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.

Italian Sausage Pizza with Garlic White Sauce & Caramelized Onion

Italian Sausage Pizza with Garlic White Sauce & Caramelized Onion
Who doesn’t love a good pizza? As a vegan, though, we are often left out in the cold with a pizza with no cheese. In fact, I’m pretty sure cheese is the only reason most people eat pizza! If you’re like me, store-bought cheeses are out of the question. They’re usually off in texture, or there’s something funky about the flavor.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some decent options these days, but they’re usually costly and leave me wondering about better options.
Without ado, I present the better option— This creamy garlic cashew sauce. It could not be easier to make, and I promise you will never miss cheese on a pizza again. Promise. I simply made it of cashews, filtered water, garlic and onion powder, oregano, salt, and nutritional yeast. The sheer simplicity of the sauce makes it a favorite of mine. Not to mention the ease with which it comes together. Throw it all in a blender and hit go. I have a high-powered Vitamix, and it takes me a solid minute or so to blend. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, I recommend boiling the cashews for 10-15 minutes and then rinse and blend.
Hungry Planet makes a mean Italian sausage that cooks up quickly and tastes fantastic. However, I have to be careful not to eat it all before adding it to my pizza! You don’t want to overcook it! So I brown it over medium heat for just a few minutes (3-5) until it gets a bit brown. And then I finish cooking it in the oven.
The caramelized onions add a natural sweetness and pair perfectly with the spicy Italian sausage. The key to good caramelization is the “Low and Slow” motto. Also, I never use oil, only water, and salt, when I caramelize. You won’t let the onions, which are very high in water content, release their water, just not too much, too fast. If the onions begin to stick, add a tablespoon or two of water.
The other key to a good pizza is the crust, of course. If you are a purist and like baking, then making your crust is the way to go. I wouldn’t say I enjoy baking and found an excellent store-bought crust that I love.
If you make this, drop me a line and let me know how you liked it!

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Italian Sausage Pizza with Garlic White Sauce & Caramelized Onion

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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Garlic White Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews* (see note)
  • 8 oz filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt

Caramelized Onions

  • 2 medium-size sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • water

Pizza


Instructions

  1. If you have a Vitamix or other high-powered blender, add all white sauce ingredients and blend well until smooth.  Set aside.
  2. Add sliced onion to a large skill and cook over medium-low heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt, continue cooking until softened and browned for about 15 minutes. If the onions begin to stick, add water one tablespoon at a time until they release. Remove onions from the pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, add Italian sausage and cook over medium heat until slightly browned about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add approximately 1 cup of sauce to each crust, top with onions and Italian sausage. I also added a tablespoon of red pepper flakes to add a little heat.
  5. Bake at 400° for about 12-15 minutes.
  6. Let cool and slice.

Notes

**If you do not have a high speed blender, soak your cashews overnight, or boil for 10-15 minutes.

 

 

Sausage Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Spicy Cashew Queso

Sausage Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Spicy Cashew Queso

When I was a kid in the early ’80s, my parents used to take my brother and me to a Mexican restaurant in Kansas City called Manny’s. This restaurant helped form my palate as a child, with rich spices, flavorful and savory foods. It’s on my bucket list next time I go home! First, though, I always call ahead and speak with the chef about vegan options. It’s easier for everyone when a restaurant has a heads-up. You’re also guaranteed a much better dish when they’ve had a minute to think. 

Fortunately, back then, my dad spoke pretty good Spanish, so we could successfully order! I think now they have English speaking service, but back then…! I’m pretty confident my love for Mexican food comes from these early memories. One of my favorite dishes was the Chili Relleno. I loved them. This recipe isn’t quite that, mainly because Relleno’s are stuffed with gooey cheese, beef, and then deep-fried.

Thankfully, the world of plant-based meats has come a long way, baby. The options are endless these days, and most of them are good. They are also very expensive and can easily be replaced with our good friend, the mushroom! Back in the ’90s, I would have used Texturized Vegetable Protein, or TVP, or in my early vegetarian life. TVP is easy to use, loves to absorb flavor, and is super inexpensive. Today, I would prefer to use the mighty minced fungi.

