Friday, December 16, 2011

Gingerbread Cookies

Pouring Molasses

Nutmeg in the Eye

Rows of Perfect People


Fresh Hot Gingerbread People

Big Sister Likes Them

And Baby Too

Here they are all dressed up.
We have made these a few times now. They are perfect. The recipe is both in Vegan Cookies Take Over Your Cookie Jar and on The Post Punk kitchen. In my pictures my little sprout is making a batch to bring to story time at the library on her day to bring snack. She really did everything herself, and didn't even let an accidental snorting of nutmeg - which then somehow it got into her eye - stop her. Even Baby loved them.

1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup plain soy milk
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour (or a mix of both)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Spice Blend:
1/2 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil and sugar for about 3 minutes. Add the molasses and soy milk.
2. Sift in all the other dry ingredients, mixing about halfway through. When all the dry ingredients are added, mix until a stiff dough is formed (I use my hands at this point). Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for an hour or up to 3 days. Let it sit for 10 minutes if you chill it longer than an hour.
3. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
4. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to a little less than 1/4 inch thick. Cut out your shapes with cookie cutters and use a thin spatula to gently place the cookies on the sheets. Bake for 8 minutes.
5. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then move them to a wire rack. Wait until they are completely cool before icing.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Zucchini Pancakes

We just made these wonderful pancakes from a recipe we got from Vegan Dad's site. Although there are lots of ingredients, it was pretty quick to prepare. All you need are:
1 cup flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Black pepper to taste
1/3 cup soy yogurt
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup soymilk
2 sage leaves finely chopped
1 1/2 cups finely shredded zucchini
oil for frying
You can find the complete recipe Here.
We made this with the Tomato onion relish listed and it was delicious. The little one felt that they needed to be served with butter and syrup (We did call them pancakes!).

This was a wonderful and delicious way to get the kids eating zucchini!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chickpea "Tuna" Salad

We had this for a dinner picnic last night. I have made it probably too often since discovering it, but it is just so good. It's nice to have something like this to pack lunches with, and it is amazing how incredibly like tuna salad it tastes.

1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained - or 1 1/2 cup cooked
1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/3 cup minced celery
2 1/2 tablespoons minced dill pickle
1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 minced green onion
1/2 teaspoon kelp powder (optional)
pepper to taste

In a bowl, mash chickpeas coarsely with a fork (I have been using my potato masher for this part). Mix in the remaining ingredients. Use on sandwiches or a bed of leafy greens.

I have been doubling the recipe but only using 1/4 cup of mayo and it is enough, so unless you like things really mayonnaise laden you can probably use less than called for. I also don't use the soy sauce usually because it seems salty enough to me already, and I always use the kelp powder, which is optional, but I always have it around. And I have never used the pepper, just because.

I found this recipe at Yeah That "Vegan" Shit, but I believe it came from Compassionate Action for Animals originally.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Simple Goodness

I am in love with beets right now, as I am every year at this time. I have been buying them in beautiful bunches at the farmer's market and doing nothing special with them and they are perfect. With this bowl full pictured, I simply boiled them, slid the skin off, drizzled a tiny bit of olive oil and some vinegar on top and added a pinch of dill. I served them warm and they were heavenly, as were the leftovers the next day when eaten cold.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Edamame Pesto

We have a new favorite topping for pizza. I've been making an edamame pesto I found on the Post Punk Kitchen. It is great for using all the fresh basil our garden has been providing us and it is a much lower fat version of pesto, and really good. It is good on pasta too, but I'm finding that when paired with fresh, local tomatoes on a pizza it is really perfect.

Edamame Pesto
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup packed basil leaves
handful (1/4 cup or so) fresh cilantro
14 ounce package shelled edamame, thawed
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
 1 teaspoon salt
optional: 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Place garlic and basil in food processor and pulse a few times to get it chopped up. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until relatively smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula to make sure you get everything. Add a little more veg. broth if it seems too stiff.

To top our pizza we spread the pesto on pretty thick, cover with sliced olives and fresh tomatoes and a sprinkling of vegan cheese. I have never used the cilantro because I have never had it on hand, and I have always used the optional nutritional yeast. I don't have an awesome pizza crust yet, I'm still experimenting. I'll post one when I find a really good one. But I think this is the sort of pizza topping that would work very well on a loaf of italian bread sliced in half. I think I'll try it that way next time for the sake of fast and easy dinners.

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Recipe for Sidewalk Chalk Paint with Beet Juice

1/2 cup corn starch

1/2 cup beet juice

beet juice being added to corn starch

mixing corn starch and beet juice

painting the driveway

it goes on dark

as it dries it turns lighter pink
We have made our own sidewalk chalk paint before, but last week I had the idea to save the bright fuchsia colored water from boiling beets to use instead of adding food coloring. It came out great, it went on very dark but as it dried it changed to the chalky kind of pink you'd expect of sidewalk chalk. We mixed it up in an saved plastic container - old earth balance tubs are great for this - and used cheap brushes we buy at the hardware store. Our paintings brightened up our driveway for most of the week but then washed away nicely when it rained.

Sidewalk Chalk Paint
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup water
5-10 drops food coloring

Put the cornstarch in your container first, then add water - if you add corn starch to the water it is much harder to mix. It is hard to get the corn starch and water to combine, but keep mixing with a spoon and then suddenly it will just come together all at once. It is easy to half this and use 1/4 cup of water and corn starch and this is what we do when we make several colors. To use beet juice, just use the water saved from boiling beets and omit the food coloring. Go make art with your kids in the driveway, and have fun!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer Tomato Pasta with Fresh Basil

We tried this last night. The recipe came from Vegan Dad and it was awesome and so simple. All you have to cook is the pasta, which doesn't heat the kitchen up too much. Both my sprouts loved it, and upon tasting it my four year old screamed "yum!"with the same kind of intensity usually reserved for roller coaster rides, so clearly it was a hit. We added sliced olives to ours, and it was so very good. The leftovers were eaten for lunch today, and I was asked to make it again, and I definitely will.

1 lb. pasta, Vegan Dad used ditali, but all I had on hand was penne and it was fine.
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 package extra firm tofu, crumbled
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
salt to taste
1/2 cup chopped basil
2-3 tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook pasta according to directions on box.

2.While pasta is cooking, gently mix lemon juice and nutritional yeast into tofu. Let sit a few minutes, then mix again and season with salt.

3.When pasta is done, drain and rinse with some cold water to cool it down a bit. Mix in the olive oil and basil. Gently stir in the tomatoes and tofu, then season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temp. Garnish with some fresh basil and tomatoes if you wish.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Birthday Cupcakes

We had the big party for our little sprouts this weekend. I made cupcake cakes in the shape of a 1 and a 4. Both cakes were made from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. For the #4 cake I used Your Basic Chocolate Cupcake recipe, which is the one I always use. I double it and make big cakes too and it always works. For the #1 cake I used the Golden Vanilla Cupcakes recipe, which I'd never made before, but I think I love them even more than the chocolate.

                                                                  Chocolate Cupcakes

                                                          1 cup soy milk (but I always use coconut or almond milk)
                                                          1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
                                                          3/4 cup sugar
                                                          1/3 cup canola oil
                                                          1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                                          1/2 teaspoon almond, chocolate, or more vanilla extract
                                                          1 cup all-purpose flour
                                                          1/3 cup cocoa powder
                                                          3/4 teaspoon baking soda
                                                          1/2 teaspoon baking powder
                                                          1/4 teaspoon salt
            1. Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin cups with paper or foil liners.
            2. Whisk together the milk and vinegar in a large bowl and set aside to curdle. Add the
            sugar, oil, and extracts to the milk mixture and beat till foamy. In a separate bowl, sift
            together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in two
            batches to wet ingredients and beat till no large lumps remain.
            3.Pour into liners, filling three quarters of the way. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until a
             toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to cooling rack and let cool

