Mediterranean Eggplant, Okra, and Chickpeas

People ask me often if being vegan is more expensive, when in fact it’s cheaper. When you compare a can of chickpeas to a lb of chicken, it’s about a $7 difference. Sticking to whole plant foods is the key to keeping your spending low because the packaged and processed foods are the ones that…

Crispy Cauliflower Burrito Bowl

Burrito bowls are pretty much a weekly occurrence at our house, partly because they’re easy and delicious, and partly to distract Josh from going to Chipotle every chance he can (it doesn’t work.)  Even though they’re so good, anything that’s a weekly meal needs a little change to spice it up now and then. I…

Speedy Wonton & Mushroom Soup

This week I’ve been feeling crummy with either a cold or allergies and I’ve just been craving some soup despite the heat. I LOVE these Thai Vegetable Gyozas from Trader Joe’s so when my sister mentioned she used them in soup when she was sick, I had to give it a try. I wanted to…

Meal Planning 9.9.18

By the time Saturday rolls around, our fridge is pretty empty and it’s time for another Trader Joe’s run. I wanted to find something to make a yummy hot breakfast (since every work day I have fruit for breakfast lately) and the only thing I could find was some quick oats and some fruit. I…

Cauliflower Gnocchi with Veggies in Lemon Garlic Sauce

Everyone loves this cauliflower Gnocchi from Trader Joe’s and I think it was even featured on the Today Show the other day. I bought a bag in the frozen section of Trader Joe’s during my weekly shopping trip and decided to mix it with some veggies and make a lemon garlic sauce. I wanted to…

Sweet and Spicy Tofu Lo Mein

It’s such a nice feeling knowing one of your favorite meals EVER is on your “diet plan”. I’m down for any vegan asian noodle bowls of any kind, so I’m always on the lookout for new recipes and ideas. I couldn’t find yakisoba noodles in the grocery (checked TJ’s and Kroger) so I picked up…

Simple Chili Black Bean Burgers

For Labor Day, I wanted to make some simple black bean burgers without a million ingredients and use what I had on hand. I mixed some oats, black beans, veggies, and spices to make a Mexican-ish tasting burger with a nice firm texture and topped them with avocado, lettuce, and a chili spiced ketchup and…

Fluffy GF/Vegan Banana Snickerdoodles

My class this year has been so well behaved this year (overall) so it makes me want to bake for them more often as a treat. We are the Blair’s Bakers after all! I have a student with a gluten allergy and another with a nut allergy so I try to find treats that they…

Trader Joe’s Must Haves

Since it’s Labor Day I get to be home to watch the Today Show and currently a boy band is on that I’ve never heard of. I’ve never felt so old in my life watching hundreds of teen girls with braces singing every word to these songs I’ve never heard before. What happened to my…

Meal Planning 9.1.18 & Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Serves 2 1 cup quick cook oats 1 cup almond milk, 3/4 cup water 1 ripe mashed banana 1 tsp cinnamon Splash of vanilla 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/4 honeycrisp apple, diced 2 tsp brown sugar for topping Rest of the apple diced for topping – combine oats, almond milk, water, banana, spices,…

Smoky Minestrone

What makes you crave soup more than 95* weather…right? I’m not sure why I keep feeling the need to make soup when it’s the hottest time of the year, but when I’m meal planning in my air conditioned house it still sounds good. Plus I eat it in the air conditioning too, so doesn’t really…

Winner, Winner, Chickpea Loaf Dinner

Winner, winner, Chickpea dinner! We’re fans of lentil loaf, so when I found this recipe for chickpea loaf I wanted to see how it was. We also love chickpea balls so I knew we would most likely love this too! This comforting meal is familiar and hearty but full of healthy ingredients and zero saturated…

Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

Guess what? Before going vegan I was never a fan of peppers, corn, beans, or really even rice. My how your taste buds can change! I’m glad they did because all of those things came together to make these tasty stuffed peppers and it added something new that I’ve never made before to my repertoire….

Summer Veggie Linguine with Pink Sauce

Yum! I was planning on making a fettuccine Alfredo with summer veggies from my McDougall recipe app, but I changed it up to fit my taste for what I was wanting tonight. I wanted to cut back on the fat from the cup of nuts it called for (since I ate another brownie today) so…

Fudgy Vegan GF Brownies

We’re having a fundraiser going on at school and my class is currently in first place in the school, so I thought they deserved a reward! I have one student who is dairy/gluten free and another allergic to tree nuts. My GF student has her own back up cookies for whenever I bring something that…

Meal Planning 8.27.18 + Starch Solution Success

^ One of last week’s simple meals- Simple Chickpea Salad: romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, can of chickpeas, scallions, carrots, and a fat free balsamic. I was going to add avocado too, but forgot…Oops! It’s working! Starch Solution works! I’m officially down 20 lbs and back to my wedding weight. It’s amazing because it feels like I’m…

Sofritas-esque Burrito Bowls

Josh is obsessed with Chipotle, I mean get it every day he’s off obsessed. It’s always a sofritas burrito bowl with black beans, fajita veggies, lettuce, corn pico, and guacamole. Chipotle is semi healthy without all the cheese, sour cream, and meat, but still has lots of oil and salt. I wanted to recreate something…

Apple Spice Pancakes and Meal Plans 8.19.18

I woke up this morning wanting to make something extra yummy for breakfast. I’ve been having a bowl of watermelon for breakfast lately, so a stack of fluffy pancakes sounded like a treat! I’m still working on my vegan baked goods (my banana bread from yesterday was a total FAIL) so I thought pancakes are…

Chickpea Pot Pie Lasagna

It’s a two in one favorite! This concept just blew my mind because it’s two of my favorite dishes together in one pan, and I’ve been wondering how it would be for a while now. I found this recipe on my McDougall Starch Solution app and I finally decided to give it a try. Don’t…

No Butter No Chicken Chickpea Curry

I was introduced to Indian cuisine about 3 years ago when a parent in my class made a meal for me to take home and then cooked several more times for me during that year. Her food is AMAZING and it opened my world to a whole new blend of spices, flavors, and textures. Ever…