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One of my favorite dishes that I learned at Rouxbe was their Cauliflower Steak Au Poivre – baked and seared cauliflower served with a hearty mushroom peppercorn gravy – a plant-based spin on the traditional French steak au poivre or “pepper steak”. Not only is the presentation quite impressive, it’s got this creamy umami from the mushrooms and a wonderful punch from the peppercorns. I just think it’s so perfect for a fancy Valentine’s Day dinner in. (And frankly, with the price of cauliflower right now, it really IS fancy!).
cauliflower_final2There isn’t much I’ve changed from the original recipe. I’ve switched out the brandy for whiskey. And added fresh rosemary along with the original bay leaves. The real secret to this recipe is the stock – use a quality stock (homemade or otherwise) to really build the flavor of this dish! Cauliflower Steak au Poivre | SPIRITPLATE I love the tenderness of the cauliflower with the caramelized crisp edges and the spicy crunch of the course pepper. Cauliflower Steak au Poivre | SPIRITPLATEThis gravy is one of my favorite go-tos. I even serve it for Thanksgiving. You can serve this Cauliflower Steak with butternut squash soup and massaged kale salad, or a side of fresh green beans. Happy Valentine’s Day!Cauliflower Steak au Poivre | SPIRITPLATE

Cauliflower Steak Au Poivre with Mushroom Gravy
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
218 calories
20 g
6 g
6 g
6 g
2 g
563 g
1328 g
8 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
563g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218
Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 1328mg
55%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 5g
20%
Sugars 8g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
12%
Vitamin C
124%
Calcium
7%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cauliflower
  1. 1 head cauliflower, leaves and stem trimmed*
  2. 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  3. 2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  4. 1 cup vermouth or dry white wine
  5. 2 bay leaves
  6. 1 sprig rosemary
  7. 1/2 tsp sea salt**
  8. 2 tbsp black peppercorns, crushed
  9. 1 tsp oil
  10. 1 tsp non­dairy butter
For the sauce
  1. 1/2 tbsp oil
  2. 1/2 tbsp non­dairy butter
  3. 1/4 cup shallots, minced
  4. 3/4 lb mushrooms, thinly sliced
  5. 1/4 cup good scotch or whiskey
  6. 2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  7. sea salt, to taste
  8. 2 tbsp slurry, or as needed***
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. With the cauliflower sitting on its stem, cut in half through the middle. Trim the outer edge of each half to form a thick steak­-like piece of cauliflower. Each piece should be approximately 1 1/2-inch thick.
  2. In a 9x11 baking dish, mix together the garlic, stock, vermouth, bay leaves, rosemary and salt.
  3. Place the cauliflower into the liquid and cover tightly with foil. Carefully transfer to the oven and let bake for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Test the 'steaks' periodically. When a knife goes in somewhat easily the cauliflower is done. (The cauliflower should be cooked through, but still a bit firm. If it's too soft, it will fall apart during frying.)
  4. While the cauliflower is baking, prepare the sauce: Heat a large stainless steel fry pan over medium­-high heat. Once hot, add the oil and butter, followed by the shallots. Let the shallots cook until they just start to brown, about 2 or 3 minutes. Then, add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt. Cook the mushrooms until they start to release their juices and start to brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Carefully deglaze with the whiskey and let cook for a minute or so, or until most of the scotch has evaporated.
  6. Add the stock, turn down the heat and let simmer while you pan­-fry the cauliflower 'steaks'.
  7. Once the cauliflower is ready, remove the 'steaks' from the liquid and place onto a plate lined
  8. with paper towel. Blot the top of the cauliflower with paper towel as well. This helps ensure you get a nice golden crust.
  9. Next, crush the peppercorns on a cutting board—a heavy fry pan works well for this. Then, carefully place the cauliflower into the crushed peppercorns and gently press to ensure some of the peppercorns stick to the cauliflower. Flip and repeat on the other side.
  10. Heat a large a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the oil and butter, followed by the cauliflower. Let the cauliflower cook for about 4 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown on each side. Try not to fiddle with the pieces too much, otherwise the 'steaks' will start to fall apart. Once done, set aside while you finish the sauce.
  11. To finish the sauce, taste for seasoning, adding salt as needed. Next, add the slurry. For the slurry, either cornstarch or flour can be used. Slowly add the slurry until you reach a nice sauce­-like consistency.
  12. To serve, place a 'steak' onto a plate and spoon over the hot sauce—drizzling a bit of the sauce around the plate if desired. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!
Notes
  1. * - Do NOT core the cauliflower. The stem is needed to keep the 'steaks' intact.
  2. ** - The amount of salt you add will depend on how salty your stock is to begin with. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
  3. *** - A slurry is a spoonful of flour or cornstarch mixed with water or stock to create a runny paste. This runny paste is added to a sauce to thicken it. Directly adding flour or cornstarch to a large pot results in clumping, thus a slurry is used instead.
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Hey y’all! I’ve been all over Dallas in January, teaching workshops on healthy eating.  It’s been such a blast to talk to and learn from so many amazing women. Amy Johnson of Mrs. Plant in Texas and I got together and started a PlantPure Nation Pod in Frisco, Texas. At our first meeting, we taught members how to make green smoothies and mason jar salads.

