Savory, simple, stuffed peppers with spinach, flaxseed Italian seasonings and tomatoes! A hearty, healthy, plant-based meal.
Perks of this recipe? They easily can be made ahead of time. Simply prepare (15 min) up until the point of baking, refrigerate, and then bake when you need it. The whole thing comes together in about 1 hour
Recipe type: Entrée, Side
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Vegan Chipotle Lentil Lettuce Tacos
Recipe by Erin McClung
Makes 4 servings - 3 lettuce tacos per serving
12 large romaine lettuce leaves washed & dried
For the lentils:
2 cups cooked french green lentils (or any hearty lentil)
1 jalapeno, chopped
1/2 c onion, chopped
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili powder
1/2-1 chipotle in adobo chopped + a little (or a lot!) sauce
water or broth as needed
1/2 C toasted pepitas
To make the pepitas:
In a dry pan over low heat toast the pepitas until they begin to get brown. Remove from pan & set aside.
Cashew Chipotle Queso (adapted from Minimalist Baker- http://minimalistbaker.com/ )
3/4 C cashews (soaked for 2+ hours, or for 20 mins w/ boiling water, you can omit the soaking and the queso will be a little less smooth but still amazing)
1/4-1/2 C water
1.5 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 chipotle in adobo + sauce
To make the Cashew Chipotle Queso:
Put the cashews in a food processor or high speed blender with 1/4 c of water until a paste is formed. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Add more water until you achieve the consistency you desire.
To make the lentil meat:
Coat a pan with a little olive oil (or oil of choice) over medium heat. Once oil is heated add onion & sautee for a few minutes until softened. Add jalapenos & sautee for another minute or two. Add the cooked lentils, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, chili powder and salt. Stir to incorporate. Add the tomato paste and chipotle + sauce to the pan. Adding water or broth as needed to fully incorporate the tomato paste. Cook until lentils are warm.
Divide the lentils evenly onto each lettuce leaf. Top with salsa, black olives, cashew chipotle queso, pepitas & any other toppings you desire. Pick up & eat like a taco! Enjoy!
TIP: Make extra. This is killer!
Total Prep Time: 5 Minutes
2 cups Cauliflower florets cut into small pieces 1 Tsp. olive oil
1 TBSP Nutritional Yeast
Dash of Cayenne pepper
Dash of Sea Salt
**Can substitute coconut aminos to taste
You can do everything to taste. It’s easier than following a recipe because you can make it exactly how you like.
IE: Add nutritional yeast and cayenne to make it extra cheesy and spicy. You can delete the cayenne and substitute any spice you like such as cumin or garlic.
Add all the ingredients together:
You can eat raw OR decide to dehydrate:
TIPS & NOTES
From the Sea Guacamole
TIPS & NOTES
Great on crackers, tortillas, on tacos, in chili or in a wrap!
Do you love plant-based milks? Have you ever thought about making you own? Homemade plant milks are super fresh, free of preservatives, and you have complete control over the quality of the ingredients, the sugar levels, and the texture.
You can make a variety of plant-based milks simply by blending raw seeds, nuts, and grains with water. To name a handful: Almonds, hemp seeds, cashews, hazelnuts, coconuts, flaxseeds quinoa, rice, oats, millet, macadamias, pecans, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and more can all be liquefied into delicious milks.
Milking raw nuts, seeds, and grains is quick and super easy:
THE BASE RECIPE
1 cup RAW nuts or seeds of choice (or 1/4 cup flaxseeds)
1 pinch sea salt (optional)
Sweetness (optional) - use any of the following:
2-3T maple syrup, coconut nectar, coconut sugar
5-10 drops liquid stevia
1 tablespoon coconut oil - liquified (optional)
1 tablespoon sunflower lecithin (optional)
EASY AS 1 - 2 - 3
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Useful Info + Knowledge:
Have you heard of matcha? I've been getting asked a lot about matcha lately. It's one of those superfood ingredients that went from "matcha what"? to "how do I use it and why is it healthy"?
What makes matcha tea so special?
Matcha tea is a high-quality green tea that is covered before picking to accentuate the color, then stone-ground after being picked and before being sealed into small tins. It's very versatile, can be enjoyed in many ways, and because of the incredible reported health benefits, people are starting to include it in smoothies, lattes, oats and more. While typical green tea bags still deliver fabulous antioxidants, consider matcha a superfood due to its extremely high antioxidant levels (nearly 10 times stronger than green tea) called polyphenols, which have been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging. Another polyphenol in matcha, called EGCG has been shown in research to boost metabolism and slow the growth of cancer cells.
Matcha is also high in amino acids, specifically containing high amounts of L-Theanine, which is a unique set of amino acids found exclusively in green teas, and known to help the body to relax, be more calm, and reduce stress levels.
What does matcha tea taste like?
Matcha is very concentrated giving it an earthy flavor. The taste is strong and vegetal - some people would say spinachy, others would say grassy and with an umami character. TIP: It's best to buy an unsweetened, pure matcha and sweeten it on your own with maple syrup or organic stevia leaf.
