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Black Bean Burgers

I have been wanting to make some veggie burgers for some time. Most of the ones I have had seem to have a predominant Southwestern flavor, which is okay, yet I like a little variety in flavor. Also, they always seem to fall apart. These burgers are perfect. They have a wonderful flavor and they do not crumble like most veggie burgers.

These would be great to make up in a double batch and freeze some patties for later use. That is my plan.

This recipe was inspired by the How Not to Die Cookbook. If you use Dr. Greger’s app to check off your nutrients this recipe will give you 6 checkmarks, which goes to show you this is a very nutritious veggie burger.

“I would eat these again”, that is a quote from my omnivore husband. A happy dance is going on in my head right now.

Note: This recipe makes 4 generous veggie burger patties.

First Blend:

  • 1 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c walnuts, pieces
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric

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

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Second Blend:

Add the 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 1 tbsp of water at this point so the patties would hold together (If the mixture is too wet add a little more oats).

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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 burgers for 25 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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GF Drop Biscuits – Vegan

These biscuits have been on my list to make for weeks. Finally, I have gotten these biscuits checked off my list of wants. Biscuits can be tricky, especially when you are making gluten-free and vegan biscuits all in one wonderful bite.

There are a couple of things you have to do when you bake gluten-free vegan. Make sure you let the liquid absorb into the flour. Gluten-free flour can be gritty if you do not do this step. I think you get the message. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator and do its thing.

I made the batter/dough in the mid-afternoon and let it set in the refrigerator until it was time to make dinner. This also help the dough thicken up. I cannot say it enough, do not be in a hurry and skip this step or you will be sorely disappointed.

The second important thing to do is bake your biscuits double panned. What do I mean about this? Place one sheet pan into another. This adds a buffer to the sheet pan with the biscuits on it and keeps the bottom of the biscuits from burning. Yes, this is very important. No one wants burnt biscuits – Ugh, Yuck!

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 c GF all-purpose flour blend
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vegan sugar
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 8 tbsp earth balance vegan margarine

Note: I know that earth balance is not a dry ingredient, but it gets cut into the dry ingredients. That is why it is including with the dry ingredients.

Whisk together dry ingredients (except earth balance) in a large bowl.

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Now is the time to cut in the vegan butter. (I like to use a pastry blender.) The flour should resemble the size of peas.

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Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 c oat milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Mix in oat milk and lemon juice into the flour mixture until all of the mixture is wet.

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Set aside in the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes, or longer, the longer the better.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Line sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Place lined sheet pan into another sheet pan.

Drop 1/3 c scoops of dough/batter onto prepared sheet pan, about 1 1/2- inches apart.

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Bake until tops are golden, 14-16 minutes, rotating the sheet pan halfway through baking time.

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Remove from sheet pan and let cool on wire rack for about 5 minutes.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy. Let your health start in the kitchen.

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Creamy Polenta with Sautéed Baby Greens and Garlic Mushrooms

I made this dish for an assignment in the Whole Food Plant Based cooking class that I am taking. I have enjoyed the class very much. I am learning new techniques for cooking. The Garlic Mushrooms was the assignment, but they needed a little more to complete the meal. That is why I added creamy polenta and some baby greens. This is such a comforting meal.

I have a lot of polenta leftover. I think I know what I want to make with the polenta. Remember to follow Cathryn’s Kitchen to see what is cooking  in the kitchen.

Polenta Ingredients:

  • 3 c vegetable broth
  • 3 c water
  • 2 c polenta
  • 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast

Bring vegetable broth, water and seasoning to a boil in a medium size dutch oven. Slowly whisk in polenta, continuously stirring. reduce heat to low. Stir frequently. When the polenta is to desired consistency whisk in nutritional yeast. Remove from heat.

Garlic Mushrooms Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c shallot, minced
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 c wild mushrooms, or whatever you choose
  • 3 tbsp marsala wine
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, minced
  • vegetable broth, as needed

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Heat a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until they begin to stick to the pan. When they begin to stick add garlic and mushrooms; stir. Stir frequently until mushrooms start to stick to the pan.

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Add wine and deglaze the pan. Saute until the mushrooms have released their liquid. This is where you would add vegetable broth if needed. Gently stir in chives. Remove from heat and set aside.

Baby Greens:

  • 5 oz baby kale greens, stems removed, chopped
  • vegetable broth, as needed

Add greens to pan that you cooked the mushrooms in. Stir continuously. remove from pan when the greens are almost to desired doneness. The greens will continue to cook from the residual heat. Set aside.

