Berry pie is one of my all-time favorite foods. What to do if you’re on a health kick AND super lazy? Make a delicious berry bake!
Start with some sliced apples and baked them for 10 minutes or so in a little water. Then add tons of frozen berries. On this occasion I used raspberries and blueberries from Trader Joes:
I mixed some agave into the fruit, sprinkled hemp protein powder on top, then baked until warm and juicy. The hemp powder (simply ground hemp seeds) has a nutty, earthy taste. I think it’s a perfect match for a berry bake, reminiscent of a flour crust.
A hot mess of berry, just my style:
The other day I had a craving for a cheddar cheese-avocado quesadilla. This used to be a favorite in my household. Since I eat mostly vegan foods at home, I wanted to create something just as finger-lickin good without the cheese. My inspiration came from an amazing new product I’ve been buying from People’s coop:
First ingredient? I asked several people to try this blindly and while none were convinced that it was real cheese, no one guessed the first ingredient, either! The first ingredient is oatmeal. Luckily, even after knowing that, you won’t taste oatmeal. This stuff is awesome and the closest taste to cheese I’ve found in the vegan world.
I started with a gently warmed sprouted grain tortilla spread with “We can’t say it’s cheese”:
Then I sauteed some zucchini and coated it ground flaxseed and Kal’s nutritional yeast (aka nooch, although after googling the definition of this word I’m hesitant to use it). I’ve been making “fried zucchini” this way for a while- the flaxseed and nooch make a great “breading”! I also sauteed some cherry tomatoes and added garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes:
Nothing in my kitchen is complete without avocado…
Yum! The “cheese” is a soft spread so it seemed to “melt” right in with the cooked veggies. I did not miss dairy cheese at all.
If you’re wondering whether it held together, of course it did not. I’ve always overloaded tacos and burritos. In my family if the tortilla closes, you’ve done something wrong! A better plan would be to use two tortillas or eat the remaining veggies on the side. I also feel like sprouted grain tortillas fall apart more easily than other kinds. Regardless, this was a cheesy success!