Artichoke Guacamole

I am not sure this is a guacamole but it is definitely an amazing bruschetta or dip of any kind. Very sophisticated flavors. We really really loved this. Such a fun snack or dinner with pita chips or crostini. Plus super low in fat and calories, which I love!

Artichoke Guacamole
adapted from The Olives Table by Todd English and Sally Sampson
Makes about 1-1/2 cups

1 can of artichoke bottoms, including stem
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup chopped scallions
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1. Place artichoke bottoms in a small saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the artichokes are very soft, about 20 minutes. Drain.
2. When cool enough to handle, finely chop the artichokes and place in a medium-size mixing bowl. Add the onion, tomato, lemon juice, olive oil, sesame oil, scallions, salt, and pepper and gently mash with a fork.

Up close :)

Slow-cooked Open Enchiladas

Such a super fast and satisfying meal. I made this as a dinner but we realized what an amazing salsa/dip this would make! So yummy with tortilla chips! When I make this again, I will forget about adding the tortillas in since we could just eat this with the chips anyway.

Before the Daiya

after Daiya, ready to eat!

Slow-cooked Open Enchiladas

  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 16-ounce bottle chunky salsa
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 1/4-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6-10 6″ corn tortillas
  • daiya or any other vegan cheese
  1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, salsa, tomato paste, beans, corn, green chiles, cumin, and garlic powder. Mix well. Spread about 1 cup of this mixture into the slow cooker liner; spread evenly. Top with 2-3 tortillas, cutting to fit as necessary. Spread on 1/3 of the remaining tomato mixture. Repeat these layers 2 more times, ending with the rest of the tomato mixture; spread evenly over the top.
  2. Cover and cook on the low heat setting about 5 hours.
  3. Add vegan cheese on top and continue cooking for another 10 minutes, till melted. Serve hot.

Super Quick Vegan Pigs in a Blanket

Michael always loved these and I wanted to make them for us Vegan style :) Now that I have made these several times over the past couple of years, I have to admit, I adore them as well! This is not one of those super healthy recipes but it is a fun party food to have occasionally. Perfect for company, parties, especially a football loving crowd! I always make 2 batches as these go Fast!!

Super Quick Vegan Pigs in a Blanket

  • 1 package of puff pastry (several of them are actually vegan ex. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls)
  • 1 package of vegan hot dogs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Separate the dough into the pre-cut triangles. Roll each triangle around each vegan hot dog, making sure the dough is even till the ends. Slice each hot dog into 3 or 4 pieces. Place on a parchment paper lines baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes till the pastry is golden.

Serve with mustard or ketchup and Enjoy!!

Vegan Mini Broccoli Quiche

Vegan Quiche!! Seriously! How fabulous are these! So perfect!!! They were amazing to have as breakfast or as a side next to some veggies or as a quick go-to snack. Plus, they were super tasty!! The crust is a little crumbly, but it was worth it.

Vegan Mini Broccoli Quiche
Recipe from http://www.glueandglitter.com

Crust

2 2/3cups all-purpose whole wheat flour
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup canola oil
1/4 cup soy milk

filling

1 package soft silken tofu
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp. tumeric
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cup frozen or fresh broccoli, cut into small florets and peeled stems

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Mix the crusts – dry ingredients together, then add the wet and stir until well combined. Press about 1/3 cup crust into each cup of a regular muffin pan. With your hands form the cups up the sides and make sure they are pressed well together, without cracks or holes.
  3. Vita-mix or blend all the filling ingredients except the broccoli until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the broccoli.
  4. Spoon the filling into each cup, and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the tops start to brown.
  5. Cool for 10 minutes and then using a knife remove from cups and Enjoy :)

raw crust

before the oven

Party Time! Fun Vegan Snack/Apps Ideas

I am super excited about the Jets game this weekend!!! I wanted to share some past ideas for fun snack ideas to serve for the big game (or really any party :)) I know that sometimes we can end up at a party without any good vegan grub (potato chips don’t count!) so I like to always be prepared and bring something fun with me :)

Have a great weekend! Go J-E-T-S!!

Cheesy Baked Penne with Cauliflower and Crème Fraîche VEGAN Version! SO GOOD!

Sweet Potato Fries with Raspberry Dipping Sauce

Beet Ravioli with Herb Cheese Filling

Garbanzo Guacamole

Meltaway Peppermint Patties

Vegan 7 Layer Dip

Vegan Eggplant Pecan Pesto Dip

Herbin’ Ranch Dip

Babaganush

Chocolate-Covered Katie’s Banana Butter

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Chopped “Liver” Spread

Herbin’ Ranch Dip Reprise! YUM!!

I love when you come to dishes you haven’t made in so long and get to enjoy them all over again. I haven’t made this dip in a year and a half and it was so nice to come back to it! Plus if you add some extra oil/water you get dressing for lots of salads too :) So handy! I also love that you can make Raw and Vegan Super Creamy Dips! So awesome!

I made this for our wonderful Surprise Birthday Party for my Dear and Beloved Teacher, Phil! I also made the yummy Vegan chopped liver. I usually make the chopped liver for Passover but since it is so addictively amazing I might start making it year round. YUM! Break out the crudité and enjoy both of these fun dips!!!

Here is the link to the dip: Herbin’ Ranch Dip

All packed and ready to go to the party :)

Polenta with Nectarine-Blackberry Salsa

Grilled nectarines and fresh blackberries are delicious in this salsa. I served it on top of polenta but you could easily put this over tofu or even just eat it with chips.  This came together so fast and was really tasty! Using prepared polenta was the key to this super fast meal.

Polenta with Nectarine-Blackberry Salsa
adapted from Eating Well

1 tablespoon canola oil & 1 teaspoon canola oil
1 tablespoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon sea salt & 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 16- to 18-ounce tube prepared plain polenta
2 nectarines, halved and pitted
1 pint blackberries, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon lime juice
Hot sauce to taste

1. Preheat grill or saute pan to medium-high and spray with cooking spray.
2. Cut the polenta crosswise into 8 slices. Combine 1 tablespoon oil, cumin, 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture all over polenta.Rub the cut sides of nectarine halves with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil.
3. Place the polenta slices and nectarines on the pan. Grill the polenta 3 to 4 minutes per side. Grill the nectarines, turning occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes total. Coarsely chop the nectarines.
4. Combine the chopped nectarines, blackberries, lime juice, hot sauce and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Layer the polenta and fruit salsa and serve.

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