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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.

 

Thanksgiving Chic Pea Loaf

A perfect main dish for your Thanksgiving feasts! Serve with my Cauliflower Mushroom Gravy or  Chicken Style Gravy. All these recipes are from my cookbook Whole Food American Favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 cups cooked mashed yam

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cups chopped mushrooms, cremini or white button

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

1 medium carrot, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups cooked chic peas (garbanzo beans)

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts

2 T nutritional yeast

2 T organic tamari or balsamic vinegar

2 T tomato paste

1 T spicy brown mustard

1/2 t dried sage

1 1/2 t dried thyme

1/2 t dried rosemary, crushed

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 t sea salt

1/2 t black pepper

 

Bake yam at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes until soft. Set aside to cool. Sauté vegetables in 1/4 cup water until tender. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients, including baked yam, and mash with a pastry cutter until the mixture becomes sticky and holds together. Press into a 9 x 13 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Loosely cover with aluminum foil and continue to bake an additional 25 minutes. Uncover and brown for 10 minutes. Let set for at least 20 – 30 minutes before serving. Serves 10 – 12.

Figgy Oat Bars

After being on an elimination diet for a year I learned to be totally satisfied with fruit for dessert. However, when my fig tree produced an over abundance I wanted to try making some kind of dessert. I took a Banana Oat Bar recipe that I have and used figs instead of bananas, left out the nuts and dates and it worked great! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 figs, trimmed (leave on skin)

1/4 cup of red flame grapes (For extra moisture and sweet. I had an abundance of them as well.)

2 cups rolled oats

1 t baking soda

1 t cinnamon

1 T apple cider vinegar

 

Blend figs, grapes, and vinegar in a high-powered blender until smooth. The seeds in the figs make this very thick. Place oats, baking soda and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix well. Pour pureed fruit over oats and mix so that all the oats are moistened. Transfer batter to an 8 X 8 cake pan and bake at 350 for 15 – 17 minutes. Cool before cutting. 

 

Green Spanish Rice

On an elimination diet I always have cooked rice and sweet potatoes on hand. For this recipe I use the yellow fleshed sweet potatoes instead of orange. They have a firmer texture and believe it or not, replace the texture of beans, which are often not tolerated by those with food sensitivities. This is one of my more advanced stage recipes. I wasn’t able to add tomatoes or chili powder until after a year. When I was finally able, halleluia! 

 

 

 

 

Cooked short grain brown rice

1 small baked sweet potato, cut in 1/2 inch cubes

1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tomatoes, chopped or can chopped tomatoes

1 t turmeric

2 t chili powder

4 cups finely chopped broccoli

1 small bunch cilantro, chopped

1/4 t black pepper

Salt to taste

Sauté onion in dry pan until it starts to brown. Add garlic and cook 1 minutes stirring constantly. Add tomatoes and cook until juicy. Add spices and broccoli. Cook until broccoli is tender. Add sweet potato and desired amount of rice, cilantro and pepper. Heat through if needed. Salt to taste.

A nice addition is chopped almonds or pumpkin seeds.

Spicy Collards and Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Spicy Collards and Black Eyed Pea Soup

Adapted from Fatfree Vegan Kitchen

 

1 large onion, diced

2 ribs celery, diced

3 – 4 garlic cloves, minced

1 pounds collards greens with stalks, chopped

1 1/2 t thyme

2 t oregano

1 cup chopped muchrooms, cremini or white button

4 – 6 cups water or vegetable broth

1 4 oz. can diced green chilies

1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

2 1/2  – 3 cups cooked black-eyed peas

1 T apple cider vinegar

1/2 t Mrs. Dash Chipotle Seasoning

1/2 t smoked paprika

1/4 t black pepper

 

Sauté onion in a dry soup pot over medium high heat until it starts to brown. Add 1 cup water or broth, celery, garlic, collards, and thyme and oregano. Cover and cook for 5 – 10 minutes until collards begin to soften.  Add remaining ingredients including 3 – 5 more cups of water or broth depending on the desired thickness of soup.

Options: Stir in a cooked grain such as rice, millet, quinoa or wheat berries for a more filling meal.

Stirred in cashew cream or Seed Sour Cream.

 

Italian Patty Melt w/ Mozzarella Seed Cheeze

Italian Patty MeltTopping

2 zucchini, ends trimmed and cut in half and sliced lengthwise in 1/4 inch strips or 1 eggplant sliced in 1/4 inch rounds
2 large tomatoes, sliced in 1/4 inch slices and set aside

Place zucchini or eggplant on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Set aside to bake with the Italian Bean Patties.

