Meal Planning 4.20.19

Last night we stayed in and ordered this delicious spread of Mediterranean food which included falafel, Greek salad minus feta, Greek potatoes, pita and hummus/ baba ganush. It was such a delicious combination! I went ahead and did my grocery haul after work yesterday because I knew the day before Easter would be too crowded….

Spring Pesto Cauliflower Gnocchi

I’ve been wanting to make this cauliflower gnocchi again, but wanted to try it with my homemade oil free pesto! Double yum! Josh doesn’t like pesto or cauliflower gnocchi, so was perfect for a night he was working. This recipe is perfect for spring and you can pack it with all the spring veggies that…

Buffalo Chickpea Salad

Want a salad that’s filling, flavorful, and healthy? This Buffalo Chickpea Salad is one you’ll look forward to. The chickpeas are crunchy and spicy and I made homemade ranch that’s herby and creamy to tie it all together. It’s so tasty! I’ll be making this more often and it’s great for summer. Buffalo Chickpea Salad…

Strawberry Lemon Donuts

Is there anything prettier than glaze dripping down a donut? Maybe not. These Strawberry Lemon donuts are spongy, light, and have a delicious strawberry glaze. They’re vegan, gluten free, and oil free as well! I tried to make them as healthy as possible to have a no guilt donut breakfast option and still include as…

Meal Planning 4.13.19

Would you believe this isn’t egg on my breakfast sandwich? It’s crazy! This morning I made a delicious chickpea “egg” and Chao vegan cheese sandwich and it was so great and hit the spot. Who needs eggs for Easter? Not this girl! If you want the recipe, it’s up on my Instagram today @charmingchickpea. I…

Baked Eggplant Rolatini

It’s healthy, it’s saucy, it’s creamy, it’s Eggplant Rolatini! Baked thin slices of eggplant, stuffed with my tofu ricotta with spinach, and baked in marinara sauce served with a side of pasta and vegan parm. Yum! This is a great combination of lasagna and eggplant parmesan, two of my favorites. It’s simple to make and…

Veggie Chickpea and Rice Soup

What a perfect meal to come home to after a week at the beach! It’s wholesome, hearty, and still makes you feel like you’re eating clean (because you are!) This came together in my head basically while in the grocery and I grabbed what I wanted to throw in. It’s full of all my favorites…

Simple Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers

These are perfect because they’re simple, easy to make, and you don’t need a food processor. They only need a few ingredients and get crispy in a pan. I made rosemary sweet potato fries baked on the side and roasted up some broccoli and carrots as well. I don’t know why I always like my…

Meal Planning 4.7.19

It’s our last day at the beach and it’s a foggy one so I just meal planned for the upcoming week so I’m prepared when we go home tomorrow. I always eat and drink whatever I want on vacation (if it’s vegan) and then by the time it’s time to go home I crave my…

Vegan “Meaty” Lasagna

We’re at the beach and I wanted to make something everyone would like. My parents started eating the Beyond Meat burgers and really enjoy them, so we decided to make a lasagna from the Beyond Meat crumbles to make a faux Meaty Lasagna. Yum! The crumbles gave it the same texture as a meat sauce…

Vacation Worthy Meals

We’re at the beach for the week and we like to stay in for dinner as much as we go out while we’re here. My parents aren’t vegan, so we had to come up with a menu that could incorporate things that everyone would enjoy. When you’re cooking for a crowd, it can be hard…

Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes for dinner? Sign me up! I’m so thankful for these creative recipes that let me partake in these classics because I never really got to enjoy them with dairy. I always had to pay the price if I wanted to have more than two bites of something with cream, so the fact that…

Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry

Crispy tofu, perfectly cooked veggies, sweet and savory no oil teriyaki sauce, and brown jasmine rice. What could be wrong with that? It’s a delicious mix of textures, colors, and flavors and it’s one of my favorites! I never ate tofu or even really tried it before I became vegan, and the only time I…

Black Bean Taco Salad

Vegans just eat salad, right? Uhhh nope. I have to remind myself to make some meal salads every once in a while! I follow a couple that eats a large salad before every meal to get their fill of veggies and become semi full before their starch based meal. I just couldn’t eat that much…

Baked Mushroom Tetrazzini

My mom used to make tetrazzini and I always loved it, so I was excited to find a mushroom tetrazzini recipe on Pinterest. At first I found one for the instant pot, but I don’t have one so I found another by Rabbitandwolves. I made it oil free by taking out the butter and olive…

Roasted Veggie Buddha Plate with Creamy Curry Sauce

Have tons of veggies left in your fridge that you need to use? This is the dish for you! I wanted to use last week’s produce up and decided to roast it all and make a meal out of it. Just chop veggies, cook them up with chickpeas, and then make a sauce to tie…

Vanilla Lime Donuts

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I wanted to be festive and come up with a green (yet still appetizing) breakfast today and came up with these vanilla lime donuts. Naturally green without the crazy amount of food coloring usually used today. They’re simple with a zing of tangy like flavor and you’ll feel lucky when…

Velvety Potato Soup

Happy Saturday! My friend at school brought in leftover potato soup for lunch last week and it made me start craving it, so I added it into my meal plan and I’m so glad I did. My grandparents used to make a deliciously smooth potato soup that I always loved, and this reminded me a…

Meal Planning 3.16.19

It’s my Saturday morning meal planning time and I just finished planning what to make this week. I know I want to make some kind of green breakfast tomorrow for St. Patrick’s Day and I’m thinking maybe donuts since they were such a big hit. Or maybe a green smoothie bowl, which would be easy…

Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta

I made this amazing creamy tomato basil pasta last night and it was so easy to throw together and was such a satisfying meal. Bow ties might be my favorite pasta shape… they’re so cute and fun! I added spinach and mushrooms to the sauce for extra veggies, and I was planning on adding zucchini…