It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Life has been busy & crazy in all sorts of ways. I moved to a new state with my partner, had other relationships begin & end, and done quite a bit of self exploration in various forms. But I’ve decided I would like to get back to posting some recipes on here. I’ve cooked some really delicious things lately, and it’s only fair to share, right? 🙂
This recipe is something I discovered lately and I am in love with this sauce! So healthy and yet so yummy. Pasta is my favorite way to eat it, but I’ve also used it for some delicious nachos, a cheesy hashbrown casserole, and philly cheese sandwiches (with portabello mushrooms, mmmm).
I don’t have a picture with this one, but I plan to get some more pretty pictures and posts on here soon.
Vegan mac & cheese (adapted from Veg News)
8 ounces pasta
1/2 cup carrots
1/3 cup butter/Earth Balance (not needed if trying to be extra healthy, but certainly adds a yummy buttery taste)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 can coconut milk
1/4 tsp garlic
1 tsp minced onion
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/4 tspn paprika
1/8 cup nutritional yeast (optional as well, but adds a bit of extra cheesiness)
Salt to taste
Add in veggies as desired! Broccoli is my favorite.
- Cook pasta on stove.
- Cook potatoes in microwave for several minutes until soft.
- Saute carrots until soft as well. Add all ingredients to blender, add about 1/3 cup of the can of coconut milk, and blend.
- Add more coconut milk as needed until sauce is smooth and still relatively thick. A little water can be added as well if the sauce is still a bit thick. Taste and adjust spices as necessary.
- Saute whatever vegetables you want to add in to the pasta and then heat everything together in one big pot on the stove. You can also throw it in a baking pan, add some breadcrumbs on top and put it in the oven if you want a baked version! (350 degrees for 30 minutes)
I love the fact that I have ridiculous amounts of free time at the moment. It’s so fun to be spending my time making food, reading novels, & pondering future life choices (graduate school in Europe perhaps??). My life is pretty wonderful indeed!
Also, these oreo cookies are just amazing. Mmmmm. They taste like coconut-y oreos, which I’m totally fine with.
The filling is made from either coconut cream or coconut milk – the difference is simply that coconut cream has a bit more of the coconut meat that you will be using for the filling, whereas the coconut milk has slightly less coconut meat and more of the coconut water in the can. For desserts, I recommend using the coconut cream because it has a slightly sweeter flavor & has more coconut meat, but you can use whatever you can find in your area!
Enjoy these cute & simple cookies!
Homemade oreos (adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)
1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar (or xylitol)
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup milk of choice
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup or agave
3/4 cup powdered sugar (or to taste)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cans coconut cream (or coconut milk)
- Combine first 4 ingredients.
- Combine all liquid ingredients for the cookies. Mix wet into dry.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes before baking – this will keep the cookies nice & soft!
- Preheat oven to 300 F.
- Meanwhile, make the filling. Scoop the white cream from on top of the coconut cream. Leave the watery liquid for later – you can use this like milk in other baking recipes or add it to smoothies.
- Whip together cream with vanilla & powdered sugar. Put in fridge as well.
- Take cookie dough out of fridge & roll out thin. Use a cookie cutter or the bottom of a glass to cut circles.
- Bake on a greased cookie tray for 10 minutes – they will look underdone but take them out anyway.
- Let cookies cool completely before trying to remove. Spread filling on cookies & top with another cookie for oreo perfection!
- Store in the fridge so the filling doesn’t get runny.
So, I have this huge jar of tahini in my cupboard that I’ve been trying to use up for forever.
Also, my dill plants have been growing like CRAZY. Seriously, what am I supposed to do with all that dill?
This recipe was really a way of me throwing all that stuff together to get rid of it, while also making something delicious. I’m pretty happy with the result!
Lemon dill tofu (adapted from Oh She Glows)
1 package tofu, extra firm
1/2 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp water
1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup fresh dill, chopped finely
Salt & pepper to taste
- Press tofu using tofu press or just a bunch of books.
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients together to make coating for tofu.
- Cut pressed tofu into cubes and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, flip over, then bake another 15 minutes.
- Toss baked tofu with lemon dill coating.
When I make pizza, I tend to be that person that puts a ridiculous amount of sauce, cheese, vegetables, etc, on top, and then suddenly my pizza is way too loaded with everything.
