Cauliflower Soup

Simple and delish is how I describe this soup. I added a little truffle oil and green onions just cos I had them on hand.

  • 2 small heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 qt veggie broth
  • 3 c water
  • Salt and pepper

Toppings

  • Truffle oil
  • Scallions, sliced
  • Parmesan cheese or vegan parm

Place all ingredients except toppings in a slow cooker. Cook for 6 hours. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.

Serve with toppings.

Serves 4 – 6.

Red Lentil Coconut Curry

This dish is so yummy! Just the right amount to sweet and heat – the curry sauce adds a little tang!

For the curry:

  • 2 c rice, cooked and warm
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 inches ginger, peeped and minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 c red lentils
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 c red curry paste
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 c baby spinach

Cilantro Chutney:

  • 1/4 c diced onion
  • 2 c cilantro
  • 1/4 c golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt

In a large skillet sauté onions over medium heat for 5 min. Add garlic and ginger and sauté 1 min.

Add lentils, tomatoes, coconut milk, 2 c water, red curry paste, tomato paste and salt. Simmer 15 – 20 minutes until the lentils are tender. Stir in spinach and remove from heat.

For the chutney:

Place all ingredients in a blender and smooth.

Serve lentils over rice and top with sauce.

Serves 4.

Tuscan Bean and Fennel Soup

This soup is so easy and tasty!

  • 1 fennel bulb, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15oz cans white beans
  • 1 bunch kale, steam removed and chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can 28 oz tomatoes, topped
  • 1 15 oz diced tomaotes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 qt veggie broth
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan rind (if vegetarian)

In a large pot, heat oil and add fennel, cook over medium heat for 5 min. Add garlic, cook for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, broth, beans, bay leaf, parm rind and spices. Cook for 20 – 40 minutes on low heat. Add kale and cook for 5 minutes until tender.

Remove bay leaf and serve.

Serves 6.

Delicata Squash Fries

These are a little crispy – everyone was running late – they were still so good!

Squash

  • 3 – 4 delicata squash, rinsed, seeded and slice 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Sauce:

  • 1/2 c sour cream or cashew cream
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp dried dill

Preheat oven to 450.

Toss squash with oil, salt and pepper. Bake 25 – 30 min until slightly browned.

Combine all sauce ingredients and whisk together.

Serve fries with sauce.

Serves 4.

Cauliflower Caesar Salad

So good! Pizza salad – even hubby said it was great! The dressing is not vegan, a good Caesar dressing is always going to keep me from being 100% vegetarian. There are vegan caesars on my blog if that’s your jam.

  • 1 cauliflower pizza (TJ’s or your own)
  • 1 head shredded romaine
  • 1/4 c croutons
  • 1 tbsp vegan or reg Parmesan cheese
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Kalamata olives

Caesar Salad

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 anchovy filets it 2 tbsp anchovy paste
  • 1/4 c vegan or reg parm
  • 1/2 c avocado oil
  • Pepper

Combine garlic, lemon, egg yolks, anchovy and parm in a food processor. Pulse till combine. Run to processor and slowly add the oil. Chill till ready to use.

Cook cauliflower crust according to package.

Toss romaine with 1 tbsp dressing to coat. Spread 1 tbsp dressing on crust. Top with romaine, cheese, croutons, pepper flakes and olives.

Slice and serve.

Serves 4.

Wonton Soupg

These mushroom wontons are so yummy. I packed the soup with tons of veggies for a filling and hearty winter soup.

Wontons:

  • 4 oz shitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 c shredded carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 3/4 c tofu, crumbled
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 pack wonton wrappers

Broth

  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 c shredded cabbage
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vegan oyster sauce
  • 4 c veggie broth
  • 2 c water
  • 1 tsp salt

Toppings:

  • Cilantro
  • Green onions
  • Sliced dikons

To make wontons:

In a food processor combine mushrooms, carrot, garlic and green onions and pulse till minced fine. Add tofu, salt, paprika, sesame oil and vinegar to minced veggies. Stir to combine.

