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Baked Banana Wontons with a Hazelnut Chocolate Sauce

Baked banana wontons with a hazelnut chocolate sauce

We enjoyed these tasty wontons as a mid-day sack with a cup of coffee. Yield: 10 wontons Ingredients: 10 vegan wonton wrappers 1 banana, fork mashed splash lemon juice pinch cinnamon 3 tablespoons vegan chocolate hazelnut spread Spray cooking oil Directions: Heat the oven to 400 F / 205 C. Prepare a baking sheet with [...]

Review: Healthy Vegan Asian Broccoli Salad

Asian Broccoli Salad

What a great salad this is on Earth Day. We found it at Fo Reals Life. It particularly makes are really good winter salad, giving lots of roughage that we don’t often get over the winter months. We used a few almond flakes as garnish instead of sesame, otherwise we followed the easy instructions of [...]

Warm Lentil Salad with Celery Root, Apples and Hazelnuts

Warm Lentil Salad with Celery Root, Apples and Hazelnuts

This is a delicious combination. It makes a great main meal lunch for two or salads for four people. It can also be enjoyed as a side dish, or even over rice as an entrée. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 1/4-1/2 cup hazelnuts 1 cup lentils 3 cups water 2-3 bay leaves pinch thyme 1 small [...]

Vegan Orange, Almond Semolina Cake with Baked Rhubarb

Vegan Orange, Almond Semolina Cake with Baked Rhubarb

We really enjoyed his lovely orange almond cake. It’s full of lovely orange flavor, with a slight tartness from the yogurt and rhubarb. Serving Size: 8 Ingredients: for the cake: spray oil, for the spring form 1/3 cup almond meal 3/4 cup vegan margarine, at room temperature 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup soy yogurt 1/4 [...]

Strawberry Apple Hand Pies

Strawberry Apple Hand Pies

Hand pies are so easy to make, and “handy” to have. There are many different fillings to make. This time we made a nice combination of apple and strawberries. Yield: 8 four inch hand pies Ingredients: for the dough: 2 cups AP flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup vegan margarine, cold [...]

Review: Apple and Roasted Parsnip Soup

Apple Parsnip Soup

We enjoyed a very nice soup today that we found at the site of Aussie Apples. This is a great winter soup. We kept it on the thick side as we wanted to serve it in wholegrain bread bowls made from hard rolls. We used our own home grown organic  apples and parsnips and a leek [...]

Rhubarb and Red Gooseberry Pie

Rhubarb and Red Gooseberry Pie

This is now one of our very favorite pie recipes. The combination of red gooseberries and rhubarb is really delicious. You can easily freeze rhubarb, and use it later in the summer when the red gooseberries are ripe, or also the other way around. Freeze the gooseberries (topped and tailed at the end of the [...]

Cinnamon Rice Pudding with Cherry Compote

Cinnamon rice pudding with cherry compote and pistachios

This is an adaptation of a recipe by Chef Ottolenghi. His recipe is not vegan, but I am sure our lighter, vegan version will be enjoyable for vegans. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: for the rice pudding: 3 cups water 1/4 teaspoons salt 1/2 cup arborio (risotto) rice 3 cups soy, almond, oat or other non-dairy [...]

Vegan White Cake with Poppy Seed Filling and Raspberry Topping

White Cake with Poppyseed Filling and Raspberry Topping

This cake was a special treat on the weekend. It is basically an adaptation of a traditional German tart that we have made vegan. There are 3 parts: the vegan white cake, the poppy seed filling and the red fruit topping. The poppy seed filling is a thick pudding that is soft, yet firm enough [...]

Poppy Seed Panna Cotta with Cherry Sauce

Poppy Seed Panna Cotta with Cherry Sauce (lighter version)

This is a very quick and easy treat to make for Valentine’s Day or any other time as well. We made a cherry sauce this time, but strawberry, raspberry or any other berry also make a lovely combination with the poppy seeds. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: for the panna cotta: 2 cups vanilla soy milk [...]

Chestnut-Walnut Loaf with Parsnips and Cranberries

Holiday Dinner Loaf

This is our holiday main meal for the year. It is a delicious combination of root vegetables and fruit. The nutmeg really adds a lovely flavoring to the chestnuts and walnuts. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 8 ounces cooked chestnuts 1&1/2 lb. parsnips 1 cup walnut pieces 1 cup dried breadcrumbs 3 onions, chopped 1 tablespoon [...]

