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?

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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.

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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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 3 dinner salads
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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

Mushroom & Chickpea (vegan!) Korma

This mushroom and chickpea korma is a unique dish. Dairy and meat free but high in protein, fiber, healthy carbs and tons of flavor - this dish is a perfectly complete vegan meal. The creamy "curry" base is a mixture of spices and coconut cream with the addition of tomato paste.

Vegan Mushroom Korma | #vegan #purekitchen #puremamas
Vegan Korma | made with mushrooms & chickpeas #puremamas #purekitchenblog

Korma is a type of curry dish but doesn't taste like your typical yellow or red curry. The spice combination of garam masala, coriander and the cardamom make it really unique and flavorful but not too over the top, so kids enjoy it as well. Typically made with yogurt and meat, we are doing things differently around here, as usual. 

Unlike the majority of my recipes featured on my blog, I chose to try another food bloggers recipe and modify it as I saw fit. The original recipe comes from QuiteGoodFood.co.nz. Here photos are quite good as well. I adapted the recipe just a smidge and it turned out great!

What I love about this Chickpea Korma Indian dish:

  • it's got quite a bit of protein (13g per serving - add rice and there's more). 
  • it's extremely flavorful but also not too much - so kids love it as well. 
  • it's hearty, warm and fills you up. 
  • perfect for a Winter evening. 
  • the left-overs taste even better. 
  • you can sub mushrooms for small potatoes if you aren't a mushroom fan. 
Vegan Curry with Chickpeas Recipe #purekitchen #puremamas

If you don't follow me on instagram it's a good time to do so because I've decided to share some recipes on instagram ONLY! Meaning, you will find an entire recipe and photos on my social media account that aren't featured here on the blog or in my newsletter. For example, I recently posted this Creamy Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce Recipe exclusively for Instagram. 

Mushroom (vegan!) Korma | #puremamas #purekitchen

Now back to Korma, if you are new to Indian dishes, this is a good place to start. One thing I loved about creating another bloggers dish is that I learned something really valuable when it comes to curries: "A little secret to making more-authentic home-made curries, is to blitz your onion, garlic and ginger first (or grate if you don’t have a food processor). Your curry sauce will have a far better flavour and texture." - Amber of Quite Good Food

Cool, right? Yeah yeah, it's an extra and kind of annoying step, but it really is worth it! I love the way the curry smell fills up the kitchen when I'm making it as well. It always cheers up my tired grumpy kids after a long day of school and sports. 

Healthy Curry with Mushrooms & Chickpeas (vegan!) #puremamas
Vegan Korma with Mushrooms and Chickpeas! #puremamas

INGREDIENTS

Spices:

Chickpea and Mushroom Korma
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom

Korma base:

  • 1 large onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter or coconut oil 
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, whole if small, or chopped if larger
  • 1 can chickpeas (beans only, not the liquid)
  • 1 can coconut cream (just the thick white part, not the clear stuff)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp almond meal or flour (ground almonds)
  • 1 tsp salt

To serve:

  • Cooked rice
  • Cilantro
  • Toasted nuts

DIRECTIONS

  1. Measure out all of the dry spices into a bowl. Set aside. 

  2. Blitz onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor with 1/2 cup of water, until it is a thick, rough slurry. 

  3. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add 2 tbsp coconut oil. Once hot, put the onion mixture into the saucepan. Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring often, or until the liquid has evaporated and the onion mixture is golden brown. Turn down the heat if it is browning too quickly. 

  4. Add the dry spices, stir and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant. 

  5. Add the mushrooms, turn the heat up a bit and cook for another 1-2 minutes to coat the mushrooms in the spice mixture. Season with 1 tsp salt. 

  6. Add coconut cream, chickpeas, tomato paste and the almond meal. Stir and then simmer for another 10 minutes. 

  7. Serve with cooked rice and garnish with your favorite toppings like toasted nuts and cilantro.

Enjoy! Have a wonderful first weekend of December. What are your plans? I'm going to our holiday parade here in town on Saturday and I'm really looking forward to it. 

