Happy Herbivore Blog

Vcon: Chickpea Piccata

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I've seen the Vcon Seiten Piccata recipe on so many blogs. It sounded great, but despite the notation in the cookbook proclaiming it was easy to make, I knew it would be too labor intensive for a weeknight meal. I emailed a bunch of fellow foodies looking for a review and no one had made it. Still, I thought I'd give it a whirl... I just had to wait for the weekend. vconpiccata.DSCN4110.JPGDisclaimer: I'm not a seiten person and the two times I've tried to make "homemade" well, it went very badly. I opted to buy Tidal Wave's Seiten at the grocery store instead. I'm not sure if it was my pot, the seiten or the fact that I was using whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose (I don't keep that in the house - ever), but the seiten came out a nasty, smelly, burnt mess. So that's where the idea for chickpeas came from. I followed the rest of the recipe exactly though (except that I sauted my shallots & garlic in broth instead of oil) and used my recipe for creamy fat free mashed potatoes. I thought this recipe, despite the cooking woes, presented beautifully and since I love anything with capers and olives - I was a happy girl. Scott, however, didn't like it but he couldn't put his finger on which ingredient it was he didn't like. Blech.

Acorn Squash & Apple Soup Recipe

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

I was tempted to call this "apple pie soup" because it fills the house with that exact aroma when it's simmering. Who needs glade candles? Just make a pot of soup! This simple soup is pure bliss -- the apples and cinnamon naturally compliment the squash flavoring and the hint of curry with a touch of nutmeg helps capture the essence of Autumn. (It's even better the second day!) Enjoy!!



Recipe:Acorn Squash & Apple Soup

Prep time: | Cook time: | Total: | 2 servings


Like warm apple pie in a bowl!

Chef's Notes: Any red-skinned apple will do such as gala or mcintosh. You can also substitute brown sugar for the pure maple syrup.



Cook whole squash in microwave for 8-10 minutes or until you can stab it with a fork easily. Allow the squash to slightly cool so it is safe to handle. Cut in half, scoop out the seeds and discard. Scoop out the flesh and transfer to a medium saucepan. Add apples, spices and 1 cup water, stirring to mix completely. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce to low and simmer until apple pieces are very tender, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer to a blender, add non-dairy milk and puree until smooth and creamy. Tastm adding syrup as desired and blend again.

Vegan Mexican Tortilla Pie Recipe

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

This dish comes from "A Vegan Taste of Mexico." It's easy to make, delicious and presents beautifully. We really enjoyed it. tortillapie1.JPG