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Vegan Gourmand’s Vegan Whole Beans

5N5A4747I just love Mexican whole pinto beans. You know the kind you get at those real authentic Mexican restaurants?

Well, come to find out they are not all Vegan. Some use an animal stock, either chicken or beef. This recipe has the same great taste as the authentic ones but they are totally Vegan.

Vegan Gourmand’s Vegan Whole Beans

2 cups dry Pinto beans rinsed well and checked for rocks

32 oz filtered water

1 med. sweet onion coarsely chopped

1 tsp ground cumin

6 Lg garlic cloves pressed or finely chopped

1 tsp salt

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

Combine all ingredients in an electric pressure cooker and cook on high pressure for 40 min.

Then release pressure and stir.

Start pressure cooker again, cook on high pressure for 10 min. more.

Release pressure stir and enjoy.

Note: I sometimes add leftover salsa to my beans before cooking them, as I did in the batch of beans pictured above.

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Vegan Gourmand’s Quick Mole Sauce

I love mole but most all the authentic moles have 20 or more ingredients and some of them are hard to find and are not Vegan. Well here is a quick mole recipe you can make with just 11 ingredients.

Vegan Gourmand’s Quick Mole Sauce

16 ounce can of tomato sauce

2 Tbs chili powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 Tbs cocoa powder

2 tsp of creamy peanut butter

4 tsp brown sugar

1 Lg pinches of ground cinnamon

1 pinches of salt

1 cup water

In a med saucepan add tomato sauce, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin powder, coco powder, peanut butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt & water.  Mix well with a whisk until all are combined.

Turn saucepan heat to medium.

Once mole is hot, simmer over med-low heat for 20-30 minutes or until the tomato sauce flavor is gone and the flavors have matured to that mole flavor. Stir frequently to keep from sticking.

Optional: If you would like a thicker sauce you can do the following: In a separate bowl, whisk together the corn starch and a little cold water and then add it to the saucepan, stir until it is fully incorporated into the mole.

Taste and add more salt if desired.

Remove from heat and it is ready to be used over enchiladas or any favorite dish.

 

Vegan Cheezy Broccoli & Cauliflower Bake

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This is a great side dish for any meal.

There are lots of veggies relaxing in a silky, cheezy sauce.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces or larger if you prefer

2 cups cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces or larger if you prefer

2 cups cashew milk (or other plant milk, I like the creaminess of the cashew milk)

1⁄4 cup flour

1 teaspoon of Onion powder

1 teaspoon Garlic powder

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes

1 teaspoon salt

1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup of the new Daiya Cutting Board Collection Cheddar Style Shreds vegan cheese (it melts way better and gets stringier than the original does, its great on pizza)

Bread Crumb Topping Mixture

2/3 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

4 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon garlic powder

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Prepare the bread crumb topping mixture by combining & mixing all bread crumb ingredients together, then set aside.

Cook broccoli and cauliflower in boiling water for 3 minutes, drain and set aside.

Blend in a blender the milk, garlic & onion powder, flour, nutritional yeast flakes, salt, and nutmeg until blended well.

Cook blender mixture, stirring constantly over medium heat in a saucepan until thickened, add Daiya Cheese, lower heat and stir until all the cheese is melted & incorporated. Stir until the sauce is smooth, turn off heat.

Add broccoli and cauliflower to the saucepan and stir until all the veggies are completely covered in sauce.

Pour mixture into a 9 x 9-inch casserole dish.

Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over top.

Bake until bread crumbs are toasted about 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Vegan Corn Chowder Recipe

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With the cold weather covering almost 2/3 of the country, I thought a hot warm soup recipe was in order. I took the basic Forks Over Knives Recipe for Corn Chowder and I changed up a few things to make this warm creamy comfort food. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

INGREDIENTS:

1 small onion, cut into ¼-inch dice (about 1 cup)

6 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon)

6 to 7 cups Vegetable Stock

6 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels

1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice (about 3 cups)

1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into ¼-inch dice (about 1 cup)

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh or dried parsley

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh or dried thyme

Salt, smoked paprika and freshly ground black pepper to taste

 Instructions:

  1. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, place the onion, garlic, and 1½ cups of the Vegetable Stock. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the corn, potato, and 4½ cups of the remaining stock. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the potato is soft, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer 1/2 of the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Return to the pot.
  4. Add the bell pepper, parsley, and thyme. Bring to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes, until the flavors have blended and the pepper is tender.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Dish up into soup bowls and sprinkle some smoked paprika onto the soup before serving to give it a slight smokey flavor. Serve hot.

