Strawberry and Smashed Cookie Salad

Not your typical salad, we know. But with the first local strawberries of the year making their appearance here in Scandinavia, a cookie salad seemed like an appropriate way to celebrate.

Our everyday way to enjoy local strawberries in June and July are simply served in a bowl with just a dash of oat milk or cream. Delicious as that may be, it is not a recipe to blog about (even if I’m a big fan of two-ingredient recipes) or to celebrate summer with. Hence, this cookie salad. We bake a giant cookie that we smash (!) and apart from the childishly pleasing feeling of doing that, all those oddly sized bits and pieces also are what makes the salad interesting. And when mixed with juicy berries, whipped cream and tiny elderflower florets, you have a great mix of textures and flavors. It is also a pretty looking dessert, a very simple and good one to make for your friends or family. You can bake the cookie ahead of time (or use any store-bought cookie) and ideally, you want to smash the cookie and assemble the salad in front of your guests. We’ve gathered a few recipe notes and suggestions how to change it up here below.

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Recipe notes:
• We made the cookie vegan to make it as inclusive as possible but you can replace coconut oil with butter if you are more into that. Vegans would obviously also use whipped coconut cream or whipped soy cream.
• Use cert gluten-free oats if you are gluten intolerant.
• The buckwheat flour can be replaced with regular flour if you like.
• You can make this into an Eton Mess by adding a larger amount of cream (and maybe even meringues) and serving it in glasses.
• You can swap the whipped cream for greek yogurt and serve this as a weekend breakfast. Or do 50/50 cream and yogurt for a more tangy dessert.
• If you have mint or lemon balm at home, those would be great additions to the salad.
• You can add any edible flowers and they are of course also entirely optional.
• If your berries are imported or not sweet enough, simply drizzle a little maple syrup, honey or elderflower syrup over the salad.


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Strawberries, Cookies & Cream

Vegan Chocolate Oat Cookies
200 g / 2 cups rolled oats
65 g / ½ cup buckwheat flour
4 tbsp cacao powder
3 tbsp chia seeds
½ tsp sea salt
½ cup / 110 g coconut oil or butter
½ cup  /125 ml maple syrup
½ cup  /125 ml plant milk

Salad elements
1 lb / 450 g fresh strawberries
1 knob fresh ginger, grated
1 small lemon, juice
elderflower and lilacs or other edible summer flowers
2 cups whipped cream or coconut cream (or Greek yogurt)

Set the oven to 200°C/400°F. Mix together the dry ingredients in one bowl. Add maple syrup, plant milk and coconut oil. Stir together and let sit for 20 minutes to allow the chia seeds and oats to thicken. Pour onto a baking sheet covered with a baking paper. Flatten out and shape a large, round cookie using your hands. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool and crisp up and then crush the cookie into large pieces. Rinse the strawberries, cut in halves and place in a ixing bowl. Add grated ginger,  lemon juice and a few elderflower florets, let sit while you whip the cream or coconut cream. Then transfer the juicy strawberries to a large serving platter. Add dollops of whipped cream (or yogurt) and tuck in the pieces of broken cookie. Scatter over the cookie crumbles and decorate with more elderflowers and lilacs. Serve & enjoy!


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Chicken Taco Salad (Grain-Free, Paleo) – Deliciously Organic

Loaded Chicken Taco Salad (Grain-Free, Paleo)

A chicken taco salad loaded with vegetables, a bit of cheese and a cilantro dressing is a fabulous meal for the warmer months. I prefer to put this salad together minus the dressing, so it can last a couple of days in the fridge or so we can pack it for a day out. 

The dressing is a slight variation on my Garlic Yogurt Dressing, with some added cilantro. You could add a little salsa to it as well! And, the crunchy Siete grain-free chips make for a fun addition to the salad. If you can’t tolerate cassava flour, then you can substitute with plantain chips. 

As you know, I make a pot of chicken broth each week, so I used the cooked chicken from the broth in this salad. It’s a great way to use up the cooked meat. 

