Favorite Meals and Recipes so Far

I know, I’m posting a lot, just trying to play catch up since I have been doing this now for nearly eight weeks and have a lot of recipes/ideas backlog. So here are my favorites and yes, some of the recipes use some oil, not there yet! Feel free to omit the oil or replace it! I have been water sauteing my veggies or sauteing them in vegetable stock the last couple of weeks. For baking I have been using applesauce or bananas to replace equal parts oil. Getting the hang of it!

Moroccan Lentil Soup
2 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (can be omitted)
2 large onions, chopped
2 large carrots, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 heaped t. ground coriander
2 heaped t. ground cumin
1 t. turmeric
1 t. smoked paprika
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. kosher salt
1/2 t. ground black pepper
6 C. vegetable broth (I love better than bullion’s vegetable base, just mix with water)
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 C. dry red lentils, rinsed and picked over
1/2 C. chopped parsley
1/4 C. chopped cilantro
Juice of one lemon
Cook all ingredients except last 3 on stove-top for 30 minutes in large saucepan or in crock-pot on low for 6-8 hours. For texture variation you can pulse it a few times with a stick blender. Add lemon, parsley and cilantro just before serving. This recipe is adapted from my husband’s sister. She made it at our house one time, it was utterly divine. It is one of my favorite meals, I could eat it at least once a week. I really like sticking it in the crock-pot because it saves kitchen time and it thickens really beautifully.
Flax Pancakes
1 to 1 1/2 C. Almond Milk (depending on how thick or thin you like your pancakes)
2 T. Flax seed
1 banana, quartered
1 C. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (regular whole wheat flour works too)
1 T. Pure Maple Syrup
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. kosher salt
Blend first 3 ingredients in blender until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and pulse til just combined. Cook 1 minute each side in medium-hot skillet. Serve with sliced fruit and drizzle with a little pure maple syrup. My daughter came home from school the day I made these and wanted me to make them again for an after school snack!
Vegan Bechamel
2 T. Earth Balance Spread (or vegan margarine of your choice)
2 T. Cornstarch
3 C. Unsweetened Almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice, just not sweetened!
4 T. Nutritional Yeast
1 t. kosher salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 minced garlic clove
Melt earth balance spread in small saucepan. Add minced garlic and cook til soft. Combine soy milk and cornstarch in a small bowl, then pour into saucepan. Stir until slightly thickened. Add remaining ingredients.
Uses: Crumble a block of tofu into this to make the white layer for lasagna (or blend it together for smoother texture), I made this with a red Portobello mushroom sauce and whole wheat noodles and it was lovely. Add a couple more tablespoons of nutritional yeast for macaroni and cheese sauce. For stronganoff add 1 T. Dijon mustard and serve with fettucine whole wheat noodles and sautéed onions and mushrooms.
Insanely Good Vegan Bear Claw Ice Cream (Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Cashews and Chocolate Chips)
1 C. Coconut Milk (from a can, not a carton)
1/4 C. agave, or pure maple syrup
1/3 C. Cocoa powder
4 dates, pitted
1/2 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
3 C. ice cubes
1/2 C. roasted, salted cashews
1/4 C. dairy free dark chocolate chips (at health food store or ghiradelli, just read the label)
I used my blendtec to make this but you can probably still make it in a food processor if you don’t have the blendtec or vitamix. Blend or process all the ingredients except ice, cashews and chocolate chips until smooth. Add ice and blend or process until smooth. Stir cashews and chocolate chips in by hand. If its too soft, freeze for 30 minutes then enjoy!
Garbanzo Bean Salad
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 minced clove garlic
couple of fresh basil leaves torn (if I don’t have basil, I will just use the dried herb)
2 T. Balsamic Vinegar
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste.
Combine all in a bowl. I could eat the whole thing for lunch! You can also add celery, cucumber or any other crunchy stuff. Really light and refreshing.
BBQ Seitan Mock wRibz
I originally got this off a blog called fatfreevegan.com– they got it from veganchef.com I adapted the recipe after making it a few times. I usually double the recipe because we really like it and it makes tasty foccacia rib sandwiches for the next day-  I can’t get enough of it. Usually seitan has to be endlessly boiled or steamed. This recipe you just bake it. Super Easy. It doesn’t taste exactly like meat, but is meaty enough to almost feel guilty. The kids like it too.
1 C. vital wheat gluten
1/2 C. almond meal (leftover from making homemade almond milk)
2 t. smoked paprika
2 T. nutritional yeast
2 t. onion powder
1 C. water
2 T. almond butter
1 T. liquid smoke
1 T. soy sauce
1 t. crushed dried thyme
1 t. kosher salt
1 t. spike
about 1/2 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce, I LOVE bull’s eye, it has sugar, but is one of the only store brands that doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup and tastes amazing, but I know I need to make my own healthier version…
Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly spray an 8×8 baking dish with canola oil. When I double it, I bake it on a big cookie sheet. The original recipe calls for hand kneading. I’m too lazy and dump everything in my food processor with the dough hook. Do not put the BBQ sauce in the seitan, its for brushing on top.  Once fully kneaded, dump it into your pan and press it down until it meets the edges. Cut into 16 strips. Bake for 20 minutes. Slather with BBQ sauce and broil for 5 minutes or until it the sauce starts to darken and form a nice glaze. Serve with baked potatoes doused with vegan ranch and a green salad or some steamed broccoli. Have also made oven fries a few times with this.
Mexican Mountain 2.0 with 2 enchilada sauce options
this is a recipe my dad made all the time when I was growing up. It’s kinda like a mexican lasagna. I just adjusted it so that I could still make it without the meat and without the cheese, sigh. I make either enchilada sauce depending on whether or not I have fresh salsa. This would also work with tomatillos for a green sauce…. Yum. I also used this same recipe last week and did enchiladas instead of layered tortillas. Both versions were big hits with the whole family.
enchilada sauce 1
2 t. cumin
1 T. chili powder
3 c. veggie stock (i use better than bullion vegetable base for everything now, it is currently at costco!)
1/4 C. tomato paste
1/4 C. whole wheat pastry flour
salt and pepper to taste
brown spices in small saucepan until fragrant. Add veggie stock and flour then stir in tomato paste. Cook until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste if necessary
enchilada sauce 2
2 cups fresh (or in my case often freshly prepared salsa that was then frozen and defrosted) salsa (salsa is just tomatoes, onions, jalapeno, cilantro, lemon, salt)
1 1/2 C. water
1/4 C. whole wheat pastry flour
2 t. cumin
1 T. chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the same as above.
Creamy Sauce and other layers
1 block silken tofu
1 clove minced garlic
1 can black beans drained and rinsed (can also use refried beans)
whole wheat tortillas or corn tortillas
4 T. nutritional yeast
1 t. garlic salt
cilantro for garnish
sliced olives
diced green onion
blend silken tofu with garlic and 1.5  cups of the enchilada sauce you made (whichever option you choose) add nutritional yeast and blend until incorporated.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Put some enchilada sauce in the bottom of a round pyrex. Layer tortillas with black beans or refried beans and some enchilada sauce. Add tortilla, layer with creamy sauce. keep layering until you run out of ingredients. Last layer has enchilada sauce topped with creamy sauce. Cover with sliced olives, green onions and cilantro. Bake 350 for 30 minutes. Serve with guacamole and green salad.
Engine 2  Panini’s
Watched Rip make these on “Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue” It’s kinda like a “Fork’s over Knives part 2″ and is currently streaming on Netflix and is a quick watch at 52 minutes. He says to use whatever veggies you have, so this is our variation. So So tasty, the hummus really does melt and taste like cheese.
2 slices whole wheat bread (I use a softer variety like Harper’s Homemade that is still 100% whole wheat)
Kale or spinach
shredded or matchstick carrots
sliced zucchini
sun-dried tomatoes
lemon zest
Layer the bread with a THICK layer of hummus, top with veggies of your choice, sprinkle some lemon zest on. Squish together and put in a hot frying pan (yes, you really don’t need to add oil, the bread browns beautifully without) Put a plate or round casserole dish on top of your sandwich and weight it with something else heavy. Rip uses a 15 lb weight in the film, I used my glass container full of dried black beans. After about a minute check it to see if it’s browned enough, flip and brown the other side. Really satisfying, really, really good.
Eggplant Sourdough Lasagna
Yes it’s eggplants and sourdough, in a LASAGNA. It’s a divine trilogy of 3 of my favorite things and no, sadly,  I wasn’t the creator. The recipe is here http://veganyumyum.com/2009/05/rustic-bread-eggplant-lasagna/ The only things I would do differently next time is use a homemade whole wheat sourdough and try to roast the eggplant without oil, I think the recipe could handle it. Pure Genius Lolo!
15 Minute Veggie Pizzas
Sun dried tomatoes
tomato paste
italian herbs, fresh or dried
sliced zucchini
sliced mushrooms
sliced red onion
whole wheat greek style pitas
baby spinach
julliened carrots
diced tomato
bell pepper slices
garlic salt
nutritional yeast
This is great for nights when you are in a hurry, when you haven’t got time to make a homemade whole wheat crust and you have lots of veggies you need to use up. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Top greek pita with a spoonful of tomato paste, sprinkle with garlic salt and italian seasonings or fresh herbs. Use whatever veggies you have and go to town, above is just a short list of toppings I have used. I let my kids create their own. Top off with a good sprinkling of nutritional yeast. Bake for 10 minutes until veggies are  lightly browned.
Maple Glazed Seitan Almond Neat Loaf
Can I just say wow? I finally figured out the seitan thing! This is SOOOO good. I paired it with Baked Millet Risotto and Wilted Spinach Salad (below). It was one of those dinners where everything came together beautifully and made me really really happy!
2 C. vital wheat gluten
about 1 C. almond meal (I used the leftover almond meal I had strained from my homemade almond milk, see Amanda’s recipe here), you could also just process 1 c. raw almonds really finely then omit the almond butter below.
