Balsamic Zoodles + Crushed Tomatoes

I wasn’t too hungry while making this, so these zoodles and tomatoes can be made as a side on their own. If you want this to become a full dish, I highly recommend adding plant protein from vegan meatballs (either Gardein or Trader Joe’s).

Here’s what you need: 

  • 1 zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • pinch of salt, pepper

Here’s what to do:

Boil salted water and add the spiralized zucchini in for about 3 minutes, or until it’s cooked to the consistency you want. While the zucchini cooks, heat olive oil and garlic in a pan. Wait 30 seconds and then add tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste and let the tomatoes and vinegar cook on low until the zucchini is done. Mix together and serve hot!

Let me know how you make this into a full dish & enjoy.

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Vegan Pork Stir Fry

Ever crave Chinese food but aren’t in the mood to order in?

vegan pork

Rather than going for my usual order of broccoli & brown sauce, veggie soup, and fried rice, I used some frozen food to make a stir fry I loved. Doing this at home lets you limit the amount of sauce going onto your meal and decide how much veggies you want on the plate vs. processed food.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen broccoli
  • 1 serving Gardein sweet + sour pork bites
  • 2 tbsp Gardein sauce (from same package) or your favorite stir-fry sauce.
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter (ex: Earth Balance)

Here’s what to do:

Heat up butter, broccoli, and pork bites on medium heat for 8-10 minutes. About halfway through, I cut the vegan pork bites in half and made sure the broccoli pieces were about the same size. This reduces cooking time and you can remove from the heat when the pork bites have a golden brown char. During the last minute of cooking, add the sauce and mix well. Serve hot & enjoy!

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Vegan Pesto Cauli Pizza

vegan pesto cauli pizza

If you know how much I loved pizza before I went vegan, you know how picky I am about “alternatives” to my old favorite food. 

I miss “real” pizza less than I thought I would and I definitely don’t miss the upset stomach and bloating I used to accept from eating dairy.

There are few vegan pizza options that taste the same – except for places like Screamers or brands like Amy’s that truly mimic the pizza taste without dairy, and I highly recommend trying them out.

THIS specific recipe isn’t meant to try and pass as pizza, for me, it’s a great healthy swap for when I have the craving but still want to keep my meal nutritious. 

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vegan pesto cauli pizza

Here’s what you need:

Here’s what to do:

Bake the cauliflower crust according to the package instructions. Before the last 5 minutes of broiling, top the crust with the pizza sauce, then the pesto in a few spots, then the rest of the toppings. Broil for 5 minutes or until you see the crust turn golden brown. Serve hot and reheat in a toaster oven for the next day. Enjoy!

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XO – Lupe

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Vegan Cauliflower Gnocchi Dinner

vegan cauliflower gnocchi

As soon as I tried the vegan cauliflower gnocchi from Trader Joe’s, I became OBSESSED & had to share this easy recipe with you guys.

I made my dinner in under 15 minutes and it was easy AF to put together. Enjoy this as a side, a main dish, or bring it to work to reheat the next day.

I would say this meal is pretty processed compared to my others, but I’m happy with the ingredients and it was SO. DELICIOUS. IT HURTS.

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s vegan pesto
  • 1 tbsp Goveggie vegan parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp Earth Balance Vegan Butter

Here’s what to do: 

Cook the water and gnocchi according to instructions. Add the butter for the last 5 minutes of cooking. When the gnocchi is fully cooked, add the pesto and sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top at the end. Serve hot and enjoy!

XO – Lupe

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Cheesy Vegan Zucchini Chips

cheesy vegan zucchini chips

For those of you who A) have no idea what to do with zucchini when you buy it or B) think you can’t have cheese if you’re vegan…

I have a little snack for ya.

I’ll admit that these smelled scary in the oven at first and I thought it would be a bust, but these turned out to be SO delicious & easy to eat.

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Here’s what you need:

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Here’s what to do:

Preheat your oven to 225 F. Slice the zucchini into thin slices about 1/4 inch thick. Mix the slices in a bowl with the cheese, olive oil, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Spread evenly onto a baking pan and bake at 225 for two hours, flipping halfway. Depending on how thin you actually sliced these, the baking time could vary so check on them until they are golden brown or crispy on the edges. Remove from the oven and let them sit for 10 or so minutes.

Enjoy these cheesy vegan zucchini chips!

XO – Lupe

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Grilled PB & Healthy J Melt

Hi my loves!

I made the world’s best breakfast today (not to brag) but since I know you ladies love to brunch, here’s an easy way to put a healthy spin on something delish if that’s what you’re looking for.

I’m all about healthy vegan recipes, but they need to be EASY, too.

This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to make.

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But back to the recipe.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup of my healthy jelly recipe (found here) OR 5-6 mashed strawberries
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter

Spread peanut butter on one piece of bread, healthy jelly or strawberry mash on the other. Heat up the vegan butter on a pan at medium heat. Place the pieces of bread together and heat up in the pan like you would cook a grilled cheese (until both sides are golden brown). Serve warm & enjoy!

XO – Lupe

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