Thursday, April 9, 2020

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Stromboli

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Stromboli
This dish is a huge hit at our house. It's one of those things that looks tricky to make, but really is
super easy. And it seems unhealthy, but really it's filled with healthy ingredients.

If, like me, you usually keep no-knead refrigerator bread dough in the refrigerator, then it can be prepared pretty quickly - but looks like it took hours.

If you don't keep your own dough on hand, you can whip one up in about 5 minutes, using a recipe below. Or you can use a pound of dough from the grocery store.

I use one of these two no knead doughs - either one can be made in about 5 minutes. You can stir the dough ingredients together 2 hours before making the rest of the recipe. Or, you can prepare the dough the night before, or even days in advance, and pull it from the fridge when you need it.

My Vegan Brioche Dough

Artisan Bread in Five Basic Dough

I've tried this with both doughs, and they're both delicious. My family has a slight preference for my dough recipe in this dish. (They prefer the other one for some other dishes I serve, so they're not just biased : )

I got the idea for this filling from this Spinach and Artichoke Rolls recipe at Rabbits and Wolves and adapted it slightly. I love their blog, and recommend checking it out for this and other great recipes!
Preparing the filling is easy. These instructions make enough for 2 - 3 Strombolis, made with 1 pound dough per Stromboli. 

These are the ingredients you'll need:
Firm or Extra Firm Tofu (not silken)
Apple Cider Vinegar
White Miso
Fresh Spinach (Frozen can sub, if that's all you have, but it's not quite as wonderful)
Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Spaghetti Sauce (from a jar)

And this is what you do:

In a Colander, place

1 Block Firm or Extra Firm Tofu

Squeeze it firmly with your hands to extract all the liquid you can.
It will fall apart - that's okay.
Place in a food processor:

Tofu (above)
2 Tablespoons Oil
2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon Salt
Pepper to taste
2 teaspoons White Miso

Whir till smooth, scoop into mixing bowl, set aside

Now, in a Saute Pan, heat
Oil (you decide how much )
1 teaspoon Fresh Garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
Then add
1 Quart (2-3 handfuls) Fresh Baby Spinach, Rinsed (not dried) & chopped
Salt & pepper
Saute till just wilted, but still bright green.

Add to mixing bowl with tofu mixture (above)

Finally, Drain & coarsely chop
1 jar Marinated Artichoke Hearts

Add to mixing bowl with Tofu & Spinach mixture (above) and stir

Now, take 1 pound of dough (enough for a loaf of bread) flour it well, and roll it into a large rectangle  on a floured cutting board.

Move Dough Rectangle onto a parchment - lined pan

Dough Rolled into large rectangle, and placed on parchment, next to a roll of Baguette Dough

As you can see, I put a cylinder of dough next to the Stromboli, so we could have a Baguette, too! 

Down the middle of the dough, lenthwise, Drizzle

Pizza Sauce

Drizzle Pizza Sauce Down Middle of Rectangle

Then, down the middle, again lengthwise, Spoon
1/3 to 1/2 of Filling mixture

Spoon Filling on top of Pizza Sauce
Then, with a Pizza Cutter, cut several parallel lines (creating dough strips that are attached to the center dough), perpendicular to filling, down each length of rectangle - like this.

Cut Parallel lines, perpendicular to filling. Use a Pizza Cutter.

Then, cut the lines the same way down the other side of the rectangle.

Now, alternating from one side to the other, fold the strips of dough over the filling. This makes a beautiful braided look, and is very easy to do!

Fold Dough Strips over Center Filling

Alternate Sides, each time pulling over center Filling.

Keep going, folding in from alternate sides the whole way down.

Keep going. Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect!

Keep alternating sides, and folding over the center. See the Braid Developing?

Keep going all the way to the end, folding final strips under the end of the Stromboli.

Now, allow to rest, while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Finally, slide the pan with the Stromboli into the oven, and bake for 30 minutes.

(BTW, this recipe will also work at 350 degrees for 40 minutes : )

Remove from oven. Allow to cool JUST long enough to avoid burnt mouths. Although if you can wait long enough, it's also good warm. We've never had enough left over for me to know how it tastes cold ; )

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Stromboli, Fresh out of the Oven.

