Archive for the ‘Vegan’ Category

Chicken Fricasee

Posted by: EatFree

August 4th, 2012 >> Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

This dish is another example where while chicken is used, it is is accompanied by an abundance of veggies.  This dish contains classic French flavor agents-celery, thyme, mushroom, onion, cream.  If you have fresh thyme on hand, double the amount.  This would make a healthy recipe for dinner alongside some whole grains-I put it atop some black rice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 8 ounces sliced button mushrooms
  • 1.5 pounds organic chicken breast, cubed
  • 1/2 lemon, juice
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch, dissolved in 2 teaspoons cold water

Directions:

  1. Heat oil and butter.  Add onion and celery.  Add some salt.  Cook until softened and lightly brown.
  2. Add garlic, salt, pepper, and thyme.  Cook for 30 seconds.  Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms lightly soften.  Add chicken and cook covered until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Take off lid and add lemon juice, heavy cream, and corn starch.  Bring to a light simmer and turn off heat when lightly thickened.  Serve atop black rice (or any whole grain).  Enjoy!

 

Pina Colada

Posted by: EatFree

August 3rd, 2012 >> Desserts and Sweet Treats, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Pina coladas are quite simple to make in that they involve such few ingredients.  The issue often is finding a coconut cream that has no added sugars or preservatives.  This recipe solves that dilemma by using a combination of coconut milk and coconut butter.  This recipe makes 2 large drinks or 4 small.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups 100% pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup regular coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • 6-8 large ice cubes

Directions:

Blend all ingredients, pour into glasses, and enjoy!

 

Whole Grain Bread with Flax and Sesame Seeds

Posted by: EatFree

July 21st, 2012 >> Vegan, Vegetarian

The flax seeds and sesame add a nice  flavor and nutrition to this bread-feel free to shape in any way you’d like (loaf, baguette, roll, etc.).  All else will remain the same except for the cooking time.  In addition, the rapid rise yeast substantially reduces proofing time without compromising the flavor and texture of the bread much.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup white sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon rapid rise yeast
  • 1 and 2/3 cups warm water (approx.)
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave
  • 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated all vegetable shortening

Directions:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients thoroughly-flour, salt, seeds, and yeast.  Dissolve honey and shortening into warm water (no hotter than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.)
  2. Add dough hook attachment to stand mixer.  Turn on to lowest setting.  Slowly add in water mixture into bowl.  Knead for several minutes or until dough starts to become supple and pulls away from edge of bowl (add more or less water as needed).  Dough should be smooth and only slightly sticky.
  3. Place dough in warm place to rise for an hour.
  4. After first rise, shape dough into desired shapes.  Let rise for another hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Bake for about 15 minutes (this time is for a mini-baguette size).  Let cool and enjoy!

Papaya Relish

Posted by: EatFree

July 13th, 2012 >> Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

This recipe is akin to the papaya salad often served in many Thai restaurants except here I’ve used a semi-ripe papaya.   You can use an unripe papaya (skin will be all green) here too but the flavor will be more tart and the texture crisper.  I like the slight sweetness of the semi-ripe (amber in color with some green patches) papaya so I ‘ve used it here.  This recipe works best as a relish such as used in this Asian shrimp taco recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 serrano or to taste, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1.5 tablespoons fish sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 2lb semi-ripe papaya, shredded
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cups roasted unsalted peanuts, chopped

Directions:

Combine all ingredients (adjust salt according to taste since there is fish sauce).  Enjoy as a relish! (such as in this Asian Shrimp taco recipe)