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Top 3 Vegan Dishes

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2:05pm 9th June 2015

Vegan is starting to become more and more popular so we through we'd talk you through some of the top vegan dishes you can try at home!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Pota’Dough Dip!

Vegan DishesIngredients:

  • 240 grams yellow-skinned cooked potatoes, peeled (approx. 1 & 1/3 cups cooked potato)
  • 6 - 7 tbsp pure maple syrup*, or to taste
  • 3 tbsp cashew nut butter*
  • 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cups dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Peel and roughly chop the potatoes. Cook the potatoes in a pot of water on the stove-top until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a food processor, immediately add the cooked potatoes (still hot), nut butter, vanilla, and maple syrup. Do not use cold potatoes or the texture will be like mashed potatoes instead of a silky dip. Process until smooth for at least a couple minutes, stopping to scrape down the bowl as necessary. Make sure no clumps remain. You want it super smooth. Adjust sweetness if necessary and add salt to taste.
  3. Place mixture in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes (preferably an hour) to chill and then stir in the chocolate chips just before serving. Serve the dip with graham crackers, fresh fruit, cookies, cinnamon sugar pita chips, or my favourite way, a spoon.

Tips and Substitution questions: This recipe tastes best without any ingredient subs. Changing the ingredients may result in a reduced cookie dough flavour or strange texture. 1) I used yellow-skinned potatoes, however white skinned potatoes might also work. I’ve been told sweet potatoes result in a “sweet potato pie” taste and strange texture. I also don’t suggest using red or baking potatoes. 2) You may want more or less sweetener than I used depending on your taste buds. Adjust to taste. I don’t suggest swapping out the sweetener with honey as a reader said it didn’t produce a great flavour. 3) For gluten-free, be sure to check all your labels to ensure they are certified GF.

Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2012/05/23/healthy-chocolate-chip-cookie-potadough-dip-vegan-gluten-free-bean-free-soy-free-and-optionally-nut-free/

Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf, Revisited

Vegan DishesIngredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked green lentils
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped and toasted
  • 3 tbsp ground flax + 1/2 cup water
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 cups diced sweet onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1/3 cup peeled and grated sweet apple (use a firm variety)
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme (or 3/4 tsp dried thyme)
  • salt & pepper, to taste (I use about 3/4 tsp sea salt + more Herbamare)
  • red pepper flakes, to taste

Balsamic Apple Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple butter (or unsweetened applesauce in a pinch)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Rinse and strain lentils. Place lentils into pot along with 3 cups of water (or veg broth). Bring to a boil and season with salt. Reduce heat to medium/low and simmer, uncovered, for at least 40-45 minutes. Stir frequently & add touch of water if needed. The goal is to over-cook the lentils slightly (see pictures in post). Mash lentils slightly with a spoon when ready.

2. Toast walnuts at 325F for about 8-10 minutes. Set aside. Increase oven temp to 350F.

3. Whisk ground flax with water in a small bowl and set aside.

4. Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sautee the garlic and onion for about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Now add in the diced celery, shredded carrot and apple, and raisins. Sautee for about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat.

5. In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together. Adjust seasonings to taste.

6. Grease a loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Press mixture firmly into pan. Whisk glaze ingredients and then spread half on top of loaf. Reserve the rest for a dipping sauce.

7. Bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes, uncovered. Edges will be lightly brown. Cool in pan for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. I usually wait until loaf is cool before slicing.

Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2012/10/05/glazed-lentil-walnut-apple-loaf-revisited/

Creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie for Two

Vegan DishesIngredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1.5-2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Coconut Whipped Cream, for garnish

1. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the milk, oats, and chia seeds. Place in fridge for 1 hour or preferably overnight.

2. Add soaked oat mixture to blender along with the pumpkin, molasses, frozen banana, and spices. Blend until smooth. Add about 5 ice cubes and blend until ice cold.

3. Add maple syrup to taste. I found 1.5 tbsp was perfect for me.

4. Serve with Coconut Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top

Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2012/09/07/creamy-pumpkin-pie-smoothie-for-two-an-advertising-update/

 

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