Ask Angela: OSG recipes with 5 to 7 ingredients, my favourite popsicle molds, freezer-friendly summer recipes, and more!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 29, 2018

Happy Tuesday! Before we dive into our Ask Angela Q&As, I’d like to share this short Oh She Glows Reader Survey. I’m really curious to hear what you would love to see more (or less) of to help guide the future of the blog. Your feedback and input mean the WORLD to me, and I’d be so grateful if you could take a couple minutes to fill out the survey!

In case you missed it, don’t forget to check out last Friday’s Mini Cookie Dough Fudge Pops recipe, too. I’ve deemed these my official “treat yo self” popsicle of the summer!

Q1. Hi Angela, I love your blog, app, books, and newsletter. Although I am not vegan, I am gluten- and dairy-free, so I find a lot of your recipes very helpful. I especially love those five-ingredients-or-less recipes. Can you list out some Oh She Glows recipes that have just a few ingredients? Keep up the great work!

Hi Marion, thanks so much for your question! I’m so excited to share this new OSG blog page complete with over 50 short ingredient recipes. I hope you find it helpful—it might be handy to bookmark the page for future reference, too! A big thanks to Nicole and Terra for compiling the recipe list.

Q2. What kind of popsicle molds do you use? I’m on the hunt and not sure which kind to buy!

Hi there, the Zoku Mini Pop Molds are my absolute favourite—the popsicles are SO easy to remove, and I find they’re the perfect size for kids. I also have these GoGoGu Popsicle Molds for larger popsicles (although they do require running under hot water to remove from the mold). 

Q3. Hi Angela! My friend gave me your cookbook for my 50th birthday and now I’m a huge fan. I am allergic to walnuts, peanuts, and sesame seeds, and am wondering what nut I can substitute for the walnuts in your Lentil-Walnut Taco Meat? I am thinking pecans or cashews, but I would appreciate your take. Thank you!

Hey Yolanda, thank you! That’s so sweet of your friend to gift my cookbook. I often sub in toasted pepita seeds for a nut-free version of this taco meat (I’d recommend using 3/4 to 1 cup in this recipe). There is also a delicious seed-based taco “meat” recipe in my Easy Nut-Free Taco Salad from the app! The taco crumble is a great recipe to store in your fridge for the workweek too.

Q4. Hi Angela, thanks for posting about the nutrition powerhouses you’re loving lately. :) Could you post where you buy the microgreens and the Sprout Living Freeze-Dried Sprout Mix?

Hey Gauri, I’m happy to share! I buy microgreens at Fortinos, Metro, Organic Garage, or Whole Foods grocery stores and the sprout mix from Whole Foods. When Whole Foods has their supplement and protein powder sale, I buy a few and freeze them for later use. You can also find the sprout mix online here.

Q5. While I typically freeze soups/stews and snack foods like muffins and bars, I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for summer-friendly meal freezing? A lot of my go-to freezer meals are great for winter, but not what I would like to eat in the heat!

Hey Christina, I love the idea of freezing summer-friendly foods! I never think to do that, but your question inspired me. I rounded up some of my recipes for easy summer freezing below. I hope this helps get your wheels turning!

Lentil-Walnut Taco Meat, for making my gluten-free taco wraps

Gazpacho, to take advantage of all the upcoming summer veggies

Veggie burgers and balls, great to have on hand for barbecues

– Cooked grains and beans, for easy-to-throw-together meals like my Summer Glow Buddha Bowl

Chia seed pudding, for a quick, customizable breakfast or snack

– Soups, like my Summer Harvest Tortilla Soup from The Oh She Glows Cookbook, p. 135 (just leave off the tortilla strips until serving!) or Metabolism-Revving Spicy Cabbage Soup (Oh She Glows Every Day, p. 139) made in the slow cooker so you don’t have to turn the oven on

“Hi Angela, I was recently at a 10-day meditation retreat at Elohee Retreat Center in Georgia where they used many recipes from your Oh She Glows Cookbook. I arrived at the retreat with a full-blown case of bronchitis (yes, I wondered if I should stay home) and left 10 days later healed and feeling better than I have in a long time.

Sure, the meditation was a big factor in my getting better, but I am also convinced that the food was another huge reason. And I wasn’t the only person who constantly pestered the kitchen staff for the recipes! Long story short, I’ve gotten a copy of your book, but I’m also thrilled to find more recipes on your blog!

Thank you for being you, and for sharing yourself with us.
Pam”

Hey Pam, thank you so much for your lovely note! The retreat sounds like it was a healing one. I’m so honoured that the chefs referred to my cookbook for their menu…what a cool way to share OSG recipes. I’m excited for you to dive into more recipes. There are over 600 on the blog alone so you may be a busy bee for the next little while. ;) Happy cooking!

