Gluten Free Nut Loaf

*gluten free nut loaf

This was DELICIOUS with the Basic Mushroom Gravy and some Smashed Potatoes. Would be equally delicious as a sandwich filling if there is any left over!

Gluten Free Nut Loaf

1c-cooked lentils or smashed chickpeas

1c pecans- to be ground

1 1/2c cooked brown rice

4-5 slices Gluten Free toast-completely cooled, to be made into breadcrumbs

or 1-1/2c loosely packed GF breadcrumbs

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

1 medium onion, minced

1/4c nutritional yeast

1/4c ketchup

2T extra virgin olive oil

1/2c walnuts, chopped *opt

1/8t-1/4t-cayenne pepper or chipotle powder (I LOVE Chipotle Powder)

1/4t ground black pepper

1/2t salt

Up to 1/4c water

Topping:

3T ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a food processor, process the pecans- set aside.

In the same processor, process the bread into breadcrumbs…do not over process!

In a large bowl, combine the lentils or chickpeas, rice, breadcrumbs, onions, nutritional yeast, ketchup, oil, nuts*, salt, red and black pepper. Mix with a wooden spoon or clean hands until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Pour out the mixture into a lightly oiled loaf pan. With the back of a wooden spoon, fill out the pan. Top the loaf with the remaining ketchup.

Cover with foil and bake for 35-45 minutes.

Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Serve with smashed potatoes and sautéed greens; broccoli or kale.

Tofu Spinach Scramble

*tofu spinach scramble

Tofu Spinach Scramble

1/2 package (8oz) firm tofu, crumbled by hand

3t xvo

¬Ĺ medium onion, diced

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

1/4t dried turmeric

1/2t salt

1/2t ground chipotle powder

1/4t black pepper

3T nutritional yeast

3T water

¬ľ pound of baby spinach

¬ľ fresh red pepper, small dice

In a heated skillet or fry pan over medium high heat, heat up 1T  olive oil and add the garlic and sauté the spinach just until wilted. Remove from the pan, chop finer if desired and set aside.

In the same pan, add 2T olive oil and sauté onion, turmeric, Chipotle powder, salt, black and red pepper until aromatic and golden. Add the tofu and sauté over medium high heat, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes, coating the tofu with the spices. Stir in the nutritional yeast. Toss the cooked spinach back into the tofu. Season to taste before serving.

BREAKFAST BURRITO

Heat up a tortilla directly over a flame or on the electric burner- 15 seconds each side. Place the heated tortilla on a plate. On the lower third of the tortilla, spoon in a 1/2c of the tofu scramble, leaving about a ¬Ĺ inch to an inch, free of filling. You can add slices of vegan cheese on top of the tofu if you wish. Now roll up the bottom, and then fold over the right and left sides of the tortilla. Roll the whole tortilla, creating a pocket of tofu scramble. Serve with hot sauce.

TEX-MEX SCRAMBLE

Add ¬Ĺ diced green bell pepper and ¬Ĺ diced tomato before adding the tofu + 1t chili powder for a delicious TEX-MEX scramble.

 PROTEIN SCRAMBLE

Add 1/2c cooked quinoa and 1 carrot grated for a delicious complete protein start

 BUON GIORNO SCRAMBLE

Add ¬Ĺ diced tomato, 2 cloves minced garlic, and 3T fresh chopped basil for Italian tofu scramble that is DELICIOUS!

Fusili with Broccoli & Garlic

*broccoli and garlic pasta

Pasta With Broccoli & Garlic

 1 head broccoli, washed, cut, trimmed into bite size pieces

1/4c fresh parsley/ basil *optional

1/4c +1 T XVO

1T vegan butter

2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced

¬ľ fresh chili pepper, minced or pinch red pepper flakes

1/2t pink salt

1/4t fresh ground black pepper

1 pound of preferred pasta- I use Gluten Free.

In a large heated frying pan over medium heat, add the 2T of olive oil, hot pepper and 1/2 of the garlic and sauté just until golden, not browned. Add the broccoli and toss in the pan until well incorporated and turns bright green and tender- about 5-10 minutes- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside off heat.

In the same pan, add the remaining olive oil, remaining garlic and sauté just until golden. Add the cooked pasta and season with salt and pepper. Add the cooked broccoli back in and toss in the butter.

Chop up the fresh parsley or basil just before serving and toss into the mix.

Serve immediately topped with vegan parmigiana or nutritional yeast.

FRICKEN DELICIOUS.

Spicy Sesame Tofu

*Spicy Sesame Tofu       

I didn’t even press the tofu- which lends for a firmer texture, and it came out awesome. Fresh ginger would be and is AMAZING in this, I just didn’t have any in the house. I ate this with a big bowl of Saut√©ed Kale and Sprouted Quinoa, and my homemade Siracha Sauce. FRICKEN DELICIOUS.

