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All Hail Kale. All Hail Kale.

Today I am featuring a Kale and Tofu Wonton.  I made these Vegan Style. So glad you joined me today, because it is Virtual Vegan Potluck Day. This is the Second Virtual Vegan Potluck and I was lucky enough to participate once again. Check out my 1st. Virtual Vegan Potluck Post. While I am not Vegan, my friend Annie over at An Unrefined Vegan who organizes the Potluck allows non-vegan bloggers to join in on the fun as long as they respect the Vegan lifestyle and post a recipe that follows the Vegan guidelines. So my contribution to the Potluck is an appetizer to stimulate your appetite.

Please enjoy a hearty bite of Kale and Tofu Wonton. 

Here’s the recipe for the Kale and Tofu Wontons, just in case you want to make these little appetizers for your next Potluck.

Kale and Tofu Wonton 2 Ways:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bunch of Kale Torn from the Stem
  • 1 Block of Tofu
  • 1/3 Cup of Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • Wonton Wrappers (See recipe below to make your own Vegan Wontons)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Cooking Spray
  • Vegetable Marinara Sauce for Dipping

Directions:

  • In a large pot of salted water boil the kale until tender, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer the kale to a colander. When cool squeeze out excess water and finely chop. In a medium bowl, mash together the kale, the tofu block, the nutritional yeast, and the garlic.  Season with salt and pepper.
  • Assemble ravioli, by arranging wonton wrappers on a sprayed cookie sheet. Fill each wrapper with about 1 tsp of  mix.
  • Wet fingers and run along two sides of the wrapper. Fold over and seal. Spray completed ravioli with cooking spray and Bake on 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

(or)

  • Take a mini muffin tin, spray with cooking spray and then line the tin with a wonton wrapper
  • fill with about 1 tsp of mix
  • Lightly spray cooking spray on filled wontons and bake on 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve with a side of vegetable marinara sauce.
  • Makes about 18-24 wontons depending on how thin you roll out the dough.

Here’s the recipe to make your own Vegan Wontons.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water cornstarch, as needed
Directions:
  • Sift together flour and salt in a bowl. Slowly stir in warm water, dough will be very stiff
  • Knead dough on floured surface until smooth, about 15 minutes. Cover with towel and let stand for 20 minutes
  • Roll about 1/2 the dough out, as thin as you can
  • then Repeat for other 1/2 dough
* This was a bit harder than I expected. Rolling out the dough was hard work and I tried to go as thin as possible. For the sake of getting a good picture I do have to admit that I used the best wontons for the above photos. I had quite a few funky shaped ones that tasted good, but were a bit embarrassing in thickness and shape.

Okay, back to the Pot Luck. Here’s how the Potluck works. You need to start at the beginning and work your way through the meal. I will have instructions and a link down below that will guide you through the Potluck, but since your here I thought maybe you could check out the blogger that precedes me and that follows me in the Potluck.

So the blogger that precedes me is The Little Green House from Australia. Just click on the Go Back Link Button Below, but Please come back so you can go forward…

Go Back

Thanks for coming back. Now the blogger that follows me is The Vegan Kat from the USA. Just click on the Go Forward link button below, and again Please come back to enjoy the rest of my post!
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Okay now I can complete my post with you and then get you on your way through the rest of the Pot Luck. The Potluck is HUGE this second time around. This Potluck is eight courses with over 103 Bloggers participating. So there is so much fun to be had, and some serious foods that need some attention. I am on the lookout for some great Vegan Dinner ideas.

Now I want to share my love of Kale with you. I really do Love Kale. I picked up this necklace at Vegan Cuts and I wear almost everyday. Can you believe that there are people out there in this great big world that have NEVER tried Kale? I know it’s ridiculous. Kale Rules!

So I had to post this picture, I know it’s cheesy, but little things like this amuse me. I Felt like I was just Nominated for Kale Queen, and how could I not share that with you? 

I had a bunch of kale left over after making the wontons so I made some tasty little Kale chips as a snack.

Kale Chips Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to about 375*
  • Tear the leaves off the thick stems into bite size pieces. Spread out on cookie sheets.
  • Drizzle with about 2 tsp of olive oil
  • Sprinkle with seasonings of choice. Plus a sprinkle of salt. I used nutritional yeast and garlic powder
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until edges are brown and kale is crispy

Again, Kale Rules!

