Hello there, friends! Did you watch my latest video? My recipe for veggie fried rice is the perfect way to use up some of those fridge essentials. Feel free to use your favorite veggies and nuts (or whatever is on hand). Make the rice ahead of time and this recipe comes together in well under 30 minutes. Let me know what you think.
Veggie Fried Rice
2 C cooked brown rice
2 C diced veggies; onions, asparagus, corn, bell pepper, carrots, broccoli etc.
1/4 C tamari, soy sauce, bragg's aminos or coconut aminos
1 14 oz firm tofu; drained & dice to 1 inch cubes
1/4 C nuts; cashews, peanuts or almonds work best
2 tsp sesame oil (optional)
Drain and press your tofu (optional) before dicing. Place tofu in a large bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce and set aside to marinate. In a large skillet, warm on medium heat with a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add your vegetables and saute for a few minutes until soft. Add in your nuts for a few minutes until they start to get some color. Add in your rice and toss together. Press down gently with the back of your spoon for another couple of minutes. Gently toss in the tofu and soy sauce along with an additional 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until everything is warmed through. Drizzle in the sesame oil if using and serve. Enjoy!
Hello again! Here is my recipe for 15 minute vegan mac n' cheese. I guarantee that you will love this dish. It is so simple to make and so nutritious and filling. And, hey! Have you checked out our youtube channel yet? Watch the video for this recipe and more!
Vegan Lentil Mac n' Cheese
1 lb pasta; your choice
1 1/4 C cooked, drained brown lentils
1/3 C nutritional yeast
1/3 C non dairy milk
3 Tbsp vegan butter
Cook your pasta according to package instructions. Drain and put back into pot. On medium heat, add your butter, milk and nutritional yeast. Stir until creamy. Add the lentils and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
Here is a super simple and yummy meal that comes together quickly. These burgers will be a hit among vegans and omnivores alike. Enjoy!
Michy's Black Bean Burgers
1 can black beans
1 C cooked brown rice
1/2 small red onion, diced
1/2 C corn
1 pasilla chili, diced
1/3 C oats
1/4 C vital wheat gluten
1 tsp oregano, cumin, corriander & paprika
Makes 4-6 patties
Preheat oven to 375.
In a large stock pot, saute onion and chili on medium heat with a little water and a pinch of salt for 5-6 minutes, or until soft. Drain the beans and add to the pot along with the rice and season with spices and more salt if needed. Turn off the heat. Using a potato masher, gently mash the ingredients together. You don't want everything to become mushy but you want to loosen the beans a little so that it is easier to form a patty. Once you can see some of the beans have broken up add the corn, the vital wheat gluten and oats and mix well. Let sit until totally cool. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop a patty onto a non stick cookie sheet and press down evenly.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes, turning once, until patties have browned and firmed. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
I love pasta! One of my favorite childhood memories is watching my Nonna rolling out long sheets of homemade pasta from her hand cranked pasta machine. Over and over again, through and through, until the pasta got just the right thickness; cannelloni, raviolli, fettuccine, spaghetti-you name it, she made it. She would drape the long sheets of pasta over the back of a chair until she was ready to cut them and fill them. It was magical. Once the heaping bowl was placed in front of me, I would eat as much as I could in hopes that I would never forget the taste and smell of my Nonna's kitchen. Luckily, every time I go home for a visit, there is undoubtebly, pasta waiting for me.
So, it's true that my every day pasta experiences aren't so romantic, but I still do love a good pasta dish. There are about as many sauces you can put on pasta as the number of pasta varieties, but there is something so comforting about a thick, rich red sauce. I love using lentils as a meat substitute because they are hearty and so nutritious that once mixed with the other flavors, you don't even really know that you're missing the meat. You can put this sauce on virtually any pasta shape; semolina or gluten free-it will still be delicious! I hope you enjoy it!
