pico de gallo

Pico De Gallo Salsa Fresca Recipe

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Pico de gallo, also known as salsa fresca, is one of my favorite sides when enjoying a classic Mexican dish. The flavors are fresh and balanced, and it adds a spunk of flavor to tacos, quesadillas, and even tortilla chips.

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What is Pico De Gallo?

Pico de gallo translates to “beak of rooster” in Spanish. It was given this name because originally people would eat it by pinching the ingredients between their thumb and index finger. And this hand gesture looks similar to the beak of a rooster.

Nowadays, we eat salsa fresco with tortilla chips, but back in the day they had their own way of doing things.

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What’s the difference between pico de gallo and salsa?

Let me put it this way, pico de gallo is a type of salsa, but salsa is not pico de gallo. Pico de gallo is a fresh, uncooked mixture that is chunkier in consistency. You can visibly see each chopped up ingredient in it. Meanwhile, salsa is cooked and a thinner consistency. Salsa can be left chunky or pureed, but it has more liquid regardless.

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Another thing is, the ingredients for salsa are interchangeable. You’ll find a variety of recipes making salsa with all types of different chiles and vegetables. Meanwhile, the ingredients for a this recipe are fairly consistent.

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Pico De Gallo
Pico De Gallo

So what makes this recipe different?

Well, remember earlier when I mentioned that this is a fully uncooked recipe? Well, there’s going to be a tiny bit of cooking in my recipe. Instead of chopping up raw tomatoes, with the guts and all that involved, we are going to be making tomato concasse.

What’s that you may ask? Well it’s French for “crushing” and refers to a cooking technique that involves scoring, boiling, and peeling. Once peeled, the seeds are removed to eliminate any bitter tastes, and then the tomato is diced. And what you’re left with is a perfect tomato that’s ready to be enjoyed raw.

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Then just add the classics…

You know, red onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, etc… you get the idea. Salsa fresca is a true classic, so messing around with these ingredients isn’t recommended. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t add some extra ones…

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I like adding tomato juice to the mix because I prefer my salsa to have some liquid to it. And I don’t want to add an unreasonable amount of lime juice, so I add more tomato flavor to the dish! Adding tomato juice really changed the game for me, so definitely give this a try. I also add a bit of olive oil to balance the flavors.

Lastly, one ingredient I don’t want you to forget is cumin. It adds a layer of warmth to the salsa fresco. But be careful, it’s easy to go overboard with the cumin! And if you’re making this one ahead of time, the longer the flavors sit together, the stronger the cumin flavor will be. Be use to use it sparingly, but do not skip it!

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Pico De Gallo

Pico De Gallo Salsa Fresca Recipe

Pico de gallo is one of my favorite sides when enjoying a classic Mexican dish. The flavors are fresh and balanced, and it adds a spunk of flavor to tacos, quesadillas, and even tortilla chips.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 20 kcal

Equipment

  • Pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp cilantro minced
  • ½ red onion finely diced
  • ½ jalapeno finely diced
  • ½ lime juiced
  • ¼ cup tomato juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • To taste salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Fill pot with water and bring to boil
  • Score the tomatoes with a knife by cutting an X on the bottom side.
  • Place the tomato on slotted spoon, and place into boiling water for 30 seconds.
  • Remove tomato from water and place onto cutting board.
  • Use knife to pull back the skin from the X marked earlier.
  • Onced peeled, remove guts and seeds and then finely chop.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and the rest of the listed ingredients to bowl. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You don’t have to use all of the red onion or jalapeno listed. If you’re not a fan of onion, or don’t care for spicy foods, then use these ingredients minimally as adding the quantity listed in the recipe may not work for you. Add a little at a time and taste as you go. 
  • Scoring the tomatoes before boiling them makes peeling them later way easier. Don’t skip this step.
  • Using the tomato concasse technique ensures that any bitter flavors in the tomato don’t make it to our pico de gallo. Don’t skip this step.
  • Cumin is completely optional but highly recommended. Taste as you go to avoid adding too much, but do remember that the flavors strengthen as they sit. 
Rice And Peas

Jamaican Rice And Pigeon Peas Recipe

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This classic Caribbean style rice and pigeon peas recipe is so simple and satisfying, it’ll easily become one of your favorite rice dishes.

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Rice and peas is usually made with red kidney beans, but they can be substituted with literally any bean. So, for this is the variation of the recipe I chose pigeon peas. This alternative is referred to as gungo rice and peas.

The rice is cooked in creamy coconut milk and the pigeon peas are soft and spiced from the allspice, thyme, and ginger. It’s really just a perfect combination.

Rice And Pigeon Peas Caribbean Style With Vegan Brown Stew Chicken, Steamed Cabbage, & Okra.
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Dried or canned beans?

Above all, I always try to use dry beans over canned beans. Here’s why:

“Bisphenols are used in aluminum can linings to reduce corrosion. One bisphenol, BPA, has all the molecular characteristics of an obesogen, a term coined in 2006 to describe chemicals that potentially make us fatter. It enlarges fat cells, disrupts a protein that protects the heart called adiponectin, and functions as a synthetic estrogen. The latter means it can have sex-specific effects on growth and narrow the coronary arteries, increasing risk for coronary artery disease. Studies have shown you can reduce BPA levels by as much as two-thirds by avoiding canned foods – in just a few days’ time,” The Guardian.

For that reason I choose to steer far far away from canned foods. But I’m human too and I understand that sometimes there just is no time. That is to say, everything in moderation.

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Rice And Peas
Rice And Peas

How do you cook dried beans?

Firstly, I put 1/4 cup of dried pigeon peas in a bowl and added water. Secondly, I let the beans soak for 8 hours. I returned to 1/2 cup of soaked pigeon peas and yellowish water.

At this point, I fill large pot with the beans and 2 cups of water. I cook the beans for about an hour, or until they’re soft. After that, I add the rice. If after you put your rice in the pot there is not enough liquid to just cover the rice, then add however much water is necessary.

Traditionally, this recipe calls for a scotch bonnet pepper but since I cannot find one where I am located I used a piece of a red chili pepper. I have also used a jalapeno before in this recipe and it works well too.

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Rice Ans Pigeon Peas With Vegan Brown Stew Chicken
Rice Ans Pigeon Peas With Vegan Brown Stew Chicken

What do I eat rice and pigeon peas with?

My favorite thing to pair it with is brown stew chicken, but it works very well with jerk chicken and curry chicken. To sum it up, it’s a Jamaican staple, so be sure to serve with a classic Caribbean meat dish.

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Rice And Peas

Jamaican Rice And Pigeon Peas Recipe

This classic Caribbean style rice and pigeon pea recipe is so simple and satisfying, it'll easily become one of your favorite rice dishes.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Jamaican
Calories 378 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • cup rice
  • ½ cup pigeon peas
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • to taste tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper or chili pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add oil to a pot over low to medium heat.
  • Add onions, garlic, and ginger and cook until translucent.
  • Add thyme, black pepper, and allspice and cook for a few minutes until fragrant.
  • Add pigeon peas, coconut milk, water, and salt and bring to a boil.
  • Cook on low heat while covered for about 30 minutes.
  • Add washed rice and stir. At this point you can taste for any further seasonings.
  • Cover with a lid, bring to a boil, and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • Allow rice to sit off the stove for another 15 minutes.
  • Once cooled, use a fork to fluff up the rice and serve.

Thank you for reading my recipe. If you decide to try making Jamaican rice and peas be sure to tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen. Be sure to subscribe down below to get notified when I post more recipes like this!

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Vegan Crab Cakes

Crabless Cakes With Spicy Remoulade Sauce Recipe

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Crab cakes are one of my favorite seafood dishes. Especially when paired with a perfectly spicy remoulade sauce. Yum! But have you ever tried crabless cakes?

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Ok, hear me out. Though amazing, the thing about crab cakes is that they aren’t very cheap to make… For example, 1 pound of crab would run you about $20.

And the alternative?

Well, that would either be lower quality crab (which is still going to cost you about $10/lb) or imitation crab.

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Imitation crab is fairly cheap (about $6/lb), since it’s a highly processed food made by combining minced fish with starch, egg whites, sugar, salt and additives to mimic the flavor, color and texture of real crab meat.

Now, that’s definitely an option. But, I wanted to go in a different direction. In short, I wanted to make crabless crab cakes, or crabless cakes if you will.

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What else can I use?

I created a recipe using a key ingredient that’s cheaper than good quality crab, low quality crab, and even imitation crab. Drum roll please… Heart of palm.

Heart of palm costs about $2/lb and they’re the perfect plant-based alternative for crab because of their meaty texture.

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What is heart of palm?

Heart of palm is a vegetable harvested from the inner core and growing bud of certain palm trees like the coconut, juçara, açaí palm, and peach palm.

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But, the best part about heart of palms is how nutritious they are. For instance, they are cholesterol-free and contain nutrients like iron, Vitamin C, magnesium and folate.

However, heart of palm doesn’t play the crab role alone in this recipe.

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What else plays the crab?

Artichoke hearts! The combination of the two work impressively well as crab.

Now, heart of palm and artichoke hearts are going to be the star of the show, keep that in mind when dicing them. For example, if you like a chunkier crab cake then dice large chunks. Meanwhile, if you want a smoother crab cake then dice small chunks and then mash a few with fork.

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Crabless Cakes

Is this a healthier alternative?

Yes, it certainly is. The nutritional benefits come with a warning though. Since heart of palm and artichoke hearts are canned vegetables, they are extremely high in sodium.

It’s important to rinse them thoroughly once you remove them from the brine to reduce the sodium. Especially since you’ll probably be adding even more sodium of some kind when preparing the crab cakes.

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What else goes into the crab cakes?

Chickpea flour and crushed crackers work as the binding agents in this recipe. If you don’t have crackers, bread crumbs or panko work great too.

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Meanwhile, mayonnaise, mustard, worcestershire sauce, salt, old bay, and parsley are all the ingredients necessary for flavoring the crab cakes.

And the spicy remoudlade sauce?

The spicy remoulade sauce is made with mayonnaise, dijon mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, hot sauce, capers, and garlic.

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If you don’t want your sauce to be spicy then just omit the hot sauce!

These plant based crab cakes are made with simple ingredients, and they’re so simple to make. Above all, each bite delivers a crispy, flaky break thru of flavor.

In conclusion, for more tips on making the perfect crabless cakes click here.

