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Fettuccine with Spring Greens

photo by Max Kelly

David Waltuck

Fresh Fettuccine with Spring Greens

Serves 4

Refined, market-driven menus made Chef Waltuck’s Chanterelle one of the most revered restaurants in New York for more than thirty years, but this dish is easy enough to toss together on a busy weeknight. Just blanch a mix of early spring leaves – anything from young, tender dandelion to ramp tops to simple spinach. Green garlic also works well if it’s young enough to resemble a scallion (though later in spring, as it grows taller and the bulb swells, it’ll be too tough for this pesto-like preparation).

Ingredients:

2 pounds mixed spring greens, such as dandelion, ramps, stinging nettles, spinach, and lamb’s quarters
1½ cups grated parmesan
¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
salt and pepper
zest and juice of 2 lemons, about 2 teaspoons zest and 4 tablespoons juice
1 pound fresh fettuccine
1 cup heavy cream

Directions:

• Bring a large pot of water, seasoned generously with salt, to a boil.

• Meanwhile, trim and wash the greens. If using ramps, separate the bulbs and save for another use such as pickled ramps. If using spinach or dandelion greens, remove any tough stems. If using stinging nettles, handle them with gloves while raw.

• Add the greens to the pot of boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until just wilted. Reserve the cooking water but remove the greens with a slotted spoon, transfer to a colander, and cool under cold running water. Squeeze to drain any liquid. You should have about 2 cups of cooked greens.

• Transfer the cooked greens to a food processor and puree with the Parmesan, ¾ cup olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and zest and juice of the lemons, to a fairly smooth paste that still has some texture.

• Return the pot of water to a boil, add the fettuccine and cook until al dente, about 2 to 3 minutes for fresh pasta. Reserve ⅓ cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta well and return to the pot. Add the cream and pureed greens and toss gently to combine, thinning with the reserved pasta water as needed. Cook over low heat about 1 minute until the sauce just coats the pasta. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve with more parmesan on the side.

• If using frozen fruit, use less ice.

 

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From The New Greenmarket Cookbook
by Gabrielle Langholtz
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Super-Fruit Sangria
Brendan Brazier

Super-Fruit Sangria

Serves 1/Makes 2 ¼ cups (550 mL)
 
Even people who say they don’t like "healthy drinks" will love this. The properly balanced and complementary flavors of the fruit make it delicious.

• Gluten Free, Super Nutrient-Dense
• Prep Time: 5 minutes
• Special Equipment: high-speed blender

4 or 5 fresh or frozen strawberries
10 fresh or frozen raspberries
½ cup (125 mL) fresh or frozen blueberries
⅓ cup (75 mL) chopped pineapple
2 fresh mint leaves
Zest of ½ orange
Zest of ½ lemon
Zest of ½ lime
2 tbsp (30 mL) freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tbsp (30 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp (30 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp (30 mL) pomegranate juice
2 tbsp (30 mL) acai berry juice
6 tbsp (90 mL) coconut water
2 tbsp (30 mL) agave nectar or maple syrup
1 tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract
About 2 cups (500 mL) ice cubes

In a blender, combine all the ingredients except the ice. Add ice to about 1 inch (2.5 cm) above the liquid line. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy.
 
• If using frozen fruit, use less ice.

 

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From Thrive Energy Cookbook
by Brendan Brazier
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Mac N Cheez
Mayim Bialik

Mac N Cheez

Serves 8

People often ask vegan children if they miss macaroni and cheese. With this recipe, your kids don’t have to miss out on the creamy comfort food many kids think comes from a box. The vegan cheese sauce can be poured and mixed directly into cooked pasta or baked in a casserole. Either way, it is an exceptionally yummy and satisfying dish you’ll find yourself making when you crave comfort food in a jiffy.

1 (16-ounce) package pasta, such as farfalle, rigatoni, penne, shells, or large macaroni

1 ¼ cups nondairy milk (almond milk works best)

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or white or brown rice flour

1 (8-ounce) bag shredded vegan cheese, preferably mozzarella or cheddar

½ cup bread crumbs (optional)

1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain when al dente and
place in a large bowl.

2. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

3. Heat 1 cup of the nondairy milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

4. In a cup, whisk the flour into the remaining ¼ cup of milk until dissolved. Add it slowly to the heated milk, whisking as you go. Add the shredded vegan cheese and stir constantly until the cheese is dissolved and the sauce is bubbly, about 5 minutes. Pour over the pasta mixture and stir to combine.

If desired, place the pasta in a 9 by 13-inch casserole dish and cover with the bread crumbs. Bake, covered, for 20 minutes. Uncover and broil until browned on top, about 5 minutes.

 

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From Mayim's Vegan Table
by Mayim Bialik
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Chocolate Bread

photo by Stephen Scott Gross

Nicole Hunn

Chocolate Bread

Makes 1 loaf

Chocolate bread sounds like a dessert. I know. But I promise you this bread is only very mildly sweet with exactly the right amount of rich, chocolate flavor. It almost tastes like pumpernickel. That is, until you have had the “Pumpernickel” Bread (page 105), and you remember what pumpernickel bread really tastes like. It is then, if not before, that you know the beauty that is this sweet and savory, cocoa-flavored bread. It is as well suited to a savory sandwich as it is to a Sunday morning, with a generous schmear of cream cheese.


4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped coarsely
3 ½ cups (490 g) Gluten-Free Bread Flour (page 8), plus more for sprinkling
½ cup (100 g) sugar
2 teaspoons (6 g) instant yeast
6 tablespoons (30 g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon (6 g) kosher salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
1 ½ cups warm milk (about 95°F) (not nonfat)

In a medium-size microwave-safe bowl, place the butter and chocolate. Microwave on high at 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate and butter are smooth and shiny. Set the bowl aside to cool briefly.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, place the flour, sugar, yeast, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and cream of tartar, and use a handheld whisk to combine well. Add the salt, and whisk to combine. Add the melted chocolate mixture, oil, vanilla, and milk to the flour mixture, and mix on low speed with the dough hook until the dry ingredients are just moistened.

Once the dough has come together, raise the mixer speed to medium and mix for about 5 minutes. The dough will be quite sticky but should be smooth and stretchy.

Spray a silicone spatula lightly with cooking oil spray, and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl or proofing bucket large enough for the dough to rise to double its size, and cover with an oiled piece of plastic wrap (or the oiled top to your proofing bucket). Place the dough in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours and up to 5 days.

On baking day, grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan and set it aside. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smoother as described in the General Shaping Tips in Chapter 3.

To shape the dough, follow the instructions on page 36 for shaping sandwich bread. Carefully lift the shaped dough into the prepared loaf pan, seam side down. Sprinkle the top of the dough with a thin layer of flour to form a cloak that the dough will rise into. Cover the loaf pan with a piece of lightly oiled plastic wrap, and place in a warm, draft-free location until nearly doubled in size (about 1 hour).

Once the dough has finished rising, remove the plastic wrap and sprinkle the top of the loaf lightly with flour once more. Slash down the center of the loaf at a 45-degree angle and about 1/4 inch deep, using a lame or very sharp knife. Place the pan in the center of a cold oven, and turn the heat to 350°F. Bake for 30 minutes before removing the loaf from the loaf pan, placing it on a rimmed baking sheet, and placing it back in the oven. Continue to bake until the loaf is dark brown, sounds hollow when thumped on the underside, and the internal temperature reaches about 195°F on an instant-read thermometer (about 15 minutes more). The crust will be dark and will soften as the bread cools.

Remove from the oven and place the loaf on a wire rack to cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

 

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From Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread
by Nicole Hunn
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Spicy Kale Soup with Pepitas

photo by Amy Green

Mark Reinfeld

Spicy Kale Soup with Pepitas

Serves 4 to 6

Here is where amazing flavor and high nutrition come together. Loaded with nutrients, kale is the supreme leader of the green superfoods kingdom. Virtually all of us benefit from the inclusion of more kale in our diet. Pepitas, a.k.a. pumpkin seeds, are also tasty nutritional powerhouses and are a source of protein and zinc. Top with Raw Crème Fraîche (page 196), a touch of Tapenade (page 193), and a few additional pepitas.


½ cup raw pepitas
3 cups fairly tightly packed chopped kale
2 ½ cups water
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup apple juice
½ cup mashed avocado
1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon seeded and diced hot pepper
1½ teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon chipotle chile powder,
or ½ teaspoon chili powder (optional)
1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil (optional)
2 teaspoons wheat-free tamari or other soy sauce, or to taste (optional)
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
¼ cup seeded and minced red bell pepper, for garnish

Place the pepitas in a small bowl with ample water to cover. Allow them to sit for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse well.

Place in a strong blender with all the remaining ingredients, except the cilantro and red bell pepper, and blend until very creamy.

Transfer to a bowl, add the cilantro, and stir well. Top with the red bell pepper before serving.

Variations

Add 2 teaspoons of peeled and minced fresh turmeric.

Replace the pepitas with pecans, macadamia nuts, or cashews.

Replace all or some of the kale with other greens, such as spinach, chard, or arugula.

Replace the cilantro with fresh basil or 2 teaspoons of minced fresh dill.

Add 1 teaspoon of curry powder or ground cumin.

 

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From The 30 Minute Vegan Soup's On
by Mark Reinfeld
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Baked Cauliflower Penne

photo by Amy Beadle Roth

John Schlimm

Baked Cauliflower-Parmesan Penne

Yields 2 Quite Ample Servings

Roasting cauliflower brings out a lovely sweetness in this vastly underappreciated vegetable that counterpoints the lusty background flavor of the olives in the sauce.


