Vegan Seitan “Chicken”Paprikash

Vegan “Chicken” Seitan Paprikash

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This is a stovetop version of my Grandmother’s traditional Hungarian dish that was one of my most favorites growing up. My grandma would cook whole chicken legs in white rice bathed in oil with onions and a ton of Hungarian paprika. My mom would kid that in order to make this properly, you need a full gallon of oil. If you are not interested in using a “fake” chicken product, or would like this dish to be gluten free, chickpeas replace the “chicken” in this dish remarkably well; it is equally delicious although not as familiar as what I grew up on.  Serve this with a huge side of SautĂ©ed Kale.

1 pound chicken style seitan, drained (Westsoy makes a chicken seitan) or make your own! Or 1 can or 1-1/2c chickpeas

1/2t pink Salt

1/2t black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, medium dice

4c Water

2T Hungarian paprika

1 1/2c white basmati or carolina rice

1 bouillon cube or replace the water with veggie broth

In a large heated pot, sautĂ© ÂŒ of the onion in 1 T of oil until golden and just brown. Add the “chicken” and sautĂ© until and heated through and it has a little bit of color on it- then remove it from the pan and set aside. In the same pan add the remaining onions and olive oil and sautĂ© for 6-8 minutes. Add in the paprika, salt, pepper and the bouillon cube and continue to sautĂ© until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the cooked rice and add back in the “chicken”, and add 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cook partially covered for an additional 30-40 minutes stirring minimally. Turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes undisturbed prior to serving.

I Totally Winged It Amazing Macaroni & Cheese with Broccoli

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Since opening the second studio- time has become even more precious and my commitment to eating beautiful foods has become even more a priority (NO MORE PALM OIL). I had a craving for Mac & Cheese and none of the ingredients that I had used to make the last recipe- I had no beans that were cooked in the house other than dal, no peppers, so I improvised with what I had- homemade hummus, and a beautiful local Butterkin Squash that I roasted. Instead of adding garlic and beans I added the hummus, I added my Fermented Hot Sauce instead of fresh red peppers. It came out spicy and perfectly paired with the sweetness of local broccoli. It was SO SO good- I made it after class and it literally took no more than the 15 minutes to boil the pasta before I was sitting down eating it. Hope you enjoy it!

I Totally Winged It Amazing Macaroni & Cheese with Broccoli

1c prepared hummus or chickpeas or white beans

3T fermented Hot Sauce or sriracha (spicy)

2T mellow white miso paste

2T cooked squash- Butternut, kobocha or other orange-fleshed squash

1/4c raw cashews

1/4c nutritional yeast

2T tapioca starch

2t agave or maple syrup

2t ume vinegar

1t brown rice vinegar

2t chipotle powder

2T extra virgin olive oil

1c to 1-1/2c water (depending upon desired thickness)

1/2t pink salt

1T coconut oil or vegan NO PALM oil Butter   *optional

2c-cooked broccoli, minced (see below- frozen broccoli would work well)

1 Pound of Gluten Free Pasta

6c water to boil

2t pink salt

Clean and trim the broccoli and keep in larger florets with stalks.

In a large pot, bring the water to a boil, add the salt, toss in the broccoli and cook just until tender and bright green- about 3-4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, sweep the broccoli out into a strainer and set aside to cool.

Add the pasta into the boiling water and cook until tender- 10-12 minutes or according to package.

While the pasta is cooking, when the broccoli is cool, using a sharp knife, mince the broccoli. Lightly salt and pepper and set aside.

Place all of ingredients except the tapioca starch and broccoli, into a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Taste it and adjust for saltiness and seasoning. Add in the tapioca starch and blend well.

Drain the pasta and set aside. In the same pot add the cheese sauce and stir over medium heat until it starts to thicken- about 2-3 minutes. Add in the pasta and continue to cook over medium heat for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the entire mixture is heated through. Add in the coconut oil or butter. Add in the broccoli and stir until well incorporated.

Serve immediately. YUM.

 

Iced Mocha Dandy

*dandy drinkMy sister Jill brings her Dandy Blend with her to Starbucks to make her hot and cold versions of this delicious coffee substitute…Me being me was like “I’m going to make it!” So I did…and it’s delicious!!!! Whether you drink coffee or not, this is just tasty AF. Serve warmed, hot, over ice or blended with ice to create a frozen Frosty style treat.

Iced Dandy Mocha

1T Dandy Blend or other coffee substitute

1T Raw Cacao Powder

1T Coconut Manna

1T Coconut Sugar or Date Sugar

3-4 Raw Cashews

1c water

2t Maca powder *optional (makes it malty yummy)

Pinch pink salt

Pinch vanilla

Place all ingredients in a blender and process till smooth and creamy. Serve over ice or blended with.

