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2 cans (14 oz each) artichoke hearts in water, rinsed, drained and coarsely chopped
½ cup Veganaise
¼ cup parmesan cheese (Soya Kaas), plus more for topping
1 TBL fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic (press through garlic press)
2 scallions

Preheat over to 450 degrees. In food processor or kitchenaide stand mixer, place half the chopped artichokes, veganaise, ¼ cup parmy, lemon juice and garlic. Process until smooth.

Add scallions and remaining artichokes. Pulse or blend for 30 seconds to combine. Transfer to 1 quart baking dish or use individual ramekins. Top with a light sprinkling of parmy.

Place baking dish on cookie sheet to prevent spills. Bake 35 minutes until golden and bubbling. Serve with Stacy’s Pita chips or crudités
(bell pepper is my favorite). Any leftovers heat up well in the
microwave the next day (try 30 sec intervals).

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½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats
¼ cup Earth Balance, softened
¼ cup brown sugar
4 cups frozen berries (used mixed or any of your favorites)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, oats, Earth Balance, and brown sugar until combined. In a 8” or 9” baking dish, lay in frozen berries. Crumble flour oat topping over the berries to cover. Place a piece of aluminum foil under the pie dish to catch any spills. Bake for 65 minutes. Serve warm garnished with a scoop of vanilla soy ice cream or some SoyaToo Rice Whip or Soy Whip topping.

*can make in individual ramekins if preferred.
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12 large Tuscan kale leaves, rinsed, dried, cut in half lengthwise removing center ribs and stems (also known as dinosaur, lacinato, palm tree, or black  kale)
1 TBL olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
sea salt and pepper to taste
Soya Kaas parmesan soy cheese (optional – tastes good without soy cheese)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. In a large bowl toss the kale leaves with the olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper and sprinkle with soy parmesan cheese. Arrange leaves in single layer on 2 large baking sheets. Bake until crisp, about 30 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to cool and soak up any excess oil.

Nutritional benefits: Tuscan kale is highly nutritious. One cup provides more than 100 percent of the daily value (DV) of vitamins A and K, and 88 percent of the DV for vitamin C. Kale is a rich source of organosulfur compounds that have been linked to cancer prevention. High in fiber, kale also contains more easily absorbed calcium than milk.

This recipe is a great starter or side dish to lasagna.

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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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4 ears of corn on the cob, husks removed and cleaned (white corn is my favorite)
2 limes (1 lime will be reserved for garnish and cut into 4 pieces or wedges)
1/2 stick of Earth Balance soy butter
1 TBL cilantro, finely chopped
salt for the finished corn *optional

In a large pot, lay in corn on the cob pieces, fill with water, and bring water to a boil. Once water starts to boil, boil for 5 minutes.

While corn is on the stove, make the cilantro lime butter. Place Earth Balance in a zip-lock baggie. Cut 1 lime in half, squeeze the juice into the butter zip-lock baggie and cut off some of the lime pulp after squeezing and add to the baggie. Toss cilantro into baggie and zip shut, except for a tiny corner to let the air out. Gently massage the baggie to combine the butter, lime and cilantro. Once combined, unzip, turn the baggie inside out to lay the mixture on a sheet of saran wrap plastic wrap (note, there will be lime juice that did not mix in with the butter, keep this together with the butter in the plastic wrap). Fold up the plastic wrap to enclose the butter and loose lime juice and roll into a small log. Stick in freezer until ready to use (less than 15 minutes).

Once the corn in done, place each piece on its own plate, spread with the cilantro lime butter and sprinkle with salt. Cut a slice of the butter and lay on top for garnish. Add a lime wedge to the plate for garnish and serve.

Tip: To get my corn water to come to a boil faster, I use some water from my hot water dispenser. If you have one, use half of the water from here so it comes to a boil quicker. You can place a lid on the pot until it starts to boil, but always leave ajar, slightly tilted off so the water does not boil over. Remove cover once boiling.

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5 lbs potatoes (peeled and cut into small pieces)
1 cup Vegenaise
½ cup Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream (substitute with more Vegenaise if you prefer)
1 clove garlic pressed in garlic press
½ lemon squeezed (avoid seeds)
¼ cup chives chopped, plus more for garnish (scallions can be used)
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 tsp celery seed
celery (2 stalks, sliced into thin pieces)
Paprika for garnish

Boil potatoes until tender (you can leave on skins if you are using red potatoes and desire skins).  Once tender, drain and cool. You can dip in a bath of ice water.

In large bowl, combine next 8 ingredients. Mix together and taste to customize to your liking.  Once soft cooked potato pieces are completely cooled, add to dressing and combine. Sprinkle top with paprika. Chill in refrigerator 2 hours before serving. Serves 8-10

*For a great BBQ, try Tofurky Brats or other sausage flavors, Smart Dogs, or Yves Lemon Herb Skewers or Jumbo Dogs. All of these meatless selections can be found on my substitutions page.

South Beach Diet

1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 TBL Dijon mustard (whole grain preferred)
2 TBL sugar
¼ tsp salt
1/2 small head napa cabbage (12 oz), cored and shredded (6 cups)
5 radishes, thinly sliced and cut into sticks
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 TBL fresh chives, thinly sliced
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, mustard and sugar. In a medium to large bowl, toss in cabbage, radishes, golden raisins and chives. Add vinegar dressing over salad just before serving and toss lightly. Season with salt and pepper.

Tip: add in radish and toss just before serving.

1 Medjool Date
1 TBL Veg Cuisine Soy Bleu cheese, crumbled
1 walnut

Make a slit lengthwise in date. Carefully remove pit. Stuff date with crumbled bleu cheese. Top with walnut.

Makes 1 stuffed date

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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1/2 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