Tuesday, July 30, 2013

White Bean Cheddar Burger

Sedona, AZ

  I know I always talk/rant (haha) about healthy eating.  But  I just want to be clear, my diet is in no way about deprivation!  I enjoy food more than anyone I know.  The combination of tasting delicious, with feeling great from all the health benefits of the diet is part of what makes it so enjoyable!   The key to delicious, healthy, plant-based food is this:  Fresh produce, creative substitutions, and a killer spice rack.  My recipe ingredients may sometimes be a little unusual,  but their flavor profiles often recreate classic flavors and dishes into healthy, natural, veganized ones.   My White Bean Cheddar Burger, for example, contains all whole food natural ingredients.  No dairy or processed imitation cheese involved, but it sure is cheddary!  

  As an added bonus, these burgers contain turmeric which is an excellent superfood!  Turmeric is a root in the ginger family.  It is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial food.  It naturally treats joint pain, sores, digestion issues, and skin conditions such as eczema and chicken pox!  It also helps the body recover rapidly from bruising and sprains.  Really quite incredible.  So it's time to add turmeric to your grocery list.  You can sometimes find it in the produce section near the ginger.  If you can't find it fresh, you can find it dried and ground, in the spice section of the grocery store.  

vegan bean burger, vegan cheddar, vegan veggie burger recipe, turmeric, turmeric burger, fresh turmeric, healthy burger
White Bean Cheddar Burger

White Bean Cheddar Burger
Dinners, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Oil free, Quick Meals, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegan Cheeses
makes 2 burgers

1 cup cooked navy beans
1/2 tsp smoked paprika (much different flavor from regular paprika, in spice section)
2 Tbsp chopped onion
1 clove garlic, pressed or grated
1/8 tsp fresh turmeric, grated or 1/8 tsp dried ground turmeric
1 tsp lemon juice & zest
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 Tbsp panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp fresh parsley
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

In a bowl, mash beans with a fork while slowly adding all other ingredients.  Stir and mash to combine.   Form into 2 patties.

On a very lightly sprayed or oiled pan, over medium heat, sauté for approximately 6-7 minutes on each side.  Until golden brown.  Serve hot.  Excellent topped with Tahini Thousand Island Dressing (recipe here)!

Pin it! 

Like RVegan on Facebook!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Coconut Bacon

Sedona, AZ

This is for veg people and omnivores alike!   So many people tell me they could never be a vegetarian because they cannot deprive themselves of bacon.  Well we love bacon too!  We don't want to deprive ourselves either!  And who is our little knight in shining armor?  Well it's not the highly processed, packaged fake bacon that looks more like a dog treat!  Oh no no no.  It's coconut bacon!  It can be made into bacon bits with shredded coconut or bacon strips with large coconut flakes. This perfect combination of sweet, salty, and smokey will make you salivate.  Did I mention there are only 4 ingredients?   This is the simplest RV kitchen recipe you're going to get.  Insanely excellent on a BLT by the way.  Now go forth, and eat some bacon.

Shredded coconut bacon bits on my salad. 

Coconut Bacon
Easy, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Salads, Toppings, Vegan, Oil free*

1 cup unsweetened coconut (flakes or shredded)
1/8 cup tamari or coconut aminos (paleo)
1 tbsp maple sugar or 100% real maple syrup
1 tbsp liquid smoke

Preheat oven to 300º.  In a bowl, stir well to combine all ingredients.  Spread into a thin layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake 10-20 minutes, stirring it up every 5 minutes or so, until dry and crispy.  Allow to cool.

*You can also make this in a nonstick pan over medium heat, instead of the oven.  It may take a little dash of olive oil to get it crispy.  Sauté about 10 minutes, stirring often.

Pin it! 

Like RVegan on Facebook!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dressings, Dips, & Spreads

It's time we take full responsibility for ourselves and our health.  It's as simple as this:  Toxic food will make you sick.  Proper nutrition will boost your immune system and prevent, treat, and even reverse common diseases, cancers, and other health issues.   The Standard American Diet (SAD) triggers heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, arthritis, kidney stones, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, migraines, multiple sclerosis, anemia, irritable bowel syndrome, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis, i could go on and on.  You ALL have suffered from or know someone who has suffered from them. These are all either preventable, treatable, or reversible through diet alone.  

Toxic foods include: preservatives, food dyes, refined sugars, refined flours, red meat, white meat, fish, all dairy, eggs and egg whites, genetically modified fruits and vegetables, pesticides, hormones, chemicals.  

