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The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook + Recipe

IMG_7110Last week I featured a vegan cookbook giveaway and a recipe, and I’m excited to be doing more of the same this week! This one is The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook, written by Victoria Moran and JL Fields. What’s awesome about this cookbook is that it features a variety of recipes from Main Street Vegan Academy coaches around the world. These coaches offer helpful tips alongside many of the recipes, which I find extremely helpful for when you’re making a recipe for the first time. I also love learning about ingredients, especially ones I don’t use often, and I think it’s great information to be able to pass along to others.

The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook begins with debunking some common myths about veganism. It’s not a diet or cult, anyone can be vegan regardless of their background, and vegans aren’t always alike (but that isn’t a bad thing). These facts help welcome diversity in the vegan community, which I believe is exactly what this cookbook is all about. I think for veganism to keep growing it’s important to listen to voices from all kinds of people, because there really isn’t one clear image of what a vegan is “supposed” to look like. 

IMG_7090Flipping through the pages of this cookbook makes me feel immediately inspired. It features a lot of recipes I don’t see very often in cookbooks and a handful of ones I haven’t tried before. It’s refreshing to see so many creative dishes, unique cooking techniques, and flavor combos that the different coaches have developed over the years. I’m excited to share the recipe for the Veggie Mac straight from the cookbook in this post, too! I made it at home and found it not only super easy, but I was also pleasantly surprised at how good a vegetable-based cheese sauce can be. If you enjoyed this recipe, don’t forget to head over to my Instagram after 12/19 and enter to win one of two copies of your own!

IMG_7086-2VEGGIE MAC from The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook 
Recipe by Britt LoSacco, VLCE, New York | Serves 4 to 6 

This vegan mac and cheese was inspired by a popular recipe from the online site of the iconic vegan magazine VegNews. My version honors the original by using vegetables as its base but is free of oil or dairy substitutes, achieving creamy deliciousness via nuts and seeds. This mac offers all the indulgent comfort you’d expect, but since it’s made from whole plant foods, you can feel extra good about going back for seconds.

  • 2 cups diced peeled russet or Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for the pasta cooking water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound vegan elbow macaroni

IMG_70451. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat for the pasta
2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the potatoes, onion, carrot, and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, cover, and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
3. Combine the cashews, garlic, tahini, mustard, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, salt, and garlic powder in the jar of a highspeed blender or food processor. When the veggie mixture is finished cooking, add it (water included) to the blender. Place a towel over the blender and puree on high speed until completely smooth. (The sauce will be very thick, so have your tamper ready if using a Vitamix.)
4. Once the large pot of water has reached a rolling boil, throw in a fistful of salt and add the pasta. Cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and return it to the large pot. Pour in the sauce and stir to combine.

Nut-Free Option: Substitute 2/3 cup soaked raw sunflower seeds for the cashews. Gluten-Free Option: Use gluten-free pasta

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A huge thank you to Main Street Vegan Academy and BenBella Books for letting me feature this wonderful cookbook (including this Veggie Mac recipe) on my blog. I’d love to hear in the comments below if you try making it for yourself!

Hemp Hearts All Day + Giveaway

IMG_6477As 2017 is coming to an end, I’m already eagerly anticipating the top superfoods for the new year. I’m confident that hemp foods will definitely be included on that list, for so many great reasons! I’m sharing my latest favorite ways to enjoy Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, and giving you the chance to win a special prize pack of your own. Follow along for some easy recipe ideas and learn a little more about why hemp foods are a true superfood. Continue reading

IMG_6328Hemp has often been referred to a super plant, for the health benefits it offers while being a more sustainable option for farming. Hemp Hearts in particular are full of nutritional benefits, I was actually amazed when I looked at the nutrition facts label on the bag! They’re higher in protein and lower in carbs than other seeds like chia or flax, and they contain healthy fats (including those Omega-3 fatty acids that we’re always hearing about). I also find them to be a lot tastier, offering a light and nutty flavor that makes them versatile in both sweet and savory recipes. 

One recipe that I make a lot with Hemp Hearts is hemp milk, simply by blending 2 Tbs of these hemp seeds in 1 cup of water. You can also add your own sweetener, vanilla, or even cinnamon, but I like to use this as a base for smoothies, baked goods and pancakes.

IMG_6311Here’s a really simple recipe for these Hemp Hearts Pancakes (adapted from Running on Real Food). These serve about 2 people (or one very hungry person!). It’s a great way to get in some extra protein, fiber and fruit to start the day, and it doesn’t take too much time either!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup hemp milk (blend 2 Tbs hemp seeds with 1 cup water. Leave unstrained)

Method: Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Slowly add the hemp milk and mix everything together, adding a tiny bit of water if the batter is still too thick. If you’d like, add some sliced bananas or blueberries to the mix before heating. Scoop batter into a preheated pan over medium heat, and cook on each side for a couple of minutes until done. Top with fresh fruit, vegan butter (optional), maple syrup and a sprinkle of Hemp Hearts.

