Warm 5 Minute Vanilla Flaxseed Cereal (Vegan + Gluten Free) - This warm, creamy porridge comes together in just 5 minutes. Substitute whatever fruit and dried fruit you want, making this a versatile recipe perfect for busy mornings! | veganchickpea.com #shop #ad #SilkandSimplyPureCreamers #cbias

Warm 5 Minute Vanilla Flaxseed Cereal (Vegan & Gluten Free)

 This breakfast recipe is part of Silk’s #SilkandSimplyPureCreamers #dairyfree #shop, compensated by Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

Warm 5 Minute Vanilla Flaxseed Cereal (Vegan + Gluten Free) - This warm, creamy porridge comes together in just 5 minutes. Substitute whatever fruit and dried fruit you want, making this a versatile recipe perfect for busy mornings! | veganchickpea.com #shop #ad #SilkandSimplyPureCreamers #cbias

Warm 5 Minute Vanilla Flaxseed Cereal (Vegan + Gluten Free) - This warm, creamy porridge comes together in just 5 minutes. Substitute whatever fruit and dried fruit you want, making this a versatile recipe perfect for busy mornings! | veganchickpea.com #shop #ad #SilkandSimplyPureCreamers #cbias
Does cooking ever feel like a chore to you? That’s how I’ve felt these past couple of weeks… yes, even food bloggers go through our phases where we can’t be bothered to spend too much time in the kitchen!

That’s why this Warm 5 Minute Vanilla Flaxseed Cereal is awesome. It’s a quick breakfast that only takes 5 minutes to heat up, perfect for busy (or lazy) mornings! It’s really so simple and yummy – even receiving a stamp of approval from my brother. 😉 Pair it with your morning coffee (or, in my case these days, herbal coffee!) for a winning combination.

Warm 5 Minute Vanilla Flaxseed Cereal (Vegan + Gluten Free) - This warm, creamy porridge comes together in just 5 minutes. Substitute whatever fruit and dried fruit you want, making this a versatile recipe perfect for busy mornings! | veganchickpea.com #shop #ad #SilkandSimplyPureCreamers #cbias

I was pretty happy last week to be visiting my parents back where I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, pop into the Walmart I used to shop at when I lived there, only to discover that they now have a lot of vegan options! They had about two refrigerators full of JUST nondairy milks and creamers. I think it says a lot about the demand for plant based products when a huge retailer that is in just about every town in America is now carrying these products. YAY for vegan awareness spreading! At my local Walmart, the milks and creamers are along the wall, all the way to the left of the store next to the bakery (see second photo below!).

By the way – yes, this is me taking a selfie at Walmart. Yes, I had a selfie stick. No, I didn’t know how to use it (you’d think it would be obvious!?), so I ended up just holding my iphone as per usual. I felt pretty silly taking this photo in a busy Walmart! But it was worth it to share this moment with you. 😉

Warm 5 Minute Vanilla Flaxseed Cereal (Vegan + Gluten Free) - This warm, creamy porridge comes together in just 5 minutes. Substitute whatever fruit and dried fruit you want, making this a versatile recipe perfect for busy mornings! | veganchickpea.com #shop #ad #SilkandSimplyPureCreamers #cbias

Warm 5 Minute Vanilla Flaxseed Cereal (Vegan + Gluten Free) - This warm, creamy porridge comes together in just 5 minutes. Substitute whatever fruit and dried fruit you want, making this a versatile recipe perfect for busy mornings! | veganchickpea.com #shop #ad #SilkandSimplyPureCreamers #cbias

Warm 5 Minute Vanilla Flaxseed Cereal (Vegan + Gluten Free) - This warm, creamy porridge comes together in just 5 minutes. Substitute whatever fruit and dried fruit you want, making this a versatile recipe perfect for busy mornings! | veganchickpea.com #shop #ad #SilkandSimplyPureCreamers #cbias

I picked up these two Silk Almond Creamers in vanilla and caramel flavors. I’ve always enjoyed Silk brand products and was excited to see their new almond based coffee creamers. I typically use plain or vanilla unsweetened almond milk in my (herbal) coffee, but every so often want to indulge in something more interesting.

Silk creamers have no artificial colors or flavors and are free from gluten, soy, carrageenan, casein and dairy of course! I think they make a great, everyday coffee creamer – I especially enjoyed the flavor of the caramel one! I had the idea to use the creamer in a warm breakfast cereal, remembering the days of being a kid when my mom would make oatmeal using her vanilla coffee creamer instead of water or milk. Yum.

