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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!

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.

Cabbage Pad Thai

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Time to trade in your take-out! Everyone wants to lighten up after the holidays. Our Cabbage Pad Thai will get the job done. It’s gluten-free and very filling because of a high fiber content from all the veggies.  We took out the noodles and dramatically lowered the fat and sugar content from traditional Pad Thai. Go ahead – have a second plate! All the veg is so good for you!

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Cabbage Pad Thai

1 block firm or extra firm tofu, drained and cubed

Sauce

2 Tbs. coconut sugar

2 Tbs. rice vinegar

2 Tbs. peanut butter

1 Tbs. tamari sauce

2 tsp. powdered ginger

2 limes, juices, 1 zested

1 tsp. green curry paste

pinch red pepper flakes

2 cloves minced garlic

Stir Fry

2 bags pre-shredded cabbage

2  whole carrots, peeled and shredded

2 bell peppers, seeded and slivered

4 green onions, white and green, chopped, plus more to garnish

1/2 cup chopped peanuts (garnish)

1/ 4 cup fresh cilantro (garnish)

 

First make the sauce by stirring all the sauce ingredients together in a shallow dish. Add cubed, drained tofu to dish with the sauce. Toss and allow to marinate for 30 minutes or up to several hours.

To prepare stir-fry, toss tofu and all extra sauce into a wok or large pan. Saute over medium-high heat for several minutes until tofu cubes are lightly browned. Then add cabbage, shredded carrots, slivered bell peppers and green onions.  Saute, stirring often, about 8 to 10 minutes, until veggies are soft.

Serve with chopped peanuts and cilantro and extra green onions, as desired. Serves six as a main course.

Cook’s Note: If you’re allergic to peanuts, you can sub in sunflower butter or soynut butter in the sauce, as well as sunflowers, pepitas or soynuts for the chopped peanuts.  Want extra chewy tofu? Freeze and thaw tofu ahead of time, it will retain it’s shape and have a firmer bite.

 

Pumpkin Pie (or why I married my husband)

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Every family has their own holiday traditions. Some traditions are very specific, others are broadly accepted and personalized by everyone. Pumpkin pie is one of the latter for sure. Everyone has a memory of pumpkin pie, right?

Nathaniel’s family, most of whom are in Tennessee, have this wonderful tradition of pies. His grandmother gave him pumpkin pie and home made crust recipes when he was in high school.  It became the dish everyone asked him to bring for the holidays. His secret to heavily requested pumpkin pie: using fresh pumpkin.  There was a 3-acre pumpkin patch on his  family’s farm, so he started using fresh pumpkin.  Not the canned stuff you buy at the grocery. But real, fresh pumpkin.

I think this is one of the reasons I married Nathaniel. His off-the-hook pumpkin pie. No joke! A million years ago, he walked into the college photo lab carrying a homemade pumpkin pie he baked himself. Schwing! And I mean seriously homemade ~ the crust was hand-rolled; the pumpkin was grown at home and baked to the perfect sweetness. Nathaniel’s pies are the real deal. Until you have a real homemade pie with non-canned pumpkin, you just haven’t lived a full life.

As I type this, Nathaniel is in the kitchen right now toiling over his annual batch of Thanksgiving pumpkin pies. In addition to the ones he makes for us, he now has to make several for my grandmother. She adores his pies. She starts asking for them in August, except she calls them “punkin.”

So for the first time ever, here is Nathaniel’s pumpkin pie recipe. It is not difficult, but it is time-consuming. And worth every second! Makes two pie fillings. Recipe is gluten-free and there are gluten-free pie crust recipes listed below.

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Nathaniel’s Pumpkin Pie

4 cups fresh cooked pumpkin**(see notes below on cooking pumpkin)

8 tsp. Egg Replacer in 12 Tbs. warm water (we used Ener-G)

1 cup sugar (we use Florida Crystals)

1 pint vegan vanilla creamer (soy, almond, coconut)

2 Tbs. arrowroot starch

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
pinch ground cloves
pinch ground nutmeg

2 pre-baked vegan pie crusts (**suggestions below)

Mix egg replacer and warm water. Combine pumpkin, sugar and non-dairy creamer in a large bowl. Add all dry ingredients and mixed egg replacer. Mix together in a blender, with a mixer or by hand, and pour into pie crusts. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Turn oven to 350 and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and chill before serving!  It sets up best if you chill 8 hours or overnight.

