Vegan Butter

To be honest, I’m cheap and I don’t want to spend a ton of money on a healthy, alternative vegan butter I can make at home. This recipe is really easy peasy to make.My criteria is that it needs to spread easily on toast, I can use it to bake with, and it doesn’t have a terrible after taste. This recipe fits the bill. Check, check, check! Try it and see for yourself!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Chill Time: 3-4 hours

Ingredients

1 1/2 Cups melted refined coconut oil

1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened cashew milk)

1/4 cup light olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons liquid lecithin

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend for a minute or 2
  2. Pour into a glass dish or Silicone Mold and refrigerate for 3 or 4 hours until firm.

Storage Notes: I usually make a batch that lasts for 3 or 4 weeks in the fridge. Or store in the freezer for 2-3 months.

 

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Sass Mouth Biscuits {VEGAN}

Fluffy “Buttermilk” Biscuits baked to perfection. Enjoy!

Makes 5-10 biscuits

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
2 cups self-rising flour
1 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chilled vegan shortening, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 cup cashew milk (unsweetened)
4 tablespoons melted vegan butter

Cut 1/3 cup of vegan shortening into tiny pieces and put in freezer to chill for about 10 minutes.

Measure the Cashew Milk into a glass measuring cup and add 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Stir until blended and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 425°F and position the oven rack slightly below the center of the oven. Lightly butter/flour a brownie pan, a round cake pan, or cast-iron skillet.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar and salt. Add the shortening to the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter, snap the pieces of shortening until the shortening pieces resemble little pebbles in the flour. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the cashew milk. Using a fork or spatula, fold in the flour and turn the dough until the dry ingredients are moistened and the dough resembles cottage cheese.

Sprinkle the rolling surface with flour. Turn the dough out onto the surface and sprinkle the top with flour. Sprinkle some flour onto your hands to prevent the dough from sticking.  Dip a 2-inch biscuit cutter into the flour and cut out biscuits, ensuring you do not twist the cutter.

Place the biscuits in the pan, sides slightly touching. Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter and bake for 6 minutes. Rotate the pan 180°. Bake an additional 9-14 minutes until tops are a golden brown.  Remove from the oven and brush the biscuits again with melted butter. Best served warm right out of the oven!

 

 

Vegan Bánh mì

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Drain & rinse the jackfruit. In a bowl combine 1 teaspoon soy sauce, garlic powder, ginger, liquid smoke & olive oil. Add Jackfruit to the bowl and toss until coated. Place Jackfruit on top of a baking pan and spread it evenly throughout. (Try for a thin layer so it gets a little crispy in the oven) Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl combine vinegar, the 1/4 cup sugar, and the salt; stir until sugar dissolves. Add carrots & cucumber; toss well. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in another small bowl combine mayonnaise, Asian chili sauce,1 teaspoon soy sauce, and the 1/8 teaspoon sugar.
  5. Spread a thin layer of butter on bread. Place baguette halves, cut sides up, on rack in oven; bake about 5 minutes or just until warm and lightly crisped.
  6. Once Jackfruit is done, shred  with 2 forks and set aside for assembly.  Spread mayonnaise mixture over both sides of toasted baguette. Arrange Jackfruit on baguette halves. Drain carrots & cucumbers, pressing to drain off excess liquid; arrange over Jackfruit. Top with sliced jalapeno. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves. Cut into desired portions.

 

 

Bulgogi

This is a Korean dish that I learned from my roommate in college. It’s typically a marinated meat dish with top sirloin or any tender cut of meat. I prefer to grill the meat to get that smoky char-grill flavor, but it can also be cooked on the stove top as a stir fry with veggies. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do!

