SMOKY NUT PASTE – today’s ingredients

SMOKY NUT PASTE

Pecans and walnuts processed with coconut, brown sugar and liquid smoke into a creamy textured paste. Liquid Aminos added for umami boost. Melt in mouth. Serve on crackers with sweet or savory toppers. Versatile!

Makes 3 cups








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Steve’s Antipasto Soup | Sauce – Today’s Ingredients

No slice no dice. Two hands, a can opener, a pot and a spoon is all you need to make lunches for a week plus a few at-home-meals.

Packed full of flavors, textures and exclamation points – Fly to Italy, Greece, Spain without leaving your kitchen!

Makes 23 cups


Ingredients: Steve waits till all these items are on sale. Use any brand you want, but these are good. Those grilled artichokes are super! If the recipe is too big for your pot, reduce the size (reducing by half works easiest.)

2,28 oz. cans diced tomatoes – Dei Fratelli brand

4 oz. jar chopped Roasted Garlic SPICE WORLD brand

0.42 oz. lightly dried basil by Gourmet Garden


5-3/4 oz. DELALLO MANZANILLA (green) OLIVES, including liquid

6 oz. DELALLO SMALL RIPE (pitted) BLACK OLIVES, including liquid

4.5 oz. jar sliced mushrooms including liquid – Pennsylvania Dutch brand

4.5 oz. jar sliced mushrooms including liquid – POLAR brand

12 oz. jar sweet red roasted pepper strips

2, 7 oz. jars Grilled Artichokes by Napoleon


15.5 oz. can cannellini beans by BUSH’S

16 oz. can garbanzo beans by BUSH’s

15 oz. can whole kernel corn including liquid by FULL CIRCLE


3 c. V-8 Vegetable Juice

12 oz. can tomato paste -I used HUNT’S

salt and pepper to taste


Optional: Top each serving with Follow Your Heart Vegan parmesan shreds.

For some of the meals we cooked up some Veggie Meatballs by Lightlife and served them with the antipasto.

For other meals we served it over cooked elbow macaroni with ridges – RACCONTO brand.


In extra-large soup pot, over medium heat, add all ingredients, except the parmesan and meatballs, stirring after each addition.

Bring to slow boil, then reduce heat and cook for approximately 30 minutes.

Salt and pepper to taste.

If desired, add other seasonings of choice. Steve, for this antipasto, wanted dried Greek oregano, a little brown sugar and a couple dashes of cinnamon.

Pack into microwaveable containers when cool enough.

If desired add 2 vegan meatballs per container, sliced in half and pan-fried till done.

Place the sauce on top of the meatballs. If desired, sprinkle with vegan parmesan.

Then sprinkle with fresh grind black pepper.

Both vegan products (meatball and parmesan) if you decide to use them will definitely wow you. But they are not required in this dish.


Notes: Lucky’s Market on Clifton Blvd. is where Steve primarily shops for the specialty items on sale.

For the non-specialty items he waits till they’re on sale at Sapell’s, Walgreen’s, Giant Eagle, Heinens, Aldi’s, Earth Fare, Whole Foods, probably the same markets you shop at. Everybody always has something on sale.

If you haven’t been to Lucky’s take a ride out. It’s new, different and lots of fun. You can get a pint of beer and 2 slices of pizza for 5$. You can also sip your beer or wine while you shop – low price on both

SLDT, the animal-free chef, at your service






VEGGIE POT BEANS – today’s ingredients

TODAY’S FEATURE INGREDIENTS:

1- BUSH’S VEGETARIAN POT BEANS – fat-free

2- BIRD’S EYE Steamfresh frozen vegetables


VEGGIE POT BEANS

A hearty pot of baked beans and veggies. Smoky, sweet, salty, spicy, acidic. Textured with reconstituted vegetable protein to increase nutritional content and uptick the chew factor. You don’t need ground pork or bacon with these beans. The textured vegetable protein sauteed with seasonings create the chew and flavor you expect!

Makes 23 cups






Today’s Ingredients Sun. 1.13.2019

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  • At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

FEATURE INGREDIENTS:

1 – SAN MARZANO TOMATOES by Luisa

2 – SLICED BLACK OLIVES by NAPOLEON

3 – SLICED GREEN OLIVES by NAPOLEON

4 – CANNED ARTICHOKES by DELALLO

 

ANTIPASTO MARINARA 

Artichokes, black and green olives, sun-dried tomatoes, lots of fresh garlic and ginger simmered with nothing better than San Marzano tomatoes! Fat-free, except for a negligible amount found naturally in the olives.

Makes 7 cups






TODAY’S INGREDIENTS: 12.31.2018

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  • At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

1 – TOFUTTI BETTER THAN CREAM CHEESE

2 – GOYA WHOLE KERNEL CORN

3 – GOYA DARK RED KIDNEY BEANS

4 – DEI FRATELLI PETITE DICED TOMATOES

5 – POPCORNERS

 

AFC SCOTTISH PLAID DIP

When there’s no one thread or color that dominates the fabric we call it a plaid! The Animal-Free Chef feels free to extend that designation to food. There’s no one flavor that dominates the dip. Enjoy this Scottish plaid!

Makes 5 cups






 

Today’s Ingredients: 12.30.2018

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  • And you know where to come for the best!
  • At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

FEATURED INGREDIENTS: 

1 – DELIGHT SOY POPCORN NUGGETS

2 – GIA RUSSA HEARTS OF PALM

3 – MASSEL CHICKEN STYLE BOUILLON

4 – IPM CAPERS

AFC CHICKEN PICCATA BENEDICT

The Animal-Free Chef’s take on Chicken Piccata served over toasted English muffin as a Benedict breakfast preparation. Wow! Surprise ingredient? Apple cider in the piccata sauce. Ni-i-ce!

Makes 6 servings






 

Today’s Ingredients: 1-1-2019

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  • At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

1 – SILK VEGAN ORIGINAL NOG

2 – YVES VEGAN BACON

AFC SCRAMBLED VEGAN NOG TOFU

A breakfast to live for!! Rustic elegance is where we wanted to go and that’s exactly where we landed! A beautiful brunch dish to start the New Year with an abundance of style!

Serves 5-6






 

Today’s Ingredients Mon. 12.24.2018d’italia

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  • At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

1- Berry Cherry Blend – dried fruit by Traverse bay Fruit Co.

2 – vacuumed packed whole cooked beets by beetology

3 – ginger beer by Gosling

BEETOLOGY BEETS 1

GINGER BEER BEETS 2

GINGER BEER BEETS

A variation of Harvard beets, this version when combined with dried cherries and berries in a sauce of apple cider and ginger beer raises the status of this once traditional side dish to a necessary elegance! It not only completes the meal; it completes every other dish in the meal!

Makes 5 cups






Today’s Ingredient Wed. 12.26.2018

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FEATURE INGREDIENT:

FULL CIRCLE brand CANNED WHOLE KERNEL GOLD CORN

That’s right; it’s called GOLD CORN. Even looks gold on the label. I fully expected for this designated ROYALTY CORN to actually look like it was painted gold. Of course it didn’t. But judging by the texture and sweetness I know why they call it gold. Tender and sweet, without a doubt the best canned corn I’ve ever tasted. And I love canned corn. Every time I open a can, I have to taste it before going any further with the recipe, just because I like it that much. So, I know something about canned corn. This is the best.

So what did I do with it? Take a look!

CHRISTMAS CHILI

Obviously this chili is cooked, yet it tastes so fresh. I wonder why? “Very good”, Steve said. “Very French”. Serve by itself or over orecchiette (hat shaped pasta). Over rice too! It’s all good. The “very” categorizes it as special! And yes, it’s even low-fat. It didn’t have to be; that’s just the way it happened. Merry Christmas!

