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Eggless Egg Salad – Recipe

I’ve bought versions of this salad from delis before, and always loved it.  I knew it would be easy to make my own, and this is my result.  The verdict?  This stuff is good.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had real egg salad, but I have to think this is pretty close.  The texture of the tofu really mimics the hardboiled egg white, and the diced avocado (not in any salad ive had, and added at the end) lends a richness like the fatty egg yolk and really takes this salad to the next level.  You can customize this however you’d like – add in some different herbs or veggies (like celery, red onion, even carrot), or leave all the extras out for a very basic salad.

Eggless Egg Salad

1 block extra firm tofu, drained and pressed (I used Westsoy brand)
4 green onions, white and light green parts only, diced
1 roasted red pepper, diced (about 1/4 cup)
2 Tablespoons pickle relish (dill or sweet) or chopped pickle (optional)

1 small avocado, diced

1/4 cup Vegenaise
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
squeeze fresh lemon juice (about 1 teaspoon)
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste

In a small bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and mix until blended together.

In a separate larger bowl, crumble, crush, or dice tofu.  Stir in remaining ingredients except avocado, and mix in the dressing until well combined.  Let the salad sit for a couple of hours in the fridge so that all the flavors have a chance to blend together.  Just before serving, stir in the avocado.


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I know it’s very un-Iowan but we just had our first sweetcorn of the summer!  It was absolutely delicious, though, and I’ll be getting some more this weekend.  I served the corn with these Chile Chickpea Burgers – an idea I’ve been kicking around for a while kind of loosely inspired by falafel.  I’ve tried making bean burgers before but they always turned out too bland for my tastes.  I remedied that by adding a can of green chiles and some typical falafel flavors like garlic and lemon.

These chickpea burgers are just a little spicy but you could make them more or less spicy by adjusting the spices or adding hot sauce.  Green chiles are mild so don’t be afraid of using a whole can.  This recipe made 7 patties using a 1/2 cup measuring cup.  It’s kind of an odd number of burgers to have, but they are great as leftovers and we’ve been eating them all week on salads and in wraps, like so:

I served mine with salsa on top but they would be good with guacamole, hummus, or tzatziki too.   I used coconut oil, but you could easily replace with olive or other oil of your choice.

Chile Chickpea Burgers

2 Tablespoons ground flax
2 Tablespoons water
2 cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup shredded carrots (about 1 large)
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
2 cloves garlic
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 (4oz.) can whole green chiles, drained
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice (juice from 1/2 a lemon)
salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Make your “flax egg” by combining the ground flax and 2 Tablespoons of water.  Let sit for 5-10 minutes until thickened.

Place all ingredients (including flax egg) in a food processor and blitz away until it’s all combined.  You may have to add a little more water – the mixture should be moist enough to hold together but not too sticky.

Scoop into 1/2 cup mounds on a lightly greased (I used olive oil in my misto) baking sheet.  With your hands or a rubber spatula, form them into burger-sized patties that are about 1/2-3/4 inch thick.  Bake on a lower rack for 25 minutes and then gently flip them over.  If they don’t flip easily, return them to the oven for 5-10 more minutes and try again.  After flipping, bake for about 15 more minutes (will depend on the size, I baked mine for 40 minutes total).  You can tell when they are done because they will get slightly golden brown.

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In my quest to make the ultimate green monster nutritional smoothie, I have come up with the following deliciousness. This smoothie is amazing and really tides me over most of the morning at work. It’s basically my breakfast, but occasionally I’ll have it for my snack. And I know Brendan Brazier is a big advocate of smoothies. He advocates that we drink good sound nutrition to help with digestion so our body doesn’t have to work as hard to convert our food to energy, so bonus. Here’s what I have so far. Please feel free to suggest changes.

2 handfuls of spinach
6 to 7 frozen cherries
3/4 banana (I always end up eating 1/4 of it, don’t ask)
2 teaspoons organic chia seeds
2 teaspoons organic ground flaxseed
2 teaspoons L-Glutamine (love this stuff and really helps with my Crossfit training)
1 tablespoon dark chocolate peanut butter (nectar of the gods, I swear)
2 tablespoons rice protein powder
1 scoop Amazing Grass chocolate green superfood (love love love)

Here it is. Taken with my cell phone at work, so not the best quality. Yummy in my tummy.

What do you put in your smoothies?

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Tonight I had the pleasure of meeting Amanda from Organic Eats!  She just moved to my lovely town and I thought I’d help give her the lowdown on some local stuff.  We met up at a local coffee shop, Cafe Diem, for some tea.  I am still getting used to this new schedule (out of bed at 4:45 a.m. but still can’t seem to fall asleep until about 10:30 at night which is not enough sleep for this lady!) so it was a short but sweet visit.  Hopefully we can get together again soon!  I remembered to bring my camera but didn’t have anyone take our picture.  Next time!

