Quinoa-Tempeh Veggie Wraps

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

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

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

 

Lemon-Pecan Waffles

Lemon-Pecan Waffles -- Epicurean VeganThese are some hearty, no-joke waffles. You could certainly add a bit more milk to thin out the batter a little more to make a lighter, crispier waffle, but we enjoyed the muffin-like texture of the thicker ones. Either way, you won’t be disappointed with this lemony, nutty breakfast/brunch mainstay.

INGREDIENTS:
3-1/2 C flour
2/3 C ground pecans (about 1-1/4 C whole pecans)
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 C unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
1/4 C vegan margarine, melted
3 Tbs lemon juice
Zest from one large lemon
1 C pecans, chopped and toasted
Cooking spray
Vegan margarine
Maple syrup

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to about 200 degrees and preheat waffle maker according to its instructions. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, pecans, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, melted margarine, lemon juice and zest. Add  the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and gently fold until well combined, using a rubber spatula.

Lemon-Pecan Waffles -- Epicurean VeganSpray the waffle irons with cooking spray and place about a 3/4 to 1 cup of the batter in each waffle square. (Waffle makers vary, so be sure to find out how much/little batter to use).
Lemon-Pecan Waffles -- Epicurean VeganBecause these are thicker waffles, you will probably want to add a couple of minutes to the regular cooking time. (And I could have used a bit more batter).
Lemon-Pecan Waffles -- Epicurean VeganPlace the finished waffles on a baking sheet, cover with foil and place in the warm oven while you cook the rest of the waffles. I got about 12 waffles out of this batter, but if you decide to thin the batter out, you’ll definitely get a few more. Top individual servings with some vegan margarine, syrup and a scoop of toasted pecans. Enjoy!

Lemon-Pecan Waffles
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Brunch
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3-1/2 C flour
  • ⅔ C ground pecans (about 1-1/4 C whole pecans)
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 C unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
  • ¼ C vegan margarine, melted
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • Zest from one large lemon
  • 1 C pecans, chopped and toasted
  • Cooking spray
  • Vegan margarine
  • Maple syrup
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to about 200 degrees and preheat waffle maker according to its instructions.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, pecans, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, melted margarine, lemon juice and zest.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and gently fold until well combined, using a rubber spatula.
  5. Spray the waffle irons with cooking spray and place about a ¾ to 1 cup of the batter in each waffle square. (Waffle makers vary, so be sure to find out how much/little batter to use).
  6. Because these are thicker waffles, you will probably want to add a couple of minutes to the regular cooking time.
  7. Place the finished waffles on a baking sheet, cover with foil and place in the warm oven while you cook the rest of the waffles. I got about 12 waffles out of this batter, but if you decide to thin the batter out, you'll definitely get a few more.
  8. Top individual servings with some vegan margarine, syrup and a scoop of toasted pecans. Enjoy!

 

 

Rigatoni with Garlic-Ricotta & Field Roast

Rigatoni with Garlic-Ricotta & Field Roast -- Epicurean VeganThanks to the previous lasagna meal, I had a few ingredients leftover and I needed a fast and easy dinner to throw together. I had some tofu ricotta left, as well as two Field Roast sausage links, so it worked out beautifully. I wanted to make the ricotta more of a sauce, so I added some minced garlic and a bit of vegetable broth to thin it out. When I sauteed the Field Roast, some of the small crumbles got nice and crispy, creating a kind of crumbled bacon taste. Yum! Fresh tomatoes and parsley (basil would be great too) and the meal was ready in 15 minutes.

Rigatoni with Garlic-Ricotta & Field Roast
 
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Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Rigatoni pasta
  • 1 C tofu ricotta (see link above)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ C vegetable broth (I used a tsp of Better Than Bouillon + water)
  • 2 Field Roast sausage links, Italian Seasoning flavor
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • ½ C parsley, chopped
Directions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Mince the garlic cloves in a food processor, then add the ricotta and vegetable broth. Process 30 seconds, or until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until heated through.
  3. Meanwhile, saute the Field Roast in a skillet with a tad of olive oil.
  4. To serve, top individual servings of pasta with some sauce, Field Roast, tomatoes and parsley. Enojy!

 

 

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

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Sauce

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

Pesto:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

 

Hummus & Tomato Tart

hummus tartThis is great for a last minute appetizer and is extremely versatile. Change up the veggies, spices, and herbs and you have another great appetizer. I used Pillsbury crescent rolls (yes, they’re vegan) and I actually like them as a crust a bit more than puff pastry (which is also vegan). The crescent rolls have a fluffy layer effect that’s light and tasty. I cut the tart into 9 squares, but feel free to slice and dice the way you’d like.

INGREDIENTS:

1 pkg. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (8 to a package)
1/3 to 1/2 C prepared hummus
2 tomatoes, sliced thin (about 9 slices)
1/3 C chopped fresh basil

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 9×13 baking sheet. Unroll the crescent rolls on the baking sheet and press the perforated edges to seal them. Using your fingers, firmly press the dough in several directions in order to get it to fit the baking sheet.
20140526_163122Bake for 9 minutes, or until golden brown.
20140526_164511Let it cool completely, then spread on the hummus, add the tomatoes and sprinkle on the basil. Cut into squares and enjoy!

