Smoky Poblano Corn Chowder

Smoky Poblano Corn Chowder

I tend to go with the flow when it comes to cooking (and most things in life). Never really having a set menu for the week, most of my ideas come from random places. The other day I saw a beautiful bunch of white asparagus and purple Brussels sprouts and loaded up my cart. I’ve also been known to buy things with absolutely no idea of what I’m going to do with them.  Other times I’m inspired by the beauty of food photographs. But most of the time, dinner is mood and taste-dependent!

Lately, and for obvious reasons, I’ve been craving warm comfort foods.

When I think of winter, I think of hearty soups and stews. Enter the Smoky Poblano Corn Chowder. It has nearly all my favorite ingredients, corn, potatoes, chili peppers, coconut milk, and Mexican spices. I mean, who doesn’t love cumin and coconut milk? I made a tasty bouquet of roasted corn, sprouted lentils, and microgreens seasoned with the same spices as the soup for a garnish. I love that it comes together quickly and that it tastes so damn good. You can skip the garnish if you are so inclined; however, it’s a major flavor bomb, it’s also gorgeous, and I highly recommend it. And don’t forget to give each bowl a light dusting of chili powder.

I wanted some texture, but I also wanted thick and creamy. Some recipes use corn starch to thicken, but I’m not a fan. So when the chowder was done cooking, I took about a third of it (about 3 cups), put it in the blender, then added it back into the soup. It worked perfectly. This recipe serves 4-6, but it is easily doubled and will keep in the freezer for up to two months.

As always, tag me and let me know if you liked it.

Stay Warm,
Steph


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Smoky Poblano Corn Chowder

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, julienned
  • 1 large poblano chili, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 medium (skin on) potatoes, washed and diced
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen corn*
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk

Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup corn kernals
  • 1/2 cup micro-greens
  • 1/4 cup sprouted lentils (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano

 

 


Instructions

Garnish:

  1. Mix all ingredients well in a small bowl and set aside.

Chowder:

  1. Warm a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat, add onion, celery, carrot, chili, and 2-3 tablespoons vegetable stock. Saute for 4-5 minutes until vegetables begin to soften. Add garlic and spices cook for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Stir in broth, scraping the bottom of the pot to remove any browned bits.
  3. Add potatoes and corn. Stir, bring to a simmer, and reduce heat to medium-low.
  4. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until potatoes are fork-tender. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Add coconut milk and whisk into the soup mixture.
  6. Adjust seasonings. Careful with the oregano as it can make the soup bitter.
  7. Ladle into bowls and garnish.
  8. Serve
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

Do not use canned corn if possible.  Canned vegetables have a metallic taste and are often loaded with sodium (preservatives).   In the winter frozen organic corn is best.

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Mexican Pozole (Rojo)

Mexican Pozole (Rojo)

A traditional Mexican pozole or posole is a stew made from beans, hominy, and meat. Slow-simmered in a soupy broth, a pozole is traditionally served on Christmas eve, and you can trace its roots back to the ancient Aztecs! This rich and hearty dish is so flavorful and delicious, and the best part is there were no pigs harmed! Don’t worry. The white Mexican hominy gives the stew a nice meaty chew!

Hominy, if you don’t know, is dried corn, or maize, treated with lime to help soften the tough outer shells of the kernels, making them easier to digest. Furthermore, in Mexican cooking, hominy is ground down to make masa flour.

If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you know that Mexican food is my favorite food. I’m pretty sure I could eat it every day. I love the addition of diced raw onions, avocado, and cilantro as a garnish. You could also add vegan sour cream if you’re feelin’ it. This pozole is made in a red sauce (Rojo), but you can use tomatillos and have Pozole Verdes if you’d like.

I made my pinto beans in my instant pot, and they were ready in 50 minutes. You can soak your beans overnight and make them according to your package directions, or you can use canned beans. I prefer to make my own and generally keep 5 lb bags of beans in my pantry. I’m not too fond of the metallic taste of canned beans, and I like to control the texture myself.  However, I did use canned hominy for apparent reasons. They are great the day you make them, and they are even better the next day!
Tag me if you make it and let me know how you like it!

XO–

Steph


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Mexican Pozole (Rojo)

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Warm and hearty, this Mexain Pozole will likely become a staple in your weekly winter rotation!  Double the recipe, and you can store this in the freezer for up to 2 months.


Ingredients

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PInto Beans:

  • 1/2 pound dry pinto beans (about 1 cups), or 2 cans of no salt added pinto beans
  • 3 cups vegetable stock, or filtered water* ( see note)
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Pozole: 

  • 1 (28 oz.) can of White Mexican Hominy
  • Cooked pinto beans
  • 3 whole dried guajillos chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 whole dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded, and diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

Garnish: 

  • Chopped onion
  • Diced avocado
  • Minced cilantro
  • Sliced radish
  • Hot sauce

 


Instructions

  1. If using dried beans, add beans to a bowl and rinse.  Sift through beans to remove any grit or broken shells.  At this point, you can either soak beans overnight to make on the stovetop (follow package directions) or add to an instant pot with 6 cups vegetable stock, onion, bay leaves, and salt and pepper—Cook at high pressure for 50 minutes.  Let pressure reduce naturally, about 10 minutes.  Set aside.
  2. While pinto beans are cooking, add chilies, onion, and garlic to a small pot of boiling water.  Use enough water to cover the chilies.  Reduce heat and simmer until chilies and onions have softened about 7-8 minutes.
  3. When chilies are done, carefully add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.  If the sauce is too thick, add stock or water to thin.  It should have a paste-like consistency.  In a colander, strain sauce into a bowl.
  4. Carefully add pinto beans (do not drain), hominy, chili paste, and remaining ingredients in a medium stockpot. ** (See note)
  5. Simmer covered on medium-low for 20-25 minutes until hominy softened but still firm.
  6. Remove lid and taste for seasonings.
  7. Ladle Pozole into a serving bowl and garnish.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

*I like to use a flavorful stock to make my pinto beans, but if you use water, I recommend adding a teaspoon of garlic and onion powder to your beans!

**You can also finish the pozole in the instant pot by skipping the stockpot and cooking using the saute function.  I didn’t do this because I like to control my heat.  But this is a viable option.

