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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What’s the Deal with Going Meatless?

You guys had the BEST responses and questions after I shared an article like this about the dairy-free life, and your next question was about meat. 

I love that some of you still eat meat, some of you are eating less, some of you are not at all. Do you.

Going away from dairy probably gave me the most dramatic results on my health & weight loss journey, and meat was a close second.

People are leaving the meat world for a number of reasons: long-term health, excess weight gain, ethically not wanting to harm animals, possible carcinogens, it’s creepy when you think about it, connections to pollution and animal agriculture, etc. Some of these are my opinions and some are connections I learned in here.

But there are TWO ways to eat less meat at first:

#1. Go to the store and buy all the fake burgers, tacos, nuggets, and make them all the time because you’ll miss them so much. I did this in the beginning and actually gained weight. More on that below.

#2. Plan your meals around MORE fruits and veggies, use recipes that look good, focus on what you can eat MORE of and you’ll automatically think about meat less. This is the MOST effective way to do it health wise, and the full breakdown on how to do this easily is allllll in here. 

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But this article is about what you can do with option 1. The Meat Alternatives. 

I love option #2 but sometimes a girl wants a burger and she doesn’t want it to taste like veggie burger garbage. Not too much to ask, right?

So here are my BEST recommendations to help you ease into the meatless or meat-less life, manage cravings if you miss something, or if you’re open to trying something new.

Disclaimer though: this is one of the times where vegan does NOT always = healthy. I learned this the hard way when I overdid it on fake meats just starting out. Once in a while is great. Many of these are processed / not super healthy but I love them when I’m in the mood to indulge. 

Burgers

I HATE VEGGIE BURGERS… at least, the ones that taste like sh*t. You’ve all seen a weird vegetarian eat a brown blob of something scary and think to yourself, I could never do that. Well, neither can I.

Thankfully, technology & demand for good-tasting plant burger options saved the day and I can 10000%, genuinely recommend three brands of plant-based burgers that I can eat all day, errryday.

Beyond Meat has a delicious one that’s easy to cook with and I’m obsessed with the ingredients inside, even if it’s processed. The Impossible Burger is a close second for me. It’s also available at so many restaurants now, making it easy for me to feel like I’m treating myself even in non-vegan places. Last one I love is Gardein’s beefless burger.

Tacos

Shameless plug: I don’t care what you put into a taco, MINE ARE THE BEST. Just look at them: 

My Chipotle Potato Lettuce Tacos are soooo pretty. And so delicious, so healthy, so easy. Frying potatoes with the right spices is actually a great healthier swap for real taco meat.

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Another taco meat alternative I can get behind is the beefy crumble from Beyond Meat. You can season it however you want and put it into chili, tacos, nachos, whatever. It’s the same exact texture as the “real” thing.

Nuggets

I feel like all I wanted to eat growing up were chicken nuggets, and obviously we crave them sometimes! I’ve actually found a few different kinds I like:

Gardein makes easy tenders you can use with pasta, wraps, roasted veggies. Morningstar makes Buffalo and regular nuggets I love to snack on.

Chicken patties are a thing too, and I’ll enjoy this one on a random craving.

Hot dogs

This one’s kind of a joke because hot dogs are the scariest thing in the world to me. If you’re going to miss them, I don’t know what to tell you, sorry!! LOL

Sandwich Meat

We like fillers when we make sandwiches – texture to bite into. So what I personally use are things like tempeh, tofu, I’ll cook them and flavor them however I want and call it a day. Brand-wise, Light Life makes some options and so does Tofurky. Honestly though, I don’t eat these much.

Pulled Pork

JACKFRUIT. Okay here’s a story for ya. One day I bought a cookbook to help me make more vegan food and fell in LOVE with the pictures and the recipes for alll the things I thought I’d miss. It had it all. Turns out, the author was a chef from California who owns an all-vegan restaurant – one that attracts people who AREN’T vegan, the food is that good. I literally must have loved & looked at this cookbook daily for months.

So a year later when I spontaneously flew to California to go on vacation with someone I’d never met (story here), I HAD TO GO TO THE RESTAURANT. I did, I died, I went to heaven, and it was because of jackfruit.

I ordered a jackfruit risotto and it was cooked and seasoned so well, the jackfruit tasted like the most tender meat I ever had. I officially never missed pulled pork, steak, or any other red meat again. You can cook jackfruit at home in place of these and season however you want.

Meatballs

Here’s another random one that people ask me about sometimes. Unless you’re a passionate home chef, I would just get store bought meatballs. I’ve only tried these from Trader Joe’s and love them.

Also worth mentioning: the meatball sub from byChloe. OBSESSED.

SO ladies, LMK.

You gave me the best responses from my little dairy-free guide, I need to know how this helps you as well. 

Anything missing? Anything you still have questions on & want to see next? You know where to find me.

XO – Lupe

Certified Holistic Health Coach

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