                                                               Golden Vanilla Cupcakes
                                                               1 cup soy milk (or coconut or almond)
                                                               1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
                                                               1/3cup canola oil
                                                               2 teaspoons vanilla extract
                                                               1/4 teaspoon almond, caramel or more vanilla extract
                                                               3/4 cup sugar
                                                               1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
                                                               2 tablespoons cornstarch
                                                               3/4 teaspoon baking powder
                                                               1/2 teaspoon baking soda
                                                               1/2 teaspoon salt
            1. Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
            2. Whisk milk and vinegar, set aside to curdle.
            3. Beat milk mixture, oil, sugar, and extracts together in a large bowl. Sift in  flour
            cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until no large lumps
            4. Fill cupcake liners two-thirds of the way and bake for 20 -22 minutes.
            Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely before frosting.

                                                               Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting
                                                               1/2 cup nonhydrogenated shortening
                                                               1/2 cup nonhydrogenated margarine
                                                               3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
                                                               1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                                               1/4 cup plain soy milk or soy creamer
            1. Beat the shortening and margarine together until well combined and fluffy.
            Add the sugar and beat for about 3 more minutes. Add the vanilla and soy milk,
            beat for another 5-7 minutes until fluffy.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Quinoa Tabouleh

Because it is July and so hot out, I am really into making salads lately. The less I have to use the stove or oven, the better. This salad is so good, and quinoa cooks very quickly. I usually cook it at night, before I go to bed, and throw it all together. It tastes better the next day anyhow.

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups of water
a pinch of salt
a bunch or two of scallions, sliced
about 1/2 cup of red, orange, or yellow pepper, chopped
a large tomato, chopped
a cup of chopped parsley
a couple cloves of garlic, minced
a cucumber, chopped
about 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice
ground pepper to taste

Quinoa has a bitter tasting coating on it, called saponin. You need to rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer first to get rid of it. Then bring quinoa and water to a boil, reduce heat to a low simmer to finish cooking. It doesn't take long, about 15 minutes or less. Keep a cover on the pan while it simmers. When all water is absorbed it's done. Let cool.

Then add everything else. It is best to let it chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving. It is cool and refreshing and really healthy.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Simple, Easy Lemonade

Roll lemons first to help get the juice from them easily.

Cut the lemons in half.

Juice about six of them.

You need about one cup of juice.

Pour juice into a pitcher.

Add a cup of sugar.

And six cups of water. Stir it well.

Don't forget the ice.
Enjoy a nice cold glass!

Instant happiness!
Making lemonade is a really fun and easy thing to do with children. You only need about 6 lemons, some sugar and water. We juice enough lemons to make a cup of juice, usually about 6, add 6 cups of water (I usually add an extra cup because I like mine a little more watered down), a cup of sugar and some ice and that's all!

Even a very little person can have the job of rolling the lemons on a hard surface to make juicing them easier, and there is measuring and pouring and careful stirring for someone a little bigger. You can do this with limes or oranges too, or a mixture of different citrus fruits. It's the perfect thing to bring to a summer cookout or picnic or the occasional, spontaneous afternoon tea party.. Sometimes we dress it up with pretty lemon slices in the pitcher or garnish the glasses with a sprig of mint from the garden, but it is perfect just as is too.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Discovery!

We were really excited to find a couple new types of dairy free yogurt at our grocery store this week. Little Sprout #1 loves yogurt and eats it just about every day. I think it's great, but sometimes I wish there was a soy free option. She is not crazy about the coconut variety, but this new stuff we all loved! Brilliant! Yogurt made from almond milk, and sweetened with fruit juice - which I LOVE! I'm always so annoyed that I can't find a sugar free, nondairy yogurt. This tastes so good. We tried strawberry, blueberry, and cherry. All amazing. I was never a fan of soy yogurts myself, but this stuff, oh yum! It's really, really good. My only complaint is that it isn't organic, which I'll admit is a bummer - but maybe if enough people buy it and want an organic option they'll make one! I'm hopeful.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sweet Things

February is sweet things month at our house, what with Valentine's Day and both my brother's birthdays following each other. We have been eating much less sweet things in general, so we did go a little crazy last month, but I had to get it all out of my system. Plus, I never baked and decorated holiday cookies with my little sprout who loves to bake back in December. I felt guilty about it all January, so Valentine's Day was the perfect time to make it up to her.

