Here's a salad I like to have for lunch as it's healthy and filling. I've also taken this one to potlucks with a good response. This is a good one for those new to quinoa as the classic tomato, cilantro and black bean combo is a winner!
1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender and water has been absorbed, 10-15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
2. Whisk together in a bowl the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, and red pepper flakes.
3. Combine quinoa, tomatoes, black beans and green onions together in a large bowl. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cilantro. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator.
Sunflower Zucchini Bread
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
2 cups grated zucchini, squeezed dry
1/4 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 9" loaf pan and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the oil, sugar, zucchini, soy milk and vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture until well blended. Quickly fold in the sunflower seeds, mixing well.
4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake until the center springs back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-55 minutes. During the last 10 minutes of baking time, cover the loaf loosely with foil to prevent the top from getting too dark. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes.
I've got a new favorite Christmas cookie.... that happens to be vegan by my idol Isa Chandra Moskowitz.
I'm not a huge peppermint candy fan but it works here. I didn't have peppermint chocolate that the recipe calls for but I did get a gift of candy canes I crushed up in the food processor and had some Enjoy Life mega chunks in the cupboard.
They are not overly sweet or minty, they are the perfect dark fudgy chocolate that I respect in a cookie!
Candy Cane Fudge Cookies
The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook byIsa Chandra Moskowitz
1/2 cup refined coconut oil, at room temperature
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, at room temperature
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk), at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted if lumpy
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 - 3 oz peppermint chocolate bars, chopped up
4 candy canes, crushed up (in pieces no bigger than 1/2"
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 2 rimmed baking sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together the oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the applesauce and milk and mix gently; it might make the oil clump up and firm up a bit, but that's okay. Mix in the vanilla.
Add 1 cup of the flour along with the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and mix well. Mix in the chocolate peppermint chunks and then the remaining 1 cup flour and mix until it firms up. You might need to use your hands to get it fully incorporated.
Place twelve 1 1/2 tablespoon scoops of dough on each baking sheet, a few inches apart. Flatten slightly with your hand. Place a pinch of crushed candy cane in the center of each and press gently into the surface.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooking rack to cool completely.
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.
I feel in love with these peppers when spotted on a small plates menu at one of our favorite places... "really? peppers?" I asked the waiter skeptically. He explained "yes, they are amazing... not too spicy but once in a while you will get one with a kick." Alright I said and the rest is history. Immediately I was addicted and had so many small plates of these little peppers!
Fast forward a few years and another state later when filling up my new garden space my favorite heirloom plant grower was selling interesting pepper varieties, including Shishitos! I was so excited to have my own plant full of it and just as I forgot about it for a minute I was browsing one of my favorite garden summer time cookbooks and spotted this gem.
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.
Brooklyn Deli Macaroni Salad
By Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Veganomicon page 91
1/4 cup veganaise
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 radishes, grated
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1 pound elbow macaroni
1. Prepare the dressing: Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix with a fork until completely blended.
2. Add the radishes, carrots and peas and set aside while you cook the macaroni.
One day as I was reading my go to vegetarian book by Deborah Madison I wondering what else she has written since I have two of her books and love them very much. After a quick search I backed it up to find this gem all about tofu called "This Can't Be Tofu!". It's a great resource on what to do with tofu. Here's my first go at one of the recipes and it is a winner.. can't go wrong with fried tofu and peanut sauce! I cut mine into logs, thinned with vegetable broth and ate on a bed of shredded cabbage topped with gomasio.
Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce
Deborah Madison, "This Can't Be Tofu!"
Deep frying give the tofu a golden crust and a soft interior, which is especially appealing when the tofu is skewered and dipped in a pungent peanut sauce. If deep frying isn't something you want to do, you can shallow fry the tofu or simply brown in a dry, or lightly oiled skillet. The textural contrast won't be as evident, but with the peanut sauce on board, it will still be very good.
1 carton firm tofu
1 cup peanut oil
1. Drain, then wrap the tofu and press it well. It should be quite dry since you'll be deep frying it. (In the meantime, make the peanut sauce). Cut the tofu into cubes about 3/4" across.
2. Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet until hot enough to sizzle a piece of tofu. Add the tofu, 6-7 pieces at a time, and fry until golden but not brown. Turn them so they color on all sides, then remove to paper toweling to drain. Sprinkle with salt and remove them to a serving dish.
3. Serve with the peanut sauce in a communal bowl or individual bowls and provide toothpicks for skewering and dipping.
1 carton firm tofu
1 cup peanut oil
Deborah Madison, "This Can't Be Tofu!"
This smooth, peanuty sauce can be used as a dip for deep fried tofu, or as a dressing for noodles, served hot or cold. It keeps for weeks in the refrigerator, and will thicken over time. Thin it with some of the noodle cooking water, stock or even coconut milk, which will give a noticeable change in flavor, of course.
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 large garlic clove
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup hot water
1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor except the water, and puree until smooth. Gradually pour in the water. Taste for salt and cayenne, adding more if necessary.
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