Recipes

Hearty Mushroom Stuffing

Thanksgiving can be a really difficult time for people who don’t eat meat. Most thanksgiving dishes appear to be vegetarian but in fact are not. Stuffing is a great example of that. Most stuffing recipes call for sausage or bacon, and almost every stuffing recipe calls for chicken broth. This Hearty Mushroom Stuffing replaces sausage with mushrooms and calls for vegetable broth instead of chicken. Stuffing is arguably the most delicious dish on the Thanksgiving table so I wanted to create a recipe that allows diners of every diet to enjoy! A vegan alternative to this recipe is coming soon as well! This stuffing is savory, filling, and even meaty! This is the perfect dish to bring to thanksgiving whether you’re dining with vegetarians or meat eaters!

There are a few key components to making a great stuffing. The first is the bread. You want to use a really delicious bread because this makes up a good portion of the dish. I like using French bread or ciabatta! The bread also needs to be fairly dried out so it absorbs the liquid. without getting mushy. Lastly, you need a very large bowl to mix all the stuffing ingredients well. Once you have all of these covered, you’re ready to make stuffing.

Hearty Mushroom Stuffing

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1lb French bread, cut into small cubes
  • 1lb Crimini mushrooms
  • ½ stick unsalted butter (4 tablespoons)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 6-8 celery stalks, diced (about 1 ½ cups)
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, roughly chopped
  • 2-2 ½c vegetable broth, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9X13 baking dish.
  2. Begin by drying out the bread. This can either be done by leaving the bread cubes uncovered overnight or they can be toasted in a 350-degree oven for a few minutes until they have dried out. Once the bread cubes have been dried out, set them aside in a large bowl.
  3. Clean the mushrooms by wiping the caps down with a wet paper towel or dish rag until all the dirt is removed. Remove the stems and roughly chop the mushrooms.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the mushrooms, dry (no fat in the pan) until they have released all of their moisture, about 10-15 minutes. Make sure to stir every few minutes so nothing sticks to the pan.
  5. Remove the mushrooms once they have completely released all of their moisture and set aside in the bowl with the bread cubes.
  6. Return the pan to medium heat and melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the onions and celery. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook the veggies on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until they become soft and slightly browned. 
  7. Once the veggies have become soft, raise the heat to high and add the wine. It will sizzle and start to bubble. Use your spatula or wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan, removing and browned bits that have formed. 
  8. Let the wine reduce slightly for 2 minutes then add the herbs. Stir to combine then set aside in the pan to cool slightly.
  9. In a medium sized bowl or measuring cup, scramble the eggs and add 1 ½ cups of broth. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. 
  10. Add the veggies to the bowl with bread and mushroom and stir to combine. 
  11. Slowly add the egg broth mixture to the bowl of bread and veggies, stirring gently to make sure everything is incorporating evenly. Keep adding the egg broth mixture until the bread has completely absorbed it. The amount of liquid you will need will depend on how dry your bread is and how much liquid it is absorbing. You want the bread to be completely moist to the touch without too much excess liquid in the bowl. Once all the egg mixture has been added, you can continue adding broth until the bread has reached the proper consistency. It will be anywhere from ½ cup to 1 cup of extra broth. I only used an extra ½ cup of broth once the egg mixture was added.
  12. Pour the whole bread and veggie mixture into your prepared baking dish, cover it with foil and bake it in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
  13. After the first 30-35 minutes, raise the heat to 425 degrees and remove the foil. Bake the stuffing for another 20-25 minutes until the top is crispy and browned. 
  14. Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy! 
Recipes

Falafel Pitas

One of my absolute favorite things to eat is a falafel pita. Crunchy balls of crispy falafel, topped with cool, crisp veggies, all dressed up with fresh & creamy tzatziki. There are a lot of really great places to get one, but I love trying to make my favorite foods at home. I’ve bought the frozen falafel from Trader Joe’s before & I love them, but I wanted to try making them from scratch! There are two types of falafel, the traditional style which are fried, or a healthier option, which are baked.

Initially I wanted to fry my falafel because nothing beats that crunch you get when frying them. At first, I made my falafel into patty shapes to shallow fry them because I am not a fan of deep frying, it’s just way to much of a mess.  but after the first attempt, I realized this was not going to work. Maybe I had the oil at the wrong temp, or didn’t cook them long enough. Either way, they did not come out as planned!

