I am so happy I randomly put this little quick bite together! I was starving after work but wanted to work out and cook a real meal. To keep my appetite in check I threw this quick bite lettuce wrap together and it has been my go to snack ever since.
Hydroponic Bibb Lettuce
Saracha or any go to Sauce of choice
Use any amount of the bean sprouts, cauliflower rice and sauce that your heart desires, wrap it up in Bibb lettuce and there you go! A super easy, satisfying light snack to keep you going on with your day!
Here is literally the shortest recipe you will ever see for the quickest best tasting vegan queso EVER.
The intro to this amazing queso will be longer than the actual recipe.
My sister came home from a girls night get together the other day with this queso. It all started with a text from her saying "I have vegan goodies for you, stay up." Naturally I sat patiently awaiting my sisters arrival. When she arrived she revealed this vegan queso and a cashew butter cup (dessert, that recipe is coming next.) I dove into the queso because I am always down to eat. SO GOOD. It was cold and a little greenish looking but my taste buds were not disappointed! The next day our friend who had made this queso sent out the recipe and I obviously have to share it for the entire would because everyone needs a queso substitute because dairy is scary and this queso doesn't make you feel like crap after eating the entire bowl. (woah total run on sentence srry) WINS ALL AROUND.
Ok, I think I have built this up enough, here you go!
Actually while looking at the recipe she e-mailed out I just realized that I didn't follow it correctly. SHOCKING? No. SAD? Yes. It's literally two ingredients and I uh would like to say I unintentionally substituted one of them.
The OG recipe calls for raw almonds. I used raw cashews. Whateves, still good!
1 and 1/4 cups of Raw Cashews
8 oz. Tomatillo Salsa Verde (I used Medium Heat)
1) Soak 1 and 1/4 cups of raw cashews in water for at least 30 minutes
2) In a blender or food processor, blend the soaked (do not include the water) cashews with about 8oz of any Tomatillo Salsa Verde, again, I used medium heat.
3) If you so choose - I heated mine up in a bowl after for 30 seconds, stirred, 30 seconds more, stirred and then 45 seconds. Boom, done!
You may say 30 minutes isn't quick but if you plan ahead and throw in those bad boys while you work out or do laundry or literally do anything in the world then the actually mixing of the two ingredients is super quick. It'll take you longer to clean your blender.
Side note, after I made this I thought of adding Nutritional Yeast to it to make it even more cheesy tasting. I am going to do this next time and edit if needed if it makes it extra good. Stand by for that.
Please see pretty pictures below of the quick process:
Crack open a beer or a nice white wine and you're all set! Or sparkling water which is what I did, yay Dry January!
I would not say that I necessarily miss cheese. My body certainty do not miss it., but on a drunken occasion I could certainly do with some indulging on food that feels like junk food. I give you: The Not So Mac N' Cheese, Mac N' "Cheese!"
What is this witchcraft you ask!? Well, it's a handy recipe for yummy goodness that I found via a Tasty video on Facebook. 100% all of the credit goes to the brilliant minds of Tasty. I made a few tweaks on my own because I am SO BAD at following directions. I also wanted to make it a little less starchy and a little more healthy (ish.) I also suck at watching videos that show measurements, it all goes by way too fast! See below for full ingredient list:
MY VERSION INGREDIENTS:
(1) Large Carrots
(1) Onion (I had a large one so I only used half.)
1 Cup of Riced Cauliflower
1/2 Cup of Raw Cashews
(1) Tsp of Garlic Powder
(1) Tsp of Onion Powder
(1) Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt
(2) Tbsp of Nutritional Yeast
(1) Tsp of Paprika
(1) Tsp of Pepper
1 Box of you're favorite noods (noodles) of choice. I used elbow noods. Cook those bad boys up and set aside.
Step 1: Boil Water
While your water is boiling peel and cut your potato, carrot and onion into large pieces.
Step 2: Once water is boiling, throw in the potato, carrot and onion into the water and let simmer for 10 minutes
Step 3: Once the potato, carrot and onion mix are done scoop them out and put them in a blender or food processor. DO NOT TOSS OUT THAT BOILED VEGGIE WATER YET. Take 1 and 1/2 cups and put it in the blender/food processor as well.
Step 4: Add in 1/2 cup of raw cashews, 1 cup of riced cauliflower along with all of the spices (onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika and nutritional yeast.
Step 5: Blend
Step 6: Add in more spices to taste if you so desire (since going vegan I am huge on spicy flavor)
Lastly pour over cooked noodles and boom! You have yourself some tasty and healthy Mac N' "Cheese"
Let me know if you try out this recipe and how you like it! Warning: please do not expect that gooey blend of what Velveeta gives you, the texture is not like that nor is it as thick but you can rest assured that your stomach will thank you for making this instead!
