Veggie Bean Wonder Waffles!! (Vegan and Gluten Free)

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Guess what guys ….I got myself a sick vintage waffle/ griddle iron. I couldn't be more thrilled!!! I found this thing at the local recycled goods store the other day, along with a very beautiful old white pyrex mixing bowl. It was one of my best thrift store scores! (Checking out the inventory and the condition of all the old things that day, I would say an old lady had just died and all her perfectly keep, mint condition kitchen stuff had just been donated.  But it's cool, cause I get the feeling that she was at least 90, with a big loving family, and was happy until the day she died. And I am sure she would be pleased that I have taken over the waffle maker. Thanks old lady!)

 And now I am pretty sure that  everything I make for the next week will be cooked on said waffle/griddle. I am serious, I already have a list of things to try and cook on it; cookies, biscuits, granola bars, potatoes, fruit, some type of pasta situations…. the list of possibilities is endless and I bet that at least 1/2 of these things will be totally awesome and amazing.

But first thing first. I need to make dinner.

So waffles for dinner!! 

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Note. These waffles are completely 100% fantastic for any meal you want to make them for. They consist of nothing more then beans, a shit ton of veggies, and just a bit of cornmeal. But don't let that fool you because they are super packed full of so much flavor, have a really soft tender inside, with a nice crispy outside and are so super pretty. They are wonderful! The stuff. First, we got a big old pile of shredded up veggies which include; carrot, beet, sweet potato, onion, parsnip, celeriac, and a little bit of kale.  A we got a bowl of rinsed and strained white beans, a little bit of cornmeal and salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 

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The makings of something amazing!Before you do anything. get your waffle iron out and preheat it. 

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While thats going on, take you beans,  add 3/4 cup water and puree until smooth with whatever blending device want to like to use. (I used my hand blender…less to clean)Now collect all the shredded veggies and dump into a big bowl with the bean puree, the spices and the cornmeal. Mix until combined. The batter should be thick, but not dry. If its seems to wet, add more corn meal, or too dry, add a little more water.

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Note how my batter turned a magical pink… I love beets, they make everything pretty! And check out that bowl!When your waffle iron is preheated, oil it if needed (if your not sure, add a little oil just to really make sure your waffles don't stick) and take appropriate size spoonfuls of the batter and stick on iron. Close it and wait…..My iron has a little light that turns on when the waffles are done cooking, so I waited patiently (ok iI did open it a few time) until light tuned on and removed the perfectly cooked waffles.

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Did I mention how awesome my new/old vintage iron is?

SO AWESOME!!

I made a little gaucamole and gave the mister and little bowl of plain Greek yogurt with lemon juice, but feel free to top, drizzle, or dump whatever you want onto these beauties… 

Happy waffle Wednesday!!!

-C

Veggie Bean Wonder Waffles

Makes 8-10 waffles (in my iron) feeds 2-3 peeps

  • 1 small carrot shredded
  • 1 small parsnip shredded
  • 1/2 a small celeriac root
  • 1 small beet shredded
  • 2 kale leaves chopped into tiny bits
  • 1/2 an onion, shredded
  • 1/2 a small sweet potato shredded
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups(or 1 can) cooked, rinsed and strained white beans
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • oil for iron(if needed)

Note on veggies… I used what I had in the fridge and shredded, it came to about 3 cups. If you don't have these specific veggies or only want to use a few.. go for it. Just make sure to have 3 cups of whatever veggies you use.

Take you beans and blend them up with whatever device you would like to use. Once creamy, add to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Stir until combined.

Once the waffle iron is preheated, oil it( if needed) and place the recommended amount of batter right on it there. Close and cook until golden brown and waffly.

Serve on a plate with topping of your choice, A few suggestions.. Guacamole, salsa, hummus, mustard, greek yogurt… anything that tastes good to you.

Eat as breakfast, lunch or dinner...

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Parsnip Thyme and Turmeric Soup

IMG_0207 I'll let you know now, I am a make and eat soup all year long person. I can think of few things better then sitting outside, basking in the sun, hopefully with a light wind, a book in hand, enjoying a nice big cup of some good homemade soup. (Doesn't that sound so freaking lovely?) This soup right here is perfect for just that. Parsnips are the best, kind of like a big white sweet, yet starchy carrots. And cooked together with a little bit of light and lemony thyme, rich earthy turmeric and a couple more chopped veggie….. you got yourself a nice thick and fragrant bowl of happiness that fills you up without weighing you down. It's food you can eat that fills you up, leaves you feeling cozy, yet still wanting to hop on a bike or lace up the running shoes.  Hearty without the feeling of all the heaviness.

