Vegan Pesto Recipe

Vegan Pesto Recipe

Vegan Pesto Recipe

Many vegan pesto recipes leave a lot to be desired. It's hard to beat the alternatives loaded with Parmesan and Romano cheese. This comes really close. The yeast flakes provide the pungency of cheese, and the garlic and red onion add layers of umami. If you have also add your own cheese, yogurt or hummus to kick it up a notch. It's good. Enjoy.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups fresh basil ~3 ounces
  • 1/4 cup walnuts substitute pinenuts, almonds or cashews
  • 1/4 cup yeast flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic substitute 1-2 tsp. garlic powder or minced granules
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil optional
  • 1/4 cup red onion substitute 1-2 tsp. onion powder or minced granules
  • 1-2 Medjool dates optional, can also use 1 tsp. honey, maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 1/4 cup vegan yogurt, cheese or hummus optional
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt optional

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.

Vegan Pesto Recipe

Many vegan pesto recipes leave a lot to be desired. It's hard to beat the alternatives loaded with Parmesan and Romano cheese. This comes really close. The yeast flakes provide the pungency of cheese, and the garlic and red onion add layers of umami. If you have also add your own cheese, yogurt or hummus to kick it up a notch. It's good. Enjoy.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups fresh basil ~3 ounces
  • 1/4 cup walnuts substitute pinenuts, almonds or cashews
  • 1/4 cup yeast flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic substitute 1-2 tsp. garlic powder or minced granules
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil optional
  • 1/4 cup red onion substitute 1-2 tsp. onion powder or minced granules
  • 1-2 Medjool dates optional, can also use 1 tsp. honey, maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 1/4 cup vegan yogurt, cheese or hummus optional
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt optional

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.

Easy Sourdough Bread Recipes

Easy Sourdough Bread Recipes

Colleen: March 68, 2020. 

The Coronavirus quarintine really does feel like Mother Nature is mad and sent us to our rooms. But this isn’t a punishment. It’s a wake up call. We cannot continue to be “too busy” to take care of ourselves, each other and the planet. That’s not going to work. While we will emerge from our homes at some point, we can’t go back to business as usual–lest we find ourselves right back in our rooms–and worse.

We’ve been forced to take a break from the fast-food culture. We’ve cooked more meals at home in the past month than we have in a year. Hopefully, you’re finding some new habits and recipes that will stick with you.

Let me tell you why you should try your hand at homemade sourdough bread. I’ve been making it for four years. It has not gone to my waist–despite the fact that I’m a 46 year-old female. Properly fermented sourdough doesn’t make you fat. The long fermentation process breaks down the gluten and anti-nutrients. It has a low glycemic index and doesn’t spike your blood sugar. Natural, wild yeast boost immunity, reduce allergy symptoms and enhance nutrient absorption. They are both pre- and probiotic. In contrast, commercial yeasts are associated with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, acid-reflux, diabetes and wheat allergies. They are foreign to our digestive and immune systems.

This recipe is no-knead, no fuss and no mess. It takes time, but very little effort. If you don’t know anyone with a starter, I can show you how to make your own in one week. To help you through the process, I’ve created a free step-by-step guide for download, and two videos. I’ve walked many people through the process. I can help you too.

Use the comment section below to ask questions. I’m here and others are too. Join us and let’s bake bread together!

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How to Cook Beans

How to Cook Beans

How to Cook Beans

Learning how to cook beans gives you access to the cheapest and most delicious source of nutrition. Done correctly, cooking beans requires time, but little effort. This recipe is versatile. Keep it simple or build upon it. Once you know how to cook beans, you can make anything!
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 14 hours
Course Main Dish
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound beans any variety
  • 2 bay leaves optional
  • 1 piece kombu optional
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt optional
  • 14 ounce Tomato Sauce substitute 4 cups veggie broth or 4 tsp. veggie bouillon
  • 14 ounce diced tomatoes optional, see Recipe Notes for more options
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder substitute 1 chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder substitute 5 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions
 

