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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

VEGAN BLT SALAD, ITALIAN "SAUSAGE" BURGERS WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS FOR CANADA DAY/JULY 4TH!

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Italian "Sausage" Burger!

Happy Canada Day (July 1st) my fellow Canadians!  And Happy 4th of July to my friends South of the Border!  Sorry my blogging has been sparse lately-- lots of family stuff, some great (like my grandaughter's high school grad), and some not so great (like my DIL's physical condition right now), plus a deadline, which has made me a little late with this, I'm afraid! 

Here's  my beautiful granddaughter in her very unique grad dress and moccasins. She is a proud Métis and student representative for the Métis people in our valley to the The Vancouver Island Métis Nation (VIMN).  Her lovely dress designed and made for her by Lisa Shepherd, a fabulous Métis designer/artisan/fabric artist/bead worker/dancer who designed for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and it features traditional Métis bead work and ribbon work.  My GD was awarded several bursaries and starts college in the fall, working toward a Bachelor of Social Work, just like her aunt, who graduated from the University of Victoria 2 weeks ago.  She plans to work in Northern BC or the Yukon in future.








PS: She has been a vegetarian since age 14!

Hope you enjoy the holidays and eat well!  Here are a couple of super summer recipes that might tempt you.



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BRYANNA'S BLT SALAD (VEGAN, OF COURSE!)
Serves 4

6 cups torn cleaned and crisped Romaine lettuce (or just use organic salad greens, like I did in the picture if you can't get to the store!)
6 cups (4 oz.) cubed French or Italian (can be sourdough) bread
4 slices Yves Veggie Bacon or Lightlife Smart Bacon
2 tsp. roasted (Asian) sesame oil
2 cups diced ripe, firm tomatoes
2 green onions, sliced
DRESSING:
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup water or chickpea cooking liquid
1/4 cup Bryanna's Tofu Mayonnaise
 (or my Lowfat Mayonnaise or your favorite vegan mayonnaise)
5 tsp sugar
4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
lots of freshly-ground black pepper

Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl.

Whisk the salad dressing ingredients together well and toss with the salad ingredients

Divide the salad evenly between 4 salad bowls and serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving): 257.3 calories; 30% calories from fat; 8.8g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 839.5mg sodium; 657.3mg potassium; 30.5g carbohydrates; 4.1g fiber; 9.0g sugar; 15.8g protein, Points 6.7




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BRYANNA'S ITALIAN "SAUSAGE" BURGERS WITH ONIONS, MUSHROOMS AND TOFU ROASTED GARLIC AIOLI
Servings: 8


A mildly spicy treat with lotsa trimmings! The burger is a simpler version (with less salt) of my Italian sausage recipe from "Nonna's Italian Kitchen", made into thick burgers.


MAKE THE BURGERS:
2 cups dry textured soy protein granules (TVP)
1 1/4 cups boiling water
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs Chinese dark or mushroom soy sauce
2 Tbs yeast extract (Marmite; Vegemite, etc.) (this gives a "beefy" flavor)
2 Tbs tomato paste
8 oz medium-firm tofu, mashed
2 tsp roasted (Asian) sesame oil
Seasoning Mixture:
2 Tbs minced fresh garlic
2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
1/2 to 1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
Additional:
1 cup pure gluten powder (Vital wheat gluten)
8 crusty Italian-style rolls or Kaiser buns

TRIMMINGS:
Bryanna's Tofu Roasted Garlic Aioli:
1/2 a recipe Bryanna's Tofu Mayonnaise OR my Low-Fat Mayonnaise other vegan mayonnaise of your choice
1 head of roasted garlic (see directions at end of recipe), squeezed out of the skins (or 10 cloves of roasted garlic from a from a jar)
1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
Other:
thick slices of onion (whatever kind you prefer), grilled alongside the burgers, or sautéed in a pan with a little olive oil
sautéed sliced crimini or Portobello mushrooms
crispy lettuce or mixed baby salad greens
Italian Vinaigrette Dressing (low-fat):
3 Tbs chickpea cooking broth or other veggie broth
1 Tbs Asian (roasted) sesame oil
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

OPTIONAL:
Italian pickled eggplant, or grilled eggplant in olive oil, or eggplant relish
Roasted red pepper
Sliced ripe tomato
Sliced marinated artichoke hearts
8 slices vegan mozza cheese (or equivalent shredded)

MAKING THE BURGERS:
In a medium bowl, pour the boiling water mixed with the vinegar, soy sauce, Marmite, and tomato paste over the soy protein granules. Let stand for about 5 minutes. Add the mashed tofu, sesame oil and Seasoning Mixture of your choice.

Cool this mixture thoroughly (you can speed this up by spreading mixture on a plate and freezing for a few minutes) before adding the gluten powder-- this keeps the gluten from clumping into strings.

Mix well with hands. Shape into 8 patties, to fit buns. Steam the burgers over simmering water for 20 minutes. (Make sure to spray the steamer rack with oil first.) Place the burgers on cookie sheets and chill thoroughly before stacking with wax paper in between and refrigerating or freezing in a rigid plastic container with a tight cover.



Steaming cooks the gluten and keeps the burgers moist, but also firms them up nicely when cooled, so they can be browned, grilled or added to recipes later.

MAKING THE TOFU ROASTED GARLIC AIOLI:
Blend the Tofu Mayonnaise, roasted garlic and olive oil well with a small food
processor or hand immersion blender until smooth. Refrigerate.

TO SERVE THE BURGERS:
To brown, use a non-stick pan with a bit of olive oil. To grill, brush both sides with a little olive oil or toasted (Asian) sesame oil first. These work well on an electric indoor grill (you can grill onion slices and mushrooms alongside).

Lightly toast both sides of the buns while you brown the sausage burgers. Serve with the onions, mushrooms, Tofu Roasted Garlic Aioli, baby greens mixed with a little bit of vinaigrette just to moisten, and any of the other options you want.



ROASTED GARLIC
These will keep a week in the refrigerator in a tightly-covered container.

Heat the oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees F. Cut large garlic heads in half horizontally. Place them on foil in a baking pan and drizzle them with about 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil per half. Pull the foil up and crinkle it shut. Bake for about one hour, or until the garlic is soft.

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving): 435.4 calories; 16% calories from fat; 8.0g total fat; 0.4mg cholesterol; 1054.5mg sodium; 1437.7mg potassium; 52.7g carbohydrates; 9.8g fiber; 3.0g sugar; 43.0g protein, Points 10.2

Happy Holiday!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

NEED A CHOCOLATE HIT?

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UPDATE, Sunday June 7th, 2010: I have a confession to make: when I read the instructions on the can I wasn't wearing my new reading glasses [haven't gotten in the habit of reaching for them yet!] and I got the measurements wrong! I won't go into the details! But I wasn't too far off the mark, in the end, as far as how to make it. I did get the calories wrong-- in a good way! I said that 1/4 cup serving was 180 calories-- the good news is that it's only 77 calories (made with soymilk)! If I had used the proper directions on the can, a 1/3 cup serving would be 113 calories (with soymilk), so the proportions weren't totally off. I have changed the text below to reflect this. Sorry about that!!
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When I went shopping the other day, I noticed a Cocoa Camino (Canadian organic, fair trade) product I had never seen before-- Cocoa Camino Drinking Chocolate (here's a Canadian vendor)-- "the chocolate bar you can drink any time of the day". It is a blend of cocoa, ground dark chocolate and cane sugar-- no milk products and all ingredients fair trade and organic! (See USA brand below.)

Cocoa Camino products DO NOT contain GMO ingredients, or any of the following:
Corn syrup solids
Vegetable oils
Chemicals such as sodium caseinate, dipotassium phosphate, sodium silicoalaluminate, mono- and diglycerides
Artificial flavors

In addition, you can enjoy a luxury product knowing that the people who produce it are receiving fair wages for their labor. Please read about their fair trade partnerships here.



I've used their unsweetened cocoa powder and bittersweet vegan chocolate chips for years (now they have bittersweet chocolate chips, too), and they now have their own brand of organic golden cane sugar, organic brown sugar, and baking chocolate (unsweetened, bittersweet, and semi-sweet as well. (And, of course, they have a range of delicious chocolate bars!) They also have a line of professional products that have to be purchased in bulk through a distributor. I have used the bittersweet chocolate couverture and they are wonderful (UPDATE: they don't seem to be available anymore). Find out where to buy here.

(BTW, they did not send me any free products, pay me, or ask me to write this!)

