Portobello Wraps

After the delicious portobello wrap I had at Ouray Brewery last weekend, I decided to make my own. I had purchased some Vegenaise Chipotle Spread a couple of weeks back and figured it was high time to try it out.

This certainly has a zip to it, so go easy if you’re not keen on really spicy food. However, I did use chipotle olive oil and cumin in this meal, so that could have added some heat as well. Overall, an excellent spread or dipping sauce, plus dinner was ready in about 15 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

3 large portobellos, washed, stems removed, and cut into slices

1/4 of a medium head of red/purple cabbage, sliced into strips

1/2 of a large red onion, cut into strips

Olive oil

1/4 to 1/2 tsp cumin

Salt and pepper, to taste

4 spinach tortilla wraps

Romaine leaves

Tomato slices

Vegenaise Chipotle Spread

Optional: Black olives, sliced

DIRECTIONS:

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the red onion and cabbage and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until they begin to soften.

Add the portobello mushrooms and cook another 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Add the cumin, salt, and pepper.

Layer some Vegenaise onto the tortilla, then one large romaine leaf. Scoop some mushroom filling on next, then top with a few tomato slices (and black olives, if using). Roll up tightly and cut diagonally in the middle. Enjoy!

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

The (soon-to-be) Eighth Grader picked these out from Lightlife. The original recipe is for 12 rolls, but one large head of cabbage had about 8 good leaves to use, so we had some leftover filling. If you plan on making 12, you’ll probably want to pick up 2 heads of cabbage. These we actually pretty easy to make and were really flavorful and delicious, not to mention healthy. One roll is only 275 calories! You can also customize these rolls to suit your tastes—mix it up by adding your favorite ingredients. Next time, I’ll try mushrooms and zucchini. Keep in mind, the recipe calls for cooked rice, so you’ll want to get that going first. Also, you’ll need to steam the leaves ahead of time as well.

INGREDIENTS:

1 pkg Gimme Lean “beef”

2 Tbs olive oil

8-12 cabbage leaves

1 large onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 C cooked rice

15 oz can tomato sauce

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce

3 Tbs brown sugar

3 Tbs cider vinegar

2-4 Tbs water

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the cabbage leaves, remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, onions, and peppers and cook until tender.

Add the Gimme Lean. You could chop it up before adding it, or just dice it up with a spatula in the pan. You’ll want small clumps, or pieces. Add the Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper and continue cooking until the “beef” begins to brown.

Add the rice…

In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce, brown sugar, and cider vinegar. Reserve a 1/4 cup; set aside. Add the remaining sauce to the pan and combine it well with the veggie mixture. After you’ve drained the cabbage leaves, pat them dry. Lay a leaf out flat and add about a 1/3 cup of the mixture in the center.

Fold in the sides, then roll up. You can also secure it with a toothpick if needed, but I found that these rolled up fine and stayed put.

Place the rolls in a 9×13 baking pan. Pour about 2-4 Tbs of water int he bottom of the pan to keep the leaves moist.

Mix 2 Tbs of water with the reserved 1/4 cup of sauce and pour it over the rolls.

Cover and bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy!

Cabbage and Portobello Tacos

Sorry for the absence! I’m back and ready to cook! These veggie tacos were certainly well-received last night by the family. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had much time to cook for them lately, but whatever the reason, they made this vegan trio happy.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tsp garlic, minced

1 Tbs olive oil

3 large portobello caps, sliced

1 medium onion, sliced

2 medium zucchinis, cut into matchsticks

3 C red/purple cabbage, sliced into wide strips

Corn taco shells

Seasonings: (mild)

1 Tbs chili powder

2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

The rest (optional): fresh cilantro, sliced green onion, salsa, or avocado slices

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the garlic and olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the onions, zucchini, and cabbage; cook 10-12 minutes, or until they begin to soften and brown. Combine the seasoning ingredients and add to the pan along with the portobellos.

Thoroughly combine everything. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook the mushrooms until they soften and reduce in size, 7-9 minutes. You may want to cover the pan and let them cook.

