Happy Recipe Friday!
Today we are featuring the lovely Katie Koteen of Well Vegan!
As the stomach (and brains) behind Well Vegan, I spend far too many hours in the kitchen. Well Vegan came to be after my daughter was born with a glut of food allergies that transitioned our family from vegetarians to vegans and we’ve never turned back. At Well Vegan, we provide plant-based meal plans for the busy vegan, along with a ton of great recipes and information about staying happy and healthy. Whether you’re a top-notch cook or have zero cooking experience we want to make your transition a fun and tasty one.
HOW I #LIVEMYHEALTH
Everyday on the home-front I strive to make a plant-based diet satisfying and enjoyable for everyone, kids especially. I never want anyone to feel as though they’re missing out on anything, but also want them to have an understanding and respect for where their food comes from. I’m not saying it’s all carrot sticks and beets at our house. Truth be told, we have a small arsenal of stellar cookies recipes, like these Peanut Butter Oatmeal ones. It’s about finding a balance and developing a healthy relationship with food and animals that will last a lifetime. Kids are bursting with compassion and kindness, for them it’s a no-brainer.
BREAKFAST IN A JAR: OVERNIGHT MUESLI
I’m always looking for a new and easy (vegan) breakfast, and there’s one thing I have to admit I have never tried: the overnight muesli soak. It just felt odd, like it was going to be all cold and mushy in the morning. Cold and mushy is not my thing. Warm and creamy is fine, but eh, I’ll leave it to the Swiss. So you can imagine my surprise when I finally made it happen. Well, to be honest I didn’t make a thing happen. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a friend’s house for brunch and our hostess was wise in the ways of overnight muesli. It was cold, creamy, and totally delicious. I’ve been converted.
Start with a basic muesli, I like Bob’s Red Mill, Familia, or plain rolled oats. Add your favorite mix-ins, a hefty portion of nondairy yogurt (about double the oat/muesli mixture), a squeeze of fresh orange juice, give it all a mix, and leave it. Perfect for setting up the night before for a grab-and-go, but also fine to prepare the morning of if you have a half hour or more to let it sit. Ideal for a morning you’re headed to the gym before work or in our case, a morning surf.
Fruit: blueberries, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, dried cranberries, raisins
Extras: hemp seeds, flax seed meal, chia seeds, dried coconut
Nuts: sliced almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds
Combine 1/4 cup dry muesli, a splash of orange juice, 1/2 cup non-dairy yogurt (soy, almond, or coconut, they’re all delicious) and your favorite mix-ins. Let soak at least a half hour, but overnight is best. And try using a mason jar or Tupperware for a grab-and-go breakfast.