Monday, May 08, 2006

Spinach Sandwich Spread

We sent this sandwich spread with the bell choir for their sack lunches last Sunday. We also made it for my open house last Saturday night. Several people requested the recipe, so here it is!

1 c. soy mayonnaise (2/3 c. water, 2/3 c. oil, 1 George Washington Broth pkg., 1/2 c. unsweetenedsoymilk powder, 4 T. lemon juice)
1 pkg. mori nu tofu

Blend mayonnaise and tofu.

1 c. diced water chesnuts
1 sm. diced onion
1 pkg. Knorr’s dried vegetable soup mix
1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and thoroughly squeezed

Mix all and add spinach last. MUST be refrigerated overnight (or made in the morning and sit all day) because the soup mix needs to soak in mixture to be reconstituted and flavors must marinate.

Multi-Purpose Cake

This is probably my family's favorite cake recipe. We adapt it and play with it. See the variations below. Most recently, we served it at my open house with the last variation. I also made my own variation, a pineapple right-side-up cake with frosting on top when my brother's bell choir came. I'll try to post a picture later.

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare 8x8x2” pan with Pam. Drain 1 8-oz can unsweetened pineapple slices.

Mix in bowl:
1 2/3 c. unbleached flour
1/2 t. salt
2 heaping t. Featherweight or Ener-G baking powder

Mix in separate bowl:
1 c. liquid
1/3 c. canola oil
1/2 t. vanilla
3/4 c. sucanat

Add liquids to dry and mix until moist and lumps are gone. Pour over pineapple slices and bake for 35-40 minutes. Can double it and use larger pan.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Mix and spread on bottom of pan BEFORE making the batter:
1 T. pineapple juice
2 T. canola oil
1/3 c. sucanat
Arrange pineapple slices on top and put cherry in center of each piece if desired.
(I made my own variation of this when bell choir came: a pineapple-right-side-up cake with the following frosting on the top.)

1 block Mori-Nu Firm tofu
1 pkg. Mori-Nu Mates Vanilla pudding mix
1 pkg. Tofutti non-dairy cream cheese
1 T. Emes Clear Jel
Blend it all together in the blender and then let it chill to set up. Spread on top of cake.

Open House variation
My mom used the above frosting on the plain cake above (no pineapple on the bottom or top) and chopped up fruit for the top. We had canned mandarin oranges, blueberries, sliced kiwi and strawberries.

Summer Pizza

I made this for the OHA bell choir when they came a couple weeks ago. Mrs. Bange wanted the recipe, so here it is.

1 c. water
1 c. cashews
1/8 t. garlic salt
1/2 t. onion salt
1/4 c. dried onion
1 T. yeast flakes
2-3 T. lemon juice
1 T. instant clear jel
2 T. minced fresh onion
1 t. dill weed
3/4 c. Tofutti non-dairy Sour Cream (which I added for the bell choir. It's not absolutely necessary, but it makes this taste "real"--like it has dairy in it or something!)

Blend water and cashews until cashews are very smooth. Add seasonings and sour cream, if using it. Thicken with lemon juice and clear jel. Scrape into a bowl and stir in minced onion and dill.

Spread over 2 pre-baked pizza crusts. Sprinkle with diced tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, green pepper, olives, shredded carrots, and shredded fake cheese.

(Sorry, I don't think I have a picture of this, unless my mom sends me one, and I'm not fully sure that she has one.)