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Lima Bean Puree
1/2 onion, chopped
1 10 oz frozen package of lima beans
4 leaves of fresh mint
2 TBL olive oil, plus more for pan

In a frying pan, heat about 1 TBL olive oil, and saute onion and frozen lima beans, on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once done, place in a food processor and puree , adding in fresh mint leaves and 2 TBL olive oil until you have a mashed potato consistency.

While the above sautes, get started on your chicken rub.

Chicken
zest of 1 lemon (outside yellow part only of entire lemon)
1 clove garlic, pressed
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 heaping TBL of Dijon Mustard
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 TBL olive oil, plus more for pan
1 package of frozen Gardein Chick’n Scallopini (4 pieces)

In a small bowl, combine the zest of 1 lemon, garlic, rosemary, Dijon, cayenne, and olive oil. Mix to combine.

In a large frying pan, heat 1 TBL olive oil, rub both sides of each piece of Gardein chicken and place in pan. Fry each side for 3 minutes.

Serve over the lima bean puree.

Serves 4

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2 TBL olive oil
1 lb soy crumbles frozen (substitute for ground beef)
2 cloves garlic (pressed through garlic press)
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
3 cups pasta sauce
salt & pepper to taste
1-2 TBL red wine (optional)
1 cup Imagine Organic No-Chicken broth
8 oz Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
1-2 TBL white wine (optional)
3 cups grated mozzarella (Daiya shreds)
no-boil lasagna noodles (Whole Foods 365 brand is egg free)
2 cups broccoli (shaved with serrated knife, microwave 1 minute)
1 cup parmesan (Daiya Italian shreds or Soya Kaas)

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 9×13 pan. In large skillet, add olive oil, soy crumbles, garlic, basil and oregano, stirring and combining ingredients, about 4 minutes medium-high heat. Stir in pasta sauce and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add red wine, if using. Set aside.

In medium saucepan over high heat, bring No-Chicken broth to a boil.  Turn to low heat and add Tofutti. Whisk until combined and smooth, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add white wine, if using.

Spoon half of the meat sauce into the pan for an even layer. Sprinkle 1 cup grated mozzarella over the meat sauce. Top with lasagna noodles (4-5). Add shaved broccoli. Pour Tofutti cream cheese sauce over the broccoli. Cover sauce with another cup of grated mozzarella. Arrange lasagna noodles (4-5) over the cheese, then spoon remaining half of meat sauce over the noodles as evenly as possible. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and grated parmesan.

Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven to rest 10 minutes before cutting.

Pass on the garlic bread and have a healthier and delicious side dish of kale chips or heirloom tomatoes cut up with freshly made basil vinaigrette.

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1 lb soy crumbles (frozen)
2 TBL olive oil
1/4 cup taco seasoning, fill with water to 1 cup line and stir
taco shells
Daiya shredded cheddar cheese
shredded lettuce
sour Cream (Tofutti or Follow Your Heart)
red bell pepper (diced into bite-size pieces)
diced scallions or chives
salsa
guacamole

In large skillet or wok, add olive oil and soy crumbles. Heat medium to high and toss for 3-5 minutes.  Add taco seasoning mixed with water, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Heat taco shells in oven according to instructions. 
Layer taco shells with cheese, crumbles, more cheese, lettuce, sour cream, red bell pepper, and scallions. Serve with sides of salsa and guacamole, or layer these in if preferred.

Diabetics, use iceberg lettuce cups instead of taco shells.

Tip: I like to spoon the sour cream into the bottom corner of a small zip-lock baggie and seal closed, leaving a small section unsealed to let the air out. Snip the bottom corner (small snip) and squeeze out the sour cream into taco shells. You can do the same for the guacamole. This lets you control the amount you use and disperse it evenly in the taco shells.

Use leftovers for a Taco Salad

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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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2 cups brussel sprouts
1 clove garlic pressed through garlic press
1 TBL olive oil
1 TBL Earth Balance
2 TBL water
¼ tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste

Rinse brussel sprouts and cut in half. In wok or skillet on high heat, heat olive oil, Earth Balance, garlic and cut brussel sprouts. Saute, turning for 1 minute. Add a 2 Tablespoon of water and cover to get the steam going. Reduce heat to medium and keep covered for about 5 minutes. Check to see if tender. Once done, add lemon juice and salt to taste, giving a final toss in pan to combine.  Serve hot.

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3/4 cup pearl barley
11 cups broth (Imagine No-Chicken broth)
2 TBL olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 bunch chopped parsley (for garnish) 

In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups of broth and barley to a boil over medium heat. Cover and reduce to simmer for 1 hour, or until the liquid is absorbed.

