3 Vegan Recipes Perfect for Vegan Newbies

3 Vegan Recipes Perfect for Vegan Newbies

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A study by the research firm GlobalData shows a whopping 600 percent increase in the number of people who identify as vegans over the last three years. A big reason for the increase is it has never been easier to go vegan. There are countless vegan recipe sites and cooking videos all over the Internet, as well as vegan meal prep delivery services that bring fully prepared plant-based meals straight to your doorstep.

Below are three vegan recipes perfect for those just making the transition to veganism.

Vegan Walnut Taco Meat

One fear many people have about going vegan is giving up meat-based foods that they love. They fail to realize vegan cuisine has evolved tremendously over the last five years, and there are now vegan substitutes to many of these meals. Tacos are one example. Here is a recipe for vegan walnut taco meat:

vegan taco meat from Food52

 

Tools: Food processor
Prep Time: 20 minutes            Cook Time: 25 minutes
Makes: 2 cups

Ingredients:

• ½ cup of walnuts
• 1 cup of dry almonds
• 6 oil-free sun dried tomatoes
• 1 tablespoon of chickpea miso
• ½ teaspoon paprika
• ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
• ¼ teaspoon onion powder
• Dash of salt
• Dash of black pepper
• Dash of cayenne pepper

Preparation:

Step 1: Start by soaking the sun dried tomatoes and walnuts for at least 20 minutes.

Step 2: While your tomatoes and walnuts soak, add the rest of your ingredients to the food processor.

Step 3: Once 20 minutes have passed, add the tomatoes and walnuts to the food processor. Your goal is to have a ‘meaty’ consistency rather than a creamy paste.

Step 4: Dump the mixture on a baking pan and roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. You can also skip this step and eat your walnut taco meat ‘raw’.

Vegan Burrito Bowl

A burrito bowl is a simple and tasty meal that many vegans use as a lunchtime staple when they first make the transition.

Tools: Mixing bowl
Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (burrito bowl):

• 8 oz frozen corn kernels
• 1 (15 oz) can of black beans
• 12 oz jar of salsa
• 2 cups of instant rice
• 1 red bell pepper
• A handful of chopped cilantro

Ingredients (avocado dressing):

• 1 ripe avocado
• 1 tablespoon lime juice
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• ⅓ cup vegan sour cream
• ½ teaspoon chili powder
• 2 or 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk for thinning


Preparation (burrito bowl):

Step 1: Cook the instant rice for 5-10 minutes. Follow package instructions for accuracy.

Step 2: Mix black beans, corn, and salsa together.

Step 3: Add the rice to your mixture and stir.

Step 4: Cook mixture on stove for 5 minutes at a medium heat. Make sure to stir every minute.

Step 5: Add cilantro and bell pepper after cooking.

Step 6: Mix in avocado dressing.

Preparation (avocado dressing):

Step 1: Smash avocado thoroughly.

Step 2: Add smashed avocado into mixture of all other ingredients except the non-dairy milk.

Step 3: Add 1 tablespoon of non-dairy milk and stir. Repeat until you achieve the desired consistency.


Vegan Banana Coconut Cookies

Another worry potential vegans have is they will have to give up their favorite baked goods. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a vegan alternative to virtually every baked good you can think of. These vegan banana coconut cookies only have 2 ingredients, which make them perfect for vegan newbies.

vegan banana coconut cookies recipe

 

Tools: Baking sheet
Prep Time: 10 minutes        Bake Time: 30 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

• 1 and ½ cups of shredded coconut
• 1 cup of mashed bananas

Preparation:

Step 1: Warm up oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Toast the shredded coconut for 5 to 8 minutes. Make sure to watch it closely, as there is a fine line between toasted and burnt.

Step 3: Combine the toasted coconut with the mashed banana and stir extensively.

Step 4: Measure out 2 tablespoons of mixture and place globs onto baking sheet until mixture is gone.

Step 5: Bake for 30 minutes.

Step 6: Allow cookies to cool for at least 30 minutes. This is important for consistency.

Vegan Meal Delivery Services Make Going Vegan Even Easier

While the vegan recipes in this article are super simple, there is nothing easier than having an already-prepared meals delivered to your home. Two big reasons people don’t go vegan is time and money. They assume the meals take too long to prepare and the ingredients are too expensive. The right vegan meal prep delivery service eliminates prep time completely and provides quality ingredients at an affordable price. Consider trying one in your area today.

 

Swipe Sources:

50 Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners

Good Housekeeping Vegan Recipes

The Stingy Vegan – Simple Vegan Recipes 

Diabetic Recipes and Tips for Creating Healthy Balanced Meals

Diabetic Friendly Recipes and Tips for Healthy Balanced Meals

Are you pre-diabetic, diabetic, or know someone who is struggling with Type 2 diabetes? Wondering what type of food you should or could eat and how to best manage or improve your condition?

