Easy Vegan Breakfast

When You Want Something Warm:

My go-to breakfast recently has been all about avocado & bagels. Toasted, drizzled with balsamic, and 100% yummy. I roast or sear some sweet potatoes with a little BBQ & spices (I use garlic, pepper, and chili powder) and it all comes together in about 5-10 minutes! So easy and so filling and nutritious.

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When you want something cold:

Recently the weather in Nebraska has been fluctuating, but spring is in the future!! We can finally start eating cold breakfasts again without feeling absolutely frozen after. Is that just me? Anyways, here’s my go-to smoothie recipe for the days that start off warm. What a dream that would be- crossing my fingers it gets warm here soon!

Morning Smoothie:

  • A few kale leaves

  • 2 fresh mangoes (not frozen)

  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries

  • 1/4 c water or dairy free milk

  • 2 T maple syrup or agave

    Things you can add in extra: almond butter, supplements, fruit sorbet/sherbet, and other fruits/veggies that you have local/on sale! The base of this smoothie is very versatile so keep experimenting!

    To make this smoothie more filling, add more fats such as avocado, chia seeds, flax seeds, nuts, nut butters, etc.

Vegan & Gluten Free Chili Cheese Dogs

This is my most loved recipe. I feel like this is such an easy dinner that I had to share just to show you all that you don’t have to be a Rachel Ray caliber chef to make good, hearty, and satisfying vegan meals! This meal is one I brought to my non vegan friend, and he went WILD. I loved it so much he said it was on his list of the best chili dogs he’s ever had, vegan or not! Now that’s the type of compliments I’m looking for people.

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The Total Chili Cheese Dog Recipe

What You Need:

Chili-

  • Tomato Paste

  • 2 Tomatoes

  • 1/2 Onion

  • 1/2 Pack Mushrooms

  • 2 C Veggie Stock

  • 1 T Minced Garlic

  • 2 T Chili Powder

  • 2 tsp Cumin

  • 1 T Garlic Powder

  • 1/2 T Onion Powder

  • Salt/Pepper to taste

Small Batch Cheese Sauce (Approx. 4-6 Servings)-

  • 1 Can Full Fat Coconut Milk

  • 1/2 Tub Tofutti’s Cream Cheese

  • 1 T Nutritional Yeast

  • 2 T Tapioca Starch

  • 1 T Garlic Powder

  • 1 T Onion Powder

  • Salt/Pepper/Chili Powder/Cumin to taste

Other Needs-

  • Beyond Meat Sausages (or other vegan hot dogs)

  • GF Hot Dog Buns

  • Avocado

  • Vegan Sour Cream (I’ve gotten mine from Rutabaga’s in Lincoln, or I buys Tofutti’s Sour Cream and either option is great- I <3 Tofutti’s)

To Prepare:

Start with your chili, then avocado mash, then cheese sauce.

1) Cut your tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms and start sautéing in a large skillet with the tomato paste. Once they soften add the veggie stock.

2) Add minced garlic and spices and let simmer until you are ready to plate.

3) Start making the avocado mash by scooping out the avocados and adding pepper & garlic powder to taste. You can add whatever you like such as lime, cilantro, chili powder, etc.

4) Take your vegan sausages or hot dogs and start heating in a pan, rotating every once in awhile to evenly heat.

5) Once you have the sausage cooking, you can start to make the cheese sauce by combining the Tofutti’s cream cheese and the can of coconut milk in a sauce pot. Once evenly combined add in the spices and stir.

6) Once the sauce is fully mixed, start to add the tapioca starch little by little, bring to a boil, then turn the heat off as it starts to thicken. Check on the vegan sausages, they should be about ready.

Combine all together. Bun, Vegan Sausage, Chili, Cheese Sauce, Vegan Sour Cream, and Avocado Mash. And there ya go. The best and tastiest thing you might ever eat.

BBQ Sweet Potato Tacos

I’ve been dreaming about this meal for days and maybe weeks because of how yummy it was. These BBQ Sweet Potato Nachos are versatile, easy, and so tasty. I say versatile because this is a meal that makes sense to eat any time of year. You can eat it in the winter or summer. There is something so comforting about roasting veggies in the winter, then leaving the oven door open so your heat bill is a dollar lower (myth, but a girls gotta try.) and in summer, it is so fun to be outside while you grill up veggies. You can make this dish either way, and that’s the beauty of it, it’s an easy go-to.

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The Amazing BBQ Sweet Potato Nachos:

  • 2 Sweet Potatos (you could also add carrots, onions, jalapeños, anything!)

  • BBQ Sauce (Most is vegan, but check the label!)

  • Avocado

  • Romaine Lettuce (The kind you can make into tacos)

  • Spices to taste: Garlic Powder, Pepper, Salt, Cayenne, Chili Powder, ect

Instructions:

  • Cover the sweet potatoes with a light layer of BBQ, make sure it is coated, then put onto a pan. Sprinkle your spices on the potatoes, and put in the oven at 400 for about 30 minutes. All ovens are different so keep an eye on them, and poke them every once in awhile to make sure they come out soft.

  • Wash the romaine and pull leaves off and dry.

  • Take your avocado and make a lil guac/avo mash by mashing the avocado with garlic, black pepper, and chili powder.

  • Set out all of the toppings you’d like for your tacos, and enjoy! So easy, you probably have most of the ingredients, and it is SO yummy.

The Easiest Vegan/GF Cake (Pick ANY flavor!)

So I made this cake with intricate ingredients, lush flours, high end flavors, and lot’s and lot’s of steps.

It sucked.

So because I NEEDED a cake, we tried something out. I drove to target at 9:30pm (past my bedtime.) bought a two boxes of GF yellow cake mix and re-hit the kitchen to hopefully get a cake ready for my party the next day. And golly-gosh it worked. It worked SO GOOD.

Here’s the cake I made for my wedding shower that had no leftovers. Amazing.

Pretty, moist, and indulgent.

Pretty, moist, and indulgent.

What you need for a double batch recipe like I did:

Cake:

  • 2 Boxes GF Yellow Cake Mix (I got mine from Target, make sure the mix is vegan, we will change up the added ingredients later)

  • 4t Extract of Choice (I chose lemon! Other great flavors would be almond, vanilla, orange, ANYTHING!)

  • 4 Bob’s Red Mill Flax Eggs (Follow how much you’ll need on the box i.e. I used two flax eggs for each box to substitute the regular eggs the box said to add because I doubled the recipe)

  • 2/3 C Vegan Butter Sticks Melted - I used Earth Balance (The box called for 1/3C per box and I used same measurements of vegan butter)

  • 1.5 C Water (my boxed caked called for 3/4C per box, so because I double it I used 1 & 1/2 C Water)

I mixed all ingredients together per box instructions, added lemon extract instead of vanilla & put all of it into a 9in diameter cake pan. Your cake pan might be different, but make sure your batter has at least a half inch to rise.


I will say this cake took a HOT minute to cook. Mine took about an hour because it was a bigger batch, but just keep and eye on it and after about 30/35 minute start checking every 5-10 if it’s done. Put a toothpick or chopstick in the center (I like chopstick because I don’t burn myself on the oven as much, HA), and if it comes out easy and clean she’s DONE! Let it cool, frost it, and serve it to all your friends who will not be able to tell that it’s GF or Vegan. They will be happy, full, and secretly doing good by eating this sustainable and healthier option cake. Woot!

If you want a great GF/V frosting, here’s the recipe I concocted:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 cup vegan butter or vegan cream cheese (I used Tofutti’s Cream Cheese)

  • 2-4 Tbsp water

  • 1 tsp extract of choice

  • fresh berries for topping (optional)

Mix all of it together and there ya go! I don’t have a mixer so I used a whisk and sheer willpower to get this bad boy smooth as silk. I used turmeric & beet powder to dye the frosting it’s pretty color.

PB Sausage Waffle Sammie (Easy GF/Vegan Breakfast)

Hey everyone! This “recipe” isn’t hard, it’s easy, cheap, and LAZY. I’m all for a lazy vegan breakfast that are actually GOOD FOR YOU. Yes, you read that right. With over 20g of protein and healthy fats, this lil sammie is ready to fuel your day and keep you full. It’s so filling you might be able to share. Maybe.

NOT a good picture, but this morning I was hungry and my food was not prepared for it’s photo debut. I didn’t think it would be THIS good. But I still had to share. It is not something to be kept secret.

NOT a good picture, but this morning I was hungry and my food was not prepared for it’s photo debut. I didn’t think it would be THIS good. But I still had to share. It is not something to be kept secret.

Recipe:

  • Gluten Free Homestyle Waffles

  • Beyond Meat Sausages (Shaped into a patty that fits your waffle)

  • Natural Peanut Butter

  • Agave/Maple Syrup/Your Choice of Sweet Dipping Sauce

THAT’S IT. Cook your sausage on the stove while you pop your waffle in the toaster, once it pops up put your PB on both sides, and your patty should be done at that time too! Get yourself something like maple syrup to dip it in and voila! This recipe took me no more than 5 minutes. It’s great for those running late days, and is surpisingly better for you than most oatmeals, smoothies, etc. Take that McDonalds.