Monthly Archives: November 2012

No-Cook Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

This dense sauce can be made in minutes using sun dried tomatoes in olive oil and the best part is that there is no cooking! Watch Mary Ann Esposito make No-Cook Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce at CiaoItalia.com!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon salted capers, rinsed
  • 1 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons dry red wine
  • Coarsely ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Pulse everything in a food processor until it is a paste consistency.Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.
  2. Use on cooked pasta when there’s “no time” for simmering sauce.

 

 

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Brown Sugar Roasted Butternut Squash

This brown sugar roasted butternut squash recipe is great for a holiday side dish. Food blogger Jenna Weber shares her suggestions for other ways to incorporate this squash recipe into other meals in a full post on the Fresh Tastes blog.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs peeled & cubed butternut squash (about 1 average sized squash)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lay your cubed squash out on a parchment paper lined sheet tray and sprinkle the brown sugar over top.
  3. Toss gently and roast for about 40 minutes, until deeply caramelized and tender.
  4. Remove from the oven and sprinkle a generous pinch of sea salt on top. Serve.

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Vegan Corn Soup

Though corn soup is often served with a cream or chicken stock, you will prefer this vegan version. Marc Matsumoto explains why this vegan soup is better than a chicken or cream stock in a full post on the Fresh Tastes blog.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 6 ears sweet corn
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium leek about 10 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 cups soy milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Directions

  1. Strip the corn off the cob with a sharp knife straight into a bowl to catch the juices along with the corn. Run the back of the knife along each stripped cob to extract as much pulp as you can.
  2. Cut each stripped cob in half, and add them to a pot with 6 cups of water. Boil the cobs for 1 hour to make a corn stock. Remove the cobs and measure out 4 cups of liquid, add water if you don’t have enough.
  3. I the meantime, drizzle the tomatoes with a generous amount of olive oil, and then salt and pepper. Toss to coat and place them in a 350 degree oven until shriveled and caramelized (about 20-30 minutes)
  4. Add 3/4 of the corn to a blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Strain the purée through a fine mesh sieve back into the bowl with the rest of the corn and set aside.
  5. Clean the leek and slice it as thinly as possible. There’s often grit trapped between the leaves, so I usually drop the sliced leeks into a colander and submerge it in a bowl of water to let the grit settle to the bottom. Drain and dry the leeks with a salad spinner or paper towels, then add them to a pot with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  6. Sauté the leeks until they are a quarter of their original volume and they are starting to brown. Add the 4 cups of corn stock, boil for 10 minutes, and then add to a heatproof food processor or blender and puree. Be very careful when blending hot liquids as the sudden release of steam has a tendency to blow the lid off of blenders. Start it at a low speed with the lid covered with a towel, and then slowly increase the speed.
  7. Add the blended leek mixture back into the pot a long with the corn and corn juice. Add 1-2 cups (depending on how thick you want it) of soy milk and bring to a boil. Add the salt and white pepper and adjust after tasting.
  8. This soup is delicious hot or cold. To serve, just ladle the soup into bowls and use a spoon to carefully place a few roasted tomatoes on top of the soup. Drizzle a little of the olive oil from the roasted tomatoes onto the soup and serve.

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Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

 

(From PBS Series)

A fabulous vegan chocolate ice cream recipe from Alice Currah of SavorySweetLife.com. See the full post at Kitchen Explorers.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • One 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar or 1/3 cup agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Whisk the coconut milk, sugar/agave, and cocoa powder until well mixed.
  2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream machine bowl and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  3. Freeze the ice cream immediately after churning.

Tips/Techniques

Coconut milk can often be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store. I use Chaokoh brand. No not substitute a light coconut milk for the regular. Otherwise the texture of your ice cream will be icy.

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Dairy-Free Spinach Stuffed Shells

(From PBS Series)

Cut down the cholesterol without losing any flavor in this vegan stuffed shells recipe from Jenna Weber of Eat, Live, Run. See the full post at the Fresh Tastes Blog.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 16 ounces extra firm tofu
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 10 ounces frozen spinach, defrosted
  • 1 box jumbo shells
  • 1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce

Directions

  1. Drain the tofu and pat dry with paper towels. Crumble into the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender along with olive oil, salt, oregano, garlic and nutritional yeast. Process on high until smooth and “ricotta-like”.
  2. Add the defrosted spinach to the blended tofu mixture.
  3. Cook shells in boiling salted water until el dente. Drain
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour about ½ cup pasta sauce into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan. Stuff shells with 2 T of filling and place in pan, seam side down. Repeat until all shells have been stuffed.
  5. Pour remaining pasta sauce over shells, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Serve!

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Snazzy Quinoa

(From PBS Series)

A nutritional powerhouse, quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is technically the seed of an herbaceous flowering plant, not a cereal grass, but its texture, flavor, and uses echo those of many true grains, so it’s generally thought of as a grain.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed very well and drained
  • 2 cups filtered or spring water
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube, crumbled

Directions

  1. Rinse your quinoa by placing it into a large bowl, covering with cold water, swishing it around with your hands, then draining it in a screened colander. Once the quinoa is placed in the screened colander, run cold water over the quinoa for about 15 seconds.
  2. Place all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  3. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low and continue to simmer for 15 to 17 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.
  5. Cover again and remove from heat. Let the quinoa sit for 5 to 7 minutes and serve!

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