I am extremely excited to bring you my take on a completely plant-based Christmas "Ham" with a beautiful glaze on top. You can even take it up a level and add grilled pineapple, we have and it is so tasty. You will NOT believe this roast when you slice into it, watch the video for the full effect and be prepared to be amazed.
You guys! This happened one late night when Gerald brought me a big batch of fresh nopales. At first they were nopales rellanos and then the morphed into these enchiladas or as Gerald loves to call them Nopalitos.
When I was growing up I used to LOVE sloppy joes. Each birthday my mom and dad would ask my sister and I what kind of special meal we'd like and I would say "sloppy joes" (and cheesecake!) My favorite was sloppy joes on a toasted onion bun with french fries. I know, real healthy. I loved biting into a sloppy joe and having it slide down my hand as I'd have to clean it up with a fry. The sloppier, the better.
It had been YEARS since I had a sloppy joe, in fact I have a hard time remembering the last time I had one. That is, until I made my own! As my birthday approached in March, I knew the perfect comfort meal that would bring me back. I made homemade ketchup and sloppy joe mix made thick with handmade sausages that were crumbled and fried until golden. It was all served on a homemade bun with oil-free steak fries. It met every sloppy joe desire and made me feel like I was at home again. I made it again tonight to double check the recipe and it's a winner! My husband loves this recipe: "Delicious honey!" This recipe is a craving-buster, comforting meal that makes you feel like mom made it, filling, hearty, husband-approved and totally vegan! I hope you love it as much as I do. From my heart and kitchen to yours! Love, Christa
Makes 4 Sloppy Joes
2 Vegan Italian Sausages Ground and browned
1/3 Cup Chopped Onion
1 Green Bell Chopped
1/2 Cup Green Chili Pepper Chopped
2 Garlic Cloves Minced
1 Tbsp Steak Seasoning (I used this recipe)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp Tamari Sauce (Soy for non-gluten-free)
1 Tbsp Agave
1 Cup Ketchup
3/4 Cup Freshly Chopped Tomatoes
1/2 Cup Filtered Water
4 Gluten-Free Buns (favorite or homemade)
Homemade Italian Spiced Sausages are pan fried with onions and bell peppers served alongside mini roasted potatoes and asparagus for a bright and healthy meal this spring. We enjoyed this meal as a fine lunch yet it could also make a lovely dinner. What's nice is it is pretty easy to toss together, while the sausage, peppers and onions cook you can bake the potatoes and asparagus, then serve it all together steaming hot.
Serves 2 - Doubles Well
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When I first transitioned to a vegan lifestyle I stumbled upon Tofurkey's Italian Sausages at at local Trader Joe's in southern California. Curious, I picked up a package and tried them out. A hint of spice, packed with flavor, the ability to cut into slices, fry in a log, in slices, crumble, bake...and it tasted way better than I hoped for. I was hooked. Every time I went to Trader Joe's or a health food store I'd pick up a package if they had them.
When my husband and I traveled and wed in 2011, we lived in Arkansas for a spell. Way out in the country. It was a big deal to go to the health food store and buy some Tofurkey. Even if it was double the price than in CA, those little links brought comfort to our home. We've since traveled around a lot in our travel trailer and there are so many times that the magical Tofurkey links are not available. Tear. So many small towns along the way that have probably never even heard of the alternative sausage links. What is a girl to do? Make them. Roll up your sleeves and create something special.
This recipe is SO worth it, I can't even tell you how much you and others will thank you. My husband perked up when he saw what I was up to. The intense flavor from the spice mix, garlic, beans, herbs, mushrooms and more make these a keeper. Thankfully they turned out better than I hoped for. The flavor and smell is unbeatable. I even put them to the test. I sliced them, I fried them as logs, in slices and crumbled as ground sausage. All worked better than hoped for, each time creating a delightful meal.
Ways to Enjoy This Recipe:
Meatless Meal: Italian Spiced Sausage with Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus
In a bun with onions and peppers!
Mmm! This is made by Jack known as @gone2happyplace on Instagram.
He said: "omg these are great."? "..I used my pressure cooker to steam them for 10 minutes. I've eaten two and they came out perfect."
He also said:
"Omg so versatile!! Made this Cuban dish called Picadillo that's tomatoey chili with raisins and green olive. I had made a simple chili and said...Hmm...Wonder if I crumbled in one of those sausages!! It did make the chili less runny for the meal but as a "meat" chili...Pretty darn good. :)"
He also used it as a meat sub in pitas, a "tasty protein source in a breakfast protein bowl I threw together, Shepherd's Pie, and sausage patties for breakfast topped with maple syrup and next to some pancakes. Total boss recipe!!! :). Freeze great btw in the foil and let thaw in advance of use."