4 T. nutritional yeast
2 t. smoked paprika
1/2 t. pepper
1 C. almond milk
4 T. ground flax seeds
2 T. soy sauce
2 t. Dijon mustard
2 t. vegan Worcestershire
2 T. almond butter
2 t. liquid smoke
1 onion, finely diced
2 minced garlic cloves
1 t. dried thyme
1 t. kosher salt
couple dashes of hot sauce
Yes, this is A LOT of ingredients, but each add their own component and make the dish AMAZING. Water saute the onions and garlic with the dried thyme until translucent. Then combine the onions with the rest of the ingredients in the food processor using a dough hook. Process until smooth and all ingredients are well mixed. Divide into 2 pieces and form 2 loaves. Place on a foil lined baking sheet. Glaze with half of the following: 1/2 C. heinz organic ketchup, 1/4 C. pure maple syrup, 1.5 T. braggs raw apple cider vinegar. Bake at 400 for 45 minutes, brush on remaining glaze and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Baked Millet Risotto
4  1/4 C. water mixed with 1 1/2 T. better than buillion vegan no chicken base
2 bay leaves
1 T. earth balance spread
1 finely minced onion
2 C. millet
2 minced garlic cloves
1/8 t. turmeric for color
1/4 c. dry white wine or veggie broth (yes, I confess sometimes I sin when i cook)
2 T. nutritional yeast
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine water, buillion, nutritional yeast and bay leaves in a small sauce pan. Let simmer on low while you prepare the other ingredients. Melt earth balance in large saucepan, add onion and cook until golden. Stir in garlic, turmeric and millet. Cook and stir for a couple of minutes until fragrant. Add white wine and cook until absorbed. Spread millet mixture in a round casserole dish. Pour liquid stock over. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove bay leaves before serving. The millet is lovely and nutty, with a tiny bit of crunch. It’s a nice alternative to brown rice.
Wilted Spinach and Roasted Vegetable Salad
1 summer squash, sliced
10-15 grape or cherry tomatoes
1/4 red onion, finely minced
2 T. olive oil
salt and pepper
6 C. baby spinach
1 t. red wine vinegar
1 t. agave
Combine squash, tomatoes, red onion, salt and pepper and olive oil in a small baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees until veggies start to brown. Remove from oven. Combine with spinach in a large bowl. Drizzle with red wine vinegar and agave. Salt and pepper to taste again. Serve.
Roasted Ratatouille
This recipe is adapted from my America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook
2 globe eggplants, peeled, cubed and salted, then put in a strainer while you prepare the rest of the veggies
3 zucchini or summer squash cubed
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 28oz can diced tomatoes, drained with 1/3 c. juice reserved
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
5 minced garlic cloves
1/2 t. dried thyme
1 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
1/2 c. chopped fresh basil
Drain and rinse eggplant to remove any bitterness. Combine all ingredients except basil and toss in large bowl to coat. Roast 60 minutes in a 400 degree oven until golden and browned, stirring once halfway through. Can be served over rice or noodles, but we like it best on homemade foccacia as roasted ratatouille and foccacia sandwiches.
Fast Foccacia
2 C. unbleached flour (I like king arthur or wheat montana)
2 C. whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat (wheat montana)
4 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 T. active dry yeast
2 T. Vital wheat gluten
2 t. kosher salt, divided
1.5 C. warm water
dried italian seasonings, rosemary
I cheat on this recipe (ok, all my bread recipes) and use a old bread maker that I bought at Savers. It just kneads  really well and when it’s done kneading, I take my bread dough out and bake it in my own oven. Now you all know my bread secrets. Shhh! Combine flours, water, gluten, yeast, half the salt and half the olive oil in the bread maker. Let knead until a lovely dough forms.  At this point, you can continue to let it rise in the bread maker or you can remove it and let it rise in a bowl on the counter-top, I typically leave it in so I don’t end up with more dirty dishes. After the dough has doubled in size (about 30-40 minutes) I punch it down and smooth onto a large baking sheet that has been lightly oiled. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees.  Roll out if necessary to reach edges. put divots in the dough with your index finger. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with remaining salt and the italian seasonings and rosemary. Put foccacia in the oven and turn the temperature off. Let rise for 15 to 20 minutes more. Without removing the bread, turn the oven to 350    degrees and bake for 20 minutes or until golden on top.

18 thoughts on “Favorite Meals and Recipes so Far

  1. Whoa. You’re amazing. I think we might need to figure out some way to catalog recipes so they’re easy to find, but that takes more computer savvy than I can even dream of having at this stage. I’m coming back to this page again and have already referenced it in my post for next week.

    • I think cataloging is a great idea. I can help you figure it out or maybe we could have S.Q. help us. In a year or so I might want to publish a collection of our personal recipes we created to have them for friends and family (and more importantly easily at my disposal in the kitchen. I made a family cookbook a few years ago and until I switched my diet, it was the most frequently used cookbook in my kitchen.

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