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Vegan Crab Cakes

Crabless Cakes With Spicy Remoulade Sauce

These plant based crab cakes are made with simple ingredients, and they're simply delicious. Each bite delivers a crispy, flaky break thru of flavor.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 664 kcal

Equipment

  • 3 bowls
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking pan
  • Freezer
  • Frying pan
  • Tongs
  • Spoon
  • Paper towel
  • Plate

Ingredients
  

Crabless Cakes

  • 1 cup artichoke hearts diced
  • 1 can heart of palm diced
  • 1 egg or flax egg
  • ½ cup chickpea flour
  • ½ cup crushed crackers or breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½ tbsp old bay seasoning
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • 1 handful parsley chopped
  • to taste salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp frying oil
  • 1 tbsp butter

Spicy Remoulade Sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp capers finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Instructions
 

Crabless Cakes

  • Combine artichoke hearts, heart of palm, chickpea flour, crushed crackers, mayonnaise, old bay, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, parsley, and salt in a bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Using your hands, shape the crab cakes into desired shape and size and place onto an aluminum lined pan.
  • Cover pan and place in freezer for 30 minutes. This way the crab cakes will hold their shape better when frying.
  • Fill a bowl with all-purpose flour.
  • Remove pan from freezer and dip each crab cake into flour.
  • Heat a frying pan to low to medium heat and add frying oil and butter.
  • Cook until the crab cakes become golden brown on each side, using tongs to flip.
  • Remove from pan and place onto a paper towel lined plate to soak up any excess oil.
  • Allow to cool and serve with remoulade sauce.

Spicy Remoulade Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Cover and chill.
  • Serve with crabless cakes.

Notes

  • For extra crispness, broil the crab cakes after frying for about 5 minutes.
  • If you want to keep this recipe strictly plant based, substitute the egg for a flax egg and use vegan mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, and butter.
  • For the best flavor, fry with butter and oil.
  • If you have access to one, use a food processor to blend together your remoulade sauce.
  • For an authentic Maryland crabless cake, use crackers. If you can’t get your hands on crackers then breadcrumbs or panko work well too.

Thank you for reading my recipe. If you decide to try making crabless cakes at home be sure to tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen so I can see! Be sure to subscribe down below to get notified when I post more recipes like this!

Chickpea Flour. Garbanzo Bean Flour.

How To Make Chickpea Flour

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Never add this ingredient to your shopping list again. It’s simply too easy to make! All you need is a bag of dried chickpeas to create a healthy alternatives for flour.

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Why chickpea flour?

Chickpea flour is a necessary ingredient in a plant based kitchen. It has so many different purposes and uses in cooking, but above all of it has incredible nutritional benefits. It’s a great source of protein, calorically dense, and can be used as a replacement for flour in so many recipes.

Raw, dried chickpeas

Why make it yourself?

I got around to making this myself because I needed it was the only ingredient I needed for a recipe. And with chickpea flour being rather expensive, I decided to give it a go at home. It was really a desperate time, but it worked exactly the same as store brought chickpea flour.

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And when you compare the nutritional value of store brought chickpea flour and what’s in the stuff you grind up at home, you’ll find they are oddly different. The stuff at the store also has additives and preservatives that homemade chickpea flour does not.

Should I use a food processor or blender?

A food processor is ideal for making chickpea flour at home because it grinds the chickpeas very fine in just about one minute.

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I used a blender for this recipe because at the time I didn’t own a food processor! But let me tell you, it worked perfectly fine. Just pause the blending a few times to scrape the sides to ensure that everything is grinded evenly. If I can do it, you can too.

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How To Make Chickpea Flour

Never add this ingredient to your shopping list again. It’s simply too easy to make!
Yield: 1 cup

Materials

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1 food processor or blender
  • 1 paper towel
  • 1 sifter
  • 1 air tight container

Instructions

  • Rinse dried chickpeas. dry well with a paper towel.
  • Dry well with a paper towel.
  • Throw chickpeas in food processor or blender and mix until the mixture turns into a fine powder.
  • Sift the powder to remove any pieces of chickpea that did not get finely chopped.
  • Store in an air tight container for cooking.

Thank you for reading my article. If you decide to try making garbanzo bean flour at home be sure to tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen so I can see. Be sure to subscribe down below to get notified when I post more articles like this!

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Vegan Fluffy Pancakes With Brown Sugar Pancake Syrup.

Pancakes With Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe

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Pancakes are the epitome of American breakfast comfort food. But were they just randomly invented in a diner or something?

Well, not really, they’re dated to around 30,000 years ago during the Stone Age… I mean, they’re obviously pretty good since the recipe has been carried on since the stone age.

What makes this recipe different?

If you’re here right now, I can only assume you’re surfing the web for the perfect pancake recipe. Spoiler alert, you’ve landed on it.

This pancake recipe is superior to the rest of the pancake recipes because it is egg-less and dairy-free. Now I know what you’re thinking, how could a pancake work with no eggs or milk? Well, that’s where our plant-based alternatives come in

Flax seeds, whole

Instead of throwing in an egg into the batter, we will be throwing in a flax egg. If you’re not familiar with flax eggs, it’s essentially flax seeds ground up into a powder mixed with warm water. After a few minutes, this mixture becomes coagulated similarly to an egg.

Fresh Oat Milk

And so what about dairy? You guessed it, we will be using a plant-based milk alternative. Oat milk, hemp milk, almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk, flax milk, pea milk… The list goes on. You have a variety of milks to choose from for this recipe, but I choose oat milk because that’s what I regularly drink in my house.

So, there you have it. This recipe is different because there’s no guilt in indulging in a tall stack of these fluffy pancakes.

Can’t I just use eggs and dairy milk?

Sure, if you don’t have flax eggs or plant-based milks on hand, or maybe you’re not a plant-based eater then there’s other options for you. Go ahead and replace the flax egg for 1 chicken egg and replace 1 cup of plant-based milk with 1 cup of dairy milk. Follow the recpe the exact same way.

Can’t I just buy syrup from the store?

Of course you could, just how you could buy pancake mix from the store. But where is the fun in that?

Besides that, you’ll know exactly what’s going into your foods as opposed to reading the long list of ingredients on the back of your favorite pancake syrup.

This brown sugar syrup recipe is a great replacement for the stuff sold at the supermarket since it is just 2 ingredients. And guess what they are? You got it! Water and sugar. Plain and simple, but very sweet!

Vegan Fluffy Pancakes With Brown Sugar Pancake Syrup.
Vegan Fluffy Pancakes With Brown Sugar Pancake Syrup.

What else can I top my pancakes with?

If syrup is just too sweet for you then try some other mildy sweet options like fresh fruit, honey, agave, whipped cream, or a fruit compote.

If you’re looking for something else to top your pancakes with other than old school syrup, then try nutella, ice cream, caramel, fruit flavored syrup, nut butter, or chocolate chips.

And if you’re looking for toppings that aren’t sweet at all, then try nuts, butter, bacon, fried eggs, sausage, salsa, or fried chicken.

Can I add my toppings into the batter?

Of course. Add things like blueberries, nuts, and chocolate chips right into the batter. To add nutella, caramel, or nut butter filling, pour half of the desired batter into the non-stick pan, pour your filling in the middle of the pancake, and pour the other half of the desired batter over the pancake. Flip as you normally would and serve.

How do I know when to flip the pancakes?

The pancakes are ready to be flipped when you can visibly see bubbles forming in the center and around the edges of the pancake. You will also be able to see the edges of the pancake discolor from the original batter color. The batter should not be runny when the pancake is flipped.

How many pancakes does this recipe make?

This pancake recipe yields 8 pancakes, so if you don’t plan on using all the batter at once, you can either cut the recipe in half, store the pancake mix in the fridge up to 2-4 days, or store the cooked pancakes in a zip lock bag to freeze for up to 2 months.

Meanwhile, the syrup recipe yields 1/2 cup of syrup which you can keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Vegan Fluffy Pancakes With Brown Sugar Pancake Syrup.

Fluffy Pancakes With Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe

Pancakes are the epitome of American breakfast comfort food. This recipe is egg-less and dairy-free, so there’s not guilt in indulging in a tall stack off these fluffy pancakes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 552 kcal

Equipment

  • 3 bowls
  • 3 spoons
  • Non-stick pan
  • Spatula
  • Small pot

Ingredients
  

Fluffy Pancakes

  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt

Brown Sugar Syrup

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

Fluffy Pancakes

  • Using a spoon, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Mix ground flax seeds and warm water in a bowl with a spoon and set aside for a couple minutes to coagulate.
  • In a separate bowl, add melted butter, sugar, flax mixture, milk, and vanilla extract and mix with spoon. Set aside.
  • Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix until just combined. Set aside.
  • Over medium heat, pour ¼ of the pancake mixture to non-stick pan.
  • Cook until bubbles have formed on top of the pancake and the edges have discolored from the original batter color to flip.
  • Wait until the pancake has completely puffed down after the flip to transfer to a plate and assemble stacks.

Brown Sugar Syrup

  • Combine sugar and water to a small pot over low to medium heat.
  • Stir the mixture with a spoon until it starts to bubble.
  • Once the mixture is bubbling, about 20 minutes, remove from heat and cool.
  • Once cooled to room-temperature, pour over stacked pancakes. Enjoy!

Notes

  • This pancake recipe yields 8 pancakes, so if you don’t plan on using all the batter at once, you can either cut the recipe in half, store the pancake mix in the fridge up to 2-4 days, or store the cooked pancakes in a zip lock bag to freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Meanwhile, the syrup recipe yields 1/2 cup of syrup which you can keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  • The pancakes are ready to be flipped when you can visibly see bubbles forming in the center and around the edges of the pancake. You will also be able to see the edges of the pancake discolor from the original batter color. The batter should not be runny when the pancake is flipped.
  • If you don’t have flax eggs or plant-based milks on hand, or maybe you’re not a plant-based eater then there’s other options for you. Go ahead and replace the flax egg for 1 chicken egg and replace 1 cup of plant-based milk with 1 cup of dairy milk. Follow the recpe the exact same way.
  • To make a dry pancake mix, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, and flax seed. When ready to use, combine that mixture with water, butter, vanilla extract, and milk.

Thank you for reading my recipe, if you decide to try it out tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen. Be sure to subscribe down below to get notified when I post more recipes like this!

Mango Guacamole

Mango Guacamole Sweet And Savory Recipe

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Chunky avocado mixed with sour lime and crunchy fresh vegetables are the key ingredients to the infamous guacamole that we all know and love.

However, have you ever considered spicing things up a bit? Maybe by adding in some ripe mango?

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Why add mango?

Guacamole is something I personally can’t get enough of. I put it on everything.

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That being said, it is possible to get tired of a good thing. You know, when I made this recipe I had simply eaten too much regular guacamole. I (somehow) grew tired of it. Even good things get old after a while…

You know, kinda like when you eat that one type of cereal for a few months and before you know it, you just can’t take it ANYMORE. Everything in moderation, right?

So, to switch things up for my palette, I tried making guacamole with some different ingredients; like mangoes.

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Is this better than regular guac?

Traditional guacamole is pretty hard to beat, so I don’t want to put these two in an unfair competition. The guacamole we all know and love is one of a kind, and unmatchable.

Nonetheless, this is a heck of a good alternative for when you’re just tired of regular old guacamole.

This is a sweet twist on the traditional recipe.

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What can I eat guacamole with?

