Vegan & Gluten-Free Mini Quiches

Vegan and Gluten-Free Mini Quiches -- Epicurean VeganI’ve been wanting to figure out how to make vegan mini quiches for a while now, but I wasn’t sure where to start. Do I use tofu? Flour? Wave a magic wand? Well, when I came across this recipe, I knew my search was over. I only made one modification and that was to add the veggies to the batter instead of just topping the batter with them. Doing so, will give you about 4 more quiches (16 instead of 12). That works great as long as you have 2 muffin tins. Otherwise, you could add your veggies just to the tops. I was thoroughly impressed with these. They taste like a cross between an actual egg-y quiche and a biscuit. They’re packed with protein and make a great quick breakfast on the go—just zap in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and you’re good to go. (These are especially ideal for a post-workout snack).

INGREDIENTS:
2-1/2 C garbanzo/chickpea flour (I also had some garbanzo & flava flour mix that worked great, too)
3 C cold, filtered water
3 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp salt
Cooking spray
Veggies/toppings: Use your favorites, but I like to use 1-1/2 to 2 cups of chopped . . . spinach tomato mushrooms green onion cilantro Other options: veggie bacon or ham, bell pepper, sauteed garlic, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, basil, Swiss chard, shredded (and squeezed dry) zucchini, peas, . . . the list is endless.
Note: I used sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil) in a batch and I recommend easing up on the oil in the batter by at least a tablespoon. Also, throw in some chia seeds. Pepitas or sunflower seeds would also be great additions.

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 500 and lightly spray the muffin tins. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, water, oil, and salt. Be sure to whisk until all the lumps are gone and  you have a smooth batter. You can then pour the batter evenly among 12 muffin cups and just add your veggies to the top, OR (as I would recommend) add the veggies to the batter.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Mini Quiches -- Epicurean Vegan

Fill the muffin tins . . . Vegan and Gluten-Free Mini Quiches -- Epicurean VeganBake for 14 minutes, then crack the oven door slightly, and cook another 11 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes or so, and remove with a knife. Enjoy!

Vegan and Gluten-Free Mini Quiches -- Epicurean Vegan

Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast

Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast -- Epicurean Vegan

Gotta love Mother’s Day brunch…I saw this recipe at Olives for Dinner and knew immediately, I had to give it a try. I was intrigued by the soy-free ricotta. I made a few adjustments like using apple cider vinegar instead of coconut vinegar, and I also made the ricotta the morning of instead of the night before. These turned out delicious! And the salted butterscotch sauce was a fantastic touch!

INGREDIENTS:

1 loaf of French bread

Ricotta cheese:

1 can full-fat coconut milk
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
5 tsp agar flakes

For the batter:

1 C almond milk
1 C canned coconut milk
3 Tbs garbanzo flour (chickpea flour)
2 tsp egg replacer powder

Sauce:

1/2 C brown sugar
2 Tbs almond milk
2 Tbs coconut oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp xantham gum
I also toasted some chopped pecans and walnuts for on top

DIRECTIONS:

I was supposed to make the ricotta the night before and let it chill, but I did’t get to it, so I improvised. I threw it in the freezer to let it set up, which it did quite quickly. So…in a saucepan, whisk together all of the ricotta ingredients. Stir over medium heat until the agar flakes dissolve completely, for about 20 minutes. The agar still hadn’t dissolved after 30 minutes, so taking the advice from Olives, I poured the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.

Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast -- Epicurean Vegan

I was really surprised at how much agar was still left. Not sure what happened there . . .anyway, transfer to a covered dish and chill. It set up within 15 minutes in the freezer, so I placed it in the fridge until I was ready to use it. The bread, however, I did leave out overnight after I sliced it into 1″ slices. Doing so will toughen the bread up for battering. Cut each slice about 3/4 of the way down, but not all the way through.

Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast -- Epicurean Vegan

Once the filling has set up, stir it up with a spoon or fork.

Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast -- Epicurean Vegan

Next, combine the batter ingredients in a large shallow dish/bowl.

Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast -- Epicurean Vegan

In a small saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients and cook over a low to medium heat, whisking often to prevent burning. (I suggest growing an extra set of hands, because you’ll need them, or better yet, enlist some help). It will only take a few minutes for the sauce to thicken. I may have cooked it a bit too long because it was very chutney-like. It was still good nonetheless.

Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast -- Epicurean Vegan

Spray a skillet or flat griddle with cooking spray and heat to medium. Dunk each slice of toast to thoroughly coat it. The original recipe says to let these sit in the batter for 20 minutes, but I was short on time, so it was dunk n’ cook…

Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast -- Epicurean Vegan

Cook about 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown, but check periodically. Serve with some Earth Balance, toasted nuts, and the salted butterscotch sauce. Brunch was complete with some fruit, home potatoes, and mimosas, of course!

