Category Archives: Recipes

Apple Nachos

Apple NachosThis is the best snack EVER! If you haven’t tried the combination of apples, peanut butter, and chocolate, you don’t know what you’re missing. I started eating this snack a few years ago when my church did a Daniel Fast. I saw this recipe on a list of options for the fast, decided to try it, and I haven’t turned back since.

You can find many variations of this dish all over the internet, so don’t be a afraid of making it your own. Non-vegans can try this with other toppings like caramel, marshmallows, candy bars, and more. Vegans can add cinnamon, nut based cheese or coconut strips. Feel free to get creative.

If you make these apple nachos, take a pic and tag me on instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #VeggieCurls so I can find them! I’d love to see your creations.

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Roasted Plantains with Roasted Garlic-Lime Dipping Sauce

Roasted Plantain with Garlic Lime Dipping Sauce

I absolutely love plantains and this version is super tasty and easy to make. According to Raul Musibay, Cuban cookbook author and cofounder of icuban.com, tostones (twice-fried plantains) can be linked directly to the African continent: “The tradition of the tostone comes from African slaves. In the Congo, the people prepare plantains in the exact same way, even to this day.”

This makes the perfect appetizer, side dish, or snack for any meal. Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Cajun-Creole-Spiced Tempeh Pieces with Creamy Grits

Cajun Creole Spiced Tempeh Piece with Creamy GritsHere is my next installment in the Vegan Soul Kitchen series. Author Bryant Terry offers his vegan rendition of a classic shrimp and grits. I was never a big fan of tempeh but I really enjoyed it in this recipe. And if you like spicy cajun food, this is definitely a great dish to try. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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Tofu Quiche

1431476232763I absolutely love this recipe. It is super easy to make and requires just 10 ingredients (most of which you probably already have in your refrigerator). You can feel free to add in your favorite veggies to make this dish your own. It is very filling and the hash brown crust is amazing! Give it a try and let me know what you think…

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Vegan Collard Greens with Cranberry Redux

PHOTO BY SARA REMINGTON on epicurious.com

PHOTO BY SARA REMINGTON on epicurious.com

Don’t let the vegan label fool you. I am very much a southern girl and the thought of making collard greens without the slow cooking of a ham-hock made me shiver. However, I decided to give it a try after picking up the book Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry.

These collard greens are the first recipe in the book and apparently the inspiration for creating vegan soul kitchen. I made these collard green last night and really enjoyed them. The sweetness of the dried cranberries, mix with the citrus on the orange juice and the spice of the garlic are a perfect combination. Plus this version take minutes as opposed to hours compared to traditional southern greens.

I’ve adjusted a few of the original ingredients for my taste and you can be sure to do the same for yourself.

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BBQ Cauliflower Wings

1429644339125This has easily become one of my favorite vegan recipes. Dredging the cauliflower in the flour creates the crispy breading that you’re used to with wings and baking the cauliflower gives that “fall off the bone” texture of a real wing. You can make these wing your own by using your favorite kind of BBQ sauce like a mustard base, sweet, spicy or any other sauce that you prefer.

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Easy Vegan Lunch: Lentils and Crackers

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This is one of my favorite dishes. Compared to other types of dried beans, lentils are relatively quick and easy to prepare. They come in a variety of colors which are all high in nutritional value and available throughout the year.

One great thing about lentils is that they easily absorb a variety of wonderful flavors, so you can season this any way you like. I found an excuse to use my Old Bay seasoning again and that makes this dish taste amazing. I love to combine it with Ritz Roasted Vegetable crackers. The blend of those flavor are like a rich and salty dance.

The recipe itself is very simple but feel free to use the flavors you love to spice up this dish for your liking

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Tofu Popcorn Chicken Bites

tofu popcorn chicken RSThis is one of the first vegan dishes I tried and my first attempt at using tofu and I love it!  This recipe is very versatile. You can use the tofu as crumbles and place in a salad, lettuce wrap, or sandwich. You can make “chicken” strips or nuggets. You can also fry it up in a pan to make it a bit more crispy.

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Vegan Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas

Valentine’s Day is only a few short days away and if you want to surprise your honey with a great vegan feast to celebrate your love, check out the list below. Everything below is pretty easy to make, so set the mood and enjoy the day!

Appetizer: Watermelon Mango Salsa

Watermelon-Mango-Salsa

Source: Nicole Perry

You may not have the opportunity to travel to a tropical island for Valentine’s Day but this salsa infused with watermelon, cucumber, and mango will taste like you’re on a tropical vacation. Serve this to your honey while you’re finishing up dinner.

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Homemade Vegan Mayonnaise

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I’ve never been a big mayonnaise lover but I made this recipes as a complement to a pasta dish I was trying out and I absolutely fell in love with it. You can add this condiment to anything including pasta, veggie burgers, or just use it as a dip. Plus it’s super easy to make! Check it out and let me know what you think.

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