This drinking chocolate provides a rich, velvety chocolate hit-- about 77 calories for an espresso cupful (using 1/4 cup soymilk), which is small, but very satisfying. You mix 4 teaspoons of the mix with 1/4 cup hot non-dairy milk of your choice. (The instructions on the can work out to 2 tablespoons mix with 1/3 cup milk). Heat up the milk (I heat it in a small coffee cup in the microwave for about 30 seconds), whisk in the chocolate until it's frothy and smooth, and then pour into an espresso cup. Sip slowly and enjoy!

In the USA, try Dagoba Authentic Drinking Chocolate, which is organic and fair trade, and available from amazon.com.

Update: I have needed a little indulgence this week. We had a great visit with my brother and sister-in-law from California, but my daughter-in-law is still in hospital in Vancouver and they are still trying to discover the source of her malady. My son and the 3 girls went off today to visit with her for a few days. (I am truly thankful right now for our Canadian medical system-- my brother told me that south of the border we would be in the 10's of thousands of $ by now, with a week in hospital, a helicopter ride, and the many, many tests she has had in the last few days! My sister-in-law, forgetting where she was, asked me if anyone in our families had money to spare, and I answered, "That isn't necessary here!")



Cheers!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

GRADUATIONS, FAMILY EMERGENCIES, VISITORS, NEW SOYMILK STRAINER AND FATHERS' DAY BBQ SAUCES

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A simple dinner we had in a rushed week-- black beans seasoned with cumin and sherry, ripe avocado with lemon juice, roasted pumpkin seeds, quinoa and bulgur wheat mixture, and roasted sweet potatoes. Yum!

This is going to be a bit of a rushed blog, as I have my brother and sister-in-law here visiting from California, and we are heading off my little island every day to visit my mother. In addition to that, my poor daughter-in-law was sent in a helicopter to a hospital in Vancouver because of an embolism in her leg. My son has things in hand, the kids are being very brave, and we've helped out however we can. My DIL has her dad and brother and my youngest daughter over there to look after her needs and she is on the mend, I'm glad to say!

The day before that happened, I was off to Victoria with my oldest daughter and her husband to attend the convocation ceremonies at University of Victoria, where my middle daughter graduated (with distinction!) and received her Bachelor of Social Work degree. She has 3 children and works full time running the AIDS Vancouver Island office in our area, so this is quite an accomplishment! We are all very proud of her!!


Sarah and her husband Ben


Sarah and her big sister Beth


Sarah and proud Mum!

I have been waiting for my extra-fine mesh bouillon strainer (or China cap, or Chinois) to make my life easier when straining soymilk! (See this blog post.) It was so much cheaper in the States, so, when I knew my brother was coming up, I ordered it from amazon.com and they packed it up here for me! (Quizzical looks from the people checking luggage!) It works--  and fast!  No mess, no fuss!  I LOVE it!  Thanks Pat Meadows for the idea and advice!






In the 3 photos above, the strainer is drying out in the sun after I blasted it with the hose full force, as I was advised to do! (UPDATE:  Now I also run it through the dishwasher each time.)





UPDATE A YEAR LATER: Some changes I've made-- I let the soymilk settle in the machine for about 10 minutes before I pour it into the strainer.  This way, the majority of the soymilk goes right through quickly and the pulp that's in the bottom of the container goes into the strainer last.  Then it's very quick to press on that pulp with a flat implement or a wooden pestle to squeeze out a little more.

Here's a photo of my new set-up-- the strainer sits firmly on top of a 12-quart stainless steel stock pot (mine's an All Clad, about 10 inches high and 10 inches wide [a gift from my sister and BIL], but you can get a cheaper version without the 3-ply base if you're only going to use it for this purpose.)


I also do a second straining after adding the sugar and salt-- just to get out the fine pulp still left.  I use an inexpensive gold coffee filter. It goes quickly and makes a nice, smooth soymilk.


Here's the gold filter (see photo of it below) inside the strainer, but, actually, I just hold it (by the rim, not the handle) with my left hand, and pour and press with my left hand and a flat implement such as a small silicone spatula.



FURTHER UPDATE:  My recipe makes a very rich soymilk, so I actually dilute it with a bit more (boiled) water before bottling it (to make 3 whole litres, the result of 2 batches).



HAPPY FATHERS' DAY ALL YOU WONDERFUL DADS OUT THERE!
You can use these sauces on veggie burgers, grilled portobello mushrooms, grilled tofu and tempeh, seitan kebabs or cutlets, firm grilled vegetables, etc..