Coriander Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette and Pomegranate

Coriander Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette and Pomegranate

A few weeks ago, I was on the hunt for a pretty serving bowl. I wanted something classic. Something that looked old but didn’t have to be old, with good color and lines. I found one at Williams Sonoma and immediately went to work on creating a colorful salad to put in it!

I don’t know about you, but I love a good salad. I also have a thing for sweet potatoes. Truthfully, I have a “thing” for all potatoes, but sweet potatoes are my favorite. Baked, roasted, mashed, or fried, the potato is a quintessential vegetable.

I wanted to make the salad part savory, party sweet, partly cooked, and part raw. This Coriander Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette and Pomegranate is all that! It’s loaded with nutrients, flavor, and texture. It’s also beautiful and ready to serve in just 30 minutes!  Let me know how you like it!

P.s. I also doubled the vinaigrette dressing to use for a later date.

Stay Warm.

XO,
Steph


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Coriander Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette and Pomegranate

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Easy and delicious this salad is almost too pretty to eat!


Ingredients

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Salad:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, cleaned and quartered lengthwise (don’t worry about peeling)
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried coriander
  • 10 oz mixed greens (I used spring mix)
  • 1 pomegranate, cut and arils removed; as set aside
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (can use roasted/salted, if need be)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, stemmed
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • Vegan feta (I like Violife), crumbled

Dressing:

  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon dried coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss potatoes in olive oil and sprinkle with coriander.
  3. Add potatoes to a parchment-lined baking sheet, roast for 30 minutes, turning potatoes once after 15 minutes.
  4. While potatoes are roasting, whisk maple syrup, mustard, cider vinegar, shallot, garlic, herbs, and spices in a large bowl. Whisk in the olive oil in a slow, steady stream until the vinaigrette emulsifies and thickens.
  5. When potatoes are done, remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool. Cut each potato quarter in half when they have cooled enough to touch.
  6. In a medium-size serving bowl, layer the salad. Add a handful of mixed greens and 1/4th of potatoes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, 2 tablespoons feta, 2 tablespoons arils, 1 tablespoon cilantro. Continue to layer this way until all potatoes have been used.
  7. Divide equally among 4 bowls.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Look for a firm pomegranate. I like to cut my pomegranates in half, and in a bowl half full of water, pull the pomegranate apart by hand, removing all of the arils. Once I have them removed, I dispose of any large pieces of the pith (the spongy white tissue lining) and rapidly stir the arils by hand to remove any additional pieces of pith that may still be attached.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4

Keywords: Vegan Salad, Sweet Potato Salad

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Spicy Vegan Shakshuka

Spicy Vegan Shakshuka

Some of my fondest memories center around food. While I think that might be the case for many of us, Sunday breakfasts, in particular, have always held a special place in my heart! When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time with my mom’s parents. I absolutely loved being at grandma and grandpa’s house! Nearly every weekend, I was there with my little brother Sean and at least two of my four cousins. The weekend was even better if my aunt Tammy agreed to spend the night (I would literally beg her), and we got to add an extra chair around the breakfast table! Oh, how I miss those days.

Anyway, Sunday breakfasts are still a big deal to me, and there is rarely a Sunday morning that goes by when I’m not in the kitchen playing music and making a big ole’ breakfast. Admittedly, I get stuck and end up making the same dish on repeat. But every once in a while, a magical Unicorn comes along and becomes a part of my Sunday rotation! Enter the Shakshuka!  The literal translation of the Hebrew word shakshuka means “all mixed up”! And I’d say that’s a pretty good description of this north African egg dish made with peppers, tomatoes, and eggs. It’s super flavorful and hits the spot! It also reminds me of a meal I used to eat when I was a kid.

Last week my husband found a recipe for “Eggs in a Hole” in the newspaper (remember those?) and asked me if I’d ever had it. I laughed and said, “You better believe it”! In fact, it was one of the first breakfast meals I ever made on my own, besides Quaker’s Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal (remember that?). This Shakshuka reminds me of my childhood fav in that the eggs are carefully placed in a hole and cooked until firm. Only in the Shakshuka, the eggs are nestled in a bed of tomatoes and peppers and not white Wonder bread!

I really love this simple but flavorful dish and hope you all do too! Oh, and if you can’t find Just Egg, I’ve included a delicious option in the notes section of the recipe! Be sure to tag me and let me know how you like it!

–XO

Steph


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Spicy Vegan Shakshuka

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 1 organic red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (can also use one chipotle pepper in adobo)
  • 1 28-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 container Just Egg
  • cup crumbled vegan feta cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Sliced red onion
  • Microgreens for garnish, optional
  • Toasted ciabatta, for serving 

Instructions

  1. Warm oil over medium heat in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet with a lid. Add onion, red pepper, salt, and several grinds of fresh pepper and cook until the onion is soft and translucent about 8 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add garlic, paprika, cumin, and chili powder.  Stir and let cook for about 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes and tomato paste. Simmer for 15 minutes until the sauce is thickened.
  3. Make 4 wells in the sauce and add Just Eggs. Cover and cook for 2 minutes and then add feta. Cook until the eggs are set, 5 to 8 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with the feta, parsley, avocado, and microgreens, if using. Serve with toasted bread for scooping.

Notes

If you would like to make this but don’t have access to the Vegan Egg product you can make your own!

  • 6 ounces firm silken tofu (usually found in the Asian section, not refrigerated)
  • 2 tablespoons Tahini (can also use hummus) 
  • 2 large cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • One pinch kala namak (black salt), and black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika, optional

Blend together all ingredients until smooth.

If it is too dry add 1 tablespoon plant-based milk.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4

 

Curried Zucchini Soup with Pistachio Parmesan Noodles

Curried Zucchini Soup with Pistachio Parmesan Noodles

Happy New Year! I hope you are well and enjoyed some form of relaxation with those you love! The holidays can be joyful but a bit of a whirlwind and are here and gone in the blink of an eye! Don’t get me wrong, I love every minute between Halloween and New Year’s, but this year was particularly busy and took a little bit of a toll on my health! I am just now starting to feel better after a rough bout of bronchitis, which I used to get all the time as a kid. Secondhand smoke is fo’ real, and my lungs are physically scarred from years and years of coughing from inhaling the toxic fog. Another reason Covid kinda scares me, ya know?

But this was also the first time I’d been sick in just over 6 years. And I can’t get sick! I have people who depend on me to cook, clean, transport, teach, write, exercise, volunteer, and well, the list goes on and on. And not to mention, cooking for me is a way of relaxing and being creative. So, what’s a girl to do if she can’t cook for nearly 3 weeks? Read, rest, and reflect—a lot. And when I got well enough to cook again, I returned to the kitchen with a significant mind shift. At the forefront was the question, “Am I really feeding myself if I’m not feeding myself well?” Deep, I know. But, alas, you are what you eat.

Listen, I am by no means a junk food vegan, but I not gonna lie. I love chips and cashew queso, like, a lot. And sometimes I get lazy. I also get caught up in convenience foods, Doordash, and sometimes, skipping meals entirely. I also give in to unhealthy cravings, and sometimes I do not feed my body well. This is a far cry from my early days as a plant-based eater–when I was all in. All. In. No oil, no processed anything, no wheat, no starchy stuff. I was a well-oiled machine, lost a bunch of weight, and felt ten years younger. I still feel 10 years younger, but the weight is slowly creeping back, and admittedly, I’m feeling a little rusty.

So the first several days back in the kitchen, I made only raw foods for 4 days. I was amazed at how light yet full and satisfied I felt. I started reading about the miraculous enzymatic functions found in whole foods and how cooking foods actually kill these beneficial enzymes that our food is trying to provide us. I’m not sure I will ever be 100% raw, but I’m definitely game for 50-75%, and who knows!

That said, I’m super excited to share this recipe with you. This oil-free soup is super healthy and completely delicious. It’s also 50% cooked and 50% raw. Part soup part salad (who says ya can’t), I added a Yukon gold to help thicken, some green peas to help brighten, and topped it with a raw zucchini salad that makes me want only to grow zucchini’s in my garden this summer! Pistachios give it a nice crunch and a little protein boost. The basil gives it depth, and the parmesan cheese, well, you know…! Let me know if you made it and how you liked it. I love hearing from y’all. Until next time!

–Steph


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Curried Zucchini Soup with Pistachio Parmesan Noodles

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Delicious and creamy this dairy-free, oil-free soup, will leave you wanting seconds!


Ingredients

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Soup:

  • 2 tablespoons organic vegetable stock 
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and chopped
  • ½ jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons organic curry powder
  • 23 pounds organic zucchini (about 3 large), 5-6 cups diced, 2 cups spiralized
  • 1 cup frozen organic peas
  • 1 small Yukon gold potato, diced
  • 4 cups organic vegetable stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Noodle Salad Garnish :

  • 2 cups organic zucchini noodles
  • 1 tablespoon organic lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons organic basil, minced
  • 1/2 cup raw pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegan parmesan
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper

Instructions


Notes

*When hot food is inside a blender, and a lid is placed on top, it heats the air above between the food and the blender lid, causing pressure to build up in the blender jar. This pressure can cause the top to blow right off as hot food explodes out the top of the blender jar. Trust me. It’s no fun to clean soup off everything, including the ceiling.

Keywords: no oil soup, zucchini soup, vegan soups

 

Chicken-less Noodle Soup

Chicken-less Noodle Soup

So I spent most of my winter break after Christmas in bed. I’m pretty sure from burning the candle at both ends and running in the rain, I wore myself down and ended up with a nasty case of bronchitis. My husband who somehow managed to avoid it insisted that I rest and took over as my personal chef and nurse. He made me this fantastic soup, and I figured it was well worth writing up a recipe! Sometimes the only thing (besides a Z-Pak) that makes you feel better is a lot of TLC and a good old-fashioned bowl of warm noodle soup.

The ultimate comfort food, this recipe uses tofu rubbed with poultry seasoning and baked until firm. It was so good and hit the spot. He drained and pressed the tofu and then pulled it apart by hand to give it that irregular shape like pulled chicken. He dredged it in a little bit of olive oil and tossed it in poultry seasoning. We use Trader Joe’s chicken-less seasoning, but alas, it’s discontinued. I liked TJ’s seasoning because it had turmeric, a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant! But never fear. Here is another excellent poultry seasoning with turmeric that will also work! If you can’t find a seasoning mix with turmeric, be sure to add a teaspoon to your soup! 

He baked the tofu for 25 minutes, turned it once, and baked for another 15 minutes.  He also used egg-free ribbon noodles. But if you’re feeling somewhat nostalgic, you can use spaghetti broken into quarters for a more Campbell’s soup kinda feel.


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Chicken-less Noodle Soup

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 (14-oz) block organic extra-firm tofu, drained, and pressed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup carrot, peeled and sliced into 1/4” rounds
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill (or 1 tablespoon fresh dill)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 cups vegetable broth or stock
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (I use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos)
  • 8 oz. pasta of choice, broken into bite-sized pieces if applicable
  • Salt, to taste 

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drain the tofu package,  and press the tofu for about 20 minutes while the oven preheats. (We use a tofu press, but you can also wrap the tofu in a clean towel and stack something heavy like a cast iron pan on top of it).
  2. Break the tofu apart into irregular shapes, or roughly chop it, add to a bowl.
  3. Toss tofu in olive oil and sprinkle with poultry seasoning, coating generously.
  4. Place the tofu pieces on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, flip the tofu and bake for another 15-250 minutes, or until firm and slightly crispy. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  5.  Warm a large saucepan over medium heat, then add 1/4 cup of vegetable stock.
  6. Add the onion, celery, and carrot, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally. If the vegetables start to brown, turn the heat to medium-low and add additional stock one tablespoon at a time. Saute vegetables until the onions and celery are translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Add the garlic, dill, red pepper flakes, thyme, black pepper, and stir. Cook until fragrant, 60 to 90 seconds.
  8. Add the broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir in the soy sauce, pasta, and baked tofu chunks. Continue to cook for 10-12 minutes or until the pasta is tender.
  9. Add additional salt and pepper if necessary.
  10. Garnish with fresh thyme, dill, and parsley, if desired.

Keywords: Vegan Soup, Vegan Noodle Soup

Gooey Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Gooey Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

So, this recipe is coming in a little late. Christmas is over, but the demand for this recipe is high! I made these for our Christmas gathering, and they were gone within hours!   The recipe couldn’t be any easier, and the options are endless. I made them four ways, plain, half dipped in white chocolate and crushed peppermint candy, fully dipped in white chocolate and candy, and as a sandwich filled with marshmallow cream. I have to say I prefer the first three cookies. The sandwich was gorgeous, but it was a bit much for me. My kids, however, loved them.

