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Polenta Toad In The Hole With Vegetarian Sausage

8 Oct

I was raised Italian American and one of my favorite dishes besides pasta, lasagna, and pizza is Polenta!  Here is one of my favorite Polenta Dishes called Toad In The Hole made with eggs and vegetarian sausage.  This is a great meal for breakfast or anytime!

Questa sera faccio una polenta, vi aspetto tutti.
Tonight I’m cooking polenta, I’ll be waiting for you.
 

 

Toad In The Hole

 

Italian Polenta

  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup stone ground yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. Over medium heat, bring 2 and 1/2 cups of broth to a boil in a large saucepan.
  2.  In a small bowl whisk the cornmeal into remaining 1 and 1/2 cups of broth.
  3. Whisk the cornmeal mixture into the saucepan and return to  a boil, whisking constantly.
  4. Whisk in the butter
  5. Reduce the heat to low – simmer and whisk often
  6. Continue until polenta is thick and creamy.
  7. Use a damp spoon or ladle to transfer polenta to a square baking dish.
  8. Let cool until firm.

Toad In The Hole

  1. Cook veggie sausage in a non stick skillet with a drizzle of olive oil
  2. Remove from heat set aside
  3. Cut Cold Polenta into 3 inch squares, then cut 3  inch circles out of the center using a glass
  4. Add drizzle olive oil to the pan and set on medium heat, fry the squares and circles until golden on the bottom.
  5. Flip and crack an egg into each hole, cover and cook until the whites are set, serve with veggie sausage.

 

 buon appetito

Susan

Veggie Sausage Mini Quiche

18 Jul

As I was flipping through a magazine I came upon a recipe for Jimmy Dean’s Hearty Mini Quiché!  Jimmy Dean’s Ad said:  ” TASTE SO BIG we had to make them small.” I liked that idea so much that I came up with my version using veggie sausage!  They turned out wonderful!

mini quiche

Ingredients

  • 6 veggie patties. I like Morningstar brand
  • 1/2 cup chopped green or red bell pepper
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk such as rice dream, soy milk, almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced onion

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 cook veggie sausage, onions, and bell peppers in large skillet over medium heat until onions and peppers are tender
  • Beat eggs, milk and black pepper in large bowl with a wire whisk until well blended, stir in sausage mixture and cheese.
  • Line cupcake pans with baking liners.  Spoon mixture evenly into baking cups or parchment paper.

Bake

  • for 18 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean by inserting into the center.  Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Store Or Freeze

  • Store in the fridge for two days
  • Freeze in airtight freezer containers

Mini Quiche

Vegetarian Loco Moco

8 Sep

Hawaiian Treat

Aloha! When I was in the Army my husband and I were stationed in Hawaii. We loved eating the local foods and we would go out every weekend for breakfast before heading to the beach on the Island of Oahu. My husband would have the Loco Moco,  a  Hawaiian style dish, which is a  hamburger patty,  fried egg, and brown gravy on a bed of rice. There are many variations, but this version is the most popular. I came up with my own version of the Loco Moco which is a vegetarian patty topped with a fried egg and vegetarian brown gravy on a bed of  rice. Oh this is so Ono!  Mahalo!

  • 2 Vegetarian Hamburger Patties
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • soy sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • hot cooked white or brown rice

Rice:  Ahead of time cook rice according to package directions either stove top or in a rice cooker.  I like using a rice cooker your rice will be perfect every time.

Burgers: heat frying pan until hot and cook the veggie burgers. Once cooked place burgers on the side.

Gravy:  Pour the can of vegetable broth into the pan that the burgers were cooked in and bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and add a couple of dashes of soy sauce.  In a bowl whisk the cornstarch with 1 tbsp. of water to make a smooth paste and slowly whisk in the  corn starch mixture until the gravy Is thick and smooth. Add the margarine and season with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and cover to keep warm until ready for use.

Eggs: Traditionally, the eggs are sunny-side up, but you can flip your egg if desired. Salt and pepper the eggs.

Assemble your dish from bottom to top: 2 scoops rice, the burger, the egg and pour the gravy all over.

Mahalo!  Enjoy!

Delicious and Healthy Banana Pancakes (it’s vegan)

25 Jun

I love pancakes and banana’s,  don’t you?  So why not blend the two together for a delicious and healthy breakfast that is vegan too!  My husband loves pancakes, as well and if he had his way he would eat them every day!   My cat Samantha tried to sneak a bite but I told her “not for kitty cat!”

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 Cups of rice milk
  • 2 bananas chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. In a blender puree the banana and rice milk
  2. add the flour, salt, and  baking powder
  3. puree a few seconds more.
  4. Let the batter stand for about 10 minutes.
  5. Heat a large  non stick  skillet over med heat
  6. lightly coat bottom of skillet with canola oil
  7. pour batter in increments  into a 1/4 cup, then into the skillet.
  8. Reduce heat to low
  9. Cook pancakes until the underside is golden brown flip and cook few minutes more
  10. Top with sliced banana’s  and maple syrup
Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

First thing in the morning – Eat Like A Yogi

23 Jul

Yoga is a union between the mind and body.  In yoga practice we are aware of every detail and pay close attention to the way we move our body.  The same union applies to healthier food choices by avoiding meat, consuming fresh water and eating mostly grains, fresh fruits and produce. 

fresh fruits
Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

If your day is busy just grab some fruit and eat on the go.  The yogi way is to eat slowly and savor each bite.

Fruit Bowl
Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

If you have the time; go ahead  sit down, read the newspaper and have yourself a bowl of  nutrient rich fruit. 

Oatmeal and Fruit
Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Why not have some grains with that fruit such as a nice bowl of oatmeal, no sugar needed because  the fruit sweetens it up. 

Raspberry Smoothie
Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Have a smoothie with some immune boosting antioxidant berries and fruit.

Namaste and have a beautiful day.

Remember not to skip breakfast, eat slow, savor every bite and be kind to yourself. Namaste.

OM Oatmeal

13 Jul

What is a good recovery meal after a long yoga session?  Oatmeal and fruit!  It fills you up, gives you energy and is chock full of vitamins and minerals.  You can’t go wrong with oatmeal. It is good for you and your heart too!    

Plain oatmeal with berries
Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

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