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Avocado soup with coconut milk, chili and pumpkin seeds

Ingredients:

2 avocado
2 dl cold water
0.5 cucumber
5 dl coconut milk
1/2 lemon
1 ts chilipaste
Chives
Salt
Pumpkin seeds
Olive Oil

Instructions:

1. Cut avocado and cucumber in pieces and put it in a blender with water, coconut milk, lemon juice and chilipaste.
2. Create a smooth blend. Add the amount of coconut milk until you get the consistency you like, but its very nice a bit thick. Add salt.
3. Cook and cool somewhat before serving. Can be served cold.
4. Decorate with chices, oliveoil and pre-heated pumpkin seeds.

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Original recipe from Vegetarmat

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Avocadocake

For 16-24 people

Bottom Layer:
3 Tb cocoa/cacoa
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup dates/raisins (I use a mix of both)
1 Tb agave/maple syrup/honey
1/6 cup sprouted flour (or you can use ground flax seed, or ground nuts, buckwheat, etc.)
1 t vanilla extract
3 Tb coconut oil melted
1/4 shredded coconut (optional)
Handful of walnuts

Middle Layer:
1/4 cup cashew butter
2 Tb agave/maple syrup/honey
1 Tb coconut oil melted with 2 Tb coconut butter
1 avocado
1 banana
1 t vanilla extract
1/8 t turmeric

Top Layer: you could just use melted dark chocolate if you want
3 Tb agave/maple syrup/honey
3 Tb cocoa/cacoa
4 Tb melted coconut oil
1 t vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

For bottom layer, process all ingredients except walnuts until smooth. Add walnuts and process until the walnuts are in smaller pieces, but not totally ground up. It should taste and look like semi-crumbly chocolate coconut cookie. Press into baking pan lined with plastic wrap (or oil, or nothing) and refrigerate.

For middle layer, process all ingredients until smooth. Yes… it should be green. But taste it! Mhhhmmm. Carefully spread over bottom layer, making sure not to mix the layers. Put back in the fridge.

For top layer, blend all ingredients until smooth, adding water if needed. It should be like chocolate sauce. Mmm it tastes so dang good. I could eat a bowl of this.

Carefully pour top layer over other two layers, making sure not to mix them. Put back in the fridge one more time and let chill for 1-2 hours until hard, like real Nanaimo Bars.

Pull out of pan if you lined it with plastic wrap, and cut it into bars.

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Recipe from This rawsome Vegan life

Baked avocado fries

4 persons

Ingredients
4 avocados, pits removed and cut into slices
½ cup flour
3 eggs (or egg replacement) + 2 tablespoons water
1¼ cups bread crumbs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt

sauce
⅓ cup mayo
⅓ cup sour cream or plain greek yogurt
juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/450F and grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Add flour to a zip lock bag. Add avocado slices, seal, and shake to coat avocados in flour.
  3. Remove avocados from the bag and discard the bag with excess flour.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together eggs and water. In a separate bowl whisk together bread crumbs, garlic powder, chili powder, and salt.
  5. Dip flour-coated avocado slices into the egg wash. Next, toss them into the crumb mixture being sure to coat well.
  6. Place coated avocados in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and spray generously with cooking spray. Bake for 10-15 minutes until crispy and browned.
  7. While avocado fries and baking, blend all sauce ingredients together.
  8. Serve avocado fries warm with dipping sauce. Enjoy!

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Original Recipe from le Creme de la crumb

Moussaka – Classic Greek Moussaka with Eggplant

Moussaka is a casserole made by layering eggplant with a spiced meat filling then topping it off with a creamy bechamel sauce that is baked to golden perfection.

It is perhaps the most widely recognized of all Greek dishes and was made famous by the legendary Greek chef, Nicholas Tselementes.

This eggplant version is the traditional rendition, however you can also layer in potatoes, zucchini, or whatever vegetables you prefer.  It’s hearty and filling so you won’t need many side dishes.

While it can be time consuming to prepare, I think you will find that once complete it is a very worthwhile endeavor.

Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 eggplants, about 4 lbs. total
  • 2 lb. potatoes
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef (or lamb)
  • 2 large onions, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 cup tomato puree (or crushed tomatoes)
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups plain breadcrumbs
  • 8 egg whites, lightly beaten (reserve yolks for bechamel)
  • 1 cup grated Kefalotyri or Parmesan cheese
  • Bechamel Sauce:
  • 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk, warmed
  • 8 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg

Preparation:

Prep the Vegetables:
Using a sharp peeler, partially peel the eggplants, leaving strips of peel about 1 inch wide around the eggplant. Slice the eggplant in to 1/2 inch slices. 
Place the eggplant slices in a colander and salt them liberally. The salt also helps to remove some of the bitterness of the eggplant.
Cover them with an inverted plate that is weighted down by a heavy can or jar. 
Place the colander in the sink so that excess moisture can be drawn out. 
They will need to sit for at least 15-20 minutes, preferably an hour. 

