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Gluten and Dairy Free Breakfast Cake

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1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup maple syrup (reduce to 1/4 cup if using apple or pear sauce)
2 eggs
1 cup quince sauce (or apple or pear sauce)
1/4 cup cold strong coffee
2 cups oat flour (I grind my own in a coffee mill specifically for gluten free grains)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
dash ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch sea salt
1 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Oil an 8×8″ glass baking pan.

Beat canola oil and maple syrup till well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add quince (or other fruit) sauce and coffee and combine well. Add oat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, salt and optional raisins and mix well. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes (or until completely set, gently shake pan and watch for the “jiggle” in the center).

Remove from oven, cool and enjoy!

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Barbecued Tofu and Gluten Free Pasta with Zucchini and Pesto

IMG_0720BARBECUED TOFU
15 oz block extra firm tofu; use organic to avoid GMOs
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
pinch fresh ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 cup fresh pressed lime juice (or apple cider vinegar)
1/4 cup maple syrup (or brown sugar)
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic; crushed

**Prepare several hours in advance or overnight to allow flavors to marinate into the tofu.**

Drain tofu and cut into desired shape and size. Place in a glass or ceramic container. Sprinkle the top of the tofu with herbs and spices. Combine the lime juice, maple syrup, ketchup, extra virgin olive oil and garlic in a small bowl and pour over the tofu pieces. Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Preheat oven to 375. Pour the tofu and marinade onto a small (9×10″) roasting pan or large cast iron skillet, arrange in a single layer and bake for 20 minutes. You may finish the baking under the broiler for a few minutes (I considered it but the rest of the meal was ready to go).

GLUTEN FREE PASTA WITH ZUCCHINI AND PESTO
14-16 oz (gluten free) pasta
4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion; quartered and thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 zucchini (I used 1 green and 1 yellow- a cross between summer squash and zucchini); cut into bite sized pieces
pinch-1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic
1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 cup grated pecorino Romano (optional for vegans)

Preheat a wide bottom pot or large skillet with a lid over medium heat. Add olive oil and onion sprinkle with the sea salt and sauté for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta.

Add the prepared zucchini to the sautéed onions, stir, cover and allow to cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes until starting to get tender. Stir occasionally to cook evenly.

Meanwhile, Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Then place the garlic in a food processor and finely chop. Scrape down sides, add the basil and process till finely chopped.

Drain the pasta and return to the large pot. Add the grated Romano cheese, sautéed vegetables, black pepper and chopped garlic and basil. Mix well and serve.

Crab Cakes for Fathers Day

IMG_05141 lb fresh lump crabmeat (or 4- 4.25 oz cans)
2 Tablespoons minced onion
1 egg; beaten
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons fresh parsley; minced (or 1 Tablespoon dry parsley)
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme; rubbed between fingers (or pinch dry)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (or lime if using cilantro)
2 Tablespoons bread crumbs (for GLUTEN FREE option use oat flour; I grind my own gluten free oats)

bread crumbs/oat flour for coating

canola oil for frying

Pick through the crab meat for any shell or cartilage pieces. (Drain if using canned meat through a fine mesh sieve). Mix remaining ingredients then add the crab meat combining well without breaking apart the lumps. Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Sprinkle bread crumbs (oat flour) onto a plate. Scoop 1/4 cup of the mixture into your hand and form into a ball (squeeze excess moisture out gently) then press down onto the bread crumb (oat flour) covered plate to coat, flip and press down to coat the other side. Arrange patties on the was/parchment paper lined pan and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to “set” before frying.

Meanwhile, prepare the sides. I served the crab cakes with garlic slaw, roasted corn with black beans, a spicy barbecue sauce and fresh rolls. RECIPES BELOW

Preheat a large heavy bottomed skillet to medium high. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Add canola oil to generously coat the bottom of the pan and heat. Gently place each patty into the skillet leaving plenty of space around each one. (I used two forks to manipulate the patties.) Fry until golden (just before brown) and gently flip to fry on the other side. Remove from pan and place on paper towels to drain.

