Pumpkin-Ginger Blondies (vegan, plant-based & gf)

Yield: 9 bars

These treats are all fall!

Gluten-free (as long as your oats are gf) with no added oil, these bars are insanely moist and deeply flavorful.  Plus they go together in a snap in the bowl of your food processor.  Rich and decadent tasting, they are packed with protein, vitamins, and fiber, but bear no resemblance to health bars. 

You can substitute almond butter for pecan butter, but why would you?!  Pecan butter is the perfect autumnal complement to the other fall flavors.

1-15.5 ounce can chickpeas
1 cup canned pumpkin
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup pecan butter
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice or to taste (or substitute a mixture of ground cinnamon and ground ginger)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Optional topping: 2 tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8″ square pan. Process all ingredients except topping in food processor until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.  Transfer batter to prepared pan, smooth top, and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center has only a few moist crumbs clinging to it.  Remove from oven and sprinkle liberally with remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar.

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Beer Battered Onion Ring Cups with Cream Cheese Spinach (vegan & plant-based)

Yield: 2 servings

I have always loved the edible bowl concept, especially miniaturized. Thick beer battered and deep fried onion rings make the perfect cups for fresh garlicky cream cheese spinach. This is a rich dish, so a serving of 3 to 4 is about perfect as a meal.

Beer Battered Onion Rings

1 cup flour (I use white whole wheat)

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

12 ounces beer (search online for a vegan brand you like)

1 large yellow onion

Cream Cheese Spinach Filling (recipe follows)

Garnish: cherry tomato halves

Preheat deep fat fryer or a large pot of oil to 375 degrees and oven to warm if desiresd. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients and then whisk in beer. Set aside. Peel onion and slice off both ends, reserving flesh for spinach. Cut onion in half crosswise and separate into rings. Dip into batter, coat well, and fry a few at a time, just until golden brown. Drain on paper towel and keep warm in oven if desired. When all rings are fried, arrange on serving plates, fill with spinach mixture, garnish with cherry tomato halves, and serve immediately.

Cream Cheese Spinach Filling

Pinch sea salt

2 tablespoons finely diced onion (I use the onion flesh around the trimmed ends)

4 large cloves garlic

10 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves (or favorite baby greens; I like the Harris Teeter Power Greens)

4 ounces plant-based cream cheese

Cover bottom of a 10-inch skillet with water and a pinch sea salt. Add onion and garlic and simmer, stirring frequently, until softened. Add spinach and wilt, stirring occasionally. Stir in cream cheese until melted and fully combined.

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Asian Fusion Popcorn Salad (vegan & plant-based)

Seriously, this dish is OUTRAGEOUS!

You can laugh if you want at the idea of popcorn salad, but if you think of popcorn as just another grain, it doesn’t seem so odd and it is delicious.

No recipe, I just mixed a bowl of Skinny Pop popcorn with a few edamame, some finely diced red bell pepper, finely sliced scallions, and roasted and salted peanuts, and tossed it together with a tablespoon of my famous hot chili oil found right on this site.

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Fresh Orange Bundt Cake with Black Walnut Streusel

I created this cake to share with a dear friend for her birthday in memory of her dad, who loved a black walnut-orange cake, as she is selling the family home during her birthday week. Today, Veterans Day, we enjoyed a still-warm slice with mid-morning chai on her eclectic artsy patio near the beach.

Streusel:
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup coarsely chopped black walnuts (or nut of your choice)
1/4 cup softened vegan butter

1 cup non-dairy milk
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup natural sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Zest of 2 medium oranges
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
Oprional: 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
3 cups flour (I use white whole wheat)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt

Grease and flour 10-cup bundt pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all streusel ingredients in small bowl and crumble together with fingers. Set aside.

Whisk together non-dairy milk and vinegar in a small bowl and set aside to curdle. In a large bowl of electric mixer beat together oil and sugars for a couple of minutes at medium speed, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary, adding vanilla and orange zest at the end. Add both liquids (curdled nondairy milk and orange juice) and flour, alternating, about 3/4 cup at a time, beginning and ending with flour. Beat in baking soda, powder, and salt. Crumble streusel evenly into bottom of bundt panel. Pour batter over and gently smooth top. Bake 45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan; invert onto wire rack to finish cooling or enjoy while still warm.

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Japanese Fusion Nachos (vegan & plant-based)

Your local gastropub could only hope to top this, the best healthy bar food evuh…

Japanese Fusion Nachos!

This is less a recipw than a formula.

Vegan eggroll wrappers, cut into triangles, deep fried, drained well, and topped with:

-shredded vegan mozzarella
-steamed edamame with sea salt
-finely diced red bell pepper
-sexy sauce [1 part sweet chili sauce + 3 parts vegan mayo (I use no-calorie)]
-sliced scallions
-wasabi smoked almonds
-Everything Bagel Seasoning (sesame seeds + dried garlic, etc.)

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Roasted Orange Salad with Smokey Orange Dressing (vegan & plant-based)

If you have never enjoyed roasted oranges, skin and all, what are you waiting for?!

When I accepted a position teaching upper school art at Norfolk Academy in July, I had no idea that breakfast and lunch prepared by the talented refectory staff were part of the incentive package. And what an incentive. I am not a breakfast-eater, but I relish my specially-prepared vegan lunches.

We joke that the Academy owns an orchard, as we are fed a bounty of apples and oranges, tucked into our lunch bags. I find whole fruit a little messy to eat–I am not a fan of juice running down my chin–so by the end of each week, I have a collection of whole fruit. From the apples, I make bundt cakes once or sometimes twice a week for faculty members and staff. Sometimes, I use fresh oranges for the liquid.

But, when it occurred to me that roasted oranges in a salad might be a delicious way to use them, I conducted some research, experimented, developed this recipe, and never looked back. Try not to drink the dressing; it is that good.

