Vegan Crab Cake Patties

Vegan crab cakes made with chickpeas as the protein component, heart of palms, artichokes, nori sheets and an Asian inspired set of seasonings. This makes for a wonderfully healthy and flavorful patty with a lot of texture going for it. The full recipe is below:

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Chickpea Fried Tofu

Delightfully crispy tofu cubes, coated with a well seasoned and nutritious chickpea flour batter makes for a powerful comfort food with a robust flavor. This made me fall in love with tofu all over again. The recipe is super simple, and it consistently turns out amazing every single time. Read on below for full instructions.

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Umami Protein Patties

These delicious umami protein patties derive their power from a mix of quinoa and green lentils, resulting in a potent protein mix along with good amount of fiber. As easy as they are to make, I love having some patty mix in the ready to transform them into delightful tacos, burgers or salad or pasta toppings; a versatile way to add clean protein to my diet.

In this recipe, I am letting the onions wait in salt a bit to extract their juice. This step gives the onions a smoother taste and they cook easier as well. The umami taste that I love is coming partially from red miso. Optionally, you can cook the onions with mushrooms or a sauce like BBQ for additional flavor infusing. Here is the recipe:

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Garbanzo Bean Crackers

Homemade gluten-free, high-protein crackers that are as delicious as they are easy to make. This is snacking at it’s best. Keep some of these in your pantry and enjoy stand alone, with soups, dips or plant cheeses. Here is the recipe:

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Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bars

I always try to keep a delicious and healthy treat in the freezer to ward off dessert cravings, so I am quite fond of super easy, no-bake recipes like this. These delicious little ones have a lot going for them. I love the taste and crunch of the hazelnuts, the chocolatey goodness and the fact that it comes loaded with protein. Treat it as a protein bar, or an energy bar, or simply as a special treat for me time. The recipe is below.

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Non-mushy Falafel

Falafel is a superstar in plant-based cooking, but this seemingly simple dish is kind of hard to nail down in terms of texture. One simple trick to step up your falafel game, and to say goodbye to the mushiness, is to use dry chickpeas instead of canned. Canned chickpeas is definitely practical but it just doesn’t deliver the same flavor and texture. Soaked 24 hours in water, the dry chickpeas hydrate and soften. It is not even necessary to boil them, so it is not an added effort, you just need to decide a day before that you will be making falafels. The rest of the recipe is remarkably simple as well, see below:

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Pina Colada Protein Smoothie

The best way to look forward to a workout is to have a delicious treat ready for after. This pina colada smoothie bowl definitely feels like a celebration while delivering a good kick of protein, thanks to Carrington Farms organic coconut protein blend. The blend actually has only 3 wholesome ingredients: Organic coconut powder, organic pumpkin powder and organic pea powder. Note the lack of sweeteners! This simple combination is certainly clean, but it is also potent, delivering the 20g protein from 3 different plants with complementary amino acid profiles.

Every protein powder has a certain taste, and most of the protein powder products take the unfortunate route of masking that taste with a heap of sugar and artificial flavors. While this particular protein powder chooses to stay clean and simple, the taste is not overpowering. The use of coconut powder is actually a welcome addition in many ways, and the pumpkin and pea taste is minimized in a fruity smoothie (or a chocolate one? I will be trying that as well). Carrington Farms has an array of clean and wholesome products; oils, seeds, grains, superfoods. I am glad they added a protein blend option that I can feel good about.

The recipe for the smoothie bowl is below:

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