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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Corn Salsa

Corn Salsa
(Makes about 3 ½ -4 cups) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free

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A few days ago I mentioned this post to follow. Since the plan was to keep it simple last weekend. What could be easier than a quick 5-minute salsa over top blackened pepper crusted tofu? The tofu is not listed here as a recipe, given that I literally just pressed then seasoned the hell out of each side with pepper, basil, garlic powder and a little salt. Sauté each side for a few minutes in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkle with a little salt after frying, then I topped with corn salsa. That’s it…that was the recipe! 🙂 Enjoy your day and weekend.

Corn Salsa

  • Servings: About 3 ½ Cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/

Ingredients:
1 (11oz can) White Shoepeg Corn, drained/rinsed
1 (15.25oz can) Corn, drained/rinsed
1 (15.5oz can) Black Beans, drained/rinsed
1 Red Pepper, diced finely
½ Red Onion, diced finely
1 small Handful Fresh Cilantro, chopped (or to taste)
Juice of ½ Lime
2-3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tsp Sugar
1 Tsp course Black Pepper
½ Tsp Chili Powder
½ Tsp Fresh Garlic
Salt and Cumin to taste

Directions:

-Very simply put – drain and rinse canned ingredients. Chop: Pepper, Onion, Cilantro and combine all ingredients. Adjust seasonings to your liking. Enjoy!

Easy Moist Vegan Cornbread!

Vegan Cornbread Cake
(Serves 15)
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This here cornbread is should be award-winning! This one is truly a favorite with the family. I’ve made variations of this recipe some that are more traditional cornbread-like, however, this one takes the cake! Hehe, see what I did there, lol! This recipe comes out cake-like; it’s very moist and succulent with the perfect sweetness. Although you taste the pieces of corn within, I love that you still get that gritty cornmeal texture too. I bake it up in a 7×11 brownie pan and it comes out thick and fluffy. Nothing beats homemade cornbread. Enjoy and sing a song… “Beans and Cornbread had a fight, Beans knocked Cornbread outta sight…” 🙂 Happy Hump day and First day of Autumn!

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Ingredients:
1 ½ Cup Flour
1 Cup Cornmeal (I used finely ground)
2/3 Cup Sugar
2 Tsp Baking Powder
½ Tsp Salt
½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk (I used almond/coconut blend)
1/3 Cup Canola Oil
1/3 Cup Applesauce
1 (14.75oz can) Creamed Corn

Directions:
-Preheat oven 400 Degrees F. Grease 11 x 7 brownie pan – Earth Balance/Flour or vegan cooking spray if you prefer.
-In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients until combined.
-With a spoon stir in remaining wet ingredients to combine: Non-Dairy Milk, Oil, Applesauce and Corn. – Don’t overmix.
-Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and toothpick comes out clean.
Enjoy!

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Vegan Cornbread

  • Servings: 15
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/

Ingredients:
1 ½ Cup Flour
1 Cup Cornmeal (I used finely ground)
2/3 Cup Sugar
2 Tsp Baking Powder
½ Tsp Salt
½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk (I used almond/coconut blend)
1/3 Cup Canola Oil
1/3 Cup Applesauce
1 (14.75oz can) Creamed Corn

Directions:
-Preheat oven 400 Degrees F. Grease 11 x 7 brownie pan – Earth Balance/Flour or vegan cooking spray if you prefer.
-In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients until combined.
-With a spoon stir in remaining wet ingredients to combine: Non-Dairy Milk, Oil, Applesauce and Corn. – Don’t overmix.
-Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and toothpick comes out clean.
Enjoy!

Corn Fritters with Mayoketchup Sauce

Corn Fritters with Mayoketchup Sauce
(Serves 4-6) – Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free (use GF AP Flour)
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The kids are visiting family this week. They love to squeeze in a few weeks in the summer visiting family but then we are left missing them. 😦 Typically when it is just Seth and I, we can very quickly fall into the routine of rice and beans for dinner…every day! Just as we are creatures of habit…I made a bag of Black Eyed Peas and a pot of brown rice. I prepared corn fritters to add with the rice and beans.
Originally I wanted to make and share this recipe last week on National Corn Fritter day (07/16). I missed it so I’ll share it today – National Junk Food Day, I don’t quite count this as junk food…although it is fried.
These Corn Fritters are fluffy, slightly sweet and scrumptious. While thinking of a sauce to pair with the fritters I had a nostalgic moment. Mommy frequently made Sorullos (Sorullitos) [I’ll share this recipe one day soon] when we were kids – these are basically a Puerto Rican style corn fritter sticks made from corn meal – typically an appetizer or side and ALWAYS served with Mayoketchup (which is exactly what it sounds like, lol). Please try this tasty treat. Enjoy!
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Ingredients:
1 (16oz Pkg) Frozen Corn, thawed (3 Cups)
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
½ Tbsp Baking Powder
2 Tsp Potato Starch
1 Tbsp Sugar
¼ Tsp Cayenne Pepper
½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
½ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp Cream of Tartar
¾ Cup Non-Dairy Milk (Soymilk)
Oil for Frying

Directions:
-Heat oil (Vegetable or Canola) to 365-370 degrees.
-Combine all dry ingredients – whisk together to combine.
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-Add Soymilk and thawed Corn, stir to combine.
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-Drop Corn Fritter batter into hot oil. – I use a small cookie scoop to evenly scoop and drop the batter in.
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-Cook until golden – about 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.
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-Remove and drain on a paper towel. Enjoy!

