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Corn Cakes, Gluten-Free

When I interviewed Terry Hope Romero about her cookbook Viva Vegan! I went nuts over her very simple Arepa recipe, a corn tortilla or pancake made with masa harina. But since I live with an Italian, polenta is more of a staple in our house than masa harina. I came up with this recipe using…

Sautéed Zucchini with Onions, Red Peppers and Tomatoes

You can roast them, grill them, bake them – anyway you cook them, zucchini with red peppers, onions and tomatoes are perfection! Sauté with herbs and a touch of fennel, serve it with French bread for a rustic simple supper. For a heartier meal, toss it over pasta, brown rice or other whole grain. It’s…

Vegetable Corn Cakes, Gluten-Free

Breakfast, brunch or appetizer, try these savory Vegetable Corn Cakes. Top with salsa, guacamole, hot sauce or vegan sour cream. 1/2 cup corn meal (polenta) 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour 1/4 cup ground flax seeds in 1/4 cup water 2 Tablespoons Ener-G Egg Replacer in 1/2 cup water 1 cup frozen…

Steamed Greens with Vegan Parmesan

Eat more greens! Steamed greens are so easy and so good for you. They are delicious topped with a vegan parmesan made with walnuts and nutritional yeast. 1 head of kale, about 8-10 leaves or other leafy green, like collards, spinach or chard 1/4 cup walnuts 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1) Prepare a pot of…

Buckwheat Noodles in Peanut Sauce

As an appetizer or main dish, cook up your favorite noodles and toss with this easy, creamy sauce. It’s too good. 2 tablespoons peanut butter – almond butter or sesame tahini can be used instead of peanut butter 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon mellow white miso paste 1/4 water for the sauce 4 ounces…

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,…

Verdura Mista Al Forno (Oven Baked Mixed Vegetables)

Oven baking is the healthiest and most delicious way to make French fries. Even better is to add some veggies in with the potatoes. And Kids love them. 4 large russet potatoes (sweet potatoes can be substituted and/or added) 6 carrots (or other root vegetable) 2 large yellow crook neck summer squash 2 Tablespoons of…

Sautéed Dandelion Greens with Olive Oil and Garlic

Dark leafy greens – you can’t get enough of them. Dandelion greens are so delicious, how did they ever get demoted to weeds? I am glad they are making a comeback in this country as a delicious, nutritious food. 1lb Dandelion Greens Water (to cover greens) 4 – 6 cloves Garlic Minced (more if you…

Socca, Chickpea Flour Crêpes With Sauteed Onions

Hummus is an extremely popular spread today in the United States, found in most supermarkets. Made with chickpeas, olive oil and sesame tahini, people have been enjoying hummus at least since the 18th century. But in Arabic hummus really means chickpea or garbanzo bean. And chickpeas are extremely nutritious and versatile. I’ve been discovering the…

Cheesy Garlic Bread

You can use any bread you like, we used the Sesame Burger Bun recipe which is gluten-free. The important item is this great topping that is quick and easy to make with our almond cheese, a little vegan mayonnaise, like Vegenaise, garlic, chopped fresh parsley, and red pepper flakes. This recipe makes enough for one…

Avocado Shiitake Mango Maki

The first time I had avocado maki I went nuts. The combination of the avocado, nori and wasabi was something I had never experienced and couldn’t get enough of. Once you get the hang of it they are easy to make and travel well for lunch boxes and picnics. Vegetable Maki 1 cup brown rice…

Summer Rolls

These rolls require a little time and a little patience. I think they are worth it. The result is a flavor that is so fresh. A hint of mint, the crunchy juiciness of the sprouts, the bite of the chives all mix together to create something very special. 1 square (3.5 oz) baked tofu sliced…

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Our REAL Garlic Mashed Potatoes are creamy and full of delicious flavor. Surprising simple, using no oil, butter, margarine or milk. Serves 4 to 6 adults 4 lbs Organic Yukon Gold Potatoes 4 large bulbs of organic garlic 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Stock (see recipe) 1 gallon of boiling water 3 to 4 stalks of…

Baked French Fries

These oven baked fries are the best – with potatoes, sweet potatoes or yams or mixing them all up together. 5 organic sweet potatoes, yams, red, yellow or white potatoes washed and dried. Peel if not organic. Optional: 1 tablespoon of high temperature cooking oil Optional: your favorite herbs and spices, 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon…