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Vegan endive tacos, chickpea hummus, and sunseed pate

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 13th, 2013

Vegan endive tacos, chickpea hummus, and sunseed pate

No-meat endive tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp raw almond butter
  • 4 sundried tomatoes, soaked and chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil, shredded
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Pinch cumin
  • sea salt to taste

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until the mixture reaches a texture similar to ground meat.
  2. Scoop the mixture out by into heaping teaspoons and form each meatball.  Try not to over-roll them; we are going for “rustic” Italian here!
  3. This mix can be served as balls over raw zucchini pasta as seen here, but it can also be a great vegetarian stand-in for any recipe you’d use ground meat.  Try it as a taco or sandwich filling, a base for a raw chilli, or as a crunchy topping for salad or soup!  This protein-packed flavour blend pairs well with marinara sauce, cashew sour cream or pesto!

Sprouted chickpea hummus

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup sprouted chickpeas (mine had tails about ¾ inch in length)
  • 2 tbsp tahini (sesame butter)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lrg clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

Method:

  • Add all ingredients to bowl of your food processor.  Process on low until well incorporated and smooth.  You will need to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula from time to time.

Sunseed pate

  • 1 ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ inch fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 dates
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp yellow curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, firmly packed
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt to taste

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to small bowled food processor of high powered blender.  Puree until well incorporated and smooth.  Serve with fresh crudité or crackers

Courtesy Meg Pearson,
www.twitter.com/mapwellness

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Not-cho vegan cheese dip

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 13th, 2013

Not-cho cheese dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soaked raw cashews
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder (or ¼ cup fresh, grated)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove fresh, grated)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 4 oz jar of chopped (or 1 large whole roasted pimento)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbsp. Hemp Seeds
  • 1/2 cup water**

Method:

  1. Whiz above ingredients in blender until smooth. Serve with fresh veggies, nacho chips or crackers.

**You can also add more water to this mix to reach a saucier consistency, which is super as a sauce for raw zucchini noodles!

Courtesy Meg Pearson,
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Encastry pastry of spinach and roasted red pepper

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2013

Encastry pastry of spinach and roasted red pepper

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach, cooked, drained and chopped
  • ½ roasted red pepper, diced
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • To taste salt & pepper
  • 6 sheets phyllo dough

Method:

  1. Pre-heat toaster oven to 400F. In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients except the Phyllo dough.
  2. Spread out the sheets of parchment on a flat surface while keeping covered with a moist towel to not dry out. Brush three pieces of Phyllo dough with melted butter and lay each piece on top of each other. Cut the dough into 2-inch wide strips.
  3. Place one tbsp of the filling on the end of each strip of Phyllo. Starting at the end with the filling, fold one corner of the dough over the spinach filling to the opposite side of the strip to form a triangle, like point folding a flag.
  4. Place the triangles onto the baking sheet pan and brush with melted butter. Bake for 15 minutes until brown and crispy. Serve with mixed greens and lemon thyme vinaigrette.

Courtesy Michael P. Clive,
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Yellow tomato and charred-pineapple gazpacho

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2013

Yellow tomato and charred-pineapple gazpacho

Yields 1 litre

Ingredients:

  • 4 ea, Yellow tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ ea, Pineapple, sliced
  • 2ea, Shallots, chopped
  • ½ bunch, Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup, Orange juice
  • ¼ cup, Lemon juice
  • 1 ea, Garlic, clove
  • 1 cup, Crab meat
  • 1 tbsp, Yellow bell pepper, small dice
  • 1 tsp, Ginger, small dice
  • 1 tsp, Lemon juice
  • 1 cup, Baby arugula
  • ½ cup, Basil
  • 1tsp , Lemon juice
  • ½ cup, Canola oil

Method:

  1. For the gazpacho: Char pineapple slices on a grill to intensify. Let cool at room temperature.  In a blender add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Season with salt and white pepper. Strain through a colander to achieve a smooth texture. Reserve in the refrigerator.
  2. For crab mix: In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and season with salt and pepper accordingly.
  3. For pesto: In a food processor add basil arugula and lemon. Pulse until just incorporated.  Blend while adding oil to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper accordingly.
  4. To serve: In a bowl place a small ring mold into the centre. Stuff with crab mixture. Remove mold and pour gazpacho until ¾ of the way up the crab mix. Garnish soup with arugula basil pesto and enjoy!

Courtesy Christian Pritchard
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