So many innovative and incredible things happening in vegan foods. Follow Your Heart brand has stepped it up recently with these vegan eggs. I’ve been buying their mayo’s far back before I was even vegan, but now they have vegan cheeses and dressings and so much more. Their vegan eggs are a huge hit among vegans and non vegans.
This was one of those spur of the moment pie’s, if you’ve ever experienced that. I started off making pancakes the other day and had so much batter leftover that i decided to just go for it, add pumpkin, add flour, and bake it. I had a plantain sitting around that was ready, skin was black, so I figured I’d put it to good use. The sesame seeds jumped out at me as something to add, and gave a nice subtle crunch to it.
Pumpkins are a great food with so many varieties, benefits, and ways to prepare. They are loaded with vitamin C, healthy fats, potassium (balances electrolytes), and beta carotene (converts to vitamin A), making them great for skin, strengthening immunity, heart health, preventing and fighting off cancer, muscles, vision, and eyes. Low in calories but high in fiber, a combination that will keep you feeling full for long periods of time and preventing overeating while aiding weight loss. Pumpkins also contain tryptophan, an amino acid particularly good at regulating moods, sleep, and producing serotonin for brain health. Not to mention, they are incredible tasting.
If you are using gluten free flour then use one that is good for baking. You can always use half and half if you don’t have an allergy, half all purpose unbleached flour, half spelt, gluten free, buckwheat, brown rice flour, etc etc. Spelt is an ancient grain ancestor to wheat. It’s healthy, loaded with protein, has less gluten, and is not as bred as wheat but still tastes great and is just as versatile. My favorite is sprouted spelt flour and I use it for everything I bake. It’s such a reliable flour. Your recipes will come out different depending on your gluten free flour blend, and could be the difference between success or not. There are many on the market and they are not equal. Also, plantains must be black before you use them or they will be starchy and not sweet. If you can’t find a plantain just use a regular banana.
Hummus is a really important staple food for many vegans. In fact, it’s becoming a staple food with everyone these days. I don’t think I’ve been to many houses that don’t have hummus in the fridge, or gatherings that don’t have hummus and veggies on the table. Why? Probably because it’s such an easy crowd pleaser. It’s loaded with good fats, high protein and fiber, and nutrition.
If you are a fan of apple pie, dates, and oats, then you’ll really enjoy trying this recipe out. It’s sweet, but also wholesome and healthy. Apples, oats, buckwheat, and chia are all nutrient dense superfoods.
This dish is easy, satisfying, and not overly rich. Almonds lend a clean creaminess that is lighter than using cashews. It’s perfect for an Alfredo. You don’t have to put it in a spaghetti squash bowl, but it’s autumn and I love cooking with seasonal foods and making my dishes beautiful. The shiitake mushrooms lend a meaty bit here and there.
Lentils. Rice. Lemon. Thyme. Pumpkin. I don’t think Halloween when I see them, I think pies, cakes, soups, stir fry’s, breads, casseroles, lasagna’s, pasta’s, muffins, etc. They are in my top 5. You can turn them into anything, with a versatile texture and taste that can go sweet or savory.