Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Roasted Garlic White Bean Hummus

Garlic white bean hummus topped with a mixture of roasted tomato, kalamata and castelvetrano olives, fresh mint, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, and olive oil. Served with oven baked garlic chili tortilla chips.

For the hummus:

1 can white beans, drained and rinsed (reserve a couple tablespoons for garnish)
1 tablespoons tahini
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 clove of garlic (use more if you like, I prefer a mild garlic flavor)
Salt and pepper to taste

For the topping:

1/4 cup oven roasted tomatoes (toss in olive oil, 400 degrees for 15 minutes)
1/4 olive oil
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
2 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped olives (I used a mixture of kalamata and castelvetrano)
Reserved white beans

In a blender, combine roasted tomatoes, olive oil, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Blend till smooth. Transfer mixture to a small bowl. Stir in the mint, olives, and white beans. Place hummus in a dish and spoon the tomato mixture on top. 

For the tortilla chips:

I used a vegan garlic chili flour tortilla, cut into triangles and tossed in a touch of olive oil. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes depending on your oven. Watch them closely so they don't burn!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Vegan Cashew Based Cookie Dough Ice Cream

I used the same recipe from my previous cashew based vanilla ice cream post but just replaced the chocolate chips with chunks of Hampton Creek "Just CookieDough"

For the tiny cookies, I rolled 1/2 teaspoon balls of the cookie dough and baked for only 4 minutes in a preheated 375 degree F. oven. I scooped the ice cream into vegan waffle cones and topped it with all natural organic maraschino cherry (free of artificial color) both that I bought at Whole Foods!!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Spinach and Kale Pierogis with Cripsy Paprika Onions and Sauerkraut Aioli

For the Crispy Paprika Onions:

1 onion
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
Vegetable oil for frying

Peel and thinly slice the onion into half rounds. Whisk together the flour, paprika, baking powder, and non-dairy milk. Toss the thinly sliced onions in the batter to coat. 

Heat oil to 365 degrees F. 

Fry onions till nicely browned. Season with salt. Drain on paper towel. 

For the pierogis:

1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1 teaspoon "The Vegg" egg replacer
4 ounces vegan sour cream
1/4 cup kale or spinach (I used a combo of both)
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Place the water in the bowl of a food processor. With the processor running, add in the flax seed and "Vegg" egg replacer. Blend for 3 minutes. Add in the sour cream and blend till combined. Add in the kale and spinach and blend till smooth. Add in more if needed to get a nice bright green color. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add into the food processor with the liquid ingredients and blend till a soft dough forms.

Transfer to a lightly flour surface and knead for about 5 minutes, incorporating more flour if needed to from a smooth dough that is soft but not sticky. Wrap with plastic and set aside till ready to use. 

For the filling, you need about 1 cup of cold mashed potatoes. Making this when you already have leftover mashed potatoes is great since they will already be cold! If you need to make them specifically for this recipe, just peel and dice 2 to 3 potatoes. Place in a pot and fill with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook till potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes. Strain and place potatoes in a bowl. Mix with a couple tablespoons of vegan butter and a couple tablespoons of vegan cream cheese (Trader Joe's has the best vegan cream cheese!!!). Add in some grilled onions and garlic. Let mashed potatoes cool before filling pierogis.

Roll the pierogi dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut out 3 inch rounds using a biscuit cutter. Place a small amount of mashed potatoes in center of each round. Brush the edges with water. Fold over and press the edges to seal. 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil the pierogis for about 5 minutes. Remove from water. 

Heat a couple tablespoons of vegan butter in a small skillet over medium high heat. Brown the pierogis on one side. 

For the sauerkraut aioli, combine 1/2 cup Veganaise with 1 tablespoon sauerkraut. And for the slaw, toss some thinly sliced red cabbage with lemon juice and olive oil. 

To serve, place crispy onions on a plate, arrange the pierogis over the onions. Serve with the aioli, slaw, and some lemon zest. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Small Batch Vegan Bourbon Peach Cobbler with Ginger Coconut Whip

For the cobbler:

1/2 cup peaches
1/4 cup sugar, divided in half
1/8 to 1/4 cup bourbon to taste
1 tablespoon vegan butter
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup non-dairy milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small saucepan, combine peaches, half the sugar, and bourbon. With pan off the stove, turn flame to medium. Return pan to burner and cook for about 10 minutes till the sugar is dissolved.

Meanwhile, melt the vegan butter in a small 5 or 6 inch round casserole dish.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining sugar, and non-dairy milk. Pour directly into the casserole dish with the melted butter. Gently spoon the peaches right on top of the batter. Pour most of the remaining liquid over the batter. I like to save some of this peachy syrup to pour over the top after the cobbler is baked.

Place in pre-heated oven and bake for about 40 minutes (depending on oven) till nicely browned. Serve with ginger coconut whip!

