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All-Purpose Seasoning

I like to make up different seasonings to add a new dimension to the flavor of the dish. Each mix I make gives a dish a new flavor profile, making it unique. Today its the quintessential All-purpose mix. It is probably my most used seasoning blend. Enjoy the flavor.

  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Himalayan Salt (optional)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Measure all ingredients into a mason jar. Shake. Sprinkle. That’s it. Try it on any protein or vegetable you like. This seasoning will transform your dish.

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Homemade Sourdough Croutons – GF/V

I do not know what possessed me to make croutons. I really do not like croutons. They are usually hard as rock and have no flavor. Before I realized I had gluten issues I still would not have croutons on my salads. I would always request them to be left off my food. It has been years since I actually ate one – Years.

For some reason I thought they would go really well with some soup I was making. That (the recipe) will be in another post. I think too, it was because I had part of a loaf of my GF bread that was starting to get stale. That bread is too good to waste. So here we are talking about making croutons.

I will be honest I think I am a total convert, at least for my croutons I will be. My husband and I kept eating them right off the pan, still hot from the oven. Just thinking about them makes me smile. I have already got some ideas for these little gems of goodness.

You can make these with any bread, but honestly my GF sandwich bread is awesome. Which will make these croutons even better. You only need 3 ingredients.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut bread into large cubes. Spread out evenly onto sheet pan. Drizzle olive oil over bread cubes. Generously sprinkle all-purpose seasoning onto bread. Stir with hands so that bread cubes are evenly coated with olive oil and seasoning.

Bake in oven for a total of 20 minutes, until the bread cubes are golden. Stir after ten minutes.

Remove from oven. To store the croutons make sure they are cooled completely and put into an airtight container or ziplock bag.

Use for salads or as a garnish on soups. You could even turn them into bread crumbs. There are lots of possibilities.

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Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

My Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup is the perfect accompaniment to vegan grilled cheese. Especially, on a rainy day like today. It takes under 30 minutes from prep to serving.

  • 1 1/2 c onions, diced
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 c Vegetable Stock
  • 2 14.5 oz diced tomatoes, canned
  • 1 15 oz. cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1/2 c basil, chopped, reserve some for garnishing

Over medium-low heat sauté the onions and All-Purpose Seasoning until the onions are softened and translucent.

Add the Vegetable Stock, diced tomatoes and cannellini beans to the onions.  Raise heat to medium-high and bring to a boil; cook about 5 minutes. Stir in basil.

Transfer soup to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Pour into bowl and garnish with basil.

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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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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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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Roasted Jackfruit – Basic Recipe

Jackfruit is a versatile ingredient for a meat substitute. The trick I have found to make it perfect is to roast it in the oven. Here is how I roast my jackfruit and it turns out perfect every time.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make sure you throughly rinse the jackfruit. Otherwise, it will have a briny taste.

I usually shredded mine as I am rinsing the jackfruit. It is multitasking at its finest.

Spread the shredded jackfruit onto a sheet pan.

Generously season the jackfruit with the All-Purpose Seasoning.

Note: I will sometimes use my Smokey Southwestern Seasoning instead of the All-Purpose Seasoning, if I want to make some Tex-Mex.

Roast for 10 minutes; stir jackfruit, and roast for an additional 10 minutes.

You can find some of my jackfruit recipes under the jackfruit category.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Cauliflower Mornay Sauce

This sauce is luscious and velvety. It is great on pasta, steamed veggies, potatoes, mushroom steaks and the list goes on. It is a sauce you will want to keep on hand in the refrigerator.

In a medium size pot add the cashews, cauliflower, garlic and bay leaf. fill the pot with water to cover the ingredients. Bring to a boil and cook until the cauliflower is tender.

Drain the water and transfer the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Add the miso paste and the All-Purpose Seasoning. Begin to blend. Slowly add the almond milk. Blend until the sauce is smooth and velvety.

This recipe makes about 2 quarts. If you find that the sauce is too thick when it is reheated, just add some more almond milk to thin it out to your desired consistency.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

One of my favorite things to make are sauces/dressings/marinades. They tend to elevate and tie together  any dish you are making. This particular one has a wonderful tangy lemon flavor that can be used for so many things. I made it to go with a Pesto Jackfruit Quinoa Bowl. I will post the recipe for the bowl soon.

Combine all ingredients into a medium size bowl and whisk together. Add as much of the Cashew Sour Cream as you want to get the desired consistency. Chill.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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