Monday, December 26, 2011

Let's make Vegan Tofu Scramble

 
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Many people ask us
"Is Tofu Scramble good?. How do I make it?"

Yes it is delicious,versatile and a lean meal.
This is included in the Veganopolis Cookbook
Enjoy as a breakfast entree or in a wrap for lunch.

This is what I do when I am hankering for a good Tofu Scramble:
Drain and break apart a package of Firm Tofu into a bowl, set aside.
Measure and prep my ingredients:
Place these dry spices together in a small dish:
2-3 tsp Onion Powder ( to taste)
2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp White Pepper
1 tsp Salt
Pinch of Dry Mustard and Cayenne Pepper
Prep the following:
3 Shallots, chopped ( or 2 TBSP diced Onion)
1/2 C Red Pepper , diced
3 Garlic cloves, smashed/chopped
1/2 C Parsley,rough chop
1/2 C Vegan stock
2 TBSP Flax Meal
1/2 Lemon
OPTIONAL- 2 or so tsp Liquid Smoke, to taste
HEAT:
2 tsp Oil in a saute pan

Let the Scramble begin:
Add Shallots, Peppers to heated oil, cook for 2 minutes(soften)
Stir in Garlic for one minute
Add spices, stir and cook for one minute
Add a couple TBSP stock, heat to hot
Add crumbled Tofu, stir to blend well
Stir in Flax meal
Add another 2 TBSP stock, cover and simmer for about 4-5 minutes.
Remove cover and taste for salt.
Add Parsley to blend
Squeeze on Lemon juice and Liquid Smoke if using
Stir, heat for a minute or 2. Enjoy.

Another favorite:
Broccoli Florets, Sunflower Seeds and Carrot
TIP
Make a 'blanc' Tofu Scramble using the dry spices and stop there.
Keep in your frig to add vegetables throughout the week.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Veganopolis Enchilada Lasagna

 


A Veganopolis Buffet all time fave:
VEGAN ENCHILADA LASAGNA (page 207)with Salsa Verde
Roasted Pablano, Cashew, Beans, Spinach and Vegan Chorizo (page 185
and some store bought Daiya Vegan Shreds because we had some on hand.

Questions, comments? email us : lunch@veganopolis.com

Cashew Sour Cream post here:
http://veganopoliscookbook.blogspot.com/2011/04/cashew-sour-cream.html
To Create Cashew Ricotta add less moisture.
Lets sit a few hours then infuse and use however you like.
Adios Amigo

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Viva! Vegan Costa Rican Dinner

Recent Vegan Costa Rican Menu
This ones for Delia F.


 
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Menu
Heart of Palm Salad
Various Mini Empanada
Jamaican Jerk Seitan
Picadello with Chayote
Gallo Pinto
Cabbage and Sliced Tomato Condiment
Then a Jamaican Vegan Bakery floated by and we enjoyed
Mini Vegan Jamaican Spice Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting and Coconut.

Black Eyed Pea Breakfast Patties

 
We love Black Eyed Peas.
The Veganopolis 'Black Eyed Betty Salad' was quite popular and hopefully at our new restaurant.
A meal of a salad was crowned with Black Eyed Peas in our slightly sweet Basil Pesto,topped with Vegan Bakin' Bits.
Today I am making Chili with Kidney Beans and Black Eyed Peas, Kale and Roasted Cashews
I have enjoyed making Black Eyed Pea, VC Seitan Bakin and Greens Pot Pie with Creamy Cashew Gravy
A simple dish of Cooked Greens and Black Eyed Peas is okay by me.
I often add a tsp of Maple Syrup.

For the patties I drained and rinsed a can of Black Eyed Peas.
Cooked them with an inch of water over ,to boil for 2 minutes.
Rinse in cold water, set aside
Dice 2 tbsp Onion, 2 Garlic Cloves, 2 tsp Parsley chopped
Prepare 1/2 C Bread Crumbs or ground Crackers
2 tsp Liquid Smoke, or sub Hickory Smoke dry spice
1 tsp+ Salt, 1 tsp White Pepper,Cumin,Chili Powder
1 TBSP Ground Flax in 1 1/2 TBSP Hot water or stock-sub 2 TSP Arrowroot for Flax.
Finally smash in 2 tsp Oil
Allow mixture to set for 10 minutes.

Add any other extras you would like such as chopped Jalapeno.
Place all in a bowl and mash with a fork
Form into patties and brown.

