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2/24/2016

Alter Eco was kind enough to send me four kinds of heirloom quinoa: black, pearl, rainbow, and red! For this recipe I used the pearl quinoa, and paired it with seasoned, sautéed leeks, raisins, chickpeas, along with a tasty side dish of steam-sautéed garlic broccoli.

Alter Eco’s Heirloom Pearl Quinoa provides 6 grams of protein per 1/4 cup and 2 grams of fiber, plus lots of good-for-you minerals, like manganese, copper, folate and zinc. 1 cup of this quinoa is plenty to eat so you don’t need to worry about not getting enough protein with this meal! Quinoa offers light, long-lasting positive energy, is kid-friendly, and easy to prepare.

pearl quinoa with chickpeas and broccoli 

Protein-Power Pearl Quinoa Recipe

Ingredients

• 1 cup Alter Eco Pearl Heirloom Quinoa
• 1-3/4 to 2 cups water
• 1/2 cup raisins
• 2 leeks washed, halved and sliced
• 1/2 cup cooked Eden Food chickpeas
• Olive oil and spices to taste

Instructions

1. Cook quinoa as directed adding 1/2 cup more water to boil down so the raisins plump. Add olive oil, spices, raisins and precooked chickpeas.

3. Sauté leeks in your favorite cooking oil. Add sea salt and pepper. Add leeks to the cooked quinoa. Stir and serve with veggie sides of your choice.


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2/19/2016

Need a treat, but want it to be filling too? This lively bread makes a wonderful treat when you're seeking something sweet, but you want health benefits too! With a pop of chocolate nestled in a batter of whole wheat flour, rolled oats, sunflower seeds, and raisins, this quick bread will truly satisfy. Serve slathered with your favorite preserves and bit of nut butter for a nice light lunch, or hearty snack.

chocolate chip oatmeal bread 

Chocolate Chip-Raisin Oatmeal Bread Recipe

Makes 12 slices

Ingredients

• 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 cup plus 1-1/2 tablespoons rolled oats
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/3 cup vegan white sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 cup raisins
• 1/3 cup vegan (dairy free) dark chocolate chips, (70 or 85 percent cacao)
• 1/3 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
• 1-1/2 cups nondairy, coconut milk beverage or your preferred nondairy milk, plus more as needed

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper, leaving a 1-1/2-inch overhang on the two long sides of the pan.

2. Put the whole wheat flour, 1 cup rolled oats, and baking powder in a large bowl, and stir with a dry whisk to combine. Add the sugar and cinnamon, and stir with the whisk to combine. Stir in the raisins, chocolate chips, and sunflower seeds, and stir to combine. Add the coconut beverage and stir until well blended, adding a bit more coconut beverage, as needed, if the mixture seems dry. Batter will be thick.

3. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle 1-1/2 tablespoons of rolled oats evenly over the top of the bread. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the top of the bread is firm, slightly golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.

4. Put the bread on a wire rack and let cool for five minutes. Using the parchment paper “wings,” carefully lift the bread from the pan and put it on the wire rack. Carefully peel back the paper from the sides of the bread and let cool an additional 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Serve warm, or wrap tightly, refrigerate, and serve cold. Wrapped tightly and stored in the refrigerator, bread will keep for 3 days.

Recipe taken from Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease. Reproduced with kind permission. Photo by Laura Theodore.


Laura Theodore is a 2014 TASTE award-winning television personality, radio host, vegan chef, cookbook author and recording artist. She is author of Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious. Laura is the on-camera host, writer and co-producer of the popular cooking show, Jazzy Vegetarian and hosts the weekly podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio. Visit Laura on Facebook and follow her on Twitter for daily recipes and tips for serving delicious, plant-based meals.



2/12/2016

This delightful and delicious pie provides the perfect showcase for seasonal organic strawberries. The filling is so creamy you will not believe it’s based in raw cashews and tofu. Easy to assemble and super yummy!

strawberry mountain pie 

Strawberry Mountain Pie Recipe

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

Crust:
• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegan cookie crumbs or vegan graham cracker crumbs (see note)
• 3 to 5 heaping tablespoons sesame tahini
• 1-1/2 tablespoons nondairy milk

Filling:
• 16 ounces extra-firm regular tofu
• 8 ounces soft silken tofu
• 1⁄3 cup raw cashews
• 1⁄3 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegan white sugar or your preferred dry sweetener

Topping:
• 16 ounces organic strawberries
• 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves
• 2-1/2 teaspoons filtered or spring water

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. To make the crust, put the cookie crumbs, 3 heaping tablespoons tahini and 1-1⁄2 tablespoons nondairy milk in a medium-sized bowl and combine using a large fork or dough blender. Add more tahini until the crumbs are moistened, but still crumbly in texture (up to 5 heaping tablespoons of tahini in all). Press the crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 5 minutes. Put the pie plate on a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes.

