Vegan Gyro

Thinly sliced Shawarma meat has always been one of my things. I’m not moving toward a vegetarian lifestyle, and this vegan meat dish has all the crunchy, seasoned flavors of Shawarma without the meat! What?!! So good for body and soul. If your not vegan, give it try! It’s quite tasty!

  • 1/4 Vegan Shawarma, sliced thin
  • 2 tsp vegetable or grape seed oil
  • 4 flatbread
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tomato sliced thin
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced thin
  • Creamy cucumber sauce*
  • Peppercini
  • Hot sauce

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook vegan Shawarma until brown, 5 – 6 minutes.

Spread cucumber sauce on flatbread, top with lettuce, tomato, onion, “meat” and more sauce.

Creamy Cucumber Sauce:

  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 1 c vegan mayo
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dill
  • Salt and pepper

Toss everything in a blender and purée till smooth. Chill in fridge till ready to use.

Serves 4.

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Wheat Berry, Soy Sausage and Pomegranate Bowl

This recipe comes from Bon Appetite – with some minor adjustments. I used soy sausage, use regular chorizo if you prefer. It makes for great leftovers too.

  • 2 cups wheat berries
  • Salt
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 12 oz soy sausage, casings removed
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, divided
  • 2 tsp za’atar, plus more for serving
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 c pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 c coarsely chopped min
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, divided
  • 3 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced into rounds
  • Pine nuts

Simmer wheat berries in a large saucepan of salted water until grains are tender and hulls have just started to split open (cook time will vary and can take up to 1 hour). Drain and rinse under cold water, then thoroughly drain again. Transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Cook sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned and crisp, 8–10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl with a slotted spoon.

Mix garlic, yogurt, 1 Tbsp. oil, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, and 2 tsp. za’atar in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Set yogurt sauce aside.

Add pomegranate seeds, chopped mint, half of scallions, remaining 2 Tbsp. oil, and remaining 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to bowl with wheat berries and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide wheat berry mixture among bowls and top with cucumbers, sausage, and remaining scallions. Drizzle with reserved yogurt sauce, scatter mint leaves over, and sprinkle with more za’atar. Sprinkle with pine nuts.

Red Pepper and Orzo Soup

So easy and so tasty – this is quick pantry staple dinner.

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 – 12 oz jars water packed roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1 qt chicken or veggie stock
  • 4 tbsp pecorino romano
  • 4 oz Orzo or fergoli

In a medium pot heat oil over medium heat add shallots and garlic and cook until golden. Transfer to a blender add red peppers, stock and cheese – and purée. Return to pot over medium heat add pasta and cook according to directions. Serve with a little grated cheese. Serves 4.

Breakfast Bowl


This is a quick and easy whole 30 breakfast – just make sure you eat an extra serving of veggie at lunch or dinner. This is quite tasty and would also work well as a pancake.

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 eggs
1/2 apples, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp almond butter
2 tbsp unsweetened coocnut flakes
Coconut oil or ghee for cooking
2 tbsp almond

Whisk together eggs, banana, apple and cinnamon. 

Heat ghee or oil in a small pan over medium heat, add egg mixture and cook until cook through, either like an omelette or scramble.

Too with coconut flakes and almond butter.

Serves 1.p

Individual Yorkshire Pudding

  
There is nothing better that bread cooked in meat fat! 

1 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 c milk
2 eggs, beaten
6 Tbsp of roast drippings

Preheat oven to 450.

Combine all ingredients, except drippings, whisk until combined – do not over mix. Set hatter aside for 30 minutes at room temp.

Place 1 tsp of drippings in the bottom of a 12 muffin tin. Place in oven to melt and warm fat, about 5 minutes. 

Pour batter into muffin tin. Place in oven and reduce heat to 350, bake until golden brown, about 10 – 15 minutes.

Makes 12 Yorkshire puddings.

Artichoke and Leek Soup

  
This is one of those creations that comes together when you clean out the freezer. Super simple and tasty.

Ingredients
1 bag of frozen, sliced leekd (1 lb)
2 bags of frozen arithcokes
1 TBSP butter
1 box chicken stock
Parmesean cheese for garnish
Salt and pepper

In a large stock pot over medium heat, add the frozen leeks and artichokes, cook until defrosted and most of the water is absorbed. Stir in the butter and stir to coat, cook for a few minutes until they start to brown. Add stock and cook for 15 minutes. Purée with an immersion blender or let cool and purée in a blender. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with a little parm cheese on top.

Serves 6 – 8.