Lemon Garlic Orzo with Fresh Veggies {Gluten-Free}

Gluten-Free Lemon Garlic Orzo with Fresh Veggies -- Epicurean VeganThis amazing dish will be ready in less than 30 minutes but will taste like you spent a good hour on it. I came across Viviana Foods gluten-free & vegan lemon garlic orzo and it looked pretty interesting, so I thought I’d give it shot.
Gluten-Free Lemon Garlic Orzo with Fresh Veggies -- Epicurean VeganThe orzo is ready in about 7 minutes and all I had to do was just had to chop some veggies and herbs and saute some for just a few minutes. The flavor is fantastic; I only seasoned it with a tiny bit of salt and pepper. The only downside is that the orzo costs around $7! Yeah, it was a splurge. I guess I was so drawn to the cute little package.  So it may not be something I’d buy on a regular basis, but it really was tasty!

INGREDIENTS:
1 8-oz pkg. Viviana Lemon Garlic Orzo
1 tsp olive oil
2 C mushrooms, sliced
1/2 C green onion, sliced
3/4 C fresh basil, chopped
1 C cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Cook the pasta in boiling water for 6-9 minutes. Test it for doneness. You’ll want to use a fine mesh strainer to drain the orzo, otherwise you’ll pretty much lose most of it down the drain. Rinse with hot water and return to the pan.

Gluten-Free Lemon Garlic Orzo with Fresh Veggies -- Epicurean VeganWhile it’s cooking, however, heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the mushrooms and green onion. Saute over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes—just until the mushrooms start to cook down. Fold the mushrooms and green onions into the orzo and season with salt and pepper. Top individual servings with some basil and tomatoes. Enjoy!

Lemon Garlic Orzo with Fresh Veggies {Gluten-Free}
 
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 1 8-oz pkg. Viviana Lemon Garlic Orzo
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 C mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ C green onion, sliced
  • ¾ C fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 C cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • Salt and pepper
Directions
  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water for 6-9 minutes. Test it for doneness. You'll want to use a fine mesh strainer to drain the orzo, otherwise you'll pretty much lose most of it down the drain. Rinse with hot water and return to the pan.
  2. While it's cooking, however, heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the mushrooms and green onion. Saute over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes---just until the mushrooms start to cook down.
  3. Fold the mushrooms and green onions into the orzo and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Top individual servings with some basil and tomatoes. Enjoy!

 

 

Quinoa-Tempeh Veggie Wraps

Quinoa-Tempeh Veggie Wraps -- Epicurean VeganWho doesn’t love a good veggie wrap? These take very little time to prepare, so lunch or dinner will be ready in minutes. Not only is this a fast and tasty meal, but both quinoa and tempeh provide lots of protein, iron and fiber, not to mention some vitamin B2 and manganese, an antioxidant. These are downright delicious topped with veggies and vegan Thousand Island dressing from Follow Your Heart (which is gluten-free, non GMO and has no cholesterol). Great to wrap and go when you’re on the road, too.
20140720_182001INGREDIENTS:
2 8oz pkgs tempeh, cut into bite-sized cubes
1 small onion, chopped
1 C quinoa
1-1/2 C veggie broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs olive oil
Tamari
1 Tbs vegan Worcestershire sauce
1/3 C pepitas
1-1/2 C cherry tomatoes, halved
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
2 C lettuce, chopped
Vegan dressing of your choice
6 Flour tortillas, warmed

DIRECTIONS:
Start the quinoa, as it will take about 20 minutes. In a medium sauce pan, combine the broth and quinoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and let cook about 17-22 minutes, until the water is absorbed. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Saute over medium heat for a minute, then add the onions. Cook the onions for about 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Add the tempeh and cook 10 minutes, stirring often until most of the tempeh begins to brown. I then drizzled tamari all over the tempeh and onions, using just enough to coat them, perhaps around a 1/4 cup. Add the Worcestershire sauce too. Coat the mixture thoroughly and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in the pepitas.
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To assemble the wrap, start with quinoa, pile on some of the tempeh-onion mixture, then top with lettuce, tomato, avocado and dressing. Wrap up and enjoy!