 

Storage: Cool soup completely and transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Vegan Gourmand’s Baked Vegan “Corned Beef”

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Image above: Reuben Sandwich made with this Vegan “Corned Beef” recipe.

 

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Here is my go to Corned Beef recipe. Enjoy!!

Dry Ingredients

1 ¼ cup wheat gluten

1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp red pepper (optional)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

Wet Ingredients

1 cup cold water

½ cup kidney beans, mashed

1 1/2 tsp coarse ground mustard

2 Tbs vegetable oil

1 tsp ginger root, very finely minced

1 clove garlic, finely minced

1 Tbs brown sugar

1 Tbs tomato paste

1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. In a small bowl, mix together dry ingredients, wheat gluten through the allspice.

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3. In a medium bowl, mix together remaining wet ingredients.

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4. Combine the wet and dry mixtures together until well-blended, knead the mixture for few minutes to condition the gluten.

Dry & wet Combi

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5. Stretch dough out from the ball then shape dough into a flat square like a slab of corned beef and wrap tightly in aluminum foil, folding the ends and corners to seal.

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6. Bake for 35 minutes on a cookie sheet then turn over and bake an additional 40 min.

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7. Let cool fully; slice thin and serve. I use a meat slicer to get it thin and a consistent thickness.

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Servings: 4

The way I enjoy this the most is in a Reuben sandwich with Field Roast’s Vegan Chao Cheese, Vegan Thousand Island Dressing (See recipe below) and of course Sauerkraut all on good Rye bread. (I like Dave’s Rockin’ Rye)

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Easy Vegan Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise (I like Vegenaise best)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • dash salt
  • 3 tbsp sweet pickle relish

Mix well and enjoy!

Vegan Gourmand’s Vegan Biscotti Recipe

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With the weather getting colder and the coffee getting stronger I thought we needed something to sweeten our mornings the Italian way. So I though to would share with you my Biscotti recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (you could also put 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of pumpkin spice into the mix as well)
  • egg replacer, the amount equivalent to 3 eggs (I use Energ brand)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract

 

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 bag of Dark Chocolate chips for dunking (I sometimes add the zest of one orange into the chocolate as it is melting to  give it a citrus note) (or maybe some crushed candy canes to give it that peppermint kick)

NOTE: Get creative with this. If you don’t like a certain flavor, add the one you like. Don’t like dark chocolate maybe white chocolate is more to your fancy or none at all. Like almonds? Use almond extract instead of vanilla and add slivered almonds into the dough. It’s up to you!

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the oil, prepared egg replacer, water, sugar and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, stir into the wet mixture to form a heavy dough. Divide dough into two pieces. Form each piece into a roll almost as long as your cookie sheet. Place roll onto the prepared cookie sheet, and press down and flatten until its about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on a wire rack. When The Biscotti logs are cool, slice each one crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Place the slices cut side up back onto the baking sheet. Bake for an additional 6 to 8 minutes on each side for a total of 12 to 16 minutes. Slices should be lightly toasted and golden brown on edges.
  4. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler and dip the flat bottoms of the biscotti to cover the bottoms.  Let cool until the chocolate hardens and enjoy!

Vegan Tater Tot Casserole

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Mom’s old tater tot casserole is a comfort food icon and a dish that will warm the recesses of your heart. It was sure good tasting and full of love but not all that good for you.

