spinach penne toss.

spinThis salad. Is my FAVORITE salad. My friend Martha brought it to one of our dinners and now we all demand she always brings it. The original has cheese and bacon, but she always puts that on the side so I can eat it too. I took a stab at finally making it and now I have the recipe to add to my collection! Its a crowd pleaser!

2 cups uncooked penne
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 onion, sliced
1 T plus 1/4 cup olive oil
1 bag baby spinach
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, sliced
2 T cider vinegar
salt
pepper

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. In a large skillet, saute red pepper and onion in 1 T of oil for a few minutes until tender.
2. Drain pasta and place in serving bowl. Add red pepper, onion, tomatoes, and spinach.
3. In a small bowl or jar, whisk the vinegar, salt, pepper and oil.  Drizzle over spinach salad and toss well.

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grilled corn salad.

grilledcornsaladThis salad may not be the prettiest, but its great for summer (end of summer?) barbeques! Kids may be back in school, but barbeque season is still going strong while this weather is still holding out!

  • 5-6 ears corn, in husk
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper
DRESSING
  • 1/2 cup packed sun-dried tomatoes (soaked in hot water 10 minutes)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3 Tbspemon juice
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh basil
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • Pinch each sea salt + black pepper, plus more to taste
  • lime
 Recipe/instructions are found  here

russian potato salad.

potatosalad

This was a great little salad I made for lunch one day – and I want to remember it for summer bbq’s or potlucks! It came together in about 15 minutes and used only a few ingredients, but love the tangy flavors and rich, buttery potatoes. Will be making this again for sure!

Original Recipe found here. 
2 lbs small young potatoes (cut to same size if necessary), skin on & washed (I used butter babies)
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup dill, finely chopped
3 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
3 tbsp organic white or apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
Ground black pepper, to taste

    1. In a medium pot, add potatoes and cover with cold water. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes or until soft (check with a fork). Drain.
    2. Add remaining ingredients, cover and shake the pot. You can also stir gently. Serve cold, warm or hot.
Storage Instructions: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

vegan quiche.

quiche copy

I whipped these quiche up for lunch when I was having some ladies over for a clothing swap. I figured if there was any leftover I could eat it for lunch for the week.  Wishful thinking- these got almost all eaten up! they were a huge hit and there was only one vegan there! I will be making these regularly and need to remember this recipe for any upcoming potlucks.  You can customize the veggies any way you prefer. I made one with brocolli and cheddar daiya and another with tomato, cilantro and cheddar daiya.

I found the recipe over on kittee’s blog.

14 oz extra firm or firm tofu, crumbled (if you use firm, squeeze out any excess water)
1/2 rounded cup un-roasted cashews
Several dashes hot sauce
2-4 tablespoons vegan milk,
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon white or mild miso
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch, arrowroot, or tapioca starch

2-3 cups of chopped or shredded add-ins such as: steamed broccoli, artichoke hearts, onion, tomato, julienned greens, scallions or vegan cheese (I usually add ’bout 2 cups of chopped steamed broccoli and 1/2 cup shredded Follow Your Heart cheese)

A single pie crust (recipe below)

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Put the tofu, cashews, and hot sauce in a blender and process until smooth. This will take a bit of time, so go slowly. If your blender is having a hard time, add a few tablespoons of the non dairy milk to help get things going.

Add in the nutritional yeast, miso, granulated onion, garlic, paprika, salt, baking powder and starch. Blend until completely smooth, then transfer to a bowl and stir in your chosen chopped vegetables and/or cheese shreds.

Scrape the tofu mixture into your pie crust and smooth the top with a spoon or spatula. Cover the pie edges with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 10 more minutes until the crust is golden.

Let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

PIE CRUST
This is the pie crust I used.  Somehow I got two pie crusts out of it too!

  •  1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup)unbleached all purpose flour
  •  3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar or strained lemon juice

    1. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle or a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the flours and salt and mix together. If using a bowl, make a well in the center, add the olive oil and mix in with a fork. If using a mixer or food processor, turn on and add the olive oil. When it is evenly distributed through the flour combine the water and vinegar or lemon juice and add it to the flour mixture with the machine running. The dough should come together in a ball.
    2. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, flour your hands and work the dough just until smooth and easy to shape into a ball. Do not overwork it or you will develop the gluten in the flour and the dough will be tough. Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a ball and press into a 1/2-inch thick circle. Wrap in plastic and let rest for 1 hour.
    3. Roll out the dough as needed for savory tarts, dusting your work surface and the top of the dough with flour to prevent it from sticking. Pre-bake and bake as directed in recipes calling for the crust.

      ( I did not prebake my crust)