Healthy Cucumber Sandwich Rolls with Hummus

Healthy Cucumber Sandwich Rolls with Hummus

Mini Cucumber Hummus Sandwich Rolls

Looking for ideas of how to eat cucumbers?  Or what to eat with hummus?  Try these crunchy and fresh hummus, cucumber roll-ups!

The textures of a tortilla wrap, creamy hummus, and crunchy cucumber combine for a surprisingly filling healthy lunch or snack.

You might be looking for ways to use hummus, thinking hmm, what is hummus good for?  These hummus sandwich roll ups are a simple yummy hummus lunch or snack!

Yummy plant based protein lunch recipe idea for kids

Kids love eating these crunchy, tasty,  cholesterol free hummus sandwich rolls, they contain the nutrition kids need to keep active, slim, and healthy.  It’s a quick cucumber recipe to use up extra cucumbers in your fridge!

The flavours of the tortilla, hummus, with the crunchy, juicy, cucumber in the middle is a nice simple tasty combo.  

How much protein is in hummus?

Hummus is low in carbohydrates and is also a fairly good source of plant-based protein and fibre. 1 cup (246 g) of hummus contains 19 grams of protein.

Chickpeas (the main ingredient in hummus) are a great source of plant-based protein, making them an appropriate food choice for a plant based diet and those who do not eat animal products.  

A 1-ounce (28-gram) serving provides about 3 grams of protein, which is comparable to the protein content in similar foods like black beans and lentils.  

This reminds me, my youngest daughter loves eating plain chickpeas with lemon juice on them.  I know I can always serve chickpeas to her for dinner in a little side dish, if the rest of the meal is not appealing to her.  Cold or warm.

Great easy finger food, or party appetizer

These are simple and visually appealing to serve to guests or a group of family.

These low-fat, but satisfying, mini sandwiches will be ready in minutes.  Wait, are these cucumber sandwich rolls, or hummus sandwich rolls?  You decide.  ūüôā

Healthy hummus cucumber rolls are fast and easy

Starting at one edge, spread hummus completely over a round wheat tortilla.  Wash the cucumbers, cut the round ends off (and snack on them) so you can make a long cylinder the full width of the widest part of the tortilla.

Should I peel cucumbers?

If you use small cucumbers, or an english cucumber, then no need to peel the cucumber before you eat it.  If you use a large cucumber that is waxed, or has a thicker skin, then peel it first. If your cucumber is in the fridge, these will be refreshing and cold.

What is hummus made out of?

It’s very simple, hummus ingredients include chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), garlic, lemon juice, and some middle eastern seasonings like cumin, sumac, paprika.  Most storebought hummus also contains added oils.  If you make your own, in a blender or food processor, you can make it fat-free, or at least reduce the oil.

Why avoid oil in a whole foods plant based diet?   See this article for information about why oil is not as good for you as you may have been told.

Is hummus vegan?

Yes, hummus is vegan, and for plant based eating, it is versatile and healthy, and a great staple to have in the fridge.

How to make these super simple hummus wrap / rolls

To make these little delights, simply roll the tortilla snugly around the cucumbers.  I used garden vegetable tortillas with carrots and pumpkin baked into them, they are a bit sweeter and my kids really like them.  The hummus will glue the tortilla to the cucumber, keeping it sealed.

Gently cut into slices with a serrated knife, and spread your little cucumber circles out on a plate.

Enjoy!

hummus sandwich rolls

Healthy Fast and Easy Cucumber Sandwich Rolls with Hummus

Jeanette
Whole foods plant based cucumber sandwich rolls. Wrap a tortilla, with hummus, around small mini cucumbers. Plant based protein lunch for kids, and adults. A healthy easy, crunchy, tasty, satisfying lunch or snack!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course lunch, Snack
Cuisine Low Fat
Servings 1
Calories 192 kcal

