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White Bean Spread/Dip

I wanted to make a type of sandwich spread or dip for JB. It is very simple and delicious. It also freezes well. This White Bean Spread/Dip is made entirely in the food processor, which is another plus.

Combine all the ingredients, with the exception of the parsley into a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. Add parsley and pulse 2-3 times to incorporate the parsley.

Note: White Bean Spread/Dip can be used as a sandwich spread or dip for veggies. You could also thin it out with some plant milk and turn it into a sauce. It is very versatile and adaptable to different flavor profiles.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Quinoa & Chickpea Herb Salad

This is a simple quinoa dish that takes regular quinoa and up the ante. It is flavor packed with dried and fresh herbs. You can use this as a base to tasty lunch bowl or add some mixed greens and have a protein packed salad. It is all good any way you like it.

Cook quinoa with Jb’s All-Purpose Blend or All-Purpose Seasoning according to the package instructions.

Combine all the ingredients together and stir until well combined.

Note: I like the multi-colored quinoa for this dish because of the variety of flavors, but you can use whatever type of quinoa you have on hand.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Millet Chickpea Salad

I had some cooked millet that I wanted to use in another way. Instead as a base for a grain bowl I made a salad. This salad is good as is, or you can bulk it up with some salad greens. Also, it is good cold or warm. Either way you choose to eat it – Delicious.

Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and thoroughly stir them until they are well incorporated.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Collard Greens & Baby Bella Mushroom Savory Muffins/Mini Chickpea Frittatas

Here is another version of JB’s Savory Muffins/Mini Chickpea Frittatas. The secret ingredient to amp up the mushroom flavor is a little porcini powder. The porcini powder makes all the difference.

Veggies:

  • 3 c collard greens, stems and thick vein removed, chopped
  • 3 c baby bella mushrooms, sliced

In a large skillet, wilt the greens and let the mushrooms release their moisture. Set aside

Preheat oven 375 degrees.

Dry Ingredients:

In a large bowl whisk all the dry ingredients together, until well combined. Add the collards and mushrooms and stir until the veggies is coated and equally distributed throughout the dry mixture.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c macadamia milk
  • 1/2 c sparkling water
  • 1 lemon juiced

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and thoroughly whisk together. Pour mixture into prepared muffin tins.

Bake for 25-27 minutes.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Savory Crepes with Sautéed Spinach & Mushrooms

I have been asked to share the recipe for the filling I used for the Savory Chickpea Crepes. It is a very simple recipe and makes enough for 6 Savory Chickpea Crepes. Make sure you make the filling before you begin to make the crepes. The crepes roll the best when they are warm.

You can change out the spinach for any kind of greens you have, and even the mushrooms too.

Filling:

In a large dutch oven add mushrooms, spinach, All-Purpose Seasoning and garlic. Sauté over medium heat until mushrooms have released their water and the spinach has wilted.

By trial and error I found it was easier to put the crepe on a plate add the filling and roll the crepe.

Top with either my Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce or JB’s Macadamia Béchamel – Raw White Sauce.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Savory Chickpea Crepes

Recently I brought to you the Red Lentil Tortillas and they have been a big hit. Chickpea Crepes have been on my mind lately. I used to make regular crepes, until I went WFPB Gluten-Free. These crepes are nutritious, flavorful, have minimal ingredients and are easy to make.

I increased the servings amount. Initially the recipe was half the amount, but that just was not enough, so I doubled it. the hardest thing is letting the batter rest.

In a high-speed blender add all the ingredients. Blend until completely combined. Cover the batter and let rest for a couple of hours at room temperature, or refrigerate overnight.

Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat. Make sure you wait for the skillet to heat up. I got too impatient and ruined my first crepe. That was a sad moment.

Pour the batter into the pan tilting it to make a large circle.

Cook 1 1/2 -2 minutes, the top of the crepe will look dry. Slide a spatula around the edges to loosen and carefully flip the crepe . Cook the other side until it is browned, about 1 minute. As the skillet gets hot and remains hot the crepes take less time to make.
Do not get disheartened if the first crepe does not turn out. Look at it as a test to see if the pan is hot enough. It is still edible, just not pretty.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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One Pot Veggie Packed Pasta

I was cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer and had some things that I wanted to use up. I actually like to do this every week and use all the bits and pieces I can so that they do not go to waste. This is what I came up with. It is colorful and flavorful.

