One-Dish Vegan Meals: Tester Photos

Frittata Primavera from One-Dish Vegan Meals

I’ve been crazy-busy lately working on two book projects, the first being the edits for my new slow cooker book, Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker (due out in October).  Sneak peek of the cover coming soon!

I’ve also developing recipes for a new book called One-Dish Vegan Meals which will be a complete revision of an earlier title, One-Dish Vegetarian Meals. Testing is already in full swing for the one-dish cookbook, so I thought I’d share jut a few of the photos taken by my amazing recipe testers.  The photo above, taken by VeganAide is the Frittata Primavera.

This is the Soba Salad with Edamame and Cucumbers, photo by Melissa Chapman:

Soba Salad with Edamame and Cucumber from One-Dish Vegan Meals

Here’s the Jamaican Coconut Rice Bowl, photo by VeganAide:

Jamaican Coconut Rice Bowl from One-Dish Vegan Meals

 And this is Lori Maffei’s photo of Creamy Noodle Curry:

Creamy Noodle Curry from One-Dish Vegan Meals

This is Lea Jacobson’s photo of the Black Bean and Avocado Rice Salad:

Black Bean and Avocado Rice Salad from One-Dish Vegan Meals

And here’s one of the many chili recipes in the book — this one is Texas Chili — photo by Barbara Bryan:

Texas Chili from One-Dish Vegan Meals

There’s loads more great photos I could post, but I’ll save them for another time.  Now I better get back to work!

Lentil Sambar Redux

I love lentils any way I can get them —  in a soup, a pilaf, chili, pasta sauce, or even burgers.  One of my all time favorite lentil recipes is the lentil sambar recipe in Vegan Fire and Spice. I’ve posted the sambar recipe before here.  You can also find the recipe here on FatFreeVegan along a lovely photo by Susan Voisin (check it out if you haven’t seen it before).

I made this delicious sambar again recently, but I added extra lentils to make it even heartier and thicker.  The nice thing about a sambar is that it can be used almost like a condiment when served with Indian dosas, but it’s also terrific served like a soup (if made thinner) or like a stew over rice, when made thicker, which is my preference. You can cut the vegetables larger or smaller, too.

I served the sambar alongside potato “dosadillas” (my “quick-fix” solution to enjoying the flavor of dosas by using tortillas when there’s no time to make actual dosas) and some spicy mint chutney. 

I ended up with some leftover potato filling and the next day I served the lentil sambar as a stew with a large spoonful of the potato mixture on top and some cooked spinach as well. With some warm naan and more of that spicy mint chutney on the side, it made an amazingly delicious meal as you can see in the photo at the top of this post. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and if you haven’t tried it yet, I hope you will soon!

Sloppy Giuseppes

When I was a kid, it was just as likely that my mom would make me a spicy Italian sausage sandwich for lunch as it was that she’d make a PB & J.  Sometimes she’d make sausage with onions and bell peppers.  But my favorite was when she simmered crumbled sausage and mushrooms in a rich tomato sauce.  Mom would spoon this spicy mixture onto crusty Italian rolls. I came to realize this was sort of an Italian version of “Sloppy Joes.” 
I developed a vegan version of this childhood favorite and the recipe is in TheVegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook.  I call the sandwiches “Sloppy Giuseppes” because they’re like Italian Sloppy Joes. 
Hard to believe The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook is ten years old this year.  It remains a personal favorite and paging through the sandwich chapter, I remember some of the reasons why that’s so.  To list a few:
·       Spicy Tofu Po’Boys
·       Seitan “Cheesesteaks
·      Tempeh Reuben
·       Chicken-Out Salad
·       Tofu Egg Salad
·       Nothin’s Fishy Tuna Salad
·       Avocado Salad Wrap with Salsa
·       Hungry for Hummus Pita
·       Cajun Bean Burgers
·       Amazing Grain Burgers
·       Cardamom-Spiced Lentil-Potato Wraps
And, of course, Sloppy Giuseppes.  Yes, please.
My original recipe for Sloppy Giuseppes called for chopped veggie burgers or vegetarian burger crumbles and bottled marinara sauce.  I’ve adapted it by adding other options including TVP and chopped vegan sausage links. I’ve also increased the amount of spice to a degree that would make my mother proud (but you can cut way back if you’re making this for kids that don’t share my childhood fondness for heat.)
Try this quick and easy recipe.  Served with a salad, it makes a hearty meal for lunch or dinner.
Sloppy Giuseppes
Adapted from The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook by Robin Robertson © 2002.
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
3 frozen vegan burgers, thawed and chopped; or 8 ounces vegan burger crumbles; or 1 1/2 cups reconstituted TVP; or 3 to 4 vegan Italian sausage links, purchased or homemade; or 1 1/2 cups chopped seitan or tempeh
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons ground fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups bottled marinara sauce
4 Italian sandwich rolls, split and toasted
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the veggie burger, fennel, red pepper flakes, cayenne, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes to heat through and blend flavors.  Spoon the mixture on rolls and serve.

