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We originally made this recipe with Beefy Crumbles, but now that we don’t eat oil anymore, we removed them.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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JP’s Italian Salad Dressing

Italian Salad Dressing Pin After realizing the store bought salad dressings are loaded with added sugar and oil, I decided to invent my own Italian salad dressing without sugar or oil. As you can see from the picture, I still use the old glass container that I’ve always used, just without the accompanying packet of mystery ingredients.

When I was a kid, I didn’t like salads. At least not the ones my mom made. But when we went to Villa Capri in Overland Park, KS, I loved their salads. The difference was their house-made Italian salad dressing, which my parents eventually bought so I would eat salads at home.

It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I realized why I liked their salad dressing so much…enough to get me to eat salad as a kid. Their Italian salad dressing has two ingredients that make all the difference: red wine vinegar and crushed fennel seeds. I think these two ingredients are what makes my dressing almost as good.

Like most Italian salad dressings, Villa Capri’s has a lot of oil, but I’ve omitted it. To be honest, I like it better without the oil. It doesn’t leave that oily, filmy residue in my mouth and I can taste the seasoning’s much better. Plus, skipping the oil took this recipe from 90 calories per serving all the way down to 5 CALORIES PER SERVING!

You don’t need the bottle to make your own seasoning. Just mix the ingredients in any sealable container, shake well and serve. The crushed fennel seeds and red wine vinegar give it an extra Italian-y taste and licorice aroma. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving to allow the seasonings to absorb the liquid.

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Cauliflower Steak

Cauliflower SteakYaYa’s is one of our favorite places to eat in Denver. They have a vegan cauliflower steak that is absolutely amazing and if you call ahead and tell them you’re vegan, they’ll go out of their way to take care of you.

This cauliflower steak is very hearty and flavorful. We baked it whole until it turned a nice golden brown, but you could also slice it ahead of time and then bake it or grill it. Cooking it whole means all of the flavor is on the edges so if you slice it before cooking, you can spread the seasonings more evenly.

One head of cauliflower makes about 4 steaks, 2 larger and 2 smaller.

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Tofu Breakfast Sandwich w/ Avocado

Tofu Breakfast Sandwich PinYou can eat this delicious, high protein and nutrient rich Tofu Breakfast Sandwich naked (without the bread), as an open-face sandwich or as a full sandwich. This is a great, high energy way to start your day. Plus, it makes leftovers that you can quickly heat up for your busy morning schedule.

We originally made this recipe with an english muffin, but it’s hard to find those without oil, milk and/or eggs so we switched it to a whole grain bread sandwich. Whole grains are healthier anyway.

The bread in our pictures is a whole wheat bread with chia seeds. We get it from a local baker here in Cuenca, Ecuador called ArteSana Panadería y Pastelería. They aren’t a vegan baker, but they do make delicious vegan bread.

We like to eat this as a breakfast sandwich, but you can eat it for lunch or dinner, too. We used to put vegan butter on our sandwiches until we realized how much oil and how many calories vegan butter has. Now we either buy really high quality bread that doesn’t need anything added to it, or we use a nut butter, jam or hummus, depending on what we’re eating. Some of our Vegan Hummus or White Bean Dip or Spread would go great on this tofu breakfast sandwich.

Tofu Breakfast Sandwich

This breakfast meal has 16 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, 19% RDA Iron, 50% Vitamin C and 14% Calcium. Pair it with a bowl of fresh or frozen fruit and this makes one filling breakfast. I can’t think of a better way to start your day than with a nutrient dense tofu breakfast sandwich like this.

If you’re on a weight loss plan, you can skip the avocado to reduce the fat content and calories.

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Tofu Egg Salad Sandwich

Tofu Egg Salad Sandwich PinIMHO, this Tofu Egg Salad Sandwich tastes far better than the real thing. I’ve never been an egg salad fan so I was very skeptical of this recipe, but Amelia out-did herself on this one. It looks, feels and tastes just like egg salad, but with less of the overpowering mayo flavor.

Turmeric is what gives the mashed tofu it’s yellow, egg-like color, but turmeric is also very medically beneficial on its own right. Thousands of studies have shown that turmeric can help with common ailments, such as high cholesterol, depression, inflammation, pain, arthritis, and more. HealthAmbition.com has a good article on the benefits of Turmeric.

We had a loaf of sourdough bread on hand, but you can use your favorite bread, preferably whole grain.

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan Ranch Dressing PinYou can use this Vegan Ranch Dressing as a salad dressing, or as a dipping sauce for your Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings or fresh veggies. It’s very tasty and versatile.

Regular ranch dressing typically contains mayonnaise, sour cream and Worcestershire Sauce, none of which are vegan. This recipe uses vegan mayonnaise, almond milk and apple cider vinegar to create the same savory flavor without the animal ingredients.

The vegan mayonnaise contains a lot of oil and the recipe as a whole isn’t very nutritious so I wouldn’t consider this a healthy weight loss condiment. But if you’re looking for a vegan ranch dressing or dipping sauce, this one is fantastic!

Vegan Ranch Dressing Instructional Video

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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.

Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings Instructional Video

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Vegan Alfredo Pasta

Vegan Alfredo Pasta PinThis Vegan Alfredo Pasta has a nice white, creamy alfredo sauce made with cashew cream. With 295 calories and 11 grams of protein per serving, it’s delicious and creamy without any cholesterol. Both your tastebuds and arteries will thank you.

Eat this with some colorful veggies like an Easy Garden Salad or Italian Tomatoes and Mushrooms to balance out the “whiteness” of the sauce and pasta.

We used whole-wheat spaghetti, but this Vegan Alfredo Pasta Sauce would go great with fettuccine or spiral pasta, too. We mixed the sauce and pasta together, but you can serve the sauce over the pasta if you don’t feel like mixing it.

Remember to prepare your Vegan Cashew Cream ahead of time. It takes a couple of hours to soak the cashews.

Vegan Alfredo Pasta

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Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Roasted Garbanzo BeansTo quote Amelia, “These Roasted Garbanzo Beans are a simple, satisfying, salty snack to satisfy your salty cravings.” You just mix a few things together and bake until they’re brown and crispy.

Garbanzo beans, also called chickpeas, are a great source of protein and fiber. Each serving of theseRoasted Garbanzo Beans has 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber with only 110 calories. They’re delicious AND nutritious.

You can add other seasonings to mix this recipe up, like chili powder, cayenne pepper, mustard powder, etc. Be creative with it and see what you like best.

The hardest part of this recipe is removing the shells from the garbanzo beans. The easiest way to remove the shells is to put the beans on half of a large dish towel, fold the other half of the towel over to cover the beans, and rub the towel over the beans back-and-forth vigorously with both hands. This loosens the shells making them much easier to peel off.

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