The BEST Buttermilk Biscuits you ever will eat!

I said it! I really did! And if you make these biscuits you will have to agree with me. These are 100% the best buttermilk biscuits you ever will eat whether you make them vegan, as I did, or not. [Just so you know, if you make these  vegan for a crowd, they will not be able to tell that they are, trust me!]

This is one of those recipes that was passed down from my mother’s best friend’s grandma. Got that? 😉 I would always ask for Robin’s (my mom’s friend) biscuits when she came to spend the weekend with us. One day, when we went down to visit Robin, my mom finally learned how to make them! Oh joyous Saturday morning breakfast from then on!

Everyone kept asking my mom for the recipe to her delicious biscuits, and very graciously, my mom sent out an email that detailed every step of how to make them. So here are the steps, very detailed, in picture form from me! Huh, maybe together my mom and I could be writer/photographer for a step-by-step recipe book =)

So here we are.

The BEST Buttermilk Biscuits you ever will eat:

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What you will need:

  • 2 1/4 cup Soy milk or your choice of milk, just make sure it is capable of being turned into “buttermilk”
  • 2 1/4 Tbs Vinegar,
  • 3 1/2 cup flour +extra for the counter,
  • 4 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance or choice of butter option

– Mix the soy milk and the vinegar, whisk well and set to the side (curls to form a buttermilk)

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Place butter in a 13X9 pan then place the pan in the oven as it heats up to 375. But remember to take it out after about 5 minutes, it’s just so the butter can melt. Set the pan to the side.

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Now, you can use a self rising flour, but I don’t have any. It is very easy to make your own, which is what I did in this recipe.

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Mix your flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together.

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Next, what you will need is a pastry cutter, or fork and knife if you don’t have one.

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Cut the Crisco into the flour mixture. Lumps are OKAY! Just make sure you get to the very bottom of the flour mixture as well.

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Make a “well” in the center of your flour mixture.

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Pour your “buttermilk” into the center of the well.

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Slowly take a spoon and drag the flour from the edge through the center to the other edge. Just until the wet has cut through all the dry. Don’t over do it so your biscuits will be fluffy!

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Prepare a floured surface.

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Push dough out into the shape of a 13×9 pan with your fingers. (make sure your hands are VERY well floured)

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Slip your well floured hand underneath one side, flip it to the center. Repeat with other three sides.

*note. The dough is supposed to be really wet. Don’t think you have done something wrong or forgot an ingredient

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Press the dough back out into a 13×9 shape again.

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Using a biscuit cutter, or what ever circle cutter you have, use all the dough to cut 15 circles.

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As you are placing your cut biscuits into the melted butter pan, flip them in the butter to coat the top and bottom.

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Bake them in the 375degree oven for 15 minutes, rotate the pan and bake them for an additional 8-11 minutes. Just watch them to make sure they won’t burn.

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And enjoy! Here I have them with my momma’s homemade strawberry jam. Let’s just say that right after the photo was taken, my subjects quickly disappeared 😉

Hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Makes breakfast for dinner amazing!!!!

Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Avocados

Yes, cheese is in the title of this one, BUT it’s vegan 😉 This is a favorite dish of mine and my hubby. Not only are the avocados stuffed, you will leave feeling stuffed yourself, but guilt free since they are all healthy-good ingredients!

I will confess, there is a lack of photos documenting this meal. It really is more of a guideline instead of an actual recipe. I usually make them towards the end of the week and I use all the leftovers from prior meals in it.

So here it is, the recipe or guideline of one 😉

Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Avocados:

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Ingredients:

fills 3 avocados

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup cooked peas and/or corn
  • 1/2 cup cooked beans (your choice. In this particular meal I used 1/4 cup Great Norther and 1/4 cup Black)
  • 1/2 cup Daiya Cheese (your choice of mozzarella or cheddar style shreds)
  • salt to taste
  • 3 avocados, halved, pitted and meat taken out of skin

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients except avocados in a small microwavable bowl, or a small sauce pan. Heat it up in either sauce pan or microwave until cheese has melted.
  • Once cheese has melted, stuff the avocados.
  • Place in oven safe dish and warm up the avocados in oven, or microwave them just until warm.
  • Plate and serve

I serve mine over a bed of “re-fried” beans, link here, and top it off with some 3 minute salsa. Can we say yummy! Oh I wish I could eat some more of this right now…too bad it has been all eaten up!

