St. Patty’s Treats!

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Chocolate-Stout Cupcakes!

For the Cupcakes:

1 12-oz. bottle Irish stout beer (or 12 oz. coffee, if you prefer)

1/2 cup soy milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract

Egg replacer equivalent to 3 eggs (try Ener-G brand)

3/4 cup vegan sour cream (try Tofutti brand)

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

2 cups sugar

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

• Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine the beer, soy milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Beat in the egg replacer and then mix in the vegan sour cream.

• In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, and baking soda. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet beer mixture.

• Grease 24 muffin tins (or line with cupcake liners) and divide the batter among the muffin tins.

• Bake for 25 minutes, or until done.

• Cool completely before decorating.

For the Frosting:

1 8-oz. pkg. vegan cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup soy milk
1 lb. confectioners’ sugar

*Add a dash of green food coloring to your frosting for a St. Paddy’s kick!

• Beat the vegan cream cheese in a bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the soy milk, then slowly mix in the confectioners’ sugar.

To Assemble:

Cocoa powder for dusting

• Top each cooled cupcake with a dollop of frosting, then sprinkle with a small dusting of cocoa powder.

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Colcannon!

2 medium potatoes, cut into large chunks

1 cup kale, stems removed and coarsely chopped

3 Tbsp. thinly sliced scallions

2/3 cup low-fat soy milk

Salt and pepper, to taste

• Put the potatoes in a medium saucepan, add water to cover, and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.

• Peel the cooked potatoes and place them in a mixing bowl.

• In another medium saucepan, add an inch of water, insert a steamer basket, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the kale, cover, and steam for about 4 minutes, then remove and place in the mixing bowl with the potatoes.

•Heat the scallions and soy milk in a small skillet and simmer for 5 minutes. Add everything together and mash. Add the salt and pepper.

Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings.