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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Vegan Italian Stew with Beyond Sausage

I have to admit I was leery of trying Beyond Italian Sausage. Why you ask? Well, I was really afraid I would like it to much. Of course, I was right. If you gave Beyond Sausage to a non vegan, I swear they would never know it is plant based. Even my daughter liked it and she is really hard to please. 

Yes it is expensive but, this recipe will make it last a little longer than a couple of bites. And you can add more to the stew to make it last even longer. It is totally worth it though. 

Let's get to the recipe. Here is what you will need. 

2 prepared Beyond Italian Sausages
1-28 ounce can of diced tomato
1-15.5 ounce can of cannellini beans rinsed and drained
1 large zucchini diced into bite size pieces
1 small can of mushrooms chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

I sauteed the sausages in a little extra virgin olive oil until they were browned on all sides along with the mushrooms. You can also add a little veg broth or water to cook them up. Remove the sausages from the pan when they have finished cooking. Leave the mushrooms in the pan.

Add the tomato, beans, zucchini and spices. Stir to combine. 

Slice the sausage in half long ways then into 1/4 inch pieces and add to the stew. Stir again and enjoy.

Oh yea, by all means, you can double the tomato, beans, mushrooms and zucchini and use all four sausages to make a bigger batch.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Loaded Guacamole

If you love guacamole as much as I do, you will certainly love Loaded Guacamole. This recipe is so versatile too. You can add any vegetables you like but my combination is sure to please. This recipe will make your avocado go a long way as well.

My favorite thing about Loaded Guacamole is you can turn it into a meal. Serve it with tortilla chips or wrap some up in lettuce leaves and you are good to go. Of course it doesn't have to be a meal. It would be great as a side dish too. 

Why don't we get to the recipe. Here is what you will need. 

1 avocado
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
juice of 1/2 a lime
1 diced tomato
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup black beans
1 cup corn
1 green onion sliced
salt to taste
tortilla chips
lettuce leaves

Slice open the avocado, carefully remove the pit and scoop out the wonderful avocado and transfer to a bowl. Optional, you can score the avocado before scooping it out. That is a total preference.

Add the cilantro, lime juice and salt. Mash and mix it up. Give it taste and make sure it's to your liking and add more salt if needed. 

Add the tomato, beans corn, onion and quinoa. Stir to combine. Serve with tortilla chips or wrap in a lettuce leaf and enjoy.