Easy Vegan Pumpkin Ravioli

This simple and easy vegan ravioli is made with wonton wrappers and stuffed with a slightly sweet pumpkin filling. Served hot, it’s drizzled with a creamy butter sage sauce. You’ll be shocked how quickly these are made.

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Ravioli

I love ravioli. Unfortunately, there is nowhere within a 50 mile radius of me in which I can purchase vegan ravioli. I know Rising Moon Organics has a few options, but our store carries the non-vegan packages. Kite Hill has a ravioli but our stores don’t offer it and to boot, I found it in the states, it was like $10 for a tiny package. Nuh uh, sorry.

So, I was obligated to make my own. I’ve actually made ravioli many times and was really surprised to find I didn’t have a recipe on here already! My favorite is a vegan ricotta ravioli with a vegan bolognese sauce, but I thought this pumpkin one was more appropriate considering pumpkin season is in full swing. Also, it’s so incredibly easy and lately I’ve been all about the fast and easy dishes. Have you noticed? Life moves fast with a toddler.

We’re also finishing the first floor of our home! When we built our upside down home (living room/kitchen/dining on the top floor) we choose not to complete the first floor which holds two kids bedrooms, one bathroom, and a main room. It also has the laundry room, which we did finish, and our mechanical room. There’s lots to do, even with subcontracting the work, so the faster and easier and honestly less stressful dinner can be… the better. Right? Yes.

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Ravioli

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Ravioli


Easy Vegan Pumpkin Ravioli
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This simple and easy vegan ravioli is made with wonton wrappers and stuffed with a slightly sweet pumpkin filling. Served hot, it’s drizzled with a creamy butter sage sauce. You’ll be shocked how quickly these are made.

Ingredients
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup vegan breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • Dash of fresh nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • ¾ tsp dried rubbed sage
  • Dash of ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 14 oz package of wonton wrappers
  • Fresh herbs, for garnish (optional)
  • Toasted pecans, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Bring a large saute or saucepan of water to boil for the ravioli over high heat. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl combine the pumpkin through the nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. n a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat until it’s sizzling. Whisk in the sage, pepper, and flour; cook for a minute or two then slowly whisk in the broth and soy milk. Continue to simmer for about 3 minutes over low heat until it’s thickened; remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Assemble the ravioli three at a time (or as many as will fit in your pot, uncrowded) by placing a scant 1 tbsp of the pumpkin filling in the center of one won ton square. Brush the pasta around the filling with water then place another square on top, pressing firmly all around the filling (make sure there’s no air left in there) to seal the ravioli.
  4. Boil the ravioli gently in batches for about 2 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon and repeat with remaining ravioli.
  5. Serve hot topped with the sage butter sauce, and garnished with fresh herbs and toasted pecans if you like.

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    Yield: 4 servings

Save Money!

I used to buy the store brand liquid vegetable broth in the carton but now I buy a German powdered broth here for seven times less!! It’s only $0.10 per 1 cup versus almost $0.70 per 1 cup at our local grocery store.


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Risotto has never been so easy or fast! Just a couple stirrings over 20 minutes in a dutch oven on the stovetop and you’re pretty much done. I love the addition of vegan grilled chicken strips and fresh garden kale for protein. Vegan cheese and butter, and nutritional yeast lend the exact creaminess of dairy-based risotto so you won’t be sacrificing anything at all, but I still keep this risotto healthy!

Easy Vegan Chicken and Kale Risotto

I think risotto may be the ultimate fall comfort food.

This could not be more delicious and it is essentially one pot, super quick (about 30 minutes), and Scout’s honor you only need to stir it twice. Seriously! Did I mention there’s only 2 tbsp of vegan butter? Healthy to boot!

Easy Vegan Chicken and Kale Risotto

As soon as I grab the camera, Oliver goes running around looking for his. Sometimes it’s in the study in the china cabinet, and sometimes it’s on his bookshelf. He’s never sure which at first and to see him slightly panicked, scurrying around, not wanting to miss out on the food photography is so cute. This time he literally couldn’t wait to sample the subject of our shoot. Taking bite after bite he exclaimed, “Yum! This is tasty!” Then proceeded to fill himself up, dropping much of the risotto off the fork accidentally, and ultimately didn’t end up sitting down to eat dinner at the table because he had already eaten. LOL. Such is life with a wee one.

In the photo down below you’ll see he’s wearing his Let It Snow shirt. We actually got snow nearby and should have some at our house in just a couple weeks I reckon! Bring on the skis and sleds. We can’t wait!

Were you wondering how we did keeping our grocery bill under $150 (in Alaska!!) for the month of September? Umm…. we freaking nailed it guys! We used up stuff we had in the kitchen along with buying really cheap eats: store-brand canned beans and frozen fruit and veg that was sale, and bulk lentils and oats, etc. I am ashamed to admit that almost half of that ($60) was literally Silk unsweetened soy milk. #lifewithatoddlertho #theboylovessoymilk #notsponsered #wishweweretho

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Easy Vegan Chicken and Kale Risotto

Easy Vegan Chicken and Kale Risotto


Easy Vegan Chicken and Kale Risotto
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Risotto has never been so easy or fast! Just a couple stirrings over 20 minutes in a dutch oven on the stovetop and you’re pretty much done. I love the addition of vegan grilled chicken strips and fresh garden kale for protein. Vegan cheese and butter, and nutritional yeast lend the exact creaminess of dairy-based risotto so you won’t be sacrificing anything at all, but I still keep this risotto healthy!

