Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash – Stuffed With Cranberry Rice

Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash With Cranberry Rice & Garam Masala

Oh acorn squash – how I thought you were disgusting when I was a child, and, now I know what it takes to make you delicious!

Many adults aren’t squash fans, probably because their family didn’t serve it very well.  This recipe can change all that.

Healthy Vegan Baked Acorn Squash – No-Oil, Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Most people don’t know how to stuff vegetables, do they?   The ones I know anyways, are wowed when presented with a flavourful rice filled acorn squash.

No need to be impressed folks, because this stuffed acorn squash recipe is a dead easy meal to make.

Downright relaxing for the cook actually.

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Roasted With Wild Rice, Dried Cranberries, Garam Masala, Spinach and Black Beans

This whole-foods plant-based (wpb) oil-free roasted and stuffed acorn squash is extra deliciously complex, because the whole grain wild rice (any nice healthy whole grain rice should do) has extra scrumptious dried cranberry bits in it, plus the east Indian dessert pepper spice Garam Masala.

Nutrition Facts
Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash - Stuffed With Cranberry Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 / 4th of recipe)
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 727mg 30%
Potassium 1617mg 46%
Total Carbohydrates 125g 42%
Dietary Fiber 18g 72%
Sugars 21g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 86.5%
Vitamin C 44.8%
Calcium 17%
Iron 34.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

You can buy Garam Masala in the ethnic section of your grocery store.  I have a large bag of it, it goes nicely with fruit as well, like apple slices before bed, or on oatmeal.

Garam masala, cranberries, and acorn squash are a great combo.  Very romantic.

Plus, I’ve stirred some spinach ribbons, and optionally black beans, through this sticky sweet, spicy, rice, making things very much more interesting.

Can You Eat the Skin of Acorn Squash?

I looked it up and people said that the skin of acorn squash is edible if cooked long enough, so I announced this to my family, when serving them, they promptly all said “no thanks”.

Then I proceeded to try some of the skin on my squash, spit it out, and declared it was much too tough.

“Told you so” my husband said.

I would not encourage others to enjoy eating the skin.

Do enjoy the rest though. 🙂

FODMAP rating – without the black beans this recipe is Low FODMAP.  With the black beans, be sure to used canned, eat 1/4 cup or less of the canned beans and it is moderate FODMAP.

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Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash - Stuffed With Cranberry Rice

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Western
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 568 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Stuffed acorn squash presents well at any family gathering or dinner party, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.  The warm, peppery and sweet seasonings pair perfectly with fall and winter weather.

I can't over-emphasize how easy this dish is to make, but makes you look like a fairly accomplished cook.  As long as you have time to cook rice, it will come together 5 minutes after the rice is done.

This vegan no-fat version has dried cranberries, rice, spinach and optionally black beans, so it can easily serve as your entire meal.  

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wild rice or other healthy whole grains, like short grain brown rice, brown basmati rice, or quinoa
  • 4 cups water or as per rice package instructions
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp garam masala
  • 1 cup dried cranberries I use Craisins (sweetened)
  • 2 acorn squash small, or 1 large, washed and halved
  • 5 cups spinach finely chopped
  • 398 ml black beans, can small can, optional - if you are serving as a meal rather than a side dish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F

  2. Add rice, water, salt, garam masala and cranberries to a pot on high heat.  Bring to a boil, immediately reduce to low simmer, and cook for 45 minutes, or as per rice package instructions.  Check and stir often, to prevent the cranberries from burning.   If the rice is not soft once the water is gone, add more water and cook longer.  The dried cranberries can absorb liquid the rice needs.

  3. Break stem off acorn squashes (if there is one).  Cut in halves.  Scoop out the seeds and strings.  Sprinkle with pepper and salt, place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 30 - 45 minutes (timing will depend on the size of the squash).    

  4. Once the rice is done, turn off the heat.  Stir chopped spinach into the rice so it 'melts'.

  5. If using, drain and rinse black beans, add to rice mixture.  Let sit for a few minutes to warm the beans.

  6. Once done, remove acorn squash from the oven.  The squash should be soft all the way through.

  7. Spoon spinach, black bean, cranberry, rice mixture into squash, you should be able to pile it quite high, serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Omit the black beans to make this recipe a side dish. 

Goes well with lentil loaf at holidays.

Cut large squash into quarters before serving.

 

Nutrition Facts
Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash - Stuffed With Cranberry Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 / 4th of recipe)
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 727mg 30%
Potassium 1617mg 46%
Total Carbohydrates 125g 42%
Dietary Fiber 18g 72%
Sugars 21g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 86.5%
Vitamin C 44.8%
Calcium 17%
Iron 34.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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Green Tomatoes Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad

Mix Avocado, Fresh Green Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Edamame Beans for a Creamy Vegan Spread or Salad Bowl

Use up fresh green tomatoes in this creamy avocado, edamame, chickpea, whole-foods plant-based green goddess recipe.