Makes 12 cups







 

Today’s Ingredients Tue. 12.25.2018

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FEATURE INGREDIENTS:

1 – SO DELICIOUS HOLIDAY NOG

2 – RICH’S WHIP TOPPING

HOLIDAY NOG AND APPLE CIDER PIE

Ever wonder why the people over at Kraft foods didn’t expand the JELL-O brand? They make a gelatin, a pudding and a pie filling for cream pies. For three separate desserts. Why didn’t anyone try to combine the qualities of gelatin with the qualities of pudding? Well, tradition never stopped AFC Global from experimenting with a new concept. Here are the results! Combining a juice with the cream produces a gelatin-like cream. You don’t need the actual gelatin nor agar to produce something unique yet familiar and enjoyable!

Oh, and served in a carob cookie cider pie crust! Topped with dairy free whip cream!

Makes 1, 9 inch pie







 

Today’s Ingredients Fri. 12.22.2018

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FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

1 – Le Sueur Peas

2 – Vlasic Roasted Red Peppers

3 – Goya Pinto Beans

4 – Triscuit cracked pepper & olive oil crackers

5 -Ritz crackers

SMOKY BEAN AND PEA DIP

A quick easy dip that can be made a couple days in advance of a special event – like a holiday? These potent flavors go well with crackers or tortilla chips. Low fat considering the yield! 

Makes 3 cups






Today’s Ingredients: 12.21.2018

GOT THE GOODS

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FEATURE INGREDIENTS:

1- Honey Crisp Apple Cider

2 – La Choy Soy Sauce

3 – Tofutti Cream Cheese

ASIAN AMERICAN FRIED RICE AND CIDER GRAVY

Cider gravy – who would think? Soy sauce with vegan cream cheese? You betcha. How could such unlikely ingredients show up in the same dish to make such a grand entrance while looking and tasting so good doing it? Because ‘you know who’ dared to try something new! Your ‘buds will not be disappointed!

Makes 12 cups rice and 4 cups gravy






 

Today’s Ingredients Thu. 12.20.2018

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FEATURE INGREDIENTS:

1 – Dei Fratelli Diced Tomatoes

2 – Gia Russa Tomato Puree

3 – Hunt’s Tomato Paste

4 – Honey Crisp Apple Cider

Wait till you see how well apple cider and canned tomatoes play together! Eureka! A forever friendship!

SMOKY APPLE CIDER MARINARA SAUCE

If you’re wondering what apples and tomatoes have in common it’s this superbly engineered simple marinara sauce. Hey, they’re both fruits; they’re both acidic and sweet and they just happen to compliment each other. Serve over your favorite pasta, with pan-fried veggie chicken or use in any recipe calling for marinara sauce!

Makes 7 cups






Today’s Ingredient(s) Mon. 11-19-2018

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INGREDIENTS:

1- Pace Mild Chunky Salsa

2- GOYA Black Beans

3- Ocean Spray Whole Cranberry Sauce

Guess you know what I’ll be making with this! What? The Salsa gave it away?


CRANBERRY APPLE SALSA 2

APPLE CRANBERRY BLACK BEAN SALSA

It’s Thanksgiving or any other holiday, so why not ratchet up your old favorites with a twist of new? Cranberry and apple in salsa?  Why not? Take this dip with you to any gathering. Volunteer for the dip detail. You will change people’s taste buds forever. From now on they will expect the cranberries and apple in their salsa. They will, in fact, demand it. Where’re the cranberries? They don’t have them in the summer. Yes, they do. All year round in every grocery. Where’s the apple? Didn’t know you wanted apple. What??!! Everybody wants apple in their salsa. Where have you BEEN? Serve with any tortilla chips that strike you as appropriate; we’ll take care of everything else!

The only fat is in the chips.

Makes 5-1/2 cups






 

Today’s Ingredient(s) Thu. 11-15-2018

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TODAY’S INGREDIENT: FANTA Orange Soda

Hey, soda isn’t just for drinking. It can enhance various recipes with its flavor an effervescence qualities. Salad dressing is one of those categories. Today we made a special dressing for Thanksgiving that’s animal- gluten- soy- and fat-free. Hope you like it!

