Ask Angela: Favourite uses for hemp hearts, make-ahead lentil loaf tips, my go-to wrap, and more!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 13, 2018

 

First of all, holy moly…thank you all for your support for our Webby Awards People’s Voice Award nomination! I can’t even convey how much it means to us. We’re so nervous/excited to hear the results on April 24th! Voting is open until April 19th if you’d like to give us one final push. :)

Without further ado, here are this week’s featured reader questions…it’s a great batch, and I’m loving the Comment of the Week by Kristen, too! Lots of great meal planning ideas in there.

Q1. Do you have any tips for using hemp hearts? I have a big unopened bag of them in the cupboard and don’t know where to start! Thank you!

I love this question because we’re big fans of hemp hearts in our house! I love to add them to smoothies and energy ball/granola bar recipes, chia seed pudding or overnight oats (either mixed in or sprinkled on top), stirred into pasta for a protein boost, sprinkled on avocado toast, or blended into nut/seed milks and salad dressings—but the possibilities are endless…they’re so versatile! If you’d like to use my recipes as a guide, searching “hemp hearts” in the search bar will lead you to any OSG recipes calling for them. I’d love to hear what you make with them!  

Q2. Hi Angela, thanks so much for all your wonderful recipes. I haven’t found one I don’t like yet. I do have a question though: I am gluten-free and haven’t found a good, gluten-free, vegan wrap that does not fall apart when you try to roll it. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks again.

Hey Silvia, Thank you for the kind words! My go-to raw flax wraps are made by Wrap It Up Raw. They’re delicious and hold together amazingly. You can find out where they’re sold on Wrap It Up Raw’s store locator page (exciting news…Metro Ontario just started carrying them!). Hope this helps!

Q3. Can I prep your Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf in advance and refrigerate it for baking the next day? 

Hey Roz, Yes, you can absolutely prep the loaf a day in advance and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake—just be sure to wrap the loaf pan tightly before refrigerating so it doesn’t dry out. If the loaf is going into the oven cold (straight from the fridge), you’ll likely need to cook it for a bit longer than called for…maybe 5 to 10 minutes more. Alternatively, you can bring the loaf to room temperature first and then bake as directed. 

Q4. I’m thinking about making your Warm Spring Salad, but adding more greens and dressing to make an even larger portion. Do you think it would be better to add spring mix, spinach, or butter lettuce? I was also thinking about adding some raw shaved brussels sprouts and some mint or basil along with the parsley. :) 

Hey Sara, I love your idea of adding greens and extra dressing…I honestly think that would be amazing. Butter lettuce sounds delightfully crunchy, but I think almost any variety should be fine. If you decide to go with a lettuce that wilts quickly (such as a delicate spring mix) I would opt to add it just before serving. Heartier veggies like kale or shaved brussels should be fine added in advance. Also, I’m not sure if you’ve tried this Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Panzanella recipe yet, but it’s to die for…and from the sounds of your comment, might be right up your alley!

Q5. Hi Angela, I am about to make your Cozy Butternut and Sweet Potato Red Lentil Stew. Really looking forward to trying it…yum! It’s great to hear another reader has tried the recipe without tomatoes, too. I have a question about upping the quantities. I need to make the stew for 13+ people, and I see your recipe yields 11 cups (2.75 quarts). I am English and a little unfamiliar with measuring in quarts. Do you have any tips for making enough Cozy Stew to feed my guests?

Hey Georgie, Happy to help! Eleven cups is also equal to 2.6 litres…I’m not sure if this info helps at all? So, if you’re making the stew for 13 people, I think you’d probably want to double the recipe, if not triple it. I estimate that this recipe (as written) serves 6 as a starter (at just under 2 cups/500 mL per person), but if you’re serving the stew as a main, I think 4 servings may be a safer estimate. Doubling soup recipes can be a bit tricky as sometimes you don’t need to fully double the liquid, and sometimes you need to use less salt, too…so my advice would be to add the liquid and salt slowly as it cooks, to your taste. I’d love to hear how it goes! 

Q6. I’m trying to use less cheese and dairy at home, but I find that so many non-dairy recipes call for cashews or cashew cream instead. My husband is allergic to cashews so that isn’t an option for us. Is there a universal swap for cashews in dairy replacements, or does it depend on the recipe? I’d love to make your All-Purpose Vegan Cheese Sauce and other vegan recipes, but have been struggling to figure out how to replace the cashews. Thank you!

Hey Valerie, A cashew allergy can make swapping tricky for sure, but don’t despair as it can be done! I’d say it depends on the recipe, but I’m happy to help you troubleshoot if you have any specific ones in mind. If you leave a comment with the recipes you’d like to make first I can reply with my substitution ideas (it’s fun brainstorming for me…I’m kind of a nerd like that). Sometimes you can swap raw cashews for raw sunflower seeds, such as in my All-Purpose Vegan Cheese Sauce recipe (see the tip for the deets!). I’ve also heard you can use macadamia nuts as an alternative to cashews in some recipes, but I haven’t tried it yet.

