Garlic Scallion Noodles

These noodles come together in 15 minutes and are so easy. Feel free to add in extra veggies and/or protein of choice – some crispy tofu would be perfect.

I don’t know about you, but I definitely have wasted my fair share of green onions simply because I didn’t feel like prepping them. Now I try to make sure to wash and chop them all the same day or the day after purchase, then I put them in a reusable silicone bag in the freezer. That way I have green onions chopped and ready whenever I need them. Make sure you save the bulbs because you can replant them and have free onions!

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Ingredients:

  • 6oz spaghetti or ramen noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 scallions/green onions, chopped (sauté white parts and reserve green for serving)
  • 1.5 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2-3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce, to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Crushed red pepper, to taste
  • Sesame seeds
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Instructions:

  1. Heat sesame oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Sauté onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes, then add the rice vinegar to loosen the brown bits up.
  2. Add the noodles to the pan. Mix together soy sauce (start with 2 tbsp) and sugar. Pour mixture over the noodles and stir to incorporate. Taste and add more soy sauce if needed.
  3. Serve topped with reserved green onions, crushed red pepper, and sesame seeds.

Notes:

Feel free to add in extra veggies and/or protein of choice! Some crispy tofu would be perfect.


Strawberry & Vegan Basil Ricotta Crostini with Balsamic Glaze

Crostini is one my favorite appetizers because:

1.) it’s easy

2.) it travels well, and

3.) it’s cute as heck.

I opted for a half cashew/half tofu ricotta because honestly I just think it tastes good, but also it’s more cost effective than using entirely cashews. If you’d like to only use tofu, you can just add the onions and garlic in with the rest of the ingredients and process once.

If you’re not wanting to make crostini today, you can use this ricotta in lasagna, pasta, on toast, in sandwiches, or however else you see fit!

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For the Balsamic Glaze:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Add balsamic vinegar and maple syrup to a small sauce pan over medium heat. When it starts to bubble, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until the liquid reduces by half, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool before using.

For the Vegan Basil Ricotta:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, softened*
  • 7 oz (1/2 block) firm tofu, drained and broken into chunks
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Sauté onion and garlic in oil over medium heat until the onions soften and the edges are beginning to brown. Remove from heat.
  2. Add cashews, milk, and the cooked onion and garlic to a food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Add tofu, basil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, miso paste, salt, and pepper and process again until smooth. Taste and adjust the amount of salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice if needed.

For the Crostini:

Ingredients:

  • 1 baguette
  • Vegan basil ricotta
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Fresh basil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Slice the baguette on a bias into 1/2 inch thick pieces, brush each side with oil, and bake for 3-5 minutes per side until edges are golden brown.
  3. Top crostini with the ricotta, sliced strawberries, a drizzle of balsamic glaze, and fresh basil.

Notes:

*To soften cashews, either soak overnight in water or place in very hot water for 30 minutes.


Lemony Garlic And White Wine Spaghetti

Words I love to see in a recipe: garlic, lemon, butter, wine, pasta.

Make this lemony garlic and white wine spaghetti in the time it takes to boil some noods and have a glass of wine. Seriously, it takes 15 minutes. You’ll need lots of garlic, a lemon, crushed red pepper, vegan butter, white wine, vegan parmesan, herbs, and some noods (don’t pour out the pasta water).

If you like lemon and garlic, this one’s for you. If you’re not a mega fan like me, then feel free to scale back on the amount of lemon juice and cloves of garlic as it’s pretty intense!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes – Cook Time: 10 minutes – Serves: 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz thick or regular spaghetti (reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water)
  • 4 tbsp salted vegan butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (scale back to 1/4 tsp if you’re sensitive to spice)
  • The juice of 1 lemon and its zest
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup grated vegan parmesan, plus more for serving
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh herbs like thyme or parsley for serving

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions and reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
  2. Melt butter in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Add garlic and crushed red pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Pour in lemon juice and white wine. Turn the heat up to medium high and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.
  5. Remove from heat and add in cooked pasta, lemon zest, and parmesan. Toss to coat, gradually adding a bit of the pasta water as needed to loosen the sauce (you likely won’t need the full 1/2 cup).
  6. Give it a try and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Serve with extra parmesan and herbs if using. Enjoy!

