Hemp Nog

It has been a crazy week at work with co-workers taking days off for Thanksgiving, on baby leave, and calling in sick. Non-stop stress and running around with too much multitasking makes work days a blur and my brain feeling mushy at the end of the day. But I’m in a great mood because I’m sipping a nice glass of wine, had a great workout at the gym, and it’s my virtual Friday because I am taking tomorrow off to play and shop. And I came home to sweet faces wanting dinner.

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Which sweet hubby had ready for them and he prepared a gorgeous vegan dinner for us.

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Vegan enchiladas! He did an amazing job using Amy’s Organics Vegan Refried Beans for the filling and topped them with enchilada sauce with textured vegetable protein, and spicy chili peppers.

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He’s been having fun with the box of Bod’s Red Mill TVP I bought from Amazon. For under $10, those packages have been going a long way and are a great and fast way to add protein and fiber to sauces and use in place of ground meat. TVP adds a chewy, ground meat-like texture, but healthier and cheaper.

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The enchiladas were delicious for coming together so fast and so wonderful after a long day. I’m so lucky to have a hubby with kitchen skills. :-)

I have been working on simple, healthier options to seasonal holiday treats. I’m not thrilled about a lot of processed dairy and non-dairy products carrying carrageenan and decided to focus on simple healthier alternatives. I like vegan “egg” nogs this time of year for adding a little holiday flare to coffee and smoothies, but many of processed versions are packing carrageenan. Boo. Luckily creating a whole foods version is pretty simple. I used hemp seeds with this version because they add a nice thickness and do not need to be strained.

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The texture and color is a lot like traditional nog.

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These glass pitchers are so handy for homemade nut and seed milks.

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The mixture will separate a bit and require a little shake before use, small price to pay for not having processed thickeners and worth it. The flavor is very much like traditional nog to me with a playful and sweet spice from the cinnamon and nutmeg and warming. It’s great in coffee.

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And maybe blended with frozen bananas, hmmm.

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Comments

  1. says

    I like Bob’s TVP! I haven’t done anything with it in a while tho! I should!
    You should make your husband where an apron…j/k LOL :)
    He sounds AWESOME!

    Everything looks and sounds YUMMY!