For this recipe, you just need to remember to soak the flaxseeds the night before. Why is soaking the seeds necessary? Soaking most nuts and seeds before eating them improves their digestibility and makes more nutrients available. They become more ‘alive’ and their enzyme inhibitors are released. For flaxseeds specifically, the soaking overnight releases mucilage (a tasteless gel-like substance), which does an internal sweep in your intestines – meaning that flaxseeds are great for digestion and elimination. (Source: The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas)

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding with Coconut Bacon - a delightful combo of the classic peanut butter and chocolate, PLUS a sweet and savory topping of coconut bacon! refined sugar free + vegan + gluten free | veganchickpea.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding with Coconut Bacon

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding with Coconut Bacon - a delightful combo of the classic peanut butter and chocolate, PLUS a sweet and savory topping of coconut bacon! refined sugar free + vegan + gluten free | veganchickpea.com

Chocolate and peanut butter. The combination of these two ingredients is unlike any other two on the planet. Am I right?!

As a kid my siblings and I always shared the fact that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were our favorite candy, and we’ve all been a sucker for chocolate + peanut butter ever since.

This post is in honor of my recent 2 months in Hawai’i that I spent living with my brother, sister and brother-in-law. We LOOOOOOVED this dessert, so much in fact, that we even playfully toyed with the idea of packaging it and selling it because it’s that good. We affectionately call it Pele Puddin’ in honor of Pele, the name of the volcano on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding with Coconut Bacon - a delightful combo of the classic peanut butter and chocolate, PLUS a sweet and savory topping of coconut bacon! refined sugar free + vegan + gluten free | veganchickpea.comPele in the Hawaiian religion is the name of the Fire Goddess – Goddess of lightning, wind, fires and volcanoes, and creator of the Hawaiian Islands. We were blessed to actually see Pele in action when we went to visit her. She was spewing more fresh, hot lava than she had in decades, and we got within a few feet of it! This was a rare site – even many locals who have lived there for decades haven’t seen her erupt with this much flow. We also got to see the volcano smoking as lava gushed out of the cliffside, straight into the ocean below.

This was truly a mesmerizing experience that was somehow epicly powerful and yet peaceful at the same time. It was humbling and awe inspiring to see the raw material that literally births the youngest new rock and earth on the planet. Thank you Pele – I am grateful for your magic!

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Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe - a healthier and lighter take on the classic, plus a review of the ‘Vegan in 15’ Cookbook! | veganchickpea.com

Mushroom Stroganoff + ‘Vegan in 15’ Cookbook Review!

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe - a healthier and lighter take on the classic, plus a review of the ‘Vegan in 15’ Cookbook! | veganchickpea.comToday I’m bringing you the first ever cookbook review here on Vegan Chickpea! Kate Ford, the blogger behind one of the leading UK vegan and vegetarian food blogs over at The Veg Space, has recently come out with her first cookbook called Vegan in 15: Delicious Plant-based Recipes You Can Cook in 15 Minutes or Less. In exchange for providing an honest review, I received the book for free. Thanks Kate! 🙂

A WORD FROM KATE

“I’m not here to tell you why you should eat less meat and dairy, nor why you should go vegan. Instead, if you are thinking about it, or have decided to do so, I hope simply to show you that you can eat incredibly tasty food that doesn’t take hours to prepare or involve trips to multiple health food shops for obscure ingredients.

These recipes aren’t gluten free, sugar free, low calorie, low carb, paleo or detoxing. They won’t necessarily give you an ‘inner glow’, a ‘bikini-ready beach body’ or cure medical ailments. They just offer really good food which is quick and easy to make, and which happens to be vegan.

I’m passionate about writing recipes which look and taste like the sort of food you see in mainstream cookery books and magazines – recipes, above all, which will lift your spirits when you’ve had ‘that’ conversation about protein with a well-meaning friend for the hundredth time.”

~ Kate Ford

STRUCTURE

The book is divided into the following sections, and I’ve listed a couple sample recipes from each chapter:

  1. Easy Brunch – Smoky ‘Full English’ on Toast; Griddled Asparagus with Lemony Sauce on Crumpets
  2. Speedy Soups – Chunky Green Minestrone with Curly Kale; Oyster Mushroom Tom Yum Soup with Rice Noodles
  3. Salads – Tenderstem, Cucumber and Soba Noodle Salad; Speedy Spinach Falafel with Carrot and Apple Salad
  4. Fast Lunch – Broccoli and Kale Pine Nut Pizza; Speedy Bean Burger with Gherkins and Mustard Mayo
  5. Small Plates – Courgetti (Zucchini Spaghetti) and Sweetcorn Fritters with Coconut Yoghurt; French Beans and New Potatoes with Fresh Basil Pesto
  6. Main Dishes – Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff (recipe below!); One-Pot Linguine with Olives, Capers and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  7. Decadent Desserts – Amaretto-Sozzled Figs with Candied Walnut Crunch; Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse Cups

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe - a healthier and lighter take on the classic, plus a review of the ‘Vegan in 15’ Cookbook! | veganchickpea.com

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Easy Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps - Bake the tofu and broccolini ahead of time for an easy, delicious, 5 minute high protein lunch! | veganchickpea.com

Easy Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Easy Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps - Bake the tofu and broccolini ahead of time for an easy, delicious, 5 minute high protein lunch! | veganchickpea.com

Today I want to share with you one of the easiest ways to throw together a super quick lunch with leftover tofu and veggies. My favorite way to prepare tofu is with this Asian Baked Garlic Tofu recipe, and I often make a double batch so I can add leftovers on top of salads, veggies, grains or create these Easy Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps!

