DDD #111 – The Ivy Copycat Grilled Vegetable Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

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The Ivy Copycat Grilled Vegetable Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

serves 2 as an entree

INGREDIENTS

for the dressing

Juice of 1-2 limes

match the lime juice with an equal part of olive oil so it is 50/50.

Add about 1 TBS each of balsamic vinegar (or other vinegar) and agave

Season to taste with S&P.

Combine & taste.  Tweak to suite your palate.

for the salad

Your choice of greens – or a mixture (arugula, romaine, butter lettuce, watercress, field greens – your call)

1 zucchini

1 yellow squash

2 ears fresh corn – in the husks

1 bunch asparagus – tough bottoms trimmed

1 red bell pepper – seeded

1/2 cucumber – diced

1 handful cherry tomatoes – haved

3-4 radishes – chopped

1/4 small red onion – diced

1 avocado – chopped

OPTONAL  – chopped herbs (basil or cilantro), protein (chickpeas, black beans, vegan chicken or any other protein you desire)

DIRECTIONS

Make the dressing while the veggies are grilling.

Slice the zucchini & squash in 1/4 inch thick slices & grill until softened & there are grill marks – turning a few times.  Do the same with the red pepper & asparagus.  Set aside.  Grill the corn in the husks until blackened on the outside.  Cool & throw the husks away then cut the corn from the cobs.

Now – just assemble the salad the way you would any other.  If there are going to be leftover veggies – do not dress them.  They will stay fresher in the fridge undressed.

Serve & enjoy!!!

 

DDD Ep. #6 – Vegan Roast Beef (Steak) with Sauteed Onions & Mushrooms & Roasted Heirloom Carrots

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Vegan Roast Beef (Steak) with Sauteed Onions & Mushrooms & Roasted Heirloom Carrots

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten (or just enough to get a proper dough texture)

1 TBS caraway seeds (ground in a mill or with a mortar & pestle)

1 TBS fennel seeds (ground in a mill or with a mortar & pestle)

2 TBS freeze-dried shallots or granulated onions (or minced raw shallots)

1 TBS paprika

S&P to taste (go LIGHT with the salt)

1 cup vegetable stock

1/2 cup olive oil

2 TBS vinegar (red, white, balsamic – your call)

2 TBS molasses

1 cooked beet pureed with 1/2 cup veggie stock

A dry rub of your choice (or simply a blend of dry herbs)

Bottled marinade of your choice mixed with equal part water OR veggie stock with a few bay leaves

Cheesecloth & kitchen twine

1 onion – sliced

2 TBS brown sugar

8 oz mushrooms – sliced

1 bunch heirloom carrots

Additional olive oil

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 425

Whisk the first 6 (dry) ingredients together in a bowl.  In another bowl, whisk the stock, oil, vinegar, molasses & pureed beet.  Blend the wet & dry ingredients – adding vital wheat gluten or more stock until you have a ground beef texture.

Roll in your dry rub & wrap tightly in cheesecloth – tying off the ends.

Bring your marinade to  boil, reduce to a simmer & add the beef to it.  Simmer for an hour – turning once in the middle.  Be careful you do not boil your marinade away.  Add water or stock – if you need to.

Heat olive oil in a pan.  Remove the cheesecloth & pan sear the beef on both sides.  Set aside.  You can slice this thinly & make sandwiches or – go for the steak option.

In the same pan, heat some butter or olive oil & saute the onions until soft.  Add 2 TBS brown sugar & saute until the onions become golden.  Add the mushrooms & saute until they are done to your taste.  Season with S&P.

If you are doing “steaks,” cut them & sear them on both sides in the mushroom pan.

Toss the carrots in olive oil and S&P & roast 10-15 minutes (or until they begin to turn golden) – turning them once in the middle.

Serve!

Vegan Roasted Red Potato & Fennel Salad

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Many people think they hate fennel.  Even I can find it overpowering – but when sliced paper thin in a salad – or when roasted in a risotto – delicious – and two completely different animals.  Raw fennel has that distinct licorice flavor but, roasted, it mellows out & gets soft & subtle – much like garlic.  It doesn’t taste like garlic – it mellows the way garlic does – and takes on an almost creamy flavor.  Lovely.

This potato dish is adapted from this – Recipe for warm potato, fennel and onion salad with balsamic vinaigrette – seen below.

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This stuff smelled so good while it was cooking – it was all I could do not to just sit in front of the cooked result & shove it, wholesale, into my face without regard for decency or the fact that it was to hot to eat.  Really yummy!  I promise!  The red onions offer a bit of sweet/tang – as does the balsamic dressing – and the potato & fennel offer a creamy counterpart.   Great warm or at room temperature.  And – because there is no mayo – this potato salad does well sitting out at picnics, BBQs & buffets without giving you fears that everyone will soon drop dead from the salmonella you served them.  People like it better, I have found, that they not get food poisoning at gatherings.  True story.  So – try this amazing potato salad!  Raw – this filled a huge cooking sheet to capacity. Cooked – it shrunk considerably so – I would say these feeds 4-6 as a side – depending on appetites.

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Vegan Roasted Red Potato & Fennel Salad

Serves 4-6 as a side dish

INGREDIENTS

8 large red potatoes – cut into bite-sized chunks

1 large fennel bulb – cut into 1-inch dice (reserve the fronds)

1/2 large red onion – cut into 1-inch dice

4 TBS balsamic vinegar

4 TBS agave nectar

1 tsp Dijon

1/3 cup olive oil (plus extra for roasting)

S&P to taste

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 425 degrees.

I lined a large, rimmed cooking sheet with parchment paper but just naked on the pan is fine, too.  Put the potatoes, onions & fennel on the sheet & drizzle with olive oil.  Add S&P.  Toss – by hand – until everything has a light coat of oil and S&P.

Roast 2o minutes, turn the vegetables and roast another 20 minutes – or until the potatoes are soft & browning.

Meanwhile, in a far or bowl – mix the remaining ingredients.   When the potatoes are done & still warm – toss with SOME – not all – of the balsamic dressing.  Taste & add more as you like.  I only ended up using about half of the dressing & the potatoes absorbed it & had a lovely, light flavor.  You might prefer a heavier hand – or even leave the dressing on the table for folks to add as they like.

Garnish with the fennel fronds & serve warm or at room temperature.

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Watermelon, Feta & Mint Salad

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OK – this is another fast & easy one.  If feta & watermelon seem like an odd mix – just think of the popularity of salting watermelon.  It might seem, initially, like an odd combo but it works really well.  It it refreshing & clean & and the water density of the watermelon makes it surprisingly satisfying.

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Watermelon, Feta & Mint Salad

serves 2

INGREDIENTS

2 cups diced watermelon

1/4-1/2 (or more) diced feta cheese

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1/4 red onion sliced paper thin

1-3 tsp olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lime

S&P to taste

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DIRECTIONS

Mix & serve.

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Pickled Red Onions

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These go very well on sandwiches.

Pickled Red Onions

INGREDIENTS

2 large red onions – sliced thin

1 cup rice vinegar (any light colored vinegar works – even using just one kind works)

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1 TBS sugar

2 tsp salt

1 garlic clove cut in half

1 TBS black peppercorns

1 small dried red chili

DIRECTIONS

Bring the vinegar & spices to a boil.  Remove from heat.  Add onions to the hot vinegar.  Allow to cool.  Store in a jar in the fridge.

Vegan Korean BBQ Beef Lavash Pizza with Arugula

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This can be made with real beef but I used Beyond Meat’s Beefy Crumbles.  I also used my homemade Spicy Korean BBQ sauce from my vegan BBQ ribs post.  Pizza toppings are really personal & these toppings are more just suggestions than a recipe.  The BBQ sauce is REALLY good, though!

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Spicy Korean BBQ Sauce

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

3/4 cup low sodium tamari (soy sauce)

1/4 cup water

1 TBS rice vinegar

2 TBS chili paste (sambal oelek or other type)

2 TBS Gochujang (optional)

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp ground pepper

1 TBS fresh ginger (minced)

5 garlic cloves – minced

2 TBS cornstarch

DIRECTIONS

I put everything EXCEPT the cornstarch into a little crock-pot & left it for two hours.  Once it was bubbly – I added 2 TBS cornstarch & whisked it in.  That made the sauce very thick & gooey.  Perfect!  You can do this stove-top by just bringing everything (except cornstarch) to a boil & then whisk in the cornstarch.  It would likely take only a few minutes to come together.

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I used lavash bread as the base because each piece only has 240 calories so it is a great lower-calorie way to make pizza.

The toppings I used were:

Beefy crumbles mixed with some Korean BBQ sauce

Cherry tomatoes – halved

Grated carrots

Red onion – sliced VERY thinly

Grated cheese (real or vegan – your call)

I cooked this in the oven at 350 degrees for about ten minutes.

After the pizza was cooked – I added:

Jalapeno – diced

Arugula – tossed in a bit of olive oil & a pinch of salt

More tomatoes

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Vegan Chicken Salad Wraps

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Yeah, kids!  That’s my book!  Read the REVIEWS!  Pretty flattering!  Why not read it yourself?

And now – more amazing vegan fare!  I was never a big fan of real chicken salad but man – I loved this stuff!  Honestly – try it on a friend without telling them it is vegan.  I bet they never notice!  Easy, clean & cool.  Good for on top of a salad or wrapped in a tortilla or some butter lettuce.  Yummy & guiltless – and cruelty-free!   And know – almost all animal products involve suffering for some animal.  Even the cheeses & butter I use.  Hence my tapering off them.  And if you want to see some cows, literally jumping for joy – watch this video!  Then print the coupon I shared below – multiple times – and fleece your local for a free package every time you shop there.  I do!


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VEGAN CHICKEN SALAD

Serves 2 in wraps

INGREDIENTS

9 oz vegan chicken

2 celery stalks – diced small

1/4 red bell pepper – diced small

1/8 red onion – diced small

1/4 cup vegan mayo

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp Stone Ground mustard (or 2 tsp of whatever nice mustard you have)

Parsley – minced

S&P

Lettuce

Tortillas

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DIRECTIONS

I didn’t even let the frozen chicken thaw.  I just cut it into cubes and, by the time everything else came together, it was perfectly thawed.

Cube the chicken & prepare the other veggies.

Mix all the ingredients up.

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S&P to taste.  And that is it, kiddies!  Now – either eat it from the bowl or wrapped in lettuce or a tortilla or other wrapping device.  Then, shove this badass shit in your face & head out onto the town looking for chickens you can stare down with your guilt-free conscience & your chicken-free breath.  Then go home & love yourself a little.  Even in a dirty way – if the mood strikes you.  You’ve earned it!

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