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Roasted Cauliflower Piccata

Roasted Cauliflower Piccata

When you cut a head of cauliflower like you would a loaf of bread, the resulting slabs can be roasted and served as delicious steaks. My favorite way to season them is with a luscious lemony piccata sauce and mushrooms atop a serving of creamy mashers.

Roasted Cauliflower Piccata
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Roasted Cauliflower Piccata

Servings 4 servings
Author Robin Robertson

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cored
  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine or vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons vegan butter, chilled
  • Your favorite mashed potatoes, to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly oil two large rimmed baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.
  2. Place the cauliflower on a cutting board, cored-side down, and use a long serrated knife to cut it into ½-inch-thick slices, as if you were cutting a loaf of bread. Arrange the cauliflower slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets and brush with a little olive oil or spray with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast the cauliflower until tender and nicely browned, 25 to 30 minutes, turning once with a large metal spatula about halfway through.
  3. While the cauliflower is roasting, make the sauce. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and scallions and sauté for about 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the wine, lemon juice, and capers and cook, stirring, until the liquid reduces slightly. Just before serving, add the parsley, then stir in the butter to melt it into the sauce.
  4. To serve, spoon a serving of the mashed potatoes onto each plate and top with a cauliflower steak. Spoon the sauce on top.

Recipe Notes

Text excerpted from VEGANIZE IT! © 2017 by Robin Robertson. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. Photo by William and Susan Brinson.

 

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Bánh Mì Tostadas

Banh Mi Tostadas

East meets West in this tasty fusion combo. Tostada means “toasted” in Spanish and is the name of a Mexican dish in which a toasted tortilla is the base for other ingredients that top it. Bánh mì is a popular Vietnamese sandwich that features crisp pickled vegetables, fragrant cilantro, chiles, and zesty hoisin and sriracha sauces. In this iteration, bánh mì ingredients find themselves on toasted tortillas instead of in a baguette to make Bánh Mì Tostadas. Corn tortillas are usually used for tostadas, although wheat tortillas may be used if you prefer.

Banh Mi Tostadas
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Bánh Mì Tostadas
Author Robin Robertson

Ingredients

  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 2 cups finely shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeño chiles (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dark (toasted) sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon neutral vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced scallions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 (8-ounce) package baked tofu, cut into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Tostada shells:

  • 4 to 6 corn or flour tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

Instructions

Toppings:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the carrot, cucumber, cabbage, cilantro, and jalapeños, if using. Drizzle on the sesame oil and toss gently to combine. Set aside.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, scallions, and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Add the tofu and 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce and mix well to coat the tofu. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, the hoisin, vinegar, sriracha, and sugar, stirring well to blend.

Tostada shells:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Arrange the tortillas in a single layer on two baking sheets. Brush both sides of each tortilla with oil. Bake for 5 minutes on one side, then flip the tortillas over and bake for 2 to 3 minutes longer, until crispy. Watch carefully so they don’t burn.

To assemble:

  1. Evenly divide the tofu among the tostada shells. Top each with some of the vegetable mixture, then the sauce. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Excerpted from 100 BEST VEGAN RECIPES, © 2016 by Robin Robertson. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. Photo by Lucy Schaeffer.

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Pulled Jackfruit BBQ Sandwiches

Pulled Jackfruit BBQ Sandwiches from Veganize It by Robin Robertson

Not only does jackfruit lend itself well to shredding for that pulled effect, but it’s also great at soaking up the zesty barbecue sauce, making it an ideal candidate for these hearty sandwiches. Look for canned water-packed jackfruit in Asian markets or well-stocked supermarkets (be sure not to get the kind packed in syrup). If jackfruit is unavailable, substitute your choice of chopped seitan, steamed crumbled tempeh, or chopped or shredded mushrooms (portobellos or oyster mushrooms are especially good here).

Pulled Jackfruit BBQ Sandwiches from Veganize It by Robin Robertson
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Pulled Jackfruit BBQ Sandwiches

Servings 4 servings
Author Robin Robertson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 (16-ounce) can water-packed jackfruit, drained and shredded or thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups barbecue sauce, store-bought or homemade (recipe follows)
  • 4 sandwich rolls, split and toasted

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the jackfruit and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce and season with the paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Add as much of the barbecue sauce as desired, stirring to mix well. Use a fork (or two) to break up the jackfruit. If hard pieces remain, remove them to a cutting board and finely chop, then return them to the skillet. Cook for about 10 minutes to heat through and blend the flavors. Pile the jackfruit mixture onto the toasted sandwich rolls. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Text excerpted from VEGANIZE IT! © 2017 by Robin Robertson. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

 

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Barbecue Sauce

Servings 3 cups
Author Robin Robertson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed or sunflower oil
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomato sauce or puree
  • 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, until the vegetables soften. Add the tomato sauce, chipotle, maple syrup, water, vinegar, tamari, salt, and pepper, stirring to mix well. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until the sauce reduces to the desired consistency. Near the end of the cooking time, stir in the liquid smoke, then taste and adjust the seasonings, adding more salt, maple syrup, or vinegar if needed to balance the flavors.

