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Butternut Squash, Black Bean, and Kale Empanada Pie

Butternut Squash, Black Bean, and Kale Empanada Pie @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

I’ve only ever had Empanadas once. They were little flaky, pastry pockets filled with seasoned ground beef, raisins, and olives. It sounds crazy but they were actually delicious. And I am pretty sure- authentic.

Needless to say, now that I am vegan, those authentic empanadas do nothing for me except make me cringe…

So I came up with a new, more vegan friendly version! Not authentic, but still very, verrrrrry yummy.

Butternut Squash, Black Bean, and Kale Empanada Pie @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

This animal-friendly Empanada Pie is full of super nutritious veggies: butternut squash, kale, and black beans. Plus! A helping of brown rice for good measure. HELLO FIBER!

Butternut Squash, Black Bean, and Kale Empanada Pie @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

Instead of going the traditional route with this (shaping and filling a tedious amount of pockets…) I decided to cheat and take the lazy way out- throw it all in a pan and top it with the crust! But just because I did it that way doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to. [click to continue…]

Maple-Cider Cream Pie with Pecan-Oat Crust {Raw & No Bake}

Maple-Cider Cream Pie with Pecan-Oat Crust. Naturally sweetened with apple cider and maple syrup only! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

I went apple picking for the first time with my kids this past weekend. We made some AMAZING memories. And ate some incredibly delicious, fresh-from-the-tree apples. Boy, sometimes I find it hard to believe that people argue with the wonderful taste... Read More

Pumpkin Nog

Pumpkin Nog! Creamy, HEALTHY, and totally perfect for this Holiday season. @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

I imagine that most of you are as SUPER excited about Autumn cooking and baking fun as I am! Pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, apples, and spices... ohhhhhhhh boy :D And to bring in the new season I whipped up a really yummy... Read More

Potato-Kale Gumbo

Potato-Kale Vegan Gumbo. Creamy and chunky. Loaded with nutrients! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

It's been a loooong time since I've made a soup. I used to make soups at least twice a week. When Dave was home it was his 'go-to' meal option for lunch. It's actually been kind of nice having that... Read More

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars! Naturally sweetened and vegan. @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

Can I tell you something? I just made the most delicious, worth-every-single-bite, vegan treat that I have ever eaten! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars. That's right- chocolate chip cookie dough topping a cheesecake filling, loaded on a perfect graham... Read More

Vegan Chocolate-Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch fine-grain sea salt, 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, 3/4 cup oat flour @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

One day when I was flipping through one of my old recipe notebooks (trying to sort through the vegan/non-vegan recipes) I came across one of my girlfriend's favorite cookies- Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bakes. You know the ones. They're those... Read More

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Almond Butter Pasta

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Almond Butter Pasta- SUPER creamy and incredibly low in only healthy fats!! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

I know what you're all probably thinking- "Finally! She's actually sharing a dinner recipe." Most of what I share on my blog are healthy, vegan smoothie and dessert recipes. Not exactly the most helpful things when you are trying to... Read More

Secretly Green Chocolate Smoothie-Shake

Secretly Green Chocolate Smoothie-Shake. Sneak in those greens in the most delicious of ways! #vegan #healthy

Those of you that are familiar with my site, know how much I love a good smoothie. Smoothie's make up 2/3 of my daily meals. I have a Green Detox Smoothie for breakfast every morning and then for lunch I... Read More

Coconut Pecan Macaroons

Coconut Pecan Macaroons (NATURALLY SWEETENED- pecans, flax seed, coconut, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, & almond butter) @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

My Mom works in a speciality gift store that has a simple bakery right at the entrance. When I was younger I absolutely ADORED going to visit her at work, if nothing else but to take my time perusing all... Read More

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

I swear I spend most of my recipe brainstorming time on recipes that will help my kids to eat better without their knowing it. Sneaky Mom that I am, you know... This is one of their favorite snacks and I am... Read More

Bok Choy Salad

Creamy, Sweet, and Crunchy- Bok Choy Salad @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

I recently purchased a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Share. It's my first time doing anything like it and I am just blown away but how awesome it is. For those of you that are not familiar with what a... Read More