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.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 175°C). Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with olive oil.
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.
Transfer the cooked pasta shells to a baking sheet and drizzle with the 1 tablespoon olive oil to prevent sticking and set aside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Serve over a bed of basmati rice. Enjoy that sh*t.
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.
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
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
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).
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
1 bagel of choice, I used an everything bagel
1 serving of vegan cream cheese, I used Kite Hill
Toast your bagel, spread the cream cheese, layer with avocado, tomato, and sriracha if you want a kick!
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.
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)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Wash and cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces.
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.
Add the cauliflower to the bowl with the wet batter and toss to combine, coating all the pieces well.
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.
Bake for about 20-30 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
Sticky Orange Sauce
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.
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.
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.
Serve over brown or white rice. Sprinkle with green onions and/or sesame seeds. Serve hot and enjoy!
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.
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
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.
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!
Add the olive oil to a pot with the onion and garlic, dried oregano and basil and sauté briefly.
Then add the sliced mushrooms and the soy sauce, and cover the pot. Cook on medium high, covered, for around 10 minutes.
This will allow the mushrooms to release their water.
After 10 minutes, remove the lid, and cook for a further 10 minutes uncovered to allow some of the water to cook off.
Then add the coconut milk and cook for a final 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, allowing the flavors to blend properly.
Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Garnish with fresh herbs and serve.
Rest of the Dish
Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly spray a 13X9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Boil a large pot of water, add in the green beans for 8-10 minutes until they’re soft, strain, and run cold water over them.
In a large skillet, add a tablespoon of olive oil and the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the mushroom soup. Stir in the milk and cheese until the cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Place your green beans in the prepared dish, pour the mixture over all of the green beans. Fold in 3/4 cup of the fried onions. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Top with the rest of the fried onions, and bake another 10-15 minutes until they’ve turned golden, and the casserole is hot and bubbly. Enjoy that sh*t.
Drop whatever you are doing and get your ass in the kitchen to make this delicious-ass, tasty-ass pie. I had never made a pecan pie… or any pie really… but gat damn this was so good. My whole family (mind you are carnivorous, dairy drinking monsters) couldn’t stop eating it or hyping my ass up about how good it was. Pie crust made from scratch, which I got creative with with those cute lil leaves. Shout out to Abbey from Abbey’s Kitchen for the recipe.
2 ½ c flour
½ tsp salt
¼ cup white sugar
1 cup vegan butter very cold frozen is best
½ cup cold ice water
4 tbsp ground chia seeds OR chickpea liquid
8 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 c maple syrup
1 3/4 c light brown sugar
1/3 c cornstarch
1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 c melted vegan butter
¼ tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
2 cups pecan halves
In a food processor, add the flour, salt, sugar, and butter and pulse until it reaches pea-like pieces. Add in the ice water, a tablespoon at a time until it comes together (you likely won’t use it all!). Form into two thick round disks, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to set up.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F.
Mix together the chia or chickpea liquid and almond milk, refrigerate for 20 minutes.
In a food processor, puree the chia egg or chickpea liquid mixture, maple, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, vinegar, vegan butter, salt and cinnamon.
Stir in the pecan halves.
Roll the first dough disk out to less than 1/4 inch and fit into a 9 inch pie plate. Prick the bottom. Chill until firm for about 30 minutes.
Roll the second disk out and using a cookie cutter (or free-form with a knife) cut out leaf shapes.
Pour the filling into the shell and press the leaf shapes all around the edge.
Bake for about 1 hour or until it just gently jiggles in the center. After the first 20 minutes, you’ll likely want to cover the edges with tin foil to prevent the crust from overbrowning.
Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.
Vegan Meatloaf! Am I allowed to say it’s a meatloaf? A classic, with a chickpea/tofu twist my vegan babies. I was really surprised by this one to be honest, I questioned if it could compare on any level to real meatloaf… and I’d say it gets there. It packs in the protein and has loads of flavor. I fed it to my family on Easter and they weren’t complaining, so it’s non-vegan approved b*tches.
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 c white onion, diced
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 15 oz can chickpeas, save liquid from can
6 oz extra firm tofu
1 tbsp soy sauce or liquid amino
1/4 c ketchup
1/2 tsp liquid smoke, optional
1 packet of meatloaf seasoning OR
1 tsp italian seasoning
2 tbsp parsley
4 tbsp chickpea liquid
1/2 c nondairy milk
3/4 c breadcrumbs
3/4-1 c oats
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and lightly grease a 9 in. loaf pan or line with parchment paper to avoid sticking.
Saute onion, garlic, and bell pepper until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes on medium heat, remove from heat.
Mash the chickpeas with a fork or potato masher until they are broken up but not mushy or pasty. Crumble in the tofu AFTER you have pressed it a few times with a dish rag or paper towels to remove some moisture. Add in cooked veggies, soy sauce, ketchup, liquid smoke, and meatloaf seasoning. Mix well.
Add in the chickpea liquid, milk, and breadcrumbs, stir to combine, add oats 1/4 c at a time, mixing until the mixture holds together well and can be formed (holds in a ball shape). Transfer to the loaf pan, flatten, and place in the oven for 35 minutes.
Remove and top with ketchup moving width-wise from top to bottom (refer to picture), and cook another 15 minutes. Remove and let sit at least 10 minutes before slicing so it holds better.
The first one was just so dang good, I needed to make anotha one. This time getting a little more creative with new veggies. I’ve still got my ass intermittent fasting and eating healthy, but this salad doesn’t make me sad about being healthy, and it’s so filling. Thinking about putting a meal plan together if I can see a noticeable difference in a couple more weeks, got all this quarantine time!
2 c water
1 c quinoa
2 tbsp water
2 c shredded carrots
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp chipotle powder
2 c frozen corn
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
4 c roughly chopped kale, with ribs removed (huge center stem)
2 15 oz cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
Start the quinoa, in a small saucepan boil 2 cups of water, add in quinoa and cook about 15 minutes until the water has been absorbed.
In a small frying pan, heat 2 tbsp water, add shredded carrots and corn, top with juice of 1 lime, and half the spices, stir. You’ll cook these for about 5-7 minutes until the water has absorbed and the carrots have softened.
Get a huge ass bowl, place the kale in, add quinoa, black beans, carrots and corn, red bell pepper, the other half of the spices, juice of 1 lime, and mix. Try to get everything jumbled together, and boom you have your tasty ass, healthy ass, kale salad. If you need more spices add them to taste.
Optional dressing w oil:
1 tbsp vegan mayo, 1 tbsp sriracha, 1 lime juiced. Combine all and mix, drizzle on top.