Instructions and Ingredients
  

  • 1 cucumber Use 2 mini cucumbers per tortilla.
  • 1 tbsp hummus Look for ones without added oil.
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • Starting at one edge, spread hummus completely over a round whole wheat tortilla. ¬†I used a garden vegetable variety of tortilla, with carrots and pumpkin baked into it. Sweeter tortillas taste better.
  • Wash the cucumbers, cut the round ends off (and snack on them) so you can make a long cylinder the full width of the widest part of the tortilla. Fit the cut ends together. The more even the cucumber log, the easier it will be to cut.
  • If you use small cucumbers, then no need to peel the cucumber before you eat it. ¬†If you use a larger cucumber, with a thick skin, peel it first.
  • Roll the tortilla wrap snugly around the cucumbers. ¬†The hummus will glue it together, keeping it sealed.
  • Gently cut into slices with a serrated knife, spread your little cucumber circles out on a plate and serve!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Fast and Easy Cucumber Sandwich Rolls with Hummus
Amount Per Serving (1 tortilla)
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 345mg15%
Potassium 408mg12%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 7g14%
Calcium 124mg12%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Vitamin A 216IU4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword cucumber, hummus, Plant Based, plant based kids, plant based protein, vegan kids, Whole Foods
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Tahini Roasted Broccoli – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Tahini Roasted Broccoli – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Vegan Roasted Broccoli – Whole-Foods Plant-Based – Crunchy Side Dish Delight with Tahini, Garlic, and Lemon

Toss broccoli in a vegan and gluten-free mixture of tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic, soy sauce, and pepper, then bake for 10 minutes.  
It’s crispy and creamy at the same time. ¬†

Tired of steamed and boiled broccoli? ¬†Try crisping your broccoli in the oven. ¬†It’s a very fast and simple way to make broccoli interesting as a side dish. ¬†Whole-foods plant-based vegetables done right.

A lemon garlic infused side dish, broccoli with a citrus twist.

Add some hot sauce for fun!

SERVE WITH: Lazy Vegan Frittata – minus the spinach and peas.

Roasted Tahini Broccoli Whole Foods Plant Based

Tahini Roasted Broccoli

Jeanette
Broccoli roasted with tahini, garlic, and lemon becomes crispy and creamy.
I loved how quick and easy this was to make, and also how delicious it was. 
I recommend this recipe for someone searching for a more interesting take on roasted broccoli.
Try serving with my Lazy Vegan Frittata - minus the spinach and peas. 
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 7
Calories 102 kcal

Instructions and Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons tahini well stirred
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice fresh, plus more to serve
  • 3 garlic cloves large, minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Several grinds black pepper
  • 10 cups broccoli cut into bite sized florets
  • Preheat oven to 450¬į F. 
  • Place all of the ingredients except for the broccoli in a large bowl and whisk to combine. 
    Roasted Tahini Broccoli coating recipe vegan
  • Add broccoli and toss well to thoroughly coat. 
  • Scatter on a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes. 
    Serve hot for best flavor, squeezing a little extra lemon juice on top.
    Goes great with Lazy Vegan Frittata.

Notes

In case you don't have tahini in the refrigerator, I think that miso and Sriracha, or peanut butter would be good, too.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Tahini Roasted Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (1 / 7th of recipe)
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 483mg14%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Calcium 85mg9%
Vitamin C 121.5mg147%
Vitamin A 810IU16%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Italian Cornmeal Zucchini Polenta – 20 minutes

Italian Cornmeal Zucchini Polenta – 20 minutes

Easy Vegan Zuchinni Cornmeal Italian Polenta

Turn a Bag of Cornmeal into Italian Creamy Zucchini Polenta, FAST – with Savoury Seasonings

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Italian Cornmeal Zucchini Polenta - 15 minutes - Fat-free
Amount Per Serving (1 / 4th of recipe)
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 309mg13%
Potassium 408mg12%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Calcium 24mg2%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Vitamin A 186IU4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I’d never made polenta from scratch before. ¬†Have you?

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It’s really easy and very yummy when you add some seasonings and zucchini to it. ¬†The zucchini keeps it moist and stops it from hardening as much, as it cools.

Jump to Recipe

Cornmeal polenta is faster than pasta, easier than potatoes, speedier than quinoa, quicker than rice, and seriously lip smacking good.raw cornmeal for vegan polenta

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Simple Creamy Vegan Polenta

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So I created this shredded zucchini polenta recipe that turned out wonderfully.

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Savoury, vegan, fat-free, gluten-free, low FODMAP (for us folks with IBS), Italian style polenta.