That’s the fun part of cooking at home, you get to try new things & adapt to what works best for you & yields the best result. So I quickly realized frying the falafel was not working & decided to bake them instead. Spoiler alert, they were still delicious!

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The first step to delicious homemade falafel? Make tzatziki from scratch. It’s really easy to throw together using very common ingredients (many of which you probably already have) & really elevates this dish. Tzatziki is a yogurt based sauce that goes great with falafel, chicken, gyros & basically anything else. You won’t have any trouble getting through the leftovers & it keeps great in the fridge. Start by scooping the yogurt into a bowl. Then add in the cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Stir to combine & let it rest in the fridge. The longer it sets, the more delicious it will be! I let mine sit for the amount of time it took to get dinner on the table & it was great. If you have the time to assemble it earlier in the day, by all means, go for it!

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Falafel time! This mix comes together insanely easily using a food processor. Start by combining the chickpeas, parsley, cilantro & mint. Pulse until it begins to come together.

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Next comes the flavor! To the chickpeas, add paprika, coriander, cumin, garlic & baking soda. Mix on high until all ingredients are combined. Add salt & pepper to taste.

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Spoon mixture into a bowl & let it rest for 20-30 minutes before forming. While the mix is resting, prepare the rest of the ingredients for your pitas. I like to top mine with lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion & cucumber. I chopped up all my veggies & set them aside so they’re ready to use when the falafel come out of the oven.

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To bake the falafel, form them into small balls & place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Bruch the tops with olive oil & bake the falafel in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, until the outside becomes crisp & the inside is still tender.

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When the falafel come out of the oven let them rest for a few minutes while you heat your pitas & gather your toppings.

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Dress up your pitas to your liking & boom! Not too difficult right?

Falafel Pitas

Prep time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 85 minutes
Servings: 20-23 falafel (depending on the size)

Ingredients: 

Tzatziki-

  • 1 1/2 cups greek yogurt
  • 1 cup grated cucumber, drained of all liquid
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Falafel-

  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • oil, for brushing onto falafel

For serving-

  • pita bread
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • pickles
  • red onion
  • cucumber

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Start by scooping the yogurt into a bowl. Then add in the cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Stir to combine & let it rest in the fridge.
  3. In a food processor, start by combining the chickpeas, parsley, cilantro & mint. Pulse until it begins to come together.
  4. To the chickpeas, add paprika, coriander, cumin, garlic & baking soda. Mix on high until all ingredients are combined. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Spoon mixture into a bowl & let it rest for 20-30 minutes before forming. While the mix is resting, prepare the rest of the ingredients for your pitas.
  6. To bake the falafel, form them into small balls & place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Bruch the tops with olive oil & bake the falafel for about 30 minutes, until the outside becomes crisp & the inside is still tender.
  7. When the falafel come out of the oven let them rest for a few minutes while you heat your pitas & gather your toppings.
  8. Dress up your pitas to your liking & boom!
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Creamy Mushroom Pasta

It’s meatless Monday once again! This week I opted for a simpler take on a meatless dish and went with a vegetarian classic. This dish utilizes mushrooms as its main source of protein.

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Creamy Mushroom Pasta is a one-pot meal that comes together in the time it takes to boil some pasta! What else could you want on a Monday night? It’s filling, creamy & cheesy!

As I mentioned in a previous post, mushrooms are a fantastic meat substitute & they pair wonderfully with pasta. When they’re tossed in cream they reach a new level of delicious.

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Cover the whole mess with parmesan cheese & you’ve got yourself an insanely delicious meal! I served this up with some French bread & a delicious crisp white wine.

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Check out Girl Gone Gourmet for the full recipe!

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Lentil Soup

In my efforts to put a meatless dinner on the table every week, I have been researching & trying out new forms of protein. I work with beans a lot because there are so many different varieties that they can be used in almost any cuisine. I also use mushrooms a lot because they give a dish a real meatiness that can be lacking in vegetarian foods. Another ingredient I have been really excited to work with lately is lentils. They are also very versatile and work with a lot of different cuisines. I’ve used the cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s in salads & wraps but I was curious about using lentils that have not been pre-cooked.

Enter, lentil soup. It’s something I grew up eating out of a can & ordered frequently when I saw it on restaurant menus. I was excited to try making lentil soup from scratch. When researching recipes to figure out exactly how to put the soup together I realized quickly this was going to be an easy dish. You basically sauté some veggies, throw in lentils, diced tomatoes & a few spices, then let the stove do all the work. Sounds good to me!

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Start by gathering all of your ingredients & heating a large pot with 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat.

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Next you want to prep the lentils. Just rinse them under cold water & let them dry slightly while the oil heats up.

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Once the oil it hot, cook onions, celery & carrots until they start to soften & onions become translucent, about 6-7 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.

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Once veggies have cooked, throw in the lentils, diced tomatoes & spices. Stir to combine.

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Next, add the broth & bring the whole mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer & cook, covered, for about 40 minutes, until lentils are tender.

I served my lentil soup with cheese toasts. To prepare the toasts, slice the baguette on a diagonal into a few pieces then spread them with softened butter. Divide the cheese among the toasts & broil until cheese is melted & bubbling.

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Once the toasts are ready, let them sit for a few minutes before serving up.

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While the toasts are resting, finish the soup. You can serve it up as is, if you like the texture, but I like my soups to be a little thicker so I used my immersion blender & blended about 1/3 of the soup so it had a thicker consistency, but still had a good number of whole lentils.

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Serve up with the toasts & a sprinkling of parmesan cheese & enjoy!

 

Lentil Soup

Ingredients: 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lentils, picked and rinsed
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes
  • 2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground toasted cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon herbs de Provence
  • half a large baguette
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3-1/2 cup Gruyère cheese, shredded

For the full recipe, visit Food Network

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Jackfruit Enchiladas

I heard about Jackfruit for the first time about a year ago when I saw a Tasty video for Vegan Pulled Pork. Since then, I was so enthralled by this ingredients & wanted to know more. I watched so many cooking videos of people working with Jackfruit. I wasn’t really sure where to get Jackfruit & working with the entire fruit seemed a little daunting. They’re also very large so I would feel wasteful buying a whole one. Fast forward to just a few weeks ago & I was at a party where someone had brought a whole Jackfruit (I’m still not sure why but I got to go home with some so I never questioned it again).

I was so excited to be going home with this Jackfruit because I finally got to try cooking with it, without having to deal with the whole fruit. All of the videos & recipes I looked at said the same thing, to treat the Jackfruit like any other pulled meat. So I shredded it up, tossed it in a pan & covered it in barbecue sauce. It was delicious.

I knew I wanted to cook with it again but still had no intention of buying a whole Jackfruit. And thats when it happened. I was strolling the aisles of Trader Joe’s, as I usually do on a Monday morning, when I saw something magical in the canned foods section. Canned Jackfruit. It was already broken down & preserved in a brine so all I had to do was take it out of the can & boom, it was ready to use. That is, the detailed version, of how these enchiladas came to be.

Start by gathering all of your ingredients. Drain the Jackfruit & rinse lightly with water to remove any excess brine. Break up the Jackfruit as you would a chicken breast, so it becomes smaller shreds.

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To dry the Jackfruit, line a quarter sheet pan (or a large plate) with paper towels. Cover the paper towels with shredded Jackfruit & lay another paper towel on top. Press down lightly to remove any excess moisture. The dryer the Jackfruit is, the better it will brown when sautéed.

Cook the onions in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, in a medium skillet set over medium high heat. Cook until the onions begin to brown, about 4-5 minutes. Next add the garlic & spices & stir to combine. Cook for another minute until the spices become fragrant. Next add in the dried Jackfruit & stir it all up. Cover the mixture with 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce & stir. Cook for another 5 minutes, then set aside on a plate.

While the Jackfruit is cooking, grate the cheese & pour another tablespoon of enchilada sauce in the bottom of your baking dish. Pour the remainder of the enchilada sauce in the pan that cooked the Jackfruit & heat it on medium low.

