Edamame Spaghetti with Lemon-Garlic Sauce

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

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

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

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

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

 

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!

 

Lentil Bowls with Avocado & Tomato

Lentil Bowls with Avocado and Tomato -- Epicurean Vegan

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

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

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

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

 

Raw Walnut Tacos {The 22-Day Revolution}

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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

 

 

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!

 

Lentil Burritos with Coconut-Garlic Cashew Sauce

Lentil Burritos with Coconut-Garlic Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganI’ve made similar burritos, but changed these up a little. You might be amazed at how easy these are to make, and in just over 30 minutes. I love the curry-garlic-coconutty-cashew flavor of the sauce which is perfectly matched with the lentils and veggies tucked inside a warm tortilla. They’re a great meal when you want something fast, healthy, and satisfying.

INGREDIENTS:
1 C red lentils
2-3/4 C vegetable broth
1 Tbs olive oil
2 medium red potatoes, peeled and diced small
1 C onion, chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced, then cut in half
Salt and pepper, to taste
Coconut-Garlic Cashew Sauce
3/4 C cashews
3 garlic cloves
3/4 C canned coconut milk
1/2 tsp cumin
1-1/2 tsp yellow curry powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
The rest
1 C cilantro, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
6 flour tortillas, warmed

DIRECTIONS:
Place the cashews in a small bowl and pour in enough hot water to cover them; set aside. In a medium sauce pan, combine the vegetable broth and lentils. Bring to a boil, stir, and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes, or until water is absorbed. If the lentils are soft, but there is still liquid left, drain them in a fine mesh strainer. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil and add the potatoes. Saute over medium heat until soft, but still a little firm, about 15-20 minutes.

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Add the onion and cook another 5 minutes, then add the zucchini and cook 5-7 minutes.
Lentil Burritos with Coconut-Garlic Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganOnce the lentil are done, add them to the skillet and combine thoroughly.
Lentil Burritos with Coconut-Garlic Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganTo make the sauce, drain the cashews and add them to the food processor along with the garlic. Puree 30 seconds, then slowly add the coconut milk while the machine is running. Stop and scrape the sides of the food processor bowl and add the rest of the sauce ingredients. Puree 2-3 minutes until completely smooth.

To assemble, scoop some lentil filling into a warm tortilla, roll and top with cilantro, tomatoes, and drizzle with sauce. Enjoy!

Lentil Burritos with Coconut-Garlic Cashew Sauce
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 C red lentils
  • 2-3/4 C vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 medium red potatoes, peeled and diced small
  • 1 C onion, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced, then cut in half
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
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  • Coconut-Garlic Cashew Sauce
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  • ¾ C cashews
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ¾ C canned coconut milk
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1-1/2 tsp yellow curry powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs nutritional yeast
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  • The rest
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  • 1 C cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 6 flour tortillas, warmed
Directions
  1. Place the cashews in a small bowl and pour in enough hot water to cover them; set aside. In a medium sauce pan, combine the vegetable broth and lentils. Bring to a boil, stir, and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes, or until water is absorbed. If the lentils are soft, but there is still liquid left, drain them over a fine mesh strainer.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil and add the potatoes. Saute over medium heat until soft, but still a little firm, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Add the onion and cook another 5 minutes, then add the zucchini and cook 5-7 minutes.
  4. Once the lentil are done, add them to the skillet and combine thoroughly.
  5. To make the sauce, drain the cashews and add them to the food processor along with the garlic. Puree 30 seconds, then slowly add the coconut milk while the machine is running. Stop and scrape the sides of the food processor bowl and add the rest of the sauce ingredients. Puree 2-3 minutes until completely smooth.
  6. To assemble, scoop some lentil filling into a warm tortilla, roll and top with cilantro, tomatoes, and drizzle with sauce. Enjoy!

 

 

Groatmeal with Fresh Fruit

Groatmeal with Fresh Fruit -- Epicurean VeganWhen it comes to breakfast, it can be a little lack luster for me. The Tenth Grader and I try to hit the gym in the mornings before school, so I typically inhale a Larabar at 5:45 a.m. and when I come home, I’m just wanting something quick. Sadly, I usually end up with a Boca “chicken” patty on an English muffin. Even though I’m a morning person, making a quick, healthy and delicious breakfast can be a tall order. If I had my way, I’d go to the Rainbow every morning for their Groatmeal (granola + oatmeal and loaded with lots of fruit), but that’s not an option. The other night, while lamenting with my friend Jessie about my boring breakfasts, she told me to make the oatmeal the night before. For many of you, this may be nothing new, but to me, it was revolutionary. You see, I’m not a huge oatmeal fan . . . unless it’s the Rainbow’s . . . but I thought, what the hell, it’s time to be a big girl and make my own oatmeal. And I loved it. Talk about easy and an ideal option for a post workout meal.