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My kids were disappointed that the polenta had the seasonings, and the green bits of zucchini skin.

If you are feeding vegan children who are picky about mixed in green things, like mine, I would suggest you peel the zucchini and make the polenta with just salt, pull the kids portions out, then quickly add remaining seasonings for the non picky eaters.  Serve broccoli or something else green on the side, full transparency kids.

Fast

I say quickly, because cornmeal thickens up real fast in boiling water, I was very surprised, and pleased by this.  It is why I suggest adding the spices before the cornmeal in the recipe below, otherwise it is tricky to stir them into the thickness.

I ended up with lumps, and discovered they are very tasty, so don’t worry about those. ¬†What a great easy carb for a supper on a busy night. ¬†Polenta weekly from now on?!

Mmmmm Kind of Texture

The polenta is such a comforting texture when it is warm, like thick porridge, but more smooth, sophisticated, and appropriate for dinner.

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To make vegan families the norm.

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Vegan Dinner Idea Italian Cornmeal Zucchini Polenta

Vegan Italian Cornmeal Zucchini Polenta - 15 minutes - Fat-free

Jeanette
Take water, a bag of cornmeal, a zucchini, oregano, rosemary, salt and pepper and turn it into a filling, lip smacking, yummy, warm, vegan comfort food, that comes together so fast and tastes wonderful.
Whole-grains, gluten-free, plant-based, no-oil.  Tastes a bit like thanksgiving.
Use a food processor to prepare the zucchini, peel it first if serving picky children, throw it in some boiling water with the seasonings, add cornmeal, stir and wait 5 minutes for the cornmeal to cook.  
Very simple.  Very cozy.  Very smooth and full of taste.
Great recipe to try on a night you are running late and looking for a fast, easy, simple, vegan carb/starch side-dish for your supper.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 177 kcal

Instructions and Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups zucchini approximate, coarsely shredded in food processor, or grated. One large zucchini.
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 0.25 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional, truly, you won't miss it
  • 0.5 tsp oregano dried, or 1/2 tbsp fresh
  • 0.5 tsp rosemary or thyme, dried, or 1/2 tbsp fresh
  • 1 cup cornmeal cornmeal
  • Grate or food process zucchini. Peel first if serving to picky children, or picky adults.  Add zucchini and water to a large saucepan, stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  • Add salt, pepper, oregano, rosemary, and nutritional yeast, if using.
  • With water / zucchini and spices bubbling, add cornmeal in a thin stream, stirring with a wooden spoon to incorporate.  
    raw cornmeal for vegan polenta
  • Turn heat to low.  Keep stirring over low heat for at least 5 minutes as the cornmeal cooks and loses it's raw taste. It thickens into polenta very quickly, which is why it is important to have the seasonings in the liquid before the cornmeal. Otherwise it is tricky to stir it all together.
  • Taste test (blow on it, don't burn your tongue!) and adjust seasonings to your preference.
  • After the cornmeal has been cooking, it should get thick, turn off heat, let it sit 5 more minutes, then it should be ready to serve.  The longer the polenta sits, the thicker it will get and the herbs will mellow out.  Oregano can be quite strong, I find it tastes better the longer it sits, and is really nice as leftovers.
    Creamy fat-free vegan zucchini cornmeal polenta
  • Snip green onions or chives overtop when serving, some people like this with freshly squeezed lemon as well, or cranberry sauce.
    vegan no-oil cornmeal polenta with zucchini

Notes

Stir in black beans before serving if you are looking to add a vegan protein.
Serving ideas, with:
carrots sautéed in water, add spinach and fresh dill when carrots are almost done.
kidney beans or chickpeas and canned mushrooms microwaved in a steamer dish, seasoned with cumin or chili powder and freshly squeezed lemon.  
a nice dark leafy greens salad.
cranberry sauce.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Italian Cornmeal Zucchini Polenta - 15 minutes - Fat-free
Amount Per Serving (1 / 4th of recipe)
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 309mg13%
Potassium 408mg12%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Calcium 24mg2%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Vitamin A 186IU4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Gorgeous Vegan Gravy

Gorgeous Vegan Gravy

Fast Vegan Microwave Gravy – Fat-free

Being able to make a quick healthy vegan gravy will expand your plant-based cooking options. Not only is it delicious, but gravy can serve as the protein for your meal.

