Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Taco Salad


4 burrito-sized flour tortillas
cooking oil spray
1 11-ounce can corn
1 pound ground soy "meat"
1 1/2 cups chunky-style salsa
1 teaspoon each: chili powder, cumin, ground annatto (optional)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
6 cups torn romaine lettuce leaves
2 green onions, white and green part, sliced
2 small avacados, sliced just before serving

1/4 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)

Preheat oven to 350F. Push a tortilla into an 8-inch cake pan or other small pan to make a bowl shape. Spritz lightly with cooking oil spray and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Repeat with other tortillas. Set aside.

Set oven to broil. Drain corn well and spread on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Broil 2-3 inched from heat for 5 minutes, or until corn begins to brown, stirring frequently.

Stir together soy "meat", salsa and spices in a sauce pan and heat.

To assemble salads, place 1 tortilla bowl on each of 4 plates. Toss together 3 tablespoons of dressing with lettuce and green onions and add to bowls. Put salsa mixture in the center of the lettuce, and top with corn and avacodo slices. Spoon more dressing on top.

Serves 4

Note: The dressing is very good with asian-inspired salads, too.

Adapted from Vegetarian Times.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Cranberry Orange Cake


2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup orange juice
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Ginger
2 clementine oranges, separated
1/2 cup dried cranberries


1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

2. In round cake pan, mix together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt). Make a well in the center.

3. Add orange juice, vegetable oil, orange zest, vanilla, and ginger.

4. Add clementine pieces and cranberries; mix until just thoroughly mixed.

5. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

Source of recipe: Modified by picky vegans recipe

Makes: 8 servings, Preparation time: 15 minutes, Cooking time: 40 minutes

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

Use your favorite graham cracker or cookie crust. The basic idea is 25 sandwich cookies (oreo style, any flavor) crushed with 1/3 cup margerine and 1/4 cup sugar. Chop it up in the food processor then press it into the bottom of an 8" springform pan.

Preheat oven to 350.

You'll need an 8" springform pan (as noted above) and a watertight 10" pan (I use my spaghetti pot) to use as a water bath. Spray 8" pan with oil.


2.5 packages (8 oz each) vegan cream cheese
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1.5 tsp vanilla
2 T ener-g egg replacer dissoved in 3/4 cup water (this is not according to ener-g package directions)
1 package (2 cups measured) chocolate chips, melted
3/4 cup whipping cream (Rich's or Silk coffee creamer)

Combine cream cheese and sugar in bowl. Beat with electric beaters on medium until fluffy. Add vanill, egg replacer (dissoved in water), and melted chips, beating well after each addition. Add cream, beat well.

Put 8" pan into 10" pan. Pour batter into 8" pan. Fill 10" pan with water half way up the sides of the 8" pan.

Bake 1 to 1.5 hours until the cake rises and starts pullng away from the sides of the pan. The middle will be shiny but will not look set. It's fine, take it out. Let it rest on the counter until it's cool enough to remove the 8" pan from the 10" pan. Then (here's the part that kills me) put the cake in the frige for at least 12 hours, preferably 24.

Top with whipped cream if desired. The Soy Whip that you whip yoursef (sold at Pangea) is really good.

This recipe is adapted from the Delicious Choices recipe book.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Orange Chicken Style Tofu


3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound extra firm tofu, drained and pressed, chopped into bite sized pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
hot cooked rice, to serve


1. Saute tofu in 2 tablespoons oil until browned. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, saute garlic and green onions in remaining 1 tablespoon oil until garlic is golden.

2. Add water, orange juice, lemon juice, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium.

3. In a small cup or dish, mix together cornstarch and water until thoroughly blended. Pour cornstarch mixture into sauce, stirring constantly.

4. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until sauce thickens to your liking. Remove from heat and combine with tofu until completely coated. Serve over rice.

Use more or less cornstarch mixture depending on how thick you like your sauce. You can also add ginger if you like that flavor. Or orange peel or orange juice concentrate for more orange flavor. Enjoy!

Makes: 1-2 servings depending how hungry you are
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Banana Popsicles

Bananas halved
Stick in popsicle sticks (optional)
Dip in: soy milk, soy yogurt, jam, or butters (peanut, almond, etc).
Roll in: wheat germ, flaxseed meal, carob chips/powder, or chopped nuts.

Wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze. Eat. Enjoy.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Spinach and Salsa Burritoes


2 cups cooked grains (see note)
1 cup cooked beans (see note)
1 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry.
1-1/4 cups chunky-style salsa
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
6 burrito-sized (large!) flour tortillas
olive oil spray


Preheat oven to 325.

Mix together the grains, beans, spinach, salsa, chili powder, and cumin. Divide among the 6 tortillas and roll up, tucking in the ends. Spray or brush lightly with olive oil. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden, turning over once.

Note: This recipe is extremely versatile, and an easy way to use up those bits of things that you have in the freezer. You can use more beans or no beans, or sub some packaged burger crumbles, reconstituted tvp or tofu that’s been frozen, thawed and crumbled, for some of the grains. It all works, as long as the total of grains + beans + soy is about 3 cups.

These freeze well, either before or after baking.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

French Bread Pizza

Adapted from Joanne Stephaniak's The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook

1 loaf French bread, cut in half width- and lengthwise
1/2 lb. firm regular tofu, rinced, drained, and crumbled
2 T tomato paste
2 T olive oil
1 T tamari or balsamic vinegar
1 t ground fennel or dried basil
1 t dried oregano
1 t crushed garlic
1/8 to 1/4 t cayenne (I omitted this)
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450. Put bread on baking sheet or pizza stone. Mix all other ingredients in food processor until it becomes a paste, then spread it on the slices of french bread. Cook until topping is browned and bread is crisp (10 - 15 minutes). Eat it while it's hot!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Basic Barbeque Seitan

You don't have to get fancy to make seitan taste fabulous! This simple recipe is tasty on its own or in a sandwich.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


1 package prepared seitan, or about 14 oz, cut into strips
1/2 yellow or white onion, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup barbeque sauce

Sautee onions in olive oil until soft, about 3-5 minutes.

