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Grilled Veggie Kabobs

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’ll probably spend part of Independence Day grilling out. My family usually has veggie burgers, Carolina pulled (Jackfruit) BBQ, baked beans, and veggie kabobs! Recently I found this recipe for red white & blue veggie kabobs, I think these will be the perfect addition, don’t you?

These kabobs are incredibly easy. If you use (purple) potatoes, you will need to boil them for just a bit to soften them, since potatoes will take longer than the onions and peppers to cook on the grill. You’ll also want to soak the skewers in water. Other than that, there are just a few quick steps and you’ll be ready to enjoy these delicious – and gorgeous – veggies.

Grilled Veggie Kabobs

Ingredients 

  • 12-16 purple potatoes
  • 2 white onions
  • 4 red peppers
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions 

  1. Soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes prior to assembling your kabobs.
  2. Boil purple potatoes in salted water for about 10 minutes, or until slightly tender; drain and let cool.
  3. Cut each onion into 12 wedges, and cut the red peppers into rectangular pieces similar in size to the onion wedges.
  4. Cut the rounded portions off of the potatoes so you end up with a cubed shape; depending on the size of the potato you may be able to get 2-3 cubes per potato. Try to keep the cubes close to the same size as the onions and red peppers.
  5. Slide three red pepper slices up to about 2 inches from the top of the skewer; follow with an onion wedge and a potato piece, then repeat the process one more time.
  6. Fill all your skewers with the veggies, then brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt & grind black pepper over the tops of each one.
  7. Place on a hot, oiled grill for about 10 minutes, making sure to flip the kabob over to the other side about halfway through.
  8. Serve immediately or place on a plate covered with foil to retain heat for a bit until the other elements of your meal are ready to serve.

Recipe from: foodandfam.com

Other Veggies That Are Good For Grilling

Want to make your own rainbow kabobs? You can use the same fruits and veggies I did or mix and match based on what is in season or available. Wouldn’t it be fun to do coordinate team colors at an end of the year BBQ or school colors for a graduation party? Below are some foods you can use to make your own kabobs sorted by color.   

 Red

  • Tomato
  • Red Pepper
  • Radish
  • Watermelon
  • Red Onion

Blue/Purple

  • Eggplant
  • Purple Potatoes 
  • Purple Cauliflower

White

  • Button Mushrooms
  • Portobello Mushrooms/Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • Cauliflower
  • Spanish/Vidalia Onion
  • Pearl Onion

Yellow

  • Yellow Peppers
  • Yellow Tomatoes
  • Pineapple
  • Yellow squash

Green

  • Green Pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Jalapeños
  • Poblano Peppers
  • Zucchini

Orange

  • Orange Peppers
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Nectarines 
  • Butternut Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes 

Note:  You can definitely do this over an indoor grill pan if you do not have access to a gas grill or outdoor space!

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Vegan Beignets

If you have ever visited Orleans, there is a place there, called Café Du Monde that is famous for its beignets. Ask any of the locals, and they will tell you that this is one must see thing that you should add to your to do list. Visiting New Orleans this past weekend gave me a desire for beignets. Today, I am going to share with you a recipe for vegan beignets…

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons powdered egg replacer + 4 tablespoons hot water
  •  1 1/2 tablespoons flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons hot water
  •  3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  •  3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  •  4 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  •  1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  •  1 teaspoon sea salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  •  1 cup nondairy milk or creamer
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil or melted vegan margarine
  •  Powered sugar, for coating

Instructions

  1. Begin by combining the egg replacer, flaxseed meal, and hot water in one mixing bowl. Stir it together well and set it aside. In another mixing bowl, sift together all of your dry ingredients. Stir them together well.
  2. Next, add your wet ingredients to the large mixing bowl with your dry ingredients. Stir it gently to mix them together. The mixture should achieve a consistency that is similar to that of cookie dough. 
  3. Spray a small amount of oil into a bowl or dish with a lid. Add in the dough and turn to coat. Cover and allow to sit in the fridge for 8 hours, or overnight. 
  4. Heat your cooking oil to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough to approximately 1/4 to 1/3 inch thickness. 1/2 inch thick is too thick. Cut the dough into 3″ x 3″ squares or diamonds. 
  5. Place into the hot oil carefully, making sure not to crowd the oil. The beignet should float to the surface almost immediately. Cook on each side for about 20-30 seconds, or until a rich golden brown. 
  6. Once the beignets are done (golden brown on both sides), remove them from the oil and place them on a cookie sheet that has been covered with paper towels. The paper towels are used to absorb the excess oil. Allow them to rest for about 1 minute.
  7. With a sieve, sprinkle the powdered sugar generously onto the top of the beignets. 
  8. Enjoy!  
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3 (More) Health Benefits You Will Likely Experience Within the First Seven Days of Starting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet

 Going plant-based is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellness but you probably already knew that, right? You may already know that eating a plant based diet is healthy but, I bet you don’t know there are some instant benefits many people experience within the first week of eating a plant-based diet? They just might leave you intrigued enough to give it a try. Last week I mentioned the following benefits: Better digestion, More energy, and Better Sleep. Here are (3) more benefits:

1. Pretty Skin 

Your skin will look incredible after a week on a plant-based diet. A healthy plant-based diet is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, water, chlorophyll, and vitamin E, which all do amazing things for your skin. Some of the best foods for prettier skin are: apples, oranges, berries, greens, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, avocados, lemons, beets, squash, and tomatoes.

