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Vegan Simplified

The Vegan lifestyle is not boring, complicated, or expensive. This blog was designed in the hopes to simplify the process of healthy eating. I welcome everyone, not just vegans.

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Snacks

Easy Lavash Bread Pizza

If you’re looking for a super quick and easy way to make pizza, this is the perfect recipe for you! I recently discovered lavash bread at my local health food store. Not only is it a healthier alternative to traditional tortillas, but it also makes for a perfect flat-bread pizza crust!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lavash bread
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1 cup broccoli, sliced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 medium squash, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • vegan cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large nonstick pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook for 1 minute. Then add the rest of the veggies and stir for another 5 minutes. Add the rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 2 minutes and remove from the heat.
  3. Place the lavash on a baking sheet, drizzle the remaining olive oil and make sure to spread it evenly. Top with tomato sauce, cooked veggies, and vegan cheese (optional).
  4. Place the pizza in the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until crispy or until vegan cheese is melted. Remove from heat, cut into squares and serve. Enjoy!

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Chickpea Bruschetta

This recipe is perfect for those who don’t feel like cooking but still want something delicious. You can customize this recipe by incorporating your favorite veggies and seasonings. This is super easy to put together and the outcome is beyond amazing. Before you know it, you’ll be making a second batch!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp vegan mayonnaise (I used Vegenaise)
  • 1 clove garlic, minsed
  • 1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp fresh dill, minced
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 tbsp vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 whole Baguette
  • Romaine lettuce, optional

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mash the chickpeas with a fork or potato masher.
  2. Add celery, green onions, bell peppers, mayonnaise, mustard, dill, and garlic until combined.
  3. Then season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  4. Slice the baguette and spread butter on each piece.
  5. In a frying pan, fry the slices of bread until golden brown. Then add some lettuce if you’d like then top each one with some of the chickpea mixture. Dig in!

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Kale Chips

I’ve been meaning to make kale chips after I tried them at a friend’s house a while back. I usually only use kale when making green smoothies because I’m not a big fan of the taste or texture. But this recipe makes it super enjoyable to eat and it makes for a great snack. Before you know it, you’ll be making another batch. Give it a try!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch kale leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Use kitchen shears to remove leaves from the stems of the kale and cut into bite-size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner.
  3. Drizzle kale with olive oil and add seasonings.
  4. Spread out the kale evenly on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake until the edges are brown, 10-15 min.
  6. Let it cool down for about 2 minutes and enjoy!

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Nana Ice Cream

Who knew making ice cream can be so effortless? I’ve been making ice cream almost every morning for the past week since we’ve been experiencing warmer weather here. It’s so good, I can’t get enough! I love this because it’s a healthier alternative to dairy-based ice cream. I’ve shared it with my family and they love it as well. It’s so easy to whip up and you can add as many toppings as you’d like!

Make sure the bananas are ripe before you put them in the freezer. Also, don’t forget to chop them up. I made the mistake of placing the whole unpeeled banana and had trouble chopping it up once it was frozen!

Ingredients:

  • 4 frozen bananas, chopped

Toppings:

  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Almonds

 

Directions:

  1. Place frozen bananas in food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add your favorite fruits, nuts, etc.


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Energy-Packed Date Balls

I couldn’t wait to use my new food processor, so I created this very simple and delicious energy-packed recipe! It only takes a few minutes to prepare and they make perfect to-go snacks. I’ll probably take a few with me to school :)

I’ve been using dates as a natural sweetener in my recipes. I love it. I can make my own healthy snacks and avoid consuming artificially sweetened foods. You can customize this recipe however you’d like. Add coconut flakes, cashews, or dried fruits.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor, blend dates and vanilla extract. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients and blend.
  2. Take a spoonful of the mixture and roll the dates into balls. You can add more oats to layer over the balls (optional).
  3. Place them in the fridge for 1 hour to let the ingredients set in.

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