The first time I made these, I made them without a binder, and they were fine, but just a bit on the crumbly side. If you don’t mind that, you can skip the egg replacement. You can use one flax egg if you prefer, or I used Just Egg, and it worked perfectly.

These cookies are vegan and gluten-free. I used Bob’s Redmill 1:1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour. You can use regular flour if you prefer, but be sure your flour contains xanthan gum if you are going gluten-free. Xanthan gum replaces gluten, provides some elasticity, acts as the binding agent for the flour, and helps hold onto some moisture.

Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you like them!  Enjoy!


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Gooey Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 cookies 1x
  • Method: Baking
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These gluten-free, vegan chocolate cookies are super simple and delicious.  You may want to double the batch because they’ll be gone in no time.


Ingredients

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Dry Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup
  • ½ cup refined coconut oil or other neutral-flavored oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg replacement* (I used 1 Tbsp Just Egg)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)

Optional:

 


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large measuring cup, mix all wet ingredients together with ¼ cup water.
  3. Add in the dry ingredients and mix well until combined.
  4. Add in the chocolate chunks and refrigerate for 1 hour. (Do NOT skip refrigeration)
  5. Remove dough from the fridge.  Using a small ice cream scoop, or approximately 2 tbsp. of dough, form into balls.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 16-18 minutes. The longer they cook, the crispier they will be.
  7. Leave on a baking tray to cool completely, about 10 minutes.

If dipping in white chocolate, add chocolate to the microwave and cook on 50% power and stir every 30 seconds until melted.   Or add to double boiler**and cook over medium-low heat until melted.  Make sure cookies are completely cooled.  Dip cookies in white chocolate or use a spoon and cover either half or the entire cookie.  Add crushed candy while white chocolate is still wet.


Notes

*Flax egg: 1 tbsp flaxseed meal to 2 1/2 tbsp water mix well and let rest for 5 minutes or until thickened. Use as a regular egg.

** If you don’t own a double boiler (who does these days?) then gather a medium saucepan and 2 medium heatproof bowls that can sit over the saucepan without dipping too far into it. Pour water into saucepan to come 1″ up the sides (there should be a gap between the water and bowl so check it before the water gets hot!) and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

 

Keywords: Gluten-free, vegan, chocolate cookies

Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni with Italian Sausage

Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni with Italian Sausage

I love pasta, pretty much all pasta. As a matter of fact, I never met a pasta I didn’t like. Though there are some (like a few people I know) that I like better than others. This pasta is one of those that I like best of all. The creamy, spicy red pepper sauce mixed with savory Italian sausage (thank you, Hungry Planet) and served over freshly made rigatoni noodles makes my cuore felice! Did I say that correctly?

Anyway, this simple recipe comes together quickly, and if you’re anything like me, this will make your heart happy too! I love the Hungry Planet Italian sausage here. The texture and flavor shine in this recipe, and with zero grams of saturated fat (Impossible Sausage has 4g of saturated fat), you cannot go wrong. You just have to make sure you don’t eat all the sausage while you’re waiting on your pasta to boil!

 


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Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni with Italian Sausage

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40
  • Yield: 6 large servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

The ultimate winter comfort food!  It’s a little spicy and very flavorful!


Ingredients

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  • 1 (16 oz) package of vegan rigatoni pasta
  • 1 (12 oz) package Hungry Planet Italian Sausage, or another plant-based alternative
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (arrowroot powder works well, too)
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter (separated in half)
  • 12 pieces of bread torn into small bite-sized pieces
  • 1 (12 oz) jar roasted red peppers, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Silk half and half
  • 1/2 cup red wine (or, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar and 1/4 cup water mixed)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sage
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup vegan parmesan, grated or shredded
  • fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional, but recommended)

 


Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and spray a 12″ round or oval baking dish with non-stick spray. I used my largest oval French Corningware with a glass lid.

Spice mix:

In a small bowl, mix 1/2 tsp garlic powder with 1 1/2 teaspoons: oregano, sage, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Bread Crumbs:

Add breadcrumbs, 2 tbsp melted butter, and half of the spice mixture to a bowl. Toss well to coat. Toast in oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.

Pasta:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, cook pasta according to the instructions on the package (each pasta varies). Reserve one cup of pasta water and set it aside. Drain well, and do not rinse.** Add cooked pasta to a large bowl.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add the sausage to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until browned. Carefully remove sausage from skillet and set aside. In the same pan, add the remaining 2 tbsp’s butter, a pinch of salt and pepper, and the remaining teaspoon of garlic powder and cook until the butter is melted and bubbling. Add onions and red peppers. Stir frequently until onions become translucent, about 5-6 minutes. Add minced garlic, and saute until fragrant @ 30 seconds. Add red wine and use a spatula to stir well and deglaze any fond* from the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until liquid evaporates, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and carefully the ingredients to a blender, or use an immersion blender, add cornstarch, and puree until smooth—return sauce to the pan.
  4. Over medium heat, stir in half-and-half. Add 1/2 cup parmesan, cooked sausage, and remaining spices to the sauce. Stir frequently and cook until sausage has warmed through, about 2-3 minutes. Taste for seasoning, add salt and pepper, and additional spices if needed.
  5. Add pasta to skillet and stir well to coat. Add 1/2 cup pasta water, and mix well. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Add remaining cheese, and top with buttered herbed breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake covered for 25 minutes, or until bread crumbs are lightly golden.
  7. Serve garnished with fresh parsley, red pepper flakes, and additional parmesan. Enjoy!

Notes

*Fond, is quite simply, is the stuff that sticks to your pan after browning meat or vegetables on the stovetop, or at the bottom of a roasting pan after it has come out of the oven.  Good stuff, just don’t burn it. If you do it’s no good and can ruin your dish.

**You want some starch on the outside of the pasta, as it helps the sauce adhere.

Holiday Truffles

Holiday Truffles

Making cookies and candy around the holidays always puts me in the best mood! It also reminds me of being a kid. Back then, I cut out sugar cookies and made those green cornflake wreaths with red hots. Remember those? Mostly I just loved being in the kitchen with my mom and my brother and listening to my mom sing Christmas carols.

We each had our cookie job, and my mom’s job was to make my dad a dozen or two of his mother’s rum truffles. My brother and I were never allowed to have any (although we managed to sneak one or two without any notice), so my mom would make us some sans the rum! They were delicious and usually gone within a day or two! 

