Harissa Vegballs

Harissa Vegballs

This is a pleaser! Hearty, spicy, smoky vegballs with a ton of high quality plant protein. I make this and similar variations often for dinners, entertaining and potlucks. First thing people notice when they bite into one is generally the texture, followed by a rich variety of flavors thanks to, in large part, Mina‘s spicy harissa sauce.

You can also make extra and freeze for a great lunch option later, alongside pasta, rice, a salad or even in sandwiches. Delicious, nutritious and versatile, like any favorite dish should be. The recipe is below.

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Homemade Seitan Roast

Seitan Roast

Get in my sammich now! I am so smitten with this delicious plant protein with an unbelievable texture. As much as I love cooking, sometimes I just want a quick sandwich or a wrap with an emphasis on protein. Like right after I had an intense workout. This fits the bill wonderfully.

For those who are unfamiliar, seitan is very much like a mock meat with a convincing form, texture and taste. This very same recipe could well be called vegan pastrami in my opinion. Or it can be turned in deli slices, burger patties with different flavorings etc.. There are so many possibilities.  The recipe is below.

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Fig Bites

Vegan Fig Bars

It is a good time of year to be obsessed with figs right now. So I am kick starting it with a frozen dessert perfect for the summer heat. The soft, creamy top layer reminds a little bit of fall flavors, incorporating figs in the blend. Fig slices also accentuate the top, adding more of their wonderful flavor and texture, and defining the bite size cuts. The crust is one of the trusty variations, but adds in cocoa for another layer of taste. Here is the recipe: Continue Reading

Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge

Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge

Sometimes my food fantasies build up to a dessert that I can’t even stop thinking about. The inspiration for this was likely just chocolate dipped pretzels. But those do lack a few things. Namely more chocolate, and peanut butter, and nuts! Now it is all complete. This is a delightfully milky (almond milky!), peanut buttery fudge with a really interesting playful texture thanks to the combination of pretzel pieces and hazelnuts. And the little bit of saltiness just make the sweet more three dimensional.

It is incredibly easy. No baking. Takes like 15 minutes or so and the whole recipe can be explained in about  a minute. The video doing just that is below, followed by the formal recipe.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

vegan oatmeal chocolate cookies

A plant based take on this classic cookie. While I was developing my granola products, I experimented with with this flavor profile a lot, and took on this challenge to come up with the ultimate oatmeal chocolate chip cookies which is a huge personal favorite. Luckily, as I keep finding out recipe after recipe, vegan version didn’t leave anything behind (except the cholesterol lol). There is also a little bit of magic involved with raisins here. I break down the raising by grinding them in the food processor first. This serves to uniformly distribute that flavor but more importantly, it just adds this wonderful chewiness to the cookie. Enjoy the video below, followed by the full recipe.

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Teriyaki Noodles

Teriyaki Noodles

Noodles + teriyaki : instant magic! We have been having a lot of fun playing around with homemade teriyaki sauce (see the Teriyaki Glazed Tofu Steaks). And it is hard to escape the Asian inspiration once you are in that mood. Here is a very practical, quick Asian fix for those who get the cravings. Absolutely delicious.

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Naked Protein Smoothie

naked-protein-smoothie

Meet my new best post-workout friend: Naked Nutrition Clean Protein Smoothie, with bananas, strawberries, dates and a ton of protein. Ready for the mad gains! lol

It is the summer and all I want to do is workout, drink my smoothies and get my protein too. So I was so excited to find out about the Naked Pea Protein and Naked Brown Rice Protein (organic & sprouted no less). I highly recommend checking out their bare naked ingredient list (hint: nothing but peas or brown rice!), nutritional info and the amino acid profile. I had been intrigued about pea protein for a while now, particularly in combination with brown rice. Even the bodybulding.com was raving about it here. So when Naked Nutrition offered their samples, I jumped on it. One huge plus for me was that they offer unflavored, pure versions. While I am sure their flavored options are delicious and wholesome, I like the freedom to infuse my own flavors depending on the mood. And even play around with savory options (there is an example at the end of the post).

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