PlantPure Nation Workshop | SPIRITPLATEPlantPure Nation Workshop | SPIRITPLATEPlantPure Nation Workshop | SPIRITPLATEThen I helped Amy with a Batch Cooking class where she taught how to prep a variety of ingredients and snacks to have on hand during a busy week. One of the recipes she showcased was this amazing queso (more on this later).

I also did a women’s health workshop with a local congregation and taught how to make three calcium-rich dishes for bone health: black bean soup, tofu scramble, and an asian rainbow salad – all oil-free and delicious! 

Everyone loved the food and the kids were asking for seconds of the salad! I feel so blessed to be able to share my love and passion for healthy eating. And moreover I LOVE when the participants go on to make what I’ve taught:

Mason Jar Salads | SPIRITPLATE

How beautiful is that?!

Okay, but now January is over.  Let’s be honest, we’re done fooling ourselves with our “resolutions”. Now, we can get back to REAL food…like nachos

Loaded Nachos with Cashew Queso | SPIRITPLATESí señor! This weekend is the Superbowl and there is no room for the word “diet,” AM I RIGHT?! I want my nachos crunchy, drippy, and extra spicy: fully-loaded with all the mouth-blazing jalapeños I can get!

WFPB Vegan Loaded Nachos | SPIRITPLATE

Well, good thing Amy taught me how to make her amazing queso. It’s so quick and easy – just toss everything in a blender, then heat. It’s cheesy and full of that bold Tex-Mex flavor that I simply adore. And can I let you in on a secret? Aly’s dad LOVES it! Any time he hears the word “vegan,” he makes a face. “That’s not real food,” he’ll say. But there’s three dishes of mine he can’t get enough of: my chocolate chip cookies, my kale avocado salad, and these nachos

WFPB Vegan Loaded Nachos | SPIRITPLATEAlright so you know I was kidding about the diet thing right? C’mon, you know I’m not gonna let you off that easy! If you’re having nachos, they better be the most colorful nachos you’ve ever seen. Get in them greens, some blue corn tortilla chips, and red cabbage for extra crunch. Be creative and lose the guilt with these loaded nachos, perfect for your Superbowl party!