This is a vegan version of her truffles! Enjoy!


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Holiday Truffles

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 hours (Refrigerate)
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: @ 60 Truffles
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These truffles are incredible!  Incredibly easy and incredibly delicious!   This batch will make approximately 60 truffles.   You can use the basic truffle recipe and modify anyway you want! 


Ingredients

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Basic Truffle Mix
 
  • 2 cups (about 16 oz) 100% unsweetened vegan dark chocolate  
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2/3 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
For Chocolate Orange Truffles
 

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

For Vanilla White Chocolate Truffles
 
  • Basic Truffle Mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup vegan white chocolate (for coating truffles)
  • Shredded Coconut, White Nonpareils, or Sparkling Sugar
 
 

Instructions

     To make the truffle mixture:
 
  1. To make the basic truffle mix, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a glass dish over boiling water. Stirring constantly.

  2. Remove dish from the heat and whisk in coconut milk, maple syrup and sea salt.

  3. Divide the mixture into 3 bowls, one for each of the flavors. 

  4. For the chocolate orange truffles add the orange essence. Mix well. 

  5. For the dark chocolate raspberry truffles add dark rum and raspberry essence. Mix well.

  6. For the vanilla truffles, add the vanilla essence.  Mix well. 

  7. Put all three bowls in the fridge for at least 5 hours to fully firm up.

  8. After the truffle mixes are firm, use a teaspoon to spoon out mixture and roll in your hands to make small balls, about half the size of golf balls.

  9. Set out the truffles on parchment lined baking pans. Just make sure you know which flavor is which.  Freeze for at least 3 hours.

    To decorate:

  • In a glass bowl over boiling water, melt chocolate to cover the truffles in.

  • For the orange truffles, and the raspberry truffles melt the dark chocolate. For the vanilla truffles, melt white chocolate. 

  • I like to use this chocolate dipping tool, but you can also use a fork. Dip truffles one by one into the melted chocolate, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Immediately decorate each truffle, while the chocolate is still melted.

  • For the orange chocolates, sprinkle with flaky sea salt and orange zest, or edible gold dust powder. You can also add two thin slices of candied orange across the top. For raspberry truffles, dust in cocoa powder and ground dried raspberries.  For vanilla truffles, sprinkle with coconut or white sparkling sugar (blue sanding sugar is also very pretty). 
  • Put all covered and decorated truffles in the fridge for an hour or so to set. Then they can be served. 

     


Notes

The truffles will last in an air tight container the fridge for 2-3 weeks. They can also be frozen. 

Hot Tamale Pie

Hot Tamale Pie

Food and memories are tied together like a horse and carriage. This recipe is one of my fondest and most favorite meals of all time. Therefore, I dedicate this recipe to my momma. When I was a kid, as soon as the weather got cold, my mom pulled out all the stops when it came to cooking! In the kitchen, both of my parents were adventurous! Flavor first was their motto!

Usually, dinner was always a good thing. I developed my love of herbs and spices from cooking with her. I also learned how to roll tamales, make a good pie crust, use a candy thermometer to make dad’s fudge.

Much of what my mother learned about cooking she learned from my step-father. Before they were married, my pop’s lived in a cabin in the middle of nowhere Alaska for nearly 13 years. He made bread, caught fish, and hunted for everything he ate. He grew herbs and vegetables and became quite the flavor aficionado. Before marrying my mom, he was stationed in France, Vietnam, and Lebanon, so he exposed her to exotic flavor profiles and cooking techniques that are now a part of my culinary world!

But sometimes, but sometimes…

You would come home to the rancid smell of salt-rising bread. An old Appalachian bread recipe from the 1800s, my mom had gone to the library and found the starter recipe, which smelled like a cross between dirty socks and overripe cheese. Or the time we had boiled muscles. The only thing I remember is the gritty taste of sand in my mouth. She realized too little, too late, that the muscles had to be rinsed and soaked first. Oh well, live and learn.

And, of course, some recipes stick out in your mind. This Hot Tamale Pie recipe is one of them. It is the ultimate comfort food. My mom used Jiffy cornbread mix, but I subbed that out for masa flour and vegetable stock. And instead of ground beef, I used a plant-based alternative. Otherwise, all things are precisely the same. My family loved this flavor bomb, and for me, it was a glorious trip down memory lane! I hope you love it too!


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Hot Tamale Pie

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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  • 1 pack impossible meat or other plant-based ground
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic (1 tsp), minced
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 (10 oz) bag frozen corn (1/2 cup set aside)
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies 
  • 2 cups masa flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups vegetable stock 
  • 2 Tbsp Just Egg or other vegan egg sub (2 egg equivalent)
  • 1 cup shredded vegan cheese (I used Daiya Farmhouse Jalapeno Havarti)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F 
  2. Warm a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat.   Add onion and bell pepper.  Sauté until veggies begin to soften, about 5-6 minutes.  Add garlic and cook until garlic becomes fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add plant-based meat, sprinkle with cornstarch, and add spices.   Brown meat, and taste for seasoning.  Add tomatoes, green chili’s, cheese, and remaining corn.   Mix well.  
  3. In a medium-size bowl add masa flour and baking powder.  Mix well.  Slowly, add 2 cups vegetable stock (May need a little more stock depending on the coarseness of the masa), stir until smooth.  Add 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels.  Stir well.  
  4. If you are using a cast iron skillet simply top meat mixture with the masa.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until corn bread is lightly golden.  
  5. If you are not using a cast iron, then place mixture in a 9X12” oven proof baking dish.  Top with masa and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cornbread is lightly golden.  
  6. Garnish with sour cream, cilantro, and/or green onions.

 

Red Beet Hummus

Red Beet Hummus

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is my favorite time of year— a time of gathering and reflecting. It’s hard for me not to get sentimental about the past. Remembering my childhood holidays is one of life’s greatest treasures given to me. To create new memories for my family, I spend days upon days decorating my home, cooking warm comfort foods, and snuggling up by the fire playing board games! We just got a new dice game called LCR!  I can’t wait to play!

I miss my grandma a lot, though. I find myself longing to be there at her side once more, I, a little scraggly blonde girl, standing on a footstool in the kitchen next to an ever-patient baker and teacher. Helping her knead dough and ice and cut dozens of sweet rolls. I hope you, too, find yourself comforted in the fond days of yore and spend time this season with those you love, creating new memories.

