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Chik’n Parm

Dress up your Wheat “Meat” recipe and make a chik’n parm dinner!

It’s super simple and very similar to cooking up chicken or eggplant parm, if you’ve ever done that.

You’ll need flax egg, vegan bread crumbs, frying oil, flour (optional), and sprigs of basil (optional for garnish).

Make a flax egg:

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk 1/4 cup flax seed meal with 3/4 cup water.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes for the mixture to become gelatinous.

Prep bread crumbs:

  1. I use 1-2 cups of vegan Italian bread crumbs. I like these bread crumbs from Whole Foods because they’re vegan and already seasoned.
  2. Whatever bread crumbs you use, you can add a bit of flour to the bread crumbs to make them stretch further and last longer.
  3. You can also search through your grocery store’s panko or plain bread crumbs and check the ingredients list that they are free of egg and dairy.
    • You can add Italian seasoning to the plain bread crumbs, 1 tsp Italian seasoning per cup.
    • If you don’t have Italian seasoning, you can use 1/4 tsp of oregano, 1/4 tsp of basil, 1/4 tsp of onion powder, 1/4 tsp of garlic powder.
  4. Put the bread crumbs, whichever option you choose, on a plate.

Directions:

  1. Take one slightly cooled piece of Wheat “Meat” and dunk it in the flax egg until it’s evenly coated on both sides.
  2. Take the piece that’s coated in the flax egg and cover in the bread crumbs on both sides.
  3. Put the coated piece on a clean plate.
  4. Repeat until all pieces are coated in flax egg and bread crumbs.
  5. Set frying pan on medium-high heat and add frying oil.
  6. When the pan is warm, put the Wheat “Meat” pieces in the pan.
  7. Cook until one side of the piece is golden brown and flip to cook on the other side. Add more oil if needed.
  8. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
  9. Remove from pan.
  10. Top with warmed red pasta sauce and vegan cheese if desired. I prefer Violife mozzarella and parmesan.
  11. If you are using “meat” that is completely cooled, I recommend baking for 15-20 minutes. You can also bake for 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.
  12. Top with a sprig of basil for garnish.

Enjoy!

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Wheat “Meat”

My friend and chef, Steve, was kind enough to share this recipe with me and let me share it on my blog here! Thanks Steve! I made some VERY slight adjustments to the recipe he gave me as he works at ION Restaurant and designed his recipe to serve the masses.

For this recipe, you need:

  • KitchenAid mixer or something similar with a dough hook (you can also combine by hand in a bowl and knead it if you don’t have a dough hook with a mixer)
  • medium to large sauce pan
  • cooking tongs or skimmer
  • rolling pin (I used a cup before I had a rolling pin, you can improvise!)
  • parchment paper or dough mat

Dough Hook

This recipe is protein rich (25g of protein per serving). The first way I made it was as chik’n parm! You could also marinade with vegan BBQ sauce (most are vegan if they don’t have honey) and grill it up! I will expand on directions for prepping the Wheat “Meat” in future posts. I posted the finished product because it’s not very pretty before it’s prepped.

Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten flour, I prefer Bob’s Red Mill
  • 2/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp sesame tahini
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Broth Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder

Directions:

  1. Combine dough ingredients in the bowl of the mixer.
  2. Mix on speed 2 with dough hook attachment for 10 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. If you don’t have a mixer, knead by hand until all the dough is mixed thoroughly. A wooden spoon may be useful for this as well.
  3. Once the dough has formed a ball, take the dough and cut it into 4 pieces.
  4. On a dough mat or parchment paper, roll the pieces out to about 1/2 – 1 inch thickness. This should make 4 pieces.
  5. Put water on the stove in the pot on high. Add broth ingredients to the water. Bring water to a boil.
  6. Place the “meat” pieces into the boiling water using the tongs or skimmer. Boil for at least 40-45 minutes. The “meat” will start to flake apart slightly. You can tell if it’s cooked all the way by cutting into it. The middle section looks thicker if it’s not fully cooked. The texture should be consistent throughout.
  7. Remove the “meat” pieces from the water.
  8. Allow them to cool slightly and prep as desired.

Enjoy!

