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French Toast (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

After using chickpea brine for a vegan meringue, I had the idea to use it to make a gluten-free french toast! Guess what?! It worked! I have missed French Toast, but not anymore!

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French Toast (vegan & gluten-free)

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A classic French Toast with flavors of cinnamon, and vanilla, but with a vegan twist and gluten-free bread!

Tip: (1) You can substitute gluten-free bread with a gluten-free vegan baguette sliced, I personally like Schar (they are reasonably priced on Vitacost, try your local grocery store or Amazon). (2) Top with vegan whipped cream (if desired) and warm maple syrup.

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Ingredients

  • Chickpea brine drained from a 15.5 oz can of chickpeas
  • 2.5 Schar gluten-free baguettes or 10 slices gluten-free vegan toast
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup dairy-free milk (I used almond)
  • 1 tablespoon monk fruit sweetener (you can also use sugar, coconut sugar, or xylitol)
  • Butter or coconut oil to grease the pan.


Directions

  1. Drain chickpea brine from the can and refrigerate remaining chickpeas to make pasta, soup, or salads, etc.
  2. Mix the chickpea brine, cinnamon, vanilla extract, sweetener, and dairy-free milk together in a bowl.
  3. Melt vegan butter or coconut oil in a skillet set to medium-high heat. I have used this skillet here with regular toast-sized bread and with coconut oil. I have also used my Zyliss pan for the mini-baguette slices and greased the pan with melted vegan butter. Both work well, depends on your choices.
  4. Dunk each slice of bread in chickpea mixture, soaking both sides.
  5. Place bread on the pan and cook until they are golden brown, then flip. If you remove too early, they will be mushy. You want them to almost caramelize in the butter or coconut oil.
  6. Serve warm with warm maple-syrup and dairy-free whipped cream.

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Eggplant Tomato Zucchini Mushroom Bake

Fall is here! I’ve been loving this vegan, gluten-free oven roasted vegetable dish so much that I just bought three jars of this Wildtree Bruschetta Blend. I am constantly in need of easy and tasty dishes, that I can serve in many ways so that I can eat them for a couple of nights for dinner without getting bored. I’m a busy momma! I have served this dish over gluten-free noodles, served over rice, eaten as a side dish, and even served as an appetizer bruschetta style on top of a vegan gluten-free baguette. It is so versatile!

One Sunday evening, as I was meal prepping for the week, I pre-made the veggies in the pan and let them marinate overnight. I was amazed at how good the veggies were when they had time to soak in all the herbs and spices! I have also let them marinate after work before going to the gym for a couple of hours and I enjoyed the extra burst of flavor the marinating provides. However, if you are the wait-until-the-last-minute mom like I am, then don’t worry, you can just quickly chop and bake.

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Eggplant Tomato Zucchini Mushroom Bake

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Oven-roasted savory herbaceous veggies steal the show in this low-carb meal. Serve it alone, as a side dish, over rice or gluten-free noodles as a main dish, or over a sliced gluten-free baguette as a bruschetta-style appetizer. Features the Bruschetta Blend by Wildtree.

Tip: (1) My favorite gluten-free vegan baguette is Schar (they are reasonably priced on Vitacost or try your local grocery store). (2) If you do not have Wildtree Bruschetta Blend I have tried this when I was out of the spice blend: 1 tablespoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon organic garlic salt, 1/2 teaspoon organic dried onion, and 30 twists of pepper instead of 11. (3) Marinate overnight for maximum flavor. (4) You can substitute zucchini with a yellow summer squash.

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Ingredients

  • 3 portobellos
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 zucchini (or yellow squash)
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon real salt
  • 11 grinds of peppercorn medley grinder
  • 2 tablespoons Bruschetta Blend from Wildtree


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Chop vegetables
  3. Add ingredients to a large baking pan, and stir to coat vegetables with sauce and spices.
  4. Cook for 40 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Stir every 15 minutes while cooking.

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Homemade Guacamole

One of my favorite foods, if not my absolute favorite, is avocado. Today I’m sharing with you this delectable guacamole by Sid Ali. His dishes are Paleo and healthy, and his photography is absolutely stunning. For us food bloggers, he also offers tips to make our photos stand-out, and you will definitely walk away with something new to ponder and try. I’m honored to be able to feature his dish with you, and I know that you won’t be able to put down your tortilla chips; it’s also fabulous on a slice of gluten-free toast! Make sure you’re hungry before you visit his site because he will make you want to eat!

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Homemade Guacamole (Vegan & Paleo)

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Simple, delicious, Paleo, and Vegan homemade guacamoles perfect on toast or served with tortilla chips.