The Dirty Hippie reminds me to tell you all that it’s also good with crushed & toasted almonds on top or the coconut whipped “cream.” Or to mix things up, add a handful of chocolate chips into the batter before baking. If you can’t find pumpkins to bake, you can also use butternut squash or sweet potatoes in the same ratios for this recipe.

**How to Cook Fresh Pumpkin: For two pies, you will need 3 sugar pumpkins or a large baking pumpkin, such as a cinderella or cheese pumpkin. Scoop out the innards of the pumpkin and slice flesh into palm size chunks. Place flesh side down in baking dish half full of water. Bake in the oven for 60 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool, then peel off the skin or scrape out flesh with a spoon. You are ready to make pie or you can freeze the pumpkin and use it later! We use freezer bags with 4 cups each. Leftover cooked pumpkin is great in soups, curries and smoothies. Oh – and don’t forget to save and roast your pumpkin seeds! They’re a great source of protein, fiber, calcium and magnesium.

**Vegan Pie Crust: Baking a crust before the pie is called blind baking. You can use a pre-made crust from the grocery store for this recipe. (Be sure to check the ingredient list for lard.) You can also make a homemade crust. Here are links to some vegan pie crust recipes. Choose any one you like and be sure to blind bake it before you start the pies!

Minimalist Baker

Savvy Vegetarian

Oh  Ladycakes

Gluten Free Girl

The Blender Girl

 

Cornbread Dressing

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Preparing for the Thanksgiving feast? We’ve got a great dressing (aka stuffing) your family and friends will adore. It works well for potlucks, too.

This is a southern American tradition, Cornbread Dressing. We never tried making it before and it’s SO YUMMY! You’re going to want to embrace this tradition!

You will need to make vegan cornbread one or two days in advance. There are some recipe links at the bottom you can choose from. Sweet to neutral cornbread works best in this recipe, and once you make it, cut the cornbread into cubes and allow it to get stale on the counter. Really ~ you can munch on a few cubes as well!

To make this gluten free, use the gluten-free cornbread recipe at the bottom of the page, and sub in your favorite GF bread for the multi-grain. To make this recipe SOS-free (no salt, sugar, oil), use the Forks Over Knives cornbread recipe below, and omit the coconut oil/salt from the recipe. Nut free? Don’t add the pecans – you can sub in pepitas or sunflower seeds or nothing at all!

Enjoy – and Happy Thanksgiving!

Corn Brea Dressing

Cornbread Dressing

1 recipe vegan cornbread** (see recipe suggestions at bottom)

6 to 8 slices bread (we used multi-grain)

2 cups vegetable broth, warmed

1/2 cup flax seed meal

1/2 cup dry hard apple cider (regular non-alcoholic will be fine, too)

1 cup diced onion

4 stalks celery, chopped

4 carrots, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbl. coconut oil (or earth Balance or olive oil or extra broth)

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup vegan breadcrumbs

2 Tbl. fresh parsley, chopped

2 Tbl. fresh sage, chopped

2 tsp. poultry seasoning blend

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. dried rosemary

1/2 tsp. turmeric

1/4 tsp. white pepper

1/4 tsp. smoked salt (optional, regular salt or no salt is fine, too)

1 cup pecans, finely chopped

 

Cube cornbread and multi-grain bread and allow to sit on the counter for 24 to 48 hours to get stale and crunchy. Alternatively, if you are short on time, cube both breads and toast in the oven at 200 for about 10 minutes, then stir and toast another 10 minutes, until outside of bread is crisp. Set stale/toasted bread cubes aside.

To make dressing, preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9×12 casserole dish with non-stick spray.

Mix together warm vegetable broth with flax seed meal. Allow to congeal, this will be the binder.

In a large pot over medium heat, saute onions, celery, carrots and garlic in coconut oil until soft and fragrant, about 2 to 5 minutes.  Add dried cranberries, bread crumbs and all herbs (parsley, sage, poultry seasoning, basil, thyme, rosemary, turmeric, white pepper, smoked salt).  Cook a few more minutes, stirring often, Add all bread cubes (cornbread and multi-grain) and carefully fold together.

Add hard cider to broth/flaxmeal combo. Pour all liquids over the bread cubes/vegetable mixture, add chopped pecans. Again, fold together carefully.

Turn dressing into prepared casserole dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes; uncover and bake another 20 minutes.

Serve hot as part of your holiday feast!

 

**Need ideas on making vegan cornbread? Try these recipes…

Isa Chandra

Brand New Vegan

Food 52

Texan Erin (Gluten Free option)

Forks Over Knives