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Lentil Soup with Sauteed Mushrooms (Vegan)

Lentil Soup with Sauteed Mushrooms (Vegan) is now definitely making an appearance on Thanksgiving… though not on my original menu. If you are a lover of the lentil like myself, I have no doubt you’re a lover of lentil soups. This is a classic lentil soup recipe that I’ve topped with loads of sauteed mushrooms and fresh cilantro because that is what I had that lying around in the fridge. Waste not! My food philosophy that I am constantly touting “(like the mind, food is a terrible thing to waste).” Mushrooms are my ultimate fave as well, and I nominate autumn as the season of the shroom! I used white mushrooms, as they were in my fridge, however, you could use any mushroom in this soup.

Personally, I deem this soup to be simplicity in its finest form. It’s a small twist on a classic soup but it is delicious, healthy, easy, and displays itself beautifully, especially if you’re serving guests. It’ll make you look like a savvy chef for sure! Bust out the dusty apron and fool people into thinking you’ve been slaving all day! That is, unless, it’s Thanksgiving. In which case, you’ve undoubtedly been slaving all day.  For T-day, I drink wine whilst cooking. This makes everything better. πŸ˜‰ Naturally, some good tunes and food sampling (duh) will sweeten the deal, too. 

Hope you enjoy and have a fabulous Thanksgiving with those around you. Gobble, gobble, gobble up! πŸ˜‰

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Lentil Soup with Sauteed Mushrooms (Vegan)
Serves 6
Lentil Soup with Sauteed Mushrooms (Vegan) is easy, healthy, and fabulously delicious! Great for Thanksgiving or anytime you want to warm up with a tasty soup!
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb dry lentils (rinse first)
  2. 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  3. 1 carrot - diced
  4. 1 stalk of celery - diced
  5. 1 onion - finely chopped
  6. 3 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
  7. 1 cup cilantro
  8. 3 bay leaves
  9. 1/2 tsp cumin
  10. 8 cups veggie broth
  11. 3 Tbl olive oil
  12. Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot with olive oil
  2. Add the onion, carrot, and celery with a pinch of salt - stir occasionally
  3. Add the garlic for the last minute (about minute 7)
  4. Cook for approximately 8 minutes
  5. Add the lentils, broth, bay leaves, and cumin
  6. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low (about 40 minutes)
  7. Meanwhile, heat a pan with oil and add the mushrooms with salt
  8. Add the cilantro in the last minute (about minute 9)
  9. Cook until lightly browned (about 10 minutes)
  10. When lentils are done, add salt & pepper to taste
  11. If too thick, slowly add more veggie broth until you reach your desired consistency
  12. Pour the soup into bowls and then top with the mushroom mix
  13. Done!
Notes
  1. Serve with a rustic bread
Pair with
  1. Wine- Chianti OR Sangiovese
  2. Beer- Winter Ale
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Vegan Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese

Vegan Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese is creamy, easy, delicious, and healthy! You’ll fool all non-vegans for sure! I brought this to a friend’s Thanksgiving this past weekend and I overheard loads of people saying, “you’d have no idea there wasn’t any cheese in here.” The texture will melt in your mouth for sure. Just another carb to add to your Thanksgiving day menu! This is a vegan game changer… no doubt.

A couple of my sibs are flying in for my vegan T-day. We have gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan amongst us. I am making this Vegan Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese (with gluten free pasta), a vegan meat loaf, Tofurkey roast, stuffing with ‘sausage’ (homemade of course), mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, spinach salad with candied pecans, and an apple pie & pumpkin cheese cake for Thanksgiving. I’m serving a vegan spinach and artichoke dip, some sort of hummus, and a vegan sour cream & onion dip for appetizers. They’ll be LOADS of wine and bubbly throughout the day and well into the evening. If any of us make it up the stairs for bed I will die in utter amazement! I’m carbin’ everyone the ‘f’ up and steering us into booze-ville. If we end the night with garage games I’ll be pleasantly surprised; though I won’t be holding my breath. 

I didn’t anticipate on shooting this pasta so these are all of the pics I have! Poor light that day, too. I brought this Vegan Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese, fresh flowers and herbs from my garden, and a bottle of pomegranate mimosas with pom seeds to my friend’s house. She hosted an awesome soiree and it was SO great to see her, as I’ve not seen her since I moved back to OR last year. Thanks for the hospitality, Bethany! πŸ™‚

Happy early T-day to all!

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Vegan Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese
Vegan Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese is creamy, easy, delicious, and healthy! You'll fool all non-vegans for sure! Share for Thanksgiving or for any evening meal!
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Total Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 16 oz pasta (I used cellentani)
  2. 1/3 cup raw and unsalted cashews
  3. 1 small butternut squash - steamed and de-shelled
  4. 3 Tbl nutritional yeast
  5. 1/2 a 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
  6. 1 tsp of thyme
  7. 1 veggie broth cube (I used the equivalent with Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Broth)
  8. 1 small onion - diced
  9. 2 cloves of garlic - diced
  10. Oil for pan
Instructions
  1. Boil water for pasta and cook when ready
  2. Heat a pan and cook onions for 3 minutes
  3. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes ( like mine slightly browned)
  4. In a high powered blender (I use my Vitamix) add the onion/garlic mix and all other ingredients other than the pasta
  5. Blend until smooth
  6. Poor contents of the blender over the drained pasta and mix well (add water if needed)
  7. Done!
Notes
  1. Amazing dish for Thanksgiving! Also, I LOVE a good hot sauce on any mac n' cheese. If we are sympatico, go nuts!
Pair with
  1. White wine: Chardonnay
  2. Red wine: Barbera
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Simple & Quick Vegan Breakfast Toasts with Sausage

Simple & Quick Vegan Breakfast Toasts with Sausage is healthy and delicious. Hummus, avocado, cream cheese, cilantro and sausage. I eat this any morning that I have all of the ingredients in my fridge. It’s done in 5 minutes, and because I won’t wake my tired ass up any earlier than I already do, this is the perfect remedy for fullness, healthfulness, and happiness. Not only that, my 3 year old will totally get down with this deliciousness as well. Fabulous start to both of our way-too-early mornings! 

