Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cornmeal-Crusted Tofu


Source: Veganomicon

3 TB oil, spread out on baking sheet
16 oz. tofu, drained & pressed
1 cup almond milk
2 TB cornstarch
1 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp salt

add-ons: 2 TB chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, & 1 TB lime zest
or
2 TB dried sage
or
try your own creation!

1. Preheat oven to 400. Slice the tofu into 8 slabs. Combine the milk & cornstarch in a wide shallow bowl (whisk). In another shallow bowl combine the cornmeal, salt, & any spices.
2. Dip each slice into milk mixture, then dredge both sides in cornmeal mixture; place on oiled baking sheet. Bake 7-10 minutes per side, or until browned & crispy.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Baked Kalamata Olives


Source: The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

2 cups kalamata olives
1/2 cup dry red or white wine
3 TB olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 375. Place olives in baking dish in a single layer. Add wine, 1.5 TB oil, & garlic. Cover & bake 45 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Seitan Pot Pie


Source: Veganomicon

Crust:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup vegan shortening (or 1 stick butter, softened)
3/4 cup cold water
2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Filling:
5 TB grapeseed oil
16 oz. seitan, cubed (3 cups)
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 garbanzo bean flour
1 cup chopped onion
1 large carrot, diced
1/2 pound white potatoes, diced
1 1/3 cup frozen peas and/or corn
2/3 cup white wine (or broth)
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp ground sage
salt & pepper to taste

1. Oil 3 quart casserole dish.

2. Prepare crust: Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, & baking powder in large bowl. Add shortening & cut into mixture until crumbly. Pour water into small bowl & toss in a few ice cubes. measure out 1/2 cup ice water & stir in vinegar; add to flour mixture in 3 batches, mixing in until a dough forms. Gently press the dough into a ball; roll out on floured cutting board into a size slightly bigger than the casserole dish. Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate until ready to use.

3. Prepare the filling: Preheat oven to 375. Heat 2 TB oil in pot; add seitan & soy sauce & cook until lightly browned. Transfer to plate. Heat remaining oil in pot; stir in garbanzo flour. Stir frequently over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in wine until flour is dissolved. Add onion, carrot, potatoes, frozen peas/corn. Pour in 1/2 the broth; stir in thyme, mustard, & sage. Add remaining broth & bring to a simmer; cook 6-8 minutes or until a thin gravy has formed. Fold in seitan.

4. Remove pie crust from fridge. Spread filling into casserole dish. Top with crust, pressing the edges down lightly & leaving some hanging over the edge. Roll up the dough at the edges of the dish & crimp with a fork. Poke a few holes in the top to let steam escape. Bake 40-45 minutes or until crust is browned & filling is bubbly.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Chickpea Cutlets


Source: Veganomicon (slightly modified)
Makes 8 cutlets

2 cups garbanzo beans (cooked, or from two 15 oz. cans)
2 TB olive oil (plus extra)
1 cup vital wheat gluten
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp paprika

1. Preheat oven to 375. Place beans & oil in food processor & pulse until mashed. Transfer to large bowl.
2. Stir in rest of ingredients & knead for about 3 minutes, until strings of gluten have formed.
3. Divide the dough into 8 pieces, and stretch each one into a cutlet. Place on oiled baking sheet & brush with olive oil. Bake 10 minutes per side or until lightly browned.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mini Egg Muffins


Makes 2 dozen mini muffins

6 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup finely chopped veggies
1/4 cup grated cheese

Preheat oven to 375. Spread veggies among 2 oiled mini muffin pans. Pour eggs evenly over the veggies; top with cheese. Bake 10 minutes or until set in the middle.

Monday, December 22, 2014

White Bean Sugar Cookie

Source: superhealthykids.com

  • ½ c. butter, cold
  • ½ cup white bean puree, cold
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 3 ½ c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
Cream butter, bean puree, and sugar together until well mixed. Add eggs & vanilla; mix until well incorporated. Add dry ingredients and mix just until dough comes together. Transfer dough on floured surface and turn over a few times, until it is coated with flour on all sides. Using a rolling pin, roll dough out until it is uniformly about 1/3” thick. Cut out cookies using cookie cutters and place on large baking sheet. Bake cookies in a 400 degree oven for 6 min. or until undersides of cookies start to turn golden. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Risotto-Vegetable Cakes


