Friday, November 30, 2012

Deviled Egg(less) & Loaded Veggie Quiche

As I promised on Wednesday, I'm so excited to give you the gift of this amazing quiche recipe -- just in time for the Christmas holiday! 
I know I say/write this  a lot, but I am ridiculously in love with this quiche - it's definitely going to be recurring recipe for my holidays, and pretty much any other time I feel like spoiling myself. Best of all, this recipe is fairly easy to execute if you follow each step individually. I promise you won't get overwhelmed, and before you know it your whole house will be wafting with the smells of holiday savory-goodness. 
First let's talk about a few important things...
Important Recipe Notes
About the Veggies:
The veggies in this quiche are seriously wonderful, in addition to adding a ton of extra flavor, they add so much nutritional value. Mix it up: if you want to alter or change what veggies you use then by all means, go for it! My only advice is that you keep the veggie measurements the same (roughly 4.5 cups of fresh veggies). Other then that add whatever mixture you're craving, or whatever is seasonally available. 
About the Deviled Eggless Mixture: 
This is the secret component to the quiche that makes it a home-run. Inspired by my raw vegan Deviled Eggless Eggs, I wanted the base of the quiche to be "eggy" and rich, and I can honestly say that this quiche would absolutely not be the same without this component. I hate to be bossy about my recipes, but I highly advise anyone who decides to make this recipe not to alter or change any of the ingredients noted in the Deviled Eggless mixture. It just won't be the same spectacular dish.
About the Crust: 
In the recipe photos you'll see my Almond Flour Tart crust (because it's my favorite), but you can also make my Nut-free Tart Crust and use that instead. It's up to you! The drying time is the same.
Deviled "Egg" & Loaded Veggie Quiche
Makes one Quiche,  9.5'' in diameter
Step 1.
Veggies
Ingredients:
  • 1 c packed chopped Kale
  • 1 c packed shredded fresh Pumpkin //or// Carrot
  • 1 c packed sliced/chopped Crimini Mushroom
  • 1/2 c thinly sliced/chopped White Onion
  • 1/2 c thinly sliced Green Onion //or// Chive
  • 1/2 c minced Red Bell Pepper //or// Sun-dried Tomato
  • 2 tsp minced Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Grape seed Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Assembly:

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the above
  2. Mix together until ingredients are evenly coated in the Oil/Lemon Juice
  3. Choose from one of the following raw food warming methods noted here
  4. In a thin even layer spread your veggie mixture out
  5. Proceed to dry/wilt veggies for 1.5 hours (maybe a bit longer)
  6. Set your wilted veggies aside and move on to the next step
Veggies after being warmed/wilted - yummy!
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Step 2. 
Deviled "Egg" Mixture
Ingredients:
  • 1 c Macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 c AtV Sour Cream
  • 1/2 c packed shredded Zucchini flesh (be sure to peel off the green zucchini skin)
  • 2 Tbsp Creamy Mustard (yellow or white will do)
  • 2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Granules
  • 1/4 tsp Kelp powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
Assembly:
  1. Place all of the above ingredients into your food processor
  2. Puree together for 3 minutes, until very creamy (you may have to stop and scrape down the sides of your processor once or twice in the first minute or so)
  3. Transfer your "Egg" mixture to a bowl and move add all of the wilted Veggies from Step 1
  4. Fold your wilted Veggies into the "Egg" mixture 
  5. Choose from one of the following raw food warming methods noted here
  6. In a thin even layer, spread your "egg" and veggie mixture out
  7. Proceed to warm/dry for 2.5 to 3 hours
Try to resist eating this stuff right out of the bowl...it's really good.
"Egg" and Veggie mixture after being dried.
*Note that it will still be white and creamy in the center.
Step 3.
Crust and Quiche Assembly, and final Warming 
As I mentioned in the "Important Recipe Notes" (at the top of this post) I used my Almond Flour Tart crust for this quiche because it's really one of my favorites. 
If you're looking to minimize your nut intake then you can use my Nut-free Tart Crust instead.
  1. Make 1 batch of Almond Flour Tart Crust 
  2. On top of a sheet of parchment paper proceed to shape your crust into a round 9.5'' (I reccommend doing this on top of parchment because it keeps the raw dough from sticking)
  3. The best way to get a round crust is use a large plate, gently set it on top of your rolled-out crust dough and mark the circle with either your fingers or a toothpick. *Don't press your plate down into the crust dough -- it's sticky and might cling to your plate!
  4. Choose from one of the following raw food warming methods noted here
  5. Dry your crust for 2.5 to 3 hours (I dried my "Egg" and Veggie mixture together) 
  6. After your crust and "egg"/veggie mix have finished drying combine the two of them together
  7. FINAL DRYING/WARMING: Spread your "egg"/veggie mixture evenly into your crust and warm/dry for 2 to 3 more additional hours
  • After the final drying/warming time let your quiche sit out on the counter to cool off 
  • Your Quiche filling will thicken as is sits out, and will thicken even more if it's chilled in the refrigerator
  • Enjoy this quiche cold or warm -- it's totally up to you! Just eat it!
My favorite way to eat this quiche is with a side of fresh Salsa...so yummy!
Happy Friday and happy eating!!