Happy Summer to all of you! Nos vemos pronto. Cuídate!

Try and find poblanos that are large and uniformly shaped. Slice evenly down the one of the center lines.

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Sausage Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Spicy Cashew Queso

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 peppers 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 46 poblano peppers slices in half length wise (remove seeds and ribs)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil, or 1/4 cup water if no oil
  • 1 (12 oz.) package of plant-based sausage, or (12 oz) of minced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped 
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 roasted red pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1 tsp chili powder 
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano 
  • ¾ cup cooked rice, quinoa, or amaranth
  • ½ cup of fresh/frozen corn kernels 
  • 1 (4 oz.) can of diced green chilies
  • 1 cup of Queso Blanco, or other vegan cheese of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease, or line, a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange halved poblano peppers in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. When ready, add oil and when oil is shimmering, add the sausage or mushrooms, onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Sauté until sausage is cooked through, use a spoon or spatula to break up sausage as it cooks.
  3. Add the spices and grain of choice to the pan, and stir well. Next, add red peppers and green chilies, mix well. Finally, add the black beans and corn, stir. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until sauce has reduced a bit. Remove from heat and let cool. 
  4. Spoon mixture into the peppers, drizzle with queso, and return to oven for another 10-15 minutes or until peppers are tender and cheese is melted. Allow peppers to cool slightly before serving. Serve with minced cilantro and salsa.

Almond Chèvre Tortellini with Citrus Beurre Blanc

Almond Chèvre Tortellini with Citrus Beurre Blanc

I am a big pasta girl! But like most people, I would imagine, I tend stick to traditional recipes like spaghetti, fettuccini, and lasagna. Mostly because buying a stuffed pasta like tortellini isn’t easy when you’re a vegan. So what is a girl to do? Make a fantastic version of goat cheese, add some dried herbs, stuff wonton wrappers with fantastic cheese, and BOOM! Homemade tortellini!

I love this recipe…and admittedly, a lot is going on! But no worries, you can make much of the recipe in advance, aka the vegan goat cheese and the tortellini. In French, beurre means butter, and blanc means white. So, this is a classic “white” sauce made with butter!

Beurre blanc can sometimes be viewed as tricky to make. Because without the addition of egg yolk to stabilize the sauce, it is prone to split. The acid in the citrus sauce can ‘break’ if heated too hot, or too many times, or not whisked while heating. The key is to ensure that the butter is chilled and added slowly. And also, be sure to turn DOWN heat to med/low when adding the butter so that you don’t end up with Beurre Marron! Good things come to those who wait.

As a matter of practice, I like to make my sauces an hour before use. I’m not too fond of surprises, and if for some reason the sauce doesn’t turn out, I still have time to make a new one. Yes, after almost 25 years, it does still happen. If needed, it can easily be reheated over low heat.

Freezing the tortellini: If not cooking the tortellini immediately, freeze them on a sheet pan and transfer them to a freezer-safe container once solid. Tortellini will keep for about three months. Cook directly from the freezer, but increase the cooking time by a minute or two.


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Almond Chèvre Tortellini with Citrus Beurre Blanc

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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Tortellini:

  • 1 cup of Almond Chèvre
  • 2 tablespoons Herbs de Provence
  • 2 tablespoons vegan parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon fennel pollen (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • 1 (12 oz) package of wonton wrappers
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fennel fronds
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel

Citrus Beurre Blanc:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots
  • Juice of 2 limes (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Juice of one medium size orange (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine
  • cup vegan heavy cream
  • Salt to taste, if desired
  • 8 tablespoons butter, cut into 12 pieces

Instructions

Tortellini:

  1. Add almond cheese to a medium-size bowl. Add Herbs de Provence, parmesan cheese, fennel pollen, if using, and salt and pepper. Mix well. 
  2. Dust a clean surface with cornmeal. Lay wonton wrapper flat and add 1 rounded teaspoon to the center of the wrapper. 
  3. Lightly brush the edges of the wonton wrapper with water (I keep a small bowl of water nearby). Fold wonton into a triangle. Turn triangle, so the long edge is facing you. Gently press the filling flat and fold wonton 3/4 of the way upward, toward its tip. Flatten slightly. Brush each side of the flap with water. Placing your finger in the center of the fold, carefully fold each side over your finger. Lightly pinch closed.  Continue until all cheese has been used. 
  4. Add tortellini to a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  5. In a dutch oven, bring salted (about 1 tsp) water to a boil.  
  6. Drop tortellini into boiling water. Remove from water when tortellini begin to float.

