Succotash

Succotash
(Serves 14-16 – Party size) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free

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Maybe I’m showing my age or generation here, but who can make succotash without saying, “sufferin succotash.” Ha! Did Sylvester the Cat ever catch the elusive Tweety? We never did want Tweety to get caught did we? Maybe it’s because Tweety is so darn cute. It intrigues me how some cultures and people hold certain animals sacred while others slaughter them in massive assembly line fashion, like cows for example. Don’t worry, I’m not getting all self-righteous here – it’s all about the succotash.

I made this dish for a party about a month ago now. This recipe is a great summer side, perfect for any bbq. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Red Pepper, chopped
½ Red Onion, chopped
½ Tsp Chili Powder
2 (14oz Pkg) frozen Baby Lima Beans, steamed
3 (11oz can) Corn, drained/rinsed (I used 1 can white shoepeg and 2 cans sweet)
1 Pint Sweet Grape Tomatoes, sliced
Salt/Pepper to taste

Directions:
-Combine chopped red peppers, onions, tomatoes, corn and lima beans.
-In a separate container whisk together: olive oil, vinegar, mustard and sugar. Toss all ingredients together; top with chili powder and salt/pepper to taste then refrigerate. Enjoy!

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Quinoa & Peas (2x) with Citrus Dressing

Quinoa & Peas (2x) with Citrus Dressing
(Serves 4-6) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

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Nope, this is not another peanut butter dish instead let us swap one great source of protein for another. Cue in the Quinoa! Fluffy quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids and has been deemed a complete protein. This recipe is filling and refreshing and great for the summer. I have two kinds of peas in this recipe (I ❤ peas) but you can swap for so many other recipes like another love of ours, broccoli. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
(16oz) or 2 ½ Cups Peas, steamed
(12oz) or abt 2 ½ Cups Sugar Snap Peas, steamed
1 Cup Quinoa, cooked
7 Scallions (white/light green parts only), chopped
½ Tsp Course Ground Pepper
½ Tsp Salt
1 small handful Fresh Curly Parsley, chopped

Citrus Dressing:
Juice of ½ Lemon
Juice of ¼ Grapefruit
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (good quality)
½ Tsp Course Black Pepper
½ Tbsp Sugar
¼ Tsp Salt

Directions:
-Prepare quinoa according to package or see directions here. During the last 5 minutes of cooking add scallions – during steaming.

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-For Dressing: whisk ingredients together to combine and toss with quinoa and peas.
-Add salt/pepper, parsley and optional (coconut bacon) – [see recipe here] to taste. Enjoy!

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Quinoa and Peas with Citrus Dressing

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 20mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: http://www.veganrescue.com

Ingredients:

(16oz) or 2 ½ Cups Peas, steamed
(12oz) or abt 2 ½ Cups Sugar Snap Peas, steamed
1 Cup Quinoa, cooked
7 Scallions (white/light green parts only), chopped
½ Tsp Course Ground Pepper
½ Tsp Salt
1 small handful Fresh Curly Parsley, chopped

Citrus Dressing:
Juice of ½ Lemon
Juice of ¼ Grapefruit
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (good quality)
½ Tsp Course Black Pepper
½ Tbsp Sugar
¼ Tsp Salt

Directions:
-Prepare quinoa according to package or see directions here. During the last 5 minutes of cooking add scallions – during steaming.

-For Dressing: whisk ingredients together to combine and toss with quinoa and peas.
-Add salt/pepper, parsley and optional (coconut bacon) – [see recipe here] to taste. Enjoy!