Here are some other nutrient-dense salads you might enjoy:
Roast Beet and Walnut Salad with Kombucha Vinaigrette
Classy Chicken Salad with Dates and Macadamia
Chopped Chicken Waldorf Salad
Greek Chicken Salad
Bacon Deviled Egg Salad
Roasted Sweet Potato, Spinach and Pecan Salad 

Chicken Taco Salad (Grain-Free)

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Ingredients

    For the Salad:

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • Meat from 1 whole chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup chopped olives
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped (seeds removed)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco (omit for dairy-free or paleo)
  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 orange, red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups Seite grain-free chips or plantain chips
  • For the Dressing:

  • 1 cup whole, plain yogurt (use coconut or almond milk yogurt for dairy-free)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup packed cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place all of the salad ingredients in a large salad bowl.
  2. Place all of the dressing ingredients in a large mason jar and blend with a hand-immersion blender until smooth. (You can also blend the dressing in a blender.)
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss and serve immediately.

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19 Refreshing Ways to Cook With Mango This Summer

Andrew Purcell; Carrie Purcell

There aren’t many things in the world better than perfectly ripe mangoes. Sweet, fruity, and creamy, they taste like full fledged desserts even though they’re fruit—fruit that are packed with nutrients like potassium and vitamins A and C at that. When summer rolls around and they’re in season, it’s pretty much our duty to eat them as often as possible.

And that shouldn’t be hard, because there are ton of excellent mango recipes just waiting to help you use the fruit up. They’re great all by themselves as a snack or a fruity treat, but they’re even better chopped into salsa, cooked into tacos, blended into smoothies, and baked into pastries. Whatever meal you’re craving, there’s probably mango-fied version of it somewhere out there.

Eat the fruit all summer long with some help from these 19 recipes. From sweet sorbets to savory salads and even to refreshing cocktails, there’s sure to be something here that’ll please any mango lover.

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5-Ingredient Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe: Better Than Miracle Whip

Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe

Mayonnaise is a staple that can’t be skipped. But just because it’s a requirement for tasty sandwiches and creamy aiolis doesn’t mean you have to compromise on ingredients and quality. Making vegan mayonnaise from scratch is an easy way to give this classic condiment a healthy makeover.

This creamy whipped spread is so light and fluffy, it’ll remind you of Miracle Whip. Except it’s free from saturated fats and unhealthy additives. So you’ll be able to enjoy a creamy spread of mayo on your sandwiches with zero guilt.

This eggless vegan mayo recipe is cholesterol-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, and gluten-free. Even better, it only uses five ingredients so it’s wholesome and minimally processed.

The major flaw in commercially produced mayonnaise is the unhealthy ingredients and nutrition facts. For starters, mayonnaise contains eggs which are high in cholesterol. Many mayonnaises are also full of artificial ingredients like “natural flavors.” By making your own vegan mayonnaise, you’ll be skipping the cholesterol and artificial ingredients.

The only equipment you’ll need to make this vegan mayonnaise is a high-speed blender or immersion blender. It’s quick and easy to make taking less than ten minutes. This staple can be made on a weekly basis in a breeze.

Vegan Mayonnaise Ingredients

Ingredients

It’s important to be choosy when buying ingredients for this vegan mayonnaise. Using organic ingredients will ensure your mayo is GMO-free and pesticide-free.

Soymilk, in particular, is important to watch out for GMOs. More than 90 percent of U.S.-grown soybeans are genetically modified. The GMO link hasn’t helped soy’s reputation but when you buy organic soy products, you are making a healthy choice.

Soymilk is a great source of protein and its high protein content makes it an ideal mayo ingredient. It thickens easily to form a creamy, whipped mayo that’s spreadable. Substituting soymilk with another plant-based milk won’t work in this recipe, unfortunately.

Safflower oil eliminates the need for eggs in mayonnaise recipes. Plus, it is a healthier alternative to canola oil. It’s derived from the safflower plant and is rich in monounsaturated fats. It has a very light and neutral flavor making it ideal for making mayonnaise.

According to GMO Compass, “the commercial utilization of genetically modified safflower cannot be anticipated in the short term.” So you don’t have to worry about encountering genetically modified safflower oil on the market, unlike with canola oil. But we still do recommend using organic safflower oil to maintain a pesticide-free profile of this condiment.

Kitchen Prep

To prepare for making vegan mayonnaise, you’ll want to have the following available: high-speed blender or immersion blender, measuring cup, and measuring spoons. If using an immersion blender, you’ll want a large, tall jar to blend in.

Make sure you already have the oil measured out and ready to pour from a liquid measuring cup. This will help keep the process smooth and mess-free.

Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe

How To Make Vegan Mayonnaise

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsweetened soymilk
  • 1 cup safflower oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Add soymilk, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt to a high speed blender. Blend on high for about one minute. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  2. Remove the center cover on lid and slowly pour in safflower oil while blending on low. Once all oil is added, put cover back on and increase speed to high. Blend until thickened about one to two minutes.
  3. Transfer mayonnaise to an airtight jar and chill for at least one hour before using. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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Flavor Tips

Once you’ve mastered making vegan mayonnaise, try these fun flavor twists:

  • Chipotle: Add ¼ teaspoon ancho chipotle powder and one teaspoon lime juice to the blender in step one. Drizzle over tacos, enchiladas, and taquitos.
  • Garlic: Add one teaspoon garlic powder to the blender in step one. This garlicky dip tastes wonderful with artichokes.
  • Curry: Add one teaspoon curry powder to the blender in step one. Dip fries in this Thai-inspired mayo for an update on a classic side.
  • Sriracha: Add one teaspoon sriracha sauce to the blender in step one. Try pairing this spicy mayo with sweet potato fries to balance the flavors.
  • Pesto: After mayonnaise is completely thickened and smooth, pulse in ¼ cup basil until finely chopped and mixed in. Spread inside ciabatta bread for an Italian-inspired sandwich.

Related on Organic Authority
Vegan Just Mayo Really is Mayonnaise, Even Without the Egg: FDA Reverses Ruling
Condiments Are Food Too: 12 Uses for Your Excessive Condiment Collection
Healthy Vegan Sweet Potato Taquitos Recipe with Chipotle Mayo

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Karissa Bowers is a fashion and food blogger living a compassionate lifestyle. Karissa is the blogger of Vegan À La Mode where she shares her favorite vegan and gluten-free recipes and also her eco-friendly cruelty-free style. Her love for photographing food and her outfits, drove her to develop a passion for photography. After a few years of honing in on her photography skills, Karissa launched her business, Karissa Bowers Photography, where she shoots weddings and portraits. When she’s not taking photos or in the kitchen, you can find Karissa traveling and trying new vegan restaurants.



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How to Make and Use Castor Oil Packs – Deliciously Organic

How to Make and Use Castor Oil PacksCastor oil packs are one of my favorite economical ways to gently detox the body. I personally used them on my liver and thyroid when I was recovering from Hashimoto’s disease, and I recommend them to my Nutritional Therapy clients often. 

How do castor oil packs help the body?

Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. Lymphocytes are your immune system’s disease-fighting cells and are produced and stored mainly in your lymphatic tissue (thymus gland, spleen, and lymph nodes). Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage.

When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick.

This is where castor oil comes in. When castor oil is absorbed through your skin (according to Cayce and McGarey) your lymphocyte count increases. Increased lymphocytes speed up the removal of toxins from your tissues, which promotes healing.

What can castor oil packs be used for?

  • Liver disorders 
  • Thyroid cysts and nodules
  • Non-cancerous uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Constipation
  • Intestinal disorders
  • Gallbladder inflammation or stones
  • Inflamed joints
  • Lymphatic drainage 
  • Conditions with poor elimination
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Cysts in the breast tissue
  • General liver detoxification 
  • Lung infections

Here are some examples of how castor oil packs can be used:

  1. If you are under-converting T4 to T3, daily castor oil packs over the liver can help increase this conversion.
  2. To shrink cysts or nodules, you can place a castor oil pack over the thyroid for 15 minutes a day. 
  3. To reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines, you can do a castor oil pack over the liver once daily for one month and see if this makes a difference.
  4. For congested lymph nodes (under the arms, on the neck, etc.) do a castor oil pack directly over the area of concern. 
  5. Do a castor oil pack over the entire abdomen daily to help ease constipation. 
  6. To help speed up the healing from fatty liver disease (along with a nutrient-dense diet) do a castor oil pack over the liver daily. 

A castor oil pack is very easy and only requires a few supplies. The castor oil and cotton flannel last for many, many months, so don’t worry about running out any time soon.

Here’s what you need:

1. A bottle of organic castor oil. I recommend Heritage Store, Home Health or Premier Research Labs
2. A piece of organic cotton flannel 
3. A heating pad or hot water bottle
4. A large gallon-size ziploc bag
5. An old towel (castor oil permanently stains, so it’s best to use an old towel)

How to do a castor oil pack:

1. Place the piece of flannel in a large glass dish (glass Tupperware works great!).
2. Drizzle castor oil over the flannel until it’s saturated.
3. Plug in the heating pad next to your bed and turn it on to medium or fill up your hot water bottle. 
4. Set the dish with the flannel, the ziploc bag, and old towel on your nightstand or next to the bed.
5. Lie down and place the cotton flannel on the area of concern. For example: the liver, thyroid, breast, joint, etc.
6. Put the ziploc bag on top of the flannel.
7. Place the heating pad or hot water bottle on top of the ziploc and flannel.
8. Place the old towel on top of the heating pad.
9. Lie down for 1-2 hours, remove and wipe the area with the old towel to remove any castor oil.
10. Repeat as necessary.

When is a castor oil pack not recommended? 
It’s not recommended to do a castor oil pack over the abdomen if you have an IUD because it could cause the IUD to dislodge or release excess copper into the system. It’s also not recommended when pregnant, breastfeeding, during menses or if you struggle with IBS, Colitis or diarrhea. 

And, one last piece of advice:
If you do a castor oil pack and you get any kind of rash, this can be a sign that your liver needs to detox. So I recommend doing the castor oil pack over the liver for 3-4 weeks, and then doing the castor oil pack again over the part of the body that was reacting (like the thyroid, abdomen, etc.).

Note: This post was originally published on May 21, 2014 and updated on May 25, 2018.

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Mini Cookie Dough Fudge Pops — Oh She Glows


by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 25, 2018

Oh boy did I spend a lot of time getting this popsicle recipe just right. I’m picky about my popsicles (okay, really, I’m super picky about every recipe I share), and I’m SO happy with how these finally turned out—I have to say, eating dozens of fudge pops has really paid off…hah!

As much as I love making my kids healthy popsicles, for this recipe I set out to create a decadent fudge pop for adults and older kids. The other day I said to Nicole (OSG’s incredible recipe tester), “Why should little kids have all the fun?! She wholeheartedly agreed that us grown-ups need an indulgent popsicle recipe for ourselves, too! After testing these pops, Nicole wrote back and said, “Oh my, these are Amazing AF (As Fudge, ha!). Thank you a million times…I will be eating these all summer.” She cracks me up!

I started by creating a super-easy vegan cookie dough…let me tell you, this stuff is dangerously easy to whip up. Even if for some crazy reason you don’t make the fudge pops, these cookie dough chunks can be used a million different ways (like for topping banana soft serve or throwing into homemade blizzards).

I rolled the cookie dough between two pieces of parchment paper and cut the dough into chunks after freezing it. After that, I made a rich and creamy fudge base starring melted dark chocolate and coconut cream. DREAMY!! Then I simply alternated layering the base and cookie dough chunks in my popsicle molds (these are my all-time favourite mini molds!) and stuck them in the freezer. Just a few hours later, we were diving into decadent fudge pops studded with chunks of the most heavenly cookie dough. You won’t believe these delicious pops are dairy-free, I can promise you that!


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22 mini fudge pops
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2 1/2 to 3 hours

Ingredients:

For the cookie dough:
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) natural almond, sunflower, or peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (22.5 mL) virgin coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons (43 g) gluten-free oat flour
  • 5 tablespoons (30 g) almond flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda (for an authentic cookie dough flavour!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (17 g) mini vegan chocolate chips*
For the fudge pops:
  • 1 (100g) dark chocolate bar (70%)**
  • 1 (14-oz/398 mL) can full-fat coconut milk, chilled***
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon (6 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch fine sea salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. For the cookie dough: In a medium bowl, stir together the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla until smooth. Now stir the oat flour, almond flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips into the wet mixture until combined.
  2. Place the dough between two large sheets of parchment paper and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Using the parchment paper to grip, lift the cookie dough onto a large plate. Transfer the plate to the freezer and freeze for 15 to 30 minutes until the slab is solid.
  3. For the fudge pops: Break the chocolate bar into chunks and melt in a small pot over low heat. Once two-thirds of the chocolate has melted, remove it from the heat and stir until smooth.
  4. Scoop the solid coconut cream from the top of the can (you should have about one cup) and place it in a high-speed blender. Save the coconut water for another use, such as a smoothie.
  5. Add the melted chocolate, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt to the coconut cream. Blend on high until smooth. Pour the liquid into a small bowl.
  6. Remove frozen cookie dough slab from freezer. Using a pizza slicer, slice the slab into small square chunks (about 1/4-inch wide).
  7. Grab a narrow teaspoon and spoon 1/2 to 1 teaspoon fudge pop liquid into the bottom of each mold. Top with 2 to 3 frozen cookie dough chunks. Spoon more liquid into the molds and add a couple more chunks on top, making sure the liquid fills to just below the top of the mold. Insert the sticks into each respective mold.
  8. Freeze the molds for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until solid. Store leftovers in the freezer (either directly in the popsicle mold or in a freezer-safe zip bag) for up to 2 weeks (any longer and they tend to get icy).