Citrus Beurre Blanc:

 

  1. Heat one tablespoon of butter in a saucepan and add the shallots. Cook briefly, stirring, and add the citrus and wine. Cook until the liquid is almost totally reduced.
  2. Add the heavy cream and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and slowly add the pieces of butter, a few at a time, stirring rapidly with a wire whisk.
  3. When sauce is done, add tortellini and stir until warmed through.  
  4. Serve in a shallow bowl, and top with fennel fronds and orange peel. 
  5. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over pasta, and serve warm.

Red Cabbage Onion Burger with Sriracha Mayo

Red Cabbage Onion Burger with Sriracha Mayo

When I decided to write a burger recipe, I wanted to make sure that it was recipe-worthy. And when it comes to burgers, the best burger is a simple burger. I’m a sucker for onions and knew they would be a great addition. I started with a pack of Impossible Meat and some brioche buns. I sautéed red onion and red cabbage, which I seasoned with garlic and red pepper flakes!

I finished the burger by lightly toasting the brioche and slathering it with spicy mayo. It was divine. You can add slow roasted peppers, pickled vegetables, guacamole, or add coconut bacon. The truth is there is no wrong way to make a burger!

You can use whatever protein you want. Whether it’s made out of beets and quinoa, or a Beyond meat, follow these easy steps to build a better burger!


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Red Cabbage Onion Burger with Sriracha Mayo

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Description

This is an easy step-by-step guide to building a delicious burger! 


Ingredients

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  • 1 package of Impossible Meat or other plant-based burger
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 
  • 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • brioche buns 
  • avocado
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • sweet peppers

Sriracha Mayo:

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonaise
  • Sriracha 

 


Instructions

  1. Prep brioche by lightly brushing the inside of the buns with olive oil. Set aside. 
  2. Form burgers into the size patties you want, and season each side with salt and pepper. 
  3. Warm a medium-sized skillet over medium-low heat. When heated, add oil. When oil begins to shimmer, add onions to the pan. The key to caramelizing is cooking low and slow. When onions start to soften after 4-5 minutes, add cabbage, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt. Cook until onions and cabbage have caramelized, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from the pan. Set aside.
  4. In the same pan, increase heat to medium-high. When warmed, add burgers to the pan. Using a spatula, immediately begin to move the meat around in the pan. Moving them around helps the burgers form a crust and keeps them from sticking to the pan. Cook each side for about 3-4 minutes. If using vegan cheese, add it when you flip the burger. 
  5. If using cheese, turn heat to medium-low and cover the pan; this will help melt the cheese. Check after 2-3 minutes. 
  6. Place buns in toaster or oven and toast until lightly crisp. Add mayonnaise to the inside of both the top and bottom bun. 
  7. Using tongs, top burgers with onions and cabbage.
  8. When brioche is toasted, add the burger and other toppings.
  9. Enjoy! 

Enchiladas Rancheras

Enchiladas Rancheras

If you’ve been around me for a while, you know that I love Mexican food. It is hands down my greatest joy and my greatest weakness. We were in Colorado on vacation a few years ago, and we had Mexican food 9 out of 11 days! These enchiladas are an homage to my grandma, whose enchiladas were (next to her biscuits and gravy) my most favorite meal. 

Grandma’s enchiladas were pretty basic—ground beef, diced onion, and tomato sauce with cheese. They were simple but divine. These are a little bit more complex but equally delicious. These are a staple in our house and one of my daughter’s favorite foods! I like to dice a little extra sweet onion and use it as a garnish and avocado, sour cream, and salsa. I’m getting hungry just thinking about them. 

