Kitchen Treaty http://www.kitchentreaty.com Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:05:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Veggie Roll Rice Bowl with Creamy Sesame-Wasabi Dressing http://www.kitchentreaty.com/veggie-roll-rice-bowl-with-creamy-sesame-wasabi-dressing/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/veggie-roll-rice-bowl-with-creamy-sesame-wasabi-dressing/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14642

 

 

Veggie Roll Rice Bowl with Creamy Sesame-Wasabi Dressing recipe - All the flavors of veggie sushi rolls, in the form of a tasty and satisfying grain bowl.

I was a vegetarian long before I ever tried sushi. The truth is, after my decision to go meatless (and seafood-less), it just wasn’t high on my must-try list, because I mistakenly assumed that sushi = fish. Then a smarter-than-me friend schooled me – sushi actually doesn’t always have to have fish! Basically, sushi is a wide variety of foods made with vinegared rice that’s shaped into balls and rolled into rolls, along with all kinds of good stuff on and in them. It wasn’t long before I was noshing on avocado rolls, cucumber rolls, veggie rolls, tempura veggie rolls, tofu rolls … basically, I went on a vegetarian sushi roll binge (that, um, lasted years). Such, such good stuff.

My favorite, the classic veggie roll, was the inspiration for this Veggie Roll Rice Bowl. Carrots, cucumber, and avocado along with vinegared rice, sesame seeds, and a dressing with that classic must-have sushi roll accompaniment, wasabi and soy sauce. Instead of white rice, I’ve swapped in the healthier brown rice – seasoned with rice vinegar and dotted with toasted sesame seeds. And I added some vibrant green edamame for a hit of protein.

Veggie Roll Rice Bowl with Creamy Sesame-Wasabi Dressing recipe - All the flavors of veggie sushi rolls, in the form of a tasty and satisfying grain bowl.

And then we’ve got the dressing. The dressing! It’s kind of insane. In a good way. Tahini makes it super creamy and kicks up the sesame flavors (toasted sesame oil helps too). Tamari or soy sauce along with wasabi – a little or a lot, your choice – really bring the dressing to life.

I love that this brings together the flavors of veggie rolls without having to, you know, actually roll the suckers. All the flavors of sushi at home, without the work, money, or fish! Win win.

Veggie Roll Rice Bowl with Creamy Sesame-Wasabi Dressing recipe - All the flavors of veggie sushi rolls, in the form of a tasty and satisfying grain bowl.

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Soft-Baked Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies http://www.kitchentreaty.com/soft-baked-almond-flour-chocolate-chip-cookies/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/soft-baked-almond-flour-chocolate-chip-cookies/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14638

Remember those soft-baked chocolate chip cookies you’d buy in the snack food aisle? Bendy, pliable, perfect for sinking your teeth into one. Or – ahem – seven.

For all I know, those soft-baked cookies are still available – as much has I’ve always loved Chips Ahoy, it’s been awhile since I shopped the cookie aisle. That’s not to say we don’t eat a few too many cookies in our house – they’re my daughter’s favorite thing to help make. Especially if they have chocolate chips in them.

Soft-Baked Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe - These bendy melt-in-your-mouth gems are an incredible gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies.

These chocolate chip cookies are her new favorite – and that’s saying something, because my kid is definitely on the selective side, particularly when it comes to her cookies.

What she doesn’t know is that these Soft-Baked Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, and surprisingly low in sugar and carbohydrates. Not that she’d care – she just knows they’re delicious.

Soft-Baked Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe - These bendy melt-in-your-mouth gems are an incredible gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies.

So: expectations. These are not your typical chewy chocolate chip cookies. As the title implies, they’re soft and bendy and they melt in your mouth and – yes! – they’re really, really tasty. The almond flour does give them a bit more texture than your typical chocolate chip cookie, but we love it.

Soft-Baked Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe - These bendy melt-in-your-mouth gems are an incredible gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies.

They’re also very easy to make – the batter comes together in no time, and they bake up in a flash. Faster than a trip to the cookie aisle at the grocery store, for sure.

If you’re gluten-free and you’re tired of sandy cookies, give these a try – they’re anything but. And if you’re dairy-free and missing cookies, I think these will fit the bill nicely. And! If you’re eating low carb, these might just work for you too.