Avocado and Pinto Bean Enchiladas

Avocado and Pinto Bean Enchiladas -- Epicurean VeganThese are probably some of the tastiest enchiladas I’ve had. The original recipe is from eat, drink & be veganI made a couple of minor changes because I couldn’t find one of the ingredients, added some green chilies, but also made a bigger batch (inadvertently). Her recipe yielded 10-12 enchiladas, but I ended up with 17—if my pan was bigger, I would have got 18. I’m glad that I bought extra enchilada sauce because of this. I’m not sure if I just didn’t fill the tortillas up enough, but I definitely had lots of filling left over after the first dozen tortillas. In any case, they were delicious. I was really intrigued with the 1/2 cup of cashew pieces the recipe requires and I have to tell you, they’re fabulous—they add just a little crunch. I highly recommend using them. Below is how I made these, but click on the above link for the original recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

16-18 corn tortillas
1 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 C onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp Ancho chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
2-1/2 C mushrooms, sliced
1 can pinto beans, drained
1/2 C cashews, chopped
2 Tbs lime juice
2 avocados, peeled and pitted
1-1/4 tsp salt
2 19 oz cans enchilada sauce
1 small can diced green chilies, mild or hot
Optional ingredients: Daiya cheese, cilantro, and vegan sour cream

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic. Add the onions, chili powder, cumin, allspice, the 1/4 tsp of salt, and the pepper. Saute for about 3 minutes.

Avocado and Pinto Bean Enchiladas -- Epicurean Vegan

Add the mushrooms, beans, and cashews and cook another 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool a few minutes.

Avocado and Pinto Bean Enchiladas -- Epicurean Vegan

Meanwhile, mash the avocado with the 1-1/4 tsp of salt in a bowl, or use the food processor. The avocados I had weren’t completely ripe so I used the food processor. I probably got them a little too mashed, but it turned out just fine.

Avocado and Pinto Bean Enchiladas -- Epicurean Vegan

Stir in half a can of one of the enchilada sauces and the green chilies, into the avocado mixture.

Avocado and Pinto Bean Enchiladas -- Epicurean Vegan

Blend the avocado mixture with the onion/mushroom mixture. At this point, I heated some water in my steam pot to steam the tortilla shells. Place a tortilla one at a time in the pot–it’ll only take about 15-20 seconds per side to steam the tortilla. Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce from the first can on the bottom of a 15″ baking dish (you can also use some from the other can. I also started out with a 9×13 and realized it wasn’t going to be big enough, so I added an 8×8″ baking dish). Fill each tortilla with about 4-5 tablespoons of filling, roll up, and place fold-side down in the pan. Repeat. Pour the remaining sauce on top.

Avocado and Pinto Bean Enchiladas -- Epicurean Vegan

Cover and bake 16-18 minutes. Remove the foil and top with cheese (if using) and bake another 10-12 minutes.

Avocado and Pinto Bean Enchiladas -- Epicurean Vegan

Top with cilantro and sour cream. Enjoy!

 

Cabbage and Portobello Tacos

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

INGREDIENTS:

2 tsp garlic, minced
1 Tbs olive oil
3 large portobello caps, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
2 medium zucchinis, cut into matchsticks
3 C red/purple cabbage, sliced into wide strips
Corn taco shells

Seasonings: (mild)

1 Tbs chili powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

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

Cabbage and Portobello Tacos -- Epicurean Vegan

Cabbage and Portobello Tacos -- Epicurean Vegan

DIRECTIONS:

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

Cabbage and Portobello Tacos -- Epicurean Vegan

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

Cabbage and Portobello Tacos -- Epicurean Vegan

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

Cabbage and Portobello Tacos -- Epicurean Vegan

Gluten-Free Tetrazzini-Stuffed Peppers

Gluten-Free Tetrazzini-Stuffed Peppers -- Epicurean VeganThe Seventh Grader wanted spaghetti for dinner; I wanted stuffed peppers. We compromised, which turned out to be a very delicious compromise! You’ll only need 4-5 ounces of spaghetti to fill 6 halves of peppers, but I used 8 ounces and had some leftover tetrazzini for a future lunch. Otherwise, I find 3 ounces of dry pasta, useless. I made these gluten-free by using quinoa pasta, and rice flour, but feel free to use any variety you’d like.

INGREDIENTS:

8-oz quinoa spaghetti
3 bell peppers, cut in half, stems removed and cleaned out
1 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 medium zucchini, diced
1/4 C onion, diced
1/3 C rice flour
2 C almond milk
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1 Tbs onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 C panko
Daiya cheese, optional

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 375. Break the spaghetti into thirds and cook according to package instructions. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and garlic. Add the onion and zucchini; cook until softened.