The Virtual Vegan Potluck is a favorite day of mine, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and took away some amazing recipes and maybe a few new blogs to follow, and I’d like to extend a special thanks to all the Vegan’s out there, I really appreciate your lifestyle and life choices and I strive everyday to make ethical choices and to guide myself down the path to a plant-based lifestyle. I also hope you got a good chuckle out of my Kale Queen picture.

So as promised here is the Link to the Start of the Potluck. Our host is Vegan Bloggers Unite. Please enjoy, and…

Thanks For Coming

Well I’m off to enjoy some Potluck dishes, I might jump forward to the desserts, I have a sweet tooth, and I am craving sweets.

Check Ya Later.

I’d like to encourage you to comment on the bloggers that participated in the Potluck, we all would really appreciate your comments. Thanks Foodie Friends.

Potluck Question of the Day: What is your favorite dish to EAT at a Potluck? -or- What is your favorite dish to BRING to a Potluck? -or- What did you think of MY Kale and Tofu Wontons?

Kale Queen…I like it. I like it alot! Stay Healthy Potluckers.

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Today was a great day for a light meal. I had a fresh batch of kale and some tofu and had lasagna on my mind so Tofu Kale Lasagna is what I made.

With the tofu, you really have to press out all the water or you will end up with a watered down pasta sauce. First I crumbled up the tofu with a fork and season it with salt, pepper, parsley and Italian Garlic Gold Nuggets all to taste. Remove all the stems from the kale and tear into small pieces. Then get ready to layer.

  

There are no rules when making a lasagna. Do as many layers as you want or what will fit in your dish. As I was layering the lasagna, I remembered that I had two mozzarella balls (I said balls!) left, so I grabbed them (ha), sliced them and topped off my lasagna with them.

      

Bakes on 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

I was so ready to give it a try. I normally use spinach so I was excited to try the kale. Verdict: Loved it. It still had the firm texture that kale offers, but was soft enough to cut with a fork. The extra cheese was also a nice touch. It was TofuKaleTastic.

Simple, easy and healthy.

After dinner I took a few pictures of my garden. It was a beautiful day.

     

   

I have a thing for yard decorations and my favorite yard decor is this concrete turtle. It’s huge, and it’s heavy and gives my garden a little flair. I named it Big T. It was in a different part of my yard and I recently moved it closer to my deck so I could see it while lounging. I had to use a Hand-Cart to move Big T.

Here’s a picture from 5 years ago of Big T being used as a step stool by Stuart. Stuart and Killian chased a squirrel up the tree. Wow this picture shows my tree before I landscaped around it.

I have these rain barrels under my gutter to collect all the rain water and I use it for all my potted plants. I have used these barrels now for 8 years and I have not run out of water all summer. Seems like each time I was close to being dry, it would rain and fill them right back up. Mother Nature will provide.

Now here’s the recipe I threw together for the Tofu Kale Lasagna.

Tofu Kale Lasagna

8×8 Baking Dish

Serves 4 Large Pieces

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Kale
  • No Boil Lasagna Noodles
  • Tofu 1 Container
  • Mozzarella Cheese Balls (optional)
  • Shredded Italian Cheese
  • Seasoning for the Tofu: Italian Garlic Gold Nuggets, Parsley, Salt and Pepper
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese Shaker (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press the water out of the Tofu. Crumble with a fork and season with Salt, Pepper, Parsley and Italian Garlic Gold (or any other Italian Seasoning). Mix well. Cover bottom of 8×8 pan with pasta sauce, then a layer of noodles, then spread the tofu mixture over noodles, then a layer of Kale and add some shredded cheese. Repeat the process 3 times. When finished top layer should be pasta sauce topped with shredded cheese or slices of Mozzarella cheese. I used both! I’m cheesy like that.

Bake on 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

I just have fun when making a lasagna. I layer as much as I can depending on the ingredients. One note to stress when making this recipe, make sure you press out all the water from the tofu.

Question of the Day: Meat or Vegetarian Lasagna?

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So I have a new recipe that I think will Sell You On Kale, if you haven’t already bought into it.

This recipe was so easy to throw together and fun. I loved making the little ravioli’s.

     

I made this two-way, as a wonton ravioli and as a mini bite.

  

  

Dipped in Marinara Sauce, it’s so hot right now.

So here’s the detail on this little recipe.