This guacamole makes a delicious topping for tacos and quesadillas, or even as dip for your favorite tortilla chips. Add it to your meals and enjoy as a delicious side, throw it on top of some toast for breakfast, use it for deviled eggs… The possibilities are endless. It fits perfectly into most Hispanic and Spanish meals, so be sure not to forget it when making rice and beans or paella.

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Mango Guacamole

Sweet And Savory Mango Guacamole Recipe

Sweet and savory is the best way I can describe this guacamole. Chunky avocado mixed with the sour lime, the crunch from the fresh vegetables, and the ripe mango creates a sweet twist on traditional guacamole.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 246 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Fork
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 ripe mango
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lime
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • To taste salt

Instructions
 

  • Finely chop onion, garlic, and jalapeno pepper and add to bowl.
  • Squeeze one half of lime juice into the bowl and mix.
  • Add avocado to bowl and use fork to mush avocado to preferred consistency. Add diced mango and mix.
  • Dice mango and add to bowl.
  • Squeeze other half of lime to bowl. Mix.
  • Chop one handful of cilantro and add to bowl. Mix.
  • Add cayenne pepper and season with salt to taste.

Thank you for reading my recipe, if you decide to try it out tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen. Be sure to subscribe to get notified when I post more recipes like this!

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Traditional Italian Tiramisu Recipe

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Tiramisu is a dessert that no one can resist, even the people who don’t necessarily have a sweet tooth. And that’s what makes this recipe perfect; the flavors work heavenly together. The crisp ladyfinger biscuits, bitter coffee, toasted rum, and sweet mascarpone create a beautiful symphony of flavors that I personally can’t get enough of.

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What is Tiramisu?

The name itself, tiramisu, translates to “pick me up” in Italian. This refers to the two caffeinated ingredients that are present in the dessert: espresso and cocoa. 

Tiramisu is a coffee flavored Italian dessert. It is made by dipping ladyfingers in coffee and rum, layering a whipped mixture of mascarpone cheese, eggs, and sugar, and topped with a thin layer of cocoa powder.

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It’s said that it originated in Veneto, the northeastern region of Italy, in early 1970s at the restaurant Le Beccherie in Treviso.

So, unlike sfogliatelle which were invented in the 17th century or cannoli which were invented somewhere between 827-1091 AD , tiramisu isn’t one most sacred of Italian desserts. It wasn’t introduced into American restaurants until the 1980s.

That being said, it has never gone away. It would be nearly impossible to find an Italian restaurant that doesn’t (rightfully) have tiramisu on the menu for dessert.

Now, although tiramisu is a classic recipe, it doesn’t mean it’s extremely hard to make. Actually, it only takes a couple of ingredients.

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Mascarpone, egg yolk, & sugar

The creamy filling that goes in between the layers of soaked ladyfingers is a mixture of mascarpone, egg yolk, and sugar. Just like the ladyfingers or coffee, mascarpone cheese is one of the ingredients you cannot leave out of this recipe. It has a similar texture to cream cheese, sour cream, ricotta, and whipped cream, yet it is so incredible different from them all.

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Mascarpone is an Italian soft cheese made from cream. It’s American counterpart is, not surprisingly, cream cheese. But trust and believe that these are very different things. While similar in look and application, American cream cheese is firmer and has a stronger taste than its Italian counterpart. Mascarpone has a looser, velvety texture, and mildly sweet flavor.

In short, mascarpone cheese is way less tangy than the stuff you put on your bagel. If you can’t get your hands on any, try any of the ingredients with similar textures listed above.

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The ladyfingers

Ladyfingers are sweet, light, dry, egg-based, sponge biscuits. They are called ladyfingers because they are kinda shaped like fingers and they are notorious for being an essential ingredient in tiramisu. Ladyfingers can be eaten as is, but they really shine in recipes where they are soaked in a syrup or other liquid. So, without a shadow of a doubt, this is the kind of cookie that goes great in tiramisus. Find my full recipe for ladyfingers here.

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Coffee

Since this is a coffee flavored dessert, you want to make sure you are using good quality coffee. I used espresso coffee from an actual espresso machine, but a stove top espresso maker works well too. And if you can’t get your hands on either, just make sure you’re using a good quality coffee brand.

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Rum

The best rum for tiramisu is dark rum. Light rum has the same sweet but subtle flavor as dark rum. It even has just as much alcohol by volume as dark rum. So, what’s the difference and why should you use dark? Well, dark rum isn’t filtered and bottled right after being distilled. Instead they are aged in charred oak or wooden barrels for a period of time, and this is where they end up developing a darker color and a bolder flavor.

In short, to make the most flavorful tiramisu you’re going to want to use dark rum.

And those are all the ingredients you will need to make a traditional Italian tiramisu. Check out my video recipe below.

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Traditional Italian Tiramisu Recipe

Tiramisu is a dessert that no one can resist, even the people who don't necessarily have a sweet tooth. And that's what makes this recipe perfect; the flavors work heavenly together. The crisp ladyfinger biscuits, bitter coffee, toasted rum, and sweet mascarpone create a beautiful symphony if flavors that I personally can't get enough of.
Prep Time 30 mins
Chill Time 4 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 557 kcal

Equipment

  • Double boiler
  • Baking dish
  • 2 bowls
  • Whisk
  • Hand mixer
  • Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Sifter

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ladyfingers
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 3 tbsp dark rum
  • 1/2 cup espresso coffee
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Instructions
 

  • Whisk egg yolks and sugar over double boiler over low heat until thick.
  • Add mascarpone and 1 tbsp dark rum to bowl and whip with hand mixer until thick.
  • Combine whipped mascarpone with egg and sugar mixture. Set aside.
  • Using spoon, mix 2 tbsp dark rum with espresso coffee in a bowl. Set aside.
  • To assemble, dip ladyfingers into coffee and rum mixture and place onto baking dish. Use spatula to spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Repeat for the next layer. Sift cocoa powder over tiramisu.
  • Place tiramisu in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

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Notes

  • Make sure your double boiler is over low heat when whisking the eggs and sugar. This will help you avoid scrambling the eggs.
  • Espresso coffee is the best coffee for this dessert recipe, so if you can’t get your hands on an espresso maker try to use high quality coffee.
  • Use dark rum for deeper flavor in your tiramisu.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours for best results. 

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LadyFinger Savoiardi Biscuits Recipe

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Calling all home bakers! Ladyfingers are simply a dessert you need to know how to make. These classic ladyfinger biscuits are quick and simple to make at home. And yes, of course you could go to that nice Italian store that sells the pricey imported cookies, but where’s the fun in that?

Now, keep in mind that homemade ladyfingers are not the same as store bought ones. The commercial savoiardi biscuit tends to be more crisp and firm than the homemade ladyfingers, which are more soft and pliable.

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What are Ladyfinger biscuits?

Ladyfingers are sweet, light, dry, egg-based, sponge biscuits. They are called ladyfingers because they are kinda shaped like fingers. They are notorious for being an essential ingredient in the dessert we all know and love: tiramisu. They’re also known as boudoir biscuits, sponge biscuits, sponge fingers, and savoiardis.

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I feel like everyone always assumes these biscuits originated in Italy because of their famous connotation to tiramisu. But really, Ladyfingers originated in the late 15th century in Savoy, which today is parts of France, Switzerland, and Italy. They were created to mark the occasion when the King of France came to visit. Later, they were given the name Savoiardi.

Today, the recipe remains very similar to traditional one.

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Want the secret ingredient for a perfect Ladyfinger?

Fold, don’t mix. The definition of folding is to carefully add a light, airy mixture (in this case egg whites) to a thicker, heavier mixture. This has to be done carefully so that the egg whites don’t deflate and lose all of the air that was beaten into them.

So essentially, the secret ingredient to a perfect homemade ladyfinger is air!

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The eggs

Since this is an egg-based recipe, you need to make sure your handling your eggs correctly. Separate the egg whites and yolks during the prep. Mix the egg white with half of the listed sugar with a electric hand mixer until it forms thick peaks. Mix the egg yolks with other half of the listed sugar with a hand whisk until it becomes light in color.

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Why the powdered sugar?

The powdered sugar melts into the surface of the ladyfinger and creates an ever so delicate, sweet crust.

Let them cool completely before working with them.

When they are fresh out of the oven, they are delicate on the inside and just a bit crisp on the outside. If you don’t wait for them to cool, you risk the ladyfingers falling apart. When you leave them to cool completely they will firm up and get crispier on the outside and spongy on the inside.

Please just let them cool completely, especially if you’re making tiramisu. The biscuit will be able to soak up the coffee and rum mixture so much better if it is stale.

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What other recipes can I use these cookies in other than Tiramisu?

Ladyfingers can be eaten as is, but they really shine in recipes where they are soaked in a syrup or other liquid. So, without a shadow of a doubt, this is the kind of cookie that goes great in tiramisus. However, they also work well in icebox cakes, eclairs, trifles, and so much more. Watch my video demonstrating this recipe below so you can make ladyfinger desserts like a professional!

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Making an egg-free version of this recipe is simple! Just substitute the eggs for butter and you’re good to go. Let me know if you’d be interested to see a full recipe on egg-less ladyfingers in the comments below!

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Ladyfinger Savoiardi Biscuits Recipe

Ladyfingers are sweet, light, dry, egg-based, sponge biscuits. They are called ladyfingers because they are kinda shaped like fingers and they are notorious for being an essential ingredient to the dessert we all know and love: tiramisu.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Italian, Swiss
Servings 4 people
Calories 285 kcal

Equipment

  • Baking pan
  • Piping bag
  • 2 bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric hand mixer
  • Sifter

Ingredients
  

  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add egg whites and half of sugar to a bowl and mix using an electric mixer until fluffy. Set aside.
  • Add egg yolks and other half of sugar to a bowl and mix using a whisk until combined. Pour into egg white mixture.
  • Sift all-purpose flour, corn flour, and baking powder into the egg white bowl and fold ingredients together to form dough.
  • Scoop dough into piping bag and set aside.
  • Generously butter baking pan.
  • Pipe cookies onto baking pan to 2 inches length.
  • Generously sift powdered sugar onto cookies before placing in oven.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Be sure to fold the mixture together in step 4. Folding ensures that you don’t undo all the whipping you did with the egg whites in step 1. This has to be done carefully so that the egg whites don’t deflate and lose all of the air that was beaten into them.
  • Sift all dry ingredients to avoid lumps.
  • Wait for them to cool before handling since when they are fresh out of the oven, they are delicate on the inside and just a bit crisp on the outside. If you don’t wait for them to cool, you risk the ladyfingers falling apart.
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Classic Egg Benedict Recipe

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Egg benedict is truly a classic. And it appears way more difficult to make than it truly is. Let me show you my easy and simple recipe for this old fashioned breakfast dish.