You can use a store-bought enchilada sauce if you’re in a hurry or don’t want to make it. But I have to warn you it will not be as good! I like to double it and then refrigerate the remainder. It’s good on tofu eggs, burritos, tacos, nachos, and of course, these enchiladas! I like the addition of the Impossible Meat because it reminds me of my Grandma’s recipe. You can easily skip it if you are avoiding plant-based meats. I would, however, add another can of beans. These enchiladas also freeze well. Just assemble them and then freeze. Enjoy! 

If you make them, please tag me on Instagram and let me know how you like them!


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Enchiladas Rancheras

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1216 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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Enchilada Filling:

  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 package plant-based meat (optional) **See note
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper, each
  • 16 corn tortillas, or 10 whole wheat tortillas 
  • Vegan Cheese Shredded *See Notes

Ranchero Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons flour (I used brown rice flour for a GF sauce)
  • 16 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste 
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 lime juiced

Toppings:

  • Daiya Cheddar Cheese block, grated
  • Diced Avocado
  • Salsa
  • Vegan Sour Cream
  • Minced Cilantro

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F. 

Ranchero Sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, mix flour, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano, salt & pepper, and cinnamon.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring 1/2 cup vegetable stock to a boil. Slowly, add dry spice and constantly whisk until the mixture is smooth and fragrant for about one minute. Add tomato paste and stir well until combined. Slowly add broth and whisk until smooth. Add lime juice and cilantro. Stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside. 

Enchilada Filling:

  1. Warm a large skillet over medium heat. When warm, add onion and sauté until translucent—about 7 minutes. (If the onions begin to stick, add 2 tablespoons of water and stir).
  2. Add garlic and jalapeño and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Add plant-based meat if using: Cook for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. 
  4. Add black beans and stir well to incorporate. 
  5. Add canned tomatoes, spices, and add 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce. Stir well and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. 

Assembly:

  1. Wrap tortillas in a wet cloth or paper towel. Put on a microwave-safe plate and warm in the microwave for one minute. Keep tortillas wrapped while assembling. 
  2. Add ranchero sauce to a pie pan or other deep bottomed plate. 
  3. Add one cup of ranchero sauce to the bottom of a 9 x 12 pan, coating the pan evenly. 
  4. Remove one tortilla and dip it in the ranchero sauce. Place tortilla in 9 x 12 pan.
  5. Add about 1/4-1/3 cup of filling (depending on your shells’ size, you may want to add more or less). 
  6. Add 2 tablespoons of Daiya cheese. 
  7. Carefully roll the tortilla and place seam side down. 
  8. Repeat with remaining tortillas if you run out of space using another pan. I fit 8 to a pan (6 side by side and then two end to end at the bottom of the pan). I used a smaller 8×8 pan to fit the rest. I covered them with wrap and froze them for later. 
  9. When you have finished assembling the enchiladas, pour the rest of the ranchero sauce over them and sprinkle with shredded cheese. 
  10. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. 
  11. Carefully remove foil. Turn oven to broil and cook for 2 minutes or until cheese is bubbling. DO NOT WALK AWAY! 
  12. Remove from oven and serve with avocado, salsa, cilantro, and sour cream! 
  13. Enjoy! 

Notes

*I like Daiya block style cheddar and grate it myself.  I NEVER use pre-shredded vegan cheese because they add an anti-caking ingredient that simply ruins the taste of the cheese. 

**I used Impossible Meat because it has a great texture and flavor.  You can also use Gardein beef crumbles, or Hungry Planet beef.  You can also skip the meat if you’re not a fan of meat substitutes, but you may want to add an additional can of beans. I would add a can of pinto beans with my black beans for variety. 

These freeze well.  When I know I’m going to use them I remove them from the freezer and refrigerate overnight.  Always be careful putting a frozen, or super cold glass pan in the oven.  They can break. 