Peel the potatoes and boil them whole until they are just done. They should not get too soft, just cooked enough so that they no longer crunch. 
Drain, cool and slice them in 1/4 inch slices. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil and lightly grease.  Add a splash of water to the egg whites and beat them lightly with a fork.  Add breadcrumbs to a flat plate.

Rinse the eggplant slices and dry with paper towels.  Dip the eggplant slices in the beaten egg whites and then dredge them in the breadcrumbs, coating both sides.  Place breaded eggplant slices on baking sheets and bake at 400 degrees for 1/2 an hour, turning them over once during cooking.

When eggplant is finished cooking, lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees.

Make the Meat Filling:

In a large sauté pan, brown the ground beef (or lamb) until the pink color disappears.  Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add wine to pan and allow it to simmer and reduce a bit before adding cinnamon, allspice, parsley, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and sugar. It should be a drier, chunkier, tomato sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  
Allow the sauce to simmer uncovered for approximately 15 minutes so that excess liquid can evaporate. 

Make the Béchamel Sauce:

Melt butter over low heat.  Using a whisk, add flour to melted butter whisking continuously to make a smooth paste.  Allow the flour to cook for a minute but do not allow it to brown.

Add warmed milk to mixture in a steady stream, whisking continuously.

Simmer over low heat until it thickens a bit but does not boil.

Remove from heat, and stir in beaten egg yolks and pinch of nutmeg.  Return to heat and stir until sauce thickens.

Assemble the Moussaka:

Lightly grease a large deep baking pan (lasagna pan).  Sprinkle the bottom of pan with breadcrumbs.  Leaving a 1/4 inch space around the edges of the pan, place a layer of potatoes on the bottom. 
Top with a layer of eggplant slices.

Add meat sauce on top of eggplant layer and sprinkle with 1/4 of the grated cheese.
Top with another layer of eggplant slices and sprinkle once again with 1/4 of the grated cheese.

Pour the béchamel sauce over the eggplant and be sure to allow sauce to fill the sides and corners of the pan.  Smooth the béchamel on top with a spatula and sprinkle with remaining grated cheese.  Bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes or until béchamel sauce is a nice golden brown color. 

Allow to cool for 15 – 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

You can make this dish ahead up until the béchamel sauce and refrigerate.  Make the béchamel sauce right before you intend to bake it.

I originally found this recipe at About.com Greek Food.

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Bananabread with Dark Chocolate

Ingredients (5 persons)

100 g room tempered butter
1 dl white sugar
2 room tempered egg
2 riped bananas
4 dl all purpose flour
0.75 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanillasugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
200 grams dark chocolate 70%

Directions:
1. Whip tempered butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix well. Whip one and one egg into the buttercream.

2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a different bowl. Blend carefully the dry ingredients into the buttercream. Mash the bananas with a fork or a mixer depending on texture. Add banana and nicely chopped chocolate into the dough with a spatula.

3. Bake the cake on lower level of the oven for 180 Celcius degrees for 50-60 minutter. Cake will be a bit soft when warm, it has to cool to set. This bananacake will stay fresh for many days if you wrap it well and keep in fridge.

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White Chocolate Cherry Fudge & Marshmellow Fluff

Ingredients & Directions
Recipe from Thelittlethings.com

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Put

  • 1 large jar of marshmellow fluff (213 grams / 7.5 Oz) or homemade (see recipe below)
  • 2,5 cups of white chocolate chips

in a large bowl

In a medium pan over medium heat

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt

Bring to boil over medium heat stirring often

Once it comes to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of cherry flavoured gelatine or yello.
Stirr around and bring to a nice rollign boil. Allow to boild for a full 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes poor it into the bowl with white chocolate and marshmellow fluff.

Quickly stirr the mix until chocolate melts and the dough is a lovely fluffy mix

  • Stirr inn 1/2 cup of dried cherries, chopped to small pieces.

Poor into a 8×8 or 8×10 inch baking dish, lined with aluminum foil or baking paper.
Spread it out smoothly and allow to cool in the fridge for 2-3 hours before cutting small shapes or rectangulars.