Hollandaise sauce has this huge stigma to it. And you know what I get it, it’s very easy to mess up. But, besides taking a little extra care with your hollandaise and mastering the art of poaching an egg, this is a pretty simple recipe.

Now if you can’t get your hands on English muffins, you can also use a bagel or a roll. And if you can’t find Canadian bacon, you can use regular bacon or even ham. And an easy way to up the flavor in your hollandaise sauce is to add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little kick.

Some tips I have for you are to be very attentive of you hollandaise sauce. First off, make sure to use a double boiler. If you don’t know what that is, it’s simply a large bowl set on top of a pot half filled with water. You cook the hollandaise sauce on the bowl and you want to make sure to do so over low heat so you don’t risk scrambling the eggs. The hollandaise sauce should be just that, a sauce. It should thinly coat a spoon.

And as far as the poached egg, practice makes perfect! Use a large spoon to spin the water in one direction, creating a tornado like effect to the center of the pot. Pouring the egg into the center lets it spin around it self and create a beautiful poached egg. Once your egg is in the water, lower the heat and cook for 3 minutes before removing from water and letting dry on paper towel.

Don’t skip the paper towel step because placing the egg directly on the muffin creates an unpleasant soggy muffin. And who wants that!

If you don’t have any lemon juice, vinegar works as a good replacement in this recipe.

But whatever you do, make sure you have chives on hand to top the egg benedict. It’s a game changer.

Classic Egg Benedict Recipe

Egg benedict is truly a classic. And it appears way more difficult to make than it truly is. Let me show you my easy and simple recipe for this old fashioned breakfast dish.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 3 people
Calories 420 kcal

Equipment

  • Pan
  • Double boiler
  • Large pot
  • 3 bowls
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spatula
  • Fork

Ingredients
  

Egg Benedict

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 English muffins
  • 3 Canadian bacon slices

Hollandaise

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • To Taste salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

Poached Egg

  • Fill large pot with water and bring to boil.
  • Crack 3 eggs into three bowls, making sure not to break the yolk.
  • Using a wooden spoon, spin the boiling water and create a strong wave towards clockwise direction in the pot.
  • Pour eggs one at a time into the center of spinning water. Remove any excess egg that rises to the surface of the water.
  • Reduce to low heat and cook for 3 minutes. Remove eggs from water, sprinkle with salt, and set aside.

English Muffin

  • Use a fork to split English muffins in half.
  • Toast on pan until both sides are golden brown using spatula to flip. Set aside.

Canadian Bacon

  • Cook Canadian bacon on pan over medium heat until crispy on both sides using spatula to flip. Set aside.

Hollandaise

  • In a double boiler over low heat, whisk egg yolk until it slightly thickens.
  • Whisk in butter and lemon juice and mix until combined and thickens enough to coat a spoon
  • Remove from heat and add salt to taste and optional cayenne pepper. Serve immediately.

Assembly

  • Start with toasted English muffin, then cooked Canadian bacon, poached egg, and hollandaise sauce.
  • Top with fresh chives and enjoy!

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Notes

  • When removing the poached egg from water, place onto paper towel to soak up any excess water. Skipping this step and pacing the egg directly on the muffin creates an unpleasant soggy muffin. And who wants that!
  • Take your hollandaise on and off the heat if necessary. This will help avoid scrambling the egg, especially if you’re a beginning with hollandaise.
  • Serve hollandaise sauce immediately. It thickens up very quickly and becomes hard to work with.
  • If you can’t get your hands on English muffins, you can also use a bagel or a roll.
  • If you can’t find Canadian bacon, you can use regular bacon or even ham.
  • If you don’t have any lemon juice, vinegar works well as a good replacement.

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Dominican Potato Salad AKA Ensalada Rusa Recipe

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Potato salad is a very basic recipe that some of love so much, and some of us hate with a burning passion. I agree, it is a hit or miss. If you aren’t a fan of mayo, then potato salad is probably not your thing.

But, there are alternatives to mayo for this recipe. Some of them are sour cream, oil, and lemon.

With that being said, if you want to make this kicking potato salad to real way you’re going to want to use mayo. Get vegan mayo, whatever you have to do, just get mayo!

Now, let me make it very clear that this is not the regular ole Russian potato salad. This is a Dominican potato salad. AKA the best damn potato salad there is.

This potato salad is found at almost all Dominican holidays and events. It’s a fairly simple recipe, but it’s reserved for special occasions. So, when I go to my family gatherings and I see that there is potato salad, I know we’re all about to have a great meal!

Check out the video above for the technique. Some tips I have for you are to make sure not to burn your onions while sauteing them, they should be translucent not brown in any way. Also, only cook you potatoes and carrots until they are soft, they should not be mushy or falling apart. Adding the tablespoon of vinegar helps with this.

Dominican Potato Salad Recipe

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Now, let me make it very clear that this is not the regular ole Russian potato salad. This is a Dominican potato salad. AKA the best damn potato salad there is.


Ingredients

  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with water and add 1 tbsp vinegar, potatoes, egg, and carrots. Boil over medium heat.
  2. Once boiling, remove egg. Remove carrots and potatoes once they are tender and soft.
  3. In a small pan over low heat, add 1 tbsp vinegar and chopped onion. Cook until onions are translucent.
  4. Peel potatoes and egg and largely chop egg, carrots, and potatoes.
  5. In a bowl, add potatoes, egg, carrots, onion, and mayonnaise.
  6. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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Quick And Simple Tomato Sauce With Basil

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Tomato sauce is one of those things, like most things, that’s just so much better homemade.

Now, this is by no means an authentic recipe. But, it is simple, quick, and delicious, so you can enjoy a nice plate of pasta even on a busy day. 1 can of tomatoes, a couple cloves of garlic, some basil leaves, and some salt and you’re good to go for a fast, satisfying meal.

Try to use canned plum tomatoes, but if you can’t find them go ahead and use tomato puree and a couple fresh tomatoes. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time since it’ll take a little longer for the tomatoes to dissolve and the sauce to develop.

One of my favorite things to do to this recipe is add some red pepper flakes for some heat. And of course, I always top with parmesan or pecorino romano. It’s simply mandatory.

Quick And Simple Tomato Sauce With Basil

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tomato sauce is one of those things, like most things, that's just so much better homemade.


Ingredients

  • 1 large can plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 handful basil
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pan, pour can of plum tomato. Refill can with 1 cup water and add to pan.
  2. Add garlic and bring to a boil, then cover with lid and cook on low to medium heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove lid and use a food mill to crush the large pieces of tomato that didn’t dissolve.
  4. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes and add basil and salt to taste. Serve with pasta and enjoy!

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Baked Herb Crusted Tomatoes

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Sometimes I have tomatoes that I just don’t know what to do with, and that’s when this recipe comes in handy.

Tomatoes are often overlooked when it comes to actually cooking them. Instead, they’re mostly used in salads and sandwiches. But, don’t underestimate the deliciousness of an oven baked tomato. And an herb crusted on at that.

My dad made this recipe when I was younger so I ate these often growing up, and let me tell you; there’s just something about Italian tomatoes that is just unmatched. Even simply in the color. But that’s besides the point.

This recipe pairs great with a meaty protein or even a pasta dish. These tomatoes even make great appetizers! They’re so simple to make, and you can keep any left over filling in the fridge for the next time you want to make this unique side dish.

Baked Herb Crusted Tomatoes

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tomatoes are often overlooked when it comes to actually cooking them. Instead, they're mostly used in salads and sandwiches. But, don't underestimate the deliciousness of an oven baked tomato. And an herb crusted on at that.

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 handful fresh parsely, chopped
  • 1/2 handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumb
  • 1 tsp parmesan
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half and place in a baking tin with the flesh facing up. Salt the tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine parsley, basil, garlic, panko, and parmesan. Mix well.
  4. Using a spoon, or your hands, place the herb mixture on the tomatoes.
  5. Place tomatoes in oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the herbs are golden brown and the tomatoes are wrinkling. Enjoy!

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Classic French Omelette Recipe

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French omelettes are superior to American omelettes in my opinion. They are actually very similar, but they are cooked and folded very differently. With American omelettes, you fold one time in half and cook over low medium heat. This produces a slightly crispy omelette. But a French omelette is a whole different thing; you almost more roll, rather than fold the omelette, and you cook over a gentle, low heat. This creates a soft, velvety omelette with a silky interior.

This is the classic recipe so it just just topped with chives, but you can also make omelette au fromage where you add cheese to the omelette right before folding. I don’t know what it is but something about French omelettes feels lighter than regular omelettes, and in the morning that’s exactly what I need.

For the exact technique, check out my video on this recipe below!

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Classic French Omelette Recipe

  • Servings: 1 person
  • Difficulty: easy
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French omelettes are superior to American omelettes in my opinion; they are just irresistible a soft and velvety!.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. In a bowl, crack the eggs, add salt, and whisk until mixture is a thin liquid.
  2. In an 8 inch pan over low heat, add butter and melt. Spread around all edges of the pan to prevent the omelette from sticking later.
  3. Once completely melted, add egg mixture and scramble until the eggs begin to thicken.
  4. Once most of the egg liquid is scrambled, start spreading the mixture on the pan to create a round shape. Use spatula to flatten down edges
  5. Once round, flat, and even, use a spatula to begin folding. Start from the side closest to you, and make a small fold. Then continue folding until you’ve reached the last fold.
  6. Fold the last edge of the omelette into a plate. Top with chives and enjoy!

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Dominican Style Black Beans Recipe

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Black beans are one of my favorite beans. I love making this recipe when I’m feeling tired of the classic Dominican beans. You know, put some spice in my life. One thing I kinda love about this recipe is the way all the flavors cooked together and created an almost sweet flavor profile, and I’m not one who likes salty things being sweet. So, take it from me, you have to try this recipe.

The hint of sweetness I was referring to earlier comes from the auyama, which also provides a hearty feature to these beans. I didn’t always use auyama in my beans. To be completely honest, I never even knew about it’s existence besides from my childhood memories when my grandma would make beans with it! When I started using it in my beans I never went back. It’s so cheap, lasts a long time, and adds an amazing sweet earthy flavor to my beans. You’ve definitely got to try this recipe out.

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  • Servings: 4 people
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 handful cilantro, stem on -1/2 large onion, whole
  • 1/2 bell pepper, quartered
  • 1/2 small auyama, lagerly diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 3 & 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1 tsp adobo
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine oil, cilantro, garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, in the order listed.
  3. Once everything is combined in the pot, cook over medium heat until it reaches a boil, and then cover and cook on low to medium for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove onion and bell pepper and serve!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake With Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe

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This pumpkin cheesecake recipe is so simple and a brilliant alternative for the traditional pumpkin pie. I don’t know what it is, I just don’t love pumpkin pie. There’s just too much pumpkin in there for me. HOWEVER, this pumpkin cheesecake is different. It’s pretty much half pumpkin pie and half NY style cheesecake, so that notorious pumpkin flavor is balanced and not overwhelming at all. Take it from me, I’m not even a pumpkin person.

