Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

My daughter and I first tried a version of these at our local natural grocery store at a food demo.  I modified them to suit my needs and they are a favorite in our house.  Messy to eat but so delicious.  And it’s super quick and easy – no cooking involved!

Don’t skip the peanut sauce as a topping!  Amazing.

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  • 2 cans chickpeas (I used unsalted), drained
  • 1/4 cup scallions or green parts of green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dried rosemary, pulverized with a mortar and pestle (or fresh if you have it!)
  • 2 Tbsp white (or red) wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt (omit if chickpeas are salted)
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/2 head lettuce leaves, for serving
  • Peanut Sauce for topping

Combine everything in a bowl.  Serve room temperature with lettuce leaves and peanut sauce.  Make a mess trying to eat, but enjoy every moment of it!

Peanut Sauce (with non-peanut option)

This is a perfect topping for the lettuce wraps.  You can make this peanut-free if you’d like by using all almond butter instead of half almond, half peanut.  Or, if you prefer, use all peanut butter.  Either way, it’s super quick – no cooking needed.

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  • 3 Tbsp almond butter (preferably just ground almonds)
  • 3 Tbsp peanut butter (preferably just ground peanuts)
  • 2 Tbsp reduced-sodium tamari
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp hot water (or more as needed)

Combine everything in a bowl or measuring up and whisk well.  Serve with lettuce wraps or spring rolls or anything you’d like!

Cabbage & Noodles

This variation on halusky, an eastern European comfort dish, is a delicious fall (or winter) dish.  You can make this quicker by cooking on higher heat, but I think the slower cooking brings out the sweetness and makes it that much yummier!  It’s very easy, though, and requires little attention.  Typically this dish is made with egg noodles (which obviously aren’t plant-based!) so I used some brown rice fettuccine which has a similar feel in your mouth.

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  • 3 Tbsp Earth Balance (I avoid cooking with oil or Earth Balance, but was flexible tonight for some authenticity; it’s a lot less butter/oil than would normally be in it, at least!)
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 large or 1 1/2 small/medium cabbages, chopped
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • lots of fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas, optional – adds some color to an otherwise blah looking dish!
  • 14 – 16 oz. brown rice fettuccine

At some point while the cabbage is cooking , start a pot of boiling water for the pasta and cook pasta according to package directions!

In a soup pot, melt Earth Balance over medium heat.  Add onions and cook for 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally and reducing temperature if they start to brown on the bottom.  Add cabbage and cover and cook another 25 minutes or even more, stirring every now and then, until everything is very soft.  Add seasoning and peas.  Mix the cabbage mixture with the drained pasta (which I ran under cold water as the package suggested) and serve.

No-egg Omelette

Ok, so I was skeptical about making a recipe like this one.  Like, really, a vegan omelette?? Come on!??!  But, this actually was really good and my 7 year old asked for seconds.  It didn’t taste like eggs or omelettes (as I remember them), so abandon any ideas of what it should taste like.  Just expect it to taste good.  :)  I served it with some soup on the side.  Makes 4 omelettes.

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  • 1 1/2 cups chickpea flour
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened original non-dairy milk (I used almond)
  • 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • Veggies of your choice for stuffing – I used finely chopped Swiss chard (a few leaves), broccoli (half a head) and tomatoes (1 or 2) because that’s what I had on hand
  • Topping of your choice – I liked salsa on top; avocados would be great also

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Combine all ingredients except veggies and toppings and whisk until combined.  Heat a NONSTICK (I have pretty much changed to stainless but pulled out my nonstick here!) skillet over medium heat and wipe with a bit of olive oil.  Pour about a quarter of the batter in the pan.  Sprinkle about a quarter of your veggies over half the batter, as shown.  (The amount shown here was a good amount.)  Cook on medium heat until the batter bubbles and the edges cook and get firmer.  Then using a spatula, carefully fold the omelette in half – the non-veggie side onto the veggie side.  Cook another 3 minutes on medium heat.  Then turn off the heat and cover and sit for 5 minutes.  (If you are worried about the one side getting too brown, you could flip before covering and steaming on no heat.)  Serve and enjoy!

Kohlrabi Hash

This was a delicious use of a veggie that isn’t generally my favorite.  Win!

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  • 2 Tbsp Earth Balance
  • 3 cups shredded kohlrabi (thick outside peeled first)
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • ground black pepper
  • Optional:  top with this topping

Heat a large saute pan on medium-high heat.  Add Earth Balance and heat until melted.  Add remaining ingredients and cook about 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so.  Do not overcook – the pepper should still be a little crunchy.  Serve immediately.

This recipe was modified from a recipe on our local CSA’s website, http://www.GrantFarms.com.

Cauliflower Schwarmas

A little middle eastern delight for your lunch or dinner.  Gobbled (and seconds requested) even by my (getting pickier) six year old.

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  • One large head cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (or as you wish depending on desired heat level)
  • ground black pepper (about 1/2 tsp)
  • optional: 1 Tbsp oil

Fixins:

  • pitas
  • hummus
  • chopped cucumber
  • chopped tomato
  • lemon tahini sauce (I used the second version tonight – either is fine)

In a large saute pan, add cauliflower, water and salt.  Cook on medium, covered, for about 10 – 15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.  Add all spices (and optional oil) and cook 2 minutes more.

Recommended assembly.  Take whole pita, slather with hummus, add cauliflower, top with cucumber, tomato and a drizzle of lemon tahini sauce.  Fold and enjoy!

Tweaked a tad from this recipe.

Goatless Goat Cheese

This “cheese” makes a great cracker spread or is fantastic in a salad.

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  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, preferably soaked in warm water an hour or 2 in advance, then drained
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp lemon juice (juice of 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • pinch of salt
  • water, as needed (about 1/4 cup)

In a blender (high speed blender like a Vitamix would be best), combine all ingredients, added as little water as possible and blending until smooth.  (Let the blender run a couple of minutes to get it as smooth as possible.)

Place a standard coffee filter in a colander and place on a plate.  Pour the cashew blend into the coffee filter and place in the fridge.  Allow to chill and drain any additional water.  (The less water you have to add, the less that needs to drain.)  Once the consistency of a soft cheese, transfer to a container in the fridge until you need it.