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Easy Shepherd’s Pie

I have been wanting to make this for months, but it was just plain too hot. It still is too hot down here in Florida, but I cannot wait any longer. I am in the mood for autumn and this Shepherd’s Pie.

This recipe serves four, but is easily multiplied to feed a crowd. The filling is simple to make, just add the ingredients together and stir. Now that is easy. You could even assemble ahead of time and pop it into the oven when you are ready for a comforting meal.

Topping:

  • 2 c russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • Plant milk (I used plain unsweetened almond), as needed

In a medium sauce pan cook potatoes over high heat. Potatoes are done when you can easily smash them with a fork. Drain potatoes.

Smash potatoes whichever way you prefer. I used a pastry blender and it worked well. When the potatoes are smashed add the remaining ingredients. Start with about 1/4 cup of plant milk. Add more plant milk as needed. Mix well, until potatoes are creamy. Set potato mixture aside.

Filling:

  • 1 – 15 oz. can Lentil soup
  • 3 c mixed vegetables, frozen, thawed
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 c onion(s), minced
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine all the filling ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until completely combined.

Pour filling into an 8×8 baking dish. Top filling with potato mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes, until potatoes are golden brown. Let col for 5-10 minutes.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

 

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Artichoke Hearts & Broccoli Pasta with Red Pepper Pesto

Do you need to bring something to a potluck? This pasta dish is perfect to bring to a gathering. It can be served hot or cold and will be delicious either way. An empty bowl is what you will be bringing home.

  • 12 oz. brown rice pasta
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into bitesize florets
  • vegetable broth, as needed
  • 12 oz. quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 c onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 8 basil leaves, fresh, cut into strips
  • Red Pepper Pesto, 1 recipe

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

In a large pan saute onions and All-Purpose Seasoning with 1-2 tbsp of vegetable broth. Cook onions until they are translucent.

Add broccoli florets to onions and saute, until tender. Add more vegetable broth as needed.

Add artichoke hearts and tomatoes to onion mixture. Cook until just heated through.

Return pasta to pan and stir. Pour pesto over pasta mixture and stir. Add basil and taste for seasoning.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Red Pepper Pesto

This pesto is a nice change from the ordinary green pesto and it is also wonderful for a non-traditional pasta sauce. The peppers have been roasted, which enriches the flavor of the pesto. You could also use the pesto as a sandwich spread or mix it with some vegan mayonnaise and make an aioli. There are so many uses for this pesto.

The pesto can be made in a food processor or blender. Just combine ingredients and blend. Now that is an easy sauce.

  • 16 oz. jar roasted bell peppers, drained
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp garlic clove(s), minced
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor. blend until smooth.

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Farfalle 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.

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Need an idea for lunches for school or work? This salad will meet that need. It makes enough for multiple meals and can be served cold or room temperature (preferably).

  • 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.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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

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Double Bean Burgers

This recipe came about because I forgot to check the pantry for certain ingredients before I went to the grocery. That is why there are two different beans in this burger. The accidental mistake turned out delicious, and now I have another burger recipe for you. My husband had a great idea for these – taco meat, Yum.

First Blend:

  • 2 c rolled oats
  • 1 c walnuts, pieces
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

Add all ingredients into a food processor and blend until ingredients are well mixed and chopped.

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Second Blend:

  • 1 onion, large, diced
  • 2/3 c mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 15 oz can, black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz. can, chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1/4 c tahini
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 2 tsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp All-purpose Seasoning

Add remaining ingredients to the oat mixture.

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Blend until all the ingredients form a paste like consistency. Check the texture to see if the mixture holds together. I added 2 tbsp of water at this point so the patties would hold together. If the mixture is too wet, add a little more oats.

Form patties. Place patties onto a prepared sheet pan. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. this helps the patties to solidify and hold their shape.

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake burger for 30-35 minutes, until they are brown. Turn patties over about halfway through the baking time.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Roasted Potatoes & Green Beans with Walnuts

Roasting is my favorite way to prepare vegetables. It enhances their natural flavors, making them come alive. By roasting my veggies my hands are free to work on other parts of the meal while the veggies do their thing.

This mixture has color, crunch, crispy and creamy all on one sheet pan – Yum. the smell is divine. I generously season the vegetables with my All-purpose Seasoning. This recipe is under 5 ingredients.

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  • 16 oz baby golden potatoes, quartered to like sizes
  • 10 oz green beans, fresh
  • 1 c walnuts, shelled
  • All-purpose Seasoning
  • Cooking Spray (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spread veggies out evenly onto a sheet pan.

Spray veggies with cooking spray. (optional)

Generously season veggie mixture with All-purpose Seasoning.

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Roast vegetables for 20 minutes. Stir vegetables halfway through the cooking time.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

DSC_0043 70Note: My All-purpose Seasoning is for sale in my Online Store Page or you can find the recipe in my basics category.

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Baked Zucchini Chips

I have been thinking about making these chips for weeks. I have been craving chips, which is very unlike me, but it is what it is. This is my solution for the crunchy chip craving. Oh yeah, it is another way to get more veggies in.

I recommend using a mandolin so that you get precise even cuts. Also, it is a whole lot faster than trying to slice them by hand. You can get you a good mandolin for under $50. It just might be worth the investment.

Seasoning:

Note: The Smokey Southwestern Seasoning is for sale on my store page, or you can make it yourself and the recipe is found in the basics category.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together flour and seasoning in a large bowl.

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Slice zucchini into quarter sized thickness.

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Pat dry with paper towel.

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Toss zucchini into the seasoning mixture to coat.

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Spread zucchini coins onto a prepared sheet pan (parchment paper or silicone mat).

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Bake zucchini coins in 10 minute increments, turning each time. This will take about 30 minutes. Do not let them burn or over brown, otherwise they will taste bitter. Trust me on this. They will crisp up as they cool.

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I promise, these are worth the effort. Make it a fun time with your children. They can toss the zucchini coins into seasoning mix, or they can layer them onto the baking sheet.

Serve with your favorite dip or salsa, or all by themselves. We ate them right of the oven. That is why there is hardly any left on the plate for the picture.

Note: You can change the seasoning up with my All-purpose Seasoning or my Savory Seasoning. All the seasonings are equally good.

Note: You can also make these in the microwave.

 

 

 

 

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Chick(en)pea Salad Nests

Recently I have read a few Chickpea Salad recipes. They were mostly mock tuna salad recipes. To be honest tuna salad was never my favorite, but chicken salad that is a whole different story. I have to admit I was a little intrigued. How can you get the same flavor and mouth feel with chickpeas??? I was on a quest…

I have to admit I am doing a happy dance right now because I did it. I am really amazed at how this Chickpea Salad turned out, and on the first try. This will be a weekly staple in my house from now on. It actually took less time (10 minutes max.) to make then when I made chicken salad. I love WFPB eating.

  • 1 can of chick peas/garbanzo beans, drained (reserve liquid – aquafaba), rinsed
  • 2/3 c vegan mayo, divided, more for creamier texture
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries, divided
  • 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 tbsp onion, dried, minced
  • 1 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 c celery, diced
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce, broken into little nests

In a food processor combine: half the chick peas, half the vegan mayo, half the dried cranberries, all-purpose seasoning, dried onion, mustard and turmeric. Pulse about 5 times to combine the ingredients, yet it is still chunky.

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Add remaining chickpeas and pulse about 3 times. Check for desired consistency. Transfer mixture to a sealable container. Mix in remaining ingredients and stir well. Taste for seasoning. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Note: Why save the aquafaba? It is great for baking. I made some blueberry muffins with this and it is amazing. It adds an incredible lightness, height and doming to your muffins. Check out the recipe on my blog. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Note 2: I used turmeric in this recipe, it gives you that hint of a curry flavor. To be honest I usually make my chicken salad, now, chick pea salad without. Both are delicious.

 

 

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Homemade Seasoned GF Croutons

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.

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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.

Enjoy.

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Baby Potatoes Topped with Spinach Artichoke Dip

The truth is I made this up for a meal for myself. It wasn’t this pretty, yet it is just as tasty. This is a little bit more elevated to the original Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip just by switching out the base ingredient. These would be great for small parties : Baby showers, Dinner parties, and even a Girl’s Night In. There are so many possibilities.

I have a secret for you, but you can tell anyone you want. I used leftover roasted baby potatoes for these little delectable bites. The combination is … it is so hard to put the right words for these little bites. They are that good and they look pretty.

I promise people will think you worked really hard. I made these a day ago. All I had to do was warm the spinach dip and baby potatoes in the microwave and assemble. However, they are just as good cold.

  • Spinach-Artichoke Dip
  • Roasted Baby Potatoes
  • Fresh Parsley

Slice as many Roasted Baby Potatoes as you think you will need. I would use about 4 halves per person. Warm in microwave (if using leftover, cold potatoes). Otherwise, slice potatoes in half when you are able to handle them.

Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip in microwave until heated through. Length of time depends on your microwave.

Assembling is extremely simple. I like to give the potatoes a light smash, just enough to give them a slightly flat base. This helps the potatoes stay upright. Put a dollop of dip on top of the potato. I used a teaspoon, however you could use a snipped ziplock bag and pipe it onto the potato. That would probably be easier. Garnish with a fresh parsley leaf.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.