Put it on rice, quinoa, or other grains with some greens, like a bed of spinach.  No-oil needed, it’s fat-free but full of natural omega fats to keep your body glowing.

Also try smashing this green spread on toast or as a filling in a lettuce wrap.

Hard to go wrong, and very easy to go right, with avocado and edamame, some frozen peas, and optionally green tomatoes.

Create yourself a super vegan creamy mixture and delight.

FODMAP rating – medium low amount of FODMAPS.  Monash recommends eating less than 1/4 cup of chickpeas, and less than 1/4 cup of thawed peas in a sitting.  If you proportion more grains and spinach and less of the filling, IBS sufferers should be able to enjoy this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 / 6th of recipe including rice and red pepper)
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 510mg 21%
Potassium 1119mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 89g 30%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 10g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 73.7%
Vitamin C 101.5%
Calcium 13.2%
Iron 34.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad

Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Vegan, Western
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 530 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

This has a green goddess appeal when you use green tomatoes fresh from your garden or local farmer's market.  Fresh and green, with creamy avocado, edamame, the tomatoes add a light citrus.

Red tomatoes also work, or omit the tomatoes.

On toast, on rice, in a lettuce wrap how else can we use this delicious filling, spread and smash?

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice or a brown rice, quinoa blend
  • 1.5 cups edamame beans, frozen
  • 1 avocado
  • 540 ml chickpeas canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 cups green tomatoes diced, optional
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard or more to taste
  • 1 cup peas frozen
  • 2 tbsp green onions as garnish, discard the white parts of the onions to make this recipe low FODMAP
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 red peppers

Instructions

Cook Grains

  1. Cook grains, I used a rice quinoa mix.  Set aside to cool.

Prepare Edamame, Avocado, Chickpea Mix

  1. Microwave edamame in a microwave steamer to cook, as per package directions.  Usually 5 minutes. 

  2. Add avocado, drained chickpeas, green tomatoes, salt, and dijon mustard to a medium/large bowl.  Taste and adjust amount of mustard to your preference.

    vegan green tomato avocado chickpea salad
  3. Add edamame to the bowl.   Mine were in their shells still, so I microwaved them in their steamer bag and then shelled them into the bowl.

    Chickpeas, avocado, edamame smash
  4. Mash with potato masher until desired consistency.

    Edamame, Avocado, Chickpea Filling
  5. Stir in frozen peas, still frozen, they will cool it down and then you don't need to refrigerate.

Recipe Notes

To Assemble Salad:

Line a bowl or plate with fresh baby spinach or romaine lettuce.

Add rice/grains, and then the edamame, avocado, chickpea mix.  

Top with sliced red peppers, use scissors to cut green onions on top.

Add hot sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 / 6th of recipe including rice and red pepper)
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 510mg 21%
Potassium 1119mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 89g 30%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 10g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 73.7%
Vitamin C 101.5%
Calcium 13.2%
Iron 34.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 
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Green Bean Casserole

Green Beans and Lentil Casserole with Homemade Toasted Bread Croutons

I asked my mother the other day, what is the best way to cook green beans?  They can be tough and chewy if you try to steam them in the microwave, but can be limp, soggy, and watery if you boil them on the stove.  She agreed.  We weren’t sure.

How about baked green beans in a vegan casserole?  Sounds like a great dinner idea.

Apparently green bean casserole is a thing.  I needed to try it, and after testing it out, green beans in a casserole is my favourite way to cook green and yellow beans.

First you blanch the beans in salted boiling water for 5 minutes, then bake them in the casserole for 20-25 minutes in a rich savoury bubbling lentil gravy sauce.  The result?  Tender, flavourful green beans, really nicely done.  Sprinkle them with toasted croutons and almonds before baking, and you get a combo of crunchy, soft, and creamy textures, plus flavours of a holiday meal like Christmas or Thanksgiving.  Quite a delight.

Because of the homemade toasted bread croutons, and the rich lentil gravy base, this classic Thanksgiving side dish could be a light main course on a regular night, lots of protein here.  But, if you are like us, you probably will crave more carbs, so consider serving it with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, or my tomato parsley quinoa salad.

I think you should try making a warm and nicely textured green bean casserole too, the beans will be not too tough, and not too soggy, they will be just right.

Hopefully you choose this whole-foods plant-based green bean casserole recipe to try first. 🙂

FODMAP recipe rating – this is a low FODMAP recipe except for the croutons – use wheat free bread to make low FODMAP croutons.

