Vegan "Crab" Cakes

vegan crab cake recipe

I've been making my vegan crab cakes for some time now, but this recipe has to be the best one I've created thus far! This is a quick and easy recipe that will have you overly satisfied! The texture mimics real crab meat pretty accurately, and flavors are on point. It tastes just like real crab cakes!

Check out my step-by-step recipe video! You can also find all the detailed ingredients and directions below! 

Spicy Caribbean Falafels

Falafel recipe

Oh, how I love Falafels; they’re savory, fulfilling, and a great substitute for meat! And no… they do NOT taste like meat, but they are dense, so after eating a few you will no longer feel the need to snack on anything else. For those who are unfamiliar with Falafels here is a little fun history fact…

Falafels originated from ancient Egypt, and its name came from the Arabic word for spicy, mefelfel. It quickly became a favorable “fast food” throughout the Middle East and has been transformed into the Israeli national street food.

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There are so many different ways to eating and preparing Falafels. I personally love eating them inside a pita with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onion smothered a nice creme sauce... yes I have a sauce problem… I also enjoy eating them in a salad, or lettuce wrap.

how to make falafels

Flavor-wise, there are endless ways to make Falafels taste different each time you make them, and this recipe will have your taste buds jumping! Now be warned… my family and I enjoy spicy food, so as you are preparing your Falafels, be sure to taste as you season.

how to make falafels

One of the great things about this recipe is that it is completely vegan, so you can taste you go! So with that being said, check out my Spicy Caribbean Falafels…

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And in case you are wondering “Caribbean Falafels, I thought it was a Middle Eastern Dish”? Well, it is… but I wanted to put my own spin on the recipe and infuse some of my favorite flavors, which are Caribbean and Latin flavor… so like I said, this recipe will have your taste buds jumping! So let's get started! Oh and all the ingreients listed can be found at your local grocer or Walmart!

falafel recipe

Cashew Cream Veggie Pasta

cashew cream pasta

Lately, I have been noticing on all my social Medias, friends expressing the want to go vegan. And I would be foolish not to think that the new health documentary 'What the Health' has something to do with it. .. oh, and if you haven't seen it, check it out... it’s one of those documentaries that will make you want to eat grass for the rest of your life... haha, joking... but you will seriously question a lot of the food choices you've made over the years, and possibly seek out a new healthier diet.

Now I'm sure you are wondering "is LaTrā Vegan again", and the answer is no. I will admit that my family and I have decided to change our diet to be more plate based (about 85% if you want to be technical) with consuming meat on the weekends; our meat of choice being goat meat, lamb, and seafood. Why these three you ask? Well, recently I saw a video of the meat industry (primarily beef and chicken) where they were cutting, and (in my eyes) popping tumor pimples... Yes, I said tumor pimples! It looked like someone was popping puss filled pimples out of the meat, thus turning my stomach in ways I never thought possible. I am a very visual person, so to see that really made me feel some kind of way about beef and chicken... and if you're wondering "what about pork", well my family and I really don't eat pork. We may dabble with some bacon on the weekends, but that's it. I personally get sick if I eat too much pork, so I tend to steer away from it.

Anyway, long story short, I will never look at beef and chicken the same... at least for now. And seeing those images just reminded me of our vegan days, and although I don't want to go back to being 100% vegan... honestly, I am emotionally tied to seafood and was slightly depressed when I gave it up the 1st time... I do want to continue to explore and create more vegan-friendly recipes for those in transition and in need of some new ideas... I'm all for thinking out of the box, and that is one thing I can say that I love about vegan-friendly recipes that are geared towards those who are transitioning; you really have to think out of the box to mimic what you once enjoyed while being a meat-eater.

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So with all that being said, here is my Cashew Cream Veggie Pasta... Oh, and another thing... I'm also no longer using such terms like "Vegan Alfredo Pasta" because for someone who is transitioning, they are going to expect the flavors to be the same as if they used dairy or meat; which could lead to comparison and disappointment. Let's be honest, you can never really mimic the exact same flavor and texture of meat and dairy from home, but you can make some pretty flavorful, savory, mouthwatering dishes without it.

This is actually one of my favorite pasta's to make. I love creamy pasta, whether made with cheese or cashews, I love them all and this one really hits the spot. Its slightly nutty, super creamy, and has a cheesy flavor that is different and delicious. And just because it’s vegan, doesn't mean that you won't suffer from a little food coma. Ha!

Cashew Cream Veggie Pasta

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

For some time now I have always assumed that Ratatouillie was just a cute Disney movie about a rat. I had no clue that it was an actual recipe that has been around since the late 18 century! Believe it or not it was originally considered to be "peasant food" made by poor farmers during the summer time. Which honestly doesn't surprise me, considering how a lot of poor families back in the day were known for making one large dish out of a combination of things... thus the "Poor Man's Dinner" concept was born.

ratatouille recipe

So being the curious foodie that I am, I decided to give this recipe a try. I'm actually a big fan of the "Poor Man's Dinner" concept, and I feel you can create a lot of depth in these type of dishes. When researching the Ratatouillie, I realized that it is a combination of some of my favorite vegetables, and there is no way it could taste bad. One thing is for sure, this recipe is super easy, and is really delicious over a bed of rice.

Ratatouille

 

Easy Shrimp Etouffee

shrimp etouffee recipe

I have always had a love for Creole cuisine. It is a beautiful blend of flavors from the French, Spanish, and West African, German, Italian, and Irish cuisine. What gets me the most excited about it is the spice, which has a lot to do with the West African influence!

 I love spicy food, ask anyone who knows me; cayenne pepper and hot sauce are always stocked in our home. So of course Shrimp Etouffee is a favorite dish of mine. It is a simple dish that is easy to make, and doesn’t require a lot of technical skills. And thanks to the blend of cultures, it is flavor packed… oh and of course spicy!

So here is my quick and easy spin on Shrimp Etouffee, and if your family loves spicy food as much as mine, then they are going to love this. I have to admit, even our 17 month old twins love it… and that’s major!

Watch the recipe video in 480p or higher for best quality; and the step by step directions are listed below.