Well, now you can enjoy this all-time favorite without the unhealthy side effects. Here is a recipe that hits all the taste buds as well as the texture and mouth feel. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Ingredients:

1 32oz bag Tater Tots
2 tablespoons Vegan Butter (Earth Balance is the brand I use)
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups plain almond milk or other vegan milk (I use almond milk)
1 cup vegetable broth
1 teaspoon salt (optional) (I use seasoned salt)
3 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 portobello mushroom, diced
1/2 sweet onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups ground crumbles
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables

Process:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter and add flour, stirring until a paste then cook for 1-2 minutes, don’t let it brown.

On medium-high heat; slowly add broth and then the milk a little at a time constantly whisking.

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Mix corn starch with cold water in a small bowl until it becomes a slurry. Add in cornstarch 1 tablespoon at a time, while heating to a boil, stirring constantly. Once it starts to boil, reduce heat to low, then taste. Depending on the saltiness of the broth you used, you can add 1 teaspoon salt and some black pepper to your taste.

In a skillet, saute the diced mushroom in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until soft.

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Add cooked mushrooms to the soup mixture.

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Then, saute onions and garlic in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, till onions are clear. Be sure not to scorch or burn the garlic because they will become bitter.

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Brown ground crumbles in a little oil then combine it with the onion & garlic mixture, also add the frozen vegetables to this mixture at this time.

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In lightly oiled 12″ x 8″ casserole dish, layer with the crumble mixture on the bottom, then the mushroom soup on top of that, and then completely cover top with frozen tater tots.

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Bake uncovered for about 55-60 mins. At the very end you can broil the top to brown the tater tots a bit more if you like them more crispy. Serve warm!

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Vegan Gourmand’s Beefless Stroganoff

Growing up in a non-vegan household in the 70s, my mother would make beef stroganoff. As a kid I really didn’t care too much for it but it was what was for dinner so I ate it. Now, as a Vegan adult somehow I find it to be a comfort food for me. I haven’t had a stroganoff since I was a kid but thought it couldn’t be too hard to replicate a beef stroganoff with all the creamy flavors but as a vegan dish. So here is the recipe I finally came up with and enjoy when I get in the mood for beef stroganoff. It has all the flavor notes and rich creaminess I remember as a kid. Enjoy! Side Note: I know I usually always post images of my recipes but the last time I made this I was soooo excited to have some I completely forgot to take any pictures, sorry….sometimes my stomach overrides my brain.

Ingredients:

1 package (4-5 cups) of your favorite pasta, I use Barilla Rotini (or I like to make garlic or regular mash potatoes and pour the stroganoff over the top)

1/4 cup vegan butter (I use Earth Balance Soy Free)

1 medium sweet onion, diced

3-4 Portobello mushrooms (I have also used Gardein Beefless Tips instead of mushrooms, although you do need to change the process a bit, cooking & browning them separately from all the other ingredients)

3 large garlic cloves, minced

Olive oil or vegan butter for sauteing

1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce (Just read the ingredients on the bottles at the supermarket to make sure it does not have anchovies in it, some brands do, some don’t. I use the Kroger Brand)

1 12oz tub of vegan sour cream (I use Tofutti Sour Supreme Brand)

2 1/2 cups of vegetable broth (I use organic Vegetable broth)

2 heaping tablespoons of powdered vegan beef style broth seasoning (I use McKay’s vegan special instant broth and seasoning)

2-4 tablespoons of corn starch with water for thickening

Directions:

Start to boil your pasta.

Rinse and clean mushrooms then slice them either in chunks or strips.

Saute the onion and mushrooms together in a little olive oil or vegan butter until onions are translucent and mushrooms have cooked their liquid out.

Add the minced garlic and continue to saute for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a medium sauce pan or large skillet add broth and whisk in the powdered vegan beef style broth seasoning then bring to a boil, then lower heat to med-low and add the Worcestershire sauce.

Combine the mushroom mixture into the broth mixture.

In a small bowl or cup mix some water with the corn starch to make a thin slurry. Stir the slurry slowly into broth and then turn the heat back up to a slow boil, stirring constantly. Do this until you get a thicker consistency.

Turn down heat to low and stir in the 1/4 cup vegan butter until incorporated.