Nutrition Facts
Fat-free Vegan Lentil Gravy in 10 minutes
Amount Per Serving (1 / 7th of recipe)
Calories 194
% Daily Value*
Sodium 172mg 7%
Potassium 598mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 2g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 29.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Green Bean Casserole With Croutons
Amount Per Serving (1 / 7th of recipe (no gravy))
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 300mg 13%
Potassium 314mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 13.6%
Vitamin C 14.8%
Calcium 8.5%
Iron 11.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Green Bean Casserole With Croutons

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegan, Western
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 135 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Turn a classic Thanksgiving side dish, into a wfpb main dish, with lentil gravy, crispy croutons and no heavy cream.  The sauce is my 10 minute gorgeous vegan gravy.

This recipe is easily adjusted to be low FODMAP by using gluten free bread.

Ingredients

  • 24 oz green beans fresh or frozen
  • 4 cups Brown Lentil Gravy prepared, see recipe
  • 8 slices wheat bread or gluten free bread
  • 1 tbsp green onions chopped fresh or chives
  • 1 tsp sage chopped, or dried
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves chopped, or dried
  • 1 tsp rosemary chopped, or dried
  • 3 tbsp almond flour or blended or crushed almonds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper freshly ground

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Take out a large sized casserole dish, no lid required.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a large pinch of salt to season the beans nicely; add the green beans. Cook for about 5 minutes, the beans should still be crisp, they will be cooked more in the oven. 

    Blanched Green Beans
  3. Prepare a batch of my 10 minute lentil Gorgeous Vegan Gravy.

    Low FODMAP Lentil Vegan Gravy
  4. Drain and put the green beans into the baking dish, pour the lentil gravy over top and stir to cover the beans.  

  5. Prepare topping: in a small bowl, combine chives, sage, thyme, rosemary, almond flour, pepper, and salt. 

  6. Prepare croutons: Toast whole grain bread, pile on a cutting board, and cut into medium sized squares, with a long bread knife.   Bread with seeds or crunchy bits in it adds another lovely texture element if you have any.  Use wheat free (low FODMAP) or gluten free bread if desired.

    Homemade Croutons
  7. Top beans with the croutons, and sprinkle the herb mix overtop. 

  8. Bake uncovered, until everything is hot and bubbling, about 20 to 25 minutes.

    Vegan Green Bean Casserole Topping

Recipe Notes

Fresh herbs add amazing flavour, but dried herbs work also!

Adapted from Tyler Florence.

Nutrition Facts
Green Bean Casserole With Croutons
Amount Per Serving (1 / 7th of recipe (no gravy))
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 300mg 13%
Potassium 314mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 13.6%
Vitamin C 14.8%
Calcium 8.5%
Iron 11.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 
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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 – a 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 42mg 2%
Potassium 288mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 18g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 113.8%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 5.5%
* 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*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Potassium 138mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Cranberry Apple Coleslaw

Course: Salad
Cuisine: High Fibre
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 105 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

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!  

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

Instructions

  1. healthy vegan coleslaw dressing low-fat
  2. Slice unpeeled apples into chunks and add to food processor.  Add to large salad bowl.

  3. 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.

  4. Add dried cranberries or raisins.  

    chopped vegan coleslaw wfpb
  5. Pour Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette dressing on salad, and stir to combine.

    pour creamy vegan coleslaw salad dressing wfpb
  6. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for 30 minutes first.  

    creamy vegan apple cabbage coleslaw

Recipe Notes

Coleslaw keeps well for days in the fridge.  

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Apple Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of salad with no dressing)
Calories 105
% Daily Value*
Sodium 42mg 2%
Potassium 288mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 18g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 113.8%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 
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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*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Potassium 138mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Dressing

Course: Salad, Sauce
Cuisine: Dresssing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 84 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

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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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.

Instructions

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. Regardless of method, remove when they begin to smell toasty and turn dark. Do not burn.

Blend Dressing

  1. While pecans toast, add tofu, non-dairy milk, rice vinegar, dates, and lemon juice to a high speed blender.

  2. Add toasted pecans and blend.

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  3. Pour over Cranberry Apple Coleslaw.  Or other coleslaw of your choice.

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  4. Mix, and serve.

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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*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Potassium 138mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad

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*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1275mg 53%
Potassium 719mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 4g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 31.3%
Calcium 10.3%
Iron 25.7%
* 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

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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!

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Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad

Course: Main Course, Pasta, Salad
Cuisine: Italian, Western
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 351 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

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!

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!

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. While the water heats, dice the cucumber, tomatoes, green onions and add to an extra large bowl.

  3. 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.

  4. Add the drained black beans and olives. 

  5. Add frozen peas - it is important that they are frozen at this point because they cool the pasta.

  6. 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.

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  7. Once pasta is done, drain pasta well, while it is still hot add the pasta to the vegetables and dressing.

