In A Jiffy Veggie Pie

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Good evening!

Wow what a day…a hot, hot, hot day in the bakery! I even had the A/C on and I was still hot and flustered all day long. The thermometer read 37C at the peak of the day today. I was like a worried mother watching over her child whenever I thought about my dear Basil plant in this sweltering heat. I made sure to water it at lunch! So far so good.

I want to give a huge shout-out to my early morning run for keeping me energized all day long! I think I am going to be hooked on AM workouts again. I felt so great today.

For tonight’s dinner I dreamed up this fun veggie pie. I don’t think I have ever made a veggie pie before so I thought it would be fun to combine two of my favourite things- In A Jiffy Spelt Veggie Burgers and my spelt pie crust.

This is just a first trial version and I am open to your ideas/modifications/suggestions below!

First things first, I have transitioned to Iced Green Tea during this heat wave!

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I made a huge pot of green tea last night (when I prepped my VOO!) and then I chilled it in the fridge overnight. This morning I simply poured my green tea into a glass, added 1 Mighty Leaf Spring Jasmine tea bag, and ice, ice baby. So refreshing!

I added this tea bag to add more flavour because the ice waters the tea down and you know how strong I like my green tea!

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This Mighty Leaf Organic Spring Jasmine tea is EXCELLENT! The jasmine flavour and aroma is truly relaxation in a cup. Mmmm.

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In A Jiffy Spelt Veggie Pie

Spelt Crust:

  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 2 tbsp cold-pressed sunflower oil (or EVOO)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried parsley

 

Directions: preheat oven to 400F. Grease a pie crust with oil.  Whisk the spelt flour and ground flax in a large bowl. In a small bowl mix the oil, milk, salt, dried parsley, and tomato paste together. Add the wet to the dry and mix well, using hands if necessary. Roll into a ball and then roll out with a rolling pin or simply use your hands to flatten into a pie crust. Pinch the edges with your forefinger and thumb.

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Roll into a ball…

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Roll it out or simply press into pie pan with fingers.

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Pinch edges with thumb and forefinger..

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The tomato paste gave the crust a beautiful shade!

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For the pie filling, I used the In A Jiffy Spelt Veggie Burgers. For the recipe, see here. I dumped the entire batch into the pie crust like so…

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and I sprinkled it with paprika…LOL.

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I also made an oat-based crust using 1 cup oats, 1/2 cup flax, 1/4 cup sunflower oil, and 1/2 tsp sea salt- processed in a blender until smooth.

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I took a muffin pan and shaped little tarts with the crust (about 1 heaping tbsp per muffin) and then topped them with more veggie burger mixture.

I baked the veggie pie and tarts in the oven for 20 minutes at 400F.

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I actually baked the pie for 30 minutes and it was way too long. I browned it a bit too much and it dried out as a result. Next time I will stick to 20 minutes and possibly incorporate some of the changes below…

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Ways to make the pie more moist/less dry:

  • Possibly adding oil/water/milk to the veggie burger mixture to thin it out a bit and give it some moisture
  • For non-vegans you could try adding an egg
  • Add chopped tomato to the veggie mixture
  • Adding a layer of tomato sauce on top and a layer of hummus on bottom
  • Any other ideas?

 

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Both turned out great tasting, although they were dry and need some tweaks!

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I tried ketchup and pasta sauce and they were both pretty good.

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However, I added a thick layer of hummus on top and I liked the hummus the best by far! It made the whole veggie pie come alive. It could be really delicious to spread a layer of hummus on the bottom of the pie before baking! The possibilities are endless.

All I craved for dessert was dried fruit

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Did you know dried apricots are really high in iron? They are a great way for anyone, especially women, vegetarians, and vegans to get a boost!

Here is a handy iron guide that I found the other day:

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I also devoured this dried fruit bar from Trader Joe’s…

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I think my body was telling me something!

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Tonight’s questions: Do you pay attention to what vitamins you need/obtain from food or do you just try to eat balanced and not worry much about it? Do you take vitamin supplements?