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How to Master Vegan Grilling (Tricks, Techniques, and 5 Gourmet Recipes!)

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The moment the weather turns warmer, we’ve got grilling on the brain. The only problem? For many, cookouts immediately call to mind hot dogs and hamburgers, and without a bit of advance planning, vegans can be left holding a sad, frozen veggie burger – a real shame when you consider all the delicious options vegan grilling provides.

The good news is that most people are ready and willing for this unfortunate situation to be relegated to the past: plant-based diets are rapidly growing in popularity, and even omnivores are excited to see (and taste!) delicious grilled vegetables, veggie burgers, and more.

So if you’re ready to make your next vegan cookout a success, look no further: the guide below has everything you need.

Best Homemade Veggie Burgers

Burgers are a staple of barbecues, and vegans need not feel left out. While there are tons of store-bought options to choose from (check out our favorites below!) homemade veggie burgers are even more delicious, and they’re surprisingly simple to prepare. Here are just a few we love:

  • These sun-dried tomato and lentil burgers are both vegan and gluten-free, and they’re full of flavorful ingredients like sweet potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, lentils, soy sauce, and garlic.
  • This green pea burger offers a completely different flavor profile, with a combination of green peas, green bell pepper, spinach, and spices.
  • If simplicity is all you’re looking for, a portobello mushroom cap, marinated in your favorite marinade or simply seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper, can be a great burger stand-in.

Best Meat Alternatives

Meat alternatives or mock meats are a terrific choice for a quick vegan barbecue main. Tempeh and tofu require minimal prep, and mock dogs and veggie burgers are even easier – just throw them on the grill!

3 Steps to Grill Tempeh to Perfection

This guide to grilled tempeh lays out the ideal steps for grilling the fermented soy product: pre-cook, marinate, and grill.

The pre-cooking step is essential for softening the naturally chewy texture of tempeh and allows the marinade to penetrate more thoroughly, rendering the result even more flavorful. We’ve included one marinade option here, but you can marinate your tempeh with whatever flavors you like best.

Grilling Tofu: It’s All About the Marinade

Once you’ve selected the right tofu for grilling (hint: it’s not silken), grilling tofu is all about adding flavor. First, prep the tofu to soak up as much of your chosen marinade as possible by drying it well. Then, just marinate the tofu until you’re ready to cook it up.

This guide to grilling tofu will ensure that you’ve covered all of these steps, plus a few others, to make your grilled tofu experience as delicious as possible.

Choosing the Best Store-Bought Mock Meats

If you’re looking for a truly no-fuss option, store-bought burgers and mock dogs will become your new go-to.

  • For mock dogs, we love SoyBoy Not Dogs, which have a relatively short ingredients list including organic soy and excluding wheat. As the package says, “no nitrates and nothing phony.” If you want to peruse even more choices, here’s an excellent guide to some tasty veggie dogs.
  • For veggie burgers, we still love the classic Amy’s California veggie burger, made with organic vegetables. Amy’s even makes a gluten-free version of the veggie burger, so everyone can partake.

Top 10 Vegan Grilling Veggie Marinades

Grilled veggies make the perfect main or side for omnivorous and vegan grilling parties alike. The secret is finding the perfect flavors to really make those veggies sing.

Marinate your vegetables for as little as 10 minutes when they are particularly porous, like mushrooms, or for up to a few hours when they’re a bit more solid, like carrots and peppers, and be sure to remove any fresh herbs or garlic from the vegetables before grilling them to avoid burning.