        Spicy Sesame Tofu            

1-pound firm tofu, cut into cubes

2T extra virgin olive oil

1T tamari or shoyu

2t agave or maple syrup

¬Ĺ of one fresh hot pepper or 1/2t hot pepper flakes

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

2T nutritional yeast

1t hot sesame oil

1/4t pink salt

2T un-hulled sesame seeds

*fresh ginger

In a large skillet or frying pan, heat up the oil and add the garlic, hot pepper and sesame seeds and sauté just until barely golden. Add in the tofu and pan fry over medium high heat, tossing often to brown all sides- about 6 minutes. Add in the tamari or shoyu and coat the tofu well by tossing the tofu around the hot pan- almost until the tofu appears dry. Add in the sweetener and the hot sesame oil and continue to toss. In the last moments of cooking, add in the nutritional yeast and coat the tofu. Serve hot or cold.

*Fresh ginger is AMAZING in this. Add in 1‚ÄĚ piece- grated when saut√©ing the garlic.

*dragon bowl

Cauliflower, Tomato & Potato Fall Vegetable Soup

*Fall Cauliflower, Tomato & Potato Vegetable Soup

Everything was from my garden in Vermont or from the Greenfield Farmer’s Market….super delicious broth. You can make this more substantial by adding Gluten Free Pasta (or regular) and/or add a bean of your choosing, like chickpeas, pinto or kidney beans.

Cauliflower, Tomato & Potato Fall Vegetable Soup

  • Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free¬†

1 thin skinned potato, washed and medium diced

1 small onion, coarsely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2c fresh corn niblets

1 medium tomato, diced

2c cauliflower florets

2c greens; spinach, kale or collards

1/4t black pepper

1 small fresh hot pepper or 1/2t cayenne pepper flakes

1 vegetable bouillon cube (or 1T veggie broth powder)

3T xvo

4c boiling water

1t salt or to taste

Bring 6c of water to a boil, in case you need more.

In a large soup pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic until golden and soft. Add the tomatoes, potatoes, salt, black and red pepper. Continue to sauté until the veggies turn bright, stirring often. Add the boiling water, the bouillon cube (or powder). Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the fresh corn, cauliflower and greens. Adjust the seasonings before serving. Serve with crusty bread or add GF pasta or grains of your choosing.

Tempeh 1/4 Pounder (Faux Chicken Sandwich)

*tempeh 1:4 pounder

Tempeh ¬ľ Pounder

Does this satisfy a craving or what? It is absolutely one of the best vegan burgers I have ever had. Simmering the tempeh in broth prior to pan frying “opens up” the tempeh and also softens it, allowing for a ton of flavor to be added into the burger. I dredged mine in a cornmeal coating prior to pan frying giving it more texture and depth as a whole inside the sandwich. Absolutely delicious.

Wheat-free, can be made Gluten-free by using GF bread or rolls

Makes 2 sandwiches¬†(¬Ĺ the recipe for one serving)

          1 block of tempeh (4oz each portion)

1 vegetable “chicken” bouillon or 2c vegetable broth

1 tomato, sliced thin

¬ľ of a small red onion, sliced, thin

yellow mustard

 veganaise

vegan cheese *optional

4 leaves, green leaf lettuce

 prepared ketchup

2 rolls, buns, slices of bread of choice (wheat-free or gluten-free)

Prepare the tempeh:

Cut the tempeh in half. In about 2 cups of water or veggie broth, in a small pot, bring the tempeh and 1 veggie boullion (or broth) to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Let steep for another 10 minutes covered, allowing the tempeh to soak up the flavor of the broth.

*EXTRA STEP optional…Coating the tempeh

The coating makes for more of like a chicken sandwich style burger, like a breaded cutlet- SUPER YUM…..

2T cornmeal

1T nutritional yeast

1/4t salt

1/4t ground black pepper

Pinch ground cayenne pepper

1/4t chipotle powder

Olive or Grape seed oil for pan-frying

Salt and pepper to taste

In a toaster, place either the sliced bread or rolls in and toast.

Preheat a large sauté pan or skillet, over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Place the tempeh halves in and reduce the heat to low. (*if corn crusting, remove the from the broth and dredge them directly into the cornmeal coating then proceed to the next step.) Pan fry covered 2-3 minutes on each side. If using vegan cheese, after the tempeh has been flipped once, places the slices of vegan cheese on top, 1oz each return the top and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.

When the bread is toasted, spread veganaise, mustard, slices of tomato and red onion and top it with a couple of leaves of lettuce. On the other pieces of bread or roll (the other side of the sandwich), put the ketchup.

Place the cooked ‚Äúpatty‚ÄĚ on top of the lettuce, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover it with the twin bread or roll with ketchup. Serve with a fermented dill pickle and a side of booch.

*tempeh 1:4 pounder close up

Curried Ginger Squash Soup

*curried squash soup

Curried Ginger Squash Soup

1 small onion, minced

2T olive oil

2c sweet squash, roasted or steamed- cooked

2T maple syrup, agave, sucanat

2t curry powder

1/4t turmeric

4c hot water or veggie broth

1 veggie bouillon

3t fresh ginger, grated

1/4t cayenne or fresh hot pepper

1/4t salt

3/4c cashew milk *opt

Bring 4c of water to a boil.