Look how much iron is in one serving of this gravy, and it contains 28% of your daily protein needs too, with zero fat and cholesterol.

This smooth, brown, thick gravy reminds us of Thanksgiving dinners and stuffing, and good times at family gatherings.   It is the perfect traditional brown gravy colour and has savoury flavour.

Nutrition Facts
Fat-free Vegan Lentil Gravy in 10 minutes
Amount Per Serving (1 / 7th of recipe)
Calories 194
% Daily Value*
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 598mg17%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Calcium 32mg3%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Low FODMAP Lentil Vegan Gravy

Fat-free Vegan Lentil Gravy in 10 minutes

Jeanette
In under 10 minutes you can make smooth, perfect, plant-based, fat-free gravy, in the microwave.  You will get almost 4 cups, of smooth warm lump-free gravy.
I like to blend most of the lentils into this vegan gravy, and serve the rest of the lentils whole on the plate, or stirred into the gravy so people see they are getting legumes too.  
If you are using this gravy as the protein of your meal, one 540ml can of lentils for every 2 people should ensure there is enough gravy and lentils for everyone. 
This gravy recipe is also the sauce for my Green Bean Casserole, a classic and very tasty Thanksgiving type side dish.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course gravy, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine Western
Servings 7 servings
Calories 194 kcal

Instructions and Ingredients
 
 

  • 1.5 cups water room temperature
  • 1.5 tbsp cornstarch or flour
  • 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning Adjust the seasonings to your taste. This amount makes for a mild flavour.
  • 1/2 tsp salt Adjust to taste
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder optional, omit to make low FODMAP for IBS diets
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast optional
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 38 fl oz canned lentils 2 medium cans, drained and rinsed
  • Add water to a 5 cup or larger microwave safe bowl that is large enough to handle a hand blender.  I use a glass Pampered Chef 4 cup batter bowl because it has a rim to prevent boil-overs, a lid for storing, and a spout. 
  • Whisk in the cornstarch, poultry seasoning, salt, optional onion powder, optional nutritional yeast, and pepper so there are no lumps in the water.
  • Microwave for 2 minutes, whisk to combine well, microwave for 2 more minutes, whisk.  Your gravy should be fairly thick at this point.  Microwave longer if it isn't yet in one minute increments.  Microwave power varies.
  • Stir in 1 1/2 cans (770ml) of the drained lentils, reserve 1/2 can of lentils.  Blend with a hand blender until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.
    Lentil Vegan Gravy
  • If you have a large enough bowl, stir half of the set-aside lentils right into the gravy.  I like to reserve some plain lentils for anyone (small daughter!) who declines gravy, so they can still have lentils.
  • Microwave 1 minute, stir and test the temperature. 
    Vegan Brown Gravy in Microwave
  • Add gravy to a gravy boat, and serve hot.  Spoon reserved lentils on or beside the mashed potatoes, people can pour gravy over top.

Notes

Customize your gravy by trying other dried powdered herb combinations.  All of these can produce delicious results:
sage, rosemary, parsley, celery powder, seasoned salt, marjoram, thyme.
Spoon the lentils onto or near your mashed potatoes, and pour hot gravy overtop. goes great with steamed vegetables - like broccoli and carrots, brussels sprouts, with a cob of corn as well as something green. It's been a real hit.
Stir leftover lentils into the gravy for the next day.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Fat-free Vegan Lentil Gravy in 10 minutes
Amount Per Serving (1 / 7th of recipe)
Calories 194
% Daily Value*
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 598mg17%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Calcium 32mg3%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Cranberry Apple Coleslaw

Cranberry Apple Coleslaw

Healthy Cabbage Coleslaw Recipe – Whole-Foods Plant-Based No-Oil

One of my new behaviours in 2017 is to eat a salad for lunch or supper most days.  When I do this, I stay slim and have more energy and need less sleep.  How often do you eat salad?

Plant-based doctors recommend we eat cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts or cauliflower daily to prevent cancer.  Coleslaw is a tasty, refreshing and easy way to eat cabbage Рa proven cancer fighting food.

The dressing I recommend is my Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette. I have included the nutrition facts from the salad and the dressing for you to see.

