Teriyaki-Quinoa Burgers

Teriyaki-Quinoa Burgers -- Epicurean VeganThese veggie burgers are quite amazing. They’re easy to make, delicious, and they actually hold together when you cook them—that’s not always an easy thing when making veggie burgers. I got the recipe from Thrive Forward and I’ve had them a couple of times now. I’ve made some subtle variations and added the teriyaki-pineapple-avocado part, which I think you will love.

INGREDIENTS:
1 15-oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (I use a tri-bean blend)
1 C cooked quinoa (I like the tri-color variety and I cook it in veggie broth)
1 C quinoa flakes or oats (I opt for oats since I usually have those on hand)
1/2 C red onion, chopped (I use 1 cup)
1/3 C chopped cilantro (I use 1 cup)
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs chili powder
1 Tbs cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 Tbs chia seeds mixed with 1/3 C water (recipe says to use ground chia seeds, but I use them whole)
Cooking spray
Toppings
Pineapple rings, jarred Teriyaki sauce, avocado slices. Veggie bacon is also a great option.
6-8 burger buns

DIRECTIONS:
I start by mixing the chia seeds and water together and setting aside. Cook the quinoa (1/2 C quinoa with 1-1/4 C broth). In a food processor, add the beans, onion, cilantro, garlic, salt, chili powder, cumin, and black pepper. I didn’t mince the garlic beforehand; it’s up to you.
Teriyaki-Quinoa Burgers -- Epicurean VeganBlend everything to the consistency you’d like. If you want some chunks, go for it. Of course, you may not want to bite into a piece of garlic, so you may want to  mince it first. You decide how much you want to blend it. I went for it and mostly pureed it. Transfer to a bowl and fold in the quinoa, oats, and chia mixture.
Teriyaki-Quinoa Burgers -- Epicurean VeganShape the batter into patties. You could make beefy burgers or even some sliders. I went for the beefy kind (about 4″ across, 3/4″ thick).
Teriyaki-Quinoa Burgers -- Epicurean VeganI actually got 5 burgers, but only had room for 4 on the pan. Again, you get to make the executive decision on this. Much will probably depend on how large or small of buns you use. Feel free to use a grill pan, too. Last time I made these, I used my grill pan and they came out great with fancy grill marks and all. I should add that you’ll need to spray the pan first with cooking spray. I should also tell you that I typically chill these in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before cooking them. I don’t know if it helps keep them together or not, but it just so happens that each time I’ve made these, I’ve prepared them ahead of time. Just cover with plastic wrap first.

When you’re ready, cook them over low-medium heat for about 5-6 minutes per side.
Teriyaki-Quinoa Burgers -- Epicurean VeganServe on a toasted bun with a ring of pineapple, avocado slices, and some Teriyaki sauce. Enjoy!

Teriyaki-Quinoa Burgers
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 15-oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (I use a tri-bean blend)
  • 1 C cooked quinoa (I like the tri-color variety and I cook it in veggie broth)
  • 1 C quinoa flakes or oats (I opt for oats since I usually have those on hand)
  • ½ C red onion, chopped (I use 1 cup)
  • ⅓ C chopped cilantro (I use 1 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 Tbs cumin
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbs chia seeds mixed with ⅓ C water (recipe says to use ground chia seeds, but I use them whole)
  • Cooking spray
  • Toppings
  • Pineapple rings, jarred Teriyaki sauce, avocado slices. Veggie bacon is also a great option.
  • 6-8 burger buns
Directions
  1. I start by mixing the chia seeds and water together and setting aside. Cook the quinoa (1/2 C quinoa with 1-1/4 C broth).
  2. In a food processor, add the beans, onion, cilantro, garlic, salt, chili powder, cumin, and black pepper. I didn't mince the garlic beforehand; it's up to you.
  3. Blend everything to the consistency you'd like. If you want some chunks, go for it. Of course, you may not want to bite into a piece of garlic, so you may want to mince it first. You decide how much you want to blend it. I went for it and mostly pureed it. Transfer to a bowl and fold in the quinoa, oats, and chia mixture.
  4. Shape the batter into patties. You could make beefy burgers or even some sliders. I went for the beefy kind (about 4" across, ¾" thick).
  5. I actually got 5 burgers, but only had room for 4 on the pan. Again, you get to make the executive decision on this. Much will probably depend on how large or small of buns you use. Feel free to use a grill pan, too. Last time I made these, I used my grill pan and they came out great with fancy grill marks and all. I should add that you'll need to spray the pan first with cooking spray. I should also tell you that I typically chill these in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before cooking them. I don't know if it helps keep them together or not, but it just so happens that each time I've made these, I've prepared them ahead of time. Just cover with plastic wrap first.
  6. When you're ready, cook them over low-medium heat for about 5-6 minutes per side.
  7. Serve on a toasted bun with a ring of pineapple, avocado slices, and some Teriyaki sauce. Enjoy!

