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Creamy Vegan Baked Pesto Pasta

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I have been on a vegan kick lately! I don’t practice a vegan lifestyle, however I find vegan recipes to be so creative, healthy and of course- delicious! I love love love Oh She Glows, a healthy food blog where I fell in love with vegan cooking! Her cookbook book is full of healthy and delicious recipes.

In this delicious baked vegan pasta recipe the creaminess comes from pureed beans rather than gobs of cheese, oil or fat.  The casserole turned out beautifully and tasted extremely delicious! This is heart healthy, full of fiber and low in calories.

For those of you who aren’t vegan, you can add cooked chicken or ham to the casserole before baking and sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese.

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Vegan Creamy Pesto Pasta


Yields 8 servings // Prep time 40 min // Cook time 50 -60 min

Pesto Ingredients: (You can also use store-bought pesto)

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 3 Tbsp walnuts
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Casserole Ingredients:

  • ½ package whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for 1 hour in water
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp white wine
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 19-oz can white kidney beans
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup roasted red bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • ½ cup grated vegan mozza cheese
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Additional salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine the garlic, nuts, salt, pepper and basil. Pulse until finely chopped.  With the food processor running, add the oil, water and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Place pesto in a covered bowl or container in the fridge until needed. You can also use store bought pesto instead.
  3. Cook pasta until al dente. Rinse with cold water and drain, set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, combine the cashews, milk, broth, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, wine and 1 cup of white beans. Blend until smooth.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the remaining beans, tomatoes, red pepper, spinach, milk mixture, pasta and pesto; toss to coat.
  6. Transfer to an oiled 8×8 inch baking dish. Smooth top and sprinkle with cheese, than evenly sprinkle the breadcrumbs and salt and pepper; drizzle with olive oil. Bake the casserole for 40 to 45 minutes or until the topping turns golden brown.
  7. Let cool for 10 to 20 minutes before serving.

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This Valentine’s Day weekend, I had so much fun experimenting with Paleo recipes! This was by far my favorite recipe- especially since it’s breakfast- my favorite meal ever. This sweet potato hash is full of flavor and of course, low in calories. The most difficult part was grating the sweet potato, be careful not to cut yourself during this step! I used a Julienne Peeler
– but you can also use the Julienne blade on a food processor to save time. For more Paleo recipes, I recommend Eat Drink Paleo.

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Paleo Sweet Potato Hash {Yummy Overload}


Yields 1-2 servings // Prep Time: 10-20 minutes // Cook time 10 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Hash:

  • 1 large yam or sweet potato
  • A pinch of salt
  • Several turns of freshly ground black pepper
  • A few shakes of garlic powder
  • A few shakes of onion powder
  • A sprinkle dried herbs (I used oregano)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

For the Eggs:

  • 2 large eggs (1 per serving)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

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Directions:

  1. Peel a yam using a peeler or sharp knife.
  2. Shred the yam into thin, uniform strips using a Julienne Peeler
  3. Transfer the shredded yams to a large bowl and toss with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders, and dried herbs. Taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning.unnamed (4)
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the seasoned sweet potatoes/yams.
  5. Toss everything in the fat and stir-fry for a minute. Then, pop on a lid for a few more minutes while the yams cook. unnamed (3)
  6. The hash is ready when there’s some crunchy brown bits and texture is soft and tender.
  7. Cook eggs by heating oil in a medium pan over medium-low heat. Once oil is hot, crack two eggs into a bowl and pour gently into the hot pan.unnamed (2)
  8. Season the eggs with salt and pepper, and cover with a lid for 2-3 minutes, depending on how runny you like your yolks.
  9. Once they’re done, carefully slide them out of the skillet and on top of a mound of hash.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce

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I’ve made these enchiladas twice in the past week! The first batch was pure vegan. The second batch, not so much.  The great thing about these enchiladas are that they taste great either way! Feel free to get creative and put your own spin on this recipe.

I modified the Oh She Glows Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchilada recipe. (She has an amazing blog btw!)

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Vegan Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce


Yields 4 servings // prep time 30 minutes // Cook time 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups store bought enchilada sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8-12 corn tortillas (how ever many fit in your casserole dish)
  • 93% lean ground turkey (optional)

For the Avocado-Cilantro Sauce

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Garnishes

  • fresh cilantro leaves, for serving
  • sliced green onion, for serving

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a large baking dish

2. Make the enchiladas: Place the sweet potato in a medium sauce pan and add enough water to cover. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to medium-high heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain and set aside.

3. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Season with salt and pepper. (If using turkey, add in at this step and brown.)

4. Add the bell pepper, cooked sweet potato and black beans. Raise the heat to medium high and cook for a few minutes (until turkey is almost fully cooked), about 8 minutes.

5. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup enchilada sauce, lime juice, chili powder and salt.

6. Spread 1 cup enchilada sauce evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Scoop filling into each tortilla.  Roll up the tortilla and place seam side down in the baking dish. Spread the remaining enchilada sauce over the tortillas. If you have leftover filling, scoop it on top of the enchiladas.

7. Bake the enchiladas uncovered, for about 20 minutes, until the sauce is a deep red color and the enchiladas are heated through.

8. Meanwhile, make the avocado cilantro sauce. In a food processor, process the cilantro until minced. Add the avocado, lime juice, salt, garlic powder, and 2 Tbsp water and process until creamy.

9. When the enchiladas are ready to serve, plate them individually and drizzle with avocado sauce. Garnish with cilanto and green onion, if desired.

10. I am in love with the Oh She Glows cookbook, I highly recommend purchasing her book!

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Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken

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Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken


Yields: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 3 individual chipotle peppers in adobo sauce + 1 teaspoon of their sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (store bought is fine – I just use my own so there’s no added sugar)
  • 1½ cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup light beer (or replace with ½ cup broth)
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Mince the chipotle peppers and garlic cloves. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and chipotle; saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Smells will be yummy.
  2. Add the orange juice, chicken broth, beer, and cilantro and turn the heat to high to bring to a boil. Add the raw chicken breasts; cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken breasts are cooked through. Remove the chicken breasts from the pot and place on a cutting board for a few minutes to cool. Shred the chicken with two forks.
  3. Meanwhile, keep the sauce left in the pan over low heat. Whisk in the mustard and cook the sauce until it reduces by about half and you get all that mmm mmm good flavor in a thicker, more concentrated sauce. Add the shredded chicken back to the pot with the sauce and toss to combine. Top with additional fresh cilantro.

 

I’d love to hear your comments!!

-April

 


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