Vegan Shabbat Meal Recipes

Vegan Shabbat Meal Recipes

Menu for Friday, October 4, 2013
Simple Green Salad
Garbanzo and Spinach Soup
Wild and Brown Rice
Stuffed Eggplant
Sautéed Spinach
Corn Salad
Dessert: Raw Chocolate Pudding

Garbanzo and Spinach Soup
6-8 servings

One of Paul’s favorite soups, mine too! This soup is quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients
2 tsp grapeseed oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 – 3 cloves garlic, minced
5-6 Roma tomato, chopped (or campari or your choice)
2 medium zucchinis, cubed
1 medium potato, cubed (optional)
2 cups vegetable broth
2-3 cups water
1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
4 + cups baby spinach
2 tsp Paprika, (or to taste)
1-2 tsp Chili Powder, (or to taste)
1 tsp dried basil, (or to taste)
salt and pepper, (or to taste)

Directions

  • In a large pot on medium-high heat, sauté onion in the grapeseed oil until translucent.
  • Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add zucchinis and potatoes and cook for about 4 minutes.
  • Add all of the spices and pepper.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook down for about 5 minutes.
  • Pour in broth, water, beans and bring to a boil.
  • Turn down the heat, cover the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes. It all depends on how small you cut your potatoes.
  • Once the potatoes are tender, stir in the spinach.
  • Simmer the soup until the spinach is wilted. Add salt to taste.


Wild and Brown Rice
6-8 servings

Rice was a staple growing up in my house. It literally showed up at every meal! For a while I stopped eating it, I don’t know why, but I’m glad I’m adding it to our menu at least once every week or two. I absolutely love just about any type of rice. This Wild and Brown Rice recipe is one of my favorites. It’s delicious hot or cold, and I’m not a fan of cold leftovers! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Ingredients
2 Tbsp grapeseed oil
1 cup onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped small
2/3 cup wild rice
2 cup brown rice
1/8 – 1/4 cup almonds, slivered or sliced
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp onion, flakes or powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt (optional)
2 tsp vegetarian “Better that Bouillon” vegetable base
5 cups water

Directions

  • In a large pot over medium heat, add oil, chopped onions and carrots and sauté (optional add 1/8 tsp salt now). Cook until the onions become translucent.
  • Add wild rice, brown rice and almonds to the pot and stir for about 1 minute.
  • Add the parsley flakes, onion, garlic, turmeric, cumin, pepper, stir for about 1 minute.
  • Add the vegetable base and 5 cups of water cover the pot with the lid.
  • Bring the temperature to high. When the rice comes to a boil, immediately turn the temperature down to medium-low or low. *It all depends on your stove. You want the rice to be simmering.
  • Simmer for 50 minutes. *Rice is shy, so do not lift the lid!
  • When finished, uncover and fluff with a fork. Serve and enjoy!

I hope these recipes are easy to understand. I make these recipes so often that I have them memorized and really never measure.

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Finishing the 5-Day Raw Food Cleanse with Freelee the Banana Girl

This is a short video on the end of the raw food cleanse.

I don’t know why I keep looking around. I seem paranoid! ha!

Anyway, it is an honest video of how I feel and what I am thinking of doing in the future.

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Vegan Shabbat Meal

Vegan Shabbat Meal

Vegan Shabbat Meal

Aaahhh… Shabbat. My absolute favorite day of the week. Before I became vegetarian my Shabbat meals where epic! Oh the dishes I would make…

Then I became a vegetarian, so they changed a bit. Now that I am vegan, NOW they seem to be a challenge some days.

Part of the reason I began this blog is to keep track of my recipes, especially for Shabbat. Coming up with creative and delicious meals, as a vegan, sometimes can be kind of difficult.

Perhaps, part of the reason is that I don’t like using tofu and way too many vegan recipes rely on that. I also need to cook low sodium, as low to none as possible. I want to keep Paul healthy! So, some days I struggle. I’m hoping this blog keeps me organized and makes life a little easier.