To assemble the enchiladas, start by dipping the tortilla into the heated enchilada sauce until it’s coated. Lay on about 2 tablespoons of the Jackfruit & top with about a tablespoon of cheese. Roll up the enchilada and place it, rolled side down, in your baking dish. Keep doing this unit you are out of Jackfruit & cheese. Depending on how big the enchiladas are you should get between 7-9.

Once all the enchiladas are rolled, cover them with any remaining sauce & the remainder of the grated cheese. I like to dot the top of my enchiladas with sliced black olives but that part is optional!

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When you’re ready to eat the enchiladas, bake them in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes until the cheese is melted & the sauce is bubbling around the edges. Let the enchiladas cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving them up. Serve up with any desired toppings (I love to top my enchiladas with fresh guac, which you can find on this post) & enjoy!

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Jackfruit Enchiladas

Total Time: 1 hour (includes baking time)
Servings: 7-9 Enchiladas

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced (about half an onion)
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic (2 medium cloves)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can Jackfruit in brine*
  • 1 bottle red enchilada sauce
  • 7-9 medium corn tortillas
  • 3 cups grated monterey jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives (optional)

Instructions: 

  1. Drain the Jackfruit & rinse lightly with water to remove any excess brine. Break up the Jackfruit as you would a chicken breast, so it becomes smaller shreds.
  2. To dry the Jackfruit, line a quarter sheet pan (or a large plate) with paper towels. Cover the paper towels with shredded Jackfruit & lay another paper towel on top. Press down lightly to remove any excess moisture
  3. Cook the onions in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, in a medium skillet set over medium high heat. Cook until the onions begin to brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Next add the garlic & spices & stir to combine. Cook for another minute until the spices become fragrant.
  5. Then add in the dried Jackfruit & stir it all up. Cover the mixture with 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce & stir. Cook for another 5 minutes, then set aside on a plate.
  6. While the Jackfruit is cooking, grate the cheese & pour another tablespoon of enchilada sauce in the bottom of your baking dish.
  7. Pour the remainder of the enchilada sauce in the pan that cooked the Jackfruit & heat it on medium low.
  8. To assemble the enchiladas, start by dipping the tortilla into the heated enchilada sauce until it’s coated. Lay on about 2 tablespoons of the Jackfruit & top with about a tablespoon of cheese. Roll up the enchilada and place it, rolled side down, in your baking dish. Keep doing this unit you are out of Jackfruit & cheese.
  9. Once all the enchiladas are rolled cover them with any remaining sauce & the remainder of the grated cheese.
  10. When you’re ready to eat the enchiladas**, bake them in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes until cheese is melted & sauce is bubbling around the edges. Let the enchiladas cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving them up.

 

*If you are using fresh Jackfruit it would be about 3 cups, shredded.

**These enchiladas are a fantastic make-ahead dish. When you have the time, cook & assemble the enchiladas, then cover them with plastic wrap & store in the fridge until ready to bake. Remove enchiladas from the fridge about 20 minutes before baking to allow them to come to room temperature for more even cooking.

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Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

When it comes to meatless Monday, I focus a lot on dinner recipes because most of the meals I cook are dinners. I like to mix things up from time to time so this week’s meatless Monday recipe is a lunch recipe. I also like to appeal to all types of diets so it’s important to incorporate vegetarian meals for every time of day!

This sandwich is quick & easy to throw together. The chickpea salad can be made in advance which makes it great for taking to work or school. This sandwich is completely customizable so you can top it with whatever veggies you have on hand!

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Start by gathering all your ingredients. Drain one can of chickpeas & put them into a shallow bowl.

Using a potato masher or fork, smash the chickpeas until they’re about 75% mashed, leaving a few still whole. Remove any large clumps of the chickpea skin that comes off while smashing the beans. Next add the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt & pepper. Stir to combine. Then add the mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon at a time until the salad reaches a consistency you like. I used 2 tablespoons.

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While making the salad, toast your bread. Then prep your veggies. I used mixed greens, sliced tomatoes, micro greens & avocado.

