Tag Archives: vegetable

Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Apple – Vegan and Gluten Free

Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Apple

acorn squash quinoa apple protein fiber vegan gluten free

When I go to the grocery store I like to check out foods I’ve never made before. What if it’s something that I absolutely love? I’ll never know unless I give it a taste.

Which brings me to Acorn Squash. I love Spaghetti Squash as seen in my Low Carb Spinach Bacon Carbonara and I often eat it topped with a little ghee and marinara but I hadn’t tried Acorn Squash yet. I found this great recipe at www.thelemonbowl.com and had to give it a try.

acorn squash quinoa apple protein fiber vegan gluten free

Of course I jumped at the chance to incorporate my super most favorite food, quinoa. I cook the heck out of quinoa. Quinao Mac and CheeseQuinoa Pizza Snacks and Quinao Stuffed Peppers are a few of my favorites.

This recipe is super awesome because not only is it vegan and gluten free but paleo is you omit the walnuts. Nutritionally it boasts 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. Hearty, filling and nutritious is a pretty perfect meal or side dish in my book.

acorn squash quinoa apple protein fiber vegan gluten free

You don’t know what you are missing if you don’t branch out and try new foods. I used to be close minded to things I never tried before but after being pleasantly surprised a couple of times, now I look forward to trying new foods.

Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Apple - Vegan and Gluten Free
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 acorn squash, seeded and cut into small cubes (leave the skin on)
  • ¼ cup olive oil - divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt - divided
  • ½ teaspoon pepper - divided
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa - prepared according to package instructions (I used vegetable broth instead of water to cook mine, it just adds a little more flavor)
  • 1 apple - cored and diced small
  • ½ cup scallions - minced
  • ¼ cup parsley - minced
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts - toasted (optional if making paleo)
Instructions
  1. Read the entire recipe before starting.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with foil.
  3. Place acorn cubes in a resealable plastic bag and coat with half of the olive oil, salt and pepper (2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.) Seal bag and massage to combine.
  4. Lay out the squash on foiled lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until softened.
  5. Since the squash will be softer at this time, if you need to make the pieces smaller, you can easily do that now.
  6. While squash is baking, combine cooked quinoa, diced apple, scallions and parsley in a large bowl.
  7. Toast walnuts in a dry pan for 4-5 minutes over medium heat or until they smell toasted. Add to bowl with quinoa.
  8. Add cooked squash to the quinoa and dress with lemon juice, remaining olive oil, salt and pepper (2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.) Toss well and season with additional salt or pepper if needed.

 

Eggplant Feta Bake – Garbanzo Beans & Tomatoes

Eggplant Feta Bake – Garbanzo Beans & Tomatoes

eggplant feta garbanzo beans tomato onion bake vegetarian

This took me a while to write because I kept taking taste testing breaks. This dish is so delicious. I literally walked around the kitchen telling myself “I am so awesome”! This is exactly the reaction I expect you to get from anyone you cook this for.

This recipe was very easy and straightforward. Just a few slices of an eggplant and onions and some can opening. Just be careful not to get crazy with the knife like I did.

booboo

It’s a good idea to salt the eggplant and let sit for 30 minutes to prevent any bitterness from the eggplant. I sliced mine (carefully) and sprinkled with a little sea salt while I prepared everything else. Then I rinsed the slices in a colander and laid on top of the other ingredients. Topped with olive oil and it was ready to bake.

eggplant feta garbanzo beans tomato onion bake vegetarian

You can easily make this paleo or vegan by omitting the feta. Instead you can top it with more fire roasted tomatoes or vegan cheese. Either way you choose to top it, you will love it.

eggplant feta garbanzo beans tomato onion bake vegetarian

With or without the cheese, the sherry vinegar, vegetable broth, fire roasted tomatoes, onions and spices really make this recipes flavor explode.