Generally, I don’t worry much about tracking my vitamin intake, however I do supplement with B12 (once a week), calcium/magnesium (daily), and vitamin D (in the winter) just for peace of mind. I also believe that our bodies will crave certain foods based on what it needs. I have my vitamin levels assessed yearly at my doctor’s office and I have yet to be told that I am low in anything, so I figure the variety of plant-based foods I am eating must be keeping me on track. My iron is actually higher now than when I was an occasional meat-eater (I used to be anemic for a while in university). My doctor always says, ‘Keep doing whatever you are doing!’ 

I’m off to relax outdoors with Eric…Stay COOL out there!  :cool:

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Annie@stronghealthyfit July 6, 2010

Good question! I was actually just reading a book about vitamins and minerals (and supplements) today. I take a multivitamin and a flax oil supplement, but I don’t even know if I really need them! I mostly just think about getting enough fruits and vegetables in my diet, and keeping out any artificial stuff.

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Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 6, 2010

I have an overabundance of spelt flour in my cabinet, perfect! Your idea of adding hummus and tomato sauce sounds delish. Maybe even mix the hummus in? Even though I’ve baked with white bean dip and it still was a little dry. It’s a tricky thing! ;)

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Amber K July 6, 2010

I take half a multi every other day. On the opposite days I take a B supplement. Daily I take calcium/vitamin D supplement and magnesium because I have trouble getting enough of those.

Sometimes I think I’m anemic, so thanks so much for the list of foods with iron!

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Stephanie July 6, 2010

I don’t pay attention to my vitamin intake, just try to eat a well balanced diet.

I wouldn’t worry about your basil too much. I grow it in Arizona and it is regularly well above 100°F. I think the basil likes the heat, it does better than any other herb I’ve grown.

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Candice July 6, 2010

Your recipe looks great – and I can totally see how hummus would be a great addition!

I take a B-12 supplement, iron supplement and prenatal vitamins. Other than that I don’t really worry about it too much. I should probably have a check up though, because I was anemic when I was in college (I was a meat eater then), and I haven’t had it checked since!

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Kaleigh July 7, 2010

Hah. I just made your Spelt burgers last night! (Sooo good by the way – I changed up the spices just for a change). I think the pie idea is a great one, however, I can see how that mixture would dry out quickly. What would changing the flour amounts do – by adding less would it make it more moist?

Also – today with I chopped up a patty and added it to my spinach salad for lunch. It was a great addition! Next recipe to try is the homemade coconut butter!

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Lynna July 7, 2010

Making this pie is such a great idea. The crust looks awesome! I think hummus or even mashed avocado on the bottom (or mixed in) would be a great idea. Also, maybe you could blend the filling a little less or only blend half? I always imagine veggie pies to be kind of chunky.

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Lauren July 7, 2010

I do take a lot of supplements…I’m embarrassed to say how many because people are always shocked and tell me that it’s a lot…but they were all recommended by nutritionists and/or naturopathic doctors, so I follow their advice. I do eat a healthy vegan diet, but I still have a lot of health problems so I guess that is why I need to take all these extra vits/mins.

One mineral I do worry about is iodine. As a vegan, I know there is a good chance I don’t get enough, and I know that iodine is important for preventing thyroid problems. I try to use iodized sea salt daily to account for that.

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Wei-Wei July 7, 2010

I love experimenting with recipes! I think that maybe you could thin out the filling with some hummus+water. And I do agree, adding an egg would help, but you’re vegan so maybe the flax/chia egg? I’m not sure. Maybe some oil would help (I was about to suggest butter but that’s dairy too! :P)

Wei-Wei

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Eimear Rose July 7, 2010

How about a layer of tomato sauce in between two layers of the burger mix? It would like really cool when you cut it and would add some moisture. Or you could thin the burger mix down with a chickpea flour/water mix, it would add more protein although it would make it a bit more quiche-like.
I take a vitamin supplement called Veg1 that the Vegan Society in the UK get specially made for their shop. I take one every day, it’s a chewy blackcurrant flavoured tablet so that kids will like it too! It has B2, 6 and 12, Vit D, selenium and iodine. http://www.vegansociety.com

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Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 7, 2010

That pie looks awesome!
I do try and pay attention to the minerals and vits I’m getting – like I take a tbsp of flaxseed a day for some extra omegas, but on top of it all I take a B12 supplement and a calcium supplement. I don’t know for sure if I need them, but better to be safe than sorry!!

