Lemon Pesto Risotto w/ Roasted Chickpeas & Cherry Tomatoes

Lemon Pesto Risotto w/ Roasted Chickpeas & Cherry Tomatoes

Cook and Prep Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 5-6

You Need

For the Rice

  • 1 ½ cups Brown Arborio Rice
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 6-8 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 5 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 3 T Nutritional Yeast
  • 3-4 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

For the Oven

  • 3-4 cups Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
  • 15 oz. Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 T Dried Oregano
  • 1-2 t Dried Thyme
  • 1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

For the Pesto

  • 2 cups Leafy Greens (Kale, Spinach, Arugula, etc.)
  • 1 cup Basil
  • 1 cup Roasted Almonds
  • ½ cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1-2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (optional)
  • 2-4 tbsp. Water (or add water as needed)
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

For Garnish

  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Chopped Parsley

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse and chop the produce accordingly.  Preheat your oven to 425˚F and line 1 baking tray.
  2. Add the chickpeas to one side of the baking sheet, and the tomatoes to the other.  Season and toss in olive oil.  Roast 20-25 minutes, until the chickpeas are crispy.
  3. Make the risotto.  Add the stock to a small pot, and bring to a gentle simmer.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, add the onion, and cook until translucent, 4-5 minutes.  Then, add the garlic and cook for 1 additional minute.  Then, add the rice, and cook for 1 minute before adding about ½ of the vegetable stock at a time.  Stir often.  As the pan become dry, add another ½ cup of stock.  Repeat the process until all of your stock has been used, or until your rice is al dente.  Then, turn off the heat and add in the spinach.  Stir and cook until wilted.  Season to taste.
  4. Make the pesto.  Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  5. Serve the risotto, and top with pesto, chickpeas, tomatoes, and your favorite garnishes.  Enjoy!

Spiced Tomato Soup

Spiced Tomato Soup

Cook and Prep Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4

You Need

  • 3 lbs. Tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups Water or Vegetable Stock
  • 6-8 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1-inch Ginger, minced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 2 t Ground Coriander
  • 1 t Ground Cumin
  • 15 oz. Cannellini Beans, rinsed and drained
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Vegetable Stock, for sautéing

For Serving

  • Chopped Parsley
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Chopped Basil
  • Pine Nuts
  • Red Chili Flakes
  • Toasted Sourdough Bread

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse and chop the produce accordingly. 
  2. Set a pot or Dutch Oven to medium heat.  Once hot, add the bell pepper and onion, and cook for 7-8 minutes, until softened.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook for 1-2 additional minutes, until fragrant.  Then, add the ground coriander and cumin, and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes, beans, and vegetables stock.  Bring the pot to a mixture and partially cover.  Cook for about 10 minutes.
  5. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth and creamy. 
  6. Serve the soup, and top with your desired garnishes.  Enjoy!

Plant-Based Sloppy Joes

Plant-Based Sloppy Joes

Cook and Prep Time:30-40 minutes

Serves: 4

You Need

  • 1 cup Dry Green Lentils + 2 cups Water
  • 1 White Onion, diced
  • 6-8 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Red Bello Pepper, diced
  • 15oz. can Tomato Sauce or Puree
  • 1-2 T Maple Syrup
  • 1-2 T Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 T Chili Powder
  • 2-3 t Garlic Powder
  • 2-3 t Onion Powder
  • 1-2 t Ground Cumin
  • 1-2 t Smoked Paprika
  • Vegetable Stock or Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for sautéing
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

For Serving

  • Hamburger Buns, toasted
  • Slice White Onion Rings
  • Pickles
  • Cabbage Slaw

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse and chop the produce accordingly.
  2. Add the lentils to a saucepan and add water.  Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer.  Cook for about 20 minutes, until the water has reduced.  Once tender, set aside until Step 5.
  3. Set a large skillet to medium heat.  Once hot, add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic.  Sauté for 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, and spices.  Stir to combine and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the lentils, and cook until the mixture has thickened and warmed through, 5-10 minutes.  Season to taste.
  6. Serve with sliced onions and slaw on a toasted bun.  Enjoy!

