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1 cup quinoa
2 cups water (use Imagine no-chicken broth or vegetable stock instead to add more flavor)
2 TBL olive oil
1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
1 1/2 cups sweet potatoes, chopped
1 tsp cumin
2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach leaves
2 TBL lemon juice
1 TBL Braggs or tamari
1 TBL maple syrup
1/4 cup sliced almonds (can use chopped nuts, like almonds, walnuts or pecans)
salt and pepper to taste

1 medium red bell pepper, core removed and chopped adds more color and crunch (Optional)

In a medium saucepan, add water and quinoa and stir. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.

In a large skillet on medium heat, heat oil and add in onion, garlic, and sweet potatoes and saute until sweet potatoes are tender but firm to the bite.  Add in cumin (if using bell pepper, add in now) and saute for 2 minutes. Set aside.

If using chopped nuts, toast in a small saucepan over medium to low heat until toasty brown, about 8-10 minutes, shaking the pan to evenly toast all pieces.

In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, Braggs and maple syrup. Add spinach leaves and toss to coat. Add in quinoa, sweet potato mixture, and nuts and stir gently to combine. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or chilled.

Serves 4

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Sweet Potatoes are loaded with sweet flavor and nutrients that help boost the immune system and provide disease-preventing, cancer-fighting benefits. Loaded with vitamins A and C, this tuber vegetable acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Low on the glycemic index this root vegetable has less of an effect on blood glucose levels, making it desirable for diabetics.

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1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 tsp kosher salt
dash of pepper
1 clove garlic, pressed through garlic press
2 TBL extra virgin olive oil
2 TBL lemon juice
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley (curly)
8-12 small cherry tomatoes (use half red and half yellow), sliced in half
1 cup chopped cucumber (English goes well)

Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Once done, transfer to a bowl to cool until ready to use.

Mix remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Add quinoa and gently toss to combine. Serve with Yves Lemon Herb Chicken Skewers (shown) or Gardein Beefless Tips.

Serves 4
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Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a gluten-free grain that comes from the Andes Mountains of South America. The Inca civilization considered this one of their staple foods, besides corn and potatoes. It is considered an ancient super-grain delivering many nutritional benefits.

Quinoa is the one and only high protein grain, averaging 16.2% compared to rice which contains 7.5%, millet 9.9%, and wheat 14%. There are other varieties of quinoa that contain 20% or more of protein. The super-grain’s protein is of high quality, delivering a complete protein because it is rich in 9 essential amino acids, containing lysine, methinonin and cystine which are typically low in other grains. It also provides oils high in essential linoleic acid, fiber, minerals (calcium and iron), starch, sugars, and vitamins (E and B’s) and is low in sodium.

Quinoa is quick and easy to prepare, resembling tiny sprouted seeds. Once rinsed to remove a bitter tasting powdery residue , it cooks in 15 minutes. It tastes light and fluffy and is easy to digest. You can substitute it for other grains in any recipe or you can mix it with other grains to bring in the healthy benefits of this super-grain. You can enjoy eating quinoa for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Consider getting your protein intake with quinoa, a vegetarian meat (vegan) substitute that any vegetarian kid or adult would enjoy. Use it in any of your healthy vegetarian recipes to boost protein and other nutritional benefits. This grain can be eaten hot, warm or cold, as an oatmeal alternative, a base for a grain salad, or in place of a side of rice for dinner. The white variety is most common, but it also comes in red and black. 

This relative of the beet, spinach and Swiss chard family is gluten-free and easy to digest. It is also a nutritious superfood  high in magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorous, vitamin B2 and other essential minerals.

Quinoa can be found in most grocery and natural food stores or you can order here

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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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2 scoops of dairy-free mint flavored ice cream (So Delicious Mint Chip)
1 cup frozen spinach
1 TBL flax oil
1 cup Silk Soy Original

Put all ingredients in a blender and puree/blend until smooth and shake consistency.

Serves 1 adult or 2 snack size for kids.

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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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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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1/2 cup (1 stick) Earth Balance
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 chipotle chiles in adobo, seeds removed and finely chopped
6 ears of corn on the cob, cleaned but left in husks

In a small bowl, combine earth balance, garlic, salt and pepper, mashing together with a fork. Add chipotles and mix well. Use a rubber spatula to transfer the mixture to a 12 inch piece of plastic wrap. Roll mixture, in wrap, to form a log (about the size of 1 stick of earth balance. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Preheat gas grill on medium-high for about 10 minutes keeping lid closed. Place corn on grill and cook for 12 minutes, turning occasionally to brown the husks evenly. Serve immediately with chipotle butter on the side.

Tip: Instead of chipotle, try using freshly chopped herbs or squeezing a fresh lime wedge over your corn.

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1/2 cup Veganaise
1 celery stalk, rinsed, sliced down center lengthwise and finely chopped
1 TBL fresh chives, finely chopped
1 TBL fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 1/2 TBL Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp tumeric or curry powder
1 lb tofu extra firm (remove from package, rinse and wrap in paper towel to remove excess liquid)

In a medium size bowl, add all ingredients except tofu and mix together. Crumble in tofu and mix gently to combine. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate 1/2 hour prior to serving. Serve as a sandwich, in a wrap, or with crackers.

Tip: Add in any finely chopped fresh veggies of your choice (colorful bell peppers) and a sprinkle of ground flaxseed before crumbling in tofu.

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1 lb dried penne pasta
2 TBL olive oil
8 oz package fresh mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
1 clove garlic, pressed through garlic press
1 package Tofurky Italian Sausage (use 3 of the 4 sausages, diced into bite-size pieces)
1/2 cup pasta water (from penne you cook)
1 cup Silk Soy Creamer
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup SoyaKaas grated parmesan (soy parmy) in can
1 cup Daiya mozzarella cheese (divide into two 1/2 cups)

In large pot, cook penne pasta until done to your liking. Reserve 1/2 cup of this pasta water once pasta is done cooking. While pasta is cooking, in a skillet heat olive oil on high heat and add mushrooms and garlic and saute for 4 minutes. Add in diced sausage and saute for another 4 minutes on high heat. The pasta should be done at this point. Drain pasta in colander, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

Add 1/2 cup of pasta water, Silk creamer, salt and pepper to taste to the mushroom sausage mixture. Boil over high heat to thicken, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Turn on broiler.

Place pasta in 3 quart baking dish and pour mushroom sausage mixture on top. Sprinkle SoyaKaas parmesan and 1/2 cup only of Daiya mozzarella evenly over the top. Turn pasta cheese mixture in baking dish to gently combine. Lightly salt top of mixture. Finish off by sprinkling remaining 1/2 cup of Daiya mozzarella on top. Broil until cheese is melted and slightly golden brown in some areas, about 5 minutes.

Serves 6

Each sausage contains 29 grams of protein and only 3 grams of sugar