This red beet hummus is so easy to make! Mainly because you don’t have to go through the hassle of peeling and roasting beets if you don’t want to! Made like traditional hummus, I used four small beets out of a pack of freshly packed beets, a can of garbanzo’s, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and salt/pepper. I minced some additional garlic and garnished it with fresh parsley! It makes a quick and lovely appetizer that will be the hit of any holiday party!


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Red Beet Hummus

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x

Description

Serve with pita bread or veggies, this quick and easy red beet hummus makes a festive and delicious appetizer!  Be sure to top with minced parsley, chickpeas, or garlic.


Ingredients

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  1. 1 16 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  2. 4 small cooked prepackaged beets
  3. 1/4 cup tahini
  4. 2 tbsp aquafaba (reserved juice from chickpea can)
  5. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  6. 1 tsp garlic
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp cumin
  9. 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except aquafaba in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add aquafaba one tablespoon at a time, if needed. Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly.
  2. Chill and store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
  3. Enjoy! 

Notes

You can use golden beets, too!

Shaved Fennel Salad with Asian Pear and Pomegranate

Shaved Fennel Salad with Asian Pear and Pomegranate

The salad is almost too pretty to eat. Every time I make it, I just want to stare at it or take pictures of it.

Not only does it come together quickly, but it is also very hearty and satisfying. The creamy plant-based goat cheese alone is to die for! Trust me. This salad could be a meal in itself. As for the pomegranate, I prefer to clean my own. It’s a task that my youngest daughter has taken over. She finds it deeply satisfying to pull out every last aril!

I like the arugula and pomegranate for color, but you can use various fruits and greens to achieve your Christmas colors. My favorite addition to the salad, and one that I would not skip, is the fresh dill weed. No matter the toppings used, the dill brings it together!


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Shaved Fennel Salad with Asian Pear and Pomegranate

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Description

Easy to assemble, this salad will not only be a delectable accompaniment to your holiday meal; it will also serve as a perfect floral centerpiece!


Ingredients

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  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced (fronds may be saved for salad garnish)
  • 2 small Asian pears, or 1 large pear, sliced length-wise
  • 1/2 cup herbed vegan goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • Arils (seeds)  from 1 pomegranate
  • 6 fronds of dill, stemmed
  • 1 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin, halved

Dressing:

  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut nectar (can also use maple syrup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

 

  1. For the dressing: Gently whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.  Season to taste, and add extra sweetener, vinegar or lemon juice as needed.
  2. Arrange the arugula, on a medium sized platter or large flat bottomed bowl.  Add the fennel, red onion, and pears.  Sprinkle with pecans, pumpkin seeds, and arils.  
  3. Top salad with dill fronds.  
  4. When ready to serve, drizzle with ginger dressing.  
  5. Serve and enjoy! 

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Spiced Apple Cider Mojito

Spiced Apple Cider Mojito

A few weeks ago, I helped teach a cooking class, and one of my responsibilities was to make drinks for everyone. I opted for hot mulled cider and spiced apple tea. The cider was a huge hit! It got me thinking about a nice autumn cocktail. I don’t drink alcohol anymore since it does a number on my tummy. I found, however, an excellent non-alcohol spirit called Aplós.  

It is a plant-based, organic, non-alcoholic citrusy spirit infused with 20 mg of broad-spectrum hemp. It is intended to give the same uplifting and calming effects as alcohol, but without the ill effects of alcohol. I don’t know about you, but it sounded like the perfect base for an autumn cocktail recipe!


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Spiced Apple Cider Mojito

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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For the spiced simple syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegan organic cane sugar
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

For the spiced salty sugar rim:

  • 1 part cinnamon
  • 1 part sugar
  • 1/2 part kosher salt (optional, but recommended)

Mojito:

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces of Aplós, or other alcohol free spirit
  • 1 1/2 ounces spiced simple syrup
  • San Pellegrino

Garnish:

  • Sprigs Mint as garnish
  • cinnamon sticks as garnish
  • slices apple as garnish
  • slices lemon as garnish
  • star anise as garnish
  • Ice

Instructions

To make cinnamon simple syrup:

  1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes, or until it begins to thicken.
  3. Remove from heat, strain anise and cinnamon sticks, and pour syrup into a glass jar to cool.
  • For cocktails:
  1. In a cocktail shaker or glass measuring cup, combine the apple cider, lime juice, Aplós, and simple syrup. Mix well.
  2. Garnish glasses by rolling the lip of the glass in the simple syrup and carefully rolling in the salty sugar rim mix.
  3. Add ice to four highball glasses and strain mojitos evenly into each glass. Top with Pellegrino and garnish with apples, arils, and mint leaves.
  4. Serve!

 

 

Enchiladas Verdes

Enchiladas Verdes

Who wants Enchiladas Verdes? If you’ve been following my page for a while, you’ll know that Mexican food is my most favorite food. I know, I know, I say that every time. But it’s true, and there is an excellent reason. If you don’t believe me, make these enchiladas. I promise you’ll understand me then! I need to open a fully vegan Mexican restaurant!

Typically Enchiladas Verdes, Verdes meaning green in Spanish, is made with chicken. But I wanted to do something different and grabbed a pack of Hungry Planet beef instead. From there, everything is precisely the same. They were off the chart amazing! If I had them in a restaurant, I would have complimented the chef! You can find Hungry Planet at a market near you!

I have an excellent store-bought Verdes sauce that I like to use. I grated 3/4 of a pack of Miyoko’s mozzarella for the cheese and then crumbled the rest for garnish. These bad boys were on the table in 35 minutes! If you feel like cooking, then double the recipe and freeze a pan for later! If you decide to do that, set them out. I can’t wait to make them again! If you make them tag me and let me know how you liked them!

Enjoy!


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Enchiladas Verdes

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Description

Ready in 35 minutes these simple and delicious enchiladas are a perfect week night meal!


Ingredients

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  • Garnish:
  • Vegan sour cream
  • Diced Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Crumbled mozzarella

 


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F

  1. In a medium non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, sauté onion until translucent, about 7-8 minutes. If they begin to stick, add 1-2 tablespoons of water.
  2. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and Mexican seasoning.
  4. Add beef and cook until meat has browned about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Taste for seasoning.
  6. Add 1/2 cup mozzarella and stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  7. Add one can of green enchilada sauce to the bottom of a 9×12 baking dish.
  8. Dredge both sides of each shell in the enchilada sauce, and fill with 3-4 tablespoons of filing.
  9. Roll and place each tortilla seam side down in the pan.
  10. Top with the additional can of green sauce.
  11. Top with grated cheese and cover tightly with foil.
  12. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  13. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  14. Garnish with remaining diced onion, red sauce, sour cream, and cilantro.

