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Guest Entry: Stephanie Stonebraker the Plateful Vegan aka Hummus Queen

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My co-worker Stephanie is kinda obsessed with Hummus. I thought it would be fun to share how deep down the Hummus rabbit hole she has traveled. There are some really tasty easy to make gems in here. No oil needed. Its really hard to find Hummus with no oil these days. Trader Joe's carries none, most Whole Foods only carry 1 or 2. Safeway and other conventional grocery stores? FORGET ABOUT IT!
Hummus is so super tasty and it is also a great dairy-free dip to eat while you watch the 49ers beat the NY Giants this weekend. :)


Hope you all enjoy.
To your health, 
Benjamin


About 2 years ago, I was inspired (in much the same manner as our gracious blog master Benjamin) to dedicate myself to a plant strong and plant-exclusive diet.  Since doing so, I’ve enjoyed a much more healthy, energetic and vibrant life.  I’ve also enjoyed about 1,000 pounds of hummus.  I’m sure that I’m not a unique herbivore in my love for the versatile dish, but it could be argued that my commitment may border on the o…

BAKED BUTTERNUT AND BARLEY RISOTTO WITH SMOKY MAPLE SAUSAGES (VEGAN)

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*FULL DISCLOSURE-I ADAPTED THIS RECIPE FROM REAL SIMPLE. SEE THE ORIGINAL HERE.
I READ THIS RECIPE FOR VEGAN SAUSAGE MADE FROM WHEAT GLUTEN THAT LOOKED SO INCREDIBLY EASY I HAD TO TRY IT.

ITS FROM THE POST PUNK KITCHEN AND CAN BE FOUND HERE.
SO I MADE THE SAUSAGE SATURDAY NIGHT AND IT WAS REALLY EASY. I LEFT OUT THE OIL SO THEY WERE A LITTLE BIT DRY. IT DAWNED ON ME THE NEXT DAY THAT A LOT OF GREAT SEITAN IS BRAISED IN SOME TYPE OF SAVORY LIQUID. THEN I SAW THE CLIPPED RECIPE MY WIFE HAD FOUND FOR THIS RISOTTO. I REALIZED THAT WE COULD MAKE THE RISOTTO TASTE BETTER WITH SOME SMOKY SAUSAGE FLAVOR AND TEXTURE AND THE BROTH THAT THE RISOTTO COOKS IN WOULD FIX THE SOMEWHAT DRY SAUSAGE.

WIN-WIN!

WHEN MY WIFE CLIPPED THE RECIPE FOR A VEGETARIAN RISOTTO I WAS IMMEDIATELY EXCITED BECAUSE F MY LOVE A BARLEY. ITS SO EASY TO COOK, HAS TONS OF NUTRITIONAL VALUE(HEALTH BENEFITS OF BARLEY) KEEPS YOU FULL FOR A VERY LONG TIME, AND HAS A REALLY  BEAUTIFUL TEXTURE WHEN NOT OVERCOOKED.

I WAS SKEPTICAL AB…

REAL PEASANT FOOD FOR THE BODY & SOUL

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AS A WINE AND CHEESE BUYER  I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO TRAVEL IN EUROPE WITH SOME OF THE MOST RESPECTED IMPORTERS AND BUYERS IN THE BUSINESS. I HAVE WINED AND DINED AND VISITED COUNTLESS WINERIES AND CHEESE PRODUCERS ALONG THE WAY. I RODE TRAMS TO THE TOP OF THE ALPS IN SWITZERLAND AND ATE OYSTERS IN THE MOONLIGHT IN THE GRAND CRU VINEYARDS OF CHABLIS.

THIS WAS MY LIFE AND IT WAS GOOD.

I ALSO REMEMBER THE FANCY DINNERS THAT JUST SEEMED TO GET MORE AND MORE DECADENT (FOIE GRAS 4 WAYS, 6 WAYS, WITH ROSE PETALS OR PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY?) OR JUST SILLY FANCY (MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY, VEGETABLE ASH, SCENTED AIR) OVER THE YEARS.

DON'T GET ME WRONG, THESE MEALS WERE VERY TASTY. HOWEVER ON A DEEPER LEVEL JUST WERE NOT SATISFYING ME AS MUCH AS I WANTED THEM TO. THEY WERE INTELLECTUALLY STIMULATING AND CERTAINLY ON THE PALATE THEY WERE VERY COMPELLING. HOWEVER SOMETHING WAS MISSING. WHEN I WOULD RETURN HOME I WOULD FIND MYSELF SEEKING OUT MORE AND MORE "ETHNIC FOOD". MORE SOULFUL …

looking for great fat free vegan recipes?

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As many of us try to clean up our diet and reduce or eliminate animal foods and added fats/oils we find ourselves cooking more than ever before.

Over the last 9 months I have been on this journey.

here are some of the websites that I go to frequently for recipes.

Often these will get me going in the right direction. I rarely make a recipe as written (ask my wife!). I am always adding this taking out that. As long as you aren't baking it usually works out.

Dr. McDougall's newsletter recipe archive-this is a huge resource of recipes. Some can be a tad bland so I may kick up some flavors here and these but there are some great recipes here.
Some of my favorite's are-
Layered Tex-Mex lasagna (its really more like enchiladas) Even though the sodium is too high we skip making our own sauce and use the no oil frontera red chile enchilada sauce. 3 pouches for this recipe.
Tofu Loaf-Tastes like meat loaf.Mashed Potatoes-a staple.

FATFREE Recipe Collection-This is also a massive archiv…