Soba Noodle Stir Fry (Vegan)

Makes 4 servings
Soba noodles are a staple item in my pantry and I love cooking them for a quick and easy dinner. Soba noodles originated in Japan and are made from buckwheat flour, which gives the noodles a unique light brown color. They have an earthy, nutty flavor and are loaded with nutrients. Each serving of soba noodles contains a healthy dose of protein, iron, and whole grains. I love pairing soba noodles with stir-fried tofu and veggies and a super simple sauce made with liquid aminos, rice vinegar, and hot sauce. The combination of savory and fresh flavors makes this dish one of my go-to meals for a fast, healthy dinner.

Ingredients:
8 oz. Soba Noodles
1 package Extra Firm Tofu, cubed
2 cups Broccoli, chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
½ Onion, sliced
¼ cup Liquid Aminos
2 T. Rice Vinegar
1 tsp. Hot Sauce
1 T. Coconut Oil

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 T. coconut oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Add in broccoli and red bell pepper and sauté for 3 more minutes until veggies are tender. Add in cubed tofu, liquid aminos, rice vinegar, and hot sauce. Mix to combine and sauté for 2 minutes. Cover pan with a lid and remove from heat.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook soba noodles for 5-7 minutes until soft. Drain cooked noodles and add to veggie-tofu mixture. Mix all ingredients together. Serve immediately and enjoy!

 

By Tiffany Wu / Guest Blogger

Tiffany is a student at JMU, majoring in dietetics. Her family owned a Chinese restaurant when she was growing up, so her passion for food and cooking began at an early age. She especially likes creating delicious and healthy plant-based recipes.

 

Hearty Veggie Loaf (Vegan, can be made GF by using GF oats)

Makes one 9 by 6 inch loaf
Now that winter has settled in, delight your friends and family by making them this hearty veggie loaf. Loaded with protein and fiber from tofu, lentils, and oats, this dish is a nutritious alternative to regular meatloaf. Bragg’s liquid aminos give the veggie loaf a savory, umami flavor while the ketchup glaze gives the loaf a subtle sweet and tangy flavor. I made this loaf for my family and they were amazed by the meaty texture and sweet and savory flavor. With a simple ingredient list, this hearty veggie loaf is easy to make and is sure to be a hit during mealtime.

Ingredients:
1 package (14 oz.) firm tofu, drained
1 cup green lentils, rinsed
½ large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 cup quick oats
¼ cup Bragg’s liquid aminos
1 tbsp. ketchup + 3 tbsp. for glaze topping
1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Directions:
In a medium pot add 3 cups water and 1 cup green lentils and bring to a boil. Once boiled, reduce heat to medium-low and cook lentils for 30 minutes until tender.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a medium pan, sauté onion over medium heat with ¼ cup water for 5-7 minutes until translucent and tender. Add in garlic and 1 tsp. dried oregano and sauté for one minute until fragrant. Set onions aside to cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add drained tofu and mash with a wooden spoon until tofu is crumbled and broken apart. Add in cooked green lentils, onions, 1 cup quick oats, 2 tsp. dried basil, ¼ cup liquid aminos, 1 tbsp. ketchup, and 1 tsp. Dijon mustard. Mix well.
  4. Add veggie loaf mixture into a lightly greased 9 by 6 inch baking dish. Top loaf with 3 tbsp. of ketchup and spread evenly. Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!

 

By Tiffany Wu / Guest Blogger

Tiffany is a student at JMU, majoring in dietetics. Her family owned a Chinese restaurant when she was growing up, so her passion for food and cooking began at an early age. She especially likes creating delicious and healthy plant-based recipes.

 

Food is Changing – It’s Great To Keep Up

Are you interested in learning more about people who produce and care about food and, in turn, are helping to transform the environment in which our food is grown? How about understanding the connections and collaborations that form in order to improve the way we eat?

The Change Food Video Library is a comprehensive collection of the best short length videos covering both problems and solutions to food and farming today. It includes talks from Change Food, The Real Food Media Project, TED, TEDxManhattan and other TEDx events.

The videos are supplemented with online educational information such as links to other sites, materials to be used for discussion, actions and campaigns, and links to additional reading.

