Vegan Farro & Butter Beans with Kale

Beans truly are the magical fruit. What is your favorite bean? Have you ever tried butter beans? They are a game changer. Fresh is best but canned are tasty, too. Now let’s talk about faro. Similar to kamut or bulgur wheat, farro makes a good alternative grain. It does contain gluten, however it contains lower levels than today’s wheat, and if prepared properly, the gluten is pre-digested and broken down by sprouting and fermentation like a sourdough process. This makes it much more tolerable with anyone sensitive to gluten.

Farro & Butter Beans with Kale | Vegan | #PureKitchenBlog

Still not convinced? Try my simple Vegan Farro & Butter Beans with Kale dish for dinner tonight. Even better -Farro is an excellent source of protein, fiber and nutrients like magnesium and iron; it’s a big step up from using white rice or other refined grains in your favorite dishes.

Farro & Butter Beans with Kale | #Vegan | #dairyfree

The kale in this dish is raw which adds a variety of texture and of course a handful of vital nutrients. Marinated first in lemon juice and olive oil helps break the kale down and makes it more palatable. Cooked so simply, this Farro and Butter Beans recipe is so flavorful yet has no additional spices. It’s incredible how flavorful vegetables are; they don’t need to coated in sauces or tons of spices.

Farro & Butter Beans with Kale | #Vegan | #dairyfree

This Farro & Butter Beans with Kale recipes is hearty, warm, full of flavor, fiber, protein, and a bunch of micro nutrients. You can’t go wrong with this dish.

Farro & Butter Beans with Kale | #Vegan | #dairyfree
Farro & Butter Beans with Kale | #Vegan | #dairyfree

FARRO & BUTTER BEANS WITH KALE RECIPE

serves 4

INGREDIENTS

Farro & Butter Beans with Kale | #Vegan | #dairyfree
  • 1 cup dry farro (grain)

  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth

  • 1 can of butter beans

  • 2 cup kale, chopped

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil or Miyoko’s butter

  • 1 tsp sea salt + more to taste

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp red chili flakes

  • garnish: chopped chives or mint, parmesan cheese.

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a saucepan heat the dry farro and water until it boils. Let boil for 5 minutes. Turn down the heat, cover and let simmer for 50-60 minutes.

  2. In the meantime, cook the onion in a frying pan with 1 Tbsp olive oil or butter and a pinch of sea salt. Cook until translucent and then cook a little longer until caramelized and browned. This might take 6-8 minutes. Keep tossing and scraping. Add a bit more oil if necessary.

  3. In a medium sized bowl combine chopped kale, 1/2 lemon juice and 1 tsp olive oil. Using your hands massage the kale really well. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.

  4. Once the onions are nice and caramelized, add the onion powder, chili flakes, butter beans, another Tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch more sea salt. Mix well and heat until beans are warm.

  5. When the farro is done cooking you may need to discard any excess water. Farro shouldn’t be rubbery it should be soft and well cooked. Add farro to the beans and onion mixture. Add a few pinches of sea salt and a few teaspoons of olive oil or butter.

  6. Add the kale to the farro and beans. Toss well. Taste it to be sure you have enough salt.

  7. Garnish with fresh herbs and vegan cheese (optional).

  8. Serve warm and enjoy.

Warm Ginger Glazed Carrot Quinoa Salad

This warm quinoa salad with ginger glazed carrots and onions will knock your socks off. This quinoa dish recipe has a bit of heat, a bit of sweet and a lot of savory. There’s crunch, nuttiness and fresh greens to add a punch of added health benefits.

Maple Glazed Carrot Quinoa Salad #vegan #recipe #purekitchenblog

Have you seen the show Grace and Frankie yet? If not, you should. It’s a real kick. I watched one entire season with my mom. We would get together a few times a month and binge watch together. Then I got hooked and watched the rest of the season’s myself. Anyways, the new season is out and I’m really excited to sit by the fire tonight, eat this Warm Quinoa salad and sip a glass of wine. Who’s with me?

Warm Ginger Glazed Quinoa Salad | #vegan #gluten-free #puremamas Recipe
Vegan Warm Quinoa Salad Recipe | #puremamas #purekitchen #glutenfree

This is a great on-the-go lunch as well. Store it in the fridge in containers that you can quickly grab and take to work, the park or in the car for post-gym. Speaking of the gym, I’ve spent a year working on building muscle mass and getting lean. It’s been so rewarding. Do any of you guys workout? Let me know in the comments. I share some of my workout milestones on Instagram, incase you don’t follow along, check out my handstands progress here.

Warm Vegan Ginger Carrot Quinoa Salad | #glutenfree #dairyfree #puremamas
marinate & massage your kale

On another side note, while making this warm quinoa salad, I accidentally erased my photos of the maple ginger glazed carrots and onions. I am so stupid and super bummed because it shows them before and after while cooking. Darn it! Oh well, hopefully you get the idea. The kale should be prepped ahead like the image above. Be sure to add oil and lemon and massage it really well before adding it to your warm quinoa. This will help with digestion and make it more palatable.

I love this salad and have made it many times for pot lucks and dinner parties. It’s a great side dish or makes a really well balance main dish as well. People love the mixture of savory, with sweet and spicy plus all the different textures. It’s healthy and delicious, what more could you ask for?

Warm Ginger Glazed Carrots Quinoa Salad #vegan #glutenfree #puremamas
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Warm Ginger Glazed Carrot Quinoa Salad Recipe

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a sauce pan add water and quinoa. Bring to the boil. Then cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes.

  2. While it’s cooking, add 1 Tbsp olive oil to a frying pan and add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook until onion is translucent.

  3. Add 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp olive oil, tamari, freshly grated ginger, honey or maple syrup, sea salt and chili flakes.

  4. Immediately add the chopped carrots. Cook until carrots are soft, about 10 additional minutes. They will start to blacken if you let them cook on medium. Using a metal spatula scrape bottom of the pan and keep cooking until caramelized. About 5-10 more minutes. Don’t let them burn.

  5. When quinoa is finished cooking, add 1/2 tsp olive oil and pinch of sea salt. Stir until fluffy.

  6. In a separate bowl add chopped kale, squeeze of lemon juice and 1/2 tsp olive oil. Using your hands massage the kale really well and let sit for a minute or two.

  7. Combine the quinoa with the caramelized carrots. Stir well. Add the kale mixture and toss again.

  8. Serve warm. Top with chopped fresh mint or cilantro, toasted sesame seeds or chopped toasted almonds or pecans.

Ramen Noodle Stir Fry Bowl

You guys might remember to-die-for Sautéed Ramen noodle dish!? After soaking the ramen noodles in hot water I saute them up in a frying pan with all sorts of spices, tamari and some oil. They turn out chewy and delicious every time. 

Stir Fry Ramen Noodle Bowl | Meatless Monday | no eggs, Vegan | plant-based | GF dairy-free

This time I added roasted vegetables, fresh herbs and topped it all off with toasted sesame seeds. The possibilities with this ramenstir fry bowl is endless - you can do mushrooms, onions, chopped kale, roasted tomatoes, tofu or any other protein you feel inclined to add. You'll be surprised how simple this is to make and how healthy it is. It tastes like a guilty pleasure - something really greasy that you order from a Chinese restaurant. 

Rice Millet Ramen Noodle Bowl | GF Vegan | #purekitchenblog

Also, did I mention that my kids devour this ramen noodle stir fry? If you have picky eaters, leave the roasted vegetables on the side. You will be roasting them separately from the stir fried noodles, so it's easy to do. I can't make enough of these noodles for my kids. 

Veggie Noodle Stir Fry Recipe

yields 3 main dishes

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz Lotus rice millet ramen noodles
  • 1 head broccoli, stem removed, chopped florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, super thinly sliced
  • sea salt & pepper
  • 6 cloves raw garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp butter or oil
  • 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sweet chili sauce (sweet stuff)
  • 1 Tbsp chili paste (spicy stuff)
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp shallots, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cover the hard ramen noodles in boiling water for 4 minutes. Strain and set aside. 
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a cookie sheet with oil or butter. Place chopped broccoli florets and red bell pepper on sheet. Sprinkles with sea salt and bake for 15 minutes. 
  3. In a large frying pan, add garlic, butter, tamari, chili sauces, agave, chopped shallots and spices. Heat on medium. Let garlic start to get fragrant. Add strained noodles. Fry for about 3-4 minutes, tossing over and over, careful nothing burns. Keep tossing for another 3-4 minutes until noodles start to dry. 
  4. When ready to serve toss the noodles with the roasted vegetables. Serve warm. 
  5. Top with fresh herbs and/or sesame seeds or even chicken or tofu. 

Also, check out the 4th of July cocktail recipes I did for North River Farms. You can find the entire recipe up on their Instagram page. Don't they look tasty and refreshing?...

Vodka Berry Bombs | Fresh fruit Cocktail Recipe
4th of July Berry Vodka Bombs! | cocktails | berry cocktails

Warming Carrot Ginger Soup (raw vegan)

I think clean eating and detox is on everybody's minds seeing that it's January and all (remember those new years resolutions?). But who wants to think about smoothies, juicing and cold raw food when its fareeezzing outside? I have some good new for you. Did you know that raw ginger root and raw garlic make you feel warm inside even when the dish is actually cold or room temp? It's true! 

Warming Carrot Ginger Soup | raw vegan gf recipe | #purektichen #puremamas

And this warming carrot ginger soup recipe is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. Go ahead Try it. The soup also has raw jalapeño in there as well which really adds to the heat. Add avocado and you've got a really great healthy, delicious meal. 