¼ cup fresh, slightly course vegan bread crumbs
¼ cup vegan panko
1 small head cauliflower, or ½ large head, cut into ¾-inch florets
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
3 green onions, white parts chopped finely, green parts cut into ½-inch pieces
Tabasco sauce or red pepper flakes
8 ounces gemelli or multicolored fusilli
⅓ cup pine nuts, toasted lightly (see instructions on page 30)
½ cup pitted and coarsely chopped kalamata olives
¼ cup vegan parmesan cheese (page 39, or store-bought)

Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a large pot, bring 6 to 8 quarts of water to a boil. On a foil-lined jelly-roll pan, toss the bread crumbs with the panko, and watchfully toast the mixture in the middle of the oven until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil right on the jelly-roll pan and season with the salt and pepper. Roast in the middle of the oven, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is tender and begins to brown, about 15 minutes. Set aside. Lower the oven heat to 325°F.

In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the garlic and green onion whites until soft, about 4 minutes. Add Tabasco sauce to taste and cook for another minute or two.

Remove the skillet from the heat while you cook the pasta according to the package directions. Just before the pasta is al dente, 10 to 11 minutes, add the cauliflower, pine nuts, and half the toasted bread crumbs to the skillet. Toss the mixture well.

When the pasta is ready, reserve a cup of its cooking water, drain the pasta, and add it to the skillet with ½ cup (more or less) of the cooking water. Stir in the olives and green onion greens. Transfer the pasta mixture to a 2½-quart gratin or baking dish and bake in the middle of the oven until the pasta on top begins to crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil to refresh the pasta, and sprinkle it with the rest of the crumbs and the Parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

 

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From The Cheesy Vegan
by John Schlimm
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Cranberry bread

photo © Roben Ryberg

Roben Ryberg

Cranberry Bread

Brown Rice Flour
Serves 9

This is hands-down, my favorite quick bread. I love the traditional mixes in the grocery store made with wheat flour. Those mixes are the inspiration for this recipe. If you are dairy-free, substitute applesauce for the yogurt. 

⅓ cup oil
¾ cup brown rice flour, 95 grams
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼  teaspoon baking soda
¼  teaspoon salt
¾  teaspoon xanthan gum
½ cup cranberries, chopped

Topping:

1 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray 8x4-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.

Mix flour and oil until well combined. Add remaining ingredients, except cranberries. Beat well. Beat in cranberries until batter is nicely thick. 

Pour into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle top with sugar.

Bake 30-40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in middle tests clean, and bread is lightly browned on top.

 

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From You Still Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free!
by Roben Ryberg
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Elote al Echo Parque

photo © Aaron Farley

Alex Brown and Evan George

Elote al Echo Parque

Serves 6

Beverage: Eagle Rock, Populist

Soundtrack: "I Love LA," Randy Newman

6 ears of corn, unhusked
6 tablespoons labneh or mayonnaise
6 teaspoons Maldon salt
6 teaspoons urfa biber
6 ounces Pecorino Romano
1 lime
½ cup cilantro leaves

Well, you have to have a grill going.

Toss the unshucked ears of corn on the grill and cap it. Give them a quarter turn every 5 minutes until the outer husk is dry and toasted. This could as long as 20 minutes depending on where your coals are. Remove the ears and let cool.

Grate the Pecorino on a microplane or the smallest hole on your box grater. Divide that lime into six equal wedges. Mince the cilantro.

Peel away the outer layers of the husk and remove as much silk as you can with your hands. Then hold the corn close over an open flame, or place back on top of the grill to burn off extra silk. Leave the cobs on the grill, or continue to toast turn over an open flame on your stove-top until 60 to 70 percent of the kernels have browned slightly.

Assemble each cob one at a time and hand them off immediately: start by rubbing an ear of corn with a section of lime. Then, using a spatula, cover all the kernels liberally with labneh or mayo. Sprinkle on the salt, the urfa, the cilantro, and then finish by adhering as much Pecorino as possible to whatever remaining wet spots remain on your cob.

Repeat.

 

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From Lust for Leaf
by Alex Brown and Evan George
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Black-Eyed Pea Paella

photo ©Clare Barboza

Kim O'Donnel

Black-Eyed Pea Paella

Makes 6 servings. You may double or halve amounts, but you’ll need to use the appropriately sized pan. 

4 cups vegetable stock (page 214)
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced onion (more than ½ medium-size onion)
1 cup seeded and diced bell pepper of your favorite color (about 1 medium-size pepper)
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen black-eyed peas, or 1 cup dried black-eyed peas, cooked*
1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 ¼ cups tomato puree
½ teaspoon crumbled saffron (optional)
½ cup white wine you enjoy drinking
½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
2 cups uncooked short-grain white rice (1 pound)
Optional garnishes: Pickled peppers, chopped fresh parsley, lemon zest

TOOLS: 15-inch paella pan

*To cook dried black-eyed peas: Soak the peas for at least 2 hours in enough water to cover by at least 2 inches. Drain the peas, then place in a large pot with 4 cups of water. Bring to a lively simmer over medium-high heat. Cook at a hard boil for 5 minutes, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the beans are tender to the bite. This should take about 1 hour.

In a medium-size saucepan, warm the vegetable stock until heated through and keep covered, on low, until ready to use.

Over medium-high heat, heat the paella pan until it’s too hot to place your hand about 3 inches above the pan. Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, tilting the pan so that the oil coats the entire bottom surface. Lower the heat to medium, add the onion, and cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep from burning or sticking. Add the bell pepper, stir well, and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add the black-eyed peas and smoked paprika, stirring until the vegetables are evenly coated with the spice, about 90 seconds.

Transfer the black-eyed pea mixture to a bowl and set aside.

Wipe the pan clean with a dry paper towel to remove any burnt, stuck-on bits. Add the remaining olive oil plus the garlic and cook over medium heat until, as chef Andrés says, “they dance.” (When heated, the garlic moves around the pan in the bubbling oil.)

Add the tomato puree and stir often, over the next 5 minutes, until the color has transformed from red to a more golden, orange-brown shade. Add the saffron, if using. Then add the white wine and increase the heat to medium-high, stirring to keep from burning.

Return the black-eyed pea mixture to the pan. Add the stock. Bring to a boil, taste for salt, then season accordingly. You want the mixture to be slightly salty. This is also your last chance to add salt before the rice is added.

Add the rice and set a timer for 16 minutes. For the first 6 minutes, gently stir the paella, to minimize burning and sticking. For the remaining cooking time, please heed the advice I learned from chef Andrés: no more stirring or touching. Otherwise, you will have a gummy rice concoction. This is also why you cannot add salt at this stage.

At minute 16, taste a grain of rice for doneness. It should be slightly al dente, like risotto. Turn off the heat and allow the paella to sit for at least 5 minutes. The results should be dry, not soupy.

Serve hot in bowls.

 

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From The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations
by Kim O'Donnel
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Pan de Bono

photo by Lisa Weatherbee

Nicole Hunn

Pan de Bono

Time Estimate: 10 minutes active time, 20 minutes inactive time

Makes 8 to 10 rolls
Can be halved easily, but not doubled unless you have a 14-cup food processor

This is similar to Brazilian cheese bread, which is much chewier and made without benefit of the lovely and talented masa harina, a precooked cornmeal. Pan de bono is a naturally gluten-free Colombian bread that’s as versatile as it is flavorful. The dough is easy to handle when prepared precisely according to the instructions. If you are having any trouble, refrigerate the dough for a bit and try again. The dough itself also freezes surprisingly well. Just thaw in the refrigerator and proceed with the rest of the recipe.

8 ounces queso fresco (Mexican), quesito (Colombian), or feta cheese (Greek)
⅓ cup (39 g) gluten-free masa harina
⅔ cup (80 g) gluten-free tapioca starch (also called tapioca flour)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 extra-large egg, at room temperature, beaten
2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter, melted

Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and set it aside.

Place the cheese in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until all the large pieces are crumbled into uniformly pebble-size pieces. Add the masa harina, tapioca starch, and salt, and pulse until well mixed.

With the food processor on, add the egg and blend until a very smooth, integrated ball forms (about 2 minutes). You might have to stop the food processor halfway through to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Turn the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap on the counter, press into a disk, and wrap tightly. Place the dough in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until firm.

Once the dough has chilled, divide it into eight or ten pieces (larger pieces and fewer of them, if you prefer), roll them into balls, and place about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Place in the center of the preheated oven, and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned on top, rotating once during baking. Right before you remove the rolls from the oven, pierce a hole in the top of each to allow steam to escape and the rolls to keep their shape.

Remove the rolls from the oven, brush generously with the melted butter, and allow to cool before serving.

 

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From Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy
by Nicole Hunn
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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French Farmhouse Asparagus Bisque

photo by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Terry Hope Romero

French Farmhouse Asparagus Bisque

Serves 4 to 6

Regardless if you’re in the city or the country, enjoy this creamy and earthy soup with those essentially French elements of leeks, potato and asparagus, and a touch of fresh chives. Gently mash the potatoes for a rustic potage, or puree it to silky-smooth refinement, and then use the sautéed asparagus tips for an elegant garnish.

1 pound asparagus
1 large leek (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
½ cup dry white wine
4 cups vegetable broth
1 pound white baking potato, peeled and diced into ½-inch-thick pieces
6 sprigs fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon salt or to taste
¼ cup plain soy or coconut-based creamer
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives, plus 1 more tablespoon for garnish

Wash the asparagus and trim away the bottom ½ inch from the stalks. Slice off and set aside the tips, and dice the stalks into ½-inch pieces. Trim the roots from the leek, then trim away the top 4 inches away from the green leaves at the other end. Slice the leek in half and run under cold water, gently pushing apart the leaves to rinse away any grit. When leek is clean, slice it into slices ¼ inch thick.

In a 3-quart soup pot heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat and sauté the leek for 3 minutes or until it begins to soften. Add the chopped asparagus stalks and sauté for 4 minutes, stir in the wine and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in the vegetable broth, potatoes, and thyme. Increase heat to high, bring to an active simmer for 1 minute, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 22 to 24 minutes until the potatoes are very tender and mash easily when pressed with a fork.

