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Stuck in on a Snow Day gave me plenty of time to cook!

amaranth veggie burgers plated

AMARANTH VEGETABLE BURGERS

Stuck inside like everyone else, I had the whole day to do whatever I wanted. Not only did I have time to use my new bentonite face mask, catch up on laundry and read, but time left over to focus on a recipe I’ve been wanting to investigate for some time.

This recipe, for vegetable burgers, is one I’d seen by Emily Segal on her honest cooking website. Finally, I had both time to try making these, and all the necessary ingredients. I’ve wanted to use the wonderful tahini given to us by our friend Julie, the marketing coordinator for Soom Foods, in something new and unusual. It says on the Soom website that you could use their tahini for hummus AND carrot cake, so I was encouraged to incorporate its creamy texture and full bodied taste in today’s creation.

 

amaranth and tahini

Amaranth (left), and Soom Tahini (right)

I’ve also been very curious about amaranth, but todays recipe was my first attempt using this tiny seed. I was perplexed when the recipe I was adapting said that after cooking the amaranth to fluff it. My amaranth was beyond fluffing. It was downright gelatinous. Not quite as bad as a pot of chia, but not far off! Despite this discrepancy,  the vegetable burgers came out tasting great, which is why I’m not waiting until I get a pot of amaranth that fluffs to post this and am sharing with you now. I only made a few changes to this recipe. I used an extra zucchini and added garlic powder. The original recipe called for 1/4 cup of spelt flour, but I substituted 1/2 cup of coconut flour.  Also, the original recipe asked for fresh herbs, but mine were dried. It was supposed to make about 10 patties, but I wound up with 16. Must be from that extra zucchini. Anyway, we really liked these burgers. The tahini and lemon really complimented one another. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we did. Betayavon!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup dry amaranth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 3 medium zucchini, grated
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried dill
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 t. rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • juice of 1/2 lemon, or more, and maybe some lemon zest if you like
  • no stick spray

Supplies:

  • measuring cups and spoons
  • large pan and spoon for stirring veggies
  • shredder or box grater
  • small pot and lid for amaranth
  • baking sheets
  • parchment paper
  • spatula

Instructions:

Place amaranth and water in a pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, until amaranth is soft and water is absorbed. Remove lid, fluff (if you can!), and set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 400. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with no-stick spray.

amaranth veggie burgers

Cooked Amaranth (left), Vegetables (right)

In a pan, sauté the onion in oil. Add grated zucchini and carrots. Sauté until everything is soft. Add the spinach. Cook just until it wilts. Remove pot from the heat. Slowly add your cooked amaranth to the vegetables, stirring after each addition. Add all the rest of the ingredients. Mix with spoon or your hands until everything is uniformly combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning as you prefer. Shape patties and place them onto the baking sheets. Bake 15 minutes and then turn over and bake another 10-15 minutes until golden and a bit crunchy on top.

 

veggie:amaranth burgers

 

 

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Shepherd’s Pie

 

Shepherd's pie

 

This is a dish my children really enjoy. The original with meat and potatoes, that is. They’d be happy to eat mashed potatoes any day!  Who wouldn’t?!  As I was preparing the family’s meal before our recent Yom Kippur fast, my husband asked his usual question: “what are you going to eat?” I blurted out the answer-Shepherd’s Pie before I even stopped to consider that I had no idea how to make a vegan version nor had I ever seen or eaten one. I just imagined it would be hearty and satisfying. Turns out I was right. Searching online, I found several varieties, but nothing I wanted to make.  Rather than rely on lentils-which seemed to be fairly standard in the recipes I surveyed, I decided to use mashed beans-a variety of them-to form the typical meat layer. I also combined the beans with veggie broth, seasonings, chopped sautéed portobello mushrooms, and a bag of thawed mixed veggies, making the bottom layer especially hearty.  You only need one can of beans per pie, but since I decided to use a mixture of beans, I wound up with enough filling for three delicious shepherd’s pies. The top layer, the mashed potatoes are made all the more yummy with the addition of sautéed onions and thinly sliced garlic cloves, but if you’re not a fan of these, feel free to leave them out. Your pie will be delicious anyway. My kids loved this dish. I’m very glad I made and froze extra for Sukkot. I made it happily through 25 hours of fasting, and credit the fact that I ate half of one of these very delicious, very filling and nutritious shepherd’s pies for not being starved.  Looking forward to eating this again for Sukkot! Have a good Yuntif! Betayavon!

