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15 oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and liquid reserved
seasoned to taste – salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, etc,
oil for spraying
1/4 cup liquid from chickpeas
3 – 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (depending on taste)
1/2 cup tahini
2 – 4 garlic cloves (depending on taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Drop or two of hot sauce (optional)
1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
Parsley, chopped (optional)

Directions for roasting chickpeas.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Evenly spread the chickpeas and garlic cloves (skin on) on a parchment-lined baking sheet with sides.
Mist with oil, sprinkle on the seasonings and stir.
Mist, stir and spread evenly once more.
Roast for 5 minutes. Check for doneness. Do not roast for more than 8 minutes.
Remove skins from garlic cloves
Add chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, and garlic in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas.
Blend for 3-5 minutes until thoroughly mixed and smooth.
Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.
Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well.
Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Note: Roasting the chickpeas first intensifies the flavor and texture of the hummus considerably.

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1/2 package extra firm tofu, drained
8 ounce package mini sweet peppers, seeded and halved
medium sweet onion, cut in circles
2 cups water
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Kirkland 21 spice blend, or brand of your choice
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Salsa, to taste
Fresh mixed greens
Cook spray
Sandwich rolls or flatbread

Grease and Preheat indoor grill pan, Panini press or outdoor grill.

Slice tofu into thin 1/8 inch slices, approximately 8.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine water and mustard together.
Add tofu slices and marinate approximately 5 minutes.
In another bowl combine bread crumbs, spice blend, black pepper, cayenne pepper and salt.
Dip the tofu slices, one at a time, into the bread crumb mixture.
Place on wax paper.
Grill mini sweet peppers and onion circles. Set aside.
Grill tofu slices.
Spread bottom of sandwich roll or flatbread with salsa.
Top with one onion slice and some grilled pepper halves.
Add two slices of grilled tofu.
Finish it off with some mixed greens.
Place top half of sandwich roll on greens or, if using flatbread, roll it up.

Yield 4 sandwiches

Note: Leftover grilled onions and peppers can be refrigerated.

 

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Coffee Concentrate
1/2 cup coarsely ground coffee beans (medium bodied coffee works best)
2 1/4 cups cold, filtered water
Infuser beverage container
Almond or any other non-dairy milk
Crushed ice
Flavoring syrups of your choosing
dark cocoa powder, optional

Put ground coffee in the infuser filter. Place infuser filter in the beverage container and slowly pour in the water. Place container in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
To serve, put 1/3 cup of coffee concentrate and 1 cup of non-dairy milk with flavoring syrups of your choice and cocoa, if using, in a blender. Blend thoroughly. Pour into a tall beverage container. Add crushed ice. Enjoy this delicious dessert beverage. Starbucks, watch out!

Serves 3

Note: If you do not have an infuser beverage container, a mason or any jar-like container will work as well. Add ground coffee and water. When ready to use, pour coffee concentrate through a clean filter in your automatic coffee maker.

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15 ounce can chickpeas, drained
2 stalks celery, diced
1/4 cup, sliced green onions
1/4 cup, shredded carrots
1 tablespoon dill pickle relish
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 – 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
salt, pepper and paprika to taste

In a food processor pulse chickpeas, celery, green onions and carrots until blended coarsely.
Add dill pickle relish, Dijon mustard and vegan mayonnaise. Blend until mixture holds together.
Season to taste.

Serving suggestions: Can be used as sandwich spread, scooped up with crackers, pita chips or served on a bed of leafy greens.

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46 ounce can tomato juice, not from concentrate
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or white wine vinegar
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cucumbers (pickling are the best) peeled, seeded and chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
Chopped cilantro, optional

Combine in a large bowl tomato juice through pepper.
Add vegetables and mix well. Garnish with the cilantro.
Chill. The longer gazpacho sits, the more intense the flavor.
Mix well before serving.

Serves 8

Note: Hothouse (English or seedless) cucumbers can
be used if pickling cucumbers are not available.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
Pinch cayenne pepper
12 small flour tortillas
1 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine the oil, chili powder and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Brush each tortilla with the oil mixture and stack one on top of another to lightly oil the backside. Cut into wedges, and arrange in a single layer on baking sheets, fitted with parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt. Bake until crisp and golden brown, 8-10 minutes.

Serves 8

Note: Serve warm from the oven alongside your favorite salsa or dip.

1 medium eggplant, peeled, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 red bell peppers, seeded, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 red onion, peeled, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 garlic cloves, peeled; each cut in half
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste or (1 Roma tomato, diced), optional

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large baking sheet with sides, fitted with parchment paper, add all of the ingredients, except the tomato paste or tomato. Roast 35-45 minutes, until vegetables are lightly browned and soft, stirring once during cooking. Cool slightly. Place vegetables in a food processor fitted with a steel blade, add tomato paste, if using, and pulse 3-4 times, or more, to blend. Taste for salt and pepper.

Note: If using a Roma tomato, add after mixture has been processed.

1 package whole wheat lavash
4 avocados, ripe; peeled and mashed
hummus;  or 1/4 – 1/2 lb. carton, prepared
Tabouli; favorite recipe or 1/4 – 1/2 lb. carton, prepared
Sunflower seeds
Shredded lettuce

Spread lavash with mashed avocados, sparingly. Spread hummus on top of avocados. Spread tabouli over hummus. Sprinkle with shredded lettuce. Sprinkle sunflower seeds on top of lettuce. Roll lavash up tightly and cut into appetizer size pieces. Hold together with toothpicks.

Serves 12

8 ounces button or portobella mushrooms, grilled/roasted
1 red bell pepper, grilled/roasted and cut in pieces
1/2 large eggplant, peeled, cut in chunks and grilled/roasted
1 bunch green onions, grilled/roasted
16 mixed Mediterranean olives, pitted, optional
1 – 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper, or to taste
4 whole wheat tortillas or flatbreads
4 large lettuce leaves

Roughly chop mushrooms, peppers, eggplant, green onions and olives.
Toss them in a large bowl with the lemon juice, goat cheese, salt and pepper.
Line tortillas with lettuce. Spoon vegetable-goat cheese mixture on top. Wrap tightly, tucking in the ends burrito-style and serve.

Serves 4

Note: Can use leftover grilled/roasted vegetables to prepare these wraps. Great for a summer supper or a packed lunch.

2 avocados, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, vein and seeds removed, diced
1/8 teaspoon salt
Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon

In a mixing bowl, mash with a fork, half of the diced avocado.
Add onion, jalapeño pepper and salt. Mix well. Stir in rest of diced avocado and lime or lemon juice. If not using immediately, cover top of guacamole with plastic wrap to prevent browning.
Serve with chips.