Oriental Style Crumbles

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Using mandarin rind to flavor dishes is one of the savory secrets of the flavorful Oriental way of cooking.
These patties have a delicious taste and you have to really stop to find the mandarin, because it blends so well with the seasonings lending them a scrumptious flavor!

1 crusty whole grain great grated (put in a bowl and add a little bit of water and let it rest till mushy)
2 Tbsp. wheat germ
1  1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tomato
1/4 cup tangerine rind
1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1 celery stalk, sliced
1/2 cup red onion chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup sweet red pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup sweet green pepper, seeded and chopped
2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup water

Place the walnuts, the tomato, the potato, the onion, the celery, the carrot and the peppers with 1/2 cup water in a blender or food processor and process till smooth.
Scrape into the bowl were you have the soft bread. combine well, add the rest of the ingredients and mix will thoroughly incorporated. Form patties with a large spoon and drop onto cooking sheet.

Bake at 400 ºF in a non-stick walled cookie sheet until the edges of the patties are golden brown, then you flip them and you bake them on the other side.
When done, let cool and then cut coarsely into bits and drop them into your favorite prepared spaghetti-style tomato sauce. Let the pieces simmer in the sauce until they have absorbed part of the liquid and are juicy and plump. Serve as a side dish to round up your next meal!

Yield: Approx. 19 medium-sized patties, more if you make them smaller, less if you make them larger.

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Savory Herbed Potatoes

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8 potatoes, peeled and julienned
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 1/2 Tbsp. onion powder (the baking will tame this)
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp. tarragon (crushed or powdered)
1 tsp. parsley powder
1/2 cup water

Mix all the ingredients with the water until well combined. Put the potatoes in a baking sheet and pour the seasoning over them, toss to coat well and evenly.
Bake at 400 degrees F, turning once in a while until golden brown but still soft.

Yield: Serves 2. If used as a side dish, it serves 3 or 4 according to portions.

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Absolutely Good Wheaty Berry Patties

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If you are not allergic to gluten and to wheat, you owe it to yourself to try these. They are very easy and super tasty and will go well as a sidekick to mashed potatoes, baked yams or anything you might want to pair them with. You can also chop them into pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes and whatever you prefer for a delicious, easy lunch on the go!

1 cup wheat berries
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1 tomato, seeded and chunked
1 stalk celery, sliced
1/2 cup sweet pepper strips, both red and green
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
2 Tbsp. minced onion or 1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (make your own by toasting bread and pulverizing it in a blender or food processor)
1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 1/2 cup unbleached flour
1 Tbsp. olive oil plus more
3/4 cup water

In a small pot, cook the wheat berries in some water until soft (about 30 minutes). Let them cool. Meanwhile, peel your carrot, chop the tomato in chunks, wash and slice the celery and put in a blender or food processor with some water to form a paste. Scrape into a bowl and add the other ingredients, incorporating them well and adding a little bit of water as needed, making sure you get a soft dough that is not runny or mushy. Drop by large tablespoonfuls into a hot skillet barely "painted' with olive oil and cook until golden brown on both sides.
You can also bake them at 350º F, on a non-stick cookie sheet, watching them carefully and turning them around often until they are done, so that they won't burn.
Pure deliciousness, enjoy!

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Peanutty Patties

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Peanuts give anything they are added to a wonderful rich flavor, so you know for sure these patties are tremendously tasty. They are also very easy. If you are not allergic to peanuts, try them, we are sure you'll enjoy them!

1 cup peanuts, raw, shelled
1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
1 tomato, chunked
1 stalk celery, washed and sliced
1/2 cup red and green sweet peppers, cut in strips (you could use Anaheim peppers to substitute the green, membranes and seeds removed)
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
Salt to taste
3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (you could make them at home with your own toasted bread, pulverized in a blender or food processor)
3/4 cup water
Olive oil

In a food processor or blender, process the peanuts, tomato, celery, carrot and peppers in just enough water to get a soft paste. Scrape into a bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients and little bits of water, just enough to help them all combine smoothly. You are looking for a smooth soft dough, not runny at all.
Using an ice cream scoop or a large spoon, drop the mixture into a cookie sheet that has been barely oiled with olive oil, and bake at 350 º F until golden brown on both sides, turning them about every 5 minutes.
Or you can cook them in a heavy skillet barely "painted" with olive oil until golden brown on both sides.

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Orzo Croquettes

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Orzo is a type of pasta that has the shape of large grains of rice. Like all pasta, it takes the flavor of the seasonings you give it and it can me used in a myriad of ways. This is our rendition of some easy and flavorful croquettes made with orzo. If you have never tried orzo, let this be your introduction to this delicious and fun shape of pasta, Enjoy!

1 1/2 cups orzo
1 tomato, chopped finely
1/2 cup sweet pepper chopped finely (both red and green)
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 tsp. onion powder or to taste
1/2 tsp. garlic powder or to taste
3/4 cup unbleached flour
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp. olive oil plus more

Cook the orzo for between 10 to 12 minutes with the salt (some like the pasta al dente and others like it softer, let it cook till it has the consistency you like). To the same water in which you
cooked the orzo, add all the rest of the ingredients, adding the flour until you are able to form the croquettes, beginning with 1 cup, and adding more as needed.
Barely "paint" a skillet with olive oil and drop the mixture into it by large spoonfuls. Let set before flipping (when you notice that the edges begin to get a golden color, you can flip). Cook till golden brown on both sides.

Yield: depending on size you make it, from 8 large to 1 dozen smaller.

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Kiwi and Strawberry Scrumptiousness

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For me, spring and summer are the season for cool, delicious smoothies! Kiwis and strawberries with coconut milk, what's not to love?  Hope you enjoy a cool, tall glass of this smoothie soon!

1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup vanilla-flavored milk substitute (could be almond milk or any other type of non-dairy milk you prefer)
1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
1 cup water
2 kiwi, peeled and sliced
4 to 5 strawberries, leaves taken out and sliced
Optional: sweetener of your choice
Ice to preference

Prepare your fruit and process all ingredients in a blender till smooth. Serve.

Serves 2.

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Scalloped Sweet Potatoes (Totally Vegan)

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Scalloped potatoes are a favorite in our family, but we decided to give them a twist by making our tried and true recipe with sweet potatoes. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes added a new twist to this delicious dish and we just loved it, we hope you love it too. Here it is, from our kitchen, to yours, enjoy!

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed (You can make them with yams too, but these are regular light colored sweet potatoes)
1/2 block tofu, drained and cubed
1/2 cup raw, sliced almonds
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder (make it 1 tsp. if you are not a great onion lover. If you are a great onion lover you can go up to 1 1/2 Tbsp. for a zesty dish!)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (1 tsp. if you like it zesty)
Salt to taste
2 cups soy milk, plain
1 1/2 cups water
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup olive oil

In a food processor or blender, process the tofu, the almonds, the milk, the cornstarch, the seasonings, and the water, till you have a smooth cream.
Pour into a large baking dish and add the sweet potatoes. You must cover the sweet potatoes with the liquid. If the liquid you have does not cover the sweet potatoes, add a bit more
water and adjust seasonings. Pour the olive oil on top of the mixture and combine.
Bake at 400º F for 1 and a half hours or until potatoes are golden brown.

Serves 2

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