Vegan Coleslaw

Makes 2 big servings of coleslaw or 4 small side dish servings of coleslaw

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 package coleslaw mix

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1/2 c just mayo
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp raspberry wine vinegar
1 tbsp Real Lemon lemon juice
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ploughman’s mustard
1/4 tsp celery salt (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Mix dressing first. (Adjust proportions to your taste as your family prefers)

Add coleslaw mix.

Enjoy!

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Strawberries and Cream Birthday Cake

This is a white cake layered with custard, strawberries and whipping cream.

FRUIT FILLING:

1.5 c (8 0z) raspberries, strawberries or blueberries
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Mix and let sit 1 hour.

WHITE CAKE:

2 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 c sugar
1 c heavy cream
2 tbsp milk
2 tsp baking powder
4 egg whites, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Butter 8 in round pans. Add parchment. Butter and flour that too.
  3. Mix dry ingredients.
  4. Mix wet ingredients in kitchenaid, whip till thickens.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
  6. Divide batter amongst 3 pans.
  7. Bake 20-25 min.
  8. Let cool COMPLETELY.

CUSTARD / PASTRY CREAM FILLING:

2.5 c whole milk
3/4 c sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c cornstarch
1 tbsp flour
4 egg yolks
1/2 c whole milk
4 tbsp (1/2 stick) butter
1 c heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks

  1. In medium saucepan, mix 2.5 c milk, sugar and salt. BOIL over med heat.
  2. In separate bowl, whisk cornstarch, flour and egg yolks with 1/2 c milk.
  3. TEMPERING: whisk some of the boiling mixture with the egg yolks, then pour back into hot milk and return to heat. Do it little by little so the eggs don’t curdle.
  4. Bring to a boil and boil for 30 sec.
  5. Remove from heat, STRAIN (if it curdled), and stir in butter and vanilla extract.
  6. Rub a piece of butter over the surface of the cream, top with plastic wrap, and fridge till cool.
  7. To complete, fold in whipping cream.

WHIPPING CREAM FROSTING:

2 c whipping cream
1 c confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract

Mix well.

 

Veggie Burger

Ingredients:

2 cans black beans (I used S&W Organic Black beans, which did not need to be drained and rinsed, but another brand’s beans might need to be drained and rinsed), mashed with a potato masher
1/2 onion, minced
1/2 beet, finely shredded
1/2 stick carrot, finely shredded
2 inches red pepper, finely diced
2 inches green pepper, finely diced
1 tsp garlic (I use the bottled diced kind from Costco)
1/2 can Old El Paso green chilies, mild
1/4 bunch finely chopped parsley
1 tsp cumin (to taste)
1 tsp cholula (to taste)
1/4 tsp white pepper (to taste)
1 tsp salt (to taste)
1 egg
3/4 c breadcrumbs (or as needed to get desired consistency)

Directions:

  1. Place beans in large bowl. Mash until half mashed (or desired consistency).
  2. Add all ingredients except egg and breadcrumbs. Mix well.
  3. Add egg. Mix well.
  4. Add breadcrumbs. Mix until the consistency is such that you can form patties.
  5. Put in refrigerator for 1 hour to let the flavors blend.
  6. Grill on grill, or cook on stove like a pancake – which take around 8 min on each side, or bake, which takes around 10 min on each side at 375F. Makes 4 (ish?) patties.
  7. Enjoy with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, mustard, mayo, ketchup, ranch dressing, whatever you happen to like. 🙂
  8. Leftover uncooked patties can be frozen. I’d separate with wax paper and then cook as per directions in #6 above. No need to defrost before cooking. This makes a quick, easy and filling weeknight meal, particularly if you’ve done the prep work beforehand and frozen a bunch of patties.

Easy Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients:

1 stick butter
3 cloves minced garlic
1 package Philadelphia cream cheese (NOT LOW FAT!! OR ANY OTHER BRAND!!)
2 c whole milk (can replace with 2%, half and half, or cream, but not skim)
6 oz finely shredded Parmesan cheese (NOT KRAFT!!)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
nutmeg to taste

Directions:

  1. NOTE: have pasta ready before making sauce
  2. Heat butter on stove over medium heat.
  3. Add garlic.
  4. Add room temperature cream cheese. Whisk. Get it as smooth as you can.
  5. Add warm milk. Whisk till smooth. DO NOT boil.
  6. Add parmesan. DO NOT bring to boil or it WILL separate. Whisk till smooth.
  7. Take off heat.
  8. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste.
  9. Sauce will get thicker as it cools.
  10. Add sauce to pasta and enjoy!

Banana Pecan Cupcakes

Makes 9
From “Martha Stewart Cupcakes”

Ingredients:

1 c sifted cake flour (not self rising)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 tsp cinnamon
2/3 c mashed very ripe bananas (1 1/3 bananas)
1/4 c buttermilk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 stick butter, room temperature
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1/3 c pecans, toasted, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Put paper liners in muffin tins.
  3. Mix butter and sugar. Add eggs. Add buttermilk, bananas and vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients. Fold in pecans.
  5. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 20 min.
  7. Cool. Can be frozen for 2 mo in airtight containers.
  8. Frost. Enjoy!

Egg Salad

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons Just Mayo
1 tbsp cream cheese [optional]
1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon lemon juice [a squeeze of fresh lemon juice]
6 hard-boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
2 scallions, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/4 c chopped dill (a small handful)
5 chopped olives (or pimientos) [optional]
1 tsp sweet relish [optional]
1 tsp chopped parsley [optional]

To serve:

bread, lettuce, sliced radishes

Directions:

Mix well.

NOTE1: Some people separate the yolks and mix with the mayo.

 

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

makes 18

INGREDIENTS:

2 C canned pumpkin or you can use fresh, but my muffins have a nicer top with canned ( not pumpkin pie filling)

3C All purpose flour- unbleached sometimes I make them with we wheat flour 1 cup WW/ 2 cups unbleached flour

2C white sugar

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4tsp ground cloves

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp allspice

1 tsp salt

2/3 cup veg oil

3 eggs- large

your muffins will come out better rise with with fresh baking powder& soda & room temp pumpkin, & eggs

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350

Mix in med bowl pumpkin, oil & eggs In extra large bowl I mix my dry ingredients really well, make a well in center & pour in wet ingredients.

Mix until incorporated BUT DO NOT OVER MIX. If you over mix you won’t have the nice big tops.

Spray each paper with a little veg oil spray (paper comes off easy that way) & place in pan. Let batter rest about 15 minutes. Fill liners using an ice cream scoop. Cook for about 20 minutes.

These muffins are good plain but really good with cream cheese frosting on top. I also sometimes put pepita seeds (bulk bins, roasted & salted on top).

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

1/4 cup butter softened
4 oz softened cream cheese
2 c powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix well. You’ll have extra of this frosting about a 1/2 cup extra