 

Spicy Red Pepper Rigatoni with Creole Smoked Tempeh

Spicy Red Pepper Rigatoni with Creole Smoked Tempeh

Who doesn’t love pasta? This recipe has been one of my most requested! It is mouth-watering, literally. Just be careful when you’re making the sauce. I kept “testing” it. To make sure it was good, you know? Anyway, I was so full that I only had a couple of bites when I sat down to eat it. The good news? It makes a lot, and the leftovers the next day didn’t disappoint!

I always boil my tempeh. Mostly because I’m not too fond of the slightly bitter flavor and cooking it for about 10 minutes removes all of that acrid taste. I like the Lightlife brand, but I’m not beholden to it. If you have a brand, you prefer then definitely use it.

The creole spice mix is so good and keeps well if you decide to make it. Otherwise, any store-bought creole/cajun spice mix works. If heat isn’t your thing, then skip the red pepper flakes and add black pepper instead.  Be sure to get a good quality rigatoni.  I like to buy my pasta in bulk directly from DeLallo, or the Italian Food Online Store. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe and it becomes a favorite part of your dinner rotation!


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Spicy Red Pepper Rigatoni with Creole Smoked Tempeh

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

  • 12 oz jar roasted red peppers, drained (Reserve 1/3 cup peppers, and thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup béchamel sauce
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated vegan parmesan cheese (plus more for garnish) 

Tempeh:


Instructions

Tempeh: 

  1. Cut tempeh rectangle in half. Cut each square into two triangles.
  2. Add tempeh to skillet with just enough water to cover and simmer for 10 minutes. (Helps to remove the slightly bitter flavor)
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Season each side of the tempeh with Voodoo Magic Creole Spice Mix.
  5. Warm a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil. When the oil is shimmering, add tempeh. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. When golden brown, remove from heat and set aside.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. When oil begins to shimmer, add onions. Sauté until onions become translucent—about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds—season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  2. In a high speed, blender add the béchamel, stock, roasted red peppers, basil, salt, and red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add sauce to the onion mixture. Stir well, and add dried parsley and reserved red peppers, and tempeh. Simmer over medium heat until sauce is warmed through entirely—taste for seasoning.
  4. Cook pasta until al dente (about 6-8 minutes)
  5. Serve in a pasta bowl. Top with vegan parmesan and fresh minced basil. Enjoy!

Notes

I like to use this tempeh.

 

ve 1/3 cup

Crispy Smoky Tofu Bacon

Crispy Smoky Tofu Bacon

Super easy and super yummy!  I use this tofu “bacon” in bowls, on sandwiches, and sometimes, I like to just eat it straight from the pan!  It’s a nice accompaniment to my vegan scramble!  Enjoy!


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Smoky Tofu Bacon

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Description

Super easy and you can skip the pig!   I like this on a BLT!  Be sure to let it get nice and crispy. But be careful, it can burn!


Ingredients

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  • 8 oz pack extra firm tofu, drained, and sliced into 1/8” thick slices
  • 1/4 cup avocado or grape seed oil (or another neutral oil)
  • 2 Tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke*
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. While tofu is draining whisk avocado oil and remaining ingredients to a large shallow baking dish, preferably one that has a lid.   
  2. When tofu is ready cut into 1/8” slices and add to marinade.  Marinade for at least 20 minutes,  or preferably over night.  
  3. Preheat skillet over medium heat.  Add oil to a pan.  When oil is shimmering, add tofu. 
  4. Cook tofu on each side about 6 minutes per side, or until golden brown.  Flip and cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until tofu is crispy and golden brown. Watch carefully in the last minutes of cooking and be careful not to burn as it can go from brown, to burnt, very quickly.

Mediterranean Cucumber Soup with Dill and Walnuts

Mediterranean Cucumber Soup with Dill and Walnuts

Some things are just meant to be together-peanut butter & jelly, socks and shoes, Kurt and Goldie, and cucumbers & Dill. An American mainstay, cucumber seeds were brought to North America by European settlers in the late 16th century. The cucumber, however, is native to India, and at around 3,000 years old, it is one of the world’s oldest cultivars.

Cucumbers belong to the Cucurbitaceae family.  Other members of this family include watermelon, muskmelon, pumpkin, and squash. Some fun cucumber facts:

  • Cucumbers contain 96 percent water.
  • The inside of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than its outside.
  • One-half cup of sliced cucumbers contains only eight calories.
  • Fresh extracts from cucumbers have recently been shown to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

When I was a kid, a cucumber is what my mom diced up and put on a salad. Since then, I’ve used them as crudités, made pickles out ’em, and I love them as under-eye pads for puffy eyes. But until now, I’ve never had them as the main star of a soup! You can also use them (in no particular order) to:

  • Got a slug or grub problem? Dice cucumbers and put them on an aluminum pan in the garden. The aluminum reacts with the cucumber and gives off a scent they don’t care for.
  • For their fiber and water, which helps fight constipation.
  • Got some funky bugs? They contain erepsin, an enzyme, which is known to kill tapeworms.
  • As a hangover cure because they have enough B vitamins, electrolytes, and sugar to replenish essential nutrients that alcohol absorbs from your body.
  • Reducing cellulite. Applying slices directly to the skin allows phytochemicals in cucumbers to tighten collagen for a firm complexion.
  • Grow long, beautiful hair. Cucumber juice provides silicon, sodium, calcium, sulfur, etc., all of which are nutrients needed for hair growth and hair strengthening.
  • Got a toddler? They can even remove crayons, markers, and pen marks on walls.

