Vegan Southwest Pasta Salad

Back in the kitchen and recreated this banger. I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw this recipe, in all of its carb-loaded glory, and knew I needed to chef it up (although this dish doesn’t call for much effort at all).

So, if you’re also a fan of pasta covered in a creamy, southwest dressing, getcho butt in the kitchen and try this one out.

Made by Rene at The Savory Vegan.

Ingredients:

FOR THE DRESSING
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt & pepper* to taste
  • hot sauce to taste
FOR THE SALAD
  • 1 lb favorite pasta, dry
  • 12 oz vegan soyrizo
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeño diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1 cup frozen corn thawed
  • 2 tbsp cilantro plus more for topping

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Place in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  3. While pasta is cooking, place a pan on the stove over medium heat. Add soyrizo and cook until slightly browned (approx. 5-7 minutes). Remove from the heat and place in a bowl to cool.
  4. When pasta is done, drain and rinse it with cold water.
  5. To assemble add pasta, soyrizo, bell pepper, black beans, jalapeño, cherry tomatoes, red onion, corn and cilantro to a large bowl. If serving right away, add dressing and mix until combined.
  6. If serving at a later time, keep salad and dressing separate until right before serving.
  7. Top finished salad with additional cilantro.

Bomb A** Vegan Queso

This was an immediate favorite of mine, so flippin’ good. I didn’t have to soak the cashews either (a lot of cashew recipes call for that) so this baby was ready in under five minutes. Hell yeah. Also, a little added bonus, less than 10 ingredients mf. It has the perfect seasoning and nutritional yeast balance that really ties everything together, giving you a great alternative cheese recipe! So get your butt in the kitchen and give it a try. It’s perfect for gatherings(football vegan apps) and great to top on your favorite nacho recipe. Borrowed from Garlic Head, and made by the lovely Emily.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews, unroasted
  • 1/4 cup chunky mild salsa (red or green, not very watery)
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning (alternatively, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, pinch of salt)
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and combine with 1/3 cup of water. Let blend on medium until full incorporated. To make even more creamy, add 1/4 cup more water and blend until completely soft.
  2. Taste and add more seasonings as you like! I love adding more nutritional yeast and some jalapeño if serving to a spice-loving crowd.

Vegan Teriyaki Cauliflower Bowl w/ Spicy Coleslaw

If you’re looking for a sweet and spicy bowl of deliciousness, you’ve come to the right place. Containing so many of my faves, it was hard not to eat more than seven bowls of this in one night… I won’t judge if you don’t. I love this recipe so much that I’m making it again tonight, and also because cauliflower is the sh*t and I just can’t get enough.

I used store bought teriyaki sauce, but you adventurous folk can surely use a homemade recipe, or whatever you prefer. I also like to cut corners where they can be cut, so I opted for coleslaw mix rather than spending time cutting and preparing cabbage… talk about pain in my booty. The cauliflower recipe is borrowed from From the Comfort of My Bowl, made by the lovely Jhanelle.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c rice, dry (2 c if serving more than 4)
  • 1 avocado, optional

Coleslaw

  • 14 oz bag of coleslaw mix or 1 3/4 cups of cabbage
  • 1/3 c vegan mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp sriracha
  • salt and pepper to taste

Broccoli

  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into bite-size florets
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cauliflower

Instructions:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, prepare rice according to package. And set your oven to preheat 400 degrees F.
  2. While rice is cooking, you’ll combine all of the coleslaw ingredients into a medium or large sized bowl, stir, and place in the fridge until it’s time to munch out.
  3. Next, you’ll get a baking sheet, line with tinfoil or lightly grease it, place the florets of broccoli, top with the olive oil and mix around. Finish with salt and pepper, and place in the oven for 10 min.
  4. While the broccoli is cooking, you’ll prepare the cauliflower. In a bowl, combine all ingredients under “Cauliflower” except cauliflower, teriyaki sauce and green onions, to make a thick and smooth batter.
  5. Rinse and drain cauliflower then dip each piece in the batter, coating completely. Shake off excess batter then place on the lightly oiled or nonstick baking tray. Once the broccoli has been removed, place the tray in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven then dip in or brush each nugget with the teriyaki sauce and place the baking tray back into the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Creation time!!! How I served my bowl: a bed of rice, topped with coleslaw, broccoli florets, cauliflower, avocado, a drizzle of extra teriyaki, and topped with green onions. Enjoy that mouthwatering deliciousness.