We took the delightful little book called Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero out of our library and all our cookie type treats were made from it. I think I need to but this one to have on the shelf. I'd really use it, and I don't think they'll let me renew it again. I honestly loved everything we made.

For Valentine treats we made the much asked for Roll-And-Cut Sugar Cookies. I wasn't too sure about these at first. The dough seemed more like frosting to me and I couldn't imagine being able to cut it into shapes, but after it did it's time in the fridge it was just right. We made so many little hearts and quite a few big ones. We made the confectioner's icing and tinted it light pink. Then my little sprout had a blast decorating with various sprinkles and colored sugars. They were beautiful and delicious. They were the first vegan sugar cookie that did not disappoint me. This recipe alone would make me want the book, but we made so many more! We made the Chocolate-Bottom Macaroons, for the Little Sprout's Daddy. They were perfect. I never thought I'd eat a macaroon again! We made Big Fat Rice Squares, Little Sprout #1 loved these quite a bit. They don't use nut butter, which is unusual in a vegan crispy rice treat. We made the No-Bake Pecan Chocolates, which reminded me a lot of a praline, yum! And of course, we dipped strawberries in chocolate. Just once a year, and we gave away tons as Valentine gifts - so we didn't eat them all.

From this book we also made Little Sprout's uncle some peanut butter treats for birthday presents. He was the happy recipient of Peanut Butter Crisscrosses, which I cooked a bit too long and would like another shot at, Peanut Butter Blondies, these were so amazing. Very rich and totally peanut buttery and fuggy. And the best of all, Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows. I put these off for last because they sounded labor intensive to me, but they were really easy. It was like the inside of a peanut butter cup encased in a brownie, only a million times better. I have had dreams about these since making them and am very glad they went to their new home before I broke down and ate them all myself.

I finally made the Chocolate Chip Cookies yesterday. I've been searching for a really good vegan chocolate chip cookie for years. I need search no more. These were everything I've been longing for. Like toll house cookies, like cookies my mom made when I was a kid, like real, regular chocolate chip cookies you could give to anybody and not have them be able to tell they are vegan. But happily they are! However, these cookies were devoured by the 3 of us who eat cookies in just one afternoon, and so we really need to give this book back now, before more damage is done. Although I still want to try the Macadamia Ginger Crunch Drops, The Sweet Wine Biscuits With Sesame, the Magical Coconut Cookie Bars, the Linzertorte Thumbprint Cookies, Old Fashioned Pie-Plate Shortbread, and at least some of the amazing sounding biscotti . Little Sprout #1 wants to try the Ooh La Las, which look like an Oreo type cookie, but sound much better. And I still haven't delved into the chapter on wholesome cookies, which all looked wonderful too. Oh my. This book has everything I could ask for in a cookie book, and we loved it all. I now have some really good vegan cookies I can make when company comes over or we need a cookie type thing to bring somewhere.

And also, as we had a couple birthdays, I got out my cupcake book by the same ladies. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The world is such an awesome little book. Like the cookie book, everything I've made from it has been a hit. Your Basic Chocolate Cupcake is my go to recipe. I am always happy with it. I used it again this time, and I topped the little cakes with Peanut Butter cream and Rich Chocolate Ganache Topping.

So that was the February madness at our house. March is here, spring cleaning is upon us. I'll take this darling cookie book back to the library for someone else to have a turn playing with it and we will be making much healthier things around here, at least until the summer birthdays are upon us. Surely some cupcakes will be baked then. I am feeling a brunch kick coming on. I am currently fascinated with Isa's Vegan Brunch book. Yes, from the library too. I just love that my library has all these books that I want to own.  Libraries are one of the best things in the world, really, they are.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies:
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup white sugar
2/3 Cup canola oil
1/4 Cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tablespoon tapioca flour
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
1/2Teaspoon baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease two large baking sheets
2. Combine sugars, oil, almond milk, and tapioca flour in a bowl. Use a strong fork and mix well for 2 minutes until mixture resembles smooth caramel. Mix in the vanilla
3. Add 1 Cup of flour, the baking soda, and the salt. Mix well. Mix in rest of the flour. Fold in the chocolate chips. The dough will be a little stiff so use your hands to really work the chips in.
4. Roll the dough into balls the size of ping-pong balls. flatten them out in your hands and place on baking sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes. bake until just brown around the edges. Let cool for 5 minutes then cool on wire racks.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Making pizza with kids is a great way to have fun together, be creative, and get your kids to try new veggies, and it can be a really healthy meal to share too.

