Monday, April 16, 2018

Connecting the Dots: Green Goddess Bowls

This past weekend I had the honor and privilege to be a guest chef at the Connecting the Dots event, in Santa Ana, put on by Living Ubuntu. I was humbled to be invited to feed and teach amongst this amazing line-up.

I could spend all night writing about the inspiring speeches given throughout the day. But I know you are here for "just the food" so I will say this...please visit the Living Ubuntu Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Through Our Differences event page and click around. There were five amazing young people (Jose Trinidad Castenada, Nyajouk "Sunday" Kuany, Amina Mohamed, Arthur (Trey) Carlisle, Audrey Waight) speaking about everything from immigration reform, to the housing crisis, to the refugee crisis, to genocide, to racism. The future is in good hands!



After a brief intermission we were able to enjoy some fruit and cupcakes (Thanks, Susan! They were amazing!) and then we settled in for the second session. It started with a video presentation by Aph Ko, followed by three more inspiring speakers...Asian American Studies and Animal Rights Professor, Claire Kim; iACT’s COO and Camp Darfur exhibit, Katie-Jay Scott; and Farm Sanctuary's Gene Baur.

Connecting. The. Dots. It truly is incredible how virtually every social justice issue overlaps. It's like one big giant venn diagram of compassion. 

Saying this was an important event is an extreme understatement. It was though provoking, and even though it was gut-wrenching and heart breaking at times, it was truly inspiring.  I hope to be a part of more events like this in the future, and I hope there are many.



My participation was to feed the folks. And teach them a little bit about vegan cooking in the process.  The goal was to create a satisfying one dish meal that was low-footprint, soy free, gluten free, nut free, budget friendly, and made with ingredients one could get at any traditional market. Did I mention I also had to make enough food to feed up to 200 people? So, yeah, it also had to be something easy to serve, and be able to be made ahead of time. So what did I come up with? A Green Goddess Bowl!

Tanaka Farms was generous enough to donate produce for the event, and myself and two other volunteers spent all day Saturday chop-chop-chopping away! The reason I went with this particular dish, is because it's really six complete and individual recipes that not only work together really well in this bowl, but they also all work independently of one another as side dishes or components to other dishes, making this recipe(s) a great one for make-ahead meals.




Roasted Vegetables
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained, reserving the liquid and 12 individual chickpeas for use in the Green Goddess Sauce
2 cups riced cauliflower
2 cups finely chopped broccoli
3 cups diced sweet potato
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 F. Toss all ingredients together until well coated. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with a reusable baking mat, or parchment. Roast for 45 minutes, tossing to flip about halfway through.

Yield: About 5 cups


Coconut Cilantro Lime Rice
2 cups long grain white rice, like Jasmine
1 (15 ounces) can full fat coconut milk
1 ½ cups water
juice of one fresh lime
zest of 1 fresh lime
1 bunch cilantro, chopped (about 1 cup)
salt to taste

Thoroughly rinse rice. Add rice, coconut milk, and water to the bowl of your rice cooker and press start. (Alternatively, in a pot with a tight fitting lid, bring water and coconut milk to a boil, reduce to a simmer, add rice, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until all liquid has been absorbed, fluff with fork.) Once rice is cooked, stir in lime zest, juice, cilantro, and salt.

Yield: About 6 cups



Seasoned Lentils
2 cups water
1 cup dry green or black lentils
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon lime juice

Add water, lentils and bay leaf to a pot. Slowly bring to a simmer and gently simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, adding water as needed, until tender, but whole and not mushy. Strain and return to the pot. Stir in garlic and lime juice.

Yield: About 2 ½ cups


Green Goddess Sauce
1/4 cup room temperature aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas)
12 individual chickpeas (reserved from above)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
¾ cup vegetable or canola oil
½ cup fresh curly parsley
½ cup fresh cilantro, stems and leaves
¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
2 stalks of green onion, roots removed
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1 tablespoon garlic
salt, to taste

Add aquafaba, chickpeas, vinegar, and mustard to the cup of your blender (you can also use a large tumbler or tall wide mouth glass jar.) Blend until smooth and white. Slowly add the oil in a slow, thin stream while the blender is running. The mixture will thicken and become
like mayo. Add in the remaining ingredients and pulse until
blended, but still has a little bit of texture. Store in an
airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Yield: About 1 ½ cups

Massaged Bitter Greens
2 bunches bitter greens, like dandelion greens, arugula, collards, kale, etc., chopped into small bite-sized pieces (about 8 cups)
1/3-1/2 cup Green Goddess Sauce

Add greens and sauce to a mixing bowl. Using your hands massage the sauce into the greens until coated and tender.

