August 17, 2020

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Corn & "Crab" Dumplings

INGREDIENTS

  1. 2 scallions
  2. 1 ear of corn
  3. 14 oz hearts of palm
  4. 1 garlic clove
  5. 2 tbsp vegan cream cheese
  6. ½ tsp paprika
  7. 1/4 tsp salt
  8. a few grinds black pepper
  9. 14 dumpling wrappers
  10. sweet chile sauce for dipping
  11. 2 tbsp avocado oil
Prepare the produce

Thinly slice the scallions. Cut corn kernels off of the cob. Drain hearts of palm and roughly chop ½ cup. Reserve the remaining hearts of palm for your own use. Peel and mince the garlic.

Make the dumpling filling

Add the cream cheese, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper to a large bowl and use a fork to combine. Add ¼ cup sliced scallion, corn, and chopped hearts of palm. Mix the corn and crab dumpling filling. Taste, and add salt as necessary.

Fill the dumplings

Lay the dumpling wrappers on a flat surface. Fill a small bowl with cold water. Place 1 tbsp corn and crab dumpling filling in the center of each wrapper. Use a finger dipped in water to wet wrapper edges. Fold wrapper over filling and press down to seal, pinching tightly. Repeat for remaining wrappers.

Sear the dumplings

Heat 2 tbsp avocado oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add corn and crab dumplings and cook until browned and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add ⅓ cup water, reduce heat to medium, and cover. Steam dumplings until water evaporates, 3 to 4 minutes. 

Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with remaining scallions. Serve with sweet chile dipping sauce. enjoy

August 05, 2020

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Elote Bowls with Lime Chickpeas & Black Quinoa

INGREDIENTS

  1. ¾ cup black quinoa
  2. 1 can chickpeas
  3. 1 lime
  4. 4 ears of corn
  5. 2 radishes
  6. ¼ oz fresh cilantro
  7. 1 jalapeño
  8. 2 tbsp  Dairy-Free Cashewmilk Yogurt
  9. 2 tbsp  Vegenaise
  10. ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  11. 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  12. handful of cherry tomatoes
  13. 2 TBSP olive oil
  14. Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Cook the quinoa

Add the black quinoa, 1¼ cups  water, and a pinch of salt to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until water is absorbed and grains are tender, 17 to 20 minutes.

Prepare the produce

Drain and rinse the chickpeas and pat dry with a papertowel. Zest and juice the lime. Remove corn husks and cut kernels off the cob. Thinly slice radishes. Roughly chop cilantro. Trim and mince the jalapeño. (de-seed if you are sensitive to spice). Halve the cherry tomoatoes.

Make the elote sauce

Add just half the lime zest, just half the lime juice, yogurt, Vegenaise, just half the cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt to a small bowl. Stir the elote sauce to combine.

Crisp the chickpeas & cook corn

Heat 1 TBSP olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add chickpeas and cook until lightly browned and crisp, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer crispy chickpeas to a bowl. Return skillet to high heat with 1 TBSP olive oil.    Add corn and half jalapeno and cook until charred in spots, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt.

Serve

Add the remaining lime zest, lime juice, minced jalapeño, and a pinch of salt to the crispy chickpeas and stir to combine. Divide cooked black quinoa between large bowls. Top with lime chickpeas and charred corn. Drizzle with elote sauce. Add sliced radishes, chopped cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle the elote bowls with any remaining cayenne pepper. Enjoy!

 

 

 

July 25, 2020

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Quick Sesame Noodles with Sriracha Tofu, Cucumber & Radish

INGREDIENTS

  1. 4 oz asparagus
  2. 1 cucumber
  3. 2 large radish
  4. 2 scallions
  5. small bunch fresh mint
  6. 8 oz baked sriracha Tofu (trader joe's is my favorite)
  7. 2 tbsp sesame oil
  8. 1 tsp white sesame seeds
  9. 3 tbsp tamari
  10. 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  11. 2 tbsp turbinado sugar
  12. 7 oz rice noodles
  13. 2 tbsp avocado oil
  14. Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Prepare the produce

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Trim asparagus to remove tough ends, and slice on the diagonal into 1 inch pieces. Thinly slice cucumber into half moons. Thinly slice radishes into half moons. Trim and thinly slice scallions, separating the green and white parts. Thiny slice the mint Dice tofu into ½ inch cubes.

make the sesame sauce

Add the sesame oil, white sesame seeds, tamari, rice vinegar, and turbinado sugar to a medium bowl. Whisk until combined.

Cook the noodles

Add the rice noodles to the boiling water, stir, and remove pot from heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.

Serve

Add the sliced asparagus, sliced scallion whites, diced tofu, sesame sauce, and cooked rice noodles to the large pot over medium-low heat. Toss until evenly coated and heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Divide the quick sesame noodles with tofu between large bowls. Top with sliced cucumber, radish, mint and scallion greens. Enjoy!

