Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Eggplant Balls

One of my all time favorite recipes, that is ALWAYS a hit with anyone who tries them.  Makes for a great Sunday dinner!  Double the recipe for a crowd.  They go fast.

Eggplant Balls
Kid Friendly, nut free, soy free, vegan, gluten free variation
makes approximately 30 balls

1 large eggplant, peeled & diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp flax meal
1/4 cup cold water
1 ½-2 ½  cup breadcrumbs (use GF breadcrumbs or almond meal for Gluten free balls)*
1 ½  cup great northern beans (or any white bean) (1 15 oz. can), drained & rinsed
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
salt & pepper

In a small cup, add flax meal and water.  Stir and let chill in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest.  This will be your egg replacer.

 Peel and dice eggplant.  Heat olive oil in a skillet.  Sauté garlic and eggplant.  Add about 2 Tbsp of water.  Cover and simmer until eggplant is very soft.  Drain any excess water.

Preheat oven to 400ºF

In a bowl or food processor,  mash/process the beans.  Add eggplant and mash/process as well.  Add remaining ingredients including the chilled flax meal & water.  Start by adding 1 ½ cups breadcrumbs. Add more breadcrumbs if mixture seems loose.  Mix well.  Shape into 1- 1 ½" balls.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place balls on baking sheet and lightly drizzle with some olive oil.  Bake for 30 minutes at 400ºF, turning after 15 minutes.

Add to your favorite italian tomato sauce.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chickpea Chorizo

Tucson, AZ

Chickpea Chorizo

With the right spices combined with the right textures, you can easily recreate so many dishes into much healthier, plant-based versions, without losing any of the flavor you love.   Chorizo is all about the spices!  Combined with the texture of crushed chickpeas, you can trick all of your skeptics into eating this healthier, gluten free, protein-packed version.

*note- pay close attention to the teaspoon or tablespoon measurements for an accurate spice combination

Chickpea Chorizo
gluten free, nut free, soy free, cholesterol free, vegan 

3 cups (or 2 15 oz. cans) drained chickpeas
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
Chorizo Seasoning 
½ cup water
¼ cup Red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 ½ Tbsp smoked paprika
1 ½ Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp oregano
½ tsp garlic powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground chipotle
½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional for heat)
1 ½ tsp sea salt

In a small bowl, add all Chorizo seasoning ingredients from water down to sea salt.  Stir well to combine into a thick paste.  Set aside.  

In another bowl, smash chick peas with a fork to break them into crumbles, or pulse in a food processor keeping them chunky, making sure not to let it get too fine.  

In a large pot or pan over med-high heat, heat the olive oil.  Add onions and smashed chickpeas.  Sauté about 10 minutes, stirring with a spatula, until the chickpeas start to get golden brown.  Add the chorizo paste and stir well to combine.  Turn heat to low and cook another 5 minutes.  

Try using this chorizo in your next chili or tofu scramble!  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ultimate Vegan Huevos Rancheros

Corn tortillas loaded with crispy roasted potatoes, scrambled "huevos", black beans, and onion. It is smothered in fresh, homemade enchilada sauce and topped with avocado.  This is a perfect weekend breakfast or brunch.  It's also naturally gluten free!

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Ultimate Vegan Huevos Rancheros

Note:  I use Whole Foods brand organic corn tortillas or Food For Life brand sprouted organic corn tortillas.  They are both organic, non GMO and have minimal ingredients and no preservatives.  If you've ever read labels on a package of corn tortillas, they are usually packed with preservatives and unfamilair ingredients.  

Ultimate Vegan Huevos Rancheros
serves 4-6
Gluten free, Vegan

For the potatoes:
4 cups diced potato (¼-½  inch cubes)
1/8 c olive oil
¾ tsp sea salt
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp black pepper
8 corn tortillas

Preheat oven to 425º.  In a bowl, toss all ingredients except tortillas together and stir until the potatoes are coated well.  Spread potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake 20-25 minutes, stirring at 10 minutes. Stir again.  Spread tortillas on baking sheet over the potatoes and bake another 10-15 minutes until crispy.

For the enchilada sauce:
3 cups diced tomato
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1tsp oregano
½ cup water
dash cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)

In a pot, cook on low, stirring occasionally. 20-30 minutes.

For the Huevos:
2 cups diced onion
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup firm tofu, crumbled by hand
1 can or 1 ½ cups black beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp water
¼ tsp turmeric
¼ - ½ tsp sea salt
1 avocado,  sliced

In a pan, medium heat, heat oil.  Add onion, and cook about 5 minutes until onion is translucent. Add remaining ingredients except avocado, stirring to combine well.  Cook unil hot.

Assemble as a stack per person.  1 Corn tortilla on bottom, spoon on some sauce,  add a scoop of huevos mixture, another tortilla, more sauce, potatoes on top.  Garnish with avocado.