And if you just like cookies, well, these are also for you. Chocolate chip cookies for all!

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Vegan Banana Cream Pie Mini Tarts http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-banana-cream-pie-mini-tarts/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-banana-cream-pie-mini-tarts/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14492

What’s better than pie? Mini pie, of course!

Vegan Banana Cream Pie Mini Tarts

These dreamy little tarts are stuffed with a lusciously creamy dairy-free banana cream pie filling and topped with coconut whipped cream. They’re perfect for the vegans in your life, but guaranteed to be appreciated by all – vegan or not.

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Beans & Greens Tacos http://www.kitchentreaty.com/beans-greens-tacos/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/beans-greens-tacos/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14688

Tacos on Saint Patrick’s Day? Well, when they have the word “green” in the title, you betcha! Now you can’t pinch me.

Beans and Greens Tacos recipe. With kidney beans & rainbow chard, these tacos are fast, easy, and healthy - the perfect weeknight meal. Flexible for meat-eaters, vegans, vegetarians & gluten-free diets.

These Beans & Greens Tacos are the easiest dinner I’ve made in weeks. Months. Ever! Okay, maybe not ever. Cold cereal for dinner is the easiest ever. But they are still pretty darn easy. 20 minutes and bam – done.

We’ve got beans – of the kidney variety. We’ve got greens – I’m lookin’ at you, rainbow chard.

Beans and Greens Tacos recipe. With kidney beans & rainbow chard, these tacos are fast, easy, and healthy - the perfect weeknight meal. Flexible for meat-eaters, vegans, vegetarians & gluten-free diets.

A few spices, a few toppings, some corn tortillas, and voila. Dinner’s ready.

Beans and Greens Tacos recipe. With kidney beans & rainbow chard, these tacos are fast, easy, and healthy - the perfect weeknight meal. Flexible for meat-eaters, vegans, vegetarians & gluten-free diets.

I first heard about the concept of beans and greens tacos from Sherri when she posted a version over on Oh My Veggies. How cute, I thought: The name rhymes! And they look darn good, too. But it wasn’t until earlier this year that I finally decided to try my hand at some.

I started with this recipe from Martha Stewart’s site, opting for chard instead of kale or other greens. We don’t eat chard nearly enough, so these have been a great (and delicious!) excuse to work it in.

Beans and Greens Tacos recipe. With kidney beans & rainbow chard, these tacos are fast, easy, and healthy - the perfect weeknight meal. Flexible for meat-eaters, vegans, vegetarians & gluten-free diets.

Another reason why this recipe is awesome, especially when you’ve got a multivore household or unexpected company: you can take one recipe and make it vegetarian, vegan, meaty, and/or gluten-free! Just customize for each individual by switching up the tortillas and the toppings.

Happy St. Patty’s day! Now go eat a taco to celebrate.

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Coconut French Toast http://www.kitchentreaty.com/coconut-french-toast/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/coconut-french-toast/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14532

I guess you could say I’m on quite a coconut kick lately. If you’re not a coconut lover like I clearly am, please continue to come back! I do have non-coconut deliciousness up my sleeve, promise.

Just not today. Because today, we have Coconut French Toast.

Coconut French Toast - Decadent, dairy-free French toast recipe made extra-delicious with coconut milk.

This easy dairy-free french toast recipe is super simple – it’s essentially classic French toast with rich and creamy canned coconut milk swapped in for the dairy milk. I like to top mine with toasted coconut flakes for some extra coconutty goodness.

Yum.

Coconut French Toast - Decadent, dairy-free French toast recipe made extra-delicious with coconut milk.

No reason us dairy-free folks should have to skip the French toast! My dairy-partaking guy and toddler love this stuff as much as I do, and just as much as classic French toast – we’ve found that you really don’t taste much of a difference between canned coconut milk and cow’s milk in this particular recipe. You can use lite canned coconut milk or full-fat – both work. Lite is delicious; full-fat takes it over the top in a good, rich, almost custardy way.

Coconut French Toast - Decadent, dairy-free French toast recipe made extra-delicious with coconut milk.

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Honey Almond Quinoa Granola http://www.kitchentreaty.com/honey-almond-quinoa-granola/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/honey-almond-quinoa-granola/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14186

Honey Almond Quinoa Granola - Nutty, crunchy, lightly-sweetened clusters make this easy granola recipe a keeper.

Okay, so. ‘Fess up time. I’m going through a bit of a blogging rough patch. For one: every recipe idea I have lately ends up being a dismal flop – so, of course, they don’t see the light of day here. Apparently vegetarian Irish stew (gross), sweet-potato-topped chili shepherd’s pie (boring), and sweet potato biscuit breakfast sandwiches (weird) are simply not meant to be foodstuffs. At least not by my hand.

And then add in the dietary restrictions I’m currently on, the dietary restrictions my daughter is now on, and the dietary restrictions I’m likely about to be on because I’m still having annoying little health issues and need to figure out what the h-e-double-hockey-sticks is going on. Seriously, man. Ugh.

I’m trying to keep this from full-on venting but I just want to be up front. I’m trying! And I am, for what it’s worth, pretty dang excited about this Honey Almond Quinoa Granola recipe. Of course, I did come up with this recipe months ago, when my kitchen mojo was flowing a little better. Grr.

So! How’s this granola different and awesome? Well, I’m sure you noticed the word “quinoa” up there in the title. Quinoa is great to add to granola not only because of the added protein and omegas, but it also lends a nice little extra crunch.

Honey Almond Quinoa Granola - Nutty, crunchy, lightly-sweetened clusters make this easy granola recipe a keeper.

Honey sweetens this batch, but this granola isn’t overly sweet or sticky – it doesn’t feel like fattening granola. It feels like good-for-you granola. It’s true! There can be such a thing! At least, I think so. And in moderation and all that.

Honey Almond Quinoa Granola - Nutty, crunchy, lightly-sweetened clusters make this easy granola recipe a keeper.

I add an egg white – yes, an egg white! – to help bind the ingredients together into a more chunky granola. Granola clusters are a good thing, at least in my book! Plus, it helps the quinoa stick to the rest of the good stuff instead of segregating itself. (I learned this awesome trick from Smitten Kitchen via Serious Eats.)

I like this granola without any dried fruit, but you’re welcome to add some if you’d like. Make it yours!

I’ll just be over here in the kitchen looking around for my mojo. Maybe I’ll start by digging through this bowlful of granola. Win/win!

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Vegan Irish Coffee http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-irish-coffee/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-irish-coffee/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:09:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14582

Vegan Irish Coffee recipe - Fluffy coconut whipped cream floats atop whiskey-spiked coffee for this vegan riff on the classic cocktail.

I’m an amalgamation of about a gazillion different heritages – Norwegian, German … tarheel … I don’t even really know. So every time I post something culturally specific, I feel like a bit of a phony. So I’ll just start off by saying this is, no doubt, quite far from actual real authentic Irish coffee. I suppose the “vegan” in the title could also have tipped you off to that. And the Scotch whiskey instead of Irish whiskey could possibly be downright criminal. I don’t even know. Disclaimer, disclaimer, disclaimer.

What can I claim to know, without a doubt? This dairy-free Irish coffee recipe is super, duper, awesomely tasty.

Vegan Irish Coffee recipe - Fluffy coconut whipped cream floats atop whiskey-spiked coffee for this vegan riff on the classic cocktail.

Irish coffee (to the best of my knowledge!) is a simple drink made with hot coffee, whiskey, and a little bit of sugar if you wish. Then. Then! The best part: a big awesome layer of sweetened whipped cream floating on the top. You sip your spiked coffee through the cream, acquiring a bit with each drink of coffee.

Good stuff. Warming stuff. Comforting stuff. Delicious stuff.

Vegan Irish Coffee recipe - Fluffy coconut whipped cream floats atop whiskey-spiked coffee for this vegan riff on the classic cocktail.

This dairy-free version simply substitutes the dairy-based whipped cream with coconut whipped cream, which really is a perfect topper for Irish coffee. It floats on top like a dream – and, bonus, coconut + coffee already go together like whoa (coconut milk is, incidentally, one of my favorite alternate coffee creamers).

So, is this authentic? Probably not. But is it awesome? Well, I think so!

