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Vegan Lettuce Wraps

This recipe has been my favorite so far for a quick easy dinner. It honestly tastes like restaurant quality lettuce wraps, plus it was pretty easy to make. 
 
 
 
The original ingredients:

 

  • 16 Boston Bibb or butter lettuce leaves
  • Green onions (3-4)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp minced pickled ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • Asian chile pepper sauce (optional)
  • 1 (8 oz.) can of water chestnuts, drained, finely chopped




My Ingredients:

  • 16 butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 package of Gardein ground “beef” (you can use tofu instead, which would be healthier and just as yummy, but if you’re just trying out being vegan I recommend the Gardein brand or LightLife’s Smart Ground, both GMO-free)
  • Green onions (3-4) 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (Bragg’s liquid aminos is best)
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp minced pickled ginger (I used ground ginger and it worked just fine)
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar and it was good)
  • 2 tbsp Asian chile pepper sauce
  • 1 (8 oz) can of water chestnuts, drained, finely chopped. I don’t like them so I used bamboo shoots (finely chopped) which was amazing!
  • 2 tsp dark sesame oil


Directions:


  1. Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet over high heat, brown the ground “beef” in 1 tablespoon of oil, stirring often on medium heat. Set aside to cool. Cook the onion in the same pan, stirring frequently. 
  3. Add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chile pepper sauce to the onions, and stir. Stir in chopped water chestnuts, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked “beef”; continue cooking until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
  4. Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter, and pile meat mixture in the center. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito, and enjoy!

Andrea’s Tomato Quinoa Soup

This amazing recipe and photo was brought to you today by my lovely startup sister, Andrea Hartwig. In addition to being my husband’s business partner’s wife, she is also a very talented chef and photographer. She will guest blog for me from time to time. So get used to her, she’s awesome! She’s a vegetarian and studied nutrition at ASU so she’s all kinds of crazy smart. 

She created this dinner because she had 4 jars of opened tomato sauce in her fridge. 



Ingredients:

1/4 onion diced 
4 cloves garlic 
Tbsp-ish olive oil 
Add 1/4 c white wine 
1/2 c quinoa 
However much spaghetti sauce you have, I used a 12 oz jar of putenesca. 
Spices: Cajun, cumin, pepper, crushed ginger. 
1 c veggie stock 
 
Directions
1. Mix it all together and cook until quinoa is done. 
 
That sounds easy enough, right? 
 
Benefits to this meal are:
 
Tomatoes– helps protect skin against aging, rich in fiber and keeps you feeling full, good source of vitamins K, A, C, folate and potassium. Contains lycopene which fights osteoporosis. Tomatoes are natural cancer fighters thanks again to lycopene, they also fight free radicals which have been linked with cell damage. The extra vitamin A helps fight against night blindness and also keeps your hair looking shiny and healthy. They also help release chronic pain and reduce inflammation. 


Quinoa– It is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids. It has twice as much fiber as other grains, making it the “super grain”. It’s a great source of iron and lysine, lysine which is essential for tissue growth and repair. It also has a high content of manganese, an a
ntioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.

…..and those are just the two main ingredients! There are many other benefits from the spices and oils. Eat up, my friends!

BLT Pita

This is not a recipe from Pinterest, but I wanted to share it since it’s one of my favorites for a lunch or light dinner. I originally grabbed it from some magazine several years ago and turned it vegan. I’ve since lost the original recipe but I make it from memory.

This recipe is great if you have a bunch of veggies that are going to go bad soon and you need to use them. I made this the other night because we bought a ton of lettuce and hadn’t used most of it. So I needed to use it quickly. I threw in every vegetable we had and it was amazing. So if you don’t have any of the veggies I listed off, don’t worry just use what you have. The only exception is the lettuce, you’ll want a lot of lettuce.

Ingredients:

2 romaine hearts chopped (or 1 head of lettuce, 2 bags of spinach, etc.)

1 red pepper

1 tomato

1 cucumber

1/4 onion

2 green onions

1 bottle of your favorite dressing

1 package of pita bread

1 package of Smart “Bacon”

Directions:


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. When oven is pre-heated, put the pita in for 3 minutes or until warm.

2. In a skillet, I prefer cast iron since it adds iron to your food, heat up some cooking oil on medium heat, and add the bacon. Keep turning the bacon until the edges are golden brown then set aside.

3. Wash and chop up all your vegetables, then put them in a bowl

4. Cut up the bacon and add it to the bowl. Pour your dressing over the top and add any seasonings if you’d like. (I used fresh basil and oregano from my herb garden). Then toss.

5. Tear off the end of the pita and fill with the mix. Enjoy!

Other Variations:


If you’re a seasoned vegan or you’re looking for a whole foods recipe. Substitute the “bacon” with garbanzo beans or any other beans you like. Use spinach or kale instead of romaine as it has more protein and amino acids. Use whole wheat pita. I always recommend that you use organic ingredients.

“Pepperoni” Bites

I did this really great recipe yesterday, which complimented Super Bowl “cuisine” quite well. Since I didn’t have a mini muffin tin, my came out looking deformed and were not photo worthy. They did turn out pretty tasty though and were so easy to make, so I’m posting the recipe any ways. 

Happy Meatless Monday! 


It took me awhile to find a recipe that made pepperoni bites without Pillsbury biscuits as the main ingredient. The main reason for not using them, is because they’re not vegan. They’re also made with low quality genetically modified ingredients. I do this blog with many ingredients I wouldn’t normally use since they’re processed. However, the point of this blog is to show people that you can eat your old favorite foods, comfort foods or fun food while still maintaining a cruelty free lifestyle. We all know the fun foods usually aren’t the healthy foods, but I draw the line at using genetically modified foods. Making your own dough is so easy and you know which ingredients are going into it, so I prefer to do it this way. 

The recipe I augmented is from Family Fresh Meals. They have a vegetarian option in the original recipe, but I chose to go the full 9 yards and make it vegan. Enjoy!!

Original ingredients:


http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2012/04/cheesy-pepperoni-bites-with-vegetarian-option.html


Here is what you need to make 24 bites:

3/4 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup milk

1 egg

4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

4 ounces turkey pepperoni, chopped

1/2 cup pizza sauce

2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

My Super Awesome Vegan Version:

Ingredients


3/4 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup plain soymilk or hemp milk (I always use organic)

1/4 cup olive oil 

4 oz. Daiya “mozzarella cheese”

One package of Yves pepperoni or LightLife’s Smart Pepperoni (both are GMO free)

1/2 cup pizza sauce (I used Wild Organics Tomato Basil spaghetti sauce)

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil (I got this from my organic herb garden)


Directions


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees


2. Grease a 24 cup mini muffin pan (I use olive oil and brush it on lightly or you could use Earth Balance butter)


3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder, whisk in the milk and the olive oil 


4. Next, stir in the mozzarella 


5. Stir in the pepperoni and mix well. Let stand for 7-10 minutes.


6. Divide batter among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.


7. While waiting for the bites to bake, you can microwave the pizza sauce, however I recommend to avoid microwaving since it zaps out the nutrients in food. I heated mine up on the stove in a little sauce pan. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of your fresh basil.  

8. Sprinkle the puffs with the remaining 1 Tablespoon basil.  Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping. Voila! 

So easy and tasty!