Delicious Plant-Based/Vegan Nachos

This recipe is another one of our family favorites and I’m always getting positive comments on my Instagram stories when we make it! So I hope you guys enjoy!

This recipe feeds our family of 5. Before I jump in, I want to say that nachos are a personal food choice lol. There are so many things you can add, substitute or eliminate so I want to see how you guys change this up to your family’s taste buds! Please tag me on social media @brittanyeastham!  I also run the account @easyplantbasedrecipes on Instagram and Facebook! Give me a follow and tag me with your plant-based nacho recipe variations. Also, for this particular recipe there may be a few things that I can’t give you an exact amount on, but I’ll do my best. Some times I just kind of sprinkle stuff around until it looks like enough. It’s something all the professional cooks call “eyeballing it” lol.

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Plant-Based Nachos ingredients 

-2 bags of Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips (this is something I eyeball…I end up using about a bag and a half and we use the rest for chips and salsa)

-1 can of black beans (drained)

-1/2 bunch of cilantro (chopped)

-Green onions chopped (I eyeball this…but I probably use half a bag)

-1/2 of each- Red, Yellow, Orange Peppers chopped (save the other half to dip in garlic hummus!! mmmmm…)

-1 avocado (sliced and chopped into squares…I’ll have to do a video on this soon!)

-1 tomato sliced and chopped

-Taco Seasoning- to sprinkle on the top

-Salsa (any kind you like or have on hand!)

*Not Pictured: We also love to add corn and bbq sauce sometimes

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Get a large casserole dish (or 2 or 3) and start laying out the yellow corn tortilla chips. This one LARGELY depends on how many people you’re feeding and how hungry they are! My family can PUT DOWN some nachos so I end up making 3 casserole dishes of these. Lay the chips out randomly a few layers thick. Once they are stacked 2-3 chips high I start the rest.
  3. Start “decorating” the chips. I ALWAYS have the kids help me with this. I think it’s so important to raise independent little mama’s that can cook healthy food, so I never miss an opportunity! Start evenly sprinkling on the black beans, cilantro, tomatoes, green onions, peppers, avocado, corn (if you are using) and whatever else sounds good!
  4. Sprinkle taco seasoning to taste all over the top. We love taco seasoning so I’m not shy with ours…. we like them heavily seasoned.
  5. Evenly spread a few tablespoons of salsa and/or BBQ sauce on the top. Too much of this will make the chips soggy (ask me how I know lol), but it’s a nice addition to add extra flavor! Otherwise the nachos are a little dry.
  6. Stick these in the oven on 350 for about 8-10 minutes to heat everything up a little bit.
  7. CHOW DOWN! These don’t save too great (the chips get soggy) so it took me making them a few times to get our portions right so we didn’t waste too much of it.

We make these so much and I’m always looking for variations, can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Don’t forget to follow and tag us (@brittanyeastham + @easyplantbasedrecipes !

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Easy Crockpot Pumpkin Chili

That’s right folks. PUMPKIN chili. You’re welcome. I thought that my last veggie chili was good but this. This is where it’s at. My family BEGSSSSS for this and we’ve gotten in this awful habit (well not so awful) where we eat it at least once a week. Before “pumpkin everything” season leaves us for Thanksgiving and Christmas, save this to your Pinterest board and add it to you’re weekly menu. You literally THROW everything in a crockpot and let it sit on low all day until dinner time! I serve with vegan “garlic toast” aka toasted whole grain break with garlic hummus on top. To. Die. For. This recipe feeds our family of 5 with a small bowl of leftovers for lunch the next day!

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Ingredients:

1 can of pumpkin

3 cans of chili beans (do not drain)

1 1/2 cups of cooked lentils

3 cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes (do not drain)

1 1/2 cups of frozen corn

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tablespoons of liquid smoke (more if you like a smokey taste)

1 tsp of oregano seasoning

1 tsp of dried basil leaves

1 tsp of cumin

1 tsp of cinnamon

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 teaspoons of worcestershire sauce

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Directions:

  1. Cook lentils, drain.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the crockpot
  3. Cook in crockpot on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours, stir occasionally.

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If you follow me on Instagram then you know we make smoothie bowls…pretttyyyyyy much every single day. I love that you can switch them up! Right now, seeing as it’s pumpkin everything, we have been using this Pumpkin Granola by Nature’s Path and it’s so good! Anyways…We love them, the kids love them (they feel like they are eating ice cream for breakfast everyday) and we are filling their bodies up with insane amounts of vitamins and antioxidants to help prevent sickness and disease, so it’s a win-win!

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I get a ton of questions about these so I wanted to give you a quick step-by-step on how to make these and what to put in them!

  1. Start by making your favorite smoothie! The best part about this, is you can not only change up your toppings on your smoothie bowl, you can change up your smoothie to your liking! Our family loves a really basic berry smoothie ad we have perfected it so we keep it pretty much the same since it’s easy for me to add to the shopping list each week. You can find our smoothie recipe here. It’s pretty perfect, not gonna lie!
  2. Once you’ve made your smoothie, pour it into your bowl. I found some really cool smoothie bowls you should check out here if you don’t have some already!
  3. Then start my adding your toppings! I like to get fancy with my placement, but you can just dump it all i there if you like! My fav toppings are: granola, shredded coconut, sliced almonds, chia seeds and whatever fruit I have that week! Blueberries are quick and easy but mangos and pears bring out the tropical flavor in a berry smoothie!

So basically you are making a healthy, delicious, sickness and disease fighting cereal!

 

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22 Ways to Sneak Veggie Powder in Your Kid's Day

Is anyone else obsessed with veggie powder like I am? Although our family eats extremely healthy most days, we still have days where we really miss the mark lol! THESE are the days I’m extra grateful for veggie powder because I know that they are at least getting in some nutrition amongst the pizza, mac and cheese and ice cream! I want this post to encourage all of you to get creative with your veggie powder. We typically put it in smoothies but for the days we don’t make a smoothie we use it in lots of other ways!

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The brand I buy is berry flavored so the kids love the taste so it’s really easy to mix it in all kinds of things. I love this brand because it’s organic and it has probiotics in it!

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My sister and I both use this brand of veggie powder and started texting each other when we found a new way to use it…so I kept a running list. Anything to keep those little immune systems up (esp during cold and flu season)!

Here are some ideas (this is one to save on your Pinterest board)…

  1. Mix it in applesauce
  2. Mix it in yogurt
  3. Make a berry yogurt parfait
  4. Mix it in ice cream if you’re just totally going in with a cheat day!
  5. Use as a topping for ice cream (sort of like sprinkles)
  6. Mix it in with their milk (we use coconut milk but any milk would work)
  7. Mix it in oatmeal
  8. Instead of fun dip, take slices of mango or pineapple and let them dip the fruit strips in the veggie powder
  9. Mix it in lemonade
  10. Use the berry lemonade to make popsicles
  11. We always use it with smoothies
  12. Make smoothie popsicles
  13. Mix it in tea to make a berry flavored tea
  14. Use the “berry milk” for their cereal (probably a plain cereal would taste best)
  15. Use it as extra flavoring to make cupcakes, cakes, cookies…any sweet treats
  16. Mix it with cool whip to dip berries in or for a dessert topping
  17. Mix in with the icing for cupcakes
  18. Mix with apple juice for strawberry apple juice
  19. Sprinkle on top of peanut butter toast
  20. Frozen Ice cubes for tea or lemonade
  21. Add to Pedialyte for extra nutrients when they are sick
  22. Add to a salad dressing

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Low Carb/Keto Pepperoni Pizza Bites

One of my major loves in life is PIZZA. Like, when people play that game “if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?” I’m that girl that says pizza. So naturally when I started low carb-ing it to lose this baby weight, my first project was finding a replacement for my beloved pizza. Those of you who follow my Instagram stories know that I’m obsessed with this recipe and I make it probably 3-4 times a month if not more. It’s the easiest thing and my husband and kids love it! It’s a great recipe to have the kids help with and you can change up the toppings as desired!

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Total time: 30 minutes

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

3  large organic zucchini (yes, feeds our family of 5!)

organic pizza sauce

pepperonis (I use turkey but you can use regular)

mozzarella cheese

parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a large baking pan with oil.
  2. Wash and slice the zucchini and lay flat on the baking sheet.
  3. Top each slice with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni.
  4. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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Unprocessed Snacks for the Family with Arla

We take eating healthy pretty serious around our house…well like 80% of the time. The other 20% we live in regret over chocolate and cookie cake but what-evs. But if you follow us around social media land, you know that I can be a bit strict with everyone…ya know…out of the goodness of my heart (or possibly fear, but whatever works). High immune systems = less doctor visits. Less doctor visits = more shoes. Simple.