I’ve had an obsession lately with cheesecake. My mom recently moved to Staten Island, and I tried some of the best NY cheesecake while visiting her. I know I know, how am I from New Jersey and just now trying cheesecake for the first time… I don’t have the answer myself but now that I’ve been out on to one of the best desserts in the east coast, I will never sleep on it again. I guess now I understand why there’s a whole factory of cheesecake… it’s all coming together now.

This pumpkin cheesecake is so creamy, airy, and light that you’ll be impressed that you made this in your oven! The homemade whipped cream sets this dessert over the top. Just how amazing whipped cream is with pumpkin pie, whipped cream is 10x more amazing with pumpkin cheesecake.

I used a 6″ spring-form pan and little bit of batter left over, so I made mini cheesecakes in a muffin tin. If you want to make this recipe in a larger size pan, this recipe will work however it will result in a thinner cheesecake. Double the recipe if you’re going for a 10″ or 12″ and want a tall cheesecake like the one in the picture. 🙂

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Pumpkin Cheesecake With Homemade Whipped Cream

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: normal
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Ingredients

– 1 cup graham cracker, crushed
– 1 tbsp butter, melted
– 1 tbsp brown sugar
– 1 pound cream cheese
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1/2 cup sour cream
– 2 eggs
– 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/4 tsp cinnamon
– 1/8 tsp cloves
– 1/8 tsp allspice
– 1/8 tsp nutmeg
– 1/8 tsp ginger
– 1/2 cup heavy cream
– 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
1. In a bowl, combine graham cracker, butter, and 1 tbsp sugar and mix until combined.
2. Press mixture down on bottom of 6″ spring-form pan until it is flat and completely covered.
3. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool while working on filling
1. In a bowl, add cream cheese and mix using a hand or stand mixer until whipped, airy, and light.
4. Add sugar and salt and mix until fully combined.
5. Add sour cream and mix until combined.
6. Add eggs, one at a time, until fully combined.
7. Add pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, and remaining spices and mix until fully combined.
8. Pour filling into spring-form pan with crust.
9. Place spring-form pan in a large baking pan and create a water bath by adding water to the baking pan.
10. Place in oven for 60 minutes. After an hour, turn off oven but do not remove cheesecake from oven.
11. After 1 hour, remove cheesecake from oven, wrap with cling wrap, and place in fridge overnight.
12. Next day, mix heavy cream and powdered sugar in a bowl until thick, about 5 minutes.
13. Slice into cheesecake and serve with homemade whipped cream. Enjoy!

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Deviled Eggs Made With Relish Recipe

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Deviled eggs are a classic for so many different cultures. Italians mix their filling with tuna, Greeks mix theirs with olives, and the south mixes theirs with relish! If you’re a relish person, you will love this version of deviled eggs, and if you’re not a relish person, I encourage you to give this a go anyways because the flavor combination of everything in these deviled eggs and the relish is phenomenal. Truly one of a kind.

Serving deviled eggs at picnics and cocktail parties is a very regular thing for Americans, but this classic finger food did not originate in the United States. Although they weren’t prepared the way we know and love today, the roots of modern-day deviled eggs are traced back to ancient Rome. These little delicacies are also sometimes called Russian eggs, using red caviar or anchovies.

Deviled Eggs

Long story short, there’s probably a bazillion variations for deviled eggs throughout the internet. BUT, this is the best relish deviled egg recipe you’re going to come across. Why may you ask? Well, I used a secret ingredient in these deviled eggs. And that is… drum roll please… BUTTER. And not melted butter, but softened, room temperature butter. It provides a creamy, velvety addition to the filling. Whatever you do, do not skip the butter in this recipe.

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Deviled Eggs Made With Relish

  • Servings: 3 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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There's probably a bazillion variations for deviled eggs throughout the internet. BUT, this is the best relish deviled egg recipe you're going to come across.


Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp relish
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp butter, softened
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot over medium to high heat, fill half way with water and add eggs. Bring to a boil, then cover with lid, remove from heat, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. After 10 minutes, drain the hot water from the pot and run cold water over the eggs. Peel eggs.
  3. Cut eggs in half and scoop out the yolk into a bowl using a spoon. Using a fork, mash the yolks until you have an even consistency.
  4. In the same bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and mix until everything is well incorporated.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop the filling into eggs, or use a piping back with or without a fancy tip, and pipe the filling into the eggs. Serve!

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Elote Mexican Corn Recipe

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This elote corn recipe is a delicious way to spice up your corn on the cob. This corn is traditionally grilled but I don’t own a grill so I chose to boil mine. You could also bake these elotes and they would come out wonderful.

I actually tested this recipe out with both sour cream and mayonnaise, and let me tell you. Sour cream wins all day. It’s so much less intense when combined with the flavors of the cotija cheese and tajin. Although also, maybe it was just the combination of corn and mayonnaise in my head!

This recipe pairs well with Mexican dishes and can be dressed up in so many different ways. I’d love to try making an elote covered in bacon!!! And some fresh cilantro on top… the possibilities are honestly endless with this creative but simple side dish.

Elote Mexcian Corn Side Dish

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Elote Mexican Corn

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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This recipe pairs well with Mexican dishes and can be dressed up in so many different ways.


Ingredients

  • 2 ears corn on cob
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp tajin

Directions

  1. In a large pot over medium to high heat, fill halfway with water and bring to boil.
  2. Once at a boil, add ears corn and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Once cooked, remove from pot and transfer to plate for coating.
  4. While the ears are warm, spread butter for entire ears.
  5. Spread sour cream along the sides of the corn with a spoon.
  6. Sprinkle cheese and tajin over the spreaded corn. Enjoy!

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Ecuadorian Lentil Stew With Rice Recipe

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This stew is also known as menestra de lentejas. It’s a popular dish in Ecuador that uses lentils, though you can give it a go with any type of bean you have on hand. This recipe calls for minimal and basic ingredients that most of us always have on hand, so it’s known by many as a “poor man’s dish. But this dish is absolutely delicious!

I was not a huge fan of brown lentils before this recipe. I didn’t like the brown ones at all, though I love the black ones. So I had a bag full of brown lentils I had never used and now I know what to do with it. If you have some extra lentils on hand be sure to try this recipe out.

Ecuadorian Lentil Stew With Rice

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Ecuadorian Lentil Stew With Rice

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Also know as menestra de lentejas, this lentil dish is popular in Ecuador.


Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 white onion, whole
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, quartered
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1/2 tsp adobo
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Add oil, onion, garlic, bell pepper, and cilantro in a small pot on low heat and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. After 2 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients, turn to medium heat, and wait for a boil.
  3. Once the mixture has reached a boil cover with lid, lower heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until most of the liquid is evaporated. Serve.

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Dominican Beans- Habichuelas Guisadas Recipe

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Being half Dominicana, I LOVE rice and beans. Over the years I’ve perfected my rice by switching over to basmati rice, adjusting the water ratio, and tweaking the cook time. But I’ve never ever made habichuelas that I truly enjoyed. Before this recipe that is.

Now let me clear up that these beans are not made from SCRATCH since we are using canned beans, and that’s probably evident through the very short 45 minute cook time. Usually, you’d start with dry beans and that cook time is somewhere around 4 hours, and that’s not including soaking the beans overnight for 8-12 hours. This is the recipe for when you want beans but do not have the time.

Dominican Rice And Beans

You can use any bean for this recipe really, but for true Dominican beans use roman beans. Good alternatives would be pinto beans, black beans, cannellini beans, and red kidney beans.

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Classic habichuelas guisadas.


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 handful cilantro, stem on
  • 1/2 large onion, whole
  • 1/2 bell pepper, quartered
  • 1/2 small auyama, large diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can roman beans, rinsed
  • 3 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1/2 tsp adobo
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine oil, cilantro, garlic, onion, auyama, and bell pepper. Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, in the order listed.
  3. Once everything is combined in the pot, cook over medium heat until it reaches a boil, and then cover and cook on low to medium for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove onion and bell pepper and serve!

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Vegan Quesadilla With Homemade Flour Tortillas Recipe

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Quesadillas are one of my favorite things to make when I need to cook something quick and delicious! This recipe makes a pretty basic quesadilla that tastes so much better than any basic quesadilla.

Vegan Chorizo

What makes this quesadilla stand out is the homemade chorizo filling! It’s made out of seitan, mushrooms, and walnuts and so many other spices to bring the chorizo to life.

And like I say all the time, a homemade tortilla brings things to a whole nother level. I made flour tortillas because I was too lazy to buy a pack, and truthfully they’re so easy to make it bothers me to buy it😂 And homemade versions are so easy and taste soooo much better!

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Vegan Quesadilla With Homemade Flour Tortillas

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 servings vegan chorizo
  • 1 cup cheese
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp warm water
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well. Add oil and water and mix until just well combined and let rest in bowl with damp towel for at least 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes, slice your dough into four and use a rolling pin to roll each piece of dough out into a thin circle.
  3. Heat each tortilla until golden brown on a pan at low to medium heat.
  4. Once both sides are cooked, cover one half of the circle with cheese, then chorizo, and then more cheese. Fold.
  5. Cook on both sides until crispy and the cheese is melted. Serve.
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Vegan Chorizo With Seitan, Mushrooms, & Walnuts Recipe

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This recipe is a must try simply because of how flavorful the chorizo is! You practically forget you’re not eating the real thing lol.

No but seriously, the combination of seitan, mushrooms, and walnuts creates a very believable meat crumble. The addition of onion, garlic, and jalapeno creates a tone of freshness and the long list of spices brings the whole mixture to life. Apple cider vinegar creates a slight caramelization on the crumble.

Quesadilla With Vegan Chorizo

This chorizo can be made ahead of time for different types of meals such as quesadillas, tacos, tostadas, burritos, nachos, and so so so much more!

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A healthier option that has the same great flavors!


Ingredients

  • 1 seitan cutlet
  • 1 cup portabello mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp corinader
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Chop the seitan, portabello mushrooms, and walnuts in a food processor.
  2. Combine all other ingredients and cook on an oiled pan on medium heat until the crumble is crispy.

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Vegan Tostadas With Refried Black Beans & Chili Lime Seitan Recipe

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Tostada is spanish for toasted, and in this recipe we are working with a corn tortilla that is fried, or toasted, to work as a plate for toppings.

Refried beans are one of my favorite ways to use black beans, though this refried beans is traditionally made with pinto beans. This recipe for refried beans is so quick and simple, and is tailored for dry beans instead of canned beans. Cooking with dry beans creates a richer flavor throughout the beans and the mixture itself, and you skip the canned bean flavor! Of course, you can make this recipe with canned beans, but in my opinion it all doesn’t come together the same way.