Not that I mind horribly.
But, I thought it’d be fun to make a deep dish pizza for once, where I can literally fill the crust with all my favorite toppings & have no limit!
It was a good life choice. Mmm. Still happy about this one.
Deep dish pizza
Homemade pizza crust
2 small cans tomato paste
1 can diced tomatoes
2 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp minced onion
1/2 tsp black pepper
Other toppings – black olives, mushrooms, spinach
Mozzarella cheese (optional)
- Make pizza crust & set aside to rise.
- Saute vegetables with a little olive oil and italian seasoning.
- Mix together all remaining ingredients except cheese.
- Press pizza crust into 13×9 inch pan. Bake crust for 5 minutes at 450 F.
- Pour tomato/topping mixture into crust. Sprinkle cheese on top if desired. Bake another 15-25 minutes.
Mmmm who doesn’t love chili? A simple hearty meal that is incredibly comforting and delicious.
This chili has quinoa added for extra health benefits! Yum! You can leave it out though if you want to save a little money.
I had some leftover vegan sour cream from another recipe, and I highly recommend adding a dollop of that to the top of your chili. Also very, very delicious.
This chili is crazy simple and very yummy. Enjoy!
Chili with sweet potatoes & quinoa (adapted from Fort Mill SC Living)
3/4 cup quinoa, uncooked
1 medium sweet potato, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 small can tomato paste
2 tsp vegetable bouillon
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced onion
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cups water
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
Other ideas for extra veggies: zucchini, yellow squash, corn, mushrooms, eggplant, carrots
- Make quinoa – 3/4 cup quinoa + 1 1/2 cups water.
- Meanwhile, saute sweet potato & green pepper with some olive oil for a few minutes.
- Add in all ingredients except quinoa. Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add in cooked quinoa and simmer just until warm.
I have not made a dessert in quite awhile, but I finally have some free time after graduating this month, so I am going to be cooking up crazy dishes all the time! 🙂
So, desserts & appetizers will be happening too, which is very exciting given my usual habit of just making a big one pot meal.
Anyway, I love love love bread pudding. It’s so wonderfully delicious that I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for quite awhile.
It was perfect timing too, since I just bought a ridiculous amount of hamburger buns for a cookout I had with my psychology honor society & faculty. Not as many people showed up as we thought, so I came home with a lot of extra bread.
Best idea of what to do with extra, mediocre bread? Make bread pudding.
This version is vegan & way healthier than most bread puddings since there is no added cholesteral from eggs or butter. I even reduced the amount of sugar by half from the original recipe. And trust me, it still tastes heavenly. I’m very proud of this one. 🙂
Bread pudding (adapted from about.com)
8 cups day old bread, cubed
6 cups milk of choice
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp caramel flavor (optional)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups raisins
1/2 cup chopped almonds or pecans (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Dump bread cubes into a large pan.
- Stir together remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over bread.
- Stir everything to combine.
- Bake for 40 minutes in oven.
Friends, I have a few staples that I love to make a lot – pasta, pizza, soup, tofu, and quinoa. I just love this fancy superfood that is so easy to make into so many different dishes. The classic vegetarian staple is often grains + veggies, and quinoa is definitely my grain of choice. I’m not a huge rice person, so quinoa is pretty much where it’s at for me.
I have been looking into experimenting with different grains in future recipes though, did you know there are so many grains that people hardly ever talk about? There’s millet, farro, barley, buckwheat, the list goes on. I want to try them all! So, stay tuned for that happening. 🙂
Anyway, it’s about time I made another Asian dish, so here you go! This one is simple & delicious – hardly any prep time required.
Asian style quinoa (adapted from Overtime Cook)
1 1/2 cups raw quinoa
1 pound stir fry vegetables (I used a frozen mix that I left defrost on the counter)
1/4 cup sesame oil (or just use olive oil with 2 tsp sesame seeds, though the flavor is different)
2 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp honey or agave
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp ground ginger
- Cook quinoa – 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa + 3 cups water.
- Meanwhile, mix all other ingredients (except veggies) to make the sauce.
- After quinoa is done, add in veggies and sauce. Heat over low for just a few minutes or until vegetables are warm.