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Healthy Vegan Dinner Recipes

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Vegan Pizza with Cashew Cheese

Brenda, Registered Dietitian and Lead of Product Nutrition for Created Whole,  is currently teaching a healthy eating class, that meets weekly, at Nature’s Food Market & Juice Bar, in Bakersfield, California.  The class, based on The Full Plate Diet, increases the amounts of food eaten, but by changing the types of food, most people find that they have increased energy, feel satisfied throughout the day, and actually lose weight.  The lifestyle program focuses on foods that are high in fiber and whole grains, while limiting those that are full of sugar and other unnatural additives.  The program, although not designed vegan or vegetarian, is essentially, the way that Brenda cooks and home and has taught her children to eat.  It is also the premise of what Created Whole believes in- food in its natural form.

Here are some real food recipes, that are easy, vegan, high in fiber, and tasty.  Try the recipes for dinner!

Savory Lentils

2 cups dry lentils

6 cups boiling water

1 large onion, chopped

1 (19 oz) can stewed diced tomatoes

½ cup tomato paste or ¾ cup tomato puree

2 ½ – 3 tsp salt

½ tsp thyme

½ tsp sweet basil

 

Add lentils and chopped onion to boiling water; simmer until lentils are done (about 45 minutes).  Add remaining ingredients and simmer a few more minutes to blend flavors.  May add water for desired consistency—soup should be fairly thick.  Serves 6 – 8.

Pizza

Whole wheat pocket bread, sandwich rounds, or pizza crust (choose 100% whole wheat items)

Italian sauce

Sliced olives

Bell pepper, chopped or sliced

Onion, chopped or sliced

Optional toppings:  sliced or chopped zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, pineapple or tomatoes

Cashew cheese spread

 

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Place pocket bread on baking sheet.  Spread Italian sauce on pocket bread then top with olives, peppers and onions.  Place cashew cheese spread in zipper seal bag and snip corner.  Drizzle cheese spread over pizza. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes.  Serve with fresh garden salad.

 

Cashew Cheese Spread

6 oz tomato juice

¼ cup water

2 oz pimento peppers

¼ cup lemon juice

1 cup cashews, raw

1 tsp salt

½ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp garlic powder

1 med potato, baked and peeled

 

Place all ingredients except potato in blender and whiz until smooth.  While blender is running, add baked, peeled potato and continue blending until very smooth.  Mixture can be quite thick and may require brief stirring with spatula while blending.  Some blenders may require an additional 1-2 tablespoons water added to recipe for smoother blending process.  For pizza, place in zipper seal sandwich bag and snip corner and drizzle on pizza like grated cheese.

 

Tofu Dill Dressing

1 cup soft tofu

2 tsp oil

4 tsp water

1/8 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp dill (fresh preferred)

 

Blend tofu with oil, garlic water and salt until smooth.  Pour into bowl and add dill.  Chill.  Serve with salad or as dip for raw veggies.

 

Garden Salad

½ cup baby spinach

½ cup baby salad greens

2-3 thin slices sweet onion

2 Tbsp diced red or yellow sweet pepper

4-6 cherry tomatoes cut in halves

1 Tbsp shredded carrots or red cabbage

2-3 avocado slices

 

Lightly toss salad items together in bowl and serve with Tofu Dill Dressing or dressing of choice. Yield: 1-2 servings.

 

Tortilla Factory Updates

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Here are more up-to-date pictures from the work being done on the factory.

We recently purchased a dough divider that is being shipped from Connecticut. We hope to move the tortilla machine into the space within the next couple of weeks. The goal was to have production going by now, so that Nature’s Food Market & Juice Bar would be able to make their Raw Pumpkin Cheesecakes for Thanksgiving. But, if you contact Wendy at the Market, you may be able to place a special order.

Tim (Created Whole) and Chuck (Nature’s Food Market) have been hard at work everyday getting the place up to health code. If you refer back to a few blog posts ago, you will see what the space looked like a month ago.

In a few weeks we will post before and after pictures.

Our dream is happening!

Created Whole Tortilla Factory Press Release

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Click on the following link to see the press release that was created for the opening of the factory.  All of the personal contact information has been removed for privacy purposes.

Press Release Created Whole Foods

Created Whole Tortilla Factory

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Lots of work has been happening on our tortilla factory that is set to open November 1st.  YEE-HAW!! We are FINALLY going to have our own facility and we are stoked! We are really exited to be working closely with Nature’s Food Market and Juice Bar, and Created Whole will share the office, warehouse, and kitchen space of the building with them.  Owners, Chuck and Wendy will be making raw, vegan, foods, one of which will be raw vegan cheesecakes that will be available for retail sale in more locations.  Not only will this be a tortilla factory and kitchen, there are plans to involve the Bakersfield community through health education classes.  Did we mention how excited we are?

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Tortilla Development

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These days, there are a lot of things in the works for us. For Created Whole, it has been almost two years since our first production day, production that happened and for only a short while longer will happen at a small tortilleria, one that we don’t own. To finally have purchased our own tortilla equipment is a huge and exciting step for us.

We’ve only just begun the journey, and at this point, our business is undergoing many changes. What we started out thinking, believing, and focusing on, has adapted and changed. We’ve tested the market and we have a different plan in how and where to market than when we started. It in a sense feels like we are only now launching.

There’s interesting balance between feeling like Created Whole is not progressing and then questioning how we are going to be able to keep up. The growth of the company is insignificant in comparison to the growth that has been seen in our individual characters. God has been opening doors and events and situations have happened that only can be attributed to divine appointments.

To give a brief update on some areas we are working on right now is the manufacturing side of things, where a lot of work has to be done in setting up the factory. Working out supply and distribution. And the major area of focus is marketing. We are focusing on creating a better website, one that looks professional, credible, is easy to navigate, and has an awesome store front. We plan on relying heavily on online orders. You can see the website we have right now at www.thebesttortilla.com. We are also putting together press kits and marketing plans to get our name out there. And, we are looking for people with talents and skills that can be utilized in this growth stage of the company and that would be willing to donate their time and strengths on a volunteer basis. If you want to be part of the growth, let us know. Email Tim@thebesttortilla.com.

Want to Know What’s Been Happening?

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>Many apologies for not keeping the die hard Created Whole Tortilla fans updated. Here, dear friends is the Cliff Notes version of what has been happening with the company:

1. Soquel Campmeeting- Spent 10 days sampling Created Whole Tortillas. Tasters found the tortillas great paired with Soy Curls. Yum!

2. Currently, Created Whole is offering Free Shipping for orders. Go to http://www.ordertortilla.com/.

3. Over the past month of Kara’s new job as a flight attendant, she takes sample packs when she flys. The flight attendants and flight crew LOVE em’! She’s realized that she always needs to be ready on reserve days with her uniform pressed and her tortillas in hand:)

4. Tim has been perfecting the website, coordinating production, and working on vendor agreements so that you can have Created Whole Tortillas at a store near you!

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