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

Stuffed Portobellos and Steamed Bok Choy

Stuffed Portobellos and Steamed Bok Choy -- Epicurean VeganPortobellos are such a versatile fungi.

They make great burgers, a main stir-fry ingredient, and of course, an ideal vessel for other veggies. I wanted to make something wheat and soy-free, which is tough as a vegan, but these really fit the bill. But what to have with them? Before, I would have served bread, but since I that’s out, I decided to steam some bok choy. By the way, you’ll be seeing more wheat and soy-free recipes (although I may use miso from time to time) on my blog, as I am working on eliminating these from my diet. Why? Well . . . you see, I have endometriosis, something I’ve had to deal with for the last seven years, and I’ve now opted to treat it with diet, herbs and acupuncture. Endo is an inflammatory disease, so processed flour aggravates it. It’s also said that estrogen feeds the disease, so there goes soy with its natural estrogen!

TMI? Sorry. I won’t go on about it, but I wanted to explain my reasoning for my decision and to also let other women know that it’s possible to live with endo and not rely on drugs and/or  surgery (at least, that’s my plan). Otherwise, I want to make clear that I have nothing against soy. In fact, it’s worth pointing out that Dr. Neal Barnard has determined that soy consumption is not only safe, but highly encouraged. Oh, and I want to make clear, I’m steering clear of wheat, not necessarily gluten. There’s a difference between the two, so fortunately, whole grains aren’t out of the picture for me, just processed wheat.

So, on to the recipes!

INGREDIENTS:

4 portobello caps, washed and stems and gills removed
1 box Near East Long Grain & Wild Rice mix
1 small red onion, diced
1 small zucchini, diced
1/2 C fresh parsley, chopped
2 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Daiya cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare the rice mix according to the package instructions. This will need to cook for 30 minutes. When the rice has about 6 minutes of cooking time left, heat the olive oil and garlic. Add the red onion and cook for about 3 minutes. Then add the zucchini and cook another 3 minutes or so.

Stuffed Portobellos and Steamed Bok Choy -- Epicurean Vegan

Stir in the cooked rice and parsley; season with salt and pepper.

Stuffed Portobellos and Steamed Bok Choy -- Epicurean Vegan

Place the portobellos upside down in a large baking dish. Sprinkle some Daiya cheese on the bottom and fill each mushroom cap evenly with the rice mixture, piling it high.

Stuffed Portobellos and Steamed Bok Choy -- Epicurean Vegan

Pour a little water into the bottom of the pan. This will help steam the mushroom caps. Bake for about 15 minutes, then top with a little Daiya cheese and bake another couple of minutes.

While these are baking, I got started on the bok choy.

Stuffed Portobellos and Steamed Bok Choy -- Epicurean Vegan

I think this veggie is so underrated. Low in calories, this lightly sweet and crispy veggie is loaded with vitamins C and A as well as calcium. I cut up some mushrooms and together, steamed the veggies with some (soy-free) Earth Balance for about 7-9 minutes.

Stuffed Portobellos and Steamed Bok Choy -- Epicurean Vegan

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread -- Epicurean VeganThis fabulous recipe is from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s The Joy of Vegan Baking. The original recipe doesn’t include the chocolate chips, but I thought it would be a great addition. Because of this, I reduced the amount of granulated sugar a little to 1-1/2 cups. That may seem like a lot of sugar still, but this recipe makes 2 loaves. Patrick-Goudreau also notes that you could reduce the oil (1 cup) by using 1/2 oil, 1/2 unsweetened applesauce. Either way, you won’t be disappointed with this delicious bread!

INGREDIENTS:
3 Tbs ground flax seed
1/2 C water
1 C canola oil
1 Tbs white distilled vinegar
2 C granulated sugar
2 C grated zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 C flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 C chocolate chips (Ghirardelli’s semi-sweet chips are vegan)
1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 C raisins (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 325. Lightly grease two 8x4x2″ loaf man, 4 mini loaf pans or 2 muffin tins. In a food processor, combine the flax meal and water and blend until thick and creamy. You can also an electric mixer (which I did). Add the oil, vinegar, and sugar, and combine. Stir in the zucchini and vanilla.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread -- Epicurean Vegan

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the nuts, raisins, and/or chocolate chips, if using. I left out the nuts and raisins. Stir into the zucchini mixture. Divide the batter evenly into the two loaf pans (or pans of choice) and bake for 60-70 minutes. (40-45 mins for mini loaves; 30-35 for muffins).  Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread -- Epicurean Vegan

Breaded Zucchini with Bok Choy and Couscous

Breaded Zucchini with Bok Choy and Couscous -- Epicurean VeganThis was fab-freakin’-tastic! I had made a similar dish, using lentils and rainbow chard, and it was a bit hit with the family. This time, I decided to change things up again and wow . . . even better than the first version!

INGREDIENTS:
1 large zucchini, sliced
3 baby bok choy (about 8 stalks)
1-1/2 C mushrooms, quartered or sliced
1 box Near East Pearl Couscous
2 C panko
2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 C egg-replacer powder + 1/8 C water
Olive oil

DIRECTIONS:
In a shallow bowl, combine the egg-replacer and water. The amounts I list are approximate–you may need to adjust slightly. In another shallow bowl, combine the panko, thyme, salt, and pepper. Steam the bok choy and mushrooms for 12-15 minutes.

Breaded Zucchini with Bok Choy and Couscous -- Epicurean Vegan

Start the couscous about the same time. It’ll take around 15 minutes. Heat some olive oil in a skillet. Dip each slice of zucchini in the egg-replacer mixture, then cover with the panko mix. Over medium-high heat, fry the zucchini slices until each side is browned.

Breaded Zucchini with Bok Choy and Couscous -- Epicurean Vegan

Zucchini actually cooks up pretty fast, so don’t worry if you have a few thick slices—they soften quickly. Keep the cooked slices warm under some foil until you’ve finished frying all the zucchini. You can also do this in the oven. Spray a foiled baking sheet with olive oil and place the breaded zucchini on it and bake each side for about 5 minutes at 400.

Serve the zucchini slices on top of the couscous and bok choy and enjoy!

Zucchini and Field Roast Stuffed Peppers

Zucchini and Field Roast Stuffed Peppers -- Epicurean VeganI feel a little guilty that I’m not participating in VeganMoFo this year. I was out of town the first couple days of October on a writing retreat and came back to a full plate of projects. October is just going to be a busy month. But a vegan’s gotta eat, so I’ll share new recipes when I can. (And no this isn’t a repeat post—we do love stuffed peppers around here). They’re simple to make and ideal for fall. You can also stuff zucchinis, squashes, and eggplant, too.

INGREDIENTS:
3 large bell peppers, any color
1 Field Roast sausage, Mexican Chipotle flavor, crumbled
1-1/2 C zucchini, diced
1-1/2 C mushrooms, sliced
1/2 a large onion, diced
1/2 C fresh cilantro, chopped
1/3 C vegan cheddar, shredded
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp garlic, minced

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 375. Cut the tops off the peppers and clean out the innards. Place into a baking dish, preferably with high sides, and sprinkle a little bit of vegan cheddar on the bottom; set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic. Add the zucchini, onion, and Field Roast. Cook until the zucchini and onion begins to soften, then add the mushrooms. Cook another 3-4 minutes, then stir in the cilantro.

Zucchini and Field Roast Stuffed Peppers -- Epicurean Vegan

Evenly divide the stuffing amongst the 3 bell peppers. Bake for 22 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and bake for another 4-5 minutes. Enjoy!