Keywords: Black Bean Enchilada, Vegan Enchiladas

Fish and Chips with Minty Mushy Peas

Fish and Chips with Minty Mushy Peas

It’s nice to be back in the kitchen! I’ve been super busy the last couple of weeks, and I am excited to be working on a few new recipes. Before I became a vegan, one of my favorite things to eat was fish at the local VFW hall on Fridays during the Lenten season. Though I’m not a Catholic, there are a few of their traditions that I really enjoyed! I tried using hearts of palm and other substitutes for fish. However, using banana blossoms has proved to be hands-down the best option! I like to add a bit of ground seaweed to the beer batter, which gives it a nice fishy flavor. I also love the minty mushy peas as a side! And last we cannot forget the chips! Large russet potatoes cut into thick batons and lightly fried make this girl super happy! 😋


Banana blossom, also known as a “banana heart,” is a fleshy, purple-skinned flower, shaped like a tear, which grows at the end of a banana fruit cluster. They are very flakey, making them a perfect substitute for fish. The family to whom banana belongs is called Musaceae as banana blossom, represent a valuable source of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, minerals, fatty acid content, flavonoids, saponin, essential and non-essential amino acid, tannins, glycoside, and steroid. Banana flower is also a good antioxidant source.


There is a little bit of prep that needs to be done ahead of time. So be sure to read through the whole recipe first. You can make the peas and tartar sauce as early as much as a day ahead. This is a perfect meat-free meal that even your fish-eating friends will love! Enjoy!


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Fish and Chips with Minty Mushy Peas

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Description

There is some prep for this recipe.  You will want to rinse the banana blossoms and get them in the freezer while you make the other ingredients.  Make the peas and tartar sauce first. And then make potatoes and the fish last.  


Ingredients

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Peas:

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, minced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

Fish:

  • 2 (18 oz) cans banana blossoms, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rice flour (used as pre-coat; can use regular flour if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon kelp powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup beer (I used an IPA)
  • 3/4 cup seltzer or sparkling water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Malt vinegar, for serving

Potatoes:

  • 4 russet potatoes, sliced each into 8 wedges
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder)
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt, (adjust to your tastes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (garnish)

Vegan Tartar Sauce:

  • ¼ cup (58 g) vegan mayo
  • 1 tbsp (10 g) minced cornichons (small pickles)
  • 2 tsp (20 g) caper, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) white vinegar
  • ½ tsp dijon
  • 1 tsp (2 g) fresh dill, chopped
  • Pinch salt and pepper

Instructions

Tartar Sauce:

Mix all ingredients  in a small bowl and refrigerate immediately. 

Peas:

  1. Bring 6 cups of generously salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the frozen peas and mint and cook for 4 minutes—Reserve 3 tablespoons of the hot cooking water. Drain the peas and mint and return to the pan. Immediately add butter, lemon zest, and cooking water—season with salt and pepper. Roughly mash the peas with a potato masher or food processor. Cover and set aside. You can use the peas in rough purée form, but if you want a very fine, smooth purée, push the mixture through a fine sieve. (I like to save about 1/4 cup of whole peas to add to puree). 

Potatoes:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Wash the potatoes (I did not peel mine) with cold water to remove some of the surface dirt and dry well. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise, slice each half in half again and then slice each half in half again. You should have a total of 8 slices per potato. Blanch the potatoes in hot (not boiling) water for 10-12 minutes to release their starches. You can skip this step, but your potatoes will not be as crisp.  
  2. Drain potatoes, shaking well to remove excess water. Lightly pat them dry and add potatoes to a medium-size bowl. Add olive oil and toss well. Combine spices in a small bowl and sprinkle over potatoes. Toss well to coat. Place potatoes cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet or in an *air fryer. (Depending on the size of your pan, you may have to use two baking sheets. If so, rotate pans when you pull them to flip the potatoes at the halfway baking point, about 30 minutes)
  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and, using a spatula, carefully flip the potatoes. Rotate pans if you used more than one. 
  4. Return to oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes. (You can reduce the oven to 200° and keep potatoes warm while fillets cook). 
  5. Sprinkle with parsley and serve hot. 

