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.

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


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Vegan Pizza Crust Recipe (No Knead!)

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Mains, Recipes, The Basics | December 4, 2015 | By

hookA good vegan pizza crust recipe can be hard to find, let alone make. Once you find an easy one, you end up kneading the dough by hand for 12 hours before rising for another week! I want pizza today, dammit! Fortunately, this dough is insanely easy to make! Simply toss the ingredients into a Kitchenaid and mix on medium-high for a good 10 minutes. Voilà! The dough will be kneaded perfectly by the 10 minute mark, and will start to ball together. Simply let rise and top however you please! We often make vegan “meat-lovers”, cheeze, and veggie styled pies. The one pictured in this recipe includes tomato sauce, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and daiya mozzarella.

Let the machine do all the hard vegan pizza crust recipe uncookedwork! No need to spend hours kneading, this Vegan Pizza Crust Recipe is as easy as they come.

The hardest part about making this dough is waiting two hours for it to rise.
Start by throwing (or gently place, if that’s more your style) the ingredients in a kitchenaid, ramp up to medium-high and let it “knead” for about 10 minutes. I won’t look like much, but right towards the end it should ball-up nicely onto the hook. The intense “kneading” process works the gluten around nicely, allowing it to stretch and create long, chewy strands (the real secret to this vegan pizza crust recipe). If you don’t have gluten on hand, either omit, or replace the flours with bread flour. I have made it with exclusively all-purpose, but the chew is definitely worth the extra effort.

 

 

Yields 1 Pizza

Vegan Pizza Crust Recipe (No Knead!)

Light, chewy, amazing italian realness!

2 hr, 20 Prep Time

5 minCook Time

2 hr, 30 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp vital wheat gluten
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 cup warm water

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients on medium-high in a kitchenaid with dough-hook attachment
  2. Beat for about 10 minutes to knead
  3. Transfer to lightly-greased bowl for 2 hours to rise
  4. Roll the dough out
  5. Top with your favorite toppings (I used cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, tomato sauce, and vegan cheese)
  6. Bake at 500° for 5-6 minutes
  7. (If adding mixed greens like the post, remove from oven, top with greens, and broil for another minute)
  8. Let cool before cooking and devouring!

Notes

If you do not have vital wheat gluten on hand, simply replace all flours with bread flour. If you also do not have bread flour, simply use all-purpose. I have done this plenty of times with very delicious, less chewy results.

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Calories
197 cal
Fat
1 g
Carbs
42 g
Protein
6 g


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What’s your favorite kind of pizza? Let us know in the comments below!

The Last Vegan Burger Recipe You Will Ever Need

Vegan Burger Recipe, all assembled!

Mains, Recipes | November 1, 2015 | By

Is it me, or is the term “Veggie-Vegan Burger Recipe ingredientsBurger” hugely off-putting? The last thing I want to imagine is a burger made of veggies.. I don’t need a constant reminder that I’m imitating beef! And I definitely don’t want a soggy mess trying to mimic it! All I need is exceptional flavor in a powerhouse patty that just so happens to be healthy!

A vegan burger recipe so perfect, you’ll never think twice!

Spicy Jalapeños, red pepper, and loads of cilantro give this traditionally bland recipe a Mexican-style facelift. Although, the real secret is the sweet potato! This creamy, beta-carotine rich addition helps to hold together a food notorious for falling apart.  Even better, we were able to bake the patties (rather than deep-frying!) without sacrificing flavor or texture!

Serves 1-2 Patties

The Only Vegan Burger Recipe You Will Ever Need

Eat the rainbow!

45 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 large carrot
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/3 cup white onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/4 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1/2 Tbsp vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 large sweet potato
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup ground flax
  • pinch of salt
  • clove of chopped garlic
  • pinch of chili powder

Instructions

    Prep Those Veggies
  1. Wash and dice carrot, jalapenos, zucchini, white onion, red pepper, and cilantro
  2. Put veggie mix in a medium sized bowl and add ACV, lemon juice, Liquid Aminos, and vegan Worcestershire sauce
  3. Marinate in fridge for at least 30 minutes, but you don't want to wait more than 2 hours
  4. For the Sweet Potato
  5. Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil
  6. Meanwhile, peel and chop the potato into bite-sized pieces (to ensure even cooking)
  7. Slowly add sweet potato and boil for approximately 15-20 minutes
  8. When fork-tender, drain, promptly mash, and set aside
  9. Finalizing the Patty!
  10. Add veggies, black beans, and seasonings to high-speed food processor
  11. Combine until uniform, but be careful of over-processing! You want it to have some texture
  12. Hand mix the mashed sweet potato, bread crumbs, and flax in
  13. Form into hockey-puck sized patties
  14. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes, flipping halfway
  15. Let cool for 10 minutes, place on a delicious homemade bun and enjoy

Notes

Be sure to refrigerate afterwards!

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This vegan burger recipe was absolutely perfect with these Easy Hamburger Buns! I would also like to thank my amazing partner-in-crime, Cameron, for all of his help with this recipe. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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