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Spinach Hummus http://www.kitchentreaty.com/spinach-hummus/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/spinach-hummus/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14465

If green smoothies can be all the rage, then why not green hummus?! Okay, so one is sweet and the other is savory. One is a drink and the other is a dip. But one thing they do have in common? You can’t taste the spinach! The spinach does, however, add a nice verdant hue and a ton of nutrients. Whether smoothie or dip, it’s a worthy addition.

This Spinach Hummus recipe tastes like classic hummus, but it boasts a boost of nutrients - and a prettier color too.

Green is my favorite color, so I’m especially down with this Spinach Hummus recipe. It truly tastes like the unparalleled classic hummus, but it’s way more fun.

I like it with rice crackers, pita chips, or red bell peppers. Hummus also makes a fine substitute for cheese in grilled cheese sandwiches (try it!) I’ve been eating so much hummus lately, in fact, that I’ve dreamed up a name for a new blog: HummusIsMyButtercream.com. Yes? No? Hummus is just, just, so freaking spatula-licking good, you know?

This Spinach Hummus recipe tastes like classic hummus, but it boasts a boost of nutrients - and a pretty color too.

Proof positive: It actually is easy being green.

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Vegan Tropical Muffins with Crunchy Coconut Streusel http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-tropical-muffins-with-crunchy-coconut-streusel/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-tropical-muffins-with-crunchy-coconut-streusel/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14432

Swaying palm trees. White sand. Shockingly blue water. It’s been too long since I’ve been to a tropical isle, and every year right about now, my cravings for paradise only intensify. This year, though, we’re staying put in the Pacific Northwest again – so I’ll have to remain satisfied with Vegan Tropical Muffins instead. The good news? They’re a surprisingly effective reminder of the tropics!

Vegan Tropical Muffins with Crunchy Coconut Streusel recipe

With tropical flavors like banana, pineapple, and coconut, when I’m eating one, I can almost feel the sand on my toes. Okay, not really – that’s taking it a little far. But they do taste tropically delicious, for sure. So there is that.

These muffins have a dual personality. Just out of the oven, they’re light and crumbly with a satisfying crunchy streusel topping. After they’ve sat for awhile in an airtight container – and especially the next day and beyond – they moisten up and really become the delectable gems I love.

Vegan Tropical Muffins with Crunchy Coconut Streusel recipe

I’ve made these with and without the pineapple, and they’re plenty good without. But with the pineapple?

Lu-wow.

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Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-black-bean-mango-caribbean-chili/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-black-bean-mango-caribbean-chili/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14560

If there were Academy Awards for recipes, I would nominate this for “Best New Chili in a Slow Cooker.” Can you nominate yourself for the Oscars? In my little fantasy recipe awards world, you totally can.

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili recipe - A savory and sweet taste of the tropics, this vegan chili will shake up your Crock Pot chili rotation. In a good way.
I might be biased, but seriously, this Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili is top-notch. I’ve made my share of chili recipes (and adore every single one of them, being a chili fiend and all) – but in my book, this one is right up there with the best of them. It’s just different enough to be special, yet familiar enough to qualify as serious comfort food.

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili recipe - A savory and sweet taste of the tropics, this vegan chili will shake up your Crock Pot chili rotation. In a good way.

What makes this vegetarian Caribbean chili so different? Well, it’s Caribbean! Okay, so it’s not actually Caribbean, but it’s infused with Caribbean-influenced goodness. Black beans and peppers, for one. And we’ve got mangoes, of course, along with (yup) golden raisins thrown in. Trust me. The fruit adds this wonderful sweet contrast that melds wonderfully with the savory components.

And then there are the familiar chili spices – chili powder, cumin, even some smoked paprika. But then we’ve got cinnamon and allspice. And it so, so works.

I never thought I could be quite so excited about chili, but seriously. New fave right here.

I’d like to thank my Crock Pot. I couldn’t have done it without you! And black beans. Oh, and mangoes! You’re the secret ingredient, my friend!

Okay, so I need to work on my acceptance speech.

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili recipe - A savory and sweet taste of the tropics, this vegan chili will shake up your Crock Pot chili rotation. In a good way.

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