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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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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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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Crispy Baked Cauliflower (with option to bathe in Hot Chili Oil) [Vegan & Plant-Based]

Yield:. 1 to 2 servings (depending on how hungry you are and whether you serve anything alongside)

1/4 cup vegan mayo (I used Walton Farms no-calorie)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Approximately 25 cauliflower florets

Hot Chili Oil (see back below)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place mayonnaise in a shallow carton or bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients except cauliflower in a small deeper carton or bowl. Add cauliflower florets about three at a time to mayo and coat well using fingers. Drop into flour mixture, shake to coat, and place a couple inches apart on lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining florets. Bake 15 minutes, turn, and bake 15 more minutes. Serve with sauce of choice or, do as I do and dip each floret quickly into hot chili, place on serving plate, sprinkle with sliced green onion and peanuts and serve immediately with chopsticks.

Hot Chili Oil Hack: purchase a prepared product, but decant into a larger jar, and add lots more oil, 5 large cloves sliced garlic softened for 30 seconds in microwave, and salt to taste. I love a neutral oil, but, when I discovered I was out, I learned that blood orange-infused oil is absolutely lovely with the chilies.

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Grilled Corn & Sweet Chili Aioli Dip (vegan & plant-based)

Yield: 2 servings

Dinner time arrived last night before I had a plan. Suddenly, I was famished.

While Bob deep fried pita triangles–only 30 seconds at 375 degrees–I opened the fridge to discover we had 3 cobs of grilled corn and sweet chili aioli: approximately equal parts commercially prepared sweet chili sauce and vegan mayo (I use Walton Farms no-calorie mayo…so I can have deep fried pita triangles) with a little fresh lime juice. So I whipped this together in a couple of minutes.

Grilled Corn Dip with Sweet Chili Aioli

Grilled corn cut from 3 cobs

6 Tri-color cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters or sixths

2 tablespoons, thinly sliced green onion

1 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro

Approximately 2 tablespoons sweet chili aioli or to taste (or 1 tablespoon vegan mayonnaise plus 1 tablespoon prepared sweet chili sauce and a squeeze of lime juice)

Sea salt, if needed, and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a medium bowl, start together with a fork, and serve with fried pita triangles, chips, crackers, or the vegetables slices and sticks of your choice. If not serving immediately, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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Fried Wontons (vegan and plant-based)

This is less of a recipe and more of a mini advertisement for Nasoya brand wonton wrappers, which are vegan and available at mainstream grocery stores, and a method for using them. They are about 3-inches square, handle beautifully, taste delicious and have a lovely texture.

To make 2 appetizer servings of 3 each, or a total of 6, you only need about 3 tablespoons filling. For these I used mashed roasted butternut squash, sliced green onion, and just a drop of soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, and minced ginger. Go easy on the ginger as it easily overpowers.

Simply lay the wontons out flat on a plate or baking sheet, and wet all 4 edges of the first wonton wrapper by dipping your finger in a cup of water and running it around the edges. Place about 1 teaspoon filling in the center, bring corners together at the top, and pinch the 4 seams with dampened fingers to seal. Repeat until all filling is used.

Deep fry for about 1 1/2 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden brown. Drain on paper towel and serve with duck sauce.


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Barbeque Bean Hummus (vegan & plant-based)

This delicious dip offers vegans all the delicious flavors of a summer cookout without the meat, mayo, and all the rest of the animal-based products.

Sure, there are vegan alternatives, but I have never craved the vegan meats quite as much as many of my vegan counterparts. This dip allows me to enjoy the flavors of barbecue, slaw, chips, and a poppyseed bun all rolled into one light, quick, beautiful, plant-based dip.

