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TAVERN MUSHROOMS

A healthy version of deep fried mushrooms! Yum! mushrooms-1309246_1920

  • 1 8-ounce package of white mushrooms, washed and dried
  • 2 cups Pasta Sauce (or your favorite plant-strong pasta sauce)
  • 1/3 cup corn meal
  • 1/3 cup flax meal (you may find this in the store with the label “ground flax”)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta sauce for dipping. Using the remaining cup, dip the mushrooms into sauce to coat. Then, roll the sauce-covered mushrooms into the dry mixture until completely covered.
  3. Place on a parchment paper- or foil-covered baking sheet. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with remaining pasta sauce for dipping (or your favorite dressing or sauce).

Servings: About 15-20 mushrooms

“Indian” Baked Taquitos

makes 8-10 servings   tortilla-3590164_1920

AuthorMichaela Vais

  • 2 medium-large potatoes peeled and chopped       
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium carrot grated or finely diced                   
  • 1/2 medium-large onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup peas frozen 
  • 1 tsp curry powder                                                  
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin                                               
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4-1 tsp sea salt or less/more to taste                    
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • Red pepper flakes to taste                                       
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth                                           
  • 5 oz cheese of choice
  • Taco seasoning to sprinkle on top of taquitos (optional)
  • 8-10 tortillas 

Directions:

Peel and chop the potatoes and cook in a pot with boiling water and salt until fork tender which takes about 12-15 minutes. Drain the water and mash the potatoes with a potato masher. You can add a splash of milk for a creamier result. Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan/skillet over medium-high heat and add the chopped onion. Sauté for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, then add the grated carrot, minced garlic, all spices and sauté for a further minute.

Pour in the vegetable broth, add peas (thawed), put the lid on and cook for a few minutes until the carrot is softened. Turn off heat and add the mashed potatoes and cheese. Use a fork or a potato masher to combine everything.

Taste the veggie mixture and adjust seasonings. Add more salt/black pepper/spices to taste. If you want it spicier, add more red pepper flakes to taste.

Preheat oven to 410 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place about 2-3 tbsp of the filling onto each tortilla and roll them up tightly. Place every tortilla seam-side down on the baking sheet, next to each other.

Brush with a little vegetable oil (to make them even more crispy) and sprinkle some taco seasoning on top.   Bake in the oven for about 17-20 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. Broil for a few minutes (optional).   Serve with salsa, sour cream, vegan queso or guacamole. 

 

Chickpea Artichoke “Bliss in a Dish”

This recipe originally appeared in DREENABURTON.COM

I love artichokes and I love chickpeas. I also really love Mediterranean seasonings and briny olives with a touch of sweetness thrown in. So, when I make this dish, it’s like a little bit of bliss in a dish!  (This got a two thumbs up from Dr. Ray….so YAY it is now in rotation)

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Ingredients

2½ – 3 cups red or Yukon gold potatoes about ¾ – 1 lb  cut in small cubes

1 tsp olive oil to wipe around baking dish, optional

3 – 3 ½ cups chickpeas / 2 cans, rinsed and drained (I have subbed cannellini beans for these)

3 cups frozen artichokes- thaw beforehand or use from frozen (I used canned as Meijer did not have any frozen artichokes …)

4 medium-large cloves garlic minced or grated

3 tbsp water

1/2 cup red bell pepper chopped

1/3 – 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives sliced in half

1 cup chopped tomatoes

3-4 tbsp golden raisins

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried basil

½ tsp dried rosemary

½ tsp sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1½ tbsp balsamic vinegar

¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Use 1 teaspoon of the olive oil to oil a large casserole dish (about 8 by 12 inches). If you omit the oil, some of the ingredients may get a little sticky in the pan, but no biggie! Place the potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and boil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until fork tender. When potatoes are ready, drain well and add to the prepared dish along with the other ingredients, except the vinegar and the fresh parsley. Toss the mixture well, cover the dish with foil, and bake for 40 minutes (stirring about halfway through the baking process), until the potatoes are fully tender and the other vegetables have heated through and somewhat softened. Add the vinegar, toss again, and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes uncovered. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with the fresh parsley, and season to taste with salt and pepper as desired. Serve on its own, with bread, or over quinoa, brown rice, or pasta, topped with a quick avocado sauce or mash.

