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Cheesy Vegan Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa Recipe

16 Aug
A delicious alternative to meat, quinoa, black beans, Vegan cheese and other ingredients make this a delish' dish!

A delicious alternative to meat, quinoa, black beans, Vegan cheese and other ingredients make this a delish’ dish!

 

It’s always a good sign when the kids celebrate with a “Hooray!” when you tell them what’s for dinner.  Tonight’s celebration involved stuffed peppers that is loaded with nutrients, filling and will have your taste buds dancing, along with some eager (and hungry) people!  (Psst… if you don’t like bell peppers, the stuffing is awesome without them so Try it!

Carve out a little bit of time because this isn’t something you can put together in a pinch but it DOES make for awesome leftovers as the flavors intensify overnight 🙂

TiV Vegan Stuffed Peppers Step 1

TiV Vegan Stuffed Peppers Step 1

 

TiV Vegan Stuffed Peppers Step 2

TiV Vegan Stuffed Peppers Step 2

 

TiV Vegan Stuffed Peppers Step 3

TiV Vegan Stuffed Peppers Step 3

 

TiV Vegan Stuffed Peppers Step 4

TiV Vegan Stuffed Peppers Step 4

 

 

 

Serves 8-10

What you need:

  • Olive oil (or grape seed oil) to coat pan
  • 1 cup of onion diced small (1/3 -1/4 large sweet onion)
  • 2 large or 3 medium stalks of celery diced small
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes (drain but save the juice)
  • 1 package 11oz. frozen spinach defrosted and drained
  • 3 medium to large carrots grated small
  • 1 1/2 -2 cups sweet corn kernels (canned or frozen is fine if you don’t have fresh)
  • 3/4 cup sprouted quinoa (or regular quinoa) rinsed very well
  • 1 can drained and rinsed black beans (or 1 1/2 – 2 cups cooked)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups shredded vegan cheese (we like Enjoy Your Heart Vegan Mozzarella & Cheddar mix)
  • 5 bell peppers -we prefer red, orange and yellow  (Go crazy, get organic if you can with all of the ingredients 🙂

 

What to do:

 

Step 1:  Add oil to pot over medium heat.  Once heated, add celery and onion and cook until tender (5 min.).  While cooking, drain canned tomatoes and pour tomato juice into baking dish (we recommend a pan with a higher lip).  Mix in cumin and garlic for one minute.

Step 2:  Add tomatoes, spinach, grated carrots and quinoa.  Stir and allow any liquid to evaporate (around 3-5 minutes)

Step 3:  Continue by adding beans, corn, and mix in 2 cups of water.  Put the lid on the pot, bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium low for 15 minutes.  Turn the oven on to 350 degrees. Use this time to grate the cheese and clean & cut the bell peppers.  Place the peppers in baking pan or dish atop the tomato juice.

Step 4:  Use 3/4 of your cheese and mix in pot.  Fill the peppers with mixture and place in the oven, covered with aluminum foil, for 20 minutes.  Remove foil and sprinkle remaining vegan cheese on top, turn broiler on to melt cheese (10-15 minutes – keep an eye on it)

We choose not to use salt and pepper and those in the house that prefer it normally have admitted that it doesn’t need it however feel free to add if you please 🙂

 

Great for parties and all seasons!  Enjoy! 🙂

 

A delicious alternative to meat, quinoa, black beans, Vegan cheese and other ingredients make this a delish' dish!

A delicious alternative to meat, quinoa, black beans, Vegan cheese and other ingredients make this a delish’ dish!

 

Kale and Quinoa Salad (The Beautiful Skin, Hair & Nail Salad)

16 Apr

Don’t believe it?  Try it.  We didn’t believe it either and as a thirty something year old, I bought kale for the first time a few years ago after reading about other people’s experiences with clearing up acne and having hair with luster and shine.  I wanted and needed those same results and that’s exactly what I got!  If you have dry, dull hair or problem skin (cystic acne or otherwise), read on…

 Unlike many of you, I didn’t grow up eating kale.  Honestly, a few years ago I had to Google kale to see what it looked like!   If you have never had it before, there are many ways of consuming kale: steaming, baking or using a dehydrator for kale chips, raw and of course, making smoothies and juicing.  (Stay with me here, don’t lose me if any of those ideas horrify you at first glance.)  

Once heat is used to cook anything, vital nutrients are lost.  In this case, we encourage you to focus on eating it raw to get the most benefits from your food.  Remember, the darker the green, the better it is for you!

TiV Kale Quinoa salad closeThis is an incredibly simple salad:

  • kale
  • cooked quinoa  (great if you have leftovers, throw it on a salad!)
  • red onion sliced thin
  • sunflower seeds (seasoned or not, play around with the seed and nut aisle and treat yourself to various flavored or spicy nuts or seeds for a little topping on a salad or throw on some raw for extra benefits)

If you enjoy dressing, go for itIf someone were to have told me years ago that I would a) eat kale b) add kale to a smoothie or c) eat a salad without dressing I would have thought they were off their tree.  Clinically insane.  Not a chance years ago. (I was a nose scruncher back then when it came to anything remotely healthy, let alone vegetables.  Yes, now eating a vegan diet, funny, right?)

