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Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles

 

Lemon Garlic Zucchini NoodlesThis quick meal can be whipped up in about 15 minutes. Other than a spiral slicer, you could also use a julienne peeler or the grater attachment on a food processor. This recipe is completely plant-based without any animal products, but the combination of vegetables, beans and healthy fat will satisfy your appetite.

Optional additions include pine nuts, sauteed spinach, or cherry tomatoes.

Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
This plant-based entree can be ready in about 15 minutes. It contains no refined grains, no animal products, and doesn't contain any of the top 8 common allergens.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups zucchini, spiral sliced (2-3 zucchinis)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 3/4 cup white beans (or 15 ounce can, rinsed and drained)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Step 1
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Step 2
Add zucchini and cook for 1-2 minutes or until just tender, stirring often. Stir in beans and remove from heat. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Make-Ahead Scrambled Chickpea Pitas

Breakfast Chickpea Pitas | Guess Who's Cooking | Healthy, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, whole grain

These hearty, tasty, savory pitas make a great breakfast that you can warm up while getting ready for the day. This recipe is entirely plant-based and is a flavorful alternative to an egg breakfast sandwich. Start your day with protein, whole grains, and vegetables, and be rewarded with steady energy throughout the morning. Adapted from Scrambled Chickpea and Spinach Pitas from The Kitchn.

Breakfast Chickpea Pitas

Serves 6
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Website The Kitchn
These satisfying breakfast pitas can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator or freezer for a quick, healthy and portable breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil (such as olive, grapeseed, coconut, or canola)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 cans chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 4 cups baby spinach (roughly chopped)
  • 3 whole wheat pitas (halved)
  • 1/2 cup salsa or hummus (optional)

Directions

Step 1
Place half of the chickpeas into a food processor and pulse until mashed but not smoothly pureed. Alternatively, mash in a medium bowl with a fork. Set aside.
Step 2
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until lightly browned, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bell peppers and cook until tender, about 4 minutes.
Step 3
Add whole and mashed chickpeas, cumin, turmeric, and salt. Cook until chickpeas soften, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
Step 4
If serving immediately, spread 1-2 tablespoons of hummus or salsa if using inside pitas, then fill each pita with chickpea filling.
Step 5
If freezing, allow chickpea mixture to cool, then follow step 4. Wrap each pita in foil and place them in an airtight bag or container and freeze. To serve, heat in oven at 350°F for about 20 minutes if thawed or 30 minutes if frozen, or until warmed through. Alternatively, remove the foil and microwave until warmed throughout.

Breakfast Chickpea Pitas | Guess Who's Cooking | Healthy, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, whole grain

Red Lentil Patties

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These patties are a fun and flavorful snack, appetizer, or side dish. They are a healthier alternative to a chicken nugget or other deep-fried patties.

Red Lentil Patties

Meal type Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
These lentil patties are a fun and flavorful snack or appetizer and can be paired with a tasty dip such as lemon tahini sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup dried red lentils
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

Optional

  • tahini
  • lemon juice

Directions

Step 1
Rinse and sort lentils. Soak in plenty of cold water overnight or for at least 8 hours. Lentils will end up about double in size.
Step 2
Heat a skillet to medium high and add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add onion and cook until it becomes caramelized and translucent. Add garlic, turmeric and cumin and cook for 30 seconds, stirring often. Remove from heat.
Step 3
Drain lentils and place in a food processor. Add remaining ingredients except for cooked onion mixture. Puree until fairly smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Add cooked onion mixture and pulse until just combined.
Step 4
Heat skillet over medium high and add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Form lentil mixture into flattened balls, about the size of golf balls, then place into pan. Turn over when the bottom is golden brown and cook other side until golden brown. Place onto plate lined with a paper towel. Repeat with remaining oil and lentil mixture. Serve with lemon tahini sauce or other dipping sauce.
Step 5
To make optional lemon tahini sauce: Mix together tahini and lemon juice to taste, then thin with water to reach desired consistency. Add salt to taste. Optional: add minced garlic and parsley.

Red Lentil Patties | GuessWhosCooking.com | Healthy, plant based, vegan, dairy free, gluten free

Red Lentil Patties | GuessWhosCooking.com | Healthy, plant based, vegan, dairy free, gluten free

Bean and Corn Dip – Super Easy

This appetizer/side dish is extremely easy and will please a large crowd. You can serve it as a salad, or as a dip with tortilla chips (preferably baked chips). You can make this recipe from scratch using dried beans (cooked and cooled) and homemade dressing using the ingredients below (it’s really not that hard), or make it super easy by using canned beans and store-bought Italian dressing, which isn’t quite as healthy. BPA is a potential concern in canned foods, and store-bought dressings often have artificial ingredients and added sugar.
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Bean and Corn Dip

Serves 12
Prep time 10 minutes
This super easy bean and corn dip makes an easy appetizer or salad for a party.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white beans, cooked (or 1 15-oz can)
  • 2 cups black beans, cooked (or 1 15-oz can)
  • 2 cups white or yellow corn, fresh, cooked and cooled; or frozen and thawed (or 1 15-oz can)
  • 3 tablespoons pimentos (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 stalk green onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Step 1
Rinse and drain the beans and corn. Add to a medium bowl, then add green onions and pimentos.
Step 2
To make the dressing, combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine, or place in a jar and shake.
Step 3
Pour the dressing over the bean mixture, using only as much as necessary. You may not need the whole batch of dressing. You can also substitute store-bought Italian dressing, although it is not as healthy. For best flavor, refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to meld. Serve as a salad or as a dip along with baked chips.

