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Baked Pasta and Vegan Pecan Parmesan

Baked Pasta and Vegan Pecan Parmesan

Want to take your work/school lunch to the next level? Make Baked Pasta and Vegan Pecan Parm (insert heart eyes emoji). I made this recipe for my fiancé as a birthday dish but I was also thinking about a recipe that holds up well as leftovers for the work week. Welllllll, this is it guys, it’s a perfect dish. I made this recipe very easy for you because I bought organic store bought marinara sauce and dressed it up with some fresh basil leaves and garlic. This saved me time and even money because I did buy the cheapest organic marinara I could find without sacrificing quality. Back in the day when I was a dairy eater, I used to love parmesan cheese and sprinkled some on just about everything I ate. Honestly, I didn’t know that it could be veganized and taste so much better than its dairy counterpart. The key? Nuts, nutritional yeast, FRESH garlic, and some sea salt. How cool is that? 

The topping truly makes this dish. Everyone loves noodles, marinara, and veggies but really, the pecan parm is the star of the show. Together, the pasta filling and parm will impress any guest you serve it to. Also, this recipe makes a lot! It can easily serve 6-7 as a side dish. If you’re anything like me, when pasta is served at any event, you shovel it onto your plate. Oops, did anyone else get to try some?

Pic of the pasta pre-bake and without the Vegan Parm! Clearly not as perfect without the parm, but oh em gee, I could definitely eat the pasta just like this too.

Baked Pasta and Vegan Pecan Parmesan
Serves 6
A delicious, easy, hearty, and healthy pasta recipe topped with a decadent vegan pecan parmesan
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Ingredients
  1. Filling
  2. 1 bag of brown rice noodles (I used Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta 12 oz)
  3. 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  4. 2 cups zucchini (cut zucchini circles in half)
  5. 16 oz white mushrooms cut in half (I like to rinse mushrooms with water and pat dry)
  6. 3 handfuls baby spinach
  7. 1 can marinara sauce (25 oz and I used Simple Truth Brand)
  8. Handful fresh basil leaves
  9. 1 garlic clove
  10. Pecan Parmesan
  11. 1.5 cup pecans
  12. 1 clove garlic
  13. 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  14. Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions and drain them.
  2. In a separate pan, sauté mushrooms, zucchini, and spinach in 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil on medium heat for 7 minutes. Let the veggies cool and drain them to get rid of excess water.
  3. Combine the canned marinara, basil, and garlic in a nutribullet.
  4. Mix the noodles, veggies, and marinara in large bowl and combine.
  5. Pour the mixture into a round lightly greased baking pan (I used EVOO and pan dimensions: 14 x 10 in)
  6. For the Pecan Parmesan, combine the ingredients in a nutribullet and mix until a texture emulating parmesan cheese forms.
  7. Top the pasta mixture with the Pecan Parmesan.
  8. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!!
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20 Minute Hearty Vegan Sandwiches

20 Minute Hearty Vegan Sandwiches

20 minutes. Yep, that’s it! 20 minutes and you’ve got yourself a fantastic, filling, and yummy plant based meal sitting on your table. Oh happy day. Eating well is not always convenient but it’s important, and that’s why I love creating recipes that you can whip up in no time. My 20 Minute Hearty Vegan Sandwich filling tastes a lot like pizza sauce with mixed with mushrooms, bell peppers, tempeh, and pinto beans. Yay for fiber, protein, and deliciously bold flavors! You really can have it all.

This is a great meal to take to school or work. Also, I love 20 Minute Hearty Vegan Sandwiches because they’re filling!! It’s so important for me to make nutrient dense meals that are satisfying because if I don’t, then I’m prone to snacking on junk food. 

