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Fourth of July is around the corner. What are your plans? Let me guess. Eat (a good meal), have a few drinks, share a memorable time with friends and family, and most importantly, thank our independence heroes for making this day a reality, right? Our Vegan fourth of July recipes are a must try. You don’t have to get stuck with your grandma’s recipe book. It’s time to try something different.

You see, life is hard enough walking past smoke-filled environments. While everyone else thinks of beefy burgers and char-grilled ribs, let me share with you my easy to make vegan delicacies. The best part is that you don’t have to prepare them from scratch. That’s why we have our lovely friends at WholeFoods, Trader Joe’s, and Target, right? So what’s in store for 2018s Vegan Fourth of July?

TraderJoe’s Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels for $3.29

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Trader Joe’s

These morsels are very delicious. They are a blend of soy flakes and orange sauce. They actually taste like real chicken. After being off the shelves for almost a year, they are now back; repackaged and very tinkered.

When you buy them, defrost the sauce in hot water. Secondly, pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the morsels for 9 minutes, turning them occasionally until they become golden and crispy. I serve mine with rice or noodles, the dipping sauce, and my favorite cheese combo or a green salad.

Sometimes when I’m in a hurry, I prefer to stir-fry them on a skillet using a tablespoon or two of olive oil.

Trader Joe’s Falafel Waffles for $2.99

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Trader Joe’s

Falafel waffles are an excellent addition to a traditional Mediterranean breakfast with chickpeas and ground fava beans. I add a few spices to mine. A combination of cumin, coriander, garlic, and red onions go well with these waffles. You may also choose to cut the waffles into wedges and dredge them in plain yogurt. Whichever option you prefer, preparation time is always less than seven minutes.

Kruger’s Beyond Burger Plant Based Patties for $5.99

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Kroger

These pea protein-based burgers are very similar to the classic American burger. However, these are healthier and tastier. They have a meaty texture. And by healthier I mean zero soy, GMOs, and gluten. They are available in packets of 20g.

An ideal way of preparing vegan burgers is by grilling the patties for 2-3 minutes each side. Then you grill your gluten-free burger bun (just to warm it up). Meanwhile, sauté a few slices of white onions in olive oil. Finally, build the burger. Add Daiya cheddar slices, lettuce, tomato, and your favorite sauce.

To melt your cheese, always place it on the hot patties as you assemble the burger. Within a few minutes, it will be oozing with tantalizing flavors.

Walmart’s Thai Kitchen Gluten-Free Brown Rice Noodles for $3.82

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Walmart

These are not your ordinary noodles. They are made from whole grain brown rice. I love the fact that they are easy to prepare. Just steam them for a few minutes and serve. These noodles are free from fat, cholesterol, gluten, eggs, and dairy, making them the perfect vegan option.

Walmart’s Tofurky Deli Slices Hickory Smoked for $2.88

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Walmart

These Tofurky Deli meat slices are cholesterol free and ready to eat; straight from the packets. They contain wheat and soy, but they taste like real turkey. They are stoked with real hickory wood chips to give them a nutty smoky flavor.

To make a Tofurky sandwich, you need the Tofurky Deli Slices, chopped olives, chopped red Onions, vegan cream cheese, jalapeno peppers, and gluten-free tortillas. Mix the ingredients and wrap them with the tortillas.

You can also make bread sandwiches with the tofurky deli slices. I mix mine with tomato, red onion, lettuce slices, vegan cheese, and mayo, mustard, and Tofurky Smoky Maple Bacon. Then sandwich between two slices of whole grain bread.

Whole Food Market’s Sukhi Potato Samosas

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Whole Food Market

These samosas make a delicious side dish or a snack. They are loaded with spiced potatoes and peas and additional peanuts. To prepare them, first remove the samosas from the packaging tray. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the samosas on a baking dish and bake them for 15 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Serve with cilantro chutney or your favorite dipping sauce.

Target’s Korean Barbeque Meatless Chicken for $3.99

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Target

This delicacy contains soy, sunflower, miso, and organic tamari sauce. It is packed in frozen bags accompanied with a separate sauce packet. Microwave the chicken strips for 2 minutes and then mix with the sauce.

Gardein’s Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites for $3.97

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Walmart

These porkless bites come with an easy to follow the recipe at the back. Pan-fry the bits until you get a crispy outside (just like you would with real pork bites). The sauce compliments any pasta or vegetable dish that you would like to serve with.

Wegmans Don’t Be Chicken Meatless Chicken Style Breasts for $4.19

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Wegmans

These chicken breasts are made using soy and wheat. To prepare the breasts, bake them for 15 minutes, turning them midway. Alternatively, you can also grill them. Lightly coat the breasts with vegetable oil. Grill them for two minutes on each side while covered (to prevent them from over-drying). Afterward, grill them for a further three minutes, this time uncovered. You can and the chicken breasts to your favorite vegan pot pie. Alternatively, sandwich them with burger buns.