While the soup is cooking, over medium heat in a small skillet sauté the asparagus tips with the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil for 1 to 1-½ minutes or until the tips are bright green and crisp tender. Transfer tips to a dish and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.

Turn off heat and remove the thyme sprigs if using. Add the soy or coconut-based creamer. Use either a potato masher and mash the soup to a chunky puree, or insert an immersion blender into the soup and puree into the smoothest soup possible; take your time to ensure the soup gets very smooth. Stir in the chopped chives and salt, then taste the soup and season with more salt to taste if necessary. To serve, ladle soup into wide serving bowls and garnish each serving with a few sautéed asparagus tips and a pinch of chopped chives.

The white stem ends of older asparagus can be filled with tough fibers. Out of season asparagus thicker than ½ inch should be trimmed by at least 1 inch from the bottom stem.

 

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From Vegan Eats World
by Terry Hope Romero
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Tuscan White Bean Dip

photo by Renee Comet

Robyn Webb

Tuscan White Bean Dip

20 Servings/Serving Size 2 Tablespoons
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Chilling Time: 1 to 2 hours
Cook Time: 0

Bean dips are typically healthy, but can be high in sodium. No need to add salt when you’ve got intense sun-dried tomatoes, Garlic & Herb seasoning, and fresh lemon in this creamy and very satisfying dip. Use it as a sandwich spread, too!

1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 (3-ounce) package low-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons minced rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon salt-free Garlic & Herb seasoning
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons minced scallion (white part only)

Combine all the ingredients, except for the scallions, in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add some water if necessary to produce a smooth but thick dip. Taste and correct the seasoning, adding additional lemon juice if desired.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in the scallions. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours prior to serving. Serve with pita bread wedges or crudites.

BASIC NUTRITIONAL VALUES
Calories 40
Calories from Fat 20
Total Fat 2.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 25 mg
Total Carbohydrate 4 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 2 g

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From You Won't Believe It's Salt-Free!
by Robyn Webb
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Raw Pear Tart with Cashew Cream and Fresh Berries

photo by Sea Light Studios

Mark Reinfeld

Raw Pear Tart with Cashew Cream and Fresh Berries

Makes one 9-inch tart

Crust
1 cup finely chopped pitted dates (try Medjool)
1 ¼ cups chopped pecans
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cardamom

Cashew Cream
1 cup raw cashews
½ to ¾ cup water
2 tablespoons agave nectar, coconut nectar (see page 261), or pure maple syrup, to taste
Pinch of sea salt

Topping
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or agave or coconut nectar
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg, or ground cardamom, or allspice
2 large ripe pears, sliced into ½-inch strips
1 pint fresh berries, rinsed and drained well
Mint leaves

Place the cashews in a small bowl with 2 cups of water. Prepare the  topping: Place the lemon juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a  large shallow dish and mix well. Add the sliced pears and gently coat well.

Prepare the crust: Oil a 9-inch tart pan. Place the pecans in a food  processor and process until finely ground. Add the dates, cinnamon,  and cardamom and pulse-process until the ingredients are just ground  up. Do not over-process or your crust will be too gummy.

Transfer to the tart pan and press down firmly to create the crust. The  mixture should be holding together. If not, return to the processor and  process a bit further. Depending upon the moisture of the dates, you  may need to add a small amount of water or liquid from the topping to help hold the crust together.

Prepare the cashew cream: Drain and rinse the cashews well. Place them in a strong blender along with the ½ to ¾ cup of water and agave  nectar. Blend until creamy. The amount of water you will need will depend on the strength of your blender.

Spread an even layer of the cream over the crust. Creatively place the pear slices on top of the cream. Try forming a spiral where each pear slice  slightly overlaps the one next to it.

Decorate with fresh berries and mint leaves. If you have more time, chill for 15 minutes or more before serving.

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From The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
by Mark Reinfeld
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Nutty Veggie Burger

photo by Hannah Kaminsky

Dreena Burton

Nutty Veggie Burgers

Makes 5 to 6 Patties

1 ½ cups raw almonds
½ cup raw walnuts
½ cup raw pecans (or more walnuts)
1 small clove garlic, cut into quarters
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon tamari
¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning, or ⅛ teaspoon each of dried thyme and dried sage
½ cup (packed) finely grated carrot
½ cup (packed) finely grated zucchini
½ to 1 cup rolled oats
A smidgen of oil, for panfrying

In a food processor, combine the almonds, walnuts, pecans, garlic, and salt. Puree until the nuts are finely ground. Then add the ketchup, nutritional yeast, tamari, poultry seasoning, carrot, and zucchini, and pulse until the mixture becomes dense and is starting to hold together. Pulse in the oats. Remove the blade and shape the mixture into patties.

To cook, lightly oil a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties for 5 to 7 minutes on the first side, and then another 3 to 5 minutes on second side until golden brown, working in batches, if necessary.

Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, and fixings of choice (and try “Almonnaise” as an alternative to vegan mayonnaise).

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From Let Them Eat Vegan!
by Dreena Burton
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Grilled corn on the cob with piquant sauce

photo by Amy Beadle Roth

John Schlimm

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Piquant Sauce

Yield: 4 ears corn

CORN

2 tablespoons corn oil
¾ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon salt
4 ears corn, husked

PIQUANT SAUCE

¼ cup vegan mayonnaise
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 clove garlic, peeled and pressed or finely chopped
4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice, from about ½ lime

Heat the grill to medium-high.

Prepare the corn: In a small bowl, whisk together the corn oil, chili powder, and salt. Rub the corn all over with the mixture. Wrap the corn in aluminum foil and grill it, turning often with tongs, for about 25 minutes. Remove the foil and finish grilling right on the grates, about 5 minutes. Or peel back the husks, remove the silk, season the corn, then pull the husks back over the kernels before grilling for a nice smoky flavor.

Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a medium-size bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients. Slather the grilled corn with the mayonnaise mixture and serve at once.

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From Grilling Vegan Style
by John Schlimm
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Fudge

photo by Lara Ferroni


Susan O'Brien

Peanut Butter–Chocolate Chip Fudge

Makes about 24 pieces

My Grandma used to make peanut butter fudge during the holidays, so I thought I would try to make a modern version. I had no idea it would be such a big hit! Be careful—it is addicting! It does have sugar in it, so if you are sugar-free, best to avoid this one.

1 cup vegan margarine
1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy, both work well)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons organic maple syrup
4 cups powdered sugar
½ cup vegan chocolate chips

Line an 8 x 8-inch square pan with wax paper.

Melt the margarine and peanut butter in a medium-size heavy pot. When the butters are melted, turn off the heat and add the vanilla and maple syrup and stir well.

Slowly beat in the powdered sugar (with a wooden spoon) until the sugar is completely blended. Add in the chocolate chips and stir with a wooden spoon. Don’t over mix the chocolate chips, they should swirl throughout the peanut butter fudge.

Immediately spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Spread with clean fingers, until the mixture is evenly spread in the pan. Refrigerate until cool.

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From Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food
by Susan O'Brien
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Candied Sweet Potatoes

photo by Jennifer Martine

Bryant Terry

Molasses, Miso, and Maple Candied Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Soundtrack:
"Revolution" by Nina Simone from Protest Anthology

Book:
Conversations in Maine: Exploring our Nation’s Future by James Boggs and Grace Lee Boggs

2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes or garnet yams, peeled and cut into ½–inch rounds
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon tamari or shoyu
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 heaping tablespoon white or yellow miso
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ teaspoon grated lemon zest
6 tablespoons filtered water

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil.

Spread the sweet potatoes on a parchment-lined or well-greased baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 50 minutes, turning over with a fork after 25 minutes.

Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and lower the heat to 375°F.

Place the cinnamon stick at the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish, and add the sweet potatoes in layers. Set aside.

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the molasses, tamari, maple syrup, miso, orange juice, lemon juice, lemon zest, water, and the remaining tablespoon of sesame oil. Pour over the sweet potatoes.

Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, thoroughly basting the sweet potatoes every 10 minutes.

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From The Inspired Vegan
by Bryant Terry
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Cucumber Rounds

photo by Amy Beadle Roth

John Schlimm

Carousing Cucumber Rounds with Rummy Hummus

Yield: About 35 Hors D’oeuvres

These little ditties will have you and your guests spinning round, round, round while the good times roll. The crunchy cucumbers cool down the assertive and spicy, lightly rummy hummus, bringing balance and satisfaction to your tummy.

1 (14-ounce) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained thoroughly
2 canned chipotle peppers, stemmed if necessary, with a teaspoon of the adobo sauce they were canned with (add more peppers, if desired)
1 large garlic clove, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons tahini (mixed well before measuring)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white rum (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
1 large English (seedless) cucumber (usually plastic-wrapped at the supermarket)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted in a dry skillet just until golden brown

In a medium bowl, place the chickpeas, chipotles, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, white rum, cumin, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Puree with an immersion blender, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, about 2 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and fluffy. Or use a standing blender (see note below).

Use a vegetable peeler to peel the cucumber skin lengthwise at ¼-inch intervals to create a striped pattern around the circumference of the cucumber and slice it crosswise into ¼-inch rounds. If the cucumber skin is tough, peel the entire cucumber. Arrange the cucumber discs on a platter.

To assemble, just before serving, lightly salt the cucumber rounds. Top each round with a generous teaspoon of hummus. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Note: don’t be tempted to use a food processor to make this spread because you won’t get that perfectly smooth texture.

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From The Tipsy Vegan
by John Schlimm
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie

photo by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
and Terry Hope Romero

Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie

Makes One 9-Inch Pie

You know how vegan recipes are always like “This ain’t your grandma’s puddin’ pie!” Well, this is your grandma’s puddin’ pie, only it’s vegan! Smooth, cool, and creamy pudding in a classic graham cracker shell. To make life even easier, you have our permission to use store-bought crust here. For added grandma love, serve with vegan whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

1 recipe Graham Cracker Crust (page 46), or use a store-bought 9–inch vegan graham cracker crust

FILLING

3 cups almond milk
¼ cup cornstarch
⅓ cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Big pinch of salt
¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, remove it from the oven, and let cool.

