Edamame Spaghetti with Lemon-Garlic Sauce

Edamame Spaghetti with Lemon-Garlic Sauce -- Epicurean VeganThat’s right, edamame spaghetti. In 12-ridiculous steps that include cooking the beans, mashing them, adding flour, six other ingredients, and running the dough through a pasta machine, you’re in business! Or . . . you can go the easy way by picking up pre-made edamame noodles like I did:
Edamame SpaghettiThis 2-lb box is from Costco and will run you about $9. And you can’t get simpler as far as ingredients go: soy beans and water. I think it’s a nice change up from pasta, and here’s the skinny: they’re gluten-free; high in protein and fiber; half the carbs of pasta; and a bit less calories, too. I thought I’d give them a whirl. Because the spaghetti only takes 4-5 minutes to cook, this is a great meal to prepare when you want something quick and easy. How do they taste? Delicious. Not much flavor on their own, but there’s no reason you can’t dress them up with a sauce or seasonings. A tomato sauce doesn’t seem like the right choice though, but more of a light cream or olive oil sauce. Just like with regular pasta, the possibilities are pretty endless.

INGREDIENTS:
8-oz edamame spaghetti
2 Tbs olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
zest and juice from one lemon
salt
2 Tbs Earth Balance margarine
2 C mushrooms, sliced
1 tomato, diced
Parmezano Sprinkles (from The Uncheese Cookbook)
1/2 C blanched almonds
2 Tbs nutritional yeast
1-2 tsp light or yellow miso
1/4 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:
I made the Parmezano Sprinkles first: To blanch the almonds, place in a small sauce pan with just enough water to cover them and boil for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse, and pinch the skins off. Transfer to a food processor along with the other ingredients and grind it all together. Keep in the fridge in a tightly-lidded container.

Next, bring a large pot of water to a boil and simmer the noodles for 4-5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt the margarine and add the mushrooms. Saute for about 3 minutes. Before draining the noodles, reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Drain the edamame noodles and rinse with cold water. In the same cooking pot, heat the olive oil and add the garlic; cook for 30 seconds. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, salt to taste, and then the noodles. Use a fork or tongs to incorporate the sauce. Add some water if it seems a little dry. Serve with some mushrooms and tomatoes, then top with the Parmezano Sprinkles. Enjoy!

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Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 8-oz edamame spaghetti
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • zest and juice from one lemon
  • salt
  • 2 Tbs Earth Balance margarine
  • 2 C mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Parmezano Sprinkles (from The Uncheese Cookbook)
  • ½ C blanched almonds
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1-2 tsp light or yellow miso
  • ¼ tsp salt
Directions
  1. I made the Parmezano Sprinkles first: To blanch the almonds, place in a small sauce pan with just enough water to cover them and boil for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse, and pinch the skins off. Transfer to a food processor along with the other ingredients and grind it all together. Keep in the fridge in a tightly-lidded container.
  2. Next, bring a large pot of water to a boil and simmer the noodles for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt the margarine and add the mushrooms. Saute for about 3 minutes.
  4. Before draining the noodles, reserve ½ cup of the cooking liquid. Drain the edamame noodles and rinse with cold water.
  5. In the same cooking pot, heat the olive oil and add the garlic; cook for 30 seconds. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, salt to taste, and then the noodles. Use a fork or tongs to incorporate the sauce. Add some water if it seems a little dry.
  6. Serve with some mushrooms and tomatoes, then top with the Parmezano Sprinkles. Enjoy!

 

Veggie Pasta with Mushrooms, Black Olives & Pepitas

Veggie Pasta with mushrooms, black olives, and pepitas -- Epicurean VeganI know it may not look like much, but I assure you there are some delicious, hidden flavors in this dish. This also is really quick to throw together and is great for lunch, too. Plus, between the nutritional yeast and pepitas, you’ll get your fill of B vitamins and omega-3 fats.
Trader Joe's Veggie PastaINGREDIENTS:
12-oz pkg. vegetable radiatore pasta (Trader Joe’s)
2 Tbs Earth Balance margarine, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 C mushrooms, sliced
6 green onions, sliced
4-oz can sliced black olives
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1/4 C pepitas

DIRECTIONS:
In a large pot, cook the pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the margarine and add the garlic. Over medium-low heat, add the mushrooms and green onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms soften a little. Season with salt and pepper and then add the black olives to warm them.
Veggie Pasta with Mushrooms, Black Olives, and Pepitas -- Epicurean VeganDrain the pasta and rinse. Return to the pot with the remaining margarine and add the mushroom mixture, nutritional yeast, and pepitas, blend well and enjoy!