PB&C Layered Cake ~ Vegan

PB&C Layered Cake ~ Vegan
(Peanut Butter and Chocolate layered cake)

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I am looking forward to summer and it is almost here! We’ve had so much rain lately. This recipe is rich and moist. A few weeks ago we celebrated our little girls 12th birthday (time flies, doesn’t it?). I promise this recipe is not MY obsession with the peanut butter and chocolate combo, it was Jasmine’s idea and birthday request. First the brownies and now this cake – she does tend to go with what she knows. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2 ½ Cups Cake Flour
½ Cup Cocoa Powder
1 ½ Tsp Baking Soda
½ Tsp Salt
2 Cups Sugar
1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 1/3 Cup Non-Dairy Milk
½ Cup Shortening, softened (I use Earth Balance)
1 ½ Tsp Vanilla extract
½ Cup Hot Water
½ to 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, optional

Frosting/Icing:
Vegan Cream Cheese (Tofutti’s) – I used 1 (8oz tub)
Peanut Butter – about 1 cup
Powdered Sugar – about 2/3 Cup
Vanilla Extract to taste

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Directions:
-Pre-heat oven 350 degrees. Grease (2) two (8-inch) round pan – Earth Balance (Vegan Butter) or cooking spray, if you prefer.
-Combine dry ingredients then mix in softened shortening.
-Add wet ingredients and stir in to combine using a spoon, adding Chocolate chips last.
-Pour into prepared baking pans and bake for 40 minutes.
-Remove from pans and let cake cool completely. Cut each into two pieces to make four layers.
Icing: -Combine ingredients to combine. Spread evenly onto each layer. Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Swirl Vegan Brownies

Peanut Butter Swirl Vegan Brownies!
(Makes 12-15 brownies, depending on size)

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Greetings! I know – I know… it has been quite some time since my post. Almost 2 months 😕 but for good reason(s). We’ve had so many great things happen these last couple of months. We’re grandparents now – that is huge news! Our eldest Megan brought baby Nadia into this world in April.:-) I am now “GJ” (Grandma Jess) and Seth is Pop-Pop. In addition to that BIG news, Seth and I recently celebrated our anniversary. Five amazing years with such an incredible man. I love him so much 💕! Aside from all these great things, my time has generally been consumed with classes. This past semester was a bit more demanding on my brain than I anticipated. With my creative process on pause, we’ve had a lot of easy dinners or we’ve just been eating out recently, hehe! Hoping to get back in the swing of things on April 3rd – Jasmine was begging me to make a dessert. She wanted to take a different approach on brownies and this recipe was easy enough. Using my basic brownie recipe I changed the topping of my rocky road brownies and swapped with a peanut butter swirl. I hope you enjoy this one – I look forward to reading your blogs and exploring some new ones too.

Ingredients:
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 cups White Sugar
½ cup Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Water
½ cup Canola Oil
¼ Cup Earth Balance, melted (optional)
¾ cup Applesauce
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet), optional
(Note: I omit the Earth Balance from original recipe only because I’m using it in the topping also).

Toppings:
3 Tbsp Earth Balance (vegan butter)
¼ Cup Peanut Butter
3 Tbsp Powdered Sugar

Directions:
-Preheat Oven 350 degrees F. Prepare 7×11 Brownie Pan (Earth Balance/Flour or vegan cooking spray if you prefer.
-Combine all dry ingredients – whisk together. As I always say then ditch the whisk and incorporate wet ingredients mix with a spoon until combined. Add chocolate chips into batter, optional. Pour into prepared baking pan.
Topping:
-Melt earth balance vegan butter and mix into peanut butter adding powdered sugar. Combine until smooth.
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-Place dollops of peanut butter topping onto brownies and swirl with a knife.
IMG_0070 -Bake at 350-degrees for 30-40 minutes – checking for doneness after 30 minutes with a toothpick (toothpick should come out clean – in the center avoid a spot near a chocolate chip to not confuse the test).

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Fluffy cake-like vegan brownies with a sweet and salty peanut butter swirl.

Credit: http://www.veganrescue.com

Ingredients:
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 cups White Sugar
½ cup Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Water
½ cup Canola Oil
¼ Cup Earth Balance, melted (optional)
¾ cup Applesauce
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet), optional
(Note: I omit the Earth Balance from original recipe only because I’m using it in the topping also).

