Tempeh Sandwich Salad

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When it’s time for summer, you’re thinking picnics, road trips, beach/pool – and packing a sandwich is one way to make all those things even more fun.

This tempeh sandwich stuffing comes together in a snap and has a savory sophistication sure to please everyone. It’s gluten free and is a delicious taste of summer!

Tempeh Sandwich Salad

2 packs tempeh, steamed & crumbled

1 cup finely chopped carrots

1 cup finely chopped celery

1/2 cup finely chopped scallions

1/3 cup vegan mayo

2 Tbs. fresh thyme, de-stemmed

2 Tbs. fresh parsley, minced

1 Tbs. yellow mustard

1 Tbs. A1 sauce (or use vegan Worchestershire sauce)

1 tsp. dried sage

1 tsp. celery seed

1 tsp. dried dill

salt and pepper, to taste

 

Steam tempeh using a stovetop, microwave or electric steamer until tender. (Time will vary based on method. Stovetop, about 7 minutes. For microwave or electric steamer, consult directions on appliance.) This step isn’t crucial, but it will soften the tempeh and help it absorb the flavors of the herbs, as well and taking away the touch of bitterness tempeh sometimes has.  Allow to cool and crumble into bite sized pieces.

In a large bowl, combine steamed tempeh, chopped carrots, chopped celery, chopped scallions, vegan mayo, thyme, parsley, mustard, A1 sauce, dried sage, celery seed, dried dill and salt & pepper if using. Fold together and chill before eating. Can be made a day ahead of time.

Serve in sandwiches with lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, onion. pickles or other fixins you like. This tempeh salad is great in tortillas or in lettuce wraps as well.

 

Carly’s Cucumber Hummus

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Our friend Carly was faced with a task – use up a LOT of cucumbers. We loved her cucumber salad, her cucumber lemonade and then… she made this incredible cucumber hummus.

It’s surprising, refreshing and downright addicting! Before we knew it, we had munched through the entire batch. Good thing our garden yields loads of cucumbers. Step outside the usual dip this summer and give Carly’s Cucumber Hummus a try. It’s gluten free, SOS-free and easy to make! Oh – and make sure you have plenty of crackers and carrot sticks. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself eating this with a spoon.

 

 

Carly’s Cucumber Hummus

3 14-oz. cans of chickpeas

1 cucumber (skin on)

4 to 5 cloves of garlic, peeled

1 lemon, zested and juiced

1/3 cup of fresh basil

1 1/2 Tbs. light miso

 

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve chilled with veggies, crackers or whatever you like to eat with hummus! Also makes a tasty sandwich!

Broccoli Chips

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Don’t click off! Really! you are going to LOVE these broccoli chips, even if you think you aren’t into broccoli.

When it gets warmer and produce is plentiful (and cheap) at the Farmer’s Market, we get our dehydrator going. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can make these in a low-temp oven, but the results will be a little different. Dehydrators are amazing tools – and you can pick up a small one at many chain stores for as little as $25. What can you do with a dehydrator? Make your own kale chips for a fraction of the price of store-bought! Make homemade fruit and veggie “leather” snacks. Try other raw recipes like zucchini chips, raw crackers and more. Loads of blogs have hundreds of free dehydrator recipes.

Anyhow, we love these crunchy broccoli snacks. They’re so fun to eat, you completely forget it’s something healthful! Yeah, we’ve even fed them to kids, who willingly consumed them! This recipe is raw and gluten-free with SOS-free options.

 

Broccoli Chips

2 lbs. of broccoli florets

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (no oil kind)

1/8 cup almond meal

1/8 cup flax seed meal

1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tbs. garlic powder

1 Tbs. smoked paprika

1 Tbs. olive oil (optional, can use more water)

2 tsp. liquid aminos (optional, can use more water)

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. onion powder

up to 1 or 1 1/2 cups water, as needed

 

Wash and trim broccoli into bite-size florets. They will need to fit into your dehydrator. Place florets into a large mixing bowl.

