Carnival Squash and Black Bean Casserole

Tonight I am making (it’s in the oven right now):

Carnival Squash and Black Bean Casserole
Adapted from Fat Free Vegan’s Pumpkin and Black Bean Casserole

1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (or one can, rinsed and drained)
1/2 cup corn, fresh or frozen
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 bell pepper, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder (or other mild chili powder)
1/8 – 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder (to taste)
15 ounces canned tomatoes, drained and liquid reserved*

1 pound pumpkin (about 1/2 one small pumpkin) or any winter squash (butternut, acorn, etc.)

3/4 cup soymilk or other non-dairy milk
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika
1 tablespoon tahini (optional)

In a large bowl, combine the black beans with the next 8 ingredients and set aside.

Cut the pumpkin in half. Set aside one half for another use and peel the other half. Cut it into very thin slices about 1/4-inch thick and 2 inches long.

Preheat oven to 425F. Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with canola oil. Lay one-third of the pumpkin slices in the bottom of the dish, and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Cover with half of the bean mixture. Repeat layers with another third of the pumpkin and the remainder of the beans. Finish with the final third of the pumpkin slices.

In a blender, combine the reserved *tomato liquid (about 1/2 cup) with the soymilk and remaining ingredients. Blend well and pour over the pumpkin. Cover tightly, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for 20-30 minutes, until sauce is thick and bubbly and pumpkin is tender.

*If you prefer to use fresh tomatoes, use one cup of chopped tomatoes and substitute 1/2 cup of water for tomato juice in the sauce recipe.

faux sausage and mac &cheeze


Last night I made faux sausage for the first time from Everyday Dish TV and they were great. I also tried Vegan Dad’s Creamy mac and Cheeze which is soooo yummy.

Spicy Italian Vegetarian Sausages
Makes 8 links

2 1/4 cups vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 cup chickpea flour
2 tbsp Bills Best Chik’Nish Seasoning (if using another brand which is salty, or saltier than Bill’s Best, you’ll want to greatly reduce the amount you use)
2 tbsp granulated onion
1 to 2 tbsp fennel seed, optional
2 tsp coarsely ground pepper, preferably freshly ground
2 tsp ground paprika
1 tsp dried chili flakes, optional
1 tsp ground smoked paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground allspice
2 1/4 cups cool water*
6 to 8 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp soy sauce

1. In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Whisk together the water, garlic, olive oil and soy sauce and using a fork, gently stir into the dry ingredients. Stir just until ingredients are mixed. If dough mixture is too dry, you can add another tablespoon of water or as needed.
2. Scoop 1/2 cup dough mixture at a time and shape into logs. Place logs on piece of aluminum foil and roll up, twisting ends. Place sausages in steamer and steam for 30 minutes. Once sausages have cooled, remove from foil and refrigerate until ready to eat. After cooling, the sausages may feel a bit dry on

Veganmofo: CSA stirfry and a ridiculous amount of Daikon

I made a yummy stir fry last night however I didn’t bother to measure anything so it’s not a real helpful recipe to recreate. I made it with onions, daikon, pepper, carrots and cabbage and peanut gluten. I stir fried it all in some a mix of sesame oil, canola oil and hot chili oil (I know sounds like a lot of oil but I only used about a teaspoon of each.) I first cooked everything except the cabbage and gluten until soft. Then I added soy sauce and a little sugar and let it caramlize up then I added the cabbage and cooked until wilted. Lastly I added hoisin and gluten and served over brown rice.

However I still have a massive amount of daikon because of share partners do not like it so I got stuck taking it all and I have no idea what to do with it all. Any ideas? Help!

Veganmofo: Weekend

So this weekend has been pretty busy so I have had little time to blog. I am also sorry to say that I have very few pictures because I can’t find the charger for my digi camera :(.
Weekend break down:

Friday night we met my parents in Winooski and went to dinner at Food 88 which was really good. I got the Combo Vegan Maki Roll which was gigantic and so yummy and Neil got the Cashew Tofu which was great; the sauce was really light with a nice spice.

Saturday I made a yummy hash out of products from our CSA:
Hash

  • 1 bulb of fennel diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 sm red potatoes skin on and diced
  • 1 bell pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch of chipotle chili pepper
  • 1 bunch of parsley chopped
  1. saute the fennel onion and potato for 5 min over med-high.
  2. add the bell pepper and spices and cook for 20 min stirring occassionally.
  3. add parsley and cook for 30 more seconds and serve.

