This recipe is a play on one of my favorite veganized recipes: Chicken Noodle Soup | Veganized. In my opinion, chicken and dumplings are the definition of comfort food, and so delicious you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to make!
Growing up, I remember my grandma making chicken and dumplings. It was far from a healthy meal, but it was a favorite comfort food of mine throughout my childhood.
Over the years, I’ve developed a love for integrating nutrition into some of my favorite recipes from my childhood and trying my best to create the same comfort and warmth but veganizing it without compromising on deliciousness.
Most recipes I veganize I try to replicate exactly how I remember them, but for this one I wanted to boost the nutrition and add in lots of comforting colorful vegetables. I flipped my grandma’s chicken and dumpling recipe upside down and incorporated veggies, vegetable broth, and dairy-free milk and butter; and left out the Crisco, cow’s milk, *real* chicken, and dairy butter. It’s a lot different than her original recipe, but it still provides the same comfort, warmth, and satisfaction.
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I first fell in love with cooking through the famous French chef Julia Child. She had such an incredible way about her when it came to her love of cooking, and finding her passion in making French cooking accessible for Americans. I watched Julia and Julia, read books about her, watched her hilarious cooking show: The French Chef, and bought every cookbook of hers I could find. When I began transitioning into becoming vegetarian, I still appreciated her but knew that I may never be able to continue cooking with her and creating her recipes.
Recently, I’ve been trying to veganize just about everything… from chicken noodle soup to California sushi rolls. I knew the ultimate vegan challenge would be to take on any of Julia Child’s recipes, specifically her famous Boeuf Bourguignon. After some research, I came up with the perfect game plan on how I was going to tackle this flavorful, butter filled recipe making it 100% vegan, and I think I did it!
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When going vegan, or trying to eat more plant-based it seems daunting to give up cheese… it’s so creamy, rich, and delicious. But dairy is filled with saturated fat, cholesterol, milk proteins (which have been shown to be linked to all different types of cancers), and can cause inflammation all throughout the body. I came up with the perfect recipe to replace all your dairy-filled cheesey cream sauces. This cashew cream sauce is not only an amazing alternative to dairy cheese sauces, but it’s also packed with nutrients that are good for you!
Soaking the cashews helps to soften them and break them down so they can be digested better as well as blend more easily. I used raw cashews, but you can use roasted if that is the only option available to you. Cashews can be found in most bulk sections of the grocery store, as well as packaged with the nuts and seeds. They contain healthy fats that are unsaturated, and are also packed with selenium, vitamin K, magnesium, and iron.
Cashews are neutral in flavor which makes this sauce the perfect base for lots of recipes!
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Up in the High Country fall starts early, so the chilly weather has begun to set in and I’ve been wanting all of my favorite cozy foods like soups, chilis, and casseroles. I’ve especially been loving the process of making (and eating) homemade chicken noodle soup. Soups are so comforting for me to make because they are almost always simple, leave my house smelling delicious, and just puts me in an overall good mood. I’ve put together an incredibly simple homemade chicken noodle soup recipe that will leave you wondering… “how is this vegan??”.
- 1 cup carrots
- 1 cup celery
- 1 cup white onion
- 1 1/2 cup yukon potatoes
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 4 – 6 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups dry noodles of choice
- 1 package of frozen vegan chicken
- 5 cloves of garlic
- Salt & pepper (to taste)
- Parsley & rosemary (optional)
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Turmeric and ginger are two incredible roots that are helpful in reducing inflammation. Turmeric has extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects in addition to it being an antioxidant. It is bright orange in color and will stain just about anything it touches (so beware). I always tell people to eat foods that stain your hands, and turmeric (along with beets, berries, tomatoes, etc.) is a great example of that. The color in fresh fruits and vegetables are powerful antioxidants, so the richer the color the richer the antioxidants! Ginger is known for not only it’s anti-inflammatory properties, but also it’s ability to aid in digestion.
Both roots have a bittery spiced earth flavor and hearty stringy texture, so eating them raw (or ground) can be a little difficult if you’re not a huge spice lover. I find it difficult to incorporate these medicinal roots into my own diet, so I came up with an awesome smoothie recipe to help myself benefit from their anti-inflammatory effects.
You may intimidated by something that looks like it could be inedible, but have no fear; fresh turmeric and ginger root are super simple to prepare! They can be found in almost all grocery stores in the produce section. They’re usually by the garlic, potatoes, and other non-refrigerated/dry produce. Most all grocery stores sell them both by the pound, so you just can buy as much as you want to have at a time.
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