Time: 4 Hours Refrigeration + 30 minutes cook time

Serves 4-6

Main Dish Ingredients

2 pounds tender steak (such as top sirloin or strip)

2 Cups Hot, Cooked Jasmine Rice

1 yellow onion, peeled & thinly sliced

2 carrots, peeled & diced

2 Stalks Green Onion, thinly sliced (optional garnish)

2 TBSP Soy Sauce

1 TBSP Vegetable oil

1 TBSP Sesame Seeds

1 tsp minced ginger

1 tsp steak seasoning

1 tsp minced garlic

 

Meat Marinade

1/4 Cup Soy Sauce

1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

3 TBSP Apple Cider (or 1 medium apple sliced such as Fuji or Royal Gala)

3 TBSP Brown Sugar

3 TBSP Rice Wine

1 TBSP Minced Garlic

1 tsp minced ginger

1 tsp Steak Seasoning

In a gallon size Ziplock bag, add steaks and marinade ingredients. Close the bag tightly and use your hands to mix the ingredients all around the meat. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Tip: I grab a small mixing bowl and flip the edges of the Ziplock bag around the edges to hold the bag steady while I pour the ingredients inside.

Prepare 2 cups of Jasmine rice as directed. I usually cook mine in the rice cooker and it only takes about 30 minutes.

Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let sit (inside the Ziplock bag) for about 20 minutes, at room temperature. Heat grill to high. Remove meat from marinade and place on a plate. Discard Ziplock bag and remaining marinade. Place the steaks on the grill and cook until browned and slighted charred, about 4-5 minutes. Once done to your liking, remove from grill, arrange on platter, cover with foil, and set aside.

While the meat is resting, we will get our veggies ready. Preheat your skillet on the stove on medium high heat. Once heated, add the cooking oil and spread around the pan. I pick up my pan and let the oil swirl around and then set it back down on the stove top.  Add the slices carrots and yellow onion and stir. Cook them on high heat about 5 minutes. Turn down the heat to medium, add minced garlic, soy sauce, ginger and steak seasoning. Remove from heat and top with sesame seeds.

Slice the steak into thin slices. Serve steak & veggies over hot, cooked rice.

Garnish with green onions if desired. Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bars

Prep Time
5 min
Refrigerator/Freezer Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Kitchen Tools: Food Processor
Crust
  1. 2 cups rolled oats
  2. 20 dates
  3. 2 Tbsp of cinnamon
Peanut Butter Filling
  1. 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
  2. 4 scoops vanilla protein powder
  3. 1 cup peanut butter or seed butter
  4. 1/2 cup Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
Jelly Layer
  1. 1 cup jam of choice, warmed ( I used Simply Fruit Seedless Strawberry Spread)

Directions

  1. Put the oats, dates and cinnamon into a food processor. Process until dough forms.
  2. Press dough into a parchment lined 9 inch brownie pan. Place in the fridge.
  3. Sift the coconut flour and protein powder together.
  4. Add the peanut butter and almond milk to the flour mixture and blend until fluffy and smooth. Smooth peanut butter layer over crust. Place bars in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Once the peanut butter layer is semi-firm, top with warmed jam. Place bars back in the freezer to firm up.
  6. Once firm, cut into 12 bars. Bars can be stored in the fridge up to 1 week.

Another Variation to try: Chocolate Protein Powder with Seedless Raspberry Jam

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Power Breakfast Cookies {Gluten Free}

These easy, no bake cookies are a healthy way to start your day right with a punch of energy. They are refined sugar free, low mess, and high protein.

Ingredients

4 cups gluten free rolled oats

2 tsp cinnamon

pinch sea salt

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

1 cup smooth nut butter of choice (I used peanut butter)

1 cup honey  (can sub for brown rice syrup/agave/maple syrup)

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup chia seeds

1-2 T unsweetened coconut flakes

Maple Bacon Pancake Muffins

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Decorate Time 10 minutes

Total Time 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. maple syrup
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Frosting and Garnish

  • 6 slices cooked bacon for garnish
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup

 

MUFFIN INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl; set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine beaten egg, milk, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla.
  3. Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Spoon batter into greased muffin tins, filling each tin 1/2 full. (they will rise/peak)
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool to room temp before frosting.
FROSTING INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Put the butter in your stand mixer with whisk attachment and whip for 30 seconds.
  2. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, scraping sides between each addition and whip until incorporated. Increase speed from Medium to High
  3. Add the syrup and whip for another 30 seconds on high. Frosting should be light and fluffy
  4. Chill frosting in the refrigerator for 5 minutes before frosting muffins.
  5. Garnish with Bacon pieces

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