Toppings:
3 Tbsp Earth Balance (vegan butter)
¼ Cup Peanut Butter
3 Tbsp Powdered Sugar

Directions:
-Preheat Oven 350 degrees F. Prepare 7×11 Brownie Pan (Earth Balance/Flour or vegan cooking spray if you prefer.
-Combine all dry ingredients – whisk together. As I always say then ditch the whisk and incorporate wet ingredients mix with a spoon until combined. Add chocolate chips into batter, optional. Pour into prepared baking pan.
Topping:
-Melt earth balance vegan butter and mix into peanut butter adding powdered sugar. Combine until smooth.
-Place dollops of peanut butter topping onto brownies and swirl with a knife.
-Bake at 350-degrees for 30-40 minutes – checking for doneness after 30 minutes with a toothpick (toothpick should come out clean – in the center avoid a spot near a chocolate chip to not confuse the test).

Spinach & Bean Enchiladas with White Mushroom Sauce

Spinach & Bean Enchiladas with White Mushroom Sauce
(Serves 6-8)
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Enchiladas come in so many varieties with different fillings and sauces. My first enchilada experience was when I was a teenager. A cousin’s ex had made them and her version was the popular shredded chicken with the Campbell’s condensed soup mushroom sauce. My veganized version was a play on my original experience. This recipe is creamy and absolutely delicious and a must try. It may seem complex but is fairly simple, I utilized my nutribullet for the sauces and the Cilantro-Lime Jasmine rice was very simple to make, recipe included. Top with creamy avo-crema sauce. Enjoy!

 

Filling Ingredients:
1 (15.8oz can) Great Northern Beans (or White Kidney)
1 (15.5oz can) Chickpeas, crushed/chopped
1 (15.25oz can) Corn
4 Scallions, chopped (Light Green/White parts)
8 ½ oz Diced Green Chilies (2 – 4.25oz cans)
4oz White Button Mushrooms, chopped (divided)
4oz Baby Bella Mushrooms, chopped (divided)
3 Cups Baby Spinach (3 handfuls)
3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 ½ Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Course Black Pepper
¼ Tsp Cumin
2 Tbsp Oil
8 Flour Tortillas

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Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees F and grease 13x9x2 glass-baking dish with earth balance (vegan butter).
-Heat oil in large pan over medium-high heat and sauté beans, corn, chilies and scallions for about 4-5 minutes.
-Turn off heat and fold in baby spinach and mushrooms. Add salt/pepper and cumin then set aside until ready to use.
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-Divide filling evenly among 8 tortillas. Roll and place seam side down in greased baking dish.
-Pour White Mushroom Sauce (recipe below) over entire dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil then bake an additional 10 minutes. Enjoy!
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White Mushroom Sauce Ingredients:
2 Cups Cashews, soaked (about 30 minutes)
½ Cup Non-Dairy Sour Cream
1 (13.5oz can) Coconut Milk
3 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
2 Garlic Cloves
½ Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Course Black Pepper
4oz White Button Mushrooms, chopped (divided)
4oz Baby Bella Mushrooms, chopped (divided)
2 Tbsp Flour

Directions:
-Blend all ingredients except mushrooms until smooth.
-Once smooth, stir in chopped mushrooms.
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Notes: For the mushrooms I just buy 2 (8oz) containers – 1 of each. Wipe clean, remove stems and chop once, then divide for filling and topping.

 

 

Avocado Crema Sauce

Avo-Crema Sauce
(1 ½ Cup) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free. Dairy-Free

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This sauce was absolutely refreshing over top my creamy enchiladas and cilantro-lime rice. The perfect addition. Let me know what else you decide to add it too? Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Large Haas Avocado, pitted
½ Cup Non-Dairy Sour Cream
Juice of ½ Lime
1/3 Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
½ Tsp Cumin
½ Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Course Black Pepper
¼ Cup Water

Directions:
Blend together to combine until smooth. Store in airtight container.
(May change color if avocado oxidizes, however, mine was still a vibrant green the following day).
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Easy Cilantro-Lime Rice

Easy Cilantro-Lime Rice
A very quick recipe added to serve aside my delicious creamy enchiladas. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2 Cups Jasmine Rice
3 Cups Water
2 Tbsp Earth Balance (Vegan Butter)
1 Handful Fresh Cilantro, chopped (about ½ cup)
Juice ½ Lime
2 Scallions, chopped

Directions:
-Prepare rice according to package: Combine rice with water and earth balance. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes (keeping lid on).
-Fluff rice with a fork then squeeze in lime juice and add cilantro and scallions. Enjoy!

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