26 Jul 2012
in Gardening, Uncategorized, Vegan Appetizers, Vegan Pestos and Sauces, Vegan Side Dishes
Tags: basil, bee pollen, green basil, Nutrition, olive oil, onion chives, pesto, purple basil, Recipe, sauce, Vegetarian
First a little info on Bee Pollen and Nutritional Yeast:
Bee Pollen: *
Bee pollen contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and protein and the Chinese have used Bee Pollen for centuries to assist with increasing energy and libido, fighting acne, aiding in indigestion, assisting depression and helping to improve blood pressure.
*Bee pollen is not safe for pregnant women. A woman should also avoid using bee pollen if she is breastfeeding.
Nutritional Yeast is FULL of nutrients and is a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, especially for those who are vegan or vegetarian. It is one of the few non-animal sources of B-12, is rich in folic acid and many other nutrients and amino acids. This is not your typical yeast and is free of the Candida Albicans strain, making it safe for those concerned with candida.
Benefits of Purple Basil: http://chefsecrets.info/vegetarian/permalink.php?article=Benefits-of-Green-%26-Purple-Basil-Pesto%2C-Basil-Leaves%2C-Basil-Oil.txt
Now for the Recipe:
- 1 1/2 cups of Fresh Cut Herbs: I used Purple Basil, Green Basil, a bit of mint and Onion Chives cut the leaves and wash thoroughly.
- Fresh Garlic as many cloves as you like
- tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
- tablespoon or less or bee pollen
- salt (I use pink Himalayan salt, but you can use what you like)
- squeeze of lemon
In a blender or food processor, add your herbs…
add fresh garlic
then, bee pollen
about 5 tablespoons of olive oil
add a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper to taste
ENJOY on pasta, bread, by itself or in a salad
11 Jul 2012
in Meat Alternatives, Sprouting, Vegan Appetizers, Vegan Baking, Vegan Main Meals, Vegan Side Dishes, Vegan Snacks
Tags: bake, Baking, basil, blog, Carrot, delicious, Dinner, Easy, excellent, garlic chives, healthy choices, how to cook quinoa, Krista Lawhon, lettuce, Mushroom, Onion, onion chives, portobello, Quick, quinoa, Recipe, sprouts, squash, stuffed, supper, Vegan, Vegetarian
- Olive Oil (or whatever oil you want to use for coating the baking dish (coconut oil is great too)
- 6 small Portobello mushrooms (you can use big ones)
- 1/2 cup Quinoa (soaked and but not drained for 15 minutes before cooking)
- Yellow Squash cut into small pieces
- Carrot, peeled and cut into small pieces
- 1/4 of an onion, chopped into small pieces
- nutritional yeast
- salt, garlic powder and pepper
- lettuce, washed and places nicely around the plate
- tomato, sliced
- garlic and onion chives, basil
*directions to cook Quinoa perfectly:
you may rinse quinoa first, but I not.
1/2 cup Quinoa, soaked, not drained (soak in 1 1/4 cup of water)
add salt to the quinoa water when ready to cook
To Cook: start boiling the soaked quinoa in its original water. Once at a boil, cover and turn down to low and cook for 15 minutes. take of the stove and wait for at least 5 minutes… then, lift lid and fluff.. the quinoa should have opaque tail.
set aside quinoa
Directions after cooking Quinoa:
wash mushrooms and take out the steam and clean out the center
chop all your vegetables (onion, carrot, squash) and add the quinoa
sprinkle garlic powder, nutritional yeast, pepper and salt also, add chopped finely garlic and onion chives into the mixture and mix.
Stuff the mushroom with the mixture stuffing without breaking the mushrooms
oil the backing dish and preheat the oven to 325-350
place the stuffed mushrooms in the baking dish and cover with foil.
once oven is hot, bake for 2–25 minutes.
in the meantime, place lettuce, basil, tomato and sprouts on the dinner plates…
once mushrooms are cooked,
place them on the plate and serve hot.
