Oh man! D8 SO MANY PIZZA RECIPES. I wish I wasn't on a diet! ;_; *pokes salad*
Weeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllll I have a pretty bangin REALLY cheap black bean burger recipe, a delicious vegan cookie recipe, and my favorite red beans and rice recipe (both with and without meat, you'll have to wait for this one though).
Black Bean Burgers:
(Use frozen chopped onions thawed in the microwave! =] no chopping and no crying! Cuts prep time in half! =])
- 1 15- to 16-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup dry breadcumbs
- 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup bottled chunky salsa
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
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- Vegetable oil
- 2 whole wheat hamburger buns
Using fork, mash beans in medium bowl. Mix in onion, breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons salsa, cumin and hot pepper sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Using moistened hands, shape bean mixture into two 3- to 4-inch-diameter patties.
Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat) or preheat broiler. Brush barbecue rack with oil. Grill burgers until heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Grill cut sides of buns until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Transfer burgers to bottom halves of buns. Spoon 1/4 cup salsa over each. Cover with tops of buns.
I tweak it a bit though. I use three tables spoons of HOT chunky salsa, add corn usually about a 1/4 cup, some chopped green or red pepper (orange if I'm feeling creative and I'm not adding carrots), a few extra full shakes of hotsauce, (can you tell I like spicy food? XD), a few extra shakes of cumin, and of course I add enough bread crumbs to keep it from being too wet. Sometimes I add copped or minced celery, other times carrots (pre-steamed or blanched) but usually it's just the onions, corn, and peppers because I always have those. ;]
Happy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
(recipe from VegWeb)
2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt (the recipe calls for half but it tastes better with a whole. and sometimes more. trust me. ;])
cinnamon, to taste, optional ( I ALWAYS put lots cinnamon in mine. =])
handful vegan chocolate or carob chips (ghiradelli semi-sweet is vegan. Trader joe's semi-sweet is also vegan)
1 cup raw sugar (turbinado; sucanat works too, but sucks up a lot of the moisture) (I usually use plain white sugar. I know it's bleached so it's not SUPER vegan but if you go Vegan police on me I'm supply you with a "haters gonna hate" gif. ;])
1/2 cup melted vegan margarine (the recipe calls for veggie or canola oil. That's flavorless though and your cookies will be bland so I use margarine. makes them taste more like regular cookies. I use Earth Balance but if you can find one without Palm Oil I encourage you to use that as you'll avoid destroying the rain forest. Palm oil is in more than just Earth Balance btw. Read your labels folks! ;])
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (recipe calls for 1 teaspoon but I add extra. =] )
1/4 regular soy milk or almond milk (again, recipe calls for water. no flavor in water. go for the soy or almond milk and you'll be better off. ;] If you use vanilla soy milk then avoid the extra vanilla I mentioned earlier)
1 tablespoon molases (this is not in the original recipe but it doesn't really alter the taste (I daresay it makes it better, though molases alone tastes bad) but it DOES make the cookies a nice golden-brown color that you don't get without it. Vegan chocolate chip cookies don't chage color while baking (no egg) so this is important for me, and thus for you. <3)
1. Very important-make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. It will work if they're not at room temp but it works much better if they are. Also while your oven is pre-heating put the cookie sheets you are going to use on top of the oven so they get preheated as well. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in chips. Make a well in the center and set aside. In a medium size bowl, add together sugar and oil; mix well.
3. Add the vanilla and then add the water; mix well. Add the wet to the well in the dry. Mix it well but be careful not to overwork it. Add more chips if you need to.
4. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Put them in the oven. Bake for 5 minutes and then flip and rotate the sheets (top to bottom and 180 degree rotation). Bake another 4 minutes and check them. The cookies are done when they seem a little bit softer then you want them to be. They will harden up some as they cool. I usually go in 2 minute increments from here until they get to where I like them.
5. Take them out when they are done and move them to wire cooling racks. If they split or come apart when you try to remove them let them sit on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring them to the racks.
These cookies have come a long way, lots of time and tasting spent on getting them to where they are now. Vegans and non vegans love them. In the words of my 6 year old son:Mom, you're the greatest because you know how to make the best cookies. Enjoy and let me know if you have questions. Sweet travels.
Serves: almost 2 dozen; Preparation Time: 10 minutes; Cooking Time: 10 to 12 minutes
I'll also post this cookie recipe in the Vegetarian/Vegan thread. =]
I've given omnivores these cookies all the time and they love them. I tell them afterwards that they're vegan and they're surprised! XD
OH!!!! The best thing about the cookie dough?!?!?!?!/ YOU CAN EAT IT STRAIGHT FROM THE BOWL. There's no risk of salmonella (research how salmonella effects you and kills you. uncooked eggs have a high salmonella risk, these don't! <3) so you don't even have to bake them! XD They're safe for people of all ages to eat whenever they want to even kids can have this so if you're a parent you don't have to feel bad about your little one eating cookie dough! =] It also goes well in ice cream (or rice cream if you're vegan. ;]) and can be used for ice cream sandwiches. =]
Oh gosh.... now I want cookies... and I have all the supplies........ >.>; Must. Resist. Temptation. ............... yeah. I'm baking first thing in the morning now.