Source: 1,001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes
Makes about 8 cakes (4 servings)

oil for frying
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp oregano
1 cup arborio rice
3 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan (plus extra to top)
1/2 cup finely chopped zucchini
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
8 large tomato slices
salt & pepper to taste

1. Heat oil in saucepan; saute onion, garlic, & oregano about 3 minutes. Add rice & cook 3 minutes more, stirring frequently.
2. Heat broth to simmering in separate saucepan; reduce heat to low to keep broth warm. Add broth to rice mixture 1/2 cup at a time, stirring over medium heat until broth is absorbed before adding next 1/2 cup. Continue until rice is cooked & mixture is creamy (20-25 mintes). Stir in cheeses; cool to room temperature.
3. Turn broiler to low. Saute zucchini, carrots, & bell pepper in oiled skillet until tender, 5-8 minutes. Stir into rice mixture; stir in egg & bread crumbs. Form mixture into 8 patties & broil about 5 minutes per side. Top each patty with tomato slice & sprinkle lightly with Parmesan, salt & pepper. Broil until browned, 2-3 minutes.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mini Apple Tarts


Source: myrecipes.com (slightly modified by Aimee)

1/3 cup brown sugar 
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons canola oil 
1 tablespoon 1% low-fat milk 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour 
1/3 cup very finely chopped toasted pecans or walnuts

Filling:
2 cups finely diced peeled Granny Smith apple
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar 
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water 

Topping (optional): 2 TB oats & 1 TB brown sugar, mixed

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. To prepare crust, place first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed 1 minute or until well combined. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add flour and nuts to butter mixture; beat until just combined. Divide dough evenly among 24 miniature muffin cups coated with baking spray. Press dough into bottom and up sides of muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.
3. To prepare filling, place apple and juice in a bowl; toss to coat. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and the next 4 ingredients (through ginger); toss well.
4. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add apple mixture; cover and cook 5 minutes or until apple is tender, stirring occasionally. Combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl. Stir cornstarch mixture into apple mixture; cook 1 minute or until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Place apple mixture in a bowl; cool to room temperature. Spoon about 2 teaspoons apple mixture into each tart shell. Sprinkle with topping if desired.

French Onion Soup Tartines


Source: Vegetarian Times (modified by Aimee)

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 4-5 cups chopped onion
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 2 Tbs. dry white wine
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp. honey
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 baguette, sliced
  • 4 oz. grated Gruyère cheese (1 cup)
1. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, cover, and cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until onions begin to brown. Add wine, and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until most liquid has evaporated. Stir in broth, honey, and thyme; season with salt and pepper, if desired. Partially cover, and simmer 10 to 20 minutes, or until most liquid has evaporated.
2. Heat remaining 1 Tbs. oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot slices, and cook 5 minutes on each side, or until browned. Transfer to paper-towel-lined plate. 
3. Preheat oven to broil. Place bread slices on baking sheet. Spread a little onion mixture on each slice of bread. Top with grated cheese & 1-2 shallot slices. Broil 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese begins to bubble and brown.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Butternut Bisque


Source: aboutfood.com
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh, chopped thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh, crushed rosemary
  • 1 fresh sage leaf, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 1/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Croutons for garnish
1. In a large saucepan over medium, sauté the onion, celery, thyme, rosemary, and sage in the olive oil for 5-7 minutes, until the vegetables turn tender. Add the salt and pepper and sauté the vegetables and herbs for an additional 2 minutes.
2. Add the butternut squash and broth to the pan and bring the soup to simmer (add enough water to just cover). Reduce the heat slightly, cover, and simmer the soup for 20 minutes, until the squash is tender.
3. Puree the soup in a countertop blender or with an immersion blender until it is completely smooth. Stir in the heavy cream and heat through. Serve the bisque hot, garnished with croutons.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Black Bean & Veggie Quesadillas


Source: Cooking Matters (Deborah Kelly)- slightly modified by Aimee
Makes 6 folded quesadillas (serves 4)

1 can black beans (15 oz), drained & rinsed
1 zucchini, shredded
4 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup shredded cheddar
oil for frying
6 (8-inch) whole wheat flour tortillas
sour cream & salsa for garnish, if desired

