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Broccoli over Pasta topped with Peanut Sauce August 3, 2017

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My garden is doing so excellently this year! I think it’s because I’ve been”sneak composting” Not supposed to compost where I currently live so I sneak outside early in the morning and bury my compost.  As a result, my soil is rich and full of worms and very happy. I’ve growing way more veggies than I can eat and so I get to share with friends. My broccoli just went crazy and I’ve been coming up with new ways to prepare it. This is probably my favorite way. This cooks up in about 15 to 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped broccoli

2-3 cloves diced garlic

2 Tablespoons Housin sauce

1/2 cup peanuts

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 to 1/2 cup veggie sauce

1 tablespoon Olive oil

2 servings pasta–I like fettuccine

Directions:

Add olive oil to pan and heat. Add peanuts and garlic. Sautee until lightly browned and aromatic. Add veggie broth and Housin sauce and stir well. Simmer for a few minutes, then whisk in the peanut butter. Remove from heat. Steam broccoli and cook pasta. Drain and plate pasta. Add broccoli and top with the peanut sauce. (I also sauteed some tempeh to top the peanut sauce, which is optional. I love love tempeh and include it in many recipes.)

Serve and enjoy!

 

Roasted Zucchini/Yellow Squash July 31, 2017

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes — misscilicia @ 8:41 pm
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This is my mom’s favorite zucchini recipe that she makes every summer. I have, being me, updated it. Either version is delicious. 

 My mom’s version:

Quarter the zucchini. Top with grated Parmesan. Roast in toaster over till done, about 20-30 minutes.

My Version:

Quarter the yellow squash. (The squash was ripe sooner that my zucchini–both are really good in this recipe.) Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil into baking dish. Add salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, fresh diced garlic, and cayenne. Add the squash and coat with the olive oil mix for 10-15 minutes. Roast in toaster oven for about 15 -20 minutes. Remove and add grated Parmesan cheese. (There are some good vegan parmesan cheeses these day, if you are so inclined.)  Return to toaster oven for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is all gooey and melted. Remove. I like to serve this over brown rice sprinkled with plenty of nutritional yeast. 

ENJOY!

 

 

 

Hungarian Mushroom Soup May 6, 2017

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I had this soup at a restaurant recently and liked it so much that I decided to learn how to make it myself. Like about everything I make, it’s quick and easy.

Ingredients:

About 10 mushrooms, thinly sliced

½ cup onion, diced

2-4 cloves garlic, to taste

2 cups veggie broth

2 cups almond milk

½ teaspoon dill

¼ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon mustard powder

Fresh parsley, to taste

Salt & pepper, to taste

Olive oil or butter for sautéing

 

Directions:

Sautee mushrooms, onion and garlic about 10 minutes. Add the broth and milk and stir. Add spices and simmer 20-30 minutes to blend the flavor. A green salad goes nicely with this soup.

 

Enjoy!

 

Fruit Salad with Yogurt April 24, 2017

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fruit Salad

I was invited to brunch yesterday and asked to bring a fruit salad. I have a favorite recipe for this that is a little different than most and was excited to prepare it. My favorite brand of yogurt is Nancy’s. but if you want to make it vegan, just use a vegan yogurt. This is quick, easy, and oh so delicious. You can, of course, use whatever fruit you desire. It does need to be prepared shortly before serving, as it does not keep well overnight.

 

Ingredients:

2 bananas, thinly sliced

1 pint raspberries,

½ cups grapes, sliced in two

1 orange

¼ to ½ cup vanilla yogurt, to taste

About ¼ cup thawed orange juice concentrate

A teaspoon or so honey, optional.

 

Directions:

Mix fruits, then mix the yogurt, orange juice concentrate and honey. Pour the yogurt mix over the fruit and mix gently, but well.

 

Serve & Enjoy!

 

Apple Cake with Cinnamon Icing April 5, 2017

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My oldest son lives in Seoul, S. Korea and is home for a visit for the first time in 2 ½ years. When he comes home, I make him birthday cakes for the years he has been gone. He always comes up with unique cake ideas which are a fun challenge. I made this one twice—the first attempt was okay but not great. I had grated the apple but it was too subtle to really taste. The nest time I diced it and added more, and it had a much stronger apple taste. Using vinegar is an old cooking technique from the depression when there was a shortage of eggs.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup canola oil

½ cup almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon vinegar

 

Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Pour batter into an oiled cake pan and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until a inserted toothpick comers out clean

 

Icing:

 

4 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons softened butter or earth balance

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon cinnamon

 

Directions:

 

Mix together well.

Let cake cool, then frost with icing.

 

 

Cranberry Ginger Walnut Quick Bread January 18, 2017

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It has been a very cold and snowy January which has inspired me to do a lot of baking to warm the house up. I was going to make some banana bread, but after mixing the dry ingredients together, I discovered that the bananas were too far gone. That led me to devise this new recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
¼ to ½ cup organic sugar, depending on your sweet tooth.
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup canola oil
½ cup almond milk
¼ cup dried cranberries
1/8 cup diced ginger
¼ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup flax seeds, optional
¼ cup sesame seeds, optional

Directions:

Mix the first five ingredients together. Add the oil and milk. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except the sesame seeds and mix well. Oil a bread pan and sprinkle sesame seeds on top, if desired. Bake about 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

 

 

General Tso Tofu January 5, 2017

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Uncategorized — misscilicia @ 7:02 pm
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My son was up visiting for the holidays and found this recipe online for me. I modified it some, as I always do.It’s quick, easy and tasty.

 

Ingredients

1 block firm tofu

3 tablespoons olive or peanut oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 to 2 tablespoons chopped ginger

2 tablespoons maple syrup (I used half maple syrup and half agave syrup.)

2 tablespoons tamari

1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce

1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce

¼ red onion, diceda

3/4 cup vegetable broth

Directions

Cube the tofu and add the oil to the pan and heat.

In a saucepan heat the oil. Add tofu and cook until they are golden brown and crispy. Add oil if necessary.

Stir in garlic, ginger, maple syrup, soy sauce, ketchup, Sriracha sauce, scallions and vegetable broth.

Let it cook until it thickens. If it gets too thick, add some water.

I served it over rice, and it would also be good over noodles.