Pumpkin pasta with kale and pintos

With the best of intentions, I started to make Chef Chloe’s awesome sounding Creamy Pumpkin Penne. Something about the nutmeg and sweetness just didn’t appeal to me today, so I made the most delicious gluten free mac and cheese, using pumpkin as the sauce base. Behold!

(sorry, phone photo)

1 box Brown Rice elbow pasta
2-3 cups cooked kale (I used about half a bag of frozen)
olive oil
1 onion diced
4 garlic cloves minced
1 tomato chopped
2 TBL low sugar ketchup
1 TBL sage
1 tsp coriander
1 14 oz can of pumpkin (minus 1/4 cup because I used it for the delicious Microwave Muffin)
1 cup of water
1 veggie bullion cube
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 14 oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
salt and pepper

Cook the macaroni until al dente. Drain all water, then add the kale (no need to defrost) and a little olive oil to the noodles. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Saute onion, garlic, and tomato until the vegetables are soft (5-7 minutes). Add ketchup and seasonings. Add pumpkin, bullion cube, and water. Bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes. Add nutritional yeast and mix well. Add noodle mixture and taste for seasoning. Cook until mixture is warmed through and serve.

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Vegan Microwave Muffins

Ashley at (never home)maker posted a recipe for simple, vegan microwave muffins that I’ve wanted to try. I changed up her recipe a bit, but these were delicious! Below I’ve posted her recipe with my changes. Thanks, Ashley!

2 tablespoons flax meal
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour 2 TBL steel cut oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon Bob’s Red Mill Ener-G egg replacer, just the powder
1/2 (heaping) teaspoon baking powder (I hadn’t baked in so long, I didn’t even have any baking powder, so I made some quickly with 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons maple syrup (or agave) 1 TBL turbinado sugar
Handful chocolate chips 1 TBL vegan chocolate chips
1 TBL chopped raw pecans (my addition)

Directions: stir together the dry ingredients, then add the pumpkin, then add the chocolate chips and nuts. Grease a regular mug (12 oz?) with a little olive oil, pour in mixture, microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds. Allow to cool 1 minute, then serve with some Earth Balance.

This made for a hearty breakfast!

Vegan zucchini pumpkin muffins

I told you that zucchini would get its comeuppance.  Also, there was about one cup left of the pumpkins we roasted, so I wanted to use that up too. I adapted the banana zucchini loaf recipe from  Kimmy Kokonut, by reducing the sugar and swapping the pumpkin for the bananas.

zucchin pumpkin muffins

1/3 cup oil

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 TBS ground flax seed

3 fl oz water (1/4 cup + 2 TBL)

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups grated zucchini

2 cups whole unbleached flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ginger

Preheat oven to 350.

In a small bowl, combine oil, sugar, flax, water, pumpkin, and vanilla. Stir well. Add in zucchini, then set aside.  In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into the dry. Stir to combine, but do not over mix. Pour into a prepared muffin pan (I used silicone, no greasing required.) Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick test comes out clean.

Make 12.

Vegan pumpkin custards

I apologize for not including a photo, but the pictures really didn’t do the taste justice. Also, I don’t have any ramekins, so some of the presentation was lost by us eating the custards out of my trusty blue silicone muffin pan. The second batch, was actually just in a cake pan, and I didn’t even waste time taking a picture of that one.

However, these are really delicious and easy to make, with or without ramekins. Enjoy!

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon salt

2 Ener-G egg replacers

1 TBL cornstarch

2 cups pumpkin puree

1 cup light coconut milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees and place a pan of water on the lowest rack.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour into muffin pan, cake pan, anything you want to bake your custard in and cook 30 minutes.  (This recipe yielded 6 muffin sized custards and 1 8-inch cake pan.)

Refrigerate about an hour, or until custards are cooled.

 

A belated final VeganMofo post, including lentil surprise

It’s the last day of VeganMofo, and I have a disgusting cold. I don’t often get sick, and I’m not very patient about getting better. Stef got me some orange juice, which ordinarily I would never drink because I really think drinking fruit juice is about the same as drinking a glass of sugar with a some vitamin c and folates (not to be negative or anything), yet when I have a cold I actually crave it.

That has nothing to do with dinner though. Tonight’s menu includes innovations on some of our favorite recipes. I decided to actually write down what I did when I cooked the lentil surprise. It actually has no bearing on the post I wrote up last year…The tomato soup is full of ginger and has an added creamy touch from the raw cashews. And the pumpkin custards are basically pumpkin pie filling with coconut milk and no crust, but they are creamy, special, perfect for tonight.

lentil surpriseLentil Surprise

1 cup red lentils

1 onion, diced

1/2 bell pepper, chopped

1 cup frozen spinach

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

1 cup cilantro, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 TBL mustard seeds

2 TBL curry

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cayenne

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt

4 cups veggie stock

Heat oil in pot and add mustard seeds. Cover and wait until the seeds begin to pop, then add onions and garlic. Saute until soft, then add curry, turmeric, cumin, and cayenne. Cook about 5 minutes, add a little water if there is a lot of stickage in the pot. Add coconut, peppers, spinach, and cilantro. Then add stock and lentils. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 45-60 minutes until the lentils are soft and all the flavors are well combined. Serve with rice.

Pumpkin and black bean soup

This recipe, as I mentioned in the previous post, is a veganized version, loosely based on this one. Ours is more of a stew, so add more liquid if you prefer an actual soup. black bean pumpkin

PS Roasting pumpkins is fun!

Ingredients:
1 pound bag of black beans, quick boiled or soaked overnight
1 15 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes with chilies
1 onion, diced
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
5 garlic cloves minced
1/2 TBL cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 TBL vegan margarine (we used Earth Balance)
4 cups low-sodium (or homemade) vegetable stock
2-2.5 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup dry sherry
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

In a large pot, melt the margarine and add onions, green onions, and garlic. Cook until fragrant and then add tomatoes, sherry, and vinegar. Cook about 5 minutes. Add spices and stir. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover the pot most of the way, and cook for 30-45 minutes, or until beans are soft. Reserve 2-3 cups of soup and blend with a hand blender or in a food processor. Stir in puree to the soup. Cook another 10 minutes or so and serve. (We made this late, late, late at night, so actually I’d recommend making this soup ahead of time so it has time to set up.)

Garnish with green onions, jalapenos, and vegan cheeze.
6-8 large servings

Serve with a salad, with homemade pumpkin seeds.salad with pumpkin seeds

Pumpkins

The obsession continues. Last night, while S and I were trying to fix my effing computer virus, we started making pumpkin and black bean soup. Like fixing a virus, roasting pumpkins and making a soup can entail multiple stages. We began by roasting the pumpkins in the oven and quick boiling a bag of black beans. The recipe is in the following post.

pumpkinsFirst, an homage to our pumpkins standing proudly next to a pumpkin beer.

Stef took this great shot of the pumpkins in the oven. She cut them in half and then baked in them in half an inch of water for about 40 minutes. The neon heating element is just a bonus.
pumpkins in the oven

When the pumpkins were done (aka shriveling and a little brown), S scooped out the seeds and stringy parts, then pureed the pumpkin flesh using our trusty hand blender. I read that you can just leave on the skins, which saves time and possibly nutrients. It also increases the pumpkin’s yield quite substantially. You could do this in a food processor or stand-up mixer, too. We saved the seeds and roasted them with salt, garlic powder, cayenne, for a crispy, savory snack.

Around 12:30 AM, Stef worked on my computer and I attempted to veganize this recipe. I can tell you already, ours looks nothing like this; however, I am quite sure it is delicious and animal-free.