Recipe: Apple Spice Bread

Alright people, another day, another sad looking piece of produce that needs a purpose. A lonely apple has been wiling away its days in the bottom of the wire fruit basket while the bananas hanging above it were eaten, replaced, and eaten again. The apple began to get a little wrinkly and thought Is this all there is in life? and, Is there a retinoid for apple skin?

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The answer to both of those questions is, of course, no. The solution is to 1) bake your sad (or happy) apples into this fabulous apple spice bread, 2) take it to someone as a host gift, and 3) be popular.

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Ingredients

1/2 c organic Earth Balance
1/2 c maple syrup
1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
1 t vanilla
2 c whole wheat pastry flour
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t sea salt
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/4 t ground ginger
1/4 t ground cloves
3 apples, peeled and shredded

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix butter and maple syrup in a large bowl, using a hand or stand mixer.
  3. Add apple sauce and vanilla, mix until combined.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and spices, mixing until just combined.
  5. Add milk, mixing until just combined.
  6. Fold in apples.
  7. Lightly coat a loaf pan in oil to prevent sticking, or line the loaf pan in parchment paper.
  8. Pour batter into the pan and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a butter knife comes out clean.

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This can be served plain, with butter, or syrup.

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Adapted from Vegan Apple Pie Bread.

 

 

 

 

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Recipe: Magic Tofu Quiche

This quiche is magical because I spotted a local meat eater going back for seconds. It’s also gluten-free!

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“Buckwheat groats” is fun to photograph and fun to say.

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Crust Ingredients
1 T ground flax
6 T water, divided
1 c almonds, ground into flour
1 c buckwheat groats, ground into flour
1 t dried parsley
1 t dried oregano
1/2 t sea salt
1 T coconut oil

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If you need an ego boost, make a homemade quiche crust.

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Filling Ingredients
14 oz block of firm tofu
1 T coconut oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
1/2 c fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/3 c oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 c spinach
2 T nutritional yeast
1 t dried oregano
1 t sea salt
1 t black pepper
1/2 t red pepper flakes

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly oil a glass pie dish or quiche dish.
  2. Drain the block of tofu and wrap it in a few tea towels or paper towels. Place a couple of books on top of it to press out the water while you prepare the crust.
  3. Whisk flax and 3 T water in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together the almond meal, buckwheat flour, parsley, oregano, and sea salt.
  5. Stir in the flax mixture and oil until mostly combined, then add the remaining 3 T of water. The dough should stick together when you press it between your fingers.
  6. Crumble the dough evenly over the base of the pie dish. Starting from the middle of the dish, press the mixture evenly into the dish, working your way outward and up the sides. Poke a few fork holes in the dough so air can escape.
  7. Bake the crust at 350 degrees F for 13 minutes, or until lightly golden and firm to touch.
  8. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
  9. Break up the tofu block and put into food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. If it doesn’t get creamy, add a tiny splash of coconut milk to help it along.
  10. In a pan, add oil and sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat for a few minutes.
  11. Add the mushrooms and a pinch of sea salt and cook until most of the water cooks off the mushrooms, about ten minutes.
  12. Stir in the basil, tomatoes, spinach, nutritional yeast, oregano, sea salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes and cook until the spinach begins to wilt.
  13. Remove from heat and stir in the creamed tofu until thoroughly combined.
  14. Pour mixture into the crust, smoothing out until even.
  15. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes, until the quiche is golden and firm to the touch.
  16. Cool quiche for 20 minutes on a cooling rack before slicing and serving.

Quiche goes great alongside a simple salad for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Serves 4-6.

Adapted from Sun-dried Tomato, Mushroom, and Spinach Tofu Quiche.

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe: Banana Bread

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Do not disparage sad looking bananas! An overripe banana is sweeter and perfect for baking or freezing for smoothies.

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Ingredients

Wet Ingredients:
3 large overripe bananas
2 T ground flaxseed
1/3 c coconut milk
1/3 c coconut oil, melted
2 T maple syrup
2 t vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients:
1/4 c plus 2 T cane sugar
1/2 c rolled oats
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t sea salt
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour

Optional Toppings:
Chopped pecans, sliced banana, chopped walnuts, chocolate chips

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly spray 9 x 5″ loaf pan (or parchment paper-lined loaf pan) with oil and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mash the banana until almost smooth.
  4. Stir in wet ingredients (flax, milk, oil, syrup, vanilla) into banana until combined.
  5. Stir dry ingredients into the wet mixture one by one, in the order listed (sugar, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, flour) until just combined.
  6. Using a spatula, pour batter into the loaf pan and spread out evenly.
  7. Add toppings, if desired.
  8. Bake uncovered for 45 to 55 minutes until lightly golden and firm on top. Do a toothpick or butter knife test in the middle of the loaf to confirm it’s done. Mine took 52 minutes to bake.
  9. Place pan on a cooling rack for 30 minutes.
  10. If you did not use parchment paper, slide a knife around the loaf to loosen it and gently remove it from the pan. Place on a cutting board and slice.

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Good with breakfast, paired with coffee, as dessert, or as a host gift.

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Rick was eager to dig in and followed me around with a butter knife while I finished taking photos.

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Apollo Aldrich was there, too.

Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Adapted from Vegan Banana Bread.

Recipe: Scrambled Eggs With Parmesan and Arugula

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Gooood morning! This recipe is one I break out when I’m trying to lure my carnivorous SO from the greasy bodega breakfast sandwich down the street. It’s less taxing on the wallet and body.

Ingredients

1 T organic Earth Balance
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 eggs, beaten
sea salt to taste
fresh ground pepper to taste
2 T fresh parmesan, grated
1/4 avocado, cubed
large handful of arugula
optional: toast, small bowl of organic fruit

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  1. Melt Earth Balance in pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and stir occasionally with a spatula for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Turn heat down to medium-low. Stir in eggs, sea salt, and pepper.
  3. When the eggs are almost cooked, add in the parmesan, arugula, and avocado. Stir until eggs are cooked and arugula is just wilted.

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Serves one.

Recipe adapted from It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Recipe: Açaí Bowl

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Açaí bowls are more than internet photo fodder, they’re healthful and delicious. Because I eat vegetarian (erring on the side of vegan) I often start my days with one. Cooking has become a bit of a love language for me, so on a recent trip home I racked my brain trying to think of something to accommodate both my dietary ideals and my parents who eat paleo. Açaí bowls are adaptable and are the only vegan / paleo crossover meal I’ve managed so far. They also, you know, look nice.

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Ingredients

1 t coconut oil
2 T unsweetened coconut flakes
1 4 oz pack frozen unsweetened açaí
1 banana
2 T coconut milk*
1 Medjool date, pitted*
1 T peanut butter*
1 T chia seeds
2 T granola
1 T dried goji berries
1 T cacao nibs
small handfuls of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries

*Other types of milk, dates, and nut butters can be used. Almond butter works great for paleo folks.

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  1. Melt coconut oil over medium-low heat. Add coconut flakes and toast until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Blend açaí, banana, coconut milk, date, and peanut butter until smooth.
  3. Pour into bowl and top with toasted coconut, fresh fruit, chia seeds, dried goji berries, cacao nibs, and granola.

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Toppings can be edited to fit tastes. Since berries have such a precarious shelf life, often I do not have all four kinds on hand so I just use what’s around. Sliced kiwi is a delicious topping, too.

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Serves one.

Recipe adapted from It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook by Gwyneth Paltrow.