Stir in the vegan sour cream until completely incorporated. Do not allow it to boil. Salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately over noodles or mashed potatoes.

 

 

 

 

Vegan Gourmand’s Smoked Vegan Brisket Recipe

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So summer has just started and we are all thinking about those picnics and BBQs we will be attending. You now too can have a smoked Vegan BBQ’d Brisket Sandwich without the unhealthy side effects and be satisfied in your belly and in your conscience. It is so good I think it will even fool those meat eaters. I have been working on this recipe for about three weeks now and I think its ready to share with you, so here you go.  Enjoy!

Wet Ingredients For Brisket

¼ cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

¼ cup Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory & Brown sugar BBQ sauce

½ cup water

2 TBS Vegetable oil

½ cup of Cannellini beans rinsed

1 TBS dark brown sugar

1 TBS tomato paste

Dry Ingredients For Brisket

1 ¼ cup Wheat Gluten

1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Brisket Dry Rub

1/8 cup Chili powder

1/8 cup granulated garlic

1/8 cup granulated onion

1/8 cup smoked paprika (regular will work if you don’t have the smoked kind)

¼ cup packed dark brown sugar

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp black pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325 F

Mix together all the Ingredients for the dry rub and set aside. This makes enough rub for about five briskets.

Mash the bean up with a fork in a separate bowl and add them to all the remaining wet Ingredients, whisk together well, making sure there are no large chunks of beans left.

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Mix together dry Ingredients.

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Combine wet and dry Ingredients together. Knead the dough for about 1 minute. I use my hands.

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Shape and form the dough into the shape of a brisket with a thickness of about ¾ of an inch, it will thicken as it cooks.

Sprinkle some rub out onto a plate completely covering the bottom of the plate with the rub.

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Put the brisket face down on the plate and push lightly to be sure that the rub covers the brisket.

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Sprinkle the rub over the top of the brisket to cover the surface of the brisket, knock off any excess rub.

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Wrap the brisket tightly in aluminum foil sealing the ends.

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Place wrapped brisket on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 F for 35 minutes then turn over and bake an additional 40 minutes.

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Remove from oven and unwrap from foil, put directly into a smoker and smoke with apple wood.

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Smoke for a minimum of 60 minutes for light smoky flavor and 90 minutes for medium smoky flavor

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Remove from the smoker re-wrap in aluminum foil and let cool slightly about 20 min, unwrap and slice thin or re-wrap in aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight then slice thin the next day.

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Vegan Gourmand’s Baked Vegan “Corned Beef”

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Image above: Reuben Sandwich made with this Vegan “Corned Beef” recipe.

So I have been on this journey for a while now to find a good Vegan Corned Beef recipe. I think finally I have put together one that will satisfy any Vegan craving for the revered Reuben sandwich.

Dry Ingredients
1 ¼ cup wheat gluten
1 1/2 tsp coarse ground mustard
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp red pepper (optional)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice

Wet Ingredients
1 cup cold water
½ cup kidney beans, mashed
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 tsp ginger root, very finely minced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs tomato paste

1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. In a small bowl, mix together dry ingredients, wheat gluten through the allspice.

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3. In a medium bowl, mix together remaining wet ingredients.

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4. Combine the wet and dry mixtures together until well-blended, knead the mixture for few minutes to condition the gluten.

Dry & wet Combi

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5. Stretch dough out from the ball then shape dough into a flat square like a slab of corned beef and wrap tightly in aluminum foil, folding the ends and corners to seal.

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6. Bake for 35 minutes on a cookie sheet then turn over and bake an additional 40 min.

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7. Let cool fully; slice thin and serve. I use a meat slicer to get it thin and a consistent thickness.

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Servings: 4

The way I enjoy this the most is in a Reuben sandwich with Field Roast’s Vegan Chao Cheese, Vegan Thousand Island Dressing (See recipe below) and of course Sauerkraut all on good Rye bread. (I like Dave’s Rockin’ Rye)

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Easy Vegan Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise (I like Vegenaise best)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • dash salt
  • 3 tbsp sweet pickle relish

Mix well and enjoy!

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