Do not disparage sad looking bananas! An overripe banana is sweeter and perfect for baking or freezing for smoothies.
3 large overripe bananas
2 T ground flaxseed
1/3 c coconut milk
1/3 c coconut oil, melted
2 T maple syrup
2 t vanilla extract
1/4 c plus 2 T cane sugar
1/2 c rolled oats
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t sea salt
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
Chopped pecans, sliced banana, chopped walnuts, chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Lightly spray 9 x 5″ loaf pan (or parchment paper-lined loaf pan) with oil and set aside.
- In a large bowl mash the banana until almost smooth.
- Stir in wet ingredients (flax, milk, oil, syrup, vanilla) into banana until combined.
- Stir dry ingredients into the wet mixture one by one, in the order listed (sugar, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, flour) until just combined.
- Using a spatula, pour batter into the loaf pan and spread out evenly.
- Add toppings, if desired.
- Bake uncovered for 45 to 55 minutes until lightly golden and firm on top. Do a toothpick or butter knife test in the middle of the loaf to confirm it’s done. Mine took 52 minutes to bake.
- Place pan on a cooling rack for 30 minutes.
- If you did not use parchment paper, slide a knife around the loaf to loosen it and gently remove it from the pan. Place on a cutting board and slice.
Good with breakfast, paired with coffee, as dessert, or as a host gift.
Rick was eager to dig in and followed me around with a butter knife while I finished taking photos.
Apollo Aldrich was there, too.
Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Adapted from Vegan Banana Bread.
While this recipe doesn’t exactly trick Rick the meat eater, he likes these “meatballs” so much he requests them.
3 T olive oil, divided
1 small yellow onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
8 oz mushrooms, rinsed, patted dry, and chopped
1 1/2 t sea salt, divided
1 t oregano
1/2 t black pepper plus a pinch
1 t chili flakes, divided plus extra for serving
1 can of white beans, drained, rinsed
juice of 1 lemon
3 T fresh parsley, chopped and divided plus extra for serving
1 1/4 c bread crumbs, split into 1 cup and 1/4 cup
5 stalks kale, removed from ribs, chopped
1 25 oz jar of marinara sauce
sub rolls or buns
- Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 T olive oil and onion and cook for four minutes.
- Add 2/3 garlic and mushrooms, cook for another two minutes.
- Stir in oregano, pepper, 1/2 t chili flakes, and 1 t sea salt.
- Add white beans and lemon juice and stir. Let mixture cook for one more minute.
- Add the bean / mushroom mixture to a food processor, pulsing a few times until the mixture comes together.
- Pour in the 2 T parsley and 1 cup of bread crumbs and pulse a few more times until the mixture is well combined. Let the mixture sit for five minutes so the bread crumbs absorb some of the bean / mushroom mixture.
- Meanwhile, add 1/4 c bread crumbs, 1/2 t sea salt, 1/2 t chili flakes, 1 T parsley, and a pinch of pepper to a bowl.
- Scoop out “meatball” mixture with a melon baller and roll around in bread crumb mixture until coated. Place breaded “meatballs” on the prepared baking sheet, repeating until no mixture remains.
- Bake the “meatballs” for 50 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.
- While the “meatballs” are in the oven, prepare the kale.
- Heat remaining 2 T of olive oil over medium heat in the same skillet you cooked the “meatball” mixture. Add remaining garlic and salt and cook for one minute. Pour garlic oil over the chopped kale and stir until evenly coated. Set aside.
- In the same skillet you cooked the garlic in , heat marinara sauce over low. When the “meatballs” are done, place them in the warm marinara sauce.
- Place kale in toasted buns and top with “meatballs”, fresh parsley, and chili flakes.
These “meatballs” make great leftovers and can also be served over pasta.
Adapted from WHITE BEAN + MUSHROOM ‘MEATBALL’ SUBS (VEGAN).
Once the vegetables are chopped and ready to roll this Thai curry comes together in a flash.
2 c Thai jasmine rice
3 c water
1/2 t sea salt
1 can of coconut milk (do not shake)
1/2 c vegetable stock
4 t soy sauce*
4 t brown sugar*
6 tablespoons fish-free Thai green curry paste, like Thai Kitchen
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
asparagus bunch, cut into 2″ pieces
1/2 eggplant, diced
handful of basil leaves, cut into thin chiffonade
*Tamari or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos can be used in lieu of soy sauce and sugar can be left out if you prefer to avoid it.
There’s a lot of vegetable flexibility here. Some other delicious options are green beans, mushrooms, baby sweet corn, and broccoli. I encourage you to use what you have on hand.
- Combine rice, water, and sea salt in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stir once, lower to simmer, and cover for 18 minutes. Do not lift lid.
- Spoon 6 T of coconut cream from the top of the can of coconut milk into a deep skillet. Pour remaining contents into a bowl, mix well, and set aside.
- In a medium bowl combine vegetable stock, soy sauce, and sugar until sugar is dissolved, set aside.
- Heat skillet containing coconut cream on medium-high until it bubbles. Add curry paste and reduce heat to medium-low, stirring constantly until fragrant, about three minutes.
- Add onion, bell pepper, zucchini, sweet potato, asparagus, and eggplant. Stir until warm, 2-3 minutes.
- Add remaining coconut milk and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer until vegetables are tender, about ten minutes.
- Stir in soy sauce mixture and juice from one lime.
- Serve curry over the rice and top with basil.
Adapted from Vegan Thai Curry Vegetables.
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Açaí bowls are more than internet photo fodder, they’re healthful and delicious. Because I eat vegetarian (erring on the side of vegan) I often start my days with one. Cooking has become a bit of a love language for me, so on a recent trip home I racked my brain trying to think of something to accommodate both my dietary ideals and my parents who eat paleo. Açaí bowls are adaptable and are the only vegan / paleo crossover meal I’ve managed so far. They also, you know, look nice.
1 t coconut oil
2 T unsweetened coconut flakes
1 4 oz pack frozen unsweetened açaí
2 T coconut milk*
1 Medjool date, pitted*
1 T peanut butter*
1 T chia seeds
2 T granola
1 T dried goji berries
1 T cacao nibs
small handfuls of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
*Other types of milk, dates, and nut butters can be used. Almond butter works great for paleo folks.
- Melt coconut oil over medium-low heat. Add coconut flakes and toast until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes.
- Blend açaí, banana, coconut milk, date, and peanut butter until smooth.
- Pour into bowl and top with toasted coconut, fresh fruit, chia seeds, dried goji berries, cacao nibs, and granola.
Toppings can be edited to fit tastes. Since berries have such a precarious shelf life, often I do not have all four kinds on hand so I just use what’s around. Sliced kiwi is a delicious topping, too.
Recipe adapted from It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook by Gwyneth Paltrow.
1 1/2 T olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 t fresh ginger, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 russet potatoes, cubed
4 carrots, sliced**
1 jalepeño, seeded and sliced
3 T ground cashews
1/2 c (4 oz) tomato sauce**
2 t sea salt
1 1/2 T curry powder
1 c green peas
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 c coconut milk
1 bunch fresh cilantro
The oil in this recipe can be coconut, olive, canola, or vegetable, the onion can be white or yellow, the potatoes can be almost any type, the bell peppers can be any combo of colors, and the milk can also be any kind, including canned coconut milk for a full-bodied flavor.
**I used leftover red enchilada sauce in lieu of straight tomato sauce because it’s what I had on hand, and it turned out great! For the same reason, I used baby carrots instead of four full carrots. I hate to waste food (and money), so I try to be resourceful and use up what I have around before opening or buying something new.
I used a coffee grinder for the cashews but you can also use a blender or food processor.
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Stir in the onion, cooking until tender.
- Mix in ginger and garlic and continue cooking for one minute.
- Mix in potatoes, carrots, jalapeño, cashews, tomato sauce, sea salt, and curry powder. Cook about ten minutes until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Stir peas, bell pepper, and milk into the skillet. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer ten minutes.
- Garnish with cilantro to serve.
- Optional: serve with naan or over basmati rice.
Simple, flavorful, delicious.
This recipe was adapted from Vegetarian Korma.