Just a quick glance led me to find videos on all sorts of interesting topics, such as “What role do chefs play in the future of good food?” Or, “How can we feed more people by addressing food waste?” And, “Why is organic food so *#@! expensive”?

An excellent resource, the Change Food Video Library presents quality content that is accurate and up to date – and maybe best of all, located in one easily accessible place.

You don’t have to be a teacher, lecturer or event organizer to appreciate this library – just someone with a desire to know more about the changing world of food today.

Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate (Vegan/Gluten-Free)

Makes 4 servings
Looking for a nutritious dish that will add festive flair to your dinner table? This Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate recipe makes for a simple side dish and takes only 30 minutes to make. When roasted, Brussels sprouts become crispy and caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside. The addition of antioxidant rich pomegranate seeds adds sweetness and crunch to the dish. This recipe combines two of my favorite fall/winter fruits and veggies into one unique, and nutrient dense dish. Try it out for yourself and savor the seasonal, fresh flavors.

Ingredients:
1 pound Brussels Sprouts, Washed, Trimmed, and Sliced in Half
1 tsp. Brown Sugar
Dash of Salt and Pepper
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil, Melted
½ cup Pomegranate Seeds

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. In a large mixing bowl combine Brussels sprouts with Brown Sugar, Salt, Pepper, and Coconut Oil. Once combined, transfer mixture to a baking sheet.
3. Bake Brussels Sprouts for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and tender
4. Transfer the Brussels Sprouts to a serving bowl and top with pomegranate seeds. Serve immediately and enjoy!

 

By Tiffany Wu / Guest Blogger

Tiffany is a student at JMU, majoring in dietetics. Her family owned a Chinese restaurant when she was growing up, so her passion for food and cooking began at an early age. She especially likes creating delicious and healthy plant-based recipes.

Spiced Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

As the holiday season approaches, it is important to make time for baking. Gingerbread cookies, chocolate truffles, peppermint candies, and spiced sweet breads are desserts that warm our hearts as we enjoy this special time of the year with the ones we love.

I absolutely love this sweet treat of a recipe: spiced sugar cookies with maple icing. This is a vegan recipe that I enjoy baking during the holiday season. These cookies will be a joy to bake as the rich smells of cinnamon, allspice, maple, and nutmeg fill the kitchen.

Vegan baking recipes will call for substitutions for butter, eggs, and dairy products. All of these items can be found inside Friendly City. Cacao nibs, dairy-free butter, a wide variety of dairy substitutes, oils, and flax can be found in the refrigerated and bulk food and baking sections. A variety of flour blends can be found in the baking aisle for gluten-free baking as well. Be sure to pay attention to how substitutions are used in these recipes because small deviations may ruin the product. My spiced sugar cookies have a simple substitute for butter: an equal ratio of dairy-free butter.

Check out how you can make these sweet cookies below. One of my favorite ingredients is Maple Flavor. Friendly City is stocked with flavors and extracts galore that are absolutely perfect for baking desserts. Cinnamon, Lemon, and Peppermint flavors are all options that you could use to bake other delicious treats like spiced cinnamon cupcakes with sweet lemon icing or chocolate-peppermint bark.

Ingredients (makes 32 cookies)

2 ½ c. flour
1 c. organic cane sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
½ tsp. maple flavor (in the baking aisle)
1 c. soft vegan butter (I used Earth Balance Original)
½ c. water

Icing
1 c. organic cane sugar
½ c. soft vegan butter
½ c. non-dairy milk
½ c. maple syrup
½ T. maple flavor

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add butter and water to the dry ingredients, and mix with a hand mixer until the dough forms a ball.
3. Form the dough into balls (using 2 T. of dough), and flatten into the size of a hockey puck.
4. Arrange cookies on a greased baking sheet about 1” apart.
5. Chill the dough / baking sheets for about 10 minutes before placing in the oven. Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes until they rise. They will firm up as they cool.
6. As the cookies bake, begin making the icing: add all the icing ingredients to a small pot on the stove. Mix, and bring to a boil on high for approximately one minute.
7. Turn the heat off, and allow the sugar sauce to sit for 10 minutes.
8. Whip the icing with a hand mixer for about 3-4 minutes until thick.
9. Drizzle the icing over the cool cookies on parchment paper.

