Tarragon Chickpea Salad with Riced Broccoli and Cauliflower

Tarragon Chickpea Salad with Riced Broccoli and Cauliflower

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Michael Greger, MD, at a conference here in St. Louis. I had read his book, “How Not to Die,” and was delighted to hear him speak. One of the biggest takeaways was learning about a sulfur-rich compound called sulforaphane. Found in certain cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, sulforaphane is a powerful antioxidant that cancels out free radicals in the body and protects your DNA. 

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It has also been shown to reduce certain toxins, reduce inflammation, and provide protection from cancer, specifically breast cancer stem cells. It also protects against blood vessel damage in people with diabetes and lowers the levels of fat found in our blood. 

The thing about sulforaphane is that it must be developed before being eaten. The easiest way to do that is to cut up your broccoli and let it sit for at least a half-hour before eating.

Chopping and exposing broccoli to the air allows it to activate the enzyme to promote sulforaphane. And if you’re not used to getting a lot of fiber in your diet, cutting up the broccoli and cauliflower makes it a bit easier to digest!

This dish is best served cold. It can easily be made the day before and it holds up quite well!  It would also be a perfect dish for your Memorial Day weekend! As always tag me and let me know how you liked it!

XO,

Steph


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Tarragon Chickpea Salad with Riced Broccoli and Cauliflower

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and flavor, this salad is a delicious way to get all of your nutrients and would be the perfect item to bring to a summer gathering!


Ingredients

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Ingredients

Salad:

  • 12 ounces small broccoli florets (about 5 cups)
  • 6 ounces cauliflower florets
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 cup soaked cashews, drained or rinsed (or boiled for 10 minutes and rinsed) See Note
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 large fresh tarragon leaves, minced 
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, minced

Dressing

  • 1 ripe avocado, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 zucchini, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp dried tarragon (optional, but recommended)
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper 

Instructions

Dressing:

  1. Make the dressing first and refrigerate. 
  2. Soak cashews overnight or boil for 10 minutes to soften. Drain and rinse.
  3. Add all ingredients, including cashews, to a blender and mix well. If the dressing is too thick, you can add about 2 tablespoons of water at a time until it thins to your preference.   Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed.

Salad:

  1. Divide broccoli in half, and pulse each half until broccoli resembles small rice grains. Note –  you do not want to pulse it all at once because you risk turning some of your broccoli into a paste.
  2. Repeat with cauliflower.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add broccoli, cauliflower, and tarragon.  Mix well. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.   Add dressing, mixing well—taste for seasoning. Adjust if necessary.   

This dish is best served cold. The dressing or the entire salad can easily be made the day before.  Don’t worry about the vegetables softening. It holds up quite nicely!  


Notes

Cashews need to be softened.  You can either soak them overnight or boil them on the stovetop for about 10 minutes or until cashews float to the top of the water.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup

 

 

BBQ Tofu Bowl

BBQ Tofu Bowl

This bowl is a family favorite! I love the tofu cutlets, and the BBQ makes it sooooo good! Feel free to use whatever veggies you have on hand. The great thing about a bowl is that there is no wrong way to make it! I love the Southwest flair this dish has, and it makes a perfect weeknight dish!

You can make the cilantro lime rice ahead of time, and it helps when you have several things cooking at once. I used a smoky-sweet Kansas City-style BBQ sauce, but again, it’s your preference! This dish would also be great with coleslaw instead of rice! You could also go Korean style with some Gochujang, black rice, and baked cauliflower! The possibilities are endless!

As always, tag me if you make it and let me know how you liked it!  

XOXO,

Steph 


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BBQ Tofu Bowl

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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Marinade:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Montreal Spice Mix

Tofu:

  • 1 package of extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 2 cups of cilantro lime rice
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ Sauce 

Beans:

  • 1 (15 oz) can Pinto beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper

Broccoli:

  • 1 head of organic broccoli
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of sea salt

 


Instructions

Marinade: 

 

  1.  Place the soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and Montreal Seasoning in a blender. 
  2.  Blend at high speed for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.

