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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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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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Southwestern Bean and Rice Casserole

This is a great hearty meal when you have some veggies you want to use before they go bad. It is easy to vary by changing the kinds of veggies you use. This recipe has a Southwestern flavor profile, yet with a few tweaks you could change it to Italian or Asian.

The “cheese” sauce adds an ooey-gooey goodness that is sigh worthy. Top with some chopped cilantro and some fresh guacamole – Yum.

  • 2 tbsp vegetable broth
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 c carrots, shredded or diced
  • 1 tbsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • 2 c brown rice, cooked
  • 2 zucchini, medium, diced
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 2 c corn, kernels
  • 1 batch “Cheese” sauce
  • Cilantro, fresh, chopped, garnish
  • Guacamole, garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large dutch oven over medium heat add onion, red bell pepper, garlic and carrots. Stirring occasionally until veggies are softened. Add vegetable broth as needed keep veggies from sticking to pan.

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Add Smokey Southwestern Seasoning, stir until veggies are covered with seasoning.

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Stir in brown rice, zucchini, tomatoes with chiles, corn and “cheese” sauce. Stir until well mixed. Spoon into large casserole baking dish.

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Bake for 30 minutes and casserole is bubbling.

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Garnish with Cilantro and Guacamole.

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One Pot Mac-n-“Cheese”

 

This “Cheese” sauce is so good. It is good enough to serve all by itself in this Mac-n”Cheese” dish. One thing I like about this dish is that it is made all in one pot. From stovetop to oven.

It is also very easy to make. Easy to make and easy to clean up. That is a win-win.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Fill large dutch oven with water and cook pasta according to brand directions.

Drain and set aside.

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Make “Cheese” Sauce.

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Add pasta to cheese sauce. Stir so all the noodles are covered with the sauce. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top of pasta mixture.

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Bake for 30 minutes.

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Let cool about 5 minutes.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Alfredo Sauce – Vegan

I came up with this sauce because I wanted a creamy “cheesy” sauce for a sandwich I was going to make. Back in the day when our boys were young we would take the boys to Downtown Disney. I think it is called Disney Springs now. It was an inexpensive day trip. There was no admission charge, that was huge plus. There was a lego store, another huge plus. And, they had pontoon boats you could rent. Even with all those cool and fun things the favorite place we liked the most was the restaurant called Rainforest Cafe.

The boys loved all the animatronics. They would go and watch all the vignettes of animatronics. It was a lot of fun. The restaurant had a sandwich I ordered every time we went there. It was called a Plant Sandwich. I remember it having a giant portabella mushroom, a slice tomato and some greens. Those are a few of the ingredients that I remember. It has probably been at least 15-20 years since we have been there, but I still remember that sandwich.

Thinking of that time period inspired me to come up with my own plant sandwich (will post soon), and this sauce was just what I needed to complete that feat.

  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c raw cashews
  • 1 1/2 c water, hot
  • 2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • fresh parsley, chopped, garnish

In a large skillet drizzle olive oil. Heat oil over medium. Add onions and garlic and cook until they are translucent and softened. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.

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In a blender add cashews and water. Let the cashew soak for at least 15 minutes.

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Add onion and garlic mixture, lemon juice and salt to cashews.

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Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy.

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Carrot Cake Donuts

I started out going to make a carrot cake, but then I thought I haven’t made donuts in months. Then I thought, Carrot Cake Donuts sounds pretty good. So here we are making Carrot Cake Donuts.

They are cooling as I write this post and I can hardly wait to have one. So when you see a picture with a bite taken out you know that is a real bite.

I have always liked carrot cake. It has a vegetable in it, so it has to be good for you, right?? They are gluten free and vegan. Also, there is no refined sugars. These donuts are packed with flavor and none of the bad stuff.

This batter is made entirely in the food processor.

  • 1 1/2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4 1/2 oz whole dates, pitted, chopped
  • 1/2 c applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 c  GF oat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 c carrots, finely shredded
  • 1/2 c walnuts, chopped

In the food processor add milk, dates, banana and vanilla. Pulse a few times to break up the dates. Let ingredients set for about 15 minutes to let the dates soften.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, ginger and carrots. blend until completely mixed and carrots are in small pieces. Add walnuts and pulse until the walnuts are broken up.

Spoon batter into a ziplock bag. Squeeze out air and snip the end of the bag so that you can pipe the batter into a donut pan.

Tip: If you are using a silicone pan, place the silicone pan onto a sheet pan. Then pipe batter into donut rings. This make s it much easier to work with the donut pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool inside the donut pan. They will probably break apart if you try to remove them sooner. Turn donuts out onto board/platter (whatever is large enough).

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You can eat them plain or ice with your favorite icing.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip

I plan on using this dip for our Super Bowl Party. The boys (men) all come over and we eat and watch the commercials and the game too. So I am testing it out now, you know, just in case there needs to be any tweaking to the recipe. However, I think it is perfect the way it is.

I will probably be working on a couple more recipes for the big game. So keep a watch out for more to come.

  • 2 tbsp vegetable broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs garlic, minced
  • a couple of dashes of red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz. baby spinach
  • 16 oz. silken tofu, drained
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tsp all-purpose seasoning, divided, (2 tsp- 1/2 tsp – 1/2 tsp)
  • 14 oz canned artichoke hearts, drained
  • Bread or tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8×8 baking dish

In a large skillet, heat broth over medium-high heat. Add onions. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of all-purpose seasoning onto onions; stir. Cook until onion are softened and golden.

Reduce heat to medium-low and add artichoke hearts, spinach and 1/2 tsp of all-purpose seasoning. Stir mixture until spinach is wilted.

In a blender or food processor, blend together tofu, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and 2 tsp all-purpose seasoning until smooth. Add onion, spinach and artichoke hearts to tofu mixture. Pulse about 15 times. Add red pepper flakes.

Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, until top of dip is golden.

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Let cool about 5 minutes. Serve with bread, crackers or tortilla chips.

Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries 3.0

This might just might be my favorite version of Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries. The original version was Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries. The second version I add butternut squash, just as appealing and tasty as the first. However, this version ranks right up there with the first two.

The 3.0 version uses an orange and pecans – Yum. Just a little twist, but oh so good.

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  • 1 pound of Brussel sprouts, halved
  • 1 c cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 c pecan, pieces
  • 3 tbsp vegetable broth
  • All-Purpose Seasoning 
  • 1/4 c maple syrup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spread Brussel sprouts, cranberries, pecans evenly onto a sheet pan.  Drizzle vegetable broth over veggies. Generously sprinkle all-purpose seasoning onto veggies.

Roast in oven about 20 minutes or until Brussel sprouts are fork tender.  Stir vegetables about midway through roasting time.

Drizzle Maple syrup over veggies. Stir. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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