Black Bean and Corn Salad

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Yum, yum, yum!  This is a Tex Mex salad that can be served as an entrée.  I like bringing it to group BBQ because its healthy, filling and vegan. And if I bring it there will be at least one vegan dish that I can eat. This simple recipe only calls for the corn cooking in the microwave several minutes.  Other than that everything else is raw and easy to assemble.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of corn, Kernels cut off the cob
  • 2 cans (1 lb. 13 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 bell pepper chopped (red, orange, yellow or green)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 avocados chopped
  • 1 shallot chopped

For the Dressing:

  • 4 limes juiced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except dressing in a large bowl
  2. Put all the dressing ingredients in a jar so you can shake and add later if you are bringing it to a gathering
  3. Shake dressing and combine with other salad ingredients

ENJOY!

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Vegan Sushi Rolls

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I love sushi.  In fact, going out for sushi with my omnivore friends never poses the problem of having to eat the usual vegan fare at a typical American restaurant of a garden salad and pasta with non-meat marinara sauce, yet again. I came up with these easy to make vegan sushi rolls that require little culinary skill other than cutting vegetables, making rice, and rolling. I also have posted a recipe for vegan spicy tuna rolls. If you’re having problems finding the ingredients try an Asian market.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups uncooked sushi rice or short grain rice (white or brown)
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 ripe avocados cut into strips
  • 3/4 cup green onions finally chopped
  • 10 sheets nori seaweed
  • 1 Tablespoon dry wasabi (or 2 Tablespoons prepared)
  • One large European cucumber (or regular cuke with seeds removed,) peeled and cut into strip
  • One pickled radish
  • soy sauce for dipping

Directions:

  1. Add rice to 3 cups water and cook. I use a rice maker.
  2.  Mix wasabi powder with 2 Tablespoons water.mixingwasabi
  3. Cut vegetables. Rinse cut radish in water several times.

     

  4. When rice is done cooking add rice vinegar and sesame oil, mix.  Try to fluff the rice with a rice paddle or spatula so that it cools down but is still warm and mixes well with vinegar.
  5. Place nori rough side up on a bamboo mat(available in most Asian markets) or rip off a piece of plastic wrap roughly 12″ long. I prefer to wrap the bamboo mat in a paper towel and plastic wrap so that it’s easier to clean.
  6. Place about 3/4 cup of rice on bottom 2/3rd of nori. Flatten so that it’s evenly dispersed. Then place your desired topping toward the middle of the roll.  I like avocado and green onions rolls, pickled radish rolls and cucumber rolls with green onions. You can try asparagus, pickled carrot or any vegetable you like.
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Vegan Cream of Celery Soup

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Looking for a cool dish on a hot day? Here in the New York we’re in the midst of a heat wave. As is my solution to a lot of troublesome events, I find cooking and eating can make my day a little sunnier (or hopefully a bit more cloudier in the case of a heat wave). But with the heat so intense, I don’t feel like slaving over the stove.  Instead, this easy to make vegan cream of celery soup which is served cold like a vichyssoise fits the bill. But unlike a traditional vichyssoise it doesn’t drive the calories up with unnecessary cream.  The thickness is achieved from beans and nutritional yeast, instead of potatoes, while the celery flavor is enhanced with fresh parsley and garlic. This is a perfect for lunch or dinner.   Add a green salad and fruit and voila, you have a perfect dinner for a heat wave!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (I used a Vadalia, but any white or yellow onion works)
  • 1 large celery heart, chopped
  • 1 quart (32 oz.) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2/3 cup of drained white beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon turmeric
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • Salt (very little is necessary) and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add onion, celery, garlic and 1/4 cup broth to a non-stick fry pan. Over medium heat saute until soft (about 10 minutes).IMG_5875
  2. Get parsley. If you like me you’ll venture to your glorious vegetable garden and cut it. Ahhh, the joys of warm weather. Be sure to bring a flashlight if it’s dark. YouIMG_5877may need to scare off the coyotes and fisher cats.  (Don’t get me started on fisher cats.  We just recently started hearing and seeing them in our yard. Their howls  sound as though someone’s getting murdered in your yard. If you hear these screeches on a regular basis you probably have fisher cats. If these pests aren’t causing the ruckus, you might consider relocating to a safer area.)
  3. Add turmeric, wine and a little pepper to sauteing vegetables and simmer until all the liquid is gone.IMG_5879
  4. In the food processor put beans, parsley, one cup of broth, and nutritional yeast.  Process until smooth.IMG_5882
  5. Add sautéed vegetables and another cup of broth to food processor. Blend again until smooth. Do not over blend.
     

  6. Scrape contents of food processor bowl out into a large pot. Heat over medium heat than gently whisk in the remaining broth until soup reaches desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste. Let the soup cool off in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. If you started dinner late like I sometimes do, go ahead and serve it warm. The kids and mainly mother need to get to bed at a decent time.IMG_5902

ENJOY!

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Vegan Pesto and Pasta

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Unlike traditional pesto made with pine nuts or walnuts, lots of olive oil and grated Parmesan cheese, this recipe is very low in fat, calories and is just as tasty.  Nutritional yeast replaces the Parmesan cheese and small white beans replace the nuts and olive oil. As in the traditional pesto, basil and garlic are still used.  This is an easy, quick go to dinner especially in the summer when I have an abundance of basil growing in the garden.  My omnivore son always has a second helping. Comfort food to make and eat!IMG_5798

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch basil. Pick leaves of stems to make 3 packed cups.
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 can small white beans drained (15.5 oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. Place basil leaves, garlic, nutritional yeast and drained beans (save the liquid for cookies) in a food processor and process for 45 seconds or until smooth.
     

     

  2. Pour over your favorite pasta and toss.IMG_5815

ENJOY!

 

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Vegan Aquafaba Macarons

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Making meringue from aquafaba is about the most excitement I’ve had in the kitchen  since I was in my twenties. Using the is liquid drained from a can of legumes such as chickpeas or small white beans, is probably the simplest way, but you can also get aquafaba from cooking dried beans in water for a couple of hours.  In either case, you need to reduce and cool it. Then put the aquafaba into the bowl of your electric mixer and wait for the magic!

Ingredients

 

  • Liquid from two 15.5oz cans of chickpeas of white beans reduced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 1/4 cup cup of ground almond flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup confectioner’s or powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract divided
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 medium yam cut into pieces and steam
  • 2 Tablespoons agave
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 softened and pitted dates
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • optional: all-natural food coloring
  • optional: organic raspberry jam (with or without seeds)

 

Steps:

  1. Drain liquid from 2 cans of beans or use about 1 1/3 cup of liquid that dried legumes have been cooking after several hours.
  2. Pour through strainer into a small pot. Cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes until it is reduced in half. Cool in refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
  3.  Combine almond flour and confectioner’s sugar in a food processor for about 1 minute. Sift mixture into a bowl making sure to remove any lumps.
  4. Put reduced  aquafaba and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl. Mix on high until peaks are formed then add food coloring. Add granulated sugar in several batches while mixer is going.

     

  5. Fold flour mixture into aquafaba in several batches.

     

  6. Place mixture into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip. I used a size 12 Wilton Decorating Tip. Be sure not to overfill bag or you’ll make a mess like I did.  My kitchen looked like it got hit by a pink fluff bomb.
  7. Pipe small round circular cookies on to a silicon macaroon mat or parchment paper.
  8. Bang the cookie sheet on the counter to times to get rid of the peak on top and any air bubbles. Let macaroons dry for an hour before placing in an oven set to 200 degrees.

     

  9. Bake in oven until completely solid, about 40 minutes. Cool.
  10. While cooling you can make chocolate frosting. First remove pits from dates then soak in very hot water until so soft and drain, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile steam yam. Allow yam to cool.
  11. Add cooled yam, dates, cocoa powder, extract, coconut oil and agave to food processor. Process until smooth. If too thick add nut milk one tablespoon at a time until desired frosting consistency is reached. Put into frosting bag.
  12. Spread raspberry jam onto the bottom of a macaron.  Then pipe chocolate on top. Put macaroon cookie on top.