  8. Stir to combine. Wait a couple minutes for the herbs to release their flavours, and serve!

Recipe 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 Facts
Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 / 10th of recipe)
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1275mg 53%
Potassium 719mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 4g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 31.3%
Calcium 10.3%
Iron 25.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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*Sweet* Sweet Potato Fries – wfpb no-oil

Easy, Simple, Fast, Best, Delicious, Healthy, Fat-Free, Sweet Potato Oven Baked Fries

People think you need to coat oven fries in oil, but they don’t know… try this recipe and you will learn better.  Moisture leaves the sweet potatoes as they bake, and activates the seasonings. Your fries will be crispy, oil-free, and full of flavour.

Nutrition Facts
*Sweet* Sweet Potato Fries The Whole-Foods Plant-Based Way
Amount Per Serving (1 / 5th of recipe)
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Sodium 57mg 2%
Potassium 350mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 295.1%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I recommend Epicure seasoning mixes, I used this Cajun spice to make mine tonight.  It was spicy!  Epicure seasonings are amazing high quality spices, with high nutritional value, and no artificial ingredients like MSG or gluten fillers.

If you are in Canada, you can conveniently order spices and seasoning mixes from my Epicure site online catalogue and ship them to your home.

My kids had no seasonings, they dipped their fries in ketchup.  You can also use whatever spice blends you have around the house, like chili powder, or salt and pepper and garlic powder.

Back to oil – One gram of oil is 9 calories… empty, empty, harmful calories.  13.6 grams of oil (a tablespoon) is 120 calories.  One serving of these sweet potatoes without oil is only 89 calories!  When you add oil, you are adding calories that are nutrition poor.  You do not need processed oil to live.  We have been cooking oil-free since 2013.  If you think you need it…. what is something bad that happens to people who don’t eat oil?

Skip the oil.  Why no-oil cooking?

Jump to Recipe

Sweet potatoes have many health benefits, they are a super-food.

Like what benefits?  Well, much of the following information was conveniently provided on a paper that came with my bag of 6 sweet potatoes – let’s learn together, ok?

High in Fiber

Sweet potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, which lowers your risk for constipation, diverticulitis, colon and rectal cancer, heart disease, type two diabetes and obesity.

The fibre in sweet potatoes provides a feeling of fulness and satisfaction, which makes you eat less!

High in Antioxidants

Antioxidants play a role in the prevention of heart disease and cancer, and sweet potatoes supply plenty of the antioxidants vitamin E, and beta-carotene.

Antioxidants are essential for good brain functioning and delay the effects of ageing on the brain. Vitamin E is found mainly in high fat foods such as oils, nuts, and avocados.

Only sweet potatoes provide vitamin E without fat and calories.

Vitamin A

One serving of this recipe is 285% of the vitamin A required for a person following a 2000 calorie diet.  BAM!

If you are short like me that is like 400% vitamin A… I don’t count calories, but I know from before I went vegan (when I stressed about calories ALL THE TIME) that I need about 1100 – 1200 calories a day to maintain my 5’2″ frame.  Now that I eat whole-foods plant-based I don’t need to stress…. if I notice I’m getting some extra flab, I eat more greens and it goes away.  Serious.

Low Glycemic Index

A low glycemic index is desirable and is characterized by slow absorption, a modest rise in blood glucose, and smooth return to normal. This is especially important for people with diabetes, whose good health is dependent upon stable blood glucose levels.

Diabetics and others wanting to avoid glucose highs and lows can turn to sweet potatoes, which have a low glycemic index.

Excellent Source of Potassium

Potassium plays a major role in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance and cell integrity. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best sources of potassium, and sweet potatoes are among the top three richest sources. Naturally low in calories and high in nutritional value.

Ways to Include Sweet Potato Fries in Your Diet

Some ideas for using these nummy, nummy fries that you can consider while they are baking, or while you are peeling and chopping them.

  • Take sweet potato fries for lunch, topped with cinnamon flavoured applesauce
  • Add leftover sweet potatoes to your next stew or soup.  That’s going to be fast…
  • You can even eat raw sweet potato fries with your favourite dip (I read this on the sweet potato marketing literature that came with them, I have never actually tried this).
  • Eat sweet potato fries for vegan breakfast with scrambled tofu and pancakes.

Let’s dig into some sweet sweet potato fries!

 
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*Sweet* Sweet Potato Fries The Whole-Foods Plant-Based Way

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegan, Western
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 89 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Don't buy frozen fries, make them fresh, and use orange sweet potatoes to get more antioxidants, potassium, and fibre, from a fat-free, low-glycemic index super-food!

Peel the potatoes, cut into sticks, spread on your baking sheet, sprinkle with seasonings, bake, enjoy.

See full instructions and pictures here!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.  Use a foil or silicone lined baking sheet or stoneware.  No-oil required.

  2. Peel the potatoes.

  3. Cut in half or quarters, place on the round side, slice down 2-3 times to make 1 inch lengths.  Set in a pile on the flat side, cut into sticks.

