It’s been a hella long time since I posted anything vegan on here. Laziness is really the excuse.
Now that’s out of the way, lol, let me talk to you about a recipe I just found – tempeh tacos.
I noticed a lot of vegan recipes use a lot of the same ingredients – tofu, tempeh, and jackfruit – in various forms. While it might be exciting at first, after a while, you’re wondering if you’re going to have the same ol’, same ol.
Enter a tempeh taco salad.
Tbh, this originally was supposed to be tempeh tacos but somewhere along the line either I said eff it or I was about to do tacos but kept snacking on the tempeh mixture. #fatgirlproblems
I created my own homemade guacamole using just avocados, tomatoes, lime, salt, and pepper. Yeah, that’s it. Sometimes you just need the basics without the B.S.
Most of all, this recipe was a big hit with the hubby. We’re both not vegans, but we love to eat a lot of plant-based food and go meatless several times a week. He really found this to be delicious. Bear didn’t care for it, but he’s also a rather picky five year old so I have to figure out another alternative for him when we do meatless dishes.
Recently, I received a very generous gift from the great folks over at Daily Kneads bread. Now, I’m going to keep it one hundred like I always do – I never heard of them. So, naturally I was a little apprehensive about trying a product I never heard of.
The struggle is real. “Eat your vegetables” is a battle cry heard in most households and around most dinner tables. My brother and I are no different. Between us we have five kids, aging parents and four cultures. We love to eat well and encourage our children to do the same. We don’t always succeed.
Growing up, good food and good bread was always a staple. As our parents and grandparents began aging they moved away from the heavy Eastern European foods to a more nutritious and balanced life style. Using less meat and fats and adding more vegetables and whole grains into our diets. Bread was ever-present. As parents, my brother and I are committed to sustain the ”better for you lifestyle” and pass it along to our children.
My family has many food restrictions. As a trained chef, a food tinkerer and a self-proclaimed foodie I always try to make life easier and tastier with these limitations. Like most families we value convenience and look for short cuts, and I realized we were becoming a statistic and eating more bread then vegetables.
In fact, Americans consume 62% of their recommended daily vegetables, and much less if you take away potatoes and corn. We do consume 110% of our daily recommended carbohydrates. Actually, Americans consume over 300 million sandwiches every day.
I decided to change course and come up with a Life-Hack to eating more vegetables. Driven by our family’s passion for bread and our desire to eat more vegetables, I brought the vegetable bread idea to my brother, who is also my business partner, and he was sold. He loved the idea, and after all, we are in the bakery business. But that wasn’t enough, we needed a proof of concept. We decided to keep it simple. We sampled our new concept to our families, our friends and our colleagues. As the results came in we knew we had a winner.
Our team set out on a two year journey to develop what is now Daily Kneads Whole Grain Vegetable Bread. There were three objectives 1. Create great tasting bread. 2. Make an All-Natural product, using whole ingredients, no artificial flavors and colors. 3. Infuse a serving of vegetables in a serving of bread.
Today, Daily Kneads is selling sliced bread, flatbreads and will shortly launch an Oatmeal Vegetable cookie. Enjoy our products at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily Kneads Bread will satisfy the most daring and the pickiest eaters. Now, eating vegetables is fast, convenient and delicious.
Bread is the essence of life. Eating good bread daily satisfies. Eating Daily Kneads Bread gratifies.
Pretty dope, huh?
Now I’m a person who’s easily impressed. It really doesn’t take much to impress me. I’ll see a car and go, ‘Ooh shiny!’ (Really, I do.) However, just because I’m impressed that people have figured out a way to incorporate veggies in bread, it doesn’t mean I’ll try them…
…unless if they’re yummy and then I might…
So, first, let’s begin with the sliced breads. The breads come in different flavors and we chose Spinach & Leek and Red Pepper.
And in case if you’re wondering if it really looks like that in person, it does:
The one thing I do love about Daily Kneads is how colorful they are!
The difference with Daily Kneads in comparison with regular white or whole-wheat bread (or any other bread, honestly) is you have to pair the food with it just right.
You’re probably not going to want to do peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on this, but this would make a kick-ass roasted turkey and guyere cheese sandwich:
My husband made himself a turkey sandwich with the spinach and leek bread and he said it came out excellent. The bread was a nice pairing with the turkey and other veggies he had on his sandwich.
Win-win for all!
Next up, we tried the flatbreads – sweet beet and tomato basil. Because they were flat breads, we did something a bit different. We used some cashew cheese and combined it with tomato and spinach:
While it is recommend to eat the flat bread warm, I believe giving it a light toast brings out more of the flavor. The cashew cheese worked very well and this could be used as a vegetarian option for sandwiches or appetizers.
The reason I’m not promoting this as a vegan option is because Daily Kneads is manufactured in a facility that also processes products containing milk. So I have to give that warning to those who are vegan or follow a vegan diet.
Overall, I do recommend the breads. They’re healthy for you, but they’re also pretty delicious. I know how sometimes eating healthy means getting rid of flavor, but not necessarily any more. I found a ton more sandwich ideas and flatbread recipes online to get creative.
Plus, who knew how good vegan cheese would taste on a flatbread?
I have a feeling this bread will come in very handy the next couple of days with leftovers. 🙂
For more information on Daily Kneads and where to purchase, visit here.
Special shout-out to Gabby, for her assistance and just being awesome! You’re amazing! 🙂 xoxoxo
Now, as a warning, I do post a lot of vegan food and recipes on here, however, this version of broccoli tots I’ve used is NOT vegan. It IS vegetarian. For the vegan version of broccoli tots that I found, click here. (Note: I haven’t tried that one so I can’t say yay or nay to it.)
These came out hella good. I actually the majority of them. Bear wasn’t interested, though I believe this recipe is kid-friendly (Bear’s in that stage where if he’s not around his friends to eat it, he just won’t and le sigh…). Hubby loves these as well so I can definitely say they’re a hit in this household.
Ever since I discovered a new love for tempeh, I’m curious to use it in other recipes. After we had some pretty good, but also unhealthy food in the last few days (I’m not going to resist National Fried Chicken Day), it was time to clean out our systems.
I’m not sure if there’s a way to thinly slice tempeh but I’ll keep trying. I don’t want it too thin where I’ll burn it but I don’t want it too thick where it’s too hard to chew. One thing I love about cooking – it’s really a trial and error process.
I combined a ton of spices, including smoked paprika (and that is a must-have staple in your home, btw), sea salt, crushed peppercorn, garlic powder, and onion powder. I did amend the recipe so my tempeh came out a bit more flavorful.
The biggest critic about vegan food is how it can be bland and not filling, so the key is to have lots of spices and experiment with flavors and textures. The vegan food I’ve always had (and maybe I’m just hella lucky in this respect) has always been flavorful and filling.
My longtime friend, Krista, gave me an awesome recipe for guacamole that I’ll share. While you can’t tell in this photo (this was before I added the other ingredients), it was very simple: sea salt, pepper, finely crushed red onions, and cilantro. She didn’t give measurements but it’s really to your preference. OMG, it is so good! It really goes with anything.
This is the tempeh after it was fried in olive oil for a few minutes and soaking on a paper towel. Now, I’m not going to lie and think, ‘Oh hey, that reminds me of bacon!’ because it sure in the hell doesn’t, but it tasted wonderful!
The recipe called for regular lettuce but I had black kale available and replaced it. The kale was raw but I think if I blanched it, it might have came out softer. The raw kale had a crispier, nuttier texture to it that I enjoy.
Ta-dah! OMG, this was freakin’ amazeballs! So good! One slice makes a very filling sandwich.