Garlic and Lemon Roasted Artichokes with Scallion Vinaigrette

Garlic and Lemon Roasted Artichokes with Scallion Vinaigrette

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Ingredients

4 large artichokes, about 3-4 inches across
2 medium lemons, sliced in half
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt, sea salt or Himalayan salt preferred
Freshly cracked pepper
1 recipe scallion vinaigrette

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400.
2. Cut the stem of the artichoke so there is an inch or two remaining. Cut an inch off the spiky top of the leaves and tear off the tough outer leaves.
3. Take one half of the lemon and rub the inside flesh of the lemon on the cut surfaces and around the outside where you removed the leaves. Then cut the artichokes in half from top to stem. Using a sharp paring knife or a spoon; scrape out the fuzzy interior that sits inside the heart and about 2 layers of the very inside leaves. Rub this with lemon as well and place them all on a baking sheet.
4. Squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl (removing any seeds) and mix in the oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture in between the leaves over the cut interior. Lay the artichokes cut side down on the baking sheet and coat the outer leaves in oil that has dripped onto the pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until the heart is nice and tender.

5. Serve immediately with the scallion vinaigrette, or without is just fine!

Scallion Vinaigrette

Artichokes with Scallion VinaigretteIngredients

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

4 tablespoons wine vinegar

4 scallions including green tops, chopped

6 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 1/4 teaspoons lemon juice

1 1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

1 cup olive oil

Instructions

In a small glass or stainless-steel bowl, whisk together the mustard, the rema4 tablespoons vinegar, the scallions, parsley, lemon juice, salt, and the ground pepper. Add the  oil slowly, whisking. Serve each artichoke with a small bowl of vinaigrette alongside for dipping.

 

Spicy Thanksgiving: Roasted Acorn Squash with Chili Vinaigrette

Hey all!

I’m going to continue with thanksgiving recipes this week!!! You do not need to eat unhealthy during the holidays!! I promise you! And “homestyle” doesn’t need to be soft, savory, and sweet…..my home can be SPICY!

Roasted Acorn Squash with Chili Vinaigrette

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Ingredients

  • 2 (1 1/2 – to 1 3/4-lb) acorn squash
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh hot red chile, including seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

1.Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 450F.

2. Halve squash lengthwise, then cut off and discard stem ends. Scoop out seeds and cut squash lengthwise into 3/4-inch-wide wedges.

3. Toss squash with black pepper, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons oil in a bowl, then arrange, cut sides down, in 2 large shallow baking pans.

4. Roast squash, switching position of pans halfway through roasting, until squash is tender and undersides of wedges are golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes.

5. While squash roasts, mince garlic and mash to a paste with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Transfer paste to a small bowl and whisk in lime juice, chile (to taste), cilantro, and remaining 1/4 cup oil until combined.

6. Transfer squash, browned sides up, to a platter and drizzle with vinaigrette.

Vegan Thanksgiving! : Maple Glazed Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Maple Glazed Spicy Sweet potatoes

Ingredients:

6 large sweet potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes

1 cup of maple syrup

1/4 apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup of water

1 tablespoon of red pepper chili flake

A lot of family love

Directions:

1. Preheat over 425 degrees.

2. Mix water, maple syrup, and vinegar and red pepper flake in a 13 X 9 baking dish. Add potatoes and cover tightly with foil.

3. Bake 15 minutes covered, then 30 minutes uncovered (check on it if your oven is a spastic as mine!)

4. Season to taste with S/P, some people add crush nuts of their liking to the sticky maple coating.

 

African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

 

African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

This recipe was a failed attempt at making an amazing soup by a local restaurant in Gainesville, FL called Tempo Bistro to Go. Even though mine is no where near as good as their’s

soupIngredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 cloves  garlic, minced

2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root

1- 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1- 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pinch ground cloves

3 medium tomatoes, chopped

1- 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

1  carrot, peeled and chopped

4 1/2 cups water

1 teaspoon  salt

1/4 cup chopped, unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

1 pinch cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onion 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Mix in the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir in the tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrot, and continue to cook and stir about 5 minutes.

2. Pour water into the saucepan, and season the mixture with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.

3. Remove the soup mixture from heat. In a food processor or blender, blend the soup and peanuts until almost smooth. Season with cayenne pepper. Return to the saucepan. Whisk in the peanut butter, and cook until heated through. Serve warm topped with fresh cilantro.

Creative Vegan Thanksgiving: Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate, coconut and lime

Who needs to keep it just simple, when you can keep it simple and creative!!!

Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate, Coconut and Lime

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Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/4 toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • Kosher salt
  • Lime wedges

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange sweet potatoes, pricked with a fork, on rimmed baking sheet and roast until tender, about 45 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  2. Slice tops and mash sweet potatoes with a fork. Divide coconut milk, coconut flakes, cilantro, and pomegranate seeds among sweet potatoes. Season with salt. Garnish with additional sprigs of cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Vegan Thanksgiving? Easier than you think!!! Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

When anyone has a dietary restriction, the holidays can be tough. Sometimes grandma’s famous fudge and Aunt Judy’s cranberry sauce just doesn’t work for ya anymore. It’s ok! Don’t over think it, keep it simple, and keep it good!!

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
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INGREDIENTS
1 whole head garlic
6 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons vegan buttery spread (such as
Earth Balance), or extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup rice milk
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Thinly sliced scallion or minced chives for garnish
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Remove some of the papery outer layers from the garlic but keep the cloves intact. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 350-degree F. oven or 375-degree F. toaster oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the cloves are soft.

When cool enough to handle, gently separate the cloves from the head of garlic and squeeze the soft pulp out of each clove into a small bowl and discard the outer skin.

In the meantime, cover the diced potatoes with plenty of water in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer steadily but gently, covered, until the potato dice are very tender, about 20 to 25 minutes, then drain.

In a large, shallow bowl, combine the cooked potato dice with the Earth Balance or olive oil and stir until melted. Add 1/4 cup of rice milk and the reserved garlic pulp and mash the potatoes until smooth and fluffy. If needed, add up to an additional 1/4 cup of rice milk to loosen the consistency.

Cashew Butter Bananas: FAST FOOD FOR VEGANS!!!

No big secret here with this recipe…very simple and basic and freaking fantastic!!!

Cashew Butter Banana Bites

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Ingredients:

2 bananas

Cashew butter

Directions:

COME ON!!! if you need me to tell you what to do here, we are in trouble 🙂

Eat Healthy, Work out hard, and PLAY HARDER!!! Live to LOVE and LOVE to live!