Homemade Oat-milk

Literally one of the easiest recipes any one will ever make, which is why it is my favorite. There is no extra prep, hardly any work and this recipe is so easy (and cheap) to do. I got this recipe from my vegan cookbook-find it here. I highly recommend this cook book there are a lot of really simple, tasty and easy to make recipes in here. Anyways onto the recipe.

You will need:

Raw oats (1 cup)

Water (2 cups)

Vanilla or agave syrup (optional)

Cinnamon and/or nutmeg (optional)

 

To make:

Blend water and oats together in a blender (we use a Nutri-bullet and it works just fine) until blended. Strain out through a strainer. For smoother milk strain again through cheese/milk cloth. Add in vanilla and spices to taste. Chill and enjoy.

This milk is so tasty, so easy and so cheap. Oats are probably one of the cheapest items that you are able to buy in bulk, which really makes this milk one of the best recipes. Plus the oats just have a really great taste as well, which makes for a super tasty milk. Great for any recipe calling for milk, cereals, to drink and more.

Quinoa Meat(less) balls

I am back with another quinoa recipe because quinoa is life and these meat(less) balls are the bomb. Non-vegan approved too, so these are sure to wow friends and family. The recipe I have will serve 4, if you want less just cut the recipe in half.

What you’ll need:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

4 cloves (chopped and crushed) garlic

6 tbsp soy sauce

4 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp ground cumin

Lots of flour

Oils of choice

Directions:

Cook quinoa according to directions; bring quinoa and water to a boil then cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 3-5 minutes to soak up remaining water.

Add all the seasoning ingredients (expect the flour) to quinoa and mix

Add the mix to a food processor (make sure it is a big enough, or do it in batches) and pulse a few times until mixture is sticky and slightly blended.

Add flour to the batch, you will have to eyeball it until the mixture begins to resemble a meat like dough texture. You will have to keep adding flour throughout as well to keep the mixture from being too sticky

Form balls by rolling them in your hands, adding flour to batch as needed. More flour is never a bad thing. Flour is what keeps the recipe together.

In a frying pan heat up your oil of choice (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan fully.

Once oil is hot cook the meat balls until browned on each side

Now eat and enjoy! Or add to spaghetti or just have them with homemade marinara sauce! We served these to our meat eating friends and they really liked them! After having these I don’t think I can ever go back to meat again, so delicious! You can even add some other spices or maybe even some onion to spice them up. The possibilities are endless with quinoa.

Happy eating!

Quinoa Pasta Salad with tomatoes and Kale

As a plant based eater I have to be creative with the things that I eat. I get bored easily of new foods and tend to stick with the things that I know and love. Which has really made this transition all the more difficult. But with some experiments in the kitchen I am slowly learning new ways to prepare food that is super delicious. Today’s adventure was a Quinoa pasta salad that I tossed together for lunch. It’s super simple and super tasty.

What you’ll need:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

1 can diced tomatoes (any seasons or flavors that you like)

1-2 cups pre-cooked pasta of choice, anything but spaghetti really works well. (this recipe is really great if you have leftover pasta without any sauce)

1-2 cups kale

Desired spices for flavor

Directions:

Cook Quinoa according to the directions. Mine said to boil 2 cups water with 1 cup quinoa then cover with a lid and cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Take off the heat when done and let sit 3-5 minutes or until water is soaked up then stir. I added some spicy seasons and garlic to the water/quinoa while cooking for flavor.

Once quinoa is done put some oil (vegetable, olive or coconut) in a large frying pan and let the oil get a little hot. Then toss in the quinoa, pasta, tomatoes (I did not drain them but you can if you want, I found the more water in the pan the better it was for cooking.) and kale. Add your desired seasons to the mix. I added garlic, spicy pepper flakes, sriracha seasoning and Italian flavor.

Cook until the kale has wilted and become soft and the entire mixture is hot. Let cool a little and then serve.

I really like this recipe because you can totally make it yours. I added whatever seasons I had within reach and you can even add other veggies or not add something as well. Quinoa is pretty low-key and super fun to play around with. It goes with a lot of things and really adds to a meal.

Happy eating!