A perfect soup for spring! (or summer, winter, or fall)

IMG_0156The stuff. Parsnips, carrots, onion and garlic. Thyme and turmeric, salt and pepper. the tinniest bit of oil and water (water not shown)IMG_0171Chop all the veggies and the garlic, drizzle a dutch oven or a pot with oil, toss in the veggies. Add the turmeric, the thyme, and 1/2 cup of water. IMG_0185Sweet sweating the veggies. Turn pot on medium and cook until the water completely cooks out. When the veggies start to brown and stick to the pot, deglaze with water. Give a good stir and keep cooking. Repeat the deglazing process until the veggies are super soft and ready to blend. (I did this 4 times.. it only took 10 minutes)IMG_0199Add enough water to cover the cooked veggies. IMG_0206And now blend the heck out of it.. Go as smooth or chunky as you want. I blended as smooth as I could get with this crappy immersion blender. (Blender on loan until I finally decide on, and buy a new one)IMG_0214And there you have it. Scoop into bowls, add lots of cracked black pepper, and go to town. I made enough to save a bowl for later…  it didn't last for later. 

Soup so good. 

-C


Parsnip Thyme and Turmeric Soup 

  • 4 large parsnips
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 whole onion
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric 
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • water

Dice up the parsnips, carrots, garlic and onion and place into a large dutch oven or pot. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil,  sprinkle on the spices, salt and pepper and add about 1/2 cup of water. Turn heat on medium and start cooking down the veggies. Once the water evaporates and the veggies start to caramelize, deglaze pot with about a 1/2 cup of water. Give pot a stir, and continue to cook until water evaporates.  Repeat this 2-3 more times until the veggies are super soft and fragrant. 

When the  veggies are ready, add enough water to the pot to submerge the veggies. Bust out the immersion blender or dump into a blending device and blend until smooth (or the consistency that you want) Have a cup of water ready to thin out if needed. When blended, taste for salt and pepper, add more if you want, and cook on low heat until you are ready to serve.

Garnish with a lot of good cracked pepper

Eat from a vessel, use a spoon

Parsnip and Carrot Fries with Smokey Sriracha sauce

   IMG_0792  IMG_0950Before we get to the fries, I just want to mention that  yesterday was one of those fantastic winter days that reminds me why I love living in Vermont.  Pretty white snow everywhere, the sun was out, and 20 degrees without a gust of wind. The trash dog an I were even able to go for a little hike.  It was so nice and soooo sooo needed!  Anyways, the other day as me, my sister and the mister where putting together  one more piece of Ikea furniture, (I am the master at Ikea assembling!)  a little runs into the room and presents the mister with a Dominos pizza. Yup, a whole pizza just for him. Why you might ask? Well I guess my sister was  delivered the wrong pizza and the place didn't want it back and she didn't want it, so she gave it to him.

A whole pizza to himself. I didn't mind too much..he was just going to be eating it for lunch and dinner until it was out of the fridge. But for dinner I did want him to eat something of the vegetable matter that didn't come out of a box. I was going to make him a big salad, but then realized that would mean sharing the last of the greens that I had for MY dinner and I was not about to do that, so I made him parsnip and carrot fries instead. No biggy, just some slicing, a little tossing and a bit of time in the old oven. And I figured I might as well make a nice sauce for those fries because I be so very nice.

The biggest problem that I ran into when I made these fries was that I didn't make enough, so you should probably make twice as many as you think you will eat. If you end up not eating them all (which you probably will), well then you now have a great start for a soup or a nice addition to a salad. Either way, you will eat them because they are amazing and addicting… and as healthy as can be!

IMG_0818The carrots and the parsnips are all sliced up into big matchsticks and ready to be baked to crispy browned perfection.  I added the oil to the pan to toss the fries in and then sprinkled with a fair amount of salt and pepper.  If you don't have and or want to use a cast iron pan, a baking sheet works just the same.

IMG_0852   IMG_0896Oh saucy sauce stuff. Tomato puree, sriracha, and yellow mustard. Add a little bit of honey to lighten it up (can use brown sugar if keeping it vegan), a splash of apple cider vinegar and a couple minced cloves of garlic. Topped off with the smokey delightful spice of cumin. I cold eat this on everything…and I kind of did. 

All mixed up in an oven safe dish, I stuck it into the oven for a about 8 minutes until it got a little bubbly, just to let all the flavors fuse together…

IMG_0917Fries are done, Sauce is ready. Served in super cute tea cups.(from now on I want to serve everything in tea cups.) A perfect side dish, snack, or even a light meal.  It lead the mister to ask the question...What pizza? 

Happy Day!

-C


Parsnip and Carrot Fries with Smokey Sriracha Sauce

The Stuff

For the Fries

  • 2 large parsnips
  • 2 large carrot
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil

For the Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon tomato puree (or 1 tablespoon tomato paste and 1 tablespoon water)
  • 2 cloves or garlic
  • 1 teaspoon honey or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • a splash of apple cider vinegar
  • a pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 425.

Wash and trim carrots and parsnips and cut into large matchsticks (any shape is good, just make them all uniform) Toss with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on cast iron pan or baking sheet and stick in oven for 30 or so minutes, and rotating after about 20. The fries are done when  crispy and brown.

For the sauce. Mince garlic and add to all the sauce ingredients in an oven safe bowl. stick into oven for about 8 minutes until slightly bubbly and hot.

Dip fries in sauce

Curried Lentil Veggie Tomato Soup

IMG_4451It is cold. I am cold. Vermont is cold. But that's ok, I like it.(until around mid march, then not so much) Ok, so I am not always cold, I actually wake up warm., but as  the day progresses, I lose body heat and by lunchtime, I am freezing. In comes a bowl of hot spicy, hearty soup. It's like a soft, fluffy, footed adult sized onesie, wrapping me from head to toe……..Soup is where it's at. This particular soup is one of my go to flavors. I don't always add the exact same veggies(I use what I got) but the spices are some of my favorites. Feel free to mix it up a bit, add little bit of that, more or less of this, and maybe a dash of whatever you want. Soup is so versatile, isn't nearly impossible to screw it up.(I have screwed up a few batches in my time so don't feel bad if you have too)

IMG_4376What I had in the old crisper. Carrots, a parsnip, celery, garlic and onion. A fantastic bunch. I don't think I ever make a soup without carrots or onion. They are considered major staples in my kitchen.

IMG_4409A beautiful array of spices:.Curry, cumin, red pepper, chili, paprika, and coriander. All toasty and warm spices. Perfect for those 10 below 0 days. Now doesn't this little plate look nice? You must arrange your spices like this in order for the soup to work(no not really, but it is really pretty!) IMG_4410Chopped up veggies sweating in a big pot. I always sweat the veggies for soup, it helps cook time, enhances the flavor of the veggies and toasts up the spices.(Throw in the spices while doing this, it helps to bring out the flavors) When I chop my veggies, I usually do not do a uniform chop, i like a few different sizes. Smaller pieces cook faster and melt a bit and bigger chunks retain more crunch and texture when cooking….But by all means chop them all the same. Just telling you what I do.IMG_4393   Once the veggies are tender and the bottom of the pot is starting to brown a bit, add a splash of vinegar. Mix for a minute to dislodge stuck on veggies than in goes the tomato base. I buy big cans of San Marzano tomatoes, use what I need and refrigerate the rest in a big ball jar. I use the whole can within a few days.(Seriously, I soup every day). If you don't use a lot of tomatoes, just use a 28 oz can. Crushed or whole is the way I go, but whatever floats you boat works too.  Anyways, you got the tomatoes in so now dump in the lentils and a bit of water.. I'll give you measurements, but honestly, I just usually throw in half a jar or lentil and whatever water is left in the teapot. You can never have to many lentils and if you go to heavy on the water, you can just cook it down. No biggy.

IMG_4423 IMG_4426                A handful of a hearty green helps to add depth, texture, color and flavor. I love kale in soup. Chop it up into small pieces and throw in a the last-minute. It's fine to add it in at the beginning with the tomato and stuff, but I find I like the texture and flavor better when I add it towards the end. IMG_4443       Topped with a few roasted chick peas that I just happen to be snaking on when I was serving up the soup.. Crunchy chick peas are good on anything. Try it, but don't worry about it if you don't happen to have any on hand. You can add anything you like if you want a little crunch. Maybe some toasted squash seeds or some cracker crumbs. Or nothing. You don't need anything here, this soup is good enough without it.

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And that the soup. Hearty and warming, keeping my bones from the death grip of the cold.

P.s. Make a double batch of this soup…Left overs are the best and take a few minutes to reheat.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!

Curried Lentil Veggie Soup

  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 28 oz water
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 stocks celery
  • 1 small onion
  • Few kale leaves
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 oz of  apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Curry Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon  Paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Roasted Chick peas to garnish(Optional)

Rough chop the carrot, celery, onion, and parsnip and place in large pot with a dash of salt and pepper.  Place on medium heat with lid and let the veggies sweat for about 5 minutes. Chop garlic and add along with spices and vinegar.Replace lid and let cook for another 5 minutes.

Remove lid and add tomatoes, water, and lentils. Bring to a rolling bowl then reduce heat to low and give a good stir, making sure to scrap the bottom of the pot to dislodge any stuck veggies. Replace lid and  simmer for another 20-30 minutes, stirring on occasion. Soup is done when the veggies and lentils are cooked to your liking. This is when I add kale. Small chop the leaves and throw into pot and stir. Let sit in hot soup for a few minutes.

And Your Ready!

EAT AWAY THE COLD!