May 14, 2015

How to Make: Iced Matcha

This is a very simple tutorial, but good to know! While my favorite way to enjoy matcha is whisked hot, this is such a great change of pace when the temperature heats up. It's so refreshing to sip this out in the sunshine to get my daily boost of zenergy. If you hadn't noticed by now, I'm crazy for matcha! If you want to learn more about this antioxidant super-drink, check out my Matcha page. I'm also pretty obsessed with this Tropical Matcha Smoothie ;)

1 tsp. matcha powder*
2/3 cup water
Large handful of ice cubes

Iced Matcha Two Ways
#1: Prepare whisked hot matcha then add ice
Heat water to just under boiling (about 160 degrees). Add water to 1 tsp. matcha in a soup bowl. With a bamboo whisk, whisk very briskly in a straight line back and forth. Continue until you get a nice layer of froth (about 30-45 seconds). Carefully transfer to a glass, add plenty of ice, and enjoy!

#2: Cold brew
Thoroughly shake matcha with cold water and add ice cubes.

*Note: my very favorite matcha brand is Encha.Life!

How do you enjoy your matcha?
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May 12, 2015

Easy Vegan Mac & Cheese

Sometimes you just need a big bowl of creamy, cheesy, comforting mac and cheese. This simple, healthy version is made dairy-free with the help of a rock star cashew cheese sauce bursting with flavor (and protein!) Feel free to change it up with your own favorite seasonings. I love adding a pop of color and nutrition with vibrant green broccoli (mac & cheese with trees!) Always a great pairing :)

Vegan, gluten-free (with gf pasta)
Serves about 4-5
Cheese sauce adapted from Vegan Military Wife

12 oz. uncooked pasta (I use brown rice shells)

{For the cheese sauce}
1 cup raw cashews (soaked for a couple hours/overnight)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
Salt to taste

Cook pasta according to package instructions, leaving al dente.
Meanwhile, make the cheese sauce: drain cashews and place all ingredients in a blender. Blend thoroughly until smooth. Adjust seasonings if desired.
In a large pan over med-low heat, add cheese sauce. Heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
Add drained pasta and stir well. Cook for an additional 3 minutes or until sauce is desired thickness.

Note: spinach and/or steamed broccoli are great additions - just stir them in at the end!

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This cheese sauce is awesome on so many things:
Baked potatoes!
7-Layer Dips!

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April 27, 2015

Ultimate List of Vegan Mexican Recipes!

Between my everlasting love of Mexican food and Cinco de Mayo approaching, I set out to make a small (ha!) round-up of vegan Mexican meals. That little list? It turned into the monstrous 110+ recipes you see below :) I literally could not stop. SO. MUCH. DELICIOUSNESS. There are so many creative bloggers out there working their vegan magic that this quickly became my favorite round-up yet! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed assembling it. Many of these recipes I've already made and loved, and the rest I fully intend to eat my way through ASAP. If you have any more favorites, leave them in the comments below!

Black Bean Lentil Tacos (pictured above)
Quick Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Sauce
Double Decker Chickpea Tacos
Black Bean Tempeh Tacos
Ultimate Green Taco Wraps with Lentil-Walnut Taco Meat (Oh She Glows)
Fresh Grilled Veggie Tacos (Edible Perspective)
15 Minute Simple Vegan Tacos (Simple Vegan Blog)
Roasted Vegetable Tacos (Pumpkin and Peanut Butter)
Falafel Tacos with Avocado Sriracha Cream (Pumpkin and Peanut Butter)
Pinquito Bean and Quinoa Taco Filling (FatFree Vegan Kitchen)
Smoky Lentil and Sweet Potato Tacos (Vegan Richa)
Jackfruit Tacos (What Vegetarians Eat)
Raw Lentil Tacos (Nouveau Raw)

Burritos & Burrito Bowls
Burrito Bowl with Creamy Chipotle Sauce
Quinoa Fajita Burritos (one of my personal favorites)
Avocado, Yellow Rice, and Roasted Chickpea Burrito (The Live-In Kitchen)
Vegan Breakfast Burritos (Produce on Parade)
Burritos with Spanish Rice and Black Beans (FatFree Vegan Kitchen)
Cauliflower Rice and Pinto Bean Vegan Burrito Bowl (Kalyn's Kitchen)
The Ultimate Vegan Protein Burrito (Blissful Basil)
Vegan Chickpea Burritos (Sweet C's Designs)
Spicy Roasted Potato Burrito Bowl (Pumpkin and Peanut Butter)
Mexican Mac Burrito with Red Sauce (Vegan Yack Attack)
Smoky Black Bean Wraps with Parsley Chimichurri (Vegan Richa)

Awesome Enchiladas
Protein Monster Vegan Enchiladas (with 20g protein each!)
Black Bean Avocado Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce (love these)
Bean Enchiladas
Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce
Savory Kale and Portobello Enchiladas (Homemade Levity)
Black Bean and Summer Squash Enchiladas (FatFree Vegan Kitchen)
Vegan Enchiladas with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce (Oh She Glows)
Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas (Gluten-Free Goddess)

Sizzlin' Fajitas
Corn and Black Bean Fajitas
Roasted Chickpea Fajitas with Cilantro Cashew Crema (Making Thyme for Health)
Poblano and Portobello Fajitas (Minimalist Baker)
Vegan Fajitas with Lentil-Walnut Meat (Oh She Glows)
Black Bean Fajitas and Guacamole (The Simple Veganista)
Jackfruit Fajitas with Avocado Cilantro Cream (Connoisseurus Veg)

Nachos & Quesadillas
Avocado Quesadillas
Roasted Sweet Potato and Bean Quesadillas (The Pretty Bee)
Green Chile Enchilada Quesadillas (Fork and Beans)
Loaded Veggie Nachos with Portabella Mushroom Meat (Oh My Veggies)
Black Bean and Potato Nacho Plate (Oh She Glows)
Loaded Nachos with Cashew Cheese and Maple-Chili Tempeh (One Ingredient Chef)
Buffalo Chickpea Nachos (Vegan Yack Attack)
Macho Mac and Cheese Nachos (Vegan Yack Attack)
Sweet Potato Nachos (Garden Goddess Kitchen)
Vegan Nachos For All (Healthy Happy Life)

Other Main Dishes
Southwestern Tofu Scramble
Bean Tostadas
Spicy Sofritas Veggie Bowls (Pinch of Yum)
Mexican Grilled Polenta Pizza (Edible Perspective)
One Pan Mexican Quinoa (Damn Delicious)
Vegan Taco Mac (Driftwood Gardens)
Mexican Lasagna (FatFree Vegan Kitchen)
Mexican Pizza with Lime Crema (Vegan Richa)
Tofu Tostadas (Two Peas & Their Pod)
Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash with Black Bean Guacamole (Oh She Glows)
Vegan Spaghetti Squash and Black Bean Mexican Bowl (Kalyn's Kitchen)
Stuffed Avocados with Black Bean Cilantro Rice (Pumpkin and Peanut Butter)
Roasted Bell Pepper Tostadas (Pinch of Yum)
Vegan Chipotle Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Avocado a Day Nutrition)

Scrumptious Salads
Southwestern Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Dressing (yes!)
Fiesta Bean Salad
Black Bean Lentil Salad with Cumin-Lime Dressing
Mexican Quinoa Salad
Southwestern Black Bean Salad with Citrus Dressing
The Ultimate Vegan Taco Salad (Oh My Veggies)
Clean 3 Bean Salad with Cilantro Salsa Dressing (The Honour System)
Healthy Texas Caviar (My Whole Food Life)
Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad (Audrey's Apron)
Ultra-Easy Vegan Taco Salad (Healthful Pursuit)
Quinoa Taco Salad (Gluten-Free Goddess)
Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Onion, and Cilantro (Kalyn's Kitchen)
Layered Raw Taco Salad for Two (Oh She Glows)
Brown Rice and Pinto Bean Salad (Kalyn's Kitchen)
Black Bean, Corn, and Edamame Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing (Tastefully Julie)

Simple Sides
Cilantro-Lime Rice
Mexican Rice (Damn Delicious)
Avocado Lime Rice (The Weary Chef)
Slow Cooker Black Beans with Cilantro (Kalyn's Kitchen)
Veggie-Packed Spanish Rice (Oh My Veggies)
Sauteed Corn and Poblanos (Real Simple)
Guacamole Rice (Foxes Love Lemons)
Easy Chipotle Lime Black Beans (Dixieland Sweets)
Fiesta Lime Rice (Skinny Taste)
Vegan Mexican Street Corn (A House in the Hills)
Mexican Grilled Corn with Cilantro (Real Simple)

Soup for you!
Mexican Ranchero Amaranth Stew (The Honour System)
Smoky Refried Bean Soup (FatFree Vegan Kitchen)
Loaded Veggie Nacho Soup (Minimalist Baker)
Super Boost Mexican Lentil Chili (Eat Healthy, Eat Happy)
Vegan Taco Soup (Lauren Kelly Nutrition)
Mexican Lentil Stew (Budget Bytes)
White Bean Avocdao and Lime Soup (Making Thyme for Health)
Spicy Black Bean Soup with Cilantro and Green Tabasco (Kalyn's Kitchen)
Red Lentil Taco Soup (Connoisseurus Veg)

Salsa, Salsa!
Salsa Fresca
Restaurant-Style Salsa
Black Bean Salsa
Avocado Salsa (Cooking Classy)
Roasted Vegetable Salsa (Gluten-Free Goddess)
Sweet Corn Salsa (Namely Marly)
Salsa Verde 3 Ways (Healthy Happy Life)
5-Ingredient Mango Salsa (Gimme Some Oven)
Perfect Grilled Corn Salsa (Minimalist Baker)

Delicious Dips
Vegan Black Bean Queso Dip
Quick Black Bean Avocado Dip
Vegan 7-Layer Mexican Dip (Minimalist Baker)
Guacamole (Cooking Classy)
Vegan Chili Cheese Dip (Delish Knowledge)
7-Layer Dip (One Ingredient Chef)

Flavor-Packed Sauces
Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Creamy Chipotle Sauce
Avocado Cilantro Sauce
Raw Smoked Chipotle Taco Sauce (Nouveau Raw)
Vegan Mexican Cheese - 3 Ways (Minimalist Baker)
Holy Moly Spicy Chipotle Dressing (FatFree Vegan Kitchen)
Easy Enchilada Sauce (Edible Perspective)

Homemade Basics
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Homemade Flour Tortillas (The Fig Tree)
Homemade Corn Tortillas - with video (Naturally Ella)
Homemade Vegan Refried Beans (The Honour System)

That's a wrap! (mmm, burritos...)
Come join me on Instagram and show me your pics if you try any of these!! :)

And feel free to check out my other favorite round-up:
12+ Must-Try Fresh Colorful Salads

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