Recipe Notes

Text excerpted from VEGANIZE IT! © 2017 by Robin Robertson. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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Cheesy Potato Wedges from The Vegan Air Fryer

Cheesy Potato Wedges

If you love your air fryer as much as I do, you’re going to be thrilled to own The Vegan Air Fryer, a new cookbook by JL Fields.  And if you don’t yet own an air fryer, I encourage you to page through this book to see what you’re missing.

Like many people, the main thing I cook in my air fryer is potatoes — how great it is to have crispy French fries without oil!  But air-fried French fries are only the beginning.  In The Vegan Air Fryer you’ll find everything from appetizers to main dishes and even desserts. And for all you potato lovers out there, there are also loads of other recipes for air-fried spuds, including these Cheesy Potato Wedges.

Cheesy Potato Wedges

Try these potato wedges if you love potato skins but want that potato, too. This is a great side dish and also a fun recipe to make for game day noshing. (From The Vegan Air Fryer, copyright © 2017 by JL Fields. Used by permission. Photo by Michelle Donner.)

Serves 4

Potatoes

  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

Cheese Sauce

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup water

Potatoes: Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 3 minutes. Wash the potatoes. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and transfer them to a large bowl. Add the oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the potatoes. Toss to coat. Transfer the potatoes to the air fryer. Cook for 16 minutes, shaking halfway through the cooking time.

Cheese Sauce: Combine the cashews, turmeric, paprika, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice in a high-speed blender. Blend on low, slowly increasing the speed and adding water as needed. Be careful to avoid using too much water, as you want a thick, cheesy consistency.

Transfer the cooked potatoes to an air fryer–safe pan or a piece of parchment paper. Drizzle the cheese sauce over the potato wedges. Place the pan in the air fryer and cook for 2 more minutes at 400°F.

No-Oil Option: Omit the olive oil.

The Vegan Air Fryer

 

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Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Hearts of Palm Ceviche from Cook the Pantry by Robin Robertson

Hearts of palm stand in for raw fish in this plant-powered version of the classic South American dish. There are many versions of this salad throughout central and South America, so let’s add this plant-based pantry version to the list. If you like heat, add the jalapeno – if not, leave it out. The avocado is an optional but delicious inclusion. Hearts of Palm Ceviche makes a great salad served over lettuce or a fun appetizer spooned onto tortilla chips, crackers, or slices of toasted baguette.

 

Hearts of Palm Ceviche from Cook the Pantry by Robin Robertson
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Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Servings 4 servings
Author Robin Robertson

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced scallion (green onion)
  • 1 teaspoon small capers
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 (14-ounce) jar hearts of palm, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped or 1 (4-ounce) jar chopped pimientos
  • 2 tablespoons kalamata olives or green olives, pitted and halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped (optional)
  • Tortilla chips, to serve

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, oil, jalapeno, if using, sugar, scallions, capers, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

  2. In a large shallow bowl arrange the cucumber slices in a layer. Top with a layer of the hearts of palm slices. Sprinkle the tomato and olives, then drizzle with the reserved dressing. Set aside to marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes or refrigerate for up to 3 hours before serving.
  3. When ready to serve, taste and adjust the seasonings if needed and sprinkle with the cilantro and avocado if using. Serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from Cook the Pantry © 2015 by Robin Robertson. Photo by Annie Oliverio. Used by permission Vegan Heritage Press LLC.

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Vegan Breakfast Nachos

Breakfast Nachos from Veganize It

These Breakfast Nachos are a favorite “anytime” meal at our house, and they can make an extra-special brunch on Father’s Day.  I plan to make this for Jon on Sunday to thank him for being such a great dad to all of our kitties.  Lucky for him, the cats won’t be helping me in the kitchen!

I hope you and your family enjoy this as much as we do!

Breakfast Nachos from Veganize It
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Breakfast Nachos

Nachos for breakfast is a fun way to start the day. Make the queso sauce in advance and the nachos will come together quickly.

Servings 4
Author Robin Robertson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 12 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 ½ cups cooked or 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1 recipe Smoky Queso Sauce (below), kept warm
  • 1 (13-ounce) bag restaurant-style tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and scallions and cook 2 minutes longer. Add the tofu and salt, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Stir in the nutritional yeast, cumin, and turmeric. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Stir in the beans, cover, and keep warm.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime juice. Season with salt to taste and mix well. Gently stir in the avocado.

  3. To assemble, spoon a thin layer of the sauce on the bottom of a large plate. Place half of the chips on top of the sauce. Spoon half of the sauce on top of the chips, followed by half of the tofu and beans, and then half of the salsa. Top with the remaining chips and repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve immediately, garnished with additional cilantro, if using.

Recipe Notes

Text excerpted from VEGANIZE IT! © 2017 by Robin Robertson. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. Photo by William and Susan Brinson.

 

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Smokey Queso Sauce

This easy-cheesy sauce is great for nachos or folded into cooked pasta for a zesty mac and cheese. If chopped pimientos are unavailable, you can substitute 3 tablespoons chopped roasted red bell pepper.

Servings 2 cups
Author Robin Robertson

Ingredients

  • 1 (2-ounce) jar chopped pimientos, drained
  • 1 teaspoon canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups plain unsweetened almond milk or water

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Transfer to a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Use as desired.

Recipe Notes

Text excerpted from VEGANIZE IT! © 2017 by Robin Robertson. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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