The other main ingredient in the soup is our friend, Dill. Dill, as we all know, is an herb. But did you know that it has health benefits that are almost too many to name? Dill is packed with flavonoids, which have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. But that’s not the only reason Dill is thought to improve heart health. Research on animals shows that Dill can also reduce LDL cholesterol levels. Thank you, WebMD! Dill also:

  • Can help regulates Diabetes– The presence of bioactive ingredient Eugenol in dill leaves has potent anti-diabetic properties, which play a crucial role in alleviating the blood sugar levels within the body.
  • Promotes Digestion.
  • Fortifies Bone Health.
  • Prevents Infections.
  • Remedies Insomnia

Add in some heart-healthy walnuts and friends. This soup might be a magic elixir, the proverbial unicorn of soups! With roots in eastern Europe, this Mediterranean “çorba” (Turkish for soup) is similar to the Turkish Casik, which uses yogurt as its base. I tried various versions of this, and I settled on this version. I loved the addition of red pepper flakes and tarragon! If you make it, tag me and let me know how you liked it!


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Mediterranean Cucumber Soup with Dill and Walnuts

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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  • 1 large European (traditional) cucumber, or 3 small Persian cucumbers, small diced
  • 2 cups plain vegan greek style yogurt (I used Kite Hill)
  • 1 cup ice cold water
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 small scallions, trimmed and diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2/3 cup shelled walnuts, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Place a colander in a sink or over a bowl, add cucumbers and salt. Stir well, and let sit for about 15 minutes.
  2. Whisk olive oil, yogurt, and lime juice together until smooth.
  3. Gradually whisk in water until you achieve the desired consistency.
  4. In a mortar or a bowl, grind garlic clove with a pinch of salt into a paste.
  5. Add garlic, cucumbers, scallions, walnuts, and spices. Mix thoroughly.
  6. This step is optional, but you can add one ice cube to each bowl and then ladle the soup on top.
  7. Garnish each bowl with chopped parsley, one thin slice of lime, red pepper flakes, sliced red onion, olive oil, and walnuts.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Japanese cucumbers would also work.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 134 calories

Keywords: Vegan Soup, cucumber soup

Pan-Seared Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

Pan-Seared Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

I’ll be honest. I am not a fan of cauliflower. To me, it’s the bottom rung on the ladder of cruciferous vegetables. I despise cauliflower rice, and raw cauliflower gags me. But one evening, a chef friend of mine made me a cauliflower steak for dinner. Ever gracious, I took a deep breath and a steak knife and took my first bite. Well, I guess the rest is history, as they say since I’m writing a recipe for cauliflower steaks! 

I chose to pan-sear the steaks to get that nice brown crust, and then I finished them off in the oven to speed up the cooking process. I also used safflower oil to cook with since it has a high smoke point of 501°, to be exact. Olive oil has a medium smoke point cannot be heated past 405°. Fat begins to break when heated past its smoking point, releasing free radicals and a substance called acrolein, the chemical that gives burnt foods their acrid flavor and aroma. Think watering eyes, a stinky kitchen, and bitter, scorched food.

The critical thing to note in this recipe is how to stem and cut the cauliflower. I found that removing the outer green leaves and most but not all of the stem is crucial. Trim off the bottom of the cauliflower stem but make sure to keep the core intact. I find that one large head of cauliflower makes about three 1 1/2 ” steaks. To ensure flat sides, I trim the outer edges of the cauliflower on each side-taking off about an inch and a half. Slice carefully. 

If you make the steaks be sure to tag me and let me know how you like them! Enjoy!

 


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Pan-Seared Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 Steaks 1x

Description

This cauliflower steak is so flavorful and quite filling!  Be sure to buy a large head to ensure decent size steaks.  And using Montreal steak seasoning is a perfect way to spice them up!  You can top with a variety of roasted vegetables and creamy mild tasting white beans for protein!


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Heat a cast-iron skillet or other oven-safe, heavy bottom frying pan over medium-high heat. When warm add, two tablespoons of safflower oil. 
  3. Brush each side of the cauliflower steaks with oil and sprinkle with Montreal seasoning.
  4. Carefully add steaks to a frying pan and sear each side until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  5. When steaks are golden brown, remove the pan from the heat put directly in the oven for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until fork tender. 
  6. Carefully remove pan from oven.  Plate cauliflower steaks and drizzle with chimichurri sauce.
  7. Serve immediately.

Notes

*This oil is high in vitamin E; one tablespoon contains 28% of a person’s daily recommended intake of the nutrient. It has a high smoke point and doesn’t have a strong flavor, which means it won’t overwhelm a dish.

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri Sauce

This delicious herb-based sauce comes from the Argentinian/Uruguay areas of South America. Chimichurri is often served as an accompaniment to asados or grilled meats. It also makes a great marinade, and it’s perfect as a drizzle on my Smoky Cauliflower Steaks! 

This sauce is one of my go-to’s for a variety of Buddha Bowls. It’s also great to use as an oil-based marinade. The longer it sits, the better it is, so I recommend making it a few days before you want to use it for the best flavor. It keeps well in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. 


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Chimichurri Sauce

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x

Description

You can use this delicious Argentinian-based sauce in a variety of ways! You can use it as a marinade for tofu or as a drizzle on your Buddha Bowls or roasted veggies! I do not blend all ingredients in a food processor, or blender like many recipes do. You don’t want a paste-like pesto. You want a loosely packed oil with herbs.


Ingredients

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  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups flat-leaf Italian parsley, minced
  • 1 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • Grated zest of one lemon, and the juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or two small chilies, seeded & minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine shallot, chiles or cayenne, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, and 1 tsp. salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in minced cilantro and parsley.  Add oregano.
  4. Using a fork, gradually whisk in oil.
  5. Transfer Chimichurri to a small bowl; season with salt.

Beetroot Salad with Cilantro & Cumin

Beetroot Salad with Cilantro & Cumin

When I was a kid, I wouldn’t say I liked beets. As an adult, I was determined to make nice. And I’m so glad I did. They are not only delicious, but they are also super healthy. Rich in folate (Vitamin B9), they help the body make red blood cells. Like Anthocyanins in red grapes and Beta Carotene in carrots, beets contain Betalains which are unique nitrogen-containing pigments and are cancer and heart protective.

This recipe makes a great salad year-round! It makes a lovely addition to a holiday table, and it’s a delicious and easy salad to make in the summer. I PROCESS MY BEETS IN THE PRESSURE COOKER because I’m not particularly eager to turn on the oven in the summer. But you can use an oven just the same. Typically, I don’t boil them because they lose their deep red color. If you choose to boil them, leave about one inch of stem intact to help minimize color loss while cooking,

If you want to really jazz it up you can use half red and half golden beets.  It is also yummy with chopped pistachios and vegan feta!

If you make the salad, tag me let me know how you liked it!


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