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Little Aspects July 7, 2010

Pie! Great idea – now I’ve got some ideas of what to make for dinner this week with my veggie box delivery :)

In terms of making the pie more moist – how about adding some steamed (and possibly pureed, or simply mashed) pumpkin to the mixture? Pumpkin always goes nicely with chickpeas.

As for vitamins- I don’t take any, just try to eat a wide variety of food – tons of veggies, especially greens, nuts, legumes grains etc – and I don’t feel I’m lacking anything. If I ever feel a bit flat I make a carrot, ginger, beetroot, lemon and apple juice, heavy on the ginger, and that peps me right up. I’m not worried about Vitamin D here in Australia – I exercise outside all year long, so I get plenty of sun (I’m more worried about making sure I’m wearing sunscreen!).

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Mushrooms July 7, 2010

The pie looks super delicious!
Actually, I take an iron supplement. I’m not anemic just yet, but still.
I try to get my daily doses of vitamins, but I’m not too troubled by it. I eat what I crave, normally veggies or fruit, so it isn’t a big problem for me.

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Rachel @ Suburban Yogini July 7, 2010

Living in the UK where there ain’t much sun I definitely supplement Vit D – it should be the law here! Also there are links with Fibromyalgia and low vitamin D so I will always take that. I take B12 everyother day because my diet is mainly vegan. Do you find it makes you pee bright orange? (sorry was that TMI)!!!!

Other than that I just rely on a good balanced diet.

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Kris July 7, 2010

I agree with the suggestion of shredded zucchini, mushrooms, or maybe eggplant? Something that has high water content. Maybe a zucchini, tomatoes, onions combo.

I take a multi, calcium +D (I have osteopenia), omega 3. Even though I live in FL and bike ride outside, I asked my dr. to check my vitamin D level (haven’t gotten it back yet). I have friends here who have low vitamin D, even though we have tons of sunshine. I know I don’t eat enough get all my nutrients through my diet, even though I eat very balanced, and was anemic a couple of years ago.

Just make sure you keep the basil watered. It does well in heat (I have a bumper crop), but it needs lots of water.

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Agnieszka July 7, 2010

I think we dont need to worry about vitamins and minerals . We just need to good balanced diet . Especially local stuffs are the best for us and I stick to it. Exotic stuffs are bad for those living in Europe for example. I think diet should be varied and every meal should give us some carbo, protein and a little bit of fat. We should focus on veggies , whole grains , fruits, nuts and seeds and spices! And everything gonna be ok. We should also think that we need to switch cooking methods and ingredients according to seasons. And cooked food 2,3 times a day will be appreciated by our body cuz this is the way we get our energy.

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 7, 2010

That looks awesome! Kinda like a deconstructed-reconconstructed veggie lovers pizza :) And I take calcium, vitamin B, and a multi everyday. I know I probably get enough vitamins from my food, but most of them are water soluble and non toxic anyway, so now harm in extra :)

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Caitlin July 7, 2010

I love topping your in a jiffy spelt burgers with guacamole. Maybe it would be a good topping for the pie too? You have such great recipes; thanks for sharing :-)

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Sophie @ yumventures July 7, 2010

Angela, that crust looks amazing! I am always looking for new healthy crusts that I can turn gluten free, and this looks just perfect! I love the addition of tomato paste for some extra oomph! Way to go!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 7, 2010

Good to know about apricots! I better start loading up on them. I’ve been a bit worried about my iron levels since I cut out red meat. I don’t want to start taking iron pills without a doctor’s advice though. Right now I just take vitamin D, vitamin B12 and fish oil. I’m not sure how much I need them, but as you said, it gives me peace of mind!

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Michal July 7, 2010

I’m always a bit suspicious of vitamin supplements ala Michael Pollan, but I have been thinking about taking some for whatever small value they might add. I generally focus on getting a wide variety of produce and doing the “whole rainbow” – and my body definitely craves when I haven’t gotten enough variety.
Right now I’m craving that veggie pie! :-) But I do have another Angela recipe for breakfast – I tried making your waffles earlier this week and they are awesome!

