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What To Do With Leftover Chickpeas?


Chickpea Croquettes
1-1/2 cups precooked chickpeas, mashed with a fork
2-1/2 cups precooked brown rice
2 whole wheat bread slices, toasted and crumbled
3 carrots, peeled and finely grated
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 stalk celery, finely grated
2 Tbsp. finely grated red onion or 1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp.sweet paprika powder
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt to taste (if you think it's needed)
1 Tbsp. finaly minced parsley
All Purpose flour
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients, and form crockettes, dust them in flour, if
necessary. Place them on an oiled cookie sheet and bake at 375º F for about 45 minutes. Serve with a good spaghetti-type sauce or with a gravy you like.

Variation:
You can make these same crockettes with white beans.

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Chickpea Burgers
Very easy burgers or patties for vegetarians,vegans or anyone who wants to use leftover chickpeas in a tasty and easy recipe.

SERVES 4 , 4 burgers

1 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 pre-cooked garbanzo beans, mashed

1/2 cup grated raw potato

1 italian plum tomato, finely chopped

1/4 cup grated yellow onion

4 slices vegetarian salami or bologna, cut in tiny pieces

1 cup rolled oat

1 tablespoon vegan parmesan cheese

salt

1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

1/4 teaspoon garlic granules

2 1/2 cups water (or juice from garbanzos)

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds (raw and ground)

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)

4 drops lemon juice (optional)

Mix all ingredients well. Form patties or burgers. Grease a skillet with olive oil and cooking lecithin and cook the patties till golden brown. May serve as is or with a tomato sauce or favorite gravy.
Special Patties

2 1/2 cups brown rice, cooked

1 1/2 cups oats

1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (you can make your own by toasting whole wheat bread and then pulverizing it in the blender)

1 medium size carrot, peeled

1 stalk celery, washed and chopped

1 tomato, seeded

1 medium size onion, peeled and chopped

1 small raw beet (or 2 tsp. beet powder, you can buy that in health food stores, this will add color and wonderful flavor)

1/2 cup soy flourSalt to taste

2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup green peppers, seeded and chopped

1/2 tsp. coriander seed powder

1 cup water
Put in a blender, 1 cup water, the brown rice, the oats, the carrot, celery, tomato, onion, peppers, and the beet (if you are using it and not the powder), and process till smooth.Scrape contents of the blender into a bowl and add all the other ingredients, mixing well. Form patties. Bake them at 350º F on a greased cookie sheet, for 15 minutes one side,then turning and baking for another 15 minutes the other side (30 minutes total), or until golden brown on both sides.Serve with sauce or gravy of your choice as a side dish for rice, baked yams, boiled squash, mashed potatoes, steamed sweet potatoes, etc.You can also use them instead of burgers for sandwiches. Also, you can cut them in pieces, after baked and add them to your pasta, before you toss it, to your scrambled tofu while it cooks in the skillet, or to your white beans, right beforeyou serve them, especially if you cook them with a broth, minestrone style.


AuraRose Soy Meatless Meat

1 cup soy flour (or 1 cup soy beans soaked overnight

1 cup tomatoes, in chunks

4 Tbsp. peanut butter

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. Salt or to taste

1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (you can make your own by toasting your bread and then pulverizing it in the blender or food processor)

3 Tbsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder or 1 fresh clove of garlic, peeled and mashed

1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning or herbs of your choice (a blend that has sweet basil would be wonderful)

