CHICK-N-UGGETS // vegan

This recipe is a lot like my black bean burger recipe.  And in true Kristan form- I didn't measure anything... so these are approximate measurements. It yields around 30-40 nuggets, although I did eat quite a few heaping spoonfuls of the mixture prior to forming. hah. I was going to add in some wheat germ, but couldn't get the jar open (Craig tried too). You don't HAVE to add in the nutritional yeast, I just try to add it into whatever I can because it's a great source of Vitamin B12 and folic acid and it's high in fiber & protein.

Let's be honest- before we made the whole vegan switch- my kids lived off of chicken nuggets. Especially Stone- it was only form of meat they would eat. They devoured these nuggets and didn't miss the real thing at all.


INGREDIENTS

1 C uncooked brown rice
3-4 C chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/2 onion, chopped
3/4 C hemp seeds
1/2 C rolled oats
Bread Crumbs 
Herbs and Spices

DIRECTIONS
Cook your rice.
Combine chickpeas & 3/4 of the rice and onions in a food processor; mix well.
Pour mixture into a large bowl and add the remaining rice, hemp seeds and rolled oats; mix well.
Take a scoop full of mixture and roll into ball.
Press the bass between your hands to form a 'nugget'.
Add bread crumbs with chosen herbs and spices into a shallow dish. This would be a good time to start preheating the oven.
Coat each nugget in the bread crumbs.

Bake @ 375ΒΊF for 15 minutes on each side; or until golden brown.

vegan pizza // with hummus

Who says you need cheese on pizza?! True story- I am a pizza addict. hah. I can literally eat an entire large pizza to myself- and have on multiple occasions. It was the one thing that gave me a slight hang up when we decided to go plant based- sans cheese. 

But this pizza- AMAZING!! I found the recipe on Steller in The Dreamy Leaf's feed. It does not disappoint. It's everything a pizza should be- DELISH!

INGREDIENTS
Dough
3 cups bread flour
1Β½ cup water
ΒΌ cup olive oil
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp maple syrup (or sugar)
1 tsp salt

Toppings
hummus
any veggies you fancy - we lightly sautΓ©ed ours.


INSTRUCTIONS
from The Dreamy Leaf (edited slightly)

Dough

  1. Put the flour, instant yeast and the salt in a large bowl and mix them.
  2. Add the water to the bowl. Start combining and kneading with your hand. When the flour and water is more or less combined, add the olive oil.
  3. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, using folding and pressing motions. The dough should turn out quite soft and stretchy.
  4. Cover the top of the bowl, wrap the bowl with towels, and keep in a very warm place if possible. Let the dough rise for about 40 minutes. It should at least double in size.
  5. When the dough has risen enough, split it in half (this makes two large pizzas).
  6. Now is a good time to start pre-heating the oven to 450F.
  7. Dust a clean surface with flour and hand-roll the dough into a pizza pie shape. Work from the center outwards so that you get the "pizza handle", i.e. the thicker crust at the rim of the pie and a thin crust where the filling will be. You can use a roller in the beginning if it makes it easier, but try to hand-shape as much as you can. Hopefully at this stage, you are noticing that air bubbles have formed in the dough. That is a good sign that you will have an awesome outcome.

Toppings

  1. Dust a pizza peel liberally with flour.
  2. Transfer the crust to the pizza peel and re-shape.
  3. Spread half of the hummus over the crust, sparing the outermost rim.
  4. Add the rest of the toppings (half of them, the remaining is for the second pizza pie) except the parsley- it gets added after the pizza is baked. 
  5. Brush the crust with olive oil and sprinkle some garlic + salt for a flavorful crust.

Baking

  1. The oven needs to be pre-heated to 450F before the pizza gets in there. A hot oven is essential.
  2. Having a pizza stone helps retain the heat and gives much better results. But if you don't have one, you can bake it on a parchment paper dusted with flour.
  3. Bake for about 17 minutes or until golden on the rim.
  4. Top with fresh parsleys.

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"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

This week was challenging- not gonna lie. Parenting is not my strong suit some days. When it becomes too much- it is imperative we get outside. So that is what we did... a lot... this week. The Venice Fishing Pier is our favorite. We usually get to see a ton of fun sea life, bummed we didn't this time, but there is always next time.

I created a fun little Steller Story of our trip. If you haven't downloaded StellerStories on your phone yet- you probably should. You can combine photo's, text and videos to make little magazine-like stories. LOVE.

