Monday, November 28, 2022

Easiest Mexican Black Bean Dip Made in Minutes

black bean dip and a bowl of sliced yellow peppers

With the holidays and holiday parties just around the corner, you will be happy to have this quick and easy guilt-free Mexican black bean dip on hand that can be made last minute and in minutes to help spread the cheer! Tired of hummus? 

Friday, November 25, 2022

Vegan Green Bean Soup Made With Frozen Green Beans

Have you ever heard of green bean soup? 

green bean vegetable soup, vegan soup

From my research, it seems that this soup is of German origin and is called Grüne Bohnen Suppe which translates to Green Bean Soup. 
This is my vegan version of this delicious soup.

Monday, November 21, 2022

4 Amazing Thanksgiving Salads

Wilted kale, roasted squash, pomegranate, red onion and greens make an interesting salad that will dazzle your guests. 

Thanksgiving Acorn Squash Salad

I shared this salad recently but it is so good and so perfect for Thanksgiving that I wanted to share it for anyone who missed it. 

carrot salad , cranberries, walnuts

This is a nice light tomato salad for the holiday made with tomatoes, red onions, and olives. Yum

Tomato salad with olives and red onions

Quinoa Tabouleh Salad
A wonderful way to combine quinoa with vegetables. Light, easy to serve since it doesn't need to be warmed up. 

Pan, Quinoa, Multicoloured, Vegetables

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Instant Pot Black Friday Sales and Recipes

Instant Pot 6 quart (affiliate link) is by far the tool that I use the most in the kitchen. There was a very short learning curve which involved going on Youtube and watching a short video or I could have read the instructions but I was too lazy. 

After using the pot just ONCE , I felt like a pro and started using it for steaming vegetables, making potatoes, quinoa, rice, beans, and spaghetti and all kinds of pasta, soups because I'm vegan. But you can certainly cook roasts, chicken, firs and meat in it!  You have no idea what a great tool it is until you actually start using it. 

I could be making even more, but I am not adventurous enough to make baked goods in it or make gourmet foods- but many people do. 

An easy recipe for the Instant Pot is Broccoli soup (link to the recipe) - an very nourishing and delicious way to eat broccoli. 

I also make my own creamy chickpeas in the Instant Pot (link to the recipe). It is so easy. You don't even have to soak the beans overnight if you don't want to, but for better digestibility I often do. Cans are in aluminum which get into your system.

Quinoa made in the Instant Pot

I make quinoa in Instant Pot  (link to the recipe) in just 2 minutes cooking time and it comes out light and fluffy. Just the way we like it. The Instant Pot is so easy to clean that I would not want to cook it any other way.

Table Setting, Place Setting, Setting

For couples or families, trust me, it will not feel like just an extra appliance on your shelf. It will be a fabulous tool for weeknight cooking and when entertaining.

Who do you know who love an Instant Pot for the holidays? 
Now is the time to get one while it is on sale for Black Friday.
Instant Pot 6 quart (affiliate link to take a look on Amazon)

Noodles, Pasta, Spaghetti, Meal, Italian, Having Lunch

Spaghetti (or any pasta) link to the recipe in the Instant is one of my favorite ways to make it. You cook in directly in the sauce, so no need to boil water, drain, and then toss. No Mess!!! and it is delcious.

If you have not purchased an Instant Pot you might want to look into during Black Friday Sales. 
Instant Pot 6 quart (affiliate link to the Amazon sale)  is on sale for $79.00 which is a good buy. I've had mine for 5 years now and it still works great. It's worth having one. 

Great advantages
It is VERY easy to clean, it doesn't spill over, you can set it and leave it and it will automatically shut off and still keep food warm. I use it for everything. Oh it doesn't heat up the kitchen and if your stove burners are full on Thanksgiving or another holiday, you've to another burner to cook.

It comes in 3 quart, 6 quart and 8 quart. 

I have the 6 quart and the 8 quart that I use all the time ( I am a snow bird and have one at each location).

Instant Pot 6 quart (affiliate link to look at the Instant Pot) is on sale right not for Black Friday Sales. Go Take a Look


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Saturday, November 19, 2022

10 Vegan and Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Sides

This a traditional Tzimmis when baked melts together for a chunky delicious mix of fall flavors.

sweet potato, tzimmis, apples, prunes
The photo is before it was baked. It becomes creamy and delicious when baked.

A healthier choice for yam casserole with apricots and apples adding to the sweetness for a wonderful yam bake.

Thanksgiving yam bake, apples, Yams, vegan
Before Baking

The perfectly healthy cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving using fresh cranberries with sweet apples spiced with interesting flavors.