I wanted to make her a treat, and yesterday I decided on Raw Donut Holes, which I’ve made several times but have yet to feature on the blog.  The original recipe is from Ani Phyo.  Unfortunately the co-op didn’t have any dried pineapple, though I have bought it there in the past 😦  I ended up scrambling to try to think of a replacement, and I decided to try dried apricots in place of the coconut.  I think they turned out pretty well, they’re pretty much like a Larabar (though considerable cheaper to make). I hope she liked them.

Raw Donut Holes (vegan)

Original Recipe by Ani Phyo (she used to have the recipe on her blog but it looks like she took it down when she did a redesign)

1c raw almonds, soaked for about 4 hours or overnight, drained and rinsed and laid out to air dry for 8 hours or so
1c dates, chopped
1c dried apricots, chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
pinch of sea salt
5 Tablespoons coconut flakes

In a food processor, blitz up the almonds until they are roughly chopped.  Add dates, apricots, vanilla, 3 Tablespoons of the coconut, and sea salt and mix until they are combined into a wet dough.  Form into 1 Tablespoon-sized balls and roll in remaining coconut.  Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

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I roasted most of the asparagus from the Farmers’ Market, but I wanted to use some of it in a cold salad.  Roasting is probably my favorite way to cook fresh asparagus, tossed with a touch of olive oil, salt and pepper, and finished with a squeeze of lemon juice.  I took the same flavors and made the lemon juice and olive oil into a vinaigrette to dress some blanched asparagus and halved cherry tomatoes.  This vinaigrette makes enough to dress about a pound of asparagus plus about half a pint of cherry tomatoes generously.

Lemon Dill Vinaigrette (vegan)

1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon dried dillweed
1.5 Tablespoons olive or canola oil
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients except oil in a small bowl and whisk together.  Slowly whisk in oil.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

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I love cold salads in the summertime.  When I worked at The Bakery, we used to make a different type of pasta salad every day and I loved coming up with different combinations of ingredients and flavors.  I saw a recipe for Black Bean Salsa in an old issue of Women’s Health and thought it would be good in a cold pasta dish, and that is how this salad came about.  The Black Bean Salsa recipe had corn, but I skipped it since I added plenty of delicious carbs in the form of whole wheat pasta.  This salad would be really good with quinoa or even couscous instead of pasta, too.  Pasta gets such a bad rap, but it can really be part of a healthy diet if you watch your serving size.  Adding plenty of chopped veggies is a good way to make a smaller serving of pasta more satisfying.

Black Bean Pasta Salad (vegan)

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
1 small cucumber, diced
1 red pepper, diced
about 4 green onions, diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro (or parsley), chopped
1/4 cup black olives, chopped
12 oz. pasta (I used whole wheat)
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 Tablespoons olive or canola oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon mild chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the pasta according to package directions.  While it is cooking, chop all your other ingredients and throw them into a big bowl, including the dressing ingredients.  When the pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.  Add the pasta to your bowl with all the other ingredients.  Mix it up really well and chill to let all the flavors combine.  Top with avocado, if desired.

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This was supposed to be a grilled veggie pizza. I bought a bunch of veggies with the intention of firing up the grill and giving them all a good char, but Iowa weather has been cruel the past week and not really conducive to being outdoors, unfortunately. Where is spring!? I fired up the oven instead and roasted all the veggies – three big sheets worth. I’ve used some of them in various things this week – wraps, a couscous dish with Field Roast Chipotle “sausage“, dipped in hummus, and on this pizza with daiya:

And oh boy, it was good.  I even let my husband eat one piece (I’m so generous).  If you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or just looking for a non-dairy cheese for some other reason, you need to try daiya.

For this pizza – this is totally not a recipe – I just topped a pre-made whole wheat crust with some tomato sauce and the roasted veggies, I added some black olives and the daiya, a little bit of crushed basil, salt and pepper (try it!) and baked it according to the package (crust) directions.

For the roasted veggies, I mixed up some olive oil with a little balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, black pepper, garlic powder, a splash of tamari and hot sauce, and used a pastry brush to lightly brush the mixture on both sides of the veggies before roasting in a hot oven (450) for about 15-25 minutes (the asparagus was done sooner than the carrots, for example, so I removed that first and put the rest back in).  The amount of the oil mixture you will need depends totally on how many veggies you have, but keep it on the light side, you want the veggies to get a nice caramelization of their own and too much oil will just make them limp.

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