Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My top favorite vegan meals

I’m consistently asked what are my favorite vegan meals and recipes so I decided to compile a little list with pictures and links. I typically don’t meal plan. When I attempt to do so, we end up never wanting what was on the plan so I prefer to just buy ingredients and make random stuff. These recipes don’t require a lot of effort or ingredients but they are so delicious and filling.

Of all the recipes that I've made, cheese sauce is probably my #1 favorite. It is heaven. I don't understand how and why it's so good but it is! It's versatile too. I use it on tacos, bean burgers, pastas, to bathe in, just everything. lol. You're going to see this cheese sauce used in almost every picture I share today. Sorry, I can't help myself.

I don't have any photos but I love this veggie broth mix and this vegan parmesan and use these often as well. 

Tacos, enchiladas and nachos- I don’t have an actual recipe for these because…. Well, if you have any basic knowledge of cooking you can easily whip these up using your favorite ingredients.

For my enchilada filling I like to use Gardein or Beyond Meat crumbles, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, garlic, black beans and taco seasoning. I put the filling inside tortillas and cover them with store bought enchilada sauce and bake. I like the enchilada sauce and seasoning from Aldi. I use either this mix minus the zucchini or lentils for my tacos. For nachos I add in pintos.

Beyond meat crumbles, black beans, dark red kidney beans,
blue & regular tortilla chips, red & green bell pepper, tomatoes,
scallions, lettuce, guac and CHEESE SAUCE :D
Lentils & bulgar wheat, lettuce, tomato, taco sauce,
and cheese sauce

Gardein crumbles, taco seasoning, zucchini, salsa, bell pepper,
onion, and black beans

Bean burgers- I've made at least 6 different types of bean burgers but this recipe is fail proof and crazy easy. I come back to this recipe over and over again. It holds together better than any other bean burger recipe I've ever tried.

black bean burger with Follow Your Heart pepper jack,
and spinach in a tortilla
black bean burger topped with Just Mayo,
cheese sauce, lettuce and tomato

Fried rice and lo mien- Gardein makes a really delicious Mandarin chicken that I like to use in my fried rice. Though I mostly use chickpeas or tofu in recipes that typically call for meat.

Jasmine rice with peas, carrots, scallions, and cabbage
cooked in sesame oil and topped with liquid aminos

tofu with scallions, broccoli, chili paste and jasmine rice

Pasta- Even my picky eater eats all of these meals. Score!


*I replace the cheddar with the cheese sauce recipe*
macaroni noodles with cheese sauce, peas and
carrots served with Gardein tenders

Pot pie- This one takes a bit more time because of the biscuits but it's worth it. Minimalist Baker never disappoints with her recipes.

Bean salad- We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe. We like to eat it with tortilla chips.

Loaded tots or fries- Sometimes I leave the beef crumbles out of this recipe and it's still good.

Once you've made these meals so many times it becomes easy to make variations to suit the flavors you're craving. For those who've asked, I hope this list is helpful for you. I'm constantly pinning new recipes here if you need more inspiration.

Happy cooking!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DIY hanging dish towel

You know what's super annoying? When the dish towel falls off the oven door handle 50 million times a day! I swear the second I turn around it finds itself falling to the floor. Out of boredom and desperation I decided to make some DIY hanging dish towels. Follow along if you'd like to make some too!

DIY satin lined bonnet

Since multiple people in my house cover their hair at night with bonnets it's a lot easier to keep up with them having different colors. I've only ever found them in black at my local stores so I decided to take matters into my own hands and create our own. I've never been a fan of the band on the store bought ones either so I decided to skip the band all together and add in elastic. I was asked to show how I make them so here we go!

Materials needed: 
1 satin bonnet
1/4" elastic that will fit your head size plus 1 inch
1 fat quarter
(not pictured: scissors, sewing machine, seam ripper, needle and thread and stick pins)

Gather your materials and lets get started!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

DIY crochet boots with flip flop sole

In the past week or so I had so many friends share these crochet boots with me. While I can crochet, I don't particularly like to so it takes a lot for me to attempt it. I clicked on over to Make & Do Crew's website to see how hard of a pattern it was. Because 99% of the pattern is done in 1 easy stitch I decided to go for it. Bonus is the pattern is free! I, however, decided to splurge for the $2.50 pattern for the ruler. I wanted to save myself the time and potential frustration by not getting the spacing right for the sole the first time.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

$5 DIY Ottoman

After the couch makeover I knew I really wanted a new ottoman. I had upholstered our old coffee table but it was looking worn and sad. Our dog likes to nap on it so after a while the fabric just wasn't as bright as it used to be.

Once again, I knew I didn't want to spend a lot of money on this project since it wasn't exactly a need. The table was functioning just fine, I just didn't like it anymore.

I started off with random supplies from the garage. Two old headboards that I'd made my kids, random pieces of wood and the feet and seat cushions from our old love seat. I didn't even bother with removing the fabric from the gray headboard because well... I'm lazy. haha!

$0 couch makeover

I've wanted a new couch for a few years now but I just couldn't justify buying a new one when ours was perfectly fine. I've considered recovering it or making a slip cover but I can never find the fabric that speaks to me in a decent price range. If I'm going to spend hundreds on fabric to recover it, I might as well buy a new couch.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Bullet Journaling for Homeschooling

I've used a different planner every year of homeschooling. And every year I end up hating each method. Either the planner is too fussy or it just doesn't fit in with our style. Last year I decided to blog each day on a private blog and while that was easy sometimes I just didn't have the time to sit down at the PC and write it all out. At the beginning of this year I knew I wanted to use a different method for record keeping that wasn't very labor intensive. I started searching Pinterest for home school planners but I just couldn't find anything that I thought I'd keep up with. Eventually I landed upon bullet journaling for homeschool planning and was sold. The great thing about bullet journaling is you can do exactly what works for you. No wasted pages of things you don't need to use. I sat down with a .98 graph composition book and got to work. I didn't want to spend a ton of money on one of the nice bullet journals simply because I didn't know if I'd end up sticking to it.