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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.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
10 ounce bag baby spinach, washed and trimmed
1 pound silken tofu, drained and patted dry
2 tablespoons water

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and garlic, sprinkle with salt. Saute until onion is translucent and garlic is soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the minced jalapeño pepper and saute until fragrant, less than a minute. Increase heat to medium-high, add the spinach and water. Sprinkle with pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is wilted and fairly dry, 5 to 8 minutes.
Crumble the tofu into the pan and stir, using a spatula to combine tofu with the vegetables. Adjust the heat, as necessary, to avoid burning.
When mixture starts to stick to the pan, its ready.
Taste and adjust the seasonings.
Serve hot or warm.

Serves 2

Note: Leafy greens can be substituted for the spinach.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
4 cups kale, chopped (remove spiny sections) wash, but do not dry
5 cups vegetarian broth (divided- reserving 1 cup)
2 – 15 ounce cannellini beans , not drained (reserve 1 can)
28 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese, shredded, optional

Heat oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add onion, garlic and carrots. Saute until soft.
Add kale and sauté for about 15 minutes more.
Add 4 cups of the broth, 1 can of beans and tomatoes. Then add herbs, salt and pepper.
Cover and simmer 20 minutes.

While it is simmering – put reserved beans and broth in blender and blend.
Stir bean mixture into soup to thicken a little bit.
Simmer 15 minutes more.
Sprinkle with cheese, if desired

Serves 4

2 small zucchini, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon olive oil
olive oil cooking spray
14 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
4 plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half
1 1/4 teaspoons sherry wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Cooked pasta, optional

Preheat oven to 450°

In a large bowl, toss zucchini, eggplant, bell pepper and onion with thyme, rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon salt, black pepper, 2 tablespoons water and oil. Fit a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and coat it with cooking spray.
Spread vegetables in a single layer in the pan; roast, stirring once, for 25 minutes.
In the same bowl, combine chickpeas, tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Add to pan with the vegetables; roast 10-12 minutes more.
Toss roasted vegetables with the vinegar.
Sprinkle with basil

Serves 4

Note: Can be served over cooked pasta for a more heartier meal.

eggplant meatballs

 

 

 

 

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound eggplant, peeled or unpeeled, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced, equals approximately 1 tablespoon
1 cup cooked or canned white beans
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, leaves only
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 cups marinara (pasta sauce)
Pinch of red chile flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Use 1 tablespoon olive oil to grease a large rimmed baking sheet fitted with parchment paper. Put 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add eggplant and 1/4 cup water. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until eggplant pieces shrivel a bit and are tender and beginning to color, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer eggplant to the bowl of a food processor.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet along with the onion and garlic and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently until onions are soft and translucent.
Drain the cooked beans. If using canned beans, drain and rinse them. Add the beans and parsley to the eggplant and pulse until well combined and chopped, but not pureed.
Place the eggplant mixture in a large bowl. Add the onion and garlic and toss. Then add the breadcrumbs and red chile flakes, if using and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings. Roll mixture into approximately 12 balls, about 2 inches in diameter. Transfer meatballs to the baking sheet. Bake undisturbed, until they are firm and well-browned, 25 to 30 minutes.
Warm the pasta sauce. Serve the meatballs, hot or at room temperature along with the pasta sauce.
Serve over pasta, rice, quinoa or steamed greens.

Serves 4-6

Note: Meatballs can also be added to and warmed up in the pasta sauce.

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4 small potatoes
2 small beets
1/2 lb. green beans
3 small dill pickles, diced
1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Wash, peel and dice potatoes into desired size. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil and roast in a large pan, fitted with parchment paper for approximately 50 minutes. Peel and dice beets. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, add to the potatoes and roast for 40 minutes. Wash green beans and cut into thirds. Toss with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, add to the pan and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Dressing

In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir in roasted vegetables and dill pickles and coat evenly. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.

Serves 4-6

Note: The vegetables will be roasting at different lengths of time. The potatoes need 50 minutes, so do them first. Prepare the beets and add them 10 minutes later and then add the green beans 25 minutes after that.
This is a Russian version of our traditional potato salad.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large bunch broccoli, stalks and flowerettes, finely chopped
16 ounce bag baby carrots, chopped
16 ounce box lasagna noodles
1 container silken tofu
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
salt to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, vegan
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, vegan
2 – 24 ounce jars tomato sauce, divided

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat and saute chopped broccoli and carrots until tender, about 7 minutes.
Place in a large bowl and refrigerate until cool.
Cook noodles, drain, and lay flat until cool.
Mix ricotta cheese with garlic powder, oregano, basil and salt.
Add ricotta mixture, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese to the bowl of broccoli and carrots, mix well.
Using a spatula, spread 1/2 cup of the filling onto length of each lasagna noodle, leaving 1/2 inch space at each end so roll-ups do not overflow.
Roll each one up tightly.
Spread 1 jar of the tomato sauce on the bottom of a deep baking pan.
Place roll-ups seam side down.
Cover pan with tin foil and bake in oven for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and top with the remaining tomato sauce.
Bake uncovered for 15 more minutes.

Serves 4

4 portobella mushrooms
2 tablespoons spicy mustard
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ cup olive oil
Dash of hot pepper sauce
Freshly ground black pepper

Mix together the mustard, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, hot pepper sauce and black pepper.
Brush mixture over both sides of portobella mushrooms. Grill or broil 4-5 minutes on each side.
Serve on a bun with fixings of your choice (tomato, lettuce, pickles, pesto, red onion, etc.)

Serves 4

1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 – 2 yellow and/or green squash, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, diced
1 cup cooked brown rice
15 ounce can organic refried beans
Vegetarian ground beef, optional
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 – 8 tortillas – whole wheat, gluten-free, rice, or corn

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Sauté the vegetables in olive oil on medium heat until soft. Mix in the brown rice, refried beans and “smart ground” until mixture is hot. Place some of the mixture in each of the tortillas. Roll them up and place them in a baking pan and cook them until brown, about 15 minutes. Top with your favorite toppings.

Yield approximately 6-8 burritos

Note: Leftover filling can be stored in the refrigerator. When ready to use, place mixture on a fresh tortilla, roll it up and microwave until hot.

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
3 cups canned vegetable broth
1 cup lentils, rinsed
8 ounces red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (grated lemon peel)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 ounces fresh spinach leaves, to (about 8 cups)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
Salt and pepper

Heat olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds. Add vegetable broth and lentils; bring to boil. Reduce heat,
cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add potatoes; cook uncovered until potatoes and lentils are tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
Add lemon zest, lemon juice, spinach and cayenne pepper to stew.
Cover and simmer stew until spinach wilts and is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Mix in mint. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon stew into large soup bowls.

Serves 4

Note: Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm over low heat before serving. Recipe can be doubled.