Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Chewy Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

 


Chewy Vegan Gingerbread Cookies


I get an overwhelmingly response about favorite cookies people had growing up and one of the cookies on that top 10 list would have to be Gingerbread. They seem to be a comforting item not only for the simply fact that they are delish but also because it sparks that memory for people. Usually a holiday time favorite, whether it's circular or as a person, they always spark a memory the most. Growing up comfort foods are the strongest connection to a memory and I don't think being vegan means giving that connection up. So why not change it up and adapt it to your vegan families recipe traditions.


This recipe will show you how to not only make the perfectly chewy and delish Gingerbread but also a holiday treat for years to come for your vegan family. With all those great flavors we associate with sugar, spice, and the smells of the holidays. It's completely satisfing and that craving that you have for cookies will be covered. It will not only make you and your family happy but also that inner child that has only one thing on its mind...COOKIES! Enjoy!

Chewy Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups organic unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup vegan butter, softened
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • Egg substitute, equal to 1 egg (I used the vegan egg, 2 Tbsp & 1/2 cup cold water) 
  • 1 Tablespoon organic orange juice
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
Directions 
First, sift together all your dry ingredients (flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt). 
Cream the butter and 1 cup sugar, vegan egg, mollasses, and OJ, beat until fully incorporated. 
 
 
Add in the dry ingredients in small batches until just combined. 
 
 
*Refrigerate the cookie dough for 2hrs or place in the freeze for a half an hour.*
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Form the cookie dough into 2 tablespoon balls, roll into the remaining 1/4 cup organic sugar and flatten slightly. Bake for 15 minutes.
 
Once the cookies are done, remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Remove from sheet trays and allow to cool further or eat...I'm going with eat! How can you wait that long? Pair with a glass of cold vegan milk or vegan egg nog. Enjoy! 
-Amy 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Butternut Squash Lentil Curry

 


Butternut Squash Lentil Curry


We all love to go out to eat, try new things, even pay a little extra to have a culinary experience from time to time. But you don't have to go out to have that experience. Why not pass up the take-out?. You can go that extra mile to impress without putting in much effort. You will not only save yourself the expense, but also express to your family and friends how truly important they really are. By going that extra mile you can show that you care, it's a gesture that I always grew up with. The way to a persons heart, more than most people is through their stomachs. This recipe shows you how to take a popular Indian dish you order and make it even more easily at home.  The exotic pairing of curry and spices with the hearty and sweet squash and lentils makes for a perfect warming winter dish. The perfect amount of spice and will keep you wanting more. All of it works together to make a whole meal that will please young and old alike. Serve atop jasmine, brown rice, or quinoa. A perfect recipe to serve on a special occasion or the holidays to impress. But you and I both know that it was easy, the only question is...now what's for dessert? Enjoy! 


Butternut Squash Lentil Curry


Ingredients


2 cups red lentils

4 cups butternut squash, cubed

1 medium onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tablespoons ginger, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon red curry paste (more or less, to taste)

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt or to taste 

8 oz can coconut milk (full fat)

28 oz canned crushed tomatoes

3 cups vegan chicken or vegetable stock


Optional 

2-3 cups fresh organic Spinach (stired in at the end)


Directions 


Combine all ingredients (except coconut milk and spinach if your using) in a large Dutch oven or you can make this in a slow cooker. 


*If making in a slow cooker, cook for 8 hours on low. 


 


 


Once everything is combined, cook on a medium heat for 30-40 minutes until the lentils and butternut squash is tender. Before serving, stir in the coconut milk and taste for seasonings. Add additional salt or pepper as needed. 


 


Serve on its own or over brown, white, jasmine rice (or quinoa). Enjoy! 


 

-Amy 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Vegan Chicken Salad

Vegan Chicken Salad
Well hello everyone! I'm back! First I want to say thanks to all my loyal followers who have stuck with me over the past year through my twin pregnancy and now my hectic twin mommy hood daily. I appreciate everyone's support! So what a better way to start back, then a quick lunch. These days I'm go go go with two busy twin boys watching my every move. Lunch is a luxury these days, it can sometimes just be some dried fruit and water, or baby leftovers if I don't prepare. So I try to make things ahead to make my life a little easier...every moms dream!  I'm writing this as I'am being screamed at by one and feeding the other...yeah pressure is an understatement, so let's make this quick!
When we are looking for a quick and easy lunch we usually go for sandwiches (Oh how exciting), should I go on? Yeah I know it's quick and easy but can't it also be super delish too?? Sure it can! It's great to eat your lunch and not feel bored while eating it. This recipe shows that you can have your lunch (or dinner) be scrumptious as well as quick, delish, and fun. The combo of the classic flavors but vegan, no real chicken here. You can make this recipe for a larger group by double or tripling (even half it for smaller recipe) OR make it ahead for the work week. Just whip up and store in the fridge and nibble as needed, it only gets better daily. You can't go wrong when enjoying this for your next meal. Throw it together and let me know...I'll wait, I know you'll love it. Enjoy! 
Vegan Chicken Salad Sandwich 
Ingredients
  • 2 vegan gardein chicken cutlets, cooked and chopped fine (any brand is fine)
  • 1 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced 
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped 
  • 1 cup apple, chopped 
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise (just mayo)
  • 1/4 cup vegan sour cream (or more mayo if you don't like vegan sour cream)
  • 1 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (more or less, to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion 
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste 
  • 1-2 Tablespoons vegan bacon bits (optional) 

Directions 

In a large bowl combine vegan chicken, celery, pecans, apples, parsley, cranberries in the bowl. Add in you vegan mayo, Dijon, hot sauce, seasonings and vegan bacon bits. Taste god seasoning, add more salt and/or pepper as needed once you've got it to the taste you like, serve on your favorite bread of choice, wrap, in a lettuce wrap, or with crackers. Enjoy! 

