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!

 

 

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.

 

 

Black Rice & Lentil Thai Bowls with Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce

Black Rice and Lentil Thai Bowls with Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganYou’re going to need a big bowl to fit in all this goodness. It’s easy to go overboard with different veggies and toppings, but I think I found a great combination for these Thai bowls. Not only are they vegan, but they’re gluten-free too. The flavors of the sauce mingle beautifully with the steamed cauliflower, tofu and kale. The pepitas also add a nice extra crunch as well. Served warm or cold, these bowls are great to take to work for a filling, protein-packed lunch.

INGREDIENTS:
2-1/2 C vegetable broth
1 C black rice
1 C green lentils
1 head cauliflower
14-oz extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 carrots, grated
3 C kale, chopped
1 C green onion, sliced
1/2 C pepitas
Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce:
1 C cashews, soaked in hot water for about an hour
2 cloves garlic
1 can coconut milk
1 Tbs fresh ginger, grated
2 Tbs peanut butter
Juice from one lime
1 Tbs curry powder
1 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:
To begin, combine the rice, lentils and vegetable broth in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Stir, reduce heat, and cover; cook for 40-45 minutes. This will give you plenty of time to get everything else prepared: chop the veggies, saute the tofu and steam the cauliflower. For the tofu, I just sauteed the cubes in a dry skillet until slightly browned. Steam the cauliflower florets for about 8-10 minutes—not too much though because you want to avoid making the cauliflower too mushy (unless you like that sort of thing). I prefer them to have a little bit of crunch. To make the sauce, toss the garlic cloves in a food processor and mince. Next, add all of the other sauce ingredients and puree for several minutes until completely smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until it thickens just a little—only a couple of minutes.

Black Rice and Lentil Thai Bowls with Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganOnce the rice and lentils are done, fluff with a spoon. To serve, start with some rice-lentil mixture, then add the kale, tofu, cauliflower, carrots, green onions, sauce and top with the pepitas. Absolutely delicious! Enjoy!

Black Rice & Lentil Thai Bowls with Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 C vegetable broth
  • 1 C black rice
  • 1 C green lentils
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 14-oz extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 3 C kale, chopped
  • 1 C green onion, sliced
  • ½ C pepitas
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  • Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce:
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  • 1 C cashews, soaked in hot water for about an hour
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 Tbs peanut butter
  • Juice from one lime
  • 1 Tbs curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
Directions
  1. To begin, combine the rice, lentils and vegetable broth in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Stir, reduce heat, and cover; cook for 40-45 minutes.
  2. This will give you plenty of time to get everything else prepared: chop the veggies, saute the tofu and steam the cauliflower.
  3. For the tofu, I just sauteed the cubes in a dry skillet until slightly browned.
  4. Steam the cauliflower florets for about 8-10 minutes---not too much though because you want to avoid making the cauliflower too mushy (unless you like that sort of thing). I prefer them to have a little bit of crunch.
  5. To make the sauce, toss the garlic cloves in a food processor and mince. Next, add all of the other sauce ingredients and puree for several minutes until completely smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until it thickens just a little---only a couple of minutes.
  6. Once the rice and lentils are done, fluff with a spoon.
  7. To serve, start with some rice-lentil mixture, then add the kale, tofu, cauliflower, carrots, green onions, sauce and top with the pepitas. Absolutely delicious! Enjoy!

 

