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.


Spicy Breakfast Scramble with Garlic Potatoes

Spicy breakfast scramble with garlic potatoes

Whenever I want to make a tasty big breakfast but don’t want to put in much effort, I always fall back on to a scramble. Seriously, all you have to do is chop up some veg and throw everything in a pan and boom bam you’ve got an explosion of flavor with basically no effort whatsoever!

I’ve been feeling pretty spicy lately (probably due to the lack of heat I’m feeling outside) so I decided to kick this scramble up with some jalapenos! Jalapenos, besides being spicy and delicious, contain an alkaloid called capsaicin which is responsible for its numerous health benefits.

Saayy whaaaaat?! Jalapenos are good for me????

YUP.

Those bad boys have many of the same nutrient properties of many other vegetables in that they’re high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber while also being super low cal. They also have been shown to boost your metabolism which is crucial for burning fat and reducing appetite. Jalapenos have also (surprisingly) shown to help alleviate stomach ulcers by reducing the amount of inflammation in your stomach.

AND fun fact: jalapenos can be used as temporary pain relief! if you physically rub a jalapeno where you’re experiencing pain, the capsaicin will actually work to temporarily block pain receptors from that spot. Crazy, right?

But anyways, this scramble is v good and I know y’all will love it, so get your spicy pants on and break out the frying pan because it’s scramble time.

 

Spicy Breakfast Scramble with Garlic Potatoes

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup russet potatoes, cut into small chunks
  • ½ + ½ Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 large organic free-range eggs
  • 2 Tbsp diced jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
  • 1 + 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup shallots, diced
  • ¼ cup diced cremini mushrooms
  • ½ cup kale, chopped
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1 tsp Trader Joe’s Everything but The Bagel Seasoning
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
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Directions

  1. Fill a large pot about 1/3 full of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add your potato chunks and boil until just about fork tender, about 8-10 minutes, then drain them.
  3. Heat a skillet (or pan) over medium heat and place ½ Tbsp coconut oil in it.
  4. Once the coconut oil is hot, add 1 clove minced garlic and sauté while stirring for about 30 seconds.
  5. Add in your potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Sauté while stirring occasionally until your potatoes develop a crispier outside layer and are starting to brown.
  6. Meanwhile, heat another skillet (or pan) over medium heat and add the other ½ Tbsp coconut oil.
  7. Once hot, add the jalapeno, shallot, and other clove of minced garlic. Sauté until tender (about 3 minutes).
  8. Add in the mushrooms and kale and sauté while stirring for about 2 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the mushrooms have softened.
  9. Crack your eggs in and scramble them up. Cook while stirring until the eggs are fully cooked.
  10. Add half of the eggs and half of the potatoes to each plate and top with the avocado, green onions, and seasonings. Enjoy!
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