Aquafaba! (vegan merengue/whipped cream from the brine of beans)

Thanks to the Twitter heads of from a friend, I began looking up “aquafaba” and found that it literally means “bean water” and has been used to replace eggs and mayonnaise, create merengue, marshmallow, whipped cream and macarons. This recipe is for a fluffy whipped cream that I used over fresh strawberries, however, I’ve included…

LPB’s Candied Grapefruit Peel

I just made this fantastic recipe for homemade holiday gifts! LPB gave me this recipe and it came out great. It took some time but the work was minimal. I recommend coating all the pieces in some sugar when done, otherwise they seem very sticky and hard to package. 4 grapefruits 4 cups sugar (or…

Lemon Chia Fresca

This week’s recipe of the week uses chia seeds for a refreshing and healthful drink and a perfect holiday mocktail! Thousands of years ago, chia seed was a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The word chia is derived from the Mayan language, meaning “strength,” and Aztec warriors relied on chia seed…

Savory Amaranth Fritters

This season I’m working on a recipe series using Bob’s Red Mill Grains of Discovery.  You can watch the video of Bob taking you around the World to take a peek at 9 of the most ancient grains. Each bag of Amaranth, Chia, Quinoa, Teff, Sorghum, Millet, Kamut and Farro has the history of the…

Gnocchi with Sage Butter and Squash

This is a hearty dish to warm your insides with creamy, delicious, winter flavors. I have not yet made my own gnocchi but I’ve been getting some fresh at the local markets. There are also several GF varieties available now. Ingredients: 1 package fresh gnocchi 1 small butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and diced into small…

Thanksgiving Tofu + Stuffing Towers

This recipe was partly inspired by a recipe I saw floating about on Twitter and partly my own favorite Thanksgiving flavors. You’ll need a few special tools for this one, but it’s quite easy to assemble once all of the ingredients are made. You will need a large biscuit cutter or circle cookie cutter. Ingredients:…

Homemade Bread Stuffing

I love stuffing! It’s easy to make and so much taster when made fresh and homemade with dried sage and thyme. Perfect for all of your holiday meals. Ingredients: 3-4 cups of stale bread cut into small cubes, ( or purchase a bag of stuffing bread at your bakery) 2 Tbsp olive oil or Earth…

Cranberry-Date Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients 1/2  cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons Earth Balance butter sticks, softened * You can also try replacing vegan butter with coconut oil * 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2  cup granulated sugar 2 Tbsp ground flax seed meal + 6 Tbsp water (I recommend BRM golden flax meal) 1  teaspoon vanilla 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour -or- Gluten…

Vegan Cheese Fondue

This was the highlight experiment for New Years Eve this year. Served up with some fresh veggies and bread, it’s sure to be a party favorite this year! Ingredients: 1 cup white wine 2 cups water 1/2-3/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes 1/3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats 1/4 cup tahini 4 tbsp arrowroot or cornstarch 2…

A Very Vegan Thanksgiving

No, it’s not an after school special, it’s the recipe of the week! Last Thursday was Thanksgiving and I whipped up a casserole out of the farmers market veggies I had on hand plus some stuffing and a side of cranberry sauce. The leftovers were also fantastic hot or cold! Ingredients: 1 butternut squash, peeled,…

Seitan with gravy and Biscuits (my take on classic Czech food)

Most menu’s in the Czech Republic are very meat heavy with thick gravies, sauces and stews. The ubiquitous Czech meal is meat with gravy and dumplings or heavy potato biscuits. This week I’ve been inspired by the classic cuisine of the Czech Republic and I’ve created a vegan version. Crispy chunks of seitan, smothered in…