January 1, 2013

Vegan Meal Ideas

Meal from the last week of 2012! I know, a bit behind, but it's the thought that count. Recipe sharing is joyous! Here are a few simple eats you can throw together in all under an hour, meaning: you can make everything you are about to see in less than 60 minutes. Meaning, it's 5:00pm on a Sunday night, you grab the following ingredients, get to cooking, and by 6:00pm you will have nothing more to do but clean the dishes. And your fridge will be full of pre-cooked deliciousness to start of the week in a tasty fashion.

one: quinoa stir fry. Cook 1 cup of quinoa in 1 tablespoon Bragg's Liquid Aminos, water, and red pepper flakes. Water saute (loads of) cabbage (1-2 cups chopped), 1 bell pepper, chopped, and 2 cut up serrano chilis, until soft but still firm, add a teaspoon of more Liquid Aminos, a hint of cayenne or chili powder, and add the cooked quinoa. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serves 3, roughly.

two: kale salad. Wash, de-stem and cut up a head of kale. Place in a bowl and massage the leaves until soft and bright in their green color. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and olive oil, sprinkle with a handful of both sunflower seeds and raisins (about 1/3 cup each). You may add an entire apple to this, cut into bits. Serves 2-3 or 1 rock star kale-eater.

three: quinoa with sauteed veggies. Cook 1/2 cup quinoa in some paprika and water. Water saute 1 chopped bell pepper, 1 cup chopped green cabbage, 1 green onion -minced-, 1 chopped zucchini with 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning, a sprinkle of paprika, chili powder and garlic powder. Serve next to quinoa. Feeds about 2 people, in my mind.

four: spicy lentils. Grab yourself a cup of uncooked, green lentils. Place in a pot with 2 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of ancho chili powder, a hint of pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook until water is soaked up by the lentils and them lentils be soft. Enjoy alone or next to a bed of vegetables. Heck, throw 'em in a food processor and make bean burgers. Be creative. They're delicious. Serves 3 as a lentil side.

five: tofu n' sweet potato. Dice up a block of extra firm, sprouted tofu. My favorite/only brand I know of really is: Wildwood SprouTofu - hooray! Read the label to see how many servings are in the package you bought. I say boo to reading the label and just eat some tofu but don't go crazy, save room in your stomach for a big plate of greens and some cooked vegetables. Or, in this case, sweet potato. Anyway.... dice your tofu, dice some sweet potato/yam. Coat in coconut oil, fresh rosemary (1 tablespoon-ish), garlic powder. Bake on some parchment paper-lined baking sheets at 375* F for about 15 minutes, check to make sure nothing is burnt to a crisp, mix them around a bit to coat them other sides, bake another 10 minutes.

Yum. yum. yummies.

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