Tuesday, February 12, 2013


With love to my dear friend, Brigette!  She made a special effort to make these as a treat for my vegan kids when we visited her house.  What a great way to make us feel welcomed and loved!! 

I sent my husband to the store for milk and bananas and he came home with the ingredients for these and left them conveniently on the counter for me.  I took the hint!

1 package chocolate cake mix (check box to make sure it is vegan)
1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 bag mini chocolate chips (vegan)
2 c. soy milk (soy works best in this)
Powdered sugar to sprinkle on top.

Mix cake mix, pudding mix, chocolate chips and soy milk together until batter is thick and creamy. Spread batter into a 9 x 13" cake pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and lightly floured. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35 minutes or until done. Cool completely before sprinkling on powdered sugar.

Quinoa Salad

1 c. quinoa, soak for 15 minutes, rinse and drain
3/4 c. cold water
Bring quinoa and water to a boil in saucepan, turn heat to low and cover with a lid. Simmer 20 minutes, then turn off heat and let cool for 10-20 minutes. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Toss a variety of chopped veggies into chilled quinoa. I used the following:
1/2 c. cucumber, chopped
1 small can sliced olives
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/2 c. edamame
1/2 c. sliced carrots

Whisk together Dressing and toss with quinoa and veggies:
1/4 c. olive oil
2 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1-2 t. Dijon mustard
Salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Serve over a bed of kale or other greens.

Easy Roasted Ratatouille

This dish is so easy and yummy and versatile.  Eat it up as is, or serve it over pasta.  Layer the veggies all nice and make it a "fancy" dish for guests.  It is fresh and healthy and we love it here. Try it!

2 T. olive oil
1/4 c. cooking wine (or your favorite Chardonnay)
1 white or yellow onion, cut into 1" pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Chinese eggplant, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced
3 Roma tomatoes, sliced
1 sweet red pepper, cut into 1" pieces
1 sweet green pepper, cut into 1" pieces
1-2 c. sliced baby portabella mushrooms (optional)
Fresh thyme, basil and parsley, chopped finely
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Easy method:  I put all ingredients in a bowl and toss together until olive oil is evenly distributed. Then I spread it on a baking sheet and baked at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes. Serve with pasta or bread.

Fancy method:  Layer or stand the slices on edge in a nice pattern in baking dish that is sprayed with non-stick spray. Then drizzle olive oil, wine and herbs over the top.  Bake at 425 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.

Vegan Orange Cookies

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c. vegan butter
1 1/4 c. sugar
2 T. ground flax mixed in 1/2 c. fresh squeezed orange juice
1 T. orange zest
cranberry sauce (optional)

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. In a separate bowl, mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg substitutes and orange zest to butter sugar mixture and mix well.  Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and blend until combined.  Drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet.

OPTIONAL: Press the middle of the dough with your thumb and fill with 1 t. cranberry sauce in the middle.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 9-12 minutes. These do not get very browned, so be careful not to burn them.  Cool on a rack before serving.