Beet Lara

This recipe was inspired by Eating Well Magazine. I made a few minor changes, added some peanuts and made extra sauce! It is also great the next day as a salad!

  • 3 tbps black rice
  • ¾ c quinoa
  • 1½ c water plus 2 tbsp, divided
  • 1/2 c lime juice
  • 1/2 c chopped scallions
  • 1/4 c chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 c fish sauce
  • 2 tsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 lb red beets, peeled and chopped
  • 1 c shredded cabbage
  • 1 c sliced cucumber
  • 1 c Thai basil and/or mint leaves
  • 1 c shredded carrrott

Place rice in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until well-toasted and starting to pop, 5 to 8 minutes. Grind to a fine powder in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Set aside.

Combine quinoa and 1½ c water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Combine the remaining 2 tbsp water, lime juice, scallions, cilantro, fish sauce, brown sugar and crushed red pepper in a small bowl.

Heat oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add beets and cook, stirring, until almost tender, about 4 minutes. Add the ground rice and ½ of the sauce. Cook, stirring, until fragrant and the liquid is absorbed, about 2 minutes.

To serve, divide the quinoa among 4 bowls and top with the beet larb, cabbage, cucumber, herbs and carrot. Drizzle with the remaining sauce.

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Black Bean Taquitos

These are from Vegan Comfort Classics – so good! I made a few changes to the recipe, you can pretty much use any veggie – I had shredded carrots so that is what I used.

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 1 c carrots, grated
  • 1 4 oz can diced chilies
  • Corn Tortilla, small
  • Vegan Nacho Cheese sauce
  • vegan sour cream

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine all ingredients except the tortilla, nacho sauce and sour cream in a food processor and pulse to combine and roughly chop. Pour into a bowl and stir in 1/2 c nacho sauce. Steam the tortillas lightly so you can work with them. Add 2 tbsp bean mixture and roll, repeat and place in a baking dish. Spray with olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes until crispy.

Drizzle with sour cream and nacho sauce.

Serves 4 – 6.

Green Curry Cauliflower Roast

Another winner from Vegan Comfort Food! Next time I would double the sauce.

  • 1/2 c finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 c full fat coconut milk
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1/4 Thai basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp green curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 large cauliflower, leaves trimmed off

Preheat oven to 400.

In a small sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic til soft. Stir in remaining ingredients and cook for 4 – 5 minutes until it thickens.

Place the cauliflower in a cast iron skillet and pour half the sauce over the bottom allowing it to seep in. Careful flip over and pour the rest over the top.

Bake about 45 min basting several times until golden and caramelized.

Carve into slices and serve.

Serves 4 – 6.

The Vegan Nacho Sauce

  • This is from Vegan Comfort Food and it is mind blowing! It tastes like nacho geese sauce – I made one call change and used wondra instead of arrowroot flour. It will keep in he fridge for a week or so, you may need to thin with a little water when you reheat.
  • 1 c peeled, diced potatoes
  • 1/2 c, peeled, diced potatoes
  • 1/4 grape seed or veggie oil
  • 1/4 c non dairy milk or water
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp arrowroot flour or wondra
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 6 pickled jalapeños
  • 3 tbsp jalapeño bribe
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

Bring a pot of water to a boil and carrots and potatoes, cook until you can just pierce with a fork, about 6 minutes.

Add to a high powered blender with the rest of the ingredients and purée until smooth.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Vegan Brownie Bites

This is heavily adapted from vegan comfort food. I did not have flax meal, so I used apple sauce, I had a bag of cup 4 cup gluten free flour so I used that instead of four. They are most and yummy.

2/3 c apple sauce

1 c flour

1/3 c cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c vegan butter, melted

2/4 c chocolate chips

3/4 c coconut palm or regular sugar

1/2 c walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 9 inch pan, mini muffin pan or brownie bite pan.

Mix all ingredients with a stand mixer until we’ll combine. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool complete they remove from pan.

Salad Pizza

This is perfect for a light lunch or dinner.

• Pizza dough

• 3 tbsp olive oil

• 3 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 head of Bibb lettuce, torn

• 4 oz Gorgonzola

• 4 oz mozzarella, sliced

• 1/4 c pickled onions

• 3 tbsp chives, chopped

• 2 tbsp. I fear

• 1/4 c olive oil

• 4 oz thinly sliced prosciutto

Heat oven to 475.

Roll out dough. Combine 3 tbsp olive oils and garlic, spread over dough. Top with sliced mozzarella. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes on a pizza stone until the crust is crispy and cheese is bubbling.

Combine oil and vinegar in a small jar, season with salt and pepper. In a bowl toss lettuce, chives, Gorgonzola and onions with a little dressing until lightly coated.

Remove pizza from oven, let cook a minute or two then top with salad and prosciutto.

Serves 4.

Celery Root and Walnut Tacos

These meatless tacos are so yummy! They come together quickly so they are great for a weeknight meal.

  • ½ c walnuts, toasted
  • 1 lb celeriac (celery root), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 f julienned peeled jicama and/or radishes
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Fresh salsa or pico de gallo
  • 8 lettuce leaves

Pulse walnuts in a food processor to coarsely chop. Transfer to a small bowl. Pulse celeriac in the food processor until chopped into small pieces. Heat oil in the pan over medium heat. Add the celeriac and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the walnuts and garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add chili powder, cumin, crushed red pepper, ¼ tsp salt, onion powder and oregano; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add 1/2 c water and simmer until mostly absorbed. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm. Mix jicama (and/or radishes) with lime juice and the remaining pinch of salt. Serve the celeriac mixture in tortillas topped with the jicama (and/or radishes), avocado, lettuce and salsa.

Serves 4.