In a small (2-quart) saucepan off the heat, combine 1 cup of the almond milk and the cornstarch. Use a fork to whisk it until the cornstarch is good and dissolved. Whisk in the remaining almond milk, the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. It’s okay if the cocoa is a bit clumpy at first; it will dissolve eventually.

Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking occasionally. Keep a close eye because once boiling, you want to lower the heat and bring it to a slow rolling boil. Whisk consistently until the mixture is thickened, which should be about 7 minutes.

Add the chocolate chips and mix to melt. Stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the pudding into the prepared pie shell and let cool for about 15 minutes on the counter, just until it stops steaming like mad. To keep a skin from forming, place a circle of parchment paper over the filling. Refrigerate and let set for at least 3 hours.

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From Vegan Pie in the Sky
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Vanilla or Chocolate Biscotti

photo by Oksana Charla

Beth Hillson

Vanilla or Chocolate Biscotti

Makes 30 to 40 Biscotti

I wanted to create a biscotti that did not crumble or lose its shape as gluten-free pastries are apt to do. This seemed like a tall order until I discovered this biscotti inspired by several recipes from traditional Italian bakers. Note that the basis of this recipe is the eggs beaten to ribbon stage. An egg substitution will not work. However people who have a sensitivity to eggs, rather than an anaphylactic reaction, can try using duck eggs.

2 cups Basic Blend (page 17)—substitute an all-purpose white blend
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon xanthan gum
¼ teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
¾ cup sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoons almond or orange extract
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup toasted ground almonds or other nuts, optional

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the flour blend, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt in a medium bowl. Blend well with a fork. Set aside.

Beat the eggs and sugar together in a mixing bowl on medium speed until doubled in volume and pale yellow, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and the oil and beat just to combine. Sprinkle ⅓ of the dry ingredients over the egg mixture and fold in. Repeat until all of the flour is incorporated. Fold in the nuts, if using.

Drop the dough in two lines along the length of the cookie sheet, leaving plenty of space between the logs. Use a spatula to mound the dough up and make the logs narrow (about 2 inches by 8 inches). You may need to repeat a couple of times to form the logs, as the dough will spread somewhat. The dough may also be spooned into a lightly oiled 12 x 5 ¼-inch biscotti pan or two 8 ½ x 4 ½-inch loaf pans. Quickly place in the oven.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden on top. Remove from the oven and slide the parchment paper with the biscotti onto a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes.

Transfer the logs to a cutting board and cut diagonally into ½-inch slices. Place the biscotti cut side down on the baking sheet and bake 10 to 15 minutes, until dry, turning them halfway through baking. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

For Chocolate Biscotti:

Replace ¼ cup blend with ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder and add as part of the dry ingredients.

For a festive finish, dip half of each cooled biscotti in ½ cup melted chocolate or white chocolate combined with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Decorate with colorful sprinkles. Let harden on wax paper before storing. To keep this recipe dairy-free, refer to the dairy-free chocolate section in Simple Substitutions, page 269.

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From Gluten-Free Makeovers
by Beth Hillson
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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photo by Julie Morris

Brendan Brazier

Wild Rice with Kabocha Squash and Sage Butter

This is one of my top five recipes, period. It’s the perfect fall meal. To save time, make the rice and butter while the squash is cooking. Yams may also be used in place of the kabocha.

Makes 4 servings
Time: 1 hour prep; 30–45 minutes for the rice

1 pound kabocha squash (about ½ medium squash)
3 tbsp melted coconut oil + 1 tbsp, divided
½ cup wild rice
½ cup brown rice
2 cups water
½ tbsp chopped fresh sage, packed
1 tbsp minced shallots
½ tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut the squash in half, then scoop out and discard the seeds.

Use 1 tbsp coconut oil to lightly brush the cut areas of the squash, and place cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake for 40–45 minutes or until soft when pierced with a fork.

When cool enough to handle, cut into 1-inch chunks (skin may be left on for extra flavor and nutrition or disposed of). Keep warm.

To make the rice, combine the rices and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and let simmer, covered, until done.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, blend 3 tbsp coconut oil, sage, shallots, and salt until smooth.

To serve

In a large pan, heat the sage butter mixture over medium-low heat for 1 minute. Add the rice and toss to combine, and cook for 1 minute longer while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and carefully fold in the squash.

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From Thrive Foods
by Brendan Brazier
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Just Tell Me What to Eat!
Timothy S. Harlan, MD

Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp and Broccoli

Servings: 2
Serving size: 2 ounces pasta, 4 ounces shrimp and broccoli with sauce, this recipe can easily be multiplied
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Rich, creamy sauces can be healthy. Start with less fat, cook the roux carefully, stir constantly when adding the liquid, and thicken with a lower-fat creamy cheese.

This is a quick weeknight meal that uses only two pans and cleans up easily. It’s so rich and familiar that any family will love it. You can substitute almost any veggie that strikes your fancy; asparagus or zucchini are especially good choices.

3 cups broccoli florets
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
¾ cup chilled 2% milk
1 ounce semisoft goat cheese or light cream cheese
1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
4 ounces whole wheat fettuccine

Place 3 quarts of water in a large saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and lower the heat until the water is simmering.

Cook for about 5 minutes. Using tongs, remove the florets and place them on a paper towel to drain. Leave the water in the saucepan.

While the broccoli is cooking, heat the olive oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat and add the shrimp. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side and transfer to a plate.

Add the minced garlic to the pan. Cook very slowly and stir frequently. Do not allow the garlic to brown or it will become bitter. Add the flour slowly and cook for about 1 minute. Stir continuously to blend the oil and flour. The mixture will be like coarse cornmeal. Cook gently so the mixture doesn’t brown.

Slowly add the cold milk, whisking to keep the sauce from forming clumps. Blend in all of the milk until the sauce is smooth and begins to thicken. Add the goat cheese and whisk as it melts. When the sauce is smooth, add the Parmigiano-Reggiano and whisk as it melts until the sauce is creamy. Lower the heat to very low.

Add a couple of cups of water to the saucepan you cooked the broccoli in and heat the water to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook until just tender (12 to 15 minutes for dried pasta).

When the pasta is almost done, add the shrimp and broccoli to the Alfredo sauce and toss to coat well. Increase the heat to medium.

Drain the pasta well and then add it to the sauce, tossing to coat thoroughly.


NUTRITION FACTS

Serving size   2 ounces pasta
Servings   2
Calories   539
Calories from Fat   122
Total Fat   14 g (21%)
Saturated Fat   6 g (32%)
Trans Fat   0 g
Monounsaturated Fat   4 g
Cholesterol   194 mg (65%)
Sodium   547 mg (23%)
Total Carbohydrates   61 g (20%)
Dietary Fiber   8 g (34%)
Sugars   8 g
Protein   47 g
Vitamin A   (26%)
Vitamin C   (215%)
Calcium   (47%)
Iron   (35%)

*Parenthetical percentages refer to % Daily Value.

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From Just Tell Me What to Eat!
by Timothy S. Harlan, MD
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Wildly Affordable Organic
Linda Watson

Southern Summer Pesto

Active time: 18 minutes
Total time: 18 minutes
Makes 18 servings, ¼ cup each

6 ounces Parmesan, optional (128 grams)
8 garlic cloves (40 grams)
4 cups tightly packed basil leaves (100 grams)
3 cups pecan pieces (300 grams)
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper to taste, optional

Rinse basil well in a bowl of water. Let it soak until needed.

Grate Parmesan and set aside. Set up your food processor with the cutting blade or use a blender. Turn the machine on and drop garlic in while the blade is turning. Turn off when garlic is minced, after about 10 seconds.

Give basil a good swish in water, then dry by spinning in a salad spinner or rolling gently in a towel. Remove stems and put leaves in food processor or blender. Put pecans and salt on top of leaves. Process until finely chopped but still a bit rough.

With the machine going, slowly pour in olive oil.

Stop the machine and add Parmesan. Process briefly to mix. Taste and adjust seasonings.

To serve, stir pesto into hot cooked pasta, spread on bread or crackers, or stir into hot green beans. Eat warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate or freeze any extra, pressing plastic wrap onto surface to prevent browning.

Notes:

Save the basil stems and cheese rind, if you are using block Parmesan, for Vichyssoise Encore (page 199). The high level of tannin in basil stems turns pesto dark faster.

Spread out the expenses when making a big batch to freeze by leaving out the cheese. When ready to use, thaw pesto and stir in grated cheese.

 

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From Wildly Affordable Organic
by Linda Watson
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Summer Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce

photo by Tyler Golden

Ani Phyo

Summer Rolls with Ginger "Peanut" Sauce

Vietnam

Makes 4 servings

Fresh rolls of thinly sliced cucumber wrappers are filled with kelp noodles, sprouts, mint, basil, cilantro, and chile then served with a ginger “peanut” dipping sauce. If you don’t have kelp noodles on hand, substitute with spiralized zucchini noodles or shredded carrots.

FILLING

1 cup shredded Boston lettuce leaves
1 cup kelp noodles, cut into 3-inch lengths
½ cup mung bean sprouts, rinsed
3 tablespoons mint leaves
3 tablespoons basil or Thai basil leaves
3 tablespoons cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon Thai hot pepper, serrano pepper, or other small hot chile pepper, seeded and julienned

WRAPPER

2 cucumbers, sliced very thin lengthwise, using mandoline slicer

SAUCE

1 batch Ginger “Peanut” Sauce, see below

Place filling ingredients into bowls and arrange on your table or countertop.