Veggie Pasta with Mushrooms, Black Olives & Pepitas
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 12-oz pkg. vegetable radiatore pasta (Trader Joe's)
  • 2 Tbs Earth Balance margarine, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 C mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 4-oz can sliced black olives
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ C nutritional yeast
  • ¼ C pepitas
Directions
  1. In a large pot, cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the margarine and add the garlic. Over medium-low heat, add the mushrooms and green onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms soften a little. Season with salt and pepper and then add the black olives to warm them.
  3. Drain the pasta and rinse. Return to the pot with the remaining margarine and add the mushroom mixture, nutritional yeast, and pepitas, blend well and enjoy!

 

Sauteed Asparagus & Chickpeas Over Herbed Brown Rice

Sauteed Asparagus and Chickpeas Over Herbed Brown Rice -- Epicurean Vegan

This recipe came to me about two in the morning a few days ago and I haven’t been able to get it off my mind. And it’s a good thing. The flavors of the sage, thyme, and parsley meld so perfectly and I love the combo of the soft chickpeas and crispy asparagus. I don’t usually go for instant brown rice, but I also don’t always like waiting forty-five minutes for brown rice to cook, so the ease of instant rice made this delicious dish come together in breeze.

INGREDIENTS:
1 bunch asparagus, cut diagonally into 3-4 pieces
1 Tbs olive oil
2 C instant brown rice
1-3/4 C vegetable broth
1 Tbs fresh sage (about 10 leaves), minced
1 Tbs fresh thyme, minced
1/3 C fresh parsley, chopped
1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbs lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:
In a large skillet, over medium-low heat, heat the olive oil add the asparagus. Saute 10-15 minutes, or until softened, but with still a little crunch. Season with salt and pepper.
Sauteed Asparagus & Chickpeas Over Herbed Brown Rice -- Epicurean VeganMeanwhile, start the rice. Bring the broth to a boil, then add the rice. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 5 minutes. If you’re using regular brown rice, get it going right away and don’t start sauteeing the asparagus until the rice has about 15 minutes of cooking time left. (Cook according to package instructions.)

Add the chickpeas to the skillet, along with the lemon juice, and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes.

Sauteed Asparagus and Chickpeas Over Herbed Brown Rice -- Epicurean Vegan

Add the herbs to the cooked rice and combine well.
Sauteed Asparagus & Chickpeas Over Herbed Brown Rice -- Epicurean Vegan

Serve the asparagus-chickpeas mixture over the herbed brown rice and enjoy!

Sauteed Asparagus & Chickpeas Over Herbed Brown Rice
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut diagonally into 3-4 pieces
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 C instant brown rice
  • 1-3/4 C vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbs fresh sage (about 10 leaves), minced
  • 1 Tbs fresh thyme, minced
  • ⅓ C fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
Directions
  1. In a large skillet, over medium-low heat, heat the olive oil add the asparagus. Saute 10-15 minutes, or until softened, but with still a little crunch. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, start the rice. Bring the broth to a boil, then add the rice. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 5 minutes. If you're using regular brown rice, get it going right away and don't start sauteeing the asparagus until the rice has about 15 minutes of cooking time left. (Cook according to package instructions.)
  3. Add the chickpeas to the skillet, along with the lemon juice, and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes. Add the herbs to the cooked rice and combine well.
  4. Serve the asparagus-chickpeas mixture over the herbed brown rice and enjoy!

 

Lentil Bowls with Avocado & Tomato

Lentil Bowls with Avocado and Tomato -- Epicurean Vegan

This makes a great side dish or main meal. It’s also ready in about 30 minutes. Lentils are so easy to make and are incredibly healthy. They’re full of fiber (perfect for lowering cholesterol), a fabulous source of folate and magnesium which contribute to heart health, and good for the digestive system. They also contain the third highest level of protein, lots of iron, and are low in calories, and virtually no fat. Dig in!

