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 Basic Yellow Mustard

This recipe has been adapted from Haute Dogs.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup organic dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup organic distilled white vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp. unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 2 tsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 2 tsp. organic ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 tsp. organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. organic granulated garlic

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a heavy-bottomed stainless-steel saucepan; Mix until well blended.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, then immediately remove from heat.
  3. Allow mixture to cool, then store in glass Mason jars with tight-fitting lids.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Self-Rising Flour

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Place the salt and baking powder into a 1-cup measure.
  2. Fill the measuring cup with flour and flatten it by scraping with a dinner knife.
  3. Repeat as necessary to make desired amount of flour; Making 10 cups at once will save time later and can be stored in the pantry like regular flour.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Shortcut South-of-the-Border Salad

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. In a large skillet combine 1/4 cup reserved garbanzo bean cooking liquid, frozen meat mix, and garlic; Cover the skillet and cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a salad bowl combine lettuce, garbanzo beans, green onion and olives; Toss and set aside.
  3. Break up the pieces and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Combine the enchilada sauce, flour, and salt in a pint Mason jar; Cover with tight-fitting lid and shake until well combined.
  5. After the meat mixture has cooked, add the enchilada sauce, chili peppers; Cook until the meat mixture is thickened and bubbly.
  6. Top the salad with meat mixture; Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  7. Arrange on top of the cheese, the tomato halves, avocado slices and green pepper strips.
  8. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Vegetable Lasagna with White Sauce

This is inspired by the Stouffer’s brand vegetable lasagna.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 9 organic lasagna noodles, unbroken
  • 5-6 organic rainbow carrots, minced
  • 4-5 organic cremini mushrooms, minced
  • 1 head organic broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 medium organic yellow onion, minced
  • 2 organic beefsteak tomatoes, diced
  • 2-3 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 4 heaping Tbsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 4 cloves organic garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup Homemade Organic Vegetable Stock
  • 1/2 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1-1/2 cups grass-fed organic heavy cream
  • 2 organic pasture eggs
  • 1/2 cup organic ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup organic Parmesan cheese
, grated
  • 1/2 cup organic Pecorino Romano cheese
, grated
  • 1/2 cup organic Asiago cheese, shredded (if soft; if hard, grate)
  • 1/2 cup organic Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Homemade Organic Herbed Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp. Homemade Organic Magic Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 tsp. organic parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt, plus an additional pinch, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. organic freshly-ground peppercorn blend

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat oven 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring 1 gallon of water to a boil in a 2-gallon stock pot .
  3. Prepare the vegetables, if you haven’t all ready done so.
  4. Add a pinch of Real Salt to flavor the noodles .
  5. Add lasagna noodles and cook for HALF of the time the package instructs, approximately 6.5 minutes.
  6. Add the half-cooked lasagna noodles into a large mixing bowl filled with COLD water, set aside.
  7. Melt 2-3 Tbsp. butter on low heat in a large saucepan.
  8. Add the carrots to the saucepan and saute for 5 minutes.
  9. Add onion to the saucepan and sauté for 3 minutes.
  10. Add the garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes and broccoli.
  11. Saute the vegetables for an additional 5 minutes.
  12. Remove the vegetables and place into a medium-sized bowl, leaving as much butter in the pan as possible.
  13. Add flour to the butter, and stir constantly until it creates a thick paste.
  14. Add vegetable stock, milk, and cream to the cooked roux.
  15. Increase heat to medium high, stirring until thickened.
  16. Immediately reduce heat to medium, stirring constantly until desired thickness; Remove from heat.
  17. Add 2 eggs to the ricotta, mix well.
  18. Season the ricotta with 1 tsp. Real Salt, parsley, poultry seasoning, and pepper, mix well and set aside.
  19. Grate all cheeses and mix all but ricotta together in a bowl; Set aside.
  20. Mix together herbed breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup of the shredded/grated cheese mixture; Set aside.
  21. Grease a 9″ × 13″ casserole dish with butter.
  22. Place a very thin layer of white sauce on the bottom of the casserole.
  23. Place a layer of 3 noodles on top of the white sauce.
  24. Spread the ricotta mixture on top of the noodles.
  25. Sprinkle 1/3 of the vegetable mixture on top of the ricotta.
  26. Next, sprinkle 1/3 of the remaining shredded/grated cheese mixture over the vegetables.
  27. Continue layering white sauce, noodles, ricotta mixture, veggie mix, and shredded/grated cheese mixture until you have three total layers.
  28. Top the lasagna with the seasoned breadcrumbs.
  29. Bake uncovered 25-30 minutes until top is brown and the sides are bubbly.
  30. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Cream of Beef Soup

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  •  2 1/2 cups Homemade Organic Beef Stock
  • 1 1/2 cups organic grass-fed whole milk
  • 3/4 cup organic unbleached white flour
  • 3 Tbsp. home rendered tallow OR organic pasture butter
  • 1/4 cup organic onion, finely minced
  • 3 cloves organic garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. organic freshly ground peppercorn blend

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat
  2. Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes
  3. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes
  4. Add the chicken stock and ½ cup of the milk in a large saucepan and mix well.
  5. Add salt and pepper, whisking to mix well.
  6. Bring mixture to a simmer, do NOT boil.
  7. Pour the flour and remaining milk into the saucepan and whisking continuously over medium heat as the mixture simmers.
  8. Continue to simmer and stir/whisk until the mixture is smooth and thick, 5-10 minutes. The mixture will thicken a bit as it cools.
  9. Enjoy!

 

 

Homemade Organic Best Cocoa Brownies

My, oh, my.  These brownies certainly don’t last long at my house.  The original recipe is from Smitten Kitchen and I have adapted it slightly to make it organic.

Here’s what you need:

  • 10 Tbsp. organic pasture butter.  [1-1/4 sticks]
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. organic raw cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup organic unbleached flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Real Salt or sea salt
  • 2 tsp. Homemade Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 2 large organic pasture eggs, cold
  • 2/3 cup organic pecan or organic walnut pieces, optional.

Here’s how I did it:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Use butter, lard or other fat to grease an 8′ x 8′ pan.
  3. Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a double boiler over barely simmering water.
  4. Once the chocolate mixture is hot to the touch, set aside until warm.
  5. Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon (or other non-reactive material)
  6. Add one egg, and stir the mixture vigorously.
  7. Add the other egg, and stir the mixture vigorously.
  8. When the batter is thick, shiny and well blended, add the flour until you can’t see it any longer.
  9. Now, stir the batter for 40 strokes with a wooden spoon.  (Tiring, but so worth it!)
  10. Fold in the nuts, if you’re using them.
  11. Bake them until a toothpick comes out with a slightly moist with batter.  (Somewhere between 20 to 30 minutes.)
  12. Put the brownies on a cooling rack and allow to completely cool before cutting.  (Hard, I know!)
  13. Enjoy!