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Herbed Spaetzle (GF, V) with Roasted Garlic and Beet Puree – Virtual Vegan Potluck 2013


Winner of Best Side Dish at the November 2013 Virtual Vegan Potluck!

Welcome to your next side dish in this November’s Virtual Vegan Potluck! I am so excited about this potluck because I know I will gain such an abundant of new and delicious plant-based recipes for my upcoming holiday entertaining.

For the last potluck, I brought a Spring salad that contained a veggie that was fairly unique to many readers.  I am hoping, too, that this dish will elicit your curiousity, light fire to your taste buds and have you rushing like mad to your stove top.

However, I am betting you are already in your kitchen (or just crazy anxious to get there!) from reading all the previous potluck posts! (Grab a beverage and click here, if you need to go back to the beginning).

I am so excited about sharing this recipe with you! It’s been hard keeping it a secret for the past month.

Today, I am bringing to our table a savoury dish that is nutritious and satisfying, even for those carnivorous bellies. It was my Swiss and Austrian in-laws who first introduced me to this little noodle we call spaetzle.  It typically would be at our table on special occasions like New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving. It’s such a treat that my husband and I served it our wedding reception nearly 17 years ago.

Traditionally, spaetzle consisted of flour, eggs, salt and water.  I enhanced the traditional recipe by not only eliminating the use of eggs, but by using a flour that is nutritionally superior to most.

For me, this recipe is another great example of how eliminating animal-based foods and gluten from your diet does not have you living without the dishes you so love.

Here is my side dish – an embellished, veganized and gluten-free version of the traditional “egg” noodle called spaetzle – topped with a roasted garlic and beet pureeHerbed Spaetzle


  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1/4 organic soft tofu
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (or guar gum for corn free)
  • salt and pepper
  • filtered room temperature water (approximately 150 – 200 mL)
  • finely chopped chives or green onion and parsley

Dough: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, blend flax eggs with tofu. In a separate bowl, combine garlic powder, quinoa flakes, flours, tapioca starch, gums and salt and pepper.  Alternately, add water and dry ingredients (about a 1/2 cup at a time) to flax and tofu mixture. ***You will need a viscous dough, so adjust water accordingly. Mix slightly after each addition. Using a wooden spoon, mix in chopped herbs.  Let dough sit for 30 minutes or longer.

Now, this is where it really gets FUN! 🙂

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper.  Sit a colander in a large bowl and have it next to your pot of boiling water.

I prefer to use a spaetzle maker over a pot of boiling water to form the noodles. You can use a colander, but a spaetzle maker is so much easier and it really is an inexpensive kitchen gadget. (Great stocking stuffer, by the way!).

Using a soup ladle, scoop your viscous spaetzle dough in the “pot” of your spaetzle maker. Slowly, run the “pot” back and forth on the spaetzle maker’s track. The dough will drip down into the pot of boiling water and float to the top as spaetzle noodles. After a couple of minutes, scoop the spaetzle out of the pot with a slotted spoon and drain them in your colander. Once excess water has drained from the spaetzle, scatter them on your parchment lined cookie sheet.  Keep spaetzle in a low temperature oven, if planning to serve after all dough is cooked.

Spaetzle can be made a day or two in advance.  Once all noodles have been cooked, drained and brought to room temperature, they can be kept in glass containers in the fridge. To reheat spaetzle for serving, either drop noodles once again into a pot of boiling water then immediately scoop or fry in a non-stick frying pan. Spaetzle noodles are awesome fried with onions and garlic. 😉

Top plated spaetzle with warm beet puree and garnish with parsley.


  • 5 medium-sized beets, cooked and peeled(I used a pressure cooker)
  • 1 garlic head, roasted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Bring beets and garlic to room temperature. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend well.

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Beet and Beet Green Risotto


Beet and Beet Green Risotto is by far one of my family’s favourite dishes.  I make it a few times each year, mostly at Christmas because of its vibrant red and green colour.   Recently, my 9 year-old daughter asked for it again when we spotted a beautiful bunch of organic beets in our grocery store.

My sister-in-law first made me this dish nearly 14 years ago.  After the first bite, I knew I had to have the recipe.  The original recipe comes from epicurious.  For years, I made it with butter (or garlic butter!) and a good helping of Parmesan cheese.  I have recently discovered that these ingredients are not at all necessary to create a creamy and flavourful risotto.

I now make my risotto with no oil and thanks to a recent post from liveblissful,  I now use veggieful’s vegan parmesan cheese made from cashews, nutritional yeast and a bit of salt.


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound red beets with greens (about 3 medium)
  • 4 cups vegan soup stock
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese

Finely chop onion and trim stems close to top of beets. Cut beet greens into wide slices and chop stems.  Peel beets and cut into a fine dice.  In a small saucepan, bring vegan soup stock to a simmer and keep it a low simmer.

In a heavy saucepan, cook onion and garlic until softened in about 3 tablespoons of water over medium heat.  Add beets and stems and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in rice and cook for about 1 minute.  Stir in 1 cup of simmering broth, stirring constantly.  Keep saucepan at a strong simmer until broth is absorbed. Continue cooking, adding 1/2 cup of broth at a time, stirring constantly. Be sure to allow each broth addition to be absorbed before adding the next.

After about 10 minutes, stir in beet greens and continue cooking and adding broth 1/2 cup at a time.  Once rice is tender and creamy-looking but still al dente, remove pan from heat and stir in vegan parmesan cheese.

If I am successful at soliciting the help of an eager family member, we will eat this risotto with a side salad and/or a piece of toasted gluten-free garlic bread. 😉

So, don’t throw out those greens and stems on top of your beets!!  Like swiss chard and kale, these greens are our “superheroes”!  If you have some greens leftover from your risotto, try them in your morning smoothie or tossed in your mixed green salad.

Garlic Beets


My family moved to the Ottawa Valley just over 6 years ago.  On my first Christmas here, my husband gave me a wonderful little cookbook recommended to him by the owner of our local bookstore.  Titled “The Green Door Restaurant: Vegetarian Cookbook”, this soft cover book is now a bit tattered and stained as it’s my “go to book” for quick, delicious vegan recipes.   This recipe comes from this book.  I brought Garlic Beets to our family Christmas dinner last night.


  • 5-6 medium-sized beets
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons umeboshi vinegar (also known as ume plum vinegar)*

Cook beets until tender.  (I used a pressure cooker) and let cool on a large dinner plate or pan.  Peel the beets.  Slice or chop the beets in small chunks and place in a serving bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix the minced garlic, olive oil and umeboshi vinegar.  Pour over beets, mix and serve.

Umeboshi vinegar, made from pickled Japanese ume fruit, livens up salad recipes due to its fruity and very salty taste.  Ume plums (more like red apricots) have a number of medicinal qualities.  One being a hangover remedy!  Umeboshi vinegar can be found in natural health food stores or in the health food section of some grocery stores.  If you do not have this vinegar in your pantry, but are dying to make this salad, you can substitute the umeboshi vinegar for red wine vinegar.  However, I do recommend that you give umeboshi vinegar a try.   To learn more about umeboshi or ume plum vinegar, check out this site – http://www.thekitchn.com/product-spolight-umeboshi-vinegar-168623 .