Gluten-Free Spicy ‘Shroomin’ Eggplant Ravioli

Gluten-Free Spicy ‘Shroomin’ Eggplant Ravioli

  About 5 years ago now, when I started researching all about food allergies and inflammation, I quickly came across numerous articles on gluten-free diets that help reduce swelling, abdominal pains and so many other ailments so common today.  Now, 5 years later, I forget sometimes that not all my readers may know the details of gluten restrictive or free diets.  The recipe and information here is a little refresher for some, maybe new information for others on how the gluten in foods we eat can drastically affect how we feel after a meal.  The ravioli I made turned out so nicely, I’d love it whether gluten-free or not.  But the rice flour wrappers I used instead of a gluten pasta certainly adds to the healthy aspect of the dish.  I’ve always loved ravioli, particularly fried but have usually avoided it until now.  My gluten-free, simple mushroom and eggplant filling version has all the taste you remember from higher fat, processed carbohydrate ravioli but this one wont leave you feeling like you’re 7 or 8 months pregnant after with bloating, stomach pressure and pains.  Just a delicious plate full of yummy pasta-like Italian flavors.   If you suffer from gluten intolerance,…

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Savory Bok Choy & Red Pepper Waffles

Savory Bok Choy & Red Pepper Waffles

 If you’re hiding out inside this weekend from sub-zero temps we’re having in the East, you’ll want to make a healthy, delicious meal to keep you warm on the inside as well.  These waffles are a two-for.  That is, you can make some up for breakfast and then save a few for a dinner extraordinaire later that week.   The waffle batter comes from An Unrefined Vegan – the waffle queen” as she’s known on the web.  And the mushroom gravy can be store-bought or I have a wonderfully flavorful creamy mushroom soup that will reduce down into a savory gravy topping.  I left the little bit of sweetener out of Annie’s recipe so that I could use the waffles both sweet and savory.  It worked great.  Just add whichever topping suits your meal.  In Washington D. C., we’re lucky to have ‘International Markets’ that always have a good selection of fresh Bok Choy.  Try to get fresh green outer leaves.  Baby Bok Choy would be even better for flavor and texture but the gravy will soften an older stalk if that’s all you can find in your area.     The fresher the veggies are in this the better.  Don’t cook…

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A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

 What would the holiday season be like without our favorite family traditional foods?  That’s what it’s really all about isn’t it?  Finding time with our loved ones to talk and enjoy the foods we grew up loving and savoring for the fall?  My Mom has the most beautiful set of China that only sees the light of day on 2 days each year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas need to have a special menu for those times together.  Special for all.  These basic dishes I’ve put together have all the flavors of fall without the cruelty and expense of slaughter.  Baked, buttery potatoes.  Creamy Slaw salads.  Flakey crusts dripping with piping hot berries in syrup.  Why bring animals into that mix when the food is so fine without them?    Take a look:   Sliced Red and Sweet Potatoes with a touch of Sweet Peppers.   Adapted from a family tradition from both my husband and mine’s youth, it bakes up in minutes, has endless variations for veggies and will last the week while you rest your feet and enjoy your guests.  Christmas Rice – Wild Rice with Spinach and Pomegranates    Brussels Sprouts with Radicchio in a Brown Mustard Orange Glaze  …

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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup with Fresh Thyme

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup with Fresh Thyme

   Growing up, you couldn’t pay me enough to eat anything that I knew had mushrooms in it.  Seriously.   I didn’t even like the way that they smelled.  If you are the same way when it comes to mushrooms today, please read on.  You’ll be glad to discover that they aren’t detestable like I’ve always assumed.   This soup may even bring you around to, well, love them!   Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and very low in sodium.  They provide so many important nutrients including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin D.  Mushrooms are the leading source of the essential antioxidant selenium in the produce aisle. Antioxidants, like selenium, protect body cells from damage that might lead to chronic diseases. They help to strengthen the immune system, as well2. In addition, mushrooms provide ergothioneine, a naturally occurring antioxidant that may help protect the body’s cells. – See more at: http://mushroominfo.com/benefits/#sthash.nCCmONw6.dpuf  I’ve used this soup to create so many other healthy dishes since changing to a Non-Dairy diet.  It can blend with so many other flavors in soups and casseroles, be used as a savory gravy over roasted vegetables or combined with pasta or rice as…

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Sesame Bok Choy Apple Slaw with Baby Bella Dressing

