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Brazil Nut Parmesan

Parm is just one of those staples you should keep in your fridge and I hope y'all know I'm not talking about that shit that comes in plastic containers. I'm talking about super easy to make, home made, brazil nut parm.  Much like the avocado, it enhances the flavor of basically everything (even salads, Joseph.)

It takes only a few seconds to make and just about as long to devour. So what the fuck are you waiting for?

10 oz raw brazil nuts
1/4 c nutritional yeast
2 tsp salt
Use your food processor to blend this all up into traditional parm form. Boom done.

Thai Inspired Sweet Potato Noodles w/Sriracha Peanut Sauce

Hooray for spiralizers! They seriously have the coolest job. Well I guess the coolest job is eating what they produce; like this crazy-awesome, super flavorful, but still pretty damn healthy for you, dish.

That's right more sweet potato noodles. Why because I like them ok. And also, I happened to make too many sweet potato noodles on the first night I used my spiralizer (you remember the Pesto Sweet Potato Noodles post?). Subsequently, I made two different sauces, and two different posts about it. BECAUSE I CAN, OK?!

The Noodles1 1/2lb spiralized sweet potatoes
2 tbsp sesame oil
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 400Coat your sweet potato noodles in sesame oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook in oven for about 12 minutes.  The Sriracha Peanut Sauce2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
2 tbsp coconut milk
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp turmeric
While your noodles are in the oven blend all these ingredients together.Gently to…

Blueberry Teff Pancakes

Happy National Blueberry Pancake Day!

I'm not going to lie to you, these pancakes were a bitch to make. The pancakes tasted great but they were uglier than homemade sin. I went through a short bout of depression regarding my lack of pancake making skills, and then I remembered that I have excellent problem solving skills; so I used an extra large biscuit cutter to make them look like pancakes. Eureka! Now the appearance matches the flavor, and damn that flavor was on point. So don't be feeling like one of those failed pinterest memes when you make these - mine were fugly; yours will probably be fugly, too. It's the circle of life, or something like that.

Traditionally, you're supposed to get one bowl and mix together the dry ingredients. Then you're supposed to get another bowl to mix together the wet ingredients. Annnnnnd then, you're supposed to mix the wet stuff with the dry stuff. But I'm too lazy for that shit. I just mix it all together in one bow…

[Not] Bailey's Irish Cream

Happy National Irish Coffee Day! I'm beyond stoked that I'm celebrating with this wonderful vegan substitute!

“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat”-Alex Levin
See every time we wake up at the family cabin, BandMan's folks have the coffee and the Bailey's all ready for consumption and I'm always secretly kinda jelly about the Irish Cream in their coffee. Not in an angry way, of course, but totally in the "man I really wish that was vegan" kinda way.

And then it dawned on me, "wait a minute, why can't it be vegan?" So here we are: full damn circle back to topic at hand; Bailey's Irish Cream, VEGANIZED.

I'm totally gonna have to make this for our future cabin visits. It's seriously so good.

1 can full-fat coconut milk
almond milk
1/2 c raw cane sugar
3/4 c super strong coffee
1 c whiskey
pinch of salt
In a large pot, pour in the coconut milk and then fill that can w…

Southern Style Beans and Greens

Happy National Southern Food Day, y'all!

If you don't know by now, I'm from a small town about 20 miles east of Birmingham, Alabama called Moody. I wasn't born there but I was raised there and let me tell you I wouldn't want it any other way. Especially, when we start talking about the food: cornbread, fried green tomatoes, grits - that's my jam.

But my hands-down favorite southern staple are the greens. Collard greens specifically; they blow my taste buds' collective mind! Not only are they all around amazing, but they're full of so much greatness.

Check this out:
Very high in calciumVery high in dietary fiberVery high in ironVery high in manganeseHigh in magnesiumHigh in niacinHigh in phosphorusHigh in potassiumVery high in riboflavinHigh in thiaminVery high in vitamin AVery high in vitamin B6Very high in vitamin C Beans and Greens are a big part of Southern cuisine. Luckily for me, BandMan decided to make some pinto beans last night and when I got ho…

Pesto Sweet Potato Noodles

There are so many cool things going on right now at the VegHouse. I really don't know where to start but I'm bursting through my seams with excitement.

For starters, Sun Blood Stories, is busy chipping away at our next album. This process is labor intensive, especially when you're working full time. Keep your third eye open for the album this Spring.

Next, we've been added to the roster of talented musicians playing Treefort Music Festival this year. There are no words to describe Treefort but here's a shot at it: it's like all your favorite holidays as a kid, wrapped up in your 21st birthday, and served at room temp at a family reunion where only the coolest family members that you want to see attend.

and speaking of food...I FINALLY GOT A SPIRALIZER! So get prepared for an annoying amount of spiral cut foods. ChefMom really outdid herself in the thoughtful gifts department this Christmas. Highlights: a million bowls, a vintage bean pot, tarot cards, a theremi…

Beet + Carrot Curry

At the end of last September, I sent BandMan a text asking him to go on a date with me the next day, Friday. He accepted and asked what we were going to do. I was pretty nervous to tell him what I had planned. See even though we've been together for a few years and we know so much about each other, I wasn't sure if he knew just how impulsive I could be. After that thought quickly ran through my head, I said "Screw it. if he doesn't know by now, I guess it's time to find out;" so I replied to his text: "Portland :\" 

Luckily for me, BandMan is almost always down for an adventure and he was pretty excited to take an impromptu trip out to PDX. While we were there we ate a lot of vegan food. One place in particular that stood out was an Indian American fusion restaurant. We ordered an appetizer of potato cakes served with a chutney and some beets in coconut milk. The food was ok; nothing too exciting, but the possibilities were exciting which is why that…

Butternut Squash Breakfast

I've been trying to be better about eating more than a piece of fruit for breakfast. Last Sunday, I made a quiche but split it up in my muffin tin to make 12 of the cutest tiny quiches anyone has ever eaten. Turns out when I plan ahead for breakfast, I actually eat it and thus I find myself feeling healthier. Why? Cause even though breakfast comes at the most inconvenient time of the day, it's the best meal for your body. Here's 7 reasons why you shouldn't skip breakfast.

On mornings where you've got a 45 minutes to make breakfast, consider making this one. It's a fucking multi-vitamin in itself and it's got like less than 200 calories per serving. If that's not enough for you eat banana, apple, or whatever for breakfast-dessert, and call it good.

1 butternut squash, cubed
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
cayenne, to taste
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp liquid smoke
2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tbsp montreal steak seasoning
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves,…

Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprout Gratin

Oh shit you guys! This is my favorite breakfast/brunch I've ever made. I know I say that in almost all of my breakfast/brunch posts but I think there are a few reasons why this keeps happening to us.

For one, I don't really like to make breakfast. I usually eat leftovers from the previous night's dinner, or fruit for breakfast because I am lazzzzy. So anytime I take the time to actually make breakfast, I'm usually pretty stoked on it. And secondly, I guess there isn't a secondly. Moral: I'm usually too lazy to make breakfast, but on those rare occasions when I'm trying to impress somebody, I don't fucking skimp on the breakfast-awesome.

2 tbsp olive oil
3 c shredded brussels sprouts
salt and pepper, to taste
1 sweet potato, thinly sliced
1 apple, thinly sliced
1/2 c cashews
1/2 c walnuts
1 c vegetable broth
1 tbsp maple syrup
3 garlic cloves
Get your oven to 425 and get your cast iron skillet ready for cookin'.In another skillet, get some oil hot and saute u…