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Assemble bowl. Layer polenta, greens and top with mushrooms.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Banana Chocolate Chip and Walnut Bread

I started baking when I was 9 years old. That was many, many years ago, and I am not saying how long ago. That is my secret. I love the way the house smells when there is something in the oven. The wafts of smells is heavenly.

Recently I made banana bread with walnuts. Today I decided I wanted some chocolate in my banana bread. It is probably because I made some banana chocolate chip muffins not long ago. Now that I think about it, I use my oven almost everyday. Does anyone else do this too?

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 c GF All-purpose flour blend
  • 3/4 c organic sugar
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/8 tsp ginger, ground

Whisk together all dry ingredients.

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Stir-in:

  • 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c walnuts, chopped

Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts into the dry ingredients.

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Wet Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 6 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/3 c almond milk yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Break up bananas in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment. Add applesauce, yogurt and vanilla. Mix until ingredients are combined and bananas still have some chunks in the wet ingredients.

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Stir in wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until batter is combined.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8×4 loaf pan.

Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan.

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Bake for about 60 minutes. Turn loaf pan after 30 minutes. Bread is done when the top is firm and golden, a toothpick will come out clean.

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Remove bread from oven and let cool for 10 minutes . turn bread out of loaf pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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Vanilla Cake

I have been wanting to make a vanilla cake for sometime. The first time I made this cake I did not bake it long enough and the batter was too wet and doughy. It can be tricky when you are baking with gluten free flour. Ugh it was so disappointing I had to throw it out.

The second time I made the cake it fell apart, yet the flavor was good. Well, third time was a charm. I used my own flour blend, which made all the difference.

I baked the batter in 2 8-inch rounds, one for today and I will freeze the second round. You could also double the recipe and make this a show stopping tall cake for a special occasion. Since I baked this for me and my honey for Valentine’s Day, one round is enough.

Dry Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or parchment line baking dish/pans.

Sift together dry ingredients: flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking soda, and salt.

Wet Ingredient:

  • 1 1/2 c oat milk, unsweetened
  • 1 c applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla

In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix completely.

Pour batter into baking pans evenly.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Do the toothpick test (toothpick should come out clean). Remove from oven and cool completely.

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Note: You can also bake this in a 13×9 baking dish, it may take a little longer to bake.

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Strawberry Cashew Frosting

  • 1 c cashew, raw, unsalted
  • 3/4 c water, hot
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 c strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tsp organic sugar
  • 3 tbsp Confectioners sugar, plus more as needed
  • 4 oz. vegan cream cheese

In a small bowl combine strawberries and sugar. Let set in refrigerator for about 45 minutes.

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Add strawberry mixture. Do a taste test, if needed add confectioners sugar. The confectioners sugar will sweeten as well as thicken the frosting.

Share. Eat. Enjoy.

 

 

 

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Homemade Oat Milk

I made this oat milk because I did not have any, and I did not want to go to the store and buy some. The oat milk is used in some Blueberry muffins I was making. the recipe for the muffins will be posted soon.

Oat milk is great for baking. It adds a subtle sweetness and helps with browning for baked goods. Especially when you are baking vegan. You do not have to go to the grocery to purchase this, if you have rolled oats . This only takes about 60 seconds if you have a high-speed blender, maybe a little longer otherwise.

  • 1 c GF rolled oats
  • 4 c water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

You can make this without the vanilla, but why? Vanilla is wonderful, especially for baking.

Add ingredients to blender. Blitz for about 60 seconds. Transfer to a container that will seal.

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Store in refrigerator.

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That is how easy it is to make your own oat milk. Make sure you shake milk before pouring, because it will separate as it settles.

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GF Banana Bread – Vegan

I know there are thousands of banana bread recipes out in the world wide web and books, but be honest they are not necessarily worth making twice, or they have ingredients that are not actually the best for you.

Since the beginning of the year I have been making more Whole Food Plant Based foods (WFPB). It started as an experiment to see how I would feel. How I felt totally surprised me.

I thought I would feel a little tired and sluggish, yet I felt incredibly energetic. My digestive issues dissipated. It has been about 4 weeks and I cannot believe the difference in my overall everyday living.

This is why you might have noticed a difference in the recipes on my blog. I have been doing a lot more testing on recipes. It has been a learning curve because traditional ingredients or methods do not necessarily work well for WFPB eating. Because my kitchen is one of my happy places I have relished this new adventure.

