January 16, 2018

Vanilla Almond Overnight Oats



I love this easy, 6-ingredient, make-ahead vegan breakfast! It only takes 5 minutes to assemble in the evening, then just cover and set in the fridge for a quick grab-n-go breakfast in the morning. You can either eat it as is, or top with fresh berries, bananas, granola, nut butters, etc. The vanilla-almond flavor is SO GOOD with a bit of sweetness from the maple syrup (and a chia seed boost!) I always look forward to the simple yet delicious, sweet flavor. Hope it gets your mornings off to a great start as well! ⛅


Vegan, gluten-free (with gf oats), oil-free
Serves 1

Ingredients
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tsp. chia seeds (I use this brand)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. almond extract
1-2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

Directions
Combine all ingredients except oats in a small bowl or jar. Stir to combine.
Add oats, gently stir, and make sure they're all fully submerged.
Cover and place in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
Enjoy as is or top with banana, berries, granola, nut butters, etc. before serving.

*Notes:
I use unsweetened plain almond milk for this recipe. Adjust the syrup as desired depending on how much sweetness you like (or if you're using a sweetened milk). You may find you need a little less vanilla if you're using a vanilla flavored milk.
The almond extract is strong so be sure to only use the 1/8 tsp. otherwise it can overpower.

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January 12, 2018

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce



Our favorite, easy homemade pizza sauce! This has been our family's go-to recipe for years. It's incredibly flavorful with garlic, herbs, and a little tang... YUM! This was one of the first recipes I posted on the blog (almost 6 years ago, wow!) so I wanted to give it a refresh. Since the flavors only intensify as it sits, it's great made ahead of time so it's ready to go when you are. (No worries if you didn't think that far in advance though - happens to us all the time and it's still great when used immediately.) The recipe makes enough for one extra-large pizza or several smaller English muffin/pita pizzas. Hope you enjoy as much as we do. Happy pizza partying! 🎉

PS - how adorable are these little jars!? I'm obsessed. See them here on Amazon if you're interested. (The smaller size is great for sauces and things like this as they each hold about a cup.)

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free
Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients
6 oz. can tomato paste
1-3 cloves garlic (depending on how much you like garlic)
2-3 Tbsp. water (or more as desired to thin)
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. cumin
Salt to taste

Directions
Finely mince garlic.
Add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir well to combine.
Can use immediately, but the flavor is best if you let it sit for about 30 minutes. (Or make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready!)

Note: I like my sauce on the thicker side (this one is pretty dense), but simply add more water to thin if desired!

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December 30, 2017

15 Easy Vegan Weeknight Meals!



Our favorite quick and easy plant-based weeknight dinners! Most are 30 minutes or less with minimal ingredients and effort (but loaded with flavor!) Let's get to it 🎉


THIS SOUP. You just gotta try it. It's probably one of my favorite recipes on the blog - and only 30 minutes!



Family-friendly fajitas. Everyone can personalize their own with their favorite toppings. Tip: bring it together even quicker by making the taco seasoning in advance and prepping the veggies (slice onion, pepper, and mushrooms and place in a covered container in the fridge.) SUPER easy to throw together come dinner time!



Spaghetti... with an awesome Asian twist. Only 7 ingredients and super versatile. Toss in some tofu, tempeh, or edamame for an extra protein boost.



Just 1 pot, 10 ingredients, and 30 minutes between you and this easy, delicious orzo-filled goodness! We love this quick soup filled with pantry staples - a great meal when you're low on fresh produce. (It's similar to this easy Minestrone Soup that also takes just 30 minutes.)



Gotta love a warm, cozy chili on a brisk, winter day - even better when you only have to wait 30 minutes. Note: it takes slightly longer, but this Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili (topped with creamy avocado chunks) is one of my all-time favorites too.



TEN. MINUTES. and you can be happily chowing down on some awesome tacos. Who doesn't love that? Note: these Black Bean Lentil Tacos are a fave as well. (And can be made faster with pre-cooked or canned lentils. Tip: spoon this mixture over tortilla chips and make some rockstar nachos too.)



Breakfast for dinner. (Always a winner.) 😉 Serve with some Roasted Homestyle Breakfast Potatoes, or put it in a bagel, sandwich, or wrap... yum.


8. Corn & Potato Chowder
Classic corn chowder gone vegan. This is one of my husband's favorites, and I think you'll LOVE this creamy, cheesy, smoky corn & potato chowder. Just 8 ingredients and super easy to assemble.



9. Vegan Chili Mac
Easy 30 minute dinner with 8 simple ingredients (but tons of flavor.) It's got it all - pasta, beans, & veggies in a tomatoey-cheesy sauce. Loved by kids and adults alike.



10. Italian Chopped Salad with Zesty Vinaigrette
Sometimes I'm just in the mood for a giant salad for dinner and this is one of my personal favorites. SO MUCH FLAVOR that'll definitely rock your taste buds.



11. Vegetable Lo Mein
"Secret ingredient" hoisin sauce adds an unexpected, flavorful punch to this tasty make-at-home Asian-style takeout dish.



12. Burrito Bowls with Creamy Chipotle Sauce
Not much beats an easy burrito bowl with all the fixings. Plus I love adding a punch of flavor to the rice by mixing it with salsa.



13. Vegetable Curry Soup
One of the easiest soups ever. Dice a few veggies, throw everything into a pot, and simmer. Silky, golden goodness packed with flavor... with only 7 ingredients and 30 minutes!



14. Tempeh & Mushroom Pasta
Take jarred pasta sauce to the next level with some fun add-ins - plus it's super easy to customize. (If you've never tried tempeh this is a great place to start. It adds such a nice, healthy "meatiness" to the sauce.)



15. Quinoa Fajita Burritos
Some of my very favorite things combined. Fajita-style veggies wrapped up in a burrito with a flavorful black bean quinoa mixture. (Tip: these make a great freezer meal too.)



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I also share TONS of recipes on my Pinterest page if you want to check it out for more plant-based inspiration: