Vegan Spiced Red Lentils
Vegan Spiced Red Lentils

Vegan Spiced Red Lentils

Hello wonderful people, and welcome back! Today’s recipe are these Vegan Spiced Red Lentils, with basmati rice!

Lentils are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, they’re rich in fiber, they contain a whopping 9 grams of protein per 1⁄2-cup serving and are so easy on the budget!

I always have them in my pantry, they’re one of the staples of a plant-based diet.

If you don’t know how to cook them, they could turn out to be a little bit boring, and just a tad blad.
So today I’m gonna show you one of my favorite ways to cook lentils. As always everything will be vegan, healthy and extremely delicious.

 

Vegan Spiced Red Lentils

If you ever had lentils and found them to be bland it’s probably because they were cooked in plain old water – not a lot of flavor there – so I like to flavor them at multiple stages in the cooking process.

Here I am adding the lentils, after they’ve soaked for a couple of hours, into the veggies and spices pan.
Moreover, by blending part of the mixture and stirring it back into the pot, I make it more creamy and even more flavorful. A step that you can totally skip if you don’t have a blender, but that will make your lentils extra creamy and flavorful.

Something else I like doing when cooking lentils, is to rinse them under cold water before soaking or cooking them. There can occasionally be small stones or debris mixed in with lentils, so it’s a good idea to wash them in a colander first. Also, I try to grab the freshest lentils I can find at the store, they don’t really “go bad” as other foods, but don’t taste as good if they’ve been sitting in a store for too long.

 

Vegan Spiced Red Lentils

What you will need to make these delicious vegan spiced red lentils:

 

Ingredients Required:

Onion

Garlic

Ginger

Turmeric

Cumin

Japaleno Pepper

Red Lentils

Tomatoes

Kale

Basmati Rice

 

Orgain Protein
 

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Vegan Green Bean Casserole
Vegan Curry Noodle Soup
Vegan Berry Winter Salad

 

 

Benefits of…

 

Red Lentils

  • All types of lentils are such good food to add to your vegan diet. They are rich in fiber, a great source of protein and low in calories. Plus, they are a great way to add more iron and folate into your diet.

Turmeric

  • This spice and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.

Ginger

  • This spice is a favorite in a lot of cultures. Consuming ginger is a great way to protect your body from viruses and inflammatory diseases. It has lots of good benefits to your body, like balancing your blood sugar and cholesterol levels, it also helps with nausea, vomiting and digestion.

 

Vegan Spiced Red Lentils

Vegan Spiced Red Lentils

These delicous vegan spiced red lentils have a touch of chili flavor that will get you hooked, quick!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: Oil Free, vegan, whole food plant based
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 382kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic diced
  • 1- inch ginger peeled and grated
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 jalapeno pepper omit if you wish, seeds removed and diced small
  • 1 cup dry red lentils soaked for 2 hours and rinsed
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale roughly chopped

To serve

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Hemp Hearts

Instructions

  • Cook the basmati rice according to package instructions.
  • In a large stock pot, add ¼ cup water and diced onion. Sauté for 3-5 minutes and then add in the garlic, ginger, jalapeño, turmeric and cumin powder. Heat until nice and fragrant. Add water as needed.
  • Stir in the soaked/rinsed red lentils, 1 can whole tomatoes, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30-35 minutes (until the lentils are tender). Blend half of the mixture with an immersion blender or in a blender (carefully). Pour back into the stock pot and stir in the kale. Cover and allow the kale to wilt into the lentils. Serve over basmati rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 922mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 6mg

 

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Vegan Curry Noodle Soup
Vegan Curry Noodle Soup

Vegan Curry Noodle Soup

Welcome back to another recipe! This Vegan Curry Noodle Soup is filled with veggies and protein, it’s a perfectly balanced meal and it’s a great addition to your plant-based diet.

It’s getting cold here in Italy and cold weather calls for warm, rich, creamy comfort food. This soup is a crowd favorite and makes everyone happy. Vegan curry is a great option when you don’t have a lot of time and want to make something that still tastes like you put a lot of effort into it (I think it’s the coconut milk that makes it taste like that).

Also, I think that soups are so simple to make, I like them because they’re packed with flavor and they are a great way to prevent waste in your kitchen, by using all the veggies you have left.

Sauté – Boil – Simmer – Serve!

Vegan Curry Noodle Soup

While I know it’s not easy to find the perfect tofu, and not everyone likes it, I recommend using it anyway to make this recipe well balanced.

