Hi Friends!  How are you doing?  I have been so busy trying to tie up the loose ends of life, working full time, parenting full time, and full time packer, organizer, and trip planner and coordinator.  Needless to say life has been busy and simplicity in the kitchen is key.

The following are one-pot meals, or almost one-pot meals/snacks, take less than 30 minutes to make, all vegan, all Gluten-Free, and delish

Spicy Baked Black Beans with Vegetables

picy Baked Black Beans with Vegetables in small bowl

Overhead of picy Baked Black Beans with Vegetables in white bowl

Vegan Sloppy Joes with Lentils & Beans (bun-less)

Vegan Sloppy Joes with Lentils & Beans on plate with saladClose up  of Vegan Sloppy Joes with Lentils & BeansVegan Sloppy Joes with Lentils & Beans

Ketchup & Mustard Lover’s Protein & Veggie Mash

Ketchup & Mustard Lover's Protein & Veggie Mash in bowl with spoonClose up of Ketchup & Mustard Lover's Protein & Veggie Mash

Ketchup & Mustard Lover’s Protein & Veggie Mash

Curried Ginger & Raisin Lentils

Curried Ginger & Raisin Lentils in bowl with fork

Close up  of Curried Ginger & Raisin Lentils

Curried Ginger & Raisin Lentils

 

Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables

Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables in bowl with fork

Overhead of Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables with forkChipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables

 

Mango Balsamic Rice, Beans & Vegetables

Sounds complicated but it takes 15 minutes to make.

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Mango Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Vegetables

 

Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos & Veggies

Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos & Veggies in clear container

Close up of plated Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos & Veggies
This was so good. The flavors were subtle yet definitely Caribbean inspired.  For anyone who doesn’t “love” coconut.  Not to worry, far from eating a bottle of Hawaiian Tropic or anything. I have never cooked rice in coconut milk and had previously been leery but there was no reason to be.
The seasonings were great, and even though it may seem like the PB may not totally work here, it did and it was another layer of flavor.
Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos & Veggies close up

Sweet & Sour Veggie Stir Fry

Young girl sitting at table eating Sweet & Sour Veggie Stir Fry
She loves baby corn!
Close up of Sweet & Sour Veggie Stir Fry

Carmelized Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpea “Peanuts”

Carmelized Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpea "Peanuts" on foil lined pan
Close up of Carmelized Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpea "Peanuts"
Spoonful of Carmelized Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpea "Peanuts"
See you really are making Carmel with this recipe.  I wouldn’t steer you wrong!
Close up of Carmelized Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpea "Peanuts" in lined pan

Carmelized Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpea “Peanuts”

Cinnamon Sugar Peanut Buttery Chickpea “Peanuts” with Peanut Flour

Not the prettiest food, but they taste heavenly
Cinnamon Sugar Peanut Buttery Chickpea "Peanuts" with Peanut Flour
Cinnamon Sugar Peanut Buttery Chickpea "Peanuts" with Peanut Flour in container
A few Cinnamon Sugar Peanut Buttery Chickpea "Peanuts" with Peanut Flour in container
 
 
So easy and such a hit with everyone.  What’s not to love about roasted potatoes, veggies, and cheeze/cheese!
Cheezy Vegetable Bake on plate

Cheezy Vegetable Bake on baking sheet

Plated Cheezy Vegetable Bake

For the chili and soups, I am not the type of cook who says, “first sautee onions and garlic, then do this step, and chop this, then add this or that, and reduce to 1/2 volume, etc.”  Hell no! Throw everything in one pot, all at once, bring it all to a boil real fast, then reduce to a simmer, cover it and forget about it for a half hour or 45 minutes and it’s ready.  Easy!  Less is more, when it comes to steps in a recipe!

Vegan Crock Pot Chili in two bowls
Close up of Vegan Crock Pot Chili
Hearty Vegan Southwestern Sweet & Spicy Soup in four bowls
Close up of Hearty Vegan Southwestern Sweet & Spicy Soup
Savory Pumpkin, Potato, & Carrot Soup
The pumpkin flavor was present and with a little kick from the spices, it was good!
Savory Pumpkin, Potato, & Carrot Soup in four bowls
Close up of Savory Pumpkin, Potato, & Carrot Soup

Savory Pumpkin, Potato, & Carrot Soup

Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls in clear container
Close up of Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls in container
Homemade Peanut Sauce in jar
Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls dipped in Peanut Sauce
Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls with peanut sauce
I have to have Tons of Peanut Sauce with Every.Single.Bite.
Peanut Sauce + Rice Paper Wraps with Fresh Veggies = Perfect!
Close up of Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce


Final Vegan Mofo Post of the Month!

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From yesterday’s post about books and book recommendations, it was fun to hear what you like to read. And if you make time to read books or read for pleasure.

Everyday Raw Desserts and Ani's Raw Food Desserts Cookbooks
Color Me Vegan Book
Bookshelf of various cookbooks
Thanks for your book recommendationsMaybe in the next lifetime I will get through all of these books of mine, and the ones you recommended, too.  Haha!

And I liked hearing your thoughts on the actual merchandise vs. gift certificate debate.  Some of you just want gift certificates (or cash!) and others do like receiving a hand-selected gift.

Dessert: Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls
You can use Peanut Flour in these if you have it on hand.  And of course, Peanut Butter.  Or almond, cashew, sunflower seed butter, whatever you prefer. They remind me of those candies called Bit-O-Honey.  Remember those? But there’s no honey in the recipe.

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls stacked in clear container with parchment paper
Close up of one Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ball
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls on parchment paper

Questions
1. What’s your favorite one-pot meal?  Or very fast and easy meal?
I have been enjoying soups and chilis lately.  I pretty much just throw whatever veggies I have on hand in a pot, with some beans, water, seasonings and hope for the best outcome a half hour later.

And I also love salads and fresh veggies.  I never get sick of this one: an Edamame Salad with Romaine, Tomatoes, Cukes.

Love this Combo!  Its a Groove, not a rut!
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Edamame Salad
Dressed With Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing
Vegan Slaw Dressing with ingredients in background
Edamame Salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing
Simple, fresh, wholesome.  Always a winner for me.

What are you Fast & Easy Snacks, Meals, or Recipes you make over and over?

2. Are you back into the swing of things this week after a long holiday weekend (for many of you)?
I’ll be honest, I don’t know if I’m coming or going!  I’ve been working so much, we were sick over the holiday with colds, I am getting ready for our trip, and yesterday a homeless lady was randomly ringing my doorbell for no reason in the middle of the night! Repeatedly. So I am running on less sleep than normal.  Oh the joys of city living sometimes!

3. Is it chilly where you are?
It’s damn cold here.  Brrr! I know you can all laugh because you think how cold can SoCal be?  Well, it’s not like Minnesota where I grew up, but I am a lightweight these days and it’s plenty chilly here for me.  I don’t enjoy the “change of seasons”.  I enjoy warm weather year round!  haha!

4. How often do you get your teeth cleaned?
I’m off to get my 20 minute at-home workout in and then I am getting my teeth cleaned. I am huge on dental hygiene.  I go every four months, no matter what, to get my teeth cleaned and yes, I pay out of pocket, happily, to have sparkling clean teeth.   There are some things I skimp on, but hair and teeth aren’t it!

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