Plant-based Holiday Turkey Roll ~ Gluten-free!

 

 

Hello and Happy Holidays, dear reader! I am excited to share something festive and yummy with you today.

I just had to do it… I had to create this recipe because all of the vegan meat-substitute holiday products contain ingredients that have no business being in my body—such as isolated soy proteins, canola oil, thickeners, high sodium and vital wheat gluten. No thanks! So I created an amazing plant-based roll for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! Actually, I made cutlets with this recipe and later made the roll and guess what? They both turned out great! So it’s a versatile mix that you can tweak as you like.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’m no stranger to Butler Soy Curls. Their versatility and meaty texture make them a perfect substitute for some animal-based dishes that perhaps you used to enjoy but would like to make plant-based. This one is no exception.

Making individual cutlets from the mixture was a bit messy and quite time consuming (I had doubled the recipe so there was a lot!) but the result was well worth the effort and my guests were extra thankful. I should note that the prep for the roll is also a little time consuming as half of the soy curls need to be shredded. Have someone help you shred. Mountain Man helped me. I honor his patience. 🙂 If you have children, this would be a great way to get them involved! This isn’t a recipe that I would make often but it’s perfect for a holiday dish or special gathering. 

Oh and, by the way, the best part of this recipe is, you can make it ahead of time!  Just wrap it up and keep it in the fridge until it’s time to put in the oven (extend the baking time by 10 minutes if you do this). You can even bake it ahead of time and reheat it if necessary. Anything that I can make ahead of time to give me more time to enjoy my guests is all right with me. 

P.S. My Savory Bean Gravy may have even been more of a hit than the actual dish! It was the perfect complement and, of course, wonderful on the mashed potatoes. I used navy beans instead of red beans in the gravy and added a little sage and thyme for that traditional holiday flavor. Yum!

I hope you’ll try it and let me know your result!

Healthy trails,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pistachio Matcha Truffles ~ Date-sweetened & oil-free!

 

Oh, man. These. These are… I can’t even… If I cursed, I would be using expletives about how good these are!

So here’s a little back story. Mountain Man and I are at our favorite little restaurant (one of the very few where we can actually eat off the menu, called Dobra Tea West in Asheville). We finished our meal and my honey wanted a sweet treat. I sighed and said, “I’ll look but most of them have a lot of oil.” So I meandered over to the dessert fridge and took a peek. Nope, not really anything. Well, my man has a sweet tooth and was not giving up so easily. He decided to look for himself. A few moments later he came over to the table with this huge BALL of something, a big smile on his face. I said, “Really? Doesn’t it have oodles of coconut oil?” I got up to look at the ingredients… nope! No oil. And wow, was it incredible. Okay, so this recipe isn’t really mine but I just had to make these the next day, based on the ingredients given, and share them with you! 

They turned out great! Possibly better… Mine are about half the size of the ones at Dobra because, really, they were ginormous and I can’t eat that much sweet in one sitting. I’m bringing these to an event this weekend and working on creating a little pistachio filling, just like a real truffle… shouldn’t be too hard. So, stay tuned for a possible upgrade! 🙂 

For the relatively small amount of ingredients, the flavor profile of these little treats is very deep and rich. If you love pistachios, like we do, and are a fan of matcha tea, like we are… you will love these. They are also sweetened with dates only, so yeah. These will be on my dessert rotation plan.

Healthy trails,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Carrot Cake ~ grain-free, oil-free and plant-based!

 

Wow! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that I finally, finally, FINALLY nailed this recipe. I feel like calling this “Carrot Cake: Take 3,455” … because that’s how many trials and errors I seem to have endured. I have posted a raw carrot cake recipe, and that one was wonderful in its own right, but it’s simply not the same as a genuine, classic carrot cake.

I’m all about texture when creating baked goods, and it just wasn’t happening. Carrot cakes usually call for TONS of oil. That’s probably why I had such a hard time. But I finally did it. A prefect crumb, not too dense, not too sticky, not heavy at all and NO OIL. Yay! And the timing couldn’t have been better since I was asked to bake this wonderful dessert for a dear friend’s birthday.

One of the most important factors in getting that rise and texture just right is the particle size of the dry ingredients, so make sure to chop the walnuts pretty small and use the finest grater setting for your carrots. In keeping with that particle size, I also opted for currants instead of raisins, but raisins would be fine, too. 

So here it is! What may arguably be the perfect, plant-based, oil-free carrot cake.

Healthy trails,

 

 

 

 

 

Blackberry Chia Pudding

 

 

Greetings, lovely ones! If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I am no stranger to Chia Pudding! To me, it is the the ideal plant-based dessert (besides just fruit of course). The nutritional profile of chia seeds is just off the chart. And it’s so easy to make, which is a huge bonus for most of us! 🙂

I recently attended a Dr. Fuhrman conference right here in our own mountain backyard! It was wonderful to see him and it’s always good to get “reminded” of why we eat the way we do. I made a few awesome new friends and gleaned some new and important nutritional information, too. There’s always more to learn in the field of nutrition, right?