I have also mixed in sauteed mushroom, sundried tomatoes, bread crumbs, onion…etc, etc…point being I have mixed this so many ways and they have all been wonderful!

Let me know how you like it or any way you would improve it! I love hearing new ideas, so make it your own =)

Sugar-free Chocolate Breakfast Pudding

This past weekend was an amazing one! Saturday my husband, baby and I got to go to Johnson City, TN (the closest “biggest” city to where we live). We decided to do our weekly shopping while we were there, so I had a car full of coolers and ice packs. It was so much fun! We went to Earth Fare, yes, a bit more expensive than I’m used to, but all their produce was beautiful!

After I got my hubby off to work this morning, I decided to break from my usual oatmeal breakfast and try something new. When Caroline was around 6 months old and experimenting with new foods, I had a friend tell me that when her adorable twin boys were babies, she mixed up and avocado and a banana together and fed it to them. I tried it and Caroline loved it!

For some reason  I forgot about that little trick, until this morning.

You would think that combo would be really weird, but avocados are really accepting of other flavors and usually just add creaminess instead of flavor. I love avocados!

Instead of only mixing those two items up, of course I would have to add some chocolate 😉

Sugar-free Chocolate Breakfast Pudding:
Servings: 1

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Easy three ingredients: 1 banana, 1/2 ripe avocado, 1-1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder

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Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender, or your ninja like I have pictured. I like mine a more chocolatey rich flavor so I added 1 and 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder. If you don’t want it as chocolaty, only all 1tsp. Blend until it has a creamy pudding texture

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And you are done! One sugar-free, chocolaty deliciousness! Reminds me almost of a doughnut filling for some reason!

Hope you enjoy this as much as my little girl and I did…it only lasted maybe 5 minutes between the two of us after the last photo. It was hard trying to keep her little hand out of the picture because she wanted “mah-mah-mah!” (a.k.a. “more” said with her version of the ASL sign for more) 😉

Sugar-free Chocolate Breakfast Pudding:

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder*

Directions:

  • add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until creamy smooth.
  • *1tsp is a chocolate flavor, but I like mine really chocolaty.

Quinoa Fajita Stuffing

In my extensive search for creating a meal that is filled with nutrients and tasty (a.k.a. staring into my refrigerator until an idea pops into my brain), somewhere the idea of quinoa fajitas came around.  Both my hubby and I really enjoyed this meal, and so did our 15month-er.

A little bit of a back story, since yesterday was my first day at being 100% vegan, I was a bit stumped when it came to dinner time. Like I have said before, I have always used some type of cheese or yogurt product when making dinner, but since we officially found out what my little girl is allergic/sensitive to, vegan it is! Any way, I had this beautiful meal in my brain (key words) planned out, I was going to make quinoa fajitas, with guacamole and salsa, and as a side I was going to ‘veganize’ a recipe for a bloomin’ onion that I found, and then I was going to make up a vegan dip for the onion.

It all looked beautiful, as you will see in the final picture, and all but the vegan dip tasted yummy. The fajitas were delicious, but I couldn’t make the guacamole because the avocados weren’t ripe enough. The bloomin’ onion was good, but somehow the onion itself needed to be cooked a little longer without burning and all the crumbs fell off the peddles since I didn’t use an egg wash. And last but not least, I attempted to make a “creamy” sauce, but since my little one is allergic to coconut and soy, well, it just didn’t taste very good.

But! I will tell you how I did the quinoa fajitas and hopefully if you make this meal, all your other sides will turn out a lot better than mine did 😉

Quinoa Fajita Stuffing:

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Ingredients: 3/4 cup dry quinoa, 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock (or water if you wish), 1Tbs olive oil, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1 sweet onion sliced, 3 or 4 small sweet peppers, and at least 2 tsp taco seasoning with option to add more to taste.

