Hey Everyone! I hope that you have all been enjoying your summer! What have you gotten up to? I mentioned in my last post that one of my goals with writing this blog is to make healthier versions of "junk food" and show that it does not have to taste bad.. whether you have dietary restrictions like I do, are plant based or are just looking for healthier recipes it is important to me to show a different side of "healthy eating". With that being said, I think that there is something so nice about a fresh, healthy salad! There were so many different flavors and textures in this salad which made it really interesting and one of my favorite salads that I made over the summer! Keep reading for the recipe!
Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Coconut Bacon
Prep Time: 15 minutes/Cook Time: 15 minutes/TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Plant Based/Vegan/Salad/Healthy
Lemon Tahini Dressing:
*2 Tbsp of Tahini
*2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
*1 Tbsp of Coconut Aminos (or GF Soy Sauce)
*Lemon Juice (and Zest) of One Lemon
*2 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)
*2 tsp of Ginger (Minced)
*Dash of Liquid Sweetener
*Salt to Taste
*Pepper to Taste
*1 Can of Chickpeas
*1 Cup of Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
*2 Tbsp of Coconut Aminos (or GF Soy Sauce)
*2 Tbsp of Sesame Oil
*1/4 tsp of Piri Piri
*Preheat oven to 425 Fahrenheit
*Take the chickpeas out of the can and lay them to dry on some paper towel. Once they have dried, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet along with the coconut flakes. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos, sesame oil and piri piri seasoning. Pour mixture over the chickpeas and coconut and mix together with your hands to coat evenly. Bake for 10 minutes until the chickpeas and coconut start to brown, stir and then bake for another 5 to 7 minutes until the chickpeas are crispy.
*Chop up the kale and place it into a large salad bowl. With a tablespoon of olive oil, massage the kale thoroughly. This is an important step as it really helps with reducing the bitterness of the kale and it makes your salad a little less rough. Set kale aside to marinade.
*While the chickpeas and coconut are baking, chop up your broccoli, cabbage, parsley, cilantro, grapefruit and avocado and place in the salad bowl with the kale. I did not include measurements with the veggies as I think it is up to you how much salad you want!
*In a salad dressing container, add the tahini, olive oil, coconut aminos, lemon zest and juice, minced garlic, minced ginger, liquid sweetener, salt and pepper along with a tablespoon of hot water. Shake to mix. Depending on the consistency of the dressing, you may want to add another tablespoon of water but it is up to you how thin or thick you prefer the dressing!
*Once the chickpea/coconut mixture has finished baking, allow to cool for 5 minutes before adding it to the salad
*Add all the ingredients to the salad bowl, mix together and serve immediately. Enjoy!
I hope that you have enjoyed this recipe, it was a lot of fun to make. Like I mentioned, there are lots of different flavor combinations in this salad which make it really unique. I really enjoyed the crunchiness of the broccoli and cabbage paired with the tartness of the grapefruit and the dressing. This salad would go great with my Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing to bring to an end of summer BBQ or to pack for lunches (just make sure you pack the dressing separately and put on once ready to eat).
I am curious what you guys want to see me make, leave me a comment and let me know!
Hope you all have a great week!
Hello Everyone! I hope that you are all having good weeks and that summer is treating you well! It has been HOT here which has been wonderful and also a bit unusual for Edmonton. Being back in Edmonton for the summer after living in Calgary has been awesome and I am looking forward to the upcoming festivals!
Today,I am sharing this delicious sweet potato fry recipe with miso gravy. It is the perfect combination of savory with the gravy and sweet with the yams. It is also a super easy recipe to make and there is not much cleanup which is also good if you are not a lover of washing the dishes (like me, lol). This is a perfect weeknight meal and is a healthier alternative to other fry recipes as they are baked and not fried! Keep reading for the recipe.
Sweet Potato Fries with Miso Gravy
Prep Time: 10 minutes/Cook Time: 35 minutes/Total Time: 45 minutes
Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Plant Based/ Vegan/ Appetizer/ Dinner/ Easy
*2 Large Sweet Potatoes
*1 1/2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
*2 tsp of Piri Piri
*1 tsp of Onion Powder
*3 Cloves of Garlic (Peeled and lightly smashed with a knife)
*2 Green Onions
*Salt to Taste
*Pepper to Taste
*Sesame Seeds for Garnish
*1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp of LOW Sodium Vegetable Stock (I used regular sodium the when I made it and found it delicious but a bit too salty for my liking..if you like really salty then stick with the regular!)
*1 Tbsp of Fresh Thyme
*1 Tbsp of Liquid Sweetener (I use agave, but maple syrup or honey if not vegan work as well)
*1 tsp of Sriracha
*1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
*1 tsp of Balsamic Vinegar
*2 tsp of White or Red Miso Paste (I could only find a red miso paste that had a gluten free label on it.)