3. While the crust cools, put the extra-firm regular tofu, silken tofu, cashews and sugar in a blender and process until smooth. Pour the tofu mixture over the cooled crust. Spread in an even layer and smooth the top.

4. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the top of the pie is slightly firm to the touch (center of the filling will still be very soft). Put the pan on a wire rack and let cool 5 minutes.

5. While the pie bakes, trim 1⁄8- to 1⁄4-inch off the wide end of each strawberry. Then, when the pie is out of the oven but still warm, arrange the strawberries, flat end down, in a pleasing pattern on top of the pie, gently pressing the end of each strawberry into the filling so it stands upright. Put the preserves and water in a small mixing bowl and whisk together. Spread the preserves evenly over the top of the strawberries using a pastry brush or small spoon.

6. Refrigerate 4 to 8 hours before serving. Carefully cut the pie into slices (the filling will be soft). Stored tightly covered in the refrigerator, leftover pie will keep for about 2 days.

Chef’s Note: To make cookie crumbs, put 1-1⁄2 to 2 cups of broken-up vegan cookies in a blender, and process to coarse crumbs. Add more cookies, as needed, to make the amount of crumbs needed for this recipe.

Amount per serving, based on 8 servings: 166 Calories; 6g Fat; 1g Saturated fat; 7g Protein; 57mg Sodium; 23g Total Carbohydrate; 12g Sugars; 2g Fiber

Recipe taken from Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease. Reproduced with kind permission of Laura Theodore.


Laura Theodore is a 2014 TASTE award-winning television personality, radio host, vegan chef, cookbook author and recording artist. She is author of Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious. Laura is the on-camera host, writer and co-producer of the popular cooking show, Jazzy Vegetarian and hosts the weekly podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio. Visit Laura on Facebook and follow her on Twitter for daily recipes and tips for serving delicious, plant-based meals.



2/5/2016

Needing only fifteen minutes to prep, with only seven ingredients to assemble, this soup is an excellent candidate for a nutritious lunch or informal supper. As the red lentils cook, they break down to magically thicken the broth. Before you know it, you have a hearty delicious soup ready to serve.

quick lentil curry soup on table 

Quick Red Lentil Curry Soup Recipe

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

• 32 ounces vegetable broth
• 2 cups peeled and diced red or white potatoes
• 1-1/2 cups sliced carrots
• 1 cup red lentils, sorted and thoroughly rinsed (see note)
• 8 ounces cremini or white button mushrooms, diced
• 1/2 cup filtered or spring water, plus more as needed
• 1/4 teaspoon curry powder

Instructions

1. Put all of the ingredients in a medium-sized soup pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, decrease the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 45 to 50 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and the lentils are soft. Add more water, as needed, if the soup becomes too thick as it cooks. Serve piping hot.

Chef’s Note: To sort the lentils, spread them out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Remove any stones, dirt, broken lentils, or other debris. The lentils are now ready to be rinsed and used in your recipe. You may also sort split peas or dried beans in this manner.

Amount per serving, based on 4 servings: 196 Calories; 2g Fat; 0g Saturated fat; 10g Protein; 175mg Sodium; 37g Total Carbohydrate; 7g Sugars; 10g Fiber

Recipe from Laura Theodore's Vegan-Ease, © 2015 Laura Theodore, reprinted by permission.


Laura Theodore is a 2014 TASTE award-winning television personality, radio host, vegan chef, cookbook author and recording artist. She is author of Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious. Laura is the on-camera host, writer and co-producer of the popular cooking show, Jazzy Vegetarian and hosts the weekly podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio. Visit Laura on Facebook and follow her on Twitter for daily recipes and tips for serving delicious, plant-based meals.



1/29/2016

Yum and double yum! This super creamy and delightful mousse will please the chocolate and peanut butter fans at your table. Piped into small dishes, this is one special treat.

peanut butter mousse
Photo by Hannah Kaminsky.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup nondairy milk
• 1 block (14 to 16 ounces) firm regular tofu, drained and cubed
• 3 heaping tablespoons smooth peanut butter
• 1/4 cup vegan powdered sugar
• 1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Heat the nondairy milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming hot but not boiling.