Get Mrs. Plant’s Incredible Queso Recipe HERE

Game Day Loaded Nachos
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
674 calories
83 g
0 g
34 g
11 g
4 g
324 g
302 g
4 g
0 g
28 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
324g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 674
Calories from Fat 303
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g
53%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 302mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 83g
28%
Dietary Fiber 11g
44%
Sugars 4g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
25%
Vitamin C
41%
Calcium
23%
Iron
20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the beans
  1. 1 can black beans
  2. 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, sliced*
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 1 tbsp onion, diced
  5. 1 tsp cumin
  6. 1 cup water
  7. salt, to taste
For the nachos
  1. 1 recipe chipotle black beans (above)
  2. 1 recipe Mrs. Plant Queso (above)
  3. 2 tomatoes, diced
  4. 2 green onions, sliced
  5. 1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded
  6. 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños
  7. 4-6 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  8. 1 avocado, diced
  9. 1 16-oz bag organic blue corn tortilla chips**
  10. Tapatio hot sauce, to taste
For the beans
  1. Drain and rinse beans. (You can reserve the liquid aquafaba for another recipe.) Add to a small pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add all bean ingredients except for water. Let cook until fragrant, then add water and use an immersion blender to roughly blend beans.
  3. Stir and let heat through until the edges bubble. Remove from heat.
For the nachos
  1. Spread out chips on a 9 x 12 oven-safe tray. Place tray in oven and THEN preheat the oven to 350F. When the oven reaches 350F, turn the oven off and remove tray of chips.
  2. Now's the fun part - assembling the nachos: First drizzle the hot bean mixture evenly over the chips. Then the warm queso.
  3. Next add the remaining ingredients in the following order: tomatoes, cabbage, green onions, jalapeños, avocado, and cilantro.
  4. Lastly add a few shakes of Tapatio hot sauce over the whole tray. Serve immediately!
Notes
  1. * - You can find this in a can in the Latin Foods section at any supermarket.
  2. ** - Use baked tortilla chips, rather than fried for a oil-free dish.
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carbs
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Homemade pho. YES! This is one of those recipes that is so easy to make. Just chop everything up and stick it in a pot for an hour. Voila! Nearly a gallon of homemade pho stock, ready to use whenever you’ve got a craving for something warm and cozy.The Best Winter Pho | SPIRITPLATEYes this stock uses a lot of ingredients, but the majority of them are probably already staples in your fridge or pantry.
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The best thing about this pho is that it is SO healthy. It has all the warming spices that fight inflammation to keep you healthy through the winter AND there’s no oil in this recipe! If you want to add some protein, try my Smoky Baked Tofu sliced on top.
The Best Winter Pho | SPIRITPLATEStay warm friends!

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Vegan Pho Stock
Serves 12
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr
45 calories
10 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
0 g
336 g
357 g
5 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
336g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 357mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
40%
Vitamin C
44%
Calcium
4%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 large onions, chopped
  2. 1 leek, washed thoroughly and chopped
  3. 2 carrots, chopped
  4. 1 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
  5. 4 cloves garlic
  6. 3 - 2" inch slices of fresh ginger
  7. 1 hot red chile, halved
  8. a few sprigs each of fresh thai basil, fresh cilantro and fresh mint
  9. 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  10. 1 tsp whole cloves
  11. 1 stick cinnamon
  12. 3 qt cold water
  13. 2 slices of orange
  14. 1 lime, halved
  15. 1 preserved lemon, halved (optional)
  16. 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place ALL ingredients into a large stockpot. Bring to a boil then lower heat to a simmer.
  2. Allow to simmer uncovered for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.To avoid added bitterness to the stock, be sure to remove the citrus halfway through the cooking process.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Place a fine mesh strainer over a medium bowl (or use a strainer lined with cheesecloth). Pour the stock into the strainer, allowing the liquid to pour through.
  4. The stock should be dark and golden in color. If it's not then return to stock pot and reduce for longer to concentrate the flavors. Taste for salt.
  5. If not using the stock immediately, quickly chill, then store in the refrigerator or freeze until ready to use in an airtight container.
  6. Serve hot over rice noodles and steamed veggies of your choice. Garnish with bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, thai basil, sriracha or a squeeze of lime.
Notes
  1. This recipe yields 3 quarts, or 12 cups of broth.
Adapted from Rouxbe
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greencasserole3I’ve never been a fan of green bean casserole. Every year, I messed with it a teensy bit before serving to my family. I kept the key players the same – blanched green beans, a can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup, and French’s fried onions. How much cayenne or sauteed onion or poultry seasoning would go into each attempt would vary by year, but I never tried making it outside of Thanksgiving as it was just an uninspiring dish. The green beans were weepy, the cream of mushroom soup was bland and starchy. I did like the crunchy onions, (perhaps the best part!) but wasn’t a fan of these processed onions with so many unseen ingredients that were hard to pronounce. 

The Best Vegan Green Bean Casserole | SPIRITPLATEThis year, I’ve had enough. I through the whole damn recipe out the window and started from scratch (as all wonderful things are made). This time, I battered and pan-fried my own fresh onions in a little flour, breadcrumbs, salt, and cayenne before adding them atop my par-cooked green beans that I mixed with my Country-Style Mushroom Gravy that I make from scratch. I stuck the casserole in a 400F oven for a few minutes until the edges bubbled and the onions caramelized further. Slice and serve. 

