These recipes are a little bit different than most of the healthy recipes we feature here on Vibrant Wellness Journal. In our kitchen we usually choose simple, healthy recipes featuring lots of greens and vegetables. But sometimes we want to to cook something a little bit fancier. Whether you are cooking for someone special or a whole group of special people, a savory or sweet tart will be a great addition to your meal. The bonus is that it looks a lot fancier than it actually is, so these recipes are sure to impress!
Basic Tart Crust
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons wheat germ
2 teaspoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup vegan margarine or butter
8-10 Tablespoons unsweetened soymilk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- To make the Crust: In a large mixing bowl combine flours, wheat germ, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Grate in margarine and use your hands to press margarine into flour until mixture is crumbly and loose like teeny pebbles.
- In a small bowl mix together 8 Tablespoons (½ cup) soymilk and apple cider vinegar.
- Sprinkle soymilk over flour mixture, tossing with a spatula to combine. Use your hands and gently knead dough until cohesive, adding extra soymilk as needed to make dough smooth. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Knead a few times in the plastic, and let rest in refrigerator for two hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Turn out dough onto a floured surface and roll into a large rectangle, about ¼ – inch thick. Lift dough carefully from surface and lay onto baking sheet.
- Meanwhile, prepare the Fillings (see below).
- Bake tarts for 25 minutes, until crust is golden. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. Makes 3-4 servings, or 5-6 small bites.
To Make the Fillings:
Onion & Goat Cheese: Cook 2 Tablespoons olive oil with 2 cups thinly sliced red onion on medium-low heat until very brown. Layer onto crust with 3 ounces hard goat cheese and 2 ounces soft goat cheese. Sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons fresh or dried thyme and some cracks of fresh black pepper. Bake as directed above.
Squash & Onion: Boil 2 cups chopped and peeled butternut, Kabocha or kuri squash in water until soft. Mash until smooth. Sautee 2 Tablespoons olive oil with 2 cups thinly sliced red onion on medium-low heat until very brown. Layer the squash onto the tart, leaving 2 inches of crust on edges (see photo below). Sprinkle with cooked onions and garnish with some Italian seasoning. Bake as directed above.
Squash with Cashew Creme (second photo below): Toss together a dozen thin slices of Kabocha squash, 2 Tablespoons coconut oil and 1 Tablespoon brown sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until squash is soft and browned. Meanwhile, blend together 1 cup soaked cashews with 2 pitted Medjool dates and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a food processor. Add 1 Tablespoon water as needed to make it creamy and smooth. Spread cream onto tart, leaving space on the edges. Layer cooked squash and bake as directed above.
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