2 Tbsp. paprika powder

1 celery stalk, washed and chopped

1 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
Rinse and drain the soy beans you have soaked, put them inthe blender with the tomato, the celery and the parsley, and adding just a little water at a time, process until you have a soft mush.Scrape into a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, mixing well until all ingredients are blended. Put in a deep, greased baking dish and bake at 300º F and check by inserting a knife in themiddle. If done, bring out and let cool completely before you slice it.This recipe can be frozen and slice later on. You can top with your favorite sauce or gravy and serve as a side dish. Or use for sandwiches with soy mayo.
These recipes are very tasty, nutritious and are excellent budget savers.
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Sweet Nutty Balls:
3/4 cup Brazil nuts, ground;
3/4 cup ground pecans;
1 cup golden raisins, finely chopped;
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped small;
1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped;
2 Tbsp. honey;
1 tsp. vanilla;
1 tsp. finely grated lemon rind.
Plastic wrap or waxed paper.
Adult: In a food processor or blender, grind the nuts. Set aside. Chop the fruit finely or pass them all through the food processor. Put all the fruit in a bowl and incorportate the nuts and the rest of the ingredients. Mix them well. Direct the
children to form balls with the mixture and to wrap them in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Place each one in a dish to go into the refrigerator. Chill for a few hours before eating.
You can dust them with powdered coconut before you
wrap them.


Variations:
You can substitute the nuts for peanuts, walnuts, almonds.
The fruit for raisins and coconut.










Fruity Chews #2

This one will ciertainly hit the spot with your kids or grandkids!

1/8 cup apple juice from concentrate1 cup ground walnuts1 cup dried figs1 cup dried apples1/2 cup yellow raisins1/2 cup dark raisins1 cup dried apricots 1/2 cup brown sugar1/8 tsp. non-alcoholic almond extract1/8 tsp. salt1/2 cup choped hazelnuts
Wax paper or plastic wrap
Adult: Put the dried fruits through a food processor or a grinder, add the apple juice from concentrate, almond extract, and the salt. Mix all the ingredients well.

Scoop portions and give to the children to roll them into balls,then to wrap them in wax paperor plastic wrap. Chill before eating.





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-Mental Depression, Effects on Health-Sadness deadens the circulation in the blood vessels and nerves, and also retards the action of the liver. It hinders the process of digestion and of nutrition, and has a tendency to dry up the marrow of the whole system. . . . Mental depression causes dyspepsia, and this aggravates the mental disorder." Letter 1, 1883.
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Breaded Oven-Baked Eggplant Rounds
2 large eggplants,washed and towel-driedcut them in rounds about 1 inch thick, leaving the skins In a large bowl, combine:
1 cup soy flour3/4 cup all-purpose flour3 Tbsp. onion powder1 tsp. garlic powderSalt to taste1 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder1 tsp. herbs of your choice, ground (when in doubt, use a little bit of sweet basil or of Italian Seasoning)1 cup fine whole wheat bread crumbs (you can make your own by toasting bread and then pulverising it in the blender or food processor)1 Tbsp. olive oil2 Tbsp. sesame seeds1/2 cup wheat germ or fine cornmeal1/2 cup quick oats
Mix all together with enough water to form a batter that is not too thick. Pour enough of the mixture over each one of the eggplant roundsand place them in a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400º F for 10 minutes, and check to see if they are golden brown. Turn them around and lower the temperature to 300º F and bake until they are golden brown on that side also. A great and easy side dish!
Delicious Tofu in Tomato Sauce and Almond Milk
1 block of tofu, drained in a colander2 Roma tomatoes, chopped in pieces1/2 cup sweet green peppers, sliced1/4 cup sweet red peppers, sliced1/2 cup raw almonds (do not have to be blanched)1 medium onion, peeled and chopped2 Tbs. sweet paprika powder1 Tsp. garlic powderSalt to taste1/2 Tsp. Ita lian Seasoning or herbs of your choice3 Tbsp. olive oil1/2 cup tomato sauce2 cups of water
In a blnder, put the almonds and the water and process them into a milk.Set aside. In a skillet, put all the ingredients, except the tofu and the almond milk. Stir them up with a little water for 3 minutes. Slice the tofu and add it and after that, add the almond milk and cook for 10 minutes, stirrring occassionally.A very easy and useful side dish. Goes well with almost anything!
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Potato and Brown Rice Pie