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First step is to pour vegetable stock (or water) in a small sauce pan and add quinoa. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until all liquid has been absorbed. About 20 minutes.

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In a skillet, add olive oil and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 3o secs. Add onion and sliced sweet peppers, and saute until onions are caramelized and peppers are soft.

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Once quinoa has been cooked, add 2tsp of taco seasoning, or more if you desire.

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Mix in your veggies and serve with guacamole, beans, salsa, lime wedges, or anything you wish!
(and obviously tortillas)

Quinoa Fajita Stuffing:

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced
  • 3 or 4 small sweet peppers, sliced
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning + more if desired  — recipe here

Directions:

  • In a small sauce pan, add quinoa and vegetable broth (or water). Bring it to a boil then reduce to a simmer until all liquid has been absorbed. About 20mins.
  • In a skillet, add olive oil and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 secs. Add onion, and sweet peppers and saute until onions have caramelized and peppers have softened.
  • Once quinoa has completed cooking, add 2tsp taco seasoning or more to taste.

Ideas to serve with:

  • guacamole
  • 3 minute salsa
  • tomatoes
  • Tofutti
  • lime wedges
  • black beans
  • or any other yumminess you can think of =)

Sugar-Free Cinnamon Breakfast Oats

This is my first day at being 100% vegan, and what better way to start it out than with some yummy oatmeal?

My daughter’s pediatrician recommended I watch Sugar the Bitter Truth on YouTube several months ago. We all know sugar in large quantities is bad, but sugar in small amounts is not the best either.  And for anyone who knows me on a personal level can tell you I have a HUGE sweet tooth! It can be so bad, that when there are “blackies” (my family’s recipe for triple chocolate brownies, so chocolatey you can’t just call them brownies) I will literally get mean if you try to take away my 2nd…or 3rd…or, okay, I’m just addicted to sugar.

I have never been over weight, and have usually always had a “nice” figure, but I have this cushy layer of sugah-fat that likes to cover my body. So what better way to start being (mostly) sugar-free than to kick it off with my vegan diet? Make a complete life style change for the better, to teach my child and hopefully future children.

Here we go.

Sugar-Free Cinnamon Breakfast Oats:
serves: 2
(or one big serving, if you don’t want to share)

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Ingredients: 1 banana, 3/4 cup raw quick oats, 1 1/4 cups water, 1/16 tsp + more to sprinkle on top of cinnamon.

*This step not pictured, since it’s boring. Pour water in a sauce pan, bring to a boil, add quick oats and cook until tender*

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In your serving bowl, mash up 1 whole banana with a fork (you can add up to 1/2 a banana more if you wish it to be sweeter)

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Add your cinnamon and mix it together.

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Stir in your oats and enjoy! Super easy and yummy!

You could also add in blueberries, or strawberries, your favorite nuts, coconut flakes, or even some chocolate chips if you want to make it a bit fun!

Make it your own sugar free breakfast! Let me know how you like it =)

Loaded Southwestern Vegetarian Quesadilla

I apologize for the lack of pictures, I will update it the next time I make them, promise! I had a starving hubby on my hands so no time for the extra time to take a picture.

BUT, we both LOVED this meal. It was so yummy, I could eat it every night this week! I want it to remain that delicious so I won’t burn myself out.

 

Loaded Southwestern Vegetarian Quesadilla
Makes 6

Ingredients:
– 6 Burrito Flour Tortillas

Stuffing:

– 1 Red (or green or yellow, or orange) Bell Pepper
– 4 Campari Tomatoes
– 1/2 Videlia Onion chopped
– 2 Avocados (the “meat”) sliced and diced
– 1 Cup Cooked Black Beans
– 12-14 oz Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Sauce Topping:

–  1/3 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
– 1/6 cup Mayonnaise
– 1/2 Tbs Taco Seasoning  — Recipe here
– 1/2 Tbs Ranch Seasoning — Recipe here

 

Directions:

– In a small bowl, mix all sauce topping ingredients together and set in refrigerator to remain chilled.

