Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Black Bean Hummus

16 oz. black beans, cooked or canned
1 Tbsp. tahini
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lime, juiced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
salt {and pepper}
1 tsp. cumin, ground

In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Allow to bring to room temperature before serving.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Tofu Walnut Burgers

Sometimes it is difficult to find a tasty gluten-free and vegan burger patty.  I'm always on the look-out for a great recipe in this category.  I think this recipe is a keeper.  We had these for lunch today and they were delicious!  The original recipe called for bread crumbs instead of the Rice Chex I used, and if you have gluten-free bread crumbs, they could be substituted.  You can also use your favorite gluten-free flour or egg replacer as a substitute for the gar/fava or soy flour if you'd like.  Enjoy!

Tofu Walnut Burgers

1/2 pound tofu, extra firm
1 cup oatmeal, uncooked (gluten free)
1 cup Rice Chex (gluten free)
1/3 cup gar/fava or soy flour
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons Bill's Best Chicknish'
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon mineral salt
1 teaspoon sage
1 cup water, more if necessary

Rinse and drain tofu.  Crumble with hands into a bowl.  Add oatmeal, crushed Rice Chex, and gar/fava or soy flour.  Stir well, then add finely chopped onion, walnuts, and seasonings.  After well-blended, add water and stir gently.  Allow mixture to sit for a few minutes so water can absorb.  If mixture is dry, add a little more water so that a consistency suitable for molding into patties is obtained.  Be careful not to make the mixture too wet.  Form into burger patties and place on a baking stone and bake in a 350 degree oven until baked for twenty minutes, then turned and browned ten minutes more.  Or fry slowly in coconut or olive oil until patties are a golden brown.

This recipe can be made into meat balls as well.  Serve with gravy, pasta and sauce, or in a burger bun for a delicious sandwich.

Makes 16 burgers (or 24 small patties).

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Zucchini with Linguine

4 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large zucchini, diced*
2 tsp. garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
12 oz. linguine pasta, gluten free if necessary (Tinkyada brand)
1 cup soymilk, unsweetened
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
4 - 6 Tbsp. [vegan] Parmesan cheese*

Prepare the pasta according to package instructions. Drain when tender and set aside.

Saute' zucchini in olive oil until tender. Add salt and red pepper flakes. When zucchini is soft, add soymilk. Simmer until milk is reduce by about half.

Stir in chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese substitute. Add linguine and stir until mixed.

Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Delicious!

*I used a golden zucchini and left the peelings on because they were tender.

Flax Crackers

I just made these and they are too good not to share! A tasty way to get your fiber. 

2 cups flax seeds, ground
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup water (hot water makes rolling very easy)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Mix until well blended. Divide dough in half. Roll each half on a baking stone. Score into diamonds or squares. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 -18 minutes.

*I use a pizza cutter to score (cut) into crackers. No need to separate them on the baking stone.

*Alter flavorings as desired: 1 Tbsp. garlic powder; or stevia for sweetening; or 1 tsp. of your favorite dried herb.

*Golden flax seeds seems to tolerate longer baking times than regular brown ones. If you like crispy crackers, bake longer, but keep track of them as they bake.

A non-grain cracker that is a friendly gluten-free option to a traditional cracker.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Sally's Gingery Soy Curl and Noodle Soup

3 oz. (gluten free) noodles, dried
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 yellow onion, large, chopped
1 Tbsp. ginger, fresh, minced
1 carrot, peeled, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups water
4 Tbsp. Bill’s Best Chicknish’
2 Tbsp. tamari
1 cup Soy Curls, rehydrated
1 cup lima beans (or edamame)
1 cup soy milk, plain
¼ cup cilantro, fresh, chopped

Cook noodles in water until tender (about 5 - 8 minutes). Drain and set aside.

In a saucepan, heat olive oil. Add onion and cook until tender and translucent. Add the ginger and carrot. Saute for 1 minute. Add the garlic and saute’ for 30 seconds more (do not allow to brown). Add the stock and tamari and bring to a boil. Add the Soy Curls and lima beans (edamame) and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the lima beans (edamame) is tender; about 4 minutes. Add the cooked noodles and soy milk. Cook until heated through. Do not let boil.

Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Ladle into warmed, individual bowls and serve immediately.

Serves 8

Monday, December 31, 2012

Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

1/2 pound black-eyed peas, soaked
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. water
oil for frying
lime juice to taste

When the peas have softened from soaking, rub off skins. Soak for 30 minutes more. Drain and rinse. 

