Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Dinner

Raw Veggie Cheese Steak

Merry Christmas! By the time you read this, I hope everyone had a lovely holiday. We had a blessed day, and I wanted to share with you all a few things I made today.

Above is a raw veggie cheese steak. I got it from an e-book called Recipes Made with Love by Jody Allen. Her website is She gave me a copy of her book as a Christmas gift, so I don’t feel right giving the recipe out without her permission. Visit her site and show her some love.

This cheese steak is incredibly rich and tasty. And so is her apple crisp.

Apple Crisp

I served it with Rice Dream Vanilla Ice Cream, but that had a yucky aftertaste. In haste, I made a vanilla cream sauce to go with the apple crisp.

The sauce is 2 cups cashews, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and agave nectar, to taste. Put them all in a blender, and add water just to the top of the cashews. Blend. You’ll create a lovely whipped creamy vanilla sauce. It went PERFECTLY with the apple crisp. It was heavenly good.

I learned this vegan meatloaf recipe at a class I took at Soul Vegetarian in July 2002. It’s a staple in my house now. It’s a lot easier to make than it looks. It is heavily seasoned and tasty. It goes great with the mac & cheese recipe from Thanksgiving.

Wheat Loaf
2 cups couscous, cooked
1 cup TVP, cooked
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon Spike seasoning
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
½ cup nutritional yeast
pinch of sea salt
¼ cup liquid amino
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup water
BBQ sauce, to moisten
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl thoroughly. Shape into loaf in a bread loaf pan, or an 8 x 8 baking pan. Cover generously with BBQ sauce. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

And here’s the dehydrator! It’s inaugural recipe was onion rings, but when I looked for the picture in my flash drive, it wasn’t there. I promise a picture of them next time. They were really good!

Be well, and don’t eat too much!




Ingrid said...

Both the Raw Veggie Cheese Steak and Apple Crisp look delish. And your new Excalibur dehydrator arrived, have fun with it!

We enjoyed a fun time with family during the holidays. Wishing you and yours the very best in the coming new year.

Gorge Green Guide said...

Hi Althea! I found your link from a comment on Karen Knowler's site. I tried your tacos with the family over holidays - love them! Congrats on the dehydrator - on my wish list too. I'm just getting started at


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