 

Lentil & Wild Rice Bowls with Steamed Veggies

Lentil and Wild Rice Bowls with Steamed Veggies 2 -- Epicurean Vegan

I love these types of meals, but I have to admit, I didn’t know where I was going with it at first. Then it clicked. This is similar to the black rice and lentils recipe, but I made some changes and even simplified a few steps. The great thing about these bowls, is that you can switch things up pretty easily, plus, they’re simple to put together. Oh, and did I mention tasty? And oh-so delicious? Well, that, too. You’ll also leave the table feeling pretty satisfied since lentils come with lots of protein and the wild rice (also high in protein) is chocked full of fiber and other vitamins and nutrients. Add some veggies and you’re in business.

INGREDIENTS:
4 C vegetable broth
1 C green lentils
1 C wild rice mix
2 C red cabbage, chopped
3 C mushrooms, quartered
3 C kale, chopped
2 large carrots, sliced into 1/4″ pieces
1 7-oz pkg. baked tofu, cubed (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
4-5 green onions, sliced
1/2 C Pepitas
Tahini-Curry Sauce
1/2 C cashews
2 garlic cloves
A 1-inch by 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
1/3 C tahini
1 can light coconut milk
2 Tbs lime juice
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs yellow curry powder
2 Tbs chia seeds
Note: This makes a good amount sauce, so you can easily halve the recipe or freeze the remainder for another meal.
Baked Tofu, Trader Joe'sDIRECTIONS:
Combine the broth, lentils, and wild rice in a large soup pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45-50 minutes. Check on it after 40 minutes and test them; you may need to add more broth. In the meantime, prepare the sauce. Add the cashews, garlic, and ginger to the food processor and blend for 1 minute. Add the tahini and blend some more. Scrape the sides of the bowl, if necessary. While the processor is running, slowly add the coconut milk and lime juice. Puree well, again, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl once or twice. Next, add the curry, salt, and chia seeds; blend another minute. Transfer to a jar or squeeze bottle.
Lentils and Wild Rice Bowls with Steamed Veggies -- Epicurean Vegan

Because I was using my steamer pot for the lentils and wild rice, I used my electric steamer for the veggies. I love the steamer! If fact, I have two of them for when I make my mole tamales. Anyway, steam the carrots and cabbage for 10 minutes. Next, add the mushrooms and kale and steam another 10 minutes.
Lentils and Wild Rice Bowls with Steamed Veggies -- Epicurean Vegan

Lentils and Wild Rice Bowls with Steamed Veggies -- Epicurean VeganOnce everything is ready to go, assemble the bowls by starting with some lentil mix, veggies, tofu, pepitas, green onion, and topped with sauce. Enjoy!

Lentil & Wild Rice Bowls with Steamed Veggies
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 4 C vegetable broth
  • 1 C green lentils
  • 1 C wild rice mix
  • 2 C red cabbage, chopped
  • 3 C mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 C kale, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, sliced into ¼" pieces
  • 1 7-oz pkg. baked tofu, cubed (I used Trader Joe's brand)
  • 4-5 green onions, sliced
  • ½ C Pepitas
  • Tahini-Curry Sauce
  • ½ C cashews
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A 1-inch by 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • ⅓ C tahini
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs yellow curry powder
  • 2 Tbs chia seeds
  • Note: This makes a good amount sauce, so you can easily halve the recipe or freeze the remainder for another meal.
Directions
  1. Combine the broth, lentils, and wild rice in a large soup pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45-50 minutes. Check on it after 40 minutes and test them; you may need to add more broth.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the sauce. Add the cashews, garlic, and ginger to the food processor and blend for 1 minute. Add the tahini and blend some more. Scrape the sides of the bowl, if necessary. While the processor is running, slowly add the coconut milk and lime juice. Puree well, again, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl once or twice. Next, add the curry, salt, and chia seeds; blend another minute. Transfer to a jar or squeeze bottle.
  3. Because I was using my steamer pot for the lentils and wild rice, I used my electric steamer for the veggies. I love the steamer! If fact, I have two of them for when I make my mole tamales. Anyway, steam the carrots and cabbage for 10 minutes. Next, add the mushrooms and kale and steam another 10 minutes.
  4. Once everything is ready to go, assemble the bowls by starting with some lentil mix, veggies, tofu, pepitas, green onion, and topped with sauce. Enjoy!

