Sara's Favorite Recipes

This is an ever-growing collection. I used to be vegetarian, and some of these older recipes are for large crowds or food service use. (I was obsessed with whole-grains, gluten-free baked goods, and sourdough bread.) Now I'm learning how to be an omnivore, and am slowly collecting recipes featuring meat. E-mail me if you are trying to cook something, and if I have a recipe that measures up, I'll post it.

Ginger Snaps

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

From "May All Be Fed: Diet For a New World" by John Robbins. "Molasses and maple syrup give these cookies a rich, sweet flavor, and the fresh ginger gives them an unforgettable snap."

3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup unsulphured (not blackstrap) molasses
1/2 cup canola or safflower oil
3 tbsp. finely grated fresh gingerroot
2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat the oven to 350f. Lightly oil 2 baking sheets, or line with parchment paper.

Good Crunch

This is the best granola ever. Thanks, Sue Cassels!

1 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or oat flour)
1/2 cup nuts, chopped
1/3 cup maple syrup (or 1/6 cup maple syrup blended with 1/6 cup dates)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 pinch of salt
1 cup raisins

Raspberry-Almond “Torte” Cookies

I think this recipe was first made popular by Annemarie Colbin, and has existed in many variations in and out of the macrobiotic community ever since.

1 c. ground (in blender) almonds, walnuts, or sunflower seeds - or a combination
1 c. ground (in blender into course meal) rolled oats
1 c. w.w. pastry flour (can use arrowroot instead, I think, or brown rice, but would be crumbly)
¼-1/2 tsp. cinnamon

½ c. maple syrup (or ¼ c. syrup + ~5 tbsp. applesauce)
½ c. canola or other vegetable oil

2-4 oz. raspberry jam or puree (or other flavor)

Preheat oven to 350f.

Maple Oatmeal Rasin Cookies...

...(With Chocolate Chips, if you like)

Adapted from "Naturally Delicious Desserts"

¾ cup canola oil
¾ cup maple syrup
¼ cup water
1 tbsp. nut butter (I used almond)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 ¾ cups rolled oats
½ cup raisins (see note)
½ cup chopped pecans
2/3-1 cup chocolate chips

Poached Pears With Raspberry Sauce

From "May All Be Fed" by John Robbins

Makes 4 servings

These pears are simmered in spiced apple or pear juice and then smothered in a naturally sweetened raspberry sauce.

4 Bosc pears, peeled

2 1/2 cups apple or pear juice

1 tsp. whole cloves

1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg

1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger

1 cinnamon stick

1 tbsp. arrowroot powder (maybe more)

2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each pear to make them stand upright.

Confetti Quinoa (or other grain) Pilaf

Serves ~35

10 cups quinoa, cooked in lots of water until done, and drained (or, see http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/how-soak-brown-rice to prepare the grain using fermentation for better digestion).

5 onions, 1 pound of mushrooms, and four stalks celery, cooked in olive oil with thyme (maybe 2 tbsp.), salt, pepper, and a bit of red pepper flakes until done.

4 bell peppers chopped fine, 8 oz. frozen corn, and a head of garlic, pressed, sauteed over high heat in olive oil for a few minutes, stirring constantly till done.

Whole Grain Pasta with Red Wine, Red Bean, and Portobello Ragout

“Any nice, chunky pasta works well with this hearty, rib-sticking ragout. However, if you're not in the mood for pasta, you can serve the ragout as a stew, accompanied by bread or rice, or make it into a soup by thinning it with a little water or vegetable stock.” Peter Berley, Fresh Food Fast

12 oz. whole wheat (or rice) penne, rigatoni, or fusilli

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup diced red onion
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
7 fresh sage leaves, chopped
2 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into 1-inch pieces
1 tsp. hot paprika
½ cup dry red wine

Lisa's Roasted, Marinated Squash with Garlic and Herbs

1 large butternut squash, seeded (no need to peel), cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast in a single layer in a baking pan until tender.

When the squash is done, arrange on a serving platter. Top with
-half of a thinly sliced onion
-a few cloves thinly sliced garlic
-a generous sprinkling of dried oregano
-fresh minced parsley and mint (can use dried too).

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with
-olive oil
--cider vinegar

Barley-Vegetable Soup

10 servings

3 tbsp. canola oil
2 Medium Onions, peeled & diced
2 Large Carrots, scraped & diced
2 Stalks Celery, chopped

28-oz. can tomatoes, chopped
8 c water
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme

2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

1 c pearl barley or brown rice

2 c frozen green beans or peas
1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill

Sauté onions, carrots, and celery in heated butter or margarine in a large kettle for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, water, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir in barley and lower heat.

Hearty Pea Soup

So good, from "Laurel's Kitchen," by Laurel Robertson et al.