The Best Vegan Green Bean Casserole | SPIRITPLATEOne bite, and I knew I had done it right. So this was why people loved green bean casserole! The green beans were still crispy and slightly sweet. The mushroom gravy lent an umami depth that I didn’t find in the Campbell’s soup version. The onions were still my favorite part – crispy, caramelized, with a slight bitterness of the burnt edges and that hint of cayenne. Oooh it was perfect! Aly commented that it didn’t even taste vegan, but quite rich and creamy as though it had a ton of butter in it – which of course it didn’t. 

The Best Vegan Green Bean Casserole | SPIRITPLATEBut fear not, green-bean casserole haters. If my vegan remix of this traditional dish doesn’t convince you, I’ve got another green bean dish that just might.

Remember, this week we’re sharing TWO recipes each day for your Thanksgiving pleasure. I hope that you’ll incorporate just one completely plant-based dish in your Thanksgiving menu this year. 

Refreshing Green Bean Salad | SPIRITPLATEIn Dallas, there’s this wonderful place called Mercy Wine Bar. My cousins and I would drop in on Mondays, as they had this incredible Flamenco band play, and we’d munch on their phenomenal food. My sister loves their sundried tomato tortellini, but I fell in love with their Summer Bean Salad (one of their vegan options). Green beans, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes and quartered purple potatoes make up this refreshing dish tossed in a mint, parsley, lemon, and EVOO dressing. The result is fresh, light, and oddly hydrating – I promise it’ll be a breath of fresh air on your otherwise heavy Thanksgiving table!

Refreshing Green Bean Salad | SPIRITPLATEIf you’re worried about this somehow being too much of a Spring/Summer dish, rather than a Fall/Winter dish, fear not. The green beans, purple potatoes, and lemon tie wonderfully in with other Fall-inspired dishes. Really this a year-round recipe, and one of our favorites.

Give them both a try and let us know what you think!

The Best Vegan Green Bean Casserole
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
39 calories
7 g
0 g
1 g
1 g
0 g
65 g
186 g
1 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
65g
Servings
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 39
Calories from Fat 7
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 186mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
3%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb green beans, washed, ends removed, and halved
  2. 2x recipe Country-Style Mushroom Gravy*
  3. 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
  4. 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  5. 1/4 cup almond milk
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. 1/4 tsp cayenne
  8. 3 tbsp breadcrumbs or panko
  9. 1 tsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Place green beans on a plate in a circle, keeping the center free of beans. Wet a paper towel and lay it over the plate. Microwave beans on high for 1 min. Remove paper towel, place beans in a oven-safe casserole dish and set aside.
  3. Place flour with salt and cayenne in a bowl and mix. Place almond milk in another bowl. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  4. Toss all the onions in the flour mixture until evenly coated, then place in along milk bowl.
  5. Add the panko or breadcrumbs to the remaining flour mixture. Return onions to this bowl tossing to coat in the crumb mixture.
  6. Place coated onions in the skillet, and toss pan a couple times to distribute the oil.**
  7. Cook, tossing occasionally, until onions are browned with some blackened bits.
  8. Pour mushroom gravy over green beans in the casserole dish. Sprinkle the onions on top, along with any fallen breadcrumbs. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until heated through and gravy is bubbling.
  9. Serve hot.
Notes
  1. *For more texture, blend only half the mixture, keeping some mushroom slices whole. See post for recipe link.
  2. **Avoid using a utensil to mix the onions as this will disturb the breadcrumbs from sticking to the onions. Toss the pan instead, using a backwards flipping motion.
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Refreshing Green Bean Salad
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
257 calories
52 g
0 g
3 g
9 g
0 g
456 g
295 g
7 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
456g
Servings
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257
Calories from Fat 26
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 295mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 52g
17%
Dietary Fiber 7g
29%
Sugars 7g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
77%
Calcium
8%
Iron
19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb green beans or haricot verts, fresh or frozen (ends removed)
  2. 10-12 purple potatoes, boiled and quartered
  3. 10-12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  4. 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  5. 1/4 cup mint, finely chopped
  6. 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  7. 1 large lemon, juiced
  8. 1 tbsp quality extra-virgin olive oil
  9. 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
Instructions
  1. If using frozen green beans, follow package instructions to microwave steam them, then place in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. If using fresh green beans, either microwave them with a wet paper towel on high 1 min, or blanch in simmering water for 1-2 minutes, then place in an icewater bath to stop the cooking process. Once cooled, remove from water and place in a large mixing bowl. You are aiming for bright green coloring, with a crisp bite. Do not overcook.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to bowl, toss to coat evenly.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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protein
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carbs
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It is such a cold, dreary morning here in Dallas. I’ve got my fireplace lit, my fluffy socks on, and dare-I-say-it? Dean Martin’s holiday record on. Perfect Cold Weather Chili | SPIRITPLATE There are two things I always want, straight after Halloween. One is Christmas music. The second is chili.Perfect Cold Weather Chili | SPIRITPLATE Chili just screams to me THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING. It’s the perfect bridge between Fall and Winter. Hot, spicy, and filling, chili is just so nourishing and comforting. One bite warms me from my head to my toes! Perfect Cold Weather Chili | SPIRITPLATEWhat makes this one even better is that it’s my mom-in-law’s recipe. She is one phenomenal cook!