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Samatha May 29, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Hi Angela,

I like your veggie burger recipe; I added avocado to mine to make them more creamy. My Children love them when we grill them.

Thank you!

Sam xx

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 29, 2018 at 5:22 pm

I love the idea of adding avocado. Do you just mash it right into the mixture? Sounds creamy and delish!

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Samantha May 31, 2018 at 12:32 am

I mash them up and put them straight into the mixture!

Sam x

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2018 at 6:05 am

Thank you! Can’t wait to try it.

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Caroline Dufresne May 30, 2018 at 7:53 am

HI Angela,

I am making some desert finger foods for a bridal shower, and wondering which one of your recipes you would suggest- there is a main cake there but this would be to offer other baking, sweets on the site.

thanks

Caroline

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 30, 2018 at 5:50 pm

Hey Caroline, Thank you so much for asking about the desserts! I’m putting my thinking cap on and will get back to you very soon with some ideas. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2018 at 6:10 am

Hey Caroline!
I just brainstormed with Nicole and this is what we came up with. I hope it helps you with ideas!

– Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Macaroons, book2 (OSG Every Day)

– Triple Almond Thumbprint Cookies, book2

– Gluten-Free Chocolate-Almond Brownies sliced ‘bite-sized’ displayed in mini-cupcake liners, book1

– Peanut-Butter Cookie Dough Bites, displayed in mini-cupcake papers, book1

– Peanut better balls (dipped in chocolate) blog and book2

– My failproof chocolate cupcakes made into a mini cupcake size topped with the buttercream icing from book2

– my lightened up magic squares (blog)

You may find this post on my vegan charcuterie board helpful too! http://ohsheglows.com/2017/12/15/ultimate-diy-vegan-cookie-board/

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Jennifer May 30, 2018 at 7:47 pm

Hi Angela,

I have both your cookbooks and love your website!!! :) I was just wondering if you have any vegan rhubarb recipes for cakes, muffins or cookies. If so, please let me know where to find them.

Grateful for all your vegan yummy goodness!!!
Jennifer ~:o)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2018 at 7:59 am

Hey Jennifer!
Thank you so much for your kind words! So grateful for your support. :) Rhubarb is one of the few foods that I haven’t taken a liking to I’m afraid, so I don’t have any on the blog. I’m curious what other readers’ favourite ways to prepare it is though (especially for those of us who haven’t warmed up to the flavour!).

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Courtney June 3, 2018 at 7:38 pm

I use rhubarb in fruit crisp – just sub out some of the regular berries/fruit for rhubarb :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 4, 2018 at 9:40 am

Thanks Courtney!

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Liam May 30, 2018 at 7:52 pm

Angela,

Just discovered this site. Will be digging deeper into your content over the coming weeks!

Been looking for easy recipes with less ingredients – definitely need an easy way to add some mixed recipes to my palette. Going to be mulling over those cookie dough fudge pops in your previous post next :)

Keep up the great work!

-Liam Flynn

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2018 at 7:57 am

Hey Liam, I’m glad to hear the short ingredient list came at a good time! I’ve been referring to it a lot as it’s been a struggle to find time to cook and meal prep. I hope you discover tons of recipes on the blog too! Happy cooking.

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Marie-Claude May 31, 2018 at 5:27 am

Hi Angela,
i remember you were taking Nutiva Mct oil… do you still ? Did you take 1 tablespoon ? And did you saw some benefits ? Thanks !

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2018 at 6:05 am

Hey Marie-Claude, Oh great question! I noticed it helped with satiety (the increased alertness – I couldn’t tell if it was simply from the coffee or not), but other than that I didn’t notice many benefits so I stopped using it. :)

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Marie-Claude June 1, 2018 at 6:03 pm

Yes i think it’s good for satiety too, thanks for your answer !

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Susan May 31, 2018 at 7:07 am

Hi Angela, I am a breast cancer survivor and am experiencing a lot of inflammation in my body. I keep hearing about anti inflammatory foods. Can you suggest some tasty recipes?

Thank you so much!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2018 at 7:55 am

Hi Susan,
Oh I’m so happy to hear you have come out on the other side. And this is such a great question. Anti-inflammatory foods have been on my mind a lot lately as I’ve been having a lot of allergic reactions and skin inflammation since taking antibiotics this past winter. Nicole and I will put our thinking caps on and get back to you with some ideas! :)

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Diego May 31, 2018 at 8:12 pm

Hey Angela, any chance you could share pictures of your garden and tell us about it?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2018 at 7:56 am

Hey Diego, My poor garden is pretty nonexistent these days I’m afraid, hah. But if we give it some work I’ll share some pics for sure!

