Holiday Gift Guide: Vegan Edition

It’s that time of year and I LOVEEEEEE it! Today I’m bringing you a VEGAN Holiday Gift Guide. You may not know what to buy your plant-based aunt or cousin, so here I am to help! These gifts would also be great for anyone that eats healthy or loves to cook! I’m bringing you a ton of must-haves for the VEGANS + a few of my personal favorite products they might love also! Let me know what your favorites are!

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  1. Asking around in some of my Facebook groups and pages…BY FAR, the number one thing they all said was a must have item is A NINJA MEGA KITCHEN SYSTEM! It does it alllllllllll. NUMBER ONE MUST HAVE!

2. Air Fryer. This one comes with a recipe book, which I would need since I don’t have one! This is going on my list though seeing as EVERYONE said they were dying for one and I’m just over here clueless. Apparently I’m missing out!

3. An all-in-one sushi making kit. We spend a lot of money on sushi at our house because we really love it!! This kit gives you everything you need to EASILY make it at home! if you just really want to up your present, go ahead and buy the sushi rice and the seaweed for them!

4. Veggie Bullet. I can’t say enough about these! I use mine all the time and it has saved me SO much time and stress when it comes to chopping and spiralizing veggies! It’s a GOTTA have for the kitchen. This product also comes with a hardcover recipe book!

5. A good set of knives. I spend so much time each week CHOPPING. My veggie bullet helps a ton but there are some things that just can’t go in there and you need to slice them yourself! A good set of knives is so important! Here’s a good link for a chef’s knife and a set of knives…

6. Instant Pot. I’m being honest, if you don’t have one of these, I feel bad for you. You’re just missing out in life. I use mine all the time and there are ENTIRE Facebook groups dedicated to recipes for these things. They are BY FAR a necessary item for your kitchen! (also, this link is a really good deal!)

7. Vitamix Blender. Imma be straight…we don’t have one of these…yet. But it’s on my list!! This one is for the fancy gift givers lol. In our family we do big, medium and small presents for each other. This would make a great “big” gift for the plant-based person in your life. We use our blender MULTIPLE times a day sometimes and it does leave little chunks (which is not good for the baby ugh) so I end up blending my soup, smoothie or whatever like 5-6 times to get all of the chunks out. This would solve that problem! If you are buying for someone who uses their blender multiple times a day. GET THEM THIS! (also, a REALLY good deal on these in the link)

8. Hand Immersion Blender. This is RIDICULOUSLY useful I can’t even get started. From the wise words in Toy Story “If you don’t have one, get one!” lol!

9. Coconut bowls. We make smoothie bowls most days for breakfast and these are the COOLEST bowls for smoothie bowls!

10. Disposable salad bowls with lid. We eat salads ALLLLL the time. When my husband takes them to work, sometimes they come home, sometimes they don’t. These are perfect (and cheap) for taking a salad with you on the go!

Here are some of my other favorite products that I love. All of these you can get on Amazon! When I start to run out, I just jump on and buy more. E-Z. P-Z. Any of these would make great stocking stuffers!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Vegan Edition

 

Vegan Recipes to check out: 

Delicious Plant-Based Vegan Nachos

Smoothie Bowl

Easy Crockpot Pumpkin Chili

The Perfect Smoothie

The Best Crockpot Vegan Chili

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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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The Best Crockpot Vegan Chili

This is the easiest – most delicious – plant based crockpot chili I’ve ever made. Recipes like this don’t make me miss the meat one single bit. Plus, I feel good knowing my family is eating a meal full of veggies! This is so easy to do. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

2 – 15 oz cans of black beans (drained)

1 1/2 cups of cooked lentils

3- 14.5oz cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes (don’t drain)

1 1/2 cups of frozen corn

1/3 cup of uncooked quinoa

1 medium onion, chopped

red, yellow, orange peppers. 1/2 of each, chopped

3 tablespoons of chili powder

1 tablespoon 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

1 tsp of garlic powder

vegetable stock or water (amount varies to desired consistency)

*optional: top with chives + cilantro

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  1. Cook lentils, drain.
  2. Chop peppers and use 1/2 of each color in the crockpot.
  3. Combine all ingredients in the crockpot and add vegetable stock or water 2 inches above ingredients.
  4. Cook in crockpot on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours, stir occasionally. *Watch the water/vegetable stock level. The quinoa will soak up a lot of it, you may have to add more so it doesn’t get too dry.

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The Best Crockpot Vegan Chili- SO EASY!