Recipe heavily adapted from QuiteGoodFood

To-Die-For Sautéed Noodles [vegan gf]

So lately I have been obsessed with noodles or grains and greens. Dinner is a giant bowl of chopped greens, dressing and starch. The red leaf lettuce is my favorite; it's so delicate, bitter but subtle, crunchy, light and is perfect with dressing of any kind. My kids LOVE red leaf lettuce; they would eat an entire bowl full without even one complaint. 

simple red leaf lettuce salad | vegan gluten free

The greens look something like this. I usually add a dash of lemon and some vegan mayo. Then I add garbanzo beans (uncooked). Protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, nitrates, and the list goes on. It's filling and has a high water content. No frying, no baking, no sauteeing. It's so easy and simple, right?

red leaf lettuce salad | sautéed noodles | gluten-free vegan

The starch I add to my greens are usually one of the following:

sweet potatoes

baked baby potatoes

noodles with my no cook magical marinara

white rice or brown rice

quinoa

This combo is really easy to to digest, quick and easy to make on a school night and my kids love it as well, so that's a win. Add some seeds and beans of any kind or some beyond meat or mock meat of your choice (optional).  

to-die-for simple sautéed noodles | gluten free & vegan

But this particular Saturday night I wanted something special. So I boiled noodles, as usual, and this time I sautéed them up in a hot pan with other sweet, salty and spicy ingredients like garlic, [vegan] butter, chili paste and tamari. It was to-die-for! Add these to-die-for sautéed noodles to your basic chopped red leaf lettuce and you've got a bomb ass healthy vegan dinner for the whole family! I made it twice just to be sure I wasn't crazy and that this was in fact so tasty. So you can trust me on this one. My kids devoured it and agreed they are to-die-for. 

to-die-for sautéed noodles [vegan & gf]

The list of steps and ingredients looks long but it really only takes 10 minutes to make this entire dinner. It might take a few more minutes the first time you make it but once you get the hang of it, it takes no time at all. Remember, as I always say, have fun and add your own spices or herbs or ingredients. 

to-die-for sautéed noodles with red leaf lettuce! perfect vegan dinner for the whole family!

 

TO-DIE-FOR SAUTEED NOODLES & RED LEAF LETTUCE RECIPE

serves 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 kids

to-die-for sautéed noodles {vegan + gf}

INGREDIENTS

for the salad:

  • 1 head red leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp vegan mayo
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cups garbanzo beans (just rinsed, no cooking needed)

for the noodles:

DIRECTIONS

  1. Boil the Lotus Foods noodles for 3-4 minutes according to package. 
  2. While it's boiling, chop the red leaf lettuce and set it in a bowl. Add the garbanzo beans, mayo and lemon. Mix well with your hands or utensils of choice. Set aside. 
  3. Warm the butter or oil in a pan with minced raw garlic and chopped onion for about 2 minutes until onion is translucent.
  4. Add the boiled noodles and toss. Cook for about 1 minute and then add the rest of the spices (agave, tamari, onion powder, chili flakes and chili paste). 
  5. Toss and cook for about 3-4 minutes until noodles are dry in texture and cooked well. (see photos). 
  6. Serve with the greens and topped with toasted sesame seeds or fresh herbs. 

NOTE: do not use regular spaghetti noodles. You must use the chow mien style noodle. Or pad thai style. They are totally different in texture and will yield much better results. 

NOTE #2: the original recipe posted on Oct 8 has been edited due to an ingredient not being completely vegan. I didn't even realize my chili paste had anchovies in it 🙀. Totally my bad. But I modified it and this version is even better. I have made it 3 times and it's BOMB still. Enjoy. Truly sorry for that, guys! 