– Prepare all stuffing ingredients. Lay out tortillas. On half of tortilla, layer cheese, beans, onion, tomato, bell pepper, and avocado. Place in a skillet one at a time, folded in half until golden brown on both sides and cheese has melted.

– When ready to serve, slice into 4 “quadrants” and dollop a bit of the sauce on each quadrant.

 

Hope you enjoy them as much as my hubby and I did!
Let me know what you think below!

Vegetarian Style Lunches

Sometimes we all get in a bind with what to fix for lunch. My hubby usually just likes a quick sandwich to take to work, and then some raw veggies or the occasional side of chips, etc.  I would get so bored having to eat a sandwich every day for lunch. I am more of a wrap girl. I can put anything from grilled veggies, to hummus and never get bored with them.

I wanted to share a few combinations that I have come up with of healthy lunches that will keep you feeling full and satisfied.

First off, here is how I make the Zesty Quinoa that I used in both of these wraps:

Zesty Quinoa
Ingredients:

1 cup dry quinoa (this makes a lot so it should last the whole week in the fridge)
1 tsp of minced garlic
Juice of one lime

Directions:

Cook quinoa as directions on package, but add the garlic with the water (or vegetable broth). Once it has been cooked, squeeze the juice of one lime over the cooked quinoa and mix it in. If  you want you may add salt and/or pepper, but I usually just leave it alone.

 

Okay now that you know how to do that, here are two different lunch combos, that are both delicious and nutritious!

 

First off, the Veggie Hummus Wrap (vegan):

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Take your hummus of choice and smear a thin layer all over the wrap. Add chopped carrots (I put a handful of baby organic carrots in a food processor), some chopped up baby spinach, chopped up avocado, and sprinkle a healthy portion of the zesty quinoa (recipe above).

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Starting from one side, roll up the wrap and slice in half.

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Now, as a side dish to this delicious meal, I sliced some Campari tomatoes and olives. Mix together with basil (fresh basil is the best, but I don’t have my basil plant up and going just yet, so I had to do dried) and drizzle with olive oil. Yum!!!

Here is the Zesty Quinoa Bean Wrap:

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This is really more like a burrito than anything, but still an easy healthy lunch. I make my own “unfried” beans and here is the link to the recipe I use. Add the “unfried” beans, zesty quiona, avocado, baby spinach, and tomatoes and wrap it up burrito style =)

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As a side dish for this wonderful dish, I took Greek yogurt (you can use either plain or vanilla. or whatever you want), and I slices some strawberries and oranges to mix in.

Now something a lot of people don’t really think about…What to drink with your lunch? You spent all that time thinking of how you could create a healthy lunch, you better not go grab a pop!!! [soap box time, sorry] Pop (or soda as I should call is since I moved to the south) is not healthy in any way shape or form. Not even diet, the artificial sweeteners can cause cancer and the carbonation is not the best thing for your body.  … okay, my rant is over.

There are several healthy options to take, but since I did two lunches, I will show you what I took with them.

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Oh, Vita Coco!!! Love this beverage! For some reason I am not a fan of Zico, but Vita Coco is a favorite of my little family here. Even my baby girl loves this stuff. Costco sells them in big packs  of personal sized drinks, which is ideal for taking for lunch.

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This is my option that I usually take. I love my reusable up. It is mine, I know where it has been, I know that I have washed it, and also it has pink paisleys all over it. Makes me happy.  Anyhow, water with lime juice is my favorite. I have a hard time drinking regular water, but it doesn’t take much lime juice to add flavor. Water is quite adaptable, you can squeeze lemons, mango, lime, etc. in it and it takes it to a new level.

Hope this gives some ideas to you! The good thing about this type of lunch is that there is no end to the possibilities! At the beginning of the week, buy several different veggies, hummus, and have an assortment of beans and quinoa on hand and you have a lot of combinations you can go for to make quick and healthy lunches. Give your taste buds an adventure 😉

Let me know what type of lunches you like to take with you throughout your week! I love having different options and ideas.