July 21, 2020

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Moroccan Vegetable Tagine with Mint Pistachio Pistou

Ingredients

  1. ½ cup millet
  2. 1 large summer squash
  3. 1 large carrot
  4. 1  onion
  5. 2 garlic cloves
  6. 4 oz green beans
  7. 1/4 cup fresh or frozen spring peas
  8. 1/4 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  9. ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  10. 1 tbsp harissa paste
  11. 14.5 oz crushed tomatoes
  12. 2 tbsp golden raisins
  13. 1 oz fresh mint
  14. ¼ cup pistachios
  15. 1 lemon
  16. 1 tbsp  olive oil
  17. Salt and pepper

Instructions

Cook the millet

Toast millet in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to pop, 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1 cup water and a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until water is absorbed and grains are tender, 17 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, covered, and set aside.

Prepare the produce

Cut the summer squash in half lengthwise, and slice into half moons. Peel and thinly slice the carrot. Peel, halve, and dice the onion. Peel and mince the garlic. Halve the green beans.

Start the tagine

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and minced garlic and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add cinnamon and harissa paste and stir. Add sliced summer squash, sliced carrot, halved green beans, peas, corn, tomatoes, golden raisins, ½ tsp salt, and a pinch of pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

Make the pistou

 Add mint, pistachios, 1 tbsp olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper to food processor and pulse until it forms a chunky paste.

SERVE-zest lemon onto cooked vegetables, then halve the lemon, juice one half, and divide the other half into wedges. Remove vegetables from heat and add lemon juice. Taste, and add salt as necessary. Divide cooked millet between plates. Top with Moroccan vegetable tagine and mint pistachio pistou. Serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy!

*I loved it cold the next day for lunch with a bit of sumac and micro greens sprinkled on top!

 

July 19, 2020

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Baked Chickpea & Carrot Falafel with Tzatziki sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 large carrots
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (about 25 twists) freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup packed fresh cilantro (mostly leaves but small stems are ok)
  • ½ cup packed fresh parsley (mostly leaves but small stems are ok)
  • 1 serving container greek yogurt
  • 3 oz baby spinach
  • oilve oil

Prep: Preheat oven to 375. Finely chop the shallot. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Coarsely grate cucumber on the large holes of a box grater; squeeze between paper towels to remove moisture. Separately, coarsely grate carrot. 

Make tzatziki & dressing

In a small bowl, stir to combine yogurt, grated cucumber, and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper Into bowl. zest lemon and add to bowl, then juice lemon and add juice to bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Fry Shallot: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add shallots and cook, stirring, until lightly browned and tender, about 3 minutes.

Falafel: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray or drizzle with olive oil. 

In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, egg, fried shallot, grated carrot, parsley, cilantro, small handful of spinach, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon,  Process until smooth, about 1 minute.

Using your hands, scoop out about 2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time. Shape the falafel into small patties, about 2 inches wide and ½ inch thick. Place each falafel on your oiled cookie sheet.

Bake for 25 minutes, carefully flipping the falafels halfway through baking, until the falafels are crispy on both sides. 

Serve pitas topped with spinach, falafel, and tzatziki sauce. Enjoy!

 

July 16, 2020

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Plantain Tacos with Fiery Green Sauce & peach salsa

  1. 2 garlic cloves
  2. 6  tomatillos
  3. 1 poblano pepper
  4. 1 lime
  5. small bunch parsley
  6. small bunch cilantro
  7. 1 peach
  8. 1 red Fresno chile
  9. 1 plantain
  10. 1 red onion
  11. small bunch curly kale
  12. siete tortillas or jicama tortillas
  13. 2 tbsp vegan sour cream
  14. 2 TBSP neutral oil like avo 

Prep: Preheat the oven to 300°F for the tortillas. Peel the garlic. Remove husks from the tomatillos, and rinse and halve the fruit. Destem and chop the poblano pepper, I leave the seeds in for more fire.  Halve and juice the lime. Roughly chop parsley & cilantro leaves and stems. Remove pit from the peach and dice. Trim, deseed (or leave seeds for fire), and thinly slice the red Fresno chile. Peel plantain and cut into ½ inch thick slices. Peel, halve, and thinly slice red onion. Destem curly kale and roughly chop the leaves.

Blend the fiery green sauce:  Add the peeled garlic, halved tomatillos, chopped poblano pepper, just half the lime juice, chopped parsley, chopped cilantro and ½ tsp (1 tsp) salt to a blender. Blend the fiery green sauce until smooth. Taste, and add salt as necessary.

Make the Peach Salsa: Add the remaining lime juice, diced peach, thinly sliced red Fresno chile, and a pinch of salt and pepper to a medium bowl. Stir the salsa. Taste, and add salt and pepper as necessary.

Crisp the plantains: Heat 1 TBSP neutral oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sliced plantain and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the crispy plantain to a large plate.

Wrap the tortillas in foil and place in the oven until warmed through, 4 to 5 minutes. Return skillet to high heat with 1 TBSP vegetable oil. Add sliced red onion and a pinch of salt and cook until lightly charred, 3 to 5 minutes. Lower heat to medium-high and add chopped curly kale and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until kale is bright green, 3 to 5 minutes.