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Stromboli

Cut (I use Kitchen Shears) and Serve!

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Stromboli, Ready to Serve.


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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Easy Baked Goods Without Dairy or Eggs

Recipes for Baking with No Milk, No Butter, No Eggs
Right now, because of the Coronavirus, it's a little hard to get everything we need from the store.

I normally do all my baking without milk or eggs, so I thought I'd offer a few ideas that might be helpful to those who don't usually bake that way.  

I've also heard that yeast is unavailable in some stores, so I've divided these recipes into quick breads (no yeast) and yeast breads, so you can see at a glance which ones you'll be able to make with what you can get.

And, of course desserts. All of my desserts are yeast-free : ) And desserts can really help morale at a time like this!

Here is a very good look at why we're having so much trouble getting dairy. It's more complicated than you may have thought. 

If you have no flour, but have a cake mix or some cereal, I even have a couple of ideas for you!

If you need to bake, but don't have milk, butter or eggs available, here are some easy ideas:

Quick Breads:

Banana Bars (no flour needed!)

Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Banana Bread Waffles
Banana Bars (no flour needed!)
Blueberry Muffins, Quick, Easy, Healthy  
Blueberry Pancakes
Five Muffins from Your Own Mix   

French Toast (without eggs or milk!)

French Toast
Strawberry Pancakes
Cornbread or Corn Muffins
Cornbread, Ten Minute Summer (no oven required!)

Cornbread, Ten Minute Summer (no oven required!) No Dairy, No Eggs

Vegan Banana Muffins
Vegan Cranberry Streusel Muffins
Vegan Pumpkin Mini Muffins
Waffles, Toaster 
Waffles - without Eggs or Milk!
Zucchini Bread Waffles
Zucchini Mini Muffins

Oatmeal Muffins Mix, MYO, 5 Ways

Oatmeal Muffins Mix, MYO, 5 Ways (no Dairy, No Eggs)

Yeast Breads:

Breadsticks, Stove top

Breadsticks, Stove top (no oven required)

Challah, Easy, No Knead Vegan
Cinnamon Roll Crescents, Easy, No Knead 
Cinnamon Rolls, Easy, No Knead, Vegan, No Oil 
Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Walnut Bread 
Crescent Rolls, Easy, No Knead, Vegan

Crescent Rolls, Easy, No Knead, Vegan

Dinner Rolls, Vegan, Soft & Fluffy, No Knead, Refrigerator 
Easter Bread, Greek (Tsoureki) No Knead, Vegan 

Easter Bread, Greek (Tsoureki) No Knead, Vegan 
Easy Yeast Bread in the Slow Cooker 

Easy Yeast Bread in the Slow Cooker 

Homemade Yeast Bread

Homemade Yeast Bread (no knead, no machine, no dairy, no eggs)

Pita Bread, Stove Top (no oven required!) 

Pita Bread, Stove Top (no oven required!)

Easy, No Knead, Greek Olive Crescents (Eliopites) \ 
Stir & Pour Garlic Bread Sticks 
Stir & Pour Cinnamon Sugar Bread Sticks 

A variety of Stir & Pour Breads - no dairy, no eggs.

Stir & Pour Dinner Rolls 
Stir & Pour Toasting & Sandwich Loaf 

Stir & Pour Focaccia

Stir & Pour Focaccia 
Stir & Pour Calzone Casserole 
Stir & Pour Thin Sandwich Buns
Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls, Easy, Soft, No Knead, Oil Free 
Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls, Slow Cooker
Whole Wheat Naan (no oven required)
Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread, Easiest Ever


Brownie Snowball Cookes

Brownie Snowball Cookies (no dairy, no eggs)
Brownies, Delightful Vegan
Cashew Cardamom Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cookies, Vegan Cookies from a Regular Cake Mix  

Cookies, Vegan Cookies from a Regular Cake Mix 
Crispy Rice Treats
Cupcakes, Chocolate & Vanilla

Cupcakes, Chocolate & Vanilla (no dairy, no eggs)
Cutout Cookies  
Gingerbread Crunch Cookies
Make One Mix, Make Ten Different Cookies