*1 Tbsp of Gluten Free Flour
*Salt to Taste
*Pepper to Taste
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
*Cut the sweet potatoes into fries and place them onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil and add the Piri Piri, onion powder, salt and pepper to the fries. Mix to coat evenly. Add the peeled and sightly smashed garlic to the pan as well. Bake for 20 minutes. Take the fries out of the oven and remove the garlic from the pan, flip the sweet potatoes and put back into the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes or until they are slightly charred and a bit crunchy. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
*Once you take the garlic out of the oven and the sweet potatoes are back in the oven for the second time, start working on the gravy. Start by chopping up the roasted garlic into little pieces and placing them into a medium saucepan. Add in the vegetable stock, thyme, Sriracha, agave, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a light boil on low heat. In a separate bowl, whisk together the 2 tablespoons of veggie stock, the miso paste and the gluten free flour. There should be no lumps and if there is, add in a small amount of veggie stock until it is a smooth and creamy consistency. Add in the miso mixture to the saucepan and whisk to combine. Bring to a light boil again and cook for around 4 minutes until the gravy starts to thicken. Once the gravy is thick enough, take off the heat to avoid burning.
*After the sweet potato fries and the gravy are cooked, place the sweet potatoes onto a plate and add the gravy to the top of the fries. Add the green onions and sesame seeds for the garnish. Serve immediately and enjoy!
I hope that you have enjoyed this recipe! Like I said these are a healthier alternative and would be great for kids to enjoy! It is similar to a poutine without the cheese and extra calories; the miso gravy is a bit different but it gives this dish a really unique taste! These would be great with my roasted veggie salad or my asparagus and edamame salad! This is the perfect summer meal and is something that I will be making again very soon! Also this gravy is something that I will be making for the holidays which excites me as I really enjoy it and I am not a huge fan of the gluten free packaged gravy! Look at me already talking about the holidays in the middle of a heatwave! Haha.
What are your summer plans this year? Let me know in the comments below!
Hope that all you all had great long weekends! Mine was pretty relaxed, I spent Canada Day with my best friend watching movies and eating a bunch of dips. One of the dips I made was this caramelized onion chip dip which is plant based but tastes exactly like the Ruffles onion dip! I say this all the time, but dips are my favorite thing to make and this dip is seriously so good! This dip is made for dipping with chips but veggies go great with this too and the dip itself would be delicious on a sandwich or a burger; you could even thin it out with almond milk or more water and make it into a salad dressing! I am excited to share this recipe with you, keep reading for the recipe.
CARAMELIZED ONION CHIP DIP
Prep Time: 5 minutes/Cook Time: 30 minutes/ TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes
Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Plant Based/Vegan/Dips/Snacks/Easy
*2 Large Sweet Onions
*2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
*1 Tbsp of Liquid Sweetener (I use agave)
*1 tsp of Balsamic Glaze
*Salt to taste
*1 1/2 Cups of Unsalted Cashews (Soaked for a minimum of 1 hour)
*1/2 Cup of Water (Plus more to thin depending on desired consistency)
*1 Tsp of Lemon Juice
*3/4 Cups of Vegan Mayo
*1/2 tsp of Garlic Powder
*1/2 tsp of White Pepper
*1/2 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
*1/4 tsp of Sea Salt
*Soak the cashews in boiling water for at least 1 hour, like I have said many times though the longer you soak them the easier they are to blend and the creamier the dip will turn out! Set aside to soak.
*Roughly dice the onions into pieces.
*In a non-stick frying pan heat up the olive oil and add the onions to the pan. On low/medium heat cook the onions for about 25 minutes with salt and a tiny bit of sugar. Stir occasionally. In the last 5 minutes, add the liquid sweetener and the balsamic glaze. Stir to combine. Cook until onions have browned and are starting to get a bit crispy.
*While the onions are cooking add the vegan mayo, the soaked cashews, water, lemon juice, garlic powder, white pepper, apple cider vinegar and sea salt to a high speed blender and blend on high for a minute until combined and the cashews are blended in. If you want a thinner consistency, add a Tbsp of water at a time until you get the consistency that suits you.
*Once the onions are cooked and the dip has been blended add in most of the caramelized onions into the blender (saving some for serving on top) and pulse them through the dip. It doesn't have to be completely blended but again it totally depends on the consistency that suits you.
*Put dip into serving bowl and serve with Ruffles plain chips or veggies. Enjoy!
I hope that you have enjoyed this recipe, this was the most fun to make. I had tried a different version of this dip and it wasn't what I wanted it to be so when I made this one, I tweaked the recipe and the process and I am so happy that I waited and tried something a bit different because I am so pleased with how this turned out! This dip would go great with my roasted carrot and parsnip hummus or with the burger I made using Big Mountain Foods veggie burger (Instagram photo here). This dip is quite sweet because of the caramelized onions but to me, it is also savory with the cashews and the saltiness of the chips evens it out really well!
Let me know if you try this recipe and let me know what you think! Also what did you get up to over the long weekend?! Let me know in the comments below!