Make dressing first:

Smokey Orange Dressing

*1/4 cup orange infused vinegar (I buy Orange Blossom Vinegar at Harris Teeter)
*1/4 cup orange infused olive oil (I buy an rosemary-orange variety at Harris Teeter)
1 tablespoon hot chili oil (see my recipe on this website)
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Note: you can substitute sherry vinegar and plain olive oil plus zest of 1 small orange

Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl.

Serve dressing over arugula with diced red onion, roasted oranges (recipe follows), and roasted pistachios.

Roasted Oranges

Slice oranges 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick. Place on foil or parchment paper on rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Roast oranges at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

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Apple Pie Bundt Cake (vegan & plant-based)

I made this beautiful bundt for Bob’s dad’s socially-distanced outdoor 89th birthday gathering for 9 and 2 on FaceTime. The surprise ingredient of a can of apple pie filling insures extra moistness and fall flavors.

3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 to 4 tablespoons non-dairy milk

1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
20 ounces apple pie filling (I leave the slices whole, but you could chop or mash)
Optional: Maple-Cinnamon “Cream Cheese” Glaze (recipe follows)

Garnish: 1/2 cup chopped pecans and, optionally, 8 apple chips or dried apple slices

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan. Combine oil and sugar in large bowl of electric mixer. Beat at medium speed about a minute to dissolve sugar. Add remaining ingredients and beat a couple more minutes or just until completely combined, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. Spoon batter evenly into pan and gently smooth top. Bake approximately 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, invert onto wire rack, and cool completely. Spoon Glaze around top and let cascade down inside and outside. Garnish with chopped or whole pecans and optional apple chips.

Maple-Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze
2 ounces firm tofu (I use regular for body)
1/4 cup vegan butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 teaspoon pure lemon extract or zest of 1 small lemon

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Approximately 4 cups powdered sugar

In bowl of large food processor, process all ingredients except powdered sugar for a few minutes or until completely smooth. Add half of powdered sugar and process until smooth. Repeat with remaining powdered sugar. Add additional powdered sugar if necessary to reach desired consistency.

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread (vegan & plant-based)

Who am I kidding? This luscious bread is really a cake!

Gifted to yet another helpful colleague, my latest creation with the apples leftover from lunches at my new school–which surely owns an orchard–is simply insane in the flavor and texture departments.

If you are thinking that oatmeal=dry and crumbly, think again…and try not to do a header into the batter!

3 apples, stemmed, cored, and cut into chunks
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup old fashioned oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 5 x 9″ loaf pan. In food processor, process apples until finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients and process just until well combined. Stir in oatmeal. Transfer into prepared pan. Bake 50 minutes or until wooden pick inserted on center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert onto wire rack to cool completely.

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Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake (vegan & plant-based)

Yield: 1-10″ bundt cake

This delicious and moist cake is a riff on those vintage chocolate cake recipes that use mayonnaise to replace oil and eggs. And it was my response to a growing mound of oranges from a week of Covid-necessitated bag lunches at the private school where I now teach. With the bountiful apples and oranges, wr joke that they must have an orchard.

As crazy as it sounds, this delicious and moist bundt cake can be completely oil-free if you use an oil-free mayo (and glaze it with something other than ganache). I use Walton Farms no-calorie accidentally vegan (yes, its true!) that I purchase at Harris Teeter.

But that is not the reason to make this recipe. No, its rich flavor and beautiful texture are the reasons why.

Chocolate-Orange Bundt Cake

3 cups flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 1/4 cups fresh squeezed orange juice

Optional: zest of 1 orange

1/4 cup concentrated coffee or more orange juice

2 teaspoons vanilla

3/4 cup mayonnaise (I used Walton Farms no calorie mayo)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 10-cup bundt pan. In a large mixing bowl, beat or whisk together all ingredients for about 2 minutes or until smooth and completely combined. Spoon into prepared pan, gently smooth top, and bake 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Invert onto wire rack, cover with a dish towel, and cool completely. Glaze as desired.

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Green Apple Pico de Gallo (atop “white cheddar” nachos)–vegan & plant-based

Not your typical fall fare, this cleaned-up-bar-food celebrates autumn’s apple bounty and may be an all-time favorite flavor combo.

I used green apples, but red or a combination would be lovely too. Choose your favorite sweeter or more tart variety; all will be delicious, just with different flavor notes. Some recipes add honey/agave and apple pie spices, but I prefer it without, though a pinch of allspice is nice.

The “white cheddar” nachos were inspired by a food blogger describing a meal in a Nashville restaurant. I literally had to make my version the same night.

I use vegan shredded mozzarella, though smoked gouda sounds delicious and fall-like too. And, for the chips, I deep fried vegan eggroll wrapper triangles because nothing is crisper or more textured. But use whatever chips you like and the dish will still be a favorite.

After frying and draining the triangles, I spread them on a plate, topped them with the cheese, popped them in the microwave for 1 minute, and then spooned a generous portion of the bright and zesty pico over the top, a perfect counterpoint to the rich, melt cheese and ever-so-slightly oily chips.

I think the pico is best made and refrigetated a few hours before serving so the flavors marry nicely.

Green Apple Pico de Gallo

2 green apples, stemmed, cored, and diced

Juice of 1 lime

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup diced cantaloupe or red or green grapes (for a sweet note and a texture contrast)

Optional: pinch ground allspice

1/4 cup diced red onion

1 jalapeno, stemmed. cored, seeded, and very finely chopped

2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic (1 large clove)

Pour lime juice over apples and sprinkle with salt to prevent the oxidation while you prepare/assemble other ingredients. Then stir all together, taste, adjust, and serve or refrigerate, covered, to allow flavors to marry.

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