Make One Mix, Make Ten Different Cookies

Lemon Snack Cake
Peanut Butter Cookies
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Russian Teacakes ( Vegan Mexican Wedding Cakes )
Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies (no eggs, no dairy)
Samali (Greek Semolina Dessert)

Samali (Greek Semolina Dessert)

Strawberry Celebration Cupcakes
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Three Minute, Three Bite Brownie for One
Thumbprint Cookies
White Cake, Easy Vegan
12 Children's Vegan Mixes for Toy Ovens  
3 Minute, 3 Bite Brownie for 1   

No Flour in the house? Try these "cupcakes" 
Crispy Rice Cupcakes

Crispy Rice Cupcakes

We all need to keep praying for God's Mercy in these difficult times. I hope these recipes help you.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Oatmeal Muffin Mix 5 Ways, Egg and Dairy Free

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Muffins from your Own Mix
These muffins are delicious, and I could make them today, when many items aren't available at  my local grocery store.

I usually make my muffins with White Whole Wheat Flour, or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.

Neither one of these is available in the current Pandemic. Well, I did find one bag that was being price-gouged for $28. online (with shipping) - but that doesn't really count, does it?

It has also occurred to me that eggs, butter, and milk might be in short supply in some places right now - but this recipe doesn't require any of those!

In fact, this recipe doesn't even require oil - and it turns out delicious! So delicious, in fact, that I'll probably keep making them this way when the stores are re-stocked : )

I don't want to make Muffins with strictly All Purpose Flour, because they're neither as tasty nor as healthy as whole grain ones.

I DO, however, have Quick Oats on hand. And I've made muffins from Oat Flour before.

So, I began thinking - could I adapt my current muffin recipe to work with Oats?

Yesterday morning was the test, and it worked great!

I tested it with a Pumpkin variation yesterday morning, and the results were superb. I made full sized muffins instead of the Mini Muffins in this post:

Pumpkin Muffins

This morning, I tested my Blueberry Muffin recipe with this mix - and it was delicious, too!

Blueberry Muffins

I've not tested it with my other regular variations, but I can see that they should all work quite well.

To make Oat Flour at home, simply whir Quick Oats (or Old Fashioned Oats) for a few minutes in a food processor till finely ground. Measure AFTER grinding. The ground oats will not be as fine and powdery as All Purpose Flour - and that's okay. It only takes a minute or two.

Of course, the beauty of making your own mixes is that you can improvise according to your dietary needs & preferences and availability of ingredients.

If you wish to double or half this recipe - no problems.

I like to make my muffins a little short - only filling the cup 1/2 full instead of the normal 3/4. I like more top on my muffin ; )  If you make taller muffins, you'll probably end up with about 8 per batch.

Here's the Recipe:

Stuffedveggies Vegan Oatmeal Muffin Mix 
3 Cups Homemade Oat Flour (see note above)
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Sugar *
2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Tapioca Starch**
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon (optional)

Stuffedveggies MYO Vegan Oatmeal Muffin Mix

*Sugar adds tenderness and helps crisp the exterior when baking muffins. You can easily replace Sugar with Turbinado Sugar or Brown Sugar. You can also substitute non-caloric sweetener that measures like sugar, but the texture will change slightly. I like to use 1/2 sugar and 1/2 calorie-free sweetener that measures like Sugar - like Splenda or Apriva. I'm sure a similar Stevia product would also work, though I have not tested it.

**Tapioca Starch may be substituted with Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder - these all act as an egg substitute in a dry mix.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Muffins:
(1 Dozen)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and oil muffin tin
Stir Together
2 Cups Mix
1/2 Cup Canned Pumpkin
3/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup water (or so) - Stir In enough water to make consistency of Fast Food Milkshake.

Spoon into prepared muffin tin
Sprinkle generously with Cinnamon Sugar (optional)
Bake 25 minutes, or until done.

If you like these, try these other variations - designed for my whole wheat mix, but will work with this one:

Blueberry Muffins

Zucchini Muffins  

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Banana Walnut Muffins

Cranberry Streusel Muffins

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