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Acai Breakfast Bowl
2 years ago

Acai Breakfast Bowl

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Acai is so much healthier than frozen yogurt and it is usually served with fresh fruit instead of the high-cal candy offerings found at fro-yo bars.

Acai bowls can be pricey, especially if you eat them as often as I do, so I decided to make my own at home and it tastes just as delicious as store bought.  I also know what I’m putting into mine.  Some stores will add honey, yogurt and non-vegan products, so I prefer making my own vegan version.

If you’re not familiar with Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE), it is a superfood, specifically a dark berry similar to a grape, from the Amazon filled with antioxidants and omegas.

When prepared as instructed in this recipe, it tastes like a berry sorbet. You might feel like you’re having ice cream for breakfast, but rest-assured, this is a healthy and guilt-free pleasure. Let your imagination run wild.  This is just one of my favorite ways to prepare it but you can top this with anything that you would use to top oatmeal, and it will always come out a winner.

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Deli-Style Tuna Salad Sandwich
2 years ago

Deli-Style Tuna Salad Sandwich

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But you can make a great mock tuna salad that tastes pretty close to the real thing.  Even vegans can get nostalgic for a familiar childhood dish and I’m no exception. I recently found myself craving a tuna salad sandwich, so I crafted this imposter.  After tasting it I realized, it wasn’t the tuna I was craving, it was the creamy, cool and crunchy salad, on warm toasty bread.  Many people fear that they will have to give up their favorite foods when going vegan, but often what we miss isn’t the food itself, it’s the flavor and the feeling that are associated with the food. Give this a try and see if it doesn’t fit the bill when you’re wishing for that familiar favorite.

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Rainbow Roasted Veggies
2 years ago

Rainbow Roasted Veggies

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And the more beautiful the color, the less I want to do to diminish it. I wasn’t sure if roasting would enhance or reduce the color – in this case, it was definitely enhanced. The addition of the red potatoes and green Brussels Sprouts just added to the healthy rainbow. This is such a simple dish because roasting brings out the flavor in everything.  All you really need is salt, pepper, a little olive oil and lemon. I’ve also added parsley, but as you can imagine, any herb will do – rosemary, basil, mint.  It’s all good. And leftovers are the best.  I add roasted veggies on top of fresh green salads, or tuck them inside a tortilla with beans for an extra special burrito.  You can’t go wrong roasting veggies.  This makes a hearty batch enough to serve six.  But I’m single and I still make the full batch so I can eat them throughout the week.

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Breakfast Quinoa with Fresh Fruit
2 years ago

Breakfast Quinoa with Fresh Fruit

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It can be used as a satisfying protein rich breakfast ingredient. Use it in place of oat meal when you want a change. This one can be topped with any type of fruit in season, but I’ve chosen a few of my favorites.

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Roasted Poblano Breakfast Burrito
2 years ago

Roasted Poblano Breakfast Burrito

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Whenever I’m whipping up a batch, I feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, when she became intoxicated by the dizzying aroma of Poppies – except for the part where she passes out and gets captured by the evil monkey people.

The smell of roasted peppers is intoxicating but it invigorates me, and makes me want to find as many ways as possible to use this simple yet spellbinding ingredient.

So why not a breakfast burrito? If you roast the peppers the night before, you can cut down on the prep time, but if you do them in the morning, you can awaken your family (or yourself) to the come-hither aroma and know that it’s going to be the perfect start to your day.

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Veggie Cornmeal Pizza
2 years ago

Veggie Cornmeal Pizza

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This recipe contains three of my favorites – Vicolo cornmeal pizza crusts, Field Roast Italian Sausage and Classico Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce. There are still plenty of fresh ingredients to make this taste homemade, but you’ll save a significant amount of time by using top-of-the-line foods from vendors that make them just like you would – if you had the time.

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Roasted Poblano Pepper & Tortilla Soup
2 years ago

Roasted Poblano Pepper & Tortilla Soup

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I think they’re just as much fun to make as they are to eat.

You can also just add them to a sandwich or a burrito to make them extra special.

This is true comfort-food soup that uses the poblano pepper in a creamy backdrop for the toppings which are the true stars of the show. Because the soup uses potatoes, not dairy for its creaminess, it’s incredibly low in fat, so I’ve taken advantage of that fact by adding a little bit of fat in the preparation of the toppings – crispy tortilla strips fried in just a tad bit of oil on a non-stick pan, and, of course, avocado, to give it more authentic flavor. This one is as colorful as it is tasty. Enjoy it any time of day or year.

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Banana Cashew Breakfast Parfait
2 years ago

Banana Cashew Breakfast Parfait

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I like having something sweet in the morning – it gives me some energy to start my day. The addition of cashews adds protein to keep you satisfied throughout the morning. And any fruit can be used as a topping.

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Stuffed Potatoes with Mushroom Saute
2 years ago

Stuffed Potatoes with Mushroom Saute

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That couldn’t be farther from the truth. The reason the potato has a bad name is because many people top them with butter and sour cream. By using almond milk and a buttery vegan spread, you can enjoy a guilt-free potato that tastes decadent and filling.

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