Carrot Noodles with Vegan Garlic Cream Sauce

Did daylight savings hit anyone else like a brick? Cuz it definitely hit me like one. Between the darkness, the cold, work, and school, I’ve been crunched for cooking time lately.

BUT.

That will never stop me from getting my healthy meals in. Especially when I’ve got this recipe in my toolbelt.

I’m absolutely OBSESSED with making carrot noodles lately because literally all you do is take a giant carrot and peel it up until there’s nothing left. Then, throw it all in a pan, pop the lid on, and a few minutes later: BOOM. Noodles. Anddddd, pair them with this vegan garlic cream sauce (that also takes 2 minutes to make) and you have an instant delicious and nutricious meal. Need I say more?

And who doesn’t love a good vegan cream sauce? I can never pass it up. I always make extra and keep it in a jar in the fridge so whenever I’m hungry but feeling lazy I’ll just pour it on whatever veggie noodles I have on hand that day! Easy. As. Pie.

Enjoy, my peeps, and have a spectacular Tuesday!

Carrot Noodles with Vegan Garlic Cream Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 large carrots, peeled
  • ½ cup soaked cashews
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • pinch paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp tapioca flour
  • sliced tomato and basil (optional)
  • Sliced chicken (optional)

Directions

  1. To make the carrot noodles, I use a carrot peeler and just peel the carrots until I have nothing left to peel.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add your carrot noodles and cover. Allow them to steam and cook for about 2-3 minutes (until tender). Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a high-powered blender, add your cashews, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, nutritional yeast, onion powder, paprika, and salt. Blend for about 30 seconds, until completely smooth.
  4. Transfer the sauce to a pot and whisk in the tapioca flour. Heat over medium-low while whisking until it barely comes to a simmer. It should have thickened by this point. Remove from the heat.
  5. Add your sauce to your carrot noodles and top with tomatoes, basil, and/or chicken if you’d like. Enjoy!

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The Easiest Pickled Veggies

Okay you guys. If you all are mostly plant-based eaters like me, I know you have the same struggle I do of using all my veggies up before they go bad in the fridge. Whenever I’m grocery shopping, I’m always SO over eager to buy allllllllll the veggies (I can’t help it, I love them all) and inevitably I end up with some unused little guys in the bottom of my crisper drawer feeling left out and worthless.

BUT. I’m putting an end to the unloved veggies right freakin’ now because ya know what you can do with those stragglers right before they’ve reached the end of their shelf life?

PICKLE THEM.

That’s right people!!! Pickled veggies are like the easiest thing ever andddddd did I mention the gut health benefits? Uh, ya. Happy gut galore here guys. Since pickling is a form of fermentation, during the pickling process good bacteria breaks down the cellulose and natural sugars thus creating probiotics. AND you get the health benefits of whatever veg you’re pickling, too, whether that be vitamins, antioxidants, preventing blood sugar spikes, you name it. Pickling also keeps the food from spoiling so it saves you lots of moolah since you don’t have to waste those veggies that were otherwise destined for the trash can.

Okay, so now that I’ve convinced you that pickling is something you just HAVE to do now, you may be asking, “But Bailey, what the heck do I do with my pickled veggies?”

Good question. While I personally think these guys are good enough to just be eaten straight outta the jar, they can also be used as the ultimate topping. Throw ’em on a sandwich, in a salad, or even in tacos (or whatever you’re eating that could use a trip to flavortown) and BOOM instant deliciousness. You can even use the leftover brine as a tasty, vinegar-y salad dressing! I’m telling ya, the options are endless here. There’s no down side.

So head on over to that fridge, pull out those leftover veggies that are being neglected, and get to pickling!!! You’ll be a pro before ya know it. Happy pickling my peeps!

The Easiest Pickled Veggies

  • Servings: 4 Jars
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 500 ml white wine vinegar
  • 500 ml water
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 4 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 4 Tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 cup dill
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 4 sterilized mason jars
  • 4 cups total of whatever veggies you’d like to pickle (I did 1 cup each of radishes, carrots, red onion, and cauliflower)

Directions

  1. In a large pot, bring the vinegar, water, honey, and salt to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, split the red onion, mustard seeds, peppercorns, dill, and garlic cloves evenly amongst your jars. Then fill them with your veggies.
  3. Once the salt and honey has dissolved, pour your brine into the mason jars and seal. Place them in the refrigerator for at least a week before using.


Sweet and Spicy Ground Chicken Meatball Veggie Bowl

Turkey Meatball Veggie Bowl

Have you ever gone to the grocery store on the hunt for ground turkey and then got home only to realize you messed up and got ground chicken on accident? Just me? Well TBH I do it all the freakin’ time so I’ve decided to just embrace my lack of attentiveness by channeling it into tasty ground chicken dishes.

Aaaaaand this is one of my faves. Ground chicken meatballs are super underrated. I feel like nobody ever really talks about ground chicken meatballs, it’s always ground beef or ground turkey. But ground chicken meatballs are SO good so I’m starting a ground chicken meatball bandwagon.

#chickenmeatballsfolife

Anyways, this bowl is perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a snack, and it’s a meal prepper’s heaven (if you’re into that, which you should be if you’re not) because you can literally make a whole bunch of everything in advance and then heat it up whenever you have a craving for a delicious, nutritious meal. Also, talk about the perfect meal to pack for lunch at work! SO GREAT.

And besides being scrumptidlyumptious, this bowl is POWERFUL. You’ve got your protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats, anti-cancer properties, andddd gut health promotion! So give it a try next time you accidentally buy ground chicken by mistake. Or even if you buy it on purpose. You’ll thank me later. Enjoy, my peep!

 

Ground Chicken Meatball Veggie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ¼ pound lean free range organic ground chicken
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp diced yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp chickpea flour
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tbsp virgin organic coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sweet potato cut into chunks
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • ¼ cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the ground chicken, minced garlic, yellow onion, chickpea flour, and pinch of salt. Mix to combine.
  3. Form balls about 1 inch in diameter and place on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Put in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes (until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F).
  5. Meanwhile, toss the sweet potato chunks and carrot slices in half of the coconut oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer them to a lined baking sheet and place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes (until fork tender).
  6. While everything’s cooking in the oven, heat the remaining half of the coconut oil over medium heat in a pan. Once it’s hot, add the mushrooms and stir occasionally until they are tender.
  7. Mix together the maple syrup and hot sauce.
  8. Place kale in a bowl and top with the mushrooms, sweet potatoes, carrots, meatballs, and sauce. Enjoy!