Cauliflower & Raisin Stuffed Bell Peppers

Fall is around the corner so I have been testing more recipes in the oven lately. This stuffed bell pepper recipe isn't new though; I've been making it for years now. In fact, I got my mom hooked years ago and she make it all the time (see photos below). We love to play around with different ingredients. This time it was Cauliflower, raisins and toasted pine nuts. 

cauliflower and raisin stuffed bell peppers recipe [vegan] [gluten-free] #purekitchenblog #puremamas

Stuffed bell peppers are exciting because they are so versatile in what goes in them. My Cauliflower and Raisin Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe is exact but please feel free to use your favorite vegetables, nuts or seeds and herbs. 

You can even add cheese like feta (my mom's favorite) if you're not vegan or a Daiya or Kite Hill vegan style would be my choice. 

Simple & Versatile Stuffed Bell Peppers [vegan] [gluten-free] [plant-based] #purekitchenblog #puremamas
Cauliflower & Raisin Stuffed Bell Peppers | #purekitchenblog #puremamas #vegan #glutenfree

I try and eat low fat most of the time but I find roasting or pan sautéing without any oil is difficult, so I add as little as possible. Usually I use a little water first to steam and cook the veggies down and then add a touch of oil for the final sautéing. The other option is to dry sauté or use a tiny bit of oil first until the juice from the veggies seeps out and you can use that for the rest of the cooking process. 

When I use oils to cook I try not to use cheese or avocado. That way a least the fat content isn't too high. Don't get me wrong I love fat but I don't like too much oils. I like to get my fat from avocados, nuts coconut etc.

What's your favorite fat? Do you think low-fat is almost impossible and boring? I sometimes do, I have to admit. So I def splurge from time to time. 

Vegan Cauliflower & Raisin Stuffed Bell Peppers #puremamas #purekitchen

Not to mention I have spent the past week on a low-fat raw vegan diet. Have you checked out my raw vegan cleanse? I created a meal plan and helpful shopping guide with loads of inspiration, motivation and 30+ recipes to have on hand. Click here to see more photos and pricing.  

So now just al little fat for flavor and texture because I reset my palate after that week. It helps to cleanse from time to time; the body really appreciates it. You'll be so glad you did it. 

[vegan] Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe | super simple! delicious!
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Cauliflower and Raisin Stuffed Bell Peppers

yields 8 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 4-5 bell peppers, cut in half, seeds removed
  • 2 cups cauliflower rice (or make your own)
  • 2 cups cooked white or brown rice 
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh corn 
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted or dry roasted
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • fresh parsley, chopped (or other herbs like basil, cilantro, arugula, etc.)
  • sea salt, to taste
  • spices like pepper, cumin, red chili flakes, etc. 

DIRECTONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. In a large baking dish or cookie sheet, place the bell peppers that are cut in half already and seeded. Cook them for about 20 minutes, until soft. They might produce juice/water, so be careful when taking them out of the oven. 
  3. While the peppers are baking, put the olive oil or coconut oil into a frying pan or skillet on the stovetop. Press the garlic (or mince it) into the warm oil along with the chopped scallion. Cook until scallions are translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Don't let them burn. 
  4. For the cauliflower rice, I suggest just buying it pre-made to make your life easier. Even Costco and Target have it pre-made and I think Trader Joes as well. Same with the rice; just cook it ahead of time in a rice cooker or buy it frozen (pre cooked) at your local health food store. 
  5. Add the rice and cauliflower rice to the hot skillet. Add the chopped tomatoes, corn and pinch of salt. Add any spices you feel like adding. I only added pepper, salt this time and red chili flakes for spice. 
  6. Cook for about 4 minutes, tossing and coating. Cook on medium or medium/high until most of the water has evaporated (about 2 more minutes). 
  7. Turn off heat. Add raisins and mix well. Fill each bell pepper half with the mixture. Fill them full and well - pushing some into the corners of the bell peppers. 
  8. This is where you can add vegan cheese (or regular if you wish). Cook in the oven for another 10 minutes. 
  9. Remove from oven. Let cool. Then serve. 
  10. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and tons of fresh herbs. 
  11. Enjoy!