Monday, November 17, 2008

Potluck Picks

So Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and you are wondering what to bring to your Thanksgiving gathering that will please omnis and veggies alike, will stand out among the mashed potatos, pumpkin pie, and tofurkey AND won't having you slaving in the kitchen for hours. Check out the two recipes below. They have become my secret weapons of late at a few potlucks.

Red Wheatberry Salad with Pecans and Dried Cranberries
I simply veganized this recipe by substituting agave nectar for honey. The texture of the wheatberries and wild rice, combined with the tang of the lemon juice and tartness of the cranberries...this salad will make you mouth sing with joy!! I can't get enough of it.

1 cup hard red winter wheat berries, soaked overnight
1/2 cup raw wild rice
2/3 cup toasted chopped pecans
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped green onions
3 tbs fresh lemon
1 tbs agave nectar
1 tbs dijon mustard
1 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1. Soak the wheat berries overnight then drain.
2. Boil the wheat berries in 6 cups of water for about 45 minutes, or until tender. Drain excess water from the wheat berries when done.
3. In another pot, cook the wild rice according to package directions.
4. Combine the cooked wheat berries and wild rice in a large bowl.
5. Whisk the lemon juice, agave nectar, mustard, salt, and pepper to make the dressing. Add the dressing to the wheat berries and wild rice, mix thoroughly.
6. Now add the cranberries, pecans, parsley, and green onions and gently combine.

Coconut Raspberry Squares from The Everyday Vegan by Dreena Burtonclick here to view the recipe

I used Polaner All-Fruit and Bob's Red Mill coconut to make these bars and they turned out incredible. Plan on making two batches as the first batch will be gobbled up within seconds - I promise!

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