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Taquito Casserole

I came up with this Easy Refried Bean Casserole when I was looking through my pantry to see what I could make for dinner. At first I was going to make taquitos, but the corn tortillas kept falling apart. It was just not going to work. That is when I came up with this casserole. It is basically refried bean taquitos in a casserole form. It  can be ready in about 30 minutes, is easy to assemble and requires very few ingredients. It turned out to be a winner.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Layer tortillas into an 8 inch pie plate. Spread a layer of the Shortcut Refried Beans on top of the tortillas. Sprinkle half the corn on top of the beans. Sprinkle some Smokey Southwestern Seasoning on top of the corn. Repeat 1-3 more times It just depends on how deep is your pie plate.

Bake until it is hot, about 20-25 minutes.

You can use a number of different toppings: Guacamole, your favorite salsa, or my Creamy Cilantro Sauce/Dressing.

Serve with a salad or your favorite green vegetable.

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Note: Make sure you get Non-GMO corn products.

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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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Spiced Pan Toasted Pecans

I always try to keep a jar of these Spiced Pan Toasted Pecans. they are great for green salads, desserts, and jackfruit salads. This time I made extra and used them for the Roasted Root Vegetable and Broccoli Bowl.

  • 1 cup of pecans
  • 1 tbsp of maple sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder
  • pinch of Himalayan Salt

Combine all of the ingredients into a medium – large skillet. Heat ingredients over medium heat. Toast pecans until the maple sugar has melted and is coating the pecans.

Transfer pecans onto some parchment paper/silicone mat or aluminum foil and let cool. When they are cooled they can be stored into an airtight container.

 

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Roasted Jackfruit – Basic Recipe

Jackfruit is a versatile ingredient for a meat substitute. The trick I have found to make it perfect is to roast it in the oven. Here is how I roast my jackfruit and it turns out perfect every time.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make sure you throughly rinse the jackfruit. Otherwise, it will have a briny taste.

I usually shredded mine as I am rinsing the jackfruit. It is multitasking at its finest.

Spread the shredded jackfruit onto a sheet pan.

Generously season the jackfruit with the All-Purpose Seasoning.

Note: I will sometimes use my Smokey Southwestern Seasoning instead of the All-Purpose Seasoning, if I want to make some Tex-Mex.

Roast for 10 minutes; stir jackfruit, and roast for an additional 10 minutes.

You can find some of my jackfruit recipes under the jackfruit category.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Penne Cauliflower Mornay Sauce and Peas

This is a simple pasta dish that is quick, yet so delicious. If you already have the Cauliflower Mornay Sauce made and waiting in the refrigerator it will be even faster.

Prepare penne according to package directions. During the last minute of cooking the pasta add the peas to the water. Drain pasta and peas. Return to pot they were cooking in.

Add the Cauliflower Mornay Sauce to coat the penne.

Note: If you find the Cauliflower Mornay Sauce is too think, just add some more plant milk to the sauce to make your desired consistency.

Garnish with basil.

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Cauliflower Mornay Sauce

This sauce is luscious and velvety. It is great on pasta, steamed veggies, potatoes, mushroom steaks and the list goes on. It is a sauce you will want to keep on hand in the refrigerator.

In a medium size pot add the cashews, cauliflower, garlic and bay leaf. fill the pot with water to cover the ingredients. Bring to a boil and cook until the cauliflower is tender.

Drain the water and transfer the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Add the miso paste and the All-Purpose Seasoning. Begin to blend. Slowly add the almond milk. Blend until the sauce is smooth and velvety.

This recipe makes about 2 quarts. If you find that the sauce is too thick when it is reheated, just add some more almond milk to thin it out to your desired consistency.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts with Tofu

I have been wanting to make Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts since I had them in a restaurant. My version does not require any special equipment, like a wok.

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, cleaned, trimmed, halved
  • 1 lb firm tofu, pressed, cut into cubes
  • Kung Pao Sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spread out brussels sprouts and tofu evenly onto a baking sheet pan. Roast sprouts and tofu in the oven until the sprouts are crispy and tofu is golden. About 20-30 minutes.

Pour Kung Pao Sauce over the brussels sprouts and tofu. Stir to completely coat the sprouts and tofu. Serve over rice or noodles.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Kung Pao Sauce

I was inspired to make this sauce from a restaurant that made Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts. Here is my version of the sauce.

Slurry:

  • 1/2 c water
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

Combine the water and cornstarch into a large measuring cup. Whisk together with a fork. Make sure you whisk again before pouring into the sauce. The cornstarch tends to settle in the bottom of the cup.

Sauce:

  • 1 c water
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 1/4 c sweetener
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil (optional – if you are avoiding oil)
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced

Combine all of the ingredients into a medium size saucepan. Bring ingredients to a slow boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and slowly pour in the slurry while stirring. Continue to simmer until the sauce is no longer cloudy from the slurry. Remove from heat.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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