1/2 cup nondairy butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup silken tofu (soft or firm)
1 cup granulated sugar
Zest from 2 lemons
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan with cooking spray
and sprinkle with a light dusting of flour.
Preparing the crust
In a food processor, in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, or
with an electric hand mixer, cream the butter and confectioners’
sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour, and process/beat until the dough
just comes together.
Press dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Cool on wire rack while preparing the filling.
In a food processor or blender, add the tofu and blend until creamy, about
1 minute. Add the granulated sugar and blend until smooth. Add and blend the lemon zest, lemon juice, flour, and cornstarch. Pour the filling over the baked shortbread crust and bake for 20 minutes, or until filling is set.
Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
To serve, cut into squares or bars and dust with sifted confectioners’ sugar, when serving.
Yield: Sixteen 2-inch squares
Note: Best eaten the day they are made. But they can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for a few days.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
3 cups canned vegetable broth
1 cup lentils, rinsed
8 ounces sweet potato/es, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
8 ounces whole baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and cut into quarters
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 oregano
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 and mushrooms; cook covered 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 oregano.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon stew into large soup bowls.
Note: Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm over low heat before serving. Recipe can be doubled.
1 whole eggplant, peeled and cubed (1″ pieces)
2 – 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium tomato, diced
1 cup chickpeas
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic clove, small diced
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped parsley
Whisk together all the dressing ingredients.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
On a baking sheet, fitted with parchment paper, toss eggplant with salt, pepper and olive oil, until evenly coated. Bake about 30-40 minutes, turning once, until eggplant is evenly roasted.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Place eggplant, tomatoes and chickpeas in a medium size bowl.
Toss with some of the dressing. Taste to check seasonings.
Serve with warm pita and/or Greek yogurt.