Friday, September 2, 2016

"Meatless Balls" (vegan)

It's hard to find a good vegan meatball... wait, that sounds weird... meat-less ball!  I find that the store bought ones lack OUMFF!  They are bland and boring, NOT FOR ME!  I also hate when they are packed with crap, and lacking on the nutrients.  It took me a few tries to get these right, but I really feel like they're exactly what I was after, so ENJOY!

For the Meatless Balls:
1 cup cold (can be old) brown rice (can use half quinoa, half rice)
1 cup finely diced sweet potato (I cheat and wisk it around my food processor)
8 oz mushroom, chopped (again, food processor)
1 medium onion, chopped (yup, food processor - seeing a pattern here?)
2 cloves garlic
handfull of basil
2tsp cayenne (1 if you don't like heat)
salt + pepper
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup+ 2tbs flour (I use either spelt or whole wheat)
1tsp oil + more for frying

For spicy tomato cashew cream sauce:
1 cup cashews (soaked in warm water)
1 cup tomatoes (I use grape or cherry tomatoes)
1 cayenne or spicy pepper - finely chopped
5 leafs of basil
salt + pepper

1. Heat 1tsp of oil in pan over med-low heat
2. Add sweet potato, mushroom and onion, cook until onion starts to turn translucent - add garlic, cook another 3 mins, stirring frequently.
3. remove from heat and place into food processor - don't turn on yet!
4. add your cold rice (or rice and quinoa mix) - now pulse the food processor gently, you don't want mush! Your aim is to mix it well, but not pulverize the rice! Be kind ;)
5. toss in your basil, cayenne and salt and pepper, pulse a few times to combine
6. add the breadcrumbs and flour, pulse again!  (to test, I take a small amount and form into a ball... does it stick? If yes, you're good-to-go! If no, add a touch more flour, pulse again, test again!)
7. Form all mixture into balls and place on a plate (or a cutting board)
8. Heat 2tsp of oil in a NON-STICK pan over medium heat - wait for it to be FULLY HEATED OR YOUR BALLS WILL BE SOGGY - EWWWWWWWWW
9. Gently place the balls into the oil, give them a little squish down with a fork or spatula
10. cook for about 5-7 mins, until golden brown, then flip! do the same on the other side!
11. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel for a few mins

While those are cooking:
1. toss cashews with 1 cup of the water into food processor (I use my smoothie cup blender)
2. ... wait for it...
3.  keep blending
4. BOOM - cashew cream! YOU WANT IT TO BE THICK!!!
5.  Add your tomatoes, basil, cayenne, salt and pepper
6. blend for a few mins, scrape down the sides as you go!
7. try not to eat it all before the balls are done!

* serve balls with sauce and top with some fresh arugula! YUMMMMMMMM!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Vegan Potato and Broccoli Fritters

So, every time I post a recipe on my Facebook or my Insta pages I get bombarded with people asking me for the recipe!!  I feel bad when they ask "can I get the recipe" and I have to respond "it's in my head".

See, herein lies the problem.  I NEVER write anything down, I wing all my meals!  I love cooking, I always have.  I never follow recipes, I always CREATE my own yummy little vegan dishes.


Today's recipe started with Corey and I buying WAAAAAAY too many potatoes (is that even possible?!?!? YUP!)  So I decided to whip up some potato fritters... but then I got thinking "geesh, that's boring as heck..."  I wanted to up the health factor with some greens, and didn't want them to be bland or boring.  What's green and delicious, and makes Corey (my hubby) go "ewwwwwww"? - Broccoli!!  Yup, must add that.

Here is the recipe:

3 cups shredded white potato
1 cup shredded broccoli
1 small onion shredded or finely chopped
1/4 cup + 2 tbs spelt flour or whole wheat flour
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbs nutritional yeast
salt + pepper to taste

1tsp oil (I used coconut)
arugula (garnish)

1.  place shredded white potato in a strainer and squeeze the CRAP OUT OF IT!  get the excess water out!
2. transfer to a bowl and combine with the broccoli and onion, mix well
3. add your flour - mix well
4. add all seasoning - taste it... yummmm raw potato ;)
5. Heat oil in non-stick pan and pre-heat oven to 425 degrees (I used pastry brush to spread the oil, cause you don't need a lot of oil!)
6. Form mix into patties, remember to squeeze out excess water as you form them!!
7. place patties into pan and press down with a spatula to ensure even cooking
8. after 3 mins or when golden brown - flip those puppies!!
9. transfer into oven when both sides are brown, give then about 8 mins in the oven :)
10. Top with fresh arugula... cause it's the!!!  YUMMERS!!

EAT! And tell your spouse afterwards that they were loaded with broccoli goodness!!! Muahahaha!!