I’ve been super busy getting my art business off the ground. I’m almost there! I have a couple of local retail establishments that want to carry my prints and greeting cards so this is very exciting and a long time coming. Wish me luck! If you want to visit my website to view my gallery you may do so here–>> New Consciousness Art by Harmony Grace. It’s still a work in progress, but I do have about a dozen products uploaded now for sale. Any support you can send my way is much appreciated!!! I’ve mostly been doing digital art. Here is a sample of one of my paintings:

 

Well, back to the matter at hand; this recipe is as simple as all of my other chia pudding recipes with the addition of in-season berries which have been outstanding this year! So without further ado, here it is in all its simple amazingness. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

 

 

 

 

 

Hibiscus Mint Tea

 

I got this idea from Dr. Greger who promotes hibiscus for lowering blood pressure and I’m hooked! The flavor is divine on its own and adding a bit of peppermint is delightful in the summer months for a tasty, refreshing drink. But how much of this can you drink? Can there be too much of a good thing? Well, any food, be it a tea or an herb or a flower, that has some kind of pharmacological effect should be used with some caution. Dr. Greger also addresses this particular issue in this video.

You can use whatever sweetener you prefer in this tea but I like to use erythritol as it has some health benefits and zero calories. Another calorie-free sweetener that I sometimes use in this recipe is xylitol, but erythritol has more health benefits. It actually contains antioxidants! Check out what Dr. Greger has to say about this sweetener: ERYTHRITOL

I hope you try this delicious beverage and enjoy it as much as we do! It’s the perfect addition to a whole food, plant-based diet. In case you’re wondering, I have a family history of hypertension and so it works perfectly for me. But hubby Mountain Man is just the opposite—his blood pressure usually runs VERY low. However he also enjoys this tea, of course in moderation, and it has no ill effect on his already low blood pressure.

Enjoy! 

Healthy trails,

 

 

 

Easy Rice & Bean Burgers ~ Plant-based and Oil-free!

 

Greetings!!!! I’ve been meaning to share this simple and tasty, plant-based recipe with you for a while now. These burgers are a cinch to put together and are just perfectly delicious. As the summer months get to a start here in the northern hemisphere, plant-based burgers are always a great idea for lunch or dinner. These guys also freeze well, which I LOVE because that means an easy future meal for me! So go ahead and double the recipe if you like and freeze a bunch for future use.

I have a secret to share with you… you may already know about it but it’s an ingredient that I will now never be without! The binding agent extraordinaire, otherwise known as PSYLLIUM HUSK. Woohoo! It’s just the best, not only for burgers but it also works great for baked goods and bean loaves. The thing I am really loving about this ingredient is the perfect texture it gives my burgers. They’re not soggy or pasty. You know what I’m talking about right? When I first started making bean and veggie burgers it took a lot of trial and error to get that texture just right, playing with varying amounts of chia, flax seed, oats, etc. Well, not any more!

Psyllium husk is becoming more and more popular. I saw some huge containers of it on an end cap at my local Whole Foods so I guess maybe it’s not such a secret anymore. 🙂 Besides holding things together like a champ, psyllium husk is also a prebiotic AND a wonderful source of dietary soluble fiber. Score!

I get mine on Amazon here –> PSYLLIUM HUSKS

Anyway, without further ado, here is the recipe. I hope you enjoy these burgers as much as we do! They’re are a staple at our house now…

Healthy trails,

 

 

 

Cultured Cashew Cream Cheese is Here!

 

Hi lovely readers! I posted a recipe for plant-based, cashew cream cheese AGES ago but it was pretty involved as it used rejuvelac, which is a culturing medium made from soaking grains. This process was pretty lengthy. So some time ago I experimented with using probiotic powder instead, and voilà! It worked like a charm and was so much quicker and easier.

I use a very high quality probiotic for this recipe. You can find it HERE on Amazon.  Yes, it’s quite pricey but the only thing I use it for is this recipe so it lasts a long while. And since I get a consistent, good result every time, I feel it’s totally worth it. You can also use good quality capsules, which you can find in most health food stores, and just open them up, but I find the powder so much more convenient. Make sure to keep your probiotics in the refrigerator!

You can also use this recipe to make sour cream… just thin it out with a little water. Yum! 🙂 Feel free to add some fresh herbs at the end or even fruit! Spruce it up however you like or enjoy it plain. 

To make this recipe even easier for you, I’ve created a video which I hope you will find helpful. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel. It’s a work in progress, with many more instructional videos to come.

Sorry it’s taken me so long to post this delicious plant-based cheese! Enjoy!

CULTURED CASHEW CREAM CHEESE VIDEO

Healthy trails,

 

 

 

 

Mulligatawny Soup ~ plant-based and oil-free!

 

Greetings from the mountains, Dear Ones! Ahhh… warm weather is finally gracing us here in the northern hemisphere after such a harsh winter. I am so happy to have gotten our garden started and the open windows with the fresh breezes are a pleasure! 