Add seitan and cook until just barely golden brown, about 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add barbeque sauce, and stir well. Reduce heat and allow to simmer until sauce has cooked down, about 10-15 more minutes.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mexican Seitan Fajitas

Colorful seitan fajitas look just like real meat, but are, of course, lower in fat and cholesterol-free. Wrap these vegetarian fajitas in a flour tortilla and serve with Mexican rice and beans for a complete meal.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


1 package seitan, about 1 pound, cut into strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika (optional)
1/2 tsp cumin powder
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp olive oil

Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil until onions are soft, about 3-5 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients and allow to cook, stirring frequently for 7-10 minutes, until seitan is thoroughly cooked.

Wrap in flour tortillas and serve plain or with taco sauce, homemade guacamole, cheese and sour cream and enjoy!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Raspberry Lime Muffins


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 lime, zested
3/4 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup nondairy milk (I use soy)
1/3 cup canola oil
2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease muffin tin. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and lime zest.

2. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, milk, oil, lime juice, and vinegar. Mix well. Add to flour mixture. Stir until just blended.

3. Gently fold in raspberries. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into muffins comes out clean.

4. Remove from oven. Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and cool on a wire rack.

Serves: 12, Preparation time: 30 minutes

Taco or Burrito Filling


1 pound burger-style crumbles or broken up patties
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning
1 cup water


1. Using a large skillet, stir fry the crumbled meat substitute in the oil until browned.

2. Mash beans. When the meat is done, put the tomato paste, taco seasoning, mashed beans, and water into the skillet and stir until mixed.

3. Cover and let simmer on low heat until it bubbles. Use as a filling for tacos or burritos, or alone as dip.

Serves: 6, Preparation time: 30 min

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Vegan Spicy Chilli

Vegan Spicy Chili


2 (15 ounce) cans dark kidney beans
2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans
2 (15 ounce) cans chili beans
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
1 large tomato, diced
1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce
1-2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers, minced (I use pickled)
2 tablespoons jalapeno juice
1/2 cup lentils, optional
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 teaspoon mild chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


1. Place all the ingredients in crockpot.

2. Cook 6-8 hours on low.

I like to get mine ready in the morning and let it cook all day on low. When I come home, its ready! Cornbread is a must with this. Be careful, this can be very spicy! You may want to adjust the amount of jalapeno juice.

Serves: 6-8, Preparation time: 8 hours

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Vegan Pie

Vegan Key Lime Pie


2 8 oz. containers vegan cream cheese
2 tablespoon soy milk
1 cup natural sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoon grated lime peel
4 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 9inch vegan graham cracker crust
sliced strawberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend cream cheese, soymilk, vegan sugar, vanilla, grated lime peel, lime juice and cornstarch until smooth. pour mixture into graham cracker crust, place on baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Let cool, refrigerate overnite. Top with sliced strawberries.

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 1 hour

Tofu Pot Pie

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

2 prepared pie crusts
1 1/2 large potatoes, chopped
water, veggie broth or bouillon to boil potatoes
2 handfuls white onion, chopped
1 pound frozen mixed veggies (I use carrot/pea/corn/green bean blend)
3/4 pound extra firm tofu, cut into 1/2" cubes
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 stick (1/2 cup) vegan butter (I use Earth Balance), divided
whole wheat flour, as needed
dried thyme, to taste
dried poultry seasoning, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
nutritional yeast, to taste, optional


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and set aside one of the pie crusts on a baking sheet. Boil the potatoes in a large pot of vegetable broth (water is fine too, but you'll have to add extra spices later). When the potatoes are almost done, add the onions and at least half the bag of vegetables.

2. Let them cook a few minutes, then pour off some of the broth, if needed. You're going to be adding flour to the mix to make a thick saucy filling, so it's up to you how much liquid you want to keep. Up to 1" liquid over the veggies is usually fine.

3. Add the tofu, garlic (save a couple small pieces), and about half the stick (1/4 cup) butter. Gradually stir in the flour until you've reached a nice, thick consistency. Add salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, thyme, and nutritional yeast, to taste.

4. Melt the rest of the butter with the extra garlic and a few pinches of thyme and pour some of it into the bottom crust. Dump the filling in to crust. Place the other crust on top and press the two edges together. Cut a few slits in the top crust and pour the rest of the melted butter mix on top. Bake about a half hour or until the crust is browned.

Serves: 6-8, Preparation time: 1 hour

Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

2 cups raw cashes
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup refined coconut oil
2 cups crushed graham crackers
6 tablespoon vegan butter
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
12 ounces vegan cream cheese
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon nut milk (prefer almond)
1 cup mini chocolate chips


Whipped Cashew Cream
1) To make the whipped Cashew Cream, put cashews in a bowl and add enough cold water to cover them. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight (around 12 hours of soaking). Drain the cashews and rinse under cold water. Place them in a blender with enough fresh cold water to barely cover the cashews. Blend on high for several minutes. I use a food processor and leave it on for about 5 minutes. Your want it to be ground as much as possible. If you don't have a food processor or a good blender, use a fine mesh sieve to give you a nice and smooth cream. Now you have thick cashew cream.

2) Place 1 cup of the cashew cream in a blender (there will be extra cream left over, you can make another batch of the whip cream for some pumpkin pie, which is what I tend to do). Add the agave nectar, vanilla, and a 1/4 cup of water to the cashew cream in the blender/processor. Blend until thoroughly combined.

3) At this point you need to have your coconut oil ready. You do this by warming it up on the stove until it becomes an liquid.
With the blender running, slowly drizzle the coconut oil in through the hole of the blender. Blend it until it is emulsified.
Pour into a bowl and chill in the refrigerator, covered, for 2 hours. Stir before serving.

Peanutbutter Pie
1) Prepare the pie crusts. Using a food processor, crush graham crackers and cocoa powder. Then slowly add the melted vegan butter until it is combined. Press onto a pie pan. DO NOT COOK. The crush is suppose to be a bit crumbly. Set aside while you prepare the filling.

2) Mix the vegan cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar and almond milk with an electric mixer until it is smooth. Fold in the whipped cashew cream and mix until smooth. Add the chocolate chips and then pour the mixture into two prepared pie crusts. Freeze for at least 5 to 6 hours, preferably overnight. Thaw for 10 minutes before serving.