Coq Au Vin Fondue and Dipping Sauces

Coq Au Vin Fondue and Dipping Sauces -- Epicurean VeganThis is one of those meals that will make you wish you wore your elastic waistbands pants. It’s actually pretty easy to throw together because you can do a lot of the prep work ahead of time. So invite your friends over and don’t be shy, put on some sweatpants or yoga pants and sit down to a long evening of fondue!

INGREDIENTS:

Coq Au Vin Fondue and Dipping Sauces -- Epicurean Vegan

Coq Au Vin Fondue:
3-1/2 C vegetable stock
1/2 C Burgundy wine
1/2 C mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbs garlic, minced
2 green onions, sliced

Coq Au Vin Fondue and Dipping Sauces -- Epicurean Vegan

Cilantro-Yogurt Dip:
1 C soy yogurt
4 green onions, minced
1/4 C cilantro, chopped fine
2 tsp fresh ginger
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste

Coq Au Vin Fondue and Dipping Sauces -- Epicurean Vegan

Sour Cream & Horseradish Dip:
1-1/4 C Tofutti sour cream
5 tsp prepared horseradish
2 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs red onion, chopped fine
1/4 tsp cayenne
Salt and pepper, to taste

Coq Au Vin Fondue and Dipping Sauces -- Epicurean Vegan

Sesame-Soy Sauce:
1/2 C tamari
1/4 C rice wine vinegar
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp agave
1 Tbs garlic, minced
1-1/2 tsp fresh ginger
1 green onion, sliced thin
1 Tbs sesame seeds, toasted
2 Tbs fresh chives, chopped

Coq Au Vin Fondue and Dipping Sauces -- Epicurean Vegan

Butter-Mustard Sauce:
1/2 C Earth Balance margarine
3 Tbs Dijon mustard
5 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

Coq Au Vin Fondue and Dipping Sauces -- Epicurean Vegan

The rest:
Whole mushrooms
zucchini/yellow squash
asparagus
potatoes
bell peppers
broccoli


DIRECTIONS:
It’s best to make the dipping sauces ahead of time. The Butter-Mustard Sauce is served warm, so you can do that one last minute. To make the Cilantro-Yogurt Dip, combine all the ingredients and refrigerate. To make the Sour Cream Horseradish Dip, combine all ingredients and refrigerate. To make the Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce, combine all ingredients and set aside. Refrigerate if not using right away. To make the Butter-Mustard Sauce, combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and melt together–takes only a few minutes.

Coq Au Vin Fondue and Dipping Sauces -- Epicurean Vegan

When you’re ready to eat, make the Coq Au Vin Fondue, by combining all the ingredients in a fondue pot and bring to a boil.

Divide the dipping sauces evenly among everyone.

Coq Au Vin Fondue and Dipping Sauces -- Epicurean Vegan
The potatoes will take the longest, so it might be best to zap them in the microwave first, just to soften them a little. Everything else will take 3-5 minutes. Enjoy! (And you’ll know you’re done eating when you pass your fondue forks over to The Husband who will most likely continue to eat for another 45 minutes)!

Coq Au Vin Fondue and Dipping Sauces -- Epicurean Vegan

Raw Alfredo with Zucchini Noodles from Vegangela

Raw Alfredo with Zucchini Noodles from Vegangela -- Epicurean VeganI saw this recipe from Angela at Vegangela earlier this week, and it’s all I could think about. I had to wait until the reboot was over since it contains cashews. She came up with the sauce based on the creamy cashew sauce. Using non-pasteurized miso will make it raw and I think zucchini makes ideal noodles. Thanks for another amazing recipe, Angela!

INGREDIENTS:
4 medium zucchinis
1 C raw cashews
3/4 C water
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp thyme
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt & pepper, to taste
1 Tbs light miso paste (optional)
2 Tbs nutritional yeast (optional)
Fresh basil (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Soak the cashews for minutes in water. While that’s going on, remove the peel of the zucchinis. Using a peeler, peel the zucchinis from one end to the other, rotating until the core is too small to peel anymore.

Raw Alfredo with Zucchini Noodles from Vegangela -- Epicurean Vegan

Next, grind the cashews in a food processor to a fine consistency. Add the other ingredients and blend until fairly smooth.

Raw Alfredo with Zucchini Noodles from Vegangela -- Epicurean Vegan

You can mix the noodles with the sauce or spoon it over them. Top with some fresh basil and enjoy!

Quinoa with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Zucchini

This recipe comes from Whole Foods and originally had broccoli in it. The broccoli in my fridge had seen better days, so I decided to use zucchini. The recipe also says to not use sun-dried tomatoes packed with oil, but that was all I had, so I went ahead and used them. I think it came out delicious and I served it with open-faced TVP burgers—an ideal (and protein-packed) combo!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil–your choice)

1-1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided

1 cup finely chopped red onion

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3/4 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 cup uncooked quino

1 small zucchini, sliced, then quartered

1/2 cup roasted cashew pieces

2-4 green onions, thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS:

If using (dried) sun-dried tomatoes, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes, then chop them once they soften. Bring 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth to a simmer. Add the onion and garlic; cook for 5 minutes. Add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes, the remaining 1 cup of the broth, white wine, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Stir in the quinoa. Reduce heat to a low and simmer, covered for 20 minutes. Add the zucchini to the top and cover; simmer another 10 minutes.

Once the zucchini is softened and the liquid has been absorbed, toss well to combine. Serve garnished with the cashews and green onions. Enjoy!

Vegetable-Barley Soup

Yes, I am on a barley kick. Since I started using it (Vegetable-Barley Chili) I’ve been hooked. It has a lovely chewy texture that is ideal for soups and stews. In addition to the rainy weather, I  needed to clean out the fridge of some veggies, so this soup worked out beautifully. Amazing flavor and ideal with some garlic toast or rolls.

INGREDIENTS:

4 C vegetable broth

3-4 C water

1/3 C pearled barley

1 zucchini, sliced then quartered

4 stalks celery, sliced

2 C mushrooms, sliced/quartered

3 medium carrots, sliced

4 large green onions, sliced

1/3 C light miso

1/3 C sherry

3 Tbs dried minced onion

2 Tbs dried chives

1 C fresh parsley, chopped

1 tsp black pepper

3/4 C almond milk

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the broth, barley, zucchini, carrots, celery, minced onion, chives, and pepper in a large soup pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook 25-30 minutes, or until the vegetables soften. Add 1-2 cups of water along with the mushrooms, green onions, miso, and sherry. Cook another 5-7 minutes. Add more water if you feel it’s too thick. Stir in the parsley. Serve and enjoy!

Grilled Vegetable Fajitas

It’s that time of year to fire up the grill! For its 2011 inaugural grilling, we went with vegetable fajitas. Since I do most of the cooking, the Husband revels in the opportunity to be King of the Grill. I’ll gladly delegate that method of cooking to him. This is an easy, healthy meal to jump start your spring (as well as your grill)!

INGREDIENTS:

2 bell peppers, sliced

1 large onion, sliced into strips

1 medium zucchini, julienned

2 avocados, diced

1-1/2 C vegan cheese, shredded

Tofutti sour cream

Salsa

Fresh cilantro

6 flour tortillas

Marinade:

1/4 C olive oil

1/8 C red wine vinegar

1/8 C lime juice

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp Ancho chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tsp cumin

DIRECTIONS:

Using a large Zip-lock bag, or bowl, combine all of the vegetables.

In a small bowl, whisk together all of the marinade ingredients. Coat the veggies with the marinade and let sit for about an hour. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. We used a grill basket and while stirring often, we (I mean, the grill-master) cooked them for about 20 minutes.

On a warmed tortilla, add some Tofutti, veggie mix, cheese, avocado, cilantro, and salsa. Makes 6. Enjoy!