Easy Ciabatta Bread Recipe with Garlic and Basil Bruschetta

Appetizers, Bread, Recipes | April 3, 2016 | By

If you haven’t ever tried Ciabatta bread, you are missing out! This light, airy, melt-in-your-mouth bread is a rustic bread lover’s dream. And with this Easy Ciabatta Bread Recipe you too can be baking loaves like a champ!

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Quick and Easy Vegan Pesto Recipe

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I have a confession.. I’ve never actually made a vegan pesto recipe before. It wasn’t even until I started working at a vegan restaurant that I had a taste! I fell in love immediately. The way lemon sensually pairs with basil is almost too perfect. Known for being notoriously easy to make, I dove right into the recipe-writing and testing!

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Fresh ingredients for a simple and delicious vegan pesto recipe.

I wanted to keep things simple, but also felt compelled to experiment (of course!). Nutritionally, hemp seeds and pine nuts are both powerhouses. I went with a blend for the base of the pesto. They get along perfectly, both having a semi-neutral flavor and extremely similar texture. Hemp seeds also happen to be way cheaper per pound! Yay!

(Feel free to substitute the hemp seeds for more pine nuts, as needed. It should turn out similar!)

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Whole cloves of garlic, fresh basil, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast combine for a taste surprisingly similar to the non-vegan style! My partner couldn’t believe how much it tasted like parmesan, and was shocked to find out it was nutritional yeast based! (he practically hates nooch!)

A vegan pesto recipe for every occasion!

I purposefully lessened the sometimes overwhelming lemon flavor for a multipurpose pesto sauce. This is perfect on pasta (duh!), but also goes amazingly well on toast, bread, veggies, or even as sauce on pizza! The options are virtually endless! Even better, it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, so you can throw it together last-minute.


Serves 1.5 cups

Quick and Easy Vegan Pesto Recipe

Fresh and delicious, simply combine in food processor and is ready to serve. Packs an impressive 9 grams of protein per serving!

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups basil
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds (or more pine nuts)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (or more)
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast

Instructions

  1. Pulse garlic in food processor until diced
  2. Add rest of ingredients (save the nutritional yeast) and pulse a couple more times to pulverize
  3. While on lowest speed, slowly pour in olive oil and combine until desired consistency. (I prefer a thicker pesto, if you would rather a smoother consistency experiment with adding more oil)
  4. Stir in nutritional yeast by hand and serve!
Cuisine: Italian | Recipe Type: Sauces/Spreads

Notes

Keeps in airtight container in fridge for up to a week.

7.6.6
52
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Calories
48 cal
Fat
1 g
Carbs
6 g
Protein
5 g


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Vegan Cauliflower Wings Recipe (plus a vegan ranch recipe!)

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As much as I love the holiday season, I couldn’t be more thankful for it to be over. The stress alone is enough for me to forget what day of the week it is! Knowing I had very little time to photograph or write, I instead chose to focus entirely on spending time with family. That being said, I couldn’t wait to get back to cooking! To help ring in the new year, I chose a new take on a classic.. vegan cauliflower wings. (Also a vegan ranch recipe and a homemade pepper sauce recipe to complete the package!)

The crispiest vegan cauliflower wings ever!

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I’ve struggled to produce superb results in the past, creating a doughy, goop mess covered in hot sauce. Not the best combination. A tip from this blog, claimed garbanzo bean flour helped create a crisp, “fried-like” texture. Sounded perfect! Hesitant to use 100% garbanzo flour, I used a whole wheat mixture for a more traditional coating. I was blown away by the results! The coating cooked into the perfect spicy crunch over perfectly baked cauliflower. Absolutely superb.

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The perfect hot sauce to accompany perfect vegan cauliflower wings!

I usually use store-bought hot sauce for the wings, which is perfectly fine! Not having any on-hand, I decided to attempt making my own. After scavenging the entire state of Arizona for fresh cayenne pepper, I resorted to a blend of Red Fresno Peppers and a single Habanero.

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This sauce definitely packs a punch. I can barely handle the strong heat, but the flavor is so good I can’t stop!
Feel free to de-seed the peppers to reduce heat as needed.

Lastly, no cauliflower wings recipe would be complete without a thick, creamy vegan ranch recipe to go along (and tame the heat!)

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Perhaps the easiest recipe in the trio, this creamy, garlicky vegan ranch is easy as hell to prepare! I seriously tossed all of the ingredients into a blender and ran until smooth! Use less milk if you prefer a thicker “dip” texture, more for a runnier “dressing”.


Vegan Cauliflower Wings Recipe (plus a vegan ranch recipe!)

Crispy vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, a Homemade Pepper Sauce, and a Homemade Vegan Ranch! What else could you ask for!?

35 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

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Ingredients

    For the cauliflower
  • 1 small-medium head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour (or sub for whole wheat or even all-purpose)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup + 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened soy milk
  • For the pepper sauce
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 4 red fresno peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Dash of cayenne
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter, melted (added just before coating wings)
  • For the Ranch
  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill (optional)

Instructions

    If making homemade hot sauce, start with that
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth
  2. Simmer on stovetop for 20-30 minutes
  3. (Right before you add the sauce to the wings, you'll also be adding 1 tablespoon of vegan butter. It'll be mentioned below, just keep it in mind!)
  4. For the cauliflower
  5. Preheat oven to 450°
  6. Chop cauliflower into small, bite-sized pieces and set aside
  7. Mix all other dry ingredients in medium sized bowl
  8. Slowly add soy milk until desired consistency is achieved. You want it tacky enough to stick, but runny enough to not glob together
  9. Now coat each piece of cauliflower in batter, shake off any excess, and put one layer of "wings" greased baking dish
  10. Bake for 15 minutes, turning halfway though
  11. Next, pull the wings out of the oven, coat in the pepper sauce and butter mixture, flip again, and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes until nice and crispy
  12. Remove from oven and let cool for several minutes before attempting to eat (a great time to start the ranch!)
  13. For the ranch dressing
  14. Blend all ingredients (save the dill) until smooth!
  15. For a thicker dip start with less milk, for a runnier dressing use more.
  16. Sprinkle on dill as a last-minute garnish
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Appetizer

Notes

Cooking times are including the Homemade Pepper Sauce. Prep time is considerably shorter if you opt for store-bought like Franks.

7.6.6
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Calories
172 cal
Fat
5 g
Carbs
27 g
Protein
6 g


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