Macy, my oldest (Age 7) has decided to become picky-ish lately…unless I put cream cheese on her snacks! She told me the other day she wasn’t eating cucumbers anymore. Ummmm….yes you are (insert rolling eye emoji) . It’s one of the most alkalizing vegetables out there (more on that another day). Thanks to Arla I’ve been able to find a great company that leaves out all of the ingredients you can’t pronounce from their dairy.  *The FDA has determined that there is no significant difference between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST-treated cows. So I whipped up some snacks and, threw some cream cheese on it and guess who ate an entire cucumber? Yep. In this day of junk food and preservatives, we are trying really hard to live an unprocessed life.

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Arla is the 4th largest dairy company in the world and pride themselves on a farm-to-fridge approach. (points scored)

For this campaign, Arla asked kids to draw ingredients commonly found in dairy products such as “Xanthan” and “Sorbic Acid.” I asked the 2 older chicks to draw me a picture of them to see what they would say and do. Brooklyn asked if you can grow them in a garden (because she didn’t know what they were), we talked about how you can’t because they are not real food. She then asked “why would they put stuff in food that’s not real food?!?!” Exactly.

They told me they sounded like “scary ingredients” so this is the picture they drew…

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Our family loves cream cheese in and on just about everything and I’m so glad we found a product that tastes delicious (it’s super rich AND creamy AND perfect) and meets our “live unprocessed” standards.

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What do you guys do to live an unprocessed life???

Why We Made Our Kids Do Whole 30

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I’m still not exactly sure how I convinced my entire family to do a Whole 30 with me but I did! Actually, I know exactly how…I cook, they eat what I make lol! I have 3 little girl ages 7, 5 and 10 months. The baby obviously didn’t participate, but the rest of us went in hard core. My husband and I didn’t cheat one. single. time. We were pretty proud of that! The girls did AMAZING! They went on a trip with my parents and had one or 2 meals they weren’t able to comply but that’s it! My mom went and bought tons of fruit to keep on hand to help them stay on track.

I had a few snarls as to why I was “making my kids do this” and the answer is easy: to change their relationship with food. We have been in the habit of fruit snacks, chips and donuts for so long, that sometimes they would go days without healthy fresh food in their bodies. I want them to grow up strong and healthy and loving fresh foods, but that starts at home. I knew I had to be the one to help them get there. We all needed to get there. I have done my fair share of research about how the things we put in and on our bodies can destroy your health. I don’t want me or my kids to wake up in 20 years and it be too late. We have to change things now.

Fresh fruits and vegetables boost your immune system and we could ALL use a good dose of that this time of year. Now we have still battled the runny noses, but we have managed to skip (knock on wood) the serious stuff this season. Either we have been lucky or our immune systems really are in full gear due to all of the raw fruits and veggies we are eating!

I also want my kids to operate at their best! I want them to change the world and to thrive in what God has called them to do! I want them to FEEL up to the challenge! This is a big motivation for Jeff and I right now, to feel better and to have the energy to to do the things we are meant to do in this life. It’s no different for my kids. I want their minds, bodies and spirits to operate at their absolute best! I want their minds to be clear and strong for school and their bodies to be ready for the sports they are playing. I want their spirits to be up to the challenge for whatever life may throw their way, but if they don’t FEEL good, they just won’t be prepared for it all. Feeling good starts with whatever you are fueling your body with. There’s a lot more to it, but it STARTS here.

Real talk, the first few days with the girls were not the easiest, BUT I was surprised how serious they took it. After a week or so, they got the hang of it all and it was their new norm. During our Whole 30, at church the girls had a party in their class. They served cupcakes and my 5 year old told them she wasn’t eating sugar and didn’t eat one! I was honestly really surprised and happy to see how serious she was taking it!

So here’s the HOW:

-We talked to them. Yep. Rocket Science, I know. We sat them down and talked about the effects that sugar can have on their body. We talked about foods that have sugar in them and how most grains turn to sugar in your body. We also talked about the effects sugar can have on their teeth and how they could get cavities lol. Might have been a little scare tactic but it worked haha.

-We talked about how God wants us to live a healthy life and honor Him with our bodies and life that He gave us. We were built for exercise and fresh foods…not laying around and eating junk food all day.

I’ve complied a list of some helpful tips to help your family survive a Whole 30…esp with kids!

  1. If you don’t know what Whole 30 is, I def recommend the official Whole 30 book! You need to figure out WHY you want to do this. This is not a diet, it’s meant meant to help you change your relationship with food and clear processed food and sugar out of your body!
  2. Pinterest your life away. Seriously guys, make this fun! I set out not to just at chicken, broccoli and salads every single night. We did eat them but not all day everyday. There are some to die for, delicious recipes out there! Follow me on Pinterest here and check out my Whole 30 board!
  3. DO SOME MEAL PREP. You have to. You just do. Otherwise your kids will ask for a snack and instead of peppers and hummus you will reach for the fruit snacks because you’re in a hurry and don’t want to wash and cut everything. Let the weekends be your friend! Make soups to keep around, cook chicken ahead of time (to throw in salads or lettuce wraps), wash and cut your veggies and put them in containers. IT WILL PAY OFF!
  4. Buy an instant pot. Guys, I used this thing almost every single day. If you don’t have one, read up on them. For the days I didn’t meal prep appropriately and I needed dinner in a hurry, or I needed the oven for 2-3 dishes, I was so glad I had it! My kids give me like a 15 minute warning (if that most days) to the time of death by starvation, so I don’t have long to get food ready. INSTANT POT FOR LIFE.
  5. Make it fun. If you eat boring meals, you will…..get bored. Think about your favorite foods and search Pinterest and Google. I’m SURE one of those cool food bloggers has come up with something!
  6. Make it a salad. When we had cravings we made it into a salad. Now clearly you can’t do this with everything but we did it a lot! Want pizza? Throw all of your favorite toppings in (no cheese) and use pizza sauce as your dressing! Want a burger? Ground beef, pickles, onions, tomatoes, ketchup and mustard as dressing.
  7. Larabars are life. Most of the are Whole 30 compliant. I have a pin on my Whole 30 Pinterest board that tells you which are and which aren’t. I hopped on Amazon and bought several boxes of these and kept them around for snacks and quick meals!
  8. Study your list of do’s and don’ts before you start. I focused on my list of do’s: meat, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts. This made my life easy!
  9. Make your own rules. Okay so I’ll get some ugly e-mails over this one, but I’ll just delete them so I’m not too concerned 🙂 But feel free to make your own rules for your family and your health issues. I’m still nursing and was concerned about my carb intake, so I kept eating peanut butter and white potatoes which is technically not on the program. But I didn’t over indulge in these and I didn’t get processed peanut butter. For the kids, I bought some turkey pepperonis and turkey meatballs and store bought applesauce (yes, store bought…I can hear the gasping through the screen…blog on another day about how I didn’t feel like making homemade applesauce haha). These helped me keep around some quick throw together lunches. But for sanity sake, do what works for your needs. Just do go so far off course that you’re w not actually Whole 30-ing anymore.
  10. Buy a potato masher. Random piece of advice but we used it allllll the time. We made muffins and pancakes and needed mashed bananas, we made lots of cauliflower mashed potatoes. We just used it all the time!
  11. Dried Fruit is my BEST piece of advice for helping kids through this! I bought a lot of different kinds and replaced their chips and snacks with this. I made some up in baggies so we could grab them on the go as well!
  12. Let your kids play with their food. I would cut up their fruits and veggies and have them make a picture with their food, or I would make a cute picture with their food! They were giggling too much about eating Elmo’s face that they forgot they were eating tomatoes.
  13.  Let your kids go to the grocery store with you and help pick out their favorite fruits and vegetables. This was one of the most helpful things we did! They would be excited to get home and show their dad what they picked out. And I would say, “how about you try those plums you bought at the store!”
  14. Give them choices, this way they don’t feel like you’re “making them” eat this way…well…as much haha. For breakfast I would say “would you like eggs with avocado and cilantro on top or would you like to make your own fruit salad?” For lunch, “I’m making BBQ turkey sausages, you get to pick 2 other items…any fruit or vegetable as your sides.”

If you are really wanting to do a Whole 30 and want your whole family to participate, you can do it with a little prep, a few machines to do your work for you and some creativity! I could list all of our favorite meals but most of them on are my Whole 30 Pinterest board! It was one of the best decisions we have made! We have added back in some oatmeal and yogurts, but we still pretty much eat this way every single day. Trust me, if our family can do it, yours can too! Good luck!

Have you done a Whole 30 with kids? How did they do?