Quinoa-Tempeh Veggie Wraps
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 8oz pkgs tempeh, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 C quinoa
  • 1-1/2 C veggie broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • Tamari
  • 1 Tbs vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅓ C pepitas
  • 1-1/2 C cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 C lettuce, chopped
  • Vegan dressing of your choice
  • 6 Flour tortillas, warmed
Directions
  1. Start the quinoa, as it will take about 20 minutes. In a medium sauce pan, combine the broth and quinoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and let cook about 17-22 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Saute over medium heat for a minute, then add the onions. Cook the onions for about 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften.
  3. Add the tempeh and cook 10 minutes, stirring often until most of the tempeh begins to brown.
  4. I then drizzled tamari all over the tempeh and onions, using just enough to coat them, perhaps around a ¼ cup. Add the Worcestershire sauce too. Coat the mixture thoroughly and reduce heat to medium-low.
  5. Stir in the pepitas.
  6. To assemble the wrap, start with quinoa, pile on some of the tempeh-onion mixture, then top with lettuce, tomato, avocado and dressing. Wrap up and enjoy!

 

Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado

Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado -- Epicurean VeganWhen the Husband says, “Good God, woman, these are amazing,” I can’t help but grin smugly. As I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, I like Field Roast. I like their products because 1.) they taste delicious. And 2.) They aren’t made with strange ingredients. See for yourself. They really do make a healthy meat alternative that even my meat-eating friends and family like. The gyros I make using the Field Roast Celebration Roast are pretty damn good, so I decided to try my hand at another sandwich using the roast. I also made a cashew-horseradish spread that goes perfectly with the sandwiches and the avocado and sauteed onion make it all come together nicely. (And this makes plenty of sandwiches for the week)!

INGREDIENTS:
1 Field Roast Celebration Roast, cut into about 11 slices
1 onion, cut into large pieces
1 avocado, peeled, pitted & sliced thin
Sandwich rolls

Marinade
1 C tamari
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tbs red miso
1 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Cashew-Horseradish Sauce
3/4 C raw, unsalted cashews, soaked for an hour or two
1/4 C water
1 clove garlic
2 tsp prepared horseradish sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:

To prepare the marinade, whisk together the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Place the Field Roast and onions in a large resealable bag and pour the marinade inside. Seal and coat the contents thoroughly. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, turning once halfway through.
Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado -- Epicurean Vegan To prepare the Cashew-Horseradish Sauce, place the garlic clove, salt and black pepper in the food processor and process until the garlic is minced well. Add the cashews, water, horseradish and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado -- Epicurean Vegan

Spray a grill pan or regular skillet with oil. Over medium heat, saute the onions. (Using tongs, I just removed the Field Roast from the bag and set aside on a plate). Saute until softened and browned. Remove from the pan and add the Field Roast slices; discard the excess marinade. Cook over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes per side.
Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado -- Epicurean VeganOnce you’ve turn them, return the onions to the pan to reheat them. To assemble, spread some Cashew Sauce on the buns, add a slice of Field Roast, some onion (and maybe even another Field Roast slice), some avocado and some more Cashew Sauce. Enjoy!
Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado --Epicurean Vegan

Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado
 
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Serves: 5-10
Ingredients
  • 1 Field Roast Celebration Roast, cut into about 11 slices
  • 1 onion, cut into large pieces
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted & sliced thin
  • Sandwich rolls
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  • Marinade
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  • 1 C tamari
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs red miso
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
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  • Cashew-Horseradish Sauce
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  • ¾ C raw, unsalted cashews, soaked for an hour or two
  • ¼ C water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp prepared horseradish sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
Directions
  1. To prepare the marinade, whisk together the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Place the Field Roast and onions in a large resealable bag and pour the marinade inside. Seal and coat the contents thoroughly. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, turning once halfway through.
  2. To prepare the Cashew-Horseradish Sauce, place the garlic clove, salt and black pepper in the food processor and process until the garlic is minced well. Add the cashews, water, horseradish and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Spray a grill pan or regular skillet with oil. Over medium heat, saute the onions. (Using tongs, I just removed the Field Roast from the bag and set aside on a plate). Saute until softened and browned. Remove from the pan and add the Field Roast slices; discard the excess marinade. Cook over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes per side.
  4. Once you've turn them, return the onions to the pan to reheat them. To assemble, spread some Cashew Sauce on the buns, add a slice of Field Roast, some onion (and maybe even another Field Roast slice), some avocado and maybe some more Cashew Sauce. Enjoy!

 

 

Vegan & Gluten-Free Lasagna

Vegan & Gluten-Free Lasagna -- Epicurean VeganI’ve had some rice lasagna noodles sitting in the cupboard for quite a while, so I thought I’d finally give them a try. They are from Ener-G (which strangely, I couldn’t find on their website). I was really impressed with them. You can use your favorite ingredients, but I went with tofu ricotta, mushrooms, spinach and Field Roast (which isn’t gluten-free, so omit for a 100% gluten-free dish). The noddles are the perfect size for an 8×8″ pan, so great for a small batch. I also recommend cooking them until they are completely done. Typically, when I make lasagna with regular noodles, I don’t cook them all the way because they tend to cook more in the sauce in the oven. These rice noodles, however, don’t do that, so make sure you cook them completely. I also usually add 2-3 extra ones in case any of the noodles come out ripped and unusable. I would certainly use these gluten-free noodles again—I thought they tasted great.

Vegan & Gluten-Free Lasagna -- Epicurean Vegan

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Serves: 9 servings
Ingredients
  • 12 Ener-G rice noodles (If you'd like, add 2 more if any rip during the boiling process)
  • 2 Field Roast sausage links, crumbled (I used Apple-Sage flavor--again, omit if you want this 100% gluten-free)
  • 2 C mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 C fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
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  • Tofu Ricotta
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  • 14-oz container extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and crumbled
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ⅓ C nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • Optional: ½ C Daiya Mozzarella shreds
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions (about 10-12 minutes).
  3. Prepare the ricotta by placing all of the ingredients, except the Daiya cheese, in the food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and fold in the cheese. Set aside.
  4. Saute the Field Roast in the olive oil and garlic on medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
  5. To assemble, pour about a cup of the marinara on the bottom of an 8x8" baking pan and top with three cooked noodles. Layer on some mushrooms, spinach and Field Roast. You can also spoon a little sauce on top.
  6. Repeat layers until you've topped the lasagna with the final three noodles.
  7. Pour the rest of the sauce on top.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes. Slice and enjoy!

 

Black Bean & Field Roast Enchiladas with Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Sauce

FREnchiladasCashewSauceOh yes, this is as delicious as it sounds and simple to make as well. Technically, they’re not really enchiladas, but more of an enchilada casserole. You can certainly roll the corn tortillas, but sometimes I find that they fall apart so easily and I didn’t want to lose my mind making dinner. Anyhow, I love using Field Roast (aside from the great taste) because they’re not made from strange ingredients; it’s all wheat, veggies and seasonings. And our omnivore friends also like it because it’s a satisfying meat sub that even they like.

