Adding to the 52 cookbooks list. First up, cornbread from Peter Berley’s The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen. I posted my adapted version of his recipe already and often make this when we have chili for dinner.
Next up, Energy Bites from Robin Robertson’s Quick Fix Vegan. This is the very last recipe in this book and it’s a good one. They’ve got cashews, sunflower seeds, dates, cranberries and peanut butter (which I substituted for the tahini). The kids ate them at first and then lost interest but I thought they were great right through to the last one!
It’s apple season! And that means it’s also fig season. Four years ago we planted a tiny fig tree in our yard and finally this year we’re getting a decent amount of fruit. Yesterday I combined the figs with some local apples from Carter Mountain Orchard to make a simple crisp. For the filling I used about a pound and a half of apples and about a half pound of fresh figs, then I just added a tablespoon of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. The topping was 3/4 c. rolled oats, 1/4 c. flour, 2 Tbs. canola oil, 1 tsp. agave, and another 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. I think some nuts would be good in the topping so next time I’ll add some chopped walnuts. Then bake in a covered baking dish at 375° for about 45 minutes. Enjoy!
It’s been a busy summer, during which time we’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging, but we’re back with a fun recipe and announcement. On Saturday, September 24, we’re giving a demo at the Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival. If you’re in or around Charlottesville next weekend, come downtown to the Ix Art Park and catch our demo starting at 1:15 PM. We’ll be making these scrumptious butternut squash waffles with butternut squash applesauce.
We make waffles frequently because that’s what our kids have for breakfast almost every morning. And you might not think of waffles as a good way to get kids to eat vegetables but we often put a veggie of some sort in our waffle batter for just that reason. We often make them with spinach but we thought butternut squash might be better for the demo. Plus it’s nice to include seasonal vegetables. Right now we have a huge butternut squash patch growing out of our garden that was totally a volunteer from seeds that must have been in our compost. We’ve been using these squash in a variety of dishes, including waffles.
Whole Grain Butternut Squash Waffles
1 c. unbleached white flour
1 c. white whole wheat flour
1 c. rolled oats, ground into a coarse flour in a blender or food processor
1 Tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1 3/4 c. cooked, pureed butternut squash (or a can of pureed pumpkin)
1/4 c. canola oil
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
What you do
In a small mixing bowl, stir the vinegar into the soy milk and set aside. In a larger mixing bowl, mix together the flours, ground oats, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Whisk squash, oil, maple syrup and vanilla into the soy milk mixture. Gently fold these wet ingredients into the dry, mixing just until the flour is incorporated. Cook in a waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Note that you can also make this into a pancake batter by adding about 1/4 c. more of soy milk; then you can cook as pancakes in a skillet.
Butternut Squash Applesauce
2 c. peeled and sliced apples (about 2 large or 4 small apples)
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 c. pureed butternut squash
1/4 c. maple syrup
What you do
Puree everything together in a blender or food processor.
We’ve been making nachos for dinner regularly these days. I think this is in part because we joined Costco earlier this year and the two items we most commonly get there are a huge bag of organic tortilla chips and a big bag of avocados. In addition to the chips and guacamole, we usually add a tofu and black bean mixture and some sort of vegan cheese sauce. In this version we changed it up by adding fried seitan and “baked” beans. The beans were based on a recipe from Robin Robertson’s slow cooker book that we made in the Instant Pot. We’ll have to do this more often because it was all quite tasty!
We love Dreena Burton’s books and in most of them there are tasty and inventive veggie burger recipes. Like these Lentil Walnut Burgers from Let Them Eat Vegan. Dreena has posted the recipe for these wonderful burgers so give them a try. We make veggie burgers fairly regularly because they’re usually quick to make and are something the big kid will generally eat. This was a great way to get some lentils into him!
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!
There are many great breakfast/brunch recipes in Vegan Brunch and it’s certainly our go-to book for waffle recipes (and now it’s added to our 52 cookbooks list). The Sneaky Dad’s Waffles recipe that I posted about long ago (and that I still make regularly for our kids) is a heavily adapted version of the Gingerbread Waffles from Vegan Brunch. Another favorite recipe is for these Peanut Butter Waffles (recipe posted here). They’re good with a drizzle of maple syrup or all manner of other toppings but sometimes I just want some PB&J action and I have my peanut butter waffles spread with strawberry jam.
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!
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…