Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stoner Cooking

Vegan New Luther Sandwich

Mapled Donut Bun
(Adapted from Vegan Dad’s Vegan Chocolate-Glazed Donuts)

You’ll need . . .

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons almond milk
1 tablespoon soy-free Earth Balance
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Pinch of coarse Kosher salt
1-1/2 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1-1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil for frying
Pecans or walnuts and 1/8 cup maple syrup for glaze

Method . . .

In a microwave-safe dish, heat the almond milk, Earth Balance, and maple syrup. Whisk to combine.
In a small bowl, whisk together the warm water and ground flax seeds. Let sit until thickened.
In a large bowl, whisk combine the salt, yeast, and flour. Then pour in the milk mixture and the flax seed mixture to form an elastic dough.
Add more flour if necessary. Dough should not stick to fingers.
Let rise in a lightly oiled bowl for 2 hours. Then divide into 4 dough balls.
On a floured work surface, flatten each ball to form a donut shape. (Optional: Cut out a hole in the middle using a ketchup or other bottle top.)
Then in a small pan, pour in the 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil. When hot, fry each side of the donut. Then cut in half and dry the middle.
Repeat with remaining to-be donuts.
Put your walnuts/pecans in the pan for a bit to warm/brown in the oil. Then pour the maple syrup over them and wait to pour onto the sandwich before serving.

Applewood Smoked “Bacon”

What you’ll need . . .

A couple slices of apple

Method . . .

Simply sprinkle paprika on the apple slices.
Heat for a couple minutes (on both sides) in the leftover oil after you’ve finished frying your donut.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken replaced with a Chickpea burger
What you’ll need . . .

1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup chopped green peppers
1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons tahini
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Method . . .

Mash together all ingredients until you can form a patty with them. Divide into 4 patties.
Then using the same pan you’ve used for the donuts and “bacon” — fry in the leftover oil on each side until browned.

The Vegan New Luther Sandwich Assembly

What you’ll need . . .

Maple Donut Buns
Applewood Smoked “Bacon”
Chickpea Burgers
Maple Syrup/Nut Mixture

Slice the Maple Donut Buns in half
Place the chickpea burger on the bottom half and top with the Applewood Smoked Bacon.
Place other half of donut bun on top.
Add a bit of sprouts if you’re feeling healthy.
Pour the maple syrup/nut mixture over it all before serving.


Creamy Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie


•1 carrot, diced
•1/2 cup broccoli, chopped small
•1/2 cup cauliflower, chopped
•1/2 cup green beans
•1/2 cup green peas
•1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
•2 tbsp margarine + 2 tbsp
•1/4 cup flour
•1 cup vegetable broth
•2/3 cup milk or soy milk
•2 tbsp chopped fresh sage
•salt and pepper to taste
•4 potatoes, chopped
•1/4 cup soy or regular yogurt
•1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Combine all the vegetables and steam just until tender. In a large saucepan, combine the steamed veggies, 2 tablespoons of margarine, flour, vegetable broth, soy milk and sage. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken and add a bit of salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

Boil the potatoes until soft. Drain and mash with 2 tablespoons margarine, yogurt and cheese.

Spread the vegetables in a large baking dish, and spread the potato mixture on top. Sprinkle additional parmesan cheese on top if desired.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly golden.


Beer Can Chicken

These two 3-4lb. roasters are so tender and juicy that they dance on the fire! Some say it's the beer that makes these chickens dance, but try this recipe yourself and see what happens. -BBQ Pit Boys


2 (3-4lbs each) Roasting Chickens
One large sliced Sweet Onion
Your favorite salad oil
Olive oil and Soy Sauce
2 12oz. cans of beer
Salt and Pepper

Fire up your charcoal or gas grill to 325-350f. Clean and pat dry two fresh roasting chickens. Thoroughly rub the salad oil all over the chickens. Salt and pepper.

Insert 1/2 to 3/4 full can of beer in each cavity as shown in the video. Place the chickens upright, opposite the hot coals and then cover your grill. Mop the chickens every 20-30 minutes or so with a basting liquid like the Oil and Soy sauce we use, or better yet, choose your own. Remove from the BBQ grill when the temperature of the chickens reach 185f. internal. Let rest for 15 minutes, slice up and enjoy!


Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake


1 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons organic coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup xylitol, powdered*

3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup high-oleic sunflower oil

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper, oiling the pan and paper lightly. Set aside.

Combine dry ingredients. Whisk together wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Pour into prepared pan.

In a medium saucepan over low-heat combine:

2 tablespoons organic butter
1-2 tablespoon organic cinnamon
1 tablespoon xylitol
30 drops liquid stevia
1 teaspoon vanilla
dash sea salt

Once butter and xylitol are melted add 1-2 tablespoons organic heavy cream. Mix well and add 2 tablespoons chopped pecans.

Spoon cinnamon mixture over cake batter and swirl it in with a knife.

Next combine the following in a coffee grinder: 2 tablespoons each of whole flaxseed, xylitol, pecans, organic cinnamon, dash of sea salt.

Grind until powdery. Sprinkle over top of cake. Cut 2 tablespoons of chilled organic butter into cubes. Sprinkle over cake with 2 tablespoons of chopped pecans.

Place in preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cinnamon is our spotlight ingredient today. Medicinal use of cinnamon dates back as far as 2800 B.C. in Chinese writings and later in the first century A.D. 350 grams of cinnamon was equal in value to over 5 kilograms of silver; in other words cinnamon was 15 times more valuable than silver! Ancient Egyptians used cinnamon in the process of embalming, and physicians used cinnamon to treat coughs, sore throats, colds, and digestive upsets.

Battles have been fought and lives lost over this spice that was once so highly prized.

Even after thousands of years of use we are still learning about the health benefits of this tasty herb that arouses the senses and passions (cinnamon is a known aphrodisiac!). It reminds us of Saturday mornings as children, awakening to the scent of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven, or of delicious Autumn evenings sipping hot mulled cider around a campfire.

Recent studies on the health effects of cinnamon have shown that it may help control blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics. One study published in September, 2010 showed that cinnamon bark oil had significant antimicrobial and anticarcinogenic properties, indicating great potential for treating topical infections. (Always seek guidance from a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner; cinnamon oil may cause skin irritation if not properly diluted, and it has also been linked to miscarriage). Yet another study cites cinnamon leaf oil as containing "excellent anti-inflammatory activities", making it an ideal choice for many natural health products.

Like trying to obtain health benefits from any food source, cinnamon is thought to be best consumed in its whole form rather than in oils (though, as we can see from several of the studies referenced above that the oil does yet have health benefits). Aside from using cinnamon as a spice with other foods it can also be consumed as a tea either by adding powdered cinnamon to hot water, allowing it to sit for a few minutes and drinking (without stirring), or by adding a stick of cinnamon to your favorite tea or even a cup of coffee. Slainte!

*Coffee grinders work well to powder xylitol


Beautiful Butterfly Treats


Prep Time: 20 minutes • Total Time: 40 minutes • Servings: 12

Kids will love decorating the wings with colorful frosting almost as much as they'll love having these butterflies in their tummies.

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
- OR -
4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies®
Canned frosting
Assorted candies

Why use Kellogg's® Rice Krispies®?

As the first crisped rice cereal, Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® has been bringing families together in the kitchen for over 80 years.

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool slightly. Using cookie cutters coated with cooking spray cut into butterfly shapes. Decorate with frosting and/or candies. Best if served the same day.


In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.


For best results, use fresh marshmallows.

1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.

Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.

Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

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