Ginger Turmeric Chai Spice Cashew Latte

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My sister Jill came for a visit and around 8pm she was like…”I want something hot, rich and creamy, frothy and yum like sweet steamed milk but vegan”…in about 30 seconds flat, we had this major revelation in a  mug….SO DELICIOUS….SO GOOD. I make this in my Vitamix and blend it for at least a couple of minutes giving it a nice heady froth. I haven’t missed coffee since! I actually woke up this morning and CHOSE this over my brew. SO spicy and warming- I love it. Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial super root so ya, this is for your health. 😉

1/4c cashews

1″piece of ginger

1 1/4c boiling water

1/4t turmeric powder

Pinch vanilla powder or 1/2t vanilla

1/2t cinnamon

Pinch chai spice *opt

Pinch pink salt

Pinch nutmeg

2t agave or maple syrup

Combine all ingredients into a blender and process until well combined and frothy- about 2 minutes. Top with more cinnamon and nutmeg.

*Caution: blending hot liquids can be extremely dangerous.

Roasted Kobocha Squash Soup

Any squash can be used for this delicious creamy, and simple soup. Kobocha squash has got such a lovely, sweet but not too sweet taste that pairs perfectly with ginger. I picked a beauty up at the local farmer’s market this past weekend and roasted it and have been putting it in to many meals since. As a time saver, the squash can be roasted in advance. If the squash is already roasted, this soup literally takes 8 minutes start to finish. The roasting step may even be omitted and the squash simply peeled, cubed, and cooked along with the other vegetables. Roasting draws out the most flavors and brings the sweetness of the squash to life, but it is not a necessity.

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Roasted Kobocha Squash Soup

Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2c roasted Kobocha squash*

1/4t chipotle powder *optional

1 fresh jalapeño or cherry bomb pepper, chopped

1t cinnamon

1/4t nutmeg

3T coconut oil

6c boiling water

1 vege bouillon

1t salt or to taste

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1/4-1/3c cashews

1″ piece of fresh ginger

1T raw agave

 

Bring 6c of water to a boil.

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Roasting the Squash: Clean the outer shell of the squash with cold water and pat it dry well with a dishtowel or paper cloth. With a sharp knife, split the squash down the middle, creating two halves. Seed the squash using a large spoon, scraping the stringy flesh and seeds from the center. With the cleaned halves, rub with oil and salt. Place face down on a cookie sheet or roasting dish and place in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the flesh of the squash is tender, yielding to the touch. Let cool. When cool enough to handle, scoop out the roasted squash.Place the cashews, ginger, agave and fresh hot pepper in a blender and set aside.

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In a large soup pot, add the oil and sauté the onions and garlic until golden and soft and aromatic. Add the yellow squash, the boullion (or powder) and the salt. Continue to sauté until the squash softens and turns bright yellow- about 3-4 minutes.  Add the boiling water to cover. Bring to a rapid boil and reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 more minutes.

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In batches, in a blender or vitamix*, transfer the soup pot contents into the blender and puree the soup with the contents in the blender. Adjust the seasonings if needed.

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

Simple Broccoli with Lemon

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This is one of those dishes that I forget how easily simple fresh ingredients can be elevated to extraordinary with almost no work. Did you know broccoli is filled with protein, 11 grams for every 100 calories? This was my Nana’s recipe, who cooked her broccoli way too long (but was still delicious), then my Momma’s recipe, who cooked her broccoli just right, then leveled up by using all organic and local ingredients to hit this side dish/snack/salad/meal/accompaniment out of the park.

Simple Broccoli with Lemon

1 bunch broccoli, washed, trimmed, and sliced long into spears

1 lemon, juiced

2-3T extra virgin olive oil

1/4t pink salt

1/4t fresh cracked black pepper

1/2c water

bowl of ice water *optional

In a large pot, heat up the water until boiling. Add the broccoli and steam for 3-4 minutes or until bright green and tender.

Drain the broccoli, reserving the cooking liquid for veggie stock.

To stop the cooking, plunge the steamed broccoli spears into the ice bath and strain the excess water in the sink.

In a bowl, add the bright green broccoli and gently toss the floret spears with the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. The acid from the lemon will discolor the broccoli a little bit but be assured, it is filled with vital nutrients and crispness.

Serve either warm or cold- both are delicious.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies 2015

Gluten free cinnamon oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies 2015

YUM.

I processed my chocolate chips so that they were in smaller pieces- totally not necessary. I also made these in a larger size cookie than I usually do, I mean seriously, let’s just get real….makes it easier than having to get up go back and back and back for another cookie…am I right?