Fill a small bowl with water. Place 2 tsp mushroom mixture on wonton wrapper, dip finger in water and run on edge of wrapper, fold to seal. Place on a plate and cover with a damp cloth, repeat until all the filling is used.

In a large pot add sesame oil, onions, ginger and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and oyster sauce, cook for 2 minutes. Add broth, water and cabbage and cook for 10 minutes.

Bring a medium pot of water to boil, add wontons and cook 2 minutes.

Place wontons in bowl and cover with broth.

Freeze ahh extra wontons.

Serves 4.

Spinach Wraps

I love a quick and easy lunch – Wraps are one of my favs – but they all have so many carbs!! These healthy wraps are perfect for a low carb healthy lunch!

  • 3 c spinach
  • 1 c parsley
  • 1 – 2 c water
  • 1 flaxseed meal
  • 1 c chopped green apple
  • 1/2 c chopped onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp Himaplayan pink salt

In a high-speed blender, mix thawed spinach, water, flaxseed meal, apple, onion, garlic, and salt.  Blend until silky smooth.

  • Line 3 dehydrator trays with non-stick silicon sheets.   For large wraps, scoop 1 cup of the batter onto each sheet.  If you want small wraps, use 1/2 cup and make 2 wraps on each sheet.  Spread evenly with an offset spatula until the wraps are about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 4 hours.
  • Carefully Flip the wraps and dehydrate for an additional 4-5 hours.
  • You want to dehydrate the wraps until they are completely dry, but still flexible.
  • When they are done cooking, cut the hard edges off with scissors to make them look nice and pretty.
  • Let them cool at room temperature for 5 minutes before storing.  Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Makes 6 – 8.

    Soyrizo & Pinto Bean Tacos

    Taco Tuesday! If meats your jam use regular chorizo – ya want the Mexican kind not the Spanish kind for this taco!

    • 10 oz soyrizo
    • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed
    • 1 onion, sliced thin
    • 1 pack TJs taco seasoning
    • 1 c water
    • 10 oz cabbage, shredded
    • 2 carrots, shredded
    • 2 limes
      Green onions, sliced thin
      Sliced olives
      Salsa
      Taco shells
      Avocado

    In a 12 skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil, add onions and cook over medium heat, till soft. Add soyrizo and break up with a spoon, cook until browned. Add beans, seasoning and water and cook until water is absorbed.

    Toss cabbage, carrots, lime juice and oil together.

    Assemble tacos and enjoy!

    Serves 4.

    Artichoke Dip Pasta

    This pasta dish has all the things you love about artichoke dip and it’s vegan! Of course if that’s not your jam you can use regular cream cheese.

    • 6 oz pasta
    • 3 oz vegan cream cheese
    • 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts, reserve the marinate
    • 1/4 c pickled jalapeños
    • 1 bag baby spinach

    Cook pasta according to package.

    Combine cream cheese, artichoke hearts and jalapeños in a food processor and pulse till smooth, use marinate to thin as needed. Heat over low heat, add pasta and spinach cook until spinach is wilted. Season with salt and pepper.

    Serves 4.

    Portobello Tacos

  • Vegan taco Tuesday never tasted so good! These marinated mushroom pack the flavor! You can use lettuce leaves or taco shells – do what works for you!
  • Mushrooms:
    • 1 lb portobello, sliced thin
      1/2 c olive oil
      4 tbsp liquid aminos
      1 tbsp lime juice
      2 cloves garlic, minced
      1 scallion, sliced thin
      2 tbsp chopped cilantro
      1/2 tsp red chili flakes
      1/2 tsp cumin

    For Serving:

    • Butter lettuce leaves or taco shells
    • Roasted pumpkin seeds
    • Avocado, sliced thin
    • Salsa

    In a bowl whisk together all the mushroom ingredients, add mushroom and marinate for 15 minutes.

    Preheat oven to 425. Roast mushroom on roasting pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Toss mushrooms with marinade again.

    Serve with lettuce leaves, avocado and salsa.

    Serves 4.