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Sauces! Pt.1 Hollandaise

Sometimes all you need is a little sauce to turn a vegetable (or two or seven) into a meal! Even better, many sauces can be jarred and saved for future use! In this section I’ll explore how to transform your bare naked vegetables into easy culinary delights.

Hollandaise sauce is a creamy, yellowy, buttery sauce French in origin that is a little sweet and a little sour to the taste. It is traditionally used on eggs benedict but also tastes great on a variety of vegetables.

What goes with hollandaise sauce? What vegetables can I put hollandaise sauce on?
The following vegetables taste wonderful with hollandaise sauce. Unless otherwise specified, we recommend steaming these vegetables if you plan to use them with hollandaise:
-Artichoke hearts
-Baked or Fried Potatoes
-Brussel Sprouts

How do I make it?
You can make hollandaise sauce from scratch or buy it in a flavoring packet that is sold in most grocery stores in the section for packaged sauces. Below are two recipes for hollandaise including a vegetarian lacto-ovo version and a vegan version.

Lacto-ovo Original Vegetarian Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

* 4 egg yolks
* 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
* Pinch cayenne
* Pinch salt


Vigorously whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice together in a stainless steel bowl and until the mixture is thickened and doubled in volume. Place the bowl over a saucepan containing barely simmering water (or use a double boiler,) the water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Continue to whisk rapidly. Be careful not to let the eggs get too hot or they will scramble. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened and doubled in volume. Remove from heat, whisk in cayenne and salt. Cover and place in a warm spot until ready to use for the eggs benedict. If the sauce gets too thick, whisk in a few drops of warm water before serving.

Recipe from Foodnetwork

Vegan Hollandaise Sauce Recipe
1/2 c. plus 1/4 c. unflavored soymilk or other nondairy milk (3/4 c. total)
2 T. Earth Balance or Soy Garden Natural Buttery Spread, melted and kept warm (or butter flavored non-dairy margarine)
1 and 3/4 T. cornstarch or wheat starch
*Note: Do not substitute arrowroot, tapioca starch, or kuzu— I tried these and the results were not satisfactory.
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch of white pepper or a dash of hot pepper sauce
tiny pinch of tumeric (less than a 1/16th of a tsp—more makes a phony-looking color)

Heat the 1/2 c. soymilk until not quite simmering—pour into the blender container along with the salt, pepper or hot sauce, and cover to keep hot while you melt the Earth Balance and go on to the next step.
In a small (2 c.) saucepan or microwave-proof bowl, mix together the first 1/4 c. of soymilk and the cornstarch and tumeric, and whisk together well.
If making in a pot on the stovetop, stir constantly over high heat until thick and translucent, shiny yellow, not a dull yellow — OR:
Microwave option: Use the microwave-proof bowl for the mixture, and microwave on HI 20 seconds. Whisk. Repeat two times, or until thick and translucent, shiny yellow, not a dull yellow.
Scrape the yellow cornstarch mixture into the blender container containing the hot milk mixture, and add the lemon juice. Blend well, adding the melted Earth Balance slowly through the hole in the lid while the machine is running. Blend until the mixture is pale yellow and frothy and emulsified (you can’t see any oil globules).
Serve immediately, or, if it has cooled down too much, heat briefly in the microwave at a low setting, or in a small pot on the stove over low heat, or keep hot on an alcohol burner briefly before using. The cooled mixture may be reheated gently, as well.
Recipe from Bryanna’s Vegan Feast


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Easy Vegetarian Spaghetti Caprese

Easiness: **
Greenness: lacto-ovo (leave out the cheese and substitute with lemon marinated tofu for a vegan alternative)

Cook’s Notes: This recipe is really simply but depends on using fresh, quality ingredients. So get to your local farmer’s market and get crackin’!

One serving of spaghetti, cooked (about 200 grams)
One lump of buffalo mozzarella (this is the fresh kind you get in a ball)
Cherry tomatoes or ripe (in their prime!) other kind of tomato
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 lemon
Fresh Basil (a bundle or just the leaves) chopped
1 tsp white vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
oregano to taste (optional)

1. Wash the tomatoes. Cut them apart and remove the seeds and core (or “the pulpy bit”). Dice them.
2. Mince the garlic. Combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice from 1/2 of the lemon, garlic, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Toss the tomatoes in the lemon juice mixture and set in the fridge to marinate while the pasta cooks.
4. Chop the mozzarella into bite size pieces.
4. Cook and drain the spaghetti.
5. Mix the drained spaghetti in with the chopped basil leaves. They should get a little wilty. Add the tomato mixture and then the mozzarella and toss gently.
6. Devour.

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Black Beans & Brown Rice

Black Beans and Brown Rice Recipe
Easiness: **
Greenness: vegetarian (can be made vegan by omitting cheese)

2 cups uncooked rice
1 can black beans
1/2 an onion
1 tbsp oil, canola or olive
1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
your choice of salsa
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (more if you like things cheesy, I am lactose intolerant so I keep it to a minimum)
green onions, chopped, to taste
fresh cilantro, chopped, to taste

Cook the rice, according to package directions.
While the rice is cooking, sautee garlic and onions in oil until they smell fragrant and are starting to brown. Open the can of beans into a colander and rinse well. (This reduces the extra sodium that canning adds.) Dump beans into sautee pan with onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes or until beans start to split.

When rice is finished, stir in beans, onion and garlic. Add cheese, cilantro, green onions, and add salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything well and then serve, topping with salsa.

Recipe from LJ User Rasputin Fish

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