Friday, January 22, 2021

Healthy Apple and Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Vegan Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples

This healthy, plant-based vegan apple and cinnamon baked oatmeal recipe gets an added nutrient boost from diced fresh apples. It's delicious, filling and simple to make for a hearty breakfast, snack or even dessert!

If you watch food and recipe videos on Youtube, you can't help but see how popular oatmeal is for a healthy breakfast. Personally I find there's a limit to how many bowls of oatmeal (aka porridge) I can eat. For a (delicious) change, baked oatmeal is a nice choice. You get the health benefits of oats - they help you feel full, they are a good source of fibre, they may lower blood sugar levels and they contain important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants - in a different, palate-pleasing, almost dessert-like format. 

For a nutritional punch that can't be beat, add apples to your baked oatmeal. This apple and cinnamon baked oatmeal calls for Cosmic Crisp Washington Apples, a new and tasty apple variety that's been in development for two decades. Cosmic Crisps are classically bred (non-GMO) to be crispier and sweeter than other apple varieties and naturally slow to brown.

*This post is sponsored by Cosmic Crisp Washington Apples. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.*

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Easy Chickpea Salad Sandwich With Cosmic Crisp Apples (Vegan Recipe)

Easy Chickpea Salad Sandwich Recipe (Vegan)

Crunchy Cosmic Crisp apple chunks in a delicious mix of mashed chickpeas, vegan mayo, pickles, dried cranberries and more. This easy chickpea salad recipe can be used as a sandwich filling on toast or in a wrap, or put the chickpea salad on top of lettuce for a grain-free, low-calorie lunch option.

This easy chickpea salad recipe is a lunchtime staple in our house. We serve it in tortilla wraps with lettuce, on toast with avocado slices or simply on top of lettuce, without bread. Sometimes I eat it straight out of the bowl! Chickpea salad is popular with us because it's fast and easy to prepare, as well as being healthy and tasty. You may have seen similar chickpea salad recipes before, but did they contain crispy chunks of fresh apple? That's my (now not-so-) secret ingredient! The recipe calls for Cosmic Crisp Washington Apples, and they add a crunch that contrasts beautifully with the creamy mashed chickpea filling. 

Cosmic Crisps are crispier and sweeter than other apple varieties. They add increased nutrition to this already healthy chickpea salad - one medium apple contains just 100 calories, negligible fat and six grams of fibre. Cosmic Crisps are a perfect addition to this salad because, in addition to being sweet and crisp, they are naturally slow to brown when cut, meaning you can use leftover chickpea salad the next day (store it in a tightly covered container in the fridge). 

*This post is sponsored by Cosmic Crisp Washington Apples. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.*

Monday, January 11, 2021

40 Vegan Air Fryer Recipes, From Appetizers To Desserts

A collection of 40 incredible vegan (and vegetarian) air fryer recipes, from appetizers and sides to mains, breakfasts and desserts. Many of these vegan air fryer recipes are also gluten-free.

I gifted myself with an air fryer this Christmas, because I love all kitchen gadgets (and creating and eating food of course). We have, naturally, used our new air fryer to make delicious French fries and sweet potato fries. Air fryer tofu has become a new favourite too, as well as air fryer spiced chickpeas. I admit I don't use all of my kitchen gadgets regularly, but I'm finding the air fryer is quickly becoming a necessity. We keep it right on the counter because it's getting lots of use! (I have this Ninja Air Fryer that cooks, crisps and dehydrates. (affiliate link)

An air fryer might be your new best friend in helping you to make your new year's resolutions a reality, because it's perfect for producing healthy, low oil or oil-free recipes. Whether you are looking to lower the calorie density of your foods, create more vegan or vegetarian recipes or simply reduce oil consumption for heart health, the air fryer can create a crisp; fried consistency with little or no oil. 

For creative inspiration when using my new air fryer, I turned to some talented blogging friends who have a lot of experience crafting delicious, innovative plant-based, vegan (and vegetarian) air fryer recipes. They were kind enough to share links to their recipes - you'll find them below. Whether you are an air fryer newbie like me or have been using your air fryer for ages, I'm sure you'll enjoy these 40 vegan air fryer recipes, from appetizers to desserts. Many of these recipes are also gluten-free or have gluten-free variations. (I have not always indicated when a recipe is gluten-free so head over to the recipe creator's site to check it out.)