WOW, great feedback!!! What are you waiting for? Lets get cookin'! :)
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Yesterday we decided to host a potluck and video to share a little about ourselves with our local community. I brought dessert(s) and enchiladas. First I was asked what the cheese was on top, saying it reminded her of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, very creamy, I told her it was made from cashews. Other feedback was "muy rico!" (very delicious) stating they'd never had enchiladas without meat before. Success in my vegan book. :) The turn out was kind of light but still fun. I didn't realize how much I enjoy cooking a whole bunch of food to share, it felt like Christmas to me, a reason to bake cookies and good food? Okay! We have since consumed the leftover enchiladas featured in this picture. Mmm! Potatoes, black beans, vegan cheese, enchilada sauce and you have a meal. These are a hit at home or at a get together. So satisfying.
Also check out this recipe with video for a different variety: Homemade Enchiladas with Habanero Cheese. Love & Light! Christa
Warm up this season over sizzling hot fajitas served in a cast iron skillet with all of the glorious fixings. A gorgeous array of bright vegetables are sizzled in a cast iron skillet to perfection...
This meal is hearty, filling, satisfying, serves 4 hungry people or 2 with delicious leftovers. In 30 minutes or less you can be eating fajitas from your cocina / kitchen!
This recipe was created after not going to the grocery store for 2 weeks! I was down to my very last jalapeños, tomatoes and lime with nothing else but dry goods to choose from. What would I make? I find in those moments where I feel like I don't have much to work with comes the most divine creations. Inspiration at its finest. I love those moments in life when you think you have nothing and are reminded of how rich you truly are, rich with love, inspiration, happiness and joy. I was flipping through my new cookbook, which I really love cooking from, each recipe is fantastic and makes me feel good about what could be on your dinner table. I took a couple different recipes and created a new one. Jalapeño Cheese Hot Pockets!
A gluten-free, oil-free dough is rolled into 8 balls, pressed, stuffed, baked and topped for an "mmmm" yummy meal! We love it spicy so I used a whole jalapeño in the cheese but feel free to skip it or use less to suit your needs. These are so satisfying, easy to pick up and eat, I love finger foods! My husband loves them "delicious honey"... "MMMM!" on first bite, "these are so good" etc. saying it makes a wonderful lunch!
When I was growing up I loved a hot pocket! My best friend and I would grab one from the freezer, plop it in the microwave and eat it promptly after school. Now we can have our very own hot pockets in a way that makes our bodies smile! These are sooo good that we ate them ALL the first time. The second time we were able to save 3 for later. >:) I hope you love this fabulous creation from my heart and kitchen to yours! ~ Christa
For the Pockets:
Here is a picture of the process from mixing the wet to dry, kneading the dough, rolling into 8 balls, pressing in my hands, flattening out in the tortilla press, stuffing with cheese, folding over and finally pressing shut.
From there they are transferred to a greased baking sheet. So simple yet so inviting!
After they have baked for 25 minutes they'll come out with golden edges, nice and crisp all around!
Top with the remaining cheese, tomatoes and jalapeños.
Bake for 5 additional minutes and they'll come out warm and golden, ready to consume!
I was having one of those moments wondering what I could make us and then inspiration hit. Curry! Offering extreme healing powers and a home for a mixture of vegetables. What a wonderful way to avoid soy on rice too, wonderful curry envelops the rice making a fantastic meal. Plus, the smell! Oh my, the wonderful smell of a curry dish makes your home smell fabulous. My husband had big eyes when I served him his meal and he loved it! This meal is relatively easy and is done within 30 minutes - less chopping time and is comforting, memorable and desirable.
Adapted and veganized from cookingandme.com
There is a feeling of euphoria that comes after making meals from scratch. At the time you begin it can seem like a big task but soon it turns into a grand adventure and is the best when the meal is irresistibly good. From corn flour and water mixed to form a dough then kneaded with my hands until just right, ensuring to add intentions of love in hopes it will work out. To making small dough balls and pressing them in my new tortilla press my husband surprised me with!
Watching them become toasted brown and creating a huge stack makes it all worthwhile. For me I was going the distance and soon was making homemade enchilada sauce while trying to capture it in the process. I had a lot of fun and in the end had 3 cups of savory sauce to work with.
The vegan cheese was infused with a habanero creating habanero cheese that is fantastically spicy for those who love a kick. Soon I was stuffing the tortillas and covering them with sauce and cheese. In only 20 minutes the hot enchiladas were done and it was as if a beautiful Mexican woman created a delicious meal for two. Could these be vegan?
Yes! My husband and I both went wild for them and gladly ate each last bite. They're hard to resist with so much flavor and hard to stop at 2 after tasting them.
My husband loved them, "delicious honey!" These would be great to share with others yet also make great leftovers. As I look back, I had so much fun sharing such delicious food with the man I love and am so excited to share it with you that it was all worth it and I’d repeat again. I hope you enjoy this new creations as much as we do!
Create an Enchilada Station, have each of the ingredients set up. I like to make the tortillas first if making by hand. Then when they are under control and cooking, the enchilada sauce. While it is cooking, I prepare the vegetable bean mixture. Once the enchilada sauce is done, I set aside to cool before blending and make the habanero cheese. Make the cheese, heat to thicken and set aside. Then I place everything out and begin. Watch the video above for a visual.
Use your favorite mixture of 1 1/2 cups beans, 1 1/2 cups vegetables. This is what I used:
Vegetable Bean Mixture (Filling):
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