Coleslaw is great for picky eaters like kids, many kids like coleslaw plain without dressing.  Try offering some plain to your kids (if you have any) or put some aside before you add the dressing.

Coleslaw keeps for a long time in the fridge, it’s great for school and work lunches.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Apple Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of salad with no dressing)
Calories 105
% Daily Value*
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 288mg8%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 49mg5%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Vitamin A 5690IU114%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of dressing only (no salad))
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 35mg4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

healthy vegan apple cabbage salad

Cranberry Apple Coleslaw

Jeanette
Apples, carrots, celery, cranberries, and cabbage are beautiful to look at and are a wonderful combination as well.  Making coleslaw in the food processor is so fast and easy.  Only 100 calories per serving, and you are getting cruciferous vegetables (cabbage) which if you eat daily will greatly reduce your chances of getting cancer.
I recommend my healthy sugar-free  and oil-free vegan Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette dressing for this coleslaw.  This dressing turns a salad into a sweet tasting but healthy treat!  
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Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine High Fibre
Servings 8 servings
Calories 105 kcal

Instructions and Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups red apples red, shredded
  • 4 cups chinese cabbage raw, shredded. Click link to view a picture of Chinese Cabbage. You can use regular green or red cabbage too. I used Chinese Cabbage because it is a bit softer to chew, and easier for me to digest raw.
  • 2 cups carrots raw, shredded
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins, reduce to 1/2 cup for weight loss diets.
  • 2 celery stalks sliced and diced
  • healthy vegan coleslaw dressing low-fat
  • Slice unpeeled apples into chunks and add to food processor.  Add to large salad bowl.
  • Chop or food process cabbage and carrots.  Slice and dice celery, I do celery by hand because of the strings not always doing well in the food processor.
  • Add dried cranberries or raisins.  
    chopped vegan coleslaw wfpb
  • Pour Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette dressing on salad, and stir to combine.
    pour creamy vegan coleslaw salad dressing wfpb
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate for 30 minutes first.  
    creamy vegan apple cabbage coleslaw

Notes

Coleslaw keeps well for days in the fridge.  

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Apple Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of salad with no dressing)
Calories 105
% Daily Value*
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 288mg8%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 49mg5%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Vitamin A 5690IU114%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Sweet Tangy Rich Creamy Healthy Dressing – Perfect for Coleslaw

This sweet tasting dairy-free no-oil healthy dressing will make your vegan coleslaw shine!  With dates, rice vinegar, tofu, lemon and pecans it is also going to keep you from getting hungry.  Eat healthy unsaturated fats from whole nuts and not processed oil.

How often can you say your salad dressing is high fibre and sugar-free?  With this vinaigrette you can!

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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of dressing only (no salad))
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 35mg4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

creamy tangy sweet vegan coleslaw dressing from tofu

Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Dressing

Jeanette
A sweet and tangy egg-free, dairy-free, dressing made with tofu, rice vinegar, lemon, dates and pecans.  Plant-based oil-free dressing that complements coleslaw and keeps you from getting hungry.  Contains healthy fats from nuts rather than unhealthy fats from processed oils.
I recommend my Cranberry Apple Coleslaw recipe to go with this dressing.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad, Sauce
Cuisine Dresssing
Servings 8 servings
Calories 84 kcal

Instructions and Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup tofu soft or medium (I use medium because I can always add a non-dairy milk to make it thinner)
  • 1/2 cup soy milk or almond milk, or hemp milk
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 6 dates pitted
  • 4 tsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup pecans optionally toasted - Toasting nuts like pecans results in a more intense flavor.

How to Toast Pecans - 3 Methods Broil, Bake, or Skillet

  • You don't have to toast the pecans, but if you do, you are going to get a more intense and rich flavoured dressing.  I recommend toasting, and it is really easier than you might think.  Often I have the oven going anyways, and I just spread nuts on the sheet beside whatever else I am baking for a few minutes and then take them out again.
  • Broil: Spread pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Place in oven under Broil in oven on the "broil" setting for 2 - 4 minutes to toast.  Bake: Preheat oven to 350. Place in oven for 10 - 12 minutes.  Skillet: Heat a pan to medium on the stovetop, add pecans. Stir for 3 - 5 minutes with a spoon continuously so they will cook evenly and not burn. 
  • Regardless of method, remove when they begin to smell toasty and turn dark. Do not burn.

