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Vegetable Pot Pie w/ No-Oil Biscuit Crust

Vegetabale Pot PieThis Vegetable Pot Pie is so satisfying and delicious you wont even miss the meat. If you are gluten-free, no worries. Just make the insides and serve it over brown rice.  This recipes is so delicious, I put it in both of my cookbooks, Whole Food Goodness and revised a bit in Whole Food American Favorites.  I demonstrate this recipe in a cooking class posted on my YouTube channel here.

 

 

 

 

 

Florets from 1 head cauliflower

1 cups water

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 medium carrots, sliced

4 ribs celery, sliced

3 cups small broccoli florets

2 cups chopped mushrooms, cremini or white button

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1 t dried sage

2 t dried thyme

2 cups frozen green peas

3 T Chicken Style Seasoning 

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (optional)

1 Biscuit Crust

 

In large covered pot, steam cauliflower florets in 1 cup water until tender. Transfer cauliflower and remaining steam water to blender jar. Set aside. In the same pot, add 1/2 cup water, raw vegetables, and herbs. Saute until carrots and broccoli are tender. Add more water if needed. Blend the steamed cauliflower with the Chicken Style Seasoning and sunflower seeds until creamy. Pour over vegetables, add peas, and mix well. Transfer to casserole dish. Cover with prepared Biscuit Crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes. 

 

Biscuit Crust

 2 cups sifted white wheat flour

2 t baking powder

1/2 t sea salt

1/2 cup raw cashews

3/4 cup water

 

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in large bowl and mix well. Blend cashews and water until smooth. Gradually add to dry ingredients and mix until dough forms a ball. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 30 seconds to form a smooth ball. Roll to ¼ – 1/2 inch thick and shape as desired. Cover pot pie.

White Bean Potato Soup w/ Broccoli

This White Bean and Potato Soup is made with simple ingredients and very simple to make.  It has incredible flavor and a light creamy texture and is perfect for a cool spring evening meal.

This recipe is slightly revised from my book Whole Food Goodness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 small Yukon gold potatoes, cut in 1/4″ cubes

3 medium carrots, chopped

3 cups chopped broccoli

3 cups cooked white beans (navy or great northern)

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (optional)

1 T Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

Salt to taste

 

Saute’ chopped onion in a dry skillet over medium-high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute.  Add 4 cups water, potato, carrots, and broccoli and cook until vegetables are tender.  Blend 1 1/2 cups beans with sunflower seeds, 2 cups water, Mrs. Dash seasoning and 1 cup cooked vegetables from soup until smooth.  Add chopped parsley to cooked vegetables and cook for 1 minutes. Stir blender contents into soup. Add more water to thin if needed.  Salt to taste. 

Wheat Berry Chili

 

They wont miss the meat in this chili with it’s chewy texture from the sprouted wheat berries, not to mention the delicious flavor. It you can’t eat gluten or don’t want to take the time to sprout, use quinoa, rice, or other non-glutenous grain. You could use the wheat without sprouting but it would take much longer to cook. This chili is cozy and warming on a cold winter night!  This recipe is from my cookbook Whole Food Goodness.

 

 

 

 

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic minced

1 medium sweet potato, cubed 1/4 inch

4 cups chopped broccoli

2 cups chopped mushrooms

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 – 6 oz can tomato paste

¼ – ½ cup diced green chilies

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp onion powder

1 ½ cups cooked sprouted wheat berries* (or rice, quinoa or other grain of choice)

1 ½ cups red kidney beans

1 cup mashed pinto beans

½ cups fresh cilantro

salt and pepper to taste

 

Saute onion over medium-high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic and saute 1 minute.  Add 6 cups water, sweet potato and broccoli. Cook 10 minutes then add mushrooms. Cook until potato is tender. Add remaining ingredients and cook 5 more minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

*To prepare wheat berries, soak 1 cup in water for 8 hours. Drain and leave to sprout for a day or two, rinsing twice a day. In a small sauce pan, bring them to boil in 2 cups of water, reduce heat to low and cook for 40 minutes or until tender.

Use either or sprouting jar or just use a large strainer to rinse your wheat.

Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

                    

1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup pitted dates

1 small garlic clove, minced

1/4 cup dark molasses

1/2 t ground allspice

1/8 t each: chili powder, ground cloves,

      cayenne pepper, dry mustard

1/2 T onion powder

1 T tamari or 1/2 t sea salt (optional)

 

Combine all ingredients, except tamari or sea salt, in a saucepan over high heat and stir until boiling. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for one hour. Let cool then blend smooth. Add tamari or salt if desired.  Refrigerate for six months.

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

 

A classic comfort food recipe that’s healthy, hearty and filling. Bottom layer is chock full of vegetables with corn and kidney beans in a delicious tomato sauce. It’s a great meal all by itself to warm you during the cold winter months. 

