Vegan Nu Cheeze is the New Cheese

Nutritional yeast is a huge flavor booster for vegan cooking.nu yeast

Nicknamed “nooch” It’s already kind of cute in name, no?  It has a good deal of umami going on in there, and it really helps to add a little funkability without the fermented fish or dairy in a non-vegan Caesar. Just remember that a little goes a long way. Nutritional yeast is balanced with the seeds in this parmesan-like recipe, but many people use nooch straight up as a pasta topper. You can often find it in the bulk bins at healthy food markets and also prepackaged.

Prep time: 5 minutes Makes 2 cups
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup toasted salted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup toasted salted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup toasted breadcrumbs

Blend all ingredients in a processor or blender until it turns to coarse meal. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to several months and use any time instead of parmesan.

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God Bless America and Fresh Fruit Crumble!

I’m in the Emerald city with the fam and we’re reminiscing the good ole days with that slammin’ 4th  of July party we had on the  Lawn Avenue  homestead every year  of my childhood.  I wanted to share something to  bring back the memories and the love of good parties and delicious food. Here’s a simple fruit crumble recipe from my upcoming cookbook, ” Who Wants Seconds?”  – so get some farm fresh fruit and get busy!  Good Times!

Fresh Fruit Crumble

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves 8 to 10
Fruit Filling  
6 cups fresh fruit in any combination, peeled and cut into chunks or slices as needed
3/4 cup sugar (or less)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9″ x 13″ or eight 8-ounce Ball jars (no greasing needed) and set aside.
In a large bowl, gently toss together fruit, half the sugar, lemon juice, flour, and cinnamon.
Taste and if fruit is too tart, add more sugar.
Spread mixture evenly in jars or in greased baking pan.
Crumb Topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg or  flax egg substitite
3 tablespoons oil or melted butter, plus more for drizzling

Place all the crumb topping ingredients in a medium bowl.

Using your hands, a spoon, or a mixer, blend the ingredients until it starts to turn into crumbles.

Top the fruit with the crumble mixture and drizzle on a bit more oil or melted butter on top of the crumbs.
Bake until the crumble is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling on the side of the pan or jars, about 30 minutes for jars and 40 minutes for pan (regardless of fruit).
Let rest 10 minutes before serving so it sets up nicely.