Tomayto, Tomahto: 5 Undeniably Tasty Tomato Based Recipes

Before we get started…question! Have you really heard anyone pronounce tomato like “tomahto”? Yeah me neither lol. But no matter how you pronounce it, nothing can take away from the savory, tangy, deliciousness of this lovely “fruit” we call the tomato! Thanks to tomatoes we have pizza, pasta sauces, better salads, chunky chili, and several delicious dips, just to name a few things! But I have to be honest here for a quick second, growing up I could NOT stand tomatoes lol. Aside from ketchup, I would not eat anything with tomatoes in it. But as I grew older somehow my taste buds started to evolve and I can now happily say that I love them, mostly cooked though; I still can’t eat too many raw lol smh but hey baby steps right? After giving them a second chance I realized that they can be used in many ways and I thought it’d be cool to share a few of my favorite ways to enjoy them along with detailed recipes! Click the link below 😋

  1. Spicy pico de gallo & tortilla chips
  2. Creamy tomato & sweet basil pasta sauce
  3. Fried green tomatoes with vegan ranch
  4. Stewed tomato spinach grits
  5. Ricotta tomato toast (can be made vegan)

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ThbcgvD2l7lpuPzkemtvLQjhP3oGPEUIlH5oICmp5jU/edit?usp=sharing

The Versatility of Beans/Peas/Lentils: 6 Un”bean”lievable Recipies

The legume family, also known as bean, pea & lentil family are an affordable source of protein, fiber, and vitamins that also happens to offers many health benefits. Such as being natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, stabilizing blood glucose levels, reducing digestive issues, lowering cholesterol, and providing zinc, iron, magnesium, and fiber. And on top of all the many benefits, they’re so versatile and delicious! Oh, the tasty things you can do with beans/peas/lentils. The endless possibilities, limitless flavor combinations, and the guarantee of a filling satisfactory ending. 100% natural, gluten-free, (unless you’re eating canned beans…another topic for another day) yet savory, scrumptious, and nutritious. From old fashioned red beans & rice to garlic n’ herb string beans to spicy black bean burgers to curried lentils to mediterranean style roasted chickpea salads, to teriyaki glazed sugar snap peas, the bean, lentil, & pea family can be used as a protein replacement in almost any meal you can think of. I just made you hungry huh? Well no worries, I won’t leave you hanging. Allow me to share with you a few recipes that you will want to make, then fall in love with & end up wanting to share with the world!

Click the link below to full recipes and instructions:

  1. Old fashioned red beans & rice
  2. Garlic & herb string beans
  3. Spicy black beans burgers
  4. Curried lentils
  5. Mediterranean roasted chickpea salad
  6. Teriyaki glazed snap peas

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PimCkZPyjh3OOSCF0oVB2VnvVgKs4yvXaRlpZxv34Ps/edit?usp=sharing

Salty, Sweet, Crunchy, Guilt-free Goodness

Ok, so last week I let you all in on a little secret of mine! Yes, I too eat junk food from time to time but the point of that post was just to relate to those who are reluctant to make the transition into plant-based eating. So yes although those snacks listed on my previous post are considered junk-food they are still in fact made without any meat or dairy products. Now this I would like to introduce two of my healthier favorite go-to snacks, sea salted maple popcorn and dark chocolate drizzled peanut butter granola bars. Both packed than enough flavors to satisfy your snack cravings, easy recipes that won’t take much time, and inexpensive ingredients! Simple, healthy, and delicious, sounds like the perfect snacks to me, don’t you agree? Um hm, I knew you would. 🙂 Below you will find the ingredients and instructions on how to prepare both of these delightful snacks!

Sea Salted Sweet Maple Popcorn

Ingredients: 2/3 cups of plain popcorn kernels, 1/3-1/2 cups of butter (use margarine or oil of choice if vegan), 3-4 tbsp of original maple syrup, pinch or 2 of sea salt

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot melt 1/3-1/2 cups of butter or margarine on medium heat
  2. Add 3-4 tbsp of maple syrup and a large pinch of sea salt (more can be added later)
  3. Use a spoon to mix everything and wait until the mixture starts to foam
  4. Once it foams add the popcorn kernels and cover pot for 4-7 minutes
  5. Shake the pot regularly so that kernels cook evenly
  6. Take lid off and allow popcorn to cool for 1-2 minutes and enjoy

Add more sea salted syrup if desired, simply recreate mixture in a pot and pour over popcorn, allow to settle and enjoy.