I’ve been eating the leftovers for every meal since I made this yesterday. I have never loved eggplant more than I do in this recipe.

eggplant feta garbanzo beans tomato onion bake vegetarian

{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Eggplant Tomato Garbanzo Bean Feta Bake
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 small eggplant, sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup diced white or sweet onions
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • dash of pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Slice eggplant into rounds and sprinkle with a tablespoon of sea salt. Let sit for 30 minutes. This will cut the bitterness of the eggplant prior to cooking. After 30 minutes, rinse well with water.
  3. In a glass baking dish (I used a 9 x 6) combine garbanzo beans, fire roasted tomatoes, onions, vegetable broth, oregano, pepper and sherry. Combine everything well.
  4. Lay eggplant slices on top of beans/tomato mixture and drizzle olive oil over the top of the eggplant evenly.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and flip eggplant over and transfer some of the tomato mixture on top of the eggplant.
  6. Continue baking for an additional 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and serve topped with either feta cheese or more fire roasted tomatoes or both if you want.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Baked Onion Rings – Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan

Baked Onion Rings – Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan

baked onion rings paleo gluten free healthy snack

Since I don’t eat french fries or anything fried for that matter, I rarely get the chance to use my beloved KETCHUP!! I was dying to make something pretty much just so I could use ketchup but it needed to be healthy. 

My latest recipe that involved breading was a paleo thai curry coconut shrimp and it turned out perfect. I was very happy with the technique and finished product so I thought I could incorporate it into making onion rings.

baked onion rings paleo gluten free healthy snack

I sliced up the onion, dipped it in the whisked egg whites and with a fork, put the ring in the spice mixture covering the onion completely then using the same fork transferred the ring to the shredded coconut covering it completely then transferred to the baking sheets. (Sorry for the run on sentence).

baked onion rings paleo gluten free healthy snack

I couldn’t believe how many rings I got out of just one onion. One onion would serve 4 people easily. I added some spice and seasoning for added flavor since the coconut flour and shredded coconut really don’t have much. If you don’t like any spice, just omit the cayenne. If you like a LOT of spice, add more. The amount i used was a nice medium heat which went really good with the tangy KETCHUP!!!

baked onion rings paleo gluten free healthy snackOh ketchup, how I’ve missed you so

Baked Onion Rings - Paleo, Gluten Free
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 large yellow or sweet onion cut into rings
  • ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 4 egg whites (whisked until frothy)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • dash of salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper or foil
  3. Set up 4 bowls, 1 for the sliced onions, 1 for the frothy egg whites, 1 for the spice mixture (coconut flour, cayenne and Italian seasoning - mix with fork until everything is combined) and 1 for the unsweetened shredded coconut.
  4. Dip onion in egg white, completely covering then transfer to spice mixture. Using a fork, completely cover the onion with the spice mixture then with the same fork transfer to the shredded coconut and completely cover.
  5. Put coated onion ring on baking sheet and repeat for the rest of your onion rings.
  6. Bake for 17 minutes.
  7. Dip in some delicious ketchup and enjoy.

 

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Faux “Fried Rice” – Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan

Faux “Fried Rice” – Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan

Faux Fried Rice Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan quinoa carrot mushroom pepper cabbage broccoliI’ve been craving Chinese food lately but the thought of all that msg and sodium makes me dizzy. It just doesn’t seem fair that the only way to enjoy Chinese food is to throw all nutritional common sense out the window. So I told the hubby I wanted to make healthy Chinese food and his response was “can’t be done”. I love him 🙂

He doesn’t know all of the ingredients i have in my arsenal and I actually took it as a challenge. I started with a ton of veggies and got to chopping.

paleo quinoa fried rice healthy vegetable vegan cabbage pepperWhile the quinoa was cooking, I prepped my veggies. I find chopping vegetables by hand almost meditative but then I’m a little kooky so you can easily use a food processor if you aren’t a little kooky too.

Faux Fried Rice Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan quinoa carrot mushroom pepper cabbage broccoliYou can pretty much customize the ingredients. Just know that you honestly can’t put too many vegetables. I had carrots, 3 different color bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, scallions, zucchini and red cabbage. Basically everything that was in the fridge.

Faux Fried Rice Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan quinoa carrot mushroom pepper cabbage broccoli

The most time consuming part of this recipe is prepping the veggies. Because after they are chopped you just put them all in one pan with some sesame oil and stir fry on medium high, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes. Add the quinoa, seasoning and your done, So easy.

This is hands down, the best alternative to fat laden, sodium filled fried rice. It’s got so much flavor, is healthy as heck with all the veggies packed in it. It’s paleo, dairy free, vegan and gluten-free. C’mon, that’s friggin awesome! It’s so good in fact that I’m going to freeze a big stash of the veggies pre-diced so I can make this again in a flash. I’m already planning my next batch.