  4. Spread mostly in a single layer, some overlap is fine.  No-oil required.  Really jam the sticks together, they will shrink quite a bit.  Pack as many on the sheet as you can, because I think you are going to eat these up really quick-like and be sad if you don't have enough.  In fact, I wish I had put a lot more on my sheet here. 🙁

    sweet potato fries in sticks ready for baking
  5. Sprinkle with seasonings like seasoned salt, chili powder, or cajun seasoning from Epicure.  If you have a convection oven, then fire up two sheets and cook those babies at the same time.

  6. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes.  Remove if fries start to burn.

    baked healthy sweet potato fries no-oil
  7. Serve!  In this case we had them with beet greens (with fresh squeezed lemon) and vegan chicken fingers.  It was honestly a great combo.  Spicy cajun fries, salty lemon beet greens (they are naturally salty), sweet ketchup veggie fingers - it was all really good, and pretty good for us too, right?

    cajun sweet potato oven fries with ketchup

Recipe Notes

Serving suggestions:

With Ketchup mixed with cajun seasoning, or cranberry sauce, or lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts
*Sweet* Sweet Potato Fries The Whole-Foods Plant-Based Way
Amount Per Serving (1 / 5th of recipe)
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Sodium 57mg 2%
Potassium 350mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 295.1%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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Here, I’ve added my orange thyme dressing, but other vegetables and sauces will work well too.

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Lentils and Quinoa in Only 20 Minutes

Cook dry sprouted lentils and dry quinoa together, in the same pot, they take the same amount of time – and in 15 – 20 minutes you’ll have a pilaf of lentils and quinoa that is fluffy and ready for a vegetable and a sauce.

You can dress the quinoa and lentils up in so many ways.

Boil, Steam or Microwave Brussel Sprouts

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The lentils and quinoa are going to be pretty boring on their own, but look through the sauces/dressings on this site and pick one and it becomes a different dish each time.

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You can click on the “sauce” tag in the sidebar to view a list of sauces.  Or use the search feature on the site and search for “sauce” or “dressing”.

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The sauce has a lot of tasty ingredients – orange juice, diced apple, sesame paste (tahini), green onions, chia seeds, dried cranberries… it’s great.  Very quick, easy and simple to make too.

My kids liked the pilaf and brussels sprouts without the sauce, instead of the dressing, one added lemon juice, the other  loads of cranberry sauce from a can.

When I eat beans and rice, or lentils with quinoa I feel like I am living harmoniously with our planet, and usually surprised at how great they taste, and how satisfied I feel after.

I hope at least someone else can relate to what I am talking about.

Bringing peace through plants…  🙂

 

Brussels sprouts quinoa lentils with orange vegan sauce
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Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa, and Lentil Pilaf

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 243 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Cook sprouted lentils and quinoa in the same pot in 15 minutes, add brussels sprouts, a sweet tangy orange, apple, cranberry sauce and it's a beautiful meal.

My husband and I aim to eat at least 1/2 - 1 cup of beans/legumes a day each and between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup for each of our kids.  This recipe will produce more lentils than quinoa so that your meal can be bean strong.  

Beans are an excellent carb - because they contain both carbs and protein and so many important nutrients.  Feel confident eating beans - they are going to make you so strong and give you energy!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups dried lentils sprouted lentils because they cook fastest, read the packages, select the fast cooking lentils.
  • 1 cup quinoa dried
  • 8 cups brussels sprouts
  • Orange Thyme Dressing recipe prepared, consider doubling the recipe to have enough for leftovers. One recipe makes 4 servings.

Instructions

  1. Heat water in a medium sized pot, on high.

  2. Add quinoa and sprouted lentils, stir.  Usually the water doesn't need to be boiling, check your instructions.  Follow package directions about rinsing, some brands require rinsing to remove bitterness or dirt or pesticides.  I often forget, hoping a reminder here helps you remember.  

    Here are the brands I used - both were available at Costco, other brands will work, check that the cooking time on the lentils is similar to the quinoa - about 15 minutes.  It seems that sprouted lentils usually cook faster than non-sprouted lentils.  

    My sprouted lentils say simmer for 8 minutes then let sit for 4 minutes.  My quinoa says simmer for 15 minutes.  I like lentils soft rather than chewy so I am happy to cook the lentils a little longer.

    Image of Quinoa and Sprouted Lentils in Packages truRoots
  3. Once boiling, stir, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or according to package directions.  If your lentils are going to take longer, then start them first and add the quinoa when there is 15 minutes cooking time left.

    How to Cook Lentils With Quinoa
  4. Meanwhile, steam brussels sprouts in a steamer pot on the stove (makes them so juicy and tender, mmmm my favourite way) or in a microwave steamer like this large Epicure silicone steamer.    You could also boil them in water, which is what I did this time.  Any of these methods takes about 15 minutes.

