Category Archives: Vegan

Keto Cauliflower mash

There are so many great alternatives to mashed potatoes, I replaced them long ago here at 488 with rice, quinoa, and/or mashed cauliflower–depending upon what best suited the dish or meal.  Give this a try the next time mashed potatoes are on your dinner menu or just on your mind!

Keto Cauliflower mash

~4 servings

  • 1 head of cauliflower, separated into pieces
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 T butter or olive oil.  Optional, depending upon your preference.  
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • chipotle pepper flakes.  Optional
  • Fresh chopped herbs.  Optional

Steam the cauliflower and 3 cloves of garlic in a steamer basket for 20 or so minutes, until very soft.  Place in food processor or use your mixer to puree with the butter (or oil), salt, peppers, and herbs (optional) until smooth.  Crush the last two cloves of garlic into the mash and stir it well.  Serve nice and hot!

Roasted cabbage

med105471_0410_cabbage_wedge_vertWanna pig out on cabbage?  No, really!  Why not?  It is loaded with nutrients that will help your body clear out toxins, give you great energy, and keep the good bacteria in your GUT healthy and happy.

Once you taste this roasted cabbage you are going to want more, I promise.  IT ROCKS!  You can eat this as a side dish or as your main course.  PLUS, you can play with the seasoning so you have exactly what you are in the mood to eat.

Roasted Cabbage

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 more tablespoons avocado oil or toasted sesame oil
  • 1 medium head green cabbage, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • any herbs, spice, seasoning that you like!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Slice head of cabbage into thin pieces.  Brush both sides with avocado oil.   Season with your favorite spices and herbs, salt, and pepper, etc.  Carefully flip after 7-10 minutes and cook until your reach a cook texture for you ~15 minutes of total cook time is usually good.

Serve and enjoy!

 

 

Mashed sweet potatoes and carrots

I use this yummy smash as a sub for rice, regular mashed potatoes, and/or just to eat on its own.  It is absolutely delish and so, so good for the body.  Try this easy recipe for a change at your next meal.

Smashed sweet potatoes and carrots

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled.  and chopped into 1/2″ cubes (I like organic, white, japanese sweet potatoes–found at mama jeans)
  • 2 c baby carrots, cut in half
  • salt/pepper/hot pepper
  • pat or dash of butter/olive oil/truffle oil/toasted sesame oil

Place the potatoes and carrots in a steamer basket and steam for 20-30 minutes, until veggies are soft.

Place the cooked veggies into the food processor with some oil or butter, salt, pepper, hot pepper, and any other seasoning or herb (I love rosemary with this) you like and blend until smooth.  Serve and enjoy.

Spicy Chickpea Curry

An easy weekday dish!   Great for breakfast–reheated like hash with a couple of eggs cooked soft on top.  Absolutely delish!

Spicy Chickpea Crockpot Curry

Servings ~4-6

  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon + fresh grated ginger
  • 1-2 tablespoon lemongrass, chopped (I buy this pre-chopped in the frozen section of the asian market on Campbell, just south of sunshine)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 13 ounce can full fat, organic, coconut milk
  • 1 T garam masala
  • 1 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1-2 T curry powder 
  • 1 tablespoon honey (adjust up for taste)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional) or big dash of sriracha 
  • 1/2 sweet pepper, chopped
  • big pinch of sea salt
  • 1 T of fish sauce (optional)
  • 2 – 14 ounce cans chickpeas (garbanzo), drained
  • 3 cups sweet potatoes or japanese yams, peeled and chopped
  • garnish with cilantro and/or chopped green onions

Directions:

  1. Add the coconut oil to a skillet and place over medium heat. Saute the onions, garlic, sweet pepper, and ginger until soft, 4-5 minutes, then remove from heat. Add the sesame oil and lemongrass–stir in well.  Place the onion mixture in the blender or food processor, all spices, honey, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour the curry blend into the slow cooker, then add the coconut milk, chickpeas and chopped sweet potato/yam. Mix well. Place the lid on the slow cooker, and turn on high for 5 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Once the sweet potatoes are soft, serve warm over quinoa, millet and/or sauteed spinach.  

Best kale salad, EVER!

Best kale salad, ever!

Best kale salad, ever!

All I am going to say about this salad is that after eating half of his FIRST large serving, Andy told me this needed to be on HEAVY ROTATION here through the summer.

Kale salad on heavy rotation!?!  YES!!!

MAKE IT, EAT IT, LOVE IT!

Best kale salad, EVER!

  • 6-8 c organic baby kale mix (baby kale, spinach, beet greens, carrots) from Sams (any baby kale or kale mix will do just fine!)

Dressing

  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt, pepper, chipotle pepper flakes

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Pecan and cranberry mix 

  • 1/3  c pecans
  • 1/3 c pistachios, shelled
  • 2 heaping T nutritional yeast
  • 1 T EVOO
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 big handfuls of dried cranberries.  I used sweetened.
  • salt, pepper chipotle pepper flakes

Use a grinder to process the pistachios and pecans to small pieces.  Add the nutritional yeast, EVOO, salt, pepper, and hot pepper and pulse in the grinder a few times, until crumbly and mixed.  Add the dry pecan cranberry mix, salad dressing and kale greens to a large lidded bowl.  Shake well to evenly coat the greens with the dressing and pecan, cranberry mix.  

Serve immediately.  

You can add roasted beets and/or red onions to the salad to add some more color and lots of good nutrition and flavor!  

Great color and flavor in this very simple and nutritious salad that is a meal!

Great color and flavor in this very simple and nutritious salad that is a meal!

 

 

Cauliflower and carrot mash

There are so many great alternatives to mashed potatoes, I replaced them long ago here at 488 with rice, quinoa, and/or mashed cauliflower–depending upon what best suited the dish or meal.  Recently, I have started pumping up the mashed cauliflower to provide not only more important nutrients, but more color and FLAVOR!  The carrots, with just a hint of sweetness, pairs well with many of the herbs that I like to add to the cauliflower mash–rosemary, thyme, dill, basil, oregano, mint!  This colorful mash provides such a nutrient advantage over the traditional mashed pot, it won’t be just your tongue that is thankful for the change!  Give them a try the next time mashed potatoes are on your dinner menu or just on your mind!

Cauliflower and carrot mash

~4 servings

  • 1 head of cauliflower, separated into pieces
  • 1 large carrot, peeled or 3/4 c baby carrots
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 T butter or olive oil.  Optional, depending upon your preference.  They taste fine without the fat, so you can leave it out if that better suits your dietary needs.
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • chipotle pepper flakes.  Optional
  • Fresh chopped herbs.  Optional

Steam the cauliflower, carrots, and 3 cloves of garlic in a steamer basket for 20 or so minutes, until very soft.  Place in food processor or use your mixer to puree with the butter (or oil), salt, peppers, and herbs (optional) until smooth.  Crush the last two cloves of garlic into the mash and stir it well.  Serve nice and hot!

My asian slaw

My asian slaw

Remember last summer when I had all of that cabbage in my garden–ripe, crispy, delicious, and ready to be consumed?  Well, here is the recipe for one of the many salads that I made with my bounty.  I found the original recipe on Pinterest and have probably made it 20 times since then.  Both the color and flavor are huge in this dish PLUS it is loaded with all sorts of good nutrition!  Enjoy it as a side salad or as your main course, like we do!

My asian slaw

Servings:  2-4 depending upon the size

  • 4-5 c. slaw mix (organic)– Make your own for a super fresh and flavorful salad
  • 2 bell peppers, julienned — I use red and orange
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped (use the green part, too)
  • 1 carrot, grated or chopped into very thin coins
  • 1/4 of a red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 c dry roasted peanuts and/or cashews, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 2 T grapeseed or veg oil
  • 1/8 c toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 c rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 T soy sauce
  • 1 + t sirachyra, depending upon your palate
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2-1 ” ginger, grated
  • 1 1/2 T peanut butter

In a large bowl combine the first seven ingredients–set aside enough chopped cilantro and peanuts to garnish the salads.  Cover the bowl and shake to evenly distribute the ingredients.  In a small bowl combine the remainder of the ingredients and stir well.  Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning so it has a nice and strong flavor.  When you are ready to serve, add the dressing and most of the nuts (reserving a few for garnish) to the salad and once again cover the bowl.   Shake to coat the salad with the dressing.  Plate and garnish with the cilantro and peanuts.

Isn’t this gorgeous with all of the bright colors?

Veggie Enchiladas

Veggie Enchilada

We eat this dish often here at 488 and never tire of it!  It is filled with all sorts of veggies and beans and topped with nutritional yeast uncheese sauce , for a meal that will please not only picky meat-eating adults, but young kids, who turn their noses up to anything vegetable.  I used to roll them up and make more traditional enchiladas, but now I just layer with corn (gluten free) tortillas–like a lasagna.  It is much easier, takes a lot less time AND you can fit more into your pan.  You are going to love that fact, because it is even better on day 2!  Cheers to being full–heart, mind, and belly!!

Veggie Enchiladas

Servings ~9

  • 1 can of black beans, cooked according to my mexi-black bean recipe
  • 18corn tortillas, gluten free
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 t chipotle pepper flakes, or as much as you like!
  • Splash of agave nectar
  • Splash of fresh lime juice
  • 2 t ground cumin
  • 1 spanish sweet paprika
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 c frozen corn
  • 1 c frozen peas
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped–I used orange and yellow
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1/2 c grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 c sliced black olives
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 cans of enchilada sauce, or make your own like I did.  I even made my own chili powder following Alton Brown’s recipe
  • 1 1/2 c uncheese nutritional cheese sauce
  • 1 container of dairy free sour cream
  • Fresh avocado slices
  • cilantro, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Add a splash of the enchilada sauce to the bottom of a lasagna pan, to coat the pan.
In a large skillet over medium-low, cook the onions in the EVOO for 5-7 minutes, until they start to soften.  Add the garlic, jalapeno, tomato, bell pepper, splash of agave nectar, lime juice, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, and chipotle pepper flakes and cook for another 5-7 minutes.  Stir in the peas and corn and cook for another 5 minutes, until they are thawed.Add 6 (less or more, depending upon the size of your pan) corn tortillas to line the pan.Prepare the beans and uncheese, cheese sauce.Add a thin layer of beans (use about half of the beans) to the top of the tortillas.  Next, add a layer of the cooked veggies (use about half of the veggies).  Sprinkle 1/2 of the chopped olives on next.  Squeeze a lime over the veggies, add 1/2 of the sour cream, 1/3 of the enchilada sauce, and 1/3 of the uncheese sauce.   Add another layer of tortillas and repeat the process.  Add the top and final layer of tortillas and coat the top of the tortillas with the last of the enchilada and uncheese sauces.  Sprinkle some ground cumin and chipotle pepper flakes on top and bake for about an hour.  Check it at about 45 minutes, if the top is getting too brown, place a layer of aluminum foil over the pan to stop the top from getting to brown or burning.  Make sure you let the enchiladas cool for 15 minutes before you serve.  Serve with sliced avocado, sprinkle of cumin and a squeeze of lime over the top.  ENJOY!

Roasted brussels sprouts unplugged

 

Roasted brussels sprouts

The one vegetable I couldn’t get my hubby to eat was brussels sprouts.  No matter how hard I tried, he refused!  Then I went to Costa Rica and left him alone for 4 weeks…I bet you can already guess his new favorite vegetable.  Thats right, brussels sprouts.  To be more precise, roasted brussels sprouts with loads of garlic!  When I asked what inspired him to purchase brussels sprouts at the store, he said he was buying every other vegetable available, so why not give the dreaded sprout another try?  Yep, it brings happy tears to my eyes to know that when he had the option he choose loads of vegetables (even one that he didn’t think he liked!) over the trashy junk he could have easily purchased to fill his belly while I was away (french fries, tator tots, chips, etc.), HE CHOSE VEGGIES!   So below is the recipe that he made many times during that long month and what changed his mind about this super veg!
Before I share the recipe, I am going to quickly talk about the health benefits of eating this super fab veg!  Brussels sprouts are from the same family as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collards and kohlrabi.  They are a cruciferous vegetable with lots of fiber, so be prepared for a little extra gas production.  They are high in vitamins A and C–a couple of our favorite antioxidants!  It also provides high levels of indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane which boost DNA repair in cells and may block the growth of cancer cells.  Sound like something you should be eating?  Give this recipe a try!   The roasted sprouts are not just healthful, they are delicious!  I have already made them 5 times in the short time I have been home.  They are so good, I even made them as an hors d’oeuvres for a happy hour I hosted last week and they were a HIT!

Roasted brussels sprouts unplugged

  • 1 # stemless brussels sprouts, cleaned
  • 3 cloves of garlic, mashed
  • sprinkle of salt
  • dash of crushed black pepper
  • dash of cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 t powdered dried onion (or more)
  • 1/4 t sweet spanish paprika
  • 1 T Avocado oil (or a good cooking oil)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Throw all ingredients in a ziplock bag.  Shake to coat the sprouts with the oil, garlic and dry ingredients.

Place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Stir once or twice to be sure all sides are nicely browned.

Eat and enjoy!

 

Quinoa bean salad

Have you ever heard the saying that “Love isn’t easy.  Especially the really good kind.”?  Thank you Nicole Williams, but I respectfully disagree! This quinoa salad is probably the most delicious and healthful salad that I have ever made.  Let me tell you, that I fell for it–hard and fast!  Even my hubby fell in love with this one, nearly licking every last grain of quinoa from his bowl!  Why is it so good, you ask?  I guess it is the crazy good mix of ingredients with color, flavor, and interesting texture.  Not sold yet, keep reading for more reasons to enjoy this big salad.  This one dish can be the salad AND main course for your next meal–all in one (big) bowl, for easy kitchen prep and cleanup!  The protein and fiber from the beans and quinoa are super filling, so you will leave the table completely satisfied!  Plus, the ridiculous number of micronutrients it provides will help fuel your body to fight disease and clear out unwanted toxins!  Again, all in one big, satisfying bowl!  Can you feel your heart soften?  Not yet?  Well then, I guess you will just have to make it yourself and see how easy it is to fall in love with this gorgeous grain salad.

Isn’t this salad gorgeous?

 

Quinoa bean salad Servings:  2-4, depending if served as a main course or a side

  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1 3/4 c water
  • generous dash of salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 t dried basil, or more to taste
  • chipotle pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1 t (or more) dehydrated onion
  • 1/2 c chopped black olives, chopped or sliced
  • 3-4 c grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 can drained and rinsed great northern white beans
  • 1 can drained black beans
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2-3 T basalmic vinegar
  • 1 T olive oil (I used tuscan flavored oil)
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 t lemon zest, or more to taste
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or crushed
  • 1 c spinach
  • 1 c arugula
  • lots of freshly ground pepper

Bring the first 6 ingredients plus 1/2 t lemon zest to a boil in a medium sized pot.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the quinoa is al dente.  Remove from heat to cool to room temperature. While the quinoa is cooking, make the dressing in a small bowl by mixing together the basalmic, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice.  Add a generous dash of salt, pepper, and hot pepper, to taste.  Set aside. In a food processor, chop the spinach and arugula into small pieces.  Set aside. In a big bowl, mix the tomatoes, black olives, red onion, 1/2 t lemon zest, and the dressing until well combined.  When the quinoa has cooled to room temperature, add it to the veggie mix.  Then add the spinach/arugula mix to the bowl and stir until well combined.  Serve immediately or it may be refrigerated and served cold.  No garnish is necessary, but a sprinkle of lemon zest and/or a generous sprinkle of freshly ground pepper is nice! Bon Appetit!