INGREDIENTS:
3 C vegetable broth
1 C green lentils
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 Tbs lime juice
4 green onion, sliced
1 tomato, diced
1/4 C pepitas
3 Tbs nutritional yeast
1/2 C fresh cilantro, chopped
Avocado slices

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the broth and lentils in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir, reduce heat, and cover for 20-25 minutes. Halfway through the cooking process, stir and season with cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder. Taste the lentils and if they’re soft, with a little firmness, they’re about done. Drain any excess liquid off.
Lentils with Avocado and Tomato -- Epicurean VeganGently fold in the green onion, tomato, pepitas, nutritional yeast, and lime juice. Top individual servings with 2-3 slices of avocado and some cilantro. Enjoy!

Lentil Bowls with Avocado & Tomato
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 C vegetable broth
  • 1 C green lentils
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 4 green onion, sliced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ¼ C pepitas
  • 3 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • ½ C fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Avocado slices
Directions
  1. Combine the broth and lentils in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir, reduce heat, and cover for 20-25 minutes.
  2. Halfway through the cooking process, stir and season with cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  3. After the 20-25 minutes, taste the lentils and if they're soft, with a little firmness, they're about done. Drain any excess liquid off.
  4. Gently fold in the green onion, tomato, pepitas, nutritional yeast, and lime juice.
  5. Top individual servings with 2-3 slices of avocado and some cilantro. Enjoy!

 

Bean & Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew Sauce

Bean and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganSummer is around the corner, which means fresher, lighter meals make a resurgence. Frankly, these are good any time. They come together in a snap, too. I paired these with the Avocado Bruschetta that’s always a hit.
Avocado Bruschetta -- Epicurean VeganI made these pretty mild, but feel free to chop up a jalapeno or add some hot sauce to the cashew sauce. Some iceberg lettuce would also add some nice crunch. Either way, I think you’ll enjoy these tasty, gluten-free tacos for lunch or dinner.

INGREDIENTS:
1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 large onion (any variety), diced
2 Tbs red wine vinegar
2 Tbs ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbs lime juice
Cilantro-Lime Cashew Sauce
1 C raw, unsalted cashews
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 to 3/4 C cold water
3 Tbs lime juice
1 C fresh cilantro leaves
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
The rest
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
6-8 soft corn tortillas

DIRECTIONS:
When it comes to making a dish with a cashew sauce, I’ll usually start by pouring boiling water over the cashews and let them soak for at least two hours. Meanwhile, prepare the other ingredients. Combine the beans, bell pepper, and onion in a large bowl. In a small dish, combine the cumin, oregano, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Gently fold into the bean mixture along with the red wine vinegar and lime juice. Set aside.
Bean and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew SauceTo make the sauce, drain the cashews and add them to the food processor along with all of the ingredients. Go easy on the water at first and add more as you go in order to reach a desired sauce consistency. I use a funnel to transfer the sauce to a squeeze bottle.
Bean and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew SauceIf you’d like, warm the tortillas, or keep them room temperature. I squeezed on some sauce, spooned some filling inside, added an avocado slice, then topped with more sauce. Enjoy!
Bean and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew SauceWith leftovers, we changed it up a little by warming up the filling and using corn shells and adding lettuce and tomato. So good!

Bean and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean Vegan

 

FBean & Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew Sauce
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ large onion (any variety), diced
  • 2 Tbs red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • Cilantro-Lime Cashew Sauce
  • 1 C raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ to ¾ C cold water
  • 3 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 C fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • The rest
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 6-8 soft corn tortillas
Directions
  1. When it comes to making a dish with a cashew sauce, I'll usually start by pouring boiling water over the cashews and let them soak for at least two hours. Meanwhile, prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Combine the beans, bell pepper, and onion in a large bowl. In a small dish, combine the cumin, oregano, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Gently fold into the bean mixture along with the red wine vinegar and lime juice. Set aside.
  3. To make the sauce, drain the cashews and add them to the food processor along with all of the ingredients. Go easy on the water at first and add more as you go in order to reach a desired sauce consistency. I use a funnel to transfer the sauce to a squeeze bottle.
  4. If you'd like, warm the tortillas, or keep them room temperature. I squeezed on some sauce, spooned some filling inside, added an avocado slice, then topped with more sauce. Enjoy!

 

 

Raw Walnut Tacos {The 22-Day Revolution}

Raw Walnut Tacos, The 22-Day Revolution -- Epicurean VeganEarlier this month, I brought you my review of The 22-Day Revolution, a new plant-based cookbook by Marco Borges. I promised to post the Raw Walnut Tacos recipe, so here it is. Everyone here loved these; great flavor and ready in 10 minutes. The only thing I added was some cilantro. This makes a fabulous lunch option, or a light dinner.

