Soy Free Vegan Quiche

This is actually a really good, simple recipe for making a soy free, eggless quiche. A lot of recipes I’ve seen for vegan quiche use tofu for a filling.  It works great but I try to limit my intake of tempeh or tofu to just 2-3 x a month.  This past week I had already made us a tempeh meat sauce, so when deciding to make a quiche for dinner, I didn’t want to use my ‘go to’ quiche recipe as it is in fact made with a tofu filling.

So I did some digging online and found a few great ways to make the filling using a cashew cream base with chickpea flour.  Seemed easy enough so I combined the veggies from the usual recipe I made (mushrooms, spinach and sun dried tomatoes) with the chickpea flour and cashew cream filling and it worked beautifully!

For the crust I usually take the easy way out and just buy vegan pie crust.  The Wegman’s near me sells the brand Wholly Wholesome and they offer vegan and gluten free crusts.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe!

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Soy Free Vegan Sun dried Tomato, Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

Servings 6 people
Author Stacey, Holistic Nutritionist

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Cashews soaked in 1 cup water (Reserve the water!) If you have a very high powered blender, soak for just about 10 mins. If not, soak for 30 mins.
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup extra water Set aside
  • 2 cups frozen spinach
  • 1/3 cup Sliced sun dried tomatoes Packed in oil
  • 3 large portobello mushrooms sliced thin
  • 4 cloves garlic Or two teaspoons minced garlic in the jar
  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Few sprinkles of black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add your cashews WITH the soaking water to your blender.  Blend until all the cashews are smooth. Then add in the one cup of flour and another 1/2 cup of water and blend just until it is all mixed together.  Leave while you sauté the veggies.


    For the veggies, sauté the mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and spinach with the herbs, spices and nutritional yeast.  When the mushrooms are softened and everything is cooked down, turn off the heat and move the pan to a different burner for the mix to cool a few minutes.  Then pour in the cashew and flour mixture.  Mix all together and add the entire mixture to your pie crust.


    Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes, until the center is firm to the touch. 

Stacey is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist in Monmouth County offering weight loss programs and meal plans at Ultimate Fit Zone boot camp gym and Ultimate Fitness 24 hour gym.

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We just wrapped up the first month of our 90 day weight loss program at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County.  The program combines a fitness program, 90 days of high intensity boot camp at UFZ, with a weight loss meal plan program created by our nutritionist.

After the first month we have great results to report!  The top five finishers are as follows:

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Four different methods of training, one membership at our boot camp gym. Now you can keep your workouts fresh and challenging.  Take advantage of Cross Training (Zone 360), Interval & Circuit Training (IT 360) High Intensity Interval Training (HEAT) and Spin (priced separately). 

Your unlimited monthly membership at our boot camp/cross training gym in Monmouth County also entitles you to one complimentary consultation each month with our Holistic Nutritionist on staff.  Get questions answered about nutrition, weight loss and more.  We have special support for beginners.  For more information about beginner boot camp fitness please give us a call at 732-428-2111.

Sweet Treat! Oatmeal Cupcakes!

These oatmeal cupcakes will transform the way you look at breakfast or snacks.  Not only are they moist, sweet and filling- but they are healthy and full of fiber too.  Making a batch gets you set up for the week.  Grab 2 for breakfast or a snack.  Bring them on the road with you to prevent you from getting ‘hangry’ while running errands.  They are delicious and can fit into your meal plan almost anywhere.

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This recipe will yield about 11 oatmeal cupcakes.

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Healthy Oatmeal Cupcakes!

For breakfast, a snack or sweet treat!

Course Breakfast, deser, Snack
Servings 11 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups quick or rolled oats
  • 1 + 1/4 cups mashed banana (this ended up being one med-large mashed banana and about 1/3 of another banana)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (heaping)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, agave or honey (or blueberries, dairy free mini chocolate chips, almonds, etc)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup water
  • 2.5 tablespoons canola, olive or coconut oil
  • 1 +1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients (including banana) in another (sorry I didn't organize them for you that way). Mix the wet into the dry then pour into muffin tin ( used ¼ cup of mix for each cupcake) ( I did not use cupcake liners, I just sprayed my muffin tin with baking spray). Bake for 21 minutes.

