Laura Theodore's Vegan-Ease

 
 

Recipes

Scroll down this page to find a few sample recipes from the cookbook!

 

 

MAPLE-RAISIN-DATE TRUFFLES 

         Makes 10 to 12 Truffles / Ease Factor 1           

 

These tasty truffles are pretty too, making an excellent healthy dessert or snack to satisfy your sweet tooth. Bonus: Impressive to serve for a dinner party too!

 

9 large Medjool dates, pitted

1⁄3 cup raisins

¼ cup raw unsweetened shredded dried coconut

1 tablespoon maple syrup

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Line a small baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.

 

Put the dates, raisins, coconut and maple syrup in a high-performance blending appliance and process to the consistency of soft dough. Transfer the date mixture to a medium-sized bowl. Using a cookie scoop, spoon out a heaping tablespoon of the date mixture, and roll it into a ball. Continue in this manner to form 10 to 12 truffle balls.

 

Put the cocoa powder in a small bowl. Roll the truffles in the cocoa powder until coated and place on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate 1 hour. Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, truffles will keep up to 3 days.

 

Watch Laura Theodore make MAPLE-RAISIN-DATE TRUFFLES

 


 

 

 

HUNGRY-GUY BURGERS

Makes 6 burgers / Ease Factor 1           

 

My husband always complained that I did not make our veggie burgers BIG enough! So the “Hungry Guy” Burger was born. Packed with hearty black beans, spicy salsa and rolled oats, these five-ingredient wonders are filling and super-quick to prepare. Now everyone’s happy!

 

1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed

2⁄3 cup plus 2 heaping tablespoons prepared salsa, plus more as needed (see note)

3 slices whole-grain bread, torn into chunks

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

2⁄3 cup rolled oats

 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking pan with unbleached parchment paper.

Put the black beans and salsa in a medium-sized bowl and mash using a potato masher or large fork until well combined. Put the bread chunks and cumin in a blender and process into coarse crumbs. Add the bread crumbs to the black bean mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the rolled oats and mix to combine. If the mixture seems dry, stir in another heaping tablespoon of salsa and mix to combine.

 

Scoop up a generous 1⁄2 cup of the black bean mixture and put it on the prepared pan. Form it into a burger, shaping it with clean hands, then flattening it slightly. Continue in this manner to make five more burgers (see note). Bake for 20 minutes. Flip the burgers and bake for 8 to 12 minutes, or until golden.

 

Chef’s Notes

- You may use mild, medium or hot salsa in this recipe.

-  Once formed, the burgers may be covered and refrigerated for 2 to 6 hours before cooking. Add 5 to 7 minutes to the baking time.

 

Hungry-Guy Burger Photo courtesy of Annie Oliverio

 


 

 

 

 

STUFFED GREEN BELL PEPPERS

Makes 6 servings / Ease Factor 2

           

I first made these delicious peppers for a New Year’s Eve party and they were a huge hit! Featuring a meaty-tasting seitan and hearty brown rice stuffing, these beautiful bells satiate omnivores and vegans alike. Ready for the oven in under 20 minutes, these six-ingredient wonders are equally ideal for a holiday party or weeknight supper.

 

6 medium green bell peppers

1 jar (about 28 ounces) vegan marinara sauce

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil (optional)

2 packages (16 ounces) Italian flavored crumbled or ground seitan (see note)

2 cups cooked and cooled long-grain brown rice (see note)

2 teaspoons all-purpose seasoning blend

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice about one inch off the top of each pepper. Seed the peppers.

 

Spread 1 ½ cups of the marinara sauce and the 2 teaspoons of olive oil (optional) evenly over the bottom of a casserole that’s large and deep enough to hold all the peppers snugly so they remain upright during baking.

 

Put the seitan, brown rice and all-purpose seasoning in a large bowl and stir well until combined. Stir in 2⁄3 cup marinara sauce and mix to combine. Spoon one-sixth of the seitan mixture into each pepper, mounding it, if necessary. Spoon 2 heaping teaspoons of the marinara sauce over each pepper. Carefully position the peppers in the casserole so they will remain upright while baking.

 

Cover and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the peppers are tender but not mushy. Let cool for 7 to 10 minutes before serving.

Serve the peppers with tricolore pasta on the side and topped with some of the sauce that has accumulated at the bottom of the casserole. Put the remaining sauce in a gravy boat or small bowl to pass around at the table.

 

Chef’s Notes

You may use unflavored, ground seitan in place of the Italian flavored variety. If using unflavored seitan, add an additional heaping teaspoon of all-purpose seasoning or Italian seasoning blend to the filling mixture before stuffing the peppers.

 

You may pre-cook the rice up to 48 hours ahead of making this recipe. Store it tightly covered in the refrigerator until use. 

 


 

 

 

PEANUT BUTTER-CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Makes 4 to 6 servings / Ease Factor 1  

 

Yum and double yum! This super creamy and delightful mousse will please the chocolate and peanut butter fans at your table. Piped into small dishes, this is one special treat.

 

½ cup nondairy milk

1 block (14 to 16 ounces) firm regular tofu, drained and cubed

3 heaping tablespoons smooth peanut butter

¼ cup vegan powdered sugar

½ cup vegan dark chocolate chips

 

Heat the nondairy milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming hot but not boiling. Put the tofu, peanut butter and sugar in a blender container, then add the chocolate chips. Pour in the steaming hot nondairy milk and process until completely smooth. Spoon or pipe the mixture into dessert dishes and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours. Serve chilled..

 

PEANUT BUTTER-CHOCOLATE MOUSSE photo by Hannah Kaminsky