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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Spicy Sunflower Burgers

spicy-sunflower-seed-burgers

Summer is about to be in full force – meaning there are bound to be one or more food-oriented parties in your future. Whether they’re graduations or cookouts, if you’re following a plant-based diet or just trying to eat a healthy, you probably have the desire to switch up the standard summer vegan-friendly menu of fruit-salad, veggie plates, and store-bought veggie burgers. Luckily, we’ve got other options.

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Spicy Lentil Polenta Flatbread

Spicy Lentil Polenta Flatbread

This was definitely a fun project. It is a big recipe but so super yummy and an absolute treat for when you want to entertain guests. This was our contribution for a local potluck and we also took a bunch of videos of us making this. You can find those over at the Dreamy Leaf Facebook page. The recipe is here:

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Best Vegan Salad Sandwich Ever

Best Vegan Salad Sandwich Ever

This is not food porn, this is food erotica. Full disclosure; I don’t eat these everyday. But when I want to indulge, you can bet that some sort of bread is involved. Another disclosure; I don’t usually eat white bread when I indulge. But when I really really want to indulge… You DO know what I mean.

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Red Bell Pepper and Walnut Sandwich

Bell Pepper Walnut Sandwich

I have lately been really into veggie sandwiches, as you can tell. I have come across many people who assumed being vegan would mean giving up on sandwiches because of, you know, cheese and meat. And that’s a real issue since many of them rely on packing their own sandwiches for lunch. But once you are outside the box a little bit and are willing to try, there are wonderful options.

Red bell peppers, walnuts, tomato paste, garlic and greens is one such combination. With a nice and rich umami taste and a good amount of texture (thanks to walnuts), this sandwich will fill you up and feed your senses while nourishing you with nutrients. Here is the recipe for the filling:

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Eggplant Falafel Burgers

Eggplant Burgers

Two things: use roasted eggplants in your vegan burger patties and get the insides of the burger breads a little charred on the grill (or the stove top). These make a world of difference. First off, eggplants naturally infuse a wonderful smoky flavor to the patties and they also help hold it together. Think baba ganoush if you will. The charring of the inside faces of the bread adds to the smoky barbecue feeling but more importantly, it introduces a much needed crusty texture.

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Spinach Tortilla Roll-Ups

Spinach Roll-Ups
The best thing about tortillas is that they are easily transformed into a wide variety of dishes. This spinach tortilla roll-up with cashew cream sauce was inspired by the mediterranean borek. Although borek uses a different dough, this comes really really close and brings in a big-time convenience. All that is needed is to prepare a filling, wet the tortillas in an easy cashew cream sauce and let it rest a little before throwing it in the oven or the panini maker. You can always freeze it and have it ready for a delicious savory breakfast option. I wouldn’t mind having it for any other meal either. The recipe is below:
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