Vegan Tostada With Refried Beans & Chili Lime Seitan

Seitan is one of my favorite plant-based meat alternatives because it’s so versatile. The first time I had a tostada I was a few weeks ago when I was in Virginia. I went to this Mexican eatery called Lilly’s Little Mexico where I ordered tostadas de quinoa. It’s a fried homemade tortilla topped with refried beans, mexican quinoa, lettuce, queso fresco, and sour cream. It was sooooo good! It truly inspired me to make these tostadas at home!

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Vegan Tostadas With Refried Beans & Chili Lime Seitan

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Homemade tostadas will top any tostada you've ever had.

“Refried

– 2 servings Easy Homemade Corn Tostadas
– 4 cups water
– 1/2 cup black beans, soaked
– 1/2 onion
– 2 cloves garlic
– 1/2 teaspoon cumin
– 1 sazon packet
– 1 cup cheese
– salt and pepper to taste

“Chili

– 2 seitan cutlets
– 1 lime, juiced
– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– 1/2 tsp chili powder
– 1 pinch sugar
– salt and pepper to taste

“Refried

1. Combine water, beans, onion, garlic, and sazon packet in a deep pot. Cook until beans are tender.
2. Using a large ladel or spoon, scoop bean mixture onto a pan at low to medium heat. Stir frequently.
3. Season with cumin, salt, and pepper and mash the mixture using a fork.
4. Once the mixture begins to thicken, add the cheese and continue cooking until desired consistency.
5. Combine tostada.

“Chili

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
2. Put entire mixture onto oiled pan at low to medium heat and cook until seitan is crispy.
3. Combine tostada.

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Easy Homemade Corn Tostadas Recipe

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I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again. Homemade tortillas hit different. And that goes for tostadas as well!

If you’ve never had a tostada let me put you on real quick. It’s essentially a raw corn tortilla fried in oil, making it crispy and kinda like a big, flat tortilla chip. You put toppings on it just like you would a taco and you enjoy! It’s absolutely delicious and the possibilities are endless with this one.

The first time I had a tostada I was a few weeks ago when I was in Virginia. I went to this Mexican eatery called Lilly’s Little Mexico where I ordered tostadas de quinoa. It’s a fried homemade tortilla topped with refried beans, mexican quinoa, lettuce, queso fresco, and sour cream. It was sooooo good! It truly inspired me to make these tostadas at home!

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Easy Homemade Corn Tostadas

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Homemade tostadas are great for when you want to taste authentic mexican cuisine made right from your kitchen.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1 & 1 tsp warm water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 cups vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Combine masa harina with salt and slowly add warm water.
  2. Mix with your hands until a springy dough is created. It should not be sticky or crumbly.
  3. Wrap dough in damp paper towel and let rest in bowl for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, cut dough into 5-6 pieces and roll each piece flat using a rolling pin.
  5. Cut the dough into circles using a bowl or knife, and set aside to fry.
  6. Fry each piece of dough in a deep pan with oil on low to medium heat until the tostada is golden and crispy on both sides.
  7. Set aside and allow all excess oil to drip off, then serve with toppings of choice.

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Vegan Strawberry Waffles With Strawberry Syrup Recipe

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Waffles are my favorite breakfast in the morning. They are so versatile and can be made in so many different ways. For this recipe I made strawberry waffles by pureeing one cup of strawberries and including them into the waffle mixture. By using this technique you can flavor your waffles with anything you want, and even make them healthier! Imagine pumpkin waffles, apple cider waffles, or banana waffles… the possibilities are endless.

The warm strawberry syrup adds extra goodness! My favorite way to cook these waffles is just long enough for the outside to be crispy but the inside be soft, and then pour the strawberry syrup while hot right before serving. If you love strawberries and waffles, then you should definitely try this recipe out.

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“Strawberry

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  • Difficulty: ”easy”
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”Fluffy

– 1 cup flour
– 1/4 cup plant based milk
– 4 tbsp sugar
– 1 cup strawberries, blended
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1 tbsp flax seed + 2 tbsp warm water
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp vanilla extract

“Strawberry


– 1/4 cup strawberries
– 1/4 cup water
– 2 tbsp sugar

“Strawberry

  1. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in one bowl.
  2. Combine sugar, blended strawberries, flax seed egg, and vanilla extract in seperate bowl.
  3. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix until combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Pour mixture onto waffle maker and cook until edges are crispy.
  5. Serve with strawberry syrup.
  6. [recipe-directions title=“Strawberry Syrup”
  7. Combine all ingredients in a small pot and cook on low to medium heat until mixture becomes a syrup, approximately 5-10 minutes.
  8. Serve with strawberry waffles.

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Indo-Chinese Chilli Chicken Using Seitan Recipe

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This better than take-out chilli chicken has a healthy twist! We are substituting the chicken for seitan. Seitan is made from wheat gluten. Wheat gluten is a food made from gluten, the main protein of wheat. It is made by washing wheat flour dough with water until all the starch granules have been removed, leaving the sticky insoluble gluten as an elastic mass, which is then cooked before being eaten. Or, you can buy vital wheat gluten flour and it works the same.

Seitan has a similar consistency as chicken when cooked properly, and if you get your flavors right you aren’t missing out on anything with this simple substitution. This recipe also works with tofu, tempeh, and pretty much anything that you can dredge.

Indo-chinese cuisine is is a distinct cuisine formed through the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes. It’s a great combination of cultures, and I love experimenting with different cuisines. Skip take-out this week and try this chilli chicken recipe out!

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Indo-Chinese Chilli Chicken Using Seitan

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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This spicy Indo-Chinese style seitan is better than takeout!


Ingredients

  • 2 seitan cutlet
  • 1 cup wet dredging mixture from Vegan Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe
  • 1 cup dry dredging mixture from Vegan Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp red chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic

Directions

  1. Cut the seitan into bite size pieces and set up wet and dry dredging mixtures.
  2. Coat seitan into the dry mixture first, then the wet, then back to the dry.
  3. Place coated seitan onto a pan with oil on low to medium heat and fry on both sides until golden brown.
  4. Once fried, remove from pan and allow any excess oil to drip off.
  5. In a clean pan on low heat, combine remaining ingredients and stir until it has developed into a sauce.
  6. Stir the fried seitan into the sauce and cook for a couple minutes until the seitan is fully coated, stirring frequently.

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Sage Honey Glazed Brussel Spouts & Apples Recipe

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Brussel sprouts is one of those vegetables that a lot of people despise. I know this because I once was one of those people, until I gave brussels a true chance. In this recipe I show you a very different way to enjoy your brussel sprouts, with the unique addition of apples.

I know what you’re thinking, brussel sprouts and apples? No thanks. But this combo works surprisingly well together when glazed with sage and honey. I topped mine with parmesan because it adds a nice flavor profile and balances everything out.

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Sage Honey Glazed Brussel Sprouts & Apples

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  • Difficulty: easy
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This combo may sound strange, but creates great flavors. Perfect as a side dish!


Ingredients

  • 10-12 brussel sprouts
  • 2 small red apples
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2-4 sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan optional

Directions

  1. Melt butter over low to medium heat.
  2. Add apples and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add brussel sprouts and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Add sage and honey and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook until desired crispiness is achieved. Serve with parmesan.

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Cuban Ropa Vieja Using Oyster Mushrooms Recipe

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Ropa vieja is the national dish of Cuba, but is also enjoyed in Puerto Rico, Panama, Spain, and the Philippines. Many don’t know this, but ropa vieja originated in Spain. It literally translates to ‘old clothes’ and the story goes that a poor old man once shredded and cooked his own clothes because he could not afford food. He prayed over the bubbling concoction and a miracle turned the mixture into a tasty, rich meat stew.

While we don’t know how factual that story is, we do know that ropa vieja is over 500 years old and originated in the Iberian peninsula of Spain. The dish then traveled to the Americas with the Spanish people, where it became a staple dish across the Caribbean and Cuba.

The traditional recipe consists of shredded stewed beef with vegetables. I decided to try this traditional dish with a plant based meat alternative, in this case oyster mushrooms. The meat in this recipe is typically shredded or pulled, and you can achieve the same texture with an oyster mushroom.

To avoid squishy, soggy mushrooms, cook the mushrooms by themselves after they’ve been marinated for 15 minutes. While cooking, use a spatula to frequently press the mushrooms down on the pan. This helps the mushroom release excess water, resulting in a meatier mushroom.

I paired my ropa vieja with white rice, fried plantain, green beans, and sage honey glazed brussel sprouts and apples.

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Cuban Ropa Vieja Using Oyster Mushrooms

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A traditional Cuban dish made plant-based using oyster mushrooms.


Ingredients

  • 2 large oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1 tsp adobo
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 1 sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 sliced green bell pepper
  • ½ diced white onion
  • 2 minced cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dry white cooking wine
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 sliced pimiento stuffed olives
  • 2 bay leaves

Directions

  1. Clean mushrooms and cut into four pieces.
  2. Combine all ingredients in bowl and let marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. Cook JUST the mushrooms over medium heat in a large pot, frequently squishing to with a spatula to create a meatier texture.
  4. Once the mushroom is crispy on both sides, add the marinade to the pot.
  5. Cook until the mixture has reached a boil, then lower heat and cover with lid.
  6. Cook until most of the liquid is evaporated, and serve with rice.

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Veggie Packed Pasta Salad

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This pasta salad will quickly become a favorite in your home. It’s refreshing, simple, and delicious!

You can really add as many veggies as you’d like to this pasta salad, but I just used what I had available. I’d love to give this recipe a try using carrots, pickled onions, artichoke, zucchini, mushrooms, and so so much more! Pasta salad is slightly underrated, since it does have so many possibilities.

You want to add your avocado last so that it doesn’t get too mashed up in your pasta salad. I love putting some everything bagel seasoning right over my avocado and salad. It adds another layer of taste and texture to the dish and is sodium free!

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Plant Based Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Refreshing, simple, and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked pasta of choice
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ cup banana peppers, sliced
  • 1 handful parsley, chopped
  • 1 packet goya salad and vegetable seasoning
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup black olives
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ tsp everything bagel seasoning, optional

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the avocado.
  2. Once combined, add avocado. Enjoy!

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Patacon Using Seitan Recipe

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This patacon was is so delicious and satisfying! It’s a creative and out-of-the-box way to use plantain!

I love eating plantains as a side but using plantains as the “buns” in this recipe was very different way to use this starchy vegetable I grew up eating throughout my childhood.

Plant based jibarito

A patacon, or a jibarito is a sandwich made with fried plantains as the buns and whatever you desire as the sandwich filling. Traditionally, with thin-sliced steak, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and cheese. Chicago restaurateur Juan “Peter” Figueroa introduced the jibarito at Borinquen Restaurant, a Puerto Rican restaurant in in 1996 after reading about a Puerto Rican sandwich created in Plátano Loco in 1991 substituting plantains for bread.

I filled mine up as a traditional jibarito but the variations are endless! I’m looking forward to doing many different recipes with this plantain-bun method.

