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Blackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ Onion

October 3 2021 Vegan Richa 

Blackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ OnionBlackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ Onions are packed with delicious flavor and exciting textures! Gluten-free. Nutfree  Taco Tuesday just got a lot better! These Blackened Tofu Tacos are the BOMB! Thanks to a generous coating of spices like paprika or cumin, the tofu gets a nice golden crust thats packed with smoky flavor. Pair that with some crunchy veg, vegan sour cream and sweet and spicy caramelized bbq onions and youve got a real good taco on your hands. Im telling you, if youve never tried blackened tofu, forget everything you thought you know about tofu and give these blackened tofu tacos a try! Feel free to play with the spices to suit your personal preferences, such as adding some cayenne pepper if you want some heat! You can serve these as burritos or too a seasonal salad with the blackened tofu and bbq onions. So much texture and flavor and works well in any format More Vegan Taco Recipes: - Carrot Walnut Taco Meat - Mango BBQ Soycurls - Barbacoa mushroom Tacos - Berbere Spiced Jackfruit Tacos -  Chipotle Shredded Butternut Tacos Continue reading: Blackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ OnionThe post Blackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ Onion appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Easy Summer Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables

July 6 2021 Vegan Richa 

Easy Summer Pasta Salad with Grilled VegetablesThis Easy Summer Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables will be your new go-to for all potlucks and picnics! Perfectly cooked pasta, juicy tomatoes, smoky-sweet grilled veggies, and protein-rich chickpeas all tossed in a quick Italian dressing!  The perfect make-ahead bbq side dish or weeknight dinner. Want to know what I’ve had for lunch for the last 3 days? Pasta Salad – and not just any old one, but the best I’ve had in a long time! I present you a super easy summer pasta salad with farfalle pasta, juicy fresh tomatoes, grilled veggies, chickpeas, fresh herbs, and a quick homemade Italian dressing. It takes your tastebuds straight to Italy. One of the best things about pasta salad is that you can make it ahead of time and refrigerate it. Then when you get home after a day out and about your dinner is all ready!  But you can also take it with you wherever you go. This vegan Pasta Salad is amazing for potlucks and picnics but you do not need to wait to be invited to a get-together to get some summer pasta salad magic in your life. More BBQ Sides and salads: - South Western Pasta Salad  - Crunchy Salad with Firecracker Chickpeas and Peanut sauce. - Potato Cauliflower Chickpea Salad with Vegan Sour Cream - Mung Bean Sprouts, Seared Carrot Salad with Spicy Chile Lime dressing Continue reading: Easy Summer Pasta Salad with Grilled VegetablesThe post Easy Summer Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Jo Jo Potatoes

June 14 2021 Vegan Richa 

Jo Jo PotatoesMy Homemade Jo Jo Potatoes are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside and theyre sure to become your new favorite side dish or game day snack! They can be baked or pan-fried. Who’s obsessed with Jo Jo potatoes? What potatoes? Dont feel bad if you dont know what I’m talking about here! Just know that if you love potato wedges and fries, these babies are something that youve missed out on your whole life!  Jo jo Potatoes – these are seriously GOOD. Tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, with a glorious coating of golden browned breading, baked or pan-fried to absolute potato perfection! What are Jo JO Potatoes? Jo Jo Potatoes are potatoes wedges that are (sometimes) preboiled, then coated in seasoned flour and a batter and fried to crispy, golden-brown perfection. The outsides are nice and crisp, the insides are fluffy like a perfectly baked potato. These upgraded potato wedges make a wonderful side dish, TV snack, or a shared appetizer, and are typically served with lots of different sauces and condiments like plain or seasoned sour cream, ketchup,  or barbecue sauce! Also so good with  Ranch  Dressing or any vegan Ranch Dip. I’ll list my favorite dips for this vegan version in a second. You might find these special potato wedges as a gas station snack but they can also be part of any diner breadbasket of the midwest, upper midwest, and Pacific Northwest. What is the difference between JoJo and potato wedges? A true Jojo potato is a potato cut into eight segments, breaded with flour and batter – like fried chicken, and cooked in a pressure fryer. Well, I don’t have a pressure fryer and I bet you don’t either but that’s ok! You can either bake these in the oven or pan-fry them! Also, a true jo jo is served with ranch.  In the tips section, I list my favorite vegan dips for these. MORE FRIES AND SNACKS FROM THE BLOG - firecracker Tofu wings  - Baked Sweet Potato Fries with vegan Chipotle Ranch - Baked Garlic Fries with Garlic Tahini Sauce.  - Nashville Cauliflower  - Spicy Pepper Crisp Cauliflower bites with celery ranch - Mango Sriracha Cauliflower Bites Continue reading: Jo Jo PotatoesThe post Jo Jo Potatoes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Mac And Cheese Taco Bake – Mac Taco Casserole

May 27 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Mac And Cheese Taco Bake – Mac Taco CasseroleVegan Mac and Cheese Taco Bake with Walnut Taco Meat and Vegan Cashew Queso combines two family favorites into one epic vegan casserole that comes together quickly! Make it tonight. Vegan Taco Mac and Cheese Bake! Yes, we’re combining two family favorites, pasta and tacos, into one epic weeknight dinner casserole!  This easy vegan taco mac and cheese bake is sure to please any picky eater. Made with seasoned walnut taco meat, tomatoes and vegan queso made from cashews all tossed with elbow pasta. Taco Mac Casserole is a very popular box recipe that you might have loved before going vegan. Trust me when I say it’s way better homemade and plant-based! So much more flavorful than anything that comes from a box! I love serving this sprinkled with some crushed tortilla chips, some pickled jalape?os and tomatoes. This is an amazing vegan casserole dish for Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or for whenever you are feeding a crowd. Easy to make with simple ingredients and the flavors are out of this world. What’s not to love about two of your favorite classic dinners – Tacos and Macaroni and Cheese – mixed together to make a satisfying, hearty meal! MORE PASTA MEALS FROM THE BLOG - Garlic Pasta with Cajun Cauliflower - Cauliflower Parmesan Pasta Bake  - Pumpkin Sage Pasta with pumpkin cream sauce and crisp Sage  - Black pepper Mac and Cheese  - Creamy Cajun Pasta with crispy tofu - Lemon asparagus  fettuccine - Creamy mushroom Spinach Pasta  - Easy Vegan Alfredo Continue reading: Vegan Mac And Cheese Taco Bake – Mac Taco CasseroleThe post Vegan Mac And Cheese Taco Bake – Mac Taco Casserole appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Potato, Dill, and Broccoli Cakes with Spicy Cashew Sauce

March 11 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Potato, Dill, and Broccoli Cakes with Spicy Cashew Sauce These potato cakes + a big salad = my dream dinner right now. Something totally magical happens when mashed potatoes are roasted and get nice and crispy on the outside, while staying soft and fluffy inside. I wanted to fill out these cakes with some greens/­­green vegetables. I went with broccoli, since I love potatoes and broccoli together, plus dill, since it’s just meant to be with potatoes. They turned out so good! There’s a spicy cashew sauce, too, which has some sour cream vibes and goes so well with everything else. Hope you’ll give these a try. P.S. We now post cooking videos on our YouTube channel every Wednesday and Sunday. Would love it if you checked them out. Potato, Dill, and Broccoli Cakes with Spicy Cashew Sauce   Print Serves: about 12 cakes Ingredients for the potato cakes 1½ lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled sea salt florets from 1 small head of broccoli, finely chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil, plus more for brushing ¼ cup rice flour ½ teaspoon garlic powder 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill freshly ground black pepper for the spicy cashew sauce 1 cup cashews 3 teaspoons Sriracha or other hot sauce of choice ½ teaspoon garlic powder sea salt juice from 1 lime ¾ cup water Instructions to make the potato cakes Boil the potatoes in well-salted water until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Add the chopped broccoli to the pot with the potatoes during the last 2 minutes of boiling, to quickly blanch it. Drain and transfer the potatoes and broccoli to a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher, simultaneously mixing in the broccoli. Once the potatoes are mashed, add 1 tablespoon of the oil, flour, garlic powder, dill, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix well. Preheat the oven to 425° F (220° C). Prepare a large, parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a ¼ cup measure to portion out the cakes on the baking sheet. Flatten them out with the back of a spoon. Brush with oil and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the cakes, brush the other side with oil, and bake for 15-20 more minutes, until crispy on the outside and golden. Serve warm, topped with the spicy cashew sauce. to make the spicy cashew sauce Soak the cashews in hot water for 15 minutes (if you have a high-powered blender, no need to soak them). Combine the cashews, Sriracha, garlic powder, salt to taste, lime juice, and water in an upright blender. Blend until smooth. Taste for salt and spice, and adjust if needed. Store refrigerated in an air-tight container. 3.5.3226 The post Potato, Dill, and Broccoli Cakes with Spicy Cashew Sauce appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

5 Vegetarian Swaps to Boost Nutrition in Sweet Treats

November 23 2020 Vegetarian Times 

Choose Whole Grains Theres a reason the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend to make at least 50% of your grains whole: theyre packed with essential vitamins and minerals that keep your body running at its peak! When gearing up to bake that family favorite sugar cookie or bread loaf, consider swapping half of the all-purpose flour for a whole-wheat flour until you can make the full switch (this Healthy Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Loaf is a great recipe to start with!) Traditionally, when you start small like this its an easy way to slowly get your pallet to adjust to the change while boosting the fiber of the entire slice (or cookie) too! If youre gluten-free, consider using a recipe that calls for gluten-free oat flour or almond flour (like these Healthy Pumpkin Muffins) so you also reap the benefits of the fiber. Amp Up Those Omegas with Walnuts Pumpkin, pecan, or apple pie calling your name this season? Consider swapping out that white flour and butter crust for a delicious (and nutritious) walnut-based crust. Walnuts pack 2.5 grams of the plant-based version of the omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), in addition to 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber in a one-ounce portion. While many name brands have begun selling their own walnut crusts in the baking section at your local market, they often contain flour and butter in small amounts to help hold the crust together. Not a deal-breaker if youre tight on time, but defeats the purpose of the swap if youre trying to keep this treat gluten-free and vegan. Consider making your own (check out a simple recipe idea here) by pulsing walnuts with a date paste or syrup in your food processor, then shaping into a pie crust and freezing until ready to bake. Related: 7 Tips for Shaking Sugar Think natural When It Comes to Sugar Its no secret most people eat WAY more added sugar than recommended (for reference, on average Americans eat about 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day when the recommendation is closer to 12 teaspoons or below for a 2000 calorie diet!) And friends, beware, coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, and good ole cane sugar are ALL just different types of added sugars (one isnt better than the other.) To help satisfy that sweet tooth, consider using the natural sugars found in sweet fruits and vegetables, like apples, dates, and sweet potatoes, in your baked goods. Depending on the type of recipe youre making, you should be able to reduce the added sugar by at least a third when you sub in unsweetened applesauce (like these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars do!) Note you will also need to modify the fat amount (like the oil or butter used) so the texture continues to be the same. Boost Fiber with Beans Chocolate is abundant this season and for good reason: its delicious and its packed with flavonoids. But what if you took that decadent chocolate and brought it up a notch to boost the fiber and create a decadent dark chocolate dip to serve alongside graham crackers, gingerbread, or fresh fruit? Youd be the hostess with the most-ess for sure! Begin by pureeing a cup of beans alongside melted dark chocolate or dark cocoa powder, dates for natural sweetness, and your favorite nut or seed butter of choice. Blend until its a smooth, hummus-like consistency and enjoy! (Use this Sweet Hummus Recipe as your guide.) Power Up with Protein Cream pies and bundt cakes are certainly popular around the holiday season, but that doesnt mean you cant do over the dairy! Swapping in a portion of reduced-fat Greek or skyr yogurt for sour cream helps to boost the protein while minimizing the saturated fat of your treat. If youre still not a big fan of Greek yogurt, then ease into it by starting small with the swap, with roughly a third used in place of the sour cream. In no time youll be adjusted and making the full swap, pinky promise! (Try this Butterscotch Cheesecake Pie for a nice addition to your menu this year!) The post 5 Vegetarian Swaps to Boost Nutrition in Sweet Treats appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Honoring Diversity Through Plant-Based Cooking

June 8 2020 Meatless Monday 

Food is a universal language that we all speak and understand, with many of our favorite dishes, meals, ingredients, and recipes resulting from years of cultural collaboration and shared experiences. And thats why so many of us love food; because cooking and eating together is a way to celebrate diversity -- of tradition, of history, of background, of ingredients, of ritual, of technique. Meatless Monday is an international movement, and we are proud to shine a spotlight on some of the amazing plant-based dishes and recipes being developed by people from all walks of life. Let us honor the diversity and importance of food by paying respect to the diverse group of individuals making plant-based eating accessible and delicious to all. Tex-Mex Tater Tot Casserole One of our favorite culinary mashups, Tex-Mex cooking ties together the best of southwest comfort food with Mexican flavors and ingredients. This recipe for Tex-Mex vegan tater tot casserole by Larisha Campbell from Make it Dairy Free , is completely plant-based, using black beans, walnuts, and a homemade vegan cheese sauce to recreate that taco taste and texture. Source: Make it Dairy Free Chickn and Waffles Comforting soul foods star is definitely chicken n waffles. Thanks to this chickn and waffles recipe by Jenné Claiborne from Sweet Potato Soul , now plant-based eaters can relive the sweet, savory, crispy, crunchy magic of everyones favorite brunch dish. Source: Sweet Potato Soul Risotto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Shitake Bacon So many universally loved ingredients and flavors come together in this plant-based dish. Sweet Potato Risotto Stuffed Boats by Haile Thomas brings together rich and creamy risotto, hearty sweet potatoes, and topped with savory, umami-packed bacon. Finished with vegan cashew crema and dried cranberries, this is a Meatless Monday masterpiece. Source: Haile Thomas Spicy Chicken-Fried Cauliflower The name of this dish is enough to make your mouth water. This recipe for spicy chicken-fried cauliflower from I Can You Can Vegan uses a homemade, plant-based buttermilk as well as a seasoned flour mixture to give these nuggets of cauliflower a decadent, crunchy breading. Serve these up as an appetizer or plate them up with a side salad for a main course. Source: I Can You Can Vegan Vegan Crunch Wrap Supreme The original Crunch Wrap Supreme from Taco Bell is a discus of meat, cheese sauce, tortilla, sour cream, lettuce, and tomato; not exactly Meatless Monday fare. But thankfully, this recipe for a homemade vegan crunch wrap supreme from The Geneus Life captures all the grandeur of the original, while using only plant-based ingredients. Spicy tofu sofritas and cashew queso are a welcomed departure from their fast-food animal-based counterparts. Source: The Geneus Life Vegan Cheeze-Its One of the ultimate snack foods, the Cheez-It possess a perfectly toasty, cheesy flavor thats hard to decipher, but easy to recognize. The Ashleys, creators of the blog Eat Figs, Not Pigs , have captured the enigmatic taste of the Cheez-It without using any cheese or dairy at all. Their recipe for vegan Cheeze-Its   uses vegan cheese shreds, nutritional yeast, and a diverse array of spices and seasonings. Source: Eat Figs, Not Pigs Click here for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. The post Honoring Diversity Through Plant-Based Cooking appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Plant-Based Swaps to Recreate Classic Comfort Food Dishes

May 18 2020 Meatless Monday 

Plant-Based Swaps to Recreate Classic Comfort Food DishesAnimal products -- whether beef, pork, chicken, dairy or seafood -- are often thought to be necessary for a balanced diet, and, as a result, these ingredients have typically played a prominent role in home cooking.  But meat is not required for good health or good food, and the characteristics that make our favorite meals special -- the texture, the flavor, the spice -- can all be easily replicated with plant-based ingredients. Swapping out meat for plant-based protein enables you to find the essence of a dish and really consider why that BLT is so refreshing and tasty or how that peanut satay finds the right balance of spicy, nutty, and sweet. Because its usually not the animal protein that makes a dish unique or exquisite, but rather the harmony of ingredients and specific techniques that make for the best eating. Below is a list of classic comfort meals that have had their meaty ingredients swapped out for plant-based alternatives. Try a few this Monday, and gain a new appreciation for your favorite foods. Cauliflower Buffalo Wings Capture the spicy kick of Buffalo wings without the bones (and the chicken). This super simple recipe for cauliflower Buffalo wings is a definite crowd pleaser. No need to wait for gameday, whip up a batch this Monday.   Chickpea Meatloaf Meatloaf is the iconic comfort food, a centerpiece of many family meals. But you can easily recreate the tang and texture of meatloaf sans the meat. This recipe for vegan meatloaf from Nora Cooks uses a base of chickpeas to mimic the density and richness of traditional meatloaf. Photo & Recipe: Nora Cooks Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Garlic Mayo You wont be missing ground beef after tasting this grilled portobello burger . The mushrooms are marinated in a homemade barbecue spice mix and grilled until tender. When served, they are loaded up with sweet grilled red onions and savory garlic and chive mayonnaise. Lentil Bolognese Everyone loves one-pot cooking. Swap out ground beef for lentils in this hearty recipe for lentil Bolognese from Tasty. Serve over pasta or zucchini noodles. Photo & Recipe: Tasty     Mushroom Stroganoff Impress an Eastern European mother-in-law or stubborn eater with this cozy and comforting (and completely plant-based) version of beef stroganoff. Mimic the flavor, texture, and creaminess of beef stroganoff by using succulent baby portobello mushrooms, soy sauce, and your favorite brand of plant-based sour cream. Try this mouth-watering recipe for mushroom stroganoff from Vegan Huggs . Photo & Recipe: Vegan Huggs Quinoa Chili Fries Sometimes youve just got to cave to what you crave, but this recipe for quinoa chili fries doesnt have to be a guilty pleasure. By baking your own French fries and making your own chunky vegetarian quinoa chili, youll still feel light as air even after eating second helping.   Seitan Peanut Satay The perfect balance between nutty, spicy, and sweet: enter the seitan satay with spicy peanut sauce. Swap out traditional chicken breast for oven-roasted seitan; you wont be able to tell the difference. Follow this yummy recipe from seitan peanut satay from Sunnyside Hanne . Photo & Recipe: Sunnyside Hanne   Tempeh BLT Crisp, clean, and classic, who doesnt love a BLT? Marinating the tempeh overnight in a mixture of apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, liquid smoke, maple syrup, and spices gives it the flavor of bacon, while baking it in a hot oven recreates its crisp-yet-chewy texture. Check out this recipe for a tempeh BLT from The Curious Chickpea and get ready for next weekends brunch. Photo & Recipe: The Curious Chickpea Vegetable Paella Paella is known for its copious amounts of seafood, chicken, and chunks of chorizo, but you can replicate the delicate flavors of Spanish paella with roasted red peppers, artichokes, kalamata olives, and a variety of spices. Try this tasty vegetable paella from Cookie and Kate . Photo & Recipe: Cookie and Kate   Veggie Meatballs You wont miss regular meatballs after youve tried these better-for-you veggie meatballs . Featuring hearty lentils, mushrooms and walnuts, this recipe is sure to hit the spot next time a meatball craving hits. Serve with your favorite pesto or marinara sauce with some sautéed broccoli rabe, pasta, or polenta with spiraled greens.     Click here  for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation.   The post Plant-Based Swaps to Recreate Classic Comfort Food Dishes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Happy New Year Hoppin John

January 1 2020 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Happy New Year Hoppin John If it’s January 1st, it must be time for Hoppin’ John.  I love the tradition of making black-eyed peas with rice and collards so much!  I first discovered it when we moved to Charleston SC from Pennsylvania in 1983.  It’s been a New Year’s Day tradition ever since.  Most people serve the collards on the side, but I love to combine them. I sometimes add diced tomatoes just because. My favorite way to serve them is topped with vegan sour cream, Tabasco, sliced jalapenos, with cornbread on the side. I like to cook the collards and black-eyed peas a day in advance and then add them to the rice on New Year’s Day. Here is my basic recipe (and more photos of Hoppin’ John variations from previous years).  Happy New Year to all my friends. I wish you all the best in 2020! Hoppin John with Collards 1 tablespoon olive oil or 3 tablespoons water 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup long-grain brown rice 2 cups  vegetable broth or water Salt 3 cups cooked or 2 (16-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed 3 cups chopped cooked fresh or frozen collard greens, well drained 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained (optional) 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, plus more to serve 1/­­4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Vegan sour cream, to serve Sliced pickled jalapenos (optional)   Heat the oil or water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and broth or water and bring to a boil. Add salt to taste (the amount of salt needed depends on the saltiness of your broth or if you use water). Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until the rice is tender, about 30 minutes.  About 10 minutes before the rice is tender, stir in the cooked black-eyed peas, the cooked chopped collards, tomatoes (if using), Liquid Smoke, Tabasco, and black pepper. Add more salt, if needed. To serve, spoon into bowls and accompany with vegan sour cream, jalapenos (if using) and Tabasco at the table. Here are pics of two other favorites from my Hoppin’ John gallery: Made in a slow cooker with a cornbread topping…. and Hoppin’ John Collard Rolls…. (serve with Tabasco-Sour Cream)… The post Happy New Year Hoppin’ John appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cashew Sour Cream & Pineapple Avocado Salsa

September 30 2019 Meatless Monday 

Want a tastier taco? The combination of lentils and toasted walnuts in place of animal-protein makes for a cleaner, more complex bite. For the filling, lentils are seasoned with a blend of chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika and tossed with toasted walnuts. The mixture is topped with a cool, tart cashew sour cream, and a bright pineapple salsa. This recipe comes to us from Carly Paige, founder of FitLiving Eats , author of Simply Swapped Everyday , and one of the finalists of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Makes 8 tacos - 1 15-ounce can cooked lentils - 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped - 1 tablespoon tomato paste - 1 tablespoon chili powder - 1 tablespoon cumin - 1 tablespoon smoked paprika - 1 teaspoon oregano -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 8 romaine lettuce leaves   - Pineapple Avocado Salsa: - 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced - 2 avocados, diced -  1/­­2 jalapeno, seeds removed and diced -  1/­­4 cup red onion, diced -  1/­­4 cup cilantro, chopped - 1 lime, juiced -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt   - Cashew Sour Cream: -  3/­­4 cup cashews, soaked for 4 hours -  1/­­4 cup water - 1 tablespoon lemon juice -  1/­­2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar -  1/­­4 teaspoon salt   To make the lentil walnut taco meat, toast the walnuts in a sauté pan for about 5 minutes on medium-low heat. Add the lentils, spices and tomato paste. Stir to combine and sauté for a few more minutes to let the mixture dry out a bit and become crumbly. Meanwhile, combine the salsa ingredients in a bowl and set aside. To make the cashew sour cream, drain the soaking liquid from the cashews and add the cashews to a blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until creamy. To assemble, spoon the taco meat into the romaine leaves. Top with salsa and cashew sour cream. The post Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cashew Sour Cream & Pineapple Avocado Salsa appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Easy Chilled Beet Soup

August 2 2019 Golubka Kitchen 

Easy Chilled Beet Soup This soup tastes like you’re eating the garden in the best possible way. In Russia, we call it svekolnik, but similar recipes can be found in other Eastern European countries like Lithuania, Poland, etc. It tastes incredibly refreshing and life-giving, and the preparation couldn’t be simpler, with only 7 core ingredients. For beet skeptics, this chilled approach might be your key to enjoying beets, since their flavor is quite mild here. The mandatory dollop of yogurt or sour cream (we love coconut yogurt here) takes everything to the next level, so make sure not to skip it :) The cool thing about this soup is that it uses the entire beet, tops and greens included. You don’t have to have the tops to make it, but if your beets come with bushy tops, don’t throw them away. It’s no secret that beet tops are incredibly nutritious, so that contributes to the whole life-giving, garden feel of this dish. Typically, svekolnik recipes call for eggs, but since we keep things plant-based around here, we’ve come up with two delicious alternatives. I’ve been making this soup with white beans all summer long, and they fit in perfectly, so that’s one of them. And then recently, it occurred to me that silken tofu has a similar texture to egg whites and could be delicious in this recipe, like it usually is in Japanese cold tofu dishes. It worked – tofu is totally tasty and texturally perfect here, and, like the beans, it adds extra protein and makes the soup more satiating. We hope you’ll give this beet soup a try sometime this summer. Wishing you a beautiful weekend :) Easy Chilled Beet Soup   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 5 medium beets, tops included if present sea salt freshly ground black pepper 16 oz silken tofu or white beans juice from 2 small lemons 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 4-6 small cucumbers, like Persian - cubed dill/­­parsley/­­green onion - chopped yogurt or cashew sour cream/­­other sour cream of choice - for serving Instructions Separate the beets from their tops, if present. Wash and scrub the beets clean and place them in a soup pot. Separate the beet stems from the leaves, setting the leaves aside until ready to serve the soup. Finely chop the stems and place them in the soup pot. Cover the beets and stems with water by about 2. Season with salt and pepper - this water will become your broth. Bring up to a boil and boil for 20-25 minutes, until the beets are tender throughout. Carefully remove the beets from the broth with a slotted spoon or tongs, leaving the stems in the pot. Let the beets cool or run them under cold water, then peel off the skins. Grate the beets on a box grater or with the grater attachment of a food processor. Return the grated beets back to the pot with the broth. Add the tofu or beans to the pot, along with the lemon juice, vinegar, and another pinch of salt if needed. Put the pot in the refrigerator to chill completely for 2-4 hours or overnight. Once chilled, taste for salt, pepper, and vinegar, and adjust if needed. To serve, place about 1 small cubed cucumber in each bowl. Finely chop the beet greens and add a handful to each bowl. Pour the soup over the vegetables, making to sure to catch plenty of the grated beets and tofu/­­white beans. Garnish with lots of herbs and a mandatory dollop of yogurt or cashew sour cream. Enjoy! 3.5.3226 The post Easy Chilled Beet Soup appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Vegan Carnitas with Mushrooms

March 3 2019 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Carnitas with MushroomsEasy Vegan Carnitas. Mushrooms marinated in Spicy Smoky Zesty Marinade and Baked. Serve these Mushroom Carnitas with toppings in tacos, wraps, burritos. Use Jackfruit for variation. Glutenfree Nutfree Oilfree Recipe. Soyfree option. Jump to Recipe Every since I baked jackfruit with sauce for Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches, I’ve fallen in love with crisp caramelized result! Its much easier, no mess, short active time. Just mix everything and bake! I use the same process for these mushroom Carnitas. Sliced mushrooms, sliced onion, spices, herbs, and a flavorful marinade. Just put everything in a bowl, marinate for a bit if possible, spread in a baking dish and bake and done! No oil needed. The onions caramelize to a juicy sweet spicy state. Mushrooms cook wonderfully and crisp. Bake less or more time depending on your preference. Fill up tacos or wraps, add your favorite toppings like mashed avocado/­­guacamole, vegan sour cream or salsa and done. Add some smoky black beans or refried beans to the tacos for a hearty meal. You can use the same process with Jackfruit, shredded oyster mushrooms, hearts of palm and shredded seitan. Continue reading: Vegan Carnitas with MushroomsThe post Vegan Carnitas with Mushrooms appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Chilled Berry Soup

October 8 2018 VegKitchen 

Chilled Berry Soup This chilled berry soup is a fruit-filled way to celebrate mid-summer berry season, with blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Substitute other berries, like blackberries, if you’d like. This may be used as an appetizer, or as a refreshing finish to a summer meal. Serves: 6 1 pint blueberries 1 pint strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped 1 cup raspberries 2 medium peaches or nectarines, chopped 4 cups raspberry or cranberry juice 1/­­3 cup dry red or white wine Juice of 1/­­2 lemon Good pinch of cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon each: ground allspice, nutmeg Maple syrup or agave nectar, optional, if needed Sliced strawberries for garnish Vegan Sour Cream or Cashew Cream for garnish, optional Combine all the ingredients except the last three in a large soup pot. Bring to a rapid simmer. Lower the heat, then cover and simmer gently for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the fruit is tender. Taste to see whether a bit more sweetness is needed, and add maple syrup or agave accordingly--depending on the sweetness of the fruit and the fruit juice, you may not wish to add additional sweetness, or very little. Allow the soup to cool, then chill thoroughly. Garnish each serving with a few slices […] The post Chilled Berry Soup appeared first on VegKitchen.

Baked Eggplant Fries

September 11 2018 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Baked Eggplant FriesCrunchy and delicious, these Baked Eggplant Fries are a surefire way to make an eggplant lover out of just about anyone. And because theyre baked, not fried, theyre good for you too! Serve them as a side dish or enjoy them as a snack or appetizer. Dipping them in tzatziki sauce is a must. Baked Eggplant Fries Crunchy and delicious, these fries are a surefire way to make an eggplant lover out of just about anyone. And because theyre baked, not fried, theyre good for you too! Serve them as a side dish or enjoy them as a snack or appetizer. Dipping them in tzatziki sauce is a must. - One large eggplant, peeled and sliced vertically into 1/­­2-inch slices - 1/­­2 cup flour of choice ((all-purpose, rice, or chickpea are good choices)) - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - 1/­­8 teaspoon cayenne - 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk or other nondairy milk - 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed blended with 1/­­4 cup water in a blender until thick - 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice - 1 cup dry bread crumbs - 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast - 2 teaspoons dried oregano - 1 teaspoon dried basil - 1 teaspoon smoked paprika - Tzatziki Sauce, recipe follows, for serving - Cut the eggplant slices lengthwise into 1/­­2-inch strips. If the strips are too long, cut them in half. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 425°F. - In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne, and mix well. In a second shallow bowl, combine the almond milk and flaxseed mixture, stirring to blend. In a third shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, nutritional yeast, oregano, basil, and paprika. - Dredge the eggplant strips in the flour mixture, then dip them in the milk mixture, and then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture. Arrange the strips in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip over and bake for about 10 minutes longer, or until golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle the hot fries with salt. Serve hot with a bowl of the sauce. This recipe is from Vegan Without Borders (C) Robin Robertson, 2014, Andrews McMeel Publishing, photo by Sara Remington.     Vegan Tzatziki Sauce The refreshing and flavorful sauce made with yogurt, cucumber, and seasonings is extremely versatile. Serve it with the Baked Eggplant Fries. Its also good as a dip for warm pita bread or crunch pita chips, or as a spread for sandwiches. - 3 cloves garlic (crushed) - 1/­­2 small cucumber (peeled, seeded, and quartered) - 1/­­4 cup vegan yogurt - 1/­­4 cup vegan sour cream - 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice - 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (mint, or parsley) - Salt and freshly ground black pepper - In a food processor, combine the garlic and cucumber and process until finely minced. Add the yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, dill, and salt and pepper to taste. Process until well blended, then transfer to a bowl. Taste to adjust the seasoning if needed. Cover and refrigerate until needed. This recipe is from Vegan Without Borders (C) Robin Robertson, 2014, Andrews McMeel Publishing, photo by Sara Remington. The post Baked Eggplant Fries appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Radish Salad with Cashew Sour Cream Dressing

April 22 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Radish Salad with Cashew Sour Cream Dressing Hi friends! Popping in today with this springy radish salad with a cashew sour cream dressing. When I was growing up in Russia, my grandma would make a salad like this all the time during radish season in the spring and early summer. It was super simple – just radishes, cucumbers, and tons of sliced green onion, dressed with sour cream – but it was my absolute favorite. The way that the fatty sour cream counteracts the fresh and sharp flavors of the radishes and green onions is something out of this world. For this vegan variation, I came up with a cashew sour cream dressing, and the resulting salad tasted exactly like the salads of my childhood. I don’t think I would ever be able to tell the difference, if not for the fact that I’m not eating it in my grandma’s cozy kitchen. Hope you’ll give this salad a try, it’s the perfect embodiment of spring! Radish Salad with Cashew Sour Cream Dressing   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients ½ cup cashews ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about a half of a large lemon) ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar ¼ teaspoon onion powder ¼ teaspoon garlic powder sea salt freshly ground black pepper about 20 radishes (from around 2 batches), trimmed and sliced into half-moons 2 Persian (baby) cucumbers, sliced into half-moons 3 scallions, white and green parts, sliced Instructions Make the cashew sour cream dressing. If not using a high-speed blender, soak the cashews in hot water for 15 minutes, then drain (no need to soak if you have a high-powered blender). In an upright blender, combine the cashews, water, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Blend on high until very smooth. Taste for salt and pepper, and adjust if needed. Transfer the dressing to a jar and chill in the refrigerator while slicing the vegetables. In a large bowl, combine the radishes, cucumbers, and scallions. Add enough of the sour cream dressing to dress the salad to your liking (you might have some leftover dressing). Taste for salt and adjust if needed. Serve the salad right away. 3.5.3226 The post Radish Salad with Cashew Sour Cream Dressing appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff – One Pot

March 7 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff – One PotThis Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff recipe is packed with earthy flavor and umami from mushrooms and so creamy you wont believe its dairy-free. Paired with pasta and sprinkled with parsley its the ultimate vegan comfort food. And its all made in just 1 Skillet! Lovers of creamy mushroom sauces, you gotta try this vegan mushroom stroganoff recipe – it is so good. It has all that lovely earthy mushroom flavor you can dream of and is finished off with that signature Stroganoff tang from some homemade vegan cashew sour cream and a touch of white wine. The smell of brown mushrooms cooking with garlic and fresh herbs, is one of my favorite scents ever! Plus, this recipe is EASY! The most difficult part of the recipe is slicing mushrooms and chopping some garlic and onions. If you wanted to make this even easier you can purchase pre-sliced mushrooms . MORE VEGAN PASTA RECIPES FROM THE BLOG: - Creamy Vegan Cajun Pasta - Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake - Vegan Mushroom Fettucine Alfredo - Cajun Cauliflower Pasta  - Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta - Roasted Red Bell Pepper Chickpea Pasta  - Cauliflower Parmesan Pasta Bake  - Vegan Sundried Tomato Pasta Continue reading: Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff – One PotThe post Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff – One Pot appeared first on Vegan Richa.

New Ebook: Golubka Kitchen Holidays

November 1 2020 Golubka Kitchen 

New Ebook: Golubka Kitchen Holidays We are so excited to tell you about our new holiday ebook! It’s a collection of our favorite, festive, plant-based recipes, developed with the intention of bringing color and joy to your holiday table. As always, the focus is on flavor-packed, whole food ingredients and inspiring, seasonal produce. This project was so incredibly fun to work on. Dreaming up a celebratory table of vibrant, plant-forward dishes, and bringing it to life is just a really gratifying thing to do. Coming together around a table of good food is one of the undeniable pleasures of life, and we hope that these recipes will become yours as you celebrate with your loved ones. We are also launching the holiday ebook bundle, which includes the holiday ebook along with our desserts ebook for $4 off the total price. You can check out a few sneak peek photos from the ebook, plus the full recipe index below. Buy the Holiday Ebook /­­ Buy the Holiday Ebook Bundle ($4 Off) Recipe Index *all recipes are vegan, all but 4 recipes are gluten-free - Sour Cream and Shallot Dip - Stuffed Mushrooms with Smoky Quinoa and Cashew Parm - Smashed Potato Latke Bites - Beet Caviar - Butternut Squash, Farro and White Bean Salad - Holiday Slaw with Tahini-Orange Dressing - Miso-Roasted Cauliflower and Grapes with Green Caper Sauce - Leek and Potato Soup with Brussels Sprout Chips - Maple-Mustard Brussels Sprouts - Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom White Bean Gravy - Herb and Walnut Stuffing/­­Dressing - Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Casserole - Creamy Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Fried Shallots - Cranberry and Pear Sauce - Leeks in Vinaigrette - Cardamom Rice - Lentil Loaf with Balsamic Glaze - Coconut-Braised Red Cabbage - Orange and Sage Tempeh - Red Onion Tart with Tofu Ricotta - Quinoa and Vegetable Pot Pie with Gluten-Free Crust - Chocolate Fudge - Seeded Pumpkin Bread with Apple Butter - Rosemary Almonds - Gingerbread Banana Granola Buy the Holiday Ebook /­­ Buy the Holiday Ebook Bundle ($4 Off) The post New Ebook: Golubka Kitchen Holidays appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches

June 1 2020 Meatless Monday 

Craving barbecue? Try jackfruit, a plant with a similar texture to pulled meat. Seasoned with barbecue’s signature flavors and a crunchy, refreshing coleslaw, it’s a delicious way to indulge your barbecue cravings on Mondays! This recipe comes to us from Aimee of The Veg Life. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4-6 - For the pulled jackfruit: - 2 cans of jackfruit (packed in water, or brine if preferred) - 2 tbsp barbecue seasoning - 1/­­2 cup of barbecue sauce (plus more for serving, if desired) - For the slaw mix: (or use pre-bagged coleslaw mix) - 1 small green cabbage, finely shredded - 1/­­2 small red cabbage, finely shredded - 2 large carrots, finely shredded - For the dressing: - 2 tbsp vegan sour cream - 2/­­3 cup vegan mayonnaise - 1-2 tbsp white vinegar (to taste) - 1 tbsp grated onion (squeeze the liquid out) - 2 tbsp sugar - 1-2 tsp dry mustard - 1/­­2 tsp celery seed (optional) - Salt and pepper, to taste - For serving: - Rolls To prepare the coleslaw: Combine the shredded cabbages and carrots together (or you can just buy pre-bagged coleslaw mix). In a separate bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Add to the cabbage mixture. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt if necessary. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes prior to serving. To prepare the pulled jackfruit: Drain, rinse and dry the jackfruit with paper toweling and toss with the barbecue seasoning. Preheat a large pan over medium high heat, add 1 Tbl of oil and add the seasoned jackfruit. I cooked mine until it began to take on some color and then added the barbecue sauce. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes. I don’t like to cover it because I prefer a bit drier consistency. Covering it will create added moisture. If the jackfruit still has larger pieces after cooking, you can use two forks to shred it if you desire. I liked the chunky bits. While the jackfruit is cooking, combine all ingredients for the slaw and set aside to let the flavors meld. Slice the rolls in half and place the slaw on the bottom. Top with the jackfruit and serve with your favorite steak fries and of course, a side of pickles. The post Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Creamy Wild Mushroom Rice Soup

January 24 2020 Oh My Veggies 

And Soup Week continues! It also ends with this delicious creamy mushroom rice soup. I guess since I only post 2-3 recipes each week, theme weeks are not very epic around here, huh? Theme months would be way too much I think, but maybe I’ll start doing theme fortnights in the future. (Yes, I said fortnight. I’m fancy like that.) Having grown up in the midwest, I can tell you this: Midwesterners like their food creamy. We love cheesy casseroles, anything made with canned soup, and all kinds of concoctions made with sour cream, mayo, and/­­or cheese sauce (usually and, not or). Being sick last week, I was craving comfort food and to me, comfort food is creamy food. So I set out to make a vegetarian version of the classic Creamy Wild Rice & Chicken Soup. And then, because it’s the New Year and I’m trying to watch what I eat, I set out to make a lighter version. Behold, Creamy Wild Mushroom Rice Soup. The biggest obstacle was figuring out what to replace the chicken with. I’m always hesitant to cook with seitan on my blog because I don’t know if that’s readily available everywhere. And tofu in […]

Meet the Winner of the 2019 Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge in Orlando, Florida

September 30 2019 Meatless Monday 

Meet the Winner of the 2019 Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge in Orlando, FloridaOn Monday, September 16, three finalists competed to be crowned the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Champion. Finalists were chosen from a pool of chefs who submitted original meatless recipes and videos. The competition was judged by a panel of experts including (from left to right) Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C., Executive Chef & Co-Owner, Cress Restaurant; Kristine Palkowetz, Chief Wellness Officer, Joyful Goodness; Kendra Lott, Publisher, Edible Orlando; and Dana Smith, Campaign Director, Meatless Monday. The three competing finalists were: Carly Paige, Founder, FitLiving Eats ; Author, “Simply Swapped Everyday” Chris Dancesia, Owner/­­Chef, Nick’s Bistro Anne Hernandez, Founder, Our Urban Homestead Chefs had 20 minutes to prepare their dishes while discussing the ingredients, flavors, and health benefits. Each chef prepared their favorite meatless dish for the panel of judges. Carly Paige kicked off the competition by preparing her Lentil Walnut Tacos , which she said she knows are good because even her meat and potato loving brother enjoys them. Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cashew Sour Cream & Pineapple Avocado Salsa Anne Hernandez then prepared her Vegan Shephards Pie , a recipe that isnt giving up anything by going plant-based, as it allows you to enjoy a lighter version of a traditional comfort food. Vegan Shepherds Pie Finally, Chef Chris Dancesia prepared Summer Squash and Rice Noodles with Caribbean Gremolata and Coconut Oil , a favorite vegetarian dish at his restaurant. Rice Stick Noodle with Caribbean Gremolata Although a tough decision, the judges awarded Chef Chris as the winner of the Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge. Judges enjoyed the variety of flavors in his dish, as well as the presentation. Growing up in a Slovak Ukrainian family, Chris learned how to cook from a young age. Starting at age 15 as a dishwasher, Chris has spent his career working in restaurants, learning all aspects - from bar back to waiting tables to eventually moving into the kitchen. From 2008 to 2012, Chris worked in a restaurant in Belize before returning to Florida. Earlier this year, his lifelong dream came true as he and a business partner opened Nicks Bistro. Congratulations to Chef Chris! Try all the chefs’ recipes this Meatless Monday and let us know how they came out on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter . The post Meet the Winner of the 2019 Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge in Orlando, Florida appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegetable Bites

August 21 2019 Oh My Veggies 

These 3 combinations of Vegetable Bites are super simple and super tasty. Serve them with sour cream.    

Cashew Cream

May 10 2019 VegKitchen 

Cashew Cream This contemporary recipe is a great substitute for dairy or soy based sour cream. And is it easy, or what? Use it for topping soups or as a simple sauce for vegetables or grains. The post Cashew Cream appeared first on VegKitchen.

Black Bean Nachos

December 10 2018 Meatless Monday 

Nachos get a healthy plant-based boost with nutritious black beans, which are sauteed with Tabasco sauce for a little heat and honey for a little sweet. This crowd-pleasing recipe comes together in no time and can be customized with your favorite toppings. This recipe comes to us from Golden Blossom Honey. Serves 6 - 1/­­2 medium onion, chopped - 1 clove garlic, minced - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1 (15 ounce can) black beans, drained and rinsed - 2 dashes Tabasco sauce - 1 tablespoon honey - 3 medium tomatoes, chopped - 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced - 2 scallions, chopped - 1 (8 1/­­2 ounce) bag tortilla chips - 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated - 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated - 1 avocado, peeled and sliced - 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped - sour cream - salt and pepper to taste   Preheat oven to 475°.   Saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes in olive oil over medium heat. Reduce heat. Add black beans and Tabasco sauce. Stir in honey. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. In a medium bowl, mix together tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, and scallions. Place tortilla chips evenly on baking sheet. Place black bean mixture over chips, followed by tomato mixture and grated cheeses. Bake for about 5 minutes, until cheese melts. Top with avocado slices, cilantro and sour cream. The post Black Bean Nachos appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegetarian Chili with Corn and Soy Beans

September 15 2018 VegKitchen 

Vegetarian Chili with Corn and Soy Beans Here is a tasty recipe for a small budget. This is where the chili comes in--this great classic, a thousand times reinvented. This is a really simple version that is prepared in a single saucepan in an hour! If you want to spoil yourself a little bit more, serve it with a vegetable sour cream, avocado, fresh tomato cubes, and organic corn chips. But its honestly so tasty that you can eat it plain! You can also serve it as a garnish on fries, on nachos, on a baked potato, on a veggie dog, or even in a sloppy joe! The possibilities are endless when you have a creative imagination. Preparation: 5 minutes Cooking: 1 hour Total: 1 hour 5 minutes Servings: 4   Ingredients  1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large chopped onion 3 chopped garlic cloves 1 can (28 oz) drained diced tomatoes 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 to 2 tablespoons chili spices 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon ground coriander 1 tablespoon sugar 3/­­4 cup frozen corn kernels 3/­­4 cup canned red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 3/­­4 cup thawed frozen soy beans (edamame)   Preparation In a saucepan, heat the oil to medium […] The post Vegetarian Chili with Corn and Soy Beans appeared first on VegKitchen.

Summer Cobb Salad with Coconut Bacon

July 20 2018 My New Roots 

Summer Cobb Salad with Coconut Bacon Summer is HERE! Wowee zowee its been a beautiful July filled with plenty of sunshine, swimming, fresh fruit, and family time. Its also a very special feeling being in Canada for the whole spring-to-summer transition once again. Its one of my favourite things, watching this little part of the world turn green and warm, for the lakes and rivers to invite us in, for the farmers markets to burst with local goodness, and for the long days to stretch into equally enchanted nights. I dont cook a whole lot this time of year - I like to keep my food really fresh, mostly raw and pretty light.  If I am turning the stove or oven on, its often to make staples that I can keep on hand in the fridge to amp up a salad or sandwich. Lentils, beans, and quinoa are some rotating essentials that I can add a bunch of fresh veggies to, or turn into a dip. I also love to have some coconut bacon from my second cookbook, Naturally Nourished, on hand to add awesome flavour and texture to something as basic as avocado toast. The inspiration for this salad came when I had just made a fresh batch of this magical stuff, and I was trying to come up with some alternative uses for it (besides the best B.L.T. ever) when I remembered another classic bacon meal: the Cobb Salad! If you live outside of North America, chances are youre not familiar with this iconic dish, a texture-rich combination of chopped romaine, avocado, tomato, chives, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, and chicken. Its a rich and protein-heavy salad, often smothered in a creamy blue cheese dressing. Whoa! Major. Needless to say, I knew that this was perfect makeover fodder, and I had everything I needed to get started. To turn this indulgent dish into something just as delicious, but actually a salad, was relatively easy. First, I decided to turn up the green and add some spinach to the mix. This small addition delivers more iron, protein, vitamin C and folate. Instead of chicken, I pointed my garden arrow at peas, to add body and filling fiber. Cooked chickpeas, butter beans or French lentils would also work beautifully in their place. Watermelon radishes just came into season here, and it was a total no-brainer to add them to this version, since they add great crunch, delicious earthiness, and pink. Because pink! And of course I kept the avocado...duh. The Creamy Chive Dressing is such a win here. I created it in hopes of maintaining that rich and satisfying mouthfeel that blue cheese dressing lends to the classic Cobb, but without the cheese, cream, sour cream and mayo (I mean, holy cow). Instead I used hemp seeds, which are rich in Omega-3 fats, and protein to energize our summer bods. Its tangy, a little garlic-y, and super fresh. And since my recipe makes more than enough for this salad, pour the rest over thickly sliced beefsteak tomatoes, grilled eggplant and zucchini, or fold it into cooked grains and greens.      My version of Cobb Salad is more of a concept than a recipe - so feel free to play around a bit with what you have, in the amounts that you have. And if youve got some other salad-y things kicking around that would work here, toss them in! No rules, just a clean-out-the-fridge kinda deal. Its summer. Lets keep things easy and flowin! To say Im obsessed with this salad is an understatement. Its the perfect summer meal and has everything going on with its fresh, crunchy, garden-fresh veggies and greens, creamy avocado, juicy tomatoes, rich and smoky coconut bacon, smooth and tangy chive dressing, satisfying eggs, and if you dont want to dive face first into that bowl right now I dont think well ever be friends ; )     Print recipe     Summer Cobb Salad with Coconut Bacon Serves 2 as a meal, 4 as a side Ingredients: 1 head of romaine lettuce a couple large handfuls of spinach a few handfuls fresh peas, raw or lightly steamed 2 medium watermelon radish 1-2 ripe avocados, depending on how hungry you are 2-3 soft-boiled eggs, optional a couple handfuls of Coconut Bacon (recipe follows) a generous drizzle of Creamy Chive Dressing (recipe follows) chives for garnish flaky salt and pepper for garnish Directions: 1. Roughly chop the romaine and spinach, and place in a large salad bowl. 2. Thinly slice the watermelon radishes, peel and slice the avocado, cut the eggs in half, and add these ingredients to the greens. Scatter peas throughout, toss on the Coconut Bacon, drizzle with the Creamy Chive Dressing and garnish with chives, salt and pepper. Devour and rejoice. Coconut Bacon Makes 5 cups /­­ 200g Ingredients: 1/­­4 cup /­­ 60ml tamari 1/­­4 cup /­­ 60ml maple syrup 3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil 1 Tbsp. liquid smoke 1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper 1/­­2 tsp. garlic powder 5 cups /­­ 200g coconut flakes Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325°F /­­ 160°C. 2. Whisk all wet ingredients together in a large bowl. Add coconut flakes and toss well to coat. Let the coconut sit and marinate in the liquid for about 5 minutes. 3. Place coconut on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spreading it out evenly. Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 7 minutes or so, until fragrant and crispy. The coconut will crisp up outside the oven as well, so take that into consideration. Store in an airtight container for up to three weeks. Creamy Chive dressing Makes 1 1/­­2 cups /­­ 375ml Ingredients: 3/­­4 cup /­­ 100g hemp seeds zest of 1 lemon 1/­­4 cup /­­ 60ml freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 clove garlic 2 Tbsp. cold-pressed olive oil 2 tsp. pure maple syrup 1/­­4 tsp. fine sea salt 1/­­2 cup /­­ 125ml water, or more as needed 3 Tbsp. finely minced chives Directions: 1. Place all ingredients except for the chives in a blender (a high-speed blender is definitely recommended) and blend on high until completely smooth and creamy. Add the minced chives and pulse once or twice just to incorporate them. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. If the dressing is too thick, add a little water and blend well again. 2. Pour dressing into a glass jar and store leftovers in the fridge for up to one week. Show me your salad on Instagram: #mnrcobbsalad The post Summer Cobb Salad with Coconut Bacon appeared first on My New Roots.


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