Our Top Picks: Meatless Grilling Options

Our Top Picks: Meatless Grilling Options

Summer is here! This is a time where we get together and share a drink and food with those closest to us for some annual fun in the sun. There is no doubt that as the warmer summer months begin to creep in, we tend to uncover our grills and head outdoors to cook our...
Homemade Pineapple and Apricot Jam

Homemade Pineapple and Apricot Jam

This jam is full of nutrients, is low in calories, sugar, and preservatives and vegan of course! It is perfect for spreading on toast, adding to your cereal or for any healthy dessert. The trick to making this vegan is using the Agar Powder. This powder is what causes...
2-Minute Strawberry Smoothie

2-Minute Strawberry Smoothie

Smoothies are no doubt the easiest, most kid-friendly way for you and your children to get their fruits and veggies. With so many recipes out there, it can be overwhelming, so I wanted to share my go-to morning smoothie with you. This smoothie is my daughter’s...
Noble Tangerine Fizzies

Noble Tangerine Fizzies

We often make our own smoothies at our house. We are always looking for new tastes to excite our taste buds and this “Noble Tangerine Fizzie” recipe was invented by our little Noble Fan! The recipe is extremely simple and really provides a lot of wonderful...
Engine 2 Diet Brand Pinto Habanero Tacos!

Engine 2 Diet Brand Pinto Habanero Tacos!

When you are in a rush, one of the first things that can go is your nutrition. Try to fight that battle by finding brands that can help you make something quick and easy in your own kitchen! Engine 2 Brand foods are amazing and very affordable for what you are...
Cinnamon French Toast Crunch

Cinnamon French Toast Crunch

Cinnamon French Toast Crunch This recipe was inspired by Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal. I was walking down my grocery store’s cereal aisle one day and saw that Cinnamon Toast Crunch was on sale for buy one get one free. My wife kindly requested that I get some for her,...
Hearty Chickpea Salad

Hearty Chickpea Salad

If you’ve recently transitioned to a plant-based diet, chances are you’re missing some of your old faves! Enter chicken salad. I have been living a plant-based lifestyle for over five years now and I still remember that wonderfully satisfying feeling that...
Open-Faced Mini Black Bean Sliders

Open-Faced Mini Black Bean Sliders

Sliders make me happy. I know they will make you happy too! Why do they work so well? The reason sliders are so great is that they are warm, delicious, and savory. They are just big enough that you feel satisfied and just small enough to make you feel like you...
Loaded Nachos – Vegan!

Loaded Nachos – Vegan!

We all love nachos! Whether you are watching a sporting event or having friends over, nachos just sound good, don’t they? Well, I have come up with my own vegan version of them and they are delicious. I found a new brand of cheese that melts down really well to...
Vegan Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Vegan Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Here at Lean Green DAD, we like to take recipes from books and other places that we find and make them vegan. We also like to make them quicker than the recipe calls for! As a busy parent, we often do not have time to make a gourmet meal that takes and hour to prepare...
Lean Green DAD’s Sweet Potato Chickpea Soft Tacos

Lean Green DAD’s Sweet Potato Chickpea Soft Tacos

One of our favorite spots to eat here in Orlando is Infusion Tea Room in College Park. They have an eclectic collection of teas along with a KILLER vegan/vegetarian menu. My fave dish, sweet potato soft tacos, are ALWAYS on my mind! Well today I was craving them, and...
Nutty Plant-Based Taco Night

Nutty Plant-Based Taco Night

With a little bit of preparation and thinking ahead, you can assemble these awesome tacos in no time! Whole walnuts serve as the base for these tacos. There’s a tiny bit of preparation involved in this recipe, but the assembly is easy! We already know that nuts...
Noble Raw, Vegan Pad Thai

Noble Raw, Vegan Pad Thai

Locally here in Orlando there was an excellent restaurant that I loved called Cafe 118. It is no longer in existence after closing a few short months ago, but what I loved about it is that like its name, nothing was cooked over 118 degrees, which technically makes it...
Chocolate Peanut Butter Vegan S’mores!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Vegan S’mores!

