Chik'n Fried Steak

Chik'n Fried Steak

Happy Mushroom Monday!

Now that the weather is keeping us inside and cozy, why not spend a Sunday afternoon making a delicious and comforting dinner the whole family will love? This “Chik'n Fried Steak” is so delicious you’ll hardly believe it’s meat-free and completely plant based. It does take a little time to put this one together, but it’s worth every second!

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Smoky Baked Beans

Smoky Baked Beans

Happy Mushroom Monday!

I hope your Thanksgiving dinner was a success and that you had a wonderful and relaxing Holiday! Now that we are all ready for a break from a kitchen, this super easy crockpot recipe will be an easy one to give yourself a little break from cooking. This week’s recipe “Smoky Baked Beans”, is a delicious and cold weather approved recipe!

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A Plant Based Thanksgiving Meal

A Plant Based Thanksgiving Meal

I’m thankful for plant based food on a day that is centered around turkey! I’m going to share two recipes that will help balance out the meat and dairy filled Thanksgiving feast! This week I’ll be sharing how to make “Cornbread Stuffing” and “Portobello Steaks”. It’s a great option to share with your family even if they aren’t vegetarian! 

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Udon Miso Soup

Udon Miso Soup

Happy Mushroom Monday!

Cooler weather means soup! Move over chicken noodle, this “Udon Miso Soup” is filling, comforting, and delicious! Plus, it’s completely plant based and healthy. Miso is an amazing and healthy ingredient! Miso paste is a fermented soybean paste and used in many Japanese dishes. Miso is used in many Asian-style dishes and provides beneficial probiotics which helps to improve digestion and builds immunity. 

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Italian Vegan Burgers

Italian Vegan Burgers

Happy Mushroom Monday!

Imagine the flavors of your favorite Italian food --  pizza combined with the deliciousness of a veggie burger. This “Italian Vegan Burger” recipe is the best of both worlds. You’re whole family will love this recipe! Serve it with your favorite sauce and some homemade fries and you have a super delicious and healthy meal!

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Crockpot Mushroom Chili

Crockpot Mushroom Chili

Happy Mushroom Monday!

Soup and chili weather is here! My absolutely favorite time of the year! I love sweaters, boots, cooler weather, and soup on a cool Fall night. Chili is a staple for our family this time of year. It’s such a versatile recipe, you can really add in til your heart's content!

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Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Happy Mushroom Monday!

Cooler days and colder nights, Fall is here! I just love this time of year! Sweater weather, cool breezes, and no humidity! This time of year, I’m always craving comfort food. Something that’s warm, filling, and reminds me of Fall. Typical comfort foods aren’t too healthy, but they are oh so delicious. This week’s recipe is “Vegan Shepherd's Pie” where you get the best of both worlds, it’s healthy and delicious. This one will surely remind you of Fall!

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Fajita Quesadilla

Fajita Quesadilla

Happy Mushroom Monday!

“Quesadilla Fajitas” combines my two favorite Mexican dishes, quesadillas and fajitas! Do you think of quesadillas as a healthy food? If you don’t, then check out this recipe! Loaded with veggies this is the healthiest quesadilla you'll ever have! There’s no guilt and the whole family will love them. PLUS you’re immune system will thank you with the high amounts of antioxidants this recipe provides.

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Tortellini with Veggie Sauce

Happy Mushroom Monday!

Want a healthy pasta that’s delicious and comes together in less than 30 minutes? Look no further! This pasta recipe comes with no guilt because it’s loaded with veggies. This dish is perfect for busy nights where you have little time to cook but don’t want take-out or resort to pre-packaged frozen. Homemade that comes together in a snap--woo hoo!

For this recipe, I used dried tortellini but you can substitute your favorite brand or even make it homemade (though it wouldn’t be as quick but it would be delicious!) To make it a quick meal, I used a jar marinara sauce. Typical jar sauces add a lot of sugar and salt so you’ll want to look for a no salt added variety and grab the lowest sugar content available. This helps to keep it healthy AND convenient.

What makes this dish so healthy? Spinach has a high nutritional value and is rich in antioxidants. It's a good, very good or excellent source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including fiber, calcium and protein. Plus, it’s low calorie. High density of nutrition with low calories, win win!

Mushrooms are great sources of Niacin which makes sure digestive and nervous systems function as they should. Mushrooms also have 3x more vitamin D than fortified dairy milk! Plus, don’t forget they are low in calories, cholesterol free, and gluten free.

Let’s get started on this quick weeknight meal!

Tortellini
Tortellini

Tortellini with Veggie Sauce

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces tortellini of choice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushroom (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup packed fresh chopped spinach 
  • 24 ounces no-salt marinara sauce

Instructions:

  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. In a large non-stick pan, add oil and sauté zucchini for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Set aside.
  3. In same skillet, add in mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 8 minutes or until browned and tender.
  4. Add cooked vegetables, chopped spinach, and marinara to tortellini. Gently fold in to combine. Heat on low until warmed. 
Tortellini

Next time you need a quick meal night recipe, try this one out! Let me know what you and your family think by commenting below, I love hearing from you <3

With Health and Happiness,

Nickole Swensen

Mongolian "Beef"

Mongolian "Beef"

Happy Mushroom Monday!