 

Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Kale Tacos

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Kale Tacos -- Epicurean VeganI’ve seen versions of this dish all over, but I wanted to keep this simple. I knew I also wanted a kick of flavor with an easy, creamy sauce. The combo of sweet potatoes, beans, and kale, is a grand slam win; a trifecta of flavors. Of course, then you add the cilantro-lime cashew sauce and it’s icing on the cake, so to speak. These were actually pretty simple to make and will easily feed four to five hungry folks. You can’t go wrong with protein-rich beans, nutrient-laden kale, and the vitamin-packed sweet potato. Eating tacos has never been healthier (or tastier)!

INGREDIENTS:
Tacos

3 C (roughly 2 medium-sized ones) sweet potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 a large onion, chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 C Lacianto (dinosaur) kale, chopped
Olive oil
Cumin
Chili powder
Salt and pepper
Lime juice
Cashew-Cilantro sauce
1 C cashews, soaked in hot water for 30-60 minutes
1 garlic clove
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C cilantro leaves
1/3 C water
1/8 C lime juice
A dash or two of cumin
The rest
8 small flour tortillas

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 425. Place the sweet potato pieces in a medium bowl and drizzle with some olive oil. Sprinkle with cumin and chili powder. Toss to coat. Transfer to a large baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes, depending on how big the pieces of sweet potato are. Check them often for doneness.
Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Kale Tacos -- Epicurean VeganWhile they are roasting, saute the onion in a large skillet with a little olive oil over medium heat. Once they start to soften, add the black beans. Sprinkle with some cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. When the beans started to look a little dry, I added a little lime juice. Then add the sweet potato.
Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Kale Tacos -- Epicurean VeganReduce heat to low and fold in the kale.
Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Kale Tacos -- Epicurean VeganWhile the kale is slowly cooking down (you can add some more lime juice if things are looking dry), prepare the sauce. Drain and rinse the cashews and throw them in a food processor with the garlic clove. Blend for 5 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients (but don’t add all the water at once; you may want to tweak the consistency of the sauce) and blend until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl, if necessary. Transfer to a squeeze bottle. To serve, place a scoop or two on a warm tortilla and top with sauce. Enjoy!

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Ingredients
  • Tacos
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  • 3 C (roughly 2 medium-sized ones) sweet potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ a large onion, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 C Lacianto (dinosaur) kale, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lime juice
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  • Cashew-Cilantro sauce
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  • 1 C cashews, soaked in hot water for 30-60 minutes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ C cilantro leaves
  • ⅓ C water
  • ⅛ C lime juice
  • A dash or two of cumin
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  • The rest
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  • 8 small flour tortillas
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Place the sweet potato pieces in a medium bowl and drizzle with some olive oil. Sprinkle with cumin and chili powder. Toss to coat. Transfer to a large baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes, depending on how big the pieces of sweet potato are. Check them often for doneness.
  2. While they are roasting, saute the onion in a large skillet with a little olive oil over medium heat. Once they start to soften, add the black beans. Sprinkle with some cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. When the beans started to look a little dry, I added a little lime juice. Then add the sweet potato.
  3. Reduce heat to low and fold in the kale.
  4. While the kale is slowly cooking down (you can add some more lime juice if things are looking dry), prepare the sauce. Drain and rinse the cashews and throw them in a food processor with the garlic clove. Blend for 5 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients (but don't add all the water at once; you may want to tweak the consistency of the sauce) and blend until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl, if necessary. Transfer to a squeeze bottle.
  5. To serve, place a scoop or two on a warm tortilla and top with sauce. Enjoy!

 

Sweet & Salty Granola Trail Mix

Sweet and Salty Granola Trail Mix -- Epicurean Vegan

 

This is an excellent snack filled with lots of healthy protein and a great blend of sweet and salty. It’s so easy to make, and I guarantee a lot healthier than the bagged or bulk varieties in the store. No overdose of sodium or preservatives, plus, you can tailor it to your tastes. This is the perfect snack to take up hiking, packed in your kid’s lunchbox, or while you’re at your desk.