Ingredients

  • canned beans, drained, rinsed and mashed -I used a can of pinto beans, a can of light red kidney beans, and a can of black eyed peas, which is why I wound up with three of these beauties!
  • mushrooms, portobello or regular button mushrooms, chopped small
  • olive oil, 1 teaspoon
  • veggie broth, 1/8 to 1/4 cup, depending on how thick the mixture is
  • no stick spray
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bag of frozen mixed veggies, thawed
  • other seasonings of your choice-a dash of thyme, chili powder, whatever you like
  • potatoes-five medium, peeled, cubed, boiled, drained, and mashed
  • Smart Balance Margarine, 1 Tablespoon, optional
  • Coconut, almond, or cashew milk, 1-2 Tablespoons, optional
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 onion, chopped fine

Shepherd's pie

Supplies

  • pie plate, square, or oval glass or ceramic pan
  • potato peeler
  • pot and lid for boiling potatoes
  • pan for sautéing mushrooms, beans, and veggie combo
  • knife and cutting board
  • colander for draining and rinsing beans and for draining boiled potatoes
  • measuring cup
  • potato masher for beans and potatoes
  • spoon for stirring
  • bowls for potatoes and beans

Instructions

Peel potatoes, cube and place in a pot with a tight fitting lid. Cover potatoes halfway with water, cover pot and bring to a boil. Lower light and simmer until fork pierces the potatoes easily. Remove from heat and drain in colander. Mash them immediately, adding salt and pepper to taste. You may add some vegan margarine-I used a tablespoon of Smart Balance to make them a little creamier. You can opt to add some coconut, almond, or cashew milk if you want, but I didn’t bother. If you like mashed potatoes with something extra, try sautéing onions and garlic and adding them to the potatoes as you mash them.                                                                                                                                     Time now to spray your glass or ceramic pie plates, open the can of beans, drain and rinse beans with cold water. Mash the beans, mixing them all together with any seasonings you’d like, whether using one type or using multiple varieties of beans, as I did. Place a teaspoon of olive oil in a pan. Add the chopped mushrooms and stir. Add the bag of thawed mixed vegetables. Finally, when the mushrooms have released their liquid, add the mashed beans into the pan with the mushrooms and mixed veggies. Add the veggie broth. If this mixture seems too stiff to stir, thin with a bit more veggie broth, but add that slowly, so you don’t thin the bean layer too much. No need for cooking here, as you will place in the oven later, you just want to combine the mushrooms, veggies, beans, seasonings you want, and veggie broth. Time to press the bean mixture into the bottom of your sprayed pie plate or pan. Top with the mashed potatoes. Bake in 350 degree oven 25-35 mins, just until potatoes start to brown. Looks and smells wonderful

shep pie bean veggie layer

Press the beans, veggies, and mushrooms into the pie plate

shep pie, mashed pot

Top with mashed potatoes

shep pie

A real winner

sheps pie

Enjoy!

Golden Milk

      

Mercola's golden milk 

                

 

                                                                                                        The internet is filled with recipes and information supporting the healthy benefits of golden milk.

You think I would have tried this long ago, given that tumeric is reported to have anti inflammatory properties. And, though I do not like milk, I adore some of the healthy non-dairy alternatives like coconut and almond milk this recipe uses. But hot milk? I just never expected I’d like such a thing! It was not until tonight, when Ilana asked if I wanted to try it, that I actually tried golden milk for the first time. What a lovely and satisfying beverage. Based on the taste and creamy texture alone, I can understand why it is so popular.                          