This Banana Bread fits all the checkmarks for WFPB and tastes amazing too. Make sure to follow my blog so you do not miss out on any new healthful recipes. Now, to that bread.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 c GF All-purpose Flour Blend
  • 3/4 c organic sugar
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/8 tsp ginger, ground

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 4 1/2 x 8 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients.

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Mix-in:

  • 1/2 c walnuts, chopped

Stir in walnuts into dry ingredients. Set aside dry ingredients mixture.

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Wet Ingredients:

  • 3 large bananas, ripe but firm, peeled
  • 6 tbsp applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/3 c almond milk yogurt ( I like Kite Hill)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Add bananas to a stand mixer. Beat bananas until broken up and they are half chunky and half creamy. This only takes about 60 seconds.

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Add remaining wet ingredients and mix for about 30-60 seconds. You should still have some banana chunks.

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Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix for about 30 seconds. Finish mixing by hand.

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Spoon batter into prepared 4 1/2 x 8 loaf pan.

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Bake for 60 minutes. Turn loaf halfway through baking time.

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Oatmeal Apple-Cranberry Cookies

I have been craving cookies for about a week. Then I started thinking about the Apple-Cranberry Crumble I made recently and decided that the crumble would make a phenomenal cookie.

So here you go, this is my take on and Apple-Cranberry Crumble in cookie form. The cookies are cooling as I write this – Oh, they smell so good. Just a couple more minutes and they will be mine. I am a happy girl right now.

These cookies are gluten-free (of course) and vegan. I have been doing a lot of experimenting and cooking/baking with plant based ingredients, as you will notice by my blog. I am really enjoying the challenge of coming up with scrumptious eats and treats that are plant based.

  • 1/3 c almond butter
  • 1/2 c applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/2 c maple sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 c oat flour
  • 1/3 c sorghum flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/8 tsp ginger, ground
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 c oats, rolled
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line sheet pan with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

In a large mixing bowl mix together almond butter, applesauce, maple sugar and vanilla.

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Add oat flour, sorghum flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Stir until well mixed.

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Mix in apple, oats and dried cranberries.

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Spoon out into mounds onto sheet pan.

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Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes. The longer they are baked the crisper the cookie. I prefer soft chewy cookies.

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Remove from oven and cool on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooking rack. Let cook completely.

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Creamy Roasted Vegetable Soup

This soup came about because I had been reading a lot of posts about soups. I had all the right ingredients in my refrigerator to make this rich and hearty creamy soup.  Roasting vegetables is one of my favorite ways to cook vegetables. By roasting the vegetables all there natural goodness and flavors are magnified to utter deliciousness. You cannot go wrong with that.

There is always time for a big bowl of nourishing comfort. This soup actually can be partially prepped ahead of time. You can even use leftover veggies from previous meals to pull this off without a hitch.

  • 2 c carrots, chopped
  • 8 oz assorted bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 sweet potatoes, cubed (mine were already cooked)
  • 15 oz. butternut squash, cubed
  • vegetable broth, to toss vegetable in
  • 1 tbsp All-purpose Seasoning, plus 2 tsp 
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
  • 2 c almond milk
  • 2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/8 tsp ginger, ground
  • lemon. zested, juiced
  • Vegetable broth, if needed for the puree
  • Chili Sauce, garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Arrange vegetables: carrots, bell peppers, onion, sweet potatoes and butternut squash onto sheet pan.

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Drizzle vegetable broth on top of vegetables. Sprinkle seasoning onto the vegetables.

Roast vegetables until veggies are fork tender. This takes about 20-25 minutes. Stir vegetables halfway through the roasting time.

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Remove sheet pan of vegetables from oven and transfer to dutch oven. Add remaining ingredients to the dutch oven. Cook all the ingredients over medium heat until heated through.

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Using an immersion blender or your regular blender puree vegetables. Add the vegetable broth as needed to get the soup to your desired consistency.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Instant Pot Quinoa

Today was an instant pot day. I made perfect garbanzo beans in 30 minutes. Since they came out so good I decided to make quinoa in the instant pot. This is another quick, easy and flavorful meal.

Like the garbanzo beans there are only a few ingredients.

Combine all ingredients into instant pot.

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Cook according to your instant pot directions. Mine cooked in only 6 minutes.

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Make a batch of quinoa to use in salads, bowls or as a filling. The possibilities are endless.

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