Entrees

10-Minute Marinara Sauce

Posted by on Jun 19, 2011 in Condiments, etc..., Pasta, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Red Sauces, Sauces, Gravys | Comments Off on 10-Minute Marinara Sauce

10-Minute Marinara Sauce

2 TBSP butter or ghee 4 garlic cloves, minced or crushed 28 oz package crushed or strained tomatoes 1 cup water 1/2 tsp pure salt freshly ground black pepper to taste fresh basil or parsley, chopped (as much as you’d like) 1 – 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil Warm butter or ghee over medium heat and saute garlic for 1 – 2 mins. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper. Add the water to the empty tomato container, swish it around (to collect the remaining remnants of tomato), and add it to the pot. Simmer for approx 10 mins. Stir in chopped basil, drizzle in the olive oil and serve....

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Spicy Tomato Lentil Stew

Posted by on Jun 5, 2011 in Legumes, Lentil, Recipes, Stews, Chilis, Curries | Comments Off on Spicy Tomato Lentil Stew

Spicy Tomato Lentil Stew

1 cup brown or green lentils 1/4 cup coconut oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 carrots, peeled & chopped 4 cloves garlic, crushed or minced 2 TBSP fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped 28 oz package chopped tomatoes 1 cup broth (veggie or chicken) 1 cup fresh or frozen peas Spice Blend: 2 tsps ground cumin 2 tsps paprika 1 tsp ground fenugreek (optional) 1/2 tsp pure salt 1/2 tsp dried thyme 1/4 tsp ground cardamom 1/4 tsp ground coriander 1/8 tsp ground cloves 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper Boil lentils for about 45 minutes or until tender. In large saute pan over medium...

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Easy Vegetarian “Meatballs”

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in Pasta, Pasta Side dishes, Recipes, Tempeh, Tempeh, Tofu, Seitan | Comments Off on Easy Vegetarian “Meatballs”

Easy Vegetarian “Meatballs”

8 oz tempeh (one package) 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 2 TBSP tamari/soy sauce Whisk together oil & soy sauce in a medium bowl. Slice tempeh into small rectangles & toss with marinade. Let sit for 1 hour (or less if you’re in a rush). Pre-heat oven to 350. Place tempeh on a cookie sheet (I like to line w/ parchment paper) and bake 10 – 15 mins. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ This is the same exact recipe as “Easy Marinated/Baked Tempeh”. I hate to be redundant, but thought I’d list it again, with...

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Easy Marinated/Baked Tempeh

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in Recipes, Tempeh, Tempeh, Tofu, Seitan | Comments Off on Easy Marinated/Baked Tempeh

Easy Marinated/Baked Tempeh

8 oz soy tempeh (one package) 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 2 TBSP tamari/soy sauce Whisk together oil & soy sauce in a medium bowl. Slice tempeh into small rectangles & toss with marinade. Let sit for 1 hour (or less if you’re in a rush). Pre-heat oven to 350. Place tempeh on a cookie sheet (I like to line w/ parchment paper) and bake 10 – 15 mins. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ In my early vegetarian days, I used packaged, frozen soy “meatballs” with pasta dishes. When I started getting more...

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Tempeh Reuben

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in Recipes, Sandwiches, Tempeh, Tempeh, Tofu, Seitan, Warm Sandwiches | 1 comment

Tempeh Reuben

______________________________________________________________________________ 1. MAKE BASIC-FRIED-TEMPEH <—-click: oil of choice a few cloves of garlic, chopped 2 packages of soy tempeh 1 – 2 TBSP soy sauce ______________________________________________________________________________ 2. MAKE DRESSING by mixing together the following (or use store-bought Russian/Thousand Island): 1/3 cup MAYO 1 TBSP relish 2 TBSP ketchup (This makes enough for 3 or 4 sandwiches) _____________________________________________________________________________ 3.  TOAST BREAD and add tempeh (with...

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Garlic Cream Sauce

Posted by on Dec 5, 2010 in Cream Sauces (non-dairy), Pasta, Recipes | Comments Off on Garlic Cream Sauce

Garlic Cream Sauce

1 TBSP ghee (or butter) 3 cloves of garlic, minced 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk (regular, not “light”) 1/4 tsp pure salt 1 TBSP lemon juice In a small pot, saute garlic in ghee over medium-low heat until lightly golden (about 2 or 3 mins). Add coconut milk, salt, & lemon juice. Simmer for about 5 mins. Done! ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ Adapted from The Spunky Coconut Cookbook – A very easy, delicious cream sauce. ~ Pictured above, I tossed this tasty sauce with brown rice pasta, artichoke...