Vegan Chestnut, Coconut and Rum Parfaits

Chestnut, Coconut Rum Parfaits

One of the few rich and decadent treats we enjoy especially made for holidays. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 2 cups chestnut puree 1 can coconut cream, chilled 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup 4 tablespoons rum non-dairy whipped topping (we used Soyatoo) vegan chocolate decorations Directions: Place the chilled coconut cream in a [...]

Review: Roast Parsley Root and Lady Apples

Root parsley

This is the first year we have grown parsley root in our garden and we are looking forward to growing more next season. It is an easy vegetable to grow. It’s rather like carrots in a way as it needs to be thinned out. It has a mild parsley like flavor and is very white, [...]

Vegan Walnut and Pear Tart

Walnut pear tart

This is one of the best tarts we’ve ever had. The crust is so short and delicious. The pears are a wonderful match for the walnuts and the vanilla soy pudding rounds out the treat. Yield: 8 small individual tarts or 1 large Ingredients: 2 cups black walnuts, chopped 1/3 cup sugar 3 cups flour [...]

Mashed Rutabaga with Ginger Roasted Pears

Mashed Rutabaga and Roasted Pears

This is really delicious and would be a perfect side dish for any holiday meal. It’s sweet enough that even kids would love it. Ingredients: 4 lbs. rutabaga, peeled and cut into pieces 3-4 ripe pears, peeled and cut into pieces 1 2″ knob ginger, peeled and minced 2 teaspoons sugar 1/4 cup soy cream [...]

Red Cabbage Slaw with Orange Tahini Dressing

Red cabbage slaw with carrots, apples and walnuts

This colorful salad is delicious. We enjoyed it as a lunch, but it would be great at any meal, even special holiday meals. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: for the salad: 1 head red cabbage, thinly sliced 1 large red onion, thinly sliced 1-2 medium carrots, peeled and julienned (cut as matchsticks) 1-2 organic apples, cored [...]

Caramel Apple Self-Saucing Pudding-Cake

Caramel Apple Self-Saucing Pudding

Self-saucing pudding cakes have always been a nice treat. We have enjoyed, the traditional lemon as well as chocolate. Today’s treat used fresh apples and created a light caramel sauce. This is a delicious recipe and easy to make. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1 & 1/2 cups self-rising flour [...]

Roasted Parsnip Pear Soup with Caramelized Walnut Garnish

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This is a delicious soup. It’s mildly sweet and quite filling. Served in different bowls, it would be lovely at a holiday meal. Depending on the serving size it would be fine for 4 people or as a small appetizer for 6. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: for the soup: 1 lb. parsnips, peeled and chopped [...]

Celery Root Gnocchi with Apple Carrot Sauce

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This is a delicious meal. It’s an amazing combination that we really enjoyed. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: for the gnocchi: 1 lb. potatoes, baked 1 lb. celery root, peeled, chopped and steamed 1/2 cup Ap flour 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt dash white pepper dash nutmeg 2 cups vegetable bouillon for the sauce: [...]

Parsnip, Leek and Apple Soup

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As the weather begins to cool, we enjoy more soups. This parsnip, leek and apple combination really tasted good today and we will enjoy it more often over the winter as our parsnips come into season. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 large leeks, cleaned and white and light green parts sliced [...]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears and Red Onions and Balsamic Vinegar Sauce

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This is a delicious side dish that would grace any holiday table or is wonderful any time of the year. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 2 lbs. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved 2 ripe pears, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces 3 large red onions, peeled and cut in eighths 3 tablespoons olive oil salt [...]

Vegan Pumpkin-Apple Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

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This is a really nice and simple cake to make. It only uses 1 cup of pumpkin puree and has 2 apples. The flavor is perfect for a lovely fall day. Serving Size: 8 Ingredients: for the cake: 1/2 cup vegan margarine 1 & 1/2 cups sugar 2 egg replacements 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 medium [...]

Nut Filled Pears with Elderberry Sauce

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This is a delicious and elegant treat that is also quite healthy. It makes lovely appetizer or delicious dessert. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 4 ripe pears, peeled, halved and deseeded 1/4 cup ground hazelnuts 1/4 cup ground almonds 1/4 cup ground walnuts 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons vegan margarine, melted pinch cinnamon 1/2 cup homemade [...]

Sweet Potato Apple Soup

Sweet Potato Apple Soup

This is a very tasty fall soup. It is slightly sweet yet tangy from the apples. The organic apple juice makes a big difference with the flavor and healthiness of the soup. Serving Size: 6 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon vegan margarine 2 leeks, thinly sliced 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced 1 & 1/2 lb. sweet [...]