Sweet and Sour Salad Dressing

Earth Angel Vegan’s Sweet and Sour Salad Dressing recipe will knock your socks off!  Why?…It’s salad season y’all.  I just picked cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and romaine from my garden.  I made an awesome salad by adding some peppers, red onion and roasted sweet potatoes.  I get a lot of requests for delicious oil free salad dressings and this one is fantastic!

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RECIPE:

1/2 Cup apple cider vinegar

1 Clove garlic minced

3-4 Tablespoons sweetener ( I used organic agave syrup)

1/2 Teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes

1/2 Teaspoon celery seed

3/4 cup water

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

 

Mix all the ingredients except the water and cornstarch and let set while you make the thickener.  Taste the vinegar mixture to make sure it is sweet to your liking.  I used agave but you could use sugar.  To make the thickener add the water and cornstarch to a microwave safe vessel.  I used a 2 cup glass pyrex measure.  Stir to combine and then microwave on high one minute at a time until the mixture is thick and starting to bubble.  Stop and stir in between the minutes.  When thick add the vinegar mixture to the thickener and shake well.  Chill in the fridge for about an hour before use.

This is a great summer dressing… hope you give it a try!

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ENJOY!

Sassy Slaw

Earth Angel Vegan’s Sassy Coleslaw is a hit!   I make this super fast dressing with sweet and hot pickles that you can find at any grocery store.  You could just use sweet pickles if you are not a spicy vegan!  This slaw goes great with veggie burgers, barbecue tofu, or on a bun as a slaw sammie!  Try this easy refreshing summer salad with all of your favorite summer meals!

RECIPE:

1 14 oz bag of slaw mix (or shred your own)

DRESSING:

Add to a high speed blender….

2/3 cup raw cashews

1 cup water

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon agave syrup (or maple)

1/4 teaspoon salt

Blend this mix until smooth and then add…

1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped sweet hot pickles,  2 tablespoons of the pickle juice and 1/4 teaspoon celery seed.  You could add other slaw mix ins like grated carrot, onion or red pepper if you want a heartier slaw!

This is your dressing… mix well with the slaw and refrigerate at least one hour for flavors to mesh!

 

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ENJOY

Sunflower Seed Dressing

Earth Angel Vegan’s Sunflower Dressing is a snap to prepare.  This dressing is so tasty and can be used as a topping for baked potatoes, a spread for sandwiches or a dressing for anything from tossed salad to coleslaw or pasta salad.  The last time I made it I had left over dressing that I added mustard and agave to and now it is a family favorite “honey mustard”!

SUNFLOWER SEED DRESSING

RECIPE:  You do need a high speed blender for smooth results!

1 Cup of raw sunflower seeds soaked in warm water for at least an hour

1 Cup filtered water

1 Tablespoon lemon juice or seasoned rice wine vinegar for a sweeter dressing

1 clove of garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Fresh chives minced for flavor and garnish (optional)

After soaking the seeds, rinse and drain them in a mesh sieve.  Add all the ingredients except the optional chives to the blender and blend until smooth.  If using for a topping for baked potatoes only use 3/4 cup water to make a thicker sauce.  After you get a smooth white dressing gently mix in the chopped chives… You could get fancy and use any fresh herb on hand… Jalapeños and cilantro just came to mind to put on tacos…. wow that was a light bulb moment!

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“HONEY” MUSTARD DRESSING

1 Cup prepared sunflower seed dressing

2 heaping tablespoons yellow mustard

2 tablespoons agave syrup (or your sweetener of chioce)

Mix until combined.   Add more sweetener to taste.

ENJOY!

Pantry Curry

Earth Angel Vegan’s Pantry Curry is easy, tasty and comforting.  It is still chilly here in PA so this bowl of warm was perfect for today.  I call it Pantry Curry because you can adapt it to what is in your pantry.  I used chickpeas but you could use any legume you have.  I used sweet potato but you could sub any potato on hand.  I used pea shoots and green peas but you could add any green or frozen veg you have.  I ate mine with white rice but any rice will do… no rice… serve on small cut pasta or alone with crusty bread.  So you see it is easy to make your own and use up what you already have on hand. I hope you give it a try.

