Seven Layer Dip – Vegan or Not

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I have never made one of these before but I will make one again!  Easy & feeds a lot of people & can be endlessly customized to suit your dietary tastes & concerns.

I used real cheese but vegan cheese would be great.  I skipped the sour cream – but you could choose to add some.  I used one deep bowl but, in the future, might opt for two shallower pans – like a lasagna or casserole pan because this got pretty deep & a spoon was required to facilitate eating it.  But doesn’t it look fresh & pretty?

If you make one this deep – I definitely suggest letting people use a serving spoon to put a bunch on their plate rather than dipping chips into the bowl directly.

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INGREDIENTS

(open to your tweaking)

2 (16 oz) cans re-fried beans (I used one can of pinto refried beans & one can of black refried beans)

8 oz shredded cheese (vegan or otherwise)

1/2 head romaine (or other lettuce) washed & shredded

8 oz container of your favorite salsa

8 oz container of guacamole (I used 8 small, fresh avocados mashed with some salt & fresh lime juice like I made in a smaller quantity HERE)

Small can sliced black olives

Taco seasoning (1-2 TBS to taste)

1/2 red onion – diced

5-10 Cherry or grape tomatoes – halved

3-4 radishes sliced

Cilantro – chopped

2-3 scallions – sliced

Jarred or fresh sliced jalapeno (optional)

Sour cream (optional)

Corn (optional)

CHIPS!

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DIRECTIONS

Mash the beans together with the taco seasoning.

If making fresh guacamole – do that.  I left two avocado pits in it to keep it from browning & even left the pits in the layered dip.

Then just layer it up as you like.  I began with beans then added salsa, guacamole, onion, lettuce, cheese & then topped it all with the tomatoes, olives, radishes, scallions, cilantro.  You might want to layer sour cream or pickled or fresh jalapenos or even some corn.

Chill this a bit & serve with corn chips.

Again – if you make one this deep – I suggest letting people use a serving spoon to put a bunch on their plate rather than dipping chips into the bowl directly.

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Cranberry, Banana and Pecan Bread

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Another really easy one.  I overcooked mine a bit as I was distracted photographing another but it was still yummy!

Cranberry, Banana and Pecan Bread

INGREDIENTS

2-3 bananas – smashed

1/4 cup soft (room temperature) butter

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk (or other milk)

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup pecans (or other nut) – chopped

1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries (whole or chopped)

TBS powdered sugar (optional)

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DIRECTIONS

Blend the sugar into the butter & then add all the other ingredients.

Pour into a greased loaf pan & bake at 350 for about an hour.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Voila!

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Coconut Banana Bread

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Nothing to say except this is yummy & easy!

COCONUT BANANA BREAD

INGREDIENTS

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

4 TBS melted butter

3 eggs

3 bananas – mashed

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups grated coconut

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DIRECTIONS

Blend all ingredients well & pour into a greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

See?

EASY!

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Easy Cauliflower and Broccoli and Turmeric Mac and Cheese

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I took those two outdoor images this weekend on my Hollywood sign hikes.  Living in LA does NOT suck.  Don’t believe the hype.

You know what else doesn’t suck?  Pretty much any variety of mac & cheese.  But being a big fat ass does suck – so I added a huge head of cauliflower & two small heads of broccoli to this so it is about 50% veggies & 50% pasta.  Easy & delicious.  I skipped the whole roux business so this is a very quick dish to put together.

I used turmeric because it adds that vibrant yellow color but I also added it because it is really good for you.  Google “turmeric benefits” or look HERE & see some of the amazing good it can do for you.

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Easy Cauliflower and Broccoli and Turmeric Mac and Cheese

Feeds 6 easily

INGREDIENTS

1 lb dry pasta

1 large head cauliflower – cut into bite-size florets

2 medium heads broccoli – cut into bit-sized florets

1 cup sour cream

1/2 pint heavy cream

3 cups pepper jack cheese – grated

2 cups cheddar cheese – grated

1 TBS turmeric

1 tsp salt

1 TBS ground pepper

A few squirts of hot sauce – I used Crystal (optional)

1-2 cups panko or other bread crumbs

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 350 & grease a large casserole pan or a bunch of ramekins.  The quantity I ended up with filled my largest casserole pan plus two ramekins.  Your results may vary depending on the quantity of vegetables you use & the sort of pasta.

