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Spinach and Mushroom Galette
Recipe from the book GREENS 24/7, ©2014 Jessica Nadel.
Reprinted by permission of publisher, The Experiment.

A galette is a rustic, free-form French pie. It can be sweet, but a savory galette is a great dish to have in your repertoire. Don’t let the homemade pastry intimidate you--it’s so easy, and since rustic is the name of the game, it needn’t be perfect either.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup iced water
2 portobello mushrooms
2 tablespoons + 1.5 tsp. olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
6-8 cremini mushrooms
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
4 cups (4-5 oz.) fresh spinach
1 cup firm tofu
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast powder
sea salt and ground black pepper

1. Make the pastry: In a large bowl, mix together the flours and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the coconut oil into the flour, leaving small lumps. Sprinkle over the water and work until the dough just comes together. Roll into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 20 min.
2. Remove the stems and black gills from the portobello mushrooms and slice into long pieces, 1/2-inch thick. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pan over medium heat, add the garlic, and saute until fragrant, about one minute. Add all the mushrooms and a generous pinch of sea salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, until the mushrooms release their juices and the juices evaporate. Remove pan from heat, sprinkle with thyme, and set aside.
3. Meanwhile, steam the spinach lightly, for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until partially wilted but still holding a little structure. Leave to cool.
4. Place tofu, lemon juice, 1.5 teaspoons olive oil, nutritional yeast, and garlic powder in food processor, and process until fairly smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then transfer to a bowl. Add the spinach and fold in by hand.
5. Preheat the oven to 400°F. On a piece of parchment paper, roll out pastry to a 12-inch round. Transfer pastry and parchment onto a baking sheet and spread the spinach-tofu mixture over, leaving a 2-inch border all around the perimeter. Top with the sauteed mushrooms, again leaving a border. Gently fold the extra pastry up and onto the toppings, pleating as you move around the outside.
6. Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until the edges of the pastry are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing and
serving. (Serves 6.)

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