Divide the warm tortillas between plates/ or jicama tortillas. Add charred red onion and kale, crispy plantain, and peach salsa. Top the crispy plantain tacos with fiery green sauce and a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!

 

June 23, 2020

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Strawberry Rosemary Granola

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup Nut or Seed Butter*
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 8 grinds fresh pepper
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped Pecans
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup Dried Fruit (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Add the Maple Syrup, Nut Butter, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, cardamom, Salt and pepper to the base of a large bowl. Whisk until evenly incorporated.
  2. Pour the Oats, pecans, rosemary and strawberries into the bowl and fold them into the wet mixture, until all pieces are evenly coated. Transfer this mixture to a greased or lined baking tray and press it into a thin, even layer using a spatula.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes on the bottom rack of the oven, then remove and use a spatula to toss/flip the granola. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 6-7 minutes, then remove.
  4. Serve as desired; store leftovers at room temperature or in the fridge for up to one month.

 

 

June 20, 2020

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Flourless PB and Chocolate chunk white Bean Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz can) great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • a couple grinds of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chunks,
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  1. Combine beans, eggs and coconut sugar in the food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Add oats, peanut butter, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, black pepper and salt and blend again.
  3. add chocolate chunks and raisins, stir to combine.
  4. Pour into greased or lined muffin tins. sprinkle the top with chocolate chunks.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 18.

 

 

 

 

June 19, 2020

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Gochujang Veggies with Midnight Grains & Kimchi Mayo

Ingredients
  1. 2 sweet potatoes
  2. 4 radishes
  3. 4 scallions
  4. 1 oz fresh ginger
  5. 1 garlic clove
  6. 1 lime
  7. 2 oz cabbage kimchi
  8. 2 tbsp gochujang
  9. 2 tbsp sesame oil
  10. ½ cup midnight grains
  11. 2 tbsp Follow Your Heart® Soy-Free Vegenaise®
  12. Salt
  13. 1 egg (optional)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Dice the sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Trim and quarter the radishes. Cut the scallions into 1 inch pieces. Peel and mince the ginger and garlic. Halve the lime(s), juice one half (1 lime), and cut the other half (1 lime) into wedges. Roughly chop the ikmchi

Cook the midnight grains--Add the midnight grains, minced ginger, minced garlic, 1 cup water, and a pinch of salt to a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until water is absorbed and grains are tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside, covered, to steam.

Roast the vegetables--Place the diced sweet potatoes, quartered radishes, and sliced scallions on a baking sheet. Toss with gochujang and sesame oil. Roast until sweet potatoes are fork-tender and browned, 15 to 18 minutes.

Prepare kimchi Mayo--Add the chopped kimchi, Vegenaise, and lime juice in a small bowl. Stir until combined.

Fry one egg in a cast iron skillet.

Serve--Divide the cooked midnight grains between plates. Top with gochujang roasted vegetables and dollop with kimchi mayo. Serve with a fried egg on top and lime wedges. Enjoy!

March 21, 2020

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Quickle

What Is a Quick Pickle?

Quick pickles are also known as refrigerator pickles. They are simply vegetables that are pickled in a vinegar, water, and salt (sometimes sugar, too) solution and stored in the refrigerator. Quick pickles don’t develop the deep flavor that fermented pickles do, but they also only require a few days in the brine before they can be enjoyed. Quick pickles also do not require canning when refrigerated.

INGREDIENTS

  • pound 

    fresh vegetables, such as cucumbers, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, summer squash, or cherry tomatoes

  • sprigs 

    fresh herbs, such as thyme, dill, or rosemary (optional)

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons 

    whole spices, such as black peppercorns, coriander, or mustard seeds (optional)

  • teaspoon 

    dried herbs or ground spices (optional)

  • cup 

    vinegar, such as white, apple cider, or rice

  • cup 

    water

  • tablespoon 

    kosher salt or 2 teaspoons pickling salt

  • tablespoon 

    granulated sugar (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare the jars. Wash 2 wide-mouth pint jars, lids, and rings in warm, soapy water and rinse well. Set aside to dry, or dry completely by hand.

  2. Prepare the vegetables. Wash and dry the vegetables. Peel the carrots. Trim the end of beans. Cut vegetables into desired shapes and sizes.

  3. Add the flavorings. Divide the herbs, spices, or garlic you are using between the jars.

  4. Add the vegetables. Pack the vegetables into the jars, making sure there is a 1/2 inch of space from the rim of the jar to the tops of the vegetables. Pack them in as tightly as you can without smashing.

  5. Make the brine. Place the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar (if using) in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Pour the brine over the vegetables, filling each jar to within 1/2 inch of the top. You might not use all the brine.

  6. Remove air bubbles. Gently tap the jars against the counter a few times to remove all the air bubbles. Top off with more brine if necessary.

  7. Seal the jars. Place the lids on the jars and screw on the rings until tight.

  8. Cool and refrigerate. Let the jars cool to room temperature. Store the pickles in the refrigerator. The pickles will improve with flavor as they age — try to wait at least 48 hours before cracking them open.

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