So whip up a batch before your next football game. Cuddle up with a steaming bowl and some crackers. Freeze the rest for the next time you’re craving fresh, piping hot spicy chili!

Perfect Cold Weather Chili
Serves 8
A veganized high-protein chili, perfectly spiced for colder weather.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
2 hr
163 calories
26 g
0 g
5 g
7 g
1 g
294 g
845 g
5 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
294g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163
Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 845mg
35%
Total Carbohydrates 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 9g
36%
Sugars 5g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
24%
Vitamin C
64%
Calcium
8%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  2. 3 medium onions, diced
  3. 6 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  5. 1 Tbsp chili powder
  6. 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  7. 1/2 tsp salt (or as needed)
  8. black pepper, to taste
  9. 1 bell pepper, diced
  10. 2 cups Gardein Beefless Ground (optional)*
  11. 1 7-oz can chipotle chilies in adobo sauce**
  12. 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  13. 2 cups vegetable broth***
  14. 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  15. 1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  16. 2-3 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  17. 1/2 avocado, diced
  18. squeeze of lime
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Stir in oregano, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  3. Add bell pepper. Saute until bell pepper is browned. Add beefless crumbles if using and saute until lightly browned.
  4. Add chipotle chilies and adobo sauce, diced tomatoes, and broth. Stir and bring to a boil.
  5. Add beans, bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  6. Let simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  7. Check and adjust spices to your liking.
  8. Serve hot, topped with fresh cilantro, avocado, and a squeeze of lime.
Notes
  1. * - You may use any other soy crumble, or omit altogether. I like the texture and added protein, but you can leave it out if you're not a fan.
  2. ** - The chilies in the can usually come in halves. You may need to diced them up. Be sure to use both the adobo sauce and the chilies!
  3. *** - I like Not Chick'n bouillon cubes, that can be found in most grocery stores.
  4. Jazz up your chili by adding an ounce of dark chocolate or espresso for depth OR a dash of vegan worcestershire sauce for salty complexity OR diced sweet potato or pumpkin for sweet heartiness.
  5. Please note the protein count below is incorrect. It does not include the Gardein Beefless Ground which is 12g of protein per 1/2 cup. One cup of this chili contains over 30g of protein!
Adapted from Dallas Morning News
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Hot and hearty, generously spiced with a light sweetness and a delicate crunch — perfect for a rainy autumn afternoon. Hearty Stuffed Acorn Squash | SPIRITPLATEThis is one of those amazing dishes that is so easy, you just have to let it sit and let the heat do it’s own thing. It’s also extremely versatile; you can use whatever flavor profile you like!Hearty Stuffed Acorn Squash | SPIRITPLATEHere, I’ve used Indian flavors, with curry powder, cumin, coriander, and ginger. I’ve made this several times, all with different flavors – lemongrass, galangal, with cilantro and basil for Thai, or jalapeno, oregano, and paprika for a Mexican spin, or even added tomato paste, rosemary and basil for an Italian flair. The flavors are entirely up to you.
Hearty Stuffed Acorn Squash | SPIRITPLATE
Hearty Stuffed Acorn Squash | SPIRITPLATE
Hearty Stuffed Acorn Squash | SPIRITPLATEDoesn’t this just look so cozy?!Hearty Stuffed Acorn Squash | SPIRITPLATE

