Dips and Hummus, Dressings and Sauces, Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker, Tomatoes, Vegan Twists on Old Favorites

Romesco Sauce and Soup

Romesco Red Sauce

This delicious recipe is delicious and versatile.

Watch our Green Star member JoAnne demo this on .

RED LENTIL ROMESCO SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

SOUP:

½ cup broth for sautéing
1 small onion, finely chopped or grated
2 large carrots, grated
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
8 cups vegetable broth
1 ½ cups dried red lentils
ROMESCO
1 dried ancho pepper
1 dried chipotle
½ tsp ground chipotle spice (optional)
1 12oz jar roasted red peppers, drained
1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes, drained
½ cup almond butter (raw or roasted, unsalted)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
¼ cup chopped parsley
1-2 cloves raw garlic
4-6 cloves roasted garlic (optional, but better depth)
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp paprika or cayenne pepper, or red pepper flakes, or Aleppo pepper flakes or combo (adjust to your heat level, can be omitted)
Salt substitute and pepper to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
LENTILS:

Add onions, carrots, and garlic to a large pot over medium heat. Add a small amount of broth and water sauté the vegetables until soft.

Add the broth and lentils to the pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and coo for 20 minutes, or until lentils are soft. Set aside.

ROMESCO SAUCE:

Put the dried peppers in a bowl and cover with hot water. Put a cover over them and let reconstitute.

Meanwhile, add all the ingredients to a food processor or high sided bowl and use a
handheld immersion blender.
Remove the peppers from the bowl and remove the stems and seeds. Add to the food processor or bowl.

Blitz until smooth. (If you are making the sauce for something other than the sauce be certain to drain the tomatoes and pepper really well, press. You can make to the consistency that you like)

TO SERVE:

Whisk the romesco sauce into the lentil soup. Season with salt substitute (optional), pepper, and paprika. Serve warm with vegan Greek yogurt (optional).

NOTES
If just making for a sauce or dip, drain the tomatoes and roasted peppers well and pat dry.

Add a ½ -1tbsp tomato paste to the ingredients.
The sauce is great on veggies, as a spread with or without vegan mayo on sandwiches, on pasta, over tofu scramble. Can be used as a dip as is or less processed so it’s chunky,

Instant Pot Directions:

Sauté on medium
Add 6 cups water/broth (add the rest when finished cooking)
Manual for 12 minutes
Slow, quick release (intermittence)
Add the rest of water/broth
Add the sauce.
Season

Thanks to our Green Star member JoAnne for another excellent recipe. It is whole food, plant based, sugar, oil and salt free and a treat for the palette. 

JoAnne has contributed other recipes like: Make Kefir – Non Dairy, No Sugar, Oil or Salt

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I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

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Fizzy, Hey, I Can Make That!, Recipes, Vegan Twists on Old Favorites

Make Kefir – Non Dairy, No Sugar, Oil or Salt

amy-and-joanne-kefir.jpgHow to Make Homemade Nondairy Milk Kefir as seen on BeGreenWithAmyYouTube

Time: 60 minutes or more
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Fermenting time: 1 day or less do to temperature of room
Total Time: approx. 24 hrs
Servings: 4 cups
Author: JoAnn 
Ingredients
1-2 Tbsp kefir grains
4 cups Silk Protein Nut milk or nondairy milk of choice (won’t be thick as with protein nut milk)
***If using homemade nut milk or nondairy milk other than Silk Protein Nut milk
1 tsp date paste 
Supplies
½ gallon mason jar  with plastic cover 
Non-metal slotted spoon
Funnel
Fine mesh non-metal colander
Jar for storing finished kefir
Instructions:
1. Clean: Clean everything well with regular soap (avoid antimicrobial
soaps). I’m talking the hands, glass jugs, spoons, everything!
2. Assemble: Add 1 Tbsp (ish) of the kefir grains and 4 cups of nondairy
milk to a large glass jug. Cover the jar with either a cover fitted loosely or a paper coffee filter. Secure with a rubber band/ or mason jar band to prevent any bugs or dust from getting in.
3. Ferment: Set in a warm, out of sunlight spot (65 to 85 degrees F) for about 24 hours or less if it is ready. You’ll know your kefir is done when it has slightly thickened and smells fermented. If your kefir has separated into yellowish watery-looking whey and curds, that’s fine! It’s just a sign that you can either reduce the length of fermentation next time or use more nondairy milk next time.
4. Strain: Place a fine-mesh non-metal strainer into the funnel and place in the clean jar
Pour your finished kefir into the strainer, stirring with a plastic or wooden spoon to gently force kefir liquid through. The grains will be left.
5. Start new batch: add the grains back into the large jar that you fermented the grains it. Add 4 cups of fresh nondairy milk (plus date paste) to start the process again for a new
batch.
6. Store fresh kefir: Tighten the cover on your kefir and store in the fridge. It will keep    4-6 weeks but the flavor will continue to ripen and the kefir may get slightly fizzy. 

Special thanks to Green Star Meetup member JoAnn for this recipe and demo as seen on BeGreenWithAmyYouTube. JoAnn is a fabulous vegan cook who expertly transforms vegan and non-vegan recipes into whole food, plant based, sugar, oil and salt free gems. We are so fortunate to have JoAnn as a member of our Meetup group. If you don’t have a whole food, plant-based Meetup group near you, find out how to find one here: Meet Others: Socialize with like minded people so you don’t lose your mind.

