Chocolate Date Balls

So sugar – raw cocoa tahini truffles! I found this in Bon Appetite and then made a bunch of changes – they are so good you won’t believe there is not sugar! They are NOT low calorie, so keep it to just one.

  • ⅔ cup roasts pistachios
  • 6 Medjool dates, pits removed
  • ⅓ c tahini
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ c unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 c toasted, shredded unsweetened coconut

Combine nuts, dates, tahini, salt and cocoa in a small food processor. Process until everything is incorporated. Use a small cookie scoop to form into a ball. Place coconut on a small plate and roll the balls into the coconut. Repeat and chill in the fridge.

Makes about 12 balls.

Farro with Carrots

This is the perfect side to roasted chicken – so good.

  • 1 c Farro
  • 12 oz shredded carrots
  • 1/3 c Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch of scallions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Cook Farro according to package. Add 1/2 c more water and bring to a boil. Stir in carrots and reduce to simmer. Cook until water is absorbed. Stir in olive oil, cheese, scallions and season with salt and pepper.

Serve 4.

Black Bean and Vegan Chorzio Tacos

Taco Tuesday!! These are packed with veggies and oh so good. It comes together in les than 20 minutes so perfect for a weeknight meal.

Taco Filling:

  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes with chilies
  • 6 oz soy chorizo, crumbled
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Taco

  • Tortillas
  • Cheese – vegan or regular
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Combine all filling ingredients in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring several times.

Fill tortillas with filling and top with avocado and cheese.

Serves 4.

Almost Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

These are heavenly and filling! I served them with some grilled asparagus. If you are vegan, just leave off the cheese. These make for great left overs, reheat in the oven for 20 minutes.

Mushrooms

  • 6 portobello Mushrooms, gills scrapes off and cleaned
  • 2 tbsp balsamic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

Stuffing

  • 1/4 c pine nuts toasted
  • 1 can Artichokes in water, drained
  • 1 c spinach
  • 1/2 c basil leaves
  • 8 cremini mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Garnish:

  • 6 tbsp Gorgonzola

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine balsamic, olive oil and tamari in a small bowl. Spray a large baking dish, add mushrooms and drizzle with marinade. Turn a couple times to coat and marinate for at least 30 min.

In a food processor combine stuffing ingredients and pulse to combine leaving slightly chuncky.

Stuff mushrooms with mixture and bake for 30 minutes. Top with cheese and bake 5 more minutes to melt cheese.

Serves 6.

Chickpea Porcini Soup

This soup is so good and filling! Leave out the Pancetta and it’s vegan. TJs sells mirepoix already chopped!

  • 1 tbsp dried porcini
  • 1 c hot water
  • 4 oz diced Pancetta
  • 2 pieces celery, minced
  • 2 carrots, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 lb chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • Olive oil or truffle oil for drizzling
  • 10 oz frozen Porcini mushrooms

Pour 1 c of boiling water over the Porcini mushrooms. Let soak 30 min. Reserve the liquid for the soup, if it’s gritty, drain through a coffee filter. Chop the mushrooms.

In a multicooker, add Pancetta and mirepoix (celery, carrots and onion) cook over medium heat until soft. Stir in Chickpeas with liquid, mushrooms with liquid, tomatoes and cook on low for 4 hours on low or 2 on high.

Use an immersion blender to purée until smooth. Ladle into bowls and drizzle with olive oil.

Serves 8.

Persian Split Pea and Rice Soup with Meatballs

This one comes from Food and Wine Magazine. If you are vegan leave out the meatballs. Also note, the split peas need to soak over night.

SOUP

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3/4 c short-grain white rice
  • 3/4 c dried green split peas, soaked overnight and drained
  • 2 c finely chopped parsley leaves and tender stems
  • 2 c finely chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 1/2 c finely chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses, plus more as needed
  • Salt

MEATBALLS

  • 1 small yellow onion, grated
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried mint

TOPPINGS

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • Olive oil spray

Make the soup In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, cinnamon and turmeric and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is beginning to soften, 5 minutes. Add the rice, split peas and 10 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the rice and peas are tender and the soup is quite thick, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Add the scallions, parsley, cilantro and mint and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in the pomegranate molasses and season with salt.

Make the meatballs In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoons of the ground lamb into balls. Add the meatballs to the soup and simmer until cooked through, 10 minutes. If the soup is getting too thick, add water.

Preheat oven or air fryer to 350. Make the onions. In a bowl spray onions and toss to coat. Spread on a baking sheet or place in air frye and cook 15 minutes or until crispy, tossing several times.

Fill bowl with soup, top with onions and drizzle with Pom molasses.

Serves 6 – 8.

Chickpea Walnut Melt

This brings the flavors of tuna melt without the tuna. So healthy and tasty! It makes enough for 4 – 6 open faced sandwiches.

  • 15 oz chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c walnuts, soaked for 1 hour
  • 1/2 c celery, chopped
  • 1/2 c bread and butter pickles
  • 1/4 red onion chopped
  • 3 tbsp dill
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Dijon
  • 1 tbsp vegan mayo
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper

For sandwich:

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1 tomato, sliced thin
  • 4 slices cheese – vegan or regular

In a food processor, chop the walnuts and chickpeas until finely ground. Remove and place in a large bowl. Add celery, pickles, onion and dill to food processor and pulse till finely chopped. Add the chickpea mixture and stir in lemon juice, mustard, mayo and cayenne pepper.

Spread 1/4 the mixture over a slice of bread, top tomato slice and cheese and broil until cheese is melted.

Serves 4.