2. Put the tofu, peanut butter and sugar in a blender container, then add the chocolate chips. Pour in the steaming hot nondairy milk and process until completely smooth.

3. Spoon or pipe the mixture into dessert dishes and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours. Serve chilled.

Amount per serving, based on 6 servings: 199 Calories; 13g Fat; 5g Saturated fat; 10g Protein; 51mg Sodium; 15g Total Carbohydrate; 6g Sugars; 4g Fiber

Recipe from Laura Theodore's Vegan-Ease, © 2015 Laura Theodore, reprinted by permission.


Laura Theodore is a 2014 TASTE award-winning television personality, radio host, vegan chef, cookbook author and recording artist. She is author of Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious. Laura is the on-camera host, writer and co-producer of the popular cooking show, Jazzy Vegetarian and hosts the weekly podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio. Visit Laura on Facebook and follow her on Twitter for daily recipes and tips for serving delicious, plant-based meals.



1/22/2016

These tasty truffles are pretty too, making an excellent healthy dessert or snack to satisfy your sweet tooth. Bonus: Impressive to serve for a dinner party too!

vegan maple date truffles 

Maple-Raisin-Date Truffles Recipe

Makes 10 to 12 Truffles

Ingredients

9 large Medjool dates, pitted
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup raw unsweetened shredded dried coconut
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

1. Line a small baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.

2. Put the dates, raisins, coconut and maple syrup in a high-performance blending appliance and process to the consistency of soft dough. Transfer the date mixture to a medium-sized bowl. Using a cookie scoop, spoon out a heaping tablespoon of the date mixture, and roll it into a ball. Continue in this manner to form 10 to 12 truffle balls.

3. Put the cocoa powder in a small bowl. Roll the truffles in the cocoa powder until coated and place on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate 1 hour. Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, truffles will keep up to 3 days.

Watch Laura Theodore make this recipe!

Amount per serving, based on 12 servings/truffles: 100 Calories; 3g Fat; 3g Saturated fat; 1g Protein; 3mg Sodium; 20g Total Carbohydrate; 16g Sugars; 3g Fiber

Recipe from Laura Theodore's Vegan-Ease, © 2015 Laura Theodore, reprinted by permission.


Laura Theodore is a 2014 TASTE award-winning television personality, radio host, vegan chef, cookbook author and recording artist. She is author of Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious. Laura is the on-camera host, writer and co-producer of the popular cooking show, Jazzy Vegetarian and hosts the weekly podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio. Visit Laura on Facebook and follow her on Twitter for daily recipes and tips for serving delicious, plant-based meals.



1/15/2016

These little darlings are a fun and flavorful way to present potatoes. The inside pulp stays nice and tender while the outside gets crispy. Serve these on the side for any party meal, even breakfast!

 

Holiday Rosemary Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

• 35 to 40 ounces fingerling or baby potatoes, scrubbed
• 1-1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon crushed dried rosemary
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more as needed

Instructions

1. Fit a steamer basket into a medium-sized saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Add 2 to 3 inches of cold water to the pot and then add the potatoes. Cover and bring to a boil. Steam the potatoes for 10 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl and let cool 10 minutes.

2. While the potatoes cool, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.

3. Add the olive oil, rosemary and sea salt to the cooled potatoes and toss to lightly coat, using a large spoon, letting the excess olive oil and rosemary run to the bottom of the bowl. Arrange the potatoes about 1⁄2-inch apart in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Using a sturdy, flat spatula, “smash” each potato so it is slightly flattened. Brush the tops of the flattened potatoes with the seasoned oil that settled into the bottom of the mixing bowl.

4. Roast for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden brown and slightly crispy. Season with more sea salt, if desired, while still hot. Let cool 10 minutes and serve warm.

Amount per serving, based on 8 servings:  139 Calories; 3g Fat; 0g Saturated fat; 3g Protein; 8mg Sodium; 25g Total Carbohydrate; 0g Sugars; 2g Fiber

Recipe from Laura Theodore's Vegan-Ease, © 2015 Laura Theodore, reprinted by permission.


Laura Theodore is a 2014 TASTE award-winning television personality, radio host, vegan chef, cookbook author and recording artist. She is author of Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious. Laura is the on-camera host, writer and co-producer of the popular cooking show, Jazzy Vegetarian and hosts the weekly podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio.Visit Laura on Facebook and follow her on Twitter for daily recipes and tips for serving delicious, plant-based meals.




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