 

HEALTHY MEXICAN BAKED SWEET POTATOES

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTSsweet-potatoes-3937451_1280

  • medium sweet potatoes                        
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 3/4 cup canned corn rinsed and patted dry    
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 green bell pepper diced                           
  • 1/2 onion diced

SEASONING

  • 1 teaspoon each smoked paprika, dried oregano,  brown sugar, chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, cumin,   salt

TOPPINGS

  • 4 tablespoons light sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest grated
  •   2 tablespoons fresh cilantro roughly chopped  ( or green onions DR CL)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes under running water and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F).
  3. Prick the sweet potatoes with a fork and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  4. Drizzle 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil over them and rub the oil all over with your hands.
  5. Bake the sweet potatoes for 45-60 minutes.
  6. In a small bowl combine all seasoning ingredients.

Prepare the filling:

  1. About 20 minutes before the potatoes come out of the oven, place a large skillet over high heat.
  2. Put the corn in the skillet, sprinkle with seasoning and let the corn roast for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  3. In the same skillet add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. Once hot, add the bell pepper, onion, sprinkle with the seasoning mix and sauté until soft.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the corn, black beans, onion and pepper.

Prepare the toppings:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream with the lime zest and juice. Set aside.

Assemble the potatoes:

  1. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven when fork-tender and let them cool for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Cut a slit down the middle of each one and squeeze the ends to open.
  3. Fill each potato with a generous amount of filling, top with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with cilantro.

VEGAN GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

A Thanksgiving Favorite. Now you can bring the vegetarian version! vegan green bean casserole

  • 1 pound green beans (rinsed, trimmed and cut in half)
  • Sea salt and black pepper                         
  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter or olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot (minced)                       
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms (button, baby bella, or cremini)
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour                            
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth 
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk        
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy fried onions (divided )

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C). Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt well – it will help season the green beans. Add green beans and cook for 5 minutes, then drain and place in an ice water bath to stop cooking. Drain and set aside.

In the meantime, start preparing sauce. In a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat, add vegan butter or olive oil and shallots and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add mushrooms and season with a bit more salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes more or until lightly browned.

Sprinkle in flour and whisk to stir and coat the veggies. Cook for 1 minute, then slowly add in veggie stock, whisking to incorporate.

Add almond milk next and whisk to stir again. Season with a touch more salt and pepper and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low to thicken. Cook for 5-7 minutes more, or until thick and bubbly. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Remove from heat and add 1/3 of the fried onions (1/2 cup as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and all of the cooked green beans. Toss to coat well, and top with remaining fried onions. Bake for 15 minutes, or until warmed through and bubbly and slightly browned on top. Serve immediately (handle pan carefully).

 

Crispy Hasselback Potatoes Recipe

A BIG FAVE

Ingredients

  • Yukon gold potatoes, about 6 ounces eachHasselback Potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted              
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • Flaky sea salt, to taste

Directions

1 Preheat the oven to 425ºF.

2 Slice the potatoes: Set a potato on a cutting board and place a chopstick on either side of the potato. With a sharp, thin knife, make deep vertical cuts 1/8-inch apart, but without cutting all the way through the potato. The chopsticks should keep you from accidentally cutting too deeply or going all the way through.

Place the potatoes with the cut side up in the baking dish, spaced a little apart so each one has some room. Fan the potatoes open slightly.

3 Season the potatoes: In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, oil, and parsley. Drizzle this over the potatoes and then use a pastry brush to spread the butter and oil mixture evenly and in between the slices of each potato. Sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until golden and crispy. The potatoes will fan out more during cooking and take on their accordion-like appearance. Serve hot.

MUSHROOM AND SPINACH STRUDEL

 by Rachael Ray 

serves 4

This rich and decadent strudel is inspired by a recipe from the original Moosewood cookbook by Mollie Katzen, only this recipe uses spinach and feta cheese as well as her mushroom strudel mixture.  It’s like Spanakopita meets Mushroom strudel. 

Ingredients

  • 12 small sheets filo dough, defrostedmushrooms-1309246_1280
  • EVOO or EVOO spray  (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound fresh baby spinach
  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 12 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, plain
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350º F. 