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Basic Fried Tempeh

Posted by on Nov 21, 2010 in Recipes, Tempeh, Tempeh, Tofu, Seitan | Comments Off on Basic Fried Tempeh

Basic Fried Tempeh

In case anyone is avoiding tempeh because they simply don’t know how to handle it, I hope these photos help… It’s certainly not the only way to prepare tempeh, but one of the easy, versatile ways we enjoy it. First, cut tempeh in half right through the plastic. Then squeeze out each half (gently pushing from the ends). Next, cut each half again so you have 4 quarters. Stand each quarter on its side and slice in half. You should now have 8 thin slices of tempeh. Heat oil of choice over medium heat in a large saute pan and saute a few chopped up cloves of garlic for a minute...

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Sweet & Salty Mahi

Posted by on Nov 21, 2010 in Fish, Recipes | Comments Off on Sweet & Salty Mahi

Sweet & Salty Mahi

1/4 cup tamari/soy sauce 2 TBSP honey 1 garlic clove, minced or crushed 2 mahi filets (about 7 ounces each) In a small bowl (or measuring cup), whisk together soy sauce, honey, and garlic. Place filets in glass pyrex dish and pour marinade over the top. If you have time, cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for an hour or two. Cook under broiler (on high) for 3 to 4 minutes on each side (or until done to your liking). ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  Very basic, very tasty, very kid-friendly.  I’ve made this...

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Easy Black Bean Chili

Posted by on Nov 14, 2010 in Black Bean, Legumes, Recipes, Stews, Chilis, Curries | 2 comments

Easy Black Bean Chili

1/4 cup coconut oil 2 cups chopped onions (one medium to large onion) 2 medium red bell peppers 6 garlic cloves, chopped 2 TBSP chili powder 2 tsp dried oregano 1 & 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 3 cans black beans, drained, 1/2 cup liquid reserved 1 16-ounce can tomato sauce Optional Add-ins: chopped fresh cilantro sour cream grated monterey jack or cheddar cheese chopped green onions Heat oil in large saute pan over medium heat. Add onions, bell peppers, garlic, and sauté until onions soften, about 10 minutes. Mix in chili powder, oregano, cumin, cayenne, and cook 2...

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Tortilla Pizza w/ Caramelized Onions

Posted by on Jul 18, 2010 in Photo Slide Show, Pizza, Recipes | 4 comments

Tortilla Pizza w/ Caramelized Onions

2 tortillas extra virgin olive oil pure salt garlic powder 1 medium onion, sliced thinly 2 oz shredded cheese of choice (more or less) tomatoes, sliced (I use about 12 cherry tomatoes & slice them into thirds) freshly ground black pepper fresh basil (optional) Caremelize onions by sauteing over medium-low heat in olive oil for about 10 to 15 mins. Preheat oven to 450. Brush tortillas with oil, and sprinkle with salt & garlic powder. Top with onions, shredded cheese, sliced tomatoes & cook for 5 mins. Remove from oven & add pepper & basil if using. Serves 1....

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Ginger-Baked Tofu

Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in Recipes, Tempeh, Tofu, Seitan, Tofu | Comments Off on Ginger-Baked Tofu

Ginger-Baked Tofu

1 pound extra firm tofu 2 TBSP lemon juice 2 TBSP mirin (japanese rice wine) 2 TBSP tamari/soy sauce 2 TBSP coconut oil 1 tsp sesame oil 1 TBSP pure maple syrup (or 6 drops liquid stevia) 1 TBSP peeled minced ginger (can buy this minced in jar if preferred) 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp dried thyme Press tofu for 30 mins with weighted plate & drain. In the mean time, whisk the lemon juice, mirin, soy sauce, coconut oil, sesame oil & maple syrup (or stevia) together in a bowl. Mix in the ginger, garlic & thyme. Cut the tofu into triangles, place in baking dish in a single layer....

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African Groudnut Stew

Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in Cruciferous (non-leafy), Recipes, Stews, Chilis, Curries, Winter Squash | Comments Off on African Groudnut Stew

African Groudnut Stew

TO DIE FOR………..(but not an everyday dish!) 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into large florets (3 cups) 4 TBSP coconut oil, divided pure salt 1 onion, diced (1 cup) 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 TBSP minced peeled ginger 1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes 1 medium turnip, peeled & cut into large chunks (1 cup) 2 medium carrots, peeled & cut on the diagonal (1 cup) 1 celery stalk, cut on the diagonal into 2 inch pieces 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes 2 TBSP tamari/soy sauce 2 cups water 1 small sweet potato, peeled & cut into large chunks (1 & 1/2 cups) 1 lb butternut...

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