Using a recipe inspired and adapted from ‘The Minimalist Baker’, Ilana whipped us up each a mug of this golden milk using dairy-free milk, ginger, turmeric, and coconut oil. Yummy.       Betayavon!

 

Golden Milk

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups light coconut milk
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1 ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger (if using freshly grated ginger root you’ll need to pour your milk through a mesh strainer before you drink it)
  •  1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • Sweetener of choice -a dash of honey, maple syrup, stevia, or coconut sugar

Supplies

  •  Medium saucepan
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Whisk
  • Immersion blender (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, add coconut milk, almond milk, ground turmeric, ground ginger, cinnamon, coconut oil, black pepper, and a dash of sweetener of choice
  2. Whisk to combine and warm over medium heat. Heat until hot to the touch but not boiling – about 4 minutes – whisking frequently.
  3. Turn off heat and taste to adjust flavor. Add more sweetener to taste or more turmeric or ginger for intense spice + flavor
  4. Using immersion blender, pulse for 15 seconds for a bit of froth
  5. Serve immediately

 

yellow milk

Pears Helene

pears helene

My husband enjoys pears, but can only eat them cooked due to allergy issues. I’ve found some really great ways to add pears to kugels, cakes, muffins, and recently, adapted this recipe for Pears Helene from my mother in law, a wonderful cook and baker. This dessert is not only dairy free and delicious, but quite easy, using only three or four ingredients.  Betayavon!

Supplies

  • Pot and whisk
  • measuring cups
  • four dessert cups, glasses, parfait glasses

Pears Helene IngredientsJPG

Ingredients

  •   1 box vanilla pudding (2.75 oz)
  •   2 cups coconut or almond milk
  •   1 pear poached, then remove skin and seeds and slice
  •  dab of chocolate syrup or cocoa powder (optional)

Directions

Place pear in a small pot and cover at least 3/4 full of water. Turn on the stove and when the water comes to a boil, lower light and simmer until a sharp knife or fork or toothpick inserts easily into the pear. Turn off the stove, remove pear, place in cold water, and remove skin and seeds when cooled. Slice the pear into about eight pieces, and don’t worry if the pieces of pear are not the same size or shape.

Prepare pudding mix according to the directions on the box. I didn’t buy an instant pudding mix, so this is what I did: I added two cups of almond coconut milk to the pudding (in that same pot I poached the pear in) over a medium flame, whisking constantly to keep the pudding smooth. After the pudding came to a boil, I took the pot off the stove. The pudding thickened as it cooled. When it was thicker and cooler, I spooned some into the four dessert cups, layered with a few pears, and then repeated, so each cup had two layers. I added one teaspoon of dark cocoa to a tablespoon of the cooled pudding to top each dessert cup with a chocolate swirl for a little accent! Yummy…

Pears and Pudding

Rice Pudding-Comfort Food

rice pudding 4

 

Everyone has comfort foods. Mine are all carbohydrates: pizza, bread, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, rice pudding. Here is a vegan rice pudding that really is delicious, especially when you eat it warm. Feel free to use almond, flax, oat, cashew, or hemp milk if you prefer any of these to coconut milk. Start with the minimum amount of sweetener and add more if you want your rice pudding sweeter. Enjoy! Betayavon!

Rice Pudding, Ingredients

 

Ingredients

1 cup coconut or almond milk

1-3 T. Honey (could use brown sugar or date spread instead)

1 T. Maple Syrup

1 cup cooked cold rice-white or brown, up to you

1 t. vanilla extract

1/8 t. cinnamon, plus a sprinkling on top

1/4 cup fresh apple, peach, pear, plum, or mango cubes, raisins or craisins, optional                                                          Rice Pudding, creamyRice Pudding

