Day 4 of Meat & Dairy (FREE) Recipes!

Day 4 of your plant-based Meat & Dairy (Free) recipes  We know that meat and potatoes are a dinner staple for many families, but it’s time to fuel your loved ones with micronutrients and food that loves you back.

Today are Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes by “Minimalist Baker”. We make a little indent on the top of the baked sweet potatoes to place the chickpeas and tomato salad. This is one of our absolutely favorites in the Esser household because of its warm heartiness and savory/sweet flavors:…/

*Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker.


Day 2 of classic Dairy & Meat (Free) recipes = Pesto Pizza!

It’s DAY 2 of your plant-based DAIRY & MEAT recipes! What? You wanted pizza tonight? Well here is a healthy and delicious PESTO PIZZA so mouth watering the kids won’t even miss the cheese! Give it a try with a large fresh salad   We use a store bought gluten-free pizza crust, but if you want to get creative try to make your own dough:

1 cup pine nuts, divided
½ cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 bunches basil, leaves picked and washed
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons cornmeal or semolina flour
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 pizza dough recipe or store bought

*Photo Credit: Cook For Your Life.


Day 5 of Our Favorite Family Friendly Recipes!

Woot woot! It’s Day 5 of our favorite family friendly plant-based recipes. This Lentil Quinoa Loaf by “Vegan Richa” is hearty and perfect for pot lucks, parties or the holidays. Trust us, all the meat eaters devour it!! It’s one of our all time favs because we never have any left over.

Check out Vegan Richa as a fabulous plant-based resource. Many of her recipes are soy-free, gluten-free and oil-free. The Esser household makes her Indian dishes on a regular basis…/vegan-lentil-quinoa-loaf

*Photo Credit: Vegan Richa.


Day 4 of Our Favorite Family Friendly Recipes = A BURGER!

Day 4 of our favorite family friendly plant-based recipes = A BURGER! Not just any burger… but a savory, spiced, smoky, naturally sweet and seriously satisfying veggie burger!!

This Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger from “Minimalist Baker” is everything you desire and more. Not like some of those dry black bean burgers that leave you wondering why you ordered it.

We enjoy using brown rice rather than quinoa, and finely chop our walnuts rather than buying a walnut meal. We also use No-Salt Added Black Beans, and skip the added salt and sugar ingredients. The best part? Enjoy with Stubs BBQ sauce (we skip the Whiskey BBQ recipe). Mmmmmm, Stubs – it’s the most delicious natural BBQ sauce with a rich smoky flavor and it is found in most stores (Publix, etc). Not a special occasion for Stubs? Then try an organic ketchup and mustard. Make sure to load it up with lots of veggies and avocado! 

Be warned, once you try this recipe you will want to indulge in the Minimalist Baker’s dessert recipes – to die for! She uses 10 ingredients or less and they all fit into one bowl. So easy! We use her cupcake recipes as a special treat for birthday parties. 🙂

Now get cookin’ and enjoy that Stubs (it’s just fun to say with a southern draw… Stttuuuubbbbssss).

*Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker.

Day 3 of Our Favorite Family Recipes = A Treat!

Alright, alright, alright! It’s Day 3 of our favorite family friendly plant-based recipes – and we are giving you a yummy treat!

This is Mrs. Esser’s ALL TIME FAVORITE recipe known to mankind! ‘Ultra Energy Bars’ from Rich Roll & Julie Piatt’s “The PlantPower Way.” You don’t have to be an endurance athlete competing in Ultra Ironman Triathlons to enjoy these 🙂 They are power packed with natural sugars and protein like nuts, dates, seeds, coconut and dried berries to keep your energy up! 

They make a tasty snack on the go, and are super easy to make with the kids in a food processor – it’s a great way to get them involved with preparing food and learning where their food comes from.

Give it a try and you’ll want to order their “Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes + Guidance For the Whole Family” cookbook. It’s our FAVORITE cookbook in the Esser household!

*Photo Credit: The PlantPower Way via No Meat Athlete.