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Filling:
1 cup TVP (textured vegetable protein, the type that has no coloring nor flavor)
1 stalk of celery
1 Roma tomato, in chunks
2 Tbsp. onion powder or 1/2 an onion cut in pieces
Salt to taste
1 tsp. garlic powder
3 Tbsp. olive or canola oil (you can also use grapeseed oil)
1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning or herbs of your choice
1 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
3/4 cup tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 Anaheim pepper cut into small pieces or any green sweet pepper you have in hand
1/4 cup walnut pieces (you can substitute with ground sunflower seeds)











Prepare the filling before you make the pie dough. In the blender, process the stalk of celery, the tomato with 1 cup of water. If you are using onion in pieces, add to this mixture, blend till smooth. Dump the contents of the blender into a skillet, add the rest of the ingredients and cook over medium fire till tender and moist (not watery). While cooking, add more water as needed because the TVP tends to absorb all the water. Set aside and prepare the pie dough.

Pie Dough

3 medium size potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
1 cup brown rice already cooked
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup soy flour (you can get it at a health food store)
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt to taste
1 Cup water
1/4 cup raw cashews or raw almonds

In the blender, process the potatoes, the brown rice and the cashews with a little water until smooth. Scrape into a bowl. Mix in the rest of the ingredients until you have a very soft dough.
Grease a baking dish and extend half of the pie dough to cover the bottom of the dish. Cover the layer of pie dough with the TVP, top with the rest of the pie dough.
Bake at 400º F for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350º F until golden brown for approximately 35 minutes.
This is a delicious pie and it would be a great addition to your table when having lots of company.


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Eggplant "Chips"

Peel a medium-sized eggplant
slice it in 1/2 inch rounds.
Spray an oven pan or just brush some olive oil on it (if you are concerned about cholesterol,add liquid lecithin to the oil. Don't worry, it won't make the chips taste bad!) Then, soak the rounds for a while in cold water with a little salt.
After about 10 or 15 minutes, pull them out, pat them dry a bit with a
paper towel. Then sprinkle them generously with granulated or powdered garlic on both sides and bake them until they are crispy. They are very tasty!
Variation:
If you want a change or if you
are not a garlic lover, you can
use powdered onion to substitute
the garlic. If you have a mill, you can also grind and use a mixture of equal parts of garlic, onion powder and dried basil. You may change the recipe acccording to your personal taste, as you try the different variations.
If you have some good homemade spaghetti sauce, you can dab a little on them while they bake as well, making another variation.
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Spanish Okra
1/2 pack frozen okra, thawed
1 small onion
1/2 Bell red pepper cut in strips
1 Roma tomato, chopped
1/4 tsp. oregano (powdered)
1/8 tsp. Italian Seasoning or just basil
salt to taste
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp. sweet paprika powder
After your okra has thawed, place it in a deep skillet together with the olive oil, the onions, the garlic and the pepper. Sautee the vegetables a bit, adding a little water at a time, for a couple of minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients and a little more water,and let it all cook till tender. A very nice and easy side dish.
Vegetable Rice
1 cup cooked rice
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup Butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup frozen sweet peas, thawed
1 Roma tomato, in chunks
salt to taste
1 medium sized onion sliced peeled and halved
1/2 tsp. powdered or granulated garlic
1 tsp. paprika
1 tablespoon red Bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon green Bell pepper,chopped
1 cup frozen broccoli or cauliflower flowerettes, thawed
1/2 cup shredded white cabbage
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
Put 2 tablespoons olive oil in a deep skillet and sautee the vegetables,(except the peas) for a few minutes. Add the other seasonings. Continue cooking, adding water little by little until tender. Add the rice and mix well. Leave for a few minutes, adding a little water, if necessary. let it cook until the vegetables are done and the flavors are blended. Add the peas and mix into the rice. Serve.
If you are able to get a Vegan Parmesan Cheese at your local health food store or supermarket, sprinkle the cheese on top as you serve the rice.
Add pimento-stuffed green olives to decorate.
Breaded Zucchini Slices
1 pound zucchini squash cut into 1/2-inch slices
salt to taste
Breading mix
Bread crumbs (you can make them by toasting whole wheat bread and pulverizing it in the blender together with 1 tablespoon raw sesame or sunflower seeds) and 1/8 tsp. celery seeds (optional).To 1 cup prepared bread crumbs add 1/2 tablespoon Italian Seasoning1 tablespoon onion powder 1/2 tsp. garlic powder (if you love garlic, you can add 1 tsp.)1 tablespoon arrowroot powder or 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour,1/2 cup tofu mashed in the blender with a little water to a creamy consistency.
Mix all ingredients, including tofu, adding water till you have the consistency of a pancake batter (be careful not to get it too runny!) Spray a pan or oil it with olive oil. Dip your zucchini slices in the batterand put them in the oven at 350° until they are golden.