What's left?  Whole, natural, organic, foods.  Fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, berries, nuts, beans, and legumes.  Eating strictly plant-based may seem very extreme.  But what's more extreme is surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, dialysis, debilitating chronic pain,  suffering or watching someone you love suffer, and the financial burden of all that healthcare.

This summer, eat refreshing salads every day and get healthy.   I always make my own salad dressings adding variety to my salads, since I eat them daily.  Here are some of my absolute favorite dressing recipes:

All American Veggie Walnut Hemp Seed Burger with pickles, avocado, and
TAHINI THOUSAND ISLAND dressing, over salad with a red cabbage, broccoli stem, corn slaw

Tahini Thousand Island 
dressing, dip, gluten free, Kid Friendly, oil free, vegan

1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup chopped pickles
1/8 cup pickle juice

Stir to combine, slowly adding the pickle juice, until you reach desired consistency.  Store in the fridge in an airtight container.


Oil-Free Lemon Vinaigrette 
dressing, oil free,  vegan

1½  tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp miso
1 tsp dijon mustard
3 green olives, grated
1 tsp olive brine (from the olive jar)
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
dash- ground cumin, celery seed (or 1 stalk of celery, chopped)
1 tsp oregano
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce (look for a veg one, most contain anchovies) 
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
1/2 cup water

Blend and store in the fridge in an airtight container.


Oil-Free Balsamic Tahini Vinaigrette
dressing, spread, dip, gluten free, oil free, vegan

 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp tahini
2/3 cup water
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper

Stir to combine. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.


This one has a tangy, bright, bold flavor!  I could totally eat a bowl of it, like soup.  *If you don't do raw garlic, roast the garlic first before adding to processor.

Farmer's market fresh tomatoes and leafy greens, topped with
seasoned popcorn, pinto beans, and Creamy Cilantro Avocado Pesto

Creamy Cilantro Avocado Pesto 
Dressing, Dip, Spread, gluten free, vegan, oil free option

1 cup fresh cilantro
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
½ of a serrano pepper, minced
juice of ½ a lime
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 avocado
¼ cup water
1 tsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp miso
1 Tbsp olive oil (optional)

Process all until smooth.  Store in the fridge in an airtight container.


Ginger Orange Miso Dressing
dressing, gluten free, oil free, vegan

1 tbsp miso
2 tbsp tamari
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
1tsp agave syrup
sea salt

Stir to combine. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.


Wild Mushroom Gravy Dressing What! Gravy Salad dressing? Or dip. Trust me.
dressing, dip, spread, gluten free, Kid Friendly, oil free, raw, vegan

3/4 cup cremini or white button mushrooms, chopped
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup cashew butter, or tahini, or almond butter
1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce or liquid aminos
1/8 cup red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 paprika
1/8 tsp sage
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp celery seed (or 1 stalk of celery, chopped)
1 tsp fresh parsley

Pulse to combine, or blend for smoother consistency.


Creamy No-Dairy Ranch 
dip, dressing, spread, gluten free, Kid Friendly, vegan

3/4 cup white beans
1/8 cup vegan mayo (I recommend Earth Balance Mindful Mayo)
1/8 cup tofu
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp celery seed (or 1 stalk of celery, chopped)
dash- cumin, salt, pepper, smoked paprika

Blend and store in the fridge in an airtight container.


Asian Pesto 
dressing, spread*, gluten free, vegan

3 leaves of kale (stems removed)
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 a lemon, juice and zest
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1/8 cup tahini
2 tbsp miso
1/4 cup water*

Blend and store in the fridge in an airtight container.  *For a pesto spread, rather than dressing, omit the water.


Vegan Ceasar Dressing
dressing, vegan

2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp lemon juice & zest
2 tsp worcestershire sauce (look for a veg one, most contain anchovies) 
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 green olives
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
sea salt & pepper to taste

Blend all but oil, slowly add oil.  Store in the fridge in an airtight container.


Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing
dressing, vegan, dip, oil free, nut free

•1/8-1/4 cup lemon juice
•1/8 cup tahini
• 1/2 tsp dill
•1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt
•1 Tbsp water
•1-2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
•2 Tbsp tofu crumbled 
Whisk together everything except tofu. Stir in crumbled tofu. Dressing will thicken some within 5 minutes. Add more water if needed to desired consistency.

Pin it! 

Like RVegan on Facebook!