INGREDIENTS:
Taco meat:
2 C walnuts
1-1/2 Tbs cumin
1 Tbs coriander
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs coconut aminos
dash paprika
dash garlic powder
dash black pepper
Garnish:
2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 Tbs parsley flakes
pinch of black pepper
pinch sea salt
1 lime
The rest:
2 heads of romaine lettuce

DIRECTIONS:
Separate and wash the romaine leaves and set aside. Combine all of the taco meat ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times, careful not to grind them too small.
Raw Walnut Tacos, The 22-Day Revolution -- Epicurean VeganSpread the walnut meat on the romaine leaves and garnish with cilantro (if using), avocado slices, tomato, parsley, pepper, salt, and lime juice.
Raw Walnut Tacos, The 22-Day Revolution -- Epicurean Vegan

Enjoy!

Raw Walnut Tacos {22-Day Revolution}
 
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Ingredients
  • Taco meat:
  • 2 C walnuts
  • 1-1/2 Tbs cumin
  • 1 Tbs coriander
  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs coconut aminos
  • dash paprika
  • dash garlic powder
  • dash black pepper
  • Garnish:
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ Tbs parsley flakes
  • pinch of black pepper
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 lime
  • The rest:
  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce
Directions
  1. Separate and wash the romaine leaves and set aside.
  2. Combine all of the taco meat ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times, careful not to grind them too small.
  3. Spread the walnut meat on the romaine leaves and garnish with cilantro (if using), avocado slices, tomato, parsley, pepper, salt, and lime juice.
  4. Enjoy!

 

 

Tofu-Veggie Noodle Bowls with Peanut Sauce

Tofu-Veggie Noodle Bowls with Peanut Sauce -- Epicurean VeganEven in the wintertime, a fresh and tasty noodle bowl can really hit the spot. I sure love my soups when the weather gets chilly, but these bowls with lightly sauteed tofu, fresh greens and steamed veggies, also fit the bill quite nicely. They’re also pretty simple to throw together, so you won’t be slaving away in the kitchen. Also, feel free to make anything ahead of time so that all you have to do is boil the noodles.

INGREDIENTS:
16-oz pkg. thick cut rice noodles
1 head of broccoli florets
1-1/2 C red cabbage, chopped
1 small zucchini, sliced thin
1-1/2 C mushrooms, sliced
14-oz pkg. extra firm tofu
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 C chopped kale and spinach
2 carrots, grated
1 C green onion, sliced
Sesame seeds
Peanut Sauce
1 garlic clove
1/2 C smooth peanut butter
1/3 C water
1 Tbs lime juice
1 Tbs tamari or soy sauce
1 Tbs almond milk
1 tsp sesame oil
Pinch of salt
1 to 2 tsp chia seeds

DIRECTIONS:
Cook the noodles according to package instructions. The kind I used, however, recommended soaking them in hot water for 30 minutes. I had used these particular noodles before and found that they work better to boil. They’ll cook fast, only 5 minutes or so. Drain and rinse with cold water. You can do this step last if you’d like. Slice the tofu into 1/2″ slices and season with salt and pepper. In a dry skillet, lightly brown the tofu over low-medium heat for about 4 minutes per side. Remove from the heat, let cool, then cut into cubes.

Tofu-Veggie Noodle Bowls with Peanut Sauce -- Epicurean VeganMeanwhile, steam the broccoli, cabbage, and zucchini until softened, about 10 minutes.

Tofu-Veggie Noodle Bowls with Peanut Sauce -- Epicurean VeganAdd the mushrooms last and steam for a few minutes more.
To make the peanut sauce, combine all of the ingredients (except the chia seeds) in a food processor. It may not be very thick, so add the chia seeds, about 1 teaspoon to begin with and wait 5-7 minutes for the sauce to thicken up. Add more chia seeds if necessary. To assemble the bowls, start with some noodles, add some chopped greens, steamed veggies, tofu, grated carrot, green onion, and peanut sauce. Top with sesame seeds and enjoy!
Tofu-Veggie Noodle Bowls with Peanut Sauce -- Epicurean Vegan