I tried so many different types of tofu and techniques to get the perfect consistency. Certainly, buying extra firm tofu saves you a lot of time, but I know it’s not that easy to find everywhere, and if you cannot find it, I would try to add a few extra steps to make sure it has the perfect consistency.

Even if the tofu is for a soup, hence, it’s going to get a bit soggy, I always like to drain it. I know draining tofu is not that time friendly and you can totally skip this step. But if you like the consistency to be a bit more meaty, what I do is cover it in kitchen towels, put it on a plate and press on it with something heavy, like a pan for example. Sometimes if I have time a freeze it over night, to make it even more dry(which, in this case, it’s a good thing), but you don’t need to if you are in rush.

Tofu is a really great source of protein if you follow a plant-based diet, so it’s nice to know how to make it even more delicious.

 

Vegan Curry Noodle Soup
So, this plant-based soup is definitely going to warm your heart and soul today!

What you will need to make this Delicious Vegan Curry Noodle Soup:


Ingredients Required:

Garlic

Ginger

Bell peppers

Mushrooms

Coconut milk

Soy sauce

Extra firm tofu

Curry paste

Vegetable broth

Rice noodles

Bok choy

Green onions

Lime wedges 

 

Orgain Protein
 

Check out these other amazing fall inspired soup recipes!

Creamy Vegan Carrot Apple Soup

Vegan Chicken-Less Noodle Soup

Butternut Squash & Thyme Soup

 

 

Benefits of…

Ginger

  • I will never stop talking about the benefits of ginger. Apart from being a great addition to a lot of recipes it’s an amazing immune booster and it helps with nausea and menstrual cramps.

Tofu

  • This meat substitute contains several anti-inflammatory, antioxidant phyto-chemicals making it a great addition to an anti-inflammatory diet. It is also a good source of ‘complete’ protein – meaning that it has a well balanced amino acid profile – in addition to fiber, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese.

Garlic

  • Where do I begin? Garlic has been proven to be one of the most nutritious dense foods there is. It has lot of health benefits, from anti-inlfammatory, to immune-boosting to antioxidant. It may help with lowering cholesterol levels, which may lower the risk of heart disease. Bottom line, garlic is packed with vitamins and it’s delicious!
Vegan Curry Noodle Soup

Vegan Curry Noodle Soup

This delicious vegan curry noodle soup is the perfect comfort soup for any fall or winter night!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: dinner, lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: budget friendly vegan, easy vegan soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 542kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced thin
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced thin
  • 1 can coconut milk full fat
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 package extra firm tofu cubed
  • 4 tbsp curry paste I have tried with several and they were all amazing
  • 4.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 9 oz instant rice noodles
  • 1 large head of bok choy
  • 4 green onions sliced thin
  • 2 lime wedges halved to serve

Instructions

  • Heat skillet to medium high heat and toss in the cubed tofu and a splash of water. Heat until brown and then flip. Cook for 2-3 more minutes and then set to the side.
  • In a large stock pot, add ¼ cup water, garlic and ginger. Bring the heat to high and cook for a few minutes before adding in the curry paste and stirring for 60 seconds.
  • Once nice and fragrant, add in the veggie broth, soy sauce, coconut milk and bell peppers. Let simmer for 5 minutes and then add in the noodles and bok choy.
  • Add the tofu at the very end and a squeeze of lime and sliced green onions!
  • *Feel free to add hot sauce as you wish*
  • Blend together the dressing in a blender until smooth. Taste test and adjust. Prep the remaining veggies: If using frozen peas, thaw them out and steam if you wish. Slice the cucumber, tomatoes, and avocado.
  • Once ready, add equal amounts of everything to each bowl. Drizzle the dressing all over and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Sodium: 2259mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3977IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 6mg

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Compostable & Unbleached Parchment Paper

Compostable Parchment Paper
The parchment paper by “If You Care” is unbleached, chlorine free, and compostable. I have used this up to the highest oven setting without any issues! Paper, in it’s natural state is beige or light brown. For years people have subjected it to a bleaching process to create the white sheets we all know and love.

Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins. Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.

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Vegan Berry Winter Salad
Vegan Berry Winter Salad

Vegan Berry Winter Salad

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog! This vegan berry salad is perfect if you were looking for a yummy winter salad!

When eating vegan or plant-based, we often find ourselves having to create difficult recipes or eating sad salads. They can be extremely boring and tasteless.