Hearty Stuffed Acorn Squash
Serves 4
Filling and flavorful stuffed acorn squash is an elegant addition to your holiday table.
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Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
314 calories
48 g
0 g
11 g
12 g
4 g
416 g
204 g
4 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
416g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314
Calories from Fat 96
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 204mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 48g
16%
Dietary Fiber 11g
42%
Sugars 4g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
112%
Vitamin C
56%
Calcium
18%
Iron
25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 tsp coconut oil, divided
  2. 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  3. 1 small thumb ginger, minced (optional)
  4. 1 cup onions, diced
  5. 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed*
  6. 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  7. 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, sliced
  8. 1-1 1/2 cup red kidney beans**
  9. 2 small acorn squash
  10. 2 sprigs parsley or cilantro
  11. 1 1/2 tablespoon spices of your choice***
  12. 1/2 cup cashews****
  13. salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Wash the outsides of the two acorn squashes and using a sharp knife, divide each squash into two equal halves. Scrape out the seeds and score the inner flesh with shallow cuts.
  3. Take 1 tsp of coconut oil in your hands and rub the oil generously all over each half. Sprinkle each half with salt and place open side down on a dark baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 1 hour or more until very tender.
  5. While the squash is baking, heat a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 tsp coconut oil. Add the onions, a pinch of salt, and sweat for 10 minutes or until soft and translucent - careful not to brown at all.
  6. Add the garlic and sweat for another 2 minutes. Then add your choice spices, mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes. Keep sweating for 15 minutes, until everything has softened and the mixture is fragrant.
  7. While the mixture is sweating, toast the cashews in a separate small pan set to medium high heat. Toss the cashews in your choice seasoning then add them to the hot pan. Keep moving them around to prevent burning and ensure even toasting. Once golden brown and fragrant remove from heat, and set aside.
  8. Back in your main pan, add the spinach and toss in the onion tomato mixture to coat evenly. Cook until heated through. Fold in the kidney beans and let heat through. Taste for salt.
  9. Crush your toasted cashews and chop up your cilantro, parsley, or other herb.
  10. Check your squash. If it is fork tender, carefully remove from pan and set open face up on a plate. Fill each crevice generously with your pan mixture.
  11. Top each squash half with crushed cashews and chopped herbs. Serve piping hot.
Notes
  1. * - I like using frozen spinach here, because I know it is more fresh and I don't mind the texture as it will be cooked down anyway. If using fresh, triple the amount.
  2. ** - For more flavor, make your own beans! Soak the beans overnight, and then boil the next day over medium high heat for 45 minutes or until tender with your choice seasonings. The beans will absorb whatever flavors you put into the boiling liquid. Here I used salt, ginger, bay leaf, and fenugreek seeds.
  3. *** - This recipe is extremely versatile. I have made the squash Thai style with lemongrass, galangal, and cilantro, Mexican style with jalapeno, oregano and paprika, and Italian style with more tomato, rosemary, and basil. Here I've made curried squash, using curry powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, and ginger.
  4. **** - When toasting the cashews, use whatever seasoning you have chosen for the squash. Here I tossed them with salt and curry powder.
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11g
protein
12g
carbs
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It has been a while folks. Amidst new homes, new jobs, and new family – it’s been a heck of a ride these past few months. But let us waste no more time and jump right into one of my favorite weeknight meals!

Smoky, savory, spicy. These are the mouthwatering words that come to mind when thinking of this dish. I’m often pressed for time weekdays – right after work, Aly and I workout and then continue working on our own projects until bedtime. We’re always ravenous after the workouts and need something satisfying enough to give us energy to work the rest of the evening. I love that this meal can be prepped in advance and comes together in a surprising ten minutes when I’m ready. One serving has a whopping 19g of protein and only 185 calories – a perfect addition to our workout regiment. 

Now, most people are averse to soy, more often than not because it can be quite bland with an off-putting texture – that is, if you haven’t cooked it right! Soy is high in protein, and like all beans, a great source of fiber and iron. Truly good tofu can be flavorful with a pleasant chewiness and thus a great addition to your diet in terms of both nutrition and variety. You just have to know how to treat it.