  5. Now prepare the sauce - the fat-free no-oil Orange Thyme Dressing for example.  It's going to take you 10 minutes.

    Tahini green onions and craisins in a vegan fat-free sauce.
  6. Once the pilaf is done, stir it to combine, it should be fluffy with no moisture.  If there is water left, keep it on low for 5 minutes at a time until it is dried out, and reduce the water amount in the future.  The lentils spread around the edge with the quinoa in the centre during cooking.

    Cooked Quinoa and Lentils in One Pot
  7. The pilaf should look like this once done.

    Image of cooked Quinoa lentil pilaf vegan recipe
  8. Serve the pilaf, with brussels sprouts and a generous portion of sauce.

    Brussels sprouts quinoa lentils with orange vegan sauce

Recipe Notes

Enjoy!!

Sometimes my pilaf takes longer to cook - closer to 25 minutes, even though the bags said 15. I probably use a slightly different temperature, or measuring cups.  I just keep cooking it until it is dry, and it always comes out fine.

Nutrition Facts
Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa, and Lentil Pilaf
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of recipe)
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Potassium 805mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars 2g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 13.6%
Vitamin C 92.6%
Calcium 7.2%
Iron 27.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Healthy Vegan Pear Crumble
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Ginger Pear Crisp

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Western, Whole Foods
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 300 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

This whole-foods plant-based oil-free pear crisp recipe is incredibly simple to make, and very tasty.  The crumble remains crisp, not soggy, it is pleasurable to eat slightly crunchy topping with the soft pears.

Different varieties of pears have different flavors and textures, each could lead to an entirely different finished pear crumble. For this recipe, I used Packham Pears from Australia. They are green and hard, and don't seem to ripen much, so I thought they would be great for baking. 

Pears are naturally sweet and transform into a decadent and delicious dessert without much added sugar. 

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 7 pears Green Packham or other firm variety, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks or thin slices.
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar

For the Topping:

  • 3 cups oats rolled, quick cooking
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cup cashews or pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice fresh or bottled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F

Prepare the Fruit Filling

  1. Peel and chop pears into evenly sized cubes, or thin slices.   I pushed a slicer through each pear to make 6 pieces, then cut each piece in half lengthwise.

  2. Place pears into a 9x13 baking dish.

  3. In a small bowl mix cornstarch, ground ginger, salt, and coconut sugar until well combined and lump free.  Sprinkle evenly over the pears. 

Prepare the Crumble Topping

  1. In a food processor, on high speed, blend oats, coconut sugar, almond flour, cashews, ground ginger, cinnamon and salt.  Once the cashews are finely ground, while processing, slowly add the lemon juice to make the mixture crumbly.  Do not over process, or the mixture will form into balls.  

  2. Spread oat topping crumble over the pears.   

  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes. The crisp is done when the fruit is bubbling and the topping is light brown in the center. You can opt to brown the top by broiling on low for 3 minutes, I didn't.

Nutrition Facts
Ginger Pear Crisp
Amount Per Serving (1 / 10th of recipe)
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 107mg 4%
Potassium 323mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 18g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Vitamin C 9.4%
Calcium 4%
Iron 13.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Sweet Zing Orange Thyme Dressing

Vegan No-Oil Tahini, Apple, Green Onions and Dried Cranberries Sauce that is SO GOOD!

This oil-free dressing is sweet from the orange juice, apples and dried cranberries, rich and creamy from the sesame seed butter (tahini), and thickened with chia seeds. Use this fat-free healthy whole-foods plant-based vegan dressing with my Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa, and Lentil Pilaf or with any quinoa dish, or as a way to make Brussels sprouts taste awesome.

It’s got vitamin C that will help you absorb more iron.

The green onions and the thyme add some spice and sophistication.  Some people find quinoa bitter, same with Brussels Sprouts, this dressing counters the bitterness, and provides a savoury sweetness instead.

Healthy vegan low-fat dressing with a sweet zing.  Great with Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa.

I had some leftovers of this plant-based orange thyme dressing yesterday on spinach, wow, it was delicious.  I need to finish this blog post to get it out there to folks like you who could benefit from a fresh, gorgeous healthy vegan salad dressing.

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Orange Thyme Dressing - Healthy Vegan Fat-Free Sauce

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Dresssing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 154 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Goes nicely with quinoa and green vegetables as a dressing/sauce.  Try it with my Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa Lentil Pilaf recipe.  Even better as leftovers. 

Consider doubling this dressing/sauce recipe - I wish I would have.  It goes great on spinach salad too.  You can adjust the number of servings here on the web page and it will recalculate.

With dried cranberries, orange juice, thyme, tahini (sesame seed paste), chia seeds, and green onions, it is so fresh and sweet and creamy, this one is a winner!

