Knock Off Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Serves 8

On Sunday’s I like to take a couple of hours and prep some lunches and snacks to make the week a little easier. This recipe for a homemade chipotle burrito bowl is made using brown rice and beefless tips. This recipe is easy, healthy, delicious, and vegan. From start to finish this process should take you just under an hour, because the brown rice takes a little bit to cook, which leaves plenty of time for everything else you’d rather be doing on a Sunday.

Ingredients:

3 cups brown rice

3 ½ cups water

2 tbs avocado oil

2 packs Gardein Beefless Tips

2 Red onions

2 Red peppers

½ cup lemon juice

Avocado

Store bought salsa

2 chopped head of Romaine

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Combine rice, water, and oil in rice cooker and turn on correct setting. You could also do this on a stovetop. While the rice is cooking dice the onion and peppers. Using a nonstick skillet cook the onion and peppers on medium heat, adding the lemon juice to keep them from sticking. Once the onion and peppers have cooked down a little (approximately 10 minutes) add the beefless tips. Continue to cook until the beefless tips are done (approximately 10 minutes). Scoop 1 cup of brown rice into your Tupperware, and top with the beefless tips, peppers, and onions. Top with salsa, avocado, and chopped romaine. As a side note I usually add the avocado and chopped romaine to this right before I’m about to eat it for freshness.

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the best vegan chocolate chip cookies…EVER.

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The holidays are upon us, and to me holidays like Christmas are synonymous with chocolate chip cookies.  I vividly remember spending time in the kitchen with my mom making chocolate chip cookies for the holidays, and I always thought her cookies were the absolute best. I also thought that she had some secret family recipe, although I would later come to find out that the recipe came from the back of Nestle Toll House chocolate chips.

Now that I have a daughter, it is important to me to make those memories with her too. I now realize that helping my mom early on in the kitchen is what fostered my love for cooking and creating recipes. This recipe is for the best vegan chocolate chip cookies. For this recipe I used cashew butter, but you could also use almond butter or peanut butter. The only requirement is that it’s the runny kind of nut butter.

 

Vegan Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

  • 1 cup Cashew Butter
  • ½ cup Maple Syrup
  • 6 Tbs coconut oil (soft)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, or vanilla powder
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats**
  • ½ cup Oat Flour
  • ½ cup King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour**
  • ½ cup Arrowroot Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ packs Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks

 

Preheat your oven to 350 °F,  and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, combine all of the wet ingredients into a bowl. This includes the cashew butter, maple syrup. Coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Then add your dry ingredients and mix. Finally, add the chocolate chips.

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**If you are gluten intolerant make sure that you use gluten free rolled oats. Also, instead of whole wheat flour you would use almond flour.

The Best Vegan Ranch Dressing

I don’t know about you, but when I was younger my mom could only get me to eat a salad if it was topped with ranch dressing. Something about the tangy saltiness of ranch dressing makes almost anything delectable. Usually the ranch dressing you buy at the store, or the packets of dried seasoning you can buy, not only contain artificial ingredients they also contain buttermilk. My version not only doesn’t contain a bunch of icky artificial ingredients, it derives its tangy flavor from apple cider vinegar instead of buttermilk so you can feel good when you dump a huge portion of this on your salad. Hemp seeds are the base of this recipe. I use Manitoba Hemp Hearts, but any brand will do.

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Hemp seeds are a great source of healthy fats, vitamin E, potassium, iron, and calcium. Pair them with some water and seasoning, and you have a creamy delicious ranch dressing that any non-vegan will be fooled by.

  • 1 cup of hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp parsley (dried)
  • 1 tsp dill (dried)

Combine all of the above mentioned ingredients into a high speed blender, and blend until completely smooth. You may have to scrape down the sides of your blender a few times, and you may need to adjust the salt (I usually always add more because I love salt). You can store this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, just make sure to shake before you use. I also topped my salad with my roasted chickpeas.

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Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas are

  • Delicious
  • Packed with protein
  • Loaded with fiber
  • Most importantly Delicious

One cup of chickpeas contains 14.5 grams of protein and 12.5 grams of fiber. Protein is important because it helps your body build and repair tissue, fuels your muscles, and helps to support healthy bones. And fiber, well we all know what fiber will help you do….and that’s doo doo.

When I became a vegan I was searching for ways to incorporate protein into my diet, and I assure you that you can get more than enough protein from legumes, beans, and other plant powered sources. I started making these roasted chickpeas, and adding them to my salads and wraps to get an extra dose of protein, and because they are delicious. Let me know if you like this recipe, and other ways your incorporate chickpeas into your diet.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (15 oz) chickpeas
  • 2 Tbs avocado oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin

Preheat your oven to 425 °F. While your oven is warming up drain and rinse your chickpeas, and spread them evenly on a kitchen towel to dry.  While your chickpeas are drying line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat. Spread the chickpeas evenly on your baking sheet and drizzle on the avocado oil. Next sprinkle the spices onto the chickpeas coating them evenly. You could also do this in a bowl, but I prefer washing as few dishes as possible. Roast your chickpeas for 25 minutes if you like them slightly softer, or 35-40 minutes if you like them crunchy. Let the chickpeas cool completely before storing in an air tight container for use during the week.

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