Serve in warmed corn taco shells and top with any of the optional ingredients. This is a fabulous (and quick) gluten & soy-free meal! Enjoy!

Kale & Cabbage Salad with Lemony-Almond Butter Dressing

Ok, this is probably my favorite dressing I’ve made so far. Love it! It has just a hint of lemon and with the ginger, goes fabulous with the almond butter. There’s some prep work involved here, but if can, make this the night before and you won’t be able to wait for lunch!

INGREDIENTS:

Salad:

2 large bunches of kale, stems removed and chopped

1/4 of a red/purple cabbage, diced

1 bell pepper (red, orange or yellow), diced

1 C carrot, shredded or finely chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 small red onion, diced small

1/3 C sunflower seeds

Dressing:

1/4 C tahini

1/3 C + 1 Tbs almond butter

1″ piece of ginger, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2-3 Tbs lemon juice

1 Tbs miso (light, yellow or red)

1/4 C nutritional yeast

1/8 C water

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients.

Combine all of the dressing ingredients in the blender—except the water—just start with a little and add more as you blend it to reach the consistency you want. You may need more than the 1/8 cup. It also depends on how lemony you want it—you can thin it out with more lemon juice if you’d like. Blend until smooth.

You can pour the dressing over the salad, just a little at time to coat the salad, or serve on the side and mix into individual servings. Yields about 1-1/2 cups. Enjoy!

Veggie BBQ Tacos

I was inspired by Vegetarian Times for this recipe. I didn’t have some of the ingredients, but thanks to Green Buffalo Foods (our organic veggie service) I was able to whip up my own version. These were incredibly tasty and something I would make on a regular basis. The BBQ sauce was ideal, adding a distinct and unique flavor.

INGREDIENTS:

BBQ Sauce:

1-1/2 Tbs ketchup

1/2 tsp agave

1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp to 1 tsp prepared horseradish (depending on how hot you want it)

Tacos:

1 tsp olive oil

1-1/2 C sliced mushrooms

1/2 C diced mild bullnose peppers (Thanks, GBF)!

1/2 C shredded carrot

3/4 C diced red cabbage

1/2 a pkg of Gimme Lean, Sausage-style, crumbled

6 small corn or flour tortillas (I like the small La Tortilla Factory ones–of course, I didn’t have any)

2 Tbs chopped red onion (Thanks, GBF)!

1/2 C sliced cherry tomatoes (Thanks, GBF)!

1/2 C chopped mixed greens (Kiona Mitsuna, Red Mustard, Arugula—Thanks, GBF)!

Optional: shredded vegan cheddar and pickle relish (highly recommend both)

Mild Bullnose Peppers

La Tortilla Factory Hand Made Style

DIRECTIONS:

To make the sauce, whisk together all of the ingredients; set aside. (The original recipe called for hot sauce, but horseradish was way better). To make the tacos, heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the peppers, carrots, cabbage, and mushrooms. Cook them for about 3 minutes, then add the Gimme Lean. If you want more of a ground beef-like texture, I recommend using a food processor for the sausage. It’s gets sticky and mushy when trying to crumble it by hand, but it can be done. Just try chopping them up as they cook. Add the sauce and cook for another 5-6 minutes.

Serve on tortillas (the guys used corn taco shells) and top with cheese, mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, and relish. These particular mixed green gave the tacos a distinct flavor where regular romaine would have tasted bland. Enjoy!

Hash Brown and Spinach Frittata

I  love making breakfast frittatas. They’re so easy to throw together and are perfect for cleaning out of the fridge of on-the-verge veggies. Since this one uses a Chipotle-flavored Field Roast Sausage, it supplies enough flavoring that I don’t add any other spices or seasonings to this dish, but feel free to add some if you’d like. Some fresh cilantro would be a great addition.

INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp olive oil

2 medium potatoes, shredded

2 C fresh spinach, torn (you can also use kale if you’d like)

1 C green or red cabbage, chopped

5 mushrooms, sliced

4 green onions, sliced

1 Field Roast Chipotle-flavored sausage, crumbled

1/4 C Tofutti sour cream

1 C Daiya cheese (I used a mixture of cheddar and pepper jack flavors)

1-1/2 C crackers, broken up into pieces

1 tomato, diced

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 375. Layer the cracker pieces on the bottom of a pie plate; set aside. Sprinkle with about half of the cheese. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the shredded potatoes and over medium heat, cook them for about 5 minutes, stirring them around. Add the cabbage and continue to cook until both the potatoes and cabbage begin to brown. Add the Field Roast, spinach, mushrooms, and green onions and cook until the spinach starts to wilt.

Stir in the sour cream to the spinach mixture and combine thoroughly. Pour the mixture on top of the cracker crust and spread it out evenly.

Top with the remaining cheese and the diced tomatoes. Bake for 15 minutes.

Let it cool for about 5 minutes, then slice into it and enjoy!

Red Cabbage Slaw with Truffle Dressing

I’ve had this recipe in mind for a couple of weeks since we received a red cabbage from Green Buffalo Food. Every time I opened the fridge, it would remind me that I have to make something with it, and soon. Even after two weeks (and being organic) I was shocked that it was still in great condition. Whew!


INGREDIENTS:

Slaw:

1 red cabbage, sliced, then chopped

1 bell pepper, any variety, sliced thin

6-8 green onions, sliced

Dressing:

1/2 C Vegenaise

3 Tbs Tofutti sour cream

1 Tbs nutritional yeast

1 Tbs balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp truffle oil

1/2 tsp celery salt

1/4 tsp dry mustard

1/8 black pepper

1 Tbs water

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, bell pepper, and green onions. In a smaller bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and coat well. Enjoy!

Cabbage Rolls

Vegan MoFo, Day 27

I had such high hopes for this dish, but frankly it was a disaster. Well, the journey to the end result, that is. The first red flag was that the cabbage had been sliced, so the leaves weren’t very usable. So I opted for romaine leaves and the second red flag was that they had gotten frozen in the fridge, so some of them were damaged. Did that stop me? Of course not, but it wasn’t without some colorful language. It was like a horror movie. I knew I should have turned around from the ominous signs in the  kitchen and got the hell out of there. But I stayed. I fought. And crawled out from the carnage a hour later. There had to be a easier way. Iceberg lettuce. I think that would have worked so much better. No horror movie re-enactments necessary.

INGREDIENTS:

Olive oil

1 tsp garlic, minced

1 C rice, uncooked

1 C vegetable broth

1/2 red bell pepper, diced small

1/2 small onion, diced small

1-1/2 C shiitake mushrooms, diced

1 Apple-Sage Field Roast sausages, torn into small pieces

1/3 C walnuts, chopped

8-10 large iceberg lettuce leaves

Salt and pepper, to taste

Sauce:

1/2 tsp dried marjornam

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

4 green onions, or 1 large leek, chopped

4 Tbs Earth Balance margarine

1/2 C vegetable broth

1/2 C sherry

2-4 Tbs flour

DIRECTIONS:


Preheat oven to 300–just to keep stuff warm. In a medium skillet, cook the rice in the vegetable broth. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and garlic. Add bell pepper and onion. Saute for 3 minutes, then add the Field Roast and shiitake mushrooms. Saute until the mushrooms soften, then stir in the cooked rice.

So here is where the Wes Craven-esque stuff started to happen. I couldn’t get the cabbage leaves apart in one nice piece. I was able to get a few unscathed leaves, so I steamed them for just a couple of minutes to soften them a little. I didn’t have enough, so I pull out some (half-frozen) romaine lettuce which wouldn’t cooperate and roll up well.

I did the best I could . . .

I placed each roll in a 9×13″ pan, covered with foil, then placed them in the warm oven. To prepare the sauce, heat the margarine in a small saucepan, add the leeks or green onions. I had about 3 shiitake mushrooms leftover, so I diced them up and added them then, too. Combine the flour, marjoram, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, then whisk into the saucepan. Immediately add the broth and sherry and whisk thoroughly. Add more flour, if needed, to reach a desired consistency. Serve with rolls with sauce ladled over them.