We usually make the yeast-free pizza crust from Sarah Kramer's La Dolce Vegan, because it's fast and easy, but use any pizza crust you like, store bought or homemade. We usually make our own sauce as well, but sauce from a jar is quick and easy and good too. We used black olives, sauted mushrooms, and red peppers this time, but the best part of making your own pizza is being free to use anything that pleases you. We used dayia cheese shreds this time, and it is so awesome the way it melts like regular cheese. I am very fond of M.V.C. pizza cheese too, it is pretty amazing.

To make crust from La Dolce Vegan : 11/2 cups flour (we use whole wheat)
                                                            1 tsp baking powder
                                                            1/2 tsp dried oregano
                                                            1/2 tsp dried basil
                                                            1/2 tsp salt
                                                            1/8 tsp black pepper
                                                            egg replacer to equal one egg
                                                            1/4 cup oil
                                                            1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. lightly oil a baking sheet. Set aside. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir in egg replacer, oil, and milk until well mixed. Place dough on baking sheet and with floured hands press dough down to fit pizza pan. Bake for 10 minutes BEFORE adding pizza toppings. Then bake for another 10 - 15 minutes. Makes one pizza crust.

We always use flax egg replacer in our crust. To make, first grind up some flax seeds in a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder. Then mix 2 tbsp flax powder with 3 tbsp water and let sit 2-3 minutes before adding to baking.

Some things that I find helpful when making pizza with children are to put pizza toppings in small bowls. It limits the amount of things going on the pizza without you having to keep reminding them to not put on too much. And use a few things you know your child loves, but add one or two toppings they have not had before. This time I had a bowl of olives and a bowl of vegan cheese, which I know little sprout #1 loves, but I also had a bowl of mushrooms and some red peppers that she'd not had before and she used them and tried them too!

Make your pizza as crazy, exotic, plain or simple as you like it. And have fun!


I've been longing for a muffaletta sandwich. The kind you can get in the French Quarter in New Orleans. It has been a terribly long time since I've had one, so I decided to concoct my own vegan version. It was so very good! I started with a sourdough round from my local bakery, I bought some marinated olives, a jar of marinated veggies, vegan "cheese" slices, tofurky ( the only vegan "meat" I like), plus some old hot peppers, jarred, roasted red peppers, and baby greens that were already in my fridge. This was SO GOOD! I'll definitely make it again, and again, and again!
                      You'll need: a round sourdough (or any rustic bread you like)
                                          some marinated olives (several different types mixed together is nice)
                                         a jar of marinated, mixed vegetables
                                          jarred roasted red peppers
                                         hot peppers, if you like them
                                         vegan cheese slices ( I used Galaxy Nutritional Foods American Flavor)
                                         vegan cold cuts, a mix would probably be more authentic, but I used tofurky
                                         lettuce (I went with the mixed baby greens that were in my fridge)
                                        something to weigh the sandwich down with
1. Slice the sourdough in half so you have a top and a bottom. Remove a bunch of the bread from inside (little sprout #1 enjoyed dipping the insides in her soup at lunch while I made the sandwich).

2. Layer everything on in what ever order makes sense to you, but you really want the oil from the olives to mix in with everything.

3. Put the top on and weigh that sandwich down! I put mine in a large pot and put a cast iron skillet on top with some soy milk boxes in the skillet for weight. Use what you have to make it work. And leave it for a couple hours.

