Cooking In: Mastering the Vegan Cook-In

   
When I tell people that “I love me a burger piled high with all the fixin’s” they look at me like I’m crazy because I am Vegan! Vegans can have a darn good cook out too! And just because you are not vegan doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthier cook out! 

For this yummy meal, we grilled up some veggie burgers and bison burgers (for the meat eaters!) on our indoor grill. The indoor grill is amazing because on the other side of the grill is a griddle. Just heat it up and cook whatever you want! If you eat red meat but limit your red meat consumption, treat yourself to a bison burger (organic of course). Some alternatives are a turkey burger or grilled chicken breast for non red meat eaters. And for you vegans and vegetarians or anyone that loves a good black bean burger, snag a yummy looking one from your local health food store or make your own. 

We also had grilled corn on the cob and green beans from the farmer’s market, and grilled peaches and pinapple from or local health food store, Natural Grocers. (I’m a big fan!). 

Anyway, we had FM (Farmer’s Market) tomatoes and lettuce with cheese for those who wanted it, both vegan and cow cheese. 

I was in heaven because I love a good cook out. We could have had a whole plethora of foods to grill up or eat on the side like green onions, peppers, watermelon, etc. 

I tried to make a vegan blueberry pie but the crust didn’t turn out. I’ll just try again! 

Remember: vegans can rock a cook out! 

Happy eating! 

 

Ethiopian Cabbage Dish 

   

Ok honestly this tops my list for one of my favorite healthy dishes so far. The colors may look bland (careful, they stain laminate!) but the flavor is intense and satisfying. You can’t even tell that’s cabbage in there! 

 Ethiopian Cabbage Dish  

Directions 

   
Not only is this dish super yummy, but it is very easy to cook as well. I would recommend prepping all your ingredients maybe the day before or even way before its time to eat so that when you are ready to make it you just throw everything in. 

   

I tried making some homemade injera to go along with the cabbage dish, but it didn’t turn out well. You can buy pre-made injera, use pita bread, or even a tortilla like I did.

I love trying new healthy international recipes. Even if they are simple recipes, it’s fun to try new food combinations and different flavors. 
Enjoy this Ethiopian Cabbage dish! 

My toddler didn’t like this dish, so I would recommend it for 7+ years old.  

Vegan Taco Ring – great for potlucks or parties with picky eaters! 

  

I have not actually made this, but I think it’s a great idea for a potluck or party. I believe this dish is a good way to show others how easy it is to substitute plant based protein for meat. The vegan taco ring is a great dish for those transitioning to a healthier lifestyle as well because it incorporates familiar food items. 

Here is the original recipe: 

 

Ideas for a vegan/plant based taco ring:

1. Substitute the ground beef/turkey for seasoned and sautéed tofu or a mix of black and kidney beans (even slightly blend the black and kidney beans to create a chunky paste). 

2. Taco seasoning = spices from your cabinet. 

3. Instead of cheddar cheese use a dairy free cheese alternative like Dayia Shredded Cheddar. 

4. Instead of empty nutritional value shredded iceberg, use a baby green mix or a bag of mixed greens from your local farmer’s market. 

5. Load up the heirloom tomatoes! 

6. Olives, avocado, fresh sliced jalapeños, non-dairy sour cream (or even plain non-dairy yogurt). 

7. Eat and enjoy! 

Just to clarify, Pillsbury crescent rolls are vegan. However, I know there is a bunch of foreign and scary chemicals in the processed crescent rolls. 

Eat sparingly (like at a party or get-together), make your own crescent rolls, or buy an organic version. 

Eating right never tasted so good!