Sloppy Lennys and Coleslaw – A Vegan Yum

Do you remember sloppy joes? Did you mom make them, as mine did, or do you remember them from school lunch? I loved the sauce on my mother’s sloppy joes, though even then I didn’t like the texture or idea of the beef. Now, I can have the sauce yum without the meat gag.

For a rainy Memorial Day lunch, we cooked up some Sloppy Lennys and made a crunchy vegan coleslaw to go with it, along with chips and fruit. Delicious!

Sloppy Lennys

Ingredients

1 lb dry lentils
Water or broth to cook lentils
2 T olive oil
1 large onion – diced
1 red or green pepper – diced
2 cloves garlic – minced
1 can tomato paste
2 cups tomato puree or sauce
1 t worcestershire sauce
1 t liquid smoke
1 T chili powder
1 t smoked paprika
1 t hot sauce of your choice
2 T balsamic vinegar
3-5 T molasses, agave, or maple syrup
Sea salt to taste

Process

Cook lentils by covering in water or broth (about 1 inch higher than lentils), bringing to boil, and letting boil gently for 15-20 minutes. They should still be al dente. Save broth/water when you drain them.

Saute onions, peppers, and garlic in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients (not lentils yet) and mix well. Simmer 5 minutes. Add lentils. As they finish cooking, you will need to add the vegetable broth/water to maintain the level of sauciness you would like.

When lentils are cooked to your desired tenderness, serve on buns or bread.

 

Vegan Coleslaw

Ingredients

4 cups shredded green and red cabbage
1 cup shredded carrots
Diced onion if desired
2 cups vegan mayo
2 T apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Process

Mix ingredients above. Refrigerate several hours or (preferably) overnight. Serve beside, or on, sloppy lennys!

Dawes Cookies – Vegan Recipe

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My son named these cookies, because they have a little bit of everything (for the Dawes fans).
I’ve been on a cookie tear, trying to come up with recipes that are delicious, but healthy enough that I can grab one for breakfast – when I don’t usually want to eat – and not feel bad about it. These fit that bill.

Ingredients

2 tsp vanilla flavoring
3 mashed overripe bananas
2 T tahini or peanut butter
3 T almond or soy milk
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (can sub with gluten free all purpose)
1 ½ cups oats (either quick or regular, can use gluten free oats)
½ cup vanilla vegan protein powder (I used PlantFusion Protein Vanilla Bean)
⅔ cup raw sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
⅔ cup shredded coconut
⅔ cup vegan chocolate chips
⅔ cup raisins
⅔ cup dried cranberries
⅔ cup pecans

Process

Mix first 4 ingredients until smooth. In a separate container mix all dried ingredients thoroughly. Combine. If it seems too dry, add additional soy or almond milk very gradually. If it seems too wet, add additional oats or flour very gradually.

Spoon by large dollops onto a baking pan or stone and flatten slightly (they will not really rise or spread much).

Bake for 13 minutes and check. Bake additionally as needed until bottoms are lightly browned.

Allow to cool and enjoy. I like to store cookies like this in the refrigerator, so that I don’t need to worry about dampness from the condensation.

Makes 24 cookies.

Nutrition per cookie (approximate)
125 calories
1.5 grams fat
18 grams carbohydrates
10 grams sugar
4 grams protein
2 grams fiber

Photography by Ms. TheVeganAsana Jr. II.

Vitamixing it Up with Breakfast Smoothies

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I finally got my Vitamix. I’ve been yearning for one for a long long time. Now I have Glenda, the good blendah. And that means breakfast smoothies all the time. Woot.

IMG_1264I’m gradually working out my smoothie making process. Right now, every weekend, I make several bags of fruit, seasonings, and protein powder and sock them into the freezer. Then, in the morning, I just have to grab some greens, blend them into soy milk (I do that first because I do not like chunks of greens in my smoothies), throw in a bag of frozen fruit, and voila! The funniest part for me is, while green juice made me a little gaggy at first – not the taste but the idea of drinking something green – green smoothies don’t at all.

Some favorite mixes right now are:
– Strawberry, banana, peanut butter, kale
– Strawberry, pineapple, protein powder, spinach
IMG_1364– Blueberry, strawberry, banana, protein powder, kale
– Blackberry (except I don’t love the seeds), blueberry, strawberry, protein powder, kale
– Apple, cinnamon, banana, protein powder, spinach

Yum! If you are a smoothie lover, what are your favorite mixes?