For the coconut whip:

Spoon the solid coconut cream off the top of 1 refrigerated can of full fat coconut milk. Whip with a couple tablespoons of powdered sugar to taste and about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger. If the coconut whip is too soft, place in freezer to firm up for a few minutes and then whip again.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Vegan Spanakopita

For tahini quinoa tabouleh:

1/2 cup white quinoa
1 cup water
1 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
1 small tomato, diced

In a small sauce pan, combine quinoa and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in tahini. Let cool completely. Stir the parsley, mint, and tomato into the quinoa.

*For the tofu "feta":

7 ounces extra firm organic tofu
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano (or 2 tablespoons fresh)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch cubes. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper. Add in the cubed tofu and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Divide in half. Some will go into the spanakopita and reserve some to garnish on top.

For the spanakopita:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
16 ounces frozen spinach, defrosted, as much liquid removed as possible
1/4 cup Trader Joe's vegan cream cheese
3.5 ounces tofu "feta" (the half you reserved earlier)
1/2 pound filo pastry
1/4-1/2 cup vegan butter

In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium. Sauté diced onion for about 3 minutes. Add in garlic. Cook another minute or so. Add in spinach. Cook for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat. Add in vegan cream cheese and lightly crumble in the "feta". Both should be cold so it will help cool down the spinach quickly.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll phyllo dough. For the phyllo, cut into 11 by 3 inch rectangles. Keep phyllo covered when not using to avoid the phyllo drying out.

Lay one of your rectangles on a flat surface. Using a pastry brush, cover with melted vegan butter. Top with another rectangle of phyllo and brush with butter. Repeat until you have 6 layers of phyllo in total.

Place about 2 tablespoons of spinach mixture onto one end of the phyllo rectangle. Fold the end over the filling to form a triangle. Continue to fold over, forming a triangle each time. (Check youtube if a visual is more helpful). Once you have folded up the whole rectangle, brush the top with more melted vegan butter. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Continue this process until you have used up your phyllo sheets.

Bake for 25 minutes till golden brown, turning over halfway through. This helps to make sure both sides get browned. Let cook slightly before serving.

To plate, spread some beet hummus on a plate. (I used Trader Joe's beet hummus because I had it on hand but just add some beets and lemon juice into your regular hummus recipe for the same result) With a sharp serrated knife, gently cut the spanakopita in half. Place in the center of the hummus. Sprinkle on some tofu "feta", some of the quinoa tabouleh, and some sliced kalamata olives.

(*The leftover tofu "feta" marinade makes an awesome dressing for salads as well!!)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Flaky Scallion Pancakes with Peanut Ginger Dipping Sauce

For the scallion pancake, I used this recipe from

You will need:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup boiling water
Up to 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
2 cups thinly sliced scallions
1/4 vegetable oil

Place flour in a food processor. With the food processor running, gradually add in about 3/4 cup of the boiling water. If the dough comes together and sticks to the blade, you have added enough water. If not, add more a little a time till the dough forms a ball.

Cover and let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature. 

Divide dough into 4 balls. On a lightly flour surface, roll a ball to about an 8 inch circle. Lightly brush with sesame oil. Starting at one end, roll up like a jelly roll, then twist roll into a tight spiral. (Think like an old fashioned lollipop) Flatten gently with your hands and roll out into an 8-inch circle again. Brush lightly with sesame oil, top with 1/2 cup scallions. Roll up again like a jelly roll, twist roll into a tight spiral, gently flatten with hands, and roll out into a flat circle. Repeat this process with the other 3 balls of dough.

Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high. Fry each scallion pancake on each side till golden brown, using tongs to keep the pancakes moving. Drain on paper towels and cut into triangles. 

For the dipping sauce:

3 tablespoons tamari
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons mirin
3 tablespoons jungle peanut butter (regular peanut butter works just fine)
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Vegan Valentine's Day Cake

Vanilla cake with champagne buttercream, topped with chocolate covered strawberries and marzipan hearts.

For the strawberries, wash and dry about 10 small strawberries. Place a small bowl over a larger bowl full of hot water. Place about 3 ounces of dairy free semi-sweet chocolate chips. Let sit and stir over the hot water till the chocolate melts. Dip each strawberry in the melted chocolate and place on a sheet of parchment paper to set.

For the cake:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegan butter
3/4 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift together the flour and baking powder.

Combine non-dairy milk and vanilla extract.

Cream together the vegan butter and sugar.

Add in dry and wet ingredients to the creamed butter/sugar mixture and mix just till combined. Pour into greased and flour baking pans. I used two 4-inch rounds. 

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes depending on oven. Let cool 15 minutes and remove from pans. Cool completely.

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup vegan butter
1 to 2 tablespoons champagne

Cream together the powdered sugar and the vanilla. Add in the champagne. Add if too thin, add in more sugar, if too thick, add in more champagne. 

To assemble, place 1 cake round on plate. Top with a good layer of buttercream. Top with the other cake. Finish by placing a few chocolate covered strawberries on the top along with a few little roses. I also made some marzipan hearts colored with an all-natural pink food coloring from WholeFoods.