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4 medium to large russet potatoes, peeled and diced for boiling
2 TBL Earth Balance (dairy-free butter)
1/4 cup Silk Creamer Original
salt and pepper, to taste
2 packages Hains Vegetarian Brown Gravy Mix (dry)
3 medium sized mushrooms, sliced and diced
1 clove garlic, pressed through garlic press
12 oz of soy crumbles (use your favorite brand)
1 large carrot, peeled and sliced lengthwise and diced into small pieces
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 cup Daiya cheese (yellow) cheddar *optional

Boil the potatoes until soft. Drain and mash the potatoes with the Earth Balance and Silk. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

While potatoes are boiling, prepare mushroom gravy. Mix dry gravy packets with water according to package instructions, whisk and add in diced mushrooms. Bring to boil and whisk until gravy thickens, about 4 minutes. Turn off heat and add in garlic, whisking to combine, and cover until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a 9×13″casserole dish mix in soy crumbles, carrots, peas, corn, and mushroom gravy. Mix to combine. If using Daiya cheese, sprinkle evenly over the top of the mix. You can even do half with cheese and half without. Finish off by covering the entire top with mashed potatoes, trying to keep the potatoes fluffed. Bake for 40 minutes, until the potato peaks are slightly browned.

Serves 4-6

Tip: For gravy, instead of using water, try using Imagine no-chicken broth or a vegetable broth to give this dish added flavor. If you like onion, add in 1/3 cup diced brown onion to the gravy when you add in the mushrooms.

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2 TBL Vegenaise
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 TBL cilantro, chopped
1 1/2 TBL dried cranberries
1 TBL slivered almonds
1 TBL olive oil
1 box (6oz) Lightlife Smart Strips Chick’n Style Strips

In a small bowl, mix together Vegenaise and dijon. Add in cilantro, cranberries, and almonds.

Heat 1 TBL olive oil in skillet and stir-fry chick’n strips over medium heat for 3 minutes. Toss in bowl and mix to combine all ingredients. Serve on romaine heart leaves or a rustic bread.

Tip: Add in finely chopped celery for more crunch.

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1 package 12-14 oz extra-firm tofu (I like House Foods 14 oz), rinse, pat dry and cut into 16 thin slices
6 TBL soy sauce (can use tamari)
2 green onions (scallions), lightly chopped
1 large clove of garlic, peeled and chopped
1 tsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp agar powder or flakes, usually by dried seaweed or dried sea vegetables
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 cup agave syrup (can use maple syrup) *I like agave amber
2 tsp chicken broth (I like Imagine No-Chicken Broth which is vegan)
1/2 tsp ground powdered ginger
1/2 tsp ground mustard powder
14 oz of fresh pineapple chunks (if you use canned, then drain the juice), cut big chunks into bite-size pieces
1 large bell pepper (use 1/2 of red and 1/2 of green for color), seeded and cut into bite-size squares

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Brown the tofu slices in a nonstick pan, carefully flipping once to brown both sides. A good golden brown on both sides is best. Lay browned pieces in a single layer in a 9×13″ baking dish.

In a blender, add soy sauce, green onion, garlic, cornstarch, and agar and blend until combined. Add remaining ingredients except for the pineapple and bell pepper. Blend until combined.

In a small saucepan, pour in blended sauce and heat on high, stirring, until it comes to a boil. Boil and stir for 1 minute. to thicken. Add in the pineapple and bell pepper and stir. Pour mixture over browned tofu in the pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve over your favorite rice.

Tip: when you cut the tofu into 16 slices, cut tofu square in half, so now each half has to deliver 8 slices. It’s more manageable to get uniform slices.

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2 slices french bread (toasted)
3 slices Lightlife Tempeh Fakin’ Bacon 
Tomato slices
Mixed Greens
Vegenaise

Cook bacon according to package directions. Once done, lay out on paper-towel. On toasted bread, spread vegenaise on both sides, lay on bacon, top with tomato and lettuce and place bread on top. Cut in half and serve. Makes 1 sandwich. Can use in a tortilla wrap too.