Decorate with melted chocolate and sprinkles

Store in refrigerator

Homemade Marshmallow Fluff Recipe:
Yields: makes a large quantity
Prep time: 35 min
Cook time: 10 min

Ingredients:
3 egg whites, room temperature
2 cups light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sifted powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

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Preparation:

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, add egg whites, corn syrup, and salt.
Using your electric mixer on high speed, mix for approximately 5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and volume has almost doubled.
Reduce your mixer to low speed, add powdered sugar and mix until well blended. Add vanilla extract, mixing just until well blended.
Your homemade marshmallow fluff/cream is now ready to use in your recipes. Use immediately, or refrigerate in a covered container for up to 2 weeks.

Makes a large quantity.

Quinoa Breadrolls

Ingredients:
◾200 grams boiled black quinoa
◾400 grams All purpose flour
◾50 grams buckwheat flour
◾50 grams sunflower seeds
◾1 teaspoon yiest
◾1 teaspoon salt
◾4 dl water (1 1/4 cup)

Directions:

Weigh all the ingredients. You can double and triple to recipe with great luck, just keep to the measurements.

If your quinoa is freshly cooked leave to raise for 60 minutes.

Use a spatula and scoop roll sized pieces of dough onto the cooking pan draped with baking paper . When you have 4×4 leave to raise for 30 minutes and cook for 12-15 minuts in 250 Celcius

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After 30 minutes split the dough in rolls with a knife like under.

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Pull the baking paper over to the now hot baking tray and lower temperature to 230Celcius degrees.

Cook  for 12-15 min. Cool on a wire rack.

Serve

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Avocado & Mango Quinoa Sushi

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 – 8 rolls

Serving Size: 1 – 2 rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 sushi rolling mat
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 teaspoon organic rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 nori (seaweed) sheets
  • 1 ripe mango, cut into thin slices
  • 4 – 5 romain leaves
  • 3 green onions, greens removed, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 small carrots, julienned
  • Gluten-free soy sauce & wasabi paste for dipping

Instructions

  1. First prepare you quinoa. Add 3 cups water and 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Cover and turn down to simmer for 8 – 10 minutes. When the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is nice an fluffy, add the rice vinegar, ginger and salt. Toss well to combine. Let the quinoa cool completely in the fridge while you prepare your filling ingredients.
  2. To assemble the rolls, lay the sushi rolling mat flat on a table or cutting board. Place one sheet of nori on the mat, shiny side down. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the quinoa onto the nori and with wet hands, spread it out into a thin layer over the nori, leaving about a 1 inch band uncovered along the edge farthest from you.
  3. Lay the romaine leaves down first, then top with avocado, mango, carrots, and scallions. Lift the edge of the mat that is closest to you with your thumbs, holding the filling ingredients in place with your middle fingers. Roll the mat over the ingredients, pulling back and tightening it after each rollover. Wet the uncovered edge and roll through. Gently squeeze the rolled mat around the nori roll and remove from the mat.
  4. Slice with a sharp wet knife and serve with gluten-free soy sauce and wasabi paste.

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Courtsey of Simply Quinoa

Parsnip Chips

Cut the parsnip in thin slices. The slices will shrink somewhat in the oven.

Cover all the parsnip chip pieces in a bown and cover with olive oil and salt. Blend well and spread on a bakin paper to cook.

Cook in oven for 135 Celcius degrees for 40-45 minutes. Turn after half the time.

Serve with any dip you like

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Crispy Quinoa Sliders

Yield: makes 12 sliders (but also depends on the size of your buns)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup freshly grated provolone cheese
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped carrots
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large egg + 1 egg white, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
12 multigrain slider buns or dinner rolls
2 avocados, sliced for topping
1/2 cup chipotle mayo, for topping

Directions:

Add quinoa and stock to a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover, cooking for 15 minutes or until can be fluffed with a fork. You can do this ahead of time or even the night before (and store quinoa in the fridge) so the quinoa can cool.

While quinoa is cooking, slice the green onions, chop the carrots, mince the garlic and grate the cheese. Place it all in a bowl, then add panko and mix. Coarsely chop the chickpeas and add to the bowl. One quinoa is finished cooking, add it to the bowl and mix well until incorporated. If needed, let cool or place in the fridge for a few minutes to cool. Add in beaten egg + egg white, salt, pepper and mix well. Form into patties (I really squeezed a handful of quinoa together and smoothed it into a round, it may take some squeezing and form to get the patties to stick) that fit the size of the buns you have. <- this will differ!

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. Once hot, add 5-6 quinoa patties and cook until deeply golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Gently flip and cook 5 minutes more. Remove and continue with remaining olive oil and patties. Serve with sliced avocado chipotle mayo!

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Courtesy of How Sweet it is