Ultimate Veggie Fried Rice (Vegetarian Times Magazine) - Vegan
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped (1 cup)
- 1 small carrot, diced (1/4 cup)
- 1 stalk celery, diced (1/4 cup)
- 1 tsp. herbes de Provence
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups cooked brown rice, crumbled or broken up
- 2 cups leftover vegetables, beans, etc., optional
1. Heat skillet over medium-high heat, and add oil. Sauté onion, carrot, celery, herbes de Provence, and salt 10 to 15 minutes, or until well browned. Add a little more oil if pan seems dry. Add rice, and stir-fry 5 minutes, or until mixture is hot and well combined.
2. Rice is now ready to be served, but if you have some time before your meal, turn heat to low, add a little more oil to pan, and let rice sit undisturbed 7 to 10 minutes, or until browned. If it begins to stick, scrape it up, stir tasty brown bits in, and continue browning with a little more oil. The more time and energy you spend at this stage, the tastier the rice will be. If using leftovers, add them just before serving and continue to heat thoroughly.
Granola Base (Body and Soul Magazine)
- 6 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 1/4 cups nuts, such as almonds, pistachios, walnuts, etc., coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup seeds, such as sunflower, pepitas, etc.
- 1/3 cup flaxseed meal, wheat germ, or a mixture of the two
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 large egg whites
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup sweetener, such as honey, agave syrup, or molasses
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup dried fruit, such as sour cherries, cranberries, currants, raisins, apricots, figs, or pineapple, coarsely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the oats, nuts, seeds, flax and/or wheat germ, and cinnamon in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites and the salt until frothy. Whisk in the sweetener and the olive oil. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, and stir until the oats are evenly coated.
- Transfer mixture to two rimmed baking sheets and spread flat.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then gently flip with a spatula, moving granola from the outer edges to the center of the sheet. Continue to cook until golden, about 10 minutes more. (If the granola starts to brown too much at the edges, gently stir those parts into the middle.)
- Cool completely on pan, then transfer to a bowl and gently stir in the dried fruit.
I will preface this recipe by stating that it is by far the best grilled cheese I have ever tasted. I substituted Challah bread and fresh basil from my herb garden. This is going to be a staple in my diet and will be written into my recipe book. Luckily, a local goat dairy farm sell honey and fig chevre which I used instead of separate ingredients. Truly delightful!
- 4 oz. chèvre (soft goat cheese)
- 1 Tbs. honey, optional
- 8 thin slices cinnamon-raisin bread
- 2 tsp. minced fresh basil
- 2 Tbs. fig preserves
- Combine chèvre and honey, if using, in bowl, and mix until well blended. Spread about 1 Tbs. mixture on each of 4 bread slices; top with 1/2 tsp. basil each. Spread remaining slices of bread with 1 1/2 tsp. fig preserves. Close sandwiches, and lightly coat both sides with cooking spray.
- Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 sandwiches to skillet. Place heavy skillet or pot on top of sandwiches; press gently to flatten. Cook 3 minutes on each side, or until bread is lightly toasted (leave skillet or pot on sandwiches while they cook). Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Serve warm.
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 medium acorn squash, quartered and seeded
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- 1½ cups basmati-wild rice mix, such as Lundberg Farms
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 small red onion, diced (¾ cup)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 head fennel, cut into chunks (1½ cups)
- 2 cups baby carrots
- 2 cups sugar snap peas
- 1 Tbs. capers, drained
- ¹⁄3 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Cranberry sauce for garnish, optional
1. To make Acorn Squash: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper. Whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, soy sauce, cinnamon, and 2 Tbs. water in small bowl. Brush inside and edges of acorn squash wedges; place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until squash is soft enough to prick with tip of knife. Keep warm.
2. To make Basmati and Wild Rice: Toast pine nuts in small skillet over medium-low heat 3 to 5 minutes, or until browned and fragrant, shaking pan often. Set aside. Cook rice according to package directions. Set aside. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft. Stir in rice and pine nuts, and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
3. To make Braised Vegetables: Heat olive oil in Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté fennel in oil 10 minutes, or until softened. Add carrots, and sauté 5 minutes more, or until carrots begin to brown. Add 2 cups water, cover, and steam vegetables 10 to 15 minutes, or until soft. Add snap peas, and steam 2 to 3 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in capers.
4. To serve: Place 1 Acorn Squash wedge on each plate. Spoon Basmati and Wild Rice into center of each squash quarter, and top with Braised Vegetables. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, and add a dollop of cranberry sauce, if desired.
White Bean and Sage Patties (revised - www.wholeliving.com)
Serves 6 to 8; makes 12 patties
- 1 19-oz can white beans
- 1 baby red onion, finely diced
- 1 small carrot, finely grated
- 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal or Matzoh meal
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
- Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Roasted Vegetables (www.wholeliving.com)
- 1 cup red or sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" wedges
- 1 small Butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
- 1 cup carrots, cut into 2-inch lengths
- 1 cup parsnips, cut into 2-inch lengths
- 1 small rutabaga (1 pound), pared, halved, and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
- 1 cup red onions or shallots, peeled, halved if large
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 sprigs thyme
- 3 rosemary sprigs
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
Put veggies and herbs in a tin foil wrap and drizzle with olive oil. I roasted at 450 F for 1 hour, then reduced heat to around 350-400 F for another half hour. Uncovered, and roasted 10-15 minutes more while I prepared quinoa as a side. Delicious. Beautiful presentation and aroma. Perfect for holidays in autumn and winter. Slice veggies smaller for shorter roasting time.
Candied Sweet Potatoes (www.vegweb.com)
- 2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated margarine, melted
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 5 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium saucepan, combine the first 5 ingredients and stir until well combined. Add the sliced potatoes, stir well, and transfer to a lightly oiled 9x13 baking dish.
- Cover and bake until the sweet potatoes are just tender, about 40 minutes. Stir once or twice during that time to distribute the liquid over the potatoes. Uncover, and bake until the glaze thickens, about 1 hour. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
- Enjoy this decadent treat with a side of quinoa and sauteed Swiss Chard.
Oatmeal Raisin Muffins ( Deceptively Delicious Cookbook)
I have altered this recipe slightly from the cookbook Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. I omitted some of her suggestions and changed some of her other suggestions. This is an amazing cookbook - if you are able, you should grab one today!
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar (light)
- 6 tablespoons margarine, chilled
- 1/2 cup banana puree
- 1/2 cup zucchini puree
- 1 large egg white
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two making sheets with cooking spray.
- Combine flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cut sugar and margarine together, until just combined - do not overmix ( do not use an electric mixer!). Add bananas and zucchini purees and egg white; stir to just blend. Add flour mixture - mix. Add raisins - mix.
- Drop the dough by heaping tablespoonsful onto well-oiled mini muffin tin. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let the muffins cool on the baking sheets for 4 to 5 minutes, just until they are firm enough to handle, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies (www.realsimple.com)
- 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, spooned and leveled
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips (12 ounces)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped (optional)
- Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. One at a time, beat in the eggs, then the vanilla. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined (do not overmix). Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts (if desired) by hand.
- Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough onto baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart.
- Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until golden around the edges but still soft in the center, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Cinnamon Carrot Muffins (adapted from www.wholeliving.com)
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed meal
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cups skim milk
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 cups finely grated carrots (4-5 carrots)
- 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 1 can cream cheese icing (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a standard muffin tin with paper cups.
- Whisk flours, flax seed meal, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk remaining ingredients in a separate bowl. Fold dry ingredients into wet and mix until just combined. Fold raisins and walnuts into mixture.
- Spoon batter into cups.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 22 minutes. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving. Top with cream cheese icing if using and enjoy!
Frozen Fruity Pops (www.wholeliving.com)
For each recipe, combine the fruit, herb or spice, juice (if called for), and a dash of salt in a blender on high for 30 seconds, until smooth. Pour into Popsicle molds, and freeze for six hours.
Honeydew-BasilMix 4 cups of honeydew melon cubes (which contain potassium) with 1/4 cup of vitamin-K-packed chopped fresh basil and 1/2 cup organic frozen lemonade concentrate.
Pineapple-CinnamonFor an exotic tropical pop, use 3 cups of pineapple chunks (known for anti-inflammatory properties), 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 cup fresh orange juice.
Mango-ParsleyCombine 1 ripe mango (an antioxidant powerhouse) and 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped parsley (a bad-breath fighter). If the mango isn't ripe, add 1/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate.
Frozen Yogurt Pops (www.wholeliving.com)
Fold 1 1/2 cups berry jam of choice (we like seedless blackberry) into 2 cups low-fat Greek yogurt. Fill ice-pop molds and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours. Store for up to 3 days.
Roasted Spiced Chickpeas (adapted from www.wholeliving.com)
Makes 1 cup
- One 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon onion salt
- 3-4 whole garlic cloves
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss chickpeas with oil and spices until evenly coated. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, shaking pan occasionally, until chickpeas are golden and crunchy, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.
Cranberry and Orange Relish (www.realsimple.com)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup orange juice
- 16 ounces cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup orange marmalade
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro (optional)
- In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the ginger and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the sugar, orange juice, and cranberries.
- Cook until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, about 30 minutes. Stir in the marmalade to taste (depending on desired sweetness). Turn off heat. Stir in the pepper and cilantro just before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Eggplant Spread (www.wholeliving.com)
Serves 10 (3 cups)
- 3 medium eggplant (about 4 pounds), halved
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and very thinly sliced lengthwise
- 12 1-inch pieces fresh thyme
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh herbs (a combination of parsley and basil)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange eggplant cut side up on a baking sheet. Make slits in eggplant and insert garlic and thyme. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bake until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from oven; let stand until cool, about 20 minutes.
- Scoop flesh into a food processor. Add herbs, 2 tablespoons oil, and lemon juice. Puree until smooth. Pulse with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper to combine. Will keep refrigerated up to 3 days. Serve with crackers or crostini.
Caramelized Onion Jam (www.wholeliving.com)
Makes 1 1/2 cups
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup water (or low-sodium chicken stock)
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (add up to 2 Tbsp. as desired)
- 1 teaspoon sugar (I start with 1 tsp. and add up to 2 Tbsp. depending on the bitterness of the onion)
- Coarse salt
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 1 whole allspice
- 2 black peppercorns
- 1 star anise (optional)
- 8 ounces dried figs, such as Black Mission, halved lengthwise
- 1 lb. roasted sugar pumpkin, seeded, stemmed and pith removed
- 1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce
- 1/4 cup granulated or turbinado sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (plus more if desired)
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. cinnamon plus spice blend (Pampered Chef)
- Pinch of coarse salt
Blackberry-Yogurt Smoothies (adapted from www.wholeliving.com)
- 12 ounces blackberries (3 cups)
- 1 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup skim milk
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed meal
- Blend ingredients in a blender on high speed until smooth, and serve.