Here's basically what I did:
This was very good. (It was my dinner last night.) I just had to share. I found the original recipe on Pinterest. I'll include the pin below. However, I changed it up a bit. I wanted to make a single serving and I also needed to modify based upon the ingredients I had on hand. I do that a lot - basically just using a recipe as a guide. I tried to capture what I was doing though so I could share with you. These quantities are estimated. I've included another picture so you can see the ratios in the bowl before mixing. I'm planning to make this again and will try to get actual measurements. That being said, I don't think it matters that much that it be precise.
Here's basically what I did:
This is another of my favorite meals. I've loved rice and beans for awhile. I think it began after a trip to Puerto Rico. Habichuelas rosadas con arroz (Pink beans with rice) was what got me hooked. There are tons of varieties of rice & bean dishes using different types of beans, seasonings, etc. Rice and beans combines the benefits of low cost (especially if you cook using dried beans), easy preparation and full flavor with lots of room for personalization.
I learned how to up the nutritional content of this dish from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. If you have any concern about heart disease, I highly recommend this book. Dr. Esselstyn's son also has written a book, Engine 2, also great. Both books include recipes. Engine 2 has a website and they include their version of the recipe there. Click "read more" below to see what I do.
rice noodles, steamed broccoli, grated carrots
Here's another favorite recipe from Happy Herbivore - Cheater Pad Thai sauce. I love Thai food. I like this recipe because it's quick, easy and tasty.
Here's the recipe along with my comments (as usual) in blue. :) When I first started using this recipe, it was posted by Happy Herbivore as Cheater Pad Thai - the rice noodle dish. Now it's just the sauce and lists various uses. I think that is excellent. When I first made it, I thought the sauce had other potential. You'll see instructions for a rice noodle dish using the sauce (how I typically make it) along with comments for other uses. Keep reading for the recipe. Be forewarned though. It can be addicting. It was for me when I first made it. ;)
It was a gray dreary day yesterday which triggered a craving for this soup. It's the ultimate non-dairy creamy comfort soup for me. If you love dairy, don't let the "non-dairy" description scare you. Try this. I think you'll be surprised - pleasantly surprised. If you avoid dairy for whatever reason but still love creamy soup, you will be so glad you have found this recipe!
Typically I am not a soup person. It's just not something I typically get excited about eating. I tell you this because I LOVE this soup, well, chowder. I have lost count of how many times I have made it. The recipe is from my friend at Plantiful Wellness.
For the creaminess it uses cashews and non-dairy milk. Nutritional yeast gives it a bit of a "cheesy" taste. Nutritional yeast is a good source of B vitamins - something any stressed person can use (are there any people out there who aren't stressed these days?).
I've added comments in blue based upon what I do when preparing this and also some extra comments in case you've never cooked using cashews, nutritional yeast, etc. I want to make plant based meals and eating as easy as possible especially if you are new at it. Personally I love trying to new things and hope you will too. Of course, if you are a long time cook of non-dairy, plant based foods, just ignore all of my additional commentary. :)
These are great and much less fat and calories than standard fries. I got this recipe from Everyday Wholesome Eating by Kim Wilson. She also has a website called Simply Natural Health.
You might notice a little green in the photo. Those are green beans. One night, since I had fresh green beans on hand, I decided to throw them in with the potatoes. They turned out awesome. I am always looking for an opportunity to make meals more colorful - especially with green veggies. ;) Unfortunately my daughter wouldn't eat the green beans. She prefers hers raw which is fine with me. Her choice is actually healthier. She'll be getting more enzymes - but that's another post for another day.
Here's the recipe (slightly modified to cut back on the oil):
Here is another favorite veggie burger recipe. This one is from Plantiful Wellness. (A link to the site and recipe is below.) They're made with lentils, (hence the name, Lentil Patties) and don't require having cooked beans on hand since they use lentils which cook very quickly. If you have ever made veggie burgers before, you know that getting all the ingredients to stick together can sometimes be a challenge. These are an exception. They hold together very well!
Here's one of my favorite veggie burger recipes. My 5 year old loves it too so this one is kid approved. It's mom approved because it's nutritious and (sometimes more important - especially some days) it's quick & easy! I love simple, quick, easy, nutritious food that tastes great!
The burger pictured is one I made. Here's the original recipe from Happy Herbivore. Below you can see the recipe along with comments about my additions and tips for saving money and time.
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I'm a Mom with a passion for wellness - learning, exploring, sharing and encouraging others. And yes, my daughter helped me come up with the name. I would never seriously call myself a princess. lol