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Flourless Vegan Fudgy Brownies

These brownies are very chocolatey and fudgy- everything you would want in an ooey, gooey brownie…and don’t tell the kids but there are veggies in these brownies! I promise no one will ever know that there is a full cup of grated zucchini in there!  The only ‘con’ to these brownies is that they don’t fluff up much while baking.  They stay pretty thin but the flavor more than makes up for it.

We had ours warm with a little Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy ice cream on top. AHHHHHHmazing!

This recipe has been modified from its original version on RunningWithSpoons.com

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Flourless Vegan Fudgy Brownies

These brownies are delicious and fudgy.  They don't bake up like thick brownies so double the recipe if you want them to be larger.  Mine were thin and gooey and we liked them :-)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter (or any nut butter of choice)
  • 1 ripe medium banana
  • 1 Flax egg (1 tbs ground flax mixed with 3 tbs water-mix and let sit for 2 minutes)
  • 1/4 cup Maple syrup (or agave)
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup Shredded zucchini (this is about 1 medium zucchini. Squeeze some of the excess water out after shredding)
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8x8 baking pan with non stick spray or line with parchment paper. 

  2. Add all of the above ingredients (except for the zucchini and chocolate chips) to your food processor. Process until a smooth brownie batter is created.  Stir in the shredded zucchini and chocolate chips.

  3. Pour batter into your 8x8 baking pan.  Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick or knife comes out of the center clean.  Let cool and enjoy.  You can store these in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an air tight tupperware. 

 

Recipe: Kale Caesar Pasta Salad (Vegan)

I’m always looking for ways to get more kale into my diet.  Per calorie, it has more iron than beef, it’s loaded with age defying and disease fighting anti-oxidants, it’s high in fiber and calcium and it’s a vegan-kale-caesar-saladsuper anti-inflammatory food.   If you’re someone who doesn’t love the taste of greens- you’ll like this salad.  The vegan Caesar dressing is so tasty that anything it touches instantly becomes delicious!

I made a large batch to have enough for the week, so I used an entire 12 oz package of tricolor rotini plus about 1/2 of a bunch of organic kale.  Just cook the pasta according to the package.  Remove the kale leaves from the stems and chop them into bite sized pieces.  I also added in chopped English cucumber, tomato and orange bell peppers.  Toss everything in a large bowl and then add the Ceasar dressing. I used disposable prep gloves to massage the dressing into the kale leaves. It helps soften them and enhances the flavor a bit.  The recipe for the dressing is below.

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Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing

Chloe Coscarelli's simple yet insanely delicious vegan Caesar dressing. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (I used minced garlic- 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp white miso (This gives the dressing its salty flavor- if you don't have, make and then adjust salt accordingly)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until fully incorporated. 

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Heart Healthier Smashed Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Mexican food is one of my favorite types of food to eat, but let’s face it, it’s loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol.  Even since going vegan, I’ve always found a way to get my Mexican fix, and I’ve found it’s much easier on your arteries too.  So you don’t have to follow a vegan diet to try out this recipe. You just have to want to protect your heart and yourself from being America’s number statistic- a heart attack victim.

Much of the fat in Mexican food comes from the cheese that is loaded on everything.  Yes, it’s delicious and gooey, but cheese wreaks havoc on your system in the form of inflammation and arterial damage. The next culprit is sour cream, which I have omitted entirely from my Mexican feasts because there is enough flavor in my dishes, and this one too, that you don’t need it.

Using Daiya Pepper Jack Shreds instead of real cheese, you cut out 100% (!!!) of the cholesterol from cheese and about 40% of the fat.  That’s a huge savings!

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Smashed Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Broccoli Recipe

A heart healthier version of your favorite Quesadillas.  Any veggies will do if you're not a broccoli love. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • Flour Tortillas You will need two tortillas per quesadilla. The recipe makes enough for about 8+ quesadillas
  • 5 Sweet Potatoes boiled and peeled
  • 6 heads broccoli chopped into small florets
  • 2 cups black beans rinsed, drained
  • Daiya Pepperjack Shreds
  • 1/2 tsp Each: Garlic powder, chili powder, salt & cumin
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika

Instructions

  1. Peel and boil the sweet potatoes for 20 minutes, or until soft enough for a fork to go through easily.

  2. Chop broccoli heads into small florets.  Toss with veggie broth and roast at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes, until soft and slightly crispy.

  3. In a large bowl, smash the sweet potatoes until smooth but a little chunky.  Add in 2 cups of black beans and smash a little more,  you still want the texture of the black beans so don't smash too much.