I cannot think of one person that does not like smores! They are great outside during the cold months, but have you ever been to a restaurant that actually serves them INSIDE nice and warm for dessert? I have! I saw a smores recipe from one of my favorite blogs,...
Heavenly Deviled Avocados

Heavenly Deviled Avocados

When you hear the word “deviled” you usually think about the word that comes next…eggs. But for me, I wanted something deviled, but plant-powered. So I did some thinking and came up with and idea to scoop out a tiny bit of the center of an avocado...
Mushroom Sweet Pea Stir Fry

Mushroom Sweet Pea Stir Fry

Mushroom Sweet Peat Stir Fry is just one of many stir fry’s, you can make at home when you have a couple great veggies laying around that need to be cooked. Put them over a bed of quinoa and you will be all set. This recipe is super easy and if you like...
Vegan Three Bean Chili

Vegan Three Bean Chili

  As you can imagine, I have a LOT of Vegan cookbooks. One of my favorites is The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Godreau. She has a ton of recipes that inspire me, give me ideas and are pretty easy to follow. One of my absolute favorites is the book’s...
Vegan Grilled Cheese

Vegan Grilled Cheese

I love to make things that you might not traditionally associate as “vegan” and making them taste darn good! When I made this Vegan Grilled Cheese with Avocado for my pregnant wife, she flipped out at how great it tasted. She literally figured out how to...
What Do I Feed You People?!

What Do I Feed You People?!

When Cory asked me to write a post for his Lean Green DAD blog, I have to say ideas came flooding to my head! What could I write about that would be helpful? Then this idea hit me. Something that my family wonders all the time…”What do I feed you people...
Hot Dogs – Plant Power Style!

Hot Dogs – Plant Power Style!

Tonight I was inspired and I just had to share with you! We like to have dinner guests at our house from time to time. Tonight we had my sister over. My sister is vegetarian, so I knew I could do something outside of the box and vegan and she would go with it. I told...
Mexican-Inspired, Plant-Based Salad

Mexican-Inspired, Plant-Based Salad

When I heard the word “salad” before I started making them myself, I felt kinda sad! Not that the actual salad made me sad, but the thought of eating just a salad as my meal became rather depressing. Would this really fill me up for a full meal? Would I get enough...
Big Game Beanball Subs

Big Game Beanball Subs

I know that some folks would say that it is wrong to call a meatball a meatball if there is no meat in it, so let’s call them beanballs! In the meatless meatball’s defense, I brought them to a party for the “big game” that happens every February and no one could tell...
How To Drink Almond Milk!

How To Drink Almond Milk!

Surprise! Almond milk has sugar in it. My kids love it…especially chocolate. If you have already cut dairy from your diet, then good for you. If not, give it a try! You will love it. When you do though…remember that almond milk has sugar too, so it is...
Quick Meals: Orzo Tabouli

Quick Meals: Orzo Tabouli

This quick meal was sent to me by my friend and super busy momma of two, Corrie! It originally came from Zoe’s kitchen. It’s their Orzo tabouli. Zoe’s puts it over some salad, but Corrie told me she just ate it like this and it was great! Method: ...
Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs!

It was late at night. I was playing around at the computer and I went to the fridge for a snack. I found some peanut butter and a honey-crisp organic apple (get these while they’re in season, they’re AMAZING). I cut the perfectly-chilled and crisp apple...
Quick Meals: Veggies and Pasta

Quick Meals: Veggies and Pasta

Some nights are just so short that you need a quick meal. On your way home you have an urge to give your kids fast food because it is so easy, but you force yourself to go home and make something that will keep them healthy and feeling good. Congrats! You have taken...
My Favorite Frozen Vegan Pumpkin Waffle

My Favorite Frozen Vegan Pumpkin Waffle

If you are like me, you LOVE waffles and syrup. All waffles, however, are not created equal. Many people think that waffles have to be made with eggs and dairy, but that is simply not the truth. Did you know that there are waffles out there that are gluten-free, vegan...
Delicious Stuffed Acorn Squash!

Delicious Stuffed Acorn Squash!

Fall is here and that means it is time for some muscle-building food! My favorite go-to food is stuffed acorn squash. I like it on the sweeter side, but my wife prefers salty. Either way is great. I have a few ideas for you in the above video, so make sure you check...
Vegan Banana Ice Cream

Vegan Banana Ice Cream

I love ice cream, but I do not eat cow milk. What is one to do? I know…make your own vegan ice cream right at home. All you need is three frozen bananas, a little bit of almond milk, vanilla extract and some pure maple syrup. Sure, it is FULL of sugar and should...
Quick meals: Corn and Quinoa

Quick meals: Corn and Quinoa

Some days we need something fast. I mean like super fast. Today was one of those days. I had just gotten home from work and soccer practice with two very hungry children. Flustered, I looked in my fridge and found some two-day-old leftover Pei Wei brown rice and...

Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes

In an earlier post, I talk about five must-have family apps. Featured in that post was the Forks Over Knives app. This recipe is from that app and man is it good. The app even let me send the directions on how to do everything to myself so I could share it with you!...
What is Quinoa and How Do You Cook It?

What is Quinoa and How Do You Cook It?

I am sure you have heard about this awesome food. Some people think it is too weird and not sure what the heck it is and therefore don’t try it. Well there is no need to be afraid my friends! Give up your instant rice because this whole grain is rather instant...