I wanted to share a couple of vegan recipes with you all that I really enjoyed this last week. Oh, and they are, of course, Cauldron Boy approved too! Cauldron Boy is a bit more open to vegetarian and omnivore foods, so I like to think the vegan food is pretty good when he's liking it and asking for seconds;)
First, is my 'Stellar Vegan Sausage'. I really like this recipe, as it is easily made with ingredients that most people have in the cabinet save the liquid smoke. The recipe is also nice in that these really do look like sausages and taste a lot like them too. The only downfall is that the texture isn't really like sausage. The upside of the downside is that the texture is that of a delicious bean patty, so no worries (smile).
Stellar Vegan Sausage-Serves 2
1 15 oz. Can Organic Garbanzos (drained)
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1/4 Cup Raw Sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp. Red Onion (chopped)
1 Tbsp. Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1/2 Tsp. Cumin
1/4 Tsp. Dried Thyme
1/4 Tsp. Paprika
1/4 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2-1 Tsp. Hot Sauce
1/2 Tsp. Liquid smoke*
3 Tbsp. Water
*If you are vegan, be sure to use a brand of liquid smoke that is actually vegan like Colgin, etc.
In a food processor, place the oats and sunflower seeds. Process for about 7-8 seconds-that's it! Then add the rest of the ingredients. Process to a course looking meal. This probably took me about 10 seconds. It will be different from processor to processor. Just don't process down to a cream, as the mix will be difficult to work with and form into patties. You want the mix to be processed but still meal like.
Form into patties. Sprinkle with extra paprika and sauté in about one Tbsp. of olive oil on medium heat (low heat will cause for greasy patties). Allow each side to sizzle for about 2-3 minutes. Enjoy with ketchup, mustard or whatever you like!
The next recipe is a Vegan Bearnaise Sauce. This sauce was really lovely over our steamed broccoli and cauliflower.
Vegan Bearnaise-Serves 4
1 1/4 Cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
2 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
1/2 Tbsp. Dark Soy Sauce
2 Cloves Garlic
Hefty Pinch of Black Pepper
Hefty Pinch of Dry Tarragon Leaves
1/4 Tsp. Sea Salt
1/4 Tsp Turmeric (color)
Note: Some people like to add a tbsp. of melted Earth Balance to the mix for extra creaminess.
Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend till very smooth. Place the contents of the blender in a sauté pan or pot on low heat. The Bearnaise will look watery and not quite right. Don't worry. Bring the heat up to medium high stirring constantly. The mix will almost immediately begin to start changing to a cream texture. Once you reach your desired creaminess and texture, remove completely from the heat. Serve over your favorite steamed fresh vegetables and such.
Enjoy, my lovelies!