Enjoy these irresistible spiced cookies, and good luck with all your baking adventures this holiday season!

 

Madeleine Wirth
Madeleine is a senior at James Madison University, studying to be a registered dietitian. She loves exploring recipes with fresh and nutritious ingredients. As a native to the Shenandoah Valley, she passionately supports the local food economy in Harrisonburg.

 

 

Own It.

There are lots of good reasons to be an owner of the co-op – and you may be surprised at some of them.

A co-op has a unique ownership model – it’s a different kind of business in which no one person owns more than anyone else. Each person (or household) owns a share. The co-op is driven by the shared values of its owners – the way it runs its business as well as the good it does for its owners and the community.

Co-ops do local best – there are fewer degrees of separation between you, who grows your food and who controls access to the food.

Co-ops are considered progressive – working for the re-creation of our local food system, supporting small farmers, advocating for fair treatment of workers, and for transparency.

You don’t have to be an owner to shop at the co-op, because everyone is welcome. But, if you are an owner, you can take pride in the fact that you are a part of something bigger – something you have a say in, and something that is an invested part of your community.

You get financial benefits as well. There are store-wide discounts on special days, rewards accrued just by shopping, coupon books which are mailed to you, discounts or free admission to Co-op Learning classes, and annual patronage dividends in years when the co-op makes a profit (subject to board approval).

You also have the chance to run for a seat on the Board of Directors, and/or to vote in elections. As an owner, you may also choose to attend monthly board meetings.

You can find out more about the many benefits of ownership on our website, or by speaking with a team member when you are in the store. We’d like you to consider becoming an owner because we think you’ll agree – the greatest reward is in knowing you are supporting your local farmers and producers, and your community.

 

Apple Pie Oatmeal (Vegan)

fullsizerender-3By Tiffany Wu – Makes 1 serving   

Still looking for ways to enjoy sweet, local apples? Friendly City is stocked full of this delicious fruit right now. I bought a big bag of crisp gala apples on my most recent trip to Friendly City and was inspired to make apple pie oatmeal. I love gala apples because of their sweet, mild flavor and their satisfying crunch. They are the perfect apples for making this apple pie oatmeal. This oatmeal is loaded with nutrients such as fiber and omega-3 fatty acids and makes for a scrumptious breakfast.

 

Ingredients:
½ cup rolled oats
1 ½ cups water
1 Gala Apple, diced
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. brown sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. pecans

Directions:
1. Add water and oats to a small pot and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil turn heat to low and add in diced apple, chia seeds, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir well to combine and cook for three minutes. Next, add in pecans and mix well. Transfer oatmeal to a bowl and enjoy!

 

By Tiffany Wu / Guest Blogger

Tiffany is a student at JMU, majoring in dietetics. Her family owned a Chinese restaurant when she was growing up, so her passion for food and cooking began at an early age. She especially likes creating delicious and healthy plant-based recipes.

Cauliflower Alfredo

nov28Looking for an impressive date-night recipe or a nutritious kid-friendly dinner idea?

This Alfredo sauce may be just what you’re looking for. Using fresh cauliflower, this Alfredo sauce is nutritious and delicious while carrying half the calories and fat. Unlike other recipes that use whole milk and butter, this rich Alfredo sauce is made with cauliflower, yogurt, and low-fat milk and flavored with shallots, lemon, parmesan, and cinnamon. Cauliflower, low-fat dairy, and whole wheat pasta create a tasty and filling meal full of protein, fiber, and vitamins in this recipe!

I made this dish for my family, and everyone was shocked to learn the sauce was made using cauliflower. Because the ingredients are lower in fat, we enjoyed our delicious dinner without feeling bloated afterwards. The recipe is especially perfect for sneaking vegetables onto kids’ plates!

Fresh produce makes a difference; your taste buds and belly will thank you!

