Broccoli and Mashed Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl
Vegan Broccoli and Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl

Vegan Broccoli and Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing

It’s been a serious minute since we roasted some delicious broccoli florets in this house and we need to fix that! About three months ago, I went on a broccoli crazy shopping spree at the market and came home with 10 huge heads of the most gorgeous greens. I chopped them, froze them on a baking sheet and then transferred them into 4 large silicone bags (because screw plastic) to use later in the week……

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Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce
Homemade Vegetable-Packed Pasta Sauce: Two Ways!

My Favorite Homemade Vegetable-Packed Pasta Sauce that I make…

Every Single Week (x2)!

This is it: this is the recipe that will save your butt in a jiffy. I think the best thing about this recipe is that you can substitute AS MUCH as you wish. You can use absolutely any variety of vegetables, fresh or frozen, in this recipe. As long as it blends, you can add it.

Each and every week our family tries out a brand new recipe version of this basic recipe. Some of our favorite vegetable swaps include:

  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Bell Peppers
  • Sun-dried tomatoes

And, while we are on the subject of substituting, I also love to add in the following on any given day:

  • Hemp seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Pecans
  • Cashews
  • Pepita seeds

While I urge you to have as much fun with this as possible, I also encourage you to try to stick to the ingredient amounts for best taste. If you substitute the cauliflower for broccoli or zucchini, I advise you to stick with the 1 cup amount. The same goes for the seeds and nuts.

If you are a big spice lover like me, get crazy and add in 2 jalapeno peppers if you wish!

Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce

If it blends, you can toss it into this homemade vegetable-packed pasta sauce recipe!

P.s. I highly recommend this Food Processor as I am a bit in love with it at the moment (and for the next 15 years).

Benefits of This Sauce

  • Easily allows you and your children to reach the recommended daily amounts of vegetables by blending! It’s like a smoothie in a pasta dish (in all the good ways – I promise).
  • Picky Eater Approved! I have yet to meet a child who does not love a blended pasta sauce. Even better if you let the child participate in the creating of this magical sauce. Let them toss in the veggies and the ingredients! (FYI: You can also turn this into a soup with just 2 cups of vegetable broth).
  • Turns a simple Pasta dinner into the most nutritionally packed dinner of the week: There is almost no way that any other meal can beat this one once you have added all of the amazing ingredients. Feel free to add any extras like…
    • Turmeric
    • Moringa
    • Rosemary
    • Kale
  • Allows even the most hectic and stressful day to become a nutritionally conscious one. Parenting is HARD. Heck…just living is hard sometimes. I promise that this meal will check off all of your boxes and allow dinner to come together in under 10 minutes.
  • Budget-friendly: This is about as budget-friendly as you want it to be. Some pasta sauce, a can of beans, random veggies (on sale perhaps?) and some spaghetti? It’s a winner!

Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce

Kid-Approved Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce

This is one of my sons absolute favorite versions of this homemade sauce!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: how to, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy, Easy Pasta, homemade nut butter, quick
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 49kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 30 oz Jar Pasta Sauce
  • 1 can cannelini beans
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 cup spinach loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil
  • Any additonal seasoning that you wish to add

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to food processor and process until well blended.
  • Cook pasta according to package direction.
  • Once pasta has finished cooking, drain well and then mix with homemade pasta sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce

Spicy Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce

While my children love the mild version of this sauce, I am all about the spice!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: how to, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy, Easy Pasta, quick, spicy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 119kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 30 oz Jar Pasta Sauce
  • 1 can cannelini beans
  • 1 cup spinach packed
  • 3/4 cups walnuts (any nut/seed will do)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed If sensitive to spicy foods, use a small amount of jalapeno at a time
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 pinch sea salt and black pepper

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to food processor and process until well blended.
  • Cook pasta according to package direction.
  • Once pasta has finished cooking, drain well and then mix with homemade pasta sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg

p.s. If you dig this recipe, try out these other hits!

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Beet Apple Ginger Juice
Must-Have Energizing Juices for a Productive Morning

My Must-Have Energizing Juices for a Productive, Healthy and Loving Morning

I have been craving juices like mad the past week and filled my body with gorgeous beets, apples, celery, parsley, lemon, ginger and carrots. I have always listened to my body when she speaks to me. When she wants a certain something or even requests it in my dreams. Last week I dreamed of drinking juices and bathing in lavender.
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I woke up and made it a point to grant the requests from my soul and, in return, she has gifted me with the most amazing amount of energy, beautiful uninterrupted sleep, and an all-around better mood. I am so thankful. Don’t forget to listen. To perk up your senses to what your body is telling you.

