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Mexican Vegan Sushi Rolls!

Mexican Vegan Sushi Rolls! are so incredibly healthy, easy, and delicious. I wanted to do something unique with my nori rolls so I looked at what I had to get rid of in my fridge, and this idea rolled (hehe) right into my head. I had whipped up some fire roasted hot sauce last week with my various hot peppers that are pouring out of my garden. I smothered the inside (and out) with it. Of course, using store bought hot sauce will be just as amazing. From there, I added my sushi rice, and everything else from the recipe card below…

Everyone always assumes that I don’t eat sushi because I’m veg. Sushi is an awesome veggie or vegan food! You can put absolutely anything in it.  The weirder the rolls, the better. At least in my humble opinion. πŸ˜‰ Carrots, cucumbers, and avocado. That is primarily the “it” veggie sushi roll. Screw that! Shove some buffalo patties, chives, and pinto beans in there! Why not use tofu or tempeh? Go Italian style with some amazing Tofurky Sun-dried tomato/basil sausages and more. Go Greek with olives, tomato, and hummus, think of throwing some kind of veggie patty or a falafel in there! There’s no end to what you can roll into your nori. Obviously, swishing it down with some hot saki is highly recommended, or even encouraged. I live near a saki factory where you can go and taste the amazing flavors that sakis have to offer. Pretty dope! If I haven’t mentioned it before, I’m in love with living in Oregon again. Five years in China and I’m extra freakin’ in love with this orgasmic place! I get asked all the time why in the world I don’t live in New York (my home state), and I have one answer: The Pacific Northwest rocks!

Mexican Vegan Sushi Rolls! should be on your list of things to make this week. In addition to some cocktails, Halloween decorations, jack-o’-laterns, and costumes of course. πŸ˜‰ Eat up and enjoy!

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Mexican Vegan Sushi Rolls!
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Mexican Vegan Sushi Rolls! are incredibly healthy, easy, and delicious! Get creative with your nori rolls and dive into a vegan flavor explosion in the form of sushi!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Nori wraps
  2. 3/4 C cooked sushi rice
  3. 1 vegan buffalo chicken patty (I use Boca) cut into strips
  4. 1 slice vegan cheese (I used Field Roast Chao - Tomato Cayenne) cut into strips
  5. A handful of chives cut in half
  6. 8 slices of cucumber
  7. 8 slices of carrot
  8. Optional: avocado slices (recommended) & cilantro to taste
  9. Pinto beans to taste (I dived 3/4 of a can)
  10. Hot sauce for inside and out - to taste
  11. Optional: Everything bagel seasoning for a garnish (I used Everything But The Bagel from Trader Joe's)
Instructions
  1. Top each sushi roll with rice (split evenly among all 4 rolls)
  2. Add hot sauce on each roll (to your taste)
  3. Add beans
  4. Add cheese and buffalo patty
  5. Add carrots and cucumbers
  6. If using, add avocado and cilantro now
  7. Add chives
  8. Roll them up and lightly rub with water then sprinkle with everything seasoning
  9. Garnish with hot sauce
Notes
  1. Feel free to squeeze a fresh lime over those rolls!
Pair with
  1. Hot saki OR Hefeweizen, Witbier, American Ales
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Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese!

Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese! is my most favorite comfort food. This is a mac n’ cheese recipe for vegans and non-vegans alike. It’s crazy creamy, flavorful, and (drum roll please)… healthy! Don’t let that scary word deter you. I promise you that this kinda health will only bring you happiness. In a mouth watering, drooling, gimme some more, can’t stop won’t stop, this is the food bomb of the year, melt in your mouth, orgasmic kinda shit, kinda way. I know, I’m setting the bar high, but this will deliver. My kiddo, when asked what he wants for dinner, at least 3 days of the week begs me for “vegan macaroni and cheese puhleeeasse, mom!” Even the meat eating, vegan sceptic hubby thinks it’s incredible. His vegan fearing mother is coming for a visit from Scotland soon and he’s asked me to unknowingly feed her loads of yummy vegan food and drop the “V” bomb on her after she’s scarfed it all up. Now, this just feels wrong, but hey, it just might still happen. However, he can drop that dirty lil’ “V” word, not me. Judge us if you will. πŸ˜‰ 

Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese! is the perfect lunch or dinner for all walks of life. I recommend saving some of the cheese sauce on the side so that if you actually have left overs the following day you can pour on some new sauce before reheating, otherwise it will be a bit dry like a ‘real’ mac n’ cheese. I used my fabulously beautiful and buttery crooked neck heirloom squash from my garden, however, you can use any yellow squash. That all being said, go get cookin’ into your carb coma! *IMPORTANT: Be sure you have someone to roll you from the table to the bed. This mac n’ cheese don’t mess around, aight? πŸ˜‰

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Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese!
Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese! is loaded with flavor, creaminess, and is incredibly healthy! Enjoy for lunch and dinner, or a comfort food craving!
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2- 3 yellow squashed - sliced
  2. 1 C vegetable broth
  3. 1/2 C nutritional yeast
  4. 2 tsp turmeric
  5. 2-3 Tbl flax seed (optional - but hey, so healthy, why not?!)
  6. 1 Tbl garlic powder
  7. 2 tsp onion powder
  8. 1/3- 1/2 C raw and unsalted cashews
  9. 1 lb pasta
  10. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400f and then roast squash until soft (about 25 minutes)
  2. Meanwhile, boil your choice of pasta and set all other ingredients in a blender (I use my Vitamix)
  3. When squash is done, place in blender with other ingredients and blend until creamy and smooth
  4. Pour over pasta and done!
Notes
  1. You will have extra sauce for another round of pasta! Make 2 lbs for a party size. Also, save some sauce if you will have left overs the following day when reheating. It will be too dry without extra sauce when reheating like a 'real' mac n' cheese.
Pair with
  1. Beer- American style brown ale
  2. White wine- Dry riesling
  3. Red wine- Grenache
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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.” πŸ˜‰ 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.  πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ˜‰

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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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Vegetarian Chicken Street Tacos

Vegetarian Chicken Street Tacos was the last recipe I had made as a veg-head!* I was vegan many moons ago for two years and have decided that after watching “What the Health” and a few other documentaries about plant-based diets/veganism that I would return to the vegan world. Also, just my own want and desire to always return to my vegan ways. That being said, Vegetarian Chicken Street Tacos was an incredible creation that would be just as incredible with a vegan chx and sans queso fresco.  

I am a massive lover of tacos, quesadillas, or anything that I can smother in hot sauce, cilantro, and avocado. Obviously, a margarita wouldn’t hurt the process if you decided to sweeten the deal. πŸ˜‰ Everyone I know has been raving about street tacos for the past year. I guess I live under a rock because I had no freakin’ idea what the hell they were talking about. Hence the birth of this delicious lil’ taco recipe I have so kindly shared with you here. πŸ˜‰ Invite some of your most favorite peeps over and chow down with some incredibly beautiful, delicious, yet healthy and easy (bonus for sure) food, and blend up some tasty margs. You’ll be a taco making star amongst your nearest and dearest. If you’re not convinced, serve them more margaritas. πŸ˜‰ Taco time!

*Veg-head: (Top definition in Urban Dictionary)

veg head
One who does not consume meat
AKA a vegetarian
“Woah man you don’t eat meat!?!” 
Yah.. I’m a veg head”
 