 

rice pudding 4

Supplies

Sauce Pan spoon for stirring

measuring spoons and cups

Instructions

Combine cold rice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and half a cup of the milk of your choice in a sauce pan over medium heat, and stir to mix everything together. Add the honey and maple syrup, or use brown sugar as an alternate to the honey. If using brown sugar, your rice pudding will be a darker color, but still delicious. Slowly bring to a bubbling boil, and lower the light, stirring continuously as you add the other half cup of the milk. Keep stirring and simmer about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust cinnamon and sweetener you’re using. Add fresh mango, apple, peach, or plum pieces or the dried raisins or craisins. Turn off the light and let the mixture sit. This is when the final thickening will occur. This rice pudding is best served warm, preferably right after making, but if you will store in the fridge, please reheat before serving and sprinkle with cinnamon.

rice pudding 4

 

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread, slice

I love the smell of pumpkin desserts when they’re baking. I also love the taste of them when they come out of the oven. So I am always on the lookout for new ideas, and I adapted this recipe for pumpkin bread from the Detoxinista’s Grain Free Pumpkin Bars that my daughter Emily makes.  Easy, one bowl cake, moist and delicious. You don’t have to be a vegan or gluten free to enjoy it. Betayavon! Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup almond butter

1/2 cup honey

2 flax eggs= 2 tablespoons of flax seed meal and 6 tablespoons of water

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Supplies

Large bowl and spoon for mixing ingredients

Small bowl for making flax eggs

measuring cups and spoons

baking pan-8X8″ square or I used my 8″ circular cast iron pan

 

Pumpkin Break Ingredients and before cooked

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 and grease pan. In the small bowl, make flax eggs by combining ground flax meal and water. Stir and allow to sit so it will begin to gel as you combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the “egg” to the larger bowl, and allow the entire mixture to sit for another 10 minutes. Meanwhile, grease your pan, and when the entire mixture firms up, pour it into the greased pan. Bake approximately 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake starts to come away from the edge of the pan. You’ll love the way your house smells, and I hope you’ll love the way this cake tastes as much as my family does.

Pumpkin bread

Sweet Potatoes with a Cranberry Glaze

SWEET POTATOES WITH A CRANBERRY GLAZE  

Cranberry Glazed Sweet Potatoes are yummy

Cranberry Glazed Sweet Potatoes

For the first days of Sukkot, I combined two of my favorite foods to create a really yummy side dish. Cranberry glazed sweet potatoes are an easy to prepare side dish, and I didn’t have to buy anything special since this dish requires common ingredients I generally have in the house. While I already had the oven on baking a few cakes, I put a pan of unpeeled sweet potatoes into the oven at the same time.  The glaze consisted of only five ingredients, which combined easily in a bowl using a spoon to mix.  No blender, food processor, or mixer to wash.  And best of all, we loved the way this dish turned out, and so did our guests for the first night of Sukkot, a great relief as this recipe is a brand new creation.

Great fall fare. Enjoy! Betayavon!

Ingredients

  • 6 medium sized sweet potatoes, unpeeled
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce

Supplies

  • Roasting Pan
  • Medium Bowl and Spoon
  • Microwavable bowl or saucepan for heating glaze
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Casserole Dish

Instructions

Put unpeeled sweet potatoes in the oven in a roasting pan and bake 350 degrees until a fork can pierce the potatoes easily, about 25-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the potatoes cool. While the potatoes are cooling, prepare the glaze by combining the cranberry, sugar, coconut oil, orange juice, and salt in a bowl, tossing gently.

Remove peel from the sweet potatoes and cut them into two inch thick slices. Arrange in one layer (the pieces can be touching) in any oven proof casserole pan. Heat glaze ingredients either in a microwavable bowl or in a saucepan for two to three minutes, until all the ingredients are blended, but not boiling.

Add glaze to sweet potatoes

Add glaze to sweet potatoes

So easy to make and so delicious

Cranberry glazed sweet potatoes are easy to make and delicious

Spoon over the potatoes, and bake 15-20 minutes on 350. Remember the potatoes are already cooked, so it doesn’t take long, especially if you’re making ahead and going to reheat later or in a day or so, as I was. A very easy, fast, delicious, and crowd pleasing side dish that you’ll be glad you tried.

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