First, be sure to press any excess liquid out of the tofu. I slice my block into 1/4″ to 1/3″ thick slices. I lay down a clean kitchen towel and then paper towel, and arrange the slices flat with a little space in between on top. I then add another layer of paper towels, and kitchen towel to essentially sandwich the slices. With a heavy book or pan on top, I leave the slices for about ten minutes to let all the water press out of the tofu and into the towels. Tofu is a sponge; when you press out the water, you allow for other (flavorful) liquids to be absorbed – like this smoky marinade! 

Soy sauce, liquid smoke, garlic, and pepper get absorbed into the pores of the tofu, producing a rich, savory result.

Secondly, and just as crucial, is browning the tofu in either the oven or in a pan so that the edges firm up. This allows the tofu to get more dense and dehydrated so you get the perfect chewy texture. 

And lastly, combine the tofu with other flavors and textures you love. I LOVE rice noodles and shiitake mushrooms, and the simple soy sauce stir-fry pairs so well with the soy-based tofu. Scallions elevate the complexity of the final dish and the liquid smoke adds a unique twist. Of course, where would you be without a dousing of sriracha to top it all off?

Here are my recipes for smoky baked tofu and spicy shiitake rice noodles. Try it and let me know what you think!  

Smoky Tofu
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
109 calories
4 g
0 g
6 g
12 g
1 g
83 g
848 g
0 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
83g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 109
Calories from Fat 49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 848mg
35%
Total Carbohydrates 4g
1%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 0g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
46%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 14oz. package firm tofu*, sliced to 1/4" thick and pressed**
  2. 5 tbsp tamari, soy sauce, or liquid aminos
  3. 1/2 tsp liquid smoke***
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  6. crushed red pepper, to taste
  7. spray oil for pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the tamari, liquid smoke, garlic powder, freshly–ground black pepper, and crushed red pepper.
  3. Place the tofu in a shallow casserole dish and pour the marinade over the tofu. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes, turning the tofu once half way through.
  4. Lightly spray a sheet pan with oil and layout the tofu slabs evenly on the tray.
  5. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Flip, and cook another 10 to 15 minutes until the tofu is browned around the edges. You may broil each side for a minute or two for extra crispness.
  6. Remove, let cool, and slice or crumble to your liking. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to use in other recipes.****
Notes
  1. * - Soy, along with corn, is one of the most genetically modified produce in the world with some of the highest pesticide contents. Always use non-GMO, organic tofu whenever possible.
  2. ** - Gently press as much water out of the tofu slices by sandwiching the slabs between paper towels before adding the marinade.
  3. *** - Liquid smoke is easily found at any grocery store - hickory, mesquite, or any other flavor will do. A small bottle will last a long time.
  4. **** - This tofu is great on sandwiches, sauced in a stir-fry, or as part of a buddha bowl.
Adapted from Chad Sarno
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fat
6g
protein
12g
carbs
4g
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Shiitake and Tofu Rice Noodles
Serves 6
An easy savory and spicy weeknight meal.
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
76 calories
6 g
0 g
4 g
7 g
1 g
126 g
365 g
1 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
126g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 76
Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 365mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 1g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
11%
Calcium
25%
Iron
23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 package brown rice noodles, cooked according to the package instructions
  2. 1 batch (14 oz) smoky baked tofu
  3. 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 8-10 whole shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  6. 4-6 stalks scallions or green onions, chopped and divided*
  7. 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce, or more to taste
  8. crushed red pepper, to taste (optional)
  9. sriracha sauce, to taste (optional)
  10. lime wedges (optional)
Instructions
  1. Once your noodles are cooked, toss with a little spray oil to prevent clumping and set aside.
  2. Heat a skillet to medium high heat and add the sesame oil.
  3. Once the pan is hot, add the mushrooms and sauté until the water is released.
  4. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until mushrooms are golden brown and onions are limp, stirring frequently to keep the garlic from burning.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and add the tamari or soy sauce.
  6. Once the sauce is heated through (you don't want it all to evaporate), add the noodles and tofu straight into the pan and toss to combine.
  7. The noodles will absorb the soy sauce. Serve hot with scallion, crushed red pepper, sriracha, and a squeeze of lime.
Notes
  1. * - Divide the onions into two piles, dark green tops and white to light green bottoms. Use the bottoms in the pan; use the tops for garnish. Pro tip: Slice at a diagonal for visual appeal.
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calories
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fat
4g
protein
7g
carbs
6g
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