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Creamy Citrus & Cilantro Sauce/Dressing

This Creamy Citrus & Cilantro Sauce/Dressing gets its creaminess from cannellini beans and soaked cashews.The brightness comes from the lemon and lime and the earthiness is from the cilantro.

This sauce is a twist on my Creamy Cannellini Sauce. It is a versatile and completely delicious sauce/dressing. I paired it with my Easy Falafels for the picture – YUM!

Combine all the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Roasted Vegetables with Spinach Pesto

I had some carrots and parsnips in the crisper drawer that needed to be used. Also, I had some baby potatoes that needed to be used. Out of necessity that is how I came up with this meal.

These veggies will be great for a base for a bowl. Just add some beans and greens and you are all set. By using two sheet pans of veggies I will have a big start on quite a few meals for the week.

  • 1 pound carrots, cleaned, chopped
  • 8 oz. parsnips, cleaned, chopped
  • 24 oz. baby potatoes, cleaned, chopped
  • All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1-1 1/2 c chickpeas, cooked, drained, rinsed
  • Spinach Pesto

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheets (I used two) with a silicone mat/parchment paper .

Place carrots and parsnips on one baking sheet. Sprinkle All-Purpose Seasoning on top of the carrots and parsnips. Place baby potatoes on the other baking sheet, and sprinkle All-Purpose Seasoning on the potatoes.

Roast the vegetables for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, stir all the vegetables and chick for doneness. Continue to roast from 10-20 minutes. the vegetables should be fork tender.

When the vegetables are done transfer them to a large bowl. Add the chickpeas to the veggies. Pour Spinach Pesto over the vegetables and stir so that all the vegetable are coated.

Serve as is or add some greens and non-starchy veggies.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Chickpea Pizza Crust

I have been meaning to make this crust for a few weeks. I have finally gotten around to getting it made. This is a super-easy crust. You can change up the flavors with whatever seasonings you want to use. I made two crusts for JB. One with no seasoning and the second one using JB’s All-Purpose Blend II.

Make a couple of crusts and freeze some for another time. That way half the work is done when you are in the mood for pizza.

  • 1 c chickpea flour
  • 1 c plant milk, unflavored, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp favorite seasoning (optional)

Note: My favorite seasoning is my All-Purpose Seasoning.

Add all the ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend for about 50-60 seconds.

Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Pour batter into warm skillet. Cook for 5-10 minutes. The top of the crust will look somewhat dry and have lots of bubbles. Flip over and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to completely cool.

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

Top the pizza crust with your favorite toppings. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Creamy Farfalle with Jackfruit Peas & Mushrooms

I had some jackfruit and mushrooms leftover from making JB’s Jackfruit Hand Pies and decided to veganize one of my favorite dishes I use to order when we went out for Italian.

The restaurant version would have chicken and Alfredo sauce. I veganized it with jackfruit for the chicken and I used my Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce for the Alfredo. It was a hit.

Cook farfalle according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

In the same pot you cooked the farfalle in, add the Jackfruit and Mushroom mixture, mushrooms, peas and generous amount of All-Purpose Seasoning.

Sauté the veggies until the mushrooms have softened a little, about 5 minutes. Add the farfalle, Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce and vegetable broth to thin the sauce as needed.

Stir all the ingredients together until completely mixed.

This recipe makes 4-6 servings, depending on serving size.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Lentil Meatballs

I made these because I was wanting to try my hand at using lentils in a different way. There is no need to cook the lentils before making the meatballs. By soaking them the lentils keep their texture, yet are tender.

This is one of those combine everything together type of recipes. One of my favorite kinds.

First Blend:

  • 1/2 c onion, chopped
  • 8 oz. portobello mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1/2 c walnuts
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast

Combine onions, mushrooms, All-Purpose Seasoning, walnuts and nutritional yeast into a food processor. Process until the ingredients are well incorporated.

Second Blend:

Add lentil, tomato paste, GF All-Purpose Flour Blend and GF oats to the food processor. Process until all the ingredients from the first blend and the second blend are completely combined.

Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes for the ingredients to firm up.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Form the lentil mixture into golf ball size balls. This recipe makes about 24 lentil balls. Place the lentil balls onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes. Turn lentil balls over and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Serve with pasta and a favorite sauce, or in your favorite grain bowl.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Spinach Pesto Farfalle with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Chickpeas

This is a flavor packed 30 minute meal.  The roasted tomatoes add so much flavor that just bursts in your mouth. The roasted chickpeas add a wonderful texture to the farfalle. The Spinach Pesto not only adds flavor, it adds tons of nutrients. I love when you can make delicious feel good food in 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the tomatoes on a non-stick or parchment lined baking sheet around the edges and the chickpeas in the center of the baking sheet. Sprinkle All-Purpose Seasoning on top of the tomatoes and chickpeas.

Roast the tomatoes and chickpeas for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through the roasting time.

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While the tomatoes and chickpeas are roasting bring the water for the farfalle to a bowl. Cook farfalle according to package directions. The Jovial brand takes 10 minutes to cook.

Make the Spinach Pesto while the water is coming to a boil, and the tomatoes and chickpeas are roasting.

Drain pasta and return to pot the pasta was cooked in. Add the Spinach Pesto, roasted cherry tomatoes and chickpeas. Stir until all the ingredients are well combined.

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This is great with my Easy “Cheesy” Focaccia Bread.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Easy “Cheesy” Focaccia Bread

This is a spin off of my Easy Focaccia Bread. This bread does not require yeast, is gluten-free and vegan. It takes 35 minutes to make from stir to bake. It is soft and holds together perfectly.

Dry Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a round cake pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. Set aside.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c plant milk
  • 1/2 c aquafaba
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1 c sparkling water

Add the aquafaba and the lemon juice to the dry ingredients and whisk together. Pour in the sparkling water and quickly stir the mixture together until well combined. Pour the bread batter into the prepare cake pan and immediately place in oven.

Note: It is important to add the sparkling water last to the batter and immediately bake the batter. The bubbles from the sparkling water help with the rise of the bread.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Chickpea Pasta with Collards Mushrooms & Creamy Cannellini Sauce

What I like about this recipe is that it uses only one pot to make. It is easy, flavorful and delicious. Cooking for a food restricted client has stretched my imagination and culinary skills. Certain ingredients like garlic and onions that we would normally use to add flavor are off limits.

To pack more nutritional value into the dish I used cannellini beans to make the delicious sauce in the dish. Let me encourage you. It is possible to cook without garlic or onions.

In a large dutch oven, over medium heat sauté the mushrooms, collard greens and seasoning with some vegetable stock. Cook until the greens are wilted and the mushrooms have released most of their moisture. Remove from dutch oven and set aside.

Cook the penne according to the package directions in the dutch oven. Drain and rinse pasta.

Return penne and the green and mushrooms to the dutch oven. Stir in the Creamy Cannellini Sauce until the penne and and veggie mixture is completely coated with the sauce.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Creamy Cannellini Sauce

This Creamy Cannellini Sauce is very versatile and is packed with extra fiber and nutrients by adding the cannellini beans. I made this for a client that can only have macadamia nuts, not cashews or almonds. I probably would use cashews for myself.

It is a very simple, yet delicious recipe and makes plenty. You can use it for a pasta sauce, dip, dressing, and the list could go on. Just thin out with water or vegetable broth to reach desired consistency.

Combine all the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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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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