Being a stay-at-home-mom has helped me hone my culinary skills in a big way. Thanks to some help from a handful of healthy vegan bloggers and chefs out there I’ve come to rely on a few stand-by recipes.
Thought I’d share some of my favourites with you. I’ll keep adding new ones as I discover them. Enjoy!
No Sugar, Gluten Free, Low Fat, (Vegan & Nut Free options)
Recipe lovingly shared by my neighbour Sam. We make double batches and keep the extras in the freezer. Then you can pop ’em in the toaster for a quick and healthy breakfast for the kiddos during the week.
1 1/2 Cups Flour (Use Oat & Almond flour for a yummy gluten free version)
3 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
3 TBSP Applesauce
1 1/4 Cups Milk (use Almond/Soy/Rice milk for vegan option)
1/4 tsp Vanilla
*(for Vegan option replace egg with 2 TBSP of oil, 1/4 cup of mashed banana, or 1 TBSP ground flax seed with 2-3 TBSP of warm water)
TO MAKE: Mix dry ingredients, add wet ingredients, and combine. Add extras if desired (chocolate chips, blueberries, banana). Then fry ’em up in the frying pan. We serve them with unsweetened coconut, fresh fruit, and apple butter (instead of maple syrup).
There are endless varieties of juicing combinations. This is my favorite green/veggie juice:
2-3 Stalks of Celery
1 Whole Lemon
A few handfuls of Parsley
Lotsa greens (4-6 large leaves of kale, chard, and/or romaine, or 2-3 cups of mixed salad greens or spinach)
1/2 Frozen Banana (cut into small pieces)
1/2 Cup of Frozen Berries
1/2 an Apple (cut into small pieces)
1 Carrot (cut into small pieces)
1 TBSP Nut butter (or Whey Protein powder, or Hemp Seeds or other protein)
1 TBSP Unsweetened Coconut
1 TBSP Raw Cacao Nibs
Greens!!! Fill to the top with a variety of greens (spinach, romaine, mixed salad leaves, chard, etc.)
Plus add 1/2 – 1 Cup of liquid (Almond milk, coconut water, filtered water, milk, etc.)
EASY CHIA PORRIDGE
Vegan, Raw, No Added Sugar, Gluten Free, Nut Free Option
This is a super easy & portable ‘meal’ that is chuck full of vegan protein, fiber, healthy fats, balanced omegas, calcium, potassium, antioxidents, and amino acids.
2-3 TBSP Organic Chia Seeds
1 TBSP Organic Hemp Seeds or Raw Buckwheat Groats (optional)
1 -2 TBSP Non-Sweetened Shredded Coconut
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract (preferably organic with no added sugar)
1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or other non-dairy alternative)
1 TBSP Organic Dried Goji Berries
1 TBSP Organic Raw Cacao Nibs (unsweetened)
A Few Handfuls of Organic Berries
DIRECTIONS: In a small container or bowl mix or shake first 6 ingredients (chia through to the milk) until completely combined. I use the cups that go with my Magic Bullet blender because they have a lid, are easy to shake, and very portable. Then place in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. (I’ve left mine in the fridge for as long as 24 hrs & it still tasted great. So feel free to do this before you go to sleep so you can eat it in the morning). When you’re ready to eat, top with goji berries, cacao nibs, and berries. Stir and enjoy.
NOTE: If your palate is not used to eating totally unsweetened food feel free to add a dash of Stevia, or a drizzle of raw organic honey, or maple syrup.