Now, if I add anything, it is simply squeezing some lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon on top and massaging it in.  If you have tahini, I recommend mixing up tahini, water and some lemon and salt to make a great little dressing to drizzle on top which is absolutely delish’ too!

If you have a favorite dressing then use that, we don’t care- as long as you take the first step and eat the leaves, that’s all we wish for you! 🙂

If you have never eaten kale before, let us offer some recommendations:

  • Chop it up into small pieces or thin strips and add to a salad with greens that you are used to especially if you are used to eating light green or white lettuce such as an iceberg (which is nearly all water!)
  • Try adding some leaves to your fruit smoothie (ex.  frozen strawberries, banana, almond milk and ice cubes) and yes, you will watch it turn green but I promise you if you can get over the color, the taste surprises everyone!  Add some raspberries to make the color more of a vibrant purple for added nutrition and to appease the eye if you like 🙂
  • Massage your kale!  I know it sounds weird but by ripping up the leaves into smaller pieces (remove the stem) and once in a bowl, squeeze some lemon on top (salt and pepper too if you like) and use your hands and rub all of the leaves.  You will notice that the leaves become softer and a more vibrant green
  • Experiment with different kinds!  There are different types of leaves and colors and of course, try and stick with the organic.

Pay attention for 24 hours – 2 weeks:

  • You will notice that you will be more regular because you are consuming fiber which is like Earth’s toothbrush and it sweeps out all of the built up “gook” in your system.  This is a good thing and you will notice that you will feel, what we describe as, “lighter”.
  • If you have dry, limp hair especially you will see some awesome benefits with your hair gaining luster and shine but it takes a couple of weeks and consuming the kale daily.
  • If you already have great skin, you will notice a healthy glow.  For those that have issues with their skin, as I did, I’m so excited for you to see real results!  Remember, I have nothing to benefit from you eating it but YOU surely do and there is nothing to lose!
  • Expect people noticing.  From personal experience I can assure you, get ready for compliments because those around you WILL notice and often times, it will be their observations and compliments that will bring it to your attention.  Enjoy the spotlight 🙂

TiV Kale Quinoa Salad

You have to eat, right?  Why not TRY IT!  It certainly can’t hurt, only help 🙂

A Veggie Burger must try- Qrunch quinoa burgers win favorite vegan fast food!

18 Jan

Try it Vegan Qrunch BurgersIf you are anything like me, you have had your fair share of horrible veggie burgers.  Trying to find a good tasting burger without meat and dairy ingredients can prove to be difficult at times so when you find a delish’ one, it’s a reason to spread the good news!  We have a winner!

Gluten-free     Soy-free     Dairy-free     Corn-free     Wheat-free     Egg-free     Nut-free     Low Sodium

Toaster-Ready in Minutes!

I have the boxes resting near the toaster for a reason, by the way.  I was in need for some fast food and that’s exactly what the freezer is for!  I had picked these up on my last shopping trip at Wegmann’s and figured to give them a good ol’ try, today being that day.  The cooking instructions on the box give two options:  toaster oven or regular oven.  I skipped both suggestions and stuck it IN MY TOASTER twice and within minutes, lunch was ready and really good!  (When hunger is a level 10, my patience drops to a level 1 however, I would like to clarify that, on normal days, I tend to use our regular oven for everything.)

Try it Vegan Qrunch LunchUnlike my Greek Cypriot hubby, bread isn’t a necessary item in my diet so you see my burger with romaine lettuce in place of a bun.  I sliced up some Roma tomatoes and a swipe of Veganaise Grape Seed oil spread plus added a side of vegetarian stuffed grape leaves.

The Spicy Italian definitely has a kick so I wouldn’t start the little kids off with that, try their regular ones instead.  (The teenage daughter loved the spicy Italian one though)  This is also lunchbox worthy for the kids at school.   The texture is crunchy on the outside and it doesn’t fall apart like so many other veggie burgers you and we have tried in the past.  The Nutrition facts are surprisingly not bad, for fast food, either!  Have a look for yourself:

Nutrition Facts:  1 burger

  • Calories 190 (Calories from Fat 100)
  • Total Fat 11g (Saturated Fat 3.5g, Trans Fat 0g)
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 150 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 20g (Dietary Fiber 2g)
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 4g

Try it Vegan Qrunch inside FXIngredients are impressive compared to most of what is available:

  • Organic Millet
  • Organic Quinoa
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Organic Onion
  • Organic Carrots
  • Organic Broccoli
  • Organic Spinach
  • Arrowroot Starch
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Organic Psyllium Seed Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Organic Garlic
  • Non-GMO Canola Oil

This one is a keeper- Try it!

~M~

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