Faux Fried Rice Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan quinoa carrot mushroom pepper cabbage broccoli

This is definitely going into my meal rotation and bonus, it reheats really really good.

Paleo Faux "Fried Rice"
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • *** I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANICS WHENEVER POSSIBLE ***
  • 1 cup uncooked, rinsed quinoa
  • 2¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 1½ cup finely chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped orange bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • 5 scallions chopped fine, use both the white and green parts
  • 2 small zucchini, finely chopped
  • 4 Tablespoon tahini
  • 3 Tablespoon coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce)
  • 2 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce or your favorite hot sauce
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and vegetable broth, bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, lower to a simmer and cover, stirring occasionally.
  3. Continue simmering for 15 - 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent burning.
  4. While the quinoa is cooking (don't forget to stir it occasionally) you can chop all of your vegetables and put them all in the same big bowl.
  5. Heat sesame oil and add chopped vegetables on a medium to high heat, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes or until veggies soften.
  6. Once the quinoa is cooked and vegetables are fried, mix quinoa into the vegetable mixture.
  7. Continue heating on low, stirring occasionally for 2 - 3 minutes.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk tahini, hot sauce and coconut aminos. Pour over fried rice mixture and combine thoroughly.
  9. Serve warm. The leftovers reheat really good too.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Homemade Mini Bread and Butter Pickles

Homemade Mini Bread and Butter Pickles

cucumber vegetable pickle bread butter homemade vinegar salt onion

Bread and butter pickles are my most favorite of all pickles except for sweet gherkins. Regardless, I like a sweet pickle. So when I saw mini-cucumbers at the grocery store the other day I wanted to try my hand at making my own bread and butter pickles.

cucumber vegetable pickle bread butter homemade vinegar salt onion

I never realized how easy it was to make your own pickles or to pickle any vegetable for that matter. The only thing that I wasn’t super thrilled with was that this recipe required a cup of sugar. I hardly ever consume white sugar so considering I wasn’t going to be eating the whole cup at one time and I used organic sugar, I allowed myself to be ok with it this time.

cucumber vegetable pickle bread butter homemade vinegar salt onion

So I got out my handy dandy little wavy veggie slicer and cut up my teeny tiny cucs into cute little wavey slices. Put them in a dish and sprinkled them with salt, covered them and put them in the fridge for about an hour and a half.

cucumber vegetable pickle bread butter homemade vinegar salt onion

After an hour and a half or so I rinsed the salt off of the cucumbers with cold water and drained.  Then combined the onions and cucumbers and put aside while I made the hot vinegar mixture to pour over everything.

Luckily my hoarding of big jars with lids came in handy and I didn’t have to purchase a special one just for my pickles. I ended up using 2 jars but that’s cool because now I have a jar of pickles to give to my mom.

BONUS: Chop these little babies up and you’ve got homemade sweet relish.

cucumber vegetable pickle bread butter homemade vinegar salt onion

Homemade Mini Bread and Butter Pickles
 
Homemade Mini Bread and Butter Pickles
Author:
Recipe type: Vegan, Snack
Ingredients
  • 3 cups thinly sliced mini cucumbers
  • 1½ tablespoons sea salt
  • ½ of a thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 1 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground turmeric
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice mini cucumbers thin. I sliced mine about a ½ of an inch thick.
  2. Place cucs in a shallow pan and sprinkle with the salt. Mix with your hands to get the cucs and salt combined well.
  3. Cover and place in fridge for an hour and a half.
  4. Remove from fridge, in a colander rinse cucs with cold water and drain.
  5. In a bowl, toss sliced onions and cucs, set aside.
  6. In a medium saucepan combine white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, granulated sugar, brown sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, tumeric and bring to a simmer. Stirring until sugar is dissolved completely.
  7. Place cucs/onions in jar of choice and pour hot vinegar mixture over them.
  8. Let sit on the counter for an hour.
  9. Cover and place in fridge for 24 hours.
  10. Ta-da, you made bread and butter mini pickles.

 

 

 

Enhanced by Zemanta