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Bread-less Pizza Crust?

 I continuously provide vegan and vegetarian meal recipe and alternatives for multiple reasons, including those that are unsure about where to begin and how to incorporate new changes in their cooking habits. This recipe comes from Erica at Vegan Now in South Africa, where she is perfecting her skills and reconnecting with Self, and decided to share with us numerous recipes for healthier eating.

This is a new take on pizza crust for those looking to stay away from bread, but still wanting to enjoy great foods.

|Makes 2 Medium Sized Crusts|V + GF

Ingredients

1.5 cups ground polenta • 3.5 cups vegetable broth • 1 Tbsp olive oil • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp garlic powder • 1 tsp oregano • 1 tsp basil  • 1/2 tsp parsley • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Line (2) 11′ round pans with parchment paper or use a nonstick spray and line with a little margarine.
  2. Over high heat, bring vegetable stock to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add olive oil, salt, garlic powder, oregano, basil, parsley, and black pepper.
  3. Whisking or stirring with a wooden spoon continuously, pour in polenta and continue whisking for 3-5 minutes until smooth and thick. You are looking for a stiff, but stir-able consistency.
  4. Scoop an even amount onto each pan and spread evenly around the pan. It should be about 1/4 – 1/2″ thick. *It is easiest to spread with slightly wet hands, spoon or silicone spatula.
  5. Set the pans in the fridge for about 30 minutes to set. If fridge doesn’t fit, leave on a surface for double the time
  6. Remove from the fridge and pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees (F).
  7. Bake crusts for about 25 minutes, flipping once halfway through. *Use a spatula to flip. While the crust is baking, pre-cook any veggies (if desired).
  8. Once the crust is done baking, layer with tomato sauce and toppings of your choice.
  9. Broil on low on the top rack for a few minutes until toppings are slightly browned.

Cut, serve, and enjoy!

Not sure about anyone else, but I absolutely loved this pizza alternative and can’t imagine ever returning to regular pizza!

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

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Load the Potato, Vegan Style

Majority of the masses believe that going vegan or vegetarian, limits them from enjoying the most simplest of meals. Loaded baked potato’s for example, is known to be sprinkled with bacon bits with sour cream falling off the sides. Not to mention the shredded cheese we add on top as well(especially down in the south). Now although that sounds amaze balls, your organs and immune system are screaming for you to stay away from dairy and meat products. Well then how in the hell are we suppose to enjoy a dang potato? Thanks to Erica over at Vegan Now located in South Africa, we have a great new way to enjoy a baked potato.

Ingredients

4 russet potatoes • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided (optional) • 1 19 oz can black beans or kidney beans (2 cups), drained and rinsed • 1/2 cup vegan BBQ sauce • 1 batch vegan white sauce • 1 small handful of chives, chopped • (US Customary – Metric)

Instructions

Preheat oven at 350F (180C) • Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork so steam can escape. Optionally, you can lightly rub the potatoes with a bit of olive oil over the skin. Place the potatoes directly on the rack in the oven, with a tray or piece of foil beneath to catch any drippings • Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours (depending on the size of your potatoes) • Test to see if they’re done by piercing the potato with a knife, it should be soft all the way through • Cut a slit down the middle of the potato, (careful, it’s hot!), then using a towel or oven mitts, push the ends towards each other and the potato will pop open nicely • Fluff the insides with a fork.

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Then prepare the beans by adding them to a saucepan along with the BBQ sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens and the beans are heated through.

When everything is cooked and ready, assemble by dividing the BBQ beans among the potatoes, topping with the sauce, and finally adding a sprinkle of chives.

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

 

 

 

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Muff it up Vegan Style

Eye’ve been saying time and time again that just because you decide to jump on the “health bandwagon”, doesn’t mean you get to lose out on eating some of your favorite foods. It also help for those parents that are looking to transitions their picky little eaters into eating less processed foods, and healthier alternatives. We like to include everything from ribs and barbecue sauce, to vegan spaghetti from Sicily, for all kinds of different eaters. This particular snack recipe came from the beautiful Queen Camilla Denise when she decided to find a vegan alternative to crave that sweet tooth.

   Here is her take on some great vegan muffins that the whole family is sure to love!

VEGAN WALNUT  STRAWBERRY  BANANA  MUFFINS

Ingredients:

3 Burro Bananas

1 cup Agave (if you like sweeter add another ½ cup)

3 tbsp. of Grapeseed oil

1 cup of ½ garbanzo bean flower

2 tbsp. Seamoss gel

¼ tsp. Sea salt

¾ cup walnuts

About 2 cut up strawberries (or however many you prefer)

1 tsp. vanilla

½ cup Hemp milk

Instructions:

Bake on 375 for about 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read over these recipes, and we hope that you and your family enjoy the goodness. It is important for us here at Empire of Gems to do our part in spreading healthy tips and suggestions for those looking for assistance. Not every change comes easy to everyone, so making small changes in your diet, like vegan muffins, can have a drastic effect on the overall progress of your self-evolution. So here’s to you and your health, because our health is our wealth.

 LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

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Sicily’s Vegan

Eye am always on the lookout for alternative recipes so that my family doesn’t have to miss out on some of their favorite foods.  Eye pulled this particular recipe out of one of my favorite vegan cookbooks, written by Heather Bell and Jenny Engel, after they took a visit down the cobblestone streets of Sicily and stumbled upon this Italian masterpiece.

   FOR THE PASTA: 

Pinch Sea Salt  –  1 (16oz) package spaghetti or bucatini  –  2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

   FOR THE SAUCE:

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil  –  1 yellow onion, finely chopped

2 cloves, garlic, finely chopped  –  ½ cup raw almonds, chopped

½ tsp. sea salt  –  ½ tsp. red pepper flakes

1 (16oz) can tomato paste  –  1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes, drained

2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice  –  ¼ cup red wine vinegar

¼ cup evaporated can sugar  –  1 tbsp. fresh thyme, stemmed and coarsely chopped

   FOR THE GARLIC OIL:

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil  –  3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

   TIP: Bucatini, a thicker, hollow relative of spaghetti, works beautifully in this recipe so if you can find it, give it a try!

TO PREPARE THE PASTA:   In a large pot, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil, add sea salt, and cook pasta as directed according to package. Drain pasta and coat with olive oil. Set aside.

TO PREPARE THE SAUCE1) Heat a high-walled pan over medium-low heat. Add oil, onion, and garlic and cook about 8 minutes, or until caramelized. Add almonds, sea salt, and red pepper flakes and cook 4 more minutes, or until almonds are toasted. 2) Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes, lemon juice, vinegar, and sugar and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until sauce is thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in thyme.

TO PREPARE THE GARLIC OIL:  In a small saucepan over low-heat, cook oil and slices garlic for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until fragrant. To serve, spoon garlic oil into base of pasta serving dish. Add desired amount of pasta over oil and scoop generous helping of thick sauce over pasta. Serve warm.

TIP: To further enhance the flavor of the sauce, cook it over a flame for up to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

The purpose of pulling these vegan recipes from various cookbooks, is my way of helping those out that may not have the option to purchase literature, currently awaiting the delivery of one, or those simply looking for a quick fix for tonight’s dinner.

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA