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Mexican Rice

Notes: I cooked in the rice cooker after browning rice. I also added corn.

Vegetable oil
1 cup long grain rice
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 cup vegetable broth
Chopped fresh cilantro

In a big sauce pan brown rice in oil.
Add garlic and cumin and stir.
Add tomato sauce and broth.
Bring the mix to a boil then turn heat to low and simmer till all liquid is absorbed.
Stir in cilantro.

Indian Spiced Cauliflower

Notes: We both thought this was just so-so. I was trying to clear out the fridge so I served it with what we hand on hand, fried potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts.

1½ cup walnuts
4 Tbsp. olive oil
1 head cauliflower, broken up into small florets (about 1½ pounds)
½ tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. turmeric
1 Tbsp. garam masala
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1¼ cups vegetable stock
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350°. Spread walnuts on a sheet tray and toast until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool, then roughly chop and set aside.
In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Lightly brown cauliflower, stirring frequently, then remove from skillet and transfer to a bowl. Add chili powder, turmeric, garam masala, and cayenne pepper to the hot pan and toast lightly, about 30 seconds. Immediately add the vegetable stock, tomato paste, and salt; mix well. Stir in cauliflower and simmer for 2 minutes. Garnish with ground walnuts and serve.

Baked Polenta Fries

1 24-ounce tube of polenta
Spray oil

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
Spray or line a cookie sheet
Slice polenta in half cross-wise then cut the halves in to fry like strips
Place on the cookie sheet and spray the top of the fries
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes flipping the fries part way through.

Creamy Vegan Potato Salad

Notes: We both thought it was slightly bland.


1 1/2 lbs. small Yukon gold potatoes (I used butter potatoes)
1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons diced red onion
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped (I used 1 tbsp dried)
1/2 cup cucumber, diced
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
black pepper, to taste

Scrub the potatoes well, then chop into 1-inch cubes. Add 2 inches of water to a large sauce pot, then arrange the chopped potatoes in a steamer basket inside. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and cover, allowing to steam for about 10 minutes, or until the potato chunks are just fork-tender. (Be careful not to overcook!)

While the potatoes are cooking, combine the avocado, Dijon mustard, red onion, cucumber, dill, lemon juice and salt in a medium bowl, and mash well with a fork. This mixture will be on the acidic-tasting side, until you mix it with the potatoes, but feel free to adjust any flavors to suit your taste.


Creamy Vegan Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Notes: Made this for Thanksgiving. It must have spent too much time in the oven reheating. Some of the rice was hard. Otherwise I thought it was pretty good. Nova didn’t care for the flavor.



1 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened soymilk (or other non-dairy milk)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
4 teaspoons cornstarch or potato starch
1 clove garlic
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon sherry (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
pinch cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon tahini or cashew butter (optional)
very generous grating black pepper

1 head broccoli, cut into small florets (about 5 cups)
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery, chopped
1 3/4 cups cooked chickpeas (or other options, see below)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3 cups cooked brown rice (warm, if possible)
2 tablespoons sliced or slivered almonds (optional)

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly oil or spray a medium casserole dish (about 2-1/2-quart size).
Place the sauce ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Set aside.
Place the broccoli in a steamer basket set over water and steam, covered, until just barely tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
While the broccoli is steaming, heat a large, deep non-stick skillet or saute pan. Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery and cook, stirring constantly, for 4-5 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas, thyme, rice, and steamed broccoli. Make sure the sauce is well-blended, and add it to the skillet. Stir gently and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Check seasonings, adding more salt and pepper if necessary, and smooth into the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle with almonds, if desired. Bake until the top begins to brown, about 20 minutes. Serve hot.


Armadillo Sweet Potatoes

Notes: We served this with a walnut sauce. The potatoes come out perfect. We might use a different spice next time. Will also probably serve with a green salad.

Sweet potatoes
Garlic – crushed/minced
Fresh spice of choice crushed (I used Rosemary and I chopped it up)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Slice sweet potatoes at an angle not cutting all the way through.
Place garlic and spice inside the cuts.
Wrap in foil and bake for 45 minutes.

Faux Deviled Eggs


a dash of black salt
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ cup hummus
6 small red potato
a dash of paprika
a dash of hot sauce (optional)
¼ tsp Dijon mustard

Boil potatoes until fork-tender, then let cool completely. Meanwhile, mix hummus, mustard, garlic and onion together, plus a pinch of black salt, stirring to combine. (Add hot sauce here if you prefer a spicy deviled egg). Taste, adding more Dijon or black salt to taste, then set aside. Once potatoes cool, slice in half long-ways and use a little spoon or melon baller to scoop out a small circle of the potato flesh (this is your “egg”). Spoon hummus mixture into the hole and garnish with paprika or smoked paprika.

Source: The Happy Herbivore.

Mac & No Cheese

Notes: We both thought this was pretty good. Pictured it has red, yellow, green onion and diced tomatoes with green chiles and no red peppers.

1 onion, chopped
1 cup cashews
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
16 ounces whole grain elbow pasta, cooked

Sauté onion on medium heat in non-stick skillet with a little water or low sodium vegetable broth for 5 minutes, until translucent.
In a food processor, combine the onions, cashews, lemon juice, water, and salt.
Gradually blend in roasted red peppers, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and onion powder.
Thoroughly toss the sauce with the pasta.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown on top.

Source: Engine 2

German Potato Salad


3 whole potatoes (small)
1 whole onion, diced
¼ tsp dry mustard (spice)
¼ cup white vinegar
2 tbsp water
1¼ tbsp agave nectar
1 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp Dijon mustard
a dash of nutritional yeast
¼ cup vegan bacon bits
1 bunch green onions, chopped
⅛ tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt

Steam or boil potatoes until just fork tender. Meanwhile, line a skillet with a thin layer of water and cook onions until soft and translucent. Once onions are cooked, sprinkle dry mustard over top, stirring to incorporate, and set aside. Whisk vinegar, water, agave nectar, flour, nutritional yeast and Dijon mustard together in a measuring cup. Add 1/2 to 1 tsp salt and black pepper, or to taste, and set aside. (You can also add a little more agave if you don’t want a strong vinegar flavor.) Once potatoes are cooked, run under cool water for a few seconds so they are safe to handle, but still warm. Gently remove skins. Cube potatoes; you should have approximately 3 cups of cubed potatoes. In a mixing bowl, toss potatoes with onion mixture. Re-whisk vinegar mixture, and pour over potatoes, stirring to combine. Add the majority of the bacon bits, reserving about 1 tbsp to sprinkle over top, and mix again. Let the mixture rest for 10 to 20 minutes, if possible. Then, gently mix in chopped scallions. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with remaining bacon bits and more scallions. Serve warm.

Source: The Happy Herbivore Cookbook

Baked Kale Chips

Notes: As Tony Tiger would say… They’re Grrrrreat! Very important step – make sure your kale is dry before adding the olive oil. These were really good.

1 bunch fresh kale leaves, well-washed and dried (you can use a salad spinner, or pat dry with towels, or just let air dry!)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
coarse sea salt (or whatever salt you prefer

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
On a cutting board, use a kitchen knife to chop the kale into bite-sized (about 1 1/2″) pieces or simply tear it with your hands. Be sure to remove the large center stem and discard (for your compost pile) Place pieces in a large bowl, and drizzle with olive oil. Then using your hands, toss the kale until the leaves are evenly coated with the oil.
Lay the kale pieces out evenly on the parchment-lined baking sheet, and then sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until kale is dark green and crunchy. Remove from oven, (you can also add additional seasons here), let cool, and then serve.

Source: Old World Garden Farms