Homemade Organic Vegan Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

I scoured the internet to find a recipe that I liked, but there weren’t any, so I created this dish.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

For the Sauce:

  • 4 Tbsp. organic sunflower oil (Spectrum Organic recommended)
  • 4 Tbsp. bleached organic white flour
  • 3 cups Homemade Organic Vegetable Stock
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. organic ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. organic ground sage

For the Casserole:

  • 1 head organic cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 bunch organic broccoli, cut into florets (peel, dice and save the stems for another use)
  • 1 cup finely diced organic yellow onion
  • 3-4 organic garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 cups cooked organic brown rice
  • 1-2 cups crushed GMO-free potato chips (Use organic if you can find them!  Keeping the crumbs leftover from the bag is a frugal way to obtain the crumbs, too.  Kettle brand plain potato chips recommended)

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Prepare the rice, if it’s not all ready cooked.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  3. Begin making the sauce:  Heat the sunflower oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat until hot, then add the flour and stir to combine; Cook for 1-2 minutes.  Then add the stock to the pot a little at a time (1/2 cup to start, then a cup at a time is okay.) whisking while totally incorporated.  Do this until all the stock is added.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric and sage and whisk until well blended; Keep on the stove over low heat until ready to pour over casserole.
  4. Prepare the garlic, onion, cauliflower and broccoli, if not all ready done.
  5. Set the rice and vegetables into a 9″x13″ casserole dish, stir until well blended.
  6. Pour the warm sauce over the vegetable mixture and stir until completely incorporated.
  7. Top with the potato chip crumbs. (If making ahead, do not add crumbs until ready to bake, put the casserole in a cold oven and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes.)
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the sides of the casserole are bubbly.
  9. Enjoy!
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Homemade Organic Copycat Chipotle Pinto Beans

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup dry organic pinto beans
  • 4 cups unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 1 Tbsp. organic rice bran oil; OR organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp. organic 100% lime juice
  • 1-1/2 tsp. organic 100% lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped organic yellow onion
  • 1 large organic garlic clove, minced
  • 1 organic bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. organic chipotle pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. organic ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. organic dried oregano

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Add all ingredients to a 2-quart pot; Bring to a boil, uncovered, for two minutes.
  2. Cover, and immediately reduce the heat; Simmer for 2 hours on low.
  3. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Spicy Jalapeno Ketchup

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped organic yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped organic garlic
  • 1 jar organic tomato paste (7 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup organic distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Organic Pickled Jalapeno brine (for more heat, add some of the jalapeno seeds, too)
  • 1/2 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water, divided
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Add 1/4 cup water, onion and garlic to a 2-quart saucepan; Bring to a boil, reduce heat, then simmer for 1 minute.
  2. Mix all remaining ingredients into the saucepan and whisk until smooth.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool completely before placing into a pint jar, straining the solids if desired.
  5. This is fine to eat immediately, but tastes even better the next day after being in the refrigerator.
  6. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Fresh Take Cottage Pie

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

To Make the Mashed Potatoes:

  1. Rinse the potatoes thoroughly under cold running water; Chop the potatoes into cubes of the same size.
  2. In a stock pot, bring 4 quarts of unchlorinated and unfluoridated water to a boil; Add the cubed potatoes and cook for 20 minutes, or until fork tender then strain the potatoes reserving the cooking water.
  3. Place the cooked potatoes, butter, 1 cup reserved potato cooking water, and the cheese blend from the Homemade Organic Copycat Kraft Fresh Take Rosemary and Garlic recipe into a medium mixing bowl; Mash until well combined and smooth, adding additional potato water if necessary.

To Make the Beef Stew:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. Meanwhile, start defrosting the meat mix:  Pour 1/4 cup water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen meat mix, carrots and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Add the garlic (if using); Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add the flour, salt, parsley, rosemary, thyme, ground peppercorns and sage to the beef mixture and stir until well combined.
  4. Add the peas, green beans, beef stock and vegetable stock, stir until thoroughly combined; Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened and bubbly.