To assemble rolls, place a strip of cucumber onto a flat surface, like a cutting board. Layer a scant 2 tablespoons lettuce and 2 tablespoons noodles at one end of the cucumber, followed by 1 tablespoon bean sprouts, 1 teaspoon mint leaves, 1 teaspoon basil, 1 teaspoon cilantro, 2 pieces of pepper. Place four cucumber sticks to either side of your noodle, herb, and spice pile.

Roll fillings up inside cucumber strip diagonally. Place in a container. Repeat.

To serve, transfer rolls onto a serving plate or four dishes. Serve with a side of Ginger “Peanut” Sauce for dipping.

These are best eaten immediately, but they will keep in fridge for 1 day.

Ginger “Peanut” Sauce
makes about 1 cup

Raw peanuts don’t taste very good, so this sweet and savory Thai peanut sauce–inspired dip is made with almond butter, coconut water, ginger, and lime zest.

Sauce

¾ cup almond butter
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons Nama Shoyu
2 tablespoons agave syrup
1 teaspoon grated ginger
½ teaspoon minced garlic
½ cup coconut water, or filtered water, as desired

Garnish

2 tablespoons lightly chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons lime zest

In blender, place all sauce ingredients. Blend smooth, adding just
enough water for desired dipping consistency.

To serve, scoop into small bowl. Sprinkle on cilantro and lime zest
before serving.

Will keep for 5 days in fridge.

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From Ani's Raw Food Asia
by Ani Phyo
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Anjum Anand

Carrot and Lentil Soup

Suits all doshas

Serves 2 generously

2 teaspoons ghee or vegetable oil
½ medium onion, chopped
¼-ounce piece ginger, roughly chopped
2 small garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper
11 ounces carrots, sliced
2 tablespoons red lentils, washed
½ teaspoon vegetable bouillon stock powder, dissolved in 2-¾ cups water
Handful of cilantro

Heat the ghee or oil in a small nonstick saucepan. Add the onion and cook gently until golden, then add the ginger and garlic and stir for 40 to 60 seconds. Add the spices and seasoning; stir for 20 seconds. Add the carrots, lentils, and stock. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Take off the heat and blend to make a smooth soup. Pour back into the pan and add extra water if the soup is too thick for your liking. Reheat, taste, and adjust seasoning. Serve topped with cilantro.

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From Anjum's Eat Right for Your Body Type
by Anjum Anand
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Popovers

photo by Lisa Weatherbee

Nicole Hunn

Popovers
Makes 6 large, or 12 small, popovers

1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature
1 cup milk (low-fat is fine, nonfat is not), at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease well a 6-cup popover pan (or a regular muffin tin, if you don’t have a popover pan) with unsalted butter and set it aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, xanthan gum, and salt. Add the butter, eggs, and milk, whisking well after each addition until the batter is smooth. The batter will be thin.

Fill each of the wells in the pan just under halfway full. Place the pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake for a total of 30 minutes. After the first 20 minutes, with a sharp knife or with sharp kitchen shears, pierce the top of each popover to allow steam to escape so that the popovers are able to maintain their puffiness.

Serve plain or with your favorite jam or preserves.

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From Gluten-Free on a Shoestring
by Nicole Hunn
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Roasted White Eggplant Fettuccine Alfredo with Fresh Fennel and Spinach

photo by Jenn Shagrin

Jenn Shagrin

Roasted White Eggplant Fettuccine Alfredo
with Fresh Fennel and Spinach

Makes 4 large or 6 small servings

2 large white or purple eggplants
⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to toss with the pasta
1 cup MimicCreme or alternative (page 3), or 1 cup soy milk plus
   1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 pound fettuccine noodles (or use the Pasta Guide on page 47 to make
   your own!)
1 bulb fennel, sliced thinly
½ large yellow onion, sliced thinly
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
1-½ cups dry white wine
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, quartered
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, washed well
Fennel fronds, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Take the eggplants, prick all over with a fork, and brush lightly with olive oil. Roast them in the oven for 30 for 45 minutes, or until soft, turning them over after 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

If you’re not using MimicCreme, mix the soy milk and apple cider vinegar together and set aside to coagulate.

Cook the pasta until al dente, drain well, and toss with a little extra-virgin olive oil to prevent sticking.

Heat the ⅓ cup of oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat and sauté the fennel, onion, and herbs for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add white wine and lemon juice, then simmer until the liquid reduces and the veggies are tender.

Once the eggplants are cooled, slice in half lengthwise and scoop the innards into a blender or food processor. Add the MimicCreme and garlic and blend until smooth and saucelike. Pour the mixture into the skillet with the fennel mixture, and mix in well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the spinach to the sauce, and lower the heat to low.

Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes, then serve over pasta and garnish with fresh fennel fronds.

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From Veganize This!
by Jenn Shagrin
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Chocolate Cupcakes

photo by Visual Cuisines

Diane Kress, RD, CDE

Chocolate Cupcakes

Steps One, Two, and Three
Start to finish: 30 minutes
Makes: 16 cupcakes (1 cupcake/serving)

Using almond flour keeps these delicious cupcakes in the “neutral” zone, suitable for all steps of the Metabolism Miracle program. Neutral chocolate cupcakes? Yummy!

5 eggs, separated
⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar
6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sucralose
2 cups almond flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Light whipped cream, for topping (optional)

Step One = Yes (neutral)
Step Two = Yes (neutral)
Step Three = Yes (neutral)

Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line six cups of a muffin tin with paper or foil liners.

Whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl until stiff. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, with clean beaters, cream the butter and egg yolks until light yellow and fluffy. Add the vanilla and sweetener. Beat until mixed.

Add about one-third of beaten egg whites to the egg yolk mixture and mix gently. Fold the mixture into the remaining egg whites.

Fold in 1 cup of the almond flour. Gently but thoroughly fold in the remaining almond flour, the baking powder, and the cocoa, being careful not to break down the egg whites.

Fill in the lined muffin tins about half full. Fill any empty muffin cups halfway with water. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tops begin to crack. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes before removing the cupcakes from the tin. Let cool on a rack.

The cupcakes can be topped with light whipped cream immediately prior to serving.

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From The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook
by Diane Kress, RD, CDE
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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OMG Oven-Baked Onion Rings
Isa Chandra Moskowitz

OMG Oven-Baked Onion Rings
Serves 4 • Active time: 30 minutes • total time: 50 minutes

2 vidalia onions (about a pound),
    or other sweet onion such as Walla Walla
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup cold almond milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons olive oil

Slice the onions into ¾-inch-thick rings. Separate the rings and place in a bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel or something, to keep the onioniness out of your eyes.

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a rimmed 12 by 18-inch baking sheet with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray, and set aside.

Now you’ll need two bowls for the batter and breading. If you’ve got large, wide cereal bowls, those’ll do the trick. Into one bowl, dump the flour and cornstarch. Add about half of the almond milk and stir vigorously with a fork to dissolve. Add the rest of the almond milk and the apple cider vinegar, and stir to incorporate. Set aside.

In the other bowl, mix together the bread crumbs and salt. Drizzle in the oil and use your fingertips to mix it up well.

Get a conveyor belt going. From left to right, arrange the onions, the flour mixture, the bread-crumb mixture, and lastly the baking sheet. Dip each onion slice into the flour, letting the excess drip off. Transfer to the bread-crumbs bowl and use the other hand to sprinkle a handful of bread crumbs over the onion, to coat completely. This may take a bit of practice.

Carefully transfer each onion to a single layer on the baking sheet. Make sure you use one hand for the wet batter and the other for the dry batter, or you’ll end up with club hand.

Spray the rings lightly with nonstick cooking spray and bake for 8 minutes. Flip, and bake for another 6 minutes. The rings should be varying shades of brown and crisp. Taste one to check for doneness. Serve as soon as possible. With ketchup if you must.


COUPLA THINGS


You have to use sweet onions for this. Otherwise the taste won't be as special and the texture won't be as juicy. Also, if things go as planned, you're not going to use all of the onions or all of the coating. Just use the nice big rings, and use the tiny inside rings for something else. For the batter and coating, you need a lot to get everything breaded, but there will be a bunch left over. Them's the breaks.


Per serving

(¼ recipe)

calories: 220
calories from fat: 45
Total fat: 5 g
saturated fat: 1 g
Trans fat: 0 g
Total carb: 38 g
Fiber: 3 g
sugars: 5 g
Protein: 7 g
cholesterol: 0 mg
sodium: 520 mg
vitamin A: 0%
vitamin c: 10%
calcium: 6%
iron: 10%

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From Appetite for Reduction
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Linzer Sandwich Cookies
Roben Ryberg

Linzer Sandwich Cookies
Brown Rice Flour and Almond Meal

Makes approximately 17 sandwich cookies

⅓ cup shortening, 70 grams
½ cup sugar, 100 grams
1 cup brown rice flour, 125 grams
1 egg
½ cup almond meal, 60 grams
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons xanthan gum
½ teaspoon almond extract

Topping:
½ cup seedless raspberry jam, or
other favorite jam
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

In a medium-size bowl, combine the shortening and sugar. Beat well. Add the brown rice flour and beat well. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl at least once during mixing. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. The dough will form lots of small clumps, and, with continued beating, will come together.

Roll out the dough to ⅛-inch thickness and cut it into 2-inch circles. Using a smaller cookie cutter, cut a small window in the center of half of the cookies. Place the cookies on the prepared pan.

Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes, until the edges begin to lightly brown. Let cool on wire racks. Place a small amount of jam on the bottoms of the full-circle cookies. Sprinkle the cookie tops (the ones with windows) with confectioners’ sugar. Gently sandwich in pair to form sugar-topped, jam-filled cookies.