For those who are pre-diabetic or know they have a diabetic family history and are looking for ways to make changes that are manageable, sustainable, and will help them create a healthy lifestyle to prevent or overcome diabetic health issues (such as high blood pressure or diabetic retinopathy), we wanted to share some recipes and suggestions for building daily balanced meals.

There can be so much information that’s overwhelming, so we’ll try to keep this simple and make things easy.

The American Diabetes Association (see their Create Your Plate guide) suggests creating a plate guide where half the plate is made up of vegetables (ones that are not starchy) – such as spinach, zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, celery, cauliflower, green beans, lettuce, mushrooms, and kale.

Create your Plate - American Diabetic Association

Next divide the other half of the plate in half again, and in one section put protein (fish, chicken, eggs, turkey, tuna, cheese, tofu, etc). And in the last small section place a helping of some grains or starchy foods — such as rice, potatoes, pasta, peas, beans, corn, quinoa, or tortillas.

In addition to this, one small serving of fruit or dairy is suggested to round out the meal, along with a low-calorie beverage like iced tea, coffee, or water. Healthy fats can also be added in small amounts (i.e. avocado, nuts, or seeds added to a salad).

If you are wanting to track carbs and calories for your chosen foods with each meal, check out the Carb Counting and Meal Planning booklet from Novo Nordisk.

Lisa Statzer of Prediabetic Support has a fabulous program that helps individuals who are pre-diabetic make the needed changes to their diet and lifestyle to avoid the many health issues of the full-blown diabetic condition. She is so encouraging, helpful, and knowledgeable on the topic, and you can download her free Eat This, Not That guide on her website.

Eat This Not That - Prediabetic Support

We have lots of diabetic friendly recipes right here on Dish Dish – which you can save to your own free recipe box account and use to create your grocery list each week – saving you time and sanity when planning meals.

Here are a few diabetic friendly breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, and even dessert recipes. Please be sure to comment below with which ones you’ve tried and let us know if you have other ideas and suggestions.

Arugula and Feta Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe

A simple salad made with arugula leaves, fresh strawberries and crumbled feta cheese; topped with a homemade strawberry vinaigrette (or use your favorite one from the store).

arugula and feta salad with strawberry vinaigrette recipe

 

Vegetable Frittata Recipe

Sauteed onion and garlic are mixed with chopped broccoli, bell peppers, and seasonings with beaten eggs. Pour into a dish and bake for about 30 minutes for a nice, healthy brunch, lunch or dinner. Serve with some salsa and avocado for even more flavor.

vegetable frittata, vegetarian recipe, breakfast

 

Skinny Turkey and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Dish up this delicious soup with diced turkey, a little bit of whole wheat orzo (optional), carrots, onion, celery, sweet pepper, peas, broth and lots of seasoning. Though it will take a few minutes to do the prep (chopping and dicing ingredients), cooking time is only about 30 minutes, making it a relatively quick meal to get on the table.

And it’s freezer friendly – so make a large batch and freeze the extra for pulling out on a day when cooking sounds too onerous or time-consuming.

Skinny Turkey and Vegetable Soup Recipe

 

Tart Individual Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Fresh blueberries baked for about 20 minutes with a crumbled oat topping for a quick and easy dessert that’s already in small portions so you won’t be tempted to over-indulge. Enjoy!

Tart Blueberry Crisp Recipe

 

Herb Dip Recipe

This yogurt-based dip with green onions, mint, red chili, and a dash of lemon is a refreshing dip with your favorite veggies – celery, cucumber, broccoli, grape tomatoes or asparagus. It also makes a nice “sauce” with your favorite grilled meat.

greek yogurt dip, appetizer recipe

Additional resources:

Mayo Clinic Diabetic Recipes
Low Carb Maven
Ten Diabetic Diet, Recipe and Lifestyle Ideas Worth Sharing

 

Things to Do with the Kids on Summer Break (Beating Boredom)

 

Things to do with Kids on Summer Break - Beating Summer Boredom

School supplies are going on sale and we just about have reached the half-way point of summer break for this year.

Parents in every home are scrounging around for new ideas to keep the kids busy, productive, or entertained – without blowing up the budget or the house!

So we decided to come up with our own short list of suggestions and projects to do with the kids, keeping them busy (and somewhat productive) as we count down the days to the school bell ringing once again (whether your kids are homeschooled or attend school – it’s always nice to get back to a routine).

Playing Indoors Together

When our boys were younger, one of the big deals around our house was that indoor play could not be noisy (for the most part – they are boys!); noisy play time belonged outdoors (regardless of the temperature in the Texas heat).