In a blender or food processor, combine oats, nutritional yeast, sun-dried tomatoes, almond meal, flax meal, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, smoked paprika, olive oil, liquid aminos, turmeric and onion powder. Process a few seconds until oats are broken down, then add 1/2 cup water. Process again, adding another 1/2 cup water. If needed, to develop a smooth paste, add more or less water.

Pour paste onto broccoli florets and use your hands to really get in there and make sure all the veg is coated in sauce. The most delicious bites later will be the ones with the most saucy goodness rubbed into the florets. Next, to the dehydrator (or oven).

Dehydrate at medium-low or around 145-degrees for 8 to 10 hours until the florets have shrunk and are crisp to the bite. In the oven, bake on lined sheets at 200 (or as low as your oven will go), checking every two hours to stir. Bake about 5 to 8 hours in oven until crispy.

Store in a closed container at room temp for about a week – if they last that long!

Harmony Acres Soap Company

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You’ve heard of a #latergram on instagram, but is there a #laterpost on wordpress? Let’s say there is. Cuz this is a #laterpost but still so worth it.

A little while ago, we got these awesome vegan bath and beauty goodies from Harmony Acres Soap Company. They’re a small, family-owned business located in North Carolina. When they learned that skin absorbs 90% of what you put on it, they took matters into their own hands and began developing their line. They have a policy of integrity and consistency with no synthetic ingredients.

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We sampled four of their delicious products: Lemongrass Lotion, Sweetgrass Body Butter (no longer on the website) and two scents of soap~ Appalachian Spring and Grapefruit de Pink.

Of all four items, we LOVED the lemongrass lotion. It’s beyond bright and refreshing, and as an unexpected bonus, it seemed to repel bugs when we were on the patio all summer. The lotion was light and clean, and it absorbed smoothly. Both of us were big fans of the soaps as well. The Grapefruit bar was the perfect way to wake up every morning – zesty and cheerful. The Appalachian Spring bar was earthier but not to the point of being overly masculine.

Harmony Acres Soap Company has expanded a lot since we bought our goodies. They now have a line of canine products, baby products, lip balms, natural deodorants, face moisturizers, beard oils, and outdoors-y stuff like poison ivy remedy.  A few of their items contain honey, so you will need to read ingredients. For the most part though, Harmony Acres Soap Co. has a LOT of very unique and effective vegan bath and beauty products. You can get the entire line by visiting their website. Happy scrubbing!

Springtime White Bean and Fennel Soup

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Our local farmer’s market is up and running, and already there are loads of gorgeous greens . This week, we tried something different (or different to us) and went with fennel. Sure, we’ve used fennel a handful of times and it’s a nice crunchy, surprise in salads or as a pizza topping.  There have been a number of cool, rainy nights in our area though, so we opted for soup. Also highlighted – another spring green, spinach! This recipe is gluten-free and SOS-free. It makes about ten portions.

 

 

Springtime White Bean and Fennel Soup

 

1 red onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

4 cups chopped fennel bulb and stalk, a few fronds reserved

1/2 cup plus 8 cups vegetable broth/stock (store bought or homemade)

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. ground white pepper

1/2 tsp. ground sage

1 bay leaf

1 15-oz can chopped tomatoes

1 block extra firm tofu, drained and cubed

2 15-oz. cans of white beans, rinsed and drained

pinch red pepper flakes (optional)

1 cup fresh spinach, cut into ribbons

 

In a large soup pot over medium heat, saute chopped red onion, chopped fennel bulb/stalk and 1/2 cup vegetable broth.  Saute, sitrring often, until onion is soft and wilty, about 5 minutes. Add 8 cups remaining broth, minced garlic, dried thyme, white pepper, ground sage, bay leaf and canned tomatoes with all juices. Cover soup pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30-40 minutes, until all fennel is very tender and flavors have combined to create a fragrant soup.

Remove from heat, take out bay leaf, and using an immersion blender, puree the soup until very smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, remove soup in batches and blender until smooth in a regular blender or food processor. Be sure to vent regular blender/processor, lest the steam from the hot soup builds up.

Once the soup is smooth, add chopped tofu cubes, rinsed beans and optional red pepper flakes. Simmer over low heat an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Before serving, stir in spinach ribbons and garnish with reserved fennel fronds.