Well, you know me. I love a good soup, be it in the winter or summer months. Nothing beats the ease of a one-pot meal like a hearty soup. And THIS is one I’ve been wanting to make and share for a long time. It’s called an “Indian” soup because of those ever-aromatic Indian spices but it actually has its origin in Great Britain! Who knew? But wherever it began, it ends up in my happy belly! So without further ado, below is the recipe for a flavorful, plant-based Mulligatawny soup!

NOTE: PLEASE don’t be put off by the long list of Indian spices. I have built my spice cupboard bit by bit. If you don’t have all of them, use what you can find easily. It will still be yummy. I will include some Amazon links above the recipe card, if you want to purchase some of these spices to build your own Indian arsenal of flavor. 🙂 Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

 

 

 

 

Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek Leaves
Asafetida 
Ceylon Cinnamon
Coriander Seeds

 

Golden Amla Smoothie Bowl + Superfood Giveaway!

 

Ahhh, smoothie bowls! One of my favorite ways to “break fast” in the warmer months. And those days are just ahead! So I thought I would share this scrumptious, whole-food, plant-based winner of a recipe with you. It’s a snap to put together. Top it with some of your favorite superfoods and you have a nutrient-rich bowl of sunshine!

So, what’s this superfood giveaway about? It’s about the magic berry called amla, also known as golden berries or gooseberries. They are SUPERCHARGED with antioxidants. In order to qualify for this giveaway of Terrasoul Amla Powder, simply leave a brief comment below and watch an informative video by Dr. Michael Greger on YouTube, in which he reveals the amazing benefits of this Indian berry. That’s it! One winner will be randomly selected. Oh, and if you haven’t yet, I would greatly appreciate it if you would mosey on over to my Facebook Page and hit the LIKE button there. Thanks for checking in!

This giveaway will close in seven days, so don’t delay and good luck!

 

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Healthy trails,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearty Banana Loaf ~ date sweetened, oil-free & gluten-free!

 

 

Greetings lovely, plant-based voyagers! Well, how long has it been? I don’t know… that’s how long! So much has happened over the past few months. In fact, the whole of last year was a blur. I spent a lot of time with my mom, traveling back and forth to Florida, selling her condo, getting her set up in an assisted living facility, etc. She had some serious health issues and started declining after a bout of pneumonia which she never really came back from.

We finally wound up moving her up here to be nearer to us, as the facility she was in was not all we thought it would be. My son and daughter-in-law and I drove down to fetch her… on the brink of Hurricane Irma! We got out just in time and spent 23 hours driving back in bumper to bumper I-75 traffic insanity (on what is normally a 10 hour drive). What a wild trip! That was in September. A month later Mom was gone. ?

It was a blessing to be able to spend so much time with her before she passed and we had a wonderful moment together just prior to her departure. I am so thankful that she was up here with us and not in Florida for this event. I still miss her… every day. But I am relieved that she is finally out of pain.

I’ve taken the last few months to reevaluate my life—my goals and purposes, my true callings. Some connections have grown stronger, others have dissolved. I feel that the universe—the Divine, God, Creator, my Higher Self, whatever terminology you use for the greater aspect of our selves and our lives—has been leading me in a new direction. It’s been interesting! 

My art has taken center stage in my life of late. It’s become rather all-encompassing. And I’m going with the flow! I haven’t forgotten about my blog. I’m still planning on creating a cookbook with ALL of my recipes (new computer is on the horizon, yay!) and I will continue developing and posting new recipes for you. This part of my endeavors will not be front and center though, as it had been. I will be focusing more on a business for my art—creating a website, making prints, approaching local art studios and vendors, etc. My artist name is Harmony Grace. It came to me in a dream! I’ve been working in colored pencil, watercolor, and just recently discovered the magic of digital art. Here is one of my more recent digital pieces. It’s called Divining

 

 

Mountain Man and I are still enjoying our glorious life here in the Smokies. We are planning on creating a retreat, either here at our current home, or at a different homestead with a bit more room for guests. That will be in about two years. We will offer whole-food, plant-based fare along with T’ai Chi and Chi Gong, Tibetan singing bowl concerts, meditation, massage, Reiki, hiking and the quiet reflection that is so needed in this modern world; achievable in an idyllic setting such as the one with which we are blessed. 

So… now to this fantastic recipe! I’ve been working on this one for a while. I wanted to create a recipe that didn’t require a lot of “unusual” ingredients, but used things that most folks have in their pantries, that was low in fat, and easy to make. And, of course, it had be whole-food, plant-based. Voilá! This banana loaf is hearty, satisfying and a snap to put together. It’s not too dense, just sweet enough and you can include your favorite additions, like nuts, raisins, seeds, etc. I used walnuts, which are always a nice accompaniment in banana breads.

Thank you dear readers for sticking with me all these years. As the whole-food, plant-based movement continues to grow with so many more wonderful recipes available, I appreciate your visits to my site more than you know.

Enjoy and, as always, healthy trails,