Hearty Vegetable-Lentil Soup

Hearty Vegetable-Lentil Soup -- Epicurean VeganSo, I’ve been kind of mackin’ on lentils lately. If you’re a longtime reader, you may have noticed that I haven’t cooked with lentils too often. I bought some a couple of weeks ago because I wanted to give them a shot. I’ve had plenty of lentil dishes at restaurants, but for some reason, I just never introduced them into my kitchen—until now. This nutty, earthy legume is not only tasty, but it’s pretty healthy too: high in fiber which helps lower cholesterol, control weight and keeps things moving smoothly; high in magnesium and folate which promotes heart heath and improves blood and oxygen flow; and is an excellent source of protein. How ’bout that?! Add in some other healthy veggies and you have yourself a powerful bowl of vegan goodness. This soup started out with me scouring the produce drawers; not much there at the moment because I have to hit the grocery store tomorrow, so I wasn’t sure how prolific this soup would be, but I’m thrilled with the results. If you’ve fallen out of love with lentils, rekindle the magic with this hearty, comforting bowl of lentil love.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
9 C vegetable broth
1-1/2 C lentils (I used half green, half red)
1 C pasta (I used rotini, but any small pasta will do)
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
1 bay leaf
2 C mushrooms, quartered or chopped
1 14-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
4 C spinach (about 1 cup of that was kale), chopped

DIRECTIONS:
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the garlic; cook 1-2 minutes. Add the onions and cook until they soften and brown just slightly, about 10 minutes. Add in the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Stir in the lentils, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover (I didn’t cover completely. I left a 1/2″ gap). Cook 40 minutes, but stir once in a while. Next, add the pasta and increase heat to medium. Stir occasionally.

Hearty Vegetable-Lentil Soup -- Epicurean VeganOnce the pasta is about halfway cooked–about 5 minutes–reduce heat and stir in the mushrooms.
Hearty Vegetable-Lentil Soup -- Epicurean VeganCook another 5 minutes, then add the tomatoes and spinach. Lower heat and cook until the greens have cooked down, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!

Hearty Vegetable-Lentil Soup
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 9 C vegetable broth
  • 1-1/2 C lentils (I used a half green, half red)
  • 1 C pasta (I used rotini, but any small pasta will do)
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 C mushrooms, quartered or chopped
  • 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 C spinach (about 1 cup of that was kale), chopped
Directions
  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the garlic; cook 1-2 minutes. Add the onions and cook until they soften and brown just slightly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add in the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Stir in the lentils, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover (I didn't cover completely. I left a ½" gap). Cook 40 minutes.
  3. Next, add the pasta and increase heat to medium. Stir occasionally.
  4. Once the pasta is about halfway cooked--about 5 minutes--reduce heat and stir in the mushrooms.
  5. Cook another 5 minutes, then add the tomatoes and spinach. Lower heat and cook until the greens have cooked down, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!

 

 

Potato, Bean & Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce

Potato, Bean and Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganIndian curry burritos?! You betcha. These knife-and-fork burritos are a tasty change up from the usual Mexican-style we’re all used to. I had a few combination ideas running through my head as I was trying to come up with the recipe . . . potato-zucchini? Lentil-potato? I just couldn’t decide, so I went with it all! Tucked inside the warm tortilla are potatoes, lentils, beans and red onion, topped with a cashew-curry sauce, some sauteed zucchini, green onion and finished with tomatoes and cilantro. Don’t be scared off by the number of ingredients or pans used in this recipe—everything is quite easy to make. (And you’ll be glad you did!)

INGREDIENTS:
1 C green lentils
3 C vegetable broth
1 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red onion, chopped
2 medium russet potatoes
1 15-oz can tri-bean blend (or black beans), drained and rinsed
Cashew-Curry Sauce
3/4 C cashews
1/2 C water, divided
12.3-oz pkg. silken tofu
1/4 C coconut flakes
1/2 tsp cumin
1-1/2 tsp yellow curry powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
Topping
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 C green onion, sliced
2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 C cilantro, chopped
The rest
6 Flour tortillas

DIRECTIONS:
Start with preparing the lentils. In a medium sauce pan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. (I like to use Better Than Bouillon brand since I can make as much broth as I need without wasting any.) Stir in the lentils, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and let cook for about 25 minutes. I tasted the lentils when there was still a little liquid left and found that they were done, so I just used a fine strainer and drained the lentils. While they’re cooking though, I cooked the potatoes the microwave—roughly 8 minutes and then set them aside to let them cool. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add the red onion and cook until softened and beginning to brown, about 5-7 minutes. Cut the potatoes into chunks and add them to the skillet, along with the beans. Once the lentils are done, stir them into the potato mixture. I then sprinkled with some cumin and curry powder.