1 onion, diced
2 tbsp. oil
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. celery seed

1 cup green split peas
1/2 cup barley or rice
2 quarts water

2 tsp. salt
dash pepper
1 small carrot, chopped
3 stalks celery, diced
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 small potato, diced
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. thyme

Saute onion in oil until soft, along with bay leaf and celery seed. Stir in peas and barley. Add 2 quarts water and bring to a boil. Cook on low heat, partially covered, for about an hour and a half.

Really Decadent, Non-Healthy, Super Tasty Pumpkin Seed Brownies

Well, you might as well do it right, if it's gonna be brownies! This recipe adapted from “The Family Baker,” by Susan G. Purdy.

6 tbsp. (¾ stick) unsalted butter, plus extra for the pan
½ cup unsifted unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperatures
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup unsifted unbleached all-purpose white flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup (6 oz.) dark chocolate chips or solid chocolate, coarsely chopped
½ cup (2 ounces) toasted pumpkin seeds or walnuts, optional

Overnight No-Knead Bread

2 loaves
Adapted from NY Times Article 11/8/06

1000 g. (6 2/3 c.) whole wheat bread flour
½ tsp. active dry yeast dissolved in ¼ c. warm (110f) water, OR
1 tsp. desem starter dissolved in ¼ c. room temperature water
2 ½-3 tsp. salt
Canola oil mixed with soy lecithin, for greasing pans
Cornmeal or wheat bran, as needed

How to Make Gomasio

A really delicious Japanese condiment:

Preheat the oven to 350f. Rinse 1 cup of unhulled sesame seeds in a mesh strainer, and drain well.

Spread seeds on a baking sheet, and bake 8-12 minutes or so, until the seeds crush easily between your pinkie and thumb. Stir every two minutes after the 8-minute mark.

Put seeds in some sort of grinding device with 1 tsp. salt, and grind until about half of the seeds are crushed.

Sprinkle on everything! Enjoy. :)

Spicy Chickpeas with Ginger and Thyme

Serves 4

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 onion, chopped

2-1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

6 tomatoes, peeled and chopped

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried thyme

Pinch of chile pepper

1 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger

1/3 cup water or vegetable stock

Sea salt (~1/2 tsp.) and pepper

1. Heat the oil gently in a large saucepan or wok.

2. Add the cumin, coriander, garlic and onion.

Tagine of Moroccan Vegetables with Couscous

Makes 4 to 6 servings

From "May All Be Fed: Diet For a New World" by John Robbins. "When you want to impress your guests, try this impressive, colorful 'tagine,' or Moroccan stew, an exotically spiced vegetable stew spooned over a platter of steaming whole wheat couscous. The list of ingredients may seem long, but the cooking procedure is easy."

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 medium onions, sliced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch-wide strips

2 garlic cloves, peeled

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

Tempeh With Spicy Peanut Sauce

4 Servings

Adapted from "The Complete Soy Cookbook"

3 tbsp. peanut butter

1 tbsp. dark sesame oil

1 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce

2 tsp. honey

2 tsp. minced jalapeno pepper, or 3/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 cup water, or as needed

1 tbsp. canola oil

8 oz tempeh, cut cross-wise into 12 even-size slices

(I usually double the sauce recipe, and serve the tempeh over quinoa (about 1 1/4 cups (dry) is good for four servings) and sauteed kale.)

Tofu and Broccoli in Creamy Peanut Sauce

servings: 4-6

from Breitenbush Cookbook

Sauce:

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup hot water

1/4 cup rice vinegar

2 tbsp. tamari

2 tbsp. molasses

1 pinch cayenne

1 pinch crushed red pepper

Saute:

1 1/2 tbsp. canola oil

1 tbsp. sesame oil

1 lb. broccoli

1 lb. tofu, cubed

1 cup onion, sliced

5 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp. ginger, grated

1 cup peanuts, chopped

1 tsp. black pepper

2 tbsp. tamari

1/2 cup scallions, chopped

Tofu Burritos

From Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home, one of my most favorite cookbooks.

3 tbsp. vegetable oil

3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

1 fresh chile, minced, or 1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne

2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups)

1 red or green bell pepper, diced

2 tsp. paprika

1 tbsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. ground coriander

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 cup fresh or frozen cut corn

2 cakes firm tofu (about 1 1/2 pounds), crumbled or mashed

1/4 cup tomato paste

2 tbsp. soy sauce

salt and pepper to taste

6 10-inch tortillas OR 10-12 8-inch tortillas

Maya's Black bean-sweet potato Burritos

40 servings

4lbs, (8 1/2 cups)  dry black beans
3/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup + 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
15 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1.5 pounds (2 ¼ qts) onions, chopped
3 tablespoons cumin
3 cups celery
3 cups green peppers
1 tablespoon thyme
9 pounds yams, peeled, diced
1 1/2 cups orange juice concentrate
1 tablespoon orange peel
50 8 inch tortillas
3 gallons water

soak beans in water over night. drain and cook in lots of water until tender (30-40min after boiling). drain.

saute ginger, garlic, onion in oil until softened.