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Eggplant in Sauce
1 eggplant, peeled and cubed
1/2 Bell pepper (either red or green)
1/4 cup shopped onions
1 Roma tomato, chopped
1/4 tsp. oregano
salt to taste
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 cup crushed tomatoes (optional)
Put the oil in a skillet and sautee the eggplant a little with the onions and the garlic, adding a little water at a time for about 3 min.Then add the other ingredients and continue cooking, adding little bits of water until the vegetables are tender. If you like you sauce thicker, add the crushed tomatoes as you cook. Remove garlic cloves before serving. Good as a side dish for rice.

Scrambled Tofu
In a skillet, put 2 tablespoons olive oil add 1/2 Roma tomato, chopped; 2 tablespoons red Bell pepper, chopped; 2 tablespoons green Bell pepper,chopped; 1/2 tsp. granulated or powdered garlic; 1/2 onion sliced or chopped; salt to taste; 1/8 tsp. parsley flakes or a littlef resh parsley, finely chopped; 1/2 tsp. turmeric; 1/2 tsp. paprika; 1/8 tsp. Italian Seasoning; 1/2 block tofu (which you previously cut in chunks or mashed a bit, crumbling it with a fork to the consistency you want) stir the tofu and the ingredients continually without adding water, until done.
It will have a consistency similar to that of scrambled eggs. And it can be used the sameway. Serve with toast, mashed potatoes, stuff a pita bread or do or whatever you like with it.

Lentil Patties
2 cup cooked lentils
1 medium size potato, sliced
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped small or ground
salt to taste
1 Roma tomato, chopped
1/2 tsp. sage (powdered)
1/4 cup red Bell pepper, chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup oats, pulverized fine in the blender (to be added later).
Put all ingredients, except the oats, in the blender and make a cream (if you like to eat your veggies and really taste them, just chopthem all and make your mix), adding a little
oatmeal at a time, to work toward the desired consistency. If too runny still, add a little whole wheat flour, but just a little, not to make the mix too hard when it cooks.Form your patties and cook them ina hot skillet oiled with a little olive oil.

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Three Grain Steaks


1 1/2 cup whole wheat sprouted1/4 cup walnuts1/2 cup red pepper, chopped1/4 cup Anaheim peper, chopped1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped1 celery stalk, washed and chopped1 medium red onion, peeled and sliced 3/4 cup waterBlenderize all of these ingredients the with the water. Scoop into a bowl.
Add1 cup Old Fashioned oats1 cup brown rice flour1 Tbsp. coriander seed, ground1 tsp. Italian Seasoning2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder1 1/4 cup soy flour1 1/2 cup All Purpose flourSalt to taste2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs1 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder2 Tbsp. olive oil
Combine all of these ingredients with the ones preciously on the bowl, making a dough. If the dough is too moist, add a little more flour.Put some flour in the palm of your hand and taking pieces of the dough, shape them into small steaks, preferably medium size. Then boil them in a vegetable broth for 1/2 hour. Prepare your favorite tomato sauce and cover them with it.
Yield: 18 medium size steaks. You can freeze the ones you don't use for other meals.Serving suggestions:Serve the steaks with mashed potatoes or brown rice with any salad of your choice.

