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Thank You Martha Stewart

The Goddess of home entertainment goes meatless!
A vegetable metamorphosis you have to eat to believe!

A vegetable metamorphosis you have to eat to believe!

If there’s one person on the planet who can prove plates full of veggies aren’t just for veg heads, it’s Martha Stewart. While far from a vegan manifesto, the title alone of her new book, meatless, can influence the masses to think outside the slaughterhouse.

Bill Clinton showed the public it’s possible to reverse illness by way of your mouth. Martha Stewart is showing the public that meatless meals can be decadent, trendy and impressive to the eye.

Never going to give up meat?  Ok.  I doubt the world will ever be meat-free. How about just cutting back, broadening your tastebuds, thinking outside ol’ MacDonald’s Farm?

Adding a few meatless meals per week can not only improve your health, but do more for our environment than your hybrid car. If the world consumed less meat, there would be less demand to feed livestock with subsidized corn and less methane gas polluting our planet.  Animals that are raised for food could be treated well….like….animals.

Labeling ourselves is part of the problem. Carnivore or vegan? Pesco or Lacto– Paleo or Nemo?!  I’m even confused! It’s about liking the food in front of you. Why wear a crown of thorns that allows for no movement? So you’ve been a hunter since you were 5, does that mean you can’t fill your plate with quinoa and kale once in awhile?

I’ll take progress over perfection. I can spar with a hunter and argue nutrients and animal rights. Or I can just satisfy his appetite so he wants to eat more plant based food. The goal is good food that’s better for you. Period.

If it’s delicious and healthy and easy to prepare— now, now… I’ve got your attention no matter what you call yourself.

Thanks to Queen Martha, I have never, never, NEVER had cabbage that tasted like this before! Cheap, ridiculously easy, low calorie, healthy, scrumptious and the bonus—eat as much as you want!

WARNING! Vegetables have started a coup and they may just take over your plates!

Roasted Cabbage Wedges

*Original recipe from MarthaStewart.com

Broiled Cabbage Wedges-0019

Just Five
1 large head green cabbage
2 T garlic olive oil
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper
1 tsp caraway seeds
Cooking spray (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Slice cabbage into 1″ thick rounds. Place on cookie sheet (lightly sprayed with oil if desired). Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Add caraway seeds to evenly top all wedges. Bake for 40 minutes until tender and edges start to brown.

Bang Bang Cauliflower

This is my veganized and a bit healthier version of original recipe by That’s So Michelle. A true crowd pleaser. Click here to see her awesome photos and original version of recipe.

I served on elongated disposable silver trays with fancy toothpicks.

I served on disposable silver appetizer trays with fancy toothpicks.

As an Appetizer
1/2 cup whole wheat Panko bread crumbs
2 T cornstarch
Egg replacer substitute for 1/2 cup egg whites
2 T soy creamer (optional)
1 head cauliflower
Salt and pepper
1 T garlic powder
2 T garlic olive oil
Chopped green onion
For the Sauce
1/4 cup vegenaise
2 T Siracha hot sauce
1 T rice vinegar
2 T sugar

Cut up cauliflower into bite size florets. Mix salt, pepper and garlic powder into breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Put cornstarch in a separate shallow dish. Mix Egg Replacer in bowl with water per instructions on box. (Add in soy creamer if desired to thicken).

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Dip florets into “egg” mixture, then coat with cornstarch and Panko breadcrumb mixture. In a large skillet begin to brown the florets in heated olive oil, turning as needed. Since I used less oil than original recipe which calls for 1/4 cup, you won’t have enough oil to fully cook the cauliflower. Strive to brown the edges and evenly coat the florets with the oil the best you can.

Place florets on cookie sheet (use a baking stone if available) and bake for 10 minutes. Mix sauce ingredients and drizzle on hot florets and top with green onion. Serve immediately.

Buffalo Wild Florets

I can tell you how many chickens were killed to supply you with that tray of buffalo wings at your Final Four party OR I can offer you a helluva alternative that didn’t kill any. Don’t have a heart for chickens? Ok, then care about your own heart and try this recipe instead:)!

Go ahead and take that bite and remind yourself it's a vegetable!

Go ahead and take that bite and remind yourself it’s a vegetable!

Similar to Bang Bang Cauliflower above with a little more kick and crunch!

What You’ll Need
1 head cauliflower
1 large head broccoli
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup matzo meal
4 T corn meal
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 T garlic powder
3 T olive oil
Egg Replacer equiv. of 2 eggs*
*Unsweetened almond milk used in place of water for the “eggs”
Cooking oil spray
The Side Kick
1/4 cup vegenaise
3 T melted Smart Balance Light or Earth Balance Spread
1 clove minced garlic
1/8 cup hot sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1 T honey (optional)
Dash of cayenne pepper (if you dare)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Cut up vegetable heads into bite size florets. Make sure they are completely dry before proceeding.

Make the egg mixture in large deep bowl using unsweetened almond milk (or unsweetened soy). Combine all dry ingredients in large deep bowl.

Heat olive oil in large skillet. Coat florets in egg mixture (using your hands is best). Allow florets to drip back into bowl before transferring to bowl with dry ingredients. Coat thoroughly and then immediately drop into skillet to brown. Once edges start to brown, transfer to baking stone or large pan (including any extra breading that might have fallen off). Spray with cooking oil spray until evenly coated.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Mix together sauce ingredients and then fold in vegenaise. Serve roasted florets with dipping sauce on the side.

Bang Bang Vegetables-0018

One piece of advice. Don’t ignore a recipe that appeals to you but contains an ingredient (or two) you don’t like.

Swap and substitute. Freely.

You can pretend to be a star and please your audience most of the time. No two performances have to be alike.

"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." Steve Furtick

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Click on cover to purchase Martha Stewart’s, meatless.

 

 

 

Other tasty vegetables you might want to try:

Stuffed Poblanos with Lacinato Kale Jamboree

Just Cucumbers

A Perfect Marriage- Garlic and Greens

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Very true! Makes a change to see somenoe spell it out like that. :)

    July 20, 2016

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