 

Creamy Kale & Mushroom Pasta

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

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

Lime n’ Bean Tacos with Field Roast & Bell Peppers

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

Empowered Noodle Bowl + A Giveaway of The Oh She Glows Cookbook!

DSC08248I was thrilled to have an opportunity to post a recipe from Angela Liddon’s The Oh She Glows Cookbook AND be able to give a copy away to one lucky reader! I’ve been glued to this cookbook since I received it because not only is it full of beautiful photographs (about every recipe has a pic), but the recipes look downright delicious. Like Liddon, I had some unhealthy eating (or should I say, not eating) habits before I went vegan. I can truly say that a vegan diet saved my life. This is a great cookbook to have in your collection because it is full of tasty, healthy recipes that use only whole, minimally-processed ingredients. If you’ve been a fan of the Oh She Glows website, you’re going to love this cookbook with 75 brand-spankin’ new recipes, plus 25 updated reader favorites. So if you want to win this beautiful cookbook, leave a comment; it’s that easy! You have until midnight (PST) on Sunday, April 6. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, April 7th. 

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You’ll love Liddon’s Empowered Noodle Bowl, two ways: Thai Peanut & Orange-Maple Miso on page 153. I decided to make both dressings and honestly, I can’t tell you which one is my favorite; they’re both delicious. The Thai Peanut is thicker with some garlic kick, whereas the Orange-Maple Miso is a tad thinner and milder. They’re both easy enough to make, so why not do both? This is a fantastic lunch or light dinner, that comes together rather quickly. I like how the veggies take precedence over the noodles—it’s not a heavy pasta dish, but rather, a bowl of fresh veggies with some noodles thrown in and coated with a tasty dressing. A winner for sure.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

Thai Peanut Sauce

1 large garlic clove
2 Tbs toasted sesame oil
3 Tbs natural smooth peanut butter
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
3 Tbs fresh lime juice
2 Tbs + 1 tsp low-sodium tamari
1-2 tsp granulated sugar

Orange-Maple Miso Dressing

3 Tbs light miso
2 Tbs rice vinegar
1 Tbs toasted sesame oil
1 Tbs tahini
1/4 C fresh orange juice
1 Tbs water
1 tsp maple syrup

Salad

4 oz gluten-free soba noodles
Extra virgin olive oil, for the noodles
16 oz bag frozen shelled edamame, thawed
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 English cucumber, diced
1 carrot, julienned
4 green onions, chopped
1/4 C cilantro, chopped
Sesame seeds, for serving

DIRECTIONS

To make the Thai Peanut sauce, combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely smooth. Do the same for the Orange-Maple Miso Dressing.

Empowered NoodleCook the noodles according to instructions on the package (5-9 minutes). Drain, rinse under cold water and transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle with a little of the olive oil, then toss with the veggies and dressing of your choice. Top individual servings with sesame seeds and enjoy! If you like the looks of this recipe, you’re going to want this cookbook, so leave a comment and you just may get it! Good luck!

DSC08246With the Thai Peanut Sauce
DSC08247With the Orange-Maple Miso Dressing

 Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © GLO BAKERY CORPORATION, 2014.

Quinoa & Kale Pitas with Tahini Dressing

QuinoaKalePitasThese are packed with some of my favorite ingredients! Quinoa is loaded with protein and the kale is well . . . it’s kale! We all know kale is high in iron, calcium and several vitamins. Check out these 10 Health Benefits of this super green. I also threw in some pepitas, which are rich in vitamins, beta carotene, and protein. I made a pretty big batch so that I can nosh all week (especially post workouts), but feel free to halve the recipe if you’re fearful of getting quinoa’d out. (Inconceivable! ;-) )

INGREDIENTS

Filling

2 C tri-color quinoa
4 C vegetable broth or water
1 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C red onion, diced
3/4 C green onion, sliced
2 C mushrooms, diced
1 bunch kale, leaves removed and chopped (stems discarded)
3/4 C pepitas

Dressing

2 large cloves of garlic
1 Tbs tahini
2 Tbs yellow/light miso
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1/2 C unsweetened almond milk
1/2 C cold water
2 Tbs chia seesds
1/4 tsp black pepper

The rest

Pita pockets
Avocado slices

DIRECTIONS

I recommend making the dressing first. It’ll be a little runny, but letting it sit for 20 minutes or so, will allow the chia seeds to do their thing and thicken up the dressing. In a food processor or blender, combine all of the dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. Set aside.

DSC08213In a large soup pot, combine the broth (or water) with the quinoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover, and cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until all of the liquid has been absorbed.

DSC08214Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and garlic in a large skillet. Add the red and green onions. Saute until softened and a tiny bit browned. Add the kale and mushrooms and saute until the the kale is bright green, about 5 minutes.
onionskaleFold the veggies and pepitas into the cooked quinoa.
DSC08215I placed a little dressing inside the pita,  along with a slice or two of avocado, then added the filling, and topped with some more dressing. Enjoy!
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