04 May 2012
in Meat Alternatives, Vegan Baking, Vegan Main Meals, Vegan Pestos and Sauces
Tags: alphebet pasta, blog, broccoli, brocoli, Casserole, cheese, cheeze, Chicken, cooking, Dinner, excellent, feel good, fresh herbs, garlic, home cooked, home-made, homemade, kid, kids friendsly, meals, meat alternative, Nutritional Yeast, Pasta, Quick, Recipe, seasons, Vegan, Vegetarian, warm, wife
VEGAN “Chicken” & Broccoli CASSEROLE
2 lbs. fresh broccoli crowns, cut into spears
2 cups of “cheeze” melted and mixed with veggie broth – please ask me if you have questions.. (or if not vegan, any cheese sauce)
3-4 cups strips of any vegan “chicken” or “turkey” substitute, soaked in a HOT “chickeny” broth
6 cloves garlic, chopped
fresh cut herbs
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups or so of cooked alphabet pasta – FUN for the KIDS!
1 T. lemon juice- add to the cheese mix
2 cups bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Spread the chopped broccoli in the bottom of 1/9 x 13″ baking pan. Cover that with the “chicken” sub and pasta. Sprinkle with salt and grind pepper, garlic, onion salt.. any other spices that you like over that to taste add fresh cut herbs to the mix.
Spread the vegan “cheese” over the top
Sprinkle evenly with the breadcrumbs and then spread and push down so some of the breadcrumbs are in the “cheese”.
Bake for 20 minutes and serve hot.
12 Apr 2012
in Meat Alternatives, Soy Beans & Tofu, Vegan Baking, Vegan Main Meals, Vegan Marinades, Vegan Side Dishes, Vegan Soups
Tags: alternative, ASian cooking, Best, blog, broth, Brussels Sprouts, carrots, celery, cooking, Easy, excellent, garlic, ginger, healthy, hoisen, homemade, kitchen, KristaLawhon, marianated, noodles, Recipe, somen, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Somen Noodle Soup with Marinated baked tofu and veggies and homemade broth
For the broth
Zest of 1 lime
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2-inch piece ginger, cut into coins
½ of a large red onion, sliced
sprigs of fresh herbs
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced (i left this out)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. Bragg’s or soy sauce
1 tbsp. light brown sugar
For the tofu
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. hoisin sauce
2½ tsp. light brown sugar (if it’s dark, use less)
1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated or finely minced
1 pound extra firm tofu, blotted dry – drain as much water out with breaking the loaf… (I can teach you how.. just reply) and cut into small cubes
For the soup
6 ounces somen noodles
½ red onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced (again, I didn’t use this)
1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated or finely minced
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 celery stick
5 – 10 Brussels sprouts, cut into four
Make the broth
Put all ingredients except for the soy sauce and brown sugar in a large saucepan. Pour in 8 cups of water and add a large pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Cool slightly, then strain out and discard the solids. Stir in the Bragg’s or soy sauce and brown sugar. Adjust seasoning as necessary. Keep warm over low heat.
Make the tofu
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
Mix together the marinade in a medium baking dish. Stir in the tofu, coating well with the marinade. Allow to sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes, tossing occasionally to make sure the tofu is coated with the marinade. Place in the oven, uncovered, and allow to bake until all the marinade is absorbed and the tofu is getting a slight crisp to it, about 35 minutes. Toss the tofu once or twice in the baking process so that all the pieces come into contact with the pan. Remove tofu from the oven and allow to cool.
Make the soup
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the somen noodles and give a good stir. Cook the noodles until they are almost done, with just a slight bite, and drain. Rinse well with cold water, drain, and set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add just enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the red onion and sauté until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapeño pepper, and ginger and cook for another two minutes, stirring constantly. Add the veggies and continue to cook, stirring often, until the green vegetables are crisp tender, about 5 minutes.
Place some noodles in the bottom of a deep soup bowl. Ladle on the broth. Add tofu and vegetables.
Enjoy… you may garnish with herbs, scallions and slice of jalapeño pepper.
Inspired by another recipe post.
11 Mar 2012
Tags: blog, Bragg;s, garlic, hand made, healthy, home-made, KristaLawhon, meat alternative, mushrooms, Nutritional Yeast, Recipe, soups, TVP, Vegan, wontons
- wonton wrappers
- TVP (soaked and marinated) crumble, sprinkled with Nutritional yeast – I added a bit of garlic salt and pepper
- sauteed mushrooms, chopped
- fresh cut herds, chopped
(mixed these three together: TVP, mushrooms, herbs)
- carrots, pealed ribbons
- mushrooms sliced thinly
- green onion, sliced
- garlic, sliced
- vegetable brother (I made my mine with clippings of other veggies and lighting heating in water – and then draining to veggies (compost) – use broth)
- bragg’s amino acids (add to broth)
- olive oil
- a bit of water – (sealing wonton wraps together)
I use a wok, but a soup pot will do fine. I first add the veggie broth and some water.. then bragg’s…. once it’s hot.. get’n to a boil.. I add veggies.. (all.. onion, mushrooms, carrots… so on).. but not the wontons,
then add the wontons, when boil begins.. once added, lower heat to low… cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. DO NOT OVER HEAT! (the wontons will break)
06 Mar 2012
in Meat Alternatives, Vegan Appetizers, Vegan Main Meals, Vegan Side Dishes, Vegan Snacks
Tags: 5 star, blog, Bragg;s, Carrot, celery, Chicken, diet, Easy, excellent, fake, friendly, healthy, kid, kids, Krista Lawhon, lunch, meat alternative, Nutritional Yeast, Quick, Recipe, salad, sandwich, simple, TVP, Vegan, veganasie, Vegetarian, Yeast
Boil vegetable broth, squirt in the Bragg Amino Acids. Once boiling, add TVP and mix.. turn off flame and let the TVP soak up the broth. Wait until the TVP cools – you can place in the fridge if you like. Once cool…
Place all ingredients together.. mix. and cool.
07 Feb 2012
in Soy Beans & Tofu, Vegan Appetizers, Vegan Fillings ("Cheese"), Vegan Main Meals, Vegan Side Dishes, Vegan Snacks
Tags: Best, carrots, Chinese, cooking, dumplins, healthy, Potstickers, Recipe, tofu, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
- 8oz tofu crumbled
- one carrot, peeled and chopped
- one zucchini, chopped
- a couple of button mushroom, chopped
- one celery, chopped
- handful of broccoli, chopped
- fresh cilantro
- 1/4 tsp salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp of soy sauce or BRAGGS
- 1/2 tbsp vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
Mix ingredients for the filling in a bowl. Place a spoon full in the mix into the center of the pot-sticker. wet the sides and gentle press together.
Fry: heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large skillet. Add closed pot-stickers. brown on each side. Pour 1/3 of water and cover lid. lower the flame and wait until all the water has been absorbed.
Serve while hot with your favorite sauce.
13 Nov 2011
in Meat Alternatives, Vegan Baking, Vegan Fillings ("Cheese"), Vegan Mexican Main Meals, Vegan Pestos and Sauces
Tags: alternative, Casserole, cheese, healthy, Potato, Recipe, Vegan, Vegetarian
Potato & Broccoli Casserole
Preheat Oven to 400. Place potatoes on backing sheet and bake potatoes for 20 minutes..
Meanwhile: Blanch Broccoli – boils salty water and place broccoli in it for a minutes, then drain (keep drained water for the outdoor plants – wait til it cools) place broccoli in a bowl of ice water and keep there until later. – again, use this water for your plants too.
prepare ‘cheese’ sauce or your own handmade sauce..
Oil casserole dish… and salt the sides and bottom of dish. First layer are potatoes and then broccoli and then the herbs (you can also you chard or kale too).. poor ‘cheese’ sauce over everything and make sure that the sauce penetrates all.. soaks down to the bottom.. don’t cover
Place in oven and cook for 50 minutes.. let 10 minutes of cool time.
22 Oct 2011
in Soy Beans & Tofu, Vegan Baking, Vegan Main Meals
Tags: awesome, bake, Baking, Best, comfort food, dairy-free, Dinner, excellent, garlic, healthy, kreations, Krista Lawhon, no dairy, Pasta, Recipe, recipes, tofu, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Oh my goodness… I was not at all in the mood to cook tonight, but I found myself motivated by the idea of a baked pasta… I looked into my fridge to see what we had in the veggie bin… and the idea hit me… this is what I did…
- olive oil
- chopped tomatoes with juice.. 2-3 tomatoes
- 1 pepper if you like – I don’t because my kids eat it..
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- a bit of cauliflower
- one stick of celery
- a bit of broccoli
- a zucchini / squash
- garlic – I use 5 cloves.. but that’s a lot
- herbs: fresh thyme, oregano, sage, parsley, basil, garlic chives (whatever you have)
- tofu – one block – FIRM or Extra FIRM
- red wine vinegar
- pinch of sugar
I cook my pasta with boiling water salt and a bit of oil.. drain pasta when ready and wash with cold water.. set aside
wash your veggies and cut them into bite sized pieces..
Heat the oven to 425
on the stove: Add oil to pan and saute onion and garlic for 2 minutes then add all other veggies…
cook for 5 minutes.. about maybe 8-10
add tomatoes with juice, sugar and vinegar.. saute for another 15 minutes. Then, add tofu cubes. Mix.
add veggie stock or water if it gets dry
Add pasta to the veggies… mix.. cook for 2-3 minutes..then add herbs
transfer to a baking dish.
bake at 425 for 10 minutes and lower heat to 320 and cook for 25 more minutes…..don’t let it burn!
add fresh parsley on top.. and serve..
02 May 2011
in Meat Alternatives, Soy Beans & Tofu, Vegan Main Meals, Vegan Marinades, Vegan Side Dishes
Tags: Brussels Sprouts, hardcore, healthy, herbivore, krista, lawhon, nutitional yeast, Recipe, recipe blog, tofu, Vegan, Vegetarian, Zucchini
Baked Tofu with Marinade with Brussels Sprouts, Zucchini and Shallots with Rice
One 14 oz block extra firm tofu, drained
1 tiny garlic clove, peeled
For the marinade
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 garlic cloves – sliced
A pinch of dried Italian seasoning – optional
Cracked black pepper
Cut the tofu vertically in half. Then cut each half widthwise into two pieces. You will have 4 tofu pieces. Using a kitchen towel, pat the tofu pieces to absorb as much moisture as you can.
Make 2 small slits on top of each tofu piece. Thinly slice the garlic clove into 8 slices. Insert one slice of garlic into each slit on the tofu. Skip this step if you don’t like garlic.
Whisk together all marinade ingredients and pour into a dish. Place the tofu slices in the dish with the marinade. Carefully flip the tofu pieces so they are covered all over by the marinade. Let the tofu marinade for about 15 minutes.
Pre heat oven to 350f
Remove the tofu pieces from the marinade and place on a non-stick baking dish. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, flipping the tofu pieces every 20 minutes. Cooking times will vary depending on your oven and thickness of tofu slices.
Tofu is done when it is firm and browned all over.
Brussels Sprouts and Zucchini
1 lb Brussels sprouts
2 small shallots ( or substitute yellow onions)
2 medium zucchini
3 small carrots pealed and chopped
1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
good quality olive oil
salt and pepper
Wash the Brussels sprouts and remove any loose leaves. Trip the stem ends if needed and if leaving them whole, make a small cross-cut in the stem. If you have rather large sprouts, cut them in halves or quarters.
Slice the shallot very thin. Cut the zucchini into slices.
Heat the pan with the olive oil and shallots, and sauté over a medium-low heat until the shallots are wilted. Turn up the heat and toss in the sprouts and add nutritional yeast and mix.
Cook for a couple of minutes then add the zucchini and carrots.
Sauté until the sprouts are a very bright green and tender-crunchy, and the zucchini is just a bit limp. Maximum cooking time should be around 10 minutes