May 29, 2010
From Vegan Recipes from Alicia Silverstone:
Alicia Silverstone wrote The Kind Diet (Rodale, 2009).
3 vegan recipes adapted from the book:
POLENTA CASSEROLE with *SEITAN
1 1/2 cups polenta or cornmeal or 1 cup millet
1 medium-size head cauliflower cut in large pieces
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen and thawed
2 pinches fine sea salt
1 (8-ounce) package seitan, sliced
Kernels from 2 ears corn or 1 cup thawed frozen kernels
6 asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons roasted sesame tahini
1/3 cup soy milk
1 1/2 tablespoons shoyu plus more for sprinkling on top
2 teaspoons umeboshi vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Fresh basil leaves for garnish
STEP 1. Place the polenta or millet in a large pot. Add the cauliflower, peas (if using fresh), salt, and 5 cups water (add just 3 cups if using the millet). Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer the polenta for 30 minutes (cook for 25 minutes if using the millet). Polenta must be stirred frequently as it cooks to prevent it from sticking or becoming lumpy, but you don’t need to stir millet.
STEP 2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil an 8×8 casserole dish.
STEP 3. While the cauliflower mixture cooks, arrange the sliced seitan in the casserole dish. Layer the corn kernels on top, and then add the asparagus.
STEP 4. Remove the polenta mixture from the heat. Add the tahini, soy milk, shoyu, and umeboshi vinegar, and mash with a potato masher or fork until the mixture resembles mashed potatoes. Add the chopped parsley and peas (if using frozen) and mix well.
STEP 5. Spoon the mashed mixture into the casserole dish over the vegetables, and smooth the top. Poke a few small holes in the surface, and sprinkle with a little extra shoyu (this makes the top crispy).
STEP 6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Let the casserole cool for 15 minutes before cutting into squares. Garnish with the basil, and serve.
* SEITAN: (pronounced /ˈseɪtæn/) is wheat gluten, aka wheat meat, Mock Duck, gluten meat, or simply gluten.
SICILIAN *COLLARD GREENS with PINE NUTS, RAISINS
1 bunch collard greens (mustard greens)
2 tablespoons pine nuts
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
STEP 1. Use a sharp knife to cut out the central rib and stem from each collard leaf. Rinse the leaves in a sink of cool water, lifting them into a colander to drain a bit (you want some water to remain on the leaves).
STEP 2. Toast the pine nuts over medium heat in a dry skillet for about 5 minutes or until golden. Shake the pan often to keep the pine nuts from burning. Transfer to a plate, and set aside.
STEP 3. Place the garlic and oil in a large skillet, and saute over medium heat for 1 minute or until the garlic is fragrant. Add the damp collards and stir, then cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes longer.
STEP 4. Add the raisins and pine nuts to the collard greens, and stir. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, cover, and continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer.
NOTE: The stems of the collard greens are full of minerals, so rather than discarding them, chop them into 1 inch pieces and cook for a couple of minutes before adding the collard greens.
TIP: Try substituting the balsamic vinegar for shoyu and the pine nuts for pumpkin seeds.
*Collard Greens aka 'Mustard Greens': -various loose-leafed cultivars of Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group), same species as cabbage, broccoli.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
1/2 cup Earth Balance butter
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (unsweetened and unsalted)
3/4 cup *graham cracker crumbs or 10 *graham cracker squares
1/4 cup maple sugar or other granulated sweetener
1 cup grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate, or carob chips
1/4 cup soy, rice, or nut milk
1/4 cup chopped pecans, almonds, or peanuts
STEP 1. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.
STEP 2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and maple sugar, and mix well. Remove the mixture from the heat.
STEP 3. Evenly divide the mixture, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup, among the muffin cups.
STEP 4. Combine the chocolate and milk in another pan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted.
STEP 5. Spoon the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture. Top with chopped nuts. Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours before serving.
*TIP: Look for graham crackers that are naturally sweetened or low in sugar.
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