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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 box of Farfalle bow-tie pasta
splash of olive oil
dash of salt

Cheese Sauce:
1 TBL Earth Balance
8 TBL Silk Original (use 1-2 TBL more after adding cheese if you like sauce thinner)
1/4 cup Daiya yellow shredded cheese
1/4 cup Daiya mozzarella shredded cheese

Fill a large pot with water for the pasta and bring to a boil. Add in olive oil, salt, and pasta. Cook according to directions or a few minutes longer if you do not like al dente. Once pasta is done, drain and set aside until ready to use.

When pasta is almost done, make the cheese sauce. In a small pan, warm Earth Balance and Silk over low-medium heat. Add in Daiya cheese and stir until melted and combined.

Add cheese sauce to pasta and gently toss. Plate and garnish with parsley. Salt to taste.
Serves 4-6

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Fall is the best time to make these aromatic and deliciously spiced nuts. I like to use walnuts and slivered almonds. They taste great, make good housewarming or holiday gifts, and makes the house smell like fall is in the air!

2 lbs walnuts (I like to use 1 lb whole walnuts and 1 lb slivered almonds and place each nut on half of the baking sheet)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup water

Mix the sugar with the spices in a medium sized bowl, then add the water and stir to combine. If you are using 2 different nuts and want to keep them separate, scoop out 1 cup of the spice mixture and put aside. Mix walnuts with spice mixture to coat. Spread out on half of a baking sheet lined with foil. Place the remaining spice mixture in the bowl and toss in the other nuts (I like almonds). Mix to coat and spread on the other half of the foil lined baking sheet. You can keep nuts separate or combine them if you want a mix.

Bake at 200F degrees for 1 hour (carefully toss every 20 minutes, making sure you don’t cut into the foil).

Remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in container or zip lock baggies. I like to use small zip lock baggies and place one of each nut in the frig (keeps for 2 weeks) and the rest in the freezer (keeps for 3 months) until ready to use.

Great eaten as a snack, or on breakfast cereal/oatmeal.

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1 bag of fresh baby spinach (about 4 cups), stems removed
1/4 cup Silk creamer
1/3 cup vegetable broth
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 14 oz package tofu, extra-firm, rinsed and patted dry
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp chipotle powder
2 TBL Earth Balance (non-dairy butter)
4 strips of Lightlife Smoky Tempeh Fakin’ Bacon, cut into bite-size pieces

In a large skillet, saute spinach, soy, and vegetable broth over medium heat until wilted. Add potatoes and garlic and continue to cook over medium heat, covered, and stirring occasionally, until potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a food processor or blender, puree half of the tofu with the turmeric, salt, pepper, and chipotle powder.  Add this mixture to the cooked spinach-potato pan and crumble in the remaining half of the tofu. Mix to combine. Pour mixture into a pan (I like to use a tart pan 9×1.125 in or 22.9×2.9 cm where the bottom pops out for easy removal of the finished product). Bake for 20 minutes. Once done, let the frittata set for about 10 minutes before cutting.

In a small skillet, heat Earth Balance and add in bacon. Fry a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until crispy. Plate a slice of the frittata and garnish the top with tempeh bacon.

Serves 6-8

Tip: If you do not like spinach, try kale, broccoli, or add in dairy-free cheese. Customize to your liking. Just be sure to top it with the tempeh bacon, as it adds texture and flavor.

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turmeric-drink

Turmeric is a yellow-orange plant root with several health benefits, from easing inflammation to helping increase circulation to protect the heart and brain. This is one of my favorite warm drinks to have in the evening before bed, or even to replace a cup of coffee in the morning.

1 cup of Silk Soy (I like vanilla but original is good too)
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 TBL ground ginger
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Maple syrup to taste (1 TBL works for me)

Add all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium to high heat and whisk continuously until combined and mixture is warm to your liking. Never allow to boil. This process is just a few minutes to get to a desirable warm drinking temp. Pour into a mug and enjoy (pour over sink to avoid counter-top spills)!

I do like to top off my drink with dairy-free whipped topping. Soya Too makes a good one in a can.

Makes 1 cup

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1 cup cold water
1 tsp spirulina (I like to use powder Pure Hawaiian – see pic below)
1 cup of fresh berries (I like a combination of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries) you can also use some banana or whatever you like

Add all ingredients in a blender and blend/puree until smooth about 1-2 minutes). Drink and enjoy!

Pure Hawaiian Spirulina comes in a capsule or powder. Be sure to buy the powder for smoothies and refrigerate the bottle after opening. Spirulina has great benefits helping to boost energy and immunity while supporting cardiovascular, eye, and brain health! It is a blue/green alga superfood with up to 70% digestible protein. It is loaded with vitamins A, K1 & K2, B12, iron, magnesium, and phycocyanin.
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2 cans 14 oz each cannellini beans
1 bunch of asparagus, rinsed and cut into bite-size pieces (discard bottom 2 inches)
2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
2 TBL olive oil
1 TBL Earth Balance
Lemon juice (about 1 TBL)
Daiya
Daiya Mozzarella Shreds (1/4 cup to mix in and more for garnish-Optional)
Salt to season

In wok or large sauté pan, add olive oil, Earth Balance, garlic and asparagus. Sauté for 3-5 minutes on medium to high heat. Add cannellini beans with juice from cans. Bring to mild boil to thicken sauce. Cover while boiling and reduce to low simmer for about 5-7 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Sauce will thicken and turn to a creamy texture. Once done, add in lemon juice. Stir to combine and serve in bowls. Season with salt and garnish with a sprinkling of Daiya Mozzarella Shreds.

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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.

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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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1/2 cup Silk Soy Milk Very Vanilla
1 cup orange juice (I like Naked OJ)
1/2 banana, best if cut into pieces and frozen
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice
6 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients, except for ice, until smooth, combined, and frothy (30 seconds-1 minute). Add in ice and blend for another 30 seconds.

Makes about 2 cups