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Vegan Creamy Hot Cocoa

I made this up but damn did it turn out delicious.  This would be good as well with other milks so feel free to experiment with different ingredients.  So quick and easy to make as well!

You will need:

-1/2-1 cup of cashew milk

-2 cups of chocolate soy milk

-1 tablespoon cocoa powder

-so delicious coconut whipped cream

-vegan friendly chocolate sauce

I heated the milks up in the microwave until piping hot. Added the cashew milk on the bottom with half of the cocoa powder. Added the chocolate soy milk, the rest of the cocoa powder, dallop of whipped coconut cream and drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Yummy! Enjoy!

Meal Ideas: homemade vegan pizza pops!

These were a hit at our house. Fun to make together as a family, and tasty! These are easily freezable after you make them and easy to customize. 

We recommend organic sauce with lots of organic veggies and a dash(or dump) of nutritional yeast. We added dayia shredded cheese and it was divine.  

As I mentioned these are freezable, so these made an excellent school lunch. I heat them up right as we leave,pop them in Aubreys thermos and they are warm for her lunch time!

Here is the link to the recipe we used -> Dairy free pizza pockets

We only managed to snap a picture as they were heading for the oven!


 

Vegan Pulled “Pork”


This was spot on. So yummy on a warm bun with a sprinkle of vegan cheese! This was definitely a good alternative to pulled pork. I can not wait to make this again and have Aubrey try it!

You will need:

-3 packages of oyster mushrooms

-3/4 tablespoon chili powder

-1 tablespoon canola oil

-2 medium yellow onions

-1 tablespoon minced garlic

-1/2 tablespoon thyme

-1/2 can of coke (or root beer!)

-1 cup of vegan friendly bbq sauce

How to prepare:

Chop onions and pull/cut mushrooms into stringy long pieces.

Place a large cast iron skillet or large pot on medium high heat. Heat up the oil and saute the onions and garlic until soft. About 8 minutes. Then add mushrooms and mix well. 

Add spices , liquid smoke, coke and bbq sauce. Cook on medium heat for 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally. If it starts to boil reduce heat.

Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving, it is very hot!  Serve on your favorite bun with your favorite vegan cheese and enjoy!

YUMMY!


 

Yummy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies


The dough was amazing, even the omni child loved it haha! These are very good. Just do not leave on pan to long afterremoving from oven. They harden quickly. These taste like Pillsbury cookies!

You will need:

-1/2 cup of vegetable shorting or vegan butter (I used shortening)

-1/2  cup packed brown sugar

-3 heaping tablespoons of white sugar

-3 tablespoons of vanilla extract

-1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

-1 cup of vegan friendly semi sweet chocolate chips

-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

-1-1 1/4 cups of flour

-3 and 1/2 Tablespoon of chickpea brine (juice from the can)

How to prepare:

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix butter or shortening  with sugars with electric mixer. Add everything in EXCEPT the flour and chocolate chips.

Mix well then add flour a little at a time. Once mixed fold in chocolate chips. Make small balls and place on baking sheet.  Bake for 10-13 minutes. Remove and let cool on pan for 1-2 minutes and place in a sealed container . These can harden quickly so keep an eye on them ! ENJOY !!


 

crunchy bbq vegan”chicken”

This was so good! My one regret was not grinding my rice good enough and it made the “chicken” a bit TOO crunchy. I should have just used regular flour but I was told about using rice flour. I will have to buy it next time. We had none of so I just started grinding rice. Anyways turned out a bit too I crunchy but still yummy.

You will need:

-2 cups of flour

– 1/2-1 cup ice water

-4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

-1 tablespoon poultry seasoning

-1 teaspoon sage

-3 teaspoons onion powder

-3 teaspoons garlic powder

-salt and pepper to taste

-1 package of yves vegan shredded chik’n (or other brand of vegan chicken)

-1/2-1 cup of your favorite vegan bbq sauce

How to prepare:

Open package of yves and pat dry. Sprinkle nutritional yeast and the rest of the spices.

In large bowl mix flour with ice water. Watch not to make it too thin or to thick!

Dunk Yves Chik’n in batter and place in your deep fryer or hot potato either oil. Fry until golden, about 5-8 minutes  depending on fryer temperature!

Remove from.oil,allow to cool for about 3 minutes , toss in bowl with your favorite vegan bbq sauce !

So good can’t wait to make this again  and prefect it !

DELICIOUS DEEP FRIED BANANAS 

Tonight I had a hankering for something sweet. I stared at the lonely bananas in our fruit bowl then to our new deep fryer. And even though we had just made onion rings in the fryer, these bananas came out perfect and tasty.  A perfect sweet treat !

You will need:

-2 cups of flour

-1 tablespoon of rice flour(We grinded up jasmine rice)

-4 tablespoons sugar

-splash of vanilla

-salt to taste

-1 teaspoon if cinnamon

-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

-3/4 cup water

How to prepare:

In a medium bowl mix all dry ingredients.Add water and vanilla. Stir until a thick consistency is formed. The batter should kinda stick to the back of your spoon!

Heat your deep fryer. If you don’t have a deep fryer heat a deep pan with about half an inch or so of cooking oil. Slice bananas how you like. Big or small. We sliced it into rounds.  Dunk in the batter and place in the deep fryer until golden brown.