Serving suggestions: Prepare a green salad with roasted chickpeas or tempeh to go alongside the pasta and balance the meal out.


Irish Whiskey Mules

Sláinte! Put down the green beer and make these Irish whiskey mules this St. Paddy’s Day instead.

I’m not sure I’ve shared it on my blog, but I recently moved all the way to Indiana from my hometown of Savannah, GA. St. Patrick’s Day is especially making me miss it, but that’s okay. Cheers to new adventures!

PS: If you’ve seen the word before but didn’t know, sláinte is a toast that means health. Here’s what the ol’ Wikipedia has to say: “Sláinte means “health” in Irish and Scottish Gaelic. It is commonly used as a drinking toast in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.” Now you know! Let’s make drinks.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 4-6 oz ginger beer, to taste
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime (about 1 oz)
  • For serving: ice, lime slices, fresh mint sprig (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Fill a glass or copper mug with ice.
  2. Pour in the whiskey, ginger beer, and lime juice. Stir.
  3. Garnish with lime slices and a sprig of fresh mint.


Buffalo Chickpea Pita Pizzas

We love a double chickpea recipe. This one’s got roasted chickpeas AND buffalo hummus.

Pita pizzas are basically the savior of work from home lunch. I know so many people this year feel like they are just constantly making food, then cleaning the kitchen, making food, then cleaning. Pita pizzas create little mess in the kitchen and are easy to mix up. You can make BBQ pita pizzas, margherita pita pizzas, taco pita pizzas, cheeseburger pita pizzas. Now say pita pizzas 5 times fast.

They’re also great for kids to help make (I imagine – I am only mother to cats).

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– makes 4 pita pizzas –

Ingredients:

Chickpeas

  • 1 (15oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Buffalo Hummus

  • 1/2 cup plain hummus
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce, I used Frank’s Red Hot

Everything Else

  • 4 pieces pita bread
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • Vegan ranch
  • Extra hot sauce
  • Greens (microgreens, cilantro, arugula, etc.)*

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Toss chickpea ingredients on a lined baking sheet and bake 15 minutes, stirring halfway. They’re going to get crispier on the pizzas later.
  3. While the chickpeas are in the oven, mix together hummus and hot sauce to make buffalo hummus. Chop your onion and celery.
  4. Remove chickpeas from oven. Place pitas on a baking sheet and spread with buffalo hummus, then top with chickpeas and red onion. Bake (again at 375F) for 10 minutes, broiling for the last 2 minutes.
  5. Remove pitas from the oven and top with celery, ranch, extra hot sauce, and greens.

Notes:

*For the greens, I used Bright Fresh micro cilantro because I received it in a PR package, but you can use whatever you’d like.



Vegan Jalapeño Burgers

Here’s how I level up a package of vegan ground beef! Jalapeño, garlic, onion, optional vegan Worcestershire sauce, and lots of fresh ground pepper make these juicy plant-based burgers. I opted to melt some vegan pepper jack over top and toss on some pickled jalapeños, but you can top however you see fit.

PS: These freeze well, so Peter and I like making a large batch to thaw out whenever we’re craving burgers.

PPS: I got this vegan pepper jack nice and melty with the help of a mini melting dome, which is a game changer!

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Makes 5-6 patties

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 package vegan ground beef (I used Impossible which is 12oz, but have also used Beyond which is 16oz)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup finely minced onion
  • 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (optional, I use Annie’s)
  • A few cracks fresh ground pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and form into patties.
  2. Heat an oiled pan over medium-high and cook burgers 2-3 minutes per side.