IMG_6408 IMG_6432For a savory recipe I decided to try out Hemp Hummus, and it’s probably my new favorite type of hummus! Manitoba Harvest has a great recipe on their website, that I modified only slightly by using extra tahini and water to make it oil-free. I could see this being a fun recipe to customize further by adding things like red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, eggplant, and additional spices. Hemp Hummus is a great way to get in some extra nutrients like protein and healthy fats that you don’t always get with most store-bought hummus.

This hummus is great when served with freshly cut carrots and bell peppers, but I also love dipping things like pretzels or crackers in it. I think it would make a great spread on sandwiches with lots of veggies, and when thinned out by blending it with more water it could definitely work as a sauce. I can’t wait to try this hummus alone in even more recipes!

IMG_6493One of my favorite recipes of all of these mentioned in this post happens to be this Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Hemp Hearts. You can definitely mix hemp hearts in pre-made sauce for some added protein and crunch, but I wanted to take it a step further and make my own creamy hemp seed-based sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 2 roasted red peppers (to save time, I used jarred peppers)
  • 4 Tbs Hemp Hearts
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • pinch of cayenne, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt

Method: Start to boil water for 4-5 ounces of your favorite pasta (I recommend penne), and make the sauce by blending all ingredients together until you get a smooth, creamy consistency. If the sauce seems too thick, add a little water to thin it out. Prepare pasta according to package instructions, strain and pour back into the pot over low heat. Pour sauce and add desired ingredients (I recommend spinach and cherry tomatoes), then mix together until warmed. Serve immediately and top with extra Hemp Hearts for added crunch.

IMG_3665So, I really hope you enjoyed this post about enjoying Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts all day long and the nutritional benefits of hemp foods. I feel like there are so many more ways that I can incorporate these superfoods, that these recipes are just scratching the surface. For a chance to win your own Manitoba Harvest Prize Pack, comment your favorite way to use Hemp Hearts, or how you’d use them in the future! Looking for more recipes ideas? Check out some of these for additional inspiration! You have until Sunday, November 19th to enter this giveaway and the winner will be announced on November 20th. Don’t miss out!

Update: The winner of this giveaway has been chosen, congratulations to MORGAN JOHNSON! A big thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway and as always, stay tuned for more in the near future!

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Manitoba Harvest for this blog post, but all opinions expressed herein are those of my own and are not indicative of the opinions of Manitoba Harvest

LÄRABAR: Food Made From Food + Giveaway

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I had first heard about LÄRABAR years ago and I was so intrigued because they are truly a one of a kind bar. Unlike many other snack bars out there, LÄRABARs don’t come with a long list of
ingredients, which is such a relief when you’re just looking for a quick snack! With flavors like Peanut Butter Cookie, Banana Bread, Blueberry Muffin and more, it’s always been tough to choose just one. I appreciate that LÄRABAR makes so many different varieties of their original bars, which also happen to be vegan and gluten-free so a lot of people are able to enjoy them! Continue reading

Peanut Butter Cookie LÄRABARAs I already mentioned, the Peanut Butter Cookie LÄRABAR has been one of my long-time
favorites. Can you guess what the ingredients are? Literally just dates, peanuts and sea salt…but it’s amazing that it genuinely feels like you’re eating a cookie when you snack on this bar. It’s a lot more satisfying (and far less messy) than just eating peanut butter on a spoon, and it definitely helps curve any cravings for sweets, at least in my experience.

#FoodMadeFromFoodSometimes when I’m feeling a little extra hungry, I’ll take a LÄRABAR and turn it into a full meal. They make excellent smoothie or banana ice cream toppers, and I find that I’m a lot more full when I eat the LÄRABAR with something like a smoothie…as opposed to just having the smoothie on its own. To feel my best, I try to keep my meals and snacks to as few ingredients as possible. With just 2-9 simple ingredients per bar LÄRABAR is something that fits with my daily routine and goals to stay feeling as good as possible.

LÄRABAR Cherry PieSome days are definitely busier than others and I don’t always have extra time to put snacks
together for myself. I always keep a stash of LÄRABAR’s on hand, whether it’s by storing some in my car, purse, or just around my kitchen. Oh and in case you were wondering, LÄRABAR’s Cherry Pie bar has just dates, almonds and unsweetened cherries!

I love how easy it’s becoming to find LÄRABAR at almost any major grocery store, which to me is a sign that things are changing! I always get so excited when I see people snacking on them
instead of other less-healthy options. LÄRABAR was first established to make easy, accessible, and real food available to as many people as possible, and they are doing an excellent job
keeping that passion going!

Real Food Prize PackGIVEAWAY DETAILS: Now, do you want to know how you can enter to win your own Real Food Prize Pack? Just visit Larabar.com, find your favorite bar and comment below which one it is and you’ll be entered to win! You have until February 2 to enter (and the winner will be announced on 2/3), but why wait? Best of luck to all of you!

UPDATE: The winner of this giveaway has been chosen. Congratulations to Christa! Thank you so much to everyone who entered this giveaway, I’m so happy to see how excited you all are about some of my favorite bars. As always, stay tuned for more giveaways in the future!

Compensation was provided by LÄRABAR for this post. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of LÄRABAR.