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Vegetarian Chicken Street Tacos
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Vegetarian Chicken Street Tacos are delicious, beautiful, healthy, and easy tacos for you next lunch, dinner, or soiree.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. Quorn Fajita Chicken
  2. 5 street taco tortillas (4.5") - corn or flour
  3. 1 zucchini- diced finely
  4. 1 avocado- diced
  5. 1/2 can of pinto beans (seasoned or unseasoned)
  6. 5 mushrooms -diced finely
  7. 1/2 lime or the equivalent in lime juice
  8. Fresh cilantro to taste
  9. Taco seasoning to taste
  10. Queso fresco- enough to be sprinkled on each taco. Approximately 4-5 Tbl
  11. Hot sauce to taste
Heat Quorn chicken in microwave whilst tossing the following
  1. Toss the pintos beans, taco seasoning, lime juice, zucchini, and mushrooms in a bowl and mix
  2. Cook in pan with chicken for about 5 minutes (medium-medium high)
  3. Lay out tortillas and divide the mix evenly on top of each tortilla
  4. Garnish with cilantro, queso fresco, avocado, and hot sauce
  5. Fold in half and done!
Serve with
  1. Your choice of margarita
  2. OR
  3. Beer (pale ale or IPA)
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Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Portobello Mushroom is the most delicious stuffed mushroom you’ll ever eat! Easy, vegan, and a flavor explosion in your mouth! I saw this beautifully large fungus on the shelf at Trader Joe’s and knew it was mine. I went home and scoured through the fridge to see what I had left over to stuff this baby with. I decided that I did not want to add rice or any grain, as it was a huge mushroom and I didn’t want it to be too heavy. Plus, I always make my stuffed mushrooms that way and was ready for a change.

I remember the first time anyone had ever introduced me to this delicious mushroom. My mom and my neighbor had decided to knock down the fence we shared in the backyard to rebuild a taller one for more privacy. I was extremely disappointed to say the least because my next door neighbor, Erick, was the love of my thirteen year old life and had been since I was eight.  We would always chat over the fence and hang out. I was beyond bummed! Didn’t our parents know what they were doing to us?! Literally building a wall in between our hearts. Okay, so we just walked out our front doors instead, but still, this led to a diminished ability to stalk one another and two bleeding teenage hearts. Years later my sister and his sister said they found one of Erick’s old sneakers that he had saved that had penned in it “I ‘heart’ HR.” My older teenage heart melted. Anyway, I’m sure you’re wondering why in the world I’m sharing my first love tales of woe with you. Being that we were rebuilding this fence into a fortress (hey, I’m allowed some dramatic license here) we temporarily had no fence in between the yards. “Ahhh…” and love hearts filled the air and love stalking each other was easier than ever. Erick’s mom came over often and BBQ’d with us. One day, she brought over a marinated portobello mushroom for the grill and couldn’t believe that my vegetarian self had never had the wonder of such a delicatessen. I was hooked! This was the best thing since, well, Erick! From that point forth, stuffed portobellos were in my top 5 grilled foods.

I hooked this baby up with canellini beans, baked tofu, fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, spinach, and brushed the mushroom in balsamic and olive oil.  This was the birth of the BEST and most flavorful mushroom I had ever eaten, and voila, we now have Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Portobello Mushroom on this earth. Woo-hoo!  Enjoy, folks! 

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Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Portobello Mushroom
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Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Portobello Mushroom is the most delicious stuffed mushroom you'll ever eat! Easy, vegan, and a flavor explosion in your mouth!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large portobello mushroom
  2. Olive to brush the mushroom
  3. Balsamic vinegar to brush the mushroom
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Dried oregano to taste
  6. 4-5 basil leaves finely diced
  7. 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil - julienned
  8. 1/2 brick of baked tofu diced in small cubes
  9. 3 Tbl kalamata olives diced finely
  10. 2 C fresh spinach
  11. Approximately 1/4 C of cooked white beans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Brush the mushroom with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add the salt and pepper and brush over the mushroom again
  3. Wilt the spinach (pan or microwave) and place on the mushroom
  4. Add white beans and kalamata olives then top with dried oregano
  5. Add the baked tofu and basil
  6. Top with the sun-dried tomatoes
  7. Wrap the portobello (completely covered) in tinfoil and place in oven for approximately 20 minutes
Notes
  1. This would be delicious with feta cheese or parmesan cheese as well
Pair with
  1. Red Zinfandel, Shiraz, or Syrah
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