Butternut Squash and Chickpea Chili

1 onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
8 cups chopped peeled butternut  squash (one large squash)
6 cloves garlic
3 Tbs chili powder
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 Tbs salt (or 2 tsp if not using organic beans)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 (32 oz) container vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
2 (14 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Combine all ingredients in a cock pot and cook on high for 4-5 hours; serve.

Adapted from www.theroastedroot.com

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Avocado Smoothie

1/2 of a large avocado
1 1/2 cups almond milk
scant 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla almond milk)
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/8 tsp salt
4 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth, then serve. Makes about 2 cups (1-2 servings).

From www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com

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Lightened Up Raw Pecan Pumpkin Butter

1 cup raw pecans, soaked
1 cup almond milk
3/4 cup pureed pumpkin
2 Tbs chia seeds
1 Tbs coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2-3 Tsp maple syrup

Place pecans in a bowl and cover with water by a couple inches. Let pecans soak for a few hours. Drain and rinse the pecans well and then place in the blender.  Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend on the highest speed until the dip is smooth. Add sweetener to taste. Serve with apples or pear slices. Store leftover dip in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

From www.ohsheglows.com

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Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree (canned, unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 flax egg (1 Tbs ground flax seed + 3 Tbs water)*
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (optional)

Directions:

Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Fold in the wet ingredients. Pour the batter into 12 lined muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the outside is toasty to touch and the inside is baked through. Allow to cool. Store at room temperature for a day, or in the refrigerator for a few days.

*Here is a great tutorial on how to make a successful flax egg. Note: you can use a regular egg instead, if not vegan.

From www.kblog.lunchboxbunch.com

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Vegan Lentil Chili

  • 6 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 64 oz vegetable broth
  • 2 cups lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 bays leaves
  • 6 cups torn kale or spinach

Place all ingredients except bay leaves and kale in a crock pot. Stir. Place the bay leaves on top. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Remove the bays leaves and stir in the kale. Cook on low for 1 hour. Serve.

Adapted from www.ohsheglows.com

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Autumn Chili

  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 32 oz vegetable broth
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 4 apples, peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 5 carrots, chopped into bite-size piece
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped butternut squash
  • 3 (15 oz) cans organic black beans, drained and rinsed

Place all ingredients in a cock pot and and set on high 4-5 hours, or on low 6-8 hours.

Note: This chili can also be made on the stove top instead of in a crock pot. Simply add all ingredients to a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Then turn down the heat to medium and cook for at least 1 hour. The longer the flavors have to combine, the better!

Adapted from www.tastykitchen.com

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Mango and Black Bean Pasta Salad

2 cups whole-wheat rotini pasta, cooked and cooled
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz organic sweetcorn, drained and rinsed
1/2 red bell pepper, diced (about 3/4 cup)
1 mango, peeled and diced
1/2 cup medium salsa
1/4 cup olive oil
1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
juice from 1 lime (about 2 Tbs lime juice)
handful of fresh cilantro leaves
salt to taste

Combine all ingredient and chill. Serve with tortilla chips if desired.

From www.blogofjoy.com

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Zesty Hummus with Sauteed Red Pepper

Hummus:

1 15 oz can organic chickpeas, drained
3 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt (use less if using non-organic chickpeas)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp Mediterranean herb seasoning (see note below)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Spoon into a bowl.

Sauteed Red Peppers:

1/2 red bell pepper
1 tsp olive oil
salt and ground black pepper to taste

Place ingredients in a skillet and sauté for a few minutes. Let cool.

Assembly:

Make a well in the center of the hummus. Pour about a teaspoon of olive oil in the center. Spoon the sauteed peppers into the well. Garnish with parsley if desired. Serve fresh or refrigerate.

-Note-

If I don’t have Mediterranean herb seasoning, I simply add sprinkles of chili powder, onion powder, cumin, and dried parsley to taste.

From www.blogofjoy.com

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No-Bake Elvis Bars (vegan, gluten-free, grain-free)

Crust:

1 1/2 cups almonds
2 Tbs coconut oil
2 tbs maple syrup
1 Tbs almond butter or peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt

Add the almonds into a food processor and process until fine crumbs, slightly larger than sand. Now add in the rest of the crust ingredients and process until the mixture comes together, scraping the side of the bowl as needed. The mixture should be a slightly tacky and should stick together when pressed with your fingers. If it’s not, add a very small splash of water and process again for a few seconds. Evenly press into a parchment lined 8″ x 8″ baking dish. Place in freezer while you prepare the filling.

Filling:

2 medium ripe bananas, peeled
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened slightly
2 Tbs almond butter or peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch sea salt, to taste

Give the processor bowl a quick rinse. Add all the filling ingredients into the processor and process until smooth. Remove the crust from the freezer and pour the filling on top. Smooth out. Return to the freezer for at least 1-2 hours to set, until the filling is very firm to the touch.

Chocolate Drizzle:

3 Tbs semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1 1/2 tsp coconut oil

When the filling is completely solid, prepare the topping. In a small pot heat the chocolate and coconut oil on the lowest heat, stirring to combine. When half of the chips have melted, remove the pot from the heat and stir until completely melted. Remove the bars from the freezer. Lift slab out of the pan and slice into squares. Spread out the squares on a plate lined with parchment paper. Drizzle on the melted chocolate and return bars to the freezer until the chocolate is firm and the bars are solid. Enjoy these bars frozen, straight from the freezer. They melt very quickly so I don’t suggest leaving them out for more than a couple minutes. Store leftovers in the freezer. Yields 16 small squares.

adapted from www.ohsheglows.com

 

 

 

 

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