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Cookie Dough Madness and Recovery Soup

(First of all, there will be no pictures, perhaps for a while, because the camera battery is dead and the hubby has lost the recharger.)

Ok, so it’s not a great idea to bake cookies right before preparing supper, but that is what I did. It wouldn’t have been such a problem if the dough wasn’t the best, most soft, “doughlicious” dough ever! But it was, and I ate quite a bit of it. So now I feel that “ickyness” in my belly that comes with such behavior.

As I write this, I’m drinking mint green tea to aid digestion, while my “cure-all” soup is simmering on the stove. I’ll be having a fresh green salad on the side with nothing more than a little lemon juice for dressing. I think that should make for a nice balance to my earlier indulgence!

Here is the recipe for the soup–it’s one of my favorites. It makes your kitchen smell great too.

Simple Golden Broth – Serves 6
(From The Peaceful Palate by Jennifer Raymond; vegan cookbook)

1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup yellow split peas
½ tsp turmeric
4 cups water or vegetable stock (I use stock, and therefore, less added salt)
½ – 1 tsp salt

Place the onion, garlic, split peas, turmeric, and water or stock into a pot. Bring to simmer, then cover and cook until peas are tender, about 50 minutes.

Puree in a blender until smooth. You can strain it for a thinner broth, but I never do that. Add salt to taste.

Per serving: 53 calories; 3g protein, 10g carbohydrate 0g fat, 0g cholesterol. 

(I definitely eat more than 1 serving of this soup! Probably 2 or 3)

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Mixed Vegetables with Capers and Olive Oil

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Mixed Vegetables with Capers and Olive Oil
(Adapted from: Vegan Italiano)

1 medium red potato, cut into bite sized chunks
1 large carrot, peeled and diced into ¾ inch slices*
1 medium zucchini cut in ¾ inch slices
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp capers, drained
1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Coarse salt and pepper to taste

Bring medium sauce pot filled with salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and carrots and reduce heat to medium-high; cook, partially covered, for 10 minutes. Add zucchini and cook, partially covered, for 5 minutes or until all vegetables are tender, but still somewhat firm. Drain well and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss to combine. Can be served warm, at room temperature, or chilled (refrigerate a least 3 hours, or up to 1 day).

Makes 2 side dishes

*My organic carrot was yellow, so the color isn’t as vibrant in the photo.

Eaten with: Lemon Pepper Rosemary Roasted Chicken (olive oil, McCormick’s Citrus and Pepper seasoning, crushed dried Rosemary, coarse sea salt).

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Rice Patties with Tahini Sauce

This is classic hippie food.

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Recipes from The Expanding Light Cookbook: Vegetarian Favorites from California’s Premier Yoga Retreat.

Rice Patties

(adaptations in italic)

(makes 9-10 patties)

Cook 1 cup white or brown basmati rice (rinsed 3 times) I used leftover brown basmati and wild rice mix) 

Rice should be sticky. Set aside.

Sauté until onions are golden:

2 tbsp canola oil

1 cup onions, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

Add and sauté:

1 ½ cups mushrooms, sliced

Set aside.

In a bowl, mix:

2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced (I used ½ tbsp dried), 1 tsp dried dill weed, 1 tsp salt (I used Spike seasoning), ¼ cup sunflower seeds, roasted (I toasted mine, not sure if it’s the same thing) 

Add:

Sautéed vegetables and rice to the bowl and mix well. (My mixture was not wet or sticky AT ALL, maybe because I used leftover rice. So I added 1 beaten egg, about ½ cup breadcrumbs and ¼ cup of flour. This made it a sticky mixture.) 

Form into patties and place on an oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. I flipped mine half way through and turned on the broiler for the last 2 minutes.

 (The rice patty before baking) 

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 (I had a corner space left on the baking sheet so I added 4 tofu sticks: cover both sides with Bragg Liquid Aminos, spread mild chili sauce on top, and sprinkle with garlic powder—not gourmet, but a quick and easy protein.)  

One of the suggested pairings for the patties was Tahini Sauce. I’ve been eyeing this recipe for a while and decided to finally make it.

 Tahini Sauce 

Sautee in a pot until onions are golden:

3 tbsp canola oil

1 small onion, minced

2 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated

Add:

1/3 cup raw tahini (I don’t think mine was raw)

1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp water

2 tbsp tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos

1 tbsp maple syrup

¼ tsp black pepper

Stir and simmer for 5 minutes. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add salt to taste. Before serving, add ¼ fresh parsley or dill, minced (I used dried)

This sauce is delicious. I could eat it straight out of the pot, like soup.

Note: You can make the patties and sauce ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator.

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Mushrooms and Pasta in Wine Sauce

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Mushrooms and Pasta in Wine Sauce

Serves 2

Ingredients:

8oz Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta
4 cups mixed mushrooms, chop if needed (I used oyster, shiitake, and button)
½ cup dry white cooking wine
½ cup chicken stock
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried basil
¼ tsp dried sage
a less than 1/4 tsp salt
1/16 tsp black pepper
Parmesan cheese and dried parsley for garnish

Bring pot of water to boil for pasta, cook according to package directions.

Meanwhile, prepare mushrooms (clean and chop if needed so they are mostly the same size). Mix chicken stock and white wine, reserve a ¼ cup. Sautee garlic in olive oil, 1 minute. Add mushrooms and stock, wine mix. Simmer and cover for 10 minutes.

In a small sauce pan, melt butter. Add flour to melted butter, whisk thoroughly. Add salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and sage. Slowly add ¼ cup of reserved stock and wine. Whisk thoroughly until thickened. Slowly add flour mixture to mushrooms. Whisk well, until thicken. Add sauce to pasta, top with parmesan cheese and parsley.

This dish really hit the spot. I love savory dishes.
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