     

    ENJOY!

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Spicy Vegan Tuna Rolls

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This recipe was made for my daughter who loved spicy tuna rolls but is a vegan now so she doesn’t eat them anymore. Like many favorite foods, there are great vegan alternatives that don’t harm animals or fish. These rolls are so easy to make, delicious and healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2  cups sushi rice or short grain rice (white or brown)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 package tempeh (about 8 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup vegan sour cream or store-bought vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 ripe avocado cut into strips
  • 1 bunch green onions finely chopped (discard white part at end)
  • 1 Tablespoon hot chili sauce
  • 8 sheets nori seaweed
  • pickled ginger for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add rice to 2 1/2 cups water and cook. I use a rice maker.
  2.  Steam tempeh in a double boiler for 10 minutes.
  3. Cut vegetables.
  4. When tempeh is done steaming put in small bowl. Break into pieces with a fork add vegan sour cream or mayonnaise and hot chili sauce and combine.
  5. When rice is done cooking add rice vinegar and sesame oil, mix.  Try to fluff the rice with a rice paddle or spatula so that it cools down but is still warm and mixes well with vinegar.
  6. Place nori rough side up on a bamboo mat(available in most Asian markets) or rip off a piece of plastic wrap roughly 12″ long. I prefer to wrap the bamboo mat in a paper towel and plastic wrap so that it’s easier to clean.
  7. Place about 3/4 cup of rice on bottom 2/3rd of nori. Flatten so that it’s evenly dispersed.

     

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  9. Using the bamboo mat or plastic wrap carefully roll up from rice topped end. Roll firmly to keep the roll together when you get about 2″ from seaweed end dampen  your finger tip with water and wipe to seal end.   Place roll seal-side down on cutting board and finish making the rest of the rolls. When done use a serrated knife to cut rolls into 1.5″ logs. Place on serving plate.  Garnish with wasabi and pickled ginger.

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    ENJOY!

Vegan Potato Latkes

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Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds of potatoes (I prefer Russet but you can also use Yukon Gold)
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tablespoons sliced green onion
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened almond or rice milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon flax-seed
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon grape seed oil

Instructions:

  1. Peel and grate potatoes. I use a Cuisinart food processor with the shredding disc but you can also use a box grater.
  2. Place shredded potatoes on a dishcloth and squeeze out as much moisture as you can. You can use paper towel but heck why not save a tree?
  3. Prepare flax-seed egg by mixing the flax-seed with 3 Tablespoons of water. Let sit for five minutes. Then mix in your milk.
  4. In a large bowl combine the grated potato, green onion, milk, flour baking powder, salt cornstarch and pepper. Mix by tossing the ingredients with tongs for a full 5 minutes so the gluten has time to develop.
  5. Heat coconut and grape seed oil in a large, non-stick fry pan on medium until oil is sizzling. If you to bake the latkes, line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Form a small ball of the potato mixture(about 1/3 cup) by hand into a paddy. Place each paddy in fry pan or on cookie. Flatten each paddy by pressing down with a spatula to about 1/3″ thickness.  Fry until the pancakes until they are a nice golden brown and then allow the other side to brown. If baking you should bake about 15 minutes each side.

     

  7. Serve with either sliced apples or vegan sour cream or both.

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ENJOY!

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Creamy Gnocchi in Spinach and Herb Sauce

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If you adore creamy gnocchi but want low-fat, this recipe is for you.  It’s comfort food at its finest and a great way to use fresh herbs and spinach from your garden!

Ingredients:

  • One pound uncooked gnocchi
  •  3 cups spinach leaves (separate into 2 cups and 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 4 fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup canned drained small white beans
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon, about 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 orange, yellow or red pepper seeded, cored and cut into large pieces
  • 2 gloves peeled garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (depending on how hot you want it)
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes cut in half (reserve for garnish)
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the broiler of your oven or toaster oven. When hot place, place pepper pieces about 3 to 4 inches under the broiler, skin side up turning when skin blackens. Using tongs put blackened pepper into a paper bag and fold down top of bag so it’s closed. Let sit.