Fish:

  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven or wok to 345° F. Turn oven down to 200° F. Whisk together flour, baking soda, kelp powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Pour in the beer, sparkling water, and lemon juice and mix just until combined (do not over-mix). Keep the batter refrigerated until ready to use. 
  2. Drain the banana blossoms, then shape them into filets. Wrap the blossoms in clean kitchen towels and squeeze out all of the brine.
  3. Cover and place in the freezer for 1 hour.
  4. Remove from the freezer and sprinkle the blossoms with salt and pepper. Coat the blossoms in rice flour and then dip into the batter to completely coat. Carefully swish the blossoms partway into the oil for a few seconds before completely releasing. Once the coating starts to set on the first fillet, you can add another battered fillet into the oil. Fry until the blossom is puffed, golden brown, and cooked through, 5 minutes for thin fillets or 7 minutes for thick fillets, and then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Cook the remaining fillets and sprinkle with salt. 
  5. To serve, reheat the mushy peas if necessary. Serve the fish with chips, mushy peas, and malt vinegar on the side.

Notes

*If using air fryer bake at 390°F for 12-15 minutes.  You will have to do this in batches so whey they’ve cooked you will need to place them in a low (200°F oven) to keep warm.  

Spinach and Mushroom Gnocchi with Cashew Béchamel

Spinach and Mushroom Gnocchi with Cashew Béchamel

Gnocchi is an Italian pasta made from potatoes. I love gnocchi, it’s so yummy, and there are some delicious freshly pre-made packages out there! Be sure to check, though, because some varieties do contain eggs. There are so many ways you can make it, too. In the spring, I love making it with fresh basil pesto and toasted pine nuts!

This savory mushroom and spinach version is simmered in a rich and creamy Cashew Béchamel! It is a perfect weeknight meal taking only 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients! Yup! Folks will think you spent all afternoon on it! I won’t tell if you won’t! 😉 I will be working on a simple, from-scratch sweet potato gnocchi in the next week, so stay tuned!


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Spinach and Mushroom Gnocchi with Cashew Béchamel

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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  • 8 oz pack of organic Crimini mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, julienned
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 oz spinach
  • 1 package of fresh Italian Gnocchi
  • 1 teaspoon each dried parsley, sage, thyme, and rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Add cashews to a sauce pan and boil for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. 
  2. While cashews are boiling, clean mushrooms and cut into 1/2 slices.
  3. Peel and slice onion in half widthwise, and then Julienne. 
  4. Peel garlic clove, crush with the back of a knife and mince.
  5. Warm skillet over medium heat. When warm, add oil. When the oil has warmed to a shimmer, add onion and garlic. Sauté over medium heat until onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add sage, parsley, thyme, and rosemary. Sauté until mushrooms have softened and onions are translucent. Add spinach and cook until spinach has wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. 
  6. In a medium saucepan, add gnocchi to boiling water and cook until gnocchi begins to float, about 3-5 minutes. 
  7. While the gnocchi is cooking, add cooked cashews to a blender with 1 1/4 cup water. Add garlic powder and salt. Blend until smooth. 
  8. When gnocchi is done, drain water and add to onion/mushroom mixture, add cashew béchamel sauce. Simmer over medium heat until sauce begins to thicken.  Taste for seasoning.  
  9. Serve warm!  
  10. Garnish with fresh parsley and vegan parmesan. 

Potato Mushroom Galette

Potato Mushroom Galette

I’ve been on a French food kick lately. To me, the rich, flavorful, savory cuisine exists in a completely separate dimension in the food world. Every night for a week, I made a different dish, a Mushroom Bourguignon, a Ratatouille, and a Leak and White Bean Cassoulet. My final dish was this delicious Potato Galette. 

Originating in Norman times – when it was known as a gale – the term galette simply refers to a ‘flat cake’ filled with either sweet or savory thinly sliced ingredients. However, depending on what part of France you’re in, it can mean something totally different. In Brittany, a galette saucisse is basically a crepe. The galette de rois, is a cake made for Epiphany, or the end of the Christmas season, and is made of two circles of puff pastry sandwiching a frangipane (almond-flavoured sweet pastry cream ) filling. Each comes with a crown and always has a trinket, called a fève, or bean, baked into it. This galette Bretton is essentially a pie made without a pan and uses fines herbs (pronounced feen), a mainstay of French cuisine, a blend of tarragon, chives, chervil, and parsley.