Serves 4

Carbs 10g; Fat 5g; Protein 25g

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Raspberry Breakfast Bars

Raspberry Breakfast Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 3 Tbsp water)
  • 2 very ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup flour (I used rice flour, substitute other gluten free flour if desired)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Raspberry Breakfast Bars Ingredients

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 8 x 8 cake pan or muffin tin with parchment paper or muffin papers.
  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Add the chickpeas and water to a sauce pan. Place on the stove and cook on low for 15 min. Then drain and allow chickpeas to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. While chickpeas are cooking and cooling, continue with the remaining directions.
  4. Make your flax egg. Whisk 1 Tbsp flax egg with 3 Tbsp water and let stand for 5 minutes.Raspberry Breakfast Bars Flax Egg
  5. In a bowl, mash the two bananas with a fork until all the lumps are gone.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt.
  7. Once chickpeas are cooled, mash them in another mixing bowl with a fork until smooth.
  8. Add bananas, chickpeas, flax egg, apple sauce, and maple syrup to a food processor or blender. (I use a manual food processor that works pretty well. Mixing with a wooden spoon in a mixing bowl works well too.) Raspberry Breakfast Bars Food Processor
  9. Once smooth, add in dry ingredients and mix/blend more until smooth.
  10. Mix in hemp seeds, raspberries, and chocolate chips with a spoon.
  11. Scoop batter into the pan or tins.
  12. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. It might be longer, periodically check how they are baking by inserting a toothpick skewer into the middle.
  13. Remove from oven when it’s thoroughly baked and place on a cooling rack.
  14. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.
  15. Allow to completely cool before storing in Tupperware in the fridge.

Enjoy!

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Free Vegan Mentor Program

I volunteer with PETA’s Vegan Mentor Program and highly recommend signing up to receive a mentor if you need help going vegan. It’s totally free!

You’re sent a packet of information about going vegan and assigned a mentor who is available to answer questions and guide you along your journey to veganism via phone call, text, email, video chat…however you prefer.

Since I started last year, I’ve mentored about 11 new vegans. We share recipes, tips on how to face new challenges, and resources to answer your questions.

Sign up today and your free mentor will help you go vegan at your own pace. No pressure! Sign up here!

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Recycle Plastic Packaging

How to Recycle Plastic Packaging
Plastic wrapping and packaging that I consumed in 30 days.

There are many societal benefits to adopting a vegan lifestyle besides the most commonly known animal rights. These are environmental conservation, health, and human rights. Therefore, many vegans are concerned with environmental issues, such as the excessive use of plastic and pollution.

If environmental protection and conservation are something you care about as many vegans do, the sight of plastic packaging and other waste will make you groan. You CANNOT recycle these plastics in regular recycling with materials like cardboard, glass, and aluminum as it clogs the processing machinery and causes many headaches for the facility’s workers. Plastic is over-used in retail and therefore can be difficult to avoid as a consumer. When plastic is thrown in landfill, it does not often stay there. It is light, gets blown around, and can end up causing harm to animals and polluting our water. When plastic is in the water, it can look like marine life and is eaten. This is killing marine life and causing a major shift in the ecosystem.2

What you can do is decrease plastic consumption as much as possible and recycle as much as you can.

To decrease consumption, you can bring reusable bags with me for every shopping trip (repurpose an old t-shirt), use reusable produce bags, reusable “ziploc” bags (find some here and here), reusable sandwich wrap, silicone lids, biodegradable bags for pets and for trash bags, and buy with less plastic packaging when possible. You might still find yourself so upset by the amount of plastic with which you end up. You may have noticed boxes at certain retail locations, like Target or chain grocery stores, for collecting used plastic shopping bags. Most places with these receptacles also recycle similar plastic materials. Target is a location that definitely accepts plastic wrapping other than plastic bags. You can go to http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org, type in your zip code to find locations with these recycle bins near you.

Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film. Remove receipts or any other items from bags.

Here are some examples of plastics that can be recycled in these bins3:

  • Retail, carryout, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags (clean, dry and free of receipts and clothes hangers)
  • Zip-top food storage bags (clean and dry)
  • Plastic shipping envelopes (remove labels), bubble wrap and air pillows (deflate)
  • Product wrap on cases of water/soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, diapers, and female sanitary products
  • Furniture and electronic wrap
  • Plastic cereal box liners (but if it tears like paper, do not include)
  • Any film packaging or bag that has the How2Recycle Label shown at right

Do not include3:

  • Degradable/compostable bags or film packaging
  • Pre-washed salad mix bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Candy bar wrappers
  • Chip bags
  • Six-pack rings

Please consider taking these steps to decrease plastic

I hope this helps you with decreasing and recycling of plastic packaging!

 

Sources:
1 – https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-plastic-bag-ban-recycling-0731-biz-20150730-story.html
2 – https://ntepa.nt.gov.au/waste-pollution/plastic-bag-ban/environmental-impacts
3 – https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/plastic-film-education-individuals/learn-whats-recyclable/