This week’s recipe is so incredibly delicious, I wish you could lick the screen and taste it (I don’t recommend this though so please don’t lick your screen...ha!) Mongolian beef used to be my absolute favorite Asian dish! I didn’t realize how much I missed it until my family I recently went to have Asian takeout and I had to substitute tofu for the beef. Although the tofu was absolutely delish, it just didn’t quite hit the same not as the beef so I knew I needed to try and make a plant based alternative! This is the creation, and I have to say it’s better than any Asian take-out I’ve ever had.

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Vegetable Fritters

Vegetable Fritters

Happy Mushroom Monday!

This week’s mushroom recipe is completely plant based, gluten free, and FULL of veggies! “Vegetable Fritters” is basically a fancy way of saying veggie burgers. Unlike most veggie burgers I’ve tried, these stay together nicely and don’t fall apart at all. That’s why these are great just on their own, but they would be delicious on a bun with all the burger fixins’ too!

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Mushroom Florentine Pasta

Mushroom Florentine Pasta

I hope you’ve enjoyed my quick dinner recipe series! Today’s recipe is “Mushroom Florentine Pasta”. If you think this recipe sounds too complicated to be considered quick and easy, you’re in for a surprise! This dish looks and tastes gourmet but comes together in a snap. We don’t normally think of quick and easy when you think of gourmet dinner but this one will change your mind! If you have a few minutes to boil and cook pasta you have time to make this delicious dish!

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Quick and Easy TACOS!

Quick and Easy TACOS!

Happy Mushroom Monday!

This week, I'm going to continue my quick and easy dinner series with a super simple and quick taco recipe! We are still getting back into the school routine and have needed quick meal ideas for my family during the ultra busy week nights. Can you relate? You're in the right place!

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Quick and EASY Pizza!

Quick and EASY Pizza!

Happy Mushroom Monday!

Summer is over and school is back in session! That means super busy weeknights. Busy weeknights mean you need a dinner that is quick and easy. Quick and easy don’t always mean healthy, but over the next few weeks I’m going to show you some really easy meals that come together quickly and will please your whole family! This week’s recipe is a delicious mushroom pizza! This pizza comes together in under 20 minutes, including prep -- it doesn’t get any faster than that!

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Happy Mushroom Monday!

This week’s “bacon” recipe is paired with my all time favorite vegetable--brussels sprouts! Now, I know brussels sprouts get a really bad reputation for being ‘gross’ and is sometimes referred to as ‘the worse veggie ever’...but this will all change after you eat them prepared crispy! Today’s recipe will show you how to cook and LOVE brussels sprouts, trust me!

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Vegan Loaded Baked Potato

Vegan Loaded Baked Potato

Happy Mushroom Monday!

This week’s “bacon” recipe uses delicious and healthy mushroom bacon to jazz up a go-to classic! This version of the loaded baked potato is healthier, even more delicious, and completely meat and dairy free! You’ll love this as a lunch or dinner option that’s easy enough for even the busiest nights.

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Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip with Mushroom "Bacon"

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip with Mushroom "Bacon"

Happy Mushroom Monday!

Bacon! BACON! BACON!! Our country is obsessed with bacon! Rightfully so, there is a smoky, salty flavor that nothing else has. Or is there another option?! YES there is! Mushroom Bacon. I know what you’re thinking, how can mushrooms ever taste like bacon? Trust me on this one! 

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Veggie Wrap with a Tahini Dressing

Veggie Wrap with a Tahini Dressing

Happy Mushroom Monday!

Summer is in full swing! With the bright sunshine and temps close to 100 degrees each day, Texas Summers are no joke! This type of weather does NOT get me eager to turn on the stove or oven. This is the time of year I like to utilize low-heat or no-heat recipes. I’m going to share with you one of the easiest meals you’ll ever make--seriously!

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Creamy Mushroom Alfredo

Creamy Mushroom Alfredo

Happy Mushroom Monday!

There are few staples in my life that I really can’t t live without: chocolate, pasta, and mushrooms. This week’s recipe combines two of my favorite things: pasta and mushrooms because I haven’t found a recipe to combine chocolate with pasta and mushrooms just yet...This will be a pasta recipe featuring peppered sautéed mushrooms and a delicious creamy alfredo sauce!  

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Spinach Salad with Hot "Bacon" Dressing

Spinach Salad with Hot "Bacon" Dressing

Happy Mushroom Monday!

This week's recipe is so perfect for these hot Summer days! Only a little cooking is involved, simple ingredients, and super easy to bring it all together for a healthy and delicious salad you can serve lunch or dinner! You're going to love my healthier vegan take on this restaurant classic!

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