Recipe:

1  medium onion fine chopped (I was out and used 1/4 cup dried onion)

1 stalk celery fine chopped… if you have it

5 cloves garlic minced

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

1/2 of that 28 oz can of water

1 cup coconut milk or light coconut milk

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons curry powder

1 teaspoon hot red pepper flake (optional)

2 cups chopped sweet or white potato

1 tablespoon agave syrup or sugar (optional)

1 can of chickpeas drained and rinsed (or other bean)

1-2 cups frozen vegetables (I used a cup of frozen green peas)

a good handful of chopped greens if you have any

 

You are going to start this like any soup or stew… in a soup or stew pot over medium heat you will water saute the onion, celery, and garlic … that is saute them in about 1/4 cup of water.  As they soften start adding the spices… salt, curry powder, cinnamon, red pepper flake.  When this is bubbling add the tomatoes and the rest of the water.  Let this simmer while you peel and chop the potato into bite size pieces.  Now add the chopped potato and chickpeas or other bean and the agave syrup or sugar.  Simmer this on medium heat stirring often until the potatoes are fork tender,   At this time taste it to see if your seasonings are good for you and add more of what ever you feel it needs.  Now you can add the frozen vegetable… my favorite in this is a cup of green peas but you could add 2 cups broccoli or brussels or what ever you have on hand … or leave it out completely.  When it comes back to a boil trow in your hand full of chopped greens.  Spinach wilts immediately but kale or chard takes a little longer.  As soon as your greens are tender add the coconut milk.  Stir and simmer a minute or two longer.

Garnish with chopped herbs and serve your Pantry Curry with rice, or noodles, or crusty bread… Enjoy!

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Yummy Oat Bars

Earth Angel Vegan’s Yummy Oat Bars are perfect for that sweet tooth you are having right now.  This is a super easy recipe!  They kinda taste like a candy bar to me… I have not had a real candy bar in 4 years… so maybe I am not the best judge.  These bars are health promoting, easy and delicious.. hope you give them a try.

I preheated my oven to 350 and used a 9 by 9 silicone baking pan

RECIPE

2 CUPS QUICK OATS

1/4 CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS

1/2 CUP SHREDDED COCONUT

2 MASHED SOFT BANANAS

1/4 CUP APPLESAUCE

1 TABLESPOON MAPLE SYRUP

1/2 CUP RAISINS OR VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIPS (YOU KNOW WHAT I CHOSE)

MIX THESE INGREDIENTS IN YOUR STAND MIXER  OR BY HAND  TIP…ADD THE CHIPS OR RAISINS AFTER MIXING THE 6 INGREDIENTS.

PRESS THIS MIXTURE INTO YOUR 9 BY 9 PAN AND BAKE FOR 30 MINUTES, COOL, CUT INTO BARS AND ENJOY!

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What are you cooking in quarantine?

Being stuck at home with limited access to the grocery store has had me scouring all my favorite vegan cookbooks and the internet for cool new things to try.  I have also been trying out some recipes I never had time for before. What better time than now to try your hand a something that might have scared you off before.  I did sign up for my local crop share and that has been a blessing.  In my post cover image you will see an oyster mushroom Asian inspired veggie soup that I served over soba noodles.  It was very good and since I got oyster mushrooms in my share it was a perfect time to try it.  It was a recipe I found on theforkedspoon.com and altered it where needed and made it my own.

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I also tried my hand at homemade oil free cinnamon rolls and I will have to say they turned out awesome.  I got this inspiration from Instagram beci_eats_plants.  I also customized her recipe to fit my oil free needs.

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I tried vegan soft pretzels … a recipe I got off The Spruce Eats... tasted awesome… looked good?… not so much 🙂

I tried my hand at homemade seitan and I will have to say it came out fantastic also.  I got the recipe from thatwasvegan.com  

I used it to make buffalo chicken Stromboli… I never did get a picture of it… it was gobbled up too fast.

