comfort food

Cheesy Creamy Broccoli and Noodles

8:00 AM

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I know, it's been sadly quiet over here. And I'll I have is the same old excuse, school.
I feel very thankful that it is my last semester but a little overwhelmed with the work before me.
So please hang in there with me as I tackle on this last semester - the blog has kind of been forced to take a small back seat and my time for recipe creating is limited.
Doesn't mean I'm still not itching to put some creative juices into new recipes. 

Of course, my newest recipe stars my favorite food, pasta. 
Did you know I love pasta? All you have to do is scroll through my blog Pinterest page to see ALL.THE.PASTA. 

I love this recipe because of its creamy, cheesy, and (somewhat) guilt-free. It's can be made Vegan and is Gluten and Dairy Free (per the normal).
It's a great comfort meal as the crisp fall air settles in! 
Cheesy Creamy Broccoli and Noodles, vegan friendly, gluten and dairy free





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Cheesy Creamy Broccoli and Noodles
Ingredients
  • 12oz Gluten Free Elbow Pasta
  • 3 cups Fresh Broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons Dairy Free Better
  • 1/4 cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth*
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Power
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cup (approx. one package) Dairy Free Cheddar
Instructions
In a large pot, cook your pasta.When your pasta is 3-4 minutes from being done, add in broccoli. Drain noodles and broccoli and set aside in the large pot you cooked them in. In a medium pan, melt butter. Add flour and cook/stir for 1 minute Slowly whisk in milk and chicken broth and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepperStir consistently till mixture thickensRemove from heat once thickened and add Cheddar Cheese and mix till melted. Add, your cheese sauce to the pasta and broccoli in your large pot. Serve in a bowl and enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time:10min Total time: Yield: 4 Servings

*I used a vegan chicken broth
*In the photo you may see bits of chicken, I added those in later and you can obviously do not need to add in chicken if you are completely vegan.
Cheesy Creamy Broccoli and Noodles, vegan friendly, gluten and dairy free

gluten free

Crispy Potato Tacos

10:45 AM

It's me again! With another meatless take on the tasty taco! This time we are going a little more starchy but a lot more filling! 
Crispy Potato Tacos. Gluten Free and Vegan

This recipe takes a little bit more time than your typical taco recipe, but it's well worth the wait.

Crispy Potato Tacos. Gluten Free and Vegan
Crispy Potato Tacos. Gluten Free and Vegan


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Crispy Potato Tacos
Ingredients
  • 2lbs Golden or Small Russet Potato cubed
  • Olive Oil
  • To Taste Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Onion Sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
Instructions
In a LARGE pot add cubed potatoes and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook till the potatoes are fork tender (about 15-20 min)Drain once fork tender and set aside In a large frying pan warm oil and add in sliced onions Add in potatoes and sprinkler over the potatoes and onions all the spices (including Salt and Pepper)and mix together Rotate the potatoes every so often till crispyServe anyway you like to have your tacos!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 Servings

Crispy Potato Tacos. Gluten Free and Vegan

caesar dressing

Easy Vegan Caesar Dressing

9:43 AM

I've shared a recipe for a dairy free caesar dressing before but I'm always looking and trying new and different ways to make my recipes easier.
And I've found an even easier way to make this Caesar dressing with even fewer ingredients for your salad dressing needs! 
Easy Vegan Caesar Dressing
This dressing is perfect for just putting overtop of a salad or making a traditional Caesar salad with all the goodies like parmesan and croutons (GF and Vegan of course ). I even like to add pasta to my Caesar salad!
Easy Vegan Caesar Dressing
Easy Vegan Caesar Dressing



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Easy Vegan Caesar Dressing |
This classic is now vegan with just a few simple ingredients!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Mayo
  • 2 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Capers
  • 2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • pinch of Black Pepper
Instructions
In a blender or mini blender (like a magic bullet), blend together all the ingredients.Once smooth, serve over a bed of lettuce and any other goodies you'd like on your salad!
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*This dressing can be a bit tangy (as any Caesar Dressing should). Be light on the lemon juice if you don't want your dressing to be super tangy. 
Easy Vegan Caesar Dressing

asian

Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry

9:00 AM

This is an older recipe that has been a staple in our house for many years. It's quick, tasty, and modifiable!
Typically I make it with Chicken and Broccoli, but it can be made with anything else!
For my Vegan/Vegetarian readers, add more hearty veggies like zucchini, mushrooms, or even more broccoli in place to the chicken.

Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry | Gluten Free and Vegan Friendly

Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry | Gluten Free and Vegan Friendly





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Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry | Gluten Free |
Add to this tasty dish to your meal menu! Quick, easy, gluten free, and can be made Vegan!
Ingredients
  • 12 oz Spaghetti Noodles*
  • 1 pound Chicken cut into cubes (Optional)
  • 2 cups (or more) Broccoli Florets
  • 6 tablespoons Gluten Free Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (or more to taste) Ginger
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • Garlic, minced
  • Green Onion
Instructions
Cook noodles according to box. While noodles are cooking, in a small bowl mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, sesame oil, and garlic. Place 2 TBLS of the sauce in a separate bowl with your cubed chicken (or veggies) and set the rest of the sauce aside. In a wok or large pan, saute garlic and green onions. Once green onions are fragrant, add in chicken OR (if cooking vegan/vegetarian) your veggies. Once cooked through, add in your noodles (which should have been cooked and drained by this point ). Add in your sauce and mix it together. Serve in a big bowl and enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings

*I used these noodles from Ronzoni 
*As noted before, feel free to add in more veggies if you'd like! This recipe is easily adaptable!
*A squirt of Siracha is also a great way to add some extra spice to your sauce mixture

dairy free

One Pot Lasagna Pasta

8:00 AM

I love a good One Pot pasta dish.

Let's be real. I love anything with gluten-free pasta 
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I love Lasagna but sometimes waiting for the typically oven cooked lasagna takes too long and is a way to hot to make in the summer.
That's what inspired this recipe. A craving for a cold night dish on a hot summers weeknight. 


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One Pot Lasagna Pasta
This one-pot recipe is perfect for summertime when you want some delicious lasagna but not the extra heat in your kitchen! It's quick, Gluten Free + Vegan, and no oven required,
Ingredients
  • 1 package Beyond Beef Crumbles
  • Olive Oil
  • To Taste Salt and Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 12oz Pasta (any kind, I used Penne)
  • 2 cups Marinara Sauce
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Vegan Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley
Instructions
In a LARGE pot, heat oil and saute onions till fragrant Then add in your beef crumbles, salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning and cook till softOnce the crumbles are cooked, add in pasta, marinara sauce, and water to the pan Cover and bring to a simmer, keep stirring the pasta from time to time so they don't stick. After about 10-12 minutes, once the water is absorbed add in parsley and mozzarella cheese and mix together. Serve with some vegan parmesan or Cashew Ricotta for extra creaminess.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 Servings

*The Pasta that I used was Ronzoni Penne
*Cashew Ricotta is TOTALLY optional. I have an easy recipe for Cashew Ricotta here on the blog 
One Pot Lasagna Pasta - Gluten Free and Vegan!

One Pot Lasagna Pasta - Gluten Free and Vegan!