2. Happier Outlook 

Eating in a way that promotes life naturally makes you happier. You’ll have a lighter outlook on life and just generally feel happier all the way around. This is a change many people don’t expect, yet one I hear the most about from everyone who takes on the challenge.

3. Less Inflammation 

 

Have join pain? Eat more plants! Plant-based foods lower inflammation. Especially those rich in omega-3 fats like chia and flax, along with leafy greens that contain chlorophyll which relieves inflammation. Eating a plant-based diet increases alkalinity in the body to calm inflammation. 

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Peach Cobbler

Typically, on Meatless Monday, I post a recipe for an entree or an appetizer. So today, I thought I’d change things up a bit and post a recipe for a vegan dessert: Peach Cobbler!

This easy peach cobbler recipe is one of my favorite and most popular vegan desserts and is the pefect ending to any summertime meal.

Peach Cobbler (V)

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups peaches (sliced and peeled)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or your favorite nondairy milk)
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, combine peaches, 1/2 cup sugar, and water. Mix well and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from pan.
  3. In a saucepan, melt vegan butter, 1 cup sugar, flour, and almond milk.
  4. Pour mixture into 3-quart baking dish. Spoon fruit on top and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg (if desired).
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes (Batter will rise to top during baking) until golden brown.
  6. Serve warm with your favorite nondairy ice cream!  
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    3 Health Benefits You Will Likely Experience Within the First Seven Days of Starting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet

    Going plant-based is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellness but you probably already knew that, right? You may already know that eating a plant based diet is healthy but, I bet you don’t know there are some instant benefits many people experience within the first week of eating a plant-based diet? They just might leave you intrigued enough to give it a try.

    1. Better Digestion 

    Let’s start with the obvious – your digestion is going to Improve on a vegan diet, no kidding. Plant-based foods are basically fiber, water, healthy fats, and plant-based protein. There’s nothing in those foods (unless you choose highly processed versions) that cause your digestion to slow down or take a stand-still. Just keep in mind that the added intake of fiber should be approached with caution. Take it slow and chew your food very well, which also enhances the digestion process. For those who consume a lot of milk, cheese, and meat, this is one of the best changes you can make for managing chronic constipation, gas, bloating, stomach irritation, and heartburn.

    2. More Energy 

    Animal foods can be very difficult to digest. When the digestive system becomes overwhelmed, it drains a lot of energy from you. Eating a plant-based diet is a great way to enhance your energy since digestion is naturally easier and certain plant-based foods have energizing properties. Just be aware of portion size since eating extremely large meals can also be taxing on your system as well. 

    3. Better Sleep 

    A plant-based diet is incredibly beneficial for your sleep health. Even though you’ll likely have endless amounts of energy throughout the day, you’ll likely feel more calm and find it easier to nod off to sleep at night. Plus, certain foods like bananas, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cashew butter, peanut butter, avocados, kale, almonds, walnuts, spinach, and squash all contain vitamin B6, tryptophan, and magnesium, which ensure a healthy sleep cycle. 

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    BBQ Portobello Sliders

     Big or small, portobello mushrooms make the perfect grilled “burger.” Portobellos’ meaty texture and rich flavor take on the flavors of marinades and rubs and stay juicy and tender when grilled. 

    BBQ Portobello Sliders (serves: 6)
    Ingredients

    • 4 portobello mushroom caps
    • buns of your choice
    • fixings of your choice: (field greens, onion, tomato avocado, nondairy cheese, Sriracha mayo, etc)

    For the sauce:

    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • ¼ onion, grated
    • 1 clove of garlic, minced
    • ¾ cup ketchup
    • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
    • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
    • ½ to 1 teaspoon sriracha or hot sauce
    • salt and pepper, to taste

    Instructions

    First, make the sauce…

    1. In a small saucepan, heat oil. Add onion and garlic. Stir until translucent. 
    2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. If the mixure is not already bubbling, increase heat. 
    3. As soon as it bubbles, reduce to a simmer. Let it reduce and thicken (5-10 minutes), stirring occasionally. 
    4. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking – sweetness, spice level, salt, etc.

    Depending on the size of your portobello’s, either trim to fit the size of your slider bun (or you can cut them into strips). 

    Liberally brush both sides of the mushrooms with the sauce and let them marinade for at least 15 minutes (up to 30 minutes is even better).

    Heat broiler or grill, cook mushrooms, flipping halfway through. (the time will completely depend on the heat of your broiler or grill). Grill for about 3-5 minutes per side.

      

    When mushrooms are done cooking, brush with more sauce and serve with whatever fixings you like! 

       

       
     Recipe from loveandlemons.com

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    National Donut Day: 50 Vegan Donuts Round-Up

    bkinigrl:

    Did you know that the first Friday in June is NATIONAL DONUT DAY???

    Originally posted on The Friendly Fig:

    NATIONAL DONUT DAY?! Celebrate celebrate celebrate, you must! There’s nothing better than indulging in a shit ton of donuts. Right? Thought so. Soooo… we’re rounding up all our favorite vegan donut recipes for you guys. Sorry for making you salivate, but come on. Vegan donuts.

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