Savory Vegan Gravy

Vegan gravy seasoned with nutritional yeast.

Gravy has been around for centuries and takes many forms. As a kid, I remember my mom cooking a pot roast and just before serving the roast, she whisked flour into the fatty juice to make a quick gravy. But what do you do if you don’t eat meat? How do you make a tasty gravy without meat juices? Just keep reading! Continue reading

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Meaty Nutloaf

Meaty Nutloaf

Why not make this vegetarian nut loaf for Thanksgiving?

Nut loaf recipes became popular in the United States, during World War I, when meat was scarce. They became popular, again, when food was rationed during World War II. How can you make a vegetarian dish that is ‘meaty’? Try this recipe. I think you’ll be surprised. Continue reading

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Fresh Fenugreek and Potatoes Side Dish

Fenugreek Potatoes #1

Tasty potatoes with fresh fenugreek herb

Have you ever wondered where the idiom side dish originated? Me neither. But, for some reason, I have a need to articulate its origin. Continue reading

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Almond Flour Crackers


Simple gluten-free crackers with sea salt, cracked pepper and rosemary from the garden!

A friend wanted a thin, savory, and crisp cracker recipe. “But,” she said, “I don’t eat wheat so it has to be gluten-free.” Taking this as a challenge I modified a standard saltine cracker recipe by substituting blanched almond flour for wheat flour, deleting the baking soda/yeast and adding fresh rosemary from my garden. Continue reading

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Chorizo-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Sausage Stuffed Poblano Peppers #1

Shown with parsley garnish.

This is a tasty and colorful appetizer that doubles as a complementary side dish for almost any vegetarian entrée. It’s that good. Nuff said. Continue reading

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with a Difference

Photo: Randy Graham, Valley Vegetarian

Fresh Sprouts as a Centerpiece

I usually throw Brussels sprouts in a baggie with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and then roast them in the oven. The addition of balsamic vinegar and a dash of sweetness at the end adds a subtle flavor that makes these sprouts melt in your mouth. Continue reading

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Green Tahini Dressing

Ojai Green Sauce

Green sauce with tahini. Great tasting condiment with a twist.

This simple vegan dressing is as versatile as your imagination. For example, if you like a good garlic bite to your dressing, add more garlic. Leave out the cumin if that’s not your spice. Use dried mint rather than fresh (dried mint is not inferior, just different) or leave out the mint altogether. Thin it with a cup of shredded iceberg lettuce. Increase the amount of tahini or lemon juice. Or both. Your call. Make it your own and then own it! Continue reading

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