Blend Dressing

  • While pecans toast, add tofu, non-dairy milk, rice vinegar, dates, and lemon juice to a high speed blender.
  • Add toasted pecans and blend.
    healthy vegan coleslaw dressing low-fat
  • Pour over Cranberry Apple Coleslaw.  Or other coleslaw of your choice.
    vegan healthy salad dressing vinaigrette
  • Mix, and serve.
    creamy vegan apple cabbage coleslaw

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of dressing only (no salad))
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 35mg4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad

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Healthy Vegan Black Bean Pasta Salad

We eat this salad on days I have waited too long to start supper.  If I want to feed my family food in 15 minutes, this will do!  My kids favourite food is pasta, so they love it.

Try this great no-oil whole-foods plant-based meal salad for a pot-luck, party, or BBQ. Get your plant-based protein from beans and whole grain pasta. ¬†People will ask you about the dressing, surprise them by saying¬†“it’s only dried herbs and lemon!”.

With frozen peas, cucumber, canned or frozen corn, green onions, tomatoes, whole grain pasta and black olives this simple vegan dinner salad is fast, fresh, and easy to put together.

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Nutrition Facts
Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 / 10th of recipe)
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1275mg55%
Potassium 719mg21%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Calcium 103mg10%
Vitamin C 25.8mg31%
Vitamin A 800IU16%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Hot pasta thaws the peas, activates the seasonings

While the pasta cooks, gather the vegetables, stir them together, still frozen.  Add the drained pasta and the heat cooks the peas a touch, the pasta cools, things get juicy, the dried herbs release flavour, and your meal is ready to serve in minutes.

Why whole grain pasta?  Read How To Judge the Healthiness of Grain Products to learn more about why whole grain pasta is going to help your gut microbiome, prevent cancer, and help you lose weight.

Olives make this salad so satisfying

Olives are better for you than olive oil – filled with a small amount of healthy unsaturated fat – the way nature intended us to eat fat, packaged with fibre and phytonutrients.

Canada’s food guide is being revamped, I just gave my input, and was pleased to see they recommend we limit saturated fats and instead choose unsaturated fats. ¬†Good news!

Olives cause your brain to signal “yup, we¬†are satisfied and full here!” ¬†You get that mouth oil feeling, olives curb cravings.

Vegan meal salad that kids love

Simplicity means kid friendly, and most kids really enjoy pasta. ¬†I call this pasta salad, and focus on the pasta when serving it to my kids, more than the vegetables. ¬†Once they taste a few bites, they gobble it all up, making us all happy. ¬†ūüôā

Vegan Meal Proportions

See my article, How to Eat Vegan For Energy and Weight Loss I talk about the proportions of beans, greens, veggies and starches to eat to keep up your energy and lose weight!  Tip: eat this salad on a bed of spinach or other dark greens, if you want to feel extra energy.

 

Vegan Healthy Pasta Salad Fat-free Italian

Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad

Jeanette
This salad is a meal, a 15 minute vegan fat-free plant-based protein pasta salad dinner!  Black olives, cucumber, whole grain rotini pasta, frozen peas, corn, tomatoes, green onions plus Italian seasonings and lemon juice make an extraordinary delicious high fibre FRESH healthy pasta salad.  
Assemble the vegetables - including the frozen ones - add the drained pasta, stir and the temperature will become perfect to serve.  The peas will melt, even cook a bit, the pasta will cool, it's awesomely fast.
We are always surprised by how tasty this simple combination is.  It's just perfect.  Kids love the sweet peas, salty seasonings, and the pasta!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Pasta, Salad
Cuisine Italian, Western
Servings 10 servings
Calories 351 kcal

Instructions and Ingredients
  

Pasta

Vegetables

  • 3 cups cucumber diced, 1 large is about 3 cups
  • 2 cups tomatoes cherry quartered, or large diced whole tomatoes
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups corn frozen, or canned
  • 398 ml black olives pitted canned, whole, no-oil, add a splash of olive juice to the salad, then drain the rest.
  • 1080 ml black beans can drained
  • 2 cups peas frozen