Grandma's Oatburgers
1 cup uncooked oatmeal1 cup bread crumbs1/2 cup bulgur wheat(cooked to the consistency of rice)1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped (for a variation, you can use 1/4 cup sunflower seeds or 1/3 cup of unsalted cashews)1/2 onion, choped or 1 medium onion,chopped1/4 tsp. salt or to taste1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning1/2 tsp. garlic powder1/4 tsp. sage1 tablespoon olive oil2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
Mix all of the ingredients and form a pastethick enough you can use to form burger-typepatties.Spray a deep skillet or just put a little olive oil in it and cook the burgers in it till golden brown.

Inviting Garden Burgers
1 cup tofu, mashed

2 cups finely chopped zucchini or any other squash you like

1 tablespoon red Bell pepper

chopped1 tablespoon green Bell pepper

chopped1 tablespoon paprika

1 carrot, peeled, finely grated

1/2 tomato, finely chopped

1/2 stalk celery, finely chopped or grated

1 medium onion, finely chopped or grated

salt to taste

1/2 cup whole wheat flour or bread crumbs

A pinch turmeric

1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, form theburgers and cook in a hot skillet oiled ina little olive oil till golden brown.Serve with a favorite sauce if you want.
Scrumptious Burgers
2 cups bulgur wheat(cooked to the consistency of rice)

1 cup bread crumbs

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon paprika

1/2 tsp. mint (dried or fresh, if fresh, you must put it through a blender with a little water)

1 tablespoon red Bell pepper,chopped

1 sprig of cilantro (do the same as for the fresh mint)

1 tablespoon green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. granulated garlic

salt to taste

2 tablespoons whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon cereal coffee(no, it won't taste like coffee!)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Place into an oiled skillet with alittle olive oil and cook till they're done.


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Tofu with Tomato Sauce

Take 1 block of firm tofu and drain it, then chop it in medium size cubes
prepare your favorite tomato sauce (spghetti-style will be good).
Put your tofu in a skillet, add your tomato sauce and let the tofu
cook in the sauce, absorbing over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
Serve immediately.

This is a very versatile tofu recipe, you can use it as a side dish for rice,
potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, squash, etc.
You can add it to your trimmings for pita bread, tortilla wraps, or
Italian bread sandwiches, and you can invent anything with it!

Savory Soy-Oat Patties or Burgers



1 cup quick oats
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (you can prepare your own by toasting and then pulverizing your bread)
1/2 cup sesame seeds
3/4 cup soy flour
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. onion powder plus 1/4 cup red onion very finely chopped
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
3 leaves fresh mint finely minced if you only have dried mint, add 1 tsp. dried herb
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1/2 cup water

In a bowl, mix all ingredients adding water little by little until you get the consistency of a doft dough. Form patties with your hands.
Place in the oven aty 350º F for 45 minutes, turning them, or until they are golden brown but still soft.
When you serve, add the sauce of your liking. You can garnish with green olives and even with some fresh mint leaves.
This patty recipe is very tasty and very convenient when it comes to preparing vegan burgers. All you have to do
is to make them thicker. The recipe if not overbaked, will give you patties or burgers that are juicy and bursting with flavor.

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Easy Eggplant Patties

If you love eggplants, you'll love this one!

Peel 1 medium eggplant and cut it in cubes.
Put in a blender with the following:
1 medium sliced potato
1 tablespoon paprika, salt to taste,
1 garlic clove, diced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 to 1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 medium onion, sliced
1/4 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 cup bulgur wheat
(pre-cooked till soft, to
consistency of rice)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame
seeds.
Blenderize all into a paste,
dump it into a bowl, add 1/2
tablesppon extra virgin olive
oil and mix in 1/2 cup whole
wheat flour or 3 tablespoons
arrowroot (you can get it at
your health food store), or 4
tablespoons cornstarch. If the
mix is too soft, add a little more,
but not much or they will get too
hard. Cover and set aside.
Make your favorite spaghetti sauce.
When done, spray a skillet,
form your patties or burgers and
put them to cook. Watch them, and
as soon as they begin to solidify, baste
them with the spaghetti sauce. Keep
repeating the basting on both sides
until they are done. Use the remainder
of the sauce to top them.
Serve them with rice, potatoes, baked
yams or whatever you like. Or you can
put them on a whole wheat bun with your favorite toppings.

