Alexa’s blog, Fooduzzi, was one of the first gluten-free & plant-based blogs I found, thanks to Pinterest. When I first discovered her site, what I liked most about it was that she had recreated so many vegan recipes for foods I thought I would miss, like a vegan copy-cat recipe for Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup. But after trying so many new recipes from lots of different blogs and accounts over the past year, I’ve realized that my favorite thing about Fooduzzi‘s recipes is that they’re consistently delicious. Whether it’s a new recipe she just posted or a reader favorite, they always yield a tasty result and are often added into my meal rotation. So rest assured- no matter what you try from her blog will be amazing, but these are the ones we have made the most often in the last year.
• Sun Dried Tomato Vegan Meatballs – These may just be my favorite recipe of 2017. They’re super comforting and have loads of protein from the lentils- and even more when you serve them with Banza Chickpea Pasta, as I usually do. The meatballs require a little more time to prep as they have to set in the fridge for about an hour before cooking, but this meal comes together pretty quickly otherwise. Also note that the recipe calls for one cup of COOKED green lentils. I have made the mistake of adding one cup uncooked (yielding about 2 cups cooked) and they didn’t stay together. I usually use about 1/2 cup uncooked lentils for this recipe. Sun dried tomatoes are a bit obscure, but can be found at Trader Joe’s. If you buy jarred tomato sauce to serve with the meatballs, just make sure it’s sugar-free! I like Muir Glen’s sauces, which can be found at my local grocery store (Kroger) or on Amazon Fresh.
• Cheez-It Roasted Chickpeas – These little guys are so tasty! I love doubling the recipe to make a big batch of ’em over the weekend for weeklong snacking. Chickpeas are very filling as they’re packed with plant protein, and the spices really do taste so similar to our favorite processed childhood cracker- the Cheez-It. Nutritional yeast, a great vegan source of essential vitamin B12, provides the cheesy flavor and can also be found at Trader Joe’s. And yes, it’s annoying, but peeling the skins off of the chickpeas will make them so much crispier. So turn on your current Netflix fave or listen to a podcast and get to peelin’!
• Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Possibly the first Fooduzzi recipe I tried, I was addicted to these cookies last winter. I would make a batch every week to eat for dessert after dinner because they kept so well. They’re perfectly sweet with the help of some maple syrup and they have the perfect soft texture. I’ve never used cashew butter (always almond butter), but mine have always been yummy!