Warmed Portobella “Steak” Salad…yes it’s Vegan!!!

Warmed Portobello “Steak”  Salad

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Ingredients:

2 Portobello caps (stems removed) and cut into 1 inch sections

1 cup vegetable stock

2 tbsp. tamari (or soy) sauce

4 cloves of garlic (minced)

1 tbsp. of rice wine vinegar

Mixed greens salad (romaine, spinach, anything you want!)

Cucumber diced

Tomato diced

Half of an avocado

Dressing:

1 tbsp. of each: rice wine vinegar, tamari and sesame oil, sunflower seeds.

Directions:

1. Take first 5 ingredients and sauté or wok for about 5 minutes on medium-high heat. This will create a nice glaze on the mushrooms but not turn them into mush.

2. Take the next 4 ingredients and toss together to make the salad.

3. Take the dressing ingredients into a glass jar and shake to mix.

4. Pour dressing over salad mixture, then top with the warm mushrooms. Garnish with some sesame seeds and cilantro. Eat immediately. The warm mushrooms will start to melt the avocado and it’s so yummy!!!

Thai Spiced Tomato Soup

Thai Spiced Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Thai Kitchen red curry paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 (14-oz) cans reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (28-oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar (you can skip this if you are sugar conscience)
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • a handful of cilantro leaves

Preparation:

1. Cook onion in oil in a 4- to 5-qt heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add curry paste and cumin and cook, stirring, 2 minutes.

2. Add broth, tomatoes, water, brown sugar, and 1/4 tsp salt and simmer 15 minutes.

3. Puree soup in batches in a blender or using an immersion blender (be careful when blending hot liquids). Return soup to pot and reheat if necessary. Otherwise stir in lime juice and serve immediately. Sprinkle a few cilantro leaves and enjoy. Serves 4

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.

 

Vegan Cheesy Garlic Kale Chips

Warning: Snacking food recipe to follow!!! I have made this same snack for years, but recently realized that I have changed and edited my methods on this recipe a few times to make it better and better. I thought it would be nice of me to share 🙂  Check out this throw-back pic of me with brown hair and freshly applied braces….yeah you can only image what it’s like getting kale out of braces!

kale chipsOk but onto more important things…SNACKS!!!!

Ingredients:

1 lb of fresh kale leaves (you can cut off the thick woody stems…but save them for added flavor into your veggie stock later!!!)

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (can be left out if you don’t want the spice)

1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt

1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

no oil…what?!?!? something roasted without oil?!?!? yep…..believe it!

Directions:

1. Preheat over to 225. Tear kale into 3-4′ pieces. They shrink worse than a bad date, so don’t tear them up too small!

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2. Line shallow baking dish with parchment paper. (This is a new revision to this recipe, since clearly there is no parchment paper on the pan in the throwback photo above…no need to call me out!).

3. Toss Kale in vinegar and then seasonings and then spread onto baking sheet.

4. Bake for 7-10 minutes…watch so that they don’t burn!

 

 
They should look like this at the end….not too dark! I think they taste healthier if they aren’t completely crispy!!

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Pumpkin Risotto

It’s getting cooler outside!!! Yipppeee!!! That means we can welcome the yummy fall flavors like pumpkin, butternut squash, apples cider and mint!! I thought I would start off fall with a recipe that have tested for two years, and have finally got it down. First time I made this, I didn’t cook the rice long enough. The next time, it ended up too sweet. Then too salty, then too spicy. UGH…but I finally have it down!

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Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 lb. Arborio rice

1 cup white wine

6 cups vegetable stock

15 oz. can pumpkin puree

2 tsp. curry powder

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

¼ tsp. red pepper flakes, more if you want the dish to be spicy

3 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast

¼ c. chopped fresh parsley

Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent.

2. Heat vegetable stock in another large stock pot on low. This is just to keep the stock warm, so that it’s not cold when you add it to the rice.

3. Add rice to onion/garlic mixture and stir well to coat with oil. Allow rice to toast for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Add wine and stir until totally evaporated.

4. Add 1 – 2 cups of stock and mix well. Allow to cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated, stirring often. Continue adding stock by ladle, stirring and cooking until liquid has mostly evaporated each time.

5. At last addition of stock, also stir in pumpkin puree, curry powder, nutmeg, and red pepper flakes.

6. Cook until rice is tender, but the rice is still a little “loose” or wet. The nutritional yeast will thicken this up quickly.

7. Turn off heat and fold in nutritional yeast, remaining tablespoon of olive oil and parsley. Season to taste and serve immediately.

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