Zucchini Fritters

 

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2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup flour (I used whole wheat)

2 eggs (beaten)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4th cup nutritional yeast or 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon fresh garlic (minced)

1/2 onion (minced)

Oil

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Grate the zucchinis and squeeze out the water.
  2. Mix the ingredients together.
  3. Roll into small pancakes and fry. Brown well on both sides.

These are best eaten as soon as they’re ready so eat as you go! I serve them with a traditional Korean dipping sauce: 2 parts soy sauce with 1 part rice vinegar (regular vinegar will work) and crushed roasted sesame seeds on top. Enjoy!

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Gluten-free, Dairy-free Pumpkin Pie

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Sorry my pumpkin pie recipe is a little late. Things always get hectic around the holidays. The goods news is that this pie can be made throughout the holiday season. Enjoy!

The crust is an adapted cookie recipe from Wheat Belly. The pie filling is a Polynesian coconut filling that my mom and I adapted from Epicurious.

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Pumpkin Pie CRUST

1 cup of coconut flour
1 cup of ground almonds [I throw whole almonds into my vitamix to grind them to flour]
1 cup of almond flour [almond “meal” is easily found at Trader Joe’s]
a handful of coconut flakes
1 tablespoon honey
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup almond milk
1 cup melted butter [I use Earth Balance]
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
3 large eggs, lightly beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease pie pan.
  2. Stir together all dry ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Whisk almond milk, butter, maple syrup, vanilla and eggs.
  4. Add to dry ingredients.
  5. Mixture should be like cake batter, so add a small amount of water to thin it, if necessary.
  6. Mold into pie pan and bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.It does not puff up much.

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Pumpkin Pie FILLING

3 eggs
1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon rum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of ground cloves
1 partially baked 10-inch pie shell

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Whisk together the eggs and the brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the honey and whisk until smooth. Stir in the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, and rum. Add the salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves and mix until incorporated.
  3. Pour mixture into the pie shell. Bake the pie for about 30 minutes, until set. Cool the pie to room temperature and then serve with ice cream. Yum!

Cauliflower Corn Chowder

Cauliflower Corn Chowder 

My mom found this recipe in Follow Your Heart’s Vegetarian Soup Cookbook. Throughout the years we changed and substituted different ingredients. This is my dairy-free adaptation of the soup.

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Ingredients:

5 c. water

2 potatoes (diced)

1 large onion (diced)

2 c corn (fresh, frozen, or canned – I’ve used all three)

2-3 stalks celery

1/4 head cabbage (thinly sliced, I used purple cabbage but any kind is fine)

1 large head cauliflower (dice the core, reserve the florets)

4 Tbs butter

2 tsp basil

1/4 c. minced fresh parsley (I often omit this)

2 Tbs Spike

2 tsp. granulated garlic

1 tsp dill weed

1 c coconut cream from can

1/2 c soy milk or milk

1 Tbs nutritional yeast flakes

2 Tbs. dried chives

sea salt or more Spike, to taste

To make the traditional dairy version use sour cream instead of coconut cream and add ½ block of cream cheese. Blend together sour cream, cream cheese, and milk. Mix into the soup.

Directions:

1. In your largest soup pot bring to a boil: water, the diced potatoes, onion, 1 cup corn, celery, cabbage, the cauliflower core, butter, and basil. Cook for 1/2 hour or until potatoes begin to dissolve.

2. Add remaining corn, potatoes, parsley, Spike, garlic, and dill weed. Simmer about ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add reserved cauliflower florets and cook another ten minutes, until they are tender but chewy (almost like clams).

4. Add coconut cream and soymilk. Add the nutritional yeast and chives. Heat gently without boiling.

Zesty Coconut Slaw

Zesty Coconut Slaw + Lime Coconut Dressing 

Make it for a party appetizer and eat the leftovers the next day. The slaw will last in the fridge for 2-3 days.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head purple cabbage
  • 1/2 head regular cabbage
  • 4 green onions
  • 1/4th cup cilantro (plus more for garnishing)
  • 1/2 cup coconut shreds
  • 1/2 cup almond sheds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • Juice of 1 lime

Directions:

  1. Toast almonds and coconut shreds on the stove for a few minutes.
  2. Cut the cabbage into thin slices.
  3. Combine all the ingredients and toss with the dressing.

Dressing:

  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1/4th cup coconut cream (from a can)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of chili flakes
  • Cilantro

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers 

I served these burgers on a whole wheat bun with Trader Joe’s Sweet Indian Relish and caramelized onions. Sharp cheddar also goes well with this burger. If you do not like a lot of seasoning I would leave out the curry powder and paprika.

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1 cup cooked quinoa

15 oz can (almost 2 cups) black beans

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1/3rd cup almond meal

½ of an onion (minced)

½ teaspoon garlic (finely chopped)

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4th teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon curry powder

1/4th teaspoon ginger

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Boil the quinoa with two cups water. Reduce to simmer and cook until all the water is absorbed.
  2. Mix the quinoa and black beans together. Mash.
  3. Stir in the yeast, almond meal, onion, garlic, and the spices.
  4. Mold the mixture into 4 patties.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and fry.

Creamy Summer Smoothies

 

Creamy Peach Smoothie 

 

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Ingredients:

1/2 frozen banana

1 Peach

3-4 ice cubes

1/2 cup Almond milk

Coconut Peanut Butter Shake

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1 frozen banana

3 dates

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1/4th cup coconut cream (from can)

Splash of coconut milk

 

Creamy Berry Sorbet

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1 frozen banana

1/4th cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1/4th avocado

1/4th cup frozen mango

1/2 cup almond milk

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

A healthy alternative to ice cream or yogurt.

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6 oz extra firm tofu (about 1 cup)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4th cup soy or almond milk

Blend the ingredients together. Chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.