Gluten free Menu of the Week: Sugar-free Vegetarian Caribbean Pineapple BBQ Black Bean Recipe

May 24th, 2009 yum Posted in Soy Free, Vegan, Vegan Lunchbox, Vegetarian, beans, low-sugar 7 Comments »

sammy tahinisammy Pictured are two very different Gluten-Free Sandwiches. Top photo: Bette Hagman French bread with arugula, eggplant baba ghanoush, tahini sauce, and roasted red pepper. Lower photo: Authentic Foods mix oven-baked falafel with organic purple greens sauteed and combined with a tahini sauce in a Chebe flatbread and baba ghanoush.

This week Angela’s Kitchen is hosting the Gluten-Free Menu of the Week with an avocado theme. I love avocados so couldn’t be happier about this theme. I use avocados all the time in veggie sandwiches, as a substitute for cheese on pizza (added after pizza is baked), in a tofu breakfast scramble, and in sushi and onigiri (Japanese rice balls.)

From searching online, I found the following interesting ways to use avocado:

A vegan fudge using avocado for the fat in the recipe
Recipes from California Growers of Avocado
Recipes from the Haas Avocado Board

Here’s my menu for this week. You can find more great menus with Org Junkie.

Monday: Italian
Gluten-free Vegetarian Green Veggie Ricotta Lasagna with Homemade pasta

Tuesday: Indian
Dosa with Homemade Indian Soup

Wednesday: South American
Corn-Zucchini Sopes

Thursday: Japanese
Avocado-cream cheese sushi rolls

This week I posted
a whole-grain montina cornbread recipe and a vegan eggplant-tahini-lentil soup recipe

an Apple Pie Crepe Recipe

and the April Adopt-a-gluten-free Blogger Roundup with recipe links

You can still Adopt a gluten-free Blogger, so sign up today!

Cheryl of GF Goodness is also hosting a virtual baby shower with recipes for baby Yum and you are all invited to attend!

Here’s a healthy recipe for baked beans that uses no refined sugar and is naturally sweetened with pineapple, perfect for a summer picnic or healthy side dish at home. Enjoy!

Caribbean Pineapple Black Bean Bake Recipe
Ingredients
1 can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 whole cloves garlic
1/4 fresh pineapple, minced
3/4 fresh red pepper, chopped
smoked paprika for mild or chipotle powder for spicy
salt to taste
1 fresh lime, juiced
1 tbsp. agave nectar (or honey for non-vegan)

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
salt
a drizzle of lemon olive oil (or normal EV olive oil)

Directions
Heat oven to 375F. Heat olive oil in a fry pan and add chopped onion and whole garlic. Sautee until onion begins to turn translucent. Add black beans and half of minced pineapple and sautee for a few minutes. Press remaining pineapple in a lemon press and season with smoked paprika or chipotle and salt. Squeeze lime juice into pan, distribute evenly through ingredients and add tablespoon of agave. Mix and heat for a few more minutes. Then put into a medium baking dish and bake on 375 for 25 minutes.

Combine cilantro, salt and olive oil in a tiny bowl, mixing so elements are evenly distributed.

Take baked beans from oven and sprinkle with cilantro seasoning. Enjoy!

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Vegan Lunchbox Recipe Review: Vegan Fishie Sticks

October 16th, 2007 yum Posted in Cookbook Review, Vegan, Vegan Lunchbox, Vegetarian 5 Comments »

tofusticks3.jpgjustfishsticks.jpgSome time ago I bought the Vegan Lunchbox cookbook by the author of the Vegan Lunch Box Blog. Apparently there is exciting news- her book has been picked up by a major publisher and will be redesigned and released in March 2008, so it should be available all over the country in bookstores soon. I’ve enjoyed her book as is, with its creative, healthy recipes and fun menu ideas, but I’m sure the new version will be great as well, and hopefully reach a wider audience. The other day I was trying to find something new to do with tofu, and I found myself flipping through Jennifer McCann’s book- until I was inspired by a recipe for Tofu Fish Sticks. Basically, you take tofu, slice it, cut it out in fish shapes with cookie cutters (or into boring ol’ sticks), dip in soymilk mixed with lemon and then coat it in a combination of cornmeal, nuts (i used almond and sesame), aonori (blue nori kelp sprinkles), and seasoning. You bake just like regular ol’ boring fish sticks in the oven, and enjoy! They got a thumbs up from DH, and I enjoyed them as well. They’re not quite as addicting as the nutritional yeast southern fried tofu or even baked nutritional yeast tofu, but they are tasty, fun, and something different that would probably appeal to kids. The first night we enjoyed them with roasted sweet potatoes and Slow Cooked Southern Greens in Cashew Macadamia Sauce. The next day for lunch, we had them with leftover GF corn pasta (DH is really into Mrs. Leepers corn pasta) mixed with fresh diced tomatoes, and roasted brussel sprouts, and roasted sweet potatoes. The right tartar sauce would be perfect with these darling fishie sticks- we had ours with a dill mustard sauce ’cause we didn’t have any tarter. So, whether you hunt down Jennifer’s book or just start improvising your own fishie stick recipe following her method- hopefully now you will be inspired to take fish sticks to the next gluten-free, vegan level- ’cause they’re yummy that way! I would give them a 7 or 8 out of 10, and would definitely make them again.

fishies.jpgInterested in other reviews of recipes from this cookbook? Here’s
My Review of her Apple Spring Rolls

Or, how about
A list of all my tofu recipes, including one to make your own tofu from scratch

Also, if you’re interested in packed lunches, but don’t need strictly vegan recipes try this fantastic site I came across
Lunch In a Box
It’s one of my favorite new sites for bento ideas. :)

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