She never lies.

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chickpea scramble
Chickpea Scramble; Vegan, Delicious and Oh So Simple!

Chickpea Scramble

Throwback Time! I was going through our hard drive today while the boys took a nap and I came across one of the very first videos we ever created for WonderMamas! This was back when WonderMamas was more of a fitness page vs nutrition page; I was torn between my two loves of working out and cooking and could not decide which one to pursue!

Luckily, as always (haha), food won the battle and now here we are! 2 years later and I could not be happier with my decision. Fitness is fabulous but cooking will always be my number one lady:).

This chickpea scramble is probably one of the easiest and yet most underappreciated recipes out there in the vegan world.

You will hardly hear anyone talk about it and it is such a shame! Once the onions and garlic are sauteed, the scrambled comes together in under a minute. Talk about a perfect breakfast!

The taste is quite yummy; the scramble really takes on the flavors of the vegetable broth, paprika, chili powder, and turmeric very well. You can play around with any spices you like – maybe even try some nutritional yeast?! Ooooh, I think we will try that next!

I do hope you enjoy this amazingly simple recipe!

Watch The How To Video Here:

p.s. If you like this recipe, you may also want to try: 

chickpea scramble

Chickpea Scramble

Chickpea Scramble

This is one of our very first vegan recipes and it has been a family favorite since the very beginning!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, easy vegan pasta, quick
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 137kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup dried chickpeas/garbanzo beans blended down into flour
  • ¾ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • Pinch of Sea salt and pepper

To serve

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 4 pieces of bread toasted
  • Extra veggies

Instructions

  • Start by blending the dry beans into flour in a high speed blender.
  • Heat a skillet to medium-high heat and add in ¼ cup water and the diced onion and minced garlic. Saute for 4-5 minutes until soft and then add the veggie broth. Once the broth begins to bubble, pour in the chickpea flour and mix very well. Add the spices and, if needed, a splash of water if there are still dry spots.
  • Allow the scramble to brown a bit before removing from heat. Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
  • Serve with toast, avocado slices and any other veggies you would like!

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Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 651IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

**This post may contain affiliate links to the products listed. As always, we only recommend products that we trust and use in our own home. Sending you lots of love, Mamas!**

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3 Easy and Delicious Vegan Overnight Oats
Vegan Overnight Oats: Three of Our Family Favorites

3 Easy and Delicious Vegan Overnight Oats

Breakfast has always been a very special time in our home; our family only has so many meals shared together due to Martin’s hectic work schedule and my adventurous needs to eat lunch and dinner near the river with my sons (all packed into cute bento boxes). Because of this, we try to make breakfast as special as possible.

Waffles, tofu scrambles, pancakes, scones, muffins and so much more. The options are endless but one thing is for sure, we always come back to the amazing vegan overnight oats. There is nothing better than waking up and having breakfast already prepared in the refrigerator; especially as a parent!

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Meal Plan Archives
Veggie Packed Pineapple Tofu Salad

Veggie Packed Pineapple Tofu Salad


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Each and every week we create over 2-3 new recipes for our Plant-based meal plan memberships and sometimes, we get a bit addicted and attached to one specific recipe. This is one of those! It’s not always easy to take photos with two little toddlers running around, but lucky for you, Martin had a night shift this day and was able to take some photos of the cooking preparation! He was even able to snag some photos of Alessandro helping me to whip up the dressing and pour it all over this amazing meal. Enjoy!

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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Watch The How To Video Here:

(War sounds in the background) It was 8 in the morning. I still remember it like it was yesterday….the horror.

The boys looked at their morning oats like it was absolute rubbish….like I had purposefully given them trash to eat. A bunch of “NO” and “YUCK” were thrown my way as the sweat began to settle on my forehead….

“Shiiiiizz. It’s going to be one of those days”, I whispered to myself as I began to search around the kitchen for anything that I could feed my kids.

“BUTTTERRRR”

I kept hearing one of the boys say (No idea which one, they look and sound the same) and then the other chimed in with

“PEANNNUTTT”.

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vegan camping meals
Must-Have Vegan Camping Meals + Meal Prep List

Must-Have Vegan Camping Meals (Kids and Adults!)

I’ll never forget the day when I decided we just HAD to have a VW camper for our family. Thinking about it still makes me giggle a bit. I was sitting on the couch and looking through old vintage photoshoots on my phone (it’s a strange hobby of mine) when I saw a very cool family from the 70s. They were sitting out near a lake and had a stunning old school pop-top VW camper van. It was vintage perfection. Read more

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