Recipes & Drink Recommendations
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Black Bean Chilaquiles
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. Spread tortilla pieces on baking sheet and bake until crisp, but not scorched, about 10-15 minutes. Set aside. Heat oil in large skillet and add onion. Sauté until onion is tender, about 8 minutes. Add garlic, cumin and chili powder and cook, stirring, about a minute. Stir in tomatoes, beans, corn and lime juice and simmer 5-10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, in separate pan, blanch the greens in boiling water until just wilted, about one minute. Drain thoroughly and set aside.
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Roasted Eggplant Curry
Directions: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Prick the skin of the eggplants in several places. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the eggplants have collapsed. Remove and let them cool. When able to handle, scoop the flesh away from the skin. Discard the skin and stems; chop the eggplant flesh coarsely. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until golden, then add the minced chili and sauté for another minute or two. Add the chopped eggplant, diced tomatoes, and spices. Stir well and cook over medium-low heat, covered, for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and remove from heat. Stir in the chopped cilantro and serve over hot cooked grains.
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Southern Fried Tofu
Recipe used by Willy Street Co-op Deli. Reprinted with permission of Wheatsville Co-op, Austin Texas.
1 pound firm tofu (requires advance preparation, see below)
2 Tbs. tamari soy sauce
2 Tbs. white wine
2 Tbs. hot water
1/2 tsp. vegetable broth powder
1/3 cup white pastry flour
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
2 Tbs. cornmeal
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/3 cup canola oil
Directions: Cut tofu into 1/2-inch slices and place on flat plate or cutting board. Cover with clean kitchen towel or several layers of paper towel and a second plate. Weight the top plate with a few large cans or a heavy pan and let tofu drain for 30 minutes. Place drained tofu on sheet pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. On day of use, thaw tofu and press again as above. In a shallow pan, dissolve broth powder in hot water, and then add tamari and wine. Place tofu slices in marinade in single layer and turn to coat both sides. Refrigerate 20 minutes. While tofu is marinating, mix flour, cornmeal and spices in a shallow pan. Remove tofu from marinade and dredge slices through flour mixture one piece at a time; set aside to dry. Dredge tofu a second time. Heat oil in heavy skillet and fry tofu slices until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 140°F.
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Fresh Raw Beet Salad
Directions: Wash everything
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Spiced Brown Rice with Cashews
Directions: Heat oil or ghee in 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened. Add spices and cook, stirring, one minute. Stir in rice until coated with seasonings and just beginning to turn golden. Add broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat to very low, cover and simmer about 40-45 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Stir in cashews and let rice stand, covered and off heat about five minutes. Remove cardamom pods and cinnamon stick before servings.
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Cauliflower Rice Casserole
Adapted from Italian Vegetarian Cooking by Paola Gavin
1 small onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbs. chopped parsley
1 cup raw brown rice
1 3/4 cup boiling water or chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
Directions: Sauté onion in small amount of olive oil until softened, then stir in garlic and parsley and cook another minute. Stir in rice until coated with oil, and then add boiling water or broth, and salt. When mixture comes to a full boil cover, reduce heat to low simmer and cook about 40 minutes until rice is tender and water absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes then stir in 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese. Set aside. While rice is cooking, cut one medium head cauliflower into bite size pieces and steam until just barely tender. Drain and set aside.
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Japanese Chicken Scallion Rice Bowl
Directions: Cook brown rice in 2-1/2 cups water 35-40 minutes or until tender. Keep warm. Pour broth, sugar, soy sauce and rice wine into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low. Add chicken to the broth and cook 5 minutes. Combine egg whites and whole egg in a small bowl. Gently pour the eggs into the broth. Do not stir. Simmer about three minutes. When the egg starts to firm up stir using a knife. Spoon the rice evenly into four soup bowls and top with the broth mixture. Sprinkle scallions on top and serve.
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