So as you can see there is a lot of inspiration out there.  All of us recipe bloggers really appreciate when you check out our recipes.  If you have a cupboard full of ingredients that you are not sure what to do with… dust off the cookbooks, scour the internet for blogs, and finally make some of the recipes you have pinned… just go for it.  You don’t have to have all the ingredients to make an awesome recipe all your own… Stay Healthy My Friends and Happy Creating 🙂

Bran Flax Muffins

Earth Angel Vegan’s Bran Flax Muffins are full of fiber and fiber is an immune booster.  What better time than now to boost your immune system… right?  I made this batch with cocoa powder and chocolate chips but you could put your own spin on them using cinnamon, dried fruits and nuts.

If the kids are bored and snacking nonstop make up a batch of these and at least you know you will be giving them something good.

Preheat oven to 350

Line muffin tins with paper

RECIPE:

Dry Ingredients

1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

3/4 cup flax meal

3/4 cup oat bran

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 tablespoons cocoa powder (optional for extra chocolate flavor)

dash of fine salt

Wet Ingredients

3/4 cup plant milk

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

Add In’s (optional)

2/3 cup vegan chocolate chips or raisins

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Add dry ingredients to your mixing bowl and whisk to combine.  Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until all combined. Add in your add ins until evenly distributed.  Do not over mix.  Pour batter into prepared muffin tins to 3/4 full.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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Tasty Red Dal (Red Lentil Potato Stew)

EARTH ANGEL VEGAN’S TASTY DAL is the perfect stew for chilly February.  I like to have something warm and slightly spicy in the winter.  This Dal is easy to make… I do it in the instant pot and this recipe is written for that but all the ingredients can be put in a soup pot or dutch oven and the dal can be cooked on the stove until the potatoes are tender.  I hope you give this recipe a try… it is super tasty and warming.

RECIPE:

1 yellow sweet onion chopped

2 clove garlic minced

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

a dash of cumin

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1 cup red lentils

2 cups cooked chickpeas

1 can stewed tomatoes (15 oz)

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon Siracha

2-3 cups redskin potatoes chopped

3 cups water

1 bag frozen chopped spinach

Put the I pot on saute and start adding ingredients in order.  The veggies get tender while I am washing and chopping the potatoes.  Once all ingredients are in, secure the lid and set to manual high pressure for 10 minutes.  I use natural release when done.  You could add a cup of frozen green peas when you open the lid… they will naturally defrost and add a pop of color and sweetness.

I like to serve this over steamed rice with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice… It is really good over egg-free noodles too… but what isn’t good over noodles? LOL

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Pumpkin Muffins

I recently got a request for my PUMPKIN MUFFIN recipe… so here it is.  Delicious and healthy muffins that your family will love.  Made of 100% whole grain without any oil they are moist and flavorful.  I added vegan chocolate chips but you could add nuts and/or raisins if you like.

Preheat oven to 350 (makes approximately one dozen)

Line muffin tins with non-stick liners (parchment works best)

Dry Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp turmeric

pinch of salt

3/4 cup brown sugar

Wet Ingredients:

1 tablespoon flax meal

3 tablespoons water

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl whisk dry ingredients and set aside.  Make a flax egg (mix flax with water and let sit for 5 minutes to get gel like)  and then mix flax egg with wet ingredients to combine.  Mix wet into dry just until incorporated… don’t beat or over mix.   At this time you can add vegan chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins if you wish.

Fill muffin tins 3/4 full and bake at 350 degrees for 22 to 25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool on wire rack before eating.

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Sauerkraut Salad

Earth Angel Vegan’s Sauerkraut Salad is perfect for ringing in the New Year.  Sauerkraut is essential for good luck as the new year begins and what better way but with this tasty salad.  Its a perfect side dish for any dinner!

Recipe:

2 large cans or jars of polish sauerkraut -drained

1 small jar of diced pimentos

1 green bell pepper diced

2 green onions diced

2 stalks celery diced

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp black pepper

Mix vinegar and sugar and pepper until sugar dissolves.  Add the remainder of the ingredients.  Chill in the fridge for an hour or 2 for the flavors to meld.

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