Source of recipe: I went on a quest to make my mom's frozen peanut butter pie vegan. I was successful and boy does this pie taste amazing! The cashew whipped cream is an adaptation of the Conscious Cook's version but mind adds very little water to keep it more firm, necessary for the pie. Keep in mind this pie has a few steps that require chilling and freezing. The cashews must be soaked over night. The whipped cream must be chilled for a few hours as well. So plan ahead! This frozen desert will definitely impress!

Makes: 2 Pies, Preparation time: 1hour prep and 5hr freezing, Cooking time: None

Mediterranean Vegetable Pie

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1 eggplant, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
2 onions, sliced
olive oil, as needed
1 head garlic
1 cup frozen corn
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 pie shells
3 roasted red peppers
1 (8 ounce) package vegan mozzarella
oregano, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush two large baking sheets with olive oil. Place zucchini, eggplant, and onion on prepared baking sheets and brush with more olive oil.

2. Chop off top of garlic head, leaving the skin on. Place on tray with veggies and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in oven for 30-40 minutes, switching trays halfway through.

3. Mix roasted eggplant, zucchini and onions with tomato paste and the frozen corn. Squeeze roasted garlic from the head and divide between 2 pie shells, spreading on the bottom.

4. Spoon a layer of the roasted vegetable mix on top of the garlic, followed by the roasted red peppers, then vegan cheese, pepper, salt, and oregano.

5. Repeat layers (not including garlic). Bake pies in oven for 30 minutes or until the crusts are golden and cheese substitute is melted.

Serves: 5, Preparation time: 90 minutes

Monday, August 1, 2011

Vegan Muffins

Vegan Banana Muffins

Yields 6 Giant Muffins

1 cups soy milk (additional quarter cup may be needed)
1/4 cups oil
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/4–1/2 cup brown sugar (for a sweet muffin, use 1/2 cup or more)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 ripe bananas, mashed (potato masher works well)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup walnuts, rough chopped

Pre-heat oven to 400º. Oil a 6-cup muffin tin. Mix together all ingredients until incorporated. Mixture will be quite thick. Add more soy milk if dry. Do not over mix. Mound the batter into the 6 muffin cups so it stands about an inch or so above each hole in the tin. Place on a cookie sheet (in case there is spillage) and bake for about 40-45 minutes, checking every 15 minutes. If muffins are browning too fast, lower temperature to 375º. Remove muffins and let cool 10-15 minutes before carefully removing and placing on serving platter. Delicious!

Recipe by Laura Theodore, The Jazzy Vegetarian.

Vegan Apple Muffins

For the muffins you'll need:

2 cups strong cinnamon tea (or any tea you love)
2/3 cup uncooked quick oats
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger (use more for a spicier cake)
1 1/2 cups vegan sugar (you can use white sugar if you like)
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 apple, peeled and diced

Prepare the tea ahead of time by steeping three teabags in two cups of boiling water until cool.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 13 X 9 baking pan.

Combine the dry ingredients, including the sugar, in a large mixing bowl. In a separate smaller bowl combine the tea, applesauce, vinegar, extract, and the diced apple. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out free of crumbs.

Vegan Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins


1 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of oatmeal flour*
1 cup of soaked, dried cranberries, preferably sweetened
1/2 cup sugar
3 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
egg substitute to equal one egg
1/4 teaspoon salt (may be omitted)
3/4 cup soy or rice milk
1/3 cup neutral-tasting oil
a handful of sunflower seeds, chopped almonds, etc.


*To make oatmeal flour, whizz oatmeal in a food processor until finely ground

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Add wet ingredients, adding the egg replacer first. Add cranberries. Add seeds and/or nuts. Fold in until the batter is just moist; do not over-mix.

Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes or until light brown. Let cool in pan for one minute; remove from pan to finish cooling.

Soy protein powder may substitute for a small part of the flour to boost the amount of protein in each muffin.

Serves: 12

Preparation time: 15

Vegan Blueberry Bran Muffins


1-1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup nondairy milk
2/3 cups brown sugar
6 tablespoons applesauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup blueberries (OR 1/2 cup raisins OR 1 chopped apple OR any combination of any fruit/nut of your choice!)


1. In a bowl, combine wheat bran and milk; let stand for 10 minutes.

2. In another bowl, beat brown sugar, applesauce, vanilla. Add to wheat bran mixture.

3. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

4. Add wet ingredients to dry. Fold in blueberries (or filling of your choice)

5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 16 to 20 minutes!

Makes: 12 muffins, Preparation time: 15 minutes, Baking time: 20 minutes

source: www.vegweb.com , http://www.foodaphilia.com

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Irish Cream Pancakes


1/4 cup vegan coffee creamer (like Silk Hazelnut Creamer; if you use plain, add 1 teaspoon almond extract)
3 tablespoons whiskey
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
4 teaspoons WARM water
3 teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer
2 cups Bisquick-like baking mix (check ingredients)
1 cup nondairy milk
1 teaspoon vegetable oil + extra for pan
4+ drops green food dye (optional)
nondairy whipped topping (optional; like Soyatoo brand)


1. Bailey's Irish Cream Substitute: In a bowl or container, thoroughly mix coffee creamer, whiskey, and chocolate syrup.

2. Egg Substitute: In a mixing bowl, mix Ener-G Egg Replacer and WARM water until smooth.

3. Pancakes: In a bowl, combine baking mix, milk, Irish cream substitute, egg substitute, 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, and food coloring; mix until smooth as well.

4. Cooking: In a pan, heat a coin-sized amount of oil over medium heat until slightly hot. Add batter and cook until the pancake starts to bubble and the bottom side of the pancake has become golden. Flip and continue cooking until the other side is golden.