Lightlife Fakin’ Bacon 3 strips contains 8 grams of protein and is low in sugar, carbohydrates and calories.

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1 large tortilla (plain or flavored)
Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
Veganaise
1 slice cheese single (cheddar or American)
2-3 slices of Tofurky Oven Roasted deli turkey
¼ avocado sliced into thin layers
Slivers of Red Onion
Orange Bell Pepper sliced and diced to small squares
3-4 Small cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
Mixed greens or spring mix of lettuce

Spread a thin layer of Tofutti on tortilla. Spread a thin layer of Veganaise over Tofutti. Break cheese single in half and lay across long ends of tortilla. Lay in Tofurky slices and avocado. Layer on a small amount of the onion, bell pepper, tomatoes and mixed greens. Fold up the ends and roll up tortilla. Cut in half and enjoy.

Serves 1 or as a snack for 2

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8oz container dairy-free cream cheese (I like Galaxy Nutritional brand)
1/2 round (3 oz) dairy-free blue cheese, crumbled (Soy Bleu by Veg Cuisine)
1/4 cup  pine nuts
4 sundried tomatoes (not in oil), soaked, drained, and finely chopped
2 TBL basil pesto (Meditalia is dairy-free)

In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, blue cheese, pine nuts, and sundried tomatoes until combined. Place on a serving plate and top with pesto. Garnish with a few pine nuts and sundried tomatoes if you like.

Serve with crackers (I like Back To Nature rounds from Whole Foods).

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1/4 round (1.5 oz) dairy-free blue cheese, crumbled (Soy Bleu by Veg Cuisine)
1 TBL olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 Gardein Beefless Burger (frozen)
1 slice of cheese by Galaxy Nutritional Foods Rice Cheddar Flavor
1 English Muffin by Food For Life (Living 7-Sprouted Grains)
handful of baby greens
1 slice of red onion, finely chopped

In a small bowl, crumble in blue cheese, add oil and balsamic and lightly mix to combine.

In a small frying pan, cook frozen burger according to package instructions (you can choose to grill instead). Once done, add on cheddar cheese slice and cover for 30 seconds to melt.

While burger cooks, toast english muffin. Top toasted bottom half of muffin with baby greens and red onion. Then lay on the cheddar cheese burger and top with the blue cheese mixture.

Makes 1 outrageous burger

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1 TBL parmesan flavor grated cheese (I like Galaxy Vegan brand)
2 TBL Vegenaise
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
a splash of worcestershire sauce (I like Annie’s vegan brand)
salt and pepper
1 french roll
a handful of baby greens spring mix
5 slices of Tofurky oven roasted deli

Slice and toast roll. In a small bowl, mix together dairy-free parmesan, vegenaise, lemon juice, and worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Spread on both sides of toasted bread. Lay on baby greens and layer on turkey slices. Top with roll and enjoy.

Makes 1 sandwich

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2 slices of bread of your choice (I like Pain Rustic)
handful of mixed baby greens
2 slices Tofurky turkey (oven roasted, blue box)
1 slice Rice brand Mozzarella cheese single
green goddess dressing

Spread each piece of bread with the green goddess dressing. On one half, lay in the mixed baby greens, then tofurky, then cheese slice. Top with other piece of bread, dressing side down. Cut in half. Serve with a side of cut heirloom tomatoes, brushed lightly with dressing.

Makes 1 sandwich

Tip: Use left over Tofurky Roast sliced thin.

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1/2 cup parsley (Italian flat leaf), finely chopped
1 cup basil, finely chopped
5 oz bag of fresh spinach leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cup chives, finely chopped
1 TBL plus 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
3 cups Vegenaise
2 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3/4 tsp fresh lemon juice

In a blender, add all ingredients and blend/puree until smooth and well combined, scrapping down the sides of the blender in between. Adjust the taste to your liking. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Makes 3 cups of dressing