Bowl:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2.  When tofu is pressed, pat dry and lay flat. Cut tofu in half widthwise. Cut each piece in half again, and repeat once more until you have eight rectangles. 
  3.  Place tofu in a non-reactive, preferably glass pan or bowl with a lid. Add marinade and coat well.
  4. Refrigerate. 
  5. Allow tofu to marinate for at least 30 minutes, (up to 4 hours). 
  6. While tofu is marinating, make your Rice. * (See note) 
  7. When rice is done, warm a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is warm, add 2 tsp of olive oil. 
  8. When oil is shimming, add tofu and any marinade that is left over. Pan sear tofu until browned on each side. About 2-3 minutes per side. 
  9. When browned, remove the tofu and add to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush one side of the tofu with BBQ sauce and bake for 3-4 minutes. Remove from oven, flip tofu, brush the other side. Return to oven for 3-4 more minutes. 
  10. While tofu is in the oven, in a medium-size saucepan, add drained and rinsed pinto beans, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper each, 1/2 cup vegetable stock, and 1 tsp of cumin. Cook over medium heat until warmed through. 
  11. While beans are simmering, add broccoli to the same skillet you used to cook the tofu. Do not clean the pan first.  You want the brown bits on the bottom of the pan.  Cook broccoli with 3 Tbsp of water, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and sea salt, over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes until bright and lightly browned.  
  12. Remove tofu from the oven and lightly brush each side with more BBQ Sauce.
  13. Assemble bowl, Rice first, Broccoli, Beans, and add Tofu to Rice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Notes

*To save time, make rice ahead of time.   

Smoky Poblano Corn Dip

Smoky Poblano Corn Dip

Are you looking for an easy Easter appetizer? Well, who doesn’t love a good dip? Admittedly, it’s one of my guilty pleasures! And this recipe is the first to come to mind! I love all things dip, hummus, queso, cream cheese, my vegan peppercorn ranch, but I especially love this Smoky Poblano Corn Dip! It’s delicious, gorgeous, and will be a hit even among your non-vegan friends and family.

I like to set it out and watch people gobble it up. They will often ask who made the corn dip and when they find out it was me, they are always amazed that it is 100% vegan!

I typically use poblano peppers for mine, but you can use anaheim or hatch peppers. And for reasons of sustainability, I also use Follow Your Heart because it contains no palm oil. I use R.W. Garcia chips because they are yummy, the family has a great story, their products are organic/non-GMO, and they are a sustainable climate pledge-friendly company.

As always, tag me and let me know how you like it!

XO,

Steph


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Smoky Poblano Corn Dip

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 22 minutes

Description

A super yummy appetizer that will leave you wanting more!  You can easily use frozen organic corn in place of corn cobs.  I don’t recommend canned corn because it’s usually very high in sodium, it has a metallic taste, and it’s not fresh! Trust me on this one!


Ingredients

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  • 4 poblano, Anaheim, or hatch peppers
  • 4 ears of corn, husks removed cut in half (about 2 cups)
  • 5 scallions, green part only, thinly sliced on the bias (reserve 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili lime seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce (I use Frank’s Redhot)
  • 8 ounces of vegan sour cream* (I use Follow Your Heart)
  • 8 ounces of vegan cream cheese (I like Kite Hill’s Garden Veggie)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt & pepper
  • ¼ cup minced organic cilantro, garnish
  • Organic corn chips for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  1. On a prepared baking sheet, add the poblano peppers and roast for about 5 minutes, occasionally rotating until all sides are charred. Immediately place them in a medium bowl and cover them tightly with plastic wrap.
  2. Warm a medium-size non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When ready, add corn. Toast the corn cobs for about 10 minutes (2 1/2 minutes per side), allowing half of the kernels to get charred. Allow them to cool enough to handle, then cut the kernels off the cob with a sharp knife, place them in a large mixing bowl. (In a separate small bowl, reserve 1 tablespoon of corn for garnish)
  3. Preheat oven to 450°F degrees.
  4. When the poblanos have cooled, remove the stems, skin, seeds, and veins.   Then chop them into ¼ inch pieces—Reserve 2 tablespoons of peppers for garnish and mince. Add to the small bowl of corn garnish. Then add the remaining peppers to the large mixing bowl of corn.
  5. To the corn pepper mixture, add scallions, garlic, lime juice, chili lime seasoning, paprika, hot sauce, sour cream, softened cream cheese, and salt and pepper, mix well.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or a 2-quart baking dish, and bake at 450 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove when it is hot and bubbling around the edges of the pan.
  7. Top with additional scallions, cilantro, corn poblano garnish, and a dash or two of smoked paprika. Serve with corn chips.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

*I use “Follow Your Heart” because it contains no palm oil.

 

Vegan Crab Cakes with Creole Ravigote

Vegan Crab Cakes with Creole Ravigote
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? I certainly do. It’s one of my favorite places on earth. It is the only place that I know of in the US with its own unique music, dialect, food, and cultural traditions like Mardi Gras that define the city. In fact, I wish I were in New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year.
 
It’s also a town that I happily eat my way through. Before becoming a vegan, I had a list of places to go and food to eat. Commander’s, Tujague’s, Antoine’s, Cafe Maspero, anywhere for a little Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie, and a Filé Gumbo!   I’ve been able to replicate many of my favorite dishes except for one.
 
The last time I was there I had the best vegan crab cakes!  Made from Heart of Palm instead of crab meat they were absolutely delectable!  They were flakey, moist, and full of flavor. 
 

The problem with hearts of palm.

Harvesting the “heart of palm” kills most palms. So wild harvesting can be very damaging if done on a widespread basis. The hearts of palm that I buy is the “Native Forest” brand. Here is a quote from their website—”Here we rely upon the Euterpe precatoria, or huasaí palm tree, which grows profusely throughout this vast Amazonian rainforest.

Long-term leases secure approximately 240,000 acres of pristine native forest for the wild hearts of palm ecological project, thereby protecting the land from any rain forest-destructive development. In addition to preserving the region’s ecology, this project brings needed employment to those who live deep in the Amazon basin, providing them the opportunity to work closer to their families and their ancestral homes.”

But not all brands are as conscientious as Native Forest, and it’s best to check. The  Environmental Working Group’s page is an excellent resource for studying everything from sustainability to child labor and products that contain pesticides, GMOs, etc.

So back to the recipe! The hearts of palm are a perfect replacement for crab meat. These little gems are crispy on the outside and flaky and moist inside. My mother-in-law (who is not vegan) was utterly blown away! You can pan-fry, air fry or oven fry them, whatever your preference. Just be sure to heat your oven to the lowest setting and add them to the range to keep them warm.  Serve with a side of corn maque choux and enjoy! 


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Vegan Crab Cakes with Creole Ravigote

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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CRAB CAKES

  • 1 14-oz can chickpeas (reserve bean juice, aka aquafaba)
  • 1 14-oz cans hearts of palm, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • ½ sizeable red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin
  • ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Creole (can also use spicy brown) mustard
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs + ½ cup more for coating
  • Salt and pepper

CREOLE RAVIGOTE

  • 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of capers, chopped
  • 1 cup of fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon each of dried parsley, chervil, and tarragon 
  • 1 tablespoon Creole mustard or coarse ground spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon of shallots, finely chopped
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the chickpeas in a food processor and pulse. Don’t over process just enough to break them down.  Remove from food processor and set aside.
  2. Repeat process with hearts of palm. You want a crab-like texture. Do not over-process.  Remove and set aside.
  3. Dice jalapenos.
  4. Add chickpeas, hearts of palm, and jalapeños to a large bowl.  Add celery, bell pepper, and scallions.  Mix well to combine.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of the reserved chickpea liquid until foaming – this will take a few minutes. Add all remaining ingredients except bread crumbs. Stir well to combine.
  6. Add liquid mixture to crab cake mixture and mix well. You may need to use your hands.  Add breadcrumbs and season with salt and pepper. 
  7. On a lined baking sheet, form the mixture into 2” balls and flatten with a spatula or your hand.
  8. Chill cakes, uncovered, for ½ hour to help set.
  9. Place the remaining ½ cup of panko in a shallow dish.
  10. Coat each cake with the remaining panko.  Lightly brush with remaining aquafaba. 
  11. Heat an oil-coated skillet on medium-high heat.
  12. Lightly pan fry for 3 minutes on each side. (You can also air fry for 10 minutes at 400°).
  13. Do this with the remaining mixture. I usually fit 4-5 patties on the skillet at a time. When they are cooked, transfer them to a plate covered with a paper towel.
  14. Serve with a dollop of the Ravigote. lemon wedge, and fresh greens.

CREOLE RAVIGOTE

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If you’re like me and you like your Ravigote sauce extra spicy, you can add cayenne pepper to taste.

Notes

Makes 10-12 medium size crab cakes. 

 

Blue Corn Tortillas

Blue Corn Tortillas

This is a super easy recipe for making corn tortillas! I like the blue corn masa harina because it contains 20% more protein than its white corn counterparts. It is also gluten-free and has less starch and a lower glycemic index (GI) than white or yellow corn. Like blueberries, blue corn contains naturally occurring anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is the pigment that makes a plant or grain blue, red, purple, or black. These richly colored foods are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties!

Once you make homemade tortillas, I promise you’ll never want to use storebought tortillas again! You can use masa harina for making tortillas, tamales, gorditas, corn chips, enchiladas and sopes! You don’t need a tortilla press, but they are super handy, especially if you’re like me and use a lot of tortillas. You will want to buy one.

It is essential to follow these directions implicitly. While the ingredients are simple, the process is precise. A few things to note– do not press the tortilla too hard, or it will smear. And remove the parchment from the tortilla and not the tortilla from the parchment. This prevents the tortilla from tearing. I typically remove the top sheet of parchment, place the dough side down on the comal, and carefully remove the second sheet. If the dough sticks to the parchment, spray with a tiny bit of oil.

Enjoy!


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Blue Corn Tortillas

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 tortillas

Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Warm a cast-iron skillet or a comal over medium heat. Prepare a clean kitchen towel to wrap tortillas to keep them warm and cut 2 10×10-inch sheets of parchment paper.
  2. Add masa to a medium-size bowl and, using your fingers, add just enough water until well combined.*  (See note).
  3. Knead the dough well (about 5 minutes) and roll into a large ball. Cut it in half lengthwise. Cut each dough half in half lengthwise once more. Finally, cut each half in half widthwise a final time, so you have 8 small pieces of dough.
  4. Roll each piece of dough into a ball, place it on a plate, and cover with a clean towel to prevent drying.
  5. Place each ball between the two sheets of parchment and press into a flat disk. Using either a tortilla press or a heavy baking dish, press dough into a 6″ tortilla.
  6. Gently remove parchment from each side of the tortilla, place it carefully on the hot skillet/comal, cook for about 40-45 seconds, then flip it up and cook for another 45 seconds.
  7. Flip tortilla again and cook for another 15-20 seconds or until it begins to puff. ** (See note).
  8. Place tortilla between a kitchen towel to keep it warm. Repeat the steps with the remaining dough.

Notes

*If the dough is too sticky, add just a little masa until it no longer sticks to your fingers.  If it is too crumbly, add just enough water to form a solid dough so that it sticks together when firmly pressed.

** If the tortillas do not rise, you have not kneaded the dough well enough.

Keywords: Blue corn tortillas, masa, blue masa, tortillas

 

Smoked Cauliflower & Oyster Mushroom Tacos

Smoked Cauliflower & Oyster Mushroom Tacos

I love tacos. And I’m pretty confident before I die, I will have made them in every possible way. Honestly, I could eat a taco variety every day and never be tired of them. And these tacos are my new favorite. I recently discovered the versatility of oyster mushrooms and decided that they would make an excellent filling choice for my next taco venture.