Serve immediately and sprinkle sugar or icing sugar! I put a little dollop of the whipped cream recipe we posted earlier today. It was good but these were best with just a simple sprinkle of sugar !

Enjoy these and trust me ! So good and so easy!

Sweet Vegan Whipped Cream

For our first try at whipped cream, not bad! I wasnt to concerned because we were using it to play Aubreys new PIE FACE game. Turned out pretty good, I just wanted it to be good enough she wouldn’t complain and eye roll “ugh vegan whipped cream nooooo”. I will update if I try again and make it taste better but this was pretty good!

You will need:

-can of full fat coconut milk

-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar

-3 tablespoons of vanilla extract

Chill a can of coconut milk in fridge overnight. Throw a metal bowl and whipping utensil in freezer 1 hour prior to making. Open can and place thick white creamy milk from can into the chilled bowl.  The left over water can be used for other things but not needed for this recipe.  Whip for about 5 on low, then add sugars and vanilla. Whip for 2-3 more minutes. Serve immediately.

I haven’t tried this on pies or anything so I am not sure how it would hold up. It was pretty good for a while at least good enough for a game we were smearing whipped “cream” on our face for.   It melted quickly but I could see it being so tasty on a hot bevy!

 

 

Mini Vegan Pizzas

These were a hit.  Next time we will make our crusts a bit thinner and try mini pizza pockets but they were still so delicious! We used Daiya cheese shreds and Yves vegan Pepperoni! Being vegan doesn’t mean no more pizza! Aub loved helping us with this one. She even used cookie cutters and made herself and her little sister a special pizza. When kids help grocery shop or prepare the food, I find they enjoy it so much more!

For the Yummy Crust you will need:

-1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

-2 teaspoons of sugar or sweetener of choice

-1/2 teaspoon of salt

-1 package of dry yeast

-1 cup of oat flour (We grinded up regular oats)

-2-3 tablespoons of olive oil(or other oil)

=1 to 1 1 1/2 cups of warm water

-spices of choice, this is optional. Suggestions include oregano, garlic powder, onion powder and basil

Prepping the dough:

We put all of our dry goods into our food processor attachment on our ninja.  Or mix in a large bowl.   Slowly add oil and water while mixing until a soft,sticky dough ball is formed.  Slightly oil a bowl and cover dough ball in it for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Sauce:

Use your favorite pizza sauce. We used Eden Organics Pizza sauce. I think it might be our new favorite. You can also use any canned pizza ot pasta sauce. Or make your own.

Toppings:

Top with your favorite toppings. We used …

-Mushrooms

-Daiya cheese shreds

-Onions

-Red peppers

-spinach

-garlic

-nutritional yeast

-Yves vegan pepperoni

 

I suggest sauteing mushrooms,onions and garlic before using as a topping. It gives it a nice flavor.

Preheat oven to 450 and bake mini pizzas for approximately 15 minutes. Keep an eye out, especially if you are like us and had 2 very special small, thin pizzas we couldn’t let burn!! Le cool 5 minutes and enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meal Ideas: Classic fish and chip with tartar sauce

This is such an easy dinner for a busy family! We use meat alternatives a few times a week when Aubrey is home hoping to help her transition to veganism at our home .  These fishless fillet by Gardin are so good. Not only do they look like traditional fish fillets, but Aubrey(7) approves of the flavor. She thought it was regular fish fillets.


We usually bake the fillets and they are always super crunchy. We are so tempted to try them deep fried next time.  To go with these fishless fillets we made homemade french fries!  We made big,fat fries out of red potatoes. Fried them to perfection in our new deep fryer and salted with a generous amount of sea salt.


I can’t recommend enough how much better making fries at home is. I know deep frying them is unhealthy but it still beats a drive thru fry in my opinion. Of course you can cook frozen fries with this but I highly recommend trying to make your own. Deep fried or baked, Home made fries taste WAY better!!  Dust and I had some balsamic vinegar on our fries for a tangy treat. I love fries and vinegar!!

We used our tartar sauce as dip. Of course it tasted divine on the fish and chips.  If you think you can’t have the meals you used to eat before going vegan you are wrong. I m amazed daily with what we try and how similar it tastes to the cruelty version!  Here is the link to the tartar recipe!   https://veganstrength.health.blog/2017/01/05/best-ever-vegan-tartar-sauce/

 

Hope you guys try these out with your little picky eaters or as a quick dinner when you’re in a pinch!

Best Ever Vegan Tartar Sauce?

 

 I debated calling this the best vegan tartar. Was it the best? It was only my 4th time making it but man it was good. Dustin told me later “It’s safe to call it the best, i tried it again and its so good!” So there you have it, for now this is the yummiest vegan tartar sauce ever.  We serve this with Gardins Fish-less fillets. So good! Taste just like traditional fish and chips but with none of the poor dead fishy!!

You will need :

-1 cup of vegan mayo

-3 tablespoons of sweet relish

-1-2 tablespoons of shredded white onion

-pink Himalayan rock salt )or salt of choice)

-pepper to taste

-2 tablespoons of lemon juice

-seasonings of choice. I recommend garlic powder or onion powder just to taste, but this is optional.

Mic all ingredients together in a bowl.  Set in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight for tastiest results!

YUM!!