As seen at the Bayou VegFest in downtown Houma!
Were you at Bayou VegFest? Did you come have some hot chocolate and marshmallow fluff with me? I wanted to put up a quick post with the details of what I made.
For the hot chocolate:
I put Silk brand dark chocolate almond milk in my Instant Pot on Sauté until it warmed up. This is no secret recipe, just a reminder that vegan hot chocolate is easy as can be- and nothing to be intimidated by!
For the marshmallow fluff:
Using my KitchenAid mixer (which shook my whole table), I whipped the aquafaba and cream of tartar on high until the liquid became of foamy and creamy. Then I added a little powdered sugar at a time until the mixture became shiny and fluffy like marshmallow fluff, mixing on high speed.
*You can also make your own beans from dry and use the liquid for your aquafaba. I like to make beans in my instant pot (there's a bean setting) and then I reduce the aquafaba a bit after draining out the beans to get an even thicker and more fluffy liquid.
When I got home, I made a bean and veggie soup with the beans in my Instant Pot in just a few minutes. It was SUCH a great day and it was so nice to meet so many of you.
For a savory use for Aquafaba, you can make your own vegan mayonnaise!
If you are on Facebook, check out the group, Aquafaba (Vegan Meringue- Hits and Misses) for lots of tips, recipes, and troubleshooting using this fun bean liquid!
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Some day I'll be embarrassed that I posted these less-than-pretty pictures, but today I just want to share this super easy and delicious recipe with you, because healthy kid-approved recipes are a premium for most of us- am I right?
My daughter had a cut in her mouth this week and didn't feel up to eating sandwiches, which is kind of a big deal because both of my kids are super insistent that lunch is the same every day, and it's a sandwich (plus other goodies, I did a post about our school lunches here). Anyway, I thought soup would be easier for her to eat, and I was right.
After I made it on Monday, she's asked for it every day since, and I'm happy to oblige because it's crazy easy and healthy.
I feel like I'm always coming up with recipes that remind me of my grandma's cooking. It's just comfort to me. This super easy kale recipe is one I threw together and have enjoyed so much I've made it 4 times in a week. The optional, but highly recommended, ingredient is imitation bacon bits. They give it a flavor just like the greens my grandma would cook all afternoon with some ham or a bone. These are made in a just a few minutes thanks to theInstant Pot, but could be adapted to cook in a pan with a lid for 2 or 3 times the cooking time.
Set the Instant Pot to sauté and add onions. Stir around a bit just in the dry pan (I don't bother to add oil or properly brown them, just get them started cooking and sweetening up). Add Bac'n chips and stir some more, then top with kale and turn over as much as you can to integrate flavor. Pour in the broth and stir around on bottom to release any stuck on onion goodness, and then put the lid on. Turn the Instant Pot off, then press Manual and set to 3 minutes. When it's done, quick release the pressure and stir again and enjoy! I love that the leaves still have nice flavor and the steps are totally soft. It really does taste just like Grandma's!
I wrote a children's book, How Our Vegan Family Celebrates, to help vegans and vegan allies know how to include vegans in their celebrations and give affirmation to vegan kids who may feel alone. The book goes through holidays throughout the year and has a section at the back with parent tips!
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