1. Heat oil in large skillet. Add zucchini & cook about 5 minutes. Add corn & spinach; cook until tender, about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat.
2. Lightly mash black beans & stir into veggie mixture. Transfer to bowl.
3. Spread mixture evenly over half of each tortilla; top with cheese. Fold tortillas; press lightly with a spatula to flatten.
4. Add folded tortillas to oiled skillet & cook about 4 minutes per side, or until both sides are golden brown. Repeat until all quesadillas are cooked. Cut into wedges & serve with salsa & sour cream if desired.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dill Pickle Soup


Source: noblepig.com (slightly modified by Aimee)

  • 5-1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1-3/4 pounds russet potatoes (2-3), peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups chopped carrots (smaller dice)
  • 1 cup chopped dill pickles (smaller dice ~ about 3 large whole dills)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups dill pickle juice*
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1. In a large pot, combine broth, potatoes, carrots and butter. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender, 15-20 minutes. Lightly mash potatoes to break them up. Add pickles and continue to simmer.

  • 2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sour cream and water, making a paste. Vigorously whisk sour cream mixture (2 Tablespoons at a time) into soup. 
  • 3. Add pickle juice, pepper and cayenne. Cook 5 more minutes and remove from heat. Serve immediately.
  • *All pickle juice is not created equal. Some is saltier than others. Taste your soup after adding the pickle juice and final seasonings. It's possible you will not need any salt or would prefer more or less.

Vegan Cashew Pesto with Pasta


Source: yogajournal.com

14 ounces whole wheat pasta, such as shells, penne, or spaghetti
1/2 cup cashews
4 cups chopped spinach or kale
1/2 cup parsley
1/4 cup basil leaves
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, cut in half
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Prepare the pasta according to the package instructions, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Set aside.
2. Place the cashews, spinach or kale, parsley, olive oil, garlic, balsamic, and salt in a blender along with the reserved pasta water. Blend until a chunky pesto forms. Toss with pasta and serve immediately.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps


Source: Vegetarian Times
Makes 16 wraps

Filling
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1 ½ cups)
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 Tbs. minced lemongrass (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1 lb. extra-firm tofu, cubed extra small
  • 1 8-oz. can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp. chile paste or sriracha 
  • 16 lettuce leaves
Garnishes
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • ½ cup finely chopped peanuts

1. To make Filling: Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, ginger, lemongrass, and garlic, and cook 7 to 10 minutes, or until onions are soft and beginning to brown. Add tofu and water chestnuts, breaking tofu into small crumbles; cook 4 minutes, or until heated through. Stir in soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and chile sauce. Transfer to serving bowl.
2. Place lettuce leaves on platter, and set out garnishes in small serving bowls. Let guests wrap tofu mixture in lettuce leaves, and top with their choice of garnishes. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Jack-o-Lantern Hummus


Use raisins for the face and a folded lettuce leaf for the stem. Here is the recipe for hummus I used: http://veggieaimee.blogspot.com/2014/10/classic-hummus.html

Veggie Skeleton

Perfect for Halloween!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tortellini Soup


Source: Point of Grace

3T olive Oil
1 Clove garlic, minced
3 stalks, celery, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 onion diced
10 oz box frozen spinach (unthawed)
2 boxes cream of mushroom soup (12 oz each)
32 oz broth
19-24 oz. cheese tortellini, half cooked

1) Put olive oil in the bottom of a large soup/stock pan
2) Saute' garlic, celery, carrots and onions until tender
3) Add frozen spinach. Break up blocks of spinach as you cook
4) Continue to saute' until spinach thaws, then heats up
5) Add mushroom soup, broth, and then add tortellini
6) Add water if needed to adjust the consistency
7) Heat and Serve

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce & Toasted Walnuts

Source: Savvy Vegetarian

  • 1 (15 oz) can solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vegetable broth base (or vegan bouillon cube)
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 12 oz angel hair pasta or cappelini
  • Optional: 2 Tbsp minced parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts (toast in a dry frying pan on medium-low, stirring frequently, or in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  • 1. In a saucepan, combine the pumpkin, water, broth base, sage, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • 2. Cook over medium heat until smooth and hot
  • 3. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • 4. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water. Set aside
  • 5. Cook the angel hair pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until tender, 3 – 4 minutes. Drain and return to the pot.
  • 6. Add the reserved sauce and toss to combine
  • Serve sprinkled with the toasted walnuts and minced parsley if desired

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chickpea-Broccoli Casserole


Source: Vegan Fire & Spice

3 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans)- 15 oz. each, drained & rinsed
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups diced carrots
4 cups broccoli florets
2 TB sliced chives
1/2 cup bread crumbs
3 TB olive oil
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350. Mash chickpeas in large bowl. Stir in vegetables. Stir in bread crumbs & oil. Stir in broth & salt. Transfer to oiled 13 x 9 dish; press mixture firmly into the casserole. Bake 45 minutes covered with foil, 15 minutes uncovered.

