Pesto Kimchi Sushi

This may sound like a random mash of different cuisines but I promise you it works! And the vegan sushi definitely needs a fresh look. I used to be a sushi lover up until I became a vegan. I still love sushi, but I find myself a little frustrated at sushi restaurants. There are a few exceptions of course but in general, the veg sushi options lack creativity, leaving me to feel ripped off with overpriced rice and cucumbers lol.

I incorporated quinoa into the sushi rice to up the protein game. The kimchi adds a kick and the probiotic component. The red cabbage salad adds in a great texture, and the pesto adds the zest, keeps things together and blends in all the flavors.

The recipe is below:

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Tandoor Tofu Scramble

Tandoor Tofu Scramble

This tofu dish is a protein power house that leaves no room for blandness sometimes associated with unfortunate tofu cooking 🙂 One of the best ways to enjoy tofu is to break it down to crumbles, season it well with spices and combine it with more textures and fresh elements. Crumbling increases the surface area so that all that yummy seasoning is well infused into the tofu. I used a spice blend called tandoor from spicemode. It is a wonderful blend using paprika, cumin, clove and cardamom and it has that signature spicemode freshness and fragrance that I came to love. The dish came out with great flavor, warmth and depth. The lightly cooked vegetables and kale enhance the taste and texture while bringing in freshness, and the beans add to the power and fiber of the dish. This is a new family favorite and it works so incredibly well in tacos! The recipe is below, following a sort recipe video:

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Easy Biryani with Madras Sauce

Easy Biryani with Madras Sauce

You know I love my spices as much as I love fresh, wholesome, nutritious food. Marrying the two to arrive at a deeply satisfying meal can sometimes require the kind of time you may not always have though. That’s when a little cheating is in order!

Ever since I discovered spicemode, my spice game found new heights. I mentioned them before, because having a consistent source of fresh and fragrant spices and expertly crafted spice blends can make a world of difference in the kitchen. Recently I starting trying their cooking sauces and my mind was blown. Highly recommended!

I used their madras cooking sauce for this dish and the result was extraordinary. Read more for the full recipe and a short recipe video 🙂

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Asian Noodle Salad with Maple Glazed Tofu Steaks

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This powerfully delicious and nutritionally balanced bowl of goodness was as simple to make as adding a bit of carb and protein to an already yummy salad, thanks to the Earthbound Farm Asian Chopped Salad Kit . The salad already came with a fresh mix of organic kale, lettuce, cabbage, carrots and cilantro, along with a vegan tahini dressing, sunflower seeds and crunchy toppings.

Most of you in the US are already familiar with the Earthbound Farm as their fresh organic greens are widely available in the grocery stores. I love that they started out so small, with 2.5 acres of farmland in the Carmel Valley of California, and they grew big through their big commitment to organic farming.

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Polenta Pizza with Avocado Pesto

Polenta Pesto Pizza

Polenta pizza with avocado pesto! Another delicious and powerful variation of the gluten-free pesto pizza, and I love the ease because it is a dish pizza and doesn’t involve rolling out the crust! Polenta has a way of absorbing lots of flavors so feel free to experiment with your own favorites too, it will reward you 😉 Here is the recipe:

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Easy Lo Mein

Easy Lo Mein

I am a noodle kind of girl, but the typical oil and sodium loaded noodles from restaurants don’t exactly whet my appetite. As always, homemade version wins! This easy, delicious and nutritious lo mein is what I will stick with when the cravings hit. Here is the recipe:

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Pesto Pizza with Rice & Lentil Crust

Pesto pizza with a green lentil and brown rice crust
Pizza as a high-protein, high-fiber, gluten-free, soy-free vegan power food? Absolutely! That is if you can set aside the bread and cheese for a moment 🙂

Brown rice and green lentil combination is a great powerhouse with a great balance of high-quality protein, fiber and complex carbs. And that makes the duo a very attractive option for a worthy pizza pie crust. I love the how this turned out, the crust held of really well without crumbling away, it had a great flavor and a delightful texture.

The pesto sauce hardly needs any advertisement 😉 And it complements this crust brilliantly with that delicious fragrance. The recipe is below:

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