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Top your bread with the chickpea salad & veggies. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 15oz can Chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • Bread of choice
  • Veggies of choice

Instructions:

  1. Drain one can of chickpeas & put them into a shallow bowl.
  2. Using a potato masher or fork, smash the chickpeas until they’re about 75% mashed, leaving a few still whole. Remove any large clumps of the chickpea skin that comes off while smashing the beans.
  3. Add the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt & pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon at a time until the salad reaches a consistency you like. I used 2 tablespoons.
  5. While making the salad, toast your bread & prep your veggies. I used mixed greens, sliced tomatoes, micro greens & avocado.
  6. Top your bread with the chickpea salad & veggies.
  7. Enjoy!
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Creamy Cannellini, Lemon & Feta Dip

Any recipe that can be thrown together in just a few minutes using just a few ingredients is a recipe I can always get behind. This Cannellini dip is no exception to that.

This dip combines white beans with feta cheese and lemon to create a smooth and intensely flavored concoction. Think of an Italian version of hummus. It’s the perfect appetizer or party treat, but also makes a great snack. Serve it up with pita wedges & veggie sticks! (Or whatever you like, its your life man!)

This dip is as simple as it gets! Just throw all the ingredients into a food processor.

 

Blend until smooth & voila! Dip is done!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 14oz can Cannellini Beans (or white beans) rinsed & drained
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt & pepper

 

Recipe from Flavour and Savour

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Ricotta & Spinach Calzones

Finding meatless dishes continues to be a challenge as the weeks go on, but it has also really opened my eyed & my mind to new ideas. I found this recipe when reading through a Buzzfeed article about meatless lunches and thought it would make a great meatless dinner. It seemed simple enough to throw together on a busy day, which I always love.

Any dish that resembles pizza in the slightest is something I can get behind. Calzones are no exception to that. This version is stuffed with spinach & cheese giving it a creaminess you always crave with calzones, but the spinach makes the calzones a little lighter, and I don’t know about you, but that always makes me feel a little better about what I’m eating. Not to mention the crust is whole grain so this dish is basically “healthy”… right?

Serve these up with a simple green salad, or Cesar if you’re feeling a little fancy on a Monday night, & some warmed marinara sauce for a complete meal.

I hope you love these!

Ricotta & Spinach Calzones

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the spinach, mozzarella, ricotta, garlic powder, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, oil & egg yolk.

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Place the pizza dough on a well-floured surface and dust the top with flour. Roll out the dough until it is between 1/8″ & 1/4″ thick. For this recipe I used a whole wheat dough because its heartier & better for you, but you can use whatever dough you like.

 

Cut out 4 large circles to make larger calzones, or cut out 6 smaller circles for smaller calzones. (For this recipe I made 6 calzones, but the amount of filling will work for either.)

 

Once the dough is cut it is time to fill the calzones. Divide the filling into either 4 or 6 portions, depending on the size of the calzones. Lay the filling on one half of the dough, making sure to leave a border.

 

After you have filled each calzone, fold the half that doesn’t have the filling over the top of the half with the filling. Pinch the edges together (like a pie crust) to seal the calzone, then go over it with a fork to ensure a tight seal so the filing doesn’t escape in the oven. Then cut 3 or 4 slits into the top of the calzones to let any steam escape. Brush them with the egg wash and bake for 8 minutes. Remove the calzones from the oven, brush with remaining egg wash & sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Return to oven & bake an additional 8 minutes.

Serve with a side of marinara & simple green salad.

 

Recipe adapted from Kitschen Cat-Ricotta and Spinach Calzones with a few small changes noted above.

Ricotta & Spinach Calzones

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4-6 calzones

Ingredients:
10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed & with all liquid removed
4 ounces shredded mozzarella
8 ounces ricotta
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg yolk
1 pound whole wheat pizza dough

Egg Wash:
1 egg
1 tablespoon water

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the spinach, mozzarella, ricotta, garlic powder, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, oil & egg yolk.
  3. Place the pizza dough on a well-floured surface and dust the top with flour. Roll out the dough until it is between 1/8″ & 1/4″ thick.
  4. Cut out 4 large circles to make larger calzones, or cut out 6 smaller circles for smaller calzones. (For this recipe I made 6 calzones, but the amount of filling will work for either.)
  5. Once the dough is cut it is time to fill the calzones. Divide the filling into either 4 or 6 portions, depending on the size of the calzones. Lay the filling on one half of the dough, making sure to leave a border.
  6. After you have filled each calzone, fold the half that doesn’t have the filling over the top of the half with the filling. Pinch the edges together (like a pie crust) to seal the calzone, then go over it with a fork to ensure a tight seal so the filing doesn’t escape in the oven. Then cut 3 or 4 slits into the top of the calzones to let any steam escape. Brush them with the egg wash and bake for 8 minutes. Remove the calzones from the oven, brush with remaining egg wash & sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Return to oven & bake an additional 8 minutes.
  7. Serve with a side of marinara & simple green salad.
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Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