Black Pepper-White Pepper
FYI
http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Pepper.html
ENJOY!
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gooday Granola Bars



My favorite of all the granola bar flavors we make.
Oats, toasted Coconut, Toasted Sunflower Seeds, Toasted Sesame Seeds,
Molasses, Sugar, Vegan Margarine and Coconut Oil, Maple Syrup.
I often add a Powdered Spirulina and Powdered Vitamin C too.

A power packed bar for after my bike ride to the gym and a swim.
Simple and fun to create, non crumbly with an even sweetness...like a good day.
Finding the best Oats is key to them sticking together.
Smaller Oat Flakes rather than large ones world best.
Recipe will appear in Cookbook 2






Comprised of Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Coconut Oil, Quick Oats,
Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Coconut, Vanilla Extract, Maple Syrup
VEGAN Sugar.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

New Orleans Style Red Beans and Rice

 
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Page 216


Surplus Organic Celery in the cooler so lets make Red Beans and Rice.
Added Vegan Sausage and that completed this hearty dish.
Rice is covered, cooked in a 350 oven with Celery, Onion, Spices and stock.
Optional side: Scoop of boiled and mashed Turnips on a saute of Greens.

106 Days left until Mardi Gras 2012.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spirulina Crunchies coated Bliss Balls

 
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Remember the Bliss Baubles ?
http://veganopoliscookbook.blogspot.com/2011/05/donut-cakes-vegan-style.html

The friendly folks at Spirulina Crunchies sent us a sample of their fun product.
We love Chocolate with Spirulina so it was perfect fit.
Next time on Vegan Donuts and Granola with Spirulina Crunchies.

The crunchies are a less processed with more nutrition per oz.than powder.
They created a delightful crunch to this treat.

Find out more and order your Spirulina Crunchies here:
http://www.spirulinacrunchies.us/

Cabbage-Beet-Apple Salad

 
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A tasty and energizing salad that stores well for snacking all week.
Cabbage to Beet ratio around 1C Cabbage to 1/3C Beet
Plus Raw Sunflower Seeds
Chopped Fresh Dill, Parsley or both.
1/4 slices of one firm , sweet apple , skin on.

Shred cabbage quickly:
Take a 1/4 head, with a sharp knife slice down the sides.
I prefer to peel and julienne the Beet with a ceramic knife.
Herbs, rinsed, pressed dry with a towel, chopped fine
Never chop Parsley or other fresh Herbs in a food processor.


Dressing for 2 C shredded Cabbage and 2/3 Beets,julienned
1 C Seasoned Rice Vinegar (Marukan Orange Label-sweet)
1 TBSP Grapeseed Oil
2 tsp Maple Syrup
Splash of Pickle Jar Vinegar
3 tsp Prepared Horseradish, vegan style
1 thumb Ginger , peeled, fine chop
2 pinches of Dry Mustard
1 tsp Sea Salt or HERBAMARE
Ground Pepper to taste

optional: Juice of 1 Orange in place of Pickle Vinegar
Haven't any Raw Sunflower Seeds on hand?
Try Walnuts or Hazelnuts toasted or raw
+ Add a tsp Flax Meal for a boost.


Topped it off with a scoop of Chive infused Cashew Ricotta, pg 162
Thoroughly enjoyed along with a Veganopolis Pot Pie, pg 178

Saturday, October 1, 2011

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Thank you!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vegan Root Vegetable Casserole

 
















A recipe currently being fine tuned for the next cookbook.
Here we have Turnips, Parsnips, Carrots, Potatoes along with
Celery and Apple Slices.
Pecan Bits
All in a 2 Nut Sauce Base, stock, spices.
Topped with cooked Quinoa here as I always have
some cooked Quinoa about and ready to serve.
Hearty and delicious.

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Finished

Monday, September 12, 2011

Vegan Pizza Roasted Vegetable Style

We made 2 pies the other day:


1. With Red Sauce, Vegan Mozz melts and store bought Vegan Pepperoni
2. Roasted Vegetable Pizza with Roasted Garlic Cloves, Spinach,Onions
Plum Tomatoes, Moroccan Olives, Fresh Oregano and Rosemary


This Roasted Vegetable Pizza was voted best of the two.
If you have no Vegan Cheese onboard fly the pie w/o vegan Cheese.
Or try the simple to create Cashew Ricotta, page 162, for a topping.
Drop by the tsp decorating the top layer prior to baking.

Pie Dough , page 229, Marinara , page 100
If you have Vital Wheat Gluten on hand add 2tsp to the flour for the dough.
We have found it makes for a firm and tasty crust + a protein bump.

Happy Pie!
 
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Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Chill Chili

 
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Elements for Chili chillin' together.
Stray elements found while organizing the cooler.
5-Spice blend all ready and standing by to be added to intitial saute:
Onion, Garlic, 1/2 a Green Bell Pepper, sliced and diced.

+Add a little more Chili Powder and Cumin at the final simmer for bounce.

1 12 Oz Can Diced Tomatoes
2 Plum Tomatoes, quartered, roasted with Smoke Flavor
1 1/2 C Vegan Stock
1-Jalapeno Pepper, diced
1 medium Sweet Onion, diced
a few Garlic cloves, sliced
2 Pablano Peppers,roasted over flame,placed in a covered bowl
to steam off skin, chopped.
1/2 a Green Bell Pepper, diced
1 ear of Sweet Corn
2 Roadhouse Burger Patties -page 155, ground

Not pictured here:
Plum Tomatoes that were roasting in a 405 oven


Cookin' together to meld spices , 5 Min, then add canned tomatoes, stock or both
Add a TBSP of Smoky Barbecue Sauce for a twist.


Next Added:
12 oz can of Tomatoes with Jalepeno
Then
1 1/2 C Vegan stock with 1 heaping tbsp Hickory Barbecue Sauce

Simmer a few minutes

Added 2 Roadhouse Burger patties , Page 155
+Cut them into into strips with a Kitchen Shears, ground in Cuisinart
Saute to lightly brown with Whole Fennel Seed, add to final simmer.

Bring to bubbling, serve.

 
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Enjoyed with Chips

Monday, September 5, 2011

Baked Potato TIP




Baking Potatoes with Salt makes for a fluffier texture.

Pierce the Potato through several times with a knife.
Place on your a roasting vessel and pour salt around the Potato.

TIPS: add sliced Garlic to create another delicious dimension.
+Cut an inch deep crevice on top and stuff with sliced Garlic.

Add a light coating of Olive oil to the outside.
PREHEAT oven to 425 and bake for about 60 minutes.
Test: A small prep knife should glide through the potato: DONE.

This is a good time to use the oven for roasting Garlic, Tomatoes
Eggplant and other items that require a very hot oven.
Toss some Sweet Onion quarters in with the roasting vegetables.
Sprinkle with Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper and roast until slightly browned.

TIP+
Once vegetables are roasted place in a food processor with a a touch of Olive Oil,
Lemon Juice and dried herbs.
Taste test for salt, pepper, herb seasoning and adjust if needed.
To loosen viscosity or thin add a good vegan stock by the spoonful.
+Vegan stock is a good way of adding moisture without adding oil calories/fat.
We always keep a squeeze bottle of Vegan Stock/bouillon handy in the frig.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Veganopolis New York Reuben

 

Veganopolis NY Reuben Sandwich, page 134
We added 'New York' after several regular airline pilots said they looked forward
to Portland stopovers to grab a few Veganopolis Reubens..
"I eat Beef and these taste better than my NYC Deli Reuben does."
Why thank you!

Make a batch of Simple Seitan then proceed with the 'Corning'.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Veganopolis Seitan Caesar Salad

 
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A very popular salad and will be on the menu our new location.

It was fun watching how customers would use the modifiers to design their own by adding Avocado, Vegan Bakin',and one who always asked for a scoop of Almond Feta. After close at 6pm I would have the time to go into the data base and view all the orders with the creative add ons and try them myself.

Only element missing here is 'Rawmesan':
Soaked Cashews (4 hrs),, placed in a processor and blended with Fresh Lemon Juice, Salt and Nutritional Yeast to form a thick paste .
+ Pine nuts are also great and do not need soaking.
After blending spread thinly in a dehydrator until crumbly.
OR
Spread mixture on parchment covered baking sheets
and place in a 110 oven until dry and crumbly.
TIP+Stir in Herbs, or chopped Parsley if you like, post drying.

Simple Seitan, page 145.
Cut into strips and pan brown.

Veganopolis Caesar Dressing, page 60.
Veganopolis Croutons, page 240
RAW?
This dressing can be made raw by using soaked Cashews and blending with Olive Oil-cold pressed,Lemon, Garlic,Cracked Pepper, Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar or Red Wine Vinegar and Sea Salt and a dash of Flax Meal.
Season to taste. and enjoy!

Rawmesan:
Credit to the book 'RAW' by Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter and Roxanne Klein.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Vegan Fried Green Tomatoes

 


"Lets make some Fried Green Tomatoes vegan style"

No need for egg/factory farming for sticking flour when you have Flax Meal.
Add 2 TBSP Flax Meal to about 1/2 C hot water and allow to sit for 5 minutes or more.
This creates a wonderful gelatinous substance that will hold the flour/breading.



Use Firm Green Tomatoes
1/2 Flour,1/2 Cornmeal with added Cajun Spices makes a perfect coating.

Dredge in thickened Flax/Water mixture, toss in flour/cornmeal.
We used Safflower oil, heated to HOT first. Fry until golden

Served here with Veganopolis Remoulade Sauce:
Vegan Mayo, page 31, Ketchup, Horseradish,Mustard,Paprika,Salt
and a few other ingredients.
Veganopolis customers may recall we used
Veganopolis Remoulade on a very popular sandwich special.



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Friday, August 19, 2011

Thai Cucumber Salad


This is one of our top 5 all time favorite salads.
Satisfyingly crunchy, super fresh tasting, Cilantro spiked and nutrition rich.

Too late to sit and have a full meal after a load of prep so I whipped
up this salad in ten minutes.
After enjoying a bowl I felt well nourished.

ELEMENTS:
Cucumber halved then sliced in 1/4 inch thick half moons.
( Seedless or with, your choice)
Julienned Carrot
Red and Green Onion
Roasted Peanuts, chopped
Cilantro leaves
Seasoned Rice Vinegar ( Marukan-Orange Label)
+If using un-sweetened Vinegar add a little Maple Syrup or Sugar to taste
A dash of Sriracha Sauce-to taste and tolerance
Toss, garnish top with ground peanuts-done


Also added some thinly sliced Green Cabbage from a wedge I had on hand.

Optional add ins:
Black Sesame Seeds,Diced Bell Pepper, Ginger or Ginger juice,
cooked Quinoa in place of Peanuts are a few I have tried with success.


RED ONIONS
Increase circulation and relax muscles
Assist in good lung function
Are high in antioxidants
Bacteria fighting properties-like Garlic
High in chromium to assist insulin level along with
metabolizing fats and carbs.
Chromium assists in weight loss.

Most of all they taste fabulous!





Pickling Peppers-easy style


This bottle will be in the cooler about as long
as a jar of good pickles which don't last long.
For long term storage a full process is needed.


In this jar
Washed and sliced
Jalepeno Peppers, Banana Peppers, Carrots, Red Onion, 1 Bay leaf




Bring the following to boil then pour over your chosen peppers
in a 1 QT Ball Jar. The recipe below fills a 1 QT.
Turn few times and place in cooler.

Takes 5 minutes:
1+ 1/2 C White Distilled Vinegar
1 + 1/1 C Water
2 TBSP Sugar

While that comes to boil add these to the jar:
1 Heaping TBSP Black Peppercorns
1 + 1/2 TBS Coarse Salt
2 tsp Whole Coriander or Mustard Seeds
2-3 Cloves peeled garlic
1 Bay Leaf and or Dill Stems
( Optional: I had some fresh sweet corn
and added 2 tbsp un-cooked corn off the cob)

Vinegar? Water Boiling?
Place jar filled with sliced vegetables and spices in sink
and pour thevinegar/water mixture into jar.
Close, turn a few times, place in cooler.
Allow to sit for 5 days before enjoying for best results.
Use up within 3-4 weeks time.


Good addition to Vegan Dogs,Roasted Seitan Slices Sandwiches
or just as a condiment for a Mexican Style meal.
I have enjoyed this condiment as a side with a good Vegan Chili.
... Of course the Chili had Roasted Pablano Peppers.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stuffed Zucchini the Vegan Way

 


My farmer friend Allan loaded me up with some fresh picked Zucchini and it is supreme quality.
Half are Quinoa filled and half with Italian style ground Seitan
+ Vegan Cheese, Red Sauce and topped with Bread Crumbs

Cut Zucchini lengthwise in half.
Scoop just enough to create a space for filling.
In that groove brush a thin layer of Red Sauce first.
Then add a layer of cooked Quinoa or chopped Seitan
Then a layer of your favorite Vegan Cheese, Cashew Cheese or Almond Feta
Top with Seasoned Bread Crumbs and bake cobered for 15 minutes at 395.
Remove cover aand bake another 30 minutes.

Seitan Italian Style-Rough chop some Simple Seitan in to cuisinart,
add a few garlic cloves and Italian Herbs.
Remove from cuisnart and add 2 tsp Fennel Seed, whole
Quinoa was simply cooked in Vegan Boullion.
For more crunch add a 1/3 C chopped Cashews

Other fillings
The delicious store bought Vegan Sausage Gimmee Lean would be excellent.
TIP:
First saute to slightly brown Gimmee Lean with a little Onion and some Whole Fennel seed.

Middle Eaastern Style:
Roasted Chick Peas and Cous Cous would also be delicious in place of Seitan
Try using Mint and other Middle Eastern Spices instead of Italian
Garnish with Lebanese Garlic Sauce thickened with Tahini and loaded with Smoked Paprika


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Assembly: Bread crumbs will be added once the foil is removed mid bake.
In this assembly I used Almond Feta spiked with Sun Dried Tomatoes instead of Vegan Melt Cheese




Thursday, August 11, 2011

Vegan Savory Bread Pudding

A very popular and signature Veganopolis item, page 1-3.
Served every Saturday Brunch with plenty of pans prepped
to hit the oven as the
previous were depleted by
happy and sated
customers.

Prep ingredients, assemble, bake, enjoy : )


Only ingredients missing here are stock to soak stale cubed bread in along with
Parsley finish garnish.
We decided to add a handful of large, roasted Cherry Tomatoes.
Blended them in to the sauce.
Customize yours : Olives,Smoky Pecan Bits, Spinach, Sun Dried Toms , etc.


Assembled and ready to bake at 365 for 45 minutes to until slightly browned atop.

Alas!: Test slice
5 star


Thanks for stopping by veganopolis.com
















Sweet Bread Pudding : Apples, Walnuts, Cinnamon,Oats, Raisins and more.
Soak bread cubes in Vanilla Vegan Beverage: Rice, Almond, Soy.
Kids Love it


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vegan Tofu Scramble and Blueberry Vegan Coffee Cake





Once a week I prepare a 'blanc' Tofu Scramble base to add new or leftover ingredients as the week moves on.
See the Veganopolis Cookbook for our TofuScramble recipe , page 108.
This way I change it up daily.
What I found to add:
A few Sun Dried Tomatoes in the bottom of a jar, Moroccan Oil Cured Olives,
a handful of Lemon Asparagus from a dinner the previous evening, Parsley,
Oregano,Garlic,Lemon Juice.

David enjoyed it at lunch in a wrap with Spinach.


Blueberry Coffee Cake with Vegan Cream Cheese












Using the Veganopolis Muffin recipe for the cake portion along with a TBSP of Flax Meal.
The batter is poured into a round pan and topped with a layer of Blueberries.
I prefer moist coffee cake so I added a little water to loosen the batter.
Should be barely pourable.
Once the Blueberries are on add pinches of Vegan Cream Cheese to about 1/2 the amount of Blueberries then top with crumble mixture.
Bake at 350 for approx 25-30 minutes.

Crumble is comprised of Flour,a little less Brown Sugar. Stir to blend.
Cut in Vegan Margarine w/fork or use hands to achieve a crumbly texture.
Vegan Margarine amount is half the Flour portion.
I often add a little Vanilla Extract to this topping.
An Orange was handy so squeezed a few tsps of OJ into the topping.
There are 2 other pinches of spice that bounce the flavor that will be revealed in the next cookbook.

Cashew Ricotta
would also be wonderful in place of the Vegan Cream Cheese because it cooks well in baked items as well. Cashew Ricotta , page 162.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Gremolata A Super Condiment

 

We have enjoyed this versatile and healthy condiment for years.
Recently I read that restaurants are beginning to offer Gremolata.

Italian in origin but change it up to for use with many cuisines.

Good healthy Garlic boost.
Vitamin K in the Parsley.
Lemon Juice is always a good thing.
My most frequent recipe
Place a heaping handful of stemmed Parsley on your board
Add 5-6 Garlic cloves , smashed
Chop all together until you have a fine mixture.

Add Lemon Zest,splash of Lemon Juice, little Sea Salt and a pinch of Cayenne

Sprinkle on Pasta, Pizza, Burgers, Grilled Vegan Cheese sammies-in with the Vegan Cheese.
Blend into a nice Dijon you may be using on a Jumbo Smart Dog.
Blend a little into Cashew Ricotta, page 162 or perhaps
on Queenly Quinoa Crackers, page 230
I especially love it on salads.

Mexican style-Use Cilantro and Lime juice in place of Parsley/Lemon
Try adding a little chopped Red Onion .

Middle Eastern: Oregano, Mint, Parsley, Lemon Juice, Garlic

Traditional- Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley
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