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Showing posts with label weekday. Show all posts

Mar 6, 2021

pot pie with pizza crust

  


Overview

Time: 30 minutes
Dishes: large pot, baking sheet, oven 


Hello, hello Dear Readers!

I heard of the idea of using pizza dough as the crust of a pot pie, so when I first made this meatless, vegetarian and vegan dish, I made a pizza crust (baking it into the pan first) and then adding the pot pie filling and baking it a bit more. Well,.. it didn't turn out quite as I intended, but the flavors were great and my son-in-law asked me to make it again.

This time I just baked the crust as a pizza crust, topped with some vegan cheese, and served it along side the pot pie. This turned out to be faster, not as messy, not as soggy, but still very tasty. 

Although you might expect the crust to be on the bottom of the pot pie, it turns out better as more of a top to the pot pie. Roll the pizza dough into a regular pizza-looking crust, or cut into circles and then top them on to bowls of the pot pie. 

My husband, however, defied my logic and added the crust to the bowl, topped the crust with the filling and then used a knife and fork to eat it. He liked it that way, so I say more power to him.

If you need inspiration for your weekly menu, check out ours HERE.

Enjoy!



Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • If dough is refrigerated allow it to warm first.
  • The pizza takes about 15 minutes to bake; start there.
  • Make the filling while the crust bakes.
  • Finish with the nondairy milk while the cheese melts, if using.
  • Serve the crust with the filling - under, over or next to each other.
 



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Pot Pie with Pizza Crust

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Makes 4 servings 

weekday

Preheat oven to 450-F


12 to 16-ounces pizza dough

4 to 6 slices vegan cheese (optional)

1 teaspoon olive oil

10-ounces vegan chicken-style strips or Savory Tofu

1/2 onion, chopped fine

3 medium carrots, sliced thin

2 cup chopped green beans or zucchini

1/2 cup corn or peas (optional)

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tablespoon Easy Savory Broth Mix or 2 teaspoons Better Than Bullion

2 1/2 cups unsweetened, plain nondairy milk


1. Crust: Allow pizza dough to come to room temperature, if chilled. Roll out to 12-inches. Place on a baking sheet and spray with oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until browned. If adding cheese, bake for 10 minutes, add cheese and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove and cut into wedges. 

2. Protein: Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the protein and cook until browned, using a lid, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Chop when cool, if needed.

3. Vegetables: Add the onion, carrot, green beans and corn to the now empty skillet. Cook over medium heat, using a lid, until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir as needed:

4. Gravy: Add the flour and broth mix to the Vegetables. Mix well and cook 3 minutes.

5.  Add the milk to the Gravy, 1/4-cup at a time, while stirring until smooth, to prevent lumps. Add the chopped Protein. Season to taste. Bring to simmer and cook until Vegetables are tender. Serve with the Crust on top or as a side. 





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Feb 22, 2021

mexican breakfast burrito with salsa fresca

 

Overview

Time: 35 minutes
Dishes: air-fryer or oven, medium skillet, medium bowl 


Hello, hello Dear Readers!

I wonder if every family has members who have as strong food opinions as mine does. Until now I did not realize how divided we are when comes to sweet potatoes. One camp thinks it is way too sweet for savory dishes and the other camp believes that it is perfect, especially when paired with its food affinity, such as black beans.

This intense emotion runs so deep that my son went to the trouble of removing the sweet potatoes from his prepared burrito! After I patiently and painstakingly explained to him that the flavor profile is very much a "thing", and pointed out that he omitted the Salsa Fresca, which would have balanced the sweetness of the potatoes with its acid and heat, he gave it a second try. 

The burrito is stuffed with Breakfast Tofu, black beans, cheese, sour cream, avocado and Salsa Fresca.

So, dear readers, if you are in my son's camp, thinking that sweet potatoes are too sweet in savory dishes, by all means - use regular potatoes! Regardless of the potato you choose, however, please don't skip the Salsa Fresca. It truly does add the final touch that pulls all the flavors of this breakfast burrito together into …sweet... harmony.  

If you need inspiration for your weekly menu, check out ours HERE.

Enjoy!




Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • Preheat the oven and gather your ingredients.
  • Start the potatoes first. 
  • If you need to make the Breakfast Tofu, prepare it after the potatoes are cooking.
  • Make the salsa before warming the beans and tofu.