Printable Recipes

BRYANNA’S QUICK SMOKY CHIPOTLE BARBECUE SAUCE
Makes about 6 cups

1/28 oz. can good quality Italian crushed tomatoes
3/4 c. water
1/2 c. organic ketchup
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. blackstrap molasses
1/2 c. red wine vinegar
1/4 c. vegetarian worcestershire sauce (see recipe below)
2 T. pureed chipotle chiles in adobado sauce (Edible Island carries these)
1 T. salt
1 T. onion powder or granules
2 tsp. garlic granules
2 tsp. dry mustard powder
2 tsp. liquid smoke

Combine the ingredients in a large heavy saucepan and simmer for about 15 minutes. If you aren't using it right away, the sauce will keep in jars in the refrigerator for many weeks.

BRYANNA’S BOURBON BARBECUE SAUCE Makes about 3 cups
Mix together in a pot and simmer for 15 minutes:

2 c. organic ketchup
1/2 c. molasses (your favorite variety)
1/3 c. bourbon whiskey
1/4 c. Dijon mustard
2 T. vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
1 T. Indonesian or Chinese or Thai chile sauce
2 T. cider vinegar
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. garlic granules
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. liquid smoke
Place in a covered jar and refrigerate.



BRYANNA’S ISLAND BARBECUE SAUCE Makes about 1 quart.

1 and 3/4 c. organic ketchup
19 oz. can of unsweetened crushed pineapple and juice
1/2 c. dry red wine
1/3 c. water
1/4 c. fancy molasses (light molasses)
1/4 c. lime juice
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. vegetarian “oyster sauce” (also called “vegetarian stir-fry sauce”, made by Lee Kum Kee and available at Man Lee Asian Foods in Nanaimio)
1 T. dry mustard
1 T. pureed canned chile chipotle in adobado sauce (Edible Island carries this)
2 tsp. onion powder
2 bay leaves
1 and 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
1 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. garlic granules

Mix all of the ingredients in a heavy-bottomed medium pot, bring to a boil, then simmer on low, uncovered, for 1 hour.

BRYANNA’S VIETNAMESE-STYLE BARBECUE SAUCE
Just mix and use!

1/2 c. soy sauce
8 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 c. dry or medium sherry
1/4 c. brown sugar
4 slices ginger, smashed
2 green onions, chopped fine
1-2 tsp. Vietnamese or Thai hot sauce
1 tsp. 5-spice powder


Cheers!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

VEGAN SANIYA-- A DELICIOUS LEVANTINE DISH TO ENJOY WITH PITA

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We had this for dinner last night and lunch today, and ate with just as much gusto the second time as the first! This is a little-known (at least in North America) dish from the Levant-- Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel. I suspect that it is a sort of home-style dish-- it's very easy to make and uses common ingredients.

Saniya (it has other spellings, I think, but this seems the most common one) is a casserole of spiced ground meat covered with a tahini-based sauce. The meat part was not hard to “veganize”-- there are many delicious vegan ground meat substitutes around. I had Field Roast Classic Meatloaf in the freezer and used that, but you can use your favorite burger sub. According to Sufian Mustafa, chef and researcher, tahini and yogurt are both used to make "white sauces" in Levantine cooking, so I mixed the two (using silken tofu and lemon juice instead of yogurt) to make a creamy, rich-tasting lower-fat version of this sauce.

The results were delicious and I suspect that I will make this often. I had some whole wheat pita bread and some cooked chickpeas in the freezer, so I made my New, Improved No-Oil Hummous and we had a feast!



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BRYANNA'S VEGAN SANIYA-- A DELICIOUS LEVANTINE DISH
Servings: 6
Serve with hummous and pita bread, and a salad or cooked greens.

2 cups Bryanna's Lower-Fat Version of Levantine Taheena Sauce (Recipe below)
(Make the Taheena Sauce before you start the rest of the dish.)

