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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is super creamy and delish! Any appetizer that is done in 5 minutes or less is almost always a winner in my book. This is the hummus I am going to serve as an app for Thanksgiving. It has the perfect lil’ kick of heat and can be used as a spread, dip, or eaten by the spoonful. My kiddo couldn’t wait for the spoon and starting dipping his hand in the food processor. Note: Don’t shoot food around toddlers. It’s mental. However, it makes for some cute pics. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ll keep this post short ‘n sweet. If you’re looking for something quick, easy, and cheap to concoct for a soiree or just yourself or your fam, this is an awesome recipe. I definitely suggest a hummus for a T-day appetizer as well. Hummus is always a crowd pleaser. I have an awesome recipe for an artichoke, basil, and balsamic hummus, too! Enjoy!

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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is creamy and delicious with a perfect pinch of spice. A great appetizer for any occasion. Done in 5 minutes!
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 15 oz can cannellini beans - drained
  2. 1/2 15 oz can of garbanzo beans -drain and save 1/2 a shot glass of bean liquid for hummus
  3. 3/4 C roasted peppers (if using jarred peppers, drain well)
  4. 2 heaping Tbl tahini
  5. 2 Tbl spicy taco sauce/hatch sauce
  6. 1 tsp lemon juice
  7. 2 tsp lime juice
  8. 1 clove of garlic
  9. 1/4 tsp of salt (or to your taste)
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a small food processor and blend well
  2. If too thick, slowly add water until you've reached your desired consistency
Notes
  1. I drizzled hot sauce on top and garnished with small slices of lemon and lime and a couple slices of roasted peppers.
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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

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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Red Potato Salad With Hickory Bacon (Vegan)

Red Potato Salad With Hickory Bacon (Vegan) was created on a whim! I LOVE red potato salad in the summer. In fact, it could be a qualifier in whether or not we could be friends. Ah, how I so vainly quantify the important things in life! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hehe. As usual, I digress… I had purchased Sweet Earth Vegan Hickory & Sage Benevolent Bacon from Whole Foods because, well, it was on sale! I was staring into the depths of my refrigerator when I started throwing things onto the countertop. Okay, okay, so I miiight have been drinking some cocktails throughout the process but hey, more often than not, that lends itself to some seriously delicious kitchen concocting! After my potatoes were cooked, I mixed the bacon and other delicious ingredients (see pic below) together, and voila! A new red potato salad was born into instant stardom! The crowd went wild. I can still hear the applause! I know… Clearly, I’ve taken some creative license in the story telling department but cut me some slack. It’s my first week of school back with the little monsters and my brain is a big bowl of shriveled and exhausted matter. I should’ve posted this before Labor Day but hey, I was too busy relaxing! #sorrynotsorry.  

Enjoy the Red Potato Salad With Hickory Bacon (Vegan) for your next BBQ or carb lovin’ affair! Lastly, I have finally caved and joined Instagram! New addiction in my life for sure. *Insert sigh here.* Follow me @ foodgalleygab. Chow!

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Red Potato Salad With Hickory Bacon (Vegan)
Red Potato Hickory Salad (Vegan) is insanely flavorful and delicious! A fabulous twist on the classic salad. Great for your next BBQ!
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs red potatoes - boiled and then diced
In a bowl mix together
  1. 1/2-3/4 red onion - diced
  2. 1/4 C finely diced chives
  3. 4-5 slices of Sweet Earth Vegan Hickory & Sage Benevolent Bacon - diced
  4. 3 heaping Tbl dijon mustard
  5. 1 - 1 1/2 C Grapeseed Oil Veganaise (pending on your level of creaminess. Start with 1 cup, stir, and then see if you want more)
  6. 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp garlic powder (pending on your preferred level of strength)
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Boil the potatoes for about 15 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, add the rest of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir well
  3. When potatoes are done, let cool, and then mix together in bowl
  4. Done!
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Buffalo Cauliflower Bowl

Buffalo Cauliflower Bowl! Why did it take me so long to try this buffalo cauliflower trend?! It’s freakin’ delicious and amazing! Anything uber tasty and guilt free gets a 5-star rating in the book of “Heather.” ๐Ÿ˜‰ Side note: This would be a frightening book. Resume: I was in Bend, OR 2 weeks ago for a vacation (amazing! Managed to squeeze in a night in Sisters and Crater Lake as well), and went to the Bend Brewery. It was there that I was first deflowered to the hot and steamy buffalo cauliflower. What a tasty and ravenous treat. Hehe.  ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was instant love. A saucy treat that ended in a very real addiction. Obviously, I had to keep coming back to buffalo cauliflower for more, because, like my love for General Hospital, #additionisreal. Hey, don’t judge, we all have our vice! 

I read loads of recipes online about how to make this taste sensation. I was also trying to recreate the incredible recipe from the brewery. This Buffalo Cauliflower Bowl is a result of a few recipes leading me to my buffalo cauliflower of perfection. You will LOVE this as much as everyone I have shared it with. Pinky promise! 