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Mexican Breakfast Burrito with Salsa Fresca

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Makes 4 servings 

weekday


2 medium sweet potatoes or regular potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 small tomatoes, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 small onion, finely minced

1/2 small jalapeno, finely minced

1 tablespoon lime juice 

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained  

2 cups mashed Breakfast Tofu (1 recipe) 

1/2 cup shredded or 4 slices nondairy yellow or orange cheese

4 fajita-size flour tortillas

1/2 cup vegan sour cream

1/2 cup salsa

1 avocado, sliced 


1. Potatoes: Preheat air-fryer or oven to 400F. Peel and dice the potatoes. Spray with oil. Season with chili powder, cumin and salt.  Bake until tender. Air-fryer: 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket as needed. Oven: 30-40 minutes.

2. Salsa Fresca: Combine the tomato, garlic, onion, jalapeno and lime juice in a medium bowl. Salt to taste.  

3. Beans and Tofu: Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the beans, tofu and cheese. Cook until heated through, about 4 minutes.     

4. Burrito: Warm the tortillas in the microwave (between two plates for 1 minute), oven or over the stove. Divide the baked sweet Potatoes and the Beans and Tofu among the burritos.  Add sour cream, Salsa Fresca and avocado. Season generously with salt. Roll up and serve. 





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Feb 20, 2021

stromboli



Overview

Time: 45 minutes
Dishes: small pot, medium bowl, baking sheet


Hello, hello Dear Readers!

I watched a popular video on how to roll Stromboli, and I am here to report to you to not make the same mistake I did - when you fill your dough, add the cheese to the bottom and then the Soy Curls. This will make folding the ends up and over the filling and crimping the seam easier. Then you can flip the dough to place the seam on the bottom of the baking pan to make sure it does not open during baking.

However you fold or fill it, when you bake this dish, make sure the cheese portion is on the top not on the bottom to allow the cheese to melt into the filling and prevent the crust from becoming soggy.

While I did prepare it the hard way, it was definitely well-received in the household. In fact, I only got a small piece to taste before they were snapped up.

I used my homemade pizza dough, which is easy and fast, and I used Soy Curls (as prepared HERE on Making Mondays). You could use Gardein or seitan or even cold cuts, if you like. It will still be delicious!

I used fresh spinach, which I just pan-cooked. No seasoning, nothing; I just cooked it to wilt it. If you use frozen spinach, make sure to squeeze it well, else your Stromboli will be too wet. No soggy Stromboli, please.

I added fennel seeds to add sausage flavor, so if you have it, please add it. All in all, very tasty meal that took less than 45 minutes to get to the table. 

If you need inspiration for your weekly menu, check out ours HERE.

Enjoy!





Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Cook or microwave the spinach while you roll the dough.
  • Press the spinach of excess liquid, if needed. 
  • ADD THE CHEESE TO THE BOTTOM of the dough to make folding easier.
  • Flip the filled and sealed dough onto the baking sheet, making sure the cheese is at the top.
  • Make the sauce while you bake the Stromboli. 





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Stromboli

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Makes 4 servings 

weekday/weekend


2 cups chopped, prepared Soy Curls (as prepared HERE)

5 ounces spinach (cooked, if fresh; thawed and squeezed, if frozen) 

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided

2 teaspoons dried basil, divided

1/2 teaspoon chili flakes

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 pound pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)

5 garlic cloves, minced, divided

10 slices vegan cheese

1/4 cup vegan parmesan (optional) 

1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce

1 teaspoon onion granules


Preheat oven to 400F.


1. Protein: Mix the soy curls, oil, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon basil, chili flakes and fennel seeds together. Set aside. 

2. Stromboli: Divide the dough into two. Roll each half into an 8X12 rectangle. Sprinkle each dough half with 2 minced garlic, add half the parmesan, if using, half the slices of cheese and half the reserved Protein, leaving a 2-inch border without any toppings. Fold the dough around the filling, pinch the seam closed and place seam-side down on a baking sheet. Tuck each end under. Brush with oil, add salt. Pierce all over with a fork to allow steam to escape. Bake until golden, 17 to 25 minutes.

3. Sauce: Mix the tomato sauce, onion, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon basil, and garlic in a small pot. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Partly cover and cook until flavors meld, about 5 minutes. Add pinch sugar if too tart. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the sauce with the Stromboli


 



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Feb 13, 2021

one pot chili mac - dump dinner

  



Overview

Time: 30 minutes
Dishes: large pot or large skillet


Hello, hello Dear Readers!

