Haystacks

This delicious recipe will definitely become a family favorite. It’s great for birthday dinners or for a family get-together. It’s easily expanded to feed large groups and it’s really easy to make. Try it!

  • 4 cups corn chips and/or tortilla chips
  • 2 Cups chopped lettuce
  • 3 cups Cuban black beans or other bean (ex: Pinto beans) (you can cook or season these any way you like)
  • 1 cup Vegenaise or Vegan Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Better than Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup olives
  • 1 Avocado (squashed to make it guacamole-like)
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cucumbers

Directions

  1. Begin with the chips. Crush them on your plate and add the beans on top.
  2. Top with the lettuce, mayo, sour cream, olives, guacamole, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.
  3. Enjoy!

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Preparation: Slice off the top of 6 medium bell peppers and clean out the white ribs and seeds. (If you want you can also slice them in half the long way as shown in the picture)

Mix in a bowl:

  • 2 Cups brown rice (cooked)
  • 2 cups veggie meat
  • 1/2 Cup bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup Nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Chick-it Seasoning
  • 1/2 Tsp salt to taste
  • 1/3 Cup olives, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 Cup Spaghetti or tomato sauce to moisten
  • 1/2 tsp Basil to taste

Directions:

  1. Stuff the peppers and place them in a casserole dish with 1/2 inch of water on the bottom.
  2. Cover it and bake them for about 40 minutes at 350°, or until tender, then uncover them and bake for about 10-15 minutes to firm them up on the top.
  3. Enjoy!

Note: Best served with fresh veggies on the side!

Roasted Beets n’ Sweets

For those of you who love roasted vegetables, here’s a treat!

  • 6 medium beets, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°
  2. In a bowl, toss beets in 1/2 Tablespoon of olive oil (coating) and spread/layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper & sugar in a large resealable plastic bag (bowl works as well). Mix well.
  4. Bake beets for 15 minutes. Then add the sweet potatoes and the spice mixture. Stir well.
  5. Continue baking last 45 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  6. Enjoy!

Tip

Aluminum foil (used to keep food moist, cook evenly, makes clean-up a lot easier!

 

Zucchini Pasta with Avocado Basil Pesto

This is an easy but delicious recipe for all you pesto lovers out there!

  • 1 small zucchini, shredded and slightly cooked

Blend all these ingredients in a blender

  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 cups basil (raw)
  • 1 large handful of parsley (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 clove garlic
  • a few sprigs of sage

Mix the paste with the zucchini pasta and enjoy!

Brown Rice Crispy Bars

These crispy treats are fast, easy and fun to make. Did I mention they’re delicious?

  • 1 Cup Brown Rice Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Cup almond butter
  • 1/4 Cup carob powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 Cups Brown Rice Crispy Cereal

Directions

  1. Bring syrup to an almost boil
  2. Add salt and almond butter
  3. Mix well
  4. Then  quickly mix in the carob powder & vanilla followed by the Crispy Rice Cereal.
  5. Press into a square dish and cut it into squares while it’s still warm.
  6. Enjoy!

Note: Make it fun and add toppings of your choice!

Vegan hair and skin care

Living in a cold climate for most of the year really tends to dry out our hair and our skin. It’s so irritating to get split ends that cause dry, ratty-looking hair. And as for the skin, it seems like no matter how much moisturizers you use it is still dry, itchy and uncomfortable.

Well the solution isn’t far away! It’s no secret that natural is always best, so that’s why I’m recommending the use of 100% pure coconut oil.

For hair: Coconut oil usually hardens when not heated, so it’s important to heat it a little bit so you can coat your hair from the roots to the ends. Once you have done this, wrap up your hair in a hair cap or even a plastic bag and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then simply wash your hair. NOTE: This works even better if you have a heating cap because it moisturizes the follicles.

For skin: Warm the oil slightly and apply every night before bed on clean skin. Within a week or so you should notice a great difference in the texture and moisture of your skin.

Try it! You’ll love it!

NOTE: Coconut oil is also a great, less-fatty option to cook with. And it’s delicious!

Corn Bread

Everybody loves the thought of fresh hot cornbread just taken out of the oven. Here’s a delicious recipe that you will heartily enjoy!

∗This recipe can be doubled.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 cup oil (canola)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder

Mix all together put the mixture in an oiled pan at 425° for 20-25 minutes.

Note: I usually enjoy this with cold maple syrup dribbled over the top!

 

Leaf Lettuce Roll-Ups

  • 1 Tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 Carrot, finely grated
  • 1 Tbsp sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 2 large lettuce leaves (preferably deep green leaves, not head lettuce)
  • 1 avocado, peeled and mashed
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp all purpose herb seasoning
  • A pinch of salt to taste

Mix the mashed avocado with the  lemon juice, herbs and salt. Then spread to avocado paste on the top of the large lettuce leaves.

Toss together the rest of the ingredients then pile them on top of the avocado.

Roll em’ up and enjoy!

Caramel Popcorn

Delicious Caramel Popcorn that’ll have your taste buds on a whole other level!

  • 1/2 Cup popcorn (popped)
  • 1/4 Cup Peanut butter
  • 1/3 Cup Honey/Molasses/Maple Syrup (depends on your taste)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Heat this mixture until it’s bubbly on medium heat. Then drizzle it over the popcorn to coat. Spread it on a cookie sheet and bake at 200° for 1 hour. Enjoy!