Tofu-Veggie Noodle Bowls with Peanut Sauce
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 16-oz pkg. thick cut rice noodles
  • 1 head of broccoli florets
  • 1-1/2 C red cabbage, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced thin
  • 1-1/2 C mushrooms, sliced
  • 14-oz pkg. extra firm tofu
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 C chopped kale and spinach
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 C green onion, sliced
  • Sesame seeds
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  • Peanut Sauce
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  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ C smooth peanut butter
  • ⅓ C water
  • 1 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 Tbs tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs almond milk
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 to 2 tsp chia seeds
Directions
  1. Cook the noodles according to package instructions. The kind I used, however, recommended soaking them in hot water for 30 minutes. I had used these particular noodles before and found that they work better to boil. They'll cook fast, only 5 minutes or so. Drain and rinse with cold water. You can do this step last if you'd like.
  2. Slice the tofu into ½" slices and season with salt and pepper. In a dry skillet, lightly brown the tofu over low-medium heat for about 4 minutes per side. Remove from the heat, let cool, then cut into cubes.
  3. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli, cabbage, and zucchini until softened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the mushrooms last and steam for a few minutes more.
  5. To make the peanut sauce, combine all of the ingredients, except the chia seeds, in a food processor. It may not be very thick, so add the chia seeds, about 1 teaspoon to begin with and wait 5-7 minutes for the sauce to thicken up. Add more chia seeds if necessary.
  6. To assemble the bowls, start with some noodles, add some chopped greens, steamed veggies, tofu, grated carrot, green onion, and peanut sauce. Top with sesame seeds and enjoy!

 

Vegetable & Baked Tofu Salad

Vegetable and Baked Tofu Salad -- Epicurean VeganLunches are sometimes a struggle for me to come up with. I’m usually not one for leftovers (unless it’s the cashew mac) but I do like to throw together sandwiches. However, those can get boring, so I came up with this veggie-cashew-tofu salad that is fabulous on bread, crackers or in a wrap. I love the combination of the soft tofu and crunchy cashews; to me, that makes an ideal salad. With a little bit of prep,  you’ll have a tasty, protein-filled lunch option for the whole week.

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 C vegan mayo (I recently discovered Just Mayo. It’s fantastic)
2 tsp Dijon
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
1 Tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp kelp powder
4 green onion, sliced
1 carrot, grated
2 celery stalks, sliced or chopped
1/2 small cucumber, diced (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 C parsley, chopped
1/2 C cashews or almonds, coarsely chopped
8-oz pkg. baked tofu, Italian seasoning flavor, diced
The rest
Bread slices, wraps or crackers
Lettuce leaves
Tomato slices
Vegetable and Baked Tofu Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

DIRECTIONS:
In a medium bowl, combine everything (but the tofu) and thoroughly blend. Fold in the diced tofu. Serve on large flax crackers for a snack, or pile onto some bread or a wrap for a healthy lunch. Enjoy!

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Vegetable & Baked Tofu Salad
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ C vegan mayo (I recently discovered Just Mayo. It's fantastic)
  • 2 tsp Dijon
  • 1 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp kelp powder
  • 4 green onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced or chopped
  • ½ small cucumber, diced (about ½ cup)
  • ½ C parsley, chopped
  • ½ C cashews or almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 8-oz pkg. baked tofu, Italian seasoning flavor, diced
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  • The rest
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  • Bread slices, wraps or crackers
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Tomato slices
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine everything (but the tofu) and thoroughly blend. Fold in the diced tofu. Serve on large flax crackers for a snack, or pile onto some bread or a wrap for a healthy lunch. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Vegan & Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce

Vegan and Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce -- Epicurean VeganYou may be surprised how easy falafel is to make at home. Plus, you can play with the spices and ingredients to suit your fancy. One thing I noticed, is that they are typically sauteed in a skillet with lots of oil, which is something I try to avoid doing too often. They’re also not typically gluten-free, so I decided to go all out and create gluten-free, baked falafel. Oh, and make them tasty. I think I accomplished all of that. The yogurt-tahini sauce couldn’t be easier to make, using only a few ingredients and a food processor. Usually, falafel sandwiches will have tabbouleh, but I opted for a quick and easy meal with lettuce, tomato and red onion instead. The falafel are also delicious on their own as a protein-packed snack dipped in sauce. Either way, I think you’ll enjoy this Greek classic.

INGREDIENTS:
1 small carrot, cut into 3-4 pieces
3-4 garlic cloves
1 small white onion, chopped
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 C fresh cilantro
3/4 C fresh parsley
1-1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 C rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
12-oz plain nondairy yogurt
1/3 C tahini
2 Tbs lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
The rest
Lettuce
Tomato
Red onion
Cucumber slices would be great, too.