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies 2015

makes 12 large cookies or 24 small

1c all purpose GF flour

3/4 rolled oats- to be buzzed

3/4 rolled oats
3/4c raisins
1/2c chocolate chips
1/2t baking powder

1/2t baking soda

1/2t cinnamon

1/4t nutmeg
1/2t salt
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1/2c +2T maple syrup
1/4c +2T coconut oil, melted, cooled

1t vanilla

Preheat oven to 350Âș

Process the oats in a food processor until they are the consistency of coarse flour.

In a small bowl, mix all of the wet ingredients together, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla.

In a separate, larger bowl, place all of the dry ingredients; rolled oats, buzzed oats, raisins, and the chocolate chips. In the same bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Sifting isn’t absolutely necessary but it insures there won’t be clumps of flour or worse, chunks of salt, in the batter.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and with a spatula mix until everything is well incorporated.

Using a 2-ounce ice cream scoop or two spoons, scoop out a generous heaping tablespoon of batter onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Scoop or spoon out onto baking sheet with space in between. Gently flatten out each cookie with the bottom of a dry measure or glass.
Bake for 10 minutes. Turn the pan (s) and continue to bake for another 6 minutes or until crisped around the edges.  Let cool for at 2-3 minutes on the pan and then remove them to a cooling rack.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

They are delicious both cold and room temperature,

AMAZING Gluten-Free Pasta Summer Salad

*gluten free pasta salad

You can use all of the vegetables you love in this amazing pasta dish- edamame instead of chickpeas, more or less of your faves but this is a WINNER- PERFECT for pot lucks and summer gatherings.

AMAZING Gluten-Free Pasta Summer Salad

œ red bell pepper, small dice

œ green bell pepper, small dice

1 carrot, small dice

œ small red onion, small dice

1 stalk celery, small dice

1c cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained

3c uncooked pasta, fusilli (or another desired shape)- I use Bionaturae and LOVE it

1T sweetener (raw agave, raw honey, maple)

1T apple cider vinegar

1c vegan mayo

1/4c fresh lemon juice

2T extra virgin olive oil

1t pink salt

1/4t fresh black pepper

Cook the pasta according to directions, drain and let stand until cool but warm.

In a large bowl, mix all of the veggies with the other dressing ingredients and toss well. This mix should be well seasoned before adding the cooked pasta- if not adjust for saltiness, sweetness as desired.

Add the pasta and with a large spoon, mix well until all of the pasta is well incorporated into the vegetable dressing. Allow to stand on the counter for at least 30 minutes- I am not sure why, but this prevents the Gluten-Free pasta from getting hard when it is refrigerated! You can enjoy this at room temperature or cold. FRICKEN delicious.

Divine Peppermint Love Smoothie

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I was trying out a new vegan protein powder so I wanted to make it simple enough that I could actually get a sense of the taste of the powder- WELL….this smoothie came out SHOCKINGLY, AMAZINGLY delicious…like…REALLLLY delicious…divine actually. I used my DoTerra Peppermint essential oil and holy wow…the health benefits of peppermint are many, find out more here—-> ❀

Divine Peppermint Love Smoothie

1c nut/seed milk ( I used a mix of cashew & Hemp for my milk base)

1T hemp seed

1T chia seeds

1t raw agave or raw local honey

2T Coconut Manna

3 drops peppermint essential oil

1 generous handful of fresh spinach

1t vanilla

1T coconut oil

1 scoop protein powder

pinch 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.

Ellen’s Vegan Chicken & Rice

Ellen's Vegan Chicken & Rice

Ellen’s Vegan Chicken & Rice

I was watching a cooking show on traditional southern cooking and was inspired to make this simple, loving, nourishing porridge style comfort food- completely gluten & cruelty free 😉

Wheat-free, Gluten-Free

1-1/2c white basmati rice or long grain

1 medium onion, minced

1/2t turmeric (fresh or dried)

4.5oz of Beyond Meat Chicken Strips (1/2 a package), room temperature, thinly sliced

2 vegetable bouillon cubes

1/2t black pepper

1t-pink salt

1t-smoked salt

1t chipotle powder *optional

1/4c extra virgin olive oil

6c boiling water

1t salt or to taste

Bring 6-8c of water to a boil.

In a large soup pot, add Âœ of the olive oil and sautĂ© Âœ of the onions, until golden and soft. Add the sliced vegan chicken and sautĂ© over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until it shows signs of crisping and the onions caramelize and darken. Remove from the pot to a dish, cover with a plate or lid and set aside.

In the same pot, add the remaining olive oil and onions, salts and peppers and sauté just until the onions are golden and aromatic. Add in the hot water and the vegetable bouillon. Stir in the uncooked rice. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally adding additional water if needed. In the last 5 minutes of cooking add back in the cooked chicken.

Adjust the seasonings before serving. If there is excess water, cover the pot to allow it to be absorbed. Serve on its own or with a side of fresh, steamed or sautéed greens.