Tips: add red bell peppers and green bell peppers or poblanos for less spice, jalapeños for medium spice, and cayenne and serrano peppers for a very spicy option.

Credit: Sid’s Paleo Blog

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 chillis
  • 1 lime
  • 30g fresh coriander (5/8 cup, 1.1 oz fresh cilantro)
  • extra virgin olive oil


Directions

  1. Roughly chop red pepper, red onion, garlic, chillis, and coriander. (Save 1/4 of the chopped red pepper for later).
  2. Destone avocado and add flesh to the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Add a squeeze of lime juice (to taste) and a splash of extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Blitz in a hand blender for just a few seconds or until you reach your desired consistency.
  5. Add the remaining chopped pepper for garnish.

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Warming Vegan Recipes To Eat This Week

If you are a recent addition to the vegan world, you might have found the vegan lifestyle and food habits easy during the summer months with fresh salads and pasta dishes, but when the weather turns and we face colder nights you may miss an easy crockpot roast or warming stew. The good thing is that you can still enjoy vegan and healthy comfort foods! 

Vegan Curry

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For something warming that hits the spot, nothing can be better in fall than a good old curry. Now that ‘going vegan’ is becoming popular in the world there are loads of curry recipes which are vegan by nature and this makes it much easier for you to find a great spicy dish to enjoy. In previous posts, I shared a Creamy Curried Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup and Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew with Goda Masala, but here is an additional yummy vegan curry recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas (15.5 oz) 
  • ½ cup red lentils
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green chili
  • 1.8 oz (50g) chopped ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 13.5 oz (400 ml) passata
  • 3.38 oz (100ml) coconut milk
  • Rice to serve

Start off by pulsing the onion, garlic, ginger and chili in a food processor. Place into a pan and fry for 10 minutes until fragrant. Add all other ingredients and simmer for 40 minutes. Serve with rice!

Tomato Soup

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Tomato soup is a classic comfort food and it’s one which absolutely anyone can enjoy. The fresh, warming flavor is perfect after a cold day and this recipe is simple and delicious. I prefer mine served with a vegan grilled ‘cheese’ gluten-free sandwich.

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium (500g large) tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 handful basil
  • 16.5 oz (500ml) vegetable stock.

To start off, score a cross into the top of each tomato and boil them for a few minutes in a pan. Place directly until a bowl of ice cold water and allow the skin to peel off. Sauté onions and garlic until translucent, add all other ingredients and simmer for 1 hour. Blend until smooth.

Butternut Squash Risotto

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For a fall time classic which makes the most of the squashes we have available this season, a comforting bowl of risotto cannot go wrong.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (200g) butternut squash, diced and boiled
  • 1 cup (200g) arborio rice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 glass white wine
  • 25.36 oz (750ml) vegetable stock

Place some oil in a pan and add the garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in rice and coat with the oil. Pour in the wine and stir until absorbed. Add the tomato purée and a ladle of stock. Stir until combined. Add cumin and some more stock. Repeat adding stock until all has been absorbed. Add in the butternut squash and cook for 10 minutes before serving with a crisp salad.

There are loads of tasty plant-based meals to enjoy as the weather cools so have fun with a few different recipes and you could end up with some new family favorites! What are your favorite fall favorite comfort foods?

Roasted Figs (Paleo & Vegan)

Figs have a short season so get to your nearest grocery now! I got mine at Trader Joe’s. I’ve been trying lots of new things with the Blonde Coconut Nectar since I used it to create my Blackberry and Blueberry Crisp. I love that its flavor doesn’t compete with the food and it doesn’t have a strong coconut taste either, just a nice sweetness. So I used it to roast the figs with a little cinnamon; sometimes the simplest ingredients are the tastiest.

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I’ve been enjoying them on oatmeal, on salad, pizza, and even a sweet potato with a little vegan butter. Just can’t get enough of these delectable figs! Plus, they are ready in a snap!

Roasted Figs (Vegan & Paleo)

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: easy
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Simple, delicious, Paleo, and Vegan Roasted Figs with only three ingredients. Check out the recipe ideas for ways to eat these figs!

Tips: Figs will stay fresh in the fridge for a week or so. I like to pull out a couple every day to add pizzazz to my typical staples.