GARLIC COLE SLAW
1/4 green cabbage head; shredded or thinly sliced
2 carrots; shredded
2 cloves garlic; crushed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
pinch teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dill weed (or 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh)
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup mayonnaise

Place cabbage and carrots in a large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and toss together. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

ROASTED CORN WITH BLACK BEANS
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 lb bag of frozen corn
1/2 red bell pepper; finely chopped
2 cups cooked black beans (1 15-16 oz can black beans)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste, you choose the heat)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
pinch fresh ground black pepper

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mixing well. Spread the corn mixture evenly on the pan. Preheat the oven to 400 when starting to fry the crab cakes and roast the corn for 10-15 minutes.

SPICY BARBECUE SAUCE
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon mustard
1/4 teaspoon ketchup
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon cumin
pinch thyme
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
pinch fresh ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients.

Detox Dinner

My son and fiancé are following Jennifer Schonborn‘s detox diet this week. This meal aligns with her guidelines so when they joined us for dinner we could all enjoy.
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We started the meal with CREAM OF BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP (prepared with extra virgin olive oil) and then on to the main meal.

ARUGULA, BEET AND SUNFLOWER SEED SALAD
1 5 oz package arugula
4-5 beets
raw sunflower seeds for sprinkling

Cut off stems and the thin root tail and scrub the beets. Place in a medium sized pot, fill with enough water to cover and sprinkle with sea salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer over medium low to medium heat. Simmer with lid on for 20 to 40 minutes until the beets are tender. Test with a toothpick, if it inserts easily they are done. Remove from heat, pour off hot water and pour cold water into the pot and let sit 10 minutes to cool. Repeat until the beets are cool enough to handle. The skin will slide right off with a little bit of pressure. Remove skins, slice in half and slice to 1/4 inch thickness. Chill the beets completely in the refrigerator. Assemble the salads just before serving; place beets on a bed of arugula, sprinkle with sunflower seeds and drizzle with lemon garlic dressing.

LEMON AND GARLIC DRESSING
3 cloves garlic; crushed
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
pinch black pepper
1/4 cup fresh pressed lemon juice
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Combine ingredients in a glass jar, tighten the lid and shake. Serve with a spoon or mini-ladle.

BLACK (aka forbidden) RICE
1 cup black rice; soak 1-8 hours and rinse
1 1/2 cups water

Bring rice and water to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes then reduce heat to low and continue to simmer 5 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed. Check by tipping the pot sideways carefully to see if any water remains.

GREEN GARLIC AND GINGER SAUCE
1 clove garlic; coarsely chopped
1 inch piece fresh ginger; coarsely chopped
3/4 cup fresh parsley; coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
pinch black pepper
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Combine garlic, ginger, parsley, sea salt and pepper in food processor. Process until finely ground, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the lemon juice and olive oil and process until smooth, scraping down sides as needed.

BROILED SALMON
2 lbs wild (Alaskan) salmon
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Place the salmon on a lightly oiled broiling pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Turn Broiler on high and place salmon under flame for 10 minutes.

Endive Stuffed with Hungarian Inspired Vegan Pate

DSC_0039 2 endive (or 1 endive and crackers for spreading the remaining pate)

Bean Pate *see note below
1 cup dried black eyed peas; soaked 8 hours and cooked till tender (3 cups cooked)
1 clove garlic; crushed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (good quality; I like California Olive Ranch)
2 teaspoons red wine or red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon marjoram
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Rinse black eyed peas after soaking. Cover with fresh water an inch over the black eyed peas, bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium low (if the pot boils over reduce heat further) and simmer till tender (about 1 1/2 hours). Remove from heat and rinse.

