Vegan Orange Creamsicles

Vegan Orange Creamsicles

It's hot. Like mega hot. It's over 100 and that's hot for the Pacific Northwest soooooo we're rolling up our sleeves and making popsicles. OKAY OKAY you got me, if you follow me on Instagram then you probably saw that I was also dumb enough to bake when its this hot outside. So smart. By the way - instagram will show you my posts 100% of the time. Facebook? I'm lucky if I get 10%. Yeah you've heard it a million times. I'm working on getting a newsletter going again because that is just ridiculous. 

Anyhow yeah popsicles. I made some orange creamsicles that don't have frozen canned orange juice goo and I even got fancy with a vanilla bean. You don't need vanilla beans but I figured what the heck. 

Also I tried these with xylitol and it works amazingly well! It also works great with agave so you have options. 

Vegan Orange Creamsicles

1 pkg silken tofu (like mori-nu)
4 peeled oranges cut into slices or whatever
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
1/2 cup xylitol or agave 

Blend up with your super duper blender (obviously I used my buddy Blendtec!) and then pour into popsicle molds (this is mine). Put in sticks (so I started using plastic butter knives and it's SO MUCH BETTER THAN WOOD STICKS!!!!!!!!!!) and freeze until solid. Enjoy!

 

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Pressure Cooked Mexican Brown Rice

Pressure Cooked Mexican Brown Rice

Woah wow it's been a long time since I have posted a recipe. I need to remedy that. Anyway whatever no big deal. I made some awesome rice. You should make some too. It's healthy, delicious, easy and very versatile. It goes in bowls, burritos, enchiladas, and whatever else you like. I cooked it in one of my favorite home appliances : my Instant Pot! It's no lie that it's about the handiest thing I have. Seriously I have never heard of anyone buying one and not loving it. 

Pressure Cooked Mexican Brown Rice

2 & 1/2 cup short grain brown rice
1 Tablespoon whole cumin seeds
14oz can chopped tomatoes
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2-1 jalapeno, minced (optional)
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups vegetable broth 
1 & 1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 can corn (drained) - optional 
1/4 cup chopped cilantro



Turn your pressure cooker on to saute and cook the onions, cumin seed and jalapeno until the onions are translucent. Add everything else except the corn and cilantro then stir well. Put on the lid and cook at high pressure (that's the regular pressure rather than low) for 25 minutes with natural release for 10 (then manual release if necessary after that.) Stir in the corn and cilantro at the end. 

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Vegan Carrot Cake Oatmeal

I'm having lots of fun making different oatmeals for my daughter's breakfasts! She said that this one is good and that her favorite part is the raisins. I thought it was yummy too! This makes 2 servings for a young child or one adult sized serving. 

Vegan Carrot Cake Oatmeal

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup almond or soy milk
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon raisins
1 carrot, finely shredded
1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix everything together and microwave for 3 minutes. You can cook it on the stovetop but it will take longer. I usually just throw it in the freezer for a couple of minutes to cool it down or stir in an ice cup. 

- 6 WW points - 

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Chocolate Hazelnut Oatmeal (aka The Queen of Oatmeal!)

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Oatmeal

My daughter has declared that this is the Queen of Oatmeal. She goes on to say that all other oatmeal has to get in line to be eaten by her before she has the Queen of Oatmeal. Kids - what can I say? They are hilarious! 

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Oatmeal

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Oatmeal

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk (or soy milk) 
1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder
1 tablespoon hazelnut butter (like this one)
sweetener to taste (stevia, sugar, etc) 

I made this in the microwave super simple - just mix everything together in the bowl and microwave for 3 minutes. I usually throw in an ice cube when its done to help it cool faster or put it in the freezer for a minute. 

- 7 WW points when using stevia and unsweetened almond milk - 

 

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Creamy Vegan Cabbage Potato Soup

This is yet another meal made in the Instant Pot! If you have one then you understand why I'm cooking in it all of the time. If you don't yet then trust me when I say that it is addictive. I use it pretty much every day. My stovetop is looking mighty unused lately (that's such a good thing, I usually get that thing filthy!) Anyway if you don't have a pressure cooker you can do this on the stovetop (or any other pressure cooked recipes I've posted!) Just cook until the vegetables are tender. 

Creamy Vegan Cabbage Potato Soup

Creamy Vegan Cabbage Potato Soup

1/2 onion, chopped
6 cups vegetable broth
1/2 large green cabbage, shredded 
1/2 large head cauliflower, chopped (or one small head)
3 medium yukon gold (or other gold or red potatoes), diced small
3 stalks celery, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup soy or almond milk (any non-dairy milk will work!) 
salt and pepper to taste (you'll want at least 1/2 tsp salt but maybe more depending on your tastes and how salty the broth was!)

 

First you are going to want to saute the onions until translucent. I do this right in the pressure cooker using the saute feature. Seriously, I love this thing and how I only need one pot! Throw everything else but the soy milk into your Instant Pot  or pressure cooker and set for 5 minutes at high pressure. Let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes after the 5 minutes of cooking time are up. Release the steam after 10 minutes. 
((To cook without a pressure cooker just cook it all together on the stovetop until the vegetables are all very tender.))
Now add in the soy or almond milk, get out your trusty 
immersion blender and blend it up until it's totally smooth. You can of course do this in batches in your blender. 
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with all sorts of things - vegan sour cream, sliced green onions, chopped herbs, vegan bacon bits, nutritional yeast, etc! 

-2 WW points per 1 & 1/2 cup serving- 

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