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Cooking Vegetarian

Quinoa Stuffing for Baked Squash

In some families or groups of friends, getting together to cook is one of the best parts of a celebration. Enjoy this stuffed, baked squash and gravy with the people you love.  Recipes are from the new Cooking Vegan by Vesanto Melina and chef Joseph Forest, The Book Publishing Co, 2012 (in Canada Cooking Vegetarian by chef Joseph Forest and Vesanto Melina, Harper Collins, 2013). Websites and Quinoa… Read More »Quinoa Stuffing for Baked Squash

Vegetarian Chick’n Chili Lime Salad

Recipe: Vegetarian Chick’n Chili Lime Salad  Summary: Makes 6 cups; to serve 4 people (or 2 hungry ones as an entree) Ingredients 3 cups Gardein Vegetarian Honey Garlic Chick’n Strips 3 cups Napa cabbage, shredded or chopped 1 carrot, julienne (cut in small strips) 1 cucumber, sliced thin 1/2 small red onion, diced small 1 bunch mint, chopped 1 bunch cilantro, chopped dry roasted peanuts, crushed Dressing 1 tablespoon low… Read More »Vegetarian Chick’n Chili Lime Salad

Black Bean Soup

Recipe: Black Bean Soup Summary: Makes 6 cups (4 servings)  Ingredients 1 cup diced carrot 250 mL 1 cup diced celery 250 mL 1/2 onion, diced 1/2 1 clove garlic, minced 1 1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL 3 cups cooked black turtle beans or black beans 750 mL 4 cups vegetable stock 1 L 1/4 cup tomato paste 60 mL 1-1/2 tsp ground cumin 7 mL 1 tsp dried… Read More »Black Bean Soup

Blueberry Mince Tarts

Recipe: Blueberry Mince Tarts Summary: Makes 7 1/2 cups filling; 20 large tarts  Ingredients Filling: 1-1/4 cups sultana raisins 1-1/4 cups golden raisins 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup candied mixed peel 2 tbsp fruit juice or brandy 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp grated lemon rind 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp each ground cloves, ginger and nutmeg 4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries Pastry:… Read More »Blueberry Mince Tarts

African Stew

Recipe: African Stew  Summary: Makes 4 small or 2 hearty servings Ingredients 1 onion, chopped 1 tbsp vegetable oil 4 cups water or vegetable stock from cubes or powder 2 cups peeled, diced yams or sweet potatoes 1-2 cups canned, drained chick-peas 1 cup brown or white rice 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup peanut butter 2 cups chopped kale, collards, or other greens 2 tbsp lemon juice dash chili sauce,… Read More »African Stew


Recipe: Hummus Summary: Makes 2 1/2 cups  Ingredients 2 cups cooked or canned chick-peas 1/3 cup tahini 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/3 cup water or the cooking water from the chick-peas 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped 1-1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp salt (less if using canned beans) Pinch cayenne pepper 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional) 1-2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (optional) Instructions In the bowl of a food processor,… Read More »Hummus

Gee Whiz Cheez

Recipe: Gee Whiz Cheez Summary: Makes 2 cups  Ingredients 2 cups cooked or canned (15-ounce can) white beans, drained 1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes 1/4 cup fresh, bottled or frozen lemon juice 3 tablespoons tahini or cashew butter 3/4 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon onion or garlic powder (optional) Instructions Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until completely… Read More »Gee Whiz Cheez

Warm Red Cider

Recipe: Warm Red Cider Summary: Makes 3 3/4 cups  Ingredients 2 cups apple juice 2 cups cranberry cocktail 2 sticks cinnamon 5 whole cloves Instructions In saucepan, combine juices, cinnamon and cloves. Bring just to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve warm. Cooking time: 5 minute(s) Diet type: Vegan Number of servings (yield): 3 Culinary tradition: USA (General) Copyright © Vesanto Melina and Joseph Forest, from… Read More »Warm Red Cider

Whole Grain Cereal

Recipe: Whole Grain Cereal Summary: Makes 5 cups  Ingredients 1/3 cup each of brown rice, wheat berries, and millet or barley; OR 1/3 cup each of oat groats, kamut berries, and millet or barley. Note: For a high protein yet gluten free combination: 1/3 cup each of any three of these: brown rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, or amaranth.Dried Fruit: Experiment with raisins, cranberries, currants, or chopped apricots, prunes, figs or dates.1… Read More »Whole Grain Cereal

Sesame Tahini Dressing

Recipe: Sesame Tahini Dressing Summary: This tasty, zesty dressing is a favorite on salads, baked potato, or steamed broccoli. Ingredients  1/2 cup tahini 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp tamari 1/2 tsp pepper (or to taste) 1 /2 cup water Instructions Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. This with a little added water if desired. Diet type: Vegan Culinary… Read More »Sesame Tahini Dressing