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There are many alternatives to using eggs. You ask, ‘why would you want to do that’? Well, an egg is loaded with cholesterol and 70% of the calories come from fat! Not only that, but a big portion of that is saturated fat! Eggs are also the leading cause for food poisoning due to the fact that they are the perfect host for salmonella bacteria. The shell of an egg is thin, porous, and fragile living in dirty and over-crowded egg farm conditions. I think you get the picture. Knowing that, why would you not want to make a change today?!
 
If you want scrambled eggs, try crumbling extra firm tofu in your new scrambled egg conversion, called tofu scramble.
 
For baking, I prefer Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer. There are other brands available, so find one that you like. Read the package instructions, as each  one is slightly different. You will need to whisk the egg replacer powder with water to arrive at your egg substitution for baking. Keeps well in freezer (store in freezer bag).
 
Aside from egg replacers, you can use
1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce for each egg the recipe calls for which works well to bind ingredients in muffins and cakes.
Half of a mashed banana can also be used to replace 1 egg. Use this in  breads, muffins and cakes where you want the banana flavoring.
Or, try 1 heaping tablespoon of soy flour or cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water for each egg in a baked product.

Tofu is a great alternative to using egg. Try 1/4 cup of pureed soft silken tofu when making puddings and mousse.

For main course meals, such as meatloaf and burgers, try using tomato paste, moistened bread crumbs or mashed potatoes. Egg replacers do work well for these type of recipes.

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Earth Balance, for greasing
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 cup pecan pieces
3 ripe bananas, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 TBL Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer (whisked together with 6 TBL water)
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil

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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
Tip: Whole Foods will special order Yves skewers for you. Just call it in to your store using the grocery department. I order a case, which is only 8 packages (2 skewers each) and keep in the freezer until ready to use. Took 1 day for my order to come in. Give them your number and they will call you once the product is in the store. Try my Madame Curry recipe.

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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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3 cups cooked rice (long grain white or brown)
2 cups cut raw broccoli tips, rinsed
2 TBL sesame oil
1 package (9oz) Gardein Beefless Tips (frozen)
1 clove garlic, pressed through garlic press
1/4 cup scallions, sliced
1 TBL tamari

In a small sauce pan, add broccoli and a little water to cover the bottom of the pan. Put the lid on and steam until tender. Drain water and set aside.

While broccoli is steaming heat wok on medium to high heat. Add in sesame oil. Once oil is hot, add in frozen Gardein Beefless Tips and saute for 4 minutes, turning in pan to brown all sides. With 1 minute left, mix in garlic and scallions. Once done, add in steamed broccoli and tamari and toss to combine. Serve over your favorite rice. Garnish with additional scallions.

Serves 3

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raspberry or mango sorbet
champagne

Scoop a small sized ball of sorbet into a champagne flute and fill with your favorite champagne. Adds a light flavor and looks festive.

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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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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 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup Earth Balance (dairy-free butter), softened
2 egg replacers (2 TBL of Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer whisked with 6 TBL of water)
4 heaping TBL of Tofutti Sour Cream (dairy-free)
2 mashed very ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 TBL ground flaxseed
Optional add-ins: walnuts, chocolate chip morsels

Lemony Icing:
2 cups powdered confectioners sugar
juice of 1 lemon (about 4 TBL)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 1 loaf pan (or 2 mini loaf pans). In stand mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add in prepared egg replacer while mixer is on low. Add in Tofutti sour cream, bananas, and vanilla and mix well, stopping mixer and scraping down sides of bowl. On lowest speed, add in flour, baking soda, and flax and blend until combined. Add in optional ingredients and mix to combine.

Pour batter into load pan. Bake for 70 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes in pan. Turn out onto wire rack lined with parchment paper and continue to cool before cutting, about 30 minutes.  Ice the top of the entire loaf and decorate with walnuts, or use the icing for individual slices and drizzle on cut slice prior to serving.

In a medium bowl, blend icing ingredients together with a hand mixer. Save and use on cooled loaf.

Tip: Sprinkle one end of the loaf with a few chocolate chip morsels, the other end with walnuts, and leave the middle alone. This will satisfy all taste-buds in your household. Use a spoon to work the added pieces down into the loaf prior to baking. If you use mini loaf pans, the baking time is approximately 45 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted to test for doneness comes out clean.

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1 1/2 cups flour (I like to use both cake flour and all purpose-flour and mix together)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt (use sea salt)
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil (if using olive oil, use extra virgin light)
1 TBL Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer (whisk the 1 TBL with 3 TBL of water)
1/3 cup Silk Soy Very Vanilla
1 cup fresh blueberries (rinsed), plus a handful more for topping
2 TBL ground flax seed *optional but highly recommended with this recipe to get omega-3 and plenty of fiber

For crumb topping:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 TBL flour
2 TBL Earth Balance, softened
3/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin with Earth Balance.

Muffin mix: In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and ground flax, if using. Add in olive oil, egg replacer (prepared) and soy milk to dry ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in fresh blueberries.  Divide batter evenly in muffin tin.  I like to use an extra handful of blueberries and push in a few extra on the top off each muffin.

Crumb topping: In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour, earth balance and cinnamon. Divide among the 12 muffin tops and gently spread to cover as much of the muffin top as you can.

Bake for 25 minutes until golden. I like to broil the tops for 1 minute to get even more golden and crispy. Just keep an eye on the muffins if you do broil.