Bananas Foster Split

…or would that be “Banana Split Foster”?  Either way, it tasted fantastic!  The inspiration for making this decadent treat was the So Delicious Butter Pecan Almond Milk Ice Cream in my freezer.

The generous folks at So Delicious recently sent me two huge boxes full of their new almond milk products including regular and vanilla almond milk (with lots more protein than other brands); adorable little almond milk mini ice cream bars (the Mocha Almond Fudge Bars are beyond amazing); and several flavors of their almond milk ice cream.

After sampling the Mocha Almond Fudge bars, I know we’d love the ice cream by the same name.  The vanilla and chocolate almond milk ice creams were also outstanding and very rich tasting.  There were, however, two stand-out flavors that I knew deserved special treatment to fully appreciate.

The first was the Cherry Amaretto.  As soon as I saw it I knew I had to transform it into an ice cream cake.  As it happened, I needed a special dessert for company that weekend, so I partially melted the gorgeous pink ice cream (with huge pieces of real cherries throughout) and spread it into a springform pan lined with a chocolate cookie crumb crust. I then refroze it and served it for dessert drizzled with melted chocolate.  Our friends couldn’t stop raving about it. (sorry I didn’t get a photo…)

Then came the Butter Pecan, which happens to be Jon’s favorite ice cream flavor so I decided to use it to make one of Jon’s favorite desserts: Bananas Foster.  I served it in banana split dishes and added extra pecans to the dark rum sauce.  It was a sublime lovefest of rum-braised bananas and pecans over the most amazing butter pecan almond milk ice cream.

A huge thanks to So Delicious for sending me these wonderful products to sample.  If you see any of these new almond milk treats at the store, try them for yourself. Like the name says, they are “SO Delicious”!

Friday with Friends Interview + Cookbook Giveaway

Late-breaking news:  I’m thrilled to announce that today I am the “friend” on the “Fridays with Friends” feature on Allison’s Gourmet Sweet Talk blog. I hope you take the time to read the interview. Allison asked me lots of great questions.  You can read my tips for going vegan, find out how I decide what to write, and lots more.

PLUS…while you’re there you can enter to win a copy of Quick-Fix Vegan.  Now for the really fun part:  the comment you’re asked to leave to enter the cookbook giveaway is to suggest a theme for my next cookbook.  Who knows, not only might you win a copy of my latest cookbook…you might also be the inspiration for a future cookbook!

Even if you already have a copy of Quick-Fix Vegan, enter the giveaway — if you win, you can always pass it on to a friend — and I’d love to hear what theme you’d pick for a new book!

To clarify: the cookbook giveaway is on the Allison’s Gourmet blog site (via the above links) — not on this site.  Good luck!

Corned Seitan and Cabbage

This St. Patrick’s Day consider making the Corned Seitan and Cabbage from Vegan on the Cheap.  Not only is it a delicious way to celebrate the holiday, but the leftovers will reward you with the makings of the most amazing Reuben sandwiches this side of a New York deli. 
If you don’t already have Vegan on the Cheap, I do hope you’ll get it soon because the recipes in that book can save you some serious $$$ (and give you great meals in the bargain!) In the meantime, though, I’ll share the recipe for Corned Seitan and Cabbage so you can celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day in style. 
If you prefer some lighter fare to mark the day, try my Colcannon Quesadillas. You can find the recipe on OneGreenPlanet.  Mashed potatoes + spinach (or kale) + tortillas = an easy and delicious treat that can be enjoyed as is or served with picante sauce or a spicy mint chutney (for an Irish-Mexican-Indian fusion feast).

For more St. Patrick’s Day recipes, check out Party Vegan.  Here’s the menu from Party Vegan‘s St. Patrick’s Day chapter, along with the recipe for Colcannon Fritters.