Gluten-Free Tetrazzini-Stuffed Peppers -- Epicurean Vegan

In a blender, combine the rice flour, half of the almond milk, nutritional yeast, and seasonings. Blend until smooth. Add the sauce to the veggies and over low to medium heat, stir, adding the rest of the almond milk. This should only take a few minutes.

Gluten-Free Tetrazzini-Stuffed Peppers -- Epicurean Vegan

I used kitchen scissors to cut the drained spaghetti a bit more, then added it to the sauce. Combine well.

Gluten-Free Tetrazzini-Stuffed Peppers -- Epicurean Vegan

If you’d like, sprinkle some Daiya cheese in the bottoms of the peppers, then stuff with the spaghetti mixture. Top with some panko, then cover with foil.

Gluten-Free Tetrazzini-Stuffed Peppers -- Epicurean Vegan

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy! 

Vegan Scalloped Yams and Zucchini

Vegan Scalloped Yams and Zucchini -- Epicurean VeganI found myself with several yams and sometimes, I don’t always know what to do with them. So why not scalloped potatoes? I threw in some zucchini and onions, and topped it with some Daiya and panko. Delicious!

INGREDIENTS:

2 large yams, peeled and sliced thin
1 small onion
1 medium zucchini, sliced, then quartered
1 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp garlic, minced
2-1/2 Tbs arrowroot
1/4 C nutritional yeast
2 C almond milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbs fresh rosemary, minced
1/4 C panko
Daiya cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350. Boil the yams in a large soup pot for about 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside.

Vegan Scalloped Yams and Zucchini -- Epicurean Vegan

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and garlic. Add the onions and cook 3-4 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook until softened. Add the seasonings.

Vegan Scalloped Yams and Zucchini -- Epicurean Vegan

Whisk together the milk, arrowroot, and nutritional yeast. Pour it into the skillet with the onions and zucchini. Stir continuously until the sauce begins to thicken.

Vegan Scalloped Yams and Zucchini -- Epicurean Vegan

Layer half of the yams into an 8″ baking dish. Pour half of the onion mixture on top and spread evenly around. Layer on the rest of the yams, then the mixture. Top with some cheese.

Vegan Scalloped Yams and Zucchini -- Epicurean Vegan

Cover and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with the panko and bake another 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

Vegan Scalloped Yams and Zucchini -- Epicurean Vegan

Gluten & Soy-Free Pizza with Caramelized Onions

Gluten and Soy-Free Pizza with Caramelized Onions -- Epicurean VeganCrash Test Vegetarian posted a pizza recipe with caramelized onions. It took me back because we used to always put caramelized onions on our pizza, along with toasted walnuts and (at the time) Gorgonzola cheese. Oh, how things have changed!  It got me craving our old pizza recipe. I decided to change things up though with other ingredients, but those onions were a must!

INGREDIENTS:

1 pkg Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pizza Dough Mix (see my earlier review)
1 large onion, sliced into strips
2 Tbs olive oil
1/4 to 1/3 C balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sugar
Toppings: sliced mushrooms, torn spinach, tomato slices, Daiya cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare the crust according to package instructions (it will need to rise for 20 minutes). To caramelize the onions, heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and cook until they tenderize and start to turn brown.

Gluten and Soy-Free Pizza with Caramelized Onions -- Epicurean Vegan

Drizzle balsamic vinegar and sugar on the onions, and combine thoroughly. Cook until brown and shriveled.

Gluten and Soy-Free Pizza with Caramelized Onions -- Epicurean Vegan

Layer your toppings on the prepared pizza crust (Bob’s Red Mill makes (2) 12″ or (1) 16″). Bake for 15-18 minutes. Enjoy!

Chili Stew

Chili Stew -- Epicurean VeganThe weather has been a bit cold and windy these days, and last night was no exception. On nights like that, a hearty soup or stew hits the spot. I threw in tons of different things in this chili and I think this one is my favorite version so far. It’s also great to scoop onto tortilla chips. I had three avocados I planned on dicing up to top the chili, but each one was bad! Total bummer. Crash Test Vegetarian used olives and roasted red peppers in her chili recipe, so I owe her a big thanks for the idea!

