Yummy Baked Potato Hot Dog Rice and Veggies
2 organic russet potatoes, rinsed, cut down in 1/2 down the middle, lengthwise
3 Lightlife vegan hot dogs
4 medium size pieces of Immaculate natural crescent rolls
1 box Near East Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf
2 tbsp. onion, ends and peel removed, rinsed, chopped
1/2 C cauliflower, rinsed, chopped
4 tbsp. Earth Balance
1/2 C Bragg Liquid Aminos
1/2 C extra light pure olive oil
2 heaping tbsp. organic flax oil
Instructions: This is a combination of 2 recipes from my Tasty Herbal Vegan Kitchen cookbook. It is a very simple recipe. Bring 2 medium size pots of filtered water to a rapid boil – 1 pot filled 1/2 way to cook the rice and the other pot filled until the water slightly covers the steamer. When the water reaches a rapid boil, pour the rice in the first pot and the chopped cauliflower in the next pot and reduce the heat on both to medium. Gently stir the rice so that it cooks evenly and allow it to cook for 30 minutes. The cauliflower will steam for 10 minutes, depending on how soft you want it. At the same time, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. You can either bake the potatoes for 3 hours in the oven the night before or in the morning or you can microwave them for 18 minutes and then bake them for 40 minutes. I always poke some holes in each 1/2 to help them cook well and I place them gently next to each other in a Pyrex casserole dish. Cut a slight slit in each hot dog and roll out and flatten a medium size 4 inch piece of Immaculate crescent roll and wrap a hot dog in each piece. My family loves them, especially my fussy 3 1/2 year old toddler son. At the same time, bake the rolled hot dogs in the oven next to the potatoes on the same rack. The hot dogs usually bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and nice and firm. I’m not fond of using a microwave, but for pinches and time pinches, I do use it.
Check the rice from time to time to see if it’s cooked enough. When it’s very soft, soft enough to eat, it’s ready. You may want to add a little water at times until it’s done cooking. When it’s finished, turn off the burner. By now the cauliflower should be finished steaming and you can turn off the burner and drain the water in a colander. Now, cook the onions in the olive oil in a fry pan for 20 minutes with some Bragg Liquid Aminos. Stir gently and evenly and when the onions begin to lightly brown and soften, you can turn off the burner and add the rice and cauliflower to the dish. Mix well with the seasonings. When the baked potatoes and hot dogs are finished baking, remove from oven, protecting your hands from the intense heat with oven mits, and turn off the oven. Mash the potatoes a little bit to soften them and then add some Earth Balance. You now have a complete delicious healthy meal that is comforting and nourishing. Serve and enjoy and Happy World Vegan Day!
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