INGREDIENTS:
2 C old fashioned oats
1 C coconut flakes
1/2 C wheat germ
1 C raw and unsalted cashews
1 C raw and unsalted walnuts
1/2 C raw and unsalted almonds
1/2 C raw and unsalted pecans
1/2 C unsalted pepitas
1/3 C brown rice syrup
1/2 C unsweetened almond milk
1/4 C olive oil
1 tsp salt, plus some for sprinkling
1-1/2 C dried fruit (I like this organic mix from Costco)
1 C vegan dark chocolate chips

Sweet and Salty Granola Trail Mix -- Epicurean Vegan

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 300. Line a large cookie sheet (preferably with sides) with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, wheat germ, nuts, and pepitas.
Sweet and Salty Granola Trail Mix -- Epicurean Vegan

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the brown rice syrup, almond milk, oil, and 1 tsp salt. Pour over the nut mixture and blend well with a rubber spatula. Transfer the mix to the lined cookie sheet and spread out in an even layer. Sprinkle with salt.
Sweet and Salty Granola Trail Mix -- Epicurean VeganBake for 45-50 minutes, or until slightly browned. Let it cool for a few minutes, then pour into a large bowl. Try not to break up the clusters too much and gently stir in the dried fruit. Let the mixture cool before stirring in the chocolate chips. Enjoy!

Sweet & Salty Granola Trail Mix
 
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Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 C old fashioned oats
  • 1 C coconut flakes
  • ½ C wheat germ
  • 1 C raw and unsalted cashews
  • 1 C raw and unsalted walnuts
  • ½ C raw and unsalted almonds
  • ½ C raw and unsalted pecans
  • ½ C unsalted pepitas
  • ⅓ C brown rice syrup
  • ½ C unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt, plus some for sprinkling
  • 1-1/2 C dried fruit (I like this organic mix from Costco)
  • 1 C vegan dark chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 300. Line a large cookie sheet (preferably with sides) with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, wheat germ, nuts, and pepitas.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the brown rice syrup, almond milk, oil, and 1 tsp salt. Pour over the nut mixture and blend well with a rubber spatula.
  3. Transfer the mix to the lined cookie sheet and spread out in an even layer. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until slightly browned.
  5. Let it cool for a few minutes, then pour into a large bowl. Try not to break up the clusters too much and gently stir in the dried fruit.
  6. Let the mixture cool before stirring in the chocolate chips. Enjoy!

 

Spinach Salad with Homemade Rosemary Croutons and Creamy Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad with Homemade Rosemary Croutons and Creamy Vinaigrette -- Epicurean Vegan

I’m excited to bring you this light and delicious salad. I know this isn’t a complicated or complex recipe, but it’s so delicious and perfect for a light meal. I love salads, but sometimes they need to be livened up with flavor—it’s easy to fall into a salad rut. I obviously didn’t have anything, but for some color, I’d recommend some dried cranberries or maybe some radishes. Raspberries would also be a great addition. For the croutons, I had half a loaf of multi-grain sourdough with sunflower and sesame seeds from Trader Joe’s, that was probably going to go bad if I didn’t so something with it. The vinaigrette is simple and delicious, and perfect for a springtime salad. Everything comes together beautifully!
Trader Joe's Multi Grain Sour Dough

INGREDIENTS:
Croutons:
6-8 C cubed sourdough
Olive oil
Dried rosemary
Salt
Garlic powder
Dressing:
2 clove of garlic
1/2 a large shallot
1/2 C olive oil (I really used just less than half a cup, but slightly more than 1/4 C)
1 Tbs red wine vinegar
1 Tbs unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbs Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp agave
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbs lemon juice
Salad:
8 C baby spinach
1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
2 C sliced mushrooms
1/2 cucumber, diced
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and cubed
1/3 C pepitas
Dried cranberries, radishes or raspberries (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 400. Put the bread cubes in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil—not a lot—you do not want to coat each bread cube with oil. Add the rosemary, salt, and garlic powder—to taste—and use a rubber spatula to combine everything well. Transfer to a large cookie sheet, preferably one with sides, and bake for 10-15 minutes, checking and stirring around about halfway through. When they start to brown around the edges, they’re done.
Spinach Salad with Homemade Rosemary Croutons and Creamy Vinaigrette -- Epicurean VeganFor the dressing, add the garlic clove and shallot to the food processor or blender and blend until minced. Add the rest of dressing ingredients and blend until smooth; transfer to a jar.
Spinach Salad with Homemade Rosemary Croutons and Creamy Vinaigrette -- Epicurean VeganCombine all of the salad ingredients, except the avocado (I like to keep avocado out of any leftover salad because it doesn’t always stay fresh; I had it on top of individual servings). I’d treat raspberries the same if you decide to add them. Add some croutons and drizzle with a bit of dressing. Enjoy!

Spinach Salad with Homemade Rosemary Croutons and Creamy Vinaigrette
 
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Ingredients
  • Croutons:
  • 6-8 C cubed sourdough
  • Olive oil
  • Dried rosemary
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Dressing:
  • 2 clove of garlic
  • ½ a large shallot
  • ½ C olive oil (I really used just less than half a cup, but slightly more than ¼ C)
  • 1 Tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp agave
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • Salad:
  • 8 C baby spinach
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 2 C sliced mushrooms
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and cubed
  • ⅓ C pepitas
  • Dried cranberries
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Put the bread cubes in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil---not a lot---you do not want to coat each bread cube with oil. Add the rosemary, salt, and garlic powder---to taste---and use a rubber spatula to combine everything well. Transfer to a large cookie sheet, preferably one with sides, and bake for 10-15 minutes, checking and stirring around about halfway through. When they start to brown around the edges, they're done.
  2. For the dressing, add the garlic clove and shallot to the food processor or blender and blend until minced. Add the rest of dressing ingredients and blend until smooth; transfer to a jar.
  3. Combine all of the salad ingredients, except the avocado (I like to keep avocado out of any leftover salad because it doesn't always stay fresh; I had it on top of individual servings). Add some croutons and drizzle with a bit of dressing. Enjoy!

 

Cashew-Curry Noodle Bowl

Cashew-Curry Noodle Bowl -- Epicurean VeganIt’s been quite a busy spring for me, but I hope to get back into the swing of things very soon. I did have some time to whip up something new—or at least, newish. I slightly tweaked the sauce from these Black Rice & Lentil Bowls and I love how it came out. These are pretty easy to throw together, but I admit, it does take a few pans. However, with the right timing, it’ll all go smoothly. In any case, it’ll be worth it; these are delicious! Also, here’s a before and after of our new kitchen. There’s still a few more things to do, such as put the cabinet and drawer hardware on, but we’re getting there.
Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

INGREDIENTS
Cashew-Curry Sauce

1 C cashews
3 cloves of garlic
1 can light coconut milk
2 Tbs fresh ginger
2 Tbs peanut butter
3 tbs lime juice
2 Tbs nutritional yeast
1 Tbs mild yellow curry powder
1 tsp salt
2 Tbs tamari or soy sauce
The rest
1 small head of broccoli florets
6-8 mushrooms, quartered
1 can sliced water chestnuts
1 red bell pepper, cut into large chunks
14-oz container extra firm tofu
Salt and pepper
9.5-oz pkg. Udon noodles
1 C green onion, sliced

DIRECTIONS
Start with soaking the cashews. I poured boiling water on them and let them sit while I prepared everything else. I recommend starting with the tofu. Cut the tofu into 5 or 6 slabs and season both sides with salt and pepper. Place in a skillet over medium to low heat and brown each side, about 5-7 minutes, per side. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli, bell pepper, and water chestnuts. (You’ll add the mushrooms shortly before they’re all done.) Steam the veggies for about 10-12 minutes before adding the mushrooms; steam another 5 minutes.
Cashew-Curry Noodle Bowl -- Epicurean VeganOnce the tofu is done, cut each slab into 6 cubes; set aside.
Cashew-Curry Noodle Bowl -- Epicurean VeganBoil the water for the noodles. I used these Udon noodles from Hakubaku. They only take about 4 minutes to boil.
Cashew-Curry Noodle Bowl -- Epicurean VeganTo make the sauce, drain the cashews and add them to a food processor with the rest of the sauce ingredients and puree for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. Drain the noodles, then assemble the bowls: noodles, veggies, tofu, sauce, and green onion. Enjoy!

Cashew-Curry Noodle Bowl
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Cashew-Curry Sauce:
  • 1 C cashews
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2 Tbs fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbs peanut butter
  • 3 tbs lime juice
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbs mild yellow curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs tamari or soy sauce
  • The rest:
  • 1 small head of broccoli florets
  • 6-8 mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into large chunks
  • 14-oz container extra firm tofu
  • Salt and pepper
  • 9.5-oz pkg. Udon noodles
  • 1 C green onion, sliced
Directions
  1. Start with soaking the cashews. I poured boiling water on them and let them sit while I prepared everything else. I recommend starting with the tofu. Cut the tofu into 5 or 6 slabs and season both sides with salt and pepper. Place in a skillet over medium to low heat and brown each side, about 5-7 minutes, per side.
  2. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli, bell pepper, and water chestnuts. (You'll add the mushrooms shortly before they're all done.) Steam the veggies for about 10-12 minutes before adding the mushrooms; steam another 5 minutes.
  3. Once the tofu is done, cut each slab into 6 cubes; set aside.
  4. Boil the water for the noodles. I used Udon noodles from Hakubaku. They only take about 4 minutes to boil.
  5. To make the sauce, drain the cashews and add them to a food processor with the rest of the sauce ingredients and puree for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. Drain the noodles, then assemble the bowls: noodles, veggies, tofu, sauce, and green onion. Enjoy!

 

 

Kale & Wild Rice Casserole

Kale & Wild Rice CasseroleI saw this recipe and it looked delicious, but I made several tweaks, including making it vegan. This dish has many of my favorite ingredients: kale, wild rice, and mushrooms. It’s pretty easy to make, but it does have a few steps. I recommend making the rice ahead of time, otherwise, keep in mind that it takes about 45 minutes for the rice to cook. Of course, I think it’s absolutely worth it. This dish is also easily gluten-free if you sub in a wheat-free flour (you’ll only need 5 tablespoons). A fantastic main meal or side dish that will please the troops.

INGREDIENTS:
4 C cooked wild rice (I used 2-1/2 C vegetable broth + 2 C wild rice mix from Lundberg)
3 bunches of kale, torn into large pieces
16-oz cremini mushrooms, quartered
2 Tbs Earth Balance margarine
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs dried thyme
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
5 Tbs flour
1 C vegetable broth
1/2 can coconut milk (I used lite)
1/4 C nutritional yeast flakes
1/2 C Daiya mozzarella shreds
1 Tbs olive oil
1 large white onion, cut into thin slices
1/2 C panko bread crumbs

DIRECTIONS:
Start with the rice. Cook it according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine the kale with 1-1/2 cups of water. Over medium heat, steam the kale for about 5-7 minutes.
Kale & Wild Rice Casserole -- Epicurean VeganRemove the kale to a bowl and set aside. Using the same skillet, heat the margarine and add the garlic. Saute over medium-low heat and then add the mushrooms. Saute for 2 minutes, then add the thyme, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
Kale & Wild Rice Casserole -- Epicurean VeganAdd the kale to the mushrooms and sprinkle with the flour. Over medium heat, add the broth a 1/4 of a cup at a time. Let the sauce thicken a little before adding more broth. Next, slowly add the coconut milk and stir often. Fold in the nutritional yeast.
Kale & Wild Rice Casserole -- Epicurean VeganAt this point, preheat the oven to 375 and grease a 9×13″ pan. Once the rice is cooked, add it to the kale and mushroom mixture, then transfer to the baking dish. Either in a new skillet, or the same one (wiped clean), heat the olive oil and add the onions. Cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle the Daiya cheese over the mixture, then top with the cooked onion slices. I then topped with panko, but I also recommend making breadcrumbs yourselves by chopping up two slices of bread in the food processor with 1 tbs of margarine, until you have a fine crumble. They’re so delicious!

Kale & Wild Rice Casserole -- Epicurean VeganBake uncovered for 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Kale & Wild Rice Casserole
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 4 C cooked wild rice (I used 2-1/2 C vegetable broth + 2 C wild rice mix from Lundberg)
  • 3 bunches of kale, torn into large pieces
  • 16-oz cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 Tbs Earth Balance margarine
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 5 Tbs flour
  • 1 C vegetable broth
  • ½ can coconut milk (I used lite)
  • ¼ C nutritional yeast flakes
  • ½ C Daiya mozzarella shreds
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, cut into thin slices
  • ½ C panko bread crumbs
Directions
  1. Start with the rice. Cook it according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine the kale with 1-1/2 cups of water. Over medium heat, steam the kale for about 5-7 minutes. Remove the kale to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Using the same skillet, heat the margarine and add the garlic. Saute over medium-low heat and then add the mushrooms. Saute for 2 minutes, then add the thyme, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add the kale to the mushrooms and sprinkle with the flour.
  5. Over medium heat, add the broth a ¼ of a cup at a time. Let the sauce thicken a little before adding more broth.
  6. Next, slowly add the coconut milk and stir often. Fold in the nutritional yeast.
  7. At this point, preheat the oven to 375 and grease a 9x13" pan.
  8. Once the rice is cooked, add it to the kale and mushroom mixture, then transfer to the baking dish.
  9. Either in a new skillet, or the same one (wiped clean), heat the olive oil and add the onions. Cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle the Daiya cheese over the mixture, then top with the cooked onion slices.
  11. I then topped with panko, but I also recommend making breadcrumbs yourselves by chopping up two slices of bread in the food processor with 1 tbs of margarine, until you have a fine crumble.
  12. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Quick & Easy Quinoa Chili

