Healthy Vegan Recipe Ideas for 2016!

Healthy Vegan Recipe Ideas for 2016!

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Since I recently celebrated a blogiversary and it’s Veganuary I decided to write a post compiling some of my favorite healthier recipes from 2015. It’s a New Year, full of new beginning’s, a new you, resolutions, a healthier lifestyle, a lifestyle change or maybe just healthier choices. Check out the blog for ideas and delicious recipes!

If you like what you see or if something below sounds appetizing – just click the link or pic! 🙂

Buckwheat Buttermilk Pancakes
Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
Juice – Apple, Lemon, Cucumber Cleanse
Juice – Kale, Carrots, Cucumber, Ginger, Lemon, Apple
Quinoa Kiwi Breakfast Bowl
Just Fruit. Salad
Avenita ~ Oatmeal
Vegan Omelet

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Hearty Tortilla Soup
Greek Salad with Tofu Feta Cheese
Spicy Sweet Potato Wedge & Kale Salad
Mock Tuna Salad
Waldorf Salad with Kale & Chickpeas
Kale & Quinoa Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Warm Mushroom & Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
Roasted Beet Borscht
Black Rice and Adzuki Bean Salad
Artichoke & Asparagus Antipasto Salad
Iceberg Wedge Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing
Zucchini Salad

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Vegan Asian Lettuce Wraps
Philly Vegan Mushroom Cheesesteak
Citrus Soba Noodles with Asian Glazed ‘Scallops’
Wild Rice, Walnut & Spring Vegetable Medley
Reuben on Rye with Russian Sauce
Spinach Salad with Quinoa Wraps
Bucatini with Smoked Tomato Sauce
Smoked Paprika Sauce & Baked Tofu ALT
Tabbouleh with Pearl Couscous
Fettuccini with Olive Oil, Garlic & Veggies
Roasted Vegetables

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Snacks & Apps:
Raw Energy Bites
Potato Spinach Cakes with Creamy Chive Garlic Sauce
Chive Pâté
Roasted Rosemary Mixed Nuts
Oven Roasted Spiced Chickpeas
Raw Energy Balls
Bruschetta with Garlic & Tomatoes

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Broccoli & Chickpea Burritos

Broccoli & Chickpea Curry Burritos
(Serves 4-6) ~ Vegan


Straightforward and uncomplicated… I opened the pantry and the fridge and in less than a minute I came up with this recipe then in less than ten minutes I was eating. Great for lunch or dinner and very simple.


Broccoli & Chickpea Curried Burritos

  • Servings: 4-6 ~ Vegan
  • Difficulty: Easy
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1 (15.5 oz can) Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
16oz Frozen Broccoli, steamed
1 Tsp Curry Powder
¼ Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
½ Tbsp Garlic, minced
Salt/Pepper to Taste
Flour Tortillas
Non-Dairy Sour Cream

-Heat coconut oil over medium heat, sauté garlic for about a minute. Add chickpeas and seasonings continue sautéing for another 3-5 minutes. Toss in broccoli to combine, continue to heat for another couple of minutes. -Warm tortillas then add filling along with a dollop of vegan sour cream and salsa. Enjoy!


Fettuccini with Olive Oil, Garlic and Veggies

Fettuccini with Olive Oil, Garlic and Veggies
Vegan, GF Option (use GF Pasta)


Simple and delicious! This recipe is an example of something I would eat out at a restaurant. Most restaurants serve or have boxed pasta and veggies and olive oil. Just request this simple idea tossed with garlic and I’m in!
*It’s funny because when we go out to eat with friends or family, they often go straight to the salad section to see what ‘we’ can ‘eat’ – me, I often check to see that they have eggless pasta or rice and request that with some veggies, olive oil and garlic. I know they gotta have olive oil and garlic, right? Check this one out – I frequently make something similar to this at home with broccoli (we LOVE broccoli !!) and peas. Enjoy!

Fettuccini Pasta, prepared according to package
Small Potatoes, quartered or sliced in half
Asparagus, stems removed
Frozen Chopped Spinach, steamed
Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced
Edamame, shelled/steamed
Fresh Parsley
Garlic, minced
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt/Pepper to taste
Chili Powder to taste
Red Pepper Flakes, pinch

-In large pot fill with water – add potatoes and bring to boil. Once boiling add pasta and cook until al dente and potatoes are fork tender.
-Add about 2 Tbsp Olive Oil to pan and saute Asparagus for 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
-Back to same pan, add mushrooms and saute for about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
-Back to pan add remaining olive oil (that will be used to toss with pasta), pan will still be hot – here add minced garlic also and red pepper flakes.
-Toss together pasta, olive oil with garlic, edamame, asparagus, mushrooms and spinach along with salt/pepper to taste.


