Holidays/Seasons

Three Sisters Savory Pie

Three Sisters Savory Pie

The idea and inspiration for this pie arrived on Thanksgiving morning, just in time! It was ready by noon and served for dinner. I love the Three Sisters of Indigenous American Agriculture, the intercropping method of planting corn, beans, and squash together and I make sure to have a corn, bean and squash dish at…

Caramelized Leek Tart, vegan, gluten-free

Preparing for my IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD interview with Ellen Ecker Ogden, I reviewed her book, The New Heirloom Garden. It’s beautiful. It has many recipes using heirloom fruits and vegetables but many are not vegan, and include cream, eggs, butter. I can easily veganize most of them using cashew cream for heavy cream, vegan…

Brooklyn Borough Balls

Eric Adams’ book Healthy at Last, A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses has many wonderful recipes in it. After interviewing him about the book, some of the recipes in it inspired this new treat. We have named these healthy, sweet treats in honor of Eric Adams and his work…

Consommé with Noodles (vegan chicken soup)

Chicken Soup brings up so many good memories of family and holiday dinners, as well as being comforted when sick with a cold. Being vegan, eating animals, including chicken, is off the menu. Chickens are intelligent, kind and caring individuals. Knowing what I know today, how most chickens are tortured from birth until slaughter, the…

The Apple Cake Project

It was the beginning of May when we heard from an IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD listener, Donna, to see if we might help her to modify an old family recipe for an apple cake, making it easy, healthier and gluten-free. Plus, she wanted to try using cassava flour. At Responsible Eating And Living Headquarters, we…

Sheikh Al-Mahshi, Baked Stuffed Eggplant

I recently interviewed Ralph Nader on IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD about The Ralph Nader and Family Cookbook, Recipes from Lebanon and Beyond. There are many vegan recipes in this book and then there are some that aren’t. I was quickly veganizing the nonvegan recipes in my head as I reviewed them, thinking I would make…

Vegan Meatballs, Gluten-Free

This is a veganized version of the meatballs Gary’s parents used to make together. The “meat” in this recipe is our favorite grain blend of Brown Rice, Black Rice, Red Rice and Millet. Ingredients 1 cup brown rice 1/2 cup of millet 1/4 cup of black rice 1/4 cup of red rice 4 cups of…

Matzos, Matzohs, Matzahs

  It took a global pandemic to inspire me to make matzo! We had a family Passover seder on Zoom and I wanted to bring matzo to our table. I made two kinds, one with heirloom Einkorn wheat flour and the other with Oat flour.   I like to bake them on a pizza stone…

Cuccidati, Italian Fig Cookies, Gluten-Free

  Holidays are about traditions and treats. When I learned about all the Christmas cookies Gary’s family used to make, I was inspired to get baking. One of those cookies is the Cuccidati, the Italian Fig Cookie. Gary has reminisced about it many times. I never had one. Gary’s sister recently told us she was…

Pumpkin Bread, Vegan & Gluten-Free

Fall is in the air. How about making Pumpkin Bread this weekend? Ingredients: 2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour, Gluten Free) 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum 1 fifteen-ounce can pumpkin purée 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoons allspice…

Purple Sweet Potato Pie

This is another new tradition for our Thanksgiving dessert table. Ingredients 4 Tablespoons ground flax seeds (soaked in coconut milk) 3 cups of coconut milk, separated 1 cup sugar (we use evaporated cane juice) 1 1/4 cups date paste 2 teaspoon vanilla 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2…

Turnip Cakes

Ingredients 1 pound turnips, peeled and grated 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon Porcini mushroom powder 1 pound rice flour 7 cups water Optional: Organic Canola Oil* *We recommend organic canola oil, NOT conventional/industrial/GMO canola oil. They are not the same. Directions 1. Peel and grate the turnips. 2.…

Tarte aux Pommes version 2

Here’s is an Apple Pie to live for! It’s made with a gluten-free crust and no refined sugar. Ingredients 4 Granny Smith Apples, organic (We recommend using organic apples. They do not need to be peeled. If the apples are not organic, it’s best to peel them to avoid the concentrated residues of pesticides.) 1…

Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup

We had made a version of this soup while traveling using a store bought low-sodium vegetable broth. Once at home, instead of a packaged broth, I used herbs and spices to flavor the water instead. The sweet potatoes give the soup a nice flavor.   Ingredients: 6 cups water Spice/Herb mix: 2 Tablespoons onion powder…

Sweet Potato Bean Salad

We put this salad together in minutes when invited to a potluck event while traveling. These were the ingredients we had with us and they came together beautifully. 1/4 red onion, diced 4 small cooked sweet potatoes or 3 medium, cut in small cubes 1 can or brick of garbanzo beans, no salt added, rinsed…

Fresh Fruit Tart – Raw

This Raw Fruit Tart is a variation of our Fresh Fruit Tart recipe with a flour crust. It is a spectacular summer dessert for a picnic, barbecue or 4th of July celebration. Cacao Nibs give the crust a chocolate flavor. Ingredients: Crust 1/2 cup cacao nibs 1 cup raisins 1/2 cup pecans 1/2 cup almonds…

Tournedos de Riz Sauvage à la sauce Dijonnaise

This recipe is a variation of our Healthy World Burger, made with Thanksgiving-style herbs and spices. It’s a gorgeous dish with a chewy texture and subtle, savory seasonings. Ingredients 1 cup cooked millet ½ cup cooked black rice ½ cup cooked red rice 1 cup cooked brown rice 1 small red onion ½ cup walnuts,…

Vegan Panettone

  Enjoy this sweet bread loaf for special occasions like Easter, Christmas, and New Year’s. Aquafaba makes it light and moist.   Ingredients 3 packages of active dry yeast 1/4 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) 1/2 cup lukewarm water 6 Tablespoons Aquafaba 1 tablespoon soy lecithin 1/2 cup water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon…

Eggplant DeMattouille (Gary De Mattei’s Ratatouille)

Gary De Mattei whipped this dish up, inspired by Ratatouille and we’re calling it Eggplant DeMattouille. Ingredients 1 8-ounce package marinated tempeh (cut in 2” cubes) 1 large eggplant (chopped to 1” cubes) 2 Yukon Gold potatoes (chopped to 1” cubes) 1 large sweet potato (chopped to 1” cubes) 1 large red onion (rough chopped)…

Creamy Dijon Sauce (Dijonnaise)

Serve this luscious sauce with our Tournedos de Riz Sauvage. Ingredients Six to twelve black pepper corns 1 Tablespoon vegan butter (optional) 2 Tablespoons dried sage or parsley or a combination of both 1 cup cashew cream (not chilled, set out to get to room temperature) 1/4 cup boiling water 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard 1…