Vegetarian Chocolate Pie

Alton Brown has a recipe he calls Moo-less Chocolate Pie.

  • 13 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup coffee liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound silken tofu, drained
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 (9-inch) prepared chocolate wafer crust

The New York Times makes the same thing adding spices and calls it “Mexican.”

1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon chile powder, or more to taste

I think it makes a lovely mousse, if you skip the crust.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

25 minutes, 4 servings. Allow 20 minutes extra if making this recipe from start to finish in one day.

Ingredients
4 c butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into large dice, and steamed (1.25 lbs)
8 oz Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into large dice and steamed
4 oz kale, shredded (4 cups)
16 oz pasta farfalle
1/4 c nutritional yeast
3 c vegetable broth
1 t garlic powder
1 t paprika
1/4 t black pepper
sea salt
1. Peel, seed, and cut butternut squash. Scrub and cut potatoes. Shred kale.
2. Steam butternut squash and potatoes in a steamer insert set over boiling water, covered, until tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. Let cool.
3. Cook pasta according to package instructions, Drain well.
4. Combine steamed squash and potatoes, nutritional yeast, broth, garlic, paprika, and pepper in a food processor or blender; season with salt to taste. Puree until thick and creamy
5. Add kale to sauce. Toss with pasta and serve warm.

From Ann Beardsley who said “We did this, but wanted more spice–a little red pepper, or something to jazz it up.”

Vegan Whipped “Cream”

1 (15oz) can Hanover chickpeas or white beans, with or without salt

1/3 cup Billy Bee honey or In The Raw agave OR 1/2 cup fine Domino sugar or xylitol (vegans: use the non-honey options)

Optional pinch McCormick cream of tartar, for stabilization

Feel free to add a little McCormick pure vanilla or almond extract

Instructions:

Open the can of beans and drain the watery part into a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl. (Save the actual beans for a different recipe.) You should have about 1/2 cup chickpea liquid. Add all other ingredients, and beat with an electric mixer or in a stand mixer for 12-16 minutes. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers. It separates overnight, but re-beating works perfectly.

 

My friend, Monica, pointed me to this on a clickbait website.

White Bean Burger

From CodeNameSarah

1 15 oz can drained butter beans (or any white bean)
Large handful parsley leaves, plucked
2 medium carrots, grated
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 TB olive oil
1/3 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/4 cup grated Parmesan (omit for vegan option)

Whiz all in food processor until mixture comes together, form 4 – 6 patties, and bake on parchment in preheated oven at 400F for about 20 minutes.

They’re good on a bun or with pasta sauce. If you do want to omit the cheese for vegans, add a couple of tablespoons of nutritional yeast for a similar flavor.

Garbanzo Burgers

From @scienceandart

Can of Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
1/2 cup chickpea flour (sometimes cornmeal)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon chili powder
dash of cumin
half finely diced carrot
coarse sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Everything into a food processor.
Ground up, and then form into a ball. Press into patties between wax paper, freeze.

I make batches, and then freeze them, and cook them as needed.
Sometimes I’ll add yellow pepper, or add snap peas, corn, or whatever else I have left over.

The chickpea flour, or cornmeal, adds to thickening it up.

Marcia’s Flax Seed Cookie Bombs


1 cup butter/margarine
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup ground flax seed (I use 2!)
1-2 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup Craisins soaked in boiling water to soften (We don’t like raisins)
1 small bag chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350*. Mix all ingredients well. Add water or flour as needed to make a stiff cookie dough. Drop by rounded spoonfuls on greased or nonstick cookie sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes until cookies are light brown on the bottom. Cool on racks. Makes about 5-6 dozen.

All the amounts are kind of iffy to get the consistency you want. I use more flax and oats and coconut and less flour. I also may throw in an extra egg or two if El Hubbo will be eating these for breakfast. The ‘recipe’ is truly a general guideline.

…not too soft or runny. Mine look like little golf balls of goodness

Coconut Curry Soup

I got this recipe from the Thug Kitchen website:

Coconut Curry Soup

Serves 4 as a main, 6 as a side

2 teaspoons olive or coconut oil

½ a large white onion, cut into 1-inch strips

2 red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch strips

1 large carrot, cut into 1-inch strips

1 cup chopped broccoli*

4 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons of loosely-packed minced fresh ginger

2 tablespoons yellow curry powder**

2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari

1 ½ cups of canned coconut milk

4 cups of vegetable broth

12 ounces of rice noodles, cooked according to the package***

2 cups of chopped spinach or whatever leafy green you like

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon Sriracha-style hot sauce****

Toppings: cilantro, green onion, sliced peppers, lime wedges.

Warm the oil in a large stockpot over a medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for a minute. Add the bell peppers and carrot and cook for a minute more. Add the broccoli and cook for another 3 minutes. You want to get the vegetables to soften up just a little but they’re gonna cook through the whole soup making processes, so don’t go trying to make those crispy bitches all soggy right out the gate. Gross.

Add the garlic, ginger, curry powder, and soy sauce and cook for 30 more seconds or until your place starts smelling fucking amazing. Throw in the coconut milk and vegetable broth and bring that shit to a simmer, stirring it every now and then, about 5 minutes. Add the cooked noodles and spinach and let it all simmer together until the spinach starts to wilt, about a minute more. Turn off the heat and stir in the cilantro, lime juice, and Sriracha and taste. Add more curry powder, lime juice, garlic, soy sauce, whatever you think it needs to start tasting right.

Serve right away topped with some extra cilantro or some green onions, maybe some sliced peppers and lime wedges on the side. Whatever the fuck you’re feeling.

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I didn’t cook the noodles first and they soaked up all the broth.  Don’t care; it was still tasty.  Also, the box of rice noodles we already had in the cupboard was 8 ounces, not 12.  Used about 1 teaspoon of dried ginger because our piece of fresh had shriveled up while we weren’t paying attention.