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From The Ultimate Gluten-Free Cookie Book
by Roben Ryberg
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Blueberry Banana Muffins

photo © Jeff Rasmussen

Jules E. Dowler Shepard

Banana Blueberry Muffins

Makes approximately 16 Muffins

½ cup butter or nondairy alternative
½ cup granulated cane sugar
2 large eggs or egg substitute of choice (like Ener-G Egg Replacer or Egg Substitute #1, 2, 6, or 7, pages 15-16)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, gluten-free
½ cup sour cream (dairy or nondairy) or plain coconut yogurt
1 cup mashed ripe banana (approximately 2 bananas)
1 ½ cups Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (pages 6,8)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder, gluten-free
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons flaxseed meal (optional, but recommended)
1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350°F (static) or 325°F (convection).

Oil or line muffin cups and set aside (makes approximately 16 muffins).

Cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat well.

Mix in the sour cream and banana until well blended.

In a separate bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients then add gradually into the wet mixture until thoroughly mixed. Lastly, gently stir in the blueberries.

Spoon the batter into oiled muffin tins, filling two-thirds full. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cool before removing from tins.

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From Free for All Cooking
by Jules E. Dowler Shepard
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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West Indian-Style Channa Wrap

photo © Myra Kohn

Kim O'Donnel

West Indian-Style Channa Wrap

Makes at least 8 servings

Curry:
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups diced onions
5 cloves garlic, minced
½ chile pepper of choice, seeded and diced
1 (2 x 1-inch) hunk fresh ginger, peeled and minced
3 tablespoons curry powder (preferably Madras-style)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed thoroughly
1 (17.5-ounce) package 8-inch
whole wheat tortillas (10-inch tortillas work well, too)

Optional add-ons: Your favorite hot sauce; ½ red onion, sliced thinly; ½ cucumber, diced

In a deep skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until slightly softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, chile pepper, and ginger, and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the spices and salt, and stir well. You’ll end up with a paste.

Add chickpeas, plus enough water to barely cover (at least 3 cups). Bring to a lively simmer, then lower the heat and cook at a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid evaporates, 50 to 60 minutes. You’re looking for very soft chickpeas with a thick gravy, not soup.

Taste for salt and season accordingly.

Place a few tablespoons of channa inside a warmed tortilla (one per person to start), with any or all of the optional add-ons, and you’ve got a sandwich of champions. The channa is also great over rice. To heat the tortillas, there are a few options: Wrap in plastic and heat for 20 seconds in the microwave; wrap in aluminum foil and heat for 10 minutes in the oven at 325°F; place on a dry skillet or griddle, one by one, for 30 seconds each side, over medium heat.

Keeps well in an airtight container in the fridge for at least five days.

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From The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook
by Kim O'Donnel
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Thai Summer Rolls

photo © Sarah Warfield
and Sarah Joy Davis

Mark Reinfeld & Jennifer Murray

Thai Summer Rolls

Summer rolls make a pretty package out of all manner of fresh summer vegetables and fruits as well as noodles, rice, or tofu. Once you get the hang of the technique used here, the sky’s the limit as far as what you can stuff into these rolls. Serve with peanut sauce (page 64), Mango Ginger Sauce (page 61), Dim Sum Dipping Sauce (page 101), Nuoc Cham (page 192), or Funky Thai Salsa (page 58).

Makes 8 Rolls

½ (14-ounce) package extra-firm tofu
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 ounces bean thread noodles
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced into thin strips
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 large carrot, shredded
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
1 cup mung sprouts, optional
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
16 leaves basil or Thai basil
16 to 24 fresh mint leaves
16 rice paper wrappers
Soy sauce for dipping

1. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 350°F. Slice the tofu into six rectangles about 4 to 5 inches long. Place in a baking dish, pour the soy sauce over the top and roll them around a bit to coat them in the soy sauce. Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Set them aside and allow them to cool.

2. Boil water in a pot or tea kettle. Place the noodles in a bowl, cover with the boiling water, and stir them occasionally for 5 to 8 minutes while you prepare the other veggies. Strain and allow them to cool.

3. After all of the filling ingredients are prepared, add warm water to a large bowl or casserole dish large enough to fit the rice paper wrappers. Dip one of the wrappers in the water to soak and lay it on a clean work surface. Lay another soaked wrap above the first one, overlapping by a couple of inches into an eight formation. Arrange a small amount (about one-eighth) of each of the filling ingredients on the first rice paper.

4. When the rice paper is soft and flexible, fold up the end of the wrapper that is closest to you, then fold in the sides. Continue to roll and tuck in the sides until the whole thing is sealed together in a happy little roll. Be sure to press firmly as you roll in order to keep the roll tightly packed. This way they will slice in half without spilling their insides and are easier to eat. Slice and serve immediately or cover with a damp cloth in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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From The 30-Minute Vegan's Taste of the East
by Mark Reinfeld & Jennifer Murray
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Black Bean Cakes with Mango Salsa

photo © Firefly Photography

Neal Barnard, M.D. & Robyn Webb

Black Bean Cakes with Mango Salsa

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

This dish is bright, delicious, and versatile. You can serve the cakes as bigmouth
burger patties or bite-size appetizers.

For the bean cakes:
½ cup hot or mild salsa
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained
1½ cups bread crumbs
¼ cup finely chopped scallions
Kosher or sea salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Vegetable oil cooking spray

For the Salsa:
2 ripe mangoes, peeled and cubed
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar or agave nectar
Pinch of cayenne pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 200°F. Combine the salsa, cumin, and black beans in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add 1 cup bread crumbs, scallions, salt, and black pepper.

2. Divide the mixture into small patties, roughly ⅛ cup each. Dredge the patties in the remaining ½ cup bread crumbs. Set the patties on a tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. While the bean cakes chill, combine all salsa ingredients and refrigerate until serving time.

4. Heat a nonstick large skillet over medium heat. Using cooking spray throughout the sauté process, sauté the cakes for about 3 minutes per side, watching carefully so the cakes don’t burn. Place the cakes on a baking sheet and place in the 200°F oven until all cakes are prepared. Serve the cakes with the salsa.

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From The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook
by Neal Barnard, M.D. & Robyn Webb
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Mediterranean Wrap with Red Pepper Hummus (Bean-free)

photo © Tyler Golden

Ani Phyo

Mediterranean Wrap with Red Pepper Hummus (Bean-free)

Makes 4 wraps

This recipe uses collard leaves for wrapping up vegetables, such as spinach, zucchini,
black olives, and avocado, with a delicious Red Pepper Hummus.

2 large collard leaves
2 cups spinach, washed well
½ recipe Red Pepper Hummus (page 184)
1 ripe avocado, pitted and sliced
½ cup zucchini, cut into long, thin spears
¼ cup pitted, chopped black olives

Cut the leaves away from the thick center stem of each collard leaf to make a total
of four flat pieces.

Top each collard section with spinach leaves. Then, spoon Red Pepper Hummus
across the bottom edge of the shorter width of each leaf. Top with avocado, zucchini,
and black olives. Roll up into a wrap and serve.

Will keep for up to a day at room temperature, or store for a day or two in the
fridge.

RED PEPPER HUMMUS (BEAN-FREE)

Makes 2 cups

This hummus is made using tahini, as in traditional recipes, but instead of chickpeas,
I use red bell pepper and a pinch of cumin for a richer flavor. Sesame powder helps
absorb some of the excess liquid from the juicy bell pepper.

½ cup sesame seeds, ground into a powder
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups seeded and diced red bell pepper
⅓ cup tahini
¼ cup lemon juice
½ teaspoon ground cumin

In a food processor, process the sesame seeds, garlic, and salt into small pieces.
Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth.

Will keep for 2 days in the fridge.

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From Ani's Raw Food Essentials
by Ani Phyo
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Tostones with Avocado and Palm Ceviche

photo © Angie Gaul

Terry Hope Romero

Tostones with Avocado and Palm Ceviche

Serves 4 as a side or appetizer
Time: About 30 minutes, not including marinating time
Gluten Free, Soy Free

This is not a true ceviche, in the sense that nothing gets “cooked” by the citrus juice. But this zippy salad of creamy hearts of palm and avocado is a vegan riff on the traditional seafood ceviche filling for tostones rellenos, the fun Cuban snack of fried tostones formed into a cup, which is convenient for holding tasty fillings. A special variation of a tostonera is needed to make the tostone cups, but this filling is just as delectable scooped up with traditional flat tostones.

Tip: Look for organic, sustainably grown hearts of palm in glass jars or cans. If you can score actual fresh hearts of palm marinate them in the lime juice dressing for 20 minutes first and then stir in the avocado before serving with the tostones.

1 (14-ounce) jar or can of hearts of palm, drained and rinsed
1 large ripe red tomato (½ pound), seeded and diced finely
1 small red onion, peeled and diced finely
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or more lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt
1 large ripe avocado
4 green unripe large plantains prepared as tostones (page 118)

1. Slice each palm heart down the center vertically, then slice into ½-inch pieces and place in a mixing bowl. Add the tomato and onion. Pour the lime juice, white wine vinegar, olive oil, chopped cilantro, oregano, and salt on top and mix well. Chill for 30 minutes to blend the flavor.

2. While the “ceviche” is chilling, prepare your tostones. Just before serving, peel and remove the seed from the avocado. Finely dice and thoroughly fold into the ceviche, making sure it’s covered with the dressing. Mound the ceviche into serving cups and serve immediately with the hot tostones, or fill the tostone cups if you happen to have a special tostonera for making the cups.


Crispy Fried Green Plantains
(Tostones)

1 serving per fried plantain
Time: Less than 30 minutes, not including the optional soaking
Gluten Free, Soy Free

Crunchy slabs of fried green plantains pull together most any Latin meal. They also make addictive snacking or appetizers served lightly salted or with a garlicky mojo (page 128), Spicy Salsa Golf (page 53), veggie ceviche (pages 59–61), or even dipped in Chocolate-Chile Mole Sauce (page 51). Fried plantains have different names (tostones, patacones, tajadas, mariquitas) and shapes depending on the country—this version is for the wildly popular (in New York City at least) tostones style, a twice-fried green slice that’s smushed down just prior to a second frying to create a thinner and extra-crunchy treat. Tostones are a huge feature of Latin Caribbean cuisine and can even be found floating in soups or transformed further into Mofongo (page 120).

