Easy Pizza Gyozas

Easier than pizza, healthier than pizza, and way more fun than pizza, these baked gyozas are a super hit! They make wonderful vegan appetizers; your carnivorous Super Bowl buddies will love them. No cruelty necessary.

Produce On Parade - Easy Pizza Gyozas - Easier than pizza, healthier than pizza, and way more fun than pizza, these baked gyozas are a super hit! They make wonderful vegan appetizers; your carnivorous Super Bowl buddies will love them. No cruelty necessary.

Did you all see how I broke my foot playing soccer? A testament to my skill (or intensity) I should think... buuut considering that it was like my 6th game ever, I think it really means that my dribbling is garbage and needs some serious work. Dribbling, wait, that's basketball. Footwork? Is that what it's called? I have no idea, but you can see my x-ray on Instagram or Facebook. It's no wonder I broke myself.

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
— Buddha's Little Instruction Book

Like most my meals, these Easy Pizza Gyozas arose from trying to solve a problem. Namely having half a used jar of pizza sauce that was aging in the fridge, fresh mushrooms that I wanted to stay that way before I used them, and a package of leftover gyoza wrappers. I confess, this is not my typical recipe. I'm not a buffalo wings, casserole, or tater-tot-loving type of lady. I didn't grow up that style of food and never really gained a taste for it. However, my homemade, little handheld pizza pocket type things are pretty darn tasty. Enjoy this outlier in my normal cuisine!

I was thrilled when I thought I had a small stroke of genius in creating these wanna-be miniature pizza rolls. The feeling was subsequently crushed moments later when it dawned on me that I was fairly positive this had to have been done before. To my surprise though, not really. Rejoice! For once; something my weird little brain conjured up had in fact not been straight-up popularized. Though, if you google "pizza gyoza" something regarding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes up in the search results... forgive me, but I did not explore it further. I never really got into TMNT. I mean, enough to know the hip acronym, but not enough to know anything about them and their bizarre relationship with pizza gyozas.

These gyozas are really easy to make and I feel like they would be a lot of fun to do with kiddos too. Todd and I don't have any human children, but we do have the four-legged kind. Apparently cooking with dogs (Bailey is my sous chef) is frowned upon by some in our place of residence... I can't imagine why. He's the world's most adorable composter/swiffer sweeper! On that note, I'd actually like to get a couple baby goats. A major bonus would be when random people are always asking if you have kids when they're trying to connect and bond with you, you could finally just say yes and technically it wouldn't be a lie. You know how kids = baby goats but also kids = young humans? *Siri* Add baby goats to my shopping list. 

Produce On Parade - Easy Pizza Gyozas - Easier than pizza, healthier than pizza, and way more fun than pizza, these baked gyozas are a super hit! They make wonderful vegan appetizers; your carnivorous Super Bowl buddies will love them. No cruelty necessary.

Easy Pizza Gyozas

Recipe by Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

Easier than pizza, healthier than pizza, and way more fun than pizza, these baked gyozas are a super hit! They make wonderful vegan appetizers; your carnivorous Super Bowl buddies will love them. No cruelty necessary.

Yield: 42 gyoza

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil + more for brushing
  • 1/2 red onion, diced small
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups diced small cremini mushrooms
  • 1 link of Field Roast Mexican Chipotle Sausage, minced
  • scant 1 cup pizza sauce + more for dipping if you like
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 package (42) square gyoza wrappers
  • 1.5 cups vegan shredded cheese

Cooking Directions

  1. In a large cast iron skillet, heat the 1/2 tbsp oil over medium-low. Add the onion and garlic; sauté about 5 minutes until the onion begins to brown. Meanwhile, chop the mushrooms and sausage.
  2. Add the mushrooms and sausage to the pan. Sauté over medium-low for about 8-10 minutes until the mushrooms have shrunk and browned and all the water has evaporated from the pan.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the pizza sauce and oregano. Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray two pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. To assemble the gyoza, pour ¼ cup of water into a small bowl. Place ½ tbsp of the filling into the middle of one gyoza square and top with a pinch of cheese. Wet two adjoining edges of the square with water using your finger and then fold the other two edges over to make a triangle, pressing firmly to seal. Repeat with remaining gyoza and filling.
  5. Arrange all the gyoza on the two baking sheets so they aren’t touching. Brush lightly with olive oil and bake for about 12 minute until they are slightly crispy and the edges are golden brown; be sure to keep your eye on them! Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Eat plain or top with vegan parmesan cheese, green onions, and crushed red pepper if you like and/or dip into pizza sauce.
Produce On Parade - Easy Pizza Gyozas - Easier than pizza, healthier than pizza, and way more fun than pizza, these baked gyozas are a super hit! They make wonderful vegan appetizers; your carnivorous Super Bowl buddies will love them. No cruelty necessary.
Produce On Parade - Easy Pizza Gyozas - Easier than pizza, healthier than pizza, and way more fun than pizza, these baked gyozas are a super hit! They make wonderful vegan appetizers; your carnivorous Super Bowl buddies will love them. No cruelty necessary.
Produce On Parade - Easy Pizza Gyozas - Easier than pizza, healthier than pizza, and way more fun than pizza, these baked gyozas are a super hit! They make wonderful vegan appetizers; your carnivorous Super Bowl buddies will love them. No cruelty necessary.
Produce On Parade - Easy Pizza Gyozas - Easier than pizza, healthier than pizza, and way more fun than pizza, these baked gyozas are a super hit! They make wonderful vegan appetizers; your carnivorous Super Bowl buddies will love them. No cruelty necessary.
Produce On Parade - Easy Pizza Gyozas - Easier than pizza, healthier than pizza, and way more fun than pizza, these baked gyozas are a super hit! They make wonderful vegan appetizers; your carnivorous Super Bowl buddies will love them. No cruelty necessary.
Produce On Parade - Easy Pizza Gyozas - Easier than pizza, healthier than pizza, and way more fun than pizza, these baked gyozas are a super hit! They make wonderful vegan appetizers; your carnivorous Super Bowl buddies will love them. No cruelty necessary.

Below is a video that is obviously the best thing ever and makes me laugh out loud every time I hear it. A must watch. I must meet this genius. LOOK AT THAT GOAT! Omg.

P.P.S. - Thanks for your patience while we figure out the lighting situation in our new place. I promise orange tinted, shadowy photos won't be the norm.

Maple Cream Frosted Spent Grain Cookies

Nutty, spent grain peanut butter cookies, studded with chocolate chips, are frosted with thick, spreadable Roxbury Mountain Maple maple cream for a truly winning combination. There’s nothing better than finding a delicious way to use up a byproduct of making beer at home!

Produce On Parade - Maple Cream Frosted Spent Grain Cookies - Nutty, spent grain peanut butter cookies, studded with chocolate chips, are frosted with thick, spreadable Roxbury Mountain Maple maple cream for a truly winning combination. There’s nothing better than finding a delicious way to use up a byproduct of making beer at home!

Why hello there! Do you remember me? Thank you so much for being incredibly patient while I've been away. A lot has changed! Todd and I moved from the little rental house we've lived in the last year and half into our brand-new, custom home smack in the middle of the woods here in Alaska. It's been an absolute dream come true to live in a home that we literally drew up on printer paper; designed by us, in a location we adore. I can't wait to fill it with memories and laughter and of course delicious vegan food! 

Speaking of food... Todd has started brewing beer. Like, for real brewing beer. He's dabbled a little with it before, but one of his good friends who just moved up from the states had all the equipment and the boys went to town. Literally. To get beer supplies... and then I came home to them standing on top of our brand-new counter in our brand-new kitchen doing god knows what (checkout the nonsense in this Instagram photo) with valves and hoses and funnels and bottles of sanitation liquid and grains. It's the last part I got excited about.

Todd's friend, who I will now refer to as Paco Burrito, (because I know he does not prefer to have his name on the internet) told me how he'd make bread with the spent grains after brewing beer. I thought this was very intriguing, especially relieving since I am the worst about wasting anything. I was excited to try this bread that Paco Burrito makes but I didn't want to wait for bread. Such is life. But what's better than bread? Not much, though cookies are definitely up there... and they only take about 30 minutes from top to bottom. 

Okay, you might be wondering, "Why exactly is spent grain?" It's "the leftover malt and adjuncts after the mash has extracted most the sugars, proteins, and nutrients, and can constitute as much as 85 percent of a brewery's total by-product." Breweries are starting to find ways to use it, instead of just tossing it. In fact, Alaska Brewing Company uses it as fuel to run their special boilers! It's actually really interesting; read more here.

Produce On Parade - Maple Cream Frosted Spent Grain Cookies - Nutty, spent grain peanut butter cookies, studded with chocolate chips, are frosted with thick, spreadable Roxbury Mountain Maple maple cream for a truly winning combination. There’s nothing better than finding a delicious way to use up a byproduct of making beer at home!

The grain goes into a cheesecloth that submerged is in the beer liquid and then removed when the beer is done doing it's cooking stuff. I understand that's not terribly technical but I don't really know that much about beer making. I'm just after the spent grain. #beermakingnovice #givemeallthespentgrain

Produce On Parade - Maple Cream Frosted Spent Grain Cookies - Nutty, spent grain peanut butter cookies, studded with chocolate chips, are frosted with thick, spreadable Roxbury Mountain Maple maple cream for a truly winning combination. There’s nothing better than finding a delicious way to use up a byproduct of making beer at home!

Spent grain is toothsome, terrifically nutty, and somewhat bitter. This brings us to why I really wanted to make cookies. To frost them with maple cream, which is the absolute perfect compliment to spent grain. From now on spent grain and maple errrrrything. You've been warned. The spent grain, alone, is not entirely pleasant and maple cream, while delicious alone, is sweet enough to bring on a headache if enough of it is consumed in one sitting (yes, I speak from experience). But together, sweet Lincoln's mullet, it is a combination for the ages. 

If you're not in on the homebrew game, no worries. Just pick up a small package of grain cereal mix and add a bit of water until it's just dampened. 

Maple cream is maple syrup that's basically that's been boiled, then chilled, and then stirred until it becomes thick, maple butter. It's one of the most amazing things. I've eaten it plain, stuffed into dates, slathered on toast, sandwiched between two gingersnaps, and of course as a frosting for cookies. As it's concentrated, spreadable maple syrup, I don't recommend using it in anything that will heat it considerably because the cream will pretty much just melt back into maple syrup...thus making it's purpose of being spreadable, obsolete. In those instances use just regular maple syrup. Maple cream is best where it's flavor and texture is allowed to shine!

Produce On Parade - Maple Cream Frosted Spent Grain Cookies - Nutty, spent grain peanut butter cookies, studded with chocolate chips, are frosted with thick, spreadable Roxbury Mountain Maple maple cream for a truly winning combination. There’s nothing better than finding a delicious way to use up a byproduct of making beer at home!

Roxbury Mountain Maple generously supplied me with samples of their 100% natural and vegan maple cream, maple syrup, and maple sugar (can't wait to roll cookies in it!). Roxbury Mountain Maple is owned and run by the Holscher family on an old farm in the Catskill Mountains. I was delighted to be contacted by Ben Holscher. It's exciting to know exactly where our food comes from and from who! Read more about the family and their sugarhouse on their website. Roxbury Mountain Maple products are available on Amazon and most are Prime eligible as well! They even have a maple caramel popcorn. I might have to get some of that... Todd's two obsessions in one!

Produce On Parade - Maple Cream Frosted Spent Grain Cookies - Nutty, spent grain peanut butter cookies, studded with chocolate chips, are frosted with thick, spreadable Roxbury Mountain Maple maple cream for a truly winning combination. There’s nothing better than finding a delicious way to use up a byproduct of making beer at home!

Maple Cream Frosted Spent Grain Cookies

Recipe by Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

Nutty, spent grain peanut butter cookies, studded with chocolate chips, are frosted with thick, spreadable Roxbury Mountain Maple maple cream for a truly winning combination. There’s nothing better than finding a delicious way to use up a by-product of making beer at home!

