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Stephanie Evans  plant based chef · recipe developer · instructor h o u s t o n, t e x a s

KIMCHI FRIED RICE with bell pepper, loads of fresh herbs, turmeric and a cheezy kale chip crumble

BBQ Glazed Tempeh | Baked Beans | Greens | Slaw
I love turning traditional southern food into plant-based goodness 🌱

Winter Squash Soup
Acorn Squash, Carrot, Yellow Bell Pepper, Roasted Garlic, Almond Milk & Veggie Stock | Red Chili Oil | Cilantro Scallion Pesto | Tahini Crema

Hey y'all my diet has consisted of only pureed soups and smoothies for the last 5 days and a few days to come (thanks to gum surgery), so I've been using lots of these beautiful taters and winter squash to make different soups.

Here we have spaghetti squash, butternut squash, Hokkaido Squash (also called Red kuri), Japanese sweet potato, purple sweet potato, red potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, purple potatoes and bay leaves.
Not pictured are the 2 Acorn squash I used to make an Acorn Squash Carrot soup that I will be posting in the next couple days.

🍠Sweet Potato Green Chili Mac
Reflecting back on this dish I made a month ago, and ended up recreating a big version for my family over the holidays. I made the mac sauce with a homemade nutritional yeast cheese sauce and added in sweet potato, green chilis, loads of garlic, red bell pepper and spices. Then I topped it with panko breadcrumbs, baked until golden, sprinkled with cilantro and drizzled with jalapeño @yellowbirdsauce

🎄🎅Christmas Lunch
King Ranch Mac with Butternut Squash | Fruit Salad | Pea Salad | Texas Caviar with Avocado | Maple Roasted Brussels with Cranberry | @fieldroast BBQ Weenies

I hope everyone had a great day today! What did you eat?

Zucchini | Jicama | Carrot | Red bell pepper | Mukimame | Roasted peanuts | Cilantro | Scallion | Peanut Ginger Sesame dressing with Lime and Tamari
I find that when making "noodles" out of vegetables a key step is to salt the noodles generously to bring out any water from the cell walls. This breaks the vegetable down causing it to become more pliable, noodle-like, and less likely to break. After they sit and drain you can rinse the salt off with water, pat dry and then add your dressing. And since your dressing/sauce will have a salt element in it, this also helps assure that the noodles do not release their water after you add the dressing causing your sauce to become watered down and soupy. I apply the same technique when making slaw with cabbage. This will definitely be a recipe I will post on my blog whenever I actually have the chance to start it.

quinoa corn chips | green leaf lettuce | homemade chile con queso | cilantro lime crema | crunchy cumin roasted garbanzos (recipe below) | shaved red onion & orange bell pepper

cc: @yellowbirdsauce brought the heat
@followyourheart brought the creamy to my crema

I make my chile con queso using nutritional yeast, brown rice flour and some good ol'fashioned Rotel style tomatoes and chilies.

Cumin Roasted Garbanzos
(feel free to cut recipe in half)

3 cups garbanzo beans (2 cans), cooked

2 teaspoons high heat oil

2 teaspoons cumin powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Preheat oven to 400°. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and toss to coat evenly.

Place on large sheet pan in one single layer and roast for 20 minutes. Remove and “flip” the garbanzo beans by shaking the pan or using a spatula to roll them over.

Return to oven for ten more minutes or so depending on how crunchy you prefer them. KEEP A CLOSE EYE.
Remove from oven and allow to cool. Snack right away or store in a sealed container for 2-3 days

Jalapeño Sauerkraut | Miso | Arugula | Serrano Cilantro Avocado Crema | Ezekiel Tortilla Rounds

Miso and Sauerkraut are a match made in heaven. If you haven't tried the combo yet, get on it.

Cc: @farmhouseculture kraut
@yellowbirdsauce serrano
@foodforlifebaking tortillas

Thanksgiving Dinner Vegan Style
The Breaded Turkey-less Stuffed Roast from Trader Joe's was delicious! I baked it with carrots, onion, garlic and tamari. I also did some roasted sweet potato, bell pepper and onion in nutritional yeast, cracked pepper and @yellowbirdsauce sauce. Little taters with herbs, dressing, Cranberry-Pineapple my mom made, and a pea salad made by my Mema.

Green Bean Indian Curry
I'm a huge fan of Indian spices and flavor profiles and always try to keep my pantry stocked with the goods. I order whole spices and toast and make my own blends. @veganricha is a major inspiration of mine 😊 Her techniques are on point.

Charred Tortilla | Vegan Cheese | Spinach | Avocado | Habanero Sauce

Sometimes ya just need some cheezy goodness

Cc: @fieldroast Chao for the cheese
@yellowbirdsauce for the heat 🔥