-Amy 

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New Additions

I'm 

Hi Everyone!! I want to thank everyone for their patience while I was away. It was worth the wait. ❤️
Welcome to The Comforting Vegan family...

Archer (A): 7lbs 0oz & Asher (B): 7lbs 11oz, both 20.5inches 👶🏼👶🏼 -39wks-


& now they are already 6 weeks today... 


Archer

Asher 


-Amy 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hi NEW Vegans!

I get asked a lot by new vegans or long time vegetarians that are looking to go vegan, how to go vegan. They are either interested to start gradually or eager to jump right in. I think either is great but I give them the same basic advice when they ask me: 

What's the easiest way to convert to veganism? & What are some advice and tips you would give a new vegan starting out? 

I think the best way if you're going to gradually do it or even jump right in, is to really research veganism. I find that new vegans need to really get their info on everything before making that lifestyle change. You want to make sure when you make this transition, you're doing it the right way and the healthiest way, so you're successful. Get out there and find out what works for you in the product world. If you are going to be a vegan who enjoys making their own cheeses or wants to buy. 

Today's vegans are soooo lucky, they have lots of great options for vegan cheeses: (field roast, Daiya, tofutti, go veggie, follow your heart, vegan gourmet, teese, & miyokos). 







And if you don't have them in your area, you can order online and have a new product shipped right to your door. The same thing goes for vegan meats (Gardein, Field Roast Grain Meat, Sophie's Kitchen - The New Vegan Seafood, Beyond Meat, Boca, Tofurky, Lightlife, Yves). 








Some vegans enjoy them and some do not and that's ok, find what works for you and again, there are a lot of products out there. If you're not into veggie meats, you can stick to: 

  • Legumes (especially chickpeas, adzuki beans, lentils, split peas, and kidney beans)
  • Organic Soy products such as tempeh and tofu (you can also make none soy based tofu as well)
  • Nuts & seeds (most notably cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds & tahini)
  • Whole and enriched grains such as quinoa
  • Organic Vegetables (particularly dark and leafy greens)
  • Whole grains and wheat germ
  • Dried fruits

  • Try, sample, make, move on, and keep looking until you find what you like. 


    And of course, make sure you are getting all your vitamins and minerals. Supplements are available but you can get the majority from foods. Chia (omega3), flax (omega3), nutritional yeast (b12), mushrooms (vitamin D), Dark Greens (calcium & iron), 

    BEST ESSENTIAL FATTY ACID SOURCES
    • Microalgae DHA supplements
    • Flaxseed oil or seeds
    • Hempseed oil or seeds 
    • Walnuts
    • Chia 
    (you can find vegan supplements at your local or vegan market if needed)




    Online: 

    Vegan Essentials

    Vegan cuts

    Fake meats 

    Vegan store

    Recipes for homemade meats are everywhere as well and they are easier than you think.

    *Pinterest is your friend!

    And the MOST IMPORTANT: Find support, whether it be close to home with a friend and/or family OR online support groups. You will need that helping hand or shoulder once and a while. Plus the recipe sharing is just a bonus! 

    Hope this helps ❤️

    -Amy 


    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Irresistible Vegan PB & Chocolate Chip Cookies


    Irresistible Vegan PB & Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Peanut butter and chocolate are a classic combination of awesome yumminess. You cannot find a more complimentary combo that is that perfect...yeah yeah PB & Jelly can take a hike here, chocolate kicks your butt any day. So when you take that classic combo and make it into a cookie, your just asking for a hug. This cookie is just love in cookie form and nothing will envelop smiles more for this dessert. Great for kids or adults alike and if you have a potluck or bake sale, you will have the winning treat. 

    This recipe will show you how to make that perfect combo of sweet, salty, crunchy, and ooey gooey goodness. Made into a perfect cookie and baked to the right golden brown and delish. This cookie will help sweeten any day and help put a smile on any face. Serve this cookie as is hot off the cookie sheets or anytime afterwards. Pairs nicely sandwiched or along side vegan ice cream. Store cookies in an air tight container or in a plastic bag. With plenty of cookies to share, you are sure to become a popular person quick...that's if you decide to share. Enjoy! 

    Irresistible Vegan PB & Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Ingredients

    -3/4 cup Vegan butter or shortening, softened 
    -1 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
    -3/4 cup organic smooth peanut butter
    -3 Tablespoons Vegan Milk
    -1 Tablespoon pure Vanilla extract
    -2 large "Eggs", Egg replacer powder or The Vegg (prepared as followed on your directions) *Optional 
    -3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
    -1 teaspoon Salt
    -1 3/4 cups Flour
    -1 6oz package Vegan Chocolate Chips or Chunks
    -1 cup Peanuts (optional)

    Directions

    Heat oven to 375 Degrees

    Combine vegan butter (shortening), brown sugar, vegan milk, PB, and vanilla in electric mixer, beat at medium speed until blended. Add in your egg substitute and beat in. 


    Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in separate bowl. Once your ingredients are all in separate bowl, add and beat into the vegan butter mixture until blended but not over beaten.


    Stir in vegan chocolate chips and/or nuts (optional). 


    Drop rounded measured cookie dough 3 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet. For measuring I used a ice cream scoop, depending on your desired cookie size you can use a small or regular size scoop. If you don't have an ice cream scoop use a tablespoon measure or spoon. 


    Bake 15 minutes for a chewy cookies, 20 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet and then remove cookies to a rack to cool completely. 



    Serve hot off the cookie sheet or cool and serve for dessert, snacks, and/or topped or sandwiched with vegan ice cream. Nothing is wrong when serving this cookie, enjoy!


    Ready to Serve Cookie

    -Amy