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 Copycat Chipotle Black Beans

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup dry organic black 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 Vegetarian Enchilada Sauce

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups Homemade Organic Vegetable Stock
  • 2 cups unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 2 cups organic strained tomatoes or organic tomato puree
  • 4 minced organic garlic cloves
  • 2 cups chopped organic yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp. organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. organic powdered chipotle pepper or 3 – 4 organic chipotles in ancho sauce
  • 2 tsp. organic dried oregano
  • 4 tsp. organic ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. organic sour cream

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Heat a deep frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the fat (schmaltz, tallow or lard) into the pan and heat until warm and bubbly.
  3. Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and saute until the onions and garlic are light brown around the edges.
  5. Place the onions, garlic and stock into a 1/2 gallon Mason jar.
  6. Puree the mixture using an immersion blender.
  7. Pour the mixture back into the frying pan.
  8. Add oregano, chipotle, garlic, onion, salt and tomato puree.
  9. Mix until well blended.
  10. Simmer uncovered for 40 minutes or until desired consistency is reached, stirring occasionally.
  11. Stir the sour cream into the sauce before serving; omit if canning this recipe.
  12. 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!