Notes: I did not include measurements in my initial ingredient listing as I made a large batch of this meal to have for leftovers for a few days. The ingredient list below are the measurements I used – again this is for a large group/party or perfect for leftovers. If making for smaller family or group, adjust quantities as needed.

(Serves 10-15)
28oz Small Potatoes
1 Bunch Asparagus
1 (9oz Pkg) Frozen Chopped Spinach (about 1 cup)
7oz Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced
2 Cups Frozen Edamame, shelled/steamed
2lbs Fettuccini pasta, prepared according to package
1 Bunch Fresh Parsley
2-3 Tbsp Garlic, minced
1/3-1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tsp Chili Powder
Salt/Pepper to taste

Roasted Vegetables (Broccoli, Potatoes and Mushrooms)

Roasted Vegetables – Broccoli, Potatoes, Mushrooms and More!
(Serves 4-6) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free


I really love roasted veggies of all kinds. I put this recipe together with items I had laying around and if any ingredients have to be purchase they are fairly inexpensive. The only item I purchased to create this recipe was the fresh broccoli. We LOVE broccoli in this household and I really had the taste for roasted broccoli! That was the first ingredient I thought of and I just built the recipe around that. I had a bag of potatoes laying around, mushrooms and parsley and the other ingredients I had in my pantry. The flavors of the roasted veggies are highlighted nicely by the toasted sliced almonds (I just toast them up in a dry pan until they are lightly golden) and the lemon juice was a nice pairing with the broccoli and mushrooms also. Enjoy!

Roasted Vegetables

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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6 Red Potatoes, cut/quartered
1lb White Button Mushrooms, halved or quartered
5 bunches Broccoli, cut into Florets
Juice of ½ Lemon
4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt/Pepper & Oregano
1 handful Fresh Parsley, chopped
½ Cup Sliced Almonds, toasted

-Preheat oven 400˚F. Prepare vegetables – slicing/quartering be sure to wipe mushrooms clean.
-Drizzle 2 Tbsp Olive Oil over Potatoes and add ½ Tbsp Salt, 1 Tsp Pepper, 1 Tsp Oregano and roast in oven for 45 minutes on baking sheet.
-Toss Mushrooms and Broccoli with remaining 4 Tbsp Olive Oil and ½ Tbsp Salt, 1 Tsp Pepper and Lemon juice, massaging together. -Transfer to a separate baking sheet (I had to distribute them onto 2 baking sheets).
-After Potatoes have been roasting for 20 minutes, toss and shake pan so they are in an even layer. Add Mushroom/Broccoli to oven at this point so they finish baking at the same time.
-After another 25 minutes remove from oven. Toss together with toasted Almonds and Parsley. Enjoy!


I served this recipe as a side dish aside Jasmine Rice and Curried Chickpeas, however, I can absolutely eat a larger portion by itself as an entrée.


Hearty Vegetable Soup!

Hearty Vegetable Soup!! ~ (Serves 10-12)


Hello everybody! It feels like it’s been awhile and it has been, sorry about that. It’s officially autumn and October, oh yes and my birthday is coming soon too, woot woot!
About this hearty soup…
Lovely fall and its cool and brisk mornings or chilly evenings. Not to mention all the rain we had last week which makes me want nothing more than a bowl of warm and filling soup. Without exaggeration this soup is as hearty as it gets, truly meal in itself. The veggies, beans and barley in this soup are very generous and easily serves 10-12 depending on portion/bowl size. This is the perfect make ahead, keeps well and we have leftovers for a few days 🙂 . I hope you enjoy – stay warm!

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Hearty Vegetable Soup!

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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2-3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 large Sweet Onion, chopped
1 bunch of Leeks (4 total), white-light green parts only, sliced and rinsed well
5 cloves Garlic, minced
1 handful Fresh Parsley, chopped
4 Carrots, sliced
2 Red Potatoes, chopped
1 Tbsp Salt
1 Tbsp dried Oregano
½ Tbsp Pepper
4 Quarts Vegetable Broth/Stock
1 Cup Barley
1 (28 oz can) Diced Tomatoes
4 Large Leaves – Collard Greens, stems removed/chopped
2 heads of Fresh Broccoli, chopped/florets
1 Zucchini, chopped
6 White Button Mushroom, sliced
1 (10oz) Frozen Peas
1 (15.5 oz can) Red Kidney Beans
1 (15.5 oz can) Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans
1 (15.5 oz can) Corn

-In large stock pot, heat Olive Oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
-Stir in Leeks and Garlic then sauté for another 2 minutes.
-Add carrots, potatoes and parsley – sauté for another 3-5 minutes. Then add Salt/Pepper and Oregano.
-Add Vegetable Broth/Stock and bring to boil. Stir in Barley, Tomatoes and Collard Greens – cover then reduce heat to simmer for about 50 minutes.
-Add mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, beans, corn and frozen peas – cover and continue a slow boil for another 10 minutes.
-Let stand for 10-20 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

A Ladle of Love & Health!