5. Serve warm and topped with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Makes: 10 (4-inch) pancakes; Preparation time: 5 minutes

Source: www.vegweb.com

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Carribean Rice

Recipe submitted by Kristine Foster gfoster@ny.tds.net


1 cup jasmine rice (uncooked)
1 cup coconut
1/2 can crushed pineapple drained
1/2 red pepper, diced and 2 handfuls cashews
3 scallions, sliced lengthwise, then finely cut diagonally
1/4 -1/2 teaspoon (depending on your tastes) crushed red pepper flakes
1 bottle Arizona Style virgin pina colada beverage
1 8 oz. pkg. mori-nu silken tofu
1 bottle Arizona style pina colada
red food coloring drops to get pinkish color
sea salt & old bay seasoning


Put 1st eight ingredients in large glass microwave safe dish and stir to mix well. Cover with wax paper and microwave on high for 5 minutes, then simmer for 18 - 25 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

To make mock shrimps: soak tofu that has been shaped into little shrimps or prawns in dish with pina colada. add red food coloring so is pink in color like shrimps. Add salt and old bay seaoning to taste. soak for 2 hours. Then roll and coat shrimps with shake and bake seasoning for fish. Bake on cookie sheet sprayed with Pam for 10 minutes (5 on each side), and add to the rice casserole before serving..... Enjoy! Guaren'teed to make you sing; Ay Ay Ay...... I like to Mambo!

Serves: 4-6

Preparation time: 10 mins.

source: www.vegweb.com

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Mandarin Coconut Whipped Pie


1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 tablespoons vanilla soy milk

1 banana
1 cup silken tofu
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 package Sour Supreme vegan sour cream (about 6 oz, or 1 cup volume)
1/2 cup margarine (unsalted)
1 egg equivalent (flax seed derived)
6 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup orange juice
1 cup shredded coconut
1 8oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
low sugar apricot jam (optional topping)


Preheat oven to 425 F.

Mix together all crust ingredients, press into 9-in pie pan. Extend crust to the sides of the pan, also. Bake for 10 minutes. take out, and set aside. Reduce heat to 360 F. Cool pre-baked crust for 15 minutes (make filling).

Combine all ingredients listed above up to and including the 1/4 cup flour:
Mash together by hand first, to make banana small. Then beat, starting with lowest setting and increasing to fastest setting. Fold in the vanilla and orange juice, then beat again. Fold in the coconut and mandarin oranges. Pour into the cooled crust.

Bake at 360 for 45 minutes, then turn off oven and let pie stay in oven for 1 hour. Take out, cool for another hour, on the kitchen counter, covered.

Refrigerate. May be eaten at any time, best after refrigeration (because its more refreshing!)

I didn't make any topping for it, but low-vegan sugar apricot jam tastes well with it.

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 1 hour 15 minutes (plus cooling time)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Spicy Lentils and Rice


3/4 cup red lentils
1/4 cup brown lentils
1 cup rice
salt for seasoning
1 tablespoon chilli powder (or as desired)
600 ml of water and stock


1) Allow red lentils to soak for one hour or overnight
2) Cook the rice seperately, drain and put to one side
3) Combine the remaining ingredients in a pot bringing
the mixture to a boil, and then simmer for about an hour. Keep an eye on the process - do not allow the mixture to burn, add water as necessary.
4) Combine the rice with the lentil mixture and stir well. Season with salt the individual dishes.

Each serving, of approximately two cups, is approximately 500 calories. The meal is nutritious as it combines both grain and protein, and the chilli powder facilitates ones metabolism process. The amount made can be halved or doubled and the mixture can be frozen.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 2 hours

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mango peach smoothie


1 (6 ounce) package vegan peach yogurt
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen peaches
1 banana
2 teaspoons sweetener (I use pure via)
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup vanilla nondairy milk (I use soy)
1/4 cup vegan whipped cream, optional


1. Blend ingredients, except whipped cream, together thoroughly in blender.

2. Top with vegan whipped cream, if desired.

Makes: 2 smoothies, Preparation time: 2 mins

Friday, June 24, 2011

Salsa de Llaja


3 lbs fresh or canned tomatoes
1 small bunch fresh or 1.5 tablespoon dried cilantro (this is also called
fresh coriander or Chinese parsley)
1 small bunch scallions (you may substitute 1 medium onion)
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
4 cloves garlic
7-10 tomatillos (optional - see Note)
10-20 Fresh hot peppers (serrano or jalapeno peppers or a mixture)


This is a very hot Mexican style salsa picante. Traditionally, it is eaten as a dip with tortilla chips, or spooned over anything that needs spicing up.

The name comes from most peoples first response to it - YAA HAAA. I aint kiddin about it being HOT.

The recipe is original. I would prefer, howe'ver, to call it traditional, as there is nothing particularly unusual about it.


1. Deseed the tomatoes and press out most of the liquid. The more you squeeze the tomatoes, the less liquid the salsa will be. Chop them moderately fine (1/4 inch or so). Put in a NON METALLIC bowl or jar.

2. If you are using fresh cilantro, wash it and discard the stems. Chop the leaves and add to the tomatoes. If you're using dried, just dump it in.

3. Chop the scallions, garlic and tomatillos and add.

4. Deseed the peppers (see Note), chop finely, and add.

5. Add the vinegar and mix well. If you are using dried cilantro, let it sit for a few minutes to let the dried leaves soften.

6. This is can be served immediately, although the flavors will be better mixed after a few hours in the refrigerator. It will keep indefinitely if refrigerated.


1. Squeezing tomatoes is fun, but they tend to squirt. Watch your aim.

2. I have heard it said that tomatillos should be lightly steamed or microwaved before being added. I don't notice any difference either way.

3. Fresh hot peppers are a bit dangerous to handle. The oil that makes them HOT seems to stay on your hands forever. WASH YOUR HANDS with lots of soap after cutting them up and before touching your eyes or nose. Under NO circumstances use your thumbnail to scrape out the seeds. I did once and regretted it for a week. Some cookbooks insist that you wear rubber gloves while handling the peppers; I think this is a bit extreme. Do be careful, though.

4. This is supposed to be HOT. If you don't like this strength, feel free to reduce the number of peppers. Note also that the salsa will mellow a bit after a day or so in the refrigerator.

Note also that peppers may vary drastically in hotness depending on growing conditions. Taste to make sure. To check peppers for hotness, don't just pop a chunk in your mouth. If you do, all you will taste is hot. Put a small piece of the pepper on a tortilla chip, and eat the whole thing.