Now here’s that seitan recipe….Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Corned Seitan and Cabbage
Look for pickling spices in the spice aisle in your supermarket. From Vegan on the Cheap by Robin Robertson © 2010. 
Tip: For extra flavor, try replacing 1 to 2 tablespoons of the water in the seitan mixture with 1 to 2 tablespoons of pickle juice (from a jar of dill pickles).
1 sweet yellow onion, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 large carrot, cut into 1/4-inch slices or 1 cup baby carrots, halved lengthwise
1 small head cabbage, sliced, reserving 2 large leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups vital wheat gluten
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 1/2 cup water, or more as needed
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon coarse brown mustard
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 teaspoons pickling spices
1 pound Yukon Gold or small red potatoes, halved or cut into chunks if large
1 cup vegetable broth
1.  Lightly oil the insert of a large oval slow cooker or spray it with cooking spray. Arrange the onion, garlic, carrots, and sliced cabbage in the bottom of the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  
2. In a large bowl, combine the vital wheat gluten, onion powder, coriander, allspice, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Add the water, soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of the mustard, and vinegar. Mix well, adding a little more water if the mixture is too dry, then knead for 2 minutes until smooth. Shape the seitan to fit inside your cooker.
3.  In a small bowl, combine the remaining 3 tablespoons mustard and the sugar until well blended, then spread evenly on top of the seitan.  Sprinkle the pickling spices on top, pressing them with your hand to imbed them in the mustard mixture.
4. Carefully place the seitan in the cooker on top of the two reserved cabbage leaves. Arrange the potatoes around the seitan.  Pour the broth over the potatoes and season them with salt and pepper.   Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on Low until the seitan and vegetables are cooked, 7 to 8 hours.
5. To serve, remove the vegetables and seitan from the slow cooker.  Cut the seitan into slices and arrange them on a serving platter.  Surround with the vegetables and spoon the cooking liquid over all. Serve hot.
Note: This is best when made in a larger cooker to accommodate vegetables, but if you have a smaller 4-quart slow cooker, you can still make this recipe—just use half the amount of vegetables so you do not overfill the cooker.  Alternatively, you can cook the potatoes and cabbage in the oven or on top of the stove and just use the slow cooker to cook the seitan on top of the onion and cabbage leaves (these give added flavor to the seitan and help hold its share), adding the vegetable broth and garlic. 

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

Welcome to my latest installment of “You made WHAT with cauliflower???”  This time, I used the dependable crucifer to make a version of spicy plant-based Buffalo wings. And while I was at it, I thought it would be fun to use it as a pizza topping. Recalling that classic Buffalo wings are often served with ranch dressing, I made a ranch-style sauce to spread on the pizza dough before topping it with the spicy cauliflower.

Jon is used to my cooking experiments, but even he thought this was a bit odd – until he tasted it, that is.  In his words, “Wow, this is really, really good!”  Fact is, we couldn’t stop eating it!  Spicy, creamy, doughy, crisp, delicious – all in one luscious pizza.
This recipe uses a very straightforward classic-style Buffalo wing sauce for the cauliflower, but it would be equally good coated with your favorite barbecue sauce.  Likewise, the Buffalo cauliflower can be enjoyed without the pizza crust, with the Ranch sauce used for dipping. (Note: if you don’t like cauliflower (gasp) you can instead use strips of seitan, tempeh, or extra-firm tofu that has been baked or sauteed and slathered with the hot sauce.)

I had some roasted asparagus on hand, so I arranged a few thin spears as spokes between the pieces of cauliflower. You can make your favorite pizza dough (such as the one in Vegan on the Cheap) or save time and use the pizza dough from Trader Joes or another source.  Here’s the recipe:
Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza
If you like lots of hot sauce, you can double up on that part of the recipe (it freezes well, too).
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 pizza dough
Ranch Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup cooked white beans
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced parsley (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
Hot Sauce: 
  • 1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (optional)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  Remove the leaves and tough core from the cauliflower. Place the cauliflower on a cutting board, cored side down and cut it into 1/4-inch thick slices, as if you were cutting a loaf of bread.  Arrange the cauliflower slices on a baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper, lightly oiled, or sprayed with cooking spray. (You may need more than one pan.) Season the cauliflower with salt and pepper to taste and roast until tender and nicely browned, about 20 minutes, turning once about halfway through with a large metal spatula. 
While the cauliflower is roasting, stretch the pizza dough onto the pizza pan and set aside, then make the hot sauce and Ranch sauce.
For the Ranch Sauce: In a food processor, combine the Ranch Sauce ingredients and process until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Set aside.
For the Hot Sauce: Combine the hot sauce ingredients in a small saucepan, stirring until hot and the Earth Balance is melted.  Set aside.

To assemble the pizza: Keep the oven at 425 degrees F. Spread a layer of the ranch sauce on top of the pizza dough and set aside. Pour the hot sauce over the roasted cauliflower, turning to coat.  Arrange the coated cauliflower on top of the pizza, drizzling any remaining hot sauce onto the cauliflower. Bake until the crust is nicely browned, about 15 minutes.  Serve hot.