If you are looking for a natural and easy plant-based substitute for meat, then I have just the thing for you. Mushrooms!
Happy February! What an exciting year this has been! If you have been following my Social Media accounts (which if you don't yet, please do!), you've seen the excitement that 2020 has brought to my friends and family already, and I am so excited to see this journey continue through the rest of this year. One of my most recent posts was dedicated to removing meat out of your diet, and one of the more easy and natural ways to replace it. That is by using one of my favorite types of fungus, mushrooms!
Mushrooms have a great meaty texture, and their flavor, known as "umami" is very satisfying in your traditional meat-heavy dishes. It's easy to add mushrooms into your stews, pasta sauces, casseroles, chili, and other dishes that combine meats with other bases. If you are wanting to cut out large amounts of meat or cut meat out of your diet totally, mushrooms are a wonderful option as I have mentioned above! For dishes that contain a lot of meat, simply replace a quarter or half of the called for amount of meat with mushrooms to start the transition for your family. Or, if you want to be brave, replace the meat in any recipe completely with mushrooms! Mushrooms help keep your dishes healthy, rich and give them a wonderful texture. There are so many different types of mushrooms out there, that you can experiment and pick what kind of mushroom you enjoy the most! Mushrooms are very easy to mix in with a huge list of other ingredients. They can be utilized in so many dishes, it's simply amazing!
A very delicious option for the whole family is using a giant portabello cap and cook it like a classic hamburger or steak! They are so delicious on the grill with your classic burger toppings, or you can even stuff them with some of your favorite veggies and mix in your favorite dairy-free cheese. Pop the stuffed portabello caps into the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes, and you will have a delicious dinner ready to go in no time!
Next to being an incredible meat substitute and delicious addition to every diet, they are also so rich in nutrients and so good for you! Mushrooms are incredibly rich in vitamins and minerals, and you will find some pretty incredible things inside of them including:
Outside of their nutritional benefits and the incredible things they can give back to your body, they can do so much more for your body than you might think!
Who knew fungus could be such an incredible thing to add to your diet? Not only can you take meat out of your diet and replace it with something so delicious, but you can also help reach your optimum health goals by eating more of them! Try adding them into some of your favorite recipes, and let me know what you think! I can't wait to hear about them all, and how your family enjoyed them!
Wanting to savor a taste of the South while still eating clean? Follow this simple recipe!
Happy July Friends! I hope you all enjoyed the last recipe I shared for a light and summery chickpea salad!
Has your summer been full of delicious fresh summer fruits and veggies? Have you been going out to any local farms and picking your own with your little ones? I just love picking fresh fruits and veggies together as a family! Have you been trying out any new fun and delicious recipes?
Now I know some people still might think Clean Eating is just a "fad." But news flash everyone! Eating clean and eating to make you feel good has always been around. But for those of you cooking for friends and family members who still aren't believers in this approach to cooking your meals, there is always a fun and yummy way to compromise.
The South is notorious for fried, buttery, and fatty foods. Not necessarily the healthiest cuisine! But what if you could change up some of those favorite southern classics towards clean eating? Let's start with a simple staple - Okra! Follow this beautifully simple and clean recipe to make the perfect roasted okra to pair with any summer meal!
Now, this takes about twenty minutes to make from prep from being to being on the table, and serves two! So if you want to make more - just multiply the measurements by the number of people you are cooking for!
What you will need is:
Y'all!! This is the SO good! You don't miss the noodles at ALL! You can make ricotta with macadamia nuts or FIRM tofu. We opted for the tofu but I posted both options below! Remember, if you prefer a more "cheesy" lasagna, be generous with the nutritional yeast!
3 cups raw macadamia nuts, or 1 16-ounce extra FIRM tofu, drained and pressed dry for 10 minutes
3-4 tablespoons (depending on your preference) nutritional yeast
1/2 cup fresh basil finely chopped (we used 2 tablespoons dried basil)
2 tsp dried oregano
1 lemon, juiced (2 tablespoons)
1 tsp sea salt and pinch of pepper
optional: 1 tablespoon olive oil for flavor rich
1/2 cup water if used macadamia nuts (or a lot less if you used tofu. I added 3 tablespoons water because we used the tofu)
1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
1 28-ounce jar of favorite marinara sauce (I like the trader joes brand)
3-4 zucchini squash, thinly sliced
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Add macadamia nuts to food processor or blender. Mix to combine, creating a fine meal.
