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vegan quesadilla

quesadilla

The pepper jack cheese from Daiya sounded perfect for this yummy vegan quesadilla with pinto beans! It’s stuffed with the beans, peppers and tomatoes for a fresh twist and topped with a quick and simple salsa! There are SO MANY variations you can do with this like a mixed bean filling or stuffing it with different kinds of veggies and topping it with some fresh guacamole and vegan sour cream! I find that quesadilla or on a more broad note Mexican and Spanish foods are one of those things that you really miss when you go vegan. I swear everyone thinks it is so hard to replicate them but it really isn’t now that there are tons of vegan cheeses out there as well as easy nut based cheeses that actually melt.

These are SO QUICK and EASY to make!

I pulled these together within a few minutes and the only real waiting part is for the cheese to melt! Isn’t that the best part though?! It does take a bit for it to melt because it isn’t a traditional cheese but that problem is modified with cooking them on low for an extra amount of time so the tortilla doesn’t burn! Definitely try using a bunch of different color variety of peppers because the extra color looks so pretty in this! As you can see from the pictures I stuffed these a little too much because they’re not as thin as regular quesadilla but hey, the more the merrier! Feel free to use a whole wheat or gluten free wrap as well for an even healthier version!

vegan quesadilla

vegan quesadilla

Now, the salsa I made with this is not an authentic “omg I am in love” kind of salsa but a very simple one you can make when you don’t have anything else on hand. I actually used the “salsa” as a seasoning for the beans because I hate when you have smashed beans and they’re too dry so I like to add a little liquid while they’re cooking. You can definitely try adding whatever seasonings you like to it to spice it up a bit!

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vegan sushi
vegan sushi

Lunch:

Rice-less vegan sushi with avocado paste and sliced carrots and cucumbers topped with spicy vegan mayo.

There’s no real recipe to this just mash your avocado into a paste and layer it on the nori and then top with ingredients and roll like you would regular sushi! It’s super simple and so tasty! It’s actually pretty refreshing as well. I love to make these quick and simple dishes when I’m not really in the mood for cooking. I don’t dabble as much into the “raw food world” but I do enjoy a couple of raw food dishes.

*The VegNews tumblr ended up reblogging this post! (I’m a dork but I was excited about it!)

kongnamul guk

Here’s my veggie filled spin on the Korean Kongnamul guk which is Soy Bean Sprout Soup! I love this soup and I think the shiitake mushrooms add some depth of flavor that isn’t there if you only use the kelp to make the broth. This soup tastes even better the next day because the flavors really meld together beautifully overnight. Another thing you can do is add some fresh ramen noodles and it’ll be a delicious variation on ramen. I hope you enjoy! Eat it with some tasty banchan and rice!

– Alexis ♥

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kimchi fried quinoa

I love this Kimchi Fried Quinoa which is inspired by the traditional Kimchi Fried Rice (김치 볶음밥)! It’s a super healthy version of the classic that tastes just as good! Make sure to use good kimchi and make sure there’s no seafood in your kimchi either. I make my own but a good brand that I have tried is the one they sell at Trader Joe’s for only $2.00. This recipe is quick and simple and takes only five minutes to come together!

kimchi fried quinoa

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to Kimchi fried rice try it with quinoa next time! Click read more for the yummy recipe!

– Alexis ♥

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egg roll

These Baked Rainbow Chard and Ginger Egg Rolls are sooooo good! The only main thing you have to find is some “egg free” egg rolls. You can definitely find some; you just need to look around. These are very easily baked and turn out super crisp and really flavorful! If you want a nice spicy kick mix the soy sauce with a little wasabi before adding to the filling.

egg roll

Well, I’m off to go to the Farmer’s Market at Union Square on this beautiful day! Click read more for the recipe!

Have a wonderful day,

Alexis ♥

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baked sweet plantains
baked sweet plantains


Baked Sweet Plantains! 

I LOVE sweet plantains but I hate the fact that they’re always fried so I decided to try and bake them and retain the creamy sweetness of the plantains with a slightly crispy exterior. These are so good and sweet and simple alternative to the fried version!

I apologize for the lack of updates! I have a lot of stuff going on in my personal life that has delayed me in posting as well as the fact that I want to have a ton of recipes prepared in advance to post for you guys. There are a lot of great things coming up though so look out for the recipes!

– Alexis ♥

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Baked Empanadas

Hi guys,

Here are some Baked Empanadas with a Spicy Black Bean and Vegetable Filling! I included a recipe for the dough as well as the filling but you can use a pre-bought dough. Sorry for the horrible picture but I made these at night and knew they would be gone by the morning so I had to take a picture with the light I had! If any of you have any issue with the recipe just let me know and I will explain it more clearly!

– Alexis ♥

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