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Vegfest Chef Bravo Recipes

bravoWe’re excited to tell you that one of the chefs presenting at Vegfest this year (2017) will be Chef Ramses Bravo!  Ramses is the executive chef for TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, where his delicious, healthful meals have inspired thousands of people who have transformed their lives at the center. Here we can share with you two recipes from his cookbook Bravo!: Health Promoting Meals from the TrueNorth Health Kitchen 

 

Double Squash with Pecans and Dried Cherries

This recipe combines sweet butternut squash, pecans, and cherries with savory acorn squash, shallot, and sage. The flavors complement rather than overpower each other.

Ingredients

2 butternut squash,
3 pounds each, cut lengthwise and seeds removed
2 acorn squash, 1.5 pounds each, cut lengthwise and seeds removed
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup pecans, toasted (see notes below)
1 shallot, thinly sliced
10 fresh sage leaves, very thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
Put the butternut and acorn squash cut-side down on the lined baking sheets and bake the butternut squash for about 30 minutes and the acorn squash for about 20 minutes, just
until tender. Let cool.
When cool enough to handle, peel and cut the squash into 1-inch cubes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the cherries, pecans, shallot, and sage. Gently toss all the ingredients until well combined, taking care to keep the squash cubes whole. Serve at room temperature or thoroughly chilled.
Note: Butternut squash will generally take longer to cook than acorn squash, depending on their respective sizes. Be careful not to overcook the squash. When the squash is soft, the cubes will break apart. The flavor won’t be affected, but the look and texture of the dish will.

Toasting Nuts and Seeds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts or seeds on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes.

Raw or Toasted Nuts and Seeds?
Which is better: raw or toasted nuts and seeds? This is a question that many TrueNorth
guests have asked me. My answer depends on what works best for each person.
The style of cooking advocated at TrueNorth and described in this book is designed
for optimal health. To that end, I recommend raw nuts and seeds, which have
greater nutritional value. However, this diet is also restrictive, so I look for ways to make
the food as flavorful as possible. One way to do that is to use toasted nuts and seeds, which
I prefer. My reasoning is that people may return to bad habits if they find their food
bland, and they may be more likely to stay with the program if it is more flavorful.

Breakfast Potatoes

This is a wholesome alternative to the greasy, fried, and overly salted, potato dishes often served at breakfast time. This dish can be prepared ahead of time, so all you need to do is bake it before serving. Note: It takes about 1 hour for the baked potatoes to cool down enough to be peeled. For speed and convenience, the potatoes can be baked 1 day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Ingredients: 

8 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed
2 cups small cauliflower florets
2 cups quartered white mushrooms
6 Roma tomatoes, cubed
1 small yellow onion, diced
1/ 4 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/ 4 teaspoon granulated onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, or 1 tablespoon dried
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or 1 tablespoon dried

Assembly: 

Pierce each potato a few times with a fork or paring knife. Put the potatoes directly on a rack in the center of the oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until tender. The potatoes are done when a paring knife can be easily inserted in the center. Turn off the oven. Transfer the potatoes to a cooling rack.

When the potatoes are cool to the touch, peel and dice them. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the potatoes on the lined baking sheet. Scatter the cauliflower, mushrooms, tomatoes, and onion over the potatoes. Sprinkle with the granulated garlic and granulated onion. (At this point, the baking sheet can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for 8 to 12 hours.

When you are ready to bake the dish, bring the vegetables to room temperature while you preheat the oven. Remove the plastic wrap before baking.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until all the vegetables start to brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the basil and parsley. Serve hot.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Here’s a special selection of Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes for the holidays:

Bryanna’s Squash with Wild Rice and Chanterelle Stuffing

almost-no-fat-holiday-cookbookfrom “The Almost No-Fat Holiday Cookbook” by Bryanna Clark Grogan, reprinted with permission.  Serves 6

If you’d like to make a colorful stuffed winter squash the centerpiece and main dish of your vegetarian Thanksgiving, choose a large, meaty pumpkin; Boston marrow squash; turban squash; hubbard squash; banana squash; or the pale blue-grey New Zealand squash, which is my favorite. Read more

Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Pumpkin-SoupPumpkin Soup

This recipe is from nutritionmd.org, where you’ll find a great supply of delicious vegan recipes.  It’s reprinted with permission. Makes about 8 1-cup servings

This sweet and creamy soup has just a hint of spiciness. It can also be made with puréed winter squash, yams, or sweet potatoes in place of the pumpkin.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups water or vegetable broth
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
2 tablespoons maple syrup or other sweetener
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups fortified soy- or rice milk

Warm oil in a large pot. Add onion and garlic and cook over medium heat until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.