JoAnn recommends this FaceBook kefir/ferment sharing group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/181445115312844/­
JoAnn says that “Everything is free but you do reimburse for postage. They also have lots of answers to all those questions. Just ask!!!!”.

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Main Dishes, Vegan Twists on Old Favorites

Clamless Chowder

Prep time: 25 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 55 mins
Serves: 4-6 (makes about 8.5 cups)

INGREDIENTS
Blender ingredients:
1 ounce raw, unsalted cashews (about ¼ cup)
¼ cup water

Soup pot ingredients:
½ medium yellow or white onion, chopped into small pieces (about 1 cup)
1 rib celery, chopped into small pieces (about ½ cup)
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾-inch chunks (about 6 cups)
4 cups water
½ small head of cauliflower, chopped into small pieces (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon dried dill
2 bay leaves

Frying pan ingredients:
¼ pound king oyster or trumpet mushrooms, chopped into small pieces (about 1½ cups)
½ medium yellow or white onion, chopped into small pieces (about 1 cup)
1 rib celery, chopped into small pieces (about ½ cup)
1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
Optional garnishes: chopped parsley and black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
Place the ¼ cup cashews and ¼ cup water into a blender (small blenders work best for this small amount) and set aside while you prepare the rest of the soup.
For the soup pot ingredients, heat 1 tablespoon of water in a soup pot over medium-high heat. When the water starts to sputter, add the 1 cup onion and ½ cup celery, and cook while stirring for 3 to 5 minutes to soften, adding a little water, as needed.
Add the potatoes, water, cauliflower, granulated garlic, paprika, dill, and bay leaves, and bring to a boil, uncovered. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook covered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are very tender, stirring occasionally.
While the soup pot ingredients are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of water in a frying pan over medium-high heat. When the water starts to sputter, add the mushrooms, 1 cup onion, and ½ cup celery, and cook while stirring for 3 to 5 minutes until soft, adding a little water, as needed. Add the thyme toward the end. Set the pan aside off heat.
Remove the bay leaves from the soup pot at the end of cooking, and blend the soup to your desired consistency with an immersion blender (or see Notes), leaving some small chunks.
Blend the cashews and water until very smooth, and stir into the soup pot along with the cooked vegetables from the frying pan, and simmer on low for 5 to 10 minutes covered before serving. Garnish with black pepper and/or chopped parsley.
NOTES
For added seafood flavor, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of kelp granules in step 6, or add “to taste” to individual bowls. (Kelp granules are usually found in the Asian cooking aisle of the grocery store.)

If you don’t have an immersion blender, carefully ladle most the soup into a blender or food processor, and blend briefly to your desired consistency before returning to the pot. Or you can use a handheld potato or bean masher right in the pot.

If you don’t eat nuts or are trying to avoid extra calories, simply omit the blended water and cashews or substitute with cannineli beans. The chowder will still be thick and creamy, just not as rich.

If you don’t have thyme, which is traditional for this dish, you may use finely chopped fresh rosemary.

Optional additions: 1 cup green peas and/or small-chopped carrots.

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Soups, Vegan Twists on Old Favorites

New England Glam Chowder

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours

2 cups vegetable broth

4 teaspoons cornstarch

1 large yellow onion, diced medium

2 medium carrots, peeled, sliced into 1/4 inch thick half moons

3 stalks celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick

4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced

8 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced 1/4 inch thick

2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch chunks

3⁄4 teaspoon salt substitute, more to taste

fresh black pepper

1 -2 nori, finely chopped (see note)

3 cups unsalted vegetable broth

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Optional toppings

chopped fresh parsley or chives (to garnish)

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Preheat a 4-quart pot over medium heat. Sauté onion and carrots in the vegetable broth with a pinch of salt substitute, for about 10 minutes, until carrots are softened.

In the meantime, make the cashew cream. Drain the cashews and add them to the blender along with the vegetable broth and cornstarch. Blend like crazy, until smooth. This can take anywhere from one to five minutes depending on your machine. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula every now and again to make sure you get everything.

Back to the soup. Add mushrooms and celery. Cook briefly, for about 3 minutes, just until mushrooms are softened. You want them to keep their texture.

Add the potatoes, salt substitute, pepper, nori and vegetable broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Be careful to keep a close eye so as not to overcook them or they will turn into mush.

Stir in the cashew cream mixture and gently heat, uncovered, for about 7 minutes, until nicely thickened. Add the tomato paste and lemon juice and taste for salt substitute and seasoning. Add a little extra water if it seems too thick.

Serve garnished with parsley or chives, if you like. A wedge of lemon looks pretty, too.

Note:.

*How fishy do you like it? Nori is pretty mild as far as seaweeds go, but the potency varies depending on the brand and how fresh the nori is. Start with one sheet, then taste after everything is added at the end. If you think it needs more sea, you can still add another chopped up sheet. Just mix it in and let the flavor meld, off the heat, for about 10 minutes.

* To efficiently chop nori, it works to chiffonade it. That means roll up and slice! So tightly roll up your nori sheet like a cigar, and thinly slice. Then run your knife over the curled up bunches to get them into even smaller pieces.

* If you’d like it even chewier and you have money to spend on fungi, then go ahead and replace all of the white mushrooms with shiitake.

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