A bowl of Green goodness!

My (craving) Green Bowl!
(Serves 1 – Me!) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free

This seems like such a random blog post for me because I don’t typically post my random cravings or thoughts. Lol. 🙂 So here it is – not that this is really even a “recipe” per se, just something I threw together in the madness. Well I guess it is an example of how I eat sometimes on a whim.
The level of “busy” has really kicked up times 10 it feels like – work, School, Kids, Kids School and Activities, helping my husband edit his latest book and don’t forget being an awesome wife (toot-toot, yeah that’s me tooting my own horn, lol). With that said I’ve been doing a lot of meal prep the night before or on my lunch break from work. An example of this would be, Sunday into Monday I soaked black beans overnight then cooked them the next day, so Monday night and Tuesday we ate black bean burritos for dinner. I was on the run with class so I needed something quick and on the go. Our schedules don’t sound all that bad with a little planning.
Last night I made vegan Sloppy “Joes” for the kids and Seth had a big salad and soup. I didn’t eat until after coming home from Jasmine’s cheer practice (I had a late lunch) so I just threw this together. Again an example of something I throw together and enjoy on the fly.

5-6 stalks of Kale, stems removed, chopped
2-3 Cups of Peas, steamed (that’s a lot of peas for one person, isn’t it? :-/ Yikes)
1 Avocado, pitted (I started out with ½ then caved and went for the whole thing…doubles yikes)
1 Handful of Fresh Parsley, chopped
Salt/Pepper to taste
Chili Powder to taste
Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I lightly sautéed the Kale in olive oil (I just did a couple turns of olive oil in the pan) just before it wilts. I tossed in the steamed peas, fresh parsley and chopped avocado then seasoned to taste. Yummy in my tummy!

Weird craving…but I love peas! Love Kale! and Love love Avocado – so why not throw them all together, right! Enjoy!

Gnocchi, Leftovers and a Two-Minute Dessert!

Gnocchi & Leftovers
Yesterday’s Dinner with a Two-Minute Dessert
I just wanted to share a quick re-make I made yesterday. There is no throwing away and we still had leftovers! My son wanted Gnocchi for dinner, it is one of his favorites. I was originally going to just keep it simple with Earth Balance/Olive Oil, fresh Garlic and herbs but instead I incorporated leftovers. The Spicy Sweet Potato Wedge & Kale Salad with Asian Tahini Dressing that I shared the other day with the Gnocchi was amazing, great flavors! Now back in February I shared my very similar Gnocchi with Sweet Potato and Kale recipe, check out! However, this leftover re-make was so delicious the dressing really pops!

2 Pkgs (17.5 oz) Gnocchi – Prepare according to package add Sweet Potato/Kale and remaining Asian Tahini Dressing recipe. Toss together to combine.

I love bananas! It’s funny because I have a co-worker that will only eat pretty unblemished yellow bananas. I often let mine go and flash her my beautiful spotted bananas, lol. And when opened they are beautiful, sweeter and yummy. Sometimes I’ll forget or won’t get a chance to eat them at work and will bring them back home. They usually get darker even still… I’m guessing from all the transport, lol. When they get like this I tend to peel them up, place them in a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer for later. Did you know you can make ice cream with frozen bananas?…of course you knew this, it is one of my favorites. I want to share a funny banana story from the other day. I came home from work and placed my very overripe banana on the counter. I left the room and later that afternoon I went back in the kitchen and to my surprise – my banana was gone?? Oh no! I don’t know what made me look in the trash… but there it was, in the trash. Someone (who shall remain nameless) threw away my banana!! Noooo, I quickly rescued it. Yes it did, pulled it right out the trash. It was on top of the trash, it was good. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, picture the time that George ate the éclair from the garbage, lol! You know the episode, it was on top! So I rescued it, peeled it and froze it. Then I made my favorite ice cream the next day, just for me. 🙂

Salted Banana Peanut Butter ice cream

Two-Minute Salted Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream:

2 Very Ripe Bananas, Peeled/Frozen overnight
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
Sprinkle of Course Sea Salt

-Combine frozen bananas and peanut butter in food processor until smooth. Sprinkle with Sea Salt, Serve & Enjoy!
(Sometimes I’ll add vegan chocolate chips – if I have an open pack)