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing July 7, 2010

I always check food labels to see what vitamins/minerals a certain food offers. Sometimes (juice, apple sauce etc.) I’ve been surprised to see there is really no nutritional value to what I’m consuming! As long as a food contains a good amount of something good for my body though, I am happy :).

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Jo July 7, 2010

Another great recipe! (I’m so hooked on your blog, tried making some of your pesto yesterday and it was a hit). I think my vegan loafs are kind of like veggie pies sans the crust though. I have been wondering what to call them, maybe veggie loaf suits it. :)

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Shellybean July 7, 2010

I take a daily vitamin that has all my B’s plus folic acid and Vitamin C. I was advised by a gyno a few years ago that birth control pills tend to take B-6 and B-12 out of your system, C is useful in preventing UTI’s (which used to be a problem for me) and that women of child bearing age should always take Folic acid in case you become inadvertently pregnant to help prevent your child from having Spina Bifida. So that’s what I take. Otherwise I don’t worry about it b/c I eat lots of good things. I also think that the vitamins we get from food are processed and utilized by our bodies much better than any pill I can take.
Oh, I do take an airborne when I’m feeling sick. I think it’s total balony, but in this case the placebo effect works for me so I’ll take advantage of that!

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Carrie July 7, 2010

Ok Angela! I was thinking, while reading, that those oatmeal little pies you made could easily be turned into a healthy dessert. It’s a horrible thing, I know, but my sweet tooth really does rule my brain. So I was thinking, couldn’t you use oats, some type of oil, cinnamon and a sweetener, honey, or something like that to make the pie crust and then fill it with some cinnamon sweet goodness? Like a cinnamon roll? Oh heavens, now I’M drooling :) You always get my brain rolling!

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Carrie July 7, 2010

Oh and I forgot :) I used to take a multi but now that I’m eating more natural foods I don’t think I need them, plus I already have to take medicine for my thyroid and I don’t like to think of myself as a pill popper ;) One pill is good enough for me!

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Amanda July 7, 2010

I take Juice Plus!!! It is an all natural supplement that gives you 17 fruits and vegetables in a capsule! It is an amazing product with tons of research to back it up!

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cheeky July 7, 2010

i love this blog and your attitude SO MUCH!
my cat is ALWAYS plotting.
my husb and i feel like it’s her
whirled, we are just lucky to live in it ; )
i have stopped with the scalre years ago but
i have been counting calories or something
on and off
for like…17 YEARS? ughghghg…
so gross to think about.
my life is happy, my body is healthy and strong.
and i am active.
i just worry that if i stop counting counting –
i will eat too much.
how did you get over that?
just want to LET GO!

thanks for all you do.

you a rockstar.

xo

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cheeky July 7, 2010

whoops! i meant to post this under
the BELIEVE post
as it makes zero sense here.

so…there you go.
THAT kind of day! ; )

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Krissy July 7, 2010

How do you supplement vitamin B12?? I have always heard that synthetic B12 is ineffective as B12 only comes from animals sources. I’ve been a vegetarian for about a decade but I have never known how to supplement this critical vitamin.

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Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 7, 2010

Veggie pie looks delish! Have you ever tried using shredded zucchini or potato as the crust mixed with egg white and maybe a little cheese? It’s fab. I love the idea of adding tomato paste in the crust! This post definitely makes me in the mood to make a veggie pie/quiche sorta thing :)

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Nadia July 7, 2010

I’ve had chronically low iron for a while, and I’m not vegetarian but don’t eat a lot of meat – I love my lentils, etc! Ever since I started making green monsters, I think it’s helped my iron levels!!

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Leon March 14, 2013

I know this post is way too old, but I came across it looking for veggie pies and saw that you were using cold pressed sunflower oil. Well I recently bought a large container of organic unrefined sunflower oil thinking it would be tasteless, but it has an intense sunflower taste and smell. Do you have any suggestions what to use it for? I don’t want to risk using it in desserts and stuff cause the flavour might be too strong.

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