One of my guilty... but not so guilty pleasures are Fried Green Tomatoes. Oh, and these are not your traditional Fried Green Tomaotes! I have honestly been making them this way for quite a few years now. Not only are they vegan (no egg used), but they are flaky, crunchy, and bursting with flavor!! Enjoy these fried tomatoes with my recipe for some delicious vegan sour cream remoulade sauce! Video below!
Hey y'all, this is a 2 for 1 recipe post so I hope you enjoy it because it's going to blow your mind! I am going to show you how to make both a vegan chili and a vegan hot dog, which is made from believe it or not... a CARROT (if you couldn't already tell from the photo)! Yes, you heard correctly! We are using a carrot as a hot dog, and when I tell you the texture and flavor of the carrot-dog really do mimic that of a meat hot dog, it is truly amazing and delicious! (NOTE the serving amount of the chili is 8)
When my husband and I were vegan, we used to love to make veggie sandwiches. You would be surprised at how filling they can be without meat! We would load them up with our favorite vegetables, and chow down! The funny thing is we could never eat more than one. Probably having to do will all the raw vegetables and fiber being consumed that left us satisfied.
Needless to say, it is still one of our go-to sandwiches to date. Not only is it filling, but it’s super healthy and tasty! There will be no need to take a quick afternoon nap after eating this sandwich. To be honest, you will have way more energy to continue on through the day. This sandwich is a quick and easy way to give your body the necessary nutrition that it needs, without you feeling tortured (for those who hate raw vegetables) in the process.
It's funny how I've never really been a fan of eggplants until recently. I just never really enjoyed the texture, and it seems that the few eggplant dishes that I have tried it, it was bitter, slimy, or not seasoned right... Well that all changed a few weeks ago when I decided to give it another try, and I actually fell in love with it. It's so weird, it's kind of like when I was a child I hated onions and garlic, and now in my adult years I can NOT live without them! Maybe as I've gotten older, my taste buds have also evolved more; or maybe it's because I have a new (not that new) found love for vegetables?
Just the other day I was talking to a friend about my family's diet, and realized, no I don't hate meat, I just love vegetables! One reason is that there are so many health benefits from incorporating more produce in your diet. Not to mention, I love the challenge of creating a meal that is savory, hearty, and satisfying with just vegetables... like this one!
I was inspired to create this recipe for a friend of mine who loves Subway's Meatball Sub; I would say on average she eats them once every 2 weeks. And as of recently she has made the decision to cut back on meat and dairy due to some heath issues. Now I already know the journey to eating healthier is sometimes a little tough in the beginning, because you’re craving for those greasy fast food meals can be out of control at times.
So I figured, if you're going to break and have fast food, make it yourself, and make a healthier version that will satisfy all your taste bud needs... and if you aren't looking to give up meat, this is still a dish that you should definitely try, and I'm sure you will love it too!
Now you will notice in the below directions, for the tomato sauce I just used a can of my favorite sauce and spiced it up a bit (Click here to see how I spicy up my store bought pasta sauce). I also added some fresh basil leaves, and a sprinkle of that vegan crack... Nutritional Yeast, which gives you the taste of Parmesan cheese... Oh, and if you're wondering why they're called “Eggplant Neat'balls"... Well I think they're pretty neat, and I also figured it sounded a lot better than Eggplant Balls. lol
It's no secret that in the Guerra casa, we are big fans of chili, especially good hearty and spicy chili! Growing up one of the first things I taught myself how to make was stews, then chili... I honestly made them so much, I started to slightly annoy my mother... Hey when you're young and you finally get a chance to cook something that taste great, yea you're going to make it a lot! lol
This recipe is a beautiful blend of my favorite flavors, spicy and sweet. I find that the sugar helps to tame the spice down a bit, with the acid from the lime juice helps to balance all the flavors. No I only recommend limes for this recipe, although you could try with lemons, I personally feel that the acid levels in lemon are way stronger than limes, and can end up over powering the dish. So if you do use lemons, be careful!
This chili is pretty hearty not to have meat in it, so for my meat lovers, you can add in your favorite meat, but it seriously does not need it. I believe one of the things that makes this dish hearty, are the mushrooms... what I like to call the meat of the earth... along with the variation of beans. It is so delicious!
So since it's still chilly (pun intended)... why not take advantage of this winter favorite one last time?!