Ingredients

  • 200 ml orange juice I used a juice box, freshly squeezed would work too if you don't have juice around, but have oranges.
  • 2 tsp tahini sesame seed butter
  • 1/2 tsp ground thyme spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp chia seeds for thickness
  • 2 green onions diced
  • 1/2 red apple diced into small cubes
  • 1 cup craisins dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Pour orange juice into a small bowl, add tahini, thyme, salt, and chia seeds and microwave 30 seconds to soften if the sesame seed butter was in the fridge.  Whisk together.

  2. Add the craisins so they can soak a bit.

    Tahini green onions and craisins in a vegan fat-free sauce.
  3. Add the diced green onions and apple.

    Image of Orange Thyme No-Oil Vegan Dressing with dried cranberries, so good on quinoa.
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes or more, for flavours to combine.

Recipe Notes

Consider doubling the recipe depending on how many servings or leftovers you would like.  It yields about 1 1/2 cups which was enough for 4 people at my house.

Try on my Brussels Sprouts and Lentil Quinoa Pilaf, or make a dinner salad with that same lentil quinoa pilaf and romaine lettuce.  

Also tastes wonderful on spinach salad.

Nutrition Facts
Orange Thyme Dressing - Healthy Vegan Fat-Free Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 / 4th of recipe)
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 294mg 12%
Potassium 164mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 26g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Vitamin C 32.9%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Vegan Mayonnaise - Healthy No-Oil Whole-Foods Plant-Based Mayo

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Dresssing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 121 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Vegan mayo is a great base for creamy salad dressings, like coleslaw.  This vegan mayo has a nice flavour profile from cashews, lemon juice, tofu and onion powder.

Ingredients

  • 340 g Silken Tofu use soft
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup or agave syrup or sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in blender, and blend for at least 1 minute until silky smooth. 

  2. Chill to thicken.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Mayonnaise - Healthy No-Oil Whole-Foods Plant-Based Mayo
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 440mg 18%
Potassium 196mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Whole Weekend Waffles

Vegan Whole Grain Waffles

Do you like to have big hearty waffle breakfasts on the weekend?  My kids sure do.  For us waffles are always topped with a large colorful juicy pile of delicious fruit.

The ones in the picture above, have some homemade fruit jam between the layers as well.

You can easily make fat-free vegan waffles from a store-bought box pancake mix!

This recipe describes how to veganize a pancake or waffle mix, to make awesome vegan waffles!

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I also give tips about using hemp seeds, picking the healthiest waffle mixes, and some info about whole grains vs. refined grains.  

 

Store bought pancake mixes can save you time and mess.

Somehow, when I take a bag of regular flour out, I get it on the floor, and all over the counter.  The flour package is just awkward to get into, and proofs little clouds of slippery flour dust.

Pancake mix boxes are easier to use.

Here is one of our current favourite store-bought waffle / pancake mixes.

It is in Canada – from Superstore – one of their Blue Menu healthy items.

We also like a brand called Coyote, in a reddish bag.  Both use whole grain whole wheat flour, with few additives, and are very tasty.

If you aren’t in Canada, can you find a similar one where you live?

Look for simple unprocessed ingredients – meaning nothing good has been stripped out and nothing bad has been added.

Many mixes have milk powder or oil added.   No need for those!

We could do without the sugar, but at least it isn’t the first ingredient – everyone knows ingredients are listed in order of most to least, right?

The package is probably going to tell you to add milk, oil and eggs.

I promise you, dairy milk, oil and eggs are unnecessary.

You can make totally delicious waffles with non-dairy milk, without oil, and definitely without eggs.

The waffles don’t fall apart, they are moist, they are tasty, you might notice they aren’t as oily – this is a good thing!

Instead of eggs/oil use hemp seeds

Hemp seeds taste great as a satisfying healthy touch of fat.   Ground flax seeds work also, but I find flax has a strong flavour and goes rancid too quickly, so I prefer hemp seeds.

Hemp seeds are more of a nutty taste, and last longer than ground flax in the fridge.  The hemp does have a green bit on each seed, so the waffles look a little different, but covered with fruit and syrup no one has complained!

How to tell if your pancake mix is healthy.

Make sure it says “whole grain” and, apply the 5-to-1 ratio test.

I’m talking about the carbohydrate grams to fibre grams ratio.  Carbs divided by fibre should be 5 or lower.

For a full description of the 5-to-1 ratio test see my post about judging from a label, whether grains are healthy.

For example, the Blue Menu pancake mix has 21 g of carbohydrate and 5 g of fibre.  21 g / 5 g = 4.2 carbs to fibre ratio – the ratio is 5 or less and is low enough to be considered healthy.  If the carbs were higher, or the fibre lower it would be less healthy and probably not whole grain, or has a lot of added sugar.