 

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Peanut Butter Granola Bars (no baking required)

Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats, 1/4 cup of nuts (finely chopped if you can find if not combined all desired nuts and gently smash with a hammer or canned good), 1/4 seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, etc.), 1/4 cups dried fruits (optional), as many chocolate chips as you’d like (optional…dark chocolate if vegan), a pinch of salt salt, 1/2 cup of sweetener (agave, maple syrup, or honey), 2/3 cups of peanut butter or any nut butter of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Mix oats, seeds, chocolate chips, and dried fruit in a large bowl
  2. In another bowl mix together nut butter, sweetener, and salt
  3. Pour second mixture into oat mixture, and mix well until everything is sticky and combined. (if too dry, add more sweetener)
  4. Scoop and press mixture well into a shallow baking dish, lined with foil or saran wrap
  5. Drizzle with chocolate sauce or syrup
  6. Cover with more foil/saran, and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours
  7. Cut into bar shapes, wrap, and keep refrigerated till ready to eat

 

The bars will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the fridge and one week if left out. Keep covered at all times to remain freshness! I hope you enjoy these easy to make healthy but delicious snacks.

 

       Happy snacking!

My Top 40 “Accidentally Vegan” Snacks

If you thought being vegan just meant eating fruits, vegetables, and rice then you’re in for a real surprise. LOL, I actually know a lot of unhealthy and even obese vegans. Just because someone isn’t consuming animal products doesn’t mean that they are always eating healthy. For example, speaking for myself here…I love chips, and all types of chips not just plain potato chips or tortilla chips! I love a flavorful crunch and I couldn’t imagine a world without chips, or snacks at all. Once I decided to make the transition to plant-based eating I thought my options were going to be limited to maybe 2-3 varieties of chips but after doing a littler research I was happy to find out that I was wrong. Not only can I enjoy chips, crackers, french fries, etc but I can also satisfy my sweet tooth with cookies, brownies, candy and even ice cream without cheating on my diet! Below you will find a list (my top 40) of a large variety of well known snacks that aren’t advertised as vegan but I can reassure you that they are.

  1. Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos
  2. Original Lays & Original Pringles
  3. BBQ & Salt & Vinegar Lays Potato Chips
  4. Cracker Jack Caramel Popcorn
  5. Original & BBQ Fritos
  6. Ritz Crackers
  7. Cap’n Crunch (all flavors..yay)
  8. Keebler Original Club Crackers
  9. Wheat Thins (Buffalo, Hint of Salt, Zesty Salsa, etc)
  10. Wise Onion Rings
  11. Tortilla Chips (Original & Lime)
  12. Snyders Original & Jalapeno Pretzel Sticks
  13. Smartfood Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn
  14. Original Sunchips
  15. Kettle  Brand Chips (Maple Bacon…yep I promise, Jalapeno, Red Curry, etc)
  16. Stacy’s Pita Chips (Simply Naked, Italian, Veggie Medley)
  17. McCormick Bac’n Bits (I know I’m not the only one who eats these plain LOL)
  18. Hairbo Sour S’ghetti Gummy Candy
  19. Swedish Fish
  20. Sour Patch Kids
  21. Fruit by the Foot Rollups
  22. Airheads
  23. Jollyranchers
  24. Super Bubble Bubble Gum
  25. Keebler Fudge Shoppe Fudge Pops
  26. Charms Sweet Lollipops
  27. Minute Maid Frozen Juice Bars
  28. Quaker Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes
  29. Nabisco Ginger Snaps
  30. Oreo Thin Crips
  31. Unfrosted Poptarts
  32. Nature Valley Granola Bars
  33. Belvita Chocolate Bites
  34. Aunt Jemima Original Pancake Mix
  35. Smuckers Uncrustables
  36. Duncan Hines Whipped Chocolate & Vanilla Frosting
  37. Jello-O Banana Cream Pudding Mix (perfect for banana pudding)
  38. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (I’m not ashamed to say that I can eat the entire package for breakfast)
  39. Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-free Ice cream (if you haven’t tried these then please do, you won’t regret it!)
  40. Hershey’s Chocolate & Strawberry Syrup

That’s just a list of personal favorites, there are many other snacks and frozen foods that are “accidentally vegan”. See, told you that just because something doesn’t contain meat or dairy that is isn’t good…I bet you’ve been eating vegan snack all along and didn’t even know it lol ;). Now I’m not saying you should eat these snacks all the time but I’m just letting you know that having a vegan or plant-based diet does not mean you have any limits.

To find out about more vegan snacks and food visit http://www.peta.org , warning you will be surprised!