1-15 ounce can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

3 cups broccoli slaw (I purchase it ready made in the produce section)

3 tablespoons BBQ sauce

1/4 cup green onions

2 tablespoons smoked almonds

1 tablespoon dill or sweet pickle juice

1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke

1 teaspoon salt

1 large clove garlic

Garnishes: a few smoked almonds, 1 tablespoon sliced green onions, 1 teaspoon Everything Bagel Seasoning

Accompaniments: chips, crackers, bagel chips, sliced vegetables, etc.

Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until creamy, but textured. Spoon into a serving bowl and sprinkle with almonds, green onions, and Everything Bagel Seasoning. Serve with chips, crackers, bagel chips, sliced vegetables, etc. (For the photo, I cut a flour tortilla into triangles and lightly browned them on both sides in a dry skillet over medium heat.)

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Blooming Onion and Cabbage Indian Bhaji–Similar to Pakora (vegan & plant-based)

Yield: 8 to 10

Bhaji, which is very similar to pakora, only made with water, is an addicting Indian street food and you will soon see why! Not only are they scrumptious, but they are simple to prepare.

Indian has long been one of my very favorite cuisines. My traditional-ish version can be pan fried in a skillet for more of a fritter appearance, as in the photo, or deep fried for more of a free-form appearance.

Either is divine with the former being just a tiny bit trickier to cook through without over-browning one side. That is easily solved, however, by not allowing the fritter to be too thick.

Blooming Onion and Cabbage Indian Bhaji

1 small onion halved and thinly sliced
1 cup thinly sliced cabbage (I purchase it already sliced)
1 teaspoon salt
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garam marsala
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chickpea flour
1/4 cup water
Approximately 4 to 6 tablespoons oil for frying
Accompaniments: Your favorite chutneys, e.g. mango and cilantro-mint

Line a plate with paper towel. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, except oil and accompaniments, with a fork until completely blended. In a large cast iron skillet, heat 2 to 3 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Using a tablespoon, dollop 5 similarly sized mounds of batter into oil, pressing gently on the tops to make approximately 1/2-in tall, but leave the form somewhat irregular. Cook for a couple of minutes, lowering heat if necessary, until golden brown. Flip and repeat. Remove to paper towel-lined plate and repeat process starting with heating 2 to 3 more tablespoons oil. Adjust heat as necessary during cooking process to prevent burning. Serve right away with chutneys of choice.

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Chinese Black Bean Dip with Baked Wonton Chips (vegan & plant-based)

Yield: 2 servings

I love to eat like it’s happy hour even when it’s not. That is, I love appetizers. They are always the most enticing items on restaurant menus and, Even before the pandemic, I loved My own versions even more. The same goes for this brand new black bean dip with its Chinese flavors. It is sure to make any hour and every guest happy!

I recommend starting with the amounts of ingredients listed and then intensifying any of the flavors that you choose. Be careful with the ginger, as it can be overpowering and quite spicy.

1 15.5 ounce can unseasoned black beans, rinsed and drained

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon minced ginger

1 teaspoon agave nectar

1 teaspoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons sesame oil

3 thinly sliced green onions, save a little for garnish

Garnish: 1 teaspoon Everything Bagel seasoning or white and black sesame seeds (Everything Bagel seasoning may seem out of place, but I love it because it contains sesame seeds along with dried garlic and onion)

Accompaniments:

Prepared vegan chili sauce and a few roasted and lightly salted cashews or peanuts

Baked Wonton Chips (recipe follows )

place everything except green onions, garnishes, and accompaniments in food processor and blend and tell smooth. Stir in green onions, reserving some for garnish, transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with reserved green onions and everything bagel seasoning. Serve with chili sauce for drizzling and Baked Wonton Chips for scooping.

Baked Wonton Chips

10 -3″ vegan wonton wrapper squares (I use Nasoya brand, halved diagonally)

Non-stick vegetable oil spray

Sea salt

Preheat oven to 350°. Place triangles of dough close together on baking sheet, spray very lightly with vegetable oil, and sprinkle with just the barest hint of sea salt. Bake for approximately 5 minutes or until golden.

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