Vegan Chocolate Chip Walnut Muffins

Shelter at home calls for baking – a lot of baking – many many carbs. So, today it was these easy muffins. The first batch I made, I grabbed the wrong canister and used cornstarch instead of baking powder. I cannot recommend that option!

Ingredients

1 cup soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 /3 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 /4 cup vegan chocolate chips (I like mini ones)
2 /3 cup chopped walnuts

Process

Add vinegar to the cup of soy milk, stir and set aside to curdle.

Mix dry ingredients.

Add wet ingredients and mix gently.

Distribute between 12 muffin cups.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center of a muffin in the center of the pan comes out clean.

Southwest Vegetable Soup – Vegan Recipe

I like soup, regardless of the weather, but this is a nice transitional soup for the seasons. It’s not heavy like a winter soup, but the spices give it a warming kick. This makes a TON of soup, so you may want to half it or prepare to freeze a bunch.

Instructions below are for doing this in a pressure cooker. If you don’t wish to cook it that way, presoak the beans overnight and then the rest is the same except cook on stovetop until beans are done.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dry pinto beans
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 5 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots (or a couple of handfuls of baby carrots), chopped
  • 5 potatoes, chopped
  • 1 lb fresh green beans, cleaned and ends removed (or frozen)
  • 12 oz bag of frozen corn
  • 2 large cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups V-8 or tomato juice
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 TBSP dried cilantro
  • 3 TBSP cumin
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 2 TBSP red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lime wedges (1 per bowl)
  • tortilla chips crushed or tortilla strips (optional)
  • avocado sliced or diced (optional)
  • vegan sour cream

Process

Place everything but the frozen corn (and green beans if you use frozen) in a large pressure cooker. If it will be too much liquid for your cooker to be safe, leave out some of the veg broth to add in the second stage. Bring to high pressure and cook 20 minutes. Turn off and allow to depressurize.

Check the pinto beans. If they aren’t done, return to a boil for a little longer without re-pressurizing until done. Once the beans are done bring to a low boil, add the frozen corn (and green beans if you didn’t use fresh) and any remaining veg broth, and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes.

If it isn’t broth-y enough (I have to admit that I’m not 100% sure how much veg broth I used), you can definitely add more. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with tortilla chips/strips, diced avocado, sour cream, hot sauce, and the juice from a lime wedge. Yum!

Vegan “Cheesy” Eggplant Pomodoro with Kale

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Ingredients
2 eggplants, diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4-6 cups cut grape tomatoes
1-2 T capers
8 cups kale, chopped
½ cup nutritional yeast
Sea salt and pepper to taste
3 T Olive oil

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Place olive oil, onion, and eggplant in large skillet and sauté until eggplant begins to soften. Add tomatoes and capers. Continue to cook until tomatoes start to cook down. Add kale, salt, and pepper. Cook until kale is tender. Add nutritional yeast and stir. Toss with pasta or serve on toasted Italian or French bread.