So the end result was good, but the process was so much more painful than it needed to be. Have you ever tried a similar recipe?  Have any suggestions?

Potato-Leek Breakfast Casserole

As some of you may already know, I LOVE to make breakfast stuff, I just don’t always have the time. This morning is rainy and chilly and a good morning to stay in. So since we get lots of vegetables from our CSA, I usually have to have at least one meal a week where I need to raid the refrigerator of on-the-verge produce that needs to get eaten. Oftentimes, its a mixture of stuff you wouldn’t think of putting together, but you’d be surprised how well vegetables get along with each other! Of course, I had to add my favorite go-to protein. . .Field Roast! A shocker, huh? Because of the flavor and spices in the grain meat, there is no need for a long list of spices, plus you’re getting 23 grams of protein per link! If you have the time, this is a great way to start the morning, or serve at brunch.

Cute little potatoes from the CSA–perfect for a dish like this!

INGREDIENTS:

Olive oil

1-1/2 C red potatoes, diced

2 leeks, chopped (mostly white parts, with some green)

1/3 of a napa cabbage, chopped

1/2 a bell pepper, diced (any variety)

1-2 Field Roast sausage links, Mexican Chipotle flavor

Salt and pepper, to taste

1-1/2 C vegan cheddar, shredded and divided (or use a mixture with vegan Jack and cheddar)

1-1/2 to 2 cups hearty cracker crumbs

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350. In a 9×13 baking dish, line the bottom with the crackers. I like a hearty cracker that won’t fall apart. I just scoured our pantry and used a variety of leftovers–some stone-ground wheat ones and some Ritz-like ones. I would stay away from Triscuits–they make it too dry. Layer on about 1/2 of the cheddar cheese onto the cracker crust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a large skillet, heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes, covered. but stirring occasionally. Add the bell peppers and leeks and cook another 5-10 minutes.

Next, add the cabbage and Field Roast. Don’t worry about chopping the cabbage up too small—it will cook down and wilt quite a bit. Season with a little salt and pepper.

When the potatoes are a little soft, but still with some crunch, layer vegetable mixture onto the cracker crust. Top with the rest of the cheese and bake, covered for 20 minutes. If the cheese isn’t melted enough, uncover and bake another 3-4 minutes.

Enjoy!

Asian Coleslaw

We received another head of cabbage from our CSA this week and I wanted to try making an Asian version of coleslaw.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cone-headed cabbage before. . .anyway, this is would great as a side dish, in a wrap with Asian-spiced seitan, baked tofu strips, or with plum sauce and sauteed tempeh.

INGREDIENTS:

1 head of cabbage, sliced thin/shredded

3 Tbs rice vinegar

3 Tbs vegetable oil

1-1/2 Tbs Shoyu (you can also use tamari or soy sauce)

1-1/2 Tbs brown sugar

1 Tbs grated ginger root

1 tsp garic, minced

1 large carrot, grated

1 yellow or red bell pepper, sliced thin

1/2 C fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1/8 C Vegenaise

3 green onions, sliced thin

1/4 C sunflower seeds

1/4 C slivered almonds

DIRECTIONS:

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together vinegar, vegetable oil, shoyu, brown sugar, ginger root, Vegenaise, and garlic. Add cabbage, carrot, bell pepper, green onions, cilantro, sunflower seeds, and slivered almonds. With a rubber spatula, fold and stir all the ingredients together until well combined. Enjoy!

For this, I layered on some plum sauce, the coleslaw and some teriyaki baked tofu on a tortilla, then warmed it in the microwave for about 20 seconds.  Fold in half and enjoy a quick and tasty lunch or dinner!

Easy Cole Slaw

We received a head of cabbage in our CSA this week, and as I stared at it, wondering what to do with it, I ended up with the obvious: cole slaw. The original recipe is from Bobby Flay and all I had to do was veganize it—pretty simple. I really like the flavors in this slaw—not too tangy, but not bland like some slaws tend to be.