In a food processor, process peas, garlic, and salt. Add water while continuing to process. Add enough water to get a smooth, thick puree.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. 

In a large skillet, heat 2 - 3 inches of oil and fry 1 Tbsp. of batter until it is golden brown. Repeat until all te batter has been fried. Place each batch in oven to keep hot.

Serve piping hot and sprinkled with salt and lime juice.

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Way of Life

"To make bread or love, to dig in the earth, to feed an animal or cook for a stranger; these activities require no extensive commentary, no lucid theology. All they require is someone willing to bend, reach, chop, stir. Most of these tasks are so full of pleasure that there is no need to complicate things by calling them holy. And yet these are the same activities that change lives, sometimes all at once and sometimes more slowly, the way dripping water changes stone. In a world where faith is often construed as a way of thinking, bodily practices remind the willing that faith is a way of life"

Barbara Brown Taylor

*Gluten-free Parkerhouse Rolls in the making.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Veggie Meatballs in BBQ Sauce

Veggie Meatballs in BBQ Sauce

2 - 3 cups textured vegetable protein* OR Soy Curls
4 cups water
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup oats, certified gluten-free
Generous dash of cayenne pepper
Juice of one lemon
2 Tbsp. flour (garbanzo/fava is my gluten free favorite)
1/2 cup pecan meal
2 Tbsp. tamari, wheat free
3 cloves garlic, crushed OR 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 Tbsp. chicken-style seasoning (McKay's or Bill's Best Chicknish)
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs, gluten free**
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped

In a saucepan, soak textured vegetable protein (or soy curls) in water to rehydrate. Add oats. Cook over medium heat until mixture reaches a slow simmer. Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients. 

Prepare a large casserole dish or baking sheet with non-stick spray. Using a cookie scoop, portion small rounds of mixture onto casserole dish or baking sheet. Mixture should be firm enough that the mixture stays in a ball rather than flattening out when placed on baking pan. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 - 60 minutes. Makes about 75 meatballs.

BBQ Sauce

1 1/2 cups fresh tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1/4 cup molasses
1 Tbsp. honey
4 tsp. tamari, wheat free
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. liquid smoke

Place all ingredients in saucepan and stir well. After combining, cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a simmer.

Before serving, pour warmed BBQ sauce over the meatballs (hot out of the oven). 


*Textured Vegetable Protein is sometimes called TVP. It can be a gluten or  soy product. The soy version is readily available and is available for gluten-free vegetarians. It's called either TVP or TSP.  The light colored (chicken style) TVP generally does not contain gluten, but the dark (beef style) always does. Soy Curls can be used instead. They are a dehydrated soybean and work very well in this recipe. 

**Bread Crumbs: I used a store-bought, whole grain, gluten-free bread from Costco called Silver Hills brand.

Holiday Green Salad with Raspberry Lemon Dressing

Holiday Green Salad with Raspberry Lemon Dressing

1 lb. red and green artisan lettuces, torn into 1" pieces
1 medium green apple, peeled and diced
1 avocado, diced into 1" cubes
1 Tbsp. dried cranberries
2/3 cup corn kernels, defrosted

Prepare ingredients and toss together in a serving bowl.

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Raspberry Lemon Dressing

1 small package raspberries
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup raspberry apple juice, concentrated OR raspberry white grape juice concentrate
1 to 2 packets stevia
1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh
3 Tbsp. black cherry fruit spread, fruit juice sweetened
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard OR 1 Tbsp. mustard powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. poppy seeds

Place all ingredients except poppy seeds in a blender. Whiz until well blended. Pour into serving pitcher and stir in poppy seeds.

Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Artichoke and Spinach Dip

1 - 8 oz. container Tofutti cream cheese (soy) OR dairy cream cheese
1 - 14 oz. jar artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed
1/4 cup Veganaise (or mayonnaise)
1/4 parmesan cheese (vegan version is made from chopped almonds and nutritional yeast)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together until creamy. Serve on toast points or in a hollowed out bread bowl.

Chocolate Pumpkin Torte

A torte is a rich, multi-layered cake that contains a filling of whipped cream, jam, mousse, jams, or fruits. Sometimes they are iced or glazed. Other times they are served with whipped topping mounded on the top. 