Plantain

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Vegan Jibarito

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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A creative and out-of-the-box way to use plantain

Ingredients

  • 1 green plantain
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sliced seitan
  • ¼ tsp adobo
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 romaine leaf
  • ½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise (optional)
  • half avocado, sliced (optional)

Directions

  1. Peel the plantain and cut once vertically and then once horizontally, so that you end up with 4 pieces.
  2. Cook pieces in a deep pan with oil at low to medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  3. After 1-2 minutes, remove from pan and place on plate.
  4. Place a plantain piece onto cutting board lined with parchment paper and use another cutting board lined with parchment paper to squish the plantain piece until flattened. Once flat set aside.
  5. Repeat step 4 for each plantain piece.
  6. Cook each plantain piece again until golden brown then remove from heat and allow any excess oil to drain.
  7. Cook seitan slices in adobo and lemon juice until crispy. Taste for salt.
  8. Assemble jibarito with 2 pieces fried plantian, ½ cup cooked seitan, letuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and avocado.

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Egg-less Gnocchi Recipe

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Gnocchi is a pasta made of potato. It’s kinda like a soft pasta dumpling. Take my word for it, it’s delicious. Truly one of a kind when it comes to noodle varieties.

This is my favorite kind of pasta because it’s so filling! But gnocchi weren’t always the delicate, fluffy pasta dumplings we know them as today. At first they existed with different ingredients like squash and breadcrumbs. But it didn’t become the potato dumplings we know today until the 16th century when potatoes were introduced to Europe.

Cooked Gnocchi in Pesto Sauce

This recipe for gnocchi is simpler than grain pasta recipes! You need to give it a try especially if you have never tried gnocchi before.

Making the gnocchi shape isn’t easy, so be sure to check out a video for a visual explanation of the technique. If making the shapes isn’t working for you, then you can just keep your gnocchi smooth!

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Gnocchi is really one of a kind when it comes to noodle varieties.

Ingredients

  • 2 boiled peeled medium potatoes
  • 1¼ cups flour + extra for forming gnocchi
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Mash your potatoes until they are completelty smooth ans free of clumps.
  2. Add salt and flour and mix until you have a formed a dough that looks firm but is still a bit sticky.
  3. Form dough into a log and allow dough to rest for 15 minutes.
  4. After resting, cut one inch from your dough log and use your hands to form that section into a long, thin dough piece.
  5. Use a sharp knife to cut one inch pieces of the stretched out dough.
  6. Pick up one of the pieces you cut, and use a fork to make the shape of the gnoccho, using flour generously to prevent the dough from sticking.
  7. Repeat step 6 for as many gnocchi needed.
  8. Throw your shaped gnocchi into your boiling salted pasta water.
  9. Cook until the gnocchi float to the top, stirring frequently to prevent them from sticking.
  10. Once they float to the top, remove from the water and serve with sauce of choice. Enjoy!

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Greek Meatballs Keftedes Using Black Eyed Peas Recipe

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This recipe is inspired by Greek dish called Keftedes. “Kofta is a family of meatball or meatloaf dishes found in the Indian subcontinent, South Caucasian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian cuisines. In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef, chicken, lamb, or pork—mixed with spices or onions.”

I decided to make my own version of these Keftedes in plant based version, that’s still delicious and full of flavor like traditional Keftedes.

Greek Meatballs Keftedes

This plant based meatball recipe is great because it yields a meatball that develops a crispy outside layer, making the texture more similar to a traditional meatball.

These koftedes developed great flavors and I have to admit it is because of this spice seasoning I picked up at the store.

Greek All Purpose Seasoning

These meatballs would work well with just about any bean, I just used black eyed peas because I like the color and the texture it provides in a vegan meatball.

I noticed that these meatballs are best the next day! I swear.

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Vegan Greek Meatballs Keftedes

  • Servings: 4 people
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Ingredients

  • 1½ cups cooked black eyed peas
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 1 lemon juice
  • ½ onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 flax egg
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp all purpose greek seasoning
  • ¼ tsp paprika

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until your mixture is roughly chopped.
  2. Form your meatballs and place formed meatballs in fridge for 25 minutes.
  3. Baked the meatballs in the oven for 1 hour at 400 degrees.
  4. After an hour, remove from oven and allow to cool. Serve with lemon tahini dressing. Enjoy!

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Smashed Cucumber Salad Sichuan Style Recipe

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I love cucumbers because they’re so fresh and crispy. However, and I hate to admit it, cucumbers get boring. Luckily, I have put together this smashed cucumber salad recipe for us.

This cucumber salad is originally a Sichuan recipe. They smash the cucumbers until it naturally separate into 3-4 spears, which disrupts its internal structure in an unnatural way leaving some areas completely intact and crisp, while reducing other areas tender. While smashed, it absorbs flavors much faster, making it particularly tasty.

This salad is a refreshing and flavorful way to enjoy a cucumber! Though this recipe is traditionally a bit spicy, you can use the smashed cucumber method with an unlimited kinds of dressings.I paired my salad with fried rice and vegan sesame chicken!

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Smashed Cucumber Salad Sichuan Style

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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This salad is a refreshing and flavorful way to enjoy a cucumber.

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Use a cutting board to smash against the cucumber until it naturally splits in 3-4 pieces.
  2. Chop those pieces into bite size cubes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and either serve or let chill in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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Sesame Chicken Using Seitan Recipe

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Sesame chicken is a dish you’d find in a Chinese restaurant, however it is not a very authentic Chinese dish. You won’t find battered chicken coated in sweet sauce and tossed in sesame seeds in China. Instead, you’ll find another dish with similar flavor profiles called La Zi Ji. It’s an authentic Sichuan dish that has fried chicken breasts with peppercorns, toasted sesame oil, and chiles.

With that being said, the chances of you finding vegan sesame chicken in China are even slimmer. Matter of fact, the chances of you finding vegan sesame chicken in the USA are pretty slim. That’s why I’ve made this recipe, for people like us.

I used seitan as my protein in this recipe, however this recipe could work with mushroom, jackfruit, tofu, tempeh, etc… The possibilities with this recipe are endless!

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Vegan Sesame Chicken Seitan

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 seitan cutlet
  • 1 cup wet dredging mixture from Vegan Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe
  • 1 cup dry dredging mixture from Vegan Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Cut the seitan into bite size pieces and set up wet and dry dredging mixtures.
  2. Coat seitan into the dry mixture first, then the wet, then back to the dry.
  3. Place coated seitan onto a pan with oil on low to medium heat and fry on both sides until golden brown.
  4. Once fried, remove from pan and allow any excess oil to drip off.
  5. In a clean pan on low heat, combine remaining ingredients and stir until it has developed into a sauce.
  6. Stir the fried seitan into the sauce and cook for a couple minutes until the seitan is fully coated, stirring frequently.

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Better Than Takeout Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe

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Fried rice has always been my favorite takeout treat, so I decided to make a vegetable stir-fry my way. This one has a bunch of fresh veggies and a plant based scrambled egg!

I used julienned carrots, scallions, and green peas in my vegetable fried rice. You can use any and as many vegetables as you’d like, I just used what I had on hand.

Asian culture is more vegetable focused, with dishes developing from produce they had on hand to use up old ingredients. This was exactly the case when it came to the development of fried rice; it’s a dish made to incorporate leftovers. If you were to order fried rice in a restaurant now you’d be given the option of several proteins, whereas traditionally this dish was created to incorporate whatever leftovers were lying around.

I substituted the egg in a traditional fried rice with vegan mung bean egg. I have a recipe for it here. It works just as a scrambled egg mixture would.

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Better Than Takeout Vegetable Fried Rice

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Better than takeout stir-fry with fresh vegetables & plant based scrambled egg.

Ingredients

  • ½ carrot
  • ½ cup cooked green beans
  • 1 scallion
  • ¼ cup vegan yellow split pea egg
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp all purpose seasoning
  • ½ tsp ginger powder or 1 inch fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp garlic or 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pan, cook vegan egg until it is a scrambled consistency.
  2. Add vegetables and fresh aromatics and cook for a minute and then add rice.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients all at once except the water and the soy sauce. You want to slowly add these two liquids as your frying and stirring your rice.
  4. Check for salt and pepper at this point. Once liquid is absorbed take pan off the heat and serve.

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Plant-based Chicken Caesar Wrap Using Mushrooms Recipe

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Creamy, crunchy, classic vegan chicken caesar salad.

Lately, I’ve had a deep love for wraps. They are just so fresh and satisfying, and you can fill them up with whatever your heart desires. In this recipe I’m going to show my method for making vegan mushroom chicken, vegan caesar dressing, and homemade croutons.

The chicken in this caesar wrap is imitated with diced mushrooms coated in my buttermilk fried chicken dredging mixture, and then fried on low to medium heat.

Mushrooms do carry a distinct flavor to them, however when coated in a crispy flavored breading and combined with the flavors from the dressing, mushrooms work great in this recipe to substitute chicken.

*Update* This buttermilk fried mushroom chicken has been approved by non-vegans.

The dressing is made up mainly of cashews. If you are allergic to nuts, this could also work with the canned chickpeas, or any type of white bean. Vegan mayonnaise would also work well in this recipe.

You can replace the romaine lettuce for kale, spinach, or arugula for a more nutrient dense wrap. A great idea would be to make a spring mix of lettuce, kale, and spinach so you get a great combination of nutrients.

Homemade croutons are exceptionally better than anything you could buy at the store. Why? Besides the key level of freshness, these croutons have no preservatives or nasty weird chemicals.

But really, these are snack worthy. I took the liberty to add some fresh herbs from my garden, like basil and parsley, on top of the dried herbs required for the recipe. You can also replace the butter with olive oil if you prefer.

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Vegan Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Creamy, crunchy, classic vegan chicken caesar salad.


Vegan Chicken Ingredients

– 1 cup mushrooms
– ½ cup vegetable oil
– 1 cup wet dredging mixture from Vegan Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe
– 1 cup dry dredging mixture from Vegan Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe

Dressing Ingredients

– ¼ cup cashews
– 1 teaspoon capers
– 1 teaspoon mustard
– 3 tablespoons water
– ½ lemon juice
– ½ teaspoon nutritional yeast
– salt and pepper to taste

Crouton Ingredients

– 3 slices sandwich bread
– ¼ cup melted butter
– ½ teaspoon garlic powder
– ½ teaspoon onion powder
– ½ teaspoon parsley
– ½ teaspoon oregano
– ½ teaspoon basil
– salt and pepper to taste

Wrap Ingredients

– 4 tortilla wraps
– 1 head romaine lettuce

Vegan Chicken Directions

1. Dice mushrooms and set up both wet and dry dredging mixtures.
2. Coat mushrooms in dry mixture, then wet mixture, then back to dry mixture.
3. Fry mushrooms on pan filled with vegetable oil at low to medium heat until both sides are golden brown.

