Tomato Pie

Tomato pie is kind of a spin-off of pizza. I always loved pizza with a lot of sauce so this to me is the best of both worlds!

Tomato Pie
The Sweet Plant Life

Pizza dough – either homemade or store bought
Crushed tomatoes or your favorite pizza sauce
Cashew Parmesan cheese, optional

Preparation:

Prepare the pizza dough. I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free kit and partially baked the dough prior to adding the sauce and the cheese. Next add a good amount of sauce. Sprinkle with cashew Parmesan cheese. I baked in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes. It may take longer if you do not prebake the crust.

This is a quick recipe if you have prepurchased pizza dough. You could also top with fresh tomatoes on top of the sauce. It is great as an appetizer or a main course with a side salad. Enjoy!

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Sunday Dinner

I remember when I was a kid having a big Sunday dinner, the one day where everyone came together. This recipe is worthy of that gathering whether it be friends or family.

Cauliflower Parmesan
The Sweet Plant Life
Serves 4

One head Cauliflower
Bread crumbs (regular or gluten free)
Seasonings ( I used Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper)
Dairy-free milk ( I used unsweetened coconut milk)
Crushed tomatoes or pasta sauce
Dairy free mozzarella cheese
Spaghetti or salad or both

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375. Place coconut milk, about 1-1/2 to 2 cups in bowl. Place bread crumbs and seasonings in another bowl.

Try to cut the cauliflower into pieces so they lay flat. Dip cauliflower in “milk” then coat in seasonings. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all pieces of cauliflower are coated. Place in preheated oven and bake for about 49 minutes.

Take out of oven and top with tomato sauce and “cheese” then bake for another 20-30 minutes. While this is baking, prepare spaghetti.

When the cheese has melted, it is ready to serve. If the cheese is not melted after 30 minutes you could place it under a broiler for a few minutes to melt it. Enjoy!

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Juicing

I’ve done a 3 day juice cleanse a few times and it is amazing the way I feel by day 3. So much energy and clarity. I have been having juice everyday for a little over a year and love how the way it makes me feel. Here are a few of my favorite creations.

Watermelon Juice

Watermelon
1/2 to 1 lime
10-15 mint leaves

Green Juice

Apples
1 cucumber
Ginger

Prepare the ingredients according to your juicer instructions and juice.

I put generic instructions as it really depends on your juicer and the water content of the fruits and vegetables as to how much juice you will get. I love the watermelon juice on a hot summer day – it is so refreshing and hydrating!

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Tofu Scramble

If you are vegan and missing eggs, this recipe is for you. From time to time I crave eggs and found this to be a good substitute. Growing up my mom made eggs with cream cheese and ham. I added cream cheese to this to add a little extra flavor.

Tofu Scramble
The Sweet Plant Life
Serves 3 – 4

Ingredients:
Coconut oil – About 1-2 tbsp.
1 block extra firm tofu
About 2 tbsp vegan cream cheese
1 Green onion, chopped
Turmeric
Smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp miso paste
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Melt coconut oil in pan. Add tofu to pan and mash up with fork so it resembles scrambled eggs.

Add cream cheese, green onions, turmeric powder (so it looks egg colored), smoked paprika and mustard powder. Heat over medium heat for a few minutes. Add remaining ingredients. *Note: miso paste is salty so I would do a taste test before adding salt.

You could serve this with vegan sausage or potatoes. You could make an egg sandwich with the tofu scramble and add some cheese – my favorite is Chao creamy original or enjoy as is!

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Banana Oat Cookies

This recipe is a very versatile one and there are many versions that can be found on the internet. It’s another easy recipe but you do need ripe bananas.

Banana Oat Cookies
The Sweet Plant Life
Makes about 6-8 cookies depending on the size

2 bananas, mashed
1 cup rolled oats (can use gluten free)
Dash of cinnamon
3 tbsp dairy-free chocolate chips or raisins or dried cherries

Optional add-ins: walnuts, pecans, coconut.

Preparation: Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Mash the bananas and add in the remaining ingredients. Mix until combined. Drop onto spoonfuls on cooking sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven about 15-20 minutes until light brown. Try not to eat all at once!

I like adding walnuts, cinnamon and coconut to the cookies. I think adding in some dried cherries would also be a great addition with the chocolate chips. Experiment and see what tickles your taste buds!

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Spaghetti Salad

Tonight my daughter and I are going to my mom’s Mother/Daughter banquet. It is a potluck and I am really short on time. I decided to make spaghetti salad since it is super easy and quick to make.

Spaghetti Salad
The Sweet Plant Life
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
16 oz. spaghetti, cooked and cooled
12 oz Italian dressing- I like Wegman’s Zesty Italian but use your favorite
Grape tomatoes, quartered

Preparation:
Prepare spaghetti according to package directions or you could use leftover spaghetti if you have. Allow spaghetti to cool. Once cooled add in the dressing and tomatoes. I save a little dressing and put it on right before serving. If you’d like you could also add in cashew Parmesan or your favorite vegan mozzarella cheese.

This salad is also one of my go to salads in the summertime when it is hot and I would rather be outside than indoors cooking. It is also great to take along to a picnic. Enjoy!

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Quinoa and Vegetables

I think a lot of people think a nutritious meal means a lot of time spent in the kitchen. Quinoa is a very versatile seed and takes only about 20 minutes to make. It is also a great source of protein.

Quinoa and Vegetables
The Sweet Plant Life
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups quinoa
Your favorite veggies
Sauce ingredients such as sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, amino acids

Preparation:

To prepare the quinoa, measure it out and rinse with water. Place in saucepan. If you are using 1-1/2 cups of quinoa place 3 cups of water in saucepan. The rule of thumb is to double the amount of water to quinoa.

Place on high and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 15-20 minutes.

While the quinoa is cooking prepare a double boiler by placing water in the bottom and your veggies in the top basket. Cook on high for about 10 minutes.

When the quinoa and vegetables are done cooking, place desired amounts of each in a bowl and add your favorite sauce. I like adding sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and amino acids to taste. Enjoy!

If you have leftover quinoa you could use it to make a breakfast bowl by adding your favorite non- dairy milk and warm over medium heat.  I like adding in bananas, strawberries and almonds and some shredded coconut on top. Delicious!

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