Chocolate Pumpkin Torte

1 3/4 cup flour (may be a gluten-free flour blend of choice)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder*
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 1/3 cup coconut milk
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 - 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 Tbsp. flax seed
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 Tbsp. vanilla
Non-dairy whipped topping

Sift dry ingredients together in large bowl. In another bowl, mix together liquid ingredients. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. Place batter into a prepared, oblong cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes. Test for doneness. Remove from oven and cool. Then slice in 1/2 lengthwise. Place whipped topping between layers. Add a dollop of whipped topping to the top of each slice when serving. Garnish with mint leaves and fresh raspberries or other fruit.

*carob powder may be used instead of cocoa.

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

2 cups flour*
1 cup pecan meal
1 cup sugar
1 cup coconut, shredded
1/2 cup oil
2/3 cup water
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. almond flour
strawberry jam, fruit sweetened

Mix all ingredients except strawberry jam together in a mixing bowl. Adjust water amount, adding more if the dough is too dry to form into small balls.

Form dough into small balls and place on prepared baking stone or cookie sheet. Use thumb to form a hole in the center of each cookie. Fill with strawberry jam.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes.

*your favorite gluten-free flour or flour blend will work great.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Coconut Cream Pie

Here's one of my favorite "easy" dessert recipes that.  It says to pour it into a pie crust or graham cracker crust, but if you don't have time --- it makes a great custard pudding as well.  Simple and delicious!

Coconut Cream Pie

3 1/2 cup vanilla flavored rice milk*
1/2 cup honey (or alternative liquid sweetener)
6 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 cups coconut, unsweetened**
2 Tbsp. coconut extract

Save 1/2 cup of the rice milk to use with the cornstarch for thickening.  Bring the remaining ingredients to a slow boil and then add the cornstarch/milk mixture.  Stir constantly until a rolling boil
is achieved.  Remove from heat.  Pour into a baked graham cracker crust or pie shell.  Cool completely, then serve and enjoy.

* soymilk will work fine; if using unflavored, add a 1/2 tsp. of vanilla flavoring
**sweetened coconut will work as well
***for gluten-free option, use gluten free pie crust

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Carrottes au Cumin

Carottes au Cumin

Makes 8 servings.

1 Tbsp. olive or garlic oil
Salt to taste
1 tsp. cumin seed, ground*
3 lbs. carrots, peeled and chopped into coins
3 cloves garlic, chopped

In a large skillet, saute chopped carrots in oil for 15 minutes. Salt to taste. 
Add garlic and cumin. Add a little water and cover. 
Cook over low heat for 45 minutes. 
Stir frequently so carrots do not burn. Serve hot.

*grind cumin seed with mortar and pestle or in a small coffee grinder

French origin.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Doubly Delicious Nougat Bars

Doubly Delicious Nougat Bars

4 Tbsp. peanut butter
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup coconut
3 cups millet, cooked
4 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (or nuts)
1/2 cup brown rice syrup

Mix all ingredients together. Form into small balls. Chill until ready to serve. Roll nougats in cocoa powder, fine coconut, or powdered sugar if desired.

Elegant Chestnut Soup

Elegant Chestnut Soup
Makes 4 servings

3 cups water chestnuts, roasted and peeled
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
2 1/4 cups water
1 tsp. tamari
1 dash nutmeg, optional
1 Tbsp. oil
1/4 cup celery, chopped
3/4 cup apple juice
1 vegetable bouillon cube, broth OR 1 tsp. chicken-style seasoning

To roast chestnuts: Choose fresh, firm, unwrinkled chestnuts with no signs of mold. On the flat side of each chestnut, make two cuts with a small, sharp knife from one end to the other, making an X. Place the chestnuts, cut side up, on a low baking sheet with a thin layer of water on the bottom. Bake the chestnuts for 20 - 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. until browned and the cuts peel back naturally from the heat. Test one chestnut to check is the "meat" is tender. When tender, remove from oven. Cool only slightly, then peel and enjoy or use in recipes. Some people like to boil the cut chestnuts for easier peeling. 

Prepare chestnuts. Peel off the outer shell and the fuzzy skin before using the inner chestnut meat.

Heat the oil until hot and saute the onion until semi-tender. Add the celery and saute until both are very tender. Blend the water and apple juice with the chestnuts and all the remaining ingredients.* Simmer everything on low to medium heat (do NOT boil) for about 15 - 20 minutes or until hot throughout and the flavors mingle. Enjoy this rich and tantalizing soup with extra chopped or ground nuts as garnish.

Keeps 4 - 6 days refrigerated.

Variations:  Double the vegetable broth and omit tamari if desired. Apple juice can be replaced with 1/2 cup applesauce and an additional 1/4 cup of water.

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