I wanted to add this delicious treat to a ‘bowl’. I’m all about the bowls since going more plant-based. It’s an amazing way to get tons of goodness and flavor in your life in an easy fashion. I smothered some sliced portobellos and potato wedges in this buffalo sauce and grilled them up. I put spinach on the side and then smothered the shrooms, fries, and spinach in my left over vegan mac n’ cheese sauce. *Recipe coming soon! I’ll hyperlink the italicized words once I post the recipe so you can dig into this delicious cheese sauce asap. Now, stop reading this and start making your soon-to-be most favorite hot and steamy dish of the summer! Summer flings are the best kinda flings. Only, she’ll leave you wanting more. Every season. Every day. Buffalo Cauliflower Bowl does not disappoint. Enjoy the addiction. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bowl
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Buffalo Cauliflower Bowl is the BEST bowl of the summer! Vegan, healthy, easy, beautiful, and delicious. Enjoy!
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 medium head of cauliflower - diced into florets
  2. 1/2 of a medium sized potato - cut into wedges
  3. Approximately 5 sliced portobellos
  4. 1 large handful of raw baby spinach (or any other green)
For the sauce
  1. 1/2 C flour
  2. 1/2 C water
  3. 1/4 C vegan breadcrumbs (optional)
  4. 1/2 cup hot sauce - I prefer buffalo style (or more sauce if you like it fully smothered)
  5. 2 Tbl Earth Balance (vegan butter) - melted
  6. 1/2 tsp agave or honey (optional, but so good)
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/4 tsp black pepper (optional)
  9. 1 tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450f.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, water, bread crumbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper
  3. Toss in cauliflower - toss well
  4. Spray tinfoil or cookie sheet and place in oven for 20 minutes
  5. Remove the cauliflower from oven - keep oven on
  6. In small bowl, mix hot sauce, agave, and Earth Balance
  7. Toss cauliflower in sauce and butter and place back in oven for 30 minutes
  8. About ten minutes before the cauliflower is done, mix and toss the potatoes and mushrooms in the same bowl that had the hot sauce - I add pepper too
  9. Spray them with oil and place them on the BBQ until done
  10. Assemble bowl and done! Use any dipping sauce/dressing you desire!
Notes
  1. I smother my fries, mushrooms, and spinach in my vegan mac n' cheese sauce!
  2. This makes one bowl with left over buffalo cauliflower
Pair with
  1. A cold IPA or Pale Ale
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The BEST Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce Ever!

The BEST Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce Ever! is the creamiest, tastiest, and easiest vegan cheese sauce I have created to date.  It is also the best tasting vegan nacho cheese I have ever consumed! After years of messin’ around and trying to create the best vegan nacho cheese sauce one can possibly make, I dare say, I have finally done it.  The texture is absolutely incredible and the flavor is outta this world.  Okay, so I’m not gonna be humble in this post ’cause this kicks some serious vegan nacho cheese ass!  My husband greatly dislikes and will not eat almost every single ingredient in this sauce, but absolutely LOVED this cheese sauce.  If you knew my husband, you’d know that this is sayin’ something.   I have a million and five ways you could alter this for different styles as well.  Typically, I say, “use whatever is in your fridge and use my recipe as a guide,” however, in this case, to achieve flavor and texture I would state that you should follow this recipe as closely as possible.  If you’d like to have a different style of vegan nacho cheese sauce I’d recommend the following:

Add vegan chorizo! Trader Joes makes a bomb one!

Add even more jalapenos!

Add cilantro (had I had this in my fridge I absolutely would’ve done this)

Add taco seasoning for a flare

Jazz it up with a smoky (or any) hot sauce

Vegan or not, this is a much healthier version of a cheese sauce and it literally takes a mere 5 minutes to make.  If I sold my, “The BEST Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce Ever!” I would promise you a money back guarantee if you were not 100% satisfied. Get down with some corn tortillas chips, sweet peppers, and margaritas on your next beautiful weekend!

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The BEST Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce Ever!
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The BEST Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce Ever! is the creamiest, most flavorful, and easiest vegan nacho cheese sauce you will ever eat! 5 minutes and you're done!
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 C raw cashews
  2. 1/4 C nutritional yeast
  3. 1 1/4 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos OR soy sauce
  4. 1 Tbl vegan cream cheese
  5. 1 Tbl dijon mustard
  6. Approximately 10 pickled jalapenos
  7. 2 Tbl Ortega Taco Sauce (or another thick taco sauce)
  8. 2 small cloves of garlic
  9. 1/4 tsp onion powder
  10. 1/4 tsp cumin
  11. 1/4 tsp coriander
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a mini food processor or anything that will chop/grind well and puree until completely smooth and creamy
  2. Serve with your choice of chips or veggies
Notes
  1. I served this at room temperature. If you refrigerate and serve again you can quickly heat it up.
  2. Feel free to add: vegan chorizo, more jalapenos, cilantro, and/or taco seasoning
Pair with
  1. Negra Modelo or another light and crisp beer
  2. OR
  3. A margarita of your choice
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