Its vegan? Throw some chicken on it.

I have so many foodie pictures and recipes from this week that they are taking over my desktop! Probably because all I have done this week is cook yummy food, study for finals, work out a bit, and go to my internship. Yesterday was a breakthrough day for me at the fertility center. I got to witness my first ultrasound!! I saw twins and heard their heart beats. It was amazing. Apparently, today I might get to sit in on a new patient consult, so I am really excited! A break from filing is always appreciated ;).

Anywho, onto some food!

Whole Wheat Cheddar Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

its a shame you can’t see the cheddar :(

This was bomb. The maple syrup contrasts fabulously with the sharp cheddar cheese!

Recipe: I simply followed a recipe online for whole wheat waffles and added 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese to the batter right before putting into a waffle maker. Then, I scrambled 1 egg with 4 egg whites and topped the cheddar waffles with the scrambled eggs and 1 tbsp real maple syrup and some truffled salt.

Lunches

so fresh and so clean clean

This was Alaina’s Coconut, Spice, and Everything Nice salad. I subbed out the chickpeas and added grilled salmon. It was delicious! The only issue was that the coconut oil hardened on the salad and it would have been nice if it had stayed liquidy.

Maple Glazed Salmon and Cheddar ‘Spaghetti’

I brought this lunch with me to campus and it was perfectly portable.

Maple + cheddar = YES

Recipe: Cook 4 oz. salmon on the stove with a dash of butter and 1/2 tbsp real maple syrup. Once it is cooked all the way through, remove from heat and peel away the skin.

In a bowl, combine 1 cup cooked spaghetti squash with some edamame. Top with 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese. Nuke.

Lay the salmon on top of the spaghetti. Add an extra drizzle of syrup if you wish and sprinkle on a bit of salt. Dont forget to pack an extra side of veg + hummus!

Dinners

If you haven’t noticed, I blog dinners far less often than I do breakfast and lunch. This is because by the time dinner rolls around, I have been going going going all day and I am usually HANGRY. This means I want delicious, nutritious, and filling food – NOW. Aka: throw a bunch of yummy shit in a bowl and devour. Unfortunately, this doesn’t make for pretty, blog-worthy photographs. No sir. But, to give you an idea of my typical dinner, it usually involves a protein, lots of veggies, a bit of whole grain, all doused in a fattyrich sauce. [Followed up with something sweet of the vanilla bean variety.]

Vegan “cheeze” sauce have been on blogs for ages and lately I have really been loving them. Clearly, I don’t have a problem with cheese. I love it (now). Although, it took me about 20 years to come to appreciate it. I’m still not on the level of stinky cheeses – but give me a good goat, feta, cheddar, or fresh mozzarella cheese any day. I don’t really like just having one flavor in every bite, so I have been pairing vegan cheeze sauces with nut butter sauces for a nice contrast in my dinners.

Cheezy Chicken & Pasta topped with a Creamy Cashew Sauce

Its vegan! Except for the chicken I threw on top…

tastes a million times better than it appears

Recipe: In a pan, saute veggies of your choice (I had cabbage, turnips, onions, and kelp noodles on hand) and grill 4 oz chicken until cooked all the way through. Combine veggies, chicken, and 1/4 cup whole wheat pasta in a bowl and toss with a spoonful of cheeze sauce (recipe below). Take 1 heaping tablespoon of your cashew cream sauce base (recipe below) and place into a small bowl. Mix in 1/2 tbsp milk (or milk alternative to keep it vegan) and 1/4 tsp garlic salt. Stir together. Pour on top of cheezy pasta bowl.

Vegan Cheeze Sauce

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp chili powder

dash onion powder

Directions – Mix it all up!

Mmmm… cheezy with a kick!

Creamy Cashew & Garlic Sauce

1 1/2 cups roasted cashews

~1/3 cup water

Directions – Blend the cashews in a blender starting with 1/4 cup water. Continue to blend and add small amounts of water until the desired consistency has been reached. I wanted mine pourable but not watery. This is your base for a million different sauces. To make the creamy garlic sauce simply take a portion of the base and add…

garlic salt (to taste)

This dinner was very similar. I tossed cabbage, red bell peppers, kelp noodles, and 4 oz grilled chicken in cheeze sauce.  Then I cooked 1/3 cup Trader Joes 4 Grain Cereal in 1/2 cup water, mixed in 1 tbsp almond butter, and added it to the bowl. Next, I thinned out another tbsp of almond butter with milk and drizzled onto the bowl. Super good!

This post is getting longgg, so I shall be back with  more recipes and health benefits later!

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22 responses to “Its vegan? Throw some chicken on it.

  1. Yay! I’m happy you tried that salad. Next time you should try using coconut oil instead of coconut butter. That’s what I used and it stayed liquidy and perfect! Good idea with the salmon. I bet that tasted awesome! :-)

  2. The Teenage Taste

    Whoa. Those waffles look SO good. Like I’m drooling right now. That’s it, I need to bust out my waffle-maker! ;-)

  3. spoonfulofsugarfree

    WoW! So many yummy recipes :D :D :D You have been busy, girl!

  4. love these sauces and your colorful meals! i havent made my own vegan cheezy sauce yet but i hope to soon!

    i know you said my family eats well, but girl YOU eat &cook well, lemme come over now!

  5. Finally a vegan cheese sauce sans soy shit!! That actually looks bomb I think I will try it soon :)

  6. Um… can I have all your food? I love making “cheese” sauces too! And that waffle sandwich sounds SO GOOD!

  7. These look amazing! I love that you have pictures all over your desktop! Thats hilarious because I can totally relate! Thank you for the comment on my blog. Stay in touch. xo

  8. Yum! I’m excited to make the cheez sauce!

  9. Oh my goodness what delicious meals! I love anything with nutritional yeast. And those waffles? Wow. Just wow. You definitely have my type of unique-meal style. ;) I LOVE IT!

  10. oh yums. i just got hungry, yet again. that waffle sandwhich sounds like a winner. mmm. i love the combo of maple with savory!!! :) haha..i love your dinner routine!! that’s kinda what i do when i’m alone..or my mom decides not to cook.

    • Thanks! Yeah that is the type of thing I have for dinner most nights, it is delicious but so boring! I need to stop being lazy and cook myself some real meals. And perhaps actually follow a recipe? Mhm.

  11. I see two themes here. Cheese and cashews. Holy cow those all look great :)

  12. a breakfast sandwich with a base of waffles?! how have I not thought of this before…

  13. The very last recipe looks like something I’ll definitely want to try this week!! I wish I had all your creativity.. but because I don’t, I’m thankful there are people like you who grace this planet with your wonderful recipes. :) Have a wonderful day!

  14. Your meals always look so good.

  15. oh my gosh that second photo is making me droooool!

  16. My husband and I absolutely love egg sandwiches, but always make them on English muffins or bagels…waffles is such a great idea! I love this breakfast :)

  17. cheddar waffles?! Now you’re talkin’! I would attack that sandwich, just FYI. :)

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