 

 

20 Minute Hearty Vegan Sandwiches
Serves 6
A deliciously filling vegan sandwich recipe that will be loved by all!
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 large bell peppers
  2. 227 g mushrooms
  3. 16 g of tempeh
  4. 1/3 cup onion
  5. 1 can pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
  6. 3 tbsp coconut avocado oil blend for sautéing
  7. 1 can organic tomato sauce
  8. 1 cup vegetable broth (add more as needed)
  9. 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  10. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  11. dash of nutmeg
  12. Fresh chopped cilantro if wanted
Instructions
  1. Cut the veggies and tempeh into small pieces.
  2. Saute the veggies and tempeh in the avocado coconut oil blend on medium heat for a few minutes (sautéed mine for 3 minutes). Stir often.
  3. Then, add the tomato sauce, vegetable broth, and spices.
  4. Cook the mixture on medium heat for another 17 minutes and stir periodically.
  5. Add the cilantro at the end.
  6. Top your favorite bread with the mix and enjoy as an open or closed sandwich!
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No Bake Vegan Carrot Cupcakes

No Bake Vegan Carrot Cupcakes

Friday and cupcakes?!?! I can’t contain my excitement. The weekend+ tasty vegan treats = pure bliss. Earlier this week, my man and I were craving something sweet after dinner but we didn’t want to buy anything premade because many times, store-bought desserts are loaded with yucky ingredients. I just happened to have dates and carrots in my fridge, and coconut flour in my pantry, so voila! Easter is this weekend and No Bake Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes are PERFECT for dessert. These gems are sweet, beyond delicious, easy to make and you can pronounce every ingredient :).

Let’s talk about the beloved frosting. I wish I could fully express my fondness for the “cream cheese” frosting. Between the soaked cashews, dates, and vanilla almond yogurt, you’ll be putting a dollop of this stuff on everything from donuts to oatmeal. 

That bite!!!

No Bake Vegan Carrot Cupcakes
Serves 8
A clean and easy no bake carrot cake cupcake recipe!!
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Ingredients
  1. Cupcake Ingredients
  2. 1 cup pitted dates ( I used Pitted Deglet Noor Dates)
  3. 1 cup finely grated carrots (packed down)
  4. 1 cup raw cashews
  5. 4 tbsp coconut flour
  6. 2 tbsp peanut butter (I used Earth Balance Natural Peanut Butter and Flaxseed Crunchy)
  7. 2 tbsp avocado oil
  8. 1 tsp cinnamon
  9. 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  10. Cupcake Frosting Ingredients
  11. 1/2 soaked raw cashews (soak overnight)
  12. 1/2 cup yogurt (I used Amande Plain)
  13. 5 dates (Pitted Deglet Noor Dates)
  14. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Process the carrot cupcake ingredients in a food processor until everything is well-combined (refer to pictures for what texture should look like).
  2. Fill baking cups with cupcake filling and the "dough" should yield 8 small cupcakes.
  3. Place the cupcakes in the fridge and let them set overnight.
  4. In the morning, combine cupcake frosting ingredients in a nutribullet and process until a cream and smooth consistency forms.
  5. Top the cupcakes with the frosting, pop them in the fridge for about 30 minutes and then enjoy!
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What I Eat in a Day

What I Eat in a Day

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” My Greek ancestors had the right idea! I truly live by this quote and ensure that my body is fueled with lots of vegetables, legumes, grains, and fruit every single day. Preparing meals for the next day is essential for me because then I’m less likely to eat out and reach for junk food. Take that extra 30 minutes when you get home from school or work to make some yummy planty eats. Your body and your mind will thank you lots :).  I’ve been meaning to upload this post for quite some time, so please let me know if you enjoy it and I can post more!

Breakfast was a smoothie and it was awesome! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I switch between oatmeal, smoothies, and avo toast for breakfast. I’ve started to put frozen riced sweet potato in my smoothies and I’m tellin’ ya, it’s a game changer (the new riced cauliflower?). I have an obsession with avocados, so of course I threw 1/2 of one in there. Other ingredients included 1/2 of a banana, toasted coconut milk, a little bit of raw kale, frozen bluebs, nutritional booster, and golden milk (not pictured). 

I had to bring some carrots and hummus with me to school. I’m actually a rabbit. The only thing that would have upgraded this snack would have been some crackers.

I didn’t forget my water bottle this time (happens often). Hydration is so important and it really helps beat the bloat. 

Ah yes, lunchtime finally came and I devoured some veggie hash with potatoes, bell peppers, carrots, and zucchini. Hummus and walnuts completed the meal. A little banana on the side was the perfect treat!