When it comes to meatless Monday meals, I sometimes struggle with finding recipes that are filling enough to be called a dinner, but are also exciting. The inspiration for this recipe comes from a Tasty video I watched, about 5 different ways to make meatless tacos. One of the taco ideas was a buffalo cauliflower taco.

I am not a huge fan of cauliflower so I was skeptical at first, but I love anything buffalo, so I figured “cauliflower can’t be that bad when drenched in buffalo sauce…right?” Watching the video I thought to myself, I can easily make this buffalo cauliflower, but I wanted to do something different than tacos. Then it hit me. PIZZA.

The cauliflower part of the recipe was inspired by Tasty, and the taco version can be found here: Meatless Tacos 5 Ways

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce, divided
  • 1 lb prepared pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 4 stalks celery, peeled into ribbons
  • Classic Blue Cheese Dressing

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Remove pizza dough from the fridge and rest on the counter while you prepare the cauliflower.
  3. In a bowl, add flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and milk. Stir to combine.
  4. Add cauliflower florets into the bowl with the flour and milk mixture. Stir to coat the cauliflower.
  5. Transfer cauliflower to a silicone-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway.
  6. Remove the cauliflower from the oven, brush it with 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce and place back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes, until sauce begins to bubble.
  7. While the cauliflower bakes, roll out pizza dough to roughly 13 inches on a well oiled surface. Place on a baking sheet drizzled with olive oil (or a pizza stone if you have one).
  8. Bake the crust at 475 for about 10 minutes, or until firm and starting to brown on the edges.
  9. Remove the crust from the oven. Brush it with remaining buffalo sauce, then top with mozzarella cheese and cauliflower. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbling.
  10. While the pizza finishes baking, run a vegetable peeler down the sides of the celery stalks to create long, thin ribbons.
  11. When the pizza is finished baking, top it with celery ribbons. Finish the pizza with blue cheese dressing and serve.

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Black Bean Chimichangas

When trying to come up with my own recipes they often change throughout the process. Somewhere between coming up with the initial idea to actual execution, there are some bumps in the road which lead my original idea to sometimes shift. That was no exception with these chimichangas.

This recipe originated as an idea for black bean flautas. Flautas are similar to taquitos but use flour tortillas instead of corn. This idea changed when I began filling them and realized they were too big to call them flautas, but definitely too small to be full burritos.

Flautas are rolled like taquitos, which leaves the ends open and I was afraid all the filling would escape when they were being fried, so I tucked in the edges, making them look more like little burritos. Enter the chimichanga. Chimichangas are traditionally larger since they are just deep fried burritos, but I figured if I was going to fry them, it was best to make them smaller. They ended up being delicious which is all I could really ask for right?

 

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Serves: 12 chimichangas

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 15 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12 medium flour tortillas
  • 1-1 ½ cups shredded jack cheese
  • ¼- ½ cup canola oil*

For serving:

  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup sour cream

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a medium sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and carrots and cook until soft and beginning to brown.
  3. Add cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper and cook until fragrant.
  4. Add drained beans to vegetables and cook until beans begin to soften.
  5. Once beans are soft, transfer beans and vegetables to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  6. Spread about 3-4 tablespoons of pureed beans on the center of each tortilla and top with 1-1 ½ tablespoons of cheese then fold the tortilla ‘burrito style’.
  7. In a large sauté pan, heat canola oil on medium high heat and cook chimichangas in batches, until browned on both sides.
  8. Top browned chimichangas with remaining cheese and bake until cheese is melted.
  9. To serve, top chimichangas with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and a drizzle of sour cream

*Add enough canola oil to the pan to go about halfway up the chimichangas.

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