1 lb pasta of your choice; reg or g/f
3 garlic cloves; minced
1 small yellow onion; diced
1 tsp dried oregano
1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1-14 oz can brown lentils; drained & rinsed
salt & pepper
Fill a large pasta pot with water and set to boil. Heat a dutch oven or medium size sauce pan on medium heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and add onions, along with a generous pinch of salt. Saute the onions for 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the oregano, tomatoes and another pinch of salt and stir. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Add the lentils and stir together. Note: if you have any red wine on hand, feel free to add 2-3 tablespoons to the sauce at this point. It will add a nice depth and richness to the sauce and the alcohol will cook out.
Let the sauce simmer together for about 15-20 minutes. Once the pasta water is boiling, add a heavy handed dash of salt. Remember, your pasta water should taste like the ocean-that's how it gives your pasta it's flavor! Cook your pasta according to package instructions. Taste your sauce and adjust seasonings if necessary. Your sauce should have reduced down a little bit and may be a little thick. If you prefer a thinner sauce, add a few spoonfuls of the pasta water to the sauce until you achieve the desired consistency.
Once the pasta is done, use tongs to gently shake the pasta and put it directly into a pasta bowl-DO NOT RINSE YOUR PASTA, PEOPLE! You will wash away all of the beautiful starch and flavor that work into the sauce! Add the desired amount of sauce to the pasta and enjoy! Sprinkle with a little nutritional yeast or vegan parm!
Ok, everyone, here it is! Meal #2. I absolutely love this recipe! It is my go to-last minute-kids are hungry-and I have nothing but rice in the fridge-meal. Not only is it quick (pre-make the rice and this dish literally takes 10 minutes!), but you can feel really good about giving this to your family because it is super nutritious; fiber, protein, carbohydrates; this dish has it all. Enjoy!
Healthy Fried Rice
2 C brown rice (uncooked)
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 C frozen stir fry vegetables; peas, corn, edamame, carrots etc
1/2 cashews (or other nut of your choice)
2-3 green onions, chopped
2 Tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
1/4 terriyaki sauce (or use the homemade recipe below*)
Prepare the rice first. If you have a rice cooker, now's the time to use it! Cook the rice according to your machine's instructions. Set it in the morning before work and your rice will be ready when you get home!
In a large skillet, warm up a drizzle of olive oil (or oil of your choice) on medium heat. Add the diced onion, a dash of salt and saute for 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add the frozen vegetables and cover the skillet for a couple of minutes to defrost the veggies. Once the veggies have started to soften, add the cashews and stir. Let the cashews fry up a little bit and then add the rice. Crank up the heat to high for a few minutes and let all of the ingredients crisp up a little bit, tossing with a spatula frequently. Add the terriyaki sauce and stir. Remove from heat and top with green onions and sesame seeds.
*Homemade Terriyaki Sauce
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce or tamari
2 Tbsp agave or maple syrup
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp mirin
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
Whisk everything together and set in fridge until ready to use.
We asked and you answered! I wanted to know what topics you wanted us to cover most on our blog and overwhelmingly, you all said "QUICK, EASY MEALS"! So, I've created a 5-day dinner menu along with shopping list, that I will post over the next 2 weeks. Most of the prep and even some of the cooking can be done ahead of time and all of the recipes require 30 minutes or less of active cook time. Do your shopping and prep on Sunday or before the week and your meals will be a breeze. These recipes are designed to feed up to 4 people, so if you have a larger family or in my case, a really big appetite, all of these recipes can easily be doubled without loosing any integrity.
Lastly, these meals are so versatile. If a recipe calls for broccoli but you prefer cauliflower swap it in. They can totally be customized to your family’s taste buds! Oh, and don’t forget to post pictures of dinners and post them to twitter or instagram @michysfoods. Enjoy, friends!
We'll be making:
Here is your shopping list for all of the recipes:
12 hard taco shells/soft tortillas (your preference)
1 lb pasta of your choice
2 cups brown rice (uncooked)
2 14 oz cans brown lentils OR 3 ½ C cooked brown lentils
1 14 oz can white beans
1 14 oz can black beans
1 14 oz can pinto beans
2 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
4 small yellow onions
4-6 large sweet potatoes or garnet yams
1 head garlic
1 bunch green onions
1 package taco seasoning (or you can make your own mix, see below*)
1 packet chili seasoning (or you can make your own mix, see below on "Chili Night" recipe)
terriyaki sauce (or you can make your own, see below on "Healthy Fried Rice" recipe)
½ C cashews (or nut of your choice)
sesame seeds (optional)
1 ½ C frozen stir fry vegetables
Olive Oil, Coconut or Non-GMO vegetable oil (whatever you have on hand)
vegan cheese of your choice
vegan sour cream (optional)
First Up: Lentil Tacos
My family absolutely loves this recipe. I make it almost every week. Once you fill your crunchy taco shell with the hearty lentils and top it with all the fixin's, you won't even realize it's vegan! Enjoy!