I obviously have a total love affair with food; hence this blog. Just because something wasn’t sweated over upon a stovetop or involved loads of hard work definitely does not mean that it wasn’t healthy and delish. I’m posting this because it’s something I eat often and I love to eat. It’s easy, super fast, and crazy healthy. Something to be said for simplicity, folks. I promise to keep those KISS meals in my blog! 

For this, I used Trader Joe’s Tuscan Pumpernickel Bread because it’s insanely delicious. I toasted that and then smeared Tofutti Cream Cheese on it. Over that I smashed some avocado, and then topped it with a roasted red pepper hummus (recipe coming soon). I had cilantro laying around so I threw some on top. Cilantro on almost anything, really. I used TJ’s Italian Sausage-Less Sausages and chopped that up on the side. I had some incredible espresso and made that in my Bialetti. Voila! A breakfast star was born. What are my fellow vegan/veg-head friends putting on their morning toasts? Send pics in my comment section!

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Beet Hummus with Mint

Beet Hummus with Mint is something I’ve wanted to make for a while now, as it seems to be the ‘hip’ hummus these days. Garlic is out, anything off ‘beat’ (haha) is in. Ignore my humor. πŸ˜‰ I made this recipe a few times in order to reach the perfect balance of ingredients. I didn’t want it to be too sweet or too earthy. This awesome Beet Hummus with Mint is my final and ‘perfect’ dip. If someone would’ve told me that beet hummus would be a thing years ago I would’ve said, “gross, we’ve gone too far.” Thankfully, I’m with the progressive crew these days… rollin’ with the homies. πŸ˜‰ 

I blended mint and beets and then garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds since I had half of a pomegranate left over from my kiddo’s birthday party (for my fall sangria – yum!). 

Beet Hummus with Mint is an awesome appetizer for a soiree! It’s totally gorgeous, unique, delicious, easy, and healthy. What more could you ask for?! Let me know your thoughts and send me pics in the comment section of your creations!

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Beet Hummus with Mint
Beet Hummus with Mint is a beautiful, delicious, unique, easy, and vegan appetizer! Put a spin on your hummus and wow your audience at your next soiree!
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Prep Time
4 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
4 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 can garbanzo beans (save a shot glass worth of bean juice) - drained
  2. 1/2 can cannellini beans (the beans should total 15 ounces together) - drained
  3. 2 Tbl tahini sauce (not heaping)
  4. 5-7 drops edible lemon essential oil OR lemon juice (if using fresh lemon, squeeze one large slice)
  5. 5 mint leaves
  6. 1 8.5 oz can of beets -drained OR 1 small beet
  7. 1/2 tsp agave syrup (or syrup of your choice)
  8. Dash of salt
  9. *Oil, mint leaves, pepper, and pomegranate seeds for garnish
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients (except garnish) in a blender or immersion blender
  2. Garnish with oil, mint leaves, pepper, and pomegranate seeds
  3. Serve with veggies or chips of your choosing!
Adapted from Inspired by, Vegetarian Ventures
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12 Mexican Inspired Munchies & Meals – Vegetarian & Vegan!

12 Mexican Inspired Munchies & Meals – Vegetarian & Vegan! Has been a post I’ve been meaning to make for ages. Glad I waited since I’ve created a few more faves since then. Honestly, I don’t know one single person who dislikes, scratch that, doesn’t absolutely LOVE Mexican inspired food! It’s an amazing cuisine for veg-heads and vegans alike. If you’re a carb whore like myself, and this food is not your jam, I sit here, flabbergasted. If you are in fact of my ilk, then you’ll love these meals by washing them down with a serious margarita or beer. The first is usually preferred, as beer can put my guaranteed-to-be-stuffed belly over the top in fullness. 

I thought about waiting to post this for Cinco de Mayo but now is a perfect time with the cold coming in. Time to stay at home, have friends over, cook, drink, and eat! Pretty sure this is what I live for (besides my fabulous wee man of course). Click on the recipe name below the pic for the recipe. Let me know your faves in the comment section! πŸ™‚

Recipes in order of pictures: 

Crazy Creamy Mexican Pasta, Holy Sh#% Loaded Nachos!, Lentil & Tofu Breakfast Quesadillas, Amazing Classic Guacamole, Buffalo Cauliflower Bowl, The BEST vegan nacho cheese sauce ever!, Vegetarian Chicken Street Tacos, G’s Arugula White Bean Quesadilla, Mexican Vegan Sushi Rolls, Green Goddess Cheesy Quesadilla, Easy Spinach & Mushroom Cheesy Quesadillas, Vegan & Vegetarian Huevos Rancheros

*Recipes from the archives and many of them on Foodgawker & Food52!