  • Soak beans overnight (up to 24 hours). See recipe notes for more information. Drain and rinse.
  • Add beans to a stock pot. Cover with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Add bay leaves and/or kombu (optional, see recipe notes below). Reduce heat to medium low and cover (but don't seal.) Cook times will vary (see recipe notes). Best to cook when you are home and can periodically check.
  • Reduce heat to simmer, cover (but don't seal), and cook for 30 minutes to 2+ hours (the lower the heat, the longer it takes, but the more tender the bean). Skim froth that forms. When beans are soft (about 3/4 done), add salt. Set timer for 10-15 minute increments. Add more water as necessary to keep beans submerged. When beans are tender, and skins are wrinkly, and they taste perfect, they're done.
  • Once beans are nearly done, increase heat to medium high. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, onion and garlic. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, until beans are done. Remove bay leaves and kombu.
  • To finish off my beans, I added a dried vegetable and seasoning blend I picked up at a local market that sells Italian products. Scour your own pantry for blends you've purchased and saved for a rainy day. This basic recipe for how to cook beans can serve as a base for anything.

Notes

Beans and Digestion: Soaking improves digestibility and nutrient absorption, and breaks down anti-nutrients like phytic acid and leptins. Furthermore, bay leaves and kombu not only enhance the flavor of beans, but also improve digestibility and add essential minerals. Since I began soaking for 24 hours and adding bay leaves and kombu, the bloating, gas, and stinky "dutch oven" that roasted in our bedroom post legume consumption is a thing of the past. Knowing how to cook beans from scratch has one clear benefit—the "potlicker" broth. Potlicker is vegan bone broth. It retains nutrients and minerals lost during the cooking process, serves as a thickener and is very flavorful.
Cooking Time: Many recipes for how to cook beans give specific cooking times. But how long it takes can't be predicted. Cook times will vary based on the age of your bean (how long it's been sitting on the shelf) and the mineral content of your water. This is why I cook on the stove top (versus crock pot or pressure cooker). Monitoring for doneness prevents overcooking and allows you to get it right every time.  Best to cook when you are home and can periodically check.
Salt: There are a lot of opinions out there for when and if to add salt, and how much to add. Experts are divided and there is lots of conflicting science. I've tested various methods, and adding it towards the end of cooking works best for me. By all means, experiment to find what works for you. Read more . . .
Veggie Broth vs. Bouillon: Store bought organic veggie broth can be very expensive. I use Organic Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base, which allows me to make as little (or as much) as I need without paying $1/cup (it's about $0.20 cents/cup).
Get Creative: What are your favorite flavors? There are so many ways to serve beans. Think about adding BBQ sauce, red onion, and a dark beer. Add veggies (canned, frozen or fresh) and season with your favorite flavors. Go for Mexican, Italian, Asian, or create a fusion of your own design. Check out these bean recipes for more ideas. 

Vegan Black Bean Queso Blanco

 

Simple Spicy Red Beans

 

Cheater Chili

 

Caribbean Beans & Rice

 

How to Cook Beans

Learning how to cook beans gives you access to the cheapest and most delicious source of nutrition. Done correctly, cooking beans requires time, but little effort. This recipe is versatile. Keep it simple or build upon it. Once you know how to cook beans, you can make anything!
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 14 hours
Course Main Dish
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound beans any variety
  • 2 bay leaves optional
  • 1 piece kombu optional
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt optional
  • 14 ounce Tomato Sauce substitute 4 cups veggie broth or 4 tsp. veggie bouillon
  • 14 ounce diced tomatoes optional, see Recipe Notes for more options
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder substitute 1 chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder substitute 5 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions
 

  • Soak beans overnight (up to 24 hours). See recipe notes for more information. Drain and rinse.
  • Add beans to a stock pot. Cover with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Add bay leaves and/or kombu (optional, see recipe notes below). Reduce heat to medium low and cover (but don't seal.) Cook times will vary (see recipe notes). Best to cook when you are home and can periodically check.
  • Reduce heat to simmer, cover (but don't seal), and cook for 30 minutes to 2+ hours (the lower the heat, the longer it takes, but the more tender the bean). Skim froth that forms. When beans are soft (about 3/4 done), add salt. Set timer for 10-15 minute increments. Add more water as necessary to keep beans submerged. When beans are tender, and skins are wrinkly, and they taste perfect, they're done.
  • Once beans are nearly done, increase heat to medium high. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, onion and garlic. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, until beans are done. Remove bay leaves and kombu.
  • To finish off my beans, I added a dried vegetable and seasoning blend I picked up at a local market that sells Italian products. Scour your own pantry for blends you've purchased and saved for a rainy day. This basic recipe for how to cook beans can serve as a base for anything.

Notes

Beans and Digestion: Soaking improves digestibility and nutrient absorption, and breaks down anti-nutrients like phytic acid and leptins. Furthermore, bay leaves and kombu not only enhance the flavor of beans, but also improve digestibility and add essential minerals. Since I began soaking for 24 hours and adding bay leaves and kombu, the bloating, gas, and stinky "dutch oven" that roasted in our bedroom post legume consumption is a thing of the past. Knowing how to cook beans from scratch has one clear benefit—the "potlicker" broth. Potlicker is vegan bone broth. It retains nutrients and minerals lost during the cooking process, serves as a thickener and is very flavorful.
Cooking Time: Many recipes for how to cook beans give specific cooking times. But how long it takes can't be predicted. Cook times will vary based on the age of your bean (how long it's been sitting on the shelf) and the mineral content of your water. This is why I cook on the stove top (versus crock pot or pressure cooker). Monitoring for doneness prevents overcooking and allows you to get it right every time.  Best to cook when you are home and can periodically check.
Salt: There are a lot of opinions out there for when and if to add salt, and how much to add. Experts are divided and there is lots of conflicting science. I've tested various methods, and adding it towards the end of cooking works best for me. By all means, experiment to find what works for you. Read more . . .
Veggie Broth vs. Bouillon: Store bought organic veggie broth can be very expensive. I use Organic Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base, which allows me to make as little (or as much) as I need without paying $1/cup (it's about $0.20 cents/cup).
Get Creative: What are your favorite flavors? There are so many ways to serve beans. Think about adding BBQ sauce, red onion, and a dark beer. Add veggies (canned, frozen or fresh) and season with your favorite flavors. Go for Mexican, Italian, Asian, or create a fusion of your own design. Check out these bean recipes for more ideas. 

Vegan Black Bean Queso Blanco

 

Simple Spicy Red Beans

 

Cheater Chili

 

Caribbean Beans & Rice

 
Spinach Artichoke Mac & Cheese Recipe

Spinach Artichoke Mac & Cheese Recipe

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese is delicious, plant-based comfort food with 17 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber per serving. Fast, 1-pot prep with pantry and freezer ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces pasta use whatever you have
  • 1 cup cashews see recipe notes for substitution options
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bag frozen riced cauliflower ~2 cups, substitute can of white beans
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes optional: replace with 1/2 tsp ground mustard and/or a splash of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 red onion substitute 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 5 garlic cloves substitute 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 14 ounce artichoke hearts drained
  • 1 bag frozen spinach or 5 cups fresh
  • 14 ounce canned lentils or ~1 3/4 cups cooked
  • 1 cup bread crumbs optional, see notes
  • 1/2 cup vegan cheese optional

Instructions
 

  • If working with frozen cauliflower and spinach, place packages in sink and cover with warm water to thaw.
  • In a large soup pot, bring water to boil for pasta. Optional: when water reaches boiling point, add salt to the water to give pasta flavor (about 1 Tbsp per 8 cups). Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  • Add to the blender the cashews and water (or a substitute as discussed in the recipe notes), riced cauliflower, yeast flakes, onion, garlic and salt. Puree until creamy and smooth. Add the artichoke hearts and pulse into small chunks.
  • Drain the pasta. Keep the pasta in the colander and add spinach to the warm pot. Heat on low until wilted or thawed. Splash with water to avoid sticking.
  • Return pasta to the pot and stir in cream sauce. At this point, it's done and delicious. You can serve as is.
  • Or, preheat broiler. Top with bread crumbs and vegan cheese. Broil a few minutes until bubbly and browning. I did not switch to a casserole dish. Just lowered the oven rack and used the soup pot.

Notes

Pasta: Use whatever you have. I like the high protein and fiber gluten free pastas that have recently come to the market. For this recipe, I used Banza rotini made from chickpeas. 
Pasta preparation tip: Add ~1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta to add flavor. Don’t worry—the salt dissolves in the entire pot of water, and the pasta absorbs a very small amount. No chance of salt overload as you drain the majority of it off.
No Cashews? If you don't or can't have cashews, you have options. You can use walnuts or almonds, and if tree nuts are a problem, try pumpkin, sunflower or sesame seeds (substitute one cup of nuts or seeds and add with 1 cup of water). Alternatively, you could use a can of white beans, lentils, a block of tofu, or hummus. You could also double the riced cauliflower or add another can of artichoke hearts. Other options that make great cream sauces are potatoes, yellow squash and pumpkin. How much do you add? Replace 1 cup of cashews and 1 cup of water with one ~14 ounce can or the amount needed to generate about 1 3/4 cups of puree.
Breadcrumbs: Got stale bread?--throw that into the blender along with some garlic and onion powder or other seasonings. Bam. Bread crumbs).
Sticky Blender Solution: Did you know that your blender will wash itself? Yep. Just fill it 2/3 water and a drop of dish soap. Blend until clean.
Love mac and cheese? Try my other recipes:

Dairy free, high protein with extra veggies. Kids give this 5 stars!


Vegan Mac & Cheese (Dairy, Gluten and Soy Free)


Macaroni & Cheese (Nut-free version)


Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese is delicious, plant-based comfort food with 17 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber per serving. Fast, 1-pot prep with pantry and freezer ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces pasta use whatever you have
  • 1 cup cashews see recipe notes for substitution options
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bag frozen riced cauliflower ~2 cups, substitute can of white beans
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes optional: replace with 1/2 tsp ground mustard and/or a splash of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 red onion substitute 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 5 garlic cloves substitute 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 14 ounce artichoke hearts drained
  • 1 bag frozen spinach or 5 cups fresh
  • 14 ounce canned lentils or ~1 3/4 cups cooked
  • 1 cup bread crumbs optional, see notes
  • 1/2 cup vegan cheese optional

Instructions
 

  • If working with frozen cauliflower and spinach, place packages in sink and cover with warm water to thaw.
  • In a large soup pot, bring water to boil for pasta. Optional: when water reaches boiling point, add salt to the water to give pasta flavor (about 1 Tbsp per 8 cups). Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  • Add to the blender the cashews and water (or a substitute as discussed in the recipe notes), riced cauliflower, yeast flakes, onion, garlic and salt. Puree until creamy and smooth. Add the artichoke hearts and pulse into small chunks.
  • Drain the pasta. Keep the pasta in the colander and add spinach to the warm pot. Heat on low until wilted or thawed. Splash with water to avoid sticking.
  • Return pasta to the pot and stir in cream sauce. At this point, it's done and delicious. You can serve as is.
  • Or, preheat broiler. Top with bread crumbs and vegan cheese. Broil a few minutes until bubbly and browning. I did not switch to a casserole dish. Just lowered the oven rack and used the soup pot.

Notes

Pasta: Use whatever you have. I like the high protein and fiber gluten free pastas that have recently come to the market. For this recipe, I used Banza rotini made from chickpeas. 
Pasta preparation tip: Add ~1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta to add flavor. Don’t worry—the salt dissolves in the entire pot of water, and the pasta absorbs a very small amount. No chance of salt overload as you drain the majority of it off.
No Cashews? If you don't or can't have cashews, you have options. You can use walnuts or almonds, and if tree nuts are a problem, try pumpkin, sunflower or sesame seeds (substitute one cup of nuts or seeds and add with 1 cup of water). Alternatively, you could use a can of white beans, lentils, a block of tofu, or hummus. You could also double the riced cauliflower or add another can of artichoke hearts. Other options that make great cream sauces are potatoes, yellow squash and pumpkin. How much do you add? Replace 1 cup of cashews and 1 cup of water with one ~14 ounce can or the amount needed to generate about 1 3/4 cups of puree.
Breadcrumbs: Got stale bread?--throw that into the blender along with some garlic and onion powder or other seasonings. Bam. Bread crumbs).
Sticky Blender Solution: Did you know that your blender will wash itself? Yep. Just fill it 2/3 water and a drop of dish soap. Blend until clean.
Love mac and cheese? Try my other recipes:

Dairy free, high protein with extra veggies. Kids give this 5 stars!


Vegan Mac & Cheese (Dairy, Gluten and Soy Free)


Macaroni & Cheese (Nut-free version)


Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

Crispy Air-Fried Tofu Recipe

Crispy Air-Fried Tofu Recipe

Crispy Air-Fried Tofu Recipe

Even meat-eaters will appreciate a healthy, plant-based high-protein meal with this crispy air-fried tofu recipe. Freeze and thaw the tofu for a chewy texture that absorbs the flavor of your favorite seasonings, and then air-fry for a crispy exterior. Don't have an airfryer? See instructions to bake.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Course Main Dish, Sides and Snacks
Cuisine Asian
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 14 ounces extra firm tofu frozen and thawed

Simple Garlic Marinade

  • 3 Tbsp. Liquid Bragg's aminos substitute coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 5 garlic cloves substitute 1 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Freeze tofu. Thaw in refrigerator OR speed up the process by soaking package in warm water. For best results, repeat this process. Second time is a charm here, though once will do the trick.
  • Remove tofu from package and dry. Use a tofu press, or wrap in an absorbent towel. I use a bath towel, as kitchen towels don't soak up as much water. Press tofu gently so it doesn't break. Slice or chop into cubes, and pat with towel to thoroughly dry.
  • Place garlic marinade ingredients into a blender (unless using garlic powder, in which case just whisk). Pour over the tofu in a shallow bowl. Coat both sides evenly.
  • Air-fry at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. If you don't have an airfryer, bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Flip over at the half-way mark.
  • Serve on a sandwich, in a stir-fry or simply enjoy--there is nothing plain about it.

Notes

Want some heat? Try using THAT sauce for crispy air-fried tofu.

Crispy air-fried tofu marinated in THAT sauce

Prefer tofu as a topper for salads and stir-fry? Chop into cubes . . . And if you don't have an air-fryer, you can just bake. It's still great!

Baked Garlic Tofu

Use frozen tofu for vegan fried chicken nuggets.      

Crispy Air-Fried Tofu Recipe

Even meat-eaters will appreciate a healthy, plant-based high-protein meal with this crispy air-fried tofu recipe. Freeze and thaw the tofu for a chewy texture that absorbs the flavor of your favorite seasonings, and then air-fry for a crispy exterior. Don't have an airfryer? See instructions to bake.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Course Main Dish, Sides and Snacks
Cuisine Asian
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 14 ounces extra firm tofu frozen and thawed

Simple Garlic Marinade

  • 3 Tbsp. Liquid Bragg's aminos substitute coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 5 garlic cloves substitute 1 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Freeze tofu. Thaw in refrigerator OR speed up the process by soaking package in warm water. For best results, repeat this process. Second time is a charm here, though once will do the trick.
  • Remove tofu from package and dry. Use a tofu press, or wrap in an absorbent towel. I use a bath towel, as kitchen towels don't soak up as much water. Press tofu gently so it doesn't break. Slice or chop into cubes, and pat with towel to thoroughly dry.
  • Place garlic marinade ingredients into a blender (unless using garlic powder, in which case just whisk). Pour over the tofu in a shallow bowl. Coat both sides evenly.
  • Air-fry at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. If you don't have an airfryer, bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Flip over at the half-way mark.
  • Serve on a sandwich, in a stir-fry or simply enjoy--there is nothing plain about it.

Notes

Want some heat? Try using THAT sauce for crispy air-fried tofu.

Crispy air-fried tofu marinated in THAT sauce

Prefer tofu as a topper for salads and stir-fry? Chop into cubes . . . And if you don't have an air-fryer, you can just bake. It's still great!

Baked Garlic Tofu

Use frozen tofu for vegan fried chicken nuggets.      
Steakhouse Style Vegan Vegetable Recipes

Steakhouse Style Vegan Vegetable Recipes

Make no assumptions when ordering vegetable dishes in a steakhouse. Copious amounts of butter, cream and cheese are standard ingredients. When you’re in a restaurant, ask for vegetables with light seasoning and no oil. When you’re at home, though, knock yourself out. Chose between three steakhouse style vegan vegetable recipes: creamed, spicy or air-fried. Transform basic and boring vegetables into heavenly health food without using oil or sugar.

You know you’re truly whole foods plant based when you prefer to cook and eat at home.

Creamed Spinach (first recipe)

Jump to Spicy Kale Saute

Jump to Crispy Air-Fried Vegetables

Vegan Creamed Spinach Recipe

This rich, vegan creamed spinach has an elegant Steakhouse-style presentation--sans butter, cream and cheese. Plant-based recipes can be as simple and delicious as their artery-clogging counterparts. Easy prep, and done within 10 minutes. Make this with other leafy greens as well, such as swiss chard, mustard, collard or beet greens and kale.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sides and Snacks
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 14 ounce white beans cannellini, navy, garbanzo or or other
  • 1/4 cup cashews substitute walnut or almonds
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion loosely chopped, substitute 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic substitute 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar substitute lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • pepper to taste
  • dash of nutmeg or red pepper flakes optional
  • 10-15 ounces fresh spinach frozen ok

Instructions
 

  • Blend all ingredients except spinach until creamy and smooth.
  • Transfer cream to a skillet. Turn on low heat. Add spinach by the handfuls, stirring constantly, adding more spinach as each batch wilts. If sticking occurs, either reduce the heat or splash with water. Remove from heat as last batch cooks. If using a cast iron skillet, remove from heat before it's finished as it will continue to cook.
  • Alternately, sauté spinach on low heat in a little water before adding the cream. As the volume decreases, add the cream sauce. Remove from heat.

Notes

Sticky Blender Solution: Did you know that your blender will wash itself? Yep. Just fill it 2/3 water and a drop of dish soap. Blend until clean.
The volume of this dish depends on how you cook the spinach. If you use the second method, or substitute frozen spinach, the spinach is evenly cooked. If significantly reduced, you may need to hold back some of the sauce (or add more spinach). This is why I prefer the first method, as some of the spinach leaves remain large and fresh looking. Cooking in cast iron skillets is a bit "touchy."  but it can work. A stainless steel skillet would be easier. Either way, keep the heat low and stir constantly.

Spicy Kale Sauté Sauce

Turn basic and boring vegetables into high demand centerpieces. The spicy kale sauté sauce layers all five tastes: spicy, sweet, salty, sour and umami. This recipe can be used with other greens or any other vegetable. Drizzle over sweet potato, marinate eggplant or roast with cauliflower.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sauce
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

spicy kale sauté sauce

  • 1 Tbsp. garlic chili sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Bragg's Liquid Aminos or soy sauce of choice; substitute coconut aminos for soy free
  • 1 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil optional
  • 1 bunch of kale or 5 oz container, ~4 cups

Instructions
 

  • Remove stems from kale and rip into small pieces. If you like kitchen gadgets, there is a handy helper that makes this fast and easy. It works for small stems too, like oregano and thyme.
  • Whisk the spicy kale sauté sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Add kale and stir until leaves are coated.
  • Option One: Refrigerate until leaves are tender. Serve cold.
  • Option Two. Sauté for a few minutes until leaves are tender. Serve warm.

Notes

The spicy kale sauté sauce isn't just for kale . . .

Make Crispy Air-Fried Vegetables with No Oil

You can make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil if you have the right blend of seasonings. This simple seasoning recipe works well on everything. Serve these tasty snacks as finger food, sides or toppers for soup and salad. A micro-spritz of avocado oil improves the crunch factor.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sides and Snacks
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

seasoning for crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil

  • 2 Tbsp. Bragg's Liquid Amino  soy sauce of choice, or coconut aminos for soy free
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar substitute rice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger optional
  • 1-2 pounds chopped vegetables green beans, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, fingerlings--whatever! Frozen works too.
  • 1 spray avocado oil optional, or substitute 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste or sprinkle Everything seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air-fryer to 375 to 400 degrees. Use lower heat for soft veggies like zucchini and tomatoes, and higher heat for firm veggies like root vegetables and squash.
  • Make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil seasoning—just whisk the ingredients. Next, chop vegetables into bite size pieces. Thoroughly coat vegetables with the seasoning in a large bowl. Continue to stir until the liquid has been absorbed by the veggies.
  • Place vegetables in air-fryer. If desired, spritz with avocado oil. Heat for 10-20 minutes (depends on the size of the batch and desired doneness). Stir periodically and add another spritz of avocado oil at the halfway point.
  • Taste. Add salt and pepper (or Everything seasoning) if desired. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

You can make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil. However, a spritz of avocado oil can improve the crunch factor. Avocado oil spray is the only oil spray I allow in my kitchen. Regular oil sprays have propellants such as butane or propane in them. Seriously. Do not put that on your food! Avocado oil is pure, and can make crispy air-fried vegetables thanks to a high smoke point. A minimal amount creates a big crunch. If you don't have avocado oil, you can add 1 tsp. sesame oil to the seasoning. Or just skip it.  
If you want a dipping sauce, try healthy horseradish sauce. It's oil free and nut free. 
horseradish sauce

Make Crispy Air-Fried Vegetables with No Oil

Make Crispy Air-Fried Vegetables with No Oil

Make Crispy Air-Fried Vegetables with No Oil

You can make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil if you have the right blend of seasonings. This simple seasoning recipe works well on everything. Serve these tasty snacks as finger food, sides or toppers for soup and salad. A micro-spritz of avocado oil improves the crunch factor.
1 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sides and Snacks
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

seasoning for crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil

  • 2 Tbsp. Bragg's Liquid Amino  soy sauce of choice, or coconut aminos for soy free
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar substitute rice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger optional
  • 1-2 pounds chopped vegetables green beans, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, fingerlings--whatever! Frozen works too.
  • 1 spray avocado oil optional, or substitute 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste or sprinkle Everything seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air-fryer to 375 to 400 degrees. Use lower heat for soft veggies like zucchini and tomatoes, and higher heat for firm veggies like root vegetables and squash.
  • Make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil seasoning—just whisk the ingredients. Next, chop vegetables into bite size pieces. Thoroughly coat vegetables with the seasoning in a large bowl. Continue to stir until the liquid has been absorbed by the veggies.
  • Place vegetables in air-fryer. If desired, spritz with avocado oil. Heat for 10-20 minutes (depends on the size of the batch and desired doneness). Stir periodically and add another spritz of avocado oil at the halfway point.
  • Taste. Add salt and pepper (or Everything seasoning) if desired. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

You can make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil. However, a spritz of avocado oil can improve the crunch factor. Avocado oil spray is the only oil spray I allow in my kitchen. Regular oil sprays have propellants such as butane or propane in them. Seriously. Do not put that on your food! Avocado oil is pure, and can make crispy air-fried vegetables thanks to a high smoke point. A minimal amount creates a big crunch. If you don't have avocado oil, you can add 1 tsp. sesame oil to the seasoning. Or just skip it.  
If you want a dipping sauce, try healthy horseradish sauce. It's oil free and nut free. 
horseradish sauce

Make Crispy Air-Fried Vegetables with No Oil

You can make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil if you have the right blend of seasonings. This simple seasoning recipe works well on everything. Serve these tasty snacks as finger food, sides or toppers for soup and salad. A micro-spritz of avocado oil improves the crunch factor.
1 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sides and Snacks
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

seasoning for crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil

  • 2 Tbsp. Bragg's Liquid Amino  soy sauce of choice, or coconut aminos for soy free
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar substitute rice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger optional
  • 1-2 pounds chopped vegetables green beans, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, fingerlings--whatever! Frozen works too.
  • 1 spray avocado oil optional, or substitute 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste or sprinkle Everything seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air-fryer to 375 to 400 degrees. Use lower heat for soft veggies like zucchini and tomatoes, and higher heat for firm veggies like root vegetables and squash.
  • Make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil seasoning—just whisk the ingredients. Next, chop vegetables into bite size pieces. Thoroughly coat vegetables with the seasoning in a large bowl. Continue to stir until the liquid has been absorbed by the veggies.
  • Place vegetables in air-fryer. If desired, spritz with avocado oil. Heat for 10-20 minutes (depends on the size of the batch and desired doneness). Stir periodically and add another spritz of avocado oil at the halfway point.
  • Taste. Add salt and pepper (or Everything seasoning) if desired. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

You can make crispy air-fried vegetables with no oil. However, a spritz of avocado oil can improve the crunch factor. Avocado oil spray is the only oil spray I allow in my kitchen. Regular oil sprays have propellants such as butane or propane in them. Seriously. Do not put that on your food! Avocado oil is pure, and can make crispy air-fried vegetables thanks to a high smoke point. A minimal amount creates a big crunch. If you don't have avocado oil, you can add 1 tsp. sesame oil to the seasoning. Or just skip it.  
If you want a dipping sauce, try healthy horseradish sauce. It's oil free and nut free. 
horseradish sauce

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