INGREDIENTS:

1 head green cabbage, finely shredded ( I think a combo of red and green would be great)

2 large carrots, finely shredded

3/4 cup Vegenaise

2 tablespoons Tofutti sour cream

2 tablespoons grated Spanish onion

2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 tablespoon dry mustard

2 teaspoons celery salt,

Salt and freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the shredded cabbage and carrots in a large bowl.

Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, onion, sugar, vinegar, mustard, celery salt, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.

Add to the cabbage mixture. Mix well to combine and taste for seasoning; add more salt, pepper, or sugar if desired. Enjoy!

Breakfast Frittata

I absolutely love to cook in the morning, but I rarely get a chance to do so. But when I saw this recipe from Kelly at Vegan Thyme, I knew I had to make the time. It’s easy to make and you can use your favorite ingredients. (It’s a great recipe for cleaning out the fridge)!

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

1 small pkg. sliced mushrooms (about 1-1/2 cups)

1 small onion, diced

3/4 C crackers, broken into medium-sized pieces

1 garlic clove, minced

Olive oil

A couple dashes of: thyme, rosemary, parsley, and smoked paprika

Filling:

I peeled and diced up three small potatoes, half a red bell pepper, and about a cup of diced red cabbage. Feel free to use whatever you’d like —maybe some hashbrowns, zucchini, artichokes, tempeh bacon or spinach.

Salt and pepper to taste

Vegan cheddar, shredded

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350. In a large pan, heat olive oil, then add garlic. Saute mushrooms and onions until soft and tender. Season with thyme, rosemary, parsley, and paprika (or your favorite spices). Pour into a pie plate and press down with a spoon to create a crust. Layer on crackers and some cheese.

In the same pan, saute the potatoes, cabbage, and bell pepper.

Season with salt and pepper and cook, covered for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Don’t worry about cooking it all through since it will be in the oven. Pour onto the crust.

Then another layer of cheese. (Moe came to investigate what I was doing):

Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes before slicing into it. Enjoy! Thanks, Kelly! This is a fabulous recipe!

Portobello Tacos with Salsa Verde

This recipe from Vegetarian Times serves 6–easily. The salsa verde–at least 10! It makes a lot of sauce, so next time I’ll probably halve the recipe for that. I also found the sauce a bit bland, so I added a bit more salt. The original recipe is for grilled portobellos, but I decided to saute them. These were very yummy and the marinade was simple and delicious.

INGREDIENTS:

Marinade:

1/3 C canola oil

3 Tbs balsamic vinegar

1 tsp black pepper

Tacos:

6 large portobello mushroom caps

6-6″ soft corn tortillas (can easily get 12 tacos from this recipe–and I think I prefer flour tortillas)

2 avocados, sliced

2 C chopped tomatoes

3 C shredded cabbage

Vegan sour cream

Salsa Verde:

4 tomatillos, chopped (or 1 C canned)

1 large green bell pepper or poblano chili, roughly chopped (I used the bell pepper–may have been why I found it bland)

1 large bunch fresh cilantro, leaves only

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 Tbs agave nectar

1-1/4 C canola oil

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:

If using the grill, preheat grill for high heat.

To make marinade: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

To make tacos: Brush mushroom caps with marinade. Grill mushrooms 3-5 minutes per side. Cool until easy to handle, then slice into strips. (I actually poured the marinade in a zip lock bag and added the mushrooms, letting them marinate for about an hour. Then I sliced them and sauteed them in a large skillet for about 5 minutes).

To make salsa verde: Puree all ingredients in a food processor 1 minute or until smooth. Pour salsa over mushroom strips and let stand 10-15 minutes. (I just scooped a couple of tablespoons of the salsa into the taco).  Lightly warm tortillas 15 seconds per side in a skillet or in grill.

Fill tortillas with sliced mushrooms, avocado slices, tomatoes, and cabbage. Top each with sour cream, if using. Enjoy!