Tip: For best results, use very green and firm plantains. If they have softened, then leave them alone for a few more days and make Fried Sweet Plantains (page 115).

Vegetable oil, such as peanut or high-heat canola blend, for deep-frying
1 very green and firm plantain per serving
Salt

1. Pour at least 2 inches of oil into a large, heavy pot (a cast-iron Dutch oven is ideal) and preheat over medium-high heat. Cover a large plate with paper towels or crumpled brown paper, for draining the hot tostones. The oil is hot enough when a very small piece of raw plantain placed in the hot oil immediately starts to bubble and fry rapidly and quickly; the idea is to use very hot (but never smoking) oil so that the tostones cook evenly without soaking up too much grease.

2. Use plantains that are deep green, very firm, and with no yellow spots. On a cutting board, use a sharp paring knife to slice both ends off a plantain and slice a shallow cut—just through the skin only—from one end of the plantain to the other. If the skin seems particularly hard, run another cut opposite the first. Use your thumbs or the edge of a butter knife to pry off the skin, working your fingers or the dull blade under the peel. Green plantain skins can be a little stubborn at times; if any tiny bits of peel remain, remove them.

3. Diagonally slice the plantain into 1 ½-inch-thick pieces. The greater the angle you slice, the longer and the bigger your final tostones will be. Slide into the hot oil and fry for 4 to 5 minutes, flipping once. Remove from the oil and place on the paper-lined plate to drain for about 2 minutes. I usually fry one plantain at a time this way, putting in new slices while the formerly frying ones rest.

4. When the fried slices are just cool enough to handle (after 2 to 3 minutes), gently but firmly flatten them so that they are about ⅜ inch thick. Use metal tongs to return the flattened plantains to the frying oil. Fry for another 3 to 4 minutes, turning once, until golden and crisp along the edges. Return to the paper to drain, sprinkle the hot tostones with salt, and serve immediately.

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From Viva Vegan!
by Terry Hope Romero
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Black sesame seeds and walnuts
Yuan Wang, Warren Sheir, and Mika Ono

Sticky Sesame and Walnut Balls

Makes 4 to 6 Servings

⅓ cup (about 2 ounces) black sesame seeds
⅓ to ½ cup (about 2 ounces) chopped walnut pieces
3 to 4 tablespoons honey

1. If your sesame seeds aren’t already roasted, toast them in a wide skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally. Continue frying until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. When they are done, transfer the seeds from the hot skillet to a bowl so they don’t overcook, and let cool for at least 1 minute.

2. In a food processor, whir together the sesame seeds, walnuts, and 3 tablespoons of the honey.

3. Roll into ¾-inch balls. If the balls don’t stick together at first, add a little more honey and whir the mixture some more.

4. Serve–and don’t tell anyone how easy this dish was to make!

Themes and Variations: If you aren’t in the mood for something sweet, the black sesame seeds and walnuts can be consumed as a powder, either in spoonfuls or sprinkled on another dish.

Especially Good For: Anyone suffering from insomnia or who wants to slow the onset of gray hair or hair loss. For insomnia, eat two sesame and walnut balls (or 1 tablespoon of the powder) an hour or two before bedtime.

For Those Familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine: This dish addresses kidney deficiency.

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From Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen Recipes
from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life

by Yuan Wang, Warren Sheir, and Mika Ono
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti

photo © Isa Chandra Moskowitz
and Terry Hope Romero

Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti

Makes Around 16 Biscotti

A fruity biscotti with tart cranberries, sweet white chocolate chips, a dash of orange, and a hint of allspice. This is perfect for the winter holidays or with some Lady Grey tea. If you don’t have vegan white chocolate chips (page 16), don’t use regular chocolate chips because they would be overwhelming. Instead use macadamia nuts since they’re nice and creamy (for a nut).

1/3 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
2 teaspoons orange zest
¾ cup sugar
½ cup canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the almond milk and flax seeds, beating for about 30 seconds. Mix in the orange zest, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Sift in the flour, arrow root powder, baking powder, allspice, and salt. Stir to combine, and just before the dough comes together knead in the chocolate chips and cranberries. Knead to form a stiff dough. If cranberries and chips pop out just press them back in as well as you can.

3. On the parchment, form the dough into a log and press it into a rectangle about 12 inches long and 4 inches wide. Bake for 26 to 28 minutes till lightly puffed and browned. Let the log cool on the baking sheet for about 30 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 325°F. Carefully transfer the baked log to a cutting board. With a heavy, very sharp knife, cut ½-inch-thick slices. The best way to do this is in one motion, pushing down; don’t “saw” the slices off or they could crumble. Stand slices, curved sides up, ½ inch apart on baking sheet, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until biscotti appear dry and toasted. Transfer the biscotti to a wire rack to cool completely.

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From Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Fettuccine with Eggplant and Peppers alla Norma

photo © Judi Swinks

Jacqueline Mallorca

Fettuccine with Eggplant and Peppers alla Norma

Culinary legend has it that this simple but delectable dish was invented by an Italian chef to mark the first performance of Sicilian-born Vincenzo Bellini’s grand opera, Norma, in 1831. Deep-frying the eggplant is traditional, but baking works well and is less caloric and far less work.

Serves 4 as a first course

1 medium globe eggplant, about 3⁄4 pound, trimmed but not peeled
Olive oil spray
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 (14–15-ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes, drained (save the juice for another use)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Pinch hot red pepper flakes
10 to 12 ounces gluten-free fettuccine
½ cup loosely packed basil leaves, chopped just before serving
Wedge of Pecorino Romano

Heat the oven to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Slice the eggplant into ¾-inch thick slices and lay them on the baking sheet. Spray each one with olive oil. Turn them over and spray again. Bake until browned on the underside, about 15 minutes, then turn and bake for a further 10 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, warm the olive oil in a skillet over moderate heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Quarter the tomatoes lengthways and then once across, to make large, even chunks, and add to the skillet. Stir in the garlic and hot pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until the liquid has almost evaporated, about 15 minutes, stirring often. Quarter the eggplant slices and add to the sauce.

While the sauce cooks, boil the pasta in salted water, taste testing often, until al dente, about 7 minutes. Add to the sauce with the chopped basil, and toss gently. Divide the pasta among four heated shallow bowls. Garnish with curls of pecorino, shaving them off the wedge with a vegetable peeler.

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From Gluten-Free Italian by Jacqueline Mallorca,
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Eggplant Meatballs

photo © Betsy Carson

Toni Fiore

Eggplant Meatballs

Makes 20 to 24, Serving 4 to 6

2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, or more if needed
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium eggplant, unpeeled, cut into ¼ - to ½ -inch dice
1½ cups walnuts, toasted (see page 86) and coarsely chopped (optional)
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups dried bread crumbs
2 large organic eggs, beaten; or ½ cup firm tofu, processed until smooth
½ cup dairy or vegan Parmesan, grated
½ cup grated Pecorino, or vegan cheese
3 garlic cloves, crushed
Zest of 1 lemon
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dried
1 tablespoon dried oregano
½ cup coarsely chopped basil
vegetable oil spray

Store-bought vegetarian meatballs are expensive—and a bit too bland for my taste. This recipe is the perfect alternative: easy, affordable, and delicious. (It’s also one of the few recipes in which I substitute dried parsley if I don’t have fresh, so do make these even if that’s the one ingredient you’re without.) I drizzle the meatballs with a little basil-oil slurry and serve with a side salad of tomatoes and onions. You can shape them into burgers and serve with Lemony Garlic-Smashed Potatoes. Use leftover meatballs in lasagna or as a taco filling. To give these a Middle Eastern flavor, replace the basil with a generous handful of chopped mint and serve with garlicky Tzatziki.

1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Lightly oil a baking sheet.

2. Heat a large skillet and sprinkle in 2 tablespoons olive oil. When the skillet is hot, add the onion and sauté on medium-low until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the eggplant and a sprinkle of salt and sauté until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. If the eggplant dries out too quickly and begins to stick, add a bit more olive oil. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

3. Add the walnuts, if using, to the eggplant and mix thoroughly. Transfer a generous cup of the eggplant mixture to the food processor. Process until pureed and return to the bowl. Add the bread crumbs, eggs, Parmesan, Pecorino, garlic, zest, parsley, oregano, basil, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper and mix well. If the mixture seems too dry, add the remaining tablespoon or more olive oil. Rub a little olive oil on your palms and shape the meatballs with your hands, using 2 heaping tablespoons of the mixture at a time. Each meatball should be about the size of a golfball.

4. Place the eggplant balls on the prepared baking sheet and spray with vegetable oil spray. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until a deep golden brown with a nice crust. Don’t let them overbake or they will get too dry. Remove the pan from the oven, cover with foil to slightly steam the balls, and allow them to rest for a few minutes.

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From Totally Vegetarian by Toni Fiore,
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photo of Grilled Vegetable Stromboli

photo of Balsamic Strawberries

photos © Michelle Ellis

Jennifer McCann

Grilled Vegetable Stromboli

(Italy)

Typically, this Italian rolled sandwich is made with a filling of cheese and meat, but I like a filling of grilled eggplant and zucchini instead. Next time you pull out the grill for a vegan BBQ, you can throw on a few extra veggies and save them for stromboli.

Makes 4 Servings

1 large eggplant
2 medium zucchini
Kosher salt as needed
Olive oil for grilling
1⅛ cups warm water (110°F)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
Pinch of sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 ½ to 3 cups all-purpose flour or white bread flour
1 head of Roasted Garlic (see page 64)
Italian herb seasoning mix, to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
½ teaspoon poppy seeds

To make the vegetables, trim off the tops of the eggplant and zucchini, then slice them lengthwise into strips, cutting them as thinly as possible (a mandolin may be helpful here). Lay the strips out in a single layer and sprinkle both sides of them with salt. Let the strips sit for 30 minutes (this will help remove some of the moisture from the vegetables).