Add mustard seeds, turmeric, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, and salt and cook 2 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Whisk in water or broth, pumpkin, syrup or other sweetener, and lemon juice. Simmer 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in non-dairy milk. Transfer about 3 cups to a blender and purée until very smooth. Repeat with remaining soup. Be sure to start on low speed and hold lid on tightly. Return to the pot and heat without boiling, until steamy.

Chickpea Mash Stew Recipe

vegfeastckbk_small_borderThis is one of my favorite soup recipes from The Veg-Feasting Cookbook. You can make this soup as smooth or chunky as you like, depending on how much you mash or puree it. Serve it with some nice crusty whole-grain bread.

Serves 6 to 8

1½ tablespoons olive oil

2 medium onions, chopped (about 1½ cups)

2 medium ribs celery, chopped (about 1 cup)

2 medium carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)

3 cloves garlic, chopped

¼ teaspoon sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 medium zucchini, chopped

1½ teaspoons dry mustard

¾ teaspoon ground dried sage

2 (14-ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained (about 3½ cups)

1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes (do not drain)

2 cups vegetable broth

1 cup water

½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

1 tablespoon tamari

2 teaspoons molasses

1 large bay leaf

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, carrots, garlic, salt and black pepper to taste. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the zucchini, mustard, and sage, and cook, stirring for a couple of minutes. Add the chickpeas, canned tomatoes and their juice, broth, water, sun-dried tomatoes, tamari, molasses and bay leaf, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove but reserve the bay leaf, and mash or lightly puree the soup (keeping it slightly chunky), then stir in fresh thyme. Add the bay leaf back in and simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes. Adjust the seasonings with more salt and pepper to taste, remove the bay leaf and serve.

Vegan Mac n Cheese – Homemade Vegan Pantry

Miyoko looking over shoulder - croppedMiyoko Schinner, frequent speaker at Vegfest, has produced another great book, “The Homemade Vegan Pantry, the art of making your own staples” (Ten Speed Press, Random House, 2015). Miyoko is a renowned vegan chef, cookbook author, and television cooking show host, and has been promoting delicious, decadent, and healthful plant-based foods for the past thirty years. Her previous cookbook, Artisan Vegan Cheese, has been a top-selling book on Amazon, and has been called “The holy grail of the culinary world.” She is a co-host of Vegan Mashup, a new cooking show on public television, and stars in her own whimsical online show, Miyoko’s Kitchen.

Homemade vegan pantryComplete with full-color photos, The Homemade Vegan Pantry celebrates beautiful, handcrafted foods that don’t take a ton of time, from ice cream and pizza dough, to granola and breakfast sausage. Miyoko Schinner guides readers through the techniques for making French-style buttercreams, roasted tomatoes, and pasta without special equipment. Her easy methods make “slow food” fast, and full of flavor. The Homemade Vegan Pantry raises the bar on plant-based cuisine, not only for vegans and vegetarians, but also for the growing number of Americans looking to eat lighter and healthier, and anyone interested in a handcrafted approach to food.

Well Crafted Macaroni and Cheese Mix Recipe

Unless you were raised by macrobiotic hippies, you’ve had it. I’ve had it. And there’s no shame in saying it— we’ve all had macaroni and cheese out of the box. My kids would plead with me to buy it, and I was thrilled when the vegan stuff came on the market. Maybe you don’t crave it anymore, but it sure is convenient to have some on hand for the kids or the babysitter. But there’s no need to buy it, because you can make the instant cheese sauce mix yourself in just a few minutes! This version is richer than the variation that follows, utilizing glorious cashews.

Well-crafted macaroni and cheese mix1 cup cashews

¾ cup nutritional yeast

¼ cup oat flour

¼ cup tapioca flour

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon organic sugar

2 teaspoons powdered mustard

2 teaspoons sea salt

2 teaspoons onion powder

Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and process until a powder is formed. There should not be any discernible chunks or large granules of cashews, so this may take 3 to 4 minutes of processing. Store this in a jar or portion out into 1⁄3 -cup increments and put in ziplock bags and store in the pantry for a month or two or in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

MAKES 1 2/3 CUPS, OR ENOUGH TO COAT THE EQUIVALENT OF 5 STORE-BOUGHT BOXES INSTANT MACARONI AND CHEESE

HOW TO USE WELL-CRAFTED MACARONI AND CHEESE MIX

Cook 1 cup of dry macaroni according to package instructions and drain. Combine 1⁄3 cup mix with 1 cup water or unsweetened nondairy milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk well and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 minute, then toss with hot cooked macaroni.