INGREDIENTS:

1 to 2 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 C red onion, diced
1 Field Roast sausage link, Chipotle flavor, broken into small chunks
1 medium zucchini, quartered, then sliced
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 C corn kernels
18 6″ corn tortillas
1 16-oz jar salsa verde
1 C cilantro, chopped
3/4 C green onion, sliced
1 tomato, diced

Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Sauce

1-1/2 C unsalted cashews
1 large clove of garlic
1 C water
2 Tbs lime juice
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
1 jarred roasted red pepper

DIRECTIONS:

To begin, place the cashews in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them soak while you prepare the enchiladas. Preheat oven to 375. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic; add the red onion and cook until it begins to soften over medium heat. Add the Field Roast and cook about 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and saute until it begins to soften a bit—not too much—it will cook more in the oven. Stir in the black beans and corn and cook until heated through, 3-4 minutes.
20140609_164616Pour half of the salsa verde into a 9×13″ baking pan and spread it evenly on the bottom. Lay 6 corn tortillas on the bottom, overlapping them, but covering the entire pan. Place half of the black bean mixture on top and add another 6 tortillas. Finish up by layering on the rest of the veggies, topping them with the remaining 6 tortillas.
20140609_165423Pour the rest of the salsa verde on top and spread it around evenly to coat the tortillas. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. While that cooks, make the sauce. Drain the cashews and add them to the food processor, along with the garlic. Puree for a minute, scraping the bowl if necessary. While the machine is running, add the water, lime juice, salt, and nutritional yeast; blend until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the roasted red pepper and puree until smooth.
20140609_171127Transfer to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring often until hot.
20140609_171749Pour the cashew sauce over the enchiladas (I didn’t use all of the sauce—leftovers would be great for nachos)! and top with the cilantro, green onion and tomatoes. Slice and enjoy!
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Zucchini Noodles with Pesto & Sun-dried Tomatoes

zucchini noodlesI’d often see recipes using zucchini noodles and of course, they look delicious. I finally broke down and spent the $15 (minus 20% coupon from BB&B) and got the spiralizer.
20140607_085217This fancy little thing also works with carrots, potatoes, squash, etc. We planted zucchini this year, so I have a feeling this will come in handy this summer. We loved the noodles and even The Tenth Grader said he liked them more than pasta. It’s very easy to use and it gives you the option of making thin or thick noodles. We found that the thick noodles worked better. I had the teenager on it:
20140606_171842All I had to do was make the pesto and chop up the sun-dried tomatoes and dinner was ready in no time. Since there was only the two of us for this meal, we used just 2 zucchinis, but the pesto recipe makes enough for about 6 zucchinis. I also didn’t peel the zucchini, but you certainly may if you wish. The noodles can be pretty long, so you may want to cut them as you go for more manageable strands. Another thing, is that I slightly sauteed the noodles, but feel free to make this a raw meal by skipping that step.

INGREDIENTS:

2-6 medium zucchinis (depending on how many servings you’d like; about 1 zucchini per serving)
1/4 to 1/2 C sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
Optional: Vegan Parmesan
1-2 Tbs Earth Balance

Pesto:

2 C fresh basil leaves
1 C spinach
1/4 C olive oil
1/4 C lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 Tbs nutritional yeast
1/2 C pine nuts or sunflower seeds

DIRECTIONS:

To make the pesto, combine all of the ingredients in a food processor, except for the pine nuts, and blend until smooth. Then add the pine nuts and process another minute.
20140606_172810In a large skillet, melt the Earth Balance and add the spiralized zucchini.
20140606_173521Saute for only 3-4 minutes–just enough to warm the noodles. Again, you can omit this step for a raw-licious version. Zucchini cooks down fast, so don’t overdo it. Serve with a scoop or two of pesto, a few sun-dried tomatoes, and vegan Parmesan (if you’d like). Enjoy!

 

Homemade Veggie Sushi Rolls

SushiWe love going out for veggie sushi rolls and after attempting to make them at home, we still love going out for sushi. It was certainly an experience and I’m sure those of you out there who can whip out a veggie roll and cleanly cut it into 8 beautiful pieces in ten seconds, are rolling your eyes right now, but I am happy to let you folks make my veggie sushi for now on. Here’s what I learned:

  • Sushi rice is called “sticky rice” for a reason; It. Sticks. To. Everything. (Including feet. Yes, you will find it between your toes)
  • Sharp knives are a must, not the ones we’ve had for nearly 12 years and have been sharpened once (Yes, I’m taking them in this week)
  • The Tenth-Grader has WAY more patience and optimism than I, thank goodness.
  • Contrary to popular belief, making sushi is not a zen-full experience.

