We all kind of like food, right?
Or at the very least we kind of have to eat it! And this time of year especially, people are often thinking about “eating healthier” or just wanting some new ideas… So I thought for today’s post I would share a few of our current favorite recipes. These are not my personal recipes, but ones I’ve come across from other people that we enjoy – maybe when you go to their sites to see the recipes I suggest, you’ll find more things you like! I hope you enjoy!
Jon and I live a whole foods, plant based lifestyle.
All of the recipes I’m sharing today fall in that “category”. Even if you don’t eat that way, I promise you these recipes are yummy and I think you’ll find something you like.
On that note, if you are interested in hearing more about eating whole foods, plant based, why we have chosen that, how that works day to day, or even the ways that looks slightly different for Jon and myself, let me know. I’d love to do a post all about that, sharing some reasons, research, etc., if there is an interest! I also have a few recipes I’ve developed myself that I would be happy to share at some point if anyone is interested in those as well.
When it comes to recipes, I pretty much never make anything exactly as it’s written (sorry to all of the amazing recipe creators out there, I just can’t help but march a little bit to the beat of my own drum when it comes to food!)… So for the recipes I am linking today I’ll share the general modifications I make, but definitely feel free to be a law-abiding citizen and make them just as the original creator wrote in their recipe! Or, have a little fun and march to the beat of your own drum!
Okay, enough of my chatter… Let’s get to the food!
Apple Crumb Muffins from http://housevegan.com
Oh yes. These are so good. My nephew always loves when I bring him muffins – and these are definitely one of his favorites! I have celiac, so I use this flour blend which I buy at Whole Foods (I made them this week with a different flour blend and was very disappointed with the results!). I also choose not to use refined sugars in our cooking/baking, so I use a combination of coconut sugar and real maple syrup when I make these. I use either olive oil or coconut oil in place of the vegan margarine she mentions in her recipe. Though I definitely encourage you to try it as she has written if your dietary needs/wants allow! They may come out even more amazing than I know!
Oh, and a little muffin making tip I heard years ago (and unfortunately don’t remember where!): bake your muffins at 425 for 5 minutes, and then at 375 for the remainder of the needed time. This can vary but for me it’s usually around 12-15 more minutes. This makes them rise faster so you get more of that classic bakery muffin look!
Vegan Dinner Rolls from http://minimalistbaker.com
If you have read my 2018 favorites post, you know I love Minimalist Baker! These dinner rolls are awesome! Again, I sub out the flour and sugar for what we use, but they still come out delicious! They are definitely the best warm out of the oven!
Vegetable Broth from http://wallflowerkitchen.com
This broth is one of those things that just makes your whole body say “yes, thank you, I needed that!” I don’t make it the same way every time, but it always comes out amazing. I typically follow her recipe, just without adding the oil and with using whatever veggies I have on hand. I often make this at the end of a week with the vegetables in the fridge that are about to become a little sad! I always use mushrooms, carrots, celery, onion, lots of kale and spinach – and from there just add in whatever else is kicking around waiting to be used up. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. It’s great for soups and other recipes, and we use broth in place of oil for sauteing as well. Delicious!
Everyday Lentil Soup from http://minimalistbaker.com
This is my absolute favorite soup right now. We love it with the dinner rolls! It feels so nourishing, warm, and comforting on these cold winter days! I use red lentils because we like those best in soups, but I’m sure the green are just as fabulous, and I often add in some sage, thyme, oregano, and a little bit of cayenne! Y-U-M. If you’re craving a warm, soothing soup – here you go!
Vegan Taco Salad from http://connoisseurusveg.com
This recipe is sort of a base for me, and I go a little rogue from there! However, it’s a great recipe to go to if you want a meatless taco option. I usually just make the taco filling part, and Jon and I both like it better sans walnuts. I use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and often vary the spices to what I have on hand/we feel like that day. We love having this over a baked potato with all our favorite “taco” toppings!
Teriyaki Noodle Stir-fry from http://wifemamafoodie.com
We love stir-fry around here! I vary the sauce for this one just slightly by omitting the honey and adding in sriracha because we love it, and a little sunflower seed butter. I know, the sunflower seed butter sounds random, but it really works if you want to give it a shot! We make this with these noodles (which I also pick up at Whole Foods) from our favorite pasta brand, and always double the sauce! Mmmmmmm.
There are so many other recipes I could share, but I don’t want to keep you here all day!
Or have your drooling over your phone or computer at how delicious all this food looks 😉 So I’ll keep it to those picks for now, and just finish off with a couple treats we really love. We don’t eat a ton of sweets, but we do have some go-to’s when we want something or have a gathering to bring something to.
No Bake Energy Bites from http://gimmesomeoven.com
I know, you’re like “really, Shayla…energy bites? That’s not a treat…” But honest, these do come out much like a sweet treat and we definitely enjoy them that way! They are delicious, however you choose to consume them!
Healthy Snicker’s Pie from http://lizmoody.com
Oh. My. We LOVE this one. It was introduced to us by some wonderful friends, and trust me, it doesn’t taste “healthy”. It’s so, so good. Definitely make this one. In fact, if you only try one recipe from this list, let me be a good friend to you and say – make this one!
Vegan Pecan Pie from http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com
First of all, this woman is basically the queen of desserts – I pretty much blindly trust her recipes to be good! If you go check out this one, definitely spend a little time poking around her site for others. I’m sure they’ll taste amazing! This pecan pie comes out great every time I make it!
Alright, friends. I hope you enjoyed a little peek into our culinary world. If you like posts like this, or have requests for other food-related posts, let me know!