Tempeh Charmoula

From Peter Berley's excellent book, "Fresh Food Fast"

½ c. extra-virgin olive oil
½-1 c. chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 ½-2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. coriender seeds
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
2 8-ounce packages soy tempeh, cut into 1-inch squares

Cashew Ice Cream

Cashew Ice Cream (Vanilla or Chocolate) - no ice-cream machine required!

Soak 2c. cashews in water for 1-3 hours; drain.

Put cashews in blender, and add 1/2 c. agave nectar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla (1/4 c. cocoa powder, if you wish), and water to reach the 3 c. line. Blend till smooth, and freeze.

Enjoy the next day! :) It's uncannily good.

Simply Delicious Greek Pasta Salad

1 pound small shell or spiral pasta
(or use rice pasta)
1/4-3/4 cup olive oil

4-8 oz. feta cheese

1 can black olives

2 medium diced tomatoes, OR 1 pint cherry tomatoes, OR 2 diced red peppers

1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly

3 small cucumbers, diced

1 1/2 tbsp oregano

Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook pasta until just before it's al dente; drain well. Coat pasta gently with olive oil, then add remaining ingredients except for the feta, and mix gently but thoroughly. Mix in the feta.

The Tastiest Raw Kale Salad

Mix together:

1 tsp. dried mustard
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 clove minced garlic
2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
3 Tbs. maple syrup
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1/4 cup cider vinegar
between 1/2 and 1 cup olive oil
1 tsp. salt

Rinse and tear up a huge wad (1-2 bunches) of kale, and pour the dressing over the kale in a closeable container.

Let sit for at least 6 hours, and up to a day, in the fridge. Turn/shake container every couple of hours at first.

Lentil Minestrone

Makes 4 to 6 generous servings

Adapted from The Best Vegetarian Recipes by Martha Rose Shulman

"From France to Italy to Lebanon to India to Mexico, lentils are appreciated for their distinctive earthy flavor. Any lentil soup can be a main dish. This one, with pasta or rice added at the end and Parmesan sprinkled over each serving, is another Italian minestrone, or "big soup." The pasta and rice absorb much of the liquid, so the soup is thick (you can add more water if you want a brothier soup). Use just enough cayenne to add a little bite.
"

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Mushroom Barley Soup

6-8 servings

Adapted from Horn of the Moon Cookbook

1 cup raw barley (2 cups cooked)

6 cups boiling water or stock (more as needed)

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 cups chopped onion

2 cups sliced carrots (2 carrots)

1 tbsp. dried dill weed

1 1/2 cups sliced celery (2 stalks)

4 cups sliced mushrooms

1 tsp. salt

Black pepper or cayenne pepper to taste

1 tbsp. tamari

1/2 cups minced fresh parsley

Combine barley and boiling water or stock in a 4-quart soup pot. Cover and simmer until tender, about 40 minutes.

Simple Pink Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)

1 cup pink lentils

3 cups water

1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2-1 teaspoon garam masala powder
(if you need a recipe, check here http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/garam-masala-spice-blend )

Baghar:

1 tablespoon oil or ghee

1/2-1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon coriander powder

Garam Masala Spice Blend

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

16 whole cloves

6 whole cardamom seeds (green)

1 inch piece of cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon whole black, small cumin seeds

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds

Grind well, and store in an airtight container.

Red, Gold, Black, and Green Chili

preptime: 40 minutes

servings: 6

source: Moosewood Cooks at Home

1/2 cup bulger

1/2 cup hot water

1 28-oz can diced tomatoes

3 tbsp. olive oil

3 cups onions, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 generous tsp. ground cumin

1 generous tsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. hot pepper sauce, or 1/4 tsp. cayenne

2 green bell peppers, chopped

2 cups cut corn

1 14-oz can black beans, drained

1 14-oz can kidney beans, drained

salt to taste

Broccoli Cheddar Frittata

Serves ~70 (with side and salad) --3 long pans

25 medium potatos, sliced and roasted with oil, salt and pepper

7 dozen eggs
9 cups milk
couple tsp. salt
pepper
parsley

15 sauteed onions
salt
garlic
little bit of red pepper flakes
Italian herbs (just a bit)

4 bunches broccoli, steamed
5 pounds cheddar, shredded

350f convection COVERED for 45 mins; uncovered for 15-30 minutes more

Super-Good Sesame Noodles

--George St. Co-op Cookbook
servings: 4-6

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup hot water

1/4 cup tamari

2 tbsp. red wine or apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp. toasted sesame oil

2 tsp. honey

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4-1/2 tsp. red pepper

1 tbsp. canola or olive oil

1 lb. spaghetti (wheat or rice), cooked with

1 bunch broccoli, chopped small, including stems (peel off tough parts)

1/2 cup scallions (optional)

Combine sauce ingredients and stir till creamy.

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