Chickpea-Vegetable Quinoa (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Chickpea-Vegetable Quinoa (Vegan & Gluten Free) An easy, quick, one pot meal for everybody!
Quinoa is an amazing grain.  It is a great source of protein and cooks up really quickly compared to other whole grains.

This recipe is almost as simple as making quinoa from a box (but you get to control what goes into it!).  This would make an excellent weeknight meal when you are almost too tired to cook.

You start off by sauteing the onions in a little olive oil.  Then you add the fresh and frozen veggies into the pot and cook them until tender.  Then you stir in the seasonings, quinoa, and water.  Cook for about 20 minutes, and your done!

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:1 TBSp olive oil1 onion, chopped1 clove garlic, minced1 carrot, pelled & diced1 stalk celery, diced1/2 cup green beans (I used frozen)1/2 cup pepper strips (frozen here too)1 cup quinoa, rinsed1 1/2 cups water (or vegetable broth for added flavor)2 cups cooked chickpeas (from dry or low salt canned)1/2 tsp onion powd…

Oatmeal-Raisin Muffins (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Oatmeal-Raisin Muffins (Vegan and Gluten Free)
I definitely enjoy cooking with oatmeal.  I already used it to make pancakes and veggie burgers, so I decided to make a muffin next!  It's cheap, it's easy, and it's healthy.  What's not to love?

These muffins are tender, sweet (but not too sweet), and are packed with amazing flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. They make a very portable breakfast or snack too!

Ground chia seeds act as the binder in this recipe.  To grind the seeds, simply place them in a coffee grinder (one dedicated for spices and seeds would be best) and blend until you basically have a flour.  Hydrate them in warm water and allow to sit for five minutes.

This recipe also requires you to make your own plant based buttermilk.  The good news is that it's super easy to do.  Pour the soy milk right into your medium mixing bowl.  Stir in the vinegar.  Let it sit for about five minutes.  By the time you are ready to assemble the wet ingredients, i…

Lentil-Zucchini Buritos

Lentil-Zucchini BurritosYum
The other night I was craving Mexican-y food, but I absolutely did not want black beans.  I decided to use lentils as the protein, sauteed up with some onions and zucchini.  It was amazing!

In frying pan, you simply saute up all the ingredients, then simply layer into your burrito and enjoy.  It's really easy to make.  If you make the lentils ahead of time, this would make a really nice meal to make in a short amount of time.

I topped my burrito with fresh tomatoes and red onions.  You could finish yours off with whatever you happen to have on hand: salsa, guacamole, scallions, fresh cucumbers, etc.

Serves: 6

Ingredients:1 TBSP olive oil1 onion, chopped1 zucchini, quartered & sliced2 garlic cloves, minced3 cups cooked lentils1/2 tsp cumin1/2 tsp paprika1/4 tsp oregano1/4 tsp parsley1/8 tsp cayennepinch of salt
Directions:In a saute pan heat up your oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and saute, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 3 mi…

Carrot-Raisin Oatmeal Pancake (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Carrot-Raisin-Oat PancakesYum
My 2 year old is (quite unsurprisingly) fond of pancakes.  The problem, is that pancakes tend to be full of processed wheat, refined sugar, and not much else.  I decided that I wanted to give these a nutritional twist; with whole grains from the oatmeal, fresh veggies from the carrot, and unsweetened raisins.  It only contains a tiny bit of coconut sugar for sweetness, and even that you could probably omit.

These pancakes contain absolutely no flour (except for the oat flour that you make yourself from oatmeal).  If you choose to use gluten free oats, you could make this recipe completely gluten free!

Chia seed replaces the egg as the binder and soy milk replaces the dairy, making these completely vegan, as well.

Serves: 6
Ingredients:1 cup soy milk1 TBSP apple cider vinegar1 TBSP ground chia seed3 TBSP warm water1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats1/2 TBSP coconut sugar3/4 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp cinnamon1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp salt1/2 tsp va…

Black Bean-Sweet Potato Burrito

Black Bean-Sweet Potato Burrito Yum
 Does anything pair better with black beans than sweet potato?  Didn't think so.  These delicious flavors form the base of your burrito.  Feel free to dress them up with whatever you can imagine!  I used red onion, fresh tomatoes, and salsa.  You could also use avocado, guacamole, scallions, peppers, etc.

All you need to do to make your burrito is to saute the onion in your oil, then brown up your potatoes, and finally stir in the black beans and seasonings.

Then, you can spoon it onto your wrap, top it with whatever toppings you enjoy, and eat!  This was a really quick and easy weeknight dinner.  I hope you enjoy!

Serves: 4

Ingredients:1 TBSP olive oil1/2 onion, chopped1 clove garlic, minced1 sweet potato, quartered lengthwise & sliced thin1/4 tsp salt1 can black beans1/2 tsp cumin1/4 tsp oregano1/4 tsp parsley1/8 tsp thyme1/8 tsp cayenne
Directions:Warm your oil in a saute pan over medium heat.  Add the onions and saute, stirring frequent…

Lentil-Potato Soup

Lentil-Potato SoupYum  The other night I was in need of a seriously satisfying hearty dinner.  Also, I didn't have the time to soak and cook beans from scratch.  Lentils provide really deep flavor in addition to cooking up pretty quickly.

This is a super simple recipe.  All you need to do is saute the onions in the olive oil quickly, then add the remaining ingredients and let simmer on low.  It's the perfect meal to cook up when you can't pay close attention to what you're cooking.

Serves: 4
Ingredients:1 TBSP olive oil2 onions, chopped2 potatoes, cubed2 carrots, peeled & sliced1 stalk celery, diced6 cups veggie broth1 cup lentils1/2 tsp cumin1/2 tsp parsley1/2 tsp thyme1/4 tsp cayennesalt and pepper to taste
Directions:Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.Add onions and cook, stirring frequently for 3 minutes or until the onions begin to look translucent.Add the veggies, potatoes, broth, and seasonings to the pot and bring to a boil on high heat.Once boil…

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin SeedsYum Between jack o lanterns, soups, and pies there are a lot of reasons to cut into those giant (and not-so giant) orange squashes.  One of my favorite reasons to disassemble a pumpkin are the seeds.
Pumpkin seeds are not only delicious, they are also a great source of protein and fiber.  And the best reason? My toddler is totally pumpkin seed addicted.
You don't have to limit yourself to pumpkin seeds either.  Butternut squash and acorn squash seeds are equally delicious (although the yield per fruit is less).
The way that I always made them with my mom was to soak them in saltwater in a jar overnight, and then bake them in the oven with a little oil in the morning.

Allow them to cool and then transfer them to a bowl where they can be stolen by tiny hands while you are trying to take a photo.  Seriously.

pumpkin seeds (whatever your pumpkin yields)enough water to cover1/4 tsp salt per cup of seedssmall amount of olive oil for greasing the cookie…