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Fruits, Veggies and More Oh, my!!

on January 29, 2012

*** If you have a veggie or fruit recipe you would like to have featured along with your blog, please keep reading ****

Spiced Butternut Squash

It occurs to me that – as a vegan – I should have more vegetable recipes.  But, as I was going through all my recipes, I realized that I had pretty much butternut squash.  I used to have more, prior to going vegan, but they always featured cheese or bacon.  But now, I eat 8-10 fruits and vegetables a day and sometimes it can get a bit boring.   I can only put garlic salt on so many things before I need another idea. 
Help me spice up my fruit and veggies!
So, I’m looking for your favorite fruit and vegetable recipes to try and feature, but I have a few rules. 
1. They have to be simple to prepare and/or cook.
2. They can not involve cheeze, or obviously any animal products.
3. No grains please.
4. They don’t have to be actual recipes, they can be general ideas – unless it’s salads, for some reason I am incompetent when it comes to salads.
5. Recipes that will re-heat well are preferred, but not required.

10 responses to “Fruits, Veggies and More Oh, my!!

  1. Kinenchen says:

    I have one! I like to slice avocado, sprinkle it with garlic salt and drizzle a little balsamic vinegar over it. EAT! No cooking required.

  2. emmycooks says:

    I have a bunch of vegan-friendly (meaning either vegan or easily tweaked to be vegan) recipes on my site. I should create a category that lets you find them more easily, but for now if you browse my January posts you’ll see some curries, a chili, soups & maybe more that would work for you. Yum, veggies! 🙂

  3. kat says:

    I love roasting veggies! That looks fantastic!

  4. Kate says:

    I found your blog through the PPK. I`d love to have some of my recipes and my food blog featured here! I love your blog, it`s cute and has the kinds of recipes (meals, savory etc) that my blog lacks (I`m a chocoholic and love baked goods and sweets in general). Can I add your blog url to my list of websites, and would you be interested in doing the same? Anyway, here are some recipes and ideas for you!


    A super quick, healthy way to use up spinach, bananas and lemons/limes:
    Add a ripe banana to your blender with some water, some lemon/lime juice and zest, a little bit of ground flax seeds and a handful or two of (baby) spinach and blend until smooth. Chill in fridge if desired. A great way to start your day!


    One of my favorite pudding creations is raw vegan, quick to make with only 3 ingredients, and is simply decadent! Here`s the recipe:

    ABC Pudding
    Ingredients: 4 ripe bananas, 1 ripe avocado, about 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    Directions: Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Chill in fridge for at least an hour before eating – the flavor and texture develop with time. For a cold treat, use frozen bananas instead and, after processing it, let it chill in the freezer about 5 minutes before eating, and consider switching the cocoa powder for frozen raspberries.


    And while we`re on the chocolate kick… How about a simple chocolate fondue to dip your various fruit slices and berries in! Simply heat on stovetop or microwave dark chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar (or make chocolate dip with 2 parts cocoa powder, 2 parts coconut oil, 1 part maple syrup, melted together) and dip your fruits in.


    Apple Bell Dijon Salad – A salad and dressing dazzling to the tastebuds.

    Ingredients: Extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, ancient dijon mustard, honey or maple syrup. Mixed greens salad, chopped bell peppers and apples (with peel).

    Directions: Quantities really depend on you and your tastebuds but generally, for the dressing, there is mostly olive oil, then the vinegar and mustard, then the sweetener. Pour on your salad of mixed greens and fruit and enjoy!


  5. Kate says:

    Lol sorry I realized too late that you mentioned you have trouble with salads… Well, to take its place I`ll post a chili recipe. I don`t know if it`s too complicated for you, but it`s easy to make and doesn`t take hours to be ready.

    Quick Vegan Chili – Serves 3-4

    Ingredients: 1 19oz can (2 cups cooked) mixed beans, 1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes (with juice), 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper, 1/3 cup chopped yellow onion, 1/3 cup chopped (small) crimini mushrooms, 1/3 cup minced carrot, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1/2 tbsp ground flax seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp dried oregano or herb of choice (optional), couple pinches of black pepper.

    Directions: Saute onions, carrots, garlic and red bell peppers until starting to brown. Add the mushrooms and cook for another minute, then transfer vegetables to a pot. Add, to that pot, the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for about 25-30 minutes, depending on how thick you like your chili.

    For a thicker mush of a chili, consider blending half of the beans before adding them to your pot. What`s great about this recipe is it can be altered in s many ways. If you`re lacking certain vegetables, just use whatever else is on hand (except strange things like cabbage…).

    Hope this helps!

  6. Kate says:

    Oh!Oh! One more dellliiiiicious recipe! =D

    Bake a sweet potato until tender and drizzle it with Maplenut sauce – 1 part maple syrup to 1 part natural peanut butter (crunchy optional). Add a pinch or two of salt if your pb is unsalted. Enjoy! I sure will… *hurries to kitchen*

  7. I’ve it a yummy vegan creamed spinach recipe here:
    And a really good melon ball recipe is also on the blog…not everything in it is vegan, but it’s all vegetarian!

  8. Debbie says:

    I’m a big fan of stir fry. It is so quick and easy. One of my favorite recipes is stir fried kale with pears.

    I lightly stir fry the kale in a little olive oil then add some pear cubes and cook another minute or two then top with sliced almonds. Yum!

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