Faux Cheese // vegan mac n cheese

cheese 7 words.jpg
 


INGREDIENTS

1 TBSP coconut oil
1 TBSP flour
1 C non dairy milk
1/2 C nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
salt & pepper to taste
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MAKE

Cook your noodles
Heat coconut oil until melted in small sauce pan, add in flour.
Whisk until paste forms.
Add in remaining ingredients and stir.
Toss noodles in sauce.
Serve.

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I added this little recipe onto Steller Stories with a short video if you'd like to check it out. Steller is probably one of my favorite new apps. They are like pretty little online magazines. <3

Also- I will not lie... this does not taste like mac n cheese! But it is delicious in it's own right. It's got the mac n cheese texture that reminds us of the good ole comfort food we love. And it is really good, I promise!

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"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

Started our 4th out right. Lots of family + pool + food. These three would live in the water, I promise.... it's really the only time they don't argue. I read something the other day that went something like- "when your kids are angry, sad, whiney- put them in water and watch them laugh"- SO TRUE!

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"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

Where do you go in FL, when it's hot and you really do not feel like dealing with the sand?! The fountains!!! Tucked right in the middle of downtown Venice!

Our favorite summer spot... except when people have their asshole kids there. PSA- if you're kid is an asshole.. keep them home. If said asshole is throwing water balloons- make sure they pick them up afterwards... you're teaching them to be slobs and lack respect for our planet. You're also causing a severe choking hazard for other babes there.

i'm just saying what every other mom there was thinking. 

the BEST vegan burger

This recipe made 12 burgers. And most of the ingredients are guesstimates. Everyone LOVED them!! You could even pre-make the patties and freeze them for an easy & quick dinner night!!

1 C basmati rice
4 C soaked/pre cooked black beans
1 onion diced
around a half of cup of hemp hearts
around a cup of uncooked rolled oats... again
2-3 TBSP garlic
Ketchup & mustard 
Cumin, paprika, turmeric (or Lawry's salt)

Cook the rice. Set aside. 
SautΓ© the onion with the garlic until brown... add in the beans and cook together for a few mins.
Add that mixture into a food processor with a little over half of the rice and hemp hearts.
Add in some cumin, turmeric, paprika and himalayan salt. Then a few squirts of ketchup and organic mustard. Process it for like 30-45 secs. You want it mixed up pretty well.
Transfer mixture it into a big bowl and add in the rest of the rice and oats.
Mix and form patties. It was super sticky... but once the formed patties rested for a minute... they cooked great.
Just a little olive oil in the frying pan and cook about 4 mins on each side.

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"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

Our library is pretty amazing! They put on a special summer program full of fun activities for the kids. We haven't utilized it much this summer yet, but the kids were very excited for story time and BONUS they got to meet Elsa and sing Let It Go with her! Decorating crowns with glue, and markers and glitter- and it's not making a mess in my house??? YES PLEASE!

The proceeded to run wild like boars around the children's section. Adelyn picked out 8 books which ranged from sea life to a princess chapter book. Stone picked out dinosaur books and one about Chima. Abel just wanted to play with the puppets.

hiking // myakka state forest

our outdoor essentials- itch stick, lavender, outdoor spray, thieves purifier and a knife!

our outdoor essentials- itch stick, lavender, outdoor spray, thieves purifier and a knife!

I told Adelyn we were going for a walk in the forest, so she grabs her white skirt, sandals and a cute hat... oh and don't forget her purse. OH MAN, I'm in for it with this one. Miss Priss, we're going for a hike, you'd probably be more comfortable in something else. BUT I'm mom, and know nothing compared to a 6 (going on 16) year old.

Not even two yards in and she's already... "ok, well maybe we should just go home, this was not what I had in mind" and "my foot is bleeding, we have to go home"... hmmm... guess those tennis shoes sound like a fantastic idea right about now.

Doesn't help that we weren't on the actual trail, but an overgown path full of pickers and God knows what else.

When we finally made our way to the beaten path, we saw a ton of tracks, one of which was a bobcat, and some fresh boar tracks. As the whining grew to be too much, we turned around and headed back to the van when Craig stopped us and told us to listen. Sure enough- snort snort snort- the kids got to hear the wild boars scurrying around in the bushes next to us.

As we were walking back, poor Stone looked up at me and said "Mom, I really don't want to be eaten today"... neither do I bubs, neither do I.

I had planned on climbing up to this amazing tree top walk on a bridge... and then- an hour into our forest walk- I realized we were at the wrong Myakka Park. OOPS.