Sriracha-Seared Tofu & Spicy Udon Noodles


Source: Vegetarian Times

12 oz. udon noodles
1 1/2 blocks tofu (21 oz), cut into slabs
1 small crown broccoli, chopped into florets
6 TB tamari
2 TB sriracha sauce
3 TB sesame oil
1 TB water
1/3 cup peanut butter
lime wedges & fresh cilantro for garnish

1. Brush grill grates with oil; preheat to medium.
2. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain & set aside.
3. Stream broccoli 5 minutes until crisp-tender.
4. Combine tamari, sriracha, & sesame oil in bowl. Brush tofu slabs with half of mixture. Place tofu on grill; cook 2-3 minutes per side, until grill-marked. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
5. Add peanut butter to remaining tamari mixture; stir to combine. Toss sauce with udon noodles & broccoli, and top with tofu.

Classic Hummus


Source: Vegetarian Times

2 cans garbanzo beans (15 oz. each), drained & rinsed
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
1/2 cup tahini
1 clove garlic
salt to taste
paprika to top

Warm beans in microwave. Place in food processor with lemon juice, oil, tahini, & garlic. Puree until smooth. Add tahini & puree until smooth. Season with salt; transfer to serving dish. Drizzle with olive oil & sprinkle with paprika. Serve with veggies and/or pita.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

White Bean & Roasted Garlic Soup


Source: Vegan Fire and Spice
Make this a quick & easy recipe by roasting the garlic the day before!

2 heads garlic
2 TB oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
32 oz. vegetable broth
3 cups cooked white beans
3 fresh sage leaves
lemon juice to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400. Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulb skin, leaving the skins of the individual cloves intact. Using a knife, cut off 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of the top of cloves (at the pointed top), exposing the individual cloves of garlic. Place on a piece of foil & drizzle 1 TB olive oil over the top. Seal & bake 45 minutes, or until the cloves are softened. Let cool.
2. In large pot, saute onion in oil 5-7 minutes. Add broth, salt, pepper, beans, & sage leaves; simmer 5 minutes.
3. Unseal the roasted garlic & squeeze each clove to extract the garlic into the pot. Puree in batches in food processor & return to pot. Add lemon juice & enjoy!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Southwest Quinoa Cakes


  • Source: Eating Well
  • Makes 12 muffin-sized cakes

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, preferably red quinoa
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch, divided
  • 1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • salsa & chopped avocado to serve

  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 12-cup nonstick muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • 2. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in quinoa. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the grains are tender and reveal their spiraled germ, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  • 3. Add eggs, beans, cottage cheese, scallions, flour, baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the quinoa and stir until well combined. Divide the mixture among the muffin cups (about 1/4 cup each). Top each quinoa cake with about 1 tablespoon cheese.
  • 4. Bake the cakes until puffed and a little brown on top, about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Gently loosen and remove with a paring knife.
  • Serve the cakes with the salsa and avocado.

Summer Squash Gratin


Source: Prevention

1 lb zucchini, sliced into rounds
1 lb yellow squash, sliced into rounds
4 oz. goat cheese crumbles
oil for frying
1 shallot, diced
1/2 tsp thyme
2 TB flour
1 1/4 cups milk
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tsp olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 375. Steam zucchini & squash until slightly tender. Layer in oiled 8 x 8 baking dish (or slightly larger dish) with goat cheese crumbles.
2. Heat oil in skillet & saute shallots 3 minutes. Stir in thyme & flour; stir in milk. Cook until slightly thickened. Season with salt & pepper and Pour over squash mixture.
3. Toss bread crumbs with olive oil; sprinkle over gratin. Bake 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Chipotle, Corn, & Black Bean Stew


Source: Vegan Fire & Spice

2 TB oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp cumin
2 chipotle peppers in sauce, seeded & chopped
28 oz. crushed tomatoes
3 cups water
4 russet potatoes, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 cup corn
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup fresh chopped cilantro
1 lime
salt & pepper to taste