5. You can use pickled peppers here, but the taste is quite different, and, to my taste, far inferior. I prefer the taste of canned tomatoes, though. Around here (the Washington, D. C. area), it seems like all you can get fresh are the dreaded orange tennis ball tomatoes.

6. Just about any kind of capsicum pepper can be added. Different peppers will give different tastes. Experiment! Note that the serrano or jalapeno peppers mentioned above are quite small - reduce the number appropriately if you use larger peppers. The general rule for peppers is the smaller and greener it is, the hotter it is. Pepinos (very small and green) are spectacularly hot, while red bell peppers have practically no heat.

7. Dont let anything metallic sit in the salsa for any length of time. Metal (even stainless steel!) will cause an off taste as it dissolves.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tomato and Basil Pasta


1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti or thin spaghetti
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
fresh basil, to taste (I use 2 tablespoons prepared basil)


1. Cook whole-wheat spaghetti according to package directions (make sure to salt the pasta water!).

2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. While skillet heats, add tomatoes to pan. Add garlic to skillet and season with salt and pepper.

3. Saute the mixture until tomatoes are blistered and garlic is fragrant (be careful not to burn the garlic!). Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water.

4. Return pasta to pot and add the tomato mixture. If you like a thinner sauce, add water to desired consistency. Add basil and toss.

Source of recipe: I modified this from a recipe in Better Homes and Gardens.

Makes: 4 to 6 servings, Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Walnuts


2 large or 4 smaller sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
1 cup sweetener (I use 1/2 cup brown rice syrup and 1/2 cup maple syrup, or 1 cup brown sugar)
1/2 cup vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (I use freshly grated)
1 cup chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Steam the sweet potatoes for 10 minutes or until slightly tender, but not cooked through. Rinse with cold water and drain thoroughly. Place the sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl with the apples.

2. In a frying pan, combine remaining ingredients, except walnuts. Boil for at least 1 minute, then add walnuts. Boil for at least another minute.

3. Pour mixture over potatoes and apples and mix well. Bake for 45 minutes uncovered.

Makes: 8 servings, Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Veggie Tofu Scramble

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1 small onion finely chopped
1 red pepper finely chopped
1 link soy-sausage
1 cup spinach finely chopped
1/2 block tofu
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 small clove garlic minced
salt, pepper, your choice of seasoning


- Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a pan over medium heat
- Add onion, season and saute
- Add sausage and stir
- In a separate small pan, heat olive oil over medium heat
- Add tofu and garlic
- Break up in pan, season and cover
- In pan with onions, add red pepper and spinich and season lightly
- Add tofu and stir

Serve alone or with pita bread and lebneh (recommended)

Serves: 3ish

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Kick-Ass Tofu Pesto Sandwiches

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1 to 2 garlic cloves, to taste
2 cups fresh basil
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Tofu Steaks:
1 (12-ounce) block extra-firm tofu

Tofu Steak Marinade:
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika

The Sandwiches:
sourdough bread (or any kind you like, but sourdough really complements the flavor)
spinach leaves
Roma tomatoes, sliced
avocado, sliced

Veganaise or other vegan mayo(optional)


1. Chop garlic in a food processor, then add the basil, pine nuts, and salt, chop. Drizzle in olive oil and balsamic vinegar while the food processor is running. Refrigerate over night.

Tofu Steaks:
2. Cut one block of tofu in half width-wise, then cut the halves in thirds (if that makes sense? Or to whatever size will work best with the bread you're using.) Put the tofu steaks in a container in a single layer.

Tofu Steak Marinade:
3. In a bowl, mix together oil, white wine vinegar, lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Pour over your tofu steaks. Let them hang out in the fridge with your pesto overnight. (The pesto and Tofu steaks are better if they sit overnight but it's not necessary if you want them right now. Of course you can use a store bought marinade for the steaks, and/or store bought vegan pesto.)

The Sandwiches:
Now that you've patiently waited for you tofu and pesto to become delicious you will be rewarded with sandwiches.

4. Heat a frying pan or skillet over medium heat. Fry the tofu steaks for a few minutes on each side, until their slightly browned. Set them aside.

5. On each side of sourdough bread, spread a generous amount of pesto. On one slice of bread, layer spinach on top of that, then sliced Roma tomatoes, tofu steaks, avocado slices, and sprouts. On the other slice of bread, spread with some vegan mayonnaise.

6. Fry the sandwiches over medium heat until they're nice and golden brown on each side, I like to use the same pan the tofu was fried in for a little extra flavor. (A panini grill or whatever would work too if you don't want to pan fry them.) Enjoy!

Source of recipe: The pesto recipe is from Vegan Brunch. The rest isn't.

Makes: 2 Sandwiches (or 4 smaller sandwiches), Preparation time: 10 min (or 24hrs), Cooking time: 10 minutes

Friday, June 10, 2011

Vegan Spirulina Pesto

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

2 cups organic basil
1 cup ground/powdered white sesame seeds
1/2 cup white miso
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1 clove garlic
1-11/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon Spirulina


Serves: 2.

Preparation time: 5 min.

Cut stems and wash Basil. Grind sesame seeds in coffee grinder to a powder equalling 1 cup.

Add all dry ingredients to blender adding water gradually to desired consistency with blender running.

*Turn off blender then add spirulina powder to desired color.

Source: Margaret/Dennis Malone

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Vegetable Stuffed Red Peppers au Gratin

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1 large eggplant
2 large red peppers, halved and seeded
1 large sweet onion-yellow, diced (1-2 cups, approximately)
2-3 shallots, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (12 ounce) package fresh spinach, cleaned and chopped
1 cup flavored bread crumbs
olive oil, as needed
1 egg substitute to bind, optional
salt and pepper, to taste
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
1 cup vegan mozzarella cheese, grated


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Clean eggplant and pierce the skin all over with a fork or knife. Place a pan or cookie sheet on the center rack, and put the eggplant on the top rack, centered over the pan. Bake for about 1/2 hour, or until thoroughly soft. When done, carefully remove from the oven and place in a large bowl. Let it cool enough to be handled safely.

2. Lower the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet. In a large frying pan, saute the red pepper halves, turning them, until they are softened, but still retain their shape. Remove from pan and place on prepared pan. Let cool. Put the onion, shallots and garlic in the pan used for the peppers, and saute over medium-low heat until softened and transparent. Be careful not to burn.