Sesame Bok Choy Apple Slaw with Baby Bella Dressing

   When you don’t have exactly what you think you need for a new dish…sometimes what you do have will surprise you.      I needed to use up a small bag of Baby Bella Mushrooms from my last produce order from From the Farmer.  But I was making a slaw dish with the last of my Bok Choy from the same lot.  Why not?  I made up some delicious slaw dressing using the pureed mushrooms mixed in with traditional slaw seasonings.  No compliant about the nutrition and taste in this side dish.  The Baby Bellas creamed up in the food processor to make a deliciously lite and tangy sauce for my slaw. The color was a tad bit untraditional for slaw.  But I got over that when I took my first fork full.  A new way to make mayo for us here.   If mushrooms in your slaw just doesn’t do it for you, I have several other summer slaws that may light up your grilled corn or veggie burgers.  My idea here is to use your fresh vegetables when they’re ripe and ready.  And if you come up with a new way to encorporate those flavors to your…

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Spicy Tomato BLT Bites with Broccoli Sprouts and Shitaki ‘Bacon’

Spicy Tomato BLT Bites with Broccoli Sprouts and Shitaki ‘Bacon’

One year ago we survived hurricane Sandy and I was enjoying my 1st Virtual Vegan Potluck with this: Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Curl Pasta Love Broccoli Spouts.  Find out how to grow some in your kitchen.  HERE This summer I attended a Vegan cooking class in the city.  The first recipe we cooked up that night were little BLT tomatoes full of that wonderful ‘bacony’ flavor mixed with a spicy mayo and the sweet of the tomato.   I’ve made some changes to make them my own but the concept is pretty much the same:  Making a Vegan BLT inside your cherry tomatoes! Print Spicy Tomato BLT Bites with Shitaki ‘bacon’ Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com   Ingredients For the Marinated Mushroom ‘Bacon’: 1 cup dehydrated Shitake Mushrooms 1 cup water 1 Tbs Olive Oil ¼ tsp liquid smoke ½ tsp smoked paprika ¼ tsp sea salt ½ tsp black pepper 1 tsp tamari soy sauce Hot Sauce Mayo: ½ Cup Vegan Mayo 1 tsp Hot Sauce like Sriracha For the Bites: 7 – 8 Campari Tomatoes, top off ½ cup Broccoli Sprouts (or other greens) 15 pieces of Marinated Mushrooms ½ cup Hot Mayo Instructions Stir together the Mushroom marinade and…

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Homemade Vegetable Stock Powder + Very Veggie Chili

Homemade Vegetable Stock Powder + Very Veggie Chili

How many times have you wanted to make up a good vegetable based soup and haven’t had the stock.  Or you’ve spent $3-4 on vegetable bullion cubes? Now you can easily make up your own vegetable stock powder that is full of fresh nutrients like Nutritional Yeast and caters to your own tastes. Click here for the stock  recipe:   Homemade Vegetable Stock Powder I used my first batch of this wonderful powder to make a base for the Very Veggie Chili below.  It was flavorful and healthy. Adjust the sodium, flavors and heat to your own liking.  No more lugging home boxes of vegetable stock.  You’re paying for the water in them. And they’re heavy!  🙂 This little jar takes up a tiny space in my kitchen now compared with boxed stock or frozen homemade stock.  And then there’s the fantastic benefits of the Nutritional Yeast!!! Very Veggie Chili 1 Can Black Beans, rinsed 1 Can White Kidney Beans 2 cups of chopped Cucumber (English preferred) 1 can Tomato Paste 1 small can Diced Tomatoes + 10 fresh ripe Cherry Tomatoes halved 2 Cups of Squash Cubes ( I used 1 Kabosha cooked to fork tender) 2 Cups of Button…

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Virtual Vegan Potluck Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons

Virtual Vegan Potluck Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons

I’m so proud to be part of this project and it’s a fun way to meet so many other healthy food bloggers. Today’s special event deserves an extra special recipe:  Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff with beautiful Zucchini Ribbons! This dish is light, flavorful, nutritious and filling.  The flavor combination of dill and savory mushrooms make a perfect blend and mimic the classic tastes of Beef Stroganoff. And the pepper gives it a punch that wakes up the veggies, then diced pickles surprise your taste buds with a subtle sour background. All without a drop of dairy.  The pickles and dill give you the sour cream taste usually associated with Beef Stroganoff and the mushrooms simulate sliced beef. Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons Ingredients: Serves 2 -4 1 Cup of Baby Bella Mushrooms, stems removed,  cleaned and sliced thick 2 Cups of White Button Mushrooms sliced thick. 1/2 Cup Water or Unsweetened Non Dairy Milk 3 Tbs. Earth Balance Vegetable Spread 2 Tbs. Olive Oil 1 Cup of sliced Dill Pickles + 1/3 Cup of Pickle juice from the jar 1/2  to 1 Tbs. Black Pepper  (to taste) 1 tsp. Sea Salt 1 Tbs. dried Dill divided 2 Vegetable Bullion Cubes 1/4…

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