Potato, Bean and Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganTo make the sauce, puree the cashews with a 1/4 cup of the water. Next, add the remaining 1/4 cup of water and the rest of the sauce ingredients. Blend for a good 3-4 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over low-medium heat to warm; whisk occasionally.
Potato, Bean and Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganIn a small skillet, heat the olive oil and add the zucchini and green onions; saute over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the veggies soften.

Potato, Bean and Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganYou can stir in the tomatoes and cilantro if you’d like, or keep them separate . To assemble, warm the tortillas in the microwave or steamer. Spread some sauce on the tortilla, add a couple of big scoops of potato filling, roll, then top with a ladle of sauce, some zucchini-green onion mix and some tomatoes and cilantro. So good! Grab a knife, grab a fork and dig in! Enjoy!
Potato, Bean and Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce -- Epicurean Vegan

Potato, Bean & Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 C green lentils
  • 3 C vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 15-oz can tri-bean blend (or black beans), drained and rinsed
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  • Cashew-Curry Sauce
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  • ¾ C cashews
  • ½ C water, divided
  • 12.3-oz pkg. silken tofu
  • ¼ C coconut flakes
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1-1/2 tsp yellow curry powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs nutritional yeast
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  • Topping
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  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 C green onion, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • ½ C cilantro, chopped
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  • The rest
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  • 6 Flour tortillas
Directions
  1. Start with preparing the lentils. In a medium sauce pan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. (I like to use Better Than Bouillon brand since I can make as much broth as I need without wasting any.) Stir in the lentils, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and let cook for about 25 minutes. I tasted the lentils when there was still a little liquid left and found that they were done, so I just used a fine strainer and drained the lentils.
  2. While they're cooking though, I cooked the potatoes the microwave---roughly 8 minutes and then set them aside to let them cool.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add the red onion and cook until softened and beginning to brown. Cut the potatoes into chunks and add them to the skillet, along with the beans. Once the lentils are done, stir them into the potato mixture. I then sprinkled with some cumin and curry powder.
  4. To make the sauce, puree the cashews with a ¼ cup of the water. Next, add the remaining ¼ cup of water and the rest of the sauce ingredients. Blend for a good 3-4 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over low-medium heat to warm; whisk occasionally.
  5. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil and add the zucchini and green onions; saute over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the veggies soften.You can stir in the tomatoes and cilantro of you'd like, or keep them separate (I know lots of folks who hate warm tomatoes).
  6. To assemble, warm the tortillas in the microwave or steamer. I then spread some sauce on the tortilla, added a couple of big scoops of potato filling, rolled, then topped with a ladle of sauce, some zucchini-green onion mix and then some tomatoes and cilantro. So good! Grab a knife, grab a fork and dig in! Enjoy!

 

Cashew Cheese Risotto

Cashew Cheese Risotto -- Epicurean VeganJust so you  know, we’re not messing around with this risotto. I shudder to think what my vegan life would be like without cashew cheese. Obviously, the pure joy of the Creamy Macaroni with Cashew Cheese, would just not exist, as would the Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash and Cashew Cheese and the Pine nut and Cashew Ravioli. Not a vegan world I’d want to live in, folks. And the beauty of it all, is that cashew cheese is so simple to make, a monkey can do it, so it just doesn’t get any better. This baked risotto dish is creamy, decadent and outta this world (and into vegan heaven). And did I mention it’s easy to make? Ready in 50 minutes? No standing at the stove constantly stirring like traditional risotto; this entree (or side dish) practically cooks itself. Served solo or with garlic bread and a salad, you’re well on your way to cashew cheese nirvana.