Sweet and Sour Patties

1 cup bulgur wheat cooked
a little bit in water till it's
soft like rice.
1 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 dried marjoram
1/4 cup grated onion
2 tablespoons grated orange
rind (for an even sweeter
taste, use the rind of a tangerine, finely grated)
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin
olive oil
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
or 3 tablespoons arrowroot or
4 tablespoons cornstarch.
3 tablespoons all natural pineapple
jam (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, except the jam, adding more cornstarch, ar-
rowroot or flour if the mix is too mushy.
Spray a skillet or put some olive oil
in it (you can use a little liquid cooking lecithin to reduce the cholesterol if that is a concern).
Form your patties or burgers and put
them to cook. As soon as they solidify,
baste them with the jam, and do this
several times, letting it melt over and soak into the patties, until they are done.
Serve with any side dish you like.

Chickpea or Garbanzo Patties
2 cups cooked chickpeas, mashed
1 cup oats (quick)
1 medium potato sliced
Put in the blender with the following: 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast —this is not the yeast you use to leaven bread, but one you can buy at your local health food store and which is used for flavoring—
1 tablespoon paprika
1/4 tsp. sage powder
1/4 tsp. oregano powder
salt to taste
1/4 cup walnut pieces
1 medium sized tomato (Roma)
1/2 to 1/4 tsp garlic powder.)
Blenderize into a paste. If necessary,
add a little water (only to form a paste!) Form your patties. Oil a skillet
with olive oil, not to fry, but just enough to cook the patties. Cook
until golden brown.

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This one is very good! Very flavorful.


1 -1/2 cups Old Fashioned oats
1 cup soy flour
3/4 cup whole peanuts, cracked
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/3 cup sesame seeds
Salt to taste
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 Roma or plum tomato, finely chopped
2/3 cup red Bell pepper, finely chopped
2/3 of an Anaheim pepper, finely chopped
1 -1/2 cups water

In a bowl, mix all ingredients, adding 1 cup water, little by little, while you mix. If 1 cup is not enough, add more, but very slowly and little by little, until all the ingredients are very wet but not soupy or runny. The consistency should be similar to that of granola before you bake it. Spread on a baking sheet greased with olive oil.

Bake at 400º F. With a fork, separate the pieces and turn them from time to time, as if you were mixing granola. Bake till golden brown (not too dark), dry and crunchy, but not too hard.

This is what it looks like



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Rice with "Meaty" Chunks

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This is another delicious version of the previously shared


"Meaty" Strips and "Meatballs"


1 1/2 cuo old fashioned oats
1/4 cup gluten flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
4 Tbsp. soy flour
1 tsp. coriander in powder
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. sweet paprika powder
2 Tbsp. onion powder
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp. coffee substitute (will not give bad flavor but will provide a warm brown "meaty" look)
2 Tbsp. wheat germ
2 slices whole wheat bread crumbled
4 Tbsp. pulverized walnuts
2 tbsp. olive oil (virgin)
1 cup water

Put all the ingredients in a bowl except the water and the all purpose flour, incorporate into a
dough with your hands, adding the flour and the water little by little until you have a nice
dough ball that is neither too soft and sticky nor too hard and stiff-dry. It must be a compact
dough, but it cannot bee either too wet nor too dry.
Set aside and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a pot, put 3cups of water to boil. Add 1 celery stalk, chopped; 1 small onion peeled and cut in half; 1 carrot, peeled and chopped; 1 small beet, peeled and chopped; 2 garlic cloves. Salt to taste. When the broth is boiling, take pieces of the dough and flatten them with your hands, to form thick square chunks. Boil them in the broth for about 30 minutes over a low heat. While the chunks are cooking, prepare your favorite tomato sauce.
When the chunks are done, put them in the freezer until they are completely cool (about 30 minutes or 1 hour)so you can cut them without breaking them). When you cut them, slice them lengthwise with a sharp knife. Let them come to room temperture.
Put them in a serving dish and pour the sauce over them.