Manna Organics Giveaway

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As my first post-Expo giveaway, I’m super excited to introduce one of the companies I discovered at the Natural Products Expo West. Manna Organics makes a line of fantastic sprouted breads that are yeast-free and made with just a few ingredients. I was lucky enough to try their really tasty nut butters (the Dark Chocolate Pecan is out of this world), and after Expo ended Manna sent over a few loaves of their breads and kale chips. I’m really excited that they agreed to doing a giveaway so you can try their products too! Read on to find out the details on the prize and enter below! Continue reading

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The first bread that I selected was the Sprouted Banana Walnut Hemp. Because of its more dense, cake-like texture I decided to use it to make French toast. These were prepared with The Vegg French toast mix, cooked on a skillet and topped with freshly sliced bananas, walnuts and maple syrup. This particular bread is also really good with some of your favorite nut butter, coconut butter or vegan margarine. 

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I was also really impressed with the Cafe Mocha kale chips that Manna Organics makes. They actually make 5 flavors of kale chips, including savory options like Pizza Margherita and Curry Bliss-which are all vegan, organic and gluten-free. I went for the sweeter flavor, which had a chocolatey taste with a note of espresso. With the crunchiness of the kale, I felt like I was eating a krispy mocha-flavored cookie!

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Next is the Multigrain, which is yeast-free and made with a myriad of grains and seeds including millet, barley, brown rice, rye, oats and cornmeal. This one, is of course made with wheat kernels so it isn’t gluten-free. However, Manna does offer a line of gluten-free and vegan breads in a few different flavors as well. What I like about these breads is that unlike your standard sandwich/sliced bread, these are incredibly filling and chewy. Depending on what kinds of toppings you like, this one is a great option for pairings like hummus, vegan butter or jam.

Manna Organics Giveaway @anotherhungryvegan.comLast but not least, the Sprouted Cinnamon Date bread. I think I saved the best for last, as this one reminds me of my favorite cinnamon-raisin bagels I used to have growing up. I loved having this bread lightly toasted and served with some organic peanut butter on top. I found that this bread is really filling if you have a slice or two with some kind of spread. To put it into perspective, one 3/5 inch slice is about 150 calories, with 5g of fiber, 6g of natural sweetener from the dates, and 8g of protein. You can’t find bread quite like this anywhere else!

Now, to enter the giveaway be sure to follow the Rafflecopter giveaway prompts below (open to residents of the Continental United States only). The winner gets 3 loaves and 1 bag of kale chips of their choosing. This giveaway runs until Friday at 12:00am MST, so don’t forget to enter before it’s too late!
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Upton’s Naturals Seitan Giveaway (Closed)

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People ask me all the time, since I stopped eating meat over 5 years ago, if I ever miss it. My answer? Absolutely not! There are so many vegan meats that taste just like (and often better than) their non-vegan counterparts. One of my all-time favorites is seitan, a cruelty-free meat made of wheat protein that is super versatile and is sure to fool any omnivore with its taste and texture. Upton’s Naturals makes some of the best seitan in my opinion, and I have been in love with their products ever since my first bite.  Continue reading

IMG_4613One of the tastiest of their seitan flavors is the Italian, which goes fantastically on top of a pizza, mixed with spaghetti, or even in a vegan meatball sub. Keep reading on to learn more about all the different varieties and some ideas on how you can prepare them.

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Upton’s Traditional Seitan is always a great place to start even if you’re not familiar with seitan in the first place. It’s adds a “meatiness” to any dish and it’s really takes on the flavors of foods and seasonings that you cook it with. I’ve used the traditional variety in a lot of ways: in a burrito bowl, veggie stir fry with rice, in tacos, and in this “beef” with broccoli dish with a little added garlic and soy sauce. It’s phenomenal, really.

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The Chorizo Seitan is incredibly flavorful on its own. It has a bit of a kick or spice to it, so it’s perfect with nachos, “beefy” mac n daiya cheese, on pizza and even in tacos with avocado, tomato and your other favorite toppings. It isn’t overly spicy but it works great in Mexican-style recipes, and it comes crumbled so you can easily add it to any dish.

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The Ground Seitan can be used the same way you might use any “ground” type of meat.As a bonus, 1/4 of a package contains only 100 calories, 15g of protein, and only 1.5g of fat. Meat doesn’t even come close to this seitan nutrition-wise. I tried the ground type in a burger with veggies and a soy-peanut sauce I created and it was truly fantastic! I’ve also had it with stir fries, and in a spaghetti bolognese type of dish. All were really tasty and super quick to prepare. 

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The Bacon Seitan looked a little different than I expected, but I found that cooking it really gave it a “bacon-like” flavor and chewy texture. I came up with everything from a bacon mac n cheese, to this BLAT sandwich (BLT with avocado), in a salad, and even as a date wrapped in bacon (which was such a decadent treat, but still much healthier than using a non-vegan bacon).

Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway, I’m so happy that so many of you participated! The lucky winner, who I randomly selected, is Melissa A. Check your email to claim your prize. As for the rest of you, stay tuned for more reviews and giveaways to come!