4. Cut it up, mine was cut in four pie shaped wedges, but how ever you want to do it is fine.

That's it! Easy peasy, and so good.  It taste's really yummy with an icy cold root beer.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Vegan Tofu Pad Thai

1 Block Tofu
2 Tbsp Peanut Oil
1 Onion
3 Cloves finely chopped garlic
1 Tbsp grated ginger
1 Bunch Scallions
2 Cups Veggies
1/3 Cup Sweetener
3 Tbsp Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/3 Cup Tamari (Wheat free tamari makes this gluten free!)
3 Juiced Limes OR 1/3 Cup Juice
1/3 cup Water
1/2 Tsp Thai Chili Paste
2 Cups Mung Bean Sprouts.
Crushed Peanuts
Quartered Lime

  1. Preheat frying pan or wok on medium heat for 5 minutes. (I use a cast iron pan. If you have a non stick pan you will want to reduce the warming time so as not to burn the non-stick coating)
  2. Add 1 Tbsp. peanut oil and let it sit for a minute to get up to temperature
  3. Cut drained tofu into small strips about 3x3/4x1/2 inch each.
  4. Gently place the tofu into the prepared frying pan.
  5. KEEP TOFU MOVING! if you let the tofu sit too long and then use a spoon to move it, the tofu will stick to the pan and break up into small pieces.
  6. When tofu is golden brown all over, remove from heat and set aside.
  7. In a large thick pan or wok (a large cast iron pot is what we use) heat up remaining peanut oil on medium heat for 1 minute.
  8. Cook onions (chopped the onion into thin rings about 1/4 inch thick and then quarter each ring to create cooked onion strips.) and garlic until onions are translucent. Keep the heat low enough so that the garlic doesn't burn.
  9. Add water, sugar, tamari, Thai chili paste, peanut butter and minced ginger. Mix thoroughly to dissolve and combine all ingredients.
  10. In a separate pot cook pad Thai noodles (sometimes called rice linguine) until they are tender but not completely done (they will finish cooking when combined with veggies.)
  11. Add Bean sprouts and veggies (We used snow peas, one slivered carrot some mixed sliced peppers and finely chopped broccoli. Use whatever is in season that you like.)
  12. Cook on medium heat stirring frequently to prevent sticking until sauce has begun to thicken.
  13. Add prepared tofu and noodles.
  14. Cook until sauce is thick and all ingredients are hot.
  15. Serve with a slice of lime and Crushed peanuts.

Vegan Vegetarian Pad Thai Gluten free Dairy Tofu Wheat noodles

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Butternut Squash, Black Bean Stew Over Polenta With Cilantro Pesto

This stew is sweet and satisfying. One bowl fills you right up. This is a perfect dinner for a cold night. I made extra polenta the night we had the stew and put it in a square pan. (We then sliced it up and cooked it in a skillet and topped it with warm salsa and avacado slices for lunch the next day.)

                                                              1 onion, finely chopped                                          
                                                              2 cloves garlic
                                                              4 cups butternut squash, chopped into 1" cubes
                                                              25 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
                                                              1 tsp. each : cumin, marjoram, parsley, and sage
                                                              1 bay leaf
                                                              Salt and pepper to taste
                                                              Enough water to cover the squash
                                                              Vegan cheese shreds ( optional )
                                                              Veggie broth

1. Saute onions and garlic in a little veggie broth (water or oil can also be used) until soft.
2. Add squash, herbs, and enough water to cover the squash and cook over medium/high heat until squash is tender, about 20 minutes.
3. Add black beans, salt and pepper and cook until beans are hot.
4. While stew is cooking make polenta according to directions on the box, stir, stir, stir!

                                                             Pesto: 1 bunch cilantro
                                                                         1 bunch of parsley
                                                                         1/4 cup lime juice
                                                                         1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
                                                                         1/2 cup walnuts
                                                                         1/4 cup olive oil
                                                                         salt and pepper to taste
                        Mix it all up in a blender or food processor.

To serve: spoon hot polenta into a bowl, ladel the stew over polenta, and top with pesto and vegan shredded cheese. Soooo good! Little Sprout #1 liked it too!