Stuffed Vegan Peppers

Stuffed Vegan Peppers
I know stuffed peppers are quite popular so I was unsure if I should post this recipe. You all have been writing me via Instagram like crazy to get this up. Work life has been a bit wild lately and I haven’t had much time to photograph and write up recipes. For those of you that don’t know, Clean Eating Goddess is a passion project while my real work is as a private chef and tutor. I have my background in Education from McGill University and have been building my client base for the last 5 years. I am so lucky to work in many different areas and fulfill BOTH of my passions in life… teaching young children and cooking! So…please be patient with me as I work my butt off to get you guys what you’re wanting.

Now for the recipe.. these are so easy and actually a great way to repurpose leftovers. With added chickpeas and quinoa they are super filling and delicious. Feel free to swap ingredients to your liking but these work really well!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

• 6 bell peppers, seeds and membrane removed
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 yellow onion, diced
• 1 zucchini, diced
• 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 1/2 tsp chilli flake (optional)
• 2 cups tomato sauce + extra for serving (preferably organic and no added sugar)
• 1 tbsp coconut sugar
• 2 cups cooked quinoa
• 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (well rinsed if using canned)
• 1 cup roasted butternut squash or sweet potato
• salt and pepper
• fresh basil

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Clean and prepare peppers in a baking dish standing up. Spray lightly with olive or avocado oil.

2. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Sautee onion until transluscent and tender. Add zucchini and garlic and cook for another minute.

3. Stir in tomato sauce and coconut sugar and allow to cook for another 3 minutes. Add your cooked quinoa, chickpeas, and roasted squash. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

4. Scoop filling into each pepper until full. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the peppers are tender and begin to brown. For an extra crispy top, broil for 1 minute after cooking.

5. Top with extra tomato sauce and fresh chopped basil for serving. Toasted pine nuts can be a great addition too. Bon Appetit!

Arugula Pear Quinoa Salad

Arugula Pear and Quinoa Salad
I am so excited to share a guest post from the beautiful (and YOUNG!) Ali from aliandheralmondbutter.com She has such a great spirit and takes the most gorgeous pictures. She has created a perfect fall salad for you to munch on this season. Hope you love it!

Here is a little from Ali about her recipe :

The salad is simple.
Just cook up some quinoa. Toast some pecans. Sauté your mushrooms and pears together and make a sweet sauce to go with them. And stir all your wonderful ingredients together in a bowl.

It’s healthy.
What I love about quinoa is that it isn’t an “empty carb” like potatoes (though I do love potatoes; don’t get me wrong). It is full of iron and fiber, and—most importantly—it’s very protein-rich (for any protein-seeking vegans or vegetarians). I am obsessed with quinoa. Considering the well-known health benefits of the other ingredients in this recipe (i.e. garlic, arugula), this is a very wholesome meal.

It’s delicious.
A little sweet, but not too sweet. A touch of thyme. A sprinkling of scallions. My whole family loved this recipe (even the 8-year-old, I might add). So let’s get cooking!
Arugula Pear and Quinoa Salad

Arugula Pear and Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

• 1 cup quinoa
• 2 cups water
• 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 cup chopped pecans
• olive oil
• 1 large asian or bosc pear (sliced to make heaping 2 cups)
• 6-8 white button mushrooms (sliced to make heaping 2 cups)
• 1/4 cup sherry
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 tsp cornstarch, mixed with 1 T water
• 1/4 tsp thyme
• 2 T maple syrup
• 2 scallions, chopped
• 4 cups arugula

Directions:

1.Place the quinoa, water, minced garlic, and salt in a medium-sized pot or a rice cooker. Cook on low with the lid on for about 30 minutes. Or you can just follow the directions on the quinoa package.

2.Chop up the pecans and roast either in a skillet on the stovetop or in the oven until they smell toasty. Directions on toasting pecans here: http://www.tasteofhome.com/cooking-tips/ask-the-test-kitchen/toasted-pecans

3.Now wash and slice the pears and mushrooms. Lightly grease a large skillet with olive oil. Place the pears and mushrooms in the skillet and place over medium heat. Let them cook, stirring frequently, for about 6 minutes.

4.Once the mushrooms are soft, add in sherry, salt, cornstarch-water mixture, thyme, and maple syrup. Turn up the heat a bit and cook until the sauce thickens—about 4-5 more minutes.

5.Place the quinoa in a large bowl once it is done cooking. Now add in the rest of the ingredients: toasted pecans, cooked pear-mushroom combo, scallions, and arugula. Stir and serve warm.

Arugula Pear and Quinoa Salad

About Ali and Her Almond Butter:

Hi, I’m Ali, a 17-year-old girl who loves food. I believe that living a healthy, gluten-free life should be easy and super fun. Join me as I create recipes that are simple to make, healthy for your body, and totally delicious. Simple. Healthy. Delicious. Check out my blog aliandheralmondbutter.com

Sesame Peanut Chewy Bars

Sesame Peanut Chewy BarsI bought puffed buckwheat and quinoa recently to eat as a cereal for breakfast. I don’t know if any of you have tried this stuff, but it pretty much tastes like air. Out of frustration of wasting money on these products I decided to incorporate them into a granola-type bar.Just in this case, I swapped the ‘granola’ for puffed buckwheat- and I’m so glad I did. These bars make a perfect breakfast or snack as they aren’t overly sweet but leave you satisfied. The addition of sesame and ginger play on the savoury side of things so I highly recommend these to those absolutely crazy ‘non-dessert’ people out there. These come together super quick and stay nicely in the fridge or freezer. Hope you love them!

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Sesame Peanut Chewy Bars

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup pitted dates
• 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
• 2 tbsp coconut oil
• 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (all natural)
• 1/2 cup water (or more) to thin out peanut butter mixture
•1 tsp freshly grated ginger (optional)
• 2 cups puffed buckwheat (or your favourite gluten free cereal)
• 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
• 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
• 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
• 1/2 cup 70% dairy free chocolate, melted
• pinch of sea salt

Directions:

1. Line an 8 x 10 inch or 5 x 20 cm baking dish with parchment paper.

2. Process dates in a food processor until a paste forms.

3. Melt coconut oil, peanut butter, sweetener of choice, and ginger in a sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk until combined.

4. Once combined, whisk in your date paste. Use hot water as needed to thin out the mixture. It should almost look like caramel.

5. Remove from heat. Fold in your peanuts, puffed cereal, sesame seeds and coconut.

6. Press your mixture into baking dish and allow to firm up in the fridge or freezer for at least an hour. Remove from the cold, and drizzle on melted chocolate then sprinkle with sea salt. ENJOY!

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Sesame Peanut Chewy Bars