Detoxing doesn't alway have to met juicing or fasting. Your body often lacks hydration, adequate minerals, vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients that a raw food diet is abundant in. Giving your system a week of these energizing, high energy, living, vibrant foods and not filling it with sodium, fake foods, meat, dairy and overly cooked (lifeless and dull) foods is just the change you need. 

Warming Carrot Ginger Soup | raw vegan gf recipe | #purektichen #puremamas

Start with this carrot ginger soup recipe. And just feel the life and energy you get from it. I always feel so clean, alert and healthy after eating it. Let me know what you think. I'm curious if your body feels the same way?

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No cooking necessary - just a quick mix in the blender and you're good to go! No dishes, no scrubbing, no big mess! Top with your favorite things like fresh herbs, sprouts, or even some cashew cream. 

If you want to do an easy 4 day raw food cleanse which includes some smoothies but mainly soups likes this and salad, you can buy my ebook for vibrant recipes, inspiration, words of wisdom, tips and step by step 4 day detox menu.  

Warming Carrot Ginger Soup | raw vegan gf recipe | #purektichen #puremamas

Warming Carrot Ginger Soup

yields 2 bowls

INGREDIENTS

Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe | raw vegan
  • 10-12 oz fresh pressed carrot juice
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 small jalapeño, sliced and chopped
  • 2 cloves raw garlic, pressed
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • squeeze of fresh lemon and orange juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp shallots, mined and chopped
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • garnish: fresh herbs, sprouts

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a high speed blender add all of the ingredients except for the avocado and the garnish. 
  2. Blend on low and then medium to high slowly. Blend for about 20 seconds until creamy and well combined. It might foam, but that's ok. 
  3. Add slices of avocado to each bowl and top with fresh herbs and sprouts. 

 

Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad

Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad | Recipe Makeover | Vegan

Oh boy, I think I just created a new weekly staple. This Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad will not only leave you satisfied but it will have your taste buds jumping for joy! There are so many different flavors and textures; it's like a party in your mouth. Ok, yeah, that sounds a little weird, but I'm totally serious. There is a little peppery flavor, some hot spice, a little sweet, tons of different herbs, toasted oils and nuts and a touch of salt all combined with the fresh crunchy flavorful cabbage, carrots and greens. 

Chinese Chicken Salad | Vegan Recipe Makeover
Chinese "Chicken" Salad | Vegan Recipe Makeover | Detox Friendly!  #puremamas #purekitchen

This recipe not only tastes delicious but is easy to make - takes only 15-20 minutes max - and requires not cooking. I love Tofurkey's vegan oven roasted "chicken" that my local health food stores sells. The texture is like chicken but the flavor is better (of course), the ingredients are pretty clean and there's tons of protein. This healthy vegan Chinese "Chicken" Salad is filling and would be a great pot luck dish. 

Fresh & Tangy, this Chinese Chicken Salad will knock your socks off and have you coming back for seconds! It's a perfect New Year's Resolution Detox meal! enjoy this delicious Recipe.
Recipe Makeover: Chinese "Chicken" Salad Recipe now vegan! Enjoy! #puremamas #purekitchen

I have so many friends on a detox right now after the indulgent holiday! If that's the case for you as well, you need to make my healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad recipe! It is guilt-free, high in fiber, high in protein and healthy fats but also abundant in antioxidant rich veggies. The dressing combines fresh ginger, lemon and garlic (great for cold prevention) with almond butter and toasted sesame oil. What are you waiting for - grab these ingredients while you're at the store and make this salad - you'll be so happy you listened to me! (wink)

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Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad
The Chinese Chicken Salad has a fresh new look and feel: no real chicken meat in this recipe; just tons of veggies and mock chicken protein. You'll love the tangy yet toasted flavor with the crunchy raw vegetables.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup, finely sliced or grated purple cabbage
  • 1 cup, finely sliced or grated green cabbage
  • 3, julienned carrots
  • 2 cups other greens of choice (i.e. romaine or arugula)
  • 2 thinly sliced and chopped radishes
  • 1/4 cup, chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup, chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup, shredded or chopped (I use Tofurkey Brand) "chicken"
  • 2, finely chopped green onion (scallions)
  • 3 Tbsp toasted almonds or peanuts
Instructions
Prep veggies by chopping, slicing and shredding. Add to a large salad bowl. Toss well. Add chicken and nuts, then toss again. Dress the salad when ready to serve. Toss well. Serve immediately.
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Chinese "Chicken" Salad Dressing
This dressing is so tangy, not too sweet, and a touch spicy! Makes a perfect dressing for any Asian style salad.
Ingredients
  • 3 cloves, minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp, grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 3 Tbsp tamari
  • 3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp (or to taste) honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes or tabasco
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
Instructions
Place everything in a high speed blender or large measuring cup. Whisk until completely well combined or blend on medium until well combined. Dress the salad when ready to serve. Toss well. Serve immediately.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: dressing for 1 large salad