  4. Add in all of the spices and fold together to incorporate. 

  5. Take a flour tortilla and spread a thin to medium layer of the sweet potato and bean mixture over it.  Add a handful of broccoli on top of that and spread out to make sure broccoli is distributed throughout the tortilla.  Sprinkle the Daiya Pepper Jack cheese on top.  As much or as little as you want. I would say no more than 1/4 cup though. Place the second tortilla on top and press it down a little. In a heated skillet (spray with non stick spray), cook the quesadilla about 3 minutes per side, until each side is golden with a slight crisp. 

  6. Cut into 4 pieces and serve with avocado and salsa. 

Colorful Pasta Salad with Antioxidant Rich Veggies and Vegan Caesar Dressing

Vegan Caesar pasta 1This rich vegan Caesar dressing can definitely take any pasta salad to the next level. I absolutely love Caesar dressing on almost anything.  This vegan version cuts out the saturated fat and cholesterol of eggs and cheese that are found in traditional dressings. Plus the organ, non GMO tofu gives it a protein kick.

I layered colorful veggies such as tomato, yellow pepper, red pepper and English cucumber on top of my rotini pasta underneath before mixing it all together.  This was AMAZING- and it’s al thanks to the dressing.  Obviously you can use any veggies you want.  My husband doesn’t even like tomatoes or peppers but with the dressing he gobbled everything up.

I actually doubled the recipe below and used an entire box of rotini.  You can use the recipe below with about 1/2 the pasta or a little less.  I also drizzled a little balsamic dressing over the pasta with the Caesar.

This Vegan Caesar dressing is from the cook book Chloe’s Cookbook by Chloe Coscarelli:

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Vegan Caesar Dressing

Creamy and savory vegan Caesar salad dressing from Chloe's Kitchen cookbook. 

Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Silken Tofu
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic or 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp white miso
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until everything is combined and smooth.

 

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White bean salad sandwich (vegan)

This is a good vegan replacement for a chicken salad sandwich.  The beans pack protein, fiber and iron.  Fresh herbs and lemon juice provide plenty of flavor.  I make my sandwich with chardonnay dijon mustard but a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette would also work well.  This is an easy gluten free lunch if you just use your favorite gluten free bread or wrap.

Here’s the recipe for the vegan white bean salad sandwich.  Enjoy!

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White Bean Salad Sandwich Recipe - Vegan

This is a great vegan replacement for chicken salad.  Using white beans, chick peas, vegan mayo and some herbs, this has a filling texture and great taste!

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 can small white beans or any white bean
  • 1 can chick peas
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayo
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 3 teaspoons dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

Rinse and drain beans and chickpeas. Add all ingredients to food processor. Pulse until smooth but still a little chunky.

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Our 3 Week Jump Start Weight Loss package includes: 

  • 2 x 30 min personal training sessions per week for 3 weeks at Ultimate Fitness
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Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe – Vegan

It’s a no brainer that hot sauce + ranch sauce = mouthwatering delight.  This tasty combination is most often ordered up in the form of chicken wings and provides no nutritional value.  Switching to buffalo cauliflower bites instead of wings packs the same great flavor while providing you with the amazing health benefits of cauliflower.

Check out the recipe below for Buffalo Cauliflower AND a simple vegan ranch dressing.  But, before you do, take a look at some of the top health benefits of cauliflower:

  • Cauliflower is a member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables
  • Contains the sulfur compound Sulforaphane which improves blood pressure and kidney function
  • Helps reduce inflammation within the body
  • Aids your body’s natural detox

And so many more!  Try the recipe below and let me know how you like it 🙂

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Course dinner, lunch, Salad
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup favorite hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with tinfoil and spray with non-stick spray.

    Put your bite sized pieces of cauliflower in a very large bowl (preferably a tupperware that has a lid but not necessary). In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, water, salt, garlic, pepper. Pour the flour mixture over the cauliflower, cover container with lid and shake vigorously to toss the cauli and coat evenly (set the container aside you will need it again).

    Spread onto baking sheet evenly.  Bake for 15 minutes, flipping half way through.

    Combine the melted butter and hot sauce.  After 15 minutes of baking, put your cauli bites back in your tupperware container and now pour the melted Earth Balance and hot sauce over the cauli. Cover and shake to coat evenly.  Put back in the oven and bake another 25 minutes.  Check to make sure they aren't burning but you want them a little bit crispy. 

    See below for ranch dressing recipe!

Recipe Notes

This recipe is from RealHouseMoms.com

 

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Homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Mindful Mayo
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • sprinkle salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill-weed I use a heaping 1/4 teaspoon because the dill make it taste amazing!

Instructions

  1. Whisk ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy :-)

Recipe Notes

 This recipe is slightly modified to fit my taste from its original version on TheSpruce.com

 


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