Besides the obvious attraction these days of video and computer games, here are a few fun (inexpensive) ideas for indoor play:

1. Set up a tabletop tennis set and play rounds of games (in the dining room, living room or game room – wherever you have a decent sized table).

2. Make your own play-doh and have each person make a dough animal for a zoo set or recreate their favorite vacation spot.

3. Build a fort (or castle) out of sheets, blankets, and furniture with pillows; add plenty of entrances and exits for fun playtime.

4. Define a time for Nerf gun battles and let the fun begin! (Of course, I always dreaded picking up all the darts afterwards, finding them in every nook and cranny of the house for months – so this year we traded Nerf guns in for simple laser guns that didn’t require extra accessories such as vests, battery packs, and glasses – and it was fabulous!)

 

5. It’s always fun to pull out a favorite card game, board game, or jigsaw puzzle – depending on the likes and interests of your crew!

Doing Projects Together

Since my husband and I are both generally project-oriented, any time off of regular responsibilities sparks a desire to be productive with a project – whether in the house, the yard, or the garage.

While it’s great to have the kids help us with projects we are trying to get done (and this teaches them good team-building, responsibility lessons), summer time is a great time to let them come up with some desired projects of their own or casually suggest ones they could both learn and enjoy.

Feel free to keep these simple since you probably don’t want to add to your “to-do” list any more than necessary.

1. Paint new flower pots for the front or back porch.

2. Plant a few garden plants that they can help cultivate, watch grow, and eat after harvesting.

3. Organize their playroom or closets (this also helps them learn to organize, prioritize, and value their belongings); keep it fun with great music, some small colorful baskets or containers for organizing smaller items, and maybe even a treat when they’re finished. (Strawberry lemonade, anyone?)

4. Make a meal – let each child pick a meal they would like to make and help them run through the process of planning ingredients, prepping, and making the meal for the rest of the family (letting them pick the meal they want to make keeps it from feeling like a chore – and you can make it fun with favorite music while you plan and cook, and teach them some great life skills).

5. Create a family cookbook (either for your immediate family or for extended family in preparation for a family reunion or the holidays) – let the kids help gather up and pick out favorite recipes, scan them or take pics of them to upload and save to your own digital cookbook so you can share them, find them when you want them, and let the whole family enjoy wherever they are.

Playing Outdoors Together

Okay, seriously, in the dead of summer in the Texas heat – there isn’t much fun to be had outdoors it seems (unless you can spend your time in the water). However, we do have a few ideas that won’t break the bank or your spirit!

1. Corn hole game

2. Water gun fun – get some healthy running around in while staying cool with the water stream (from your gun or your opponent’s)

3. Kiddie pool – if you don’t have a large one; recycle water afterwards and have kids use buckets to water the garden or landscape bed plants

4. Late night flashlight game of tag or firefly catching contest

Do you have other ideas to add to the list? We love to hear your suggestion and comments!

How to Learn to Cook for Yourself when You’re Single

How to Cook for Yourself when Single
Kevin McCutcheonThis is a Guest Post

People have lots of thoughts about being single; some think it’s amazing that they’re by themselves and independent, while others might think it’s a nightmare. Either way, a person needs to eat, and preferably healthy.

Many single adults will choose a delivery app for ordering food, rather than cooking for themselves. And it’s understandable – it’s definitely easier. And it takes you no time to prepare the meal; you’re just going to get to eat it. Though this route usually means you’ll be eating pasta and fast food. People tend to forget the healthy options of take-out food. Additionally, it will cost you lots of money to always eat this way. (You know it does.)

But it’s so easy to cook at home when you have somewhere to start.  Perhaps this article will give you a push from behind. You’ll learn how to cook for yourself! Anything other than omelettes and fries (though there isn’t anything wrong with a really good omelette, for sure).

Never Overshop

If you make a list before going to the store, you’ll know what to buy from the very start. Put on the list things that you usually eat.

Don’t forget to take a look at your schedule and see how many nights you’re going to spend at home. Then buy according to that. Never more, as it will go to waste.

Store your Items Smartly

Let’s say you have a bag full of groceries. Try to arrange them so that they’ll be easier to get to in the fridge. Put the most often used items together in one part of the fridge, such as milk and chicken. Then put all of the fruits together in one compartment, and the vegetables in another one. Make sure you always know what you’re going to prepare and which ingredients you need – you can also stock the items together by the recipe you’re planning to make.

Prepare What You Like to Eat

You don’t have to eat something you don’t like. If you love pizza, make your fridge full of pre-made dough, cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, pepperoni, chicken and anything else you want on your pizza.