“Angela, Thank you so you so much! I wanted to share a snapshot of our staple rotation meals made possible because of you! You’ve made a majorly positive impact on my family’s health and well-being. And having everything in the App is a dream! You have a talent that is valued and appreciated. ❤

Here are our staple OSG meals:

Breakfast
Zucchini Bread Muffin Tops, 5-Minute Oatmeal Power Bowl, Heavenly Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal, Hidden Greens Chocolate Protein Smoothie, Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies

Lunch
Endurance Crackers, hummus, cucumbers, blueberries, strawberries, and pistachios

Dinner
Our Perfect Veggie Burgers with Whitewater Burger Sauce (using Sir Kensington vegan mayo), Speedy Veggie Noodle Bowls, Roasted Butternut Squash with Almond-Pecan Parmesan, Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Avocado-Garlic Aioli, Adriana’s Fave 10-Minute Pasta, Soul-Soothing African Peanut Stew, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Easy Mushroom Gravy

Snacks
Crispy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, One-Bowl Jumbo Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Vegan Banana Bread

Dessert
Fail-Proof Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Buttercream

Thanksgiving
Saweet! Potato Crumble with a Crunchy Nut Crumble

If we have a cold
Hot Detox Tonic, Restoring Citrus Tonic

We also love making your Cheerful Vegan Nachos (with your delicious All-Purpose Vegan Cheese Sauce) for a fun dinner! We also make and freeze your veggie burgers for an incredible, easy-to-prepare dinnertime treat. We invest the time to make a big batch, wrap them in freezer paper, put them in a labelled freezer bag, and then have an awesome and wholesome dinner ready for busy school nights! ❤”

Hey Kristen, WOW, you’re on fire! Thank you for sharing all of your meal ideas…I always find it so inspiring when readers mention what they’re making, and comments like yours never fail to make me remember those forgotten recipes of OSG’s past! And I love that you make the loaded nachos for dinner…we do that too from time to time and it’s always a hit. Thank you for all of your support and kind words!

Just a quick note that I added a revamp of my Homemade Mocha Nutella to the app…and wowza it’s good. Also, the iOS version of our app is still on sale for 99 cents (for the next several days) if you want to take advantage! 

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Kristen April 13, 2018 at 9:16 am

Angela, WOW! You made my day by posting my comment as “Comment of the Week” in this week’s Ask Angela Newsletter! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to make and try your Homemade Mocha Nutella recipe that popped up in the App when I was looking for dinner recipe ideas and inspiration this AM. It looks Delicious! I love the heart shaped strawberries too! Happy Friday! Have a great weekend! ❤️, Kristen

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Hey Kristen, I’m so glad you saw the COTW! I really appreciate you taking the time to share all your recipe ideas with everyone. And of course, SO flattered that you make and enjoy so many! Thanks again.

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Cayley Humphreys April 13, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Aww April 24th is my birthday! I’ll be counting down the days and wishing you and the OSG team the best of luck. :)

Ps. I also loooove the raw flax wraps by Wrap it Up! I often use them as a healthier base for homemade pizza night at my place. They take a bit longer to bake, but definitely worth the wait. Happy weekend!

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Catherine April 13, 2018 at 3:20 pm

Hi Angela! I am a big fan of the OSG blog and cookbook, and now I’ve recently bought your app and I must say I’m in love! I’ve tried three different recipes in the last three days, and I open the app quite often just to choose which recipe I want to try next… So many to choose from!! Plus the design is so pretty!!! <3
My boyfriend is (definitely) not a vegetarian, but so far all your recipes have been a big hit here at our house! So thank you so much for sharing your amazing recipes! Have a good weekend!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2018 at 7:39 am

Thank you so much Catherine! I’m so grateful for your kind words and support. It really means the world to us that you love the app so much too! It’s been such a fun project to work on.

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Caroline April 13, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Hi Angela!!!

I wanted to let you know that I have your two books and they have become staples in our household, as well as many recipes on your blog. We are avid hikers and my boyfriend and his son ALWAYS insist I make your Glo Bars for our treks.

On another note, last week I had a whole bunch of girls over for a facial/spa session and I wanted to make sure we had healthy bites on hand as snacks. I ended up making and serving your Triple Almond Energy Balls, the Vegan Chocolate Macaroon Truffles, the Vegan Eggnogg Crunch Biscotti and your Smoky & Spicy Nut, Sesame and Coconut Bacon Bar nuts. Needless to say they were all a big hit with my friends and they all asked for the link to the recipes on your website.