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • dash of white pepper (black pepper will do)
  • 2 cups Arborio rice, dry
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 5 cups very hot vegetable broth
  • 4-6 oz (about half of one 9 oz package) of vegan grilled chicken strips
  • ½ cup shredded vegan mozzarella
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh kale, tightly packed
  • 1 ½ tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
Instructions
  1. In a large dutch oven, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper; saute an additional minute. Add the rice and cook about 3 minutes; stirring frequently, until the grains are translucent around their edges.
  2. Stir in the wine and keep stirring until it’s all evaporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in the vegetable broth; reduce to a simmer, cover and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring twice during cooking until the rice is al dente and most of the liquid is gone.
  3. While the rice cooks, cook the vegan chicken according to package. Chop into bite size pieces on the bais when cool enough and set aside.
  4. When the rice is done, stir in the cheese and once melted stir in the remaining ingredients including the vegan chicken. Add enough hot water or broth to get the desired consistency of the risotto before serving; salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

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    Yield: 4-6 servings

Save Money!

I buy my arborito rice here, at less than half price. It’s only $0.16 per oz versus $0.34 per oz at our local grocery store!

I buy my nutritional yeast here. It’s only $9.55 per lb versus $13.99 per lb in the bulk bin (!) at our local grocery store!


I used to buy the store brand liquid vegetable broth in the carton but now I buy a German powdered broth here for seven times less!!

It’s only $0.10 per 1 cup versus almost $0.70 per 1 cup at our local grocery store.


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Todd and I have been on a super frugal grocery budget challenge this month. Like… under $150! I had no idea how it would go but we are 19 days into a total of 30 so far for September and we are looking good. We’ve spent $95 out of the $150 I budgeted for us.

I see two potential obstacles to our challenge however. The first is that we of course live in Alaska where food is priced a lot higher than most other places in the states. We are almost on par with Hawaii (though they get all that wonderful fresh fruit which is not the case up here). If you’ve ever bought groceries there; you may have had sticker shock! The second is that Oliver drinks his weight in soy milk. And we can’t buy off-brand soy milks because they all have sugar added. Silk is the only brand I have found that offers an unsweetened version and it comes at a premium for the brand-name. We are trying to get him to drink less milk and eat more. It’s going… so so.

I think the problem is that he has inherited my gene for being constantly thirsty and Todd’s gene for not caring about food whatsoever and also somehow being a picky eater. The middle bit of that ven diagram of those two proclivities is, yep, milk. So, our soy milk budget is kind of eating up the vast majority of our grocery budget. Alas, I’ve been finding ways to make it work.

This is a somewhat wallet-friendly vegan dish. Cashews are pricey but we still try to get a variety of nuts in our diet and I use less than 1/2 cup in this recipe; that’s less than one serving of nuts per serving of this meal. Everything else is dirt cheap. We buy whole-grain pasta which normally costs slightly more than regular white pasta but we get the store brand so it ends up being about the same: $1.20 per box. If you so choose you can use olive oil (or no fat at all) to replace the butter, and bottled lemon juice is always less expensive than fresh lemons. There are lots of ways to save and we are challenging ourselves to rediscover them all!

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What are your frugal food tips? Would you like to see more budget friendly recipes and be updated on how we do with our $150 per month grocery budget? What are your favorite cheap meals?

Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

Vegan Spinach Fettuccine Alfredo



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This is an easy and simple vegan spinach fettuccine alfredo made with a deliciously creamy cashew sauce. It’s a healthy and light alternative to it’s very rich counterparts made with cheese and heavy cream, but is still just as tasty! Adapted from The Vegan 8.

Ingredients
  • 8 oz dry fettuccine
  • ½ tbsp vegan butter
  • ½ large white onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth, divided
  • Scant ½ cup raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Dash of ground white pepper (black pepper will do)
  • Dash of freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta. Cook according to package until al dente. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water; drain pasta and return it to the pot; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat and stir in the onion. Add 1 cup of the broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the garlic and onion powder. Reduce over medium-high to high heat until all the broth has dissipated, about 10 minutes; stirring occasionally.
  3. To a blender add the remaining ¼ cup broth through the nutmeg. Add the onion mixture when done cooking and blend on high for about 1-2 minutes until very smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour the sauce over the pasta, add the spinach and pasta water and stir until well combined. It will look like a lot of sauce, but let the pasta rest for a couple minutes; this will allow the noodles to soak up the sauce. Serve hot.

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    Yield: 3 servings

Save Money!

I’ve been using this vegetable broth and I really like it. I get it here. It’s way more economical than buying fresh broth and it also has less impact on the environment.

I pay $0.57 per one cup of broth that I usually buy from our local grocery store, Fred Meyer but one cup of this broth equals only $0.10!

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