  • 12 oz. brown rice spaghetti (I like Jovial brand)
  • 16 oz. mixed color little tomatoes, halved
  • 12 oz. Green Giant Zucchini Noodles, frozen
  • 1 c green peas, frozen
  • 1 tbsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested, juiced
  • 1 c Basic Vegetable Stock
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot/cornstarch
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast

In a large dutch oven cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse and set aside.

In the same pot add tomatoes, zucchini noodles, peas, All-Purpose Seasoning and garlic. sauté until veggies are heated through.

While the veggies are cooking make a slurry with the vegetable broth and cornstarch. Set aside.

Add spaghetti to the vegetables and stir thoroughly. Add the lemon zest and juice, vegetable broth slurry and nutritional yeast. Stir until completely coated and is well incorporated.

I sprinkle some topping on top of the pasta dish. The topping recipe is from the Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro and Baked Spinach-Artichoke & Tomato Caserecce.

Topping:

  • 1/2 c GF Bread Crumbs
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1/4 c parsley, fresh, chopped

In a medium bowl mix together all the topping ingredients. Sprinkle topping onto plated pasta.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Baked Spinach-Artichoke & Tomato Caserecce

This recipe came about because I wanted to use some leftovers in a different way. I had some Spinach Artichoke Dip and some Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce. So I combined the two and added a few other ingredients to make this incredible, company worthy pasta dish.

Prepare caserecce according to package directions. Reserve 1-2 cup of the pasta water before draining the pasta. Drain the pasta and return to the pot it was cooked in.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add the Spinach Artichoke Dip, Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce, cherry tomatoes and the sun-dried tomatoes and the pasta water to the pot. Stir all the ingredients, until they are well incorporated.

Transfer pasta mixture to a baking dish. Bake about 35-40 minutes.

Note: You can use the pot you cooked the pasta in if it is ovenproof. By doing this there is less clean up.

While the pasta is baking mix up the topping.

Topping:

  • 1/2 c GF Bread Crumbs
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1/4 c parsley, fresh, chopped

In a medium bowl mix together all the topping ingredients and set aside.

Sprinkle topping on to the Baked Spinach-Artichoke & Tomato Caserecce.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Lentil Loaf Vegan/WFPB

I have been wanting to try my hand at making a Lentil Loaf to replace the meatloaf I would make occasionally. It turned out better than I had hoped for. This is a fairly simple recipe that can be assembled ahead of time and popped in the oven later.

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The flavor is amazing. You can use the sauce in this recipe to top the loaf or use my Best Mushroom Gravy. Serve the Lentil Loaf with Light and Creamy Mashed Potatoes and some Roasted Green Beans. This is a comfort meal to the max.

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  • 2 1/2 c french lentil, soaked (1 1/4 c dry)
  • 3/4 c onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 c carrots, diced
  • 3/4 c celery stalks, diced
  • 2 c baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp All-purpose Seasoning, divided, 1/2tbsp – 1/2 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp bbq sauce (your favorite)
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c GF Bread Crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large skillet over medium heat sauté, onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and 1/2 tbsp All-Purpose Seasoning. Sauté veggies until they are softened. Add garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant.

In a food processor add lentils, cooked vegetables, remaining All-Purpose Seasoning, tomato paste, bbq sauce, flax meal, rolled oats and Gluten-free bread crumbs. Pulse until it is a chunky dough.

Form the dough into a loaf on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and top with sauce.

Sauce:

  • 2/3 c ketchup
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Mix the ingredients together and spoon the sauce on top of loaf. Return to oven and bake for 10 additional minutes.

Remove from oven and let loaf rest for at least 10 minutes. The rest time is important so the loaf firms up.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

 

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Light & Creamy Mashed Potatoes

I made these potatoes on the Sunday Night after Thanksgiving and I wish I would have brought them for thanksgiving. They were incredible. Light, Creamy and packed with flavor.

Cook potatoes until they easily mash with a fork.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process just until they are creamy. It only takes 30- 60 seconds. You do not want to over process, or the potatoes can turn gummy.

Transfer potato mixture to an 8×8 baking dish. Bakes for 15-20 minutes.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.