The test of time for me is getting Chris to try it and give his stamp of approval. Wish me luck!
In our minds, the official drink of summer is Frosé. For some reason, we didn't make any this summer. Lucky for us, it's still 80 degrees in October here in DC so we're whipping up a batch! Join us for the first segment in our recipe series!
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Are you a vegetarian? If the answer is yes, keep reading. If you are not a vegetarian... do you want to be vegetarian? If the answer is yes, keep reading. If the answer is no to all of this, JUST KEEP READING. Plz.
Today I stumbled upon PETA showcasing a Bosh TV recipe for black bean vegetarian burgers, so I obviously got very hungry. I gained the courage to go into my friendly neighborhood Safeway store and oh so patiently wait in line when I stocked up on a few of the ingredients. FYI I am pretty terrible at following cooking instructions so I tend to do my own twist on recipes that I read.
This is my first attempt at cooking something for myself that isn't quinoa and zuccs/squash (I seriously eat the same meal everyday for lunch and I don't even cook the quinoa, my sister does.) I already have some learnings after this go around... mainly I need to invest in a food processor.
What you will need:
4 cups of cooked Black Bean Pasta OR 4 cups of whole wheat pasta and 1 can of black beans
1 Tablespoon of chili powder
1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes
1/3 cup of BBQ sauce
An onion to sautee
A pinch of garlic powder
Hamburger buns and whatever fixin's your heart desires
An oven at 365 degrees
Cook Time 30-40 minutes
Deep breath all you non vegetarians, this beefless burger is going to rock your world!
Step 1: Remind yourself it's ok to cut corners when cooking. Again I'm a lazy emerging Chef... so instead of getting whole wheat pasta and a can of black beans. I got the best of both worlds and found BLACK BEAN PASTA. BOOM. I found this beautiful love child at Marshall's of all places. I have used the Tolerant black bean pasta before for a substitute of regular grain pasta and it's alright but the pasta honestly ends up tasting like black beans (shocker) and then covering it in tomato sauce is just all of these confusing tastes in your mouth but anyways I had some left over for the beefless burger and I picked up some vegetable penne pasta from Safeway so that I could make a decent amount of burgers. All in all just boil water and cook the pasta.
Step 2: Drain the pasta.
Step 3: Throw the pasta into a food processor. For me, I had to use a blender because again... emerging chef that does not currently own a food processor. I plan on ordering one online ASAP because I learned today a blender cannot act as a sub for a food processor. It just can't. Sob.
the real Step 3: Throw in 1 tablespoon of chili powder.
Step 4: Add in 1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes.
Step 5: Add in 1/3 cup of BBQ Sauce. My BBQ was Sweet Baby Ray's. It's magic in your mouth. Better than sex.
Step 6: Blend all of those beautiful vegetarian ingredients together IN A FOOD PROCESSOR... NOT A BLENDER, I REPEAT NOT A BLENDER as pictured. Epic fail for me.
Step 7: Sautée some onions and throw in a pinch of garlic powder. Again the original recipe called for fresh garlic and probably a few other things but... emerging chef cutting corners... coconut oil to spray on the pan and then just some onions and garlic powder do the job quite well.
Step 8: MIX DAT SHIZ UP. Mix mix mix. Throw the beefless paste (I swear it tastes so much better than it sounds) from the food processor into a bowl and mix in the sautéed onions.
Step 9: Section these bad boys into little "better than burger" burgers and throw them onto some parchment paper that is sprayed with coconut oil for some extra non stick protection. Top them off with a "drizzle of olive oil."
Step 10: Bake at 365 degrees for 30-40 minutes based on the size of the burgers. SIZE DOES MATTER. I baked these for 30 minutes and they were scrumptious besides that not all of my penne pasta was blended due to the faulty blender not being a food processor.
Lastly: Load up the bun with the beefless black bean burger, some more BBQ sauce and whatever meatless toppings your heart desires. THE END. There you have it, a delicious vegetarian meal that is filling and is a great party trick for summer cookouts. You're welcome. XOXO CoolGirlConclusion
Hi, I'm Rachel, CoolGirlConclusion, honestly, whatever you want to call me (as long as it is nice.) CoolGirlConclusion is my way of life. I believe in expressing yourself and putting good vibes out into the world. I believe that all creatures on this planet are earthlings and that we are all here to love and do some creating. These posts are the random thoughts & passion points in my life. Welcome to my head and my (non-animal tested & ethically responsible) obsessions.
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