Cook’s Note: This soup is even better the second day!

Cindy’s Black Bean Salsa

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The Dirty Hippie’s mom makes this fantastic dip  every time we go visit. Finally, after a few years of devouring what could only be described as buckets of her black bean salsa, we got the recipe and she agreed we need to share it with everyone! This recipe is great for sharing at picnics, potlucks and parties. It’s naturally gluten-free and can be made SOS-free as well. What are you waiting for? Grab some chips and dig in!

 

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Cindy’s Black Bean Salsa

2 15-oz. cans of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 small red onion, minced fine

16-oz. bag of frozen corn kernels, thawed

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

1 jalapeno, minced fine (use seeds if you like it spicy!)

juice of 3 fresh limes

2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. salt (optional)

4 Tbs. olive oil (optional)

 

Toss all ingredients together and serve chilled. Can be made a day ahead.

Dirty Hippie Popcorn Seasoning

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Why be usual on Valentine’s Day? The Dirty Hippie and I have a long-standing custom of staying in on this holiday. What’s better in February than a quiet night at home on the sofa with a movie and some popcorn? So this year, if you dare, offer your love a jar of the Dirty Hippie’s Vegan Popcorn Seasoning. You can make it mild or spice it up. And it’s good on other foods too, like baked potatoes, broccoli, tofu sticks – really anywhere you want some cheesy deliciousness.

We wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day, in whatever flavor you celebrate love!

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Dirty Hippie’s Popcorn Seasoning

2 cups nutritional yeast

1/8 cup smoked paprika

2 Tbs. Old Bay

2 Tbs. garlic powder

1 Tbs. onion powder

1/2 tsp. cayenne powder (optional, or add more if you like)

 

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir together until well blended. Store in an airtight container, like a jar with a lid.

To make popcorn, pop about 1/2 cup of kernels in a heavy-bottom pan on the stove or use an air popper (follow manufacturer directions). Toss hot popcorn with some melted coconut oil or Earth Balance (optional, we use about 2 Tablespoons) and 1/3 cup of Dirty Hippie Popcorn Seasoning. Eat immediately!

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free. It makes enough to use on several (about six) batches of popcorn!

 

 

GF Vegan Mac n’ Cheese & the 2nd Annual #MacSmack

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Gooey, creamy mac ‘n cheese goodness. You know, it’s funny how often people assume that mac n’ cheese is not on the vegan radar. But WHY? Vegans love mac n’ cheese. And we’ll line up for it. Like at an all vegan mac n’ cheese cook-off. Yeah, there’s one coming up in Baltimore on February 18. It’s the 2nd annual Vegan Mac N’ Cheese Smackdown, produced by Baltimore Vegan Drinks and PEP Foods as a fundraiser for Thrive Baltimore, the new all-vegan community center.

You may want to go ahead a buy a ticket now, cuz this thing is epic. Last year more than 1000 people showed up to partake in the vegan cheesy goodness!

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The 2016 Vegan Mac and Cheese Smackdown!

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Alas, we can’t throw our hats into the ring in 2017 because we’re helping with the event. But gosh… it would be so much fun to compete! One of these days. If anyone would like to compete FOR us, I’m going to put it out there. This is our latest vegan mac, made entirely gluten free too.

Anyhow, hope we see everyone on February 18. Can’t wait for all the amazing vegan mac and cheese!!

 

 

Gluten Free MacGF Vegan Mac N’ Cheese

1 16-oz bag gluten free pasta (we used Trader Joe’s brown rice pasta)

2 Tbs. olive oil (or Earth Balance or coconut oil)

3 to 6 cloves fresh garlic, minced

2 cups shredded vegan cheddar-style cheese (we used Follow Your Heart)

1 15-oz can white beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1 cup plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk (we used almond milk)

2 Tbs. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1/2 cup corn flakes (we used One Degree Veganic)

 

Preheat oven to 425.

Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and place back in cooking pot. Stir in one tablespoon olive oil. Set aside.

Place corn flakes in a zip top bag and crush into crumbs using your hand or a rolling pin. (This is really fun and a great way to blow off stress!)