What You’ll Need:

  •  Sushi rice
  • Nori (seaweed wraps)
  • Veggies
  • Bamboo rolling mat (helpful, but not imperative)
  • Jarred ginger
  • Wasabi powder/paste
  • Soy sauce or tamari
  • Small bowl of water with a splash or two of rice vinegar.
  • Patience, a good attitude and perhaps some saki.

sushi stuffTo begin with, the rice will take about 15 minutes. Going by package instructions, I combined 1-1/2 cups of water with 2 cups of rice to make 4 cups of rice (minus about 1/2 C that stuck to the bottom of the pan). This made about 5 rolls of a few good-looking and some very ugly rolls, varying in sizes. (As you may have guessed, this probably won’t be the most precise method of making sushi rolls). Transfer the rice to a wooden bowl (that is important, but I’m not sure why).

As far as veggies go, we went with avocado, carrot, cucumber, and mushrooms. They don’t have to all go on one roll; use whatever combo you’d like. I recommend using carrot peelings, unless you slice the carrot pretty thin, otherwise, it can be a pain in the butt to cut (especially if your knives are dull…) We found that the thinner things are sliced, the easier it is to pile the veggies in the roll.

To assemble . . .
Lay the bamboo mat out. To make small rolls, cut the nori sheet in half and place on the mat, shiny side down.20140602_173812Wet your hands with some of the water/rice vinegar and grab a large handful of the rice. The water helps keep the evil sticky rice from overtaking your hands. Press it onto the nori, leaving about an inch at the top; layer the veggies down the center.
20140602_175110(You can certainly add a lot more veggies).
Next, from the bottom, roll the bamboo mat up and squeeze the roll as you go. (That is such a terrible description, but I think you’ll figure it out). Very quickly, wet the top inch strip of nori, so that it will stick to the other end of the roll. This will all make sense when you try it. Hopefully, you’ll end up with a decent-looking roll:
small rollWhen cutting, we found that wetting the knife also helped to keep the rice from sticking to the blade. The serrated knife worked well. We also made a nice fatty roll:
fat roll(We probably could have used less rice and more veggies). We also attempted the rice-on-the-outside rolls . . .
20140602_174320 . . . but they were harder to cut.
Anyhow, we still ended up with some decent rolls. They weren’t pretty, but they still tasted great.
20140602_180419I love to mix about 1-1/2 tsp of wasabi paste with tamari or soy sauce, place a piece of ginger on the roll and dunk it all in the sauce. Delicious!! So I just might try this endeavor again (especially since I have half a bag of rice and several nori wrappers left). Any tip and tricks to making sushi is welcome, so let me know!
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Creamy Kale & Mushroom Pasta

Kale PastaKale and mushrooms. Two of my favorite veggies. Together with pasta: a new favorite meal! It’s incredibly easy to make and will be ready in no time.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C onion, minced
3 Tbs flour, divided
1 C vegetable broth
Salt and pepper
1 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbs nutritional yeast
3/4 C unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp lemon juice
2 portobello mushroom caps, sliced, then cut in half
2 C kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
1/2 C green onions, sliced
Optional: 1/3 C Dairy-free sour cream
12-14 ounces pasta of your choice (I used rotini)

DIRECTIONS:

Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the olive oil and garlic over  medium heat; cook for 3 minutes. Add the onions, and cook another 6-8 minutes, or until the onions are softened. Add two tablespoons of the flour and coat the onions well; cook 1 minute. Little by little, add the broth and whisk until the mixture is thickened. While I prepare the sauce, I had the kale and mushrooms in my steamer pot. They only need about 5-7 minutes to steam, so keep an eye on the pot; I find that kale can get bitter-tasting if it gets over-steamed. Once it turns bright green, it’s perfect—remove from heat.