Yield: ~ 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter, softened
  • ½ cup vegan granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vegan brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp maple extract (optional, I always add this to cookies)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or substitute 1 cup AP and 1 cup whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cup spent grains or grain cereal/mix (damp, see note)
  • 1 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • slathering of maple cream, for frosting

Cooking Directions

  1. In a large electric mixing bowl, beat the peanut butter through the maple extract on medium-low speed until well combined; scraping down the sides as needed.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour through the salt. Next, stir in the spent grains. While the mixer is on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Roll the cookie dough into golf-ball sized balls. Place on the cookie sheet about 1-2 inches apart, these won’t spread much, and press each down lightly with a fork. I did not coat my baking sheet and the come off beautifully. Bake for about 10 minutes, until just slightly golden brown. Remove from the pan and allow to rest on a wire cooling rack for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Once the tops are firm enough, frost each cookie with maple cream. Try not to eat them all in one sitting. Store in an air-tight container.
Produce On Parade - Maple Cream Frosted Spent Grain Cookies - Nutty, spent grain peanut butter cookies, studded with chocolate chips, are frosted with thick, spreadable Roxbury Mountain Maple maple cream for a truly winning combination. There’s nothing better than finding a delicious way to use up a byproduct of making beer at home!
Produce On Parade - Maple Cream Frosted Spent Grain Cookies - Nutty, spent grain peanut butter cookies, studded with chocolate chips, are frosted with thick, spreadable Roxbury Mountain Maple maple cream for a truly winning combination. There’s nothing better than finding a delicious way to use up a byproduct of making beer at home!

Have you ever had maple cream? How do you like to use it? I'm trying desperately not to polish off the jar with a spoon, it's so good! Help! Have you ever used spent grain? I'm really curious. Any recipe suggestions for the stuff is welcome! I'm thinking bread and muffins will be next.

Less-Sugar Vegan Peanut Butter Blossoms

A personal holiday favorite, I've finally veganized this scrumptious little cookie. Vegan chocolate chips replace Hershey kisses and are enveloped by a soft and pillowy peanut butter cookie. I've made these lower-sugar using erythritol, but feel free to use regular sugar if you wish. They're easy, done in a flash, and perfect for cookie exchanges!

Produce On Parade - Less-Sugar Peanut Butter Blossoms  - A personal holiday favorite, I've finally veganized this scrumptious little cookie. Vegan chocolate chips replace Hershey kisses and are enveloped by a soft and pillowy peanut butter cookie. I've made these lower-sugar using erythritol, but feel free to use regular sugar if you wish. They're easy, done in a flash, and perfect for cookie exchanges!
Animal lovin’ ain’t shovin’ ‘em in the oven.
— Harley Johnstone aka Durianrider

Regrettably, there are a couple downsides to being vegan. They are few and far between and utterly irrelevant when compared to the unnecessary suffering of billions upon billions of our animal "friends" (oh I miss gouda cheese like no one's business but then think of veal and I'm set right), but I'll let you in on a vegan secret. We hate cookie exchanges.

Well, not vegan ones of course, but traditional ones. Why? Because we can't really participate. I know it's technically of our own doing, but it still kind of stinks. Sure, you could bring vegan cookies to the exchange but honestly unless you work at PETA or your entire extended family is vegan (who are you!?) your cookies might be the only vegan ones that make an appearance... which means you're only doing a cookie exchange with yourself. And that's not really a cookie exchange, now is it? No, you just made cookies. Lonely, vegan cookies.

So, to conclude, that's really the only time I kind of skulk in the corner; Grinch-like, wishing a holiday miracle would magically make all the cookies vegan. Or better yet, all the people... muah-haha!

Produce On Parade - Less-Sugar Peanut Butter Blossoms  - A personal holiday favorite, I've finally veganized this scrumptious little cookie. Vegan chocolate chips replace Hershey kisses and are enveloped by a soft and pillowy peanut butter cookie. I've made these lower-sugar using erythritol, but feel free to use regular sugar if you wish. They're easy, done in a flash, and perfect for cookie exchanges!

