Recipe Category Archives: Vegan Recipes

Mushroom Barley Soup Recipe

Mushroom Barley Soup

Adapted from LevanaCooks, using Levana Nourishments Mushroom Medley

Here comes the hearty and wonderful classic!
I love barley so much. Take a look at my Jazzed Up Cholent Soup, with Black Barley, or my couscous recipe, using barley couscous 

Attention Gluten-Free friends: Mushroom Barley Soup is for you too!

Brown or wild rice or steel-cut oats will be a great substitute for the barley.

This recipe makes a great big batch of mushroom barley soup

Please don’t divide it; once you got that pot going, and you did all that dicing, you deserve the reward of finding a container or two in your freezer on one of these chilly nights when you were to harried to cook! It will be ready when you are. It freezes perfectly, by the way! Just sayin’!

Attention Carb Counters:

Don’t attempt a Grain-Less Mushroom Barley Soup!

You have 1 1/4 cups total of barley or other grain: less than 2 tablespoons grain per pint serving, and lots of deliciousness and creaminess: very reasonable!

No problem shredding all the vegetables instead of dicing them:

You will go much faster. The food processor will do it all for you!

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Pumpkin Loaf Recipe with Lentils and Kale

Pumpkin Loaf

Adapted from Levanacooks, using Levana Nourishments Vanilla Bean

Pumpkin Loaf: Gotta try my newborn dish!

It is chock-full of everything that is great and good for you, all in one loaf: Pumpkin, kale, lentils, almonds, oats. The perfect Gluten-Free treat too, and totally vegan-friendly!

My pumpkin loaf does not err on the sweet side

But of course you fans of mine know that about me: Nothing I make ever does!

You can easily turn it into pumpkin muffins

This is a generous recipe, it will make you a good two dozen muffins. Freeze what you didn’t serve, and pop out the muffins as needed.

Turn it into burgers, even into dessert!

Yup, it’s that good! Scroll down to see the simple tweaks.

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Quick Pho Recipe. Vegetarian Option

Quick Pho

Adapted from LevanaCooks, using Levana Nourishments Mushroom Medley

Pho is a wildly popular Vietnamese noodle soup

It includes broth, rice noodles, vegetables and meat.

Pho has traveled beautifully, and has become a complete meal comfort food in many homes and restaurants around the world.

It usually uses as its base beef bone broth that cooks overnight. If you have time to make it, more power to you. I will not go here into the making of a beef bone broth. Certainly not because I don’t think beef broth is wonderful and wonderfully nourishing, but because my goal here is to encourage you to make pho on short notice.

So my solution to a bone-broth-less pho is miso paste, and a good splash of sake

There are no hard and fast rules to what pho should include, but some key ingredients are always in place:

  • Very thin sliced meat. The meat practically cooks on contact, in seconds, and is added all the way at the end of cooking. Seitan or tofu for a vegetarian version.
  • Sprouts, lime, cilantro and scallions are added just before serving

I think of Pho as the culinary love child between miso soup and pad thai.

Indeed many ingredients included in miso soup and pad thai are showcased in pho, and the recipe is just as elastic as for these two great favorites.

I will include some of my favorite ingredients, and you will play with your broth and your vegetables as you see fit

Attention Vegetarian friends:

Pho is for you too! Simply skip the sliced beef, and add seitan strips and/or firm tofu cubes

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Gluten-Free Trail Mix Cookies Recipe. All Variations

My Trail mix cookies are not just delicious:

They are also super healthy, super customizable and super elastic. Chock full of superfoods, including Levana Nourishments. A whole meal in a cookie! Gluten-free too!
You never need to feel guilty after eating them. Perfect food at home or on the road when we are too harried to hunker down to a heavy duty meal. Throwing in Levana Nourishments makes these little gems perfect little nutritional powerhouses.
Minimally sweetened, as most of the sweetness comes from the banana, carrot and raisins.

Here’s my Basic Trail Mix Cookies Recipe

Now scroll down, and take it to as many exciting places as you like, depending on your favorite add-in ingredients and what you might have in your pantry.

You can even make trail mix cookies into energy bars

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Hot and Sour Soup Recipe. All Variations

Adapted from Levana Cooks, using Levana Nourishments Mushroom Medley

Hot Sour Soup is almost as easy to make as its first cousin, Miso Soup.

This is where you watch those umami Asian seasonings do their magic in no time. Hot sour soup has only the added initial step where you coat the chicken and stir-fry it before adding all remaining ingredients, and even that step disappears when you make a vegetarian hot and sour soup with tofu, or a fish hot and sour soup. In fact I am including the Miso Soup link in this recipe, for all variations. Just as long as you leave the eggs and the vinegar in the dish, you can play with as many ingredients and varieties as those I have listed in the miso soup.

Hot Sour Soup is another whole-meat-in-a-bowl winner!

All variations are in the Miso Soup Link!

This is where you watch those umami Asian seasonings do their magic in no time. Do not forgo the super quick initial step where you coat and stir-fry the chicken strips, as it adds a whole wonderful layer of flavor and texture!

This is one more exciting chicken soup to add to your repertoire!

Get familiar with arrowroot, the noble thickener, my favorite!

Vegetarian? Don’t let it stop you from enjoying hot and sour soup! Just as long as you leave the eggs and the vinegar in the dish, two important trademarks of the soup, you can play with as all the varieties I have listed in the miso soup linked above, and use, fish or tofu, rice noodles etc…

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