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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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Jackfruit Enchiladas

I promised to bring you this recipe in another post. The filling in these enchiladas came from the jackfruit tacos with a slight modification. If you have not noticed I like to make multiple meals from a base of another meal. I guess you could call it batch cooking, big cooking, whatever you want to call it it makes your life a whole lot easier. A good word for it is transformation cooking.

Transformation cooking lets you make multiple meals with just a few tweaks to make it different enough that you do not feel like you are eating the same thing over and over.  You are stretching your $$$ by not having to by lots of ingredients. This works really well when you keep your pantry stocked with basics (when they come on sale).Now it is time to transform those tacos into enchiladas.

  • 2 c jackfruit taco filling
  • 1 c vegan cheese shreds, divided in half
  • 1 can tomato sauce, divided in half (I like Pomi)
  • 2 tsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning, divided in half
  • 8 corn tortillas

Combine jackfruit taco filling with 1/2 of the vegan cheese shreds and stir.

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Pour in a shallow dish half of the tomato sauce and half the Smokey Southwestern Seasoning and stir.

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Dip corn tortilla into enchilada sauce.

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Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of the jackfruit filling into the tortilla and roll it into a tube. Place into a rectangular baking dish. Repeat.

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Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas. Sprinkles Smokey Southwestern Seasoning over sauce.

Sprinkle remaining vegan cheese shreds over enchiladas.

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Bake until hot a bubbly, about 20-25 minutes.

Note: I assembled this the right after we ate our tacos and was doing clean up. I covered with plastic wrap and put it into the refrigerator for the next evening to bake. By taking 10 minutes extra during the clean up time you save a whole lot more the next night. Serve with a side salad and you have your next meal in 30  minutes or less.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Jackfruit Tacos

We tried Jackfruit for the first time about a week ago and I forgot to document with pictures and the recipe. I am making them again today so I can give you all the details.

Funny saying by my husband, “This fake meat tastes good.” That made me laugh. Jackfruit is starting to become one of my favorite vegan items. It is so versatile. I bumped up the nutritional value and flavor with some add-ins. Also, another plus is that it was an under 30 minute meal.

Make this into a taco bar, and let everyone make their own tacos. They can even help with the slicing and dicing.

Note: I had some filling leftovers, so I decided to make some enchiladas for another time. The recipe will follow soon in another post.

  • Jackfruit – Tex Mex flavor
  • 1 can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 c corn kernels, frozen
  • 1 c salsa, favorite brand (we like Newman’s)
  • 1 tbsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • Vegan Cheese Shreds
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomatoes (I used cherry, quartered)
  • Corn taco shells
  • avocado, garnish
  • lime, garnish
  • cilantro, garnish

In a large dutch oven over medium heat add: jackfruit, beans, corn, salsa and Smokey Southwestern Seasoning.

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Cook until jackfruit mixture is heated thoroughly.

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Cook shells according to package directions.

Assemble tacos.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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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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Fried Vegetable Rice

I had made a pot of brown rice intending to make a couple of different meals out of it, but changed my mind and settled on fried rice with veggies. Because I had a bag of stir fry vegetables and mushrooms in the refrigerator, that needed to be used, it just seemed to be the perfect meal. I will also be using the Chinese Brown Sauce that I posted about recently.

Everything is pretty simple and easy about this meal. You can get just about all the ingredients either precooked (rice) or pre-chopped (veggies) to make this one of those 15 minutes and under meals. This is also good for a cleaning out the refrigerator meal. That is what keeps this meal from getting boring.

  • 3 c cooked brown rice, cold (this keeps the rice from turning mushy)
  • 16 oz stir-fry veggies
  • 2 c mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 recipe of Chinese Brown Sauce
  • Coconut Oil Spray.
  • 1/2 c vegetable broth

I used a large electric griddle (one often used for making pancakes) to “fry” the rice and a large dutch oven for the vegetables. The ingredients will be combined on the griddle to finish the recipe.

Spray griddle with coconut spray. Spread rice evenly onto the griddle. turn griddle to 350 degrees.  Let the rice set and cook. You will start to hear a sizzle on the griddle. That is a good thing. This is giving the rice a crispiness. Stir occasionally.

Meanwhile, spray dutch oven with coconut oil. Add vegetables to the dutch oven cooking over medium-high heat. Spray the vegetables with coconut oil. Stir so that vegetables are all coated with the coconut oil (very light coat). Stir frequently. Place lid on dutch oven to steam vegetables. Check after a couple of minute; stir. This will be when you add the vegetable broth. Stir. Cook until liquid is gone. This only takes 1-2 minutes. Turn heat off.

Check rice, flip the rice (like a hamburger) in sections, until all the rice has been flipped.

Combine vegetables with the rice. Stir mixture and spread the mixture evenly on the griddle. Pour Chinese Brown Sauce onto rice and vegetables. Stir until all the rice and vegetables are coated with the sauce.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Spinach-Artichoke Zucchini Lasagna

I consider it a challenge to transform one dish into multiple different types of meals. I initially started with Warm Spinach-Artichoke dip served with bread and/or chips. Great for a large crowd or something very casual. Then I elevated the appetizer to Roasted Baby Potatoes with Spinach-Artichoke Dip Bites. This is perfect for a more intimate gathering, or if you want to serve something that is definitely going to get recipe questions. Mmm, so good.

Since I do not like to waste food I turned the dip into a filling for a Veggie Lasagna. One batch of the Spinach-Artichoke Dip made three different things. That makes me do a happy dance.

This dish is mostly assembly work because the filling is already made. One tool that would be tremendously helpful is a mandolin. I had bought one a few months back and this is the first time that I have got to use it. The mandolin is such a time saver when it comes to slicing the zucchini thin and evenly.

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  • Spinach-Artichoke Dip
  • GF No Cook Lasagna Noodles
  • Marinara Sauce (or you favorite Pasta Sauce)
  • 1 Zucchini, medium, thinly sliced
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes ( I like Bob’s Red Mill)
  • Fresh Parsley, garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Using a 8×8 baking dish begin layering ingredients. ( You could use a large baking dish if needed for more servings, just adjust quantity of ingredients.

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Repeat layers : Sauce, Lasagna Sheets, Spinach-Artichoke Dip, and Zucchini.

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Bake in oven for 40-45 minutes. Let rest at least 15 minutes. The rest time is important to keep the lasagna together when you dish it out.

Sprinkle some chopped fresh parsley.

Note: You can bake this ahead of time. To serve: slice and plate and then warm it up in the microwave.