Looking for one of the original recipes

Hi to all. I came to the forum because I was actually looking through google to see if anyone had a recipe from the original book, recipes for a small planet. It was one of the first books I bought when I became a vegetarian back in the '80s and I learnt so much from it and loved using it so much it actually fell apart.
The recipe I have in mind was one of the bakes and from memory I think it was mainly sesame paste with sesame meal along the lines of a nut roast. I remember it was delicious and would love to get it again.
If anyone knows the one I mean and could help out I'd really appreciate it.
And should Ms Lappe ever read these I just like to thank her. Her book instilled a knowledge of nutrition in me that has held me in good stead and became second nature to me. I owe her many thanks and would probably not be as hale and hearty as I am today if I hadn't happened upon her book all those years ago in a bookshop in Dublin.
Best wishes.

Recipe from Ms. Ewald's 2 paperback books

I had both her Diet for a Small Planet and Recipes for Small Planet books, but have misplaced them in a move. I'm looking for a Pasta Primavera recipe from one of them that included cottage cheese, and vegetables. Can you help me find this recipe?

Bran muffins

I loved the bran muffins recipe in the original book

Mushrooms Supreme

This was such a family favorite. It's essentially a simple souffle with mushrooms. Does anyone have it? Thanks!

Mushroom Supreme

My mom hand wrote this recipe so I cannot attest to its completeness:

2 cups sliced mushrooms
1/4 c onion, chopped
1/4 c butter
1/2 cup plus 1 tsp whole wheat flour
2 1/4 c milk
3 tbsp butter
salt & pepper (not sure of amounts)
nutmeg (not sure of amount)
4 eggs
3 c cheddar cheese

Cook sliced mushrooms, onions and butter in saute pan until tender. Stir in 1 tsp whole wheat flour, 1/4 c milk, 1/4 tsp salt. Cook 1-2 minutes, set aside.

Place 1/2 c flour and 2 cups milk in pan. Cook on medium until thick. Add 3 tbsp butter, salt, pepper, nutmeg, 4 eggs, 1 1/2 cup cheese.

Layer in a 9x9 pan: 1/2 layer mushroom mix, then cheese mix, other 1/2 of mushroom mix. Top with 1 1/2 cup cheese.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Mushroom Supreme

My grandmother used to make this in a double boiler..mushrooms, milk, pimento and/or
diced pepper and used the Kraft cheese which comes in a very small jar...it is hard to
find but Giant Eagle or Heinens carries it I think...sometimes she would add hard boiled
eggs. This was ladled onto Chinese noodles or rice and so delicious! I haven't
found a recipe which duplicates her's, but your's is close. judykasky@gmail.com

Mexican Banquet with cornbread

When my daughter was learning to cook she made this meal. We all loved it, especially the cornbread. We've replaced our original recipe books and would love to have the cornbread recipe again. She remembers it had honey, yogourt and pineapple in it. Can anyone help?


hasty tasty rhubarb mousee

does anyone have this recipe? Toni

Recipes for a Small Planet

Thank you for your post, Toni. We were not able to find a recipe for a rhubarb mousse in any of our Small Planet books. Is there any chance that this delicious sounding dish is found in Ellen Buchman Ewald's Recipes for a Small Planet, for which Frances Moore Lappé wrote the Introduction?

However, if you are in search of a fruity dessert dish from the Lappé kitchen, here is a recipe for Tangy Rice-Sesame Pudding, found in the 20th Anniversary Edition of Diet for a Small Planet, that is similar to a mousse. It's also very yummy!

Tangy Rice-Sesame Pudding

Especially good served warm. Arrange fresh orange slices on each dessert bowl for an elegant ending to a meal. You can omit 1 egg yolk to reduce cholesterol (add another egg white).

1 3/4 cups cooked brown rice (3/4 cup uncooked)
2 cups orange juice
3 tablespoons ground sesame seeds
1/2 cup well-packed brown sugar
grated rind of orange
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon and ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
garnish: 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except oranges and mix well. Put in an oiled baking dish and bake until firm, about 1 hour. Spoon into bowls and garnish.

We hope we've helped and let us know if there are any other recipes we can provide you with!

Small Planet Team

Peanut Seaseme Loaf Supreme?

Hello Urmensch and thank you so much for your submission. There are a few recipes that we suspect you could be describing, but here is one we think might be it. Its a recipe for a Peanut and Sesame Loaf with a delicious sauce served right on top. It also requires making a special Soy, Sesame and Peanut spread also explained in the book:


Soy-Sesame-Peanut Spread (makes between 1 1/2 and 2 cups):

1/2 cup soy flour, lightly browned in a dry pan
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/8 cups toasted sesame meal OR
1/2 cup sesame butter

Peanut-Sesame Loaf:

1 cup Soy-Sesame-Peanut Spread (see above)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 small onion
1 egg
1 cup raw bulgur
8 large mushrooms, chopped


1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup of milk
salt and pepper for flavor


Soy-Sesame-Peanut Sauce:

Blend together, adding water or milk to thicken until it reaches a good, spreadable consistency. This spread can also be used on it own or mixed with onion, garlic, fruits, vegetables, salads and much more.

Peanut-Sesame Loaf:

Blend spread with garlic, onion and egg. Saute bulgur and mushrooms together in a pan. Stir Soy-Sesame-Peanut spread with onion, garlic and egg into cooked bulgur until thoroughly mixed. Pack into an oiled small loaf pan. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes.


While loaf is baking, melt butter and add flour and stir into a paste. Add onion and milk stirring with a whisk to avoid lumps. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Serve on a platter and pour source over top loaf. Sprinkle and garnish with chopped parsley. This loaf has a rich and pleasing taste!

**If serving without the sauce, add 2 1/2 tablespoon nonfat dry milk to loaf mixture with Soy-Sesame-Peanut spread in order to compliment the bulgur.

Hope this is what you were looking for. If not, let us know and we'll try and find you the right one.

Best Regards,
Small Planet Team

reply to [Looking for one of the original recipes]

That might be the one.
To be honest, it's such a long time that I would have to make it again to see if it is what I remember. I think it looks promising.
Thank you for the recipe.