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Potato Mushroom Galette

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Description

This savory galette is a perfect meal for a cold winter’s day! 


Ingredients

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Pate Brisee:

  • 2 1/2 cups Organic All-Purpose Flour (To make gluten-free use Bob’s Gluten All-Purpose Free Flour add ¼ tsp xanthan gum for every cup of flour used) 
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks or 3/4 cup) vegan butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons of ice cold water*

 

 Filling:

  • 2 cups thinly sliced sweet onions
  • 10 ounces Russet potatoes, scrubbed and cubed in 1/2 inch pieces (about 2 medium potatoes)
  • 2 medium leeks (white and light green parts, cut into half-moons and rinsed well)
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms (wiped clean and quartered)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (roughly)
  • 4 Tablespoons Fines Herbs
  • Pepper, as desired
  • 2 cups cashew cream
  • 4 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) Flour

 


Instructions

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and preheat the oven to 400°F.

Pate Brisee:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, salt, and sugar together. Cut in the butter using a fork, kitchen sheers, or pastry blender until it is grainy and reaches the consistency of sand. Add the ice cold water, starting with 5 Tbsp, and mix it with your hands until uniform. The dough should be moist but not soggy. Add remaining water 1 tablespoon at a time if still crumbly.  Form the dough into ball and divide in half.  Cover the bowl, and place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 

 

  1. To make the galette: Heat one tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium pan (I used a 10-inch cast-iron skillet) over medium heat. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides-about 5-7 minutes. Remove to a bowl.
  2. In a the same pan, add in about 1/2 c of vegetable broth. Once heated, add the sliced onions, mushrooms and thyme and cook down, stirring occasionally, for about 15-20 minutes. You will need to add more vegetable broth (1-2 tablespoons at a time) as time passes to prevent burning, but they KEY to perfect caramelization without oil is to only add more broth and once all of the previously added liquid has completely cooked off.  Once onions are done, add potatoes and garbanzo bean flour, and cook for one minute.  Making sure to mix well.  Add in cashew cream and mix until combined.
  3. Once the dough has chilled, roll each dough out into a rough circle, about 1/3” thick. Transfer it to the lined baking sheet.
  4. Divide mushroom/potato mixture over each pastry, leaving about 1” around the edges of the pastry. Sprinkle with more fines herbs and pepper as desired. Fold in the galette crust. Pleat about every 3 inches.  I used 2 tablespoons of *aquafaba mixed with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup to brush the crust. 
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the pastry is crispy and golden brown. Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

*Be sure the water is ice cold so that the butter does not melt while mixing.

*Aquafaba is the viscous water that comes from a can of legumes such as chickpeas. 

Loaded Vegan Chili

Loaded Vegan Chili

I love a good chili recipe. For a little bit of effort, you get a massive bang for your buck! This version is the fourth and final incarnation. The addition of the cocoa powder initially went against my traditionalist chili mentality. But a friend of mine insisted that I add it at least once. I was oddly skeptical at first but utterly amazed by the complexity added! Much like salt and pepper, the cocoa powder enhances the flavor of the other spices! I promise you’ll love it!


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Loaded Vegan Chili

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Description

This chili is a family favorite!   It comes together perfectly and quickly!  The addition of the cocoa powder adds a depth of flavor to the beans, tomato sauce, and chili powder making the chili itself taste richer!


Ingredients

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped into small pieces
  • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed (or finely minced)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth 
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2/ tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano

Instructions

  1. Warm dutch oven over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes, then add oil.  Once oil is warmed, add onion and bell pepper. Cook for about 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add in the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring frequently and being careful not to burn the garlic.
  3. Add spices, coating vegetables well. Cook for about 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.  Increase heat, and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for at least 30 minutes. The longer the chili cooks, the more flavor it will have. So, if you’ve got the time, let it very gently simmer on the stove for an hour or even up to 2 hours. If you cook it for several hours, you may need to add in just a bit more broth or water.
  5. Once ready to eat, take off of the heat and garnish with some vegan sour cream, green onion, avocado, etc.
  6. ENJOY!