INGREDIENTS:
5 C vegetable broth
1-1/2 C Arborio rice
1 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C onion, diced
16-oz mushrooms, sliced, then cut in half
1-1/2 C green onion, sliced
2-3 C fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 C white cooking wine
2 Tbs vegan margarine
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1 recipe cashew cheese (see below)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cashew Cheese (makes 1 cup)
1 C raw, roasted and unsalted cashews (whole or pieces), soaked in hot water 1-2 hours
1/2 C water
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:
Start the cashew cheese first. Soak the nuts in a bowl with enough boiling water to just cover the nuts. Let sit 1-2 hours. Drain, rinse and transfer to a food processor. Add 1/2 cup of water and puree. While the machine is running, add the salt, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary; set aside.
Cashew Cheese Risotto -- Epicurean VeganPreheat oven to 350. Combine 4 cups of the broth with the rice in a Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. While the rice is baking, prepare your other ingredients. With about 10 minutes of cooking time left for the risotto,  heat the olive oil and garlic over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Once the garlic starts to brown, add the mushrooms and green onion. Reduce heat to medium-low and saute about 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach and let it cook 2 minutes. Once it starts to wilt, remove from the heat.
Cashew Cheese Risotto -- Epicurean VeganWhen the risotto is done (all the liquid is absorbed), stir in the remaining cup of broth. Then add the white wine, vegan margarine, salt and pepper. Stir vigorously for 2-3 minutes; this is what releases the starches and makes the risotto nice and creamy. Add the nutritional yeast and all of the cashew cheese. Stir until well combined. Fold in the mushroom-spinach mixture. And that’s it! Serve and thoroughly enjoy!

Cashew Cheese Risotto
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 5 C vegetable broth
  • 1-1/2 C Arborio rice
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 C onion, diced
  • 16-oz mushrooms, sliced, then cut in half
  • 1-1/2 C green onion, sliced
  • 2-3 C fresh spinach, chopped
  • ½ C white cooking wine
  • 2 Tbs vegan margarine
  • ¼ C nutritional yeast
  • 1 recipe cashew cheese (see below)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cashew Cheese (makes 1 cup)
  • 1 C raw, roasted and unsalted cashews (whole or pieces), soaked in hot water 1-2 hours
  • ½ C water
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
Directions
  1. Start the cashew cheese first. Soak the nuts in a bowl with enough boiling water to just cover the nuts. Let sit 1-2 hours. Drain, rinse and transfer to a food processor. Add ½ cup of water and puree. While the machine is running, add the salt, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Combine 4 cups of the broth with the rice in a Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 45 minutes.
  3. While the rice is baking, prepare your other ingredients. With about 10 minutes of cooking time left for the risotto, heat the olive oil and garlic over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Once the garlic starts to brown, add the mushrooms and green onion. Reduce heat to medium-low and saute about 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach and let it cook 2 minutes. Once it starts to wilt, remove from the heat.
  4. When the risotto is done (all the liquid is absorbed), stir in the remaining cup of broth. Then add the white wine, vegan margarine, salt and pepper. Stir vigorously for 2-3 minutes; this is what releases the starches and makes the risotto nice and creamy. Add the nutritional yeast and all of the cashew cheese. Stir until well combined. Fold in the mushroom-spinach mixture. And that's it! Serve and thoroughly enjoy!

 

Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado

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

INGREDIENTS:
1 Field Roast Celebration Roast, cut into about 11 slices
1 onion, cut into large pieces
1 avocado, peeled, pitted & sliced thin
Sandwich rolls
Marinade
1 C tamari
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tbs red miso
1 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
Cashew-Horseradish Sauce
3/4 C raw, unsalted cashews, soaked for an hour or two
1/4 C water
1 clove garlic
2 tsp prepared horseradish sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:
To prepare the marinade, whisk together the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Place the Field Roast and onions in a large resealable bag and pour the marinade inside. Seal and coat the contents thoroughly. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, turning once halfway through.

Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado -- Epicurean Vegan To prepare the Cashew-Horseradish Sauce, place the garlic clove, salt and black pepper in the food processor and process until the garlic is minced well. Add the cashews, water, horseradish and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado -- Epicurean Vegan

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

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

 

 

Vegan & Gluten-Free Lasagna

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

Vegan & Gluten-Free Lasagna -- Epicurean Vegan

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