Category Archives: Vegan Recipes

Great tasting, simple vegan recipes

Vegan Spicy Spinach Dip

This Vegan spicy spinach dip is easy to make and can be a real crowd pleaser at get-togethers.

Serve hot or cold, with whole wheat crackers, on pasta or on its own.

Here’s my spicy spinach dip recipe.

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Spicy Spinach Dip recipe

1 pack of frozen whole leaf spinach (450 grams)

½ cup water

¾ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt (fine)

2 teaspoons granulated onion powder

2 cloves garlic (peeled)

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 pimento peppers (seeded)

2 Tablespoons olive oil

½ teaspoon dried basil

1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast Flakes (optional)

METHOD:

– In a saucepan, add frozen chopped spinach and ½ cup water and 2 cloves garlic (peeled)

– Bring to boil

– Once the mixture has begun to boil, add ¾ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt (fine), 2 teaspoons granulated onion powder, 2 pimento peppers (seeded), ½ teaspoon dried basil, and 1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast flakes

– Stir well and let cook for a further 5-7 minutes

– Turn off heat

– Pour spinach mixture into your food processor or blender

– Next, add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil to mixture and blend well

– Empty contents into serving bowl and garnish with crushed red pepper flakes.

– Serve and enjoy.

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Candied Mango with Beets (a.k.a Red Mango)

Red mango is a local favorite fruit preserve.  Sweet, tangy, rich in color, with a hint of spice: this treat is irresistible.

I decided to create my own healthier version without all the fred mangoood coloring and preservatives.

I also used beets to get that beautiful dark red coloring.

Here’s my version of the popular Red Mango.

Candied Mango with Beets (a.k.a Red Mango) Recipe:

 

Ingredients:

500 grams frozen chopped green mango (just over 1 lb)

2 cups beets (roughly chopped – leave skins on)

5 cups water

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups brown sugar

2 dried Bay leaves

10 dried cloves

Squeeze of lemon (optional)

 

METHOD:

– In a medium sized pot, add 500 grams frozen chopped green mango, 2 cups beets (roughly chopped), 5 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 cups brown sugar, 2 dried Bay leaves, 10 dried cloves and bring to boil.

– When mixture has begun to boil, continue to boil uncovered for about 1 – 2 hours, stirring occasionally (or until mango and beets are soft and tender and liquid has turned into a thick syrupy sauce)

– Turn off heat and cool

– Just before serving, add a squeeze of lemon (optional)

Simple Berry Fruit Topping

vegan pancakes and berry fruit toppingSimple Berry Fruit Topping

Do you love cherry or berry toppings for your pancakes and waffles, but hate the store-bought ones laden with preservatives?  I hear you, so do I.

So I thought “I could make my own fruit topping”.  How hard could it be?

Not hard at all!

Here’s my Simple Berry Fruit Topping recipe:

 

Simple Berry Topping Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen mixed fruit

½ cup unsweetened orange juice (can be substituted for apple juice for a sweeter topping)

Pinch salt

¼ teaspoon dried ginger (Optional)

2 Tablespoons water

1 teaspoon corn starch

 

METHOD

– In a saucepan, add mixed fruit, orange juice, dried ginger (optional), and pinch of salt and bring to a boil, cooking over medium-high heat

– Let simmer on medium-high heat for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

– Turn down heat to low setting.

– In a small bowl, combine 2 Tablespoons water and 1 teaspoon corn starch.  Mix well.

– Add immediately to berry mixture in saucepan.  Stir well

– Cook on low heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

– Turn off heat and let cool.

– Serve with your favorite pancakes or waffles and enjoy!

Triple Berry Orange Banana Smoothie

triple berry orange banana smoothieWant an easy way to get the most out of your fruit?  Try a smoothie!

Smoothies are a quick, easy and delicious way to get in the daily vitamins that you need.

Here’s one of my favorites: Triple Berry Orange Banana smoothie.  It’s loaded with powerful health boosting antioxidants and guess what, Moms, it will be a real hit with the kids!

Triple Berry Orange Banana Smoothie RECIPE:

Ingredients –

1 ½ cups orange juice (unsweetened)

1 cup mixed berries (frozen or fresh)

2 medium sized bananas (broken into large pieces)

METHOD
– Add all ingredients to your food processor or blender and blend on high till smooth.

– Serve and enjoy!

Passion Fruit and Ginger Iced-Tea

passion fruit and ginger iced teaHere’s a great refreshing drink for those hot, sunny days.

Not too sweet with just the right bite with ginger, this one is sure to please.

ENJOY!

Passion Fruit and Ginger Iced-Tea Recipe:

1 14oz. pack Passion Fruit Puree (frozen) click here to see where to buy

2 packs Ginger Tea (No Sugar Added) click here to see where to buy

4 cups water

1 ½ cups brown sugar

METHOD:

– In a saucepan, bring to boil passion fruit puree and water.  When this has begun to boil turn off heat

– Add sugar and ginger tea, stir well

– Let cool completely

– Once the mixture has cooled, strain into serving jug

– Serve with crushed ice and enjoy!

Super Simple Pineapple Salsa (a.k.a Pineapple Chow)

pineapple salsa aka chowTrinidadians are famous for making a chow (salsa) out of almost any fruit – Plum Chow, Mango Chow, and now a recent favorite – Pineapple Chow.

Now I have to admit,  even though Pineapple is my favorite fruit I was a little bit skeptical when I saw that it met its ultimate fate in the Trini palate as a Chow.  But, as they say, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, right?

So, I decided to make my own version, without the heavy dose of pepper sauce.

The result?

I was wowed!  I couldn’t believe it tasted so good.

So, without further ado, here’s my super simple (and super mild) Pineapple Chow recipe.

RECIPE

1 cup chopped fresh pineapple

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1 pimento pepper, seeded and minced

1 clove garlic, grated

METHOD:

– Add all ingredients to a small bowl

– Stir well to combine

– Serve and enjoy!

TIP: This salsa/chow could also work well as a topping to your favorite

burger recipe.