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onion, chopped
1 lb. Field Roast Classic Meatloaf, round roughly in a food processor (or substitute 4 cups of your favorite vegan hamburger alternative, such as Yves Veggie ground Round)
salt to taste (I used about 2 pinches with the Field Roast product-- you may need more with other products.) Or a little soy sauce
2 teaspoons Special Spice Mixture (see below), or more to taste
1 cup chopped Italian parsley
8 medium tomatoes, cut into cubes, OR the equivilant in good-quality Italian canned whole tomatoes, well drained and cubed

Special Spice Mixture: (Store leftover spice mix in a jar for next time!)
1 Tbs each of:
tumeric
black pepper
ground cumin
ground coriander or ginger
ground allspice or ginger

NOTE: I made this dish, and calculated the Nutrition Facts, using Field Roast Classic Meatloaf. If you use a different meat sub, the Nutrition Facts may be different. Also, the Field Roast Meatloaf is very well-seasoned, and another hamburger sub may not be so tasty, so you may have to add a little more seasoning. A little Marmite dissolved in hot water adds flavor, for instance. Taste as you go!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the chopped onion and saute over medium high heat until it starts to soften. Add the ground Field Roast Meatloaf, or other hamburger substitute of your choice, and 2 teaspoons of the Special Spice Mixture. Stir-fry over high heat for a few minutes.

Add the parsley and salt to taste. Mix well and spread the mixture evenly into a 9x13" baking pan which has been oiled with olive oil.



Distribute the tomato cubes evenly over the top.



Spread the Taheena Sauce evenly over the top.

Bake for about 20-30 minutes. Serve hot with (whole wheat) pita bread, and hummous. A salad or some sauteed greens goes well with this meal.

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving): 340.8 calories; 54% calories from fat; 21.3g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 572.0mg sodium; 690.4mg potassium; 23.3g carbohydrates; 6.5g fiber; 7.7g sugar; 16.8g net carbs; 18.6g protein; 7.8 points.

BRYANNA'S LOWER-FAT VERSION OF LEVANTINE TAHEENA SAUCE
Servings: 22
Yield: 2 3/4 cups
(There will be 3/4 cup or so left over-- it's delicious on many things, so it won't go to waste!)

This delicious and ubiquitous sauce, used in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine, is delicious on vegan "meats", grilled or fried eggplant and zucchini, falafel and whatever else sounds good!

1 box (12.3 oz.) extra-firm SILKEN tofu
10 Tbs tahini
10 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 Tbs chopped fresh mint
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar

Mix all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender until very smooth. Cover and refrigerate until use, then bring to room temperature. If it seems too thick, add a little more water.

Nutrition Facts (for sauce only)
Nutrition (per 2 tablespoon serving): 51.0 calories; 59% calories from fat; 3.6g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 122.1mg sodium; 65.3mg potassium; 3.1g carbohydrates; 0.7g fiber; 0.4g sugar; 2.4g net carbs; 2.5g protein; 1.2 points.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

WAFFLES MADE WITH SELTZER WATER?? UPDATED

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I like Cooks' Illustrated magazine. I know that it's not even vegetarian, and can be quite meat-centered, but they have good reporting on the food science of their recipes. In their latest issue, they had a recipe and article about waffles. Their challenge was to make buttermilk waffles that come out light and fluffy on the inside, and crisp on the outside every time, with no beating of egg whites.

Now, I love my bean waffles-- they are crispy every time and nutritious as well! But I like to try different recipes for common foods, and this one sounded easy and intriguing. Of course, I wasn't going to use eggs or buttermilk in my version, but the use of seltzer water (club soda) for lightness, as in some tempura batters, made sense. They also found out the following: "After some experimentation, we found that waffles made with oil stayed significantly crispier than those made with melted butter, which is partly water." Good for vegans to know!

Long story short, I made a vegan version of their recipe, with half unbleached and half whole wheat flour instead of all white. It turned out very well! My husband and granddaughter loved them! I'm not giving up my bean waffles, but these are great for a spur-of-the-moment meal!

***Update November 10, 2011: I have updated this recipe to use more accessible ingredients, less oil, and all whole grain flour, OR a gluten-free flour mix.  Here is the new recipe and, below that is my original one.



BRYANNA'S UPDATED VEGAN SELTZER WAFFLES
Servings: 4   (can be GF and/or SF)
Yield: eight 7-inch round waffles
See Notes in the original recipe below for info about waffle irons.