FANTA ORANGE SODA SALAD DRESSING fat free

with sun-dried tomato, garlic and fresh orange – fat-free. A refreshing change in the way you dress your salads!

Makes 6 cups






 

Today’s Ingredient(s) Mon. 10-15-2018

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Today’s Ingredient: beetology vacuumed packed whole beets

This is now my favorite way to buy beets. So easy. No peeling. They’re already cooked. Perfect texture. Use as you would any other beet form in any recipe calling for them. Slice, dice, shred.

PICKLED BEETS fat-free

You don’t have to go through the entire canning process to make pickled beets. Prep, cook, place in a jar and refrigerate to use as wanted. Here we add sweet onion strips and sweet red pepper. Then as we use the beets, we add other ingredients to the pickling jar, such as matchstick carrots and/or kidney beans (washed and drained). It makes a tasty salad by itself or as a side dish! 

Makes 6 cups






 

Today’s Ingredient(s) Sat. 11-17-2018

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CANNED CRANBERRY SAUCE – one jellied and one whole.

Two brands: Ocean Spray and Our Family – both worked great by the way – together as it turns out!

Here we go:

SMOKY CRANBERRY ORANGE GRAVY fat free

If you’re looking for something different and familiar this is it! Plus you combine the cranberry and gravy into one dish, saving time and money. Did I mention how off-the-planet exciting cranberries can be when you recognize their potential? They’re just waiting to be explored!

Makes 3 cups


And what do we pour the gravy over? In this instance ROASTED YAM STEAKS, but why not try mashed potatoes, or stuffing? Put it over everything.

ROASTED YAM STEAKS – fat free

Tired of the same old mashed yams? Or the cubed and roasted style? Me too. Steve doesn’t like the texture. So what do I do with yams on sale? Try something new. Yam steaks! Pour the SMOKY CRANBERRY ORANGE GRAVY over, top with some pine nuts and a wonderful main dish event emerges to take over the table! I’m in. And Steve? Well, he ate the whole portion. Except for the pine nuts this dish is fat-free

Serves 6-8









Today’s Ingredient(s) Fri. 11-16-2018

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INGREDIENT: BLUE DIAMOND SMOKEHOUSE ALMONDS makes a perfect Smokehouse Almond Crumble

Sprinkle over salads, veggies, even dessert (minus the garlic of course).


SMOKED ALMOND GARLIC GREEN BEANS

Not your typical green beans almondine. Better. Easy to make. I could make a main dish out of these beans and feel like I had a complete meal. Yet they go well with other main dishes, especially holiday ones. If you’re serving a crowd, this is a perfect side dish vegetable, requiring little effort!

Serves 6-8






 

Today’s Ingredient(s) Thu. 11-11-2018

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  1. Persian Saffron (aka Golden Saffron)


SAFFRON APRICOT WALNUT POCKETS fat free

These little pockets look like they took a while to make, but they didn’t. Complexity is the impression; simplicity is the reality! Wonderfully rich bites. The perfect dessert to savor with tea, coffee or wine! 

Makes as many as you want

Visit AFC GLOBAL for additional Saffron Recipes






 

Today’s Ingredient(s) Sun. 11-04-2018

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At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

1 – RED FORK ASPARAGUS SKILLET SAUCE

2 – WOODSTOCK Frozen Whole Baby Asparagus

3 – WOODSTOCK Frozen Shelled Edamame

ASPARAGUS AND EDAMAME FRIED RICE

Red and white rice pan-fried with red onion and celery. Mixed with RED FORK Asparagus Skillet Sauce, then tossed with asparagus and edamame. Served with a Smoky Russian Dressing!