Amy’s Vegan Margherita Swirls for $5.79

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Amy’s

These quick snacks contain wheat flour, tomatoes, and basil. To prepare the swirls, unwrap them and bake for 12 minutes. The new surges should otherwise be kept frozen at all times.

Meal Delivery Services For Vegans

In case the vegan fourth of July finds you far from your favorite store, you could request for a delivery to your doorstep. Veestro delivers plant-based pre-cooked meals nationwide. Mamasezz delivers a la carte meals suitable for three servings. Foodflo delivers raw, alkaline and gluten-free vegan diets like side salads and raw snack bars. Other home delivery services are from Food Nerd, Fresh N Lean, 22 Days Nutrition and Nutrifit.

In Conclusion

Pick one or two vegan meals from above and create a memorable vegan fourth of July summer party. Whether it’s an appetizer, the main course, or even dessert, there are a lot of easy to make meal options to choose from. Better still, select one of the gourmet dishes from a vegan delivery service and enjoy this Independence Day. Happy vegan Fourth of July!

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A Four Ingredients Vegan Lasagna Recipe with Homemade Vegan Ricotta

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Vegan lasagna with homemade ricotta cheese tastes heavenly. And we don’t need a list of ingredients in this recipe. With just 4 ingredients, you have a delicious main course. The beauty of lasagna is that you can also use your leftover sauces and cooked leftover vegetables. In this recipe, I will keep it simple. However, feel free to experiment with whichever leftovers and vegan cheese you have.

The Ingredients

  • Pre-cooked pasta sheets
  • 2 cups Vegan Ricotta
  • A bunch of baby spinach leaves
  • 1-cup white Sauce (recipe below)

The Procedure

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Sauté the baby spinach or you can steam them until tender. Season them with salt and red chili flakes and set them aside.

In a large casserole dish, start by spreading a generous layer of the white sauce. Now layer the lasagna. Spread more white sauce and add your spinach and ricotta filling. Add a layer of lasagna and repeat the process until you achieve 3 layers.

Bake your vegan lasagna for 30 minutes at 375F.

Let it sit for 5 minutes before you cut and serve.

Homemade Vegan White Sauce

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To make the white sauce, you need:

  • 2 cups cashew nuts – presoaked
  • ¼ cup Nutritional Yeast
  • ½ tbsp. lemon juice
  • A pinch of sea salt to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic – minced

Blend the cashew nuts in a blender until smooth and creamy.

Sauté the garlic in a small sauce pot. Add the rest of the ingredients except the lemon juice. Bring them to boil whisking constantly. Once the sauce thickens, add lemon juice, stir, and remove the pot from the heat.

When the sauce cools, you can use it in any recipe that calls for white sauce.

Homemade Vegan Ricotta Cheese

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To make vegan Ricotta cheese at home, you need the following:

  • 2 cups of almonds – presoaked
  • 2 cups of soy milk
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • The juice of 1 lemon (4 tablespoons)

Blend all the ingredients except the salt and lemon juice and squeeze out the liquid using a muslin cloth.

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Now put the milk you squeeze out in a pan and add the salt. Under high heat, bring the milk to boil as you stir occasionally. Reduce the heat and let it simmer until it thickens slightly. Now switch off the heat and add the lemon juice. Stir briefly, and let it sit until it cools off (for about 3 hours).

As the liquid cools, you will notice the curds forming. Filter the liquid from the curd using a muslin cloth. Once all the liquid has drained, transfer this ricotta cheese to a cheese basket and wrap it in the paper. Refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, all the remaining liquid will have filtered out and what remains is a firm block of vegan ricotta cheese.

In Conclusion

Most people complicate their vegan lasagna with multiple sauces and ingredients. As a result, your dish loses clarity. Vegan delicacies are equally enjoyable, and they don’t need a load of ingredients to make them stand out. Try this vegan lasagna recipe today and keep it simple.

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A Simple Vegan Gluten-Free Brownies Recipe

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The secret to the best vegan gluten-free brownies is in the quality of chocolate used. For this recipe, I use 80% dark chocolate and additional cocoa powder. You also need to grease your baking tin with coconut oil. Or use a parchment paper for easier slicing and handling once the brownies are cooked through.

In addition, non-vegan brownies use eggs to incorporate air, which makes them light and fluffy. In our recipe, we will use an egg substitute. However, this is entirely up to you. You can also use light flour like coconut flour without the vegan egg for similar results. Let’s get started.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces vegan dark chocolate – chopped into smaller chunks
  • ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 cup melted coconut cream (or use vegan butter)
  • 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or any sweetener you prefer)
  • A dash of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1-cup gluten-free flour
  • Egg substitute

Procedure

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare your baking tin by either greasing with coconut oil or line it with a parchment paper.

