Ro Raggy! Scooby Doo Blueberry Burger

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I was sitting around imagining what Scooby Doo would do if he knew what was actually in his Scooby Snacks. I mean, he’s a nice dog, right?

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So I decided to imagine a kinder gentler burger for him and Shaggy.  It’s turned out so good I’m posting it right away, but I haven’t tested it extensively, so move forward at your own foodie peril.

Ro Raggy Blueberry Burger
Combine
2 cups cooked brown lentils
1 1/2 cups cooked whole grain mix* (could just use a sticky sort of brown rice). I used leftovers from this rice blend that I purchased at Costco
1/2 cup onion, grated fine
1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs (or g/f if you like)

Toast
1/2 cup pepitas, hulled (don’t make the mistake I did once and use unhulled–very prickly)
In a food processor, blitz
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
2 tsp umi plum paste (use 1 T soy sauce as substitute)
toasted pepitas

Add to lentil mixture. Stir to combine.

Dust top of bowl with brown rice flour. Using as much flour as you need to handle the burger mixture, form into balls–somewhere between tennis and ping-pong. Put on a lightly oiled nonstick pan over medium heat and press down into patty shape with a flat turner. There should be some sizzling when you set them on. Cook patties 3-4 minutes per side, until well brown. They should hold together well, but they are still fragile. Flip and do the same on the other side.

They should look like this–nice and Shaggy
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It helped that I paired my burgers with top-quality condiments, including
Vertical Paradise Baby Oak Lettuce
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Refrigerator pickles
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And Mazi’s piri piri sauce
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Ro Raggy! This was so good I don’t think Scooby’s ever going back.
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* Here’s the mix I used
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Mindy’s Pistachio Halva Bites

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Pistachio Halva Bitess
From Mindy Miner

The recipe is from a book by Douglas McNish called Raw, Quick & Delicious. I made one modification because I can’t find bulk sesame seeds anywhere close by and it’s too expensive to use the bottled version. Also, I doubled the recipe for last night’s crowd. Here goes…

1/2 cup whole raw pistachios (I bought shelled ones)
1 cup raw sesame seeds, divided (I used 3/4 cup raw, sliced almonds and enough sesame seeds to roll the balls in)
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tsp. vanilla

1. Process pistachios (and almonds, if using) in a food processor until roughly chopped. Transfer to a bowl.
2. In food processor process tahini, agave and vanilla until smooth. Add to nut mixture and stir until it forms a large smooth ball.
3. Using a tablespoon, scoop up about 15 equal portions. Roll each portions in the palm of your hand and then in raw sesame seeds.
4. Place balls on plate or baking sheet covered with parchment paper and place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 7 days.

Enjoy!

Morgan’s maple-roasted almond butter

Morgan Doane shared a quick and easy–and delicious–way to make maple-roasted almond butter at our February supper club. Check out the directions below!

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Maple-roasted Almond Butter
16 oz. raw almonds
2-3 T maple syrup
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix raw almonds together with maple syrup and pour onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes, pulling the sheet our every five minutes to stir. Allow to cool slightly—not too cool or they will be hard to handle. Pour almonds into the food processor and begin to process. This can take a long time (10-20 minutes) depending on the size of your processor and your motor. Stop every so often to scrape down the sides with a spatula. The almonds will go through many stages, including coarse sand, sticky dry mass, clumping mass and finally smooth butter. When is begins to move from clumping together to smooth butter, add the cinnamon and salt. Process until fully incorporated.

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Katie’s Gluten-free Chocolate Almond Cherry Cookies

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The lovely Katie Williams (pictured above) brought these delicious cookies to our September Supper Club. Below, she demonstrates how she made them more healthy and vegan! It’s a great example of how easy it is to transition recipes. Thank you, Katie!

Katie’s Gluten-free Chocolate Almond Cherry Cookies
Ingredients
• 1 1/4 cups almond meal
• 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate (I used cacao nibs)
• 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt (I used sea salt)
• 1/3 cup brown sugar (I used Raw Coconut Sugar)
• 1 egg (I used 1 Flax egg; 1 Tbsp flax meal + 3 Tbsp water)
• 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
• 1/2 tsp vanilla
• Handful of dried cranberries (optional)

Directions
1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond meal, dark chocolate
chips, coconut, baking powder (raw coconut sugar), salt and sugar.
2. In a separate bowl, beat egg (flax egg) until uniform in color and
doubled in volume.
3. Whisk in the coconut oil and vanilla, then add to dry ingredients and
mix until just combined.
4. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or even overnight.
5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, place on baking sheet with 1-1/2 inch
space in between each. Press down slightly to flatten a bit.
7. Bake until edges begin to brown, 7-10 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.