Put the cauliflower florets in a large pot of water (large enough to hold all the pasta & veggies).  Heat it to boil & add the pasta.  Cook as long as the package says – but add the broccoli in the final three minutes.

Toss with all the other ingredients (except the breadcrumbs) and top with the panko.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly & the breadcrumbs are beginning to brown.

Devour.

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Chocolate Chip and Fresh Cranberry Bread

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OK, kids – post number two of my four part sweet bread recipes.  These are easy as I don’t get all into whipping butter with sugar & making shit harder than it has to be.  Just stick it all in a bowl, mix it up & bake it.  This one is a crowd-pleaser!  Gorgeous & full of melted chocolate bits.  Mmmmmm!

Chocolate Chip and Fresh Cranberry Bread

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)

6 TBS butter – melted

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 350 & grease a loaf pan.

Mix the ingredients up in a large bowl.  Pour into the greased loaf pan.

Bake for about an hour or until it is golden on top & a wooden skewer or toothpick comes out clean when you insert it.

Eat it before anyone sees it.  Pretend it never happened.

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Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey Banana Almond Bread

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Bananas & avocados.  Delicious when they are perfect.  Perfectly ripe, that is.  “Perfectly ripe” is a tiny window in time for these fruits.  And perfectly ripe is open to interpretation – especially with bananas.  I like mine with a bit of green on the peel & the inside still very firm.  Others like them at their candy-sweetest – once a few spots begin to appear on the skin.  But, so far, I have never met anyone who prefers them mushy & showing as much as brown on the outside – so – when I spotted a bunch of bananas in this sad & dejected state – I took them & decided to make banana bread.  As long as the fruit inside itself is not brown – no banana is too ripe for banana bread.  I made three versions of banana bread & another sweet bread without bananas so this will be one of four breads I will roll out in the next few days.

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Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Banana Almond Bread

INGREDIENTS

3 ripe bananas

1/3 cup butter – melted

1/4 cup honey

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

2 TBS Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey (optional)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch nutmeg

pinch cloves

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup chopped almonds (and a few whole ones for decoration)

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

If your almonds are whole – put them in a sandwich bag & crush them.  I used the bottom of the Jack Daniels bottle.  Save a few whole ones for decoration.

Mash the bananas in a large bowl.   Then, just basically mix up the ingredients.  Pour into a greased loaf pan, place a few whole almonds on top, if you want, and bake for about an hour or until a toothpick or wooden skewer inserted comes out clean.

Voila!

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Awesomely Easy 3-Ingredient Fresh Raw Cranberry Sauce

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OK – I am not a fan of cranberry sauce but I always serve some at dinners during the holidays.  Experience has proven that my homemade efforts are never as popular as that ring-marked canned gelatin shit so, for years now, I have just given in & served that crap up & nobody has ever complained.

Then, this Thanksgiving, I was at a friend’s house & when dinner was served, this gorgeous stuff was among the selections.  I could not resist taking a small dollop of this scarlet creation.   See it there with my other vegetarian delights?

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And it was SO DELICIOUS that I had to ask my friend BJ, who made it, for the recipe.   She obliged & I am now sharing it with you here.  If you own a blender or food processor – this takes less than 5 minutes.  Are you ready?

Awesomely Easy 3-Ingredient Fresh Cranberry Sauce

1 package fresh cranberries (I tend to freeze the cranberries ahead of time but this is not necessary).

1 navel orange – cut into segments.  I remove the pith but use the rest of the orange including the rind.  (You might see some pith in the image below.  I suggest removing all that white stuff as it is the bitter part.)

¾ – 1 cup sugar, to taste

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24 hours prior to use in a food processor combine cranberries, orange segments and sugar.  I break it up into 3 batches as you want the orange and cranberry to be finely chopped.

Put in a non-reactive bowl overnight in the fridge.  I stir in the morning and taste for tartness.   If necessary add some more sugar, stir and place back in the frig.  Approx one hour prior to serving remove from fridge.

See?  No cooking required!

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