Dressing

  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp basil dried
  • 1 tbsp oregano dried
  • 1 tsp salt depending on how salty your canned items already are
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice fresh squeezed for vitamin C if you can!
  • Heat water for pasta.  We like whole grain rotini for this, the rotini shape holds the seasoning well and doesn't get soggy as leftovers.  Once water is boiling, add the pasta, stir.  Cook to be firm - al dente, following package directions, don't overcook.
  • While the water heats, dice the cucumber, tomatoes, green onions and add to an extra large bowl.
  • Open the cans of black beans, corn (if using canned) and black olives.
    Add corn with it's juice (max 1/3 cup) to the bowl, I like to splash some of the black olive juice into the salad bowl too.  If you are using frozen corn it will create some juice when it hits the hot pasta, so don't worry.
  • Add the drained black beans and olives. 
  • Add frozen peas - it is important that they are frozen at this point because they cool the pasta.
  • Add seasonings and lemon juice to a small bowl or measuring cup, stir to combine, taste test and adjust to your preference, pour over salad, and stir  through.
    Easy Healthy WFPB Bean Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad
  • Once pasta is done, drain pasta well, while it is still hot add the pasta to the vegetables and dressing.
  • Stir to combine. Wait a couple minutes for the herbs to release their flavours, and serve!

Notes

 
Variations: 
Sub herbs for a dried Italian seasoning purchased mix.  Store mixes usually contain salt, so don't add any extra salt.  Read the label, choose a mix that doesn't contain added oils.
Sub cucumber for orange and yellow peppers, zucchini, or romaine lettuce.  As long as you keep the peas, corn, tomatoes and olives other vegetables work well.
Omit the Pasta: This tastes great without the pasta as well, as a bean salad, serve with toast, pitas, or rice, or just with spinach.
Vinegar: I'm curious if a vinegar would make this even nicer.  Afraid to try, because my kids aren't into vinegar much yet and we've got something here that works.
If anyone tries adding vinegar, please let me know!!  Personally, I'd use a balsamic.
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 / 10th of recipe)
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1275mg55%
Potassium 719mg21%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Calcium 103mg10%
Vitamin C 25.8mg31%
Vitamin A 800IU16%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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What my IBS Symptoms Were Like – Before I Went Vegan

As an omnivore, my IBS symptoms included alternating diarrhea and constipation, acid indigestion, doctor’s tests, depression, stomach and intestinal pain, fatigue and weight loss.

Why No Oil on a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet?

We haven’t used oil in our kitchen since 2013 and I recommend you don’t either, starting now. This post outlines the reasons.

Eating Whole Foods Plant-Based Vegan With IBS

Fix, cure, and treat IBS with a whole-foods plant-based vegan diet, what to do if you still have IBS and you are vegan, or a vegan diet makes IBS worse, eat a low-FODMAP vegan diet to successfully treat IBS.

Great Tofu Recipe Ideas For Dinner

Looking for fast, simple, easy, and the best tofu recipe ideas for dinner? Here is a list of healthy, family friendly tofu recipes with soft, silken, medium, firm and extra firm tofu options that taste delicious, and are great healthy, no oil, vegan meals.
Eating these tofu recipes will make you and your loved ones lose weight and fight disease – guaranteed.

How to Eat Vegan for Energy and Weight Loss – For Adults and Kids

RECOMMENDED PRINCIPLES of the VeganEnvy DIET AND LIFESTYLE – how to eat whole foods plant based healthy vegan without oil TO LOSE WEIGHT, stay skinny, have great skin, and be FULL OF ENERGY, and how to move to STOP BACK PAIN and keep your ENTIRE body feeling great.

Eating Nuts Daily Did Not Cause Weight Gain – It Caused Weight Loss!

Did you know that adding nuts didn't make people gain weight? In over 20...

What You Need to Know About Seaweed and Iodine for Vegan Nutrition

Iodine ‚Äď how much do you need and how should you get it? Everyone needs iodine, but it‚Äôs especially important for vegans. Find out how much iodine you need daily to prevent goiter/goitre and the best sources in foods.

That Meat is Not Giving You Muscle

Getting protein from animal products isn't as satisfying as you think Many...

 

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