DRY MIX:
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (OR use your favorite gluten-free flour mix, along with 1 tsp. xanthan gum and 1/4 tsp. more salt)
1/4 cup coconut flour, chickpea flour or soy flour
1 tablespoon organic granulated sugar, or other sweetener of choice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
WET MIX:
Flax Seed "Glop":
1/2 cup nondairy milk (So Delicious® Coconut Milk Beverage, Original is excellent in this recipe)
2 tablespoons golden flax seeds (if using ground flax, use 1/4 cup)Additional Wet Ingredients:
7/8 cup nondairy milk (So Delicious® Coconut Milk Beverage, Original is excellent in this recipe)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
SELTZER WATER:
1 1/4 cups (10 oz.) club soda (unflavored seltzer water)
OPTIONAL:
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

If you are going to eat the waffles immediately after cooking, adjust your oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 250ºF. Set a wire rack in rimmed baking sheet and place the baking sheet in oven.  If they are to be eaten later, simply have some cake racks ready on your counter..

Whisk the Dry Mix ingredients together in large bowl to combine.

In a blender, whiz together the 1/2 cup nondairy milk and flax seeds until the mixture is fluffy, white and "gloppy" like lightly beaten egg whites. Add the Additional Wet Ingredients and blend briefly to mix well. Turn the blender OFF, remove the container from the machine and, with a slim spatula, gently stir in the club soda (or alternate).

Immediately make a well in center of Dry Mix ingredients and pour in the combined Wet Mix and club soda. Using a rubber, gently stir until just combined. The batter should remain slightly lumpy with streaks of flour.

Heat your waffle iron, spray with oil from a pump sprayer (or rub with a little non-hydrogenated shortening), and bake each waffle according to manufacturer’s instructions (for a 7-inch round waffle I used 1/2 cup batter and cooked). In my Cuisinart Traditional waffle iron, I cooked them on the #4 setting until the steam stopped pouring from the iron, which took about 4 minutes.

Transfer waffles to to rack in warm oven and hold for up to 10 minutes before serving. Or, if they are to be reheated later in the day, place them on cake racks on the counter to cool. To reheat the waffles, place them on racks on top of baking sheets in a 350ºF oven for a few minutes, until hot and crisp. Any leftover waffles can be frozen in zipper-lock bags to use as toaster waffles.

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per 2 waffles): 358.9 calories; 30% calories from fat; 12.3g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 539.3mg sodium; 369.8mg potassium; 54.8g carbohydrates; 9.6g fiber; 6.2g sugar; 45.2g net carbs; 11.0g protein; 7.4 points.

THE ORIGINAL RECIPE:

BRYANNA'S (ORIGINAL) VEGAN VERSION OF SELTZER WAFFLES
Makes about eight 7-inch round waffles.

I used a regular waffle irons, not the Belgian type that makes thicker waffles. I cooked them until the steam stopped pouring from the iron. They recommend a nonstick iron. A good one is the round Cuisinart Traditional.  Other waffles irons recommended by Cooks Illustrated are:  Chef’s Choice WafflePro Express; Cloer Double Waffle Maker; Cuisinart 6-Slice Traditional Waffle Iron.

1 cup (5 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup (5 ounces) wholewheat flour (regular, not pastry)
1 tablespoon organic granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon table salt (sea salt)
1/4 cup Better than Milk beverage mix powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons golden flaxseed
1 tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer Powder (or Orgran brand)
1/2 cup unflavored soy yogurt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (omit for savory waffle toppings)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups unflavored seltzer water (also known as club soda)

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 250 degrees F. Set a wire rack in rimmed baking sheet and place baking sheet in oven.

Whisk the flours, sugar, salt, Better than Milk powder, and baking soda in large bowl to combine.

In a blender, whiz together the water and flaxseeds until the mixture is fluffy and white. Add the egg replacer powder and whiz again until thick.

Whisk together the blender mixture, soy yogurt, vinegar, vanilla, and oil in medium bowl to combine. Gently stir the seltzer water into the wet ingredients. Make a well in center of dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Using a silcone spatula, gently stir until just combined. The batter should remain slightly lumpy with streaks of flour.

Heat your waffle irons, spray with oil from a pump sprayer, and bake waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions (use about 1/2 cup batter for 7-inch round iron). Transfer waffles to rack in warm oven and hold for up to 10 minutes before serving with warm maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving): 440.9 calories; 34% calories from fat; 17.2g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 579.8mg sodium; 326.9mg potassium; 61.3g carbohydrates; 6.3g fiber; 8.5g sugar; 55.0g net carbs; 12.3g protein; 9.4 points.


Enjoy!