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Plant-based Recipes

April 6, 2019

This is truly one of my favorite recipes. It is so easy to make and so delicious. And it's so nutritious you can have it for breakfast, a light dinner or even dessert. It has a great balance of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and of course, fruit!

Also, making substitutions is quite easy. Instead of quinoa, you can use cooked steel cut oats, millet, amaranth, buckwheat (one of my favorites!), even cooked barley! For the c...

February 14, 2019

Granola is simply delicious, no doubt about it. Unfortunately, it is actually HARD to find a healthy granola! Even though the name evokes images of health-conscious crunchy-granola eaters, commercial granolas tend to be loaded with either lots of sugar, oil, or both. 

So here is a simple recipe that will make your whole house smell like heaven, taste yummy and give you another option for healthy and maybe even on-the-go breakfa...

January 24, 2019

Try these Quinoa Crumbles in tacos, pasta, lasagna, pizza, or just about any dish you can imagine. Quinoa is already a high protein grain, so the addition of walnuts helps to add healthy fats, fiber and protein to this healthy substitute for ground meat.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

4 cups of cooked quinoa* 
1½ cups of water 
¾ cups of walnuts 
¼ cup of chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic 
1 teaspoon of vegetarian seasoning such as Better Tha...

December 10, 2018

I love making my own milk. This recipe is quick to make so I don't have an excuse of not having enough time. It's also creamy and silky. It is truly the most delicious and simple home-made plant-based milk I've ever tried. 

Here are the simple ingredients:

1/2 cup of rolled oats

1/2 cup of raw cashews

2-3 dates

1 pinch of salt (optional)

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)

Water

Instructions:

1. Soak the oats in plenty of water...

November 20, 2017

It took a few tries to perfect, but now this recipe will become a favorite, and probably a staple this time of the year.

What I like about making granola is how wonderful it makes the whole house smell. The best results are obtained when you bake the granola at a low temperature for several hours (even overnight sometimes!). The fragrance is irresistible and at the end you have a healthy breakfast alternative.

Unfortunately, som...

November 2, 2017

I had been looking for a way to make tamales with no added refined fats for a long time. I've made vegan tamales for years now, but always adding either oil or Earth Balance margarine, which I thought was the "healthier" option. And it probably is a lot healthier than the original version with lard and meat.

However, lately I have really eliminated oil from my own diet and even reworked all my recipes in my cookbooks to reflect...

October 30, 2017

Minestrone is one of the most perfect soups to consume on a chilly, cloudy fall day. Of course, this soups is actually perfect any other time of the year too! But as the weather cools down, days become shorter, and we start thinking about the upcoming holidays, this recipe seems to be more attractive than ever.

My version is a fully whole-food, plant-based recipe. I use only unrefined, unprocessed or minimally processed ingredi...

July 13, 2017

This "dreamy" coconut tapioca pudding is my favorite dessert at my favorite restaurant: Dharma's Restaurant in Capitola, CA. Dharma's is a vegetarian restaurant with a lot of vegan dishes that are simply delicious. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't share their recipes even if I asked, so I decided to come up with my own version of their tapioca pudding based on the flavors I could detect. I think the result is pretty close!! My fa...

July 12, 2017

These completely gluten-free cookies are simply delicious. Even if you are not following a gluten-free diet, the fact that these cookies are made without any flour is also an advantage. Even whole grain flours are highly pulverized, which makes foods made with them higher in the glycemic index (that is, they get absorbed faster and therefore increase blood glucose faster).

The "surprise" ingredient in these cookies, as you will...

July 11, 2017

Cauliflower is almost everybody's favorite vegetable right now. It really is amazingly versatile. I have always liked cauliflower, but now that it is so much in vogue, I have run into new and ingenious ways to prepare it. From fried rice to Alfredo sauce, it's like you can make almost anything with it!

Here is my version of Cauliflower Fried Rice. As always, I make the easiest, quickest version possible, while still preserving...

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