INGREDIENTS:
1 C old fashioned oats
1 to 1-1/2 C unsweetened almond milk
Fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and/or bananas
Handful of granola, store-bought or homemade
Brown sugar
*next time, I’ll add some cinnamon to the oats and milk the night before. Yum!*

DIRECTIONS:
The night before, place the oats in a Pyrex dish (or any covered bowl) and pour in the almond milk. This is where your preference comes in. If you pour enough to just cover the oats, by morning, the oats will have absorbed most of the milk, or pour in a bit more to make it kind of soupy. I like the soupy kind. You can always add more almond milk in the morning if it’s not enough. You really can’t screw this up.
Groatmeal with Fresh Fruit -- Epicurean VeganI know, they pretty much look the same, right? There was only a little “loose” milk in the one on the right. When it comes time to eat, just scoop out some oatmeal, add a handful of granola, slice up some fruit, and sprinkle with a tiny bit of brown sugar. Enjoy!

Groatmeal with Fresh Fruit
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 C old fashioned oats
  • 1 to 1-1/2 C unsweetened almond milk
  • Fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and/or bananas
  • Handful of granola, store-bought or homemade
  • Brown sugar
Directions
  1. The night before, place the oats in a Pyrex dish (or any covered bowl) and pour in the almond milk. This is where your preference comes in. If you pour enough to just cover the oats and by morning, the oats will have absorbed it all, or pour in a bit more to make it kind of soupy. I like the soupy kind. You can always add more almond milk in the morning if it's not enough. You really can't screw this up.
  2. When it comes time to eat, just scoop out some oatmeal, add a handful of granola, slice up some fruit, and sprinkle with a tiny bit of brown sugar. Enjoy!

 

 

Review: Eat Clean Live Well by Terry Walters

Eat Clean Live Well Review -- Epicurean VeganI love books. I love to cook. So naturally, I love cookbooks. I probably own more than I need, too. But I will always welcome the opportunity to review a vegan cookbook. Eat Clean Live Well (Sterling Epicure, Nov. 4, 2014) by Terry Walters, author of Clean Food and Clean Start, is an all-encompassing guide to not only eating clean, but incorporating the same principals in day-to-day living.

EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL is about making the choices that give beauty and meaning to each day and allow us to live with intention, purpose and good health.” —Terry Walters

When I received the book, I was leaving to go out of town for a few days, so I lent the book to my  neighbor who loves to cook as much as I do. Even though she and her husband are not vegans, I knew she’d like this book because they consume very few animal products and shop the farmer’s markets every week. As I suspected, she loved the cookbook; so much so, she purchased her own copy. As a non-vegan, she appreciated the constructive approach Walters takes, by not preaching or judging meat eaters. She loved the practical advice Walters gives on how to incorporate easy, healthy lifestyle changes, without being over-the-top.

I couldn’t agree more. Walters, clearly knowledgeable on clean eating, makes it easy for readers to understand the importance of knowing where your food comes from, and in the process, support your local growers.

The book is broken up by season, beginning with spring. For each section, Walters provides clean living ideas and advice for that season, such as cleansing options (for both body and home) for spring. She then provides recipes using ingredients abundant during that season. The recipes are easy to follow with each section featuring appetizers, soups, vegetables, grains, legumes and desserts. All of the desserts use gluten-free flour and I also noticed that Walters uses maple syrup as a sweetener, rather than white or brown sugar. There are a lot of ingredients Walter uses that I rarely use, such as dried sea vegetables, certain vegetables like ramps and celery root, as well as the various gluten-free flours, however, that’s not necessarily a bad thing; I need to branch out, as long as I’m not stuck with a package of kombu for years because I only need one tiny piece. But this book makes it easy to slowly transition your kitchen into one packed with whole, in-season, non-processed foods. The true test, of course, are the recipes. Is the food any good?

Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric and OrangeCauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric and Orange, page 191
The roasted cauliflower with a ginger, turmeric and orange glaze, was absolutely delicious. Walters recommends serving the cauliflower over black lentils or wild rice; I just had green lentils.  The Husband felt that the lentils over powered the cauliflower. At first, I didn’t agree, but I could see his point halfway into the meal. However, he liked the cilantro on top, but this time, I felt the herb over powered the cauliflower. All in all, a winner, but I recommend serving with the wild rice and  as for the cilantro, you’ll have to decide. 

Sweet Potato Leek Soup with Sesame SprinkleSweet Potato Leek Soup with Sesame Sprinkle, page 174
An absolute winner. Not only is this soup incredibly simple to make, it is packed full of amazing flavor. The sesame sprinkle, made with toasted sesame seeds and a few seasonings is a must—it adds just the right amount flavor. I highly recommend this recipe.
Brown Rice Veggie PattiesBrown Rice Veggie Patties, page 196
These veggie patties, with brown rice, carrots, onion and white beans, are very easy to make and quite flavorful. They’re crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Walters suggests serving them as is, but we decided to top them with guacamole and red onion and serve with buns. Unlike a lot of homemade veggie burgers, these kept their shape when it came time to flip them in the oven and stayed together while eating them. I’d definitely makes these again.

Eat Clean Live Well Feast

This review then turned into a group affair. My neighbor hosted a dinner featuring recipes from the cookbook, so there were seven of us—which meant seven different opinions. Our other neighbors who came, were also smitten with the book and ordered a copy as well!  I brought another batch of the Sweet Potato Leek Soup with Sesame Sprinkle and every single guest loved it. So first up . . .
Arugula Salad with Creamy Lemon Parsley DressingArugula Salad with Creamy Lemon Parsley Dressing, page 243
Oh, my goodness. Amazing. The dressing is outstanding and melds perfectly with the avocado, dried cranberries and pepitas. The garlicky, lemony dressing was a hit with everyone.

Broccoli Salad with Dried Cranberries and Shallot DressingBroccoli Salad with Dried Cranberries and Shallot Dressing, page 181
While it came in as a close second behind the first salad, everyone agreed this one had a delicious combination of flavors. I loved the slivered almonds and tangy, yet subtle dressing.

Portobellos Topped with Cannellini Bean Mash and Brussels Sprout RibbonsPortobellos Topped with Cannellini Bean Mash and Brussels Sprout Ribbons, page 202
These definitely garnered differing opinions. When reading the recipe, my neighbor suspected that these could turn out a little bland, and unfortunately, we did find that they lacked a little something, such as lemon or a balsamic drizzle. They were still tasty, but some more seasoning or a tangy sauce would have topped them perfectly. We also agreed that the bean mash was a little too much, but the Brussels Sprouts were ideal. One guest felt that the bean mash texture turned her off and a few others didn’t care for the bean flavor, suggesting instead, to use mashed potatoes. These are certainly worth trying again, but maybe some seasoning tweaking might help.
Coconut Cacao Energy BarsCoconut Cacao Energy Bars, page 143
Incidentally, none of us neighbors/friends tend to be big dessert people, so we went with these bars that have dates and cacao nibs. Though incredibly easy to make, these unfortunately, didn’t wow us, as a dessert or as a snack. My issue, which I finally realized, is that I don’t like dates. Others just didn’t like the taste either. It’s not to say they were inedible, they just didn’t do it for us.

Despite this, I still highly recommend this cookbook. Other recipes I’m anxious to try:
Roasted Baby Artichokes with Tarragon Oil, page 56
Sarah’s Dandelion Thai Curry, page 58, 
Sprouted Lentil Salad with Dried Plums and Toasted Walnuts, page 70
Raw Chili with Sweet Corn, page 103
Watermelon Ice with Coconut Milk, page 138
Roasted Squash, Caramelized Shiitake and Shallot Lasagna, page 197
Applesauce Cake, page 207
On a side note, my neighbor had made the Fingerling Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish Dressing on page 246, earlier in the week and raved about it! She said she’d make it again and again, so I’m anxious to try it.

Overall, I am thrilled with this cookbook and it’s made me want to check out her previous cookbooks. EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble for around $23.
Disclosure: Although the cookbook was provided to me for free to review, that in no way influenced my opinion.

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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Serves: 6
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!