Easy Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps - Bake the tofu and broccolini ahead of time for an easy, delicious, 5 minute high protein lunch! | veganchickpea.com

We’ve been eating a lot of broccolini in this household because they’ve had big organic bags of it at Costco recently. If you’ve cooked the tofu and broccolini ahead of time, it literally takes only 5 minutes to put these wraps together. Therefore it makes the perfect lunch that you can even prep ahead, or use as an appetizer for finger food at a potluck or party.

In these photos I used miniature organic local lettuces from here in Hawaii that I got at a farmers market, but you can use any of the following:

  • romaine leaves
  • butter lettuce
  • iceberg
  • collards
  • endive
  • any wrap of your choice – brown rice, corn tortilla, etc.

You can also use any leftover veggies you have on hand. I love broccolini or broccoli because I think the combo of roasted broccoli and tofu is amazing, so that’s what I’ve used here – but really, this is just a template and you can make any substitutions you’d like to create your own wraps. Here’s what you do:

Layer a piece of lettuce with tofu, broccoli (or other leftover roasted veggies you have on hand), and top with sauce or dressing and seeds of your choice. DONE!

Easy Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps - Bake the tofu and broccolini ahead of time for an easy, delicious, 5 minute high protein lunch! | veganchickpea.com

Here I used Frank’s RedHot Original Red Hot Sauce on half of the wraps, and dijon mustard on the other half. Another combo I like is vegan mayo mixed with Sriracha. Dressings or sauces like my Best Ever Tahini Garlic Sauce and 3 Ingredient Vegan EVERYTHING Sauce would also be good drizzled on top!

You’ll see in the photos that I topped my wraps with pumpkin seeds. You can also use sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, or crushed nuts on top for crunch and added protein.

What are your favorite, quick lunch ideas using leftovers? Let me know in the comments below! 
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Meal Prep with Facebook Live – raw desserts, spiralizer, raw taco salad, crackers + more!

Vegan and Gluten Free Meal Planning Ideas | veganchickpea.com

This has been a big week for me – I finally stretched into the exhilarating world of doing LIVE videos on Facebook! For those of you who are connected to me on Facebook both personally and through Vegan Chickpea, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for the love and encouragement you’ve sent my way over recent days. I’ve been overjoyed to feel so much support from you as I try on a new platform, and am also excited that I’m able to deliver even more value to you in a new, engaging way. YAY! It’s a win-win. 🙂

Interestingly, doing live video wasn’t something that I had even been considering. As many of you know, I’ve been experimenting with food recipe videos, where the creation of the recipe is filmed and set in fast motion to music to show you how easy and fun cooking can be, and to give you a visual of what the process looks like. These are the types of food videos that go ‘viral’ on social media, so I’ve been giving it a go at trying them out for myself.

Live video is a whole different world, testing out my ability to be spontaneous and unedited. I was intimidated at first, but I’m pleased to share that I enjoyed the process way more than I was expecting and am excited to keep going with more! Thank you to my friend Chelsea here on the Big Island, Hawaii who encouraged me to do live video in our private Facebook group here for a local Clean Eating Challenge. Without you Chelsea, who knows how long it would have taken me to take this step!

I now plan to do more videos in general and also live videos on Facebook when I can, eventually broadcasting directly through my Vegan Chickpea page (for now I’m only broadcasting in a private group as part of this 3 week eating challenge in Hawaii). Make sure you ‘like’ the page if you want to get notifications about these videos in the future!

If you’re not on Facebook or missed the posts, here are the two videos I’ve filmed thus far. I’d love to get your feedback or any questions you have about what I’ve shared in the comments below, or come over to my Facebook page to interact there! I’d also love to know if you enjoy this style of content and learning, where I’m on camera sharing about healthy recipes, meal planning and other vegan and gluten free related topics, so I can continue to tweak how I deliver content. Thanks for your participation and responses! I love reading each and every one. <3

IN VIDEO 1:

  • All food featured is soy free and sugar free!
  • Slow cooker stuffed peppers with quinoa
  • Spiralized zucchini noodles, spicy bean balls and roasted broccoli
  • Mason jar salad: raw taco salad with raw ranch dressing
  • Raw lemon bars
  • Raw cacao hemp balls

IN VIDEO 2:

  • All food featured is soy free and sugar free!
  • Granola bars
  • Multi-seed crackers
    • You can find coconut aminos – soy free sauce sauce/tamari – here!
  • Raw tomato walnut pate
  • Cream of broccoli soup
  • Raw chocolate avocado mousse pie
  • Spaghetti squash with homemade pesto, caramelized red onions, mushrooms, peas and marinated chickpeas

Thanks for watching!!

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