Learn how to take advantage of the fact that you’re single; now you don’t have to consider what someone else would like to eat, but can make what you want and have as much as you’d like.

Also, take advantage of the opportunity to make portions for two or four, even if it’s just you. Make a dish on Sunday or Monday, then use the leftovers to do other dishes for the rest of the week. Don’t let leftovers go to waste.

Don’t be Afraid to Eat Healthily

Especially when you’re single, the tendency is to simply eat what you have in the fridge. So fill it with healthy food. Make a salad or roast some vegetables and have them with pasta or brown rice. Eat chopped greens with your usual sandwiches. Add some fish to your meals for the week, as it is one of the advisable things to eat when you want to eat healthily. At Mercato, you’ll get the best grocery delivery service for fresh and healthy food.

 

11 Crock Pot Recipes You Need for Easy Summer Dinners

 

11 Crockpot Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

It’s always nice to have some easy dinner recipes on hand for those days when you end up with less time at the end of the day and don’t want to spend the majority of it getting dinner on the table (and cleaning up afterwards).

Especially in the summer time — the kids are out of school, we’re trying to enjoy some slow summer days with fun activities together with friends or family — and we don’t want to stress about how everyone will get fed at dinner.

Additionally, who wants to heat up the kitchen (especially here in Texas) when it’s already difficult to keep the house cool enough to be comfortable?

Those long, refreshing summer days are perfect for planning ahead just a little and throwing ingredients in the crock pot for an easy dinner any day of the week. These recipes are also great ideas for taking to a potluck or your family reunion or to throw together at the lake for the day.

1. Crockpot Roast

Crockpot Roast with onions

A keto and paleo friendly recipe, dish up a savory roast with celery, onion and seasonings like Worcestershire sauce and garlic. (photo by PaleoTable)

 

2. Beef Stroganoff

beef and mushroom stroganoff, easy beef recipes, quick dinner recipe

Beef tenderloin strips cooked up with mushrooms and seasonings, with a little sour cream stirred in towards the end for a creamy delicious meal perfect for serving over brown rice or your favorite cooked pasta.

 

3. Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Crockpot Recipe

With all the flavor of cabbage rolls and none of the rolling-up mess, browned ground beef is cooked up with cabbage, Ro-Tel, onion, garlic, and tomato sauce for a comfort food dish full of flavor.

 

4. Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds and Apricots

Moroccan Chicken with Almonds and Apricots in Crockpot

Braised chicken thighs are simmered in the crock pot with apricots, baby carrots and seasonings, topped off with almonds before serving; wonderful at the end of a long day with family and friends.

5. Crockpot Pepper Steak

Crockpot Pepper Steak recipe

Dish up this tasty meal of round steak, cut into strips, simmered with bell peppers, beef broth, onions, and seasonings; great for serving over mashed potatoes or brown rice for a yummy meal.

6. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches recipe

The whole crew will enjoy these easy pulled chicken sandwiches; cook up the chicken breast pieces in the crockpot with buffalo wing sauce, ranch salad dressing mix, adding a little butter and cream cheese at the end for a rich delicious chicken filling for your favorite hoagie rolls.

7. Beef Tortilla Casserole

Crockpot Beef Tortilla Casserole recipe

This dish turns out best if you only cook it on low for about 3 hours (not a dish you can let sit all day or it gets too soggy). But when cooked just right, it’s a fabulous blend of flavors with enchilada sauce, ground beef, onion, poblano chilies, taco seasoning, corn tortillas, black beans and corn. Top off with a dollop of sour cream, chopped tomatoes and cilantro.

 

8. Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole - Crockpot Recipe

Make this dish either for breakfast (set it up the night before to cook overnight) or have breakfast for dinner, if you prefer. With sliced chuck steak, turkey bacon, diced ham and potatoes, bell pepper and onion, along with the eggs and cheese, this hearty breakfast casserole has ingredients everyone will enjoy. Serve it up with a bowl of fresh fruit for a complete meal.

9. Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Stew recipe

Chicken breast pieces cooked up with potatoes, carrots, celery, frozen mixed vegetables and cream of chicken soup; a creamy, hearty mixture that is delicious served over your favorite buttermilk biscuits or bread.

10. Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna

Slow Cooker Lasagna crockpot recipe

Don’t let the idea of layering lasagna stress you out! With this easy crockpot version, you can enjoy lasagna for dinner without all the intensive labor.

11. Peking Pork Chops

Peking Pork Chops Slow Cooker Recipe

Cook these delicious pork chops up nice and slow in the crock pot with brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic; serve over rice or Chinese noodles. (photo by Salu Salo)

 

What are your favorite summer-time dinners or crockpot meals? Leave us a comment below and share your ideas with us!