Menu for Friday, October 4, 2013

Simple Green Salad
Cannellini and Spinach Soup
Wild and Brown Rice
Stuffed Eggplant
Sautéed Spinach
Corn Salad
Dessert: Not sure yet.

I’ll post the recipes as soon as I can.

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Day Five of the 5-Day Raw Food Cleanse with Freelee the Banana Girl!

Day Five of the 5-Day Raw Food Cleanse with Freelee the Banana Girl!

Day Five of the 5-Day Raw Food Cleanse with Freelee the Banana Girl!

Hurray day five is here!

The last day of the cleanse! I thought I was in the clear from temptation yesterday, but when Paul came home last night asking for biscuits and gravy (vegan), I couldn’t say no to him. So that was a tempting ending to the day.

In a way, today is the hardest day of all. Why? Because it’s Friday! On Friday evenings we always have a lovely Shabbat meal. I normally make a large spread of food; invite friends over, and always have plenty of food left over for Saturday.

So, I will give it my best effort today. If I am able, I’ll also post what I make for Shabbat. I think I’ll scale it down today, so there’s less temptation! 😉

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Vegan Biscuits and “Sausage” Gravy

Vegan Biscuits and “Sausage” Gravy

Vegan Biscuits and “Sausage” Gravy

Well… I thought temptation was going to be over for day 4 of my Raw Food Cleanse, but I was wrong.

Paul came home, after a very long day at work and sweetly requested my vegan biscuits and vegan “sausage” gravy. I could not refuse him.

Luckily, I was able to whip up this recipe in less than 20 minutes from start to finish!

This photo is not the best, but I thought I would post it regardless.

If you want to try a vegan biscuits and gravy, this is simple and fast. Hope you like it.

Wishing you all the best!

Quick Vegan Biscuits
Ingredients
2 cup whole-wheat flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
 (optional)
2 Tbsp brown or raw sugar
4 Tbsp vegan butter (cubed)
2/3 cups water

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit

In a medium sized bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Using a fork, cube the vegan butter into the dry mixture.
Add the water and begin to mix until it becomes a ball of dough.
I place the dough on a wax piece of paper that I have lightly floured.
I flour the top of the ball of dough as well, then pat it down until it is about 1 inch think.
I don’t have biscuit cutters, so I used a glass, dipped it in some flour and cut my biscuits this way.
Place the biscuits on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
Let the biscuits cool for a few minutes before serving.
Makes about 9 large biscuits.

I absolutely LOVE these with vegan “sausage” gravy.

Vegan “Sausage” Gravy
Ingredients
2 Tbsp grapeseed oil
1/2 lb. vegan sausage
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3 cups almond milk
 (or vegan milk of your choice)
1 cup water
1 tsp liquid smoke
1/4 tsp salt
 (optional)
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp parsley

Instructions
In a large frying pan, heat the grapeseed oil on medium to high heat. Sauté the onion for approximately 5 minutes, then add the vegan sausage. With a fork, separate the sausage, make sure it is in small pieces. Also, cook the onions until they are translucent.
Add the flour and cook until it is longer raw and you cannot see the flour any longer.
Add the almond milk and water and begin to whisk it well.
Add in the liquid smoke, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, paprika, and parsley. Continue whisking, the gravy will start to thicken up. When it has reached the consistency that you like, it is ready!

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Day Four of the 5-Day Raw Food Cleanse with Freelee the Banana Girl!

Day Four of the 5-Day Raw Food Cleanse with Freelee the Banana Girl!

Yay! Day Four! It was a rough morning! Not only did I wake up super tired, but I also was craving, I mean really craving, Ezekiel bread toast!

I had a big banana smoothie instead. It was so sweet, cold, and refreshing! Lunch was the same.

Paul is working late, so I don’t have to make dinner. Hurray! Less temptation.

I’ll have a salad and also a smoothie to go along with it.

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