Bean and Corn Dip - Super easy. Guesswhoscooking.com

Chickpea Blondies Have More Fun

These blondies are made with pureed chickpeas and contain no flour. They are vegan, dairy-free, grain-free, and gluten-free, assuming you don’t use honey or chocolate chips with dairy. These blondies are moist and delicious, and no one will know that they are made from chickpeas! They would make an excellent healthier holiday gift.
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Chickpea Blondies

Serves 9
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
These chickpea blondies are flour-less, gluten-free, dairy-free, and can be made 100% vegan.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil (for greasing)
  • 1 can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or agave (or honey, if not vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips (look for vegan chocolate if you want 100% vegan or dairy-free blondies)
  • coarse sea salt or Himalayan salt (for sprinkling)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8 baking pan with coconut oil.
Step 2
In a food processor, puree all remaining ingredients except for chocolate chips and salt. Blend until completely smooth. Stir in chocolate chips, then spoon batter into prepared baking pan.
Step 3
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool, then cut into squares and sprinkle lightly with salt.

Chickpea Blondies - healthier, vegan, grain free, gluten free, dairy free. Guesswhoscooking.com

White Chicken Chili (Dairy-Free)

Traditional white chicken chili recipes call for dairy, usually in the form of sour cream. This easy slow cooker recipe leaves out the dairy altogether, yet is still hearty and full of rich flavor. Use the highest quality of chicken you can afford (free-range organic preferred).

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White Chicken Chili

Serves 8
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 8 hours
Total time 8 hours, 10 minutes
White chicken chili recipes without dairy are nearly impossible to find. This easy slow cooker recipe leaves out the dairy, but is still supremely flavorful and hearty.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 1 bell peppers (diced)
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 can white beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • green onions and avocado (for garnish)

Directions

Step 1
Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until they start to turn light brown. Add garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds, until fragrant. Remove from heat.
Step 2
Combine all remaining ingredients in a slow cooker except for green onions and avocado. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Step 3
Shred the chicken by removing and shredding with two forks, or mash it up in the slow cooker. Also mash the cauliflower. Add salt to taste if necessary. Serve with avocado and green onion.

White Chicken Chili - Dairy-free, low-carb. guesswhoscooking.com

Vegetarian Baked Beans

Vegetarian Baked Beans - low sugar, gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian, and good source of protein and fiber. Follow GuessWhosCooking.com on Twitter @guesswhoscookin & Pinterest.com/guesswhoscookin

Baked beans are typically full of sugar. Most brands of baked beans contain about 12g (or 1 tablespoon) of sugar per 1/2 cup serving. In addition, most recipes call for bacon, which is a processed meat (unless you buy uncured bacon). This recipe has neither, making it low in added sugar and free of meat of any kind. The small amount added sugar is in the form of 1 tablespoon of molasses. Molasses is still sugar, and although it contains healthy minerals, let’s be real, you’re not going to get a significant amount of from 1 tablespoon divided by 6-8 servings. With all of the other flavor in this recipe, you won’t miss all the sugar and bacon.

Ingredients 

1 tablespoon cooking oil (coconut oil, olive oil, etc)

1 cup yellow onion, diced (about 1 small-medium onion)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove garlic, minced

2 15-oz cans beans (white or pinto, or 1 of each), rinsed and drained

1 can diced tomatoes, low sodium or no salt added preferred

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard or 1 teaspoon prepared mustard

1 tablespoon molasses

1 tablespoon low-sodium tamari or soy sauce

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup vegetable broth, or more as needed

 

Directions

Preheat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil, then onions and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Simmer on low heat for 30-45 minutes. Add more vegetable broth as needed to keep the beans from drying out, until you reach the desired consistency.

Vegetarian Baked Beans - low sugar, gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian, and good source of protein and fiber. Follow GuessWhosCooking.com on Twitter @guesswhoscookin & Pinterest.com/guesswhoscookin

Fudgy Flour-less (Black Bean) Brownies

Fudgy Flour-less Brownie Recipe - grain free, gluten free, dairy free, and good source of protein and fiber. Follow GuessWhosCooking.com on Twitter @guesswhoscookin & Pinterest.com/guesswhoscookin

Ingredients

1 can black beans, rinsed well and drained

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar (raw sugar, coconut sugar, etc.)

3 large eggs

3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, plus about 1 teaspoon for greasing pan

1-1/2 -to 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (or mini chocolate chips)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking powder

20 drops liquid stevia

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 baking pan with coconut oil. In a food processor, puree all ingredients except chocolate, until very smooth. Fold in chocolate pieces or chips. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, until set.

Note – Once baked, I topped the brownies with a light sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt.

Baked Falafel

Baked Falafel - gluten free, grain free, vegan. Follow guesswhoscooking.com on Twitter @guesswhoscookin

Ingredients

2 15-oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 an onion

4 cloves garlic

3 tablespoons almond meal

2 tablespoons fresh parsley

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Dash black pepper

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Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until combined, but it’s ok if there are some small chunks. Grease a large baking sheet. Form chickpea mixture into balls, about 1 inch in diameter, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake about 30  minutes.

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Savory Roasted Chickpeas Recipe: High-protein, high-fiber, portable snack

Savory Roasted Chickpeas - a healthy, vegan, gluten free snack. Guess Who's Cooking

Ingredients

1 can chickpeas (AKA garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine seasonings and mix well with olive oil. Mix in chickpeas and stir to coat. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 35-45 minutes, stirring once or twice, until crispy and golden brown.

If they are soft in the middle, they will taste good, but will get soggy after a day or so. If you want to snack on them a few days later, cook them until completely crisp and store in an airtight container.

Savory Roasted Chickpeas - vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, healthy. Follow GuessWhosCooking.com on Twitter @guesswhoscookin