Here are 10 of our absolute favorite combos:

  1. Mushrooms with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  2. Carrots with fresh lime juice, ginger, coconut oil, cilantro, and salt.
  3. Corn on the cob with fresh lime juice, cayenne pepper, olive oil, and salt.
  4. Red bell peppers with pomegranate molasses, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, and salt.
  5. Shishito peppers with soy sauce or tamari, grapeseed oil, a touch of sesame oil, and black vinegar.
  6. Zucchini with fresh lime juice, olive oil, basil, salt, and pepper.
  7. Cauliflower steaks with olive brine, olive oil, a touch of agave syrup, and shallots.
  8. Salsify with red wine, black pepper, grapeseed oil, salt, and pepper.
  9. Artichokes with olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, shallots, salt, and pepper.
  10. Eggplant with garlic, mint, fresh oregano, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Gourmet Vegan Grilling: 5 Recipes

If burgers and not-dogs aren’t your style, take a gander at some of our favorite vegan grilling recipes that are more on the gourmet side. These recipes are sure to impress, but they’re still easy enough to prepare so that you won’t end up chained to the grill all night long.

Grilled Asparagus Recipe with Lemon White Wine Fettuccine

Image via Karissa Bowers

1. Grilled Asparagus with Lemon White Wine Fettuccine

This vegan asparagus and lemon white wine fettuccine is a delicious way to use your grill to serve up a more gourmet meal. Pencil-thin asparagus are great for grilling, as you can get them nice and charred on the outside and cook them all the way through in a relatively short amount of time.

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2. Grilled Romaine

For a more interesting play on a typical summer salad, this grilled romaine recipe is a nice trick to have up your sleeve. You can either serve the lettuce with your favorite vegan dressing or alongside a homemade hummus for dipping.

vegan grilled tacos

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3. Vegan Tacos with Salted Grilled Plantains

This tasty taco recipe features hearty grilled plantains, which are cooked until they’re nicely caramelized. The result is a taco that perfectly blends the natural sweetness of plantains and the savory flavors of salsa verde, pepitas, and a shredded red cabbage slaw.

vegetable gyros

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4. Grilled Vegetable Gyros

Gyros may more traditionally be made with some sort of roasted meat, but this vegan version of the Greek dish uses the flavorful spice blend typical of the recipe on a combination of peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, and onion. In place of the yogurt sauce, this vegan ranch is an excellent accompaniment.

shishito peppers recipe

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5. Grilled Shishito Peppers

Alone, grilled shishito peppers make the perfect appetizer, but combined with a grilled mock meat of your choice or other grilled vegetables, they can be a great element of a complete vegan grilled meal.

5 Must-Have Grilling Tools for the Perfect Vegan Barbecue

Make grilling a breeze by ensuring you have the tools you need. Here are five of our favorites.

1. Nesting Grill Trays

How often have you marinated your vegetables and brought them out to grill, only to find that the only place to put the cooked veggies is back on that slick prep plate? These grill prep trays  are the perfect solution: carry the veggies out to the grill on the top tray, then swap it out and use the clean one to bring your cooked veggies back inside to serve.

2. Veggie Grill Basket

If you’re sick and tired of your veggies falling through the barbecue grates, a grill basket is the ideal tool for you. This nearly 14 by nine-inch basket allows you to line up your veggies for even cooking and flip them all at once with ease.

3. Grilling Tongs

Some veggies, like corn on the cob, can go straight on the grill – no basket required. But using regular kitchen tongs to turn them can leave you with uncomfortably warm (and even burned) hands. These easy-to-use, 16-inch, stainless steel grilling tongs are long enough to keep your fingers out of the fire.

4. Basting Brush

Add even more flavor to your veggies by basting them with marinade as they cook; this stainless steel basting brush makes the task easy. It boasts a 15-inch handle to keep your hands from growing too hot as you brush on the flavor. The silicone head is removable for easy cleaning in the dishwasher.

5. Grill Pan

Just because you don’t have an outdoor grill doesn’t mean you can’t take full advantage of these techniques and recipes. This cast-iron grill pan from fan-favorite Lodge  can become a workhorse for your kitchen grilling all your faves on a 16 x 9- inch surface with raised ridges to sear foods. This pan is even reversible with a flat side that’s perfect for weekend brunch faves like pancakes, French toast or even sandwiches and ready to use right away. This pan is also oven and broiler safe.