As promised, another meatless, vegetarian and vegan dump dinner. It makes complete sense to make this dish as a dump dinner, as long as you keep an eye on the pasta to not over cook. Mine did, but I'm not sure I mind in a 30 minute meal. If this is important to you, just check on it periodically. The pasta should be al dente when the spinach and cheese are added (if using).

This was ready fast. I tend to like casserole dishes with lots of vegan cheese, so I was a happy diner. If you don't like vegan cheese, skip it! 

I love how fast this came together. I didn't have to make a separate batch of chili to have this ready and it was delicious. You can tweak it with more spices or heat, but the base is easy and simple. 

If you need inspiration for your weekly menu, check out ours HERE.

Enjoy!




Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Add the frozen grounds to the pan before you chop the onion. Use a lid.
  • Add the pasta and stir well before adding the broth. This will keep the pasta separate to cook properly. 
  • I used water with a few teaspoons of broth mix or vegetable bullion. 
  • Test the pasta after 7 minutes to avoid overcooking. It should be al dente before the spinach and cheese gets added, if using.
 




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One Pot Chili Mac

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Makes 4 servings 

weekday


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 cups (about 1 bag) frozen grounds

12 ounces elbow pasta 

4 cups vegetable broth

1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 (5-ounce) bag baby spinach (optional)

1 cup vegan shredded yellow or orange cheese (optional)


1. Protein: Add the oil to a large pot or skillet, over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and grounds. Cover and cook until the onion is golden, about 5 minutes. Stir as needed. 

2. Pasta: Add the pasta to the Protein and stir well to coat the pasta evenly. 

3. Beans and Broth: Add the broth, beans, tomato, chili powder, cumin, and salt to the Pasta. Stir well. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Cover and cook until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.

4. Spinach and Cheese (optional): Stir in the spinach. Mix well to wilt. Add the vegan cheese, cover and cook until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Serve. 







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Feb 6, 2021

indian butter seitan


Overview

Time: 45 minutes
Dishes: large skillet, large bowl, air-fryer 


Hello, hello Dear Readers!

Excellent meal - and pretty easy, to boot! This  Indian meal is very tasty and it, too, comes with it's food lore.  Since I am using seitan, you can probably guess (or already know) that this dish is originally made with chicken. The story goes that the tandoori chicken at a restaurant was drying out as it sat waiting for customers to buy it, so the owner created a curry sauce to keep the dish tender. 

This sauce, like many North Indian sauces, tend to be made with tomato in some form or another, and this one is similar. It has tomato sauce and calls for cream. Since we are already marinating the seitan in a flavorful yogurt sauce (the tandoori part of the dish), I figured it would be great to just add it to the sauce and not need any cream at all.

This worked beautifully and tasted great! 

Be sure to make your own seitan and I give you the Making Monday version for making Easy Simple Seitan Loaf. It takes about 1 hour, including kneading, so there is no reason  not to make it. A few simple steps and you have tender, flavorful seitan, ready to make this dish.  

If you need inspiration for your weekly menu, check out ours HERE.

Enjoy!






Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Prepare the rice, if using.
  • Make the marinade first and marinate the seitan while you prepare the sauce.
  • Air-fry the seitan while the sauce simmers. 
  • Use your impeccably clean fingers to pluck the seitan from the marinade (or use a fork) and gently shake off excess marinade. 
  • Save the marinade for the sauce.





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Indian Makhani - Vegan Butter Seitan

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Makes 4 servings 

weekday


Serve with rice or naan.


1 cup plain, nondairy yogurt

1-inch ginger, grated

4 cloves garlic, grated

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 pound seitan (Easy Simple Seitan or store-bought), cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tablespoon oil

1 medium onion, finely minced 

1/2 cup cashews

2 teaspoons garam masala

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 cups vegetable broth

1 cup tomato sauce

4 whole cloves

1/2 cinnamon stick

1 tablespoon vegan butter or vegan ghee (optional)  

1. Marinade: Add the yogurt ginger, garlic, turmeric and chili powder to a large bowl. Mix well. Stir in the seitan pieces. Set aside.       

2. Onion: Add the oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, cashews, garam masala and cumin. Cook until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes. 

3. Sauce: Add the broth, tomato sauce, cloves and cinnamon stick to the Onion. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, partly covered.  

4. Air-Fry: Remove the seitan pieces from the marinade (save the Marinade). Either air-fry on 4000F for 10 minutes, or bake in the oven for 20 minutes on 450F. Add the reserved Marinade to the Sauce. Taste and add salt and pepper. Thin with water if needed. Stir in the seitan. Stir in the optional butter. Serve with rice or naan.  




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