Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Bean and Tempeh Bites Bowl

It seems like every restaurant we visit offers some sort of Bowl.  It’s basically just an assortment of ingredients that go together, separated out so you can enjoy something different in every bite. 


1          15 oz. can Cuban Beans from Trader Joes
            Guacamole (red onion, Pico De Gallo added)
            Vegan garlic aioli (recipe follows)
            Tempeh bites (marinated in Maple Syrup, soy sauce, garlic, onion powder)
                                        (Pan fry the tempeh)

            Hot sauce

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Marble Pound Cake

We served this up at a picnic along side freshly sliced strawberries.

Marble Pound Cake
Chloe Coscarelli

Makes 1 loaf

2            cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2         cup granulated sugar
1/4         cup packed light brown sugar
1            teaspoon baking soda
1            teaspoon baking powder
1/2        teaspoon sea salt
1            cup plus 3 tablespoons canned coconut milk, mixed well  (Shake the can to
                                                            break up then whisk if needed)
1/2         cup vegetable oil
1            tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1            tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1            cup vegan chocolate chips
2            tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
            ***I added some chopped pecans

Loaf can be made in advance and frozen for up to 1 month.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 10 x 5” loaf pan with cooking spray and lightly dust with flour.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup of the coconut milk, oil, vinegar, and vanilla.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until just combined.  Do no over mix.  Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Transfer 1/2 cup of the batter to a small bowl and whisk in the cocoa powder and remaining 3 tablespoons of coconut milk until incorporated.

Fill the prepared pan with the vanilla batter and top with the chocolate batter.  Using a knife or chopstick, gently swirl the chocolate batter into the vanilla batter.  Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean with a few crumbs clinging to it.  Let the cake cool, then invert onto a serving plate, slice and serve.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Spicy Vegan Orange Tofu and Peppers

Spicy Vegan Orange Tofu and Peppers

I added 1/2 red onion and sautéed with the green pepper then set aside.  I cubed the tofu then put on a baking sheet and drizzled with a little oil.  Baked at 350 degrees for approximately 20-30 minutes, until starting to brown.  I then added to sauté pan and browned further, then added the tofu and sautéed together.  I also made cooked the sauce in a separate pan and thickened then added to the pepper/tofu mixture at the very end.  I made a bit more sauce – cause it’s all about the sauce!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Stew

The diced tomatoes make this a lighter stew - perfect for spring when there's still a chill in the air.

Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Stew
Adapted from Food Network Mag. Recipe

            Olive oil for cooking
2            large sweet potatoes, peeled, diced, boiled then mashed
1            red onion, small dice
3            garlic cloves, minced
1            tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1            tablespoon roasted red pepper, diced
1/2         teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4         teaspoon crushed red pepper – or more to your liking
2            cups vegetable broth
1            can coconut milk
1/3         cup peanut butter
1/3         cup tomato paste
              Cilantro for serving or I used some cilantro paste and mixed in soup
1            15 oz can diced tomatoes (added after I pureed soup)

In a medium pot, cook peeled and diced potatoes until tender.  Rinse and mash right in pot.

In a soup pot, sauté onion for a few minutes then add the garlic, ginger and roasted red pepper.  After a few minutes, add the spices, mix around and cook a few minutes longer. 
Add the mashed sweet potatoes, broth, coconut milk, peanut butter and tomato pasted.  (I added cilantro paste at this time).  Cook approximately 20 minutes. Puree with an emulsion blender or regular blender in batches.  Then add the diced tomates and let simmer for a few minutes.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Dreamy Brussels Sprouts

Dreamy Brussels Sprouts
Nom Yourself Cookbook by Mary Mattern

2            cups Brussels sprouts (washed, trimmed and halved or quartered)
1            tablespoon vegan margarine
1/4         cup chopped Vidalia onion (or red onion)
1/4         cup vegan sour cream (store bought) or coconut sour cream (recipe below)
2            teaspoons stone-ground mustard
1/2         teaspoon kosher salt
1            tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/4         teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Trim the stems of the Brussels sprouts and any out leaves.  Wash them and then halve lengthwise or cut into quarters. 

In an 8x8” baking dish, place the Brussels sprouts, vegan margarine, onion, Coconut or vegan sour cream, mustard, kosher salt, ground black pepper and maple syrup.  Toss until well coated.

Bake for 20 minutes, then let cool and serve

Coconut Sour Cream

1            cup coconut cream, refrigerated
1 and 1/2            tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
1            tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/8            teaspoon kosher salt

Whisk the coconut cream, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and kosher salt together in a medium bowl.

Transfer the coconut sour cream to a jar or use right away.  Keeps for up to 3 days in fridg.