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Slice the figs in half.
  3. Place on a baking pan.
  4. Coat with coconut nectar and cinnamon.
  5. Arrange the figs cut side up.
  6. Cook for ~15 minutes until they are tender and slightly caramelized.
  7. Serve warm, and store leftovers with sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Peach Upside-Down Cake (Vegan & Gluten-free)

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More Food Allergies

This recipe is for my son, who suffered a summer and spring of mystery hives this year; we discovered after 8 hours in an allergist’s office last month that he is so highly allergic to birch trees that he has developed a birch pollen-food syndrome. He can’t have fruit with seeds like peaches or apples if they are not baked, his peanut allergy is worse and he’s still allergic to eggs and dairy. Furthermore, his igA for gluten was a 93, so he has now joined the gluten-free club with his sister and me. I just sent this kid to kindergarten with a huge list of avoids and a new AUVI-Q®. On a positive note, they seem so much easier to use that epi-pens and they were FREE. Overall, he’s handling it all fine, with the exception of the gluten, but to cheer him up we baked this gluten-free vegan peach cake so that he can enjoy some of the yummy fresh peaches in season right now.

Easy Gluten-Free Recipe

I don’t remember ever eating a pineapple upside-down cake, but it was the inspiration for this peach upside-down cake. I have been playing around with peach pies the summer and still haven’t perfected my liquid ratio. So I decided to take the flavor of the spices that I loved and use them in a peach cake instead! This cake uses a gluten-free cake mix, I used Pamela’s. To make it vegan, I used applesauce 1/4 cup per egg. The cake consistency was perfect!

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Peach Upside-Down Cake (Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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An old-fashioned favorite with a twist of peaches, made easier with a simple gluten-free cake mix.

Tips: (1) Prepare gluten-free cake mix per box, substituting 1/4 cup applesauce per egg. (2) Serve with dairy-free vanilla ice cream or vegan whipped cream if desired.
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Ingredients

Peach Topping

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 4 peaches
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Cake Batter

  • 1 bag Pamela’s Gluten-free Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • coconut oil to grease pan


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 325.
  2. Cut parchment paper for 9″ springform pan.
  3. Grease pan and parchment paper with coconut oil (I used cold-pressed unrefined) and a paper towel.
  4. Peel and slice peaches.
  5. Combine 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice and maple syrup.
  6. Pour maple syrup spice mixture over peaches and evenly distribute sauce over peaches.
  7. Pour peaches into spring-form pan and set aside.
  8. Prepare gluten-free cake mix per directions of the mix, substituting 1/4 cup applesauce per egg.
  9. Pour cake batter on top of peaches.
  10. Bake for 38 – 45 minutes.
  11. Set aside to cool.
  12. When cool, quickly and gently flip the pan onto the cake stand and serve.

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Blackberry and Blueberry Crisp (Paleo, Vegan & Gluten-free)

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This pie only has 7 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to make!  See video below for the introduction of the recipe and the ingredients that I used.

Here’s how easy it is to make! Hope you enjoy!

Blackberry and Blueberry Crisp (Paleo, Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: easy
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You will love the ease and deep rich slightly sweet flavor of this crisp. With only 7 ingredients, the natural flavor of the berries shines. It's thickened with tapioca flour to make it tree-nut free, gluten-free, and paleo. Serve with ice cream for dessert, or serve without for breakfast.

Tips: See the video for tips and the ingredients I used.
Credit: Loosely inspired by the Bakerita

Ingredients

Fruit Filling

  • 2 ½ cups blackberries
  • 2 ½ cups blueberries
  • 1 ½ teaspoon tapioca flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup tablespoons coconut nectar (I used Organic Coconut Nectar by Blonde

Crumb Topping


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 9-inch pie pan with coconut oil
  3. Add blackberries, blueberries, tapioca flour, cinnamon, and coconut syrup, mix gently to combine. Add berries to the pie pan.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, add date sugar, tapioca flour, and coconut oil (1/4 cup at a time) and combine with a fork until combined.
  5. Spread crumb topping to the top of the berries.
  6. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes

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Eggplant Chickpea Pasta (Vegan & Gluten-free)

This video describes tips and tricks and the ingredients that I used. If you have any questions, ask away in the comments!

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Eggplant Chickpea Pasta (Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: ~12
  • Difficulty: easy
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This easy light eggplant chickpea pasta dish has an olive oil sauce with fresh basil, parsley, garlic and tamari to bring out the flavors of the fresh garden vegetables. It's perfect for a summer or fall bbq or picnic, and is a complete meal.

