REAL Recipes

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

REAL New Year’s Day Five Star Vegan Brunch

Here is our fantasy New Year’s Day Five Star Vegan Brunch. Try one dish or all of them at your New Year’s Day brunch or anytime you feel like breakfast. These dishes have been tested and retested and they are all gluten-free. They adapt really well to doubling, tripling and quadrupling depending on how many…

Red Enchilada Sauce Soup

This is a quick and easy soup that you’ll swear tastes like liquid enchiladas. 3 cups crushed organic tomatoes 2 cups vegetable stock or Water 1 onion 2 stalks celery 1 carrot 1/4 cup red organic chili powder 8 parsley leaves salt and pepper to taste 1 cup cooked adzuki beans REAL Jalapeño Jack Cheese…

How Did This Costa Rican Pineapple Get In My New York City Slaw

We are calling this Red Cabbage Pineapple Slaw recipe How Did This Costa Rican Pineapple Get In My New York City Slaw or Let It Slaw, Let It Slaw, Let It Slaw. It’s a wonderful winter salad recipe with a little tropical sunshine added in. The pineapple sweetness goes so well with the red cabbage.…

Feast of the Seven Dishes by Gary De Mattei

I’m not a religious person, however, now that I’m a vegan the holidays have taken on a deeper meaning especially when it comes to food. I no longer see the meat-centered dishes of my pre-vegan holidays as a way of celebrating the spirit of Christmas. Now the holidays literally mean, Joy To The World and…

Vegan Cannoli

Here is the filling we use in our gluten-free Cannoli Shells. 1 lb firm tofu (about 2 cups) 1 cup powdered sugar 1/4 cup thick cashew cream 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon orange zest 1/4 cup shaved dark chocolate or tiny chocolate chips or 1/4 cup diced REAL “candied” fruit (2 Tablespoons each of…

Osso Vita

We love taking old favorite recipes and making them vegan. One recipe that Gary’s been wanting to recreate, vegan-style, is the Italian classic Osso Buco (translated from Italian literally means “bone hole”) like the dish he loved so much at Harry’s Bar in Venice. Here is the recipe, salty and chewy, right down to the…

Polenta Torta

We enjoy making polenta and Gary told me about a secret family recipe of his Aunt Bing’s called Polenta Torta. I love making cakes, and this savory polenta layer cake sounded so gooey and good. I never had the chance to try Aunt Bing’s original recipe but this vegan version takes the cake! If you…

Risotto Veganese

Risotto Veganese is our vegan version of the braised rice dish from Northern Italy, an adaptation of Risotto Milanese. The distinctive ingredient in both the classic version and ours is a good quality saffron from Spain. Spanish saffron will set you back around $20 an ounce in a specialty food store. It may be a…

Bellini

The Bellini, one of Italy’s most famous cocktails, is made ​​with sparkling white wine (Prosecco) and pureed white peaches (succo di pesca). If peach puree is not available try pear or another fruit nectar. The well-loved drink was invented in Italy in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, head bartender and owner of perhaps the most famous…

Sun Dried Tomato Carpaccio and Sauce

32 organic sun dried tomatoes 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 balsamic vinegar 1 Tablespoon Herbes de Provence 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup capers vegan carpaccio mayonnaise sauce (recipe below) (Serves 8) Rehydrate tomatoes overnight in olive oil, vinegar and Herbes de Provence. Prepare the sun dried tomatoes Take two pieces of parchment paper…

La Baguette, gluten-free

Ooh la la! It’s fresh bread, vegan and gluten-free. This is basically the same recipe as the Pita Bread just cooked longer in a baguette shape. 1 cup warm water 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 oz) 2 teaspoons sugar (evaporated cane juice) 3/4 cup sorghum flour plus more (about…

Fruit and Nut Truffles

When craving something sweet, these treats come together just in time. There is no guilt here, only goodness. 1 cup raisins (or other sweet dried fruit like dates, figs) 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (or any combination of nuts and seeds) 1/4 cup shredded coconut 2 tablespoons cocoa 2 teaspoons…

Happy Halloween

When The Swingin’ Gourmets celebrate Halloween it’s not just swingin’, it’s also vegan.   Part I:   Can’t view the above video? Watch it HERE.   Part II:   Can’t view the above video? Watch it HERE.   Get these great recipes for your very own Happy Halloweegan Fondue Party!   Cashew Cheese Fondue Chocolate…

Cashew Cheese Fondue

This is a gooey good, flavorful, cheesy, creamy rich sauce that is great with just about anything. 2 cups whole raw cashews 2 cups beer (optional) 2 cups water (if you omit the beer use 4 cups water) 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/4 cup millet flour 1 whole roasted red bell pepper 2 dried red…

Ful: Fava Beans with Garlic, Lemon and Parsley

I first discovered this dish a long time ago while traveling in Israel. Fava Beans have a distinct, cheesy flavor. I am always excited to see it on the menu of Middle Eastern restaurants but it doesn’t happen very often. Of course, I like it best when we make it our way at home. 3…

Cucumber, Tomato Salad with Parsley and Mint

This salad is great on its own, stuffed in a pita bread, or served on top of a bed of greens. One cucumber, chopped in small pieces (peel if not organic) 3 Tomatoes, chopped 1 scallion, chopped 1/2 finely chopped fresh mint 1/2 finely chopped fresh parsley Tahini Dressing In a large bowl mix cucumbers,…

Lemon Chickpea Soup

An easy soup to make that is flavorful and comforting. It goes well with our Middle Eastern Feast. 1 onion, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped, 1 1/2 cups of cooked chickpeas 4 1/2 cups of water 2 teaspoons of garlic 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1 Tablespoon dried dill…

Pita Bread, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free

Soft and warm, fresh out of the oven. Enjoy this Pita Bread with our Middle Eastern Feast! 1 cup warm water 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 oz) 2 teaspoons sugar (evaporated cane juice) 3/4 cup sorghum flour plus more (about 2 tablespoons) for handling dough 1/2 cup tapioca flour…

Middle Eastern Feast

Our Middle Eastern Feast is Colorful, Satisfying and Delicious.   Start with the REAL Mezze Platter with Baba Ganoush, Red Pepper Hummus and Cucumber Salad.   Serve with some freshly baked Pita Bread. Ours is gluten-free!   Plain Hummus and the Cucumber, Tomato Salad with Parsley and Mint may be substituted.     Next, go…

Rosh Hashanah

The best part about holidays for me is the food! I love celebrating all holiday foods, updating traditional recipes, making them not only delicious, but kinder to the nonhuman animals we share this planet with, gentler on the environment, and healthier. Here are my favorites for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.   Challah Bread…