Vegan Ultra Chewy & Delicious Brownies

Who else is balancing the stress of a pandemic with a healthy amount of unhealthy treats? Shout out to sweets for always making me feel better and helping me escape boredom… this recipe especially. It’s so f*cking good, and probably the best brownie recipe I’ve tried up to this point. These babies have a nice and firm, almost-crunchy outside, with a soft gooey middle that pairs fantastically with a fat scoop of ice cream. Hello, comfort food. The recipe is borrowed from My Darling Vegan, made by the lovely Sarah.

The beautiful brownie mix, just before getting put in the pan and then in the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 6 tbsp warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, letting excess paper hang over the edges. Spray parchment paper with cooking oil. Or lightly oil your 8×8 baking pan.
  2. Prepare the flax eggs by mixing the flax and water, and setting aside.
  3. Fill a pot with a couple inches of water and bring to a boil. In a medium heat-safe bowl combine vegan butter, sugars, cocoa powder, and salt. Place on top of the pot – the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water – and remove from heat. You can also use a double boiler. Stir butter/sugar mixture occasionally until the butter has melted completely. Meanwhile, mix together flour and baking soda and set aside.
  4. Stir in vanilla extract and flax “eggs” to the butter/sugar mixture. Add the flour and baking soda and stir vigorously until well combined; the batter will be very thick. Once well combined, transfer into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until mostly set. They should be slightly underdone.
  5. Remove brownies from the oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
Hi my beautiful babies, don’t they look f*cking fire?!

Vegan Pumpkin Stuffed Shells w/ Garlic Alfredo Sauce

It has been some time… this whole covid shutdown has had me distracted in a weird way, even with mostly everything closed. My boredom finally led me back to cooking again, which led me here. And back with a kick-ass stuffed shell. Pumpkin ricotta filling for all you basic bitches out there. Topped with a super delicious garlic alfredo sauce… I suggest making double because you can make fettuccine alfredo for “Pasta Night: Round 2”. This lovely recipe is as seen on Rainbow Plant Life, and made by the lovely Nisha.

Vegan, Nut-Free

Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 1 hour 5 minutes; Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serving: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 24 to 28 jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • Tofu Ricotta (recipe below)
  • 1 cup (240-250g) pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup (50-60g) vegan parmesan cheese* (optional) 
  • Garlic Béchamel Sauce (recipe below)
  • 15 fresh sage leaves, sliced or torn up

Tofu Ricotta

  • 1 (14-ounce/400g) block of extra-firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup (20g) nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced and zested 
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Garlic Béchamel Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced 
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 1 (13.5 ounce/400 mL) can “lite” coconut milk**
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 175°C). Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Cook the pasta shells. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and generously salt the water. Add the jumbo pasta shells and cook according to the box instructions until just al dente (do not overcook!), then drain well. 
  3. Transfer the cooked pasta shells to a baking sheet and drizzle with the 1 tablespoon olive oil to prevent sticking and set aside.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the Tofu Ricotta. Drain the block of tofu and dab away the excess water with some paper towels. Place the tofu, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper flakes (if using) in a food processor and pulse repeatedly until the texture is smooth but still a little chunky, similar to the texture of ricotta cheese.
  5. Make the pumpkin ricotta filling. In a large bowl, combine the Tofu Ricotta, pumpkin purée, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, black pepper to taste, and vegan parmesan cheese (if using). Fold the ingredients together using a silicone spatula. Taste the filling and adjust the seasonings accordingly, adding more salt, pepper, or nutmeg as needed. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the filling into each jumbo pasta shell, and set aside.
  6. Make the Garlic Béchamel Sauce. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add the 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add onion and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for 6-7 minutes, or until the onion is softened and lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the flour, whisking constantly for a minute until well incorporated. Gradually pour in the lite coconut milk in stages, whisking after each addition to prevent clumps, and then cook for 2 minutes until the sauce has thickened. 
  7. Transfer the sauce to a blender and add the 1 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Blend until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Taste the sauce for seasonings, adding more salt or pepper as desired. 
  8. Assemble the dish. Pour 1/2 cup of the Garlic Béchamel Sauce in the prepared baking dish. Arrange the stuffed jumbo shells on top of the sauce. Pour the remaining sauce on top of the shells. Scatter the chopped fresh sage leaves on top of the sauce. Bake the stuffed shells for 25 minutes, or until the pasta shells are lightly golden. Serve warm.

Notes:

* The vegan parmesan cheeses I’ve used are Follow Your Heart shredded parmesan and Violife vegan parmesan wedge.

** To make your own “lite” coconut milk, mix together 1 part full-fat canned coconut milk with 2 parts water, stir together until well combined. Then measure out 13.5 ounces (400 mL).

Butternut Squash & Chickpea Indian Curry

Cue the stress eating, this year is so overwhelming, I need a distraction and what better way to distract than with some new recipes full of comfort. This curry surprised me, since I just threw together a few ingredients, have never cooked with curry, and wasn’t sure what I was doing, it turned out great!

I used full fat coconut milk because ya girl wants to get them gains, but you can most def sub in light coconut milk. This baby also uses just 10 ingredients and is ready to eat in less than 30 minutes… what a f*cking delight. So, if you’re short on time but still want something tasty for dinner, give it a try.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 c butternut squash
  • 1 c peas
  • 1 can of coconut milk (I used full fat, but you can sub light)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp vindaloo curry spice
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas
  • prepared basmati rice, cooked according to package

Instructions:

  1. In a large saute pan, heat up the oil over medium heat, add in the squash and peas. Saute about 2-3 minutes, and then add in the coconut milk, all the spices, and give it a good stir. Bring to a simmer, add the chickpeas, and let simmer for about 15 minutes or until the butternut squash is tender. You can check this by piercing with a fork, once tender, it’s ready to eat.
  2. Serve over a bed of basmati rice. Enjoy that sh*t.

Asian Eggplant & Zucchini w Chili Garlic Peanut Sauce

Get ready to put in some work for a very rewarding recipe mf’s, prepping eggplants takes a little bit of patience so they cook right… but I promise you, it’s worth it. The sauce for this dish is super easy to put together, starting with the peanut butter, stir in the wet ingredients and you should find yourself with a delicious ass sauce.

I coat the veggies in corn starch before cooking to help keep them from absorbing too much oil and becoming soggy. A lovely trick I learned from Bianca at Bianca Zapatka who shared a Chinese Eggplant recipe, I made some alterations.

The recipe takes about 30-40 minutes, plus I know you’ve got time… we’re in lame ass quarantine, which feels never-ending. It uses basic household ingredients for the sauce, and tastes mf great. PLUS eggplant is a great source of vitamins and minerals, helps with digestion, improves heart health and has many more great qualities… so if you’re an eggplant hater I would reconsider. Sometimes it takes a few times to cook right, but ultimately sooooo delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggplants each 10oz (small long ones if possible)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch optional
For the Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar or other sugar
For frying
  • 2 ½ tbsp peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 chili pepper chopped or 1 tsp chili paste
For serving (optional)
  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • sesame
  • rice
  • limes

Instructions:

  1. Cut the eggplants into small chunks as shown in the step-by-step photos above. Then transfer them to a large bowl, add the salt and mix well to combine. Allow to soak for 15 minutes (or up to 1 hour).
  2. Then pat the eggplants dry, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and mix well to coat. (If you find the eggplants too salty after soaking, you can also rinse them under cold running water before patting them dry.)
  3. Place the peanut butter in a small bowl, mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and pour into the peanut butter stirring. It may not immediately combine but after enough stirring it will. Mix the rest of the sauce ingredients in.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large non-stick pan or wok over medium heat. Add the eggplants and fry for about 5-8 minutes. Once the skin is well browned and the inside turns soft, remove the eggplants and transfer to a plate.
  5. Add the remaining oil, ginger, garlic, and chili to the same pan and roast for a few seconds while stirring until fragrant. Then put the eggplants back to the pan. Mix the sauce again until the cornstarch is completely dissolved and pour it over the eggplants. Stir immediately until the eggplant is evenly coated and the sauce thickens.
  6. Garnish the eggplants with spring onions and sesame and serve as a side dish or as a main course over rice or pasta with lime wedges on the side.
  7. Enjoy that sh*t