3. While the onion mix is sauteing, cut open the eggplant and carefully spoon the meat into the bowl. Chop, mash, or puree; keep it meaty, but smooth. Add the spinach to the onion mixture, gradually enough so that it all incorporates. When the spinach wilts enough so that there is room, begin adding the eggplant.

4. Add more oil as needed. Continue sauteing and when the vegetables are well-blended, slowly add the vegan bread crumbs. Stir to coat and continue cooking until the mixture is blended. If needed, add egg substitute to bind. Throw in the oregano and parsley, then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove from heat and let stand until you can handle it safely.

5. With a large spoon, fill each pepper half with mixture, as much as possible (overflow is okay). Top with the mozzarella and bake until the cheese is melted and lightly crusted. Cool for about 5 minutes.

Serves: 4-8, Preparation time: 1 hr. approx

Thursday, June 2, 2011

In Search of Vegan Food

Here a brief list of kitchen staples in which animal-derived ingredients can be included in or used in the processing of the final product. This list is not considered to be all-inclusive.

BBQ sauce - It can be easy to find vegan BBQ sauce, but be sure to check the label, as any of the following might be listed: anchovies, chicken fat, rendered beef fat, beef extract, beef stock, eggs and honey... to name a few.

beer - Some beers are fined before bottling using isinglass (from sturgeon fish bladders), gelatin, albumin derived from eggs or dried blood or casein/potassium caseinate (from milk products). Some beers also include other ingredients (e.g. flavorings, caramel, honey, lactose, colorings, preservatives). Beer can also use glyceryl monostearate, an anti-foaming agent that sometimes is an animal derivative, pepsin, a heading agent sometimes derived from pork, and sugar that may or may not be whitened using bone char. See the Barnivore Vegan Alcohol Directory for a list of vegan beers and wines.

bread - Along with eggs, milk, butter, buttermilk, whey, and honey, bread can contain the following which may or may not be derived from animals: mono and diglycerides, exthoxylated mono and diglycerides, glycerides, sodium stearoyl lactylate, emulsifiers and DATEM (Di-Acetyl Tartrate Ester of Monoglyceride). However, there are vegan breads out there, many of which can be found at natural food stores.

brown sugar - Many brown sugar producers make brown sugar by adding cane molasses to completely refined sugar (cane sugar or beet sugar). Cane sugar is either filtered through activated carbon or bone char. Brown sugar that is advertised as non bone-char processed can usually be found at natural food stores. Sucanat is a good alternative, since it is unrefined cane sugar that has not had the molasses removed.

cereal - The usual suspects such as milk, whey, sugar (see the entry below about sugar) and gelatin can often be found in cereal. One ingredient that is not so obvious is Vitamin D, which cereals are sometimes fortified with. Vitamin D without a subscript refers to either Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), or Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). Vitamin D3 may be derived from lanolin, a substance that is secreted by the sebaceous glands of sheep. Vitamin D2 is derived from fungal and plant sources.

flour tortillas - Flour tortillas can contain lard, whey, and glycerides from animal or vegetable sources. Check the ingredients, and if you don't find a vegan version at your grocery, try a natural foods store.

maple syrup - Maple syrup requires an agent to reduce the foam on the syrup. This is done by adding a small amount of fat to the liquid. Vegetable oil is a common defoaming agent, but lard, milk, cream, butter or a defoamer containing monoglycerides and diglycerides from either animal or vegetable sources can be used.

margarine - Margarine can contain whey and other dairy derivatives, Vitamin D3 from animal sources and mono and diglycerides from animal or vegetable sources. One popular vegan, non-hydrogenated, butter alternative is Earth Balance.

mayonnaise - Mayonnaise often contains eggs. One popular eggless mayonnaise is Vegenaise, and is typically found at natural food stores.

powdered sugar - Also known as confectioners' or icing sugar, powdered sugar is granulated sugar that has been pulverized into a very fine powder, sifted and mixed with cornstarch, flour or calcium phosphate to keep it dry and to prevent caking. The source of the sugar can be either cane sugar or beet sugar. Cane sugar is either filtered through activated carbon or bone char.

sugar - Commercially-produced white, granulated sugar comes from either cane sugar or from beet sugar. Cane sugar is either filtered through activated carbon or bone char but beet sugar is not. Sugar that hasn't been filtered through bone char can usually be found at natual food stores. Additional alternatives consist of Sucanat (non-refined cane sugar that has not had the molasses removed), turbinado sugar (made by steaming unrefined raw sugar), Stevia, maple sugar (about twice as sweet as standard granulated sugar), and date sugar (an unprocessed sugar made from dehydrated dates). Liquid sweeteners such as brown rice syrup, pure maple syrup (see the entry above about maple syrup), agave syrup, malt syrup and fruit juice concentrates can also be used.

wine - Animal-derived ingredients used in wine making can include isinglass (from sturgeon fish bladders), gelatin, egg whites (or albumin) and casein. Animal blood has been used to fine wine, but it is rarely used anymore. It was declared illegal for use in European wines. See the Barnivore Vegan Alcohol Directory for a list of vegan beers and wines.

Worcestershire sauce - Worcestershire sauce can contain anchovies and sugar, but vegan versions are available online and at many natural food stores.

Some other food items that can contain animal-derived ingredients are:

cake mix
pancake mix
soup packets
refried beans

Veggie burgers and other meat alternatives can contain eggs, milk, whey, lactose, casein, and other dairy derivitives. Some soy/rice/almond cheese alternatives can contain casein and other dairy derivitives.

Here is a Vegan list which can help you determine what is vegan and what isn't.

Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Nut Cookies

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1/3 cup cashew butter, almond butter, or peanut butter
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup sugar or Sucanat (granulated cane juice)
1/3 cup nondairy milk (I use soy)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (try Sunspire brand)
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts or walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Oil a large baking sheet; set aside. Whisk together first five ingredients (through vanilla) until very smooth.

2. Add remaining ingredients, and stir to combine (be sure to mix in thoroughly the baking soda and salt; you may want to stir these into the flour first).

3. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until tops just begin to crack. Remove sheet from oven, and wait 10 minutes before transferring cookies to a plate or wire rack.

They are great for bake sales, to serve to skeptical meat-eating friends, or just as a reward for a week of hard work!

Makes: 24 cookies

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Portobello Burgers with Balsamic Mayonnaise

2 portobello mushrooms, stems removed
8 ounces vegan cream cheese
2 shallots or green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic , minced
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
olive oil, as needed
1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
romaine lettuce, to serve
sliced tomatoes, to serve
vegan buns, to serve


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take mushroom stems and finely chop. In a medium bowl, combine the stems, cream cheese, shallots, garlic, thyme, parsley and salt and pepper. Mix well.

2. Drizzle olive oil all over the top and bottom of the mushrooms. Stuff mushrooms with filling and put in baking dish. Drizzle olive oil on top of stuffed mushrooms. Cook for 20-25 minutes until cream cheese is a light golden brown.

3. In small bowl, add the mayonnaise, vinegar and pepper. Blend well. When there's about 3 minutes left on the mushrooms, toast the buns in the oven.

4. Spread the balsamic mayonnaise on both sides of the bun. Top with the mushroom, lettuce and tomato. Enjoy!

Serves: 2, Preparation time: 35 min

Strawberry Muffins

4 oz. unsalted margarine
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 banana
2 cup flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup soy milk, with a little arrowroot as thickener
1 teaspoon vanilla
15 fresh strawberries, dry, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)


Cream together margarine and vegan sugar until light and fluffy. Add the banana, and cream until well blended. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Combine soy milk, arrowroot and vanilla. Alternate adding wet and dry mixtures to creamed mixture. Fold in strawberries. Fill muffin tins nearly full, and bake at 375F for 25 to 30 minutes.

Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Thoroughly mix dry ingredients first (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt).

3. Mix in wet ingredients (water, vegetable oil, vinegar, and vanilla). Continue mixing until you obtain an even batter (no lumps).

4. Pour into a cake pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes.

I recommend topping the cake with Chocolate Frosting by Sarah.

Serves: 12 slices, Preparation time: 15 minutes

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

General Tao's Tofu

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1 (12 ounce) box firm tofu, in 1" cubes (frozen and thawed, if desired)
1 egg equivalent (e.g., EnerG Egg Replacer), prepared
3 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons water, divided
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon cornstarch, divided
vegetable oil for frying + 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
3 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2/3 cup vegetable stock
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon sherry, optional
red pepper, to taste
steamed broccoli, to serve


1. Mix the egg replacer as specified on the box and add an additional 3 tablespoons water. Dip tofu in egg replacer mixture and coat completely. Sprinkle 3/4 cup cornstarch over tofu and coat completely. Watch out that the cornstarch doesn't clump up at the bottom of the bowl.

2. Heat oil in pan and fry tofu pieces until golden. Drain oil. Heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in pan on medium heat. Add green onions, ginger, and garlic; cook for about 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn garlic.

3. Add vegetable stock, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, sherry, and red pepper.

4. Mix 2 tablespoons water with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and pour into mixture stirring well. Add fried tofu and coat evenly.

Serve immediately with steamed broccoli over your choice of rice.

Serves: 4, Preparation time: 30 Minutes

source: www.vegweb.com

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mark X's Seitan

Adapted from a recipe posted online by Mark X

"Chicken" Roast

Preheat oven to 325 F.
In a large bowl, mix together:
2 cups vital wheat gluten flour (1 box arrowhead mills)
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
2 Tbs powdered vegan chicken broth or bouillion
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp pepper (optional)
1/4 tsp of turmeric (optional, but it gives the roast a yellowish hue, reminicent of real chicken!)
Gluten liquid
In separate bowl mix together:
1 Tbs olive oil (optional-for those McDougallers out there!)
1 + 1/2 cup of water
Pour into flour mixture.
Stir/knead until is a dough ball
(add additional water or gluten flour if needed to get proper consistency. All of the flour should be well incoporated but the dough should be firm and not tacky to the touch).
Knead vigorously for additional 1 minute

Basting liquid
Whisk together in measuring cup:
2-3 Tbs of chicken broth powder
1 Tbs of olive oil (optional)
then add enough water to make 3/4 to 1 cup (see below for precise measurement) total liquid
Set aside basting liquid
Spray a bread loaf pan with cooking spray:
Stretch gluten ball into a loaf and place in loaf pan (ensure it has room to expand in the pan). Pour basting liquid over the gluten loaf (loaf should be 1/3 to 1/2 submerged in the liquid (no more). Baste over the loaf.
Cover with foil and bake in oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Baste every 20 minutes or so.

Beef variation:

Eliminate turmeric. Substitute beef flavored broth for chicken broth throughout recipe. Add 2 tbls of soy sauce to gluten liquid, reducing water by same. Add 1 tbls of A1 sauce and 1 tablespoon of vegan worcestershire to basting liquid and reduce the amount of water accordingly.

Ham variation:

Eliminate turmeric. Substitute ham flavored broth for chicken broth throughout recipe. Add 1 tbls soy sauce and 1/2 to 1 tsp of liquid smoke to gluten liquid and reduce water by same amount. Add 2 tbls of soy sauce, 1 tsp of liquid smoke and 1 tsp of brown sugar to the basting liquid. Reduce water accordingly.

Basic seasoned gluten roast:

Eliminate turmeric. Substitute vegetable broth powder in lieu of chicken broth throughout recipe. Omit nutritional yeast. After gluten and basting liquid are in the loaf pan add a cup or so (depending on size of loaf pan, but allow room for seitan to expand) of the any of the following vegetables: Carrots, onions, leeks, celery, garlic, or other vegetbles appropriate for a pot roast. You can then eat the veggies when the roast is done, but they are pretty soft.

Traditional Asian Gluten roast:

Though not truly traditional, because in Asia they usually simmer the gluten.

Omit all spices. Add only vital wheat gluten flour to water. for basting liquid, add 2T of soy sauce to the basting liquid, reducing water accordingly, and add several strips of sea vegetable (kombu, wakame, hijiki, nori, or whatever you got).