1 14-oz can brown lentils (or about 1 3/4 C cooked lentils)
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 packet taco seasoning (OR use the homemade recipe below*)
1/4-1/2 C water
12 taco shells or tortillas
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 C vegan cheese, grated
vegan sour cream
Warm up a large skillet to medium heat with a light drizzle of oil. When the pan is hot, add the onions and a dash of salt. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until they are translucent. Add the garlic and mix, making sure not to burn. When the garlic is fragrant, add the lentils and taco seasoning; mixing well. Add about 1/4 cup of water to loosen up the mixture and bring to a boil. Stir frequently and then lower to simmer for about 10 minutes to let the flavors meld. While that is cooking, prepare all of your toppings and warm your shells or tortillas in the oven (325 for about 3-4 minutes). Taste the lentils and adjust seasonings in necessary. Spoon into shell and top with your favorite toppings and enjoy! See, wasn't that easy?!?!!?
*Homemade Taco Seasoning
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp corriander
1/2 tsp oregano
So last week my husband and I did a juice cleanse. Now, let me start off by saying that although I love juices, green drinks, smoothies and the like, I am a big fan of actual food. In fact, most of my day is centered around what I'm going to eat next-true story. So, when my husband asked if I'd like to join him on a 5-day juice cleanse, I was a little hesitant. Would I be able to go 5 days without eating solid food? What if I got so hungry I passed our in the car? What if I got such bad headaches, I actually lost my mind? What if the world imploded?!?! Ok, so I'm being a little dramatic but similar thoughts did run through my head. Luckily for me, there was a 3-day program that I was able to wrap my brain around. We went with Juice Crafters here in Los Angeles; which has probably the most delicious juices and smoothies on the planet. We often grab a drink or two when we're at the Brentwood Farmer's Market, so my faith was growing in my ability to do this cleanse. My husband went for the ambitious 5-day Master Cleanse where as I opted for the 3-day. (Note: this Master Cleanse is no relation to the other Master Cleanse where in you only intake lemon juice/cayenne pepper/maple syrup water for 10 days. I tried that for a few days many years back and was utterly offended and nearly did loose my mind, but that's another story). Anyhow, each day we had 8 drinks-8-I mean, it's a lot of liquid! And since I still started my day with my cup of green tea, by the time I even started juice 1, I was having a drink almost every hour and a half. The flavors were so thoughtful and unique and yummy, by the way! And the best part was, I actually wasn't even hungry! I know, me, not hungry!?!?! But it was true. My blood sugar was stable and I was surprisingly in a very good mood. Even my kids seemed surprised! The hardest part about the whole cleanse was getting dinner ready for my kids. It wasn't so much that I was hungry but the ritual of eating with them and the smells of the food cooking was hard to resist. But, it was only 3 days so I tried to suck it up. And I'm glad I did. It was a great experience. The best thing about this cleanse is that it isn't a "weight loss" cleanse. So many times I see people do cleanses and then shed a ton of weight but then once they get back to eating food again, the weight just creeps back on. Neither myself or my husband wanted to loose weight. We just wanted to kind of press the restart button after indulging and being sick over the holidays. We kind of wanted to give our immune system and metabolism a little jump start. Because the drinks had a fair amount of calories, neither one of us lost weight but we both finished the cleanse feeling lighter and leaner and our transition back into our whole foods plant based diet has been seamless. It kind of gave us the recharge we were looking for to kick off the new year. Anyhow, that's my experience. Have you ever done a cleanse? What was your experience like?
The raw almond milk with dates & vanilla bean was my favorite flavor and new favorite drink. An absolutely delicious & deceptively nutritious treat!