1. In large pot, saute onion & garlic in oil.
2. Stir in cumin, peppers, tomatoes, & water. Add potatoes & carrots; bring to low boil & simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are just tender.
3. Stir in corn, beans, & cilantro. Grate the lime peel into the mixture, then squeeze juice in. Cook until heated through.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hearty Vegetarian Gravy


Source: Vegan Fire & Spice

8 oz. tempeh
3 TB olive oil
1 can cannellini beans (15 oz), drained & rinsed
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
10-12 fresh sage leaves
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp sage
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 TB tamari


1. Cube & steam tempeh; let cool & crumble.
2. In food processor place 2 TB oil, beans, broth, salt, pepper, & sage leaves. Puree until smooth.
3. Heat 1 TB oil in pan; add tempeh crumbles, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp sage, garlic, & tamari. Saute until browned.
4. Pour bean mixture into tempeh mixture; stir & heat through.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Jambalaya


Source: Vegan Fire & Spice

2 TB oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 green pepper, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 hot chiles, seeded & minced
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 tsp hot sauce
8 oz, seitan cut into cubes
1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained & rinsed
freshly cooked rice

1. Heat 1 TB oil in large skillet; saute onion, pepper, celery, garlic, & chiles. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add juice from tomatoes, thyme, salt, cayenne, & hot sauce. Stir in tomatoes & bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, & simmer 15 minutes.
2. Heat remaining 1 TB oil in skillet; saute seitan until browned; add to tomato mixture along with kidney beans. Simmer 10 minutes. Serve over rice.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Flat Belly Smoothie


Source: fitsugar.com
"The Greek yogurt in the recipe provides a good amount of calcium and protein, both of which can aid in weight loss. The smoothie also contains several ingredients — like blueberries — that have been shown to help diminish belly fat. If that's not enough, you also get the sweetness of pineapple, which contains an enzyme that helps ease digestion and banish bloat. You won't be able to taste the kale, which is full of fiber to prevent constipation, and there's calorie-free water to help clean you out."

1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1 TB almond butter
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup kale
3/4 cup water
1 tsp chia seeds (optional).

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth


Monday, August 25, 2014

Chocolate Raspberry Brownies


Source: bbcgoodfood.com

2 sticks butter, cut into chunks
7 oz. dark chocolate chips (a little less than 1 cup)
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 3/4 cups brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups raspberries

1. Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter in large saucepan; stir in chocolate until melted. Remove from heat & stir in brown sugar.
2. Lightly beat eggs 1 at a time, stirring into chocolate mixture 1 at a time.
3. Sift flour (in small batches) into mixture and stir.
4. Sift cocoa powder (in small batches) into mixture and stir until everything is well-blended.
5. Gently fold in 1 cup raspberries. Spread mixture into oiled 13 x 9 pan. Sprinkle remaining berries over mixture, gently pressing in.
6. Bake 30 minutes or until cooked in the middle. (will be a little gooey in the middle when done).

Indonesian Mixed Vegetable Platter with Peanut Sauce


Source: Vegetarian Times

1 TB oil
2 TB tamari
2 packs tempeh (8 oz. each)
2 cups diced red potatoes
1 cup cut green beans
2 cups cauliflower florets
3 Roma tomatoes, seeded & diced
1 cucumber, diced
1 cup mung bean sprouts

SAUCE:
3/4 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 TB lime juice
2 TB tamari
2 TB maple syrup
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp sriracha (plus more for serving)

1 package brown rice noodles (optional)
1/2 cup crushed peanuts to top (optional)

1. Cook optional brown rice noodles according to package directions; set aside.
2. Heat oil & 2 TB tamari in skillet; add tempeh & saute 3-5 minutes until golden & crisp on most sides. Transfer to bowl & set aside.
3. Place potatoes in pot with enough water to just cover them. Bring to boil & cook 15 minutes or until tender. Drain & transfer to bowl.
4. Steam green beans & cauliflower (place on separate sides of large pot) until crisp-tender. Remove from pot & arrange on a platter or in 2 separate bowls.
5. Place tomatoes, cucumber, & spouts on a platter or in separate bowls.
6. Meanwhile, make sauce: Whisk together all ingredients in small bowl.
7. Serve vegetables & tempeh over rice noodles if desired; top with peanut sauce & crushed peanuts.