DIRECTIONS:
Toss the carrot pieces into the food processor and pulse just a couple of times until coarsely chopped. Add the garlic cloves and onion and pulse 2-3 more times.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce -- Epicurean VeganNext, add the garbanzo beans, cilantro, parsley, cumin, salt, and pepper. Blend 10-20 seconds until smooth-ish . . . you just don’t want a major chunks. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the baking powder and rice flour.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce -- Epicurean VeganCover and refrigerate for about 20-30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350 and then make the sauce. In your newly cleaned-out food processor bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside, along with your prepared veggies:
Vegan and Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce -- Epicurean VeganTo make the falafel, line a large baking sheet with foil and spray it with a little cooking spray. Using your hands, scoop out about a 1/4 cup of the batter and create a mini patty; place onto the baking sheet. I ended up with 15:
Vegan and Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce -- Epicurean VeganBake for 15-20 minutes, then turn them over and cook another 15-20 minutes. Fill a pita with some lettuce, sauce, tomato slices, red onion slices, 2-3 falafel and top them off with a bit more sauce. Enjoy!

Vegan & Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 small carrot, cut into 3-4 pieces
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ C fresh cilantro
  • ¾ C fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¾ C rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
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  • 12-oz plain nondairy yogurt
  • ⅓ C tahini
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
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  • The rest
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  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Red onion
  • Cucumber slices would be great, too.
Directions
  1. Toss the carrot pieces into the food processor and pulse just a couple of times until coarsely chopped. Add the garlic cloves and onion and pulse 2-3 more times.
  2. Next, add the garbanzo beans, cilantro, parsley, cumin, salt, and pepper. Blend 10-20 seconds until smooth-ish . . . you just don't want a major chunks. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the baking powder and rice flour. Cover and refrigerate for about 20-30 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350 and then make the sauce. In your newly cleaned-out food processor bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside, along with your prepared veggies.
  4. To make the falafel, line a large baking sheet with foil and spray it with a little cooking spray. Using your hands, scoop out about a ¼ cup of the batter and create a mini patty; place onto the baking sheet. I ended up with 15.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then turn them over and cook another 15-20 minutes. Fill a pita with some lettuce, sauce, tomato slices, red onion slices, 2-3 falafel and top them off with a bit more sauce. Enjoy!

 

 

Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa & Black Beans

Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans -- Epicurean VeganThis has been a favorite at our house for some time now. I found the original recipe on Pinterest, but have just tweaked it a little here and there. I also double the recipe because it makes great leftovers. I like to serve this with some tortilla chips, cilantro, avocado and vegan sour cream, but we’ve also been known to scoop it into a warm flour or corn tortilla with all fixins’ like tomato, cilantro, avocado, etc. It’s so easy to make; just toss in a slow cooker and it’s ready in about 3 hours. (And it’s gluten-free!) You can sub in any other kind of bean, such as kidney or chili beans, but I also think some lentils would be perfect too. And why not throw in a diced red bell pepper? The possibilities are endless!

INGREDIENTS:
2 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
3 C vegetable broth
1-1/2 C tri-color quinoa
1 C salsa
2 bay leaves
3 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
Black pepper, to taste
Zest and juice from 1 lime
1-2 avocados, peeled, pitted and cubed
1 C fresh cilantro, chopped
Vegan sour cream
Corn tortilla chips
Optional: flour tortillas or corn taco shells

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the beans, broth, quinoa, salsa, bay leaves, cumin, salt, and garlic powder in a slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. If you can, stir it around once or twice. Once done, stir in the lime zest and juice. Season individual servings with pepper and top with avocado, cilantro and sour cream. Enjoy with tortilla chips.

Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa & Black Beans
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 C vegetable broth
  • 1-1/2 C tri-color quinoa
  • 1 C salsa
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Zest and juice from 1 lime
  • 1-2 avocados, peeled, pitted and cubed
  • 1 C fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Vegan sour cream
  • Corn tortilla chips
  • Optional: flour tortillas or corn taco shells
Directions
  1. Combine the beans, broth, quinoa, salsa, bay leaves, cumin, salt, and garlic powder in a slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. If you can, stir it around once or twice.
  2. Once done, stir in the lime zest and juice.
  3. Season individual servings with pepper and top with avocado, cilantro and sour cream. Enjoy with tortilla chips.