Warm Mediterranean Farro Salad

Warm Mediterranean Farro Salad


Cook and Prep Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 4


You Need


• Roasted Oregano-Spiced Chickpeas (see below)
• 2 cups Farro
• 4 cups Cherry Tomatoes, halved
• ½ Red Onion, diced
• 1 ½ cups Scallions, thinly sliced
• 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
• ½ cup Kalamata Olives, chopped
• 1 English Cucumber, diced
• 1 cup Parsley, chopped


For the Dressing:
• 1 Lemon, juiced
• ¼ cup Basil
• 1/3 cup Tahini
• ¼ cup Water
• 3-4 cloves Garlic
• Salt, to taste
• Black pepper, to taste


DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse and chop the produce accordingly.
  2. Bring pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add farro and cook for 20-25 minutes. Then, drain and rinse under cold water.
  3. Make the chickpeas (see below).
  4. Make the dressing. Combine all ingredients in a blender, and pulse until smooth. Adjust thickness by adding more tahini or water as needed. Season to taste.
  5. Add farro to a bowl with chopped tomatoes, onion, cucumber, scallions, bell peppers, and olives.
  6. Add the chickpeas and the dressing, and toss to combine. Enjoy!

Roasted Oregano-Spiced Chickpeas

Serves 2-3

Cook and Prep Time: 30 minutes

You Need:


• 1 29 oz. can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
• 1 tsp. Olive Oil
• Salt, to taste
• Pepper, to taste
• 1 tbsp. Ground Cumin
• 2 tsp. Dried Thyme
• 1 tsp. Dried Oregano

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Heat an oven to 400°F. Line 1 baking tray.
  2. On a baking tray, add chickpeas and spices. Sprinkle olive oil mix well with hands.
  3. Once oven is warm, place chickpeas in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly crispy, mixing halfway through.
  4. Place in a bowl for serving. Garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

WFPB No Oil Mayonnaise | Vegan Oil-Free Mayo | Dairy-Free No-Oil Mayo Recipe

I have to be honest, I was never a fan of regular mayo.

Something about the taste was a bit offputting to me as a kid.

So I avoided it… until I discovered chipotle mayo and sriracha mayo.

To this day, probably two of my favorite condiments.

Obviously, since the main ingredient for mayonnaise is eggs, we have to get a little bit creative.

So today, we’re covering a plant-based, oil-free mayo!

Hope you give this one a try!

Vegan Mayonnaise

Cook and Prep Time: 5

Serves: 1 ½ cups

You Need

  • 1/3 cup Cashews, soaked overnight
  • ½ tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp. Tamari
  • ½ Medjool Date, pitted
  • ¼ tsp. Onion Powder
  • ½ cup Water
  • Salt, as needed

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse a prep the ingredients accordingly. 
  2. Add to a blender and pulse until smooth.

Vegan Shakshuka | HEALTHY Shakshuka Recipe | Simple Plant Based Shakshuka

Another one of my favorite one-pot meals here!

Shakshuka is one of those dishes I go back to time and time again!

Simple to put together and easy to clean up, this can easily become a family favorite for you too!

One-Pot Vegan Chickpea Shakshuka

Cook and Prep Time: 30-35 minutes

Serves: 3-4

You Need

  • 1 large can Chickpeas, rinse and drained
  • 1 large can Tomato Puree
  • ½ cup Vegetable stock
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Bell Pepper, diced
  • ½ cup Onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 tbsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Ground Coriander
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Nectar OR Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • ¼ cup Chopped Kalamata Olives
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • Chopped Parsley or Cilantro, for garnish
  • Brown Rice or Riced Cauliflower, for serving
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil or Vegetable Stock

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse and chop the produce accordingly.
  2. Set a large rimmed skillet to medium heat.  Add olive oil.  Once hot, add bell pepper, onion, and garlic.  Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until onion is translucent.
  3. Add tomatoes and spices.  Stir to combine.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
  4. Add chickpeas and chopped olives, and stir to combine.  Lower the heat and cover.  Cook for 15-20 minutes, until flavors begin to marry.  Adjust seasonings accordingly.  Add lemon juice, and stir to combine.
  5. Optional, if your pot or pan is oven friendly, add to the oven for 5 minutes to brown the top.
  6. Remove from heat.  Serve with brown rice or riced cauliflower.  Garnish with fresh herbs.  Enjoy!