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superbowl vegan artichoke and spinach dip in a bread bowl

i looked up so many spinach and artichoke dip recipes and just could not find what i wanted. i didn’t want low-fat, i didn’t want a complex multi-day cashew soaking process, and i didn’t want fake cheese. i ended up just throwing some ingredients together and wound up with a simple, delicious, and satisfying dip that was exactly what my friends and i were craving for our superbowl-themed movie watching party.

1 bag washed fresh spinach OR 1 package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 can artichoke hearts packed in water
2 cloves garlic, fresh
about 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
about 1/4 cup vegan sour cream
about 1 tsp paprika
salt and pepper to taste
one round loaf of bread, any kind you like (optional)

preheat oven to 350f if you will be eating this right away.

if you are using fresh spinach, throw it into a dry skillet heated to medium-low and let the water steam off until it wilts. press the spinach up against the side of the pan to release the water and allow it to steam off. if you are using frozen spinach, thaw it and drain it well.

combine all ingredients in a food processor and process til blended. if you don’t have a food processor, mince everything and mix it well.

using a bread knife, cut a circle around the top of the bread and hollow it out. chop the hollowed bread into cubes. place the bread bowl and cubes on a baking sheet and fill the bowl with the mixed dip. bake for 15-25 minutes based on how hungry you are.

for a gluten-free dip, bake it in a small baking dish or large ramekin and use tortilla chips.

i can’t believe this is all i did. i don’t normally have vegan sour cream in the house but someone left some in my fridge from a cookoff recently. and i DO always have vegan mayonnaise and so should you because it’s the best. vegenaise specifically.

Gluten-Free Green Onion and Spinach Pancakes topped with fenugreek butter and Arugula Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette

savoury gluten-free green onion and spinach pancakes with spring arugula and hazelnut salad and housemade coconut yogurt - 2

This recipe was conceptualized by Yotem Ottolenghi in his cookbook “Plenty”, I made it vegan and gltuen-free for our april brunch. ┬áThe recipe I have is not exact therefore I am not going to put it up on our website. I strongly suggest picking up the cookbook “Plenty” and playing around with some of his recipes. The book is simple and does justice to the vegetables that he works with. Simple.

Spinach Parathas

These are the easiest thing EVER. My friend Satjeet made cauliflower ones for the Indian brunch we had, and I was amazed by how easy they were. Parathas are stuffed Indian flatbreads – like roti, but with vegetables and spices and yumminess. Inspired by Satjeet, I made some of my own. I used Manjula’s video to help with the process, so maybe you want to, too!

spinach parathas

This is a really unglamourous photo, but I was drinking wine while I made them, so I hope you will forgive me. My whole world was blurry, in fact, not just this photo.

Spinach Parathas

1 cup flour (white, whole wheat, or a mix)
1/2 cup water

For the filling:
1 bunch fresh spinach
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
1/2 white onion, sliced into thin rounds
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 tsp ground cumin
Salt, to taste

Oil, for brushing

Mix the flour and water together until it forms a soft dough. Knead the dough on a lightly oiled or floured surface; oil your hands so the dough doesn’t stick. Knead it until it’s soft and pliable – a few minutes. Return to the bowl and cover with a cloth; let it rest for ten minutes.

Shred the spinach and cilantro, and mix with the rest of the filling ingredients. You can get creative here – add whatever you want – or keep it simple. You could add mashed potato, cauliflower, ginger, whatever. Be liberal with your salt. Throw it all in a frying pan on medium-low heat; your goal is to cook as much of the water out of the spinach as possible. Wilt it and let it steam a bit, then remove it into a metal strainer or colander with small holes and use the back of a wooden spoon to press all the liquid out. Be merciless! The more water you press out of the filling, the better your parathas will be.

Now, you should have roughly similar volumes of dough and filling. Split the dough into 6 evenly sized balls; it works best to split it in half, then in three. Roll each chunk of dough into a ball on a floured surface.

Now, flouring your surface as you go, take one of the dough balls and roll it out so it’s a bit bigger than the palm of your hand (assuming you have average-sized hands). Spoon about a sixth of the filling in – again, it should be roughly the same volume as your dough ball. Pull the sides of the dough up and pinch it closed like a dumpling, or, like, a handkerchief in which you have enclosed marbles. Make sure it’s sealed and set aside.

Repeat for all 6 dough balls. It’s best if the balls sit for a few minutes.

Heat a non-stick frying pan up on medium-high. You want the pan to be hot before you use it. Roll one of the filled balls out until it’s as flat as you are prepared to make it – if filling spills out the edges, it was probably a bit wet, but no loss. Dry-fry it until the edges start to change colour, then flip it. Brush the cooked side with oil, and when the bottom is done, flip again, let it cook a bit with the oil on, then remove to a plate covered in paper towel or non-paper towel.

Repeat this with all 6 parathas. You can roll the next one out while the first one is cooking, and so on. It’s a very fast process once you get going.

These are best eaten hot, spread with Earth Balance or dipped in chutney or homous. We used them as “buns” for some masala veggie burgers we got at TJ’s in San Francisco – super delicious.

masala burgers on spinach parathas with watercress and cilantro chutney marinated onions and butter mushrooms - and curry fries

spinach, mushroom, tomato, and ‘egg’ over garlic hash


Oh, baby. Another triumph of the tofu egg patty I’ve been making. If you haven’t tried this yet, you really should. We served it over a pile of garlic hashbrowns, tomato, and spinach, with barely-fried white mushrooms and a thin gravy made with tahini and nutritional yeast.

I’m going to try a few different approaches with the egg patty. I think I want to get the extra firm tofu, drain it and slightly press it, slice it, and then marinate it in the thick mixture of coconut cream, miso, nutritional yeast, and mustard. Then I want to heat some oil up very, very hot in a pan and flash-fry the soaked tofu on each side, to retain a melty-soft texture inside. If you try it before I do, let me know how it works.

yam gnocchi with a lemon-dill reduction, zucchini fettucine, spinach, and roasted red pepper wrapped asparagus

Kaylie’s brainchild and hard work – we made this for Lindsay (and Robert as well, but unfortunately he was indisposed with a bad case of food poisoning and had to suffer only hearing about it later). The gnocchi, which neither of us had ever made by hand anymore, was surprisingly easy! We also made some with russet potatoes, but it fell apart… gonna have to try that one again. Anyway, here’s the recipe.

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