Vegan Biscuits & White Pepper Gravy
"The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook" byIsa Chandra Moskowitz
2 Teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup Unsweetened Vegan Milk
2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Four
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Cup unrefined Coconut Oil, room temperature
1/2 Cup Cashews, soaked in water at least 2 hours and drained
2 Cups Vegetable Broth
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon White Pepper
Chopped Fresh Parsley, for garnish
Make the biscuits. Preheat oven to 425.
In a small bowl mix together the apple cider vinegar and milk, set aside.
Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar into a large mixing bowl making a well in the center. Cut the coconut oil into the dough with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in the milk mixture and blend with a fork, being careful not to overmix.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll into a 1" thick disc. Use a 2" round cookie cutter or drinking glass to cut out biscuits, adding them to a baking sheet.
Bake until puffy and golden brown, about 15 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool.
Make the gravy. Combine the cashews and broth in a blender. Puree until completely smooth.
Preheat a sauce pot on medium. Add oil, then sprinkle in the flour, stirring until smooth and brown, about 5 minutes. Add blended mixture, lowering heat. Cook while stirring, about 3 minutes until thickened. Add salt and pepper, cook for 2 more minutes.
Serve the biscuits with the gravy, garnishing with parsley.
Just Plain Nuts Burger
Wendy McMillian for naturalhealthmag.com
This gluten free patty at Crazy Burger Café & Juice Bar in Narragansett, RI is loaded with heart-healthy cashews and walnuts - both good sources of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fast as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Lentils add fiber, folate and iron.
1/2 cup dry mixed lentils - French, Green, Red, equal parts
1/4 red onion, finely diced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
1/2 carrot, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
1 zucchini, grated
1/4 pound cashews, roasted on a sheet pan for 3 minutes
1/4 pound walnuts, roasted on a sheet pan for 3 minutes
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Gulden's mustard
2 tablespoons Fry Salt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 handful fresh basil, washed and minced
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1. To prepare lentils, simmer in 1 1/2 cups water for 20-25 minutes, until tender.
2. Sauté onion, celery and carrots in 1/8 cup canola oil, until translucent, approximately 5 minutes. Add zucchini toward the end. Season vegetable mixture lightly with some of the salt and pepper and place in a large mixing bowl.
3. Drain the lentils. Season lightly with some of the salt and pepper, and add to the vegetables.
4. Coarsely grind the roasted cashews and walnuts in a food processor and add to the mixing bowl.
5. Mix in all remaining ingredients until everything is incorporated evenly.
6. Form mixture into burger patties and arrange on a lined sheet pan. Bake 10 minutes at 500 F. (Alternatively patties can be pan-fried in a small amount of canola oil.) Serve open face on polenta with a side of sun-dried tomato-artichoke pesto.
Being vegetarian is easy for me since I never liked meat. Vegan is another story. I'm from Wisconsin, I love cheese!!! I was very skeptical of cheese replacements but after falling in love with Daiya and getting my skeptical husband as addicted I started to ponder other dairy free cheesestuffs. I started with my Vitamix book and hit the jackpot. This sauce is versatile and good, better than any processed cheese sauces. I've used this to make mac n cheese, nachos and to top anything. And unlike my friend Daiya, it's oil free so ok for the Engine 2 Diet! It has been a lifesaver, elevating any oil free veg dish. The consistency of this sauce as below is very thin. I prefer it on the thick end so only add as much water to get everything moving at first then slowly adding the boiling water just to make it smooth. I use a little under half the amount of water they suggest. It lists a few choices for nuts, I've only tried with cashews but it looks like almonds work as well.
Not-So Cheese Sauce Vitamix
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup canned pimentos or roasted red pepper
1/2 cup raw cashews or almonds
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons potato starch, mixed in 1/4 cup cold water
Place all ingredients, except the boiling water and potato starch mixture, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
Select variable 1.
Turn machine on and quickly increased speed to Variable 10, then to High.
Blend for 6-7 minutes or until heavy steam escapes from the vented lid.
Reduce speed to Variable 7 and remove the lid plug. Pour boiling water and potato starch mixture through the lid plug opening.
Continue to blend until mixture is thickened, about 1 minute.
Generally I'm not fooled by celebrity recipes but in my healthy living days while looking through Self magazine the words "candy bar" jump off the page at me. I skeptically tear the page out and in a mood of baking withdrawl I come across it a few months later. I read and after making tons of date/nut filled goodies I think this recipe sounds pretty good, and not too difficult. But I wonder if this is really worth buying another type of flour (now I need coconut flour in my life?!) but I'm desperately fooled by the title... CANDY!.... I want CANDY!.... so on my grocery list it goes.
Like I mentioned almost every week I've been experimenting with energy balls/bites with nuts/fruit in the Vitamix (my food processor passed away and I have not replaced yet) so I though I could try this in there. This recipe is more like a dough that was a bit much for the Vitamix; I overheated several times and tore a William Sonoma spatuala in the process so I would not recommend doing that. My husband actually begged me to run to the store and get a food processor while I was making this. I am stubborn so I did get it to blend after doing small amounts and chopping the dates pretty fine... but I did shortly after decide on a food processor to buy, which I will do soon because we need more of these bars!
The recipe didn't specify what type of pan to but these in buy now I see all the photos in a square brownie size pan... oops. I went with a jelly roll pan lined with a Silpat instead of the parchment and it worked great. My husband and I actually loved how thin they were. We like the smaller serving size, just a little square of these satisfies that candy bar craving.
The almond butter I made using a simple recipe (bottom of the article gave Gwenyth's recipe which is 1 cup almonds and pinch of salt in a food processor). I started this in the Vitamix and have no luck making nut butters in there without oil so I added a little canola oil to my 1 cup almonds to get a smooth blend.
I'm not a fan of recipes that ask for chocolate chips to be melted down; I like my chips to stay chips! So I used 80% cacao chocolate that I chopped (my favorite local brand, Omanhene).
Definitely worth the investment in the coconut flour... (as now I'm studying more recipes to make using it)... but for now more of Gwenyth's candy bars, one of the best healthy snack recipes I've come across!
2013 Self Magazine from "It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great" by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen
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