Makes 9-1/2 cups


I’ve bought frozen edamame before and the package instructions always recommended less time than it actually required to cook them till tender. I don’t understand why, but with WOODSTOCK brand that issue did not present itself. I like that. They cooked up quickly and tender, not mushy.

The same with the asparagus. I was surprised to see spears. I must not have been paying attention when Steve brought them home and I photographed them. Usually, I buy cuts. The spears were great. I just cut off an inch from the bottom of each stalk and discarded it after cooking them. Good flavor, good texture, good color. I’ll buy them again.

The asparagus sauce was a big surprise. Generally, I don’t buy packaged sauces; l make my own, but this was high quality like I’d get at an upscale restaurant. Impressive. Next time I’ll do the asparagus in the skillet recipe. But it worked well with this fried rice dish, and there was asparagus in the rice, so I didn’t veer too much from the original purpose of the sauce. Well done.






 

Today’s Ingredient(s) Fri. 2 November 2018

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1- Wishbone Russian Dressing

2- Almond Breeze unsweetened original Almondmilk

3- House Of Herbs Hickory Liquid Smoke

 

SMOKY RUSSIAN DRESSING low-fat

Steve likes bottled dressing and sometimes so do I. Wishbone Russian is one of them. To reduce the calories this time, I add a low calorie unsweetened Almondmilk by Blue Diamond (Almond Breeze), a few drops of liquid smoke, a little garlic powder, salt, then whisk till smooth. Perfect! I love the transformation to creamy!

Makes 1-3/4 cups

1 c. bottled Wishbone Russian Dressing

3/4 c. Almond Breeze AlmondMilk – unsweetened 30 calories per 8 oz.

sev. drops liquid smoke to taste

1/2 t. garlic powder

salt to taste


Combine all ingredients in bowl and whisk till evenly dispersed and smooth.

Use over green leaf and cabbage salads or serve with fried rice dishes, heated.

Serve heated or chilled, whatever your preference.


Notes: Wishbone Russian is Steve’s go-to salad dressing for work. To reduce the calories he drizzles the dressing over the salad, then drizzles Balsamic vinegar around the edges of the salad, without mixing the two. He gets the benefit of the full-strength Russian without using as much of it. And, he likes how the Russian dressing mutes the acidity of the Balsamic vinegar, when the two collide on the plate. Perfect again!

Add the amount of Almondmilk that suits the thickness you want for the dressing. I prefer mine on the thin side, while still creamy-textured.

To increase the protein content in one of the salads I used with this dressing, I sliced a chilled veggie hot dog and tossed with lettuce, tomato, onion, carrot cabbage and red pepper. Tasted great for lunch!






Today’s Ingredient(s) Fri. 19 October 2018

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1. MINUTE MAID LIMEADE

2. LUCKY’S PINEAPPLE SLICES

3. BUSH’S BEAN POT VEGETARIAN FAT-FREE BAKED BEANS

 

MINUTE MAID LIMEADE DRESSING fat-free

Minute Maid Limeade combined with pineapple explodes onto your greens like no other dressing. Use as dressing for any salad you like or over cooked veggies or as a dipper for fried tofu!

Makes approx. 5 cups





 

COLLARDS IN MUSTARD CIDER SAUCE 1

COLLARDS IN MUSTARD CIDER SAUCE fat-free

There aren’t many sauces you can make fat-free that will stand up against the fatted version. This is one of them. All added flavors and textures compliment the greens and vice versa. I just happened to have cider on hand, because it’s Fall in America where I happily live. My status means nothing. Location, location, location is everything. I don’t want anybody’s life, money or fame. I can get my own in my own way on my own terms. I don’t buck the system or game it, or corrupt it. I work with it. Everybody wants a free pass with nothing to offer. Not me. I raise myself. I don’t need somebody else to do it for me. 

Enjoy this unique way of serving collard greens. Holidays are coming up. Surprise family and guests with something familiar yet different! Serve over a combination of white and sweet mashed potatoes, or seasoned long grain rice. You decide!

Makes 9-1/2 cups