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Emily Monaco

Emily Monaco

Emily Monaco is an American food and culture writer based in Paris. She loves uncovering the stories behind ingredients and exposing the face of our food system, so that consumers can make educated choices. Her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Vice Munchies, and Serious Eats.



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The lowdown on tofu and tempeh – Nutrilicious

Mention tofu to some people and they instantly say they don’t like it. I bet half of these people just haven’t tasted a good recipe with tofu. As someone who has not eaten meat or chicken in about 30 years, tofu has always been part of my diet.  I use it in soups, salads, stir fries, salad dressings and sometimes in dessert. It can be confusing because there are so many types of regular and organic tofu; silken, soft, medium firm, firm, extra firm and now you can buy sprouted tofu. Choosing which type of tofu is ultimately based on your recipe and preference. First and foremost it is important to choose organic so that you don’t eat genetically modified soybeans.

Here are more tips:

Soft or silken tofu  have the highest moisture content. This type of tofu is best used in soups, sauces, salad dressings, smoothies and desserts like pudding. Health food stores sell this type of tofu in the refrigerated section of the store. They also usually carry a shelf-stable version sold in a box in the Asian section of the store.  My family doesn’t like this type. Grocery stores usually sell tofu in the refrigerated deli section or with the organic dairy products.

 Medium firm, firm or extra firm tofu can be used interchangeably depending on personal preference. My daughter likes medium firm while I prefer extra firm so I sometimes buy both. These are best used in stews or stir fries where you need the tofu to hold its shape.

Sprouted – made from sprouted soy beans, comes in different textures.

You can also buy tofu that comes flavoured with smoke, teriyaki or mango. Visit an Asian grocery store and you’ll see tofu in bulk, floating in a jug of water or packaged like puffs or balls. We liked the puffed tofu balls in Pad Thai. They taste great. If you see these give them a try. You can store the in the freezer until you are ready to eat them.

Some chefs recommend using a press to remove excess water from medium-firm, firm and extra-firm tofu so that it can absorb more flavour during cooking.  To press the tofu without using a tofu press, take a plate and line it with paper towels then place the tofu block on the paper towels. Put another layer of paper towels on top of the tofu, place a cutting board on top and weigh it down with heavy books or cans for an hour. You can also freeze the tofu and once it is defrosted squeeze out the water with your hands. Freezing tofu changes its texture and makes it more crumbly. Either way both procedures will allow the tofu to absorb more flavour.

Tofu is bland so seasoning it is important. The best flavour is achieved by marinating it for a few hours. Add some honey or maple syrup to the marinade to help the tofu get crispy while it cooks. My favourite marinade includes tamari, garlic, ginger and honey. I try to let the tofu marinate overnight. If this is not possible give it at least an hour.

More recently I have added tempeh to my repertoire of vegetarian proteins. Tempeh is a fermented form of tofu that originated in Indonesia. It can be marinated and cooked the same way as tofu but does not require pressing.

While tempeh is also made from soybeans, it has a different texture and is more nutritious than tofu as it is less processed and contains more fibre and protein. Its texture is very firm and it has a deep earthy flavour that becomes more pronounced as it ages. Season tempeh as you would tofu.

Do you have any favourite tofu or tempeh recipes? Let me know.

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Vegan Nachos Recipe with Sweet Potatoes and Tofu Sour Cream

Karissa Bowers

Karissa Bowers

Karissa Bowers is a fashion and food blogger living a compassionate lifestyle. Karissa is the blogger of Vegan À La Mode where she shares her favorite vegan and gluten-free recipes and also her eco-friendly cruelty-free style. Her love for photographing food and her outfits, drove her to develop a passion for photography. After a few years of honing in on her photography skills, Karissa launched her business, Karissa Bowers Photography, where she shoots weddings and portraits. When she’s not taking photos or in the kitchen, you can find Karissa traveling and trying new vegan restaurants.



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Zucchini Bites Recipe (Grain-Free) – Deliciously Organic

Zucchini Bites Recipe (Grain-Free)

Zucchini bites are a fun way to get in some extra vegetables and these are a favorite with kids! They are a combination of zucchini, parmesan cheese, ground up plantain chips, eggs, and garlic. They’re really easy to make, and while I formed them into little bites, you could also bake these into mini muffins. 

Zucchini tends to be very watery when heated, so the key is to soak the zucchini in some salt and then squeeze the zucchini in a clean dish towel. This is the best way to avoid having a wet mess come out of the oven.