Cara Cara Kombucha Cocktails

I was at the grocery store this past weekend and saw a sign in front of the kombucha that said “try kombucha in a cocktail!” so I did that. These cocktails are made with freshly squeezed cara cara orange juice, ginger kombucha, ginger beer, lime juice, and vodka. Leave out the vodka out of this one for a mocktail.

It’s citrus season! Cara cara oranges are seedless and have a red flesh. They are supposedly sweeter in taste and less acidic than navel oranges, plus cara caras have undertones of red fruits like cherries and cranberries.

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Ingredients:

  • The juice from 1 cara cara orange (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup ginger kombucha
  • 1/4 cup ginger beer
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 tbsp lime juice

Instructions:

  1. Makes one cocktail.
  2. Add ice to a glass, then all other ingredients. Stir and garnish with slices of cara cara orange or lime.


Roasted Garlic & Dill Cashew Sauce

I’m always down for a new sauce. This roasted garlic and dill sauce is so good with sweet potato fries, crackers, veggies, as a potato salad dressing, a pasta sauce, or a sandwich spread.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews, softened*
  • 1 head of garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped dill
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F. Roast garlic by chopping the top of the head off to expose the cloves. Place garlic on a square of foil and drizzle oil over top. Wrap the garlic in the foil and place in the oven for about 35 minutes or until very soft. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool before squeezing out the cloves into a blender.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add salt if needed, or more lemon juice for brightness.
  3. Serve with sweet potato fries, crackers, veggies, as a pasta sauce, or as a sandwich spread.

Notes:

*soften cashews either by soaking over night or placing in hot water for 30 minutes



Open-Faced Roasted Tomato Sandwiches

There’s NOTHING like a good ol’ tomato sandwich. I mixed up the classic southern tomato sandwich (don’t take away my southern card) and made these with roasted tomatoes and a tangy mayo spread. So if you’ve got 20 minutes, make these simple and delish sandwiches!

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If you’re into recipe videos, I made one for these sandwiches over on Tik Tok:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tomato
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 minced clove of garlic
  • Toasted bread

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F
  2. Lay out slices of tomato on a parchment-lined baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Lightly sprinkle with salt & pepper. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes
  3. Whisk together mayo, lemon juice, and garlic
  4. Spread mayo mixture on toasted bread, top with tomatoes, & enjoy!


Crispy Tofu Tacos with Vegan Lime Cumin Slaw

These tacos remind me of being on deck at a restaurant in the Bahamas eating some fish tacos and sipping a Kalik. But vegan! Ah, covid travel blues. Maybe they’ll spark some memories for you, too.

This slaw is the JAM, by the way. If you’re not into tofu, please – make the slaw at least! The little kick from the cayenne and sliced red onion is so good.

Also, if you’re not into tofu dishes – maybe you’ll like this one! I know it can be a little intimidating if you’ve never tried it or have only had it prepared one way. But tofu is basically magic and can soak up all kinds of marinades and be made to have so many different textures. These are, as the name says, the perfect little crispy golden bites that are perfect for tacos.

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Ingredients:

Lime Cumin Slaw

  • 6 cups/1 bag shredded cabbage mix
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon agave or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Crispy Tofu

  • 1 block extra firm tofu, cut into 1/4″ slices
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil

Etc.

  • Tortillas
  • Sliced avocado
  • Chopped tomato
  • Lime wedges
  • Whatever else you want to top with
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Instructions:

Lime Cumin Slaw

  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients (mayo through fresh ground pepper) in the bottom of a large bowl.
  2. Place cabbage mix and red onion in the bowl with the dressing, and toss to coat.

Crispy Tofu

  1. Slice the tofu and place pieces between 2 towels, pressing gently, for 10-15 minutes to soak up some excess moisture.
  2. Whisk together cornstarch, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Coat each piece of tofu in the mixture and set aside on a plate.
  3. Over medium-high heat, coat the bottom of a large pan with oil and pan fry tofu 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown and very crispy.

Heat up some tortillas and assemble your tacos with the slaw, crispy tofu, sliced avocado, chopped tomato, or whatever else you’d like. Enjoy!