Thanksgiving cranberry chutney - vegan

One of my favorite salads. It's sweet and crunchy and perfect for Thanksgiving since it is best to make it the night before to give the incredible flavors a chance to mingle and the carrots a chance to relax.

Grated carrot salad with nuts and cranberries

Enjoy this rich vegan gravy over dairy free mashed potatoes. A real comfort food without the heavy fats and calories.

mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy-vegan

A simple but delicious combination of two complementary vegetables. 

roasted asparagus and roasted cherry tomatoes

Roasted vegetables are perfect for Thanksgiving because they can be served hot or at room temperature so they can be made in advance. It's all in the presentation. Make a variety of vegetables in advance and arrange on a platter. 

beautiful roasted vegetable platter

A wonderful quinoa side that is both flavorful and delicious. Your guests will keep coming back for more. 

Asian Quinoa vegetable slaw, GF

Green Bean

A healthier alternative to the more traditional high fat green bean casserole in a mushroom cream sauce.

Roasting is the tastiest way to cook Brussels sprouts. They are crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Even Brussels sprouts haters are swayed by this recipe.

Roasted Brussels sprouts

I have both of these appliances and love them both. They are both on sale on Amazon just click on the photo.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Easy Plant-Based Cookbook for Two- Review and Recipe

Lei Shishak, author of Farm-to Ladle Desserts and Beach House Baking, has published a new cookbook called Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two - and I think it's impressive and worth a look!

Saturday, November 12, 2022

7 Plant-Based Soup Ideas For Thanksgiving- vegan and GF

Thanksgiving vegan soup in acorn squash

In our family the Thanksgiving meal is not complete without soup. The temperatures are often cold, if not frigid, so a hot bowl of delicious fall soup hits the spot. Today I'm sharing 7 soup recipes.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

A Plant-Based Thanksgiving- 4 of My Favorite Appetizers

           Creative postcard placed on plate

Whether your family gathering is large or small, Thanksgiving is a time when lasting memories are made and the aroma of delicious traditional holiday foods ooze from the kitchen. 

Making a plant-based Thanksgiving can be a challenge, but it is not as difficult as you might think. 

Thanksgiving, Dinner, Table, Turkey, Holiday

Most Thanksgiving sides are plant-based or can easily be made plant-based.  The greater challenge is finding the perfect entree to replace the Turkey. 

I sharing some of my favorite recipes from Thanksgiving's Past to help get think plant-based and gluten-free if you, a family member or guest have special eating needs this Thanksgiving. 

Appetizers Anyone? 
If you are like our family, we like to convene about 2:00 PM, hang around with some appetizers (and drinks)🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 share some mingle time together, and then enjoy the Thanksgiving feast. 

In today's post, I will share appetizer ideas. 
Following posts will address the other parts of the meal: 
Soups, salads, sides, desserts and entree. 

hummus appetizer with olives, roasted tomatoes, and chick peas
Extraordinary Hummus Platter( recipe link) - Homemade hummus is always the best, but whether you decide to make your own (recipe provided for homemade hummus- recipe link) or use prepared hummus you can still make a wow presentation with this delicious hummus display. 

vegan appetizer display, avocado, vegan

A beautiful display of tomatoes, capers, basil, avocado and cucumbers. Healthy, tasty, and appealing. 

stuffed artichokes, vegan

These are a little more work but absolutely delicious. Could be a side dish or an appetizer. 

Baked Vegan Pakoras, gluten-free, oil-free

Indian Style Vegan Vegetable Pakoras (recipe link)- Baked not fried and oil free. Easy to make and your family will love them. Again, serve them with the meal or as an appetizer. 

What time does your Thanksgiving meal begin? 
Do you mingle with appetizers and drinks or get right to the meal? 

Be on the lookout for My next 4 posts which will share ideas for Plant-based Thanksgiving recipes: 

  • Thanksgiving Soup Ideas and Recipes
  • Thanksgiving Salad Ideas and Recipes
  • Thanksgiving Sides Ideas and Recipes
  • Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas and Recipes

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Winter Squash In The Instant Pot- Fast and Easy

butternut, acorn, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash

Do you love winter squashes but find them hard to cut and difficult to peel?  I either buy them pre-cut up or struggle to cut them. 
But no more!! I found a solution.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Updated Tofu (Egg-Like) Salad

tofu egg salad, vegan, gluten-free

Prior to becoming a vegan, about 2 years ago, I loved to eat egg salad. I still do, but now as a new vegan I choose not to eat eggs. Instead I make am egg-like salad or some people say eggless salad made out of tofu which I think tastes really great and is very easy to make.