Farmer’s Market Bounty

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If you ever wondered what $53 dollars could buy for you at the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market, here you go! I am terrible at remembering how much of something I got so you’ll just have to eyeball it, but I can certainly list it. The only thing I bought that wasn’t homegrown was some Gilroy, California shallots. Other than that, it is Pure Michigan. From Blandford–always my first stop–I got an enormous head of broccoli, some cauliflower, a celery leaf heavy bunch o’ celery, two bundles of Tuscan kale and some flat-leaf parsley. After that, it was a blur that included red-skinned potatoes, 3 pints of hot peppers (a mix of habanero and cherry bomb) for Roger, two beautiful heirloom tomatoes, tons of peppers to freeze (green, pimento and poblano, tons of apples to perfect my apple pie pizza–Honey Crisp, Zestar and Fuji–and Michigan pears.  This will easily feed the two of us for a week.  Love, love, love my home state!

My Squeezy Cheesy Sauce

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Well, I hail from Wisconsin on both sides–Green County–mind you. It’s like the epicenter of cheese curds. My Swiss grandparents ate cheese at every meal, so I’m a girl who likes her cheese. When I fell in love with vegetarianism at 19, I just cleared my plate for more cheese! So when I became a devoted plant-based eater several years ago, the cheese thing was a problem. I dedicated a good part of my early study to cheese alternatives and I love teaching other people how they can choose plant-based alternatives to cheese. My next class, in fact, is at Uptown Kitchen on October 3rd. I hope to see you there!

What follows is my go-to cheese sauce. We put this stuff on everything! including brown rice, veggies and, slivered almonds (shown above); on taco salads; in breakfast burritos with sauteed tofu… the possibilities are endless! You can modify it to your own taste by changing the amounts of ume plum vinegar and lemon juice. Or add more or less squash to make it creamier. Also, if you don’t have a high-speed blender, check out my modification below.

Sue’s Favorite Cheesy Sauce

Ingredients:
2 medium yellow squash (12 oz.)
½ cup cashews soaked in filtered water 4-6 hours
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
2T mild miso (I use chickpea, but brown rice is fine)
1-2T ume plum vinegar
1-2T lemon juice
½ tsp. toasted sesame oil
½ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. chili powder

Directions:
Steam the squash for 5-7 minutes, or until firm tender.
Drain the cashews and rinse.
Add cashews and the rest of the ingredients, including the squash, to the blender. Blend until creamy.
Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.

If you do not have a high-speed blender, grind the *dry* cashews in a food processor until they are a coarse crumb texture. This can be loud and long, but don’t go too long or you’ll get cashew butter. Then soak for a couple of hours and proceed as directed.

Gluten-free Potluck Cookies

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Do you want to make some new friends? Bring some plant-based, gluten-free cookies to your next potluck. There are bound to be people who are either choosing or must eat gluten and/or dairy or egg-free. And you’re going to be their new best friend. Especially if they are four years old. For me, the occasion was the farewell party for Treehuggers in Grand Rapids. This progressive vegan, package-free grocery was the brainchild of Angela Topp, who worked tirelessly to bring us inventive recycling and packaging solutions, in addition to beautiful recycled gifts and products.

I wanted to make Terry Walters’ peanut butter teff cookies, but sadly I didn’t have many of the ingredients. So I used her basic proportions and took it off-road. The cookies don’t look anything like the ones pictured (I didn’t photograph them…and I call myself a food blogger). They are more mounded and craggy, but they are surely delicious. And very easy to whip up. All the fans of these cookies should try Terry’s version, too.

Make Some Friends Potluck Cookies
Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cup super fine brown rice flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. fine sea salt

1 cup smooth raw almond butter
1 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
2/3 cup plain soymilk

3/4 cup vegan mini chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Stir together the raw almond butter, soy (or other dairy alternative milk), maple syrup and brown syrup in a small bowl. Whisk the superfine brown rice flour, baking soda and sea salt in a larger bowl. Make sure that baking soda is nicely distributed, then form a well in the center and pour the liquid ingredients into the dry, stirring carefully until just combined. Stir in the vegan chocolate chips. Scoop onto cookie sheet in rounded teaspoon-fulls. Bake for 12 minutes.