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Kung Pao Peanut Veggie Kabobs

I had some Kung Pao Sauce and some Peanut Sauce leftover so I combined them and made an incredible sauce to marinade the veggie kabobs. I served them with some brown basmati rice.

  • Kung Pao Sauce (about 2/3 c)
  • Peanut Sauce (about 2/3 c)
  • Vegetable Stock – to dilute sauce (about 1/2 c)
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced 1/2 inch coins
  • 1 medium yellow squash, sliced 1/2 inch coins
  • 16 oz Cremini mushrooms
  • 1 package extra firm tofu, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes

Combine all of the ingredients into a gallon size ziplock bag. Add enough Vegetable Stock to dilute the combined Kung Pao and Peanut Sauce to coat the veggies and tofu.

Let veggies marinade for about 1 hour; turning bag over periodically to coat the veggies.

Thread veggies onto skewers. Grill until the veggies are tender.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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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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Slow Cooker Chana Masala

Since we have been on lockdown we have not been able to go to our favorite Indian food restaurant. I decided to try my hand at making some at home. The slow cooker made it easy to let it cook itself.

  • 2 c onions, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 1/2 c tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 3/4 c , divided, + more sautéing vegetable stock/broth
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 c russet potato, diced, 1/2 – inch
  • 1 c chickpeas (measured dried then soaked overnight)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

In a large skillet sauté onions, garlic and ginger with 1/4 c of vegetable stock/broth. Sauté until the onions are golden.

Add tomatoes, curry, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne pepper to the onion mixture. Sauté until the tomatoes are tender. Transfer to a slow cooker.

Add the potatoes, chickpeas and 2 1/2 c of vegetable stock/broth.

Cover slow cooker and cook on high heat for 5 hours, until the stew has thickened and the chickpeas are tender.

Stir in lemon juice. Serve over your favorite whole grain.

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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Vegetable Panang Curry

This Vegetable Panang Curry is better than take-out. Easy to make and so flavorful and delicious.

Jasmine Rice:

Combine ingredients into a large pot. Bring rice to a bowl and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover pot with lid and cook rice until liquid is absorbed. Set aside. Fluff rice with fork just before serving.

Panang Curry Sauce:

  • 1 lime, zest, juice
  • 1 tbsp garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger, fresh, minced
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp maple sugar or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos

Combine ingredients into a medium pot over medium heat . Stir the ingredients until completely combined.

Vegetables:

  • 20 oz. sugar snap pea stir-fry, frozen
  • 6oz. edamame

Add the sugar snap pea stir-fry mix to the Panang Curry Sauce. Cook the vegetable mix until they are tender.

Microwave or steam the edamame until warmed through. Set aside.

Assemble:

Fill half to a third of the bowl with the jasmine rice. Fill half to a third of the bowl with the Vegetable Panang Curry. Then add the edamame.

Garnish:

  • 2 basil leaves, sliced

Sprinkle sliced basil leaves over the entire bowl.

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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Spinach Pesto

Okay, I will be honest with you. I am not a big fan of parsley. I feel like I am eating grass. I am just not that keen of the flavor. Also, a little basil goes a long way for me. Too much basil and I feel like I am eating black licorice, and I really do not like black licorice at all. I shiver just thinking about it.

That is why I came up with this pesto that has nutrient packed spinach and a touch of basil. Just enough basil to get a little of the flavor, but not over powering. I served the pesto with some brown rice spaghetti and butter nut squash noodles – Delicious.

  • 2 tbsp, pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 4 c baby spinach
  • 1/2 c basil
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Stock
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • pinch of Himalayan salt and pepper

Toast the pine nuts of medium heat in a non-stick skillet. Be careful, and keep an eye on the pine nuts. They can easily burn if you walk away.

Combine all the ingredients into a food processor and process until it almost looks like a paste.

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You can thin it out with more vegetable stock or some pasta water. Both will work just fine.

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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The Best Mushroom Gravy

I have made mushroom gravy before, but I tweaked it and I can honestly say this is the Best Mushroom Gravy. It has a secret ingredient that makes the mushrooms pop in flavor.

  • 1/2 c onion, small dice
  • 8 oz. cremini mushrooms, whole, remove stems and mince the stems
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 1-2 c Basic Vegetable Stock – reserve 1c for slurry
  • 2 tsp porcini mushroom powder
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Note: Remove the stems of the mushrooms and mince. Slice the caps. Those will be added in another step.

In a large skillet sauté onion, minced mushrooms stems and All-Purpose Seasoning . Cook over medium heat until the onions are translucent. Add garlic to skillet and cook the garlic until it is fragrant. Deglaze the pan with vegetable stock as needed.

Note: The porcini powder is made by grinding dried porcini mushrooms into a powder.

Mix together 1 c of vegetable broth with cornstarch and porcini mushroom powder to make a slurry. Set aside.

Add the remaining vegetable broth and miso paste to the mushrooms in the skillet. Bring to a simmer.

Turn heat off and add slurry. Stir gravy until has thickened.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.