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Day 22: 22 Days of Vegan Meals

DAY-22

Welcome to Day 22 of the 22 Days Challenge!

If you are new to the Challenge, be sure to read up on everything we’re doing. Every day, we’ll be sharing a meal plan along with recipes so it will be easy for you to challenge yourself to a plant-based lifestyle for 22 Days. You can also follow #22DaysVegan on Instagram to see what we and others are preparing every day. Snap a photo of your favorite vegan meal, tag it #22DaysVegan and you could win 1 of 3 delicious prizes. We’ll announce winners on December 26.

Day 22: 22 Days of Vegan Meals

Meal plan and recipes by Gena Hamshaw, certified clinical nutritionist and author of Choosing Raw

Breakfast

Smoothie of 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen mango, 1 heaping cup spinach leaves, 1 cup coconut water, and 1/2 avocado

Lunch

Leftover quinoa enchilada, side salad with dressing of choice (recipe serves 6)

Ingredients:

1 tbsp coconut oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small yellow onion, chopped 3/4 pounds baby bella mushrooms, chopped 1/2 cup diced green chilis 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste) 1 can organic, low sodium black beans or 1 1/2 cup cooked black beans 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa 10 6-inch corn tortillas 1 1/4 cup organic, low sodium tomato or enchilada sauce.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, heat coconut oil. Sautee onion and garlic till onion is translucent (about 5-8 min). Add mushrooms and cook until liquid has been released and evaporated (another 5 min).
  3. Add the chilis to the pot and give them a stir for 2 minutes. Add the cumin, sea salt, black beans and quinoa, and continue heating the mixture until it's completely warm.
  4. Spread a thin layer (1/2 cup) of marinara or enchilada sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish. Place a third of a cup of quinoa mixture in the center of a corn tortilla and roll it up. Place the tortilla, seam down, in the casserole dish. Repeat with all remaining tortillas and then cover them with 3/4 cup of additional sauce. Bake for 25 minutes, and serve.

Snack

Pineapple Chocolate Chip Wonder

22Days Nutrition bar of choice

Dinner

Arugula salad with roasted acorn squash, goji berries, and cauliflower

Dessert

2 raw vegan vanilla macaroons (makes 15 macaroons)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raw almonds 1 heaping cup unsweetened, shredded coconut 1/4 cup coconut oil (will be easiest to roll up the macaroons if the oil is solid when you put it in the processor) 3 tablespoons maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch sea salt

vanilla

Method:

  1. Add almonds to the food processor and process till they’re finely ground.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and process again, till everything is well combined.
  3. Working quickly (or else the coconut oil will melt) roll the coconut mixture into small (3/4” - 1”) balls. Place on a parchment lined platter or baking sheet.
  4. Transfer platter to the fridge, and refrigerate for a few hours, till the macaroons are solid. Serve. Macaroons will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.
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