I was hungry again at this point. No, I was hangry. Combine accounting (not my fave) with hunger and it’s not a pretty sight. Not to fear, kale chips are near. A handful of kale chips was the perfect snack to tide me over until dinner. These are SO good dipped in hummus or guacamole. 

I worked out after class and I knew it wouldn’t be long until I craved a bowl of carbs. This was my favorite meal of the day and for the right reasons. First and foremost, it was pasta mixed with dairy-free Kite Hill cream cheese, hummus, and beans. Second, it was nourishing for my body since the pasta was made from brown rice and also gluten-free! The beans added some necessary protein. 

Lastly, I finished my long day of eeeeeats with some dark chocolate dipped in a tiny bit of dairy-free plain cream cheese. I always opt for a high % of cacao when I buy dark chocolate. 

 

Vegan Banana Milk Oats

Vegan Banana Milk Oats

Oh oatmeal, you’re perfect served warm (or cold), you’re American Heart Association certified, filling, and very cost-effective! I heart you oatmeal. In fact, I made you taste even better with sweet, nourishing, and creamy banana milk. Oats, bananas, nuts, and maple syrup are a classic combination that warms my soul on a cold Ohio winter day. Forget those yucky artificial sweeteners and start cooking your oats in naturally sweet banana milk. It’s infused with dates and cinnamon, ummm heaven. Vegan Banana Milk Oats only take 10 minutes to cook and there’s not a microwave in sight, this is stovetop oatmeal :).

The suggested toppings I name for you include goji berries, pecans, pistachios (pictured are lightly salted), sprouted Granola (Go Raw brand), and bluuuuuuuuebs. Oh, and let’s not forget that oatmeal is not complete without a drizzle of organic maple syrup <3.

 

Vegan Banana Milk Oats
Serves 1
A delicious and creamy stovetop oatmeal recipe cooked in banana milk
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of old fashioned oats
  2. Banana Milk Ingredients
  3. 1 small frozen ripe banana (make sure it's sweet!)
  4. 2 pitted dates
  5. 1 and 1/3 cups of water
  6. Pinch of cinnamon
  7. Other Ingredients
  8. Another 1/3 cup of water (added at 6 minute mark)
  9. Suggested Toppings
  10. Pecans, Pistachios (lightly salted)
  11. Sprouted granola
  12. Frozen blueberries
  13. Goji berries
  14. Maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Place Banana Milk ingredients in a nutribullet/blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Then, combine the oats and Banana Milk in a small pot.
  3. Side Note: Stir often to avoid burning on bottom of pot.
  4. Cook the oatmeal on medium-low heat and at the 6 minute mark, add 1/3 cup water. Stir, and let the oats cook another 4 minutes.
  5. Place the mixture in a bowl and top with your favorites!
  6. Enjoy!!
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Healthy Zucchini and Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Zucchini and Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies

I’m sitting in my big comfy red chair currently devouring two Healthy Zucchini and Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies…needless to say, I am content. I thought long and hard about my next blog recipe and I realized that I don’t have a lot of cookie recipes (shocking). Healthy and sweet cookies for breakfast sure do beat regular ole cereal, especially when they’re made with wholesome ingredients such as bananas, zucchini, and walnuts. These round chewy bites of deliciousness will be sure to brighten your morning!

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A little bit of almond butter or peanut butter on a cookie always sounds like a good idea, would you agree?

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Enjoy these nourishing cookies and quality time with family and friends. Happy Holidays to all of you!! 

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Healthy Zucchini and Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies
Yields 7
A vegan breakfast cookie recipe packed with banana, zucchini, and walnuts!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 ripe medium sized bananas mashed
  2. 1/3 cup grated zucchini
  3. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  4. 1/3 cup coconut flour
  5. 1/3 cup 7 Grain Hot Cereal (I used Bob's Red Mill brand)
  6. 1 tbsp organic coconut palm sugar
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Mash the bananas and zucchini together before adding the other ingredients. Combine and fold in walnuts.
  2. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Form medium sized cookies and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!
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