You can’t put a bunch of leaves and some carrots in a bowl and call it a salad, you must add some spice to that! Also, what better way to spice up a salad than add some sweet berries?

Sauté – Boil – Simmer – Serve!

Vegan Berry Winter Salad
 

Sometimes I find myself really craving a salad like this one, so rich in flavor and yummy, almost like comfort food. I just want to grab everything that I have in the kitchen and pour it into a bowl, to make it the yummiest salad ever. I truly tried doing that with this recipe.

This salad has a lot of my favorite things: avocado, dried cranberries, a kickass homemade dressing and some good vegan protein source, like chickpeas.

I really wanted to pack it full of nutrients and yummy ingredients.

This time around, I really played around with flavor, especially for the dressing, which is made of balsamic vinegar, an ingredient that is commonly used here in Italy in salads. To that basic, yet super tasty dressing, I added stuff like: Medjool dates, soy sauce, dijon mustard and so on (you can find everything in the recipe card below!).

This salad dressing will pull together all the flavors in the salad and will make you forget you are eating a salad, really!

Add some croutons and nuts for the crunch and you have the perfect winter salad, that will satisfy all of you cravings!

Vegan Berry Winter Salad

What you will need to make this Vegan Berry Winter Salad:

 

Ingredients Required:

Red onion

Chickpeas/garbanzo beans

Spinach

Arugula

Strawberries

Blackberries

Avocado

Walnuts

Dried cranberries

Balsamic vinegar

Dates

Soy sauce

Dijon Mustard

Nutritional yeast

Onion powder

Garlic

 

Orgain Protein
 

Check out these other amazing Holiday Inspired Vegan Dishes!

The Perfect Vegan Cornbread
Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Nourishing Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

 

Benefits of…

Blackberries

  • Like all berries, blackberries are packed with vitamins and fiber. They help with your immune system and they are also good for brain health and a good antioxidant!

Cranberries

  • Many people consider cranberries to be a superfood due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content. In fact, research has linked the nutrients in cranberries to a lower risk of urinary tract infection (UTI), the prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure.

Walnuts

  • Walnuts have a wealth of the good kind of fats — polyunsaturated fats, which are better for you than saturated fats. They also have a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that eating walnuts can help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in particular, but also lower your cholesterol overall.

 

Vegan Berry Winter Salad

Vegan Berry Winter Salad

This delicious and vibrant vegan berry winter salad will turn any gloomy day into a bright and energetic one!
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free, easy vegan salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 406kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ red onion sliced thin
  • 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup strawberries sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 avocado diced small
  • 1/2 cup walnuts crushed
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Dressing

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Medjool Dates
  • 3 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic minced

To serve

  • 1 loaf sourdough bread – left out to harden
  • 1 tsp vegan butter

Instructions

  • Start with the dressing: Cover the pitted dates with 2 cups of boiling water for 15 minutes if they are not already soft. Prep the salad while those soften up.
  • Chop the sourdough bread into small cubes and toss into a skillet with a tsp of butter. Toss until crispy!
  • Simply rinse and drain the chickpeas and prep the fruit and veggies.
  • Add all of the salad ingredients to a large bowl and lightly toss.
  • The dates should be ready! Scoop out ¼ cup (60 ml) of the boiling water and drain the rest. Add the ¼ cup water, dates and all dressing ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. This will last for a week in the fridge. Taste test and adjust as needed.
  • Drizzle a good amount all over the salad. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 895mg | Potassium: 954mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 3236IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 3mg

Looking to lower your waste while prepping? Check these out!

Compostable & Unbleached Parchment Paper

Compostable Parchment Paper
The parchment paper by “If You Care” is unbleached, chlorine free, and compostable. I have used this up to the highest oven setting without any issues! Paper, in it’s natural state is beige or light brown. For years people have subjected it to a bleaching process to create the white sheets we all know and love.

Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins. Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.

Vonuva Plant Based Wax Wraps

Plant based wax wraps
Reusable. Compostable. Cruelty-Free! Each wrap is made of unbleached certified organic cotton cloth infused with all-natural candelilla wax, pine resin, a pinch of soy wax and organic coconut oil.

Plastic-Free Glass Containers

glass Tupperware
Plastic Free. Sustainable. Non-toxic. The bamboo lids are strong, durable and beautiful. They’re plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, biodegradable and recyclable! They also double as portable cutting boards!

 

Find more healthy vegan recipes like this Vegan Berry Winter Salad when you join The WonderMamas Meal Plan Membership!

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Vegan Berry Winter Salad