     

  2. Meanwhile drain a 15.5 oz can of small white beans by placing beans in a strainer over a bowl.

     

  3. Put a large pot of water with a tablespoon salt on to boil. While water is heating, go out to your garden and cut fresh parsley, thyme and sage. (Obviously if you don’t grow your own and really there’s no excuse not to since you can do this easily even if you live in an apartment without a garden, buy fresh herbs from market.) Rinse off herbs if necessary. Cut roughly.

     

  4. Turn off pot of water and cover with a lid to keep warm. Remove peppers from bag and peel of skin.  This is a messy job particularly if the peppers haven’t been in the bag for at least 10 minutes.

     

  5. Add drained beans, herbs, 2 cups spinach, brewer’s yeasts, and spices to blender. Blend until a thick sauce is formed. You will have to stop the blender several times in give the ingredients a good mix.
  6. Bring salted water to a rapid boil. Add gnocchi. It cooks quickly in about two minutes. With strainer remove individual pieces that rise to the top of the water. Place in serving bowl. Don’t over cook or you’ll have a pot of mushy potato pieces that will stick into a blob.
  7. Add 2 tablespoons of thehot pasta water to sauce in blender and a tablespoon at a time.  When sauce reaches a thick, creamy consistency add to bowl of gnocchi and toss.

     

  8. Line bowl with remaining spinach leave and garnish with tomatoes, chia seeds and a pinch of salt.

ENJOY!

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Vegan Asian Summer Rolls

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Easy Asian Summer Rolls are perfect for a hot summer night when you don’t want to use the oven.  The only cooking required is for heating the delicious peanut dipping sauce. The rolls are wrapped in rice paper with raw vegetables and vermicelli noodles. All of the ingredients can be found in major groceries stores or the local Asian Market.

Ingredients

Rolls:

  • 16 rounds of rice paper (banh trang) about 6 to 8 inches in diameter
  • 4 ounces bean or rice vermicelli (either one works well)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  •  2 cups mung bean sprouts
  •  2 sliced peppers
  •  2 avocados sliced
  •  1/4 cup sliced mint leave
  •  1 cup fresh cilantro or coriander leaves roughly chopped
  •  1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into strips
  •  1/2 cup chopped green onions
  •  1 Tablespoon wasabi powder

Spicy Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 Tablespoon peanut or grape seed oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste, hot sauce or red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter creamy or chunky
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce to serve as an extra dipping sauce if desired

Instructions:

  1. Cut vegetables. Soak vermicelli in warm water for 20 minutes then taste a strand to see if you like the texture.  If too crunchy drain and soak in hot water (not boiling just hot from the faucet) for two more minutes and drain.  When vermicelli is the right consistency, separate and put on a paper towel to absorb any extra water.
  2. While vermicelli is soaking, prepare peanut sauce. In a small saucepan heat oil over moderate heat until hot.  Add garlic and pepper flakes or chili paste stirring frequently to prevent the garlic from burning for about 30 seconds.  Add peanut butter, tomato paste and hoisin sauce and water, whisk until smooth. Then let it simmer of low heat stirring occasionally until it reaches desired thickness (about the consistency of ketchup). Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
  3. Mix wasabi powder with 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl or ramekin. Let stand about 5 minutes until it forms a paste.  If it’s too runny add a little more wasabi powder.
  4. Assemble the rolls.  Fill a pie pan with warm water. Dip rice paper wrapper in water. Remove quickly. Spread flat on a large plate or cutting board.  Lay about 2 tablespoons of each bean sprouts and vermicelli  in middle of wrapper then place a couple of strips of cucumber, pepper, avocado and several carrot strip. Finallsprinkle sliced mint, cilantro and green pepper to mixture.
  5. Fold sides inward. Rub a small amount of wasabi paste on top of wrapper to seal roll. Fold bottom and roll upward until sealed. Place summer roll on plate, seam side down and cover with damp towel.  Continue making the rest of the rolls. You can serve immediately or wait up to 4 hours.
  6. Serve with bowl of peanut sauce and soy sauce on the side.tableset

ENJOY!!!

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