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Simply Craving Pizza: Vegan and Gluten Free!

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Makes 2 medium-sized servings, or one large serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked, drained quinoa.  I like the red variety for this dish.  (This can be cooked just like rice!  Here’s a link, if you’re curious.)
  • 2 tablespoons of classic-flavored hummus.  (It sounds weird, but this will be our cheese substitute.)
  • around 2 tablespoons of your favorite (vegan) spaghetti sauce. Tomato sauce could also be used, though the flavor will be different.

That’s it! Really.  That’s it.

Directions:

  1. Cook the quinoa, and immediately put the quinoa into the bowls you will be serving it in. (See link for more detailed instructions.)
  2. While the quinoa is still hot, add the hummus, and stir to incorporate.
  3. Add the spaghetti sauce.  Stir.
  4. The whole dish should now be cool enough to eat.  If you find it’s too cold, just pop it into the microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds, or until it’s to your liking.
  5. Yum.

So, not only does this taste about as close as you’re gonna get to a stuffed crust cheese pizza, it’s also chock full of vitamins and nutrients! The Spruce tells us that 1 cup of cooked quinoa (185 g) contains about 8.14 grams of protein, 3.4 grams of fat, and about 118 mg of magnesium. More than that, even, it includes 31 mg calcium, 2.76 mg iron, 318 mg potassium, and 2.02 mg zinc!

In addition, hummus is also a source of Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron.

How much sodium is in this dish will depend on your favorite kind of spaghetti sauce, but for the kind I used, Prego Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce, these were the facts for what’s in 1/2 a cup – 8 US Tablespoons.  And this recipe only calls for 1/4 of that!

So as far as pizza goes, this really isn’t that bad for you.

Let me know what you think!! 🙂

~Star

 

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Vegan Corn Cassorole from Detoxinista.com!

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http://detoxinista.com/2016/11/vegan-corn-casserole/

This.  Is.  Incredible.

If you like it, head on over to Detoxinista’s page and share this recipe further!

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil , for greasing
  • 1 cup millet, soaked in water for at least 2 hours                (Note – for this recipe, we substituted just over 1 cup gluten free flour, and it worked just fine!)
  • 2 pounds frozen corn , thawed and divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

The How-To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish with coconut oil. Drain the soaked millet in a strainer and rinse well. In the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade, combine the drained millet, 1 pound of the thawed corn, 1 cup water, melted coconut oil, sugar, salt, baking soda, and vinegar. Process well until a relatively smooth batter is created, which should take about 2 minutes. Add in the remaining 1 pound of thawed corn and pulse a few times to combine– you want to leave plenty of texture in this dish.
  2. Pour the batter into the greased casserole dish and bake at 350ºF until the top is lightly golden, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before serving. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

That’s it!  This really is a great one.  If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

~ Star 🙂

Potato Cakes

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Serves 4, Prep time:15 minutes, Cooking time: 16 – 20 minutes.

Ready in about half an hour.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb potatoes, shredded  (tip – potatoes are easier to shred if you parboil them first!  Put ’em on the stove in a pot of boiling water for 4 to 6 minutes.)
  • 1 onion, chopped (I find that the best kind of onion is yellow, wide, short, and sweet.)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley (or if you don’t wanna bother with that, some Italian seasoning or fresh chives will also work.)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Place the shredded potatoes in a strainer and rinse well under cold water to remove excess starch.  This will make it fry well.  Drain.
  2. Place the potatoes in a bowl with the onion, parsley, eggs, and salt and pepper to taste.  Mix thoroughly and divide into rounds.
  3. Heat the oil in an 8 or 9 inch heavy-based skillet.  Cast iron works great.  Add the potato cakes to pan in batches, and pat lightly with spatula. Fry them on medium low for 8 to 10 minutes until the undersides are crisp and brown, then fry the other side for 10 minutes until also crispy brown.
  4. Season with salt + pepper and serve immediately!

Enjoy!

~ Star

AmeriThai Clam Soup Gluten Free

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Thank goodness for Fusion cuisine! Mixing favorite elements of two or three cuisines produces layers of flavor and variety in each and every bite. Since we went to Louisiana on vacation I have developed a deeper love of spice. Thai cuisine has been a favorite of mine for years, but I always avoided the spicier options and stayed with the more gentle flavors. Now though, I embrace the bold mix of spices and really enjoy the clear sinuses that follow spicy meals! This onion, garlic, Sriracha deliciousness balances with the delicate flavors of vegetable broth, hummus and baby clams. This recipe makes one large, warm and tasty serving.

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Ingredients:
1.5 cups water
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 a 10 oz. can (3/5 cup) baby clams, drained
1 heaping tsp organic vegetable broth powder
2 TBS garlic hummus
Sriracha to taste

Directions:
Put water on to slow boil. Add green onions. Return to slow boil. Add clams to pot. Add broth powder, slow boil for 5 minutes. Add hummus, stir until combined. Remove from heat. Transfer to bowl. Add Sriracha to taste. Nom nom nom nom.

Potato Dessert!

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This recipe makes 5 servings of delicious Irish potato dessert.  It’s gluten free, and if you substitute the milk and eggs for, say, 3/4 cup soymilk and 5 teaspoons chia seeds, vegan too!  (Note – I haven’t tested a vegan version, so I’m not sure chia seeds would be a perfect egg replacement, but the soymilk will definitely work.  Let me know how it turns out if you try it!)

  • 5 Potatoes, mashed, with no excess fluid – or, instant potatoes, made stiff.
  • 2 eggs (or egg substitute)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk (or soymilk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Mint sprigs to garnish!
  1. Form lime sized balls with potatoes,
  2. Put in 9×9 glass baking pan.
  3. In 2 cup measuring cup, add powdered sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk, to equal 2 cups.  Mix well.
  4. Pour over potatoes.  Place in cold oven, then preheat to 350 degrees.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Will still be liquid on top in center.
  5. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 – 10 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with a sprig of mint as garnish.
  7. Enjoy!

~Star

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Crepes

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These crepes are dairy free, but not vegan – unless you use a vegan egg substitute!

Makes 12 crepes.  Ready in  15 minutes.

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup soymilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted, + a little extra to grease the skillet/griddle
  • 3/4 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Instructions:

  1. Gather ingredients. In a medium bowl, beat eggs until thoroughly mixed.  Add soymilk, vanilla, and melted coconut oil.  Stir.  Add brown sugar and gluten free flour.
  2. Lightly grease your skillet or griddle.  Turn to medium-high heat.
  3. When a drop of water flicked in the pan sizzles, it’s ready.
  4. Crepes will pour thin – this is what makes them so good!  They cook fast, so keep an eye on them.
  5. Serve immediately with fresh fruit, powdered sugar, or syrup. The possibilities are endless!
  6. Enjoy!

~ Star

Easy-Peasy Guacamole

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This recipe is gluten free and vegan.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large, ripe avocados
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • chopped cilantro to taste
  • lime juice to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • optional: 1 fresh green chile (like a poblano pepper), seeded and finely chopped

Instructions:

  1. Cut avocados in half lengthwise, and twist the halves sideways to separate.  Stab the pits with the point of a sharp knife, and lift to remove.
  2. Peel and coarsely chop the avocado halves, and place in a nonmetallic bowl.
  3. Add lime juice and olive oil.
  4. Mash everything with a fork until the desired consistency is reached – this is all personal preference!  I like mine smooth. Blend in the onion, tomato, chile, garlic, cumin, and chopped cilantro, then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately, to avoid discoloration.  Note – I don’t really find that the taste is affected when the guacamole starts browing, so it should be just fine kept overnight in an airtight container in the fridge.
  6. Garnish with cilantro leaves, if you like!

Enjoy!  🙂

~ Star