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Scrape down sides frequently until well combined and smooth. If using a small food processor it is fine to process in two batches just divide the liquid in half making it easier to process. Chill several hours or over night. Separate leaves from the Endive. Fill each leaf with the desired amount of pate (this will vary with the size of the leaf). I usually save the last tiny inner leaves to garnish or to finely chop into a salad.

*this pate is also great with a cheese board (I serve it traditionally with our Christmas meal for the vegetarians and vegans) and crackers

Spicy Smokey Sauce for those who dare
2 Tablespoons fresh pressed lime juice
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon tomato paste (I recommend Amore brand)
1 clove garlic; crushed
1/3 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste

Stir all ingredients and serve in a small dish for those who like it spicy to drizzle on the stuffed endive or crackers topped with the pate.

Simple Slaw with Fried Tempeh and Barbecue Sauce

DSC_0010Prepare the simple slaw first giving it time to marinate. Then prepare the barbecue sauce. Fry the tempeh. Stack and enjoy.

Simple Slaw
1/2 head green cabbage
1/3-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
pinch fresh ground black pepper
3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Rinse the cabbage, cut in half, remove any “bad” leaves, cut out the interior stem and quarter. Slice the cabbage into fine strips and place into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, drizzle with vinegar and oil and toss until well combined. Set aside.

Barbecue Sauce
3 Tablespoons ketchup (homemade)
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon prepared mustard (I used Grey Poupon)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

Fried Tempeh
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 8 oz package tempeh *for celiac- read the ingredientsto be sure it is gluten free, as gluten sensitive I get the soy and brown rice,

Preheat a large heavy bottomed pan (I use cast iron) over medium high heat. Cut the tempeh block in half lengthwise and crosswise.
DSC_0101 DSC_0102Add canola oil and allow to heat. Place tempeh in pan and fry until golden crispy on one side, flip and fry until golden crispy on the other side. Remove from heat.

Scoop a generous serving of the simple slaw onto a plate, place a piece of tempeh on top and add a dollop of barbecue sauce. Not celiac? see below for a great sandwich.

Xav enjoys his tempeh on a sandwich and with a slice of cheese.
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Falafel; the original vegan patty

DSC_0028FALAFEL– Modified from a recipe in “Jewish Foods for Festivals and Special Occasions” to be gluten free. Served here with a greens, tomato, avocado and tahini sauce.

1 1/3 cup dried chickpeas; soaked in water overnight
4 Tablespoons quick (or roughly ground) oats (traditionally bulgar wheat)
1 onion minced
5 cloves garlic; crushed
1/2 cup fresh parsley; minced OR 3 Tablespoons dry
3 Tablespoons ground cumin seed
1 Tablespoon ground coriander seed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
pinch freshly ground black pepper
pinch cayenne (optional)
3 Tablespoons water
3-4 Tablespoons gluten free flour *see note below* (traditionally wheat flour)
canola or olive oil for frying

Grind chickpeas in food processor (or food grinder attachment of a KitchenAid) into a large bowl. Add oats, onion, garlic, spices and water. Let sit, covered at room temperature, for 45 minutes.  Mix in flour. Heat oil, 1/4 inch deep, in a large heavy bottomed (I use cast iron) skillet on medium high heat. Meanwhile, form the falafel mixture into small balls/patties and set aside on a tray or baking sheet. Gently place each formed patty in the hot oil and fry till browned and crispy on the bottom and sides then flip and fry on the other side till browned and crispy. Remove from pan onto a paper towel lined plate. Serve with tahini sauce (recipe below), salad, pita bread, hummuslabneh, etc.

*note- when using gluten free flour the addition of an egg can help bind the mixture together but is not necessary. Form one falafel and fry to test. I use Bob’s Red Mill and did not need an egg.

TAHINI SAUCE
1/2 cup sesame tahini
1/4-1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons fresh pressed lemon juice
1 clove garlic; crushed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
pinch black pepper
2 Tablespoons parsley/cilantro minced (optional)

Place all ingredients (start with 1/4 cup water) in food processor and blend till well combined. Add more water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.