Recipe: Vegan Chili

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of cooked black beans
  • 3/4 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 cups of canned crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup of diced sweet potato
  • 1⁄4 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 large handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1 stalk of green onion, chopped

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients into a pot, except for the cilantro and green onion. Mix everything together, and cook on medium heat until the sweet potatoes are soft and tender. Add the cooked mixture into a bowl and top with the fresh cilantro and green onion.

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Recipe: Cranberry Date Balls

Ingredients:

  • 8 dates
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • Any other dried fruits, nuts, or seeds you desire (optional)

Directions:

Pulse dates in a food processor or blender until they form a soft dough. Add the dates into a bowl along with the cacao powder and dried cranberries. Mix everything together thoroughly, and then roll into bite-sized balls and enjoy!

Recipe: Pasta with Spinach and a Lentil Bolognese Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a box of pasta
  • 1 cup of pre-cooked lentils
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce (or make your own!)
  • 1⁄2 pound of spinach
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/4 onion

Directions:

First, boil a pot of water and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Chop up the garlic, bell pepper, and onion and add it all into a pan along with the remaining ingredients (keep the noodles separate for now).

Cook on a low setting until the onions and bell peppers are soft. Then add in the pasta and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Basil Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato or 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cups chickpeas (from food prep)
  • 2 handfuls of basil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 lemons, Juiced
  • 1/2 cup of water

Directions:

Sweet Potato Fries

Slice up your sweet potato into fries and place onto
on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake in
oven at 425 degrees until lightly crispy on the outside.

To make the Hummus

In a food processor or blender, add in your chickpeas,
basil, garlic, tahini and nutritional yeast, lemon juice
and 1/2 cup of water and blend until smooth. Pour
into a bowl and use sweet potatoes to dip into the
hummus.

Making Oat Milk is Easy!

I am always looking for ways to be kinder in my lifestyle, and I recently learned that many of the milk alternatives I was using, like almonds and cashews, were not so kind. I made the switch to hemp milk, but haven’t been able to find it locally (not to mention that many of these products are sold in those difficult to recycle tetra packs.

I finally found the best alternative for me is homemade oat milk! It is so dang simple, just three ingredients, a blender, and a strainer and you are good to go!

Easy Oat Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Cup Oats

4 Cups Water

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Step 1- Mix all of the ingredients into your blender

Step 2- Strain the mixture into a container. (Save the strained oatmeal, it is amazing-I think its worth making the oat milk just for that.

Step 3 (optional)- Strain again through a cheesecloth (this removes the last bits of oatmeal from the milk and helps keep the milk from getting too thick. If you plan to use the oat milk on the same day you make it, you can skip this step)

Step 4- Transfer the oat milk into a jar or other airtight container, and enjoy! You can store the milk in your fridge for a few days, but it is best fresh! Have you tried making your own milk at home too? What is your favorite type to make?

 

Apple Butter from Scratch

Fall is upon us here in Albany! My first east coast fall has been full of cold days and finding things to make with all the apples we’ve picked! One of my favorites is a basic apple butter. It’s great for spreading on toast (or more apples!) and makes the apartment smell amazing.

Apple Butter Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 5 Apples (cored, loosely peeled, and diced)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ Cup maple syrup or brown sugar (to taste)
  • Fresh Ginger to taste
  • ¼ tsp cloves (optional)
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Mix all ingredients together and cook in a covered pot for 1-2 hours

Step 1- mix all of these luscious ingredients together and cook it all in a covered pot until it has reduced (this will take about 1 to 2 hours).

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Reduced Apple Butter mixture, ready for blending!

Step 2- Allow the mixture to cool for about 15 minutes, or until the mixture stops steaming.

Step 3- Puree in a blender or food processor until it is buttery smooth (or a bit chunky if you prefer!)

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Blend into butter

Store butter in a clean mason jar or an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

Note: If you would like a thicker consistency for the butter, you can return it to the heat after blending for a few more minutes, just be sure to allow it to cool again before storing.