Dinners

Creamy Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

I almost can’t believe how good this dip is…creamy really only begins to describe it!!  And while I would rate this recipe as decently healthy, it has a truly indulgent taste to it that really makes it seem, well, not vegan!!  I’m not trying to sound renegade here or anything!  There are days where I totally crave salad and fresh food and all that wonderful goodness!  But sometimes I just need that satisfying, rich, flavor of something….like this!  Totally a crave-satisfier, crowd-pleaser, and a great date-night munchy snack!  I know this is going to be my go-to party recipe from NOW ON!  All you my friends, be warned.  Rebecca is bringing Hot Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip to all get-togethers for the next great while!  LOL.  Ok, I’m done ranting, let’s share the secrets! Continue Reading “Creamy Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip”

Instant Pot Vegan Black Bean Soup http://www.veganblueberry.com

Vegan Black Bean Soup (Instant Pot)

It’s a new year.  It’s a NEW YEAR!!!  Yes, I’m so excited about it!  I’ve been mostly absent from my blog the last few weeks for a variety of reasons, but mainly because of a very special occasion – a wedding!!  (No, not me!  I’ve been married for almost 15 years now!  Whew!)  But a very special sister-in-law of mine decided to get married here in the northwest just after the new year.  That meant a WHOLE lot of family and company coming in from all over the world (literally) to stay near or on the farm which includes the home of yours truly.  😉  It was a totally crazy and amazing time and I’m SO glad the happy couple is happily married!  The days leading up to the wedding included huge dumps of snow, combined with drastic warming of temperatures, baking of 35 pies, cooking of tons of lasagna, hosting a bachelorette party…and the groom falling off a 20 foot roof while shoveling snow and fracturing two discs in his spine!  And yes, he did stand and walk at his wedding!!!!

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Amazing Vegan Italian Sausage Soup with White Beans and Kale https://www.veganblueberry.com

Vegan Italian Sausage Soup with White Beans and Kale

Ahh, yes, I’m totally in love with this soup!!  It takes literally just a few minutes to throw together and the flavors are just…wonderful (yeah, I’m totally underwhelmed at my adjective use there!  Should-a gone with ‘smagdoovious’ 😉 ).  At any rate, the truth is that I could literally eat this three meals a day for a loonnnggg time!  And despite the fact that variety is the best for our bodies, I’d still be getting decent nutrition because this soup is power-packed with protein and greens!  Yummers!!!!  Now onto the making of this wondrous soul-satisfying soup!!

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Ultra Creamy Vegan Stroganoff https://www.veganblueberry.com

Ultra Creamy Vegan Stroganoff

I feel like a cook can never have too many quick and tasty crowd-pleasing entrees in his/her go-to recipe list!!  (Right??)  It’s my goal to add this to your quick-list of favorites this holiday season!!  While it’s a great meal for anytime of year, my sis-in-law shared that Stroganoff is her go-to for big family gatherings.  AND she let me in on a little secret that totally inspired me…

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Tender Vegan Steaks

Are you ready to carve up some amazing vegan steaks??  😉  I sure hope so because these are super tender, a little chewy, and a whole lot-a tasty!!  You won’t need a knife to cut these steaks, but if you have guests who like to use all their utensils, these don’t just fall apart either!  I served these last Thanksgiving to a mixed crowd and as far as I know, every one was thankful for them!!  😉

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Chickpea and Cauliflower Slow Cooker Vegan Curry https://www.veganblueberry.com

Chickpea and Cauliflower Curry (slow cooker) (vegan)

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret!!  Slow cooking is an art.  I mean a really simple art, but still!  Letting the food cook slowly with little ‘disturbance’ (read ‘attention’) on my part is a wonderful thing!  The flavors resulting from low continuous heat are just superb.  This curry is an absolute dream!  I have to add here that if you have recently acquired an instant pot (like me!) you can also use the slow cooker setting on that.  From my research, it appears that the ‘high’ setting on my dear old crockpot and my shiny new instant pot match!  Yeayyy! Continue Reading “Chickpea and Cauliflower Curry (slow cooker) (vegan)”

Favorite Summer Edamame Salad https://www.veganblueberry.com

Favorite Summer Edamame Salad

Those little green beans in the picture?  Yeah, they are edamame!!  This summer salad is one of my hubby’s oft requested dishes and I think I know why!!  😉  If a salad could be manly, this one is!!  Immature soybeans that haven’t had a chance to harden, edamame is packed with protein, iron, and calcium.  Available in most grocery stores in the frozen section, you can easily purchase already shelled/cooked edamame for this quick and tasty salad.  (We usually buy ours from Trader Joe’s and I was afraid my husband was going to empty the store’s stock last time he got some – yeah he loves this salad!)

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Pesto Pasta with Roasted Chickpeas and Cauliflower https://www.veganblueberry.com

Roasted Chickpea and Cauliflower Pesto (vegan) Pasta

Vegetable prestige is real.  I mean, at least is my mind.  😉  And on my vegetable hierarchy cauliflower rules.  Then I recently met purple cauliflower.  It practically called out to me in the veggie section of my grocery store.  ‘Take me home!’  Yeah, I couldn’t resist.  And then I found out that this little royal crown of lavender cauliflower is even more nutritious than it’s white cousin!  Who knew?!

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Hickory Smoked Quinoa Burger a power packed and tasty vegan burger! https://www.veganblueberry.com

Hickory Quinoa Burger

Smoky, savory, texture-rich, power-packed – these hickory quinoa burgers have a lot to offer.  If you could have been a fly on my wall the last few days, you would have seen a great variety of people both small and great scarfing these patty wonders down in a bunch of different ways; on the bun, off the bun, dipped in ketchup, swathed in gravy, etc.  So far, everyone who has tried them has loved them, and that does include my two-year-old!! 😉  (Yeay for this mama!)

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Bacon-style Vegan Baked Potato Wedges https://www.veganblueberry.com

Bacon (Vegan) Baked Potato Wedges

If you’ve been following my blog posts, you’ll notice that this recipe is similar to my last post about breakfast hash browns.  Besides having to admit that I do LOVE potatoes in most forms, and that I do eat potatoes at least once several times a week, I must tell you that these are really a side-dish for my next post.  Ever heard of a burger and fries?  😉  Don’t hold your breath, but do get ready…to… cook!!

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