Heat olive oil in a large pot and add in onion, carrots, celery, and mushrooms. Cover and cook on medium-high for about 5 minutes until softened. Add in the remaining broth and simmer for 30 minutes, covered.

Add the barley to the large pot and simmer for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and garnish with chopped parsley.

Serves 6

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2 cups soy milk (plain or vanilla)
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
3 TBL light brown sugar
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup fresh berries

In medium saucepan bring soy milk to boil. Add quinoa and return to boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until most of the soy milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Simmer, covered, until almost all the soy milk has been absorbed, about 8 more minutes.

Serve in bowls and garnish with fresh berries. Add in optional items to customize to your liking, such as ground flax seed, nuts, earth balance, sprinkle of brown sugar or a splash of soy milk. Use almond milk instead of soy.

Makes 2 cups

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1 cup all-purpose flour
2 TBL cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 egg replacers (use Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer – 2 TBL whisked together with 6 TBL of water)
1 cup Silk soymilk (I used very vanilla)
2 TBL canola oil
2 TBL agave nectar (light)
1 tsp lemon juice

In a medium bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, add in prepared egg replacer, Silk, canola oil, agave, and lemon juice and whisk to combine. Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and whisk to combine. The batter will be slightly lumpy.

For blueberry pancakes, add in 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries and mix to combine.

For chocolate chip pancakes, I like to put the batter in the pan and then hand place chocolate chips on each pancake and gently press into the batter. This way they are evenly placed and you can control the amount per pancake.

Cook in a large skillet lightly oiled (I use a spray) over medium to high heat. Serve with a side of Joseph’s sugar-free pancake syrup, Earth Balance soy butter, or soy whip topping. The blueberry pancakes are delicious and moist just as they are, without any toppings.

Makes 6 medium sized pancakes or 12 small.

Freeze any leftovers of cooked pancakes. Use a double zip-lock bag. When ready to use, place pancakes on a paper plate , cover with a paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds, turn over and do another 30. Test for doneness.

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3 slices day old sandwich bread (cut off crusts and break bread into pieces)
1/2 cup dairy-free parmesan cheese (Galaxy Foods Vegan brand)
2 TBL flat leaf parsley, chopped finely
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 egg replacer (Bob’s Red Mill 1 TBL egg replacer whisked with 3 TBL water)
1 package Gardein Chick’n Scallopini (remove from freezer as you gather ingredients)
2 TBL olive oil
2 TBL fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1 TBL Dijon mustard
3 TBL dairy-free butter (Earth Balance)

In a food processor, add bread, parmesan, parsley, salt, and pepper and pulse until fine crumbs. Place on a small plate.

Prepare egg replacer and pour onto another small plate. Dip each Gardein chicken piece in the prepared egg replacer so it is lightly covered, then cover with bread crumb mixture, pressing so crumbs adhere.

In a large skillet, heat 1 TBL olive oil and 1 TBL dairy-free butter (Earth Balance). Place 2 pieces of breaded Gardein in pan and cook about 3 minutes each side, pressing down gently with a spatula to brown all crumbs. Repeat with final batch being sure to re-coat pan.

In a small pan, add lemon juice and 1/4 cup water and cook for 1 minute over low heat until steaming. Add in Dijon and whisk. Turn off heat and add in 1 TBL dairy-free butter (Earth Balance) and whisk until melted and combined. Divide sauce into 4 small ramekins for dipping.

Plate each Gardein piece over fresh baby greens and serve with a side of the lemon-mustard sauce.

Tip: If you love sauce, then I recommend doubling the sauce ingredients.

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1 cup Earth Balance
½ cup superfine sugar
2 TBL maple syrup or Joseph’s Sugar Free Syrup*
3 cups Oatmeal (Bob’s Red Mill Organic Extra Thick Rolled Oats Whole Grain)
¼ tsp salt
½ cup chocolate chip morsels *Optional (use 1/4 cup if making half with and half without chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You can use a 9×13 cookie sheet or I like to use 12 cup muffin tin and put the silicone cups in the muffin tin to ensure the oat bars are firm and hold together. Cupcake liners work just as well.

Put 1 cup Earth Balance, sugar, and maple syrup in medium saucepan and melt over low heat.  Remove pan from heat once melted and stir in oats and salt to butter mixture. Mix well until combined. Spoon into pan or silicone cups and press down firmly. Optional: add in chocolate chips if using. Bake 30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for 1 hour. Oats make this a healthy dessert recipe.

*Joseph’s Sugar Free Syrup is gluten-free and works well with this recipe. Keep refrigerated. I buy mine at Whole Foods.