Stir the nutritional yeast into the sauce, along with the salt, pepper, thyme and nutmeg. In a small cup, whisk together the almond milk with the remaining tablespoon of flour. Again, little by little, whisk it into the sauce until it has thickened. Stir in the lemon juice. Combine the cooked pasta with the green onions and the steamed kale and mushrooms.
20140524_194257Pour the sauce over the pasta mixture and combine well. If using, add the sour cream and mix thoroughly. Season with more salt and pepper if you’d like, serve and enjoy!

Lime n’ Bean Tacos with Field Roast & Bell Peppers

Tri Bean tacosIt doesn’t get much easier than this! These tacos take so little time to prepare, but are packed with flavor. Feel free to use flour tortillas, if you prefer and load up on the toppings. I went with non dairy sour cream, veg cheese and tomatoes. Avocados would have been great, but until they’re less than $1.59 a piece, I’ll hold off. With or without the guac, these make a delicious meal in minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin, then halved
1 Field Roast sausage link, Chipotle flavor, broken into chunks
1 15-oz can tri-bean blend (pinto, kidney, black), drained and rinsed
2 Tbs lime juice
1/2 C cilantro, chopped
Optional toppings: tomato, avocado, sour cream, cheese, salsa
Taco shells, warmed

DIRECTIONS:

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic over medium heat. Add the onions and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes, or until they soften.
20140522_180254Add the Field Roast and cook another 5 minutes, or until it is heated through. Stir in the beans and cook until they are heated through. Stir in the lime and cilantro.
20140522_181421Scoop into the taco shells, add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce

TofuAvoBowlIt’s been a busy spring, but I hope to get back to posting more regularly very, very soon. I’m excited to bring you this new recipe that is a “smorgasbord of flavors,” as The Husband called it. (That’s a good thing, I found out). This weekend, we went to WaterCourse Foods in Denver where I thoroughly enjoyed their Street Tacos that had a cilantro cream sauce. I have no idea how they made theirs, but it inspired me to make my own. Then came the veggies, rice and tofu and an incredible meal was born! (Sorry, a little dramatic). But I think you’ll really love this easy to make meal (no judgment here if you lick the bowl).

INGREDIENTS:

Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce:

1 C raw, unsalted cashews, soaked for at least an hour in hot water
1 Tbs white or yellow miso
1/3 C packed cilantro leaves
2 Tbs lime juice
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 Tbs fresh ginger
1 tsp salt
1/4 C water
1/4 C unsweetened, unflavored almond milk

The rest:

1-3/4 C vegetable broth
1 C wild rice (I used Lundberg Jubilee variety)
14-oz extra firm tofu, drained and pressed, cut into 6-7 slabs
1-1/2 C snowpeas, ends trimmed and cut in half
3/4 C green onion, sliced
2 carrots, grated
Shallot salt (or regular salt)
1-2 avocados, sliced
Cooking spray

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DIRECTIONS:

Start with preparing the rice. Combine the broth and rice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, to make the amazing sauce, drain the cashews and transfer them to the food processor. Add the other ingredients and puree. Scrape the bowl a few times and process until completely smooth.
20140507_172656Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Place the tofu slabs in the skillet, season with shallot salt. Turn the tofu once one side is browned. Season once again with shallot salt.
20140507_171113Once the tofu is done, transfer to a cutting board and cut each slab into 3 long pieces, then again in half.
20140507_173012Add the snowpeas and green onion to the same skillet. Over medium heat, saute the veggies for just a few minutes; enough to soften them a little. If need be, spray the skillet again with cooking spray. Stir in the carrot and cook another few minutes. Season with a little shallot salt, if you’d like.
20140507_173644To assemble, start with rice, top with the vegetable mixture, then add the tofu and avocado. Drizzle, drop or dump some sauce on top. Then . . . mix it all together and enjoy!
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