These mixes are also a great answer for turning yesterday’s leftovers into a quick casserole. Just combine leftover pasta, potatoes, or grains, some veggies, and any other odd scraps you think might be a good fit and mix it in a casserole dish with some of the cheese mix and water. You can add additional spices and herbs if you wish. Then bake it all up into creamy goodness. You can also use the mix to make quick sauces for veggies or add it to soups for extra cheesy flavor and richness—it’s quite versatile.

Grilled Jicama Rounds with Black Beans – from Grills Gone Vegan

JicamaJicama is a round root vegetable originally from the Mexican peninsula. It’s grown in Central America, the Caribbean, the Andes and South Asia, where it’s a valuable food source. Its texture is similar to a turnip, but the taste when raw is more like an apple. The skin is tough and needs to be peeled. It’s high in fiber, and helps promote good bacteria in the gut. It’s also a valuable source of vitamin C, and includes some B vitamins, potassium and other minerals.  Since it’s low in calories, it’s a great food to snack on.

This recipe is from Grills Gone Vegan, by Tamasin Noyes, reprinted with permission.

Grills Gone Vegan_low resYield 6 servings. Advance prep: Marinate the jicama for 1 hour.

Marinated Jicama

1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari

1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar

1 teaspoon olive oil

¼ teaspoon liquid smoke

1 jicama, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds

Black Bean Topping

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 carrot, shredded

½ poblano chile, seeded and minced

3 tablespoons minced red onion

1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon reduced-sodium tamari

½ teaspoon dried oregano

Salt

Ground pepper

1 avocado, diced, for garnish

To prepare the jicama, put the tamari, vinegar, oil, and liquid smoke in a 13 x 9-inch nonreactive baking pan and stir to combine. Add the jicama and turn to coat. Let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour, turning the jicama occasionally.

To prepare the topping, put the beans, carrot, chile, onion, vinegar, garlic, oil, tamari, and oregano in a medium bowl. Stir gently, taking care not to crush the beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To grill the jicama and assemble the rounds, preheat a grill, grill pan, or electric grill to medium-high heat.

Lightly oil the grill with canola oil. Put the jicama on the grill, reserving the marinade. Cook until marked, about 4 minutes, while occasionally basting with the marinade. Turn over and cook in the same fashion until the other side is marked, about 3 minutes longer. (If using an electric grill, keep it open and cook a few minutes longer if necessary.)

Put the jicama on serving plates and top each round with a heaping ¼ cup of the bean mixture and a few pieces of the avocado.

Orange Blackberry Cake Recipe – from The Veg-Feasting Cookbook

vegfeastckbk_small_borderWe compiled The Veg-Feasting Cookbook by inviting local veg-friendly restaurants to give us their best recipes. We added in a few special recipes from Vegfest chefs and the result was a wonderful vegetarian cookbook covering the full spectrum of cuisines from around the world.

This wonderful 3-layer cake recipe is made without eggs or dairy.  With blackberries being freely available for the picking at this time of year, this is a perfect time to give this recipe a try.

Orange Blackberry Cake Recipe

This is a delightfully refreshing cake, with the winning combination of citrus and fresh berries. Try it with your favorite berries—raspberries, salmonberries, marionberries, blueberries—or a mixture.

Makes one 9-inch cake

6 cups unbleached white flour

4½ cups plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar

4 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 cup canola oil

½ cup grated zest and 3 cups juice from

6 medium oranges, preferably organic

1 tablespoon vanilla

6 cups blackberries

1/3 cup cane sugar

3 tablespoons corn starch

2 cups powdered sugar

To make the cake, heat the oven to 350°F (325 if using a convection oven). Grease three 9-inch round cake pans, line the bottoms with waxed paper, and grease and flour the paper.  Sift the flour, 4½ cups granulated sugar, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the canola oil, orange zest and juice, vanilla and 3 cups filtered water, then pour them into the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Divide the batter evenly into the 3 pans and bake until the layers are golden brown and spring back when touched lightly in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool the layers for 10 minutes in their pans, then turn out onto wire racks and cool completely.

To make the filling, put the blackberries and 1/3 cup sugar in a saucepan and bring them to a boil. Combine the cornstarch with ¼ cup filtered water and stir to dissolve. Add to the berry mixture and simmer for a couple of minutes, then set aside to cool.

To assemble the cake, whisk the powdered sugar with ¼ cup water to make a glaze. Place one cake layer on a plate and spread with 1/3 of the filling, then drizzle with a little of the glaze. Repeat with the second and third cake layers, drizzling any remaining glaze around the edges of the cake so it flows down the sides. Chill to set.

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