Mayoketcup Sauce
1/3 Cup Vegenaise
1/3 Cup Ketchup
1 Garlic Clove, minced
¼ Tsp Sriracha, optional
-Stir together all ingredients to combine. Refrigerate any unused sauce.
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Vegan Corn Fritters with Mayoketchup

  • Servings: 4-6 ~ Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free (use GF AP Flour)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 (16oz Pkg) Frozen Corn, thawed (3 Cups)
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
½ Tbsp Baking Powder
2 Tsp Potato Starch
1 Tbsp Sugar
¼ Tsp Cayenne Pepper
½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
½ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp Cream of Tartar
¾ Cup Non-Dairy Milk (Soymilk)
Oil for Frying

Directions:
-Heat oil (Vegetable or Canola) to 365-370 degrees.
-Combine all dry ingredients – whisk together to combine.
-Add Soymilk and thawed Corn, stir to combine.
-Drop Corn Fritter batter into hot oil. – I use a small cookie scoop to evenly scoop and drop the batter in.
-Cook until golden – about 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Enjoy!

Mayoketcup Sauce
1/3 Cup Vegenaise
1/3 Cup Ketchup
1 Garlic Clove, minced
¼ Tsp Sriracha, optional

-Stir together all ingredients to combine. Refrigerate any unused sauce.

5/26 – Happy Birthday Jasmine!

5/26/15 – Happy Birthday Jasmine!
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Yesterday, well Tuesday (5/26) was our baby’s birthday. Baby…Yeah, wow!… Isn’t it crazy how time flies by? Lately the years just seem to be falling off the calendar. In April we celebrated Megan’s 21st Birthday and now Jasmine turns 11, there are no babies here 😦 …but they’ll always be our babies.
Jasmine my peanut…may you always continue to be blessed. You are a beautiful young little lady. Continue to be my kind hearted, helpful and brilliant little girl. Always seek knowledge and maintain your eagerness to learn. I relish your passion for veganism and your enthusiasm in the kitchen as my Sous Chef. I love you so very much. We love you so very much!
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On Birthdays I always take requests from my family. What would you like for your special birthday dinner? or what kind of birthday cake/dessert would you like? I’m always cooking up something. Definitely just simply being vegan for so many years now I’ve grown accustomed to making the birthday cake instead of buying (which would mean traveling to the one of about two vegan bakeries – not quite close by)…so it is much easier to make it and it doesn’t hurt that I love cooking/baking. It is definitely stimulating to create in person a dish/dessert that my hubby or kids created in their minds – like my husband’s taste for Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafers. Now there is sometimes a misconception that all Vegans eat healthy all the time. Truth be told there are vegan junk food items just the same as non-vegan…Whoa…I know right. Yup, you have Chocolate Cake, Cookies, Cheesecake, Pudding…etc. and so do Vegans. Hey I’ve made my share of some sinful desserts in the past – I don’t want to talk about my son’s birthday cake request from November…I won’t mention the Vegan Cookie Dough filling cake that was sandwiched between Vanilla Cake with a layer of Chocolate icing then topped Chocolate and Vanilla icing that I created…all vegan with all the guilt too. : -/
Jasmine’s birthday request this week was my Smoked Corn Chowder (she LOVES it) and Chocolate Cake with Chocolate filling and icing. I always have a stash of Endangered Species Chocolate around (mommy’s chocolate emergency stash), so I sacrificed one of my bars and shaved some chocolate to top Jasmine’s all chocolate cake. 🙂
Despite what feels like every other thought being that of food (I’m sure I’m exaggerating…maybe? Okay okay it is admittedly excessive) but there is a balance and that balance is my family. I love these guys, they truly keep me going.
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Happy Birthday my little angel! Mommy loves you always.

Corn Chowder – I smoked it!

Vegan Corn Chowder
(Serves 6-8) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

My husband and daughter both especially enjoyed this soup. He said, “Best corn chowder ever” and she just devoured it. Towards the end Jasmine tipped that bowl to get the last drop and when she came up for air she asked for more. My son enjoyed it also but it was a little too kicked up for him. You can certainly tone down the spice level to your liking. The smoked paprika and liquid smoke in this soup take it to another level and compliments well with the heat which is tamed by the coconut milk, in my opinion. You can enjoy this soup year-round with frozen organic corn or try fresh local corn when it’s in season (I would use 8-10 ears).
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Smoked Corn Chowder

  • Servings: 6-8 ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: VeganRescue.com

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Large Sweet Onion
4 Garlic cloves, chopped
¼ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Quarts Vegetable Broth
2 Tsp Liquid Smoke (vegan friendly)
2 (16oz pkgs) frozen Sweet Corn
½ Tsp Smoke Paprika
¼ Tsp Curry Powder
½ Tbsp Salt
1 Scallion (Green Onion), chopped
¼ Cup Nutritional Yeast
½ Cup Coconut Milk

Directions:

-In a large stockpot heat olive oil and sauté onions a few minutes until translucent.
-Add garlic cloves and red pepper flakes heat through just for another minute.
-Add vegetable broth, liquid smoke, paprika, curry, salt and corn, bring to a boil and them simmer until corn is tender about 8-10 minutes.
-Add scallion, nutritional yeast and coconut milk then simmer for 5 minutes.
-Pour half the soup into a blender or use stick/immersion blender and puree until smooth yet chunky.
-Add a little sprinkle of smoked paprika before serving. Enjoy! 


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