For dinner we had a celebration roast with mashed potatoes and VWAV
Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy
makes about 3 cups
1/4 C all purpose flour
Approximately 2 1/2 C water
1 Tbs olive oil
1 medium sized onion, quartered and sliced thin
2 tsp mustard seeds3 cloves garlic, minced
2 C cooked chickpeas, or 1 can, rinsed and drained
2 pinches ground cumin
2 pinches paprika
1 pinch dried rosemary
1 pinch dried thyme
1 pinch dried oregano
1 pinch dried coriander
3 Tbs soy sauce
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 C nutritional yeast
Mix the flour with 2 cups of water until the flour is mostly dissolved. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onions and mustard seeds; cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are browned and the mustard seeds are toasted. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes more. Add the chickpeas; use a potato masher to mash them — you don’t want to mash them into a paste, just make sure each one is broken up although if there are a few whole ones left, that is ok. Add the herbs and spices, soy sauce, and lemon juice. Scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits of onion. Lower heat and pour the flour mixture into the pan. Stir constantly until a thick gravy forms. Stir in the nutritional yeast. If it looks too thick and pasty, add more water and mix well. It may look like it doesn’t want any more water added to it, but just keep mixing and it will loosen up. Keep warm until ready to serve.

and corn. I was so excited to see that the Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier now carries Field Roast products so now I don’t have to wait and go to maine or mass to get one.

Sunday Neil and I went to Gesine to get some amazing soy lattes and then home to start making Christmas gifts. We didn’t make anything new just ate leftovers for lunch and some pasta with sauce for dinner.

Veganmofo: Delicata Squash Soup

Last night my hubby Neil made some wonderful soup from our delicata squash that was part of our CSA this week. He used veganyumyum’s recipe for delicata squash soup and it was super yummy! I have a photo but it is on my film camera so you will have to wait until I get them developed and put on a disc. To acompany our soup we had a slice of our Elmore Mountain Pain au Levain bread from our CSA and I made a warm shallot dressing with Sweet Salad Turnips over a Bunch Mizuna. Our entire meal used ingredients from our CSA and were otherwise local and organic it was a great light meal before our first yoga class at Yoga Mountain.

Veganmofo: Moroccan Tofu & Couscous

I got this great Moroccan dipping sauce a few weeks ago and decided it would just takes so good on some tofu. So I marinated to tofu in the sauce for the day and then baked it in the oven for an hour.

For the couscous:
1T olive oil
1 shallot minced
2 roasted red peppers, diced
1/4 c raisins
1 c whole wheat couscous
1 1/2 c boiling water
salt and pepper to taste

Bring a kettle of water to boil. Then sautee the shallots over med-high until soft. Add the peppers, raisins couscous, salt and pepper a stir to combine. Add the boiling water and stir. Remove from the heat and cover. Let sit for 5 min and then fluff with a fork.

I haven’t charged the battery for my camera so that is why I still have no picture of my tofu loaf or of this dinner. However Neil is working from home today so he plans on photographing dinner from last night since there were left overs for lunch and then he can also upload the tofu loaf picture.

Veganmofo- Tip Top Tofu Loaf

As you might have already known we have been crazy busy with trips to Northampton and Cooperstown/Albany. Along with this we have had house guest so needless to say our house is need of some cleaning. Since I had to get up early with Neil this morning I decided since I had the time I would get dinner ready. Rather than having to rush home after the gym and try and prepare dinner and clean all I have to do is heat the oven and pop my tofu loaf in and cook up some broccoli!


La Dolce Vegan’s Tip-Top Tofu Loaf

  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1 c medium-firm tofu, drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 T ketchup
  • 2 T tamari
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 1t montreal chicken spice (my own addition)
  • 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 1 T tahini
  • (in La Dolce Vegan the recipe calls for 1/4 t black pepper and 1/4 c parsley, minced however I had no fresh parsley so i omited these and went with montreal chicken spice which already has pepper in it)

Preheat oven to 350F. Oil a 9-inch loaf pan with olive oil and set aside. In a food processor, blend together tofu, onions, garlic, ketchup, tamari, mustard, montreal chicken spice, oat flakes and tahini until well mixed. Pour into baking dish, pressing down evenly into baking pan. Bake for 55-60 min. Let cool 10 min before removing from pan.

4 Servings; per serving: calories 220.5; sodium 697.5mg; fat 10.25g; carbs 14.5g; protein 17g