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Healthy Tofu and Cashew Stir Fry On The Reducetarian Website

 

Healthy Tofu and Cashew Stir Fry (vegan, plant-based)

Happy New Year! As we turn our calendar pages over to a new year, making resolutions isn't mandatory by any means. But it can't hurt to put a renewed focus on healthy eating and getting more veggies and plant-based proteins into our diets. (You might even be participating in Veganuary?) With this in mind, I created a very simple, weeknight meal recipe to add to the wealth of inspirational plant-based recipes on the Reducetarian website. 

My Healthy Tofu and Cashew Stir Fry recipe is easy and fast to make, and calls for simple ingredients, but it's also warm and filling, for a perfect mid-winter healthy, nourishing lunch or dinner meal. 

Head over to Reducetarian.org to get my recipe.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Christmas Breakfast Oatmeal Chai Medjool Date Muffins (Vegan Recipe)


Christmas Breakfast Oatmeal Chai Medjool Date Muffins (Vegan Recipe)

I personally don't like to spend a lot of time making Christmas breakfast. I'd rather be playing with my new gifts and planning for dinner. If you're looking for easy Christmas breakfast ideas, these Oatmeal Chai Medjool Date Muffins are a great option. They are nourishing and delicious and - best of all - they can be made a day ahead of time. Eat these muffins as they are for Christmas breakfast, or heat them gently in the microwave or toaster oven and slather with lusciously melting vegan butter.  

These vegan muffins have a natural, oatmeal muffin base with a gentle hit of chai flavour and a delicious, slightly sweet and pleasantly textural punch from Natural Delights Medjool Dates. Make them a part of your Christmas breakfast menu this year and you won't regret it!

*This post is sponsored by Natural Delights. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.*

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Christmas Table Decor Ideas and An Easy Vegan Gingerbread Cake With Icing Sugar Glaze (Recipe)


*This post is sponsored by Giant Tiger. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.*

Even if you plan to host a very small Christmas gathering this year, a decorated Christmas table is essential to set a celebratory note. A delicious dessert - like this easy vegan gingerbread cake with icing sugar glaze - is also key. No matter the size of the party, let's cozy in with a festive atmosphere and some delicious food!

Once again this year, I headed to Canadian retailer Giant Tiger to find the dishes and decor for my Christmas table. Shopping at Giant Tiger is so convenient because they also have a grocery department, so I was able to pick up all the baking ingredients for my gingerbread cake in the same visit. See last year's Christmas table decorations in this post.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Easy Rosemary and Onion Focaccia (knead by hand or with a stand mixer)

Easy Rosemary and Onion Focaccia (healthy, vegan)

*This post is sponsored by Idaho-Eastern Oregon Spanish Sweet Onions. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.*

If you sometimes put off making certain recipes because they seem intimidating, then this easy focaccia bread recipe is for you! I didn't make focaccia for a long time simply because I thought it would be difficult. It's a recipe that my Italian mother-in-law makes and she's somebody who doesn't mind spending all day in the kitchen to make a great meal. (As much as I love to eat a great meal, I get agitated if I'm in the kitchen cooking for more than an hour.) Turns out, focaccia is super easy to make - no fuss at all! And you can make this simple focaccia recipe with a stand mixer or knead the dough by hand for about 5 minutes.

This recipe makes one good-sized focaccia. Focaccia is best eaten fresh in the first day or two, so I prefer to make a small amount. And it's also less work to make one at a time. Remember less work is what we're going for. I have topped this focaccia with traditional rosemary, but to make it extra delicious I have also added Idaho-Eastern Oregon Spanish Sweet Onions. They bring so much flavour to this focaccia recipe and they are quick to prepare. Simply sauté Spanish Sweets in a small amount of oil with a pinch of salt for a few minutes and they are ready to be oven-baked on top of this naturally vegan focaccia.