Brussel Sprout Coleslaw

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Another “made on the fly” dish of mine so portions are not exact.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. brussel sprouts
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2-3 carrots topped and peeled (optional)
  • apple – cored and sliced (optional)
  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. Toss everything but the apple into the food processor and hit the “chop” button!
  2. Slap a portion on a dish, sprinkle with salt and/or pepper, dress with apple slices and enjoy!
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Lemon Pepper Tofu with Avocado Yogurt Sauce

Lemon Pepper Tofu with Avocado Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 block of firm tofu
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 spring onion
  • Lemon Pepper seasoning or lemon zest with black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • .5 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp celery salt

Directions

  1. Press, drain and pat tofu dry.
  2. Cut into 1 inch wide by half inch thick strips.
  3. Lightly coat with olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning.
  5. Grill or place in toaster oven on broil, until golden brown on top.
  6. Peel and pit avocado.
  7. Add avocado, garlic, celery salt, and yogurt to a food processor and mix till creamy.
  8. Add thinly sliced white portion of spring onion and mix.
  9. Add sauce next to tofu strips and enjoy!

Eggplant Jerky

I don’t really care for the texture of cooked eggplant so I was looking for a different way to make it when I came across several recipes for “vegan bacon”. As I don’t eat bacon, I can’t tell you if this tastes like it but I can, however, tell you eggplant jerky is quite crispy and delicious! The portions herein are so you you can make as much or little as needed as eggplants come in all sorts of sizes and what’s “medium” to me may not be medium to you.

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Teriyaki sauce (I highly recommend SoyVey brand teriyaki sauce and is what I used)
  • 1 part Maple syrup (agave or molasses is a good substitute but you’ll need to adjust the portions to your liking)
  • Option: Liquid smoke

Directions:

  1. Slice your eggplant fairly thin (mine was nearly paper thin and worked perfectly)
  2. Mix the ingredients in portions enough to coat your eggplant slices.
  3. Let slices marinate for a minimum of twenty minutes.
  4. Lay down parchment or wax paper on your work area and place your dehydrator tray on top of it (this is to catch any drippings).
  5. Cover the bottom tray of your dehydrator in parchment paper (also to catch any drippings while dehydrating).
  6. Lay out the eggplant on the trays close together but not touching.
  7. Dehydrate at 115°F for 12 to 18 hours or until crispy.
  8. Store strips in an airtight container or plastic bag. Place a paper towel under or around strips to absorb any excess oil.

Crispy Green Chips

From beet greens to kale, if it’s a leafy green you can turn it into a crispy chip in your dehydrator!

Ingredients

  • Any leafy green such as kale, spinach, beet greens, etc.
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Optional spices depending on taste such as chili powder, curries, steak seasoning, etc.

Directions

  1. Rinse and thoroughly dry leaves (salad spinners are great for this).
  2. Mix small batches of olive oil and spices in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place a sheet of parchment paper on your bottom tray to catch any oil drippings while dehydrating.
  4. Cut or tear leaves into bite size pieces.
  5. Rub oil/spice mixture onto leaves (you want to coat it without drenching it) and place on dehydrator sheets spaced apart.
  6. Set your dehydrator for 120F and dry leaves until crisp and tender (time varies depending on type & size of leaves, humidity, etc.)

Tips & Storage

  • To re-crisp leaves, simply add them to the dehydrator again until crisp.
  • To store, make sure chips are very dry and completely cooled before adding them to a well sealing jar. I add a small cheesecloth bag of rice at the bottom to absorb any moisture. Keep jar sealed closed when not eating.

Caramelized Fennel Bulb

Fennel bulb when cooked has a soft hint of licorice taste and can be used as a side, or with meats similar to how you would use caramelized onions. Citrus brings out the flavor in fennel so it’s popularly paired with orange chicken or lemon with fish.

Ingredients

  • Fennel bulb with frons (keep for drying as a spice) and stalks (toss these in the compost heap) removed
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil (extra virgin is best) or sesame oil (or enough to coat fennel)
  • Teaspoon garlic powder per bulb
  • Salt

Directions

  1. Add oil to pan and heat until almost smoking.
  2. Add fennel, garlic and salt to the oil. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Continue to cook fennel, stirring occasionally, until fennel softens and browns along the edges (or cook to taste as some people prefer it a bit more crisp and less translucent).
  4. Remove from heat when done and add serve.

Peanut & Garlic Tofu

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup peanut oil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon honey or molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 Tablespoons Teriyaki sauce
  • Crushed walnuts to taste (about 1/3 cup)

Directions:

  1. Drain & cube tofu
  2. In a saucepan, add peanut butter, garlic, honey/molasses, ginger and teriyaki sauce.
  3. Stir while heating until all ingredients are well blended and become paste-like again (this paste gets thinned in the final step).
  4. Set paste aside.
  5. In a frying pan heat the both the olive and peanut oil with a tablespoon of the peanut paste from above until simmering.
  6. Add tofu cubes and fry until browned.
  7. Turn off heat and WITHOUT draining any oil, add the remaining peanut sauce.
  8. Stir until well incorporated and tofu is coated.
  9. Serve over rice or noodles.

Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding

The trick with most puddings is the milk.  The fats in milk thicken puddings and help them set.  In the case of rice pudding, the rice does that for you!  I am now in the habit of making flavored rice for all my dishes as it adds some flare and taste to the meal.  Coconut rice is made with using coconut milk instead of, or along with, water.  I use Jasmine rice because of its natural taste and quicker cooking time.  Its in between regular rice and instant rice which works perfectly with making the pudding.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Jasmine rice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • water*
  • Honey/agave (to taste)
  • Almond Milk*
*I cook this recipe slowly so the measurements for both water and milk vary.
Directions:
  1. Cook Jasmine rice according to instructions on the packet substituting the coconut milk for its equivalent in water (if the recipe requires four cups water and you have a two cup can of milk, add the can and two cups water – adjust according to your recipe).
  2. As you boil your rice it thickens quicker than normal so if needed add boiling water to the mixture until rice is thoroughly cooked.
  3. Reduce heat to medium if recipe does not already require it.
  4. Add two cups almond milk and stir.
  5. Add one cup coconut flakes.
  6. Continue to cook rice adding milk in one cup portions until pudding is the desired consistency (I like mine quite lumpy).
  7. Add honey/agave to taste.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Serve cold, sprinkled with cinnamon and raisins.