Siracha Garlic Tofu

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Posted by fhandv | Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes | Posted on 01-07-2013

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Vegan Siracha Garlic  Tofu

Vegan Siracha Garlic Tofu

 

In my house we use Siracha like ketchup.  My husband especially loves anything spicy, the hotter the better for him.  Last night the kids were with Grandma, so I made Siracha Garlic Tofu just for my hubby.  Just a warning this is really spicy, but if you are a fan of heat this tofu recipe is definitely for you.  I served it with a Asian cucumber salad to help put out the flames a little.

 

 

Vegan Siracha Garlic  Tofu

 

 

 

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Vegan Cilantro Lime Tofu

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Posted by fhandv | Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes | Posted on 30-06-2013

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Cilantro Lime Tofu

Cilantro Lime Tofu

 

I have never been a big fan of tofu, but I have found a new way to cook it that I really like.  I have started baking the tofu for at least 45 minutes at 325 after it has been marinated.  This gives the tofu a firm texture and really helps it take on the flavor of the marinade.  I love the combination of the cilantro and lime in this dish.  I served the tofu with black beans, but it would be great on its own as well.

 

 

Vegan Cilantro Lime Tofu

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Vegan Taco Pasta

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Posted by fhandv | Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes | Posted on 02-06-2013

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Vegan Taco Pasta

Vegan Taco Pasta

 

This version of  taco pasta was inspired by Pinterest.  I love looking at all the pictures of food and I think I may be slightly addicted.  I have been finding lots of recipes to try to veganize.  We were getting into a little bit of a food rut, so I really wanted to try to veganize some of the recipes that I have seen.  The kids will generally eat anything that has pasta in it and they love tacos, so I figured this would be good to start with.  We all loved it!  The sauce turned out super creamy with all the great taco flavors.  Taco pasta will definitely be going into the dinner rotation on a regular basis.

 

 

Vegan Taco Pasta

 

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Green Smoothie

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Posted by fhandv | Posted in Breakfast | Posted on 02-02-2013

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green smoothie

 

Don’t let the color scare you, this smoothie is delicious and packed with nutrition.  I have been having one of these for breakfast almost everyday.  It is amazing how yummy and filling it is.  I actually look forward to having this smoothie in the morning.  I thought I would be starving, but I have stayed full until lunch time.  A green smoothie is a great way to start the day.  This is my favorite smoothie recipe, you can mix up what you add in depending on what you have on hand.  Get creative!

 

 

 

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Kale and Sweet Potato Salad

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Posted by fhandv | Posted in Faith & Hope, Main Dishes | Posted on 29-01-2013

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kale salad

 

This is my new favorite way to eat kale.  I have always cooked it, but it is so much better raw.   I thought the kale would be more bitter, but it really has a great flavor when its raw.  My son just wants it raw now too.  He ate 3 huge servings of this salad.

I have been trying to eat more raw foods lately in an attempt to detox after the holidays.  Some things, like kale, are great raw.  Other things, like sweet potatoes, not so much.  I have also greatly reduced my coffee consumption, which was really scary for a family for a few days, and given up refined sugar.   I am feeling much better already, so hopefully I can stay on track this time.

 

 

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Quinoa Chick Pea Patties

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Posted by fhandv | Posted in Main Dishes | Posted on 21-01-2013

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quinoa and chick pea patties

 

My family loves anything in patty form.  If the kids can put ketchup on it even better, so this was a big hit with them.  The quinoa and chick pea patties are not only delicious, but also a great source of protein. The combo of quinoa and chick peas is great.  I actually came up with these when there wasn’t much food left in the house, so I was so happy they turned out so great.  I have been trying to get creative with what we have in the house to save some money and not run to the store so much.  My mom got my a huge bag of quinoa from a bulk food store, so there has been quinoa in a lot of our meals lately.  Good think it is so yummy!

 

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Honey Mustard Tempeh

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Posted by fhandv | Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes | Posted on 03-12-2012

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Honey Mustard Tempeh

It has been a while  since I have posted, but it has been a little crazy the last few months.  I have been trying to adjust to working and having the kids in school.  How I miss the homeschooling days!  An upcoming post will be on packing school lunches, which has turned out to be a challenge.

I have also been trying to work with an even tighter grocery budget.  The job that my husband was offered fell through, so now we have more bills and less money.  I have faith that it will all work out, but the waiting is hard.  I know that God will provide and that a better opportunity will come about.

Honey Mustard tempeh is a quick and cheap dinner that turned out to be delicious.  Tempeh is a great source of protein and it is so yummy.  The key is to boil the tempeh before cooking with it.  I boil mine in a marinade instead of just plain water (recipe follows).  It gives the tempeh a great flavor and then you can use it for anything, even just for sandwiches.

 

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Vegan Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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Posted by fhandv | Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes | Posted on 10-08-2012

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Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup

The last few weeks have been so crazy for my family.  After looking for full time work for over a year, my husband was finally blessed with a great job in Asheville (where I have really wanted to live).  The same week I found a part time job and we moved.  It has all happened so fast that it hard to believe.  We are so blessed and grateful!  I haven’t really had much time for cooking lately and unfortunately we have had to eat out a lot, but now I am getting back in the kitchen.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup was one thing that I did cook in the midst of moving.  I made a giant pot of this soup and then we ate it for days.  This is definitely a quick easy meal that is delicious and makes great left overs.  The creamy part of the tomato soup is made with raw cashews.  I usually blend the soup, but you can always leave it chunky.  I love to serve it with a really nice loaf of bread for dipping into the soup.

 

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Vegan Macaroni and Cheese (with Cauliflower, but don’t tell)

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Posted by fhandv | Posted in Faith & Hope, Main Dishes, Recipes | Posted on 16-07-2012

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vegan macaroni and cheese

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?  My kids are always asking for it and it is one of those things that I don’t like to give them on a regular basis just because it is not very nutritious.  I have found a way to make all of us happy.  The base of this cheese sauce is cauliflower.  It comes out super creamy and cheesy tasting.  I feel a lot better about the kids eating this version of mac and cheese and the kids are happy because I let me have it a lot more.

 

 

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Black Bean and Corn Salad with Chili Lime Dressing

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Posted by fhandv | Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes | Posted on 07-07-2012

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Vegan black bean and corn salad

This past week has been so hot that I haven’t wanted to cook, which is very unusual for me.  A few night ago I was planning to make black beans and rice, but it was over 100 degrees outside and we had spent a full day kayaking on the lake.  So, all the ingredients I was planning on using went into a salad instead.  It was so light and fresh tasting, just perfect for summer.  The best part was that I didn’t have to turn on the stove.

 

 

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