Ingredients (makes 8-10 servings)
1 head cauliflower
5 cups 2% low-fat milk
5 shallots, chopped
1/3 c. plain low-fat Greek yogurt
16 oz. whole wheat spaghetti
1 T. butter
1 ½ lbs. baby kale leaves
2 cups grated parmesan
1 lemon, zested
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper

1. Chop cauliflower florets off the head.
2. Simmer florets in milk with the shallots and cinnamon. Cook covered for about 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is very soft.
3. Transfer the contents to a blender. Pulse until silky smooth. If necessary, add a tablespoon of milk.
4. Transfer the puree to a small bowl, and whisk with the yogurt. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Cook linguine in boiling water approx. 10 minutes. Drain the pasta from the large pot.
6. In the large pot, melt butter, and sauté kale leaves until wilted or about 2 minutes.
7. Add pasta back to the pot of kale. Add cauliflower sauce, lemon zest and 1 ½ cups parmesan.
8. Serve sprinkled with parmesan and red pepper flakes if desired.

Happy cooking!

 

Madeleine Wirth
Madeleine is a senior at James Madison University, studying to be a registered dietitian. She loves exploring recipes with fresh and nutritious ingredients. As a native to the Shenandoah Valley, she passionately supports the local food economy in Harrisonburg.

Vegan Chocolate Pie

choc-pieThis recipe features a vegan chocolate pie! How exactly is a vegan pie possible, you may wonder? Are butter and eggs necessary?

In this no-bake pie, they are not. Sugar, chocolate, and tofu hold up the thick creamy texture. Silken tofu is used in many vegan-based recipes such as creamy soups, dips, cakes, and muffins. In this recipe, the high water and protein content allows the chocolate filling to retain its structure and rich taste.

Tofu is an excellent nutrient-dense food. Tofu is an awesome source of complete plant-protein, calcium, omega-3 fats, iron, manganese, and other minerals. Many people avoid tofu because they have not been exposed to it. However, incorporating a nutritious food into a decadent dessert is a win for vegans and non-vegans alike!

Whether you are looking for a new vegan dessert recipe or are willing to use tofu in your next baking adventure, this is a delicious pie you have to make!

This recipe is so simple, all the taste in no time. Try it out this Thanksgiving.

Ingredients (1 pie)

9” graham cracker or regular pie crust, purchased or baked according to recipe
12 oz. cacao nibs
1 lb. silken tofu
1 c. sugar
½ tsp. cayenne
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
Optional: shaved chocolate, sliced strawberries

  1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add sugar, and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the sugar mixture along with all other ingredients to a blender. Blend until very smooth using a spatula to scrape the sides down.
  3. Pour pudding into cooled crust. Chill until firm at least 3 hours. Garnish with fresh fruit or chocolate bits.

Happy cooking!

 

Madeleine Wirth

Madeleine is a senior at James Madison University, studying to be a registered dietitian. She loves exploring recipes with fresh and nutritious ingredients. As a native to the Shenandoah Valley, she passionately supports the local food economy in Harrisonburg.

 

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan)

img_7460Makes 24 cookies
These fall inspired sweet potato chocolate chip cookies are super scrumptious and easy to make. The addition of sweet potatoes gives the cookies a decadent, fudgy texture and also makes the cookies moist and chewy. I used Bob’s Red Mill Spelt flour, which is 100% whole grain and a good source of fiber. Spelt is related to wheat and has a unique nutty flavor that compliments the sweet potato nicely. If you have not baked with spelt flour before, I encourage you to try it out in this recipe. One of my favorite aspects of Friendly City Food Coop is their wonderful bulk bin section. The bulk bin offerings are so diverse and I was delighted to find Fair Trade Chocolate Chips in one of the bins. These Fair Trade Chocolate Chips give the cookies rich chocolate flavor in every bite and will leave you reaching for another!

Ingredients:
2 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups spelt flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
Dash of Salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, mix together mashed sweet potato, brown sugar, melted coconut oil, and cinnamon until well combined. Next, add in flour, baking powder, and baking soda and mix until all ingredients are combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Lightly grease two baking sheets lined with coconut oil. Form cookie dough balls with hands that measure roughly two tablespoons each (the size of a ping pong ball). Place cookie dough balls on baking sheets and lightly press down to flatten the cookie dough. Bake for 14 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!

 

Tiffany Wu / Guest Blogger
Tiffany is a student at JMU, majoring in dietetics. Her family owned a Chinese restaurant when she was growing up, so her passion for food and cooking began at an early age. She especially likes creating delicious and healthy plant-based recipes.