Over the past two years, I have been working diligently to make my kitchen more eco friendly. Some things were easy fixes – like switching from paper towels to reusable cloth rags. Other things I really struggled to find good options for – like dishwasher detergent that actually worked! In these last two years, I have tried a lot of products. I wanted to share with you my absolute favorites – so you can try them too! Here are the Best Eco Friendly Kitchen Products I’ve found and come to love!
Simple Coconut Rice – easy to make, delicious, and the perfect pair for Thai, Indian, Hawaiian, and several other cuisines!
What kind of coconut milk should I use?
My personal favorite, is homemade coconut milk. Homemade coconut milk is a little bit lighter and has a fresher flavor than canned. Additionally, its less expensive, has no additives or thickeners, and you don’t have to worry about cans with BPA (something I am sensitive to). Also, if you shop bulk, you can cut down on waste too! Check out our easy recipe for DIY homemade coconut milk. If you do decide to make your own coconut milk, you don’t need to strain it for this particular recipe! So you can very quickly add hot water to your flaked coconut, blend, and add it right to your rice to cook in less than five minutes.
However, you can easily use canned coconut milk with this recipe, too. If I am going to buy canned coconut milk, I like to buy this Native Forest brand. Its organic, BPA free, and well priced.
Looking for a way to make that boring bowl of oatmeal a little more special? Or maybe you’re looking for breakfast ideas for a plant based diet, but you’re tired of seeing smoothies everywhere! (Let’s face it – sometimes its really nice to have something warm & hearty for breakfast!) If that is the case, then try out our Coconut Quinoa Oat Bowl! Its an easy plant based breakfast that is chock full of healthy plant based protein and fiber!
How to Make your own coconut milk at home –
DIY Kitchen Basics
Making your own coconut milk might seem like a daunting task, but it is actually surprisingly easy, and only requires two ingredients – hot water, and unsweetened shredded coconut! Additionally, you can make 2 cups of coconut milk for about $1.20 (or even less if purchased in bulk at the grocery store). Compare that to a can of organic coconut milk for $3+ and you can really rack up the savings!
Another great benefit to making your own – no additives, preservatives, thickeners, or worrying about BPA lining in cans (something I have a sensitivity to)! Continue reading “HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN COCONUT MILK”
Are you a fan of sauerkraut? Or not so much?
I honestly hated sauerkraut until I made my own! I hated the texture and the flavor. However, I knew how good it was for me (full of probiotics), so I would buy packages of it at the store and try to find ways to add it to foods so I would like it more. But I never really came to enjoy it.
Luckily, I had a very wise friend suggest to me that I try making my own, since its so much better made ‘fresh’ than the stuff you buy at the store. I decided to give it a shot, since this theory has proven true for a lot of things I’ve made on my own!
Lo and behold, it was amazing! And I could eat it by the forkful! The best part was that it didn’t have that slimy texture I disliked, and I could control how fermented it was, and how salty it tasted. All of the things I wasn’t a fan of with store bought kraut, I could easily control by doing my own ferment. I was hooked!
Check out the rest of this article to learn how to make sauerkraut at home!
The perfect Sunday dinner. Delicious. Savory. And super filling! When you need a nice hearty meal, our Plant Based Vegan Lentil Chili & Cornbread is a fantastic option!
The best part about this, is it makes A LOT of food! So you can easily meal prep this for lunches during the week, or dinners when you are too tired from work to imagine coming home and cooking. It keeps really well – in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for months! Or, if you have people over, its a fantastic way to feed a lot of people for very little. One of the reasons I absolutely love beans!
Find our Vegan Lentil Chili Recipe on this page, and our Vegan Maple Cornbread here.
Sometimes it can be hard to find healthy plant-based replacements for the things we used to love as kids. For me, its ice cream (you might’ve noticed I have a lot of nice cream recipes around here!)
Since you guys just loved my previous Chia Pudding Recipes, I thought I would include another one: this Strawberry Banana Nice Cream Breakfast Jar! The colors, presentation, and taste of this breakfast jar are all absolutely INCREDIBLE!
Now, I am a huge fan of making a big batch of Chia Seed Pudding at the beginning of the week for breakfasts. (It’s the perfect plant-based breakfast meal-prep food staple), so its always nice when you can come up with ways to customize your jars in the morning, so you aren’t stuck with eating the same flavor of chia pudding each day. This would also be perfect for a Saturday morning, if you have any left over! Or as a healthy dessert option during the week when you want something sweet.