Yield: About 5 cups



Sweet Pickled Fennel & Onions
1 medium red onion, sliced paper thin (julienne)
1 bulb fennel , sliced paper thin (chop up a few of the fennel leaves to add color and extra flavor)
1 cup rice vinegar
½ cup water
2 tablespoons sugar

Add ingredients to an airtight container and give it a
good shake to mix. Place in the refrigerator
overnight to pickle.

Yield: About 3 cups

Seeds & Sprinkles
¼ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds with shells removed)
¼ cup sunflower seed kernels
¼ cup currants (or raisins, or any other dried fruit)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Mix together seeds and currants. In a dry pan, toast over medium heat until fragrant. DO NOT BURN. This should take no more than 2 minutes. Transfer to a small container with lid, add in the remaining ingredients while still warm and shake to coat.

Yield: About ¾ cup



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tanaka Bowl - Recipes from Plant Fest at Tanaka Farms



This past weekend marked the second Plant Fest at Tanaka Farms. The first one in September of 2017 was so successful, the fine folks over at Tanaka Farms were kind enough to host us again! And...guess what?! This one was even more successful than the first! So, we will definitely be back, in early June, to do it all again! Extra special thanks to the hard-working volunteers from SoCal VegFest for helping to make it all happen! Plant Fest is a project of SoCal VegFest which is a project of the Animal Protection and Rescue League - a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Chili Con Jackfruit...because REAL chili has NO beans!


Last weekend I competed in the Long Beach Vegan Chili Cook Off at 4th Street Vine on 4th Street in the heart of Retro Row. Growing up in Long Beach, it's amazing how this strip of boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and vintage stores have not only kept their doors open over the years, but have been flourishing! That section of Long Beach is so popular these days! It's pretty exciting to see (and rather difficult to park!)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holiday Helpers! Mandarin Orange Bundt Cake



Mandarin Orange Bundt Cake
This moist cake is not overly sweet, and therefore, I find it perfectly appropriate to eat for breakfast!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Helpers! Sweet and Sour Bean Balls


One of my favorite things about the holidays is the food. From appetizers to the main event to dessert to cocktails, I love celebrating with vegan food!

These sweet and sour bean balls are a great appetizer during the cold holiday months. Poke in a toothpick and your ready to go!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Holiday Helpers! Bar Nuts

Bar Nuts! From Vegan Food Gifts (Fairwinds Press)
Bar Nuts
These nuts are pretty addictive. I love them during the holiday season. I try to keep a bowl out on the table whenever I have folks over. If you are a DIY gifter, I recommend making a few batches of these and packing them up in reusable jars with cute ties and tags.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Holiday Helpers! Herb Crusted Coconut Chevre


Herb Crusted Coconut Chevre from Going Vegan (Front and Center: Smoky with Dill, Top: Smoky with Black Pepper, Right: Smoky with Paprika, Chipotle, Parsley and Smoked Salt) With this batch I made mini Chevres and wrapped them individually so that I could give them away to friends at work. I wrapped each chevre in waxed paper.
Every holiday get together deserves a yummy cheese plate! This one is nut-free and uses coconut flour. Get creative with your herbs and spices. I share a few of my favorite combos below, but there is no limit to what you can do here...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Holiday Helpers! Roasted Butternut Squash with Fennel


Check out this super easy, super tasty, super seasonal side dish to add to your holiday table!

Roasted Butternut Squash with Fennel
Such a simple list of ingredients! And when you have great ingredients, it's best

Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Helpers! Easy Vegan Cheese Ball


This purty little gal was originally featured in The Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Food Substitutions. (Fairwinds Press, 2015) by me and Celine Steen. But I have been making a variation of this ball since way back in 2006 when we were working on 500 Vegan Recipes. What can I say? I love balls!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Smoky Pub Cheese

Smoky Pub Cheese from 500 Vegan Recipes by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman (Fairwinds Press)

Smoky Pub Cheese
Have you been craving a vegan cheese that isn't made by blending cashews (or other nuts) and then having to wait a week (or more) while it funk-tifies? Yeah, that artisan vegan cheese making is best left to the professionals if you ask me! I like my homemade vegan cheese fast and easy!  And it seriously doesn't get easier than this. If you follow the microwave instructions you could be on the couch bingeing season 2 of Stranger Things in two minutes!

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