Now, having prepared the basic recipe, let's make our new variation!

Rice with "Meaty" Chunks
You will need
1 recipe "Meaty" Strips and "Meatballs" prepared as explained above
2 cups brown rice precooked
1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp. tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 cup water
3/4 cup pears already cooked

Prepare brown rice as you normally do and set aside.
In a medium pot, where the rice and the "meat" and the rest of the ingredients will fit nicely, start by sauteeing the red and green pepers and the onions with the garlic powder and the tomato sauce, pressing the peppers with a fork so that they will release some of their flavors. When the vegetables are soft but not soggy, add the "meat" and the rice, and the rest of the ingredients except the peas, and mix gently to blend flavors and let cook over medium heat, putting little bits of water as needed until the "meat" and the rice absorb the flavor of the forming sauce.
Cook the "meat" and rice mixture until they absorb most of the sauce and yet remain pleasantly moist.
Before serving, add some peas and some slices of red or green peper for garnish.

Here is what the dish looks like










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Another way to cook the same recipe!

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Hi! This is another way to have the "Meaty" Strips and "Meatballs."

(See previous recipe.)

Prepare the strips version of the recipe and when done, sautee in

your favorite spaghetti sauce and serve with potatoes and a fresh salad.

Let the strips absorbe the sauce so that they'd be juicy.

Here's how it looks.


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"Meaty" Strips and "Meatballs"



1 1/2 cuo old fashioned oats
1/4 cup gluten flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
4 Tbsp. soy flour
1 tsp. coriander in powder
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. sweet paprika powder
2 Tbsp. onion powder
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp. coffee substitute (will not give bad flavor but will provide a warm brown "meaty" look)
2 Tbsp. wheat germ
2 slices whole wheat bread crumbled
4 Tbsp. pulverized walnuts
2 tbsp. olive oil (virgin)
1 cup water

Put all the ingredients in a bowl except the water and the all purpose flour, incorporate into a
dough with your hands, adding the flour and the water little by little until you have a nice
dough ball that is neither too soft and sticky nor too hard and stiff-dry. It must be a compact
dough, but it cannot bee either too wet nor too dry.
Set aside and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a pot, put 3cups of water to boil. Add 1 celery stalk, chopped; 1 small onion
peeled and cut in half; 1 carrot, peeled and chopped; 1 small beet, peeled and chopped; 2
garlic cloves. Salt to taste. When the broth is boiling, take pieces of the dough and flatten them with your hands, to form thick square chunks. Boil them in the broth for about 30 minutes over a low heat. While the chunks are cooking, prepare your favorite tomato sauce.
When the chunks are done, put them in the freezer until they are completely cool ()so you can cut them without breaking them). When you cut them, slice them lengthwise with a sharp knife. Let them come to room temperture.
Put them in a serving dish and pour the sauce over them. You can garnish them with onion rings if you like.

This is a wonderful side dish, it is not only tasty but versatile. You can use them with potatoes, rice, yams, sweet potatoes, squash, etc.
You can also use the strips in pita sandwiches and also in tortilla wraps.

In the picture I've enclosed, you see the chunks and also the strips after they ahve been cut.

Variation

Meatballs



The recipe is exactly as the one above, only that you form meatballs with the dough.
You cook them in a spaghetti-type sauce until they absorb the flavor.
You can serve them with pasta, with rice, with potatoes, any way you like.

Here are some other pictures of this delicious recipe.


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Great for Grandma!


(These make a great babysittingactivity that later on all can sit and enjoy!)
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Tutti-Frutti Balls #2
1 c. dried papayas1/2 c. seedless yellow raisins1/2 c. dried pineapple1/2 c. pitted dates1/4 tsp. salt1/4 tsp. grated orange rind (evenbetter if you can get it from a tangerine!)1/2 c. powdered coconut1/2 cup, finely chopped hazelnuts or ground BrazilnutsJuice from 1 orange or a couple of tangerines
Adult: Chop the fruits very finely and gratethe orange or tangerine rind. toast the almonds and shop them or the walnuts. Squeeze the juice of 1 orange and set aside. prepare a clean workingsurface for the children to form the balls. Prepare also a baking sheet or flat dish with the coconut.Take a large bowl and put he finely chopped fruits init, combine with the walnuts or toasted almonds, the orange juice and rind and mix well.Scoop portions of the mixture and Direct the children to form balls and then roll them in the powdered coconut. They may place them on a clean baking sheet as they finish each one or wrap them carefully in plastic wrap. Chill at least one hour before eating. Makes about 16 balls.

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Another nice recipe for Cooking with your kids!

Delicioso's Fruity Chews

Fruity Chews #2

This one will ciertainly hit the spot with your kids or grandkids!
1/8 cup apple juice from concentrate1 cup ground walnuts1 cup dried figs1 cup dried apples1/2 cup yellow raisins1/2 cup dark raisins1 cup dried apricots 1/2 cup brown sugar1/8 tsp. non-alcoholic almond extract1/8 tsp. salt1/2 cup choped hazelnutsWax paper or plastic wrapAdult: Put the dried fruits through a food processor or a grinder, add the apple juice from concentrate, almond extract, and the salt. Mix all the ingredients well.
Scoop portions and give to the children to roll them into balls,then to wrap them in wax paperor plastic wrap. Chill before eating.

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Glazed Eggplant Meatballs


Very tasty!


Meatballs

1 eggplant, washed, peeled and cubed small

1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (you can pulverize your own bread in your blender or food processor, measuing for amount after your crumbs are made)

3 Tbsp. wheat germ

1/2 cup quick oats

1 Tbsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. sweet paprika powder

1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning

At least 3 Tbsp. whole wheat flour

Salt to taste

1 tsp. olive oil


In a bowl, mix all the ingredients until you have a soft dough, form into meatballs and

place in a cookie sheet. Bake at 300º F until golden brown, basting with the following sauce

during the last 15 minutes of your baking:


Basting Sauce


1/2 cup home-prepared spaghetti-type tomato or barbecue sauce of your liking

1/2 cup pineapply jelly or 4 Tbsp. honey

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Nutty Yum!


2/3 cup orange juice from concentrate

1/2 cup dates

2 Tbsp. carob powder

3 Tbsp. almond butter

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2/8 cup raisins


Adult: Put raisins and dates with the juice in a blender and process till smooth.

Scrape into a bowl .

Supervise the kids as they add the other ingredients into the bowl and mix them well until you have a cream. Show them how tos coop by large tablespoonfuls into little paper cups for muffins or cupcakes and refrigerate.

Kids can eat them from the cupcake shapes.


Amount depends on how much is pour into each paper cup.


Variation:

You can substitute peanut butter for almond butter and apple juice for the orange juice.
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Sweet Nutty Balls:

3/4 cup Brazil nuts, ground;

3/4 cup ground pecans;

1 cup golden raisins, finely chopped;

1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped small;

1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped;

2 Tbsp. honey;1 tsp. vanilla;

1 tsp. finely grated lemon rind.

Plastic wrap or waxed paper.Adult: In a food processor or blender, grind the nuts. Set aside. Chop the fruit finely or pass them all through the food processor. Put all the fruit in a bowl and incorportate the nuts and the rest of the ingredients. Mix them well. Direct thechildren to form balls with the mixture and to wrap them in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Place each one in a dish to go into the refrigerator. Chill for a few hours before eating.You can dust them with powdered coconut before you wrap them.
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