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Kung Pao Peanut Veggie Kabobs

I had some Kung Pao Sauce and some Peanut Sauce leftover so I combined them and made an incredible sauce to marinade the veggie kabobs. I served them with some brown basmati rice.

  • Kung Pao Sauce (about 2/3 c)
  • Peanut Sauce (about 2/3 c)
  • Vegetable Stock – to dilute sauce (about 1/2 c)
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced 1/2 inch coins
  • 1 medium yellow squash, sliced 1/2 inch coins
  • 16 oz Cremini mushrooms
  • 1 package extra firm tofu, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes

Combine all of the ingredients into a gallon size ziplock bag. Add enough Vegetable Stock to dilute the combined Kung Pao and Peanut Sauce to coat the veggies and tofu.

Let veggies marinade for about 1 hour; turning bag over periodically to coat the veggies.

Thread veggies onto skewers. Grill until the veggies are tender.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Bow Tie Veggie Salad

This salad is so beautiful and colorful; purple, red, yellow, orange and green. The proverbial colors of the rainbow. I used fresh and frozen veggies, and it has more veggies than pasta. I would say, that is a fresh tasting nutritious pasta salad.

  • 12 oz. farfalle (bowtie) pasta, gluten-free
  • 1 head, cauliflower, purple, cut into bite size, steamed
  • 2 c tomatoes, cherry, variety of colors, quartered
  • 1 c corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 c edamame, shelled, steamed
  • 1 lime, zested, juiced
  • 1 tbsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

In a large pot cook farfalle according to package directions. I used Jovial (my favorite brand) and it cooks for 10 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water and set aside.

Meanwhile, steam cauliflower for about 5 minutes. Long enough that the cauliflower was softened but still has a bite. Rinse with cold water and set aside.

In a very large bowl combine all the ingredients and stir thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: I added greens to this salad when it was served.

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Barbecued Maitake Mushroom Steaks

Maitake Mushrooms are also called hen of the woods. These are great when you want a “meaty” texture. The key to getting that “meaty” texture is pan searing and pressing the mushrooms before you barbecue. This recipe is for cooking in the oven.

  • 4 Maitake mushrooms

Heat a large heavy skillet (I used cast iron) over medium heat. Make sure your cast iron is seasoned, or use a little oil to keep the mushrooms from sticking.

Place the mushrooms into the skillet. Place a heavy skillet on top of the mushrooms to press them. Cook for about 2 minutes. Turn over the mushrooms and repeat the pressing process. Continue to turn and press the mushrooms (about 10 minutes) until the mushrooms are golden, crispy steaks and all the liquid is gone.

Marinade:

Combine all of the ingredients into a medium size saucepan. Bring marinade to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until marinade is reduced by 1/3 to 1/2 the volume.

Coat the mushroom steaks liberally with the marinade. Let marinate for at least one hour. The longer the mushrooms marinate the more flavor you will have.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place marinated mushrooms onto baking sheet. Flip and baste mushrooms about every 10 minutes. Roast for about 30-40 minutes.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Portobello Cheesesteaks

These Portobello Cheesesteaks got the, “You can make this again” statement. I love when that happens. This just proves vegan food does not equal just salads.

Marinade:

Combine all of the marinade ingredients together. Pour marinade into an 8×8 baking dish and set aside.

Mushrooms:

  • 2 large portobello mushrooms

Carefully remove the stems and gills from the portobello mushrooms. Thinly slice the mushrooms.

Add the sliced mushrooms to the marinade. Turn the mushrooms in the marinade to coat. Set aside.

Onions and Peppers:

  • 1 red bell pepper, slice into strips
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced

Add the pepper and onion to a large skillet. Cook the onion mixture over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. The onion will start to get some golden color and the red pepper will begin to soften.

Move the onions and peppers to the outer edges of the skillet. Add the marinated mushrooms to the center of the skillet. Cook the mushrooms until the liquid is cooked  out of the mushrooms. Mix together and set aside.

Cheese Sauce:

  • 1/2 c cashews, soaked
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tso garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 c water

Combine all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer cheese sauce to a medium sauce pan. Cook cheese sauce over medium heat, stirring constantly until sauce has thickened.

Assembly:

  • 2- 3 GF hoagie rolls

Layer mushroom mixture onto hoagie roll. Spoon cheese sauce onto mushroom mixture.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Taquito Casserole

I came up with this Easy Refried Bean Casserole when I was looking through my pantry to see what I could make for dinner. At first I was going to make taquitos, but the corn tortillas kept falling apart. It was just not going to work. That is when I came up with this casserole. It is basically refried bean taquitos in a casserole form. It  can be ready in about 30 minutes, is easy to assemble and requires very few ingredients. It turned out to be a winner.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Layer tortillas into an 8 inch pie plate. Spread a layer of the Shortcut Refried Beans on top of the tortillas. Sprinkle half the corn on top of the beans. Sprinkle some Smokey Southwestern Seasoning on top of the corn. Repeat 1-3 more times It just depends on how deep is your pie plate.

Bake until it is hot, about 20-25 minutes.

You can use a number of different toppings: Guacamole, your favorite salsa, or my Creamy Cilantro Sauce/Dressing.

Serve with a salad or your favorite green vegetable.

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Note: Make sure you get Non-GMO corn products.

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Slow Cooker Chana Masala

Since we have been on lockdown we have not been able to go to our favorite Indian food restaurant. I decided to try my hand at making some at home. The slow cooker made it easy to let it cook itself.

  • 2 c onions, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 1/2 c tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 3/4 c , divided, + more sautéing vegetable stock/broth
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 c russet potato, diced, 1/2 – inch
  • 1 c chickpeas (measured dried then soaked overnight)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

In a large skillet sauté onions, garlic and ginger with 1/4 c of vegetable stock/broth. Sauté until the onions are golden.

Add tomatoes, curry, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne pepper to the onion mixture. Sauté until the tomatoes are tender. Transfer to a slow cooker.

Add the potatoes, chickpeas and 2 1/2 c of vegetable stock/broth.

Cover slow cooker and cook on high heat for 5 hours, until the stew has thickened and the chickpeas are tender.

Stir in lemon juice. Serve over your favorite whole grain.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Roasted Root Vegetable and Broccoli Bowl

The flavors of this bowl meld together perfectly. It has the heartiness of roasted root vegetable. The vibrant color of the roasted broccoli and the refreshing taste of the Creamy Citrus Dressing/Sauce. And don’t forget the sweet crunch of the Pan Toasted Pecans.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl combine the root vegetables, broccoli, vegetable broth and the All-Purpose Seasoning. Use enough broth and All-Purpose Seasoning to coat the vegetables.

Transfer the vegetable onto a sheet pan. Roast the vegetables for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes stir the vegetables and continue to roast for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Layer vegetables into a bowl. Drizzle with the Creamy Citrus Dressing/Sauce on top of the vegetables. Top with Pan Toasted Pecans.

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Pesto Jackfruit Quinoa Bowl

It had been awhile since I had made quinoa. So I decided it was about time to start making it again. It is packed with protein and is so versatile. You can make bread, flat bread, breakfast, and this Pesto Jackfruit Quinoa Bowl. Makes 2-4 servings.

In a large skillet add of the ingredients. Warm quinoa mixture over medium-high heat, about three minutes. The kale should be wilted.

Transfer some of the quinoa mixture to a bowl. Top with some of the reserved sun-dried tomatoes. Drizzle on the quinoa some of the Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Penne Cauliflower Mornay Sauce and Peas

This is a simple pasta dish that is quick, yet so delicious. If you already have the Cauliflower Mornay Sauce made and waiting in the refrigerator it will be even faster.

Prepare penne according to package directions. During the last minute of cooking the pasta add the peas to the water. Drain pasta and peas. Return to pot they were cooking in.

Add the Cauliflower Mornay Sauce to coat the penne.

Note: If you find the Cauliflower Mornay Sauce is too think, just add some more plant milk to the sauce to make your desired consistency.

Garnish with basil.

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Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts with Tofu

I have been wanting to make Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts since I had them in a restaurant. My version does not require any special equipment, like a wok.

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, cleaned, trimmed, halved
  • 1 lb firm tofu, pressed, cut into cubes
  • Kung Pao Sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spread out brussels sprouts and tofu evenly onto a baking sheet pan. Roast sprouts and tofu in the oven until the sprouts are crispy and tofu is golden. About 20-30 minutes.

Pour Kung Pao Sauce over the brussels sprouts and tofu. Stir to completely coat the sprouts and tofu. Serve over rice or noodles.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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