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Anne June 1, 2018 at 6:48 pm

Hi Angela,
I have to say I love every single one of your recipes that I have tried. Your sweet potato black bean enchiladas are a go to at our house, and my meat-loving husband loves them! In fact, we have made a pact to try a vegan meal out of your books or the app at least once a week.
I have a lot of food intolerances and find your recipe instructions super helpful with all the substitutions you offer. One thing I wanted to ask about substituting is coconut milk. I can’t have it at all and wonder if there’s anything you have found to use instead?
I recommend your cookbook to everybody.
Thanks so much!

Anne

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2018 at 8:02 am

Hey Anne,
Aww thank you! I’m so flattered the recipes have been such big hits with you so far. :) I’m craving those enchiladas now, haha.
As for subbing coconut milk, it would depend on the recipe. There are a few different kinds of coconut milk: full-fat canned coconut milk, light canned coconut milk, and the tetra-pack refrigerated or shelf-stable coconut milk (for drinking, etc). In my recipes I will specify which kind I use. The tetra-pack/cartons of coconut milk can usually be swapped for any kind of milk that you like..almond, soy, etc. The canned coconut milk is trickier though so if you want to let me know some specific recipes you have in mind, I can help you troubleshoot swaps! Hope this helps :)

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Marion June 2, 2018 at 8:59 pm

Thank you Angela! and Nicole! and Terra! for the super OSG blog page of 50 short ingredient recipes. This is so great! I have bookmarked it and already I can see I will be using it a lot! Also, thanks for offering your new app for $1. a while ago. I took full advantage of it and I am so glad I did. Thanks again to you and your team, not just for the blog page, but for everything you do. You and your staff are amazing
Best wishes, Marion

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 5, 2018 at 8:00 am

Hey Marion, Aww this comment made my day!! Thank you! I’m so glad you saw the page. And I will pass along your kind words to my team. Thanks so much for all your support for the app too.

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Moriah Polanco June 4, 2018 at 7:24 pm

Hi Angela,

I just wanted to tell you that I have been enjoying your website and recipes for several years now (I even bought my my mom your cookbook and she uses it all the time!).

I went mostly paleo for a few years and hadn’t been to your site in a while, but I am coming back around to a more vegan-centric diet. In re-visiting your website, I still love your recipes and site format! I also love that you support so many different diet types, offering modifications and suggestions. Thank you for being so responsive to your readers and creating so many yummy recipes!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 5, 2018 at 8:44 am

Hey Moriah, Thank you so much for all the kind words! I’m so glad you made your way back here :)

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Kristian June 11, 2018 at 2:06 am

Hello, I just have a question (more general, but I guess also relevant):

are you a vegan because of the health aspect or because you think about the environment/the animals?

This is my first look into your website, but I have seen links to it before – apparently it is very popular among us vegans! :)

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Alexa June 12, 2018 at 11:25 pm

Hi Angela,

I will be looking forward to your new OSG blog page. :) I am also interested in short ingredient recipes. It’s my first time on your page and I got a lot of ideas already. Would love to try those at home.

Thank you and more success in the future!

-Angela

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 13, 2018 at 8:08 am

Hey Alexa, I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you so much for the kind words :) I hope you find many new recipes you love!

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Fara June 13, 2018 at 11:42 pm

Hello Angela,
I bought the ebook of ” Oh she glows” from Itunes and Itunes say the content was changed and the book was removed from my iBooks library. Can you help? I Tunes says I must buy it again.
Do you know what might have happened?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 21, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Hey Fara, Oh no that is so weird. I haven’t heard of that happening. I would suggest reaching out to itunes/ibooks with what happened. I’m sure they can get it restored for you. If not, please let me know.

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Gary A. Favero June 20, 2018 at 11:46 am

My question is this: How do you feel about the baby-booming population and supporting a healthier eating style for most of America’s Seniors? Myself, I am a big supporter of the local farmers and organic farmers. I have discovered so much nutrition and goodness in all this delicious plant life that is available to us and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Also the variety of vitamin supplements is a great back up system for the body. I don’t feel my age (which is 66 years old) and haven’t had any colds or flu in the past 4 years. Age is just a frame of mind, cause I still got a lot of youth keft in me.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 21, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Hey Gary,
I LOVE your attitude and approach to healthy living…so inspiring! Thanks for sharing. I hope you enjoy some recipes around here…I’d love to hear if you try any out.

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