Fast and Cheap Black and Kidney Bean Soup

It has been super cold today, so naturally I wanted something to warm us up after we went for our walk. This meal is super cheap, really easy, healthy and flavorful. I made two batches of it and switched some things around on the second go. Luckily, I have pictures of both so you can decide which one looks right for you to enjoy.

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Roasted Brussels Sprout and Broccoli Spinach Salad

Today is the day that I go through the refrigerator and see what I can come up with before anything spoils. I make meal plans every week and sometimes I end up not using all of the ingredients when it comes down to it, and sometimes these can add up to the tastiest meals of the week. I made one today that was so satisfying I wanted to share the wealth. I know salads are expected from a vegan kitchen, but I believe this one is a star.

 

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Veggie Burger “Meat” Ball Marinara Sandwich

When I was younger my mom made these huge meat balls that were easily one of my favorite meals that she ever created. Every time she cooked them I went nuts. She didn’t have to call me to dinner and beg me to eat, I was in the kitchen with a fork ready to go. I haven’t had them in years, and I never ate any other meat balls besides her’s. I was such a loyal child. For my birthday this year I wanted to recreate her old recipe. I also wanted it in a sandwich, because I never ever got to eat a meat ball marinara, and well, it’s too late to order one up now. What I came up with worked incredibly well the first time, so I thought I’d go ahead and share.

 

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BBQ Seitan Sausage with Yellow Rice and Baked Broccoli

I made about ten or eleven seitan sausages yesterday in my steamer and used them to make some delicious hot dogs. Today I had four left over and decided to do something different. I found some BBQ sauce and a stray onion and decided that would be enough. I also found a box of yellow rice that had fallen into the depths of the pantry to await my rescue. Today was it’s day to shine and I thought it went hand and hand with this BBQ sausage and broccoli. Quite filling on a rainy day, too.

 

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General Tso Style Tofu with Broccoli

I don’t make this dish very often, but when I do I completely enjoy it. ¬†For this dish, I always drain and press my tofu the night before, freeze it, bake it, and then fry it. That’s not hard at all, but it can be time consuming. It definitely has a more ” meaty ” texture and is not so mushy if you take the time to prepare it that way, though. Hope you enjoy as much as I do.

 

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