To assemble the casserole:

  1. Place the beef stew mixture in the bottom of an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish.
  2. Carefully top the stew mixture with the potato mixture.
  3. Sprinkle the breadcrumb and seasoning blend from the Homemade Organic Copycat Fresh Take Rosemary and Garlic recipe on top of the casserole.
  4. Bake at 375° Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly around the edges and the breadcrumbs are a light golden brown.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Ground Pork Taco Meat

I have greatly adapted the recipe from John D Lee.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Pour 1/4 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen pork mix and simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces, add the onion and minced garlic, then cover again to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and jalapeno brine to the skillet and stir to mix well.
  3. Pour in the seasonings and mix until well combined.
  4. Over medium heat, uncovered, simmer until most of the liquid is evaporated and the meat mixture thickens.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Cheesy Enchilada

Here’s What You’ll Need:

For the Enchilada Skillet:

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 3 Tbsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 2 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 3/4 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Organic Sweet Whey
  • 3/4 cup shredded organic cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Organic Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. organic blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. organic freshly ground white pepper

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Prepare the Rice:  Place the rice, home rendered tallow/organic pasture butter, 1 tsp. Real Salt,1-1/2 cups of vegetable stock and 1-1/2 cups of beef stock into a 1 quart saucepan with lid; Cover, bring to a boil then immediately reduce the heat and simmer on low for 45 minutes.
  2. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Meat Mix:  Pour 1/2 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen meat mix, onions, bell pepper and tomatoes.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Add the garlic; Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 5.
  3. Brown the ground meat in a saucepan until halfway done.
  4. Add the onions, bell pepper, tomatoes and garlic and saute with the ground beef for 6 to 7 minutes until the beef is brown and the onions are clear.
  5. Add 1/2 cup beef stock, 1/2 cup vegetable stock and 2 Tbsp. tomato paste; Stir well.
  6. Add the taco seasoning, paprika, chili pepper powder, red pepper flakes (if using), turmeric and 1-1/2 tsp. salt; Stir well.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the brown rice is fully cooked.
  8. While the dish is simmering, make the cheese sauce:  In a chef’s saucepan, warm the 2 Tbsp. butter until bubbly; Add the flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper; Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.  Pour 3/4 cup milk into the flour mixture and stir until well combined; cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, or until it begins to thicken.  Add the cheeses to the thickened mixture a little at a time while stirring to blend; Make sure to stir often or the sauce will try to burn. Cover and leave on lowest heat setting to keep warm until needed.  (DO NOT cook on higher than a medium temperature!)
  9. Add the cooked rice to the skillet and stir to combine.
  10. Drizzle the cheese sauce on top of the rice mixture.
  11. Top with Homemade Organic Pickled Jalapenos and/or green onions, if desired.
  12. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Bacon Cheeseburger

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. In a deep frying pan with lid, cook the bacon until crispy; Reserve the bacon grease in the pan, remove the bacon from the pan, cut it into small pieces, and set aside.
  2. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Beef Mix or Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Pork Mix:  Pour 1/2 cup water into a deep frying pan with lid; Add the frozen meat mix and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover, then add the mushrooms (if using), tomatoes, and garlic; Break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces. Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 5.
  3. Brown the meat in the frying pan used for the bacon until halfway done.
  4. Add the tomatoes, onions, mushrooms (if using) and garlic, then saute with the ground meat for 6 to 7 minutes until the onions are clear.
  5. Pour in the beef stock, vegetable stock, whey and milk.
  6. Add the macaroni or cavatelli, stir well.
  7. Stir in the salt, pepper, turmeric, and cayenne (if using).
  8. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the noodles are al-dente, approximately 16-22 minutes; Stir occasionally.
  9. Stir in the cheddar, ricotta and blue cheeses, allowing them to melt into the dish.
  10. Enjoy!