Matcha could be the token to a rockstar workout
If you normally drink a cup of coffee as part of your pre-run kick, try replacing it with matcha. I enjoy blending 1 teaspoon of matcha powder into 1 cup of warmed almond or coconut milk, sweetened with organic stevia. You can also incorporate matcha into your pre-run meal. I love oatmeal and smoothies before a long run - both digest with ease and complement matcha well.
Simple smoothie: 1 scoop plant protein powder (hemp, brown rice or pea protein), banana, matcha powder, unsweetened plant-based milk and organic stevia leaf. It's delicious!
Super Oatmeal: As your oats are cooking, stir in 1-2 teaspoons of matcha - remove from stove and add in 2 tablespoons of flaxseed or hemp seeds, 1 tsp coconut oil, and sweeten with organic stevia leaf (or maple syrup).
Other fun things to try matcha in are soups, puddings, and even guacamole.
Does Matcha contain caffeine?
With Matcha, you are consuming whole leaves, therefore you are getting around three times as much caffeine than a cup of steeped tea. However, compared to the caffeine buzz from coffee, matcha creates an “alert calm” due to a natural substance it contains called l-theanine, which induces relaxation without drowsiness.
Are you ready to get your matcha on?
The Mayuri Family of Food Businesses: A leader in specialty foods in the Seattle Area.
Do you love vegan Indian food, such as curry, vindaloo, kitchari, masala, samosas, and pakoras? Do you wish you could cook up these delicacies like a pro, but have no idea where to start? Head on down to Mayuri Foods in Redmond or Bothell, where you’ll find an incredible wealth of vegan-friendly imported goods and organic produce with excellent prices. Mayuri Foods is part of the Mayuri Family of Food Businesses, which includes two grocery stores (Redmond and Bothell), two restaurants (Redmond and Bothell), a bakery specializing in vegan baked goods (awesome wedding cakes), and catering/weddings.
I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with Raj Poudyal, one of the owners of Mayuri Foods in Redmond, as well as get a full tour this incredible grocery store! Let’s just say, I was beyond impressed! It’s perfect for vegans looking for fresh ideas (see my latest recipe below), as well as anyone who savors healthy, light recipes that don’t compromise on authenticity. Mayuri has a unique grocery selection (Indo/Pak/Nepali/European), an impressive bulk section, organic produce and exotic spices making it easy to whip up your favorite ethnic dishes – vegan style. I’m a huge fan of exotic flavors found in Indian food, so thanks to Mayuri, my kitchen is now stocked full of exotic spices, bulk grains, beans and lentils. Be sure you sign up for their Club Card Program when you shop. It’s free and will reward you with additional savings.
Mayuri Indian Cuisine
If you haven’t yet been to Mayuri Indian Cuisine, now’s the time! The Mayuri Redmond restaurant recently moved to a new location, which now includes a bar. It is surrounded by a large guest parking lot with a seasonal patio adjacent to the saffron colored building. They offer an abundant, fresh lunch buffet with quick, friendly service and a la carte dinner menu. Happy Hour and Daily Specials are also available. The Mayuri Team recommends letting them know you are vegan and they will explain which items are vegan.
Holiday Party at Mayuri Indian Cuisine: Eastside Seattle Vegan Group
We will be having our first annual holiday party at 1:30pm on Friday, December 11th at Mayuri Cuisine in Redmond. For more details and to RSVP, visit or join our Facebook Group Page. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org This will be a great way to connect with other vegans in the areas over delicious VEGAN Indian Cuisine!
RECIPE: Ayurvedic Kitchari
Do you need to hit the “reset” button? It’s time for Kitchari! This easy and nourishing meal is a staple comfort food of India, especially during times of fasting. It's meant to be nourishing and grounding.
1 cup cashew milk (unsweetened, cold)
2 cups cauliflower (steamed for 3-4 min)
1 large tomato, diced
1/4 avocado, chopped
1/4 cup GORAW Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds
1/4 cup buckwheat groats (raw)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Sea salt to taste
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Serve and Enjoy!
Vegan Nutrition: Fueling for a long race
HYDRATE ALL DAY LONG:
THE DAY BEFORE:
Complex carbs + health fat and iron. Sustained energy comes from the fat.
Carbo‐load time here vs. dinner. Main reason is so you have enough time to digest a larger meal without having to go to bed right after. Make sure to eat slow.
Dinner (eat early, 4 hours before bed):
Don’t overeat and don’t carbo‐load (you will do this at lunch). The last think you want is to go to bed stuffed and feeling sluggish. Aim for 60 grams of carbs.
- Nutrient-‐rich drink... either Kombucha, or water with cinnamon extra and oranges squeezed in, etc.
For Breakfast: Options include
- Power smoothie with complex carb, fruit, protein
- Ezekiel bread with coconut oil
- Gluten‐free oats or quinoa with a tablespoon of almond butter
A FEW RECIPES:
Zesty Festive Hemplash Ⓥ
Holiday Hemp Harvest Ⓥ
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