INGREDIENTS:

1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs olive oil
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced (1/2 C of barley is a good substitute)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
4 C low-sodium vegetable broth
2 C water
1 6-oz can black olives, sliced
1 small can tomato paste
3 jarred roasted red peppers, diced
1/8 C lime juice
2-3 Tbs Ancho chili powder
1-1/2 Tbs cumin
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
4-5 green onions, sliced
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Optional: Daiya cheese, diced avocado, Tofutti sour cream

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large soup pot. Add the onion and cook for 7-8 minutes, or until tender. Add the broth, water, potatoes, tomatoes, black beans, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are slightly tender, about 20 minutes. Add the seasonings, roasted red peppers, olives, and lime juice. Simmer another 15-20 minutes and stir in the lime juice. Sprinkle servings with green onion, cilantro, cheese, and sour cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad -- Epicurean VeganI got this recipe from Luminous Vegans who called it “Chick-Peace Salad.” Great name—I didn’t want to steal it, so mine’s just plain old Chickpea Salad. Regardless of the name, it’s a delicious vegan version of tuna salad. LV added crumbled up nori to the mix to give it that tuna taste, but I didn’t have any. I still think it had amazing flavor without it. I did add some carrots and parsley. Just because. I also used Earth Balance’s vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free mayo that my good friend, Angela of The Veracious Vegan turned me on to. It’s fabulous!

I also served the salad on Food For Life’s brown rice tortillas.

I have to say, they’re ok. Heated up, they’re better, but you have to eat it fast before it gets crispy and falls apart. I’m wondering if steaming them would be better, or make it worse. The taste is chewy, but crunchy at the same time. Is that possible? Apparently so. Anyway, they’re not horrible, but they made eating this sandwich a bit tough because they tend to crack and split.

INGREDIENTS:

1 15-oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1-2 Tbs fresh dill, chopped
2 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
2 Tbs vegan mayo
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1-1/2 tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
Veggies, crackers, tortilla, etc

DIRECTIONS:

Mash the chickpeas. I used a pastry blender. You can also pulse them in the food processor.

Chickpea Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

Stir in all of the other ingredients and combine well. I layered the salad on some lettuce inside one of the tortillas and added some sliced cucumber and tomato.

Chickpea Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

This salad would also be great on crackers, or sliced veggies. Enjoy!

Chickpea Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

Vegan & Soy-Free Ricotta Cheese

Vegan and Soy-Free Ricotta Cheese -- Epicurean VeganI am so excited to share this recipe with all of you! Having to give up soy is a little less traumatic now that I’ve come up with a delicious soy-free ricotta cheese. After I made the switch from no wheat and no soy, The Seventh Grader wanted stuffed shells. Of course. And . . . like the power of suggestion, I wanted stuffed shells in the worst way. So I couldn’t use my go-to riotta cheese, nor use regular jumbo shells. Thankfully, I found these “Grand Shells” from Tinkyada.

The ingredients are simple: brown rice, rice bran, and water. They’re a little smaller than the typical flour-based jumbo shells . . .

. . . but it’s not a big deal. They also don’t fold over like regular shells do either. Again, no biggie. Also, cooking these are a bit different. Bring water to a boil, add the shells and cook 1-2 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover, and let the shells sit for 20 minutes. The shells definitely aren’t mushy like some brown rice pasta can be. In fact, they’re pretty al dente—almost too much. If you want them a little softer, I’d leave them for 25-30 minutes. Overall, very impressive! I thought they were delicious.

So onto the ricotta. This recipe makes quite a bit—great for a big pan of lasagna. Feel free to half it for a small portion, otherwise, it makes almost 4 cups.

INGREDIENTS:

1 C blanched almonds
1 C cashews
1 C cold water
1/8 C olive oil
3-4 Tbs lemon juice
1/3 C nutritional yeast
1 C fresh basil
1 Tbs fresh rosemary
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/3 C Daiya cheese,  Mozzarella flavored

DIRECTIONS:

I threw the cashews in a bowl of water while I blanched the almonds. Soaking the nuts are not necessary, unless you have the time and want a really smooth ricotta. Add them to the food processor.

Vegan and Soy-Free Ricotta Cheese -- Epicurean Vegan

Add the water, oil, and lemon juice. Puree until smooth. This may take a few minutes to get it real smooth, especially if you opt not to soak the nuts overnight, which I did not. It just depends on your preference. I happen to like the nutty texture.

Vegan and Soy-Free Ricotta Cheese -- Epicurean Vegan

Next, add the basil, rosemary, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt, pepper. Blend until well combined. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cheese.

Vegan and Soy-Free Ricotta Cheese -- Epicurean Vegan

I had some jumbo shells as well as tofu-ricotta in the freezer, so for the guys, I made them regular stuffed shells. Since I don’t have celiac disease and not concerned with cross-contamination, I combined both in the pan.

Vegan and Soy-Free Ricotta Cheese -- Epicurean Vegan

Layer on some sauce and Daiya cheese and you’re good to go. Bake covered for 25 minutes at 375.

Vegan and Soy-Free Ricotta Cheese -- Epicurean Vegan

Enjoy!