I would love to send you a picture but I can’t copy/paste into the comment box. If you leave me an email, I can send it to you!

Thank you again for your inspirational recipes, I love your blog and I love your recipe books.

Sincerely,

Caroline

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 17, 2018 at 7:31 am

Hey Caroline, Aww thank you so much for your lovely note!! Totally made my day. I love that you made so many recipes for the spa session…sounds like the perfect day. Oh and I’d love to see a picture you can email it to press[at]ohsheglows[dot]com. Thanks Caroline!

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Kristen April 13, 2018 at 5:18 pm

Angela…you are awesome! And again I thank you! And my husband Harry just said how gorgeous your photography and incredible your app is (And he is a photographer and majored in photojournalism, psychology, teaching, and has an MBA, although he currently teaches AP Psychology now) !!! And he reminded me about how much he loves your Hunky Heartbeet cabbage soup! I make a batch and freeze individual servings and he took one for lunch! The people at lunch went so crazy over it..and asked for the recipe …so he shared that it is YOU!!! And directed them to you , your site, and app!
❤️ , Kristen

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 17, 2018 at 7:34 am

Hey Kristen, WOW I am feeling the LOVE over here!!! hehe. Thank you both so much. I’m so flattered! I really appreciate you and your husband spreading the word about my recipes too. Big hugs!

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Nikki April 14, 2018 at 8:20 am

Hi Angela,

Thank you so much for this post! As someone who recently gave up dairy and meat, I find this information so helpful! Great work on the blog! I really appreciate reading your posts every week.

Nikki

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2018 at 7:35 am

Hey Nikki, I’m so happy to hear you enjoy them…thank you! And good luck with your meat/dairy-free journey..I hope you find a lot of delicious recipes to make here.

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Rose April 14, 2018 at 9:46 am

Hi Angela and all. Wondering if you or anyone out there can recommend a decent sub for vanilla. It’s so darned expensive these days! I usually make my own, but even the beans are pricey. I’ve read about maple syrup being a substitute, and then there’s the idea of making vanilla sugar, but I also read that bourbon could be used. I’ve never tasted bourbon, so I’m not sure. Has anyone tried it? Or any other ideas? Thanks to everyone for your help!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 17, 2018 at 7:19 am

Hey Rose, Oh that’s a tricky one for sure! Vanilla is expensive, I agree. I’m not sure, but maybe someone else has a suggestion for you and can “weigh” in! :)

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Mya April 14, 2018 at 10:39 am

Hi Angela!

I absolutely love your recipes. They are natural, healthy, and usually involve simple ingredients that I already have in my pantry. I have both cookbooks, the app, and I go on your website often for food inspiration. I base my meal planning around your cookbooks because they are so fail proof! I was wondering, have you ever thought about developing a meal planning app with all your recipes in it? Or do you have any tips on meal planning and weekend food prep for busy people ?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2018 at 7:33 am

Hey Mya, Thank you so much for the recipe love…that’s so cool you have the cookbooks and app. I appreciate your support so much!
It’s funny you mentioned the meal planning thing because it’s something I’ve talked to Eric about recently. We both think it would be such a fun thing to have. So I guess my answer is it might be a possibility for the future (whether it’s on the blog, the app, or in a book). Thank you so much for mentioning it as it’s great to hear that others would enjoy it. :)

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Fiona April 14, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Hello! I voted for you and got three of my friends to buy your app. 😊 I have a question about your most recent recipe – do you think I could use honey instead of coconut sugar? If you think that might work, would you have a guess as to about how much perhaps? I know you don’t include recipes with honey on your blog, but I know you use brown rice syrup, which has a similar consistency, so maybe if you were thinking how much you’d use if you wanted to use brown rice syrup?? Thank you! You’re doing a great job! 👏🏻

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2018 at 7:28 am

Hey Fiona, Thank you so much for your support (and your pals too) you’re so sweet. :)
Swapping liquid sweetener in nut butters can be tricky, I’ve found. Sometimes the liquid sweetener can cause the nut butter to seize (thicken and get clumpy) which is why I like to use powdered coconut sugar in the Nutella. You might be able to get away with 1-2 (room temperature) tablespoons of liquid sweetener, but I’m really not sure to be honest! I’m so sorry I can’t give you a more concrete answer. If you try anything I’d love to hear how it goes.
Thanks for all your support!

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Fiona April 17, 2018 at 12:33 am

Hahaha it went terribly!! It was just like you said; it seized up and the whole thing was a disgusting mess! The oil separated and the rest is as hard as a brick and inedible lol. I think I need to buy a new Vitamix container because it’s baked in and I can’t get it out :/ (I switched to the Vitamix when my processor wasn’t handling it.) Word to the wise everyone haha.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 17, 2018 at 7:13 am

Oh shoot, that’s such a bummer. Sounds like you had one of those days in the kitchen (I’ve had those too….never fun). I hope after some soaking your container bounces back. Did you try the warm water and soap blending trick…if not, try that as it could help loosen it from the container. Hugs!