The Egg Substitute

To make the vegan egg, mix 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 6 tablespoons water. Let this mixture sit for 5 minutes to thicken. You can also use a flax egg, but I find chia seeds healthier.

The Chocolate Ganache

Mix the dark chocolate chunks with cocoa powder and pour in the hot coconut cream. Mix gently. The heat from the coconut cream should melt the dark chocolate effortlessly.

However, if you are using vegan butter, you have to pre-melt the dark chocolate first.

The Vegan Gluten Free Brownies Batter

In a large bowl, mix in the sugar, salt, vanilla, and egg substitute. Add the chocolate ganache and mix thoroughly. Now sift in the flour and fold gently.

Pour this batter in the baking tin, and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and bang the baking tin on a hard surface. This takes care of any uneven baking and gently breaks the top surface.

Return them to the oven to continue baking for another 20 minutes. A well-done brownie should be crunchy on the surface and gooey in the center.

While slicing, keep wiping the knife after each cut to maintain neatly shaped brownie slices.

To serve the vegan gluten-free brownies, drizzle some melted dark chocolate and garnish with chopped nuts and herbs.

Enjoy!

Recipe Variation

The above recipe is simple and healthy, but you can make it even better and more flexible for your kitchen.

Generally, store-bought gluten-free flour might contain tapioca flour, rice flour, potato starch, teff flour, buckwheat flour, sorghum flour, or garbanzo flour among others. Some also contain nut flours. You can easily make yours at home.

For example, you can make almond flour by simply grinding raw almonds in a powerful blender or grinder. But, since almond flour is quite fine and dense, it barely holds shape. Because of this, make sure you mix it with a different type of flour like brown rice flour for fluffy brownies.

You can also add healthy spices and herbs in your brownies. Freshly ground ginger and mint leaves go well with brownies.

And the list is endless. Customize your vegan gluten-free brownies just how you like them.

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Healthy and Nutritious Packed Vegan Omelette Recipes

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A vegan omelette is a quick breakfast fix. The key ingredient is Chickpea flour and if you prefer the “eggy” smell, add a little black salt (Kala Namak). In this article, I will share with you the various ways you can enrich your vegan omelette to make it more nutritious and unique every day.

The Basic Vegan Omelette Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wholemeal (or use gluten-free or plain flour)
  • 2 cups Gram flour (Chickpea, Besan, or Garbanzo flour)
  • 1 tablespoon Baking powder
  • A pinch of Salt
  • A pinch of Black salt (Kala Namak)  – optional
  • 800 ml Non-dairy milk (any will do, but soy milk is the best)

Procedure

Mix all the ingredients until well combined. You can use a blender, a cocktail shaker, a whisk, or whichever gadget you prefer.

Let it sit for 20 minutes for best results. However, you can prepare the vegan omelette immediately if you are in a hurry.

Meanwhile, preheat a non-stick skillet.

For the first piece, oil the skillet. These omelettes are a bit sensitive, and they can stick or break if you are not careful. However, you don’t need to keep oiling the skillet for the other omelettes.

These vegan omelettes also cook fast. 2 minutes on each side is enough as long as your batter is thin.

Vegetable Omelette Recipe

To the above ingredients add; some finely diced veggies to the batter (e.g., onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, etc.)

With the vegetables in the batter, cook your vegan omelette slightly longer. Alternatively, you can blanch or sauté these veggies individually. And then prepare the basic omelette. And finally, make a lovely sandwich.

Herbed Vegetable Omelette Recipe

Vegan omelettes are delicious with herbs and spices. Ginger-garlic powder, cumin, turmeric, chili, and nutmeg go particularly well with these omelettes. Add the spices of your choice in the batter. But, not more than 3 spices.

For a Quick Fix

You can prepare the omelette batter in advance. I usually mix all the dry ingredients and keep them refrigerated. In the morning I scope some of it, mix with soy milk, and I am good to go. However, this mixture keeps for a week at most because the flour and baking soda absorb moisture as you open and close the jar.

The Do’s and Don’ts

Do use spices and healthy herbs. They elevate your omelette to another level. In fact, once you master the art of mixing vegetables in the batter, you will never go back to the plain ones.

Do use a non-stick pan. The other options (Aluminum, copper, cast iron, and the likes) stick, and they require a generous amount of oil with each omelette.

Don’t flip the omelette before the bottom side is fully dried and has started pulling away from the pan on the edges. If you try flipping over, the omelette will break.

Don’t use plain chickpea flour. The density and texture of this flour cannot hold shape on its own, which is why we add plain flour or any healthier options available.

In Conclusion

Vegan omelette is best served hot with a beverage of your choice. You can also serve it warm with a cold fruit salad. How do you serve your vegan omelettes?

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