The word taco comes from the Nahuatl (Aztec) word ‘tlahco,’ which means “half or in the middle,” referring to how it is formed. It is believed that the origin of the taco started in Mexican silver mines in the late 19th century. To mine the silver, Miners added gunpowder to paper which was then folded in half and inserted into rocks before detonation. Taco de minero literally translates into “miner’s tacos.” The tacos then were very different from tacos today. Typically they were made using a soft corn tortilla filled with fish or organ meat. Nowadays, there are dozens and dozens of taco varieties.

I used smoked paprika and an ancho chili powder to get a smoky cauliflower taste without pulling out the smoker. I thought the ancho chili powder would pair well with its daddy, the poblano. Made from dried poblano chilies, ancho chili powder is quite different from regular chili powder, usually, some form of a dried chili cut with cumin, oregano, and paprika. You could also obtain the same smokiness by using chipotle powder, but because it packs some heat, you need to cut the ingredient amount by half.

I have included the recipe for my blue corn tortillas. The only thing that I love more than a taco is a good tortilla. If you’ve never made them before, fear not. They couldn’t be easier to make! Only two ingredients, the key is a good masa flour, and to use only enough water to create a dough. I have a tortilla press because I generally always make my tortillas. But you don’t need a press. You only need something heavy to press them with, like a heavy baking dish.  I promise once you start making your own tortillas you’ll never go back to store-bought again.

As always, tag me and let me know how you like them!

XO,

Steph


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Smoked Cauliflower & Oyster Mushroom Tacos

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 Tacos 1x
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 12 oz cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 68 ounces oyster mushrooms, thinly sliced (I pull mine apart)
  • 1 large or two small poblano peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 8 (6-inch) crisp corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Vegan cojita cheese (Violife’s feta works too!)
  • Green onions, for garnish
  • Salsa verde

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, toss the cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, red pepper flakes, and a generous pinch of salt. Spread the cauliflower on a lined baking sheet, and bake for 25 minutes, or until crispy.
  3. While cauliflower is roasting, warm a large skillet over medium heat and add onion, poblanos, and broth. Sauté until onions and peppers are tender and lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds, or until the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Add 1/2 cup salsa verde to mushroom/pepper mix and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove mixture from the heat and add lime juice. Adjust the seasonings as desired.
  5. While mushrooms are cooking, warm a comal or skillet over medium-high heat. Cook each tortilla until lightly browned on each side. (To keep warm, cover cooked tortillas with a clean dishcloth)
  6. To build each taco, add mushroom mixture, and top with roasted cauliflower to a tortilla.  Garnish with cilantro, salsa verde, green onions, and vegan cojita.
  7. Enjoy!

Keywords: Vegan tacos, mushroom tacos

 

 

Beet & Tahini Superfood Dressing

Beet & Tahini Superfood Dressing

With the dull grey skies of winter abound, what better way to color your world than with vibrant, nourishing superfoods! I love winter for many reasons. I love hiking, skiing, running, and eating hearty winter soups, stews, and salads. Yes! Raw salads loaded with bright, delicious, vibrant vegetables, fresh herbs, seeds, nuts, and sprouts! I love shaved Brussels sprouts and purple cabbage. Bite-sized crowns of golden and purple broccoli, multicolored carrots, mixed with a variety of dark leafy greens…does it get any better? Add some fermented vegetables and hemp seeds, and baby I’m yours!

But a big salad needs a big dressing. I wanted it to pack a punch and be as colorful and nutritious! After working out a few recipes, I finally decided on this Beet and Tahini dressing! This match made in heaven dressing is an instant love connection and the perfect accompaniment for my winter “veg fest” salad! Suffering from a little seasonal affected disorder?  Adding some dark leafy greens like kale or rainbow chard to your diet has been shown to decrease the winter blues!

I always keep Cleveland Kitchen’s Beet Red Raw Gut Saurkraut on hand. It is delicious, and I use it on salads, tacos, Buddha bowls, and sometimes I eat it directly out of the bag! It also makes the best salad dressing. It is so good for you with fermented red cabbage, beets, and carrots! Did you know that eating fermented foods can also boost beneficial gut bacteria and improve digestion?

No worries, if you don’t have the kraut, add some shredded carrots, a little red wine vinegar, and a roasted beet to the blender and blend away! I also added a tablespoon of beet juice powder. Again, no worries if you don’t have it. I love it for so many reasons (it’s a great food coloring) but mostly because I wanted the added nutrition! Beet Roots Juice is a highly concentrated powder that boosts brainpower, improves athletic performance, fights inflammation, and supports liver health…the list goes on and on!

 

I also added ashwagandha to my dressing because, well, I add it to everything! If you don’t know it, ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub in the Solanaceae or nightshade family that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. It is used for improving blood sugar, reducing inflammation, boosting mood, improving memory, and reducing stress and anxiety!

It keeps well in the fridge, and it works quite well over roasted vegetables and white beans, too! You can even add a little stock and make soup out of it, or add some chickpeas and turn it into hummus! If you make it let me know!
Stay warm,
XO-
Steph

 


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Beet & Tahin Superfood Dressing

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes (if cooking beets)
  • Total Time: 35
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

I love this recipe!  It’s nutritionally dense and gut healthy! You can double the recipe and freeze the half you don’t use!


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup of shredded red beet slaw or 1 medium beet, washed, peeled, roasted, and shredded, and 1/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tablespoon of beet juice powder (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon ashwagandha, (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced herbs (I used chervil and oregano)
  • 1 small shallot, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup water (add more depending on consistency)

Instructions

  1. If using a whole beet instead of the fermented slaw, wash and trim the beet. Rub in olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Place in aluminum foil and roast at 425°F for 45 minutes, or boil on the stovetop until fork-tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Let cool and add 1/3 cup shredded carrots and a teaspoon of red wine vinegar.
  3. Add all ingredients to blender and blitz well until blended.
  4. Taste for seasoning.
  5. Store in an air-tight container for up two 7 days in the refrigerator.

St. Louis Style Ravioli with a Garlic Basil Fondue

St. Louis Style Ravioli with a Garlic Basil Fondue

Sometimes recipes write themselves. And if recipes were writers, this, my friend, is a Nobel laureate! Well…maybe it isn’t serving the greatest benefit to all of humankind, but it’s definitely a tasty benefit to your taste buds! And it might be something new for you. I love toasted ravioli. It was one of my guilty pleasures, especially on a football Sunday, it was also created here in my hometown, or so the story goes.

A little taste of midwestern Americana, most accounts of toasted ravioli trace its origins to The Hill, a predominantly Italian-American neighborhood in South St. Louis. Supposedly, a guy named Chef Fritz accidentally dropped a ravioli into the fryer at the legendary Mama Campisi’s. “Mickey Garagiola, older brother of Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Joe Garagiola, was actually at the bar during the mishap and was the first to witness and taste the accidental treat. Other people have tried to take credit, but being a passionate Cardinal fan, I’m going with the Garagiola’s on this one! 

Traditionally toasted rav’s are served with a tomato meat sauce for dipping. And if you’ve never had them, I highly recommend eating them that way at some point. However, we will lightly pan fry them for this recipe and drop them right into a decadent creamy, cheesy fondue and finish them in the oven.

The fondue is also a treat to be savored! An apres-ski pleasure in the Alps, Swiss fondue is essentially a mixture of cheese, wine, and flour. You can use it as a sauce over pasta, a dip for veggies, and of course, as a base for these yummy ravioli. So whether you’re congregating after a day on the mountain with friends or just looking for a rich, velvety cheese sauce that cannot be matched, this recipe is for you. Oh, and don’t forget to top it with your favorite vegan parmesan!

XO,

Steph


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St. Louis Style Ravioli with a Garlic Basil Fondue

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x

Description

So yummy and easy to make, these toasted ravioli can be served with a simple marinara, or dressed up and served in a creamy cheesy fondue!  Make sure you use an oil with a high smoke point (over 400°F.) meant for frying.