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Fiona April 18, 2018 at 7:02 pm

Thank you! I’ll try that! :) the brick has just been sitting on my counter haha.

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Morgan April 15, 2018 at 11:06 pm

I put hemp hearts in almost everything I eat, sweet and savory alike! Today, I’ve sprinkled hearts on a sprout salad, hummus, curried vegetables, pineapple, yogurt, a smoothie, avocado toast…. such a versatile protein hit!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2018 at 7:20 am

Love it! It’s so true though…what can’t you sprinkle hemp on? ;)

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Ella April 16, 2018 at 2:34 am

Great write-up. A note on replacing cashews with macadamia nuts – I do this pretty often and it works well! I’ve made macadamia cream and a soft macadamia cheese. Not sure how it would go in something like a raw cheesecake though. Definitely for cream, milk, baking – totally fine.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2018 at 7:19 am

Hey Ella, Oh thanks so much for weighing in! So awesome it has worked for you in cream sauces as that’s one thing I wanted to try soon :) yum. And can you imagine a macadamia cheese cake?!

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melanie April 17, 2018 at 12:14 pm

Hi Angela,
I love your blog so much – and I need your advice/opinion :)
I became vegetarian was I was 11 and had such a tough time maintaining a healthy diet that was mostly plant-based (no dairy).. I was sick, iron & b12 deficient… anyhow, my poor mother did everything to keep me healthy and with time I became very healthy with this diet! It was just a huge learning curve for me and my family as the only veg!
Your blog has made my life so much easier finding new recipes. Twenty years ago, there weren’t so many blogs but now with all the info out there, sometimes it is more overwhelming than anything.
What is your take on nutrient-dense powders and supplements? Such as Spirulina, Chlorella, Lucuma, etc. I like Chlorella for the b12 content, it helped me cut out b12 pills on a daily basis. But other than that, do you think they are necessary?
Thanks so much – and please keep doing what you do! And congrats on your awards!!! Very well deserved!!
melanie

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2018 at 9:05 am

Hey Melanie, Thanks for your kind words! :) So glad you enjoy the blog. And thanks for sharing your story too. I have never been much into the superfood powders personally (I like to spend my $$ on quality produce instead), but that’s not to say that they wouldn’t be beneficial for some people. I would recommend speaking with your doc about it. :)

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Kelly April 17, 2018 at 1:51 pm

I don’t know if it’s just me, or the brand I get – but I find that hemp seeds have a decidedly herby, savory flavor profile to them, so I find they throw off sweet recipes, like smoothies, granolas, etc.

Are they supposed taste more neutral like flax or chia? I get mine from a bulk section at my local organic grocer. Really – they have a taste reminiscent of oregano or cumin. Definitely not something I want in my smoothies. I’ll sprinkle them on salads and bake into savory dishes with no problem.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2018 at 8:56 am

Hey Kelly, I find hemp does have quite an earthy flavour! I’ve gotten used to it I suppose but I totally get how you may not like it with sweet things. :)

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Kristen Stanton April 28, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Well, I learned something new today! I didn’t know what hemp hearts are. Dohhh. What kind of vegan do I think I am?? (Well, not a very good cook, that’s true…) I had tried hemp powder in smoothies, but didn’t make the connection that hemp hearts are the seeds. And, I’m like Kelly – the Earthy flavor was a bit of a conflict for me with fruit, so I stopped eating it altogether.

But I love the idea of mixing it with non-sweet recipes. Makes sense! Will try it. I’m a big fan of your site and your cookbooks. Thank you for all the ideas and putting good energy into the world!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 29, 2018 at 10:15 am

haha love your comment Kristen ;) I hope you like it in savoury things…it’s good in vegan “parmesan” and pesto!

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Heather Beloff May 16, 2018 at 10:37 am

Hi Angela! I’m a huge OSG fan and rave about your recipes almost daily. Thank you for sharing your culinary talents with us! I am curious to know what happened to the sweet potato, hummus, avocado wrap (I can’t remember the name of it) recipe that was on the app? I can’t seem to find it. Please help my hungry pregnant self. Haha

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 17, 2018 at 6:52 am

Hey Heather,

Aww thank you so much for the kind words! :) The wrap is in the “Get Glowing” bundle on the bundles page. If you’ve recently reinstalled the app you may need to download it again. Please shoot me a line if you can’t get it and I’ll help you out. press[at]ohsheglows[dot]com, thanks!

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