Holidays/Seasons

Matzo Ball Soup: Vegan, Gluten-Free

It’s Passover and that means matzo ball soup. I have not had matzo balls in ages. It’s one thing I wasn’t motivated to veganize, until now. I was inspired by Nava Atlas’ Vegan Holiday Kitchen when I had a chance to interview her last year (Listen to the interview here). I made some slight modifications…

Prune Butter

What’s in your prune butter? Good prune butter is hard to find! Here’s an easy recipe with just two ingredients, prunes, of course and water. Perfect for Hamantashen cookie filling.< Makes about 4 1/2 cups of Prune Butter 1 pound organic dried pitted dried prunes 3 cups water 1. Place prunes in a 3.5 quart…

Blended Salad: Pear, Banana, Raspberries, Collard Greens and Walnuts

Here is another blended salad recipe. The variations are infinite. When I make blended salads, in addition to leafy greens, the featured ingredient, I include at least one fruit and one fat. This recipe has collard greens, three fruits (pear, banana, raspberries), and one fat (walnuts). Collard Leaves, raw, about 4 leaves with stalks. 1/2…

Pina Colada Kale

This is a fun way to get more greens. Pina Colada Kale is a blended salad of kale, pineapple and coconut. It’s quick and easy and so good for you. Kale, about 4 leaves, stalks removed. 1 cup pineapple, fresh or frozen, cut into chunks 1/2 cup coconut milk (fresh, rehydrated from Edward & Son’s…

Pumpkin Spice Muffins: Gluten-free

For Thanksgiving morning breakfast or any chilly morning, we recommend these Pumpkin Spice Muffins. They are easy to make and get you into the spirit of pumpkin and spice and everything nice. 3 cups all purpose gluten-free flour (We use Bob’s Red Mill) 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups water…

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

This pumpkin ice cream is delicately spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. A small scoop along with our Poached Pears is a perfect finish to our Thanksgiving Celebration Feast. 2 cans coconut milk, chilled 2/3 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) 1⁄4 cup brown sugar (evaporated cane juice and molasses blend) 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger 1⁄2…

Poached Pears with Caramel Sauce

Here’s another version of Poached Pears, served with Caramel Sauce and Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Poached Pears water 4 organic pears Remove the core and seeds from the bottom to the middle. Place the pears upright in a sauce pan and fill with water to reach one third the height of the pears. Cook ,…

REAL Thanksgiving Celebration Feast

Here are some REAL Thanksgiving favorites. These dishes can all be prepared in advance. They can be served all together or separately as side dishes. Links to the actual recipes are included below each video.     TABLE OF CONTENTS: THE MENU CHAPTER ONE: GREEN BEAN ONION WALNUT PATE CHAPTER TWO: LA SOUPE AU PISTOU…

Savory Pumpkin Pie, Gluten-Free

This is a variation on our Tomato Onion Quiche.  It is a gorgeous addition to any Thanksgiving table with orange hues from the pumpkin and flecks of green from the pepitas.  The pumpkin seed crust is so flavorful and free of oil, butter or margarine. Crust 1 cup brown rice flour plus extra on the…

Soupe au Pistou

Another dish I made very often while living in France was this vegetable soup. Made with a few simple vegetables and herbs, it can be served as a first course or as a meal in itself. It’s the turnip that gives the soup its full flavor. This is not the traditional French version which is…

Sweet As Honey Cake – Gluten-Free

To end your traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner, try this Honey Cake made vegan, without honey! You may want to start that dinner with our gluten-free Round Challah or Braided Challah, egg bread made without eggs, schmeared with our chopped liver, made of course, without liver. Here’s to a sweet year. Ingredients: 3/4 cup vegan butter…

Sweet As Honey Cake

To end your traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner, try this Honey Cake made vegan, without honey! You may want to start that dinner with our fabulous Challah, egg bread made without eggs, schmeared with our chopped liver, made of course, without liver. Here’s to a sweet year. We also have gluten-free recipes for the cake, braided…

Cassoulet

When I lived in the south of France I learned about Cassoulet, a rich, slow-cooked white bean stew made with different meats, like pork sausages, pork, goose, duck and mutton). This was an easy dish to veganize, adding tempeh, seitan and tofu in place of the meats. The French are very particular about ingredients remaining…

Grandma’s Vegan Chopped “Liver”

Grandma’s Vegan Chopped Liver. The tradition continues. My grandmother used to make chopped liver with plenty of schmaltz (chicken fat) and everyone in the family loved it. My mom continues the tradition and makes her version for all the family holidays. Only mom’s ‘chopped liver’ is so much better, made with simple, plant-foods, onions, walnuts,…

Challah Bread Braided: Gluten-free

Gluten-free breads can be tricky to shape. Here is my recipe for a gluten-free Challah bread that can be braided. Another one you might try is the Round Challah Bread, Guten-Free recipe which is much simpler to make. 2 1/2 cups rice flour 1 cup potato starch 1/2 cup tapioca flour 1 1/2 cups All…

Summer Vegetable Stew

This Summer Vegetable Stew is easy to make with fresh vegetables from the garden or farmer’s market. You can have it hot one evening for dinner then chill the leftovers and have it cold the next day for lunch. Serve it with chickpea flour flatbread. 4 yellow zucchini 4 Japanese eggplant or 1 regular eggplant.…

Marinated Tea-Smoked Tempeh Slabs

Tempeh — The other, other, white meat substitute. For those transitioning to a plant based diet may we suggest a switch from Tofu to Tempeh as your main event course. On the grill or in the oven, this ancient bean cake is something to live for! If you are a novice with Tempeh, you may…

Tea-Smoked Barbecue Sauce

This is an ideal barbecue sauce for our Marinated Tea-Smoked Tempeh Slabs, but you can use it for any dish where you want a sophisticated, ‘grown-up’ flavor – not too sweet, subtly spicy. 1 large onion 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 1 cup Red Wine 1 cup Strong Smoked Russian Caravan Black Tea (it has a…

Insalata Caprese

Like the salad from the Italian region of Campania, this version uses tofu. Dried black olives add the salt and tahini dressing adds the tang to perfect this simple combination. Serves Four 1 package extra firm organic tofu, drained and patted dry 16 tomato slices – (about 4 tomatoes) 16 fresh basil leaves 16 dried…

Summer Grilled Vegetables

Fire up the grill.  These vegetables brushed with light marinade are perfection.  They can also be prepared in advance and served at room temperature.  Make a sandwich with your favorite bread, pesto and almond cheese and sip on some iced Rooibos tea. Serves six 3 large Yellow Summer Squash 3 large Red Onions 6 large…