In a large soup pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions with the sweetener until golden and soft. Add the cooked squash, ginger, curry powder, turmeric, salt, black and red pepper. Continue to sauté until the squash, onions, and spices meld, stirring often. Add the boiling water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

In batches, in a blender or vitamix*, puree the soup with the cashew milk. At this point, the soup is delicious without the cashew milk but the crème can be added to create a wonderfully elegant soup. Adjust the seasonings again after adding the crème.

*Caution: blending hot liquids can be extremely dangerous. Fill the blender only half way and proceed in batches if necessary.

Chocolate-Chocolate Cake With Cacao-Hazelnut Buttercream Frosting

*chocolatechocolatecake

This is a recipe based off of a Simple Treats Chocolate Cake. This cake has a delicious rich chocolatey taste, made with whole grain barley flour and no wheat. The recipe is super straight forward and amazing with this vegan Buttercream Frosting. I used cocoa powder for the cake and RAW cacao powder for the frosting- who says sugar can’t have a superfood kick to it. Let the cake cool entirely before frosting it with room temperature buttercream. You can also make the cake a day in advance and place it in the fridge or freezer ¬†until you are ready for frosting.

Chocolate-Chocolate Cake

Dry:

1-1/2c barley flour

1/2c cocoa powder

1/2c coconut sugar (palm sugar) maple sugar or sucanat

1t baking soda

1t baking powder

1/2t salt

Wet:

1/4c canola oil

1/4c maple syrup

1/2c cashew nut milk

1T vanilla

1t chocolate extract

1t apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Sift all of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, except for the sugar.

Combine all of the wet ingredients in a small bowl.

Mix the wet into the dry and pour into a well-oiled pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Rotate the pan and continue to bake for another 10-12 minutes. Cake is done when a knife or cake tester comes out clean from the middle.

Cacao Hazlenut ButterCream Frosting

3/4 c vegan butter

3/4c vegan shortening

1/2c cacao OR cocoa powder

2-1/2c powdered sugar

1t vanilla extract

1t hazelnut extract

1t chocolate extract

1T cashew nut milk

In a medium-large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, or by hand if you are ambitious, cream the powdered sugar with the vegan shortening until mixture is thick, fluffy and well combined. Add the cashew nut milk, cocoa powder and the flavorings, and continue to mix until smooth.

Fresh Thai Basil Peanut Rolls with Sweet Hot Chili Lime Dipping Sauce

Thai Basil Peanut Fresh RollsThese really are not difficult to make, they are definitely more time consuming than throwing pasta in a pot of boiling water, but they are so worth it. They are more of an “occasion” meal or made per a craving request. I was definitely craving them, so I made them for myself after yoga this morning. After already having made the Thai Basil Pesto with the Thai basil out of my garden, half the work was already done and in the fridge! I made a Peanut Sauce earlier today, which takes no more than 5 minutes so the rest of the prep is all about getting the components gathered and ready for you to roll (hehehe). What you put inside the rolls is really personal preference; my standard go to’s are:

  • grilled or smoked tofu, sliced into thin strips
  • red peppers, sliced into thin strips
  • rice vermicelli or glass noodles, cooked and drained
  • hoisin sauce or pesto and or peanut sauce- I use both!
  • fresh cilantro, fresh basil, fresh mint
  • fresh lettuce
  • crushed roasted peanuts

I use the water that I boil the noodles in to soften the rice wrappers. You can purchase the wrappers in almost every main stream market now a days, or in asian specialty stores, they are also easily found online at specialty markets.

On a clean surface or cutting board, lay your dampened rice wrapper, making sure there are no hard edges, if there are, try to moisten them with the heated water. Now you are ready to fill- my rhythm is as such:

  • lay down about one 2 teaspoons of pesto
  • then plenty of fresh herbs next to the sauce, above or below ¬†(they look pretty showing through the transparent skin when fully rolled)
  • then lettuce
  • then tofu stacked on the lettuce
  • then peppers stacked
  • then peanut sauce gets spooned over
  • then crushed peanuts

Roll from the bottom edge up towards the top to encase the tower of yum. Fold in the sides, the rice wrapper will help you by sticking in place. Once both sides are folded in, roll up to the top to close the package. They don’t keep well, the wrapper tends to stiffen overnight, thus lending ¬†to their name,¬†fresh rolls. Dip into both the peanut sauce and the sweet chili lime sauce. FRICKEN YUM.

*sweet chili dipping sauce

Sweet Chili Lime Dipping Sauce

3T raw agave, or local raw honey

2T apple cider vinegar

1T lime juice

1/2t pink salt

1t red chili flakes

Vegan Fresh Rolls

Peanut Butter Maca Chocolate Chip Power Smoothie

*Peanut Butter Maca Chocolate Chip Power Smoothie

Fricken CRAZY delicious.

I use Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Vanilla Protein in my shakes.

1c nut milk
2T cacao nibs
1T raw agave or raw local honey
2T peanut butter
1t vanilla
1scoop protein powder
2t Maca powder
1T chia seeds
1T hemp seeds
pinch Himalayan sea salt

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1c ice
blend all ingredients together except the ice and process until smooth- taste and adjust if needed
add the ice and blend just until smooth.