Healthy plant-based recipes

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So I've always had a mega obsession with hummus and other easy-to-make vegan dips that are perfect for snacking. They're usually really simple to make, healthy, and perfect when you're a busy bee like me and just want a quick snack. Also, they can be super great to bring to or have at a party. Who doesn't look a good platter of vegetables, crackers, dips and all that fun stuff? This red lentil hummus dip is one of my favs and is 110% plant-based. It only takes a few ingredients to make, and you'll have it whipped up in ten minutes or less! The best part that makes it better than regular hummus? The magical addition of red lentils. Yum!
This recipe speaks for itself. It's indulgent, satisfying, comforting and amazing. I love how fluffy the garlic ball is and the sauce compliments it perfectly. I used Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Flour in this recipe, I swear by this brand and product! My breads come out perfect every time! I love making this for a family gathering or when I have friends over. I find that it's a great compliment with a nice Pasta Dish and fresh caesar salad. The dough for the garlic ball is versatile and you can make everything with it including rolls, knots, breads and more. So feel free to get creative and spice things up a little by adding herbs, cinnamon and sugar or even fresh berry compotes if you want to make a sweet treat versus savoury.
Who doesn't love a hearty bowl of stew? Especially in the cold winter months. Stew is definitely the ultimate comfort food and it can be so easy and tasty to make. This recipe I made with Bob's Red Mill mixed bean soup mix. This soup mix makes this meal even easier to make! It has 13 different kinds of beans in it which means it's packed with protein (12g per serving) and with beans comes fiber, plus your daily value of iron! What I love the most about using this mix is that it's easy but you can also allow for culinary creativity, and the ability to add your own magic to the recipe with spices.
Nothing beats a great couscous salad, at least in my opinion. This recipe I put together with the help of the star ingredient, California Prunes. This dish will take you straight to Lebanon. However, this is obviously not completely traditional but I was entirely inspired by the gorgeous countries tabbouleh, and I decided to add some extra ingredients like couscous and prunes to add a unique twist to a traditional recipe.
One of my favourite things to do is jet off from my cozy home in Calgary, Alberta to head out and explore a different destination. Whether it's somewhere I've never been before or a familiar place I'm returning back to, travel is definitely something I get jazzed about. Recently I headed to London, England to visit my boyfriend Andrew's family. For those that didn't know, London is where he is from and where his family lives. About 8.7 million people live in London and it is famously known to be one of the most expensive places to travel. Given the high price tag that comes along with traveling to this beautiful city, it can be hard to find hotels and restaurants that cater to plant-based eaters. So I set out on a mission to find just that so I can come back and share with you all the great places I found, stayed and ate at to make your trip planning to London easier. The best part? All of these places are really affordable and close to a tube station!
Deciding to try or convert to the vegan lifestyle isn't always an easy black and white decision. People become vegan for a variety of reasons, whether it's their health, love for animals or just that they want to make a change in their lifestyle. Whatever the reason you've decided to become vegan, it can be overwhelming when you're faced with figuring out all the substitutes that exist out there. One of my go-to resources that helps in the transition is Vegan Supply, this online shop has a ton of different vegan products which serves as a one-stop-shop to get everything you need. Below I'll breakdown some of my favourite substitutes that'll help make your journey to veganism an easy one.
Guys, I'm kind of obsessed with carob powder lately if you haven't noticed (check out my coconut carob balls recipe here). This ingredient is a truly magical plant-based ingredient. It's a fantastic alternative to chocolate and is loaded with health benefits. Carob comes from ancient Greeks who were the first to grow carob trees. Today however, you'll find these trees all over the world. What's unique about this tree is that it actually has a sex and it takes a male and female tree to produce the carob pods. A single male tree can pollinate up to 20 female trees (he sure gets around.. haha). After pollinated, it takes 6-7 years for the tree to produce pods.
Okay, I know I'm not the only one that's a mega fan of the love affair between chocolate and peanut butter. The combo is just a classic that is always to die for. Any recipe that these two ingredients are in together is guaranteed to be one that satisfies that sweet tooth!
Ready to get energized? I sure am. This time of year can be draining. The days are short, the weather is shit, and it can be incredibly hard to stay motivated despite still being so busy. I find one of the biggest struggles people have when they're busy is finding time to eat nutritious meals. When you're constantly on-the-go, the first thing you skip is a healthy meal and instead you reach for quick snacks that are usually loaded with sugar and not many nutrients.
Okay, so to preface this recipe, this is probably the most unhealthy thing on my blog. But hey, I'm pretty happy I've reached a place of balance and happiness when it comes to the foods I eat and the way they make me feel. It's okay to treat yourself!
Okay, I know I'm bias but these are seriously bomb AF! This recipe is not a typical FoodByMaria recipe as it does have butter and sugar but hey, balance is key! This recipe is easy to make, versatile, gooey, and sooooooooooo good that it's making my mouth water just typing this. These brownies are perfect for your next party, or to just make up for a sweet treat for yourself because you deserve it!