Anyway, these cookies; I found it somewhat disturbing that I've been vegan for three years and still have not veganized peanut butter blossoms! They're one of my favorite holiday cookies and I fondly remember making them with my mom during the holiday season. Every Christmas morning my family would all trot down the trail about a quarter of a mile through the woods to my grandparents house for breakfast, carrying with us a huge platter of assorted homemade cookies. The peanut butter blossoms were always my favorite and of course I greedily ate as many as I could on the way down to ensure that I had my fill before they disappeared. I'm a much better sharer now... sort of... #noshame

Produce On Parade - Less-Sugar Peanut Butter Blossoms  - A personal holiday favorite, I've finally veganized this scrumptious little cookie. Vegan chocolate chips replace Hershey kisses and are enveloped by a soft and pillowy peanut butter cookie. I've made these lower-sugar using erythritol, but feel free to use regular sugar if you wish. They're easy, done in a flash, and perfect for cookie exchanges!
Produce On Parade - Less-Sugar Peanut Butter Blossoms  - A personal holiday favorite, I've finally veganized this scrumptious little cookie. Vegan chocolate chips replace Hershey kisses and are enveloped by a soft and pillowy peanut butter cookie. I've made these lower-sugar using erythritol, but feel free to use regular sugar if you wish. They're easy, done in a flash, and perfect for cookie exchanges!

In Alaska there's no such thing as vegan, milk chocolate kisses. Maybe in the states those exist, but not up here in the great north. So, I made do with vegan chocolate chips but if you get you're able to get your paws on some vegan chocolate kisses... by all means... send me up some! Do these exist??

I also used aquafaba in place of eggs (it's a freaking miracle that stuff), which is just the liquid from a can of chickpeas; if you've been living under a rock for the last half a year and have yet to discover this gift from the vegan gods. Erythritol lends itself to cut back on the sugar just a bit. These little guys are almost a little too sweet for my now geriatric tastebuds, so I scaled back on the cloyingness a bit as erythritol isn't quite as sweet as plain sugar... and also with none of the, well, sugar partHowever, feel free to use regular ol' sugar if you like. I won't tell Santa. Enjoy!

Produce On Parade - Less-Sugar Peanut Butter Blossoms  - A personal holiday favorite, I've finally veganized this scrumptious little cookie. Vegan chocolate chips replace Hershey kisses and are enveloped by a soft and pillowy peanut butter cookie. I've made these lower-sugar using erythritol, but feel free to use regular sugar if you wish. They're easy, done in a flash, and perfect for cookie exchanges!

Less-Sugar Vegan Peanut Butter Blossoms

Recipe by Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

A personal holiday favorite, I've finally veganized this scrumptious little cookie. Vegan chocolate chips replace Hershey kisses and are enveloped by a soft and pillowy peanut butter cookie. I've made these lower-sugar using erythritol, but feel free to use regular sugar if you wish. They're easy, done in a flash, and perfect for cookie exchanges! Adapted from AllRecipes.com

Yield: ~ 50

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) vegan butter sticks, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup vegan packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated erythritol (or 1 cup vegan granulated sugar)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • ~ 1 cup vegan chocolate chips, for topping

Cooking Directions

  1. In a large electric mixing bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars on medium speed for about 1 minute until smooth and whipped. Reduce the speed to low and add in the aquafaba, vanilla, and water. Increase speed to medium and beat for an additional minute. Stop to scrap down the sides as needed.
  2. In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. With the electric mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Stir until just combined.
  3. Preheat oven to 375° F and coat a cookie sheet with a nonstick cooking spray or line with a silicone baking mat. Form the dough into balls a little small than a golf ball and place on the sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 12 minutes until slightly golden brown.
  4. Remove from the oven and depress the center with the bottom of a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon. Drop into the depression about 5 chocolate chips and repeat with remaining cookies. Next, remove the cookies from the pan and allow to cool completely before storing. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in an airtight container.
Produce On Parade - Less-Sugar Peanut Butter Blossoms  - A personal holiday favorite, I've finally veganized this scrumptious little cookie. Vegan chocolate chips replace Hershey kisses and are enveloped by a soft and pillowy peanut butter cookie. I've made these lower-sugar using erythritol, but feel free to use regular sugar if you wish. They're easy, done in a flash, and perfect for cookie exchanges!

Did you guys read this article regarding veganism on NPR yesterday? I love it! It's all about how the Israeli army is making it a whole heck of alot easier for the ever expanding mass of vegan soldiers to eat cruelty-free and lead vegan lives. "Vegan soldiers wear wool-free berets and leather-free boots, and they get an additional stipend to supplement their food, the military says." Ummm, that's freaking awesome. I mean, in an ideal world we wouldn't need soldiers but, hey...I'm just the messenger here.