Better Than Jack Johnson’s Banana Pancakes…

Every time I hear of banana pancakes, I think of the song by Jack Johnson. However, two weekends ago (not this weekend, when I was bombarded with sneezing, coughing and fatigue), I decided to actually make banana pancakes. I took a recipe from this 500 Vegan Recipes book I got for Christmas and jazzed ‘er up a bit. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 scant cup soy milk
  • 1/2 c all purpose flour and 1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbl sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbls vegetable oil (I used canola)
  • Equivalent to 1 egg (1 tbl flax + 3 tbls water)
  • 1 banana sliced
  • walnuts

Instructions:

  1. Combine dry ingredients
  2. Combine wet ingredients
  3. Slowly mix wet into dry
  4. Put dollops onto a hot greased (with spray/oil/etc) pan, then put sliced bananas on top of dollops
  5. Flip
  6. Eat!
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Hearty Beefless Stew

I have been craving beefless stew for quite some time. After tasting Gardein’s beefless tips, I knew I had to try this recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

    • 3 tbl oil
    • 10 oz pearl onions (I used yellow)
    • 2 cloves minced garlic
    • 2 stalks of finely sliced celery
    • 2 medium carrots (I used purple and orange)
    • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
    • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
    • 3 tbls flour
    • 3 c beefless broth (I used veg broth)
    • 1 c dry red wine (I used Cab Sauv)
    • 2 medium potatoes (I used purple, yellow, white and red)
    • salt and pepper to taste (be careful on the salt, some broths are super high in sodium!)
    • 1 pkg of Gardein beefless tips

Instructions:

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan on medium high heat, add beefless tips and brown on all sides. Remove from saucepan and set aside.
  • Add pearl onions, garlic and celery to saucepan and cook for 3 minutes. Add carrots, thyme, and rosemary and continue to cook for 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle in flour, then slowly add broth and wine while stirring.
  • Add potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add beefless tips back in and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.