White Bean, Kale and (Vegan) Sausage Soup

Found this amazing recipes on WholeFoods.com. I modified it to add the vegan sausage links to add some more flavor and heartiness to it.  I have to admit, I am hardly a fan of the fake vegan meats. For this recipe though, I was serving it to meat eaters so I wanted to make it filling for them while also being acceptable for me to eat.  I found that cutting up the sausages into small enough pieces is the trick to add flavor without overloading the soup with the sausage.  Another good idea would be to add quinoa to this soup.  That would add more fiber, protein and make it even more filling.

I used Field Roast vegan sausages in the Italian flavor.

White Bean and Kale Soup with (Vegan) Sausage

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Vidalia onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons jarred, minced garlic
  • 1 (32-ounce) box low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 cups packed chopped kale
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes (look for low sodium varieties)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 3 vegan (or turkey) sausage links, cut into small pieces
  • 2 large carrots, chopped into small pieces or discs

Directions:

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and sausage pieces and cook 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes longer. Add broth, kale and tomatoes and cover. Cook 5 minutes or until kale is tender. Add beans and heat thoroughly. Serve hot.

BBQ Chickpea and Quinoa Bowl with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers

This incredibly simple dish combines two things that I love; BBQ and bowls.  Buddah bowl recipes are so easy to make, very filling and can be packed with loads of  protein and fiber.  To reduce inflammation, I stick with plant based proteins.  They are cleaner and don’t create an inflammatory response in the body like animal proteins do.

Because chickpeas contain lots of fiber- they help keep you feeling full for longer periods of time.  This means you’ll be less likely to graze on junk which could help you in your quest to lose some excess pounds. Chickpeas also help to stabilize blood sugar levels and offer protein, vitamins and minerals including manganese, folate, copper, iron, zinc and more. They are the heart of this dish, along with the quinoa which- also offers a great serving of protein and fiber.

I wilted down three cups of spinach to add to the dish.  Spinach is rich in iron and actually has about 3 grams of protein per 3.5 ounces.  If you want glowing skin- add spinach to your diet.  It is an excellent source of  folate, chlorophyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, fiber and Vitamin C. Due to their antioxidant abilities, Vitamins C, E, and A are especially great for your skin.  The magnesium in spinach is helpful in calming nerves and anxiety. In fact, a magnesium deficiency can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.

To make this dish, sauté 1/2 cup chickpeas with 1/3 cup sliced grape tomatoes in BBQ sauce over a low flame until tomatoes are soft.  To cook the quinoa, combine 1 cup quinoa (this will cook up to about 2.5 cups- use the left overs for other meals or with fruit for breakfast) with 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 1o minutes. In another pot, wilt down 3-4 cups of spinach.

If you want the roasted red pepper sauce it’s incredibly easy.   In your blender combine 1/3 cup roasted red peppers with 1/3 cup Earth Balance ‘mayo’.  Blend.  Taste and add a dash of salt and garlic if you would like.

When everything is done, assemble your bowl.  My portion was

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup tomatoes
  • 3 cups baby spinach, wilted down
  • 1/2 of an avocado, sliced
  • Drizzle of roasted red pepper cream sauce on top

My portion had about 14.5g of protein.

About Ultimate Fit Zone’s Boot Camp in Monmouth County

Four different methods of training, one membership at our boot camp gym. Now you can keep your workouts fresh and challenging.  Take advantage of Cross Training (Zone 360), Interval & Circuit Training (IT 360) High Intensity Interval Training (HEAT) and Spin (priced separately).  Scroll down to read descriptions of each.

Your unlimited monthly membership at our boot camp/cross training gym in Monmouth County also entitles you to one complimentary consultation each month with our Holistic Nutritionist on staff.  Get questions answered about nutrition, weight loss and more.  We have special support for beginners.  For more information about beginner boot camp fitness please give us a call at 732-428-2111.

 

 


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