Saute onions and garlic in EVOO in a large saute pan over medium heat.  When onions and garlic start to cook, after about 5 minutes, add spinach and mushrooms.  Allow mixture to cook thoroughly.  Add salt and pepper to taste and put mixture into a large mixing bowl.

While mixture is still warm, add cream cheese, feta cheese, bread crumbs and dill.  Mix thoroughly.  Mixture should not be loose-if it is, add more bread crumbs.

Take one sheet of filo dough and either spray EVOO evenly over it or brush about a teaspoon with a pastry brush.  Add another layer of dough and repeat with more EVOO until you have four sheets.  Add 1/4 of the filling to the dough 2 inches from one end and  spread it out so it is 1 inch from each width end. 

Fold the width ends over the filling and then start rolling the dough from the end closest to the filling until it is completely rolled up and the end is tucked under the bottom of the roll so it looks like a burrito. 

Repeat with the other filo leaves and place your strudels on a cookie sheetBake for 1/2 hour.  Allow strudels to cool slightly before serving.  

Hearty Spaghetti with Lentils & Marinara

This recipe originally appeared on the Cookie and Kate website. One of my favorites for vegetarian recipes. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 

Lentils

  • ½ cup dry lentils (French green lentils or regular brown lentils), or 1 ½ cups cooked lentils (leftover or from a can, rinsed and drained)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled but left wholelentils
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water

Everything else

  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 8 ounces whole-grain pasta (or 12 ounces, if you like your pasta less saucy than mine)
  • Optional garnishes: grated Parmesan or vegan Parmesan and/or chopped fresh basil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To cook the lentils, first pick through the lentils for debris (I once bit into a tiny rock) and then rinse them in a fine-mesh colander. In a small saucepan, combine the lentils, bay leaf, garlic, salt and broth.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Simmer until the lentils are cooked through and tender, which will take somewhere between 20 to 35 minutes, depending on the age and variety of the lentils. Drain the lentils, discard the bay leaf and garlic, and set the pot aside, uncovered.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook the pasta until al dente, according to the package directions. Drain, then return the pasta to the pot and set it aside.
  4. Stir the marinara into the lentils and warm them together over medium heat. Divide pasta into bowls, top with warm marinara and lentils, and garnish with Parmesan and/or chopped fresh basil, if you’d like. Serve warm. Leftovers will keep well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 4 days.

HEARTY AWESOME VEGETARIAN CHILI

NOTE FROM DR C:  I LOVE, LOVE CHILI and is has so many incarnations. We enjoy our second round of chili over baked sweet/regular potatoes with whatever fixings  you like. It is also wonderful over a great toasted bun/bread and I often bring it to the office as my lunch on days when I have a lunchtime workout.

Author: Kelly Egan – A Side of Sweet        Yield: 8 servings  vegetarian chili

 

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 celery stalks, cut 1/4 inches crosswise
  • 4 red, yellow or orange bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (15.5 ounces) cans black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 (16 ounces) can cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 (16 ounces) can pinto beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 (16 ounces) can kidney beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounces) can of diced tomatoes
  • 4–6 tablespoons chili powder, depending on your preference
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce

Directions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic saute until they soften, but don’t brown, for about five minutes.
  • Add the peppers and celery and saute until lightly browned and tender, about 5 minutes. ( I sometimes skip this step no harm- no foul)
  • Set your slow cooker to low. Add the beans, vegetables, diced tomatoes, spices, vinegar, and hot sauce. Stir to combine and cover. Cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours.

 

 

 

Tomato Salad with Feta and Pistachios

4 servings

Serve this salad as soon as it is assembled so all of the tomato juices and flavor stay where they belong.

  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper                              tomatoes-3574426_1280
    ¼ cup Basic Lemon Vinaigrette
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley, plus leaves for serving            
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta
  • 3 Tbs pistachios     
  • 1 pound mixed baby tomatoes-some sliced some diced some whole

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pistachios on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until golden brown, 6–8 minutes. Let cool, then chop.
  • Arrange tomatoes on a plate; season lightly with salt and pepper. Mix vinaigrette, ¼ cup parsley, and two-thirds of pistachios in a small bowl. Drizzle over tomatoes. Top with feta, parsley leaves, and remaining pistachios.

Basic Lemon Vinaigrette   

Pour into sealable jar and shake well 

  • ⅔ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper