The World’s Best Cornbread Recipe (not even kidding)
“Things just don’t happen by accident.”
This is a common saying in our house. It refers to my love of planning. Everyone in my life makes fun of me for this, but you know what? They all benefit from my planning. Planning is how things get done. Planning is how you make sure you have the best experience possible. Planning is how you make sure you get what you want. Like I said, things just don’t happen by accident. You need to plan them out!
Now, I know you’re thinking, “jeez, Kate. Just relax. Just go with the flow. Just let life happen, man.” Well, all I can say to that is “no, thank you.” Because you know what? A lot of life IS going to happen. There is going to be a whole lot that will fall out of my control. And to that I completely surrender. I’m not out there trying to schedule the weather. But just because there are things that we can’t control doesn’t mean we are powerless. I plan because I want to ENJOY life. I don’t want to waste my time doing things like getting lost or overpaying, which are exactly the kinds of things that usually happen when we don’t plan.
The same goes for food. Everyone complains that eating healthfully is so time-consuming. Nuh-uh! Eating healthfully when you *don’t plan* is time-consuming. But when you do plan, it’s really not. Sure, cooking at home may not always be as quick getting fast food (though you’ll see that this recipe can be), but it’s very doable and it’s way less time-consuming than getting a chronic disease and spending all your time at the doctor’s. If there’s one thing that’s time-consuming, it’s sitting in a doctor’s waiting room.
So, if you don’t want your time to be consumed either by going to the grocery every night and then making a healthful dinner or by sitting in the doctor’s waiting room reading a bunch of People magazines, then there is one solution and one solution only, and that is to plan. Learn to love it, folks. Learn to love it. (Actually, it can be a lot of fun if you get into it. Seriously!)
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1-15 oz can of pinto beans (1 1/2 cups)
1-15 oz can of fire-roasted tomatoes
1-15 oz can of corn
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari
dash of cayenne
6 burrito-size tortillas (whole wheat, brown rice, or sprouted grain)
1 can pureed sweet potatoes
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Add the onions, garlic, and pepper into a medium skillet with a little bit of water and saute until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
3. Stir in the pinto beans. Then add the fire-roasted tomatoes and corn, and cook until heated through.
4. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the chili powder, cumin, mustard, tamari and cayenne.
5. Place the tortillas into the oven for 2-3 minutes to soften (or stick them in the microwave).
6. Lay the tortillas out on a flat surface. Divide the sweet potato puree evenly among the tortillas, placing them in the half closest to you. Then place the bean mixture on top of the sweet potatoes, and roll.
7. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Serve as is or with salsa.
Need a dish that is guaranteed to impress? This is definitely the one.
I love this recipe because it includes everything we love about lasagna–the warmth, the comfort, and the heartiness. But, unlike traditional lasagna, my version is incredibly healthful. Not only does it leave out all animal products, it’s also made entirely of whole foods! Rather than using pasta noodles made with processed white flour, I instead use very thin slices of butternut squash. This makes the lasagna more healthful, more flavorful, and more colorful!
1/3 cup fresh basil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1. To make the sausage: Saute the carrot and onion for 10-15 minutes. Once browned, place vegetables into a food processor along with all the spices and flax. Add cooked quinoa and lentils and pulse just till ingredients begin to stick together (about 10-15 times). Place mixture in a pan and brown.
2. To make the ricotta: Place cashews, nondairy milk, lemon juice, garlic, and maple syrup in a food processor and blend till just smooth (remember, ricotta is somewhat grainy rather than completely whipped). Add in the basil, Italian herb blend, salt and pepper and pulse until blended in.
3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
4. Spread a thin layer of marinara onto the bottom of a glass dish.
5. Layer the squash on top. Avoid overlapping pieces as much as possible.
6. Place a layer of ricotta on top.
7. Spread a layer of sausage crumbles on top.
8. Add another layer of squash and then another layer of marinara sauce.
9. Start again at step 6 and repeat until near the top of the dish. Top with any remaining ricotta.
10. Cover with tin foil and bake for 40 minutes or until a knife can be easily inserted all the way through.
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a small bowl, mix oat flour and baking soda.
3. In a larger bowl, beat the sugar, pineapple, banana, and applesauce together. Add cinnamon, cayenne, and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
4. Add the flour mixture along with the chopped walnuts and shredded coconut to the larger bowl and mix. Add the shredded carrots and raisins till fully combined.
5. Spread the batter in a nonstick pan. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
6. While the cake is baking, add all the frosting ingredients to a blender. Process until completely smooth. Using a spatula, scoop the frosting into a small bowl and place in the fridge to chill.
7. Once the cake has fully cooled, spread the frosting on top. Best served chilled.
TEMPEH BACON + HASH BROWNS + HOMEMADE KETCHUP
Growing up, Robert always had coconut cake on his birthday. Last week was his birthday (and mine!) so I decided to make something similar but with my own special twists. Instead of a cake I made mini cupcakes because they are just so cute and I don’t think I’ve ever made cupcakes before. I also made them wheat-free by using oat flour instead of the typical white flour. And, as always, they are vegan, so no animals were harmed in the making of these adorable coconutty indulgences. While sleeping in a sugar coma, I woke Robert up to ask him his thoughts on the cupcakes (this is my little trick to get him to tell me what he really thinks about things). He said, “Oh wow, they were really different.” Um, excuse me? What does that mean? “They were like no cupcakes I’ve ever had but they were perfect.” Considering that he practically inhaled these cupcakes and has already requested them for his birthday next year, I’ll take that as a compliment.
1 3/4 cup oat flour (you can make this yourself by whizzing up oats in the blender)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup toasted coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut milk (from a can or a carton is fine)
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup vegan shortening (such as Earth Balance)
1/4 cup vegan margarine (such as Earth Balance)
4-5 tablespoons coconut milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup toasted coconut
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, toasted coconut, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
3. Blend coconut milk, oil, vanilla extract, and vinegar in a separate bowl. Then mix the ingredients in both bowls, whisking till just combined.
4. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick inside the center of a cupcake and have it come out clean.
5. For the frosting, blend the margarine and shortening together till smooth. Add the powdered sugar, a little bit at a time, and then the coconut milk. Then add in the flavorings and the toasted coconut. Mix well, decorate, and enjoy!
This “pizza” has become a staple in our home because it’s really tasty and makes enough leftovers for several lunches. The recipe comes from Thrive by Brendan Brazier, the professional Ironman triathlete (and a vegan, of course). Brazier’s recipes are based on the concept of “high net-gain nutrition,” meaning eating foods that leave you with more energy, not less. According to Brazier, most foods in the average North American’s diet require almost as much energy to digest and process as they contain, therefore the net gain is extremely low. As a result, people feel weaker and hungrier, and their bodies are less resilient and their health more compromised. However, nutrient-dense whole foods–those foods that have not been refined and stripped of their value during processing–eliminate excess work for the body thereby leaving us with more energy, more physical resilience, and more mental clarity. It’s a simple concept that makes a lot of sense. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone interested in fitness, or health in general. Plus, the recipes are great.
3 cups cooked brown rice
3 cups cooked lentils
4 tsp curry powder
2 tsp dried basil
Sea salt to taste
2 yellow or orange tomatoes, chopped
2 yellow or orange bell peppers, sliced
1 medium sweet potato or 3 large carrots, thinly sliced
1 cup green onions, chopped
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp thyme
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. In a food processor or by hand, combine all crust ingredients until mixture starts to ball up.
3. Lightly oil an 11-by-15-inch baking tray. Spread crust mixture evenly on tray.
4. Sprinkle nutritional yeast on top of the crust. Use as much or as little as desired (we use a lot!). Add toppings.
5. Bake for approximately 1 hour (this may vary slightly depending on the moisture content of the vegetables).