Tips: If you have time, marinate your eggplant overnight with the tamari, shallot, basil, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. See the video for this tip!
Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon real salt
  • 3 ½ tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 1 large shallot
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup olive oil (+ 3 tablespoons for sautéeing in the pan )
  • 12 grinds of the pepper grinder
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 3 small eggplants 
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes
  • ½ bag of gluten-free pasta (I used Trader Joe’s quinoa & rice spirals)
  • 1 – 15.5 oz can of chickpeas (garbanzos), rinsed and drained


Directions

  1. Prepare water to boil on the stove for the pasta with a little salt and olive oil. DO NOT overcook the pasta, it will make it mushy.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas (I open the can almost all the way and leave a small portion attached, making it easy to rise and drain until the water runs clear or save the brine to make a vegan lemon meringue or key lime pie)
  3. Finely chop the eggplant, shallot, parsley, and basil, dice the bell pepper, mince the garlic, and chop the tomatoes in big chunks.
  4. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil on medium-high heat on the stove in a large sauté pan.
  5. Add eggplant, shallots, garlic, and bell pepper to the pan and sauté for 3 minutes.
  6. Add basil, parsley, black pepper, real salt, tomatoes and continue to sauté until the eggplant and onions are translucent and the peppers are slightly tender (if you haven’t marinated overnight).
  7. Combine with the cooked pasta and the 1/2 cup of olive oil, and serve!

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Peanut Butter Banana Mocha Smoothie

Lately, I’ve been scrambling to get out the door in the morning to get the kids to an early swim and dive practice. However, it’s not my normal stressed out I’m going to be late for work scramble that I do during the school year, so I’ll take it! Anyway, this scramble forced me to create this new breakfast – it’s an all-in-one smoothie. Get your caffeine and breakfast in one jar!

Everyone has been raving about these almond milk cold brews from Califia Farms, and I finally picked up this mocha flavor at the grocery store last week, and it is phenomenal. IMG_4922So after I was drinking a cold brew and a smoothie at the pool the other day, I decided to just put my coffee in my smoothie. It’s like a chunky monkey smoothie, but with mocha delicious coffee and some extra cacao, because there can never be enough chocolate. Makes me feel like I’m drinking a healthier version of a frappucino.
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Peanut Butter-Banana Mocha Smoothie (Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: ~1
  • Difficulty: easy
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It's a traditional peanut butter, banana, and chocolate smoothie, but with a kick of coffee to create an easy frozen breakfast to help you wake up!

Tips: (1) Use Wowbutter to make this a peanut-free breakfast (2) Skip the coffee and add a non-dairy milk to make a caffeine-free smoothie.
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Ingredients


Directions

  1. Place the bananas and the cold brew at the bottom of the Vitamix or high-powered blender, and then top with remaining ingredients.
  2. Pureé until smooth.
  3. Drink and enjoy!

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Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Brownies (Vegan & Gluten-free)

On Saturday mornings growing up in St. Louis, my Dad would take me to Lubeley’s Bakery & Deli near our home to get a German coffee cake or pastry. My favorite was always the Gooey Butter Cake. There are so many stories about who actually created the Gooey Butter Cake, but it is a St. Louis treat that we usually eat for breakfast, like a coffee cake. It’s a cake that is layered with a thick creamy sticky topping, which creates a gooey-goodness!

I never realized that some of the foods I loved were only available in my hometown until I moved away for college and couldn’t find them anywhere. Most of them I can’t eat anymore because of my wheat and dairy intolerances, such as toasted ravioli, Provel cheese, or Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. Since discovering my food intolerances, I thought that I would try to recreate this St. Louis tradition with a vegan, gluten-free, and chocolate twist.

If you regularly follow me on Instagram or read my blog, then you know that I’m a chocoholic. I thought why not make Gooey Butter Brownies with a chocolate gooey topping? The key ingredient to making these Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Brownies extra chocolaty is Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder for the topping. Of course, you could use unsweetened cocoa powder, but the Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder takes this chocolate dessert to a new level of chocolate decadence.

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Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Brownies (Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: ~12
  • Difficulty: easy
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St. Louis sticky-sweet gooey butter cake takes a gluten-free vegan healthier twist with this easy, but decadent, chocolate recipe. Refined sugar-free option available.

Tips: use Xylitol Powdered Sugar for low-carb, refined sugar-free option.
Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

Cake Base

Perfect Paleo Brownies (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Gooey Topping

Optional


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, prepare Perfect Paleo Brownies (Vegan & Gluten-Free). Press mixture onto bottom of prepared baking dish; set aside.
  4. Boil hot water for egg replacer.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat vegan butter and applesauce until creamy.
  6. Prepare your egg replacer (take with 3 teaspoons egg replacer, 4 tablespoons warm water, and mix until it thickens)
  7. Add the egg replacer and blend in powdered sugar (or Xylitol Powdered Sugar) until well combined.
  8. Pour gooey topping batter on top of the brownie-lined baking pan.
  9. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until the brownies are nearly firm when you shake if (you want the topping to be a little gooey, so do not overcook the cake).
  10. Remove the brownies from oven and let them cool.
  11. Once they’ve cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar (or Xylitol Powdered Sugar)if desired.
  12. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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