Quick & Easy Quinoa Chili -- Epicurean VeganSome nights call for a warm, hearty meal. This one is also packed with healthy ingredients such as quinoa, beans, and avocado. I love regular ol’ chili with beans, tomatoes, and ground veggie sausage or crumbles, but sometimes, you just need a change! Between the quinoa and beans, you’ll get a healthy dose of protein, too. Quick, easy, and perfect for a chilly night.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Tbs olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 C tri-color quinoa
3 C vegetable broth, divided
2 14-oz cans diced tomatoes, with juice
1 6-oz can tomato paste
2 14-oz cans tri-bean blend
2 tsp Ancho chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
16-oz jar roasted red peppers, chopped
1 C frozen corn kernals
Juice from one lime
Fresh cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
Tofutti sour cream (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the onion. Saute the onion over medium heat for 8 minutes, until softened and just slightly browned. Add the quinoa and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often.

Quick & Easy Quinoa Chili -- Epicurean VeganNext, stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 cups of the broth, beans, and seasonings. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered with a lid, for about 20-25 minutes. Taste test to make sure the quinoa isn’t crunchy and that you have the right amount of seasoning. Add the remaining cup of broth, chopped roasted red peppers, corn, and lime juice. Cook another 10 minutes. Serve with sour cream, cilantro, and avocado. Enjoy!

Quick & Easy Quinoa Chili
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 C tri-color quinoa
  • 3 C vegetable broth, divided
  • 2 14-oz cans diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 2 14-oz cans tri-bean blend
  • 2 tsp Ancho chili powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 16-oz jar roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1 C frozen corn kernals
  • Juice from one lime
Directions
  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the onion. Saute the onion over medium heat for 8 minutes, until softened and just slightly browned.
  2. Add the quinoa and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Next, stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 cups of the broth, beans, and seasonings. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered with a lid, for about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Taste test to make sure the quinoa isn't crunchy and that you have the right amount of seasoning. Add the remaining cup of broth, chopped roasted red peppers, corn, and lime juice.
  5. Cook another 10 minutes. Serve with sour cream, cilantro, and avocado. Enjoy!

 

Easy, Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Easy, Vegan Cinnamon Rolls -- Epicurean Vegan

Sorry it’s been a while since my last post; been busy I guess. Next week, I’ll be bringing you 2 cookbook reviews that I’m super excited about, so look for that in the coming days. For now, I’ve got a quickie recipe for vegan cinnamon rolls, perfect for a lazy Sunday morning.

INGREDIENTS:
24 Rhodes white dinner rolls, thawed
1/4 C Earth Balance
1-1/2 C brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Dash of ground cloves
Confectioner’s sugar
unsweetened vanilla almond milk

DIRECTIONS:
I ended up defrosting the rolls in microwave, so that worked well, but I recommend taking the rolls out the night before and thawing them in the fridge. Melt the Earth Balance in a small pan over low heat. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Turn off the heat and let the mixture stay warm. Combine all of the rolls with your hands and knead the dough for about 7-8 minutes, or until all the air bubbles are gone. Roll the dough out into a large square—maybe just over a foot on each side. If the dough wants to keep bouncing back, just keep at it; it’ll eventually roll out. Spread the brown sugar mixture on the dough, then, working from the top or bottom edge, roll up the square. Using a serrated bread knife, cut the roll into 12 pieces. Place in a greased 9×13″ baking dish. Cover with a dish towel, place in a warm area and let the rolls rise for about 30 minutes. Once they’ve risen a bit, preheat oven to 400, then bake for 18-20 minutes. I whipped up some frosting by combing about a cup of powdered (confectioner’s) sugar in a bowl with just a tablespoon or so of almond milk; you can play with these amounts to get the consistency you want. Once the cinnamon rolls are out of the oven, frost them and serve. Enjoy!

