Brewpub Tater-Tot Pie

tatertot_pieWhile American Vegan Kitchen by Tamasin Noyes is not among our most used cookbooks, it does have a lot of great comfort-food recipes. Like this tater tot pie. It’s like a shepherd’s pie but instead of mashed potatoes it’s topped with tater tots. How fun! We don’t often use the texturized vegetable protein called for in the recipe so we used lentils instead and it came out fabulous. We used store-bought tater tots but definitely want to try this again with homemade tots.

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Aquafaba and Chickpeas, Oh My!

We just got very busy doing some last minute testing for Zsu Dever‘s upcoming Aquafaba cookbook. I had heard of vegans whipping up chickpea liquid to make meringues but didn’t know the name aquafaba until I read this recent article in the New York Times. I tried Zsu’s chocolate mousse recipe with whipped aquafaba and it was amazing. And where there’s aquafaba there’s chickpeas. This recipe for coconut curry chickpeas was also amazing. We’re looking forward to more testing!

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Ziti con Broccoli

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Wanting a quick meal recently, and wanting to add something to our 52 cookbooks list, I opened our copy of Urban Vegan for the first time in quite a long time. I was glad I did because this recipe for Orecchiette con Broccoli was fabulous (even though we didn’t have orecchiette and I used ziti instead). It’s basically a ton of garlic simmered in a ton of olive oil and mixed with pasta and broccoli. We topped it with what some call “vegan parmesan” and what we just call “pasta sprinkle” (because while delicious in its own right it’s really not much like parmesan). To make this particular batch of pasta sprinkle I ground up about 1/4 c. almonds, 2 Tbs. hemp seeds, 3 Tbs. nutritional yeast and 1/4 tsp. salt. Regardless of what it’s topped with though this is one pasta dish we’ll have to make more regularly!

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Tacos with Fresh Corn Tortillas

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We’ve tried our hand at making flour tortillas on occasion but only very recently did we get a tortilla press and try making corn tortillas from scratch. We decided to take the plunge because the corn tortillas we were buying in the store were dry and crumbly. Then some friends put us on to some packaged, uncooked corn tortillas that you cook yourself at home (just a minute or so on either side in a hot pan). They were so much better than the dry crumbly ones! And the next logical step was to buy some masa and a tortilla press and make them totally from scratch. Which is very easy to do, and just a little time consuming but not too bad.

So now we’re making fresh tacos fairly regularly. For dinner last night we made them with our go-to “cheese” sauce and a tofu/kale mixture that was sauteed together and seasoned with cumin and chili powder. They were topped with avocado and salsa and the 7 year old ate 5 of them! OK, they were fairly small but still…

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Tamarind BBQ Tempeh and Sweet Potatoes

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This tempeh and sweet potato dish from Appetite for Reduction was a great way to add another one of Isa’s excellent books to our 52 cookbooks list. The recipe is posted over on the taste space blog. We served it over brown rice with roasted cauliflower on the side and would definitely make it again.

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Black Bean Burgers

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At the time it came out, Veganomicon was one of the most anticipated vegan cookbook releases ever. That was over eight years ago and there has been an incredible proliferation of amazing vegan cookbooks that have come out since then but this handy volume can still hold its own against most any newer cookbook. In fact we still open it up regularly and find new recipes. Like these tasty black bean burgers. The recipe is posted here. They came together quickly for a nice weeknight meal with some roasted potatoes on the side. And our 52 cookbooks list continues to grow!

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Happy Easter!

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Given the holiday today it was a fine time to add Alicia Simpson’s Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations to our 52 cookbooks list. We don’t use this book too often but we do open it up from time to time to get ideas for holiday meals. There are lengthy recipe collections for each major holiday and from the Easter chapter we made the Broccoli Frittata and Hidden Treasure Muffins (which are sweet potato and applesauce muffins made with whole grains). Either or both of these recipes would work equally well for breakfast or brunch but they made a fine dinner too.

To those who celebrate Easter we hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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