Here's a Recipe for Vegan and Gluten-free "Crab Cakes"
Last week on my Facebook page and over on Instagram I posted this pic of my dinner after making vegan gluten-free "crab cakes" and I had so many people wanting this recipe - so here goes.
I admit, it has been awhile since I've posted a recipe here and for that I apologize. Life and work get in the way and sometimes you can't find (or make) time for things such as that.
Now I love crab - in any form; crab legs, crab cakes, crab bisque - but I am allergic to shellfish. Not to mention I try now to stick to a plant-based, vegan diet for my overall health to keep inflammation at bay and keep my gut health in check along with many other things. I have found over the course of the last several years since changing my diet (lifestyle) that it has helped tremendously. I have kept my weight in check, inflammation down which is the undercurrent of all disease process - and have been able to keep my immune system at a healthy normal.
YES! All that can be done through the food that we eat.
So in my recipe research I came across a few sites of plant-based crab cakes but none that I really ever wanted to try. So, I had the time last week to get in the kitchen and get creative and put my own together adding some from this, some from that along with my own ideas.
The end result was great and no fishy smell or extremely fishy taste. And Terry loved them too (which is an added bonus). Although they could use a little more "crab-like" taste - I would suggest adding a little more dulse or nori to help with that.
Hope you'll try these and don't skip putting them in the freezer for at least 20 minutes - it helps firm them up prior to searing.
Vegan and Gluten-Free "Crab Cake Recipe
Prep: 15 min Freezer Time: 20 min Cook Time: 20 min
Serves: 4 - 6
Tools: Large Oven-proof Skillet / Baking sheet for freezer
Vegan Tarter Sauce
1 cup Vegan Mayo
1 cup finely chopped dill pickles
1 Tbsp dill (fresh or frozen)
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Swerve sugar substitute
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Mix all together.
I hope you will make these - if you do, tag me in your pics I'd love to see them. Happy cooking!
This post was written by Susan Avello, Personal Chef at Lean Bean Chef Personal Chef Services in Dothan Alabama - offering , Personal Chef Services, Meal Planning, Cooking Classes, Private Dinner Parties and Education on Healthy Eating.
"Meatless" Chickpea Soyrizo Street Tacos
If there's one thing I really do love it's street tacos. There's something so satisfying about them. The unfortunate thing is that they mostly come with meat. And for me, I don't usually want that. So, often I have to eat the meat or go for beans. Then I was inspired by a recipe I found in Bon Appetite for Chorizo Tostadas with chickpeas and thought, "Hey, now this I could do!"
Turns out when babe and I were finishing up our boating trip (aka fishing excursion) on base last weekend, we stopped by the Commissary to see if we could find anything interesting. Sometimes you can (cough cough). And it just so happens we found this soy based mock chorizo called "Soyrizo" that is a meatless organic, gluten-free, non-gmo, no preservative alternative. I said, "BABE, grab that before anyone else gets that with their toilet paper!" #COVID-19 So we put it in the cart and off we went.
Now, traditional chorizo is a type of pork sausage made from intestines (YUCK YUCK YUCK) and often cured, smoked and flavored with Spanish spices and herbs used in several Spanish dishes including Paella. To me, this was a REAL find. To have a meatless, healthier version available. So, I thought I would make the Bon Appetite tostada healthier with the soyrizo into meatless street tacos. And boy, was I delighted. WHAT A TREAT!
Here's how we changed up the recipe. The original recipe called for chorizo (meat) we switched it with Soyrizo. It called for Greek yogurt (dairy) we switched it with coconut milk yogurt. This way, we have eliminated dairy and meat and created a vegetarian / vegan healthy meal that tastes so good you won't even realize you don't have meat in it. TRUST ME on this one. My meat-eating-man LOVED these! I also added 1 1/2 chipotle peppers just for the flavor.
So, let's dig in, shall we?
Chickpea and Soyrizo Meatless Street Tacos
by Chef Susan Avello
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