Easy, Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 24 Rhodes white dinner rolls, thawed
  • ¼ C Earth Balance
  • 1-1/2 C brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Directions
  1. I ended up defrosting the rolls in microwave, so that worked well, but I recommend taking the rolls out the night before and thawing them in the fridge.
  2. Melt the Earth Balance in a small pan over low heat. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.
  3. Combine all of the rolls with your hands and knead the dough for about 7-8 minutes, or until all the air bubbles are gone.
  4. Roll the dough out to a large square---maybe just over a foot on each side. If the dough wants to keep bouncing back, just keep at it; it'll eventually roll out.
  5. Spread the brown sugar mixture on the dough, then, working from the top or bottom edge, roll up the square.
  6. Using a serrated bread knife, cut the roll into 9 pieces and place in a greased 9x13" baking dish. Cover with a dish towel, place in a warm area and let the rolls rise for about 30 minutes.
  7. Once they've risen a bit, preheat oven to 400, then bake for 18-20 minutes.
  8. I whipped up some frosting by combing about a cup of powdered (confectioner's) sugar in a bowl with just a tablespoon or so of almond milk; you can play with these amounts to get the consistency you want. Once the cinnamon rolls are out of the oven, frost them and serve. Enjoy!

 

Vegan & Gluten-Free Pad Thai

Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganThis Pad Thai is pretty nontraditional, not just because it’s vegan, but also because I didn’t go with the usual veggies such as bean sprouts. Plus, I certainly didn’t go with the typical thin rice noodle; I opted for a heartier, thick cut one. So it is really Pad Thai? Well, sure! It’s my version and it was a hit with the family, so I must have done something right! The limey-tamari sauce, with is the star of the show in all it’s creamy, peanutty glory.

INGREDIENTS:
14-oz pkg. extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
1 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 orange or red bell pepper, sliced thin
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
2 C snap peas
1/2 C green onion, sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Sauce
2/3 C tamari
1/3 C creamy peanut butter
1/3 C sugar
2/3 C lime juice
1 heaping Tbs freshly grated gingerroot
1-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
The rest
16-oz rice noodles
1 C peanuts, chopped
1 C fresh cilantro leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganBegin with the noodles. The kind I used required 25-30 minutes of soaking in very hot tap water. The package warms not to over soak, but I probably soaked them about 40 minutes because they were still hard in places. However, once you add them to skillet in the end, they soften up quite quickly. While they’re soaking in a bowl, start with the tofu. I don’t use any oil, I just tossed the tofu cubes in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, seasoned with salt and pepper, and sauteed them until browned, about 15 minutes.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganTransfer to a plate or bowl and set aside. In the same skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic. Add the bell pepper, water chestnuts and snap peas. Saute for about 10 minutes, or until tender.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganWhile those are cooking, however, start the sauce. In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients and heat over low-medium heat. Once it just starts to bubble, turn off the heat.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganAdd the tofu and green onion to the other veggies in the skillet and combine to rewarm the tofu.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganDrain the noodles and add them to the skillet and let the noodles soften, about 5 minutes, over low-medium heat. Add the sauce and combine thoroughly; serve immediately. Top each serving with fresh cilantro and peanuts. Enjoy!

Vegan & Gluten-Free Pad Thai
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 14-oz pkg. extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 orange or red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 can water chestnuts, sliced
  • 2 C snap peas
  • ½ C green onion, sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sauce
  • ⅔ C tamari
  • ⅓ C creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ C sugar
  • ⅔ C lime juice
  • 1 heaping Tbs freshly grated gingerroot
  • 1-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • The rest
  • 16-oz rice noodles
  • 1 C peanuts, chopped
  • 1 C fresh cilantro leaves
Directions
  1. Begin with the noodles. The kind I used required 25-30 minutes of soaking in very hot tap water. The package warns not to over soak, but I probably soaked them about 40 minutes because they were still hard in places. However, once you add them to skillet in the end, they soften up quite quickly.
  2. While they're soaking in a bowl, start with the tofu. I didn't use any oil, I just tossed the tofu cubes in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, seasoned with salt and pepper, and sauteed, flipping them often, until browned, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate or bowl and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic. Add the bell pepper, water chestnuts and snap peas. Saute for about 10 minutes, or until tender.
  4. While those are cooking, however, start the sauce. In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients and heat over low-medium heat. Once it just starts to bubble, turn off the heat.
  5. Add the tofu and green onion to the other veggies in the skillet and combine to rewarm the tofu.
  6. Drain the noodles and add them to the skillet and let the noodles soften, about 5 minutes, over low-medium heat. Add the sauce and combine thoroughly; serve immediately.
  7. Top each serving with fresh cilantro and peanuts. Enjoy!