 

 

 

 

 

2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut in chunks

Florets from one head cauliflower

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 t garlic powder

1 t onion powder

1/2 t sea salt

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 pound of cremini mushrooms, chopped

2 carrots, sliced

2 celery stalks, sliced

1 bunch collard greens, chopped

3 T Kirkland No-Salt Seasoning or other no-salt seasoning

1 6 oz. can tomato paste

2 cups cooked kidney beans

2 cups frozen corn

1 t paprika

2 T April’s Vegan Worcestershire Sauce 

Sea salt

 

Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender. Drain and set aside. Steam cauliflower until tender, then set aside, reserving steam water. In a large pot, saute onion over medium-high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Add 1/2 cup water, raw vegetables, and no-salt seasoning. Cook over medium-high heat until vegetables are tender, adding more water if needed to keep from sticking. Add remaining ingredients. Salt to taste. Transfer to a casserole dish. Blend cauliflower with 1/2 cup steam water, seeds, onion powder, garlic powder. Mash blended cauliflower with potatoes. Carefully lay the mashed potato mixture over the cooked vegetables. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Deep Dish Tortilla Pie

 

I’ve been making this tortilla pie for years and it’s always a hit.  I often use black beans instead of pinto and swap out the flour tortillas for corn and make it into a Enchilada Casserole. This recipe is in my cookbook Whole Food Goodness

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 large onion chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

4 cups chopped broccoli

1 4 oz. can mild green chilies

1 can no-salt diced tomatoes

5 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp oregano

1 6 oz. can tomato paste

2 cups fresh or frozen corn

3 cups cooked pinto beans

Sea salt

4 Ezekiel Tortillas or other whole wheat tortilla

1 Recipe Seed Cheeze Sauce

 

Saute chopped onion, over medium-high heat, in large pan until it starts to brown. Add garlic and cook one more minute.  Add 1/2 cup water and broccoli and cook until broccoli is tender. Add more water if needed to keep from sticking. Once broccoli is tender, add remaining ingredients up to beans. Cook 5 – 10 minutes. Salt to taste.  Add more water if needed for moisture.

In a cast iron skillet, pour Seed Cheeze Sauce to cover the bottom of the skillet. Lay one tortilla in the skillet and top with 1/3 of the vegetable mixture. Drizzle cheeze sauce on top.  Do this with the two remaining layers but instead of topping the last vegetable mixture with cheeze, place a tortilla on the top, then cover with remaining cheeze sauce. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Serves 8-10. 

 

Chicken Style Cauliflower Gravy

 

This gravy is wonderful served over Thanksgiving Chic Pea Loaf or Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. This recipe is from my cookbook Whole Food American Favorites. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 pound cauliflower florets

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds 

2 T Chicken Style Seasoning (page 100)

1 1/2 t onion powder

Sea salt

 

Steam cauliflower in a covered pot with 1/2 cup water until tender. Blend steamed cauliflower, steam water, and remaining ingredients with 1 cup water until smooth. Add 1 more cup of water. Blend to mix. Heat if needed.

Cauliflower Mushroom Gravy

 

This gravy is great served over my Cauliflower Mashed PotatoesThanksgiving Chic Pea Loaf, or Holiday Lentil Loaf, and is in my cookbook, Whole Food American Favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

1/2 head cauliflower

1 t onion powder

1/2 t garlic powder

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1 cup chopped mushrooms, cremini or white button

1 t dried thyme

Sea salt

 

Break off cauliflower florets into large pieces and steam in 1 cup water until tender. Transfer cooked cauliflower and steam water to blender jar, along with onion powder, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and sunflower seeds. Blend until smooth. Set aside. Sauté mushrooms and thyme in 1/4 cup water until mushrooms are tender. Combine the cauliflower mixture with the mushrooms. Stir in more water to reach desired consistency. Salt to taste.

 

Wild Rice and Broccoli Pilaf

Serve as a side dish or stuff into acorn squash halves or other hollowed out winter squash for an attractive main dish.

1 cup wild rice

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup sliced celery

1 cup chopped carrots

2 cups chopped mushrooms

4 cups chopped broccoli

2 ½ T Holiday Herb Mix

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, pine nuts or chopped pecans

Sea salt

 

Cook rice according to package directions.

Saute onion over medium-high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic and stir 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water, celery, and carrots. Cook 5 minutes.  Add mushrooms, broccoli and herb mix and cook until broccoli is desired tenderness.  Stir in seeds or nuts. Salt and pepper to taste.

Spaghetti Squash and Millet Marinara

I love to use cooked millet in place of pasta in Italian style dishes.  When added to spaghetti squash, it adds a heartiness to the squash and is much more filling. Millet is high in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and is a great source of complex carbohydrates that our body uses for energy! If you want energy, eat a high-carbohydrate diet. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 spaghetti squash, cooked *

1 cup dry millet, cooked**

 

Marinara (Use your favorite bottled if desired)

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 24 oz box Pomi tomatoes

1/2 can tomato paste (3 oz)

1 t basil

1 t oregano

1/2 t turmeric (optional)

1/4 t black pepper

 

*Cook spaghetti squash in the oven at 350 for about 1 hour until soft. I leave it whole. No need to stab it with a knife or anything . Just place it on a baking sheet and turn on the oven. I’ll put this in the oven in the morning while getting ready for work.

**Boil 2 cups water. Add dry millet, turn heat to simmer, cover and cook until tender, about 15 – 20 minutes.

Saute onion in a dry pan over medium-high heat until it starts to brown. Add minced garlic and stir for 1 minutes. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a low boil then turn to simmer. Add herbs and spices. Cook 10 or 15 minutes.  

Scrape squash strands into a bowl. Add desired amount of millet and  top with marinara.

 

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