The zucchini bites can be served alone, or with the sour cream dip listed below. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even for a quick snack!

Here are some additional zucchini and squash recipes you might enjoy:
Zucchini Noodles with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Hazelnuts
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Squash Fritters
Quick Shrimp Scampi with Squash Noodles

Zucchini Bites (Grain-Free)

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Ingredients

  • For the Bites:
  • 3 medium zucchini, shredded (about 6 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 3 ounces parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 cup crushed plantain chips ( Inka or Terra are good choices)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • For the Sour Cream Dip:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil

Instructions

  1. Place the zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Toss to combine and let sit for 30 minutes. Pour the zucchini onto a clean dishcloth. Fold the dishcloth over the zucchini and gently press to remove any excess moisture.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place the zucchini, salt, parmesan, crushed plantain chips, egg and garlic powder in a medium bowl and stir until combined.
  3. Spoon bite-size portions of the zucchini mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-15 minutes until just brown on the edges.
  4. Combine the sour cream, chives and basil. Serve the zucchini bites with sour cream dip.

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Vegan Sesame Crusted Avocado Salad

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Vegan Sesame Crusted Avocado Salad

I have to admit that I had my doubts about this recipe. While I was coating each avocado wedge in almond flour and sesame seeds, I couldn’t help but think that it was a waste of time (and two ripe avocados) to bake it when it tastes perfectly good au natural in a salad. We’ve done some previous baked avocado experiments and even if some of them were pretty good, they were honestly just as good raw. But David had his mind set on these. He said that “They will almost look like fried chicken wings” which made me exactly zero percent more keen on the idea.


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But when we took out the tray with golden crusted sesame avocado wedges from the oven, they did actually look pretty good. The texture is really key here. The crust is firm and crunchy when you bite into it and the avocado inside almost melts with softness. The almond flour gives the crust a sweet nuttiness. And since we wanted to keep this recipe vegan, we tried aquafaba (chickpea brine) instead of egg to bind the coating to the avocado flesh and it worked like a charm. It holds the coating firmly in place and you can’t taste it. And I love the idea of using chickpeas in a salad and the brine for coating. No waste!

So, for all you avocado lovers that already eaten your own weight of guacamole, avocado toasts, avo-choco mousse and other desserts. Here is a new one for you to try.


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You can make these as snacks and serve with a dipping sauce. I imagine a sweet soy-based dip, chimichurri, srirachamayo or yogurt dip would be good. In this recipe we have instead used them in a simple salad with quinoa, chickpeas and green grapes and Asian flavored dressing that pairs great with crust.


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Sesame Crusted Avocado & Quinoa Salad
Serves 4 as a lunch

Sesame Crusted Avocado Wedges
2 avocado
1/2 cup aquafaba (the brine from the chickpeas in the salad)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup / 50 g almond flour
1/2 cup / 75 g sesame seeds
1 tsp sea salt flakes

Quinoa Salad ingredients
1/2 cup / 85 g raw quinoa
70 g / 1 small bag lettuce (baby kale, lamb’s lettuce, watercress or lettuce of choice)
1 x 400 g / 14 inch tin cooked chickpeas (save the brine)
a handful green grapes, halved
10 cm / 4 inch cucumber, thinly sliced
a handful toasted almonds, chopped

Dressing
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup

Set the oven to 200°C / 400° F. Place a baking paper on a baking sheet. Cook the quinoa in 1 cup / 250 ml salted water for 15-20 minutes, until small tails appear on the seeds.
Open the chickpea tin. Pour the brine into a small bowl and rinse the chickpeas. Add lemon juice to the brine and set aside. Stir together almond flour, sesame seeds and salt in a second bowl. Cut the two avocados in half and remove the stones. Take off the peel and slice the avocado into thick wedges. Dip each wedge into the brine and then in the almond and sesame coating, turning it to make sure it is entirely coated. Spread out the coated avocado wedges on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until the crust is golden.
Stir together the dressing and pour half of it over the cooked and drained quinoa and the rest into a little dressing jar. Add the chickpeas and toss to combine. Arrange the quinoa in the bottom of a wide salad bowl. Add lettuce and then scatter green grapes, radishes and cucumber slices across the bowl. Top with the sesame crusted avocado wedges and toasted almonds. Drizzle the rest of the dressing over the salad right before serving. Enjoy!

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