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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Broccoli and Mushroom Fettucini Alfredo

Alfredo for 1 (I used a full package but I do wish I would have doubled the sauce recipe)
2/3 cup broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
1 cup nondairy milk
2 tablespoons white flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic puree or 3 crushed garlic cloves, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
2/3 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon margarine, optional
1 tablespoon vegan parmesan, optional


1. Cook the pasta according to directions on the packet. In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the broccoli, then drain.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk, flour, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Stir slowly until bubbly, then reduce heat to low.

3. Add mushrooms and vegan margarine. Allow to cook for 5 to 10 minutes on low heat. Stir almost constantly. Taste and add more salt/pepper/garlic, if needed.

4. Put broccoli into strainer and drain water and noodles on top of the broccoli to heat it.

5. Serve over the pasta and broccoli and top with the parmesan for a quick, rich-tasting meal.

Levi gives this two BIG thumbs up. He absolutely loved it (minus the broccoli and mushrooms) and cleared his entire plate (which is a very big deal for him). He just asked for seconds also (he ate like an hour ago). So this is a very big deal! If Levi likes it, it MUST be good!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Babycakes' Blueberry Muffins

So I bought Babycakes amazing cook book recently and have loved everything Ive tried so far. It is very very particular and you have to follow directions perfectly. It also calls for some pretty uncommon things so it isnt something I use weekly or anything but it is a nice treat.

These blueberry muffins turned out PERFECT. So yummy and because of the ingredients, I didnt feel terrible for eating the entire batch (okay, Levi did help a little).

2 1/4 cups Whole Spelt Flour
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
2/3 Cup Agave Nectar
2/3 Cup Rice Milk
2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp Pure Lemon Extract
2/3 Cup Fresh Blueberries

1.Preheat oven to 325 and line standard 12 muffin tin with liners.
2. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3. Add the oil, agave nectar, rice milk, vanila and lemon extract to the dry ingredients and stir until batter is smooth.
4. Using a spatula, gently fold in the blueberries until they are evenly distributed throughout batter.
5. Pour 1/3 batter into each prepared cup, almost filling it.
6. Bake muffins on center rack for 22 minutes, rotating the tin 180 degrees after 15 minutes.
7. The finished muffins will bounce back slightly when pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean.
8. Let the muffins stand in the tin for 15 minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack.

The muffins are good stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up 3 days.

Roasted Tomato and Vegetable Penne

While I was on the Daniels Fast, I found this recipe and absolutely loved it! It is a bit spicy to keep that in mind but it is so so yummy. I used different noodles obviously. And I served it with stuffed zucchini and stuffed mushrooms. SO delicious.


4 whole tomatoes, sliced
2 Tbl garlic cloves, chopped
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp pepper
1/2 onion, sliced in rings
4 Tbl olive oil

1 12oz box penne
3 cups frozen asparagus (optional)
2 whole zucchini, cut in thin sticks
1/2 red bell pepper, cut in strips
4 Tbl olive oil
2 Tbl garlic cloves, diced
1/2 Tsp onion powder
1 Tsp pepper
1/2 Tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tsp salt


1. Preheat oven to 400
2.Place sliced tomatoes on a cookie sheet. Evenly spread diced garlic and olive oil over the top of the tomatoes.
3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover tomatoes with sliced onions
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
5. While tomatoes are baking, cook penne.
6. Clean and cut all vegetables
7. Over medium high heat, saute all vegetables with 4 Tbl of olive oil
8. After 2 minutes, add garlic, onion powder, pepper and red pepper flakes
9. Continue to cook for 5 more minutes.
10. Add cooked penne and salt and stir until vegetables are mixed in.
11. Add roasted tomatoes and mix well

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Favorite Chili

This is my all time favorite chili. I cant even remember where I got the recipe because it was so long ago but I know I have changed things over the years also so its basically my own recipe :) I absolutely love it.

Ingredients :

1 Large Onion
3 Stalks of Celery
1 Red Pepper
Canola Oil
1/4 Cup of Chili Powder
2 (15oz) Cans of Kidney Beans
3 (15oz) Cans of Decided Tomatoes
Quinoa (I use 1 cup of uncooked-2 cups of water)
3 or 4 Cups of Water


1.Cook Quinoa, follow directions on bag while preparing the rest of the chili
2.Cut onion, pepper and celery and cook with canola oil in a large sauce pot.
3.Add chili powder, beans (with or without liquid), tomatoes (with liquid), cooked quinoa and water.
4. Cook 30 minutes and ADD SALT AND PEPPER

Note: the salt and pepper is what gives it flavor and brings out the best of it so do not forget to add. It tastes rather bland without it :)

Grilled Portobello Sandwiches

I found a yummy recipe on VegWeb (best website EVER) and it turned out fabulous

2 large Portabello Mushrooms
3 Tbsp.Olive Oil
3 tablespoon each basil, Oregano, Parsely (USE FRESH)
2 Tbsp.balsamic vinegar
3 large cloves of Garlic
6 Leaves Arugula
Salt and Pepper to taste
Roasted Sweet Red Peppers
4 Slice of your favorite bread or 2 rolls

In a blender combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper and fresh herbs until the items are combined. Clean and discard the stem of the mushrooms and place in a resealable bag. Pour the marinade from the blender into the bag over the mushrooms. Let stand for at least 30 minutes turning every 5 minutes. Heat the grill. Grill the mushrooms and continue to baste during the cooking time. Save some marinade to top off your sandwich. Lightly brush the vegan bread with olive oil and toast on the grill. To build the sandwich take a teaspoon or two and put it on one slice of vegan bread for each sandwich. Place two or three leaves of arugula on the vegan bread and then place on the roasted red pepper slices. Next place the grilled mushroom and salt and pepper to taste. Top off with the other slice of vegan bread.