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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dairy-free Chocolate Mousse

We made this chocolate mousse for Rob's birthday, in addition to yummy whole wheat brownies (Hodgson Mill). We really could not believe the mousse was tofu! We have NOT had good experiences with tofu, but when we found this recipe on the Engine 2 website, we thought we'd try it. It is so good and healthy that this dessert would be good to have every day.

E2 Chocolate Mousse
1 pkg Silken Lite Tofu
2 Tblsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup maple syrup or agave nectar

Blend all ingredients and chill.

I think next time I will add some peanut butter for variety. It takes maybe 5 minutes to blend and a couple of hours to chill. No one would believe it's not dairy!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Best Veggie Burgers I have made

Here is another great meal I just made. Once again, dairy-free, oil-free and meat-free. But not by any means good-ness free. This recipe comes from I have added some ingredients and I still have some perfecting to do...but it is definitely a keeper. You must go heavy on the seasoning.

E2 Dinner - New York Times Veggie Burgers
Makes about 8 patties

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can tomatoes with or without zesty mild chilies, drained
3 garlic clove, minced or pressed
1 Tbl sp onion powder
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup chopped carrots
1 Tbl sp flax seeds (for flavor, I tell the kids)
2 Tblsp wheat germ (for color, I tell the kids)
some splashes of Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 cup parsley or cilantro
Handfull of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
2 cups quick rolled oats
8 whole grain buns
Fresh veggie toppings and healthy condiments

Preheat oven to 450ยบ. Process the first eleven ingredients using an
immersion or a regular blender or food processor. Remove contents into a large bowl and stir in the oats. Form into patties, place on a sprayed baking sheet, and bake for 8 minutes. Turn oven up to broil and cook for 2 more minutes, until the tops are nicely browned. Toast the buns and pile on your favorite toppings.

These patties actually stay as patties; they are quite firm, like a meat patty, after they are cooked.

Please let me know if you added any extra seasoning to spice them up a bit. I think some Tonys or hot peppers would go well if you don't have young children to feed.

Add some roasted new potatoes tossed with fresh herbs and a splash of water and you have a nice easy meal.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Dairy-free, Oil-free Tortilla Casserole

I found this recipe in the book: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn.

It is called Tortilla Pie, which we changed the name to Tortilla Casserole and added a few more ingredents. It is so quick and simple to put together with whatever ingredients you have on hand.

Tortilla Casserole

6 no-oil Corn tortillas
1 can fat-free refried beans
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 pkg frogen corn
1 jar salsa
1 onion diced
1 bell pepper diced
3-4 cloves garlic smashed
1 tomato chopped
1 can black olives
jalepeno chopped

Saute onion, bell pepper and garlic in a bit of water. In a casserole dish layer: 2-tortillas refried beans, sprinkle some of the black beans, some of the corn, some of the salsa, some of the sauted veggies. Repeat layers until all are used. Top with chopped tomato. Bake for 60 minutes at 360 degrees. Sprinkle top with black olives, cilantro and jalepeno pepper.