom Stroganoff has long been one of my favorite guilty pleasures. The rich, brown gravy loaded with hearty mushrooms and poured over a bed of pasta is hard to beat.

That’s why I was so happy when Amelia concocted this recipe after months of me nagging her about it. And let me tell you…it does NOT disappoint! Feed this to your non-vegan friends and they’ll never know! Woohahahaha!!!

Remember to make the Vegan Cashew Sour Cream ahead of time.

Corn Starch Trick

Corn starch has long been a pain in the rear in my cooking. It doesn’t seem to matter how you do it. We even looked online for the best way and everyone said the same thing: slowly add the corn starch to your broth mixture over medium heat and whisk continuously to combine. One said to combine it with cold water first and then slowly add the cold water mixture to the broth. Well, it doesn’t combine, dry or wet. It clumps!

I was really unhappy with the clumping and after 10 minutes of trying to break up the clumps, I threw it in the sink and told Amelia there had to be a better way. Here’s what I figured out and it didn’t clump!

Whisk the corn starch into cold vegetable broth before heating it up. The corn starch completely dissolves in the broth so when you heat it, there are no clumps to bust up.

I’m sure someone has figured this out already, however, it doesn’t appear to be the standard way of doing it, but it works 100 times better.

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff Instructional Video

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