Ingredients

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Ravioli:

  • 1 (12 oz) pack of Nasoya Vegan Won Ton Wraps *see note
  • 1 package of vegan plant-based Italian sausage (I only use Hungry Planet) **see note
  • 1 package of vegan mozzarella, crumbled into 1″ pieces (I like Miyoko’s)  ***see note
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk
  • 2 tablespoons of egg replacer (I like Just Egg, but you can also use aquafaba)
  • 3 cups frying oil (I use safflower oil–510°F, or peanut oil–450°F)

Fondue:

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (for non-alcohol, 1/4 cup white wine vinegar to 1/4 cup water)
  • 1 clove garlic, whole peeled
  • 3 cups vegan white cheese I used Violife feta, Daiya Farmhouse (block) Jalapeno, and Miyoko’s mozzarella (vegan parm and nutritional yeast would work well too)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoons Kirsch (or cherry juice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice (if using vinegar in place of wine, skip the lemon juice)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, 2 teaspoons if using fresh
  • Dash of paprika
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch

Instructions

I like to make the fondue first. You can assemble the ravioli in advance, but if not eating them the day of, put them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place them in the freezer.

Fondue:

  1. Rub the inside of an enameled cast-iron casserole with the garlic clove; discard the garlic.
  2. Combine the grated cheeses with the wine and tapioca starch.
  3. Add lemon juice, basil, paprika, and garlic powder to the pot and cook over moderate heat, occasionally stirring until the cheeses melt about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the kirsch, vegetable stock, and a generous pinch each of pepper and nutmeg and cook, stirring gently, until creamy and smooth, about 10 minutes; don’t overcook the fondue, or it will get stringy. Remove from heat.
  5. Turn on the oven. Set to broil.

Ravioli:

  1. Warm a medium-size nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and 1/4 water. Saute onions until they soften and become translucent (about 8 minutes).
  2. Add garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  3. Add sausage, oregano, and salt/pepper. Saute until the sausage begins to brown if ingredients start to stick at 1-2 tablespoons of water.
  4. Add mozzarella cheese and stir until melted.
  5. Remove from heat and set mixture aside.

Assemble:

TOOLS–(Pastry brush, a small bowl of water. A ravioli cutter is helpful but optional)

  1. To assemble ravioli, lay half the won ton wrappers on a flat dry surface. (Make sure you only have one).
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of filling to the middle of each won ton wrap.
  3. Dip a pastry brush into water and lightly brush the perimeter of the won ton wrapper.
  4. Using the other half of the wraps, brush one side of the wrap with a small amount of water and lay the wet side down directly on top of the meat-filled wrap. Repeat until all 24 are sealed. I like to start at the top and work my way around sealing the edges with my fingers. You can apply slight pressure to the middle and press down around the filling. Take a little water and smooth it down with your finger if it tears. Make sure they are sealed well. If using a ravioli cutter, press down until ravioli is cut and well sealed. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Combine milk and egg sub in a small bowl. Place breadcrumbs in a pie pan or shallow bottomed bowl. Dip ravioli in milk mixture and coat with breadcrumbs.
  6. In a large, heavy pan, pour oil to a depth of 2 inches. Heat oil over medium heat until a small amount of breading sizzles and turns brown. Fry ravioli a few at a time, 1 minute on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Baking:

  1. To a medium casserole dish, add fondue and place ravioli on top. Spoon fondue sauce onto ravioli to coat. If the sauce is too thick, add 1/4 cup of water or vegetable stock to thin.
  2. Place in oven and bake until fondue is bubbly and slightly browned. About 2-3 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese and basil!
  4. To serve, place ravioli on a plate and drizzle with fondue. Top with parsley and additional parmesan.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes

*One pack of won ton wrappers makes 24 ravioli.

**I’ve tried a half dozen or so plant-based sausages, and nothing compares to the flavor and texture of Hungry Planet.  It also has a whopping 17g of protein and zero fat!

***I like whole block vegan cheeses.  I’m not too fond of shredded cheeses because of the taste.  The anti-caking ingredients give it a strange flavor.

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.