Heat a nonstick grill or grill pan. Pat the vegetables dry and brush them lightly with olive oil. Grill, turning halfway, until the strips are soft and have brown grill marks. Set the vegetable strips aside to cool, or refrigerate until needed.

To make the dough, place the warm water in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast and sugar into the warm water and stir well. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to dissolve the yeast.

Add the olive oil, salt, and 2 cups of the flour. When the dough begins to form a ball, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead. As you knead, add just enough of the remaining flour to keep the dough from sticking. Knead for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the dough is smooth, elastic, and supple.

Place the dough in a well-oiled mixing bowl, turning to cover the top of the dough with some of the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel, and place in a warm, draft-free place to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spray with nonstick spray, and set aside.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a flat rectangle, about 10 x 12 inches.

Squeeze all the roast garlic out into a small bowl and mash together with a fork. Spread the mashed garlic across the surface of the dough and top with one or two layers of grilled vegetables. Sprinkle with the Italian herbs, salt, and pepper.

Roll up the bread (like rolling up a cinnamon roll) to form a long narrow loaf, pinching the seam and ends closed. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the top of the loaf with a little water and sprinkle with poppy seeds.

Bake 30 minutes, until the loaf is nicely browned. Allow to cool before slicing.

VARIATION: Feel free to substitute other grilled vegetables, such as bell peppers strips, onions, or thin slices of portobello mushroom, for the eggplant and zucchini. Just make sure that all vegetables are sliced thinly and grilled well. If your filling is too thick or too wet, you’ll have a soggy Stromboli on your hands.

QUICK AND EASY VARIATION 1: Use prepackaged pizza or bread dough from the store.

QUICK AND EASY VARIATION 2: Substitute vegan turkey or ham deli slices and slices of vegan cheese for the grilled vegetables and roasted garlic.

Allergen Information: Soy-free, nut-free. Contains gluten and wheat.

Balsamic Strawberries

You can make cheap, watery balsamic vinegar from the grocery store taste like expensive, well-aged balsamico by reducing it a bit on the stovetop. Add a touch of sugar and lemon and you have a wonderful topping for fruit.

Makes 4 Servings

½ cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 pounds (about 4 cups) fresh strawberries, hulled and halved

Combine the vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan (note: don’t use an aluminum saucepan for this one or the taste will be off). Bring to a boil over high heat and simmer until syrupy and reduced by half, about 5 minutes.

Pour the balsamic mixture into a small bowl and add the lemon juice. Allow to cool completely (the syrup can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator).

Drizzle cooled syrup over the strawberries.

Allergen Information: Gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, nut-free.

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From Vegan Lunchbox Around the World by Jennifer McCann,
published by Da Capo Lifelong

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Mark Reinfeld & Jennifer Murray

Fajitas Bonitas


Serves 4 to 6

This dish can be made regularly because it is so simple and yet impressive. We love the flavor and meatiness of the mushroom here, but the recipe also works well with tofu or tempeh instead of the Portobello. Taking the time to serve with rice and beans would make the meal even more traditional. Salsa (page 82), Vegan Sour Cream (page 289), and sliced avocado or Guacamole (page 88) also go well with fajitas.

6 whole-grain flour tortillas
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1 yellow onion, cut into half-moon slices
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into ½-inch strips
1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into ½-inch strips
2 Portobello mushrooms, cut into ½-inch strips (about 8 ounces)
1 teaspoon seeded and minced jalapeño, or to taste (optional)
½ cup corn, either frozen or fresh off the cob (optional)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chile powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
½ teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 cups thinly sliced lettuce (about 4 ounces)
1 cup cubed and seeded tomato

1. Preheat the oven to 200°F. Place the tortillas on a baking tray or a plate and cover them with a moist towel to warm them up without drying them out. Let them heat up gently while you make the rest of the meal.

2. Using a large skillet or wok, sauté the olive oil, garlic, onion, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, and jalapeño, if using, over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the peppers are bright and soft, stirring occasionally. Add the corn, if using, cumin, chile powder, cayenne, salt, pepper, and soy sauce, and cook for 5 minutes more, or until all veggies are cooked through.

3. Remove the tortillas from the oven. Serve the sautéed vegetables, lettuce, and tomatoes in separate bowls along with the warm tortillas still under the towel, and let everyone make his or her own.

Variations

• Add 8 ounces of extra-firm tofu or tempeh, cut in strips, to the recipe after the onions in step 2. You can try roasting them for extra flavor (see page 28), in which case you can toss them in at the end or serve on the side as an optional ingredient.

• Substitute 8 ounces of seitan for the Portobello mushrooms and add to the recipe after the onions in step 2.

• If you have more time, serve the fajitas with the Taco Filling (page 228).

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From The 30 Minute Vegan by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray,
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Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Puttanesca Scramble


Serves 4

Inspired by the classic Italian dish, pasta puttanesca, this scramble is screaming with flavor.

Olives, capers, and plenty of fresh herbs make for an easy-to-throw-together scramble that tastes like a Mediterranean feast you’ve been slaving over for hours. This pairs well with Potato Spinach Squares (page 116 of Vegan Brunch).

2 tablespoons olive oil
6–8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound extra-firm tofu, diced
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons fresh thyme
2 tablespoons fresh oregano
½ cup mixed olives, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon capers
¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste

Preheat a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic in the olive oil until lightly browned, but be careful not to burn. Three minutes ought to do it. Add the red pepper flakes and the tofu and sauté for about 10 minutes, until tofu is browned. Add a little extra oil if necessary.

Mix in tomatoes, thyme, and oregano and cook for about 5 minutes, until tomatoes are a bit broken down but still whole. Add olives, capers, and salt. Cook just until heated through.

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From Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz,
published by Da Capo Lifelong

 

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photo of Carbo Walnut Cookies

photo © Seth Beck

Ani Phyo

Carob Walnut Cookies


Makes 8 to 12 Cookies

Sweet raisins, malty carob, and rich walnuts are ground together to make a delicious, dark, sweet cookie. Packed with antioxidants, vitamin E, and EFAs, these cookies keep you trim and your skin radiant.

1 cup raisins
¾ cup raw walnuts
¼ cup raw carob powder
1 teaspoon mesquite powder (optional)
⅛ teaspoon sea salt

Combine the raisins, walnuts, carob powder, mesquite powder if using, and salt in the food processor. Process until the dough begins sticking together.

Press the dough into 2-inch cookie cutters placed on a sheet tray llined with parchment paper. Shoot for a thickness of ⅓- to ½-inch. Or, make 1- to 1 ½-inch balls and flatten.

Place the cookies in the freezer to chill and firm up for 30 minutes or more before serving or transferring to the fridge for serving later.

Will keep for many weeks in the fridge or freezer. Thaw 5 minutes before eating.

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From Ani's Raw Food Desserts by Ani Phyo,
published by Da Capo Lifelong

 

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Black-Eyed Pea Fritters with Hot Pepper Sauce

photo © Sara Remington

Bryant Terry

Black-Eyed Pea Fritters with Hot Pepper Sauce

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Soundtrack: “I.T.T., Pt. 2” by Fela Kuti from The Best Best of Fela Kuti

Art: “Three Wise Men Greeting Entry into Lagos” by Kehinde Wiley

Books: How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney (Howard University Press, 1981) and Graceland by Chris Abani (Picador, 2005).

While bean fritters are thought to have their origin in Nigeria, one can find them throughout West Africa. Inspired by the Black-Eyed Pea Fritters served at the Gambian-Cameroonian restaurant Bennachin in New Orleans, I whipped up this dish.

1 cup dried black-eyed peas, sorted, soaked overnight, drained, and rinsed
½ medium onion, diced
½ cup raw peanuts
1 teaspoon minced thyme
¼ teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 tablespoon cornmeal
5 cups coconut oil

Remove the skins from the beans by adding them to a large bowl, filling the bowl with water, agitating the beans, and fishing out the skins that float to the top with a fine mesh strainer. Rinse beans well.

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine the beans, onion, peanuts, thyme, cayenne, vinegar, water, and salt and pulse until completely smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 200°F.

Remove the batter from the refrigerator, add the bell pepper and cornmeal, and beat with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes.

In a medium-size saucepan over high heat, warm the coconut oil until hot but not smoking, about 5 minutes.

Lower the oil to medium high, and in batches of 5, spoon the batter into the oil, 1 tablespoon at a time. Fry, stirring around, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. If necessary, adjust the temperature to ensure that the fritters do not cook too quickly.

Transfer the fritters to a paper towel-lined plate and allow them to drain. Transfer the drained fritters to a baking sheet and place in the oven to keep warm.

Serve hot with Hot Pepper Sauce.

 

Hot Pepper Sauce

Yield: 1 cup

Soundtrack: “Hot Lava” by Kudu from Death of the Party

This is my attempt to replicate the oh-so-slammin’ hot sauce at the Senegalese restaurant Joloff, my favorite eatery in New York City. This version is only slightly hot, but if you really want that fire add 1 more habañero chile.

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
½ teaspoon cumin
⅛ teaspoon cayenne
Coarse sea salt
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 habañero chile, minced
¼ cup tomato paste
¼ cup tomato sauce
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
¼ cup water
¼ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

In a saucepan over low heat, warm the oil. Add the onion, cumin, cayenne, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and sauté until the onions start to caramelize, about 8 minutes.

Stir in the garlic and chile and sauté for 2 minutes more. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, vinegar, and water. Mix well, and simmer until it starts to thicken, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Transfer all the ingredients to an upright blender, add the white pepper, and puree until smooth. Season with additional salt to taste. Store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator.

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From Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry,
published by Da Capo Lifelong

 
 
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