Seed Cheeze Sauce

1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup water
1 red bell pepper, seeded and quartered
6 tablespoons lemon juice
3 or 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Sea salt

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Salt to taste. If needed, soak seeds in water to soften for 4 hours before blending. For a spicier cheeze sauce, add 1 or 2 red jalapenos, with or without seeds, in place of the bell peppers.

Italian Bean Patties

2 cups cooked kidney beans
1 cup rolled oats
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chopped cremini mushrooms
3 oz. tomato paste
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning or 1/2 tablespoons each dried basil and oregano
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mash all ingredients together until sticky. Form into patties and lay on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place patties on middle rack of oven and place zucchini or eggplant on rack below patties. Bake for 30 minutes. Flip patties and bake an additional 10 minutes.

To make Italian Patty Melt, spread each patty with Mozzarella Seed Cheeze. Lay baked zucchini or eggplant over each patty. Top with a slice of fresh tomato, and spread more cheeze over tomato slice. Heat for 10 minutes in 350 degree oven.

Another delicious way to enjoy the Italian Patty is in a stack. Top with a spread of Seed Mozzarella, steamed greens dressed with more Seed Mozzarellas, and topped with spaghetti squash with Easy Marinara.      

OR

Cook dry millet according to package directions. Steam fresh spinach and stir in desired amount of cooked millet and desired amount of Cheeze Sauce. Serve on top of an Italian Patty and top with roasted tomato slices. Bake the tomato slices in the oven on a separate baking sheet while the patties are baking. 

Hummus Wrap w/ Kale and Eggplant

Hummus Wrap with Eggplant and Kale1 medium eggplant
1 small bunch kale
1 T tahini (sesame seed butter)
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Whole Food Hummus
Avocado
Sliced red onion
Vine ripe tomatoes
Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Wheat Tortillas (or other whole wheat tortilla)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Slice eggplant lengthwise in 1/4 inch slices. Place slices on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with aluminum foil or another cookie sheet of comparable size. Bake for 20 minutes, uncover and make an additional 10 minutes.

De-stem and finely chopped kale and place in a large bowl. Add tahini and lemon juice. Using your hands, message kale until tender. Add a spoonful or two of hummus if you desire for more moisture. Salt to taste. Set aside.

Spread desired amount of hummus on a whole wheat tortilla. Spread on desired amount of avocado and add onion and tomato slices. Top with 1/2 cup or more of kale. Place 1 slice of eggplant on top. Roll up and enjoy!

 

Hoppin John Salad with Kale

1/2 cup long grain brown rice
2 cups finely chopped kale
1 avocado, halved, pitted, and scored in small chunks
5 T lime juice
1 T unseasoned rice vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
4 green onions, sliced
4 stalks celery, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
1 cup raw corn, fresh off the cob
2 cups cooked black-eyed peas
Sea salt
1/4 t cayenne pepper
Chopped tomato for garnish

Boil 1 cup water, then add rice, lower heat to simmer, and cook for 25 – 30 minutes until tender. Place chopped kale in a large salad bowl and add 1/4 of the avocado, lime juice, and garlic. With hands, message kale until tenderized and well coated with avocado and lime juice. Add remaining ingredients, along with remaining avocado. Mix well. Salt to taste. Gently mix in tomatoes or use as a garnish on top of each serving.

Hummus Wrap

This is such a quick and easy lunch or dinner anytime!Humus Wrap

Whole-Food Hummus 

2 ½ cups garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed if canned)
1/4 cup brown sesame seeds         ground in a coffee grinder
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

Process all ingredients in a food processor or strong blender until smooth. Add water or vegetable broth as needed for smoother consistency.

Home-cooked beans make this taste so much better! To cook beans from scratch, soak dry beans in water to cover for 8 to 24 hours. Drain well, rinse, and transfer to a crock pot. Cover with water about 1 inch above top of beans. Cook on low for 7 or 8 hours or until soft.

To make a wrap

Spread hummus on a whole wheat tortilla. (My personal favorite is a Food For Life sprouted wheat tortilla.) Top with avocado, mustard, dairy-free dressing, and veggies, such as lettuce, spinach, sprouts, red or green cabbage, shredded carrot, onion, tomato, etc.

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