Dressing Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Croutons Directions

1. Mix all ingredients except bread.
2. Dice bread into desired size.
3. Place bread on baking tray and evenly spread mixture over bread and mix evenly.
4. Place in oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, mix, and then bake again for 5-7 minutes.

Wrap Directions

1. Combine lettuce, dressing, croutons, and fried mushrooms.
2. Place ¼ of the salad onto a wrap and fold.
3. Repeat step 2 for the 3 remaining wraps.
4. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Per Serving: 1198 calories; 98.5 g fat; 62.1 g carbohydrates; 19.9 g protein; 164 mg cholesterol; 875 mg sodium.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken Using Seitan Recipe

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This recipe will work on anything that you can dredge, batter, and fry!

I chose Seitan because in my opinion it’s the closest to chicken texture, and I created vegan popcorn chicken. I could’ve kept my Seitan cutlet whole instead of dicing it to make a chicken sandwich or crispy chicken parmesan. I could’ve used chickpeas to make nuggets or vegan drum sticks and used this recipe for the batter. What I’m trying to say is, this recipe can help you make a variety of dishes.

The buttermilk in this recipe is made by mixing plant based milk with vinegar, in this case I chose apple cider vinegar but you can use white vinegar too. We’re using buttermilk in this recipe because it adheres best to our vegan protein, kinda in the similar manner egg does in the original dredging process, resulting in an evenly battered, crispy “chicken”.

I fry using vegetable oil, but feel free to use any oil you typically fry with. I have not tried this recipe baked but now that I’m thinking of it it sounds very interesting!🤔 Check back for an update…

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Vegan Buttermilk Fried Chicken

  • Servings: 4 people
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Make your favorite mock meats crispy and crunchy with this vegan buttermilk fried chicken recipe.

Wet Dredging Mixture

– 1/2 cup plant based milk
– 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
– 1 teaspoon hot sauce
– 1 teaspoon chicken seasoning
– ½ teaspoon black pepper
– ½ teaspoon garlic powder
– ½ teaspoon onion powder
– 2 tablespoons flour
– 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast

Dry Dredging Mixture

– 1 cup flour
– ½ teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon chicken seasoning
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1 teaspoon paprika
– 2 teaspoon nutritional yeast
– 2 tablespoons baking powder

For Frying

– Mock meat
– ½ cup vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Combine all wet dredging ingredients and then combine all dry dredging ingredients.
  2. Dip your choice of protein into the dry mixture, then into the wet mixture, and then back into the dry mixture.
  3. Place battered protein onto oiled pan on low to medium heat.
  4. Fry until both sides are golden brown, flipping once.
  5. Once cooked, place over paper towel so any excess oil can be absorbed.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 753 calories; 56.6 g fat; 39.7 g carbohydrates; 21.3 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 868 mg sodium.

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Vegan Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese

Cheesy Mac And Cheese Using Butternut Squash Recipe

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Mac and cheese was everyone’s childhood favorite. But the type I personally grew up eating was the kind with the powdered cheese… I wonder what exactly is in powdered cheese… Well I’m just glad those days are behind me now!

Alternatively, I would eat the mac and cheese made with 100% diary products like butter, milk, and cheese. And we all know that dairy products are the top source of saturated fats in an american diet, it’s not meant for our species to consume, and I mean have you seen the dairy industry? No thanks. Luckily, these dark days are also behind me.

Vegan Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese
Vegan Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese

Nowadays, I eat the type of mac and cheese made with vegetables. This mac and cheese is made with a roasted butternut squash and is so so creamy! It’s so simple to make; all you need is a butternut squash, some basic pantry items, some spices, and noodles!

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Vegan Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese

  • Servings: 4 people
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Classic, creamy mac and cheese packed with nutrients and minerals.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups roasted butternut squash
  • 2/3 cups plant based milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup vegan cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash, peel, and dice the butternut squash. Coat in oil, salt, and pepper and roast for 25 minutes.
  2. After 25 minutes, remove squash from oven and transfer to blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste for salt and pepper.
  3. Add sauce to your favorite noodles or store in fridge for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Per Serving: calories; 236 g fat; 18.9 g carbohydrates; 3.7 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 257 mg sodium.

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Vegan Tacos

Vegan Carne Asada Corn Tortilla Tacos Recipe

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Freshness in every bite. These vegan carne asada tacos are so delicious and the homemade corn tortillas take this dish to another level.

I love eating Mexican food, it is my favorite cuisine! So you know I had to recreate the classic carne asada corn tortilla tacos using 100% plant based ingredients.

In place of the beef for my carne asada, I am using seitan. It is a high-protein vegetarian food made from cooked wheat gluten that coincidentally has a similar texture to meat (if you cook it the right way).

Vegan Carne Asada Corn Tortilla Tacos

I highly recommend making your corn tortillas at home rather than buying the store version because it really does make a difference.

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Vegan Carne Asada Corn Tortilla Tacos

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: “easy”
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Soft corn tortillas, tender vegan carne asada, and fresh toppings is all you need for great tacos.

Vegan Carne Asada Ingredients

– 1 cup diced seitan
– 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
– 1 tablespoon soy sauce
– 2 limes
– 2 garlic cloves
– ¼ teaspoon cumin
– 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning
– ⅛ teaspoon chili powder
– ¼ red onion for garnish optional

Corn Tortilla Ingredients

– 2/3 cup masa harina
-1/2 cup hot water
-½ teaspoon salt

Vegan Carne Asada Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and marinate for at least 1 hour
2. After an hour, throw everything in the bowl into a pan at medium heat.
3. Cook until all the liquid is evalorated and the seitan is to your desired crispiness.
4. Remove from heat and assemble corn tortilla tacos.

Corn Tortilla Directions

1. Combine masa harina, salt, and hot water with a fork at first and then proceed to use your hands to combine the ingredients.
2. Once you have a dough ball that resembles play dough texture, not to wet and not too dry, put it in a bowl and cover it with a damp paper towel to rest for 15 minutes.
3. After 15 minutes, rip apart a 1½ ball and place in between two pieces of parchment paper. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough ball in one direction and then in the perpendicular direction, keeping your dough even. Once the dough is flat, use a circle bowl to cut out your tortilla.
4. Repeat step 3 for each tortilla.
5. Place the tortilla on a dry pan at medium to high heat. Cook the tortilla for 15 seconds, then flip and cook for 30 seconds.
6. Place tortillas covered in a kitchen towel for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Per Serving: calories; g fat; g carbohydrates; g protein; mg cholesterol; mg sodium.

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Best Vegan French Toast

Best Vegan French Toast Recipe

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I see so many french toast recipes using breads that nobody ever really has in their kitchen, at least not on a regular basis. So, I made it a mission to make the best french toast recipe that works on regular old sandwich bread (you know the kind that you always have and never really know what to do with).

Vegan French Toast

I’m using potato bread, but any type of bread works here. A good trick to avoid soggy french toast is to not allow the bread slice to fully be submerged in the mix. The dip should be a quick one, two, and you should allow any excess mix to drip off before placing the slice on the pan.

You also need to make sure that you have enough butter on your pan for each slice! That is the secret to perfectly golden french toast.

For extra crunchy french toast, cook the french toast until the edges are brown and allow to cool before serving.

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Best Vegan French Toast

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: normal
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Crunchy, fluffy plant based french toast.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup plant based milk
  • ½ teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • ¼ salt
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 4 slices potato bread

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients together besides the butter and set aside.
  2. Add one tablespoon butter on a pan at medium to high heat.
  3. Quickly dip both sides of bread into batter, never fully submerging the bread in the batter.
  4. Drip off extra batter and place dipped bread onto buttered pan.
  5. Cook for a couple minutes, until the bread has developed an even golden brown color.
  6. Flip, and do the same on the other side.
  7. Transfer to a plate. Repeat steps 2-6 for the remaining pieces of bread.
  8. Allow french toast to cool before cutting or serving.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 439 calories; 4.7 g fat; 95.7 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; mg cholesterol; 252 mg sodium.

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Classic Chickpea Hummus

Simple Chickpea Hummus Recipe

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Hummus is truly one of a kind. Classic, healthy, and so delicious!

I always opt for dried chickpeas with my cooking, even though it is a bit more work than just going to the store and picking up a can of chickpeas. “Bisphenols are used in aluminum can linings to reduce corrosion. One bisphenol, BPA, has all the molecular characteristics of an obesogen, a term coined in 2006 to describe chemicals that potentially make us fatter. It enlarges fat cells, disrupts a protein that protects the heart called adiponectin, and functions as a synthetic estrogen. The latter means it can have sex-specific effects on growth and narrow the coronary arteries, increasing risk for coronary artery disease. Studies have shown you can reduce BPA levels by as much as two-thirds by avoiding canned foods – in just a few days’ time,” The Guardian. For this reason I choose to steer far far away from canned foods.

I soak my chickpeas overnight, and then I cook them on the stove for 1-2 hours. Like I said, it is a process. However, this way I’m not risking my life with an aluminum can and the finished product with dried chickpeas compared to canned chickpeas is 1000x better.

Once the chickpeas are cooked though, this recipe is super simple. 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients is all it takes to make a chickpea hummus that is significantly better than anything you’d ever buy at the store.

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Simple Chickpea Hummus

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Classic, silky hummus better than anything you'd buy at the store.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 lemons
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. Blend tahini, vinegar, lemon, garlic, and cumin to create a paste.
  2. Add chickpeas and blend.
  3. Add water until your desired consistency is reached.
  4. Taste for salt.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 239 calories; 7.3 g fat; 35.1 g carbohydrates; 11.4 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 61 mg sodium.

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Rice And Pigeon Peas With Vegan Brown Stew Chicken

Vegan Brown Stew Chicken Seitan Recipe

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When I first said I would stick to a plant based diet I thought about having to say goodbye to my favorite dishes… brown stew chicken.

Rice And Pigeon Peas With Vegan Brown Stew Seitan, Steamed Cabbage, And Okra.

But, I found a way to eat this dish without any of the guilt! Replace the chicken with a vegan option. In this case we’re using seitan, but you can use anything you want for your brown stew.

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Vegan Brown Stew Chicken Seitan

  • Servings: 2 People
  • Difficulty: normal
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Ingredients

  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • ½ onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • ⅓ red chili pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup seitan slices

Directions

  1. Chop onion, garlic, chili pepper and ginger and combine in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients to create a marinade.
  2. Allow mixture to marinate for at least 25 minutes.
  3. After 25 minutes, add oil to pot and cook only the seitan from the marinade on medium heat until it becomes crispy.
  4. Once seitan is cooked, remove from pot and add everything in the marinade to the pot and cook for a few minutes on low heat.
  5. Add water to the pot and bring to a boil, then cover and allow to simmer for an hour.
  6. After an hour, bring off heat and serve seitan with brown stew gravy.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 170 calories; 8 g fat; 13.7 g carbohydrates; 11.8 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 702 mg sodium.

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