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Fathers Who Harm

Father's Day has become a more highlighted day of celebration than when I was a child. My father was born in 1927 and lived a pretty long life: he died in 2013, a few months into his 86th year. He was not a bad father. He did struggle with alcohol addiction and was imperfect in other ways, but he was basically loving and kind. He was a workaholic, so we did not have access to him for emotional affirmation, but he told me in his old age that he always loved everything about us kids and felt sad that he had not been a better parent, and he was sorry he was most of all that he had not spent more time with us.  Other men in my family– my grandfathers, my husband, son, uncles, brother– have all shown themselves to be good guys and have adult children whom they love(d) and who love them back.  But I think to myself, having been a social worker to women and children who fled lives with men who put them and their children through Hell, that there are probably a fair number of children, te

Plant-Based Chicken Pot Pie Soup

  This chick'n pot pie soup is hearty and tasty. It is made with about 140 g of Butler's soy curls and makes about 6 adult servings.  Ingredients CASHEW CREAM 1/2 cup cashews soaked and spun up smooth in 1 cup water (set aside) SOUP water or veggie broth for saute 8 cups water 2 red onions, diced 2 ribs celery, sliced fine 2-3 cups mushrooms, sliced 3 medium carrots, diced 1 medium potato, peeled and diced 1 tablespoon chicken-like seasoning 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 2 cups frozen peas 1/4 cup parsley, fine chopped 140 g. dry soy curls and hot water to cover 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper NOTE: You may wish to make baking powder biscuits to eat with the soup. You can find recipes online, ask your Grandma for her recipe, or prepare a commercial mix. METHOD : 1. Saute onions, mushrooms, and celery.  Saute for 5 to 10 minutes. 2. Add in seasonings 3. Add in carrots, and potatoes, and add water to cover. Cook until tender. 4. Cover soy curls in warm water for 10 minutes.

Gluten-free Stovetop Stuffing

Gluten-free stove top stuffing-- a delish nosh bowl along with sauerkraut salad, hummus, broccoli, and kimchee.  The recipe for a plant-based gluten-free stovetop stuffing came about when I was using a little poultry seasoning in what I hoped would be a yummy savory quinoa flour waffle. For some reason, the waffle stuck to the iron (grrr) but I tasted the mess and it was quite lovely.  I filed the idea away for some sort of dish containing quinoa flour and poultry seasoning. After making a series of recipes for whole wheat crockpot bread and quinoa GF crockpot bread , I ended up with a heel of quinoa bread about five days old, needing some rescue recipe (too good to throw out or to allow to mold). Tonight was the night. INGREDIENTS FOR THE GLUTEN-FREE STUFFING RECIPE (Serves 4) The heel of a small heavy, soft  loaf of quinoa bread: about 4 slices + end/crust piece 1 cup of veggie broth (or like-chicken vegan broth) 1/2 cup toasted quinoa flour 3 tablespoons of coconut oil or margerine

Veggie Pie in a Quinoa Shell - Vegan, Gluten-free, No Oils

This is a delicious and easy-to make recipe, and I vouch that the crust for this veggie pie is absolutely not able to be a disaster (from a person who always fails at pie crusts). I suggest that you might want to make the following ahead of time: 1 1/2 Cups of White Beans (or you can just opt out and buy a 15.5 oz can) 1 1/2 Cups of Cooked Quinoa 1 Cube of   Best Golden Soup Bouillion   (or 1/4 Cup of your usual vegetable broth)   Here is the list of other ingredients that go into this pie: 1/4 Cup NonDairy Milk (unsweetened works best) 2 T. Nutritional Yeast (NOT brewer's yeast or baker's yeast) 1 T. Almond Butter 1 T. Corn Starch 1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked (ground) Black Pepper 1    small Onion, minced 4 cloves    Garlic , minced 9 ounces Baby Spinach 6 ounces Cremini (brown) Mushrooms, finely sliced 1/2          Red Bell Pepper , seeded and diced 1/4   Cup Sun-drie

Veggie Tofu Stroganoff - Vegan, Gluten-Free

This Veggie Tofu Stroganoff really hits the vegan spot on a sunny, snow-y day-- or for a summer supper-- well, for anytime, really! Oh, Mama, this is soooo delicious! Here are the ingredients (with suggestions for subs):   INGREDIENTS FOR 4-6 PEOPLE/ VEGGIE TOFU STROGANOFF Extra Firm Organic Non-GMO Tofu Block (16 ounces/ 450 g) 3 T. Organic Soy Sauce (Tamari) (could be GlutenFree) 1 Organic Garlic Clove, Minced or Grated 1 T. Vegetable Oil (or 1/4 C. Water if on Oil-Free Diet) 2 C. Chopped Red Onions 1 Large Bunch of Fresh Organic Chard, Stems Chopped Separate/Leaves Chopped 1/2 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Hungarian Smoked Paprika (or ground mild Chipotle) 2 C. Peeled and Sliced Carrots 2 C. Mushrooms, Cleaned and Sliced (I used Baby Bella) 1/2 C. Dilute Apple Cider Vinegar (about 1/3 Vinegar/ 2/3Water) or 1/2 C. Dry Red Wine 1 1/2 C. Organic Tomato-Basil Pasta Sauce (Good deals at Walmart & Costco) 1- 2 C. Organic Quinoa (I used the Mixed Colors) 1/2 C. to 1 Cup Al

Zupa Soup (Veggie Soup-in-a-Soup) (Gluten-free, Vegan)

I know that this sounds a little mystifying-- after all, doesn't 'zupa' mean 'soup'? Why, yes zupa does mean soup (and also something like a drunk's sop , but we'll overlook that definition). Okay. Zupa Soup sounds so much better than "Yesterday's Lazy Cabbage Rolls* combined with all the malingering week's veggies chopped up and made into a soup". But that is basically what you have here.  I made up this pretty delicious Lazy Cabbage Rolls (vegan) but I wasn't that keen on the fact that the rice didn't quite cook through (although that didn't bother my dh-- he had a couple of servings).  So, today I combined about 1 C. of fried Mushrooms , 1 fried chopped Onion , 3 yellow Peppers (which I had roasted and skinned), and about 2# of Broccoli florets  in with the left-over Lazy Cabbage Rolls (and various spices, more dill and salt and pepper, basically) and 1 Simply Organic jar of Pasta Sauce , and about 2 qu