Kale and Tofu Wonton 2 Ways:

1 Bunch of Kale Torn from the Stem

1 Block of Tofu

1 Clove Garlic

1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan

48 Wonton Wrapper

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Cooking Spray

Marinara Sauce for Dipping

Directions:

In a large pot of salted water boil the kale until tender, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer the kale to a colander. When cool squeeze out excess water and finely chop. In a medium bowl, mash together the kale, the tofu block, the Parmesan cheese and the garlic.  Season with salt and pepper.

Assemble ravioli, by arranging wonton wrappers on a sprayed cookie sheet. Fill each wrapper with about 1 tsp of  mix.

Wet fingers and run along two sides of the wrapper. Fold over and seal. Spray completed ravioli with cooking spray and Bake on 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

(or) Take a mini muffin tin, spray with cooking spray and then line the tin with a wonton wrapper and then fill with about 1 tsp of mix. Lightly spray cooking spray on filled wontons and bake on 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with a side of marinara sauce.

Have I sold you on Kale yet? I’m telling you, you have to try it, it is so good for you. Kale Rules.

Question of the day: Are you sold on Kale?

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Tomorrow I start my Best Body Boot Camp.  I have found myself on several occasions singing and humming the song Anticipation by Carly Simon, I am really excited to get started, so I reviewed the exercises and how the Boot Camp works. Tina did an amazing job setting up this program, it’s obvious the amount of time she put into preparing it. I am so glad I joined, and I look forward to starting the 8 week Boot Camp.

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So I decided to take today off to rest up for my pending workouts. I plan on doing some stretching and some foam rolling.

This recipe is one that I have always wanted to make. I adapted this recipe from Eating Bird Food.

Homemade Mayan Harvest Bake

Makes 4 Large Servings

Ingredients:

2 Sweet Potatoes, Washed and Diced into 1/2 inch Cubes
1 Bunch of Kale, Cleaned, Destemed and Chopped
1 15 Oz. Can Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds

Sauce:

1 tbsp. Swanson Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (divided)
1 Onion, Chopped
2-3 Cloves of Garlic
1 15 Oz. Can Diced Tomato’s
1/4 Cup Water
1 tbsp. Chili Powder
1 tsp. Paprika
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

Grains:

1/2 cup Quinoa
1/2 cup Farro
2 cups of Water with a Bouillon Cube or Broth Concentrate -or- just use 2 Cups Vegetable Broth

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss sweet potatoes in 1/2 tbsp. oil and roast for 20 minutes in a square glass baking dish/pan, stirring once.
  3. While the potatoes are roasting, heat 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil on medium high in a large skillet and saute the onion and garlic until soft and fragrant. Add diced tomato’s, water, and spices (chili powder, paprika, sea salt) into the skillet and let simmer for 10 minutes. The sauce should be on the thicker side, but add more water if you want to thin it out. Stir in black beans.
  4. Heat another skillet over medium, using the other 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil, add the chopped kale, a few tbsp. of water and a bit of sea salt. Let the kale wilt and toss for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Pull roasted sweet potatoes out of the oven and top with cooked kale, and black bean sauce, mix together and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  6. While it’s baking prepare the grains by putting the quinoa, and the farro, with 2 cups of liquid into a small pot. Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  7. Portion out the grains in a crock or on a plate and top with the harvest bake, sprinkle with sunflower seeds and serve.
Now get to chopping, you need to cut up two sweet potatoes into 1/2 cubes.
This was my first time using coconut oil to saute, I have just recently started using it. I loved trying it in a smoothies, but you don’t get the aroma is gave’s off until you saute with it. It’s lovely.
Sauteing kale softens it and gives it a beautiful shiny glow. It also helps to remove some of the bitterness flavor.
Combine all the ingredients while the quinoa and the farro cook, and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Look at how beautiful the quinoa is, I love these little seeds, they have great texture, I also love the chewy bite the farro adds.
Layer the grains, then top with the sweet potato and black bean mix and top with sunflower seeds.
This is such a warm and inviting dish, I really enjoyed it, and my husband also gave it a thumbs up.
My only regret was the fact that I was unable to find plantain’s and pumpkin seeds, like the original recipe called for, but I will keep my eyes open for “Next Time.”
This dish does not lack in flavor, the combination of the sweet potatoes, the chili flavor and black beans blends so well.  It was a time-consuming recipe to build, and I used practically all my pots, pans and utensils, but it was worth it.

Question of the Day: Do you substitute items in recipes with similar items or just omit them?

Check Ya later.

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