While the pasta cooks, saute minced garlic in 1 tablespoon oil until just fragrant. Add to the bowl of a blender or food processor with white beans, vegan cheddar shreds, nutritional yeast, non-dairy ilk, Dijon mustard and turmeric. Puree to a thick liquid.

Pour cheesy-garlicky sauce onto cooked noodles and fold to coat all pasta. Turn cheesy pasta into an oven-safe casserole dish and sprinkle with crushed cornflakes and smoked paprika. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes until vegan cheesy sauce is melted and gooey. Serve hot.

 

Bite of Gluten Free Mac

 

 

Easy Baked Blueberry Lemon Doughnuts

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Everyone’s been feeling a little off lately. The USA seems upside down, we’re all biting our nails to see what pops up next on the news.

We say, what the world needs now is DOUGHNUTS. I means, seriously, why not? Nothing like some baked comfort to put a smile back on your face, at least for a few minutes. This recipe is easily made gluten-free and/or nut free, and has no added salt or oil. If you omit the glaze, I’d argue it’s borderline “not-bad-for-you” as doughnuts go. And because we all need things to happen fast, we used Bisquick as the base, so you can pick any kind of Bisquick (regular, heart-smart or gluten-free) at your local supermarket. Don’t have a doughnut pan? No biggie, make these in a muffin tin. The recipe is flexible, so if you don’t have blueberries, use chopped strawberries, blackberries, raisins or dried cranberries. They’re all tasty!

Go ahead, indulge in some doughnuts. We all need a delicious reason to smile right now.

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Easy Baked Blueberry Lemon Doughnuts

2 cups Bisquick (any kind, we used gluten free)

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

pinch ground nutmeg

1 1/2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk

1/3 cup maple syrup

2 tsp. vanilla

zest of one lemon

1/3 cup fresh blueberries

 

Glaze (optional)

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbs. lemon juice

1 Tbs. unsweetened non-dairymilk

 

Preheat oven to 425. In large bowl, combine all dry ingredients: Bisquick, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg. Stir and make a well in the middle. Add all wet ingredients, non-dairy milk, maple syrup, vanilla and lemon zest. Stir until smooth and fluid. Fold in fresh blueberries.

Spray a 12-doughnut mold (or muffin pan) with non-stick spray. Divide batter evenly and bake 16 to 18 minutes, until doughnuts are puffy and baked through. Allow to cool in molds for 20 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack.

If using glaze ~ When doughnuts are cooled to room temperature, combine glaze ingredients, powdered sugar, non-dairy milk and lemon juice in a small bowl with a whisk. Pour glaze evenly over doughnuts and serve immediately. Store in fridge, if you have any left!

 

Gorgeous Green Muffins

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Ready to get more greens into your diet? Us too! After seeing kale doughnuts out there in the world, we figured we could make a green baked good of our own. Something easy and nutritious with plenty of phyto-nutrient awesomeness to fuel us through these dreary winter days.

This recipe is easy to make swaps in ~ for example, any plant-based milk works (soy, cashew, rice, etc.). Trade maple syrup for agave or brown rice syrup if you prefer. Not into gluten free flour? Just use whole wheat! You can use kale instead of spinach, too.

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Gorgeous Green Muffins

2 Tbs. egg replacer with 4 tbs. warm water (we used Ener-g)

6 oz. bag fresh spinach

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 maple syrup

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 banana

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. green powder (we used Sunfoods Sun is Shining Supergreens)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking soda

pinch ground cloves

pinch nutmeg

2 cups gluten free flour mix (we used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1)

Preheat oven to 375. Line 12 cupcake tins with liners or coat with non-stick spray.

Mix together egg replacer and warm water. Set aside.

Combine all wet ingredients in a blender or food processor (spinach, applesauce, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla); puree until spinach is well broken down. Add banana, baking powder, green powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ground cloves and nutmeg. Mix until creamy. Then add two cups of gluten free flour and pre-mixed egg replacer. Puree again until smooth, scraping sides at least once to incorporate all ingredients.

Pour into muffins tins equally and bake 20 minutes at 375 until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 12 muffins.