Tasty Breakfast Bagel

Carbin’ it up, I took a whole wheat bagel, layered it with Kite Hill cream cheese (my favorite alternative cream cheese spread), avocado, and tomato. If you want an extra kick sriracha that b*tch up, and it’s ready for consumption. Super simple and easy recipe for mornings when you’re in a rush.

I have a low key obsession with bagels, if anyone has any favorite vegan cream cheeses they want to suggest, I’d love to try! I’m always looking for better-quality dairy alternatives, some brands just don’t make the cut, looking like cream cheese but tasting like plastic! I like Kite Hill because the ingredients are really simple and not full of factory made additives. Now, get that ass in the kitchen!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bagel of choice, I used an everything bagel
  • 1 serving of vegan cream cheese, I used Kite Hill
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 tomato
  • sriracha, optional

Instructions:

  1. Toast your bagel, spread the cream cheese, layer with avocado, tomato, and sriracha if you want a kick!

Cauliflower Orange “Chicken”

Been thinking about this recipe for awhile, and I finally got my ass in gear to make it. It turned out amazing! The sauce is sweet and spicy, the cauliflower is crispy, over rice it’s a mf party… and just as good, MAYBE BETTER, than chicken. (;

Who am I kidding.. It is better. So get that ass in the kitchen b*tches.

The recipe is baked, 100% vegan, and borrowed from Nora at Nora Cooks.

Ingredients:

Crispy Cauliflower
  • 1 head cauliflower (about 5 cups)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup flour (see notes for gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs (see notes for gluten free)
Sticky Orange Sauce
  • 1 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed preferred
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (see notes for substitutions)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (or tamari for gluten free)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
Optional, for Serving
  • 4 cups cooked brown or white rice
  • chopped green onions
  • sesame seeds

Instructions:

Roasted Crispy Cauliflower
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wash and cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, add water, flour, garlic powder and salt. Whisk until well combined. Place the breadcrumbs in a medium sized bowl and set it next to the wet batter bowl. Also place your baking sheet nearby.
  4. Add the cauliflower to the bowl with the wet batter and toss to combine, coating all the pieces well.
  5. One by one, remove a cauliflower piece, tapping any excess batter off, and roll in the breadcrumbs to coat. Place on the prepared baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other, or they will all get stuck together as they bake.
  6. Bake for about 20-30 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
Sticky Orange Sauce
  1. In a large pan (large enough to fit the cauliflower and sauce), add all sauce ingredients except the cornstarch and water. Bring to a boil, and cook for a minute or two.
  2. Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl to combine, and then add to the pot. Stir over medium-high heat constantly for a couple of minutes, until the sauce thickens.
To Finish
  1. Once the cauliflower is done, add it to the pan with the orange sauce and stir to coat. There won’t be a lot of extra sauce; if you want more double the sauce.
  2. Serve over brown or white rice. Sprinkle with green onions and/or sesame seeds. Serve hot and enjoy!

The Best Vegan Loaded Chili

This chili is full of veggies, a kick of spice, and tons of fiber. Tastes bomb af too, so you’re going to want to give it a try. Really quick, ready in 20 minutes and then you can get yo grub on b*tches.

Featuring black beans and kidney beans, this will soon be a staple in your kitchen. The recipe is also oil free, so there’s no guilt in eating too much.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 c veggie broth
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/2-3/4 c corn (depending on preference)
  • 1 c butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded, cubed
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp galric powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, heat a 1/2 c of the veggie broth over medium heat, add in onion and garlic for a minute, followed by the rest of the veggies, stirring and cooking for another 5 minutes so everything is softened.
  2. Add in all of the spices, the rest of the veggie broth, diced tomatoes, and beans. Stir well, and simmer for another 15 minutes, check that everything is softened, and it’s ready to eat!