Vegan

The vegan recipes in this blog are in memory of Wesley Bronez.

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Ripe bananas and cocoa powder are all you need to make your own clean, healthy, Paleo and vegan chocolate banana ice cream. The flavor and texture are incredible! Click for the recipe

Spicy Green Beans

To make these delicious spicy green beans, steam the beans first (I use the microwave), then saute in seasoned olive oil. Yum! They taste just like a salty, spicy snack. Click for the recipe

Asian Cucumber Salad

Chilled, flavorful and incredibly fresh, this Asian-style cucumber salad is the perfect summer side dish. Click for the recipe

Vegan Ice Cream

These frozen treats are creamy, delicious, very healthy and easy to make. They contain berries, vanilla, ripe banana (for sweetness and creaminess) and coconut oil (for creaminess and a faint coconutty flavor). No added sugar whatsoever, although you could add 2 tablespoons honey if you wish. These frozen treats make a great dessert, but since they are so wholesome, I often serve them as an afternoon snack. Click for the recipe

Baked Plantain Chips

It’s official: baked plantain chips are my new favorite snack. I’ve always been curious about the big, fat plantains I always see at the grocery store. They looked like bananas, but I knew they were different, and upon researching online, I quickly learned that unlike bananas, plantains (considered a safe starch) require cooking. Green plantains are starchy, not sweet at all, and can be fried or baked; yellow, ripe plantains are mildly sweet and are excellent when sauteed with butter or coconut oil and cinnamon.

So. These baked plantain chips. Wow. Delicious, mildly spicy, and very flavorful. Great with guacamole, just as great on their own. And so easy to make! The only difficult part in this recipe is slicing the plantain thinly enough to produce crisp chips – the thinner you can get them, the crispier they will be, but I can tell you from personal experience that even the too-thick slices are delicious. They’re not as crispy, but nevertheless they are very, very tasty. Click for the recipe

tomato sauce

I’ve got nothing against using a store-bought tomato sauce, as long as it doesn’t contain added sugar, flavoring, preservatives, or the all-mysterious “spices.” If the list of ingredients is clean, I go ahead and use it – it’s a huge time saver, and I really enjoy Rao’s spicy tomato sauce.

Having said that, sometimes I like to make my own quick homemade tomato sauce. It’s ready in 10 minutes, it’s very flavorful, and you can use it in so many ways – the obvious are as pasta sauce or pizza sauce, but you can also use it as a base for shakshuka or for baked eggs; cook meatballs in it; or use it as a topping for bruschetta.

I use the Pomi brand of chopped tomatoes for this recipe. I like this brand because it’s BPA-free, has no added sugar or salt, and also because the Italian tomatoes are sweeter than American canned diced tomatoes. Click for the recipe

Paleo Chocolate Pudding

This chocolate pudding is ridiculously easy to make, and the result is decadent and rich, with a velvety mouthfeel. Seriously, no one will believe this amazing chocolate pudding has just 2 ingredients. Click for the recipe