xoxo,

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gourmet (raw vegan) Hot Cocoa

The first big food-related Holiday of the season has passed, and boy was it a tasty one! 
I have a full kitchen day scheduled tomorrow, and if all of my efforts go off without a hitch, come Friday I'll be sharing a recipe for the most amazing raw vegan Quiche!
How about a teaser photo, just to let you know what you're (at least visually) in store for...
Yes, this gorgeous quiche was a part of my Thanksgiving meal, and I think it's gonna be a new Holiday tradition.
Can't wait to share the recipe with all of you! 
Today's recipe is something I've had on the back burner (literally and metaphorically) for a while now. With a big storm front moving in on the Pacific Northwest, and the expectation of over a foot of rain, the timing for this recipe seemed perfect. Really, what's more comforting than a warm cup of rich and creamy hot cocoa in the midst of rainy/stormy weather?

Important Notes About this Hot Cocoa Recipe
Dangerously Tasty: The first two things you need to know about this recipe is that it's seriously for chocolate lovers, and I wouldn't recommend drinking an entire batch to yourself. 
Serving Size: The recipe makes enough for two cups of cocoa. 
Hot or Cold: I'll be noting the directions for gently warming your coca  on the stove top, but you also have the option to enjoy it chilled or over ice.

AtV Gourmet Hot Cocoa
Makes a little less than 2.5 cups liquid
Step 1
Ingredients
  • 1/2 c AtV Sour Cream
  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 4 Tbsp raw Cacao Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Crystals //or// 2 Tbsp grade B Maple Syrup
  • 1 Vanilla bean pod, scraped //or// 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 pinches Salt
  • *1.5 c Water

Step 2.
Making your Cocoa 
  1. In a bowl combine all of the ingredients *except for the water
  2. Mix together your ingredients until you have a thick and verrrrry rich chocolate mixture
  3. Slowly add your water to your chocolate base while whisking
You may be tempted to eat this thick and SUPER RICH chocolate base, and I honestly can't blame you if you did.

After whisking in the water you'll have the most luxurious cocoa  --  no one will believe you when you tell them it's raw and vegan!!
Step 3.
Warming your Cocoa:
  1. Transfer your Cocoa to a Saucepan 
  2. Warm Cocoa on your stove top at a very low heat while whisking continuously
  3. Use a thermometer to monitor the heat
  4. When Cocoa  is warmed to 110/112F it's ready to be enjoyed!

Wishing you all the very best and the merriest!

xoxo,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Favorite Holiday Raw Food Recipe Round-up

There's less than two days left before Thanksgiving, and if you're feeling the heat (like I am) and still putting the final touches on your Holiday menu then look no further...
I've put together a list featuring over 20 of my favorite raw food recipes, from beverages to appetizers, warm and comforting side dishes, hearty main courses, and end ending with the most decadent of desserts!

Unmistakably I've been missing from the internet over the last week/plus due to a nasty stomach flu, and even though I'm still getting my strength back I'm really excited to get into the kitchen and prep for this Thursday's meal. I hope you're all in good health this season, surrounded by your loved ones and truly feeling grateful for all things big and small. Life has been very interesting for my family this year with many tests and challenges, but I truly have no shortage of things to be thankful for, including connecting with all of you through the international language of food.
source: The Spooky Vegan
Are you ready for some serious drooling?
Let's get onto the good stuff...

Drinks:

Appetizers:

Raw Vegan Deviled Eggs


Side Dishes:

Main Course:

Desserts:

Apple Pie Cheezecake



xoxo,