3. Add remaining ingredients: nutritional yeast, basil, oregano, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, water, and parmesan cheese. We used tofu instead of macadamia nuts. You are looking for a well-pureed mixture/paste.
4. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed, more nutritional yeast for cheesiness, or lemon for brightness.
5. Pour about 1 cup marinara sauce into a 9x13 inch baking dish and line with thinly sliced zucchini.
6. Scoop small spoonfuls amounts of ricotta mixture over the zucchini and gently spread into a thin layer. Spread on a layer of marinara sauce and then top with more zucchini slices. Continue until all filling and zucchini are used up. The top two layers should be zucchini then sauce. Sprinkle on vegan parmesan cheese and then cover with foil.
7. Bake covered for 45 minutes, then remove foil and bake for 15 minutes more. The zucchini should be very easily pierced when cut with a knife. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
8. Serve immediately with additional parma cheese if desired. Leftovers (if there are any:) keep 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Recipe cred Minimalist Baker! She is seriously one of my faves!
Serves 2 as main dish, 4 as a side
2 heads of romaine lettuce
coconut oil, for rubbing
tahini caesar dressing (see below)
chickpea croutons and Gluten free croutons (see below)
1. Remove outer loose leaves from Romaine heads so all that remains are the tighter, inner leaves. Cut off the top quarter of each head. Slice the head in half lengthwise. Rub both the outsides and cut sides with a little coconut oil and sprinkle with a couple pinches of sea salt. If you are lazy, you can buy already cut and prepared romaine lettuce leaves.
2. Preheat grill (or grill pan) on high. When it is very hot, place the lettuce halves on the grill, cut-sides down, and cook until charred and grill marks (approx 3-4 minutes). Flip and cook for 3 more minutes.
3. To serve, place lettuce half on plate and top with dressing, chickpea croutons, and caesar dressing.
Tahini Caesar Dressing:
1/2 cup tahini
1 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons gluten-free tamarin
1/2 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Add more water if necessary. Season with salt. Store leftover dressing in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 1 week.
1 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Rub chickpeas to get off loose skins. Pour the chickpeas into a medium bowl and toss with the coconut oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
3. Transfer the chickpeas to baking sheet, and roast, stirring occasionally, until golden and crispy, 25-35 minutes.
4. Remove the baking sheet from oven. Let the chickpeas cool. They will crisp up quite a bit once they've cooled, so don't worry if they are still a little soft when you take them out of the oven.
Gluten Free Croutons:
2 cups of gluten free bread, cubed
2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil (or butter of choice)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried herbs
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Toss in a small bowl the melted ghee/coconut oil with garlic powder and dried herbs, making sure each bread cube is coated lightly.
3. Spread bread cubes on baking sheet, making sure you only have 1 layer.
4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Toss cubes and return to the oven. Bake until croutons are crispy and golden brown, about five minutes. Remove croutons from oven and allow to cool.
Recipe cred Naturally Nourished cookbook
2/3 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 spring onion sliced
juice of 1/2 lime
onion (optional) sautéed to add flavor
leaves- approx. 6 large lettuce leaves
1. Add the walnuts to the food processor along with olive oil and spices. Blitz until the nuts form a coarse crumb.
2. Sautéed onion and add black beans to onion for the last two minutes to heat up.
3. Right before serving, fold in walnut mixture, lime juice and spring onions in pan.
4. Serve immediately. Serve with the walnut and black bean taco meat in the lettuce leaves, with your choice of toppings (salsa, guac, tomatoes, olives).
1 can corn
1 can black beans
1 large tomato, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1 lime, juiced
Mix together corn, black beans, tomato, onion and avocado in bowl. Squeeze juice from lime and sea salt for taste. This yummy EASY salad can be eaten with chips, in a wrap, as a salad, or on tacos! Enjoy!
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon honey
Pinch of sea salt
2 tsp oil or ghee
1 small yellow onion
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp grated ginger, from 3 inch piece
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 large lemon, zested and juiced (about 2 tbsp juiced)
Dash of red pepper flakes (optional)
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 pound baby spinach
1 (14 oz) can coconut milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
Whole roasted sweet potatoes
Cilantro leaves to garnish
Toasted unsweetened coconut to garnish
Makes 4 servings
1/2 cup sun-dried tomato halves (not packed in oil)
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 -15oz cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 15oz can artichoke hearts in brine, quartered
1 medium red onion, diced
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts (optional)
sea salt and black pepper to taste
4 cups arugula or other greens
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas
1 ripe avocado
juice from 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
Optional toppings: tomato, sprouts, onion, etc