Stuffed Creminis, Mushroom Soup, Red Cabbage & Apple Salad

Stuffed Cremini Mushrooms

Stuffed Cremini Mushrooms

In an earlier post I showed some wonderful Olive-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms. Since I was making for only two persons I had, predictably, some of the stuffing left over. Well, it made a nice little snack on flax crackers, using it as a kind of pate, but there was still some left over and it was too good to ignore. Here came my Stuffed Creminis.

I wanted, however, to ring a change on the original stuffing – changing the balance of flavours for, well, for a change. What I did was add quite a bit more carrot and celery, some lemon juice and crushed chilies, and another handful of fresh basil – plus some other spices which I forget for the moment. Blended together with the left-over olive stuffing, this made a delicious stuffing for some smaller mushrooms. Into the dehydrator with them for 3 or 4 hourse, and we had the foundation of yesterday’s lunch.

To accompany that I decided on a Red Cabbage and Apple Salad to use up the last of a head of red cabbage that was weighing heavily on my mind. I shredded the cabbage finely in the food processor along with a big red apple, a tiny bit of onion, a hint of cayenne, some rice vinegar, a little mirin (agave nectar would have worked just as well) and a dash of ground cloves. Just right!

Red Cabbage & Apple Salad

Red Cabbage & Apple Salad

Okay, so it is a blurry photo, but you get the idea 🙂

Before I go I want to mention a mushroom soup I tried for the first time out of Kristen Suzanne’s soup recipe book.

Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

As you see, it was rich and creamy and absolutely wonderful. More about this and other soups another time! But first a peek at two of her recipe books, new on my shelves (well, here on a spare chair in my study!).

Two Recipe Books By Kristen Suzanne

Two Recipe Books By Kristen Suzanne

You’ll be hearing more about these too – especially as I am, some few weeks into this Raw Experiment, delighted with this way of eating. I wouldn’t have believed it, but I find raw foods not only delicious on the palate but also kind to the body. Others had told me I’d be ‘converted’ to raw if I tried it, but I was a skeptic. Not any more. I am not, obviously, one hundred per cent raw. For one thing, many of my herbs, spices and condiments aren’t raw. And we still now and then choose to have from ten to fifteen per cent of a day’s calories in non-raw form. Right now it suits both of us just fine!

Sunset Soup

Sunset Soup

Sunset Soup

I originally posted a similar recipe to this one for Sunset Soup on my Bean Vegan blog last year – with this photograph. This recipe is slightly different, using golden beets instead of squash. I think I like it better! Anyway, we had it at suppertime a couple of days ago and we’re planning on having it again soon. Great soup.

SUNSET SOUP

1 orange
1 cup chopped raw carrots
1 cup chopped raw golden beet
3/4 cup raw cranberries (I used frozen)
1 Tbsp grated ginger root
1-1/2 to 2 cups water (This is approximate. Fiddle around until it’s the right consistency for you.)
1 Tbsp white miso
1 Tbsp Braggs aminos/all-purpose seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
salt (if needed) to taste

Zest the orange, remove the white pith with a sharp knife and discard, slice and chop the orange flesh, removing seeds as you go.
Put all ingredients (including the orange zest, unless you want to reserve a few strands for garnish) into your blender and puree, adding more water if needed to get to the desired consistency.

Garnish if you like with some of the orange zest – and a few dried cranberries are pretty if you forgot to save some of the fresh ones.

Falafel, Golden Beets & Carrots

Falafel (Raw Version)

Falafel (Raw Version)

This dish came as a surprise to me. I do so enjoy falafel, but I haven’t made it very often for some reason or other. Now going ‘raw’, I figured that would definitely be a dish which would be off the menu. Not so.

Thanks to Kate Wood’s Eat Smart Eat Raw Falafel recipe and my new dehydrator, my husband and I enjoyed falafel with a fresh green salad at lunchtime today.

The recipe required sprouted chickpeas, which I had prepared ahead of time, and some time in the dehydrator (I did them overnight), but otherwise was quick and easy. It used the chickpeas, tahini, a little olive oil, a bunch of cilantro/coriander leaves, a little tamari and lemon juice. The photo above shows them as I brought them out of the dehydrator this morning, and the one below shows my plate. Lovely!

Falafel as part of a salad meal.

Falafel as part of a salad meal.

The recipe made 20 of the little falafel darlings, as promised, and although I clearly have to work a bit on the shaping of them they were otherwise unproblematic in preparation and digestion. Lovely things!

Now yesterday was a pretty quiet day in our kitchen. What we did was have more salads and fruit, and for a change prepared a Golden Beet & Carrot dish to have atop a bed of baby spinach and some strips of Portobello mushrooms. Here’s my plate:

Golden Beet & Carrot Salad

Golden Beet & Carrot Salad

I should add that the dressing for these included ginger, freshly squeezed orange juice, a little vinegar and a very little sesame oil.

(If you’re wondering, I took the photo below to show that not all my breakfast smoothies have to be green. Yesterday I decided to keep it light – bananas and blueberries only. Frankly, I think I prefer my usual version of a breakfast with the green leaves, spirulina and flaxseed meal added, but a change is nice too.)

PinkSmoothie

And did I say I was eating fruit, fruit and more fruit? Believe it!

Already I have something purring away in the dehydrator for tomorrow, so we’ll see how that goes. Back in a little while!