An Aunt Jemima mix has 27 g of carbs to 1 g of fibre = a ratio of 27.  That’s bad.

For more tips like this, check out Dr. Gregor’s How Not to Die book.

I highly recommend this book.  He addresses the top causes of death in our society, like Heart Disease and Cancer, and then presents evidence about foods that prevent those diseases.  Spoiler alert – it’s always plants that prevent disease.

Warning, it becomes addictive to start tweaking your meals to include the foods that studies have shown increase lifespan.  Reminds me, I need to eat more beets…

How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

This book has a great deal of science based information about foods that have been proven to prevent and reverse disease.

(Canada link) (US link)

Back to making your waffles.

Wondering whether to use a pancake mix that is fortified with vitamins?

Not required.  Remember, we are getting all the nutrition we need from our whole plant foods, and personally I trust nature, more than I trust man-made (potentially cancer causing) additives and supplements.

Here’s how to make vegan waffles from a box of pancake mix:

Mix 1/3 cup mix and 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds for each waffle.  You want 4 waffles?  Use 1 1/3 cups of mix and 4 tbsp of hemp seeds.

Add slightly more than 1/3 cup of non-dairy milk per waffle.

Try adding the extra milk a tablespoon at a time.

We like to use soy milk for the extra protein.   Almond milk, rice milk, or water will also work, I have tried them all.

The mix should be a thick soup consistency, not runny.

The runnier the mixture, the thinner, drier, and crispier the waffle will be because it spreads out more on the waffle iron.

Lightly spray the top and bottom of the waffle iron, to prevent sticking.  Our waffles stick if we don’t.  This small amount of oil is better than 1/4 cup or whatever the recipes usually call for.

Use about 3-4 heaping tablespoons of mix per waffle.

Our favourite topping is thawed frozen fruit

About 1 1/2 cups of fruit per waffle…

Like sliced strawberries or whole blueberries.  We always have a few bags of frozen fruit in the freezer.  Costco is our favourite place to buy frozen fruit.

When we are starting to stir up the waffle mix, we pour frozen fruit in a big bowl and microwave it for a few minutes, until just thawed. When the waffle is done we generously spoon fruit over each waffle before serving.

Lastly, add pure maple syrup, or agave syrup, over the top if you like, we use enough for moisture and a bit of sweetness.

Make sure to drink something,

when you eat whole grain foods, because whole grains are full of fibre and are going to suck moisture out of your body if you don’t have liquids in your tummy too.

Often the kids will have a glass of soy milk as well with their waffles, this ensures they are getting vitamin B12 that day plus, some more healthy fats, and protein too.

To find out how we feed our family vegan on a daily basis check out this post, How to Eat Vegan for Energy and Weight Loss, it includes a breakdown of the amount of proteins and grains that we aim for.

 

We like waffles on sleepy mornings

because they are fast and difficult to mess up.  Pancakes take a bit more skill, don’t you find?  Pancakes can get burned, or may end up too soft on one side and too crispy on the other.

It wasn’t that long ago that we would cut waffles up for our girls.  Now they can do it themselves.

I’m realizing here, we have made vegan waffles every weekend, for more than a year.

I guess we don’t get tired of eating them!  Do you? 🙂

 

Image of a vegan whole grain waffle with strawberries.
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Whole Weekend Waffles

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 waffle
Calories: 441 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Use whole grain pancake mix to make low fat, and much more awesome, plant-based waffles, serve with fruit, and get your day off to a high fibre, energetic start!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour waffle/pancake mix make sure the mix has no added fat or milk products
  • 100 ml soy milk or other low fat non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries frozen sliced or other fruit
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Measure the waffle mix and hemp seeds into a small bowl.

  2. Add non-dairy milk and stir with a fork, the consistency should be a thick soup.  

  3. Lightly spray a waffle iron.  Add mixture to the centre.

  4. Close and cook on med-high, until the waffle almost stops steaming.

  5. Microwave the fruit while the waffles cook.

  6. Remove waffle to a plate, spoon generously with thawed fruit and juices, drizzle with pure maple syrup or agave syrup.

Recipe Notes

In Canada I like the Superstore Blue Menu whole wheat pancake mix.  

Also at Superstore and other grocery stores, there is a "Coyote" mix in a dark red bag that is whole grain and has no added milk products.

If you buy a mix with added flax, then reduce the hemp seeds some.  I still recommend you add hemp seeds because they add a lovely nutty flavour and often the amount of flax added is not very significant.

Nutrition Facts
Whole Weekend Waffles
Amount Per Serving (1 waffle with syrup and fruit)
Calories 441 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Sodium 55mg 2%
Potassium 688mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 76g 25%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 37g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 5.7%
Vitamin C 153.9%
Calcium 23.6%
Iron 26.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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