Your Customized Seitan roast.
You can really monkey with this however you want. You could try to make a fish roast, if you could get some seafood broth to substitute for the chicken broth. You can also have mexican roast, by adding in chili powder, red pepper, cumin, and adding some dashes of hot sauce to the basting liquid. You can also make a curry loaf, adding in a table spoon or two of curry powder in lieu of the chicken broth. I also like mixing in some paprika, and cumin and red pepper to the ham variation, and adding some ketchup (2T) the gluten liquid to get kind of a pepperoni type of roast.

For an Italian sausage roast:

Go with the ham variation. Omit turmeric. Substitute red pepper for black pepper. Add 1 T of sage and another of thyme to the dry ingredients. Eliminate brown sugar in basting liquid. 2 tsp of Italian seasoning mix (basil oregano). Be sure to include oil.


adapted from Nick Malgieri's book How to Bake

You can use some whole wheat flour in this recipe if you like, but add the smallest amount of flour first because the ww flour absorbs more liquid than the refined white flour. It's easier to add more flour than it is to add more liquid. They're easy and taste so much better than the ones you get in the store.

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 envelope)
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
5-6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (I've never, ever used 6 cups - sometimes I've used less than 5 cups)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt

1. Whisk yeast into the warm water in a bowl and set aside.
2. In the bowl of your food processor (*see note*) combine the smaller amount of flour, sugar, and salt - and be sure to use the metal blade. Pulse the food processor to mix it and then add the yeast mixture and continue to pulse until the dough forms into a ball. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then run it again for 30 seconds at a time. This is a very firm dough. The rest of the flour is kneaded in by hand - I don't always use the rest of flour, though. It just depends on how moist or dry the dough is when I'm done with in the food processor.
3. Take the dough and shape it into ball and place in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise until doubled, usually about an hour.
4. Bring a 6-qt. saucepan of water to a simmer.
5. Punch down risen dough and divide into 10 or 12 equal pieces. Roll each into a 8-10 inch cylinder and keep the dough covered as you work - you don't want it drying out. Moisten the ends of the cylinders with water and stick them together, so they form a circle.
6. Preheat your oven to 450 F.
7. I usually let the bagels rise somewhat (not for longer than about 20 or 30 minutes) before simmering. I just like for them to be a little bigger when baking them. They'll still rise in the oven after the simmering process, so doing this second rise isn't necessary at all. Place your bagels, no more than 2 at a time, in the simmering water for about a minute, turn, and simmer for another minute. Remove bagels and drain. Do this with all of the bagels. When they're dry, bake them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown and shiny.
8. Transfer to a rack and cool. Oh, and then eat!

*Note: Make sure your food processor can handle this much flour!! This is how I burnt up the motor in my old food processor. To mix the dough by machine, mix all of the ingredients in the bowl of your heavy-duty mixer and mix on low speed using the dough hook. Do this for ten minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.

**You can sprinkle your bagels with sesame seeds, or poppy seeds if you like before baking - sprinkle them on just after they come out of the simmering water so they stick.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Couscous with Scallions

adapted from Food Network.

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1 cup plain couscous
2 tablespoons chopped parsley (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring the vegetable stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Add scallions and couscous. Cover the pan and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, add the parsley (if using), and salt and pepper to taste. Eat up!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Crispy Cajun Burgers

These are based on the Crispy Cajun Chickpea Patties from Vegan Dad. If you don't have all the spices, you can leave some out, or substitute something similar, such as basil for oregano.

1 tablespoon oil
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1/4 cup diced celery
3 cloves garlic, minced
15 ounce can chickpeas, drained
1 cup bread crumbs
¾ cup wheat gluten
3 tablespoons mayo
1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon paprika (I used Spanish smoked)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon black pepper
water as needed
oil for brushing

Heat oil and sauté onion, pepper, celery and garlic until tender. Pulse chickpeas briefly in a food processor, leaving mixture a little bit chunky (just make sure there are no whole chickpeas, as these will make the burgers fall apart.) Transfer to a bowl and add sautéed vegetables and remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine and add water 1 tablespoon at a time as needed. (I used two tablespoons.)

Heat oven to 375. Form burger mixture into 6 patties and brush both sides with oil. Bake for 12 minutes a side.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Banana-Flaxseed Snack

Melissa's Version of Banana-Flaxseed Treats

2 large bananas
1/4-1/3 cup whole flaxseeds

Mash the bananas well. Add the flaxseeds. Spread on a plastic sheet (my food dehydrator has a special plastic tray just for dehydrating mashed fruits and such). You could also use wax paper if you don't have a plastic tray to fit your dehydrator. Spread it less than 1/4 inch thick (maybe 1/8 inch or so). Dry until it is crispy. Break it up into pieces and store in an airtight container. Makes a great snack and is sweet and nutritious.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


adapted From Vego Paradiso by Pia Hall

1½ cup red lentils (3 dl)
1 onion
1 clove of garlic or garlicpowder
1 tablespoon oil
3 carrots
1 paprika or 3 tablespoons of Ajvar relish
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 cube of vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chili sauce (optional)
Salt, pepper
1 tablespoon basil

Cook the lentils for 10 minutes or so they are supposed to fall apart, drain them, chop the onions and garlic sizzle them for a bit in the oil. Chop the carrots, add them and leave it for a while.
Add the parika or Ajvar relish. Add the lentils, tomatoes and cub of broth and the chili sauce if you want it. Let simmer for a few minutes. Season it with salt, pepper and basil plus whatever seasoning you prefer.
Serve with pasta, I usually add some green olives when I eat it. I usually make a bunch and freeze most of it. Works fine.

Summer Pasta Salad

Adapted from Cooking With Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass

1/2 pound dried bow-tie pasta
1 cup broccoli florets
2 tomatoes, chopped
12 oil-packed sun dried tomato halves, chopped
1/2 cup fresh or defrosted peas
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large garlic clove, crushed
Salt and pepper to taste
6 fresh basil leaves

Cook pasta. In last 5 minutes of cooking add the broccoli. Drain and rinse with cold water and put into a bowl.
In a small saute pan add the olive oil and the garlic and over low heat cook until the garlic is golden. Remove garlic. Pour oil over the pasta and then add the remaining ingredients. Toss and serve.