REAL Recipes

Here are our newest REAL recipes. All Vegan, mostly Gluten-Free.

Mushroom Chorizo

Here’s a plant-based version of the spicy Mexican sausage that goes great as a foundation for soft tacos, burritos, lettuce wraps — just add your favorite toppings like grilled peppers, onions and guacamole. Or try this mushroom chorizo as a base for chili rellenos, baked stuffed bell peppers, or baked stuffed zucchini. We use cremini…

Tomatillo Salsa

Black Beans, Guacamole, Corn Tortillas, and Cashew Cheese Sauce, topped with fresh Tomatillo Salsa.   Ingredients 8 ripe tomatillos 1 red bell pepper or 3 mild jalapeño peppers (or peppers of your choice) 1 red onion 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro 3 cloves of garlic or 1 Tablespoon garlic powder 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano or…

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…

French Onion Soup, Vegan, GF options

  Ingredients: 2 yellow onions 3 cups water or vegetable broth 2 Tablespoons Miso (we use South River Organic 3-Year Barley Miso, or South River Organic Chickpea Miso which is gluten-free) 1/4 cup sweet vermouth (we use Tribuno) 2 thick slices of French Bread ((try our gluten-free baguette recipe) 3/4 cups grated vegan cheese (try…

Peanut Butter Cream

This is a favorite to drizzle on pancakes, crepes or waffles. Ingredients 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter (just peanuts, unsweetened, unsalted) 2 Tablespoons Date Paste or other sweetener (maple syrup, light colored jam) Water Directions In a small bowl, add a couple of tablespoons of water to the peanut butter and beat with a fork until…

Tortillas: Corn, Sweet Potato and Potato, gluten-free/vegan

Let’s get pressing! Tortillas are a fun food! You can fill them, wrap them or just load them up with a pile of good foods. Tortillas are best when homemade. Read why in our Tortilla Tutorial. We started making Corn Tortillas, then discovered Sweet Potato Cassava Tortillas which led to creating the Potato Tortilla. Basically…

Lentil Crêpes and Waffles – vegan, gluten-free

  We love pancakes, crêpes and waffles and we have lots of recipes for them here at REAL. Recently after interviewing Chef Ramses Bravo about his cookbook Bravo Express, I learned that crêpes can be made with just lentils and water. We make crêpes from raw Buckwheat and water, as well as with Garbanzo Bean…

DIY Tempeh by Seth Tibbott, Tofurky Founder

Make your own tempeh! I was given these instructions from Seth Tibbott after my interview with him about his wonderful book, In Search of the Wild Tofurky. Have you made tempeh? If you make this recipe let us know how it turns out.     Tempeh Making Notes and Instructions First off, tempeh making is…

REAL Ketchup

Yes! Make your own ketchup. Why? Because you can. This is really easy. Ingredients 1 jar tomato paste, 6-7 ounces. We use Bionaturae Organic Tomato Paste in the 7-ounce glass jar. Most others come in 6-ounce cans. 1/3 cup water 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 6 Tablespoons date paste (or other sweetener) 1 teaspoon onion…

Cooked Whole Grain Mix

We often make this grain blend as a side with dinner. Ingredients 1 cup millet ½ cup black rice ½ cup red rice 1 cup turanicum (also known as Kamut), soaked overnight, rinsed and cooked (or brown rice, to be gluten-free) 7 cups water Directions In a large pot, add the grains and water and…

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…

Magic Beans Omelet Bread

  Garbanzo Beans and Soy Beans are magical to me. There are so many things you can make with both of them. To make this recipe you need Aquafaba from Garbanzo Beans and Okara from Soy Beans. These are “leftover” or waste products. Aquafaba, is the bean water leftover from cooking beans. You can get…

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…

Leek and Potato Plus Soup

You can find lots of leek and potato recipes online and they are all very similar with leeks, potatoes, water, maybe some cream and herbs and spices. This recipes has two pluses! First I use all of the leek. Many recipes tell you to use the white part and remove the more fibrous green part.…

Mini Banana Date Walnut Oat Bread Loaves, Wheat-Free

When I was young, on special occasions we would go to Cookie’s Steak Pub at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station, NY for dinner. They were known for the large quartered chunks of iceberg lettuce served with a choice of 4 creamy dressings, a shrimp cocktail bar, and endless mini slices of banana bread…

We Need a Little Christmas Lima Bean Soup

Rancho Gordo Christmas Lima Beans are beautiful. The dry bean is splashed with a deep maroon color. During this Coronavirus pandemic with all of us nonessential workers staying at home, I found myself staring at a jar of dried Christmas Lima Beans on the shelf. I thought of the song from the musical Mame, “We…