Saturday, October 24, 2020

Beans on a Pizza.YES, it IS a THING

People have asked me HOW I incorporate BEANS in my pizza. People have also wondered WHY I incorporate BEANS into my pizza. 

Let's start with the WHY ...

I add beans to my pizza to add nutrients. Beans provide protein, fiber, iron, folate, potassium, and magnesium and CONTAIN LITTLE TO NO trans-fat, sodium, and cholesterol. 


Now the HOW ...

I often take a cup of beans and give them a rough mash and layer the beans on the bottom of the crust. At this point I may add some spices to layer in additional flavors based on the other toppings I will use. 


Pizza with Beans ... Layers of Flavor and Texture

  • After you add the layer of beans to your chosen crust, add the cheese or vegan cheese of choice
  • Follow with sauteed vegetables ( I used onions, garlic, sweet potato, and oyster mushrooms)


  • This time I added raw zucchini spirals for extra texture


  • Top with some additional cheese


  • Press down and bake according to crust directions


Friday, October 23, 2020

Philly Cheesesteak REMIX Gluten Free Vegan Style

Philly Cheesesteak REMIX Gluten Free Vegan Style

I have been pondering making this dish for a while. I have tried a version of it at a restaurant with a friend, back when going to restaurants with friends was popular pre-COVID.

Finally,  I took the time to experiment. I am so glad I did! This is a dish I will make over-and-over again!

Ingredients: (to serve 2)

  • 1/2 block of firm tofu (drained and pressed)
  • 1 slice vegan cheese ( I used Violife)
  • 1 TBSP nutritional yeast
  • 1 TBSP gluten free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced bell peppers  
  • 1/4 vegetable bouillon cube 
  • olive oil (just enough so nothing sticks)
  • Gluten free rolls/bread for serving ( I used Schar Cibatta)



  • Drain and press the tofu to extract most of the liquid
  • Cut the cube in 1/2, save the other 1/2 of the cube for another dish or double the recipe 
  • Sautee the onion and peppers until the onion is translucent
  • Add the tofu, nutritional yeast, and gluten free soy sauce
  • Satuee until tofu is done
  • Turn off the pan
  • Add diced vegan cheese to the dish and stir to melt/combine
  • Toast rolls with vegan cheese to melt cheese on the rolls as well as in the dish


NOTE: I did not have a heavy hand with the cheese. I used 1 slice total. There was a cheesy taste. You can use more based on your preference. 

Serve with a side salad or roasted potato wedges



Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Banana Bread Featuring Josie's Best

Josie's Best the muffin & more baking mix

I was recently introduced to a 1:1 flour replacement and just had the opportunity to try it. The bananas I purchased made it to the point of "overripe for baking" so I took the opportunity to try Josie's Best the muffin & more baking mix in an old favorite banana bread recipe. 


The NEW MIX made a bread that was moist, flavorful, and rose out of the pan to create nooks and crannies perfect for butter/plant butter to be drizzled if you wished to add extra moisture as you took the bread out of the oven. 


An Old Favorite Banana Bread Recipe Re-imagined  

2 flax eggs

2 cups Josie's Best the muffin & more baking mix

1 tsp baking soda 

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup honey or agave

2 cups ripe bananas

OPTIONAL: add nuts or seeds for texture

Bake 350 for 45 minutes to an hour (check to see if done at 45 minutes then monitor)

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Pad Thai Rice Noodle Rainbow

Gazing at my Forbidden Pad Thai Rice Noodles I KNEW I wanted to make a dish that was full of color. The purple noodles were calling for the rest of the rainbow to join them. with Lotus Foods Forbidden Pad Thai Rice Noodles as my blank canvas, and the rainbow as my muse, I began meal prep. From start to finish, the meal was ready in less than 30 minutes.


I gathered veggies:

  • Red bell pepper (1 diced)
  • Rainbow carrots... Yellow and Orange (2 diced )
  • Frozen peas - Green (1 cup)
  • Onion (1/2 cup diced)

I decided on a protein ... Tofu

I decided on a sauce ... peanut 

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar .. omit of using store bought nut butters as there are sugars added
  • 2 tsp red curry paste
  • 1 tbsp gluten free soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp nut butter (seed butter works too)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil/sesame oil so things do not stick to the pan 
  • add a tbsp of water if the sauce is too thick for your taste (depends on nut/seed butter you use) 



  • Prepare the peanut sauce in a small saute pan. 
  • Saute the onions and garlic is just enough olive oil to coat the pan
  • Once translucent, add the rest of the veggies and saute until el dente
  • In a separate pan, fry the tofu (or use an air fryer) 
  • In a pot, bring water to a boil and prepare the noodles as directed on the package. 
  • Toss the noodles with the sauce and add the veggies
  • Put in a bowl and top with the tofu


My rainbow is almost complete. 

To finish the rainbow, I should have some fresh blueberries for dessert!



Monday, September 21, 2020

Bananas and Plants Bread

When I look to try out a new ingredient, I tend to try it out in a recipe I have made numerous times.

 The latest NEW ingredient I discovered is a vegan butter, 

Flora Plant Butter.


 I decided to substitute FLORA PLANT BUTTER (unsalted) for the coconut butter in my Banana Bread Recipe. The result ... a moister banana bread!

I have found there are simple swaps to change a recipe to make it fit your dietary needs. I am adding Flora Plant Butter to that list.


My Favorite Swaps ... to make baked goods vegan

  1. flax egg (1 tbsp flax seeds + 3 tbsp water) ... for an egg
  2. mashed medium ripe banana  ... for an egg
  3. equal parts FLORA PLANT BUTTER ... for real butter
  4. equal parts coconut butter ... for real butter

Now that I have met Flora Butter, I am going to start to use it all the time. 

More recipes to come!

Banana Bread with a Monk Crunch

 I am a FAN of snacking on nuts. 

Select Harvest just came out with Monk Crunch Almond Snacks and I am enjoying them! 


I like them alone or in a mix with some dried fruit and seeds. 

I like them so much, I decided to find ways to incorporate them into a family favorite, banana bread.

I decided to use some of the Vanilla Monk Crunch in my Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread Recipe. I diced a cup of Vanilla Monk Crunch Almonds and added them to the batter. 


The result ... a flavorful CRUNCH in the middle of my bread.


 The added texture and flavor added to the bread. I toasted my bread and enjoyed it with some fruit and a cup of coffee for breakfast. 


Hoe do you enjoy Monk Crunch?

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Rice Ramen and Me

Stores are filled with many products. When you read product labels to make a decision about which product is best for you, you may be faced with a choice. If you have the opportunity to purchase a product from a company that is B Certified, please do consider making the choice. 


Why purchase from a B Corporation?

Certified B Corporations balance profit and purpose. Leaders of B Corporations drive a global movement of business being a force for going good. 

Why Purchase from Lotus Foods?

Lotus Foods is committed to organic and regenerative practices in generating more rice from less land while working to preserve genetic biodiversity. Lotus Foods also saves hundreds of millions of water annually, promotes long-term soil health, and works to remove greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.


How Do I Enjoy Lotus Foods?

I enjoy Rice Ramen from the package ... and enjoy adding to the package. The image you see here is sauteed veggies and pan fried tofu added to the prepared package. My formula for adding to Rice Ramen Noodle Soup is listed below. Enjoy Rice Ramen as packaged, or use the package as your blank canvas and customize the meal based on your flavor profile and appetite when you make it!

2 cups veggies + 1 cup protein + 1 package prepared Rice Ramen Noodle Soup